Frankfort, Kentucky, KY
Mountain Workshops 2015
Oct 19-24 2015
The Mountain Workshops celebrated its 40th anniversary of documenting small-town life in the region by focusing its lenses on Frankfort. Workshop participants found the people of Kentucky’s capital city to be even more colorful than the fall leaves at their peak. Here are their stories.
Working the wire
by Colleen Cambier
Orthodontist Craig Wiggins takes joy in the craft of improving people’s smiles.
Born into bourbon
by Michael Noble, Jr.
Tour guide Freddie Johnson is the third generation of his family to work at Buffalo Trace.
Morning Pointe major
by Alexander Ledet
A decorated Air Force veteran scoots into his new life in assisted living.
The idea keeper
by Lauren Nolan
At Poor Richard’s Books, Lizz Taylor has offered wisdom new and vintage for more than 30 years.
Every kiss on the nose
by Alyssa Pointer
With her loving nature, a veterinarian acknowledges animals as part of the family.
Art & monument
by Alyse Young
Melanie VanHouten transformed a farm into a sculpture park. It’s a monument to her grandmother.
Stronger and taller
by Andrew Seng
As a resident of a homeless shelter, one woman finds family and strength.
Investing in the land
by Marie De Jesus
Charlie Jones is happiest trading a lawyer’s suit and tie for a farmer’s jeans and barn coat.
Ballet with her boy
by Bridget Bennett
Shannon Gale and her son are most thankful for each other.
by Brittany Greeson
Ella Lemley-Fry, 14, experiences the world differently while growing up on an organic farm.
by Rachel Wedding McClelland
Frances Ringer lost her true love when she was 15. She still wonders about what might have been.
Girl at a crossroads
by Gabrielle Lurie
After being caught shoplifting, 16-year-old works to turn her life around.
A hunter’s pride
by Zack Hubbard
Denny LeCompte learned to hunt deer as a boy, and he enjoys the challenge as much as the kill.
Living in a landmark
by Ed Cottingham
Ed and Sue Stodola love the beauty and openness of their Frank Lloyd Wright house.
A little bit of home
by Elizabeth Frantz
Melissa Mitchell, 37, a large animal vet, finds balance in her passions for work, farm and family.
Rhythm of the day
by Stephanie Strauss
Will Renshaw relishes precision—and the beauty he makes of it.
by Daniel Rader
Brent McCarty, 31, is passionate about his work at a wildlife education center.
Always cleaning & singing
by Dale Peacock
A solitary window-washer sings because he's happy and wants to share his joy with others.
For more than coffee
by Jessica Glazer
Audrey Hammond makes mugs that hold memory and comfort.
Home away from home
by Christian Lee
Kings Center provides an after-school safe haven for Frankfort and Franklin County children.
More than music
by Patrick Witty
Stephanie Wallace’s students have a band full of friends and a teacher they know cares about them.
J. R.'s world
by William Kolb
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 Alicia Savage
After four years in the Marine Corps, Dylan Burdick faces a new battle: building a civilian life.
Zero to five kids
by Tess McEnroe
Mary-Margaret Dohn and Roger Pollard adopted five biological brothers.
Bringing history to life
by Celine Fang
Russell Hatter sheds light on dark aspects of Frankfort’s past that are still relevant today.
Going at a gallop
by Teresa O'Brien Nguyen
A Frankfort preteen keeps her cool as she copes with life in the middle school rat race.
Where I needed to go
by Catrin Einhorn
Mark Lyon Thornewill says being open to change has kept him young
Keeping them close
by Stephanie Aaronson
At the Quarles' family farm, love is passing down the family business.
The future of farming
by Yalonda M. James
Outgoing and ambitious, 15-year-old Molly Mitchell is a very proud cow girl.
A lingering loss
by Shweta Gulati
Despite terrible tragedy, David and Margery have shown incredible resilience.
Taking the lead
by Sean Ryan
A comma separated Laura Glasscock from corporate drudgery to pursue her passion for journalism.
Born to run
by Scott Ball
Champion thoroughbreds and a middle-school track star thrive on Buff Bradley's Indian Ridge Farm.
Finding his rhythm
by Madeline Lear
Six-year-old Jack Atchley had trouble speaking — until he wanted to sing Beyoncé songs.
Heart of a community
by Sally Wegert
Pic-Pac grocery store caters to people from all walks of life.
Chasing the light
by Betina N. Garcia
April Cole overcame personal tragedy through photography and community service.
Grave sites and sights
by Patricia Lombardi
Frankfort Cemetery has evolved into a scenic destination and community icon.
Dinner and a show
by Christine Rucker
Spicy fare and strong opinions are both served up at Chef Rick Paul’s White Light Diner.
by Nick Wagner
At 87, entertainer and ladies' man Arnold Clark still doesn't miss a beat.
by Andree Kehn
Betty Lawson has faced hunger and fear, and she’s determined not to let them defeat her students.
by Nicholas Pfosi
A farm family that turned to goats says there's no going back.
by Michelle Gustafson
As custodian at Elkhorn Elementary School, James Clay is more than just a man with a broom.
Frankfort, Finding Time
by Emilie Milcarek
On workdays Frankfort bustles with capitol business. After hours the city's vivacious warmth rewards those wise enough to linger.
Finding a good fit
by Michael Clark
A shoe repairman balances his dedication to love and to craft.
by Brooke Warren
Frankfort's Buffalo Trace Distillery crafts many varieties of bourbon, some distilled more than 20 years.
by Michael Cirlos
Migrant workers help owner Dick Mucci at one of Franklin County's last tobacco farms.
by Harrison Hill
Virginia Hensley, 85, is a crowd favorite at Adelia's – a local bakery where she works.
Space for tradition
by Jennifer Du Puis
John Wheatley restores classic vintage cars, and his 14-year-old daughter is starting to join in.
For love of land & family
by Maura Friedman
The Jones family works together to continue their legacy at Happy Jack's Pumpkin Farm.
A love of L.I.F.E.
by Jennifer King
An animal shelter founder has devoted her life to saving those who cannot help themselves.
The whole picture
by Matthew Merchant
A third-generation candy maker balances the business legacy with other pursuits and passions.
Helga goes to school
by Joan Lederer
Therapy dog Helga makes reading fun for students at Collins Lane Elementary School in Frankfort.
Customers become friends
by Logan Riely
At Flobie's salon, customers get hugs and keep stylist Flo Casey going on.
A port in a storm
by Jovelle Tamayo
Soup kitchen and men’s shelter a haven for 600 people a year.
Farm family bonds
by Laura McClintock
At Goldfinch Farm, the Wilson family learns, grows and loves.
Hearts, hands and horses
by Judy Heidrich
Working with horses helps students develop strength and confidence at the Stewart Home School.
Compelled to create
by Kim Walker
Frankfort artist Doris Thurber uses art to empower women.
by Kelsey Kimberlin
Susan Hutcherson builds a successful business and life on a strong family foundation.
Hard liquor, hard times
by Justin Gilliland
Reams of red tape won't stop Ross Caldwell's small-batch distillery on a Franklin County farm.
by Katie Klann
A high school football player doesn't let stereotypes define him.
Pasture to pastor
by Katie Roberts
A pastor and owner of A Little Bit of Heaven farm, James Bondurant's life revolves around horses