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Program 1803

1. Dave Does It!—Woo Hoo Pedicab
2. Today's Special—The Purple Onion
3. Hopkinsville and the Chitlin' Circuit
4. Theater at Springfield Opera House
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Campbell County

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Woo Hoo Pedicab

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Videographers: Frank Simkonis, Prentice Walker
Audio/Audio Post: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

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Dave Does It!—Woo Hoo Pedicab

Dave Shuffett's next adventure takes him on an open-air ride around Newport as a passenger aboard the three-wheeled bike taxis known as pedicabs. Woo Hoo Pedicab, which operates in Cincinnati and Newport, offers a unique perspective of the local streets and neighborhoods.

Popular in cities throughout the country, pedicabs offer a sociable and environmentally friendly means of transportation. Similar to rickshaws that rely on a human on foot pulling a cart, pedicabs instead rely on pedal power.

Although the pedicabs are lighter weight than they were years ago, it still takes a physically fit driver to power the taxi. If you want to be a pedicab driver, you must be trained and licensed.

It also helps if you're a people person. Woo Hoo Pedicab promises that its drivers will keep you in the know about the best places for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Join us as Dave sits back and lets someone else do the driving.

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Muhlenberg County

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The Purple Onion on Facebook

Producer: Rob Elliott
Videographer: Angelic Phelps
Audio: Doug Collins
Lighting: Prentice Walker


Today's Special—The Purple Onion

In Muhlenberg County, Dave pulls up a chair for Today's Special at the Purple Onion, a popular Central City restaurant.

The Purple Onion is featured in the updated edition of Eating Your Way Across Kentucky by Gary P. West. The family-style restaurant, located on North First Street, features a full bar as well as an espresso bar. They also do catering.

The decor—done in shades of purple and lavender—includes murals of French street scenes and twinkling lights hanging from the ceiling. Upstairs presents a different mood with carpeting and a big-screen TV for watching games.

The Purple Onion serves a variety of homemade soups and desserts. While there, Dave helps make the restaurant's popular banana pudding.

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Christian County

Producer: Paul Smith
Videographer: Angelic Phelps
Audio: Doug Collins


Hopkinsville and the Chitlin' Circuit

In the days of segregation, black singers and musicians made a living touring the juke joints on what was known as the chitlin' circuit. The circuit—named for the popular soul-food delicacy—included cities large and small across the North and South. Among them was the Christian County town of Hopkinsville.

Hopkinsville's proximity to Fort Campbell, home to thousands of soldiers eager for off base entertainment, made it an ideal stop on the circuit. Lighting up the stage in Hopkinsville were big-name performers like Cab Calloway, Count Basey, Chubby Checker, Little Richard, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Ray Charles, and James Brown.

Fort Campbell brought to town one of rock and roll's greatest legends, Jimi Hendrix. While stationed at Fort Campbell in 1961, Jimi Hendrix formed the King Kasuals with bassist Billy Cox. After he was discharged over a parachute injury, he began playing as a session guitarist. A long-time circuit regular, he performed backup to a number of different artists.

We visit with some long-time Hopkinsville residents who share their memories of the chitlin' circuit and the music pioneers who got their start there.

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Washington County

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Central Kentucky Community Theatre

Producer: Tom Bickel
Videographer: Prentice Walker, Angelic Phelps
Audio: Brent Abshear, Roger Tremaine


Springfield Opera House

If you're looking for home-grown drama in Springfield, the Opera House is the place to be. The Central Kentucky Community Theatre offers performances year-round, making this West Main Street landmark a beehive of activity.

The Opera House has a long history here. The original auditorium, located on the second floor, was built around 1900. The facility was renovated in 2004, and now houses a welcome center, craft market, the chamber of commerce, and, of course, the theater.

Theater veterans Scott and Jan Fattizzi direct the Central Kentucky Community Theatre, with Jan serving as director and Scott as artistic director. Jan is a Kentucky native, and the couple relocated to Springfield from the Orlando, Florida, area in 2005 to be near family.

The community theater showcases the talents of local actors and actresses. Recent productions include Nunsense, Greater Tuna, and Bye, Bye Birdie. Budding thespians can get their start with Bluegrass Kids, for ages 6-12, and Youth Actors, for ages 13 and up.

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