A trip to Bloomfield

| June 15, 2011

Bloomfield, KentuckyThe Association of the Louisville Orchestra, the organization that for years has raised money for the Louisville Orchestra, took another tour to Bloomfield. It was a charming day, full of surprises.  A bus and two cars took off down the country lanes. A short drive from St. Matthews, it was scenic and relaxing.

We were headed to the early 19th century  home of Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer in the country near Bloomfield. This charming country-elegant home dates to the 1820s. It is a red two-story brick with a through-center hall, two rooms on the right and two on the left. The windows have elegant fretwork and a stately columned front porch.  Across the back is a long room for entertaining or dining or whatever. The second floor has corresponding rooms.

The drive and the entire farm seem to be lined with dry-stone fences. Linda grew up in southeastern Jefferson County. She obviously has a love for the country.

The Bruckheimers have had several log cabins that were about to be torn down, refitted them and use them as guest quarters. All those buildings make for an antique collector’s heaven.

There is a round brick canning building where vegetables grown on the farm are canned (some even by Linda!). There is a brick storehouse for the extra linens, dishes and all you need to entertain. There is a pond behind the house and friendly animals abound.

The Bruckheimers also have their own cemetery. Linda has family buried there.

From there we went into Bloomfield and had a box lunch at the old roller-skating rink filled with vintage local memorabilia that the Bruckheimers saved. Next to it is their old bowling alley also filled with nostalgia.

Lunch was delicious, but everyone was champing at the bit to go across the street to Nettie Jarvis Antique Shop. Nettie Jarvis was Linda’s grandmother. The shop has wonderful Kentucky furniture, quilts, fine china and great jewelry. I saw two happy women with new rings getting on the bus. But before we left to shop, the ALO was presented with a sizeable check from the Bruckheimers.

The outing was hosted by Sue Bench, Barb Dunham, Jo Ann Gammon, Peg Irvin, Dottie Nix, Diana Roeder, Ruth Scully and Nancy Welter.

Gladys and Sonny Bass.

Gladys and Sonny Bass.


Sonny Bass turned 90! Amazing! He still has all his marbles and more than a few tricks up his sleeve. The best thing he has going for him is his wife, Gladys, who has the patience of a saint to have put up with him all these years.

All his family, who flew in from wherever they were, and his friends gathered at Majid’s in St. Matthews for the celebration. He had the time of his life.

Poker Tournament

The Derby Festival Texas Hold’em Tournament will be held Tuesday, June 29, on the Belle of Cincinnati, docked east of the Public Wharf.

A $125 buy-in includes $10,000 in chips and a commemorative Texas Hold’em metal event pin. An add-on available during the first hour of play is $40 for $4,000 in chips. Guests may join you on the boat for $15 each paid at the door.

The ship will cruise during the first hour-and-half of play. There will be a cash bar, cash games, single table tournaments and more. First place wins $6,000 and custom winner’s bracelet. Cash prizes will be awarded for  first through 24th places.

Register online at www.derbyfestival.org.

The great Steamboat race, postponed because of the high river earlier this year, is now going to be held on June 29. Hold the date.

The Derby Festival also is holding its annual Yard Sale on Friday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Derby Festival headquarters, 1001 S. Third St.


Changes to the 2011 Pegasus Sponsorship Program resulted in the elimination of an exchange pin. However, a special edition exchange pin will be offered to collector’s in limited quantities for $35.


Music Theatre Louisville’s opening production for the summer season is the wonderful Tony Award-winning musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’” featuring the music of Fats Waller. The show will be presented in the intimate Bomhard Theatre at The Kentucky Center starting Friday, June 24, and running through July 2.  Call 502.584.7777. Ask about the special cabaret table seating. It’s a blast. And, Louisville’s own jazz pianist Harry Pickens will be playing in the show. This is a show you don’t want to miss.

photos by CARLA SUE BROECKER | contributing photographer

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