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Kentucky Life: Arts

Kentucky Life: Arts

We revisit some of Doug's favorite segments showcasing Kentucky artists and artisans including, internationally acclaimed folk artist Minnie Adkins, the paintings of Thomas Noble, guitar maker Neil Kendrick, and dulcimer maker Warren May.
S26 E1 Length 26:48 Premiere: 1.2.21

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

At Shaker Village, a musician discovers an extraordinary family tie; a national trail honors Kentucky's leading suffragists; Marshall County's Hoop Fest is a highlight of the high school hardcourt season; Broadway playwright and director George C. Wolfe is honored in his hometown of Frankfort, and reflects on his childhood experiences.

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

Dave explores the hardwood forests and sandstone bluffs of Muhlenberg County's Lake Malone with outdoor enthusiast Cory Ramsey; Winchester is Our Town; Amy Hess introduces us to Kentucky luthier Douglas Naselroad, a Master Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman; and Artists Collaborative Theatre has been promoting the performing arts in Pike County for over 10 years.

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

The spooky side of local history is featured in the Haunts of Owensboro walking tours; the Haycraft Inn marker in Hardin County states it was a popular stop for stagecoaches; Greenup County band The Whipps play original music they call hick-hop; and Louisville food trucks offer a variety of cuisines.

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

Kentucky Life salutes America's veterans. The Camp Nelson Honor Guard is the resident volunteer guard of Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County; a West Liberty monument honors women in military service; the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green features military aircraft and is a memorial to distinguished aviators; and the story of Sgt. Reckless, the heroic horse who carried ammunition for the Marines during the Korean War.

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Boone's Bones/Taylor Co. Marker/Somerset's Fountain Square/Coal Country Beeworks - S19 E6

The gravesite of Kentucky frontiersman Daniel Boone is the number one tourist attraction in Frankfort, but is he actually buried there; a Taylor County historic marker describes the origins of Campbellsville University; Amy Hess tours the Pulaski County city of Somerset and visits its newly renovated Fountain Square; and in Perry County, Coal Country Beeworks is committed to re-establishing bees and beekeeping in the region.

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Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort; Daviess Co. Marker; Ken Swinson Art; Festival of the Bluegrass - S19 E7

Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort in Hopkinsville is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in the region; a Daviess County historical marker tells how politician George Graham Vest gained international fame thanks to a dog; self-taught artist Ken Swinson's paintings and prints feature Kentucky's landscapes and whimsical farm animals; and Dave enjoys a day at The Festival of the Bluegrass, a 40 year musical tradition in Lexington.

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Women's History - S25 E16

Celebrate Women's History Month with a look at some of our recent stories about notable Kentucky women. Mary Todd Lincoln struggled to prove her sanity; Kentucky suffragettes fought for women's voting rights; Alice Allison Dunnigan was a pioneering journalist, and Kentucky folk artist Minnie Adkins is one of the most respected woodcarvers in the country.

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Drystone Revival; Carter Co. Marker; Bluegrass Motorcycle Museum; Our Town - Barbourville; Jane's Saddlebag - S19 E8

The revival of building Drystone walls with master stone mason Cecil Aguilar; a historical marker in Carter County points out the home of former Kentucky Gov. William Jason Fields; the vintage motorcycles at the Bluegrass Motorcycle Museum in Hartford; Barbourville in Knox County is Our Town; and Jane's Saddlebag, a family-friendly tourist destination in Boone County are featured.

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Eighth of August - S19 E9

Experience the history and excitement of the Eighth of August weekend. Every year, African-Americans in parts of Western Kentucky and central Tennessee gather to celebrate Emancipation, a homecoming tradition begun in 1868.

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Hot Brown; Downtown Destination - Henderson; Roebling Bridge; Iroquois Hunt Club - S19 E10

Kentucky's signature Hot Brown from Louisville's Brown Hotel, the river town of Henderson is the Downtown Destination, northern Kentucky's Roebling Bridge, and the Iroquois Hunt Club and its innovative Hound Welfare Fund are featured.

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Andrew Jackson Duel; Zachary Taylor National Cemetery; Our Town - Hodgenville; Jefferson Davis - S19 E11

Kentucky Life celebrates Presidents' Day with stories about U.S. Presidents who have ties to Kentucky. The 1806 Logan County duel involving future president Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville next to the family home, and Lincoln's hometown of Hodgenville is Our Town. Plus, Confederate President Jefferson Davis' ties to Kentucky are also featured.

