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And now I’ll share lovely memories of some trips to Maker’s Mark…


Bourbonland Glass

In September and December 2017, I went to a fabulous exhibit (twice) at Maker’s Mark in Loretto, Kentucky.

No, it wasn’t about bourbon.

It was about beautiful blown glass pieces, with the distillery as the backdrop.

It was mesmerizing.

The works were by Dale Chihuly. A piece of his has been in one of the ceilings of a rickhouse at Maker’s for years (really; a piece of art like that in the ceiling of a rickhouse).

If you click on the link, you’ll see the pieces, as well as one piece (Summer Sun, 2010) being assembled. Summer Sun is the fiery piece in the photo at the top of this post.

That piece is still there. But since this summer and up until early December, there are other pieces to enjoy. The exhibit was to close in October but it was extended due to interest.

It had been a while since I had been to Maker’s; there has been substantial development, including a new visitors’ center and a storage facility built into the side of a hill. The former visitors’ center is now a place to get a bite to eat; it was the inspiration for the Old House at Old Garnet.

Here are a few of my pictures. I am planning a return trip before the exhibit closes. And where did we eat dinner?

The Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown.

If you ever go to Maker’s note that it is the most remote of the major bourbon distilleries.


The sign greeting us just outside the visitors’ center; note the lovely view in the background


It was an absolutely gorgeous evening


Kentucky Basketball commemorative bottles just casually placed on a windowsill…


One of the pieces–which looked like a boat–above a small creek that runs through the distillery grounds


Summer Sun (2010)… at dusk at Maker’s


Detail of Summer Sun



The rickhouse ceiling

I can’t remember the name of this piece, but I think it was something like Sapphire and Platinum; that new in-the-side-of-a-hill storage facility is behind the piece


A boat full of beauty



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