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March –April 2013


Brown County Weavery’s

Sally Baldwin

The Reverend Peyton’s Spring Break


The Sampler takes a local Vacation

And: Simply Music, Simply Mushrooms Morel Festival Wildflower Foray The Spirit of Brown County The Brummetts of Brown County Art Gallery Victorian Tea Maudeneva



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Al’s Paint & BodyAl’s Garage


Mike Nickels Log Homes



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Oak Grove

Oak Grove Pottery



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BLOOMINGTON Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS Bloomingfoods Elegant Options Fireplace Center Longs Landing

Doodles by Kara Barnard


Hilltop Cabin Brown Co. Cabins





Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Clay Lick Rd


Cordry Lake

Plum Creek Antiques Market

. Rd

Sweetwater Lake

TRAFALGAR Appleworks

Monroe Music Park & Campground BEAN BLOSSOM




Lake Lemon



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


Bob Allen Rd.

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



The Bookloft


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

Brown Co Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

ST SR 135 N

Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Wishful Thinking moved two blocks south

Main Street Shops


Gold &Old

McGinley Insurance

Health for U

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Redbud Terrace Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Broomcorn Johnny’s Glass Planet Gifts Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

Weed Patch Music Co.

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

MAIN STREET Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Gallery and Cottages

Iris Garden Gallery


Village Green Bldg.

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Pit Bull Leather Bedazzled Jewelry J Bob’s

Brown County History Center

GOULD STREET Brown County Rock & Fossil Shop

Norma Reigle Palm & Tarot


Hidden Valley Inn



Honeysuckle Hideaway

Granny’s Christmas Shop Mercantile Store The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

Main Street Images The Silver Fern Beads and Gifts

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage


Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

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Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

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The Salvation Army

Michael’s Massage

Brown Co. Massage

White Sands Boutique

Melchior Marionettes

Brown Co Playhouse Jack & Jill Nut Shop

58 South Apparel

New Leaf Amy Greely


Artists Colony Inn B3 Gallery Carol’s Crafts • Toy Chest Brown Co. Clocks & Collectibles

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

The Ordinary


Ole House

Primitive Spirit

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


Coachlight Sq

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Winery



Salt Creek Inn Casa del Sol

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Salt Creek Park

Nashville General Store & Bakery


Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room


Musical Entertainment Parking


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McDonald’s Pizza Pine King Room Tavern Brown Co Health & Living Community

Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

Sweetwater Gallery Wishful Grasshopper Flats Thinking



Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop-Community Closet


Nashville BP

Schwab’s Fudge Abe’s Alley PITTMAN HOUSE LANE

Peg Ann’s Boutique

FRANKLIN STREET Life is Good Calvin Place JB Goods


Franklin Sq

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

Antique Alley


Our Brown County ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op.............................50 Brown Co Antique Mall................56 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Elegant Options............................31 Nashville General Store...............38 Plum Creek Antiques...................60 Townhouse Gifts...........................39


Antique Alley Shops.....................57 Antiques Co-op.............................50 B3 Gallery.......................................19 Bear Hardware..............................52 Brown Co Antique Mall................56 Brown Co Art Gallery...................29 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................56 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Elegant Options............................31 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Iris Garden Gallery........................45 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......28 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County................25


The Bookloft..................................56


58 South Apparel..........................27 Antique Alley Shops.....................57 Bear Hardware..............................52 Thrift Shop-Community Closet..31 Glass Planet Gifts..........................57 Head Over Heels...........................51 House of Thunder.........................58 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............15 Male Instinct..................................57 Peg Ann’s Boutique......................23 Pit Bull Leather Co........................52 Sports Etc.......................................51


Antique Alley Shops.....................57 Antiques Co-op.............................50

B3 Gallery.......................................19 Bone Appetit Bakery....................56 Broomcorn Johnny’s....................60 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..47 Brown Co Craft Gallery................56 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....45 Brown Co Visitors Center.............14 Carol’s Crafts..................................47 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Country Mouse Weaving.............31 A Dreamer’s Gallery.......................3 Elegant Options............................31 The Ferguson House....................33 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................33 Glass Planet Gifts..........................57 Granny’s Christmas Shop............55 Head Over Heels...........................51 Homestead Weaving Studio.......21 House of Clocks.............................50 House of Thunder.........................58 Iris Garden Gallery........................45 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................25 Jeepers Miniatures.......................50 K. Bellum Leather.........................21 Main Street Images......................25 Male Instinct..................................57 Mercantile Store...........................55 Nashville General Store...............38 New Leaf.........................................29 Oak Grove Pottery........................21 Ole House.......................................37 Papertrix.........................................37 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......28 Pit Bull Leather Co........................52 Primitive Spirit..............................28 Rhonda Kay’s.................................27 Sheep Street Fibers......................50 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............42 Smashing Designs..........................3 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................21 Sports Etc.......................................51 Sweetwater Gallery......................15

Townhouse Gifts...........................39 The Toy Chest................................47 Wishful Thinking...........................57


Brown County Playhouse............33 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....45 kidscommons................................39 Monroe Music Park June Bluegrass Festival.................4 Muddy Boots Cafe........................23 Pine Room Tavern.........................23 Rawhide Ranch.............................52 Simply Music, Simply MushroomsMorel Festival................................42 WTIU Spirit of Brown County documentary.................................14


Abe Martin Lodge.........................53 Artists Colony Inn.........................47 Bloomingfoods.............................46 Brown Co IGA................................49 Brown Co Inn.......................... 45, 54 Brown Co Winery..........................53 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....39 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................23 Chateau Thomas Winery.............56 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........63 Farmhouse Cafe............................49 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................39 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........52 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................49 Hotel Nashville..............................63 House of Jerky...............................59 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................25 McDonald’s....................................56 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................23 Nashville BP...................................37 Nashville Candy Store..................51 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............64 Nashville General Store...............38 Nashville House............................54

Advertiser Index Ole House.......................................37 Pine Room Tavern.........................23 Schwab’s Fudge.............................21 Seasons...........................................54 That Sandwich Place....................57 The Wild Olive...............................55


The Ferguson House....................33 Long’s Landing..............................31


Bear Hardware..............................52


Head Over Heels...........................51 K. Bellum Leather.........................21


Antique Alley Shops.....................57 B3 Gallery.......................................19 Brown Co Antique Mall................56 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Ferguson House............................33 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................33 Glass Planet Gifts..........................57 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................25 Main Street Images......................25 New Leaf.........................................29 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........57 Ole House.......................................37 Peg Ann’s Boutique......................23 Rhonda Kay’s.................................27 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............42 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........23


Abe Martin Lodge.........................53 Artists Colony Inn.........................47 The Brick Lodge............................63 Brown County Cabins Hilltop Cabin and Suites..............27 Brown Co Inn.......................... 45, 54 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................54 eXplore Brown County................25

Forest Hills Apartments...............19 Green Valley Lodge......................37 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................46 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..46 Hilltop Cabin and Suites Brown County Cabins..................27 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Honeysuckle Hideaway...............56 Hotel Nashville..............................63 Lodge on the Mountain...............57 The North House...........................63 Rawhide Ranch.............................52 Salt Creek Inn................................56 Seasons...........................................54 Willow Manor Apartments..........27


