Last year was not only the 25th Anniversary edition of Bardstown Road Aglow in Louisville, it was the first time I really felt the sting of missing my chosen family, friends, and church family up there in Kentucky..
And DJ Moni wasn’t there to spin Christmas tunes with soul and exhorting the festive holiday crowd traipsing up and down Bardstown Road to “Sliiiiide into Edenside” and take advantage of scarfing up my church’s delicious holiday snacks, our hospitality and get the opportunity to meet our pastor Rev. Sally McClain and the members of the Edenside Christian Church family.
Well, with December finally here and the first Saturday weekend rapidly approaching, it’s time for the 26th Annual edition of Bardstown Aglow.
Like the Light Up Louisville ceremony downtown, it’s a traditional kickoff to the holiday season for the businesses and organizations in the Highlands neighborhood.
The businesses along that Bardstown Road corridor break out the holiday decorations and stay open with extended Saturday hours until 11 PM as holiday revelers enjoy the bargains, the music and the street vendors set up along that several mile stretch between Grinstead Dr and Highland Ave
Being that Bardstown Aglow happens the first weekend in December, the weather can vary wildly for it from a t-shirt and tennis shoes late fall day to having to be bundled up against the cold and gingerly tiptoeing along the freshly snow cleared sidewalks.
I got to actually walk the streets during the 2009 edition of it because the church decided to try something different that year and I had fun bouncing up and down Bardstown Road and soaking up the Christmas magic of that event.
But to tell the truth I would have had more fun behind my turntables and a mic.
The 26th annual Bardstown Aglow kicks off on December 3 this year, and if y’all TransGriot readers in the Louisville area “Sliiiide into Edenside”, tell them Moni sent you.