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To the professionals at KIG, “service� is not measured by how many branch offices a company opens across the country. It means knowing what your clients expect and then exceeding that expectation. It also means knowing your clients by name instead of by their account number. With more than twenty years of experience helping clients, Stephanie and Laurie exemplify this standard of service. As a lifelong resident, I am proud to call Columbus, Indiana home. I have had the fortune to travel around the world and can think of no better place to work, play and raise my family than Columbus. These are exciting times for Columbus and I am delighted that Kessler Investment Group, LLC is a part of the community. > Craig Kessler, President

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Happy birthday to us! With this issue, we’re celebrating a whole year of Columbus magazine. We’ve officially entered Volume 2. My, how time has flown. It seems like just yesterday we were hashing out the concept for the magazine and working on that first set of story ideas. I was so excited to launch the magazine last spring because a special publication that shows Columbus for the unique and vibrant city it is was long overdue. I feel honored that it’s considered my job to tell the stories of interesting residents, highlight noteworthy community events, showcase beautiful homes and provide tips and trends in cuisine, the arts, culture, and home and garden. It was a fun year; we peeked into the lives of Hutch and Kevina Schumaker, Mickey and Jenny Kim and their girls, the Elwood clan and Marwan Wafa and family. We explored the lofts of downtown Columbus and local farm markets and introduced our ongoing cuisine series, Edible Experiences, brought to you by one of Columbus’ most talented chefs. And we’re laying the groundwork for another great year, starting with this spring issue. I was especially fortunate that my schedule afforded me the time to pick up a few stories for this issue on top of my usual editor duties. On a couple of occasions I got out of the office and did my favorite thing — meeting and interviewing the subjects of some of the stories we planned. Interviews are another perk of my job. They allow me to experience another life, interest or hobby and become a part of it, even if for a short time. This issue brought back one of my childhood loves — horses. As my parents can attest, I was obsessed with many things as a girl, one of which was horses and horseback riding. They fostered this love to the best of their ability since we were “city folk” and paid for lessons and camps. The buck stopped (literally) at my insistence that they buy and allow me to board my own horse. Don’t worry, Ken and Kim, I totally understand. However, a few months ago I found my way into that lifestyle thanks to

our story on a couple of local horse boarding, training and riding facilities. The story, to follow, highlights the tireless passion of the families behind Columbus’ Pine Grove Riding Center and Windsor Stables. In preparation for this issue, I also had the pleasure of meeting a truly inspirational couple — Ryan and Jean Hou. I enjoyed my visits with them so much, I was gushing to family and friends about them for days after. The Hous, although modest about their contributions, have done so much for the community and the Asian culture within, that their story just had to be told. I hope you enjoying getting to know them a little better, just as much as I did. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for spring 2013, so I’ll quit my rambling and let you read on. Enjoy!


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While Columbus is known around the world for its art and architecture, until recently there was no permanent home for live theater in town. That all changed a year ago, when Robert Hay-Smith and Chanda Welsh started the Harlequin Theatre. And these two experienced stage professionals found this home in an unlikely spot, by renting a former shoe store inside FairOaks Mall. Over the last year, they have turned the empty space into a lively center for the performing arts with a year-round schedule of events like one-night comedy performances; larger, multiweek productions; and musical acts of all kinds. The next full stage production at the Harlequin will be “Flirting with the Deep End” by Suzanne Maynard Miller. This play is a fun-loving romp about a bookstore owner and his intelligent and somewhat misguided friends. It will run May 17 through 19 and May 24 through 26. To stay up to date on what’s playing at the Harlequin, visit

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With the development and expansion of the People Trail in Columbus, as well as the addition of bike lanes around town, more people are turning to cycling for fitness and recreation. We asked a few avid cyclists to share their favorite routes.

From his house in downtown Columbus, recreational road cyclist Dan Farrington likes to take Youth Camp Road to Bellsville Pike west of Grandview Lake. He then heads farther west and rides up Mount Liberty Road before heading home. He likes this route for the variety and the hills it offers. Farrington also commutes to work each day by bike and logs more than 100 miles per week.


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Dennis Baute has been a touring cyclist for more than 35 years, including week-long trips around the U.S. His favorite route in Columbus is to leave his home on the northeast side of town and head toward Hartsville and back via Enon Road, Road 225N, Huffer Road and Road 410N. In doing so, he passes by an old cemetery, a golf course and Clifty Creek.

Marissa Pherson spends her days working at The Bicycle Station, a bike shop in downtown Columbus. She and her husband are utilitarian riders, meaning they are committed to biking instead of driving a car. They can often be found riding to Owen’s Bend via Home Avenue and Westenedge Drive to the People Trail. From Owen’s Bend they sometimes go to Clifford or Hope, or just head back home.

If your spring cleaning efforts find you looking for places to donate your gently used items, there are several organizations in Columbus that will put them to use and help those in need.

Goodwill 980 Creekview Drive Donations accepted from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Goodwill accepts clothing and most home items except large appliances, food, mattresses and scrap building supplies. Proceeds from retail sales are reinvested in work preparation programs.

Love Chapel 311 Center St. Donations accepted from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday. This food pantry accepts any non-perishable food products, frozen meats, most toiletries, diapers, toys and school supplies.

Pregnancy Care Center of South Central Indiana 2420 Seventh St. Donations accepted from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The center accepts maternity clothes and any baby-related products, except for used cribs, car seats, walkers and any other items with safety issues.

Sans Souci 1526 13th St. Donations accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sans Souci helps disadvantaged neighbors achieve self-sufficiency. It accepts most gently used items that are in good shape, except automobile parts, built-in appliances, console televisions and remodeling items.

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Turning Point Storage building at 14th and Sycamore streets Donations accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Please call 379-9844 in advance. The domestic violence shelter is always in need of used cellphones, toiletries, cleaning supplies, gently used baby items, and other household items and furniture.

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Get the green thumb: After last year’s harsh, dry summer, your yard might be screaming for attention. Darren Collins, general manager at Wischmeier Nursery since 2005, offers his expert advice. Wondering where to buy your annuals and perennials this spring? Here are a few options around town beyond the big box stores: Brown Hill Nursery 10165 W. Road 525S, 342-3565 Duck Creek Gardens and Elsbury’s Family Greenhouse 5073 N. State Road 9, Hope, 546-4454 May Nursery and Landscaping 586 N. Road 850E, 579-5597 Whipker’s Market and Greenhouse 5190 S. U.S. 31, 372-4216 Wischmeier Nursery 240 Jonesville Road, 372-4662

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Tell us about Wischmeier Nursery. Wischmeier Nursery opened in 1986. Wischmeier is a large nursery offering many unusual varieties of trees and shrubs; several greenhouses with tropical plants, perennials, and annuals; and a large garden center with everything from unique garden décor and furniture to plant pharmaceuticals and garden tools. We’re also home to the only Wild Birds Unlimited franchise in south central Indiana. What’s the most important thing a homeowner can do in the spring to ensure a beautiful yard? For your lawn, crabgrass preventer with fertilizer should be applied in early spring. For the landscape, remove any leftover debris that has fallen throughout the winter; inspect plants for winter damage; take corrective measures such as pruning, fertilizing and mulching to help with weed control and water retention throughout the summer. What types of plants grow best in the Columbus area? When should they be planted? Last year, our area was given a new zone of 6b on the USDA hardy zone map. This means that plants that were once not hardy here can now survive our weather conditions. Read plant labels that indicate zone hardiness and are a tool much like food labels. And talk to your local

nursery specialist whose personal knowledge of a variety of plant material can provide additional information. With so many choices available now in this area, it may at times be an effort of trial and error. That which is successful in one person’s garden may not be so in another. If we experience another dry summer, what should homeowners due to preserve their lawns, plants and trees? If this cycle continues, as is predicted, watering is obviously a top priority. Fortunately in Columbus there were no restrictions on that last year. Continued watering will be necessary for plant survival. Tree watering bags and drip irrigation should be utilized sooner rather than later. Don’t wait until several weeks have passed before beginning a regular watering program. By then, damage will have already happened. What are some common mistakes homeowners make when trying to beautify their yards? Ask yourself, “Do I have sun or shade in my yard? What are the size constraints for my planting area? What are my soil conditions? How much time am I willing to spend caring for my plants? How much do I want to spend?” This can eliminate mistakes and save homeowners time and money.

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On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Emotionally devastated, badly injured and vulnerable to the hidden dangers of the jungle, the trio faced certain death unless they left the crash site. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside. Drawn from interviews, declassified U.S. Army documents, personal photos and mementos, a survivor’s diary, a rescuer’s journal and original film footage, “Lost in Shangri-La” recounts this incredible true-life adventure for the first time. A riveting work of narrative nonfiction that vividly brings to life an odyssey at times terrifying, enlightening and comic, “Lost in ShangriLa” is a thrill ride from beginning to end.

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Michael Hainey had just turned 6 when he heard the tragic news: His father, Bob Hainey, was found dead of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a star in the competitive world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. He left behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family — and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. A seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died “after visiting friends,” the obituaries said. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father’s buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he’d imagined with the one he comes to know — and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother.

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In this issue’s style section professional wear takes a trendy turn from pleated khakis and dowdy skirt suits to vibrant options that give nine-to-fivers fresh looks to display their personalities.

Heidi is wearing a Frank Lyman dress accented by Brighton earrings and bracelet and carrying a Vera Bradley tablet case, all from Lockett’s Ladies Shop. Total cost: $338.

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Lindsey is wearing Roly Poly skinny pants with a Do & Be sleeveless blouse and sweater, accented by a necklace and earring set and turquoise bag, all from Red Lips Spatique. Total cost: about $155.


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Ryan is wearing a black slim-fit suit coat and pants and Geoffrey Beene dress shirt with tie from Van Heusen. All available at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. Total outfit: $168.35

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Casey is wearing a navy suit coat and skirt with a blue and white blouse, accented by a pearl necklace and earrings from Ann Taylor and clutch from Nine West. All available at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. Total outfit: $394.94


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Spencer is wearing a Cutter and Buck shirt and Ballin dress pants, accented by a Bosca messenger bag, all from Dell Brothers. Total cost: about $350.

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Local Food | Recipes | Cuisine Compiled by Gethin Thomas | Photos by Andrew Laker

Neighboring-county establishments provide historic draw for poultry pleasure I have been a chef for a long time. I have seen many trends come and go. I have been through the movement of every bit of food on the plate. When I am interviewing a young chef for a position, there are a series of questions that I ask. One being if the potential hire had 10 days to go on 10 dining experiences, what would some of them be? Some of the answers are really funny, interesting and insightful. I have contemplated this question for years — perhaps the tasting menu at Lutece in New York City or Noma in Copenhagen where one of the courses is English breakfast radishes dipped in goat butter and sprinkled with black sea salt. One of my last 10 would be Hoosier fried chicken with the dear friends I have made while living in Columbus.

