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50 COVER STORY Most Beautiful Homes

The Evansville area has more than its share of eye-catching homes, adding authenticity, character, and charm to local neighborhoods. From Downtown to McCutchanville to Newburgh, we share a few favorites.

131 LOCAL FOODIE Bringing the World Home

Randy Hobson frequently tasted global cuisine while traveling for the plastics industry. Now, he leads a successful second career expanding the River City’s palate with restaurants like Pangea Kitchen and 2nd Language.

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MAY/JUNE 2023 EVANSVILLE LIVING 5 Evansville Living May/June 2023 Volume 24, Issue 4
Vegas meets the ‘Ville in Nicole and Chad Bobe’s home in Victoria Estates. The Newburgh, Indiana, couple sought a clean, modern design and employed designer Derek Sola — also Nicole’s brother — to execute their vision of marrying their home with nature. Photo by Zach Straw.
6 EVANSVILLE LIVING MAY/JUNE 2023 In Every Issue 10 Editor’s Letter Nerium Oleander 13 Conversation 15 Snapshots Good Living 19 Community Partners Lending a “hand up” to the tradition of giving back 20 Wander Indiana This map travels back in time 20 Trending Now Amateur astronomers reach for the stars 21 Community of Care Serenity Park creates an oasis of calm 22 Hoosier Fact WWII Heritage City honor puts Evansville on the map 23 We Were Curious Wiffleball hits it out of the park 23 In the Spotlight Indiana State Games has a sport for everyone Culture 27 Entertainment Center Jason Libs’ music takes him back to Green River Road 28 Shelf Life 28 Author Spotlight Kelley Coures revisits chapters in LGBTQ+ history 29 On Display A new exhibit sheds light on the city’s hidden history 30 On the Stage Evansville Philharmonic touches up its image 32 The Guide 36 Social Life Department 45 Travel Journal Fredericksburg, Texas, puts warmth and congeniality first Home & Style 63 Get Inspired Get a preview of SWIMGA’s Tour de Fleur Garden Walk 64 Little Gems This kitchen is big on 1950s futuristic style 64 On the Market An East Side manor makes a grand entrance 65 Collectibles Pop culture, fine art, and rock n’ roll collide 66 A Home and a Refuge Emily Yeiser styles her home bold and bohemian Food & Drink 132 Think Drinks Dwell Coffee wakes up Darmstadt, Indiana 133 What We’re Trying Now This English breakfast promises a full belly 134 Local Flavor Smitty’s expansive menu has been a winning formula 136 Dining Directory Peruse the cuisine of Tri-State restaurants 137 Fresh Takes Final Detail 144 New cascades beautify Downtown’s Riverfront Inside Evansville Living May/June 2023 Evansville Living is published bimonthly with a seventh issue in April by Tucker Publishing Group, 25 N.W. Riverside Drive, Suite 200, Evansville, IN 47708. Evansville Living is printed at LSC, Lebanon Junction, Ky. Periodicals postage paid at Evansville, Ind., and additional offices. U.S. Postage Service ID: Evansville (ISSN 1533-0613) POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Evansville Living, 25 N.W. Riverside Drive, Suite 200, Evansville, IN 47708. © 2023 Evansville Living. 134 65 144
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The call came in early September last year. My aunt and uncle were coming, right away, for a quick visit; they had something to bring me. My mother’s younger brother, Nelson Douglas Midgorden, and his wife, Madeline, live in Clive, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines, not far from the house I came home to from the hospital where I was born. Though 500 miles has separated us for more than 50 years, we regularly keep in touch, yet a trip had not been planned for 2022.

During the Depression, Daddy Mac and Mother Mac moved to Chicago, Illinois, hoping to find work. They left the oleander plant with their daughter Mildred (my grandmother). After World War II, my great-grandparents returned to Osceola, Iowa, and bought a small plot of land. The oleander went back to live with Mother Mac until Daddy Mac passed away. Mother Mac then went to live with my grandmother, back in the small town of Lamoni.

My first memories of the oleander are of it potted by the door of their bungalow. That’s where it stayed until my great-grandmother and grandmother died in 1974 and 1975. After that, it went to live with my aunt and uncle in Des Moines.

Of course, during all these years, the plant overwintered inside. One year, the oleander plant almost died. My uncle took the root and placed it on a tree stump in their back yard. In the spring, a new green shoot was visible from that root. They replanted that root, and it grew into a lovely bush, and the flowers still had its beautiful fragrance.

About three years ago, they noticed two seed pods growing. In all those years, they never had seen seed pods on the plant.

ander, known to thrive in hot, subtropical climates, is cultivated worldwide for use in landscapes. I have seen it grow profusely in the south of France and in Mexico, where it is prized for its masses of long-blooming flowers. Galveston, Texas, is known as Oleander City; its first oleander arrived in 1841 from Jamaica. Oleander’s fragrance is used in perfumes.

And so, they arrived, along with the plant – a seedling from a 100-year-old oleander. My Aunt Maddie recounted to me the family’s history with the Nerium Oleander:

This story begins in Derby, Indiana, with my great-grandparents, “Daddy Mac” and “Mother Mac.” They were in possession of an oleander plant that traveled with them when they left Indiana in 1920. From Indiana, they moved to Kingston, Missouri. From Missouri, in 1927 they moved to Lamoni, Iowa, where they lived for a few years, still bringing with them the oleander.

After the pods dried, they opened them and retrieved the seeds. They were successful in getting the seeds to grow after two tries. The plant they hand-delivered in September is one of the four that grew. Its first tiny star-shaped fragrant blossoms bloomed soon after it arrived in Southwestern Indiana.

Of course, I have babied it, placing it by a sunny window over the winter – away from the pets (yes, it is a famously poisonous plant), and bringing it in and out as the temperature allows. It’s grown about three or four inches since last fall.

We do not know why my grandparents had an oleander plant in Southern Indiana in the 1920s. Ole-

I can find no evidence to prove or disprove the lyrics in Steely Dan’s “My Old School”: “Oleanders growing outside her door. Soon, they’re gonna be in bloom up in Annandale.” It’s not likely oleanders would thrive in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Nor was it likely the plant now in the care of my aunt and uncle would survive more than a century. I’m making long-range plans for my seedling.

Caring for this oleander plant is a new tradition for me. It’s time for both of us to get out in the sun and welcome summer.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Thank you for all you do to include the good news of the Community Foundation in your magazines!

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Thanks so much to you and your talented and creative staff for your tremendous support of Holy Rosary’s 31st Annual Rose Gala. The invitations and the event programs Advertising Administrator and Graphic Designer Morgan Dean designed were perfect. Once again, you all carried out our theme well.

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From one Maid-Rite dieter to another. I spent junior high and part of senior high in Newton, Iowa, which meant part of your habitual diet was MaidRite sandwiches (“Sandwiches, Made Right,” March/April 2023). There must have been something about steaming that became part of our diet. A friend of mine at Maytag went on to manufacture steamed beer in San Francisco after growing up on steamed Maid-Rites.

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Thank you to Patricia Jackson, who brought me to the attention of Evansville Living magazine (“Raising Sourdough,” March/April 2023)

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Love the article about Matt Williams and “Glimpses.”

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While I recommend reading the whole March/April edition of Evansville Living magazine, be sure to check out page 71!

Thank you for the beautiful ad!

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Thank you, Evansville Living, for the fun shoutout (“Galaxy Girl,” March/ April 2023)! It is so exciting to work with the entire region to make our eclipse truly memorable.

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Thanks, Evansville Living, for joining my #PerfectEgg fun (“Creating the Perfect Egg,” March/April 2023)!

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Thank you so much for sharing this piece and for including Four Seasons St. Louis (“Retrouvez-Moi a Saint-Louis,” March/ April 2023)! So happy you enjoyed your stay in The Lou.

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We’re so proud to carry Upcycled Doodles in the shop (“Repurposed Words,” March/April 2023)! Not only does she make amazing notebooks, but now adorable jewelry out of upcycled books! Corkscrew Curiosities via Facebook


Stoked to see Christopher Hiett in this (“On Deck,” March/April 2023).

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Yesterday at church, Kristen, your proud aunt and uncle were talking up Evansville Living and - lo and behold - I spotted the latest issue in the mailroom at the dsm magazine office. And wouldn’t you know it: Your editor’s note mentions the Iowa treasure we call Maid-Rites (“Sandwiches, Made Right,” March/ April 2023).

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Early Readers: Liam Stephens, 5, and Mila Stephens, 2, enjoyed flipping through the September/October 2022 issue of Evansville Living while visiting their nana, Rita Simmons, of Newburgh, Indiana. “I couldn’t believe how long they looked through the magazine,” Simmons says.

View from the Top: Evansville residents Jim and Sabine Wathen, along with Lilia Bilawer, traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, in March to see the University of Evansville compete in the Missouri Valley Conference basketball championship. The trio brought along a copy of January/February Evansville Living when they visited the Gateway Arch. Lilia is an exchange student from Germany who has been attending North High School.


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Evansville Christian Life Center carries on a tradition of helping those in need

When a group of Poor Clares came to Evansville in 1897, cornfields and farmland surrounded what would become the Monastery of St. Clare at 509 S. Kentucky Ave. Today, the Evansville Christian Life Center continues the work of the Poor Clares in the very same building.

“Anyone who grew up in this neighborhood as a kid didn’t know what went on behind that wall, so the building could appear to be a little scary,” says Gina Gibson, CEO of Evansville Christian Life Center.

Most Poor Clares practiced silence, aside from 10 or 12 who interacted with the public, and their jobs were to pray all day and bake communion bread. After the Clares moved to Evansville’s West Side in 1984, a group of business owners bought the building and donated it to Bethel Church.

“We try to maintain the integrity of the building when we do any renovations,” Gibson says.

The organization has continued the work of the Clares, giving people a hand up out of poverty, teaching parenting and life skills, and providing free or low-cost pregnancy services, health care, dental care, and addiction recovery services. The organization has eight programs serving Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, and Posey counties in Indiana and Henderson County in Kentucky. The food co-op and career clothing center accept donations.

“We’re still doing what the sisters started,” Gibson says. “People in this neighborhood respect who we and how we can help.”

When the church later turned it over to a board of directors, the historic site became the Evansville Christian Life Center. HELPING HAND restoringpeople.com


Welcome to Hoosierland

Travel through time with this 1940s map of Indiana landmarks

ONE LOOK AT THIS MAP of Indiana landmarks, and you may feel like you stepped inside a time machine. Produced in the 1940s, this guide to Hoosier hot spots is part of the Indiana Historical Society’s collection and demonstrates the state’s diversified interests as its tourism prospects prospered.

Outdoor spots like state parks, forests, lakes, game preserves, and fish hatcheries command nearly an entire sidebar unto themselves. Scales Lake State Forest in Warrick County makes the cut, but Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve wasn’t founded until 1972. Evansville College — known since 1967 as the University of Evansville — is featured among post-secondary institutions.

Proudly topping the list of historical, educational, and scenic sites is Angel Mounds State Historic Site. Regional standouts like Santa Claus, Indiana, and Lincoln Pioneer Village in Rockport, Indiana, also receive a shoutout.

1940s quirky hot spots include Indiana’s oldest covered bridge in a town called Raccoon, journalist Ernie Pyle’s birthplace in


Dana, the site of the first electric streetlight in Huntington, and the statue of Perfection Fairfax, King of Hereford sires, in Kentland.

All Hoosier roads on the map lead to the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument in Indianapolis, but don’t forget that Evansville has its own tribute: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, built in 1916.


Get to know the Evansville Astronomical Society

While the Tri-State counts down to the solar eclipse that will be overhead in April 2024, one area group is basking in the glow of its passion rising to the headlines.

The Evansville Astronomical Society traces its roots to celestial enthusiasts in the 1930s. After a few decades of nomadic life, the group

received its non-profit status in 1963 and made its home at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. The society typically meets the third Friday of the month at Wahnsiedler Observatory, which sits on one acre at Lynnville Park in Lynnville, Indiana, in Warrick County. Built and dedicated in 1980, the observatory — named for late schoolteacher, philanthropist, and EAS president Walter Wahnsiedler — contains a dome housing a 14-inch Celestron Schmitt-Cassegrain telescope and a refractor. The society also has access to a pair of portable

Dobsonian telescopes, a solar telescope composed of a Coronado 40mm refractor with H-alpha filter, and a small portable tracking mount.

“EAS brings the stars to the people,” society president Tony Bryan says. “Not only do we have telescopes to view from at our star parties and other public events, we also have amateur astronomers ready and willing to share their knowledge of the night sky.”

The 45-member group also holds astronomy-related events at Patoka Lake and the Evansville Museum, as well as public star watches at the Lynnville observatory where the public can join members for a free evening of stargazing. Sometimes, the events coincide with phenomena such as comets, eclipses, and meteor showers.

EAS is coordinating educational events and star watches in the yearlong lead-up to the society’s big moment in the sun, but still makes time for everyday activities, including enjoying the recent appearance of aurora borealis in the U.S.

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Rest and Reset

Serenity Park welcomes all who seek peace

DURING THE HEIGHT OF the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us sought comfort anywhere. A thankfully early spring ushered people outside, and, with a stocked portfolio of parks and green spaces, Evansville delivered.

The convergence of a global health crisis grinding daily life to a halt and the start of spring sparked an idea at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville. The East Side hospital was closed to visitors, so many patients’ loved ones gathered just outside the facility. Health care workers, too, were stretched thin and often took breaks outdoors. The idea was to offer people on the campus a place to de-

compress, reflect, and experience stillness in an increasingly chaotic time.

Two years later, the health system unveiled Serenity Park, set in a sliver of wooded space near the campus’ Bellemeade Avenue entrance. Picnic tables are sprinkled throughout a shaded green space that is anchored by a garden featuring a restored cross from the campus’ original chapel. Serenity Park is dedicated to the memory of Sister Jane McConnell, a Franciscan nun who passed away in May 2022. Sister Jane served as a chaplain and, later, the director of mission integration at the then-called St. Mary’s Health Center for nearly 25 years.

The park’s July 2022 opening coincided with Ascension St. Vincent Evansville’s 150th anniversary and included a blessing for all who seek peace in the private setting.

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Evansville’s World War II heritage honored with national designation

As World War II escalated, the Evansville region stepped up in defense of freedom. About half of the United States’ fleet of P-47 Thunderbolt airplanes, as well as 167 landing ship tanks – massive vessels that carried forces into combat –and various forms of ammunition were manufactured in the city.

It didn’t go unnoticed. In December, Evansville was among 19 U.S. communities recognized as a World War II Heritage City by the National Park Service, an honor only one city per state may receive. The designation then inspired Indiana officials to create a statewide military trail, announced in February.

“Everyone came together in Evansville throughout World War II on every front, and everyone together made a difference in the outcome of the war,” Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says.

The city’s World War II history is honored at the Evansville Wartime Museum, where a P-47 known as Hoosier Spirit II is based (the original Hoosier Spirit was the first P-47 made in Evansville, in 1942); at the U.S. LST Ship Memorial; and at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, which has a war-themed exhibit, “Arms for Victory.”

Area residents will get a taste of Evansville’s World War II history during this summer’s ShrinersFest on the riverfront.

At 1 p.m. June 24, the LST-325 and wartime museum will team up for a reenactment of the D-Day invasion. “Allied forces”

will approach the Downtown Riverfront (standing in for Omaha Beach), with “German forces” awaiting them on land.

The reenactment is returning after a COVID-19 pause, and plenty of volunteers are committed for the day, says Chris Donahue, an LST-325 Ship Memorial board member.

The LST-325 and two Higgins boats – landing crafts used extensively by Allies during the

war – will participate. Donahue says reenactors will have an encampment along the riverfront, between the Four Freedoms Monument and the Pagoda, for festivalgoers to view.

The Evansville Wartime Museum plans to bring several items to ShrinersFest for viewing. That includes its Sherman Tank, recently named “Rosie’s Revenge.”

“Any vehicle that runs, they are going to have out there,” Donahue says.

CHANGING THE COURSE Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says Evansville’s history “is intertwined with World War II,” and the city’s defense production and other efforts on the homefront “contributed to changing the course of the war.” Evansville is the only Indiana city to be named an American World War II Heritage City, and a June 24 reenactment is planned during ShrinersFest. “Everyone came together in Evansville throughout World War II on every front, and everyone together made a difference in the outcome of the war.” — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

Something For Everyone

Indiana State Games prep for summer competition


into the Indiana State Games occurred in 2018 when she and husband Pat were 52 and 53, respectively. Immediately, they were hooked.

“If I were retired, I would do all the events,” she says.

Cathy, a senior business resilience and disaster recovery analyst for Atlas Van Lines, competes in cornhole and pickleball, as well as shuffleboard with Pat, a systems analyst with CenterPoint Energy, while he tackles table tennis. While the goal of the games is to help adults over age 50 stay mobile and active, competitions were familiar since Cathy had participated in Evansville Parks and Recreation Department programs for more than 30 years.

nationals in shuffleboard in 2018 and both shuffleboard and pickleball in 2021 and 2023.

“Most people aren’t concerned with going to nationals,” says Cathy, a North High School and University of Southern Indiana alum. “Even if you aren’t athletic, there are things you can do. But for some people, nationals is their ultimate goal. It’s amazing that people do that.”

Despite qualifying, the couple have never attended nationals because of scheduling conflicts, but they hope to once they retire.

FRIENDLY COMPETITION Pat and Cathy Russell were introduced to the Indiana State Games by a neighbor. The couple have competed for more than four years and earned several medals, including two in pickleball at the 2021 tournament. “We encourage people to try it, it’s super fun,” Cathy says.

The Indiana State Games serve as a qualifier for the National Senior Games. Nineteen of the 24 events available at the state level are included in nationals. Every other year of the games is a qualifying year, allowing the top four athletes in each event and age range, in five year increments, to advance. Cathy and Pat have qualified for



Haynie’s Corner Wiffleball season is at bat

On Monday and Tuesday nights throughout spring and summer, Haynie’s Corner Wiffleball League teams play on the Doug Annakin Memorial Field next to the Alhambra Theatre.

As the service industry struggled in 2020, Josh Pietrowski, a Haynie’s Corner Arts District resident and owner of Doc’s Sports Bar, formed the wiffleball league with neighborhood restaurants and bars. They wanted “something that could bring us all together outside, but not too athletic.” A sixteam league became 34 teams with 250-300 players of all ages by this year’s fourth season, which allowed the formation of major and minor leagues.

“It’s odd that sports works in an arts district,

but it does. The neighborhood fell in love with it. It’s amazing to see,” Pietrowski says.

It helps that wiffleball is a pretty chill sport. Players use plastic bats and perforated wiffleballs, and there is no stealing or running. Each game consists of three innings, and how far a batter hits the ball determines if they foul, strike out, or move bases.

Music plays during games, punctuated by color commentators and cheering supporters. A free hotdog stand on major league nights accepts donations benefiting the HCAD.

“To me, it’s about having fun,” says Phillip Sietz, co-captain of last year’s champion, Bokeh Lounge. “We’re competitive, but the one thing we love more than the game is the community.”

This year is a non-qualifying year for the Indiana State Games. Evansville hosts most state-level events June 8-16, with pickleball taking place Aug. 4-6 and swimming on Aug. 13. Competitions are open to public spectators and supporters. The National Senior Games are slated for July 7-18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The league runs from April through September with a sponsor for each week’s games, and special matchups include the third-annual PRIDE tournament June 25. Playoffs start Sept. 26, and a championship game rounds out the season Oct. 6.

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June 3, 2023 • 12 PM

Main Street, Downtown Evansville

The River City Pride Festival and Parade is the largest Pride celebration in our area. This day is full of fun and festivities, celebrating Pride for the LGBTQIA+ community. There are local vendor booths, food trucks, drag shows, entertainment, and even a kid’s play area. This event is for our entire community to unite together and celebrate diversity and inclusion for everyone.


June 11, 2023 • 5 PM Bosse Field

Celebrate Pride Month with the Evansville Otters and River City Pride. There are special Pride-themed limited edition items handed out, and our very own LGBTQIA+ community representative is throwing the first pitch.


June 16, 2023 • Time TBA

Haynie’s Corner Arts District

Find LGBTQIA+ healthcare & support resources all in one place while also enjoying some fun and music outdoors in Haynie’s Corner Arts District.


June 23, 2023 • 6 PM

Vanderburgh Humane Society ( VHS)

400 Millner Industrial Drive, Evansville, IN

A celebration of pets, people, and pride at the Vanderburgh Humane Society. This event has everything you and your four-legged friend could want! Extended adoption hours, raffle prizes, local vendors, and food trucks.


June 25, 2023 • 1 PM

Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Corner of 2nd and Adams

This one-day wiffleball tournament features a showdown between the existing wiffleball divisions and local Priderelated nonprofits and companies. It is a single elimination style game all day with a final winner at the end.


September 23, 2023 • 6:30 PM Location TBD

An evening of fun where we celebrate our current River City Pride reigning court and crown the new reigning three. There are drag performances from an array of performers in our city.


October 28, 2023 • 2 PM Location TBD

A free, family-friendly community event where families can enjoy a fun and spooky time filled with free goodies, activities, and giveaways.


Every second Wednesday of the month • 6 PM

Haynie’s Corner Brewhouse

56 Adams Ave., Evansville, IN

This is a monthly meet-up for the Queer community to enjoy networking and quality time together in a relaxed and safe space.

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Jason Libs waxes nostalgic about his Evansville upbringing

Jason Libs left Evansville in the early 1990s, but it’s safe to say the city never left him. “I was raised where the water ain’t pretty, I’m from the River City,” the singer-songwriter declares on the title track of his new album, “River City Rocker.”

Libs, the son of retired chocolatier Mike Libs and retired Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau staff member Laura Libs, now lives in Southern California. His album is a look at his roots — right down to the interludes, which include recordings of a then 9-year-old Libs and a buddy pretending they had their own Evansville radio station.

“River City Rocker,” Libs explains, “is telling a story of memories, and it’s woven

as if you’re turning the radio dial.”

Evansville nostalgia flows through the track “Green River Road,” describing Friday nights of cruising in Trans Ams and Monte Carlos, listening to John “Cougar” Mellencamp tunes, and trying to get a cute girl’s phone number.

The album is Libs’ first since the 2008 recession sank his independent record label. Life in the following years took him from Nashville, Tennessee, to Barbados, across Europe, and ultimately to California.

“I had a lot invested in the record label and had to start over,” recalls Libs, who describes his music as a fusion of rock, folk, country, and soul.

Libs gained a following in recent years while playing covers and originals at The Red Piano in Santa Barbara, California. Having a new album released after so many years without one “is a great feeling,” Libs says, adding that even listeners who could not locate Evansville on a map can relate to the coming-of-age experiences described in the lyrics.

“They had their own Green River Road,” he says.

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ROCK N’ ROLL NOSTALGIA Evansville references are woven throughout Jason Libs’ new album, “River City Rocker,” which recalls cruising North Green River on magical Friday nights. Libs says the album is “telling a story of memories.”

History and Hope

Kelley Coures’ new book discusses the LGBTQ+ community’s obstacles and progress

APPRECIATING THE CURRENT state of LGBTQ+ equality in Evansville requires the examination of a darker past, Kelley Coures says.

A long-time advocate for gay rights and causes, Coures also is an Evansville historian. His new book, “Out in Evansville: An LGBTQ+ History of River City,” says recent progress toward greater equality and understanding for the community’s gay population is praiseworthy.

But these steps took decades to occur, and too many local LGBTQ+ residents of earlier generations missed out, says Coures, who serves as executive director of the City of Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development.

Some even paid with their lives.

Coures’ book recounts four local homicides between 1954 and 1981, each with overtones of LGBTQ+ hate. It also remembers Evansville spots where people would

seek refuge from anti-gay hostility, including the Swinging Door, a West Side club that became a gay bar in 1978.

“I try to give the feel of the viewpoint I had in 1981 when I was 22, what gay life was like,” Coures says. “The bars, places that we would go, the aspects of gay life at that moment.”

“Out in Evansville” outlines the history of local organizations that assist and advocate for the community’s LGBTQ+ population. The book also notes the Evansville City Council’s 2016 of an ordinance extending anti-discrimination protections, as well as the 2019 arrival of an annual Pride month celebration, sponsored by River City Pride. Coures recalls attending that first Pride celebration in Haynie’s Corner Arts District and having flashbacks to his younger days “when we were running for our life from the Swinging Door, dodging pickup trucks full of boys with baseball bats chasing us down Maryland Street.”

“That first year that they had their First Friday dedicated to Pride, Justin (Coures’ husband) and I went, and I was just blown away by the sheer number of people that were there that were not gay people. I told someone, if you told me 40 years ago that this was going to happen, I’d have told you, you’ve lost your mind.”

“Out in Evansville: An LGBTQ+ History of River City,” by Kelley Coures 2023, Arcadia Publishing Available at Your Brother’s Bookstore

Totality! An Eclipse Guide to Rhyme and Science

2022, Big Kid Science

“On average, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about every year and a half, but to see it, you must be within the path of totality. The fact that paths of totality are quite narrow explains why eclipses are rare in any one place. In fact, the average time between total solar eclipses at any particular location is about 375 years.” — page 7 While serving as scientist-in-residence at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett helped Evansville officials kick off the one-year countdown to the 2024 Great American Eclipse that will pass over the Tri-State.

Pennywinkles and Mimosa

M. Dianne Berry

2020, Bird Brain Publishing

“Someone said that we are all part of each thing and it is of us, making a million parts of moon to a trillion parts – Sun. That the tiniest sound is a soul playing cello, butterfly’s dance, an angel serving tea, Venus, a spatial blimp pouring love on Earth and all over the place; just a dim light paints a fragrance, and a thumb can hold God’s hand.” — “Instructor,” page 6

A former officer of the Midwest Writers Guild based in Evansville, Dianne Berry has enjoyed writing since childhood and calls poetry her first love. This spiritual journey explores a decade of her poetry.

Armstrong Basketball: Journey through the Glory Days

Ron “Skippy” Hancock

2018, self-published

“The rich, bold fifty-year Armstrong basketball tradition might now be relegated to a time capsule – a last ‘hurrah’ for the Pirates. But to me and the young men who helped build the program, it’s much more than that.” — page 2

The early 1970s was a thrilling time to follow the Armstrong State University men’s basketball team during its ascent in the All-South Atlantic Conference. Along for the ride was Evansville native Ron “Skippy” Hancock, who earned two Ashley Dearing Awards and, in 2016, was inducted in the Greater Evansville Basketball Hall of Fame.



Unearthing Baptisttown’s Prohibition history

When a mystery tunnel was found under Your Brother’s Bookstore last year, Tory Schendel-Vyvoda, curator at the Evansville African American Museum, joined store owners Adam and Sam Morris to find out if it was linked to the Civil War.

“Our research indicated an Underground Railroad station along Main Street,” Schendel-Vyvoda says.

Their flashlights revealed something else: a Prohibition-era bootleg joint.

They found parts of a still to make moonshine, jugs to store it, and glasses to drink it. Dusty tables and chairs meant gambling. The moonshine jugs and personal effects from patrons became part of the museum’s exhibition, “Baptisttown & Prohibition.”

“When news about the bootleg joint broke, families began sharing their histories of Baptisttown and Prohibition,” Schendel-Vyvoda says.

