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May– June 2011

FREE Why Visitors Come Back for Good •

A Season of

Tours, Art, and Music Eversoll’s Music in the Air

Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival

John Hartford

Memorial Festival A night at the

Palace Theatre

Studio & Garden Tour

And: Log Cabin Tour Indiana Heritage Arts Show Experience the Arts Sampler at the Ordinary County Office Building Warblers Leota Loop


Just in time for Bean Blossom! Clint Bear and the folks at Weed Patch have put their heads together to create an affordable, hand-built instrument for the guitarist that yearns to be heard over all the banjos, fiddles, and beer drinkers. Hoosier guitar builder, Clint Bear is building the ultimate workhorse. A brand new cannon with high quality tone woods, a super playable neck, and enough sound to be heard without exhausting your precious digits.

Weed Patch Music Company

OC Bears are known for their loud, even tones and Clint’s incredible artistry. He is building this model without all the eye candy. This is an affordable hand-built work horse you’ll be riding for a long time.

We build our own banjos and offer expert set up and repair

Dulcimers, harps, and a large variety of folk instruments

Locally built fiddles and reliable old friends

Weed Patch Music 58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana (812) 988-1180 Locally built mandolins and affordable imports

Look for the giant banjo next to the courthouse.


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Country Mouse Weaving Studio

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Rawhide Ranch

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Green Valley Lodge Yellowwood Lake

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Faerie Hollow Studio


Oak Grove Pottery

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Al’s Paint & BodyAl’s Garage

Musical Entertainment



Historical Society



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Mike Nickels Log Homes




Clay Lick Rd

Hilltop Cabins and Suites


BLOOMINGTON Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS Bloomingfoods Elegant Options Fireplace Center Bishop Accounting Services, LLC


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Doodles by Kara Barnard




Wild Hair & Sun am

Cordry Lake

Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Monroe Music Park & Campground BEAN BLOSSOM


McDonald’s Shopworth


TRAFALGAR Appleworks

Fruitdale Market

Brownie’s Bean Blossom Inn


Sweetwater Lake



Lake Lemon





Carmel Ridge Rd



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Brown County

MORGANTOWN Sheep Street Fibers Ady’s Fabric & Notions House of Clocks


Bob Allen Rd.

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


Honeysuckle Hideaway


The Bookloft


Miller’s Ice Cream

Brown Co Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

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ST SR 135 N

Ferrer Gallery

For Bare Feet

Pit Bull Leather Bedazzled Jewelry J Bob’s

Brown Co Winery

Heritage Mall

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Wishful Thinking

Silas Andrews

Main Street Shops


Masonic Lodge

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Health for “U” Precise Books & Co Payroll, Inc. Re/Max Brown Art McGinley Insurance Realty Gallery

Redbud Terrace

FirstOffice Merchants Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Old Brown McDurbin Co Craft Gold Gallery

Weed Patch Music Co. His Book Shop

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

MAIN STREET That Reliable Sandwich Vintage Place

Nashville House


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Gallery and Cottages

Iris Garden Gallery


Village Green Bldg.

Tucker Bldg.

Granny’s Christmas Shop The Coca-Cola Shop Kim’s Corner Mercantile Store


Common Colonial Bldg. Grounds Men’s Toy Shop

Carmel Corn Cottage


Brown County Historical Soc. Traditional Arts Building


Hidden Valley Inn



Jane Gore Realty

The Woodlands Gallery


Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville



The Salvation Army

Linda Thomas Massage

New Leaf Amy Greely


Artists Colony Inn Carol’s Crafts • Toy Chest

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

The Ordinary

Ole House

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau JoAnn’s Home Peg Ann’s Thomas Boutique Winery Elegance

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

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Salt Creek McDonald’s Inn Pine Room Tavern Pizza King

Salt Creek Park

Casa del Sol

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard


Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room


Musical Entertainment Parking


The Palace Holy Cow Theatre of Brown County


Coachlight Sq


Nashville Indiana

Nashville General Store & Bakery

Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Coachlight Sq Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen


Sweetwater River Light Yoga Gallery Grasshopper Flats





Nashville BP


Calzone Jones

White Sands Boutique

The Original Soup to Nuts

Franklin Sq

Melchior Marionettes

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

FRANKLIN STREET Life is Good Calvin Place JB Goods


Michael’s Massage

Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders Nashville Image Old Time Photos For Bare Feet • The Purple Fig Nature’s Cabin Brown Co Weavery & Roots Paint Box Gallery Brown County Bauble® Boards K. Bellum Leather Brown Co. Pottery Ferguson House

Antique Alley


Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Cathy’s Corner.....................................26 Elegant Options.................................44 Nashville General Store...................20 Reliable Vintage.................................43 Silas Andrews......................................29 Townhouse Gifts................................19


Antique Alley Shops.........................15 Bear Hardware....................................49 Brown Co Art Gallery........................59 Brown Co Art Guild...........................59 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................21 Brown Co Studio & Garden Tour..52 Cathy’s Corner.....................................26 Chateau Thomas Winery.................22 Elegant Options.................................44 Experience the Arts..........................25 Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Indiana Heritage Arts Show...........24 Iris Garden Gallery.............................17 JoAnn’s Home Elegance..................23 Reliable Vintage.................................43 The Woodlands Gallery...................51


The Bookloft........................................47 His Book Shop.....................................11 Reliable Vintage.................................43


Antique Alley Shops.........................15 Bear Hardware....................................49 For Bare Feet.......................................67 Head Over Heels................................29 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...................15 Male Instinct........................................46 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Peg Ann’s Boutique...........................23 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Sports Etc.............................................29 White Sands Boutique.....................32


Antique Alley Shops.........................15 Appleworks..........................................50 Big River Tackle and Timber...........61

Bone Appetit Bakery........................47 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................21 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop........17 Brown Co Studio & Garden Tour..52 Brown Co Visitors Center................10 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 Cathy’s Corner.....................................26 Chateau Thomas Winery.................22 The Coca-Cola Shop.........................62 Common Grounds............................21 Country Mouse Weaving................45 Elegant Options.................................52 Experience the Arts..........................25 Faerie Hollow Studio........................45 The Ferguson House........................13 Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Foxfire....................................................13 Granny’s Christmas Shop................62 Head Over Heels................................29 Homestead Weaving Studio..........45 House of Clocks..................................46 Iris Garden Gallery.............................17 J Bob’s....................................................63 JoAnn’s Home Elegance..................23 K. Bellum Leather..............................53 Kim’s Corner.........................................62 Madeline’s............................................63 Male Instinct........................................46 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Mercantile Store.................................62 Nashville General Store...................20 New Leaf...............................................59 Oak Grove Pottery.............................18 Ole House.............................................31 Papertrix...............................................31 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Reliable Vintage.................................43 Sheep Street Fibers...........................46 Silas Andrews......................................29 Spears Gallery.....................................45 Sports Etc.............................................29 Sweetwater Gallery...........................15 Townhouse Gifts................................19 The Toy Chest......................................39 Wishful Thinking................................43

The Woodlands Gallery...................51


19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill...........25 Bean Blossom, Monroe Music Park and Campground..............................33 The Palace Theatre of Brown Co...22 Chateau Thomas Winery.................22 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine......17 kidscommons.....................................11 Log Cabin Tour...................................48 Melchior Marionettes.......................56 Nashville Express...............................11 Rawhide Ranch...................................57 Weed Patch Music Company........... 2


