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The Magazine of Fun and Fact


Com ommunity Fou omm oundation’’ss The Women Who Fought

Melissa Etheridge comes to Brown County Wildflfloower ers FIELD NOTE TES: Forest S tewards Brown County Character

March/April 2020 FREE

Step into our warm, inviting space. Relax, take your time, and open your mind to a world of flavor.

Repast: rē-past (noun, 14th century) the act of taking food, a meal And meals are best when shared with those you love. That’s why we started six years ago with the simple idea of bringing folks together and offering them tools to make “repast” something special. Beginning with a collection of fine olive oils and aged balsamics, we have carefully curated complimentary offerings of olives/spreads, balsamic jams, dipping oils, salts, spice blends, gift sets and accessories. And then we put it all under one, beautiful “roof.” Stop by, warm up, and see/taste for yourself! Visit us on facebook or follow us on instagram for updates and recipes, specials, and share your own ideas with other Wild Ones just like you!

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Monroe Music Park & Campground John Hartford Memorial Festival

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Rosey Bolte’s Uncommon Gourd Studio Vaught Rd.

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Woodlands Touch of Silver Gallery

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Foxfire Boutique

James R. Spear CPA

Nashville Spice Co. moved to Coachlight Square

Weed Patch Music Company

Pioneer Village Museum


Heritage Candy Store

Heritage Mall

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Cottages & Suites

Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

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Brown Co. History Center

Brown Co Public Library


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Common Grounds Coffee Bar

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ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op................................. 50 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 44 Cathy’s Corner................................... 51 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 Nashville General Store & Bakery.. 44 ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION Antiques Co-op................................. 50 Art Beat Community Arts Center... 55 Art Beyond Crayons......................... 50 At Home with Heartland................. 41 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Bear Hardware.............................46,60 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 44 Brown Co Art Gallery....................... 18 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 22 Cathy’s Corner................................... 51 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 20 Amanda W. Mathis............................ 18 Papertrix............................................. 15 Rhoden Art at eXplore Brown Co.... 4 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler.................................. 12 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Cindy Steele’s Upcycled Art............ 62 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 Lory Winford, pastelist..................... 19 BOOKS Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 55 CLOTHING 58 South Apparel.............................. 40 Bear Hardware.............................46,60 Brown Co T-Shirt Shop..................... 44 Community Closet Thrift Shop....... 53 Foxfire Boutique............................... 45 Head Over Heels............................... 57 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good................... 24 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 23 Redbud Terrace Shops:

Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 Wishful Thinking............................... 55 Woodlands Gallery........................... 22 Yellow Door Quilt Store................... 55 ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC Brown Co Inn..................................... 31 Brown Co Music Center................... 14 Brown Co Playhouse........................ 29 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine........ 51 John Hartford Memorial Festival... 39 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.................... 29 Seasons Hotel & Conference Ctr.... 21 Zoo’Opolis Exotic Petting World.... 41 FOOD & BEVERAGE Abe Martin Lodge............................. 59 Artists Colony Inn............................. 14 Bear Wallow Distillery...................... 41 Brown Co IGA.................................... 59 Brown Co Inn..................................... 31 Brown Co Winery.............................. 20 Brozinni Pizzeria............................... 40 The Candy Dish................................... 3 Carmel Corn Cottage....................... 56 Carol’s Gifts........................................ 15 Casa Del Sol....................................... 56 Cedar Creek Winery.......................... 12 Common Grounds Coffee Bar........ 13 Country Heritage Winery................ 46 Farmhouse Cafe................................ 20 Gyros Food is Art.............................. 13 The Harvest Preserve......................... 3 Heavenly Biscuit............................... 51 Helmsburg General Store............... 57 Heritage Candy Store....................... 23 Hobnob Corner Restaurant............ 47 Hoosier Buddy Liquors.................... 15 Hotel Nashville.................................. 58 House of Jerky................................... 23 Jack and Jill Nut Shop...................... 13 Miller’s Ice Cream................................ 3 Nashville BP....................................... 15 Nashville General Store & Bakery.. 44

New Beginnings Boutique.............. 44 CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS Antiques Co-op................................. 50 Art Beat Community Arts Center... 55 At Home with Heartland................. 41 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 44 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 12 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 22 Brown Co Rock Shop........................ 51 Cathy’s Corner................................... 51 Clay Purl............................................. 20 Critser’s Flowers & Gifts................... 61 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 The Ferguson House........................ 45 Foxfire................................................. 45 Head Over Heels............................... 57 Homes on a Limb.............................. 47 Homestead Weaving Studio........... 18 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 20 House of Clocks................................. 50 Ironweed............................................ 61 Moonshine Leather/ K. Bellum Leather............................. 22 Kiss the Cook..................................... 14 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler.................................. 12 Madeline’s.......................................... 55 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 23 Nashville General Store & Bakery.. 44 New Leaf............................................. 19 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 40 Redbud Terrace Shops..................... 44 Rustic Grace....................................... 44 Robinson’s at the Redbud............... 44 Scentual Journeys............................ 44 Simply 4 You...................................... 55 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Cindy Steele’s Upcycled Art............ 62 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 19 The Totem Post.................................. 12

DIRECTORY Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................. 64 Nashville Spice Co............................. 63 Our Sandwich Place......................... 56 Out of the Ordinary & Hickory Bar.41. Papertrix............................................. 15 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.................... 29 Schwab’s Fudge................................. 56 Seasons Hotel & Conference Ctr.... 21 The Wild Olive..................................... 2 FURNITURE Antiques Co-op................................. 50 At Home with Heartland................. 41 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 44 The Ferguson House........................ 45 Redbud Terrace Shops..................... 44 Robinson’s at the Redbud............... 44 Cindy Steele’s Upcycled Art............ 62 HARDWARE Bear Hardware.............................46,60 HATS Head Over Heels............................... 57 Moonshine Leather/ K. Bellum Leather............................. 22 JEWELRY B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 44 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 22 Cathy’s Corner................................... 51 Ferguson House................................ 45 Foxfire................................................. 45 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 20 Juls Etc................................................ 24 LaSha’s................................................ 22 New Leaf............................................. 19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts............. 13 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 40 Spears Pottery................................... 18 The Totem Post.................................. 12 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............. 24 LODGING/CAMPGROUNDS Abe Martin Lodge............................. 59 Artists Colony Inn............................. 14

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Brick Lodge........................................ 58 Brown Co Health & Living............... 61 Brown Co Inn..................................... 31 Brown Co KOA................................... 44 Cornerstone Inn................................ 12 Creekside Retreat............................. 47 Hidden Valley Inn............................. 24 Hotel Nashville.................................. 58 Iris Garden Cottages........................ 51 Lil Black Bear Inn B&B...................... 22 Moondance Vacation Homes......... 46 North House...................................... 58 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.................... 29 Seasons Hotel & Conference Ctr.... 21 PET PRODUCTS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 12 PHOTOS B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 20 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Yesteryear Old Time Photos............ 55 REAL ESTATE Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty..... 17 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda.................. 62 RECREATION Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides................ 47 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.................... 29 SERVICES Al’s Paint & Body............................... 60 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS........................... 40 Bear Hardware’s Bagged Trash....... 60 Brown Co Eye Care............................ 60 Brown Co Health & Living............... 61 Brown Co Tire & Auto....................... 60 Brown Co Visitors Center................. 30 Brown Co Community YMCA.......... 62 Dunham Plumbing........................... 62 Heartland Tattoo Co......................... 23 Helmsburg Sawmill Inc/ Pool Enterprises Inc.......................... 62 IN Seamless Guttering..................... 61 Keyed IN Property Mgt.................... 62

Mainstream Fiber Networks........... 61 McGinley Insurance (Farmers)........ 61 Julia Mueller, hypnotherapist........ 21 Nashville BP....................................... 15 Nashville Christian Church............. 60 Precise Books & Payroll.................... 60 Rambling Dog Design - SIGNS....... 62 Redbud Terrace Shops: Austin Barber Shop.......................... 44 James R. Spear, CPA.......................... 21 Waltman Construction Co............... 60 Zieg LeDoux & Assocs. Inc.............. 60 SHOES Head Over Heels............................... 57 Moonshine Leather/ K. Bellum Leather............................. 22 The Totem Post.................................. 12 SPECIALTY SHOPS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 12 Clay Purl............................................. 20 Fireplace Center................................ 56 Head Over Heels............................... 57 Health For U....................................... 61 House of Clocks................................. 50 House of Jerky................................... 23 Moonshine Leather/ K. Bellum Leather............................. 22 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 23 Nashville Spice Co............................. 63 Weed Patch Music Company.......... 56 Wishful Thinking............................... 55 STAINED GLASS Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 19 WEDDINGS Artists Colony Inn............................. 14 Hotel Nashville.................................. 58 OTHER Critser’s Greenhouse Critser’s Flowers & Gifts................... 61 Health For U....................................... 61 Ironweed............................................ 61 Mike Nickels Log Homes................. 23 Nashville Christian Church............. 60 Flower and Herb Barn...................... 61

Contents 16 Melissa Etheridge ~by Ryan Stacy 25 25 Years of OBC ~by Cindy Steele 26 Andi Rogers Bartels

32 Maddison Miller ~by Paige Langenderfer 34-35 Photos ~by Tom Preston* 36-37 Calendar of Events 38 Women’s Right to Vote

48 Forest Stewards ~by Jim Eagleman 52 Brown Co. Character ~by Mark Blackwell 54 America’s First Leprechaun

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

Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including Dada and Surealism for Beginners, and Music Theory for Beginners. He is an editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer.

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

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.

