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Amy Greely

Interpreting Interpreting Nature Nature


What’s Up, Frank Jones? The Beamery

Dealing Dealing with with Deer Deer Torn Torn Asunder: Asunder: Brown Brown County County During During the the Civil Civil War War Winter Winter Experiences Experiences MAPS MAPS • CALENDAR CALENDAR • ARTICLES ARTICLES • PHOTOGRAPHS PHOTOGRAPHS

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Where you can see the work of local artists — whether it’s ice cream, candy and fruit preserves made the old fashioned way or the artwork of local artists and craftsmen. · first floor · Homemade Ice Cream Homemade Candies Homemade Fruit Preserves · second floor · Antiques · Art and Craft Galleries Working studios of local artists



The Candy Dish

Yes, we really do make it ourselves!

Fine Homemade Chocolate Candies and Fudge Gourmet Caramels Over 50 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy



Homemade Ice Cream

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Homemade Fruit Butter Gourmet Food Cookbooks · Cookie Cutters Postcards · Greeting Cards Kitchen Gadgets Galore Giftware · Tea and Teaware


Functional and Fine Art Made in Indiana


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WE ARE Finally OPEN!

COME IN AND SEE US—IT’S A VERY EXCITING TIME! We wanted to make sure everything was just right. After much planning and hard work, we are pleased to have you all come in and see OUR new Visitors Center. It’s a combination of Brown County artisan craftsmanship, easily accessible information, and people that are happy to help. 211 SOUTH VAN BUREN

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Nineveh Edinburgh Morgantown 31 37 135 I-65 46 Bloomington Columbus 46 NASHVILLE 252

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Brownie’s Bean Blossom Restaurant HELMSBURG


Cordry Lake

Sprunica Rd.

Monroe Music Park & Campground BEAN BLOSSOM


Sweetwater Lake

Vaught Rd.


Helmsburg General Store Lightspinner Studio

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Plum Creek Antiques Market


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Mike’s Music and Dance Barn Abe Martin Lodge

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Rawhide Ranch



Old SR 4


Yellowwood Lake

Cox Creek Mill


Country Club Rd

Oak Grove

Musical Entertainment



Lodging/ Camping

Mike Nickels Log Homes

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Butler Winery BLOOMINGTON Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS Fireplace Center




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MORGANTOWN Antiques Co-op Art Beyond Crayons Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides House of Clocks Las Chalupas Rosey Bolte’s Uncommon Gourd Studio

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Lake Lemon






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Upper Bean Blossom

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site


Bob Allen Rd.

Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm


Hoosier Artist

Fallen Leaf Books



B3 Gallery

Brown Co. Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

ST SR 135 N

Miller’s Ice Cream The Candy Dish The Harvest Preserve

The Wild Olive

Brown Co. Winery

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Head Over Heels

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

Main Street Shops



Gold &Old

Redbud Terrace

Health For U McGinley Insurance


Brown Co Art Gallery

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SR 46 To Brown Co. Recycle Center

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Office First Merchants Bank

County Offices

Woodlands Touch of Silver Gallery

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

MAIN STREET Our Sandwich Place

Nashville House

Log JJail L il Nashville Spice Co.

Weed Patch Music Company


Village Green


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Complex

Pioneer Village Museum

GOULD STREET Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

Brown Co Public Library

Brown Co. History Center


Hidden Valley Inn

Brown County Community Foundation



The Emerald Pencil

Big Woods Village



Men’s Toy Shop

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage


Brozinni Pizzeria

Carpenter Hills O’Brown Realty

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville



The Salvation Army


Toy Chest Fawn Hill

Artists Colony Inn House of Jerky

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Cedar Creek Winery

Nashville Express

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Gyros Food & Art


Coachlight Square

Chateau Thomas Winery

Bone Appetit Bakery

Brown Co Inn Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

Brown Co Community YMCA

Bear Hardware Comfort Inn

Brown County IGA


Sweetea’s Tea Shop


People’s State Bank

Salt Creek Park

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard



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Casa Del Sol

Mercantile Store

Cornerstone Inn


Moondance Vacation Homes

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Possum Trot Sq

Sweetwater Back to Back Gallery Grasshopper Flats Wishful Simply 4 You Thinking



Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop Community Closet


Calvin Place


Schwab’s Fudge

New Leaf Amy Greely

Life is Good JB Goods


Too Cute Abe’s Corner

Melchior Marionettes



Franklin Sq

K. Bellum Leather Ferguson House

Antique Alley

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

Brown Co Playhouse

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ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op.............................46 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Plum Creek Antiques...................56


Antiques Co-op.............................46 Art Beyond Crayons.....................46 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bear Hardware..............................43 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Art Gallery...................18 Brown Co Art Guild.......................19 Brown Co Craft Gallery................13 Brown Co Forge.............................14 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Hoosier Artist................................19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................54 Papertrix.........................................15 Spears Pottery...............................18 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18


Fallen Leaf Books..........................27


Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......26


58 South Apparel..........................34 Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................54 Bear Hardware..............................43 Community Closet Thrift Shop...25 Foxfire Boutique...........................39 Head Over Heels...........................25

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............22 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Mercantile Store...........................51


Antiques Co-op.............................46 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bone Appetit Bakery....................13 Brown Co Art Guild.......................19 Brown Co Craft Gallery................13 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Fawn Hill.........................................54 The Ferguson House....................39 Foxfire.............................................39 Head Over Heels...........................25 Homestead Weaving Studio.......18 Hoosier Artist................................19 House of Clocks.............................46 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................54 Madeline’s......................................25 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Mercantile Store...........................51 New Leaf.........................................19 Papertrix.........................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................34 Simply 4 You..................................29 Spears Pottery...............................18 Sweetwater Gallery......................29 The Toy Chest................................51 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18 Wishful Thinking...........................29 Woodlands Gallery.......................24

ADVERTISER Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Abe Martin Lodge.........................42 Artists Colony Inn.........................15 Bear Wallow Distillery..................43 Brown Co IGA................................55 Brown Co Inn.................................35 Brown Co Winery..........................42 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....38 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................27 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................51 Cedar Creek Winery......................34 Chateau Thomas Winery.............13 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........59 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Gatesville Store.............................24 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Helmsburg General Store...........38 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................47 Hotel Nashville..............................59 House of Jerky...............................24 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............60 Nashville House............................14 Nashville Spice Co.........................12 Schwab’s Fudge.............................38 Seasons...........................................53 The Wild Olive.................................2



Antiques Co-op.............................46 The Ferguson House....................39 Plum Creek Antiques...................56

Brown County Playhouse............55 kidscommons................................51

Bear Hardware..............................43



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Head Over Heels...........................25 K. Bellum Leather.........................19



Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................54 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Craft Gallery................13 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Ferguson House............................39 Foxfire.............................................39 Grasshopper Flats.........................29 Hoosier Artist................................19 Juls Etc............................................22 LaSha’s............................................24 New Leaf.........................................19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........54 Rhonda Kay’s.................................34 Spears Pottery...............................18 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........22


Abe Martin Lodge.........................42 Artists Colony Inn.........................15 The Brick Lodge............................59 Brown Co Inn.................................35 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................54 Creekside Retreat.........................47 Hidden Valley Inn.........................22 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..14 Hotel Nashville..............................59 Monroe Music Park & Campground.................................56 Moondance Vacation Homes.....43 The North House...........................59 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Seasons...........................................53


Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty First Merchants Bank Keyed IN Property Mgt. Monroe Park Campground People’s State Bank Plum Creek Antiques RE/MAX Team Marg & Brenda Waltman Construction Co. Webb & Sons Auto Restoration

Berkshire Hathaway-Scroggins..43 Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty.56 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda..............57


Head Over Heels...........................25 K. Bellum Leather.........................19



Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............47 Rawhide Ranch.............................27

