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The Magazine of Fun and Fact

Kenan Rainwater

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Dick Ferrer Betsy Voss Lease William Galloway’s Village Sculpture

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op.............................51 Be My Guest...................................53 Brown Co Antique Mall................55 Cathy’s Corner...............................43 Plum Creek Antiques...................56 Townhouse Gifts...........................39


Antique Alley Shops.....................47 Antiques Co-op.............................51 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Bear Hardware..............................33 Brown Co Antique Mall................55 Brown Co Art Gallery...................43 Brown Co Art Guild.......................27 BrownCountyBest.com................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................55 Cathy’s Corner...............................43 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................22 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29


58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................47 Apache Tactical.............................38 Bear Hardware..............................33 Head Over Heels...........................53 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............27 Male Instinct..................................55 Mercantile Store...........................38 Sports Etc.......................................53 Village Boutique...........................41 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......39 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............22


4th Sister Vintage Store...............42 Antique Alley Shops.....................47 Antiques Co-op.............................51

Apache Tactical.............................38 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Be My Guest...................................53 Bone Appetit Bakery....................44 BrownCountyBest.com................29 Brown Co Art Guild.......................27 Brown Co Craft Gallery................55 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....43 Brown Co Visitors Center.............29 Carol’s Crafts..................................47 Cathy’s Corner...............................43 The Ferguson House....................25 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................25 Head Over Heels...........................53 Homestead Weaving Studio.......29 House of Clocks.............................51 Hubbardstones.............................28 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................22 Madeline’s......................................38 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................55 Men’s Toy Shop..............................27 Mercantile Store...........................38 New Leaf.........................................28 Oak Grove Pottery........................28 Ole House.......................................23 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Sheep Street Fibers......................51 Spears Pottery...............................28 Sports Etc.......................................53 Sweetwater Gallery......................15 Townhouse Gifts...........................39 The Toy Chest................................29 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............22 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....39

Wishful Thinking...........................15 Woodlands Gallery.......................44


BrownCountyBest.com................59 Brown County Playhouse............18 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....43 kidscommons................................39 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Abe Martin Lodge.........................19 Artists Colony Inn.........................47 Brown Co IGA................................18 Brown Co Inn.................................26 Brown Co Winery..........................19 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....38 Butler Winery.................................23 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................39 Chateau Thomas Winery.............44 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........59 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........42 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................42 Hotel Nashville..............................59 House of Jerky...............................44 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 McDonald’s....................................44 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................23 Nashville Candy Store..................53 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............60 Nashville House............................26 Ole House.......................................23 Pizza King.......................................57 Schwab’s Fudge.............................38 Seasons...........................................26 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................32 That Sandwich Place....................44 The Wild Olive.................................2

Advertiser Index FURNITURE The Ferguson House....................25 Plum Creek Antiques...................56


Bear Hardware..............................33


Head Over Heels...........................53 K. Bellum Leather.........................28


Antique Alley Shops.....................47 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Brown Co Antique Mall................55 Brown Co Art Guild.......................27 Cathy’s Corner...............................43 Ferguson House............................25 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................25 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 Hubbardstones.............................28 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Juls Etc............................................33 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................28 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........55 Ole House.......................................23 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............22 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........37 Village Boutique...........................39


Abe Martin Lodge.........................19 Artists Colony Inn.........................47 The Brick Lodge............................59 BrownCountyBest.com................29 Brown Co Inn.................................26 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn..............................4 Creekside Retreat.........................42 Green Valley Lodge......................23 Hampton Inn.................................12

Hidden Valley Inn.........................33 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..33 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville..............................59 Lodge on the Mountain...............44 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........56 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............14 The North House...........................59 Olde Magnolia House..................42 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Salt Creek Inn................................38 Seasons...........................................26


Bone Appetit Bakery....................44


B3 Gallery.......................................28 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Pottery...............................28 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........15


Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................57 ReMax Team...................................44

F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel.. 57


Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............43 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Career Resource Center...............39 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........41 Nashville BP...................................23 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....39


Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Career Resource Center

Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Goldilocks Salon 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 BETA Teen Center Threehawks Cleaning Service F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel


Head Over Heels...........................53 K. Bellum Leather.........................28


Apache Tactical.............................38 Bone Appetit Bakery....................44 Carol’s Crafts..................................47 Fireplace Center............................39 House of Clocks.............................51 Hubbardstones.............................28 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Male Instinct..................................55 Men’s Toy Shop..............................27 Sheep Street Fibers......................51 Sports Etc.......................................53 The Toy Chest................................29 Wishful Thinking...........................15


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


Artists Colony Inn.........................47 Hotel Nashville..............................59 Village Florist.................................39



Cover by Cindy Steele

Jeff Tryon Jeff was born and raised in Brown County, but spent much of his early career as a newspaper reporter in Alabama. In midlife, he pivoted from journalism to the ministry, becoming a licensed minister in 2002. He is a part-time pastor and freelance writer, a situation referred to in the ministry as being “bivocational”.

The home studio of Dick and Dixie Ferrer

16 Artist Dick Ferrer ~by Lee Edgren 20 Kenan Rainwater, The River Flows ~by Lee Edgren 22 National Maple Syrup Festival 24 Betsy Voss Lease ~by Julia Pearson

36 The Winter of ‘34 ~by Mark Blackwell 40 The Woodpile ~by Jim Eagleman

46 Youth Music Showcase/

BETA Teen Center Benefit 48 William Galloway’s Village Sculpture ~by Jeff Tryon 50 Warm Up From Within 52 Winter Hike, Races, YMCA Day 54 Sampler at 19th Hole Bar & Grille 58 Our Brown County ~by Henry Swain 10-11 11 13 30-31 34-35 45

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

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 wrote for a Secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She currently writes a column called “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat that features interesting people that have crossed paths. She and her husband Bruce, reside in Bloomington. She serves on several boards, including the Association of Indiana Museums. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, 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.


Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 812-988-8807 www.ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net copyright 2015

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

Jim Eagleman is a 39 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.

Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. Henry “Hank” Swain (1918-2014) 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 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). 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.

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Carol Drake, photographer and display artist has lived in Brown County for 40 years with her husband Albert. They have two sons, Robert and Joseph, who bought mom her first new camera. Albert and Carol own Touch of Silver Gold where her photographs and cards are sold. They share their home with their dog Stetson and cats Lewis and Clark and Amelia Earhart. Carol is an animal and nature lover and likes photographing small subjects (bugs/insects). “In the moment, close moments, grateful moments describes what I feel and see.”