Mark Blackwell no longer makes his home in Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He now resides within sight of the sixth green of an undisclosed golf course. He was born in the middle of the last century and still spends considerable time there.

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

Julia Pearson wrote for a Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and husband Bruce now reside in Lake Woebegone Country for life’s continuing adventures. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren.

~by Julia Pearson

42 Brown Co. Wildflowers ~by Jeff Tron

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. She does the weaving while he gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands his book and record collections.

~by Bob Gustin


~by Gunther Flumm

58 Kara Barnard Cartoon 60-62 INFO PAGES

Cover: Andi Rogers Bartels ~by Bob Gustin

Special thanks to Kara Barnard and Gunther Flumm for their contributions this issue.

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen! 10 Our Brown County • March/April 2020

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

*Tom Preston’s love of photography began in middle school. He helped setup the dark room at Lawrence North High School and gained experience as the newspaper photographer. He moved to Brown County in 2012 and captures the area’s landscape and tranquility. He portrays the natural beauty that others might miss. See his images on Instagram—color images: @tompreston7771_ud and black and white: @tompreston_bnw—and on Facebook.

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Brown County Music Center March 7 March 14 March 19 March 22 March 26 March 27

America Warrant Carrot Top The Price is Right Live Gordon Lightfoot Melissa Etheridge

March 28 April 10 April 20 April 26 April 28 April 30

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Kitchen Gadgets • Aprons Rothchild Farms Terrapin Ridge Farms Savannah Cinnamon Products Coffees • Teas Dozens & Dozens of Cookie Cutters

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Melissa Etheridge

courtesy photo

Comes to Brown County


~by Ryan Stacy

t’s hard to believe, but the new Brown County Music Center (BCMC) isn’t quite so new anymore. Our publicly-owned, state-of-the-art venue’s been living up to its hype for six months now, booking entertainment icons in a variety of genres to the delight of crowds of all ages. The BCMC’s winning streak continues on Friday, March 27, when multiple Grammy and Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge brings her brand of heartland rock to Indiana.

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Fans welcoming Melissa to town, take note: she’s a fan of us too. Etheridge recently took an RV trip through Indiana that included Brown County. “It was really beautiful,” she recalls; about her upcoming show here, she’s “looking forward to it very much.” Part of that is about the deep connection Melissa feels between the Midwest and her native Kansas. “Midwest people I totally relate to,” she says. “It’s about playing fair, working hard, and being nice. It’s ingrained in us.”

Etheridge’s longtime fans can expect a night of familiar songs spanning three decades, like “I’m the Only One,” “Bring Me Some Water,” and “Come to My Window.” “The hit songs are too fun not to do,” Melissa says. “My whole career has been trying to create the best set list [for fans]. They stand up and sing all the words, and it means something, that’s golden. I’ve worked my whole life for this.” Also among the songs bringing music-loving Hoosiers to their feet will be her latest, off of 2019’s The Medicine Show. Melissa describes the album as part social commentary and part personal reflection, but fans will recognize it as all Etheridge: an honest, heartfelt, and sometimes painful snapshot in the life of the master American songwriter and her guitar. The studio production on the album is big, with guitar and drums you feel as much as hear, and Melissa’s voice is as powerful as ever. “I wanted it to rock,” she says—and we think she’ll be impressed with how true to her vision of a rocking show the BCMC’s sound system will prove to be. For Etheridge, her place as a major LGBTQ figure in rock music has never divided her audience. For starters, she never set out to be an icon in the less gay-friendly 1980s of her early career. “I was just gonna be a big rock star, and no one will know about [my being a lesbian],”

she laughs. But after coming out, she found that her appeal was as broad as ever. “I just stayed true to the music, and to my influences, from Springsteen to Aretha. And I think people realize that I don’t come at this from an ego-based thing. I think it ultimately speaks to people. It breaks down barriers. It makes me hopeful.” Another way Melissa breaks down those barriers is by going where her fans are—even if that’s in the middle of the ocean. For the fourth time, according to her website, this October the Melissa Etheridge Cruise offers “six days filled with incredible music, endless fun in the sun, and lifelong friendships with fellow ME fans.” This year she’ll be joined onboard by talented friends like Tegan & Sarah, Shawn Colvin, Tig Notaro, and others. “All are welcome, there’s plenty of straights, gays, and in-between. It’s a week of kindness and great music and peacefulness,” she says. And somehow, in the middle of all of these demands on her time and energy, Melissa’s already working on her next album. “Writing keeps me happy, alive, and out of trouble,” she laughs. Here’s hoping her path out of trouble leads her back to Brown County on her next tour. Melissa Etheridge performs at the Brown County Music Center on Friday, March 27. Visit <browncountymusiccenter.com> or call (812) 988-5323 for more information . 


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DROP OFF LOCATIONS: Carpenter Hills O’ Brown Realty Bear Hardware IGA Family Dollar (Nashville) Dollar General (Beanblossom) March/April 2020 • Our Brown County 17

HOMESTEAD WEAVING STUDIO Quality Handwovens by Chris Gustin

Brown County Art Gallery Brown County’s Original Art Gallery · est. 1926 GA L L E R I E S · S P E C I A L E X H I B I TS · C O N S I G N M E N T A RT WO R K S H O P S · P RO G R A M S

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MARCH 7-29

Abstract Art: Love It, Hate It, Learn About It

In conjunction with the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University. Guided reception Sunday, March 8.


26th Annual Victorian Tea

12:30 pm · Doors open for shopping · 2 pm Formal Tea Program “The Exotic World of Spices” · Reservations required · $39

APRIL 18 – MAY 24

C. Curry Bohm: Brown County and Beyond Opening Reception and Gallery Talk · April 18 · 5 pm Reservations suggested · $20 per person

APRIL 19 – MAY 3

22nd Annual Mabel B. Annis Student Art Competition

Opening Reception · Sunday, April 19 · 2 pm · Free admission

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Open Daily • Call for Hours • 812-320-0747 220 Kelp Grove Rd. • Nashville, IN • amandamathisart.com Also represented by Spears Gallery and the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville

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Lory Winford Fine Art

Sweetwater Gallery Stained Glass • Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors • Pottery Fabric Wallhangings New Location: 158 Old School Way Nashville, IN • 812-988-0449

Pastelist inspired by nature’s colors

HeresHome Studio Workshops and Private Lessons Studio visits by appointment only Commission work accepted 15 N. Johnson St. Nashville, IN

Work shown at Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville

916-804-2484 • hereshomestudio@gmail.com

Lory Winford Pastelist

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

THE GUILD. FINE ART BY FINE ARTISTS. WELCOME TO THE HISTORIC ART GUILD • Artwork for Sale • Artisan Gift Shop • Permanent Art Collection • Special Exhibitions

© 2020 Brown County Art Guild, Inc.

Featuring handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely

Calvin Place Franklin & Van Buren Streets Nashville, IN • (812) 988-1058 www.amygreely.com

48 S. Van Buren Street, Nashville, IN 47448 812 988-6185 BrownCountyArtGuild.org


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

Brown County



Homemade Soups, Salads and Garden Sandwiches


Steak · Salmon · Pork Chicken · Pasta R Garden and Fruit Salads Soups · Desserts Herbal Teas · Cool Drinks Beer & Wine

5171 Bean Blossom Road · Just 15 minutes from Nashville

A small, intimate restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating

Reservations Suggested · 812-988-2004 LUNCH: DAILY · 11–4 PM DINNER: TUESDAY–SATURDAY · 5–8 PM

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come see us in antique alley…

92 w franklin st ¥ nashville, in ¥ 812.988.0336

sunday 12-4, tuesday—saturday 11-5, Tuesday evening 6:30-8:30

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Complimentary Tastings · Two Tasting Rooms WINERY IN GNAWBONE

4520 State Road 46 East · Nashville 812.988.6144


East Main & Old School Way 812.988.8646


Monday-Thursday 10 – 5 · Friday & Saturday 10 – 5:30 · Sunday 11 – 5

Wine & Wine-related Gifts · Gourmet Foods Outdoor Seating · Gift Cards · Online Ordering





“Take your life in a New Direction!” JULIA J. MUELLER Best Selling Author Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Hotel Hotel & Conference Conference Center Center Located across from the NEW Brown County Music Center “My passion is coaching and facilitating incredible life changes at the deepest level.” * Stress Management * PTSD * Addictions * Improve Your Health * Weight Loss * Stop Smoking * Performance in ALL Areas of Your Life!

Julia J. Mueller C.Ht. • A Mind & Body Connection

• Balcony Balcony Rooms Rooms

Executive Park North 2620 N. Walnut St. Suite 700 • Bloomington, IN 47404

941-730-3965 • www.AMindandBodyConnection.com

JAMES R. SPEAR CPA Certified Public Accountant Chartered Global Management Accountant

• Restaurant Restaurant • Lounge Lounge

In practice since 1983 and accepting new clients Providing Professional: TAX PREPARATION and CONSULTING FINANCIAL STATEMENT PREPARATION BUSINESS VALUATION

• Conference Conference facility–up facility–up to to 500 500 560 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN

76 East Main Street Old State Bank Building Nashville, Indiana


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Moonshine Leather Co. Handcrafted Leather Goods Made in the USA

812.988.1326 · moonshineleather.com

A n y t hin g But Or d ina ry

SBJ/LMJ Designs Opals by Larry • Pendants • Earrings • Bracelets • Nec klaces

812-988-0522 A variety of natural stones and colors

New home of K Bellum Leather!

local artisans

Sterling Designs by Sharon & Larry


created by hand

87 East Main Street • Nashville, IN • (812) 988-6080


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No rt h Va n B ur e n an d Mo lly’s Lan e • N ashville

Doing business for over 25 years

Lil Black Bear Inn B&B Breakfast Bre Br Bre rea ak akf kffa k ast as sstt Daily Daily Da illy ly

A unique cooperative gallery featuring fine arts and crafts by local and area artists

Open Year Round · 10 AM - 5 PM daily VISIT US IN OUR NEW LOCATION!

