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Thomas Noble; Mt. Sterling; Three Toads; Bread of Life

Thomas Noble; Mt. Sterling; Three Toads; Bread of Life

Nineteenth-century artist Thomas Noble was a Confederate Army veteran whose art is famed for opposing slavery, Doug takes in the sights in Mt. Sterling, it's 'farm-to-vase' for the locally grown flowers at Three Toads Farm in Winchester, and good works and good food go hand-in-hand at Bread of Life Café in Liberty.
S23 E4 Length 28:04 Premiere: 10.28.17

Civil War-Era Artist Thomas Noble, Three Toads Farm, Bread of Life Café, and More!

Kentucky Life looks at the artwork of Thomas Noble. Downtown Mt. Sterling is enjoying a renaissance. Three Toads Farm produces farm-to-vase flowers. The Bread of Life Café combines southern cooking with good works.

The Art of Thomas Noble
Thomas Noble had a very unlikely career path. Before he created artwork that depicted the inhumanity of slavery, he was a captain in the Confederate Army.

Noble was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1835. His father was a hemp farmer who owned slaves. His grandfather had also been a plantation owner. But Noble was drawn to a different vocation from a young age.

“As a child he’d always shown an interest in art and was fortunate enough to travel abroad to study and to develop his craft,” says Dr. Ashley Jordan, Curator of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

He spent a few years in Paris in the late 1850s and returned to Kentucky in 1859. The rising conflict between the states put his artistic endeavors on hold.

“When he came back to the states, it was around the time the Civil War broke out,” says Jordan. “Although he was not a champion for slavery, he was a statesman. He joined [the Confederate Army] because of his love for Kentucky.”

After the war ended, Noble returned to his art and often used his paintbrush to illustrate the horrors of slavery.

“He earned the name ‘The Reluctant Rebel’ for the fact that while he did fight on the side of the South, through his paintings, he showed these social and political presentations of enslaved people in the United States,” says Jordan. “No one was doing work like this in this time period.

“Noble used his artwork to tell stories, particularly the stories of those who could not speak for themselves,” adds Jordan. “He told the stories of enslaved people and used real life scenarios that would only pertain to them. He would show it in a way that would show them as the victim.”

At the time, many white people professed that the institution of slavery was helpful to black people, Jordan explains, but Noble used his art to show the true atrocities.

“The one piece that shows how detrimental [slavery] was is the piece called ‘The Modern Medea,’” says Jordan.

“The Modern Medea” illustrates a pivotal moment in the story of Margaret Garner, an enslaved woman who escaped to the North only to be recaptured. When cornered by slave hunters, she killed her young daughter rather than see her trapped in a life of slavery.

“The Garner painting depicts a black woman whose child she has just killed is on the ground,” says art historian Rebecca Bilbo, Ph.D. “Her other children around her trying to pull her back, and these white men are coming in and they’re angry at her because she has destroyed ‘their property.’ Her child. And she went into a rage. It’s a very powerful painting.”

“The Price of Blood” is another one of Noble’s most iconic paintings, showing a white man negotiating the sale of his own son.

“There are two men sitting at a table, with money all over the table, negotiating the price of this young mulatto man.” says Mary Ran, art historian and owner of the Mary Ran Gallery. “He’s very strong, and he’s barefoot. And these two men are at the table haggling over him. Thomas Noble was appalled by that…He was appalled by the fact that families were separated, that children were taken away from their mothers and sold.”

Noble’s courageous artwork and his training in Paris earned him fans and supporters in America’s art community.

“1868 is a very pivotal year,” says Bilbo. “Not only is Thomas Noble riding high on his reputation, as this rising star in the national academy of design, but he’s also the first choice to be the first director at this new design school in Cincinnati.”

Noble earned the post as the head of the McMicken School of Design, which is now the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

“In America we have no art schools or college really until this time,” says Bilbo. “And he’s there trying to figure this all out. What is this new kind of school? What needs to be taught? Noble relies on his past education. The whole idea that the teacher would stay in the classroom and teach every single day as a class session is a new phenomenon and Noble learns how to do this.

“Noble contributed to the design school movement,” adds Bilbo. “He contributed to the development of American landscape art at the end of the 19th century. And as we look back at how we educate artists in the 19th century, he is an instrumental figure.”

