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

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Monroe Music Park & Campground BEAN BLOSSOM

Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Plum Creek Antiques Market

Doodles by Kara Barnard

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Cordry Lake

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MORGANTOWN TRAFALGAR Antiques Co-op The Apple Works Sweetwater Art Beyond Crayons Lake GMG Motors Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides House of Clocks Las Chalupas Rosey Bolte’s Uncommon Gourd Studio

Upper Bean Blossom

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Bob Allen Rd.

Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm


JEFFERSON STREET

Hoosier Artist

Fallen Leaf Books

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

OLD HICKORY LANE

B3 Gallery

Hobnob Corner

Brown County Art Guild

The Wild Olive

ST SR 135 N

Village Green

Brown Co Winery

Sweet Cozy Living Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc. Be My Guest Head Over Heels

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

The Sunshine Shack

House of Jerky

Gold &Old

Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Main Street Shops

Foxfire

MAIN STREET That Sandwich Place

Nashville House

Courthouse

Weed Patch Music Co. Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

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Pioneer Village Museum

LOCUST LANE

Miller’s Ice Cream The Candy Dish The Harvest Preserve

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Downtown Cottages & Suites Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Complex

GOULD STREET Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

Brown Co Public Library

Brown Co. History Center

MOUND STREET

Hidden Valley Inn

ROBERT “BUCK” STOGSDILL WAY

TO HELMSBURG - 6 MILES

The Emerald Pencil

Big Woods Village

MOLLY’S LANE

LaSha’s

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

TO BEAN BLOSSOM & MORGANTOWN

Brozinni Pizzeria

Hills O’Brown Realty

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville

Redbud Terrace

McGinley Insurance

REMAX

Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank Health For U

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Village Florist

The Salvation Army

JEFFERSON STREET Nashville BP

Papertrix

Coachlight Square

Brown Co Inn Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Health & Living

Bear Hardware Comfort Inn

Brown County IGA

SR 46 TO COLUMBUS - 16 MILES

Tea Shop

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Dining

Nashville General Store

Pine Room Muddy Boots

Salt Creek Park McDonald’s People’s State Bank

Salt Creek Inn

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Craftsman

Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room

Lodging

Musical Entertainment Parking

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Nashville Indiana

Casa Del Sol Apache Tactical

WASHINGTON STREET

Mercantile Store

Cornerstone Inn

Bearly Country

Bone Appetit Bakery Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Sweetea’s Winery

Camelot Shoppes

The Thomas Treehouse Nashville Gyros Food & Art Fudge Kitchen Lorna’s Hunter’s Leather & Electronics Boutique

Possum Trot Sq

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Artists Colony Inn Toy Chest Carol’s Lazy One Crafts Sweetwater Back to Back Yesteryear Gallery Old Time Photos Grasshopper Flats Wishful Simply 4 You Thinking

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SR 46 TO BLOOMINGTON - 16 MILES

Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop Community Closet

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Olde Magnolia House Inn 4th Sister Vintage Store

Calvin Place

Madeline’s

Schwab’s Fudge

New Leaf Amy Greely

Life is Good JB Goods

PITTMAN HOUSE LANE

Too Cute Abe’s Corner

Franklin Sq

Melchior Marionettes

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

Brown Co Playhouse

58 South Apparel

FRANKLIN STREET

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

Gaia’s Touch

Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders Nashville Image Old Time Photos For Bare Feet, Woodlands N & R Woodworking Brown Co Weavery & Roots Paint Box Gallery, Primitive Spirit Rich Hill’s Magic & Fun Emporium K. Bellum Leather, My Sister’s Shop Brown Co. Pottery, Agape Pearls Ferguson House

Antique Alley

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Antiques Co-op.............................55 Be My Guest...................................57 Brown Co Antique Mall................37 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 The Emerald Pencil.......................29 Nashville General Store...............25 Plum Creek Antiques...................60

ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION

Antique Alley Shops.....................45 Antiques Co-op.............................55 Art Beyond Crayons.....................55 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Bear Hardware..............................26 Brown Co Antique Mall................37 Brown Co Art Gallery...................28 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................59 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 The Emerald Pencil.......................29 Hoosier Artist................................29 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................13 Papertrix.........................................15 Spears Pottery...............................28 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.28

BOOKS

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

CHURCHES

Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......33

CLOTHING

58 South Apparel..........................40 Antique Alley Shops.....................45 Apache Tactical.............................49 Bear Hardware..............................26 Community Closet Thrift Shop...24 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 Head Over Heels...........................57 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............18 Lazy One.........................................49 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........13 Male Instinct..................................59 Men’s Toy Shop..............................50 Mercantile Store...........................48

Sports Etc.......................................57 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......48 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............37

CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS

4th Sister Vintage Store...............52 Antique Alley Shops.....................45 Antiques Co-op.............................55 Apache Tactical.............................49 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Be My Guest...................................57 Bearly Country..............................15 Bone Appetit Bakery....................37 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................59 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....45 Brown Co Visitors Center.............21 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 Cox Creek’s Mill.............................18 The Emerald Pencil.......................29 The Ferguson House....................44 Foxfire.............................................44 Head Over Heels...........................57 Homestead Weaving Studio.......28 Hoosier Artist................................29 House of Clocks.............................55 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 K. Bellum Leather.........................29 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................13 Lazy One.........................................49 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........13 Madeline’s......................................44 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................59 Men’s Toy Shop..............................50 Mercantile Store...........................48 Nashville General Store...............25 New Leaf.........................................29 Papertrix.........................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................40 Simply 4 You..................................19 Spears Pottery...............................28 Sports Etc.......................................57 Sweet Cozy Living........................37 Sweetwater Gallery......................19 The Thomas Treehouse................37

Townhouse Gifts...........................25 The Toy Chest................................24 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.28 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............37 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....48 Wishful Thinking...........................19

ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC

19th Hole Bar & Grille..................50 Brown County Playhouse............32 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....45 kidscommons................................48 Monroe Music Park.......................36 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53 Rawhide Ranch.............................27

FOOD & BEVERAGE

19th Hole Bar & Grille..................50 Abe Martin Lodge.........................51 Artists Colony Inn.........................23 Bear Wallow Distillery..................23 Brown Co IGA................................32 Brown Co Inn.................................41 Brown Co Winery..........................51 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....24 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................27 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................48 Casa del Sol....................................47 Chateau Thomas Winery.............59 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........63 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Gyros Food & Art Studios............59 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........52 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................52 Hotel Nashville..............................63 House of Jerky...............................13 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jack and Jill Nut Shop..................59 McDonald’s....................................21 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Candy Store..................57 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............64 Nashville General Store...............25 Nashville House............................45 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53


Advertiser Index Schwab’s Fudge.............................25 Seasons...........................................45 Sunshine Shack.............................59 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................40 That Sandwich Place....................37 The Wild Olive.................................2

FURNITURE

Antiques Co-op.............................55 The Ferguson House....................44 Plum Creek Antiques...................60

HARDWARE

Bear Hardware..............................26

HATS

Head Over Heels...........................57 K. Bellum Leather.........................29

JEWELRY

Antique Alley Shops.....................45 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Brown Co Antique Mall................37 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................59 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 Ferguson House............................44 Foxfire.............................................44 Grasshopper Flats.........................19 Hoosier Artist................................29 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Juls Etc............................................26 LaSha’s............................................59 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................29 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........13 Rhonda Kay’s.................................40 Spears Pottery...............................28 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............37 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........18

LODGING/CAMPGROUNDS

Abe Martin Lodge.........................51 Artists Colony Inn.........................23 The Brick Lodge............................63 Brown County Health & Living...18 Brown Co Inn.................................41 Camp Moneto................................25 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................39 Creekside Retreat.........................52 eXplore Brown County..................4

Green Valley Lodge......................15 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................26 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..26 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville..............................63 Lodge on the Mountain...............37 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........60 Monroe Music Park & Campground.................................60 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............14 The North House...........................63 Olde Magnolia House..................52 Overlook Lodge............................33 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Salt Creek Inn................................55 Seasons...........................................45

MUSEUMS

kidscommons................................48

PET SERVICES/PRODUCTS

Bone Appetit Bakery....................37

PHOTOS

B3 Gallery.......................................28 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Pottery...............................28 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........19

REAL ESTATE

Brown County Real Estate...........61 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................61 ReMax Team...................................59 F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel....... 61

RECREATION

Camp Moneto................................25 eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............53 Rawhide Ranch.............................27

SERVICES (see also SERVICES DIRECTORY)

Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................40 Brown County Health & Living...18 Career Resource Center...............48 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........53 Hunter’s Electronics.....................53 Nashville BP...................................15 Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......33 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....48

SERVICES DIRECTORY 60-61

Al’s Garage/Paint & Body Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Real Estate Brown Co Tire & Auto Career Resource Center Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn GMG Motors Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty McGinley Vacation Cabins Mike Nickels Log Homes Monroe Park Campground People’s State Bank Plum Creek Antiques F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel Waltman Construction Co.

