week ahead

The week ahead

Get enlightened about the eclipse

“The sky darkens in the middle of the day. The birds stop singing. Insects get quiet. A pearly white corona emanates from the dark circle that covers the sun. Planets and stars become visible in the sky.”

It sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi horror movie, doesn’t it?

No, it’s what happens during a solar eclipse like the one that will happen on August 21. The “path of totality,” the 70-mile swath of land that will experience the full solar eclipse, runs through southern Kentucky, through Hopkinsville and Paducah.

This month’s “Beer with a Scientist” event at Against the Grain Brewery features a discussion of the coming eclipse and how to safely experience it.

“A total eclipse of the sun is a very rare and beautiful event that you can only really enjoy from within the path of totality,” said Gerard Williger, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Louisville, who will be leading the event. “It’s as though the sun was taken away for a couple of minutes and then it comes back and it’s all better afterward.”

Nick Duong will also discuss recent research on near-Earth asteroids and share what he knows about their likelihood of striking the Earth. Fun.

The event is at 8 p.m. on May 17. The talk will last around 45 minutes with a Q&A afterward.

LIBA helps you buy local this weekend

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been nine years since the first Buy Local Fair, but the Louisville Independent Business Alliance founded the annual marketplace in 2008. This year’s Buy Local Fair will feature over 180 local business booths, including food and drink vendors, artists and craftspeople, farmers and more.

For the first time, the fair will feature a “Drink Local Craft Cocktail Competition” (that’s what it’s called) in which local mixologists will create cocktails and attendees will be able to vote for their favorite.

Held at the Louisville Water Tower, the fair is free but parking is $5 and this is your yearly reminder that you have to pay cash. Most of the vendors, however, do take credit/debit cards.

Buy Local is from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. Bring your own water bottle for free fill-ups from Louisville Tap.

St. Matthews Street Festival postponed

Sometimes life gets in the way of good planning. Luckily, the staff of the Chamber of St. Matthews knows better than to plow ahead with an event when all the important pieces aren’t in place.

Unfortunately, it was personal tragedies that forced the chamber to postpone the St. Matthews Street Festival that was planned for Saturday, May 20.

Chamber Executive Director Michael Chesser released a statement explaining the decisions:

In the course of the festival planning, our chamber staff was hit with three life changing events.  All three members of our staff experienced the personal devastation of the loss of a parent or significant family member, all within the course of six-week period.  For those whom (sic) have experienced a loss of this nature will understand the impact both personally and professionally.

The new date is Aug. 5. The event will remain on Frankfort Avenue between the intersections of Bauer Avenue and Lexington Road.

Updated 10:28 a.m.: A previous version of this post contained the incorrect date for the rescheduled festival. It is on Aug. 5 as noted above.