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september/october 2012

Lights, Camera, Local Michael Rosenbaum

returns to his "Old Days"



Castle Football's 30-Year Legacy The Question of Unification Living in History on Indiana Street September | October 2012 1

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september/october 2012 • Vol. 13, Issue 5



Wind, Reel, and Print

Movies are being made right here in Evansville. Michael Rosenbaum comes home to film “Old Days.”

72 Living in History

A historically-significant home on Indiana Street — the former Wabash and Erie Canal — is the perfect Downtown hideaway for owners Pete and Vera McCullough.



30 Years Strong

The story of an unlikely and unexpected football champion. In this excerpt from Thom Wilder’s new book, The Road to Paradise, Castle High School football legends tell their stories.

On the Cover


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Michael Rosenbaum on the set of his new movie, “Old Days,” filmed in Evansville in March. The movie is expected to premiere in April 2013. Photo by Jordan Barclay. September | October 2012 5

Homestyle 67 Object of Desire A decorative chest from The Secret Garden 68 What’s In Store A look inside Pickers Paradise 70 Digging In Decomposing garden debris 70 On the Market


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More Inside In Every Issue 10 From the Editor The September Issue 12 Conversation 14 Snapshots 136 Final Detail

Good Living 19 Model Citizen Serving the community with Erika Taylor 20 Likes What we really like right now 21 Test Drive Biking for the health of it 21 Big Picture Our September/October photo contest winner revealed 22 Creating Heath and Molly Eric find the truth in music 22 Shelf Life Three Indianaauthored books reviewed 23 Worth the Drive Take a rural barn quilt tour in Daviess County 23 Readers’ Poll What’s your favorite classic scary movie?


24 Encyclopedia Evansvillia Jazz musician broke the color barrier in radio 24 We Were Curious Playing bridge is more than just a pastime

Departments 26 Local Issues Local government consolidation begs the question: yes or no? 32 Travel Journal Art and architecture on the bayou


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85 In the Kitchen A fall soup full of flavor 86 Think Drinks Tin Man Brewery’s Irish Red 86 Cheap Eats Catfish filet at Logsdon’s Restaurant 87 Local Foodie Culinary Olympian 88 Now That’s Sweet Gigi Butler’s cupcake franchise 90 Local Flavor Eat in style at Roca Bar North 97 Dining Directory More than 300 restaurant listings

22 120 Check It Out 50 years with the Museum Guild 125 On Display Painting monsters 129 Check It Out Gardening tips by HGTV’s Paul James 130 Check It Out Into the woods at Wesselman 132 Check It Out Evansville’s first fine arts show

City Life 110 Fifteen Minutes New Orleans transplant pioneers the Downtown art scene 112 Social Life Fashion & Fun 115 Entertainment Center Ghost stories 117 The Guide The definitive source on where to go and what to do 118 Check It Out Four shades of art

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From the Editor

The September Issue


hope you all had a good summer. “Where did it go?” everyone seems to be saying as we head into September, though hot weather came so early this year and at times we were quite sure it would never leave. This year, I’m ready for fall. We enjoyed producing the September/October issue of Evansville Living. Traditionally, it’s the largest issue of the year. (Readers of Vogue might be familiar with the documentary about the production of its epically large September 2007 issue with 840 pages, which weighed 5 pounds.) We won’t make you work so hard, though I believe you will find plenty to read in this issue. I must thank Michael Rosenbaum for again appearing on the cover of Evansville Living. Michael recently told me, “No matter how small or big I become, you will always be my friend.” Michael continually backs up the Southern Indiana sociability that appeals to his Hollywood friends and colleagues. Senior writer Trisha Weber, art director Heather Gray, photographer Jordan Barclay, and I experienced Michael

Letters to the editor can be sent to in motion on the set of “Old Days” during one of the crew’s last days of filming. The cast and crew clearly enjoyed the month they spent working in Evansville. Thank you, Michael, for being on our cover and for being such a great promoter of your hometown. As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely,

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Kristen K. Tucker Publisher & Editor

Please turn back to page 8 if you passed over the magazine masthead. In the spirit of our cover story, Tucker Publishing Group employees share their favorite movies.

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Special Notice What an awesome cover (Evansville Living July/ August 2012). As always, great job to the Tucker Publishing Group team. Tammy Schaefer, Evansville

National Recognition I tell everyone that I know that if Evansville Living, although a city/regional magazine, were to be put on the newsstand next to all the nationally-published magazines, it would hold its own. They don’t have anything over you guys. It is well designed and top notch! Curtis Hustace, Trend Photography

Locally Informed I cannot express to you in words how grateful I am that you honored my request for 40 complimentary copies of Evansville Living (July/ August 2012). I know this issue will be of great interest to the teachers who will be attending our Founder’s Day on Oct. 20. On behalf of Alpha Delta Kappa and myself, I truly thank you. Claudia Murphy,

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Storied History Thanks so much for the story of Isaac Knight by Kelley Coures (“Captive Journey,” Evansville Living May/June 2012). Kudos as always to Evansville Living! Katherine Siebeking-Titzer, Evansville

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Life at the Zoo We wanted to pass along a huge thank you for the great zoo article (“It’s a Zoo Out There,” Evansville Living July/August 2012)! It is fantastic to get that kind of exposure, and we appreci-

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5A Trip to the Opera: Eulalie Wilson of Evansville and Connie Seifert of Mount Vernon, Ind., pose with Evansville Living outside the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

5Shared Interest: A group of New Harmony Hoosier Salon volunteers share Evansville Living with friends George and Peggy Rapp at the couple’s Lake Wawasee cottage in Syracuse, Ind.

5In Bloom: With an issue of Evansville Living

5Girls’ Trip: Karen Parke of Evansville shares her copy of Evansville Living with Sue Schwomeyer of Bushnell, Fla., while vacationing in Las Vegas.

5Grand Time: Phil and Helen Fisher of Evansville brought Evansville Living with them on a trip to Singapore to visit their granddaughter, Kyla Swanberg.

5Gorilla Marketing: On a gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda, Karen Timberlake of Evansville poses with her tour guide and Evansville Living at Volcanoes National Park.

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in hand, James Martin of Alexandria, Va., stands in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

5Ocean Bliss: Kyle Brasher and fiancĂŠe Kristin King of Fort Branch, Ind., relax with Evansville Living aboard a cruise to the Bahamas.

5Wedding Crashers: On a wedding trip to Lake Lure, N.C., several Evansville-area residents visit with Evansville Living: Jim and Cindy Blanford, Dave and Maureen Meyer, Greg and Dana Hale, David and Robin Papariella, Cindy and Jamie Riedford, Cyndie Carneal, Carlie Scales, and Abby Papariella.

5Treasure Island: Accompanied by Evansville Living, John and Ginny Shrode, Dick and Carol Lynch, Jeff and Kathy Berry, Chuck and Debbie Sallee, and Bob and Gayle Rogers, all of Evansville, enjoy a spring break trip to Hilton Head Island, S.C.

5Spa Treatment: Paulette and Roland Tuley of Boonville, Ind., enjoy Evansville Living at The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colo., along with friends Richard and Pam Ehtee of South Dakota.

4Better Late than Never: On a belated honeymoon, Debby and Chuck Knoll of Newburgh, Ind., make a stop with Evansville Living at the Trinity College bell tower in Dublin, Ireland.

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Good Living

Taking Care of People Five months before Evansville’s YWCA celebrated its 100th anniversary in March 2011, the organization turned over a new leaf of leadership to Chicago native Erika Taylor. The YWCA is a shelter for domestic violence victims and a transitional home for women who are homeless and recovering from substance abuse. As the current CEO, the idea of paying it forward and helping others isn’t new to Taylor — she’s been actively serving the community since she moved here with her husband Matt, a Newburgh, Ind., native, nearly 12 years ago. Taylor recalls coming to Evansville and immediately getting involved with local organizations. For her first five years, she pursued a law career and served on an array of boards and event committees. “Community service became addictive for me,” she says, and without realizing it, hours dedicated to planning events and fundraisers groomed her leadership skills for positions such as president of the Junior League of Evansville in 2008-09 and the executive officer for Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville Photo by jordan barclay

model citizen

Erika Taylor serves the community as CEO of YWCA

(GAGE) in 2009-10. Taylor’s community involvement, coupled with encouragement from local leaders, led her to apply for the CEO opening at the YWCA. At the time, the organization was readying special events for its 100-year anniversary, and Taylor utilized her first few months in office to launch “100 Years, 100 Women,” which honored 100 women who had made significant contributions to the community in the past 100 years, and to rebrand the organization. By spreading the mission, “empowering women is empowering families,” Taylor continues work that her mother instilled in her when she was around 11 years old. “I would listen to Mom take phone calls at the kitchen table for a 24-hour domestic violence crisis hotline,” she says. “It’s amazing how things have come full circle.” Taylor’s passion for helping others and her drive to serve the community are values

she hopes will grow in her two children, Anthony, 10, and Olivia, 7. Earlier this year, Taylor and the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association implemented Raising Income, a program that pairs human resource professionals with women of the YWCA for one-onone and group mentoring sessions. The idea, says Taylor, is to help these women find better jobs so they are less likely to become homeless again. Taylor credits the River City community for her experiences and opportunities that she admits may not have been possible in her hometown. “When you do something (in Evansville) — volunteer, serve on a committee, fundraise — you can honestly see the impact of your work,” she says. “There’s instant gratification of how you made a difference.” ­— Natalie Greer

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test drive

A Healthy Alternative Evansville’s Downtown YMCA parking lot sit two rows of 4-by-4-foot metal boxes. Much like safes, the 30 cubical containers are thick and locked tightly shut, each holding a tool for a better life. After meeting with marketing director Crystal Paroyan at the YMCA’s front desk, I was given a key and directed to rental locker 12, where I opened the door to find my choice of a men’s Suede 7-speed, one of several types of bicycles stored in the metal boxes. I mounted the gray bike and headed off toward Riverside Drive and the beginning of the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage, the pedestrian and bike path that meanders around Downtown Evansville from the river to Kleymeyer Park.

the scoop

September marks the fourth month the Downtown YMCA has offered bike rentals in conjunction with the Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Upgrade program. Though this summer’s 100-degree weather limited outdoor activity, Paroyan hopes the bike rentals will serve as a fun component of healthy living. Already, rentals are used for commutes and errands, as well as YMCA outreach programs. “It’s something we would hope and expect to continue to happen, not only for the

community but also for the programs the YMCA offers,” Paroyan says. “The majority is family and individual usage.” Whether on the Greenway or strolling past Evansville’s historic landmarks, her hope is to see the Evansville community taking healthy steps — or, in this case, bike rides — to a better life.

the verdict

Now that summer’s blazing heat is behind us, count me in for more rides along the Greenway. Add Southern Indiana’s vibrant autumn colors to cool temperatures and it’s tough to think of a healthier, more relaxing way to spend an afternoon. And the Greenway is just one option for riding. The Upgrade Downtown maps are great tools for exploring the city while getting some exercise. Next time, I’ll get creative and take in the sights of historic Evansville. My advice: ride with family or friends; biking should be a social activity. And the bikes? Comfortable. With an extra-padded seat, my bike took me up and down the Greenway with ease. The YMCA offers men and women’s bikes for any age, including 24- and 20inch kids’ bikes.

Photo by Rachel Goerges

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The Downtown YMCA, 222 N.W. Sixth St., offers numerous rental rates, for a full day of riding, half-day, or even hourly. Rates can be as little as $4 for YMCA members. Information regarding rates and usage can be found at the membership desk just inside the YMCA’s front doors — simply bring a driver’s license and a credit/debit card. Bike lockers also can be rented for those using their own bikes. For more information, call 812-423-9622 or visit — Andrew Fendrich

All in the Family! For Evansville Living’s September/October photo contest, we asked our readers to send photos that incorporated the theme of learning. This issue’s winner is Dava Roth of Evansville, who is teaching the next generations of her family about their unique history. Roth’s photo, taken during the family’s annual get-together, shows Dava and company around the grave of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, a family ancestor. At the Johnny Appleseed festival in northern Indiana, family members enjoyed “the glories of old-time life” and learned more about congratulations, their famous relative. Learning experiences like these are Dava Roth of evansville! too interesting not to share, and we thank Dava for sharing with us. Our theme for the November/December photo contest is Warm and Bright. Be inspired! Interpret as you will. For more details, call 812-426-2115 or visit Images can be emailed to Submissions must be received by Oct. 19. — Cara Schuster September | October 2012 21

Good Living


The Truth Behind the Music On June 9, 2008, while Heath Eric

was working as the director of marketing at the Executive Inn Rivermont in Owensboro, Ky., life as he knew it came to a sudden end. He learned that the hotel was closing, taking away his job of more than four years. “I was scared. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” says Heath, who spent the following weeks seeking a job. Finding the brighter side of unemployment, Heath spent some quality time with his then 14-year-old son, Turner, who helped his father discover a new path for his future. “We were kayaking at Elkhorn Creek (near Frankfort, Ky.), and I looked down at Turner and he was smiling. This made me realize the importance of the simple things in life, and it inspired me to write a song that day, titled “Fishin’ in the Creek with My T,” says Heath, who has been singing and playing the guitar since he was a child. “It was magical. That song led us to where we are today in this journey.” The journey began later that evening, when Heath realized what he needed to do. He immediately began building a studio in his home in Rumsey, Ky., and started recording his first album, “Finally Gettin’ It.” The following year, he met Molly Troutman, whom he later married. “She had the most beautiful voice I had ever heard,” says Heath, who asked her to sing backup on his first album, a singer/

songwriter collection of his recent experiences. “Music has always been a huge part of my life,” says Molly. “I come from a family of musicians and have been singing since I was 6 years old.” Heath then released his second album, “39,” in April 2011, which also featured Molly singing backup. That album includes live versions of songs from his first album, as well as a few newly recorded songs. Since then, the duo has traveled the Midwest together, playing at cafes, music festivals, Kentucky state parks, and Kentucky Derby festival events; last year the duo covered 60,000 miles. “We are on the road a lot,” says Heath, “but I am happier now than I ever was wearing a suit and tie.” Heath and Molly released their first duo album on July 13, titled “Truth?” It offers a roots-rock/Americana sound, with Molly on djembe drums, adding to the already rich sound of their harmonizing vocals and guitars. The message in this album is what is most important to the couple. “Peace, love, joy, and diversity” has become their motto. The title track, “Truth?” features the lyrics, “…That’s the reason life keeps growing; so we can open our eyes and see.” “When people tell us how much our music moves them and touches their hearts,” says Heath, “that is what makes it all worth it. That is what keeps us going.”

Familiar fans of Heath and Molly will be pleased the duo added to “Truth?” two folk standards: “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (the latter is the first single from the album released to local radio stations and already is in play rotation on WITZ AM/FM Radio Station in Jasper, Ind.). “Our versions of both songs are quite different from any previous versions that we are aware of,” Heath says. “We felt giving them our own special feel and groove did the songs justice.” Plus, Heath adds of “Jet Plane,” “When I hear Molly sing that song — and most songs — it takes me to another world.” — Jessica Boyd

Shelf Life

Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action Mark Cirino, assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville, published a new book, Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action, about one of the most memorable authors of the 20th century. Using his own literary prose, Cirino presents an in-depth analysis of Hemingway’s work, such as A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea. University of Wisconsin Press 2012

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Paroled In his fiction novel Paroled, Charles Manion, an Evansville native living in Florida, takes readers on a Tom Sawyer adventure through the eyes of a parolee. After spending 25 years in the Eddyville Prison in Kentucky, ex-marine Stewart Vogel is paroled in August 1983, thrown back into the world with just $300 and a modest trust fund to his name. iUniverse 2011

You’re Not Too Busy to be Fabulous In her book, You’re Not Too Busy to be Fabulous: An Image Guide for the Christian Woman, Evansville native Cheeba Thiem-Sobotka gives women the tools to improve their visual image through spiritual chapters on physical topics. In this guide, Thiem-Sobotka helps Christian women find the right look — through proper hair care, makeup application, nutrition, and wardrobe — to present an appropriate visual image. Image By Cheeba 2011

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Rural Route A colorful history of the Daviess County Barn Quilt Trail From hieroglyphics to today’s modern

sculpture, the most interesting and beautiful art is the art that tells a story. In Daviess County, Ky., a leisurely drive through the country can rival a trip to The Guggenheim with stories told by each pattern, block, and color of the Daviess County Barn Quilt Trail. American barn quilts are believed to have originated more than 300 years ago with the arrival of immigrants from Europe. These painted wooden fixtures adorned on the sides and fronts of barns nationwide likely began in rural areas of the East Coast, particularly Pennsylvania. The quilts became an address of sorts, a way for travelers to find particular families, as it was easy for barn owners to tell visitors which pattern to look for. The art form evolved and peaked at the beginning of the 20th century. The idea became very popular with advertisers for products like tobacco, using barns alongside roads as a pseudo-billboard. However, barn quilting is returning to its more artistic roots, focusing on family histories and individuals more than just a marketing tool. The 458-square-mile plot of Kentucky known as Daviess County has a population of just fewer than 100,000 residents. Between a popular museum, botanical garden, and other tourist attractions, the county received around $259 million for tourism purposes in 2011. A new attraction, the Daviess County Barn Quilt Trail — established in 2010 by a local homemakers group — is becoming a promising new destination for people looking to experience the county’s rural side.

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“A few of us ladies who comprise the Daviess County Barn Quilt Trail committee made our first barn quilt in 2009,” says Edna McCrady, co-chair of the committee. “We now have around 125 contracts with people looking to us to make barn quilts for them.” McCrady and the other county residents, who were passionate about the idea, began painting barn quilts upon request from individuals in a room in one of the county’s volunteer fire stations. Each quilt takes a month or two to complete, as only one color at a time can be applied. “The quilts are made of either plywood or a lightweight aluminum board,” McCrady says. “Only one color can be painted at a time, because you tape the pattern, just like you would tape off a room you were painting.” Demand grew, and McCrady and other members, including co-chair Jackie Snow, decided to make a trail for visitors looking to see all the barn quilts that have been created. To date, the tour includes close to 100 barn quilts, and can be divided into East and West Daviess County. The group charges around $300 for an 8-by-8 quilt, which can be custom painted for each client. And while the quilts are a great form of decoration, they often mean much more. “Some people have quilt patterns that have been passed on for generations,” says McCrady. “Some have loved ones who

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have died of either cancer or multiple sclerosis and have had quilts done in the color of the ribbon supporting that disease.” The tour has drawn visitors from all over the country, some interested in how they can start a barn quilt trail in their own town. “We are promoting agritourism,” says McCrady. “But more than that, it is just something great to do on a Sunday afternoon drive.” The tours are offered year round, though they are most popular in the fall months. A tour brochure comes complete with GPS coordinates so you can find your way along the trail. Whether you are looking to support local agribusiness or just want to get lost in the rich and colorful history of the countryside, the Daviess County Barn Quilt Trail is worth the drive. — Audrey Flagg

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encylopedia evansvillia

What a Difference A Day Makes Jazz artist Belford Hendricks broke local radio color barrier If you were an adult living in Evansville from 1947 until 1950, you likely began your morning with a cup of percolated Folgers coffee and the floor model radio in your living room tuned to WGBF, broadcasting from its studios Downtown. A charming woman named Pat Roper hosted the morning show, called “Toast and Coffee,” which featured the smooth piano and singing voice of Belford Hendricks, an AfricanAmerican whose friends called Sinky. The same year Jackie Robinson broke the color sports barrier, WGBF took a wild risk by having an integrated program on the air. It featured live music, guest interviews, and the news by J.C. Kerlin. The national networks did not permit integrated live radio shows yet. Downtown’s nightspots included the Lamplight, the Blue Bar, and the New Yorker. In those days, most bars offered live entertainment all week, and Hendricks could often be found performing on the piano. Born in 1909, Hendricks graduated from Frederick Douglass

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Bridge, the mysterious, complex card game you remember your grandmother and her friends playing on folding tables in your living room, is for everyone today. With books on how to play the game and monthly magazines dedicated to the art of playing it well, it’s safe to say that this four-person card game is more than just a pastime. This trick-taking game played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards is a way of life for some — yes, there are professional bridge players — and a way to make friends for others. What’s the appeal? According to the Evansville Duplicate Bridge Club, playing bridge encourages socialization, brain stimulation, and provides an exciting competitive outlet for players. “Anybody can play, but it’s difficult to play well,” says Betsy Becker, president of the club. “It’s not like slapjack.” Also, she adds, it’s a social game that requires two-person teams. “That’s a big part of the fun; real friendships are formed through partnerships.” The city’s club began in 1952, when a man named Max Blum began hosting bridge games 24 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Evansville Living

at the Downtown YMCA. Over the years, those small, inaugural get-togethers blossomed into a full-scale nonprofit organization, which today hosts daily bridge games and offers regular lessons for beginners. Now located at 1551 S. Green River Road at the corBRIDGE BUDDIES // Bev Nikolajewski, Jan Tucker, and Marian ner of Covert Avenue, Major enjoy a game of bridge with the Evansville Duplicate Bridge the club welcomes an Club, located at 1551 S. Green River Road. Each week, the club average of 32 players hosts nine games that cater to all skill levels. per game — or eight tables of four players — and hosts about nine games each week, including four limited masterpoint games for Each bridge game is $5, which includes snacks, new and intermediate players and one Easyb- and drinks are available for purchase. For more ridge! game for beginners. “It’s so interesting,” information and to view a schedule of the club’s says Becker. “Bridge is one of the most chal- game times and lessons, call 812-471-3838 or visit Also, to learn lenging card games there is.” ­— Trisha Weber the rules of bridge, visit

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High School, which became Lincoln High School. He worked his way through college playing piano at local nightclubs and working as a postal carrier (a rare job for an African-American in the Depression). He also bussed tables in the McCurdy Hotel’s elegant dining room. After moving to New York in the 1950s, Hendricks worked as a music arranger and part-time band musician in various studios, becoming a highly sought after arranger, songwriter, and orchestra leader. Some said he was a genius, arranging hit songs for greats such as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat King Cole. His arrangement of “What a Difference a Day Makes” for Washington reached No. 4 on the hit parade in 1959. In 1962, Hendricks was named vice president of Argon Records, which was a division of Capitol Records primarily recording innovative jazz of the early 60s. It was at Argon when he teamed up with Cole, arranging the mega hit “Ramblin’ Rose” in 1964. Shortly after retiring in the early 1970s, Hendricks died in 1977. — Kelley Coures

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Government Consolidation

A Timeless Argument The ongoing debate of consolidating government agencies makes headlines — again By Bob Boxell


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you think it is tough cutting through the rhetoric of the presidential campaign, try grasping the referendum on the ballot in Vanderburgh County this year. Voters will decide on Election Day whether to consolidate Evansville and Vanderburgh County governments, or keep them separate. It is easy for Vanderburgh County voters to hear opinions from both sides. It is much more difficult to decide who is right, especially when the issues focus on a proposed form of government that most residents have never experienced. Plus, the issue is not divided down party lines. Those in the consolidation camp include Republican Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Democrat County Sheriff Eric Williams and Republican County Commissioner Joe Kiefer. The status quo camp includes Democrat County Treasurer and 2011 mayoral nominee Rick Davis and Democrat County Commissioner Steve Melcher. Republican County Council members James Raben and Angela Koehler Lindsey have not officially declared, although both say they are leaning toward “no” to consolidation. Defeating the referendum means retaining a separate city council, county council, and county commission. Choosing consolidation means the nine-person city council and seven-person county council will disappear, as would the three county commissioners. They would be replaced by a 15-member common council. Also eliminated would be the city clerk’s office. Passage means the mayor would be elected by all voters in Vanderburgh County, not just the city. If the referendum goes through, the election for mayor and common council would take place in November 2014, with the new consolidated government beginning work the following January. Each side has justified its own point of view with volumes of material. On the organized group’s website (, Citizens Opposed to Reorganization in Evansville give its “7 Deadly Sins of Reorganization.” >> Higher taxes for everyone >> Less representation >> No economic benefit >> More costly government >> Higher sewer rates >> Concentration of political power >> Fewer elected officials, more appointed officials

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check yes or no // Since 1959, citizens in Vanderburgh County have had the on again, off again argument on whether or not to consolidate city and county governments. This time, voters will decide the debated outcome on Election Day in November.

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It seems that both sides are looking at many of the same issues and predicting completely different outcomes. “Usually, when you take a complicated issue that overwhelms somebody, you whittle it down to a very simple notion,” says Robert Dion, Ph.D, associate professor of political science at the University of Evansville. “It’s called ‘framing the issue.’

Both sides right now are trying really hard to come up with a punchy, catchy, simple slogan because their aim is to grab the loosely connected voter and bring him or her around to their side.” Proponents of unification insist that separate city and county governments cost taxpayers too much and fail to promote job growth. They also say that Evansville and Vanderburgh County already have government functions that have successfully merged, most notably the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. and the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. Sheriff Williams calls the referendum “a critical next step for Vanderburgh County and Evansville to remain competitive. By merging our governments, we are establishing a long-term framework to control spending, keep our taxes low, and provide better representation. A more accountable government that is closer to the people will offer anybody who wants to create a job here the confidence they need to take a risk on our region.” Opponents say their research shows

that in many communities, consolidation of city and county governments has not led to greater economic development, more jobs, or lower taxes, and that in some cases, the result has been the opposite. “Under our current government, city residents vote for four out of seven county council members and four out of nine city council representatives,” Davis says. “Under the new plan, city residents will vote for only four out of 15 common council members. Our vote will be watered down.” Here is a closer look at specific areas affected by unification:

Taxes Referendum proponents say they can save nearly $1 million of tax money immediately since one council position, all three county commissioners, and the city clerk will be eliminated. They also point to lower costs for legal services and the elimination of off-year elections. Ongoing, they expect to save 3 to 7 percent of the cost of government with the merging of services. Opponents say that most departments are

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Local Issues already merged, that unification will cause property taxes to rise for city and non-city residents, and that all elections could be moved to the same year, thus avoiding offyear elections.

Mayor and Common Council Proponents say unification will increase both rural and inner-city representation in local government, so that every citizen will now have four people representing them on the 15-member Common Council; one from their neighborhood district and three members elected countywide. Opponents say the plan gives too much power to the mayor, and that the mayor will choose the needs of city residents over county residents since approximately 75 percent of Vanderburgh County residents live within the city limits.

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Proponents wanted one law enforcement agency, but opposition to that idea kept it out of the referendum. As a result, the Evansville Police Department and

Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will remain separate and continue to do their own work, even if the referendum passes. If it does pass, the issue of a single law enforcement agency could be brought up no sooner than 2024.

Fire Protection As with police protection, a “yes” vote on the referendum will not change anything. Fire departments outside the city are primarily volunteer fire departments that are functions of township government, not county government. The referendum merges city and county governments, not city and townships.

Water, Sewer, and Trash Non-city residents currently pay about one-third more for sewer services than those living within city limits. Under a unified government, everyone would pay the same rate within three years. As a result, opponents say water and sewer bills will rise for city residents who currently pay, through their sewer and water bill, for Allied Waste to pick up trash. Non-city residents choose their own disposal services. Proponents say that non-city residents could choose the city’s trash service, and potentially save money.

Darmstadt The town government of Darmstadt, the only incorporated town in Vanderburgh County besides Evansville, would remain intact and keep its same responsibilities. However, both sides agree that anything under the merger that affects non-city residents would most likely affect Darmstadt citizens, since they will continue to pay county taxes. “In a democracy, we place high demand on the voter to know a lot, and to care,” says Dion. “How do they gather information in this case? By reading carefully, reading critically, and by understanding where the message they hear is coming from. Who paid for it? Who sponsored it? They should take everything with a grain of salt.”

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Mobile, Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama There’s plenty to do, see, and experience in Mobile By Kristen K. Tucker • Photos by Kate Tindall


pringtime in the south is an easy lure for me. I enjoy spring anywhere it is, and if it’s a few weeks earlier than ours, all the better. I was invited to spend a long weekend in Mobile, Ala., last April. I had been to Mobile just once before — for the reopening of the magnificent Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa in 2007. I had been impressed with the city’s beautiful gardens, architecture, parks and outdoor spaces, fresh local seafood, and its moderately-paced downtown crowned by a sparkling skyline; big shoulders, I thought, for a city of under 200,000 people. Mobile has invested heavily in the arts as a tourism draw, adding to its already full complement of reasons to visit. (Next year will see the opening of the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum.) My visit, organized by the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, was billed as Arts Along the Bayou and offered gallery hopping,

boutique shopping, festival going, architectural touring, and plenty of local dining. If you can’t wait until springtime to visit Mobile, consider going in February next year for Mardi Gras. Mobilians have 300 years experience throwing the magnificent two-week party, which commences on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2013) and culminates on the day before Lent. Indeed Mobile is recognized as the home of the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration — even before New Orleans. On this visit I stayed at The Malaga Inn, a boutique hotel in downtown Mobile near

Cathedral Square originally built in 1862 (when the war was going well for the South) as twin townhouses by two brothers-in-law. My room was large and comfortable with a beautiful balcony accessed by floor-to-ceiling walkout windows.

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ited with the rebirth of Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala., is strewn with beads and roses placed there during the Joe Cain procession. The lobby of the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa; a peaceful view at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Fairhope, Ala.; Nall, an internationally-recognized artist in his Fairhope studio and gallery.