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Note From the Editor Brown County Boys Basketball gets a Boost

drawing by Joe Lee


f you are a Hoosier, you know what basketball means to this state. Every little burg from every corner of Indiana buds young men and women who play hoops. Basketball goals dot the landscape in driveways, on garages, on barns, and at every school and park. The movie Hoosiers showed America how a winning Indiana team can energize a community. And for the first time in 17 years, our Brown County fans are feeling that excitement for the boys high school varsity basketball team. A streak of seven straight wins (as of publication) has ignited the stands. The new head coach, Chuck Hutchins,

assembled a team with both strong defensive and offensive skills. The bench is deep and Coach is able to switch out players easily without losing momentum. One win was in overtime, but the other wins were accomplished with healthy margins. The Eagles hold their leads well. Parents of players jump from their seats when they see their sons carry out a strategic play or make an amazing basket. It is such a joy to see smiling faces at the end of the games—in the crowd and in the team—and to see confidence build. Some players that were not in the program last year, or didn’t get to play on a varsity level, are back working hard and playing strong as team members. This team wants to win. You can see it in their faces and the way they encourage each other. Small school basketball games are a great form of entertainment. There is so much energy on the court that you feel it in the stands. The action is fast-moving and unpredictable. You don’t want to miss a move because it could be the gamechanger. What other winter sport can get your heart pumping fast without you moving a muscle? The Brown County Eagles have a chance to shine this year in their conference competitions. These boys play smart and work hard. They are proving that you don’t have to play mean and rough to be winners. Let’s support our Eagles and Coach Hutchins by filling up the bleachers. Cheer them on and enjoy their moments of victory. It is really more fun than I ever imagined it could be. —Cindy Steele

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Artist Dick Ferrer

Dick Ferrer painting at Ferrer Gallery. photo by Cindy Steele

~by Lee Edgren


rown County painter Dick Ferrer is, at 67, filled with a reverence for life that is as much a part of his canvases as the paint itself. He has won many awards and has sold work in recent shows of the Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibition, Hoosier Salon, and the Indiana Plein Air Painting Association. He has never taken an art lesson or drawing class—at least in the formal sense. Instead, he calls himself a beneficiary of the work of fellow artists who share unselfishly. “Somehow,” he says with straightfaced humor, “my work doesn’t look like their work, though.”

Drawing comes easily. Ferrer has a natural ability to understand and draw perspective, which he attributes to nothing more than “good hand-eye coordination. I drew all the time as a little kid. The first thing I drew was a horse.” Even today, his subject matter tends to be either the natural world or a man-made world that is fading away. He paints prolifically. Animals, cars, landscapes, old tractors, and iron bridges seem to be his native language. Although what he paints is part of our daily life, he finds a perspective that makes it

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noteworthy. Anything is fair game, as long as it has unique qualities, drama—a story to tell. “I don’t like cityscapes and buildings that much. I like the freedom of painting the natural world.” During the Vietnam War, from 1967 to 1971, he served in the Air Force. For most of that time he was a surgery technician in the Philippines, For eight years after leaving the service, Ferrer went to school full time and worked full time. He majored in political science and minored in anthropology and history.

Until his recent retirement, Ferrer worked in Indianapolis and painted during evenings and weekends. He and his wife, artist Dixie Ferrer, moved to Brown County from the city about 18 years ago. They established Ferrer Gallery, located on the second floor of the Village Green Building in downtown Nashville. Ferrer was drawn to Native American culture in the late 1980s, particularly that of the Lakota Sioux, and remains deeply influenced by it. He participated in sun dances at Kyle, South Dakota, and continues to assist with ceremonies as a singer and drummer. Some of his first serious artwork was a series of tribal art pieces done mostly in pen and ink. Now he uses acrylic paints, which are fast-drying and vivid. “My major influences are John Nieto and Howard Turpning. Nieto paints in acrylics like the majority of Southwestern Native American painters.” Ferrer considers Turpning one of the best living artists in the world. “His work never looks like its posed. It is all so natural and impressionistic. The [brush] strokes define what it is.” Ferrer’s paintings of cats, bison, ravens, and crows have made their way into the homes of many collectors. They reveal a recognizable and humorous fusion of animal and human nature. “Everything is alive.” Ferrer observes. “We’re just animals that have an overdeveloped sense of communication.” He adds that, “crows and ravens are the smartest birds in the world. They have that communal life. For many tribes, with the notable exception of the plains Indians, ravens are the

“Seeing Red,” 8”x 10” acrylic.

“Four Bales,” 8” x 10” acrylic.

tricksters. Bison are an icon. Whenever they stop, it’s a painting. Cats are perfect models. They act like us, or we act like them, I’m not quite sure which.” Now that he is retired, he is increasingly involved in plein air painting, enjoying the magic light that drew the early Brown County painters. “I work out most of the details of a painting in my head before I do it, so once I paint, it’s pretty quick. I’m trying to paint out more and more.” Ferrer starts with a very dark canvas, an unusual point of departure. And he has recently changed his color palette. “I’m doing more blue and purple now, I used to do burnt sienna. I like the way the blues and purples bleed through, and they are complementary to so many colors I’ve gotten bolder with my colors, simpler in my subjects, and bolder in my strokes.” When asked if anything felt unfulfilled, Ferrer states that Fred Rigley used to say that artists are “afflicted”— that they have to do it. “I think the humble artist is an oxymoron. By being an artist you are taking time away from other things. Art is a part of you, so you have to be a little bit like any performer, you must have enough ego to believe it is good enough that people will want to buy it. I think the only thing unfulfilled is probably having more time for the people I love.” See the work of Dick Ferrer and approximately 30 other artists at Ferrer Gallery, 61 W. Main St., Nashville and on-line at <www.ferrergallery.com>. Ferrer accepts commissions and can be contacted through the website or through the gallery at (812) 988-1994. 

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The River Flows

Primary Sound Studio session with Sarah Kenny, Dan Bilger, Kenan Rainwater, Darrick Day, and Laura Wanner. photo by Cindy Steele

~by Lee Edgren hin and intense, singersongwriter Kenan Rainwater has direct blue eyes and a voice that has been compared to Johnny Cash’s. It’s a deep baritone that can carry a hard edge, but it holds enough raw longing to qualify for the comparison. As one of the Indiana Boys (IB), Rainwater has been adding electricity to the Brown County and central Indiana music scene for the last four years. And now, he’s stepped out on his own with the New Year’s release of his first solo album, The River Flows. Electric guitar throughout, and the doo-wop rhythms and harmonies of the first three songs, tell you that Rainwater is definitely into something new. The music is


danceable and light, filled with the nostalgic sound of the seemingly more innocent 1950s. All the songs on the album show blues guitar influences, bends in notes and shifts in rhythms that are a definite step away from the bluegrass-rooted sound of the Indiana Boys. His harmonica playing is more soulful, less confined by the beat. Yet, IB fans will feel at home with songs like “Harlan County” and the album’s title song, “The River Flows.” The genres are tied together through the instrumentation and the energy Rainwater and his band bring to every song. Rainwater is all about local music and all but one of the members of his new band are

