The Louisville WaterWorks Museum

I went somewhere and learned about water awarded the best in the country in 2008 and 2013 and it still tastes amazing today. It’s the Louisville WaterWorks Museum. It is all about the super cool history behind Louisville’s water.

First I did a scavenger hunt reading the text on the signs to learn the history behind Louisville Tap. There was also a great activity were there were 6 vials of water. I had to determine if a vial was purified tap water or if it was water straight from the Ohio River based on what was in it. Louisville started to pump water in 1854 and they first used steam to power the machines and then changed to electricity. Louisville was the first place in the world to combine a tunnel and a collector well system as well as riverbed filtration as source of drinking water. There are also a couple of fire hydrants on display that are large so they can pump more water. I think that because it is twice as big, dogs will like it twice as much.

Next there was a tour of the waterworks both new and old. I liked the old water tower – a super tall tower with a simple standpipe that was used to even out the pressure of the pumped water. There is a ladder that goes all the way up to the top and statues of Roman gods on the outside. All of the statues are made out of zinc except for one that is made out of concrete because when a tornado hit the tower in the 1970’s it smashed one of the statues. The biggest piece that remains is the right leg which is displayed in the museum.

After that I went to the newer pump houses that used to run on steam. They worked like a seesaw pulling in water and then pushing it out. The water went to the reservoir and then was distributed to Louisville. It took more than 20 people to run each steam engine. It is much different now. It uses electricity so it is a completely different machine with no people and much smaller. It is loud and there are lots of pipes in view. Next on the tour was a bridge to the intake building in the Ohio River. I learned about how the Louisville Waterworks dealt with floods and the consequences.

Finally is the water itself. Either from an outdoor water fountain or a cooler in the museum it is amazing. It is the best tasting anywhere in the nation.

This was an amazing place and I hope you can come see it. It is a stop on the Louisville Cultural Pass which ends August 6th.

 

Turtle

 

Louisville Nature Center

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose and we’re back to show you an amazing naturetastic adventure. It’s fun and you can experience nature again and again. It’s the Louisville Nature Center!

First, there was a scavenger hunt. We had to find something in nature that starts with each letter of the alphabet. There were 2 main trails to go on. Make sure to take plenty of water on the hike. The trails had some of the items for the scavenger hunt and the Nature Center’s library had the rest. There was also a bird blind in which to go birdwatching. The birds were really pretty and there was a squirrel just hanging out among the birds. There was also a garden walk with lots of flowers and ponds.

This was a cool place to go. We hope you can come see it. Remember that this is part of the Cultural Pass, if you go to at least 8 places you can be entered in a drawing for cool prizes. The Cultural Pass ends on August 6th.

Turtle and Moose

The Muhammad Ali Center

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose again and we’d like to share an amazing place on the Louisville Cultural Pass. It’s the Muhammad Ali Center. It was an awesome space and had lots of fun and cool info.

Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky January 17, 1942 and was named Cassius Clay when he was born. He lived in segregated times and didn’t like it. He wanted show other people that segregation is bad and at the age of 12 was determined to win the heavyweight boxing championship. Little did he know that he would win three! In his career he only lost five times and was a torchbearer in the 1996 Olympics. After he won the heavyweight title the first time, he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He devoted his life to peace and when he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, he refused to enlist and was stripped of his heavyweight title. He was convicted of draft evasion and wasn’t allowed to box anymore. He eventually had the conviction overturned by the Supreme Court and was allowed to fight again. After he retired, he spent his life going from country to country helping people. He developed serious Parkinson’s disease in 1981. He died June 3, 2016.

One of the coolest things of the Muhammad Ali Center is the ride up the escalator because it is the 2nd tallest in Kentucky. It also had many words for welcome in lots of different languages. There was an introduction movie about Muhammad Ali and his life which was very moving and inspiring. The next area talked about how he also helped a lot in the Civil Rights movement because he wasn’t afraid to speak out in public. He was one of the main contributors to the movement and drew many pieces depicting the terrible things that happened to African-Americans.

Another room had lots of screens where you could watch fights from Muhammad Ali’s career like Ali against George Foreman or Sonny Liston. Another cool thing was the fighting center. There were 4 items in that area. They had a speed bag that you punch in tune with beats, a punching bag that bounces to you when you punch it, a shadow area where you copy the moves of The Greatest, and a boxing ring where you learn boxing moves.

