The road to Trappist takes a turn off the well-worn routes of everyday life — away from the thoroughfares that channel people to and from work, and even farther from the cities where people cook dinner, socialize, go to church, grow up and grow old.
Winter wheat grows along the road from either approach to the 163-year-old Abbey of Gethsemani. Along the drive south from New Haven Road, a grove of pines huddles against the nearby hills, so thick their trunks are tinted blue. The hour for daily Vespers, the monks’ evening prayer, is nearly here.
What began as a softball team reunion in 2006 has evolved into an annual fundraiser event for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Crusade for Children.
Event coordinator Tommy “Chief” Locke said the idea stemmed after the first ever softball reunion held at Sportsman’s Lake. After about 25 years of coaching men’s softball teams, Locke found it appropriate to hold a reunion of sorts to get everyone and their families together in one place.
Chase Puyear and Clay Rogers spent their early dismissal day Friday picking up trash along the side of Keith Road. The road starts across from LaRue County Golf Course and goes to KY 61 and runs beside the National Park walking trails and picnic area. They were assisted by their siblings, Bailey Rogers and Bryson Puyear.
Three people received pins from the American Red Cross in recognition of the amount of blood they have donated over the years. Jane Reed, 1 gallon; Chad Puyear, 1 gallon; and Denny Duggins, 11 gallons.