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March –April 2014

The Magazine of Fun and Fact FREE

Jeff Danielson

Catching it in the Camera

Thanks to The Ice Age

Celtica Sampler at

And: Morel Festival Returns Good Neighbors Firewood Stoneware Jars

Sweetea’s Tea Shop

MAPS • CALENDAR • ARTICLES • PHOTOGRAPHS


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Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

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Carmel Ridge Rd

NASHVILLE MAP ON PAGE 6

Indianapolis

Bob Allen Rd.

Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm


HONEYSUCKLE LANE

JEFFERSON STREET

OLD HICKORY LANE

Brown Co Art Guild

ST SR 135 N

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

Hobnob Corner

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery

House of Jerky

Redbud Terrace

Health For U McGinley Insurance

REMAX

Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Main Street Shops

Foxfire

MAIN STREET Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place

Courthouse

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

Broomcorn Johnny’s

Weed Patch Music Co.

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

LOCUST LANE

Village Village Green Boutique Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

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VISITORS CENTER

J Bob’s

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Downtown Cottages & Suites

Iris Garden Complex

Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

GOULD STREET

Brown County History Center

MOUND STREET

Hidden Valley Inn

ROBERT “BUCK” STOGSDILL WAY

TO HELMSBURG - 6 MILES

Honeysuckle Hideaway

The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

The Silver Fern Beads and Gifts

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

TO BEAN BLOSSOM & MORGANTOWN

Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

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Masonic Lodge

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Village Florist

The Salvation Army

Michael’s Massage

Melchior Marionettes

Brown Co Playhouse Jack & Jill Nut Shop

58 South Apparel

JEFFERSON STREET Hoosier Buddy

Nashville BP

VAN BUREN ST SR 135 N

SR 46 TO BLOOMINGTON - 16 MILES

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Olde Magnolia House Inn 4th Sister Vintage Store

Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry

Madeline’s

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Papertrix

Coachlight Sq

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

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Theatre

Dining

Salt Creek Inn Casa del Sol McDonald’s Pizza Pine King Room Tavern Brown Co Health & Living Community

Salt Creek Park

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Craftsman

Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room

Lodging

Musical Entertainment Parking

COUNTY MAP ON PAGE 5

Casa Del Sol Boots-n-Bling Western Wear and Tack

SR 46 TO COLUMBUS - 16 MILES

Tea Shop

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Sweetea’s Winery

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Nashville General Store & Bakery Mercantile Ole House Store

Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

Artists Colony Inn Calvin Place B3 Gallery Carol’s Crafts New Leaf Toy Chest Amy Greely Yesteryear Schwab’s Crystal Fudge Source Sweetwater Old Time Photos Gallery Back to Back Wishful Grasshopper Flats Thinking

Life is Good JB Goods

Abe’s Alley PITTMAN HOUSE LANE

Franklin Sq

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

FRANKLIN STREET

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

Antique Alley

OLD SCHOOL WAY


Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Antiques Co-op.............................52 Brown Co Antique Mall................53 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Nashville General Store...............45 Plum Creek Antiques...................60 Townhouse Gifts...........................41

ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION

Antique Alley Shops.....................33 Antiques Co-op.............................52 B3 Gallery.......................................59 Bear Hardware..............................46 Brown Co Antique Mall................53 Brown Co Art Gallery...................33 Brown Co Craft Gallery................53 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Ferrer Gallery............................. 3,29 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County................39

CLOTHING

58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................33 Bear Hardware..............................46 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................51 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................19 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............20 Male Instinct..................................53 Mercantile Store...........................38 Sports Etc.......................................51 Village Boutique...........................42 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......41

CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS

4th Sister Vintage Store...............19 Antique Alley Shops.....................33 Antiques Co-op.............................52 B3 Gallery.......................................59 Bone Appetit Bakery....................55 Broomcorn Johnny’s....................28 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Craft Gallery................53

Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....44 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 Cox Creek Mill................................20 The Crystal Source........................25 The Ferguson House....................21 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................21 Head Over Heels...........................51 Homestead Weaving Studio.......29 House of Clocks.............................52 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 K. Bellum Leather.........................59 Madeline’s......................................59 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................53 Men’s Toy Shop..............................31 Mercantile Store...........................38 Monroe Music Park.......................24 Nashville General Store...............45 New Leaf.........................................28 Ole House.......................................43 Papertrix.........................................43 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Sheep Street Fibers......................52 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............53 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................29 Sports Etc.......................................51 Sweetwater Gallery......................15 Townhouse Gifts...........................41 The Toy Chest................................49 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41 Whispering Pines Alpacas...........53 Wishful Thinking...........................15

ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC

Bartholomew Co. Historical Soc. Fashion Show at Hope.................20 Brown County Playhouse............57 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....44 kidscommons................................41 Monroe’s Music Park....................24 Muddy Boots Cafe........................45

Pine Room Tavern.........................38 Porthole Inn...................................38 Rawhide Ranch.............................46 Taste of Brown County................21

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Abe Martin Lodge.........................58 Artists Colony Inn.........................49 Bloomingfoods.............................32 Brown Co IGA................................57 Brown Co Inn.......................... 51, 55 Brown Co Winery..........................27 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....45 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................41 Casa Del Sol...................................38 Chateau Thomas Winery.............25 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........63 Farmers’ Market at St. Davids.....21 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................59 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........33 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................46 Hotel Nashville..............................63 House of Jerky...............................25 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jack & Jill Nut Shop......................42 McDonald’s....................................53 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................45 Nashville BP...................................43 Nashville Candy Store..................51 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............64 Nashville General Store...............45 Nashville House............................55 Ole House.......................................43 Pine Room Tavern.........................38 Porthole Inn...................................38 Pizza King.......................................61 Schwab’s Fudge.............................45 Seasons...........................................55 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................59 That Sandwich Place....................53 The Wild Olive...............................25


Advertiser Index FURNITURE

The Ferguson House....................21 Plum Creek Antiques...................60

HARDWARE

Bear Hardware..............................46

HATS

Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................51 K. Bellum Leather.........................59

JEWELRY

Antique Alley Shops.....................33 B3 Gallery.......................................59 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Antique Mall................53 Cathy’s Corner...............................19 The Crystal Source........................25 Ferguson House............................21 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................21 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................28 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........53 Ole House.......................................43 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............53 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........31 Village Boutique...........................42

LODGING/APARTMENTS/ CAMPING

Abe Martin Lodge.........................58 Artists Colony Inn.........................49 The Brick Lodge............................63 Brown Co Inn.......................... 51, 55 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn..............................4 Creekside Retreat.........................31 Downtown Cottages & Suites....44 eXplore Brown County................39 Green Valley Lodge......................27 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................33 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..55

Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville..............................63 Lodge on the Mountain...............55 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........60 Mike Nickel’s Vacation Cabins....14 The North House...........................63 Olde Magnolia House..................19 Rawhide Ranch.............................46 Salt Creek Inn................................45 Seasons...........................................55

PET SERVICES/PRODUCTS

Bone Appetit Bakery....................55

PHOTOS

B3 Gallery.......................................59 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery.................................2 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........15

REAL ESTATE

Lamb Lake Homes........................46 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................61 ReMax Team...................................25

RECREATION

eXplore Brown County................39 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............19 Rawhide Ranch.............................46

SERVICES (see also SERVICES DIRECTORY)

Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Brown Co Health & Living...........43 Career Resource Center...............59 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........42 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................19 Michael’s Massage Therapy........20 Nashville BP...................................43 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41

SERVICES DIRECTORY 60-61

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

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

SHOES

Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................51 K. Bellum Leather.........................59

SPECIALTY SHOPS

Bone Appetit Bakery....................55 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Fireplace Center............................41 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................19 House of Clocks.............................52 K. Bellum Leather.........................59 Male Instinct..................................53 Sheep Street Fibers......................52 Sports Etc.......................................51 The Toy Chest................................49 Weed Patch Music Company........2 Wishful Thinking...........................15

STAINED GLASS

Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Sweetwater Gallery......................15

WEDDINGS

Artists Colony Inn.........................49 eXplore Brown County................39 Hotel Nashville..............................63

OTHER

Whispering Pines Alpacas...........53


contributors

contents Cover photo by Randy LaVere of his son Elijah

16 Jeff Danielson, Photographer ~by Laura Gleason 22 Thanks to the Ice Age ~by Julia Pearson 24 Sampler at Sweetea’s Tea Shop 30 Morel Festival is Back ~by Jeff Tryon

40 Our Neighbors’ Knowledge ~by Jim Eagleman

44 Celtica

~by Paige Harden

54 Brown County Stoneware Jars 56 Finding Firewood ~by Jeff Tryon 62 Truck Policy ~by Henry Swain

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

Jeff Tryon is a fifth-generation BrownCountian who has worked as a newspaper reporter, a carpenter, a cook, a factory droid, and a poet performing with a rock band. He lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on a piece of property on the edge Brown County State Park. 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. 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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Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 812-988-8807 www.ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net copyright 2014

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

Jim Eagleman is a 39 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 34 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.


Paige Harden is a freelance writer and communications consultant. She writes for numerous Indiana publications, and is a featured columnist in The Republic. 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 two dogs. She can be contacted at <paigerenaeharden@ gmail.com> or <www.linkedin.com/in/paigeharden/>. Marti Garvey is a photographer and artist who has lived in Brown County for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Norbert, raised four children in the hills and hollers of Owl Creek. “Do at least one creative thing a day” is a motto she has lived by her whole life—which is why her camera and art supplies accompany her wherever she goes. Contact her at <momgarvey@gmail.com> or view her photos at <www.momartiphotos.tumblr.com>..

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Jeff Danielson spent most of his childhood in Wales, Britain, and Scotland after his family moved there from Philadelphia. He returned to the United States to attend college and ended up at Indiana University to work on a doctorate in classical archaeology. He owned and operated the Runcible Spoon Café for 25 years until he sold it in 2001. He has since become immersed in nature photography. He and his wife D’Arcy live on the Brown County/Monroe County line. You can see his work at Ferrer Gallery and at <browncountyphoto.com>.

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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

M

arch marks the end of the country’s entertainment awards cycle with the airing of the Academy Awards. I rarely miss the Oscars. I don’t watch to see who won what award, I just like seeing a huge assortment of celebrities at one time. I remember what they wore better than what they won. Brown County will also recognize some of its talent this March with the second annual Brown County Music Awards on March 8. I attended last year’s event at the Brown County Playhouse and was joyed to see the number of musicians in one venue. Many of the nominees performed, forfeiting their regular gig night to share the stage with their peers. All were deserving of recognition. It didn’t seem to matter who was a winner and who wasn’t. Some of the musicians nominated even played in more than one band on the ballot. You know you live in a small community when that happens. I was familiar with most of the nominees due to my association with this magazine and because I had jammed with many of them at a friend’s garage. It is fun to see people you know up on stage. This year the Playhouse is hosting a Brown County Music Awards Youth Showcase on March 1. The winner of the showcase will perform at the music

awards on March 8. Kara Barnard, local entertainer and music instructor, is coordinating that event. Many of the nominated performers have their music available at Weed Patch Music Company or Muddy Boots Café and most can be found on YouTube. The soil is fertile for homegrown music down in these hills of Brown County. Musicians seem to be gravitating here just as the artists did a century ago. Don’t miss this year’s awards show at the Brown County Playhouse. It is a great opportunity to see a big fat variety show with some of the best talent in the county. If you pick up the magazine after the show, check out the music at the various venues around town.  —Cindy Steele

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Jeff Danielson

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~by Laura Gleason

ndiana might not be known for its shining seas or purple mountains’ majesty, but it has a beauty all its own,” says Jeff Danielson, nature photographer. “We don’t have the Grand Canyon, we don’t have a lot of areas that are by themselves inherently striking and beautiful, but what we do have is a lot of interesting natural areas that become beautiful at that right moment, and it’s that moment that you have to capture,” he said. The now-retired founder of the Runcible Spoon restaurant in downtown Bloomington slid into professional photography sideways, he said, by picking up a camera and taking pictures of things that interested him. Having started, however, he soon seized his new hobby with the vigor and enthusiasm that have characterized his career.

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photo by Cindy Steele

”For me, the camera is simply a tool, but I need it to capture those moments that I think are so wonderful.”


Catching it in the Camera

The way Danielson came to open the Runcible Spoon has a similarly unexpected and enthusiastic feel to it. “I had come here from a small college to work on a PhD in classical archeology, and what I learned was that the guys I was working for here spent at least 60 percent of their time just doing fundraising, not really having the time to work in the field because they were so busy getting the money to do the work,” he said. It wasn’t his preferred lifestyle. “I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life schmoozing for money, so I thought the next best thing would be to open my own business,” he said.

He started the Runcible Spoon in 1976. “There were nowhere nearly as many restaurants, so even with my extreme ignorance, I had enough of a cushion of time to learn enough to survive,” he said. In 2001, after 25 years of running the Spoon, Danielson sold the restaurant to chef Matt O’Neill, a regular whom he felt he could trust to keep the business thriving. Danielson had ideas for his newfound free time— his son, Ian, was leaving for college in Minnesota, and Danielson wanted to be able to go watch his soccer games (father and son share a love of the sport). He purchased his first digital camera with a telephoto lens to document Ian’s games, never imagining that photography would become more than a hobby. He next turned the camera on the avian activity in his woodsy backyard—Danielson and his wife, D’Arcy, live a stone’s throw from the Brown County line, near state forests and Lake Monroe . He sent some of his early images to birder friends, asking them to identify the species he had seen. They told him that the pictures were good enough to sell. His first show, in 2005, took place in the lobby of the Buskirk-Chumley theater, and after that he was on a roll. He set up a website and began marketing some of the images online. Today he has sold photographs all over the country, and even some internationally. He also Continued on 18

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DANIELSON continued from 17 participates in art shows occasionally, and his work is regularly displayed at the Ferrer Gallery in Nashville. Danielson has expanded his repertoire to include photographs of anything that catches his eye in the natural world. “It might be a spider on a sheet of ice, butterflies, sunsets. I have a particular fondness for mist, which my wife does not share. I’ll exclaim ‘What a wonderful mist!’ And she’ll say ‘Are you kidding me? It’s depressing!’” he said. About eight hours of Danielson’s week is spent hiking with his dogs, looking for inspiration. He is dazzled by how often a familiar location takes on new life owing to a change in the light or season. “There are probably three groups of photographers,” he said. “Some people are just in love with the technology. They love the cameras and they take pictures so they can use the camera. There are other people who are fascinated with forms and shapes. For me, the camera is simply a tool, but I need it to capture those moments that I think are so wonderful.” Danielson is currently working on a book exploring such moments in southern Indiana and discussing his transformation from restaurateur to nature photographer. “I live out in the country, and there were moments that just seemed outrageously beautiful, so I thought that others would be out there taking advantage of it. I was surprised to learn that there isn’t a single book about the natural side of this area,” he said. He will soon be looking for a publisher. While Danielson has enjoyed the challenge of teaching himself the art of photography from the ground up, he recognizes that his approach might not work for everyone. The point, he said, is just to recognize and appreciate the natural beauty that is all around us.