Your Home away from Home On three acres with a pond, grill, firepit, hot tub, and large patio

Close to Nashville and Columbus • Kid and Pet Friendly

8072 State Rd 46 East • Nashville, IN • 812-988-2233 lilblackbearinn.com • lilblackbearinn@gmail.com

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62 E. Washington St. · Nashville, IN 47448 BrownCountyCraftGallery.com 812.988.7058 BCCraftGallery


Building Fine Log Homes for over 40 Years HONESTY • INTEGRITY • HANDCRAFTED QUALITY

3497 Clay Lick Road • Nashville, IN • (812) 988-2689

Fresh Homemade Fudge Old-Fashioned Candies Candy by the Pound Cream Filberts/Mothballs Rock Candy • Jelly Belly Chocolates/Turtles Pucker Powder Sugar Free We ship everywhere!

41 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN (in the Heritage Mall) 812.200.1077 HeritageCandyStore@gmail.com


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

Jerky Seasonings & Dips • Peanuts

4413 State Road 46 East Nashville, Indiana (Gnaw Bone) Next to House of Thunder

(812) 988-4054

125 S. Van Buren St. Artists Colony Shops (Between Toy Chest and Carol’s Gifts)

More than 25 years experience

Nashville, IN • (812) 988-1592

Nashville’s Only Licensed Tattoo Studio

Luminox Watches (used by Navy Seals)

Variety of T-Shirts

Things you can live Thi li without... ih bbut who h wants to! Old Colonial Bldg. 60 N. Van Buren St. Nashville, Indiana•812.988.6590 menstoyshop@yahoo.com•Visit us on Facebook

Pipes, Tobaccos, and Premium Cigars

Knives by Benchmade, Kershaw, Microtech, Esee, Tops, Protech, Zero Tolerance and more

Guns and Ammo for Competition, Hunting, Sport, and Home Defense

Wooden Signs made in Southern Indiana

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in Nashville, IN

172 N. Van Buren Street AND

102 S. Van Buren Street (Calvin Place)

www.JBGoods.com • 812-988-0900 All Suite Hotel in Downtown Nashville

48 years of quality service in Brown County

Private Bedroom with King Bed Dining Area and Fully Equipped Kitchenette Living Room with Queen Sofa Sleeper Private Porch/Balcony Fireplaces and Whirlpool Baths Available


www.hiddenvalleyinn.net 201 N. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN

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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

25 YEARS of Our Brown County



e live in a county that has only three stoplights. One of those lights is currently out of commission because a troubled soul decided to deliberately take it out with their vehicle. It has been that way for most of the winter due to a scarcity of that type of pole. If you ask the people who live here if they miss the light, they will likely tell you they do not. They don’t seem to mind taking turns at the stop sign. You do have to pay more attention to the visitors crossing the street, and you must look around at all the other drivers to make certain it is your turn to enter the intersection. But it’s really no hardship. We aren’t in a hurry here to get from one place to another. In fact, a good number of us don’t even leave our own abode to do our jobs. My office is a converted small bedroom in my home. The kitchen table often doubles as a desk where I write checks to freelancers or stamp addresses on envelopes. This little white house in Helmsburg is where I have spent the past 25 years producing Our Brown County. I create the magazine with a simple desktop PC computer’s software and then I send the pages over the Internet (with broadband speed) to the Times Mail newspaper in Bedford where they make plates and print out the pages from their huge press. The Times

Mail truck hauls pallets of magazine bundles to my garage to be stored until our independent contractors deliver them all to more than 175 locations. There is zero degree of separation between you, the subscriber or customer, and me, the owner of the company. There are no extensions or complicated voice mail menus when you call. You get me. I am the only official employee and everyone else is an independent contractor, with emphasis on the “independent.” I know a lot of Brown County folks that operate in a similar fashion. Some have more than one profession or vocation in order to support themselves during the off-tourist season. We tend to value our independence and our hobbies here. My personal motto is, “If you are not enjoying yourself, you are wasting your time.” One of my friends builds log homes for a living and banjos for fun. He also plays a mean banjo. He makes his own schedule and don’t even think about bothering him during mushroom hunting season in the spring. Many local artisans make things from their home studios and participate in the Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour every fall. You can usually get a glimpse of their creative lifestyles any time of the year, but I would suggest calling ahead, because they might be out taking a hike, or traveling. Residents here have been known to turn their hobbies into professions, quitting or retiring from their corporate jobs to become wood workers, candle makers, weavers, or even magazine publishers. One thing all of us that live here have in common is that we do not take our small town lives for granted. We know this is a special place. You can get to know your neighbors (if you want to). You can get together at the local pub to play darts, or gather at the Village Green Pavilion for an acoustic jam. When we have to travel to the big towns, we miss our trees. I see bald eagles and red-tailed hawks on the way to the grocery. You just don’t get that kind of entertainment in the city. We have it all here: art, nature, shopping, music, and food in a little town setting. I feel pretty lucky.  —Cindy Steele

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At the Nashville House. photo by Bob Gustin

Andi Rogers Bartels

Now Andi and her husband Lance Bartels, a pilot for UPS and businessman, own the Nashville House and its adjacent buildings. The Nashville House was her inheritance when her father died. Antique Alley— which has space for 14 shops—as well as her parents’ home and more than 100 acres outside Nashville, were purchased by the couple at auction last year. The Bartels don’t plan major changes to their business properties, other than maintenance, upkeep and some rebuilding. The Nashville House is currently closed for remodeling as outdoor seating is added and its electrical system is updated. Those are among the largest changes planned. But businesswoman is just a part of Andi Bartels’ identity. Her first priority is her family, which includes her son Nolan, 12, and daughter Ella, 9. Her fulltime job is teaching art at Brown County High School, her lifetime dream job. She

~by Bob Gustin


n a perfect world, Andi Bartels would sit down with her father as he was in 2000, have a long talk, and get some business advice. Her father was prominent Nashville businessman Andy Rogers, who died in 2018 at age 87. His business holdings at one time or another included the Nashville House, the Brown County Inn, The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center, The Ordinary restaurant, and about two dozen retail shops he rented to others. He also managed the Abe Martin Lodge and helped build banks in Nashville and elsewhere. When he died, the Brown County Democrat called him “the man who built the business framework for Brown County.” Andi as a child with her father Andy Rogers.

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Nolan, Lance, and Ella during last year’s spring break in Mexico.

also teaches an online art class for Indiana University, is a tennis coach for Brown County Junior High, is on the board of the Brown County Art Guild, Indiana Heritage Arts, the Parks and Recreation Department; and volunteers for various other community organizations and events. “I like to have multiple things going on,” she said. “I prefer to stay busy.” The youngest of five daughters, Andi remembers following her dad around everywhere he went. “When I was growing up, he was a really good dad. He taught me how to swim, and we went on vacations together. I grew up at the Nashville House. I learned how to count change there.” She also worked at the restaurant, bussing tables, being a waitress, and working in the kitchen. Her first job at age 14 was helping with children’s activities at Abe Martin Lodge.

She graduated from Brown County High School in 1999, where her love of art grew. But art has always been a part of her life. Her mother, Fran, was a painter, and her mother-in-law, artist Patricia Bartels—who she describes as one of her best friends—have been major influences. Andi, now 39, was born at Bloomington Hospital and has lived in Brown County all her life, except the four years she spent at Miami University in Ohio. Although it may have been easier for her to go through life being known mainly as Andy Rogers’ daughter, Andi said that was not for her. Instead, a reason she chose to go to college in Ohio was to get away from that image and forge her own identity. At Miami, she graduated with a degree in art education, met Lance, and forged friendships that remain strong today. She later earned a master’s degree in education administration from Ball State University through their online learning program. Her first job after college was teaching art for all students, K-12, at Medora, Indiana. She spent four years there before becoming a part-time art teacher at Brown County Junior High, sharing that job for five years with Patricia (who was Andi’s art teacher in junior high). When Patricia retired, Andi had the opportunity to take the junior high job but didn’t want people to think she hadn’t earned it on her own. Instead, she took a job in admissions of Harrison College in Columbus, and later became registrar for two years. But the hours were hard on her family, so she took a job teaching art at Richards Elementary and later Mt. Healthy Elementary for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. She was hired as the Brown County High School art teacher at the beginning of the current school term. As an art teacher, she values natural talent and ability, but doesn’t necessarily grade on “how amazing” their art is. “I want all kids to be comfortable with art. It’s something everybody can access, enjoy, and appreciate. For me, it’s a need. I need to be able to create, to make something.” That art may be expressed in many ways, from her daughter’s birthday cake to Halloween costumes for friends, to more traditional forms. Continued on 28

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Andi in the classroom at the Brown County High School. photo by Bob Gustin

BARTELS continued from 27 “This is the job I’ve always wanted. I had always envisioned myself eventually teaching art in Brown County and helping out with the businesses,” she said. Andi admits life can be stressful, but says she’s excited about the changes. “If you don’t take chances, you don’t get anywhere. “I plan to live here the rest of my life, raise my kids, and be involved in the community. “Family comes first. Everything Lance and I do revolves around the kids. We like spending time with them, riding dirt bikes, going to sporting events, or just hanging out with them.” But the Nashville House is also family, in a way. “Growing up, the Nashville House was always the center. It was

home for me and my sisters, and we spent lots of time there.” The structure was built in 1867, was purchased by Andy’s father, Jack, in 1927, burned in 1943, and was rebuilt a few years later. “The whole town of Nashville has an emotional attachment for me,” she said. “It makes me sad I didn’t get more time with my parents as an adult. I could use some of that Andy Rogers advice right now.” Andi is optimistic the new Brown County Music Center will bring more visitors to Nashville, but hopes the town retains its character, while adapting to the 21st Century. She doesn’t want to see it become a glitzy tourist attraction, but also doesn’t want it to take on a historical reenactment air.

