A full day of inaugural activities

| January 13, 2011
Mayor Greg Fischer and his wife Dr. Alex Gerassimides entering the cathedral.

Mayor Greg Fischer and his wife Dr. Alex Gerassimides entering the cathedral.

Inauguration Day:

5:10 a.m. – look out my bedroom window and saw Christy Brown in muffler and gloves, her breath a white cloud, pull up to my mailbox with six tickets for breakfast and ball sent by Mayor Greg Fischer to thank me for “your story that got me elected!”

5:10 a.m. – joyously come out in snow, to get tickets and Courier-Journal in my pajamas.

6 a.m. – scrape ice off windshield.

6:10 a.m. – ice froze inside windshield, so had to stop at filling station by Water Tower where cashier worked 25 minutes to clear it.

8 a.m. – downtown going wrong way on one-way Chestnut Street and ran up on sidewalk to avoid oncoming cars opposite of Cathedral of Assumption.

8:05 a.m. – asked parked policeman to first give me a ride and then help me park in lot. Two other officers parked my car, put in my money for all day and walked me on each side to Cathedral door.

“Thank you for helping out the old bat,” I said which cracked them up.

Entered Cathedral and waited at front door for Greg and Alex to arrive and take a picture.

9 a.m. – took picture of Greg and Alex and turned around to see all the cameras and news reels behind me – irritated at me blocking their shots!

Where Louisville Meets the World

9:05 a.m. - took a seat to the right where I could follow the mass. Tall, distinguished man in lovely black cashmere overcoat and white scarf sat on my left. He was Eduardo N. Mansilla, executive director of the Americana Community Center.

9:30 a.m. – Greg, Alex and their families entered as we stood, below the blue studded ceiling and big fleurs-de-lis on each side of altar while Handel’s “The Messiah” was gloriously sung by Louisville’s own opera star Emily Albrink, while “From Samson” rang out with Dr. Michael H. Tunnell on trumpet. Followed by Bourbon Baroque.

9:35 a.m. – Beethoven’s “Hallelujah”sung by glorious Cathedral of the Assumption Choir and Christ Church Methodist with respective directors and Dr. Philip Brisson on the organ.

10 a.m. – Very Rev. William L. Fichteman, pastor of the cathedral, welcomed us and gave invocation.

Rev. Father Larry Legakis of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church read the Parable of the Talents.

Dr. Kiarash Jahed, of the Muslim Community Center of Louisville, read from the Quran.

Pastor Dave Stone of Southeast Christian Church said a prayer of thanksgiving and the blessing of the city and new administration from Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport helped close the ceremony.

All were seated for the choir interlude “Total Praise” directed by Kevin James of St. Stephens Baptist Church.

We all stood while our leaders made intercession wishes and we responded, “Hear us and help us.”

Then followed the tenderest, touching “Quartet in D Major” by Hayden played by the Louisville Youth Orchestra String Quartet.
We remained seated as the procession led by Greg Fischer’s immediate family departed to walk together to Metro Hall for his inaugural address.

Anne Payne was the belle of the ball escorted by John Pfeifer, Jim Segrest and Charles Whaley.

Anne Payne was the belle of the ball escorted by John Pfeifer, Jim Segrest and Charles Whaley.

Inaugural Ball

My guests were lovely Mrs. S. Tilford Payne (Anne); Louise Cecil, costume genius; Jim Segrest, Butchertown mayor honored by having his picture on the front page of the Courier; Charles Whaley, Courier-Journal writer whose late wife, Carol Sutton, was first woman managing editor of the Courier; and John Pffiefer, former editorial staff of CJ and Times. We entered the inaugural cocktail party for 1,700 guests and later dined for a beautiful dinner chaired by Christy Brown and Tommy Elliott overseen by chairwoman Susan McNeese Lynch.

photos by Lucie Blodgett

Gill and Augusta Holland and sister Brook Barzun.

Gill and Augusta Holland and sister Brook Barzun.

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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