The next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, features The Seamen's Church Institute's Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, Frances BBQ in Monroe County, the stone masonry of Camp Springs in Campbell County, and Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery in Henderson. The program airs Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
In the season’s first “Dave Does It,” Shuffett gets his sea (or river) legs in Paducah as he trains to pilot a barge on the simulators of The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Center for Maritime Education. The equipment and simulators at the center are some of the most sophisticated training equipment in the world. The Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, which trains more than 1,000 mariners a year, opened in 1997. The Seamen’s Church Institute was founded in 1834 as a voluntary ecumenical agency affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
Next, in a “Today’s Special” segment, the program visits David Arms and his restaurant, Frances BBQ, in the Monroe County town of Tompkinsville. The restaurant is famous for its vinegar-based BBQ sauce, and Kentucky Life samples its barbequed pork and chicken. Frances BBQ is only open Thursday through Saturday, but as Arms explains in the segment, there’s never a shortage of customers at the local eatery.
In the mid-19th century, immigrants from Germany’s Rhine Valley settled in the northern Kentucky area of Campbell County and developed farmland and vineyards. Their unique style of stone masonry is apparent in the stone houses and churches still standing and in use today. The residents of this rural community are proud of their heritage and enjoy the opportunity to show it off to visitors during their annual Camp Springs Herbst (German for “autumn”) Tour, which takes place every year during the third weekend of October.
Next, in Henderson, Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery grows eight different types of grapes in their vineyards. These estate-grown grapes are the basis of their award-winning wine selection that runs from dry to the popular sweet wines. They purchase only locally grown strawberries, blueberries, peaches and raspberries to make their fruit wines. Kentucky Life pays a visit to the winery, which planted its first acre of grapes in 2004 and takes pride in being a vital part of the local community.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are Matt Grimm, Rob Elliott, Frank Simkonis and Valerie Trimble. More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.
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