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Idlewild Butterflies; State Fair; Antler Art; Fateful Pitch

Idlewild Butterflies; State Fair; Antler Art; Fateful Pitch

Get up close and personal with big bugs and beautiful butterflies at Idlewild Butterfly Farm in Louisville, Doug talks to Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles about what makes the State Fair so special, artist Dan MacPhail uses antlers to make one-of-a-kind art, and two Kentuckians were at the heart of a tragedy at a Major League Baseball game in 1920.
S23 E1 Length 26:31 Premiere: 10.7.17

Season Premiere: Idlewild Butterfly Farm, Antler Art, and More!

In the season premiere of Kentucky Life, Doug Flynn visits the Idlewild Butterfly Farm in Louisville. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles shares what he thinks visitors to the Kentucky State Fair should be sure to see. Artist Dan MacPhail makes stunning art and furniture from antlers. A look back at baseball history includes a tragic story involving two Kentuckians.

Idlewild Butterfly Farm

Near the heart of downtown Louisville is an urban farm unlike any other. Idlewild Butterfly Farm is home to caterpillars and butterflies, along with a wide variety of tropical insects.

Owner Blair Leano-Helvey explains that Idlewild is three businesses in one. “In 2009, I began Entomology Solutions, which is getting growers off the chemical insecticides and on to bugs that eat other bugs: Bugs instead of drugs.”

Another segment of the business is the collection of tropical insects and arachnids housed at Idlewild’s insectarium. The facility is USDA permitted, meaning they’re authorized to import tropical insects for display and educational purposes, and to sell them to other permit holders, such as zoos.

Among the critters visitors can see in Idlewild’s tropical bug area are elephant beetles, Malaysian walkingsticks, and an emperor scorpion that glows in the dark. And while many people have a reflexive fear of spiders — Leano-Helvey points to research suggesting that arachnaphopia is in our DNA — one of the most popular residents of Idlewild is Blanchula the Tarantula.

But it’s the less creepy-crawly side of the insect business that gets the most attention.
“We’re also a butterfly farm,” Leano-Helvey says. “It is a true farm. We just have little livestock.”

Visitors can come and see butterflies through the various stages of metamorphosis, from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Some of the chrysalises are taken to zoos where people can watch the butterflies emerge. Idlewild also sells butterfly displays, which are popular at weddings and memorial services.

The butterflies are produced in Idlewild’s outdoor flight house. “Butterflies need two kinds of plant,” explains Leano-Helvey. “They need a host plant. Every species of butterfly has a plant that they lay their eggs on to continue the lifecycle. And then you need nectar plants, which provide food for adult butterflies.”

Leano-Helvey adds that if you want to attract butterflies to your own yard, you’ll need to have both kinds of plant.

“There are some flowers that provide more nectar than others,” she says. “Zinnias are a favorite. Cosmos are a favorite. Mexican sunflowers, lantanas. Those are all annuals. We also have great natives that flower late into the season and that’s important, especially when the monarchs start making their migration.”

Kentucky State Fair

Kentucky’s state fair is one of the oldest in the country, and each year approximately 600,000 visitors attend the event, which takes place in Louisville in August. Doug spoke with Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of Agriculture, about what visitors should look for at the fair.

“We’re very good at what we do in Kentucky,” says Quarles. “One thing we can do a better job of is telling consumers how food travels from the farm gate to the dinner plate and the Kentucky State Fair is a great way to explore and reconnect.”

The fair features exhibitions and competitions for all facets of Kentucky agriculture, from crops to livestock to the world’s championship horse show for American Saddlebred horses.

“I always recommend that people start off at the agriculture exhibits,” says Quarles. “Come see the state’s giant pumpkins that won this year. Check out some of our traditional crops like sorghum, and also look at some of our expanding opportunities, such as honey. [Honey is] the fastest growing Kentucky Proud product in our state right now.

“Kentucky is a big livestock state,” adds Quarles. “We have more beef cattle than any other state east of the Mississippi, so we take these livestock showing opportunities very seriously.”

