The next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, features Blood River Seeps State Nature Preserve in Calloway County, Revolutionary War hero Capt. John "Jack" Jouett, Jr., efforts to preserve the Holt House in Breckinridge County, and The Maysville Players. The program airs Saturday, April 13 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
During Shuffett’s second visit this season to Blood River Seeps State Nature Preserve in Calloway County, he and John MacGregor of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife come face to face with some of the animal species who are at home in the globally rare habitats of the Western Kentucky nature preserve.
Also in this program, two historical markers document the fateful ride of Revolutionary War hero Capt. John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. in 1781, who warned legislators in Virginia of the approaching British. Another historical marker honors Jouett’s son Matthew, a famous portrait painter who is considered one of Kentucky’s greatest artists.
Kentucky Life also explores Maysville’s Washington Opera House, home of The Maysville Players, one of the oldest established theater groups in the Commonwealth. The Players are dedicated to providing quality theatrical experiences and opportunities in Mason County. The Opera House is on the National Register of Historic Places and, in its early years, hosted a number of famous performers, including John Philip Sousa and his band.
In addition, the program explores efforts being made to preserve the Holt House in Breckinridge County in honor of the legacy of Judge Joseph Holt. Holt was one of Abraham Lincoln’s most trusted allies and ardent supporters, but his achievements have largely faded from the record. Ongoing restoration efforts have succeeded in bringing the Holt House back to prominence.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are Wickey, Jim Piston, Paul Smith and Frank Simkonis.
More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.