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Otis Todd’s Garage Jams We Got It!

Indiana’s Cultural District Designation

Brooms are Back in Brown County

Community Closet Meeting the Needs And: Winter Sampling the Music Scene Winter Wellness The New Year BETA Moves



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MORGANTOWN Sheep Street Fibers Antiques Co-op House of Clocks Jeepers Miniatures Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides


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Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm Elizabeth O’Rear Studio



Hoosier Artist Gallery

The Bookloft


The Candy Dish Smashing Designs The Harvest Preserve A Dreamer’s Gallery

Brown Co Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

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Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Wishful Thinking moved two blocks south

Main Street Shops


Gold &Old

McGinley Insurance

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Redbud Terrace Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Brown Co Craft Gallery

Broomcorn Johnny’s

Weed Patch Music Co.

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

MAIN STREET Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Gallery and Cottages

Iris Garden Gallery


Village Green Bldg.

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Pit Bull Leather Bedazzled Jewelry J Bob’s

Brown County History Center

GOULD STREET Brown County Rock & Fossil Shop

Norma Reigle Palm & Tarot


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Honeysuckle Hideaway

Granny’s Christmas Shop Mercantile Store The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

Main Street Images

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

The Woodlands Gallery


Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

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Masonic Lodge

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The Salvation Army

Michael’s Massage

White Sands Boutique

Melchior Marionettes

September Elm

Brown Co Playhouse Jack & Jill Nut Shop

58 South Apparel

New Leaf Amy Greely


Ole House

Primitive Spirit

Brown County IGA Brown Co Inn Harvest Dining Room Bear Hardware • Comfort Inn Corn Crib Lounge Willow Manor Apartments Brown Co Community YMCA


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Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Winery



Salt Creek Inn Casa del Sol

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

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Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct August Moon

Rhonda Kay’s

The Ordinary

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Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop-Community Closet


Nashville BP

Schwab’s Fudge Abe’s Alley PITTMAN HOUSE LANE

Peg Ann’s Boutique

FRANKLIN STREET Life is Good Calvin Place JB Goods


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Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders Nashville Image Old Time Photos For Bare Feet • The Purple Fig All About Dogs Brown Co Weavery & Roots Paint Box Gallery, The Clay Purl The Menagerie Head to Toe • K. Bellum Leather Peaceful Valley Arts & CraftsGallery Brown Co. Pottery Ferguson House

Antique Alley


Our Brown County ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op.............................46 Brown Co Antique Mall................52 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Elegant Options............................38 Nashville General Store...............34 Townhouse Gifts...........................35 Wandering Past Antiques...........53


Antique Alley Shops.....................53 Antiques Co-op.............................46 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bear Hardware..............................48 Brown Co Antique Mall................52 Brown Co Art Gallery...................29 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................52 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Elegant Options............................38 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Hoosier Artist Gallery..................29 Iris Garden Gallery........................47 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County................25 Wandering Past Antiques...........53 The Woodlands Gallery...............55


The Bookloft..................................52 September Elm.............................27


58 South Apparel..........................27 Antique Alley Shops.....................53 Bear Hardware..............................48 Thrift Shop-Community Closet..23 Head Over Heels...........................47 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............19 Male Instinct..................................53 Peg Ann’s Boutique......................23 Pit Bull Leather Co........................48 Sports Etc.......................................47 White Sands Boutique.................38

CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS Antique Alley Shops.....................53 Antiques Co-op.............................46 August Moon.................................27 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bone Appetit Bakery....................52 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..43 Brown Co Craft Gallery................52 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....47 Brown Co Visitors Center.............13 Carol’s Crafts..................................43 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 The Clay Purl..................................21 Country Mouse Weaving.............21 A Dreamer’s Gallery.......................3 Elegant Options............................38 The Ferguson House....................17 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................17 Granny’s Christmas Shop............51 Head Over Heels...........................47 Homestead Weaving Studio.......21 Hoosier Artist Gallery..................29 House of Clocks.............................46 Iris Garden Gallery........................47 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................24 Jeepers Miniatures.......................46 K. Bellum Leather.........................21 Main Street Images......................24 Male Instinct..................................53 Mercantile Store...........................51 Nashville General Store...............34 New Leaf.........................................29 Oak Grove Pottery........................21 Ole House.......................................33 Papertrix.........................................33 Pit Bull Leather Co........................48 Primitive Spirit..............................28 Rhonda Kay’s.................................27 September Elm.............................27 Sheep Street Fibers......................46 Smashing Designs..........................3

Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................21 Sports Etc.......................................47 Sweetwater Gallery......................19 Townhouse Gifts...........................35 The Toy Chest................................43 Wishful Thinking...........................53 The Woodlands Gallery...............55


Brown County Playhouse............54 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....47 kidscommons................................35 Monroe Music Park.........................4 Muddy Boots Cafe........................23 Pine Room Tavern.........................23 Rawhide Ranch.............................48


Abe Martin Lodge.........................45 Artists Colony Inn.........................43 Bloomingfoods.............................42 Brown Co IGA................................45 Brown Co Inn.................................14 Brown Co Winery..........................49 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....35 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................23 Chateau Thomas Winery.............52 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........59 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................35 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........48 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................49 Hotel Nashville..............................59 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................24 McDonald’s....................................52 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................23 Nashville BP...................................33 Nashville Candy Store..................47 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............60 Nashville General Store...............34 Nashville House............................14 Ole House.......................................33

Advertiser Index The Ordinary..................................14 Pine Room Tavern.........................23 Pizza King.......................................53 Schwab’s Fudge.............................38 Seasons...........................................14 That Sandwich Place....................53 The Wild Olive...............................51


The Ferguson House....................17 Wandering Past Antiques...........53 The Woodlands Gallery...............55


Bear Hardware..............................48


Head Over Heels...........................47 K. Bellum Leather.........................21


Antique Alley Shops.....................53 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Brown Co Antique Mall................52 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Ferguson House............................17 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................17 Grasshopper Flats.........................19 Hoosier Artist Gallery..................29 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................24 Main Street Images......................24 New Leaf.........................................29 Ole House.......................................33 Peg Ann’s Boutique......................23 Rhonda Kay’s.................................27 September Elm.............................27 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........38 White Sands Boutique.................38


Abe Martin Lodge.........................45 Artists Colony Inn.........................43 The Brick Lodge............................59 Brown Co Inn.................................14 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................41

eXplore Brown County................25 Forest Hills Apartments...............25 Green Valley Lodge......................33 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................42 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..42 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Honeysuckle Hideaway...............52 Hotel Nashville..............................59 Lodge on the Mountain...............53 The North House...........................59 Rawhide Ranch.............................48 Salt Creek Inn................................52 Seasons...........................................14 Willow Manor Apartments..........28


Bill Monroe Museum......................4


Bone Appetit Bakery....................52


B3 Gallery.......................................18 Hoosier Artist Gallery..................29 Main Street Images......................24 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................21


eXplore Brown County................25 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............18 Rawhide Ranch.............................48


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................55 Brown Co Health & Living...........42 Brown Co Visitors Center.............13 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........55 Michael’s Massage Therapy........25 Nashville BP...................................33


Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Robert Adair-Woodworking Baldwin Tree Service Bean Blossom Antiques

Bright & Williamson Insurance Broomcorn Johnny’s Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Elmore Painting Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Fruitdale Market Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Rustic Realty and Rentals Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store Mike Nickels Log Homes Norma Reigle-Palm and Tarot


Head Over Heels...........................47 K. Bellum Leather.........................21


Bone Appetit Bakery....................52 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..43 Carol’s Crafts..................................43 Fireplace Center............................38 Granny’s Christmas Shop............51 House of Clocks.............................46 K. Bellum Leather.........................21 Male Instinct..................................53 Pit Bull Leather Co........................48 Primitive Spirit..............................28 Sheep Street Fibers......................46 Sports Etc.......................................47 The Toy Chest................................43 Weed Patch Music Company........2 Wishful Thinking...........................53


Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Hoosier Artist Gallery..................29 Sweetwater Gallery......................19


Artists Colony Inn.........................43 eXplore Brown County................25 Hotel Nashville..............................60

Cover photo by Cindy Steele Otis Todd’s garage jam.