Other sources filled in the story. Vanderburgh County Historian Stan Schmitt confirmed that bootleg gathering spots like the one under the bookstore were common Downtown and in Baptisttown, Evansville’s majority Black community, during Prohibition in the 1920s and early ‘30s. Waiters from the McCurdy building would visit them after work, says Watez Phelps, the museum board’s founding secretary.

“Evansville’s bootleggers, Black and white, worked together to make and move liquor,” Schendel-Vyvoda says. “Their bootlegging connections carried over into their daily lives.”

This unexpected benefit of Prohibition was timely. Two decades before, Evansville’s 1903 race riot caused the deaths of 12 people following the shooting death of a white police officer. Thousands of Black residents left the city after Indiana’s governor imposed martial law.

“Baptisttown and Prohibition” is the first museum exhibition to tell these oral histories.

The Baptisttown neighborhood gradually regained its population and vibrancy, eventually boasting more than 200 Black-owned businesses, schools, churches, and houses.

“African Americans’ contributions to Evansville were most visible in Baptisttown,” says Kori Miller, the museum’s executive director. “It was a community within a community.”

“Baptisttown and Prohibition” debuted at the museum on April 7 and will be featured in the upcoming PBS documentary, “Hoosier Spirits: Distilling in Indiana.”

“This shows what a gem our museum is for Evansville, and we hope more people will see that,” Miller says.

NEW VIEW “Baptisttown & Prohibition” shares historical artifacts and oral histories about bootlegging in Evansville. The Evansville African American Museum’s newest exhibit came together through the collaborative efforts of staff and volunteers, including Tim Norton, Lori Noble, Conita Murry, Kori Miller, Tory Schendel-Vyvoda, Daniel Griffaton, and Janice Hale



Evansville Philharmonic unveils fresh branding and logo

The 89-year-old Evansville Philharmonic is getting a facelift.

The organization’s unveiled a new logo and branding at a press conference April 21. The new brand, created with Tucker Publishing Group, emphasizes a unified message of the Evansville Philharmonic family as a whole. The new logo features each member — the orchestra, chorus, youth orchestra, and guild —represented by a different color radiating from a lowercase “ep.”

“Our mission is to transform lives, and uplift the community through the power of music,” says Evansville Philharmonic Executive Director Kimberly Bredemeier. “To do that, we’re valuing excellence, creativity and innovation, education, collaboration and engagement, diversity and inclusion, and legacy and financial stability.”

Strategies include performances of a wide range of musical tastes and talents, enhanced community engagement, hands-on educational programming, and free concerts tickets for students.

“We’re still continuing a lot of the traditional offerings still, but what we’re doing now, more than ever, is going out into the community,” Music Director Roger Kalia says. “We’re doing more concerts outside of the Victory Theatre.”

The maestro cited 2022-23 sesason events such as a tailgate-inspired pre-show block party and relaxed small ensemble performances over drinks at Haynie’s Corner Brewing Co.

The philharmonic also unveiled its 2023-24 season lineup, including a musician showcase. Classics concerts include the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and a performance by Grammy-winning Indian Tabla player Sandeep Das. The lively pops lineup kicks off with a pop culture-tinged “Universe of Superheroes” concert and shakes things up with 1980s tunes, famous American crooners, and a tribute to Louis Armstrong.

“As long as you love great music, you’re going to love the EPO,” Kalia says.

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Editor’s Note: Event dates were accurate as of press time. Before attending, please check with the organization or venue for the latest event news.

MAY 19-20

River City Rodeo

Watch bull riding, mutton busting, roping, bronc riding, barrel racing, and line dancing. There will also be a country concert, barbecue masterclass, and petting zoo, plus games and events.

5 p.m., Vanderburgh 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road, hoosiercowboy.org


Mexican Masks

View examples of Mexican creativity, culture, and folklore from Evansville Museum’s Mannetta Braustein Collection.

Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive, emuseum.org

MAY 20

Spring Market on Main

Henderson, Kentucky’s Main Street market will brim with food trucks, handmade goods, antiques, artisan creations, and live music.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Main Street, Henderson, Kentucky, hendersonky.org

MAY 20

Kenny Chesney: I Go Back Tour

The country musician revisits some of his biggest hits. Kelsea Ballerini joins as an opening act.

7:30 p.m., Ford Center, 1 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., fordcenter.com

MAY 20

Spring Funk in the City Art Festival

Shop from more than 70 Tri-State creators selling arts, crafts, jewelry, and more, plus food vendors and live music.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Southeast Second Street and Adams Avenue, facebook.com/funkinthecity

MAY 21

Walking for Dreams 2023 Family and Pet Walk

Walk or run along the Evansville Riverfront in support of Tri-State youth and families, plus enjoy familyfriendly fun, live music by The Honey Vines, booths, and giveaways.

1 p.m., Downtown Evansville Riverfront, walkingfordreams.org

MAY 20

Going, Going, Gone to the Dogs Benefit Dinner & Auction



New Traditions Diversity Series

Weather permitting, the Eykamp String Quartet will play outdoors and perform works by composers including Aston Piazzolla, Anibal Troilo, Ricardo Lorenz, Kenji Bunch, Mohammed Fairouz, and Jennifer Higdon.

6-7 p.m., Wesselman Woods, 551 N. Boeke Road, evansvillephilharmonic.org

Vanderburgh Humane Society invites residents to embrace the “Tail as Old as Time” Disney theme while raising funds with a live auction, dinner, and drinks.

5:30 p.m., Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St., vhslifesaver.org

MAY 23

Uncorked Series: Americana Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra musicians will perform Americana music, including patriotic and pop hits. Listeners will be treated to bourbon and spirits along with appetizers.

7 p.m., O’Day Discovery Lodge, 5301 Nurrenbern Road, evansvillephilharmonic.org


MAY 26


Celebrate the completion of the first year of the Latino Professional Development Series, a set of multiple sessions to help prepare Latinos for career advancement.

6-11 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club, 1666 Old Plank Road, Newburgh, Indiana, holaevansville.org

MAY 27

Run Victoria

Tackle a 5K, a one-mile walk, or — for kids — a dash to benefit Warrick Trails and the Warrick Parks Foundation.

8 a.m., Victoria National Golf Course, 2000 Victoria National Blvd., Newburgh, Indiana, runvictoria.org

MAY 26-28

Evansville Antiques Show

Shop from prominent antique dealers from across Indiana and the Tri-State.

Noon-5 p.m. May 26; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27-28, Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road, theevansvilleantiquesshow.com


MAY 28

Strawberry Social

Experience strawberries in all their delicious forms while enjoying rides, games, food trucks, entertainment, a vendor mart, and silent auction.

Noon-4 p.m., Old Lock and Dam Park, 525 State Road 662 E., Newburgh, Indiana, historicnewburgh.org

MAY 28

Evansville Food Truck Festival

The largest gathering of the Tri-State’s food trucks will offer a wide range of culinary tastes and music, tailgate games, and a kids’ zone.

1-8 p.m., Bosse Field, 23 Don Mattingly Way, evansvilleevents.com

MAY 29

Evansville Memorial Day Run

Join this seventh annual race to honor veterans who sacrificed their lives. Rolling Thunder Indiana, a POW/MIA remembrance group, will receive 10 percent of all entry fees. The event includes a kids’ dash, 5K/10K, and an awards ceremony.

7 a.m.-noon, Garvin Park, 1600 N. Main St., evansvilleevents.com

MAY 27

MAY 18-21


Areplica of the Pinta, a Portuguese caravel used for explorer Christopher Columbus’ first expedition, will dock May 18 at Evansville’s Nu Plaza Yacht Club.

The replica Pinta was built in Brazil by eighth-generation Portuguese shipwrights with the same methods and tools used by those who created the original Pinta in the 15th century. Considered by historians to be the “space shuttle” of the era, the original Pinta also served as a trading vessel along the Mediterranean and African coasts and then, when Columbus happened upon the Americas, transatlantic voyages. The ship crossed the world, and now its replica will be in Evansville for four days of tours.

Evansville Wartime Museum Sixth Anniversary Fly-In Pilots and planes will offer tours, flights, and more. Flight donations will benefit the wartime museum.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Evansville Wartime Museum, 7503 Petersburg Road, evansvillewartimemuseum.org

MAY 27

PBR Challenger Series

The first Professional Bull Riding challenger series event of the year provides 3,100 pairs of shoes for EVSC students in need.

— Maggie Valenti

Tickets for tours of the Pinta are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and veterans over age 65, $6 for children ages five to 16, and free for kids four and younger. Thirty-minute guided group tours require 15 people and cost $5 per person.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18-21, Nu Plaza Yacht Club, 5026 Old Henderson Road, ninapinta.org

7 p.m., Ford Center, 1 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., fordcenter.com




JUNE 1-AUG. 24

Music in the Park Evansville Parks Foundation presents this free, family-friendly summer concert series every other Thursday at rotating city parks. Each evening features live music, food trucks, and more.

6-8 p.m., multiple locations, evansvilleparksfoundation.org


National Trails Day

Twilight Hike

Experience the park after dark with a two-mile hike.

7:30 p.m., John James Audubon State Park, 3100 U.S. Highway 41 North, Henderson, Kentucky, parks.ky.gov


Pride Festival & Parade


Newburgh Farmers Market

Opening Day

Kick off the fresh food season with this weekly Saturday market. Regional vendors will sell meats, produce, baked goods, fresh juices, jewelry, flowers and herbs, apparel, crafts, and more through August. Yoga, Pilates, and live music also are frequently offered.

8 a.m.-noon, Old Lock and Dam Park, 525 State Road 662 E., Newburgh, Indiana, newburghfarmersmarket.org


Nate Bargatze Live

The podcaster and stand-up comedian returns to Evansville after a well-received show in 2022.

9:30-11 p.m., Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St., oldnationaleventsplaza.com

Start Pride Month by celebrating Evansville’s LGBTQIA+ community with a parade, live music and entertainment, information booths, vendors, food trucks and more.

Noon, Main Street, rivercityprideindiana.org


Henderson Porchfest

Summer begins in Henderson, Kentucky, with tunes played from the porches of historic homes.

5-8 p.m., Downtown Henderson, Kentucky, hendersonky.org


Splash of Color 5K

Colored dust is the signature style of this 5K and one-mile run/walk. Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent Early Learning Center.

8 a.m., Garvin Park, 1600 N. Main St., stvincentlearlylearningcenter.org


Market on Main

Downtown’s farmers’ market runs through September and features area growers and crafters.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, marketonmainevv.com

JUNE 9-10

Annual Golden Raintree Antiques Show

Shop antiques, art, and specialty shops, enjoy casual and fine dining, and have your treasures appraised for $5 per item.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ribeyre Gymnasium and Main Street, New Harmony, Indiana, visitnewharmony.com

JUNE 10 Zoo Brew


West Side Nut Club Cruise-In

All makes and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome at this 20th annual charity event. Awards will be announced that day, along with the winner of a half-pot drawing.

3-8 p.m., West Franklin Street from Wabash to St. Joseph Avenues, nutclub.org


SWIMGA Art in the Garden Artist booths, food trucks, and face painting join late spring blooms. Be sure to bring a lawn chair to listen to music by The Honey Vines.

12:30-3:30 p.m., Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association Display Garden, 3591 E. Lloyd Expressway, swimga.org

Relax in several hang-out spaces, each with a variety of regional craft brews to sample, while listening to live music and indulging in food truck fare.

5-8 p.m., Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, 1545 Mesker Park Dr., meskerparkzoo.com


JUNE 14-17

W.C. Handy Blues & BBQ Festival

Experience the energy of blues music at one of the largest free music festivals in the U.S.

Audubon Mill Park, 101 N. Water St., Henderson, Kentucky, handyblues. org


Holidays in the Sky

Enjoy nightly fireworks with a DJ and dance party, 300 LEDlit drones, and lots of dazzling lights after dark.

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, Indiana, holidayworld.com


Jackson Browne in Concert

The singer-songwriter performs tunes spanning his five-decade career.

7:30 p.m., Victory Theatre, 600 Main St., victorytheatre.com


Chicago in Concert

Jazz band-style horns interlace with rock music when Chicago’s original band members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, and Jimmy Pankow visit Evansville.

8-10:30 p.m., Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St., oldnationaleventsplaza.com


SWIRCA Super Bingo


The Princess and the Pea This annual EVSC Foundation production teams with the Missoula Children’s theater. Auditions are June 12, with rehearsals taking place June 12-16. Performances are slated for June 17.

3 and 5 p.m., Washington Middle School, 1801 Washington Ave.


Lyle Lovett in Concert

The four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will play his classic hits and songs from his 2022 album, “12th of June.”

7:30 p.m., Victory Theatre, 600 Main St., victorytheatre.com

JUNE 23-24


Help the Hadi Shriners raise money for children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions through this two-day block party with food booths, a bierstube, a car show, live music, and bike night.

Hadi Shrine Temple, 6 Walnut St., shrinersfest.org


Paws and Claws: A Black and White Pawty

Enjoy live music, silent and live auctions, a cash bar, photos, a buffet, and rescue animals from It Takes a Village NoKill Rescue.

6-10 p.m., Bally’s Evansville, 421 N.W. Riverside Dr., itvrescue.org

JUNE 21-24


Each summer, Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky, becomes a sea of people, lawn chairs, RVs, craft vendors, and live music for the ROMP bluegrass festival.

The 20th-anniversary lineup for the festival — shortened from its original name, River of Music Party — includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Rhonda Vincent, and The Infamous Stringdusters.

“ROMP Festival is to Owensboro what the Derby is to Louisville, in that it’s our community’s signature event,” says Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The event will also feature workshops and an opportunity to meet many of the musicians in the lineup. Single-day tickets are $35-$90 for general admission and $185 for VIP passes. Four-day general admission passes start at $205 and four-day VIP passes at $460. Children under 12 years old are admitted for free. Tent camping is available for $25 per person or $235 for four days. RV camping costs $165 per vehicle.

Yellow Creek Park, 5710 State Highway 144, Owensboro, Kentucky, rompfest.com



Fireworks Celebration

Fireworks will light up the sky over Henderson, Kentucky’s riverfront. Attendees can enjoy live music, food trucks, and family-friendly fun.

Downtown Henderson, Kentucky, hendersonky.org


Fireworks on the Ohio Evansville’s annual Independence Day celebration includes face painting, yard games, and food trucks, and culminates in a fireworks show.


WNIN Jazz Live Music Festival & More

Settle into a lawn chair and enjoy live jazz music, a wine and beer garden, and local food trucks. Proceeds will support WNIN’s public broadcasting and programming.

4-10 p.m., WNIN Studios, Two Main St., wnin.org

Join for a night of bingo, pull-tabs, a half-pot, snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine, and more.

6 p.m., SWIRCA & More, 16 W. Virginia St., swirca.org

Downtown Evansville, Riverside Drive from Court to Cherry Streets, downtownevansville.com

60TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW OPENING RECEPTION March 16, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
1. Jyra Hendrix 2. Chris, Grace, Haley, and Cindy Clements 3. Marvin, Tracy, and Layne Kraft EVANSVILLE PHILHARMONIC REBRAND ANNOUNCEMENT April 21, Welborn Community Room Roger Kalia, Kristen Tucker, Laura Mathis, Jodi Keen, and Kimberly Bredemeier FRANK AND ROXANE PATTON 30TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER March 19, The Log Inn Frank Patton Jr., Liz Scott, Frank Patton III, Myles Patton, Jessica Patton, Debbie Patton, and Roxane Patton RUNWAY RED FUNDRAISER FOR MATTHEW 25 AIDS SERVICES
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March 13, Lumber Yard Event Center Ashley Riester, Kevin Kirk, Lauren Barker, Jacob Delk, and Dawn Schwindel
PRE-FINALS COOKOUT April 24, University of Southern Indiana President Ron Rochon
SUPERBRIDE SUNDAY Feb. 5, Old National Events Plaza 1. Doros Hadjisavva 2. Chelsey Atkinson 3. Dylan Greeney and Danielle Blevins
4. Rileigh Lear and Brooke Hildenbrand
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HONOR FLIGHT EVV14 SEND-OFF April 22, Evansville Regional Airport 1. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Annette Ussery, and Robert Futrell 2. Sharron Lawrence 3. Jerry Haley and Tom Ford


Here’s a field guide for playing this growing sport

Pickleball is popular, there is no doubt about it. Everyone and their brother seems to be playing the court game. It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.

How fast? The Sports & Fitness Industry Association, a national trade group, says the number of people playing pickleball grew to 8.9 million in 2022 — an increase of 159 percent over three years. Pickleball is a competition sport in the Indiana Senior Games (see “Something for Everyone,” page 23), and there’s an International Federation of Pickleball that issues guidelines for equipment, play, and rules. You can even watch pickleball competitions on ESPN.


Pickleball can be played on any concrete or asphalt surface outdoors — or wood or rubber flooring indoors — that is big enough to accommodate an approximate-

ly 20-inch by 44-inch court cut in half by a 34-inch-high net. The court is framed by baselines and divided into two service areas per side, plus a “kitchen,” a non-volley zone that runs parallel to the net from sideline to sideline.

Paddles for casual players often are made of lightweight composite materials, such as plastic, aluminum, and graphite, but professional players use paddles also made of fiberglass weighing up to 14 ounces. Paddles are 7 to 8 inches wide and 15 to 16 inches long, with a handle grip of 4 to 4.5 inches. The exact shape of a pickleball paddle varies based on the manufacturer, but all have rounded edges around an elongated square.

A pickleball ball, like a wiffleball (see “In a League of Their Own,” on page 23), is perforated. The dress code for pickleball is more casual than tennis, but sneakers and loose-fitting clothing still are encouraged.

a great way to build new friendships.


Pickleball rules are a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Points are scored whenever the receiving team faults or fails to return the ball, and only the serving team can score points. Service transfers to the opposing team whenever


a serve is lost. Court positioning depends if the team is receiving or serving, but players must remain between the baselines and kitchen during play. Games usually are played to 11 points as long as there is a two-point lead. A typical game takes around 15 to 20 minutes, but matches of three to five games are common and can take up to an hour.


Pickleball enthusiasts who Evansville Living talked with at the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA say they’re excited by the likelihood of 16 new courts at Wesselman Park, predicting that the project will expose more people to the activity and draw tournaments to Evansville.

The project was opened for bids in April by the City of Evansville’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Local players say they believe pickleball will have greater staying power than, say, racquetball, which was a popular recreational activity years ago but seemed to fizzle out.

“I don’t think it’s here just temporarily,” says Rick Decker of Evansville. “It’s here, and it will keep growing. Young kids will start to pick it up. The average age is 60 and above, and it keeps us out of the house and gets some movement in the body.”

Decker started playing at Burdette Park two years ago. On a recent morning, he was among a few dozen players – many retired – enjoying games on the Ascension St. Vincent YMCA’s hardwood floor.

More than 100 people come to play every week at the YMCA in Downtown Evansville. Additional indoor and outdoor pickleball courts are scattered throughout the community (see “Where to Play,” page 42).

James Brown of Mount Vernon, Indiana, sat on a bench eating a protein bar before getting back into the game. He played tennis and was a distance runner before discovering pickleball nine years ago. Now, he swats a perforated ball across a net three days a week.

“The court is smaller, and it’s a little bit faster than tennis,” Brown says. “I just figured it’s easy, I can pick it up. I was 235 pounds when I first started, and now I’m 175.”

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Well maintained home in The Villas. This home features a living room, open to the dining room for ease of entertaining. The eat-in kitchen includes all appliances a breakfast bar and french doors to the 16x20 backyard patio. The owners' suite is on the main floor with a huge walk in closet. The laundry room, pantry and half bath finish off the main level. Upstairs you will enjoy the loft family room along with 2 bedrooms and a full bath. Both bedrooms include walk in closets! There is also a large floored unf inished area above the garage for all the extra storage. There is a sprinkler system to keep your lawn lush. $263,500 SHERRI SCHLITT 812-453-5069 3 BEDS | 2.5 BATHS 2,164 SQFT. 8011 Winterbury Drive EVANSVILLE, IN www.erafirst.com 812-473-HOME WE WORK TO GET YOU HOME All Listings Viewable at www.ERAFirst.com Winner of ERA Franchise Systems CIRCLE OF LIGHT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE! IN TODAY’S MARKET Experience MATTERS 812-473-4663 • erafirst.com

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Trace the steps of German pioneers while sampling Rhône-style wines and adventurous cuisine in Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, Texas, may be small, especially by Texas standards, but it extends a big welcome to guests.

Approximately 3.8 million visits, representing more than 1.4 million individuals, were tracked in Fredericksburg in 2022 — including Hoosiers, notes Brady Closson, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau. He reels off the lengthy list of what brings people to the Texas town of about 11,000 residents: history, from the original Comanche Territory to settlement by Germans; pioneer heritage; historical country school houses; the National Museum of the Pacific War; horse racing; 36 challenging golf holes; an emerging food scene; more than 50 wineries; Altstadt old-style beer; live entertainment; 150 shops and boutiques; peaches; bluebonnets; a thriving art community; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park; Dark Skies; Oktoberfest; and Christmastime.

Visitors come for all that and more — the feeling of Gemütlichkeit (warmth, congeniality) they get, Closson says. Because Fredericksburg is within a few hours’ drive of 10 million Texans, thousands choose to make Fredericksburg a weekend destination. People coming from out of state are encouraged to visit Sunday through Thursday. Closson suggests guests make the Visitor Information Center their first stop. It’s packed with information (beautiful, printed materials well organized), and a 10-minute video to help you get your bearings is shown in the center’s theater.

LONE STAR HOSPITALITY Fredricksburg, Texas, is off the beaten path, but its reputation for relaxation and fun lured 1.4 million individual guests in 2022. They come for the gorgeous scenery, history lessons, and a lengthy list of local food and drink choices inspired by Texas as well as world cultures.


Earlier this year, I visited Fredericksburg on a Tuesday through Friday, flying from Evansville to Dallas, Texas, then hopping a quick flight to San Antonio, Texas, and making a 70-mile drive to the heart of rural Hill Country in the center of Texas, Gillespie County. My itinerary focused on local history, food, and wine.


To learn more about the area, take a trolley tour with a local historian who can point out historic sites, including Sunday houses, buildings, and Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery,

which was founded by the German pioneers who settled in Fredericksburg.

Sunday houses are architectural oddities found only in Fredericksburg. Modest one and one-half-story wood structures, Sunday houses are defined by an outside stairway, one large downstairs room, no kitchen or a lean-to cooking area, and an upstairs sleeping loft.

When 120 Germans settled Fredericksburg in 1846, each pioneer received 10 acres of farmland plus a lot in town. Their real estate was divided this way because the new settlers thought their American lives would follow a traditional German path — work on the farm by day and return home in the evening. But Texas farming was more challenging than anticipated; the farms required constant attendance, and the journey from farm to town was too rough to be undertaken daily. Families would travel to their secondary houses — their Sunday houses — on Saturday to do their shopping, attend evening beerhall get-togethers, and Sunday morning church services. Today, many of these Sunday homes remain and have been converted into rentals.

Noting the very wide Main Street, local historical and trolley tour guide Dave Schafer explains the street was designed wide so farmers could turn around their wagons.

“Today there is room for traffic, parking, parades,” Schafer says. “This town loves its parades.”

The National Museum of the Pacific War is recognized today as a world-class cultural institution. NMPW is a Smithsonian affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and provides one of the nation’s most comprehensive account of World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. The museum started in the childhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz on Main Street and expanded to a large campus that includes several state-of-the-art buildings with thousands of artifacts, including full-size planes and vehicles. Recently opened is a new gallery, Children on the Homefront: Growing Up with War, featuring three vignettes — a rural scene, a city scene, and one of a Japanese internment camp.

Next to the museum is the Japanese Garden of Peace, a gift from the people of Japan to Americans honoring the friendship between Nimitz and Admiral Togo Heihachiro. The garden was dedicated and opened to the public in 1976 on the 130th anniversary of Fredericksburg’s founding. A $400,000 renovation in 2015 restored the garden to the architect’s original design, and since then, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation has become a member of the North American Japanese Garden Association. A full-time, trained gardener now maintains the garden.


The food in Fredericksburg is delicious thanks to its farming traditions. At the award-winning Cabernet Grill, owner and Executive Chef Ross Burtwell features a highly curated food and drink menu specializing in Texas wines. Among the pairings I tried: bacon-wrapped grilled Texas quail from Lockhart, Texas, with Ron Yates Tempranillo (a High Plains red wine).


Eaker Barbecue is owned by a husbandand-wife team who trace their respective roots to Texas and Korea. The couple pairs slow-roasted prime meats with traditional Korean side dishes such as kimchi for a tasty combination.

Otto’s German Bistro is another musttry, uniting German recipes with locally sourced ingredients in an intimate setting. Owners John and Evelyn Washburne their top-drawer taste-making to seven ad ditional food concepts in Fredericksburg, including La Bergerie, an artisanal wine bar and market.

The menu at Hill & Vine incorporates southern staples and Hill Country favorites like black-eyed pea hummus, chicken schnitzel, and sweet cornbread.

Finally, don’t miss Das Peach Haus, a Fredericksburg institution and home to the food specialty company Fischer & Wieser where jams and jellies are made from local fruits, including peaches grown in the orchard behind the store.

Deanna Fischer, chief experience officer at the company, says, “If you have been to parties in Texas Hill Country, you’ve tried the famous Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce served with cream cheese.”

If a trip to Fredericksburg isn’t in your immediate plans, you can peruse Fischer & Wieser’s products at the company’s memorable website – jelly.com.


Though Fredericksburg has produced wines commercially for more than 40 years, the winemaking boom came more recently when vintners began to explore the terroir of the area. The mineral-rich soil and dry weather of Fredericksburg, they found, were ideal for growing grapes.

“We had an ah-hah moment,” says Mike Nelson, co-founder and winemaker at Ab Astris Winery, in Stonewall, Texas, also


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in Gillespie County. “Rhône varietals do very well in Texas.”

At this winery, I enjoyed a white wine crafted from Clairette Blanch grapes in the classic white wine style of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of France, as well as Avignon, a Rhône-style red.

Meierstone Vineyards is a new winery that lies on the 555acre Meierstone Ranch, a fifth generation working farm and ranch also in Stonewall. Meierstone offers seated, curated tasting flights that included a delicious white Trebbiano and a Reserve Malbec.

Ferris & Fletch is another new winery with a tasting room on Main Street. Owners Rarig and Ellery Ross were inspired by the birth of their first son, Ferris, to begin their own wine brand. When brother Fletch was

born, his name, too, was incorporated into the brand. Here, I particularly liked the Viognier, a creamy white with hints of oak and vanilla.

Not surprisingly, the growth of wineries in Texas Hill Country receives much of the credit for Fredericksburg’s entrepreneurial — and tourism — boom. To balance resident quality of life with visitor satisfaction, the CVB last year launched a stewardship campaign urging visitors to Love FGBTX.

“To show care for the community while visiting, a gracious guest is far more likely to be received and welcomed by gracious hosts if you show care for the community as if it was your own. This will ensure that Fredericksburg continues to be a special place for future generations,” Closson says.

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ne time-honored way to get acquainted with a city is by perusing its homes, and in Evansville, that method fits the bill. Our neighborhoods are teeming with historic houses, edgy designs, classic styles, and a few surprises. Take a tour with us from the winding roads of McCutchanville to brick-lined streets Downtown and learn about these 10 homes that are among the most beautiful in the area.


