Paristown’s Fete de Noel will Stay Open through Jan. 12 Friday, Jan 3 2020 

Paristown’s inaugural Fête de Noël; a gift from Commonwealth Bank & Trust to remain open through Jan. 12th
Outdoor Ice-skating Rink a big success with Louisville Community

(Louisville KY – Jan. 2ND) – Due to overwhelming public support and demand for more outdoor ice-skating entertainment, Paristown has announced the hugely popular outdoor ice-skating rink which was slated to close on Jan. 5th, will now remain open through Jan. 12th. “Our inaugural Fête de Noël; a gift from Commonwealth Bank & Trust has been a huge success and the community support and feedback has been tremendous,” said Steve Smith, Paristown’s Managing Partner. Louisvillians can continue to skate through the beginning of 2020 on the same great 100’ x 40’ outdoor ice-skating rink which will maintain the same operating hours during the week-long extension.

According to Smith, “none of this would be possible without the support of our wonderful community partner, CB&T. Just like having a banker in the family, this local bank believed in the Paristown vision and stepped up early to commit to being the Presenting Sponsor of Fête de Noël which enabled us to collaborate and create this great new holiday attraction that has brought so much joy to our community.”

Established in 1854 along Beargrass Creek and just east of downtown Louisville directly off of East Broadway, the historic Village of Paristown is undergoing a major revitalization. Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, Stoneware & Co., and Christy’s Garden anchor the cultural arts and entertainment district. Plans for the Village Market were recently announced, with the remaining first phase of development, which includes two major historic restorations and the relocation and expansion of The Café, is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2020.

For more information, go to: www.paristown.com

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Mayor bullish on Louisville’s momentum, sees economic, cultural renaissance continuing into 2020 Monday, Dec 30 2019 

FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 23, 2019) – From the renaming of Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport to multi-million dollar investments at Ford and UPS, to a greater focus on growing tech talent, Mayor Greg Fischer today outlined the city’s many achievements in 2019 and looked ahead to progress and momentum continuing into 2020.

“As we begin a new decade, it’s a great time to review our city’s progress and to look ahead. This is something we do regularly at Metro Government, where we believe in learning from the past, living in the present and preparing for the future,” said the Mayor. “That approach, along with years of hard work and a long list of community partners, has helped produce an incredible economic and cultural renaissance in Louisville.”

Since 2011, Louisville has added 83,000 new jobs and 3,000 new businesses, with more than $14 billion dollars of investment flowing into the city since 2014 alone. Nearly $1 billion of that investment is happening in west Louisville, an area of historic disinvestment that the city and its partners are working to reverse. 2019 marked the city’s 9th consecutive year of job growth since 2010, the bottom of the Great Recession and the city’s unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent for the year.

Louisville Skyline

 

In briefings with local media, the Mayor outlined some highlights from 2019, including:

Helping lead the conversation around the future of work:

We’ve enjoyed a continued unbroken stretch of tech job growth.
Microsoft announced that Louisville will become a regional hub for artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and data science for the technology giant.
JP Morgan Chase’s AdvancingCities initiative awarded Louisville a $3 million grant for digital inclusion and economic resilience initiatives in low-income neighborhoods.
The city launched LouTechWorks, a major initiative to boost Louisville’s efforts to rapidly expand its tech talent pipeline.
CBRE named Louisville an “up-and-coming tech talent market.”

The continued tourism boom:
Thanks in part to Bourbonism – the act of enjoying Louisville’s unique local food and bourbon scene – the city welcomed more than 16.4 million annual visitors, representing $534 million total economic impact.
The city’s airport is now officially Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, part of efforts to build tourism around Louisville’s most famous citizen.
American Airlines launched nonstop services between Los Angeles International Airport and Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in April.
The Kentucky International Convention Center hosted more than 130 groups, generating more than $92 million in estimated economic impact
More than 289,000 people attended Trifesta, the outdoor music festivals Hometown Rising, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life held at the Kentucky Exposition Center over three weekends in September.
Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery became the latest bourbon attraction to open on historic Main Street, bringing the total of bourbon attractions to nine.
Kentucky Performing Arts opened Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, a $12 million, music/entertainment venue that can accommodate as many as 2,000 patrons.