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Cathedral Square, at one time part of the 18th century Catholic cemetery, is a beautiful municipal park that during my visit was the center of a popular biannual music and art festival, Arts Alive! The park’s design reflects the neighboring Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Bordering streets offer plenty of good places to eat, galleries, and boutiques. Try Spot of Tea, which claims it is “The Place to Be” for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Memory Project Mobile’s progressive arts patrons founded, in 1999, the Centre for the Living Arts (CLA), a nonprofit organization operating gallery and studio space, as well as historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. CLA wants to create a national model for community building through the arts. The Memory Project is the first phase of this goal; I attended its opening in April and again Mobile impressed with an ambitious and entertaining display of visual art exhibits, film screenings, live music, and public forums and conversations — all examining individual and collective memory in the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. The Memory Project runs through December, yet another reason to visit Mobile before spring.

Eastern Shore Outing An easy and rewarding outing from Mobile is a quick drive along the Eastern Shore to Point Clear and Fairhope. Point Clear is home to the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, a historic resort with a recent $50 million update resulting from Hurricane Katrina damage. I did not make a spa appointment and regretted the schedule didn’t permit it on this trip; that won’t happen again — the spa is exceptional. At the Grand, I met Nall, whose art was prominently displayed throughout the hotel. Born Fred Nall Hollis in Troy, Ala., I quickly gleaned Nall had a large body of work in a variety of media. Later in the day, my travel group visited his remarkable studio and gallery space in Fairhope. Fairhope sits on bluffs that overlook the bay. It was founded as a utopian single tax colony in 1894. Today, Fairhope, with a population of nearly 17,000, has transitioned from a utopian experiment to a town that is affluent, eclectic, and authentic — and the (continued on page 36)

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Tour Historic Mobile Back in Mobile, the long weekend awaits. There are seven historic districts in Mobile — all easily accessible from downtown. It’s more fun, though, to hire L. Craig Roberts, an architect who offers tours of historic Mobile. Roberts was extremely well versed in Mobile history and architecture — and very entertaining. He aptly pointed out the grand residences where the Mardi Gras parties were held. Mobile certainly is a city that knows how to host a party; no fewer than a half dozen wedding parties or other spring festivities were being readied on manicured lawns and lush patios as we toured the historic districts.

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Th i n k m ov i es a r e m a d e on ly i n H ol ly wood, B ol ly wood, o r C a n a da ?

Think again.


With the right script, a knowledgeable director, a creative cast and crew,

and a dedicated pool of community support, a successful comedy, science fiction, or western movie can be filmed at an unconventional location. Meet three local filmmakers who recently put their movies in the can in Evansville. 

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michael rosenbaum

Eric Rosenbaum, Bradley Stonesifer, and Sandy S. Solowitz

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Synopsis After an unsatisfying acting career in Hollywood, main character Jim Owens (Michael Rosenbaum) is in desperate need of a getaway. Eager to attend his 15-year high school reunion, Owen retreats to his small, Midwestern hometown in Indiana. Back on the set of his old life, the 30-something-year-old creates a bit of chaos in this endearing, comedic, often brash tale of a man’s quest for happiness, leading his buddies on a journey of revenge against their abusive high school principal and reconnecting with an old high school flame, Lori, played by science fiction television star Morena Baccarin. Rated R, the film’s consistent flow of sophomoric humor creates a wealth of golden comedic, and sneakily sentimental moments, with star comedians Nick Swardson, Harland Williams, Sarah Colonna, and Isaiah Mustafa. Even singer/songwriter Richard Marx of 1980s top single fame hung out with the cast during filming, shooting a short cameo and offering some of his best songs for the film.

Background Writer, director, and leading actor, Rosenbaum wore many hats in the production of “Old Days,” expected to premier in April 2013. Known for his seven-year stint as Lex Luthor in the Superman-inspired television series “Smallville,” a leading role in Touchstone Pictures’ comedy “Sorority Boys,” and a role in Touchstone’s “Bringing Down the House,” the 40-year-old Newburgh, Ind., native is adding to an already impressive Hollywood resume with his new film. Collaborating with producer Kim Waltrip — who produced the newlyreleased movie “Hit & Run,” featuring Rosenbaum and starring Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Bradley Cooper, and Tom Arnold — Rosenbaum brought a bit of Los Angeles glamour to his hometown, where

he and his 82-member cast and crew spent 22 days filming from March 12 to April 2. “Michael could rule the world,” says Waltrip. “And maybe we’d all laugh more if he did. He’s smart, dedicated, and his work ethic is unstoppable. He’s a realist. It’s very difficult for a director to ‘cut’ his or her baby, but Michael knows that a comedy can’t be too long. This makes him a smart director and one that producers and distributors will want to work with over and over again.”

HOMETOWN BOYS: Brothers Michael and Eric Rosenbaum chose Lombard Avenue for the set of one scene in “Old Days.” Below, video village is where monitors are set for the director, hair and makeup, wardrobe, and the art department to check the shots.

Evansville Living: Based loosely on your life growing up in Newburgh, why was it so important to shoot “Old Days” in your hometown? Michael Rosenbaum: The reason I chose to shoot in Indiana is because it’s beautiful. I just September | October 2012 39

behind the scenes: After a long day of shooting

on Evansville’s East Side, the cast and crew celebrate with fresh strawberries supplied by craft services (the department that provides food and beverage). Left, Richard Marx, the pop/rock singer of 1980s fame, lent one of his hit singles to the movie and stopped in to hang out with the crew. Above, Michael rosenbaum juggles directing and acting.

felt like the times I had at certain locations couldn’t be recreated in LA. That’s why I wanted to film at my old high school (Castle High School in Newburgh), my old friend’s house, or my sister’s house; these locations have a lot of meaning to me. Some of the things that happened in the movie are somewhat true events, but I think it’s more of an essence of events that happened. 40 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Evansville Living

EL: What was the atmosphere on set like? Rosenbaum: It was four weeks of camp. When you’re shooting a low-budget movie in a small town, you have to goof on each other. I told every cast member that if they were coming to do this movie, they were coming to laugh, to have a good time, and to work. A lot of times, big studio movies give each actor their own

trailer. We didn’t have the money to do that so we got two trailers — one for the actresses and one for the actors. Coincidentally, it actually helped the film. I think the characters bonded so quickly by being piled up in one trailer. Harland Williams, who plays the character Skunk, would constantly have a game of Catch Phrase going on. It was a constant party. A lot of sophomoric humor; a lot of fart jokes and

Local Stars Film and TV stars who lived Carrie Preston

Television star Carrie Preston, a 1989 University of Evansville graduate, is most known for her role as Arlene Fowler in the hit series “True Blood.” Her husband, Michael Emerson, played anti-hero Ben Linus in “Lost.” Preston also appeared on the show with her husband in 2004, playing Linus’ mother (ha!), who died just after giving birth to him.

Deirdre Lovejoy

A UE 1984 graduate, Deirdre Lovejoy played Rhonda Pearlman, the assistant state’s attorney, on six seasons of “The Wire.” She also is known for her character on TV show “Bones” as The Gravedigger, a three-season role as a serial killer.

Ron Glass

pranks. Sometimes I would walk out with no clothes on and say, “Hey, guys, have you seen my wardrobe?” Everyone was trying to one up each other. It was a riot.

Graduating from UE in 1968, Ron Glass has since landed the role as Shepherd Book in the inspiring Joss Whedon series “Firefly,” and its corresponding film, “Serenity.” He also is known for a role on the situation comedy TV series “Barney Miller.”

EL: Forty-six members of your cast and crew were from the Evansville area; the rest primarily came from LA. Did you worry they wouldn’t share in your enthusiasm of filming in a small town?

and breathed Evansville at some point in their lives

Rutina Wesley

This University of Evansville 2001 graduate stars in the gruesome television series “True Blood” as Tara Thornton. Wesley also has appeared in the defunct television series “Numb3rs.”

Rami Malek

Best known for his roles in Fox’s comedy series “The War at Home,” the Emmy award-winning TV miniseries “The Pacific,” and feature film “Night at the Museum,” Rami Malek is about to broaden his fanbase. The 2003 UE graduate has been cast as Benjamin in the final installment of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” in theaters Nov. 16.

Jack McBrayer

A 1995 UE graduate, Jack McBrayer made his name in television as Kenneth Parcell in “30 Rock.” He’s also been in comedic films such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Talladgea Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

the first place, and I think that’s what this movie allowed. When we got back to LA we didn’t want to let it go. I think we all went into a little depression.

Rosenbaum: Yes, I was worried. I love EL: What was your goal with the film? this town, but didn’t know if other people would. Are they really going to enjoy a Rosenbaum: We wanted to step outPizza King stromboli or Noble Roman’s breadsticks as much as I do? Are the hotels nice enough? In the end, all of the actors thought this was the best time of their life. I could speak for 95 percent of them. I think this was a getaway. That’s why I wanted to get in this business to begin with, to work with my friends and to laugh. I think a lot of times actors are concerned with so many other things that they forget to do that. It’s hard to just be yourself and let go and remember why you came there in

side of the comfort zone. We didn’t want to make a movie that everyone has seen a million times. We wanted to make a fun, lighthearted, cheesy, raunchy comedy and we didn’t want anyone to ask questions, we just wanted to do it our way. When you do a studio movie you have to deal with 20 producers and you never can do what you really want. They always want it to be the Hollywood ending, and we don’t have a Hollywood ending in this movie. We’ve got a pregnant woman taking shots of whiskey in a bar.

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks, an Evansville-born actor, is probably best known as Capt. Benjamin Sisko from the TV series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” He also played Bob Sweeney in “American History X.”

Michael Michelle

Best known for her roles in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Dark Blue,” Evansville-born Michael Michelle also has had recurring roles in “Gossip Girl” and “ER.”

Louise Dresser

Evansville native Louise Dresser was born Louise Josephine Kerlin in 1878. (She later changed her last name as a tribute to her dear friend, songwriter Paul Dresser.) Throughout the 20s and 30s, Dresser transferred her singing and vaudeville experiences to the silver screen, earning an Academy Award for Best Actress in “A Ship Comes In.”

EL: Would you consider filming in your hometown again? Rosenbaum: I was surprised with how nice the people in Evansville and Newburgh were to us. They didn’t even know us, but that’s Midwestern mentality. It’s not really like that in Hollywood. Everyone wanted to help. I hope we get to do another one there. Check out Michael Rosenbaum in “Hit & Run,” in theaters since Aug. 22. Also, read more about him in our stories, “Funny Guy,” (January/ February 2007) and “Funny Guy Returns,” (March/April 2012), online at September | October 2012 41

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joe atkinson

joe atkinson, jakob bilinski, and marx h. pyle

Single, liberal, and atheist. These are adjectives that describe young newspaper reporter Dallas McKay (Benjamin Crockett). Throughout a 10-episode Internet television series, everything that once defined Dallas is questioned, as he finds himself in heaven after being hit by a truck in a bar parking lot. Surprised, the first words out of Dallas’ mouth upon meeting God are profanities. Good humored, God isn’t out for vengeance against Dallas’ disbelief and poor choice of vocabulary. Instead, God gives him a task: “I want you to write a new Bible,” says God. “One that people don’t use as a reason to fight and judge and kill each other.” Once written, Dallas is to sell it on an international book tour. Series regulars include area actors Crockett, Clay Evans, Jeanne Whitney, Kevin Roach, Rusty James, Julie Hernandez Seaton, David Ross, and Kristine Renee Farley as God (yes, a woman).

Background Associate director of university relations and director of digital media at the University of Evansville, Atkinson’s day job doesn’t interfere with his filmmaking pursuit. In September 2011, Atkinson and Dan Eaton, founders of Court Street Productions, premiered their first film, “Reality,” a collaboration with Henderson, Ky., directors Lewis D. Chaney and Neil Kellen of Keychain Productions. Finding screenwriting therapeutic, Atkinson quickly delved into a new project, “The Book of Dallas,” which makes its debut Sept. 17 on international network KoldCast TV. Atkinson also helped produce, with creator Marx Pyle, “Reality on Demand,”

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IN CHARACTER: During the filming of “The Book of Dallas,” Rusty James

(playing Grant Hammel) and writer/producer Joe Atkinson (playing Tony Roman), get into character for a scene at Pierre Funeral Home on West Franklin Street. Below, crewmembers David Bonnell, Marx Pyle, and Brad Reinhart prepare to film a scene at a local hotel.

a web series packed with action, special effects, and zombies. The series follows four strangers who are thrown into a highlyadvanced virtual reality game that puts them into their favorite TV shows and movies. Since it premiered on in early 2012, “Reality on Demand” has won several awards, including second place for best series at Gen Con Indy, one of the longest running and largest gaming conventions in the world.

three years, then left to be a freelancer and to write the “Great American Novel.” I realized I’m a terrible novelist. The story I started writing then became the genesis of what became my current project (“The Book of Dallas”).

EL: Where did you derive your inspiration for such a unique script? Atkinson: I was raised Catholic, and religion in my family is a very big deal.

EL: When did you know you There was a point in my life that I started wanted to be a filmmaker? questioning my faith. It started to creep Atkinson: I’d love to say I was like the into what I was writing. This story came kid in “Super 8” walking around with a video camera, but I was absolutely not. I always had an interest in film as somebody who watched it more than anything. I had a high school teacher who prided himself on seeing at least 100 movies every year, so I was always competing with him. I’d go in his classroom after school and we’d talk about movies. I started writing screenplays in college. They were awful and will never see the light of day. I moved to Evansville after college for a job at the Courier & Press, worked there for more than

out of that doubting; I started doing research about religion and decided to write something out of that. I really was starting to struggle with things and I had issues with anxiety and life and death. Writing this script was my therapy. Fortunately, I came out of the other end a little bit better adjusted.

EL: What advice would you give to aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers? Atkinson: When you’re writing/producing/directing your own script, you can-

MOCK SCENE: Michael Armanno, production intern and a senior at the University of Evansville, held a sign to alert concerned passersby the protest was not real.

not get married to what you did as a writer. You get on set and there’s a prop that you can’t have or there’s something about the location that doesn’t exactly work for how you wrote it, or there’s a line that just doesn’t work when the actor says it. You have to be willing to adjust and work with what the room gives you, or work with what the actor’s got, or just say, “You know what, in my brain that line was hilarious, but out loud, it sucked!” Certainly, all of those things happened.

EL: What was one of the most memorable scenes to film? Atkinson: When we were shooting at the Book Nook in Newburgh, the main character was signing books at the bookstore. On his way in the store, he had to go through a line

of protestors. We had people with signs, which were appropriate for what you would see at any religious protest. Some of the neighbors were offended, and understandably so. They were provocative signs, and they were intended to be. People driving by took notice of what they were seeing. I guess the cameras, boom poles, and the big microphones did not put off that this wasn’t real. We had a group of people who demanded to talk to the person in charge and they were essentially protesting our protest. Michael Armanno, who was the production intern and a senior at UE, stood by the road while we were rolling the camera holding up a cardboard sign that said, “This Is A Movie, Fake Scene!”

To view the teaser for “the Book of Dallas,” visit www. kold visit for more information on the movie, as well as “Reality” and “Reality on Demand.”


Local film enthusiast turns his passion for movies into a career

For some people, just watching movies isn’t

enough. Jakob Bilinski, an Evansville-grown and Central High School graduate (1999), had to be there, behind the camera, and directing the action. Bilinski created Cinephreak Pictures in high school, a production tagline that back then labeled his short films and class projects. He was more interested in drawing his stories, and aspired to be a comic book artist — until he decided he’d rather show than draw. “I caught the filmmaking bug pretty early,” Bilinski says. “I started analyzing films and cinematography, and since then the effort I put in hasn’t really felt like work.” Bilinski graduated from Indiana University in 2003. His pet projects are creating independent short films, music videos, commercials, and anything that involves cinematic storytelling. He has completed promotional videos for Jim Beam and Four Roses, and covered the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Kentucky Derby. The 31-year-old also taught home-school students through the nonprofit organization Excelsior! from 2004 to 2008. “I designed a course on video production and theory, where grade school through high school students were taken through the process of filming their own shorts,” he says. Much of Indiana’s active film industry intersects. Bilinski is one of three directors/producers for “The Book of Dallas” (see page 42), an Evansville-filmed series. His latest feature, “Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh,” is currently in post-production, and utilizes Indiana talent for both his crew and cast.

jakob bilinski (right) works with Production Assistant Timothy Paul Taylor on the set of “the book of dallas.”

Here are two of Bilinski’s first dabbles in success: “My first successful short was “Foxxy Madonna vs. The Black Death,” a 70s grindhouse throwback about a renegade secret preacher agent out to save the world from a deadly virus. It was part of the 2006 National Film Challenge (a 48-hour film competition), and was a top 15 finalist. It went on to win an award at the 2007 Filmapalooza in Albuquerque, N.M. I put out a director’s cut of the film, and began a festival run that played at multiple film-fests around the world, receiving several glowing reviews from critics.” “Shade of Grey” (not the book), my first feature, tells the story of several individuals who share a connection due to their repeated presence in an anonymous motel room over the years. It won the Best Feature Suspense award at the 2009 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival in LA. It was picked up for international distribution by Celebrity Home Entertainment and released in early 2010.” – Brennan Girdler

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University of Evansville alumni Matt Williams and David McFadzean (both class of 1973) started Wind Dancer Films in 1989, and were joined by Dete Meserve, president of Wind Dancer Films and UE 1984 graduate. Williams and McFadzean have an impressive career, creating and producing “Roseanne,” “Home Improvement,” and “What Women Want,” and now they’ve put Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey on screen in the April 27 release of “Bernie,” a dark comedy based on a 1998 Texas Monthly story by Skip Hollandsworth, who wrote the screenplay with Richard Linklater, director. (Linklater’s credits include “School of Rock” and “Dazed and Confused.”) A Texas mortician (Black) woos a recent widow (MacLaine), whose petulant nagging causes him to murder her. Putting on a charade to fake her still being alive, a district attorney (McConaughey) tries to put the Texan behind bars.

Blair Witch Project

One of the highest grossing independent films of all time, “The Blair Witch Project” has earned almost $248 million worldwide. Producer Gregg Hale, who was raised in Henderson, Ky., attributes much of the film’s success to his past. Hale, who as a boy filmed monster movies in the woods, later spent four years in the U.S. Army. His film-based past and military experiences shaped how “The Blair Witch Project” was created. Shot in the woods of Maryland, the lack of any visible villain created stress on the actors, forcing them to stop acting and start reacting.


“NOVEM,” like “The Blair Witch Project,” is a film about recovered footage. In 1973, nine college students retreat to a remote recording studio to write songs, but are never heard from again. Decades later, film the band shot and their nine (novem in Latin) recorded songs are found at a garage sale. The 2004 discovery takes place at fictionalized Harrison State University, filmed at the University of Evansville. Brad Kimmel, producer of “NOVEM” (Evansville native Pat O’Connor helped flesh out the story), made Evansville his home in 1994. The film has won several awards, including audience choice awards at the Sidewalk Film Festival and Phoenix Film Festival, and multiple awards from the 2005 Indianapolis International Film Festival.

A League of Their Own

Columbia Pictures took advantage of Evansville’s down-home disposition in the 1992 film starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna. The fictionalized World War II-era women’s baseball league took over fields at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Ind., and Evansville’s Bosse Field, home of the fictional Racine Belles. The then 5-year-old Justin Scheller, a Wadesville, Ind., native, played the bratty son of one of the ballplayers, and the film was shot at regional locations such as the Ribeyre Gymnasium in New Harmony, Ind., and a historic Henderson, Ky., home at 612 N. Main St. – Brennan Girdler

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paul straw and louis iaccarino

Synopsis Paying homage to western movies, “Green River Road” follows the journey of two brothers seeking revenge on their father’s murder, which they witnessed some 15 years ago. Set between the 1930s and 1950s, Iaccarino, who stars as one of the brothers, Cashius Hurley, brings a tale of human nature and the heavy consequences that come from hate and vengeance. As a result of false accusations against their late father, the boys grow up as forgotten souls and outcasts in their hometown. As they get older, the truth is revealed, and the struggle of getting even versus focusing on the family they have left ensues. More than 50 actors played roles in the film, including main stars Gregory Loomis of Evansville as Winston Hurley, the other brother, and John Druska, an Illinois native, as Bugsy Lee.

Background For Louis Iaccarino’s first independent film, it was either go big or go home — even though, technically, he already was at home. The 26-year-old Reitz Memorial High School graduate lives in Hollywood, where he attended a two-year program at the prestigious Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre-Los Angeles after college. But as Dorothy would say, “There’s no place like home,” and instead of filming in Hollywood, the Evansville native brought his big ideas to the wonderful land of the Midwest. “Some young, idiot director — myself — decided it was a good idea to shoot a movie during springtime in Indiana,” says Iaccarino, laughing. “We ended up shooting in the Great Ohio River Flood of 2011. We had two locations that were completely under water and had to wait until the end of production to finish them. It was chaos. It was like going to war, but we came back with all limbs intact, so it was fine.” Despite the rain, it was the best experience, at least thus far, of the young filmmaker’s life. When people see it, he adds, they are impressed with the



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ALL IN: Writer, producer, and director of “Green River

Road,” Louis Iaccarino had little time to prepare on the set for his leading role in the movie. Producer Paul Straw, right, stepped in to direct when Iaccarino was in character. Actor Gregory Loomis is pictured in the middle.

cinematography and how beautiful it is. That’s a tribute to Eddy Scully, producer of photography and another Evansville native trying to make it in the film industry. After two months of filming from March to May in 2011 and countless hours in post-production, Iaccarino is hopeful for a premiere soon, although no plans have been finalized.

EL: Why did you choose Evansville as the filming location? homage to westerns, so we got a lot of wrinkled eyebrows when we said we wanted to film this western in the Midwest. But there are just so many hidden beauties all around this area and I always knew that I wanted to shoot a movie here. The culture and the backstory with the Civil War really made for a beautiful backdrop.

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Iaccarino: The film sort of pays

FINAL CUT: At the July 15 cast and crew screening of “Green River Road,” members of the crew — Eddy Scully, Paul Straw, Louis Iaccarino, and Nick Allen — stand proud of their work after a long, grueling, yet rewarding production process, which began in March 2011.

tion for me. I try to put all the perks and

for minimal to absolutely zero pay. They

the best you possibly can, then there’s no denying you. Without rival, it was the greatest time in my life, even the grueling, gut-wrenching process in post-production.

EL: Considering the long hours and many other struggles that come with creating a film, was it worth it?

EL: How do you determine the the fame and all that nonsense out of the were doing it for the love of it. They were budget for the film? way and just try to be great at what I do. so thrilled to be in the movie. I haven’t Iaccarino: We shot the movie for When you do that, and you just try to be gotten paid for about two years of my life. $30,000, which to us seemed like all the money in the world. We were just throwing money at solutions when we were shooting, but once you get to post-production, you have to be very precise with where the money’s going and what the priorities are. Luckily, we spent so much time being very intricate when we were shooting to try to avoid problems. Truly, I was absolutely blessed with all of the people who were able to help out, especially in post. Our editor, Nicholas Allen (a Newburgh native) was phenomenal. If there were any mistakes we had made while shooting, he could hide or clean them up; he did a great job of making the film transition very nicely. I call him the Merlin of film. He makes me look better than I really am.

EL: What is some advice you would give to green filmmakers? Iaccarino: In post-production, when

you’re editing and going through takes, that’s like film school wrapped up into a year. You have to sit and soak in your mistakes and stare at them over and over. My motto: It’s baptism by fire. You can’t necessarily learn to do it unless you do it. You want to make a movie? Then a grab a camera and make a movie. When you get burned it’s the best; that’s when you learn that the stove’s hot. That was the motiva-

Iaccarino: There was a guy involved EL: Tell us an anecdotal story about with the movie who told us, “I just want your first filming experience. to let you know that seeing you guys lovIaccarino: While in Winslow, Ind., ing what you do every day really inspired

for a shoot, we decided to hit the town one night. We walked into Bob Inn (a local bar), and it was straight out of a movie — every single neck just turned to us. We thought, “We’re going to die.” Some of the locals were asking us what we were doing and demanded roles in the movie, even threatening with violence. We were about to be in some trouble with a couple of locals who really weren’t taking too kindly to us, but luckily, we were salvaged by one of our actors, John Druska, who grabbed the microphone and gave an amazing performance of “International Harvester” (a Craig Morgan tune). Literally, the crowd got wild and we became an absolute hit.

EL: Did you experience any trying times and long days during production? Iaccarino: We went over 24 hours a few times. I certainly pushed. I may be prone to that sometimes. But everyone really hung tough and allowed me to push

It’s a WRAP! (That’s Wind, Reel, and Print in cinemaspeak.) Evansville is home to more creative filmmaking than we could include in our feature. Visit for our online exclusive on other movies and filmmakers.

me. So I quit my job at the plant and went back to school.” That made the entire experience worth it. It sounds cliché, but I mean it. The whole idea of art is to inspire.

EL: Where do you look for inspiration when writing a script? Iaccarino: My mom asks me the same question. As far as writing goes, I won’t ever aspire to do anything autobiographical or having to do with my life. I saw an interview with Paul Haggis, writer/director of “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby,” and he said, “I write what I’m afraid of and what I don’t know about.” I took that to heart. The movies that I love are the ones that have a created universe and the stories were conjured up. If you write about something you don’t know or something that scares you, then there are no limitations or roads you can’t take. H Check out the “Green River Road” Facebook page or watch the trailer on YouTube. September | October 2012 45

The Road to Paradise looks back three decades to the story of an unlikely football champion — an unproven team without football pedigree Considered by many “experts” to be a team that could never seriously contend with the powerhouse schools from northern Indiana, the 1982 Castle High School Knights capped off an undefeated season with a championship that had been born six years before when a group of teenage strangers took the practice field for the first time as a team. The Knights hadn’t set the world on fire since first fielding a football squad in the fall of 1960, and were more often than not the preferred homecoming patsy of most of the teams they faced. When Castle High School was elevated to the state’s largest football classification, AAA, disaster loomed, and for a few years it took its toll on the school and community. The Knights hit rock bottom in the 1978-79 seasons when they would drop 19 straight games. But at rock bottom, there is nowhere to go but up.

The Road to Paradise is more than the story of what happened on a rainy night in November of 1982 when the unproven Knights stepped into the glare of a state championship matchup with the football powerhouse Hobart High School. In these

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excerpts from the just published book, author Thom Wilder tells the story of all that happened before, and all that would happen after, for a team, a school, and a community at the crossroads.

Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” rocked the locker room all week in mid-November as the Knights prepared for the game of their lives: the 1982 Indiana State AAA Football Championship. They had beaten three quality teams in the playoffs to get to that point. As long as they were there, they figured they might as well try to win it all. They were naive enough to believe they could.

CHAPTER 4: Return to Waterloo The players kept their eyes fixed on the enormous North Central High School stadium as the team bus pulled into the parking lot on the north side of Indianapolis. Napoleon had returned to Waterloo. The air of intimidation didn’t fill the bus this year as much as it had the previous season. This time it was an anticipation borne in the desire to erase the ghosts of the past. This time, it was for all the marbles. “We felt that this was where we were supposed to be,” said Mike Davis, who had been a starting defensive back the prior season, but was now the Knights’ starting quarterback. “This is what we had talked about as eighth graders and freshmen. This is what all that hard work had been for.”

Old School // Teammates since grade school, several 1982 Castle High School football stars played on the 1976-77 Chandler Vikings team: Chris Brosmer (front right), David Brosmer (back right), Pat Lockyear (next to David Brosmer), and Buddy Stinson (back row, fourth from left). Also, coach Damon Monks (back, holding child) and Road to Paradise author Thom Wilder (second row left). It cost $5 per ticket (above) for fans to watch Castle football take home the 1982 state championship. Reaching such a title took a lot of hard work and tough coaching. At the beginning of the season, the Castle coaching staff placed this poster (far right corner) in the Knights’ weight room listing the team’s three losses the previous season.

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They were ready. All systems were go. “We didn’t need a big speech,” junior receiver Deon Chester said. “We had heard so much about another team from the north that says we can’t play with them. We’d heard enough. We didn’t need any more talking. We needed to go to work.” With that, Lidy turned them loose, and the team bolted for the locker room door. “We couldn’t get that game started fast enough,” linebacker Rodney Russell said. In the pre-game warm-ups, junior flanker Gary Gilles marveled at how big the Hobart players were. “They looked like a college team,” he said. Assistant Coach Marc Anderson kept a careful eye on his players and a wary eye on the Hobart player making a spectacle of himself at the 50-yard line. De Lipke, the less celebrated of

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CHAPTER 2: What Have We Done

Still, the memories of Carmel’s 49-13 thrashing of the Knights were never far from their minds as a tightness circulated through the pre-game locker room. So far, the Knights had played the same 13 teams as the previous season — until now. Now, they had gone one game further. Hobart was uncharted waters. Many of the Knights had never even heard of the northwest Indiana city. Castle was as close to Kentucky as Hobart was to Chicago. The two towns were in completely different worlds. There would be no rah-rah, win-one-for-the-Gipper speeches when Head Coach John Lidy gathered his troops for the lastminute pre-game talk. As always, he got to the point. He shared no poignant words about what winning would mean. They already knew. He simply reminded them what they had done to get to the threshold of winning a state championship, as well as how none of the experts had thought the Knights could get here — and none believed they could win it now that they had. “Well, we’re here,” Lidy said. “We might as well win the dang thing. Just do your jobs. Let it all happen on the field. Don’t hold anything back.” He could see in their eyes they’d come to play football. Words were no longer necessary. September | October 2012 47

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Hobart’s linebacking crew, had spent the pre-game standing at midfield screaming at the Castle sideline. Anderson stood 10 yards away, concerned that Lipke might make his way toward the Castle players going through their stretches. “I guess he was trying to intimidate us,” Anderson said. “They seemed more focused on acting like tough guys than playing the game.” Across the field, a burly Hobart fan watched intently as offensive line coach Johnny Evers ran his linemen through their drills. “Hey, where are your big boys?” the fan yelled. “This is it,” Evers replied with a grin. Hobart had won the pre-game coin toss, but elected to kick rather than receive to begin the game — a wise strategy if you have a top-notch defense like that of the Brickies. Castle had the option of which end zone it wanted to defend and the Knights chose to go into the wind in the first quarter and have the wind at their backs for the second quarter.

