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Jan. –Feb. 2014

The Magazine of Fun and Fact FREE

Moonshine Leather

Made in Brown County

Looking Back on Our Courthouse

Sampler at And: Grandpa Named Peoga Being Present in Brown County Winter Reads Borders

The Hobnob photo by Marti Garvey



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


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Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm




Brown Co Art Guild

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

Hobnob Corner

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery

House of Jerky

Redbud Terrace

McGinley Insurance


Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Main Street Shops


MAIN STREET Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place


Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

Broomcorn Johnny’s

Weed Patch Music Co.

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum


Village Village Green Boutique Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Downtown Cottages & Suites

Iris Garden Complex

Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop


Brown County History Center


Hidden Valley Inn



Honeysuckle Hideaway

The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

The Silver Fern Beads and Gifts

Main Street Images

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage


Harvest Moon Pizzeria

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Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

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Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry


Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

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Nashville General Store & Bakery

Boots-n-Bling Western Wear and Tack


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Antique Alley


Our Brown County ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op.............................46 Brown Co Antique Mall................49 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Nashville General Store...............39 Plum Creek Antiques...................56 Townhouse Gifts...........................35


Antique Alley Shops.....................29 Antiques Co-op.............................46 B3 Gallery.......................................55 Bear Hardware..............................42 Brown Co Antique Mall................49 Brown Co Art Gallery...................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................49 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.27 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County................25


58 South Apparel..........................28 Antique Alley Shops.....................29 Bear Hardware..............................42 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......35 Head Over Heels...........................48 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................19 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............15 Male Instinct..................................49 Sports Etc.......................................48 Village Boutique...........................34 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......35


4th Sister Vintage Store...............19 Antique Alley Shops.....................29 Antiques Co-op.............................46 B3 Gallery.......................................55 Bone Appetit Bakery....................51 Broomcorn Johnny’s....................26 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......35

Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..45 Brown Co Craft Gallery................49 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....38 Brown Co Visitors Center.............18 Carol’s Crafts..................................45 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 The Crystal Source........................22 A Dreamer’s Gallery.......................3 The Ferguson House....................13 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................13 Head Over Heels...........................48 Homestead Weaving Studio.......27 House of Clocks.............................46 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jeepers Miniatures.......................46 K. Bellum Leather.........................55 Madeline’s......................................55 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................49 Monroe Music Park.......................23 Nashville General Store...............39 New Leaf.........................................26 Ole House.......................................37 Papertrix.........................................37 Rhonda Kay’s.................................28 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.27 Sheep Street Fibers......................46 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............49 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................27 Sports Etc.......................................48 Sweetwater Gallery......................15 Townhouse Gifts...........................35 The Toy Chest................................45 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....35 Wishful Thinking...........................49


Brown County Playhouse............53 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....38 kidscommons................................35 Monroe’s Music Park....................23

Muddy Boots Cafe........................39 Pine Room Tavern.........................34 Rawhide Ranch.............................42


Abe Martin Lodge.........................54 Artists Colony Inn.........................45 Bloomingfoods.............................28 Brown Co IGA................................53 Brown Co Inn.................................51 Brown Co Winery..........................25 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....39 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................35 Chateau Thomas Winery.............22 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........59 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................55 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........29 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................42 Hotel Nashville..............................59 House of Jerky...............................22 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 McDonald’s....................................49 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................39 Nashville BP...................................37 Nashville Candy Store..................48 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............60 Nashville General Store...............39 Nashville House............................51 Ole House.......................................37 Pine Room Tavern.........................34 Pizza King.......................................57 Schwab’s Fudge.............................39 Seasons...........................................51 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................55 That Sandwich Place....................49 The Wild Olive...............................22


The Ferguson House....................13 Plum Creek Antiques...................56

Advertiser Index HARDWARE Bear Hardware..............................42


Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......35 Head Over Heels...........................48 K. Bellum Leather.........................55


Antique Alley Shops.....................29 B3 Gallery.......................................55 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......35 Brown Co Antique Mall................49 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 The Crystal Source........................22 Ferguson House............................13 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................13 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................26 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........49 Ole House.......................................37 Rhonda Kay’s.................................28 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............49 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........27 Village Boutique...........................34


Abe Martin Lodge.........................54 Artists Colony Inn.........................45 The Brick Lodge............................59 Brown Co Inn.................................51 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn..............................4 Downtown Cottages & Suites....38 eXplore Brown County................25 Green Valley Lodge......................37 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................29 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..51 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12

Hotel Nashville..............................59 Lodge on the Mountain...............51 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........56 Mike Nickel’s Vacation Cabins....14 The North House...........................59 Olde Magnolia House..................19 Rawhide Ranch.............................42 Salt Creek Inn................................39 Seasons...........................................51


Bone Appetit Bakery....................51


B3 Gallery.......................................55 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................27


Lamb Lake Homes........................42 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................57 ReMax Team...................................22


eXplore Brown County................25 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............19 Rawhide Ranch.............................42


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................28 Brown Co Health & Living...........33 Brown Co Visitors Center.............18 Career Resource Center...............55 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........34 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................19 Michael’s Massage Therapy........15 Nashville BP...................................37 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....35


Robert Adair Woodworking Al’s Paint & Body-Garage BETA Teen Center Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA

Brown Co Tire & Auto Career Resource Center Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store McGinley Vacation Cabins Mike Nickels Log Homes Pizza King Plum Creek Antiques Waltman Construction Co.


Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......35 Head Over Heels...........................48 K. Bellum Leather.........................55


Bone Appetit Bakery....................51 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......35 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..45 Carol’s Crafts..................................45 Fireplace Center............................35 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................19 House of Clocks.............................45 Jeepers Miniatures.......................46 K. Bellum Leather.........................55 Male Instinct..................................49 Sheep Street Fibers......................46 Sports Etc.......................................48 The Toy Chest................................45 Weed Patch Music Company........2 Wishful Thinking...........................49


Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Sweetwater Gallery......................15


Artists Colony Inn.........................45 eXplore Brown County................25 Hotel Nashville..............................59


contents Cover photo by Marti Garvey

16 Moonshine Leather Co. ~by Karen E. Farley 20 Looking Back on the Courthouse ~by Julia Pearson

24 Sampler at the Hobnob 32 Grandpa Named Peoga ~by Jeff Tryon

36 Winter Reading

~by Jim Eagleman

44 Chuck Wills

~by Karen E. Farley

47 Down in the Hills o’ Brown County 50 A Brown County License Plate History 52 Being Present in Brown County ~by Lee Edgren 58 Borders ~by Henry Swain

10-11 11 13 30-31 40-41 43

Contributors 11 Subscribe Where Is It? Contest Note from the Editor Photos by Marti Garvey Calendar of Entertainment/Events Coloring Contest


Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 812-988-8807 copyright 2014

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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. 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. 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. Jim Eagleman is a 38 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.

Karen E. Farley and her husband Ken recently moved to Nashville from Columbus. She is mother of three, stepmom of four, grandmother of twelve and great grandmother of one. Karen’s passion for writing began in her twenties writing poems to her daughters. Married for 25 years, she contributes to several local, national, and international magazines. Jeff Tryon is a fifth-generation BrownCountian who has worked as a newspaper reporter, a carpenter, a cook, a factory droid, and a poet performing with a rock band. He lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on a piece of property on the edge 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. Our Brown County is reprinting his previous articles from past issues.

featured photographs Marti Garvey is a photographer and artist who has lived in Brown County for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Norbert, raised four children in the hills and hollers of Owl Creek. Inspired by light, structures, nature, music, people, and spontaneity her work has been featured in various publications. “Do at least one creative thing a day” is a motto she has lived by her whole life—which is why her camera and art supplies accompany her wherever she goes. Contact her at <> or view her photos at <>..

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he beginning of a new year is the time when we speak most often about change. We reflect on the prior year’s transitions and consider all the possibilities for the coming year. We picture ourselves making change by losing that extra weight, learning to play the violin, or getting fit at the YMCA. Then there is a different type of change we never want to imagine, that sneaks up on us and knocks us down. An illness strikes us and takes away our energy or mobility. A fire destroys our favorite possessions. A loved one passes quickly and leaves us lonely. My faith is strongest when dealing with a lot of change. Maybe it is because I am more vulnerable and surrender control to other powers. The least important stuff seems to fall away and the things that really do count remain—the people I love and what I enjoy. Sometimes we see change coming, like dark storm clouds in the distance. We think we know what kind of weather is headed our way—but when the change actually arrives, it isn’t what we expected. That is how I feel about the past year. The nest isn’t empty yet, but my son has ventured out into the world, on wheels, in a truck of his own. No more getting him to practice on time or being at school to pick him up right when he is finished. Now I have more time to do things I want to do—gee, what do I want to do? So, not only is my son breaking away—I am, too. We are both experiencing new freedom. I didn’t see that coming. Do we use our day-to-day habits and responsibilities as excuses for not growing? Do we miss the joy of our own surroundings just because we are bogged down with the small stuff? Change can improve your senses. When I return home after travelling to a far away place I am always intensely aware of how much I love living in Brown County.  —Cindy Steele

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Moonshine Leather Co. Fine Leathergoods Handcrafted Here

hen high school senior Mike Kline worked as an apprentice for Bill Dillon, owner of a leather shop in Nashville, he never imagined one day he would own the shop and become a successful entrepreneur. “Bill told me he was closed from January to March, but gave me a book on leatherworking,” Kline says. “He told me to read it and come back in March and we would talk. I read the whole book.” He came back in March and spent the next few years working alongside Dillon and becoming a master craftsman. Kline bought the shop when Dillon retired in 1992. After 22 years in business, Kline owns three stores in two states, has distributors in Japan and South Korea, and employs over 20 people. Kline and his wife Missy opened the original shop in Antique Alley. In the early days, their older children helped in the shop. The family and employees take pride in the quality leather goods produced. Kline says, “We don’t use computer-driven machines or other mass manufacturing techniques. We use the talents of our skilled artisans—one artisan, one machine.” In 2005, Kline was on the road marketing his leather goods and was captivated with the landscape of Arizona. “I

16 Our Brown County • Jan./Feb. 2014

photo by Karen E. Farley


~by Karen E. Farley

Owner Mike Kline.

was doing art shows in Arizona and saw a sign in a store window that said, ‘For Rent,’” he explains. “I liked the area and decided to open a leather shop there.” Altai Leather Designs was opened shortly after his trip out west. The shop carries the same leather products sold in the Nashville store. After their youngest (the couple have five children, ages 8 to 20) started school, his wife took over management of the Arizona store. Kline

photo by Karen E. Farley

”We don’t use computerdriven machines or other mass manufacturing techniques. We use the talents of our skilled artisans —one artisan, one machine. ”

continues to travel monthly to the store out west. On weekends, all of the children help out making smaller items for the company. “I make all the kids work,” he smiles. “My oldest son is the most experienced belt maker.” A lot of his customers are repeat ones. Throughout the year, tourists and locals visit the shop. But Kline also sees international shoppers here for American made items. Several years ago, Kline took Japanese lessons from Mikiko Kory, a customer and Japanese teacher. “I had so many Japanese speaking customers that worked at Cummins, I decided to learn the language,” he explains.

“When they came to visit Nashville, they were looking for something made in America. I wanted to be able to help them. We still get a lot of foreign customers looking for quality items.” Kory became co-owner at K. Bellum, the second Nashville store located in the original leather shop on Franklin Street. The second store carries a line of leather goods made by artisans from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. They also carry some of the leather goods sold at the store in Nashville. Moonshine Leather products are also popular throughout Asia. Kline has two distributors of his leather goods in Seoul and Tokyo. A few years ago, Sunho You approached Kline to carry his products in her boutique in Seoul. While studying at Indiana University she visited his shop many times. After graduation, she returned to Korea and opened a store carrying original items. Upstairs in the loft at the shop on Van Buren are recycled firemen’s gear and leather items. “Black Helmet approached me in 2011 to design a line of wallets using recycled firemen’s bunker gear and leather,” Kline says. Black Helmet is based in Miami and was founded by a fireman, for firefighters. All the designs are hand-drawn, and a portion of the proceeds go to support charitable organizations. Continued on 18

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MOONSHINE LEATHER continued from 17 Both leather stores carry a large selection of hand-made shop aprons, belts, handbags, backpacks, wallets and key cases, including the popular snap key case. Customers return to find quality goods from a local vendor. “We still have customers that bought from the previous owner,” Kline says. “That’s 30 some years of customers. It’s kind of fun to see a new generation of customers buying gifts from the shop.”

Seamstress Abby Smith.

Stop by Moonshine Leather Co. at 35 Van Buren Street in downtown Nashville next to the Hobnob Corner Restaurant and visit K. Bellum located at 92 West Franklin Street (1 block south of Main Street in Antique Alley). If visiting Jerome (near the Grand Canyon), Arizona, stop by Altair Leather Designs at 415 Main Street. Visit Moonshine’s website with over 1700 different items at <>. 

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Looking Back on the

Brown County Courthouse ~by Julia Pearson


ustice in early Brown County was meted out by a circuit riding judge, believed to be dispensed in a private home made of logs two stories high, not far from the Reasoner Orchard home on the Lanam Ridge Road. A year after Brown County was formed by the State Legislature and when Nashville was designated the county seat, tandem building projects for a courthouse and jail were deemed civil necessities. According to archival records provided by George Fleener, a contract for the building was awarded to David Weddle in 1837.” It was constructed of hand-hewn logs, “chinked and daubed with mortar.” It was two stories and of true rectangular design, with two rooms above and a stairway at each end. The ground floor consisted of one

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room. Fireplaces were the sole source of heat. The cost of the first courthouse and jail was $700. The courthouse was in use until 1853. The log building was then sold and the logs were used as a stable for a half century. A contract was let to John Douglas to build a courthouse of brick on the same site for a cost of $7000 and it was finished by 1855. In the interim, court was convened in the Methodist Church. A November morning fire in 1873 claimed the courthouse and many records were lost in the flames along with the walls and doors. The Brownstown Banner reported on November 12, 1873 that the whole court room was on fire when discovered. Citizens succeeded in getting out the

records from the clerk’s, auditor’s, and treasurer’s offices, but didn’t save any of the records in the recorder’s office. Different accounts and reasons for the tragic fire are still told. Fleener’s notes record that after the fire, “the auditor, William J. Watson and commissioners, Robert Henderson and Allen Anderson, met at Brown and Prather’s law office for a special meeting for the purpose of housing the government of Brown County.” Three rooms were rented from John Gendin so that civil business could proceed. In 1874, a contract was let for a new courthouse at installments of $4,000 and $4,500. It was to be finished by 1877. Following the same plan as the previous building, and on the same site, the old foundation and a portion of the old wall were to be utilized. The first floor was rectangular in design and housed offices for the treasurer, auditor, county surveyor, recorder, and clerk.” The second floor held the jury room and office for the superintendent of Brown County schools. The well-known and loved superintendent, Grover G. Brown, used this office for 32 years. The upstairs courtroom was used for any activity where a large room was needed. Records state that the building was heated by, “a box type wood burning stove, their mouths were always ready for another stick of wood.” In 1930, water was piped from the creek to flush toilets and to provide water for the heating system which consisted of hot water radiators— the water being heated by coal furnace. When automobiles brought people into Nashville, the courthouse lawn had a well, a pump, and a common drinking cup for all. One day, local Brown Countians noted that an automobile from Indianapolis drove up to the curb. A lady got out of the car with a big dog. She pumped a cup of water and gave the cup to the dog to drink from. Mr. Fleener’s notes share for readers: “That was fine for the dog, and it pleased her, but was not acceptable to our society.” In 1939, a one-story extension was added on the north end to provide room for health facilities. A second story was added to that extension for space needed for activities of the judge of the court. Remodeling continued and by 1964 wiring was revamped and new fixtures hung. The old

coal-burning furnace was replaced with a fuel-burning furnace. The Brown County courthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. In 1989, the courthouse bell tower was repaired for a cost of $10,000. Starting in April of 1992, there were major renovations to expand the courthouse and included installation of an elevator, addition of a hearing room, and expansion of offices. The eight month project cost $600,000. While digging a pit for the elevator shaft, large chunks of limestone were found. “We believe that large rocks were used as foundation material instead of concrete,” said architect Michael Chamblee. Lee Waltman Construction Company of Nashville, which renovated the building’s second floor in 1976, received the remodeling bid. The courthouse received a new roof, plumbing, wiring, and plaster. Heating and air conditioning were added. Across the back of the building was built a 9 foot, two-story addition. The large iron staircase was removed and a new staircase was constructed, spanning three stories from the basement to the courtroom. The Brown County courthouse was rededicated in a special observance on December 6, 1992. The program proclaimed: “We dedicate this building to be set aside to be used for the 88th Judicial Court System and functions of county government. “We dedicate this building to the service of the people. To justice, righteous and fair treatment. “To the leaders who had foresight to see the county’s needs, to the people who carried out the plans, and to the youth and the promises of the future, to all the citizens of Brown County.” 

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Hobnob Corner Restaurant The Sampler


ometimes when something is a constant and abiding presence in our lives, even if it is very good and important, we tend to forget about it and, eventually, to take it for granted. That’s why, on a somehow starkly beautiful winter evening, I arranged a rendezvous with my wife down at The Hobnob Corner, right in the center of Nashville, at the corner of Main and Van Buren streets. We agreed that it is a wonderful restaurant, an old favorite of ours, and a place we often send people to if they ask about a good place to eat around town. The big white frame structure opposite the Nashville House, the Professional Building, and the courthouse, depending on how you look at it, is the oldest commercial building in the county. Constructed in 1873 by Franklin P. Taggart for a dry-goods store, it was repurposed

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as a pharmacy by Charles Genolin, a pharmacist from Indianapolis, around 1919. In 1925, The Miller family bought it and operated it as a pharmacy and soda fountain until 1973. It bears the marks of its previous incarnations—the long counter and mirrored antique back bar from its heyday as a soda fountain; the shotgun dining room, with high ceilings and a bank of tall windows running along one side, looking out on Van Buren Street. The ancient rolling wooden floors, creaking with every step and the walls lined with large Frank Hohenberger prints of Brown County in an earlier time. And the food is great! The Hobnob Corner offers a delectable selection of soups, salads and sandwiches and is especially beloved locally for its outstanding breads, pastries, and Danish baked at the store daily. The Hobnob is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a diverse selection of entrees including Ravioli Pesto, Chicken Mandarin, and Liver and Onions (for those who “never get it at home”, according to the menu). The offerings also include an old-fashioned Pot Roast sandwich that is widely admired, steak, spaghetti with Italian sausage sauce, a chicken picante, and many other delightful choices. Continued on 26