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


Bone Appetit Bakery....................56


B3 Gallery.......................................19 Glass Planet Gifts..........................57 Main Street Images......................25 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................21


eXplore Brown County................25 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............19 Rawhide Ranch.............................52


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................58 Brown Co Health & Living...........46 Brown Co Massage.......................29 Brown Co Visitors Center.............14 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........58 Michael’s Massage Therapy........19 Nashville BP...................................37


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

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


Head Over Heels...........................51 K. Bellum Leather.........................21


Bone Appetit Bakery....................56 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..47 Carol’s Crafts..................................47 Fireplace Center............................31 Granny’s Christmas Shop............55 House of Clocks.............................50 House of Thunder.........................58 K. Bellum Leather.........................21 Male Instinct..................................57 Pit Bull Leather Co........................52 Primitive Spirit..............................28 Sheep Street Fibers......................50 Sports Etc.......................................51 The Toy Chest................................47 Weed Patch Music Company........2 Wishful Thinking...........................57


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


Artists Colony Inn.........................47 eXplore Brown County................25 Hotel Nashville..............................63

Cover photo by Scott Toepfer

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Bean Blossom Covered Bridge

16 Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band ~by Bill Weaver 20 Sally Baldwin and Brown Co. Weavery ~by Laura Gleason 24 The Brummetts of Brown County

~by Julia Pearson

26 The Sampler’s Spring Break 32 WTIU’s Spirit of Brown County ~by Bill Weaver

36 Art Gallery’s Victorian Tea

~by Karen Farley

44 Simply Music, Simply Mushrooms

-Morel Festival

~by Karen Farley

46 Wildflower Foray ~by Jim Eagleman

62 Maudeneva

~by Henry Swain

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

Henry “Hank” Swain moved to Brown County with his bride Mardi in 1947. He supported a family of five daughters by building homes. Hank’s books Leaves for the Raking, and Why Now? are bi-products of writing for Our Brown County. He has served the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville United Methodist Green Room class, the Bloomington Society of Friends, League of Women Voters, and WRAPS (Writers, Readers and Poets Society). You will sometimes find him relaxing in his kayak on Salt Creek. Karen Farley and her husband Ken recently moved to Nashville from Columbus. She is mother of three, stepmom of four, grandmother of twelve and great grandmother of one. Karen’s passion for writing began in her twenties writing poems to her daughters. Married for 25 years, she contributes to several local, national, and international magazines. Jim Eagleman is a 37 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 34 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.

Laura Gleason is a freelance writer based in Bloomington. By day she edits online courses for businesses, and by night she writes for publications such as Our Brown County, Ryder magazine, and The Bloomingfoods News. She lives in a co-op house and enjoys gardening, potlucks, and photography.

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“March Madness”


t has been a blast to see my son play on the Brown County High School basketball team this year. The varsity team made it through the first round of sectional play and has a good chance to win the title. You would never guess that from their record. But most of the games they lost were close heartbreakers, sometimes in overtime. But that is what I love about basketball. Everything can change in the last few minutes of the game. If you are a Hoosier, you understand. Even the best of the best Indiana University Hoosier teams can lose it in the last seconds. This year is no exception. Since Indiana high schools split up into divisions the little school underdogs don’t get a chance to take down the giants of the big cities like they did in the movie Hoosiers. But these boys still play teams that play rough. Sometimes it is like watching a football game when they pile up in a heap to save the ball. They get punched, slapped, poked, and tackled on both ends of the court. The boys have matured in the last few years, growing up and out. And there is a wide range of body sizes and weights among the teams. It is always the coach’s challenge to match up mass and height. And meanness comes in all sizes. My son likes to imagine what it would be like to play for a team like the Hoosiers or the Butler Bulldogs. And I like to imagine what it would be like to watch him play for a top college team.

I was lucky to be going to Indiana University when the Hoosiers won the NCAA championship in 1976. Oh, my goodness! There was so much March Madness then with an undefeated Hoosier team. Things got a bit out of hand there in Bloomington with cars being turned over and general mayhem. You don’t forget that kind of fever. How exciting it would be to have a son on a championship team! Basketball is my favorite spectator sport. I obnoxiously yell “Go Eagles” during most games. My son is also in cross country and track but I spend most of my time waiting for something to happen at meets rather than watching. I love that you can’t take your eyes off basketball players for a minute without missing something. Basketball demands your attention. It’s fast and full of action. After the high school tournament rounds I will mourn for more basketball. Maybe the Hoosiers will give us what we crave most, another championship. Good luck Eagles and Hoosiers! —Cindy Steele

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The Reverend Peyton’s

all photos taken in Brown County by Scott Toepfer

Big Damn Band

At Home in Brown County

~by Bill Weaver


here aren’t many places a guy like me fits in,” laughs the Reverend Josh Peyton about why he lives in Brown County. “I can make home base anywhere—my work is on the road traveling and making records. What I love about Brown County is that it’s all the good things about southern Indiana rolled up into one place.” Known for powerful live performances, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band features Peyton on guitar and vocals, wife Breezy on washboard and backing vocals, and Aaron ‘Cuz’ Persinger on drums, recasting American country blues in a way that attracts young listeners while pleasing aficionados of early blues masters like Charlie Patton, Furry Lewis, and Bukka White.

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“I just try to be myself and play good, honest, real music,” Peyton says. “Our audiences tend to be— compared to other blues or roots bands—a lot younger, but they’re really diverse—like a punk-rock kid with blue hair sitting next to an old 78 rpm record collector—and everything in between, from people wearing Johnny Cash and Ramones t-shirts to housewives. One day

”What I love about Brown County is that it’s all the good things about southern Indiana rolled up into one place.” —Rev. Josh Peyton we’re playing a theater and the next day a rock club and then a folk festival in Canada and then a biker fest in South Dakota. It keeps it interesting. I’d be bored if we were in a regular old country band playing honkytonks every night.” Nevertheless, 250 nights a year on the road takes its toll on a band. “A lot of people don’t realize how hard it to travel around and be away from home and family,” Peyton says. “I do it because I love it—I love making music, I love meeting people, I love traveling, I love the whole deal. It’s worth the hardship for me because I love it so much, but it’s nice being able to come home. “I went through a phase when I didn’t care if we were ever home,” he confesses, “but the older I get the more I love being home, too. You think of all the places that we go and all the countries that we play in, but I end up writing more songs about Brown County than anything else.”