SHOES

Head Over Heels...........................57 K. Bellum Leather.........................29

SPECIALTY SHOPS

Apache Tactical.............................49 Bearly Country..............................15 Bone Appetit Bakery....................37 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Fallen Leaf Books..........................27 Fireplace Center............................48 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 House of Clocks.............................55 Hunter’s Electronics.....................53 K. Bellum Leather.........................29 Male Instinct..................................59 Men’s Toy Shop..............................50 Sports Etc.......................................57 The Toy Chest................................24 Weed Patch Music Company......37 Wishful Thinking...........................19

STAINED GLASS

Sweetwater Gallery......................19

WEDDINGS

Artists Colony Inn.........................23 Hotel Nashville..............................63 Village Florist.................................48


contents

16 The Music of Amanda Webb ~by Bob Gustin

20 Rebirth of the Brown County Inn ~by Jeff Tryon

24 Friends of the Park Want You! 30 B3 Bussert Gallery Moves ~by Cindy Steele 34-35 Photos ~by Sharon Bussert

and Jessica Bussert

38 Spring Forward

~by Mark Blackwell

~by Paige Langenderfer

42-43 Calendar of Events 46 Salt Creek Shrimp Company

54 Youth Showcase and BETA Benefi ~by Cindy Steele

56 Getting Out

Jim Eagleman recently retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources after 40 years as a naturalist at Brown County State Park. He hopes to finish his memoirs soon. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking.

~by Jim Eagleman

58 Sweetie the Model T ~by Paul Sackmann

60-61 Services Directory 62 Valentine Penrose

~by Julia Pearson

Cover Photo: Amanda Webb ~by Bob Gustin

contributors Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. Jeff Tryon is a former news editor of The Brown County Democrat, a former region reporter for The Republic, and a former bureau chief for The Huntsville Times. Born and raised in Brown County, he currently lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on the edge of Brown County State Park. He is a Baptist minister.

Julia Pearson wrote for a secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and her husband Bruce have made Lake Woebegone Country their new homebase for life’s continuing adventures. Julie, Bruce, and four-footed Suki are adjusting well. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren. 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 awardwinning 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. Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt and two children. She can be reached at <christina_alspaugh@yahoo.com>. View her work at <ChristinaAlspaughPhotography.com> or on Facebook. Paige Langenderfer 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 daughter. She can be contacted at <langenderferpaige@gmail.com>. Bob Gustin worked as a reporter, photographer, managing editor, and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Nebraska, and Indiana before retiring in 2011. He and his wife, Chris, operate Homestead Weaving Studio in southern Brown County. She does the weaving while he gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands his book and record collections.

featured photographs

Sharon Bussert has traveled extensively, always seeking to identify those special images that capture the essence of a particular location. Since moving to Brown County she has focused her work on the scenic beauty of Southern Indiana. Jessica Bussert likes to find the hidden and overlooked, bringing each image forth in a new light or to be seen from a new perspective. In addition to photography Jessica also works in glass, metal, wood, and paper.


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The Music of

Amanda Webb

A

~story and photos by Bob Gustin

manda Webb is a classically trained vocalist who studied at two prestigious institutions, the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and the Indiana University School of Music. But in those the academic settings, she soon realized she was a rogue performer in classical circles because she yearned to have her audience involved in her music, not just hearing it from afar. So instead of pursuing a career in the opera, she let life take its course. She met and married Brian Webb, another IU music student who was unsure of how to use his classical vocal and violin training. A series of non-musical jobs followed for both, along with a family of five boys. In the years that followed, she gave singing lessons, sang contemporary Christian music in local churches, and performed at weddings and parties.

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Now, she’s ready to sing the blues. The Amanda Webb Band has been performing for about a year in different incarnations. It features Brian on guitar and violin, Amanda on keyboards, and both on vocals. They have played at Chateau Thomas Winery, Big Woods, the Brown County Playhouse, and Brown County Inn, all in Nashville. They play blues standards, rock and roll, and, in her words, “whatever makes the party fun.” Other area gigs are lined up, and with Bloomington-based pianist John Urban, she will use a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to put on two concerts at the Brown County State Park. The first will be May 5, part of a hike and naturalist tour primarily for home-schooled kids. The other will be October 27 for Brown County High School band and choir students. Both are open to the public. Amanda grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. She attended a private Christian high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where formal classical music was emphasized and “pop ideas were guilty pleasures but the true ambition had to be in classical music,” she said. But she always wanted to be a pop singer, watching Soul Train and American Bandstand, and dreamed of becoming the next Madonna, Annie Lennox, or Tori Amos. She learned keyboards in order to accompany herself and make her more valuable in a band setting.


“This is the dichotomy,” she said. “I love classical music. It’s rich. It’s deep. It’s intense. There’s a depth of creativity in the composer’s work that can’t be matched with pop music. And yet at the same time, I always have felt constrained by classical music. There are so many rules. It must be done exactly right.” Re-evaluating her goals, she took a bank job in Bloomington but says it wasn’t a good fit. And she met Brian Webb, a Brown County native who was her neighbor. They became best friends, married in 2000, and moved to the Bean Blossom area where they bought a house and began raising a family. The Webbs have five boys: Billy 13; Henry, 12; Charles, 10; Robert, 6, and George, 4. She says three of the boys have learning issues, and were not thriving in public schools, so she began teaching them at home. “Home schooling allows me to focus on their weak points, but also to focus on their strong points to give them more room to excel in the areas that they’re good at,” she said. To help with the family income, Amanda offered voice and piano lessons to area children and it was once a fulltime job. But she has ended that part of her career, and is ready for the next phase. “I would just like to be a working musician again,” she said, and she is willing to do a variety of genres. “Music is the way my subconscious talks to me. “I love to sing. Even now, I will sing anything. I think the physical act of singing makes me very happy,” she said. “It’s not only singing—there’s an individuality that comes across in performing. I like emoting. I like eliciting a response from an audience. My greatest high in performing is when I have an audience that starts interacting with me.”

She hopes to blend her classical training with the joy of popular music. “Technique is a tool that you use to get where you’re going and make sure you stay on track. But technique can only take you so far. In performance, it’s more about moving your audience.” Brown County musician Tamara Lane has performed with Amanda in various settings, and is using her as a voice instructor for a church choir workshop. She notes Amanda is technically excellent, but says it is her vibrant personality and engaging voice which define her. Amanda and Brian have set their priorities. They want to stay married and raise a family, and the best way to do that, she said, is to be in the same band. Together, they’re writing songs and putting together a recording. Like Amanda, Brian has been in music most of his life, including choir and band at Brown County High School. At IU, he was involved in opera and madrigals and small chorales. After college, he worked for Harley-Davidson and for a bank before joining the family business, Webb & Sons Auto Restoration in Gnaw Bone. And he says he became enamored with the blues after seeing an Austin City Limits concert by Stevie Ray Vaughan. “At that moment, I knew I wanted to do that,” he said. You can hear a sample of Amanda and Brian’s music at <www.reverbnation.com/ AmandaWebbBand>. Look for their Facebook page “Amanda Webb Band” to learn of upcoming performances. 

