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Program 1508

1. Dave Does It! Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
2. Our Town—Greenup
3. Kentucky Muse: The History of the Piano
4. Highland Raku Studio
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Jefferson County

For more information:
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, 800 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky. 40202, 877-7-SLUGGER (877-775-8443).

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: Dave Dampier, Brandon Wickey
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess
Editor: Brandon Wickey

Dave Does It!

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

Dave Shuffett goes to bat for the team when he spends the day working at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

Dave discovers what goes into manufacturing the officially sanctioned bat of Major League Baseball. He creates a personalized bat in memory of his father, Bill Shuffett, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals prior to World War II, but was unable to play due to injuries sustained during the war. Dave places the Cardinals’ logo on the bat and hand dips it—then tests it out in the batting cage.

According to Louisville Slugger, on average a player will go through about 100 bats in a season. The factory turns out about 1 million bats per year.

Louisville Slugger Museum offers guided factory tours that last about 25 minutes. At the end of the tour, each person receives a miniature souvenir bat.

You can buy Louisville Slugger personalized bats in person at the museum gift shop or online by visiting

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Greenup County

For more information:
Greenup County Tourism and Convention Commission offers information on accommodations and local attractions.

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee
Videographer: Jason Robinson
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess

Our Town—Greenup

We pay a visit to Greenup, the home of the late Jesse Stuart, beloved Kentucky author and former poet laureate of Kentucky.

Reminders of Stuart are everywhere in this small town, from the Greenup Public Library with its extensive collection of Stuart works to the annual Jesse Stuart Weekend in the fall, which features tours of W-Hollow, Stuart’s home, and a play at the Greenbo Amphitheatre.

Located at the mouth of the Little Sandy River, Greenup was originally called Greenupsburg. Natural beauty cradles this small town, home to Greenbo Lake State Resort Park and its 25 miles of trails. Nearby are covered bridges and the Jesse Stuart State Nature Preserve.

Kentucky Life has visited Greenup County twice before, in Program 1211. when Dave Shuffett toured the Jesse Stuart State Nature Preserve, and in Program 420, when we visited W-Hollow.

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Daviess County

For more information:
Kentucky Muse: Eighty-Eight Keys, Three Hundred Years.

Producer/Editor: Tom Bickel
Videographers: Dave Dampier, Jason Robinson, Prentice Walker, Warren Mace
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess
Editor/QC: Jim Piston
Lighting: Don Dean
Graphics: Clark Bradshaw

The Piano

A Passion for Music

In this segment, we meet a Kentucky performer with a passion for the piano.

Diane Earle, a music professor at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, celebrates 300 years of the piano with a grand listening tour of piano pieces. In this Kentucky Life segment, excerpted from the KET series Kentucky Muse program “Eighty-Eight Keys, Three Hundred Years,” Earle takes us through the history of the piano, interweaving that with stories of her own life with the piano.

The piano was invented in 1709 when Bartolomeo Cristofori built the pianoforte. Now nearly one in 20 people plays the piano.

Earle is an accomplished pianist, having performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and in seven countries, including China. In this program, Earle is accompanied by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Palmer.

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Adair County

For more information:
Highland Raku Studio and Gallery, 7917 Burksville Road, Columbia, Ky., 42728 (270) 378-6421

Producer/Editor: Jessica Gibbs
Videographers: Kyle McCafferty, Alan Miller

Highland Raku Studio

Everyday Inspiration

Henrietta Scott has always been an artist, but when she and her husband both retired from their careers as high school teachers, they needed something to do with their day. As a result the Highland Raku Studio was born. Henrietta and her husband, Jeff, work together to produce some unique creations by applying their own methods to an ancient tradition.

Raku pottery originated in Japan over 300 years ago. Raku pottery is handbuilt, not thrown on a potter’s wheel, and pulled out of the kiln while smoking hot to cool. American Raku typically involves post-firing reduction, where the piece is pulled out of the kiln and placed in a container with combustibles like newspaper, then covered to smother the flames. The smoke creates a unique pattern each time.

The building that is now Highland Raku Studio was used as a country store and garage until 1989. Henrietta says she takes her inspiration from the picturesque scenery of Adair County.

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