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The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature actor L. Henry Dowell in the presentation, “Harland Colonel Sanders: More Than Fried Chicken” on Sunday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m.
Colonel Sanders made Kentucky famous around the globe with his “finger-lickin’ good” chicken. Sanders built his brand from eleven herbs and spices and a unique method of cooking.
Sanders, who left school after sixth grade, held several jobs in his early life such as farmhand, streetcar conductor, steamboat ferry operator, railroad fireman, salesman and store proprietor.
In 1930 Sanders moved to Corbin, Kentucky and opened a service station. He added a lunchroom behind the station and as business grew he expanded the restaurant with fried chicken being the most popular menu item.
Sanders experimented with new recipes and new methods to prepare his chicken, finally settling on pressure cooking. The final “secret recipe” gave the brand it’s famous eleven herbs and spices and by 1959 there were more than 200 Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in the United States and Canada.
Actor Henry Dowell, of Nicholasville, is founder of the Gusto Theatre Company, a group dedicated to educational theatre and the performing of both new works and the classics. A graduate of Morehead State University, Dowell attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He has been an actor, director and playwright with numerous credits spanning 25 years in theatre. Dowell also portrays Dr. Ephriam McDowell for the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua program.
This free Chautauqua performance is open to the public. The Kentucky Artisan Center’s Café will offer their delicious version of fried chicken as a special lunch entree from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dowell’s portrayal is made possible by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping, travel and information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans,” through Sept. 10, 2016; and “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition” located in the lobby. For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website, or visit the center’s Facebook page.