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Kentucky Life spotlights artist Thomas Noble, downtown Mt. Sterling, Three Toads Farm and Bread of Life Café


Kentucky Life spotlights artist Thomas Noble, downtown Mt. Sterling, Three Toads Farm and Bread of Life Café

For Release: 10/04/17 10:09 AM

The next episode of Kentucky Life spotlights Civil War era artist and soldier Thomas Noble, downtown Mt. Sterling, Winchester’s Three Toads Farm and Casey County’s Bread of Life Café. The episode airs Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, Oct. 30 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life profiles artist Thomas Satterwhite Noble. Born in Lexington in 1835 to a slaveholding family, Noble is best known for a series of four anti-slavery paintings including Last Sale of the Slaves (1865), John Brown’s Blessing (1866) and The Modern Medea (1867). A graduate of Transylvania University who studied art in Paris, Noble was a complex figure, who, despite the leanings of his artwork, served in the Confederate Army between 1862 and 1865. His painting The Modern Medea is based on the story of Margaret Garner, a fugitive slave mother who murdered her children rather than see them returned to slavery. Noble served as the head of Cincinnati’s McMicken School of Design, the forerunner of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, before retiring in 1904.

Then, host Doug Flynn explores the thriving downtown of Mt. Sterling. Best known for its annual Court Days gathering and as the home of Ruth Hunt Candies, the Montgomery County town is also home to Spoonful of Sugar Café, where Flynn is greeted by Dr. Danielle King – doctor, business owner, civic leader and pastry chef – and local WMST radio host Tracy Pearce, who talk about the many amenities the city has to offer.

Next, the program travels to Winchester, home of Three Toads Farm, which was named one of the premier farmer-florists in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings. A longtime fixture at the Lexington Farmers Market, Three Toads Farm offers fresh cut lilies and seasonal flowers year-round and also hosts seasonal workshops and classes – including its popular Field to Vase workshop, which allows guests to create their own Three Toads floral centerpieces.

Finally, Kentucky Life travels to Liberty, in Casey County, home of the Bread of Life Café. Opened in 1995 and famous for its homemade rolls, traditional Southern cooking and affordable prices, the café began as a means of helping support Galilean Home Ministries, which original café owners Jerry and Sandy Tucker created out of a love for children. Though Sandy Tucker passed away in 2007, her family carries on her legacy: proceeds from the café still support Galilean Home Ministries, which has grown to serve clients of all ages.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Frank Simkonis, Brandon Wickey, Valerie Trimble and John Schroering.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications