Tulips and Juleps Art and Gift Market Testimonial Tuesday

Another year, another Tulips & Juleps in the books and yet again I went crazy and spent every bit of my planned budget…and then some.

Generally, I am not much of a shopper. Like, at all. I kinda hate it, to be truthful. But every year, I prep for T&J. I set aside money. I look at the vendors’ websites. I plan my day around my own volunteer hours. I set out my lucky shoes (which are coincidentally super comfy). I may or may not listen to Eye of the Tiger before entering the venue.

This year my volunteer responsibilities required me to be in and out a lot…which was perfect for shopping. First I took a long stroll around, wending through each and every aisle.

Then I began. I bought a lavender candle that is supposed to help me sleep (at the very least. it smells delicious) from Graceful Bloom. I bought a cute baseball tee from Doodles by Rebekah that says Kentucky women are made of bourbon and ice.  I bought spices from Dan-O’s Original Seasoning that are low in sodium, yet still tasty. I hit the kitchen jackpot at Love & Fig with pair of oven mitts with a matching apron and some sassy dish towels (I got the last “I got 99 problems but a dish ain’t one” towel!). I am, at this very minute, wearing a delicate gold necklace that I found at RAHK Studio. She also sold me a jewelry polishing cloth that saved another necklace of mine that I thought tarnished beyond saving.

I may or may not have bought more (I definitely bought more). Truthfully, Tulips & Juleps is one of the few shopping experiences that I really enjoy, so it’s something I look forward to each year. I hope you can join us in 2019!!

Jenna Scott, Junior League of Louisville Member




12th Annual Junior League of Louisville Art and Gift Market: Tulips and Juleps


This coming weekend, February 23 – February 24, marks the Junior League of Louisville’s (JLL) 12th Annual Art Market – Tulips and Juleps!  The event will be held inside at Louisville Slugger Field right downtown with easy access and lots of parking and with everything indoors it will be a great way to spend a forecasted rainy Friday and Saturday!

The event will feature over 55 local and regional vendors to help get you and your home ready for Spring…think Derby (only 75 more days) as well as some amazing local foods and some great find for the kids too!  There is something for everyone!  For a complete list of Vendors click here.


This event helps to fund the JLL’s Mission: an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  This happens a number of ways:

  • Support of JLL’s Community programs, such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Little Libraries, Maryhurst and Boys and Girls Haven.
  • Leadership and Community Training for members through hands on committee work and training events held by the Junior League of Louisville and the Associate of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Tickets and Special Event Schedule

General Admission – $5.00
Valid for one time admission Friday 11-9pm OR Saturday 9am-5pm.  Excludes all special events.

Juleps After Dark VIP – $25.00
Ticket includes admission to the Market, 2 Drink Tickets, and Door Prize Entry.  Swag Bag for the first 250 tickets sold.

Juleps After Dark VIP (YPAL, YWC, Bachelor Club) – $20.00
Discount Ticket for YPAL, Younger Women’s Club and Bachelor Club of Louisville!! VIP Juleps After Dark Ticket includes admission to the Market, 2 Drink Tickets, and Door Prize Entry. Swag Bag for the first 250 tickets sold.

B.You Class at Tulips and Juleps – $15.00
Saturday 2/24 at 10:30 am.  Enjoy a 45 minute fitness class from local studio B. You! General admission minimum donation and a mimosa ticket are included in this ticket price.

Nanz & Kraft Class – $40.00
Saturday 2/24 at 1:30 pm.  Tulips & Juleps presents a great opportunity to take a hands-on class from Nanz & Kraft! Attendees will create a beautiful arrangement valued between $75-100, receive general admission into the market, and a print from the local late artist, Mickey Hackett. The class is expected to last between 60-90 minutes.

Click here to get tickets.

Hope to see everyone there to help support the JLL!