Bone Appetit Bakery....................13 Fallen Leaf Books..........................27 Fireplace Center............................51 Head Over Heels...........................25 The Heartland Tattoo Co.............23 House of Clocks.............................46 House of Jerky...............................24 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Nashville Spice Co.........................12 Papertrix.........................................15 The Toy Chest................................51 Weed Patch Music Company......51 Wishful Thinking...........................29


Bone Appetit Bakery....................13


B3 Gallery.......................................18 Hoosier Artist................................19 Spears Pottery...............................18


Brown County Visitors Center......4 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................34 Dunham Plumbing.......................57 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........47 The Heartland Tattoo Co.............23 Keyed IN Property Mgt................57 Mainstream Fiber Networks.......25 Nashville BP...................................15 Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......26 Voils.................................................35


Bear Hardware Bagged Trash Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Dunham Plumbing Farmers Insurance—McGinley Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill


Hoosier Artist................................19 Sweetwater Gallery......................29


Artists Colony Inn.........................15 Hotel Nashville..............................59


Mike Nickels Log Homes.............38 Community Foundation 25th....24


Contents 16 Amy Greely ~by Paige Langenderfer 20 Ukulele Festival ~by Bob Gustin 23 History of the Ukulele 28 Save Yellowwood ~by Mark Blackwell 30-31 Photos ~by Jules Dunlap* 32-33 Calendar of Events 36 Frank Jones

~by Jeff Tryon

44 Civil War in Brown County ~by Julia Pearson

48 The Beamery

~by Paige Langenderfer

52 Winter Experiences

~by Jim Eagleman

56-57 Services Directory

Jim Eagleman, recently retired DNR naturalist, and his wife Kay, enjoy hiking the many natural areas, preserves, and land trust sites in Brown and neighboring counties. His FIELD NOTES have appeared in this publication for several years. Contact Jim with comments and inquiries at <jpeagleman@gmail.com>.

Ryan Stacy is a content writer at Monroe County Public Library, and also enjoys writing about Brown County. He and his wife live in Bloomington, where they can often be found chasing movies, good food, and cultural events. His other interests include reading, photography, and music.

~by Ryan Stacy

40 Dealing with Deer

Bob Gustin worked as a Mark Blackwell no longer makes reporter, photographer, his home in Brown County where managing editor, and editor for “the roadway is rough and the daily newspapers in Colorado, slopes are seamed with ravines Nebraska, and Indiana before and present a meatless, barren, retiring in 2011. He and his backbone effect.” He now resides wife, Chris, operate Homestead within sight of the sixth green of Weaving Studio. She does the weaving while he an undisclosed golf course. He gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands was born in the middle of the last century and still his book and record collections. spends considerable time there.

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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 Dada and Surealism for Beginners, and Music Theory for Beginners. He is an awardwinning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer.

Julia Pearson wrote for a secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and her husband Bruce have made Lake Woebegone Country their new homebase for life’s continuing adventures. Julie, Bruce, and four-footed Suki are adjusting well. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren.

Jeff Tryon is a former news editor of The Brown County Democrat, a former region reporter for The Republic, and a former bureau chief for The Huntsville Times. Born and raised in Brown County, he currently lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on the edge of Brown County State Park. He is a Baptist minister.

Paige Langenderfer is a freelance writer and communications consultant. She writes for numerous publications. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and her Master’s degree in public relations management from IUPUI. Paige lives in Columbus with her husband and daughters. Contact her at <langenderferpaige@gmail.com>.

Demonstration at Yellowwood ~by Cindy Steele


ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 (812) 988-8807 Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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Cindy Steele is the publisher and editor of this magazine. She sells and designs ads, sometimes writes, takes photos, and creates the layout. For fun, she likes to play the guitar or banjo and sing. Her new hobby is making mosaics.

*Jules Dunlap is a long time resident of Columbus and current resident of Brown County. She enjoys being outdoors and loves live music. She can often be seen photographing musicians in a festival setting, and is often requested for family portraiture. She is on Facebook as “Jules Dunlap Photography.”

A Singing Pines Projects, Inc. publication • copyright 2018

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Farmhouse Cafe ...a country drive to an unexpected dining pleasure · LUNCH ·

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Amy Greely ~by Paige Langenderfer


pon first glance at Amy Greely’s handcrafted jewelry, one might think that her creations are merely beautiful necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. But, look deeper and you will see that each piece is a stunning, meticulously hand-crafted interpretation of the beauty she sees in the world. You can almost hear her sighing as you read the description of one of her collections on her website <www.AmyGreely.com>. “As the heat of the day wanes and dusk begins to rise, petals unfurl in the gloaming and serve as the inspiration for the Evening Primrose Collection,” she describes. “This sweet offering is hand cut, hand formed, hand textured, and hand colored from sterling silver and 22k gold/sterling silver bi-metal. With a soft brown patina contrasting the rich glow of gold, you can hear the hush as dusk settles in and the blossoms open to embrace the moon. Breathe it in.” Her pieces, as unique as each leaf on a tree, are sold in stores across the country, and in New Leaf, her store in Nashville, Indiana. Recognized as an Indiana Artisan, an acknowledgement reserved for only the top artisans in the state, the path to a life of self-expression was not always clear. Amy always loved art, but being the only artistic member of a science-minded family made the idea

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of a life of art seem unrealistic. After following in her siblings’ footsteps and attending Purdue University for a year, Amy knew she had to follow her heart. “It just wasn’t the right fit for me,” she said. She transferred to IU’s Herron School of Art and Design to study sculpture. “After I graduated, I couldn’t figure out how to make a living at it, so I just started working other jobs,” she said. “I did a little bit of everything, waiting tables, sales, and telemarketing.” Things started falling into place when, on a whim, Amy and her husband bought 15 acres and a crumbling farm house in Brown County.

Datura Seeds


Water Lilies

Inspired by Nature “We wanted to get out of the city, so I started a business growing and selling cut flowers to florists,” Amy said. “It was so cool to be in nature every day. I could feel the seasons changing. I was spending so much time on my hands and knees in the dirt that I started paying attention to the details and really started connecting with the beauty of nature.” The flowers that didn’t sell were hung to dry. One day Amy tried making a wreath out of them. “That was when we opened our first store,” she said. “It was a garden-themed store. It was so much fun, but we had a lot to learn.” When searching for jewelry to sell in the store, a local jewelry artist invited Amy to attend a wire wrapping workshop. “A light bulb went off immediately for me,” Amy said. “It was like, ‘Oh, this is how I connect all of the dots.’ Sometimes when you aren’t looking, life smacks you in the face.” She enrolled in metalsmithing classes at Indiana University and began designing and crafting her first line of jewelry.

“Time spent among trees always teaches and inspires.” In 1998, Amy began selling her first line of jewelry at her store. Her inspiration came from her years spent in the dirt with the flowers, and from her childhood spent enjoying nature. “Time spent among trees always teaches and inspires. These lovely, woody perennial plants with their elongated stems or trunks…play host to a myriad of forest creatures,” Amy describes on her website. “As a metalsmith, my mind wanders to the challenge of translating these forms into wearable art that will share this peaceful experience with the wearer.” Her expertise and customer following have grown every year since. One of her proudest moments was being juried into the Indiana Artisan Program. “It changed the way I looked at my work because all of a sudden

there was a much larger group of people looking at my work,” she said. “I started expanding my thought process. It was like the wildest design I could think of would be exactly what somebody was looking for.” The artisan program also allowed her to expand her sales territory. Today, Amy’s jewelry is sold in more than 30 stores across the country. “It’s really cool. I love being able to build relationships with customers at other stores,” she said. “It’s just been trial and error, and taking classes, and pushing boundaries since the day I started. There is always something new to learn and to be inspired by.” And while she could likely make jewelry anywhere in the world, Amy said she is proud to call Brown County home. “The richness and beauty of this place is remarkable. I am still sometimes amazed that this is my back yard. It’s just so beautiful and there is such a supportive and welcoming arts community. This place is special.”

