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Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; Hilltoppers Preview

Art meets the earth at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Red Bird Mission has been a force for good in southeastern Kentucky since 1921, and fans of the musical group The Hilltoppers will enjoy this sneak peak from Kentucky Muse, debuting in October 2016.
Season 22 Episode 4 Length 25:18 Premiere: 10/22/16

Frankfort’s Sculpture Park, Red Bird Mission, and the Hilltoppers

Art meets the earth at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort. Red Bird Mission has been a force for good in southeastern Kentucky since 1921. Fans of the Hilltoppers will enjoy this sneak peek from Kentucky Muse.

Josephine Sculpture Park
In 2008, sculptor Melanie VanHouten and her husband left their careers in Minnesota and returned to Franklin County to create a sculpture park on the family farm. The 20-acre park opened in 2009, and now has 50 sculptures and murals from artists all over the world. The mission, she said, is twofold: “To provide free art experiences to the community while conserving the beauty of the native rural landscape.”

The sculptures and mural come from visiting artists who work on site as well as artists who bring in work. Josephine Sculpture Park also trades sculptures with other parks.
“We really want to have a variety of things in terms of material, scale, concept. You know there are some things that may be a little more realistic or traditional. There are other things that are super wacky and weird. And everything in between,” she said. “Again, that’s to try to connect with a variety of different people.”

The sculptures are on loan from the artists, so the display changes often, VanHouten said, “as does the natural environment of the park.” Besides the changing seasons, the paths also change. “We just mowed grass paths in the meadow,” she said. “We’re really enabling the art and the landscape to co-exist very naturally.”

Art is for everyone, the sculptor says. “You don’t have to know a darn thing about sculpture to come out here and to look at something and be moved by it. And you won’t get that about everything. But certainly there will be some pieces that you think, wow, I got that! And that’s the kind of place we want to be.”

The park is named for VanHouten’s grandmother, Josephine, who encouraged her granddaughter to connect with the land. “A huge piece of what we’re doing out here is trying to connect kids to the outdoors,” she said. “… They can run here. They can pick flowers, they can yell. They can do cartwheels.”

VanHouten said they’ve added more eco-art workshops, and the annual fall arts festival features glass blowing, pottery wheels and tie-dying. VanHouten said the community has been very supportive. Volunteer Chris Schimmoeller said the park offers ready access to art and nature that wasn’t available before. “It is a park with open arms,” she said.

Located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, off Interstate 64 and U.S. 127 South in Frankfort, Josephine Sculpture Park is free and open daily dawn to dusk. “I want everyone to come here,” VanHouten says. “Just come. It is a place for you.”

Remote Yet Vital: Red Bird Mission
Red Bird Mission, located in the town of Beverly in Bell County, has been operating since 1921 — first as a mission of the Evangelical Church, now the United Methodist Church. The mission serves Bell, Clay and Leslie counties.
The counties form a tight-knit community in the heart of Appalachia, made up of families who have been here for generations. The mission is 45 minutes away from the nearest town.

The Red Bird Mission includes medical and dental clinics, a community store, and a craft store. They offer a homebound ministry program for the elderly. “Almost 40 percent of the population lives in poverty,” Tracy Nolan, director of community outreach. “About 26 percent of the population are living with disabilities, and the unemployment rate is over 10 percent. So it’s challenging to live here, beautiful, wouldn’t trade it, but it’s challenging.”

Kari Collins, executive director, said Red Bird started as one of the settlement schools established during the social reform movement in the early 1900s. About 200 students now attend the mission’s K-12 school, Collins said, and about 75 percent of those are from the community. “Some of those students are international students,” Collins said. “Eight countries are represented.” The school focuses on developing leadership skills, Collins said. “Over the last two years every one of our students have gone to college,” she said.

The mission’s outreach program includes home repairs done by a work camp made up of volunteers. “Early in the spring we start getting applications from people in the community and they tell us what their needs are around their homes. Some need new roofs, some need porches, some need ramps,” said Collins. Elderly people, people with disabilities, and people with young children get first priority, she said.
“So we pick out over a hundred different kinds of projects for work camps to work on,” said Collins.

