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Program 1607

1. Christmas Cave Sing
2. Our Town—Berry
3. Maysville Nativity Collection
4. KaLightoscope
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Edmonson County

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: John Schroering
Lighting: Frank Simkonis
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Jim Piston

Christmas Cave Sing

Sing we joyous, all together

Anyone who has ever spent time in a cave knows about the wonderful acoustics. Who could resist the temptation to burst into song? Back in 1883 some local residents decided to celebrate Christmas by singing carols in Mammoth Cave. The tradition began anew in 1980, and Dave Shuffett joins this year in this subterranean sing-along.

Carolers walk about a mile into the cave, where local choirs and brass lead the festivities. At a cool 54 degrees, the cave is just chilly enough for that wintertime feeling without the toe-numbing cold. Lit only by lantern light, it's a musical celebration you'll never forget.

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Harrison County

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Our Town—Berry

In keeping with our Christmas theme, we visit the small town of Berry, located on the South Fork of the Licking River in Harrison County.

Although we may think of holly berries, Berry actually was named after Col. George W. Berry, who donated land for the town after the railroad was completed in 1854. Berry, too old to enlist when the Civil War began, instead organized the Harrison County Home Guards, which worked mainly to guard the railroad bridges for the Union Army. Berry and the Home Guards were involved in the Battle of Falmouth in 1862, and fought again in 1864 in Cynthiana. This time Berry was mortally wounded.

That's the Berry history lesson. Now for the berry symbolism: The winter-borne fruit of the holly represented fertility to the ancient Druids, and Christ's blood to the Christians. Its evergreen boughs have come to symbolize eternal life.

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Mason County

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Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Parker Road, Maysville, Ky. 41056, phone: (606) 564-3566

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographer: Prentice Walker
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Jim Piston

Maysville Nativity Collection

Away in a manger

Many churches set up a Nativity scene at Christmas. The Annual Nativity Display and Music Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church in Maysville, however, is no ordinary display of a single creche. This festival features a collection of creches that has been called the best small-town nativity show in the country.

The creches are displayed in a single room and come from all over the world. Among them is a full-size Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus from the downtown Maysville Nativity scene used in the 1950s and '60s. The show also features a display of angel hangings.

Tradition has it that the first Nativity scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223.

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Jefferson County

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Producer/Videographer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Audio: Noel Depp


That happy holiday feeling

They are thinking big this Christmas at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. Imagine Santa's Midnight Flight Over the World as a fabric sculpture 17 feet tall and 20 feet wide. How about a Candy House luminary with 1,000 light bulbs, 494 square yards of fabric, and 71 moving candies? Welcome to KaLightoscope.

The towering fabric luminaries in KaLightoscope were made by artisans in Zigong, China, for International Special Attractions, Ltd. KaLightoscope features 12 sections including "Toyland," "Christmas Tree Maze," and "The Lighted Forest." In all, the display uses six miles of fabric and four miles of rope and internal lighting, taking up 15,000 square feet of space.

That's not all. The Galt House also has a life-sized gingerbread village (2,000 pounds of icing!), billed as the world's largest, where Santa can be found telling stories and singing carols.

The Galt House also offers a dinner show, featuring student choirs from across the country, and a special Mistletoe Marketplace for Christmas shopping.

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