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Program 1603

1. Downtown—Monmouth Street
2. Today's Special—South Farm
3. Finchville Daylily Gardens
4. Hopkinsville Powwow
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Season 16 Menu

Campbell County

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City of Newport, including a Visitor's Guide
Newport Gangster Tour

Producer/Editor: Tom Bickel
Videographer: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Roger Tremaine, Brent Abshear

Downtown—Monmouth Street

It's a long way from the bootlegging and gambling of Newport's "Sin City" days to the thriving historic and commercial district of today. Monmouth Street is the center of an economic revival bringing the city into the 21st century.

The history of gambling in Northern Kentucky isn't forgotten. In fact, remembering the city's notorious past now brings in tourist dollars. You can see the slots machines of old at the Northern Kentucky Gambling Museum, and the Newport Gangsters Tour lets you explore the city's connections to well-known crime figures.

Present-day Monmouth Street is home to a mix of new and old businesses, some of whom have served the area for generations. It's also home to the Falcon Theatre, which has produced plays for over 20 years, as well as City Hall.

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Fayette County

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University of Kentucky Sustainable Agriculture Program

Producer: Brandon Wickey

Today's Special—UK's South Farm

Rather than going to a restaurant for this week's "Today's Special" segment, we decided to go straight to the farm, specifically to the University of Kentucky's South Farm. There we found the finest cooks from around the region grilling and roasting for Chefs Afield.

Top chefs used fresh fruits and vegetables from South Farm's organic farming section to create a fall feast. Local chefs included John Foster from Sullivan University, Alex Jenkins from Good Foods Coop, and Justin Dean from the Relish Group in Cincinnati. The event also featured grass-fed beef and lamb and pastured pork from local farms.

The organic farm, part of UK's Horticulture Research Farm at Man O' War Boulevard and U.S. 27 in Lexington, has grown to 20 acres over the years and now includes an orchard. It serves as a working classroom for UK's sustainable agriculture degree program. The farm is a Community Supported Agriculture project, a partnership between the farmers—UK students—and shareholders from the University of Kentucky community.

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Shelby County

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Finchville Daylily Gardens, 471 Finchville Road, Shelbyville, Ky. 40065, (502) 834-0321

Producer: Jessica Gibbs, Kyle McCafferty
Videographers: Brent Boyens, Kyle McCafferty
Editor: Jessica Gibbs

Finchville Daylily Gardens

Daylily Devotion

Ellen and Matthew Zehnder moved to Shelby County when their children were small and were soon looking for some way to cut back on the eight acres of grass that they were mowing. Both of them have degrees in the plant sciences, and they turned to daylilies.

Thirteen years later, they have more than 600 varieties of daylilies. You can order the daylilies online or visit the farm yourself. During the height of daylily season, in late June and early July, they welcome visitors for Daylily Daze.

The gardens are more than just fields of daylilies. The Zehnders have installed formal beds, a 100-foot stream with six waterfalls, arbors, trellises, and a garden terrace overlooking a waterlily pool.

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Christian County

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Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, Hopkinsville

Producer: Joy Flynn
Videographers: Joy Flynn, John Schroering
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Hopkinsville Powwow

A Celebration of Culture

Dancers in feathers and buckskin move to the beat of drums and raise their voices in song each September as Hopkinsville hosts an intertribal powwow.

The local Trail of Tears Commission sponsored the first powwow in 1988 as a way to honor Native American culture and remember the Cherokee who died during their forced removal from their homeland. Hopkinsville was a stopping point for the Cherokee during the hard winter of 1838-39, and Chief White Path and Fly Smith died during their stay here.

Now Cherokee and other tribes gather each fall to celebrate their heritage and share it with others. The dances performed at the powwow have been passed down through generations. The Hopkinsville event is a competition powwow, and prizes are awarded to the best dancers.

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