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Victorian tea at Scribner House

A News and Tribune Publication

DECEMBER 1, 2016 — Issue 140

unplug &


Save your sanity with less screen time


Southern Indiana Foodie Fest


Jason Thomas


Claire White


Elizabeth Beilman



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Carrie Klaus, owner of Inner Spring Yoga, recommends unplugging from technology and cellphone use in order to better our minds and bodies. | STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH HICKS


More interesting stories around Southern Indiana.

Disconnect in order to reconnect


riter Elizabeth Beilman asks a told Beilman in today’s centerpiece. poignant question right off the bat in It’s also in the spirit of being healthy. Mental this issue’s cover story. health is every bit as important as physical I’ll let you flip the pages to find out what that health, in my book. The immediacy of technolois, but my answer used to be: my cellphone. gy combined with the almost insatiable desire to Electronic screens dominate our lives. We document all our moments on social media can view life’s unforgettable moments through a cause anxiety and stress. Viewing others’ social four-inch screen on our phones instead of with media posts — most of which inflate a person’s JASON THOMAS our own eyes. The desire to capture the photo actual happiness — can stir jealousy and envy. SoIn Editor and share it on social media trumps being Veronica Medina, assistant professor of present in the moment. Life is boiled down to sociology at Indiana University Southeast, said Instagram filters and crushed into cellphone apps that the use of mobile devices and the internet have become exponentially detach us from experiences and blot out ubiquitous parts of our lives. relationships. Give your mind — and body — a break this holiday Someday — if it hasn’t already — technology will season, and start a tradition that you can integrate into take over your soul. your daily life. But there is hope. You can remove yourself from the Be present in the moment. addicting lure of being glued to your phone or computer. All it takes is discipline and perspective. Yoga instructor — Jason Thomas is the editor of SoIn. He can be reached by Carrie Klaus is proof. “Unplugging” from technology, to phone at 812-206-2127 or email at Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopThomas. be mindful in the moment, is in the spirit of yoga, Klaus

Guided by the glow of candlelight SOIN THE KNOW

• WHAT: Christmas Candlelight Tours

• WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10

• WHERE: The Historic John

Work House at Tunnel Mill, 3709 Tunnel Mill Road, Charlestown • INFO: Christmas Candlelight Tours will take place at the Historic John Work House at Historic Tunnel Mill in Charlestown, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. Tours of the historic house will be conducted throughout the evening. The John Work House, a National Register of Historic Places site, was built in 1811 and is currently undergoing restoration. The house will be decorated in a fashion appropriate to the early 19th century and illuminated with over 70 hand dipped candles. Costumed re-enactors will be in and around the house interpreting life in the historic period. Shop for unique historical items in the gift shop as well.

There is no charge for the tours; however, a small donation for the restoration project is encouraged. Cookies and hot drinks will be provided as long as they last. Off-and-on interpretive programs throughout the night will include live historical music, historic holiday traditions, and much more. This interpretive program is sponsored by Taylor Rose Historical Outfitters.

Early Indiana pioneer, John D. Work came to Clark County in 1804 to start a new life for himself and his family, according to Tunnel Mill’s website. The Historic John Work House at Tunnel Mill is located at 3709 Tunnel Mill Road in Charlestown. Find it under Historic Tunnel Mill on Facebook to learn more, or visit





Where to go and be seen in Southern Indiana

TOAST THE SCRIBNERS • WHAT: Victorian Tea and tour the Scribner House

• WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 • WHERE: Scribner House, 106 E. Main St., New

Albany The Piankeshaw Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host the tea and tours of the Scribner House with tea and refreshments. The house will be filled with salon music. The gift shop will be open with special Scribner House gifts. The tea is held as a way to thank the community for their support of Scribner House. This event will give you an opportunity to tour the Scribner House and help preserve New Albany’s oldest house. There will be no charge; however, donations are appreciated.





• WHAT: Holiday Pops Spectacular concert • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 3 p.m. Sun-

day, Dec. 4 • WHERE: Ogle Center’s Stem Concert Hall at IUS, 4201 Grant Line Road • INFO: Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 door, $10 for students; available at the Ogle Center ticket office by calling 812-941-2525, or online at The Ogle Center will present the IU Southeast Music Department’s annual Holiday Pops Spectacular. With performances by the IUS Orchestra, Concert Choir & Community Chorus, and Concert Band, the theme of the program is “A Christmas Memory.” The journey will be guided by none other than Mrs. Claus. 