When I came to Indiana 16 years ago, I thought like many outsiders that Kentucky was where you went for great fried chicken. They do make some wonderful things in Kentucky, but for my money I would put Hoosier fried chicken against anything. Within about an hour’s drive from Columbus there are several restaurants and taverns that offer this delicacy. Fried chicken, like many foods, when prepared well is very simple. However, executed poorly, it’s horrendous. When frying chicken, one is looking for a crisp outside that is cool enough to pick up with your hands and a moist and hot inside. This would seem simple, but it’s not at all. Although there are more, here are three of my favorites in no particular order. All three are great and serve similar items.

Fireside Inn 2174 County Line Road, Greensburg (Enochsburg)

Like the others in its niche, the Fireside Inn is more than 50 years old and has been proudly serving its fried chicken for those decades. Owners Dan and Becky Kinker focus on providing a feeling of hospitality and warmth to all those who enter their establishment. Weekend nights provide the common sight of cars lining the block in front of the restaurant, as well as filling a nearby auxiliary parking lot. Patrons patiently wait just inside

Fireside’s entrance for a table. Buckets of the fried delicacy seem to the most popular way patrons, especially those in large groups, enjoy a meal, as the wait staff streams in and out of the kitchen carrying the white plastic tubs lined with tin foil. The first bite into a piece of Fireside chicken provides evidence of why the small but mighty

restaurant is known counties wide. The skin is perfectly crisp and stays intact well on the tender, juicy meat under it. Of course, the Fireside Inn, like the following two restaurants, offers fare of the non-fried, non-poultry variety, and during my visit, I saw plenty of pizzas, tacos and catfish go by. One can’t live on fried chicken forever, I guess.

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Stone’s Family Restaurant 2376 E. Road 820S, Greensburg (Millhousen)

When you arrive at Stone’s, there is a 3-foot statue of a chicken looking very hospitable. The note on the door inviting you in is handmade with printer paper and magic marker in a child’s handwriting. It simply states, “Come On In.” You get the feeling straightaway that the service staff is truly happy to see you and glad you made the trip. The hostess greeted us and asked, “How many, please”? “Four please,” I replied. Then another

voice from behind the hostess piped in, “I got this, Mom”; either a pitiful nickname for someone or they were mother and daughter. I’m guessing the latter since Stone’s specifically put the word “family” in the official name of their establishment, and owners Donna and Joe Johannigman pride themselves on the family-style service and atmosphere. “We want our guests to feel welcome,” Joe said. “Like it’s our home we’re opening up to them.” Although he oversees the kitchen, his sister, Jane Faulconer, does much of the cooking and bakes all the pies for the restaurant. Joe has worked at the restaurant for more than 35 years. He and his wife bought the place three years ago. Prior to that, it

passed through three generations of the family that originally started serving fried chicken in one room of the then-tavern in the 1940s. At Stone’s you have the option of dining on the buffet or ordering a whole fried chicken and having it brought to you. I like the buffet because I like chicken thighs and backs. My kids like the buffet because there is something to do, and there is not the wait that you have in other restaurants. Stone’s is the type of business with a long line of faithful regular customers who are known on a firstname basis, and their fried chicken, though it’s not the only popular menu item, is so coveted that it’s available only after 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and after 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Wagner’s Village Inn 22171 Main St., Oldenburg

Cozy and perched in the middle of the hill that climbs to a beautiful church is Wagner’s. Owner Ginger Saccomando bought the restaurant from her parents. It has been in the family since 1968. The circa-1800s building that houses the restaurant has also been a dentist’s office and general store. Wagner’s has several small, quaint dining rooms. You will find it difficult to keep from hijacking someone else’s conversation because when frying chicken to order as they do at Wagner’s, patrons have to wait. Perhaps that’s why they designed the atmosphere to encourage mingling. At Wagner’s, pretty much everyone is waiting for the same thing. The fried chicken is perfectly crisp and


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seasoned with salt, flour and black pepper, lots of black pepper. The chicken is fried in an iron skillet, not a deep fryer. This is the real deal. The mashed potatoes are as good as to be expected and the green beans soft and warm. However, although known for their chicken, Wagner’s also cooks

some other traditional favorites the regulars request, such as the Manhattan with slow-roasted roast beef and homemade gravy. During Lent, the restaurant prides itself on catering to the area’s Catholic population with regular fish specials and dinners. When I go, I always get a fried

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Taste (Wagner’s cont.) chicken for the road. I have never eaten some of it on the way home, but the thought has crossed my mind. I would not want to get pulled over for a DUIFC (driving under the influence of fried chicken). The restaurant is also a great place to enjoy an adult beverage, and it has one of my favorites, Warsteiner, on tap. It doesn’t get much more Americana Midwest than homemade fried chicken and a nice cold beer, even if it’s of the German variety.

Wagner's restaurant owner Ginger Saccomando fries a batch of Wagner's famous fried chicken recently in Oldenburg.


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All these places provide a wonderful drive to make with family and friends. Support some local businesses that make a great and simple product. The people who work in these restaurants understand hospitality and are more often than not proud of what they do. I highly recommend them. One piece of advice though: Avoid planning such a trip as a crawl or fried chicken hop of sorts, wherein you attempt to visit each establishment in one evening. The result would be disastrous to the waistline.

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Gethin Thomas Edible Experiences contributor chef Gethin Thomas has been in culinary arts for more than 25 years. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1987 and the esteemed Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris. Post-graduation, he spent six years studying and working in various European kitchens, such as serving as the fish cook at a Michelin two-star restaurant near the Eiffel Tower. One of the most prestigious roles he held prior to moving to Columbus was as executive chef of The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. In Columbus, he has served as the executive chef at Cummins Inc. and

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as the head and celebrity chef at countless fundraising events, such as the annual unCommon Cause and kidscommons Carnivale. He is a restaurant consultant and the owner of Gethin Thomas Catering. Thomas is also the proud father of Eva and Sophie.

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Experts suggest filling your plate with a rainbow of healthy foods Simple and varied — that seems to be the common theme of advice from nutrition experts when it comes to staying healthy and ridding your body of harmful toxins. Since needed nutrients in various combinations and quantities can only be found within a wide range of foods, the phrase “eating the rainbow” has become popular to represent the approach most of these experts recommend. It’s best to incorporate a broad array of textures and colors. The fun in this approach comes from the constant exploration one engages in to ensure the intake of

everything the body requires. Health coach and natural foods chef Sandy Thomas points out that this requires a commitment to more attentive eating. She says the modern world’s pressure on us to make convenience our highest priority has led to habitual consumption of foods that are not so simple: restaurant fare and processed items. “Eating out used to be a special occasion,” she notes. “Now it’s the norm. Certainly, the chef ’s job is to make the food taste fantastic, and that means levels of salt and other flavors beyond what is naturally found in many ingredients.” Thomas, who owns Zen Health in Columbus, also says that in foods such

as cereal, white breads and crackers, there are “feel-good” chemicals beyond what is found in the basic grains from which they’re made. Consumers, after all, will insist on a burst of pleasure as they gobble prepackaged sustenance and resume their hurried lives. “We’re to the point where we think flavor needs to be over the top,” she says. Michelle Knapp, a registered dietitian at Columbus Regional Hospital, invites the consumer to consider of what processed foods and frozen dinners are really made. “There’s a reason they can stay in your freezer for so long,” she says. The subject of whether a cleanse is worthwhile arises quickly in discus-

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Health sions of healthy eating. The general consensus is that if one goes that route, gradual and shortterm are better, and introduction of “rainbow eating” into one’s current habits is really the best way to proceed. “Fad diets and cleanses sometimes don’t provide enough calories,” says Knapp. “They can result in low blood sugar and loss of a lot of body water.” Thomas cites three main reasons one might undertake a cleanse: to get rid of excess salt and sugar, to address any addictive tendencies (“do a timeout,” as she puts it), and to reset one’s taste buds. Her method begins with adding things, such as dark, leafy vegetables and whole grains, before taking things out. “Those things become habits, crowding the other foods out. If it’s gradual, your symptoms, such as irritability, bad breath and sleep difficulty, will barely be noticeable.” So what foods are going to be most effective at purifying the body? The shorthand answer is that those high in fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals or a few particular vitamins are the place to start. There’s no need to be intimidated about embarking on the cleanereating path. “When you see a top-100 antioxidant foods list, some are quite exotic and expensive,” says Lori Moses, owner of Double Oak Farm. “If that scares you, start with things like blueberries.” Blueberries contain antioxidants noted for cell-damage protection, reducing the momentum of the skin-wrinkling process. They’re also a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that contributes to lowered cholesterol levels. They’re great on cereal or as a pancake topping. The liver is an important component of our bodies’ own purification system. Thomas says that lemons, well-known as a source of vitamin C, which facilitates hemoglobin formation and immune system function, also contain “naturally occurring chemicals that seem to aid the liver.” Lemon juice makes a great vinegar substitute, and the zest is a delightful addition to lots of baking recipes. Daikon radishes have mucus-clearing properties, cancer-fighting chemicals and, according to Thomas, “enzymes similar to those found in the human digestive tracts.” They also keep harmful forms of estrogen in check. They work well as sandwich toppings or in bean stews. Knapp refers to fiber as “kind of a scrubber for the digestive tract.” Seeds in general are a great source of fiber. Flaxseed in particular contains the form of fiber that most effectively performs this function. It’s often used in smoothies or as a cereal topping. Artichokes are high in vitamin C, and a twoounce serving contains three grams of fiber. They also contain an abundance of cynarin, a liver and gallbladder stimulant. They’re rather perishable, though; they can only be stored in the refrigera32

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Left: Fran Hutcherson Reichart in 1957. Above: Brian Reichart with Red Gold employees in 1962.