Downtown Mt. Sterling
Mt. Sterling is a small town located just off I-64 west of Winchester. The heart of Mt. Sterling is its downtown, which is currently undergoing a revitalization effort.

At the forefront of this effort is Dr. Danielle King, a doctor of internal medicine who is also a member of the city council and owner of Spoonful of Sugar Café. Kentucky Life’s Doug Flynn sat down at Spoonful of Sugar to talk with King and Mt. Sterling tourism director Tracy Pierce about the renaissance in their town.

“I love Mt. Sterling and I do try to devote a lot of my time to community service,” says King. “I’m [head of] the downtown revitalization committee, and I try to do what I preach. This building had not been occupied since 1997 and this is sort of how the whole downtown revitalization started here.”

“As the tourism [director] of the town, I kind of saw that our storefronts downtown were becoming empty,” says Pierce. “And in a town as beautiful as this, it just breaks your heart. You’re thinking, ‘We have just got to get some people down here. We’ve got to get some businesses going.’”

Pierce says that the town’s efforts are working and more drivers on I-64 are making a stop in Mt. Sterling.

“Ruth Hunt Candy is a great business here in town,” says Pierce. “It’s right off the interstate, so we draw a lot of people for that. We also have a beautiful art center. We have a beautiful history museum. And this town, founded in 1792, has tons of history to it.”

New shops and attractions are helping to revitalize the town. King says that locals are embracing the effort, renting spots to open their businesses or buying downtown buildings and renovating them. The city government is contributing to the effort by literally elevating part of Maysville Rd., one of the main streets into downtown.

“The sidewalks were built so that when people got off horses they would step up high,” says King. “The sidewalks are almost two feet off the road. But with a car door these days, that doesn’t work so well.”

Another one of the town’s initiatives is a partnership with the local farmers market.

“We’ve applied for a grant…to continue to renovate the area down by the train depot,” says King. “We’re going to put in a farmers market structure there and we’re really excited about that.”

King’s Spoonful of Sugar was one of the first businesses to embrace the downtown revitalization project.

“I started out doing the baking,” says King. “Thursdays were my day off, and that’s sort of how this concept started. I would come in on Thursdays. We would bake early that morning and sell out for the day. That was at a time when the downtown didn’t have a lot of foot traffic, so one day a week was probably the right move.

“As more people were coming downtown, there was more of a demand, so now we’re open pretty much every day,” King says. “We’ve hired a full-time chef, so I don’t do much of the baking anymore. I just get to boss people around!”

Along with an increasingly vital downtown, Pierce says that the people of Mt. Sterling make it worth a visit.

“We have a really wonderful, friendly community,” she says. “As the tourism director of my town, it makes it so easy because I know when they get here, they’ll love it. So it’s just a matter of me getting people here.”

Three Toads Farm
The local farming movement isn’t just about food. At Three Toads Farm in Winchester, local flowers are the centerpiece of the business.

“The whole movement around people wanting to know where their food comes from, where their clothes were made, and what conditions they’re manufactured in definitely has impacted the farmer-florist movement” says Val Schirmer, partner at Three Toads Farm. “As field-to-table has become more important, field-to-vase has as well. A flower from a local grower is vastly different form something that has been shipped in.”

That mindset has helped make Three Toads’ flowers a good fit for the Lexington farmers market.

“The farmers market has been really good to us in that you meet a lot of people and become friends,” says Charlie Hendricks, partner at Three Toads Farm. “The people always stop by whether they buy something or not, and say hello, so there’s always a crowd around. It’s a nice place to sell flowers.”

Hendricks and his daughter, Elizabeth Hendricks Montgomery, do the growing and cutting themselves along with help from other family members when they’re available.

“We try to cut as close to the market or event as we can just so that they’re fresh as they can be,” says Hendricks. “If someone buys these flowers, they’ll last long.”

Three Toads creates bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral decorations for weddings and events. The designing is Montgomery’s specialty.

“Designing is a passion, and I love every bit of it,” she says. “I want the floral arrangements to be something that you remember for years to come. I love a challenge.”

Montgomery creates her designs using flowers grown at the farm, which adds to that challenge.

“When you’re growing things, you don’t know what you’re going to have until the week of,” she explains. “That’s why instead of choosing a specific type of flower, we go with a color palette.

