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1. Lake Malone with Cory Ramsey
2. Our Town—Winchester
3. Doug Naselroad, Luthier
4. Artists Collaborative Theater
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Muhlenberg County

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Lake Malone State Park

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio/Audio Post: Brent Abshear
Editor: Kelly Campbell

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Lake Malone with Cory Ramsey

As the Hank Williams song "Rambling Man" says, there's something over the hill you've got to see. Dave Shuffett sets out with outdoorsman Cory Ramsey for a hiking tour of Lake Malone in Muhlenberg County.

You could not find a better hiking guide than Ramsey. He grew up in Hickman, Kentucky, and has explored trails all over the country—literally dozens of hikes each year. Lake Malone is one of his Top Five Lakes, and he's compiled Top Five lists for Kentucky's best rivers, waterfalls, arches, woods, overlooks, mountains, and caves. Cory writes a blog, Map Dot, Kentucky about experiencing the great outdoors in Kentucky.

Lake Malone is 22 miles south of Central City. The lake itself is a 788-acre jewel surrounded by sandstone bluffs. The park offers two hiking trails, the quarter-mile Wildflower Trail and the 1.5 mile Laurel Trail, from which you can see rock walls once used as Native American shelters.

As they hike along the trails of this state park, Shuffett and Ramsey discuss the unique geography of the area and hiking opportunities across Kentucky’s other state parks.

 



Clark County

Producer: John Schroering
Videographer/Audio: Jaxon Combs

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Our Town—Winchester

Winchester's roots run deep to the very beginning of Kentucky—the town was founded in 1793. Winchester hosts the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival each fall. Its food heritage is also well known: Beer cheese was invented here, and the town puts on a Beer Cheese Festival in the summer.

Winchester can boast of a cultural heritage that includes instrument maker Homer Ledford, sculptor Joel Tanner Hart, and poet Allen Tate (known for the 1928 poem "Ode to the Confederate Dead").

In addition to being the home of Ale-8-One bottling plant, Winchester is home to the Bluegrass Heritage Museum, the Leeds Center for the Arts, many sites with Civil War significance, and Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve. Today a visitor sees a streetscape much the same as it was 100 years ago, with its five-globe streetlights and elevated sidewalks. The district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

 



Knott County

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Appalachian Artisan Center on Facebook

Producer: Amy Hess
Videographers: Mike Benton, Matt Webb
Editor: Matt Webb


Doug Naselroad, Luthier

A day at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman finds Master Luthier Doug Naselroad practicing the age-old craft of making stringed instruments. The Master Artist in Residence here, Naselroad first began making stringed musical instruments in 1969 under the guidance of famed luthier Homer Ledford. Since then the Mount Sterling native has created an astounding 10,000-plus instruments.

He later honed his skills while working at Collings Guitars in Austin, Texas, the famed guitar shop of luthier Bill Collings. Naselroad is known for his guitars and mandolins, but he also makes door harps—flat, hollow boxes with strings and clapper balls that sound when the door is opened or closed.

As the Master Artist in Residence here, Naselroad plays a leading role in developing the talents of budding luthiers. The Artisan Center nurtures artists in 49 counties within the region, helping them make a living through their art.

Naselroad recently received a Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to provide training to an apprentice in his traditional art form, ensuring the craft is passed on to the next generation.

 




Pike County

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Artists Collaborative Theatre on Facebook

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Jaxon Combs
Audio: Doug Collins
Editor: Charles Watson


Artists Collaborative Theatre

Elkhorn City's slogan is “Adventure where nature meets culture.” From its first production of "The Kentucky Cycle" in 2002 to this season's "Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys," the Artists Collaborative Theatre (ACT for short) brings to life the local culture—and all of the adventure that goes with it.

This community theater is built on a mountain wealth of talent and money. Its black box theater was built with $400,000 from the coal severance tax. Local actors take on productions of well-loved musical hits like "Grease" and dramas like "Our Town." The local Bodacious Bobcat band performed in the ACT productions of "Always…Patsy Cline" and "The Honky Tonk Angels."

ACT's productions have won awards from the Kentucky Theatre Association and the Southeast Theatre Conference. This all-volunteer theater company does year-round programming, and offers summer programs for children.

 





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