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Program 1816

1. Herakut
2. Headley-Whitney Museum
2. Our Town—East Bernstadt
3. Hidden Cave Ranch
4. Icelandic Horses
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Fayette County

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The Giant Storybook Project on Facebook

Producer: Brandon Wickey
Videographers: John Bacon, John Schroering, Jaxon Combs
Audio: Roger Tremaine

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Amid the everyday street scene in downtown Lexington, two giant murals catch your attention. In each, a young girl in an elaborate fantasy scene looks out with soulful eyes. She has a story to tell, and the tale comes from the minds of the German artist duo known as "Herakut."

"Hera" is Jasmin Siddiqui and "Akut" is Falk Lehmann. Together they create large-scale graffiti-based street art on buildings throughout the world. The two murals that Herakut created here are part of their newest venture, the Giant Storybook.

The two have been collaborating since 2004. They came to Kentucky at the invitation of Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, artists and professors at Transylvania University. Lexington has the first two "pages" of this Giant Storybook. The central character is a little girl named Lily, but the story is being revealed one building and city at a time.

"Lily and the Silly Monkeys," at the corner of Market and Short, is visible from Cheapside Park and features a "horse" fly and an iguana as well as Lily and the primates. "The Little Giants and the Goddess of Dreams," at North Limestone and East Sixth Street, features a girl holding two tiny children with the quote, "It was a beautiful moment when the little giant woke up to see where dreams come from."

Other pages for the Giant Storybook are in Eresing, Germany; Montreal; Toronto; Rochester, New York; San Francisco; and Miami.

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Fayette County

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Headley-Whitney Museum

Headley-Whitney Museum

The Headley-Whitney Museum on Old Frankfort Pike in Fayette County presents art and beauty everywhere you look. The museum reflects the many interests of jewelry designer and collector George Headley (1908-1985).

Headley was famous for his bibelots—French for "knickknacks"—usually small and ornate, made with precious metals. He was married to Barbara Whitney Henry Peck, sister of Thoroughbred horseman Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and daughter of the sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

The museum also collaborates with the Smithsonian Institution to display art and rare collections from around the world.

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Laurel County

Producer: John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp

Our Town—East Bernstadt

In 1880 the state of Kentucky, eager to replenish its population during the rapid migration to the American West, formed its own Bureau of Immigration and sought to convince Europeans to settle here. They found a receptive audience in Switzerland, and Paul Schenk, the son of a former Swiss president, came to Laurel County and founded the town of Bernstadt in 1881.

The town, named for Swiss capital, Bern, was Kentucky's largest foreign colony. It was so prosperous that it spawned an offshoot, East Bernstadt. The Swiss produced wine, cheese and other agricultural goods, and some found work in the coal mines.

Today the residents of East Bernstadt hold on to their Swiss traditions, music and dance, as well as the German language. Some of the original churches and businesses still stand today. The residents' spirit of perseverance keeps the community together in good times and bad, including the March 2, 2012, tornado that struck the area, killing six people. The community continues to rebuild homes and lives.

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Cumberland County

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Hidden Cave Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Hidden Cave Ranch

Located in beautiful hills of Cumberland County, Hidden Cave Ranch offers a warm Western welcome with a touch of Dutch hospitality, courtesy of owners Jaro and Mario Juurman, who are originally from the Netherlands.

Open year-round, the 156-acre ranch is an ideal place for hiking and horseback riding. You can board your own horses here, or ask the Juurmans to match you with one of their purebred American Bashkir Curly Horses.

This bed and breakfast gets its name from a cave on the property. The entrance is hidden, and guests are not allowed to explore unless they have a guide with them. If you ask, they'll guide you to the cave, on horseback or foot, but be prepared to go through a creek!

The rooms feature handcrafted furniture made from trees cut in the woods here. The Juurmans have decorated with antiques from the Netherlands as well as America.

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Oldham County

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Knights of Iceland

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: David Dampier, Warren Mace
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Editor: Jim Piston

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Icelandic Horses

Icelandic horses may be the purest horse breed in the world. The horses of the Vikings, they have been isolated in this ancient Nordic country for a thousand years. Known for their thick manes and long tails, they come in an extraordinary number of colors and have five natural gaits, a rarity among horses.

This beautiful breed is being introduced to Kentucky by Gudmar Petursson. He breeds, trains, shows and sells Icelandic horses at his farms in Iceland and here in Oldham County. His goal is to increase awareness of them here in America and show off their versatility.

Icelandic horses can walk, trot, and canter, but also have two additional gaits: the tölt (a four-beat gait) and the flying pace (hooves on the same side touch the ground together at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour). The flying pace is used in Iceland for racing.

Petursson's Knights of Iceland can be seen in performances at equine events like the World Equestrian Games and Equine Affaire. If you're up for traveling, you can learn more first hand through America 2 Iceland, which provides educational equine-related trips to Iceland from America and Europe.

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