15 Otis Todd’s Garage Jams ~by Bill Weaver 20 Broomcorn Johnny’s ~by Julia Pearson 26 Sampler takes in the Music Scene 32 Community Closet

~by Karen Farley

40 We Got It!—The State Designation 44 A Winter Warm Up ~by Lee Edgren

50 Winter ~by Jim Eagleman

58 Happy? New Year ~by Henry Swain

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Contributors 11 Subscribe Where Is It? Contest Note from the Editor Photos–BETA teens Calendar of Entertainment/Events Coloring Contest


Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435

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Bill Weaver is an author and radio personality currently living in Bloomington. He’s published The College of Beer: The Story of Nick’s English Hut, and numerous zines including ER, D’KNOW, and The New York Squid. He writes for Our Brown County, IntoArt, and the Bloomington Herald-Times Homes section. He maintains a website of short stories called The Liars Bunch at <www.liarsbunch.com>. He’s known as Gus Travers, the co-host of WFHB’s The Dark End of the Street. Cindy Steele is the publisher and editor of this magazine. She works out of her home in Helmsburg, producing most of the ads and layout herself. She started a second publication in 2004 called INto Art that focuses on fine arts and crafts in this region. She consults with her son Evan Markley on photo choices and ad designs. Her friend Otis hosts a jam session every Thursday where she pretends to play the banjo or guitar and sings. Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max. Julia Pearson is the Museum Director for the Brown County Historical Society. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Bloomington. Julia is human interest editor and writer for a Secular Franciscan magazine, and is currently writing a column entitled “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat. She loves traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes worldwide, especially with her children and grandchildren. The Sampler was found in a basket on the back step of a French Restaurant in Mobile, Alabama. Raised in the kitchen, he eventually mastered every phase of the restaurant business and went on to study haute cuisine in French Lick, IN. His writing career collided with his culinary interests when, over coffee and pie one day, a friend asked him to describe a recently-opened bistro. He currently lives in a defunct hot dog wagon near Brown County State Park.

Henry “Hank” Swain moved to Brown County with his bride Mardi in 1947. He supported a family of five daughters by building homes. Hank’s books Leaves for the Raking, and Why Now? are bi-products of writing for Our Brown County. He has served the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville United Methodist Green Room class, the Bloomington Society of Friends, League of Women Voters, and WRAPS (Writers, Readers and Poets Society). You will sometimes find him relaxing in his kayak on Salt Creek.

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Jim Eagleman is a 37 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 34 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.


Lee Edgren, writing since kindergarten, attended journalism school at the University of Michigan. Her career includes writing for a newspaper, for a government agency, and for UM Medical Center. She became seriously interested in yoga during the late 1980s and traveled widely. Lee has a master’s degree in Wellness Management from Ball State University. She lives in both in Brown County and in northern Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio.

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Karen Farley and her husband Ken recently moved to Nashville from Columbus. She is mother of three, stepmom of four, and grandmother of nine. Karen’s passion for writing began in her twenties when she wrote poems to her daughters. Married for twenty years, she wrote a book about second marriages and contributes to several national magazines.

featured photographs

The Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association, Inc. (BETA) provided the photos for this issue from their after school program. Teens from the Brown County Junior High and High Schools took photographs on a mid-October day. The photos were made into greeting cards and were sold at the Brown County Winter Art and Craft Fair at the Seasons in November. The sample includes work by Braedon Jones, Kaitlyn Spires, Alicia Clemins, Kara Hacker, Kirstin Stratton, Amber Brown, and Lakota Gilles. (pictures on page 30–31)

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• The Where Is It? A photo of John Mills in his Brown County Pottery shop. Jenny Sue Whetstine guessed it first. • Delaney Felts from Shelbyville won the Coloring Contest.

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UR BROWN COUNTY evolved from a monthly to a bi-monthly magazine in 2008. Even though I have an extra month now to gather all the articles, ads, and photos I still feel the same degree of deadline panic. Will I make it? Will I make an error? Fear keeps me on edge until I see the magazines come off the delivery truck. I grab one right away and glance through the finished product. If there is an error it usually jumps right in my face. Why didn’t I see the problem before I sent the files to the printer? And why is it so easy to see everyone else’s boo-boos, but not your own? (I always notice things in the newspaper like the John Davis who got the key to Nashville is not the same John Davis that owns the IGA.) If I had a second proofreader check the work of the first proofreader there would still be a chance for error. The chances are infinite for error on our end. And the printer can make errors, too. The most visible one happened during the beginning years of electronic transfer. The map pages got switched so that the southern half of Nashville appeared at the top of the page. That particular issue is now a collector’s item. I left off the ending of Jim Eagleman’s article titled “Hunting Time” in the previous issue. The story abruptly stops after Jim describes an incident when a boy was escorted by a teacher out of an assembly after pretending to shoot a live falcon with his hand. The part where the student was asked to explain his behavior to Jim and Jim’s response was missing. The crux of the ending should have read, “I half-smiled at Sammy then drove home, thinking of my time on the farm, and now hunting as an adult. I wasn’t about to convince the teacher acting as predator is necessary, or that I now hunt ducks for food. I thought she wouldn’t understand, like anyone who doesn’t hunt. I have talked with many people about hunting since then—some supportive or neutral, others adamantly opposed. I respect all opinions and feelings.” My apologies go out to all the writers, customers, and readers that have been affected in some way by our mistakes. Unfortunately, “stuff” happens. The regret lingers in my heart for a bit and then I release it to universe of printing errors so I can move on to the next issue. I confess there is a little thrill involved in trying to beat the chaos of publishing. —Cindy Steele

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he Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association, Inc. (BETA) is moving to a new location this January. BETA’s after school (and summer camp) programming exposes teens to activities not readily available through school or home for no direct cost to their families. Drinks and snacks are provided. The Nashville Christian Church has been donating the use of their Fieldhouse building on Washington and Jefferson streets since the beginning of the previous 2011-2012 school year. The new rented location is a block away at the intersection of two downtown alleys (Old Hickory and Honeysuckle Lanes) behind Miller’s Ice Cream and the Brown County Art Guild. The new space will allow the group to arrange furnishings to suit their needs and to keep works in progress out for easy access. It was taking an hour just to setup and take down tables, chairs, and materials every time they met. BETA also wishes to increase the adult mentor base and broaden the range of activities. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Christy McGinley-Hughes at (812) 988-6399 or <ChristyMcGinley@yahoo.com>. A background check is required, but BETA submits it for you. A BETA volunteer might be asked to spend a little time with the teens one afternoon a month. BETA meets from 3:00 to 6:30 on Tuesdays. Follow us on our “BETA teen” Facebook page. BETA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1194 Nashville, Indiana. The BETA teens took some awesome photographs that were made into greeting cards and sold at an art show in November. A sample of them appears in this issue on pages 30 and 31.

