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The St. James Art Fair is This Weekend!

This upcoming weekend in Louisville is one of the most coveted art shows in the area: the 57th Annual St. James Court Art Show. From October 4th to October 6th St. James Court will be filled with nearly 800 artists from North America as well as over 300,000 visitors to experience the beauty of the area and the art.

The art show (as well as the St. James Court area) has a very unique and interesting history. The show initially began in 1957 as a means to pay debts and raise funds and over the decades since then it has turned into an annual phenomenon of stellar art. The art show has been voted as the best art show in the nation by the trade journal Sunshine Artist in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

You can see at the top of this post the beautiful poster for this year’s event, which is actually a competition. Every year since 1995 a competition is held to determine the poster for each annual event. This year’s poster in particular highlights The Pink Palace, a historic gem of Old Louisville.

Admission is free and pets aren’t allowed. For a parking map and info on shuttle services click here.

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River Valley Weekend Report - 9/27/2013

The last weekend of September (and the first full weekend of fall) is among us and there is no shortage of fun activities in the area! From festivals to shows to philanthropy events there are a bunch of can’t-miss events! The River Valley Group has compiled these events in this week’s River Valley Weekend Report. No matter where your house in Louisville is located be sure to take time out of your day to get out and have fun!

Weekend Events for the Weekend of 9/27/2013:

2013 Louisville Irish Fest | September 27th – 29th | Bellarmine University

Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula | September 27th – 29th | Actor’s Theater

Jeffersonville Italian Festival | September 27th – 29th | Downtown Jeffersonville

KenDucky Derby | September 28th | Festival Plaza at Waterfront Park

5th Annual NuLu Festival | September 28th | 700 block of East Market Street

Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates Stampede for VIPS | September 28th | Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Stop the Traffic 5K | September 28th | Tom Sawyer Park

Bark in the Park and Woof Walk 2013 | September 28th | Seneca Park

2nd annual Barn Dance, Dinner and Carnival | September 28th | Clark County Indiana Fairgrounds

There are a ton of things to do in Cincinnati for couples!

Yesterday we suggested a few date ideas for couples in Louisville; today we are doing the same thing for the Cincinnati area. Around this time of the year many start to work more in an effort to save money for the holidays. It can be stressful and daunting to work more than you would like. It’s for that reason that it is so important to find time for your loved ones and wind down. Whether you have been married for 30 years, have been dating for 2 years, or just met a few weeks ago there are a plethora of options here in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The River Valley Group has compiled a list of events and things to do in the beautiful fall season in the city. You’ll find that it doesn’t always require a lot of money or time to plan…you can simply show up and enjoy the time spent with your significant other.

*There are over 30 fall festivals in October alone*

Cincinnati and the surrounding area is a very enriched and unique location for its citizens. One thing you should take advantage of is the numerous fall festivals during the season. There are a lot of communities that host numerous festivals including Cincinnati, Covington KY, Dry Ridge, and many other areas that aren’t too far beyond metro Cincinnati. Fall festivals make for romantic and fun dates with your significant other and great for taking pictures when the leaves are falling and you’re surrounded by unique festival booths! For a list of all the festivals in the city and surrounding areas click here.

*There is something for everyone for the sports fans in Cincinnati*

In yesterday’s blog post we highlighted that there are numerous opportunities to attend sporting events in the city but there are even more in Cincinnati. During the fall you can catch the Cincinnati Bearcats football team on various Saturdays from September...

Great Fall Date Ideas in Louisville

Around this time of the year many start to work more in an effort to save money for the holidays. It can be stressful and daunting to work more than you would like. It’s for that reason that it is so important to find time for your loved ones and wind down. Whether you have been married for 30 years, have been dating for 2 years, or just met a few weeks ago there are a plethora of options here in Louisville, Kentucky.

The River Valley Group has compiled a list of events and things to do in the beautiful fall season in the city. You’ll find that it doesn’t always require a lot of money or time to plan…you can simply show up and enjoy the time spent with your significant other.

*Walking through any park during the months of September and October*

This may be a given and the most obvious idea but you would be surprised how many people pass up on the opportunity. Walking through Iroquois Park or Cherokee Park, for example, while the leaves are changing color is one of the best ways to walk, talk, and spend quality time together. Furthermore, if you’re looking for a place to take photos it’s hard to find a more aesthetically pleasing venue than one of Louisville’s gorgeous parks.