Red Gold Colt Reichart will happily interrupt any interview about his family’s business to discuss the do’s and don’ts of growing tomatoes on a backyard scale. “You can call me anytime you have questions about tomatoes,” he offers. After all, those sunripened fruits are his business. The fourth generation to enter the ranks of Red Gold Co., 29-year-old Reichart is the youngest now helping to run the show. His title—at the time of this particular interview—was new media manager, a job under which he handles the company’s social media efforts, public relations and company events. But Reichart says he and his brother, 31-year-old Beau, change jobs often in an effort to learn every aspect of the business. “I think my first job was sweeping the lab,” Colt said. Reichart grew up in the business that his great-grandfather, Grover Hutcherson, began in 1942. Hutcherson, along with his daughter, Fran, purchased a Midwest cannery, Orestes Canning, to provide canned foods for World War II troops. In the beginning, he produced whole peeled tomatoes and tomato puree. Fran Hutcherson Reichart and her husband, Ernie, assumed leadership in 1948, and around 1970, the company purchased the Red Gold label. The owners decided to change the company name and, at the same time, began expanding the product line by also selling tomato juice and ketchup.

Our number one passion is to bring In 1980, Ernie and Fran’s oldest son, Brian, became CEO and further grew the seasonal business to include year-round food service and contract packaging, which is headquartered in Elwood today. Now Red Gold boasts approximately 1,300 full-time employees and offers more than 100 products that are distributed throughout the United States and 14 countries. In 10 years, Colt says his family hopes to have made the Red Gold name a nationally known brand. He also hopes people understand that the company produces more than just ketchup. “I don’t know why everyone thinks of ketchup when they hear our name, but they do,” he said. Paramount, though, is that people recognize Red Gold for its quality, regardless of its production lines. “We are a family-owned company, and we work with family farms throughout the region,” he explains. “We’re pretty picky about who we work with. What has gotten us this far is our quality. That’s a precedent my grandfather set.” And as far as Colt is concerned, no one can top the quality of Red Gold, in part because of the company’s single-minded focus. Tomatoes are “what we know,” he said. “I don’t know of any other company that just does tomatoes.”

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Home Trends main entryway or foyer is central to the design of a home, yet many people fall short in using it for its ultimate purpose: making guests feel welcome.


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A drab entryway is easy to spot. The difficulty comes in knowing how to fix or avoid the problem to begin with and create an inviting yet personal space to serve as the home’s first impression. House designer Tan Tran of Tan Tran Designs has been helping people create individualized impressions with their homes for the past 23 years. “I wish there was a formula,” said Tran, “but each house is different.” He emphasized that each home must be tailored to reflect the personality of the owner while cooperating with the general atmosphere of the neighborhood. “Start at the front porch,” Tran said. “The front porch tells people the homeowner’s personality. From front porch to front door to entry — they all have to tie together.” Bruce Pollert of Pollert Design Associates has been designing interiors for 30 years. “The one thing I always try to ask people when they are working on (an entryway) floor plan is to allow room for a piece of furniture and an outlet,” he said. Pollert said that low-level light can

be more welcoming than a bright fixture. “It’s beautiful to have what would be a most important thing in the room to draw your eye,” said Pollert, “a staircase or an arched doorway — something that draws a person into the home.” It seems that many homeowners may tend to neglect the first impression that their entryway gives because they do not often use the front door.

He named a few key elements that can impress instantly: a chandelier, an area rug and color on a single wall or ceiling. Pollert said the chandelier should be to scale with the rest of the house, noting that a larger fixture doesn't necessarily make the entrance more impressive. The area rug can be an investment piece or used for more utilitarian purposes. Either way, Pollert said, the

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“The people who live there don’t really use it that much, so they look to us to create that atmosphere to welcome people,” Pollert said, pointing out that the back door from the garage is often the homeowner’s primary entrance. In general, Pollert said, the entryway should represent the rest of the house.

rugs can be used for many years and can easily be cleaned or washed, and people should not be afraid to allow foot traffic on the rugs. A single painted or wallpapered wall is a great touch, according to Pollert, who also suggested the option of painting the ceiling of the entryway.

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Home Trends Marsha Lipe of Marsha Lipe Designs has similar confidence in the bold impression a rug can make. She said the right rug can make a strong statement and save the homeowner the cost of elaborate flooring in the entryway. In addition to the cost savings, a rug adds convenience. “When you’re tired of it, you can change it,” she said. Lipe emphasized the importance of having a piece of furniture that allows guests to sit down, especially if they need to remove shoes because of inclement outdoor weather or polite concern for a homeowner’s light-colored carpet. The most critical element, according to Lipe, is the correct lighting, whether it is the impression people get as they drive by the home and see a chan-

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delier through the entryway windows or the mood that light sets when a visitor enters the front doors. “People don’t realize, you can do all the beautiful things in the world, but without the right lighting, you lose some of those details.” If a home has walls in the foyer, Lipe suggests a mirror to allow the owner or guests to get a quick glance at their appearance before entering a main room. What a homeowner wants to avoid is overaccessorizing, which can make some people anxious when they enter. Another tendency in homes with staircases is to use the steps as a holding place for books, shoes and laundry that will eventually be taken upstairs. When a staircase is part of the entryway, Lipe suggests decorative stair-stepped baskets to keep the items contained. While certain clients may prefer a busy or bold look and others may like simple lines or a traditional theme, Tran acknowledges the difference in taste from one client to the next. He explained that some people like to see the entryway as its own entity and then go through a passageway or hallway to the adjoining spaces. Others like to see the other side of the house from the entryway, with an open floor plan. Tran emphasized that the area should be designed to accommodate the number of people who will pass through when the homeowners are entertaining. “Make it spacious, so that it’s inviting,” he said. “So when you have a group of guests, they aren’t standing on top of each other.” Upon entering the home, Tran said, a line of sight should be deliberately established. “The space should lead you,” he said. “A lot of people try too hard or try to put too many details. The structure makes the best details. Create a niche in the wall for a floral arrangement or artwork — that’s detail.” Tran said that the rest of the house should open up from and reflect the initial impression of the foyer or entryway. Traditionally, he said, a parlor or a music room is located to the side of the foyer. A set of French glass doors can define each space without interrupting the visual connection from one to the other. Another room that may extend from the foyer is a great room that looks out to that special exterior feature like a view of the rolling country hill or a lake outside your windows. Columns and special wood details set each space apart, creating a visual boundary without hindering the line of sight. Homeowners should be mindful of what materials they choose, Tran advised. He emphasized that flooring is a complementary element and should not dominate the view. Regardless of whether a homeowner chooses a simple piece of artwork or a massive lighting fixture as the focal point of the entryway, Tran said, the essential achievement of a successful foyer is open and inviting space.

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aying hello to a neighbor. Asking the price of an item at the supermarket. Reading street signs to navigate around town. Language is one of the most basic common denominators that ties people to their communities and makes a place feel like home. While Columbus is located in the middle of the country, where diversity isn’t necessarily always expected, it is not unusual to hear foreign languages spoken at the store, church and even on the playground. The 2010 Census revealed that nearly 9 percent of the population in Bartholomew County speaks a language other than English at home. This could be due in large part to the 29 international companies with locations in Columbus, according to the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. The Indiana Department of Education reports that the number of students enrolled as English language learners has more than doubled since the 2005-2006 school year to the present. Columbus is clearly growing more diverse when it comes to language. Obtaining basic knowledge of the English language is a priority for many

living in the area. “Language can be a significant barrier to individuals feeling like they are part of a community. In this respect, it is vital that there are resources for those individuals for whom English is a second language,” said Kristin Munn, the partnership manager for the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization (CAMEO). CAMEO was formed in 2009 and represents nine ethnic associations in Columbus. A key component of its mission is to make people feel welcome in the community. “Currently, CAMEO focuses on sharing existing resources and promoting and celebrating the cultural diversity that exists in Columbus. We serve as a forum to bring different ethnic groups together to discuss needs and opportunities, but we do not run any programs or services,” Munn said. Fortunately, there are several organizations within the community providing needed language instruction. Grace Lutheran Church has been offering English instruction to the local Japanese population since 1985. After its former minister, Tom Going, served as a missionary in Japan, he returned to Co-

“We hope that the students will become more fluent in English and that they will also learn about the American culture.” — Celia Gibson, Grace Lutheran Church

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lumbus and began spending time with the Japanese families here. He saw a need to provide English instruction, particularly to the spouses of the corporate employees here on assignment. Celia Gibson now runs the program, which meets weekly at the church on Central Avenue. Cost is $50 per semester, and child care is available. The goal for this program is that the experience transcends just language learning. “We hope that the students will become more fluent in English and that they will also learn about the American culture. We take field trips in the community and have outside speakers and demonstrations during the year,� Gibson explained. IUPUC’s Center for Business and Economic Development also identified a need for English language instruction. The school offers two types of programs. One is an eight-week course designed to develop basic proficiency. This class focuses on conversational English, understanding American idioms and listening comprehension. 44

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A second, longer program runs for 15 weeks and is intended to help students move beyond the basics and enhance their academic or professional success. The focus in this series of courses is better reading comprehension, pronunciation and presentation skills needed in the classroom or workplace. “Both options address a perceived need in the community. We have received many inquiries about ESL in the past,” said Aija Pocock, a clinical assistant professor of English as a second language (ESL) education at IUPUC. The eight-week course costs $200, while the costs for the 15-week course vary depending on residency. Instructors have a Ph.D. or master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and/or linguistics. Students do not need to be degree-seeking to enroll in either course, although potential students must be admitted to IUPUC to participate in the longer program. Su Casa also identified the need for enhanced language instruction in Columbus. Su Casa’s purpose is to help the Latin American/Hispanic population and the Bartholomew County community successfully integrate. Su Casa provides interpretive services and translation services, particularly for navigating the court and medical systems or filing important paperwork and applications. But the community organization also works with McDowell Adult Education Center to offer more formal language education. Each level of the course lasts one semester and is free. “The classes are open to everyone that needs to learn English as a second language, but most of the people who attend these classes are part of the Latino community here in Columbus,” said Julia Lopez, Su Casa’s office manager. Learning a language is more than just a means for blending into a new country, however. For some Columbus families, exposing their children to their home country is equally important.

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“For many cultures, it is also important that children that are being raised in the U.S. maintain ties to their heritage. Language is another way for children and families to maintain ties,” said Munn. Two Columbus schools provide this type of connection. The Chinese Language School began in 1997 to serve a need for area children to learn the Chinese language. “Our school is open to everyone in the community, but the majority of the students are heritage kids, meaning kids whose parents are native speakers of Chinese,” said Yan Li, the current principal. Sandra Andriaccio began attending with her daughter, Momo Sutton, in 2011. Andriaccio adopted Sutton from China.

