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Program 1707

1. Mammoth Cave Adventures
2. Historical Marker 1889—Old Stone Inn
3. Today's Special—Annie Ruby's Café
4. Our Town—Hawesville
5. Basket maker Lynn Horine
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Barren County

For more information:
Mammoth Cave Adventures, 1994 Roy Hunter Road, Cave City, Ky. 42127; phone: 270-773-6087

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Videographers: David Dampier, Frank Simkonis
Audio: David Dampier
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Mammoth Cave Adventures

If you've ever wanted to soar through the treetops, we have an experience for you. At Mammoth Cave Adventures in Cave City, Dave Shuffett takes a zip-line tour through the forest canopy just outside Mammoth Cave National Park.

With helmet on and harness strapped, you're ready for the ride of a lifetime down an inclined cable. At Mammoth Cave Adventures, the main course has five zip lines and two skybridges. For kids in the 40-100 pound range, a second course offers three zip lines and one skybridge.

With adventure tourism booming in popularity, you can find zip lines all over the world. The concept of traveling through the air via pulley and cable, however, is much older. H.G. Wells described a zip line in his 1897 novel The Invisible Man.

Guides for this Kentucky eco-adventure discuss the ecology of the forest and its wildlife and explain the layout of the course. If gliding through the trees isn't enough for you, the business also offers horseback riding and a 40-foot pendulum swing.

Shelby County

For more information:
Old Stone Inn, 6905 Shelbyville Road, Simpsonville, Ky. 40067; phone: 502-722-8200

Producer: Jim Piston

Historical Marker 1889—Old Stone Inn

Shelby County's oldest stone residence was a stagecoach stop in the 1800s. Now visitors can enjoy fine food and drink while soaking up the historical ambience of the Old Stone Inn.

The building dates to the early 1800s, built by slave labor from limestone quarried nearby. Four of the original fireplaces remain. The inn was also a tavern and private home before becoming a restaurant in the 1920s.

This local landmark prospers as a restaurant these days in the hands of native Shelby Countians. Proprietor Shelley Thompson grew up in Simpsonville, and Executive Chef Jerrett Berry was born and raised in Shelby County. On the menu are such delights as Southern fried chicken, Grandma Mary's chicken livers, and Old Stone's Hot Brown.

Cumberland County

For more information:
• Annie Ruby's Café, 204 Court House Square, Burkesville, Ky. 42717; phone: 270-864-2664

Producer/Editor: Paul Smith
Videographer/Audio: David Dampier

Today's Special—Annie Ruby's Café

For more than 150 years, downtown Burkesville was the location of one of Kentucky's oldest pharmacies. These days, the building that housed the pharmacy is home to the popular Annie Ruby's Café.

Heather Hannan named the restaurant for her grandmother Annie Ruby, who taught her to cook. Hannan has incorporated many of the pharmacy's antiques into the store to keep the connection to the past.

All the food is homemade daily with specials like barbecue brisket and prime rib. The signature dish, however, is that Southern summer favorite, the tomato pie. Dave Shuffett finds himself in the kitchen with Judy Frederick, Hannan's mother, learning to prepare Annie Ruby's most popular dish.

Hancock County

For more information:
History of Hawesville
The story of the Great Steamboat Race from the 1962 Sports Illustrated

Producer/Videographer: John Schroering
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Our Town—Hawesville

Steamboat construction, coal town prosperity, frontier gunfights—this Ohio River town has seen it all. Hawesville grew up and thrived on river traffic and the coal industry.

Immigrants flocked to the town in the coal boom years of the mid-1800s, and found entertainment in saloons and gambling houses. The town saw its share of Wild West violence, and made national news in 1859 when a gunfight killed one and injured two. Not content to wait for justice, Hawesville physician Hardin Davison took the law in his own hands and killed one of the protagonists as he sat in jail awaiting trial. Even that wasn't the end of it: Davison became incensed at a local attorney for denouncing the vigilante murder, and the doctor set off a homemade bomb intending to kill the attorney. Davison himself, however, died from blast injuries.

The steamboat holds a special place in history for Hawesville. Famed riverboat pilot John Cannon, a native of the area, thrilled the locals in 1870 when his steamboat, the Robert E. Lee, beat the Natchez in what became known as the Great Steamboat Race of 1870. The steamboats left New Orleans on June 30, and the Robert E. Lee arrived in St. Louis on July 4, ahead of the Natchez by over six hours.

Each year the town holds the Hawesville Steamboat Festival in October and this year marks Veterans Day with a steamboat cruise.

Trimble County

For more information:
Lynn Horine's page from the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Brent Abshear
Editor: Jim Piston

Basket maker Lynn Horine

From gourds and pine needles, Bedford artisan Lynn Horine creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind rustic baskets.

Horine was inspired by the Foxfire books, a series documenting the culture and crafts of southern Appalachia. Horine began by making traditional baskets, and then started experimenting with pine needles. She typically uses a gourd for the base and then weaves with the bundled pine needles, which have been boiled and dried. She often adds other natural materials, such as black walnuts and shells.

The California native's work has been shown at Kentucky Crafted, the Kentucky Arts Council's annual showcase. Her baskets are sold at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville.

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