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Program 511

1. wild cave tour at Mammoth Cave
2. Versailles’ toy train museum
3. the Nia Dance Troupe
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Edmonson County

For more information:
Mammoth Cave National Park, P.O. Box 7, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259, (270) 758-2251

Producer, editor: David Brinkley
Videographers: David Brinkley, Cheryl Beckley

A Crawl on the Wild Side

Mammoth Cave’s wild cave tour

More than a million people visit Mammoth Cave each year, and the vast majority of them are content to see some of its sights while strolling along wide, smooth, well-lit, guardrail-protected passages. But every once in a while, groups of these visitors are startled to see, squirming their way up out of mysterious holes, muddied but determined representatives of another breed of tourist—the “wild cave tour” ticketholder.

Mammoth’s wild cave tour gives a few hardy souls a day the chance to experience a decidedly different view of the world’s longest cave system. Led by experienced rangers—some of whom spend a lot of their free time adding to the map of Mammoth’s passages on their own—wild cavers crawl through low tunnels on their hands and knees (and sometimes their elbows and stomachs), straddle fissures, and squeeze through tiny openings to get a taste of the less tamed parts of the cave.

And for this report, Kentucky Life does it all while carrying a video camera!

Woodford County

For more information:
Nostalgia Station, 279 Depot St., Versailles, KY 40383, (859) 873-2497

Producer: Gabe D’Elena
Videographer: Stephanie Fitch
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Next Stop: Toyland

Nostalgia Station Toy Train Museum

In many small towns whose passenger-train days are behind them, you’ll come across neglected depots that are sadly in need of new missions in life. But in Versailles, Wanda and Winfrey Adkins turned the former gateway to the town into a passageway to the past—the Nostalgia Station Toy Train Museum.

The Adkinses have created a wonderland of model trains and antique cast-iron and mechanized toys. Kids find a world of miniature delights, adults often find a little piece of their own past, and everyone finds two congenial hosts who seem to know everything there is to know about their lovingly displayed treasures.

The museum is at 279 Depot Street (just off Main Street) in Versailles. It’s open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every Wednesday through Saturday and from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

McCracken County

Producer: Donna Ross
Videographers: David Brinkley, Gale Worth
Editor: Esther Reed

Rose’s Movers

Nia Dance Troupe

The Nia Dance Troupe started out as a youth group at an African-American church in Paducah. While holding fast to those spiritual roots, leader Rose Lowery expanded the troupe’s mission to include the entire community. For her role, she was awarded the Mayor’s Medal of Merit for outstanding service to Paducah’s young people. This profile celebrates a community leader—and, of course, a lot of vibrant dancing.

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