Sample of 2018 Vendors

Testimonial Tuesday: Noogie Fest and Gilda’s Club

Written by: Michelle Christopher, Junior League of Louisville Member

I’ll always remember Noogiefest 2013. I had just moved to Louisville, and I was looking for ways to be involved in the community. Volunteering for Noogiefest as a Provisional was a special experience as my committee became some of my most supportive friends. I also met several young Gilda’s Club members and their parents who expressed how grateful they were for the emotional support that Gilda’s Club offered to them during their cancer journey, and it was humbling to hear how much they loved the Halloween party that JLL planned for them. From that day, I was hooked.

Noogiefest was the first of many volunteer shifts that I served at the clubhouse. I am thankful that Junior League led a path for me to join the Gilda’s Club Associate Board for three years, which has allowed me to grow and serve in leadership roles. But I also thank Junior League for introducing me to many strong individuals that continue to welcome, inspire, and encourage one another and the community.

Volunteering with the JLL at Gilda’s
Volunteering with Gilda’s Club at the KDF Mini Marathon
Wigs on Tap, Gilda’s Associate Board


Testimonial Tuesday: Little Libraries

My first Junior League Free Little Library experience!

Written by: Clair Colvin, Junior League of Louisville Member

As you know JLL sponsors 5 Free Little Library’s in the 40203 neighborhood and I had the pleasure of being a route runner in August! I signed up and headed off to the Junior League office with my two kids, (Taylor 4 and Sam Wiley 2) to pick up my 5 boxes of books! I snagged my books and labels, chatted with Kirstin (the JLL Admin), gave my children a few m&ms left over from another event for their “good behavior” and we were on our way back home in about 20 mins.

I knew I wanted to make my shift run to deliver the books on the weekend with my family. I saw this shift as a wonderful teaching moment for my children. Children are influenced by what we model and encourage and now that I am a parent it is my responsibility to teach and model this behavior for my children. Sunday morning we loaded up the freshly labeled books, plotted our route, and headed out!

Every stop we made was a race to see who could get out of the car the fastest and to be the one to put the first book in the library! The pure excitement helping to put books in the library was so heart warming. At the Zion Baptist Church Free Little Library we were greeted and invited to stay for church, and at the Central High location a man who was enjoying his morning coffee while waiting at the bus stop offered to help. Overall, it was a wonderful family outing and I will definitely sign up to be a route runner again!

I am not a perfect parent, and I am ok with that, but I do know I want to lead by example on the important things in life. Thank you Junior League Free Little Library’s for giving me the opportunity to teach my little ones to spread kindness.

Clair Colvin
Junior League of Louisville Member


JLL Community Partner for IdeaFestival 2017


Over the course of four days every autumn, IdeaFestival takes physical form in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. This event is for anyone, irrespective of any  demographic, to collaborate and be inspired to think differently.

The result of this is an environment that not only proves to be a disruptive catalyst for innovation, but also cultivates valuable relationships through the intermingling of diverse topics and backgrounds.

We give you permission to think differently and share that way of thinking with other creative minds.

The Junior League of Louisville is proud to be a Community Partner for IdeaFestival® 2017, held this year from Sept 26 – 28 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. IdeaFestival is an eclectic network of global thinkers and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about what is impacting and shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education.

Please click the here for a complete list of all events!


Leadership Spotlight: Executive Management Team

Meet the 2017-2018 Executive Management Team.  Our Executive Management Team focuses on strengthening the JLL’s impact through its day-to-day initiatives. It develops and executes programs and activities aligned with the strategic goals of the organization as set forth by the Board of Directors.


Courtney Carter, Executive Vice President 2016-2018

Hi! I’m Courtney Carter and I am the current Executive Vice President. Born and raised here in Louisville, I knew JLL was always an organization that significantly impacted our community. It wasn’t until I joined the League in 2008, that I realized just how much JLL can impact individual women! The League has provided me with opportunities that have allowed me to try numerous new endeavors; all while being supported, motivated, and mentored by an amazing group of women. My experiences within the League have been incredibly formative to my career and personal life. JLL has trained me to be a better employee, wife, family member, and overall member of the community. Med-Dyne, my employer, has been the beneficiary of several successful developments because of my training in the League. Likewise, my husband and family have also benefited from my commitment to this organization. JLL not only supports my professional development but also my personal interests in providing for the community, surrounding myself with positive influences, and engaging in meaningful action.