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Jeff Danielson has a fondness for mist.

photo of Jeff with Alphie and Drover by Cindy Steele

“Get out and take the time to walk around and look around. Take your time and find those moments,” he said. You can purchase Jeff Danielson’s photography at Ferrer Gallery in the Village Green Building, downtown Nashville, and view samples on the web at <browncountyphoto.com>. See the center spread on pages 34 and 35 of this magazine for some additional shots. 


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Thanks to the Ice Age A

~by Julia Pearson

t the time of this writing ice and snow is melting into rivulets from the rooftop gutters and is rushing down sidewalks and roads. The polar vortex that slammed into our nighttime weather left inches of ice on everything. Snow was shoveled into white mounds that stubbornly clung to the ground, despite temperatures that bounced intermittently above freezing. It’s been a winter of bitter, frightening cold. The kind of cold that shuns the seasonal Currier and Ives scenes of sleigh rides, snow men, and fields of animal tracks and the imprint of children’s snow angels. Wildlife settled down into secret places. State and local leaders urged everyone off the roads. Skin and lungs both were damaged by the air that was almost metallic in its severe power to hurt. Swapping stories of past episodes of mad temperature drops became part of the community conversation. Some Hoosiers recalled signs placed on the roadside by the highway department around 1937 that pictured an outline of the state and marking “Glacial Boundary.”

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Those signs no longer exist, but they marked the evidence of nature’s impact on our landscape. Indiana’s geologic history is reconstructed through core sediment analysis, geophysics, and stratigraphy. The first ice sheet entered Indiana sometime before 700,000 years ago directly from what is now Michigan. In general, geologists divide the Ice Age into three great stages, and the glacial deposits they left behind: the Wisconsin Stage, which began about 50,000 years ago and covered nearly two-thirds of Indiana; the Illinoian Stage, which took place from 300,000 to 140,000 years ago; and the pre-Illinoian Stage, which is much less clearly understood. Based on the information provided by the Indiana Geological Survey it is clear that Brown County’s magnificent hills exist because the multiple periods of glaciations in Indiana’s geological history stopped at the northern edge of the county. Brian Keith, Senior Scientist with the Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University says the rugged topography of Brown County today is related to two factors. First, there were no extensive


glacial deposits to fill in the topography. And second, the nature of the bedrock, called Borden siltstone, which is easily eroded by the natural forces into steep valleys and ridges. The northern part of central Brown County has glacial material from the pre-Wisconsin or older era. Limited glacial material is found along the edges of some deeper valleys of the streams that flow to the west into Monroe County. Weed Patch Hill in the Brown County State Park is one of the highest elevations in Indiana at 1,058 feet above sea level. It is also the highest point along a serpentine land form called the Knobstone Escarpment that wiggles from northern Brown County southward to the Ohio River. The Knobstone Escarpment marks a transition from erodible shale to more resistant siltstone bedrock, which may have acted as a barrier to the glaciers along the Eastern edge of Brown County. Made up of steep-sided hills and valleys, these rocks of the Mississippian age form the eastern boundary of what is called the Norman Upland composed of bedrock known as the Borden Group. These

erosion-resistent, silica-rich siltstone rocks were once part of a vast delta system. This year the country is preparing for a massive spring thaw and melt-off after the spate of extreme freezes. In geologic time, the active glaciations and the strength and force of running water acted together to erode and shape soil and rock beneath the landscape. Brown County’s beautiful scenery is a result of that activity. No other environmental factors since the extinction of the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago can compare to the Ice Age in regards to the profound affect it had on our landscape and the natural world that lives on it. Ground water for 90% of the state’s population today, and nearly all the major aquifers this water comes from, are a direct result of glaciation. The melting ice sheets yielded the major rivers that formed the valleys where humans settled. This past winter we have learned that climate can be local and personal. The extra school days missed or delayed because of the snow and ice will be keenly felt by Brown County students as they make up for lost time. People will talk about this winter for years to come. 

Inset of an Indiana Geological Survey map provided by Brian Keith, Indiana University. Henry H. Gray 2001

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Back Home Again in Indiana, The Home of Bluegrass Music

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The Sampler

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he taking of tea is something more than just refreshment—it is an institution, a ritual, a hallmark of civilization. In our modern, go-go culture that gulps five-dollar coffee on the run from cardboard cups, slugs down 800-ounce Sloshies, or guzzles mysterious “energy” drinks, it would seem to be good for us to occasionally press life’s “pause” button and take the time to sit in a nicely appointed, comfortable room and have a little fresh-brewed-tea in a real china cup. Accordingly, I conveyed myself to Coachlight Square, down on the south end of town, and presented myself at Sweetea’s Tea Shop, the local destination of choice for tea aficionados, as well as those who just like a relaxing break that involves tasty treats. Sweetea’s has over 40 different varieties of tea, and

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sampling is free—they even have a “sniffing bar” to “experience tea in a new way.” Their tea experts will help you find a favorite tea, and share their knowledge of how to properly prepare it in your own home. And if you are attracted to the tea lifestyle, the shop is loaded with all of the accessories and accoutrements required to pursue a proper tea in your own humble abode. At Sweetea’s, you experience tea as it should be: fresh and made to order just for you and brought to your table, poured from a real pot with a little tealight underneath to keep it warm. There’s hot tea in a pot or to go, iced tea, bubble tea, lattes or hot chocolate, iced coffee, and lemonade. You can also add a shot of espresso to any drink. Continued on 28


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SWEETEA’S continued from 26 The amazing variety of available teas is somewhat mind-boggling. You could spend the next couple of months there and never repeat yourself, with black teas, green teas, white teas, oolongs, rooibos, yerba matte, and something called puehr, a “Scottish caramel toffee.” Sweetea’s also offers “Grandma Mimi’s” teas, made in Brown County, with names like “friendship,” and “sniffles.” Also, Niyama herbal teas for wellness, energy, and women’s wellness. It is an article of faith at Sweetea’s that “ladies of all ages love a tea party” and on most afternoons you will find groups of them, large and small, gathering in friendly camaraderie over pots of tea and other tasty treats. But you also see quiet tête-à-têtes, and there are plenty of cozy corners to curl up alone and spend a few hours sipping a beverage and reading, or maybe soaking up some free Wi-Fi. Sweetea’s is perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, girl’s weekends away, and book clubs and they can also help with catering needs, or handle the details for a tea party you might want to

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have. There’s a special corner with all the furnishings and accessories for a children’s tea party, including little pots of tea and finger sandwiches. I expected scones, of course, and I wasn’t disappointed— ginger/almond and orange/cranberry. The big glass pastry case also included cookies, brownies, cupcakes, muffins, and cake pops. There is also a raft of savory lunch items on the menu at Sweetea’s including a chicken salad plate with pita bread, hummus with vegetables, soup, and quiche. Also, of course, tea sandwiches. I wavered between the Italian wedding soup and Minestrone, finally deciding on the latter, and selected the spinach and mushroom quiche. For tea, I chose what even I must admit is the most boring and obvious variety—good old orange pekoe. I know that isn’t