Aside from the agricultural exhibits, the Kentucky State Fair offers exhibits for all things Kentucky in the south wing, rides on the midway, and a bountiful feast of fair food.

Dan MacPhail Studio

Artist Dan MacPhail has found his niche constructing furniture, lighting, and sculpture using antlers at his Dan MacPhail Studio in Ballard County. It may seem like an unlikely medium for someone of his background.

“Almost all the other antler guys have been carpenters or in a trade craft of some sort,” says MacPhail. “I come from a fine art background, and that’s different.” He adds that his knowledge of painting and restoration plays into the work he does with antlers.

“I really wasn’t a hunter and where I grew up there were no deer,” he says. “But I started thinking about what you could build out of antlers if you could get a hold of them.” MacPhail purchases antlers from brokers in Oregon and Idaho.

“He not only takes an antler and puts it together [perfectly] but it’s also the color and painting,” says Dennis Simonson, a customer and collector of MacPhail’s work. “You just think he stacked them there, and the colors are so beautiful you don’t realize he’s altered the colors. You look at other people’s work, they don’t go into that detail like MacPhail does.”

MacPhail attributes his superior results to his extensive experience in the medium. “I can take any antler, they can be rights or lefts, different colors, it doesn’t even matter,” he says. “I’ve been doing it so long that I can just make it work. It just looks like it was meant to flow together.”

One Fateful Pitch

A tragic incident that took place during a game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees in 1920 has two Kentucky connections. Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman was originally from Beaver Dam. Yankees pitcher Carl Mays was from Liberty. Their stories are forever intertwined in baseball history.

“Chapman was a career Cleveland player,” says Jeremy Feador, team historian for the Indians. “He was a selfless player, wanting to move guys over on base and amongst teammates, everyone loved him. He was one of those guys fans gravitated to.”

By contrast, Mays was known for being an aggressive player who tried to intimidate his opponents.

“Whether it was justified or not, Mays had a reputation as someone who would throw at you,” says Feador. “When you develop a reputation like that…you don’t get the benefit of the doubt when something happens.”

On a gray, rainy day in August in New York, Mays was pitching and Chapman was at bat. Mays was a submarine pitcher, meaning he used an unusual, low-to-the-ground style of pitching that can be exceptionally tough to hit. On that day, he pitched, and the crowd heard a crack. But it wasn’t the sound of the ball hitting a bat.

“Chapman never moved. He probably didn’t see the ball coming at him,” says Feador. “It hit him right in the head and it rolled out on the field like it was a bunt. Chapman immediately collapsed to the ground and was unconscious.”

Other players ran out to help him and doctors from the crowd rushed down to the field. They got him to his feet and started to walk him off the field, only to see him collapse again.

“They took Chapman across the street to a hospital,” says Feador. “That night they did an X-ray and figured out that there was a [skull] fracture. They performed surgery and removed a piece of his skull, but then it took a turn for the worse and he never recovered. Around 4:00 that morning he passed away.”

Chapman was newly married and his wife, Kathleen, who was pregnant with their first child, was called to come to New York, but she didn’t make it in time to see her husband before he died.

There are several factors blamed for that fateful pitch. At that time, team owners pressured the league to save money by reusing balls. By the fifth inning, when the incident occurred, the ball was covered in dirt and may have been hard to see against the gray sky. Couple that with Mays’ unconventional pitching style, and it seems Chapman may have been unable to see the ball coming at him.

Whether or not Mays intentionally threw too close to Chapman remains a mystery.

“Carl Mays was a really great pitcher who got overshadowed by this incident,” says Feador. “You look at his numbers and there are some people who say he could have been a hall of fame pitcher. But when people think you threw at a guy’s head and it killed him, it doesn’t help your chances of being voted into a hall of fame.”

The Cleveland Indians went on to win the 1920 World Series, wearing stripes on their sleeves in remembrance of their fallen shortstop.

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John Hunt Morgan - S19 E20

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

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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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