Great Outhouse Blowout and Country Cruise-in
Saturday September 12, 2009

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This year will mark 17 years since the 1992 Outhouse Dedication Ceremonies at America's oldest country store, still in ownership and operation by the same family.  The historic '92 event with CHET ATKINS and BILLY EDD WHEELER received not only national recognition when reported on the NBC Nightly News, as well as all other major networks, and reported in USA TODAY and the Associated Press, but reached worldwide audiences when telecast on CNN.

Kenny Horseman  Roy Edminston   Dawn Osborn    Dustin Edminston   John Pope

Returning this year is DAWN OSBORN and BAND.


In 1992, DAWN shared the stage with her twin sister, DAVA (deceased 2000).After taking a break from the stage for 5 years, concentrating on songwriting, Dawn returns with a BAND of musicians each a master of their own sound.

TONY COOPER is a resident of Casey County, Kentucky.  He works as a para-professional in the county school system.  He enjoys writing songs and playing music any time he can.  While he likes many types and genres of music, his favorites are the old time tearjerkers.


ANDY RICE, a native of Pulaski County, Kentucky currently resides in Boyle County with his wife Jane.  Andy's musical inspiration comes from his uncle, who would bring his guitar to family gatherings and perform for the family.  Andy's mother Geneva Rice was also an inspiration as she also played the guitar and sang.  Andy has written two songs, "Which Way to Pray" and "Slipped and Fell in Love".  Andy also played guitar and sang solo in a country band named "Andy and the Dandy's" in the early 1980s.  In the '80s and '90s he played with "The Kings Mt. Bluegrass Boys."  

DON LITTRELL, Waynesburg, KY


  COURTNEY COSLOW, lead singer for the classic rock band "Bolt Action" is a senior at Louisville's J.Graham Brown School of Performing Arts. She has been associated with MOM's Music, a local music instruction business/organization for the last four years singing and playing guitar at many Louisville area locations such as Fourth Street Live.  She recently performed in Hodgenville, KY at the Lincoln Jamboree and in Cape Cod, MA where she sang before an audience of about 3,000.  Courtney has been performing most of her life, first as a youngster at church, then in school and county concert choir and chorus.  Courntney loves to sing and perform, and hopes for a career as an entertainer.

Born and raised on a small farm near Gracey, Kentucky, LACY THOMAS learned to read at age 3 and became a committed wordsmith, as well as infatuated with the stars.  He read enough to design and launch a solid fuel rocket at age 13 (which roared out of sight and was never retrieved.)  Voracious is a good descriptor of his appetite for the written word.  While other students had a library index card, Lacy had his own index card file box.  He joined the Navy hoping to become an astronaut, but flunked out of Annapolis; he did time as a radar man and ship's photographer.  Upon discharge he enrolled at the University of Kentucky and worked in college as a DJ, taxi driver, graphic artist (at WKYT-TV) and staff photographer at the Lexington Herald Leader.  He spent his time off hiking and taking pictures in the Red River Gorge area.

He graduated with a degree in accounting and spent most of his life in private industry.  He also found enough spare time to become a fair woodsman and pretty good amateur astronomer.  Lacy is the KY (at-large) contact for The Sidewalk Astronomers, an international organization dedicated to sharing astronomy with the public.  (www.sidewalkastronomers.us/) "GET OUT, LOOK UP, MARVEL!"

He has spent nearly all of his professional career out of Kentucky but returned in 2002 and hopefully, will never leave.  He loves this beautiful state and the many outdoor recreational opportunities it affords.  Lacy and his wife Brenda are members of a U S Forest Service volunteer group (the Red River Gorge Trail Crew) that meets monthly in the gorge to maintain the 50+ miles of trails.  (www.gorgecrew.com). It is a very well-read group and the discussions around the evening camp fire are always most interesting.

Though Lacy is currently employed by the state, he strives to find time to pursue astronomy, hiking, cooking, reading/listening to books and playing with wood.  He makes unique bluebird houses, faerie houses, gnome homes and other strange objects from branches, pods, shells and other objects "discarded" by Mother nature.  Occasionally he finds time to pen his observations of people and nature.



DAVID DICK will be introducing his new book Outhouse BluesOuthouse Blues rounds out the Plum Lick Publishing lineup with a song of humor and faith and love-a prayer for forgiveness, a chance to do better for all mankind and other creatures assembled.

Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities Cookbook
 Kentucky Author PAMELA WHINNERY


Now in its second printing the cookbook, �Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities� is a celebration of all things Kentucky. It not only has recipes from famous celebrities with ties to Kentucky, but recipes from various historical locations, tourist attractions, and unique Kentucky celebrations.

Pamela will be joining the group at the 17th Annual Great Outhouse Blowout Race held at Penn�s Store in Gravel Switch, KY (near Danville) on September 12th  for a book signing.  The event is carried live on ESPN. Dawn Lane Osborn, granddaughter of Alma 'Tincy' Penn Lane invited Pam to do a book signing as a fundraiser for Penn�s Store and its OUTHOUSE, which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, a Kentucky Historical Landmark, and a Kentucky Centennial Business.

If you cannot attend the book signing, but would like a copy of the cookbook, or would like to use it as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization in your community, you may contact the author at: Pamela Whinnery, 5754 Lovelaceville Rd. Paducah, KY, 42001; e-mail whinneryw@bellsouth.net, or she can be reached at 270-554-5332. The suggested retail price is $19.95 each with 50% of the cost going to the non-profit organization.

For more information contact Jeanne Penn Lane at
Penn's Store
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
859-332-7715 or 859-332-7706

It is best to call ahead to check times and cancellations.

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