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Brown County-based musicians: “Picker” Dan Bilger of the White Lightning Boys, Darrick Day (of the Cox brothers) and Monroe County’s Laura Wanner—the “Wall of Sound” with the Vallures. “My current passion is local music. I’m more and more listening to Dakota Curtis, Dave Sisson, John Bowyer and Jayme Hood, Coot Crabtree, Barry Elkins, Cari Ray.” He’s also spending time with local roots legends Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas Grimm after playing in “Hoosier Prine,” one of the Grimm’s productions featuring local musicians playing the songs of legendary singer-songwriters. Over the past few years, his growing friendship with “The Rev,” of The Reverend Peyton’s Big

Damn Band has led Rainwater to improve his playing and deepen his writing. And it led to “The Rev” producing this new album and to an invitation to open for The Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band this past New Year’s Eve at the Bluebird. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is one of Brown County’s most successful bands, with seven albums, a world-wide touring schedule of more than 200 dates a year, and attention from the national press. Rainwater hesitantly approached Peyton at Nashville’s local musician’s haven, Muddy Boots, asking what he needed to do to capture the gold ring of musical success. The answer was terse. “Sell everything you own, buy a van, and go on the road.” It’s taken a long time and a lot of reflection for Rainwater to accept the need to tour, but now he is working on booking 200 dates for 2015. He’s revamped his website and added videos to YouTube thanks to Dave Wallace. Rainwater and Cari Ray are contemplating some touring together. The Rev’s “Don’t waste it, tour at least regionally. Bands that don’t tour don’t make it,” led to Rainwater’s plan to begin touring in a six-hour radius on the weekends: St. Louis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, maybe Chicago “If it works, I’ll take it further.” Despite the intensity of the new direction, according to Rainwater his emergence, both as a solo act and as the central figure in a new four piece band, does not end his participation in the popular Indiana Boys. “I’m open to whatever happens.”

Rainwater is conscious of all that he has received as he’s grown musically and personally. The gratitude for it is deep, and you can feel it when he talks about sharing music and all that Peyton has taught him, especially during the production of this album.

Two years ago, he was content to play locally and to love the life of the bonfire music scene. Now, it’s different. He’s awake and focused on taking a bigger ride. “Going out into the world and playing music is what I feel like I need to do. My whole life, I’ve never dreamed of doing anything. And then this year, I spent my 33rd birthday singing the vocals of my own songs in a studio.” Although he doesn’t say it out loud, that day was a sign, an empowerment of his new direction. He now has the desire to both venture out to “make his mark” and to someday share what he is learning along the way. He sees himself teaching what he has learned, and teaching younger musicians here. For Rainwater, however far he goes, Brown County will never be far away. To follow Rainwater, see his new Facebook page, The Kenan Rainwater Band, and his website: <kenanrainwater.com>. 

The CD features licks with a dance beat from “Picker” Dan Bilger’s electric guitar.

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Brown County is New Home to 5th Annual

National Maple Syrup Festival B

rown County is proud to announce it will host the 5th National Maple Syrup Festival, to be held March 5–8, 2015. The National Maple Syrup Festival, originating in Medora, Indiana in 2010, is relocating to Brown County. Geographically, Indiana holds the southern and westernmost position in the United States’ Maple Sugar Belt. As winter gives way to spring the sap flows first in Indiana’s maple stands. Bro,wn County, Indiana’s most densely forested county, is an ideal location for the festival as it is rich in natural resources and home to a wide variety of maple trees. Brown County also provides a perfect backdrop for the festival as one of America’s original artists’ colonies. The 2015 National Maple Syrup Festival will bring together maple sugar producers and hobbyists, maple syrup connoisseurs, and visitors on a local, statewide, and

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March 5–8, 2015

national level to highlight and promote Indiana’s role in the production of maple sugar/syrup. Festival guests will learn the basics of maple syrup and the sugaring process, will be able to see how syrup is produced and used today, and will hear about the history behind maple sugar production. Maple sugar producers

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will promote their products, share their stories, and help build a statewide brand for maple sugar and maple syrup production. Additionally, the 2015 National Maple Syrup Festival provides a great opportunity for Brown County to gain exposure on a larger scale, as well as attract visitors. The Festival is an exciting new event that Brown County can add to its repertoire and is a great way to kick off its festival season. Planning is underway now and details will be announced as they become available. A grant from the Indiana Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the USDA was also received by Brown County to assist with planning and production of the Festival. Learn more about the Festival at <www.browncounty.com/ maplesyrup> and be sure to make plans to attend. 

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Betsy Voss Lease Giving and Connecting Community ~by Julia Pearson


etsy Voss Lease moved to Brown County in 1996 and began to share her talents as an organizer and volunteer almost immediately upon her arrival. Her first volunteer job in the community was working with the development of a transition plan between services for children birth-to-three and their families, and the school system. Betsy attended schools in Illinois: Roosevelt Elementary School in South Holland, and graduated from the Thornton Township High School in Harvey. With an undergraduate degree in special education specializing in deaf education, and a masters in speech and language pathology from Illinois State University, Betsy has had a rich career. As Program Director for special education programs in the 55 school districts of South Cook County, Betsy excelled and garnered much

Betsy Voss Lease with the totem carved by David Bruce Voss. photo by Cindy Steele

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attention in the field. She received many personal, state, and national awards for outstanding work and programs for children with all types of disabilities in birth-to-three, early childhood, and communication development. The joy of her personal life was raising her children. Her daughter, Kimberly Paarlberg, who is an architect/engineer, lives with her husband, Eric Wespestad, in Carmel, Indiana. Her son,

Todd Paarlberg, a pharmacist, and his wife, Leann, reside in Manhattan, Illinois. Following an intensive career and raising her children, Betsy decided that her retirement would be a time of new adventure. After finding Brown County, she challenged her daughter, Kimberly, to design a new home that her granddaughters would want to visit. For a year, Betsy and Kimberly came down to work with Bill Root on the house. In 1996, Betsy officially moved in with her long term partner, David. The house has been featured in the Indianapolis Star and was on the Log Cabin and Country Home Tour sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority to benefit Brown County literacy, art, music, and speech and hearing. David was a strikingly elegant and talented gentleman, despite being a paraplegic as the result of polio. Slats Klug memorialized David in a lead song on his album entitled Lies and Love Songs. This wonderful soul died of post-polio syndrome. A visitor to Betsy’s home will hear the quiet spirit of the house humming. And it is truly a living spirit. It is easy to understand why Kimberly, the designer, is one of the leading experts on accessibility codes and standards in the world. The house is completely accessible to all. It is decorated with a lifetime of creations and love. Stunning art pieces were created by the hands of family and friends and Betsy herself. Brass rubbings, baskets woven from reed and waxed linen, and a collection of hand-painted porcelain dolls were all completed by Betsy. Works from local artists and artisans throughout the house show her love for the distinctive art of the region. An outstanding cedar piece that was carved by her brother, David Bruce Voss, is a totem pole depicting Betsy’s life and family. Betsy’s four granddaughters stayed with her in this house during the summers while they were growing up. Ashley, the eldest, is her son’s daughter, and now teaches high school math. Kimberly’s daughter, Crystal, is currently working on her doctorate degree in seismology geophysics at the University of Wisconsin. She is also a competitive ballroom dancer. Courtney, daughter of Todd, is a senior at Illinois State University majoring in special education. The youngest granddaughter, Willow, is a senior at Carmel High School and is a member of the national championship guard team. The girls participated in many Brown County activities, studying art with Dixie Ferrer and Ron Elkins. Elkins said they were his only teen-aged Continued on 26