19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill...........25 Abe Martin Lodge.............................10 Appleworks..........................................50 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Bloomingfoods...................................57 Brown Co IGA......................................37 Brown Co Inn..........................47,55,63 Brown Co Steak & Seafood Co......25 Brown Co Winery...............................57 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest........53 Calzone Jones.....................................17 Carmel Corn Cottage.......................19 Casa del Sol..........................................19 Chateau Thomas Winery.................22 Common Grounds............................21 Farmhouse Cafe.................................61 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.....................21 Hobnob Corner Restaurant...........26 Holy Cow..............................................23 Hoosier Buddy Liquors....................49 Hotel Nashville.............................19,26 J Bob’s....................................................63 Jack & Jill Nut Shop...........................50 McDonald’s..........................................42 McDonald’s Supermarket...............53 Miller’s Ice Cream...............................21 Muddy Boots Cafe.............................53 Nashville BP.........................................31 Nashville Candy Store......................29 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................68

Advertiser Index Nashville General Store...................20 Nashville House.................................63 Ole House.............................................31 The Ordinary.......................................63 The Original Soup to Nuts..............21 Pine Room Tavern..............................49 Pizza King.............................................46 Seasons.................................................63 That Sandwich Place........................11 Trolly’s 61..............................................61


Hilltop Cabin & Suites Brown County Cabins......................59 Honeysuckle Hideaway...................47 Hotel Nashville.............................19,26 The House at Stone Head...............57 Iris Garden Cottages.........................17 Lodge on the Mountain..................60 The North House...............................26 Rawhide Ranch...................................57 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.....................25 Salt Creek Inn......................................47 Seasons.................................................63 Willow Manor Apartments.............27

Eye Care of Brown County Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Fruitdale Market Health for “U” Hills o’ Brown Realty Jane Gore Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Mike Nickels Log Homes Precise Books and Payroll, Inc. Remax Team Wild Hair

Pioneer Village Museum.................11

Head Over Heels................................29 K. Bellum Leather..............................53

Big River Tackle and Timber...........61 The Ferguson House........................13 JoAnn’s Home Elegance..................23 The Woodlands Gallery...................51


Bear Hardware....................................49

Bone Appetit Bakery........................47


Head Over Heels................................29 K. Bellum Leather..............................53


Antique Alley Shops.........................15 Cathy’s Corner.....................................26 Faerie Hollow Studio........................45 Ferguson House.................................13 Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Foxfire....................................................13 Grasshopper Flats..............................15 J Bob’s/Bedazzled Jewelry..............63 New Leaf...............................................59 Old McDurbin Gold..........................21 Ole House.............................................31 Reliable Vintage.................................43 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............19 White Sands Boutique.....................32


Abe Martin Lodge.............................10 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 The Brick Lodge.................................26 Brown Co Inn..........................47,55,63 Comfort Inn.........................................51 Cornerstone Inn.................................56 Green Valley Lodge...........................31 Hidden Valley Inn..............................51 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals.....25


Brown Co Studio & Garden Tour..52 MonWood Photography.................61 Reliable Vintage.................................43 Spears Gallery.....................................45


Camp Moneto.....................................16 Rawhide Ranch...................................57 Salt Creek Golf Course.....................25


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS............................28 Brown Co Visitors Center................10 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon...........25 Michael’s Massage Therapy...........39 Nashville BP.........................................31 Linda Thomas Massage...................28 Reliable Vintage.................................43 River Light Yoga.................................28

SERVICES DIRECTORY 64-65 Adirondac Style Furniture Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Bishop Accounting Services LLC Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto



Ady’s Fabric & Notions.....................46 Bone Appetit Bakery........................47 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 The Coca-Cola Shop.........................62 Fireplace Center.................................44 For Bare Feet.......................................67 Granny’s Christmas Shop................62 House of Clocks..................................46 K. Bellum Leather..............................53 Male Instinct........................................46 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Papertrix...............................................31 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Reliable Vintage.................................43 Sheep Street Fibers...........................46 Sports Etc.............................................29 The Toy Chest......................................39 Weed Patch Music Company........... 2 Wishful Thinking................................43


Brown Co Studio & Garden Tour..52 Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Sweetwater Gallery...........................15


Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Hotel Nashville.............................19,26


Flower and Herb Barn......................61 Salem’s Good Nature Farm.............42


Bill Weaver is an author and radio personality currently living in Bloomington. He’s published The College of Beer: The Story of Nick’s English Hut, and numerous zines including ER, D’KNOW, and The New York Squid. He writes for Our Brown County, IntoArt, and the Bloomington Herald-Times Homes section. He maintains a website of short stories called The Liars Bunch at <>. He’s known as Gus Travers, the co-host of WFHB’s The Dark End of the Street.

M. Joanne Nesbit is a former newspaper reporter, author of three books on the early Brown County artists, and current student of the fascinating history of the Brown County Art Colony. Her books are available at local book stores and galleries. She raised her children on Possum Trot Road. She now lives in Michigan where she is retired after a career as a public information officer for Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max.

Henry “Hank” Swain moved to Brown County with his bride Mardi in 1947. He supported a family of five daughters by building homes. Hank’s books Leaves for the Raking, and Why Now? are bi-products of writing for Our Brown County. He has served the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville United Methodist Green Room class, the Bloomington Society of Friends, League of Women Voters, and WRAPS (Writers, Readers and Poets Society). You will sometimes find him relaxing in his kayak on Salt Creek.

Cindy Steele is the publisher and editor of this magazine. She works out of her home in Helmsburg, producing most of the ads and layout herself. She started a second publication in 2004 called INto Art that focuses on fine arts and crafts in this region. She consults with her son Evan Markley on photo choices and ad designs. Her friend Otis hosts a jam session every Thursday where she pretends to play the banjo or guitar and sings.

Lee Edgren, writing since kindergarten, attended journalism school at the University of Michigan. Her career includes writing for a newspaper, for a government agency, and for UM Medical Center. She became seriously interested in yoga during the late 1980s and traveled widely. Lee has a master’s degree in Wellness Management from Ball State University. She lives in both in Brown County and in northern Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio.

Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and works when he has to.

Jim Eagleman is a 33 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 30 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.

Julia Pearson is the Museum Director for the Brown County Historical Society. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Bloomington. Julia is human interest editor and writer for a Secular Franciscan magazine, and is currently writing a column entitled “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat. She loves traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes worldwide, especially with her children and grandchildren.