Additional economic highlights:

UPS Worldport confirmed its commitment to Louisville with a $750 million investment that will result in 1,000 new jobs.

Ford announced a $550 million investment in its two Louisville plants in preparation for a new Escape and Lincoln Corsair.

Business owners Mike and Medora Safai transformed the old Axton Candy and Tobacco Warehouse into the bustling $1.6 million Logan Street Market, a 27,000-square-foot urban market in Shelby Park.

Construction began on the first new Beecher Terrace building, which will house low-income seniors, and is scheduled for completion in September 2020.

The Northeast Regional Library opened in June and has since checked out more than 319,000 items (highest in the system), served more than 116,000 visitors (2nd highest in the system behind the Main Library), and seen more than 8,000 children and 2,000 adults attend library programs and events.

Dare to Care partnered with Kroger to open the new Zero Hunger Mobile Market, part of an ongoing city effort to address food insecurity, and with support from the city and the Novak Family Foundation, Dare to Care broke ground on its new Community Kitchen in Parkland— tripling the size of its current facility.

Colonial Gardens opened in south Louisville with Union 15 and El Taco Luchador; two more restaurants coming soon.
The $28 million Republic Bank Foundation YMCA opened at 18th and Broadway, focused on strengthening community and improving health. It will be supported through partnerships with Norton Healthcare, Republic Bank & Trust, ProRehab Physical Therapy, and Family and Children’s Place.

Louisville Metro Animal Services opened its new shelter at 3516 Newburg Road.

Mayor Fischer said he was especially pleased to see Louisville in April become one of only four cities to receive What Works Cities Gold Certification — a national standard of excellence in innovative and efficient city governance.

“At a time of tight budgets and increasing need for the services we provide, this is a significant affirmation of our systems, our commitment to excellence, and the work that Louisville Metro Government employees are doing every single day,” he said.

In 2019, the city also took steps toward becoming a city of even greater equity and compassion, launching Lean Into Louisville, a community initiative to confront the history of all forms of discrimination, including the Synergy Project, designed to strengthen relationships between police and residents, and increase collaboration grounded in trust and legitimacy.

Russell: A Place of Promise received several grants to further its work of regeneration without displacement in Russell, ensuring that the people who built the soul of the neighborhood are a part of its redevelopment.

Also in 2019, Louisville celebrated 20 years of its Fairness Ordinance, launched the city’s first LGBTQ chamber of commerce, Civitas, and for a fifth year in a row, received a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Scorecard.

Continuing its record-breaking streak, the Mayor’s Give A Day Week of Service, in partnership with Metro United Way, broke its own world record with more than 235,000 volunteers and acts of service. And with city support, Evolve 502 continued building toward a system of wrap-around supports for all children and families and a promise scholarship.

When asked about the city’s looming budget challenges due to the growing pension costs, the Mayor said, “Though our economy is growing, the FY19 and FY20 budgets reflected challenges due to rapidly increasing pension costs, and the FY21 budget will as well. Going forward, we will work with state leaders and Metro Council to establish new streams of revenue to help us not only provide public safety and basic services to our residents, but also to focus even more attention on such complex issues as affordable housing, climate change and homelessness.”

The Mayor noted that he’s looking forward to more exciting announcements in 2020, including the opening of the first phase of the Louisville Urban League’s Norton Sports Health Athletics & Complex in the Russell neighborhood and the opening of Lynn Family Stadium in Butchertown, which will serve as the centerpiece of the $200 million stadium district, as well as home to Louisville City FC and Louisville’s National Women’s Soccer League team, Proof Louisville FC.

The Mayor also reminded residents of the upcoming 2020 Census, noting that participation is critical to ensuring the city receives the federal funding it needs and deserves. Learn more about the Census 2020 Complete Count at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/census-2020-complete-count.

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A Jolly Old Show — Rusty Talks with Zack Pennington and Jeff Stum Friday, Dec 20 2019 

Ho Ho Ho! The Rusty Satellite Show is feeling extra jolly this season, bringing you more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville. And throughout January, you’ll be hearing the interviews I’m recording this week with politicians, artists, actors and more as I recover from ankle surgery.