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students. They learned to play golf; tack up their own horse; and took lessons in baton twirling, dancing, and trumpet and piano, to name some of their summertime endeavors. Volunteer work was also part of the summer—working in the State Park, Brown County Fair, and fundraising for Christole, Inc. and Brown County Community Foundation. Crystal and Willow also worked on a study to evaluate the accessibility of Nashville’s downtown area. All the girls continue this strong family tradition and volunteer in their schools and communities. Brown County has filled Betsy’s life with work on multiple boards: Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF); Christole, Inc.; Thrive Alliance; Step Ahead; Purdue Extension; First Steps (Birth to Three) Regional Council; Friends of Brown County State Park; and the Brown County Arts and Cultural Commission. She led strategic planning for the BCCF, Brown County Chamber of Commerce, Christole, Inc., Brown County Literacy Coalition, and the TC Steele Historic Site. The Brown County Partnership, BCCF Emeritus, and Fabulous Fifty were initiated under her tutelage. Fabulous Fifty is a circle of women that share a desire to give back to the community, through a goal of collectively raising more than $10,000 annually, and in conjunction with the BCCF, use the jackpot approach to give the funds to a non-profit organization offering service to the community. Betsy was a major contributor to the original grant for the Access Brown County and the Career Resource Center. She has worked tirelessly for many committees with the emphasis on governance, and has written policies for many organizations. Brown County has recognized her contributions with many volunteer awards, including the BCCF, Rotary, Purdue Extension, and Peaceful Valley. In 2012 she was the Grand Marshall of the Spring Blossom Parade. It was also that year that she was presented with the Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer Award, the highest award for women in the state. Three years ago, Betsy reconnected with Fred Dornheim. They had worked together at Atlantic-Richfield and dated in 1956. They had not communicated with each other since. Betsy indicates this is a miracle and a new adventure. No doubt, her love and service to Brown County is a legacy that will continue through her granddaughters and others inspired by her commitment. 

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Brown County Playhouse Most performances at 7:30 Jan. 31 Psycho Hitch-Cocktails Movie Night Classic movie and costume contest Feb. 14 Terry Lee and the Rock-a-boogie Band Feb. 28 Youth Music Showcase and BETA Teen Center Benefit Local Youth Talent Hosted by Kara Barnard There will be a silent auction of amazing items and some teen crafts for sale to raise money for the teen center. Some items will also be auctioned off between the acts. March 7 Brown County Music Celebration Live concert by local musicians. 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award presentation March 12 Impressions of Brown County A night of IU Student Ensembles March 14 Hoosiers classic movie Tale of a high school basketball team’s attempt to win the state championship March 21 Tom Mabe TV comedian and prankster MOVIES - THE LATEST RELEASES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

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Pine Room Tavern Not all dates were booked at time of publication Jan. 2 Kade Puckett (6:00) Jan. 3 Stella & Friends (8:00) Jan. 4 New Old Cavalry (7:00) Jan. 5 Jam Night (7:00) Jan. 6 Travers Marks (7:00 Jan. 7 Open Mic (7:00) Jan. 8 Avacado Chic (7:00) Jan. 9 Kade Puckett (6:00) Jan. 10 Megan Maudlin (8:00) Jan. 12 Jam Night (7:00) Jan. 13 Jason Blakenship (7:00) Jan. 14 Open Mic (7:00) Jan. 15 Dickey Jones (7:00)

Feb. 2 Jam Night (7:00) Feb. 3 Travers Marks (7:00) Feb. 4 Jam Night (7:00) Feb. 5 Chuck Wills &Kara Barnard (7:00) Feb. 6 Kade Puckett (6:00) Feb. 7 Morel Festival Cabin Fever After Party (9:00) Feb. 9 Jam Night (7:00) Feb. 10 Roger Banister Duo (7:00) Feb. 11 Open Mic (7:00) Feb. 12 Avocado Chic (7:00) Feb. 13 Kade Puckett (6:00) Feb. 14 The McGuires (8:00) Feb. 16 Jam Night (7:00) Feb. 17 Hammer & the Hatchet (7:00) Feb. 18 Open Mic (7:00) Feb. 19 Dickey Jones (7:00) Feb. 20 Kade Puckett (6:00) Feb. 23 Jam Night (7:00) Wine & Canvas (6:00) Feb. 25 Open Mic (7:00) Feb. 26 Lucky & the Kid (7:00) (Picker Dan & Barry Elkins) Feb. 27 Kade Puckett (6:00) 812-988-0236 www. pineroomtavern.net

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Jan. 2 Tim Brickley Jan. 3 Gary Applegate Kade Puckett (6:00) Jan. 9 Jeff Foster, Carolyn Dutton Coot Crabtree (7:00) & Frank Jones Craig Thurston (6:00) Jan. 10 The Impasse Band Jam Night (7:00) Jan. 16 Barry Johnson Hammer & the Hatchet (7:00) Jan. 17 Marvin Parrish Open Mic (7:00) Jan. 23 Dave Miller Lucky & the Kid (7:00) Jan. 24 The Cari Ray Band (Picker Dan & Barry Elkins) Jan. 30 Teresa Lavender & Amy Dillman Kade Puckett (6:00) Jan. 31 The McGuires KAPOW (8:00) Feb. 6 TBA Joe Rollin’ Porter (7:00) Feb. 7 Mark LaPointe Jam Night (7:00) Feb. 13 The Impasse Band Wine & Canvas (6:00) Feb. 14 Gary Applegate David Sisson (7:00) Feb. 20 Two For The Show Open Mic (7:00) Feb. 21 Davis & Devitt Kade Puckett (6:00) Feb. 27 TBA Chuck Wills & Rick Clayton (8:00) Feb. 28 TBA New Old Cavalry Super Bowl Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. Party (7:00) 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com

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Winter Hike

Jan. 17 9:00 a.m. Take a hike on one of the two self-guided trails at the state park. 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.