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a very daring selection in the face of 40 tea choices and probably reveals something deep and irreversible about my personality. But that’s what I was in the mood for. “Above all, to thine own self be true,” as the Bard observed. But the ensuing cup of tea was a revelation, one of those, “oh yeah, that’s what it’s supposed to taste like,” moments. Then came the quiche, warm and gooey with Swiss cheese, mushrooms, a thick layer of spinach, and just a hint of fennel, which really set it off nicely. Really good. The soup was likewise tasty and satisfying. Taking tea is a genteel proposition. When you sit down to tea with someone, there is an implicit understanding that it will be pleasant encounter, a polite, not-threatening, non-confrontational interlude. My orange/cranberry scone was slightly warmed and served with a little thimble of clotted cream. It was, I must admit, simply delicious and deeply satisfying. The taking of tea requires an undefined and situational amount of time. It should not be done on rigid schedule, but according to the whim of the aware moment. It gives one time to reflect. Perhaps we could all use a soothing, relaxing moment of the day set aside to simply pause briefly and reflect on the beauty and importance of the simple things in life. Sweetea’s is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

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Morel Festival is Back April 25–27 2014 Jeff Morgan at last year’s event. photo by Jules Dunlap

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s winter dissolves into spring, a traditional passion begins to rise in Brown County, a mania that draws men, women and children into the woods, heads bowed, a stick in one hand and some sort of sack in the other. It’s mushroom huntin’ time again! This year’s season will be highlighted by the second annual Brown County Morel Festival, celebrating all things relating to the delicious, spongy fungi that pop up on the forest floor each spring as the ground thaws and warms. The festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom will feature lots of live music, expert lectures on mycology, and guided hunts and “forays” to search for the delectable sponge mushrooms and their likely places. The festival will feature over 15 bands performing all types of music. “This is not just a bluegrass festival or a folk festival—it is a morel festival. The

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music performers will be as diverse as the crowd that is attending,” said Randy LaVere, one of the event’s organizers. “We’ve tried to include as many folks from the Brown County music scene as possible, to showcase the talent that lies in these hills.” Performers will include southern rock/country from Brown County’s own The Cox Brothers, folk singer-songwriter Chicago Farmer, bluegrass from the


Indianapolis-based Punkin Holler Boys, local favorites White Lightning Boys, Bloomington-based New Old Cavalry, and pop/acoustic tunes from Brown County’s Jeff Morgan. LaVere said the event will not only showcase the many talented folks who live here, but on all the different aspects of Brown County as a whole. “We’ve had a ton of support from local businesses and we will encourage people to come to Nashville to shop and to travel around and take in the beauty of our artist colony,” he said. “We are leading six different guided hunts to six different locations in Brown County. We’ll be taking folks through the back roads, by the country stores, and showing them sites that most tourists never really get to see.” This year’s Morel Festival will feature top-notch lecturers and teachers, including experts in mycology from across the country. Many will not only be speaking, but will be leading “forays” or guided hunts as well. Staff mycologist Stephen Russell is the author of Homegrown Mushrooms, founder of The Hoosier

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Things you can live without ... but who wants to! Fine Pipes and Tobaccos Premium Cigars

Estate, Custom, Silver, Gold, and Designer Jewelry

Open every day 10am - 6pm

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Knives made in USA Precision ammo

Survival Gear/Food

Luminox Watches

(used by Navy Seals)

Maxpedition hard-use gear

Wooden signs made in Southern Indiana Variety of T-Shirts Old Colonial Bldg. North Van Buren St. in Nashville 812.988.6590 • www.menstoyshop.com

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Lisa J. Baker, DDS

Dr. Lisa Baker, tooth artist and smile specialist

We appreciate our loyal customers!

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Call for an appointment today:

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Our market fresh product selections are the result of your requests for the items you like best. This season we display Tervis Tumblers, Demdaco’s finest, Swan Creek, Melissa & Doug, Spartina 446, Sanuks, TOMS and our favorite handcrafted jewelry. Did we mention all the hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry?

Rhonda Kay’s is located in the heart of downtown Nashville on South Van Buren Street next to The Ordinary and across from the Brown County Playhouse 69 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, Indiana

812-988-2050 rhondakays@msn.com

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You will find traffic stopping items at 58 South! Our porch review has attracted many of you already. We enjoy offering today’s fashion. You’ll find affordable items that are wearable every day or for those special occasions. Our accessories, hats, and scarves complete the outfit or add new Located in downtown Nashville fresh looks to your next to the Brown County Playhouse existing wardrobe. Our Fitflops will bring 58 S. Van Buren St. comfort to your tired Nashville, Indiana and weary feet —come hear the 812-988-8440 testimonies! 58south@att.net

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Established in 1926, Brown County’s

original art gallery offers for sale artwork by contemporary artists and consigned early Indiana art. Selections from the Permanent Collections are also on display.

Call for Specials

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

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Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

All About Dogs Brown County Furniture Brown County Pottery Brown County Weavery and Roots Cabin Scents The Clay Purl For Bare Feet Ferguson House Four Bear Paws K. Bellum Leather The Menagerie Antique Alley on the West Side Nashville Image Nashville The Bookloft Brown Co. Hoosier Artist Art Guild Old Time Photography House Paint Box Art Gallery Jack and Jill Out of the Antique Nut Shop Peaceful Valley Gallery Ordinary Alley Through the Looking Glass Shoppes Wooden Wonders JEFFERSON ST

Restaurant

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photos by Jeff Danielson


Calendar

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip.

March 3 Joe Sanford 10:00 a.m. March 4 All Star Jam March 5 Avacado Chic March 6 Kara Barnard & Chuck Brown County Playhouse March 7 Steven Thomas Performing Arts Center March 8 Lost Shoe String Band Most performances at 7:30 Brown County Youth Musicians Competition March 9 Bonz 3:00 March 10 Grant Eversol March 1 March 12 Ukulele Night 2nd Annual Brown County Music Awards March 13 Terry Dobbs Project March 8 March 16 Brent Bennett 5:00 Live performances from many of the March 17 Wesley Carlson nominees including a grand finale jam March 19 Drum Circle session March 20 Bonz Mellencougar Tribute Band March 21 Greg & Tony March 15 March 22 Steve Smith Kings and Queens of Country March 23 David Sisson Dance Kaleidoscope March 25 Jeff Owens Band March 22 March 26 Dakota Curtis Eunan McIntyre Concert March 27 Tad Armstrong March 23 March 28 Kenan Rainwater Ladies for Liberty March 29 Relay for Life 2:00 Spirit of 1940s Singing Troupe Trav & Doc 7:00 March 29 March 30 Doug Dillman 5:00 Carrie Newcomer Concert April 1 All Star Jam April 5 April 2 Avacado Chic Heywood Banks —Comedian April 3 Kara Barnard & Chuck April 11 April 4 Steven Thomas Harpeth Rising Concert April 5 Americana Showcase April 26 April 6 Bomar & Ritter 5:00 April 7 Joe Sanford 10:00 a.m. April 9 Matchsellers April 10 Matchsellers April 11 David Dwyer April 12 Brent Bennett April 13 Kenan Rainwater 3:00 April 17 Autumn Dawn April 18 Dakota Curtis April 19 Dobbs Project April 20 Joe Rollin’ Porter Carrie Newcomer April 21 Dickey Jones MOVIES - THE LATEST RELEASES April 24 Brian Davis Schedule online April 25 Tad Armstrong 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville April 26 Bonz 812-988-6555 April 27 David Sisson 5:00 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org 812-988-6911 www. muddybootscafe.com