Newburgh Road


DESIGNER: H.G. McCullough Designers; built by Mike Bredhold in 2010-11

STYLE: Italian-inspired

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Four bedrooms, four full baths, and about 10,000 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: When Kim and Dan Hermann looked at building a new home, they knew they wanted an East Side abode with enough space to host family for holiday gatherings. Flipping through books of house plans, they landed on a spacious concept inspired by the architecture of the Italian Peninsula. Stone, including limestone, was employed in place of stucco but still looks right at home. A Renaissance-influenced balustrade staircase leads from the circle driveway to the recessed entryway, which includes a curved mahogany front door. Even the criss-cross leaded glass windows above feature Roman arches, lending the exterior a decidedly Mediterranean feel. The front indeed is grand, but you’re more likely to find Kim under the covered veranda wrapping around the back. The veranda is stabilized by pillars, sports outdoor heaters, and overlooks the in-ground pool and outdoor fireplace. Given they spend at least eight months a year enjoying the outdoors, the Hermanns find it a worthy investment. “This is our forever home,” Kim says.


Winstead Way

LOCATION: Winstead Place, West Side


Designers; built by Gus Loehrlein of Loehrlein Carpentry in 2002

STYLE: Colonial Williamsburg

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and 4,072 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: If anyone doubted Wayne and Patti Deig’s love of Williamsburg, one look at their home on Winstead Way would convince them. The retired schoolteachers spent many Christmases in the historic Virginia town and often admired the 1770s James Anderson House during walks along Duke of Gloucester Street. In the early 2000s, the house plans were made available for purchase, and the Deigs seized the chance to bring a piece of Colonial Williamsburg to Evansville. Exterior differences from the original are few. Where the Anderson House is clad in clapboard, the Deigs’ home is white brick. Apart from one set of steps instead of two on the front porch, the exterior is a faithful reproduction. The front is framed by only boxwoods, just like the Anderson House. “It’s a homey home,” Patti says. “Now, we are enjoying Williamsburg every day.”


Old Plantation Drive

LOCATION: Plantation Estates, McCutchanville


Designers; built by Dunn Hospitality Group in 1995

STYLE: Colonial

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and 6,000 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: Evansville natives Gail and John Dunn, the chairman and CEO of Dunn Hospitality Group, designed their forever home from the ground up. Gail’s primary focus was entertaining. With 20-foot ceilings towering over the front room and 14-foot ceilings in the kitchen, there certainly is room, and the double-sided fireplace connecting the dining and living rooms adds a touch of refinement. The couple’s elegant home has hosted political campaign events for politicians and fundraisers and holiday parties for local organizations. “I’ve had so many different events here,” Gail says. “I’ve entertained all my life.” Another important aspect of the home is art, reflected in the numerous paintings stationed throughout. Aside from the glamour of entertaining, Gail says a source of joy also is watching the wildlife that wanders past their home, including foxes, turkeys, and birds.


Southeast Second Street

LOCATION: Haynie’s Corner Arts District

DESIGNER: H.G. McCullough Designers; built by Dan Woolen in 2020

STYLE: Modern

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 3,100 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: Jim and Christine Keck built their home on the site where a big Queen Anne known as the Karges Mansion once stood before falling into disrepair and being torn down by a previous owner. Christine says she and Jim wanted a new home that had some modern or contemporary lines to it but that also was compatible with adjacent architecture. Their two-story house sits offset, like its older neighbors, to angled Southeast Second Street and has a contemporary feel with “a lot of light, a lot of openness,” Christine says. “I wanted a good room for interaction in that main common space. You walk in and look right into the backyard.”


College Highway

LOCATION: Lincolnshire, East Side

BUILDER: Unknown; built in 1921

STYLE: Tudor Revival

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and 6,417 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: In a neighborhood full of historic homes, this 1920s Lincolnshire Historic District beauty with protruding gables, a recessed entryway, copper flashing, and timbered trim is a must-see. The home’s original details are full of charm. Built for Walter Noelting, the executive vice-president and treasurer of Faultless Caster, Timothy Zifer and David Wyatt have called it home for a decade. The chimney with brick detailing is capped with decorative chimney pots, and intricate brick patterns are scattered on all sides of the house. A whimsical turtle water fountain fronts a mosaic-tiled wall in the garden room. There’s even an underground two-car garage. Zifer and Wyatt have undertaken an extensive renovation and finished the first floor, which now sports refinished hardwood plus cleaned and polished stone floors, repaired plaster, and repainted walls. “We love this home and plan to stay here for the long haul,” Zifer says.


Browning Road

LOCATION: McCutchanville

BUILDER: Built in 1998 by Donnie Denton for Denton Homes

STYLE: Georgian

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Five bedrooms, four full and two half bathrooms, and 10,325 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: Mark Harmon often drove past the house that would eventually become his home in October 2022. It’s a prominent feature on Browning Road with its stately columns, oval window on the dentilled front gable above the portico, twin copper lion statues, attached garden building with hexagonal roof, Palladian window, and other hints of Renaissance architecture. Harmon says he didn’t intend to buy a house of this size, but “I fell in love with the peace and tranquility of the property the moment I drove in the driveway,” he says. “You feel like you’re out in the country, yet you’re really very close to town.” Seventeen acres surround the property, part of which is wooded, and Harmon plans to add more trails and firepits.


Old Plantation Drive

LOCATION: Plantation Estates, McCutchanville

DESIGNER: Designed and built in 1993 by

STYLE: Modern Colonial

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Four bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms, and 8,485 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: Janice Stiver’s entire extended family called Green River Estates home. She and husband Phil even had just added onto their house. So, it purely was for fun that she joined her sister at an open house in Plantation Estates in 1997. There was one problem: “It was love at first sight,” Janice says. “It was such an amazing cheerful house, from the outside to the inside. It’s large, but it doesn’t feel large. It has a lot of color, windows, and bright light. I could see our family fitting in there perfectly.” The home stands apart from its many red brick neighbors with its white-painted brick, green shingles, and driveway constructed of pavers. Another bonus: The Stivers bought the property in December and had no clues as to what the landscaping was hiding. Up sprang striking azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and cherry blossoms.


Cypress Pointe Drive

LOCATION: Victoria Estates, Newburgh, Indiana

DESIGNER: Designed by Derek Sola, Design Principal at JCJ Architecture in Las Vegas, Nevada; built in 2012 by Exquisite Homes

STYLE: Modern

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, and 8,555 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: When Nicole and Chad Bobe decided to build a custom home in Newburgh, Indiana’s Victoria Estates, they wanted a clean, modern design that maximized the natural beauty of the lot. Nature reaches in through walls of windows; sunlight bounces off the vaulted ceilings and wraps around the floating walkways. Also impressive is that the architect, Derek Sola — Nicole’s brother, who once worked for famed architect Frank Gehry — designs high-profile projects for international gaming operators in Las Vegas. Nicole says he jumped at the chance to design something on a smaller scale. “It’s a simple, modern design. The interior has a central spine that expands into a massive space in the back where the main living spaces flow freely from one to the other into an expansive view overlooking the pool and lake,” she says. “The exterior bleeds into the interior.”


French Island Trail

LOCATION: Newburgh, Indiana

DESIGNER: Built in 1950; designer and builder unknown

STYLE: Traditional

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 6,000 square feet


OUT: In 2020, Kim and Rod Warren had just built a home that they’d planned to live in for the rest of their lives. Fate intervened when this property came on the market. They jettisoned their Huntington Creek home in favor of the sweeping vistas of French Island Trail. “In almost every room, you can see the river, and that’s just beautiful,” she says. Three years later, the Warrens still are enthralled. “I love how far it sits back from the road,” Kim says. The previous owners already had updated much of the house and planted much of the garden, which includes a magnolia tree, two coral bark Japanese maples, hydrangeas, yellow ribbon arborvitae, holly, beechwood, Hinoki cypress, roses, ornamental grasses, and black-eyed Susans. Kim wants to recreate a stone fireplace that originally was part of the property. Her trademark, though, are the gnomes she sets around the property, earning her the nickname “gnome lady.”


Southeast First Street

LOCATION: Riverside Historic District, Downtown

BUILDER: Built in 1867 by Jacob Meyer

STYLE: Italianate

SIGNIFICANT STATS: Five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and 4,500 square feet

WHY IT STANDS OUT: Named after Alvah Johnson, who served as the U.S. provost marshal during the Civil War, this historic abode displays Italianate-meets-New Orleans flair. “The distinctive iron work, in a sunburst and whorl pattern, was added in 1893 and might be one of my favorite things,” says homeowner Amy Hayden. She and husband Jeff moved in December 2011 and since have renovated the sunroom and a bathroom and added an outdoor living space with a pergola. As the fifth residents to live here, the Haydens feel responsible to maintain its legacy. “Historic homes are precious gems in our community,” Amy says. “We know that this house was here long before we got here, and it’ll be here long after we leave. We want to do what we can to preserve it for future generations as people did for us.”


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Get a glimpse of a few gardens on SWIMGA’s tour

The Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association’s biennial Tour de Fleur Garden Walk takes visitors inside some of the most magnificent gardens in and around Evansville. But what’s the story behind their beauty? Go into the garden at these three tour stops.

Tami Seaman’s gardening endeavors began when she and husband Skip moved into their West Side home in 2011. Woods cover most of the five acres on her property, so she enjoys shade-tolerant plants like rhododendrons, hydrangeas, irises, daffodils, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, astilbe, coral bells, turtlehead, ferns, a champion shagbark hickory tree, and, her favorite, hostas.

“People are always making new hostas. I’m always in search of new varieties,” she says.

Master gardener Anne Butsch believes her affinity for greenery is genetic. Her

great-great-grandparents created the city’s first greenhouse and founded Blackman Florists, which operated from 1870 through the 1960s.

Her East Side garden — with up to 400 different varieties of plants — caters to native species and local wildlife. She plants pearly everlasting, honeysuckle, coreopsis, goldenrod, aster, sunflowers, winterberry, eastern redcedar, trout lilies, Jack-in-the-pulpit, spring ephemerals, and garden phlox.

Still, her favorite plant is the serviceberry tree, its edible berries delivering a taste that Butsch says is between a grape and a blueberry.

“My garden ethic is to coexist with wildlife,” she says.

Myra Teal’s Newburgh, Indiana, garden caters to pollinators. She plants aza-

leas, tulips, dogwood trees, pink creeping phlox, blue ajuga, crocus, grape hyacinth, Japanese maples, juniper, plumeria, roses, daylilies, irises, a seven-son tree, and a few Virginia bluebells.

It’s also home to more than 60 beehives, from which she sells award-winning honey, candles, and wax. For the garden walk, she will move all except one hive from her property to a friend’s to separate them from visitors.

Teal’s husband, Mike, cultivates banana plants, elephant ears, and thorny Bitter Orange. Their garden also features three koi ponds.

“Over 30 years, our garden has changed,” Teal says. “We experiment a lot.”

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Step into cutting-edge 1950s design in this East Side kitchen


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City meets country on this spacious, wooded lot

IT’S A STRUGGLE many homebuyers know: finding a home with plenty of elbow room, but that’s also close enough to amenities so as not to necessitate a lengthy commute.

The wooded property at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Burkhardt Road promises both.

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like you’ve stepped back in time?

That’s what happened when Julie Vandeveer, a sales associate at ERA First Advantage Realty, Inc., first started showing an East Chestnut Street home as a rental prospect. She was impressed by the faithful upkeep of many of the 1950s home’s original design elements, particularly in the kitchen.

The hardest-working room in the house embraces ‘50s colors and futuristic design elements. Covered in a lemony yellow and punctuated in chrome, this East Side kitchen doubles as a time capsule.

Metal is a frequently used material here, making up the drawers, Lyon cabinets, and built-in corner lazy Susan. Pocket doors close the kitchen to outside noise. Chrome accents, such as in the countertop edging and cabinet hardware, drive home the era’s embrace of a space-age aesthetic.

The Sears Kenmore oven, also thought to be original, includes a vent fan that looks strikingly similar to a jet engine.

New are a diamond-inlay backsplash and butcher block, which begs the question: How does one find ‘50s-centric home design materials if they need to replace

something original but want to preserve that early-mid-century look?

“Salvage Candy locally is a good resource,” Vandeveer says. “Keep an eye on estate sales in the area. Many developers used the same plans and materials.”

The kitchen’s look is tied together with yellow linoleum tile flooring, also original.

“So many tile companies are making 1950s-inspired tile,” Vandeveer says. “A really good tile person can give you that retro vibe.”

SPACE AGE This East Side home’s kitchen mixes comfortable colors like a cheerful lemon yellow with futuristic chrome in elements such as cabinet hardware and countertop edging. Metal factors in heavily, from the drawers to the Sears Kenmore stove, which sports a chrome circle vent fan.

“The best attribute of this quality home is the privacy of the setting at this location,” says Diana Schnakenburg, a real estate agent with F.C. Tucker Emge.

This home doesn’t skimp on grand features. That much is apparent just by driving up to the 9,227-square-foot Colonial, whose entrance boasts Ionic columns framing a two-story marble foyer.

Recreation lovers will rejoice over the tennis court and swimming pool, while the adjacent lot abutting Burkhardt Road bumps the property’s acreage up to six.

“This incredible property will offer the perfect ambiance for a family who values spending time together at the pool, on the court, or cozied up near the fireplace while comfortably at home,” Schnakenburg says.

Listing Price: $1.85 million

Listing Agent: Diana Schnakenburg, F.C. Tucker Emge



Lientzes’ art collection features creators from near and far

Eclectic and colorful, Randy and Nina Lientz’s art collection illuminates their Downtown Evansville office and East Side home with images reflecting history, wonder, and boundless creativity.

The Lientzes long have collected works by some of the world’s most renowned artists, including a pair of Spanish artist Salvador Dalí’s originals that are part of a lengthy series based on Dante’s Inferno.

“It’s a very large volume of work, and these are just two,” says Randy, chief executive officer of AXIOM, a marketing, creative, and media agency. Nina is AXIOM’s chief operations officer.

There’s much more. The Lientzes own multiple creations by Shepard Fairey, an American whose works include the well-known “Hope” image of former President Barack Obama that became famous during his 2008 presidential

A lifelong rock n’ roll fan, as well as an electric bass guitar player, Randy Lientz’s art collection takes viewers back to San Francisco’s late-1960s psychedelic scene and to the legendary Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969 in Bethel, New York. Lientz also owns iconic images of David Bowie, John Lennon, and others.

campaign, as well as album covers and collaborations with other artists. Images of wrestler Andre the Giant’s face are embedded in multiple Fairey-made creations the Lientzes own.

An electric bass guitar player himself, Randy’s music fandom is reflected in the collection. His office is a step back into the legendary 1966-1969 psychedelic music scene in San Francisco, California, when groups such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Lientz favorite Quicksilver Messenger Service provided the era’s soundtrack.

Randy was on hand for the generation-defining Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August 1969 in Bethel, New York, and his three Woodstock tickets are incorporated in a piece of art in the AXIOM lobby.

Meshing with the 1960s psychedelic pieces is a colorful one from the early 1970s by German American artist Peter Max. It was created on behalf of the American Cancer Society and encourages the viewer to “breathe in love, don’t smoke cigarettes” — demonstrating the seismic shift in messaging surrounding smoking tobacco.

Local artist Gary Hobdy’s three-dimensional pieces of recycled material also are highlighted.

Randy says he’s proud of the collection’s diversity of artists and styles, and he and Nina enjoy showing off the dozens of pieces.

“There are certificates of authenticity and other provenance that accompany each piece of art,” he says.


Emily Yeiser’s East Side home is a wonderland of bold design choices

Living in COLOR


ROOM TO BREATHE This East Side home retains a late-mid-century layout but bursts with color and personality, thanks to Emily Yeiser’s keen, eclectic design style. From the loft to the living room, she fills her home with funky wall art, pop culture callouts, quirky antiques, and bright, bold colors. Her talent for bringing together diverse elements and harmoniously blending them seems effortless. “I just see things I like, and somehow it works,” she says.

Emily Yeiser knows how to find a hidden gem. That’s how she ended up on the far East Side in a mid-century home bursting with personality.

The house dates to 1970 and, in many ways, looks the part. The floor plan includes a sunken living room, and sliding glass doors connect four rooms with the private courtyard.

The architectural style is a curious question. Perhaps the original intent was a ranch, given its one-story construction and elongated L-shaped layout. Still, the original flat roof and the way the sliding doors allow the indoor and outdoor areas to merge depict a California influence.

After decades of renovations, what has emerged is a space that transcends architectural and design norms and paints its own canvas.

Yeiser, a Newburgh, Indiana, native and Reitz Memorial High School graduate, bought the home in 2020 from Eric and Martha Reek, who themselves purchased it in 1983. Under each ownership, the home has lived a unique life, starting off as a flat-roofed, plastic window-laden abode. The current pitched roof and loft are thanks to the Reeks’ hiring of Evansville architect Bill Gaisser in 1992.

The two-year remodeling project completely changed the interior look and feel. Gone were the flat, eight-foot ceilings in the kitchen and front hall, replaced by pitched ceilings framed with windows and skylights and supported by exposed beams. Walking inside feels like exhaling.

If the Reeks’ renovations provided the residence breathing space, Yeiser’s ownership has given it life. That’s because Yeiser’s house isn’t just a home. After a harrowing few years, it’s a refuge.


In March 2017, Yeiser was 32, working as a cosmetologist, and living nearby on the East Side. One evening in the backyard, an ember from a fire that had died contacted a nearby gas canister and caused it to explode. Standing nearby, Yeiser was severely burned. In shock, one clear thought stuck out: “This is how I’m going to die.”

Yeiser, in fact, remembers everything about that night: the moment the gas can burst into flames, strangely feeling nothing due to a surge of adrenaline; then being strapped onto a stretcher by paramedics and watching the fence pass by as she was carried to an ambulance. Once she was flown to a hospital in Indianapolis,


she stayed in a medically induced coma for four months.

The extent of her injuries was appalling. Third-degree burns covered 35 percent of her body, including her lower face, chest, torso, and arms. A trachea helps support her damaged windpipe during surgeries. Yeiser had to relearn to walk, talk, and use her arms and hands. In the seven years since her accident, she’s been through more than 50 operations and still is undergoing reconstructive surgeries.

Awaking from the coma and seeing the challenges lying in wait, “I got really depressed in the hospital,” she says.


After a seven-month recovery in Indianapolis, Yeiser returned to Evansville, but her home now harbored too many negative memories. Looking for a fresh start, she began scouring real estate listings. In autumn 2020, this house popped up. Yeiser knew that if she was going to pull up her stakes

start over, this was the home for her. Indeed, it is. Yeiser has made every inch of her 2,000-square-foot home a celebration of life, love, energy, color, and laughter. When she’s shopping, no one design principle guides her decor selections. Instead, she selects items she finds appealing.

and LET THERE BE LIGHT The 1990s renovations undertaken by prior owners Eric and Martha Reek dramatically changed the home’s atmosphere. A flat top was replaced by a pitched roof, vaulted ceilings, and additional windows and skylights. While the walls are painted a clean white, color pops in the form of giant paintings, lush houseplants, patterned rugs, textured throw pillows, and unexpected items like a life-size traffic light and a working telephone booth.

“I just see things I like, and somehow it works,” she says. “I’m not attracted to anything in particular, just unique things that I feel will fit.”

Yeiser’s design style could be called modern bohemian or surrealistic vintage. Mining a deep well of natural creativity, Yeiser put up boldly patterned art prints and bespectacled metal animal heads. Antique figurines and trinkets like a gumball machine and miniature Lite Brite dot tabletops. Every rug, curtain, and bedspread bursts

with color. Every light fixture winks with entrancing detail.

Yeiser turned the loft into an airy retreat with houseplants and oversize chairs. Meanwhile, the sunken living room is packed with energy, from the tight spiral staircase and giant traffic lights to the old newspaper press catalog that once stored letters of the alphabet. And that life-size phone booth in the corner? It works.

The primary bedroom is where Yeiser’s personal style truly shines through. She doesn’t buy many decorative items new — a testament to her parents’ love of antiques — and instead shops at thrift stores, art shows, and festivals like Funk in the City. A heavy favorite for the family is Tim Polen’s Antique Shak in Gentryville, Indiana. Antique armoires and vanities display brass baubles and vintage table lamps. Tiered mosaic lights are suspended from the ceiling. Vividly colored dreamcatchers hang over the bed’s headboard. Yeiser most recently renovated her primary bathroom with a claw-foot tub,

psychedelic-meets-geometric tile flooring, and Egyptian handblown light fixtures.

Plenty of elbow grease accompanied the decorative touches. Yeiser and her parents removed every stitch of wallpaper, pulled up the blue shag carpet and black slate in the halls, and sanded the kitchen floor. Yeiser proves to be a crafty homeowner, adding carnival lights to a “cotton candy” sign purchased at Riverside Antique Mall. Remodeling and decorating keep her busy; because of the injuries to her hands, she can’t work in cosmetology anymore.

“It’s frustrating to try to put your life back together,” she says. “I’ve had to learn to do things differently. But I don’t want anything to stop me.”

Yeiser shares her home with Susie, a 4-year-old Aussiedoodle, and Oscar, a

A QUIET RETREAT Yeiser’s primary suite exudes boho chic with intricately carved furniture, touches of shiny brass, and pops of vibrant tones. She recently completed an overhaul of the bath.

“It’s frustrating to try to put your life back together. I’ve had to learn to do things differently. But I don’t want anything to stop me.” — Emily Yeiser

12-year-old Labradoodle. Both have been crucial to her recovery. Her bond with Oscar is particularly strong; he was at home that March 2017 evening and witnessed the explosion. The two were separated for six months during Yeiser’s coma and recovery. Upon their reunion, Oscar understood her fragility and moved gently around her. Susie came along later as an additional companion. The trio spends their days listening to music in the loft, playing in the living room, and catching the breeze in the courtyard. One day at a time, they are building positive memo-

in their new home that is, to every extent, an expression of Yeiser’s soul.

“This is my safe space,” she says.

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Home is Where the Heart is

Building or buying the home of your dreams is easier than ever with guidance and input from these local construction and real estate professionals.


Three points to con sider for real estate purchases and projects

Liberty Federal Credit Union has been the local market leader in mortgage originations for more than a decade. Why?

Because it offers low rates and premium service from a robust team of financial professionals led by Regional Vice President Andy Miles.

Real estate is an ever-changing market

With record low interest rates in 2021 and early 2022, new and existing homeowners poured into the market, both buying and selling.

“With today’s rates, the rush has slowed, but thanks to dedicated real estate professionals and mortgage officers, our members continue to find their new homes and quickly close on the purchase,” Miles says.

Why is Liberty Federal Credit Union a lender of choice?

Liberty FCU boasts an uncommonly wide variety of mortgage programs to meet the needs of its borrowers, as well as a commitment to belowaverage close times. In addition, the credit union offers borrowers their

guaranteed lowest rate on their mortgage and up to a $500 gift card at closings.

These benefits have been well received. In 2022, Liberty FCU ranked first in both the state and the region among credit unions in total first mortgage originations as reported by the American Credit Union Mortgage Association. In fact, Liberty leads all credit unions in the Midwest in mortgage lending, and it was again voted Best Mortgage Lender in the annual Readers’ Choice competition.

Why do so many homeowners trust Liberty FCU for all their banking needs?

“Our members take advantage of a robust line of products,” Miles says. “Vertical Checking is an award-winning checking account that pays up to 3.45 percent APY on deposits up to $20,000. Our mobile banking app lets you manage all of your finances, whether they’re with the credit union or another bank. And, of course, our low rates for mortgage, auto loans, and credit cards, along with high returns on certificates and other investments, make Liberty the go-to financial partner for much of the Tri-State.”

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Home Life

Learn what’s trending in home design

Home design trends change, and not just colors and materials. The very purpose of a home changes as people age, and when the real estate market fluctuates, so does how residents choose to define their dwellings. Early observers of those market trends are home designers such as the experts at H.G. McCullough Designers. Here, they tell us what changes they have observed in Tri-State home construction.

What themes in home design have you noticed? In the Tri-State, we are seeing more remodels (both additions and alterations), and for new home design, both “right-sizing” and “downsizing” square footage living space. Projects in the Indianapolis area and northern Indiana are “going bigger.”

Name three current design trends. We are currently seeing these design requests: covered outdoor living space with an outdoor cooking area; kitchen, dining, and family room areas that are open to one another; and townhouses that include elevators.

Tell us which exterior materials are popular right now.

The most popular exterior materials are combinations of stone and brick, composite cedar shakes, composite board and batten, and metal roofing.

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Gimme Shelter

What to know before you venture into the real estate market

Summer is a popular time of year for buying and selling homes: kids are out of school, yards are green and lush, and vacations allow time to move in or out. But first, you need a game plan. Whether you’re buying or selling, building, or moving in, Janice Miller of ERA First Advantage Realty weighs in on the important real estate market points you need to know.

Describe the home building and real estate market now. The current market is still a seller’s market. Average days on market is up a little, but not by much. We are still seeing multiple offers on homes that are priced correctly. New construction is still a strong market and there are some buyer incentives being offered.

What is the number one request from clients these days?

The number one request we see is for homes with land or large lots.

Are home construction projects experiencing delays related to materials?

Last year, there were delays because of materials, but that seems to have cleared up for the most part now.

Name one theme you are seeing in the marketplace. We are seeing buyers going both bigger and downsizing.

How can the current interest rate environment affect clients?

The interest rates seem to have settled down and do not seem to be affecting the current market nor buyers’ decision to purchase a home. Buyers' price points have had to be adjusted slightly due to the increase in interest rates, which affects what they will qualify for.

What do the best home client relationships have in common?

Communication is key to a great client relationship. Establish what your client’s goals are for their housing needs and make sure they are prepared to compete in this market. For a seller, that entails making sure the home


Build-to-suit homes can better meet a family’s needs

Ron McGillem, R.A. McGillem Custom Homes, LLC, agrees that the home building market has changed in recent years, in large part, due to the pandemic, which has created supply chain issues. It originally started with a shortage of lumber, which caused the price to skyrocket as much as 400 percent at one time. Then other items such as steel, copper, plastic, oil-based products, and drywall joined in from both price and availability. Although lumber prices have drastically decreased, some of the other items still demand a high price. You would

think with all this that home sizes would be greatly reduced. However, McGillem says that is not necessarily the case.

is ready for the market and that a top-notch marketing plan is in place. For a buyer, being pre-approved is an important first step to make the home buying process a smooth transaction. Buyers need to understand how much they need to put down, how much their payments might be, and how much they can afford.

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“The pandemic has accentuated families wanting to build and accommodate ‘at home’ vacation amenities, including outdoor kitchens, screened porches, hot tubs, swimming pools, and everything you need to enjoy time spent without traveling. You can’t really provide all these items in a smaller home,” McGillem says.

Although there is definite downsizing going on for the Baby Boomers, other age groups still want large living areas, especially lower-level space for family rooms, wet bars, and entertainment areas. The

newest trend in upper-price range homes, McGillem says, is golf simulators that are also equipped with many game options for the kids. They are life-sized and interactive, which is great for the whole family.

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SPRING UPSWING Learn what’s trending in the home lending market

This spring, several commonly recognized trends in residential real estate can be seen in Southwestern Indiana.

One of the most significant changes is in lending qualifications due to the rise in interest rates.