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Visit America’s First Store

COX CREEK MILL home of

The Iron Gate by Brad Cox

Unique Metal Art Studio

4705 Annie Smith Rd. Nashville

172 N. Van Buren Street in Nashville, IN Second Location in Calvin Place– (S. Van Buren and Franklin Streets)

www.JBGoods.com • 812-988-0900

Brad Cox and his wife Stephanie invite you to discover their studio and mill located along the banks of Salt Creek just 10 minutes from Nashville. Hours vary. Call ahead. theirongatebybradcox@yahoo.com

A member of the CarDon family.

d e s t i n at i o n Albert C. Drake

Goldsmith and Silversmith 42 years of quality service in Brown County

• 5 Star Rating

Visit www.medicare.gov for more information

• Private Suites

With private showers and WiFi

• Orthopedic & Neurologisy Specialtsts On-site and licensed

• Short Term Retreats

Private Suites and Respite services available

Yes !

Brown County Health and Living Community

is worth the drive! (812) 988-6666 www.browncountyhealth.us

55 East Willow St. Nashville, IN 47448 Located behind Salt Creek Plaza off of 46 East

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

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BC-NP-1013-1

Touch of Silver, Gold & Old 87 E. Main St. • Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-6990 • (800) 988-6994 Hours: 10am - 6pm • 7 days a week www.touchofsilvergoldandold.com


Back-to-Back Complex

145 South Van Buren Street

Weekdays 10–6, Sat. 10–7, Sun. 10–6

PLY 4 YOU SIM Handmade & Unique Gifts • Hand-painted Signs • Homemade Body Scrubs • Giant Scrabble Letters • Solar-Changing Finger Nail Polish • Biker Bracelets • Painted Ball Jars And much more...

145 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN 812-350-8806

145 S. Van Buren Street

Simply 4 You Gift Shop Simply_4_you@aol.com

Celebrating 15 Years

Sepia • Old Time Color • Color • Black & White

OVER 200 BACKGROUNDS

FREE in-store demos!

Old School Way and Pittman House Lane

(next to the Toy Chest, behind Sweetwater Gallery) Visit our website for class schedules www.wishfulthinking-in.com • 812-988-7009

Wild West • Prairie • Civil War Roaring 20s and more! 145 S. Van Buren • Nashville, IN • 812-988-7305 Next to Artist Colony Inn, behind Sweetwater Gallery

est. 1972

Doug Stoffer, Designer/Jeweler

Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

Sterling Silver • Fine Diamonds Opals • Gemstones • Wedding Rings Titanium Bands • Austrian Lead Crystal For Quality and Price call 812-988-4037 Top Dollar Paid for Old Gold 150 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

145 S. Van Buren Nashville located in the Back-to-Back Complex 812-988-0449 www.schusterglass.com

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Rebirth of the

Brown County Inn photos by Geoff Thompson

T

~by Jeff Tryon

wenty years ago, when Courtney Gosser was spending idyllic summers at Brown County’s Camp Palawopec, she never guessed that she would one day be leading one of Nashville’s most well-known hotels through a process of renovation and rebirth. The Brown County Inn has reopened after closing the entire month of January for the first phase of a complete makeover. “The layout of the building is staying the same, and we’re trying to keep the same feeling, but we’re pretty much touching every room,” said Gosser. “We’re replacing all the carpets. The Town Hall space is getting gutted, repainted, and carpeted. All the rooms are being re-done. We’re taking out all the old furniture and getting new furniture.” During the shutdown, the pool was drained and totally refurbished. Extensive changes were made in the kitchen. The rooms’ wood paneling is being repurposed as headboards in the guest rooms and around the hotel on the salad bar and as partitions in the dining room. “That wood paneling helped create that rustic, Brown County feel,” said Gosser. “We

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Courtney Gosser still want that, but we want it to be a little more modernized. There’s stuff that is staying, but is just being re-purposed and re-imagined.” Also being reimagined is the menu in the Harvest Dining Room. There won’t be wholesale change, but a push toward fresher, more locally sourced ingredients. “We’re not completely changing the style of food we’re serving, but we are changing the quality of everything we make,” Gosser said. “So now, for instance, we’re hand-cutting all of our fries, we’re making a lot of our own dressings, and we’ve extended the salad bar. “Fried chicken—we can never change that because we’d get too much of a pushback, but we


switched the chicken to Miller Farms, which is an Amish farm here in Indiana.” The Harvest Room’s burgers, steaks, and pork products are from family-owned Fischer Farms, where animals are raised without hormones or antibiotics. The poultry served is also drug-free and vegetable-fed. Sausages will be from Smoking Goose, an Indianapolis meat locker that handcrafts slow cured and smoked meats from healthy animals raised on small family farms in Indiana. The new menu will also include some references to the Gosser’s Wisconsin roots—the “Wisco burger” and, of course, deep fried cheese curds. Weekend breakfasts will include something new—crepes—maybe some with Nutella and banana or perhaps one with ham and spinach and an egg on top. It’s all a work in progress. “We’re still trying to figure out how to be unique, but still be American cuisine,” she said. Gosser said the changes have met with approval from most patrons. “We’ve had such good feedback—really good,” Gosser said. “I think the locals are really interested in food like this.” Although the kitchen and menu are being transformed along with the facility, one important thing that will not be changing is the staff. “I think the staff was very nervous about new owners,” she said, “and I think we’ve won them over, and that has been a blessing to us.” The hotel employs about 50 to 60 people, she said. “They know all the nuances, where the breaker boxes are, procedures, the way certain things are done, all that,” she said. “Because it’s such an old building, it has many quirks.” “Our staff is like a little family,” she said. Most of the key staff has remained, including Danielle Melton at the front desk, Mary Curtin in the dining room, and Tom Craciunoiu, the previous general manager who has worked at the BCI since he was a teenager. “He’s worked here most of his career,” Gosser said. “He was doing everything that the four of us are doing now.” Continued on 22

Where are the nearest restrooms? How late do the shops stay open? Where can I take a beautiful scenic drive? Our friendly staff can answer all of these questions and more at the Brown County Visitors Center at the corner of Van Buren and Main Street. Stop by for advice, recommendations, and official souvenirs.

BrownCounty.com 812.988.7303

Download the official Discover Brown County App today!