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garnished with fresh basil. Or trottole with pancetta in roasted tomato sauce—house made pancetta in roasted roma tomato sauce over curly pasta noodles garnished with ricotta salata. The evening menu changes from time to time, so if you haven’t visited in a while you might want to treat yourself and see what is on Chef Eric Cole’s mind these days. After much deep study and cogitation over the seven proposed entrée’s on the After Five menu, any HOBNOB continued from 24 There are several sandwiches on the menu, including another favorite of my wife—an open-faced vegetable sandwich with avocado, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, and mushrooms on whole wheat with melted cheddar cheese; also turkey and steak sandwiches served open-faced; a tuna melt; and a good one-third pound cheeseburger. While the everyday lunch menu is perfectly good, and we find it hard to resist ordering our regular favorites (the “Rube Martin” for Mrs. Sampler, the quiche for me), we’ve come to try the new “Specials After Five” menu. The evening menu offers something a little above and beyond typical Nashville cuisine—such as panroasted duck breast with cranberries, accompanied by braised kale and the chef’s biscuit pudding in a pool of house-made pan sauce made with veal stock, white wine and dried cranberries. Or shrimp in a sauce of garlic, capers and feta cheese, turned out on fettucine

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one of which I would be happy to entertain, I decide on the “braised rabbit with pappardelle.” My kitchen companion opted for the Mahi-Mahi with a cumin-caper mayonnaise sauce. While our friendly and efficient waitron took our order back to the kitchen, we dipped into the Hobnob’s impressive wine list, I with a glass of pinot noir; she with a nice shiraz. The atmosphere is warm and friendly.

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The rabbit arrived, savory and rustic and hearty. The braised meat has been reserved, and the braising liquid reduced to a tasty sauce with mushrooms, peas and carrots. The sauce and the meat are then tossed in the pappardelle, long flat, broad noodles, and garnished with Parmesan cheese. The Mahi-Mahi is seasoned with the chef’s secret spice rub, brushed with butter and broiled. It arrived with roasted butternut squash glazed with chutney and broccoli, but the star of the plate is the cumincaper-mayo sauce, which gets raves from the wife. The generous portions and friendly, relaxing surroundings make for a pleasant dining experience. A range of delectable desserts are offered, and, although I was technically sated, for purely professional reasons, I felt I must try the bread pudding, about which I have heard good things. Sometimes we forget life’s simple pleasures—they fade into the background of the everyday hustle and bustle of life—a good glass of wine, dinner out with your truest love, a well-prepared, thoughtful meal, a building that has stood the test of time in the heart of a community that has stood the test of time. To associate familiarly, over a scoop of hot sweet pudding floating in a bowl of cream. I was profoundly satisfied. To “hobnob” is “to associate familiarly”, according to my dictionary, and the aptly-named Hobnob corner has become an iconic meeting place for locals and vistiors alike. 

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Grandpa Named Peoga W.E. Tryon, Local Legend


~by Jeff Tryon

suppose every family has its family legends—stories of previous generations whose identity, motives, and actions have been obscured by the passage of time; a snatch of story with one foot in legend and one in recollection, that may or may not square with the known facts, but probably reflects some essential truth thought worth preserving. In my family, one of those stories is about how my grandfather, W.E. Tryon, was the one who named the extreme northeastern Brown County village of Peoga. W.E.—known as “Ed” or “Eddie”—grew up in the environs of Spearsville, Peoga, and— between them—Gold Point Road, although he was actually born outside of Brown County, in Findley, Illinois. As the story goes in my family, the small hamlet was applying for a post office but, as commonly happened in those days on the

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“western frontier,” had to pick a new name because their original choice had already been used. A few years ago, while going through some of my father’s personal effects, I came across a folded, yellowed newspaper clipping from the now-defunct Indianapolis News. A clipped column titled “Ringside In Hoosierland” by Wayne Guthrie sported the headline, “Author of Peoga Finally Is Found.” “Eureka!,” Guthrie wrote, “I seem to have found part of the answers to the questions that have puzzled me and readers about the peaceful little rural community of Peoga in the northeastern part of Brown County.” Guthrie then reveals his source, which turns out to be Robert Tryon, my uncle Bob, and quotes his take on the Peoga story. “Many years ago, my father, who died in 1938, told me he was the one who suggested the name of Peoga,” Guthrie quotes uncle Bob, “He said folks had gathered in an old barn to select a name for the town. They were considering naming it ‘Pogo’. “ An extended civic debate ensued wherein many suggestions were made, arguments and objections expressed, and intractable stubbornness wore on

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into the night. Anyone who has ever been involved in any public discussion of a civic nature around these parts will recognize the true Brown Countian character of this folk tale. “Oh, he was just running around there and when he shouted out that name, he was just a’ smartin’ off and they picked it up and adopted it.” One detail that emerges from the mists of time for me is his age. it hadn’t occurred to me that when he named Peoga, he was just a kid. “He was born in 1877 and I believe he was only eight or nine years old when the town was named,” Uncle Bob said. “That would have been in 1885 or 1886.” Eddie, W.E., would go on to become “sort of a local legend around Brown County in the early days,” according to Uncle Bob. “He played the fiddle in the old fiddlers contest at the annual Old Settlers picnic, as it was called in those days, near what is now called Bean Blossom. However, Bean Blossom was called Georgetown then,” Uncle Bob said. Continued on 34

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W.E. “Ed” Tryon also played at Saturday night barn dances in Helmsburg, played with Doc Biesel’s band on the radio, and played with Roy Houchins’ band on the back of a flat-bed truck at the Bean Blossom Jamboree, the precursor to the Bill Monroe Festival. “He told me lots of stories about the folklore of the time. There were always some kind of ghost stories going around and people were very superstitious,” Uncle Bob said. Included in those superstitions, according to family lore, was the belief that grandpa could “take the fire out of burns” by blowing on them, “because he had never seen his father.” He would be called away to people’s homes for this purpose. As bizarre as this sounded to me when first heard, I have since come across a citation in a book called Kentucky Superstitions by Daniel Lindsey which relates that, “thrush in a child can be cured if a person who has never seen his father will blow his breath three times into the child’s face for three days.” W.E. died in 1938. He is buried with Rilda at the Wesleyan Church cemetery in Spearsville. He lived and died in and around Brown County, but we really know precious little about him, except that he named Peoga—no small claim to fame. But why “Peoga”? Where the heck did that come from? It is instructive to do a map search of the area around his birthplace, in Findley, Illinois. Not too far away lies the little town of “Neoga.” 