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The entire huddle knew what play was coming. They had practiced it all week — all year, really — for that moment. It was time for Reverse 47 Pass out of the I-formation — the Knights’ bread-and-butter play. As Hobart’s Mike Budzelik kicked off, the Brosmer brothers, David and fellow running back Chris, and senior end Kenny Brown waited at the other end of the field in their white jerseys, yellow pants and white helmets adorned with a blue “C” and two blue stripes flanking a gold stripe running down the middle. Chris Brosmer charged in to meet the ball, but never quite secured it, and the ball squirted out as he took a hit from a Hobart defender. In reality, the ball was on the ground for only a split second, but in the collective consciousness of everyone in the stadium, it seemed like forever. Heads turned, seeing the prize lying there only 26 yards from Hobart’s end zone. Plays just like that are where championships can be won or lost. In a split second, cold, wet hands and a slippery ball can change the fortunes of a season or a lifetime. In a flash, Chris lurched forward from his knees, covering the ball and wrapping it tightly in his arms. Disaster averted. David approached his younger brother and slapped him on the butt as they headed to the huddle. He didn’t offer the competitive criticism that often flowed between them. Off the field, the two brothers were likely to kill each other. On the field, they were the ultimate teammates. “Don’t worry about it,” David said. “Now, let’s take it and stuff it down their throats.” Being brothers had never been easy for David and Chris. Born less than a year apart, both were competitive, but Chris was supercompetitive, always trying to prove he was as good as or better than David or David’s friends. Like most brothers, they could — and oftentimes did — come to blows. “My brother,” David said, “is one of the most fierce competitors you’ll ever meet. We could get in a fight over a game of checkers. There were times we wanted to kill each other. We didn’t just threaten to fight; we did fight.” Once the two stepped onto the field, however, a different kind of brotherly instinct took over. “Once in battle, it was a completely different story,” David said. “We could fight each other, but you couldn’t fight one of us without having to fight both of us.” The entire huddle knew what play was coming. They had practiced it all week — all year, really — for that moment. It was time for Reverse 47 Pass out of the I-formation — the Knights’ breadand-butter play. Hobart had seen the game tapes. They’d seen team after team fail to stop it. They’d surely be expecting to see the play themselves. Lidy wanted to know right off the bat whether the Brickies could stop it. “We were so excited and anxious to run that first play,” Russell said. “It was like waiting for your birthday to come.” As Davis led his team to the line, center Pat Lockyear finally got a close-up look at the behemoths he’d be blocking all night. Lockyear’s eyes got huge as he took in defensive lineman Tony Karris and linebacker Ray Fonseca. He turned to Russell and junior guard Dan Thurman and uttered something he hadn’t said all year: “I’m going to need help.”

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quarterback Mike Davis steadies for a pass against the vaunted Hobart High School Brickies during the 1982 state championship game.

As they lined up under center, Davis examined the defensive set, trying to read the linebackers’ intentions as his offensive line snapped into their three-point stances. The defenders were where he expected them to be. Hobart liked to play a lot of man-to-man coverage, the kind of coverage most susceptible to a play-action passing game. The linebackers didn’t scream out that tailback David Brosmer was lined up at fullback instead of senior Neil Chapman, which should have been a key indication something was amiss. Evers smiled on the sideline. He knew the play would work.

“They were thinking we were going to come out and try to run an isolation play, and they would just jam us up,” Evers said. “They weren’t smart enough to know that the key to that play was when David lined up at fullback. The Knights set, and Davis called the familiar signals: “Blue, 88, hut one, hut two.” He took the snap from Lockyear and executed a perfect fake handoff to Brosmer, who blasted into the right side of the line. His legs churned to carry out the fake and fight his way through would-be tacklers. Suddenly, a stinging pain rushed through his thigh as he took a hit from Fonseca. Davis, meanwhile, offered yet another fake to the slot back as Brosmer leaked into the flat on the right side. Russell had pulled from his guard position and leaked to the right side to block for Davis, but Davis had executed his fakes so well that the Hobart defense had been completely fooled. There was nobody for him to block. Davis had been receiving raves all season for his adept ball-handling skills — a talent not always the

first to be discussed when rating quarterbacks. But he had turned fake handoffs on play action passes and misdirection plays into an invaluable part of his team’s offensive arsenal. As expected, the Brickies had been playing man-to-man, and sure enough, Brosmer had gotten a step on the defender covering him as Davis lofted a perfect pass over the scrambling linebackers and into his hands at midfield. Brosmer turned on the afterburners but was caught from behind at the 22-yard line for a 52-yard gain. Castle’s side of the stadium roared as Brosmer, his leg throbbing, pulled himself up from the turf. He pumped his arms to the cheering crowd as Lockyear likewise raised his arms in triumph. Moments of glory, though, are fleeting in a football game. The Knights still had work to do. The Knights wanted a quick strike to discourage and deflate the jacked-up Brickies, who were already milling around cursing each other. Lidy had emphasized all week the need to score quickly — before Hobart’s defense could get its game feet, settle any butterflies, get the juices flowing. He knew that when you needed a big play, you went to your big-play guy, and David Brosmer had been that big-play guy for as long as anyone could remember.

CHAPTER 5: Learning to Win David Brosmer and Pat Lockyear first met in kindergarten. By the time the pair attended their first practice for the Chandler Vikings — part of the newly formed Chandler/Newburgh Football League for fourth through sixth graders — they were tight friends. Brosmer was born in Jasper, a football hotbed 45 miles to the northeast, but his family moved to Chandler as he neared school age when his father accepted a position as lumber inspector at Indiana Hardwood. He quickly became friends with Lockyear, the son of an Alcoa worker, whose family had moved in just south of Chandler when he was 2. As fourth graders, Brosmer and Lockyear wouldn’t get much playing time in the Saturday morning games, but there couldn’t have been a better setting for their development and for learning to win. After a brief tryout that involved passing, catching and punting, the coaches, after determining the first pick by a coin flip, selected their squads. The Vikings’ coach, Damon Monks, knew a couple of things about football. The Bristol-Myers Squibb worker had been a member of Castle’s first football squads in the early 1960s. Monks was joined by fellow coach Jerry Gill, another good high school athlete. Gill would

30-Year Legacy Football runs deep in Castle quarterback Mitch Gilles’ family season promises to be a special one for Castle quarterback Mitch Gilles. If he repeats his performance from last year’s 11-1 campaign, the senior stands to own the Castle Knights passing record by the time his high school career is over. The thoughtful, well-spoken teenager allowed himself a moment during summer workouts to consider the possibility of all those records within his grasp, but almost immediately put it into perspective. “I just play within our offense. My teammates and coaches put me in the position to make plays,” he says. “If I do what I’m supposed to within our offense, those things will come.” Mitch knows the value of teamwork, dedication, and heart on the football field. His family has been teaching it to him since he was born. His father, Gary Gilles, was a Castle football player (Class of ’84), along with two uncles, Mark Gilles (’87) and John Gilles (’93), who is currently the Knights’ defensive backs coach. “The team makes Mitch better just as I’m sure he makes the guys around him better,” John says. “Playing with your heart is something that my dad has always encouraged and passed on through the whole family; to Mitch, as well.” Friday nights are a family affair for the Gilles clan, especially during football season. By the time all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents are settled in, the Gilles contingent often numbers a dozen to see Mitch play. “On Friday nights in the fall, there’s only one thing the Gilles family is doing, and that’s watching Castle football somewhere,” Gary says. The 2012 football season is special for another reason. It also marks the 30th anniversary 50 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Evansville Living

of Castle’s stunning 26-23 upset of the heavily favored and seemingly invincible Hobart Brickies in the 1982 AAA state championship game. The significance of the moment is not lost on Mitch, whose dad knocked down Hobart’s lastchance desperation pass to seal the victory. “I think about what those guys did (30 years ago),” Mitch says. “Heading into this season, I think we can go far, too.” The Gilleses have had a lot of nice football memories over the decades, the best of which typically involve special moments together. For Mitch, the highlight of his football career came in last season’s 51-48 double-overtime victory over the Mater Dei High School Wildcats. The memory was not about what happened dur-

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ing the game, but after, when his father leaped the chain-link fence encircling Central Stadium, in his cowboy boots and blue jeans, and raced to find the young quarterback in the throng, offering his son one of the greatest hugs of his young life. “That,” Mitch says, “was special.” Meanwhile, Gary, unaware of his son’s answer to the same question, takes only a split second to consider his favorite football memory. It was at that 1982 championship game 30 years ago, not when he swatted down Hobart’s last pass to clinch the championship, but afterward, when his own father found him in the throng of celebrants and embraced him. “You don’t forget those moments,” he says.

Mitch Gilles (far right) comes from a long line of football players, including, from left to right, his grandfather, Bob Gilles, who played football for Reitz Memorial High School (’58); his father, Castle star Gary Gilles (’84); and two uncles, also former Castle players, Mark Gilles (’87) and John Gilles (’93). John is the current Knights’ defensive backs coach.

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mediately after the 1982 state championship game, Castle High School head football coach John Lidy admires his new championship T-shirt.

handle the Vikings’ backs while Monks concentrated on the lineman. It was a football marriage made in heaven. “It was just something that came together that couldn’t have worked out much better,” Monks said. It could have started a little better, however, as the Vikings began their gridiron existence with a tough 6-0 loss to the Chandler Rams. However, their luck quickly changed, and the team charged unchallenged through the rest of their six-game schedule against the Rams, as well as the Newburgh Chiefs and Newburgh Chargers, to finish as league champs with a 5-1 record. At 10 years old,

David Brosmer and Pat Lockyear were already champions. That same year, the Indiana State High School Athletic Association began a high school football playoff system that involved a state championship game. For the first time in history, Indiana’s high school football champions would be crowned on the field rather than in a post-season coaches’ poll. In the league’s second season, the number of teams increased from four to eight with the addition of the Cardinals and Cowboys in Chandler and the Saints and Raiders in Newburgh. The Vikings would once again play a six-game schedule, but now against September | October 2012 51

only the Chandler teams with the champions of both towns meeting in a championship game dubbed the Castle Bowl. Brosmer and Lockyear — who were now joined by David’s younger brother, Chris — found more playing time as the talented Vikings finished the regular season undefeated at 6-0. They would meet the Newburgh Saints in the inaugural Castle Bowl championship game at Castle Stadium. For elementary school kids who played their games on Saturday afternoons on a weed-choked field before maybe 100 fans, the thought of playing under the lights at the high school was the thrill of a lifetime. That was the feeling league officials had hoped for. Rodney Russell, the son of a nurse and a banker, would one day be best friends with Lockyear and David Brosmer, but for now he was on the other side of the ball as a linebacker for the Newburgh Saints. Russell had spent his early years in Evansville and then for a short time in Greenfield, Indiana, where he got his football start playing for a Boys & Girls Club team, before his family ultimately settled in Newburgh in fifth grade. A brisk autumn evening meant near-freezing temperatures would greet both teams for the inaugural championship, and the game would become a defensive struggle. Amid an icy drizzle late in the game, the Vikings coaching staff had called a pass play, but quarterback Reuben Weiss changed the call in the huddle. Weiss wasn’t bucking authority. He was worried about being able to grip the ball to make the throw and the receiver’s ability to catch it. Instead, Weiss took the snap, faked a step back and dove through a hole in the line for a four-yard touchdown — all the scoring the Vikings would need as they held off Russell’s Saints 6-0 to capture their second consecutive crown. Lockyear and David Brosmer were now two-time champions (with a 12-1 career record) while Chris Brosmer had just earned his first taste of glory. In the league’s third season, the Vikings were once again expected to vie for the league title as Lockyear and David Brosmer were now sixth graders and Chris Brosmer was a fifth grader. Monks knew they were good, but worried that perhaps his players were starting to believe it as well. His concerns were heightened when he felt they were merely going through the motions during a game against the league doormat Cowboys in which they led only 21-0 after two quarters. While the Cowboys sat in the shade sipping cool drinks at halftime, Monks ran his defending champs up a hill behind Chandler Elementary where the games were played. Monks got 52 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Evansville Living

their attention. After a much crisper 28-point second half, the Vikings cruised to a 49-0 victory, their biggest winning margin of the season. With their focus renewed, the Vikings once again stormed to an undefeated 6-0 regular season and a spot in the Castle Bowl, where they would face the Newburgh Raiders. In three seasons of organized football, Lockyear and David Brosmer had now won 18 games while losing only one (a 94.7 percent winning percentage). Still, Monks knew beating the Raiders would be a daunting task, especially since they were led by a quarterback who was as big as the Vikings’ biggest lineman. Practicing all week well past dark on a field lit by automobile headlights, the Vikings prepared for the game. The Raiders had squeaked by a Newburgh Chiefs team led by a hard-as-nails running back named Joe Dillman to reach the championship game. Dillman, whose father owned an auto body repair shop in Evansville, had grown up in Newburgh and attended St. John’s Catholic School. Dillman — a man among boys — was the kind of running back who inflicted pain and brought stars. Most of his friends would swear that Dillman had six-pack abs and hair on his chest in fifth grade. “You didn’t really tackle Joe,” Neil Chapman said. “He just ran over you and hopefully fell down in the process.” The Raiders were quarterbacked by first-year player Mike Davis, who had lived his early years in Boonville where his father was a Baptist minister. Davis had spent a good part of the summer after fifth grade begging his skeptical mother to allow him to play tackle football that fall. The game was nothing new to the tall, angular Davis. He had been playing backyard football for years, but he wasn’t prepared for the organized game — at least when it came to footwear. The embarrassed Davis showed up for his first practice wearing metal baseball cleats. The embarrassment wouldn’t last long. By his second practice, he had the right cleats and was about to have his football career defined for him as the coaches lined the entire team up and had them each throw a dozen passes. They were looking for a quarterback, and they quickly found one in Davis. One of the biggest players on his team, the 98-pound Davis barely qualified for playing quarterback in the league, which had a 100-pound weight limit for skill-position players.

In the summer before 11th grade, Davis sat around the kitchen table at the Brosmer household in Chandler with David and Chris shooting the breeze. They had always been a business-like team, concerned more with winning the next September | October 2012 53

game rather than looking too far ahead, but in this moment of levity, they allowed themselves to dream a little. With their junior season coming, they would be playing for the varsity, teaming up with the seniors who had themselves blazed a trail of countless victories. They surmised that they were about to form a team that wouldn’t know how to lose. Davis and the elder Brosmer came to the conclusion that given the strength of the junior and senior squads, there was no reason to doubt that both teams would be top contenders. “We believed we could win the championship not only our junior season but also our senior season,” Davis said. “We were bragging that we could win two state championships.” Chris, who had been sitting quietly at the table hanging on every word, suddenly blurted, “That means I’m going to win three!” The table broke into raucous laughter. “We felt it was doable,” Davis said. “It was a dream, but a possible dream. It was a dream within our grasp.”

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received in the marketplace. Long the standard-bearer for luxury, sophistication, and quality, Lexus added dynamic performance as a defining characteristic with the introduction of the all-new 2013 GS 350. Equipped with a 306 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, a new suspension, Drive Mode Select, and available Variable Gear Ratio Steering, the fourth-generation GS 350 feels at home on both the track and the street. The new Lexus ES offers a lower, progressive profile — crisp, confident handling, luxurious and spacious interior, advanced safety features, and the latest in-car multimedia system. Also, the firstever ES hybrid can achieve an EPA-estimated 40 MPG combined driving. The introduction of the 2013 ES 350 marks the sixth generation of Lexus’ popular luxury sedan. Featuring the signature Lexus spindle grille, a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the ES brings new levels of refinement and quality to this luxury segment.  Lexus continues to dominate the luxury hybrid market with the ever-popular CT 200h. The efficient and exhilarating CT demonstrates the brand’s commitment to unparalleled quality, sophistication, and technology in a fun-to-drive package. The new RX 350 will continue to be the most popular choice in the luxury crossover segment. The 2013 RX luxury utility vehicle features an updated look with the new bolder, signature Lexus spindle grille, exterior enhancements, and an upgraded interior, as well as legendary Lexus quality. For the first time, an F SPORT model featuring eight-speed transmission, paddle shifters, and sporttuned suspension for a more engaging driving experience is available. v Kenny Kent Toyota and Kenny Kent Lexus 5600 E. Division St., 812-473-5600 or

Marcus T. Baker is Kenny Kent Chevrolet’s product specialist of vehicle features and options. He studies how Chevrolet features compare to the competition. Here, he offers insight on three 2013 models. The Sonic, which gave me fifth place in a national presentation competition, is the small car done right. It delivers breakthrough styling, enhanced safety, superior comfort, increased room, and exceptional fun-drive qualities. The new 2013 Spark is a fuel efficient and maneuverable mini-car. It’s designed to challenge preconceived notions of how an affordable small car can look, feel, and drive. The Spark has clever styling that makes the five-door hatchback look like a sporty three-door hatchback. Its interior includes unexpected technology, allowing customized music libraries to be utilized with the audio system. It is covered by GM’s roadside assistance, courtesy transportation, and 100,000-mile power train warranty, which provides peace of mind to the buyers. The Volt, an electric car with extended range capabilities, offers the latest technology, amazing fuel economy, and exhilarating performance. It has claimed many awards, including 2011’s North American car of the year, and 2012’s European car of the year. Some new features for 2013 include lane departure warning, hold mode, a new comfort package, and much more. The Volt leads the way by providing electric when you want it and gas when you need it. v Kenny Kent Chevrolet 4600 E. Division St.

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Doug Duell, owner of Duell’s Evansville Kia, Mazda, Volvo and Evansville Hyundai, has announced that his dealership has been awarded the Equus by the Hyundai franchise this past June. This will reallocate a portion of the new Hyundai showroom floor, currently under construction, to the Equus display. Equus means only positive things. “When it’s time for service, you can contact us by phone or through the downloadable Equus Owner Experience iPad app,” says Duell. “We’ll come to you, pick up your car, deliver a Courtesy Replacement Vehicle, and then return your Equus when it’s ready.” Equus by Hyundai is the first luxury car with an accompanying iPad app that helps owners understand how to maintain their vehicles. Apple’s simplified and mainstreamed interface enables iPad users to view the Equus owner’s manual that includes interactive demo videos, 360-degree images, and a quick-reference guide to help experience the best of their Equus inside and out, from vehicle stability management to how to use the supervision center. The Equus is a performance vehicle wrapped and bundled with luxury features such as a premium wood trim, leather seats with a driver’s seat circulation massage, and heating, cooling, and humidity controls. Also includes an 8-inch LCD for the premium navigation and driver information system and a 608-watt Lexicon 7.1 Discreet Surround Sound Audio System, plus more standard speakers than the BMW 7 Series or the Lexus LS 460. Being an Equus owner means all normal scheduled maintenance is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. This isn’t only oil changes, but all parts and labor listed in the Equus owner’s manual. All new Hyundai come with 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain protection, five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance, seven-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty, 12-year/12,000-mile replacement parts and accessories limited warranty, and an eight-year/80,000-mile federal defect and performance warranty. Providing America’s best warranty is a commitment from Hyundai to maintain the high degree of quality, dependability, and reliability it’s known for. v

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At Doug Duell’s Evansville Kia, Mazda, Volvo, you’ll find three distinguished lines of cars and sport utility vehicles. The affordability of the Kia line represents a global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation while epitomizing the exciting values of the Kia brand. Duell’s 2012 Kia Optima and Kia Soul ranked highest in class in the J.D. Power and Associates Appeal Study. The Optima, a midsized sedan, blends style with refinement and fuel economy. As for the Soul, consumers’ shift to a smaller vehicle can be met with amenities of many larger models. Or, with Mazda, experience the impressive history with the leaders of the automotive industry. From the introduction of the legendary rotary engine to producing the most popular roadsters to date, Mazda builds each vehicle with the soul of a sports car — the Zoom-Zoom way. The CX-9, midsize SUV has been acquiring a collection of awards and recommendations over the past few years, most claiming that, for a larger SUV, Mazda’s CX-9 controls like vehicles half its size, has distinguished interior, and is roomy enough to enjoy any trip that’s laid out for it. And Volvo, for those who want style, safety, and value. Volvo has a family of automobiles that have advanced the entire industry in safety, performance, and design. Volvo’s core values of building cars based with quality and environmental care not only protect people, but also the roads they drive down and the environment. The new Volvo S60 T5 all-wheel-drive model employs a Haldex AWD electrical control system, which gives the vehicle exceptional traction and precision handling. v

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For 83 years, Uebelhor & Sons has provided the Tri-State with top quality vehicles Provided by Uebelhor & Sons

Uebelhor & Sons founder Ted Uebelhor had his first business experience at his family’s general store in St. Henry, Ind. Then, Ted had the opportunity to sell cars for a small car dealer, and in 1929, he purchased a Chevrolet dealership in St. Meinrad, Ind. From 1942 to 1962, Ted and a partner operated a Chevrolet dealership in Jasper, Ind., when the Oldsmobile and Cadillac were added. In 1962, Paul, Ted’s son, became a full partner, and Uebelhor & Sons was born. Ted passed away 15 years later, but the company has continued to experience tremendous growth with Paul at the helm. The Toyota franchise was added in 1989. When Paul passed away in 1997, his sons Tony and Chris took over the dealership. In 2006, the company had the opportunity to expand by moving the Toyota Scion franchise to a new facility and adding the GMC Cadillac dealership in Vincennes, Ind. Many changes have occurred over the last 83 years at Uebelhor & Sons, but one thing that will never change is the motivation to fulfill the company’s motto: “Where customers send their family and friends to buy their vehicles since 1929.” Especially in today’s world is that motto important, as custom-

It’s a fresh new look in the luxury performance market. FIRST CLASS REAR SEATS Instead of three rear seats, Equus Ultimate comes with two roomy, premium seats. Heated and cooled with power-adjustable head restraints, there’s also an electronically cooled center console refrigerator and an independently controlled entertainment system. The 50/50 split allows the passenger in the first-class rear seat to extend the leg support, recline and enjoy a back massage.

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ers expect only the best in safety and convenience when in comes to their vehicles. Uebelhor & Sons can handle the pressure. In the new 2013 Cadillac XTS, customers can use voice recognition, touch screen, and other technologies allowing a safer use of smart phones and tablets. This spring, Cadillac is introducing an all-new 2013 ATS, a Compact Luxury Sport Sedan, providing an exhilarating driving experience with the luxury and technology of a Cadillac. Technological enhancements can also be found in the 2014 Chevy Silverado, which will be released in the spring, as well. The Silverado will sport an all-new design and an engine with direct injection and cylinder deactivation to allow for power. Lightweight material is also being used for better fuel economy. v

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Behind the Wheel By Brennan Girdler

Ever since his first client delivery as a from being involved in the automobile registered Indiana automobile dealer (a black Ferrari Testarossa), Brian Buxton has developed his passion for sports cars into a business. Sept. 8 marks the 15th Anniversary of Buxton Motorsports, Inc. — a local boutique dealership providing nationwide sales, locating and consignment services, storage, detailing, and door-to-door delivery of the world’s finest sports and luxury cars — which, to Buxton, is a result of 15 years of hard work and cutting edge marketing and service. Buxton developed a passion for automobiles at a very early age, but he wasn’t always interested in selling them. With a clinical psychology major and philosophy minor, his curiosity in meeting a variety of people, building personal relationships, and building trust developed

culture. Combined with this vehicular fervor, opening a luxury car dealership in Evansville was second nature, though the thought was originally opposed by many of his friends and family. He admires the stories behind a car’s history and character, as much as those of his clients. “A car is the second largest purchase a person will make besides their house,” Buxton says. “Everyone needs and looks for different things in their homes; does it have two stories, a basement, a fence? For cars, people ask similar questions and have different needs. Is it a daily driver, something nostalgic, or your first sports car?” Buxton has grown his business in a time when the purchasing process was evolving and the economy wasn’t so for-

giving. “People don’t want a hard sell,” he says. “So I buy quality automobiles and let them sell themselves.” Buxton’s energetic pace keeps him accessible almost 18 hours a day, keeping up with the transition from faxes to emails and calls to texts. He also was one of the first local car dealers to utilize a website (in the late 90s), and now competes against the global car trade and is looking forward to Buxton Motorsports’ 30th anniversary. v

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301 North Royal Ave. • 812.476.2281 • Buxton Motorsports, Inc. has been serving the automotive needs of national and Evansville area auto enthusiasts for the past 15+ years. Our goal is to reward every single client with an exceptional automotive purchase and ownership experience. Owner Brian Buxton personally selects each inventory purchase as though they were his own. We are committed to servicing the worldwide exotic & high-line car market. Our 40+ years of combined experience allow us to carefully select only the most desirable vehicles that meet our high standards for condition and vehicle history. For our clients who wish to own a brand-new vehicle built specifically for them, we also have the ability to order all current makes and models. Buxton’s experience in the auto industry also allows him to sell, locate, and deal in just about any type of car in any price range. Access to our 12,000 sq. ft. showroom is on an appointment only or referral basis. 66 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Evansville Living

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A lifelong love of antiques and a historic backdrop inspires Pickers Paradise ing up in the farming community of Huntingburg, Ind. As she learned more about antiques, she discovered that many were quite expensive. Her dream for a future business was a little shop that would feature desirable and interesting collectibles, but in a price range that would work for customers on a budget. She married her husband, Rex, and spent the next two decades rearing four sons, now ranging in age from 5 to 20, but never forgot her dream of opening a store. Buse spent her spare moments combing estate sales and flea markets to amass items she felt would make a great inventory. With Rex’s encouragement, she began searching for the right space. In November 2011, Buse moved her finds into the 100-year-old Jacob H. Frick house, and opened Pickers Paradise. Adding stock of art and jewelry, each room contains a mixture of old and new, with price stickers that range from 99 cents to around $200. It did not take long for customers to discover this charming shop, and Buse has kept busy searching for new merchandise. The Victorian porch is filled with tempting items so new customers can spot it easily from the road, with ample parking available at the back of the house. Seasonal items, especially Christmas merchandise, will be making an appearance soon. Buse is a firm believer in making this venture a family effort, and is assisted by two of her sons. The shop’s Facebook page is updated frequently, allowing followers to find out what is currently in stock. She also has set up a “want book.” Customers can write down what items they are searching for, and Buse will try to find them. Though the historic home is a great vintage backdrop for her large inventory of furniture, artwork, home accessories, and kitchen items, Buse finds herself always in need of more space. But regardless of room, there are always treasures. “On any given day, you never know what ‘new’ items you are going to find at the store,” she says. “One latest find is a vintage glider that I am in love with.” — Cathy Powers

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because composting can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be — a pile of kitchen scraps or truckloads of leaves and organic matter. The principles of composting are basic, but with a little effort on your part, you can quickly reap the benefits — which include improvement in soil fertility and healthy root development in plants — of your compost. Nearly anything organic can be composted — eggshells, banana peels, grass clippings, garden debris, and, especially this time of year, leaves. If you want more than just a pile of decomposing debris, many types of composting bins are available on the market, or you can easily build a bin using simple materials from the hardware store.    You can be as active with your compost as you like. The simple way consists of compiling various debris in a pile and letting it decompose naturally. After a year or two, you can begin using the compost that is developing on the bottom of your pile. Using a more handson approach, compost can be ready in just a few weeks’ time. Layering and constantly adding new material to the pile will keep the process going. Regularly turning the pile will help to aerate it for more even decomposition. With the accumulation of fall leaves, it is important to keep in mind that the decomposition of leaves can vary depending on the type of tree they fall from. Oaks, beech, birch, hornbeam, chestnut, magnolia, and holly tree leaves can be difficult to decompose, while others such as ash, cherry, elm, linden, maple, poplar, and willow leaves tend to break down more easily. Shredding leaves can break them down more quickly, giving the decomposition process a jumpstart. Lawn mowers are the easiest and quickest way to shred the leaves, and will also mix in grass clippings, which are high in nitrogen, a great component for decomposition.   Start piling on the organic matter and let nature do the work — well, most of it. — Brian Wildeman


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Canal, Pete and Vera McCullough’s Federal style home, above, can be seen in an 1856 lithograph of the city. Opposite, Vera describes “Pete’s latest production of design” — a swing that can be mounted indoors and converts to a cradle — as a favorite relaxing spot for the couple, as well as their seven sons (his five; her two) and eight grandchildren. The kitchen features a hardworking antique stove and a hanging pie safe. Red toile upholstery in the living room by Grateful Threads is inspired by the home’s history and Vera’s favorite color. The mirrored window above the sofa was salvaged by Pete from the old Central High School tower. Visible on the wall dividing the kitchen and living room is the home’s original split lath and plaster construction.

