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Program 924

1. Christmas at the Jouett House
2. Lindy Evans’ sculpted Santas
3. Patti’s 1880s Settlement
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Woodford County

For more information:
• Jouett House, 255 Craig’s Creek Road, Versailles, KY 40383, (859) 873-7902

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Wesley Jay Akers


Frontier Celebration

Christmas at the Jouett House

This holiday edition begins with a really old-fashioned celebration in Woodford County, where a pioneer-style Christmas at the Jouett House in Versailles offers both holiday cheer and a little Kentucky history.

The house was built in the late 1790s by military hero and politician John “Jack” Jouett. As a Virginia militia member in 1781, Jouett made a daring night ride to warn Thomas Jefferson, then governor of Virginia, about an impending attack by the British on the state capital—and was credited with saving Jefferson and most of the state legislators from capture. Moving to what was then Virginia’s Kentucky County, he represented his new home in the Virginia legislature and fought for its separation as a new state, then promptly was elected one of the first members of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Jouett and his wife lived in several different homes in Kentucky and had 12 children, one of whom was renowned 19th-century portrait painter Matthew Harris Jouett. One of his sons was James E. Jouett, who joined the U.S. Navy during the Mexican War, accompanied Commodore Matthew Perry to Japan in the 1850s, commanded a gunboat under David Farragut in the Civil War battle of Mobile Bay, and retired as a rear admiral in 1890.

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Madison County

For more information:
Images of Santa Claus, 129 Adams St., Berea, KY 40403, (859) 986-3626

Producer, editor: Joy Flynn
Videographer: Scott Neukam
Audio: Anne Deck


Jolly Art

Lindy Evans’ sculpted Santas

Next up is a visit to the Berea studio of sculptor Lindy Evans, who specializes in figures of Santa Claus and his friends and helpers. They range from tabletop figurines cast in resin to life-size—and remarkably life-like—Santas that people just have to touch to find out whether they’re real. Sculpted from polymers, the life-size figures are modeled on real people (usually friends or family members of the artist) and lovingly dressed in vintage fabrics.

Though she has branched out a little, creating a line of Halloween-themed figurines, Santa remains Lindy’s favorite subject—because, she says, she still believes in him herself.

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Livingston County

For more information:
Patti’s 1880s Settlement, 1793 J.H. O’Bryan Avenue, Box 111, Grand Rivers, KY 42045, (888) 736-2515 or (270) 362-8844

Producer: Marsha Cooper Hellard
Videographers: Brandon Wickey and John Breslin
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Wesley Jay Akers


Livingston Lights

Patti’s 1880s Settlement

l Heading west, we stop in for dinner and carols at Patti’s 1880s Settlement in Livingston County’s Grand Rivers. This family-run business started in 1975, when Bill and Patti Tullar and kids visited the Land Between the Lakes and fell in love with the area. They opened a small motel, with a restaurant called Hamburger Patti’s. But as word about Patti’s cooking spread, the motel rooms gradually got converted into dining rooms, and the restaurant kept expanding.

Things have come full circle now, as the Tullars have added new lodging (in the form of a log-cabin village), plus extensive gardens and other recreational activities, to turn the place into a family resort. Patti’s 1880s Settlement is open year-round, but the holidays are an especially magical time to visit. Our tour includes Christmas selections by local high school choirs and a walk through the Settlement’s Festival of Lights. The lights in the picture are just a few of the quarter-million used in the Patti’s display.

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Woodford County

For more information:
• Rudolph’s Christmas House, 204 N. Gratz St., Midway, KY 40347, (859) 846-5500


On Location

Note: Segments in this episode originally aired as part of Kentucky Life Program 724, an extended holiday edition. New introductions by host Dave Shuffett were taped at Rudolph’s Christmas House in Midway.



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