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“Momo was born in China and was fluent in Chinese until the age of 3½. This is the one opportunity she has to stay connected with her culture and native language,” Andriaccio said. Students gather every Sunday afternoon for two hours at Central Middle School. Cost is $140 per semester, which covers supplies and transportation costs. While the school’s focus is on language instruction, volunteer instructors cover other things as well. “The students learn the Chinese language and at the same time participate in cultural activities in class,” Li said. This is important to Andriaccio and Sutton, also. “Momo’s horizons have been expanded not only in trying to

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Stable owners never outgrow their passion for equine endeavors Story by Kelsey DeClue | Photos by Angela Jackson

One rarely comes across an apathetic horse owner. It’s a calling, a true way of life, and according to members of this devoted community, once that call comes in, one doesn’t hang up easily. Of course, raising and training a horse and cultivating the necessary skills take a specific bucolic setting not available to all equine lovers. That’s where a few Columbus families have stepped in – making the joys of horseback riding and ownership more attainable for country and city folk. Here are their stories.

Pine Grove Riding Center Nikolette Clark rode a horse for the first time at age 14 and has been hooked ever since. The Columbus native’s high school sweetheart, Michael Clark, now her husband, owned horses and helped cultivate her love. “I’m the only one in my family to have horses,” she said. “And I’ve been crazy (for them) going on 18 years now.” The Clarks officially opened Pine Grove in 2010, however Nikolette, who serves as the primary instructor, has been riding, showing, and training horses and riders pretty much since that fateful day when she got her first taste as a young teen. “It is very hard to sum up what I like most about horses and riding,” Clark said. “It’s just who I am. They are a part of me. It’s a total lifestyle, not just a hobby. “They are such amazing animals that teach us so much about life and love and compassion.” Nikolette started with trail riding and then got into barrel racing. After graduating from high school, she studied equine business and rode on the intercollegiate horse show team at Midway College in Kentucky. “I took every and any riding class possible. I studied both English and Western riding while there,” she said. “I just wanted to learn as much as I could.” Nikolette and Michael, also a Columbus native, married in 2000 and moved back to Columbus in 2002.

She participated in local shows and began teaching lessons at her in-laws’ horse barn. The Clarks’ two children also ride, and one of the family’s favorite spots to ride together is Brown County State Park. “When we saw the property that is now Pine Grove come up for sale, we jumped at the opportunity to open our business at that location,” Nikolette said. Slight rolling hills lead visitors to the easily accessible farm. Tall pines line the property and provide a secluded and secure riding space. She said the pine trees provided a no-brainer name for the center. Pine Grove offers birthday parties, private, semi-private and group lessons,

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as well as full-day and half-day weeklong camps in the spring and summer. Nikolette and her staff provide horse training and boarding of students’ horses. Fourteen horses currently call Pine Grove home. Students can ride on wooded trails and in indoor or outdoor arenas. Nikolette said it is a “labor of love” that keeps her going in order to provide the daily year-round care the animals require.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 or negative 10 (degrees) out,” she said. “Horses need to be cared for.” The horses are fed twice per day, morning and night, and checked for injury, given fresh water and exercised daily. Stalls are cleaned out twice every day. “We have various weekly chores like spreading manure, bedding stalls, getting grain and hay,” she said. “We spend one day per month with the farrier having the horses shod and hooves trimmed.” It’s all worth it though, for the sake of clients like 12-year-old Zoe Chasse. Zoe began riding with Nikolette when she was 5, and the Chasse family now leases a horse from the Clarks. “Zoe’s love of horses started when she was about 3,” said Laura Chasse, Zoe’s mom. “She and her grandma would walk to a farm near my parents’ house where an old horse lived. Zoe would feed her carrots. She then started riding the little pony ride at the 4-H fair. “We were introduced to Nikolette when Zoe was registered for a horsy kindergarten class. The rest is history.”

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When Caitlin McGinty was 10 years old, her mother, Connie, picked her up from the first day of a riding camp with esteemed trainer and instructor Dena Hasler. “She was just beaming, and she asked me how long the camp was,” Connie remembered. “I knew at that moment she’d caught the bug.” “It was from then on that I knew I wanted to be around horses as much as possible,” Caitlin added. She continued to ride and show horses as a child and teen, and her parents eventually bought her her first horse, Radar. However it was an impending senior project in high school that catapulted the family to a whole new level in the industry. “By that time we had two horses, and we were boarding the two,” said John McGinty, Caitlin’s father. “We thought, instead of paying someone else to keep them, why don’t we see what it would take to have our own barn.” Meanwhile Caitlin was enjoying a C4 business class that focused on entrepreneurship, and she chose to explore the building and opening of a horse boarding facility for her senior project, a graduation requirement of all Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. high school students. The McGintys purchased 20 acres off Road 250E in Columbus. “Caitlin came up with a business plan and how the plan could be implemented,” John said. The family partnered with Borkholder Builders and Building Concepts. The stables and riding facility would be the first project of its kind for the company. Construction started in 2005, and Wind-

sor Stables opened in 2006. “Some of my favorite parts of the process were sitting down with the builders and my parents and planning how everything would work,” Caitlin said. “Of course that led to several differing opinions, which could get frustrating at times, but ultimately it brought us all even closer together. “When it actually started coming together in the building process and we were to the point of coming up with the finishing touches, that was so exciting.” Caitlin said her past experience boarding her own horse, combined with her riding and showing experience, gave her a unique perspective when laying out business and construction plans. “I had very specific requirements for how I wanted things laid out,” she said. “For example, the height in the indoor arena was very important to me because I wanted riders to be able to jump their horses in there.” The now 25-year-old lives and works in Broad Ripple and remains the overall barn manager, however Connie and John oversee the day-to-day responsibilities. Windsor Stables strictly boards horses and doesn’t offer riding lessons. It provides boarders with 12-by-12-foot rubber-matted stalls with Dutch doors, an indoor wash rack, a climate-controlled tack room, office, four vinyl fenced pastures, and indoor and outdoor arenas. “We focus very hard on giving extremely personalized care,” Connie said. “We care for these horses as if they’re our own.” Connie said their current clients range in age from young teens into their 70s. “It’s a community here,” she said. “We

have people coming and going. Sometimes they come to ride inside or out, depending on the weather. Other times, they just come to groom their horse and spend time with them, and that’s fun for me to watch. “We want to provide a place where they can feel at home, taking care of their animal as if it were their own barn.” John works full time as a consultant, however he and Connie share the responsibilities of feeding and watering the horses twice daily and cleaning stalls. Caitlin visits on weekends to keep general tabs on the barn and clients. Connie has been a horse lover since childhood as well. For her, it never feels like work because she is around her life’s love. She and John get the joy of seeing similar versions of the positive effect horse ownership had on their daughter, played out on a daily basis with clients of Windsor Stables. “Horse ownership is hard work, and it takes discipline, but you have to do it,” John said. “It gives you a sense of personal responsibility because there are consequences if you don’t.” “Caitlin was very shy as a girl, and she isn’t afraid of anything now,” Connie added. “Horses gave her confidence, and you can’t put a monetary value on that.”

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For casual riders, the natural beauty of nearby Brown County offers year-round opportunities to slow down, saddle up and take in the scenes

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Vibrant greens of spring and summer, the brilliant autumn leaves and the snow-capped hills of winter make any season a special time of year in Brown County, which is why so many visitors continue to flock to the area. And, if you ask us, sometimes there’s nothing better than slowing down to take it all in. And, by that we mean slowing way down—to trotting speed.

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Trail rides, pony rides and hay rides are all available at the Brown County Saddle Barn, located inside the north gate entrance to Brown County State Park (off Indiana 46; 812-988-8166). Open daily, guests can come to the Saddle Barn between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to choose from a 3.3-mile trail ride (approximately one hour; $25 per person), a 2.2-mile trail ride (approximately 35 minutes; $15 per person) or a hayride for $3 per person (children, 3 and under, ride for free). Parent-assisted pony rides are available for kids at $2 per lap, and children must be at least 7 years old to ride on the trails.

Make sure to bring your own horse if you’re hoping to take a self-guided trek along one of Yellowwood State Forest’s designated horse trails (772 S. Yellowwood Road, Nashville, 812-988-7945). And you might want to pack your binoculars, too— there’s a lot to see throughout the forest’s more than 23,000 acres of natural beauty. Approximately 10 miles of horse trails wind through the forest. If you wish to stay overnight, 12 primitive horseman camping sites (no outlets; no water hook-ups) are centrally located and are available yearround. Each site has room for six horses, says Katie McPherson, forest secretary, and the sites are available on a first-come, firstserved basis. When you arrive, go ahead and set up your campsite, she adds, then head to the office to register and pay—it costs $12 a night per site.

As if you don’t have enough reason to visit Story Inn (a cozy inn, a charming restaurant, a quaint basement bar and a good ghost story or two), the Inn abuts a horse trail in picturesque Brown County State Park. With a place to tie up your horses and a five- to six-acre pasture where they can run, the Inn (6404 Indiana 135, Nashville, 800-881-1183) makes it “very easy for people to have their campfire breakfast, saddle their horse, have lunch or a beer and then ride out,” says Kevin Allen, manager at Story. Four spaces are available to board approximately eight horses per night in 12-by-12 stalls ($40 a night per horse; water is also available for horses, though you will need to bring your own hay or grain and a release form from your veterinarian showing your horse has all its shots). You can stay the night at Rawhide Ranch (1292 S. Indiana 135, Nashville, 812-988-0085), where horseback rides are the real deal, says Derek Clifford, ranch manager. “The ranch is a beautiful piece of property, the atmosphere is family-friendly,” he explains, “and when they come here, it’s a real cowboy or cowgirl that takes you on a trail ride.” A maximum of 10 horses are taken out for each hour-long ride ($20 for overnight guests; $30 for the general public) through the ranch’s 54 acres of land. With safety in mind, children under 7 years of age aren’t allowed to ride alone, the tours are walking guided rides only, and—though the ranch is open yearround—if weather isn’t optimal, rides will be cancelled. Schooner Valley Stables (2282 W. Indiana 46, Nashville, 812-988-2859) caters to people who have ridden horses before and want to go faster than just a walk, as well as to young kids who are too young to ride by themselves, says Luke Robertson, owner. Robertson says trail guides can increase the pace for more experienced guests only. “We pick it up to third gear, I guess you could say,” explains Robertson, who took over the family business four years ago. Hour-long trail rides cost $30 a person; it costs each guest $45 for an hour-and-a-half and $60 for two-hour trails. Rides are available at 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. seven days a week. Reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance.