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Hiding in plain sight, rarely seen by most of Evansville, is one of the city’s most historically significant homes. “Once you get in tune with, and outside of, what would have been for me my West Side and suburban culture, you see beautiful homes in all sorts of urban settings, and you realize how you can live — that you can live in town, in a very urban setting,” says the home owner, designer Pete McCullough. The son of legendary local designer Harry G. McCullough, Pete bought the home on Indiana Street, just a block from the Lloyd Expressway and Fulton Avenue, in 2007. He and his wife, Vera, had lived for a few years previously in a historic home they leased in the Riverside Historic District of Downtown Evansville. Pete always wanted to restore a historic home of his own. The Mater Dei High School graduate and former Army reservist grew up learning from his father. “In grade school, I was putting dots on paper for my dad,” says Pete, who continues to draw plans with pencil and ink. (The dots represented concrete in architectural renderings.) The McCulloughs searched homes for sale in the historic district, not finding exactly what they wanted to restore. Widening their search with a map in hand, they drew a circle around an area just outside the district — again striking out. Driving west on the Lloyd Expressway one day, Pete glanced toward Fulton Avenue and noted the roofline of the very old home on Indiana. Taking a detour, he saw the home was for sale. A purchase soon was transacted, and Pete and Vera began the yearlong restoration process on their new home — the only remaining above-ground structure in the city associated with the Wabash and Erie Canal, which would inspire their redesign. According to Dennis Au, Evansville’s historic preservation officer, the Wabash and Erie Canal was built in two sections through Evansville, the first terminating

Urban Outfit // “Living Downtown is super convenient,” Pete McCullough says. “The yard and landscaping are manageable.” The couple enjoys their mini orchard of two plum trees and two cherry trees, providing ample fruit for their love of canning and preserving. They also can green beans and watermelon grown in their garden. An alcove on the home’s first floor features a cabinet salvaged from a biology lab from the old Central High School, erected in 1868 and razed in 1973. It is the only room in the house with drywall.




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“People in the neighborhood have thanked us for saving this house. It’s a comfortable place to live and a good place for this time of our lives.”

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Handiwork // Pete McCullough grew up working in his father’s legendary Evansville architectural design firm, and though he sold his interest to his siblings, he continues to design, drawing elevations and blueprints for clients by hand. The canning/wine cellar is accessed by a door designed by Pete. Upstairs, the master bedroom is a cozy respite where Vera enjoys her vanity (not shown).

where the Old Courthouse now stands, and the second, built by the founders of the city of Lamasco, went from the Old Courthouse block to Indiana Street to just short of Pigeon Creek. The original construction dates to 1838; however, the canal was not fully operational until 1850. Raised bridges were built across the canal at several locations in Evansville, among them Fulton Avenue near the McCullough’s house, as well as at Main and Walnut streets. “As suggested by its federal architectural style,” Au says, “the McCullough’s house on Indiana Street was built in the 1840s or 50s when the canal was in operation. Indeed, it has changed little since it was built. It is the only above-ground remnant along the canal route through Evansville reminding us that the canal was there. As such, it is an important part of our history.” Though the home had changed little over the years, it wasn’t in great shape. A tree, for example, had taken root in the entryway, Pete says. Restoring the home to modern standards required nearly a total gutting and redesign. “Structurally, it’s probably a good thing they don’t build them like they did,” Pete says. “I think the first thing the builders did was take their level and square and throw them in the canal.” As the McCulloughs began the home’s restoration, Pete became immersed in its historic details. “The structure and how it was put together had far more interest to me than the original, finished product,” Pete says. Showing guests through their house — where the couple is known for hosting inventive, themed parties (Vera recently planned an Italian-focused party) — Pete points out details that tell the home’s story. Stone used on the window heads and sills is sandstone, likely quarried from nearby (homes built here later in the 19th century tended to use limestone, by then easily available from South Central Indiana). Windows, Pete notes, were built on site into the brick, and it is clear, also, that the brick

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layer and carpenter worked alongside each other. Further dating the home is its handsplit lath. (Lath and plaster is a formerly common technique to build interior walls.) A salvaged section of lath and plaster is incorporated into the family room. “I like all the texture,” Pete says. “The old pumpkin brick, for example, is a porous brick.” Vera, who has worked as a special education job coach for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. for 15 years, let the home tell its own story when decorating it. “I love red,” she says. Original red buttermilk paint on the home’s well-worn stairs and wood floors serves as a canvas for pops of scarlet throughout the home, which she describes as “homey and comfortable.” “Everything has a meaning,” Vera says. The McCullough’s home is further defined by Pete’s self-described habit of collecting architectural salvage. “It goes down in packrat history,” he quips. When the old Central High School was razed in 1973 (the only remaining part is the gym that is now part of the YMCA), Pete salvaged windows from the school’s iconic tower, built in 1888, and stored them until they ultimately were used as a mirrored window in the living room. He

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used wainscot boards, also from the tower, for cabinetry and drawer stacks. Though the McCulloughs do not know the home’s complete lineage of owners, there is speculation that the house may have been built for an employee of the canal, such as a toll collector. “Geographically it is in the right location,” says Au. “However, no documentary evidence has been found that I’m aware of.” Another claim is that, at one time, the house was the site of the largest dairy in the city. Though it is unsubstantiated, still the idea served as inspiration for the barn-style design of the McCullough’s garage. “People in the neighborhood have thanked us for saving this house,” Pete adds. “It’s a comfortable place to live and a good place for this time of our lives.”

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for this show, allowing fans to connect with the artist. In October, the BCT will host the always IND interesting Dark Carnival Film Festival. The festival, taking place Oct. 19-21, features horror films, typically of the B-list variety, plus other fun activities like costume displays, talks BLOOMINGTON, IND., with film directors and actors, and the Monster is lovely all year long, though Bash dance party. It’s a ghoulishly good time for there isn’t a better time to campy horror film fans! visit the home of the Hoosiers Also in October is the annual Hilly Hundred than September and October. bicycle tour on Oct. 19-21. The tour takes riders The students have returned, LOTUS WORLD MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL through the beautiful rolling hills of south bringing an energy that sets central Indiana, a challenging but manageable course for riders of the city abuzz. The weather is mild, with warm days and cool all skill levels. It’s a wonderful chance to see the countryside that evenings, and the lush forests that permeate the area are starting surrounds the Bloomington area and commune with other riders. to change colors. Perhaps most importantly, there are a ton of With all these events and many more, now is the time to plan a events taking place. trip to Bloomington. One of the more popular fall attractions is Indiana University football. Thousands of fans join together to cheer on the Hoosiers, creating camaraderie in the stands no matter what the score. And l Find more information at l the tailgating area is almost as much fun as the game, especially with the family-friendly Hoosier Village hosted by the IU Alumni Association. You don’t have to haul any tailgate equipment with you; the IUAA provides it all — burgers, brats and beer, as well as entertainment for the kids. The Hoosiers have several home games this season, so there are plenty of chances to see some Big Ten action. Leave the football stadium and head to the street carnival atmosphere of World-Class Offerings downtown Bloomington Sept. 20-23 for the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. from Indiana University This is the preeminent music event of the Bloomington year, with dozens of musicians from around the world congregating in Bloomington. You can dance to Swedish swing-pop on an outdoor stage, be inspired by traditional Celtic music, or sway to the sounds of Gypsy jazz. There are few times when you can experience so much fantastic music in such Light and Shade variety, and the Lotus Festival brings it all to Sept. 28, 29 Fall Ballet downtown Bloomington. This is the do not miss event of the year! Nutcracker One ofThe the venues used by the Lotus Nov. 30 | Dec. 1, 2 productions Festival is the beautiful and historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater, often called the Old World BCT. This restored theater is celebrating its New World The season begins For subscriptions and 90th anniversary year with March 22, this 23 Spring Balleta stellar with Don Giovanni season planned. On Sept. 26, you can see single tickets, visit us at Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22 folk singer Ani DiFranco perform. The seat theater is the perfectly intimate setting



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cheap eats Logsdon’s Restaurant // now that’s sweet Gigi’s Cupcakes // Local Flavor Roca Bar North

Food & Drink Fall is my favorite time of the year for smells. From sweet, apple pie-esque

in the kitchen

aromas to the earthy essence of brightly colored leaves and their cool, dry fragrant dustiness. Fall also comes with some amazing seasonal flavor combinations. One I’ve recently been enjoying is the pairing of lentils and wild mushrooms. As a self-admitted carnivore, it is often challenging for me to create dishes that can be enjoyed by my vegetarian and pescetarian friends. Never one to back down from a challenge, I’ve taken it upon myself to bring out my favorite earthy “beef stew” flavors without using any meat at all, creating a delicious, mouthwatering mushroom and lentil soup. In this soup, I’ve used one of my favorite bases, lentils, for protein and bulk, along with wild mushrooms and herbs for a nice, rustic, earth-toned flavor profile. Mushrooms and lentils can also share a subtle nuttiness that is particularly lovely. As Mother Nature’s sponge, mushrooms are wonderfully versatile, exuding and showcasing whatever you choose to infuse them with. I’ve chosen to add a touch of Frazzitta Marsala wine for its warm, savory notes that play beautifully off the rest of the dish.

mushroom and lentil Soup

Ingredients: 1 large yellow onion, rough chopped 3 medium shallots, rough chopped ½ cup carrots, julienned ¼ pound unsalted butter ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 ounces dried wild mushrooms ½ cup Marsala wine (I prefer Frazzitta) 4 cups vegetable stock 10 cups water 2 cups lentils (I prefer red or pink since they require little to no soaking) 1 bay leaf

Directions: Begin by adding the onion, shallots, and carrots to a stock pot along with the butter and olive oil. On medium heat, simmer the vegPhoto by heather gray

etables until just past the point where the onion becomes translucent, stirring regularly. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, reconstitute the mushrooms by soaking them in 2 cups of warm water mixed with ¼ cup of marsala wine. Add ¼ cup of the wine to the vegetable mixture and continue to simmer for approximately 5 minutes. Add the reconstituted mushrooms and the bay leaf, and bring the combination to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then add

the vegetable stock and the remaining 8 cups of water. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Add 2 cups of lentils, and bring the entire mixture to a boil again. (Be sure not to add the lentils too early or they will become overcooked and lose their texture.) Season generously again with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Cover and reduce the heat, cooking for another 20 minutes. Serve topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and a pinch of chiffonade (thinly sliced) basil. Enjoy! – Eli Haddix September | October 2012 85

Food & Drink

think drinks

The Red Riveter Rivet, one of several beer choices at Franklin Street’s new Tin Man Brewing Co., promises to whet your senses with caramel malts and Willamette hops to produce a more colorful and flavorful version of its English relatives — the bitter clan. Its toffee sweetness and mild bitterness makes Rivet the perfect complement to backyard barbecues and burgers. We’re eager to try Rivet when Tin Man Brewing Co. opens in October, along with Circuit (Bohemian

pilsner), Alloy (American IPA), and 3 Gear (robust porter). Here’s a rundown on Rivet, Tin Man’s Irish red ale. Alcohol by volume: 5.1 percent IBU (bitterness): 22 Yeast: American Ale Malts: 2-Row, Caramel Malts, Aromatic, Victory Hops: Nugget, Willamette

Catfish Craze

One mile east of downtown Boonville, Ind., sits the cozy

and casual dining staple, Logsdon’s Restaurant. Its furnishings and decor channel a western lodge — a deer antler chandelier, buffalo and deer mountings, rustic and antique tools — and the restaurant also includes a full-service bar and ample space for hosting live entertainment. Evansville natives Rose and David DeWitt opened the restaurant in May 2010 with their sons, Mike and Chris. A family restaurant was always on the to-do list, says Rose, and they wanted to honor her mother’s maiden name, Logsdon. Their menu boasts a variety of American, seafood, steakhouse, and burger dishes, and plenty of homemade desserts such as Grandpa Will’s Lazy Day Peach Cobbler. As a Boonville native and a Logsdon’s regular, I frequently dine on the catfish filet sandwich ($8.95) — served on a hoagie bun and topped with homemade tartar sauce, a pickle, and onions — for a Saturday lunch. On evening occasions, the catfish filet dinner ($16.95) arrives with two heaping 7-ounce filets garnished with lemon wedges, two side items, and a semi-sweet dinner roll. Logsdon’s offers plenty of hearty side options such as baked beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, rice, twice baked potatoes, potato salad, and more. I opted for creamy coleslaw

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and German potatoes mixed with red and green peppers and onions. Each filet is lightly hand breaded with spices, yet not greasy, and has a bright white interior that’s tender enough to cut with a fork. On a bun or solo, the catfish has always been a musthave menu item, says Rose. “It’s just such a big piece of our southern Indiana culture.” – Natalie Greer

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Tin Man Brewing Co. 1430 Franklin St. Beer flows in early October during the Fall Festival. 812-618-3227, www. tinmanbrewing. com, or find them on Facebook.

Logsdon's Restaurant, 1206 E. Main St., Boonville, Ind. 812-897-8813 or find them on Facebook.

Local Foodie

Sweet Victories

A different kind of Olympic games volleyball. She is not a pole-vaulter, gymnast, hurdler, sprinter, or curler. In fact, she is not an athlete of any kind. However, the 21-yearold Evansville native has the unique pleasure of calling herself an Olympian. A culinary Olympian, that is. Newman is one of only four students at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., who were chosen to compete in the prestigious worldwide Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, on Oct. 4-11. Newman, who was homeschooled, competed against more than 1,600 of the finest culinary professionals in her field from more than 32 countries. The competition rivals the grandeur of this summer’s Olympic Games, complete with an opening ceremony, the promise of gold, and the feeling of sweet victory. Possibly even sweeter victory for Newman, whose area of expertise is working with chocolate. “I enjoy the science of it more than the art,” says Newman. “I’m no artist. That is the part I have to work hardest at.” The process of tempering chocolate (getting it back to its original state) to make it suitable to work with is complex. Explaining how to get beta and alpha crystals to form a homogenized mass is like a second language to the budding pastry-extraordinaire. Luckily, Newman has had hands-on guidance from her teacher and mentor, Chef Derek Spendlove, a 1988 culinary Olympian and instructor at Sullivan University for 23 years. “It is great to see a young person like Kelsee have so much drive and passion for what she is doing,” says Spendlove. “She will make an incredible pastry chef; you can see it in her level of dedication.”

Newman also receives one-onone training with her chocolate coach, Chef Scott Turner, the associate chair of the baking and pastry arts department and an instructor at Sullivan University for nearly 12 years. “He is always pushing me to work cleaner and to strive for perfection in every detail,” she says. “It’s not always about going bigger, but making sure that each flower petal or leaf is perfect.” In preparation for the competition, Newman says she spent about 10 hours each day, six days a week for six months practicing her culinary skills. Part of that preparation included hand-crafting each flower for Japanese-inspired “Ikebana” Olympic piece, a skill that most seasoned professionals still cannot easily master. She has recreated this piece several times before leaving for Germany, to ensure she can build her entire sculpture in the 48 hours allotted in the competition. Because Newman and her team will transport pre-made parts of the piece on the 14-hour flight to the competition, she and coach Spendlove have run through several “worst case scenarios” to prepare. “More than anything, this is a learning experience,” says Spendlove. “I want everything bad to happen, so that she can know how to handle it in the future.” Along with preparing for the show, she also works as a teaching assistant for Sullivan University. Surprisingly, in the rare event that she has free time, Newman prefers to stay in the kitchen. “This is my hobby. I love doing it. I know this is what I want to do.” – Audrey Flagg

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now that’s sweet

Five years ago, Oklahoma-born and California-raised Gigi Butler received a call from her brother in New York City who told her a cupcake craze was taking over the Big Apple. At the time, she owned a cleaning company, which she began at age 15. That entrepreneurial spirit — and confidence inspired from a long line of female family bakers — led her to light her ovens. Butler opened the initial Gigi’s Cupcakes in Nashville, Tenn., and four years later, her franchise has grown into more than 60 locations in 23 states. In January, Gigi’s opened on Burkhardt Road next to Edible Arrangements and Panera Bread, and is locally owned by Evansville native Lauren Nicholson. The shop is decorated in stylish pink and brown, and a sugar and cake batter-induced aroma greets each customer. Manager Dawn Stuart credits the cupcakery’s success on its employees’ small-business mindset. “We put so much time into our cupcakes,” she says, “and in a way, we operate very much like a family.”

Butler’s homemade recipes are a collaboration of her family and individual creations, and each supersized confection ($3.25 each) stands nearly 4 inches. The continually-offered flavors — wedding cake, chocolate midnight magic, and birthday surprise — share the display cabinets with 10 daily and seasonal Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at flavors including caramel sugar mama, 236 N. Burkhardt Road. For more information on their fall and Kentucky bourbon pie, merry margarita, weekly cupcake menus, call 812-437and white chocolate raspberry frappe. 9149 or visit www.gigiscupcakesusa. Each week, Gigi’s produces more than 35 com. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondayvariations. Wednesday; until 8 p.m. Thursday I tried the peanut butter cup, and Saturday; closed Sundays. like all of Gigi’s desserts, it arrives almost too perfectly decorated to a fork), but the blend of creamy peanut butdevour. The sweet aroma of peanut butter eventually got the better of me. The cupcake’s ter and fluffy cake is worth the effort. swirly mound of rich and ultra-smooth peanut New to Gigi’s are their mini cupcakes ($1.25) and cheesecake cupcakes ($3.75). This butter frosting — topped with honey roasted month begins their fall menu, which includes peanuts and drizzled with chocolate ganache flavors such as English toffee, pumpkin cream, — sits 2 1/2 inches atop the moist milk and peanut butter and jelly. chocolate cake. Its high frosting-to-cake ratio – Natalie Greer creates a challenge for bite taking (I opted for

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Local Flavor

roca bar north

An Evansville Original Roca Bar North brings a modern flair to an Evansville staple By Trisha Weber • Photos by Michael Wheatley


ince beginning as a staff writer for Tucker Publishing Group last year, I’ve been added to the taskforce of finding local restaurants worthy of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) for a comprehensive food story. Evansville is full of countless culinary gems, and Roca Bar North’s sleek, modern style and personal rapport stands among the city’s finest. The 2-year-old sports-bar-meets-pizzeria opened in 2010 off of Highway 41. Sharing the name and menu items with its flagship restaurant, Roca Bar Pizza (established in 1943), on South Kentucky Avenue, Roca Bar North is separately owned by Randy and Andrea Sheffer and Steve and Ashley Hammer. Randy, owner of Sheffer Construction & Development, LLC, built the 6,500-squarefoot restaurant on a 6-acre plot of land owned by Randy and land development partner Dave Carson, president and CEO of CHEM Group. Also on the property, Randy has built a strip mall that he hopes to have fully leased out by the end of the year. He plans to soon break ground on a car wash, which he will co-own with Jeff Robb, owner of Shine On Express Car Wash. “None of us do this full time,” says Steve, who himself is a managing partner at Ohio Valley Properties and Ohio Valley Communications. “It’s more of a passion project.” That passion can be seen in every facet of Roca Bar North, in the professional nature of the wait staff, the perfectly crisp, thincrust pizzas, and even the local celebrities, including Don Mattingly and Larry Bird, that adorn the walls in the bar. Polished yet flirtatious, Roca Bar offers the perfect blend of a colleague lunch date and a Friday night hotspot. Outside, a spacious patio hosts summer weekend entertainment. On Friday or Saturday evenings — and sometimes both — from spring to fall, local musicians (including Troy Miller, Jordan Brooker, and No Curfew) play to crowds of up to 200. “It’s a place you can bring your kids or just your husband,” says Andrea. “We have corn hole boards, TVs, and music.” They started the musical nights last year, and this summer has brought in much larger crowds than expected. “It has nearly doubled our business,” says Andrea. Accessible from the patio is the indoor bar, which offers a secluded getaway for those seeking an adult-only night out. “We can have families with babies in here and parties drinking buckets of beer and neither group knows about each other,” says Steve. The restaurant can accommodate rehearsal dinners, business meetings, and class reunions in the more than 300-seat facility, which includes the bar, dining area, a private room, and the patio. “We’re having fun with it,” says Steve. “And we have some solid, reliable managers who really help out.”

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Manager Tyler Weston, who received a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., and went to culinary school at its branch campus in Charleston, S.C., primarily works the kitchen. His key partner, manager Jacklynn DeVasier, spends most of her time out front, involved with the customers and acting as a face for the restaurant. “They really are our eyes and ears,” says Andrea. “They run the day-to-day operations, from scheduling to serving to ordering food for the restaurant.”

pick of the chicken barbecue It is young, spirited leaders pizza ($9.95-$19.50), with like Weston and DeVasier who Location: 12301 Highgrilled chicken bites, red onbring a good rapport to the lo- way 41 N. ions, jalapenos, and drizzles cal food scene. When a menu Phone: 812-868-8898 of tangy barbecue sauce. For is prided on specialty dishes, Dining Hours: 11 those less keen on a meat-incustomer expectations sky- a.m.-10 p.m. Mondayspired plate, the garden pizza rocket. Roca Bar North meets Thursday; until 11 p.m. ($9.95-$19.50) comes evenly the challenge with a friendly Friday and Saturday. sprinkled in a creamy pesto staff, customer-involved leadWebsite: www. sauce and a vegetable parade ership, and a chef, (oftenof broccoli, sun-dried tomatimes Weston), who can make toes, spinach, onions, black any delicacy on the menu to Adult Beverages: Yes Prices: Lunch $6-$8, olives, and artichokes. (All mouthwatering perfection. pizzas can even come with a Instead of a safe mozzarella Dinner $10-$15 gluten-free crust.) or breaded appetizer, I began Payment: Accepts all Later — and be sure to with the Roca Bar Italian salad major credit cards save room — I splurged on ($5.99-$14.50), which I was a creamy slice of Reese’s Peaguaranteed by friends to love. Roca Bar North uses the same recipe for this nut Butter pie cheesecake ($5.95). Like any refreshing treat as other Roca Bars did in good dessert should, each bite made more the 1940s. Even separately owned, allowing room for the next, as if the combination of more menu freedom, Roca Bar North stays chocolate on peanut butter never gets old. true to the restaurant brand, never having It doesn’t. deprived its customers of this refreshing With such a consistent lineup of savory mix of crisp lettuce, ham, pepperoni, hard- dishes, Roca Bar North lived up to — and boiled eggs, tomatoes, olives, cheese, and perhaps even exceeded — all the hype. Locally owned, the hometown restaurant can original Roca Bar Italian dressing. Known even more for its thin, crispy, customize and accommodate any customcracker-like crust, Roca Bar’s pizzas pack er’s need. “In a tight-knit community like a lot of flavorful options, including my Evansville,” says Steve, “that’s important.”

➤ my favorites Roca Bar Italian Salad ($5.99-$14.50) Chicken BBQ Pizza ($9.95-$19.50) Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie ($5.95) A Northern Star // Roca Bar North owners Steven and Ashley Hammer and Andrea and Randy Sheffer opened the 6,500-square-foot restaurant in 2010, complete with a main dining area, a private room, and a bar. Flavorful menu options include a vegetable-inspired garden pizza, a Reese’s peanut butter pie cheesecake, and the famous Roca Bar Italian salad.

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Bars Special Advertising Section

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(812) 477-5323 1050 S. Weinbach ave.

Casino Aztar

Luxuriate in the relaxed seating area at the Mykonos Bar inside the Acropolis Restaurant. The bar features a private, VIP booth situated in an intimate corner perfect for sipping a signature cocktail or after dinner aperitif. Meet with friends for “Martini Tuesday” or “Wine Wednesday” at the granite bar to welcome the downhill slide to the weekend.

Casino Aztar adds 11 nightclub and bar options to Evansville’s riverfront including Hoosiers Lounge, The Piano Bar at Cavanaugh’s, plus a full-service bar on each of our three casino levels. Restaurant bars include Riverside Cookery, Max & Erma’s, Outlaw Burger Company and Ri Ra Irish Pub. Stoney’s and Blush Ultralounge, located in The District at Casino Aztar, offer two more unique nightclub scenes.

501 N. Green River Road 812-475-9320

421 N.W. Riverside Drive 1-800-342-5386

Located in the historic Heldt & Voelker building, this family-owned and operated restaurant has an American and German menu for family dining.

Gerst Haus Our full-service bar has 29 tap beers and 125 bottles available.

2100 W. Franklin St. Evansville, IN 47712 812.424.1420

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Located on West Franklin Street in an old hardware building, the familyowned Gerst Haus serves German and American daily lunch and dinner specials. The bar has 29 beers on tap including Schneider Weiss, Paulaner, Spaten, plus seasonal brews. They also feature the local favorite Gerst Beer brewed in Nashville, home of the original Gerst Brewery. They serve 130 bottled beers from 17 countries. Outdoor patio seating is available. 2100 W. Franklin St. 812-424-1420

Los Alfaro Restaurant and Dance club Los Alfaro is the first Latin American restaurant in Evansville. We offer lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, featuring dishes from eight different countries. Our Latin Dance Nights are every other weekend: Sept. 15 and Oct. 20, from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. $7 cover charge or $10 to enter, which includes three domestic beers or one glass of wine or sangria. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., we’re celebrating Halloween with food, music, and a costume contest. 1704 S. Kentucky Ave./Riverside Drive 812-422-8070

MOJO’s BONEYARD Named after the owner’s beloved 18-yearold dachshund – Mojo’s BoneYard on Bellemeade Avenue is the best place to hang out for fun, relaxation, and amazing food. Catch a game on one of their many high definition TVs, enjoy a frosty beverage, and try their signature Mo’ steam burgers, BoneYard hot wings, amazing thin crust pizza, strombolis, hand-breaded catfish filets, tenderloins, and fresh salads. The newly refurbished and super clean sports bar offers pool tables, dart boards, and live entertainment to enjoy with all your friends. Take time to view Mojo’s on Facebook to see the news about all their upcoming entertainment and specials.

4920 Bellemeade Ave. 812-475-8593

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Visit us on franklin street! Smitty’s Italian Steakhouse brings the finest Italian dishes to our customers made from old family recipes. We are family friendly and also offer plenty of outdoor seating. Mon.-Fri.: Open 3:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: Open 11 a.m.

Enjoy our one-of-a-kind wine list and full service bar.

2109 W. Franklin St. • 812-423-6280



A CHEERS-type bar with a friendly atmosphere. We have daily drink specials and a great food selection including pizzas, sandwiches, salads, etc. Join us for karaoke on Fridays at 8 p.m. We always have your favorite games on television. Come enjoy our new outdoor patio area. Like us on Facebook for more information on our theme parties such as our “Minute to Win It” contest, Jimmy Buffet Night, and cornhole competitions.

Old Chicago is a neighborhood favorite with a fun, casual environment. Famous for friendly service, it features made-from-scratch dough in a variety of crusts and fresh toppings as well as pasta, calzones, burgers, salads, and desserts. Enjoy 110 brews from around the world with 30 on draft and a full bar. Catch your favorite game with multiple televisions and sports viewing packages. Open 11-2 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner, late night, or to-go.

1050 S. Weinbach Ave. 812-477-5323

6650 E. Lloyd Expy. 812-401-1400


30 years

on franklin street! Stop in for tasty lunch specials daily and join us in the evening for pool or to watch your favorite sports teams on one of our HD TV's.


Our full service bar offers 12 draft beers. Must be 21 to enter.

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There’s a new Italian Steakhouse on Evansville’s West Side with great Italian favorites made from old family recipes including lasagna, manicotti, and fettuccini. Visit us also for rib-eye, porterhouse, and bone-in-filet steaks. Wine lovers will enjoy our one-of-a-kind wine list, and we also offer a full-service bar with a truly unique specialty, the Tiramisu Martini. Smitty’s is a familyfriendly restaurant — so bring the kids too! Outdoor seating is available

Celebrating 30 years of business! Join us for lunch or for our lively late night atmosphere. During the day we offer lunch specials. A favorite is our handpattied burgers and fresh-cut French fries. Plenty of outdoor seating is available. In the evening, come out for a game of pool on one of five Brunswick pool tables and enjoy our high-definition TVs with major sports packages. Twelve draft beers are available at the full-service bar. Open daily at 11 a.m. Must be 21 to enter.

2109 W. Franklin St. 812-423-6280

2315 W. Franklin St. 812-422-0801


PIZZA, CALZONES AND 110 BEERS. Since 1976, Old Chicago has been serving up fresh-made food, 110 beers from around the world and great times.


Eat. Drink. Be Yourself.™

Enjoy one of many great cocktails at The Tin Fish — famous for their Lemon Drop Martini, Sangria, and Mojito, using fresh ingredients and hand muddled every time. It boasts a full bar and the largest selection of beers in the area. Pair your drink choice with any of our famous fish tacos or fresh shucked oysters on the half shell, and enjoy them while listening to live music playing every Friday and Saturday night. 300 Jennings St. 812-490-7000

EVANSVILLE 6550 East Lloyd Expressway 812.401.1400 Corner of Burkhardt Road and East Lloyd Expressway

Live Entertainment Thursday-Saturday: The BoneYard Trio plays every Thursday at 8 p.m. Full Menu Available Mon. 6-11 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. 4-11 p.m. Fri. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. Noon-1 a.m. Sun. Noon-10 p.m.

4920 Bellemeade

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Troy Miller Mike Fisher MJT (Monte Skelton, Judah Hebner, Theo Akai) 9/22 Ryan Rigdon & Kennedy Rose 9/28 Dave Ruckman 9/29 Three Shades Of Grey 10/27 Halloween Anniversary Celebration with Echo-Plexes


Must be 21 to Enter

Your Neighborhood Fish Joint!

