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KY Color - Hot Shoeing, Memories & Inspiration at HGR
Memories of the Homeplace on Green River Plowday & Spring Festival, Sat 22 Apr 2017 and the memories it evoked: Pegging tobacco, family reunions, sounds of Bluegrass, hot-shoeing horses - all that and the remember hardships of which shaped the character of so many who grew up in South Central Kentucky in the '40s, '50s, & 60s of the 20th century.
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By Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River
The sights, sounds, and smells titillated memory buds for hundreds, while at the same time, established memories to be cherished and shared by all who attended yesterday's Plow Day and Spring Festival.
The cool, wet and sometime blustery weather was hardly noticed by most in attendance. Hearts, souls and yes, even bodies seemed to be warmed by the collective memories of the past, the neighborly atmosphere of the moment, and, an inspired hope for the future.
The wet and cool brought back memories of "pegging tobacco" in the Spring.
The wet and cool, the smell of hog fat being rendered into lard and the taste of "cracklings" brought back memories of "hog killings" in November.
Visiting with friends, neighbors, former co-workers and even strangers brought back childhood memories of family reunions and community gatherings.
The sights and sounds of Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music being passionately performed by talented friends and neighbors brought back memories of visits to neighbor's front porches where they "picked, strummed and sang".
Hearing the good natured banter, seeing the hot, glowing red horseshoes and smelling the smoke from Deb Webster's "hot-shoeing" of horses brought back memories, also. Memories of my Grandpa Abb's Blacksmith Shop, the mules being shod under rusty roofs shedding Spring downpours into sandy, rocky, earthen gutters long devoid of soil.
Seeing, hearing, smelling and experiencing it all brought back memories of the hardships which my parents, family, friends and neighbors endured and at the same time, embraced and enjoyed. Memories which inspired me to embrace, endure and at the same time, enjoy.
What a day we all had.
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