This was a really fun place to be in and explore and we hope you can come see it. Remember that this is on the Cultural Pass. If you go to 8 places on the pass you get to be entered for many different prizes.

 

Moose and Turtle

The Big Show – Kentucky Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Hi! It’s Turtle and Moose again to talk about the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s Romeo and Juliet. This is one of the most well-known plays of Shakespeare and is very tragic. “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” Once of the most well-known openings in theatre and with it we learn that Romeo and Juliet will be a story of how two star-crossed lovers from rival families try to find a way to be together.

It starts with the Capulets and the Montagues fighting in the streets of Verona. This is one our favorite scenes because the action was very intense and even with the rain slowing the speed of the fight (for safety’s sake), it was still a thrill to watch. The Prince is angered and says that if there are any more fights between the families then they will be executed. Peter, played by Tony Milder, is a messenger for the Capulets and does not know how to read but he wants to know who he is supposed to invite to a grand party. He asks Romeo who happens to be on the street. Romeo, played by Crystian Wiltshire, is one of our favorite characters because he did everything in his power to see Juliet, played by Megan Massie, and was very intense both in love and in anger. Romeo is reading the list and finds the name Rosaline, with whom Romeo is desperately in love.

Romeo and his friends are not allowed at the party but they show up anyway in masks. Mercutio, played by Bryon Collie and one of Romeo’s friends, is another of our favorite characters because he is funny and sarcastic but is also very serious about his friends. Tybalt, played by Neill Robertson, Juliet’s cousin and a loyal Capulet, shows up and finds out Romeo’s true identity and is hot to avenge this injustice. He is stopped when he tells his uncle and his uncle tells him to leave Romeo alone. Romeo then meets Juliet while dancing and leaves with a heavy heart knowing that he could never be married with her. After the dance Juliet is looking out her window calling Romeo’s name and wishing he was not a Montague. Romeo, who climbed over the walls of the Capulet’s home, miraculously hears her. They talk and they decide to wed, in secret, the very next day.

After the wedding, Tybalt sees Romeo and tries to goad him into a fight but Romeo walks away and Mercutio ends up fighting Tybalt. Tybalt slays Mercutio and then Romeo slays Tybalt in revenge. Romeo is banished. Juliet takes a potion that makes it look like she is dead so she won’t have to marry Paris. Friar Lawrence will then reunite Romeo and Juliet. But the plan fails and Romeo thinks she is dead. Romeo rushes to her tomb with a poison and commits suicide in despair. When Juliet wakes up and finds out that Romeo actually is dead she commits suicide too. This is one of our favorite scenes because of the fight between Romeo and Paris, tragic because of the misunderstandings, and the ultimate tragedy that follows. The two families realize that their hate for each other has caused all of the deaths and make peace and live sadly ever after.

In the first half of the play, the costumes were of the traditional period style but in the second half, the dress because modern with jeans and suits and police in modern uniforms. We believe this is because modern rivalries have just as tragic outcomes as did the families of Verona, and perhaps we can learn from Shakespeare before it is too late.

This was an amazing play and we hope everyone goes to see it. Romeo and Juliet plays through next Tuesday, the 12th, and then all 3 Shakespeare shows will be in rotating rep. Don’t miss any of these shows!

Turtle and Moose

Kentucky Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

We saw Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of The Winter’s Tale. It is a very funny play even though it started out very much like a tragedy and the change doesn’t take away from the amazingness that are Shakespeare’s plays.

The story starts with Polixenes, the king of Bohemia (played by Gregory Maupin) visiting Leontes, king of Sicilia (played by Dathan Hooper) and his wife Queen Hermione (played by Maggie Lou Rader). We like Mamillius (played by Julian Allen) because is funny and charming and is willing to do whatever his father says. We also like his song at the beginning of the play and how it sets the stage for this excellent show. Leontes thinks that Hermione is cheating on him with Polixenes. Leontes tries to get Camillo (played by Jeremy Sapp) to poison Polixenes but Camillo flees with Polixenes to avoid poisoning him. Antigonus (played by Kyle Ware) is forced to leave Hermione’s newly-born daughter on a desert shore in Bohemia. Hermione is in court for treason but after hearing of the death of her son Mamillius she collapses dead. Antigonus drops off the baby and then is killed by a rapidly-moving bear. A shepherd and his son find the baby Perdita. Will Leontes and Perdita meet? What will Leontes do now? What have Camillo and Polixenes done during this time? The answer to these questions and more are in Act II. Also keep an eye out for Autolycus (played by Neill Robertson) because he is funny and a devious trickster (and not that subtle) pick-pocket.

