Frankfort KY Featured in Mountain Workshops, Oct 2015

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The 40th anniversary of the Mountain Workshops, when visual journalists document small-town life in the Kentucky and north-central Tennessee region, took place from October 19-24, 2015. The group of students and professionals attending this year focused on Frankfort - see the video summary of the initiative at The creative work of the Mountain Workshops participants can be found at their website - - and you can see the list of photo essays below:

  • Born into bourbon: Tour guide Freddie Johnson is the third generation of his family to work at Buffalo Trace.
    by Michael Noble, Jr.
  • Morning Pointe major: A decorated Air Force veteran scoots into his new life in assisted living.
    by Alexander Ledet
  • Every kiss on the nose: With her loving nature, a veterinarian acknowledges animals as part of the family.
    by Alyssa Pointer
  • Stronger and taller: As a resident of a homeless shelter, one woman finds family and strength.
    by Andrew Seng
  • Ballet with her boy: Shannon Gale and her son are most thankful for each other.
    by Bridget Bennett
  • Ella enchanted: Ella Lemley-Fry, 14, experiences the world differently while growing up on an organic farm.
    by Brittany Greeson
  • Girl at a crossroads: After being caught shoplifting, 16-year-old works to turn her life around.
    by Gabrielle Lurie
  • A little bit of home: Melissa Mitchell, 37, a large animal vet, finds balance in her passions for work, farm and family.
    by Elizabeth Frantz
  • Conserving generations: Brent McCarty, 31, is passionate about his work at a wildlife education center.
    by Daniel Rader
  • Always cleaning & singing: A solitary window-washer sings because he's happy and wants to share his joy with others.
    by Dale Peacock
  • Home away from home: Kings Center provides an after-school safe haven for Frankfort and Franklin County children.
    by Christian Lee
  • J. R.'s world: Call John Robert Zinner when he’s not home.You’ll hear the voice of a proud show lamb farmer, almost drowned out by more than 100 High Bridge Hampshire ewes.
    by William Kolb
  • Zero to five kids: Mary-Margaret Dohn and Roger Pollard adopted five biological brothers.
    by Tess McEnroe
  • Going at a gallop: A Frankfort preteen keeps her cool as she copes with life in the middle school rat race.
    by Teresa O'Brien Nguyen
  • Keeping them close: At the Quarles' family farm, love is passing down the family business.
    by Stephanie Aaronson
  • A lingering loss: Despite terrible tragedy, David and Margery have shown incredible resilience.
    by Shweta Gulati
  • Born to run: Champion thoroughbreds and a middle-school track star thrive on Buff Bradley's Indian Ridge Farm.
    by Scott Ball
  • Heart of a community: Pic-Pac grocery store caters to people from all walks of life.
    by Sally Wegert
  • Grave sites and sights: Frankfort Cemetery has evolved into a scenic destination and community icon.
    by Patricia Lombardi
  • Ageless flirt: At 87, entertainer and ladies' man Arnold Clark still doesn't miss a beat.
    by Nick Wagner
  • Personable goats: A farm family that turned to goats says there's no going back.
    by Nicholas Pfosi
  • Clay heart: As custodian at Elkhorn Elementary School, James Clay is more than just a man with a broom.
    by Michelle Gustafson
  • Finding a good fit: A shoe repairman balances his dedication to love and to craft.
    by Michael Clark
  • Hard-work harvest: Migrant workers help owner Dick Mucci at one of Franklin County's last tobacco farms.
    by Michael Cirlos
  • Adelia's treasure: Virginia Hensley, 85, is a crowd favorite at Adelia's – a local bakery where she works.
    by Harrison Hill
  • Sharing Safety: A family man trains dogs to protect those in harm's way.
    by Meg Kumin
  • Space for tradition: John Wheatley restores classic vintage cars, and his 14-year-old daughter is starting to join in.
    by Jennifer Du Puis
  • For love of land & family: The Jones family works together to continue their legacy at Happy Jack's Pumpkin Farm.
    by Maura Friedman
  • A love of L.I.F.E.: An animal shelter founder has devoted her life to saving those who cannot help themselves.
    by Jennifer King
  • The whole picture: A third-generation candy maker balances the business legacy with other pursuits and passions.
    by Matthew Merchant
  • Helga goes to school: Therapy dog Helga makes reading fun for students at Collins Lane Elementary School in Frankfort.
    by Joan Lederer
  • Hair days: At age 70, Charlie Long is the oldest barber in Frankfort.
    by Matthew Lunsford
  • Man bikes dog: A well-loved dog brings people in the community together.
