Lucile Leggett’s Louisville
Lucile Leggett isn’t a household name, and she won’t grace any red carpets at Derby this week, but the hundreds of people who gathered at Jefferson Square last Thursday for the annual PNC/Brightside cleanup won’t soon forget the 93-year-old woman.
For the better part of two decades, Ms. Leggett has been active with Brightside, an initiative first started in 1986 with the goal of beautifying the city and fostering community pride. Last week, just before several dignitaries and local leaders took the stage to kick off the cleanup, the longtime Louisville resident flitted about the square, chatting with volunteers of all ages – at least she did until “Teach Me How To Dougie” pumped through the speakers.
When the initial notes of the popular hip-hop song hit the air, Ms. Leggett’s shoulders started bopping. Then, she swayed and stepped to the beat, putting her whole body into the movement as if she were holding court on a nightclub dance floor.
At first, those closest to her just stopped and stared. Soon, a sizeable group was dancing “The Dougie” alongside the laughing woman. When the DJ put on the “Electric Slide,” Ms. Leggett boogied and woogied, dipping low and turning as smoothly as the young people on either side of her.
This week, we welcome guests from around the globe for the Kentucky Derby and the fashion, food and festivities that go along with the legendary event. As the spotlight shines on the River City, we’re sure to see ourselves represented in the national media with a focus on not only our world-class horse racing and historic Churchill Downs, but also our grandest galas, exceptional headgear and apparel, incredible eateries and establishments and, of course, our most notable visitors.
All of that is so fabulous and fun and deserving of being highlighted – but we Louisvillians know we’re also so much more.
After a short kickoff program for the cleanup, Ms. Leggett led another round of the “Electric Slide.” Then it was time for the nearly 500 volunteers to hit the streets. “I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years,” the nonagenarian said, smiling broadly, “and I’m going to keep on cleaning up my city.”
She gave me a one-armed hug before walking away, and I stood alone watching her disappear into the crowd, silently hoping at least some of our out-of-town guests will get the chance to experience even a moment of Ms. Leggett’s Louisville.
Pick up the May issue of Southern Living and you’ll see Louisville on full display. The glossy features a variety of equestrian-themed products and an interview with mother-daughter duo Chris and Hannah Fulkerson. The gals were photographed wearing hats by C.K. Nobles, the official (and fabulous) milliner of the Kentucky Derby Museum. They also dish about what to wear to Derby. Chris’s advice to readers? “Keep your dress simple and go all out with that one show-stopping piece.”
Two Minutes with Robert Tuchman
Last week, we told you Maxim magazine will present the Fillies & Stallions Party Derby 2011, hosted by Black Rock Stables, on Friday, May 6, at the Mellwood Arts Center. The ultra-exclusive after-party will give guests an insider’s look at the biggest weekend in horse racing, serve up Derby-inspired cocktails by Evan Williams Bourbon, Lunazul Tequila and Red Bull, and indulge attendees in the hottest post-Oaks, late-night soiree in the River City.
After fielding numerous calls and e-mails from readers about the fete, I turned to Robert Tuchman – founder of Skylight Entertainment, which has partnered with the men’s publication to throw what will surely be an unforgettable evening – for answers.
Question: What does it mean when Maxim brings its brand to your city and decides to throw down, like you all do at the Super Bowl and, most recently, the Masters Golf Tournament in Georgia?
Answer: It means your city is prime for a party with national appeal. Louisville and Maxim are made for each other.
Q: You told The Voice this party will enhance what is already – obviously – an incredible Derby experience. How so?
A: The Kentucky Derby experience is about so much more than the race. No one does it better in this respect than Louisville. The race might be the greatest two minutes in all of sports, but this party is going to be the greatest six hours in Derby after-party history.
Q: What do you suggest fellas wear to the soiree?
A: Forget the men – I want to see what the women wear! It’s going to be like race day on roids. Actually, (laughs) that doesn’t sound too good.
Q: Final question. Who’s your Derby horse?
A: Uncle Mo. I’m a big fan of (trainer Todd) Pletcher and (owner Mike) Repole.
Just FYI: The party is primarily invite-only, but there is a limited supply of tickets available for purchase at www.trustedseats.com, which is owned by Skylight Group.
You can still get tickets to the Down The Stretch Derby Eve party hosted by Brian Brohm, Eric Wood and Breno Giacomini on Friday, May 6, at the ZirMed Building on Market Street across from Glassworks. The former University of Louisville captains and current NFL players are teaming up to benefit Best Buddies Kentucky, a nonprofit that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
I’m told attendees will mix ‘n’ mingle with a crew of recognizable famous faces at the bash, which boasts an affordable ticket that ranges from $50 to $75. Find out more at www.louisvilleskyloft.com/downthestretch.
Category: The Dish
About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.