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Otis Todd’s Garage Jams

~by Bill Weaver

A Thursday jam in December. photo by Bill Weaver


ost people enjoy listening to music but, as any musician will tell you, the greatest pleasure comes from the playing of music. That’s how Otis Todd has spent his days—not seeking the stage, but playing in the company of family and friends. Now 82, Otis hosts a weekly jam in his garage, where folks meet to pick everything from country standards to traditional mountain tunes. Todd grew up in Heltonville in a small house with a large family. “There were fifteen of us,” he says quietly. “Living room, bedroom, kitchen, and an upstairs loft.” “Otis is from a different time,” his nephew, Barry Elkins, observes. “He’s from the Depression era. If you were lucky somebody

Barry Elkins. photo by Cindy Steele

had a radio, but they pretty much entertained themselves” On this night, as his huge wood stove cranks out enough heat to fill Assembly Hall, Otis gets out the Gibson guitar he’s been playing for over 60 years and launches into the Hank Williams classic, A Picture from Life’s Other Side. “As long as I have come down here to pick with Otis there isn’t a week goes by when he doesn’t pull a song out of nowhere that I’ve never heard before,” says Dan Bilger. “He’s got a treasure trove of songs.” More people arrive, unpacking guitars, mandolins, a dobro, fiddle, and even an upright bass. Otis plays the opening chords of Release Me and soon everyone is following along. Continued on 16

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maintenance man running here and there and everywhere. Anything tore up I fixed it or tried to—chain saws, weed eaters, and everything like that.” He worked at REMC until 1992 but retirement didn’t sit well with him so he started paving asphalt for his son Jack, which he was still doing as of late last summer. “I did work up to the second of August and then it got too hot,” he laughs. “We’ve been trying for a long time to get him in the studio, have him sit down and just let the tape roll,” Elkins says, “but it’s hard to get him over there. Now that he’s retired—or semi-retired—I’d like to get him there, because he ain’t getting any younger.” As he circulates amongst the players Otis is clearly enjoying the evening, much like the old days when he’d just show up at the Pine Room Tavern with his guitar when he felt like playing.

Bob Adair plays his Depression era dobro.

Otis and Brian “Bird” Snider. photo by Cindy Steele

TODD JAMS continued from 15 “I moved right down the road here in 19 and 53,” Otis said earlier. “My first wife was from Brown County right down the road here.” Todd was living in Columbus and working at Hamilton Cosco at the time. “I quit Cosco in ’67. Then I was a

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“He’s been going to Bean Blossom since before the Monroe Park,” says Barry Elkins. “Every Saturday night the whole community would get together at a garage at the intersection of 135 and 45. They put a piece of plywood on the car lift and the band would get up on that. They’d have square dances and everybody in the whole community would come around.” It was a scene much like the one in his garage tonight. “There has always been a crowd here,” says Dan Bilger. “You might get ten or fifteen pickers.”

”As long as I have come down here to pick with Otis there isn’t a week goes by when he doesn’t pull a song out of nowhere that I’ve never heard before. He’s got a treasure trove of songs.”

“Picker Dan” Bilger with Otis. photo by Cindy Steele

—Dan Bilger “I’ve seen forty people here in the summer when the garage doors are open,” adds Richard Gist. “He’s had people come by who are staying nearby on vacation and have just heard about it.”

“Being around him as a kid,” Barry remembers, “they were playing all the time—he and his brother. When his brother died Otis kinda put his guitar in the closet and quit. When I started getting into flat picking and Continued on 18

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TODD JAMS continued from 17 fiddle tunes and bluegrass and whatnot he started back up again. I’ve learned a lot from him. He wants to pass it on, I think, while he can.” “When Barry came down here I wanted to give him my old mandolin to learn on it,” Otis says of why he began playing again. “Sean Harris and I used to go down to Otis’s just to pick his brain and try to learn some of his songs—he’s forgotten more then I’ll ever know,” Elkins laughs. “We were just trying to learn those old songs. People started coming around and before you know it there were twenty people here every Thursday night.” Tonight, musicians pass songs around until everybody has had their way with them. “You can get involved if you want,” Barry says. “If you’re not comfortable with the circle you can sit back and play along. The more comfortable you get, you can step up and take your round. We’ve got people who are really good and people

Father and son Norm and Brian Snider. photo by Cindy Steele

who are beginners. That’s what’s cool about it. We try to make everybody feel welcome, everybody feel a part of it. “Otis is like a hero but he doesn’t even know it,” Elkins continues. “He’s so humble and modest…. Anytime we’re playing out somewhere I try to get him up on stage. Sometimes he’s shy but I give him a little bit of encouragement—“Come on, get your guitar and get up here!” 


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Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

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Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

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Broomcorn Johnny’s ~by Julia Pearson


roomcorn Johnny’s is the name of a new business at 58 East Main Street in Nashville, right next to Weed Patch Music Company. Inside the sunny shop are multiple shelves holding bundles of broomcorn standing in rows much like they would in the fields where they were grown. Pegs and nails hold finished and unfinished brooms, some with the look of domestic ordinariness, others with the “brush” so beautifully variegated with colors and with handsome, smooth handles. Brian Newton, broom maker, is at work in the shop making brooms and easy conversation with visitors that stop by. The air is filled with the quiet sounds of his labor and his favorite acoustic blues tunes. Newton is a new artisan to call Brown County home. A look back over the shoulder of memory shows the road through life that led him here. Brian was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, right outside of Parris Island where his Dad served in the Marines. He grew up in the Carolinas and Virginia, son of Gene and Carolyn Newton, along with three brothers and two sisters. When his father was away from home, his mother and the children would visit the grandparents in Indiana. When his father retired from the Marine Corps, the family lived on farmsteads in Indiana, first in Elwood, and then in Continued on 22 Brian Newton uses the antique kick winder to bind the broom corn. photos by Cindy Steele

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Fine Leather Goods ds Handbags, Belts, Hats, Accessories

the clay purl

Also selling shoes:

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welcome! Unique Yarns, Supplies, Locally Made Pottery & Jewelry, Classes, Knit Groups, and More! 90 W. Franklin St.• 812.988.0336 • claypurl.com

Country Mouse Weaving Studio Joan Haab Hand Woven Chenille Designer Garments

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Also available at Brown County Craft Gallery and Spears Gallery in Nashville

Oak Grove pottery Judy & Tom Prichard

942 Oak Grove Rd.

only 3.3 miles west of Nashville or at

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porcelain and stoneware pottery by Larry Spears fine art photography by Kyle Spears handcrafted jewelry • handpainted silk scarves

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BROOMS continued from 20 Young America. Newton visited Brown County in the 1970s, which seemed so much like the beloved Appalachians. When he was 17 years old, Newton began a ten-year career as a mechanic for fighter jets in the Air Force. A noteworthy benchmark occurred in 1986, when he flew in an F16 that he had worked on as it broke the speed of sound. During his time in the service, he was overseas for seven years, seeing twenty-five countries before he was 27 years old. In 1989, Newton went to Arizona to attend school. He also became a 32nd Degree Freemason and was Arizona’s representative to the Grand Lodge of Panama. He is also a Shriner, Knights Templar, and Past Master of a Lodge. Soaking up all possibilities, Newton had a motorcycle shop for ten years. He also was a licensed real estate agent and was President of the Board of Realtors. Before moving back to Indiana, Newton was a salaried engineer working on clean sheet design

Some colorful, beautiful brooms greet you as you enter the door.

machines used to manufacture medical devices. He raised his family and today his daughter, Sabrina, lives in Seattle, Washington, working for the American Cancer Society. His son, Nick, is an aerospace machinist in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a granddaughter, Kaiya, and a grandson, Maddix. When Newton’s father died a few years ago, he felt

Brian is holding one of his corn silkers.