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Such is the experience at the home of Deb and Doug Roese. The couple and their four children have called the stylish Tipton Lakes abode their home for three years. Its conception and construction were a longtime labor of love. The home’s concept came from an overflowing folder of pictures, magazine clippings and notes with ideas that Deb had been collecting for about five years. She handed the file to residential designer and Columbus resident Tan Tran, who worked his magic. “It was like putting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together,” he said. “It was a binder of things they’d seen, magazines,

Deb and Doug Roese, with their children: (from left) Lindsay, 15, Andrew, 11, Sidney, 13, and Devon, 17.

footage of places they visited. However, the vision I got from that wasn’t matching their personality. “They are a very unique, extremely friendly couple, and it’s all about family to them. So I designed them a house that fit the visual criteria they gave me, and then I designed them one that I thought fit their personality better.” The finished product is the perfect combination of the two. “I couldn’t believe how (Tran) could read our minds from a bunch of torn-out pictures, but he did,” said Deb. “It was Tan who pointed out that we had given him clips of several exteriors that were

Hampton-ish in style. So when he redrew the exterior, I knew it was a keeper.” A visitor-friendly circular drive leads to an impressive front porch and exterior entryway that channels a Nantucket farmhouse feel. Just inside the front door, the home opens up and declares its possibilities – one can go straight ahead to the two-story living room or take the wide, elegant spiral staircase to the second level. There’s the hint of a basement highlighted by a spacious, custom-lighted set of stairs and a glimpse into the bright, open kitchen. Deb, a physician’s assistant at Skin Solutions, had three main requirements for the home – the circular drive, a spiral

staircase and a walk-through pantry. Doug, a vascular surgeon and partner with Southern Indiana Surgery, wanted a big garage and basement, “for all the stuff four kids accumulate.” Deb and Doug met when both were working at a Macy’s in Atlanta. Deb had returned to the city after college for her sister’s wedding, and Doug was working part time while pursuing his master’s in biology. Although they worked separate shifts, co-workers encouraged the two to meet. “We dated for about a year and got married six months later,” Deb said. “That was 21 years ago.”

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Doug practiced general surgery in Logansport before the family moved to Houston, where he completed his fellowship in vascular surgery. “When we started looking for vascular opportunities, we looked back in Indiana,” Doug said. “Columbus stood out as a great place to raise the kids. Southern Indiana Surgery is a well-run group of excellent surgeons who had been looking for a vascular surgeon for quite a while, so it was perfect.” The Roese family moved to Columbus from Houston in 2003 and took up residence in the Turtle Bay area of Tipton Lakes. They and their neighbors decided to move together and build in one of the newer neighborhoods in the area. “When we decided to build, we knew we wanted something different from the usual Tipton brick house,” Doug said. “Something that appeared more at home on the water.” The canal runs directly behind the area the Roeses chose. The water played into the design both inside, with plenty of picture


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windows to highlight views of the canal, and outside, with spacious main level decking complete with a built-in outdoor fireplace, patios off the basement level and a boathouse for Doug’s rowing equipment. As much as Tran played to the requests and cues from the Roeses, the designer also took a few liberties, one of which Doug joked was in direct defiance of their wishes. “We told him we didn’t want a twostory great room, but he went ahead and designed one anyway,” Doug said. “We trusted him, and now it’s one of our favorite rooms in the house.” “Our family room is just fabulous,” Deb said. “The fireplace runs most of the time in the winter, keeps everyone warm and is very calming at the end of a crazy day. The room also has a huge bookcase with custom ladder, which we actually use. Much to our kids’ chagrin we still use hardback books, and that’s where we keep the dictionary, thesaurus and Spanish dictionary along with our classics and personal favorites.” The family room lets them enjoy game nights in the space and line the floor with sleeping bags on snow days to read in front of the fireplace. The open kitchen features tons of counter space, table and island seating, two sinks and professionalgrade appliances. Yet the Roeses love it for another reason. “The kitchen seems to be the heart of all homes, so I have to say that is the main place for us,” Deb said. “We gather there to share stories at the beginning and end of every day.” Another place for gatherings is the basement, which serves as a game room, gym, theater and soon-to-be bar and contains a guest suite. Eye-catching stained concrete floors change in color and design from room to room. “I have to say I take responsibility for the basement. It has my gym, and I’m definitely the one that enjoys movies the most in the house, and the wet bar is my little project,” Doug said. However, a game table, pingpong table and air hockey set, just to name a few, make the place a kid-and-family friendly hideout as well. A stone fireplace anchors the main room on that level, and picture windows with views of the canal,

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Favorite room(s): theater and her bedroom “(The theater) is dark and cozy, and usually I can just go down to the theater to escape some of the chaos that’s going on in the rest of the house. I also really like my room because my favorite color is yellow and my room is bright yellow with polka dot carpet. It’s a really fun place for me to be in.”

lindsay’s room Sidney, 13

Favorite room: family room “It has always seemed really pretty to me. It’s very open, and I like it when I get to read in front of the fireplace with my family. Sometimes when we have guests, we will sit in the family room and talk to them for a long time. It’s just a good place to hang out.”

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Favorite room: his bedroom “My favorite room in the house is my room because it is like my getaway place. I also like it because it has a loft, where I can hang out, read and jam out to music. One last reason why I like my loft is because when my friends come over we can sleep up (in the loft) and nobody can hear what we are talking about so it acts like a hideout.”

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Comfortable & Stylish Furniture as well as sliding glass doors with access to the patio, make the space feel like anything but a typical basement. Although the first floor and basement cater to family togetherness and entertaining friends, the second floor contains each child’s paradise. The three girls – Devon, 17, Lindsay, 15, and Sidney, 13, and boy – Andrew, 11, each have their own space, although the four share two Jack-andJill bathrooms. Each bedroom perfectly reflects its owner right down to the colorful, durable and unique flooring choices, one of which (the bathroom Lindsay and Andrew share) was designed by Lindsay. Nooks for crafts and scrapbooking, two activities that Deb and the kids enjoy together, are carefully placed on either end of the second level, and a spacious landing with an alcove overlooks the great room. “It’s just a great house,” Deb said. “It’s a family house, and we use it just for that. It might have seemed like a long time to develop in our minds what the perfect home for us would be, but it was worth it.” The process continues to hold a special place in Tran’s heart as well. The designer and his family moved to Columbus in 1975, and he worked for various design firms until opening his own business in 1990. He focuses solely on residential projects. “It’s more personal, and I enjoy the one-on-one process,” he said. After more than 35 years in the business, Tran asserts that the general process of designing and overseeing residential building or remodeling is basically the same. In other words, he has his system down. “It’s the clients that make each project different,” he said. Having known the Roese family from church, their project went to an even deeper level. When the family and Tran were drafting the concept for the home and hashing out plans, the designer said they would bring their families together, enjoy a meal and spend a couple of hours talking about the project. “Then the rest of the time we would just hang out and enjoy each other’s company,” he said. “Sometimes Doug would have gone into work at 5 or 6 in the morning and not get home until 7 or 8, and we’d still sit there and talk, maybe enjoy a glass of wine, until late,” he said. “They’re just that kind of couple. Very welcoming. Very friendly.”

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Big Dreams, Small Town Ryan and Jean Hou put down roots in Columbus and help others grow here, too


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Ryan Hou admits he willingly followed his wife, Jean, to Columbus after graduate school in New York but intended to stay less than a year.

“Not many people try to start up a company during a recession. But we said, let’s just do it and see what happens.” — Ryan Hou

“I was 27, and when I walked into a restaurant everyone stared at me,” Ryan said. “I thought, OK, I’ll be here six months.” Columbus was different then – not nearly as culturally diverse – but something was brewing under the surface, and the Hous could feel its rumble. Nearly 30 years later, the natives of Taiwan still call Columbus their home. Ryan co-founded and serves as chairman of the rapidly growing software company LHP, and Jean retired at the end of 2012 after 28 years with Cummins, finishing her software engineering career as director of information technologies support for the company’s emerging markets in China, India and Russia. “Following my beautiful wife was the most correct decision I’ve ever made,” Ryan said. He credited community leaders such as J. Irwin Miller and Mayors Bob Stewart and Fred Armstrong for laying the foundation for what the community has become today. “Those kind of community leaders make young people excited,” he said. “And that’s what you need to retain them.” However, anyone who knows them realizes the Hous didn’t just feel the rumble of progress; they quickly became part of it. Although a promising career with Cummins Inc. brought Jean to Columbus, Ryan’s road to success was a bit rockier. With a degree in public administration, he had trouble finding a job that related to his studies. “So I went back to school,” he said. He enrolled in classes at IUPUC, one of which was a computer course, and his path was clearer. In the early 1990s, Ryan started his own business consulting with companies on software solutions. His biggest client was Cummins. In 2000, he met David Glass, a software engineer whom Jean had hired at Cummins. Glass longed for a small business culture, and a year later the two decided to start LHP. “Not many people try to start up a company during a recession,” Ryan said. “But we said, let’s just do it and see what happens.” In 2008, during another recession, the

company grew again. It diversified its efforts in the automotive and medical device industries and expanded into the telematics industry. LHP also operates an international branch in China. Hou remains the chairman of LHP Inc., and Glass is the CEO of LHP Software. “Ryan is really the face of the company in a lot of ways,” Glass said. “He’s very people-oriented, and that’s customerwise, communitywise and employeewise. His focus is on relationships and the promotion of LHP overall. I focus more on the operations, setting the vision for the company and building the organization.” Glass said he and Ryan have been learning from each other and from other people from the beginning. “I’ve learned from his dealings with people and how he interacts with them, and he’s learned from me the building of the technology and organization,” Glass said. “However we went through all this together. Neither of us sees ourselves as absolute experts; we draw from other people and learn as we go.” Glass said it is the absolute trust in each other and belief in the bigger picture that make their partnership and thus the company successful. “It’s never been about the money, it’s about the relationships we create and doing something bigger,” he said. “That makes it all work; it’s about doing what’s right for customers, employees and community.” New horizons Jean grew up in Taipei, a capital city of more than 2 million people. However she preferred the thought of developing her professional career and eventually her family in a small town. “In fact, after graduation I sent my resume only to companies in small towns,” Jean said. Cummins Inc. and Columbus won her over. “We really like it here,” Jean said. “We consider it our hometown, and that’s why