Jeanette Menter moved to Columbus over eight years ago from California where she worked in the newspaper and magazine industry for 25 years. She writes a column for The Republic newspaper and calls herself, “An expert at nothing, observer of all.” An admitted “late bloomer’” she received her Liberal Arts degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her two grown daughters reside in California. She is working on a couple of book projects, is a volunteer lay counselor, and enjoys traveling with her husband.

featured photographer


12 John Hartford Memorial Festival by Mark Blackwell 16 Experience the Arts in Brown Co. by Lee Edgren 18 IHA Show and Sale 20 Sampler at The Ordinary’s bar 28 Festival of Flowers Paint Out 30 A Night at the Palace Theatre

by Jeanette Menter


Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival

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Log Cabin Tour Studio and Garden Tour Music in the Air


Artifacts and Souvenirs



by Mark Blackwell

by Bill Weaver

One Year’s Subscription for $12 —for postage and handling.

by Julia Pearson


by Jim Eagleman

Our County Office Building

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Quilt Show Leota Loop’s Love of Flowers

Subscriptions Make Great Gifts



Marti Garvey is a photographer and artist who has lived in Brown County for 32 years. She and her husband, Norbert, raised four children in the hills and hollers of Owl Creek. Inspired by light, structures, nature, music, people, and spontaneity her work has been featured in various Bloomington, publications including Bloom Magazine. “Do at least one creative thing a day” is a motto she has lived by her whole life—which is why her camera and art supplies accompany her wherever she goes. Contact her at <> or view her photos at <>.

by Henry Swain


by Joanne Nesbit

8 Contributors 9 Subscribe 11 Where Is It? Contest 34-35 Photographs by Marti Garvey 38 Coloring Contest 40-41 Calendar of Entertainment/Events


Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435

812-988-8807 copyright 2011 Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

Send with check or money order to:

Our Brown County P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435


Photo of Bob Adair and his friendly, but biting dog George at Otis Todd’s Bluegrass Jam by Cindy Steele.

LAST ISSUE’S CONTEST WINNERS: • The Where Is It? photo was of a sign at Nashville’s Original Soup to Nuts and Sylvia Shroyer was the first to guess. • Charity Tarter won the Coloring Contest.

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There is always something to do in Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest State Park: Aquatic Center, Horse Back Riding, Mountain Bike Trails, Fishing, Tennis...

We have the room for you!

Our full service restaurant is open daily.

Brown County State Park 160 accommodations: P.O. Box 547 Nashville, IN 47448 Abe Martin Lodge and guest rooms, two-story cabins, 1-877-Lodges-1 â&#x20AC;˘ (812) 988-4418 the Little Gem Restaurant and historic cabins. We have the perfect setting for any event, Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Getaways and Family Reunions and More!

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HIS BOOK SHOP Specializing in New, Used, and Rare Christian Books

WHERE IS IT? Win $20

We Buy Christian Books Across alley from Courthouse (812) 988-4873 58 East Main St. P.O. Box 365 Nashville, Indiana 47448

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

Nashville Express Sightseeing Tours

2 1/2 mile scenic tour of Nashville Board at Fearrin’s Ice Cream • Franklin & Van Buren

Be the first person to call and get the prize money. Leave a message with the specific location of the Mystery Photo, your name, and phone number.


also service to Seasons, Brown County Inn, Comfort Inn & Salt Creek Inn

May – October • $5 per person • 812-988-2308

in Downtown Columbus, a short drive from Nashville

available for field trips, business functions, private tours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. longer on weekends (ask the driver)

Pioneer Village Museum Behind the Courthouse between Old School Way and Locust Lane Open Sat. , Sun., Holidays 1 – 4:30

Pioneer Cabin Blacksmith Shop Log Jail Loom Room Doctor’s Office

For Info: Brown Co. Historical Society (812) 988-2899 • (812) 988-6089

Three floors of learning and Fun! Lightspace Play Wall and Exer-gaming Bikes

Bubbleology Our House Japan Kids at Art



with ad up to 4 people exp. 4-30-2012

Slide down our giant toilet

Hands-on Exhibits & Activities for Families with Toddlers to Early Teens 309 Washington St. Columbus, IN • 812-378-3046 Tues.–Sat. 10–5,Sun. 1–5 and also Mondays June 6 – Aug. 8

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John Hartford Bean Blossom

Memorial Festival

June 2–4, 2011

The late John Hartford (center) appearing at a Bean Blossom festival in 1998. courtesy photos

by Mark Blackwell


he Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park is having a John Hartford Memorial Festival from June 2 to June 4, 2011. I’m glad somebody thought to do it, and thought to do it at Bean Blossom, because it’s a fitting place to celebrate his life and music. Back 40 years ago, the 1971 Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival was the best one they ever had. I know because John and his band (Tut Taylor on Dobro, Randy Scruggs on

bass, Norman Blake on guitar and mandolin, and Vassar Clements on fiddle) were there and I wasn’t. For those who may not know or remember, John Hartford was a Grammy award-winning, multiinstrumentalist, idiosyncratic, old-timey, Bluegrass, songwriting, steamboat pilot. Some of the most recent things he did was provide music for the movie O, Brother, Where Art Thou and performed in the “Down from the Mountain”

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concert tour. He also narrated and provided music for Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary. John started out playing banjo and fiddle in Bluegrass groups in Missouri when he was still in high school. After attending Washington University in Saint Louis he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to break into the music business. He DJ-ed, played session jobs, and wrote songs in his spare time. After achieving some success with an

album called “Earthwords and Music,” which featured his song “Gentle on My Mind,” John moved to Los Angeles. He was on television in the late 1960s with the Smothers Brother’s Comedy Hour and the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Campbell had a certified hit with “Gentle on My Mind” and a gazillion other folks recorded versions of it. While still on the west coast Hartford played on the Byrd’s album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” and was even offered his own television show. But, with the royalties from “Gentle on My Mind” coming in, John felt free to leave Hollywood. He left to get his steamboat pilot’s license and chart his own course on the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, and Cumberland rivers. Just as it was important for John to get out of Hollywood, it was important

John jamming at Bean Blossom in 1971.

for him to explore his own forms of music. In 1971 he recorded an album with the band he brought to Bean Blossom, entitled “AereoPlain.” Sam Bush said, “Without ‘Aereo Plain’ there would be no ‘Newgrass’ music.” It was the catalyst for a lot of young acoustic musicians to explore and stretch the boundaries of traditional music and breathe new life into Bluegrass.

The Ferguson


Visit rooms of:

• Iron Decor

• Swan Creek Candles • Holiday Decor • Home Accessories

• Collegiate Gifts

• Fashion Jewelry

• Accent Tables

• Garden Accents

and more . . .

78 W. Franklin Street Nashville 812-988-7388

Hartford continued his experiments with in music with people like Doug and Rodney Dillard, Sam Bush, Marty Stuart, and Jerry Douglas. Around the 1980s John developed a solo act in which he sang, switched off on banjo and fiddle, and kept time by clogging and shuffling his feet on a piece of amplified plywood. Sometimes, he would just walk off stage while he was fiddling and stroll through the audience. It was a fine performance, I was lucky enough to have seen him two or three times in different venues. In the 1990s, Hartford changed things up again, touring with his son Jamie and putting together the “Hartford String Band” with Bob Carlin, Mike Compton, Larry Perkins, Chris Sharp, and Mark Schatz. With this band he recorded an album


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59 E. Main St. in Nashville 812-988-8707

• Gifts and Home Decor • Willowtree Angels • Swan Creek Candles • Kitchen Accessories • Baby Gifts • Holiday Decor • Rhythm Clocks • Fashion Jewelry and Purses • Garden Decor May/June 2011 • Our Brown County 13

HARTFORD continued from 13 entitled “Good Old Boys” which features a moving ten and a half minute ode to Bill Monroe called “The Cross-eyed Child.” It was also about this time that he recorded his album “Retrograss” with Mike Seeger and David Grisman. In all, John recorded more than 30 albums, wrote hundreds of songs, and left a legacy of smiles wherever he performed. John Hartford was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in the late 1980s but he continued to work on his songwriting and performances. Even as his condition worsened he recorded several albums of fiddle music, contributed to the score and even has a brief cameo in “O Brother”. His narration and fiddle playing at that time adds a distinctive flavor to Ken Burns’ “Civil War”. John passed away ten years ago on June 4, 2001, he was 63 years old. So, 40 years after John Hartford first performed at Bean Blossom, it is fitting to honor his achievements