Songs like Brown County Bound and Big Blue Chevy ’72 on their latest album “Between the Ditches,” which debuted at the top of the iTunes Blues Album Chart. The music video for their song Something for Nothing was shot in Brown County and Devils Look Like Angels was filmed in nearby Bloomington. Peyton’s family roots are deep in Jackson County, but he grew up in Eagletown, north of Indianapolis. “Brown County is like those places Continued on 18

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PEYTON continued from 17 were years ago,” he says. “Rural culture in America is dying out, but it’s alive and well here. “I love the history of Brown County and all southern Indiana. I think it’s a very unique place to live, an awesome subculture. I’ve argued this with a buddy of mine from the Ozarks. I said, ‘Man, people have heard of the Ozarks. They have no idea what goes on in southern Indiana!’ They don’t know what we’ve got going on here and they don’t understand the culture or the way we live. “There are tons of artists and musicians in Brown County,” he adds laughing, “and most of them know how to skin a deer!” Roots music is, at heart, about community and about family. The core of community for the Big Damn Band is southern Indiana. “It means a lot to me—when we play a show close to home and I see a lot of folks I know come out. It means a lot to me to know that the people at home appreciate the music that we do.” This drives him to make every album better than the last one, every show the best that it can be, which is

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Breezy, Reverend Peyton, and Aaron Persinger

one reason why audiences respond so enthusiastically to the band. “Apart from that there’s not much more you can do,” he shrugs. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will end the winter touring Canada before welcoming spring in Texas, the Midwest, and Europe with their Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour. They’ll pass through Bloomington at the Bluebird on April 5 and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis on June 1st. You can find an itinerary of the tour at <www.bigdamnband. com> and follow their adventures through Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, and be sure to have a look at their YouTube channel < ReverendPeyton>. “If I wasn’t able to do this tomorrow,” Peyton says, “I would just hope that people would remember that we always played music that we are proud of, tried to stay true to who we were, and tried to stay true to our Hoosier roots.” 

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Sally Baldwin

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f her “gone fishing” sign is up on the door and the weather is fair, you know Sally Baldwin is most likely mushroom hunting or gardening, two of the hobbies that have supplemented her passion for weaving in the 25 years she has owned Brown County Weavery in Nashville. “In the spring I get up really early, tend to my animals, work in my garden, and hunt mushrooms in the woods and wild plants to dye with,” Baldwin said. Around noon she settles into her shop on Franklin Street, where she weaves, sells her wares, visits with old friends, and chats with new visitors. Just as do-it-yourself projects are popular now, so they were in the

early seventies when Baldwin was a young wife and mother of two. She discovered a passion for weaving after taking a class at a YWCA in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1973.

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“I was part of the back to the land movement and my idea was that I was going to weave all of our clothing,” she said, laughing. Since money was tight, she started by weaving rag rugs from materials she could get cheaply or for free. “New looms are expensive and yarn can be pretty expensive. I got a used loom and couldn’t really afford to buy new yarn, so I did rag rug weaving,” said Baldwin, who found she could make a rug out of a 25 cent chenille bedspread from the thrift store. Sally still does some rag weaving today; at present she is making a set of area rugs for a customer who is supplying her with balls of old denim fabric. Continued on 22

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WEAVERY continued from 20

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“That’s how it used to be done; people would tear up their rags and roll them into a ball and give them to the rug weaver. That was before it was fashionable, it was out of necessity,” Sally said. In the late seventies Baldwin, who is originally from Evansville, got a wholesale order for some of her rag rugs from the Country Mouse Weaving Studio. When she came to town to drop them off she was smitten and wanted to stay. “I loved it! And my husband loved it too, so that was good. We moved two months later,” said Baldwin, who got a job at the weaving shop. In 1988, Sally opened up Brown County Weavery in collaboration with a friend who wove clothing. Soon she began learning to weave clothes, too, favoring classic designs that show off the quality of the weaving. “When I weave clothing, I don’t want to cut into the fabric very much, so I tend to make very traditional pieces, like capes and wraps and shawls,” she said.

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In recent years she has been creating pieces that are as elemental and sustainably sourced as possible, using wool from her angora goats, Rumi and Layla, and making dyes from plants she finds in the woods. “The pieces I’m most proud of are the ones where I’ve used natural dyes, organic cotton, wool, or mohair from my goats. A lot of people seem to connect with those pieces because they know I’ve started from scratch,” Baldwin said. It’s difficult to attain the brilliant colors of synthetic yarns using natural dyes, so Baldwin keeps creating products from both. “It’s hard to make the switch to using completely natural yarns instead of rayon or acrylic yarns,” Sally said, adding that the all-natural pieces are typically a bit more expensive. For several years Baldwin had a shop called Roots, which sold fair trade goods from South America, India, and beyond. Today she carries similar items at the Brown County Weavery, although she would like to transition to more locally-made products. “I would like to find more local artisans that produce some of the things I buy from India and other countries. That’s hard to find,” Sally said. Lately Baldwin has been thinking about selling more gardening and nature-related products at her shop, as well as natural healing products. She also plans to start offering classes in her shop, teaching the things she knows best, like spinning, natural dying, and basket making. “It’s kind of hard to teach weaving here because I’ve only got two looms,” she said, who has passed on the skill to various employees over the years, as well as her two grandchildren, who are seven and nine. As her shop’s 25th anniversary rolls around on April 1st, Sally continues to do what she loves best—weaving and spinning clothing that people keep people warm, experimenting with new techniques and designs, and spending time in nature. And it’s still a pleasure when someone appreciates something she’s created herself. “I always get excited when I sell something I’ve spun,” she said. Brown County Weavery is at the corner of Jefferson and Franklin streets in Nashville’s Antique Alley. Sally can be reached at (812) 988-0340 and <>. 


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The Brummetts of Brown County


he Banner Brummett log cabin at Johnson and Gould Streets is one of the architectural treasures in Nashville, Indiana. It was built in 1830 and remodeled with board and batten sections in 1871. There are 4 inch square gun ports on three sides. It’s reported to be the oldest log house in town and stories of the Brummett family can be traced before and after its construction. The Brummett family has roots in Franklin County of colonial Virginia, where James Brummett I was born in 1746. It’s an accepted tradition that members of the Brummett family seemed to migrate whenever the population of the area in which they lived had grown to the point that “smoke could be seen rising from another resident’s chimney on a clear morning.” From a treasure trove of government and Brummett family records, including family Bibles, are gleaned some of the highlights through the years of some of the members of this well-known Brown County family:

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~by Julia Pearson

Brummetts are listed in the Monroe County 1820 Census, and the marriage record of James Brummett III is recorded in Monroe County in 1819. The family settled on Brummetts Creek Road, which runs from State Road 46 to State Road 45 in Unionville. All the children of George Brummett were among the first settlers in Brown County. When the county of Brown was created by an Act of the State Legislature, brothers Banner Brummett Sr. and Pierson Brummett were already living in the area. They were named county commissioners along with James Huff, William Dowson, John Followell, and Henry Jackson. The Brummett brothers also donated land for the county seat along with six other men. Banner Brummett, Sr. was the first county agent. He is credited with choosing the sites of the jail and courthouse. Banner Sr. also suggested the name of Jacksonburg for the name of the county seat in honor Continued on 30

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Spring Break

here comes a time in the course of a protracted Midwestern winter when cabin fever and seasonal anticipation combine to revive an irresistible and ancient urge for the quick getaway commonly known as “spring break.” Now, you could climb inside your little metal box for 12 to 14 hours driving—each way. You could fight the full-on spawning traffic, and, once there, the teeming hordes with whom you will be competing for limited resources, rooms, amenities, and entertainment. OR—you could do the smart thing this year and take your spring break in Brown County! A little spring adventure in a peaceful, wooded corner of the world—a nice hotel, some outdoor activities, the pool, the restaurants, the entertainment opportunities, and all surrounded by the rugged scenic beauty of the state’s most visited destination. I know, I know, some people just can’t be happy about a Spring Break trip unless the ocean is involved. But here’s a word to the wise—the ocean is a long way away from here and that long, grueling trip is going to end at a beach completely clogged with public drunkenness, objectionable mating displays, and much annoying bad behavior. Let me tell you something about Brown County. Here, the forest is our ocean. It’s a cluster of little villages snuggled up to the edge of the great Midwestern forest; a string of little civilized Islands in and around our unique patrimony of hardwood forests.