• WHAT: Family Yoga Day • WHEN: 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 • WHERE: Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville.

• INFO: Call 812-285-5635; registration requested This class will be led by Tami Sue Combs, Yoga4Cancer Teacher. Enjoy the benefits of yoga with your entire family. Introducing your children to the practices of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation will provide them with the tools to focus energy and creativity. Children and adults will learn how to understand their emotions and control their reactions to life’s challenges. This class is for ages 6 and up; exceptions made for younger children who already practice yoga.

GOTTA GO: Interested in seeing your event in our 3 To Go? Email SoIn Editor Jason Thomas at

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Carrie Klaus, owner of Inner Spring Yoga, meditates at her studio in Jeffersonville. She also has a studio in New Albany. | STAFF PHOTOS BY JOSH HICKS

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THERN INDIANA — What’s the t thing you do when you wake up in morning? y, the answer is roll over and grab one from your bedside table. hat New Albany resident Carrie oo. Checking Facebook was how er brain up — but it didn’t elicit a nse. up being angry or annoyed or frusre I even got out of bed,” Klaus said. a year now since Klaus began her y. Her phone is no longer in her ut in a different part of the house, sn’t touch it for the first hour of the

start my day off in a more peacean kind of stay in that mind frame a lot longer a lot easier than if I start scrolling through the phone ” Klaus said. “I feel like I’m able s roll off my back a little bit easi-

d owner of Inner Spring Yoga in ndiana, Klaus considers it a practice of yoga. a practice is about being mindful paying attention to things that are rs and paying attention to the ways o situations throughout your day,” “And I think when we unplug and arting from that already reactionhelps continue that practice of s.”


• 84 percent of cell phone users say they cannot go a day without their mobile devices • 67 percent of users check their phones, even when they haven’t heard an alert or felt a vibration • 88 percent of those with cell phones check their devices while watching television • One in three people feel worse after visiting their Facebook news feeds — Information from becoming

Suffering from the screen It probably comes as no surprise that too much screen time — whether it’s cellphones, tablets, computers and television — can cause negative health consequences. A recent report estimates Americans spend more than 10 hours each day consuming media. Poor posture and a sore neck from looking at our phones are among the physical concerns. The light emitted from devices can disrupt our sleep patterns, too. But the social, emotional and mental consequences are probably the most significant. Veronica Medina, assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University Southeast, said the use of mobile devices and the internet have become ubiquitous parts of our lives. “One of the things that we are noticing as we

Carrie Klaus, owner of Inner Spring Yoga, instructs a class at her studio in Jeffersonville. transition from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy is the work culture has become 24-7,” said Medina, who is a work in occupations scholar. Everything we do now is portable, which means our work isn’t confined to our office. Most everyone has internet connection in their homes. Architects are now adding home offices to building designs. “It has a lot to do with these unspoken expectations that the work we do now is work we can do almost everywhere,” Medina said.

The rise of cellphones further contributes to our need to plug in. Employees can be reached at any hour of the day. On the social side of things, platforms like Facebook or Instagram can set unrealistically high expectations for ourselves, for example. “We know for the most part that people try to put their best foot forward on social media,” Medina said.


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A Carnegie Center Family Fun Workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

Recycling holiday spirit

Looking for a few holiday craft ideas or a way to make something special with the kids? Consider attending the Carnegie Center for Art and History’s free Family Fun Workshop: “Insideout Magazine Tree or Coiled Paper Snowman.” The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10. These two projects are perfectly in tune with the spirit of the season and they are made mostly from recycled materials. The first project is the “Inside-out Magazine Tree” and is a great way to reuse old magazines to create a festive tree decoration that you can customize with glitter, beads, and more. Our second craft, the “Coiled Paper Snowman” is another project that mostly uses pages from old periodicals, felt, pipe cleaners, beads, and tape to construct this beloved winter image. Come and let Kyle DeJute and Alyson Thiel show you how to make them. These projects are easy to do and a great way to share time together. Supplies will be provided. The Family Fun Workshops are free to the public, but registration is requested. Email