Clen Campbell and John on the set of the Goodtime Hour. courtesy photo

in music and life with a festival. The lineup for the festival is truly remarkable. Tim O’Brien from the legendary Colorado Bluegrass Band “Hot Rize” will be on hand, as well as Tut Taylor and the Dobrolic Plectral Society. Danny Barnes of the Bad Livers, the Freight Hoppers, Leroy Troy, the Henhouse Prowlers, and Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band (some of you might remember

John with Norman Blake and Tut Taylor. courtesy photo

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them as the “Darlings” from the Andy Griffith Show) will also be performing along with about 16 other bands including our own White Lightning Boys. It will be a three day celebration of Bluegrass, Newgrass, Retrograss, and plain old American Folk music. The tickets for all 3 days are only $75 (not including camping) and that includes a special Wednesday, June 1, concert and party. If you can’t make for the whole shebang, the tickets are $20 for Thursday, June 2nd, $25 for Friday, June 3rd, and $30 on Saturday, June 4th. And remember, this all takes place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park so there’s plenty of good camping, flush toilets, hot showers, and great music. Tickets can be purchased on the festival website < www.> or by calling (314) 315-3670. For information about the Bill Monroe Memorial music Park and camp site availability go to <www.> or call the park office at 1-800-414-4677. 

Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

145 S. Van Buren Nashville located in the Back-to-Back Complex


Two Nashville Locations: The Original – 172 N. Van Buren Life is Good Kids – Calvin Place (S. Van Buren & Franklin)

est. 1972

Doug Stoffer, Designer/Jeweler Sterling Silver • Fine Diamonds Opals • Gemstones • Wedding Rings Titanium Bands • Austrian Lead Crystal

Antique Alley Shoppes

Brown County Playhouse


Top Dollar Paid for Old Gold 150 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville


For Quality and Price call 812-988-4037

Antique A ti Alley All on the West Side The Ordinary

Brown County Bauble® Boards Brown County Pottery Brown County Weavery and Roots For Bare Feet Ferguson House K. Bellum Leather Nashville Image Old Time Photography Nature’s Cabin Paint Box Art Gallery The Purple Fig Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders


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watercolor, writing, woodworking, movement, healing arts, folk arts, musical theater, holography, and even one offering in the art of making cheesecake. Visitors will be able to explore the county’s scenic roads as artists open their home-based studios or offer classes at satellite locations such as the T.C. Steele State Historic Site and the Traditional Arts Building in the village of Nashville. Classes may be morning, afternoon, or day long, with a few that are longer, allowing visitors to sample a variety of classes over several days. As Debbie Dunbar of Two Great Minds Marketing wrote, “If you have the desire to be creative, these artists will inspire and teach you to make something from the heart.” “Experience the Arts in Brown County” coincides with the wellknown annual Brown County Studio and Garden Tour and the Indiana —Debbie Dunbar Heritage Arts Exhibit at the Brown County Art Gallery. In addition, Enjoy the pleasure of diving more visitors can enjoy the rich mixture deeply into: drawing, clay, jewelry, of contemporary art for sale and the mixed media, textiles, quilting, work of noted artists of the past that spinning, weaving, oil painting, can be seen in the Town of Nashville.

June 20–July 1, 2011

Experience the ARTS in

Brown County


by Lee Edgren

etween June 20 and July 1, “Experience the Arts in Brown County” is offering more than 175 classes that will be taught by Brown County artists. With more than 10 classes for children (or children and at least one parent), a full-spectrum offering for older teens and adults, lodging discounts, and lectures on Brown County’s arts heritage, Experience the Arts in Brown County is the perfect focus for a family vacation, girlfriends getaway, or solitary learning experience.

“If you have the desire to be creative, these artists will inspire and teach you to make something from the heart.”

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Many of the pioneering artists’ collections can still be viewed in Brown County. The Brown County Art Guild features Marie Goth, V.J. Cariani, Carl Graf and Genevieve Goth Graf in addition to the works of 50 active artists. The Brown County Art Gallery is Nashville’s original gallery, preserving history and fostering the legacy of the early artists. The collection includes paintings from Adolph Shulz, Ada Walter Shulz, Will Vawter, Carl Graf, E. K. Williams, C. Curry Bohm, V.J. Cariani, Marie Goth, L.O. Griffith, Gustave Baumann, Dale Bessire, and T.C. Steele. Today the gallery has 30 active members who display and sell their work in three seasonal exhibits. Over the years, there have been many discussions about starting a Traditional Arts School in Brown County, one even reaching the model building stage. The Art Alliance Brown County began an “Art Center without Walls,” in 2009. Through generous donations and artist participation, Experience the Arts in Brown County moves this concept forward and brings the reality of an arts school one step closer. As arts patron Kathy Anderson, the organizing force behind this year’s event said, “The artists themselves are driving the positive momentum that is occurring around this event.” These programs will continue to enhance the rich arts heritage the early artists established as the “Art Colony of the Midwest” over 100 years ago. A full list of classes and artists, on-line registration, as well as housing information and a list of additional things to do is available at <www.> or call (812) 988-7140. 

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Indiana Heritage Arts Show and Sale June 11–25, 2011


he spirit and tradition of the early Brown County Art Colony is alive and thriving in Indiana as artists throughout the state prepare for the upcoming IHA show. Now in its thirty-third year, the 2011 Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibition and Sale will open to the public on June 11 and run through June 25 at the historic Brown County Art Gallery. Indiana Heritage Arts promotes the legacy of traditional and representational painting established by the artists who founded the Brown County Art Colony in the early twentieth century. In keeping with that tradition, artists are creating works they hope will be judged worthy of exhibition in this outstanding show. Approximately 130 artists from throughout Indiana will enter nearly 400 works of art into the competition. It will be the daunting task of this year’s judge to select the 125 paintings, which will comprise the exhibition and to determine which artists will receive awards. Last year nearly $35,000 was awarded to the artists who merited the show’s top honors.

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This year’s judge is Kathryn Stats of Salt Lake City, Utah. Kathryn’s work has been featured in the magazines American Art Collector, Art of the West, Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur. Her art was featured in the exhibition Wide Skies: Recent Art of the American West in Beijing, China. Last year Columbus businessman, art collector and patron, Richard “Dick” Johnson, was honored posthumously with IHA’s Directors’ Purchase Award. IHA chose to purchase Spencer artist Ken Bucklew’s landscape “Overlook Near Freedom” for this prestigious award. Funds donated by private donors were matched by the IHA Board of Directors to provide $15,000 for this purchase. Bucklew took home all of the top honors in last year’s show by winning the first prize IHA Gold Award, the People’s Choice and the IHA Purchase Awards. His beautiful painting is currently displayed in the Indiana Heritage Arts Gallery located within the Brown County Art Gallery. Other major prize winners were second place Silver Award winner, Judith Lewis, for her still life, “Sweet Serenade,” and third place Bronze Award winner, John Michael Carter, for his portrait, “Lara.” In total $63,000 in prize money and purchase awards was received by 26 winners from the more than 80 artists juried into the show. Any artist 18 years or older who is a present or former resident of Indiana is eligible to enter the show. Works in pastel, oil, acrylic, alkyd, watercolor, casein and egg tempera, as well as drawings, prints, and mixed media works may be entered. For more information or to obtain an entry form visit our website at <>. Entry deadline is May 21, 2011. Show hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The Brown County Art Gallery is located at the corner of Main Street and Artist Drive in Nashville. There is no charge for admission to the show. All artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Indiana Heritage Arts, a not-for-profit organization, which promotes traditional, heritagestyle art in Indiana. To become a member or to obtain more information about Indiana Heritage Arts, please visit our website at <>. 