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Jan. 16, 17, 18 Free on Friday, Jan. 16: Tai Chi Easy and showing of the movie I Am by Tom Shadyac See full schedule of classes on Eventbrite.com and riverlightyoga.com Only 100 tickets will be sold. Workshops: •Shake Your Soul with Kathy Anderson •The Mirror of Poetry with Laura Blackthorn • Sunday Morning Yoga and Meeting

Jan. 17 10:30 a.m. 5 mile run on horse trails Sponsored by the Indiana Running Co. and Quaff On!/Big Woods Brewing Company. Race headquarters at the Lower Shelter in the state park. www.inrunco.com/frostytrails5mile 317-340-7506

Breakfast with the Naturalists and Hiker’s Lunch Buffet Jan. 17

The Frigid Race

Jan. 17 at eXplore Brown County A four hour rogaine during the day followed by a four hour rogaine at night. Participants use a map and compass to locate checkpoints. www.361adventures.com/frigid 812-988-7750

YMCA Community Day

Jan. 17 Facility will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 812-988-9622 www.browncountyymca.org

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

7:00 am Breakfast 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch Little Gem Restaurant Abe Martin Lodge www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/abe/ 812-988-4418

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The Winter of ’34


~by Mark Blackwell

imes weren’t always this hard. It used to be that the garden would come along perty good and our cow, Mae, was a good milker. We had a little flock of layers that gave us eggs, and Pa could go out and scare up some rabbits or squirrels fer meat. And we could trade the cross-ties we cut from our wood lot fer money to buy what we couldn’t raise or hunt fer. We would go over to Helmsburg ever now and again and watch the train come in. Sometimes we would sell some baskets we made outta splits or walkin’ sticks we’d whittle. The city people who came down to look at the country liked them sorts of things.

It seems like everything jest went to blazes all together like. First it was the drought. We hadn’t been getting good rain for the last couple of years, but we got on. But this summer got hard. We had a dry spell and used up all the water from the cistern to water the garden and the animals. When that happened, we had to go across the road and fetch water from the little spring that was half way down the hill where we got our kitchen water. The garden didn’t do but about half for us this this summer—it was so hot. And, again there just weren’t no rain. Lord it was dry. We got by, gatherin’ what wild greens we could

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find and ’shroomin’ and such. We had regular meals then, mostly. But winter come on early and rations is scant. The taters and turnips and onions was all runty. And we only put up about enough to get us through ’til February. I won’t say that life was any kind of easy, but up to lately we had neighbors we could count on for help and we would return the favor. Like when Pa would cut timber for cross-ties. Or if somebody needed to go to town, they would go around to all the folks in the community and take orders for staples that somebody or another had run out of. Not that we could

perform that particular kindness. We didn’t go into town much since Pa traded off the Model T. He got some sort of deal—cash money, a brokedown wagon and a broke-down old horse. Pa said we needed the money more ‘n we needed the car. And I reckon it made things a little better at Christmas. We went ahead and cut a little cedar fer a Christmas tree and decorated it with some paper chains and what little “pertys” we could make out of this and that. This year we didn’t get any gee-gaws, but we did get some of the stuff we was needin’. I should say that the closest little place to get necessaries was up the road five or six miles and it was called Needmore and that was the condition that we found ourselves in. Whatever you could name we needed more. If we needed anything fancier than salt or sugar we had to make the trip to Helmsburg or Unionville. They was both about the same distance. But it didn’t matter in the long run. We mostly didn’t get what we needed ’cause we couldn’t pay. Lord, we was pitiful but not so bad off as others. Like I was sayin’, we lost most of our neighbors. They moved off to the city or to bunk in with relatives or just to find some place that wasn’t as played out as our ridge. But what beats all—city folks showed up and just started squattin’ in the places that were abandoned. No matter had bad off we were, there were folks in the towns that were even worse off. We figured that was where the squatters were comin’ from. Pa got real worried the time we was out to the main road and watched a truck full o’ strangers drivin’ slow and lookin’ out ever’ which-a-way. We couldn’t agree on whether they was lookin’ fer a place to camp, or a cabin to squat in, or just easy pickin’s. Nobody has moved in very close to us yet. In fact, our closest neighbors, about a mile and quarter away, have been here a good long while. They paid off their 40 acres a generation or so back but it’s a mystery how they’re getting along now. Good luck to ’em, I say. Pa heard from somebody down at the store that Roosevelt is getting together some kinda relief for folks who are havin’ a hard time of it in the country. Pa said they’re talkin’ about getting’ jobs fer men to work and payin’ a good wage. I guess the government can borry money easier than some of us. But maybe they will spend some of it on hirin’ folks to work.

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The Woodpile ~by Jim Eagleman

The Woodpile “…It was a cord of maple, cut and split and piled— and measured four by four by eight. And not another like it could I see. No runner tracks in this year’s snow or the year before. The wood was grey and the bark warping off it and the pile somewhat sunken. Clematis had wound strings round and round it like a bundle. What held it though on one side was a tree still growing, and on one side a stake and prop, these latter about to fall….” —Robert Frost, 1914


’ve written here before about that outdoor, Brown County activity, taking place every year—restacking, adding to, and assessing the backyard wood pile. Before the first snow—when we check tires and weather stripping—we routinely do the inspection. Whether you heat totally with wood in a wellused stove, infrequently when the power goes out, or only enjoy a fireplace’s blazing fire a few times each winter, you have come to know the merits of a wellseasoned wood source. Driving the countryside, we

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see wood piles stacked in between trees, under cover, or arranged to dry on the front porch. Certain Brown County trees are considered valuable, and some, like oak, are of superior heating quality. We know the work and time it took to assemble every wood stack. Some piles are covered with colorful tarps. To prevent rotting, logs are sometimes laid on top of old pallets. Like a painting, wood is stacked tightly by some artistic homeowners to fashion abstract scenes, silhouettes of animals, or sunsets with rays of color. Keeping wood dry and accessible through winter helps with this labor-extensive home duty. I once heard using wood can heat you twice: once as you prepare it, and again as you sit by the fire. Those of us who heat exclusively with wood claim it can heat you even more. Add to the list splitting, stacking, carrying in the house, and then carrying out the ashes. Since all three sons were home over Thanksgiving, the log piles grew in height and volume. With the six dead oaks a friend took down earlier in the month and some other logs on the ground, we began cutting the wood to length. Two chain saws purred simultaneously and later, three mauls pounded the wet

