Today’s WDRB News Morning Show featured a live interview with Norton Commons’ own Marilyn Patterson and Susan Graf as they shared a sneak preview of what residents and visitors can expect at this weekend’s Third Annual Art Festival & Spring Home Showcase with Keith Kaiser of WDRB News. It all happens this weekend rain or shine, so don’t miss this free event with exciting artists and live entertainment. Follow the links below to tune in to today’s interview and the event schedule for Saturday and Sunday.
Visit the Norton Commons Town Center and peruse local arts and crafts including handmade products from textile artists, painters, jewelry makers, sculptors, potters, soap milliners, woodworkers, and many other artisans. We’ll also have live music and plenty of food and drink, so spend the whole day with us! The Art Festival will take place from 11AM-5PM on both May 20 & 21.
Bejeweled Horseshoes & More! Artist Scooter Davidson
Saturday, May 20
11-1: Bomar & Ritter
1-3: Handcar Prophets
Sunday, May 21
11-1: Campbell Grissom
1-3: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
3-5: Millers Folly
The outdoor entertainment continues Saturday evening with Music by the Water. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. The inaugural concert this year kicks off with local favorite Alex Wright, an Americana group, who will open for Tony and the Tan Lines, a popular yacht rock band.
Event admission & parking are free! RSVP for the Art Festival via Facebook.
The Norton Commons 2017 Summer Concert Series kicks off on May 20. As in years past, this year’s series is dubbed Music By The Water, which is appropriate since the concerts are held in the beautiful amphitheater near the lake.
The series of seven concerts promises something for everyone with a wide variety of musical styles, including soul, blues, country, patriotic, classic rock, and music from the‘60s and ‘70s. The concerts are free, open to the public, and family friendly. The beautiful grounds surrounding the amphitheater can easily accommodate over two thousand guests. Parking is also free and convenient, and can be found on-street throughout the neighborhood.
Before the show, enjoy dinner at one of Norton Commons’ many award-winning restaurants. The 502 Bar & Bistro offers seasonal specials and local favorites. Mercato Italiano excels in upscale Italian. Enjoy drinks and great food on the patio at Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza or Citizen 7. Norton Commons also boasts two locations for Asian cuisine—Wild Ginger and Tea Station Asian Bistro. For an extensive wine and bourbon list or unique cocktails, Commonwealth Tap is a local favorite.
Who better to kick off a summer concert series named Music By The Water than a band named Tony and the Tan Lines. We had a chance to catch up with the band for some insider information about what concert goers can expect on May 20.
NC: What do you love about outdoor concerts?
T&TL: The outdoor concert is all about freedom. And we’re going to let it ring.
NC: I know you’ve played several events in Louisville. What does the band like to do or eat while in Louisville?
T&TL: While in Louisville we love to eat tacos, tacos and probably some more tacos. Tacos.
NC: Fortunately, the band won’t have to go far from the amphitheater to find great tacos at Citizen 7 in Norton Commons. You have to try our favorite Blackened Shrimp and Mojo Pork Belly. I see the band hails from Miami, another place for great tacos. How did the band come together?
T&TL: Our bass player Vinnie Starlito was driving a cab in Miami part time while his dance studio was being built. He needed some extra work, so he answered an ad in the paper looking for a bass player to shake bottoms. He met up with Skip Bartles, our singer, and the rest they say is history.
NC: You say you like ‘70s soul and ‘80s Miami sound. What is it about that era for you?
T&TL: The music of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was all about partying, having a good time and shaking your tail feathers. This is something the Tan Lines have based their entire being upon.
NC: I see that your musical inspirations are Hall & Oates, Billy Ocean, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins. What is it about those artists that inspire you?
T&TL: Each one of these artists has such a unique voice. Their songwriting and musicianship are second to none.
NC: What can we expect at the Norton Commons summer concert series?
T&TL: Imagine if the dance scenes from Footloose, Grease, and West Side Story all had a baby. So that.
NC: So you’re saying to bring your dancing shoes. I like that. I see you specialize in “Yacht Rock”. What exactly is “Yacht Rock”? I think I could use some right now!
T&TL: In general, yacht rock is an era of super smooth music created in the late ‘70s and early ’80s made famous by artists like Toto, Hall & Oates and Kenny Loggins. A guilty pleasure to some, but we simply like to call it pleasure.