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The Bar at

The Ordinary T

The Sampler

he bar at The Ordinary in downtown Nashville has always reminded me a little bit of “The Sidetrack Tap” in Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon.” I guess it’s because you enter by going around to the side, up “Old Hickory Lane,” and slip in the side door. It was a rainy spring afternoon, and I was meeting Mrs. Sampler at workday’s end for a midweek happy hour, so we strolled up the narrow Old School Way, behind the Ordinary, and ducked around the corner into the side door off the alley. You push thru a pair of old fashioned swinging saloon doors and into a nice dark little bar where you wouldn’t be surprised to see

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Clint Bunsen or Carl Krebsbach and an assortment of various “Norwegian bachelor farmers” relating their various tales of “the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve….” I don’t know if you’d exactly call it a “locals” bar, but it is the only bar on the main drag, right downtown, and I’m told shopkeepers and townie professionals often gather there of an evening or weekend to recount life’s little victories and to drown sorrows. It has a long history. Back when the “Old School Way” still led down to the red brick two-story Nashville High School (approximately where the Grasshopper Flats shop now sits) and bobbysoxers and lettermen walked up it to Jerry’s Root Beer Stand (on the corner of Main Street, behind the Continued on 24

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Van Buren and Washington Streets in Downtown Nashville, Indiana “Featuring professional performers, The Palace Theatre offers musical comedy and performance at its finest in the friendly, comfortable confines of a state-of-the-art theatrical environment. With its wide variety of original shows being staged regularly, The Palace Theatre is becoming a national theatre destination for theatre-goers of all ages.”

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SAMPLER continued from 20 Nashville House and across from the courthouse), a restaurant and bar called “The Old Hickory” sat where the Ordinary is now (thus “Old Hickory Lane”). There are a few tables with nice white tablecloths, but I always prefer to sit at the bar, perched on a stool and gazing into the back bar mirror, mulling over community, history, the whole many-angled thing of life itself, miscellaneous topics of the day, and, of course the bill of fare. I usually have Guinness Extra Stout at the Ordinary bar. One time, a few years ago, when I was out for a little frivolity with the not-yet-Mrs. Sampler and friends, we stopped at the Ordinary bar and ordered Guinness Stouts and the bartender, with a practiced twist of the wrist, ended the pour by making cute little shamrocks in the top of the foam. Ever since then, I’ve always ordered it, hoping I’ll get the shamrock, but, alas, I have been cruelly and repeatedly disappointed. It is a husband’s duty to be able to order the correct cocktail for his wife, and I know mine likes a gin martini on the rocks with extra fruit. (I have learned that the “fruit” in this drink order is olives.)


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It’s a nice place for drinks. Besides the various inevitable memorabilia and some really nice antique neon signs, the walls are replete with old photographs depicting various old Brown County characters and scenes, calling to mind many a quaint and curious memory of forgotten lore. We are told that in Colonial times, an “ordinary” was the tavern, restaurant, and guest house where local residents and travelers gathered to share spirits and camaraderie. Records in colonial Connecticut, in 1644, ordered “one sufficient inhabitant” in each town to keep an ordinary, since “strangers were straitened” for want of entertainment. Another thing I know about Mrs. Sampler is that she wants only one drink, and that she likes an early dinner. Accordingly, we examined the menu, which includes homemade soups, salads, extraordinary sandwiches, special fish selections, chicken, turkey, barbecued back ribs, and steaks with all the trimmings. When I sit at the bar, I want bar food, so I started with some beer battered onion rings off of the ample appetizer menu; they were hot, delicious, and served with a couple of nice pickle slices. On the little daily specials board behind the bar, I spied the soup of the day, which proved to be a tasty vegetable soup, reminiscent of my dear mother’s own. We split a bowl, and the rings, and studied our options further. The deep-fried Tilapia with coleslaw and fries was tempting, but Mrs. Sampler does not want me to eat breaded fried foods exclusively. I suggested the “open-faced Reuben”, but she balked. “Who wants to eat a Reuben open-faced?” “Well, they’d probably put a top on it for you if you wanted.” We settled on a hamburger with chips, which was juicy and delicious. That’s when I started to think about Jerry’s and the Old School Way, and the Old Hickory, and the old ordinaries of colonial days, which were, I expect, a far cry from what we’ve come to expect today. Sitting there on your stool at the public bar foot rail, enjoying a beer brewed since 1759, savoring a truly American meal of a burger and rings with vegetable soup, there’s time to consider history, to gather up a sense of place, and to consider which parts of your life actually have the potential to make you profoundly satisfied. 

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rtists and art lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy the Festival of Flowers Paint Out at the T. C. Steele Historic Site in Brown County on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The event will feature artists painting on the site grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Festival of Flowers Paint Out provides a unique insight into the methods of T.C. Steele, an artist greatly inspired by his natural surroundings. Artists will work much as Steele did— outside, in the open air. The event is free of charge to the general public, but participating artists must preregister and pay a fee. In addition to the traditional drawing and painting media, artists are invited to enter in the “Garden Art” category. Entries in this category must be three-dimensional and weather-resistant, and may include sculpture, assemblage art, or a combination. The public is invited to watch the artists at work and to enjoy a day of relaxation and fun. Artists and visitors who come to enjoy the Festival of Flowers Paint Out will be able to enjoy the artistry of two famous Steeles. While T.C. Steele occupied his time painting the landscape around him, Selma Neubacher Steele was


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creating her own “landscapes.” Selma’s gardens in May are a dazzling display of peonies, irises and foxgloves massed in garden beds and naturalized across the hillsides. Boxed lunches will be available for purchase, for your own picnic in the garden. An outdoor afternoon concert will begin at 1 p.m. Artist in Residence Cheryl Kaldahl will also present a demonstration using watercolor and collage to give old artworks a new look. Artwork will be gathered together for judging at 2 p.m. near the Formal Garden. While the event judges are hard at work, visitors may vote on their favorites for a “People’s Choice” award. First-place winning artwork created during the Festival of Flowers Paint Out will be displayed in T.C. Steele’s Large Studio for thirty days following the event, for all to enjoy. Event activities are free of charge to the general public, with a $1 parking donation suggested. Guided tours of Steele’s studio and historic home, the “House of the Singing Winds” will be available throughout the day for an admission fee. In addition to the art contest, nature lovers can experience the serenity of the Steele estate by strolling flower gardens, winding trails and the nature preserve. The Festival of Flowers Paint Out is co-sponsored by the Friends of T.C. Steele. Event activities are made possible in part by the Brown County Art Organizations Fund, supported by the Artful Dining Gala. For more information, call (812) 988-2785 or visit <>. 