Carrie Sheffield, Vice President of Finance 2017-2019

Carrie Sheffield currently serves as VP of Finance on the Executive Management Team of JLL. She is a Louisville native who joined the league with hopes of utilizing her time for the betterment of the community. After learning of the need for Finance Council volunteers, she decided to step in as Finance Manager. She later transitioned into the VP Finance where she’s now fulfilling her second year.
Carrie earned her Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Louisville and a Masters of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her current role as a manager in a local Accounting Department has enabled her to nurture staff and present ideas to enhance departmental processes. She finds joy in sharing her knowledge to helps others advance their career. Likewise, she delights in using her skill set to further the mission of JLL and the Louisville community.
In her spare time, she enjoys Zumba and traveling the world!
She looks forward to learning, sharing and growing with the awesome ladies of Junior League of Louisville over the next several years!


Genevieve Montgomery, Vice President of Community 2017-2019

Genevieve Montgomery is thrilled to serve as the Vice President of Community Impact in her sixth year with the Junior League. She grew up in Columbia, MD and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she studied Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management. After college she moved to Winston-Salem, NC where she worked in HR within the financial services sector. There she met her now husband and moved to his home of Louisville after getting married in 2013. She is a licensed REALTOR with Wakefield Reutlinger Realtors, although she is
at the moment primarily home with her 2.5 year old son and 1 year old daughter (who keep her on her toes to say the least). Prior to her current JLL role she has served as the Transfer Chair, Done in a Day Chair, and Boys’ and Girls’ Haven Chair. Her favorite role so far was being involved in a new partnership with Boys’ and Girls’ Haven where along with celebrating the youth (birthdays and holidays), they have been able to plan college/career readiness events for the youth on campus. She was beyond honored to
accept their Haven’s Heroes award on behalf of the JLL this year. Along with amazing community service opportunities the JLL has provided an incredible support system of women and some of her dearest friendships started in the JLL. She and her family are active members of St. Agnes Church where she serves as the Young Families Co-Chair and on the RCIA team. While she is not a native Louisvillian, she loves her town and enjoys walking and playing with her kids in the amazing park system, checking out local restaurants, and cheering on the Cards. However she can be spotted Sundays in the fall
cheering on her Baltimore Ravens at her neighborhood watering hole, Shenanigans! She is excited to see growth and fulfillment in the VP of Community role!


Abbie Gilbert, Vice President of Communications 2016-2018

Abbie Gilbert currently serves as the Vice President of Communications for the Junior League of Louisville. She is a Delta Zeta from the University of Louisville with a degree in Public Health and just started working on her Masters in Government at the Harvard Extension School. She currently works for Humana in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. Abbie is a Leadership Louisville Ignite Louisville Graduate and served as the President of Young Professionals Association of Louisville YPAL in 2011. She is currently serving as a board member of Louisville Metro Police Foundation, the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, and was appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer in 2017 to serve on the Air Pollution Control District Board. Abbie was named one of Louisville Business First’s 40 under 40 in 2012. She loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, wine and Orange Theory Fitness!


Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser, Vice President of Fund Development 2017-2019

Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser currently serves at the Vice President of Fund Development. Previously, she was Tulips & Juleps Co-Chair and Silent Auction Chair, a Provisional Advisor, and served on the meeting planning committee. She moved to Louisville in 2014 from Saint Louis, Missouri. Kathryn works on the business side of healthcare, serving as the Regulatory Compliance Advisor at DataFile Technologies. She frequently educates practices and healthcare professionals on matters regarding patient privacy (HIPAA) and new value-based reimbursement models for provider compensation. She holds a MBA from Webster University, and a BA in Biopsychology with minors in Leadership and Business from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Outside of JLL, Kathryn serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Louisville Kappa Alpha Theta chapter, as well as the Westminster College Alumni Council Board. Recently she was named one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s “35 Under 35”. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and her husband Keith, attending barre class, and enjoying brunch. In fact, Kathryn attended brunch 52 weekends in a row, accompanied many times by JLL members. This is Kathryn’s fourth year in the Junior League of Louisville, and she is excited for a great year!