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“It needs to be a dynamic place where things change, but still has the same feel,” she said. Somehow, it seems, she got that fatherly advice for which she yearns. Here’s what Andy Rogers said in an Our Brown County article in 2002: “People say, ‘Well, we can’t change.’ But we can change and still retain some of the flavor of Brown County. We need people to live here. I’m in the tourist business but we don’t want to turn this town over to the tourists. You can go to Gatlinburg if you want to see what happens to a town that turns it all over to business. It’s not a town anymore—it’s a shopping center. We need people here. This town needs to be alive.” Andi agrees. 

Choices, lots of choices. Live & memorable. Make plans now! 7TH Annual Brown County Youth Music Showcase

The McCartney Years

March 7 | 7:30 pm

March 13 | 7:30 pm

Back in the Day

John McEuen & the String Wizards present: The Circle Will be Unbroken

March 28 | 7:30 pm

Sponsored by The People’s State Bank

April 3 | 7:30 pm

40 Years of College March 14 | 7:30 pm

Back 2 Mac April 17 | 7:30 pm

Singing Hoosiers

Presented by the IU Center for Rural Engagement

March 27 | 7:30 pm

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Sponsored by RealAmerica Development, LLC.

May 8 | 7:30 pm

812.988.6555 | BrownCountyPlayhouse.org Showtimes, tickets & schedule online Box Office: Thursday-Sunday | 70 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN

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Enjoy a taste-filled journey of Brown County wineries & distilleries.


Be our guest

Get demonstrations, tips and insights from knowledgeable wine & spirits experts

on a unique excursion to the diverse artisan wineries and distilleries around Brown County. Transportation will be provided by Nashville General Store Express as needed, and special amenities will make this a fun-filled afternoon—planned especially for your enjoyment. Our participants have gone out of their way to create something you will not soon forget. Call us for more information at 812 988-7303 or go to browncounty.com/tours. PARTICIPANTS: BEAR WALLOW DISTILLERY | BROWN COUNTY WINERY | COUNTRY HERITAGE WINERY | HARD TRUTH HILLS | NASHVILLE GENERAL STORE EXPRESS

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brown County Inn HOTEL, RESTAURANT & BAR

On the corner of 135 & 46 just 3 blocks of downtown with free parking

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week

8am to 9pm Sunday to Thursday

8am to 10pm Friday & Saturday


(812) 988-2291

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~story and photo by Paige Langenderfer


addison Miller says her position as Brown County Community Foundation chief executive officer is the dream job she did not see coming. “I was happily employed at an incredible company when one of my friends sent me the job description,” Miller said. “As soon as I read it, I realized that it really was my dream job.” The road that led Miller to Brown County was long and winding. Miller’s dad was in the Air Force, which meant numerous moves and a lot of changes in her childhood. When she was in third grade her family settled in Lafayette, where her father’s family was from. It was there that she developed her life’s first true passion—classical music. “My grandfather played violin in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for 50 years,” Miller said. “He encouraged me to try the violin. I fell in love with classical music and played the violin through college.” She loved it so much that she started her freshman year at Ball State University as a music education major. “It was an intense program. I was overloaded and ultimately decided that I didn’t think I would make a very good music teacher,” she said. “My minor was in political science, so I switched my major to that and never looked back.” Reminiscing, Miller said she is not surprised that she ended up with a degree in political science. “I think I gained an interest by hearing my parents talk about politics,” she said. “In high school I started watching the news and educating myself on political issues.” Miller disagreed strongly with one political decision in particular. “At that time our country was gearing up for the war in Iraq. I thought that was a very unwise decision,” Miller said. “I wasn’t able to vote, but I knew that what I said mattered because I was the future of this country.”

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To voice her opinions she wrote letters to her congressmen and carried posters protesting the war through her high school hallways. Protesting the war was just one of her political experiences. After learning about Muslim culture and Islamic backlash from a guest speaker in her high school foreign language class, Miller decided to conduct an experiment. She and a friend dressed in Muslim attire and went to the mall for a day. “We wanted to live a day in the life of a Muslim living in Lafayette, Indiana,” Miller said. “It was the most horrendous experience of my life. People were calling us names and refusing to serve us. Living a day in the life of someone else opened my eyes to the bigotry and hatred people experience on a daily basis. That experience was one of the reasons I ended up going into politics. It is why I wanted to learn how to make changes in government.” In 2008, as a sophomore in college, Miller began her first internship as a Majority Caucus Intern for the Indiana State Senate. “I had no idea how many people used the state legislature for (social services) help,” Miller said. “The people that work in

Maddison Miller Community Foundaton CEO the offices are on the front lines of helping people. That was my favorite part of the job—getting calls everyday from people that needed help and pointing them to services that could help them.” Miller continued as an intern at the Indiana Statehouse until she graduated in 2011. She accepted her first full-time job as a legislative assistant for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus. “I loved it. It was like an internship on steroids,” she said. “As an assistant I got to actually meet people, not just talk to them on the phone. I got to meet with lobbyists and was in on meetings where decisions were made.” While working full time, Miller earned her master’s degree in public affairs and non-profit management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. “I had learned that there really is a partnership between the legislative branch and non-profits, and I wanted to capitalize on that partnership to make positive changes for communities,” Miller said. From 2013 to 2016, Miller was a registered lobbyist with the Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association. Her role was to educate state legislators on telecommunications issues in relation to tax and regulatory policy. In 2016, she took a job as an account executive with SAS, the largest privately owned software company in the world. “I worked with non-profit agencies across the state to learn about the issues they were trying to address, and what data they needed to better solve the problem,” Miller said. “It really was incredible work. With the right data, you can learn so much more about the problems and initiate programs to help people.” Miller was just two years into her work with SAS when her friend sent her the job description for the CEO of the Brown County Community Foundation. “I was not job hunting at the time,” Miller said. “I read the job description and it said the right candidate needed skills to work with community

leaders to make changes happen. It was about getting the right people at the table to help the community move in the right direction. I thought, ‘I have the skills to do that.’” In addition to the job being a great fit, Miller said she was excited about the possibility of moving to Brown County. “I have been coming to Brown County State Park to hike for years,” she said. “I love Brown County. And I had been looking for an opportunity to move to a place with natural beauty.” Since taking the job in the fall of 2018, Miller said she has been amazed by the collaborative efforts of the community. “It really is extraordinary how much we are able to accomplish in this community without a mayor or a town manager,” she said. “We do a lot with a little.” Recently, the Foundation hosted a two-and-a-half day community development workshop led by Ball State University. “It was basically a graduate-level course in community development,” Miller said. “We had all of the community leaders at the table learning about how we can better value each other and prioritize objectives that will meet the most needs in the community. We spent a lot of time talking about our goals and setting objectives to meet those goals.” One topic that came up multiple times during the workshop was communication, Miller said. “Getting information out to everyone in the community is really challenging,” Miller said. “We want to get more people’s input and incorporate that feedback. Basically, we want to take the mystery out of the decision making process.” Other issues that community leaders are currently focused on include: • Broadband development • Affordable, high-quality child care • Affordable and accessible housing • Recreational opportunities for young people • Environmental issues • Affordability and accessibility to preschool Continued on 57

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photos by Tom Preston

calendar Some dates not booked at time of publication.

Brown County Playhouse March 6 The Addict’s Wake March 7 7th Annual Brown County Youth Music Showcase March 13 The McCartney Years March 14 40 Years of College March 27 Singing Hoosiers March 28 Back in the Day April 3 John McEuen & the String Wizards April 17 Back 2 Mac May 8 Glenn Miller Orchestra FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Check website for schedule 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Brown County Music Center March 7 America March 14 Warrant March 19 Carrot Top March 22 The Price is Right Live March 26 Gordon Lightfoot March 27 Melissa Etheridge March 28 Kenny G April 10 LeAnn Rimes April 20 Martina McBride April 26 Michael Bolton April 28 Willie Nelson April 30 Christopher Cross 812-988-5323 www.browncountymusiccenter.com

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre March 28, April 25, Artists Colony Inn 812-988-0600 www.artistscolonyinn.com

Country Heritage Winery Live Music Fridays & Saturdays 7-10 812-988-8500 www.CountryHeritageWinery.com

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

19th Hole at Salt Creek Golf March 7 Karaoke with John D. March 14 South of 44 March 21 Paradise City March 28 Hamilton Creek April 4 Karaoke with John D. April 11 Ryan Harrison April 18 Homemade Jam April 25 Dan Kirk Band May 2 Karaoke with John D. All bands start at 8pm and are free 812-988-7888 www.SaltCreekGolf.com