FIND US...IT’S WORTH IT! TIN MAN BREWING CO. At Tin Man Brewing Co., each can and glass of craft beer is made with thought, planning, and world-class technology in our full-production brewery. As a new brewery, we feel it is important to be an Earth-friendly business. Our Mash Filter system helps us conserve both energy and water. We are excited for you to taste our unique craft beers: Circuit (Bohemian Pilsner), Rivet (Irish Red Ale), Alloy (American IPA), 3 Gear (Robust Porter), and Dry Cell (Irish Dry Stout). Visit us for our grand opening in fall 2012. 1430 W. Franklin St.

Open 7 Days a Week 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

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300 Jennings • Historic Downtown Newburgh, IN • 812-490-7000 •



Mon. - Wed. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. - Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Private Parties Only

Family Night: Thursday & Friday from 6-9 p.m. Dine in with us and enjoy a free dance class in our dance club. S. Kentucky Ave./Riverside Dr. • Evansville (812) 422-8070 • September | October 2012 95

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Dining Directory

Arranged by Category

The Dining Directory is compiled by the editorial staff of Evansville Living and is not based on advertising. Evansville Living has made every attempt to present an accurate dining guide. Unless otherwise noted, restaurants are handicapped-accessible and accept major credit cards and checks. City and county ordinances prohibit smoking in many facilities. We suggest calling ahead to check which venues are exempt. All phone numbers are local (area code 812) unless specified. Please notify us of significant changes in restaurant’s management, hours, location, or menu.

H Indicates 2012 “Best of Evansville Living” winner Fine Dining CAVANAUGH’S: 421 N.W. Riverside Drive, 433-4333. Steaks, fresh seafood.

Entertainment in piano bar. Meals $13-$50. Open 5-10 p.m. Sun.Thurs., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Cork ’n Cleaver: 650 S. Hebron Ave., 479-6974. Steak, prime rib, chicken, seafood. Salad bar, soup and sandwich lunches. Lunch $7-$9. Entrees $12-$18. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dinner 4-9 p.m. Sun.Thurs., 4-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. Haub Steak House: Main and Haub streets (next to railroad tracks), Haubstadt, 768-6462 or 800-654-1158. A la carte menu. Steak, prime rib, seafood, chicken, pork, vegetable side dishes, desserts. Meals $18-$40. $10.75 early bird special 4-6 p.m. Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Reservations OK. Jimmy Jeng’s Szechwan CHINESE RESTAURANT: 669 N. Green River Road (in Eastland Place), 479-7600. Extensive Chinese menu. Lunch $4-$6. Dinner $8-$12. Open 4-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., closed Sun. Reservations OK. No checks. LORENZO’S Bakery & Bistro: 976 S. Hebron Ave., 475-9477. Chef-prepared bistro-style dining, fine wines. Deli-style salads, soups, pastas, daily specials. Lunch $6-$9. Dinner $14-$25. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., light lunch 2-5 p.m., dinner 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Bakery open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. MA•T•888 BISTRO: 5636 Vogel Road, 475-2888. Specialties include lemongrass fish, Peking duck, and chicken lettuce wraps. Lunch $6-$8. Dinner $8. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. & Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat. Closed Mon. Reservations OK. MADELEINE’S A FUSION RESTAURANT: 423 S.E. Second St., 491-8611. Appetizers, soups, salads, entrees including Roasted Monkfish with Peruvian Purple Potato Carpaccio and Dry-Aged Buffalo Steaks. Meals $14-$26. Open 4:30-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 4:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.Sat. Brunch 11 a.m-3 p.m. Sun. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Catering also available. Reservations OK. Red Geranium: 408 North St., New Harmony, Ind., 682-4431. Contemporary American cuisine, extensive wine list. Lunch $7-$11. Dinner $17$30. Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (Breakfast 7-11 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner 4-9 p.m.) Reservations OK.

Upscale Casual Bonefish Grill: 6401 E. Lloyd Exp., 401-3474. Soup, salad, fish, steak.

Average meal $15. Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4-10 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. No checks. BLUSH ULTRALOUNGE: 615 N.W. Riverside Drive, 433-4700. Continental breakfast for hotel guests, $12. Served 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Mon.-Fri. Full bar available 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 3 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Must be 21 to enter after 4:30 p.m. EDGEWATER GRILLE: 1 E. Water St., Newburgh, Ind., 858-2443. Fantastic river view. Outside dining in season. Steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads, daily specials. Wood-fired pizza oven. Music on weekends. Meals $7-$18. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; Sun. breakfast 8 a.m. Reservations OK for 8 or more. The Jungle: 415 Main St., 425-5282. Lunch and dinner menus of soups, salads, pasta, and coffee, as well as a chef tasting option that includes five sample dishes feeding up to three. The restaurant also serves bread by the loaf, from whole wheat to Hungarian salado. Cocktail bar on lower and main levels. Meals $20-$80. Lunch 11 a.m.2 p.m. Tues.-Fri., dinner 5-11 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closed Sun. and Mon. Raffi’s: 1100 N. Burkhardt Road, 479-9166. Mediterranean, American, Italian specialties, pasta, chicken, seafood, steaks, lamb. Meals $10$16. Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Full bar service, wine list, outdoor dining, private party room. Reservations OK. SAFARI WINE & MARTINI BAR: 415 Main St. (upstairs of The Jungle), 4255282. Wines and Spirits and a menu including seared tuna, beef filets, and desserts. Meal: $15-$35. Open 5 p.m.-midnight Thurs.-Sat. Private parties available any day for lunch or dinner. Western Ribeye & RIBS: 1401 N. Boeke Road, 476-5405. Soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials. Certified Angus Beef™ steaks, chicken, seafood, baby back ribs. Lunch $6-$10. Dinner $8-$20. Full service bar. Open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri., 4-10:30 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun. Reservations gladly accepted. No checks.

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Private Clubs EVANSVILLE COUNTRY CLUB: 3810 Stringtown Road, 425-2243. Executive chef on staff. Diverse menu selection. Social membership includes dining.

Kennel Club: 5201 Kratzville Road, 422-1211. Executive chef on staff. American and European classic cuisine. Reservations OK.

Kirby’s private dining: 1119 Parrett St., 422-2230. Open by reservation

only to private parties, receptions for up to 250. Minimum $500 food tab. Menu arranged in advance with chef. Hours negotiable. OAK MEADOW GOLF CLUB: 11505 Browning Road, 867-1900. Executive chef on staff. Dining-only memberships are available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menu selections. Casual veranda or grille seating and formal dining available. Receptions up to 300. ROLLING HILLS COUNTRY CLUB: 1666 Old Plank Road, Newburgh, Ind., 925-3336. Executive chef on staff. New and classic dishes including chicken, snapper, filets, pastas. Dining-only memberships are available with an initiation fee, plus monthly fee. Victoria National: 2000 Victoria National Blvd., Newburgh, Ind., 8588230. Chef-featured items weekly. Member-only dining.

Delis Bits and Bytes: 216 N.W. Fourth St., 423-5113. Breakfast, deli-style

sandwich lunches, desserts. Average meal $5. Open 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. No reservations. Emge’s Deli and Ice Cream: 206 Main St., 422-3026. Sandwiches, homemade deli salads, soups. Meals $5-$7. Open 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.Fri. No reservations. FRESH HARVEST DELI: 101 N.W. First St., Ste. 114 (Old Post Office Place), 421-0407. Fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, daily specials. Meals $5-$7. Open 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dine-in or carryout. No reservations. The Great American Bagel: 3910 E. Morgan Ave., 476-7212. Fresh-baked bagels, plus deli sandwiches, soups, and salads. Items $1-$5. Open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon. Great Harvest Bread Company: 423 Metro Ave., 476-4999. Fresh-baked bread, breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and homemade soups for lunch, gift baskets, and free samples. Limited seating available for coffee and bread. Breads $3.50 and up. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. MondayFriday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. JIMMY JOHN’S: 701 N. Burkhardt Road, 401-5400, open 8 a.m.-midnight Sun.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 a.m. Fri.-Sat.; 8680 Highland Drive, Newburgh, 490-7111, open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. Deli-style sandwiches, fresh-baked bread, vegetables prepared daily, cold cut meats. Delivery available. Average meal $5. Lic’s Deli and Ice Cream: 800 Diamond Ave., 424-4862; 4501 Lincoln Ave., 477-3131; 520 Mary St., 424-7699; 2311 W. Virginia St., 423-4173; 2001 Washington Ave., 473-0569; 504 N. Green River Road, 473-3428; 11 N.W. Fifth St., 422-2618; 8700 Ruffian Lane, Newburgh, 858-0022. Deli-style soups, salads, sandwiches, locally made ice cream, sorbets. Most meals under $5. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (summer hours to 11 p.m.) Mon.-Sun. No reservations. Panera Bread: 220 Burkhardt Road, 476-7477. Breads, sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, specialty coffee drinks. Items $2-$6. Open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Orders may be faxed to 476-7377. Penn Station East Coast Subs: 137 N. Burkhardt Road, 479-7366; 4827 Davis Lant Drive, 402-7366; 5310 Pearl Drive, 434-7366; 1111 Barrett Blvd., Henderson, Ky., 270-826-7361; 3525 Frederica St., Owensboro, Ky., 270-683-1515. Quick and casual, grilled, made fresh to order sub sandwiches, homemade hand-cut fries, fresh squeezed lemonade. Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Carry-out available. QUIZNO’S SUBS: 5525 Pearl Drive, 422-5500; 900 Tutor Lane, 491-6800; 4222 Bell Road, Newburgh, 490-1144. Deli-style, oven-baked subs, homemade soups, fresh salads. Sandwiches $4-$5. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sun. No reservations. No checks. ROLY POLY SANDWICHES: 5702 E. Virginia St., 962-2326. Wide selection of hot and cold rolled sandwiches, soups, chips, party platters, box lunches, cookies. Sandwiches $3-$7. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun. Delivery available. No checks. Schlotzsky’s Deli: 301 N. Green River Road, 471-4011. Deli-style soups, salads, pizzas, hot sandwiches on homemade bread. Average meal

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Arranged by Category Pacetré Bake and Brew: 2734 Mt. Vernon Ave., 402-6005. Custom

cupcakes with unique flavors for each day of the week including mimosa, snickerdoodle, and red velvet. $3. Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.. Closed Sun. and Mon. Catering offered. Penny Lane Coffeehouse: 600 S.E. Second St., 421-8741. Fair trade organic espresso and espresso drinks, gourmet specialty coffees, Italian sodas, fresh baked pastries, vegetarian soups. Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs., 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. PIECE OF CAKE: 210 Main St., 424-CAKE. Customized cakes, cookies, coffee, sodas, and more. Open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Planter’s CoffeeHouse: 130 N. Main St., Henderson, Ky., 270-830-0927. Full service espresso bar, gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. Fri. Carry out and catering available. STARBUCKS: Inside Barnes & Noble, 475-1054; 504 N. Green River Road, 476-7385; 6401 E. Lloyd Exp., Ste. 16, 401-1771; 4650 First Ave., 421-0461; 7755 Fruitwood Drive, Newburgh, 858-0234. Items $2-$10. Hours vary by location. All locations carry the full line of Starbucks coffees, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies. WIRED COFFEEHOUSE: 111 N. W. Fourth St., 962-4252. Muffins, rice crispy treats, candy, espressos, coffee. Meals $3. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

bar, custom blended coffee, homemade muffins, fruit pie, cheesecake, brownies. Drinks $1-$4, desserts $2-$4. Open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Pizzerias Abbey Road Coffee Bean Emporium: 422 N. Main St., 402-0842. Full service espresso bar, drip coffees, smoothies, iced coffees, scones, Big M’s Pizzeria: 1424 N. Main St., 434-6909. A traditional pizzeria with and soup-and-sandwich lunches. Meals: under $10. Offers catering, strombolis, lasagna, breadsticks, and chicken wings. Offers carryout drive-thru, and live music. Open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and delivery. Meals: Lunch $5 and dinner $10-$20. Open 11 a.m.-10 Saturday. Closed Sunday. p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until midnight Fri. and Sat., and 2-10 p.m. Sun. (except during football season: Sun. hours are noon-10 p.m.). Beans & Baristas: Eastland Mall, 800 N. Green River Road, 475-8566. Full coffee bar, Italian sodas, and various pastry treats. Coffee price: BOOGIE’S PIZZA: 506 E. Fourth St., Mount Vernon, Ind., 838-5000. Pizza, $1.65 and up. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. sandwiches, pasta, soups, and desserts. Average meal: $10. Open 11 Sunday. a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 4-10 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun. BRIDGEVIEW COFFEE: 327 Second St., Henderson, Ky., 270-830-9494. Full Deerhead Sidewalk Cafe: 222 E. Columbia St., 425-2515. Soups, salads, coffee and espresso menu, baked goods, lunch menu including soup, sandwiches, double-decker pizzas. Meals $7-$10. Kitchen open 11 paninis, and deli sandwiches. Drive-through only. Average meal $5a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., noon to midnight Fri.-Sun. Reservations $7. Open 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sat., 7:30 OK. Smoking facility. a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sun. No checks. GREEK’S PIZZERIA: 240 S. Green River Road, 402-4733. Pizza, pasta, and Coffee Cottage & Café: 612 Weinbach Ave., 401-1930. Fresh baked items, sandwiches. 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Croissants with chicken or tuna salad, sliced ham or turkey, two soups every day, desserts, gourmet coffees, fruit smoothies. Average meal $6. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 329 MAIN STREET GRILLE: 329 Main St., 484-9649. Hot, extreme, fire, hot sweet, and sticky wings. Fish tacos, five-alarm fries, pork po’boy, gas house burger, Steak-umm cheese, and more. Meal: $7. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Delivery only Sun. AMERICAN PIT BOSSES: 1113 E. Riverside Drive, 425-5908. “Indiana-style” barbecue. Meals $5-$10. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Anthony’s Heavenly Cheesecake: 204 Main St., 470-7763. An eclectic blend of 40-plus cheesecake flavors including turtle, red velvet, peanut butter chocolate, strawberries and cream, and a lunch menu that includes Cajun smoked sausage, Chicago style hot dogs, and pork BBQ. Cheesecake slice: $4.50; meals: $3.99. Open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Applebee’s: 5100 E. Morgan Ave., 471-0929; 5727 Pearl Drive, 426-2006; 1950 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Henderson, Ky., 270-826-9427; 5120 Frederica St., Owensboro, 270-926-3472. Soups, sandwiches, salads, varied dinner

entrees. Lunch under $10. Average dinner $15. Open 11 a.m.-midnight daily. No reservations. No checks. ARCHIE & CLYDE’S RESTAURANT & BAR: 8309 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, 490-7778. Pizza, fried cheese ravioli, hot taco sticks, wraps, salads, soups, gyros, barbecue. Meals $8-$12. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. The Bar-B-Q Barn: 1003 E. Diamond Ave., 491-9868. Wood-smoked BarB-Q, walk-in and carry-out. Prices under $10. Open 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. H Bar Louie: (Suburban Hot Spot, 2012) 7700 Eagle Crest Blvd., 4767069. Full bar with large signature drinks, expansive menu with mini Kobe hot dogs, the Luigi sandwich with shaved ribeye, and large hamburger selection. Meals $9-$12. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight Sun. for brunch. No checks. Big Mama’s Café: 1802 Stringtown Road, 422-3350. Old-fashioned burgers and homemade pies, catfish fiddler Fridays. Average meal $5.95$7.95. Open 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon-Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. BIG TOP DRIVE-IN: 1213 W. Maryland St., 424-7442. Sandwiches, chicken strips, and ice cream. Average meal $5. Open 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2-8 p.m. Sun. Bob Evans: 1125 N. Green River Road, 473-9022; 5201 Pearl Drive, 4255100. “Homestyle” American menu. Average meal $5. Open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No reservations. No checks. Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza: 3911 Venetian Drive, Newburgh, Ind., 8533400. Ribs, pizza, seafood, pasta, burgers, and sandwiches. Prices range from $6-$13 for entrees and $8-$20 for pizzas. Open 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-midnight on Sun. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar: 713 N. Green River Road (in Eastland Place), 471-9464; 5405 Pearl Drive, just off Lloyd Expressway, 423-9464. Chicken wings cooked with various seasonings, burgers, salads, and chicken. Meals $4-$7. Open 11-1 a.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 2 a.m. Fri.-Sat., until midnight Sun. No reservations. BURGER BANK: 1617 S. Weinbach Ave., 475-2265. Mini-burgers, cheeseburgers, fries, and more. Meals $5. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. CAFÉ 111: 111 S. Green River Road, 401-8111. Soups, salads, deli sandwiches, chicken salad, pasta salad. Lunch: $7.50. Open 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.Fri. Closed Sat.-Sun. CAFÉ COURT (RIDGWAY UNIVERSITY CENTER): 1800 Lincoln Ave., 488-2951. Deli shop, SubConnection; hamburger joint, Grill 155; home-style stop, Charleston Market; international location, Fusion; Italian eatery, LaVincita; and smoothie place, Freshens. Meals $6.95. Open 7-9:30 a.m. (breakfast), 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch), 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (dinner) Mon.-Fri. The Carousel: 5115 Monroe Ave., 479-6388. Classic American cuisine. Average meal $6. Open 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Reservations for large groups. The Carriage Inn: 103 Gibson St., Haubstadt, Ind., 768-6131. Plate lunches, sandwiches, soups, salads, steaks, assorted dinner entrees. Meals $2.50-$12. Open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri., 4-10 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun.-Mon. Reservations OK. Charlie & Barney’s: 1801 W. Franklin Ave., 423-5355. Grill items, burgers, soup, chili, plate lunches, daily specials. Meals $5-$10. Open 9 a.m.10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 9-midnight Fri.-Sat. Cheddars: 2100 N. Green River Road, 491-9976. Garden-fresh salads, homemade soups, and varied entrée selections including pasta, lemon pepper chicken, and tilapia. Meals: $7-$12. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE: 8301 Eagle Lake Drive, 475-1074. Cheeseburger in Paradise burger, mushroom Swiss burger, Costa Rican steak wrap, jerk chicken wrap, and more. Meals $9-$15. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. CHILI’s GRILL & BAR: 600 N. Green River Road, 475-1510. Big Mouth Burgers, baby back ribs, fajitas, steaks, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, desserts. Dine-in or carryout. Meals $5-$15. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Cleavers: 5501 E Indiana St., 473-0001. A casual restaurant serving sandwiches including pulled pork, Chicago-style Italian beef, pork loin, and steak. Meals: $7. Seating up to 75 or carryout. Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs, until 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., until 8 p.m. Sun. Serves breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sat.-Sun. Cold Stone Creamery: 6401 E. Lloyd Exp., 437-2653; 5435 Pearl Drive, 461-0100. Ice cream and frozen treats. Average item $4.39. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. noon-10 p.m. Sun. (Hours change by season.) No checks. Cracker Barrel: 8215 Eagle Lake Drive, 479-8788. Classic American cuisine. Most meals under $10. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No reservations. H Cross-Eyed Cricket: (Survivor, 2012) 2201 W. Lloyd Exp., 422-6464. Traditional American cuisine. Meals $5-$7. Open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.Sun. No reservations. Culver’s: 1734 Hirschland Road, 437-3333. ButterBurgers and frozen custard. Meals $5-$8. Open 10:15 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.


501 N. Green River Rd. • 812.475.9320 •

There’s a lot of excitement going on at the Acropolis

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Cyprus, Greece, native Doros Hadjisavva is in his prime as both a passionate chef and a restaurateur. On July 1, 2011, Doros and his wife Ellada became the sole owners of Greek restaurant Acropolis (501 N. Green River Road). With a zest for life and a passion for what they do, the couple loves sharing that winning combination with the people of Evansville. Doros and Ellada personally invite you to experience their rich tradition at the Acropolis restaurant by tasting their authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. You can now enjoy the same delicious food from their restaurant by visiting the Acropolis Express at the New Ford Center during games and concerts. “Be Unique” by the Acropolis, their catering division, is expanding to further serve all of their customers’ needs. Now in addition to their classic Greek fare, you can enjoy menu items from fried chicken to prime rib for your dinner parties and large gatherings. Customized box lunches are great for business meetings. With options like chicken tortellini pasta, roast pork loin, and sandwich wraps, there is something for everyone. The Acropolis is now booking events at the Old Post Office Plaza Banquet Hall as one of two exclusive catering providers. They have also been added as a preferred caterer at the Evansville Pagoda on the riverfront. Acropolis enthusiasts can get their cravings satisfied in a variety of settings and situations. September | October 2012 99

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CUP & CHAUCER CAFÉ: 200 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 402-6631.

HAWG ‘N’ SAUCE: 6580 Leonard Road, Mount Vernon, Ind., 838-5339.

Ready-to-go sandwiches, paninis, salads, snacks, coffee, and specialty beverages. Meals $6. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sun. Daily’s Annex Bakery and Cafe: 701 N. Main St., 423-0320. Homemade soups, deli hot panini sandwiches, pastries galore. Meals: Under $7. Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Lunch served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. DEF CAFÉ: 417 N. Weinbach Ave., 618-0219 (video phone), 491-6036. Espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas; plus a variety of teas, wraps, and breakfast foods. Meals $5. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Tues. and Thurs.-Fri., until noon Wed. Denny’s Classic Diner: 5212 Weston Road, 424-4472; U.S. 41 N. at I-64, 867-7156. Classic American cuisine. Meals $3-$7. Open 24 hours. No reservations. Denny’s Restaurant: 351 N. Green River Road, 473-1063; 4310 U.S. 41 N., 423-9459. Classic American cuisine. Meals $4-$7. Open 24 hours. No reservations. Downtown Diner: 122 First St., Henderson, Ind., 270-827-9671. Classic American breakfasts, soups, salads, sandwiches, plate lunches. Breakfast $3. Lunch $5. Open 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. No reservations. Non-smoking facility. Ellis Park: U.S. Highway 41 N., Henderson, 425-1456 or 800-333-8110. Clubhouse dining Thurs.-Sun. year-round. Sky Theatre open during live racing, July-September. Weekend reservations recommended during live racing. FEED MILL RESTAURANT & BAR: 3541 Highway 60 E., Morganfield, Ky., 270389-0047. Spicy Cajun turkey sandwich, homemade baked beans, catfish po-boy, baby-back ribs, cheeseburgers, and more. Average meal $8. Open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Firehouse Subs: 1031 N. Green River Road, 477-2141. Hot and cold subs with toppings such as smoked turkey, sliced chicken, veggie, and white chicken salad. Meal: $6-$8. Hours: 10:30 a.m-9 p.m. SundayThursday; until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. H Five Guys Burgers and Fries: (Restaurant Opened in 2011, 2012) 5402 E. Indiana St., 812-401-1773. Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and Cajun fries. Meals: $5. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. every day. Skip the line and order online. FRANK JR.’S BARBEQUE & CATERING: 3012 Covert Ave., 475-9880. Barbecue, ribs, baked mac & cheese, chess pie. Average lunch: $4. Average dinner: $7. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Sat., closed Sun.-Mon. Limited seating, carry-out, and lunch delivery available. No credit cards accepted. H G.D. RITZY’S: (French Fries, 2012) Three Evansville locations: 4810 University Drive, 425-8700; 4320 N. First Ave., 421-1300; 601 N. Green River Road, 474-6259. Grilled hamburgers, grilled chicken, chicken strips, kids meal, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, ultrathin shoe-string style french fries, old-fashioned ice-cream, milk shakes. Average meal $5.25. Open 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No checks. The Grand Buffet: 1356 N. Green River Road, 476-6666. An international buffet including Japanese, Chinese, and American cuisine. Open 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Gasthoff Amish Village: County Road 650 E., off Hwy. 50, Montgomery, Ind., 486-4900. Amish-style buffet. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. GATOR’S HOT FISH HOUSE: 1203 N. Main St., 402-7775. Icelandic cod, catfish, pork chops, burgers. Meals $5-$8. Open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. No checks. GATTITOWN: 316 N. Green River Road, 473-3800. Buffet-style pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts. Buffet with drink $9. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Gemeca Inn: 802 E. Locust St., Fort Branch, 753-4441. Steaks, chicken, seafood entrees, soups, salads, vegetable side dishes. Meals $12-$15. Open 4-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Reservations OK. Gene’s Restaurant and Barbecue: 1095 N. Green St., Henderson, 270-827-8576. Country breakfasts, soups, salads, sandwiches, plate lunches, fiddlers, barbecued pork, ribs, chicken, mutton, steak, chops. Average breakfast $4; average lunch and dinner $5.50. Open 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., until 6 p.m. Sun. No reservations. Golden Corral Family Steak House: 130 N. Cross Pointe Blvd., 4731095. Delicious, fully-stocked buffet. Open 10:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun. 1770 S. Green St., Henderson, 270-869-9310. Large buffet selections, steaks, shrimp, chicken. Breakfast 7:30-11 a.m. Sat.-Sun., lunch 11 a.m.4 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; dinner 4-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 4-11 p.m. Sun. Breakfast and lunch $7.09, dinner during the week $9.59, dinner Fri.-Sun. $9.99. The Granola Jar Café & Bakery: 1033 Mount Pleasant Road, 437-1899. Specializes in housemade granola, breads, vegetarian, vegan options. Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., closed Sat. and Sun. HARBOR BAY: 4428 N. First Ave., 423-0050; 4706 Morgan Ave., 402-5122. Seafood, steak, and chicken dishes including crab legs, oysters on the half shell, gumbo and chowder, and grilled and fried fish. Average meal $6-$13. Open 11 a.m. daily.

Barbecue entrees and home-style side dishes. Meal: $8. Open 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. The Hornet’s Nest: Old Petersburg Road (at Boonville-New Harmony Road), Earle, 867-2386. Soups, sandwiches, salads, daily lunch specials, steaks, seafood, chicken. Sunday buffet 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $9. Family-style meals for parties of 15 or more, weeknights only, $11. Meals $6-$13. Kitchen open 11 a.m. daily, closes 9 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 10 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. No checks. Inlumi Café & Bakery: 4833 State Road 261, Newburgh, Ind. Various international dishes plus traditional country-style breakfasts and contemporary lunches. Can host private events and parties of up to 70. Breakfast: $6-$8; Lunch: $8-$10. Open 6 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. J. Gumbo’s: 1211 N. Tutor Lane, 473-2951. Cajun and Creole classics such as gumbo, jambalaya, and bumblebee stew. Meals: $7. Open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Mon.- Sat. and noon-7 p.m. Sun. Jake’s Wayback Burgers: 115 Cross Pointe Blvd., 475-9272. Burgers, hot dogs, and hand-dipped thick milkshakes. Meals: $4-$6. Shakes: $3. Hours: 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Accepts all major credit cards. Jeanne’s Gelato and More: 2003 Lincoln Ave., 479-8272. Variety of gelato flavors: peanut butter, pumpkin, bubble gum, and more. Sandwiches, soups, salads, coffees, cookies, and smoothies. Meals: $5-$7. Open 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Just Rennie’s Cookie Co.: 102 S.E. Fourth St., 490-8098. Gourmet lunches, chicken salad sandwiches, club wraps, cookies. Meals $5-$7. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., closed Sat.-Sun. Knotty Pine Café: 500 N. Main St., 423-0014. Country cooking, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, burgers, breakfast specials. Meals $4-$8. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Breakfast served all day except Sun. No credit cards. Checks OK. LIBBY AND MOM’S: 1307 N. Heidelbach Ave., 437-3040. Home-cooked meals for breakfast and lunch. Average meal $5. Open 5:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., Closed Sun. Log Inn: Warrenton Road (at Old State Road), 867-3216. Fried chicken, ham, roast beef, fiddlers, served family-style for parties of three or more. Dinner $9.75 per person (children 4-12, $4.75). Open 4-9 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No credit cards. Logan’s Roadhouse: 1 N. Burkhardt Road, 471-8403; 5645 Pearl Drive, 421-0908. American fare including handcut steaks, baby-back ribs, mesquite-grilled chicken, appetizers, salads, seafood. Average lunch $8. Average dinner $13. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Logsdon’s Restaurant: 1206 E. Main St., Boonville, Ind., 897-8813. Casual, family dining with tasty, home-style dishes including barbecue pork chops, fried chicken, and chicken and dumplings. Completely smoke-free. Meals: $10. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Longhorn Steakhouse: 320 N. Green River Road, 473-2400. Steak, chicken, ribs, seafood, sandwiches, burgers. Prices for entrees range from $12-$22. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri. and Sat. MAJOR MUNCH: 101 N.W. First St., 437-2363. Cheeseburgers, chili, grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, hot dogs. Meals: $5-$7. Open Mon.-Fri. for breakfast 7-10 a.m.; lunch 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 8 p.m. Fri. Marx BBQ: 3119 W. Maryland St., 425-1616. Barbecue chicken, pork, ribs. Weekday specials. Meals $5-$10. Open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. No reservations. MAX & ERMA’S: 421 N.W. Riverside Drive (inside Casino Aztar), 433-4258. Burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta dishes. Average dinner $12. Average lunch $6. Open 10:30 a.m.-midnight daily, bar open until 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. No checks. Maxine’s Café and Bakery: 1322 N. Green River Road, 473-3663. Featuring gourmet salads, soups daily, vegan, vegetarian dishes and desserts. Average meal $7. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. No reservations. Merry-Go-Round Restaurant: 2101 Fares Ave., 423-6388. Traditional American cuisine. Lunch $5-$7. Dinner $6-$9. Open 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Mon.-Sat. No credit cards. Meals and More: 7801 Bussing Ave. (inside Evansville Regional Airport), 423-1113. Traditional American fare. Meals $5-$10. Open 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Weekend hours often extended. Mojo’s BoneYard Sports Bar & Grille: 4920 Bellemeade Ave., 4758593. Bar food including chicken wings, burgers, and strombolis. Meals: $5-$10. Open 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 1 a.m. Friday, noon-1 a.m. Saturday, and noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn: 2840 W. Parrish Ave., Owensboro, 800-3228989. Barbecue chicken, ribs, pork, mutton, beef, fiddlers, ham, burgoo, sandwiches. Dinner $7-$11. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. The New Harmony Inn & Conference Center: 504 North St., New Harmony, 682-4491 or 800-782-8605. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch, 5-9 p.m. dinner Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch, 5-10 p.m. dinner Fri.; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. breakfast/lunch, 5-10 p.m. dinner Sat.; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. breakfast/ lunch, 5-8 p.m. dinner Sun. Reservations OK.