logs, sometimes bouncing off the smooth surface. With repeated hits, a pronounced crack allowed the old, three-foot wide chunk to cleave into nearly identical halves. Constant hits created more pieces from the log—then more, and with ease. To clear room, they were tossed toward the pile. As the stacker, I scurried in between tosses to keep from being smacked on the leg. After more than two hours, my sons were grateful for our time together, and for the “workout.” I called it work. I brought out cold water and chocolate hoping there’d be more small talk than work. While wood-heating has become a popular and cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, it does not escape the scrutiny of science. We are changing the very atmosphere and environment we live in and hope to sustain with smoke plumes from chimneys and stovepipes, the manufacture of chain saw fuels and subsequent exhaust, along with a reduction of organic materials from trees normally decomposing on the forest floor. Since stoves are not a failsafe means of heating and add to pollution, some communities limit their use to a few hours a week. Fireplaces are re-designed by innovative industry leaders to be more efficient, and some fuels are compressed wood chips made into pellets that burn cleaner and with less smoke. Updated and newer catalytic converters on stoves re-use fumes that escape. Better fire bricks that line the firebox, efficient baffle systems, filters, and triple-lined pipes help decrease emissions. The improvements make stoves warm and burn better. We’ve come a long way since the days of the up-right Franklin or pot-belly stove in the country store. Knowing heat output and what woods burn best is important and becomes a homework assignment for any stove owner. In the process we become more aware, knowledgeable, and prudent. A recent Google search revealed the British Thermal Units (BTUs) each rick (half-cord) or cord of hardwood (four by four by eight, as in Frost’s poem), can produce. This chart comes in handy when deciding to bring in a load of seasoned hickory for a long winter evening, or a small load of soft pine to take off the chill. I don’t mind the chimney cleaning with wire brush each fall, or carrying, then spreading ashes on our hill when it freezes. I have come to enjoy the annual prep by cleaning the flue and glass. When we first built the house we had three stoves burning simultaneously Continued on 47

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Youth Music Showcase/ BETA Teen Center Benefit February 28, 2015 at the Brown County Playhouse


ara Barnard has once again gathered some of the finest young musicians in Brown County for the 2015 Brown County Youth Showcase. Kara has teamed up this year with the Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association (BETA). The event will serve as a benefit concert for the BETA Teen Center and will take place at the Brown County Playhouse on Saturday, February 28. The program starts at 7:30 and doors will open at 6:30 so the audience can peruse the selection of auction and sale items. Local professional musicians will be joining the youth and Kara intends to create many spontaneous on-stage collaborations.

This year’s group is headlined by Zelton Kay, Sage Walcott, Maria Sanderson, and Haley Jonay along with many others. There will be a silent auction of amazing items and some teen crafts for sale to raise money for the center. Some items will also be auctioned off between the acts. BETA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization providing after school activities and a June summer camp to Brown County teens since 2011. The Teen Center: • Provides a fun, safe place for teens to gather • Enables teens to express themselves • Offers programs at no direct cost to its teens • Connects caring adults with young people • Engages teens in arts and nature projects • Enriches the lives of local teens Learn more about BETA at <www.facebook.com/betateencenter>. Kara promises to make this a night of laughter and inspiration as we celebrate the next generation of Brown County musicians. 

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to keep workmen warm. Nails and wood screws from scrap tossed in the ash bucket soon created complaints as workmen drove our hill. They handed me the bill to repair a flat tire. So the boys and I remembered to sift through the ashes before spreading. Near an abandoned wood pile furthest from the house, stands an old and seemingly inactive brush pile. Constructed of limbs, branches, and tops of trees buzzed-up for wood, the debris pile never disappoints with wildlife tracks and signs. At first snowfall, I check to see what bird or critter spent the night in a comfortable and secure refuge out of the wind—a benefit of this wonderful Brown County natural resource.




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William Galloway’s Village Sculpture

William Galloway next to the sculpture “Dancers” in downtown Nashville. photos by Jeff Tryon

~by Jeff Tryon he new piece of limestone sculpture you see down in front of the Artist’s Colony Inn on the corner of Van Buren and Franklin streets in Nashville is just one part of a state-wide public art project, and of the artist’s journey through the legacy and future of limestone sculpture. The installation is the work of Brown County sculptor William Galloway, a nationally recognized architectural sculptor who has worked on a wide variety of projects, from a new pediment on the Iowa statehouse to the restoration of the New York Times Building in Manhattan, to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.


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The 10-foot tall, 4,000 pound sculpture, which depicts dancers holding aloft a colored glass disc, commemorates the town’s designation in 2012 as an Indiana Cultural District. It is one of five districts (the others are Columbus, Lafayette-West Lafayette, Bloomington, and Carmel) which will receive similar works commemorating their designation by the Indiana Arts Commission. Galloway initially created the design of male and female dancers intertwined as a 22-inch-tall, 4-pound mini-sculpture to be used as individual Governor’s Arts Awards given by the Indiana Arts Commission, but then came up with the idea to create larger versions for each of the designated districts. “They had to be lightweight so that people can carry it and not drop it,” he said. “I tried to make them have a lot of visual presence, apparent size, but really thin and lightweight.

“Then I thought, that would look good in big ones too, give you a lot of vision at a distance, and defeat a lot of the problems with big art, especially limestone. It’s heavy and the foundations are expensive and moving it is tough and setting it is tough.” He offered the designs to the Arts Commission as a way to promote the Governor’s Awards and to bring outdoor art to the cultural districts. “There’s kind of a groundswell now of people coming back to the arts, of it not being the first thing cut out of the budget,” Galloway said. “Public art that people can experience, not in a museum, is something that they want to try to promote. It’s a way of promoting limestone, for one, as a traditional art of this state and that can be a viable public art—affordable, movable.” He said the glass disc atop the sculpture—meant to suggest falling leaves—was made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, one of the oldest glass manufacturing facilities in the country. “Those things are one shot deals; they have no idea what they’re going to look like,” he said. Galloway is in the midst of creating pieces which are all based on the same theme, but will each be unique, he said. He said the vision that the council was seeking led him to more modern, “art deco” style. “There are two figures dancing in each one, but they’re kind of changing,” he said. “When I saw the site for the one in Nashville, I realized that because it would be a high traffic, hands-on, location I needed to change the dancers so that they was less chance of anything being climbed or dropping and hurting somebody. Safety is important because it’s right on the sidewalk and there’s kids and everything. You can touch it, you can lean against it. They show me what they think is a good spot and I want to design the piece so that, depending on the use and the proximity of people, it will be custom fit to that area,” he said. Galloway lives in Brown County but does his carving at the Angelo Stone Company mill near Bedford, which he founded in 1994. A master stone craftsman, Galloway creates statues and sculptures, architectural elements, and other carvings used in churches, public buildings, and residences. The sculptor has also been working on fine-art projects, and is working with a New York firm on Japanese style stone furniture. “I’m trying to combine sculpture with usefulness,” he said. “A lot of people feel like they don’t have the money for sculpture, they don’t see the need for it. But if it’s useful— tables or benches…. I laid down one of these

dancing sculptures and I thought, ‘Hey, that’s pretty cool, too.’ So I think one of these is going to be laid down as a bench. “That’s exciting to me,” he laughed. “I guess my life’s pretty boring.” Learn more about Willam Galloway by visiting his website <www. gallowaystonecarving.com> or contact him at (812) 320-2026 <William@gallowaystonecarving.com>. 