Brown County Inn Open Mic Night every Wednesday 7-10 Thursday Night Presents 7-9 Bluegrass Brunch every Saturday 11-2 Live Music Friday and Saturday Nights March 4 Open Mic March 5 Writer in the Round w/ Dietrich Gosser, Paul Bertsch and Joel Curtis March 6 Sean Lamb Band March 7 Brunch w/ Silver Sparrow Sean Lamb Band March 11 Open Mic March 12 BC Story Slam March 13 The 1-4-5’s March 14 Brunch w/ New Augusta Bluegrass Zion Crossroads March 18 Open Mic March 19 Carnes & Shew March 20 Will Holler March 21 Brunch w/ Barry Elkins & Friends Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders March 25 Open Mic March 26 Kade Puckett March 27 The Acre Brothers March 28 Brunch w/ The Hammer & The Hatchet The Acre Brothers April 1 Open Mic April 2 Writer in the Round

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April 3 The Jack Whittle Band April 4 Brunch w/ Silver Sparrow April 5 J.C. Clements Band April 8 Open Mic April 9 BC Story Slam April 10 Top Hat Blues Revue April 11 Brunch w/ New Augusta Bluegrass The Movin’ Hips April 15 Open Mic April 16 Nathan Dillon April 17 Paul Bertsch Band April 18 Brunch w/ Barry Elkins & Friends Sean Lamb Band April 22 Open Mic April 23 Kade Puckett April 24 Homemade Jam April 25 Brunch w/ The Hammer and The Hatchet Homemade Jam April 29 Open Mic April 30 John Ford 800-772-5249 www.BrownCountyInn.com

The Seasons Sundays Fried Chicken Buffet 11-2 Mondays Dart Club in Bar at 6 April 12 Easter Buffet 11-3 Fridays & Saturdays Live Music in Bar 812-988-2284 www.SeasonsLodge.com

Mike’s Dance Barn Mondays Dance Lessons w/Billy First Saturdays Dance w/ Billy March 28 Ralph Eads Band April 25 Buddy Holly Tribute 812-988-8636

Mysterious Hills Hike Series Presented by Brown County State Park March 14 The Curious Quarry March 28 Ten O’clock Line Nature Preserve Meet at Nature Center at 11:00 812-988-5240 phaulter@dnr.in.gov

Brown County Sippin’ Trip Tasting excursion to artisan wineries, breweries and distilleries. 812-988-7303 www.browncounty.com/tours

eXplore Brown County Soar 90 feet in the air at speeds up to 45 MPH. Learn about plants and animals. 812-988-7750 www.explorebrowncounty.com

Tea and Conversation to Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote March 8, 2-4, Brown Co History Center 90 Gould St. Nashville Exhibit and guest speaker author Louise Hillery, sponsored by the League of Women’s Voters

Blood, Sweat, & Beers: St. Patrick’s Day Fun March 14, Noon-6, Hard Truth Hills Sham-rock and roll competition. Full-day festival of games, food, drink, and music.Teams battle for special prizes 812-720-4840 www.hardtruthhills.com

A Taste of Art Wine Tasting & Art Auction March 28, Seasons, 5:00-9:00 Add to your art collection with silent and live auction items. Sample wine, beer, and spirits from Country Heritage Winery, Oliver Winery, Quaff On!, Hard Truth Distilling Co. Hor d’oeuvres. Presented by Rotary Club www.rotaryclubofbrowncounty.org

26th Annual Victorian Tea April 5, Brown Co Art Gallery Vendors, tea, art, and a program. Also favors, a raffle, and door prizes. Doors open at 12:30. Tea is served at 2:00. Seating is limited and this event sells out every year. Please register in advance. 812-988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

Soup Bowl Benefit March 29, 5-7, Seasons Mother’s Cupboard annual benefit Receive a hand-thrown bowl by Brown Co potters. Silent Auction. Live music. Advance sale tickets at Brown Co IGA, Brown Co Visitors Center, and from Mother’s Cupboard board members.

Bluebird Box Workshop April 18, 2-4, Brown Co State Park 812-988-5240 phaulter@dnr.in.gov

Arts in the Parks Painting Demonstrations April 18, 19, 25, 26 Demos/ Paint Alongs with artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels Reserve your spot 812-988-6525 April 18 Brown Co State Park, 2:00 (Nature Center Lookout) Free Ages 6 to 16 open to the first 15 April 19 TC Steele Historic Site, 2:00 Free Adult Paint Along first 10 April 25 Brown Co State Park, 5:00 (Hesitation Point) April 26 TC Steele Historic Site, 2:00 Free Adult Paint Along first 10

35th Annual Wildflower Foray April 24-26 at multiple locations in Brown County including T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Hoosier National Forest, Lake Monroe. Features wildflower and bird walks, wetlands hikes, a boat trip on Lake Monroe, nature photography. Contact Patrick Haulter 812-988-5240 phaulter@dnr.in.gov

Earth Day Hike ‘n’ Holler April 24, 3:30 and 5:30, Hard Truth Hills Includes build your own trail mix bar, free beverage, planter and small succulent plant 812-720-4840 www.hardtruthhills.com

OUR BROWN COUNTY 25 Year Celebration April 26, 4:00-7:00 Seasons Conference Center Meet the folks that write stories, deliver, print, and edit. Look at back issues. Music, Appetizers, Cake, Cash Bar

Village Art Walk April 26, 4:00-7:00 Fourth Friday of April through October Participating art galleries stay open late for your viewing pleasure. Refreshments, demonstrations, and music.

Brown County Art Guild Features the Marie Goth Estate Collection and contemporary art by more than 40 award-winning member artists. 48 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6185 www.browncountyartguild.org

Brown County Art Gallery Features works by 60 contemporary artists and early Indiana masters March 7-29 Abstract Art April 5 Victorian Tea April 18-May 24 C. Curry Bohm April 19-May 3 Mabel B. Annis Student Art Competition Main St. & Artist Dr. 812-988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

Brown Co History Center Open Tues., Wed., Fri., & Sat.11-4 Archives: Tues. and Fri. 1-4 90 Gould St. Nashville www.browncountyhistorycenter.org

T.C. Steele Visitor Center 4220 T.C. Steele Rd. Nashville, IN (Belmont) 10-5 daily (closed Mondays) 812-988-2785 www.tcsteele.org

Zoo’Opolis Exotic Petting World 5718 State Road 46 West, Nashville, IN (Belmont) 812-764-4980 Text for reservations www.zoo-opolisexoticpettingworld.com

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“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Women’s Right to Vote

Brown Countians Estella Taggart-Hopper and Marietta Moser. photos courtesy the Brown County Historical Society.

~by Julia Pearson


he 19th Amendment was passed by Congress in June 1919, legalizing voting for female Americans. Ratification into law required passage by 36 states. Indiana voted to ratify on January 16, 1920 and was the 26th state to do so. By August of 1920, 36 states ratified the amendment. More than eight million women across the US voted in elections for the first time that year on November 2. The remaining states ratified the Amendment over the next 60 years, with Mississippi last in 1984. Although legally entitled to vote, black women were effectively denied this right in numerous southern states till around 1965. To commemorate this anniversary, the Brown County League of Women Voters provided a display at the Brown County Public Library for the month of February. They will have a Centennial Tea Party on Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Brown County History Center in Nashville. Louise Hillery, author of Bold Women in Indiana History is the featured speaker. Hillery was inspired to research Hoosier women after

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being asked by students why women are missing from history books. There will be exhibits by the League and the Brown County Historical Society the month of March. Visit <lwvbrowncounty.org> for more info. Social reforms in the 1800s rallied women and men as they worked for temperance and abolition of slavery. Women soon advocated for full participation in citizenship, including speaking in public, serving on committees, keeping their wages, and guardianship of their children, as well as voting rights. Women first collectively launched the suffrage movement in 1848 during a two-day convention at Seneca Falls, New York, which had 300 in attendance. Activist and leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted the Declaration of Sentiments calling for women’s equality. Other organizers were Quakers Lucretia Mott, Mary M’Clintock, Martha Coffin Wright, and Jane Hunt. Though she was not at the Seneca Falls Convention, Susan B. Anthony devoted her life to the cause. Anthony and Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and started up a women’s rights newspaper called The Revolution. Anthony gave

hundreds of lectures, often shut down by eggthrowing mobs. Knives and pistols were brandished, and benches thrown and broken. In 1872 Anthony and fifteen other women were arrested for attempting to vote in the presidential election of Horace Greeley and Ulysses S. Grant. Anthony was not permitted to testify at her own trial and the judge instructed the jury to find her guilty. She never did pay the $100 fine. Anthony died 14 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment and had lamented: “To think I have had 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel.” Indiana women fought from the early days of the suffrage movement. Amanda Way, girded by the testimony of equality of her Quaker faith, organized a convention in Dublin, Indiana in October 1851. This led to the formation of the Indiana Woman’s Rights Association, one of the nation’s first statewide organizations advocating women’s social, economic, and political rights. The first petition for women’s voting rights in Indiana was presented to the state legislature in 1859. Susan B. Anthony visited Indiana several times. In 1897, she addressed the General Assembly: “I want the politicians of Indiana to see that there are women as well as men in this state, and they will never see it until they give them the right to vote. Make the brain under the bonnet count as much as the brain under the hat.” To publicly highlight their cause, Indiana women commissioned a statue in 1911 of State Senator Robert Dale Owen, a supporter of universal suffrage and women’s rights. Made by artist Frances Murphy Goodwin, it was presented to the legislature at the State Capitol Building. In 1917 a chapter of the National Woman’s Party, founded by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, was opened in Indiana. That same year a small victory was won by Indiana suffragists when the Indiana General Assembly passed a partial woman’s suffrage law. Close to 40,000 Hoosier women registered to vote that summer. The partial suffrage law was struck down in October 1917 by the Indiana Supreme Court. Indiana suffragists collected over 700,000 signatures on a petition sent to Congress favoring the amendment. The National American Woman Suffrage Association transitioned into the League of Women Continued on 57

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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 fresh looks to your existing wardrobe. Our Fitflops will bring comfort to your tired and weary feet—come hear the testimonies!