The mission also offers a clean water filling station. “We lack access to city water, so Red Bird Mission has worked with multiple partners to address that. We’ve got a kiosk onsite so community members can come and get access to fluorinated city water,” Nolan said.

The Red Mission community store offers household goods and clothes at a discount, and the craft store displays the wares of the local crafters. “Quilts, handmade dolls, there are some beautiful crafted [wooden] bowls that are just breathtaking,” Nolan said. “Again that’s the talent of the people here in the mountains. They’re very gifted.”
Local resident Brenda Hilton said good people from many different walks of life have uplifted the community. “I don’t see how these people could live without Red Bird Mission,” she said.

Singing from the Hilltop
KET recently produced a documentary about the young men of the Hilltoppers 1950s vocal group. The Hilltoppers created a sound that defined romantic music for a generation of teens during the mid-1950s, scoring 21 Top 40 hits. The quartet formed in 1952 on the campus of what was then called Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green, and is now Western Kentucky University. Jimmy Sacca, Don McGuire, and Seymour Spiegelman were students singing in a barbershop vocal group, and Billy Vaughn, several years older, was a musician from nearby Glasgow.

Sacca, from Lockport, N.Y., and Spiegelman, from Seneca Falls, N.Y., were both at Western on scholarships. So too was McGuire, who was a star basketball player during high school on the other side of the state in Hazard. During his senior year, McGuire caught the eye of Western head basketball coach Ed Diddle, setting him on a path he could have never predicted.

Billy Vaughn had played in a band backing up Sacca in Bowling Green, and believed Sacca’s pure, romantic tenor was tailor-made for wider exposure. Vaughn enlisted Sacca, Spiegelman, and McGuire to join him in recording a song he had written, “Trying.” The group recorded it in the college’s Van Meter Auditorium, and according to McGuire, both his and Sacca’s future wives were present. “And to this day, at least a quarter of a million people claimed to have been there,” he says.

Randy Wood, who owned Dot Records in Gallatin, Tenn., heard “Trying,” signed the group, and pressed a single. “Trying” made its way up the pop charts into Billboard’s Top Ten.
Within weeks, the Hilltoppers were booked on Ed Sullivan’s “The Toast of the Town.” Ann Sacca, Jimmy’s wife, says that most of the members of her hometown church in Mississippi skipped Sunday evening service to watch the Hilltoppers perform on Ed Sullivan’s show.

Despite several members serving stints in the military during the mid-1950s, the Hilltoppers fashioned a solid run on the pop charts, scoring with such odes to youthful romance as “To Be Alone” and “P.S. I Love You.”

“I love the whole story behind ‘Trying.’ it’s just one of those classic pop miracles being in the right place at the right time,” says music journalist and historian Holly George-Warren. “That song ended up opening all of these doors for them.”

Spiegelman, who worked in the music business as a record distributor, died in 1987; and Vaughn, who became an internationally renowned bandleader, died in 1991. Jimmy Sacca worked as a talent booking agent after his performing career. He retired to Lexington and died last year. McGuire worked in real estate and with WKU in his post-Hilltopper years. He lives in Lexington with wife Maxine.

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S22 E20 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 06/24/17

Beverly Hills Supper Club; Valhalla Golf Course; Lynch

S22 E19 Length 27:15 Premiere Date 05/27/17

Devou Park; Big South Fork; Racehorse Lexington

S22 E18 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 05/20/17

Midwives; Sports Radio; Rowan Co. Broadcasters

S22 E17 Length 27:18 Premiere Date 05/13/17

Audubon SP; Taylorsville; Constitution Square; Joe Downing

S22 E16 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 05/09/17

Miniature Horse; Farm Machinery; Kentucky's Anniversary

S22 E15 Length 26:43 Premiere Date 05/02/17

Winery Visit; Primate Rescue; Pianist Kory Caudill

S22 E14 Length 24:30 Premiere Date 04/24/17

Breweries; a Botanical Garden; Singer Kelsey Waldon

S22 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/17/17

Songwriting; Comic-Con; Bloodhounds

S22 E12 Length 27:03 Premiere Date 04/10/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Three, Old Postcards; Kentucky Wesleyan