“We see many clients who prequalified for $200,000 now circling back months later to find out they may only qualify for $150,000, for example, due to a payment change,” Jill Kruse, a mortgage loan originator at German American Bank , shares.

Costs of building also have risen in this region.

“Before, the market was geared towards builders and realtors, but from our perspective, it has changed from an environment of ‘in line’ cost to build, to an increased cost in building materials,” Mortgage Loan Originator Nick Kleaving says. “Real estate has gone from homes selling above the asking price back to a normal state.”

Digital property shopping is a trend so popular, it’s an established tool. Users can view properties from their phones, tablets, and computers and access drone videos, virtual staging, and 3D tours. This technology has been influential in the growing migration from cities to suburbs, rural areas, and small towns. The

flow away from denser areas also increases the demand for single-family homes. Currently, experts predict the national migration and its demands to continue up to five more years.

Despite such activity, general turn times trend slower currently than during the low interest rate era of the seller’s market.

“Has the market slowed down? Yes,” Mortgage Loan Originator Hannah Keown says. “Homes are staying on the market longer whereas prior we saw multiple offers above the asking price.”

Evansville-area banks continue to serve the steady flow of customers seeking funds for real estate, home building, or related lending. Keown shares German American Bank’s number one client request is “what loan products allow for a lower down payment.”

Many new purchase and renovation loans are based on the trending need for “rightsizing,” the succinct umbrella term for downsizing or expanding living space. Lenders are witness to this pattern seen in their mortgage departments.

“Many of our clients are firsttime homebuyers. Others are rightsizing or readjusting to fit their family needs,” Kruse says.

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Right at Home Understanding residential real estate market trends

This edition of spring fever in the residential real estate world has its challenges — post-COVID-19, postlow interest rates, and smack in the middle of a short inventory supply.

Carol McClintock, President of Team McClintock with F.C. Tucker Emge , takes an expert’s point of view when describing the market.

“Buyers and sellers expected the market prices to adjust in 2023 based on the interest rate increase. We have seen the rates increase steadily over the past six months,” she says. “However, those efforts to curb inflation have not stopped buyers from pursuing their dream home, so now the market has issues with low inventory.”

McClintock adds, “There are fewer homes on the market with buyers still wanting to buy — we are still seeing prices bolstered and experiencing multiple offers, sales over list price, and buyer concessions to sellers to get their house.”

The home building industry currently reflects a shift away from speculative construction.

“The supply of new homes is down with most of the new homes under construction being custom


and not spec homes,” McClintock states, citing a solution one area builder found. “Chris Combs with CAC Custom Homes maintains a constant stream of new home starts. Chris maintains an inventory of building supplies and a full-time crew … For most builders, the lumber prices have gone down and stabilized, but there are still long waits for appliances and other large items needed for home construction.”

There is, fortunately, activity within all levels of home buying in Southwest Indiana.


Navigate the market like a pro with these tips

Real estate in Southwest Indiana and Northwest Kentucky keeps moving!

With the prime home-buying and moving season now upon us, all eyes remain on interest rates and the supply of homes. Rates for home loans continue to fluctuate, so as real estate agents, we are encouraging our clients to concentrate on three things: do what they can now to boost their credit score, shop around and compare lenders, and keep an eye on rates. When a rate dip happens, lock it in.

“Real estate transactions are still happening and will continue to happen, as home buyers are realizing that buying is still better than renting,”

says Gretchen Muchnick, coowner of F.C. Tucker Emge

“Don't let rising interest rates deter you from investing in a home. Remember that owning a home brings a sense of pride, stability, and security that is invaluable. So, focus on the long-term benefits and make a sound decision based on your individual circumstances."

New construction is ramping up as lumber prices have fallen from their peaks in 2021 and 2022.

“As our population ages, we do see more downsizing and rightsizing,” McClintock says. “Buyers may not necessarily want a smaller home, but they do want everything on one floor … We have seen some shift from the totally wide-open houses since COVID-19, where some homeowners realized that style was not as conducive to working from home. As a large portion of the workforce remains at home, we believe that this trend will continue.”

Climbing interest rates have been an issue throughout the country, but

McClintock says the Evansville area appears to be lightly affected as far as home purchases.

“After the first couple of interest rate hikes, buyers were very hesitant. The market was super quiet. Now, buyers have adjusted to the new rates and are back out in the market. They understand that an interest rate is not permanent, and they can refinance when the rates change,” she says.

“The focus of these new homes is really targeting a wide range of price points. The needs of home buyers can vary according to where they are in their life cycle, so a larger supply of homes that will satisfy anyone downsizing, upsizing, or rightsizing is a welcomed sight,” Muchnick says. “A trend is also emerging with multi-generational families living in the same home, which is increasing the home purchasing power and the need for larger homes.”

Another reason for the increased construction of new homes is sellers are more reluctant to sell. While they might have a good amount of

equity in their current home, the idea of a new mortgage at a higher rate isn’t appealing. Unless they have the opportunity to pay cash for a new home rather than getting a mortgage, many of them are staying put.

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Functional Art

Explore the freedom of having a custom home

When it comes to homebuilding or renovations, experience is key. Thirdgeneration builder Robert Cook shares how his company lives up to its slogan, “extraordinary craftsmanship for everyday living.”

What were some of the most important things you learned from your father and grandfather? I learned that attention to detail is of the utmost importance. If you are going to build in this community for a long time, the quality has to be there. I have a great crew who understands our work has to be top-notch. We are not subcontracting anything out. A Robert Cook home displays the culmination of more than 100 years of experience in the industry and a drive for perfection.

How do you help clients create a custom home?

Homebuilding is a collaborative process. I enjoy the creativity of helping someone realize their dream home. I have an initial meeting with clients, and then we take their wish list of items and meet with H.G. McCullough Designers to draw up the plans. We create one-of-a-kind homes consistent with excellence. My crew and I ensure every detail of the design and construction is the product of hands-on supervision that surpasses the custom options of other homes. I also will go on appointments with clients to help them pick quality products for their home that fit within their budget. Homes by Robert Cook can help you create a space for you to live your life in a functional, inviting, and beautiful home.

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'RIGHTSIZING' REIGNS Borrowing shifts from homebuying to building

Since 2020, perspectives in housing and real estate have shifted decidedly like a rollercoaster.

Elisa Snyder, Retail Lending Sales Manager (NMLS # 462335) and First Vice President of First Federal Savings Bank, discusses the changes as witnessed in its offices, initially noting, “We have seen a definite spike in homebuilding in the past three years due to low inventory in the real estate market.”

“Borrowers are building their own customized homes versus purchasing an existing home because of the high demand with low supply,” Synder continues. “The number one request we work with currently are turn-key homes and construction loans. Customers are tired of trying to find a home to fit their needs in the low-inventory real estate market and instead are turning to building their own customized homes.”

The recent upturns in interest rates slowed the surge experienced during the seller’s market years.

“You may still see multiple offers on certain home price points, but not to the degree you saw a year ago,” Snyder explains.

As a result, rightsizing has gained in popularity because it allows homeowners to stay with their initial low-interest mortgage rate.

“Many people are looking into remodeling or increasing the square footage on their current homes, so they’re looking at second mortgages or doing improvements as they can with cash or savings,” Snyder says.

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Five significant changes in the real estate market

Unprecedented changes in the homebuilding and real estate markets have occurred in recent years. Jeff H. Bosse, owner of Bosse Title Company, says he and his staff have witnessed significant deviations in each direction.

Home prices keep steadily increasing. Bosse says this is partly due to a shortage of available homes for sale, which has created a more competitive market.

Interest rates on mortgages remain historically low, which has made it easier for buyers to afford a home. While interest rates are considerably higher now than they were a few years ago, those unprecedented rates were not sustainable and should not be considered the norm.

Online real estate marketplaces such as Zillow and Redfin have become increasingly popular. These platforms provide a wealth of information for buyers and sellers and have made it easier to search for homes and connect with real estate agents.

More real estate companies and agents are adopting technology to streamline the buying and selling process. Bosse says virtual tours and 3D walkthroughs are more common,

and digital signatures now are widely used for signing contracts and documents.

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the trend of remote work, leading many people to reconsider where they live. As a result, there has been increased interest in smaller cities and suburbs, which offer lower costs of living and more space than urban areas. This especially is true in Evansville: A February article in the Wall Street Journal reported that the River City ranked third in American cities in which to work from home, citing its high marks in affordable median house prices and a lower cost of living.

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ON THE MOVE Clients’ home-related financing requests are changing

While the volume of home inventory hasn’t changed much in the past few years, how residents are responding has definitely changed. Legence Bank discusses why residents are pivoting to improvement projects and how a lender can help.

Describe the home building and real estate market now.

New construction has increased due to reduced housing inventory available for sale. Consumers have been selling homes to upgrade, but with the rate environment, we are seeing a downturn in upgrading. We do see more singlefamily construction, and there still is a need for new subdivisions to meet the middle-income market. We’re also seeing more investment properties such as condos downtown and properties along the river.

What is your clients’ top request?

Current consumers are more rate conscious and are asking for options to keep mortgage rates at a reasonable cost per month. We are hearing more requests for renovation and construction loans. Many of our consumers are finding homes in the area they want to live, and purchase with the intent to renovate.

What do your best client relationships have in common?

Our best client relationships have multiple products with Legence, providing them with outstanding personal customer service by allowing our team to handle all their banking needs online 24/7 or in person. We have a variety of options to meet our clients’ needs from down payment assistance programs to FHA, VA, and Jumbo Loans, in addition to Fixed Rate loans, construction, renovations, and home equity lines of credit (HELOC). We can help with every stage of their life! Legence Bank LegenceBank.com

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Take the lending market’s temperature when considering a home purchase or project

Mortgage lenders throughout the Tri-State remain hyper-vigilant of their industry. Alyssa Brown and Courtney Brock of Heritage in Newburgh, Indiana, offer their perspectives of the year so far.

“It is a seller’s market, so we are seeing business pick up,” says Brown, a Mortgage Loan Officer.

“The real estate market has begun to stabilize. It is still a seller’s market, with homes receiving multiple offers,” adds Brock, a Sales Manager. “In regard to mortgage lending, we are in a purchase market. Current homeowners are being forced to take out second mortgages or home equity lines of credit.”

“We are competitive in our closing costs and rates and see an uptick in requests for prequalification,” Brown and Brock share.

“Many members are eager to buy a home but need to understand what they can comfortably afford in the current economy,” Brock says.

Both Brown and Brock observe a theme in rightsizing through remodeling, with upgrades often being funded through a second mortgage. Additionally, new purchases for first-time buyers and downsizers are on the rise. No matter their homebuying or building experience, current interest rates are affecting all borrowers.

“We have a lot of members who are hoping rates go down,” Brown says. Brock adds, “Rates have begun to normalize and are holding steady, but members are still cautious when buying a new home. We always say don’t let rates hold you back from buying a property as the mortgage can always be refinanced.”

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Building Hope

How stable, affordable housing creates a future of success

Often, it is easy to see a house at its most basic level: a building with four walls and a roof or a place to protect us from the elements. However, for Habitat for Humanity of Evansville homeowners, a house is so much more than that. It is an opportunity to create better lives for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren. It is a chance to change the trajectory of their future and reach goals that they once thought were impossible.

It is also a way for them to achieve financial stability and learn skills that will help set them up for future successes. As part of the program requirements, all Habitat homeowners take classes

on home maintenance, basic home repair, and a six-month money management course, where they learn how to create a budget and start to build savings for themselves. By the end of their journey, Habitat homeowners not only experience the pride of purchasing the home they helped build but become better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

When Habitat homeowners receive the keys to their new home, they get to unlock more than just their front door. They unlock a hope for a brighter future and better tomorrow.

“This is more than a house,” says Meredith W., a current Habitat homeowner. “It’s hope … hope for a better life and a better future for my children.”

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Get your storage in order with these tips

Don’t be fooled: Spring cleaning also should pertain to your clothes closets and storage areas. And, just like sorting through the items in an entire room, defining a storage space can be tedious and overwhelming. Where do you start? Call in The Pros.

For Your Comfort Here’s how to get the best seat in the house

Much of our time at home is spent sitting, so shouldn’t that experience be comfortable? Holder’s Furniture shares the materials, amenities, and upgrades that will give you the best seat in the house.

What are the latest upholstery colors and designs? Grays and taupes are still the trending colors. By accenting with colors and patterns on pillows, rugs, throws, and pictures, our customers can create a unique space where lots of personality can be achieved.

What are customers most interested in purchasing for their homes now?

Customers are investing in themselves and their homes. In addition to the great brands of La-Z-Boy, Flexsteel, and Mega Motion, our customers have had a great reception to the latest in power recliners. Power upgrades are becoming more popular on today's furniture, giving people the luxury of zero gravity, tilting headrests, lumbar support, and USB ports to achieve that theater feel right at home. Buttons and wired remotes also are being replaced with wireless remotes and bluetooth capabilities.

Which brands offer power recliners with lift options?

For people dealing with a health condition, recovering from an injury, or just looking for a comfortable chair, Flexsteel’s Zecliner offers great support and comfort. The zero gravity feature helps reduce pressure, and zoned memory foam provides comfort in areas like the backrest, seat, and shoulders. La-Z-Boy’s Trouper rocking recliner and models from Mega Motion can easily lift the user up to a standing position with a push of a button, making either choice an ideal option for those with mobility issues or disabilities.

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to their wants, and designing the perfect solution that utilizes every inch of available space.

Talk about color! What are you seeing now? We have more than 20 colors available, with Arctic White being most common. We are seeing a trend toward grey wood tones as well.

“It is our firm belief that a highquality custom storage solution is available for any space,” says Thomas VanVactor, owner of Closet Pros. “Our primary focus is understanding the needs of our clients and providing a solution to their problem that exceeds their expectations.”

VanVactor describes the experience of working with a storage specialist.

What do you specialize in?

We design and install custom storage solutions for closets and general storage solutions in other areas of the home and garage.

What are your most common client requests now?

They’re asking for drawers and shoe storage, as well as other general storage in garages, pantries, laundry rooms, and entertainment centers.

What do you think is most important to understand in working with clients? Closet Pros prioritizes understanding the current problems experienced with their storage system, listening

What are the different types of clients you are seeing now?

Most of our clients are residential, but we are seeing an increase of commercial clients seeking to install functional systems that can hold up to dayin and day-out use.

What about texture?

We offer smooth options as well as options that have the feel of wood grain.

How important is collaboration with the builder or remodeler in working with your clients? Working with a builder or remodeler is beneficial because we can give suggestions on space sizes, but it is not required. We can design and install in any space whether it is new construction or already existing space.

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Spruce up your space with fresh furniture

Looking for new furniture this spring? Choices are endless, so it’s important to make the selection process simple, says Tyson Meador, owner of Timberlake Furniture in Keensburg, Illinois.

Describe Timberlake Furniture’s specialty.

We boast the largest display of furniture in the Tri-State, but we are more than a furniture warehouse. We are a team dedicated to providing the best prices and service to our customers. Timberlake Furniture has been family owned and operated for more than 40 years. Our warehouse spans the equivalent of more than eight football fields and is packed with high-quality brands, including Ashley, Best, Coaster, England, Home Stretch, Hooker, International Furniture Direct, Leather Italia USA, Magnussen Home, Riverside Furniture, Sealy, Southern Motion, Stearns & Foster, Tempur-Pedic, Spring Air Mattresses, and more.

What is most important to understand when working with clients?

Their wants and needs. C ustomers don’t want pushy sales tactics, and we want everyone to feel welcome, relax, explore, and have a friendly chat. You can come to our store and

try things out: If it’s a mattress, you can lay on it. If it’s a sofa or chair, you can sit on it.

Tell us what customers can expect to find in Timberlake Furniture’s inventory. A little bit of everything: living, dining, bedroom, media, and accessories. We have more than 200,000 square feet of inventory, which often is more readily available than furniture found online. We typically have more than 400 sofas on the floor at any given time.

What is important to know before buying new furniture?

Quality, style, and budget. We are full service, so we can offer help down the road if you do have problems. We have a service team that can take care of any warranty issues on the spot and offer delivery if you can’t transport your purchase. We have trained salespeople who can get you all the information you need.

What can a first-time customer expect when they work with Timberlake Furniture?

They can expect prompt, friendly service, and a large selection. All the top-name brands associated with home furnishings can be found in the store’s collections for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, office spaces, entertainment rooms, and even outdoors.

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Finishing Touches Transform your home with custom stonework

Home construction and renovation projects are planned down to the last detail, and custom stonework can give the results a beautiful finish.

D&L Granite, a family-owned and operated business in Odon, Indiana, performs in-house design work, fabrication, and installation on projects such as kitchen islands, vanities, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, stone signs, and custom shower walls.

Describe D&L Granite’s specialties. Our focus is on custom stonework, using the highest-quality granite, quartz, and marble. These materials are beautiful, timeless, and extremely durable. We also work with concrete and large format slabs, plus we sell and install some of the finest sinks and faucets available on the market today. Our custom countertops, in combination with new fixtures, can dramatically transform your bathroom and/ or kitchen. We don’t use subcontractors for our work, choosing to do it all ourselves to ensure that our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is maintained.

What makes D&L Granite unique?

We are proud to have amassed many loyal clients and return customers. We earned their trust with our competitive pricing, dedicated and friendly customer service, and high-quality products. When you purchase a product from us, we stay with you every step of the way, from design to installation. That’s the best way to ensure you’re fully satisfied with the work we’ve done, and we’re not finished until you’re happy. D&L Granite is a small business, not a big-box store. We’ll give you the kind of attention and personal touch that a big retailer never could.

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Love the floor beneath your feet with these tips

Home flooring takes a beating. It bears the weight of furniture and the friction of moving feet, and still has to look smart. How does a person find flooring that meets all those needs?

Check with BK Flooring, which specializes in floor coverings and offers personalized service, professional expertise, free design consultations, experienced installers, and help for those who choose to do it themselves.

“Most BK Flooring clients want to update their floors, and they want to know what the latest trends are in fashion flooring,” says Karen Mackey of BK Flooring. “They want flooring that will look good, meet their family’s particular needs, and stay within their budget.”

What benefits do customers receive by working with a BK Flooring professional?

We know floors because that is all we do. The experts at BK Flooring have more than 40 years of real-world flooring experience. We are able to advise clients of the benefits and features of different flooring types and how they will or won’t work in the client’s home. With our free in-home design consultations, we help take the

guess work out of the flooring project by making detailed recommendations for the client’s unique needs.

Describe BK Flooring’s unique client processes.

The BK Flooring showroom offers a vast array of styles to assure that our customers have the best variety of selections to choose from. We have free sample checkouts so clients can see how the flooring might look in their home. Our website includes a Room Visualizer so that you can see products in your room before they are installed. You can upload a picture, take a picture, or try a demo room instead. It is very user friendly.

What are the most popular requests at BK Flooring?

The number one request is for Luxury Vinyl Flooring. Second to that, people want to replace carpet with a hard surface. And almost everyone has questions concerning installation. We work with our clients every step of the way from selection through installation. We want to help them make the best flooring decisions for their home to ensure their satisfaction now and for years to come.

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Warm tones are trending in countertop surfaces

Kitchens still are the heart of the modern home. Today’s, though, require practical beauty in their functionality, which has everything to do with the ongoing popularity of stone countertops.

Ashley Kinsey, co-owner of Cabinets & Counters in Newburgh, Indiana, says, “Surfaces are so important! Yes, surfaces are functional, but they also play a huge role in the overall aesthetic of a space.”

Cabinets & Counters specializes in the template, fabrication, and installation of quartz, granite, marble, quartzite, soapstone, and dolomite. Therefore, the company witnesses how color trends evolve.

“We are definitely seeing more interest in warmer tones, as well as blues and greens,” Kinsey says. “We are still seeing some cooler tones, but most of the time, those cooler tones are in combination with warmer tones.” Textures also are a consideration.

“We are seeing a lot of interest in sueded or honed countertops; these countertop surfaces have a different overall feel and look than the standard polished countertops. They can be used either on their own or in addition to a polished countertop surface,” Kinsey says. “For example, we see a lot of polished kitchen perimeter countertops in combination with a honed or sueded island countertop.”

Kinsey says, “When it comes to countertops, it is so important to first understand how the customer will be using their surface on a daily basis. It is also important to understand what their overall vision for the space is before we can start to select the perfect countertop surface for them.”

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Find the perfect rug with these tips

Rugs are functional art, protecting flooring while serving as décor themselves. Since they play such a significant role in the life of a home, shop with a dedicated professional.

“At a local retailer, you’re talking to and buying from another community member who doesn’t play the online game of ‘was-is’ pricing,” says Lynne Lewis, co-owner of The Rug Merchant . “No one should believe that any reputable rug store can financially sell rugs for 50 percent off or more unless they were over-priced to begin with.”

How do you help customers select the perfect rug for their space?

We believe a beautiful home starts with a beautiful rug. As a result, we have every style and construction of rug imaginable. And after decades of building relationships with our vendors, we can usually get what you want with just a phone call.

How do you help customers select the perfect rug?

L ike classes of cars within a brand, there are different categories of rugs. We make sure to buy the best possible quality rug for every budget. Educating people helps them stay within their budget and is one of our

main goals. We ask what they’re comfortable with and don’t waste their time flipping through rugs that are not where they want to be price wise.

Describe some popular rug styles.

T he rug styles we’re getting the most requests for are softened-down or vintage rugs with color strength. These rugs are made in Afghanistan and Pakistan using the old ways of rug making with natural dyes and hand-spun yarn with more open designs.

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FLOORING 411 Find what fits your lifestyle

Thinking of giving your home a makeover? Consult the specialists at Sunrise Flooring & Cabinets.

“We specialize in flooring for the everyday person, and we work with everyone like they are family by helping them make decisions based on their needs,” says John Abel, who has owned the Newburgh, Indiana, company for a little more than a year. “We can help customers match their budgets and make recommendations based upon each room in the house.”

Sunrise’s specialists have had a finger on the pulse of flooring trends for 35 years. As such, they can advise customers on the best and trendiest options.

“Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is 60 percent of our business right now because it looks like real wood. The trend is lighter,

warmer colors, which are very inviting,” Abel says.

Sunrise also is in the cabinets industry and offers three brands — Brokering Solutions, Waypoint, and high-end Amish cabinetry from Washington, Indiana — by partnering with specialist Brad Schnur, who has 30 years’ experience in cabinet installation.

Interested in seeing samples? Sunrise’s digital footprint extends to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as its website. Still, the best way to connect with a product is to se e it in person.

“My staff and I specialize in flooring, and our product knowledge is high. We’ve all worked in this industry a long time, and we take pride in a job well done,” Abel says. “It’s all about great customer service because our company name is attached to every job we do.”

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Smart and Stylish Personalize your home with high-quality furnishings and decor

Once you’ve bought a home or completed a renovation project, it’s time to fill the space with items as unique as you. For years, Tri-State residents have accomplished that goal by turning to Karen’s Upscale Resale.

“I look for high quality and brand names, plus the items must be in pristine condition. That’s why the word ‘upscale’ is in our title,” says owner Larry Schwartz. “We also sell a lot of high-end rugs that must be professionally cleaned. Also, I won’t put anything out on the floor that has rips or tears. Items in the store must appear brand new.”

As a purveyor of quality goods, the staff at Karen’s knows what’s trending and worth the investment.

“Leather couches and sectionals, patio furniture due to the season, and unique lamps are popular right now,” Schwartz says. “Customers really like interesting accessories. Some well-known brands we carry are Uttermost, Thomasville, and Karges.”

Karen’s also has added a new service.

“In addition to the furniture and accessories Karen’s Upscale has always featured, we now offer a range of reupholstery services for our customers. Whether you want a favorite chair redone with new fabric or you want an item you are buying from Karen’s Upscale in a different color, you can now get these services all in one place,” Schwartz says.

His secret to long-term business success?

“Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken,” Schwartz says. “I haven’t changed a thing, and that’s what our customers like. The staff is the same as it was before.

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D&L Granite is a familyowned and operated business out of Odon, IN. We do in-house design work, fabrication and installation on a wide range of jobs:

Kitchen Islands


Outdoor kitchens


Stone signs

Custom shower walls

And more!

Our focus is on custom stonework, using the highest quality granite, quartz, and marble. We also work with concrete and large format slabs. In addition, we also sell and install some of the finest sinks and faucets available on the market today. Our custom countertops, in combination with new fixtures, can dramatically transform your bathroom and/or kitchen. We don’t use subcontractors for our work, choosing to do it all ourselves to ensure that our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is maintained.

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Work with an expert to select the right windows and doors

Freshening up your home this spring? Open doors — literally — by consulting a professional for your home's exterior openings.

What is the process Pella Windows and Doors takes new clients through?

We begin by first understanding the needs of our clients and follow up with identifying the best quality products for their project. Whether visiting your home or our showroom, a Pella expert will:

• Review design, plans, and elevations

• Present material and color options

• Measure window and/or door openings

• Explain the installation process

• Prepare a quote

Why should you choose Pella Windows and Doors?

As one of the most recognizable window and door manufacturers on the market, Pella has a reputation for high-quality products with excellent workmanship.

What are some of the latest trends in windows and doors?

We are seeing black and bold windo ws th at are taller and wider with broader expanses of glass.

What types of warranties are available on Pella products?

We offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty with a local service department that backs up our product.

Rugs 101

Shopping tips from The Rug Gallery of Newburgh

Redecorating your living space?

Owner Mike Kishline details why The Rug Gallery of Newburgh should be the starting point for rug shoppers.

What are your most common client requests now?

Through Pella Windows and Doors Design Works program, we can show clients asking for actual images of their home with various exterior colors, window styles, and grille patterns.

How important is collaboration with the builder or remodeler in working with your clients? We pride ourselves on attention to detail for all projects along with clear communication between the builder, designer, and homeowner.

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“The Rug Gallery of Newburgh specializes in hand-knotted and machine-made rugs in sizes and colors that will fit your budget and your decor,” he says. “Attention to detail, combined with exceptional service and in-home trials are just a few of the reasons that first-time and repeat customers find their way to The Gallery.”

Since a rug can accentuate a room’s best features or serve as a focal point, it’s important to seek out and carefully consider a wide range of inventory.

“With extensive experience in selling and installing rugs, I can assist in room measurement and suggest style choices that will enhance any space,” Kishline says. “I have more than 2,000 rugs in stock in traditional, transitional, and contemporary styles in every size

and price range, including current trendy colors. I travel to India (most recently in January 2023) and U.S. markets to order directly from rug manufacturers. Buying rugs can be compared to buying art. It’s a fun part of this business, and it feels great to provide my customers with many options to ‘decorate your floors with art.’”

With a myriad of choices, your space can take shape in endless variations.

“I invite you to experience the difference in selecting and purchasing fine quality rugs at affordable pricing,” Kishline says. “I love what I do, and I look forward to earning your business for a lifetime.”

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Sunrise Flooring is proud to be your locally owned and operated flooring experts in Newburgh, Indiana. We offer a vast selection of flooring and carpets for both residential and commercial property owners. Whether you are looking for new flooring throughout your entire home or carpet for a single room, we’re sure to have exactly what you need.

“We worked with Sunrise Flooring for our flooring and cabinet needs during our home remodel, and it was a great decision. They were able to point us in the right direction for our needs and budget, and they helped us find the perfect color for the design. Their installers were also great to work with. They were detailed and wouldn’t leave until they knew we were happy with everything!”

