The next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, features Owensboro artist and teacher Rhonda McEnroe, Union County historical markers that cite the beginnings of one of baseball's greatest players, Guntown Mountain in Barren County, Danville as the program’s Downtown Destination, and this year’s Commonwealth Cleanup. The program airs Saturday, May 25 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
Rhonda McEnroe has been a part of the Owensboro arts community for many years. A self-taught artist, she’s been commissioned for portraits of people, homes and pets, in addition to mural-size paintings. McEnroe also shares her love of art by teaching weekly art classes for adults, and Kentucky Life takes viewers into her classroom where she inspires her students to discover their own artistic gifts and abilities.
Next, two historical markers in Union County recount the beginnings of one of baseball’s all-time greats. While a lieutenant at Camp Breckinridge in 1944, Jackie Robinson, who had been a four-sport letterman at UCLA, began his professional baseball career. The following year, he was signed to the Montreal Royals, the top farm club for the Dodgers. In 1947, Robinson was promoted to the Dodgers, breaking the major league color barrier. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
In Cave City, located in a region of south central Kentucky that claims several ties to legendary outlaw Jesse James, the Old West comes alive at Guntown Mountain. Staged gunfights in the streets, dancing can-can girls, magic shows, and live country-western music are just some of the family-friendly entertainment offered at the park.
In this program’s Dave Does It segment, Shuffett travels to Dale Hollow Lake State Park to join a team of volunteers who are picking up trash and litter during Commonwealth Cleanup Week. The program, which is celebrating its 15th year, was implemented by Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet and provides Kentucky communities with organized opportunities to “spring clean” and learn about the importance of recycling and personal responsibility.
In addition, this program’s Downtown Destination is Danville. Dubbed “The City of Firsts,” it was the location of the first Kentucky courthouse (1785), the first U.S. Post Office west of the Alleghenies (1792), the first capital of Kentucky (1785), and the location of both the first college and first law school in the West (1783 and 1799, respectively). In 1809, Danville’s own Dr. Ephraim McDowell became the first physician in the world to successfully remove an ovarian tumor. Today, Danville is a picturesque community, and Kentucky Life explores its vibrant downtown of shops, cafes and more.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are Matt Grimm, Jim Piston, Frank Simkonis and John Schroering.
More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.