Muddy Boots Cafe

Some dates weren’t booked yet. Most times at 7:00, other times indidated March 1 The Nate Johnson Trio March 2 Americana Showcase 5:00

Pine Room Tavern March 1 Stella & Friends 8:00 March 2 Jason & Ginger 7:00 March 7 Joe Sanford 8:00

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March 8 The McGuires 8:00 March 9 Adam Yeager 7:00 March 14 Kenan Rainwater 6:00 March 15 Shane Lamb 8:00 March 16 Craig Thurston 7:00 March 21 Alan Long 6:00 March 22 David Sisson 8:00 March 23 Jan Bell 6:00 March 24 Wine & Canvas 6:00 March 28 Kade Puckett 6:00 March 29 Indiana Boys 8:00 April 4 Peter Oren 6:00 April 5 Hoosier Songbook at 8:00 with

Tom Roznowski

Tom Roznowski & Monika Herzig April 6 Adam Yeager 7:00 April 11 Ryan Brewer 6:00 April 12 Duncan Lane 8:00 April 13 Craig Thurston 6:00 April 18 Jeff Foster 6:00 April 19 Scott Freed 8:00 April 20 Mizfits 6:00 April 24 Flea Bitten Dawgs 6:00 April 25 Ian McFeron 6:00 April 26 Midwest Rhythm Exchange 8:00 April 27 Terry Dobbs Trio 8:00 (behind Salt Creek Inn) 812-988-0236 www. pineroomtavern.net

Chateau Thomas Winery March 1 Mark LaPointe March 7 Robbie Bowden March 8 Impasse March 14 Mesa & Rain March 15 Marlinaires March 21 TBA March 22 Cari Ray March 28 Barry Johnson March 29 Marvin Parish April 4 Foster & Jones April 5 Gary Applegate April 11 Dave Miller


Indiana Wine Fair

April 12 Impasse April 18 Davis & Devitt April 19 Paul Bertsch April 25 Momma Pop a Wheelie April 26 The McGuires Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays Dance Lessons 6:30-9:00 Second Fridays Ballroom Dances Other Fridays Family Night with Mike’s band Smooth Country Saturdays Smooth Country 812-988-8636 mikesmusicbarn.com

April 26 at Story Inn, 12:30 to 7:00 Grown to become the largest event featuring Indiana wines. Must be over 21 years of age. www.storyinn.com

Out of the Ordinary

Salt Creek 19th Hole Bar

April 25-27 at Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blosom Feature lots of live music (over 15 bands), expert lectures on mycology, and guided hunts www.morelfestival.com

Reservations encouraged. Free music except supper club events. March 1 Mardi Gras Party 7:00 March 7 Da Vita Jazz Trio 7:30 March 8 ANG Trio 7:30 March 14 Big Ten Sports 6:30 March 15 Late Night Dance Night with DJ 9:00 March 21 IJO Band 7:30 March 22 Arthur Murray Night 7:30 Free lessons March 28 ANG Trio 7:30 SPECIAL EVENT SUPPER CLUB SERIES March 29 7:00 Reservations required. Las Vegas-style show wiith Russell Moss, Julie Powers, and an 8 piece orchestra. $15 cover plus dinner from special menu. April 4 Nate Johnson 7:30 April 5 Nate Johnson 7:30 April 11 Da Vita Jazz Trio 7:30 SPECIAL EVENT SUPPER CLUB SERIES April 12 7:00 Reservations required. Las Vegas-style show wiith Russell Moss, Julie Powers, and an 8 piece orchestra. $15 cover plus dinner from special menu. April 18 ANG Trio 7:30 April 19 Late Night Dance Night April 25 IJO Band 7:30 April 26 Arthur Murray Night 7:30 Free lessons 812-778-9730 www.goldenticketproductions.com/ooto. html

Abe Martin Lodge Music Saturdays 6:00-8:00 812-988-4418

Seasons Lodge Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

Brown County Inn

Live Music Fridays and Saturdays 812-988-4323 www.saltcreekgolf.com

Big Woods Pizza Music Fridays, Saturdays + more 812-988-6004 bigwoodspizza.com

Morel Festival

SPECIAL EVENTS: “We the People” Concert White Lightning Boys March 1 at the Brown Co. High School Auditorium, 7:30 Will help the students to raise money to travel to Washington D.C. to compete at Nationals. www.facebook.com/ BCJHSWETHEPEOPLE

March Madness Gone Costa Rican Canopy Adventure Style...Zip On March 1-31 Our guides will share the eXplore Brown County Spring Break March Madness with you as you soar 90 feet in the air at speed up to 45 miles an hour. Spring Breakers no reason to head to Costa Rica we have it right here. eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat 812-988-7750 www.explorebrowncounty.com

BETA Teen Center Rent Party The Indiana Boys and Guests April 12 at Brown County Inn “Town Hall” room, doors open at 5:30 Teen art for sale, silent auction of local artists’ work and other donated items to raise money for this not-for-profit organization providing after school activities for teens. Tickets $10, 18 and under free.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Brown County Art Gallery Spring Exhibit April 13 Victorian Tea Reserve by April 8 April 26-May 8 Mabel B. Annis Student Art Exhibit, reception April 27, 2:00-3:30 812-988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

Bucks & Does Square Dances YMCA March 7, April 4 & 18, 8:00-10:30 Abe Martin Lodge April 25 8:00-10:00 The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street

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

Corn Crib Music Fridays, Saturdays 9:00

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MERCANTILE STORE Same Shop, New Location Since 1979

Jackson Creek Village 108 E. Washington St. in Nashville across from Casa Del Sol

Welcome to a Happy Place! (812) 988-2725

•T-Shirts •Toys •Gifts •Collectibles— Elvis and Betty Boop •Brown County Souvenirs

“Old and Young Love this Shop!”

MOREL FESTIVAL continued from 31 Mushroom Society, and a well-known speaker on mycology who has given presentations at every major mushroom festival in the country. Joining Russell will be world-champion mushroom hunter Alex Babich, founder of Morel Mania; Tom Nauman, founder of the Mushroom Journal; Britt Bunyard, chef and professional mushroom hunter; and “the Mushroom King,” local morel legend Bird Snider, among others. LaVere said a successful first year festival in 2013 means folks will be coming from as far away as Texas to enjoy this year’s festival.