Zack Pennignton is already on Rusty’s Wall of Fame

Of course you’re gonna love this show. What is it you think this town really needs? Did you say a karaoke bar? Zack Pennington, the extraordinary entrepreneur who brought you the city’s first axe-throwing venue, is planning a karaoke bar like no other.  So figure out your go-to karaoke song and head down to NoreABar — coming soon to NuLu. Zack has moved to Texas, sort of, but still spends plenty of time here.

We’ve accepted that Kentucky is in the race for last to approve any sort of marijuana legalization, but Jeff Stum is betting on CBD as the next big thing. He’s the man behind Hectare’s, a series of CBD products to give you energy, or help you relax. It’s made from Kentucky hemp, grown on a farm in southern Kentucky. You remember Jeff from his previous appearances here, promoting a Chai Tea (that didn’t make it) and Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey (which is thriving). I caught up with Jeff at Diamond’s Pub & Grub in St. Matthews, and recorded before a live audience of two.

Rusty alumni in the news include GLI boss Kent Oyler, who is stepping down there, and handing things over to Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, a wise pick. And Marc Murphy, Ricky L. Jones and Aaron Yarmuth were among those attending and speaking at an downtown rally called Impeach and Remove, one of hundreds of national events encouraging the removal of Trump.

Jeff Stum and me at Diamonds Pub and Grub

I put consecutive show #337 together at the ReMax Properties East studio, where the Sokoler team was just named one of the top ReMax team in the nation. This podcast is sponsored by my friends at the Eye Care Institute and Heuser Health.

 

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Paristown’s The Village Market is Coming Next Year Friday, Dec 13 2019 

New food and beverage hub will focus on keeping it local

(LOUISVILLE, KY) – The remarkable urban renewal momentum taking place in the historic Village of Paristown continues with the announcement of the addition of a new, Louisville-centric modern food hall and bar called The Village Market.  Slated to open in early Spring 2020, The Village Market will showcase six local restaurant concepts in a casual indoor/outdoor breezy space that also includes an open, oversized bar that will feature a wide variety of spirits, beers, and craft cocktails.

According to Steve Smith, Paristown’s Managing Partner, “The Village Market will be the center of activity in the burgeoning cultural arts and entertainment district.  Our guests will find it a great place to grab a bite before a show at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, or spend the afternoon hanging out with friends and enjoying a wide variety of local food and drinks.”
The Village Market will be located in the building at 712 Brent Street that currently houses The Café, one of Louisville’s most popular restaurants.  The existing structure will undergo a substantial renovation in order to create an authentic and welcoming aesthetic that perfectly integrates Paristown’s unique outdoor gathering spaces.   In addition, reconfigured kitchen facilities have been designed to foster collaboration and maximize operational efficiency for six different chef-driven food concepts.

As previously announced, The Café will move to its new location just across Brent Street in the four-story building currently undergoing a major historic restoration.  The Café has recently announced that it is now open on Sundays from 9 am – 3 pm and now offers a full bar, including fresh-squeezed juices and handmade cocktails.  After the move to their new Paristown location, they will expand their hours of operation to include breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.  The Café is expected to relocate to its new home in March 2020, with construction on the current 712 Brent Street building slated to begin immediately after.

After the transformation is complete, The Village Market footprint will be about 9,000 sq. ft., including the outdoor dining area.  “The Village Market will be known as the perfect place for friends, family and colleagues to gather in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with great, affordable local food and drinks that appeal to every palette,” Smith said.   “Plus, patrons will be delighted to discover a wide array of great local music, artistic performances, art fairs, and even Farmer’s Markets when visiting Paristown’s newest casual dining and social gathering hub,” he added.

Paristown will be known for vibrant and active outdoor spaces that are seasonally programmed to include a wide variety of eclectic offerings designed to appeal to all audiences and all ages.  According to Smith, “Paristown is a place where people from all walks of life can come together to eat, drink, and enjoy an ever-changing array of local arts and crafts fairs or exhibitions, musicians, performance artists, small makers, and even community gatherings that are always authentic and welcoming.”  Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, Stoneware & Co., and Christy’s Garden anchor the cultural arts and entertainment district.  The remaining first phase of development, which includes two major historic restorations, is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2020.

