Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blue Moon of Kentucky

Wonderful rich colors of fall – the bountiful harvests!
We took advantage of the beautiful weather while we were in rural Kentucky and spent a little time at some of the local activities. This Farmers Market offered up a variety of items.

I was going to crop out the tires on this photo but decided that they kind of added to the redneck ‘rural’ feel.

This Olde General Store is a typical store front (strip mall?) in Cave City with tons of treasures inside.
These colorful outdoor displays caught our attention.
It was a bit overcast so the photos just don’t do them justice.
Wouldn’t these look great in a flower garden?
All different sizes, shapes and colors with prices ranging from $6.00 and up. Just not the type of souvenir to be carrying around in a motorhome.
We discovered that these pieces were slag from the Fenton Glass Company. A little more research and this is what we found:
Fenton Art Glass was founded in 1905 by brothers Frank L. and John W. Fenton. They began their business In Martins Ferry, Ohio, by painting decorations on glassware made by nearby manufacturers. Prompted in part by the desire to work with a broader range of colors, the brothers soon decided to produce their own glass, and opened the Fenton Art Glass factory in Williamstown, West Virginia in 1907. In fact, Fenton introduced "iridescent ware" later that same year. Now known as "Carnival" glass, it's a popular collectible item today.
Fenton Art Glass Company is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States today and among the foremost glass manufacturers in the world. Known for its beautiful colors and patterns, Fenton Art Glass continues an American tradition with its skilled glassworkers and talented decorators.
For more information here’s their website:
While we were in the area we stayed at Singing Hills RV Park, an extremely friendly Passport America Park for about 4 nights. Their rates were 50% off for the first 2 nights and 25% off after that.
In the shot above you can see the roof of a barn in the background that was being used for air drying burley tobacco.
Burley tobacco (air-cured) is used for cigarette, pipe, and chewing tobacco, grown in central Kentucky, central and eastern Tennessee, southeastern Indiana, southern Ohio, western West Virginia, and western North Carolina.
Looks similar to our crops back home in the Ontario tobacco belt where the tobacco is heat or flue cured for cigarettes only. About 90% of all tobacco grown in Canada is produced in Southwestern Ontario close to the north shore of Lake Erie.
That barn was also home to these beauties.
Pretty nice backyard, wouldn’t you say?
This was not our first visit to Kentucky, nor will it be our last.


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