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Quality Handwovens by Chris Gustin

Brown County Art Gallery Brown County’s Original Art Gallery

Yarn • Looms • Supplies


Visit us on the Back Roads Tour

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Open 11 to 5 most days–Call ahead

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24th Annual Victorian Tea MAY 5

The Printmakers of Indiana Past and Present JUNE 9 – 30

Locally Crafted Pottery • Jewelry • Photography • Wood • Fiber • More... Downtown Nashville (beside the Nashville House) • Open Daily www.spearspottery.com • 812.988.1286 • Spears Gallery on Facebook

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40th Annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale Open Daily 10 AM – 5 PM · Sunday Noon – 5 PM Free Admission · Free Parking Corner of Main & Artist Drive · Nashville, IN

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Featuring Leather Goods Made in Brown County

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And Shoes: Haflinger, Arcopedico, Moccasins, Sheepskin Slippers 92 W. Franklin, Antique Alley, Nashville, IN 812-988-4513

© 2017 Brown County Art Guild, Inc.

Featuring handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely



Experience two floors of gallery space with work from over 45 award-winning local and regional artists together with an extensive permanent collection of early Brown County artists. There are featured exhibits, artist demonstrations and a Fine Artisan gift shop to enjoy.

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Brown County Ukulele Festival ~by Bob Gustin ore than 200 ukulele enthusiasts from across the nation will gather January 26 and 27 in Nashville for the second annual Brown County Ukulele Festival. The festival, sponsored by Nashville’s Mainland Ukes, will be held at the Brown County Inn. It will include concerts by top ukulele players, workshops for all skill levels, open mikes, jams, strum-alongs, and vendors. Mike Hater of Mainland Ukes says he started the festival as a “dry run” last year. Admission was free, but this year $50 tickets will be required to attend. A total of 250 tickets were printed, and by midDecember, nearly all had been sold. “My idea was that after Christmas, Nashville is a ghost town until spring,” Hater said. So he wanted to fill up the town with ukulele players for a weekend in January. “I hope to bring a little money into the town and offer something fun at the most boring time of the year, and also help some other businesses.” Mary Curtin, a sales representative for Brown County Inn, said last year’s festival was good for the Inn because January is typically a slow time, and the ukulele players were “a very nice group of people who really enjoyed Brown County.” As the festival continues to grow, she believes its economic impact will continue to broaden to other


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businesses in Nashville. She said the Inn has been sold out for the weekend of this year’s festival for several months. The music is not limited to one genre, Hater said. One of this year’s headliners, Lil’ Rev, does oldtimey songs from the 1920s on, but also modern tunes. And he’ll put on a couple of workshops, one called “Strumtastic,” explaining different strums for different musical genres, and one called “The Boogie Blues of Leadbelly.” Another headliner, Emi Sunshine and the Rain, is a family band from Appalachia, led by a teenage ukulele player and singer gaining national recognition for her playing, singing, and songwriting. Other performers include Flea Bitten Dawgs, Barrett Haselwood, and Seeso. Musicians will also perform at the Brown County Inn’s bar. That part of the festival is free and open to the public. Most of the ticket-holders will be ukulele players who come for the camaraderie. “It’s a big thing to jam with other ukulele players,” Hater said. “Ukulele players are a nice, friendly weird, and everybody wants to jam.” Ukuleles are more accessible than other stringed instruments, and not as daunting to play. “People don’t have any expectations when you play the ukulele, so you don’t disappoint anybody,” Hater said. Some customers who buy his ukes would

Last year’s uke groups at the Brown County Inn’s Town Hall and by the pool. photos provided by Jeffery Robert Smith.

not have considered more difficult instruments, and the little ukulele brings music into people’s lives. Mainland Ukes imports instruments, then does final work on them, including putting on high quality tuning pegs and strings, checking the intonation, action and frets, and making sure everything is in order. He says it’s this last 20 percent of the work on the ukulele that improves the quality. He and his wife Tookta started the shop in 2008. Instruments range from the 21-inch soprano to the 30-inch baritone ukulele, and he has sent instruments around the world, from Easter Island to Ireland. Mainland Ukes has also donated instruments to Brown County schools for use in music programs. Famous musicians from George Harrison to Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards (the voice of Jiminy Cricket)

played the instrument. But most people only think of one song when they hear the word ukulele: “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) . Hater says the 1960s hit song was just a kind of joke by Tiny Tim, who was actually an incredibly skilled musician who recorded 1920s music, saving the songs from oblivion. Still, the onehit wonder is kind of a sore point among serious players, so Hater says it probably won’t be played by many of the uke enthusiasts coming to town later this month. For more information contact Mainland Ukes, 91 W. Washington St., Nashville, Indiana (812) 988-6760, <browncountyukefest.com>, <mike@mainlandukes.com>. Tookta and Mike Hater at Mainland Ukes. photo by Bob Gustin

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ccording to the Smithsonian Institution, the ukulele was invented in the Hawaiian Islands by sailors from the Portuguese island of Madeira who came to Hawaii in 1879 to work in sugar plantations. It’s a modification of a Portuguese instrument called the machete. The uke became a national phenomenon on the mainland in 1915 at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, where thousands heard the instrument at the Hawaii exhibit. Suddenly, songs like “Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula (Hawaiian Love Song)” were big sheet-music hits. Many popular performers of the 1920s and 1930s played the ukulele. In an article about a Michigan ukulele festival, the Lansing State Journal recently listed the five “most influential” ukulele players of all time: • Roy Smeck and George Formby, both popular performers in the 1930s and 1940s. • Arthur Godfrey, a 1950s television personality. • Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole, the Hawaiian native who paired “Over the Rainbow” with “What a Wonderful World.” • Contemporary artist Jake Shimabukuro, called “the Hendrix of the ukulele,” who combines jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. The island of Oahu is still home to four famous ukulele makers: Kamaka, Kanile`a, Ko`olau, and KoAloha. Kamaka is the oldest, founded in 1916 by Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka in the basement workshop of his home. In the 1920s, he set up a shop where he invented the pineapple body, an alternative to the traditional guitar shape. He died in 1953 and his two sons took over the business, and have since been joined by their children. 

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11 flavors of BEEF 3 flavors of TURKEY 3 flavors of BEEF BRISKET 4 flavors of BEEF STICKS 2 flavors of PORK 2 flavors of BACON Also: Elk, Boar, Buffalo, Venison, Gator, Rabbit, Salmon, Kangaroo, Turtle, Ostrich, Trout, Camel, Python, Ahi

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Not pretentious. Not fancy. JUST REAL GOOD FOOD. GATESVILLE COUNTRY STORE. It’s one of those places that you are excited to tell your friends about—a best-kept secret that’s too good to keep. A place where the people are real and friendly, and they’re likely to know your name before long. The food is good, honest food that’s tasty and genuine. Made with heart and soul. We’re located off the beaten path, and maybe a bit hard to find—but worth the effort. It’s where the local folks go. So, if you’re interested in finding a place that’s a little old-school and truly authentic Americana, come see us at Gatesville Country Store. Enjoy browsing the antiques, panning for gold in Salt Creek (behind the store), or just relaxing with a good meal or a piece of pie and some conversation. 4525 Salt Creek Rd. Nashville, IN 47448

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Save Our Yellowwood Forest ~by Mark Blackwell


met a real nice gang of people the other day. They were camped out up at the end of Possum Trot Road about where it runs into Yellowwood State Forest. They are camped out to protest the sale and harvest of standing timber in the back country area of the forest. I had, until recently, lived in another part of Yellowwood and I thought I might go up and see what we might have in common. I have had a long relationship with Yellowwood going back to 1972. I like Brown County and I like the State Park there but most of all, I like the State Forest. It didn’t charge an entry fee. The camping was primitive, but cheap. And I could put my canoe in the lake any time I took a notion to. The forest there had a story and a history. I liked all of it. I got a chance to get to know the forest a little better back in the bicentennial year of 1976. I had bounced around—doing this and that to distract the wolf that lived on my doorstep—when a friend told me about a federal jobs program that was hiring out at Yellowwood. So, I looked into it. I found myself working with a crew to build trails for hiking and nature appreciation. We made rustic wooden signs that marked trails and boundaries. We maintained the shelter houses and campgrounds. We collected tree seeds for the state nursery. We collected modest fees for camping and boat rentals. I was happy with the work environment and the work itself had meaning and dignity. While many jobs required working as part of a crew,

