Wednesday, December 23, 2009



The new cookbook I am working on is well under way. “Favorite Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities” has over 100 recipes including Flatt and Scruggs (sent by family members), George S. Curtis (He wrote music score for Austin Powers Movie), Tom T. Hall, Hannah Montana and her father.

I am having so much fun doing this. It has been an opportunity to meet and exchange e-mails with so many wonderful people. Sometimes there are some very nice surprises. I have been exchanging e-mails with Ben Curtis (The Dell Kid), who is from Chattanooga.

He is starring with Vincent Pastore and Frank Vincent (Both from Sopranos) in the new movie Spy. Ben was so gracious to offer us tickets to the New York Premiere. We would love to go, however New York is a long way from Kentucky. I am still very appreciative of the offer.

Now to all the wonderful people who have contributed recipes, purchased a cookbook to help with a numerous fundraisers, and those who just happen to stop by to read this blog, I wish you a very blessed Christmas and New Year. Thank you for all your help and God’s blessings.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009




Three months ago, I attended the Fancy Farm Picnic. All four of the candidates running for Senator in 2010 were there and gave speeches.

It had so much fun! I did a blog on the picnic, as I am working on 2 more cookbooks, another one for Kentucky, and one on Celebrities from Tennessee.

I wanted recipes from each of the candidates. I had an opportunity to speak with each of them and their staff. They all promised to send recipes. The staff ask me to send them reminders, which I did.

I really wanted recipes from each of them as I had recipes in the first cookbook from Senator Mitch McConnell, Governor Steve Beshear, and all of the Kentucky U. S. Representatives.

Here are the results:

Attorney General Jack Conway and his wife Elizabeth sent a recipe for “Pork, Chicken, and Sausage Jambalaya

Secretary of State Trey Grayson sent a recipe that his wife makes. Nancy Grayson’s Artichoke Dip

Lt. Governor Dan Mongiardo likes to cook and sent a recipe with Venison. Dr. Dan’s Deerly Loved Lasagna

And Dr. Ron Paul son of former Presidential Candidate Rand Paul… Well! We are still waiting.

Probably no one politically connected reads this blog, but if they did, it would be interesting to hear some comments on why they think he and his staff promised to send a recipe and did not follow through.

It is a minor thing, but the cookbooks are used as fundraisers for non-profit organizations and it would have been encouraging to know that all the candidates followed through on their promises. Especially since, we were not asking for money or political favors.


Sunday, December 6, 2009



I was one of 200 authors invited to participate in the Kentucky Department of Libraries Book Fair, which was held in the capital city of Frankfort.

For the official numbers here goes:

Top sellers for individual titles include: Burch, Hatter and Hughes, James Archambeault, Senator George McGovern, Silas House, Gary West, Tori Murden McClure, Barbara Napier, Allan Eckert, David Dick, Sallie Clay Lanham with Rebecca D. Bolton and Mary Nash Cox, PAMELA WHINNERY, Joy Perrine, Phyllis George, Chester Zoeller and Mark Wayne Adams.

We had $141,000 in sales---very very good in light of this year’s economy.
3900 patrons attended.
Of the 523 titles offered for sale, nearly 7300 books were sold.

The Director Connie Crowe sent this information to me.

As this was a new adventure for me, I knew it would be fun.

However, it was more enjoyable, because Connie Crowe was so helpful and patient in answering my numerous questions. I did try to tell as many people with committee tags and Member at Large tags, etc. how much I appreciated her help and that I thought she did a great job. They all told me she was a Saint.

And the volunteers!!! I can’t say enough about how much I appreciated their checking on me and the other authors numerous times. They were wonderful.


Monday, November 9, 2009



When: November 14th, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
What: Lower Town Second Saturday
Where: Lower Town Art Galleries

Come experience this first-time event, “Art, Artist, & Authors,” during Lower Town’s Second Saturday gallery walk, and get that special someone the perfect gift for the holidays!