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A Night at the

by Jeanette Menter


n a world where vulgarity and mediocrity are the norm in entertainment, there remains a place where it’s presented with refeshing spark, talent, and originality right here in Brown County.

The Palace Theatre (formerly Coachlight Theatre) offers an amazing experience from the moment visitors walk through the door. The player piano and an old-fashioned “Love-Tester” are just a few of the unusual attractions in the turn of the century arcadeinspired lobby. The inside of the theater has been given a facelift, including new lighting and sound systems topped off with a beautiful chandelier and two replicas of cherub statues from Brussels. The combination of eclectic and classic touches make The Palace—a name chosen as a tongue-in-cheek salute to the grand theaters of days gone by—a bawdy mixture of fun and top-notch professional talent. Audiences are treated to unique musicals such as Forever Vegas, Platinum Girls, Cowboy Sweethearts, It’s Only Temporary, Tumbleweed, and of course, Brown County Christmas.

Forever Vegas cast members. courtesy photo

Any performance at The Palace Theatre of Brown County is destined to be unforgettable. That’s because every act is an original, written and produced by the owners. In April, Forever Vegas, an evening of parody and music based on the memories of the legends of Sin City, opened without a hitch. When the velvet curtains parted, four men dressed in glittering costumes belted out tunes from the iconic movie “Viva Las Vegas,” while shaking and twitching in dramatic comical fashion. The tempo was Vaudevillian. Moment to moment each actor disappeared behind one of the glittering mylar curtains only to reappear in a completely different costume (each one handmade by owner Julie Continued on 32

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THE PALACE continued from 30 Powers) performing a whole new act—all relating to the golden era of Las Vegas. The actors did bits paying homage to Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Milton Berle, Elvis, and more. The music was professionally executed and performed with a sense of whimsy and bawdy humor. In between the harmonic sets and touching solos, the audience was treated to an unexpected magic show, interaction with clowns, short snippets of famous female singers such as Cher and Celine Dion—all done with hilarious and impeccable timing by the same four, incredibly talented and versatile performers. Although it may appear that actors improvise from time to time, the fact is every aspect of their performances is carefully planned and professionally executed. These carefully chosen actors are paid professionals and have acting, singing or theatre backgrounds. Even though the atmosphere is lighthearted, there is nothing amateurish about the level of performances. Delivering original, quality entertainment in a seemingly effortless manner is the goal of the owners Russell Moss, Brad Zumwalt, and Julie Powers. Each show is written and produced by them as well. No prepackaged acts are used, so don’t expect to see the classics here. Do plan on being delightfully surprised. In addition, new venues include the talents of Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band from the Red Barn Jamboree offering unforgettable tributes to Johnny Cash and Elvis on par with anything being done around the country. The owners of The Palace also operate the successful Boggstown Cabaret Supper Club. Their commitment to providing an extraordinary evening of entertainment for their audiences there has made it a destination point for fifteen years. For over two years, they’ve extended that knowledge and passion into making The Palace equally in demand. If you’re tired of bad movies, amateur live performances, or expensive big productions that are too far away anyway, look in your own back yard. There is a treasure there and it’s called The Palace Theatre. Visit their website <> or call (812) 988-2101 to get all the details. Your loved ones will thank you. 

by Bill Weaver


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DIRECTIONS: Take I-65 to exit #68 Columbus, IN. Go West 15 miles to SR 46 to Nashville. Go north 5 miles to SR 135 to Bean Blossom. Email: *Advance Ticket Deadline June 1, 2011. All shows rain or shine-no refunds. All acts subject to change without notice. WE DO NOT ALLOW ALCOHOL, DRUGS, PETS, GOLF CARTS, LARGE COOLERS, GLASS CONTAINERS OR ATV’S IN THE CONCERT AREA.


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Brown County from the eyes of Marti Garvey.


Celebrating Bill Monroe’s 100th Birthday

Bean Blossom BluegrassFestival

June 11–18, 2011


owdy, howdy folks.” That’s the way that Bill Monroe always greeted the audience at Bean Blossom. It has been 15 years now since Bill has left us but the spirit of the Father of Bluegrass and founder of the oldest, continuously running, Bluegrass music festival is still much in evidence at Bean Blossom—in the music, the hospitality, and the neighborly atmosphere of the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park. Thanks for the wonderful present and Happy 100th Birthday, Bill. The Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival got off to its start in 1967 in the old barn that used to grace the area directly behind the current Hall of Fame. The next year, with considerable

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by Mark Blackwell

J.D. Crowe at last year’s festival. photos by Cindy Steele

effort from the Bluegrass Boys themselves, land was cleared and a stage erected in a natural amphitheater and 1968 saw the first outdoor festival at the park. Today the park is 55 acres of performance space, modern camping facilities, and vendor areas. It is also home to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame where the achievements of many of the musicians who helped shape and advance the music are enshrined. Just outside and to the south of the Hall of fame is the cabin where Bill Monroe, as a youth, “batched” with his Uncle Pen. Uncle Pendleton Vandivier was Bill’s mother’s brother who is memorialized in the classic song “Uncle Pen” and the fall “Uncle Pen Days Festival.” But it is Bluegrass music that draws crowds to Bean Blossom. Bluegrass music is as traditional as Ralph Stanley and as up to the minute as the Grascals, both of whom will be at the festival this year along with over fifty other top Bluegrass bands. The 45th annual festival includes big name acts such as, J.D. Crowe and the New South, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, Special Consensus, the James King Band, The Wildwood Valley Boys, The Tony Rice Unit, and Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be a tribute to the Grateful Dead. I know that’s got you scratchin’ your head but bear with me and I will explain the connection. First off, Jesse McReynolds, of Jim and Jesse fame, recently released and album entitled “Songs of Jerry Garcia.” Jerry of course headed up the psychedelic Grateful Dead but he also played in the Bluegrass band “Old and in the Way” with Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, John Khan, and David Grisman. Garcia, a very good banjo player, also came to Nashville in the early 1960s to hear Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and to copy tapes of old Brown County Jamboree shows that he had heard about. Jerry was very devoted to Bluegrass and many of the

Legendary guitar player Tony Rice.

songs he wrote lend themselves, handily, to Bluegrass treatment. One of the highlights of the week is the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp. This is a series of small group workshops taught by professional instructors to help the next generation of Bluegrassers get a head start. The Boot Camp covers topics such as basic instrument care and handling, vocals and harmony singing, stage presence, song writing and more. All of it aimed at youngsters six to eighteen years old. The only catch is that the boot camp is so popular that it is limited to the first 50 applicants and you have to register before June 1 to get a spot. If you don’t make it this year, you can register early for next year. Continued on 56


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Chateau Thomas Winery Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. May 6 Foster and Jones May 7 Mark LaPointe May 13 Kevin Danzig May 14 Acoustic Catfish call for later dates Info 812-988-8500

Muddy Boots Cafe The Palace Theatre “It’s Only Temporary” May 7, 20, 28 June 2, 16, 23, 28, 30 “Platinum Girls” May 13, 23 June 3-two shows “Forever Vegas” May 6, 21, 27 June 9, 10, 17, 18, 24 “Cowboy Sweethearts” May 17, 29 June 29 “How Great Thou Art” June 19, 26 AND STARTING JUNE 4 Robert Shaw as Elvis and Johnny Cash “Heartbreak Hotel” at 5:00 June 4, 11, 25 “Man in Black” at 8:00 June 4, 11, 25 Coachlight Square • Van Buren and Washington Streets in Nashville Info 812-988-2101