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As with the ocean, we tend to stay around the edges of the forest, perhaps strolling in a few hundred yards at the most. But if you will take the time to consciously get out into the great woods that are all around Brown County, to spend some time there, I guarantee you will see stunning beauty, majestic views, tiny wonders, and come away with a heightened sense of what it means to be an earthling. For the novice, the clearly-marked and well-maintained trails of Brown County State Park are the perfect introductory. I can highly recommend taking a stroll around either Strahl Lake or Ogle Lake, or any of ten other trails of various degrees of difficulty. But there’s good hiking everywhere—a couple of nice trails around Yellowwood Lake in the Yellowwood State Forest near Belmont, a number of Department of Natural Resourcesmaintained trails such as the Nebo Ridge Trail south of Story, or, coming soon, a loop trail around Nashville itself. Brown County has also become something of a mountain-bike mecca, with some of the most varied terrain east of the Mississippi, from tight berms to steep switchbacks, tree roots, rock gardens, steep climbs, and natural beauty to spare. Continued on 28

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SPRING BREAK continued from 26 You can rent a canoe and travel down Salt Creek, play a round of golf at Salt Creek Golf Retreat, or see nature from horseback at the state park, Rawhide Ranch on State Road 135 South, Schooner Valley Stables on SR 46 between Nashville and Belmont, or Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides up north near neighboring Morgantown. Too tame? OK, Mr. Adrenaline Freak, let’s go to the zip lines at eXplore Brown County or Rawhide Ranch. Valley Branch Retreat’s “eXplore Brown County,” has the longest, fastest, tallest zips in Indiana that soar over a mile of cable from heights of 20 feet to 70 feet through treetops and over a lake. Other opportunities for exhilaration include tower rappelling, multiple sideby-side zips, scenic tree towers, and the quarter-mile zip trip known simply as “the screamer.” Maybe it’s the swimming aspect of a trip to the ocean that you really like, but, let’s face it—the ocean is salty and stinky and sunburn leads to skin cancer. Instead, why not stay in one of Nashville’s fine resort hotels that has a pool? There’s a nice deep pool at the Brown County Inn in an indoor/outdoor arrangement with big doors that can be opened up on warmer days or closed when it’s cold. So even if it’s chilly outside, it has the effect of being outdoors. Side note to dads: mom is off crawling with exquisite detail through the hundred-plus shops in town, the kids are frolicking in the pool, and the Corn Crib Lounge is about 150 steps away with major sporting events on the big screen, a direct line to the kitchen menu, and adult libations on hand. The pool up at the Seasons is similar, with a lot of glass that gives the feeling of being outside and a terrific view. There’s a pool at the Comfort Inn and a great little pool with an adjoining hot tub up at the Hotel Nashville, which would not be such a bad spot for


a little spring vacation, what with the pool, sauna and whirlpool tub, complimentary continental breakfast and “Darlene’s,” a nice little restaurant and bar upstairs. Best water-wise is the indoor aquatic center at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park, complete with a water slide, a lazy river feature, a large splash-and-play area for the little ones, and a grottolike hot pool for the older ones. What has Brown County got to offer besides spectacular natural beauty, comfortable resorts, and challenging physical activities? Art. History. Culture. If you are the kind of person who likes to spend an afternoon in an art gallery, Brown County is going to be a wonderland for you. In just one day you can visit the Brown County Art Gallery (306 E. Main St.), swing by the Art Guild downtown (at 48 South Van Buren Street ), with its fabulous collection of Marie Goth paintings and memorabilia, and the maybe take a short drive west to Belmont, to visit the studio and home of founding artist T.C. Steele, “The House of the Singing Winds”, a state monument. In Nashville, you will find a number of excellent galleries and artisans. There is a wide range of artistic expression in every form—from the blown glass at Lawrence Brothers to the fantastic ceramics at Spears Pottery; leather, weaving, woodcrafts, jewelry. Check out the Brown County Craft Gallery across from the courthouse, a cooperative featuring local and area artists. Explore a little bit. Look at stuff. Give your eyes and your mind and your aesthetic senses and cultural yearnings a little break, too. Take a spring break here. Invest your time on an entertaining, action-packed, relaxing, and comfortable stay in that most beautiful little corner of the world, Brown County, Indiana. 

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This Hohenberger photo of Felix and Chris Brummett was immortalized in Bustin’s If You Don’t Outdie Me.

BRUMMETTS continued from 24 of General Jackson, the hero of New Orleans. Businesses were built soon after the town’s boundaries were established. By 1837, Banner Brummett, Sr. was selling groceries and liquor. There must have been a thriving market for liquor, because records indicate Pierson Brummett was also in the business, as well as four others. But Pierson must have seen his neighbor’s chimney smoke too close to his house, and he left his Brown County home. The family Bible of his son, Lloyd, who is in the 1850 Brown County Census, records that Pierson died in Missouri on April 4, 1846. Early Land Entries in Jackson Township list Lewis, 1835 and 1837; Banner, 1835; and Joshua, 1835. Land was entered in Washington Township by Brummetts as well: George, 1836; and Banner, 1836. Within the list of the Toll Tax Payers in 1848 were Banner Sr. and his son, Joseph; as well as Joab, Robert, and Solomon, sons of George Brummett.

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Hiram Brummett served in the Union Army during the Civil War. When news reached Brown County that the President of the United States was calling for troops to carry on the War with Mexico, Joshua and Reice Brummett, sons of Banner, Sr. were among the first to respond. They became part of the Third Regiment. Joshua Brummett was just one of the troops that died during a measles epidemic. Reice died while crossing the Gulf and was buried at sea. Brummetts were performing officially within the Brown County government from its earliest days. Banner was one of the nine justices of the peace appointed in 1836. R.S. Brummett served several terms as sheriff, from 1839–41, 1848–52, and a last term from 1868–70. William Enoch Brummett, known to all as Nick, was active in local politics all his life in the Bean Blossom area. He served one term as county commissioner and a oneyear term as county assessor. For many years he was the President of the Old Settlers Association, as was serving in that capacity when he died in 1947. In 1915–16, a Brummett was once again in the position of County Clerk—Christopher, Robert’s son. It was Chris and his brother Felix who were photographed by Frank Hohenberger as they stood by the mailbox of their neighbor, Jim Fry, on August 10, 1925. They are both immortalized in Dillon Bustin’s well-loved volume If You Don’t Outdie Me: The Legacy of Brown County. It’s recorded in Bustin’s book that Banner Brummett, Jr. lived to be 113 years old. It’s interesting to note that in other records, George Brummett is recorded as living 111 years. Readers of Our Brown County will note the absence of Brummett women—that is another story yet to be written. However, it is comforting to find Brummetts in the current phonebook and know their line continues. 