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140 W. Main Street • (812) 988-8800 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–9:00pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am–10:00pm

We appreciate our loyal customers!

Our market fresh product selections are the result of your requests. This season we display: Flags & Gazing Balls, Dog & Cat themed items, Tervis Tumblers, Swan Creek, Woodstock Chimes, Melissa & Doug, Stony Creek Lighted Vases, Simply Southern T’s & Ivory Ella, Lizzie James and Katie Lofton, Our Favorite Handcrafted Jewelry

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville next to Out of The Ordinary and across from the Brown County Playhouse

Did we mention all the hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry?

Rhonda Kay’s 69 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN 812-988-2050 • rhondakays@msn.com

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Rain or Shine, Zoo’Opolis is GREAT Anytime!

Open Daily at 11 a.m. Hold a LEMUR, Pet a TIMBER WOLF, Snuggle a PRAIRIE DOG, Feed a ZEBRA, RACCOONS, COATIMUNDIS, and more...

100+ Animals Go into their habitats. Take pictures. Learn about them.

Open Year-Round for Lunch & Dinner

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Full menu available in Bar • Large TV

61 South Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN Across the street from the Brown County Playhouse

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Tours and Tastings Gnaw Bone Bourbon Famous for our Moonshine Shake-Up Cocktails

4484 E. Old State Road 46 Gnaw Bone (Look for the signs) (812) 657-4923 • www.bearwallowdistillery.com Mon.–Thurs. 11–5, Fri.–Sat. 11–6, Sun. 12–5

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Brown County

~by Jeff Tryon

ith the first sweet breath of spring weather, multitudes will throng to the fabled Hills o’ Brown in search of the woodland’s most cherished prize, morel mushrooms. But this spring, while you are out in the woods not finding mushrooms, introduce yourself to another wonderful facet of nature, Brown County’s abundant population of wildflowers. If you have walked in the woods for years, you will discover many old friends you’ve been seeing all your life but never really knew anything about. You are probably going to see some violets, low plants with groups of small heart-shaped flowers on stalks rising above green scalloped leaves. Look for the light blue-to-purple Dog Violet, as well as the Common Blue Violet which has small blue to white flowers or white flowers with purple veins. Another purple flower you often see in the woods is the Blue Phlox, known for its color and fragrance.

The bunches of small five-stamen trumpet-shaped flowers grow in loose clusters from the top of the stem. You may recognize the Trout Lilly with brown and green speckles on long elliptical leaves and a stalk with six yellow petals curving out and back. It grows low to the ground and easily blends in with the surroundings. For years, I have been referring to a certain familiar flower as “Indian Paintbrush,” until I learned that it was in fact a “Fire Pink.” Indian Paintbrush, has red-tipped, brushlike bracts that look as if they’ve been dipped in paint. The Fire Pinks, also known as “Catchfly” have loose clusters of blooms on long stalks. Three common wildflowers from the poppy family that you are likely to spot in the Brown County woods are the Yellow Woods Poppy, Bloodroot, and Dutchman’s Breeches. The little Yellow Woods Poppy is around an inch high, with small yellow flowers and a single pair of deeply lobed leaves. Bloodroot has a single white flower with a golden orange center growing beside a lobed basal leaf that often curls around the 10-inch stalk. It opens in full sun and closes at night. Another woodland poppy you might see in the spring woods of Brown County is Dutchman’s Breeches. True to its name, these

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tiny flowers look just like a little pair of short pants, with inflated spurs on the outer petals that form the unique V shape. There are certain exotic flowers I look for each spring, including Purple Trillium a member of the Lilly family with three deep red petals atop a stalk with broad, green, oval/diamond-shaped leaves. I am always excited to find Jack-in-the Pulpit, or Indian Turnip, with its distinctive curving, ridged hood (the “pulpit”) covering a stalk (“Jack”) about two or three inches tall. I think it looks vaguely erotic; a pulpit is not the first thing that comes to my mind. If you saw the movie Adaptation or read the book it was based on, The Orchid Thief, you know how obsessed and crazy human beings can become about these elusive,

Wildflowers complicated flowers, which are perennial herbs. You may be surprised to learn that Indiana is orchid country. There are more naturally occurring orchids in Indiana (44) than in Hawaii (4). Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants, with over 20,000 different species, mostly in tropical situations. In Indiana, orchids are usually found in swamps, floodplains, ditches, or on the slopes of moist, upland deciduous forests. You are likely to spot the Yellow Lady Slipper, Spotted Coralroot, and the Grass Pink.

Yellow Lady’s Slipper, blooms in late-April to mid-June and can be found on slopes facing east and west. The egg-yolk colored blossom looks like a dainty shoe. The Grass-Pink Orchid, also likes mucky soils, but can be found in open, sunny places instead of

shade. It has a stunning deep rich pink flower. But the orchids may not be the most mysterious and desirable find of your woodland flower walk. Consider the Jack in the Pulpit’s more elusive relative, the Green Dragon, similar to jack-in-the pulpit, but with a less dominant hood (spathe) and a curious longtipped spadix (the dragons tongue) protruding several inches beyond the narrow spathe. Spotting one would be considered the highlight of any flower-hunting woods walk. If you would like to get to know Brown County’s incredibly diverse and beautiful wildflower population a little better get a field guide and check out the Wildflower Foray. I highly recommend The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, a handy, durable field reference with excellent color photos and scientific descriptions of over 600 common wildflowers of North American forests and grasslands. For a hands-on, expertled, group-fun introduction to wildflower spotting in Brown County, it’s hard to beat the annual Wildflower Foray at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site near Belmont and other neighboring locations. The 35th annual Wildflower Foray will be held from Friday, April 24, at 7:30 a.m. to Sunday, April 26, at 5:00 p.m. and offers participants the

chance to experience the natural beauty and incredible wildlife of Brown County during wildflower and bird walks, wetlands hikes, nature photography, and other programs. Hikes and programs are held on T.C. Steele grounds on established trails, and on other nearby natural areas including area DNR properties, Hoosier National Forest, Indiana University, Sycamore Land Trust, and Nature Conservancy lands. From late March through May, a walk among the spring wildflowers of Brown County can bring extraordinary joy as the sentinels of a new season carpet the forest floor with colorful blooms. Get out and see ’em! 

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Brown County



Open April–October

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2248 State Road 46 East • Nashville, IN Minutes away from fine dining, shopping, museums, live entertainment, and theater

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Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Specialty BBQ, Chicken Salad, Soups, Pit Ham 118 E. Washington St. Nashville, IN Linen, Rugs, Candles, Curtains, Stitcheries Cinnamon Rolls, Cobblers, Cookies, Brownies 812-988-6362 • Open daily 9 to 5 Antiques, Billy Jacobs Prints Gluten Free Items, Coffees and Cappuccino nashville general store and bakery nashgenstore812

REDBUD TERRACE SHOPS 146 East Main Street • Nashville, IN

• Robinson’s at the Redbud • New Beginnings Boutique • Scentual Journeys

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• Health For U • Austin Barber Shop • Rustic Grace

A new, refurbished, and re-imagined small furniture and home accents store with a garage-gas-oil room for guys robinsonsredbud.com 317-292-8113

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Brown County Antique Mall

Celebrating 25 Years as Owner Antique Store since 1972

Over 7,000 square feet of Antique and Vintage Glory Filled with antiques, jewelry, pottery, china, glass, furniture, artifacts, primitives, books, collectibles, and home decor. More than 70 dealers • We buy and sell

3288 State Road 46 East 3 miles east of Nashville, IN • 13 miles west of I-65 Open 7 Days a week till 5:30 • 812-988-1025


Ferguson House • Holiday Decor • Swan Creek Candles • Home Accessories • Fashion Jewelry • Garden Accents • Iron Decor • Man Cave and more…

78 West Franklin Street • Nashville, IN • 812-988-7388

Fashion Apparel Jewelry and Purses 59 East Main Street, Suite B • Nashville, IN • 812-988-8707

Foxfire • Gifts and Home Decor • Kitchen Accessories • Personalized and • Baby Gifts Memoriam Gifts • Holiday Decor • Swan Creek Candles • Garden Decor 59 East Main Street, Suite A • Nashville, IN • 812-988-8707 March/April 2020 • Our Brown County 45

Your Headquarters for the Great Outdoors CAMPING SUPPLIES: Tents, Camping Lights, Sleeping Bags, Grills, Fire Starters, Coleman Heaters & Lanterns, Cooking Utensils


• Fishing Tackle • Horse Tack • RV Replacement Parts • Bee Keeping Supplies • Maple Syrup Supplies • Pet & Livestock Food • Antiques

• Log Cabins • Game Rooms • Pet Friendly • Hot Tubs • Private Pools • Lake Fronts

We Fill Propane Tanks

WE SELL & DELIVER BULK MULCH & TOPSOIL Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville (812) 988-8888 • www.BearHardware.com

This renovated 20th Century barn, while bright and modern, retains all its charm. Take a nature walk in the 16 acres full of wildlife. Relax in the open concept floor plan. Wheelchair accessible.