“Every one of them is different,” she adds. “It just depends on what the bride wants. That’s their most special day. They’re going to have pictures of it for the rest of their life. I just want the things I do to be 100 percent perfect.”

Flower enthusiasts can come to Three Toads and learn about the design process themselves in one of the farm’s workshops.

“People come to the farm; they want to see what we’re doing,” says Schirmer. “They want to learn to do what we’re doing, and we share openly. We have no secrets. We tell people what we grow and how we do it. Then we show them how to make wonderful arrangements. We have the best of everything down on the table in the greenhouse for them.”

“At the end [of the workshops] we go out and take a group photo,” says Montgomery. “Everybody has a completely different arrangement, and they’re all picking from the same table. It’s really cool.”

Bread of Life Café
For fans of classic Southern cooking, The Bread of Life Café outside of Liberty, Ky., is worth the drive. But there’s more to this establishment than comfort food in a welcoming environment. Bread of Life is part of the Galilean Home, a Christian ministry that provides a home for people in need.

The Bread of Life Café was started by Sandy Tucker – known to just about everyone as Mom – and her husband, Jerry.

“[Sandy] said, ‘Let’s start a little Christian bookstore in town,’” Jerry remembers.

Jerry was sure the business wouldn’t be able to succeed in a community as small as Liberty, but he was willing to go along with Sandy’s inspiration.

“She said, ‘If I put a few tables in the corner and start serving sandwiches and soup, we could maybe get a little more business in for the bookstore.’ That exploded into a full-fledged restaurant.”

“The story of Bread of Life Café cannot be told without talking about the Galilean Home Ministry. They’re one and the same,” says Quincy Burt, PR and Development Director at Galilean Home Ministries. “We’ve got the special needs residents in the blessing house. We’ve got the girls in the girls’ dorm that are higher functioning. We also have babies that are born to incarcerated mothers. They’re there until [their mothers] are out, so they get a second chance at a family. We also have the Galilean Christian Academy, and everyone knows when you’re in school, you’re there more than you’re at home, so that’s home during those years.”

The café employs many of the residents at the Galilean home as well as members of the community.

“I grew up at the Galilean Home,” says Zachary Harpin, Kitchen Manager at Bread of Life Café. “I got there when I was probably four or five. I used to help Sandy Tucker – Mom – cook. When we started the café, I was probably around 13 or 14. I would come in after school or on the weekends and I would help cook or wash dishes or whatever needed to be done. And then I grew into my position as kitchen manager probably around 15, 16 years ago.”

There’s a role for everyone at Bread of Life, including the home’s special needs residents.

“They enjoy interacting with other workers and customers,” says Jerry and Sandy’s daughter, Becky Martin, manager of the café. “It makes them feel good every day that they have a job like everyone else. All the proceeds from here benefit the Galilean Children’s home, and so it’s a big asset here in the community.”

Diners at Bread of Life can opt to order off the menu of Southern fare, or head to the all-you-can-eat buffet. The café’s desserts are all homemade from original recipes. But the real culinary draw might be the signature dinner rolls.

“Mom was famous for her homemade rolls,” says Jerry Tucker. “That’s what really sold us at the beginning of this restaurant was the homemade rolls. Big as your fist.”

Sandy Tucker passed away in 2007, but her cause lives on in the extended family surrounding the Galilean Home and Bread of Life Café.

“I think my mom, if she was here right now, would be very pleased,” says Martin. “I feel like we’re living her dream, and knowing that this was what she’s always wanted to do just makes me feel better too.”

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Roscoe Goose; Churchill Downs; Mint Juleps; Zenyatta - S19 E18

Kentucky Life highlights Derby day. The career of Kentuckian Roscoe Goose who rode Donerail to victory in the 1913 Kentucky Derby; a look at Churchill Downs, which officially opened on May 17, 1875; the mint julep, the quintessential southern cocktail; and Zenyatta, the first filly ever to win the Breeders' Cup Classic are featured.

  • Monday May 10, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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BB Riverboats; Cumberland College Marker; White Thoroughbreds; Fort Knox Gold Depository - S19 E19

BB Riverboats, operating from the Newport Landing, have been cruising Northern Kentucky waters for more than 30 years; a historical marker in Whitley County recounts the history of Cumberland College, now the University of the Cumberlands; a look some rare white thoroughbreds in Marshall County; and fascinating information about the U.S. Bullion Depository at Ft. Knox from two knowledgeable insiders are featured.