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!

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Here’s how to pull together a ta steful aesthetic that is still perfectly you

Home decorating options are extensive, offering shoppers an endless parade of colors, textures, materials, lifespans, purposes, and qualities. Being offered endless options can intimidate a client into indecision without a trusted opinion to help them achieve their dream results, but specialists such as Grateful Threads Fabric can make sense of materials, organize your ideas, and arrive at a solution that feels like a perfect expression of your tastes.

“We help clients realize their design projects from inception to completion,” owner Tresa Miller says. “Family heirlooms to thrift store finds can elevate your decor and create a space that is uniquely you.”

Invest in Color Pops

Miller says neutrals have been the go-to, and that's not a bad thing. “It enables us to incorporate a lot or a little color to reflect each client’s design aesthetic for a fresh, individualized look,” she says.

Talk about Texture

“Texture creates all the beautiful layers and interest in every project,” she says. “Can you say Boucle?”

Study Your Surfaces

“We want to see as many hard surface selections as possible to incorporate the right textiles. Fabric first!” Miller says. “Floors, paint, cabinetry, and counters have unlimited options, but fabric is unique and can be the inspiration or palate for everything else."

What’s Trending?

“We often get requests for items that are sustainable, durable, cleanable, and beautiful. Sure! We can do that,” Miller says. As for materials, she calls crypton “super-hot right now because of its cleanability, long wear, and soft hand,” she says. “It is perfect for use by people, and their kids and pets! Always wanted a white sofa? You can have one now!"

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Colorful Creations Learn what’s trending in custom cabinet design

Is the spring sun shining a new light on your cabinetry? Don’t fret. A custom project may seem daunting, but it’s the opportunity to finally achieve the look and efficiency you’ve been wanting. Plus, the latest design trends make it easy to seamlessly incorporate new cabinets into your existing home aesthetic.

“A lot of our clients’ requests have been for simple, clean, modern looks,” says Gary Graber, owner of Custom Cabinets and Furniture in Montgomery, Indiana. “We have noticed a large percentage of our clients like the more simplified look with natural, muted colors throughout. Our customers tend to go with neutral colors: black, white, and light stains. We have also seen a growing percentage that have gone with many varieties of muted green.”

Another important area to consider is surfaces.

“We are now using 2K polyurethane technology in our finishes because of its excellent chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, and intense durability. It goes beyond Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association standards with its high build and formaldehyde-free characteristics,” Graber says, adding that “its unrivaled beauty far surpasses any technology available today.”

Regardless of a client’s tastes, Graber says patience is key for the partnership to successfully move the project forward.

“Patience in understanding a customer's style or vision is so important,” he says. “If we can talk to the customer and understand what they are wanting out of the space that we are making cabinets for, it helps us know how to design the space to fit each client’s needs.”



“We cannot say enough amazing things about this company, its product, and its people! From our first call to Jason, the owner, to our final product, everyone was top-notch. The crew has an impeccable work ethic, working non-stop all day, into the evening to complete our beautiful patio awning. Thank you, All Weather Products, for an A+ job!”

“Randy was great to work with. He is very good at communication and follow through. Project completed just as he said it would be. Really enjoyed working with him.”

“Top notch quality and attention to detail. Our project looks amazing!”

“We had an excellent experience from the first phone call to the final touches at the completion of our 3-season room. Jason and his team worked to complete the project, even getting it done ahead of the initial schedule. They made sure to leave the work area clean at the end of each day.”

“Friendly staff. Quality product.”

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Nature is Calling

These area experts can help expand your living space into the outdoors with pools, hardscapes, landscapes, and gardens.


Here’s how to ‘bring in door comfort to outdoor living’

L ove the outdoors but wish it had some creature comforts? The pros at Bassemiers share tips on creating a space that merges the best of both.

What services can customers expect at Bassemiers?

A t Bassemiers, you can find everything you need to create your backyard oasis — from patio furniture, retractable awnings, and screens to grills, outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, saunas, and year-round pools.

Describe some of the outdoor living trends Bassemiers is seeing. People have prioritized making their backyard a place to relax, recharge, and “staycation.” They want their outdoor living space to be as comfortable as their indoor living space — or, as we like to say, “bringing indoor comfort to outdoor living.” Hot tubs, year-round pools, patio furniture, and retractable screens are all products that people are investing in to create their ideal outdoor living space.

What are clients asking for now?

A lot of people are seeking hot tubs, swim spas, and saunas for hydrotherapy and red light therapy to help them with issues like muscle pain, reducing stress, boosting their immune systems, or recovery after exercise.

Tell us about some popular outdoor living products. Year-round pools, also known as swim spas, are increasing in popularity because of their energy efficiency, small size, family-friendliness, and ability to be in use all year long. For those wanting to add shade to their patio, adjustable and retractable pergolas are a stylish way to do it. Our pergolas have either a louvered-roof system with rotating louvers to adjust for light or shade or a fabric roof system that can fully retract. Also popular are almost-no-maintenance play sets that are constructed from materials that don’t require staining and don’t attract wood bees, as well as top-ofthe-line wooden play systems with a lifetime warranty.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gain a green thumb with a full-service center

Colonial Classics is the Tri-State’s largest and most complete garden center and nursery.

“We are proud to have served our customers and community since 1958. Growth in outdoor living and gardening has been phenomenal the last three years,” says JT McCarty, President of Colonial Classics.

The Tri-State has followed a national trend to invest more in outdoor spaces to create personal havens of beauty and tranquility.

A recent National Association of Home Builders survey cited 58 percent of respondents’ connection to the outdoors and nature as a strong influence in their design choices, with 45 percent of respondents saying outdoor entertaining will receive increased attention. A large, green backyard once satisfied homebuyers, but today’s homeowners are seeking more options and flexibility in how they use outdoor spaces.

Colonial specializes in being a full-service garden center and nursery that can help customers with all their gardening and landscaping needs. For those looking to add color to landscaping beds, thousands of varieties of annuals, perennials, and shrubs are stocked most of the year. If your yard needs just one beautiful tree or a fullscale landscape project that includes a swimming pool, patio, outdoor kitchen, and pergola, Colonial has extensive experience and training to design and install it.

“Our staff is trained to advise on the right plants that will thrive and mature into the vision our customer has,” McCarty adds. “In addition, we carry numerous lines of outdoor furniture, beautiful gift/decorative items, and the largest selection of pottery and fountains in the area.”

“Colonial Classics isn’t the best because we are the oldest. We are the oldest because we are the best,” McCarty says. “We appreciate the confidence our customers have placed in us for 65 years to help them achieve their gardening/landscaping dreams.”

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Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

Bring the outside in with a room enclosure

As spring unfolds, Tri-State residents are taking to their porches and patios more often. Jason Feightner, owner of All-Weather Products, Inc., discusses how to select the right patio cover or room enclosure for your home, as well as the company who should install it.

Describe the latest tren ds in room enclosures and patio covers.

The floor-to-ceiling glass look is the latest trend in glass room enclosures and, honestly, I love it. It looks tremendous!

Tempered safety glass knee wall areas provide a stunning look to the outdoor spaces and really connect the customers with nature and their outside space.

Is there any maintenance required on a room enclosure?

The product is maintenance-light because the primary material used is aluminum, which doesn’t rust or require painting. However, there are some maintenance items that require a monetary investment that customers should be aware of. Screen cloth has a life span of 7- 10 years and can result in $500-$800 of maintenance

expense when needing replacement. These enclosures are outdoor spaces, and the sealant applied may need freshening every 5- 10 years, but this is something that most homeowners can do themselves with as little as $8 to $10 of material cost.

How sh ould customers select a company to work with?

COVID-19 had homeowners really investing in their homes and outdoor spaces. With the abundance of work available over the past few years, many new operators have entered the market. Savvy customers are asking for referrals, which of course any business can provide, but they also ask for experience and longevity in business and reputation as well.

Tell us how you obtain materials.

T his is one of the biggest strengths in utilizing a family-owned, regional wholesale manufacturer, distributor, and installer of exterior home improvement products like ours. We utilize a domestic-based supply chain, thus supporting the U.S.

economy and providing jobs for people who may one day purchase from our product line.

What can a clien t expect about the process of working with your company?

Customers can expect punctuality, clear communications, follow through, and follow up. They can expect us to use words like “will” or “won’t” not “should” or “maybe.”

Potential clients can expect a nopressure product presentation visit and for their questions or concerns to be addressed. They can anticipate prompt responses to their emails, and for the phones to be answered by actual humans — not machines or answering services.

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“Pools are a special investment in your backyard. If planned and built correctly, they can offer generations of service for your family,” says Jake Kelley of Kelley Custom Pools. “The more collaborative a homeowner is, the more we can ensure that we are constructing exactly what will suit them best.”

When you start shopping, you’ll want to identify the overall look you’re searching for, such as the simple elegance of a fiberglass insert where the focus is around the pool itself or the no-size-restrictions freedom of a vinyl liner pool. Then, get ready for your backyard to undergo a stunning metamorphosis.

“The construction process is transformative,” he says. “You start out with a mostly grassy patch, and in one day, you have a hole completed and a good chunk of the pool installed. Within about an average of nine working days, you have a functional oasis.”


What to know when diving into a swimming pool investment

Finally ready to make the leap and get the swimming pool of your dreams? Kelley Custom Pools is at the ready, from design plans and installation to custom amenities and extras.

But the job isn’t done when the pool is installed and filled. Kelley Custom Pools also sells everything needed to maintain and enjoy your new swimming pool.

“We offer pretty much everything pool related, from the pool itself, to the chemicals and supplies it takes to maintain them. We offer the fun stuff, too, like toys, floats, games, and even outdoor kitchen and grill sets, which are new for 2023,” Kelley says.

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Three reasons to plan your landscaping with a professional

A well-landscaped yard can make all the difference to the look and feel of a property, providing you with a comfortable, beautiful place to relax or invite company over. Dallas Foster, owner of Landscapes by Dallas Foster, Inc., offers three reasons why it’s important to plan your home landscaping with a professional.

They can help you design a more cohesive garden

“We like to use bright colors and a blend of textures that complement each other,” Foster says. “Using different bloom colors and a variety of plants that have different shades of green leaf colors make the landscape extremely attractive.”

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They can help you plant strategically Professional landscapers plan for the future.

“Don’t get caught up in what is blooming when you are choosing your plants,” he says. “Make sure you research the bloom times and growth habits of each plant in order to be successful in this approach to your landscape design.”

They’ll help you choose the best architectural features to complement your landscaping Foster notes that unique stones, antique posts, interesting seating, or other small garden objects all can add focal points to the landscape.

“Of course, it is always nice to add landscape lighting to illuminate your landscape at night, which will add that extra color and increase the time during the day you can enjoy your landscape,” he says.

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Trusting a lighting professional makes a difference

What better way to spend a sunny day than by the pool? Get started on the swimming pool of your dreams with AquaVida Pools, which provides superior pool service, quality products, and custom pool construction. AquaVida designs and brings to life your custom inground pool dreams; excels in maintenance and service that your inground pool needs; and offers a showroom fully stocked with pool and spa chemicals, equipment, and a free water chemistry test lab.

What benefits do customers receive by working with a professional?

When working with AquaVida Pools, you get a company that pays attention to detail, has a commitment to the highest level of customer service, and has leading industry knowledge to do the job right.

Name some unique processes that benefit your clients.

We have a team of highly skilled professionals in field service, office and retail staff, and construction members. By working together, we eliminate inefficiencies. We strive to provide you with the best, individualized solution rather than a standard approach for everyone. Our retail team also is equipped to provide you with additional information about the right treatment for your pool.

Why should a customer choose AquaVida Pools?

You are getting the best quality service for your pool all while getting everything done correctly and efficiently. We value pool health and offer maintenance plans that suit the individual. You are getting skilled professionals in construction, service, and retail who want the best for your pool and to see it thrive in the coming years.

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Whether a beach hut, grand palace, or in between, homeowners enjoy their residences for many reasons beyond shelter. Our homes are extensions of our personalities, our tastes, priorities, and pleasures. They present one of the ultimate messages of who we are to everyone within and outside their bounds.

“The home is typically our biggest investment, inside and out,” says Chris Mitchell, lighting designer with Owensboro, Kentucky-based NiteLiters, Inc. “Enhancing how a client views and uses that investment after dark can be emotional.”

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the mailbox hold a visual element during the day. It’s at night, however, when a home can sing its presence by being lit dramatically or warmly or imposingly, with thoughtfully designed lighting.

Mitchell sees commonalities in his clients’ goals.

“Many want to increase their living space after dark and create relaxing, inviting, and illuminated outdoor spaces,” he says. Post-sunset outside living spaces might include lit patios and porches, outdoor kitchen and dining areas, fire pits, swimming pools, garden paths, or a children’s play area under that magnificent oak tree.

At NiteLiters, the designers are trained to provide solutions.

“We visually enhance how space is seen after dark by increasing the usability of outdoor spaces. We bring outside in visually and direct our attention to addressing all of our clients’ desires, concerns, and fears,” he says.

It’s common for homeowners to not consider the extensions that well designed outdoor lighting provides.

“It's often overlooked by the client. … It can visually expand your interior space and create ‘lit rooms’ that will draw you out after dark,” Mitchell says.

Additionally, upgrading outside spaces with the latest tech enhancements requires a discussion with the professionals.

“Objectively, many people want color-changing and smart controls. Subjectively, our job is to educate the client about all potential/enhanced uses of outdoor living areas after dark,” he says.

Mitchell says an outdoor lighting plan can be key to efficiency while considering the variety of plants, shrubs, and trees to use in an area.

“Often, landscape designers only consider how the project looks in daylight,” he says. “Some of the landscape architects in the area work with us to consider nighttime view as well.”

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EVERGREEN ENVIRONMENT Keep your landscape fresh with these tips

Dreamy lawns and gardens take a lot of work, but homeowners don’t have to go it alone. The experts at Corressell Landscaping can step in and help.

What does season-long landscape maintenance entail? Our program is customized to the needs of the client. A typical program includes shrub trimming, weed control, and mulch application. Our maintenance programs range from trimming and mulch done once per year to frequent visits for weed control to keep the landscape in top form. Whether it is residential or commercial, we provide several levels of service to meet the

needs or budget concerns for a particular property.

How can Corressell help clients enjoy their outdoor space at night?

Lighting often is an afterthought when it comes to landscaping, but it provides a unique opportunity to transform a space after sunset. Different fixture styles allow us to enhance safety along walkways and draw attention to certain features like specimen plantings or hardscape features. We work both with light and the absence of light to create a more interesting display, rather than simply washing the entire area with bright light.

When is it time to renovate a landscape?

Every landscape has a lifespan. The exact time to start over will depend on the needs of the client and whether the condition

and size of the existing plants still function within those needs. Sometimes we can freshen a landscape without completely starting over. One thing that remains constant is that proper yearly pruning will greatly extend the life of an outdoor space.

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We pride ourselves on providing outstanding and honest customer service on every job, big or small. Our technicians are prompt and professional and happy to answer any HVAC questions you have.

Bone Dry Roofing and Owens Corning have teamed up to offer one watertight warranty. Not only will a Bone Dry roof keep rain, wind, sleet and hail away, it’ll keep worry away. With our 100% material and workmanship warranty, you’ll never have to fret over your roof again. And with a Google Reviews 4.7 Star Rating, you’ll be just as satisfied with our roof replacement, roof repair & maintenance and gutter services. Check us out at bonedry.com where you can get up to $100 off any roof repair $500 or more through 6/30/23. One offer per household. Excludes insurance projects. Mention ad when scheduling.

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Masterful Upkeep

Maintain your home's quality and safety with services from local suppliers, painters, utility specialists, and exterminators.


Protect your painted surfaces with these tips

Home construction and renovation uses a myriad of materials, and proper application and maintenance often is a homeowner’s first level of protection.

Chad Turpen, owner of Turpen’s Painting Co. , attests to the importance of preparation.

“When it comes to painting, most people simply think of changing colors or what would look most aesthetically pleasing. They forget that their painted or unpainted surfaces need protection as well,” he says. “We all love a big, beautiful color transformation, but there are other factors to think of.”

Turpen says homeowners often forget to consider every aspect of maintenance.

“Areas like fences, decks, siding, soffits, fascia, windows, doors, and frames frequently get overlooked,” he advises. “It’s important to look for signs of deterioration, like chipping, peeling, fading/oxidizing, bubbling, cracking, and rusting to address those areas before it’s too late.”

Newly installed features also need consideration to ensure longevity.

“When it comes to new fences and decks, it’s important to allow time for your treated wood surfaces to dry,” Turpen says. “But once they’re dry, it’s time to protect them with stain before your wood begins to gray and deteriorate. Replacing these items can be much more expensive than if you would’ve just stayed on top of them.”

“People tend to focus on heating, air conditioning, water heaters, plumbing, and roofing when it comes to standard maintenance, and painting gets

pushed to the back burner. Protecting your necessary surfaces before it’s too late could save a lot of money over time,” he says.

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Lay of the Land

Get to know Lawn Masters

‘Tis the season for outdoor living, but an unkempt yard or lines of pests can put a damper on celebrating the warmer weather. Take charge with a professional service such as Lawn Masters so you can sit back, sip a summer beverage, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Who is Lawn Masters?

This local company headquartered in Newburgh has been around for 16 years. Jerry Rogers founded the company, which has grown each year and now serves customers in Newburgh as well as Evansville's East, North, and West sides as well as Owensboro and Henderson, Kentucky.

What does Lawn Masters do?

Lawn Masters provides a comprehensive eight-step lawn care program to help create healthy lawns that customers can be proud of. Lawn Masters also helps customers control weeds in their flower beds, protects trees and shrubs from insects, and offers mosquito control through the Mosquito Patrol and mole/vole remediation through the Mole Patrol.

Why Lawn Masters?

Lawn Masters technicians receive year-round rigorous training and are licensed by the states of Indiana and Kentucky. The protocols used by Lawn Masters technicians are specially designed for the local area. Lawn Masters has a fully staffed front office dedicated to serving the company’s customers.

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Service & Supply

We have the largest team of experienced union technicians in the Tri-State, and they are always available to provide prompt, friendly, affordable service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. That’s why we are the Tri-State’s #1 source for All Things Comfort—especially yours!

J.E. Shekell has won the President’s Award from Carrier for 2023!

This award is given to a select few heating and cooling companies who have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation, from customer service to technical expertise.


Our iWave products reduce airborne particles and certain bacteria and viruses.

• Advanced technology delivers cleaner, fresher air

• Reduce odors, smoke and dust particles

• Can be installed in most air conditioning or heating systems

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RAISE THE ROOF Here’s why to le t a professional tackle this top project

If your roof is looking a little worse for wear this spring, you may be tempted to pull out an extension ladder, climb atop your home, and handle the task yourself. But whatever time and money you may think you’ll save can be erased by a job improperly done, leading to property damage.

So, why go it alone when a professional roofing company has the qualifications, top materials, and expertise to do the job right the first time? For example, Bone Dry Roofing , a family-owned and operated roofing company, provides residential roof replacement, roof repair and maintenance, gutter and downspout installation, soffit and fascia maintenance, and emergency services when unexpected roof damage occurs.

“With more than 30 years of experience, our longevity is largely due to our mission of ensuring peace of mind to each and every customer through exceptional service,” says Wes Hayes, regional manager at Bone Dry Roofing. “When you work with us, we will address your home’s entire roofing system to ensure nothing is overlooked or omitted.”

That experience means no detail goes overlooked. Starting with a complimentary roof inspection, a team member determines if it can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced. Crews work so efficiently that most roofing projects are completed in one day, and no job is complete until cleanup is done. Each roof comes with a 50-year manufacturer warranty and a 25-year labor warranty, as well as a five-year courtesy inspection to make sure everything is as it should be.

“We want to make sure every component is performing as expected and that you are satisfied with the work we have done,” Hayes says. “Our process makes the entire experience simple and easy for our customers.”

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Elite Electronics

Upgrade your home entertainment

Home entertainment systems aren’t limited to the living room. Bring entertainment outdoors with Quest4 Electronics , which has completed more than 25,000 installations in the Tri-State.

What does Q uest4 Electronics specialize in? For outdoor areas, we provide outdoor TVs plus full automation with power lifts for them, an audio network so you can work outside and control your system, and cameras to watch your pool or wildlife. For indoor entertainment systems, we do jobs such as mounting the TVs we sell on the wall, to jobs as large as the Ford Center, and everything in between.

What products are being used now in outdoor living?

Quest4 sells brands such as Samsung outdoor, and SunBrite for outdoor TVs; Sonos, Yamaha, Klipsch, Bose, and Paradigm for the outdoor speakers; and Luxul and Araknis for Wi-Fi access points.

What are your most common client requests now?

Theater rooms with automation, close circuit camera systems, and robust Wi-Fi and network systems often are requested. We just have to ensure the networking available in our area will support their needs.

What are the different types of clients you are seeing now?

Quest4 is seeing a more sports- minded clientele that is really interested in golf simulators the whole family can enjoy. They also have the option to play 13 different types of games, and a shooting range option is available. CCTV systems are still very popular for their safety, along with home automation.

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Spring Cleaning

Give your HVAC system a seasonal check

Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time to make sure your HVAC unit is performing at its full potential. The best way to check?

Call professionals like Evansville Heating and Air Conditioning

What services do you specialize in?

We are a locally owned small business and full-service HVAC company that delivers skilled

residential and commercial heating and air conditioning services to the greater Evansville area and surrounding areas. You can rely on our expert team for prompt and dependable service.

What do your best client relationships have in common?

Relationships with clients rely on reliability and trust. We work with you to find the most reliable heating and air conditioning system solutions to meet your individual needs.

Describe your eco-friendly services. We show our customers the most suitable options for their projects to decrease energy consumption. We create a healthier and more energy-efficient home by utilizing resources efficiently. By preserving resource efforts

and balancing energy-efficient products, we make a lighter impact on the planet.

What benefits do customers receive by working with Evansville Heating and Air Conditioning? We pride ourselves on providing outstanding and honest customer service on every job, big or small. Our technicians are prompt, professional, and happy to answer any HVAC questions you have. We have peace of mind in knowing that the work we provide will be done right the first time. We also have a great relationship with other contractors and have worked side by side with other trade professionals for many years, so we are able to help solve problems that can arise.

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Tune-Ups for your Tools

Three ways to maximize your home’s indoor air quality

This spring, as you clear off the dust from months of indoor living, don’t forget about two of the hardest working members of your household: your air conditioner and furnace. Regular tune-ups not only keep them in shape but help improve your indoor air quality.

“It’s important to get on a twice-a-year maintenance program. It keeps your equipment clean and working at their optimum efficiency,” says Jeff Hahn, a comfort specialist at J.E. Shekell, Inc . “It’s the No. 1 thing you can do to get the best performance out of your system.”

“Especially in spring, cottonwood and grass clippings can attach to the outdoor unit and clog it, and it can’t breathe,” he adds. “When you clean it properly and it can breathe through filters, it’s blowing colder air and not using as much energy to run it. A proper running system could make as much as a 30 percent savings on your energy bill.”

Having a good air filter is crucial. A filter with a rating of MERV 10 or higher catches mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. The experts at J.E. Shekell recommend a filter with a MERV 13 rating.

Hahn also recommends installing an air purifier, which works in conjunction with your furnace blower and can block common viruses.


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P icture it: You awake after a long winter and realize spring is here. If your next thought is to develop a plan for outdoor living, pump the brakes and call a professional.

Kyle and Magen Coates, owners of Coates Hauling and Dirt Works , know well how homeowners love beautiful, weather-protected patios and other outdoor living features. They say they field many requests for drainage solutions, stone retaining walls, and concrete patios.

“We are seeing a trend towards concrete patios over natural stone,” the Coateses say. “They’re easier to care for, better value for your money, less out of pocket expense for the installation, plus there’s a variety of color and stamp options to better match your home.”

This year’s aesthetic trends

guide their customers’ choices.

“Our clients are looking for balance! Blends of natural stones and light colored, decorative gravel with plants that pop with vibrant colors that pop against a rich black mulch,” they say. “Aesthetics and easy maintenance for a busy lifestyle are all the rage,” the couple shares.

The husband-and-wife team are happy to offer advice, as well.

“We want to consider if you have time for maintenance, if you have small children or pets and your budget. Some plants are a lot of hard work to keep up,” they say.

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President’s Message June/July

Almost every time you watch a PBS program on WNIN-TV or listen to an NPR program on WNIN-FM, you learn that some amount of support for that content comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). CPB provides large, annual grants to individual stations throughout the public media system, including WNIN. So, I thought you might be interested to learn more about this important organization and the critical role it plays in our annual budget.

As we often must remind viewers and listeners, the federal government does NOT provide direct assistance to WNIN nor any of the other public


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media stations in the U.S. Instead, the federal government created CPB to act as the steward of the government’s investment in public media. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation that came into existence some 50 years ago with the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which declared the wisdom of supporting public media with federal funds and defined public media’s public policy value and function. This legislation continues to direct the work of CPB today.

CPB strives to support diverse programs and services that inform, educate, enlighten and enrich the public. Through its annual grants, the corporation encourages the development of content that addresses the needs of underserved audiences. CPB’s core values of collaboration, innovation, engagement, and diversity help to provide programming and content investments system-wide.

CPB does not produce programming and does not own, operate, or control any public broadcasting stations. Additionally, CPB, PBS, and NPR are independent of each other and of local public television and radio stations, including WNIN.

Here are some numbers to inform you a little more about CPB:

• More than 70 percent of annual funding goes directly to local public media stations.

• Less than 5 percent of annual funding is spent on CPB operations. CPB has approximately 100 staff members.

• 99 percent of Americans have access to public media (TV and/or radio).

• Almost 20,000 people are employed by public media stations across the country.

• 1,564 public media stations are locally owned and operated by 549 CPB grantees. Three hundred ninety-one grantees represent 1,207 public radio stations, and 158 grantees represent 357 public television stations.

• CPB also awards grants to stations and independent producers to create diverse programs and services, from documentaries and digital media learning tools to journalism collaborations. A nine-member board of directors governs CPB, sets policy, and determines strategic direction. Board members are appointed by the U.S. president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for six-year terms. The board then appoints the CPB president and CEO, who selects the other corporate officers.

CPB follows a complex grant-making procedure. At its heart is a requirement that local stations, including WNIN, meet a “non-federal funding” benchmark. Quite simply, WNIN must file paperwork each year that confirms that we have achieved a sizable portion of our operating budget through LOCAL revenue. Local revenue is comprised of a combination of your membership donations, dollars raised at WNIN’s annual menu of events/auctions, corporate sponsorships, and local businesses purchasing on-air underwriting. This is why we are eager to remind our viewers and listeners that more than HALF our annual financial support comes from local dollars … viewers/listeners just like you! If we do NOT receive your local support, we do NOT receive any federal monies from CPB. It’s as simple as that.

Not only is it always a good time to include WNIN-TV and/or FM on your giving list, it’s also critical and necessary for WNIN to be able to qualify for annual Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding. Look for the donation banner at www.wnin. org and show your support for the good work we continue to do every day. You may also make a gift by calling us at 812-4232973. Thank you when you do!



This summer, WNIN is setting the stage and bringing a new community event to the Downtown Evansville area for all of the Tri-State to enjoy! Join us Saturday, July 8, for Jazz Fest, a new WNIN event that aims to connect and enrich the lives of others through music.

