Tag: Carla Sue Broecker

Stop the presses, and start sending your party invitations to the Voice-Tribune’s new editor

Lifestyle Media’s deal to buy The Voice-Tribune and a clutch of other Blue Equity Publishing shiny sheets last week included a new editor, too. Tonya Abeln, who until last month was editorial chief of the now-defunct society news competitor NFocus, appears in this week’s issue in a new post: editor in chief.

Tonya Abeln

In a letter to readers yesterday, she promises the new owners will hew to the 70-year-old Voice-Tribune’s tried-and-true strategy of party photos, party photos, and more party photos. Plus, Abeln vows to continue employing “the same captivating columnists.”

This is huge for Boulevard’s society news department because we really, truly love that boldest of boldface names: Partyline columnist Carla Sue Broecker, who after two decades on the soirée beat surely knows where all the bodies are buried in Anchorage, Glenview and Prospect.

Abeln, it turns out, has had her nose pressed against the VT’s leaded-glass windows a long time. “I have always looked to The Voice-Tribune as the standard of excellence to which I hoped to live up [to],” she says.

Carla Sue Broecker

Confidential to Tonya: Please arrange for a more suitable photo of Carla Sue tout de suite; the one online, at least, is starting to look like an early Jackson Pollock.

The Boulevard 400™

We took a page from Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor‘s social diary to create our own roster of Louisville movers, shakers, and money-makers. Everyone gets a score: the number of times their name appears in boldface here on Boulevard. Our “400” list already includes Carla Sue, Tonya, and 167 others. Are you on it?

There will always be a South

“When Beulah May Hammond entertained the Daughters of the American Revolution, she used to have the 10-foot interior doors taken off the hinges and put on sawhorses covered with her finest linens for luncheon tables!”

— Voice-Tribune correspondent Carla Sue Broecker in her “Partyline” social column in today’s issue. She’s describing an enormous Victorian house with 12-foot ceilings in Bardstown. Kentucky was a border state during the Civil War. Otherwise, Hammond’s luncheons might have been for the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

We’ll sip to that: beaucoup de Bourbon by the Bridge, plus bazillion-watt smiles

Big smiles, big personalities and big business networking — yes, it’s everyone’s favorite feature in the society shiny sheets: party photos! Boulevard picks through the pics, choosing our favorite coverage.

Champagne smallerOur julep cup hasn’t exactly been runneth overing when it comes to the party photo scene — especially for a city whose financial pedigree includes three sin industries: tobacco, booze, and gambling.

But just in the nick of time, along comes our favorite society scribe: Carla Sue Broecker of The Voice-Tribune and her newest Party Line column. This week’s entry and Boulevard’s pick of the pics: the fourth annual Bourbon by the Bridge fundraiser held last weekend. The beneficiary is amazing: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the River Region, which serves hundreds of abused and neglected kids every year.

As the fundraiser’s name suggests, there was some bourbon there. Specifically: Angel’s Envy, Barton 1792, Boundary Oak Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Copper & Kings, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jefferson’s, Kentucky Moonshine, Michter’s, Rivulet, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Willett, Rabbit Hole, and Woodford Reserve (photo, top).

More than 400 guests turned out — including two of the most attractive people to grace a Voice-Tribune photo gallery in, oh, forever: Amy Munno and actor Adam Raque, who each possess bazillion-watt smiles. Flip through the 26 pics, then put on your Jackie O. shades before you hit No. 24. In the meantime, here’s Raque on Instagram:


Oh, deer! We’re stalking a Louisville society columnist — and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

Our favorite shiny sheet scribe, Carla Sue Broecker of The Voice-Tribune, continues her overseas dispatches from Merry Old England, giving Boulevard another opportunity to post photos of real estate porn stately country houses we’d like to visit, too!

This week’s entry is Chatsworth House — “home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, set in Derbyshire’s magnificent Peak District. One of Britain’s greatest historic homes offers beautiful rooms, famous works of art, a 105-acre formal garden, farmyard and enough deer to feed all of Jefferson County!”

Yikes! That’s a lot of venison. We’d need 6,200 for all the county’s residents — plus Martha Stewart’s Roasted rack of venison with red currant and cranberry sauce. (Confidential to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and the TSA: better check Carla’s steamer trunks on the way back home!)

High tea
“One lump, or two?”

Chatsworth (photo, top) hasn’t remained standing all these 463 years through the efforts of serfs alone. Now, it requires day visitors and brides who put the “d” in destination weddings. The house is open through Nov. 4 this year. Tickets are £23 for adults ($33.50 at current exchange rates). For £40 a ticket ($58), you’ll also get a traditional afternoon British tea. (“Homemade dainty finger sandwiches of smoked salmon and cream cheese, roasted ham and wholegrain mustard, free-range egg mayonnaise and cress and cucumber and mature cheese, plus cakes and pastries.”)

Jane Austen featured Chatsworth in her 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, and it stood in for Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation starring Keira Knightly (swoon!) and Matthew Macfadyen (double-swoon!). Let’s watch:

Louisville to London for $7,800 to visit the stately country house made famous by ‘Brideshead Revisited’

An occasional look at premium travel from Louisville.

Boulevard truly enjoys Voice-Tribune columnist Carla Sue Broecker, and not just because of our shared love for exclamation marks!!! Latest reason why: In this week’s just-published issue, Broecker continues her travel journal about a recent holiday in Merry Old England. But what left us right chuffed was her visit to the iconic Castle Howard (photo, top) — better known as the setting for the 1981 British TV series “Brideshead Revisited.”

The 317-year-old country house is in York, 215 miles north of London. Imagine one of Newport’s summer “cottages” — on steroids. The Howard family still lives there, helping finance its upkeep with year-round public tours, starting daily at 10:30 a.m. Adult tickets are $26 at current exchange rates. Buy them online.

So, let’s escape Louisville’s August heat, and pay the Howards a visit!!!!!

When: Aug. 3-10. Airline: United. Route: Louisville to Chicago to London (Heathrow); total travel time is 10 hours 40 minutes, including layover. How much: $5,076 per ticket, first class all the way. United reservations.

Broecker stayed at The Rembrandt in London’s posh Knightsbridge. One of the hotel’s Grand Rooms is available during our travel week for $381 a night, or about $2,700. Reservations. TripAdvisor rates it no. 228 of 1,067 hotels there. As always, Airbnb London apartments are an option, too.

Fans of the 1981 Brideshead series, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, will also enjoy the excellent 2008 film adaptation starring Emma Thompson and Matthew Goode. Here’s the trailer:

Photo: Wikipedia.