*You’re never too old to check out Louisville’s premier museums and art centers*

Louisville is partly-known for being a city that offers a lot of cultural and artistic options around the city. From the architecture to the museums to even the schools that make up JCPS, the city as a whole is absolutely artistically inclined. With that said there are several options depending on if you want to go see art and observe as opposed to actually being hands-on and making art. If it’s the former check out the Frazier Museum, the Louisville Science Center, and the Slugger Museum (fortunately, they are all located within minutes of each other and can be made into an entire Saturday date). If you are wanting to get hands-on you can take sculpture...

Home Repairs That You Shouldn't Put Off Until Later

This past Sunday marked the beginning of the fall season of 2013! While this is exciting it also marks the time where the weather permits many owners of Louisville homes from keeping up with repairs. Furthermore, many believe that certain problems in and around the house can be put off until later.

The River Valley Group has compiled a list of a few repairs that should NEVER be ignored or put off until later. There are issues that can and will arise with your home that will spiral out of control if not handled as soon as possible….these are the issues we have highlighted below.

*Any pest infestation*

While some infestations may be worse than others it’s important to find the source of infestation and terminate it early on in the process. If you notice gnats in your kitchen and figure they will go away they most likely won’t…in fact the gnats may move to other areas of the house or inside of your fridge. A simple remedy for gnats is to put vinegar into a cup, cover the cup with plastic or foil, and poke holes so that it will attract the pesky bugs.

Many also believe that if you see one or two roaches in the house a solid solution is to get rid of them and hope they stay away. Unfortunately, if you see a roach with your own eyes it’s likely a sign of overcrowding in your walls since they only tend to be visible when forced out into the open. Never hesitate to contact an exterminator or set roach traps throughout the house to play it safe.

*Any indication of leaking*

Arguably the most common problem homeowners face is something related to water, whether it is with gutters or bad pipes. This will be most prevalent when it rains in your area; pay attention to any leaking noises in the kitchen, laundry area, and bathrooms. Be sure to check the gutters at least once a season to ensure there aren’t any clogs that may be contributing to leaks inside your home....

A Little Bit of Everything for Everyone at the Gaslight Festival

Yesterday marked the conclusion of the 2013 Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown. For an entire week the area got the chance to experience a lively street parade, an inspiring 5K walk/run, numerous vendors sprawled across downtown J-town, and much more.

The first thing you notice at an event like the Gaslight Festival are the number of families present. There are children, couples, brothers and sisters, and even pets. It is a true family event that can appeal to anyone.

From Friday night to Saturday afternoon there were a plethora of booths in the area, a time that is considered the highlight for many attendees every year. You will find beautiful handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, rate comic books, and unique Christmas ornaments and decorations.

Not many areas in Louisville can pull off such a grand-scale successful event like Jeffersontown does every September. It’s just another reason why finding a house in Louisville is a great idea if you are currently searching in the market. Contact the River Valley Group today for a showing in Jeffersontown or anywhere in the city of Louisville as well as Southern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati.

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River Valley Weekend Report - 9/20/2013

With this amazing weather upon us be sure to get out and do something this weekend! There are a lot of activities going on around Louisville that you can do solo, with your friends, or with your family. The River Valley Group has compiled events and activities that are going on in the area. No matter where your house in Louisville is located be sure to take time out of your day to get out and have fun!

Weekend Events for the Weekend of 9/20/2013:

75th Anniversary of the Louisville Vocal Project | September 20th | Iroquois Amphitheater

2013 Gaslight Festival | September 20th – 22nd | Jeffersontown

Disney on Ice | September 20th – 22nd | KFC Yum! Center

La Bohème| September 20th – 22nd | Brown Theater

Louisville Football vs. FIU | September 21st | Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

2013 Kentuckiana Heart Walk | September 21st | South Great Lawn

8th Annual Outrunning Autism 5K Run/Walk | September 21st | Westport Village

The Great Pumpkin Run | September 21st | Deere Farms

National Jug Band Jubilee 2013 | September 21st | Brown-Forman Amphitheater

OKTOBERFEST ZINZINATTI: Be A Part of the World's Largest Chicken Dance in Cincinnati!

If you're looking to be a part of the 'World's Largest Chicken Dance' then look no further than Cincinnati, Ohio this upcoming weekend. Starting Friday September 20th the city of Cincinnati will be hosting Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, a weekend affair that includes live music, over 30 food vendors, and of course nearly 1,400 barrels of beer. This event is recognized as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the entire country!

