Positive stories abound in “The Spirit of the Bluegrass”

Spirit of the Bluegrass

As we turn the calendar, some images will stay with us.

For the thousands of photographers who submit their work to a Facebook page called “Abandoned Kentucky,” it’s never out with the old. If they can’t save falling buildings… at least they can make sure they’re not forgotten.


Gray Zeitz makes sure an old form of printing isn’t forgotten at his Larkspur Press in Owen County.
He is an example in patience for all of us.. as is Adam Fields of Perry County, who has a knack for finding balance in nature.

It was a year of meeting creative people… Folk artist Minnie Adkins … and Jim Sams, whose wooden works look so real you expect them to fly away. And who could forget the Home for Wayward Babydolls in Rowan County. We also remembered past creativity… such as the Hazard businessman who build a house that looks like a goose.


In this year of avoiding crowds, we celebrated the little things… like a three-person pottery in Wolfe County, kittens who draw crowds to cafes in Louisville… and caterpillars that remind us of the beauty in the aging process.


You don’t need crowds to have a wedding as big as the great outdoors in the Red River Gorge.
We celebrated people who attack hunger at unique pay-what-you can cafes… and a couple who wanted to make sure kids hear from Santa, even if they couldn’t sit on his lap this year.

All signs are 2021 will be a better year,, as we head back out on the road looking for things that make us smile. You know what’s as bright as this light display in Nicholasville? The spirit of the bluegrass.

Send story ideas to mbartlett@foxlexington.com

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