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Kentucky Life features Lexington’s Latitude Artist Community, Setter Ridge Outfitters and more


Kentucky Life features Lexington’s Latitude Artist Community, Setter Ridge Outfitters and more

For Release: 09/27/17 10:33 AM

Creativity knows no bounds at Lexington’s Latitude Artist Community, a unique space that serves clients of all types, while specializing in serving those considered to have a disability. Latitude Artist Community is featured on the next episode of KET’s Kentucky Life, airing Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, Oct. 23 at 7/6 pm on KET2. The program also spotlights Setter Ridge Outfitters, Camp Zachary Taylor and a 1917 coal mine explosion in Webster County that remains the state’s most deadly mining disaster.

Tucked away in Lexington’s warehouse district, Latitude Artist Community offers a creative space open to all people, while emphasizing services for those considered to have an intellectual or developmental disability. By offering art workshops and open workspace, Latitude aims to foster creative empowerment for adults with special needs.

Then, host Doug Flynn enjoys a smallmouth bass fishing trip on the South Branch of the Licking River with guides from Bourbon County’s Setter Ridge Outfitters, which rents canoes and kayaks on Hinkston Creek, Stoner Creek and the South Fork of the Licking River. Flynn talks with Setter Ridge Outfitters owner Jay Schweitzer and enjoys a tour of the company’s new café and general store, which includes an outdoor beer garden with space for live music.

The program next travels to Webster County to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 coal mining accident at Mine #7 in Wheatcroft, which claimed the lives of 62 men. It remains the worst mining disaster in the state’s history. In the segment, Kentucky Life explores the history of this small Kentucky coal town and of the explosion itself, while showing how the county came together recently to remember and memorialize those who lost their lives, 100 years after the mine explosion.

Finally, the program spotlights the history of Louisville’s Camp Zachary Taylor, a military training camp opened in 1917 and named for President Zachary Taylor. As many as 10,000 men were employed in the construction of the camp, which was for a time the largest of its kind in America. As a leading training camp for World War I, the site included more than two thousand buildings able to house roughly 47,000 men at one time. And while it remained open for only three years, Camp Zachary Taylor was a vital part of America’s war preparations during that era – in fact, novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald famously trained there.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Jim Voskuhl, Brandon Wickey and Frank Simkonis.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications