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Hunting Rocks & Gems in Lexington

by Richie
Hunting Rocks & Gems in Lexington
Rock gem

Septarian rocks from Morocco

We’re Rock Hounds. There’s no hiding it. One look around our house will confirm that – there’s piles of rocks everywhere.

The front door sports river stones from Vermont and Wyoming. The porch railings are festooned with crinoids and slate found on the farm. Limestone slabs line our flowerbeds. And every table in the house features a rock cluster; Icelandic lava, petrified wood, chunks of crystals, obsidian and amethyst. If I stick a hand in the pocket of any jacket there’ll be a pebble I’ve picked up somewhere.

So the Rock & Gem Show in Lexington was a perfect Sunday diversion for us.

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Near Miss Winter

by Richie
Near Miss Winter

Here in the Near South we have Nearly Winter. There’s hardly any snow and temperatures usually stay within a tolerable range. Our Springs are glorious, Autumns colorful, and Summers are blazing hot. But Winter is mostly just blah with its miserable grey skies and weather that never gets cold enough to break out Aunt Minnie’s old fur coat.

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All Things Artsy in Berea

by Richie
Boone Tavern
Boone Tavern

Boone Tavern

Berea, Kentucky

Interested in Arts & Crafts? Then Berea is the place to go. It’s a modern day artist colony, wrapped around the renowned Berea College of Arts. Artisans of every ilk are showcased here, and the shops on North Broadway offer goods from a wide spectrum of hand-crafted items.

Berea

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Craft Beer Fest

by Richie
Craft Beer Fest

Bardstown, Kentucky

The Craft Beer Fest is becoming our Fall tradition. Each October regional brewers come to show off their specialties. It’s an evening of beer sampling from a large menu of choices. Some craft beers are very good, others are weirdly experimental, and a few are downright awful.

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Great Outhouse Blowout

by Richie
Great Outhouse Blowout
Outhouse Blowout

Penn’s Store

Gravel Switch, Kentucky

Penn’s Store has been operated by the same family in the same rustic building with the old creaky floors since 1850. It’s listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and hosts “Kentucky’s only internationally recognized outhouse race” – the Great Outhouse Blowout.

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Iron Horse Festival

by Richie
Iron Horse Festival

Iron Horse

New Haven, Kentucky

In late summer, just before the calendar declares that it’s Autumn, New Haven hosts the Iron Horse Festival. What’s an iron horse? A locomotive!

New Haven is our closest town for groceries and gas, and has a tiny business district where a little street fair was set up. Even though the festival is called Iron Horse there’s nothing train-themed about the fair. New Haven does have a large depot and the Kentucky Railway Museum, and locomotive rides are held on weekends. But that’s where the Iron Horse connection ends.

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Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY

by Richie
Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY

Josephine Sculpture Park

Josephine Sculpture Park
Frankfort, Kentucky
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Here’s another entry under the category How Did I Not Know About This Place – the splendid Josephine Sculpture Park near Frankfort. It’s a 20-acre farm that has been carefully groomed and curated to become a wonderful sculpture garden. It’s been in place almost twenty years, but I just recently discovered it through happy accident by reading a roadside tourist sign.

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Patti’s 1880’s Settlement – Grand Rivers, Kentucky

Patti's Settlement

Patti’s Settlement
Grand Rivers, Kentucky
Land Between the Lakes
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The little town of Grand Rivers has 350 residents and a giant establishment called Patti’s Settlement that takes up half the town. 

Patti’s Settlement is the singular destination here at the headwaters of the vast recreation area known as Land Between the Lakes. LBL, as it’s called, is a large island situated between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Both these waterways were created by damming two rivers, and a canal at Grand Rivers connects the two lakes. 

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