    by Joshua Newell
  • Customers become friends: At Flobie's salon, customers get hugs and keep stylist Flo Casey going on.
    by Logan Riely
  • A port in a storm: Soup kitchen and men’s shelter a haven for 600 people a year.
    by Jovelle Tamayo
  • Farm family bonds: At Goldfinch Farm, the Wilson family learns, grows and loves.
    by Laura McClintock
  • Hearts, hands and horses: Working with horses helps students develop strength and confidence at the Stewart Home School.
    by Judy Heidrich
  • Compelled to create: Frankfort artist Doris Thurber uses art to empower women.
    by Kim Walker
  • No jacket required: The mayor of Frankfort is known to many as Bill.
    by Justin Gellerson
  • Cultivating life: Susan Hutcherson builds a successful business and life on a strong family foundation.
    by Kelsey Kimberlin
  • Hard liquor, hard times: Reams of red tape won't stop Ross Caldwell's small-batch distillery on a Franklin County farm.
    by Justin Gilliland
  • Casa Fiesta family: For José Chavez, Casa Fiesta isn't work, it's home.
    by KC McGinnis
  • Quiet confidence: A high school football player doesn't let stereotypes define him.
    by Katie Klann
  • Pasture to pastor: A pastor and owner of A Little Bit of Heaven farm, James Bondurant's life revolves around horses
    by Katie Roberts
  • The heart of Bald Knob: The last country store in Franklin County offers small talk, laughter and friendship.
    by Kayla Macomber
  • More than music: Stephanie Wallace’s students have a band full of friends and a teacher they know cares about them.
    by Patrick Witty
  • Starting again: After four years in the Marine Corps, Dylan Burdick faces a new battle: building a civilian life.
    by Alicia Savage
  • Bringing history to life: Russell Hatter sheds light on dark aspects of Frankfort’s past that are still relevant today.
    by Celine Fang
  • Where I needed to go: Mark Lyon Thornewill says being open to change has kept him young
    by Catrin Einhorn
  • The future of farming: Outgoing and ambitious, 15-year-old Molly Mitchell is a very proud cow girl.
    by Yalonda M. James
  • Taking the lead: A comma separated Laura Glasscock from corporate drudgery to pursue her passion for journalism.
    by Sean Ryan
  • Finding his rhythm: Six-year-old Jack Atchley had trouble speaking — until he wanted to sing Beyoncé songs.
    by Madeline Lear
  • Chasing the light: April Cole overcame personal tragedy through photography and community service.
    by Betina N. Garcia
  • Dinner and a show: Spicy fare and strong opinions are both served up at Chef Rick Paul’s White Light Diner.
    by Christine Rucker
  • Surviving childhood: Betty Lawson has faced hunger and fear, and she’s determined not to let them defeat her students.
    by Andree Kehn
  • For more than coffee: Audrey Hammond makes mugs that hold memory and comfort.
    by Jessica Glazer
  • Breathing into peace: Charlie Pearl opens his heart with each step forward.
    by Sara Corce
  • Rhythm of the day: Will Renshaw relishes precision—and the beauty he makes of it.
    by Stephanie Strauss
  • A hunter’s pride: Denny LeCompte learned to hunt deer as a boy, and he enjoys the challenge as much as the kill.
    by Zack Hubbard
  • What was: Frances Ringer lost her true love when she was 15. She still wonders about what might have been.
    by Rachel Wedding McClelland
  • Living in a landmark: Ed and Sue Stodola love the beauty and openness of their Frank Lloyd Wright house.
    by Ed Cottingham
  • Art & monument: Melanie VanHouten transformed a farm into a sculpture park. It’s a monument to her grandmother.
    by Alyse Young
  • The idea keeper: At Poor Richard’s Books, Lizz Taylor has offered wisdom new and vintage for more than 30 years.
    by Lauren Nolan
  • Investing in the land: Charlie Jones is happiest trading a lawyer’s suit and tie for a farmer’s jeans and barn coat.
    by Marie De Jesus
  • Depend on me: Tiffany Armstrong takes pride in taking care.
    by Christena Dowsett
  • Working the wire: Orthodontist Craig Wiggins takes joy in the craft of improving people’s smiles.
    by Colleen Cambier
  • Bourbon Time: Frankfort's Buffalo Trace Distillery crafts many varieties of bourbon, some distilled more than 20 years.
    by Brooke Warren
  • Frankfort, Finding Time: On workdays Frankfort bustles with capitol business. After hours the city's vivacious warmth rewards those wise enough to linger.
    by Emilie Milcarek
  • Back To School: Mountain Workshops' sponsor Dataseam provides an opportunity for K-12 educators in specific Kentucky school districts to participate and observe during our week-long event.
    by Dataseam Teacher Workshop

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