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we want to support it however we can.” When the couple moved to Columbus, they were one of fewer than 10 Chinese families. They married on Valentine’s Day at the county courthouse in 1985, celebrated with a pizza party with some of Jean’s co-workers and then went back to work that afternoon. “We laugh about that now, but we didn’t know that many people. We didn’t have a big party to plan,” Ryan said. “When it was over,” Jean said with a laugh, “I thought, well I might as well go back to work.” The two promptly began changing the face of diversity in Columbus. They reached out to other Asian families and formed a network. “When a new family came to town, we always knew about it,” Jean said. “We would help them out however we can.” A list of family names and contact information circulated around the Asian community. Ryan noticed that the list contained about 40 children. Raising their daughter, Elaine, now 26, and son, Ethan, now 24, in Columbus, the Hous also noted how important it would be for that generation of American-born Asian children to hold onto their cultural roots and learn their language and traditions. In 1999, they were integral in setting up the Chinese school, which still operates today, holding classes for two hours every Sunday. Ryan served as the first principal of the school. The children practice the language and celebrate Chinese holidays and traditions. The enrollment has more than doubled since the first year. “Our daughter was among the first class to graduate from Chinese school,” Ryan said. “At first she would complain about going because it was two hours on a Sunday, and what kid wants to do that after school all week?” Jean said. “But now, of course, she is so grateful because it helped her understand and recognize her culture.” Staying connected The Hous also helped form the Columbus Chinese Association as a way to support the Chinese language school. The association is a member of the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization and has grown to support and host all kinds of Chinese traditions and events in the Columbus area, including the Chinese New Year celebration held each year at The Commons. “These opportunities make Columbus attractive for businesses who might want to locate here and to employees who know they and their children won’t have to give up their culture to work and live here,” Jean said. Ryan said organizations like CAMEO are examples of some of the great initiatives that have come from Columbus’ goal to be 70

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a welcoming community. He attributes the work of the Heritage Fund: the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County (on which he served as a board member) to making those goals attainable. It doesn’t stop here either. The Hous are active ambassadors in the city, as well as overseas. They travel to China each year with a group of community leaders, including the mayor, to facilitate existing business and community relationships, as well as foster new ones. Everyone who travels finds their own funding for the trip. “A lot of small Chinese businesses are interested in expanding overseas and opening a company in the United States, but they don’t know how to do it,” Jean said. “They have the language barrier; they don’t have the resources; they don’t know where to start.” Former Mayor Fred Armstrong went on many of the trips with the Hous during his 16year tenure and remembers each trip fondly. “They helped us immensely,” Armstrong said. “Ryan was wonderful. I remember one trip he spoke to a group of probably 500 or 600 people, and I’ll be honest, I have no idea what he was saying, but he had them cheering and clapping. He was great.

“And Jean knows how to work a room. She is so warm, yet professional. They are a great team, and everything they do is about Columbus and fostering jobs and furthering education.” Ryan still serves as deputy mayor on the trips; however he notes that he is just following the blueprints his “role model,” the late Brooke Tuttle, developed. According to Ryan, the former economic development director was the first to suggest the city pursue Chinese business relationships. The Hous also volunteer annually at the China booth at Ethnic Expo and organize the nation’s float in the annual parade. Ryan said he makes it his mission to get as many students from the Chinese language school out walking with the float, waving or carrying flags. Perhaps the cause closest to both their hearts is embodying the kind of community leader who excites young professionals to follow them, just as the leaders who inspired them in their 20s when they were new to Columbus. “Young people need to have that vision,” he said. “They need to feel excited.” Ryan and Jean are overjoyed to watch their daughter making her own way in the

community. Elaine is past president of the CCA, an initiative she undertook on her own. Both she and her husband work at Cummins and appreciate the company culture. “They’re excited to live in this community, and our daughter realizes that she can utilize her multicultural background and be a bridge between cultures in the community,” Jean said. “Sometimes it is tough for young people with multiethnic backgrounds to feel as though they fit in. They don’t feel like they can call themselves Chinese or Japanese or whatever, but they don’t feel American either. It’s important that they realize it is an advantage and not see it as a disadvantage.” Their son lives and works in Chicago. Believe it or not, Ryan and Jean still have some free time, and she is looking forward to more in retirement. She enjoys Chinese art and calligraphy, as well as interior design (she designed their home as well as the entrance to the LHP office off Poshard Drive). Ryan plays racquetball, and according to his golfing buddy, Armstrong, he also has become “quite smitten” with the game, introducing golf to other Chinese residents whenever he gets the chance. Columbus Magazine


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Cincinnati reigns supreme when it comes to cultural offerings


or an arts-focused weekend getaway in the Midwest, Chicago is the obvious choice—but not necessarily the best one. Just over the Indiana border to the southeast, Cincinnati offers its own wealth of arts amenities, including more than 100 museums and galleries and a host of world-class performing arts organizations. Even better, Cincinnati is rapidly improving its artistic credentials, investing heavily in downtown revitalization and supporting many fledgling arts organizations. Several museums and galleries have completed renovation and expansion projects, creating even more ways for visitors to experience art. It’s the perfect place for an art jolt, without the hustle and bustle of the Windy City.

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Founded in 1788 as an agricultural settlement, Cincinnati thrived with the introduction of steam navigation on the Ohio River in 1811. Between 1800 and 1850, the population spiked from a few hundred to more than 115,000, and the city became known as the Queen City of the West, far outshining Chicago as the area’s cultural capital. It also became an important meat-packing center, especially for pork, earning the city another nickname: Porkopolis. To honor the city’s history, start your tour at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, built as a train station in 1933 and now home to the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Even if you’re not interested in the museums, the center is worth a stop for its soaring rotunda and colorful Art Deco mosaics. Your next stop is Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market, home to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, produce, flowers, cheese, and arts and crafts. On Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April to November, you’ll also find a farmers market—a great place to have a snack, listen to live music and watch the street performers. While there, be sure to seek out the Market Carpet, a floor mosaic in the center tower that tells the story of Findlay Market’s first 150 years. The four quadrants of the mosaic present views of the market from 1852 (when the area was an

open field with tents and stalls), 1902, 1952 and 2002. Look closely for the smaller details, such as depictions of vintage clothing and cars and images of the row houses typical of the area. Next, visit the Queen City’s crown jewel, Fountain Square, a pedestrian-friendly area dominated by the Tyler Davidson Fountain. Dedicated in 1871, the fountain is now the epicenter of Cincinnati’s downtown revitalization project, which included a complete renovation of the square in 2006. If you didn’t pick up a snack at Findlay Market, you’ll find plenty of options here, but be sure to spend a few minutes peoplewatching in this bustling city hub. When you’re done, head just around the corner to the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, which offers an everchanging menu of contemporary art exhibitions. Even if you didn’t bring the kids, take a peek at the Unmuseum, an interactive art experience featuring giant marionettes, the Sensory Elephant, a camping trailer made of found objects, and much more. If you enjoy the occasional child-free romp at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, you’ll fit right in here. Not a fan of contemporary art? Try the Taft Museum of Art, offering “old master” European and American paintings, Chinese porcelains, decorative arts, sculptures and furniture. The permanent collection includes works by Rembrandt and Whistler, and the café and gift shop are good spots for a break

Top left: Fountain Square. Photo courtesy of Comstock. Top center: The Sensory Elephant at the Contemporary Arts Center’s Unmuseum. Photo courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center. Top right: A sculpture at Taft Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Taft. Opposite page: The Union Terminal general lobby rotunda. Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center.


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From there, it’s a short walk to Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point, a mile-long strand of parkland along the Ohio River with several picture-perfect scenic overlooks. Take a few photos with the historic steamboats in the background and then explore the Gateway Sculpture, which commemorates Cincinnati’s roots as a riverboat port. For a different perspective of the city, drive up to Mount Adams, a quiet residential neighborhood with sweeping views of the river and downtown Cincinnati. You’ll find the perfect overlook at Eden Park, which offers walking paths, a magnolia garden, the Krohn Conservatory, outdoor sculptures and a peaceful mirror lake. Also nestled within Eden Park is the Cincinnati Art Museum, whose 80 galleries display gems ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary art installations. Completed in 1886, the “Art Palace of the West” has undergone extensive renovations in recent decades, and it now includes an entire wing for art with ties to Cincinnati. If you’re inspired to make your own art, try a one-day pottery workshop at Funke Fired Arts, which started its life in 1996 as Annie’s Mud Pie Shop and is now one of the largest public studios in the nation. Classes are offered at every level, from beginning to advanced, in techniques such as wheel-throwing, hand-building and clay sculpture. Sound like too much work? Settle down in Funke’s Atrium studio and paint a premade piece instead.

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Of course, no weekend getaway is complete without a bit of shopping. For that, head to Hyde Park Square , a hip shopping haven with more than 175 unique restaurants, galleries and boutiques. The annual Hyde Park Square Art Show—a juried show with more than 200 artists—takes place the first Sunday in October, and the neighborhood also organizes regular gallery walks, a Sunday morning farmers market and other artsy events. Hyde Park is also a great place to grab an ice cream cone at Graeter’s, a Cincinnati favorite since 1870.

When the sun sets, Cincinnati offers a wide range of performing arts options, many of them at the historic Music Hall, which is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera. Another popular performance venue is the more contemporary Aronoff Center for the Arts, which presents Cincinnati Ballet and many touring Broadway productions. One of the best deals in town, however, is the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Working with a small budget and a tiny theater, this troupe of professional actors produces eight outstanding shows a year, usually classic plays by William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw and other well-known playwrights. At the theater, be sure to get a picture with Hamlet, a giant fiberglass pig created by CSC for the city’s Big Pig Gig public art exhibit in 2000.

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f you’ve never been a big fan of figs, you might want to give the tiny fruits another try. Stuffed with nduja sausage, wrapped in bacon and enveloped in a house red sauce, the figs, served as a small plate dish, are prepared by Jeremy Luers of Enoteca Emilia, a wine bar and Italian-inspired restaurant in Cincinnati. And these figs are exquisite. Luers is the head chef at Enoteca Emilia, where nearly everything on the menu is crafted to showcase epicurean chemistry. Luers melds flavors to interact with each other, creating dishes, rather than just dinner, and he does so in a restaurant that provides a great

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respite from the ordinary. But the friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere proudly display the restaurant’s decidedly Midwestern roots. For starters, share a classic heirloom tomato caprese salad (seasonal) and mussels, sautÊed with a saffron, spicy tomato,

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Columbus boasts a considerable number of people who are professionals at expressing themselves creatively. Some even make a living at it. It should also be noted that there is an abundance of outlets for amateurs who want to nurture their inner artists.

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Wine & Canvas at Garage Pub and Grill. BELOW: Emily Land, left, and her mother, Kathy.

