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From Savvy to Sublime: The Shaker Village Sorghum Dinner

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, our cherished fount of beauty, hospitality and abundant agriculture, hosted a marvelous, outdoor, sorghum-themed meal a couple of weeks ago. Near the end, without forewarning, I had the chance to stand and announce "last call" for the (very kindly handled) sales of my books. I had the presence of mind to thank the guests for coming, but here's what I wish I had said as well:

I am grateful for Kentucky's agricultural bounty and heritage—including sorghum.
I am grateful for this rare and special place, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, which has offered me and hundreds of thousands of others a haven of tranquility and quiet order, restoring me to well-being countless times since my first visit in 1969.
At Shaker Village, the Shakers themselves and the present day stewards of their land and legacy inspire deeper commitment to sustainable agriculture as the perfect expression of the great natural gifts of central Kentucky land, water, and climate. I am grateful for the legacy of the Shakers and for the good work of today's Shaker Village staff members. Thank you for making us all kindly welcome.
Sustainable agriculture tastes wonderful! Savor each bite and sip tonight.

The opening appetizer, a splendid stuffed squash, made many of us sigh with satisfaction and say, "That was enough, right there."

The night balanced perfectly between warm and cool. No mosquitoes joined the party. The long tables filled with congenial people and the sounds said, "Conviviality!"

One happy introduction, for me: the owners of Wilderness Trail Distillery, and their beautiful Harvest Rum, made from Danny Townsend's national champion Kentucky sorghum. That, and their commitment to sourcing the grains and ingredients for all their products from Kentucky farmers. Yes!

The nearly full moon graced us as the meal ended, topping even the extraordinary dessert.

The nearly full moon graced us as the meal ended, topping even the extraordinary dessert.

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