A Busy Day of Art, History, Food, and Music

Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
Trip End Apr 01, 2010

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Where I stayed
21c Museum Hotel Louisville
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Kentucky
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I awoke early after my night out, and spent some time in the museum portion of the 21C hotel.  While the art is just about everywhere in this hotel, some of it very subtle and hardly noticed, others simply can't be missed.  A solid red penguin is the hotels "mascot" of sorts and there are tales of 3 foot tall red penguins showing up at the oddest times in the oddest places.  While the elevators and hallways boast the more subtle art, the lobby and basement are where the goods are.  The hotel is constantly changing out the exhibits and all of the work is very contemporary and by living artists.  You simply must check out the lobby bathrooms.  Some of it was quite quirky, but a truly unique experience none the less.
After taking in the modern art, I thought I would go for some history.  Several blocks from my hotel is the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum.  I grew up on the diamond so it was a real treat to see the craftsmanship that was involved to turn a bat back in the day.  The current plant is a lot more modern and the sheer amount of lumber running through this place is amazing.  There is a museum with exhibits of greats like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Johnny Bench.  There is a gift shop and I happen to know that they can put you own personal signature on one of their bats if you like.  This place would be great for the casual fan as well as the baseball purists, and the kids will love it.
Now it's off to Appliance Park for the real reason I am in Louisville.  Appliance Park is home to GE Appliances, and they have brought me here to learn about and demo the cooking products of their ultra-luxury brand Monogram.  It will be a mix of product knowledge and hands on experience.  Our group will be working with two chefs as we cook our meals over the next few days.  I love to cook, so this mini cooking class will be lots of fun!
After eating so much, I could hardly keep my eyes open, I thought it would be good to hear some live music.  I headed about 8 blocks from my hotel to Stevie Ray's Blues Bar.  Now we all know Stevie Ray called Austin home, so the familiar Blues were a welcome sound.  It was Blues Jam night, so there were 10-12 artists/bands all waiting for their turn to jump on stage for a few songs.  These guys were all pretty good, and it made for a good night of relaxing.  Stevie Ray would be proud to hear the Blues coming out of this bar.
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