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Program 809

Simple Pleasures and Hidden Treasures
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Eastern/Southeastern Kentucky

For more information:
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, 7351 Highway 90, Corbin, KY 40701-8814, (606) 528-4121, reservations (800) 325-0063
• Fleming County Chamber of Commerce, (606) 845-1223
Mark Sohn grilling tips and bio from
Lost Squadron history from the P-38 National Association and Museum
• Stanton Ranger District, Daniel Boone National Forest, 705 W. College Ave., Stanton, KY 40380, (606) 663-2852

Part 1: Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky

This special expanded Kentucky Life “road show,” which premiered in March 2002, takes not one scenic highway, but a series of back roads, seeking out people, places, and traditions that help make the state such a special place to live. The program is divided into four segments, traveling roughly east to west across Kentucky.

Cumberland Falls, in Whitley County, is one of the largest waterfalls in the Southeast and the home of the “moonbow.” Kentucky Life previously visited the falls, and the hiking trails in the park around them, in Program 401. To get to the park, take I-75 south to U.S. 25 W to KY 90.

The Goddard Covered Bridge (right) is one of the last Kentucky covered bridges still in use. It’s in Fleming County, which was designated “the covered bridge capital of Kentucky” by the 1998 General Assembly. The very first edition of Kentucky Life, Program 101, visited several other examples of these nostalgic structures.

Mark Sohn of Pikeville is a professor of educational psychology at Pikeville College and a chef of some renown. He studied cooking in Paris, has hosted his own how-to television series, is the author of a cookbook, and teaches workshops. But his culinary creations are more “home cuisine” than haute cuisine: Both the TV show and the book, Southern Country Cooking, focus on Appalachian and rural specialties like soup beans, cornbread, stack cakes, and barbecue. Host Dave Shuffett gets a taste of a few of these comforting dishes during our visit.

Glacier Girl is a World War II fighter plane, part of the “Lost Squadron.” On a flight from America to England in July 1942, a squadron of Army Air Force planes had to turn back because of bad weather. With fuel running out, the pilots were forced to land in a remote area of Greenland. They hiked out and were rescued, but the Army never went back for the airplanes. Beginning in the late 1970s, several private expeditions were undertaken to recover some of the planes, which by now were encased in decades’ worth of ice. They all failed—until 1992, when Bell County’s Roy Shoffner and Bob Cardin led a team that rescued a P-38 from 268 feet below the surface of the ice. It took ten years of restoration, but on October 26, 2002, test pilot Steve Hinton took her for a half-hour spin over Bell County. Kentucky Life first visited in 1996 (see Program 310); this update from late 2001 has the crew closing in on their goal of relaunching Glacier Girl.

(Note: Glacier Girl is no longer on display in Middlesboro. After Roy Shoffner’s death, his family reluctantly sold the plane to an aeronautical company based in Texas. She makes occasional appearances at air shows.)

The Red River Gorge in Menifee County is a rugged region of spectacular scenery, home to one of the densest concentrations of natural stone arches anywhere. Ranger Jorge Hersell shows Dave some of the high points, like Chimney Rock and the Nada Tunnel.

Central/Northern Kentucky

For more information:
Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40233, (502) 459-2181
• Mother of God Catholic Church, 119 W. 6th Street, Covington, KY 41011, (859) 291-2288
• Parkette Drive-In, 1230 E. New Circle Road, Lexington, KY 40505, (859) 243-9901

Part 2: Central and Northern Kentucky

Among the many treasures at the Louisville Zoo is the state-of-the-art Gorilla Forest exhibit. Zoo director Dr. William Foster shows us around and explains the zoo’s unique “rotation” system for animals in the exhibits.

The Mother of God Catholic Church in Covington, a Renaissance-style church built by German immigrants in the 19th century (the cornerstone was laid in 1870), features stunning stone inlay work and stained-glass windows imported from Germany in 1890.

Tom and Allie Hocker of Madison County know a good thing when they find it. When we visited, the two had been married for 72 years—and counting. And they still lived on the land where Allie grew up, though they did move out of her childhood home to a new house nearby. The Hockers also happen to be the grandparents of KET video editor Otis Ballard.

