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Program 1620

1. Clay County Petroglyphs
2. Downtown—Covington Mainstrasse
3. St. James Court Art Show
4. Chet Lott

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Clay County

For more information:
• From the New York Times, June 22, 2009: Carvings From Cherokee Script's Dawn
Rock Art of Kentucky (University Press of Kentucky)
Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission
University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology

Producer/Videographer: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Clay County Petroglyphs

Rosetta Stone

Last season we paid our first visit to the mysterious Red Bird River Shelter petroglyphs, or rock carvings, in Clay County. We returned to this site this season to explore its Native American connections. A researcher from the University of Cincinnati even sees connections to the great Sequoyah (1776-1843), who created the written Cherokee language.

The site has long been connected to Native Americans and with the Cherokee chief Red Bird, who gave his name to the nearby river. Kenneth B. Tankersley, an archaeologist at the University of Cincinnati and himself a member of the Cherokee nation, found 15 characters from the Cherokee language carved into the sandstone along with a date of 1808 or 1818—making them the earliest known example of the Cherokee script. Tankersley believes the carvings could have been done by Sequoyah himself.

He is exploring the possibility of links between these Cherokee symbols and the much older pictographs carved into the rock. If there is a link, it could make this Clay County site the Rosetta Stone of the Cherokee language.




Kenton County

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Historic Mainstrasse Village

Producer/Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Dan Taulbee


Downtown—Covington Mainstrasse

Visitors will find a little bit of old Germany in Covington Mainstrasse, where they can sample the culture and food of old Europe in this neighborhood of meticulously restored 19th century buildings.

Setting the mood are the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower and the Goose Girl Fountain. The German Gothic bell tower features music and on the hour mechanical figures come out on the balcony to depict the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The Goose Girl Fountain was inspired by a German fairy tale and was created to remember the German farmers who raised geese in Covington years ago.

Today more than 30 shops, restaurants, hotels and taverns cater to tourists. Although the neighborhood has German roots, you'll find English and Irish pubs as well as Cajun food. This Northern Kentucky community is known for its Maifest and its Oktoberfest (held in September), but there's lots of fun year-round, with everything from Goettafest in June to the Classic Car Show in August to the Dog Pawrade in October.




Jefferson County

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St. James Court Art Show

Producer/Editor: Erin Milburn Lowry
Videographers: Warren Mace, John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp


St. James Court Art Show

En Plein Air

This iconic Old Louisville art show has come a long way from its inaugural event in 1957 when paintings were hung on clotheslines. The St. James Court Art Show® achieved national recognition in subsequent years and today draws nearly 750 exhibitors and more than 300,000 visitors.

The show, held the first full weekend of October, was originally organized by the St. James Court neighborhood association to raise money to maintain the grounds and fountain. The fountain, built in 1892, is the centerpiece of this Victorian neighborhood, one of the largest in the country.

The art show now features a poster contest and an art scholarship competition for high school students, and involves five neighborhood associations and one church. Margue Esrock has directed the show since 2005, and the accolades keep coming in. It was named the #1 Art Show in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2010.




Bourbon County

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Chet Lott

Producer: Brandon Wickey


Chet Lott

Wild Ride

What happens to his music when a Mississippi singer/songwriter moves to Kentucky? If you're Chet Lott, you create a unique sound that blends blues and country.

We spoke with Chet at his Bourbon County farm as well as join him in the studio in Lexington. Chet works closely with former Exile star JP Pennington. His CD Wild Ride features Chet on guitar and harmonica, JP on guitar, piano, keyboard, mandolin and harmony vocals, Dwight Dunlap on drums and percussion, and Ray Salyer on bass. Chet and JP collaborated on several songs, including the CD's title song, "Wild Ride," as well as "Paint Dem Toenails" and "On My Way to Paris"—that's in Bourbon County, of course.

He hasn't forgotten his Deep South roots. Through sales of his CD Erased It, Chet has donated more than $125,000 to the Southeast Chapter of the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.




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