Some of the highlights of the event include the World's Largest Chicken Dance (featuring comedian/actor George Takei), the Running of the Weiners, and the HIllshire Farm Bratwurst Eating Competition. Below is a complete itinerary of the weekend's events:

7th Annual Hillshire Farm Running of the Wieners | Friday, September 20th | noon - 1pm

Gemuetlichkeit Games | Friday, September 20th | 5pm 

Friday Night Opening | Friday, September 20th | 5pm - midnight

Opening Ceremony and Keg Tapping | Saturday, September 21st | 11:30am

The World's Largest Chicken Dance ft. George Takei | Saturday, September 21st | 4pm

Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Championship | Saturday, September 21st | 5pm

4th Annual Hillshire Farm World Brat Eating Championship | Sunday, September 22nd | 5pm

Hudepohl Glockenspiel | Every hour on the hour, at Fifth and Broadway

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Philanthropic Events in September and October in Louisville

You may not be aware of this but there are amazing philanthropic events and fundraisers going on in Louisville almost every day. Whether you want to get active and participate in a 5K, donate money from the kindness of your heart, or simply donate your time to help those in need there is always a way to help those less fortunate.

The River Valley Group team has compiled a list of charitable events for the remainder of September and the month of October 2013 and would love to hear you feedback. Are you planning on participating in any of these events? Did we miss anything you would like to be on this list? COMMENT below and let us know! *THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS EVERY WEEK….COME BACK OFTEN*

Philanthropic Events in Louisville | September and October 2013


19: American Cancer Society’s ‘Celebrate the Sweet Life’ | 6:30pm – 9:00pm | Mellwood Center 

21: Bike to Beat Cancer | All day | Kosair Children’s Medical Center 

21: Kentucky Railway Museum Train Robbery | All day, various dates | KY Railway Museum 

21: Kentuckiana Heart Walk | 7:30am – 12:00pm | Waterfront Park 

26: Life in Abundance Benefit Reception | 6:45pm – 9:00pm | Frazier Museum 

27: Ladies Day at the Races | 12:30pm | Churchill Downs, Millionaire's Row 6

28: Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates Stampede for VIPS | 8:00am | Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium 

28: Stop the Traffic 5K | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Tom Sawyer Park

Ways to Utilize Closet Space

It's about time to do end of the summer cleaning! The struggle of finding space for the kids swimming trunks, floaties, and toys is faced by parents all over the country. The main contributor to this problem is lack of closet space. However, it may just be a lack of efficient organization and not necessarily a space issue.

We have compiled a list of ways to utilize the space in your closet. Let us know any tips you use in your own home in the comment section below!

  • Create a system of organization

Some will organize their clothing by color or type of clothing...whatever the case may be, find something that works for you. Sometimes a source of closet chaos can be due to things being in the wrong place and not where they are supposed to be. If you create and follow a system it will dramatically lessen the clutter in your closet.

  • Install a second hanging bar in your bedroom closet

Many are accustomed to believing that you hang your clothes on the hangers in the closet and then place your shoes on the floor, always leaving an empty gap between the bottom of the hanging clothes and the floor. Depending on the height of the first bar, a second bar can be installed to fill this space. This will ensure that your clothes aren't crammed into a tight space and won't be wrinkled when you are ready to wear them!

  • Turn your closet into...a room?

There are some people that have a closet in an awkward location in their home or they just can't find a logical use for it. One suggestion could be to take the doors off and turn it into an office space. Just picture it: a nice, vibrant coat of paint on the walls, a light installed into the ceiling of the closet, an approrpiately-sized desk to take up most of the room...suddenly a room has been added to your home, increasing the value were you to ever consider selling!

  • Baby changing station, anyone?

If you have a newborn on the way you might consider turning that barely-used closet into a changing station, equipped with a changing bed, a rack...

The 2013 Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown

You may already know by now that the Jeffersontown area has some of the most beautiful homes in Louisville. What you may not know, however, is that one of the most decorated festivals in the entire area is also held in Jeffersontown. The Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown, KY is an eight day extravaganza of family, food, unique booths, and a ton of fun! The festival has been around since 1969 and brings over 200,000 visitors to the area every September. Every day is a different event that includes local schools, businesses, and families and extends a very gracious invitation to those living outside of J-town.

The 2013 Gaslight Festival began this past Sunday with a Gaslight Motorcycle Rally and continued on Monday with a golf scramble. Below are the events for the remainder of the week:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Gaslight 5k Walk/Run

-Open to all ages the Gaslight 5k Walk/Run is a great way to be active with the family. Nearly 800 runners will participate in walking and running through Jeffersontown. Click here to register.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Business Appreciation Day

-Lunch and entertainment is provided to local businesses and employees of J-town.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 2013 Gaslight Bowl

-Come out and watch youth football in the first ever Gaslight Bowl!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Gaslight Festival Parade

-Marching bands…antique cars…what else could you ask for in one of the highlights...