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WTIU’s Spirit of Brown County ~by Bill Weaver


arch blooms early this year as WTIU Public Television broadcasts Jim Krause’s muchanticipated documentary Spirit of Brown County on Sunday March 3 at 8 p.m. How did he manage to cram all that is Brown County—the art, history, and culture—into a single hour? “Brown County is so rich,” he says, still enthusiastic after working on the project for the better part of 13 months. “All the subjects—whether it’s the music, the history, the beauty, the state park, the characters—you would need a whole series of documentaries to do them justice. I had to make a balance and not stay focused on one particular thing too long. I stuck to my original treatment but there were some really good surprises.” Surprises like being introduced to Tom Adler, a leading authority of bluegrass and the Bean Blossom festivals; or joining the White Lightning Boys for a jam at Uncle Otis’s garage. Krause visited with gold prospectors at Gatesville, rode the train through Helmsberg and Trevlac, and joined Brown County

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Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Williams while making his daily rounds. “It was more fun hanging with people than even making the documentary,” he remembers. “There’s a rich sense of community and friendship; something spiritual.” At the end of 13 months and 21 interviews, he would do it again. “I never met anyone that I didn’t want to hang out with,” he laughs. “I got to meet so many interesting people, nice people, generous people. I’m very humbled by the opportunity. It was a wonderful experience for me.” The television premiere of Spirit of Brown County is Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. Additional airings include Thursday, March 7 at 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 12 at 1 p.m.; and Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. Viewers in Nashville can watch WTIU on New Wave Communication channel 101, DirecTV and DISH TV channel 30. More information about Spirit of Brown County can be found at <http://> where the complete video will be available from March 4–31. 


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or almost two decades women and men of all ages have enjoyed a Victorian tea service surrounded by beautiful flowers and artwork from some of Indiana’s top artists. On Sunday, April 14, the historic Brown County Art Gallery Foundation presents their 19 Annual Victorian Tea. In the early 1990s, Betty Abbett and Joan Knight, also known as the Gallery Gals, would hold private afternoon teas in their homes. By the third year, almost 50 women attended the teas. It became so popular that in 1995 the 1st Annual Victorian Tea was held in Nashville at the Brown County Art Gallery. “It has been, for the past three years, a sold-out event that features a unique guest speaker, music, women, men, and children dressed in Victorian period costume, fine teas, finger foods, and desserts,” says Elizabeth Domont, committee member for the annual tea.

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Domont has served on the committee for five years, along with Cheryl Eyed, Donna Tackett, and Paula Sexton. Afternoon teas have been popular for many years. According to The Complete Victorian, afternoon tea was invented by Anna Duchess of Bedford (1783–1857), one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting. She decided to take tea to alleviate the hunger of afternoon between lunch and dinner. Soon she was inviting friends to join her for tea, around 4 or 5 o’clock, and served a light luncheon of tea, sandwiches and small cakes. Continued on 38

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TEA continued from 36

Guests at the 2013 Annual Victorian Tea in Nashville will enjoy finger sandwiches, scones, Devonshire cream, and decadent desserts catered by Step Back in Time of Edinburgh, Indiana. The Candy Emporium of Nashville will donate the teas served at the event. Both Earl Grey and “naturally decaffeinated” teas will be on each table. Special favors will be at place settings and there will be tea-inspired door prizes, raffle items, music, and local jewelry and craft items for sale. “Over the years, the program has gotten better,” Cheryl Eyed, chairman and vice-president of the foundation says. “In the early years, we prepared all of the food. For the past four years, we have had it catered.”

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An added feature of the afternoon social is the popular Chef Wendell Fowler as guest speaker. Chef Wendell is a wellknown food philosopher and host of CBS Eat Right Now with Chef Wendell. Fowler will share tips on nutrition and healthy eating using fish and local food. His popular lectures inspire many to make informed eating decisions that result in feeling good. His cookbooks will be available for purchase at the event. Both men and women are invited to the annual fundraiser and all guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear Victorian period hats and costumes. With over 100 attendees each year, only half are from Brown County. Ticket holders have come from Kentucky, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Though many are dressed in normal attire, they encourage all to wear period hats. “We love to see people come with hats,” Eyed says. “We have had some pretty spectacular ones over the years.” The event will be held at the gallery at One Artists Drive in downtown Nashville. All proceeds benefit the Historic Brown County Art Gallery Foundation which promotes Indiana’s living artists and provides them with exhibit space and a professional staff.

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Gift Baskets filled with Jams, Jellies, Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter Shagbark Hickory Syrup Chicken Salad full of Grapes and Pecans w/ Pumpkin Bread. Sandwiches on Baked Breads or Kaiser Rolls. Smoked Turkey w/Cranberry Mustard, Pit Hams. Pulled Pork BBQ marinated in our own Vidalia BBQ sauce. Mama Marie’s Meatloaf. Beans and Cornbread.

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Antiques, Quilts, Kitchen Curtains, Lamps, Shades, Rugs Keeper of the Light Candles

According to their website, The Brown County Art Gallery was established in 1926 by early members of a regional art colony. After the addition of an important permanent collection by early Indiana artists, the members formed the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation. In order to make a priority of protecting the valuable paintings and property, a foundation was needed to oversee the gallery and raise money for its operations. The gallery is one of the oldest galleries in the United States. Visitors can learn the history of those early artists and find the works of current Indiana artists on display. The gallery also owns a large collection of antique tea cups and tea pots. The volunteers for the event, all specialists in tea service, spend hours decorating tables with flowers, antique teaware and fine linen. “We are always looking for volunteers to help plan and prepare for the annual event,” Eyed adds. Unlike the “Mad Tea-Party” in Alice in Wonderland, the Brown County Art Gallery’s Victorian Tea promises to be an afternoon of delicious food, fun, entertainment, and of course, fine teas. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Tea service and program from 2:00 4:00 p.m.Tickets are $25 for adults and $17 for children under 10. Raffle tickets for a painting by Jodie Friend can be purchased in advance at the gallery. For more information and advance reservations, call the gallery at (812) 988-4609 or visit their website <>. 

