During the week of October 19th – 24th, photographers, videographers, photojournalists, teachers, students, professionals, and leading instructors in the photojournalism field, descended upon Frankfort to capture and record the lives of this community. The stories you will see through each photojournalist’s or videographer’s lens and through their writing or storytelling, are about your neighbors, your friends, or your family. They come from all walks of life. From the upper end of socioeconomic ladder, to having just the clothes on their back. Some people are well known. Some, not so well known. But each one, well worth knowing. Every story is unique and different. Each story is a slice of what makes us a community. This is a remarkable opportunity to look a little deeper into people you thought you knew. Each story has a relatability to it. Some are heartwarming. Others are heartbreaking. Some make us laugh. Others make us cry. They all make us think. Get to know your neighbors a little better through the lens of a camera and in their unfolding stories. Get to know Frankfort.
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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.
by SHWETA GULATI
Despite terrible tragedy, David and Margery have shown incredible resilience.
by ELIZABETH FRANTZ
Melissa Mitchell, 37, a large animal vet, finds balance in her passions for work, farm and family.
by JENNIFER KING
An animal shelter founder has devoted her life to saving those who cannot help themselves.
by JOVELLE TAMAYO
Soup kitchen and men’s shelter a haven for 600 people a year.
by HARRISON HILL
Virginia Hensley, 85, is a crowd favorite at Adelia’s – a local bakery where she works.
by NICK WAGNEr
At 87, entertainer and ladies’ man Arnold Clark still doesn’t miss a beat.
by DALE PEACOCK
A solitary window-washer sings because he’s happy and wants to share his joy with others.
by BRIDGET BENNETT
Shannon Gale and her son are most thankful for each other.
by MICHAEL NOBLE
Tour guide Freddie Johnson is the third generation of his family to work at Buffalo Trace.
by SCOTT BALL
Champion thoroughbreds and a middle-school track star thrive on Buff Bradley’s Indian Ridge Farm.
by KC MCGINNIS
For José Chavez, Casa Fiesta isn’t work, it’s home.
by MICHELLE GUSTAFSON
As custodian at Elkhorn Elementary School, James Clay is more than just a man with a broom.
by KIM WALKER
Frankfort artist Doris Thurber uses art to empower women.
by DANIEL RADER
Brent McCarty, 31, is passionate about his work at a wildlife education center.
by KELSEY KIMBERLIN
Susan Hutcherson builds a successful business and life on a strong family foundation.
by LOGAN RIELY
At Flobie’s salon, customers get hugs and keep stylist Flo Casey going on.
by BRITTANY GREESON
Ella Lemley-Fry, 14, experiences the world differently while growing up on an organic farm.
by ALYSSA POINTER
With her loving nature, a veterinarian acknowledges animals as part of the family.
by LAURA MCCLINTOCK
At Goldfinch Farm, the Wilson family learns, grows and loves.
by MICHAEL CLARK
A shoe repairman balances his dedication to love and to craft.
by MAURA FRIEDMAN
The Jones family works together to continue their legacy at Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm.
by GABRIELLE LURIE
After being caught shoplifting, 16-year-old works to turn her life around.
by TERESA O’BRIEN NGUYEN
A Frankfort preteen keeps her cool as she copes with life in the middle school rat race.
by PATRICIA LOMBARDI
Frankfort Cemetery has evolved into a scenic destination and community icon.
by MATTHEW LUNSFORD
At age 70, Charlie Long is the oldest barber in Frankfort.
by JUSTIN GILLILAND
For Ross Caldwell, red tape kills his dreams for Three Boys Farm Distillery.
by MICHAEL CIRLOS
Migrant workers help owner Dick Mucci at one of Franklin County’s last tobacco farms.
by SALLY WEGERT
Pic-Pac grocery store caters to people from all walks of life.
by JUDY HEIDRICH
Working with horses helps students develop strength and confidence at the Stewart Home School.
by JOAN LEDERER
Therapy dog Helga makes reading fun for students at Collins Lane Elementary School in Frankfort.
by CHRISTIAN LEE
Kings Center provides an after-school safe haven for Frankfort and Franklin County children.
by STEPHANIE AARONSON
At the Quarles’ family farm, love is passing down the family business.
by JOSHUA NEWELL
A well-loved dog brings people in the community together.
by ALEXANDER LEDET
A decorated Air Force veteran scoots into his new life in assisted living.
by JUSTIN GELLERSON
The mayor of Frankfort is known to many as Bill.
by KATIE ROBERTS
A pastor and owner of A Little Bit of Heaven farm, James Bondurant’s life revolves around horses
by NICHOLAS PFOSI
A farm family that turned to goats says there’s no going back.
by JENNIFER DU PUIS
John Wheatley restores classic vintage cars, and his 14-year-old daughter is starting to join in.
by ANDREW SENG
As a resident of a homeless shelter, one woman finds family and strength.
by KAYLA MACOMBER
The last country store in Franklin County offers small talk, laughter and friendship.
by MATTHEW MERCHANT
A third-generation candy maker balances the business legacy with other pursuits and passions.
by TESS MCENROE
Mary-Margaret Dohn and Roger Pollard adopted five biological brothers.
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 PATRICK WITTY
Stephanie Wallace’s students have a band full of friends and a teacher they know cares about them.
by ALICIA SAVAGE
After four years in the Marine Corps, Dylan Burdick faces a new battle: building a civilian life.
by CELINE FANG
Russell Hatter sheds light on dark aspects of Frankfort’s past that are still relevant today.
by CATRIN EINHORN
Mark Lyon Thornewill says being open to change has kept him young
by YALONDA M. JAMES
Outgoing and ambitious, 15-year-old Molly Mitchell is a very proud cow girl.
by BETINA N. GARCIA
April Cole overcame personal tragedy through photography and community service.
by CHRISTINE RUCKER
Spicy fare and strong opinions are both served up at Chef Rick Paul’s White Light Diner.
by ANDREE KEHN
Betty Lawson has faced hunger and fear, and she’s determined not to let them defeat her students.
by JESSICA GLAZER
by SARA CORCE
Charlie Pearl opens his heart with each step forward.
by STEPHANIE STRAUSS
Will Renshaw relishes precision—and the beauty he makes of it.
by ZACK HUBBARD
Denny LeCompte learned to hunt deer as a boy, and he enjoys the challenge as much as the kill.
by RACHEL WEDDING MCCLELLAND
Frances Ringer lost her true love when she was 15. She still wonders about what might have been.
by ALYSE YOUNG
Melanie VanHouten transformed a farm into a sculpture park. It’s a monument to her grandmother.
by LAUREN NOLAN
At Poor Richard’s Books, Lizz Taylor has offered wisdom new and vintage for more than 30 years.
by MARIE DE JESUS
Charlie Jones is happiest trading a lawyer’s suit and tie for a farmer’s jeans and barn coat.
by CHRISTENA DOWSETT
Tiffany Armstrong takes pride in taking care.
by COLLEEN CAMBIER
Orthodontist Craig Wiggins takes joy in the craft of improving people’s smiles.
by BROOKE WARREN
Frankfort’s Buffalo Trace Distillery crafts many varieties of bourbon, some distilled more than 20 years.
by DATASEAM TEACHER WORKSHOP
Mountain Workshops’ sponsor Dataseam provides an opportunity for K-12 educators in specific Kentucky school districts to participate and observe during our week-long event.