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Marshall County Hoop Fest; Kenton and Meade Co. Markers; Kentucky State Parks Golf Trail; Dave Does It - Dale Hollow - S19 E12

Kentucky Life highlights the sporting traditions around the state. The hardwood action from the Marshall County Hoop Fest, historical markers in Kenton and Meade counties document the achievements of Major League baseball players from Kentucky, Dave plays a round or two along the Kentucky State Parks Golf Trail, and Dave casts for a trophy fish at Dale Hollow in a new Dave Does It are featured.

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Kentucky Ferries; Memory-Idlewild; Sneaker Culture; Pickleball - S25 E17

Kentucky ferries provide a graceful way to go back in time and enjoy the state's waterways; Doug recounts his visit to Idlewild in a Kentucky Life Memory; meet Sneakerheads in Kentucky who collect, sell, and customize their favorite shoes and have created a culture all their own. Kentucky Life Moment - pickleball at the Telford YMCA in Richmond.

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Jim Embry; Leslie Co. Barn; Today's Special - Greyhound Tavern; Richwood Plantation Inn - S19 E13

Meet Jim Embry, a passionate advocate of community gardening; in Leslie County, the history of a barn built in the 1900's; the Greyhound Tavern in Ft. Mitchell serves Today's Special; and the restored grandeur of historic Richwood Plantation Inn in Milton are featured.

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Tami Booher; Bodley-Bullock House; Downtown Shelbyville; Robert Vannevel - S19 E14

Appalachian artist Tami Booher uses the palette knife technique to create textured landscapes and nature scenes; a visit to the 200-year-old Bodley-Bullock House in Lexington's Gratz Park; Amy Hess explores downtown Shelbyville; and in Casey County, Dave meets master wood worker Robert Vannevel.

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Lexington Vintage Dance; Louisa - Our Town; YouthBuild Louisville; Agility Dog Trainer - S19 E15

The pageantry and flair of performances by Lexington Vintage Dance; Louisa, the county seat of Lawrence County, is Our Town; YouthBuild Louisville helps young adults reach their potential; and in Paducah, dog trainer Gene Glastetter and his dog Versace have become a successful team in the the fast growing sport of dog agility despite a special challenge.

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The Great Saltpetre Cave; Cardome Marker; Black Bear; Billy Ray's - Today's Special; Kentucky Cotton Industry - S19 E16

Dave tours the Great Saltpetre Cave in Rockcastle County; a marker recounts the history of Scott County's Cardome Center, once the home of Kentucky Governor James F. Robinson; meet Black Bear, a Native American potter, who lives and works in Morehead; Prestonburg's Billy Ray's restaurant is serving Today's Special, and find out about Kentucky's cotton industry.

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Dawson Springs; Miguel's Pizza - Today's Special; Red River Gorge Trail Crew; GRIT Homesteaders - S19 E17

Kentucky Life celebrates Earth Day. Visit Dawson Springs, a designated Trail Town, and a popular destination for visitors in search of Kentucky Adventure Tourism; Today's Special comes from Miguel's Pizza in the Red River Gorge area of Powell County; meet the Red River Gorge Trail Crew, hard-working volunteers dedicated to maintaining the extensive trail system of the Gorge; and GRIT magazine named Adair County couple Randy and Jennifer Luethje runners-up in its inaugural Homesteaders of the Year Awards.

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Violins of Hope; Memory-Kentucky in Africa; Dr. Ephraim McDowell; USS Sachem - S25 E18

Kentucky Life visits a special exhibit at the Frazier Museum, Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust; a Kentucky Life Memory looks back at Alfred Russell's experiences in Liberia; the story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell and his most famous patient - Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford, who traveled alone on horseback to have an abdominal tumor removed; and the 100-year history of the infamous USS Sachem that now sits in ruins in a creek in Boone County, Kentucky.

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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.

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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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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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Central Kentucky Tours; Harden Coffee; Wigwam Village - S24 E2

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Whiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry - S24 E1

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Refuge Ridge; Boundary Oak Distillery; Dippin' Dots - S23 E15

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Louisville Zoo - Part 1; Col. Charles Young; Rosine - S22 E9

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Season 26 Episodes

Host Special

S26 E7 Length 27:13 Premiere Date 2.13.21

Bourbon and Horses

S26 E6 Length 27:11 Premiere Date 2.6.21

Great Outdoors

S26 E5 Length 26:46 Premiere Date 1.30.21

Food

S26 E4 Length 26:53 Premiere Date 1.23.21

Music

S26 E3 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 1.16.21

Historical Figures

S26 E2 Length 27:29 Premiere Date 1.9.21

Kentucky Life: Arts

S26 E1 Length 26:48 Premiere Date 1.2.21

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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