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Program 1703

1. Dave Does It!—Roofing
2. Today's Special—Bob's Drive-in
3. Glassblower Bill VanTassel
4. Lewis County Quilt Trail
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Jefferson County

For more information:
• Ray Nolan Roofing, 4606 Illinois Ave., Louisville, KY 40213, phone: 502-454-4659

Producer Tom Bickel
Videographers: Prentice Walker
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Tom Bickel

Dave Does It!—Roofing

Our first "Dave Does It" challenge this season finds Dave Shuffett reaching new heights—up on the roof. Unlike the old rock song, he's not there to get away from the world and stare at the stars, but to do some hard work.

Armed with shingles and the knowledge that a house is only as good as its roof, Dave gets his on-the-job training from Ray Nolan Roofing in Louisville, a company begun in 1953 by a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and run today by the nephew of the founder.

A leaky roof is a big homeowner headache, and Dave learns about the techniques and materials that make a quality roof, from the sheathing to the shingles. Join us to gain a new appreciation for the care and labor that go into installing a sound roof.

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McCracken County

For more information:
Bob's Drive-in, 2429 Bridge St., Paducah, KY 42003 phone: 270-443-6493

Producer/Editor: Rob Elliott
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Brent Abshear

Today's Special—Bob's Drive-in

The Paducah Visitors and Convention Bureau says Bob's Drive-in is the oldest car-hop restaurant in Kentucky. This Paducah institution has been open for 61 years.

Folks come here for the Fiesta Burger, created by the restaurant's founder, Bob Holman, who was inspired by a trip to Mexico.

The restaurant began selling Dairy Queen products in 1949 and officially became Bob's Drive-in in 1960. Bob and Verna Jean Holman sold the business to Frank and Shirley Wagger in 1965 and they in turn sold it to current owner Neil Ward in 1978.

Bob's Drive-in offers all the mouth-watering food you'd expect from a 1950s-style restaurant: hamburgers, chili dogs, chicken nuggets, french fries, fried mushrooms, onion rings, and more, plus a tempting assortment of shakes, malts and floats.

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Butler County

For more information:
• Evolution Glassworks, 6140 Caneyville Road, Morgantown, KY 42261, phone: 270-999-5318

Producer/Editor: Erin Milburn Lowry
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Brent Abshear
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess
Lighting: Prentice Walker

Glassblower Bill VanTassel

He's known affectionately as "the backwoods glass blower." Bill VanTassel came to Kentucky in 2007 from Ohio and started Evolution Glassworks in Morgantown.

The man who got his start in glass blowing at an Indianapolis paperweight workshop has come full circle now and offers his own workshops here in Butler County. He gives us a step-by-step lesson in the art of glassblowing.

Bill prides himself on providing a rare opportunity for people in Southern Kentucky to learn this ancient art in a non-intimidating environment. Evolution Glassworks is the only hot glass shop within 150 miles of Bowling Green. Workshops are limited to four people, so everyone gets personal attention.

Bill trained in the Ed Francis glass program at the Indianapolis Art Center and the Steinert Glass School in Kent, Ohio. He started his own glass studio in Ohio and came to Kentucky to enjoy an artist's life in the country.

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Lewis County

For more information:
Lewis County Quilt Trail
Kentucky Arts Council's quilt trail website

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: John Schroering, David Dampier
Audio: Noel Depp
Audio Post: Brent Abshear
Editor: Jim Piston
Lighting: David Dampier
Graphics: Clark Bradshaw

Lewis County Quilt Trail

Quilt patterns have been painted on barns since colonial days, but the practice is surging in popularity again. The national Quilt Trail project began in Ohio several years ago, and now 62 Kentucky counties have websites about their quilt trails, according to the Kentucky Arts Council. We paid a visit to Lewis County to see what these folks have created.

More than 32 barns across Lewis County have been painted with quilt squares. Most designs were chosen because they have a particular meaning for the property owners. The Patriot Trail—a one-of-a-kind loop in the Lewis County Quilt Trail—features 11 barn squares honoring all members of the military.

A quilt trail is a community effort. Volunteers from all walks of life get involved in a barn quilt, from homemakers to schoolchildren. Often the local Cooperative Extension Service offers its help to get started. Just getting the painted squares on the barn is a group effort, and the local utility company may lend a hand with workers and a bucket truck.

Quilt squares are painted not only on barns, but also floodwalls and other structures. The Kentucky Arts Council's Kentucky Quilt Trails: Views and Voices book gives an overview of this rural art renaissance.

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