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Trees of KY: Edith Walker Chestnut in bloom, Field House

2018-06-13 - Corner S Reed and E Fortune Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
Many of us remember when the late Edith Walker planted the now grand American Chestnut as a seedling, over 40 years ago. At this time of the year, in bloom, the distinctive soft green makes it the star of the forest. The showy tree was photographed from Junior & Connie Stotts' Madison Square Parking lot. The Field House is now the Tuuha House, owned and restored by Sybille & Jukka Tuuha. The sight of the tree brings back memories of the many contributions Edith Cundiff Walker made to 20th Century Life in Columbia, not the least of which was her historical drama, "The Affair at Tucker Station," staged in an amphitheater on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. It was in the golden age of Paul Green productions, the most famous of which was the Stephen Foster story at My Old Kentucky Park in Bardstown, a production which continues to this day. Significantly, theatre is again one of the most promising cultural developments in South Central Kentucky, with TheatreFest! at Lindsey Wilson now firmly established, and Shakespeare in the Barn at Homeplace on Green River in its inaugural season. - EW
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