NC: What music do you listen to in your car?
T&TL: Fun fact—not one of the Tan Lines owns a car. We always travel by boat.
NC: I see you have a “resident bartender” as part of the band. What are some of the band’s favorite beverages?
T&TL: We have a signature drink, well more of a pairing. It’s called the “Starlito Sunrise” named after our bass player. It’s a shot of tequila paired with a Miller High Life. Really gets you going in the morning.
NC: I love the clothes in the band’s photos. Where do you shop?
T&TL: When in Louisville, we always stop at the Nitty Gritty. The ladies there keep us looking very sexy.
NC: Your Facebook page lists the Rupert Holmes song “Escape–The Pina Colada Song”. Why that song?
T&TL: Who doesn’t love Piña Coladas and makin’ love at midnight?
NC: You mention “musical adventure” in your promo. What musical adventure is in the band’s future?
T&TL: You never know where the Tan Lines will end up next. It’s always an adventure with us, on stage or off. Wherever the smooth winds take our sails, that’s where we’ll be. Just remember to always Stay Tan!
Tony and the Tan Lines take the stage on May 20 at 6:30 p.m., so bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs. See you at the amphitheater!
While residents of Louisville look forward to spring and warmer weather, prospective home buyers in Louisville anxiously await a more favorable spring real estate forecast.
A serious shortage of homes in the Louisville area means prospective buyers have fewer property options. That’s why the homes in the newest section of Norton Commons’ North Village, known as N4, are a welcome addition to the growing new urban community and good news for Louisville buyers. According to Greg Burrus of Burrus Architecture & Construction, longtime builder in Norton Commons, “N4 has a nice variety of lot sizes with various price points.” In fact, N4 has 71 desirable lots, most with a park view, which are now available. Construction is already underway on many.
Norton Commons’ Sales Manager Susan Graf shares her excitement about the newest section of homes, “Our builders have come up with some new and exciting plans for N4, including one-story plans, great two-story options, and lots of porches and courtyards. Our buyers are going to have excellent opportunities when looking for their new home. N4 has a fabulous green space and the North Village has great planned parks and unique amenities. The North Village is beginning to really come alive.”
Builder David Ramage of The Ramage Company reports, “section N4 will continue Norton Commons’ geothermal initiative, which is one of the largest such initiatives in the nation. By harvesting the moderate temperatures in the ground, the efficiency of a geothermal system lowers monthly utility bills without emitting carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Geothermal equipment has a longer useful life than a typical furnace, too.”
Another advantage homeowners will appreciate, according to Greg Burrus, is something these homes won’t have—outside air conditioning units. This is a distinct benefit for homes featuring outdoor living spaces such as porches and courtyards because homeowners can enjoy quiet outdoor living without the noise from outside units. A small amount of yard space is also saved by the lack of traditional outdoor condenser.
With the planned construction of 71 energy-efficient homes featuring fresh, unique designs and a large common green space, this is an exciting time for builders and buyers in Norton Commons. We expect a beautiful spring forecast at Norton Commons where you will always find “More Life Per Square Foot.”
Questions about our homes, lots, or amenities? Call our Sales Center at 502.412.5085.
If you have lived in the Norton Commons community for any length of time, you are aware of the many exciting, fun-filled events that take place here during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. This week, our Marketing Director, Marilyn Osborn Patterson, had the chance to chat with Jason Black, the President and Owner of Artisan Signature Homes, on his Custom Home Building podcast series.
Marilyn shares an inside peek of what’s to come for spring and summer of 2017 in the Norton Commons community. From kicking off the Spring season with Easter egg hunts and the Easter Bunny to enjoying live music, local artisan crafts, and outdoor movie entertainment, this year’s spring and summer events are sure to be a hit – so come out and join us!
“We have exciting things in the works for the commercial village and beyond, so stay tuned.” – Marilyn Osborn Patterson
What’s Coming Up In Norton Commons:
Get the details of the live music & entertainment events scheduled.
Artists featured this year at the Music by the Water concerts.
What’s expected for the Sun Down Street Parties.
When to get your locally grown, farm-fresh produce at our weekly Farmers’ Markets.
Raising money for a good cause – how to participate in The Race Against Time 5K to benefit Progeria Research.