Channel Picasso Two Saturdays a month, the Garage Pub, located in the heart of downtown, hosts Wine and Canvas. It’s a mobile business that brings canvases, paints, brushes and an artist-instructor to locations throughout central Indiana. One recent Saturday afternoon, there were so many participants the pub had to round up extra tables shortly before the proceedings got under way. It was a mix of first-timers and repeat customers, some of whom could qualify as regulars. Everyone took a seat at a blank canvas. Most of them ordered a glass of wine and scrutinized the finished painting at the front of the class, a grayscale landscape featuring a mountain range, some bare trees, a creek winding its way through a snowfield and wispy clouds in a moonlit sky. Instructor Abbi Cord majored in art education at Indiana University and is now a manager with Wine and Canvas. She began by telling the painters to establish a horizon line on their canvases. Throughout the class, distances between points of reference were measured with various lengths on the brushes. She let the class know that if anybody made a mistake, the best way to deal with it was to let it dry and paint over it. Amy Andre attended for the first time with her husband, on the recommendation of some friends. She didn’t harbor any grand aspirations: “I


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think it’s all about the experience,” she said. Kara Hyneman, who was participating for the third time, said her initial motivation was finding a new activity for her girls-night-out crew. “I feel like you’re starting from scratch rather than building on what you previously learned,” she said, “but, then again, I’m not artistic.” She said her biggest challenge this time out was that she wasn’t pleased with her creek and didn’t know why. Wine and Canvas veteran Crystal Campbell said the lack of color in that day’s painting was particularly challenging, a remark that spawned some “Fifty Shades of Grey” jokes among her friends. Doug Firenze, who had taken previous classes, noted Cord’s helpfulness and focus. “Abbi’s there to bail you out if you get in trouble. Normally she gets a sandwich, and it takes her three hours to eat it.” The camaraderie was palpable as the afternoon culminated in a group photo, showing everyone holding up their finished works.

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In the strip mall at the corner of Third and Sycamore streets is a lively gathering spot called Simply Pottery. It’s been in operation for about nine years, and under the current ownership of Wendy Graham since September. Graham’s daughter, Kaitlynne Fisher, worked for the previous owners. “When I heard that they were going to sell it, I talked to my parents, and my mom decided to buy it,” Fisher said. Her senior project at Columbus East High School consisted of remodeling the interior. She says of the brightly painted walls and open space, “It’s an atmosphere that makes you want to paint.” The diverse array of visitors includes first-time dates, married couples, book clubs, church youth groups, birthday parties and class field trips. “There’s an engineer who comes in with his daughter,” Graham said. “They have everything

mapped out. There are a lot of creative folks around here. The other day, a lady put a hound dog on a coffee mug. It was unbelievable. One regular customer paints amazing tiles.” Various techniques are available to the Simply Pottery guest – brushes, stencils, sponges and stamps. The ceramic shapes are in the bisque stage, which means they’ve been fired once. In addition to the customary plates and bowls, the shop offers a charming array of figurines. According to Graham, owls and mugs, as well as various kinds of coin banks, are currently popular. On a mid-January Saturday morning, Michelle Burnett was there for her daughter Kyra’s birthday. “It’s her favorite thing to do,” said Burnett, noting that Kyra uses a different color scheme every time. “Typically, she paints as a gift for someone else, but I think today it’s for herself.”

Simply Pottery owner Wendy Graham, left, with her daughter, Kaitlynne Fisher.

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Member Dave Dow takes photos during a Columbus Viewfinders Photography Club outing at Anderson Falls. Photo courtesy of Columbus Viewfinders Photography Club.


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be your own ansel adams If a camera is your preferred vehicle of expression, the Columbus Viewfinders Photography Club offers opportunities to hone one’s craft and make friends with a common interest. The group meets monthly in the Xenia Miller Room at The Commons and arranges outings to such places as the architecturally renowned Castalia mansion at Harrison Lake, Anderson Falls or The Appleworks in Trafalgar. These generally occur on Saturday mornings, although members speak fondly of a stroll through downtown Columbus at night that yielded lots of great shots. Meetings, of course, deal with club business but then move on to presentations on matters of technique and equipment. The membership reflects all levels of knowledge and experience. “There’s no rulebook for photography,” said club vice president John Wart. “We can learn from everybody, including beginners.” The club’s Web presence includes Facebook, Yahoo Groups and its own website. Members have folders in which they can exhibit their work. Discussion is under way concerning a book of members’ photos of some sort that could be displayed somewhere in the city. Jana Kelly is a newcomer to the club. The Columbus East High School graduate had been on the yearbook staff and indulged her photography interest sporadically through the years. “A couple of years ago, I went back to school and took a couple of photography classes at Ivy Tech,” Kelly said. “Then a friend told me about this group.” She would like to see a future presentation on indoor lighting. Wart ponders the possibility of holding contests within the membership, based on various topics or themes.

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Annie Abrams & Matt Ryan Ceremony and reception on Sept. 1, 2012, in Brown County

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Annie Abrams and Matt Ryan met in the fall of 2009 at a costume party, and love began to bloom on their first date the following week. Two years later, Matt proposed to Annie by surprising her at her brother’s house in Madison, Wis., where she and her family were celebrating Thanksgiving. He showed up on the day after the holiday, despite having told his bride-to-be that he had to work in Chicago that weekend. The two married on Sept. 1, 2012, at Annie’s grandparents’ property in Brown County, where her parents and brother, Sam, had also married. Some of the wedding day highlights included the guest book, which was a painting of a tree by Annie’s mother, on which guests stamped their thumbprint, and Annie’s bouquet, which was wrapped in the handkerchief she wore home from the hospital as a newborn. Guest favors included stationery cards made from a watercolor painting of the wedding site by Annie’s mother. Annie, a Columbus native and the daughter of Janet Stoner and Bob Abrams, grew up in Columbus and graduated from Indiana University. Matt grew up in a suburb of Chicago, graduated from the University of Michigan and obtained a master’s degree from Northwestern University. The couple lives in Chicago. She manages business development and non-traditional revenue partnerships for Tribune Media Co. He sells corporate partnerships for Learfield Sports.


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Dancing with the Stars Jan. 19 at Clarion Hotel // Photos by Carla Clark 1. Steve Heimann and Charlotte Battin compete. 2. The crowd watches a performance. 3. Columbus Hula Honeys wore coconut bras, grass skirts and had bejeweled belly buttons. The group consisted of John Johnson, Bob Pitman, Chad Phillips, Ben Wagner, Donnie Ritzline, Scott Ballard and Chris Smith. 4. (From left) Grant and Jenna Voelz, Curt and Michelle Aton, Kim and Kord Reid, Jeff and Gloria Voelz. 5. Ashley Bear and Chris Monroe. 6. Winning team Charlie Farber and Ronda Byers. 7. (Standing, from left) Phillip Baugher, Beth and Rick Lehman, and Ray Butler. (Seated, from left) Estelle Baugher, Janie Butler, Karen and Darrell Baugher. 8. Columbus Dancing Dames. 9. Audience members join the contestants on the dance floor. 10. Don Kingen and Shayla Holtkamp. 11. Diane Clancy and Tim Cooney. 12. Tom Harmon and Tracy Souza placed second in the event.


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An Evening of Comedy IMPROV Jan. 25 at The Commons // Photos by Mickie Copeland, Ivy Tech 1. Attendees from Simmons Winery. 2. Kelly Baker, Mike Baker and Ian McGriff. 3. The audience watches a performance. 4. (From left) Amy Ables, Cindy Blavat, LeAna Matern and Therese Copeland. 5. Donations were collected throughout the evening. 6. Guests purchase drinks from a cash bar in the lobby. 7. Mark Pillar and Therese Copeland. 8. Kimberly Hoffman was called on stage. 9. Jan Banister and Lisa Westmark. 10. Teams from ComedySportz Indianapolis entertained guests. 11. (From left) Paul Hart, Susan Hart, Pam Rossetti, Mike Rossetti (wearing a bag on his head for cursing), Ike DeClue and Kelsey DeClue. 12. (From left) Melissa Bryant, Dave Donnell and Angelia Donnell.


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kidscommons Carnivale UK Feb. 9 at kidscommons // Photos by Alan Trisler 1. Jessica and Chris Stevens 2. Pia O’Connor, Gretchen Armstrong and Jeff Fetterer 3. Guests could cast votes for the celebrity chef pancake cookoff. 4. Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums players 5. John and Amber Elwood 6. Attendees mingle. 7. Brooke and Erin Hawkins 8. Julie Aton and Chris Raskob 9. Live entertainment was provided throughout the evening. 10. Auctioneer Kelly Agnew 11. Gethin Thomas and Missy Neal 12. (from left) Doug Roese, Griselda Sanchez, Varsi Weeter and Jim Weeter 13. Lisa Brueggemann and Gary Critzer 14. Group photos from the night are displayed. 15. (from left) Patrick Sabo, Mary Stroh, Beth Stroh and John Stroh


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Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Phil!Tastic Gala March 2 at The Commons // Photos by Chris Crawl and Brigitte Halvorsen 1. (from left) Graham Hawley, Emily Schultheis, Elizabeth Clerkin and Joe Giovannetti of the Singing Hoosiers. 2. Emily Schultheis and Joe Giovannetti. 3. Bottles of wine are displayed, later to be raffled off to attendees. 4. (from left) Gin-Hsien Jessica Sung, Sharon Sung, Patrick Andrews, Allison Lindhorst, Matt Miller, Mary Clerkin and Aaron Allard. 5. Singing Hoosiers Song & Dance Troupe performs. 6. Guests fill the upstairs of The Commons. 7. Stephen Zegree leads the performers.

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Spring 2013 | Compiled by Amy Norman

Calendar of Events ARTS | ENTERTAINMENT | MUSIC | OUTDOORS | SPECIAL INTERESTS *Each listing is in order by date within its coordinating category


April 10 The Design Symposium will feature leaders in design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: IUCA+D, 310 Jackson St. Information: www. April 12 Costaki Economopoulos will be the featured comedian during the Yes Comedy Showcase. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 379-1630 or April 13 Clay is everywhere, and this is an opportunity to explore its history. Participants will make some “pinch and coil” pieces using techniques employed by ancient people for thousands of years. Each participant will make two completed pieces

that can be fired at home in the regular oven or left to dry naturally. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society, 524 Third St. Information: 372-3541 or www. April 18 Learn the ancient art of woodblock printing. Draw your image, then carve and roll out ink for hand printing. Images will be available for tracing if you choose not to draw one on your own. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $5. All supplies are included. Registration required. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society, 524 Third St. Information: 372-3541 or www.

advance; $25 at the door. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 379-1630 or June 14 Don’t miss the Friday Night Cruise-In on the Hope Town Square, 615 Harrison St., Hope.

There will be games and live entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from Chop Shop Cookers with all proceeds benefiting the Community Center of Hope and the Hope Food Bank. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Information: 314-1823 or www.

