The congregations of Trinity Lutheran and St. Paul Lutheran churches know they have a unique event -- their Nativity Festival.
This year, everyone in Kentucky will get a chance to share the experience when the festival is featured on Kentucky Life's Christmas program.
Kentucky Life producer Valerie Trimble and videographer Prentice Walker were in Maysville Friday, filming the collection of approximately 200 nativity scenes that are on loan from parishioners.
Trimble and Walker spent most of Friday filming for what will be a seven and half minute segment on Kentucky Life with host Dave Shuffett; the program will air Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19.
Visitors to the festival experience the uniqueness of the creche sets, which are crafted from around the world and range in size from a 1/12 scale miniature to life-size figures which graced downtown Maysville for several decades at Rotary Park. The materials used include wood, ceramic, glass, tin, paper and even citrus peels from Columbia, South America. Thirty news sets have been added to the display this year.
Trimble said KL's interest in the festival was piqued because of the uniqueness of the nativity display and its religious base, which can appeal to a wide variety of viewers, even those who may not celebrate the Christmas season.
"It's nice to do something that is focused on religion at Christmas and that is Christ-based," said Trimble. "This is such an unusual collection and so visual."
Barb Clarke, who helps coordinate the festival, was on hand Friday and said she went to the KET offices earlier in the summer to talk with someone about including the event in the KL Christmas segment.
Clarke said she had photos and a short video with her and was surprised when KL show producer Brandon Wickey came out to meet her. Clarke met with Wickey for a half hour, at the end of which Wickey said the festival would be considered for inclusion in the Christmas segment, if not this year, maybe next year.
It was two months later when Clarke received an e-mail from Trimble to schedule a filming date.
Clarke said the Trinity and St. Paul Nativity Festival is the only one of its kind in Kentucky and when the idea was considered seven years ago, the collection of nativity sets from the two congregations was extensive enough that she knew "we could do this."
The Nativity Festival is focused upon "celebrating with our community the birth of the Christ child," said Clarke.
Trimble and Walker will spend next week editing the film shot Friday; Clarke was interviewed for the segment and her narrative, as well as music will be edited into the final version.
"Everywhere I look there's something fascinating. I'm amazed by it and it is displayed so nicely," said Trimble.
The KET Kentucky Life Christmas program will air Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8/7 p.m., CT; Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4:30/3:30 CT and again at 7:30/6:60 CT, Sunday.
The Nativity Festival takes place Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 621 Parker Drive, Maysville.