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

Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center MellenCougar Tribute Band with Special Guest Toby Myers March 16, 7:30 A rare appearance by former Mellencamp band musician and Brown County resident Toby Myers: R-O-C-K! Brown County beer/wine served. Brown County Music Awards March 23, 7:30 Celebrate Brown County’s rich musical heritage by paying tribute to today’s artists. Benefits Brown County Playhouse. Michael Spiro with Ritmos Unidos April 13, 7:30 8-person band, multi-Grammy-nominee Michael Spiro, percussionist, recording artist, and educator. Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron April 19, 20, 7:30 The prom dress, the first bra, the memories wrapped around what you wore on a certain life-changing day. 5 actresses tell the stories in this warm, engaging off-Broadway hit. Tad Robinson Blues Concert April 27, 7:30 Tad has caught the attention of the music world with 7 Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammys of blues music. 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre-Artists Colony Inn March 16 and April 20, 6:00-8:30 Also: May 25, June 15, July 20, August 17, Sept. 14, October 12, 26 Golden Ticket Productions present A Star

is Dead. Meet us on the red carpet for the opening of “Indiana Smith and the Next to the Last Crusade” and meet some of Hollywood’s greatest stars and legends. 812-988-0600

Muddy Boots Cafe Some dates weren’t booked at the time of publication. March 1 Steven Thomas March 2 dwBrykalski March 3 Americana Show March 4 Jeff Foster March 5 ASJ March 6 Jonathan Hutchison March 7 Kara & Chuck March 8 John Boggs March 9 Shelf Life March 10 David Sisson March 11 Jeff Foster March 12 Uncle Phil March 13 Don Ford March 14 Matt & Alyssa Stanley March 15 Barbara McGuire March 16 Richard Groner March 17 Adam Yeager? March 18 Indiana Boys March 19 Lou Stant March 20 Jessie McClain March 21 Hello March 22 Joes Sanford March 23 Mizfits March 24 David Sisson March 25 Hannah Groves March 26 Richard Groner March 27 dwBrykalski March 28 David Miller March 29 Jason McCulley March 30 Stampede at 4 Merrie Sloan? March 31 Adam Yeager? April 2 ASJ April 3 John Boggs April 4 Kara & Chuck April 5 Steven Thomas April 6 Lewis Ricci April 7 Americana Show April 9 Adam Yeager? April 10 Don Ford April 11 Richard Croner April 12 Tim O’Malley April 13 Don Ford

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April 14 David Sisson April 15 Indiana Boys April 16 Adam Yeager? April 17 Hello April 18 Hamilton Creek April 19 Jonathan Hutchison April 20 Travis Caudle at 1 Richard Groner April 21 Jason McCulley April 22 Jeff Foster April 23 Lou Stant April 24 dwBrykalski April 25 David Miller April 26 Joe Sanford April 27 Whipstich Sallies April 28 David Sisson Jim Stealy? April 30 John Boggs 812-988-6911 www.

Pine Room Tavern March 1 Jonathan Hutchison March 2 Stella & Friends March 8 Joe Sanford March 9 Barbara McGuire March 15 Jason Hathaway March 16 Craig Brenner March 22 Adam Yeager March 23 Harpeth Rising March 29 Jeff Foster March 30 Stampede String Band April 5 Picker Dan April 6 Stella & Friends April 12 Alan Long April 13 Barbara McGuire April 19 Travis Caudle April 20 Whipstitch Sallies April 26 Kade Puckett April 27 Gordon Bonham Shelf Life (behind Salt Creek Inn) 812-988-0236 www.

Chateau Thomas Winery Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. March 1 Johnny Nevada March 2 Mark LaPointe March 8 Jeff Foster & Frank Jones March 9 Impasse March 15 Dave Miller March 16 Gary Applegate

March 22 Marvin Parrish March 23 Paul Bertsch Band March 29 Robbie Bowden March 30 Barry Johnson April 5 Cari Ray April 6 Barbara McGuire April 12 Jeff Foster & Frank Jones April 13 Impasse April 19 Marvin Parrish April 20 Gary Applegate April 26 Barry Johnson April 27 Robbie Bowden 812-988-8500

“building on Brown County’s spirit and history by connecting, supporting and promoting its artistic community in order to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.”

Brown County Wildflower Foray

St. Patrick’s Day Rally in the Alley

Indiana Wine Fair

Abe Martin Lodge Little Gem Restaurant

Corn Crib Music Fridays, Saturdays 9:00

March 20, Brown County Art Guild 6:00-8:00 Come meet Brown County Junior High School’s We the People State Champions. The winner of the John Mellencamp autographed guitar will be announced and a silent auction High School Jazz Trio will perform and piano stylings by Michael “Bone” Read. Punch and appetizers will be offered. 812-988-6185

Salt Creek Golf Retreat 19th Hole Bar

Mulberry Cottage Fashion Show

Music Saturdays Dave Miller 6:00-8:00 812-988-4418

Seasons Lodge Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

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Live Music Fridays and Saturdays 812-988-4323

Big Woods Pizza Music Fridays, Saturdays and some weekdays 812-988-6004

March 16, by Big Woods, noon to 8:00 Hamilton Creek, McGuiries, Indiana Boys Contests and other Shenanigans.

“We the People” State Champions Social Mixer

March 22, Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 7:00 doors open at 6:00. Fashion show showcasing all the new spring style with prizes and giveaways.Swag bags full of goodies for the first 100 people to arrive and during the show. Event is free.

Brown County Music Awards March 23, Brown County Playhouse SPECIAL EVENTS: Performing Arts Center, 7:30 BETA Rent Party with the White Lightning Boys+Guests Celebrate Brown County’s rich musical March 2, Brown County Inn “Town Hall” room, doors open at 6:00 Teen art for sale, silent auction of local artists’ work, door prizes. BETA is a not-for-profit organization providing after school activities for teens. Tickets $10, 18 and under free.

April 27 at Story Inn, 12:30 to 7:00 Grown to become the largest event featuring Indiana wines. Must be over 21 years of age.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: eXplore Brown County/ Paintball Valley Saturday Night Speedball April 6, 20, 6:00-9:00 South Park: A Town Divided Paintball Scenario April 28, 8:30am-6:30pm 812-988-7750

Brown County Art Guild March 1-April 30 “Spring Tides” a selection of paintings from the Permanent Collection including works by Marie Goth, VJ Cariani, Carl Graf, C. Curry Bohm, E.K. Williams, Frederick W. Rigley 812-988-6185

Brown County Art Gallery

heritage by paying tribute to today’s artists. Benefits Brown County Playhouse.

March 1-June 1 Spring Exhibit April 14 Victorian Tea Reserve by April 9 April 20-May 2 Mabel B. Annis Student Art Exhibit, reception April 21, 2:00-3:30 812-988-4609

Village Art Walk

Bucks & Does Square Dances

Second Saturdays starting April 13 Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville Art Galleries featuring original local and regional art

Public Discussion Hosted by Nashville Arts and Simply Music, Simply Entertainment Commission Mushrooms - Morel Festival March 11, Brown County Inn, 5:30 Discussion to allow artists and entertainers to give input on how the commission can fulfill its mission:

April 26-28 Three day event, hikes, nature education.