Call, Book Online, or Stop in! 812.988.6554 • 30 Washington St. • Nashville, IN Like and Follow Us! MoonDanceVacationHomes.com

Mon.–Sat. 7:30am–7:00pm • Sun. 10:00am–4:00pm

Wine Tasting Daily Choose from multiple Award Winning Wines! Patio & Indoor Seating Gift Shop Live Music Every Friday & Saturday 7-10 pm S. Van Buren & Washington, Nashville IN 46 Our Brown County • March/April 2020



Arts Village Brown County ART VENUE

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Every item in our store is


• Live Edge Hardwood Benches • Tables • Sun Catchers • Cutting Boards • Serving Trays Many other beautiful items Digitally Carved Signage Custom Work Available Customized Wedding Gifts

Hand-poured Candles Made in our store 59 East Main Street (Old School Way Alley) Nashville, IN

Book Your Meeting, Banquet, or Reception at our Conference Center

2450 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN Close to Salt Creek Golf Course, Brown County State Park www.creeksideretreat.net Toll free 844-4RETREAT (844-473-8732)


Trail Rides

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Wine-Down Wednesday

Every Wed. 6–8 pm

1/3 OFF select wines and music by Jeff Foster

• Soups • Salads • Sandwiches • After Five Menu • Fine Wines Breads, Pastries, and Danish Baked Here Daily

Center of Nashville Main and Van Buren Streets Open Daily • (812) 988-4114 HobnobCornerRestaurant.com

Relax on a journey with Grandpa Jeff. ff. Take in the scenery and wildlife. No two rides will ever be the same —sunny summer days, fall colors, winter snowfalls, spring blossoms. Trail Rides, Pony Rides, Hay Rides Cattle Drives, and Custom Excursions

At least one hour notice. Trail Ride Reservations can be made by phone, e-mail, or through our website.

Grandpa Jeff personally trained our horses to take exceptional care of your family and friends of all ages.

call or text www.GrandpaJeffsTrailRides.com cell (812)272-0702 info@GrandpaJeffsTrailRides.com 5889 S. Skinner Rd. Morgantown, Indiana

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FIELD NOTES: Forest Stewards ~by Jim Eagleman

HEE field supervisor Jeff Riegel and student assembling a moth trap.


hese forested hills of ours are quite the attraction. Year ’round, visitors come to Brown County to enjoy their time in a variety of ways. The ever-present woodland views take center stage. The forest—its colors, vastness and its wildlife—is part of what is known as the Central Hardwoods Region. Are you a forest steward? The forests of the eastern US face many challenges. Forest management, specific to Brown County, is handled by private land and camp owners, state and federal land managers, and land trust organizations. These individuals are periodically brought together by the Nature Conservancy’s Brown County Hills (BCH) project manager, Dan Shaver, to discuss issues important to their land: forest diseases, invasive species, management options, research, etc. Sustainable forest management, while maintaining a contiguous forest for conservation purposes, is the main BCH goal. Land parcels

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are represented in seven southern Indiana counties and comprise more than 350,000 acres. Of course, the BCH is also a place we residents call home. We live and work here, play host to our visitors, create, and rest. It’s fair to say this place, our forest, is a magnet to both wildlife and humans. The professional forester has a responsibility to help others understand forest management. They possess an innovative set of management options for the maintenance of healthy forest ecosystems. Some options raise public objections when applied to public lands, for example, types of timber harvest and prescribed fire. The effects on forests and their native inhabitants are often poorly understood. Since the forest is home to many kinds of birds and animals, forest managers must take their needs and requirements into account. As populations for some forest organisms decline, restrictions to landowners may increase because species become classified as endangered or threatened. An example is the Indiana Bat. Increasing populations of other species like whitetailed deer, and invasive species create economic and ecologic challenges. Compounding the problem is the lack of scientifically rigorous research on the overall impacts for forest management of the effected ecosystem and its components. To address these issues, the Hoosier Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) was initiated in 2006. It is a long-term (100 years), and large-scale study of forest management and its impacts. Researchers from Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana State

HEE students attending plant I.D. class.

University, Drake University, and the University of Indianapolis are involved with the HEE and provide students and faculty. Support also comes from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Academics from these and other schools agree the oak and hickory forests are in peril in Indiana, as they review historic accounts. Changes in disturbances such as fire, grazing, and timber harvesting—common when the land was first occupied by Native Americans and early settlers—have resulted in changing forest composition. Mature oaks and hickories now dominate the forest canopy, but they are not regenerating naturally. HEE researchers are studying what types of forest management can help maintain oak and hickory trees in our forests and what effects different types of tree harvesting have on the forest ecosystem. Tree harvesting types, or treatments, include clearcuts, patch cuts, single tree removal, shelterwood, or no harvest. Recently prescribed fire on some sites has been added to the protocol.

Baseline data is collected by teams of students on a plot before any manipulation is conducted. Animals inventoried by HEE students include bats, beetles, birds, moths, salamanders, small mammals, spiders, shrubs, herbaceous species, and fungi. Once data from these taxa are collected, different types of harvest treatments are conducted on a variety of management units, including even and uneven aged stands in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests. Following a cut, another assessment is conducted to document what species are still present and what have changed. Now in its 14th year, incredible volumes of data have already been collected, assimilated, and reviewed. “The more we look, the more we need to look further”, says Jeff Riegel, HEE field supervisor. Trends may develop but it’s too early to tell what impact treatments have on certain species of birds and animals. “There’s a lot to look at,” says Jeff.

Forest stewardship can mean we watch for accidental wildfires, remove alien plant species harmful to native vegetation, or conduct periodic harvests of mature trees. It can also mean we watch the current research that delves into what were mere mysteries a few years ago. We can learn what species may benefit from a cut, and what needs protection. Some species need sun-basking areas a single tree cut can provide, while neotropic songbirds that nest here may need larger openings for foraging. The oaks, a prime player and major food producer, can benefit from forest openings as sunlight bathes the forest floor allowing acorns to flourish. Forest stewardship can also mean I wish to do nothing and let my woods mature while I live with them. As research continues to reveal the necessities of a healthy forest and its inhabitants, we can feel assured that sound science will provide many answers for good decision-making. 

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Morgantown 10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135 Sales . Repair . Watch Batteries

75 W. Washington St., Morgantown, IN 46160

www.TheClockConnection.com Like us on Facebook Open Tue-Fri 11-5pm & Sat 10-2pm Closed Sun & Mon 812-597-5414 . houseofclocks@att.net

ANTIQUES CO-OP 129 W. Washington St. • Morgantown, IN 46160 (In the old hardware store building)

Country Primitives Advertising Antique Garden Old Paint Early Smalls Open 6 Days (Closed Mon.)

Furniture, Art Architectural Elements Pottery The Odd and Unusual and A General Line Like us on Facebook

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ART Beyond Crayons Creativity beyond the classroom Pick your • Art Lessons for All Ages Palette: • Group Painting Parties

• Birthday Paint Parties • Home Schooled Instruction

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Colonel Vawter Day every September

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“Smack Dab in the Heart of the Village” Nashville, Indiana

Located just North of the Courthouse across from Big Woods Restaurant and Brewery


(812) 988-2422

The Iris Garden rests comfortably in the heart of the village of Nashville. Simply walk out of your door to explore the wonderful shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries without having to drive anywhere.

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Brown County

Character ~by Mark Blackwell

“Character is the basis of happiness.” —George Santayana (the same guy who said, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”)


he American Heritage College Dictionary says that character “is a combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group or thing from another.” In short, character is what makes people or things special. So, what is it that makes Brown County special? I reckon that you could start with the topography of the county. If it weren’t for the hills of Brown County, Indiana could save a lot of ink on its topo maps. It would show up as a big old, flat, boot-shaped corn field. The hills make it special. Brown County still has more than its share of unpaved roads and it has creeks, many of which crossed the unpaved roads and had to be forded. In dry times some of the creeks would be used like rough roads or paths. Horses and high wheeled wagons of the 19th century and the Models Ts of the early 20th century

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had little trouble navigating the stream beds. In fact, right into the 1960s, adventurous hippies in vintage Volkswagens could make their way up dry creeks without too much trouble—unless one came across a tree fall blocking the way. And Brown County has trees—lots of them— and it used to have lots and lots of trees. It has 15,776 acres of protected forest in Brown County State Park. Yellowwood State Forest encompasses 23,326 acres of timber and if that isn’t enough, 202,000 acres of trees are claimed by the Hoosier National Forest. All of these forests have unpaved hiking trails with creeks crossing them. We have hills, and creeks, and trees, and trails that all make Brown County special but there is something else that really adds to the recipe—its people. The people who settled here were of a different breed. I think they were a little tougher and a little more independent than the average Hoosier. They came into the territory from the south and the east where things were getting a little more crowded and civilized. Some folks settled in this rugged, hilly terrain probably because it reminded them of the Appalachians where they emigrated from. Those people had an idea of what they were up against and brought the knowledge, talent, and techniques to work a living out of this kind of terrain. Others came to get away from more civilized parts of the country. They came to try themselves against a hard landscape. Brown County settlers weren’t looking for an easy path to riches. They were the kind of folks who earned their way in the world. Folks got up in the morning and never had to ask where their food came from or who built their dwelling. While they may not have had a lot of things, what they had was theirs and they were proud of it.