This is an amazing play put on by Kentucky Shakespeare and we hope you can come see it. If you see each show at least once and have your passport stamped you can get a prize.

Turtle and Moose

Kentucky Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Hi, this is Turtle and Moose, two gentlemen of Louisville, here to tell you about Kentucky Shakespeare’s play The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This version of the play is set in 1919 at the end of WWI. There are lots of fun musical numbers in this performance that make it feel more alive. It all starts in Verona when Valentine (played by Zachary Burrell) leaves for Milan while Proteus (played by Jon Patrick O’Brien) stays in Verona to woo Julia (played by Maggie Lou Rader). Neither know of each other’s love until a love letter from Proteus says otherwise. When Proteus gets the response, his father sends him to the Duke and Valentine meets him. Proteus finds out about the love between Silvia (played by Arielle Leverett) and Valentine. But he secretly likes Silvia too, so he tells the Duke that Valentine likes Silvia so Valentine is banished from Milan. Valentine soon meets a group of outlaws (played by Bryon Coolie, Neil Robertson, and Braden McCampbell) and becomes their leader. We know that this is a comedy, so somebody’s going to get married. Who will it be…?

Crab, played by Hope, is a very special part of the performance. She is a therapy dog and is breaking the boundaries of cute. Our favorite characters are Launce (played by Gregory Maupin) and Speed (played by Abagail Bailey Maupin). They are servants of the gentlemen of Verona. They are good friends just like their bosses and they have the best costumes of any of the male characters. We like how they sing duets together just like we do. One of our favorite scenes is the outcast/wilderness scene when Valentine finds a group of outlaws. It is amusing how Valentine started scared of them but ends up as their leader when he tells them he had killed a man (lies!). Our other favorite scene is the first scene which is a musical. We like how it sets the stage for the rest of the play and shows how colorful life is in Verona. It has a person riding a bike across the stage which we think is funny. It is also our first look at Crab the dog.

Remember that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival series is on the Cultural Pass and that you get a special prize for seeing each of the plays. It was an amazing play and we expect more amazing Shakespeare later this summer.

Thanks for reading,

Turtle and Moose

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose and we saw Kentucky Shakespeare’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at Iroquois Amphitheater for Shakespeare in the Parks.

Our first favorite character was Tybalt because he is evil. He is a good fighter and is ready to protect his family name – until he died. Another one of our favorite characters was Romeo. We liked his brave love for Juliet and that he would literally die for her. We liked that he wanted to put their family differences aside and be friends.

One of our favorite scenes was when Paris and Romeo had the “Final Showdown” (quotes intended). We liked the emotion and the epic fight. Another of our favorite scenes was the opening scene. It was a good monologue and a great start for the play.

Romeo goes to a Capulet party to see Rosaline but instead meets Juliet who he likes more. Romeo sneaks out at night to see Juliet and they agree to get married. After they are married Romeo and Mercutio meet Tybalt who wants to kill them. Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt. Romeo is then banished from Verona. Then because no one knows Romeo and Juliet are married. Juliet’s father tries to make Juliet marry Paris. Juliet drinks a sleeping potion to make her go into a coma so it looks like she is dead. Will Juliet have to marry Paris? Will Romeo and Juliet meet again? Find out in Romeo and Juliet.

This was a great performance from Kentucky Shakespeare. We want to thank all of the sponsors for Shakespeare in the Parks – Mayor Susan Barto, City of Lyndon, Mayor Bill Dieruf, City of Jeffersontown, Mayor Jeff Gahan, City of New Albany, Mayor Mike Moore, City of Jeffersonville, Louisville Metro Council members Jessica Green, Barbara Shanklin, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, David James, Angela Leet, Ton Owen, Bill Hollander, Pat Mulvihill, Vicki Aubrey Welch, Cindi Fowler, Marianne Butler, Kelly Downard, Glen Stuckel, Stuart Benson, Dan Johnson, James Peden, David Yates, and Humana, Jeffersonville Arts Alliance, Jeffersonville Public Art Commission, Jefferson Main Street, and White Clay. There are 16 more performances of Romeo and Juliet – see Kentucky Shakespeare’s website for dates and locations. We are very much looking forward to the summer season in Central Park. The kickoff of the season is June 1st. See you there!

Moose and Turtle