Are You Looking For A Late-Summer Vacation? You Might Not Have to Look to Far!

Although summer is all but over and school has already started many may still be looking to get away and take a much-needed vacation. Luckily if you live in Louisville you won’t have to go far! released their list of the top travel destinations of 2013 back in December. Considering the later months of the year are typically great times to find vacation deals, we figured now is the perfect time to reintroduce the list to those looking for some adventure.

10. Glacier National Park

Location: Flathead, Montana

Interesting Fact: Although there are less than 25 glaciers remaining and are quickly melting, the park is preparing for an ice-free future according to National Geographic.

9. Verde Valley

Location: Sedona, Arizona

Interesting Fact: Sedona was voted America’s Most Beautiful Place by USA Weekend in 2003.

8. Twin Cities

Location: Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

Interesting Fact: The Mall of America is the size of 78 football fields!

7. Northern Maine

Location: Maine

Interesting Fact: At Moosehead Lake in northern Maine is a 99-year-old steamboat that you can ride.

6. Eastern Sierra

Location: California

Interesting Fact: The Eastern Sierra region of California provides a lot of water to the city of Los Angeles.

5. American Samoa

Location: South Pacific Ocean

Interesting Fact: Due to regulations regarding building heights on the island, you can get a scenic view from almost anywhere in the city.

4. Philadelphia

Location: Pennsylvania

Interesting Fact: The first daily newspaper in America was in Philadelphia, which ran from 1784 to 1790.

3. San Juan Islands

Location: Between Washington and Vancouver

Interesting Fact: There are no traffic lights on any of the San Juan islands.

2. Fairbanks

Location: Alaska

Interesting Fact: The shortest day of the year is December...

Tips For A Safe UofL-UK Cookout

This Saturday is one of the biggest, most exciting days for a sports fan living in Kentucky: the annual football showdown between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats. Whether you are tailgating in Lexington or having a cookout at home there are several ways to ensure you have a safe and fun experience. Here are the River Valley Group's top-5 tips for a safe grilling experience:

1. Always keep a fire extinguisher near

Whether you've been grilling for years and you make the best burgers in the area, or you just started grilling and can't figure out how to turn it on, ALWAYS keep a fire extinguisher nearby. When dealing with fire your experience goes out the door and your top goal before making great food is to implement safety precautions.

2. Be aware that meats cook at different temperatures

When you are dealing with food, especially uncooked meats, it's very important that it is safe to cook and safe to eat. If cooking whole cuts of pork the temperature should read 145 degrees F, ground meats (beef, lamb, etc.) should be 160 degrees, and chicken should be about 165 degrees F. Be sure to place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food for the most accurate results.

3. Avoid inhaling the smoke from the grill

There are many that can withstand the grill smoke or even enjoy the smell of the smoke. Nonethless, avoid the smoke if at all possible. The smoke contains carbon monoxide as well as cancer causing substances. If the smoke gets out of control step back from the grill until it settles.

4. When grilling keep children at a distance

When there are a bunch of people in an area where there is a grill the important of knowing where your children are because extremely important. Cookouts with large amounts of people can be dangerous in ways you wouldn't anticipate, so staying away from very hot grills almost tops the list. According to there are approximately 2.7 million children that visit the ER every summer due to injuries related to backyard activities, such as being near swimming pools or playsets.


Best Places For Ice Cream in Louisville and Southern Indiana

Among your path to buying or selling your next house in Louisville or Southern Indiana you always have to find time for ice cream from time to time. Although the end of summer is drawing near there are two things that every ice cream lover knows: 1) ice-cream tastes delicious no matter if it’s July or January and 2) some of the best and unique flavors are only available around right this time. Whether it be Pumpkin flavor or tastes like Apple Pie, the last few months of the year can surprisingly be the most tasty!

We have compiled the top-5 ice cream places in Louisville and Southern Indiana where you will find delicious treats and unique flavors, all for an affordable price.

*The Comfy Cow*

If you happen to see a mascot of a cow holding an ice cream cone, chances are you are familiar with The Comfy Cow. With three locations situated across the city of Louisville, Comfy Cow is a growing company with a lot to offer. As soon as you walk in a Comfy Cow store you feel as if you walked into a time machine, as there is absolutely a genuine mid-1900s ice cream shop feel. There are multiple chalkboards that fill almost an entire wall filled with different flavors and desserts. They allow you to sample as many flavors as you like before you try, a great perk considering the unique flavors that have. If you’re feeling super ambitious feel free to attempt the Comfy Cow challenge (which was featured on the Travel Channel’s ‘Man vs. Food’: 15 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, 10 cherries, 2 types of nuts, and a whopping of other toppings.