How you could win a new home valued over $500,000 – for as little as $100.
Which movies are playing – and when – at our Movies on the Lawn.
Our Spring and Fall Home Showcase events.
Take a listen to the full podcast episode and let us know what you think!
The Custom Home Builder Podcast series is produced and published by Artisan Signature Homes and often focuses on the custom and luxury home building process, as well as providing general information about the Norton Commons community to the general public.
PROSPECT, Ky. (March 21, 2017)— Norton Commons, the growing new urbanist community in Prospect, today announced the addition of new amenities including a wildflower meadow as well as a community garden.
Both the community garden and the wildflower meadow will be located at Bergamot Drive and Chamberlain Lane, just west of the community’s amphitheater and lake. The three-acre wildflower meadow will incorporate species native to the state, and will include many of the varieties for which the community streets are named. The meadow will be in concert with nature and will enhance and attract pollinators, birds, and butterflies.
The community garden will consist of 32 4-by-10 foot raised beds. The Norton Commons Neighborhood Association management staff and volunteers will oversee the garden, and plot leases have just begun among neighbors. They are sold out and a wait list has been created.
“The new green spaces will be both aesthetically-pleasing and environmentally beneficial,” said Marilyn Osborn Patterson, Marketing Director and Legal Counsel for Norton Commons. “This is a collaborative project, and will bring together residents of all ages to share in the harvests of vegetables and herbs. It’s the next extension of our farm-to-fork initiatives that began two years ago, when we launched our farmers’ market.”
The new amenities will be part of over 160 acres of planned green and civic spaces, which currently consist of nature trails, a rose garden, three dog parks, a bocce court, a town center, playscapes, and picnic areas. Norton Commons other sustainability efforts include its 100% geothermal North Village and its tree planting initiative, resulting in almost 3000 new trees planted in the community to date.
In May of 2017, the community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original design charrette where dozens of noted landscape architects and planners, like Andres Duany, the father of new urbanism, laid out initial plans for the 600-acre complete community in northeast Jefferson County.
Norton Commons, with its vibrant town center, is a popular shopping destination. With seven full-service restaurants, soon to be eight, this unique neighborhood is fast becoming a culinary destination as well. Where else could you find South American street food fusion, casual Italian, new American, and Asian cross-cultural cuisine within easy walking distance?
Starting Monday, January 23 through Monday, January 30, Norton Commons will host its first Restaurant Week, a week-long dining extravaganza meant to showcase its growing food scene. Restaurant Week will be a great opportunity to try a new menu item at your tried-and-true familiar place or be adventurous and find a new favorite place. The variety of award-winning restaurants at Norton Commons promises a wide range of cuisines that will satisfy every discriminating palate.
The six participating restaurants include Mercato Italiano, Citizen 7, The 502 Bar & Bistro, Tea Station Asian Bistro, Karem’s Grill & Pub, and Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza. Each restaurant will offer a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu that includes an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert from $15, $20, and $25 per person (price points vary by restaurant). Commonwealth Tap will also offer drink specials during Restaurant Week.
There’s no better time to try something new, so pick a date and gather your friends for the first annual Restaurant Week at Norton Commons.
The wait is finally over for Norton Commons’ builders and buyers. On Wednesday, January 11, the newest section of Norton Commons’ North Village will be available to builders in the first lot draw of 2017.
The new section, known as N4, has 71 very desirable lots. Like other homes in the North Village, the homes in section N4 will be heated and cooled with geothermal technology. N4 will also showcase a large common green space, even larger than a similar green space that can be found on Featherbell Boulevard, west of Meeting Street. Some of the N4 lots will face this picturesque lawn, serving as the perfect centerpiece for the new section.
The Norton Commons Sales Team anticipates that all the new lots will be purchased and built on in 2017. Builders are expecting a great spring, so they are currently working on home plans. Many plans are fresh and unique to N4 and are beautifully designed.
This new section of geothermal homes will continue Norton Commons’ commitment to the local environment, a commitment demonstrated earlier this month when property management recycled over two dozen holiday trees by placing them in the community’s lake to promote the growth and diversity of the resident fish population. Also on Norton Commons’ green agenda for 2017 is the plan to plant over 200 trees throughout the neighborhood. Some of the plantings include the live holiday trees that were on display in the Norton Commons Town Center over the holiday season. That will bring the neighborhood tree count to over 2700. With these and other soon-to-be-announced green additions, spring should be even more beautiful in Norton Commons.