What a great opportunity to purchase unique, original artwork and books signed by the artist and /or author. Stroll from gallery to gallery to meet and talk with the various artist and authors. Questions? Contact Stefanie Graves 270-908-0755 or Pam Whinnery 270-554-5332

Kijsa Housman Studio, 444 N. 8th Street, artist Kijsa Housman
Author: Tracy Buchanan, “Flutterbies”

Cowango Studio, 517 N 8th Street, artists Stefanie Graves and David Lucht
Author: Berry Craig, “True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon & Burgoo”

Judeen’s Art Studio:, 720 Harrison Street, artist Judeen Theis
Authors: Pam Whinnery, “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities”
Angie Wyatt, “Timmy the Tractor, His Hay Day”

Pinecone Studio, 419 N. 7th Street, artist Char Downs
Authors: Char Downs and Jay Siska, “Then & Now, Lower Town, Paducah”

Gallery 5, 803 Madison Street, artist William Renzulli
Authors: William Renzulli, “Have I Told You Today That I Love You: A father's words to his children”
Patience Renzulli, Mama Pajama Tells A Story: Writings About Dogs & Their Servants

Mentor House: Paulette Mentor, 332 N. 6th Street, artist Paulette Mentor
Authors: Ro Morse, "100 Things to Enjoy in Historic Paducah", "Ro”s Simple Pleasures”
Ann Watkins, “Reclaiming the Art of Child Training Toward a Biblical Approach”

Etcetera, 320 N. 6th Street, owners, Johanna & Allen Rhodes
Author: Cliff Gill, “Doin' Time for a Living: The story of a Kentucky Jail”
Clay Campbell, “Guitars, Bar's & a Prodigal Son”

The Egg and I, 335 N. 6th Street, artist, Carol Gabany
Author: Steve G. Gabany, Ph.D., "Historic Architecture of Paducah and McCracken County"

Stornaway House Gallery, 513 N.6th Street, artists Carolyn & Wil MacKay
Author: John Robertson, “Paducah, a Pictorial History”

Bryerpatch Studio, 502 N. 5th Street, artist Caryl Fallert
Author: Caryl Fallert, a variety of quilting how-to books

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


The date of the 2009 Kentucky Book Fair is November 7th at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY. Hours are 9 to 4:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

The exciting news is my cookbook "Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities" has been selected for the bookfair. With nearly 200 authors selected, it is one of only 5 cookbooks chosen.

If you are going to the book fair I will be in Row 7 Table 33b.

Other Paducah authors: Tracey Bucanhan, Cliff Gill, & Molly Harper.

Thursday, October 29, 2009



The Kentucky Living Magazine is doing a story on my Cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” in their December issue. Janet Hoover is doing the story, complete with photos

“The Phoenix,” which is the national publication for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority is also planning to cover the cookbook. However, they have not provided me with a date. More on this at a later date.

If you are looking for a GREAT way to raise funds for your favorite non-profit, consider this cookbook. The Boone County Band Boosters (Florence, KY) just completed their fundraiser. They sold 63 copies and raise $610. for the band. They were thrilled they did not have to compile it themselves.

If you are interested in taking orders or having the cookbook in your gift shop contact Pamela Whinnery 270-5545332

“Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” Cookbook release date: 12/1/2008
Kentucky Author Pamela Whinnery

*** Cookbook is an accepted Publication of the Kentucky Arts & Heritage Cabinet’s Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea***

***Cookbook has been selected by Kentucky Parks Department for State Park Gift Shops.***

*** The cookbook is now an accepted publication of the Jesse Stuart Foundation***

***Author has been selected to participate in the Kentucky Dept. of Libraries 2009
Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort & 2010 Kentucky Crafted Market in Louisville **

It is presently for sale in the following locations:

Bluegrass Railroad Museum, Versailles, KY
Bowling Green Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Bowling Green, KY
Chestnut Tree Gallery, Richmond, KY
Christian Way Farms, Hopkinsville, KY
Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
Grand River Tourism Association, Grand Rivers, KY
Hadley Pottery, Louisville, KY
Highlands Museum, Ashland, KY
Homestead Bed & Breakfast, Bardstown, KY
Ice House Gallery, Mayfield, KY
Izzy’s Boutique, Bardstown, KY
International Bluegrass Museum, Owensboro, KY
Jesse Stewart Foundation, Ashland, KY
Jim Beam Outpost, Clemont, KY
Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY
Kentucky Dept. of Ag. Kentucky Proud Market, Lexington, KY
Kentucky Dept. of Tourism
Kentucky Dept. of Libraries, KDLA Book Fair
Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY
Main Street Market, Newport, KY
McGaffin Co. Historical Society, Salyerville, KY
Museum of Appalachia, Norris, TN
Penn Store, Gravel Switch, KY
Pine Mountain Settlement, Pine Mountain, KY
Purple Toad Winery, Paducah, KY
Quail Hollow Candle Co. Adolphus, KY
Rebecca Ruth Candy, Frankfort, KY
Steve Curtis Chapman Foundation, Nashville, TN
Taste of Kentucky, Frankfort, KY
Turfway Park, Florence, KY
Whistle Stop Café, Glendale, KY
Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

It has been used as a fundraiser by the Following Organizations:

Allen County League of Artist and Craftsman: Contact Tee Kuelic
Boone County High School Band Boosters: Contact Eileen Jones
Boston Elementary PTA: Pam Corter
Bowling Green Red Cross at National Corvette Homecoming: Contact Joe Pruitt
Bluegrass Community College Arts Foundation: Contact Teresa Tope
Calhoun Elementary School PTO: Contact Tara Leachman
Concordia Lutheran Church, Louisville, KY: Contact Debbie Blum
EKU’s Kentucky Riverkeepers: Contact Dr. Allen Banks and Pat Banks
Faith Lutheran Church, Louisville, KY: Contact Barbara Anderson
Fort Campbell Armed Services YMCA: Contact Janis Corley
Guide Dogs of America: Contact Sondra Bennett
Hanson, KY Lions Club: Contact Teresa Anthony
Harlan, KY Red Cross: Preston Mclain
Hickman Co. Friends of the Arts: Contact Mary Potter
Just For Kicks (Kids Introduced to Christ): Contact Lanita Boyd
Immanuel Lutheran Church LWML Murray, KY: Contact Donna Holsten
Lowertown Artist Association, Paducah, KY: Contact Judeen Theis
Lyon County Chamber of Commerce: Contact Sandy Davis
McCracken County Homemakers Club: Contact Claudia Stevens
Morganfield, KY Lion’s Club: Contact Debbie Odom
Newport, KY Chamber of Commerce: Contact Kevin Smith
Northern Kentucky Women’s Outpost Ministry: Contact Lanita Boyd
Paducah Cooperative Ministry: Contact Heidi Suhrheinrich
Radcliff Middle School PTO: Laura McGray
St. John’s Parrish, Paducah, KY: Contact Hazel Wurth

Wednesday, October 21, 2009



We took a brief break from doing the blog as we had family visiting from Louisville. My husband’s sister and family came for a visit. We really enjoyed their visit. My niece came with them. She has become such a beautiful young woman. It is so nice to have a young person in our family who treats us with so much love and respect yet ask nothing in return. Like a breath of fresh air. I know their parents are so proud of their children. They are truly a blessing to our family.

Now enough about family! Cookbook update! The cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” which I compiled has been included in the items that will be sold by the Jesse Stuart Foundation. I am humbled by this honor.

The Jesse Stuart Foundation is devoted to preserving the human and literary legacy of Jesse Stuart and other Kentucky and Appalachian writers. The Foundation also promotes a number of cultural and educational programs. We encourage the study of Jesse Stuart's works, and of related material, especially the history, culture, and literature of Kentucky and Appalachia.

