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Program 913

1. riding the Amtrak Cardinal
2. Lowell Carter’s miniature log cabins
3. the Bardstown Road Youth Cultural Center
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For more information:
Amtrak, 1-800-USA-RAIL

Producer, videographer, editor: Ernie Lee Martin

All Aboard!

Amtrak’s Cardinal

Passenger trains might seem a terribly inefficient way to travel in our hurry-up world, but then that may be exactly the point: They give you time to relax and immerse yourself in the passing scenery, encourage interaction with your fellow passengers, and generally revive the notion that “getting there is half the fun.”

To start this edition of Kentucky Life, host Dave Shuffett tastes a little of the romance of the rails with a ride through northeastern Kentucky on the Amtrak Cardinal. This train takes passengers from Chicago to New York via Ohio, Kentucky’s northeastern Ohio River counties, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Dave boards at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal and rides from there to the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, with stops at Maysville, South Portsmouth, and Ashland in between.

Along the way, he talks with conductor Robert Peters as well as his fellow passengers, tries out features like the sleeper and dining cars, and learns something about the world outside the windows thanks to Amtrak’s “scenic commentary.”

Adair County

For more information:
• Lowell Carter, (270) 385-9411

Producer, videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Jim Piston

Cottage Industry

Miniatures maker Lowell Carter

Lowell Carter is both a talented craftsman and living proof that it’s never too late to start a whole new career. At 62, this Adair County man started building miniature log cabins and other historic buildings out of salvaged wood. Lowell himself has passed 70 now, and his miniatures have become so popular that he has trouble keeping up with the demand.

Though their delicate detailing makes them look fragile, Lowell’s creations are built to last. On this visit, we get to watch him work on one of his tiny buildings and witness some of the amazing things he can do with old Coca-Cola crates.

Jefferson County

For more information:
• The Brick House, 1103 S. Second St., Louisville, KY 40203, (502) 589-9028

Producers: Stephen Kertis, Casey Chalmers
Videographers: Stephen Kertis, Shawn Hayes, Casey Chalmers, Philip White

Hitting the Brick

The Bardstown Road Youth Cultural Center

The young people who used the services of the Bardstown Road Youth Cultural Center usually referred to it as the BRYCC (pronounced “brick”) house. Shortly after this segment was taped in 2002, the BRYCC lost its quarters on Bardstown Road in Louisville. But the organization found a new home on South Second, is still active—and is going with the flow by officially calling itself the Brick House.

This profile, taped at the original location, may give you an idea of what to expect at the new place. The center offers young people (defined as ages 13-24) a variety of artistic, educational, and social opportunities, from art workshops and exhibits to a computer lab and lending library to community service projects. The organization is also dedicated to democratic ideals, both in theory and in practice. Half the seats on the board of directors belong to young people, and they help make many of the day-to-day administrative decisions. That approach makes the Brick House the only youth center in the area governed primarily by the youth themselves.

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