Quality is our passion! NISBET INN: 6701 Nisbet Station Road, Haubstadt, 963-9305. Homemade

soups, desserts, barbecue. Lunch $6. Dinner $12. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tues.-Sat., closed Sun.-Mon. Reservations OK. O’Charley’s: 7301 E. Indiana St., 479-6632; 5125 Pearl Drive (at Red Bank Road and Lloyd Expressway), 424-3348. Soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees. Meals $8-$15. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. No weekend reservations. Old Mill: 5031 New Harmony Road, 963-6000. Steaks, chicken, catchof-the-day, sandwiches, soups, salads. Meals $7-$14. Seafood buffet Fri., $13; Land and Sea buffet Sat., $14. Kitchen open 4-10 p.m. Mon.Thurs., 4-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. H Orange Leaf: (Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt, 2012) 701 N. Burkhardt Road, 401-5215. Up to 70 flavors of yogurt including gingerbread, eggnog, snickerdoodle, and red velvet. Pay by the weight. Open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Outback Steakhouse: 7201 E. Indiana St., 474-0005. Specialty steaks, chicken, seafood entrees, salads, vegetable side dishes. Meals $14$18. Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4-11 p.m. Fri., 3:30-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Call ahead for seating. No checks. OV WATER SPORTS GRILL: 1801 Waterworks Road, 425-1912. Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, small pizzas, fish dishes, and cold drinks. Meal: $5. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Open seasonally. Paradise Pavilion Restaurant: 6299 Oak Grove Road, Newburgh, 858-7931. Full bar and Friday night seafood buffet. Steak, seafood, chicken, soups, salads, dessert. Kids menu. Open daily at 5 p.m. The Pie Pan: 905 North Park Drive, 425-2261. Traditional American cuisine. Average breakfast $3. Plate lunch $4.25. Homemade pies sold by the slice and by the whole pie. Open 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., until 2 p.m. Sun. No reservations. No credit cards. The Pointe: 830 LST Drive, 425-4840. Sandwiches, wraps, tacos, hot dogs, and ice cream. Average meal: $6-$7. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every day. Bar available from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. every day. POP’S GRILL AND OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM SHOP: 516 S. Main St., New Harmony, 682-3880. 1950s and ’60s-inspired diner era fare: hot dogs, burgers, ice cream treats, and dinner specials. Average meal $5-$15. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun-Mon. Rafferty’s: 1400 N. Green River Road, 471-0024. Soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees. Lunch under $10. Dinner $7-$17. Open 11 a.m.10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No reservations. No checks.

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Dining Directory Ralph’s Hickory Pit: 739 N. Green St., Henderson, Ky., 270-826-5656.

Breakfast available daily. Barbecued mutton, pork, ribs, chicken, beef, turkey, ham, vegetable, salad side dishes. Open for breakfast 6 a.m. daily. Closes 7:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. Red Lobster: 4605 Bellemeade Ave., 477-9227. Soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood entrees, fresh-catch, daily specials. Meals $8-$18. Open 11 a.m. daily. Closes 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No reservations. No checks. RED ROBIN: 6636 E. Lloyd Expressway, 473-4100. A variety of hamburgers including the “Banzai Burger,” the “Royal Red Robin Burger,” and the “Whiskey River BBQ Burger.” Full bar menu. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. The Red Wagon: 6950 Frontage Road, Poseyville, Ind., 874-2221. Catfish, oyster, shrimp scampi, and grilled salmon. Meals: $9. Open 6 a.m.9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Bar open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.. Riverside Cookery: 421 N.W. Riverside Drive, 433-4227. Located in Casino Aztar’s Riverfront Pavilion and offers dishes including jambalaya, frog legs, and fresh Florida alligator. Meals: $8-$10. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. RIVERVIEW BY FIREFLY: 1 Main St., 464-8439. Located in Old National Bank. Southern fare and down-home country food. Meal: $5-$7. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. ROOKIES SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT: 117 S. Second St., Henderson, Ky., 270-826-1106. Angus beef steaks, seafood, pasta, chicken, sandwiches, Arabian salad. Meals $9-$15. Kitchen open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Reservations OK. Non-smoking facility. Salad World: 3311 N. Green River Road, 471-5083; 4951 W. Lloyd Exp., 467-7486; 200 Main St., 422-0777. Soups, grilled appetizers, wraps, grilled pitas, sandwiches, full entrees. Average meal $5-$7. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun. No checks. Shoney’s: 2452 U.S. 41 N., Henderson, Ky., 270-826-2214. Breakfast buffet 6-11 a.m. Mon.-Fri., $5; until 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $6. Salad and hot bar open 11 a.m.-closing Mon.-Fri., until 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Late-night breakfast buffet open 9 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. Lunch $5-$7. Dinner $7-$9. Restaurant closes 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., midnight Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Show-Me’s Restaurant: 5501 Pearl Drive, 402-7100; 1700 Morgan Center Drive, 401-7469. Wings, burgers, chicken breasts, crab legs. Average meal $7. Open 11-3 a.m. daily.

Arranged by Category H Shyler’s Bar-B-Q: (Barbecue, 2012) 405 S. Green River Road, 4764599. Memphis-style barbecue pork, chicken, beef, pork ribs. Lunches $4-$6, dinners $7-$10. Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Catering available. No reservations. SILVER BELL RESTAURANT: 4424 St. Wendel Road, 963-0944. Sandwiches, salad bar, steaks, fiddlers, pizza, vegetable side dishes. Family-style fried chicken dinner specials. Meals $5-$10. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. Sirloin Stockade: 4610 Bellemeade Ave., 473-0300. Steakhouse and buffet. Prices under $10. Southern Ride BBQ: 1023 Church St., New Harmony, Ind., 682-4227. Barbecue nachos, pulled chicken, loaded potato soup, and delicious pork platters. For carry out, enjoy pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and beef by the pound. Meals: $7-$9. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; until 7 p.m. Sunday. SPUDZ-N-STUFF: 5225 Pearl Drive, 402-8287; 815 S. Green River Road, 888620-9687; 101 N.W. 1st St., 402-7555; 192 Gardenmile Road, Henderson, Ky., 270-212-1777. Steak potatoes, steak fajitas, chicken and mushroom potatoes, taco potatoes, pitas, and more. Meals $7. Open 10:30 a.m.9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Steak And Take Grill: 4946 State Highway 261, Newburgh, Ind., 8537500. All meats are butchered daily with dishes including a meatball sandwich, a 14-ounce rib-eye steak, salmon, and shrimp and beef kabobs. Meals: $9. Open 4-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Available for carry-out and delivery. Steak ‘N Shake: 7929 E. Lloyd Exp., 475-1400, open 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.Thurs., until midnight Fri.-Sat.; 4850 W. Lloyd Exp., 424-8526, open 24 hours. Burgers, sandwiches, fries, chili, fried chicken strips, salads, desserts. Breakfast served midnight-11 a.m. daily. Average meal $5. No reservations. No checks. Steeplechase Restaurant: 4101 U.S. Highway 41 N. (at the Clarion Inn), 4246400. Full breakfast buffet and dinner. Open 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Sat.-Sun., 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Sun. No lunch served on weekends. STEPTO’S BAR-B-Q SHACK: 4430 First Ave., 401-8BBQ. Ribs, pulled pork smoked barbecue, grilled chicken, variety of side dishes. Average lunch $5. Average dinner $8. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. No checks. Stoll’s Country Inn: 19820 Castle Creek Drive, 867-7730. Lunch buffet $7.50. Dinner buffet $8.50. Breakfast buffet (Sat.-Sun. only) $6.50. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

Sweet CeCe’s: 8680 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, Ind., 853-5276; 4827

Davis Lant Road, Suite B, 477-5276. Custom creations made with a choice of eight frozen yogurt flavors, including fat-free, non-dairy, and low-sugar options. Toppings include candy, cookies, and fresh fruit. Priced by weight; average frozen yogurt dessert is $3-$4. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. Temptations Buffet: 421 N.W. Riverside Drive, inside Casino Aztar Hotel, 433-6059. Breakfast served daily, 6-10:30 a.m.; lunch served daily, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Texas Roadhouse: 7900 Eagle Crest Blvd., 477-7427. Ribs, steaks, side items, fresh baked bread. Meals $9-$12. Catering services also available. Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. No checks. TF Ice Cream: 1002 E. Walnut St., Boonville, Ind., 812-715-3367. Ice cream, sherbet, and more. Price: $0.75 baby cone-$1.75 large cake cone. Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. and Sun., 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. TGI Friday’s: 800 N. Green River Road (in Eastland Mall food court), 491-8443. Specialty salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, chicken, pasta, seafood entrees. Meals $6-$14. Open 11-midnight Sun.-Wed., 11-1 a.m. Thurs.-Sat. No reservations. No checks. THE TIN FISH: 300 W. Jennings St., inside Jennings Station in Newburgh, 490-7000. Fresh fish flown in daily, clam chowder, gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Open Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Average meal $10. No checks. The Trophy Club: at Indiana Downs, 5480 Indiana St., 473-8910. Sandwiches, soup, salads. Average meal $7. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No checks. TOUCH OF HOME CAFÉ: 209 E. Water St., on the riverfront in Mount Vernon, Ind., 831-3655. Unique sandwiches, specializing in the Cuban, Krispy Kreme Burger, soups and salads. Home cooked daily specials: salmon patties, Beef Manhattan, roasted pork loins, mini-meatloaves. Average meal: $6. Open 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Vecchio’s Italian Market and Delicatessen: 14 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, Ind., 490-7879. Italian sandwiches, imported cheeses and meats, Italian soups, and more. Meal: $6.50. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Wiley’s Café and Bakery: 115 First St., Henderson, Ky., 270-827-1500. Breakfast and lunch items ranging from 1-inch thick quiche to a variety of salads and sandwiches. Most meals around $5. Café open 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. with takeout until 6 p.m. Open Sat. 8 a.m.4p.m. WILSON’S GENERAL STORE & CAFÉ: 11120 Broadway Ave., 985-0202. Smoky barbecue menu. 4-8 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.2 p.m. Sun. No checks. Wolf’s Barbecue: 6600 N. First Ave., 424-8891. Barbecued pork, chicken, beef, pork ribs, large variety of vegetable side dishes, homemade soup, chili. Lunch $6-$8. Dinner $8-$12. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Reservations OK. Wolf’s Restaurant & Tavern: 31 N. Green St., Henderson, Ky., 270212-1151. Steak, seafood, chicken, salads, sandwiches. Lunch $5-$10. Dinner $8-$12. Open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Reservations OK. Nonsmoking facility. YWCA Tea Room by Mary and Martha’s: 118 Vine St., 422-6922. Soup, salad, and soda combos and daily hot specials that include Monday meatloaf, Tuesday pot roast, Wednesday roasted chicken with mushroom gravy, Thursday smothered pork chop, and Friday fish. Meals: $7.99. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. ZESTO: 102 W. Franklin St., 424-1416. Hamburgers, fish and chicken sandwiches, tenderloins, soups, and ice cream. Average meal $5. Open 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Zoup! Fresh Soup Company: 6240 E. Virginia St., 477-2664; 4660 N. First Ave., 423-1800. Soups, salads, and desserts. Low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options. Meals $6.50. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. (until 7 p.m. at North Side location).

Ethnic Asian/Oriental CANTON INN: 947 North Park Drive, 428-6611. Appetizers, soups, poultry,

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beef, pork, seafood dishes. Average lunch $6. Average dinner $8. Lunch buffet $5.83, Mon.-Sat. evening and Sunday $7.42. Lunch buffet 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dinner buffet 5-8:30 p.m. Reservations OK. CHARLIE’S MONGOLIAN BARBEQUE: 315 E. Diamond Ave., 423-9897. Large selection of Asian-style vegetables and meats cooked on a hot griddle while you watch. Lunch $5. Dinner $6. Salad and dessert bar $2. Open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No checks. China King: 590 E. Diamond Ave., 423-1896. Traditional Chinese entrees. Average meal $6.50. Open 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.10 p.m. Sun. China Super Buffet: 127 N. Burkhardt Road, 476-8788. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Lunch: $6.75; Dinner: $8.99; Sunday: $8.99. China Village: 8423 Bell Oaks Center, Newburgh, Ind., 858-8238. Open Sun.-Sat. Lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner 5-8:30 p.m. Buffet $7.25. September | October 2012 103

Dining Directory CHINATOWN BUFFET: 5435 Pearl Drive, 425-8146. Chinese buffet with

several extras including mussels, dim sum, and sushi. Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun., $5. Dinner 4-8:30 p.m. Sun.Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $7. Chopstick House Restaurant: 5412 E. Indiana St., 473-5551. Chinese buffet. Lunch $4.75. Dinner $7.25. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun. Crazy Buffet: 701 N. Burkhardt Road, 437-8803. Chinese buffet. Open for lunch 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Dinner: 3:30-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. FUJI YAMA: 915 North Park Drive, 962-4440. Soups, salads, noodles, rice, sushi, hand rolls, chicken, beef, shrimp dishes. Lunch $6-$10. Dinner $10-$15. Lunch 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Dinner 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Reservations OK. No checks. Ginmiya Asian Diner: 4827 Davis Lant Drive, Suite F, 471-8100. 11 a.m.10:30 p.m. Asian cuisine includling hibachi dinners, sweet and sour chicken, sushi, and teriyaki dishes. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; until 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Golden Buddha: 3221 Taylor Ave., 473-4855; 5066 SR 261, Newburgh, 853-2680. Lunch $4.25. Dinner $7.25. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. GRACIE’S CHINESE CUISINE: 12500 U.S. Highway 41 N., 868-8888. Lunch buffet $5.25. Dinner buffet $7.45, $8.45 on weekends. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Reservations OK. IWATAYA JAPANESE RESTAURANT: 8401 N. Kentucky Ave. (at Mount Pleasant Road), 868-0830. Traditional Japanese dishes, sushi menu. Lunch $7-15. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Dinner $11-$25. Dinner 5-9:20 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Janbo Restaurant: 4500 W. Lloyd Exp., 422-8289. Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, Mandarin cuisine. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., Closed Mon. Jaya’s Restaurant: 119 S.E. Fourth St., 422-6667. Authentic Korean cuisine and sushi. Lunch $5-$7. Dinner $7-$10. Lunch hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Dinner hours: 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations OK. H KanPai: (Fresh Ideas, 2012) 4593 Washington Ave., 471-7076. International fare, Japanese sushi bar, beer, wine, sake. Lunch $6-$9. Dinner $10-$20. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. No checks. Lincoln Garden: 2001 Lincoln Ave., 471-8881. Chinese appetizers, soups, lunch platters and entrees including crab Rangoon and General Tso’s



Arranged by Category chicken. Average price $6. Hours 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.; lunch special $4.99. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sushi to go. Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant: 4313 E. Morgan Ave., 479-5006. Average meal $8. Open 4:30-8 p.m. Mon., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. No checks. MANDARIN GARDEN: 2013 N. Green River Road, 476-7088. Lunch buffet $5. Evening buffet $6-$8. Seafood buffet Fri.-Sat. Carryout, private parties available. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Reservations OK. No checks. Nagasaki Inn, Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar: 5720 Virginia St., 4731442. Meals $8-$14. Sushi priced separately. Open 4-9:30 p.m. Mon.Thurs., 4-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4-9:30 p.m. Sun. Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations OK. No checks. Roppongi Japanese Steak & Sushi: 7221 E. Indiana St., 437-5824. Sushi, filet mignon, New York strips, and hibachi. Meals: $10 lunch; $15$20 dinner. Lunch hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Dinner hours: 4-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; until 10:30 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; until 9 p.m. Sunday. Full bar. Shing Lee: 215 Main St., 464-2769. Cantonese menu. Average lunch $4. Average dinner under $10. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., dinner 4:308 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Taste of China: 4579 University Drive, 422-1260. Open 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., until 9 p.m. Sun. Lunch $3.95. Dinner $6.25. No checks. Thai Chow, oriental foods: Route 1, Fort Branch, Ind., 753-3878. Classic Thai food. Meals $7-$10. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., until 6 p.m. Sat. Reservations OK. No credit cards. THAI PAPAYA CUISINE: 6240C E. Virginia St., 477-8424. Authentic Thai cuisine, including phad Thai, papaya salad, spicy prawn soup, and satay. Meals $8-$10. Open 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free private dining now available to accommodate 2530 people. TOKYO JAPAN RESTAURANT: 3000 N. Green River Road, 401-1020. Hibachi grill: chicken, beef, shrimp, and scallops. Meals $7-$10. Open 11 a.m.9:30 p.m. Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., closed Tues. Triple Dragon Buffet: 7844 Highway 66 (Apple Center in Newburgh), Ind., 853-1900. Open 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10:30-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Lunch buffet $6.95. Dinner buffet $9.95. Two Brothers: 3806 N. First Ave., 423-6188. Authentic Chinese food prepared in Cantonese, Hunan, Szechuan styles, buffet and menu


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Gerst Haus: 2100 W. Franklin St., 424-1420. Soups, salads, sandwiches,

dinner entrees. Traditional German cuisine. Large imported beer list. Meals $7-$14. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. No weekend reservations. Schnitzelbank Restaurant: 409 Third St., Jasper, 482-2640. Authentic German food. Prices range from $10-$20. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Greek Acropolis Authentic Greek Cuisine & Spirits: 501 N. Green River Road,

475-9193. Fine Greek dining, Greek-American cuisine, chicken, beef, lamb, salads. Will offer a portion of the menu at the Ford Center (1 S.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.). Average lunch $6. Dinner $10-$20. Open 11 a.m-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK.

Indian TAJ MAHAL: 900 Tutor Lane, 476-5000. Tandoori chicken, paneer tikka, panjabi curry, kadai paneer, and more. Lunch buffet daily. Around $8. All-day buffet Sun. Dinner $10-$14. Open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun.

Irish H Rí Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant: (Downtown Hot Spot, 2012) 701-B Riverside Drive, 426-0000. Traditional Irish pub cuisine. Wide range of bottled and tap beers. Average meal $10-$13. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon., 11 a.m.- midnight Tues.-Wed., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thurs., 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Fri., 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. No checks. Discover not accepted.

ANGELO’S: 305 Main St., 428-6666. Pasta, chicken, seafood, veal, pizzas.






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items. Lunch under $6. Dinner under $10. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. No checks. VIETNAMESE CUISINE: 4602 Vogel Road, 479-8818. Vietnamese fare, including traditional noodle dishes. Meals $7-$10. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Tues., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. WOK ‘N’ ROLL: 311 S. Green River Road, 479-3118. Sweet and sour chicken, General Tso’s chicken, egg rolls, egg drop soup, crab Rangoon. Average meal: $5. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun. H YEN CHING: (Chinese Restaurant, 2012) 406 S. Green River Road, 4740181. Weekday lunch specials $4, evening menu items $7-$12. Sunday buffet 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $7.75. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., until 9 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. No checks. H ZUKI: JAPANESE HIBACHI GRILL & SUSHI LOUNGE: (Sushi 2012) 448 N. Green River Road, 477-9854. Sushi and hibachi-grilled foods. Average meal $15. Lunch open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun.-Sat. Dinner open 4-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No checks.



1. Leesa Williams, 2. Cindy Counts, 3. Vangie Alderson, 4. Hanna Williams, 5. Misty Hostetler, 6. Diane Hanes, 7. Diane Matt, 8. Connie Noffsinger, 9. Debbie Sickmeir, 10. Misti Chandler, 11. Emily Thomas, 12. Tiffany Mattingly, 13. Mindy Haas, 14. Rachel Fleenor, 15. Amy O’Rourke, 16. Omar Shoemaker, 17. Holly Sparks, 18. Dawn Davis, 19. Amanda Noble, 20. Melissa Turpin, 21. Shannon Ball, 22. Nikki Gillihan, 23. Sandy Barron, 24. Sammy Reynolds, 25. Sandy Barnard, 26. Annalee Priest, 27. Lori Baggett, 28. Audrie Manzi, 29. Marty Vaught

Lunch $4-$5. Dinner $10-$15. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri. 4-10 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun. Full bar. H Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano: (Service, 2012) 6401 E. Lloyd Exp., 4210800. Italian cuisine. Lunch $5-$10. Dinner $6-$16. Carryout available. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun., until 9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. Café Arazu: 17 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, 842-2200. Pitas, wraps, shish kebabs with lamb, chicken, and beef. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun. DiLegge’s: 607 N. Main St., 428-3004. Plate lunches, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta specialties. Lunch $5-$8. Dinners include pasta specialties, Italian veal, seafood, chicken entrees. Dinner $13-$18. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 4-10 p.m. Sat. (sandwiches and appetizers available to 11 p.m.). Closed Sun. Reservations OK. House of Como Restaurant: 2700 S. Kentucky Ave., 422-0572. American and Arabian specialties. Meals $8-$20. Open 4-9 p.m. Tues.Thurs., 4-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. MANNA MEDITERRANEAN GRILL: 2913 Lincoln Ave., 473-7005. Stuffed grape leaves, gyros, shish kebabs. Meals $10-$15. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun. MILANO’S ITALIAN CUISINE: 500 Main St., 484-2222. Pizzas, pasta, baked sandwiches, dinner entrees. Lunch $5. Dinner $10-$12. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dinner 4:30-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 9:30 p.m. Fri. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations OK. No checks. Olive Garden: 1100 N. Green River Road, 473-2903. Soups, salads, pasta, luncheon entrees. Average lunch $6. Dinner adds larger portions to lunch menu. Dinner $8-$15. Opens daily 11 a.m. Closes 10 p.m. Sun.Thurs., 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. PITA PAN: 4222 Bell Road, Newburgh, Ind., 853-9555. Gyros, pitaburgers, shish kebabs, baklava. Meals $5-$10. Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Latin American Los Alfaro Restaurant and Dance Club: 1704 S. Kentucky Ave., 422-

Emporium Hair Salon Open House: Sunday, October 21, 2-5 p.m. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and giveaways, meet the stylists and see our new addition.

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8070. Central and South American cuisine including fried yucca, Salvadorian chorizo, and grilled tilapia. Meals: $8-$12. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Closed Sundays. Dance club open from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Mexican/Tex Mex ACAPULCO: 8480 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, 858-7777. Authentic Mexi-

can dishes, grilled steak dinners, and more. Dine-in or carryout. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., until 9:30 p.m. Sun. CANCUN MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 10604 State Road 662, Newburgh, 4909936. Fajitas, quesadillas, nacho platters, taco salads, and chimidogs. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. No checks. EL CHARRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 720 N. Sonntag Ave., 421-1986. Occasional mariachi band performances. Specialties include paella and chimichangas. Meals $5-$8. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sun. EL RIO: 1919 N. Green River Road, 471-1400. Authentic Mexican dishes. Lunch starting at $3.50. Combos including soft drink $5.99. Dinner $6-$12. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Reservations OK except Friday. No checks. Hacienda: 990 S. Green River Road, 474-1635; 711 N. First Ave., 423-6355; 5044 Pearl Drive, 422-2055. Tex-Mex menu available all day. Average lunch $6, dinner $10-$12. Open 11 a.m. daily. Kitchen closes 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Jalisco Mexican Restaurant: 4044 Professional Lane, Newburgh, 490-2814. Authentic Mexican cuisine. Average meal $10-$15. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. No checks. LA CABAÑA: 821 S. Green River Road, 477-3351. Authentic Mexican entrees and seafood. Most lunches under $5. Most dinners under $8. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. La Paz Mexican Restaurant: 528 S. Main St., Henderson, Ky., 270-8263636. Traditional Mexican food. Average meal $10. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Reservations OK. Los Bravos: 3534 N. First Ave., 424-4101; 834 Tutor Lane, 474-9078; 4630 W. Lloyd Exp., 464-3163. Traditional Mexican menu. Most lunches under $5. Most dinners under $10. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., to 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Reservations OK. No checks. Los Portales Mexican Grill: 3339 Green River Road, 475-0566. Authentic Mexican dishes, grilled steak dinners, and more. Dine-in or carryout. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., until 9:30 p.m. Sun. LOS TORIBIO: 1647 S. Green St., Henderson, Ky., 270-831-2367; 2810 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Henderson, 270-830-6610. Traditional Mexican cuisine. Lunches $4-$6. Dinners $6-$11. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., closed Sun. Reservations OK. Los Tres Caminos: 12100 U.S. Highway 41 N., 868-8550. Authentic Mexican cuisine including chimichangas, burritos, Mexican pizza, and quesadillas. Meals: $8. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Moe’s Southwest Grill: 6401 E. Lloyd Exp. (inside The Evansville Pavilion), 491-6637. Fresh Mexican cuisine. Meals $4-$8. Beer, wine, margaritas. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Qdoba Mexican Grill: 922 N. Burkhardt Road, 401-0800. Fresh Mexican cuisine, bottled beer, margaritas, and catering. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No checks. Taco Tierra: 420 S. Green River Road, 402-8226. Mexican fast food. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. & Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. No checks. Tumbleweed Southwest Grill: 1868 U.S. Highway 41 N., Henderson, Ky., 270-869-9800. Southwestern-style meals, chicken, steak, fajitas, salads. Lunch $5-$7. Dinner $9-$12. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No checks.