Now at COACHLIGHT SQUARE One block east of S. Van Buren Street on Washington (in front of the high school) in downtown Nashville

FULL BAR AVAILABLE Friendly Service 812-988-4535 Carry Out Available

Family Friendly Dining Room

Live Music on Friday and Saturday

Fried Catfish Steaks • Chicken Ribs • Cold Beer Justt 10 J 10 minutes from Brown County

LAKE LEMON 8939 E. South Shore Dr., Unionville, IN Portholeinn.com • 812-339-1856

port hole inn

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ffine ine d dining iniing g in a relaxed setting Promoting good service, a friendly atmosphere, and satisfied patrons

Fri., Sat., Sun. Entertainment 812-988-0236 • www.PineRoomTavern.net 51 E. Chestnut St. • (behind Salt Creek Inn) State Road 46, Nashville Sun.–Thurs. 11am–10pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am–midnight


Bird Snider, morel legend and banjo picker for the White Lightning Boys. photo by Jules Dunlap

He said the family-friendly aspect of the festival and the diversity of people that come together for the mushrooms make it special. “One of the greatest highlights from last year’s festival was watching all of the children come back into the park with their little hands full of morels,” he said. “Local expert Bird Snider taught the children’s class and then led about 40 of them on a guided hunt and showed them the ropes.” “It was a very special moment.” He said, as the parent of young children, he knows the importance of keeping kids entertained. A lot of activities are planned so they can enjoy the weekend along with their parents. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. For tickets or more information on the Brown County Morel Festival, visit <www.morelfestival.com>. 

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Our Neighbors’ Knowledge I

~by Jim Eagleman

am often asked, “What does a park naturalist do in the off-season?” Park crowds are smaller in winter and nature programs and daily hikes aren’t offered as they are in warm months. During January and February, only a few brave souls venture in to the parks. Those that do are rewarded with beauty and quiet. And with prolonged cold and snow this winter, tracking and learning a secretive wildlife habits gets a little more challenging. A long-time nature center visitor said she feels like a detective, piecing together clues left by a nighttime visitor to her compost pile. Although serving the public is still a priority, wintertime allows DNR employees time to compile reports of the year’s events, attend meetings to catch up with colleagues, plan for the next season, and adjust to smaller budgets. Meeting the challenge of maintaining a quality program with staff and helpful volunteers continues to be at the top of many DNR employees’ list. We all have to make do with less. And when it comes to be being resourceful and creative, the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” can be said by nearly anyone in any kind of work.

I am fortunate to live in a place where many specialists have retired or moved. Others are home temporarily from assignment. Understandably, Brown County attracts many who enjoy year ’round nature, art, and beauty. Several residents employed in a variety of disciplines allow me the opportunity to “pick their brains.” I usually find them willing to share knowledge when approached with genuine curiosity. What a treat to talk with a researcher or biologist who studied some remote area, a tiny creature, or random plant. Musicians, artists, and designers show similar passion. I was able to visit and learn more from them while watching our February snowfall. Some workers in the biologic sciences reveal intricacies and particulars of a relationship I never heard of, or a remote link of plant to animal. We can all learn from them. I couldn’t be luckier. It helps confirm what I have known for some time—it’s a big, natural world with a lot going on. Recently I visited with a gentleman who researchs ants. His wife is also an entomologist who studies moths. Their world travels have taken them to faroff lands to delve into the mysteries of rainforest ecosystems. Returning to their Brown County home now requires them to continue their work. Time is taken Continued on 42

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Making ordinary popcorn Free Samples extraordinary Show this ad & receive a free small drink or Caramel Puff with popcorn purchase. since 1978! Look for the red & white building at the north end of town

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Village Boutique BROWN COUNTY’S UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

STYLING YOU FROM HEAD TO TOE At the corner of Main & Jefferson on the Village Green

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NEIGHBORS continued from 40 up with writing and editing manuscripts due for publication and deadlines imposed by editors. “It’s part of the job,” the wife said. “We have to publish to continue our work.” She asked about a moth that lives in the park, expressing concerns, as several have, that our pollinating insects are finding less suitable forage sites. “All the more reason to plant native bloomers and watch for results,” she remarks. “The milkweed plants have all but disappeared making it difficult for monarch butterflies.” Office calls from the public can bring our attention to specialists living in the area. Residents sometimes remark about birds at feeders in larger numbers than usual, or inquire why there are no sightings of more common ones. Passed along to the DNR biologists, observations by these local “citizen scientists” and off-duty researchers are often the first to indicate change. Keeping a log of common questions also allows office staff to address at programs some of the more common misconceptions, folktales, and myths. University academics are consulted for more in-depth explanations if necessary. As with most inquiries, a quick search on Google helps. So does a list of specialists who can answer questions we can’t. Like I said, “It’s a big natural world out there!” What a great place—Brown County, Indiana, made greater by the people who live here. All have the same plan: to enjoy this scenic and natural area as seasons descend showing variety and beauty. Hillary Clinton once used an African proverb when she spoke about the youth of today. She repeated, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The phrase can convey a similar sentiment to say, “It takes a village so we can (continue to) learn.” 

Therapy Soak Massage · Manicure Pedicure · Sauna $215 per person

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Tuesdays & Sundays 40% Off · Appointment required

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Village of Nashville · Van Buren & Washington, 2nd floor Monday–Saturday 10 to 7 · Sundays by appointment

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On the North side of the Courthouse

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Rock & Fossil Shop Great selection of one-of-a-kind Rocks and Fossils (812) 988-2422

COPPERHEAD CREEK MINING COMPANY

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The Nashville House with courthouse across the street. Lever operated gas pumps are in front of the filling staton next door.

Stores on Main Street now occupied by the Hobnob Corner Restaurant.

Downtown Cottages & Suites

Lodging in the middle of Historic Nashville’s downtown shops, restaurants, theaters

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View of Nashville from the new state highway. Cattle are walking on the road.

Noel Brown contributed these postcard images printed in the early 1930s. They were made from original paintings by artist Frank Sohn (1888–1968).


Nashville General Store & Bakery Pumpkin, Banana, and Cinnamon Breads Homemade Pies and Cakes Cinnamon Rolls Caramel Apple Nut Pie Hot Apple Dumplings Muffins, Persimmon Pudding Variety of Ice cream Flavors Shakes, Sodas, and Floats Apple Cider

Step Back in Time...

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.

Visit our shop next door.

The yellow building 118 E. Washington St., Nashville

Muddy Boots

Cafe

Mon.–Thurs. 7 am–10 pm (seasonally till midnight), Fri. & Sat. 7 am–midnight, Sun. 8 am–8 pm

Scrumptious Entrees • Vegetarian Selections Handmade Desserts • Specialty Coffee Drinks Breakfast Served All Day

Live Music Daily

Gift Baskets filled with Jams, Jellies, Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter Shagbark Hickory Syrup

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136 N. Van Buren Street • Nashville

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

BEAN BLOSSOM Restaurant Good Food, Good Service, Good Prices

All-You-Can-Eat

Catfish on Friday Nights Daily Specials Breakfast Served All Day

Bean Blossom SR 135 North • 988-1147 Open 7 days a week

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Half mile from downtown

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

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

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

Fine Wines:

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

Select Spirits:

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

284 South Van Buren (next to Subway) Nashville, IN 812-988-2267

Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville Mountain Bike Rentals

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As always, Hoosier Buddy Liquors reminds you to celebrate safe —don’t drink and drive.