Want to sample award-winning cuisine at a great price? Then make plans to visit Norton Commons’ inaugural Restaurant Week for from January 23-30, 2017. Participating restaurants will offer patrons three-course dinners from $15, $20, and $25 per person (menu offerings vary by restaurant). Offerings will include an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert from a special prix fixe menu. Restaurants participating in Norton Commons Restaurant Week include: Mercato Italiano ($25); Citizen 7 ($25); The 502 Bar & Bistro ($25); Tea Station Asian Bistro($20); Karem’s Grill & Pub ($15); and Johnny Brusco’s($15).
Our friends at Commonwealth Tapalso have some awesome activities lined up for RW which will compliment our culinary offerings nicely. Check them out on social!
Also, don’t forget that Chateau Bourbon Bed & Breakfast is celebrating the event with a special rate of $199/night for all suites this week. Book your staycation and walk to your luxurious accommodations after indulging.
To make dinner reservations, click the restaurant links above or visit our business directory page here and give them a call.
Norton Commons isn’t just a great place to live, work, and shop. It’s also a great place to serve the local community. The residents and businesses in Norton Commons support a number of charities throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.
As soon as the calendar page turns to December, parents in the area know to bring their children to Norton Commons for a picture with Santa. This is also the time to bring children, a date, or the entire family for a carriage ride in true Cinderella style down streets bright with holiday lights. And the cost of that picture with Santa or carriage ride? A toy donation for Toys for Tots. This year, Norton Commons collected more than half a dozen boxes overflowing with several hundred toys and over $100 in cash for Toys for Tots.
Deck the Streets is a new event for Norton Commons this year, but it is sure to become a lasting tradition. Residents decorate their homes and compete by street in a colorful, public display of community holiday spirit. Visitors and residents vote for most festive street via Facebook, and a charitable donation is made in honor of the winning street. Voting closed on December 16, so we hope you did a drive-by and cast your vote for the most decked out street. After tallying up the results, we’re pleased to report that Norton Commons Boulevard was voted as the merriest street, and Portland Promise Center was the winning charity.
The Norton Commons Sales Center gets in on the holiday spirit by collecting gift cards for Engelhard Elementary School. The school uses these gift cards to shop for kids in need and to purchase groceries to provide holiday dinners.
Commonwealth Bank & Trust, the neighborhood bank, has been involved in community giving for a number of years. This year, the bank collected coats, clothes, and toys to provide gifts for “angels” that were not selected from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. CB&T makes sure these children aren’t overlooked.
Three popular Norton Commons’ businesses, Commonwealth Tap, Citizen 7, and The Pet Station support a long list of charities throughout the year. The Bill Meadows Foundation is the primary beneficiary of that generous spirit. This local charity provides financial assistance to people whose lives have been impacted by serious illness. To benefit the Foundation, business owners Paul Blackburn and Alex Tinker helped to start Corkestra, an annual fund-raising event where patrons sample wine and bourbon while enjoying an evening of music in the beautiful Norton Commons’ amphitheater. Can you think of any better way to support an excellent organization?
Salon Muse is another business consistently involved in community outreach. This year, the salon teamed up with Dare to Care by offering a 10% discount off a retail purchase when a client brings in a canned food item. The salon also joined local schools and churches to collect new and gently used blankets for Blanket Louisville for the second year. Collected blankets go to shelters that serve Louisville’s homeless population. Salon owner Angela Nunn appreciates this mission to warm bodies and hearts.
Another annual fund-raising event you don’t want to miss is the Children’s Hospital Foundation Home & BMW raffle to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital. For six years, Norton Commons’ involvement with the Foundation has included donation of a large portion of the value of the home site and assistance securing subcontractors and other vendors to work on the home. Imagine winning a home in beautiful Norton Commons or a brand new BMW for only $100 a chance! Though this year’s raffle is over, be sure to look for tickets to go on sale next July for the 2017 Children’s Hospital Home & BMW raffle.
Norton Commons truly is a great place to live, work, shop, and make a difference in the local community. Residents and business owners capture the generous spirit often reserved for the holiday season all year long.