S22 E11 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 02/25/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Two; Carter G. Woodson Center; Hickman

S22 E10 Length 27:50 Premiere Date 02/18/17

Louisville Zoo-Part One; Charles Young; Rosine

S22 E9 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 02/11/17

Alpacas; Rock Climbing; Kentucky By Design

S22 E8 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 02/04/17

Botherum House; Baker-Bird Winery; Minnie Adkins

S22 E7 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 11/19/16

Good Works in Kentucky

S22 E6 Length 26:08 Premiere Date 11/12/16

Celebrating Kentucky Veterans

S22 E5 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/05/16

Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; Hilltoppers Preview

S22 E4 Length 25:18 Premiere Date 10/22/16

KY Life Theme Song; Glema Mahr Center; Indigenous Life in KY

S22 E3 Length 25:24 Premiere Date 10/15/16

Maysville; Ceramics; Walt’s Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont

S22 E2 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 10/08/16

Speed and Gateway Museums; Lake Cumberland; Kenny’s Cheese

S22 E1 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 10/01/16

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Premiered On: 09/24/2016

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Speed Museum; Kentucky Gateway Museum Center; Lake Cumberland; Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese

Premiered On: 10/01/2016

Kentucky Life begins its new season! Doug Flynn explores all the additions and changes to the Speed Museum in Louisville, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville showcases its citizens' pride in their community, Lake Cumberland is a popular tourist destination and an engineering marvel, and Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese in Barren County is a model for the Kentucky Proud crowd.

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Silver Run Ceramics; Maysville; Walt's Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont State Park

Premiered On: 10/08/2016

Silver Run Ceramics in Boyd County combines the functional with the beautiful in their pottery, Doug Flynn basks in the scenic beauty and rich culture of Maysville, Walt's Hitching Post is an iconic Fort Wright restaurant, and Columbus Belmont State Park memorializes the site of a Civil War battle that marked the rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

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New Theme Song - Kentucky Bound; Glema Mahr Center for the Arts; Fort Ancient Native Americans

Premiered On: 10/15/2016

Go into the recording studio with Doug Flynn and songwriter Greg Austin as "Kentucky Life" debuts its new theme song "Kentucky Bound", the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville showcases regionally and nationally known performers, and learn more about Native American life in northern Kentucky prior to Columbus.

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Josephine Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; The Hilltoppers

Premiered On: 10/22/2016

Art meets the earth at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Red Bird Mission has been a force for good in southeastern Kentucky since 1921, and fans of the musical group The Hilltoppers will enjoy this sneak peek from "Kentucky Muse", debuting in October 2016.

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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren

Premiered On: 04/13/2019

Morels are the rockstars of mushrooms, and Irvine celebrates them at the annual Mountain Mushroom Festival; Berea's Spoonbread Festival highlights this traditional Appalachian food, and Kentucky can boast the only American author awarded both a fiction and a poetry Pulitzer Prize, to Guthrie's own Robert Penn Warren.

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Flag Retirement; Willa Brown Chappell; Saddlemaker Pete Harry; EKU Veterans

Premiered On: 11/05/2016

This Veterans Day program looks at U.S. flags respectfully laid to rest by the Jeffersontown American Legion in one of the nation's largest flag retirement ceremonies; Willa Brown Chappell of Glasgow broke barriers as an African-American female pilot who trained Tuskegee Airmen; a veteran of Vietnam demonstrates his saddle-making skills in Christian County; and Doug visits Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to discover why this university is one of the top destinations for veterans.

  • Monday October 31, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley

Premiered On: 04/06/2019

Young at Heart's group of octogenarians keep the classics alive by performing throughout Central Kentucky, Maple Ridge Soaps in Bracken County makes soap the natural and 2800 B.C. way, and western Kentucky's The Savage Radley sing about small-town Kentucky life.

