The new season of Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, features a visit to Bardstown, recently voted The Most Beautiful Small Town in America, historic Covington homes with presidential connections, 91-year-old physician and Dave’s cousin Doc Shuffett, and artist Kathleen O'Brien. The program airs Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
Kentucky Life begins its new season with a visit to Bardstown, the picturesque Nelson County community voted “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America” in 2012. In the Rand McNally/USA Today “Best of the Road” contest, 650 towns were nominated. Local author Kim Huston talks about Bardstown as Kentucky Life tours its streets, shops, cafes and historic neighborhoods to see why it was the perfect choice to win.
Next, historical markers in Kenton County point to two homes with connections to America’s 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, despite being born in Ohio and buried in New York.
For the program’s next segment, Dave Shuffett probably doesn't need an appointment to visit Dr. Robert Shuffett – especially since he’s the physician who delivered Dave 55 years ago! “Doc Shuffett,” as he’s known, is a nonagenarian physician who’s been taking care of Greensburg’s families for more than half a century. In addition to being Dave’s second cousin, Doc Shuffett is also a repeat title holder as Kentucky’s state checkers champion, and when Dave spends the day with the doctor, he quickly learns he’s not likely to dethrone this checkers king.
The windows of Kathleen O’Brien’s home and art studio look out onto the landscape and wildlife of the Harrodsburg countryside in Mercer County. O’Brien creates watercolor collages inspired by the nature she observes during her daily walks and in her gardens. Her artwork, which frequently includes botanicals and mica, reveals the patterns and symbols beneath the surface of natural elements.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are John Schroering, Jim Piston, Shuffett and Valerie Trimble. More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.
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