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Winter Reading ~by Jim Eagleman


ike for many, winter months give me opportunity to delve into the nature books, articles, newsletters, and magazines neglected all year. Warmer days were enjoyed outside and I always thought to do it later. Now there’s time to enjoy articles, or revisit favorite books, journals—even poems. Reading by the woodstove on long winter evenings has become most enjoyable. I even make time to scan academic articles with statistics, charts, and graphs—suggested reading by a supervisor. A book friends and I always take down from the shelf at this time is The National Wildlife Federation’s December Treasury and its companion edition, Wildlife’s Christmas Treasury. While holiday themes prevail, topics also deal with wildlife, survival, and winter accounts by biologists. I am sure more current work has been compiled since these volumes were published in 1985, but the art prints, photos, and entries help recall for me my

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youth in hilly, southeastern Pennsylvania. A nostalgic sap, I seem to think Robert Frost’s poems were written just for me, or that Grandma Moses prints depict our favorite sledding hill. I look close and see a house I knew, a passage brings back the smell of wet wool. The snow, the fires at impromptu hockey games, and the biting cold comes back. I am a kid again on my new Flexible Flyer sled. Snow days meant no school and snow forts took precedence. How gifted these past poets and authors—the stories paint a mental image. I marvel at word choice, cadence, and how they recount the natural world’s chilly time. When young, I may have memorized an entire passage or line for an assignment, but never had the appreciation how carefully words were crafted, sentences assembled. Like a favorite song we know by heart, works by writers like Longfellow, Dickinson, Hal Borland, Ernest Thompson Seton, Sigurd Olson, Leopold, Edwin Teale, and others come easy. They tell a story and charm the ear. All are nature observers, lovers of wild places now in winter, noting “nature’s music” for all to hear and enjoy. They seem to say: “Why not invite all who read to see for yourself—bundle up, look for tracks, signs.” Continued on 38

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WINTER READING continued from 36 A creative writing instructor once told a class, “if the words aren’t compelling enough to move you to action, the writer failed.” Then he added that such writing, if the student was to pursue, would be one of the most difficult tasks in the language arts. Yet some authors have a knack (or skill) to convey action, movement—a change. Others spend time. Winston Churchill, the great British orator and writer, was known to have spent an entire day on the flow of one sentence. He would say a sentence out loud several times, emphasizing a different word, not knowing how future readers would hear, and hopefully reflect on the message. Winter also allows a visit to museums and art galleries to see up-close the talent of landscape, bird, and wild place painters. Having observed a lot of natural areas, and familiar with the woods, I think I have a pretty good feel for lighting—how shade covers the ground or how sunlight is reflected off tree trunks and water. Until I see an exquisite painting that captures the scene so eloquently. That the artist spent enough time to study the likeness is a credential I’ll acknowledge—they spent the time. Like a select few authors I admire, only a few artists can convey it perfectly. The DNR web page <> is full of winter activities at many state properties. You can get outside for guided hikes, ski tours, and toboggan runs, and have warm places to go afterwards. Notices remind you to dress in layers and know your limits. Snowshoes and ice fishing keep outdoor enthusiasts active. Wide, winter tires on mountain bikes keep park trails full of tracks. Long, skinny trails side-by-side indicate cross-country skiers. We are fortunate to live in a place that offers so much year ’round. It is with a tinge of guilt I stay indoors on cold and stormy days. Tending to the stove and watching birds, I reach for another story in the treasury book. I recall a duck-hunting trip a few years back when I left the warmth of the house to freeze. My hunting partner reminded me that the coldest, most inhospitable day for humans is a great day for ducks. Now, I go less and enjoy reading about the duck adventures others recount. Enjoy these long winter days with a good (nature) book. Share what you are reading and a favorite passage. Happy New Year! 

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Jan. 26 David Sisson 5:00 Jan. 30 Bonz Jan. 31 Sarah Wilkinson & Alexandria Kelly Feb. 1 Tommy Simmons Feb. 2 Americana Showcase 5:00 Feb. 3 Joe Sanford Feb. 4 All Star Jam Feb. 6 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills Feb. 7 Steven Thomas Feb. 8 The Bradys and Relay for Life Feb. 9 Bonz Brown County Playhouse Feb. 13 Michael Cummins Performing Arts Center Feb. 15 Sarah Wilkinson & Stars in the Spotlight Alexandria Kelly Jan. 17 at 7:30 Feb. 16 Brent Bennett 5:00 Brown County Youth Musicians Competition Feb. 17 Indiana Boys March 1 at 7:30 Feb. 20 John Whitcomb 2nd Annual Brown County Music Awards Feb. 21 Greg & Tony March 8 at 7:30 Feb. 22 John Bowyer Live performances from many of the Feb. 23 David Sisson 5:00 nominees including a grand finale jam Feb. 27 Bonz session Feb. 28 Tim Pearson Mellencougar Tribute Band March 1 The Nate Johnson Trio March 15 at 7:30 MOVIES - THE LATEST RELEASES 812-988-6911 Schedule online www. 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555 Pine Room Tavern Jan. 3 Kade Puckett 6:00 Jan. 4 Max Jeffrey & Muddy Boots Cafe the Explosions 8:00 Some dates weren’t booked yet. Jan. 10 Tommy Simmons 6:00 Most times at 7:00, other times indidated Jan. 11 Barbara McGuire 9:00 Jan. 2 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills Jan. 17 Jonathan Hutchison 6:00 Jan. 3 Steven Thomas Jan. 18 New Old Calvary 8:00 Jan. 4 MLE Jan. 19 Adam Yeager 7:00 Jan. 5 Americana Showcase 5:00 Jan. 24 Joe Sanford 6:00 Jan. 7 All Star Jam Jan. 25 Indiana Boys 9:00 Jan. 9 Bonz Jan. 26 Craig Thurston 7:00 Jan. 10 Steve Smith Jan. 31 Kenan Rainwater 6:00 Jan. 11 The Bradys and Relay for Life Feb. 1 Black, White and Blue Band 8:00 Jan. 12 The Nate Johnson Trio 3:00 Feb. 2 Lance Allen Everet 6:00 Jan. 16 John Whitcomb Feb. 7 Jeff Foster 6:00 Jan. 17 Greg & Tony Feb. 8 Michael Kelsey 9:00 Jan. 18 The Lost Shoe String Band Feb. 14 Tommy Simmons 6:00 Jan. 19 Tommy Simmons Feb. 15 Kendell/Purdy 8:00 Jan. 20 Indiana Boys Feb. 21 Cootie Crabtree 6:00 Jan. 23 Randy Lavere Feb. 22 Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band 8:00 Jan. 24 Tim Pearson Feb. 23 Tom Roznowski 6:00 Jan. 25 The Bradys and Relay for Life Feb. 28 Chuck Wills 6:00

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March 1 Stella & Friends 8:00 (behind Salt Creek Inn) 812-988-0236 www.

