Mary is featured in the Competitive Kentucky section of the Frazier History Museum’s “Cool Kentucky” exhibit. | Photo provided by Frazier History Museum
The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center has been offering Louisvillians a place for swimming lessons, water exercise, and even birthday parties since 1988. But the legacy of the woman behind the name of Louisville Metro’s only indoor pool begins much earlier.
So, let’s take a deep dive into the history of Olympic multi-gold-medalist and world-record holding swimmer Mary T. Meagher — aka “Madame Butterfly.”
Mary first made a splash in competitive swimming at age 14 when she set her first world record (2.09:77) at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 200-meter butterfly — her preferred swimming stroke. She swam down and back an Olympic pool in the same time as the Kentucky Derby.
She would go on to beat that record four times, achieving her best time (2:05.96) in 1981 at the US National Championships — which she held for 19 years. Just three days later, she broke another record. This time in the 100-meter butterfly (57.93) which she also held for 18 years.
Mary competed in the Olympic Games twice. The first time was during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she won three gold medals for swimming butterfly. She swam again in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics where she snagged a silver and a bronze medal.
She also has two gold medals — nine total — from the World Aquatics Championships and was the US champion swimmer 24 times.
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Dinos Under Louisville | Monday, March 13-Sunday, April 30 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Louisville Mega Cavern, 1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville | $49.99 | Drive through the caverns and see larger-than-life dinosaurs.
Tuesday, March 14
Four Roses Bourbon Presentation and Tasting | Tuesday, Mar. 14 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Joe’s Older Than Dirt, 8131 New La Grange Rd., Louisville | $45 | Try several Four Roses bourbon expressions while hearing the story behind the liquid from Master Distiller Brent Elliot.
Equine Themed Trivia | Tuesday, Mar. 14 | 7-9 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing, 642 Baxter Ave., Louisville | Free | Rein in your horse knowledge at this themed trivia night.
Wednesday, March 15
Jazz Night | Wednesday, Mar. 15 | 8-10 p.m. | The Whirling Tiger, 1335 Story Ave., Louisville | Free | Enjoy happy hour 5-7 p.m. before jazz performances in the lounge.
Friday, March 17
Shamrocks and Shenanigans | Friday, Mar. 17 | 5-10 p.m. | Fourth Street Live, 411 S. 4th St., Louisville | $15 | Tickets to this St. Patty’s street party include a drink ticket at each participating venue and a commemorative mug.
Drive-By Truckers | Friday, Mar. 17 | 8 p.m. | Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, 724 Brent St., Louisville | $30 | See this southern rock band perform live.
Saturday, March 18
Tree ID Hike | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Horine Conference Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest, 12408 Holsclaw Hill Rd., Louisville | $5 | Fill your noggin with arboreal wisdom during this all-ages hike.
2nd Annual Burgoo Bash Cook-off | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 3-5 p.m. | Against the Grain Brewery & Public House, 401 E. Main St., Louisville | $10-$15 | Sample this Kentucky stew made from cooks and chefs from around the region and vote for your favorite.
Sunday, March 19
Mouse Tales | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 12 p.m. | Portland Museum, 2308 Portland Ave., Louisville | Free | Watch a puppet show by Squallis Puppeteers with a finger puppet workshop after the performance.
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Atrium Brewing’s grand opening of its Norton Commons taproom(at Lyric apartment complex) is set for Friday, March 17, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. It will be the second location for the experimental Shelby Park brewery, known for its dessert-flavored sour beers.
TARC is requesting public comment for proposed changes to 10 of its routes. The bus system is looking to improve route efficiency and adjust service to communities where it’s most needed. Two open-house meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, but you can also email your thoughts. 🚌
Heine Brothers Coffee teamed up with Racing Louisville to create a lavender-themed drink menu for spring. The creations include a purple, hand-crafted energy drink, white chocolate lavender iceberg, and lavender honey latte. Get a taste at any of the coffee shop’s 18 locations.
Sashay this way. “RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq The World Tour” will take the Louisville Palace stage on Friday, Aug. 11. Select finalists from the TV show’s 15th season and other performers from the reality series — like Asia O’Hara and Plastique — will headline the show. Tickets start at $39. 💃
The Paristown Garden Show is set for Saturday, April 8. The free, outdoor event will feature plants and flowers, local speakers, garden decor, and a wine garden. Want to showcase your green thumb?Sign up to be a vendor. 🌼
Old Louisville Live is back for another year of free concerts in Central Park. The series kicks off on Friday, April 28 with The Crashers and is held at the park’s amphitheater monthly through September. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, but bring your own chair as the benches fill up quickly.
Registration is now open for Louisville City FC + Racing City FC Academy camps (starting in April). Designed for all ages, campers train to become better players and more confident in their soccer skills. See camp dates + register your child. ⚽ *
Fun local fact: Louisville es el hogar del bate de béisbol más grande del mundo. Find the translation of this fun fact in The Wrap at the bottom of our newsletter.*
To welcome the new season, our online store (Six & Main) is running a Spring Forward Contest. The winner + two friends will receive a prize from one of our coffee or tea brand partners. The contest is running now through Friday, March 24. Learn more on Instagram. 🌸
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Unfortunately, it looks like we don’t have an official USGAA hurling club… yet. That means the sliotar is in our court (so to speak) and the best way to get your hands on a hurley is by starting your own club. Scope out the future competition, as well as other Gaelic sports, with the USGAA’s interactive map.
In the meantime, check out the Lexington GAA to get your Gaelic games fix.
DYK, translated: Louisville is home to the World’s Largest Baseball Bat. Brush up on your Spanish skills with a subscription to Babbel (currently 60% off exclusively for LOUtoday readers now through Sunday, March 19).*
Today’s issue was written by Katie.
Editor’s pick: Spring will soon be sprung and to prepare for the warm weather we’re working on some content about rooftop bars and restaurants in Derby City. Tell us your favorite spots to sip from the top.
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