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.
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
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
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
At 87, entertainer and ladies' man Arnold Clark still doesn't miss a beat.
by Nick Wagner
A farm family that turned to goats says there's no going back.
by Nicholas Pfosi
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
Migrant workers help owner Dick Mucci at one of Franklin County's last tobacco farms.
by Michael Cirlos
Virginia Hensley, 85, is a crowd favorite at Adelia's – a local bakery where she works.
by Harrison Hill
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
Customers become friends
At Flobie's salon, customers get hugs and keep stylist Flo Casey going on.
by Logan Riely
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
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
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
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
Betty Lawson has faced hunger and fear, and she’s determined not to let them defeat her students.
by Andree Kehn
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
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
Working the wire
Orthodontist Craig Wiggins takes joy in the craft of improving people’s smiles.
by Colleen Cambier
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