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the pull to come home to Indiana to be close to his mother and other family. Back in Hoosier country, Newton purchased broom making machines that were made sometime between 1878 and 1903, according to dates on some of the castings. His “broom press” is used to flatten and securely hold the broom for stitching; while his “kick winder” is used by the operator to step, or kick, to actuate the turning of the broom handle. Newton started growing his own broomcorn, a wonderful sorghum plant that has an interesting story of how it came to the United States. It is said that Benjamin Franklin himself found a small seed on a whisk broom that was brought from France and given to him to dust his beaver hat. Franklin planted the small seed found on the brush of the whisk broom the following spring. It grew into a tall cornContinued on 24


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Peg Ann’s Boutique Classically Whimsical Brown County’s “Unique Boutique”

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812-988-7950 • Open 7 days a week Jan./Feb. 2013 • Our Brown County 23

BROOMS continued from 22 like plant with stiff flowering, seed-bearing brush. From this initial experiment, the broomcorn was a gardening novelty in Philadelphia. Then in 1797, a man who had raised half an acre of the broomcorn began to make and peddle brooms. Skilled workmen began to produce the improved brooms and it became an important industry, providing housewives help with sweeping and dusting floors and cobwebs. Many people remember the Cullum Broom and Mop Company in Helmsburg, so it is good to have a broom making operation back in Brown County. A couple months ago, Newton won second place in a national Craft Broom Contest. Custom brooms with choice of brush colors and handles are available, along with whisk brooms, household floor brooms, “cake-testers,” handsized table-sweepers for crumbs, and cobweb brooms. And how did the shop get its name? Newton tells how broomcorn harvesting requires a lot of hand labor. The man who did this specialized work was known as the “Johnny.” Broomcorn Johnny’s, a working broom making shop, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. 

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The Sampler takes in Nashville’s Music Scene N ashville is a small town, a few hundred souls, located in a rural county largely taken up with unoccupied lands, parks, forests and other public properties. And yet, for a town its size, Nashville exhibits a remarkably vibrant local live music scene. Mrs. Sampler is always amazed at the numerous entertainment opportunities for an evening out without even leaving town. “I’ve never seen a town this size with this much live music available,” she says. And she’s right. On a weekend night in town, one can hear a wide range of live musical performances ranging from the moody and sentimental acoustic acts to bawdy bar-room rock ’n’ roll. You might want to start up at the north end of town, where two venues, Muddy Boots Cafe, and the Big Woods Brewery juggernaut, literally make noise in the local entertainment scene.

Sarah Flint and Tim Tryon at Chateau Thomas Winery. courtesy photo

Muddy Boots Café, in the old Democrat building on the north end of Van Buren Street, has made a serious commitment to hosting and promoting performers, most of them local musicians. Here, you might encounter a whole host of bands and individuals featuring a wide variety of styles and talents—the charming and talented Cari Ray, the intelligent and soulful Jonathan Hutchinson, or the inimitable local mutation Little Merrie Simmons. We caught LMS singer Mary Sloan in a duo with Brandon Hamilton there a few weeks ago that was excellent. When it gets crowded, it can get a little bumper-to-bumper in there. It wasn’t really designed as a performance space, but, on the upside, the coffee is really good and the dessert case is certainly worth a look any old time. During warm weather, Big Woods Brewery often hosts local bands and singers out on their front porch, spilling music munificently down the alleyway and out of town. We wandered across local rock guitarist Forest Gras and at least part of his band down there last fall, and last summer we were lured there by local troubadour Robbie Bowden. Bowden, a legitimate local legend, can often be seen in many of these venues, an iconic presence which should be treasured. Among many other exploits and accomplishments, back in the ’60s, he fronted the first real rock-n-roll band from Brown County, “The East West Wire Service.” Big Woods Pizza, located near the brewery, also often features live music on weekend evenings. On a recent Friday evening out, we found our way down to the tasting room at Chateau Thomas Winery in Coachlight Square. In a little room off of the horseshoe bar, a cozy group of tables face a tiny stage which hosts a wide variety of local entertainers. Some friends dropped by. We had a couple of glasses of a good cabernet and listened to an eclectic acoustic Continued on 28

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SAMPLER continued from 26 and vocal set from Sarah Flint with husband singer/ songwriter Tim Tryon. Ms. Flint can also be seen around the local circuit fronting the jazz combo “Sarah’s Swing Set”. It was a small crowd, an intimate room, and the obviously at-ease and accomplished entertainers led us through a mind-bending array of popular favorites, ranging from the Beatles to “Brother Can you Spare a Dime?” by way of Paul Simon, The Moody Blues, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, The Zombies, Carl Perkins, Elvis, and Bob Dylan. When a young female patron requested a Willie Nelson number, Tryon promptly delivered a faultless and satisfying “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”. The unplanned evening gave way to a magical mood, intimate and communal. And that’s what’s great about living in a town with so much live music. The Pine Room Tavern features live music on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. and jazz on Sundays. In Summer and Fall, nice weather increases live local music options. Hotel Nashville has been putting on a Gazebo Party up on the hill which has featured loads of different local performers including the terrific guitar duo of Jeff Foster and Frank Jones.

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Numerous other live music opportunities occur in more traditional spaces. The revived Brown County Playhouse has had some very fine musical offerings in the past year, including “Back to the Land” music and history with Jon Kay, Dillon Bustin, Grey Larsen, and Bob Lucas. And through the warm months, the Bill Monroe Music Park hosts a series of festivals and events including the world’s longest running bluegrass festival. As the evening wears on, rock’n’roll can be found at the lounges of two local hotels most weekend nights. The Corn Crib Lounge at the Brown County Inn usually has a jumping Saturday night scene. The Seasons, which has an excellent little bar room perched up above Salt Creek Park, recently hosted talented local blues guitarist Marvin and his “Marvinaires”. A musician once told me that people like live music because of the possibility of failure; that we’ve become so accustomed to recorded and broadcast performances that are polished perfect that there’s an excitement to live performance—the possibility of a mistake, or even improvisation. Life on the edge… One thing is for sure—any live music scene is ephemeral. Like the morning dew or the last snowfall of spring—the song never lasts for long, at least not in its present form. It only exists in the moment, sometimes never to be heard again. Musicians are…well, they’re musicians. They move on or things change or they wander off. Enjoy them while you may. So get out there this weekend, or some weekend, and sample what this little town has to offer in the way of local, live music. Like Mrs. Sampler, you may be amazed at what you hear. 


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Community Closet Meeting the Needs


n the early 1970s, four local women set out to make sure Brown County residents would have somewhere to go in times of need. These women started Community Closet, the local thrift shop on Van Buren Street in Nashville. Brown County residents Patty Hayes, Laurie Embry, Geri Graham, and Linda ComstockTeel are a few of the dedicated volunteers for the nonprofit business. Community Closet is a service organization that provides financial assistance and goods and services to low income residents in Brown County. It serves over twenty organizations throughout the

~by Karen Farley

Linda Comstock-Teel. photo by Cindy Steele

county, and impacts the lives of many individuals and families when they have nowhere to turn for help. “Our organization believes that giving back to the community is very important,” says Linda Comstock- Teel, the president of the board of directors for Community Closet. “I was taught as a child to pay it back.” When making financial donations, all of the funds remain in the county. Some of the many organizations that receive assistance include Mother’s Cupboard, Habitat for Humanity, Pregnancy Care Center, and the Brown County Humane Society.