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Winter Wellness Weekend, January 17–19, 2014 at the Brown County State Park Combines three distinct events, including the traditional Winter Hike, the Frosty Trails Five race, and. Warm Up From Within. Complete information as well as a link to tickets can be found at <> and at <>. SPECIAL EVENTS: To reserve a discounted rooms Winter Hike in the block, use the room code: Saturday, Jan. 18 0120WW when you register at the 9:00 a.m. Take a hike on one of the two Abe Martin Lodge. self-guided trails. FREE FRIDAY KICK-OFF: Southern Loop Hike (3.5 miles): Beginning at the Nature Center, hikers begin on JANUARY 17 a closed park road past breathtaking 5:00–6:00 p.m. Qigong and Hohen point, into Strahl Valley then Tai Chi Easy with Kathy and Jim around Lake Strahl. Return to the Nature Johnson —Allison Room Center via Trail #6. Participants will perform gentle Woodland Hike (2.75 miles): Beginning movements with mental focus at the park’s Recreation Building and on the form and on breath. Wear proceeding through Ogle Hollow Nature comfortable clothing and a warm Preserve (Trail #5), around Lake Ogle pair of socks or slippers. (Trail #7), and returning to the Recreation Completely Free Events: Building. 7:00–8:15 p.m. Your Body, Your Frosty Trails Five Mile Planet, and the Food You Eat— Saturday, Jan. 18 Melodeon Hall 10:30 a.m. 5 mile run on horse trails A panel of food growers and Sponsored by the Indiana Running Co. students of food, nutrition, and Info human behavior with diverse views, (812) 822-0327 moderated by Bill Daniels. Hiker’s Lunch Buffet 8:30–9:30 p.m. Closed Saturday, Jan. 19 Addiction Recovery (12 Step) 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Little Gem Restaurant Abe Martin Lodge Meeting—Priness Room 8:30–10:30 p.m. Dance Party Info with Cari Ray, Chuck Wills, and The (812) 988-4418 Loaners—Allison Room TICKETED EVENTS: OTHER ACTIVITIES: SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Bucks & Does Square Dances All-Levels Yoga with Pierre YMCA Jan. 3 and Feb. 7, 8:00-10:30 Couvillion, E-RYT500, NAMA, Abe Martin Lodge Jan. 10, 8:00-10:00 The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street NCBTMB—Melodeon Room Shake Your Soul with Kathy Anderson—Allison Room Indiana Raptor Center “Deepening the Journey: Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs Stepping Through Obstacles and available. Info: 812-988-8990 Fears on the Path to Your Dreams”

with Diana Ensign—Priness Room Meditate, journal, chant, explore simple energetic movements. “The Meanings of Our Life— How Words Shape Beliefs, and Beliefs Shape Us.” with Allison Distler—Melodeon Room A two-hour somatic workshop. Participants please bring something cozy to sit or lay on, (pillow, blanket, yoga mat, i.e. something fluffy). “For Whom and When Is Something Healthy?” Pierre Couvillion—Allison Room Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world and is the home of natural health care techniques from bodywork/ massage to herbology to diet. SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 All Levels Yoga with Allison Distler—Allison Room Healing Sound Meditation with Janiece Jaffe—Melodeon Room Bring a blanket, pillow, or yoga mat. “Attentiveness Through Mystical Poetry” with Laura Blackthorn—Priness Room Read favorite poems from the mystic poets through the ages, discuss some of the characteristics of mystical writing, enter silence, and then write. Bring a favorite mystical poem, a journal and pen.  Mandala Painting with Karla Becker—Allison Room A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol that represents the universe. All materials supplied. The Treasure Hunt—Look for the hidden WUFW Envelopes filled with coupons and special offers from local restaurants, merchants, and teachers. Chair Massage will be available for two hours on Friday evening, Saturday noon, and Sunday noon on a first-come-first-served basis. 

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Chuck Wills

Accidental Performer

~by Karen E. Farley


rowing up, Chuck Wills spent summer vacations on Lake Lemon at his grandparent’s cabin. His childhood memories of the rolling hills and the forest made it easy to decide seven years ago to return to Southern Indiana with his wife, Teresa, and make Brown County his home. “Moving to Brown County has made a significant change in our lives,” he says. “It’s easier to focus on the things that matter. I believe we are here on purpose, not by accident.” For their first Christmas in Brown County, his wife gave him a gift certificate from the Weed Patch Music Company in Nashville for guitar lessons with Kara Barnard, well-known musician, instructor, and artist. “It wasn’t easy at first,” he laughs. “I had to unlearn every bad habit I had playing the guitar.” Wills didn’t always play the guitar. In middle school, he discovered the trumpet and in high school, he learned to play the piano. It wasn’t until college that he taught himself to play the guitar. After graduating from Ball State with a degree in business administration, Wills and a friend travelled 13,000 miles through 19 states and Canada. Over three months, they camped at national parks, rode mountain bikes, played guitars, and wandered around the country. When he returned, he worked in the family business and a co-worker encouraged him to join the Greenwood Community Band. Wills played the trumpet and later started the Greenwood Brass Quintet. In 1998, Wills married and settled down to family life with their two daughters, Jessica and Emily. The next few years were filled with work and school functions. “I got busy with family things and music took a back seat,” he admits. “I even loaned my guitar to a guy for a year. I rarely played with anyone and it didn’t seem to matter very much at the time.” Since the move to Brown County, Wills hasn’t put his guitar down and continues to take lessons from Barnard. He joined the Nashville Christian Church music team and then the Barnstormers. In 2009, he started an acoustic duo called

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The Nodding Compadres and played for several years with Shelf Life (nominated for best new band in the 2013 Brown County Music Awards). He credits the people of Brown County and Barnard for helping him rediscover music in his life. “I’ve had two amazing music instructors in my life—my trumpet teacher in college and Kara,” he smiles. Kara’s an amazing friend and mentor. She taught me the spirit behind the music. Her fingerprints are on everything I do.” Continued on 48