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John Hunt Morgan - S19 E20

A profile of General John Hunt Morgan, known as the Thunderbolt of the Confederacy, was born in Alabama, but is considered a true son of Kentucky, and the romantic ideal of the Southern cavalryman. He is known for his daring raids across Kentucky, southern Indiana, and Ohio during the Civil War.

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Horsepowered: The Keeneland Concours - S19 E21

Since 2004, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance has not only been showing off the best of automotive history but the best of the Bluegrass as well. The Keeneland Concours, consistently ranked one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, is a three-day car exhibition held each July on the grounds of historic Keeneland Race Course.

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Owensboro's Riverfront; Variety Pizza; Blakely Burger and The Hollow Bodies; Bonita Skaggs-Parsons - S20 E1

Dave explores downtown Owensboro's fun and beautiful new riverfront; Variety Pizza in Breathitt County has fans driving in from hours away; Amy Hess meets Lexington teen violinist Blakely Burger and her band The Hollow Bodies; and Elliott County artist Bonita Skaggs-Parsons puts her own spin on folk art and life in Appalachia.

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Louisville's Old Fashioned; Kentucky Springseat Saddle; Memory-Mountain Pleasure Horses; Secretariat Statue - S25 E19

Learn how the iconic Old Fashioned became Louisville's official cocktail; the Kentucky Springseat Saddle, created by Eugene Minihan from Owingsville in the late 1880s, prized by horsemen and sought after by collectors, was designated the official saddle of Kentucky in 2019; a Kentucky Life Memory showcases Mountain Pleasure horses; and a statue of Triple Crown winner Secretariat is unveiled along the Lexington-Frankfort Scenic Corridor, giving Lexingtonians and visitors an impressive 360-degree view of Big Red.

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The Ascent; Homeplace on Green River; Hemmer Hill Farm; Burkesville - S20 E2

Featured stories include Covington's luxury condominium building The Ascent, designed by former UK architecture professor Daniel Libeskind; the restoration of Taylor County's Homeplace on Green River; Hemmer Hill Farm in Crestwood and its Saint Croix sheep and CSA program; and Amy Hess spends a day in Burkesville along the Cumberland River in Cumberland County.

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Red Bird; Carrollton - Our Town; Trigg Enterprise; Tillandsias - S20 E3

Dave takes a road trip to Red Bird with a convoy of Model T and Model A enthusiasts; at the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers, Carrollton is Our Town; Trigg Enterprise is a family farming business in Barren County raising produce, Black Angus cattle, and tilapia; and a greenhouse in Paducah specializes in Tillandsias, plants grown without soil known as 'air plants.'

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Hitcents Park Plaza; The Kentucky Tragedy; Morehead State University; White Nose Syndrome - S20 E4

Dave and Amy tour shops, cafes, and attractions along the Hitcents Park Plaza corridor of Bowling Green; a look at The Kentucky Tragedy, one of the most sensational crimes in Kentucky history; a visit to Morehead State University; and learn how Kentucky cavers are working to prevent the spread of deadly White Nose Syndrome in bats at Carter Caves State Resort Park.

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Veterans Day Program - S20 E5

Kentucky Life honors Kentucky's veterans. Dave experiences Kentucky National Guard training at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville; a historical marker in Woodbury documents the naval career of Butler Co. native Admiral Claude C. Bloch; the CAT (Canine Assisted Therapy) program at Ft. Knox pairs servicemen who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) with dogs; Tony Davis, a Marine from Lexington, crafts handmade items out of used bourbon barrels at Studio 300; and Amy Hess introduces us to Micki King, a gold medal winning Olympic diver and a career officer in the U.S. Air Force.

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Painter Steve White; Downtown Paris; The Potter's Inn Bed and Breakfast; 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry - S20 E6

Meet Mason County native and award-winning painter Steve White, whose paintings reflect America's first frontier from 1760-1812; Amy Hess visits downtown Paris; visit The Potter's Inn Bed and Breakfast in Wilmore; and the story of the Civil War ambush and massacre in Simpsonville of the 5th United States Colored Cavalry by a band of Confederate guerillas.