• WHAT: Family Fun Workshop

• WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Dec. 10 • WHERE: Carnegie Center for Art and History, 201 E. Spring St., New Albany

BOOKS: DEC. 6 é “The Undoing Project” by Michael Lewis “A Season for the Ages” by Al Yellon

Find a food favorite at Foodie Fest SOIN THE KNOW

• WHAT: Southern Indiana Foodie Fest

• WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

• WHERE: Kye’s I and II, 500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville

Delesha Thomas at dthomas@ or call 812944-7336. Children must be accompanied by parent or care giver. Please arrive by 11:30 AM to have time to complete the projects. The Carnegie Center for Art and History, a department of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, is a contemporary art gallery and history museum that offers a full schedule of changing exhibitions, the New Albany Public Art Project, and other educational programs. The Carnegie Center is located at 201 E. Spring St., New Albany. The Carnegie Center for Art and History is fully accessible. Admission is free. For more information on exhibits and events, please visit and nacarnegie.

• INFO: Cost is $20, visit

Southern Indiana Eats ‘n Treats is hosting the Southern Indiana Foodie Fest from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, sponsored by the Town of Clarksville and the City of Jeffersonville. The event will take place at Kye’s I and II, 500 Missouri Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130. The purpose of the event is to highlight local restaurants, spotlight local food and give back to our community. Proceeds from this event will be divided up between four local organizations to help provide food for the holidays: Exit O, Clark County Youth Shelter, Center for Women and Families and the Boys and Girls Club of New Albany. Come out and show your support for local restaurants as they spotlight their specialty: food. Sample food

from various local restaurants and get some much-needed holiday shopping done with the availability of gift cards from your local food favorite’s booth. There will be live music from Southern Sirens and Haley Shields with guest performance by Jackson Snelling. The event also includes door prizes, cash bar and more to entertain throughout the evening. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at Participating restaurants: Ann’s by the River; Asian Buffet; Bubba’s 33; Café on Meigs; Champion Grille at

Clarion; Cluckers; Couvert; Davis Nursery & Country Market; Harley’s Hardwoodz BBQ; HobKnob Coffee Co.; Honey Creme Donut Shop; Hoopsters; Hooters, Naila’s Caribbean Cuisine; Portage House; River City Winery; Rail’s Craft Brew and Eatery; Sam’s Food and Spirits; Sweets by Morgan; The Olivet; The Red Yeti; Too Tired Bike & Bean; With Love Fudge & Sweets; Zaxby’s Southern Indiana. For more information, visit soin or contact So In Media Group at 812-786-2224.



LOCAL SOIN HAPPENINGS Feeling left out? Send your establishment’s and/or organization’s upcoming events/new features/entertainment information to SoIn Editor Jason Thomas at jason.thomas@


• WHERE: Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards • WHEN/WHO: 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3: Josh and Holly; Sunday, Dec. 4: Me and You


• WHAT: Live on State • WHERE: Wick’s, 225 State St., New Albany

Friday, Dec. 2: Wicked Fridays featuring DJ Mpose; Saturday, Dec. 3: Wax Factory; Friday, Dec. 9: Wicked Fridays featuring DJ Mpose; Saturday, Dec. 10: The Killer Lips; Friday, Dec. 16: Wicked Fridays featuring DJ Mpose; Saturday, Dec. 17: Bella Blue Band; Friday, Dec. 23: Ugly Sweater Party with Juice Box Heroes; Saturday, Dec. 24: DJ Dance Party with DJ Mpose; Friday, Dec. 30: Wicked Fridays featuring DJ Mpose; Saturday, Dec. 31: Rachel Timberlake


• WHAT: Entertainment at the American Legion • WHERE: Bonnie Sloan American Legion, 1930 McDonald

Lane, New Albany Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7:15 to 10:15 p.m., Bingo