*Dairy Kastle*

Want delicious ice cream but you’re on a budget? No worries…Dairy Kastle has you covered. This small outside shop is over 40 years old and is situated right near the campus of the University of Louisville. During summer hours you will be hard pressed to find no lines in front of the store. Dairy Kastle is perhaps known for the Fat Elvis, which...

Family Fun and Great Times At The Mellwood Art Fair

This past weekend the Mellwood Art Center hosted their annual September Art Fair in Louisville, KY. This two-day event featured 150 juried artisans, 200 resident artists, food and beer, live music, and much more. The River Valley Group attended the unique fair and will be sure to return next year!

The free event is both indoors and outdoors and features beautiful handmade crafts ranging from home décor to clothing to delicious treats and foods. Outside is where the live music was being played as well as food vendors and several artisan booths. I would recommend the beef gyros as well as the freshly squeezed lemonade and tasty French fries.

Inside the venue are even more booths than outside. What caught my eye was the handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations; although Christmas is months away, they would look great on any Christmas tree…not to mention they were all 50% off! We also tried the homemade fudge where they had a buy two get one free deal.

Overall the September Art Fair at the Mellwood Art Center is the perfect event for families to enjoy time together. It’s also a great opportunity to bring your pet as we saw many dogs on leashes enjoy the festivities as well. Be sure to mark your calendars for September 2014 for the next round of fun!

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River Valley Weekend Report - 9/6/2013

The first full weekend of September is upon us and the River Valley Group has compiled activities going around in an area near you. Whether you own a house in Louisville, Southern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, or Cincinnati, there are events for all ages this weekend!

Weekend Events for the Weekend of 9/6/2013:

35th Annual MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest – Covington, KY | Sept 6th – Sept 8

Cincinnati Reds vs. LA Dodgers – Cincinnati, OH | Sept 6th – Sept 7th

Harvest Home Fair – Cincinnati, OH | Sept 6th – Sept 8th

Cincinnati Film Festival – Cincinnati, OH | Sept 6th – Sept 15th

Cincinnati ComiCon – Cincinnati, OH | Sept 6th – Sept 8th

Progressive Organ Concert – New Albany, IN | Sept 7th

Call 812-949-3110

UofL Football vs. EKU - Louisville, KY | Sept. 7th

S. Ellen Jones Neighborhood Festival – New Albany, IN | Sept 7th

Call 812-945-3531

2013 Big Ol’ Backyard BBQ – Louisville, KY | September 7th

2013 September Art Fair at Mellwood Art Center – Louisville, KY | September 7th

Locust Grove Family Picnic – Louisville, KY | September 8th


Four Alternatives to Raking The Leaves in Your Yard

Fall is one of the best seasons for aesthetics, especially in areas like Louisville, Southern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati. All of these areas are fortunate enough to get a full effect of all four seasons year round. Fall is symbolized by many things to many people, but the changing colors of the leaves are by far one of the most recognizable. The leaves slowly float off of the trees and scatter across your yard in September and October and it lets you know that fall has really arrived.

For some homeowners the leaves turn out to be a burden. They associate taking care of their home and lawn with a green yard and no leaves. However there are quite a few alternatives to having to rake up the leaves and throw them in large, black trash bags. Here are four alternatives:

1. Mow them with your lawnmower

When you can hear the crunch beneath your shoes from the leaves across your lawn that means it’s the perfect time to mow them. According to research from Michigan State University keeping mowed leaves in your yard will help with weed growth, which is crucial before the winter months roll around. So pull out your lawnmower, crush them up, and just let them sit…it will surely do more good than bad.

2. Compost

Leaves, when shredded, break down into carbon and can add nutrients to the plants in the ground. There are many benefits, including the fact that it reduces landfill waste, is food for the environment, recycles yard waste, and much more. For a more detailed guide on how to compost head over to

3. Arts and crafts

If you simply don’t have the time for composting and/or you don’t own a lawnmower, you can make it a family affair by creating arts and crafts with the leaves. This is an activity the kids will enjoy and is guaranteed to spark a creative nerve. Some ideas include wax leaf preserving, leaf art, fall wreaths, and much more.

4. Create a pile to jump into!

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