“…in wildness is the preservation of the world. Every tree sends its fibers forth in search of the wild.” —Henry David Thoreau 28 Our Brown County • Jan./Feb. 2018

much of the work was done solo. And I fell in love with Yellowwood. But, things change. The job did not pay as well as I would have liked, the commute from Bloomington was long, and my wife and I had a baby on the way. I left my job in the forest and found work elsewhere. Fast forward to the waning days of the last century. I found myself with children grown, a stable job, and a desire to live in the country. I had a friend who just happened to own and operate forty acres of reasonably unmanaged and unimproved timber inside Yellowwood State Forest. He offered to let me buy ten acres. In1998 I built a cabin out there. My new wife and I moved out to the woods a year before the new millennium. Life was good—at least for the first few years. I don’t remember seeing much logging when I

worked at Yellowwood in the 1970s. There must have been some, but I think it didn’t have much of an impact on forest activities. In 2004, Governor Mitch Daniels decided that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry should fund its own budget for the first time. That meant increased revenue from timber sales. For many years Indiana harvested around 1.5 million board feet of timber per year from state forests. By 2013 that rate sky-rocketed to more than 14 million

board feet. That rate of logging brings with it a host of problems such as erosion, silting up of streams and lakes, the destruction of wildlife habitat, and the spread of invasive plants. Back in 1981 the 2,700 acre Morgan-Monroe Yellowwood back country area was established to provide a protected area for hiking and primitive camping. Walking is the only mode of transportation— you can’t even ride horses into the back country. “Users Continued on 38

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photos by Jules Dunlap

calendar Brown County Playhouse Petar & Daniel Jan. 20 Guitar duo and friends. Faculty/student ensemble fro IU Jacobs School of Music Blue Hawaii Ukulele Play-A-Long Jan. 27, 2:00 Tickets $8 or $6 with Hawaiian shirt Bring your ukuleles to this Elvis movie It Takes Two Feb. 10 Great love duets with Jenn Cristy and One Pulse Entertainment’s superb live band 5th annual Brown County Youth Music Showcase March 3 Featuring ensembles, solos and duets from ages 6 to 18 years. Produced by Kara Barnard FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Check website for schedule 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Chateau Thomas Winery Jan. 5 Live Music Jan. 6 Gary Applegate & Joe Rock Jan. 12 Cliff Ritchie Jan. 13 Cari Ray Trio Jan. 19 Live Music Jan. 20 Barry Johnson Jan. 26 Robbie Bowden Jan. 27 Amanda Webb Band Feb. 2 Live Music Feb. 3 Live Music Feb. 9 Live Music Feb. 10 Impasse Feb. 16 Live Music Feb. 17 Cari Ray “For a Song” Series Feb. 23 Robbie Bowden Feb. 24 Paul Bertsch Trio Music Friday and Saturday 7:00-10:00 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com

19th Hole at Salt Creek Golf Trivia on Mondays from 7:00-9:00 Jan. 5 closed Jan. 6 Bluegill in the Slaw

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. Jan. 12 Kade Puckett Jan. 13 Gene Deer Jan. 19 Elkins Family Jan. 20 Night Owl Country Band Jan. 26 Kade Puckett Jan. 27 Dam Kirk Band Feb. Live Music Fridays and Saturdays Music starts at 8:00

Other Friday and Saturday Night Music Venues: Seasons, Brown County Inn, Big Woods

FRIGID Rogaine Jan. 6, eXplore Brown County Six hour rogaine with three unique loops. Participants (solos and teams) use a map and compass to locate checkpoints (CPs). The goal is to locate the most CPs in the allotted time. Sometimes CPs are assigned a point value according to their difficulty. Then the goal is to get the most points. There is no set course so you are free to choose any route you’d like. 2620 Valley Branch Road, Nashville $65 per person For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit the website 361adventures.com/frigid 812-988-7750 explorebrowncounty.com

Brown County Sippin’ Trip

Bourbon Experience

Jan. 12, 13 6:00-9:00 pm Bear Wallow Distillery Extended tour, class material, dinner, drinks, cocktail, and samples. Over 21.

Winter Hike

Jan. 13 9:00 am, Brown County State Park 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 Woodland Hike (2.75 miles): Beginning at the park’s Recreation Building www.browncountywinterhike.com

Frosty Trails Five Mile

Jan. 13 1:00, 5 mile run on horse trails Run or walk at this Brown County YMCA event. Race headquarters at the Lower Shelter in the state park. After the run, participants warm up in the shelter house with food, drinks, and a fire. www.signmeup.com/site/online-eventregistration/123116

Breakfast with Naturalists, Hiker’s Lunch Buffet Jan. 13 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

Jan. 13, 14, Feb. 10, 17 1:00 to 4:30 pm Trip to wineries, breweries, and distilleries on Nashville General Store Express bus Feasting in the Woods Jan. 13 5:00-9:00 pm **************************** Five-course progressive dinner in Nashville WINTER IN THE WOODS Cocktails, appetizers, soup & salad, main Jan.12-14 course, desserts. Board bus at Seasons.

**************************** Winter Bliss Wellness Retreat Birding on Salt Creek Trail Jan. 12, 7:30-9:30 pm Dance and opening circle Jan. 13, sessions 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Yoga, NIA, poetry, drumming, movement Free evening celebration 7:30-9:45 pm Jan. 14, sessions 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Yoga, create a mandala, tools for better connections, closing circle, singing bowls

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Jan. 13 9:30-11:00 am Indigo Birding Nature Tour Coffee and pastries at Visitors Center browncounty.com/store to reserve

Yoga on Tap

Jan. 14 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Big Woods Village Van Buren St.

Swingin’ in the Woods

Jan. 14 4:00-9:00 pm Out of the Ordinary Swing dance lesson

Winter in the Woods

Deep Forest De-Stress

Jan. 14 2:00-4:00, Bird’s Nest Cafe

*************************** Birding on Salt Creek Trail Jan. 15 9:30-11:00 am Indigo Birding Nature Tour Coffee and pastries at Visitors Center browncounty.com/store to reserve

Brown County Ukulele Festival Jan. 26-27, Brown County Inn Jam sessions, workshops, concerts, vendors. Contact sponsor Mainland Ukes (812) 988-6760, browncountyukefest.com mike@mainlandukes.com

Simply Fitness Winter Wellness Retreat Feb. 1, 2 Overnight stay at the Oak Haven B & B. Package includes snacks, one hour yoga session Thurs. 7:00 pm, homemade breakfast Fri. 7:00 am, one hour yoga session Fri. 8:00 am, guided hike and yoga on Fri. 11:00 am. $175 per person or $125 if you don’t mind having a roommate. Added breakouts by appt. Thurs. 3:00-6:00 pm: 30 minutes massage $30 30 minutes reflexology $30 30 minutes acupuncture or cupping $30. Choose as many as you like. Oakhaven Bed and Breakfast 2668 Owl Creek Rd, Nashville, IN 812-343-3560 www.squareup.com/store/simply-fitness

Brown Co. History Center Open Thurs.-Sun. 11-4 Archives: Tues. and Fri. 1-4, North of the courthouse, Donations welcome. photo courtesy Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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There’s a wine for any palette! Free tasting of our locally made wines. You can choose from bold dry reds to refreshing whites and sweet fruit wines.

We appreciate our loyal customers!