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Community Closet provides financial assistance each year to Mother’s Cupboard, the local food pantry. They also purchase tickets to their annual Soup Bowl benefit and silent auction. Tickets are given to volunteers at the thrift shop. Another recipient is the Brown County EMT Association who hosts an annual community Thanksgiving dinner. Financial contributions are also made to the four volunteer fire departments in Brown County. The Community Closet depends on donations of clothing, home décor, kitchen wares, and Continued on 34

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miscellaneous items to stock the thrift shop. The money received from the sale of items is placed in a fund for grants made to other nonprofit organizations. It is also used for financial assistance to pre-screened Brown County applicants and local groups. Though she is amazed at the amount of donations each month, she is thankful for the support from the community. “It is unbelievable,” she smiles. “We receive designer clothing with the tags still attached all the time.” In the shop, there is a boutique section where newer items are for sale. Once a month, the shop has a bag sale for all items except boutique ones. Customers can fill a red basket for three dollars and walk out with a bargain.

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In addition to monetary gifts, the group donates various items from the thrift store. “We have donated several items to the marching band and drama department at Brown County High School,” she says. “If something comes in that they need, we give it to them.” Though the group tries to meet most needs throughout the year, requests increase at Christmas. Community Closet provides monetary assistance to Shop with a Cop and helps the local elementary school with Christmas gifts. “Every year at Christmas we get names of families in need and a wish list from the elementary school,” Comstock-Teel says. “We give away a lot and try to spread it throughout the year. The need is there all year. Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean somebody isn’t in need.” The group consider themselves as an agency of last resort. “Many have referrals from agencies, but we have a form to fill out,” she explains. “The request

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then has to be approved by the board of directors before any assistance is given out. Along with helping individuals with utility bills and clothing, the group supports education and youth with donations to the Brown County Library, Brown County Learning Center, and the Beta Teen Center—an after school program. The organization also provides assistance during natural disasters to Red Cross. The Community Closet is a vital part of Brown County, but it wouldn’t exist without the help from dedicated volunteers. Most volunteers work four to six hours a week performing various tasks in the thrift shop. The donated items are checked and sorted, and clothing is placed on hangars. Any items not suitable for sale are donated to homeless shelters. Comstock-Teel has been a volunteer for six years. She averages 8-10 hours a week dividing her time between board duties and working in the shop. Her passion for helping others and dedication to the Community Closet inspires others to give back to the community. Community Closet is located at 284 South Van Buren Street under the Subway restaurant in back. The store hours are Tuesdays and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can be reached at (812) 988-6003.

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Calendar The schedule could change. Always check if planning a special trip.

Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center Old Blue Eyes by Dance Kaleidoscope a Howard Hughes Memorial Performance Jan. 26, 7:30 Mardi Gras Celebration Feb. 9, 6:00 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville Info 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Feb. 2 Lewis Ricci Feb. 22 Stampede Blue Info 812-988-6911 www. muddybootscafe.com North end of Van Buren Street in Nashville

Pine Room Tavern Jan. 4 Kenan Rainwater Jan. 5 Barbara McGuire Jan. 11 Kade Puckett Jan. 12 Tim Grimm Jan. 18 Jim Krause and Anne Hurley Jan. 19 Craig Brenner Jan. 25 Joe Sanford Feb. 9 Barbara McGuire Feb. 15 Kade Puckett Feb. 16 Shelf Life Feb. 23 Whipstich Sallies (behind Salt Creek Inn) Info 812-988-0236 www. pineroomtavern.net

Chateau Thomas Winery Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. Info 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com

Abe Martin Lodge Little Gem Restaurant Music Saturdays Dave Miller 6:00-8:00 Info 812-988-4418

Seasons Lodge Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 Barbara McGuire

Muddy Boots Cafe Some dates weren’t booked at the time of publication. Jan. 4 Steve Thomas Jan. 5 Stampede Blue Jan. 11 Shelf Life Jan. 12 Mizfits Jan. 18 Merrie Sloan Jan. 19 TBA Jan. 25 Barbara McGuire Jan. 26 Nick Dittmier Feb. 1 Steve Thomas

Brown County Inn Corn Crib Music Fridays, Saturdays 9:00

Salt Creek Golf Retreat 19th Hole Bar Mondays: FREE POOL Tuesdays at 7:00-Texas Hold ‘Em Thursdays at 7:00-Euchre Tourney Fridays-Live Entertainment Saturdays-Live Entertainment Sunday at 6:30-Texas Hold ‘Em Info 812-988-4323 www.saltcreekgolf.com 2359 State Road 46 East

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SPECIAL EVENTS: Winter Wellness Weekend Jan. 18-20 Brown Co. State Park

Warm Up From Within:

Jan. 18-20, Abe Martin Lodge Friday, Jan. 18 5:00-6:00 p.m. Yoga on the Ball FREE Friday Kickoff 7:00-8:15 p.m. Movie “Happy” 8:30-10:30 p.m. Music by Shelf Life Saturday, Jan. 19 7:30–8:30 a.m. All-levels Yoga with Lynn Medow (movement). 9:00–11:00 a.m. Create With Spirit with Dixie Ferrer, artist, co-owner Ferrer Gallery (art). All materials will be provided by the instructor. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Shake Your Soul with Kathy Anderson, certified SYS instructor (movement).

1:30–4:30 “Honoring Our Hungers: An Invitation to the Intuitive Eater Within” with Ash Crofoot, MA, somatic therapist (movement, art, discussion, journaling). Sunday, Jan. 20 8:00–9:00 a.m. Speaking Body, Listening Heart: Morning Movement : Wake-Up with Ash Crofoot (movement). All ages and abilities are welcome. 9:30–10:30 a.m. Healing Sound Meditation with Janiece Jaffe (meditation). Bring a blanket, pillow or yoga mat. 11:00–12 noon Nourishing Authenticity

Southern Loop Hike (3.5 miles): Beginning at the Nature Center, hikers begin on a closed park road past breathtaking Hohen point, into Strahl Valley then around Lake Strahl. Return to the Nature Center via Trail #6. Woodland Hike (2.75 miles): Beginning at the park’s Recreation Building and proceeding through Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve (Trail #5), around Lake Ogle (Trail #7), and returning to the Recreation Building.

Frosty Trails Five Mile:

Saturday, Jan. 19 10:30 a.m. 5 mile run on horse trails Sponsored by the Indiana Running Co. Info www.inrunco.com/frostytrails (812) 822-0327

Hiker’s Lunch Buffet:

Saturday, Jan. 19 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Little Gem Restaurant at Abe Martin Lodge Info www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/abe/ (812) 988-4418

Mardi Gras Celebration Benefit for Brown County Literacy Coalition Feb. 6, 6:00, Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center Info 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Bucks & Does Square Dances YMCA Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 (Anniversary Dance), 8:00-10:30 Abe Martin Lodge Jan. 11, 8:00-10:00 The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street

Indiana Raptor Center Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs available. Info: 812-988-8990 indianaraptorcenter.org

The Frigid: Six Hour Rogaine Jan. 19, 20 eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat Race where participants use a map and compass to locate checkpoints. Goal is to get the most points in the alotted time. with Barbara Ann O’Leary (ceremony). 1:00–2:00 p.m. A Walk in the Park with Naturalist Jim Eagleman (gentle walk). 2:30–4:30 p.m. Manifesting our Heart’s Desire. Writing with Allison Distler OR Treasure Mapping (collage) with Jenn Wright. Info www.riverlightyoga.com (812) 988-9642

Winter Hike:

Saturday, Jan. 19 9:00 a.m. Take a hike on one of the two self-guided trails that take you through some of Brown County’s most picturesque scenery.