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Winter Wellness Weekend —Warm Up From Within January 16, 17, 18, 2015 at the Abe Martin Lodge


ack up your drum, your yoga mat, your dance shoes, and your sense of adventure. Winter Wellness Weekend—Warm Up From Within (WUFW) is a mind/ body/spirit exploration that absorbs the senses, moves the body, and opens the creative spirit. WUFW begins with the Free Friday Kick-off on January 16, with free Tai Chi Easy that can be done either sitting or standing, and a free showing of the movie, I Am, by Tom Shadyac. The classes and the presenters are listed below and a full schedule can be found both on <Eventbrite.com> and at <riverlightyoga.com>. This year, only 100 tickets will be sold. Participants receive a discount if they reserve at the Abe Martin Lodge. You can reserve on line <in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/abe/ lodging.html> or by calling the Indiana State Parks Reservation system. 877-563-4371. The room code is 0116WW. Massage therapists will be able to book private massages on Saturday. New this year will be an evening drumming circle. There will also be a treasure hunt, gift certificates, and discount coupons from local merchants. Shake Your Soul— Kathy Anderson Get your soul in motion with a Shake Your Soul® class led by certified instructor Kathy Anderson. This is a movement class to inspirational world music that will leave you feeling great—

energized and uplifted. Bring your free spirit and wear exercise clothing. The Mirror of Poetry— Laura Blackthorn Laura will provide poems written by famous and maybe not so famous poets for you to read. You are also welcome to bring work that you love or your own poems.You will have time to consider the poem or poems that you choose, time to write, and time to read aloud and share, if you like. Sunday Morning Yoga and Meeting Ourselves Through Each Other—Allison Distler Meeting Ourselves through Each Other is a two-hour body centered session. Participants will be gently guided through this somatic journey. Sunday Morning Yoga is an alllevels class that will gently bring you awake and into the day. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and any other props that you regularly use. Some mats will be available. Laughter Yoga and Introduction to Reiki—Christine Eartheart

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Laughter Yoga Laughter exercises are guaranteed to release stress and tension, open your heart, calm your mind, boost your health, and joyfully infuse your life with an abundance of peace and positive energy. Introduction to Reiki You will learn about the wonders of energy, your innate and magnificent gifts, and some easy ways to start exploring this amazing hands-on energy healing technique. Qigong and Tai Chi Easy™ — Kathy and Jim Johnson Learn to awaken the healer within through a variety of Qigong and Tai Chi Easy exercises. Participants will perform gentle movements with mental focus on the form and on breath. Qigong and Tai Chi Easy can be performed seated or standing. Wear comfortable clothing and a warm pair of socks or slippers. Healing Sound Meditation — Janiece Jaffe Bring a blanket, pillow or yoga mat. Experience a ‘sound bath’ of voice, crystal and Tibetan bowls, drums and other instruments in an intuitive, improvisational context. Zentangles—Mary Pat Lynch Zentangles is an easy, meditative, creative and fun was to draw. Explore the Zentangle concept, ideas, methods, and of course, drawing. It’s a bit like doodling, but better. 


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Winter Wellness Weekend —Hike, Races, YMCA Day Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winter Hike Hike on one of two self-guided trails at the Brown County State Park; starting points at the Nature Center and Recreational Hall. Along both routes, DNR interpreters will greet hikers with winter wildlife facts and Local Boy Scout Troop 190 will prepare s’mores for a welcomed hiker snack. Warm drinks will also be available at the Abe Martin Lodge. Donations accepted. 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. Enjoy Breakfast with the Naturalists at 7 a.m. before the hike and then dig in to the Hiker’s Lunch Buffet from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. after the hike. Both will be at the Little Gem Restaurant at Abe Martin Lodge. The hike begins at 9 a.m. and admission is $1. For more information call (812) 988-7303 or visit <www.browncounty.com/ winterwellnessweekend>. Frosty Trails 5 Mile Join Indiana Running Company and Quaff ON!/Big Woods Brewing Company at the Mag 7 Race Series

2015 Opener in Brown County State Park for some fun and a winter trail run. The Frosty Trails 5 Mile is a challenging 5.2 mile trail run (or walk if you like) on the scenic trails of Brown County State Park. After the run join us in the shelter house for a warm fire, warm food, warm drinks, and—best of all—warm friends sharing tails of the trails. Race headquarters is at the Lower Shelter. Pay the park entry fee then bring your receipt to packet pickup for a full refund. All entries receive a long sleeve shirt and post-race food and beverages. Online early registration ends at midnight on January 15. For more information on the race trails, how to register, and the race in general, visit the website. The Race starts at 10:30 a.m. and the admission is $25. For more information call (317) 3407506 or visit <www.inrunco.com/ frostytrails5mile>. The Frigid Race Bundle up and explore winter in Brown County with a race though the rolling hills—all while using a map and compass. Join eXplore Brown County and 361 Adventures as they host The Frigid Race, a four hour rogaine during the day followed by a four hour rogaine at night on January 17. A rogaine is a race in which participants use a map and compass to locate checkpoints. Locate the most checkpoints in the

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allotted time and rack up your score along the way. The race is for individual competitors or teams of two, three, or four. Competitors may choose to participate in one or both four hour races. A free Navigation Clinic will also be offered the day before the race. Registration is $60 for the day/ night combo or $40 for either race individually and you must register by Jan. 13. The event will take place at eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat. For more information call (812) 988-7750 or visit <www.361adventures.com/ frigid>. Schedule: Free Navigation Clinic—January 16 (4–6 p.m.) Day Race—January 17 (Checkin: 9–10 a.m.; Race Start: 11 a.m.; Race Cut–off: 3 p.m.; Intermission/ snacks/results: 3:15 pm) Night Race—January 17 (Check-in: 3:30–4 p.m.; Race Start: 5 p.m.; Race Cut-off: 9 p.m.; Dinner/awards: 9:15 p.m.) YMCA Community Day Stop by the Brown County YMCA and take part in Community Day. From 7 a.m.–3 p.m. the facility will be open to the public. Use the equipment, courts, indoor track, sauna and indoor pool FREE of charge. For more information call (812) 988-9622 or visit <www. browncountyymca.org>. 


