Rock art enthusiast to speak at library 

Published 10:40 am Monday, October 24, 2016

Let’s start with a program happening a week from tomorrow, because it’s going to be a good one and you’ll want to register to attend. 

This program will be enjoyed by local history and Kentucky Rock Art enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys hiking, especially in the Red River Gorge.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, Kentucky author, artist, and amateur archaeologist, Alan Cornette, will discuss his new book, “The High Rock Petroglyph of the Red River Gorge.”

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Al’s new book refines his research into an image that was carved in a sandstone boulder in Powell County and is now on display in the Red River Museum in Clay City. Al will explain why he believes the High Rock Petroglyph was in the Red River Gorge area.

Al theorizes the High Rock Petroglyph portrays the face of a Shaman with connections to civilizations from Central America.

In conjunction with Al’s program, the library will display some of his new paintings which

incorporate the High Rock image and other ancient rock images from the American southeast and southwest, combining realistic rock art details with abstract color and design. These paintings will be on display in the Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room the night of his talk and throughout November

Does the High Rock Petroglyph illustrate the face of a Shaman? Do other images in Al’s paintings reveal credible and convincing evidence for strange events observed in the sky by ancient civilizations around the globe?

Al will present an intriguing and illuminating investigation into Kentucky rock art images and their connections to other ancient cultures. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation. 

This program is free and open to the public. 

Al will have copies of his book for sale. 

Please register to attend by calling 744-5661, or use the library’s online Evance registration system at

At 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, reference librarians Angela Turner and Jennifer Mattern present the Local History Potluck Dinner Program, detailing their latest investigations into Bluegrass Murder and Mayhem.

This installment is the seventh in the series. Jennifer and Angela have been treating potluck dinner program participants to deliciously twisted tales of criminal urges and ignoble deeds since October 2013. Potluck emcee Andy Gary, said: “the ladies…satisfy their morbid curiosity to sustain ours.”

Feeling morbid? Bring a dish and enjoy it. 

This blood-tingling presentation is free and open to the public. Come at 6:50 p.m. if you prefer not to enjoy the potluck.

Either way, to ensure you have a seat, call for a reservation. Dial 744-5661. Or, register by using Evance which can be accessed from the library’s website

Other programs this week

— At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meeting of Minds discusses whether or not America is the greatest country in the world these days. The discussion will focus on a Youtube video starring Jeff Daniels. It can be found here: Give it a gander and join the conversation.

— At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture show presents a creepy classic from 1932. A group of stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of the highly eccentric, and potentially dangerous, Femm family. This well-performed, atmospheric thriller from the director of Frankenstein features the first starring horror role for Boris Karloff, as a hulking, disfigured butler.

— At 7 p.m. Wednesday, reference librarian Jeff Gurnee churns up his brand of intellectual mayhem at the Engine House Deli Trivia Night.

— At 10 a.m. Friday, Pantsers meets to promote peace, love, and creativity while using adjectives and adverbs.

The next installment of “What’s happening” comes out on Halloween. 

Hmm, perhaps it will be ghost written.