Things get a little fuzzy when longtime leaders and participants reflect on 37 years of Mountain Workshops: from film, to digital, to multimedia to a mental institution?
Oh, yeah, these things can drive you crazy — in a good way.
Great people, great pictures, great video, great fellowship and great parties to end the experience are all part of the package.
But there is one tiny problem.
What do you do to cap off the 2013 Mountain Workshops, year No. 38?
You brainstorm with a Web-centric editor and grab one of the latest buzzwords in the Internet vernacular: “listicles.”
And so as a (big) footnote to the extensive research and stories revealed by the 2013 Mountain Workshops visual journalists, we give you the best images, courtesy of the good folks of Owensboro, Ky., USA.
JD Beach cruises down the tire-worn track in the Gillim family’s backyard. Over the years, the Gillims have expanded the dirt track from an initial oval shape to include serpentine turns and jumps. (Michael Clark)
Tonya Robinson begins her day with a trip into the fields to feed the cows on her farm in Philpot. “That’s why I work, to feed my animals,” Robinson says. (Katie Meek)
“These chidren have every right to be angry at the world and rebelious, but they are the swetest, most respectful and obedient children I work with.” Sister Wilhelm comments of Augustino Morales’ children during a visit to the families home. Some of the families she visits with suffer from issues of such as domestic violence and alcoholism. (Matthew Hatcher)
Raines Shoe Hospital in Owensboro, Ky., maintains the same ambiance it did when Don Raines’ father opened it in 1939. (Brett Carlsen)
Christon Woods sits at home alone late on a friday night. Woods lives with his grandmother and takes care of her throughout all of her health issues, making sure she takes all of her medicines and is eating regularly. (Katie McLean)
Seth Bickett (foreground) and KJ Simpson, both sophomores at Daviess County High School, practice tricks on their bicycles in a parking lot in downtown Owensboro, Ky. (Kreable Young)
Nikole Gross prays with her husband, Michael, daughter, Lillian, and son, Lonnie, before lunch at their home in Owensboro. (Alicia Savage)
A bunkhouse for migrant workers stands empty after problems with the H-2A visa program left Elliott’s Farms without migrant workers for the past three years. H-2A visas allow foreign nationals to enter the United States for up to eight months of agricultural work. (Conor Ralph)
Owensboro residents Tyler Conkwright (left), 23, looks for a pass over Orlando Robinson (center right), during a game of three-on-three pickup basketball at Legion Park in Owensboro, Ky. (Nick Gonzales)
Phoenix laughs with her baby doll as she is hugged and kissed by her parents, Shelly and Stephen, before he heads to work early Friday morning. (Al Drago)
The Ohio River winds through Owensboro at sunset. Construction on the riverfront aims to revitalize the downtown area. (Brigitte N. Brantley)
Two girls dance to Elliott Sublett and The Came to Play Band at McGrady’s Bar in downtown Owensboro, Ky. (Al Drago)
Helen Kasey has worked the day shift at Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn for more than 19 years. At 61, she is often called “Momma” by co-workers, but underneath that good spirit, Helen is constantly reminded why she works as hard and as much as she does: her husband, Donald Kasey, 61, was diagnosed with leukemia nearly four years ago. “Itís not a burden to take care of him because I am helping him,” Helen says. “I take the vows I made to him very seriously.” (Luke Franke)
Heidi Givens serves dinner to her children Jasmine (left), 5, Brooklyn (right), 9, and Maya (far right), 12, in her Owensboro home. Heidi said having the table cleared to serve dinner on is a rare occasion. (Nick Gonzales)
Heidi Givens pulled preschooler Kelsey Gleason, 4, from her class for their one-on-one tutoring session at Audubon Elementary in Owensboro, Ky. Givens said she aims to help Kelsey understand her teacher while she is across a noisy classroom. (Nick Gonzales)
Alma Montgomery (left) shares a special relationship with her caregiver, Charlotte Carpenter. Alma was one of Charlotte’s first patients, and she considers her a dear friend. (Emily Rhyne)
A driver is being detained near the intersection of W. 5th and Frederica Street after being spotted driving in the wrong direction down a one-way. He was later arrested for driving while intoxicated. (Chandler West)
Spencer Damme, 9, cringes as Steve Cooper cuts his hair with a pair of clippers at Cooper’s Barber Shop in downtown Owensboro. Spencer was born with developmental delays and didn’t talk until he was almost 4, but now he enjoys talking with Steve. (Isabella Bartolucci)
Smokestacks at Owensboro Municipal Utilities create clouds of smoke over the Ohio River. (Emily Kask)
Bob Roberts sits by the window of Gary’s Drive-In and recollects childhood memories of playing Rook with his father and five sisters. His younger sister Taffy always accused him of cheating. “I wasn’t cheating,” he said, “I was watching the cards!” (Rae Emary)