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Program 914

1. the candles of Aromescence
2. Marengo Cave
3. artist Dan Dutton
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Marshall County

Producer: Jennifer Belcher
Videographers: David Brinkley, Chris Mueller

Lighting the Way

Aromescence candles

Bill Bowen was in the insurance investment game, but was growing tired of his jet-lagged corporate life. Meanwhile, his wife, Sheila, was looking for a way to contribute to the household income without having to put their two young children into day care. Their solution to both dilemmas was Aromescence, a candle-making company they started in a small building next to their home. When we visited in 2002, this Marshall County business was shipping out some 3,000 cases of 8- or 16-ounce candles every year.

Sheila was the manufacturing division, hand-crafting the candles in a workshop that looks like an overgrown kitchen. Bill was marketing and publicity, in charge of rounding up distributors and handling sales. The children helped, too, making the business truly a family affair.

The goal at Aromescence was to create candles that lasted a long time, burned evenly, and kept their scent. The Bowens estimated that 70% of their manufacturing cost was in “triple-scenting” each candle so that it would still fill a room with fragrance when it was down to its last wax. Many of the scents Aromescence offered were pretty typical—vanilla bean, apple pie, holiday spice. But others were definitely inspired by their Kentucky birthplace: Bluegrass Mornings, Wildcat Fever, Bourbon Ball, or Equestrian Dream, anyone?

The business was sold in 2004 and is now known as Triplescent Candles and Creations.

Southern Indiana

For more information:
Marengo Cave, P.O. Box 217, Marengo, IN 47140, (812) 365-2705

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Michael Follmer
Audio: Charlie Bissell
Editor: Jay Akers

Spelunker’s Delight

Marengo Cave

Across the Ohio River and upstream a little, host Dave Shuffett next visits Southern Indiana’s Marengo Cave—with faithful companion Sadie right behind, of course.

What the two adventurers discover is one of the country’s prettiest show caves. In fact, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated it a National Natural Landmark in 1984, describing it as “the most beautifully decorated cavern in the interior lowlands of the U.S.”

The first recorded visit to Marengo Cave was in 1883, when two children noticed an opening in the bottom of a sinkhole and climbed in to investigate. Today’s visitors can choose between walking tours that wind past such attractions as the Rock of Ages, Sherwood Forest, and the Crystal Palace or wilder excursions that guarantee hands-and-knees crawling and mud. The park also offers opportunities for canoeing, rappelling, climbing, and other recreation. The cave itself is privately owned.

Marengo Cave is located about 45 miles northwest of Louisville. Take I-64 to exit 118, then go west about 25 miles on Indiana State Road 64.

Pulaski County

For more information:
Daniel Dutton

Producer: Jennifer Belcher
Videographer: David Brinkley

Painting in Pulaski

Artist Dan Dutton

Our final segment also features natural beauty, but this time as seen through an artist’s eyes. Somerset painter Dan Dutton heads out to observe wildflowers in their natural setting, then returns to his studio to render what he has seen on canvas. He also talks about his views on humankind’s relationship to the natural world.

Though this segment focuses on painting, Dan is a multimedia creator. An accomplished musician and composer, he wrote The Stone Man, an opera with modern dance and video projection that premiered at the Kentucky Opera in 1990. He also created, over the course of more than a decade, an ambitious four-part cycle of dance operas called The Secret Commonwealth that fuses folk and world-beat music; fantastic sets and costumes; and an allegorical story containing elements from Native American, Asian, and other mythologies. Two of the operas aired on KET.

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