Established in 1854 along Beargrass Creek and just east of downtown Louisville directly off of East Broadway, the historic Village of Paristown is a jumble of workplaces, residences, and local businesses with both a fascinating past and bright future.  The seven-acre area surrounding Brent Street is undergoing a major revitalization that will bring many new jobs and visitors to the area.
For more information, go to: www.paristown.c

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Listen to Kate Folkins and Debra Locker Griffin on the Rusty Satellite Friday, Dec 13 2019 

Kentucky is a little bit of a nicer place today, don’t you think? Gov. Andy Beshear took over Tuesday night, following a final show of pettiness by Matt Bevin. Beshear immediately started undoing some of Bevin’s worst acts, starting by replacing the Board of Education, which will mean the end of unqualified Commissioner Wayne Lewis’ tenure.

Kate Folkins at Stage One

But the Rusty Satellite Show is all about highlighting the good qualities of some of our most interesting individuals, and we start this week with Kate Folkins, the new general manager at Stage One. It’s a lively conversation about her journey here, starting in Mississippi, with stops in St. Louis and other cities before settling in Denver. You’ll hear what made her move and all about her fascinating job at Stage One.

Those with long media memories may recall Debra Locker Griffin as a reporter at WLKY-TV, but today she’s helping small business entrepreneurs build their image. After spending several years promoting businesses in the world of spas, she’s back in Louisville. We discuss our mutual history at Host Communications and other interesting topics.

Amidst all the news from Frankfort, the Courier-Journal reported an astounding number of 16 to 24 year olds in Louisville are neither in school nor working. It’s a disturbing study on a class of people not doing well.

Debra Locker Griffin

I’m preparing for some down time after my Dec. 23 surgery, and started searching for things to watch on TV — and came across the incredibly funny Billy on the Street. I also recommend a book by Malcolm Gladwell.

The show comes to you from the ReMax Properties East studio, and is sponsored by the Eye Care Institute and Heuser Health. If you’re in the market to buy or sell your home, call me at 502-439-6391.

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New Rusty — An Eat Your Bourbon Visit; and LHOME’s Awesome Loan Program Thursday, Nov 14 2019 

The Rusty Satellite Show’s consecutive episodes streak, now numbering 332, is not deterred by the host’s various travels. This week, after spending five glorious days in Colorado, your intrepid interviewer returned to learn about a wonderful loan program for immigrants and West End residents, and to visit the almost-open Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace on Frankfort Avenue.

Amy Shir

Matt Jamie says he’s doing all this for the first time — developing a line of bourbon-related food products, promoting a retail store…and now opening a marketplace next door to his retail outlet on Frankfort Avenue, where you can get a drink, sample creations from his cookbook, and purchase items from his expanded line of products. His energetic marketing assistant, Emily Kanisasty, joins in the fun over some Bourbon Smoked Chili Peanuts.

Jamie has even hired a locally-famous chef, Michael Crouch, to keep a continuous line of scrumptious goodies (all made with Eat Your Bourbon ingredients) ready for sampling. The grand opening is Nov. 22, and the first 20 to show up get a free cocktail.

I met Amy Shir a year ago at her office on Berry Boulevard. With the success of her LHOME project, it was time to have her on the show. Shir’s has provided 68 loans since it began two years ago, and all but one have kept to the payback schedule. That’s quite a record considering recipients are mostly people who are turned down by banks — immigrants and people of color from West Louisville. Shir’s program is helping residents pay their property tax, fix up their homes and get the proper credentials for starting a business.

with Emily Kaniasty and Matt Jamie at Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace

On Tuesday, the #1 basketball team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats, lost to the Purple Aces of Evansville, so I wondered if John Calipari might take a page from Gov. Matt Bevin’s book and claim “irregularities” during the game and refuse to concede. I’m also wondering how Bevin is taking the news that Indiana just boasted of a $92 million month, a 160 percent increase, on money waged through sports betting.  Bevin called that fool’s gold, but I’d sure like to have some of it for Kentucky.

The city’s most interesting and longest-running podcast originates from the REMAX Properties East Studio on Timberwood Circle, which reminds you that it’s always a good time to buy a new home. Call Rick at 502-439-6391 to talk real estate.

The show is also thankful for the generous support it receives from the Eye Care Institute and Heuser Health.