This family-friendly free event will showcase live and vibrant jazz music performances from Tri-State bands including Bokeh Big Band, The Keith Farney Jazz Collective, Jose Gobbo Trio and Monte Skelton and Friends. Attendees are encouraged to invite their friends, bring their chairs, and find a spot to enjoy the evening. This portion of the event is free to all from 4 p.m.10 p.m. Gates will open at 3 p.m.

Thanks to the Evansville Music Academy, this event will also feature a “petting zoo” of instruments. This interactive experience will allow children to experience firsthand how the instruments they see and hear on stage work as well as an opportunity to learn directly from skilled musical professionals.

Attendees will have the option to escape the heat and view documentaries about jazz musicians in the WNIN Old National Public Theatre. Food trucks will also be available to purchase snacks and food throughout the event.

In addition to the free portion of the event, a 21+ wine and beer garden will be available for a $10 entry fee. This entry fee allows attendees to enter and sample wines from local and regional wineries or to purchase wine either by the glass or bottle. A variety of beer also will be available for non-wine drinkers.

“We’re so excited to have the opportunity to further build our relationship with the community. As a public media station, it’s our job to inspire others, and by connecting individuals to music and culture, we think Jazz Fest will do just that,” says WNIN Director of Events and Theater Karen Robinson.

For more information about this event or to learn how you can get involved in the Jazz Fest today, contact Karen Robinson at krobinson@wnin.org or call 812-423-2973 ext. 136.

WNIN Jazz Fest Details

What: This free family event will feature live jazz and a “petting zoo” of instruments for children to experience firsthand how the instruments they’re seeing on stage work. Documentaries on jazz musicians will be showing in the WNIN Old National Public Theatre. And more!

When: Saturday, July 8, 2023

Where: Outside the WNIN Studios at 2 Main St. in Downtown Evansville. Attendees can bring their own chairs and find a spot to enjoy the evening.

Time: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.)

Spend the Summer with “Camp TV”!

“Camp TV” is making its way back to your screens late this summer for a brand new season full of brand new adventures!

This series features everything 5- to 10-year-olds love about summer camp — hands-on activities, performing arts, movement, nature and animal content, science, literacy, virtual field trips and more — all led by the enthusiastic and fun-loving “head counselor”

Zachary Noah Piser and “co-camp counselor” Mia Weinberger.

Just like real camp, each day (episode) has a fun theme, like Sports Day, Career Day, Space Day, and more. Campers are greeted by an enthusiastic head counselor who introduces the daily camp theme and chaperones viewers from one engaging, educational activity to the next.

And Season 4 is extra special! This season will feature children reading for a “Tell Me a Story” segment, and one child will come from right here in the Tri-State, so be on the lookout for a familiar face when it broadcasts nationwide!

Join “Camp TV” for adventures from June to August on 9.1 WNIN PBS or stream live on wnin.org. Stay tuned for more information to come.



June 2023 Highlights


Airs at 8 p.m. June 2

Little Richard is a legend from the golden era of rock. Richard is the cultural lightning rod influencing some of rock music’s most distinguished icons who will join us to validate Richard’s unquestionable role in rock history, including Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen. As Richard once boastfully claimed, “I am the King and Queen of Rock and Roll.”


Airs at 7 p.m. June 3

A heartfelt celebration of a legendary star who truly lived the American Dream, this 1992 spectacular was the first new Lawrence Welk Live performance program produced for public television. Hosted by Barbara Mandrell, it was taped at the new Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and featured 21 of the favorite Welk regulars.


Airs at 7 p.m. June 4

In 1996, “Grace of My Heart,” the Allison Anders-directed musical drama about ‘60s pop, featured the sweeping song “God Give Me Strength” written by musicians Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello. Bacharach and Costello’s partnership was captured in the public television series “Sessions at West 54th,” with host David Byrne interviewing the duo between performances.


Airs at 7 p.m. June 5

This new concert documentary presents music icon Carole King’s triumphant homecoming concert May 26, 1973, on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park.


Airs at 7 p.m. June 6

On Sept. 30, 1987, Roy Orbison, then 51, staged a remarkable comeback concert at Los Angeles’ Coconut Grove nightclub with the help of guest musicians whom he had influenced, including Jackson Browne, T. Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen.


Airs at 9 p.m. June 8

A gifted acoustic guitarist and banjo player who has also made a name for herself as a songwriter and vocalist, Molly Tuttle rose from playing in her father’s bluegrass band to becoming one of the leading lights of modern folk, bluegrass, and Americana before she reached her 20s.


Airs at 8 p.m. June 16


Airs at 8 p.m. Sundays starting June 18

Sondra Radvanovsky portrays the mythic sorceress in Cherubini’s rarely performed masterpiece. This marks Radvanovsky’s fourth new production with director David McVicar, who also designed the sets for this staging. Joining Radvanovsky are tenor Matthew Polenzani as Medea’s husband, Giasone; soprano Janai Brugger as her romantic rival, Glauce; bass Michele Pertusi as her father, Creonte, the King of Corinth; and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Medea’s confidante, Neris. Maestro Carlo Rizzi conducts, and Joyce DiDonato hosts.


Airs at 7 p.m. Sundays starting June 18

The series introduces us to charismatic Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who has retired from the police after years of

This season has many surprises in the last three films, with the return of some familiar faces and new challenges for Endeavour and Thursday to face before the final goodbye.


Airs at 8 p.m. Mondays starting June 19; repeats at 8 p.m. Fridays

Join us for a new season of this uplifting cooking competition, returning with 10 talented home cooks from different regions of the country showcasing their beloved signature dishes and competing to win the national search for “The Great American Recipe.”


Airs at 9 p.m. June 21

Through the lens of endometriosis, a disease that affects one in nine women, this film shows how women are often dismissed, discounted, and disbelieved. From societal taboos and gender bias to misinformed doctors and profit-driven health care, the film reveals how millions of women patients are effectively silenced


and how, by fighting back, they can improve health care for everyone.



Airs at 7 p.m. June 27

In the 1950s and ‘60s, an underground network of transgender women and cross-dressing men found refuge at Casa Susanna, a modest house in the Catskills region of New York. Told through the memories of those whose visits to the house would change their lives, the film provides a moving look back at a secret world where the persecuted and frightened found freedom, acceptance and, often, the courage to live their lives out of the shadows.


Airs at 7 p.m. June 28

This documentary reveals what could be the biggest archeological find of the 21st Century: the tomb, the bones, and the royal seal of King Odysseus.

July 2023 Highlights


Airs at 7 p.m. July 4

America’s Independence Day celebration, “A Capitol Fourth,” will mark 43 years on the air. The show is broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS and streaming platforms as well as to our troops watching around the world on the American Forces Network.

that ways we reshape the world around us are driven not only by our biological needs but by our social, political, and cultural identities — that we can tell ourselves what it means to be human, but the clearest vision of who we are emerges from what we do.

examination of iconic national symbols such as indelible artifacts, places, and archetypes. In July, the series looks at the Statue of Liberty, the American Bald Eagle, and Stone Mountain.


Airs at 8 p.m. Sundays starting July 9

Explore the lives of invisible women, and the very visible problems caused by Leonard’s new vocation which may, once again, find him battling the law. Delving into faith, forgiveness, and redemption, this explosive series tests Will and Geordie to the limit. Charlotte Ritchie (“Ghosts”) returns as Bonnie, alongside Tessa PeakeJones as Mrs. C, Al Weaver as Leonard Finch, Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating, Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe, and Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman.


Airs at 9 p.m. Sundays starting July 9

Set in Birmingham, D.I. Ray, played by Parminder Nagra, introduces Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong personal conflict between her British identity and her South Asian heritage. Created and written by Maya Sondhi (“Line of Duty”) and directed by Alex Pillai (“Bridgerton”).


Airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting July 12


Airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting July 18


Airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays starting July 5

Biologist Shane Campbell-Staton travels the world to explore humans’ global impact. In his quest, Shane will discover

David M. Rubenstein – co-founder of The Carlyle Group, patriotic philanthropist, lifelong student of history, and the series’ host and executive producer – explores American history through a close

This series examines our rich and complex relationships with outdoor spaces. The series uncovers a mix of themes that shape our outdoor lives, including the restoration of outdoor spaces, the impact of the changing climate, the relationship between being outside and human health, and the efforts in many places to ensure that wild places are accessible to everyone.


Airs at 9 p.m.

Tuesdays starting July 18

Explores Southern identity through the eyes of renowned contemporary Southern creators and the places they call home: the communities that inspire the stories they tell in books, songs, poems, plays, and on screens large and small.



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MONDAY 6 p.m. PBS Newshour 7 p.m. Antiques Roadshow 8 p.m. Great American Recipe 9 p.m. P.O.V. 10 p.m. Amanpour & Company 11 p.m. Iconic America TUESDAY 6 p.m. PBS Newshour 7 p.m. Finding Your Roots 8 p.m. America Outdoors 9 p.m. Specials 10 p.m. Amanpour & Company 11 p.m. Antiques Roadshow WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. PBS Newshour 7 p.m. Nature 8 p.m. NOVA/Human Footprint 9 p.m. Iconic America 10 p.m. Amanpour & Company 11 p.m. Nature THURSDAY 6 p.m. PBS Newshour 7 p.m. Newsmakers 7:30 p.m. Reconnecting Roots 8 p.m. Two Main Street/Any Road with Brick Briscoe
MONDAY - FRIDAY 5 a.m. Arthur 5:30 a.m. Odd Squad 6 a.m. Molly of Denali 6:30 a.m. Alma’s Way 7 a.m. Wild Kratts 7:30 a.m. Curious George 8 a.m. Daniel Tiger 8:30 a.m. Rosie’s Rules 9 a.m. Sesame Street 9:30 a.m. Work It Out Wombats 10 a.m. Donkey Hodie 10:30 a.m. Pinkalicious & Peterrific 11 a.m. Elinor Wonders Why 11:30 a.m. Nature Cat Noon Hero Elementary 12:30 p.m. Xavier Riddle 1 p.m. A Chef’s Life 1:30 p.m. Ask This Old House 2 p.m. Primetime Repeats 3 p.m. Primetime Repeats 4 p.m. Primetime Repeats 5 p.m. BBC World News 5:30 p.m. BBC World News SATURDAY & SUNDAY 5 a.m. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 5:30 a.m. Arthur 6 a.m. Molly of Denali 6:30 a.m. Alma’s Way 7 a.m. Wild Kratts All Times Central. Check WNIN.org for up-to-date program dates and times.
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BREAK OUT OF YOUR SHELL Through his restaurants, Randy Hobson encourages diners to reach outside their food comfort zone. In one dish, he positions grilled shrimp between steamed buns and dresses the combination with miso slaw and spicy aioli.

Then came 2nd Language, where Hobson brought authentic Asian ramen dishes to the renovated former National Biscuit Company building on Northwest Second Street. It opened in 2020, a year after a pastry operation debuted at the same site. In 2022, the patisserie was replaced by Pangea Pizzeria, which offers the Neapolitan offerings from Pangea Kitchen in a by-the-slice format.

Hobson is mum on any future moves, but his goal of bringing a more worldly food culture to Evansville remains unchanged.

“People tell me all the time, ‘I don’t like Brussels sprouts, but man, I really like yours,’” he says. “What also makes me happy is when people come in and they visit our restaurant and they say, ‘I was in Naples, Italy, and I ate pizza like this pizza,’ or ‘I was in Detroit, and your pie is as good.’”

“That was my passion, to create a better food culture in this city,” he says. “And that’s why I do what I do.”


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A Need for Caffeine

Dwell Coffee Co. helps keep Darmstadt running

KATE POTTER often looked across Darmstadt Road at an empty former Old National Bank branch and pondered its potential.

She eventually decided, along with her husband, Matt, to acquire the building. The 15-minute drive to Evansville’s First Avenue for fresh-brewed coffee was too far, so the Potters brought a local option to Darmstadt, Indiana, in the form of Dwell Coffee Co.

It opened at 13221 Darmstadt Road in January 2022 only three days before the Potters’ fourth child was born. It’s since become a place for locals to caffeinate and gather.

“The only thing in the town before was the Darmstadt Inn, and I felt there was a need for somewhere else to congregate that’s not a restaurant or bar,” Kate says.

Dwell offers sandwiches, wraps, and pastries, plus a long list of coffees and noncoffee drinks. A popular drink is American Honey – a nod to Kate’s other business – a concoction of espresso, milk, honey, and cinnamon.

The shop has a rustic look, with tables sitting atop animal skin rugs. Matt is from Colorado, and he and Kate

thought the look fit the store’s mood.

Potter opened American Honey Market – a screen print and embroidery boutique – five years ago. Matt works fulltime for UPS, and Kate says the two small businesses and four children keep the family busy.

Fortunately, the Potters no longer have to go far for a jolt of caffeine. Dwell Cof fee Co. is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon day through Saturday.

needs it,” Kate says.



Dig into a full English breakfast at Cosmos Bistro

Cosmos Bistro, an upscale casual dining spot at 101 S.E. First St. on the first floor of the McCurdy building, credits much of its adventurous vegan and fusion offerings to chefs Madison Venecz and Abbey Vinson. But the full English breakfast served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunday brunch? That’s all Scott Anderson.

“It was an idea I got from when I was an exchange student in England during college,” says Anderson, who opened Cosmos Bistro in 2022. “When you’re in London, their full English breakfast is on most menus. When we were opening Cosmos Bistro, we wanted to offer different options, things that you can’t find around here. A full English breakfast was one.”

The English breakfast is served with a winking promise to give diners as much time as they need to finish it. And need it, they will: Plates come loaded with a traditional “banger” (sausage), two strips of thick-cut bacon, two eggs served sunny-side up, baked beans, a grilled tomato filled with pesto, mushrooms, and a slice of toast with butter and orange marmalade.

“Our English breakfast is reasonably similar to a traditional English breakfast,” Anderson says. “The baked beans are a little different, and we serve American-style bacon. British bacon is more like Canadian bacon, like a thinner piece of the jowl instead of a strip.”

Other differences are rooted in cultural preferences.

“The English use bacon fat and pan fry their toast in that, but we don’t,” Anderson says. “And there’s no blood sausage” — a high-fat link containing cooked animal blood. “I envisioned most blood sausage would come back when we’d collect the plates after the meal.”

Anderson says the kitchen plans to cook and serve about a dozen full English breakfasts during each fourhour brunch service. Testifying to its popularity, the $16 special frequently sells out.

TOAST OF THE TOWN cosmos-bistro.com



CAVANAUGH’S: 421 N.W. Riverside Drive (inside Bally’s Evansville), 812-433-4000. Steaks, fresh seafood, overlooking the Ohio River, and entertainment in piano bar.

THE COLLECTIVE: 228 Main St. above Comfort by the Cross-Eyed Cricket. 812-202-8051. Specialty, fresh appetizers and entrees and an extensive beverage list.

H CORK ‘N CLEAVER: (Best Romantic Dinner Spot) 650 S. Hebron Ave., 812-479-6974. Steak, prime rib, chicken, seafood, salad bar, soup, and sandwich lunches.

MADELEINE’S FUSION RESTAURANT: 423 S.E. Second St., 812-491-8611. Appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, including day catch seafood and prime steaks, extensive bar selections, and wine cellar. Special dietary requests honored. Private meeting rooms and in-season patio dining available.


AMY’S ON FRANKLIN: 1418 W. Franklin St., 812-401-2332. Comfort food influenced by the French Quarter, Mexico, and Texas.

BAR LOUIE: 7700 Eagle Crest Blvd., 812-476-7069. Full bar, expansive menu with mini Kobe hot dogs, the Luigi sandwich with shaved rib eye, and large hamburger selection.

BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO: 6401 E. Lloyd Expressway, 812-421-0800. Italian cuisine.

BONEFISH GRILL: 6401 E. Lloyd Expressway, 812-401-3474. Wood-burning grill, fish, steaks, pasta dishes, soups, salads, and its famous Bang Bang Shrimp.

BRU BURGER BAR: 222 Sycamore St. in the former Greyhound bus terminal, 812-302-3005. Signature burgers, classic sandwiches, salads, appetizers, desserts, and an extensive drink menu.

CAMBRIDGE GRILL: 1034 Beacon Hill, 812-868-4653. Salads, sandwiches, pizzas, entrées, and an expanded wine menu.

COMFORT BY THE CROSS-EYED CRICKET: 230 Main St. 812-909-3742. Full breakfast menu, home-style favorites, sandwiches, and salads.

COPPER HOUSE: 1430 W. Franklin St., 812-909-8089. Unique cuisine meets comfort food.

COSMOS BISTRO: 101 S.E. First St. A collaboration of local chefs making dishes from local produce and preferences that range from gourmet specialties to comfort food.

HOUSE OF COMO: 2700 S. Kentucky Ave., 812-422-0572. Baked chicken dishes, lamb chops, fish entrées, and oversized steaks with Lebanese and Middle Eastern influence.

RIVERWALK RESTAURANT & CATERING: 6 Walnut St. (inside the Hadi Shrine building), 812-758-4644. Cocktails, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, fish, and specialty plates from the Acropolis menu.

SAMUEL’S: 113 SE. Fourth St., 812-777-0047. A wide range of shareable bites for the table, specialty entrees, and sandwiches rotating seasonally for those 21-plus only. Open for lunch and dinner.

SCHYMIK’S KITCHEN: 1112 Parrett St., 812-401-3333. Globally influenced restaurant and wine bar.

WALTON’S SMOKEHOUSE AND SOUTHERN KITCHEN: 956 Parrett St., 812467-4255. Formerly Walton’s International Comfort Food, serving smokehouse delights in a unique atmosphere.


EVANSVILLE COUNTRY CLUB: 3810 Stringtown Road, 812-425-2243. Executive chef on staff. Diverse menu selection. Member-only dining.

OAK MEADOW COUNTRY CLUB: 11505 Browning Road, 812-867-1900. Chef-created menu in full-service dining room. Member-only dining.

ROLLING HILLS COUNTRY CLUB: 1666 Old Plank Road, Newburgh, IN, 812-925-3336. Executive chef on staff. Member-only dining.


BARGETOWN MARKET: 330 Main St., Ste. C (enter on Fourth Street). Fresh-made daily soups and sandwiches in a Main Street market.

THE BISTRO: 1 Main St. (Old National Bank), 812-424-5801. Fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, desserts, and daily specials. Catering available.

BOWLIFY SUPERFOODS: 250 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-303-2874. Acai bowls, smoothies, and avocado toasts.

CHICKEN SALAD CHICK: 1414 Hirschland Road, 812-594-9820. More than 12 flavors of chicken salad, soups, sides, and desserts.

THE DAILY GRIND: 1 S.E. Ninth St., Ste. 102, 812-401-2040. Coffee bar and deli with sandwiches, and soups. Many items are vegan friendly.

THE DELI: 421 N.W. Riverside Drive (inside Bally’s Evansville), 812-4334000. Deli sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, polish sausage, and pizza.

FIREHOUSE SUBS: 1031 N. Green River Road, 812-909-4445. Hot and cold subs with toppings such as smoked turkey, sliced chicken, veggies, and white chicken salad.

THE GRANOLA JAR CAFÉ & BAKERY: 1033 Mount Pleasant Road, 812-4371899; 333 State St., Newburgh, IN, 812-490-0060; 5600 E. Virginia St., 812-401-8111. Specializes in house-made granola, breads, and vegetarian and vegan options.

HONEYBAKED HAM: 1446 N. Green River Road, 812-471-2940. Boxed lunches, sandwiches, salads, as well as whole, half, or slices of ham. Variety of desserts and side items.

JASON’S DELI: 943 N. Green River Road, 812-471-9905. Sandwiches, salads, and other healthy meals with fresh ingredients and no artificial trans fats, MSG, or high fructose corn syrup.

JIMMY JOHN’S: 701 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-401-5400; 130 N. St. Joseph Ave., 812-402-9944; 330 Main St., 812-402-5653; 2320 N. Green River Road, 812-402-5747; 8680 High Point Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-4907111. Deli-style sandwiches, fresh-baked bread, vegetables prepared daily, and cold cut meats.

JUST RENNIE’S CATERING AND COOKIES: 102 S.E. Fourth St., 812-490-8098. Gourmet lunches, chicken salad sandwiches, club wraps, and cookies.

LIC’S DELI AND ICE CREAM: 800 E. Diamond Ave., 812-424-4862; 4501 Lincoln Ave., 812-477-3131; 2311 W. Virginia St., 812-423-4173; 2001 Washington Ave., 812-473-0569; 11 N.W. Fifth St., 812-422-2618; 8700 Ruffian Lane, Newburgh, IN, 812-858-0022. Deli-style soups, salads, sandwiches, locally made ice cream, and sorbets.

MCALISTER’S DELI: 2220 N. Green River Road, 812-618-2050; 5301 Pearl Drive, Ste. 100, 812-228-4222; 3788 Libbert Road, Newburgh, IN, 812490-3354. Deli sandwiches, salads, spuds, and sweet tea.

NORTH MAIN ANNEX GOURMET CATERING & DELI: 701 N. Main St., 812250-4551. Breakfast all day, salads, and baked goods.

OLD TYME DELI & MEAT SHOP: 307 N. 1st Ave., 812-401-1030. A traditional deli and meat shop offering plate lunches.

PANERA BREAD: 220 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-476-7477; 5201 Pearl Drive, 812-250-7088; 4015 Gateway Blvd., Newburgh, IN, 812-706-6386. Breads, sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, and specialty coffee drinks.

PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS: 137 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-479-7366; 4827 Davis Lant Drive, 812-402-7366; 5310 Pearl Drive, 812-434-7366; 8887 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-401-7366; 1111 Barrett Blvd., Henderson, KY, 270-826-7361. Grilled, made fresh-to-order sub sandwiches, homemade hand-cut fries, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

SICILIANO SUBS: 2021 W. Franklin St., 812-303-3382. Specialty sandwiches like the Cuban and Siciliano subs.

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, restaurants are handicapped-accessible and accept major credit cards. City and county ordinances prohibit smoking in many facilities. We suggest calling ahead to check which venues are exempt. Evansville Living has made every attempt to present an accurate guide. Please notify us of significant changes in a restaurant’s management, location, or menu. This directory is compiled by editorial staff and not based on advertising.

WHICH WICH: 5401 E. Lloyd Expressway, 812-471-2818; 6401 N. Green River Road, 812-867-0826. An extensive menu of customizable sandwiches and sides.


BEA SWEET TREATS: 4111 Merchant Drive, Newburgh, Indiana, 812-454-7728. Custom cakes and cookies, macarons, cookies, and other baked goods.

BE HAPPY PIE COMPANY: 2818 Mount Vernon Ave., 812-449-7718. Madefrom-scratch pies, cookies, scones, and cookie pies.

BEANS & BARISTAS: 800 N. Green River Road (inside Eastland Mall), 812-475-8566. Full coffee bar, gourmet coffees and teas, Italian sodas, and various pastry treats. Retail gourmet coffee beans and teas and unique gifts.

BUBBLE PANDA: 1524 N. Green River Road, 812-760-2728. Bubble tea shop offering milk and ice teas and lattes.

CLEO’S BAKERY & BROWN BAG LUNCHES: 9 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN, 812-853-0500. Full bakery with cookies, scones, muffins, cupcakes, coffee, and lunches, sandwiches, and homemade soup.

CRUMBL COOKIES: 939 N. Burkhardt Road, Ste. B, 812-965-4133. Delivery and carry-out homemade, gourmet cookies.

D-ICE: 800 N. Green River Road (inside Eastland Mall), 812-319-9071. Thai-fried ice cream rolls.

DONUT BANK BAKERY AND COFFEE SHOP: 210 N. St. Joseph Ave., 812-4261011; 2128 N. First Ave., 812-426-2311; 1031 E. Diamond Ave., 812-4260011; 5 N. Green River Road, 812-479-0511; 1950 Washington Ave., 812-477-2711; 3988 State Highway 261, Newburgh, IN, 812-858-9911; 1200 Lincoln Ave., 812-402-4111; 4800 W. Lloyd Expressway; 1303 W. Broadway St., Princeton, IN, 812-385-3711; 2630A U.S. Highway 41, Henderson, KY, 270-212-0181. Donuts, coffee, cookies, other baked goods, and smoothies.

DUNKIN’: 3960 N. First Ave., 812-550-1500; 850 N. Green River Road, 812303-5797; 3955 Orchard Lane, Newburgh; 2222 U.S. 41, Henderson, KY. Donuts, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of coffees.

DWELL COFFEE CO.: 13221 Darmstadt Road, Darmstadt, IN, 812-626-0833. Full array of coffee and espresso beverages, including their signature American Honey, teas, and light breakfast items and sandwiches, including avocado toast and paninis.

FARM 57: 3443 Kansas Road, 812-677-5757. House-made pastries plus coffee and drinks.

GAYLACAKE: 320 N. Main St., 812-454-9791. Homemade cakes, mints, chocolate caramel pretzels, and candies.

GREAT HARVEST BREAD COMPANY: 423 Metro Ave. 812-476-4999. Freshbaked bread, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, homemade soups for lunch, and specialty sweets.


H HONEY + MOON COFFEE CO.: (Best Coffee Shop) 612 S. Weinbach Ave., 812-602-3123; 1211 Tutor Lane, 812-893-2945; 20 W. West Water St., Newburgh, IN. 812-746-8168. Curated coffee, drinks, fresh food, and Bliss Artisan ice cream.

INSOMNIA COOKIES: 318 Main St., Ste. 100, 930-500-4814. Late-night bakery specializing in warm cookies and delivery.

MILK & SUGAR SCOOP SHOPPE: 2027 W. Franklin St., 812-602-1423; 10931 Highway 66. Premium ice cream shop.

MR. BUBBLE TEA: 503 N. Green River Road, 812-550-3166. Smoothies, Asian beverages, and bubble tea in different flavors.

MULBERRY JEANS: 600 State St., Newburgh, IN, 812-490-5835. High tea served with sandwiches, desserts, an extensive collection of premium coffee beans, and a variety of loose-leaf tea.

ORANGE LEAF: 701 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-401-5215. Up to 70 flavors of frozen yogurt.

H PANADERÍA SAN MIGUEL: (Best Hidden Gem) 2004 Washington Ave., 812-814-8037. Traditional Mexican bakery with cakes, pastries, and bread.

PARLOR DOUGHNUTS: 204 Main St., 812-303-4487; 301 N. Green River Road, 812-303-5906; 204 Main St., 812-303-4487. Fresh doughnuts, croissant doughnuts, and coffee from Proper Coffee Roasters.

PENNY LANE COFFEEHOUSE: 600 S.E. Second St., 812-421-8741. Fair trade organic espresso and espresso drinks, gourmet coffees, Italian sodas, fresh-baked pastries, and vegetarian soups.

PIECE OF CAKE: 210 Main St., 812-424-2253. Customized cakes, cookies, coffee, sodas, breakfast items, and more.

RIVER CITY COFFEE + GOODS: 223 Main St., 812-550-1695. Espresso bar, brewed coffees, pour-overs, and teas.

RIVER KITTY CAT CAFE: 226 Main St., 812-550-1553. Coffee, tea, croissants, cookies, biscotti, and savory pastries.

