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Three Perfect Days: Arts




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My friends and I decided to get away for a few days and explore one of our passions….arts and the artists behind them. Our first destination was Paducah, Kentucky which has been named a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. We started our tour at the National Quilt Museum of the United States and were very glad we did. We equated quilts with home, comfort and family traditions. What we discovered were breathtaking art masterpieces created using fabric as the medium. We spent the morning wandering from gallery to gallery, returning often to our own personal favorites. 

After enjoying a leisurely lunch and browsing through the downtown stores we headed to Lower Town Arts District. We visited with artists in their studios and galleries and added some items to our private collections. 

After a day immersed in the arts we headed to Kentucky Dam Village for the night. After settling into the lodge we drove across the dam to Grand Rivers for dinner at Patti’s 1880s Settlement (2’ thick pork chops, flower pot bread and mile high meringue pies) and enjoyed a live variety show at Badgett’s Playhouse.

After enjoying breakfast in the dining room overlooking the lake we got an early start as we headed to Bowling Green. On the way we stopped to visit the South Union Shaker Village. The simplicity of design and craftsmanship in the historical items on display were impressive, and many of the items have been replicated for the gift shop.

We arrived in Bowling Green just in time to grab burgers and shakes at the Corvette Cafe located in the National Corvette Museum.  Before leaving we visited the Corvette shop where will all bought something, made a note to spread the word about the museum and plan a return trip since a tour was not on today's agenda.

We were on our way to the destination that had put Bowling Green on the trip, the Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum. This museum houses an amazing collection of works by Joe Downing, a native Kentuckian and world-renowned artist, we left the museum with the feeling that we had met the artist and had been awed by his work. 

Bowling Green's great line-up of restaurants made our dinner choice challenging but we dined well before settling in for the night.

Our final Kentucky stops were in Owensboro where we toured the International Bluegrass Music Museum and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts as well as sampling some western Kentucky Barbecue. While here we discovered that Owensboro hosts over 20 festivals annually including the International Bar-B-Q festival and ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival.

The girls and I had enjoyed three perfect days exploring the arts in Kentucky but we are already planning a return trip, using kentuckytourism.com.  We want to register for one of the Learnshops in Berea, the Folk Art and Craft capital of Kentucky.