The next generations had decisions to make— stay or leave. The ones that stayed continued the ways of their parents and grandparents. They hunted and foraged, and farmed the ridge tops and hillsides. They raised animals, spun wool, wove cloth, and made do. They were a proud and independent people. Famous artists first discovered the county back at the turn of the twentieth century, drawn here by the natural beauty of the land. For the most part, they tended to cluster in and around Nashville, and ignored the natives. In the general mix of the artists were a couple of newspaper fellers who wound up defining Brown County. One was a cartoonist and quipster name Kin Hubbard. Hubbard gave the world a view of the county and its citizens through the eyes of a character he named Abe Martin in syndicated cartoons that were a weekly feature of the Indianapolis News and other papers across the country. The other was a columnist for the Indianapolis Star who left the big city for a simpler existence as a nature photographer. Hohenberger was a newspaper man by trade and a photographer by vocation. He came to Brown County to practice nature photography but developed a sideline taking portraits of the local folks. He led a rather conflicted existence being from the big city and bringing in a bias against what he considered to be a rustic and backward ways of the locals. This he displayed in a column he wrote for the Indianapolis Star entitled, “Down in the Hills o’ Brown County.” His column generated considerable animus among the general population so that, while he was somewhat tolerated in Brown County, Hohenberger was never really accepted. But what he did do was to memorialize a fair number of people who embody the character of the county. His portraits of Grandma Barnes and her husband “Wash” show the pride and determination of people who got a living from the earth. He documented the “Liars Bench” and the old log jail. He took pictures of the brothers, Chris and Felix Brummett who look like they stepped right out of an Abe Martin cartoon panel. Their grandfather George

and his brother Banner Brummett were the founders of Nashville. He captured images of Aunt Molly Lucas, the Bohall family of basket weaving fame and many more. It is in those very pictures that the character of the county is revealed. Frank Hohenberger continued to document the character of the people and the land of Brown County from 1917 until his death in1962. You can see quite a few of his pictures on the lower level of the Brown County library and while you’re there, you can check out a book by Dillon Bustin, entitled, If You Don’t Outdie Me. It has pictures by Hohenberger and stories of the people who are examples of the character of Brown County. 

Women’s boutique, kids and teen clothing, men’s clothing, and household items Selling gently used items to benefit Brown County. Accepting clothing and household item donations.

Look for the sign


Open ALWAYS on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 to 5:00 (weather permitting)

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South Van Buren in Nashville (near stoplight, behind Subway) (812) 988-6003

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America’s First Leprechaun T

he first Leprechaun to ever step foot on North America soil was Flannigan O’ Flumm with the St. Brendan expedition in 900 A.D. Better known as Flanny Flumm, he was a stowaway of course and planted his first pot of gold in what is now the state of Indiana in Brown County near Nebo Ridge on top of Browning Mountain, or under Lake Monroe, or out by Bean Blossom, Trevlac, Helmsburg, or Bellsville. The Rune records ain’t all that clear on the particulars. Pots of Flanny’s could be in all them places and probably are according to my tourist treasure maps I sell. Back in Ireland Flanny had been a snake-oil salesman by profession. It was T. Patty himself who ruined O’Flumm’s career by removing the serpents supply leaving him little choice but immigration. Although discovered on board St. Brendan’s curragh soon after leaving the Emerald Ilses, he was, however, a Leprechaun and so his ability to produce pots of gold at the end of rainbows could finance the entire expedition. Of course, if there were no rainbows in America he was a goner—unless there was snakes. Many undecipherable Runes found throughout our Brown County describe vividly

Flanny’s adventures and can be seen scratched on our hills and valles. He was Nashville’s first in our long unbroken line of snake-oil salesmen and the first to introduce green alcohol to the Indians. He etched instructions for makin’ apple butter and deep-fried biscuits for Johnny Appleseed and Abe Martin in that order. Salt Creek and the State Park was originally his ideas and Gnaw Bone and Stone Head based on several of his peculiarities. Although some claim as a Flumm, he went native, the pot of Wannabe Indians can trace their philosophical lineage to his unfulfillable aspirations. Why there’s no limit to our indebtedness to his influences both small and wide. There are even rumors around he turned sunshine into moonshine still. March 17th is celebrated hereabouts as the day O’Flumm vanished, or was banished, depending how them Runes is read. But the question often asked the Flumm family is how did he get to Brown County in the first place and why? Well he found it of course the same way all them famous artists did centures later. Our Brown County is the other end of the rainbow!  —Gunther Flumm

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We are a little quilt shop with BIG IDEAS! The fabric we feature is happy and bright. We also carry quilt kits and can ship them to you. Tues.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 12:30ish–4:30ish

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Quilts • Unique Gifts Mona-B Handbags • 100% Soy Candles Van Buren & Franklin Streets Nashville, IN • 812.988.6301 Vicki@MadelinesNashville.com www.MadelinesNashville.com • www.ShopMadelines.com

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AAuthentic Mexican Cuisine Family Owned and Operated •Daily Specials •Kid’s Menu

FULL BAR AVAILABLE 812-988-4535 Carry Out Available COACHLIGHT SQUARE 101 E. Washington St. one block east of S. Van Buren St. (in front of the high school) in downtown Nashville


SANDWICH PLACE At the corner of Main & Van Buren Street (near the stoplight/courthouse) 812.988.2355

Family Friendly Menu Cooked from Scratch Breakfast (till 11:00) • Lunch • Early Supper Open daily at 9:00 am till slow (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

Build your own sandwich, burgers & dogs, daily specials Tex-Mex menu items, delicious desserts

Locally built instruments and affordable student models meticulously displayed, making this little music store a destination point in Brown County Lovingly owned and operated by

Kara Barnard and Kristin Thompson

musicians, instructors and instrument adoption specialists

58 E. Main Nashville, IN—Look for BANJO by courthouse

812-200-3300 • www.weedpatchmusicshop.com

CARMEL CORN COTTAGE Assorted Ice Cream Bars New Popcorn Flavors

Double Dipped Bacon Popcorn Pickle Popcorn

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Complete line of: • Wood Stoves and Inserts • Gas Stoves and Inserts • Fireplaces Your first step to Energy INDEPENDENT LIVING 812-336-2053 1-800-344-3967

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RIGHT TO VOTE continued from 39 Voters, which claims its birthday as February 14, 1920. It continues today as a clearinghouse for women and men to learn about civic issues. Brown County Archivist, Rhonda Dunn, reports in the December 15, 2019 issue of the Brown County Journal that the Woman’s Franchise League in Brown County had a growing membership. Representing the county in the state convention in 1917 was Estella Hopper. The Democratic Women’s Club was formed in the county in 1919. Carrie Wright was elected chairman of the club and Marietta Moser secretary. More than 26,000 women registered to vote in Brown County upon publication of a notice in the local newspaper that announced September 4 and October 4 as registration dates. It’s recorded that nearly as many women as men voted in the following election. The first woman to appear on a ballot in Brown County was Estella Clark, for the election for County Recorder. The Brown County Democratic Women’s Club reorganized in 1932, when Virginia Weddle was made president and Eudora Kelley was vice chairman. Other members in the record were: Martha Weddle and Leatha Walker. Later Mary Belle McGee was made vice president and Leatha Walker was secretary-treasurer. Interested individuals can learn more by visiting the Brown County archives, which is open Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brown County History Center. 

Head over


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MADDISON MILLER continued from 33 While the list seems large, Miller said she is certain the community will deliver. “This community has incredible volunteers. They are eager to share their time, talent, and money to help the community. They truly care,” Miller said. “I did not come from a community like that. It has been the most heart-warming thing I have learned since taking this job.” Miller said the charitable component of the Foundation was one of the most appealing aspects of the job. “The Foundation gave over $1 million in grants and scholarship to the community last year,” she said. “We are working to make life a little bit better for everyone. We have the ability to meet the needs of the community. It really feels like we are making a difference.” Recently, the Foundation has contributed to projects related to the library, the YMCA, Salt Creek Trail, Brown County Playhouse, and the Brown County Music Center. “It is an exciting time to be in Brown County. There is an interesting buzz happening around the community,” Miller said. “New people are coming to town that want to invest in the community, but also respect the history.” Visit the Brown County Community Foundation’s website at <browncountygives.org>. 

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Brown County Getaways




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194 N. Van Buren St. | 812-988-6429 www.northhousegetaway.com


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

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30 Hawthorne Dr. • Nashville • East SR 46 at light • 812-988-4546

Abe Martin Lodge A Splashin’ Good Time! & the Little Gem Restaurant Our full service restaurant is open daily

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We have the room for you Guest rooms, two-story cabins, historic cabins, cabin suites Ask about our pet-friendly rooms

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We have the perfect setting for any event: Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Getaways and Family Reunions, and more! Brown County State Park • P.O. Box 547 • Nashville, IN • 1-877-Lodges-1 • (812) 988-4418 • www.indianainns.com

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Precise Books and Payroll, Inc. Locally owned since 2010

• Individual Income and Business Taxes • Business Set Up • Business Financial Statements • Payroll Preparation and Payroll Taxes

(812) 988-4031




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Full Service Mechanical Garage 24 Hour Towing–Big or Small, We Do it All 1814 State Rd. 135 N. • Nashville, IN 47448 812-988-7518 • 812-325-9209 (after hours)






138 S. Jefferson St. Suite C • P.O. Box 953 Nashville, IN 47448

ZIEG LeDOUX & ASSOCIATES INC. Tax Preparation, Tax Planning, Bookkeeping, and Payroll

(812) 988-2865

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27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville

Sunday Services: 9:00 am & 10:30 am Youth Group meets Wednesdays 6:30–8:00 pm Kids Worship & Nursery Sunday mornings

$2 Bag • Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville Mon.–Sat. 7:30 am–7:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm

160 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN

812-988-2889 • www.nashvillechristianchurch.org

Owens-Corning Preferred Contractor

Licensed and Insured • 15 years total replacement warranty for roofs available Roof Coatings, Metal/Shingle Roofs, Remodels, Power Washing and Sealing, Barns, Garages, Decks, Siding, Windows and Doors, and all construction needs and services!

Don Waltman (812) 327-1994

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WALTMAN CONSTRUCTION CO. Checking eyes in Brown County for over 50 years!

50 Willow Street • Nashville, IN 812-988-4937

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Flowers & Gifts

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559 W. Washington St. Morgantown 812-597-4551

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