YMCA March 2, April 5, 19, 8:00-10:30 Abe Martin Lodge April 26, 8:00-10:00 The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street

Indiana Raptor Center

Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs April 19, 20 at Bill Monroe Music Park available. : 812-988-8990 and Campground, 2 day celebration of the morel mushroom, and world class music.

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Simply Music, Simply Mushrooms

Morel Festival ~by Karen Farley


pring is in the air again. The elusive morel mushroom has mushroom hunters gathering for a two-day music and morel festival in Southern Indiana. The Simply Music, Simply Mushrooms-Morel Festival will be held at the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Campgrounds on April 19 and 20. “The festival is the very first of its kind in the world,” says Randy LaVere, festival organizer and coowner of Eden Outfitters. “It will be a great event and quite possibly the largest gathering of morel hunters ever.” Brown County, Indiana is wellknown for its abundance of morel mushrooms. Over 90 percent of the county is covered in forestry making it one of the hot spots for mushroom hunters. Morels are the first wild mushrooms to appear in the spring. They are in the Morchella genus and are easily identifiable by their honeycomb shaped top. To many, they are a highly regarded edible spring fungi. Morels are also called “shrooms,” yellers, sponges, dry land fish, and sometimes merkels. “Though not known to contain any chemical that is addictive, there’s something about these spongy fungi that will have you taking time off of work in early

The Indiana Boys at Bill Monroe’s Music Park in Bean Blossom. photo by Cindy Steele

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spring to get out and find more,” LaVere says. “Morels have been known to cause people to pull off of the road and jump out of cars racing towards what they thought they saw.” For some, morel hunting is a family tradition. LaVere, along with his wife Kristin (co-owner of Eden Outfitters) and children Elijah and Willow, are very involved in planning the festival and designing t-shirts for the event. He has many stories that have been passed down through generations about morel hunting and cherished times spent in the woods with family. “My favorite experience mushroom hunting came when my son was three years old,” he says. “I’ve been taking him into the woods since he could walk. We Continued on 58

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Advance Reservation and Deposit Required Limited number packages available per arrival date. Not valid for group room bookings beyond 5 rooms per stay. Above offers valid for arrival March 1 to May 31, 2013. Children (up to age 17) stay free with parents. Maximum occupancy per room is 2 adults + 2 children.

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Tom Swinford, ecologist, DNR, Division of Nature Preserves points out flower characteristics to hikers.

~by Jim Eagleman


Wildflower Foray

t’s difficult to imagine how wildflowers can teach us anything. They are simply things of beauty, a food source for insects, and a pretty object we point the digital camera towards and click. Or are they?

Beyond this aesthetic and seemingly insignificant attachment, one might think they don’t serve much purpose. Brown County’s flowering and non-flowering plants are soon to appear at our feet and along trails. We return to the warming woods as if revisiting an old friend. If you’ve been away from the woods all winter, you’ll feel like returning. Wildflowers, mushrooms, the unfurled heads of many ferns, and a spicebush in bloom can make us do that. Botanists that study flowering and non-flowering plants have turned their attention to the actual time a flower or spore cap occurs. Phenology is the study of periodic or reoccurring natural events: fish spawning, birds migrating, trees in bloom, etc. By examining plants that bloom simultaneous to other natural occurrences, scientists have noted changes. Call it climate change, global warming, or a local temperature increase, there are now generally-agreed upon and proven alterations to our environment. Plants serve as important environmental indicators. Like the caged canary used in the early mines, we learn if healthy (or changing) conditions exist. Go to <> for the USA Phenology Network and see how scientists examine the changing conditions the earth now faces. Warming trends and longer days (photo period) signal to plants that growth can begin. In trees, growth is at the root tip, in the bud, and in the internal tissue, the cambium layer. Growth here will result in longer roots, another annular ring to the wood and swollen buds with flowers and new leaves. Wildflowers produce similar changes in growth except they are not Continued on 51

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

If you like us for Lunch you’ll love us for Dinner

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

• Vegetarian Specials • Homemade Soups, etc. • From the Grille–Sizzling Steaks, Chops, Salmon • Herbed Baked Chicken • Fresh, Delicious Healthy Garden & Spinach Salads • Homemade Cheesecake & other Scrumptious Desserts • Flavored Ice Teas • Fruit Pizzas • Kiwi & Mango Coolers • Herb Barn Lemonade • Sassafras Tea • Iced Creamy Mochas

Fine Wines:

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

Select Spirits:

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

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

Serving outstanding evening fare on the patio or inside Tuesday – Saturday • 5 PM – 8 PM

Lunch Every Day •11 AM – 4 PM



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

• Certified Ang us Beef • Large Beer an d Wine Section s • Picnic Suppli es • Full Service B akery/Deli • Custom Cake Decorating Organic Grocery • Dairy • Produce • Frozen • Wine • Custom Deli T rays, Veggie Tra ys, Fruit Baskets, a n d Gift Baskets Ever-Growing Selection of Gluten-Free Products 30 Hawthorne Dr. • Nashville • East SR 46 at light • 812-988-4546 • March/April 2013 • Our Brown County 49


Morgantown Serving Central Indiana for 41 Year s

10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135

Since 1971

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

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Antiques Co-op •Primitives •Advertising

129 W. Washington St. Morgantown, IN

(812) 597-4530

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

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

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

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

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Knitting, Weaving, Spinning

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

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

WILDFLOWER continued from 48 woody, rather leafy, so no cambium is created. But it’s the time of blooming for both flowers and trees that scientists claim is occurring earlier each year. This may not mean much, unless you are a bee or other insect anticipating food, or a bird searching for insects or nectar. Insect food sources in the form of nectar and pollen are available at the flower head, some in small quantities, and some with loaded nectar and pollen sacks. If plants are flowering earlier, the food search may not correspond with insect arrival. Some insects aroused early from a winter sleep may assume activity before food is available. If the host insect specific to the plant doesn’t arrive, can others fill in? Maybe. But in both cases, poor pollination may result and the fruit or nut crop will be affected. Research also indicates some plant sites are heavily competed for and change can occur. The early bloomers on the forest floor react to warmth and daylight length before the forest canopy overhead is established. But early “leaf-out” of the more dominant trees may shade the ground prematurely and result in poor conditions for herbaceous plants. A delicate interplay between food availability, food consumer, and insect predator is discovered. And so the lowly flower reveals its importance, maybe more now than ever. We knew it all along its importance ecologically, and now it serves as a tool for the climate researcher. You can observe these changes, too— not only in types, variety, and numbers, but also in the recording of their bloom times. And this is one accomplishment among many of the upcoming 28th annual Brown County Wildflower Foray, April 26–28, 2013. Wildflower author and artist, Kay Yatskievych has helped record and document wildflower occurrence in Brown County for most of the 25+ years of the Foray. Her observations and records along with others help us learn what hardy flowers remain and what changes have occurred. This year’s Foray has been planned to incorporate visits to many natural areas in Monroe and Brown counties. And don’t forget Brown County State Park’s 7th annual Morel Mushroom Festival, slated for May 4, 2013. If you aren’t lucky in finding the morels yourself—no problem. Plan on buying them at the Friends of Brown County State Park morel mushroom sale, Saturday morning, May 4, at the Nature Center. It’s spring in the hills o’ Brown—a great time to get out and enjoy the beauty and color of nature all around us. 