BROWN COUNTY FREE

Medium Fry and Medium Drink with purchase of any LARGE Sandwich Valid at Nashville, Indiana location only

501 E. State Rd. 46 • Salt Creek Plaza 812.988.4452

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BROWN COUNTY INN continued from 21 She said Curtin has also been a key player. “What would we do without her? She’s just so professional and she’s been here doing this for nine or ten years,” Gosser said. “So we got to keep all three of them and most of the staff, who truly run the show,” she said. “This is like their building—it’s their house.” It was Courtney’s parents, Barry and Deborah Herring, who heard that the familiar Nashville landmark was for sale

and forwarded the idea of taking it on as a family venture. “They were really looking to retire, but they had always thought about owning a hotel, and had always wanted some kind of family legacy project,” Gosser said. The Gossers moved here from Madision, Wisconsin with food service experience. Husband Dietrich has a background as a line cook, butcher, and cheese monger. Courtney had managed a restaurant before pursuing an accounting career. He will run the kitchen while she handles the ordering, banquets, staff management, scheduling and all the other details of running a bar and restaurant. The kitchen has been totally refurbished, with a lot of new equipment installed. “We’ve created more space back there,” Gosser said. One of the tennis courts was turned into a walk-in garden with

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raised flower beds with raspberries, blueberries, and herbs which “wintered okay.” “We want our guests to be able to walk in it and eat a raspberry if they want,” she said. “One of the first things we did was plant a bunch of tomatoes out front and we served those tomatoes to our customers,” she said. “We can’t get everything from it, but, anything we can use, we will.” “We have had good responses and everybody has been really, really nice to us.” “Some people miss the old antiques, and it wasn’t that we didn’t like the antiques, it’s just that we needed to look different to be considered or thought about in a different way,” she said. “But I think even the people who miss the old look truly do love us and will stand by us and give us a chance.” The Brown County Inn is located at the intersection of State Roads 135 and 46 in Nashville. You can make reservations by calling (812) 988-2291 or visiting their website <www.browncountyinn.com>. Lookup their Facebook page “Brown County Inn.” 


the

Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

• 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

812-333-8300 Hwy 46 Bloomington

Open Mon.–Sat. 11–6 (Closed Sun.) O

BEAR WALLOW DISTILLERY B Makers of Distilled Spirits using locally grown grains in an old-fashioned copper still

Come try a Mo Moonshine Shake-up Gnaw Bone Bourbon now available

Take a Tour

4484 E. Old State Road 46 (Look for the signs) (812) 657-4923 • www.bearwallowdistillery.com

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Friends of the Park WANT YOU!

I In the Artist Colony Shops • 125 S. Van Buren St. (812) 988-2817 www.browncountytoychest.com

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

HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 to 4:00

1st and 3rd Saturdays 10:00 to 1:00

THRIFT SHOP South Van Buren in Nashville (behind Subway) (812) 988-6003 Proceeds go to local charities

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n 1998, a small group of Brown County people who love and enjoy Brown County State Park met and made plans to create a Friends’ association. They struggled at first with organizational challenges such as writing by-laws, securing approval from the DNR, and receiving the 501(c)3 not-for-profit status, but have met ever since. During years of monthly pitch-in dinner meetings at the Nature Center they learned a great deal about the park. They also learned how they could help the park. The mission of the group involves conserving natural resources, educating the public, historical preservation, interpretive activities, and scientific research.  Many Friends’ projects, small and large, have benefited the park. They financed and built a Friends’ Trail next to the park office to enable physically challenged people and those with infants in strollers to better enjoy the wooded area; bought defibrillators for different areas of the park to help visitors who suffer heart attacks; moved and restored the small building that served as the first gatehouse; cleaned, repaired, and stocked a cabin used by interns; and built a shelter house with the Brown County High School’s building trades class. The latest project is the purchase of a Rokon, motorcycle-like vehicle, used to rescue injured bikers from the mountain bike trails in remote park areas. Friends participate in the spring Wildflower Foray, in mountain bike roundups, and other programs. The group is looking for anyone who enjoys our Brown County State Park and wants to become a member. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of selected months with a pitch-in-dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dues are $15 for a single membership and $20 for a couple. For more information call Sally Greeno at (812) 988-8087. 


Filled with Fun, Unique Gifts for Everyone!

87 E. Main St. • Nashville • 812-988-2229 call for Winter Hours January-March

Nashville’s Unique Dining Experience (1800s Cabin)

Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Specialty Linen, Rugs, Candles Curtains, Stitcheries Antiques, Billy Jacobs Prints

Nashville General Store & Bakery Sun.–Thurs. 9–5, Fri. 9–6, Sat. 9–7

Breakfast and Lunch BBQ, Chicken Salad, Soups, Pit Ham Cinnamon Rolls, Cobblers, Cookies, Brownies Coffees and Cappuccino

118 E. Washington St. (by the creek) • Nashville, IN • 812-988-6362 March/April 2016 • Our Brown County 25


Fall in love with our cabins... Cozy · Romantic · Secluded · Hot Tubs · Game Rooms

Vacation Rentals

BrownCountyLogCabins .com

Furnished Log Cabins, Homes & Cottages

Rates, Reservations & Weekday Specials Online 812.988.6429 · info@BrownCountyLogCabins.com 4118 East State Road 46 · 4.5 miles east of Nashville Office Hours 9 am–5 pm Monday–Saturday

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

Home of the

Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines

Perfect for group outings!

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

812-988-0085 888-94-RANCH (79624)

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

Open 7 days a week, Year round

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

www.butlerwinery.com

A wonderful mix of Old, New, Used and Rare

NEW NASHVILLE LOCATION

A family-friendly pizza place PIZZA • SALADS • CALZONES

Not your usual bookstore… Best Sellers · Classics Collectible Editions Signed, First Editions Indiana History and Local Interest

140 W. Main Street • (812) 988-8800

45 S. Jefferson Street · Nashville, IN 812.988.0202 · fallenleafbookstore.com ·

FLBStore

Monday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm | Sunday Noon – 6 pm

In the heart of Nashville by the Village Green area at the intersection of Main and Jefferson Streets.

Dine-In or Carry-Out

Sun.–Thurs. 11am–9:30pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am–10:30pm

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HOMESTEAD WEAVING STUDIO Quality Handwovens by Chris Gustin

90

Yarn • Looms • Supplies Open 11 to 5 most days

Years

of Indiana Art

Southeastern Brown County 6285 Hamilton Creek Road

www.HomesteadWeaver.com • 812-988-8622

Locally crafted Unique Pottery by Larry Spears Elegant Jewelry by Marilyn Greenwood

Also representing over 20 local/regional artists • Pottery • Photography • Jewelry • Painting • Wood • Fiber • and more Downtown Nashville (beside the Nashville House) • Open Daily

www.spearspottery.com • 812.988.1286 • Spears Gallery on Facebook

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Brown County Art Gallery · 1926 · e s ta b l i s h e d i n

Brown county’s original art gallery, featuring works by 60 contemporary artists and early indiana masters open Daily 10 am – 5 pm · sunday Noon – 5 pm Free Admission · Free Parking Corner of Main St. & Artist Drive · Nashville, IN 812.988.4609 · BrownCountyArtGallery.org


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NEW LEAF An eclectic mix of creative items from local, regional, and global artists

Fine Leather Goods odds • Handbags • Belts • Hats • Accessories Featuring Leather Go G Goods o s od made by

Brown County Craftsmen

Leather, Tools, Dye, and Supplies Featuring locally handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely

Calvin Place, Franklin & Van Buren • Nashville

(812) 988-1058 • www.amygreely.com

Also Selling Shoes: Sandals, Haflinger, Arcopedico,

Moccasins and Sheepskin Slippers

812-988-4513 • www.kbellum.com 92 W. Franklin, Antique Alley in Nashville, IN

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B3 Bussert Gallery courtesy photos

Sharon, Jessica, and Heather in 2012.

~by Cindy Steele

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3 Bussert Gallery, offering functional and fine art made in Indiana, is moving from its upstairs location in the Artists Colony Shops to another upstairs spot in Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Village Green Building on West Main Street, formerly occupied by Ferrer Gallery. Owners Sharon Bussert, Jessica Bussert, and Heather Bussert Strantz (the three Bs) are excited about continuing the artful tradition of that space. The new location provides more than four times the amount of display space, rooms for studios, and a classroom area for teaching and demonstration.

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Heather handles the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day-today operations and greets the customers. Sharon promotes the business and oversees the financial recordkeeping. Jessica is a full partner, although she spends time away from Brown County as a traveling emergency room nurse in short term stays at hospitals in different cities. When Heather moved back to Indiana after living in California for a while, she needed something to do for a living. Making jewelry was her hobby and she was hoping for a way to get her goods out beyond friends and family. Sharon and Jessica displayed their photography in a few locations but were open to the idea of having an art venue in Brown County to sell their images. The Busserts learned of a vacated shop in the Artists Colony complex and made a quick decision to lease it. B3 Gallery represented six artists when the doors first opened in June of 2012. The number grew to more than twenty in just a few months.


