I went to undergrad at Eastern Kentucky University. Larry and I stopped to tour around the campus. Much bigger than in 1977! My dorm was torn down and replaced with a much nicer structure (suites instead of tiny rooms with bunk beds). Fun to see it.
From there we went to Berea, just south of Richmond where EKU is. The college there is well known for in the arts and crafts world. I especially loved the weaving, broom making, and wood-making. It was also the first college in the Southern U.S. to be co-educational and racially integrated. Berea College charges no tuition; every admitted student is provided the equivalent of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. I bought a new broom 🙂
We stayed at the Boone Tavern. The best part was telling Larry on the way that Berea was a dry town! He was thankful that it is actually “damp” and that the hotel we were staying at was the only place where alcohol could be sold. The Tavern is a beautiful, old hotel and apparently has wonderful food. Neither of us were too hungry (big lunch) so did not eat there. Larry stayed at the tavern and sat on the porch “people watching” while I went to see an old boyfriends family. It may sound strange, but they were so good to me during my early 20s and are very special to me. Dottie (Doug’s mom) is now 90 years old and as young as ever. His sister (Deena), brother (Dennis), and sister-in-law (Leona) also came over to the house. So good to see them and catch up. Wish I had taken pics of them. Reviewing the past did bring up guilt about some poor judgement in my past (enough said:). Gotta love a Catholic upbringing.