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” May 14, 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18 Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

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Live music: Monday-Thurs. 6:30-8:30 Friday and Saturday 7:30-9:30 Info 812-988-6911 May 2 TBA May 3 Richard Groner May 4 TBA May 5 Kara Barnard May 6 Travis Creek May 7 Jeb Brester May 9 Robbie Bowden May 10 Ken Wilson May 11 Dan Cantwell May 12 Whipstitch May 13 MizFitz May 14 Indiana Boyz May 16 Fenny Smith May 17 Lou Stant May 18 Entwyned May 19 David Wierhake May 20 Me, Myself, & Iris (Elsie White) May 21 Don Ford May 23 David Dwyer May 24 Harvey Brown String Band May 25 Rich & Trish May 26 Whiskey Mystics May 27 The Ricci’s May 28 Storytelling with Laura Grover May 30 TBA May 31 Dave Miller North end of Van Buren Street in Nashville

Pine Room Tavern Saturdays Live music starting at 8:00 Sundays Jazz musicians 7:00-9:00 Wednesdays Ryder Film Series Info 812-988-0236

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FigTree May 5 Mack Jump May 12 Rich and Trish May 19 Dishpan Pie May 26 Jonathan & Deborah Hutchison June 3,4 Cinderbritches June 9 Jerry Farnsworth & Friends Shows 7:00-9:00 Info 812-988-1375

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays Country Dance Lessons Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country Band Special Events: May 29 Joe Edwards Show Second Saturdays - Lloyd Wood Show Second Fridays - Ballroom Dance First and Third Fridays - Singles Dance Info 812-988-8636

Salt Creek Golf Retreat 19th Hole Bar Music Fridays and Saturdays May 6 The Knuckleheads May 7 Karaoke May 13 Reel Tyme String Band May 14 Fire in the Dawn May 20 Bart Fortner May 21 Karaoke May 27 Harsch Reality May 28 The Faze June 3 Cootie Crabtree June 4 Karaoke June 10 Jeff Randall & the Sunday Best June 11 3rd From Last June 17 TBA June 18 Karaoke June 24 Bo and Mary June 25 AFM Info 812-988-7888

Abe Martin Lodge Little Gem Restaurant Music Saturdays Dave Miller 6:00-8:00 Info 812-988-4418

Seasons Lodge Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

Armed Forces Day 13th Annual Brown County Celebration and Open House Studio and Garden Tour

May 21, Nashville Masonic Lodge Artist Dr. Music and from 11:30 am until the SPECIAL EVENTS: food is gone and the music stops. Ham Village Art Walk and beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, Second Saturdays April–December hamburgers, hotdogs. 5 to 8 pm. 11 participating galleries. Info Mickey Frost 812-837-9560 or Restaurant discounts on tour Sat. and Sun. Harry Bond 812-988-6128 (812) 340-8781 Festival of Flowers PaintOut May 21, T.C. Steele Historic Site 7:00-3:30 Annual Antique Tractor & Artists of all ages outdoor compete

Farm Machine Show

May 1, 4-H Fairgrounds Over 100 Vintage antique tractors Bean and cornbread dinner, children’s pedal tractor pulls and games, arts and crafts, flea market


Spring Blossom Parade

Annual Quilt Show

May 7, downtown Nashville

Morel Mushroom Festival May 7, State Park Nature Center Day-long events include guided hunts, tasting, mushroom sale, talks

Habitat for Humanity Benefit Band Concert May 7, High School Auditorium, 7:30

Spring Blossom Art Festival May 13-15 downtown Nashville Brown Friday Noon-6:00 Saturday 10:00-6:00 Sunday 10:00-5:00 County and regional artists. Live entertainment.

Dances with Dirt Relay Marathon May 14, Mike’s Music and Dance Barn

Shelby Car Show May20-22, Brown County State Park Showcasing Shelby, Cobra, Tiger, Boss, Mach 1, and Mustang cars, all Hi-Pro Fords.

May 15, Deer Run Park, 1:00-4:00 Activities, contests, prizes Come for a fun afternoon June 3-5 Historical Society Bldg. SR 135 Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 Sunday 10:00 to 3:00

Brown County Log Cabin Tour June 4,5 10:00 to 4:00 RAIN or SHINE Self-guided drive through backroads of Brown County to see unique log cabin and country homes. Tickets day of tour at Village Green Gazebo. Advance Visitors Center 800-753-3255

Indiana Heritage Arts Show June 11-25 Brown County Art Gallery Largest juried art competition in the Midwest

45th Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 11-18 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom. Over 50 bands. Legends as well as up-and-coming groups. Plenty of pickin’ in the parking lot. Good food and comfortable camping.

June24-26 Self-guided free tour of artists’ and craftsmen’s studios and gardens through scenic backroads.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Bucks & Does Square Dance Historical Society Building SR 135 N May 6, 8:00-10:00

Brown County Art Gallery Now-June 4 Artists Assoc. Spring Exhibit May 1 Mabel B. Annis Student Art show May featuring Cynthia Richards May 14-22 Foundation’s Patron Show June 11-25 Indiana Heritage Arts Show June 27-Oct. 3 Artists Assoc. Summer Show Info 812-988-4609

Weed Patch Music Company Monthly Jams are 3:00-5:00 Fiddle Tune Jam 2nd Saturday Gospel Jam 3rd Saturday Info 812-988-1180

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Log Cabin Tour June 4–5, 2011


une 4 and 5, 2011, will be the 40th anniversary of the first log cabin tour. It was sponsored by the Brown County Democrat in 1971, with the Nashville chapter of Psi Iota Xi (PIX) picking up the tour as a fundraiser after that. The organization has used the proceeds from the tour and other fundraiser efforts almost exclusively on Brown County projects. This year’s tour features six homes instead of the usual five, with a large variety of sizes and styles. Bob and Robin Birdsong’s one-room, no electricity, primitivism offers a look at an old-fashioned lifestyle. It sits next-door to another home on the tour, their former home, built by Birdsongs but now owned by Patrick and Linda Nielander. The rough hand-hewn oak log exterior and the corrugated tin roof contrasts with the rich Oriental influences and special decorating touches inside.



Mike Kelley’s log home presents a masculine lodge feeling with touches of nature, hunting, and fishing, Native American gear, and even a tepee. The range in the ages of the homes offers another variety— brand new homes—completed within the last five years. Those two homes belong to Mel and Jane Lane and to the couple Dawn Snider and Gary Harden. Lane’s poplar log cabin, built by Mel with local lumber, is a shining example of reusing materials—from the stained glass windows to their claw-foot bathtub. Dawn and Gary’s home is a designer home done completely by Brown County craftsmen and carpenters. Their spectacular view is present in every room. From the other end of the age spectrum, Jay and Ellen Carter’s home was constructed in 1850 near Greensburg, then disassembled and moved to Brown County in the 1930s. The Carters portray its historical significance with a large collection of antiques and paintings. From large to small, from rustic to designer, from old to new, from nestled in the wood to high on a hill, these homes offer the range of life in Brown County. But more


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importantly, the profits from the tour benefit Brown County citizens. For example, in the 2009–2010 school year, the local Psi Ote chapter donated over $13,000 to the Brown County School Corporation, with grants to the high school choir, band, and drama department, the elementary libraries, and two special literacy projects. Through the annual Reading is Fundamental program, PIX donated three new books to each third- and sixth-grader. The Dictionary Project, also an ongoing annual project, ensures that each third-grader receives a new dictionary from the chapter. Also, six graduating seniors received education awards from the Nashville chapter totaling $4,500. These monies and those from previous years have purchased band uniforms, the high school grand piano, acoustic panels for the auditorium, and band instruments. The chapter has helped to finance Language Abroad students, the show choir choreographer, band camp personnel, drama club competitions, coats for elementary students, and individual students’ speech and hearing tests. Other local projects which received PIX funds are the Dolly

Parton Project, a book give-away program; local art organizations; and Turning Point, a domestic abuse facility serving several counties as well as Brown County.