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Our market fresh product selections are the result of your requests is located in the heart of for the items you like best. downtown Nashville on This season we display: South Van Buren Street Tervis Tumblers, Swan Creek, next to Out of The Ordinary Sanuks, Woodstock Chimes, and across from the Melissa & Doug, DaVinci Beads, Brown County Playhouse Stony Creek Lighted Vases, Essential Oils and Diffusers 69 S. Van Buren St. P. Graham Dunn personalized, Nashville, Indiana and our favorite handcrafted jewelry. Did we mention all 812-988-2050 the hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry? rhondakays@msn.com

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Frank Jones

~story and photos by Ryan Stacy


Midwestern tourist destination, evolving with the times. The most beautiful forest land in Indiana. A haven for the local arts scene. Depending on your interests and personality, you might describe Brown County as any one of these. But for Frank Jones, a lifetime in Brown County has led him to embrace all three—and his love for them comes through in his music. Frank was raised in Bellsville, where rural families like his were big, hardworking, and strong. “My great-grandfather built houses, my mom ran a store, and my uncles laid block,” he remembers. “Us boys would put up hay, hang tobacco, dig potatoes, whatever.” Soon, Frank and his brother Dickey were picking up musical instruments after they put down their tools for the day. “Once we found our way to town with our guitars, we

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found all the happenings, we were part of a tribe,” says Frank of the musical scene around Nashville, Indiana in the early 1970s. “And when the hippies moved in, we saw it as extending our base.” Though still in high school, the brothers found themselves welcomed as the entertainment at big local bashes (“Playing for 300 people at that age does wonders for the ego”), and the attention they got from older musicians was a catalyst for their own musical ambitions. Frank confides, “I loved it. I thought, ‘I could do this forever...and I think I’m gonna!’” But don’t mistake Frank as purely an extrovert, living for the next full moon party. As much as he loves being around friends, he says he feels the most like a songwriter when he’s alone with his thoughts and feelings. “Best advice I ever got? If you can be happy playing for the trees, you can play for anybody,” Frank says. So, it’s fitting that he called his new CD Lined in Sycamore. Along with Kim, his wife of thirty years, Frank lives on ten acres outside of Nashville, where the peace and solitude provide the perfect backdrop for writing and composing his brand of bluesy country-folk. And while he does draw upon his more gregarious side for his material, he says he ultimately does his best work deep in thought about the less-obvious things in life, experiences and themes we might take for granted while lost in the revelry of a crowd. “Lined in Sycamore is a combination of stuff I recorded a while back, and some newer stuff,”

“Once we found our way to town with our guitars, we found all the happenings. We were part of a tribe. And when the hippies moved in, we saw it as extending our base.” Frank says. “Most of it’s originals, but I also put to music some poetry by Tramp Starr, a Brown County preacher who wrote up until the 1940s.” The CD also marks a tragic time in Frank’s career— it’s the last opportunity he’d have to work directly with Dickey, who died of a heart attack earlier this year. “Dickey was the ultimate wordsmith. I could take anything to him to work on. I’m honored to have some of his stuff on this one.” While losing Dickey so suddenly was devastating—”It took me nine months to get back on track after losing him,” Frank says—he’s already working on honoring his brother’s legacy as a musician and a person with his next project, a musical tribute made up exclusively of Dickey’s music and featuring other local artists who were close to him, including Barry Elkins. “People around here still play Dickey’s songs, which he loved,” says Frank. As heartbreaking as losing Dickey is, Frank finds comfort in the people and the places in Brown County that have been here for him over the years. “I’ve played music here, owned a restaurant here, and even lived in California for a little while,” he explains, “and it’s the people that brought me back, the spirit of this place.” For Frank, Brown County’s unique position in history and on the map account for its unique people. “The

geographical layout—we’re this green square in the middle of South Central Indiana, it’s physically good for us. And our history has this mystique from being tucked away early on. At one time, you couldn’t even find us until you got lost. We were farmers and migrants, and then these sophisticated artists settled here and mixed with the most basic rural moonshiners and criminals who came here to hide up through the 1920s.” Frank’s sentimental fondness for Brown County doesn’t mean he’s stuck in the past, however. Although he understands the impulse of many seasoned artists to cling to familiar ways, he embraces twenty-first century technology to his work’s benefit. In addition to his enthusiasm for the creative control digital recording brings to his music, Frank’s also launched Lost Cabin Lodge, a YouTube channel devoted to Brown County’s arts and history. “I’m all about documenting everything that’s good about the past and the present,” he says. “It’s true that the old analog way forced you to really get your chops up, but the permanence you have with being able to get more stuff out there with digital is unequalled.” Fans of Frank’s songwriting and performance should look for Lined in Sycamore to be available in the coming weeks. More information on Frank’s recordings and live appearances can be found at <frankjonesmusic.com>. 

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SAVE YELLOWWOOD continued from 29 of the area should enter with the philosophy that they will disturb as little as possible the natural woodland ecosystem, and that it offers an experience of visiting a forested area looking much the same as it may have appeared a century and a half ago,” from a statement by the DNR. I imagine that it will be difficult to “disturb as little as possible the natural ecosystem” while bringing in tractor trailers, bulldozers, and skidders. There are also the clear-cut staging areas that get churned to a muddy froth which foments the introduction of Japanese Stiltgrass and other invasive flora. To my way of thinking, the State Forests belong to us, the public, the people and we should collectively

have a say in how our public lands are managed. If the DNR has a plan, then let them publish it, and let the public comment. Publish the comments, or better yet, let us vote on any plans for major changes to management practices. We can only hope that our friends at the Possum Trot camp will prevail and bring a sense of sanity and proportion back to the Division of Forestry. If they do not, then maybe a sign ”Welcome to Yellow-stump State Forest” would be appropriate. Please contact Governor Holcomb at <GovHolcomb@gov.in.gov>, (317) 232-4567. There is a facebook page for “Save Yellowwood” and a movie about the efforts by John Boggs.


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Dealing with Deer


~by Jeff Tryon

live at the end of a long wooded lane, on the edge of the Brown County State Park, and often when I make my way home in the evening or early in the morning, I will encounter individuals and groups of white-tailed deer. Sometimes they bolt— bounding over creeks and straight up steep hills with an amazing alacrity and a smooth grace that demonstrate all the beauty of nature in raw form.

Sometimes, if I’ve been creeping slowly down the drive as I sometimes do, the deer will just stand there and study me and my vehicle. When they do this I usually lower the window and turn up the music. People and vehicles have become commonplace to them, but they don’t get that much recorded music out there in the boonies, I think they are somehow charmed by it. They seem to favor classical music.

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Of course, living where we live, it doesn’t seem that unusual to look out the window and see wild deer in the yard, or up on the hill just beyond. In fact, that’s becoming a more and more common sight no matter where you live. Bloomington is overrun with the pesky white-tailed ruminants. A couple of years ago, a dog was barking at a deer that had wandered into a Bloomington yard to sample the landscaping and the deer stomped the dog to

death. That’s right, not only was the deer not at all afraid of the dog—he killed it, according to the Bloomington newspaper. From the deer’s point of view, he probably felt he had put up with an awful lot in terms of humans subsuming his habitat, and was just not in the mood for all the barking that particular day. When the weather turns bitter cold, the white-tailed blood runs hot during “rutting season.” The females become fertile and the bucks chase them around like crazy trying to ensure that a next generation of deer will appear on the scene. And this is when the trouble starts. When you are leaving someplace of an evening or in the morning, people will say, “Drive carefully!” and then add, “Watch out for the deer!” Because those suckers are everywhere, and they don’t understand vehicular traffic at all. They will make a major mess out of your nice little car. Annually, there are more than 14,000 deer-vehicle collisions reported in Indiana According Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Fish and Wildlife. The total economic cost of deer-vehicle collisions in 2016 in Indiana was $119 million based on the average estimated cost per collision. And the funny thing is, all of it is completely unnecessary. Once upon a time, we had completely solved the deer situation—they were completely wiped out. Although the deer were native throughout what is now Indiana

before the pioneers came, hunting and habitat destruction by an increasing number of settlers eliminated deer from the landscape by the late 1800s. The last reported native deer kill was made in Knox County in 1893. However, beginning in 1934, deer from Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina were purchased and released in Indiana, re-establishing the deer population with an eye toward leisure sport hunting. By 1985, the deer harvest exceeded 32,000 and by 1993, the DNR began to reduce the size of the deer herds with a one-day reduction hunt at Brown County State Park. During the autumn “rut,” deer are so distracted by their mating prospects that they are less cautious than usual when crossing roads, according to the DNR. Deer are most active at dawn and dusk when they typically forage for food. Extra caution should be employed at those times. Deer often follow each other, especially if one starts to run.