Survival Training Classes by Spear Tip Tactics

Classes offered in: “Bugout” Basics Old Blue Eyes Wilderness First Aid by Dance Kaleidoscope Hand-to-Hand Combatives Jan. 26, 7:30, Brown County Playhouse Firebuilding Performing Arts Center Camouflage and Ghillie Suit Construction Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, A Howard Survival Food Tasting Hughes Memorial Performance. Discounts Knife Information Basics available for Senior/Sudent/Military. Water Purification Info 812-988-6555 Food Storage www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org For dates and times call (260) 740-8669 161 E. Gould St. in Nashville www.speartiptactics.co

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New Location*

White Sands Boutique “Dahling, You’ll Love this Shop! It’s a Fabulous Little Boutique”

White Sands Boutique

HOT • NEW • STYLISH A Fun Place to Shop Women’s Apparel, Handbags, Jewelry, Hats, and more! *We moved across the street behind Old Bartley House—formerly Ruth’s Garden’s courtyard • Nashville, IN (812) 988-6980


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Antiques and Fine Gifts Discover a Casual Elegance

Home of the Unique and Unusual

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We Got It!

2007’s Art Colony Centennial photo in front of Nashville’s courthouse.

The State’s Cultural District Designation


he town of Nashville found itself in select company in December when it was awarded a State Cultural District designation by the Indiana Arts Commission. There are only five such designations in the entire state, and three of them are on the Highway 46 corridor—Nashville, Columbus (which also won designation in December) and Bloomington, which was awarded the designation a few years ago in the first round of applicants. The only others in the state are Carmel and Tippecanoe. Currently there is no funding associated with the Cultural District designation, but benefits include increased tourism marketing and economic activities that come with being part of a branded program with state-wide emphasis. This was the latest step by the town of Nashville to market itself as a unique arts and entertainment community. Earlier in the year, the Nashville Town Council created an official Arts and Entertainment District by town ordinance. The district is bounded on the west by Jefferson Street, on the north by the commercial district just north of Mound Street, heads east to the Brown County Library, then south to include the Brown Country Art Gallery and the Brown County High School, then west on School House Lane to meet Jefferson Street again.

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photo by Cindy Steele

Also earlier in the year, the Town Council, in another ordinance, created the Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission, whose duties include encouraging, assisting, advising, and coordinating the district. The nine-member commission, which began meeting in October, is chaired by Tom Tuley, a Brown County artist and retired newspaper editor (Evansville). Vice-president is Jan Spears, who has taught dance in Brown County for many years, and secretary is Jane Ellis, executive director of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Treasurer is Dixie Ferrer, who, along with her husband Dick, operates Ferrer Gallery in the district. Other Commission members are artist Anne Ryan Miller, Kathy Anderson, Cathy Martin, Cindy Steele, and Suzannah Zody. “The state district designation was important to us,” said Tuley. “Now, not only will we be marketing ourselves as an arts and entertainment community, but the state will be marketing for us too. This should lead to an expansion of economic development, which is really what this whole effort is about.” The commission has already researched how similar commissions in similar communities operate, and is currently working on a mission statement, logo, branding, a marketing plan, and guidelines for public art projects. “One pad for a new piece of public art has already been placed on Franklin Street near Jefferson and as soon as guidelines are completed efforts will begin to acquire a piece for that pad,” Tuley said. Sometime after the first of the year the commission plans to hold a public meeting to update the community on where it is and begin the process of gathering information on the needs of artists and entertainers. That information will be vital to a longrange plan moving the district forward. The commission meets at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Nashville Town Hall. All meetings are open to the public. 

2nd Annual Winter Wellness Weekend

Warm UP

Downtown Nashville


January 18 –20, 2013 Abe Martin Lodge ·∙ Brown County State Park Nashville, Indiana

Three days of self-­exploration through movement, art and nature

Winter Specials Available —Best Rates of the Year • 38 Individually Appointed Guest Rooms • Breakfast Buffet–Afternoon Treats and Desserts Included • Beautiful Antiques in Every Room • Meeting Facilities

$45 per person for 3-­day event Attend any or all sessions Some class sizes are limited so register early! WUFW IS SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE BROWN COUNTY VISITORS AND CONVENTION BUREAU. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BROWN COUNTY DEMOCRAT


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Friendly, knowledgeable staff We ship every day Visit our website www.CarolsCrafts.com E-mail: Sales@CarolsCrafts.com 800-345-6388

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A Winter Warm Up ~by Lee Edgren


oon the cats will be eager for their morning can of food, not because they are particularly hungry, but because this is how we habitually begin the day. In their lives, in most of our lives, habit rules. In his fascinating 2012 book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg notes: “Habits aren’t destiny…. Habits can be ignored, changed, or replaced. But…when a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically.” I wrote my master’s thesis on behavior change. One of the surprising discoveries of that graduate education was that intellectual knowledge means very little in the realm of behavior change. Knowing that we “should” do something, or reading about “ten easy ways” to do it means very little to our reward-driven brains.

photo courtesy Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau

But what if you are emotionally convinced that the change is a positive one? What if the process of change itself brings pleasure, fun, and connection, instead of the deprivation we usually think revising a habit will bring? Flash forward fifteen years from that degree, to today, to the second annual Winter Wellness Weekend and its three wonderful events. I’ll start with Warm Up From Within. WUFW (now affectionately called WooFoo by those working on it day-to-day) is an amazing gathering of teachers, healers, musicians, and lover’s of life, whose heart’s desire is to help you really, really, really love yourself, your fellow human beings, and the life you personally live. There is an underlying hope that if you are wanting to change something about the way you are now living your life, you may find some support for that here. And if you are just about celebrating the way it is now, that’s perfect too! New and exciting this year—the

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FREE FRIDAY evening events at the Abe Martin Lodge, including music by Shelf Life, an upbeat band doing covers from the ’60s on, and a short documentary film on what really makes us happy, entitled “Happy”. One of the amazing things about WooFoo, is that it costs only $45 for the entire weekend. Pick what you like, go to that, and then get out in the park and enjoy the Frosty Five or the Winter Hike. The Brown County Visitors and Convention Bureau gave me a grant that underwrites much of the expense, enabling most of the admission fees to be distributed equally, on a per hour basis, to the presenters. An added bonus is on-site massage. Four of the many excellent massage therapists in this area—two men and two women—will be available on Saturday and Sunday. This year, full massage sessions, ranging from chair massage to 90 minute massages are being offered. And the Abe Martin Lodge, as well as other Nashville hotels, offer special lodging packages. Continued on 58


Hometown Proud Local Grocery Store Serving Beautiful Brown County Since 1975! Competitive Pricing No Cards or Membership Everyone Pays the Same Price

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There is always something to do in Indiana’s largest State Park: Aquatic Center, Horse Back Riding, Mountain Bike Trails, Fishing, Tennis...

We have the room for you!

Our full service restaurant is open daily.

Brown County State Park 160 accommodations: P.O. Box 547 Nashville, IN 47448 Abe Martin Lodge and guest rooms, two-story cabins, 1-877-Lodges-1 • (812) 988-4418 the Little Gem Restaurant and historic cabins. www.indianainns.com We have the perfect setting for any event, Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Getaways and Family Reunions and More!

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Morgantown Serving Central Indiana for 41 Year s

10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135

Since 1971

Visit our website

www.theclockconnection.com Lay-a-way and Gift Certificates available 75 W. Washington St. P.O. Box 29 Morgantown, IN 46160-0029 812-597-5414 Tues.–Sat. 11–5 pm (closed Sun. & Mon.)