STARBUCKS: 624 S. Green River Road (inside Barnes & Noble), 812475-1054; 504 N. Green River Road, 812-476-7385; 6401 E. Lloyd Expressway, Ste. 16, 812-401-1771; 4700 W. Lloyd Expressway, 812-5494053; 4650 First Ave., 812-421-0461; 601 Walnut St., 812-423-5002; 7755 State Highway 66, Newburgh, IN, 812-858-0234


TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ: 2101 N. Green River Road, 812-297-9727. Smoothies, flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches.


10-8 CAFÉ: 4209 U.S. 41 North, 812-413-0129 and 812-413-9355. A café with breakfast, appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and a coffee lab serving specialty brews.

BIG-TOP DRIVE IN: 1213 W. Maryland St., 812-424-7442. Sandwiches, chicken strips, and ice cream.

BURGER BANK: 1617 S. Weinbach Ave., 812-475-2265. Mini-burgers, cheeseburgers, fries, and more.

THE CAROUSEL: 5115 Monroe Ave., 812-479-6388. Classic American cuisine.

CATFISH WILLY’S SEAFOOD & COMFORT CUISINE: 5720 E. Virginia St., 812401-2233. Seafood favorites like crab, lobster, shrimp, and gator, as well as Southern comfort food.

CLEAVERS: 5501 E. Indiana St., 812-473-0001. A casual restaurant serving sandwiches including pulled pork, Chicago-style Italian beef, pork loin, and steak.

CROSS-EYED CRICKET: 2101 W. Lloyd Expressway, 812-422-6464. Traditional American cuisine.

THE DINER BY MELES: 550 N. Green River Road, 812-402-1272. Regional specialties, Mexican-inspired dishes, and all-day breakfast.

FRIENDSHIP DINER: 834 Tutor Lane, 812-402-0201. Breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, and home-style favorites.

G.D. RITZY’S: 4810 University Drive, 812-425-8700; 4320 N. First Ave., 812-421-1300; 601 N. Green River Road, 812-474-6259. Grilled hamburgers, grilled chicken, chicken strips, kids meal, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ultra-thin shoestring-style French fries, old-fashioned ice cream, and milkshakes.

HOOSIER BURGER CO.: 325 S. Green River Road, 812-437-0155. Fresh-toorder burgers, fries, ice cream, and milkshakes.


La Mexicana Restaurant opened at 920 Main St. and will serve burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, seafood, and more. Parlor Doughnuts opened a location in the Bitterman Building at 204 Main St. that will serve as a doughnut shop, franchise training facility, and test kitchen. Barker Brewhouse, a craft beer tap house and nano-brewery, opened its doors at 96 N. Barker Ave. Tasty Daisy’s, a new food truck affiliated with Crazy Daisy’s Food Truck, specializes in unique candies. Another food truck, PeeWee’s Soul Food, will serve barbeque and more classic soul food delicacies. Caffeine Machine has hit the streets of Evansville serving specialty coffees and espresso. New food truck Paradise Pizza offers a variety of pies and breadsticks. Another new food truck, Brisket Biscuit, started driving the Evansville streets with smoked meats and breakfast foods.


Pizza King is moving its East Side location, currently at 1033 S. Weinbach Ave, one property over to 1021 S. Weinbach Ave. Three new Chipotle locations are coming to Evansville at 2800 N. Green River Road, 4710 W. Lloyd Expressway, and in the Promenade at 1310 Hirschland Road. Roca Bar is closing its original location at 1618 S. Kentucky Ave. and moving operations to part of the former East Side Schnucks at 4600 Washington Ave. New food truck Sabor Colombia will serve Creole delicacies. Big Bang Mongolian Grill, at 2013 N. Green River Road, has released an updated menu to reflect its merger with Poke Pirate by adding poke bowls, Japanese ramen, Nori tacos, and more appetizers. Highland Inn, at 6620 N. First Ave., released a new menu that adds Cubans, waffles, chicken and waffles, torta birria, and banana pudding, among others.

THE HORNET’S NEST: 11845 Petersburg Road, 812-867-2386. Soups, sandwiches, salads, daily lunch specials, steaks, seafood, and chicken.

JUICY SEAFOOD: 865 N. Green River Road. 812-303-6869. Seafood boils, fried seafood, and appetizers.

JOURNEY FISH AND CHICKEN: 825 S. Green River Road, 812-303-2420. Sandwiches, gyros, fried fish, and fried chicken.

KITE & KEY CAFÉ: 2301 W. Franklin St., 812-401-0275. Breakfast and lunch options, coffee, espresso drinks, and desserts.

THE LANDING: 1 E. Water St., Newburgh, IN, 812-518-1200. Flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, and other entrées.

LIBBY AND MOM’S: 2 Richardt Ave., 812-437-3040. Home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

MAJOR MUNCH: 101 N.W. First St., 812-306-7317. Cheeseburgers, chili, grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, and catfish.

MERRY-GO-ROUND RESTAURANT: 2101 Fares Ave., 812-423-6388. Traditional American cuisine.

H NELLIE’S RESTAURANT: (Best Place for Breakfast) 8566 Ruffian Lane, Newburgh, IN, 812-629-2142. Breakfast and lunch items, such as omelets, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, burgers, and salads.

THE NEW FRONTIER RESTAURANT AND BAR: 12945 Highway 57, 812-8676786. Bloody Mary bar, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, steak, fried chicken, and pork chops.

THE NEW OLD MILL: 5031 New Harmony Road, 812-963-6000. Steaks, chicken, catch of the day, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

PATTIE’S SAND TRAP AT FENDRICH GOLF COURSE: 1900 E. Diamond Ave., 812-435-6028. Burgers, sandwiches, chicken, and other entrées.

PIE PAN: 905 North Park Drive, 812-425-2261. Traditional American cuisine. Homemade pies sold by the slice and whole.

PIER 17 CAJUN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND BAR: 600 N. Green River Road., 812-303-6338. Cajun classic appetizers like fried calamari and seafood from shrimp and oysters to catfish served in combo specials, fried baskets, and boils.

ROOSTER’S DEN: 3988 Haley Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-706-3555. Family recipes and home-style cooking.

Walton’s Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen, at 956 Parrett St., released a new menu that adds alligator wings, fried green tomatoes, poutine, rice bowls, smoked brisket, and more. 10-8 Café, inside the LawMan Tactical Guntry Club at 4209 U.S. 41 North, now offers a build-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bar Sundays starting at 10 a.m. The owners of the Nisbet Inn at 6701 Nisbet Road, Haubstadt, Indiana, have decided to retire and plan to sell the restaurant. Peephole Bar and Grill has reopened at 201 Main St. after repairing damage from a February vehicle collision. The Dive Barge is expected to open in May in the former Tiki Time at 1801 Waterworks Road. The new Marina Pointe bar will serve drinks and appetizers and feature live music in an open-air setting. Donut Bank announced in April that it will no longer sell special order decorated cakes. Parlor Doughnuts plans to open a new location in Jasper, Indiana, at 511 Newton St., in May. Main Street Food & Beverage, opening on a date to be determined in the historic Firestone building at 900 Main St., will bring multiple new cuisine options to Downtown Evansville, including That Place 812, offering vegan and vegetarian options; LoneStar Bar B Que and Soul Food; and Burrito Express and Mexican Grill. A new food truck, Artic Avalanche, plans to offer eight different ice cream flavors and serve slushies. The food truck Coch’s Cones will move into 11800 Petersburg Road and serve ice cream, shaved ice, waffle cones, and more from a brick-and-mortar location.


Chick-o-Fish closed its location at 3904 N. First Ave. Mike Libs & the Chocolate Factory shut down operations at 864 S. Green River Road in March, citing the owner’s retirement.


THE TIN FISH: 707 State St., Newburgh, IN, 812-490-7000. Fresh fish flown in daily, clam chowder, gumbo, salads, and sandwiches.

VFW 1114: 110 N. Wabash Ave. of Flags, 812-422-5831. Friday buffet, prime rib on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.

WAYLON’S DINER ON MAIN: 606 N. Main St, 812-777-0088. All-day breakfast, homemade desserts, lunch specials, and cold sandwiches and wraps for grab-n’-go lunch.

ZESTO: 102 W. Franklin St., 812-424-1416; 920 E. Riverside Drive, 812423-5961. Hamburgers, fish and chicken sandwiches, tenderloins, soups, and ice cream.


APPLEBEE’S: 5100 E. Morgan Ave., 812-471-0942; 5727 Pearl Drive, 812426-2006; 1950 U.S. Highway 41-N., Henderson, KY, 270-826-9427. Soups, sandwiches, salads, and various dinner entrées.

BISCUIT BELLY: 945 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-777-8300. Shareable breakfast dishes, biscuit sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and more.

BJ’S RESTAURANT AND BREWHOUSE: 1000 N. Green River Road, 812550-9320. Soups, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers and sandwiches, and other entrées.

BOB EVANS: 1125 N. Green River Road, 812-473-9022. “Homestyle” American menu.

BUBBA 33’S: 1 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-901-6409. Fresh burgers, pizza, sandwiches, entrees, classic pub-style appetizers and sides, and a full bar.

CHEDDAR’S: 2100 N. Green River Road, 812-491-9976. Garden-fresh salads, homemade soups, and varied entrée selections including pasta, lemon pepper chicken, and tilapia.

CRACKER BARREL: 8215 Eagle Lake Drive, 812-479-8788; 2130 U.S. 60 E., Henderson, KY, 270-826-5482. Classic American cuisine.

CULVER’S: 1734 Hirschland Road, 812-437-3333; 4850 W. Lloyd Expressway, 812-492-8000. ButterBurgers and frozen custard.

DRAKE’S: 1222 Hirschland Road, 812-401-2920. An American chain known for craft beer, burgers, and sushi.

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES: 5402 E. Indiana St., 812-401-1773. Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and Cajun fries.

FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS: 2848 N. Green River Road, 812-909-4395; 5501 Pearl Drive, 812-303-6137. Steakburgers, various sandwiches, and frozen custard.

GOLDEN CORRAL FAMILY STEAK HOUSE: 130 N. Cross Pointe Blvd., 812-4731095; 1320 N. Green St., Henderson, KY, 270-869-9310. Large buffet selections, steaks, shrimp, and chicken.

JAKE’S WAYBACK BURGERS: 115 Cross Pointe Blvd., 812-475-9272; 624 E. Diamond Ave., 812-422-4999. Burgers, hot dogs, and hand-dipped thick milkshakes.

LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE: 5645 Pearl Drive, 812-421-0908. American fare including handcut steaks, baby-back ribs, mesquite-grilled chicken, appetizers, salads, and seafood.

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE: 320 N. Green River Road, 812-473-2400. Steak, chicken, ribs, seafood, sandwiches, and burgers.

O’CHARLEY’S: 7301 E. Indiana St., 812-479-6632; 5125 Pearl Drive (at Red Bank Road and Lloyd Expressway), 812-424-3348. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrées.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE: 7201 E. Indiana St., 812-474-0005. Specialty steaks, chicken, seafood entrées, salads, and vegetable side dishes.

PANDA EXPRESS: 2445 Menards Drive, 812-479-8889. Chinese fast food like orange chicken, sesame chicken, and fried rice.

RAFFERTY’S: 1400 N. Green River Road, 812-471-0024. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrées.

RED LOBSTER: 4605 Bellemeade Ave., 812-477-9227. Soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood entrées, fresh-catch, and daily specials.

RED ROBIN: 6636 E. Lloyd Expressway, 812-473-4100. A variety of hamburgers including the “Banzai Burger,” the “Royal Red Robin Burger,” and the “Whiskey River BBQ Burger.” Full bar menu.

TERIYAKI MADNESS: 8833 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-4900048. Japanese inspired, Seattle-style teriyaki customizable bowls of chicken, steak, tofu, veggies, noodles, white rice, fried rice.

TEXAS ROADHOUSE: 7900 Eagle Crest Blvd., 812-477-7427. Ribs, steaks, side items, and fresh baked bread.

TGI FRIDAY’S: 800 N. Green River Road (in Eastland Mall food court), 812-491-8443. Specialty salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, chicken, pasta, and seafood entrées.

WINGSTOP: 499 N. Green River Road, Ste. B, 812-909-3445. Classic, boneless, and crispy tenders wings in 11 flavors.


ARCHIE & CLYDE’S RESTAURANT & BAR: 8309 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-490-7778. Pizza, fried cheese ravioli, wraps, salads, soups, gyros, and barbecue.

AZZIP PIZZA: 5225 Pearl Drive, 812-401-3572; 8680 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-518-3810; 2121 N. Green River Road, 812-9010490; 4660 N. First Ave., 812-250-8947.  All personal sized pizzas (8 or 11 inches) made with one meat and all the vegetable toppings included. Thin and crispy pizza. Warm cookies, salad, beer, and wine also available.

DEERHEAD PIZZA: 222 E. Columbia Ave., 812-425-2515. Double decker pizza, salads, sandwiches, and souvlakia.

DONATOS PIZZA: 710 S. Green River Road, Ste. 3, 812-618-3868. Pizza, oven-baked subs, salad, calzones, and desserts.

DONTAE’S HIGHLAND PIZZA PARLOR: 6669 Kratzville Road, 812-777-0016. Pizzas, strombolis, paninis, and salads.

DONTAE’S IN AND OUT: 967 S. Kentucky Ave., 812-550-1234. Dontae’s signature style pizza in a carryout location.

FARM 57: 3443 Kansas Road, 812-677-5757. Wood-fired, brick-oven pizza from The Pizza Revolution and weekly food truck events.

FAT BOY’S PIZZA: 10722 Highway 662 W., Newburgh, IN, 812-518-3061. Local una-style pizza serving take out orders only.

FRANKLIN STREET PIZZA FACTORY: 2033 W. Franklin St., 812-602-3028. Pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, and salads.

GARDO’S ITALIAN OVEN: 13220 Darmstadt Road, 812-868-8071. Pizza, sandwiches, wings, appetizers, and salads.

GATTITOWN: 316 N. Green River Road, 812-473-3800. Buffet-style pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts all in a kids’ festival-like arcade.

HARMONY PIZZA: 1101 Harmony Way, 812-424-8882. New York-style pizza, strombolis, breadsticks, and garlic knots.

HEADY’S PIZZA: 4120 N. First Ave., 812-437-4343. Pizza, subs, wings, and pasta. Late night delivery available.

KIPPLEE’S STADIUM INN: 2350 Division St., 812-476-1963. Fried appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizza.

THE LOBO LOUNGE: 1200 Edgar St., 812-550-1001. Pizza, adult beverages, and more.

LOMBARDI’S NEW YORK PIZZA AND WINGS: 3311 N. Green River Road, 812-602-5255. Authentic New York-style pizza sold by the slice or whole and buffalo wings.

LYLE’S SPORTSZONE PIZZA & PUB: 1404 E. Morgan Ave., 812-425-7729. Home of Lyle’s original loaded stromboli. Also serves pizza and sandwiches.

MOD PIZZA: 6401 E. Lloyd Expressway, Ste. C, 812-602-5525. Custom, artisan-style pizzas.

NOBLE ROMAN’S: 222 S. Red Bank Road, 812-303-4010; 1216 Washington Square Mall, 812-473-4606. Pizzas, salads, breadsticks, garlic bread, hand-sauced chicken wings, pasta, and sandwiches.

PANGEA KITCHEN: 111 S. Green River Road, Ste. E., 812-401-2404. Offering authentic Neapolitan and Detroit-style pizzas, Thai cuisine, and Italian gelato.

PANGEA PIZZERIA: 401 N.W. Second St., 812-401-2500. Neo-Neapolitan pizza, scratch-made gelato from Pangea Kitchen, and Grande cookies.

PIZZA KING: (dine-in facilities) 220 N. St. Joseph Ave., 812-424-7976; 7777 State Highway 66, Newburgh, IN, 812-853-3368; 1033 S. Weinbach Ave., 812-476-4941. Pizza and baked stromboli-type sandwiches.

PIZZA OVEN: 5806 Stringtown Road, 812-425-1455. Pizza, strombolis, and Texas barbecue sandwiches.

ROCA BAR AND PIZZA: 4600 Washington Ave., 812-422-7782. Sandwiches, salads, pasta entrées, pizza, steaks, and chicken. Live entertainment and patio dining.

ROUNDERS PIZZA: 510 W. Mill Road, 812-424-4960; 12731 N. Green River Road, 812-867-7172. Specialty pizzas including the Nameless Special, a pie with the tomato sauce on top, and the Bavarian, a pie served with mustard.

SAM’S PIZZERIA: 2011 W. Delaware St., 812-423-3160. Pizza, sandwiches, calzones, and breadsticks.

THE SLICE: 2011 Lincoln Ave., 812-402-8518. Pizza by the slice or pie. Non-traditional varieties.

SPANKEY’S UNA PIZZA: 4404 W. Lloyd Expressway, 812-402-6776. A pizza joint with a variety of specialty pizzas such as The Westsider with an assortment of meat toppings, and the Alfredo chicken bacon.

STEVE’S UNA PIZZA: 1005 S. St. James Blvd., 812-477-5411. Dinner-only takeout, thin-crust pizzas and extras.

H TURONI’S FORGET-ME-NOT-INN: (Best Pizza) 4 N. Weinbach Ave., 812477-7500. Pizza, salads, sandwiches, and fresh-brewed beers.

H TURONI’S PIZZERY AND BREWERY: (Best Pizza) 408 N. Main St., 812424-9871. Pizza, salads, sandwiches, and fresh-brewed beers.

H TURONI’S PIZZERY AND BREWERY NEWBURGH: (Best Pizza) 8011 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-490-5555. Pizza, salads, sandwiches, and fresh-brewed beers.


BANDANA’S BAR-B-Q: 6636 Logan Drive, 812-401-9922. Pork, beef, chicken, and ribs specially prepared over a pit of select hardwoods for a signature smoked flavor.

HICKORY PIT STOP: 1521 N. Main St., 812-422-6919. Barbecue chicken, turkey, pork, mutton, and a variety of side dishes.

KENNY’S SMOKE SHACK BBQ: 901 W. Franklin St. 812-303-0867. Chopped whole hog, turkey legs, smoked sausage links, sliced brisket, chopped mutton, sandwiches, and various sides.

MARX BBQ: 3119 W. Maryland St., 812-425-1616. Barbecue chicken, pork, and ribs.

H MISSION BBQ: (Best Barbecue Restaurant) 1530 N. Green River Road, 812-213-0200. Barbecue, made-from-scratch sides, and sandwiches.

WOLF’S BAR-B-Q: 6600 N. First Ave., 812-424-8891. Barbecue pork, chicken, beef, pork ribs, large variety of vegetable side dishes, homemade soup, and chili.


2ND LANGUAGE: 401 N.W. Second St., 812-401-2500. Authentic Asian cuisine, ramen, and desserts. Open for lunch and dinner service.

BIG BANG MONGOLIAN GRILL: 2013 N. Green River Road, 812-602-1400. Open-bar Mongolian grill stir fry, lunch and dinner options, and appetizers.

Dining Directory

CANTON INN: 947 North Park Drive, 812-428-6611. Cantonese and American-style appetizers, soups, poultry, beef, pork, and seafood dishes.

CHINA KING: 590 E. Diamond Ave., 812-423-1896. Traditional Chinese entrées.

CHINA VILLAGE: 8423 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-858-8238.

CHOPSTICK HOUSE RESTAURANT: 5412 E. Indiana St., 812-473-5551. Chinese buffet.

CRAZY BUFFET: 701 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-437-8833. Chinese buffet.

DOMO JAPANESE HIBACHI GRILL, SUSHI, AND RAMEN: 215 N. Green River Road, 812-491-0003. Authentic Japanese dishes, bento boxes, sushi, ramen, and hibachi.

FUJI YAMA: 915 North Park Drive, 812-962-4440. Soups, salads, noodles, rice, sushi, hand rolls, chicken, beef, and shrimp dishes.

GANGNAM KOREAN: 518 Main St., 812-550-1171. Korean cuisine, rice and noodle dishes, seafood, and sushi rolls.

GOLDEN BUDDHA: 3221 Taylor Ave., 812-473-4855; 5066 Highway 261, Newburgh, IN, 812-853-2680.

GRACIE’S CHINESE CUISINE: 12500 U.S. Highway 41-N., 812-868-8888.

JAYA’S RESTAURANT: 119 S.E. Fourth St., 812-422-6667. Authentic Korean cuisine and sushi.

JIMMY GAO’S SZECHWAN CHINESE RESTAURANT: 669 N. Green River Road (in Eastland Place), 812-479-7600. Extensive Chinese menu.

JUMAK: 5720 E. Virginia St., 812-303-1705. Traditional Korean dishes such as bibimbap, yachae twigim, and bulgogi.

KANPAI: 4593 Washington Ave., 812-471-7076. International fare, Japanese sushi bar, beer, wine, and sake.

LINCOLN GARDEN: 2001 Lincoln Ave., 812-471-8881. Chinese appetizers, soups, lunch platters, and entrées including crab rangoon and General Tso’s chicken.

H MA.T.888 CHINA BISTRO: (Best Asian Restaurant) 5636 Vogel Road, 812-475-2888. Specialties include lemongrass fish, Peking duck, and chicken lettuce wraps.

MAMA’S KITCHEN: 1624 N. Green River Road (inside Aihua International Market), 812-479-7168. Stir-fried dishes and soups.

NINKI JAPANESE BISTRO: 4222 Bell Road, Ste. 7, Newburgh, IN, 812-5183055. Authentic Japanese cuisine.

OSAKA JAPANESE HIBACHI AND SUSHI: 5435 Pearl Drive, 812-303-0359. Hibachi-style cuisine, sushi bar, and specialty dishes for dine-in and carry-out.

POKÉ PIRATE: 2013 N. Green River Road, 812-434-1725. Signature bowls and build-your-own poke.

POKÉ RIVER: 6240 E. Virginia St., 812-303-8003. Poke and sushi dishes, like poke bowls, sushi burritos, or poke salads.

ROPPONGI JAPANESE STEAK & SUSHI: 7221 E. Indiana St., 812-437-5824. Sushi, filet mignon, New York strip, and hibachi.

SAKURA: 4833 Highway 261, Newburgh, IN, 812-490-0553, Japanese cuisine like sushi, sashimi, fried rice, tempura, and hibachi dinners.

TASTE OF CHINA: 4579 University Drive, 812-422-1260.

THAI ORCHIDS: 601 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road, Ste. 200, 812-6120465. Traditional cuisine featuring curry dishes, drunken noodles, and Thai custard.

THAI PAPAYA CUISINE: 1434 Tutor Lane, 812-477-8424. Authentic Thai cuisine, including Pad Thai, papaya salad, spicy prawn soup, and satay.

TOKYO JAPAN RESTAURANT: 3000 N. Green River Road, 812-401-1020. Hibachi grill: chicken, beef, shrimp, and scallops.

VIETNAMESE CUISINE: 4602 Vogel Road, 812-479-8818. Vietnamese fare, including traditional noodle dishes.

WASABI EVANSVILLE: 1122 Hirschland Road, 812-602-3737. Sushi, hibachi meals, appetizers, soups, and salads.

YAK & YETI: 815 S. Green River Road, 812-909-2022. Family recipes passed down from multiple generations from the Himalayan region.

YANG’S SHABU SHABU: 4700 Vogel Road, 812-471-8889. Chinese, vegetarian, seafood, Japanese, and more.

YEN CHING: 406 S. Green River Road, 812-474-0181. Weekday lunch specials and evening menu items.

ZUKI: Japanese Hibachi Grill & Sushi Lounge: 1448 N. Green River Road, 812477-9854; 222 Main St., 812-423-9854. Sushi and hibachi-grilled foods.


GERST HAUS: 2100 W. Franklin St., 812-424-1420. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrées. Traditional German cuisine. Large imported beer list.


ROYAL INDIAN CUISINE: 7799 Highway 66, Newburgh, IN, 812-518-4018. Authentic Indian cuisine like samosas, tandoori chicken, curry, and more.

TAJ MAHAL: 900 Tutor Lane, 812-476-5000. Tandoori chicken, paneer tikka, panjabi curry, kadai paneer, and more.


ANGELO’S: 305 Main St., 812-428-6666. Pasta, chicken, seafood, veal, and pizzas.

CAFÉ ARAZU: 17 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN, 812-842-2200. Pitas, wraps, and shish kebabs with lamb, chicken, and beef.

KABOB XPRESS: 3305 N. Green River Road, 812-402-0244. Hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, fresh salads, sandwiches, gyro plate, and many kabob plate options.

LITTLE ANGELO’S: 8000 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-853-8364. Italian cuisine featuring appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, and chicken.

LITTLE ITALY: 4430 N. First Ave., 812-401-0588. Italian and Mediterranean pizzas, soups, salads, pasta, chicken, and sandwiches.

MANNA MEDITERRANEAN GRILL: 2913 Lincoln Ave., 812-473-7005. Stuffed grape leaves, gyros, and shish kebabs.

MILANO’S ITALIAN CUISINE: 500 Main St., 812-484-2222. Pizzas, pasta, baked sandwiches, and dinner entrées.

OLIVE GARDEN: 1100 N. Green River Road, 812-473-2903. Soups, salads, pasta, and luncheon entrées.

SAUCED: 1113 Parrett St., 812-402-2230. Pasta, steak, and seafood.

H SMITTY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE: (Best Outdoor Dining/Patio Atmosphere) 2109 W. Franklin St., 812-423-6280. Premium steak, pasta, pizza, and Italian favorites.


CARIBBEAN CUISINE: 1010 S. Kentucky Ave., 812-303-0631. Caribbean and Haitian dishes like red beans and rice, oxtail, and fish.

CASA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 2121 N. Green River Road, 812-4014000. Traditional Tex Mex entrees are offered alongside Evansville-centric dishes such as chicken on the beach.

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CHAVA’S MEXICAN GRILL: 4202 N. First Ave., 812-401-1977. Authentic Mexican cuisine offering burritos, tacos, and more.

CHIPOTLE: 499 N. Green River Road, 812-471-4973. Tacos, burritos, salads, drinks, chips, and guacamole.

EL CHARRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 720 N. Sonntag Ave., 812-421-1986. Occasional mariachi band performances. Specialties include paella and chimichangas.

EL MARIACHI MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 1919 N. Green River Road, 812-7770111. Street tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, and other Mexican cuisine.

EL PAISANO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 311 S. Green River Road, 618-967-2131. Street tacos, burritos, tortas, and more.

EL PATRON: 943 N. Park Drive. 812-402-6500. The owners of El Charro opened this restaurant on the North Side, offering authentic Mexican cuisine.

FIESTA ACAPULCO: 8480 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-858-7777. Authentic Mexican dishes, grilled steak dinners, and more.

GHOST QUESADILLA: 4222 Bell Road, Newburgh, IN, 812-490-6000. Mexican favorites like quesadillas, tacos, and burritos.

GOLLITA PERUVIAN CUISINE: 4313 E. Morgan Ave., 812-303-5100. Authentic Peruvian cuisine like Peruvian minestrone, tamales, and papa a la huancaína.

HACIENDA: 990 S. Green River Road, 812-474-1635; 711 N. First Ave., 812-4236355; 5440 Pearl Drive, 812-422-2055; 600 E. Boonville New Harmony Road, 812-401-2180. Tex-Mex menu available all day.

HERRADURA MEXICAN RESTAURANT BAR & GRILL: 4610 Bellemeade Ave., 812-402-0355. Mexican restaurant, bar, and grill.