Moving to the Village Green Sharon had been managing the By Hand Gallery in Bloomington (in business for thirty years) before starting up B3. She was familiar with many of the area’s artists and was able to recruit some interested in the downtown Nashville exposure. The Busserts attended many art shows and approached people whose work they liked. After a while, artists began to approach them about getting into the gallery. It didn’t take long for the B3 to outgrow the 600 square foot shop. It was jam-packed with goods just a few months after opening. There was so much stuff there they had to stack things along walls and make vertical floor displays. When Sharon heard about Ferrer Gallery leaving in December, she talked with Heather about the possibility of moving the gallery. And the timing seemed right. About 30 artists will be represented in the new location. B3 hopes to grow even more with the increased floor space. Several of the current artists plan to display some of their bigger pieces now that there is more room. A woodworker will be able to display rockers and cabinets in the new building. As you enter the gallery you will see a collection of the type of artwork available and, at the back of the store, you will be able to see a larger selection of each artist’s work. It is a treat to see the mixture of texture, color, and form offered at the gallery. You will find a variety of functional pieces in addition to fine art. Artwork includes: woodwork, handmade kitchenware, ceramics, photography, glass, fiber art, fun hats, stitched paper art, watercolors, mosaics, geo motion designs, and jewelry. The Busserts try hard to promote artists that do not show their work in other local galleries. About 75% of the goods are made in Brown, or the surrounding counties, and all are made in Indiana. Heather, Sharon, and Jessica will use sections of the gallery as their studios. Another

jeweler also plans to use studio space. The shop can accommodate at least one more studio. Interested artists should contact the gallery. The teaching and demonstration room will be available for artists to use. Many artists do not have enough space in their own studios to teach more than a couple of students. During Nashville’s Art Walk months (May– November) B3 displays the work of a featured artist and has a reception. About half of those shows have been for artists that have never shown their work before. It is an opportunity for emerging artists to get their work out. Several of those artists stayed with the gallery. Anyone interested in having their work considered for a show should contact B3. B3 Bussert Gallery is now located in Nashville’s Village Green Building at 61 West Main Street. Their phone number is (812) 988-6675. 

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BROWN COUNTY

Hometown Proud Local Grocery Store Serving Beautiful Brown County Since 1975! • Certified Angus Beef • Large Beer and Wine Sections • Organic Grocery • Dairy • Picnic Supplies • Produce • Full Service Bakery/Deli • Frozen • Custom Cake Decorating • Wine • Custom Deli Trays, Veggie Trays, Fruit Baskets, and Gift Baskets Ever-Growing Selection of Gluten-Free Products 30 Hawthorne Dr. • Nashville • East SR 46 at light • 812-988-4546

Y e a r ro u n d l i v e e n t e r ta i n m e n t Saturday, March 12

Saturday, March 19

Brown County Music Celebration

Youth Music Showcase

Transformative Stories

Live concert by professional local musicians. 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award | $11 & $12

3rd annual showcase benefitting the BETA Teen Center, hosted by Kara Barnard | $12

with Jill Bolte Taylor and Carrie Newcomer Beautiful blending of music & the spoken word | $27.50

Saturday, April 9

Saturday, April 16

Saturday, April 30

Saturday, March 5

Saturday, March 26

Brown County

Music

Celebration · 2 016 ·

Comedian Greg Hahn Bob & Tom Show favorite, CLEAN, fun jokes to make you LAUGH! Opening act: Dave Wilson $20.50

Movie Events

and the latest releases

Every weekend except for Special Events Sunday 7 pm showings Closed Captioned

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music April 2 · 7 pm | $10 Tribute concert in honor of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday featuring Michael Schulbaum $18.50 & $20.50

40 Years of College The Docs Who Rock will take the stage to perform classics of the 60s and 70s | $16.50 & $17.50

Batman: The Movie (1966)

An Evening with Leo Kottke

Sponsored by the Brown County Democrat

Grammy nominated acoustic guitar master | $32.50

Movie Schedule & Tickets Online Adults $5 | Children/Students $4

BROWN COUNTY

P E R F O R M I N G A R T 812.988.6555 · BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

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May 6 · 7 pm | $5

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Showtimes 7:30 pm · Tickets & schedule online · Beer, wine & concessions available | Box Office: Thursday–Sunday | 70 S. Van Buren · Nashville, IN

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Bean Blossom, Indiana

Come, share the peace of the Lord with us! • SUNDAY SCHOOL 9 a.m.—All children welcome • ADULT BIBLE STUDY 9 a.m.—All welcome • WORSHIP SERVICE by Pastor Phil Meadows 10:15 a.m. 5802 Old Settlers Rd. • SR 135 N. Morgantown, IN (Bean Blossom) next to Brownie’s Restaurant Website: shepherdofthehills.org.in

FOOD PANTRY last Wednesday of the month 9–11 a.m.

Get away in comfort

The Overlook Lodge Full size living room, dining area, kitchen and a deck or patio

Every room has an outstanding view of the golf course and Brown County State Park

One or two bedroom units with the luxuries of home Great rates

A Condominium-Style Hotel

Golf packages available

2359 State Road 46 East 2.5 miles east of Nashville

Stay one night or long term

812.988.7888 SaltCreekGolf.com

Seasonal outdoor pool & hot tub 18 hole golf course Driving range & pro shop 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grille

Visit us at Facebook/SaltCreekGolf

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Too Cute

at Abe’s Corner Large selection of

Women’s and Children’s Clothing Handmade Purses Open daily 9:00 - 7:00 Free Parking

145 S. Jefferson Nashville in the white little house

WEED PATCH MUSIC CO.

Musical Instruments –Many Locally Made Supplies, Music Books, CDs S Custom Banjos by Jeff Russell 58 East Main St. (next to courthouse) Look for the banjo • Nashville, IN

Home Decor • Accessories • and More

812-988-1180 • www.weedpatchmusiccompany.com

Many Locally-made Items • Custom Chess Sets 47 E. Main St. (Old School Way Alley) Nashville, IN Behind Brown County Winery (812)360-1230•Facebook.com/SweetCozyLivingLLC

BONE APPETIT BAKERY

OVER 7,000 square feet!

• Premium, all-natural treats since 1997 • Over 20 varieties from low-fat to grain-free • Gourmet and seasonal snacks, too

Antique Mall

Brown County

For Dogs

Get a FREE Sampler bag of natural dog treats with $10 purchase and this ad.

DOGS WELCOME! (812) 988-0305

We Buy and Sell

Open 7 days 211 S. Van Buren St. (behind Shell station)

www.barkingood.com

LODGE on the MOUNTAIN Convenient to Nashville/Bloomington

ALS

Since 1995

13 miles west of I-65 3 miles east of Nashville, IN

812-988-1025 3288 State Rd 46 East www.bcantique.com

Largest Collection of Bobby Knight Memorabilia

Two Secluded Guest Rooms Overlooking a Private Lake

SPECI

Open all year–7 days a week Mon.–Sat. 9 to 5:30 Sun. 11 to 5:30

FRI.&SAT.—BUY ONE get 2nd OFF SUN.–THURS.—BUY ONE get ONE FREE 1/2

(Excludes Sept.–Nov.)