(In the old hardware store building)

Antiques Co-op •Primitives •Advertising

129 W. Washington St. Morgantown, IN

(812) 597-4530

As Is Antiques Primitive House & Garden And Select Dealers Open Six Days, Closed Mondays

•Architectural •Unique Items Also: Oak Furniture, Garden Items, Pottery, and Art

A dollhouse is… …a child’s toy …an adult hobby …a family heirloom Open year round Monday-Saturday 10 to 5

Everything for dollhouses with friendly, helpful service online at jeepersminiatures.com 69 W. Washington Street • Morgantown • 812-597-4346

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Knitting, Weaving, Spinning

Classes, Yarns, Fleeces, Looms, Wheels Weds. 6-8:30; Thurs, Fri., Sat. 10–5; Sun. 1–5; Closed Mon. & Tues.

2.5 miles west of Morgantown SR 252 (at the sheep farm)

HERITAGE MALL Shops Rock & Fossil Shop On the North side of the Courthouse

Brown County

South Van Buren Street Nashville, Indiana

SPORTS ETC. Your Team Headquarters for Licensed Sports Novelties and Collectibles

• Collegiate • NFL • MLB • NBA

41 S. Van Buren St. Heritage Mall • Nashville, IN

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Great selection of one-of-a-kind Rocks and Fossils

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Nashville Candy Store Old-Fashioned Candy Homemade Fudge Peanut Brittle

Heritage Mall 41 S. Van Buren (3 doors south of Nashville House) www.nashvillecandy.com (812)988-8745 toll free (877)735-8657

Buy a pound of FUDGE Get a half pound FREE


Downtown Cottages & Suites Lodging in the middle of Historic Nashville’s downtown shops, restaurants, theaters Office in the Iris Garden Gallery


Iris Garden Gallery • • • •

Over 75 artists

Paintings Pottery Blown Glass Metal Work

(812) 988-2422

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Your Headquarters for the Great Outdoors • Camping Supplies: • Fishing Tackle Tents, Camping Lights, • Horse Tack Sleeping Bags, Grills, • RV Replacement Parts Fire Starters, Coleman Heaters and Lanterns, • Huge Selection of Cooking Utensils Carhartt Clothing • Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville Mountain Bike Rentals

(812) 988-8888

www.BearHardware.com Mon.–Sat. 7:30am–7:00pm Sun 10:00am–4:00pm

We Fill Propane Tanks

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Soups • Salads Sandwiches • After Five Menu Fine Wines Available Breads, Pastries, and Danish Baked Here Daily Center of Nashville Main and Van Buren Streets Open Daily • (812) 988-4114

Nashville’s only Guest Ranch ...because a campfire helps you see things in a different light. TM

Home of the

Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines

Perfect for group outings!

Fishing Nightly campfires Hayrides Team building Low ropes course Weddings Church events 54 acres of land

11-room inn 1 vacation home Public trail rides Family reunions Women’s retreats Kids’ horse retreats Lighted basketball court Playground equipment Hiking and relaxation

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Pit Bull L E AT H E R CO. Fierce gear for bikers... and anyone along for the ride!

Motorcycle Apparel: •Jackets •Saddle Bags •Chaps •Fork Bags •Vests •T-Bags •Gloves

Handbags & Wallets T-Shirts: •Biker •Music

Sunglasses & Goggles

•Colts •Attitude, etc.

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Hoosier Buddy Liquors Cold Beer, Fine Wines & Select Spirits Cold Beer:

Hoosier Buddy offers more than 150 different beers, including more than 80 craft, micro, and imports. We proudly offer a wide variety of beers from Indiana’s finest brewers.

Fine Wines:

Hoosier Buddy is a wine-lovers type of store. With more than 200 wines to choose from, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our “Affordable Imports” and “90+ Point” selections.

Select Spirits:

Hoosier Buddy offers an ever expanding array of top-notch spirits. Our whiskey category alone includes more than 75 different choices. Whether you’re looking for a Single Barrel Bourbon or a Single Malt from Islay— we stock them.

284 South Van Buren (next to Subway) Nashville, IN 812-988-2267 As always, Hoosier Buddy Liquors reminds you to celebrate safe —don’t drink and drive.

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7 Days a Week Year Round

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5 minutes East of Nashville 4520 State Road 46 East

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Locally Made Grape & Fruit Wines

Complimentary Wine Tasting Gift Shop • Cheese • Gourmet Food Items

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Winter T

~by Jim Eagleman

he winter season now brings changes to natural life forms all around us, and the observant county resident will eagerly watch for them. Living things have evolved many different strategies to help survive the harshness of winter. Many birds and animals began preparing months ago for the cold season. Like the handyman’s list of autumn jobs to do, signs of these preparations were all around us. One of the more obvious is the flocks of cranes and geese that gather in northern Indiana fields and fly over Brown County headed south. Arriving to open and harvested corn fields, noisy and nervous as they descend, both groups of these large birds collect and rest where food and

DNR file photo

protection is available. With mild weather through fall, the desire to leave northern latitudes will now increase as days turn dark and (maybe?) frigid. I’ve heard just a few flocks of the popular Sandhill Cranes this fall and anticipate more as we grow colder. What a joy to watch these large birds in flight with long legs trailing behind! A neighbor once told me he thought a crane looked like an aluminum lawn chair collapsing and falling out of the sky when it landed. I get calls from residents who believe they saw a flock of Canada Geese when in fact, they were cranes. “That explains it”, one caller remarked. “They looked and sounded a little different than what I remember.” The songbirds that graced our

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feeders and woods this summer have left long before fall ended. Songbirds like the common yellowthroat and wood thrush depart for Mexico, Panama, or Guatemala in search of richer feeding grounds. We know that bobolinks head for the Argentine pampas to celebrate another summer. In their place, we see the winter residents that live here year ‘round: chickadees, nuthatches, the Carolina Wren, cardinal, jays, and titmice, etc. Relying on weed seeds and insect egg cases buried in bark, wood and rotting logs, the supplemental foods we put out help these hardy winter survivors. What over-wintering songbirds there were that flitted among the pine trees near my childhood home Continued on 54




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Bigg Woods Village lage gge

Across from Brown County Courthouse

44 N. Van Buren St. north of stoplight

Granny’s Christmas C

& Gift Shop



• Santa • Snowmen • Precious Moments • Dept. 56® • Snow Village • Dickens • Nutcrackers and much more!




Taste Over 40 Flavors of Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar. Browse Gourmet Pantry Items & Unique Gifts.



(812) 988-6208 • second floor


Since 1979

• T-Shirts • Toys • Gifts • Collectibles—Elvis and Betty Boop • Brown County Souvenirs (812) 988-2725

“Old and Young Love this Shop!”

We’ve brought some of the finest flavors from around the world right here to Brown County. Sample our varietal and infused olive oils and aged balsamics, then stick around to browse our selection of specialty gourmet pantry items. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with pairing and recipe ideas that will bring new life to your kitchen! One block North of the Visitors Center on the 2nd floor of Big Woods Village (812) 988-WILD (9453) www.thewildolive.com

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58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana (next to Brown County Courthouse) www.browncountycraftgallery.com

open daily 10–5 • 812-988-7058

Brown County

Antique Mall Open all year–7 days a week Mon.–Sat. 9 to 5:30 Sun. 11 to 5:30

We Buy and Sell info@bcantique.com www.bcantique.com 13 miles west of I-65 3 miles east of Nashville, IN

812-988-1025 3288 State Rd 46 East

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Bring this ad get a FREE bag of DOGS WELCOME! (812) 988-0305 natural dog treats 211 S. Van Buren St. (behind Shell station) with your $10 purchase www.barkingood.com

Regional Au Authors and Subjects Brown County Books Br Nature Guides Cookbooks Fiction Non-fiction Open All Year Genealogy 45 S. Jefferson Nashville Children’s Books 812-988-0202


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Cottage Accommodations in the Heart of Nashville

Half mile from downtown New Management Pet Friendly

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Serving Brown County

Wine Bar and Gift Shoppe Open Daily

Wine Tastings • Cheeses and Gourmet Foods • Unique Wine Gifts • Comfortable Seating Live Music Fri. and Sat. 7-10 pm

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McDonald’s ®

501 E. SR 46 Nashville, IN.

76 ½ E. Main Street

We moved two blocks south!