When you see one deer crossing the road in front of you, there are probably more. Slow down and watch for them. In your eagerness to avoid hitting a deer, be careful not to swerve into oncoming traffic or a solid object like a tree. Statistically, you are far less likely to be injured by hitting a deer directly than by trying to avoid hitting one and hitting something even more substantial. Once I was riding with a friend down a narrow Brown County Road and a big buck jumped into the road just ahead of us. My friend slammed on the brakes and I got an extreme closeup view of the underside of a big buck as it went sailing by the windshield. We stopped and got out of the car. He had leapt completely over the subcompact car, leaving only a ghostly trace of mud from his hoof across the windshield. It is a good thing he made it because an average adult male weighs 175 pounds and can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour—not something you want coming through the windshield. There are more white-tailed deer living in the United States today than at any other time in history. But there are fewer hunters going after them than did even 20 years ago. My grandson is a real hunter— bow, shotgun, and muzzle loader— and he always eats what he kills, providing meat for the family table. He makes a tasty venison jerky. Every time I see one of those pesky deer, even a majestic big buck with a large rack, all I can think of is, “Now he would make a lot of good jerky.” 

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~by Julia Pearson

he Civil War lasted from April 12, 1861, when the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, until the surrender by General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant near the Appomattox, Virginia court house on April 9, 1865. The causes of this great tragedy are still being debated, with Pulitzer-prize winning author James McPherson writing: “The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states.” With the election of Abraham Lincoln, seven southern states seceded to form a new nation, the Confederate States of America. In Military History of Brown County by Weston A. Goodspeed, it is reported that the political campaign of 1860 was followed intently by many. “Every township had had its company or companies of WideAwakes, and scarcely a night passed without public speaking and noisy and enthusiastic demonstration. The clubs of Democracy had uniformed themselves with hickory suits, erected poles, and flung the names of Douglas and Johnson or Breckinridge and Lane to the breeze. Torch-light processions and vociferous cheering had nightly disturbed the drowsy air. The few Republican clubs were jubilant and confident.” Secret political societies played significant roles throughout the state. The Copperheads (named for the copper pennies some wore

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on the lapel as an identifying badge) presented a lingering wedge to the Union war effort. The Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC), founded by nebulous individual George W.L. Bickley, arose in the mid1850s to advance the cause of slavery and was able to recruit supporters in Indiana, including Brown County, since it tapped into a significant pocket of conservative Democrats who espoused state sovereignty. A large number of Brown County settlers had migrated from south of the Mason Dixon Line and Democrats held the upper hand in politics. Cultural historian Howard Mumford Jones has observed this region was “tinctured with southern values.” For a while there were reports of 125,000 Knights of the Gold Circle in Indiana, and 1.5 million in the country. Of course, counties with Democratic majorities were viewed with suspicion. Republicans also established secret societies to combat the threat of the KGC. The groups were supported by the Republican or Union governors of the Midwestern states and were known as Loyal or Union Leagues.

Disgruntled leaders of the Democratic party in Indiana and Kentucky explored the idea of forming a different secret society that would have a direct influence on the war. The Order of American Knights, better known as OAKs, was begun to prevent the Republicans from using force to win the election of 1864, a second Lincoln term. They called it “Protection of the ballot box.” The rituals of the societies were pared down and emphasis was placed on Jeffersonian states’ rights. On June 30, 1863, General O.B. Wilcox issued this order: “The peace of Indiana has lately been disturbed by violence, murder, and other acts contrary to law, and having their origin in certain secret political societies, clubs or leagues, the common safety now demands that all such associations should be discontinued, no matter to what political party they may belong. They are a constant source of dread and mistrust —they divide and provoke hostility between neighbors, weaken the dignity and power of courts of justice, expose the country to martial law, and discourage the people from enlisting in defense of the nation.” A shootout later tagged as the “Brown County War,” occurred that same year. A meeting with soldiers from Indianapolis was held at Needmore, in the northern part of the county. Accounts vary as to the reason for the meeting. Some say it was to arrest deserters taking refuge in Brown County. Another report of the incident says the intent was to raise volunteers for the Union Army. A former state legislator and leader of the Democrat Party in Brown County, Lewis Prosser, attended the meeting carrying a gun he had been using to hunt squirrels. Prosser was outspoken against the war and the story goes that he said something that upset a soldier enough to force Prosser to give up his gun. Prosser pulled out another gun and shot the soldier dead. As Prosser turned to leave he was shot in the leg. He later died from complications of the wound. More shots were fired but there were no more casualties. The blood toll of the American Civil War was tallied by William F. Fox and Thomas Leonard Livermore to be approximately 620,000 soldiers. Their exhaustive study of combat and casualty records generated by the armies over five years of fighting included death by combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the war’s duration. Recent scholarship puts the number of dead as high as 850,000. Brown County sent 1,000 young men to the Civil War. According to a military report, at least 82 of those 1,000 lost their lives fighting in the Union army. One of every

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six Brown County residents served in the Civil War according to census records. The first military draft in American history was instituted by the Confederacy in April 1862. A draft in the Northern states was instituted a year later. Both sides had exemptions ultimately based on wealth, making this a war where the poor constituted the greater part of the armies. A southern man between the ages of 18 and 35 years, who owned twenty or more slaves, could opt out. In the North, those who could provide a substitute or pay a significant fee were free from service. According to official reports, 196,363 Hoosier men served. Black army units consisted of 1,537. Most entered the Army through state volunteer units taken into federal service. Additionally, men volunteered for the Indiana Legion, the reorganized state militia that guarded the southern border of the state. 

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The Beamery David Watters. courtesy photos

~by Paige Langenderfer


avid Watters is making history, actually he’s building it. Watters’ Helmsburg-based company, The Beamery, specializes in timber framing, a method of construction that is thousands of years old. While The Beamery uses state-of-the-art equipment, their work is an homage to a time when buildings were made from logs chopped with iron axes and communities worked together to put up a building. Timber framing is an age-old construction style that involves using heavy timbers to frame a structure rather than today’s more common slender (2x6 inch) dimensional lumber. It was the most common building method used throughout the world until the early 1900s when the demand for cheap, fast housing required a faster, less labor intensive technique. Craftsmen began reviving the timber framing tradition in the 1970s, but The Beamery is still one of only a handful of businesses in the region to build structures that look more like a pieces of art than buildings. Watters said he fell in love with the style as a child. “In the summer, we would travel from our home in