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Down in the Hills o’Brown County ~by Frank M. Hohenberger


t this season of the year, when the days seem so short and the nights long, there is the usual hurry and bustle among the hill folk. Long before daylight you can see the little lights flickering in the homes and dad is busying himself around the barn, while mother is preparing the breakfast and getting the children ready for school. Some of the men are engaged in the logging business, and that means that the grown folk jump out of a nice, warm bed at about 4 o’clock in order that the teams may be on their way to the woods two hours later. Usually they return to the mill about 5 o’clock in the evening and by the time the chores are finished and the evening meal is partaken of it’s time for bed. Early in the morning the boys hurry to the creek to inspect their traps, and not a small amount of pocket money is accumulated that goes a long ways toward furnishing their own clothes and buying their schoolbooks. The girls help mother all they can and in the evenings, after they have mastered their lessons, they enjoy the books that are being supplied by the public library, a somewhat recent innovation. Not being obliged to roll out in the mornings until

the house is comfortably heated, they burn just a little more oil than common, and the librarian tells me that the patronage at headquarters is increasing every week. Most of the people have seen to it that the butchering is over, the kraut has been made and pumpkins are drying overhead, and the women folks are turning their attention to knitting woolen socks and mittens. Others have brought out the old quilting frames and tackin’ and quiltin’ parties are in order. But the days are over when this was one of the big events in Brown County. In some of the homes the frame was suspended from the ceiling and in other instances carpenter’s horses or the backs of chairs were used. Wooden cog wheels or iron clamps kept the corners of the frames just where they belonged, and the best-lighted window in the house marked the spot where the work would be carried on. At times as many as six people would be working around a frame, especially when the tacking was being done, and invitations for a tackin’ and general good time included Bill Coffey, “Doc” Genolin and Bill Kennedy, said to have been outdone in their experiences by only a few of the women folks. Next came the quilting. This was followed by a one grand meal supplemented at times with an old-fashioned dance. It took only

Excerpts from December 13, 1924 reprinted with permission from Scripps Howard.

a few minutes to put the frame in a corner or pull it to the ceiling, and then the fun was on. Here and there we wee a frame pushed up against a window and the attractive patterns tempt you to step into a home to view the quilting process. I had heard of a place not far from the public square where mother and daughter have been busy for years at the quilting frame, and a display of inquisitiveness brought me an invitation to see a recently completed quilt for a Chicago woman. It was something similar to the old-fashioned pumpkin vine design and I was told that the workers had completed several of a like pattern for Illinois patrons during the year. In connection with their household duties, these workers complete about fifteen quilts every year. Aside from the well-made quilting frame, the only “tools” used are two cardboard patterns—a circle and a feather—a rule and a pencil, and of course the needle and thread. More thread is used on the high-grade work, and the charges are based on the number of yards that enter into any particular quilt. A lot of visiting is done wherever something new in the way of a pattern is reported and sometimes the work of completion is delayed until late in the spring, but no one seems to worry, a policy that has held good ever since quilting was at its highest pitch, fifty years ago. 

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CHUCK WILLS continued from 44 Wills also enjoys acoustic guitar duos which he has performed with several musicians. He plays as a solo performer, but loves the energy when playing with others. In 2012, Wills teamed up with Barnard and they created the first Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. “It was Kara’s idea, but we both wanted to do something good for the community,” he says. “Our core values are hospitality and community involvement. We want visitors to experience Brown County through music, food, and people.” The 2014 competition will be held on July 26 and 27 at the Brown County Playhouse on Van Buren Street. The competition draws musicians from all over the country and is one of only eight fingerstyle competitions in the world. Barnard and Wills also started the Brown County Christmas Sing-along held at the Brown County Playhouse featuring local performers, musicians and audience participation. Last year, singer/songwriter/performer Cari Ray called Wills and asked him to play guitar with her band, Cari Ray and the Loaners. He continues to perform with the band and recently worked with Ray on a CD project in Terre Haute. The band is currently working on a new CD to be released in 2014. Wills is quick to admit he has many irons in the fire. He is owner of Content Management Systems Inc., a company that designs websites, and is also the executive director of MEO Foundation in Indianapolis. About six years ago, he took up beekeeping as a hobby. He has seven hives and sells the honey at the Wild Olive in Nashville. “I feel like I’ve just fallen into this wonderful place,” he laughs. “I think of myself as an accidental performer. It’s really all about the music and I am just grateful to be a part of the vibrant arts community here in Brown County.” Wills can be reached at (317) 697-7192 or email him at <>. Catch him at Muddy Boots Café with Kara Barnard the first Thursday of every month in downtown Nashville and with Cari Ray and the Loaners. 

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A Brown County

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tarting in 1950, the state of Indiana gave each county its own alphabetical classification code. Prior to this the license plates were issued with numbers, making it almost impossible to know the county of origin. You could tell if a driver was a Brown County resident by the letter prefix YE. From 1950 until 1954 the state issued plates in matched pairs. In 1955 a small number plate was made to bolt over the 1954 rear plate. Brown County used the YE prefix code from 1950 until the end of 1962. Starting in 1963 Indiana switched to a number prefix code. All the counties in Indiana were then listed in alphabetical order. Brown County was the seventh county down the list and was assigned the 7A prefix. The 7A prefix lasted many decades. The state just recently adopted a system with letters and numbers. There is still a 07 county code on the license plates from Brown County, but it is very small now and is located on the lower right corner. You might notice some license plates from Brown County using the old number 7 prefix. These are considered “vanity” plates and you have to pay an extra fee to purchase them. Most of the Brown County folks who own these plates had an interesting set of numbers or very low numbers when the prefix was used. Older Brown County license plates are scarce because there were not many cars registered. Brown County’s population was smaller than the surrounding counties. Other Indiana license plate facts: • Indiana’s first license plate was issued in 1913. • 1913 was the only year Indiana plates had a porcelaincoated finish.

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Jim Connor’s Muddy Boots palm tree . photo by Kaitlyn Spires

• Indiana’s license plates were extra long in size from 1913-1927. • Marion County’s population was so large that there were 20 different letter codes. • 1964 was the first year for reflective paint. • In 1976, the bicentennial “Minute Man” appeared on the plate as the first graphic. 