FREE in-store demos!

Old School Way and Pittman House Lane

(next to the Toy Chest, behind Sweetwater Gallery) Visit our website for class schedules www.wishfulthinking-in.com • 812-988-7009


New Location Mid March

145 S. Van Buren St 812-988-7500

Located behind Sweetwater Gallery

Antiques & Treasures Advertising, Toys, Fine Quilts & Linens, Prints, Furniture, Primitives, Political, Collectibles, Ephemera, Art, & other great treasures


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LODGE on the MOUNTAIN Two Secluded Guest Rooms Overlooking a Private Lake

Convenient to Nashville/Bloomington



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WINTER continued from 50 weren’t all that impressive. I grew up in southeast, rural Pennsylvania and watching birds at the feeder was something my friends and I might have done in between long-winter sled outings. One day we rested with sweaty heads and hot hands as my mom filled the feeder outside. Jays and a few cardinals fed on the snowy ground and among the thick branches, holding on tight when winds blew. Then, like the birds with a snack and rest, we were out and ready for our next run. I also recall the frozen creeks. We skated the entire distance, winding along farm fields and woodlots. A small, frozen pond in our little town park was a popular hockey rink. Warming fires burned into the night as the big boys

occasionally let us play on a team. Competitive and rough, I saw blood-stained ice the next morning on the way to school, attesting to a few, but not serious, injuries. When mid-winter thaws came, creeks and ponds were the first to show signs of life. Trickling water over rocks and logs gave a slight resonance to quiet woods. Then another blizzard and all was still. Snow fences along county roads that prevented drifting were then rolled up and stored near field entrances in spring. But before the holidays and several times into February, it was a happy time when school was called off. Snow-covered town hills and fields appeared like small train yards—twin sled tracks meandered everywhere. Side streets were closed to traffic and sledding took precedence.

My first encounter with winter wildlife was a rabbit hunt on the farm. Paired tracks in the snow were pointed out to me by uncles, gloved fingers showing me how the animal landed on a run. Joining us, twin beagles shot out of the truck and ran up ahead like crazed, wind-up toys. While loading the small 410 shotgun my dad showed the clean, 45 degree-angled tip of rose and honeysuckle twigs. “A rabbit’s front teeth produce a nice, clean cut, like this”, he said. “Deer show a jagged, ripped-off edge.” I always learned something new every time I was out with an adult. Art class in school required we study winter landscape paintings by Grandma Moses, Durrie, and Currier and Ives. During discussions, I daydreamed that loaded toboggans flying down the hill crashed into


Old Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack by Dance Kaleidoscope a Howard Hughes Memorial Performance Saturday, January 26 · 7:30 PM Tickets $22.50

Mardi Gras Celebration Benefit for Brown County Literacy Coalition Saturday, February 9 · 6:00 PM Tickets $32.50

Mellencougar with Special Guest Toby Myers Get ready to rock the house! Saturday, March 16 · 7:30 PM Tickets $22.50

Brown County Music Awards Saturday, March 23 · 7:30 PM Tickets $15

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horse-drawn sleds, kids on skates threw snowballs, a farm wagon got stuck in a drift, and a lone hunter came home with the rabbit I missed. With a small copy of the prints in front of us, our teacher asked, “Can you feel the cold by looking at the scene?” The walk home after school made me think of the grey sky in the paintings. Like a string of life events, seasons can help us recall and compare. We notice this year and match it up against others. Natural resiliency and resourcefulness help winter birds and animals survive what has to be one of the most trying times in their existence. Instinctive behavior makes the chickadee face into a winter wind rather than be chilled from behind, and “goose bumps” on its skin help fluff out feathers against the cold. Thicker, hollow hair helps deer ward off ground chills and the fox’s densely-packed tail will wrap across his face at night. The ways of wildlife in winter are amazing, and if we’re lucky, we can observe and appreciate them during our Brown County winter. 

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Happy? New Year ~by Henry Swain


he most important message that comes with the beginning of a new year is the renewal of hope and assurance that the old year cannot be re-lived. Many people start the new year with a list of “resolutions” as a goal to improved behavior and accomplishment. Most will be discarded by the end of January. In this hemisphere the hours of daylight begin their incremental progression from early January until the summer solstice; then follows their gradual retreat to December darkness. It has been said “we are children of the light.” In Indiana, the cloudiest days correspond with days with the least sunlight. Depression seems more prevalent during the winter months of decreased daylight and the term “cabin fever” seems appropriate in Brown county. The “fever” moves us to get out and do something, anything, in order to break the monotony of isolation. Or, as the poet Wordsworth describes the feeling, “The world is too much with us, late and soon.” From observation it does seem we are a little more testy, irritable and short-fused during the long, dark days of winter. Those who can afford it, spend a month or so in Florida where exposure to more daylight positively changes their mood. Increasing the distance from the equator increases the chances of

being negatively affected by mood changes. Sunshine provides us with the necessary vitamin D. There are some positive aspects to this winter condition. It is a good time to catch up on reading you could not find time for during the gardening season. Spend some time before the fireplace. Let the flames warm your imagination. Be creative, reminisce, write some letters to old friends for they may not be there next year and you may not be, either. By the end of January there will be noticeable morning daylight as I walk to the road to get the newspaper. Late in February the back of winter will be broken and become history. It is time then to study the seed catalogs that came in January and send off your garden list. There is strong evidence to support arguments regarding global warming. Kudzu, Russian Olive, and Asian Honeysuckle are species that were not here sixty years ago. A species of water vine petals now edge my ponds out to a depth of four feet. Cattails were once the only pond plant. Every year I look for some new plant in my immediate wild environment. We appear to be witnessing a shift in the rhythms of the season toward change to a warmer time. We cannot change the rhythms of Nature, we can only adapt. 

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The anchor for the Winter Wellness Weekend is the 12th Annual Winter Hike beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 19. The hike features two different trail hikes with local naturalists, a 2.75 mile Woodland Hike starting at the Recreation Building or a 3.5 mile Southern Loop Hike starting at the Nature Center. Each route will have park interpreters along the way as you take in the scenic overlooks and breathtaking views that Brown County State Park is known for. As an added bonus the Boy Scouts share a warm fire, hot chocolate, and s’mores. Yummy! The Frosty Trails 5 Mile Run is a challenging 5.2 mile trail run (or walk if you like) followed at the shelter house for a warm fire, warm food, warm drinks, and best of all, warm friends sharing tails of the trails. In addition to the trail run all race entries include a long sleeve event shirt, and a bowl of chili or broccoli cheddar soup from Darn Good Soup, some bread, a cup of hot spiced cider or some hot chocolate, and, a Big Cookie from the Scholars Inn Bakehouse. Each year, the New Year arrives with all the promise of a blank sheet of paper, the promise inherent in all new beginnings. And while I have given up the written list of “New Year’s Resolutions,” the rising energy of each new year still captivates me. I hope that it will bring greater light and energy to you as well.

To find out more about the Winter Hike, go to <www.BrownCountyWinterHike. com>. For information on the Frosty Trails Five Mile Run, contact Bill Bartley, Indiana Running Company, (812) 822-0327. For a downloadable brochure that fully describes WUFW as well as a link to event tickets, go to <www.riverlightyoga.com>. Tickets for WUFW can be purchased at <www.WUFW.eventbrite.com>. 

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