We Fill Propane Tanks

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

Home of the

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

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1292 State Road 135 South Three miles east of Nashville www.rawhideranchusa.com

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Celtica

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~by Paige Harden

ammera Lane’s lifelong passion for music began with a white piano and an old fashioned swivel stool with a red velvet cushion. “When I was a little girl, I was visiting my grandma, who took a pie to an elderly lady in her church. The woman had an old upright piano. Later, she told my grandma that she noticed I kept looking at the piano, and asked if I would want it,” Tammera said. “So I got a piano—not the white one with the pretty velvet seat, but a dark brown one. None-the-less, that’s how I got my start in music.” She began piano lessons at age seven and later majored in piano performance at Taylor University. After college, Tammera got a job at a Brown County folk instrument shop. As part of her job, Tammera was asked to learn how to play numerous instruments so she could demonstrate and sell

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Tim Dooley, Jeff Foster, Carolyn Dutton, and Tammera Lane of Celtica. photo by Marti Garvey

them. Her new-found talent and her love of Medieval/ Renaissance era music led Tammera to found her band called “Celtica” in 1992. “We decided on “Celtica” because it gave us freedom to include music from all the Celtic lands, and also clued people in as to what type of music we played,” Tammera said. “We call it progressive Celtic to have the legitimate freedom to do what we want with the arrangements.” Celtica performed for seven years, then took a break in 1999, and regrouped in 2009. Today, Celtica is going strong and includes the following band members: Tammera Lane (piano, hammered dulcimer, double-bowed psaltrey, hurdy gurdy, Celtic harp, and vocals); Tim Dooley (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, Irish bodhran drum, and vocals); Carolyn Dutton (fiddle); and Jeff Foster (guitar). Clancy Clements plays bagpipes and penny whistles with Celtica, and Tom Lozano plays the hurdy gurdy and percussion. Continued on 50


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Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

Toys and Games for All Ages Featuring Russian Nesting Dolls Featurin

A Bro Brown County Tradition • 20 Guest Rooms, 3 Suites with Whirlpool Baths • Banquet and Conference Rooms for Retreats or Parties • Gift Certificates Available Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast Buffet 7:30 am–10:30 am “Early Bird” Specials Mon.–Thurs. 3–5 pm At the corner of Van Buren and Franklin Streets in Nashville, Indiana

812-988-0600 • 800-737-0255

artistscolonyinn.com

Artists Colony Shops

Since 1981 • Open 362 Days a Year

Find something special for you and your loved ones from our selection of

Quality Gifts & Collectibles including distinctive hand-painted Brown County ornaments and Locally-made pottery

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

Artists Colony Shops, S. Van Buren St., Nashville

Since 1972

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SPRING On a wet old log, In my marshy bog, a small green frog is clinging, And a strident note Swells his pulsing throat, That sets the marshland ringing— Ringing with a song of cheer, Spring is here! Spring is here! A bluebird singing, A kildee winging, A buzzard floats in the sky, To my wooded hill Comes a whippoorwill With a soft and plaintive cry— Calling, calling, sweet and clear, Spring is here! Spring is here! From a sheltered nook, Where I chanced to look, I saw a violet peeping, And a soft wing stirred, And a cricket chirred, Roused from his winter’s sleeping— Chirped his message in my ear, Spring is here! Spring is here! Oh, a hundred notes Swell a hundred throats— The wild geese northward swinging, And the small green frog On his wet old log, And this is what they’re singing— Gone is winter, Gone is fear, Spring is here! Spring is here!

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photo by Marti Garvey

CELTICA continued from 48 “It’s exhilarating to play with such an extremely talented group of musicians,” Tammera said. “Carolyn performed violin/ fiddle in New York for 30 years, in many various genres, such as classical, gypsy jazz, folk, etc. Jeff can play guitar upside down and backwards. He plays classical, flamenco, jazz, rock, blues, and has taught on the collegiate level. Tom is a world-renown hurdy gurdy player.” Tammera said she prefers performing as a band. “I like ensemble work, probably for the element of surprise. It’s really fun and interesting to see what others bring to a tune,” she said. “I can stand alone as a soloist, but it’s much more enjoyable to play off of others.” No matter the form, Tammera said music completes her. “I love playing music, especially the kind of music I play, and when I can be creative and improvise. Somehow it completes who I am, more than anything else does. I’ve dabbled in various art forms—visual arts, dance, theatre, and none of the other forms, though I really enjoy them, does what music does inside me,” she said. “It’s exhilarating, magical, passionate, deep— complete. I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s like I’m doing what I was created to do.” While three of the band members live in Brown County, Celtica meets once a week to practice, and performs as many as 50 shows a year. The band performs at home parties as well as prestigious affairs including International and Fortune 500 corporate dinners, The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Artsgarden In Circle Centre Mall, The Indiana State Museum, Chautauqua of the Arts, the Scottish Festival and Ethnic Expo in Columbus, the Highland Festival in Trafalgar, and at half-time for the Indiana Pacers. They even performed at a dinner with a guest list that included former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Martha Tedrowe, of Brown County, has been a long-time Celtica fan. “I have long been a fan of international music. When I lived in Chicago I spent much of my free time at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where I was the volunteer coordinator. The school featured concerts with musical groups from all over the world,” Martha said. “Irish music is the basis of many modern forms of music and Tammera and her band carry on this important art form. Tammera is scholarly in her approach to her music and plays beautifully.” Brown County, Martha says, is the perfect place for a band like Celtica. “Brown County is a special place, with its wonderful topography, scenic beauty, and numerous artists in residence of a variety of media.” You can find Celtica on the web at <www.celticaband.com>, <www.facebook.com/CelticaBand>, or <www.youtube.com/user/celticavideos>. 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: • MARCH 8: Celtica Live, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Parkside Retirement Center, 3660 Central Avenue, Columbus • MARCH 11: Friends of the Brown County Library Program, 7 p.m. Brown County Public Library • MARCH 13: Celtica/Honeywell’s Dinner and Chamber Series Concert, 6 to 7 p.m. The Honeywell Center, 275 West Market Street, Wabash • MARCH 16: Celtica at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 9:30 a.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 181 West Main Street, Peru • MARCH 16: Celtica Concert at St. Patrick’s Church, 4 p.m. St. Patrick’s Church, West Main Street, Lagro


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Stoneware Jars

F

ruit jars and most modern storage jars today are made of clear glass or plastic. During the early Brown County days, up until the 1920s, all homes and farms used stoneware containers for the storage of food stuffs and many other uses around the farm. Stoneware fruit jars came in many sizes and colors. In the early 1800s to mid 1870s stoneware fruit jars were salt glazed jars. No two jars were ever the same as they were all hand turned and manmade jars. The later made stoneware jars and containers had white, brown, yellow, blue, and many other color glazes. They were more machine molded jars than hand made. The tops or openings of the stoneware fruit jars were made to be sealed up with a metal tin lid. Hot wax was poured in the groove to make them air tight and preserve the contents. This made for many of the surviving examples to be chipped and damaged from

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people prying on them with a knife to open them up. Finding old stoneware containers that are not chipped and damaged from the bygone days of 100 years ago and older are real prizes for the collectors of them. What does all this have to do with Brown County? The collection of early stoneware jars shown in the photo were discovered in Brown County and the local surrounding area. A lot of the these stoneware fruit jars were probably bought new at one of the many country stores that sold goods and merchandise in Brown County back around 1900 and before. You would be amazed at how many Brown County folks today have and use old stoneware containers. Also interesting to note is that many of these folks can give the history of the old crocks and stoneware jars they own and even have photos of the farmhouse or home from “back in the day” with one or two of the old containers sitting some in the picture as documentation. A large percentage of old stoneware jars and crocks do not have a makers mark on them and the creators can’t be identified. It is a known fact, though, that the clay used to make stoneware is good old Indiana clay. There were several companies in Indiana and the whole Ohio valley area back in the 1800s and early 1900s in business to produce these stoneware containers. The stoneware fruit jars and containers in the photo date from the 1840s up to about 1910 vintage. They are a good example of what was available to use around the home and farm before there was electricity, cars, telephones, and refrigerators. 