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Music on Call; Memory-Magee's Transparent Pie; Vent Haven Museum; Camp Shakespeare - S25 E20

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra's program, Music on Call, offers women detainees at the Daviess County Detention Center hope through music; the sweet smell of Magee's Bakery Transparent Pie is a Kentucky Life Memory; Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell houses a collection of more than 900 ventriloquist figures from twenty countries and other memorabilia; Camp Shakespeare offers kids and young adults ages 4-18 the opportunity to explore the theatre arts through imaginative play, visual arts, storytelling, and more.

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Camp Nelson Honor Guard/West Liberty Monument/Aviation Heritage Park/Heroic Horse - S19 E5

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Haunts of Owensboro/Hardin Co. Marker/The Whipps/Louisville Food Trucks - S19 E4

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Lake Malone/Our Town - Winchester/Douglas Naselroad/Artists Collaborative Theatre - S19 E3

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Dave Does It/Today's Special - Frances BBQ/Camp Springs/Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery - S19 E2

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Bardstown/Kenton Co. Markers/Doc Shuffett/Kathleen O'Brien - S19 E1

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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - S24 E20

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Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc. - S24 E19

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Honor Flight; Bill Marvel; Artist Elmer Lucille Allen - S24 E18

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African-American Heritage Trail; Downtown Glasgow; U.S. Grant (Part 3) - S24 E17

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Living Archaeology; Wes Cowan's Louisville; U.S. Grant (Part 2) - S24 E16

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Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley - S24 E15

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Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan - S24 E14

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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants - S24 E13

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Shaker Village Singer; Marsha Weinstein & the Votes for Women Trail; Memory-Hoop Fest; George C. Wolfe Honored - S25 E15

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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren - S24 E12

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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley - S24 E11

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Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin - S24 E10

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Alice Allison Dunnigan; Memory-Doug's First Segment; Wendover; Mary Ingles - S25 E12

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Julia Chinn; Memory-Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd Lincoln - S25 E14

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The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff - S24 E7

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Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point - S24 E6

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In - S24 E5

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eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy - S24 E4

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Bowman's Valley School; Byron's Memory-Tom T. Hall; Mutton; Moment-Prohibitionist Mural - S25 E11

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Makerspaces; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines - S24 E3

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London Cycling; Dave's Memory-Fatherloss; Mays Lick Rosenwald School; Moment-Spring Beauty - S25 E13

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Season 23 Episodes

Refuge Ridge Wolf Dogs; Boundary Oak Distillery; Dippin Dots

S23 E15 Length 28:30 Premiere Date 6.2.18

Castle & Key; Children's Charity; La Grange; Mona Bismarck

S23 E14 Length 28:43 Premiere Date 5.26.18

Chia; Regional Meals; Farmer Brown Tha' MC; Venerable Trees

S23 E13 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 5.21.18

Speedzeum; Reptile Zoo; College Heights Brewery; Ward Hall

S23 E12 Length 26:06 Premiere Date 5.12.18

Treetop Adventure; Ward Hall; Feminist Artists of Kentucky

S23 E11 Length 27:30 Premiere Date 5.5.18

Bosnian Culture; Northern Kentucky Brotherhood; Wyatt Severs

S23 E10 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 4.28.18

South Union Shaker; Capital City Museum; West End Louisville

S23 E9 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4.14.18

A Kentucky Christmas

S23 E8 Length 26:27 Premiere Date 12.23.17

Native Mounds and Celebrations; Bowfishing; Kathy Conroy

S23 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11.18.17

Veterans Day Salute

S23 E6 Length 28:20 Premiere Date 11.11.17

Aquaculture; Doug's Golden Retrievers; a Galactic Mission

S23 E5 Length 25:33 Premiere Date 11.4.17

Thomas Noble; Mt. Sterling; Three Toads; Bread of Life

S23 E4 Length 28:04 Premiere Date 10.28.17

Latitude Arts; Canoeing; Mine Disaster; Camp Zachary Taylor

S23 E3 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 10.21.17

2017 Eclipse; Man o' War; Native Peoples at Mammoth Cave

S23 E2 Length 28:36 Premiere Date 10.14.17

Idlewild Butterflies; State Fair; Antler Art; Fateful Pitch

S23 E1 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 10.7.17

Hosts

Our Current Host, Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted the program from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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