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May 17 David Dyer will be the featured comedian during the Yes Comedy Showcase. Cost: $20 in

events for kids April 5 Dancers Studio presents “Fractured Fairy Tales” as part of First Fridays for Families. Enjoy a great mix-up of some children’s favorite parables. Cost: Free. Time: 6 p.m. Location: The Commons, 300 Washington St. Information: 376-2539 or June 20 Derek Dye presents his signature show, a mix of hilarious physical comedy, magic, juggling, balancing, stilts and more at the Noon Kids event from noon to 1 p.m. Dye is a graduate of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College. His shows feature stories from the big top to the big leagues. Location: Donner Park shelter house, 22nd and Sycamore streets. Cost: Free. Information: 376-2539 or Photo by Brian Kelly

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RJ Cowdry performs at Jacksson Contemporary Art Gallery on June 11


April 6 In her last appearance in Columbus, Jane Dutton brought down the house as Carmen. She has performed at the Met and appears in opera houses and concert halls around the globe. She returns to perform with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic in Elgar’s “Sea Pictures” and with the solo quartet and Philharmonic Chorus in Beethoven’s masterpiece “The Ninth.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: start at $10. Location: Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110 or April 7 Tobias Horn, a German concert organist at the Stadtkirche in Besigheim, Germany, will perform as part of the First Presbyterian Music Series. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 512 Seventh St. Information: 372-3783 or April 10 “Americana Downtown,” hosted by Tim Grimm, will feature Jon Brooks. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 to $15 suggested donation. Location: Jacksson Contemporary Art Gallery, 1030 Jackson St. April 14 The Annie Moses Band is leading an artistic renaissance through musical excellence, strength of family and a message of faith, inspiring all generations to join in the discipline, beauty and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.

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Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Information: 379-4491. April 21 The First Presbyterian Music Series presents the Adult Choir Concert. Time: 9:30 a.m. Cost: Free. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 512 Seventh St. Information: 372-3783 or April 23-24 The sensational new stage production of “Dreamgirls” showcases powerful vocals, dynamic characters and a spectacular musical score. Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, “Dreamgirls” tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s singing girl group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $38 to $62. Location: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Information: 812-855-1103 or April 26 Taylor Swift brings her Red Tour to Indianapolis. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $42.40 to $100.20. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: April 27 The fiery and dynamic violinist Susie Park returns to perform with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic in an evening of famous love stories and romantic music. Performances include Dvorak, “Romance for

Violin”; Tchaikovsky, “Romeo and Juliet”; and Saraste, “Carmen Fantasy.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Starting at $10. Location: Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Information: 3762638 or April 28 Don’t miss the Columbus Symphony Orchestra concert “Pictures at an Exhibition,” featuring guest artist Andrew Lunsford, tenor. Operatic arias and Beethoven’s overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus” will be performed. Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Judson Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. April 30 “Americana Downtown,”

hosted by Tim Grimm, will feature Laurie McClain. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 to $15 suggested donation. Location: Jacksson Contemporary Art Gallery, 1030 Jackson St. May 11 The St. Bartholomew Concert Series presents “Ivory Keys,” featuring pianist Ray Kilburn, a Ball State University faculty member. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Information: 379-9353, ext. 237 or May 24 The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic presents “Salute,” a free, hometown concert in honor of


those who have served and who serve in the United States Armed Forces. There will be great music, inspiring performances and “The 1812 Overture” complete with cannon fire. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. Information: 3762636, ext. 110 or May 25 “Americana Downtown,” hosted by Tim Grimm, will feature Ben Bedford. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $12 to $15 suggested donation. Location: Jacksson Contemporary Art Gallery, 1030 Jackson St. June 6 The Jai Baker Band performs as part of the JCB Neighborfest. The Jai Baker Band blends country, pop and rock to create a musical style everyone can enjoy. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: 300 block of Washington Street in front of The Commons. June 9 “The Sounds of Summer” concert by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will feature

classic hits by the R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire arranged for orchestra by IU student Nicholas Hersh as well as music by Indiana legends like Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter and Michael Jackson. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 seniors. Location: Mill Race Park amphitheater, Lindsey Street. June 11 “Americana Downtown,” hosted by Tim Grimm, will feature RJ Cowdry. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 to $15 suggested donation. Location: Jacksson Contemporary Art Gallery, 1030 Jackson St. June 14 The Mormon Tabernacle Choir stops in Indianapolis. The choir will draw on its vast repertoire, which ranges from Bach to Broadway. The concert will feature choral masterworks, American folk music, hymns, music from around the world and patriotic music. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 to $65. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: www.

April 5-7 The third annual Hope Civil War Days will feature the 11th Indiana re-enactors encampment, living history portrayals and a cemetery tour. Information: May 25-Sept. 2 Imagine a world with humanoid automatons translating languages, landspeeders and X-wing fighters. The Indiana State Museum explores these futuristic technologies as it welcomes “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.” The exhibit explores the Star Wars films, the real science behind them, and the research that could lead to real-life versions of the technologies seen in the film. Props and costumes will be featured from all six Star Wars films, including a full-size replica of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon from Episode IV, providing a “jump to light speed” experience for small groups of visitors at a time. Cost: $10 per person plus the cost of general museum admission. Location: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: 317-232-1637 or May 26 Don’t miss the Hope Arts & Antiques Fair featuring artisans, antiques and primitives on the Hope Town Square.

Mason jars hang on a fence prop during the 2011 Hope Arts & Antiques Fair

May 30 If you are a cheese lover, this class is for you. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the cheese-making process as well as make and take home two varieties. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $10. Materials are included and samples will be abundant. Registration required. Location: Henry Breeding Farm, 13730 N. Road 100W, Edinburgh. Information: 372-3541. June 8 “A Country Gathering” is a festive gathering of more than 35 antiques dealers with folk art, perennials, garden architecture, pottery, food and more. Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Nichols & Dimes Antiques, 101 Pennsylvania, Elizabethtown. Information: 812-579-5267.

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April 13 Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Caring Parents Don’t Shake Run/Walk, featuring a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk and a free kids fun run. Run/walk courses are all USATF certified. There will be an indoor warm-up/cool-down area with participant amenities, such as stretching, blood pressure checks and massages. Cost: Early bird registration is $15 or $20 with an event T-shirt (wicking shirt upgrade available) or day of race is $20 or $25 (shirts as available). Register online at Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Southside El-

ementary School, 1320 W. Road 200S. Information: 372-3745. April 27 The Run for the Ivy 5K features kids activities, a kids run, a course certified by USA Track & Field and recognized by Road Runners Club of America. Time: 8 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $20 by April 5; $25 after April 5. Fee includes a dri-fit T-shirt, but a T-shirt is not guaranteed for registrations after April 5. Location: Ivy Tech Community College, 4475 Central Ave. Information: 374-5342 or

Run for the Ivy 5K returns on April 27

April 27-May 25 Purchase fresh produce and plants grown by local farmers and gardeners at the Columbus Spring Farmers Market. Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday. Location: Fourth Street between Jackson and Washington streets. May 2-3 The 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo is the exciting start to the Mini-Marathon weekend. All participants are required to pick up race packets and goody bags. There will be no race day packet pick-up. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Location: Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Information: May 4 The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon isn’t just for runners and walkers. Come down to the post-race party and cheer on the thousands of participants as they cross the finish line. Many activities are planned for all ages in addition to live music and a variety of food vendors. Location: Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Information: The Finish Line 500 Festival 5K uses the same start/finish line as the mini, but it carries a strict 56-minute time limit for completion. Cost: $40. Information: mini-marathon/5K. May 10 Don’t miss the Friday Night

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Cruise-In on the Hope Town Square, 615 Harrison St., Hope. There will be games and live entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from Chop Shop Cookers with all proceeds benefiting the Community Center of Hope and the Hope Food Bank. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Information: 314-1823 or www. May 17-18 The Relay for Life is an overnight community gathering giving everyone the opportunity to fight cancer and save lives. Time: 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. Location: Columbus East High School athletic field, 230 S. Marr Road. Information: 376-6781 or June 1 Enjoy the 14th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival, an award-winning festival promoting Indiana wine and food. Enjoy live music by Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, Jennie Devoe and Casey James. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 in advance; $25 at the gate. Location: Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Information: June 1 – Sept. 21 At the Columbus Farmers Market, purchase fresh produce grown by local farmers and gardeners, fresh-cut flowers, herbs, home-baked goods including gluten-free, coffee, tea, lemon shake-ups, local art, jewelry and mosaics while enjoying music

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by local and regional musicians. Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday. Location: Cummins parking lot between Brown and Lindsey streets. Information: 371-3780 or columbusfarmers

Indianapolis 500 events May 12 The Indianapolis 500 Opening Day features a Dallara DW 12 development panel Q&A, pace car presentation and practice starting at noon. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $10; free for children 12 and younger. Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis. Information: May 18 Enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast, take a lap around the famed oval, tour the garages and experience Pole Day qualifying for the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $60. Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis. Information: www.indianapolismotor May 25 Get into the spirit of the Indy 500 at the IPL 500 Festival Parade as it celebrates 55 years of tradition. Time: Noon. Location: Downtown Indianapolis. Information:

The Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is known as the place to see the stars. The black-tie party includes red carpet arrivals by celebrities in town for race weekend and special VIP guests. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $275. Location: Indiana Roof Ballroom. Information: May 22 Feel like an Indy car driver as you take a lap around the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $8 per person in advance; $10 per person at the gate; children 6 and younger free. May 26 Get ready for an exciting race as the Indianapolis 500 continues to be “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Time: Gates open at 6 a.m.; racing begins at noon. Tickets: $20 to $150. Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Information: www.indianapolismotor

June 15 Grab your best girlfriends and ride for a good cause, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services in Columbus, during the Girlfriend Ride. There are three rides to choose from: the 10K Pixie Tour, the 25K Pageboy Tour and the 50K Home Perm Tour. Time: 7:30 a.m. Location: Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. Information: June 15 Don’t miss the “Smoke on the Square” in Hope. Mark your calendars barbecue lovers and cookers for the third annual barbecue competition. It is open to all levels of competitors cooking with wood, not gas. Prizes will be awarded in four categories. Entry forms are available by contacting the Community Center of Hope. A pulled pork meal will be available for purchase. There will be activities, vendors and entertainment. Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information: 812-546-4499, 812-314-1823 or

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A Look Back

Sweet Delivery Ice cream delivered door-to-door was the order of the day for Robert “Bob” Ponsler, who used a custom-made scooter to sell his sweet wares on the streets of Columbus in the 1940s and ’50s. The Republic file photo. Details provided by Harry McCawley.

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