Dr. Keith R. Kappes Chairman of the Foundation states, “We are proud that Jesse Stuart's books are a guideline to the solid values of America's past. With good humor and brilliant storytelling, Stuart praises the Appalachian people whose quiet lives were captured forever in his wonderful novels and stories. In Jesse's books, readers will find people who value hard work, who love their families, their land, and their country, who believe in education, honesty, thrift, and compassion--people who play by the rules. Today, we are so caught up in teaching children to read that the process has obscured its higher purpose. Children require more than literacy. They need to learn, from reading, the unalterable principles of right and wrong. That is why Stuart's books are so important. They allow educators and parents to make reading fun for children while teaching solid values at the same time. In a world that is rapidly losing perspective, we at the JSF believe we must help educate tomorrow's adults for responsible citizenship.”

It is an honor to be a small part of this organization and to have an opportunity to help support these goals.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Paducah Author to Conduct Two Book Signings Saturday October 10th

Did you ever wonder what those gorgeous supermodels and movie stars (wearing size 2 dresses) choose as their favorite food? You would be surprised!

Actress and supermodel Mollie Sims, from Boaz, KY loves her mom’s Spinach Quiche. Jeri Ryan a graduate of Lone Oak High School and a regular on Star Trek, prefers a lamb dish prepared by her husband, French Chef Christophe Eme.

If you ask Louisville native Erin Hill, the harpist for musician Kayne West and who performs as Annie Blake on the daytime television show “Another World,” she will tell you in an instant it is the fourth generation family recipe for Fried Pumpkin Blossoms.

Reagan Payne, born and raised in Murray, KY and a regular on the television series “The Closer,” loves homemade honey granola.

If you want the detailed recipes, you will need to attend one of two book signings of the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” this weekend by Paducah native and author Pam Whinnery.

The first will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. October 10, at the Grand River’s Harvest Moon Festival. The Grand River’s Chamber of Commerce / Western Waterlands Tourism organization is hosting the book signing as a fundraiser for tourism projects.

The second book signing is in conjunction with the Lowertown’s Second Saturday events this Saturday. Pam will be at Judeen Theis Art Gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Lowertown Artist Association.

The cookbook is also available locally at Ice House Gallery in Mayfield, Purple Toad Winery (as a fundraiser for St. Mary’s High School), St. John’s Catholic Church (there is a recipe from professional baseball player Phil Roof), Immanuel Lutheran Church, Murray, and the Yeiser Art Center here in Paducah.

If you have any questions or would like to use the cookbook as a fundraiser contact Pam Whinnery at 270-554-5332 or e-mail her at

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


We are truly blessed with the opportunity to do 2 book signings this weekend Saturday October 3, 2009.

The Lyon County Chamber of Commerce has invited the Author (Me: Pam Whinnery) to do a book signing of “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” at the Autumn Festival in Kuttawa on beautiful Lake Barkley. I will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the Lyon County Chamber’s project to provide Recycle Bends at the various Lake Barkley Marinas. All those boaters that come in after a day on the lake will have a place to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Isn’t this a great project!

Then we are going to Hanson, KY, which is just north of Madisonville to do a book signing starting at 5:00 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Hanson Lions Club at the annual Hanson Cruise-in.

Hanson has the distinction of being Kentucky's smallest historic district with a thriving art and antiques community. With architecture from the late 1870's - 1890's, what's outside is just as fantastic as the fabulous shops inside these architectural treasures. From art and antiques to biscuits and B-B-Q, Hanson Kentucky has something to offer for everyone. Reaching back into its vibrant history, Hanson has become a haven for artisans and antique collectors.

This should be fun! Come join us to help a wonderful organization.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Exciting news for the COOKBOOK!!!

“Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” was selected to be a “Kentucky Proud Product” This is the first book/cookbook to be considered by the Kentucky Proud Program. The cookbook has several recipes from Kentucky Proud Businesses, such as distilleries, vineyards, and craftsman that use farm products. It will be available at the Kentucky Proud Market

Kentucky Proud Market offers specialty foods, beverages, and handcrafted items grown and produced by Kentucky Proud and Kentucky Crafted members.