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Missionaries of Charity; Grace Cafe; KSNPC Volunteers; Misfit Island

Premiered On: 11/12/2016

This program looks at those who do good work. As Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, "Kentucky Life" visits her Missionaries of Charity chapter in Jenkins; Danville's Grace Cafe is a pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to providing locally-sourced, nutritious food to residents; volunteers keep Kentucky's State Nature Preserves in fine form; and Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center cares for hundreds of animals in Henderson.

  • Tuesday November 1, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Baker-Bird Winery; Botherum House; Minnie Adkins

Premiered On: 11/19/2016

Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta lays claim to the glory days of a historic Northern Kentucky winery, garden designer Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher share the history and beauty of their restored 19th century home in downtown Lexington, and "Kentucky Life" revisits with famed folk artist Minnie Adkins.

  • Wednesday November 2, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Eagle Bend Alpacas; Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure; Kentucky By Design

Premiered On: 02/04/2017

Eagle Bend Alpacas is home to 150 alpacas in Boone County, Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure in Campton brings European climbing techniques to the Red River Gorge, and Kentucky By Design explores our state's arts and craft contributions to The Index of American Design.

  • Thursday November 3, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Louisville Zoo - Part 1; Col. Charles Young; Rosine

Premiered On: 02/11/2017

In the first of a three-part series, Doug visits the Louisville Zoo; a profile of accomplished African-American Col. Charles Young; and Rosine, Kentucky is the home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and the Rosine Barn Jamboree.

  • Friday November 4, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants

Premiered On: 04/20/2019

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

  • Saturday November 5, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Sparta Speedway; The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub; Life Adventure Center; 'Wild Bill' Gordon - S21 E6

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

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Haunted Louisville - Part 2; Doe-Anderson; Merle Travis; Justin Roberts - Walk the Willow - S21 E5

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PhbeaD; Doug's Baseball Highlights; Luthier Neil Kendrick - S21 E16

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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

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Martin's Fork; Dragon Boat Races; Tewes Poultry Farm - S21 E4

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The War of 1812 - S21 E3

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

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Today's Special - Dixie Chili and Diner; Coal Camps; Our Town - Columbia; Josh Samples - S20 E19

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Ken Grayson's Horse Memorabilia; Triple Crown Hopefuls - Old Friends; Gallopalooza - S21 E15

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Princess Alice Gurielli & Dimitrie Berea; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport; Todd Co. Marker; Lighthouse Landing - S20 E18

  • Friday September 23, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Derby-Themed Program - S20 E16

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Outdoors-Themed Program - S20 E15

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

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Kentucky Mainstreet; Our Town-Booneville; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; Historical Marker; Maysville's Gateway Museum Center - S20 E14

  • Monday September 19, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp - S21 E14

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Downtown Paducah; Today's Special - Peak Bros. Bar-B-Que; Aaron Kizer; Warren Co. Marker; The Historic Railpark and Trail Museum - S20 E13

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Eastern Kentucky PRIDE - S20 E12

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Our Town-Bellevue; Chandler's-Today's Special; Susan & George Miller; St. Claire Medical Center; Sister Jeanne Francis Cleves - S20 E11

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Hotel Metropolitan; Cabin Creek Covered Bridge Marker; Emerald Ash Borer; Our Town - Hazard - S20 E10

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

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Old Airdrie; Himlerville; Sherman Cahal; Louisville Historic House - S20 E9

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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson - S21 E13

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"Sultana" Disaster; General Lloyd Tilghman Marker; Louisville's Mega Cavern; Kentucky Ingrained LLC - S20 E8

  • Friday September 9, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Jerry Bransford; Dr. Thomas Walker Markers; Eugene McMahan & Sons Furniture; Harper's Country Hams - S20 E7

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

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Veterans Day Program - S20 E5

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

  • Monday September 5, 2022 7:00 pm ET on KET2
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Hitcents Park Plaza; The Kentucky Tragedy; Morehead State University; White Nose Syndrome - S20 E4

  • Monday September 5, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork - S21 E12

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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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