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“Never give children a chance of imagining that anything exists in isolation. Make it plain from the very beginning that all living is relationship. Show them relationships in the woods, in the fields, in the ponds and streams, in the village and in the country around it.” —Aldous Huxley

Being Present in Brown County


~by Lee Edgren

recently interviewed Bloomington composer Malcolm Dalglish for an article in OBC’s sister publication, INto Art. He paraphrased writer Wendell Berry’s poem, “How to Be a Poet” which makes a distinction between two dimensional and three dimensional life. Communicate slowly. Live a three-dimensioned life;… Accept what comes from silence. Make the best you can of it. Of the little words that come out of the silence, like prayers prayed back to the one who prays, make a poem that does not disturb the silence from which it came. What makes the difference between a two dimensional and a three dimensional life? My provisional answer: Being present to the moment. Slowing down enough to be present. Being silent enough to be present. Appreciating the gifts of presence.

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I remember one spring day in the Brown County Library. I was hurriedly checking out, when the woman behind the counter said to me, “Aren’t the tulips beautiful?” And the vase of tulips, which had been on the counter to my left all along, which I had seen, but had not really seen, came into full physical and emotional focus. As she drew my attention to the flowers, I saw the vibrant pinks, purples, yellows, the varied greens of the leaves, the delicate fringed petals of the parrot tulips, the heavy, rich cinnamon-brown, pollen-covered stamens, the sinuous stems. In that moment, it seemed that each tulip glowed with inner light. It is this difference that I want to live. It is why I practice yoga and meditation. Simply learning to be present is the main focus of my almost daily, almost three-mile walk. I value the exercise, but it is secondary, much as the exercise of yoga is secondary to the amazing journey it provides. It is why I live in Brown County; it is why I cannot yet part with my ancient log cabin in Benzie County, Michigan. Continued on 54


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Stars in the Spotlight

Mellencougar Tribute Band

Friday, January 17 | 7:30 pm

Best Mellencamp tribute band in the USA performs with former Mellencamp band member Toby Myers

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Showcase — featuring Molly and Maria Sanderson and more

Saturday, March 15 | 7:30 pm

Brown County Youth Musicians Competition

Harpeth Rising in Concert

See future stars perform on the Playhouse stage!

Carrie Newcomer

Saturday, March 1 | 7:30 pm

Brown County

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2nd Annual Brown County Music Awards

Saturday, March 8 | 7:30 pm

Live performances from many of the nominees, including a grand finale jam session

Continuous Winter Showings

Saturday, April 26 | 7:30 pm Newgrass at its best

Adults $5 Children/Students $4

Saturday, April 5, 7:30 pm A soaring songstress with a definitive voice and progressive spirituality

Steel Magnolias Dinner Theatre

Fridays & Saturdays, May 16, 17, 23 & 24 Local actresses in this warm and wonderful comedy

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PRESENT continued from 52 It seems that just being out in nature does your body, mind and soul some good. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you are likely to be. The researchers found that people who lived within about half a mile of a park or a wooded area experienced less anxiety and depression than those who lived farther away from green space. Some less conventional research reported in Blinded by Science, written by Matthew Silverstone, demonstrates that the vibrational properties of trees are responsible for improving concentration, alleviating depression and stress, and improving ADHD. I often think about the distance we—even many of us who live in beautiful Brown County—live from the vibrant natural world of the earth, air, water, and sky. To simply use the earth as a source to fuel our speeding over its surface, or as a backdrop for our pleasure or cleverness, is really not to understand living in relationship or to be present. How often do

we really see the night sky? How often do we take our children out to look at the stars, to tell the stories of constellations—the miracle of early navigation? At the end of our interview, Malcolm Dalglish gave me a CD to listen to, an early choral work, “Hymnody of Earth.” The lyrics are Wendell Berry’s poems. And, unlike most choral music, the sounds are wild and broad, rather than rounded and polished. As Wendell Berry writes; My belief—and I’ve written out of it for many years—is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts. We have the world to live in and the use of it to live from on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it we have to know it and we have to know how to take care of it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it. And we’ve ignored all that all these years. The only question we have a right to ask is what’s the right thing to do? What does this earth require of us if we want to continue to live on it? 

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~by Henry Swain from 2006


ll of us came into this world through a gate into a field of dreams. We do not know how long the field is until we find the exit gate with our name on it on the other side. Religions try but fail to explain why the field is larger for some, but smaller for others. We come into this world with no say in the matter. Most leave it with no say in the matter except for those few who choose suicide. But what happens in between does matter. A number of us who recently paid our property taxes spent some time with the Tax Review Board rectifying errors. Much of the time I spent with them was in reviewing the borders of the divisions made in original square 40 acres we purchased in l947. When we bought our land I walked the borders of the square 40 with Ora Voland, the County Surveyor at the time. We found the original four cornerstones. With a hand held compass we walked an imaginary line from stone to stone till we returned to our starting point. As long as we pay the taxes on it, the government states that we own it. But we really don’t. It was here long before humans and governments. We are but temporary occupiers, imposters some would say by the way

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we sometimes treat it. It will remain long after humans no longer use it. Frost’s poem The Mending Wall tells of the setting of a stone wall between his property and that of his neighbor. I share a pertinent line from his poem. “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall that wants it down. Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out, and to whom I was like to give offence.” Most borders are imaginary walls. Borders represented by real walls almost always represent human failure, not in construction, but of human spirit—the Great Wall of China, the Berlin wall, the wall Israel is now building to separate itself from Palestine. I was impressed by the comments of one of the astronauts when asked what his feelings were upon first looking down at the earth from space. He said, “I was struck by how much it looked like the globe on my teacher’s desk in grade school. The second day I realized that was only true for the continents and the oceans. From space there are no visible borders identifying nations.” Much of the tragedy and misery of recorded human history can be traced to the defending of territorial borders or the breaching of them. The human habit of war could be claimed to be of genetic disposition so intent are we at repeating it. There are other more subtle borders, which we often impose upon ourselves. Our prejudices can become homemade prisons that incarcerate us unless we find the keys of tolerance and forgiveness to free us. Bad habits can chain us in place if we do not find ways to break them. When we cease to dare life we handcuff ourselves. By holding to the safety of our caution, the potential of who we might have become is forever lost. Frost ends his poem by repeating his neighbor’s saying, “Good fences make good neighbors.” In the phrase of computer language, I would like to upgrade his saying. “Good neighbors don’t need fences.” 

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Profile for Our Brown County

Jan./Feb. 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about the people and places that make Brown County so special.

Jan./Feb. 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about the people and places that make Brown County so special.

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