I think glass making and glass blowing is fascinating and Louisville has a world famous glass studio called Glassworks. Tours are offered along with viewing of the artists. But this is more than just a glass studio turning out works of art, its owner Ken vonRoenn wanted to use more glass in architecture and the studio explores that concept also concept.
I spent quite a bit of time watching the making of ornaments. First a glob of glass (called a batch)s is pulled out of the hot kiln ( over 2000 degrees) where it has been heating to remove any bubbles.
The color has been added and now the artist is rolling the glass on the table to even the shape and embed the the frits.
We are in Kentucky the home of the famous Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby. I just had to see it. I thought we would just drive over there and walk around and see the track, but we found out that this was the opening of the "Downs at Dark", night racing and bands to draw a young audience. It's only on Friday nights during the summer race series. Apparently no two rated race tracks run at the same time so Churchill Downs is dark right after the Derby and then reopens about six weeks later, so we hit it just right.
The finish line. The track is one mile but some races are 1 1/16 and others are 3/4 so the gates are moved so the finish line is always the same.
We were just inches from the finish line. It's pretty exciting to watch but, the whole race takes less than two minutes. We ended up staying for five or six races and then wandering around. Unfortunately, my camera ran out of batteries and my digital card was full so I didn't get too many more pictures. There was a band playing really loud rock and roll...don't know the name... and the thirty something crowd was having a great time. There were very few greyed hairs in the crown. We left around 9:00 and the party was just starting.
Another skyline view of Louisville
The next morning we headed out for Columbus, Indiana under grey skies. I feel like we barely scratched the surface of Louisville. There are lots of little neighborhoods and historic districts which would be fun to explore.....