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Councilmen Owen and Tandy help kick off 2006 Original Highlands Art and Music Festival

Friday September 1, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
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Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
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Louisville – The Original Highlands area is like many neighborhoods in Metro Louisville, a diverse area of homes, businesses and people.

“We are fortunate that the Original Highland has maintained its uniqueness,” says Councilman Tom Owen (D) 8. “Now, everyone will have a chance to come out and see it for themselves.”

The Original Highlands Art and Music Festival will kick off on Saturday, September 9th from 11:00am to 11:00pm. The festival location is in the 900 block of Baxter Avenue between Highland and Breckinridge Avenues.
This year’s theme is “Celebration of Local Diversity.”

Owen and Councilman David Tandy (D) 4 represent the Original Highlands area and are funding some portions of the event and activities.

“This is our second festival,” says John C. Riddick Jr. President, of the Original Highlands Neighborhoods Association. “It is also a very important one because it helps us raise funds for many projects right in our area.”
Last year, about 7,000 attended the festival raising $10,000 to help the neighborhood.

This year, there will be two music stages during the festival. Among the local groups featured: Brigid Kaelin, Paul Thorn, The Merediths, Follow the Train, The Big Diggity, Tim Krekel, John Gage, Salsa Rhythms, and The Shinerunners..

“We will also have an enhanced children’s area with inflatables,” says Riddick. “Many kids and parents know the area, it is in Patterson Park near the traditional school.”

Kentucky Refugee Ministries is the charity partner for the event.
The festival is also supported by many businesses along Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road as part of the fund raising efforts.
“It’s wonderful to see neighbors and businesses working together for the common good,” says Owen. “When that cooperation exists, vibrant community is the result.”

As part of the Art and Music Festival there will be a traffic concern. Baxter Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Highland and Breckinridge Avenues.

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Tom Owen (D) 8