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On Rusty Satellite: Resko’s Glamper Business and Shay McAlister’s True Crime Podcast Friday, Nov 1 2019 

At WHAS-TV with reporter Shay McAlister

The Rusty Satellite Show finds itself talking about true crime at WHAS-TV, as the city’s most interesting podcast talks with the star of the city’s most-promoted and talked-about podcast. “Bardstown” is a product of WHAS-TV and debuted in August. Reporter Shay McAlister, who regularly chases down true crime stories, narrates the nine-part series about five unsolved murders that took place in Bardstown from 2013-2016.

I binge-listened the series over a couple of days this week, and recommend it highly.

Then I traveled a few blocks over to West Main Street to meet Braylyn “Resko” Stewart, a young man who says he “does something creative” every day. He’s making a remarkable impact on the city, most notably coordinating the amazing mural at the skate park and several others in West Louisville. Resko also has a business making “Glampers” (glamorous camping vehicles) in which he takes old campers, updates them, paints a theme around them, and rents them on Airbnb at places like Nolin Lake. Oh yes, he also is a partner in a tattoo shop.

But most fascinating is his work at events, where he paints a canvas “Live” and sells the work to support charity. I think you’ll really enjoy our talk.

Resko with one of his uniquely designed Glampers

Back at the REMAX Properties East studios, we’re preparing for the worst on election day next week — as it appears that the least popular governor in the country might get re-elected. La Bamba, with the immortal slogan “burritos as big as your head” is shutting down soon to rebuild. And I tell you about the problems at my alma mater, Iroquois High School, which has seen 24 incidents of students hitting teachers just since the start of the school year.

The show is brought to you by the Eye Care Institute, Heuser Health and REMAX Properties East.

As part of the Sokoler Team at REMAX Properties East, I invited you to give me a call at 502-439-6391 and take advantage of a special offer from Swan Financial that makes it much easier to get into a new home.

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Do The Right Thing – Tip Your Driver Friday, Oct 25 2019 

A study released this week made clear what I’ve known all along as an Uber/Lyft driver. Most of you don’t tip.

The new study analyzed 40 million Uber rides in 2017, just after Uber added a tipping option to its app.  Here are the key findings:

Riders tip on just 16 percent of rides, and only 1 percent of riders tip every time (Paula and I are notably in the minority here).

60 percent never tip at all – and you know who you are. Guys tip 19 percent more often than females, and 23 percent more overall. Female drivers get better tips, especially if they’re younger. Riders tip less when there is erratic driving, such as speeding or hard braking.

As a story in Wired attests, it is “a glimpse into the tipping decisions people make when no one is looking, and when they believe they may never see the tip-ee again.”

I’ve been driving for four years, and while I don’t keep track of the demographic tendencies of specific groups, I generally agree with the study’s findings. I get about the same percentage of riders who tip on Uber and Lyft — around 20 and 25 percent. The number goes up or down during specific events. It seems to be higher when there are big events in town and I’m transporting a lot of people here for business or vacation.

Those who don’t tip much are people getting a ride to work, unless they are in the service industry — servers and bartenders tend to tip more. Just because someone lives in a big house doesn’t mean they’re going to tip. And just because someone is getting picked up in a poorer part of town doesn’t mean they won’t tip. People who are drinking seem to tip more than average, if they remember.

Those going to the airport frequently tip. But in talking with others about this topic, it’s hard to believe some of the people who don’t tip. For example, a few weeks ago I took a couple from the Omni Hotel to the airport in Cincinnati. These were regular folks, in town for the Ironman event. They talked on the way about plans to spend the weekend on the lake on their boat. The ride was $90, and unbelievably they didn’t tip. That’s balanced by the good experiences – this morning a server at the Omni getting a short ride from Indiana gave me a $7 cash tip.

The bottom line is you just never know about human tipping behavior.

But here’s the logic I don’t get.  There are those who argue against the American tradition of tipping (oh, yes, those from foreign countries rarely tip). Tipping isn’t going away in America, and almost everyone tips at restaurants and for other service providers like barbers and pizza delivery drivers. If those people make a mistake, you might not get your food on time or you have to suffer a bad haircut. I’ve never heard of someone not tipping a cab driver.