• WHAT: Live country music • WHEN: Shows start at 7:30 p.m. • WHERE: 220 Hurst Lane, Corydon • INFO: Admission, adults $12; children 6-12, $7; under 6,

free. For tickets call 812-734-6288. Saturday, Dec. 3: Christy Miller, Brady Meenach and Eddie Barber; Saturday, Dec. 10: Mike Boughey, Josh McMillan and David Graves; Saturday, Dec. 17: Christmas Show: Amber Martin, Glen Rice, Clinton Spaulding, Natalie Berry and Santa; Saturday, Dec. 24: Closed; Saturday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration: Ricky Puckett, Tiffany Puckett and David Graves


• WHAT: Live music at River City Winery, 321 Pearl St., New Albany

• WHEN/WHO: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3: Dean Heckel • ABOUT: River City offers 30 varieties of wine, ranging from sweet, dry and unique seasonal wines. In addition, it offers a full-service restaurant with creative entrees, including its signature brick oven pizza. • INFO:


• WHAT: Victorian Tea and tour of the Scribner House

• WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 • WHERE: Scribner House, 106 E. Main St., New Albany

The Piankeshaw Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host an old fashion Victorian Tea and tour of the Scribner House from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. The house is located at 106 E. Main St., New Albany. Tours of the Scribner House will start at 1 p.m. Tea & refreshments will be served. The house will be filled with salon music. The gift shop will be open with special Scribner House gifts including the book, “The Scribner House of New Albany,” Scribner House Coloring Book and Scribner House ornament for your holiday shopping. The tea is held as a way to thank the community for their support of Scribner House. This event will give you an opportunity to tour the Scribner House & help preserve New Albany’s oldest house. There will be no charge, however, donations are appreciated. Recently the restoration of the outside of the house has been completed and work will begin on the inside in 2017.




• WHAT: Third Annual Holiday Festival and Craft Show • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 • WHERE: Silver Creek High School, 557 Renz Ave., Sellers-

burg The Silver Creek High School Band will be hosting the Third Annual Holiday Festival and Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the high school; 557 Renz Ave., Sellersburg. There will be more than 60 craft vendor booths along with concerts throughout the day in the auditorium and gymnasium by the Silver Creek High School and Middle School Band and Choir. The Band Boosters will be serving lunch in the cafeteria. Come out and support the Silver Creek Band and Choir program and our 60 plus local craft and direct sales booths. There will be something there for everyone on your shopping list.


All signs point to a great year, and we have customers like you to thank for it! We greatly appreciate your support and we look forward to your continued friendship.

• WHAT: Wreath making class • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 • WHERE: Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds, 9608 Ind. 62,

Charlestown The Sunnyside Master Gardeners are offering a wreath making class, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds, 9608 Highway 62, Charlestown. With the assistance of Sunnyside Master Gardeners, master your talents at wreath-making using a large variety of fresh holiday greens, cones, berries and dried materials that come from the Master Gardeners’ own landscapes and gardens. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The fee, which includes a ribbon, is $20 when you bring back a prior years’ wreath form or $25 when you purchase a new reusable wreath form at the door. For more information, visit floyd (click on Wreath Making Class) or contact the Purdue Extension Service, Floyd County at 812-948-5470 or at

We wish you and yours all the best this holiday!


UNPLUG: Owner says unplugging helps us become better problem-solvers CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Restoring

relationships Interacting through screens instead of face to face means our relationships can suffer, too. Things like body language and tone, crucial components to communication, are lost in cyberspace. So, what does that mean for our health? “It doesn’t matter whether it’s work or out social interactions ... I think one of the consequences of being plugged in is a heightened sense of anxiety,” Medina said. Unplugging keeps us away from that anxiety. It also helps us become better problem-solvers, Medina said.

“We’re not able to let our imaginations run wild” when we fill empty time with technology, she said. “Play for children is important in development ... but adults have to play, too. They have to have some sort of release to build that creativity.” Like anything else, Medina suggests exercising moderation when it comes to plugging into the matrix. Moderation is what the Klaus family practices in their household. They have a zero phone policy for dinner time and after 9 p.m. Klaus said a couple times a year, they go on Facebook vacations. She thinks of it as a health practice. “Just consider it a way of taking care of yourself, the same way you would take a hot bath after you’ve had a long day,” she said.

LEFT, TOP AND BOTTOM: Carrie Klaus, owner of Inner Spring Yoga instructs a class at her studio in Jeffersonville. She also has a studio in New Albany. | STAFF PHOTOS BY JOSH HICKS

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