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Fort Wayne to our family cottage in Maine,” he said. “On the drive, we would pass a lot of barns, which always intrigued me.” He liked the barns so much that his mom bought him a book about barns for his eighth birthday. His love of timber framing continued as he got older. He even built a balsa wood model timber frame bridge for his eighth grade social studies project. “It was my first official timber frame project,” Watters said. “From then on I was always interested in architecture, building, and design.” In high school, Watters took part time jobs working with contractors, framing houses, working with trim contractors, and with his family’s custom kitchen cabinet business. “I got a lot of experience at an early age,” he said. “I even started my own business in college installing cabinets.” After earning his degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado, Watters took a job with an architecture firm as an apprentice in New Hampshire. A year later, his father made him an offer that changed the course of his life. He offered to finance a project for Watters to design and build a house. “That’s what really got me started,” Watters said. “I jumped out on my own building houses. They were really fun projects, all around Golden Lake. There was a lot of craftsman style building and timber framing was very popular over there. That is the place and time that influenced me the most.” When he was 30, Watters moved his family to Fayetteville, Arkansas to design and build what is now a nationally-recognized timber frame brew pub. “It took two and a half years to build and I learned a lot about everything, from building to demolition to working with people,” Watters said. “I was 30 years old and had 55 employees. That was a huge project for me.” In 1998, Watters moved back to Indiana to join a design firm as a project manager, eventually becoming a partner in Smith, Lake and Watters. The firm specialized in high-end homes on the north side

of Indianapolis. When Watters realized he was incorporating timber framing into every project, he decided it was time to go out on his own. Watters started The Beamery in 2001 and has grown his customer base to include projects throughout the region and as far away as Oregon and Virginia. Some of the more well-known projects include the Boy Scouts Bridge at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the covered bridge in Parke County, Indiana, the Marian University Sports Complex entrance and Ecolab, Butler Pavilion, and Zionsville Outdoor classrooms. The company also designed and built the 23,100-board-feet timber structure of the Indiana Regional Headquarters for the Girl Scouts of America. One of the projects Watters is most proud of was a home built in Brown County. The four-story, 4,479-square-foot home was the very first certified passive home in Indiana, which means it meets rigorous, voluntary standards for energy efficiency and has a reduced ecological footprint. “That was a fun and challenging project. We really like challenging projects. I have an incredible team,” Watters said. “There are so many minute details you have to focus on that most people don’t even think about. I Continued on 50

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THE BEAMERY continued from 49 think the concept will probably grow as energy costs rise and as more people want to get off of the grid.” Unlike other building methods, a timber frame home can be put up in a matter of weeks. The process is able to move so quickly because the entire structure has been assembled before it ever leaves The Beamery’s workshop. “This is an incredible property,” Watters said. “It has allowed us to work throughout the entire year because we’re in a controlled environment. We were able to put up a 4,000-square-foot home in two weeks because it was all built in the shop before we ever got to the site.” Watters said it takes about four weeks to put the structure together in the shop, using timber framing’s unique joinery of mortises and tenons, secured with wooden pegs. “Timber framing really is a craft,” Watters said. “I would like to do more apprenticeships because not many people have the skills anymore and it is one of the oldest building methods in the world.”

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The unique combination of his degree in architecture and his extensive experience in building and construction creates a dynamic combination, Watters said. “Historically, the architect was the master builder. Today, the architect has become more of a designer. But, I’ve always wanted to be a builder as well as a designer. Because of that, I’ve often been humbled throughout my career,” he said. “As a designer you want to push the envelope, but as the builder you have to make it work. I think it’s a benefit to the customer, because I carry the responsibility of the project all the way through. I am much more able to help them make decisions up front because I know the build process. I always tell myself that what I create in my mind is not done until the space is complete and someone walks in.” If you are dreaming of your own timber frame building contact The Beamery through the <thebeamery.com> or call (317) 502-7906. 


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Winter Experiences ~by Jim Eagleman

Jim Eagleman’s granddaughter Priska.


don’t suppose I’ll gain much in popularity if I begin with the suggestion to get out more during winter. If the mind isn’t willing, and the desire to stay in is strong, I’m wasting my time with the invitation. Reading a book by the woodstove can be just as enjoyable. But, head out if the temperatures are mild. My first requirement into the cold is serious preparedness. I know from previous ventures if I am not dressed properly, I come back quickly with cold hands, head, and feet. Why did I think my time outdoors would be enjoyable if I didn’t first take care of comfort levels? The better I’m dressed for any condition, layered and constantly adjusting, the more I can stay out. The longer I remain, the more I see and hear. If conditions are right, I can examine closely. If our curiosity and expectations are piqued, our time out isn’t just a walk in fresh air, it is a chance to observe and learn.

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A junior professor once told us fledgling wildlife students that time observing outdoors, in all seasons, can be just as important as reading a chapter in an assigned text. Did this mean we could substitute homework for a nice walk in the woods? No, but I did both. The more I read, the more I looked closely when out, and the challenge of seeing something unfamiliar sent me back to the texts. “Books to nature, and nature back to books,” said the professor. I began to see the relationship he wanted from us. It was learning that took on more than just observing and far more than just reading. “A good biologist observes more than he sees.” Once, when out on a day of overcast skies and cold wind, I stopped to unbutton my collar and remove my cap. The cool air on my moist forehead was a welcomed break. Resting on a slanted log, I glanced at movement from a corner in the field. A jay was the first to announce the presence of a coyote, trotting along the trail I used. It seemed oblivious to me, but with tail drooping and ears erect, it stopped several times to sniff along the woodland edge. Any mouse, dried grape, persimmon, or unwary wren was game. He trotted towards me, then into the woods. Back at my desk, I pulled out several texts on winter mammals and read about coyote habits. I’ve seen coyotes many times since and it is this one instance that always comes back to mind. A deerhunter friend once told me he listens for chickadees to tell if a deer might

be close. Sitting quiet for hours in a tree stand, the nature sounds were a cue to pay attention. The cold could take its toll, but he was dressed properly and the freezer empty. “You see so much more if you are warm, quiet and motionless—but from that vantage point, I see stuff I don’t understand even though I read a lot,” he added. In a winter term animal ecology lecture and lab we were told to spend a weekend day along a quiet county road, recording what we saw and heard. Reports were due the following Monday. At 10 degrees and snowy, a friend said he’d bring along a pocket flask with whiskey in case we got cold. A road-killed opossum stopped us in our tracks, and close observation revealed frost-tipped ears, frozen to stubs. Pushed for answers in class, we suspected the animal was caught out in a winter storm and couldn’t get back to its burrow. The frost-bitten ears proved it. I can’t say spending time on the trails this winter will be enjoyable for all. I know from winter activities at the state park, attendance was always chancy. We are creatures of comfort and while I knew how to dress properly, many times my hikers didn’t. Watching for signs of discomfort we sometimes cut hikes short. If nothing else was pressing, I was overjoyed at the thought the time was now mine, to see, watch, and learn. I could again be an observer, assigning analogies to nature, matching landscape to life. I believe it made me a more conscientious land steward, but more importantly, a better teacher. “January observations can be as simple and peaceful as snow, and almost as continuous as cold. There is time to not only see who has done what, but to speculate why,” said biologist and scientist, Aldo Leopold. He was also a winter hiker, scientist, observer, and writer—first to indicate there’s a lot more going on out there at this special time than I ever imagined. Dress in layers, take a snack, and enjoy the winter woods. 

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â&#x20AC;¢ Fruit Jars â&#x20AC;¢ Garden Art â&#x20AC;¢ Furniture â&#x20AC;¢ Iron Things, â&#x20AC;¢ Lots of Junk and more 5 minutes north of Nashville (intersection of SR 135 & SR 45)

(812) 988-6268


Serving the Community for over 100 years


Brown County Tire 24 hr. Wrecker Service



Auto Repair

27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville

The Strength of Big, The Service of Small 189 Commercial Drive, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.1200

Contact us today for all your banking needs

www.psbanywhere.com 41 S. Hawthorne Dr. Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-6633




$2 Bag â&#x20AC;¢ Salt Creek Plaza â&#x20AC;¢ Nashville Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sat. 7:30 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;7:00 pm, Sun 10:00 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:00 pm


Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground Just five miles from Nashville, IN One  Southern Indiana's largest campgrounds

â&#x20AC;¢ Over 55 acres with walking trails â&#x20AC;¢ Over 300 water/electric sites â&#x20AC;¢ 30 amp and 50 amp hookups â&#x20AC;¢ Over 300 tent sites General camping May thru October â&#x20AC;¢ Camping cabin rentals

â&#x20AC;¢ 2 dump stations â&#x20AC;¢ Wi-Fi â&#x20AC;¢ Heated/AC showerhouse â&#x20AC;¢ Laundry facility â&#x20AC;¢ Stocked fishing lake


WALTMAN CONSTRUCTION CO. Owens-Corning Preferred Contractor

LLicensed and Insured â&#x20AC;¢ 15 years total replacement warranty for roofs available Auto Restoration

When accidents happen, give us a call.

