Daniel’s Design: Horse Capital of the World

Horse track in Lexington" Jason Phillips -

Keeneland Race Course in Lexington (photo: Jason Phillips)

Daniel Knight, Mercy’s last hero, lives in Boulder but is currently working in Lexington, Kentucky as an architectural designer.

In 1775, William McConnell and a group of frontier explorers were camped at a natural spring when word came that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their site “Lexington.”

Known as the “Horse Capital of the World”, it is located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. Lexington has produced more legendary horses that any other region in the world. So legendary, they can sell for millions of dollars. The city has been known as a major center for Thoroughbred breeding since the late 18th century due to the high calcium content in the soils, which leads to stronger bones and greater durability …

Steve’s Home: Great Barrington

Greylock in December (photo: Ericshawwhite)

Greylock in December (photo: Ericshawwhite)

Mercy Lacewell’s latest contact is Steve LeClerc. His brother’s trucking business is headquartered in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, ranked #1 in Smithsonian magazine‘s 2012 list of “The 20 Best Small Towns in America”.

Railroad Street GB (photo: Anc516)

Railroad Street GB (photo: Anc516)

Great Barrington is part of The BerkshiresThe Berkshires actually run through Massachusetts and Connecticutt, but the term is used by locals in reference only to the portion of the mountain range that lies within Massachusetts. The Conecticutt portion is referred to as the Northwest Hills. The Berkshires were named among the 200 Last Great Places by The Nature Conservancy.

Numerous trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail run through the the Berkshires. The tallest waterfall in Massachusetts is located in the nearby Taconic mountain range. A number of summer camps date back to the early 1900s.

Tanglewood OzawaHall July 2009 (photo: Titus.jon)

Tanglewood Seiji Ozawa Hall July