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

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

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Our full service restaurant is open daily.

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

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Across from Brown County Courthouse

44 N. Van Buren St. north of stoplight

Granny’s Christmas C

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

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Brown County

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All About Dogs Brown County Pottery Brown County Weavery and Roots The Clay Purl For Bare Feet Ferguson House Head to Toe K. Bellum Leather The Menagerie Nashville Image Old Time Photography Antique Alley on the West Side Paint Box Art Gallery Nashville The Bookloft Brown Co. Hoosier Artist Art Guild House Peaceful Valley Gallery The Purple Fig Jack and Jill The Antique Nut Shop Ordinary Through the Looking Glass Alley Wooden Wonders Shoppes FRANKLIN ST

Largest Collection of Bobby Knight Memorabilia Breakfast 8:30 - 11 a.m. Sandwiches & Salads 11 a.m. - ? At the corner of Main & Van Buren Streets (underneath the Nashville House) - 988-2355

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MUSHROOMS continued from 44 were at one of our spots and I was trying to show him what to look for. Not really having much luck, all of a sudden I turn around and he’s holding up a tiny morel saying, ‘Look what I found, Daddy.’ I had walked right past it.” The Simply Music, Simply Mushrooms-Morel Festival will include six classes and four guided morel hunts (forays) for every skill level. Some of the classes offered are tree identification, morel preparation and morel hunting basics. Certified morel expert Stephen Russell, owner of the Hoosier Mushroom Company, author of “Homegrown Mushrooms” and founder of the Hoosier Mushroom Society, will be on hand to offer advice and share secrets for successful hunts. Tom Nauman of Morel Mania and other mushroom experts will also be available for discussions and tips on morel hunting. “We definitely recommend bringing you best cold weather gear and dress in layers,” LaVere advises. “It has been known to rain here during April, and wet weather gear will make your trip more enjoyable. Whenever morel hunting, it is always best to have a mesh bag of

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some sort to allow the spores to spread while you are hunting.” Along with mushroom hunting, on the Eden Outfitters Main Stage will be a mix of Folk, Americana, Singer-Songwriter, Bluegrass, and Newgrass music. On the stage will be world-class music from 15 bands, including Indiana Boys, Rick Cox and the Cox Brothers, Chicago Farmer, Megan Maudlin, Hazelwood String Band, Old Truck Revival, White Lightning Boys, Lexi Len Minnich, and Landon Keller. The music festival officially ends on Saturday evening, but the first annual Indiana State Morel Hunting Championship will be held Sunday on 80 acres of private land in Brown County. Outdoor clothing and equipment vendors will carry all the essential morel hunting gear, including apparel and supplies for the serious hunter, and camping is available on location. Reservations can be made by contacting the campground at (812) 988-6412. The park also has a limited number of cabins for rent on site for the festival. “We are encouraging all locals to come out on Thursday night April 18 at 7:30 p.m. for a free pre-fest party under the pavilion with the Indiana Boys,” LaVere adds. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned morel mushroom hunter, the Simply Music, Simply Mushrooms-Morel Festival will be a weekend of fun, music, and celebration with friends and family. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $35 until the day of the festival, and $45 when purchased at the gate. Single day passes are available online and at the gate for $25. Children 12 and under are free. For more information on the event, visit their website at <> or call them at (812) 988-8800. Tickets can be purchased online at <>, or in person at The Pine Room Tavern or Muddy Boots Café.

House of Jerky, Inc. •Beef •Buffalo •Turkey •Alligator •Wild Boar •Kangaroo Main Street Shops, Old School Way alley • (812) 988-1592 • Nashville, IN

Elijah, Randy LaVere’s son, reveals his catch. courtesy photo

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES

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Bob Gredy Sr. Auto • Home • Business Health • Life • Bonds

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~by Henry Swain


he Carnegie public library, in our town Pendleton, was one of many similar small town libraries throughout Indiana built in the early 1900s from the largess of Andrew Carnegie. The librarians of our public library were two maiden sisters named Maude and Eva Lewis, distantly related to me. They were the first and only librarians in the new building and from my young viewpoint I thought they must have come along with the new shelving when it was installed. Patrons thought of them as one unit and connected their two names as one, Maudeneva. I was four years old when our family returned from Kansas City, Missouri to live with my grandmother while my mother cared for her until her death. Grandmother’s house was across the street from the library. A family story about me related to that time was that I wandered across the street to the library and had gone to sleep in one of the librarian’s lap. My older brother Walt was sent to look for me and found me in the library. He ran back to tell my mother that I was safe and sound, asleep on Maudeneva’s lap. The sisters were strict in maintaining silence in the library. Any whispering quickly gathered an icy, penetrating stare. Someone had donated a collection of stuffed birds, which were housed in glass dome-shaped cylinders. These were stationed around the library atop the bookshelves. I was particularly frightened by one containing a great-horned owl. I always sat with my back to it. It sometimes entered

my imagination that the glass would break and the owl would come down and get entangled in my hair. Eva was taller than Maude. Both were pear-shaped with the stems still attached. When they walked down the street from the library at the end of the day, their gait resembled that of two penguins on vacation but ladened with a little too much ballast. Their home was two blocks down the street from the library on an alley. Their adjacent neighbor was Carrie Telson, another maiden lady by choice. She was still attractive in her mid-thirties and I came to suspect she had not married because she could not find a man clean enough for her. She kept a house so clean a germ dare not set foot in it. Her neighbor across the street had nicknamed her Carrieseptic because he thought her breath must have a antiseptic quality to it that prevented dust from settling. Carrie’s penchant for order spilled over into the lawn separating her from her neighbor. She had the property line surveyed

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and placed little wooden stakes six feet apart to identify the line. These were visible just below the cutting blade of the lawnmower. She painted the tops white so that they were easily seen. She took particular pains to see that her lawn was maintained at a level that was different from that of her neighbor. I was working with my father in his decorating business and we were asked to re-paint Carrie’s kitchen. When we moved the refrigerator out to paint behind it, Carrie nearly fainted upon discovering the wall and back of the refrigerator were covered with a displeasing grey from accumulated dust. She was most pleased when we painted the area and the back of the refigerator making the kitchen all white again. We were astonished to learn that Carrie died that night. It was speculated she had a heart attack. Was the sight of that missed dirt behind the refrigerator the cause? Or maybe the mortification that we were there to witness the discovery of the dirt in her presence? We will never know. I learned a lesson from this tragic episode. Never develop a fetish for being ultra-clean. Tolerate a moderate amount of dirt in your life. Your immune system loses its healing powers if it is not frequently tested. I shouldn’t attempt to make value judgments for other people. But if I had to choose between a short antiseptic life versus a long life with a little dirt in it, I would choose the latter. Sometimes people’s fetishes can be fatal. 

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