Don Waltman

Roof Coatings, Metal/Shingle Roofs, Remodels, Ro Power Washing and Sealing, Barns, (812) 327-1994 Garages, Decks, Siding, Windows and Doors, waltmanconst@aol.com G and all construction needs and services! References Available


Insurance Collision Center Family Owned & Operated since 1976

4555 Old 46

(5 miles east of Nashville in Gnaw Bone)




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VALUABLE COUPON • Mulching - Seeding NEED HELP? • Weeding - Pruning • Tree / Shrub Planting • Fences - Walkways • Retaining Walls • Mowing / Trimming (812) 988-7232 • Flower / Herb Beds

146 E. Main St., Nashville


We Can Do It All!

Complete Landscaping/ Design Services

HEALTH FOR “U” H Mon.–Sat. 10–5


Limit 1.

Must have coupon for discount. Expires 12/31/18.

(4, 16, or 32 oz.) Save $ S $2.00 2 00 on R Roll-On, ll O Gel, G l Spray S Indiana Amish Natural Chickens and Indiana Raw Honey sold here! Also, Bison and Elk.



Dunham Plumbing Co., Inc.


Licensed Plumbing Contractor • Bonded • Insured #CO89000011 Repair, Remodel, Pump Service, Water Conditioning Drain Cleaning, Water Heaters

812-988-0248 • Nashville, IN • Since 1981 REAL ESTATE

Reach both LOCALS and TOURISTS

Single Block $50 Double Block 70 2 or more 5% OFF annual 15% OFF REAL ESTATE


T Marg and Brenda Team The i Your Brown County Team is


www.MargAndBrendaTeam.com 10 Artist Drive, P.O. Box 1609 Nashville, IN 47448 Marg DeGlandon CSSS, CDPR Brenda Longtin CSSS, CDPR Broker/Owner Associate Broker Cell: 812-360-4083 • margd@remax.net Cell: 812-360-3889 • shaht@mibor.net

812-988-2227 www.browncountyhomes.com



Helmsburg Sawmill

Logging to Lumber


Pool Enterprises, Inc.

Custom Log Home Lumber Packages ~ Posts ~ Beams Rafters ~ Barn Siding ~ Board & Batten ~ Firewood Mulch ~ Sawdust ~ Buyers of Standing Timber


www.helmsburgsawmill.com • helmsburgsawmill@gmail.com facebook.com/helmsburgsawmillinc



Personal Training Fitness Center Swim Lessons Gymnasium Day Camp Exercise Classes Climbing Wall


Open at 5:30 a.m. Mon.–Fri.

BUY 1 GUEST PASS, GET 1 FREE 1 per person, expires 12/31/18

812-988-9622 • www.browncountyymca.org

Keyed IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Let us find your next door. Property management for rentals for a month or longer. Let us find a rental for you or manage your property. Call for listings or free estimates.



rown County’s Winter in the Woods takes place January 12 through 14, 2018. You can enjoy both indoor and outside activities sure to lift your spirits and beat those winter blues. Winter Bliss Wellness Retreat takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 12, 13, and 14, at the Abe Martin Lodge. Reflect, refresh, and re-center in the new year at this unique event. Winter Bliss is a mind, body, spirit exploration retreat that absorbs the senses, the mind, and the creative spirit through poetry, movement, yoga, drumming, art, and meditation. Partake of any, or all of the dozen or so Winter Bliss offerings. Registration fee covers all workshops. Food and lodging are extra. Besides workshops, there are cozy spots by the fire, woodland walks, a healing room, and a heated indoor pool on site. There’s also a restaurant at the lodge. A FREE portion of the retreat is open to the public on Saturday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.— Drum and Dance Circle, Somatic Meditation, and Gong Bath. Winter Bliss tickets and information can be found at <eventbrite.com/e/ winterbliss-wellness-retreat-2018tickets-39381977555> and through the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (317) 501-9000. Meanwhile, for those wanting to get out and enjoy the fresh winter air, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so. Experience Winter in the Woods firsthand during a Winter Hike in the Brown County State Park.

On Saturday, January 13, hikers can travel along one of two selfguided trails through the park, ranging in distance from 2.75 to 3.5 miles. DNR interpreters will greet hikers with winter wildlife facts along the way and s’mores and hot chocolate will be provided by Local Boy Scout Troop 190 for a tasty hiker pick-me-up. The cost for this event is $1 plus Park gate fees. The hike begins at 9 a.m. The 3.5-mile hike will begin at the Nature Center. Hikers begin on a closed park road past breathtaking Hohen point, into Strahl Valley then around Lake Strahl. The 2.75mile hike will begin at the park’s Recreation Building and proceed

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through Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve, around Lake Ogle and return to the Recreation Building. Both before and after the Winter Hike, food will be served at the Little Gem Restaurant at the Abe Martin Lodge. Hikers can enjoy Breakfast with the Naturalists beginning at 7 a.m., as well as a Hiker’s Lunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those looking for a little more exhilarating winter adventure, there will be a challenging 5.2 mile trail run (or walk) along the scenic trails of the Brown County State Park. The Brown County YMCA’s Frosty Trails 5 Mile race begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, at the park’s Lower Shelter. After the run, participants are welcome to warm up in the shelter house with food, drinks, and a fire. For more information, or to register, visit <www.signmeup.com/site/onlineevent-registration/123116>. For a complete Winter in the Woods experience, check out other great Brown County originals including “Feasting in the Woods,” a progressive dinner through Nashville; “Bourbon Experience” at Bear Wallow Distillery, “Sippin’ Trip” to wineries, breweries, and distilleries; “Birding on Salt Creek Trail,” “Yoga on Tap” at Big Woods, “Deep Forest De-Stress” art and aromatherapy at the Bird’s Nest Cafe; and “Swingin’ in the Woods,” a swing dance lesson and appetizers at Out of the Ordinary. For more information on Winter in the Woods, please visit <WinterInTheWoods.com> or call the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (812) 988-7303. 

HOTEL NASHVILLE Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville

Upscale Dining in a Casual Atmosphere Serving Dinner with Full Bar Service Thurs. 5 to 8 pm, Fri. & Sat. 5 to 9 pm

• Suites, Studios, Hot Tubs • Restaurant and Bar • Indoor Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool • Conference Facilities • Weddings and Receptions • Special Getaway Packages

Menu Features: Steaks, Seafood, Pasta, Chicken, Burgers, Appetizers, Soups and Salads

Reserve your Special Party now! Meetings and Banquets Catering in your home or other venue Weddings and Receptions

245 N. Jefferson St., Nashville (812) 988-8400 • (800) 848-6274 www.hotelnashville.com

BRICK LODGE NORTH HOUSE • Accommodates 8 Guests • 3 Bedrooms and 2 1/2 Baths • Cable TV–DVD Player • Fully-Equipped Kitchen • Central Heat and Air • Electric Fireplace • Secluded Hot Tub • Gas Grill

• Accommodates 8 Guests • 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths • Game Room w/ Pool Table • Cable TV–DVD Player • Fully-Equipped Kitchen • Central Heat and Air • Gas Fireplace • Gas Grill • Outdoor Hot Tub

194 N. Van Buren St., Nashville (812) 988-6429 www.northhousegetaway.com

1878 N. State Rd. 135, Nashville (812) 988-6429 www.bricklodge.com


Fudge Kitchen

…so much more than fudge!

Our shop is bursting with flavor! WATCH US MAKE…

Our Creamy Fudge · Gourmet Popcorn All Natural Gelato · Seasonal Treats An old-fashioned candy store loaded with all of your favorite treats! We have the largest selection of Fudge, Popcorn, Candies, Ice Cream and Gelato in Brown County, Indiana.

{ Old Fashioned Since 1983 } ! line e N O er her Ord Anyw ! d hip S orl e W W e h in t

175 South Van Buren · Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.0709



Profile for Our Brown County

Jan./Feb. 2018  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special

Jan./Feb. 2018  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special