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Legendary “girl” group that had nothing to do with Phil Spector or the Detroit housing projects. Introduction by the equally legendary John Lars of Renfro Valley, Kentucky

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Windy Corner Market

I ate here a few weeks ago but am just now getting around to posting it. I heard diverse opinions on the place before – some folks found the clientele snooty but that’s just small town snobs UK/Lexington crowd trying to pretend they’re Manhattan hipsters – but we really liked it. The atmosphere is corner-deli casual and the building is designed to resemble an old-style corner  grocery store but the building is actually new.

The workers were fast but pleasant.  I got a tofu po’boy, which I confess I’d never eaten in my many years of being a vegetarian. It was a very good sandwich and the sides were delicious. Windy Corner specializes in local foods [of course] and also has dinner offerings. It was a lovely autumn Saturday and the place was packed with a line so when you go, try to choose a less busy time.  Nice surroundings outside too out on Bryan Station Road.

http://www.windycornermarket.com/

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Here’s a pic a friend took of Cave-In-Rock on the Ohio River a couple months ago.

There’s a ferry from Marion, KY across the river to Hardin County, IL, which is home to Cave-in-Rock and the Cave-in-Rock State Park. http://www.marionkentucky.org/ contains tourist infomation about Marion, including an Amish community.

For information about about the cave itself and the park, see here.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave-in-Rock_State_Park .  The park contains lots of historical information about the unique site. Here’s the pic from their website.Cave-in-rock IL.jpg

My connection to the place is from the Disney movie Davy Crockett, which prominently features pirates masquerading as Indians and living in Cave-In Rock. Davy defeats the pirates, with the help of Captain Big Mike Fink, king of the Ohio River and King of the Keeboats. Here’s a link to the real-life history of Mike Fink, whom most people associate with the Cincy restaurant. There’s as much fiction as fact about both Fink and Crockett. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Fink

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Since I spent Friday night in Lexington, I went to the University of Kentucky Arboretum. Pretty crowded, lots of tourists, but beautiful as always. If I ever move to Lex, I intend to volunteer at the arboretum; I’ll happily weed or spread mulch or deadhead flowers or whatever.

Here’s some pics I took. The first 2 are of the memorial to Flight 5191 at Lexington in 2006. Next, the UK Bottle Tree – a southern tradition to hang bottles on trees in a garden – and the last is the lovely hybrid tea Sunday Lemonade, just one of the many beautiful roses grown there.

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http://www.hillbillydays.com/  in Pikeville Kentucky was weekend before last. The daughter and son-in-law spent the day in Pikeville and stayed overnight at Jenny Wiley State Park. It rained most of the day but they still had a good time. Their verdicts: The food is okay but a little pedestrian compared to some other festivals they’ve attended, the midway rides were fabulous and the Shriners put on the best show ever, generating near-constant laughs. They play to go back next year, and cross their fingers for better weather. Here’s some pics:

Obligatory moonshine still:

 

Lots of coal has come out of the mountains via train

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Goin to Rabbit Hash

http://www.rabbithashusa.com/

Visiting Rabbit Hash, Kentucky for me is a little like being on antihistamines for a couple of weeks – sometimes it’s hard to tell where reality begins and the joke ends.

Rabbit Hash is an old river hamlet on the Ohio River across from Cincinnati. The settlement pays homage to its old age by posting the original settlers and preserving its old buildings just like Harrodsburg or Whitehall or any other historical place but that’s where the resemblance ends.

Their mayor is a dog. No, really. It’s a border collie so at least you know their mayor is smart. A sign on a building most would deem a shack carries the label of Museum of Fine Art. One of the few buildings that appears to have been a residence at some point bears a sign of Vibrator Repairs.

The folks are really friendly, it’s quite lovely there on the riverbank with trees and greenery in the background, there were interesting plants and antiques/junk for sale, the aroma of fresh barbecue filled the air, there was lots of cold beer, and a Cajun band was scheduled to play later that night. I was happy to find the book Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning but it was a little too dusty for my allergies to tolerate. Alas, with my dust and mold allergies, old buildings on the river are anathema to me and I’m vegetarian so I didn’t stay there to enjoy all the offerings but my nephew and his wife sometimes ride their motorcycle on Saturday afternoons and they report the barbecue is good. It’s a pretty little drive, too.

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