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19th Hole Sports Bar & Grille The Sampler


lthough my principal professional interest is, of course, the pursuit of comestibles and the field of gastronomy in general, like almost anyone, I also have various other areas of interest, ongoing lines of research, guilty pleasures and outright quirks. It is to the penultimate of these, that is, guilty pleasures, that I must now turn your attention as I recount to you my latest excursion into local eateries, The 19th Hole Sports Bar and Grille at Salt Creek Golf Course.

It’s football, you see. I know and accept that it is bad and wrong, horribly violent, and outright dangerous. It absolutely should be banned. It must go. However, nevertheless, I love it and must insist upon watching it. Mrs. Sampler is not a fan and is not particularly supportive of my somewhat dualistic position on violent contact sports.

Accordingly, when there is a major sporting event of local interest, Colts football, Hoosier basketball, or sometimes just some particular game of interest, I take myself down to The 19th Hole, a place where there’s plenty of cold libations and what not, several large flat screens filled with action, and where no one will be surprised if, oblivious to whatever else might be going on, one jumps up and yells “Are you kidding me with that call?!?...” After a couple of frosty samples from their copious selection of domestic and imported beers, I like to take a little tip-toe through the 19th Hole’s appetizer menu, which features fried mozzarella sticks, onion strips, chicken quesadilla, and chicken or beef nachos— warm tortilla chips topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos and drizzled with BBQ sauce or hot nacho cheese, featuring your favored meat. Or, there are “Hoosier Fries,” which are waffle fries, topped with cheese sauce, bacon, onions, and jalapenos. But my true appetizer objective is the hot wings, offered at the 19th Hole traditional style or “boneless.” Not to offend, but what kind of spineless sports fan eats boneless wings? No, give me jumbo, bone-in, leaves-your-lips-numb spicy wings with a side of celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. There are certain traditions in sport which should be honored. If we start messing with the wings, the whole thing might start to unravel. The wings were plump, spicy, and satisfying, very tasty and filling. For the healthier-minded, there is a selection of salads, including a small house salad, a chef salad, a grilled chicken salad, and—here it is again—boneless wing salad. The 19th Hole has an outstanding sandwich menu, with lots of excellent choices including a pulled pork BBQ sandwich, the Salt Creek tenderloin, “The Golf Club,” a BLT, chicken salad or even a grilled chicken taco.

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But I just can’t resist the half-pound “Sports Burger,” which bills itself as “The best burger in Brown County” and if there’s one thing I know about golf it is that it is a gentlemen’s game, where one never embellishes or engages in fudgification. I say hamburger, but I order it of course, with cheddar cheese, bacon, and everything else they’re willing to throw at it: lettuce, onion, tomato, and those big sideways cut pickle slices. Because, somehow, a loaded bacon cheese half pounder gives one courage to face the foe and salves the despair of even the most humiliating defeat. I finish the appetizer course and sip on another cold pint until the Sports Burger arrives. It is truly magnificent, a work of art suspended in time and space. Now it is, now it is no more—perfection and perfection. A little tip: the burger comes with a small bag of chips. But you’re going to want hot yummy French fries with that, so just go ahead and order those when you put in for the burger. Then, stick the bag of chips in your coat pocket, where you will be delighted to discover them several days later, still fresh and crisp, if a little beat up. If you’re not there to eat, the 19th Hole has a really nice bar area with a wide selection of cocktails and flanked by windows with a view out on the handsome links. The 19th Hole is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and late night, and the service is friendly and efficient. There’s a kid’s menu, because kids are always welcome at The 19th Hole until 9 p.m. The 19th Hole is located on the lower level of the clubhouse facility at Salt Creek Golf Course, 2359 State Road 46 East. If you’ve never been to The 19th Hole, here’s another little tip: the entrance is around the back and down the stairs, but be careful not to drive down the golf cart path, although,believe me, you wouldn’t be the first one to make that mistake! There’s a little stage and dance floor, and usually some live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. I watch my game, I gnaw on the resplendent sandwich, I throw back a few cold ones—life is good, and no one on the homefront need be in the least bit put out. That is why I usually leave The 19th Hole profoundly satisfied. 

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Our Brown County ~by Henry Swain (1918–2014) Reprinted from January 1998

patient people on earth. If you question that, you have never attended a public meeting on a controversial few years ago I was swapping lies with John issue of change. We are a very independent bunch Dixon on the liars bench watching late morning and considerable time is required to compromise our October traffic back up at the stoplight. I said to differences. John, “Isn’t it amazing how many people want to come Brown County people are extremely generous and to Brown County?” essentially kind, despite the paragraph above which John was silent for a moment and then said, “Just might seem contradictory. We are generous with our think, we live here.” money and our time. As an example, take the Fair His answer led me to wonder if any of those visitors board, the Extension board, the 4-H leaders who direct looking at us from their car windows had ever thought projects for over 400 of our youth. Over 50 people what it might be like to live here instead of visit? Had volunteer their time in those efforts. they ever considered it? Did they envy us, or just Community organizations and individuals give over consider us “quaint?” 35 awards of financial assistance to graduating seniors Ask most visitors what led them to come to Brown each the number continues to grow. County and you might get answers such as the fall The Park department’s softball summer program color, the State Park, Nashville, the shops, the scenery, involves over 500 of our youth requiring many and the slower pace of living. volunteers to say nothing of the time parents give A very, very small percentage of those millions of shuttling their children to sport and school activities. visitors who come each year do actually end up living The No Name Committee Christmas auction and the here. Our population grew in the 1980s at a rate just EMT Thanksgiving dinner operations are almost totally under 14% and in the 1990s at about 10%. infiltrated with volunteers. Add to that the Volunteer We are not as poor a county as we once were. We Fire Departments throughout the county. After rank in the middle in terms of per capita income. One someone is left homeless from a fire, they discover of our biggest negatives is the fact that we have the generous, often anonymous donors supplying aid. highest housing costs in relation to per capita income Our service clubs and organizations such as the of any county in the state. Friends of The Library donate hours of service to the Most of our new residents first came here as tourists. community both in time and funding. We continue to get people choosing to retire here. We The Brown County Community Foundation are also getting new younger residents with growing accumulated millions from hundreds of donors. It has families who feel our county is a safer and better place different funds from which distributions are made to for their children. charitable requests and scholarships. The County Planning Department has each Other communities have similar volunteers but in resident applying for a new home permit fill out a our small community the efforts seem more personal. questionnaire. One of the questions asks why they There being no large urban community in our county, came to Brown County to live. Three principal reasons I believe we are inclined to think of our whole county are: the scenery and living close to nature, the slower as our neighborhood, as the name of this magazine pace of living, and the kind of people who live here. suggests. Factoring in our often frustrating and I believe the people of Brown County are our most sometimes frivolous contrariness, this is still a good valuable asset. We are a special breed. We are the most place live, if you can stand it. 


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