812-988-6429 www.browncountylogcabins.com

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 March/April 2016 • Our Brown County 37


Spring Forward

or Time and Time Again ~by Mark Blackwell

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ear Readers (if any), I have to begin this exercise in prose and poetry with a caveat—I may have written this before or something like it. The subject is still on my mind, and I’ll probably write about it again. Ode to Spring in Brown County The daffodils are daffling The dogwoods are in bud The crocuses are croaking My road is ankle-deep in mud The winter’s ice has melted The snow is now all gone Uncovering the autumn leaves Lying unraked on the lawn It’s springtime in the Hills O’ Brown The creek-fords are aflood My spirit’s free, my heart’s unbound But still, I’m ankle deep in mud I’m feeling light and springy Spring is in my blood But I’m up to my ankles In Brown County Mud We are just about to put another winter behind us and that means spring is just ahead. Spring is something to look forward to—at least until the words “spring” and “forward” come together. The thing I have avoided thinking about for last few months is no longer avoidable—Daylight Savings Time (DST).

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I remember hearing a story about a government man trying to explain the concept to an old Native American feller. The G-man is going on, extolling the various wonders of this example of temporal wizardry. He talked on and on about the benefits to industry, the economy, and the common man. He goes on about how DST is good for man and beast. He only pauses when he notices the elder slowly shaking his head. “What? You still don’t get it?” asked the bureaucrat. The old feller just replied “Only a paleface could believe that he can cut a foot off of the top of a blanket sew it onto the bottom and have a longer blanket.” I side with the Native on this. You can say that farmers have more time in the field but I say they don’t need it any more. Maybe, Continued on 41


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SPRING FORWARD continued from 38 once back in the horse-power days it might have fooled a plow mule and gotten another furrow or two out of him. These days agribusiness deploys high tech, GPS satellite guided tractors with what looks like passenger jet cockpits. Those suckers can run on auto-pilot all day and night. “What about the factories?” you might ask. I’ll tell you what about the factories. What ones are left are gonna do what they have always done—turn on the lights. And as for the rest of ’em...well, I haven’t researched whether Mexico or China have become daylight savings enlightened yet. What about the railroads? How do you incorporate DST in interstate railroad schedules? I can’t see anything but trouble coming for the unwitting engineer coming in from a state with better sense. I can just imagine the utter destruction at state lines where railroads cross. At least the carnage would be limited because Indiana doesn’t have a thriving passenger rail system. What DST does for me is it disrupts my circadian rhythms, interrupts my sleep, makes me too late or too early for appointments, and sullies my otherwise sunny disposition. I worry that it will have a negative impact on my popularity quotient. However, living back in the woods seems to have its own impact on my social proclivities. So, who is benefitting from Daylight Savings Time? To paraphrase the famous exhortation from the “Watergate” follies of the 1970s—follow the daylight. Like Sherlock Holmes said, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” My investigations led me down two paths that eventually merged—the statehouse and the golf course. I figure with DST the golf courses get to stay open later. That means that with some luck a person could get in 18 holes and still get supper at a reasonable hour. That works out pretty good for our lawmakers being that a pretty good percentage of ’em are golfers. After a hard day at the desk they like to retire to the links to unwind and let their minds off the leash so that they can generate great ideas like Daylight Savings Time. It is but a short side jump from politics to my second topic, mud. Continued on 44

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March 5 Brown County Music Celebration Featuring Jeff Foster, Mel Chance, Hammer and Hatchet, Amanda Webb, The Mizfits, Kenan Rainwater, and Lauren Robert.

March 12 Youth Music Showcase and benefit for BETA teen center Featuring Gabrielle Steenberger, Sage Walcott, Zelton Kay, and many more young performers. Hosted by Kara Barnard with Cari Ray emcee March 19 Transformative Stories with Jill Bolte Taylor and Carrie Newcomer Two unique powerful voices will explore the intersection of science and spirituality with insight into the wonders of the human brain and share their transformative experiences in lecture and song.

March 26 Comedian Greg Hahn A favorite on the Bob and Tom Show also appearing on Late Night with Conan, Comedy Central and other networks.

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. April 9 Dylan: The Times are a Changin’ Pine Room - Muddy Boots Live concert in celebration of Bob Dylan’s Music most days—Not all dates were 75th birthday starring Michael Schulbaum booked at time of publication March 1 Open Jam 7:00 April 16 40 Years of College Travers Marks The “Docs who rock” from Columbus March 3 Edison w/ Maxwell Hughes 7:00 perform classic rock songs. March 4 Kade Puckett 6:00 March 5 Hillbilly Hippies 8:00 March 6 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 March 7 Roger Banister 8:00 March 8 Open Jam 7:00 March 9 Barbara McGuire 7:00 March 10 Avocado Chic 7:00 March 11 Kade Puckett 6:00 Eunan McIntyre/Jeff Foster 9:00 March 12 BWBB 4:00 March 13 Jeff Morgan 7:00 March 15 Open Jam 7:00 March 16 Bonz 8:00 March 17 Silver Sparrow 10:00 April 30 An Evening with Leo Kottke March 18 Kade Puckett 6:00 Innovative acoustic guiar legend will Allie Burbrink/Frank Lee 8:30 perform in Indiana for the first time in March 19 Zion Crossroads 8:00 years. His recordings, beginning in the March 20 Joe “Rollin’ Porter 7:00 early 1970s, positioned him in the singer/ March 21 Hillbilly Hippies 7:00 songwriter vein despite his own wishes March 22 Open Jam 7:00 to be an instrumental performer. He has March 24 Hammer & Hatchet 8:00 collaborated with other musicians and March 25 Kade Puckett 6:00 has gained an international following. March 29 Open Jam 7:00 A must-see show. March 31 Kalob Baker 8:00 April 1 Kade Puckett 6:00 MOVIES –THE LATEST RELEASES Whipstitch Sallies 9:00 See schedule online April 2 Stella & Friends 8:00 April 3 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 MOVIE EVENTS: April 5 Open Jam 7:00 April 2 Sing-A-Long Sound of Music Travers Marks 7:00 April 7 Chuck Wills & Kara Barnard 7:00 May 6 Batman: The Movie (1966) 7:00 Jason Blankenship April 8 Kade Puckett 6:00 April 9 Pat Otto 8:00 Most performances at 7:30 April 10 Jeff Morgan 7:00 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville April 12 Kalob Baker 8:00 812-988-6555 April 15 Kade Puckett 6:00 BrownCountyPlayhouse.org April 16 Blankenship Band 8:00 April 17 Dave Sisson 8:00

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National Maple Syrup Festival March 5-6, celebrating its second year in Brown County. Features tree tapping, sap boiling, incredible foods and unique drinks using maple syrup as an ingredient. Focus moves this year to Brown County State Park for outdoor lovers looking for relief from cabin fever and families looking for fun. Event hub is at the park’s Lower Shelter. Live reenactments of Native American and French Colonial maple sugaring techniques and demonstrations of modern-day syrup-making techniques. nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com

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April 30 at Story Inn, 12:30 to 7:00 Plenty of food and live music. Indiana’s vintners descend upon Story, Indiana, on the last Saturday of April to dole out one-ounce pours of their finest Reislings, Malbecs and Cabernets to an appreciative audience. The price is $30 at the gate if you intend to imbibe ($10 if you are a designated driver). The first 4,000 people under General Admission will receive a Story Inn keepsake wine glass. Must be over 21 years of age. www.storyinn.com

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Brown County Art Gallery Features works by 60 contemporary artists and early Indiana masters Corner of Main St. & Artist Dr. in Nashville (812) 988-4609 browncountyartgallery.org

Bucks & Does Square Dances April 1, 8:00-10:30 at YMCA The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street April 8, 8:00-10:00 at Abe Martin Lodge Brown County State Park

Brown County History Center Open 1:00 to 4:00 Tues.–Sat. Displays and exhibits North of the courthouse $2 Donation

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SPRING FORWARD continued from 41 I love the first warm breezes of spring blowing up from the southwest. I love the flowers. I love that special freshness in the air. But, I hate mud. I live in the woods on a dirt road. I own a dog, a big dog. Mud is unavoidable. Once I am off the porch, no matter where I walk or how carefully I watch where I step, I’m in mud. This is not your average every day kinda mud, this is some kinda special, boot grabbing, sole-sucking mud. This is the kinda mud that shows up in Tarzan movies swallowing the bad guy. I have this nightmare that I find myself seriously stuck, slowly being ingested by the malevolent mire. At first I panic, then surrender, and then at the last moment I remember my faithful canine companion and call out, “Jaaaasper, Jaaaasper!” There he is, right behind me, stuck in the mud. Even if I could get used to walking like I’m carrying an extra 200 pounds while dragging an anchor— there is still the mess. If the dog isn’t tracking it all over the porch and into the house, I am. I usually park the truck out by the barn. It’s about 75 or 80 feet away from the house and by the time I get to the porch I literally have feet-of-clay. It won’t come off your boots outside. Only when you get in the house or inside the truck does it drop off and then it sticks like glue to most other surfaces, especially carpeting and upholstery. Its only saving grace is that it is Brown County mud. 