HOT HEAD BURRITOS: 5625 Pearl Drive, 812-437-5010. Burritos, salad bowls, tacos, nachos, quesadillas to order with meat options including chicken, steak, pork, barbacoa, and taco meat.

JALISCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 4044 Professional Lane, Newburgh, IN, 812-490-2814. Authentic Mexican cuisine.

H LA CAMPIRANA: (Best Latin American Restaurant) 724 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-550-1585. Fresh Mexican cuisine and fresh juice bar.

LA MEXICANA RESTAURANT, 920 Main St. 812-550-1165. A family-owned establishment serving burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, and seafood.

LA YUNTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 7799 State Route 66, Ste. 102B, Newburgh, IN, 812-518-3297. Fresh, authentic Mexican food, drink specials, and an extensive lunch menu.

LAS AMERICAS STORE AND RESTAURANT, INC.: 1016 S. Weinbach Ave., 812-4753483. Offers Mexican ingredients for purchase and food made in house.

LOS ALFARO’S RESTAURANT: 5201 Kratzville Road, 812-550-1186. Authentic food from Mexico, Argentina, Peru, El Salvador, Colombia, and four other countries. Home to the 2-foot California Breakfast Burrito and the Foot Long Taco.

LOS BRAVOS: 3534 N. First Ave., 812-424-4101; 6226 Waterfront Blvd., 812-474-9078; 4630 W. Lloyd Expressway, 812-464-3163; 3311 Liberty Blvd., Boonville, IN, 812-897-3442. Traditional Mexican menu.

LOS PORTALES MEXICAN GRILL: 3339 N. Green River Road, 812-475-0566. Authentic Mexican dishes, grilled steak dinners, and more.

LOS TRES CAMINOS: 12100 U.S. Highway 41-N., 812-868-8550. Authentic Mexican cuisine including chimichangas, burritos, Mexican pizza, and quesadillas.

MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL: 6401 E. Lloyd Expressway (inside The Evansville Pavilion), 812-491-6637. Fresh Mexican cuisine.

NACHOS GRILL: 821 S. Green River Road, 812-909-0030. Authentic Mexican fare made from scratch with fresh ingredients.

QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL: 922 N. Burkhardt Road, 812-401-0800. Mexican eats.

RIVIERA MEXICAN GRILL: 10604 Highway 662, Newburgh, IN, 812-4909936. Fajitas, quesadillas, nacho platters, taco salads, and chimidogs.

SALSARITA’S: 3910 E. Morgan Ave., 812-437-2572; 4077 State Route 261, Newburgh, IN, 812-490-5050. Mexican cuisine like burritos, tacos, taco salads, and its signature Quesorito.

SUNRISE CAFÉ FAMILY RESTAURANT: 8401 N. Kentucky Avenue, 812-626-0050. A family restaurant with a mix of Mexican and American cuisine.

TAQUERIA Y PUPUSERIA MIRANDA: 2008 Washington Ave., 812-492-9992. Specializing in authentic Salvadorian Pupusas and street tacos with a variety of fillings.

THE TAQUERIA COMPANY: 800 N. Green River Road (inside Eastland Mall), 812-550-1505; 2519 N. First Ave., 812-602-4041. Tacos, quesadillas, nachos, fajitas, and burritos with homemade tortillas.


BUFFALO WILD WINGS GRILL AND BAR: 715 N. Green River Road (in Eastland Place), 812-471-9464; 5405 Pearl Drive, 812-423-9464. Chicken wings cooked with various seasonings, burgers, salads, and chicken.

BURGH HOUSE AT SHOWPLACE FEC: 8099 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-853-6843. Specialty burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and drinks.

CHASER’S BAR AND GRILL: 2131 W. Franklin St., 812-401-1699. Sandwiches, pizza, burgers, salads, and lunch specials.

CORNER POCKET BAR & GRILL: 1819 N. Fulton Ave., 812-428-2255. Soups, salads, sandwiches, plate lunches, pizzas, stuffed baked potatoes, and appetizers.

THE DIVE BARGE: 1801 Waterworks Road. Appetizers and a full bar.

DOC’S BAR: 1305 Stringtown Road, 812-401-1201. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and desserts. Family room and kids menu available. Free Wi-Fi and full bar.

FRANKLIN STREET TAVERN: 2126 Franklin St., 812-401-1313. Drink specials and pizza.

GHOST SPORTS BAR: 5501 Pearl Drive, 812-985-8477; 4222 Bell Road, Ste. 2 (Next to Ghost Quesadilla), 812-490-6000. Classic bar favorites and spicy specialties.

HOOTERS: 4620 Lincoln Ave., 812-475-0229. Appetizers, including cooked and raw oysters, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

KC’S MARINA POINTE: 1801 Waterworks Road, 812-550-1050. Seafood options and full bar.

MOJO’S BONEYARD SPORTS BAR & GRILLE: 4920 Bellemeade Ave., 812475-8593. Bar food including chicken wings, burgers, and strombolis.

O’BRIAN’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL: 1801 N. Green River Road, 812-401-4630. Irish tavern food, Reubens, burgers, soup, and salad.

TIKI ON MAIN: 524 Main St., 812-424-5020. Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, small pizzas, fish dinners, and cold drinks.

WINGS ETC.: 628 E. Diamond Ave., 812-909-2945; 8833 High Point Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-490-0550. Chicken wings, burgers, wraps, salads, and wide beer selection.


BOKEH LOUNGE: 1007 Parrett St., 812-909-0388. Open daily at 11 a.m. Offering a full menu including steaks, kabobs, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian meals. Brunch on Sunday and latenight breakfasts served Friday and Saturday.

BUD’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY BAR AND GRILL: 2124 W. Franklin St., 812-4011730. Southern comfort food, daily plate lunch and beer specials, and gourmet flatbreads.

DARMSTADT INN: 13130 Darmstadt Road, 812-867-7300. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and plate lunches. Dinner entrées include steaks, fried chicken, and seafood.

ENIGMA BAR & GRILL: 4044 Professional Lane, Newburgh, IN, 812-4900600. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and various entrées as well as a tequila menu.

FOOL MOON GRILL AND BAR: 5625 Pearl Drive, 812-467-7486. Appetizers, wings, signature salads, and burgers.

HIGHLAND INN: 6620 N. First Ave., 812-909-1500. Appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and customer-favorite Bloody Marys.

H THE HILLTOP INN: (Restaurant with the Best Breaded Tenderloin) 1100 Harmony Way, 812-303-3732. Sandwiches including brains, fried bologna, fried fish, salad bar, steaks, chicken, and seafood entrées.

HORNVILLE TAVERN: 2607 W. Baseline Road, 812-963-9318. Soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrées including 16-ounce smoked pork chops, fried chicken, steaks, and daily specials.

HORSTKETTER’S TAVERN: 5809 Stringtown Road, 812-423-0692. Traditional tavern serving cold beer and deli meats.

K.C.’S TIME OUT LOUNGE & GRILL: 1121 Washington Square, 812-437-9920. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizza. Plate lunch specials Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

KNOB HILL TAVERN: 1016 Highway 662 W., Newburgh, IN, 812-853-9550. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrées including shrimp, steak, chicken, fiddlers, and hand-tossed pizzas.

LAMASCO BAR & GRILL: 1331 W. Franklin St., 812-437-0171. Basic tavern menu including soups, salads, and sandwiches.

LEROY’S TAVERN: 2659 Mount Vernon Ave., 812-464-8300. Neighborhood bar, tavern food, and pizza.

MARIGOLD BAR: 2112 S. Weinbach Ave., 812-475-8780. Daily plate lunches, soup, sandwiches, and pizza.

PEEPHOLE BAR & GRILL: 201 Main St., 812-423-5171. Cheeseburgers, onion rings, fries, and the splitter (a fried hot dog).

PRIME TIME PUB & GRILL: 8177 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-4900655; 12301 Hwy 41 N., 812-247-0093. Prime rib, burgers, half-pound burgers, salads, more than 30 bourbons, and more.

THE ROOFTOP: 112 N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 812-550-1599. Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza.

THE SPORTSDEN BAR + GRILL: 701 N. Weinbach Ave., Ste. 110, 812-479-8887. Lyleboli, TNT burger, and Brew City fries.

SPORTSMAN’S BILLIARDS AND GRILLE: 2315 W. Franklin St., 812-422-0801. Hamburgers, chicken breasts, and catfish plates.

ST. JOE INN: 9515 Saint Wendel Road, 812-963-9310. Soups, salads, sandwiches, plate lunch specials, fiddlers, steaks, and fried chicken dinners.


ST. PHILIP INN: 11200 Upper Mount Vernon Road, 812-985-5558. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and plate lunch specials. Dinner including fried chicken, steaks, and shrimp.

STOCKWELL INN: 4001 E. Eichel Ave., 812-476-2384. Plate lunches, home made soup, salads, sandwiches, steak, pork chops, fiddlers, and brain sandwiches.

TAP HOUSE RESTAURANT & BAR: 421 N.W. Riverside Drive (inside Tropi cana Evansville), 812-433-4000. Appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, and specialty entrees. Also features 36 rotating seasonal beers on tap.

ZAPS TAVERN: 3725 St. Philip Road, 812-985-2121. Tavern-style food including wings, burgers, dinner entrees, and weekend breakfast service.


ARCADEMIE: 22 NW. Sixth St., 812-303-7771. Craft cocktails, regional beer on tap, and fresh Mexican classics from Botanas by La Campirana.

BARKER BREWHOUSE, 96 N. Barker Road, 812-437-5079. Serving an ex tensive selection of beers, craft and brewed on-site, plus wines and non-alcoholic beverages.

DAMSEL BREW PUB: 209 N. Wabash Avenue of Flags, 812-909-1956. A microbrewery and restaurant serving pub food.

ENTWINED WINE AND COCKTAIL BAR: 303 Main St., 812-550-1393. A robust list of wine, beer, and cocktails, plus appetizing plates of starters and shareables.

FIDEL’S BOURBON AND CIGAR BAR: 950 Parrett St. (above Walton’s), 812467-4255. More than 100 premium bourbons, Prohibition-era cocktails, and extensive cigar lockers.

HAYNIE’S CORNER BREWING CO.: 56 Adams Ave., 812-909-2668. Craft ale, beers, and local wine.

HIGH SCORE SALOON: 323 Main St., Ste. F., 812-909-3229. Arcade bar with local and regional brews, full bar, and trash tots.

JENNINGS STREET PUBLIC HOUSE: 300 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN. 812-5184007. Local craft beer, wine, domestics, scratch cocktails, and spirits.

H MO’S HOUSE: (Best Bar) 1114 Parrett St., 812-401-3800. Two bars serving craft cocktails made from scratch, ample lounge seating, patio space, and snacks.

H MYRIAD BREWING COMPANY: (Best Brewery) 100 S.E. First St., 812-4021515; 8245 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, IN, 812-402-1515. House-brewed and guest beers.


ACROPOLIS CATERING/VENUE 812: 1401 N. Boeke Road, 812-475-9320/812-7584660. Greek-American cuisine, chicken, beef, lamb, salads, and desserts.

H A GAPE GRAZE: (Best Place to Play with Your Food) 1401 N. Boeke Road, 812-518-0008. Charcuterie catering and gift delivery services.

THE BALLROOM AT SAUCED: 1119 Parrett St., 812-422-2230.

BAUERHAUS CATERING: 13605 Darmstadt Road, 812-759-9000. Customized menus from simple party trays with gourmet hors d’oeuvres to elegant seven-course meals.

DILEGGE’S: 607 N. Main St., 812-428-3004. Fine Italian-American cuisine available for catering or served in the in-house banquet room.

MILLER’S CATERING, BARBECUE, AND WEDDINGS, 10108 Schaeffer Road, 812-454-2744. Specializes in barbecue and offers catering and wedding packages, plus a food truck.

H PIZZA REVOLUTION: (Best Food Truck) Downtown Evansville Farmers Market and various locations, 812-430-5945. Mobile wood-fired pizza and salads.

PAPPA BEAR’S CATERING: 100 Maple St., Haubstadt, IN (inside Dewig Meats), 812-568-8890. Whole hog roasts, hand-sliced brisket, smoked pork chops, rib-eye steaks, pulled pork barbecue, baked chicken, side items, and desserts.



3RD STREET SALOON: 118 S. 3rd St., Boonville, IN. Traditional pub food with unique homemade twists made with local meats.

COMMANDER’S GRILL: 118 W. Locust St., Boonville, IN, 812-715-0055. A sandwich shop with fried chicken, salads, steaks, and pork chops.

PIZZA CHEF OF BOONVILLE: 423 W. Main St., Boonville, IN, 812-897-1600. Pizza, baked Italian entrées, sandwiches, salad bar, and hot food bar.

TF ICE CREAM: 1002 E. Walnut St., Boonville, IN, 812-715-3367. Ice cream, sherbet, and more.

YESTERDAZE BAR & GRILL: 101 S. Second St., Boonville, IN, 812-897-0858. Daily lunch and dinner specials; sandwiches, wraps, salads, sides, and entrees.


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THE KORNER INN: 15 W. Main St., Elberfeld, IN, 812-983-4200. Daily lunch specials, sandwiches, burgers, and dinners.


HARPER’S PUB & PIZZA: 115 N. McCreary St., Fort Branch, IN, 812-753-9914. Gourmet pizza, sandwiches, wings, and handheld appetizers.

IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL: 203 N. McCreary St., Fort Branch, IN, 812-7539918. Bar food, drinks, bikers always are welcome.

R’Z CAFÉ AND CATERING: 104 N. Main St., Fort Branch, IN, 812-615-0039. Classic comfort food to modern cuisine, including breakfast and lunch combinations as well as daily specials.

SANDY’S PIZZA: 609 S. Main St., Fort Branch, IN, 812-753-3972; 111 E. Broadway St., Princeton, IN, 812-635-9128. Pizza, strombolis, sandwiches, and spaghetti.

THAI CHOW ORIENTAL FOODS: 1007 S. McCreary St., Fort Branch, IN, 812753-3878. Classic Thai food.

ZACK’S DINER: 202 E. Locust St., Fort Branch, IN, 812-753-1230. Family restaurant serving breakfast all day and standard diner fare.


CARRIAGE INN: 103 Gibson St., Haubstadt, IN, 812-768-6131. Plate lunches, sandwiches, soups, salads, steaks, and assorted dinner entrées.

HAUB STEAK HOUSE: 101 E. Haub St. (next to railroad tracks), Haubstadt, IN, 812-768-6462. A la carte menu. Steak, prime rib, seafood, chicken, pork, vegetable side dishes, and desserts.

LOG INN: 12491 Country Road 200 E., Haubstadt, IN, 812-867-3216. Fried chicken, ham, roast beef, and fiddlers.

NISBET INN: 6701 Nisbet Station Road, Haubstadt, IN, 812-963-9305. Homemade soups, desserts, and barbecue.


SCHNITZ BREWERY & PUB: 2031 Newton St., Ste. B, Jasper, IN, 812-848-2739. American and German craft beers, pizza, and sandwiches.

SCHNITZELBANK RESTAURANT: 393 Third Ave., Jasper, IN, 812-482-2640. Authentic German food.

SCHNITZELBANK CATERING: 409 Third Ave., Jasper, IN, 888-336-8233 or 812634-2584. Caters home-cooked favorites to elegant cuisine.

SNAPS BAR & GRILL: 1115 Main St., Jasper, IN, 812-848-7627. Sandwiches, burgers, salads, steaks, chicken, and pasta dishes.


GASTHOF AMISH VILLAGE: 6747 E. Gasthof Village Road, Montgomery, IN, 812-486-4900. Amish-style buffet.


3 CHICKS FUDGERY: 305 Main St., Mount Vernon, IN, 812-457-2633. Fresh fudge, gourmet coffee, unique gifts and decor, and charcuterie from Board and Wheel.

DUSTY BARN DISTILLERY: 6861 Carson School Road, Mount Vernon, IN. 812-454-0135. A distillery making bourbon, rye, and liqueurs with a tasting room open for sampling, cocktails, and bottle purchases.

HAWG N’ SAUCE: 6580 Leonard Road, Mount Vernon, IN, 812-838-5339. Barbecue entrées and home-style side dishes.

YOUR WAY CAFE: 111 E. Water St., Ste. 1000, Mount Vernon, IN, 812831-3644. Family-owned restaurant serving traditional breakfast and lunch items.

THE ZONE BY MARYSCOTTS: 433 Plaza Drive (in Southwind Plaza), Mount Vernon, IN, 812-643-5024. Chef-driven fresh scratch cuisine in a family-friendly restaurant with a sports theme.


BLACK LODGE COFFEE ROASTERS: 610 Church St., New Harmony, IN, 812682-2449. Pour-overs, presses, cold-brew iced coffee, espressos, and more.

RED GERANIUM: 520 North St., New Harmony, IN, 812-682-6171. Contemporary American.

YELLOW TAVERN: 521 Church St., New Harmony, IN, 812-682-3303. Must be 21 to enter. Traditional American food.


THE RED WAGON: 6950 Frontage Road, Poseyville, IN, 812-874-2221. Catfish, oysters, shrimp scampi, and grilled salmon.


PEPPER’S RIDGE WINERY: 4304 N. County Road 200 W., Rockport, IN, 812649-9463 (WINE). Free wine tastings, picnic areas, pizza delivery, local meats and cheeses, wine slushies, and weekend live music.

RIVER CITY BREW WORKS: 405 Main St., Rockport, IN, 812-649-2739. Located in a historic building and offering regional craft beer, wines, and a food menu.

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MONKEY HOLLOW WINERY: 11534 E. County Road 1740 N., Saint Meinrad, IN, 812-357-2272. Local organic meats and cheeses, Saturday evening concerts in summer, and tasting room.


WINDY KNOLL WINERY: 845 Atkinson Road, Vincennes, IN, 812-726-1600. Wine tastings, fruit wines, and wine slushies.


FROGGY’S RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR: 7247 Main St., Wadesville, IN, 812-673-4996. Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and more.

SILVER BELL RESTAURANT: 4424 St. Wendel Road, Wadesville, IN, 812963-0944. Sandwiches, fiddlers, pizza, salad bar, and vegetable side dishes. Family-style fried chicken dinner specials. Now serving Flavor Burst soft serve ice cream.


AGAVES MEXICAN GRILL: 2003 Stapp Drive, Henderson, KY, 270-957-5028. Mexican fare like burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and chimichangas.

BURRITO EXPRESS MEXICAN GRILL: 2630 US Highway 41, Henderson, KY, 270-5771225. Authentic Mexican cuisine and local specials.

CANCUN MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 341 S. Green St., Henderson, KY, 270-826-0067. Fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, seafood, Mexican-style steaks, and more.

CHEFWHAT BBQ & MORE: 422 7th St., Henderson, KY., 270-212-0742. Breakfast sandwiches and fresh barbecue lunch specials made to order daily.

THE DAIRIETTE: 711 Atkinson St., Henderson, KY, 270-826-2401. Hamburgers, tenderloins, fries, milkshakes, and soft-serve sundaes.

ELLIS PARK: 3300 U.S. Highway 41-N., Henderson, KY, 812-425-1456 or 800-333-8110. Clubhouse dining.

FARMER & FRENCHMAN: 12522 U.S. Highway 41-S, Robards, KY, 270748-1856. Café featuring cheese and charcuterie trays, salads, Napolitana pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, desserts, beer, and Farmer & Frenchman wines.

HENDERSON BREWING COMPANY: 737 Second St., Henderson, KY, 270200-4314. IPAs, porters, farmhouse ales, and more.

HENDERSON JUICE CO.: 13 S. Main St., Henderson, KY, 270-832-3767. Fresh juices, smoothies, breakfast items, soups, and wraps.

HOMER’S BARBECUE: 128 Second St., Henderson, KY, 270-869-2214. Local barbecue with smoked meats, craft sides, cold beer, and cocktails.

HOMETOWN ROOTS: 136 Second St., Henderson, KY, 270-212-3653. Southern comfort food like mac and cheese, pulled pork, and fried chicken.


J & B BAR-B-CUE AND CATERING: 48 S. Holloway St., Henderson, KY, 270-8300033. Chicken, turkey, ham, and pork with a variety of salads and sides.

LOS TORIBIO: 1647 S. Green St., Henderson, KY, 270-831-2367. Traditional Mexican cuisine.

METZGER’S TAVERN: 1000 Powell St., Henderson, KY, 270-826-9461. Traditional tavern appetizers, soups, sandwiches, and breakfast.

MISTER B’S: 1340 Hirschland Road, 812-402-2090; 2611 U.S. Highway 41, Henderson, KY, 270-826-1111. Pizza, wings, sandwiches, soup, salad, and pasta.

MR. D’S: 1435 S. Green St., Henderson, KY, 270-826-2505. Classic American cuisine.

ROOKIES SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT: 117 S. Second St., Henderson, KY, 270-826-1106. Angus beef steaks, seafood, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, and Arabian salad.

SIDEWALK CAFE: 228 Second St., Henderson, KY, 270-831-2233. Gourmet chicken salad, Italian beef, tomato basil turkey wrap, loaded potato soup, and strawberry cake.

TACOHOLICS KITCHEN: 122 First St., Henderson, KY, 270-957-5001. Enchiladas, sopes, quesadillas, Mexican street tacos, and more.

TAVOLA DEI NONNA, 2044 U.S. 41 North, Henderson, KY, 270-844-4053. Serving Italian cuisine and classic desserts like cannolis, tiramisu, and zeppoles.

TAYLOR’S GRILL ON WHEELS: 130 N. Water St., Henderson, KY, 270-8544302. Classic smoked meats, barbecue favorites, loaded mac & cheese, and desserts. Take out only.

THOMASON’S BARBECUE: 701 Atkinson St., Henderson, KY, 270-826-0654. Barbecue varieties of pork, mutton, ribs, chicken, ham, or turkey, with sides like potato salad, slaw, and barbecue beans


FEED MILL RESTAURANT & BAR: 3541 State Highway 60-E., Morganfield, KY, 270-389-0047. Seafood and barbecue.


BOUCHERIE VINEYARDS AND WINERY: 6523 Keyway Drive, Spottsville, KY, 270-826-6192. Wine tastings and winery tours.

COMPANY ............................ PAGE All-Weather Products, Inc. 108, 111 AquaVida Pools......................... 113, 114 Ascension St. Vincent 1 Astound 7 Atlas World Group 124 Baird BC2 Bally’s Evansville Casino & Hotel 139 Barta’s Painting 107 Bassemiers 109, 114 Berry & Associates 49 BK Flooring 92, 97 Bone Dry Roofing ................... 118, 121 Bosse Title Company 84, 87 Brinker’s Jewelers C2 Cabinets & Counters 97, 98 Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Commission 43 Center for Pediatric Therapy 41 Closet Pros 93, 94 Coates Hauling & Dirt Works 116, 125 Colonial Classics, Inc. 109, 115 Corressell Landscaping 117 Custom Cabinets & Furniture 100, 107 D-Patrick BMW 38 D-Patrick Ford/Lincoln 26 David T. Taylor Antiques 71 Deja Vu Skin & Health Center 16 Holiday World/ Splashing Safari .......................... 12 Holy Rosary School 40 Homes By Robert Cook 83, 86 Indiana State Games 43 J.E. Shekell, Inc. 120, 124 Karen’s Upscale Resale ........ 101, 102 Kelley Custom Pools 111, 116 Kenny Kent Lexus 11 Knob Hill Tavern 141 Kueber Cabinet Shop 105 L&W Supply ....................................... 123 Lamar Architecture & Design 87 Landmark Realty & Development 91 Landscapes By Dallas Foster, Inc ............... 112, 113 Lawn Masters 119, 120 Legence Bank 88, 89 Liberty Federal Credit Union ...75, 80 Liquor Locker 12 LM Renovations.............................. 106 MCF Construction, Inc. 125 Midwest Communications 14 NiteLiters, Inc. ...................110, 113, 115 Old National Bank 3 Paint ‘N Stuff......................................... 8 Paint and Carpet Depot 105 Paint Distributors 8 Pella Windows of Evansville 103, 104 Pet Supplies Plus ................................. 8 Phil Stoll & Sons Construction .............................. 88 Popham Construction 72 Quest4 Electronics 121, 122 R.A. McGillem Custom Homes LLC 77, 89 River City Pride 24, 25 Riverwalk by Acropolis .................141 Rug Merchant, The 99, 100 Simplicity Furniture 106 Smiley Face Insurance 14 Southwestern Indiana Master Gardner Association 4 Square Yard Carpet....................... 106 Sunrise Flooring & Cabinets ......................... 101, 104 Team McClintock/F.C. Tucker Emge .................. 79, 81, 82 The Bauerhaus 9 The Rug Gallery of Newburgh 16, 103 Timberlake Furniture 95, 96 Townsquare Media 31 Tucker Publishing Group 17, 30, 71, 87, 90, 125, 142 Turoni’s..................................................141 Turpen’s Painting Co. 119, 122 WAY FM 42 WFIE TV 14 70 WNIN .......................................... 126-130 Zehner Contracting 91 Zeidler’s Flowers................................ 47
Diana Schnakenburg/F.C. Tucker Emge 47 Dirt Finders Maid Service 49 D&L Granite 95, 102 Edds Cosmetic Surgery 18 ERA First Advantage 43, 74, 77 ERA First Advantage/ Bosma, Julie 41 Evansville Heating & Air Conditioning 118, 123 Evansville Otters Baseball .............15 Evansville Philharmonic ................. 41 Evansville Regional Business Committee (E-REP) 2 Evansville Rug Cleaning 124 Evansville Surgical Associates BC1 F.C. Tucker Emge......................... 78, 81 Field & Main Bank ............................ 49 First Federal Savings Bank 85, 86 Gaylord HotelsNashville Opryland 44 German American Bank 76, 79 Grateful Threads ..................... 98, 105 Green River Dentistry ..................... 31 H.G. McCullough Designers Inc. 75, 85 Habitat for Humanity of Evansville .......................... 84, 91 Hamlin Equipment Rental 123 Heritage 83, 90 Holder’s Furniture 93, 99

Final Detail


Sunrise Pump Station adds a new feature to the riverfront

An attractive addition to the city’s Downtown riverfront was unveiled in April. The new Sunrise Pump Station, a $60 million portion of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility’s $729 million Renew Evansville project, was designed for treated water to return to the Ohio River, but with a little flair.

The new station will help prevent stagnant water and sewage from building up in the concrete ditch alongside the Veterans Memorial Parkway. New pipes move treated water from the East Wastewater Treatment Plant to Sunrise Pump Station, where the final cleaned product is pumped over the levee to the top of the cascade and into the Ohio River.

When discussing the project at community input sessions back in 2017, residents pondered how to let the station perform its function while beautifying the riverfront. Thus, the approximately 11-to-12-acre space was constructed with people in mind, with outdoor and indoor relaxation spaces.

Swinging chairs and an observation deck circle a waterfall cascade where treated water exits the station, offering an unobstructed view of the northern riverfront esplanade. The entrance includes space for seating and the potential for a spray park on a hot summer day. A rooftop lookout gives an enhanced, bird’s-eye view of the area and the Downtown Evansville riverfront.

Inside, viewers can witness the water testing process and the pipes delivering water from the treatment plant and through the station. Lane Young, the utility’s execu-

tive director, hopes the space can host events for education and the community.

“This public space on the riverfront will draw people in, and once inside people will be able to see our lab at work,” Young says. “We’re excited to open up.”


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