Around the town: Tea seminar leads to friendly reunion

March 21, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

When James Norwood Pratt came to Perryville to lead a tea seminar at Elmwood Inn, he had one request - time to meet with some old friends.

So, Elmwood owners Shelley and Bruce Richardson gave him what he wanted. Thursday evening, after speaking at afternoon tea, Pratt was able to dine with Guy Mendes and Ed McClanahan. Another writer friend, Guy Davenport, wasn't able to attend.

Mendes is a director/producer whose work includes "Kentucky's Underground Railroad" done for KET. McClanahan is a well-known Kentucky writer. "The Natural Man" is one of his classics.

Pratt is editor-in-chief of Tea Trade magazine. His most recent book, "New Tea Lover's Treasury," is an updated version of a 1982 classic that introduced fine tea to readers.


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A local nature preserve is one of the spots featured on the KET special on the state's last great places. The program was so popular when it was first shown earlier this month that KET is offering it two more times.

"Kentucky's Last Great Places: A Kentucky Life Special" will be shown today at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on KET1 and KET2.

The program was inspired by "Kentucky's Last Great Places," written and photographed by Thomas G. Barnes. The program host, Dave Shuffett, makes it possible to see areas that can't always be easily reached.

One of the sites is the Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve along the Kentucky River Palisades.

The Garrard County side of the preserve is open to the public. Heading north on U.S. 27, turn on Hwy. 1845, which is before you reach the Kentucky River. Go one mile, then turn right and stay straight on that road for about three-fourths of a mile. You will end up in a gravel parking area. The hiking trail to the river is a two-mile loop and described as "moderately difficult."

For more information about this nature preserve and others check out

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The smell of the cigar humidor is no more at Tobacco 'n Book Nook in Danville Manor Shopping Center.

Dale Ferguson looked at many factors and has moved his store, which also carried cards, gifts , magazines and books, to his hometown of Lexington.

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Random Act of Kindness: Recently Linda Carney had a "situation." She had put her grandson in the car after leaving the chiropractor's office.

While she fastened him in his car seat, she tossed her keys on the front seat.

When it came time for her to get in the car, she realized all the doors were locked and the keys were visible but useless inside the car.

One of the receptionists, Amanda, called the police and waited outside with Carney for the police to arrive. Soon an officer and a employee from a lock service were there and the door was quickly opened.

"Unfortunately, I did not get the name of the officer or the gentleman from the lock service but I wanted to thank all three of you so very much for coming to our rescue," Carney wrote.

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To share your pet peeves or random acts of kindness, write me at The Advocate-Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Danville 40423; e-mail to; or call 236-4667 or (800)428-0409.

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