6040. Cold and hot tapas including olives, nuts, cheeses, paella (saffron rice with seafood, chicken, and Spanish chorizo), and seafood dishes, plus Spanish wines, beers, and sangria. Tapas $5-$12. Lunch hours: 11:30-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; dinner hours: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Tavern Food CORNER POCKET BAR & GRILL: 1819 N. Fulton Ave., 428-2255. Soups, sal-

ads, sandwiches, plate lunches, pizzas, stuffed baked potatoes and appetizers. Breakfast available all day. Plate lunches $5. Open 7 a.m.2 a.m. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Sun. Smoking facility, 18 and over. Live entertainment Sun. Darmstadt Inn: 13130 Darmstadt Road, 867-7300. Soups, salads, sandwiches, plate lunches. Dinner entrees include steaks, fried chicken, seafood. Most lunches under $6. Dinner $8-$12. Kitchen open 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., sandwiches available until 10 p.m. daily except Sun. No reservations. DAVE’S SPORTSDEN PIZZA & PUB: 701 N. Weinbach Ave., #110, 479-8887. Lyleboli, TNT burger, Brew City fries. Meals $5. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

Deerhead Sidewalk Cafe: 222 E. Columbia St., 425-2515. Soups, salads,

sandwiches, double-decker pizzas. Meals $7-$10. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight Sun. Reservations OK. Smoking facility. Fox and Hound English Pub and Grille: 5416 E. Indiana St., 473-5721. Appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees. Meals $5-$14. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily. Large beer list, pool tables. Reservations OK. No checks. Smoking facility. Fred’s Bar and Grill: 421 Read St., 423-8040. Bar and family room. Classic tavern menu. Meals $5-$8. Kitchen open 11-3 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations for large groups only. No checks. No credit cards. Smoking facility. Hickory Pit Stop: 1521 N. Main St., 422-6919. Barbecue chicken, turkey, pork, mutton, variety of side dishes. Average meal $6. Kitchen open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Reservations for large groups only. Smoking facility. The Hilltop Inn: 1100 Harmony Way, 422-1757. Sandwiches including brains, fried bologna, fried fish, salad bar, steaks, chicken, seafood entrees. Meals $6-$14. Kitchen open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No weekend reservations. Hooters: 4620 Lincoln Ave., 475-0229. Appetizers, including cooked and raw oysters, soups, salads, sandwiches. Average meal $6. Open 11 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Reservations for large groups only. No checks. Hornville Tavern: 2607 W. Baseline Road, 963-9318. Soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees including 16-oz. smoked pork chops, fried chicken, steaks, daily specials. All items available all day. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. HOTT’S GRILL: 122 N. Weinbach Ave., 437-3377. Philly cheese steaks, strombolis, super cheese fries, specialty pizzas. Average meal: $6$10. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. K.C.’S TIME OUT LOUNGE & GRILL: 1121 Washington Square Mall, 437-9920. Shrimp jammers, loaded fries, fried ravioli, egg rolls, southwest burger, pulled pork sandwich, Italian beef and gravy, and more. $6$10. Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. seven days a week. Kipplee’s Stadium Inn: 2350 Division St., 479-1542. Fried appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza. All meals available all day. Average meal $6. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. No reservations. No checks. Knob Hill Tavern: 1016 Highway 662 W., Newburgh, 853-9550. Soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees including shrimp, steak, chicken, fiddlers, hand-tossed pizzas. Meals $8-$15. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., noon-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. No reservations. Smoking facility. KT’S FIRE GRILL: 7247 Main St., Wadesville, Ind., 673-4996. Rib-eye and filet steaks, barbecued chicken, ribs, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, strombolis, and seafood. Average dinner price: $5-$8. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Saloon hours: 10 a.m.-volume. H Lamasco Bar & Grill: (Plate Lunch, Place for Live Music, 2012) 1331 W. Franklin St., 437-0171. Basic tavern menu including soups, salads, sandwiches. Meals $5-$9. Steak dinners available Fri.-Sat. Kitchen open 7 a.m.-3 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Sun. Reservations OK. Smoking facility. MAIN GATE SPORTS BAR AND RESTAURANT: 518/520 Main St., 4287776/484-1066. Grilled pork tenderloin, hot ham and cheese on a hoagy, Greek salads, nachos and cheese. Average meal: $7-$10. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-close Fri.-Sat. O’BRIAN’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL: 1801 N. Green River Road, 401-4630. Irish tavern food, reubens, burgers, soup, salad. Lunch $5.45. Dinner $7.50. Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily. No checks. OLLIE’S SPOrTS BAR & GRILL: 4920 Bellemeade Ave., 401-2125. Tavern food. Meals $5-$7. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.Sat., closed Mon. except during football season. PEEPHOLE BAR & GRILL: 201 Main St., 423-5171. Cheeseburgers, onion rings, fries, and the splitter (a fried hot dog). Meals $5. Open 11 a.m.3 a.m. daily. The Pub: 1348 Division St., 423-2121. Burgers, gyros, specialty sandwiches, salads, pita pizzas, Greek pastries, dinner entrees. Meals $6-$11. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri., 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. Sara’s Harmony Way: 610 B. Church St., New Harmony, Ind., 682-3611. Various wines, specialty beers, and an assortment of cheeses and salamis. Catering available. Open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; until 5 p.m. Sunday; limited hours in January and February. SMITTY’S LITTLE TAVERN: 2109 W. Franklin St., 423-6280. Pizza, sandwiches, chili, appetizers. Items $5-$12. Open 4-11 p.m. Bar open to midnight or later, Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-midnight, bar open to 3 a.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-10 p.m. Sun. Reservations OK. SPORTSMAN’S BILLIARDS AND GRILLE: 2315 W. Franklin St., 422-0801. Hamburgers, chicken breasts, catfish plates. Meals $5-$10. Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily. St. Joe Inn: 9515 St. Wendel Road, 963-9310. Soups, salads, sandwiches, plate lunch specials, fiddlers, steaks, fried chicken dinners. Meals $4-

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Road, 475-9193. Fine Greek dining, Greek-American cuisine. Onand off-site catering. Restaurant includes 50-person banquet room. Acropolis Banquet Hall, 2508 Highway 41 N., caters up to 300 people. Bauerhaus Mobile Catering: 759-9000. Customized menus from simple party trays with gourmet hors d’oeuvres to elegant sevencourse meals. Specialize in private residential parties and grand corporate affairs with professional event coordination. Licensed bar services available. Exclusive caterer to The Pagoda Visitors Center. No party size limit. Cacao: 1218 Washington Square, 401-4044. No party limit. CATERING BY ROBYN: 453-2679. Complete meals to go, party appetizers, dinner parties, business luncheons. Cheryl Mochau, Personal Chef: 499-4631. Specializes in preparing and teaching others to prepare food for low-fat and special diets, including Atkins, salt-free, wheat-free, sugar-free, and others. Can cook for one to 12 people. Edgewater Grille Catering: 858-2443. Specializes in cooking Smoked Pork Jacqueline and Salmon Elizabeth. No party size limit. THE EVENT GALLERY BY MADELEINE’S: 956 Parrett St., 467-4255. Your first choice in banquet facilities. From intimate gatherings to receptions up to 400 guests. Just Rennie’s Catering: 401-8098 or 455-7927. Specializes in fine foods. No party size limit. Kirby’s Private Dining: 1119 Parrett St., 422-2230. Open by reservation only to private parties, receptions up to 250. Minimum $500 food tab. Menu arranged in advance with chef. Hours negotiable. Kokies Food Service & Banquet Centers: 423-8229. Can prepare anything from tacos to lobster for clients. No limit to party size. Madeleine’s A Fusion Restaurant: 423 S.E. Second St., 491-8611. Specializing in unique ingredients to make one of a kind dishes. Private party rooms available or let Madeleine’s come to you. Mary & Martha’s Catering: 220 N.W. 4th St., Suite 202, 424-7200. Fullservice catering with dishes that include smothered pork chops, corn pudding, sauteed cabbage and onion, and chess pie for dessert. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Scheduled catering on weekends). Call for pricing. Nagasaki Inn, Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar: 5720 Virginia St., 473-1442. Sushi and Asian cuisine. On and off-site catering. For special arrangements, call with plenty of time for planning. The New Harmony Inn & Conference Center: 682-4491 or 800-7828605. Caters within a 50-mile radius of New Harmony, Ind., and offers a variety of food from steaks to sandwiches. Will serve up to 500. The Old Post Office: 200 N.W. 2nd St, 253-2102. Caters up to 350 people for wedding receptions, banquets, holiday parties, and corporate entertainment. Choice of food from Acropolis or Just Rennie’s. Penn Station East Coast Subs: 137 N. Burkhardt Road, 479-7366; 4827 Davis Lant Drive, 402-7366; 5310 Pearl Drive, 434-7366; 1111 Barrett Blvd., Henderson, Ky., 270-826-7361; 3525 Frederica St., Owensboro, Ky., 270-683-1515. Off-site catering with free delivery. From 10-10,000 people. Perfect for business meetings, outings and showers. Choose from: boxed lunches, sandwich platters, and cookie platters. Tea and lemonade available by the gallon. Schnitzelbank Catering: 888-336-8233. Caters all types of food, including smoked pork chops, fried chicken, Schnitzelbank country biscuits with apple butter, potato casserole. On the spot with mobile kitchens. Party size range is 20-20,000 people. TOUCH OF HOME CATERING: 480-0310. Corporate lunches, weddings, special occasions. Home cooked food for groups of 15 to 500. VenuWorks: 515-232-5151. Offers catering and concessions, including all concession stands at the Ford Center (1 S.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.).

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Art Attack //

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Triple Threat A transplanted New Orleans artist pioneers a unique home, studio, and gallery concept Downtown Story and Photos By Shanti Knight


ominating the foyer of Evansville artist Billy Hedel’s Downtown home is a mosaic tile table. Hedel created it recently, and when asked about it he’ll demonstrate that the mosaic top is not attached to the legs that support it — it’s just being used as a table until he can decide which wall to hang it on. His home is the only Downtown building in Evansville that is zoned as both a residence and a gallery, offering a uniqueto-Evansville artist live-work space. Hedel and his studio manager, Tom Loesch Jr., moved into the house in late 2005, when they relocated to Evansville from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the city. The community-minded pair stayed a full seven days after the storm hit to assist elderly and needy neighbors before finding refuge in Evansville, where Loesch is from. (He graduated from Harrison High School in 1975.) Licensed tour guides and owners of Daddy Long Legs Tours, the two history lovers found everything they were looking for in a home at 916 S.E. Sixth St., near the river and historic Downtown neighborhoods. Built circa 1890, it was free from city historic preservation restrictions, although they obeyed the guidelines anyway during renovation. Evansville preservation officer Dennis Au and his wife, Marcia, became quick friends to Hedel and Loesch, helping them discover the home’s history during its restoration and renovation. The first floor was in excellent condition and required mainly restoration, but the upper floor called for extensive renovation. By September 2006, Hedel and Loesch had transformed the raw attic into a bright, spacious studio, where Hedel’s inspirations are now transformed into expressive art. His distinctive, whimsical pen drawings of Downtown Evansville structures — often accented with watercolor paints — are featured on notecards and posters, as well as on the “Washington Avenue Historic District: A Walking Tour and Primer of Fine Architecture in Evansville” brochure. Working in several art forms, Hedel also paints, creates wire sculptures, and makes clay models. His most characteristic technique is with acrylic paints. “The reason it takes him almost as long to make an acrylic painting as it does to make an oil painting is that he layers and layers and layers,” says Loesch. “It gives (the paintings) a depth you don’t usually see with acrylic.” Hedel and Loesch became involved in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District, which was part of their inspiration to get the zoning to create an official artist live-work space. They can now legally sell artwork from their home and offer shows and opportunities to area artists. Here, Hedel talks about his inspiration and community involvement.

Southeast First Street and Riverside but then you look at Washington Avenue and Downtown. There are some of the finest collections of Art Deco buildings in the Midwest right here in Evansville. You just have to look and notice.

What’s one of your favorite ways to explore a community’s history? Cemeteries. You can go to a cemetery and get a feel for a city or town by the history of the people who are buried there. It’s all right there in one single spot. Like Oak Hill Cemetery: you have Evans buried there, who was the founder of Evansville. And all these wonderful people that made Evansville the city that it is. It’s all right there.

How does Evansville suit your passion for history?

In just a few years, you have become deeply invested in the Evansville community. What’s motivated that?

We want to focus on the wonderful assets this city has. We have so many beautiful historic buildings, and not only Downtown. Everybody thinks of

We’ve always been very strong believers about giving back and not being greedy and trying to give to our commu-

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nity in any way we can. Not always financially; we’ve not always had the money to do things financially. But you can use your spirit, your mind, and creativity to show and lead others in that way.

You’ve been involved in many community projects, including conducting an art workshop with Montessori children. How was that? It was my favorite. I was teaching them what happens when you mix yellow with red (you get orange), just basic color wheel stuff. I got a big canvas and put it on the floor with a tarp. And then they got all their brushes and paints and just started mixing colors and made a huge abstract painting for their schoolroom. It was just magical — their smiles and their faces and their giggling.

What was your first experience with art?

City in Color // A mosaic tile table (top left) welcomes guests into the Downtown home, studio, and gallery of artist Billy Hedel (above). His whimsical pen drawings (bottom left) often are accented by watercolor paints and transformed into beautiful pieces of art, such as this colorful rendition of the city of Evansville (right).

There was a butcher shop around the corner from where we lived that would give us these big sheets of butcher paper to draw on, so one day I decided to go in my parents’ and grandmother’s closets and push all the clothes back. I started with a little tight drawing. Then I drew all these volcanoes and dinosaurs and trees and palm trees — you know, typical boy stuff. Then I moved the clothes back. Most people never paint their closets; they’ll paint everything else and the closets are usually left. So when my parents decided to move, they were moving all the clothes out, and here I am, now in college, and I get this call from my mom: “Guess what we found? We found all these great drawings of yours.” And I asked, “Where, Mom?” She replied, “In the closets. On the closets. On the shelves. On the ceiling. I don’t know how you got away with this for 15 years.”

The studio is open by appointment only, save for special events, such as the Art Explosion Tour on Sept. 21-23 (see page 118), featuring guest artists’ work in the galleries. Call 812-303-4722. September | October 2012 111

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Who’s to Boo? It doesn’t take a parapsychologist to know there’s more to ghosts than meets the eye By Brennan Girdler


ince 1885, Willard Library has been a historic staple in Evansville. Throughout the decades, stories beyond the books began circulating the library, which stands stark and heavy off First Avenue. And as crudefaced Jack-o’-lanterns glow on porches and costumes are stitched, Halloween becomes a time when monsters, ninjas, turtles, and vanguards roam the streets. October creates an aura of mystery and intrigue, the perfect opportunity to look back at history. “The first sighting of the Grey Lady was in 1937,” says Betty Palmer, assistant librarian at Willard Library. The library’s haunting lady has quite a dossier for a ghost, considering no one knows whose spirit it is. “A lot of people assume it’s Louise Carpenter,” Palmer says. Louise was the daughter of Willard Carpenter, the library’s founder. “But she didn’t die here, so the truth is that no one knows.” One story goes that while the children’s section of the library was being remodeled in the ’80s, the Grey Lady followed Margaret Mier, a librarian of 50 years, home during the reconstruction. “She hasn’t been spotted by the Willard staff since 1997, the Mike McGuire on the Historic Newburgh Ghos t Walk

same year we started giving ghost tours every October,” Palmer says. “But it’s not like a haunted house. We take groups around to the different places the Grey Lady has been sighted and share stories.” Since the ’30s, the Grey Lady has raised eyebrows, and even made an appearance on the Discovery Channel and science fiction paranormal shows. The specter made the web at, where enthusiasts can view live snapshots of ghost hotspots in the library. The Grey Lady isn’t the only apparition raising hairs this Halloween. Historic Newburgh’s Ghost Walks present a trek through time, highlighting the panic and horror of Newburgh’s past. Two walks are offered; the Water Street tour delves into mining and river lore, mysteries, and the Underground Railroad, while the State Street tour takes the route of history, strife, and the Civil War’s bloody past. Coinciding with the guided excursions is a “No Walking Just Talking Tour,” for those wishing to hear the historic ghost stories. Halloween is ripe for primal exploits of the soul, so open your doors — or bolt them — and experience the other side of life.

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Oct. 19-21. Starts at Preservation Hall, 200 State St., Newburgh, Ind. Tours typically last one hour; buy advance tickets ($7 adults, $4 children) now by calling 812-853-2815. The “No Walking Just Talking Tour” is Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2-3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person.

➤ Scary Stories Oct. 20. Old Lock and Dam building, Newburgh, Ind. Enjoy ghost stories and tales shared by the Rivertown Storytellers after the Ghost Walks for an additional $2. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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The Guide A bimonthly calendar for those who think there’s nothing to do in (and around) Evansville and those who know better. ➤ Sept. 1-7 Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Big Band Ball Southern Barbecue Sept. 1. National Guard Armory, 3300 Division St. Sponsored by Evansville Courier & Press, this exciting event includes dining on some delicious southern barbecue, live and silent auction items, including a trip to France, and entertainment by “Big Al & the Philharmonicats.” The evening will honor Dr. and Mrs. Raymond “Nick” W. Nicholson, Jr. 6 p.m. $100 per person; $200 per couple; table sponsorships $1,000-$5,000. 812-425-5050 or

Historic Newburgh Farmer’s Market

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13. Downtown Newburgh, Ind. The Historic Newburgh Farmer’s Market offers fresh produce grown within 50 miles of Newburgh, Ind. A variety of fresh vegetables, grass fed beef and pork, plants, flowers, and honey are available along with the work of local artists. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. 812-853-2815 or

32nd Annual Fall Classic Benefit Golf Outing Sept 6. Helfrich Hills Golf Course, 1550 Mesker Park Drive. This fall classic, which supports educational and recreational programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville, welcomes you, your

colleagues, your clients, and anyone else you’d like to bring to Helfrich Hills Golf Course for a day of birdies, bogeys, and backswings. 7:30 a.m. morning flight; 12:45 p.m. afternoon flight. $600 for foursome. 812-425-2311 or

Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Gala

Sept. 6. Casino Aztar, 421 N.W. Riverside Drive. This Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana gala recognizes businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community who have contributed to creating a renowned arts culture within the city. 6-8 p.m. $100 per ticket; find other prices online. 812-422-2111 or

12th Annual Legacy of Style Luncheon

Sept. 6. The Centre, 715 Locust St. To benefit the Berkley Ann Branson Young Women of Promise Scholarship Fund, the YWCA kicks off the fall season with a fashion show and luncheon. 11:30 a.m. $45 per ticket. 812-422-1191 or www.ywca

Day of Caring

Sept. 7. The Centre, 715 Locust St. At this annual Day of Caring event by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, participating businesses allow their employees a day off to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations, giving them an inside perspective of how their company’s donations affect the organization’s mission. Starts with a 7 a.m. breakfast, then volunteering from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 812-422-4100 or

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The East Bridge Art and Music Festival

Sept. 8. Downtown Owensboro, 412 E. Second St., Owensboro, Ky. Sisters Katherine Taylor and Christy Taylor Chaney, both college art majors, wanted to give their hometown community of Owensboro an excuse to be creative. After opening an art studio, Studio Slant, the women decided they could do more, and on Aug. 13, 2011, nearly 2,000 people came out for their inaugural art festival. Returning this year, the festival offers countless booths of artwork, kids activities, live music, and local food vendors. Call for times. Free. 270-684-3570 or

IUSM-Evansville’s Ruby Ball

Sept. 8. The Centre, 715 Locust St. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Indiana University School of Medicine–Evansville, the school welcomes the community to its Ruby Ball, honoring community members who have given time, talent, and treasure over the years to promote regional medical education and research. The crimson, ivory, and black-tie event includes live music from The Pat Patrick Band, catering by Savor, and desserts by Gigi’s Cupcakes. All proceeds benefit the Evansville Ruby Scholarship Endowment. 6:30 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. dinner. $150-$2,500. 812-465-1040.

Will Read (and sing) For Food

Sept. 8. Mama T’s Italian Restaurant, 1440 Main St., Ferdinand, Ind. Enjoy a live show that weaves

humorous essays and music to raise donations for the Community Food Bank in Jasper, Ind., and other causes. 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Canned goods or a monetary donation. 812-8279911 or

Art Explosion

Jerry Baum: A British Experience

Sept. 10-Nov. 9. Melvin Peterson Gallery, corner of Lincoln and Weinbach avenues. A professional watercolor artist for more than 55 years, Jerry Baum has drawn inspiration from the country vistas and rolling hills of the Midwest for much of his work. This exhibit, however, features paintings inspired by Baum’s trips to England. On loan to the University of Evansville’s Peterson Gallery, these works have been displayed throughout the United States and Europe. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. 812-488-2043 or art.

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Ric Epley Display at Bokeh Lounge

Sept. 13. Bokeh Lounge, 1007 Parrett St. Showcasing artwork of various mediums in rotating exhibits, Bokeh Lounge is hosting an evening gathering to unveil its latest display of paintings by Ric Epley. Inspired by his lifelong love of blues music, Epley’s pieces include “No Good Woman” and “Stormy Monday.” 6 p.m. Free. 812-909-0388.

Wine Down to the Weekend

Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1. Reitz Home Carriage House, 224 S.E. First St. Begin the weekend on a Thursday with an evening of hors d’oeuvres and socializing among friends and colleagues. 5-7 p.m. Free admission; $5 wine and $3 beers. 812-426-1871 or

USI Alumni Golf Scramble

Sept. 14. Helfrich Hills Golf Course, 1550 Mesker

The Art Explosion Tour raises funds for Alhambra Theatre’s renovations. Built in 1913, the theater is transforming into the premiere entertainment space in Evansville’s Arts District. The exterior facade recently was completed, and now the interior restoration must be completed. On Sept. 21-23, the tour will offer music, food, art, and fun on Haynie’s Corner at four different venues. Venue One opens Friday night at the Events Gallery. Known as the Red Zone, local (and national) Gore Galore, a company that specializes in props whose work has appeared on Law and Order, will showcase their props and costumes. (Must be 21 and up.) Enter the Green Zone on Saturday at Venue Two across from Patchwork Central. This family-based venue will have a “PopUp” Park and a mural competition for local university and high school students. The third and fourth venues are Saturday night and Sunday. The Yellow Zone is at Billy Hedel’s Studio (see our story, “Triple Threat,” on page 110), for practiced artists to showcase their work. Outside, the Evansville Fire Family will perform. The Purple Zone is at the “Pop-Up” Gallery for mixed-medium artists. The Funk and Zion will provide live music, and food will be available. — Brennan Girdler

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Park Drive. Support the University of Southern Indiana Alumni Association by teeing off with fellow USI alumni. Proceeds will benefit scholarships given by the association. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $70 per person; $275 for foursome. 812-4641924 or

Five Decades of Hoosier Women Artists

Sept. 14. New Harmony Hoosier Salon Gallery, 507 Church St., New Harmony, Ind. This opening reception at the Hoosier Salon Gallery introduces a fall art exhibit that runs through Oct. 17. An opening reception will be held Sept. 14 from 4-6 p.m. Free. 812-682-3970 or

66th Annual Grandview Fall Fest

Sept. 14-15. Grandview Civic Center, 1219 Main St., Grandview, Ind. Since 1946, this quaint Spencer County town has dedicated a weekend in September for bluegrass music, clogging, crafts, festival eats, raffles, kids’ games, and flea market vendors. Saturday begins with a parade down Main Street and continues with a bicycle motocross show, a cake wheel, live entertainment, and more. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 812-649-2968 or www.indianasabelincoln. org/events.

WNIN’s Kids Fest

Sept. 15. WNIN Station, 405 Carpenter St. Each September, WNIN brings in a Sesame Street character along with other performers, including magician Don Baggett performing his all new Wild ‘n’ Wacky Show, to the annual Kids Fest. Kid-friendly booth vendors provide a variety of hands-on activities for the children as well as information on health and well being. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 812-423-2973 or

Ferdinand Folk Festival

Sept. 15. 18th Street Park, Ferdinand, Ind. Now in its third year, the folk festival in Ferdinand, Ind., welcomes national folk artists and out-oftown tourists wanting to be a part of a growing, small-town tradition. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Eastern

Standard Time). Free. 800-968-4578 or www.

5th Annual Kenny Kent Lexus Jazz, Wine & Arts Festival

Sept 15. Main, North, and Church streets, Downtown Evansville. For their second year as host, the Evansville Philharmonic Guild is bringing more tents of wine and food to the popular festival that gives guests an evening of taste testing from local vintners and chefs. 4-11 p.m. $25. 812-401-4243 or

Bluff City Pow Wow

Sept. 15-16. Rockport City Park, Rockport, Ind. Located in the heart of historic Rockport, Ind., this eighth annual event is hosted by the Bluff City Native Cultural Society to honor the Native

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Sept. 14-15, 21-22. Lincoln Amphitheatre, 5032 County Road 300 E., Lincoln City, Ind. When the creative team visits at a potential backer’s secluded mansion to pitch a Broadway show, the mysterious “stage door slasher” begins murdering one by one. The characters become trapped by a snow storm, and their accusations for each murder fuel a performance of hysterical panic, chaos, and mayhem. 7:30 p.m. $5-$18. 800-264-4223 or

Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

Sept. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, 78 N. Holiday Blvd., Santa Claus, Ind. Each weekend throughout the Halloween season, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort transforms its grounds into a familyfriendly ghost town with festivities such as bonfire ghost stories, trick-or-treating, site decorating, costume contests, kids’ carnival rides, games, and more. Call for times and pricing. 877-478-3657 or

Southwestern Indiana AIDS Walk

Sept. 15. Downtown Evansville. As one of the oldest benefit walks in Indiana, the Southwestern Indiana AIDS Walk has become an Evansville tradition through the AIDS Resource Group. The event has brought hope throughout its 20-year run to those who live with HIV/AIDS, by supporting HIV prevention and care in Southwestern Indiana. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; raise $25 or more and receive a T-Shirt. 812-421-0059 or www.

➤ Sept. 15-21 Koch Memorial Lecture at the Evansville Museum

Sept. 15. Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive. Since its debut in 2000, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has become one of the most popular television shows in the world. Hosted by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, David Berman and Jon Wellner, both actors and researchers from the show, present a behind-the-scenes lecture on the secrets of this hit forensic drama. 7 p.m. $10. 812-425-2406 or

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Celebrating 50 Years On Jan. 9, 1962, the Evansville Museum Guild, then known as the Evansville Museum Women’s Association, held its first meeting, electing Ona Dieckman as the president. The association’s membership included 60 women in the first year. The founding officers of the Guild Board were Dieckman, Lula Welborn, Marjorie Donovan, Martha Combs deJong, Martha Ingle, and Buelah Schoonmaker. Over the past four decades, the Museum Guild has hosted many successful projects including the Angel Tea, Mistletoe Mart, the annual River Dance, the Antiques Show, and Spring Luncheons that, together, have generated more than $750,000 for the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science’s operating budget. Annually, the Guild supports more than the museum’s general operating fund, and also donates the top award in the “MidStates Exhibition,” a six state regional fine

American culture. For two days, guests will enjoy drumming, flute playing, crafts, dances, storytelling, and plenty of food vendors. 11 a.m. Saturday; noon Sunday. $5 per person or $4 with a nonperishable food item; free for kids 12 and under. 812-359-5303 or events.

Kunstfest 2012

Sept. 15-16. Downtown New Harmony, Ind. Rich with German heritage, New Harmony, Ind., introduces its 30th Annual Kunstfest German Fall Festival, complete with traditional Deutsch food, music, and attire. This year’s festival includes panning for gold. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; until 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 800-231-2168 or

arts and crafts competition. In the past 43 years, changing art, history, and science exhibitions too numerous to mention have been made possible by Guild support. On Oct. 12, the Evansville Museum Guild celebrates 50 years of community service with a 1960s themed cocktail party on the terrace of the Evansville Museum. The guild’s current president, Elizabeth Au, welcomes everyone to attend and be ready to twist and shout. — Ashley Meijer

For more information on the Museum Guild, see our Guide, page 127 .

Sharing Our Past

Sept. 17; Oct. 15. Reitz Home Museum, 224 S.E. First St. Guest lecturer Addie Peyronnin Quinn will explore the subject, “To Beautify His House: A Study of Grand Patronage in the Anglican Church.” She will also connect the study to the larger history of the Anglican Church, as well as focus on transnational trade and patronage. At the October lecture, Gretchen Keith will share her entrepreneurial journey of operating her family’s business in, “The Last Great American Furniture Company.” Reception will follow both events. 7 p.m. $5 for non-members;free for members. 812-426-1871 or

Labor of Love Blood Drive

Sept. 17. American Red Cross, 29 S. Stockwell Road. Nearly every two seconds, someone in America needs a blood transfusion. Blood is in constant demand and often in short supply. In addition to taking daily walk-in donors, American Red Cross chapters across the nation hold multiple blood drives each year to help save lives, including this full-day Labor of Love Blood Drive. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 812-471-7200 or www.evansville

Wise Women Series

Sept. 18. Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Conference Rooms, 2011 Gateway Blvd., Newburgh, Ind. Leigh Baldwin, a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health practitioner at The Women’s Hospital, and Kim Snyder, a physical therapist at the Women’s Hospital, share information on treating pelvic pain in women. 6 p.m. Free. 812-8422000 or

“Puttin’ on the Reitz”

Sept. 18. Evansville Country Club, 3810 Stringtown Road. John Augustus Reitz was a successful businessman in Evansville who made his fortune in the sawmill industry. What made him rich wasn’t his bank account, but his giving spirit that led him to share his wealth with those less fortunate. His home on First Street, built in 1871, has now become the John Augustus Reitz Home Museum, honoring the history of Reitz as well as preserving the home’s historical architecture. This annual style show supports this preservation and includes a style show featuring clothes by The Antiques Showrooms in the Mews. 11 a.m. $35 per person. 812-426-1871 or

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Sept. 20. Discovery Lodge, Burdette Park, 5301 Nurrenbern Road. Last year, the University of Southern Indiana Varsity Club raised nearly $40,000 at their annual Steak Fry N’ Auction, a record for the fundraiser event that is now in its 19th year. The money goes toward scholarships for student athletes at USI. 5:30 p.m. $25 per person. 812-465-1022 or

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Sept. 21. YWCA, 118 Vine St. Dr. Anne Butsch presents this month’s YWCA Personally Speaking Series, titled “In a Pinch: Home Remedies That Really Work.” Noon-1 p.m. $6. 812-422-1191 or

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Sept. 21-22. Owensboro Sportscenter, 1215 Hickman Ave. The Owensboro Pumpkinfest offers a family-oriented weekend with carnival rides, games, food, contests, a giant pumpkin patch, and live music. Friday evening concludes with a 5K Zombie Run, and Saturday afternoon includes the WBKR’s Pumpkin Princess Pageant. 4-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission; $25 for the 5K. 270-683-1558 or


30th Annual Native American Days

Sept. 21-23. Angel Mounds State Historic Site, 8215 Pollack Ave. Learn new skills with hands-on activities at the “Native American Days” event, including fire-making and river cane processing. The annual fest also includes shopping at the Indian Market; features traditional music, dancing, and intriguing storytelling; and offers traditional Native American foods such as Indian tacos and fry bread. Call for times. $6 adults; $2 children ages 3-12. 812-853-3956 or

Art Explosion Tour

Sept. 21-23. Various locations. Celebrating Evansville’s Alhambra Theatre’s 99th birthday, this three-day tour offers music, food, and art at four different venues: Events Gallery, 956 Parrett St., 7:30-11 p.m. Friday; ‘Pop Up’ Park, 45-49 Washington Ave., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Billy Hedel’s Studio, 916 S.E. 6th St., 7-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday; ‘Pop Up’ Park, 56-58 Adams St., 7-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. $5 per venue (go to three, the fourth is free). 812597-6663 or email

➤ Sept. 22-28 Farm Workshop

Sept. 22; Oct. 13. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, 3027 E. South St., Lincoln City, Ind. Throughout the year, the Family Roots Nursery hosts workshops based on historic varieties of crops and farm techniques similar to those of Thomas Lincoln in the 17th century. Attendees will learn ground preparation, seed starting, ground cover, cold crops, and harvesting and seed preservation. 10 a.m.-noon. $5 in-state or $7 outof-state park admission. 812-937-4541 or www.