Lexington’s Parkette Drive-In is a diner straight out of the golden age of hot rods, where you can still get your “Poor Boy” or fried bologna sandwich from a carhop. The Parkette had recently celebrated its 50th anniversary at the time of this visit. It closed in December 2007 but reopened, restored to its 1950s glory by new owners, in March 2009.

Central/South/Northwest Kentucky

For more information:
Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Commission, (800) 638-4877
Barthell Coal Camp, (888) 550-5748
Big South Fork Scenic Railway, 21 Henderson St., Stearns, KY 42647, (800) GO-ALONG (462-5664)
Jamison Brumm, (606) 679-6774
National Corvette Museum, 350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101, (800) 53-VETTE (538-3883)
Corvette Club of America, P.O. Box 9879, Bowling Green, KY 42102-9879, (800) 801-7329

Part 3: Central, Southern, and Northwestern Kentucky

Bardstown and Nelson County host several Kentucky treasures. This quick stop features scenes of My Old Kentucky Home, the Old Kentucky Dinner Train, the Maker’s Mark distillery, and Spalding Hall.

Barthell Coal Camp in McCreary County lets visitors step back in time to visit a coal-mining camp as it would have appeared in the early decades of the 20th century. Harold Koger and family have meticulously restored and rebuilt houses, a company store, and other buildings that were abandoned or torn down when the mine was closed in 1952. The town is located within the Big South Fork National Recreation Area, and many visitors come by train, via the Big South Fork Scenic Railway.

Jamison Brumm is a Pulaski County jewelry maker whose work is inspired by nature and by ancient cultures. She works in anodized aluminum, using an electrochemical process to permanently dye pieces of aluminum in subtle colors. She and her husband, also an artist, live in a 150-year-old log cabin they rebuilt themselves on its original site in Wayne County.

Dave gets a ride in the ultimate American muscle car when he visits the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, the only place the ’Vette has ever been made. His host is Andy Roderick, a fan who’s so enthusiastic about the car that he talked his way into a job as the museum’s development director. Andy, of course, also has his own private collection of Corvettes.

At the Land-O-Nan farm in Union County, the land has been in the family for 150 years, but the methods are up to date. Adam O’Nan and family grow crops, raise cattle, and train border collies with a mix of traditional techniques and new technologies, from computers to high-tech tractors. After all, says Mrs. O’Nan, “You change or you go extinct.”

Western Kentucky

For more information:
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211, (270) 924-2000
• Kirchhoff’s Bakery, 116 1st Street, Paducah, KY 42011, (270) 442-7117
Murray State University School of Agriculture, 103 S. Oakley, Murray, KY 42071-3345, (270) 763-3328
• Jim’s Music, 8 Marion Street, Cadiz, KY 42211, (270) 522-8994

Part 4: Western Kentucky

The Land Between the Lakes, running through Trigg and Lyon counties in Kentucky and south into Tennessee, is a sprawling outdoor playground for land and water enthusiasts alike. It was established in the early 1960s to provide recreation for humans and protected habitat for a wide variety of wild creatures, including bald eagles. The two purposes have sometimes come into conflict in the decades since, but so far the area remains a haven for both wildlife and vacationers. The lakes are Barkley and Kentucky, both of which were created when rivers were dammed for flood control and power generation. The Land Between the Lakes is administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Kirchhoff’s Bakery & Deli is a Paducah family business now being run by its fifth generation. Franz and Hannah Kirchhoff, who had just immigrated to Kentucky from Germany, started the business as a grocery in 1873, supplying food to the steamboats plying the Ohio River. They soon opened a bakery, which became the heart of the business. It remained one of the best-known bakeries in the region until it was destroyed by fire in 1952. The family decided not to rebuild, and the bakery remained closed for 44 years. Then in 1996, the Kirchhoffs decided to rebuild, encouraged by local government and private efforts to boost entrepreneurship and revitalize Paducah’s downtown. Ginny Kirchhoff Elmore, great-great-great-granddaughter of Franz and Hannah, became the manager and owner.

Lots of colleges—including Murray State University—field football and basketball teams. But the Calloway County school is unique in Kentucky in sponsoring a rodeo team, complete with scholarships for promising young riders. Coach Robert Loosenort takes us behind the scenes at a team practice in this segment.

Jim’s Music Store in Cadiz has long been the site of Saturday-night country and bluegrass music jam sessions. Stop by regularly, and you might get to hear players like Charles Stamper, a veteran of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys.

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