February 22, 2003

Kentucky

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Kentucky - "The Bluegrass State"

Andrea Harris: "Kentucky was breathtakingly beautiful in the spring. I drove from Lexington to Lousville on route 50 in early May a couple of years ago, and it was like driving through a dream."

Susanna: "I love my home state of Kentucky, and I'll give you some info on it...

First, Kentucky, most especially eastern Kentucky where I grew up. The people there preserve their heritage in everyday life, in the foods they eat, the words they use and the way they interact with the world around them. They're strong, resilient, and independent, with a great sense of humor. Many are storytellers, another way of connecting with their past, without being shy about embracing the future. The countryside is so gorgeous it's almost painful sometimes to see, and the foods, crafts and music that came from the hills are justly accorded appreciation and respect all over the world (can you say bluegrass?).

Here are links: Writer Jesse Stuart; Dulcimers; Cumberland Falls (one of two places in the world with a moonbow - the other is in Africa); Musician Jean Ritchie; Appalshop (generally liberal, but they do some amazing work); Photographer James Archambeault, who is unparalleled in showing the beauty of Kentucky (this is what it looks like where I grew up, out in the fields); and we mustn't forget Kentucky quilts (don't miss the famous Cemetery Quilt) or Berea crafts. Obviously I could go on, especially about grits (here's the best way to fix 'em)."

Roy Greenwell: "Kentucky:

Land of beautiful horses and fast women.
More whiskey distilleries than any other state.
More dry counties than any other state.
...some of those distilleries are IN dry counties.
We love basketball even MORE than Indiana, but we love Indiana basketball too.
The Ohio River - it's 99% IN Kentucky - (The northern border is the mean high water mark of 1792.)
"Colorful" politics - colorful politicians.
Located below the grits line and above the corned beef hash line - we can get both northern and southern cousine here.
Barbecue - Burgoo - Hot Browns.
Mammoth Cave
Ft Knox - The Patton Museum and Gold vault.
Ft Campbell - The 101st Airborne.
Small cities - Louisville, Lexington, Paducah
Lots of large to small towns.
120 Counties, 120 county seats.
Mountains in the east, the bluegrass and the knobs in the middle, the pennyroyal in the south, and the northernmost reaches of the Mississippi delta in the far west.
The "Great Meadow" and the "Dark and Bloody ground.
Abraham Lincoln AND Jefferson Davis were both born here.
Colonel Sanders.
4 seasons - Cold as hell, Beautiful, Hot as hell, Beautiful - not necessarily in that order.
The Kentucky Derby.
Bill Monroe & Bluegrass music - you didn't think it came from Texas do you?
Bordered by 7 more of the greatest states in the Union, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, WVirginia, Virginia, and Tennessee."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 08:22 AM
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I had my first kiss at Carter Caves. I had the privilege of performing for two summers at one of the most beautiful theatres in the world; The Paramount. I remember laughing with my dad while we waded through two feet of flood water on a warm June night because we were so happy to finally have rain after a long dry summer. I remember being out of breath with skinned knees and aching arms after whitewater rafting down the New River with my uncle and then realizing it was all worth it when I looked up and saw the bridge. I remember later staring at that same bridge with tears in my eyes when part of my uncle's ashes were scattered there. I remember listening to my grandfather tell stories about how he used to make the best moonshine in all the world, but not to ever tell anyone where I heard that. I remember my aunt showing me the proper way to pick green apples from a tree and then telling me to lay my hand flat while I fed it to a beautiful brown stallion larger than the apple tree itself. I remember playing in forests so dense you could get lost less than 100 feet from your house. I remember riding my bike on early spring mornings and stopping to taste the honeysuckle that smelled so sweet. To this day my dad still plays a mean bluegrass guitar and those songs are like nothing else I've heard anywhere. I still know how far 'down yonder' is.
I grew up in eastern Kentucky as well and I will defend its beauty and majesty until the day that I am buried there.

Posted by: annastazia on February 22, 2003 01:53 PM

I am a Cracker now, but my roots are still in eastern Kentucky. WHAT YOU SAID! Times two.

Posted by: Acidman on February 23, 2003 10:54 AM

I grew up in Spencer County (dry), and I still drive Home from Ohio nearly every weekend, because like all good hillbillies I am tied to my family and tied to the old homestead. The North is where I work. Kentucky is where I live.

Posted by: Kerry on February 24, 2003 12:21 PM

There is no place like Kentucky and I can't imagine ever calling anyplace else home (even if/when I live elsewhere). Kentucky holds my heart like nothing else. I can't describe the hold the state has on me and I don't even care to try. The natural beauty, the history, the culture, the basketball, the food, it's almost unfair that one state should have so much goodness. But we'll take it and appreciate it and love it.

Posted by: Michelle on February 25, 2003 04:29 PM

I was born and raised and am currently living in Southern Kentucky. To me there is no place more beautiful and fascinating than my own home state. It's like a whole different world with it's own culture. The people, the land, the history - I love it all. I can't imagine myself happier anywhere else on this earth.

Posted by: Amy on March 7, 2003 08:53 PM