But your Uber/Lyft driver has your life in his hands. Delivering you to your destination safely requires paying attention and skillfully managing maneuvers in traffic. Most drivers take the time to keep the car clean for you, engage in conversation, tell you about the city if you want. I’ll even stop at Thornton’s if you ask.

And most people STILL don’t bother to tip.

I hope to see you on the road.

 

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Rusty Satellite 326: Kasey Maier at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, and Joe Pusateri Thursday, Oct 3 2019 

Kasey Maier at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Louisville is getting something special this week – the grand opening of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Its sits above street-level on ground that once was a junkyard, but has been transformed into something the city can be proud of. And Kasey Maier is the dynamic leader who raised the $16 million (thus far) to make it happen. We talk about what’s happened in the three years since she was last on the show, and what visitors can look forward to.

Speaking of reunions, the last real conversation I had with Joe Pusateri was probably in 1992, when he was the president of the Home Builders Association and I worked there as Marketing Director. We collaborated on a TV show, Louisville’s Best New Homes, that enjoyed a 20-year run. Joe is one of the ‘Ville’s most accomplished citizens. He’s the leader of Elite Homes, which expects to build 150 homes this year, and has contributed mightily to many causes. You may know him from the 2008 Extreme Makeover TV show, which was the talk of the town in 2008. And yes, he was in the news when he helped save the Louisville Orchestra. Find out what is motivating him now in our interview.

Joe Pusateri at Elite Homes

Those three weeks of music festivals at the Fairgrounds seemed to go off without a hitch, and the massive crowds made it a big success. So I’m wondering what other types of Fests the gang at Danny Wimmer Presents might come up with. The city’s Director  of Public Health, Sarah Moyer, is warning citizens to stay away from vaping, a stupid habit that should be treated with the same disdain we have for smoking, and it turns out it can be just as deadly.

This weekend the football Cardinals are back to face Boston College, and are somehow favored. And it’s the return of the St. James Court Art Fair in Old Louisville, one of the city’s most anticipated events.

Want to know more about the city’s neighborhoods? Call me, Rick Redding (502-439-6391), and I’ll tell you about the housing market and help you find a new home. I record the show at the Re/Max Properties East studios on Timberwood Circle, and this week did the interview with Kasey Maier at the new Waterfront Botanical Gardens. I met Joe Pusateri at his impressive Elite Homes HQ on Shelbyville Road in Eastwood.

Thanks also to the Eye Care Institute in Butchertown, and to Heuser Health, for sponsoring the show.

 

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Inaugural Moon Festival shines light on east Asian culture Thursday, Sep 19 2019 

By Jordan Geisler —

Lights and decorations were all around the Red Barn for its first ever celebration of the Moon Festival Sept. 12. The holiday is celebrated in eastern Asian countries during the eighth lunar month to give thanks for the harvest, as well as to celebrate fellowship and family.

Other than the Chinese New Year festival, U of L doesn’t have a lot of events recognizing the eastern Asian population on campus. Taleah Gipson, chair of the student activity board’s diversity committee, took it upon herself to change that.

“I wanted to bring the Moon Festival to U of L’s campus because there isn’t a lot of East Asian representation on campus. I wanted to throw an event that celebrates people and also brings them together,” she said.

Gipson worked with other groups on campus including the Vietnamese Student Association, the Chinese Scholars Union, the Japan Club and the Chinese Club. Together they created an event that brought people together.

Students could learn how to write Japanese and Chinese calligraphy and there was a station for painting your own paper lantern. There was even moon cake, a traditional dessert eaten during the Moon Festival.

The Moon Festival also had several performances from local groups and students on campus. There was an extreme Chinese yo-yo act, a martial arts session and a dance from U of L’s own Cardinal K-Pop dance team. Attendees also enjoyed a recital involving the Chinese instrument the Erhu, some traditional Chinese dances and a festive lion dance featuring the River Lotus Lion Dance Team.

“My inspiration is to make everyone feel welcome and make them feel that they’re seen,” Gipson said.

Mariko Chou, a junior majoring in social work, is a member of the Vietnamese Student Association. She came to the Moon Festival and felt represented.

“I really love going to student events,” said Chou, “and I think it’s really cool that we’re getting our names out there because a lot of students don’t know about our clubs or cultures as much as others.”

Photo by Jordan Geisler / The Louisville Cardinal 

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