We are excited to be a part of the store, which recently opened at 210 W. Vine St., Lexington, KY. This is the first Kentucky Proud Market location in The Shops at Lexington Center. Located in the heart of downtown Lexington adjacent to Triangle Park, Victorian Square Shops, Rupp Arena and hotels, the center boasts over 1 million visitors per year for UK games, concerts, sports venues, family shows, conferences, and conventions. The 5,000 square foot store in endorsed by The Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Their long-range plans are to open stores all across Kentucky to promote Kentucky Proud Products.

In addition to their retail location in The Shops at Lexington Center, all of the Kentucky Proud and Kentucky Crafted products (INCLUDING MY COOKBOOK) are available for sale on their website.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Great Outhouse Blowout Race is this Saturday September 12, 2009 at Penn Store in Gravel Switch, KY.

The 17th Annual Great Outhouse Blowout Race held at Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch, KY (near Danville). The September 12th event is carried live on ESPN. The celebration first started in 1992 as an Outhouse Dedication Ceremony at America's oldest country store, still in ownership and operation by the same family since 1845. The historic '92 event included performances by Chet Atkins and Billy Edd Wheeler. Dawn Lane Osborn, granddaughter of Alma 'Tincy' Penn Lane invited Pam to do a book signing as a fundraiser for Penn’s Store and its OUTHOUSE, which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, a Kentucky Historical Landmark, and a Kentucky Centennial Business.

I will be doing a book signing from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. under the WHITE tent marked CELEBRITY COOKBOOKS. And that is a whole new story. I ordered the new tent and it arrived 4 days before the book signing. However, when I opened the box it was a PURPLE TENT with PURPLE side panels and marked SCRANTON PREP SCHOOL. Fortunately, they sent us both labels so we could mail them overnight to each other.

The race should be great fun, but keep Dawn Lane Osborn of Penn Store in your prayers as she had to go to the Emergency room and was admitted to the hospital in Danville, KY yesterday.

Sunday, August 23, 2009



The latest update on my cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.”
The Kentucky Department of Tourism contacted me, because they want to use my cookbook in the Kentucky State Park Gift Shops, their online sales, and as a possible promotional tool for Kentucky Tourism.

It is the perfect idea, because the cookbook brings to attention not only the large cities and famous tourist sites, but also the unique and perhaps otherwise unnoticed areas and regions of Kentucky. The places that make the state truly special.

Example: Flatwood, KY is in extreme Eastern Kentucky. Wickliffe, KY is in extreme Western Kentucky. Most Kentucky residents and tourist never heard of either town. Yet one is the home of a famous singer (Billy Ray Cyrus) and the other is the home of a famous basketball player Kenneth Rollins. Rollins was on the NCAA Champion University of Kentucky Basketball Team (The Fab Five) and went on to play on the US basketball team, which won an Olympic Gold Medal for the USA.

Speaking of unique places, I will be doing a book signing at Eddyville, Kentucky, Saturday, August 29th at the Eddyville Founder’s Day Celebration in the Eddyville City Park. You can find me at the Lyon County Chamber of Commerce Booth. What makes Eddyville so special is the entire town was moved from its original location in the early 1950’s because of the construction of Barkley Dam and the formation of Lake Barkley. The town would have been totally submerged by the lake had it not been relocated. SEE MAP ABOVE

If you want to know more about the cookbook and how to purchase a copy contact me at or call 270-554-5332.

Friday, August 14, 2009


As the author of “Favorite Recipe of Kentucky Celebrities,” it is always gratifying when there are new opportunities for the cookbook. It is nice to know that in these difficult economic times, I am given the chance to share the cookbook with a very deserving and worthwhile organization.

