Bicycle tours, live music, art and heritage activities throughout the Portland neighborhood at 2016 Portland Art & Heritage Fair on Saturday October 8
A unique feature of the 2016 Portland Art & Heritage Fair is the placement of different activities throughout the neighborhood. The Portland neighborhood is geographically large. The PAHF strives to give visitors a range of reasons to visit, including a place to sit, active fun, art to enjoy, music to hear, food to eat, history to experience, and people to meet. A complimentary trolley shuttle will loop the neighborhood with stops at the anchor sites throughout the day. Parking is available at the Family Health Center (2215 Portland Ave) and across the street at the Louisville Metro Dream Center (617 Carter Street).
Arts & Crafts
Louisville Visual Art (1538 Lytle Avenue) will open the juried art exhibition with the theme: METAMORPHOSIS. The exhibit will feature 21 artist submissions. Craft booths will be located at Love City, Inc. (344 N. 26th Street). Craft vendors include approximately 26 vendors. All items are handcrafted. Love City, Inc. will also be offering fish sandwiches and BBQ. The Nelligan Art Alley project (2006 Portland Ave) will be creating an art project: Doors to Portland. dyeScape (1657 Portland Avenue) will offer dyeing demonstrations.
Heritage & History
Louisville Bicycle Tours has designed a bike tour through the Portland neighborhood. The cost is FREE. Guests are invited to bring their own bikes, however, and Louisville Bicycle Tours will have 15 bikes to loan out for each tour. There will be three rides over the course of the day starting at 10am, 1pm, and 3 pm. Each tour will start AND end at the Family Health Center. The ride is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (7 miles total). Guests “borrowing” a bike are encouraged to make a reservation.
A self-guided “Hunt for History” will also be available. Guests will be directed to various points of historic interest and can participate in a quasi-virtual scavenger hunt ending at the Portland Museum (2308 Portland Avenue). The Portland Museum will be open and hosting river heritage activities. The Portland Branch Library (3305 Northwestern Parkway) will hold a book sale.
From 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the new Healthy House (1641 Portland Avenue) – Louisville Grows will be collecting stories from residents and visitors about favorite gardens and trees in an interactive storytelling project. At 2 p.m., Louisville Lots of Food (1647 Portland Avenue) will lead a fall foraging workshop – asking and answering the question, “Can I eat that?” A paid registration is required for this event.
Just for Kids
Kids can enjoy old-fashioned fun all day on the lawn of the Portland Family Health Center. Activities include: 11 a.m. – Hula Hoop Contest, 12 noon – Sack Races, 1 p.m. – 3-Legged Races, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Louisville Turners Circus: Juggling, Stilt-Walking, Ball-Walking, 4 p.m. – Jump-Rope Contest, 5 p.m. – Bubble-Blowing Contest, 5.30 p.m. – Water Balloon Toss. A Chalk Art Expo will also be produced and kids can make their own chalk art. The Arts Caravan mobile theater from the Alley Theatre will also pay a visit.
Entertainment & Food
Music, food and the first-ever Portland Cornhole Cup will be located at CoreDesign (1612 Portland Avenue).
The music line-up features: 10 a.m. to 12 noon – Carly Johnson, 12 noon to 2 p.m. – Indiana Joe & Arrow, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – WuWoo & Krew, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Squeeze-bot. Food will include La Chandeleur creperie food truck, Sweet Peaches, Against the Grain Brewery, West Sixth Brewing and Glory Tea Company. Fish sandwiches and BBQ will be available at Love City, Inc. and SnoWhat Snowballs will be available at KidsPort!. The Table (1800 Portland Avenue) will be open and serving special items.
The Portland Cornhole Cup will begin at 12 noon. Participants can register in advance or the day of the Fair. This event involves honor, glory, trophies and a cash prize.
All performances are FREE and open to the public. Limited seating will be available at most locations, but guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Handicapped parking is available at the Family Health Center as well as parking for bicycles at most locations.