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Salt Creek Shrimp Company A New Kind of Family Farm ~story and photos by Paige Langenderfer

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new business in Nashville has joined the popular Farm to Table movement, offering shrimp so fresh they might still be alive by the time you get them home. Roger Kelso and Brenda Young opened the doors of Salt Creek Shrimp Company on February 5, 2016 and sold out of their first batch of shrimp in less than two hours. The idea started about a year ago, when Kelso made the decision to open a business in his hometown of Nashville. Kelso, who has always been intrigued by aquaculture, agriculture, and locally owned businesses, settled on shrimp farming after a great deal of research. “I learned that shrimp is the number one seafood in the country. Ninety percent of our shrimp comes from Asia, which means it is far from fresh,” he said. “With the Farm to Table movement soaring in popularity, I thought this was a great time to offer high quality, fresh, locally raised shrimp.” Brown County’s tourism industry also made the decision a no-brainer. “More than 2.5 million cars drive by our doors every year,” he said. “The market is

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Roger Kelso, Heather Deckard, and Brenda Young. definitely here, and in the tri-state, for fresh shrimp. We have already gotten excellent responses from Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Columbus.” Salt Creek Shrimp Company, located in Gnaw Bone near Brown County Winery and Bear Wallow Distillery, started with a handful of shrimp in a tank in Kelso’s garage. “I wanted to make sure I could do this and that it was something I would enjoy,” Kelso said. Young said those first shrimp hold a special place in their hearts. “They all have names. Frank the Tank is our favorite,” she said. “Those guys are pets. They will never be eaten.” Expanding the operation from a single tank in his garage to tanks large enough to hold 30,000 shrimp was no simple task. Kelso said his background as an environmental engineer has proved beneficial. He has worked around water and water systems since he was 17. The past five years he’s been traveling to the Middle East to design infrastructure systems, recently designing a filtration system for a large dolphin habitat in Egypt. “He designed everything in this operation,” Young said. “It’s been really interesting watching him build this.”


Each of the eight tanks is fitted with advanced recirculation, filtration, and temperature control systems. The salt water, the same salt water used in large aquariums throughout the country, is filtered and reused from harvest to harvest. Kelso examines each tank several times a day to regulate everything from oxygen levels to waste. The shrimp eat food that is served up at largescale aquariums around the country. He even makes sure that the lighting is soothing and that the right music plays in the background. “We do everything we can to make sure that the animals feel as close to their natural environment as possible. It’s important to keep them calm and happy,” Kelso said. “Salt water is hard. There are seven parameters that must be measured daily to ensure that the water is fit enough to keep the animals healthy. There is a lot of work to this. It is not simple.” Because of his vigilant care, the shrimp require no antibiotics, steroids, or pesticides. “Consumers are increasingly demanding more sustainability and food transparency,” Young said. “We take great pride in the sustainable and healthy way we raise these shrimp.” Approximately 30,000 new young Pacific White shrimp arrive at the farm every 28 days, shipped from the Florida Keys. They start out about the size of an eyelash. After four months of nurturing, they are ready to sell and have grown strong enough to jump up to three feet in the air. “They have 10 little legs and they use all of them to jump,” Kelso said. “We have to be careful to make sure they don’t jump out of the tanks.” The company’s first sale was on February 5, and they sold the entire tank of shrimp, for $18 per pound, in an hour and a half. Kelso, Young, and children Heather Deckard and Heath Young, worked at a blistering pace to fill the orders. “As people told us what they wanted, the others would be in the back fishing out the shrimp with a net,” Brenda said. “It was really exciting. People were so excited about getting fresh shrimp. They were so fresh that their legs were still kicking when they went out the door.” The first sale was similar to a soft opening and showed them that there are still a few bugs to work out, Brenda said.

“After we sold out, we had a family meeting and it was apparent that we have to keep doing this and get bigger,” she said. Kelso had been thinking bigger from the beginning, and is already working with a realtor to find a larger space. “We want to sell more shrimp, but we also want to become somewhat of an educational site,” he said. “We would like to have tours and a classroom-type setting.” Kelso also said he is also open to the idea of offering more than shrimp. “I would like it to be a seafood center,” he said. “I want this to be a sustainable operation and a valuable asset to the community.” For more information visit their website <www. saltcreekshrimp.com> or their Facebook page “Salt Creek Shrimp Company.” The address is 4752 Old Indiana 46 and the phone number is (812) 720-3065. 

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Hunter’s Your Local, Small Box, Tech Store • Gadgets • Cell Phone Accessories • Unique Electronics • Computer Support • LARGE Format Printing • UPS Shipping

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Youth Music Showcase and BETA Teen Benefit March 12, 2016

~by Chrissy Alspaugh he next generation of Brown County musical talent will be featured in the third annual Youth Music Showcase, set for 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Brown County Playhouse. Proceeds will benefit the Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association, Inc. (BETA), a nonprofit Brown County program for teenagers that provides after-school activities and a June camp at no cost to participants. The evening’s musical lineup includes Simon and Cedric Brown on piano and trumpet; Sage Walcott on mandolin and accompanied by her father, Mark Walcott; Gabrielle Steenberger and Heather Dawn Elkins on fiddle and guitar, performing with Picker Dan and Heather’s father, Barry Elkins; Jackson O’Shea on guitar with his mother, Allison O’Shea; Hannah, Luke, Elizabeth, Josephine, Faye and Joe Foster; Sydney Miller on guitar; Zelton Kay with his father, Jon Kay; Braeden Nathaniel Brown on guitar; and Ady

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Grider on guitar, performing with her mother, Amanda Grider. Local adult musicians Kara Barnard, the event’s host, and Cari Ray, emcee, also will join several of the young musicians on stage. Suzannah Levett Zody, manager at the Brown County Playhouse, said the first two Youth Music Showcases wowed crowds with the young musicians’ talent. “The fact that they’re performing with some of the area’s great adult musicians makes for a really unique, fun evening,” she said. “We’ve had great crowds in the past and hope for an even bigger one this year.” Levett Zody said the event’s silent auction, featuring many handmade items from area artists, is one of the best she’s ever seen. Organizers will be accepting auction items until the day of the event. You can drop off items in Nashville to Christy McGinley-Hughes of Farmers Insurance at 146 E. Main St. Suite 2 in Redbud Terrace next to Trilogy or contact Cindy Steele at (812) 988-8807 for pickup. Tickets will cost $12. Children 12 and under will be free with a paid adult, based on availability. For information, BrownCountyPlayhouse.org or (812) 988-6555. The BETA Teen Center offers a safe space where teens can play games, listen to music, learn new skills, make friends, and be themselves. Participation is free. For more information on the teen center, visit Beta Teen on Facebook. Donations can be sent to BETA, PO Box 1194, Nashville, IN 47448. More than 40 adult volunteers have given their time, mentored the teens, and shared their talents. To volunteer call Cheri Platter, (812) 988-8378. 