This occurred a couple of weeks ago when I received an invitation to be an approved author at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. The invitation was from the Director Victoria Faoro.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is part of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of Kentucky. The center was established to celebrate Kentucky's artisan heritage and to encourage Kentuckians and those traveling in Kentucky to enjoy Juried artisan products and activities. I am extremely humbled by this opportunity.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 975 Walnut Meadow Road, Berea, KY alongside Interstate 75 at exit 77, just 40 miles south of Lexington, KY, and only 2.5 miles from downtown Berea, the "Folk Arts and Craft Capital of Kentucky."
In this 25,000 sq. foot facility you can shop for Kentucky products; experience Kentucky hospitality; explore Kentucky crafts & history; enjoy Kentucky cuisine;
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is open to the public seven days a week, from 8am-8pm (Eastern Time), with its cafe serving from 8:30am-5:00pm. Please note that during hours the Center is closed, the public rest rooms are also closed.

Saturday, August 8, 2009



Yesterday I did a book signing at Culpepper Place, 2114 New Holt Rd. Paducah, KY, a residential apartment complex for Senior Citizens. I had so much fun. I shared information on how I obtained recipes from various celebrities for my cookbook, “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities.” The emphasis was on celebrities they would like information. Examples: Fess Parker, Dale Evan, Irvin S. Cobb, Vice- President Alben Barkley, John Scope, and Soap Opera star Kassie DePavia.

The really neat surprise was the opportunity to meet Virginia Glover, who owned Hales Restaurant in Smithland, Ky. The restaurant was there for nearly 50 years and everyone there told me how great it was. Mrs. Glover said that when they filmed the movie “How The West Was Won” in the Smithland, KY and Cave In Rock, IL area, in 1963 that all the stars (John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Carol Baker, and Debbie Reynolds) would come to the restaurant every day for lunch. She said her special recipe was Chess Pie.

When I told her, I was working on collecting recipes for a second cookbook she promised to share her recipe.

In addition to doing the book signing at Culpepper Place, I also did a book signing at a local Pond Club. These 2 booksignings and individual purchases allowed a nice donation to Paducah Cooperative Ministry.

Remember the cookbook is available to any non-profit organization that would like to use it as a fundraiser, or if you would like an individual copy (Retail $19.95 with proceeds going to a local Paducah Charity) please contact Pam Whinnery, 270-554-5332,

Saturday, August 1, 2009



The only thing spicier than the barbeque is the Politics.

Today was the infamous Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, KY, which kicks off the campaign season in our illustrious state.

If you head to the western most part of Kentucky, you will find the town called Fancy Farm. This small community is nationally known for two things: its magnificent catholic church and the world’s largest one-day picnic.

This was my first trip to the picnic. My plans were to enjoy the GREAT food including the secret Barbeque sauce, fresh vegetables, and homemade desserts. I was not disappointed. Being an author of the “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” I also hoped to get a recipe from the St. Jerome Parrish. It is a historic site and the picnic deserves Celebrity Status. A very sweet lady at the “Country Store” promised to send me a recipe from the Parrish.

Another reason for going there is my plans to do a 2nd cookbook on recipes from Kentucky Celebrities. As my 1st cookbook had recipes from several Kentucky politicians, including Gov. Steve Beshear (Democrat) and Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican) I was hoping to give out my business cards to request recipe contributions for the new cookbook.

At the dinner, Former U.S. Representative Carrol Hubbard set at my table. He was extremely gracious and promised to send me a recipe.

I ran into House Majority Leader Jody Richards at a concession stand and he promised a recipe.

Out at the campers (this is what the politicians running for election use as a base when in Fancy Farm) I gave the various campaign groups my card and they all promised recipes. I will admit Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo’s campaign worker came back later and requested a 2nd. Business card. He said he had given the 1st to Mongiardo, but he wanted one for himself to be sure I received the recipe. I was impressed.

Gatewood Galbraith, who is running for Governor in 2011 not only promised me a recipe, but also gave me an autographed book.

Now I don’t want to take political sides, but this will be an interesting, but simple test to see how many of these politicians keep their promise.

Friday, July 24, 2009



We have just returned from doing a book signing for the American Red Cross, at the 28th Annual National Corvette Homecoming in Bowling Green, Kentucky. WOW! Was that fun? Bowling Green is the home of the only Corvette plant in the world and the National Corvette Museum. There were so many COOL cars. I saw one 1960 black Corvette with red leather seats and interior. Talking to the owners was great fun.