submitted by Paul Sachmann from Plum Creek Antiques


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Finding Firewood A

~by Jeff Tryon

s the frigid curtain of the polar vortex gutpunches the Midwest, the regular suppliers start to dry up and it becomes increasingly difficult to locate a good rick of firewood. You try all the usual places: slab wood at the local sawmill, the old store down the road, that house in Fruitdale with the occasional stack of wood out front— nothing doing. As your on-hand supply of combustibles dwindles and the thermometer plunges, you become more and more keenly interested in the machinations of the local wood-burning subculture. Everyone you meet or talk to, you query and prod about where the good wood might be and how much it might cost. Your eye is distracted when you drive past a particularly fine looking pile of firewood, “Now that’s a good looking rick of wood.” You can check the spot market in the ad section of the local paper, but I’m telling you right now without even looking, prices will be premium—like $65 bucks a rick—or even more. It’s ironic, really, searching for wood in the midst of this enormous, complex, remarkably diverse, hardwood forest in which you live. The great deciduous forests of southern Indiana and Illinois are the rain forest of North America. The

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remarkable variety of trees means that firewood gatherers who cut up tops from timbering or sell off leftovers from pallet-making or board-sawing come across a delightful cornucopia of combustible cellulose. You get a lot of oak—white oak, and the preferred red oak. But it can be anything—maple, hickory, beech, birch, sycamore, black cherry, black walnut, red cedar, poplar, even dogwood, redbud, or pine. Given the abundant diversity of hardwoods available locally, a certain superior attitude develops amongst the wood-burning classes. People become better informed through experience and develop firm opinions about what sort of wood is best for heating the homestead. I mean, there’s firewood, and then there’s firewood. After I ran low after a stretch of particularly nasty weather I texted my brother’s wood provider to see if he had anything available. That’s right—he does business only by text. I’m using a cell phone to order firewood—18th century meets the 21st century. “I’ve got loads of wood stacked, but most isn’t worth $50,” came the return text. “It’s a mix of Beech, Maple and a small amount of Oak. If you come and Continued on 58


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FINDING FIREWOOD continued from 56 load it, I’d say $35. I can get you better quality oak on Wednesday.” So you want the regular old stuff now, or wait a couple of days for, you know, the good stuff? Connoisseurs disagree about what the absolute best firewood is. Some say ash holds the fire longer, gives off more heat, and makes better coals. Most people are perfectly happy with a good, straight-grained red oak. But well-seasoned hickory is the hottest burning commonly used firewood. Hedge apple, commonly called Osage orange, is held in high esteem by is firewood freaks. There’s no heat like wood heat, everyone agrees. It warms the bones. There are drawbacks—it tends to dry you out and it’s messy. And then there is the actual physical challenge of wrestling with it, the hauling, carrying, stacking, splitting, and burning. Figure in the chainsawing before and the ash-hauling at the end and it all adds up to quite of bit of physical labor. Low back pain is the ever-present occupational hazard of the wood-burning set. You begin the season all full of vim and vigor, woodpile neatly stacked,

kindling box full to overflowing; axe, maul, and wedges standing at the ready. And for those first few crisp autumn days, getting the wood is actually kind of fun—you enjoy the little sessions of physical activity in the afternoon sun. But as the wood-getting season wears on through the holidays and then plunges into the depths of soulcrunching cold, the carrying, chopping, fetching, the cleaning up after, and the keeping the fire going all start to take their toll. As we get on in years, and are perhaps not as fit and toned as we once were, we find ourselves more susceptible to life’s little aches and pains. Sometimes one day of overdoing can lead to a month of debilitating low-back pain. So I texted my new wood connection, “Could you deliver a load for me instead of me coming to get it since I tweaked my back a little bit?” “Sure,” he returned, “but not today. Have to go see the chiropractor.” And so, we limp on toward spring, huddled around our cast-iron idols, feeding them slavishly, sending fragrant plumes of the finest hardwoods heavenward from our log cabin chimneys. One rick more, maybe two, and then, surely, warm weather will arrive. 

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Truck Policy ~by Henry Swain reprinted from March, 1999

W

e have all been driving more alertly lately because of the chuckholes brought about by spring thaw. If you think some of them are pretty bad you should talk to some of the old-timers. The roads in the forties and fifties were awful compared to what we are now experiencing. Researching old county highway records, I came across an unusual policy on truck use during the time of thaw. The policy simply states, “During the period of spring thaw send out the oldest trucks to the worst places.” This policy came onto the books in 1946, a year after the worst spring thaw on record. There is a reason for this peculiar policy. The County Highway Department had received delivery of a new dump truck just prior to spring thaw. Ed Wayman, the highway superintendent, dispatched the new truck to repair a road-wide quagmire just above the John Stewart place on Clay Lick road.

The driver, overconfident in his new machine, drove into the mess and got the truck “hung up,” as the local saying goes. I never understood that expression since the truck more accurately was “bogged down.” Ed came out and surveyed the situation. It was Friday afternoon, too late to do much about it. He said, “Just leave her there men, we’ll bring the Cat out Monday morning and snake her out. In the meantime it will keep anyone else from getting stuck.” The shiny new truck looked embarrassed sitting in the mud having already settled in up to the tire tops. Monday morning Ed and his Cat crew approached the spot to retrieve the new truck. The load of stone was there, but no truck. There was no other equipment in the county large enough to pull it out and they were mystified. Ed noticed a depression in front of the load of stone and probed it with a bar. The bar appeared to hit an object then penetrated deeper. A little shoveling exposed the top of the truck cab. Ed was the best poker player of the highway crew and knew when to fold. “Men” he said, “Dump more stone on her and smooth her out.” It was this episode which led to the policy of sending the oldest trucks to the worst places. I had some reservations about the truth of this story. I asked my old neighbor Harley Lawson about the incident and he said it was

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true. He said I should talk to John Stewart about the matter, since it happened just a short distance above his place. Harley said John had an experience which tended to support the story. John lived in a rather primitive cabin, no inside plumbing. He drew his water from the well in a bucket. This is the story John related to me. “It was a year to the day the truck disappeared. Before turning in for the night I stepped outside. I heard an engine idling down on the road but could see no lights. The state of the road being what it was I feared someone might be in trouble. I got a jacket and flashlight went to investigate. The sound grew louder as I went up the road. When I got to the mud hole where the truck disappeared, the sound stopped. I tell you, that was an eerie experience.” “Did you ever hear the sound again?” I asked. “Only at night on the anniversary of the day the truck sank out of sight,” John answered. John’s experience of verification may not have persuaded true unbelievers but it registered with many old-timers who recalled serious “hung up” experiences of their own. I hope this story puts into perspective some of the recent complaints of pot-holes. We haven’t lost a truck since 1945. Now that was a really BIG pot-hole.  Henry “Hank” Swain contributed his column for 18 years and retired at age 95.


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Profile for Our Brown County

March/April 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County Indiana so special.

March/April 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County Indiana so special.