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Getting Out ~by Jim Eagleman

T

he whole idea was completely new to me— freedom from a structured work schedule. To live each day without meetings, deadlines, and office duties seemed surreal. It will take an adjustment, I thought. But now Kay and I can realize the start of a new chapter in our lives. Retirement for both of us is now at hand. We can do whatever we want to do. It seems odd to have lived in such a vast area as southern Indiana and not to have taken advantage of all its natural sites. But that was the case while I was employed. In previous articles I related the state park, its beauty, and things of note for residents and visitors. I wanted readers to learn about what made the park so remarkable. Now we can explore other tracts of land and local preserves to see for ourselves what we had been hearing about. As we began to hike other areas one thing became apparent—other land preservation organizations besides the DNR have been at work here. Checking weather and addresses, we packed a small daypack and headed out. We scanned the websites of the Sycamore Land Trust (SLT) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) the night before to narrow the choices. Topography maps from years ago and previous outings notes can be consulted, but now we rely on the smart phone. Still, signals in deep ravines are unpredictable, so I packed in a quadrangle of the destination. From just a brief description of the areas we wondered—“Would trails be well-defined and marked? Is parking nearby? Is there ever any vandalism to a parked car?” All these concerns were soon forgotten. We were impressed with all the preserves we visited. They were easy to find and well-marked, parking

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was available, and in several cases, other hikers were either out or returning as we arrived. While remote, it’s nice to know each preserve is well-used and safe. Here’s what we’ve hiked so far with more to come: • Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve (TNC) on Freeman Ridge Rd., Nashville • Laura Hare Preserve (SLT),Valley Branch Rd., Nashville • Scarlet Oak Woods, (SLT), Monroe County • Porter West Preserves, (SLT), Monroe County • Leonard Springs Nature Park, city of Bloomington • Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve, DNR Nature Preserve (SLT), Trevlac • Youngman Woods Nature Preserve, DNR Nature Preserve (SLT), Brown County We found typical ridges and ravines of southern Indiana with oaks, hickories, and beech, but the winter beauty of these sites is not to be underrated. Cool streambeds and floodplains soon rise to mostly gradual and warming inclines. White-throated sparrows and an almost-overlooked plant, the Spotted Wintergreen were bonuses. Sharp-shinned hawks called as they took off in a rush from snowy branches. Trails are laid out by volunteers of either SLT or TNC, or the Hoosier Hikers Council. These folks are to be commended for thoughtful regard to grade and terrain. Trail routes not finished are still marked with ribbon or high-visibility wire stakes. Land preservation is a mutual and fundamental doctrine of all conservation organizations. It is often at the heart of what drives people who work for conservation. But the terms should not be confused.


Conservation (“wise use” of natural resources) implies a hands-on, active management of the site. Preservation means to many, basically lock it up and throw away the key. Highly valued and with wonderful offerings, all natural areas will continue to require hands-on conservation management of timber, deer, fire, alien

plant removal efforts, and periodic review of master plans. They are here for our enjoyment. What a great thing to know! Nature Word: Gökotta (Swedish, pronounced “yakota”)—dawn picnic with the purpose of hearing the first birds of spring. 

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Sweetie, the Model T

T

~by Paul Sackmann

here are old cars, and then, there are really old cars. When you think of old, old, cars model T Fords often first come to mind. Model T Fords were first produced in 1909 and were made untill1927. All the Model T cars and trucks produced during those years had one thing in common—a hand crank to start it. This Model T was made back in the year 1921, but it was produced so late in the year that it is titled as a 1922. The car was bought new by a Brown County family back in the summer of 1922 and was the pride of the farm for many years. It was also the first car ever owned by the family. Believe it or not, this car was once a shiny black touring car with a well fitting convertible top and full side curtains. The whole family could ride into Nashville in half the time it took to take the wagon. If the roads permitted, top speed may have been 35 miles per

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hour—a speed the horse drawn wagon could never match. By the late 1930s this Model T was considered too old, and not having a heater or any other modern conveniences that the new cars of the day had, it was retired to the barn and almost forgotten. Then came World War II. Gas, rubber, metal, and any other common goods Americans took for granted were rationed. Pickup trucks during the war were considered work vehicles and had exempt status for the gas rationing. You could buy a full tank of gas without using your ration stamps. The model T ford was quickly modified from a touring car to a pickup and was put back in service for the duration of the war. After the war, the T was useful around the farm and made to do all the rough work. It also was considered a big toy for the kids to enjoy and was often driven down the middle of the stream, banged around, put away wet, and just generally abused. One day, back around 1947, it did not start. This was the beginning of a long storage that did not end until the late 1970s when it was discovered and purchased by a collector of model Ts. The Model T truck was housed in a good, dry environment but was never made to run. Over the years it was more or less a parts donor for other Ts in the collection. In 2015, the T was sold again. The new owners are now giving the truck a mechanical rebuild, new upholstery, and a new top. The metal body will remain in the current condition. The old Ford now also has a name—Sweetie. This is a true piece of Brown County auto history that has survived the ages and did not end up in the scrap pile. It will soon be on the road again. 


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~by Julia Pearson

“W

ear out, not rust out,” is one adage lived out in the life of Valentine Penrose, who was once the oldest citizen of Brown County. Valentine Penrose was born on Valentine’s Day of 1827 in Belmont County, Ohio. Spending part of his earlier life steamboating on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Penrose and his family joined a wave of Ohioans that came to Indiana in search of cheap, fresh farmland following the end of the Civil War. They found that the Brown County countryside felt like the home they left behind. In 1867, using timber close at hand, Penrose built a cabin on 80 acres near Stone Head in Van Buren Township and settled in to a life of farming. Crops included: corn, wheat, oats, and tobacco. He had some wildlife for hunting nearby—deer, wild hogs, wild turkeys—but he spent most of his time clearing his acreage. He never held office, with the exception of serving as a school director. He died there at home on May 9, 1930 at the age of 103 years. Valentine Penrose’s obituary is full of nuggets that paint his era as satisfying, colorful, and rich. Penrose’s six sons and three daughters all stayed in Brown County and raised their own families. Valentine’s Day became occasions of

Frank M. Hohenberger, 1930, courtesy, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Frank M. Hohenberger, 1925, courtesy, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Valentine Penrose

festive family gatherings for the Penrose clan as they observed the patriarch’s birthday in later years. He outlived most of his children. His death notice listed surviving sons Randolph and Sylvanus Penrose, and daughter Mrs. Lydia Haynes. Penrose always gave his occupation as farmer and fox hunter. Five years before his death, Penrose attended the annual meeting of the State Fox Hunters Association in Nashville. On that date he received an award for being the oldest living fox hunter. Penrose’s later years were marked by the same vigorous physical activity and work as his youth. He had a mind with sharp and clear thinking, and eyesight that never proved the need for glasses. He credited his longevity to a life well lived in the quiet of the hills, plus taking time for adequate and regular hours of rest. His obituary mentioned that he smoked for eighty years, and Frank Hohenberger noted in his diary after a visit, that Mr. Penrose enjoyed a pipe full after meals. Hohenberger’s photo of Valentine Penrose in the Indianapolis Star during Penrose’s 98th year brought to the Penrose homestead a certain celebrity status. Tourists would seek his home out for picnics and visiting. In his hundredth year, Penrose single-handedly cleared half an acre of heavily wooded land near his home. He observed his century-mark birthday in 1927 by hewing several crossties for the 300 guests who came for the celebration dinner at the Penrose farm. In the spring season previous to his passing, Penrose rode on a float in the Brown County Blossom Festival parade with some young children, representing the spirit of youth through old age. Penrose raised a yearly crop of tobacco till he was a hundred years old. During his last summer on earth he raised 350 pounds. Penrose’s funeral service was conducted at on May 12, 1930 in the First Baptist Church at New Bellsville. 


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Profile for Our Brown County

March/April 2016 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special

March/April 2016 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special