Around Town: Memories of the debate linger on

February 08, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Echoes of the 2000 vice-presidential debate are still around.

Recently, Kathy Crown-Weber and two friends, Cynthia Frey and Clara Leonard Bowen headed to Paris in January for a long weekend.

One part of their itinerary called for a trip to St. Sulpice church, one of the stops planned after finishing the best seller "The DaVinci Code." Crown-Weber also took along tips from Rick Steves travel books. He advised that sometimes it is possible to visit with the organist after the service and then listen to a 30-minute concert.

So the three dutifully waited their place in line and were among the last to be ushered into the room to visit the organist. There taking notes was Rick Steves himself, checking on facts for a revision of his Paris guide.


"We were like travel groupies," Crown-Weber said.

They got autographs and sang their praises of his books.

When he learned they were from Danville, he remembered the debate held at Centre College in 2000 and recalled that he saw that debate as the turning of the tide for now vice-president Richard Cheney.

KET1 airing program on York

Those of you reading Frank X Walker's "Buffalo Dance, Journey of York" will be particularly interested in an upcoming program on KET1.

"Rediscovery of York" is a documentary that focuses on the history and contributions make by York to the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark that found a route to the Pacific Ocean. York has been William Clark's slave from birth.

York was the first African-American to travel coast to coast, but when the Corps of Discovery returned home, York once again was treated as a slave.

The program will be shown at 10 p.m. Feb. 16 and is closed captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Walker, a native of Danville, is the vice president of the Kentucky Center for the Arts and executive director of the Governor's School for the Arts. He was at Centre College Thursday and will be back in Danville Feb. 19 for a noon reading at the Boyle County Public Library. He also will make an appearance at the Heritage Festival March 6 at Danville High School.

One of the facts of York's life that captured Walker's attention was that Clark and York made a trip to Danville after their return to Louisville.

Wilma Brown will moderate a discussion about the book at 3 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Boyle County Public Library.

James Atkins is spearheading a local project with the theme "What if all of Danville-Boyle County read the same book?" It is an effort to create interest in reading and to have encourage a community-wide interest in the book that is tied to a major event in our nation's history and written by a Danville native. For more information, contact Atkins at 238-6223.

Copies of the book can be purchased at McClure-Barbee House at South Fourth Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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