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Program 921

1. the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
2. Raven Run nature sanctuary
3. sculptor Paul Fields
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Rockcastle County

For more information:
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, P.O. Box 85, 2590 Richmond Road, Renfro Valley, KY 40473, (877) 356-3263
Kentucky Life also visited Renfro Valley in our 2002 Christmas edition.
• Tom T. Hall was profiled in Program 505. We visited Loretta Lynn’s homeplace in Program 808 and Bill Monroe’s in both Program 611 and Program 909. Jean Ritchie has been the subject of a full KET documentary, Mountain Born: The Jean Ritchie Story. And you might catch performances by the Osborne Brothers on encores of Jubilee.

Producer: H. Russell Farmer
Videographers: Brandon Wickey, Matt Grimm
Audio: Charlie Bissell
Editor: Jim Piston


Hitting the Right Notes

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Trivia question: What do the following people have in common? Rosemary Clooney, the Everly Brothers, Red Foley, Tom T. Hall, Grandpa Jones, Bradley Kincaid, John Lair, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Jean Ritchie, and Merle Travis.

They’re musicians and/or musical innovators, they’re Kentuckians—and they were the members of the first class of inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Opened in spring 2002, the Rockcastle County museum honors “Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians, and other music professionals who have made significant contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world.” It’s part of the Renfro Valley entertainment complex, site of the famous “Barn Dance” created by legendary promoter (and now Hall of Fame member) John Lair.

In addition to exhibits about the inductees, the museum offers a historical timeline, a map spotlighting the Kentucky hometowns of many other past and contemporary performers, galleries for rotating exhibits, and an instrument room and sound booth where you can try making some music yourself. In the photo at right, host Dave Shuffett jams with Wayne Combs of the museum. Combs and Robert Lawson, who serve as co-executive directors, also serve as Dave’s guides for this tour.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, the museum is open Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET, Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Take Exit 62 off I-75.

By the way, the inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony also honored jazz legend and Louisvillian Lionel Hampton, who received the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and KET producer/director H. Russell Farmer, recipient of the first Stephen Foster Award from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. Russ produced this segment and didn’t mention himself—so we will. He was our in-house “music man” for about 30 years and has retired since this segment was produced; his projects included Jubilee and In Performance at the Governor’s Mansion.

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Fayette County

For more information:
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, 5888 Jacks Creek Pike, Lexington, KY 40515, (859) 272-6105
Jimmie’s Virtual Hiking page has photos and comments from a dedicated local hiker.

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: George Murphy, Brandon Wickey
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Jim Piston


Lex Treks

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Lexingtonians who want a quick nature getaway have one right within the county: Raven Run, a 734-acre nature sanctuary with eight miles of intertwined hiking trails. Take the loop that circles the entire sanctuary and you’ll be able to rest along the way at an overlook on top of the Palisades, cliffs carved by the Kentucky River where you can look several hundred feet down—and more than 400 million years back in time.

More recent history is also represented at Raven Run, part of which was once a pioneer homestead. Remains of a house, rock fences, and other frontier construction can be seen along the trails.

But most of the place is given over to non-human inhabitants, including 200 species of birds, 40 kinds of trees, and more than 150 other kinds of plants. Staff members regularly lead wildflower walks, night hikes, and other guided nature activities, but self-guided hikers are always welcome, too; there’s no admission fee. The sanctuary is owned and managed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. A private nonprofit group, the Friends of Raven Run, raises funds to help with maintenance and for special projects.

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Jefferson County

Producer: Gary Pahler
Videographer, editor: Mike Blackburn


Set in Stone

Sculptor Paul Fields

Sculptor Paul Fields of Louisville has studied in Italy, and his work can be found in various countries in Europe. But he’s still firmly rooted in his Kentucky home. He travels, he says, through his work: “In a strange sense, each time a piece of mine embarks upon a new journey, so, too, do I feel myself transcending the bounds of my Bluegrass home.”

Paul creates both representational and abstract pieces and has worked in a variety of material. But he is known primarily as a master stone carver. Several of his own pieces can be enjoyed around the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. He also has passed along his knowledge and passion as a teacher and mentor to other local artists.

Two of the places you can see Paul’s work are the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, where Snail marks the entrance to the Sun and Shade Trail, and Indiana University Southeast. Hope’s Harbor, commissioned by the college, was the basis of the logo for the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center, which opened in 1996. IUS also hosts several other Paul Fields sculptures that were donated to the school.

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Running Water

More scenes from Raven Run Nature Sanctuary are on view in the “music video” that ends this edition of Kentucky Life. It features scenes sampling Kentucky’s abundance of running water—more miles than any other state except Alaska. In addition to Raven Run, it includes sights from Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County (see Program 907 for a longer visit) and Bad Branch Falls in Letcher County (spotlighted in Programs 421 and 703).

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