Emily Turman, Vice President of Engagement 2016-2018

Emily Turman is currently serving her second term as Vice President of Engagement on the Executive Management Team for JL Louisville. Emily grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Kentucky majoring in Marketing/Sports Business. After college, Emily moved to Atlanta where her role allowed her to travel to all NCAA National Championship events on behalf of her clients. Emily moved to Louisville in February of 2010 and now serves as Director of Partnership Activation at Churchill Downs, where she and her team execute sponsor agreements for the Kentucky Derby. She and her husband Frank have been married for 4 years and have a 1 ½ year old daughter, Avery, and a 2 year old Golden Doodle, Sadie Janet. She enjoys reading, traveling and exercising. Emily has been in the Junior League for 8 years and openly shares her “barely engaged member to VP of Member Engagement” success story. She looks forward to many more years of memories and involvement in the league!


Kim Ryan, Vice President Leadership & Training 2017-2018

Kim Ryan currently serves as Vice President Leadership & Training for JLL. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She graduated from Western Ky University with a major in Healthcare Administration and Webster University with a Masters in Health Services Management. She currently works as a Learning Consultant for Humana creating and facilitating training materials for different areas of the company. Her husband, Dugan, owns and operates a local radio station, which is truly a family business! Outside of the Junior League she also volunteers for Kappa Delta Sorority as Recruitment Specialist for chapters in KY. She also serves NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) as an Area Advisor and an Senior RFM Specialist. She’s actively involved in her church, St Gabriel. She has 2 boys (Trey 13, Patrick 12) who keep her busy with their sports (she is a football, basketball and baseball MOM!). She has a Golden Retriever named Vedder who is always by her side! She enjoys reading, cooking and traveling with her family. She has been in the league for 5 years.


Olivia McKinney, Vice President of Membership 2017-2019

Olivia McKinney was born and raised in Lexington, KY & is a proud University of Kentucky Alumni. She has completed 18 hours of her Graduate degree from the University of Louisville in Educational Leadership & plans to complete her degree by 2018. Since November 2015, she has worked at Almost Family, Inc. as the Recruiter for the Ohio Market, whose mission she is passionate about – “making lives better through Home Care.” Her career in the Junior League of Louisville started in 2014. Along the way, she has served as a committee member of the Tulips & Juleps silent auction, chaired the Membership Enhancement committee for two consecutive years, & now serves as the Vice President of Membership. Olivia’s favorite roles from her time with JLL include helping to plan, execute, & participate in the provisional project – “Noogiefest” & her current position on the Executive Management Team as the Vice President of Membership. She also serves at her church, Southeast Christian through several different ministries, including Women’s Ministry & the Disabilities Ministry.
In her free time, she enjoys being with her Golden Retriever – Tucker, travelling, shopping, being outdoors, quality time with friends & family, a good book, attending events, watching sports, trying new things, cooking, & spending as many summer weekends as possible at the lake!



Leadership Spotlight: Secretary Jessica Dunleavy


Jessica Dunleavy, Secretary 2017-2018

Hi! I’m Jessica Dunleavy and I currently serve as the Secretary on the Board of Directors and as a READ co-chair. As a former first grade teacher and mom to three little ones, literacy is a passion of mine and the Little Free Library project speaks to my heart! I love to read, but I also enjoy exploring Louisville’s beautiful parks with my kids, trying new restaurants with my husband, Mike, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. Though I’m originally from Pittsburgh, I truly feel like Louisville is home, thanks in a large part to my time with JLL and the friendships I’ve made here.