These car lovers will never let go of their corvettes.

"I fell in love with Corvettes back in 1962 when I was a child. I've always loved them. My wife and I own 4 right now," notes Corvette owner Bob Wallace. Its that love, along with a lot of horsepower, that brought Wallace up from Florida for the "National Corvette Homecoming." His 1962 Corvette Convertible is what Wallace calls a 'survivor" car since all of its parts are original from the day it was rolled onto the lot.

Bowling Green native, Rodey Grimes discussing his 1970 Corvette Stingray "Growing up, my dad always had a Corvette. So its kind of been a family tradition for me," he recalls. Now, he takes pride in his own vehicle, which he rebuilt from scratch. "It was completely disassembled. Some parts, a lot of parts that you can't find or can't buy anymore are sandblasted and re-painted to look like new," says Grimes.

Then there are the enthusiast who came from as far away as Norway such as Oskar Lilleaas and Christian Lilleaas.

And Ontario, Canada "It's worth it," said Margaret Adams, a Corvette owner from Ontario, Canada. "We love the United States. We love traveling down here, so we'll drive any distance to be down here.” They don't mind traveling because of their passion for Corvettes.” We’ve had them since 1985," said Glenn Adams, also of Ontario. "We still have the '85, and we bought a new one last year."

Special thanks to Joe and Vera Pruitt, Organizers of the Homecoming for their support of the American Red Cross, the local Bowling Green Chapter, and the Book Signing. It would never have happened without their efforts. Also to Lacey Steele from WBKO Bowling Green for covering the book signing and doing a great job of helping to publicize it.

Most of all thanks to all the wonderful people that contributed recipes, including Joe and Vera Pruitt and to the people who purchased the cookbooks to support the American Red Cross.


Sunday, July 19, 2009



Paducah, KY- Author and Kentucky native Pam Whinnery has four book signings schedule across Kentucky over the next 4 months. Each of the book signings are serving as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization.

Now in its second printing the cookbook, “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” is a celebration of all things Kentucky. It not only has recipes from famous celebrities with ties to Kentucky, but recipes from various historical locations, tourist attractions, and unique Kentucky celebrations.

Pam will be participating in one of theses celebrations July 18th. Joe Pruitt, organizer of the National Corvette Homecoming ask her to do a book signing at the event as a fundraiser for the Bowling Green Chapter of the American Red Cross. The 28th Annual Homecoming will be held at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, which is the home of the only Corvette plant in the world and the National Corvette Museum.

Culpepper Place located at Holt Rd. in Paducah, KY will be hosting a book signing August 7th as a fundraiser for Paducah Cooperative Ministry. The activities director thought the cookbook would be of special interest to the residents, their families, and friends, because of recipes submitted by family members of Alben Barkley, Dale Evans, D.W. Griffith, and John Scope.

Probably the most unusual event will be the 17th Annual Great Outhouse Blowout Race held at Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch, KY (near Danville). The September 12th event is carried live on ESPN. The celebration first started in 1992 as an Outhouse Dedication Ceremony at America's oldest country store, still in ownership and operation by the same family since 1845. The historic '92 event included performances by Chet Atkins and Billy Edd Wheeler. Dawn Lane Osborn, granddaughter of Alma 'Tincy' Penn Lane invited Pam to do a book signing as a fundraiser for Penn’s Store and its OUTHOUSE, which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, a Kentucky Historical Landmark, and a Kentucky Centennial Business

Pam has been invited by the Grand River’s Chamber of Commerce to do a book signing at the Hunters Moon Festival, Saturday Oct. 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Chamber.

If you cannot attend one of these book signings, but would like a copy of the cookbook, or would like to use it as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization in your community, you may contact the author at: Pamela Whinnery, 5754 Lovelaceville Rd. Paducah, KY, 42001; e-mail, or she can be reached at 270-554-5332. The suggested retail price is $19.95 each with 50% of the cost going to the non-profit organization.