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Passion for Fashion Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Scottish Rite, 203 Chestnut St., Evansville Luncheon • Fashion Show • Raffle • Silent Auction To purchase tickets for the event call (812) 437-2607.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Sept. 22. Downtown Evansville. Join the fight against breast cancer at the renowned Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in the 3.1-mile race, the one-mile family run/walk, or the survivor recognition parade. 8 a.m. parade; 9 a.m. 5K; 9:30 a.m. one-mile. Call for prices. 812-962-2202 for registration fees or visit

Historic Newburgh English Boot Sale

Sept. 22. Downtown Newburgh, Ind. The Historic Newburgh English Boot Sale is an unusual yard sale offering any array of items. Browse through a table or the back of a car to find hidden treasures. 8 a.m.-noon. $10 per space. 812-490-0006 or

5th Annual Civil War Ball

Sept. 22. Spencer County Courthouse, 200 Main St., Rockport, Ind. To celebrate 150 years since the Civil War, guests gather in 19th century attire and

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Celebrating 25 Years of the Antique Show Saturday, November 3, 7-11 p.m. at the Audubon Museum (3100 U.S. 41, Henderson, KY) Tickets: $75 per person Enjoy heavy hors d’ oeuvres by Avrice Watson, music by Skip Bond and the Fugitives, Silent Auction and Valet Parking. Proceeds benefit the completion of Methodist Hospital’s South Tower.

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Honest Abe Trail Run

Sept. 23. Lincoln State Park, 15476 N. County Road 300 E., Lincoln City, Ind. This fourth annual race focuses on being as environmentally friendly as possible while still enjoying a run throughout Lincoln State Park’s 10 miles of hiking trails. 6 a.m. registration; 7:30 a.m. race. $30-$35 for 14K; $40-$45 for marathon. 317-850-9638 or

2nd Annual IceMen Golf Outing

Sept. 27. Cambridge Golf Course, 1034 Beacon Hill. Enjoy a round of golf with the Evansville IceMen hockey players while raising funds to support the Evansville Youth Hockey Association. The day includes a catered dinner, an awards show, and a silent auction. 10:30 a.m. registration. $75 per individual; $275 per team; $150 hole sponsorship; $300 specialty hole sponsorship (payment due by Sept. 17). 812-463-6128.

Patricia H. Snyder Concert & Lecture Series: Sheryl WuDunn

Sept. 27. Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave. In 2009, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn took on what they call “the central moral challenge of our time”: oppression of women and girls worldwide, including sex trafficking, maternal mortality, and gender-based violence. Pulitzer Prize-winning WuDunn shares her stories. Half the Sky, a documentary, starts at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. Free. 812-488-2241 or

Funky Party!

Sept. 28. Kirby’s Fine Dining, 7779 Parrett St. Funk in the City’s 10th anniversary includes hors d’oeuvres, a silent and live auction, and a cash bar. Dress is funky casual. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club Fine Arts Program. Please RSVP by Sept.16. 7-10 p.m. $35 per person. 812-575-9138 or email info@

➤ Sept. 29-Oct. 5 10th Annual Haynie’s Corner Art Festival

Sept. 29. Haynie’s Corner, S.E. Second Street at Adams Avenue. Located in the heart of the Haynie’s Corner Arts District, the 10th Annual Haynie’s Corner Art Festival features more than 100 artists/artisans from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Arizona, and Colorado. A portion of the proceeds help fund the fine arts programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 for adults, free for kids. 812-575-9138 or

Opening Night: Boléro!

Sept. 29. Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. Conducted by Alfred Savia, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra opens their 2012-2013 season with a musical tour of Spain. With festive, Spanish rhythms and energetic folk melodies, the audience will be dancing in their seats. Guest artist Ana Vidovic, one of the youngest and most talented virtuoso guitarists in the world, will perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Topping the evening is Bolero, slow-tempo Latin music, creating more dance fever throughout the theater. 7 p.m. $26. 812-425-5050 or

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Sept. 29. Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive. For the 15th year, The Evansville Museum Contemporaries brings the much-anticipated event Brew Ha Ha. The evening

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Art Exhibit is a Scream John Helfrich brings classic horror films to canvas


uring the day, John Helfrich is a local butcher, but after sunset, he trades in his knife for a paintbrush. “It’s when I’m most relaxed,” says Helfrich, who has been drawing as long as he can remember. “The first thing I recall sketching was a picture of Glenn Strange as Frankenstein’s monster when I was little, on the back of my dad’s Air Force picture, which landed me in hot water.” In the following years, the now 45-yearold Evansville native tried his hand at every medium, finding a passion for oils. Painting everything from local architecture and landscapes to impressionism pieces and abstracts, he found realism, specifically portraits, to be his forte. In 1992, Jay and Norma Hill, owners of Riverwind Gallery in Newburgh, Ind., gave Helfrich his first shot at an art exhibit. “When we first met John and saw his work, we knew he had tremendous possibility and talent,” says Norma. Now, for the first time in 20 years, Helfrich will be returning to Riverwind Gallery to present his latest masterpiece, just in time for Halloween. His Classic Monsters of the Silver Screen

made its debut on Sept. 1, and remains on display through the end of October. “We have always supported John and are very excited about this show,” says Norma. Helfrich has a certain love for classic actors, especially those from horror films, who are some of his favorite subjects to paint. He credits one classic television series as his inspiration for his seasonal horror exhibit: “I was watching Rod Serling’s ‘Night Gallery’ when I was a kid. He would walk through a maze of paintings hanging in mid-air, stop at one, give a brief summary, show the title of the upcoming episode, and it would then dissolve into the episode. I thought that would be interesting to do. No one had ever done a horror art show here before; I owe it all to Rod Serling.” Helfrich’s work is on display in homes throughout the country, and in recent years he has exhibited at Synchronicity Art Gallery, Willard Library (where his portrait of Edgar Allan Poe is presented), and The Ahh Spa, displaying horror and sci-fi paintings, as well as depictions of musicians and Oscar winners. “Last October, 200 people were at The Ahh Spa for my Night Gallery exhibit, and every painting Bride of Frankenstein

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The Guide includes micro, specialty, homemade, and imported beer tastings, as well as live entertainment and finger food. Must be at least 21 years of age. 6-10 p.m. $20 for Evansville Museum Contemporary Members; $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 812-425-2406 or

The Clothesline Project

Oct. 1. Various Locations. Since 1990, the Clothesline Project has continued to catch fire across the nation. For the entire month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the YWCA encourages women who have survived domestic abuse to hang shirts on clotheslines, showing how big the problem is in their community. The shirts are designed to represent each woman’s survival story. Free. 812422-1191 or

91st Annual Fall Festival

Oct. 1-7. West Franklin Street. From talent shows and carnival rides to sausage burgers and deepfried Kool-aid, the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival continues its family-fun traditions. Free. 812-4244881 or

Bicentennial Concert

Oct. 2. Neu Chapel, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave. Showcasing the talents of the University of Evansville’s music faculty, this concert celebrates the city of Evansville’s 200th birthday. The concert includes music composed and arranged for the River City, featuring Gazebo Dances, a student work for Jazz Ensemble, and a new piece written especially for the occasion. 7:30 p.m. Free. 812-488-2754 or

➤ Oct. 6-12 2012 S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome Buddy Walk

Oct. 6. Vanderburgh 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville New Harmony Road. S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing hope and support to families affected by Down syndrome. The annual Buddy Walk gives these families a one-mile course to mingle and share stories. 9 a.m. registration. Free (funds raised through corporate sponsorships and walkers’ pledges). 812-858-1137 or www.smileondown

Spencer County OctoberFest

Oct. 6. Spencer County Fairgrounds, County Road 400 N., Grandview, Ind. Enjoy a day outdoors at this annual festival of kids’ crafts, food vendors, games, a parade, auctions, a car show, and more. Noon. Free. 812-568-0525 or www.indianasabe

40th Annual GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival

Oct 6-7. John James Audubon State Park, 3100 Highway 41 N., Henderson, Ky. Forty years later, the GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival is still one of the oldest and largest craft festivals in Kentucky. The Henderson County Tourist Commission event includes artisan and craftsmen booths, artist demonstrations, food vendors, and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $4 parking fee. 270-926-4433 or

Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World

Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, Ind. For the first time ever, the theme park is transforming their grounds to celebrate the Halloween season. Enjoy rides, corn and hay bale mazes, trick-or-treating, laser light shows, costume dances, and more. Call for times. $19.95-$29.95. 877-463-2645 or events/happy-halloween-weekends.

Evansville Half Marathon

Oct. 7. Starts at Reitz Hill and finishes at the Downtown Riverfront. More than 2,000 runners and walkers come out for the YMCA’s Evansville Half Marathon each year. The 13.1-mile trek through Downtown began nine years ago and continues to bring a following of supporters and entertainers. 7 a.m. registration. $60 before Oct. 4. 812-426-6210 or

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Oct. 7. Green River Road; parking lot by Brinker’s Jewelers. Thousands across the globe stand together each year on the first Sunday in October to protest abortion. On Evansville’s East Side, Evansville for Life protesters head to Green River Road, where they chant and hold up pro-life posters. Call for start time. Free. 812-474-3195 or

Will Read (and sing) For The Cure

Oct. 7. Kimball International Auditorium, 1600 Royal St., Jasper, Ind. When local musicians collaborate with a writer, blogger, and an essayist, they create a comedic performance to raise awareness and funds for the Evansville affiliate of Susan G. Koman. 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Canned goods or a monetary donation. 812-8279911 or

Tri-State Diversity Golf Scramble

Oct. 12. Eagle Valley Golf Course, 10350 Petersburg Road. Hosted by Diverse Business Solutions, LLC, this event is a business networking opportunity to meet with Tri-State diversity sup-

plier professionals and local minorities, women, veterans, and LBGT suppliers. The day includes golfing, a “wine down” reception, dining, prizes, raffles, and more. 9:30 a.m. $95 for singles; $350 for a team. 317-979-3397 or

➤ Oct. 13-19 Howl-O-Ween At Willard

Oct. 13. Willard Library, 21 First Ave. Dress up your family pooch for a Halloween dog parade at Willard Library. The dogs with the most courage get an opportunity to show off their tricks in front of the crowd for extra treats. 1-3 p.m. Free. 812-4254309 or

Golf for Literacy Golf Scramble

Oct 12. Victoria National Golf Club, 2000 Victoria National Blvd., Newburgh, Ind. In its third year, this golf scramble is a fundraiser for the basic adult literacy program at The Literacy Center. It includes fun contests and unique opportunities to enjoy your day on the course. 11:30 a.m. check in; register by Monday, Oct. 8. $90 per player; $300 for foursome. 812-429-1222 or email golfforliteracy@

Fall Fun Fest

Oct. 13. Lincoln State Park, Spring Shelter, 15476 N. County Road 300 E., Lincoln City, Ind. For nearly 10 years, families have gathered to enjoy a day of outdoor festivities with pumpkin painting, hayrides, crafts, and more. Call for start time. $5 in-state or $7 out-of-state park admission; $1 per hayride. 812-937-4710 or www.indianas

Evansville Museum Guild’s 50th Anniversary

Oct. 12. Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive. Celebrating 50 years of community service, the Evansville Museum Guild is offering a 1960s-themed cocktail party on the terrace of the Evansville museum. 6 p.m. $20 per person; $30 per couple. 812-4252406 or

School Days Soiree

Oct. 13. Tri-State Athletic Club, 555 Tennis Lane. As one of the biggest fundraisers of the year, the Deaconess Foundation’s party of cocktails, dancing, and good food has an even bigger objective: to raise money for new medical equipment and to provide healthcare services to those who in need. 6:15 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. dinner. $225 per individual; $2,500 for table of eight. 812-4503359 or

3rd Annual Bone Bash

Oct. 12. Evansville Country Club, 3810 Stringtown Road. The Arthritis Foundation honors a local physician for their service to those living with arthritis at this annual Halloween-themed event featuring monstrous decorations, spooky activities, a silent auction, costume contest, and delicious food. 7-11 p.m. $50 per person; $400 for table of eight. 812474-1381 or

All Hallows’ Eve

Oct. 13 and 20. Santa Claus Museum and Village, 69 Indiana 245, Santa Claus, Ind. Celebrate one of the spookiest nights of the year with fall-themed activities such as hay rides, pumpkin decorating, and ghost stories. Tours will be offered of the 1880 Santa Claus Church, and guests

are also welcome to browse special exhibits at the Santa Claus Museum. The day concludes with a lantern-lit reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and an appearance by the Headless Horseman. Noon-7 p.m. Free. 812-544-2434 or

Mount Zion AppleFest

Oct. 13-14. AEP Honey Creek Farm, U.S. 231 and County Road 500 N., Rockport, Ind. For more than three decades, Spencer County has centered a weekend of festivities around Lakeview Orchard’s fall fruit. There’s plenty of activities throughout the weekend — arts and crafts, children’s rides, games, live entertainment, etc. — and plenty of apple-induced treats and ciders to sample. $2 parking charge. 8 a.m.-4 :30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 812-649-4357 or

Trail of Terror

Oct. 13, 20, 27. Lincoln Amphitheatre, 15032 County Road 300 E., Lincoln City, Ind. Journey through a haunted maze that begins at Lincoln Amphitheatre and finishes outside its cast house. 7-10:30 p.m. $5 in-state or $7 out-of-state park admission. 800-264-4223 or

Ronald McDonald Golf Outing

Oct 15. Victoria National Golf Club, 2000 Victoria National Blvd., Newburgh, Ind. In 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia. Since then, these houses have popped up across the globe offering a home-away-from-home for families of sick children. This fourth annual golf outing raises money for Evansville’s house, which opened in 2010, giving more meaning to

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Wise Women Series: Importance of Friendships Among Women

Oct. 16. Deaconess Gateway Conference Room, 4011 Gateway Blvd., Newburgh, Ind. Since becoming an advocate to reduce the suicide rate in Evansville, Janie Chappell has found that the key to healing is having a friend to confide in. Chappell, the manager of business development at Deaconess Cross Pointe, gives insight and advice on friendships among women. 6 p.m. Free. 812842-4571 or

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Rise of the Planet of the Plants

Oct. 16. Vincennes University Jasper Center, 850 College Ave., Jasper, Ind. This live show boasts comedic and literary talents of musicians, essayists, bloggers, and more to raise funds for the Community Food Bank in Jasper, Ind. 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Canned goods or a monetary donation. 812-827-9911 or WillReadForFood

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at the Ohio Valley Garden Conference on Oct. 20, featuring Paul James, host of HGTV’s “Gardening by the Yard.” The Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association is a nonprofit organization with more than 400 local gardening enthusiasts. Their conference is a way to support 22 gardens and education programs throughout the Evansville area, and to inform the public about modern gardening trends and techniques. Six speakers will host sessions. Doug Parkinson, with the EuroAmerican Propagators, a company specializing in new and innovative plants, will discuss new varieties of plants for 2013, and Paul Bouseman, the botanical curator at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, is speaking on “Outstanding Native Plants for Regional Landscapes.” In his session, HGTV personality James will share his vast knowledge of plants and gardening. Other sessions will discuss healing herbs, rose maintenance and care, and controlling difficult pests. — Brennan Girdler

For more information on the Ohio Valley Garden Conference, see our Guide, page 130.

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Menopause the Musical

Oct. 16-17. Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. A hilarious show that has entertained and inspired women from around the world since 2001, Menopause the Musical is coming to Evansville, with more than 3,750 attendees expected to making the two showings. The premise: four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex, and more! This musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s encourages participation — in the form of cheering and dancing — from the audience. 7 p.m. both nights. $35-$55. 800-745-3000 or www.

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Will Read (and sing) For Food

Oct. 16-18. Former North High School Auditorium, 2319 Stringtown Road. An ensemble of principal musicians from the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra present 45-minute programs for pre-school, kindergarten, and day-care children. Conducted by Dr. Brian St. John and narrated by Steve Small, veteran of community, university, and professional productions, this unique concert series introduces classical music to the children while teaching them about the instruments used in an orchestra. Pre-registration is required as space is

Oct. 18. The Centre, 715 Locust St. This annual lecture series brings in renowned stars and public figures to create awareness, encourage appreciation, and cultivate understanding among individuals representing diverse races, cultures, and backgrounds. At this year’s event, Evansville welcomes Harry Belafonte. Past lectures have included presentations by Gen. Colin Powell, Lisa Ling, Magic Johnson, and Queen Latifah. 7 p.m. Free. 812-435-5770 or www.celebrating

AAF-Greater Evansville Auktionfest

Oct. 18. Germania Maennerchor, 916 N. Fulton Ave. This annual silent and live auction event, hosted by the American Advertising Federation Greater Evansville organization, features items from travel packages to signed and autographed merchandise to advertising packages at reduced rates. Proceeds benefit the organization’s scholarship fund, helping to continue the education of high school and college students pursuing marketing, advertising, public relations, and design degrees. 5:30-10 p.m. $20.

Ghost Tours Oct 18-20, 25-27. Willard Library, 21 N. First Ave. Since the 1930s, Willard Library employees and patrons have talked about the “Grey Lady,” the ghost that supposedly haunts the library. Learn more about the legend of this apparition when you tour the Victorian Gothic building. 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Thursday; 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Friday; 8, 9, and

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Colour of Humanity Gala

Oct. 19. Casino Aztar, Executive Conference Center Ballroom, 421 N.W. Riverside Drive. To celebrate the rich culture of African American music, the African American Museum will host its fourth annual gala. This year’s theme: “Ain’t no stopping us now.” The evening includes a menu of soul food, auctions, musical entertainment, and a visit from TV star and celebrity Ron Glass. 7 p.m. $100 a ticket. 812-423-5188 or

Personally Speaking Series

Oct. 19. YWCA, 118 Vine St. Dennis Au, Evansville’s preservation officer, presents “200 Years of Evansville Lies Here: Finding the McGary Burial Ground Beneath the Streets of Evansville and Other Evansville Bicentennial Topics.” Noon-1 p.m. $6. 812-422-1191 or

Exhibit Opening Reception

Oct. 19. New Harmony Hoosier Salon Gallery, 507 Church St., New Harmony Ind. Through Nov. 15, the New Harmony Hoosier Salon Gallery showcases more talented artwork by area artists. Come for refreshments and mingling from 5-7 p.m. Free. 812-682-3970 or www.hoosiersalon. org/newharmony.html.

Historic Newburgh Ghost Walks

ground Railroad or the State Street tour for Civil War tales. Also, on Oct. 21, try out the “No Walking Just Talking tour,” from 2-3:30 p.m. (call for details). Walking tours: 6-9 p.m. Friday; 5-9 p.m. Saturday; 5-8 p.m. Sunday. $7 for adults and $4 for kids ages 4-12; after Oct. 18, $9 and $5. 812-853-2815 or

➤ Oct. 20-26 Wondering Owl Wine and Beer Trail

Oct. 20. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, 551 N. Boeke Road. Local restaurants provide their best wine, beer, and food at this casual gala, where guests spend some quality outdoor time among 300-year-old trees at the Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve. 3-6 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. 812-479-0771, ext. 107 or www.

Wesselman Woods As the summer heat abandons the River City, Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve becomes ideal for outdoor events among fall’s scenic backdrop. Next month, two annual events, the Wandering Owl Wine & Beer Trail and the Harvest Festival & Hayrides, showcase the 200-acre woods in its peak and offer visitors a glimpse of nature after hours.

Stomp Out Parkinson’s Disease and Awareness Walk

Oct. 20. The Communities of Solarbron, 15011701 McDowell Road. In the United States, 60,000 people are diagnosed annually with Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic neurological disease that gradually decreases the use of motor skills. Although there is no known cure, the fight to find one is ongoing at this annual two-mile walk that raises funds to support research and advocacy efforts for the disease. 8:30 a.m. registration. Call for price. 812-499-6677 or www.parkinsons

Ohio Valley Garden Conference

Oct. 20. Casino Aztar Conference Center, 421 N.W. Riverside Drive. Paul James, host of HGTV’s

The Oct. 20 Wandering Owl event includes walking a network of trails and sampling from more than a dozen local wineries, breweries, and restaurants. A silent auction — with artwork, jewelry, and gift baskets — and relaxing music by regional guitarist and singer Andy Novell (think James Taylor) will be featured. New this year, says Stephanie Mosbacher, director of development and membership at the preserve, is a gourmet s’more station. This gooey fall treat complements the crackling fire and “takes you back to when you camped as a child,” she says.

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Oct. 19-21. Preservation Hall, 200 State St., Newburgh, Ind. Meet at the Preservation Hall in Newburgh, Ind., for two ghost walk tours. The thrilling historical stories haunt the cold October nights with murder and mystery. Join the Water Street tour for the horror stories of the Under-

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On Oct. 27, families are invited to experience Wesselman Woods at twilight during the Harvest Festival & Hayrides event. Children will learn how nature prepares for winter, watch a raptor show, create crafts, and more. The most popular activity, says Lauren Preske, the preserve’s director of education, is the horse-drawn hayride through the park. “It’s a chance for families to spend quality time together and be around all of nature’s sights, sounds, and smells,” she says. This year, the nature society extended the event’s hours and reduced the ticket price, which Preske anticipates will garner more community involvement. — Natalie Greer For more information on either event, see our Guide, pages 130 and 132. 130 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Evansville Living

“Gardening by the Yard,” is one of several keynote speakers at this day-long conference. Hosted by the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association, the event promises information galore on how to improve your garden. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $42. 812-490-2199 or

Reid’s Orchard Apple Festival

Oct. 20-21. Reid’s Orchard, 4818 state Route 144, Owensboro, Ky. Just a quick drive from Evansville, Reid’s Orchard’s annual Apple Festival offers delicious food, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and hayrides for two days of family fun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Free (parking donation appreciated). 270-685-2444 or www.

Vectren’s Opening Night Pops: Classical Mystery Tour – A Tribute to The Beatles

Oct. 20-21. Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. Opening the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Pops season is the Classical Mystery Tour, performing Beatles songs to the beat of an orchestra. June 1 marked the 45th anniversary of the classic recording of The Beatles’ album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and the four band members of the Classical Mystery Tour celebrate this milestone with a special impersonation of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. 7 p.m. on Oct. 21; 2 p.m. on Oct. 21. $26. 812-425-5050 or

Friends Fall Frolic

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Institute Speaker Series: Calvin Klein

Oct. 24. Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. Part of the University of Evansville’s Institute Speaker Series, award-winning fashion icon Calvin Klein comes to Evansville for a free business lecture. Klein’s name ranks among the best-known brands in the world, with Calvin Klein Inc. reaching more than $6 billion in global retail sales. 7 p.m. Free. 812488-2455 or

Dance the Night Away

Oct. 26. VFW Post 1114, 110 N. Wabash Ave. Whether you’re an experienced dancer or an amateur, Dance the Night Away offers an evening of swing and ballroom dance for anyone wanting to get their toes tapping to the beat. The event helps Voices, Inc. in advocating for residents in long-term care facilities in Vanderburgh County. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10. 812-423-2927 or www.

➤ Oct. 27-Nov. 4 Harvest Festival and Hayrides

Oct. 27. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, 551 N. Boeke Road. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve hosts several events each year throughout its 200-acre tree and wildlife sanctuary. This annual event brings families out for horse-drawn hayrides and guided hikes along colorful, scenic routes. 3-9 p.m. $6 a person; $20 per family (max.

5 people); free for children ages 3 and under. 812479-0771 or

St. Mary’s 25th Annual Cornette Ball

Oct. 27. West Baden Springs Hotel, 8670 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Ind. More than 500 guests visit the West Baden Springs Hotel for this black-tie event. Each year, the Cornette Ball raises about $300,000 for the St. Mary’s Foundation, which funds health programs and services within the community. 6 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Sponsorships start at $1,400. 812-4854936 or

Ray Rayl Run

Oct. 27. Swirca & More, 16 W. Virginia St. Families come together each year to take part in this annual 5K run/walk to raise funds for the services of Southwest Indiana Regional Council on Aging. New this year is a Halloween costume contest — dress accordingly. 9 a.m. $18-$20. 812-4647800 or

Fall Historical Rendezvous & Festival

Oct. 27-28. Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, 928 Fairground Drive, Rockport, Ind. Explore the grounds of this historical site that thrives as a memorial to the Abraham Lincoln era. For two days, guests can enjoy music, food vendors, candle making for kids, tours of the Lincoln Museum, and demonstrations of needle working, open fire cooking, chair caning, spinning, weaving, and much more. Call for start time and pricing. 812649-9147 or

kids trick or treat from car to car in the safety of a well-lit church parking lot. For ages 3-12. 5:30-8 p.m. $5 for advanced tickets; $7 at the door. 812477-9999 or

One Book/One Community

Nov. 1. Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. For the 11th annual presentation of the One Book, One Community program, Kathy Reichs’ Flash and Bones is the novel getting all the attention. As with every year before, OBOC, a program with the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, unites a community around one book, stirs conversation on its themes, and culminates the discussion with

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The first Annual Evansville Fine Arts Show, presented by HotWorks, a fine art and craft show production company, will feature more than 75 of the nation’s most promising artists. From Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, this original event will showcase sculptures, paintings, glass, clay, wood, jewelry, and photography at the The Centre, and will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. Artists will display their original, handmade work while answering questions about the pieces. Live art demonstrations let artists show the processes they go through to create their work. Juried professionals will hand out several awards, including two $500 purchase award prizes and five $100 awards of excellence. All of the winning artists automatically will be invited to participate in next year’s event. “We hope to build this event to be one of the best in the Midwest,” says Patty Narozny, owner and executive director of HotWorks. “And we hope it will draw people from Louisville, Ky., St. Louis, Nashville, Indianapolis, and beyond.” — ­­Jamie Riedford

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Our Golden Guild: The Annual November Gala

Nov. 3. Evansville Country Club, 3810 Stringtown Road. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science has more than a century-long history with the local cultural scene. The museum’s biggest social event of the season is their annual trustees gala, an elegant evening that includes cocktails, live entertainment, gourmet foods, and auctions of decorative arts and travel and dining packages. 6 p.m. $150 per person; $300 per couple. 812-425-2406 or

Fall Choral Concert

Nov. 3. St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1328 Lincoln Ave. At this fall concert, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes Andrea Drury, who also serves as vocal music director for North High School, as she makes her debut as conductor of the EPO. 7 p.m. $13. 812-425-5050 or www.

Black & Pink Ball

Nov 3. Old National Bank, 1 Main St. This semiformal ball supports Children’s Center for Dance Education scholarship funds for students. Guests can enjoy cocktails and a nice dinner while supporting a child-centered cause. 5:30 p.m. cocktails; 6:30 p.m. dinner. $90 per couple. 812454-1195 or

allows the audience to experience the classic monster in a revealing musical portrait. Inspired by H.C. Artmann’s poems, Heinz Karl Gruber’s composition for voice and chamber ensemble is full of surprises, fun, and covert political statements. 7:30 p.m. Free. 812-488-2754 or music.

Silver Soiree: Celebrating 25 Years of the Antique Show

Nov. 3. Audubon Museum, 3100 U.S. Highway 41, Henderson, Ky. At this elegant, Henderson Regional Hospital Foundation soiree, enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Avrice Watson, music by Skip Bond and the Fugitives, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the evening benefit the completion of Methodist Hospital’s south tower. 7-11 p.m. $75 per person. 270-831-7835.

Easter Seals “Passion for Fashion” Style Show & Luncheon

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Nov. 4. The Centre, 715 Locust St. This annual event, presented by local businesses including Davis Digital Photography and 99.5 WKDQ, showcases some of the Tri-State’s trendiest wedding vendors — photographers, cakes, invitations, dresses, DJs, tuxes, etc. — to help make the big day perfect. All door proceeds benefit Holly’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides services to victims of intimate crimes. Noon-5 p.m. $2. 812449-4118 or

Nov. 8. Scottish Rite, 203 Chestnut St. After more than 17 years of producing the Easter Seals “Passion for Fashion” Style Show, the owner of Carolyn’s Fashions is turning in the reigns for retirement. For her final show, models are returning dressed in their favorite styles from former shows. Also, enjoy a luncheon, raffles, and a silent auction. Reservations required. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $45 per ticket; $450 for table of eight. 812-4372607 or

Eykamp String Quartet Performance

Nov. 5 Oaklyn Library, 3001 Oaklyn Drive. The Eykamp String Quartet is made up of principal string players of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and artists in residence at the University of Evansville. This talented mix of musicians brings a passion-filled performance this November to the Oaklyn Library. 6:30 p.m. Free. 812425-5050 or

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Final Detail An Icon

The beloved Ross Theatre is represented in the Indiana State House thanks to Jeanne Amsler By Brennan Girdler

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Jeanne Amsler and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman

Jeanne Amsler, professor of art history and humanities at Ivy Tech Community College, snapped a black and white photograph of the Ross Theatre right before its demolition in 1993. “The Ross was a big deal for young people in the area,” Amsler says. “It was the first East Side shopping center and theater, a place that still has value to people who grew up in the 50s and 60s.” Amsler took the photo and hand painted it with oils, creating a one-of-a-kind, fine art painting, a medium she has long enjoyed working with. She sent the piece in to the 2012 Celebration of Hoosier Women Artist competition in March (in support of Women’s History Month), and 136 SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2012 Evansville Living

was personally awarded by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman in Evansville as one of the 11 winners for the sixth annual competition. Amsler’s work, along with other award recipients, will be displayed in the Indiana State House in Indianapolis through the end of the year. Amsler represents the only award-receiving artist from Southern Indiana. Following the digital flip in photography around 2007, Amsler has kept up with Photoshop and other digital techniques. “There’s a lot of new ways that make art fun,” she says. “I’ve been doing a lot of drawing and painting on black and white photos, but with digital there’s a lot more to try.” Still, Amsler is hesitant to give up her dark room.

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