Good morning Jerusalem Ridge! Day 14 in Kentucky.
Day 11 of tent living.
Today's plan was to check out Bowling Green, Sam Bush's hometown, and find a new cowboy hat!
An hour later down the Natcher Parkway, the only western store was long out of business. I popped in a thrift store and picked up a 1954 hardbound printing of Steinbeck's East of Eden. 50 cents.
I ended up at the Western Kentucky University campus museum. Deborah was kind and helpful.
Duncan Hines was from Bowling Green, who knew?
Creepy wax statue of Duncan.
Old maps are cool.
Now I know the 'who' for the Parkway I spend so much time on.
I was impressed with a watercolor painter on display, former WKU faculty Ivan Wilson (1889-1981). He painted 8x10 landscape images in the late 1930's to early 40's. Here's one, "Warren County Stockpens, 1942."
WKU Campus, before I was asked to stop taking pictures and leave.
So I went to downtown.
I met a Bosnian bartender at the Brickhouse restaurant. I struck up a conversation about Zinfandel grapes being from there. He knew which grapes I meant, Plavac Mali, which he translated as the "little blue one." These grapes were rumored as the genetic source of Zinfandel and Primitivo grapes. Before I left Reno, I chased down the journal articles by Dr. Carole Meredith. DNA research demonstrates that Plavac Mali are descended from a Croation strain called Crljenak Kaštelanski.
I returned to Rosine and watched the Barn Jam. My left thumb has been aching, so I didn't play.
This is the only shot I have of this great Monroe-style mandolinist named Mark.
Tomorrow I head to eastern Kentucky for a family vist.
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