This year the Nashville chapter received a grant from the state PIX organization to establish child-centers in the Turning Point offices. In the last few years, Psi Iota Xi has also been active in the art community of Brown County. The chapter has supported local art through participating in Artful Dining, Indiana Heritage Arts, Brown County Art Gallery, and Brown County Art Guild. In addition, the chapter restored the artworks in the County Office Building and served as curator for the artworks displayed in government offices in Nashville. Funds for these projects are raised by members’ efforts during several events, most notably the annual Log Cabin Tour each June. In addition, PIX sells bedding plants in the spring and mums in the fall to local residents and visitors. The 2011 Log Cabin Tour takes place Saturday, June 4 and Sunday June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 7533255. For complete details visit <>. 

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Studio and Garden Tour June 24-26, 2011


rown County, Indiana, has been a destination for visitors from across the country for more than a century. They came to see its natural beauty and to appreciate the fine arts and crafts. The tradition continues with the th 13 annual Studio and Garden Tour on June 24–26, 2011. Twenty-seven working artisans, who represent a broad artistic spectrum, will be meeting, demonstrating and selling their art to visitors who take part in this free, self-guided tour. On the tour this year are 12 studios, artfully situated around all areas of beautiful Brown County. Start anywhere you choose and create your own tour. The brochure and map will help you find your way. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the three days. A few of the studios offer interactive hands-on opportunities.

New artists on the tour this year are Mark Cagle—metal art, and Nancy Maxwell—plein air painter, who will be guest artists at Monique Cagle’s Sleepy Cat Studio. Guests at Chris Gustin’s Homestead Weaving Studio are Marla Dawson—handwoven and handknit scarves, hats and gloves, and Douglas Runyan—oil painting and pastels. The new studio on the tour this year belongs to Ron Newton— copper sculpture and scrimshaw. He will have guest artists Daniel Moore—woodwork and wood turning, and Mary Merchant Tinkle—sterling silver and copper jewelry. At Tom and Judy Prichard’s Oak Grove Pottery studio, guest artists Carolyn and Don Madvig will be displaying their mixed media frames, boxes, and cards.


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Returning artists taking part in the tour this year, along with their specialty: Rose Bolte—mixed media and gourds; Mike & Jenny Burt— contemporary stained glass and jewelry; Monique Cagle—acrylic painting, jewelry, painted glassware, textiles; Chris Gustin—“Recycled Rugs,” clothing, household items, fiber arts; Joan Haab—woven rayon chenille garments; Amanda Mathis—primitive painting and miniatures; Cheri & Dallas Platter—silver jewelry and lampworked beads; Connie Simmonds and Susan Threehawks—mosaics; Judy and Tom Prichard— functional and decorative pottery;

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Dixie and Dick Ferrer—painting, mixed media collage and “Artful Spirits;” Martha Sechler—watercolor, mixed media and pyrography on gourds; Larry Spears—stoneware and porcelain pottery; Sandy Taylor, stained glass and photography. Tour headquarters is the studio and home of T.C. Steele, impressionist painter who was instrumental in forming the original Art Colony of the Midwest in Brown County early in the 20th century. Visitors will be able to explore the lovingly tended gardens where the artists receive inspiration and sustenance. In addition to the Studio & Garden Tour, which is always held the last full weekend of June, the group presents the Back Roads of Brown County driving tour of artists’ and craftsmen’s studio during the entire month of October. The free brochure/map is available at the Visitors Center, Cornerstone Inn, The House at Stone Head, Hob Nob Restaurant and many local businesses. Each studio will have brochures as well as information on other studios taking part. Tour hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. More information about each artist and pictures of what they make is available on the tour website at <>. 



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Music Air

1989 and can be found most often at his niche in front of Artists Colony Inn. “He’s been out there doing it a long time,” Grant says. “If you’ve been through Nashville you’ve seen him. If you’ve walked around, you’ve heard him, if you live here you know him— John’s an icon. There’s even a little cartoon of him on town maps.” What would John Franz make of a slew of musicians wandering his streets all summer? “I thought it might not sit well with John. He’s the reason that I came up with the idea in the first place. I thought we should do more.” That’s when he got the idea for the John Franz Folk Festival. “When I told him about the festival John was touched. “When I first moved up here I thought I’d like to play out on the street. I talked to John first,” he remembers. “John being John told me in no uncertain terms that he didn’t own the street. ‘All I ask is that you don’t play within a block of me and we’ll be fine.’ Continued on 50

in the

by Bill Weaver


rown County attracts all kinds of folks. It’s easy to understand why—smalltown values, beautiful and inspiring landscape, artists and artisans, independent neighbors. There is also something—maybe it’s in the air—that inspires people to follow their dreams. One of these folks is Grant Eversoll, who arrived seven years ago from Petersburg, Indiana to found Music in the Air, a summerlong music effort taking place on the sidewalks and stages of Nashville. Eversoll was inspired by street musician John Franz, who has been entertaining people on the streets of Nashville since

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Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 753-3255. For complete details, see our web site at 48 Our Brown County • May/June 2011

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MISIC IN THE AIR continued from 48 “I did it one season—six to eight hours a day—and it’s a job!” Grant laughs. “I actually wore the frets off a guitar. You have to admire John for standing out there. He loves to play music. When there are musicians around it lifts everyone’s spirit.” Eversoll has been involved with music his entire life but didn’t find the going easy in his home town of Petersburg. When his children left to attend Indiana University in Bloomington—a town whose music scene he’s always admired—Grant and his wife decided to follow them. “We moved to Nashville and things fell in place,” he remembers. “I liked the idea that there is music everywhere.” Soon after Grant restarted Prancing Pony Music, the booking agency he’d let lapse. “It’s growing,” he says. “Money isn’t the main idea. It’s to get music everywhere—not just a few venues but all over town.”

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John Franz at Artists Colony Inn. photo by Cindy Steele

Music in the Air starts May 21 through October 15, 2011 placing five different musicians at five locations on the streets of Nashville every Saturday from Noon until 2 p.m. “I’ve got 40 musicians I’m working with, rotating through all the dates,” says Eversoll. Sponsored in part by the Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Music in the Air’s acts will perform outside the Visitors Center (downtown), Foxfire (59 East Main), Iris Garden Gallery (79 N. Van Buren), Franklin Square (Franklin and Jefferson), and Coachlight Square (S. Van Buren and School House Lane) each Saturday. The John Franz Folk Festival will be held outside the Brown County Courthouse on October 22 at Noon. Guest musicians include: Patchworks, Dean Phelps, Blue Cut, The Payton Brothers, Bobbie Lancaster, and special guest Slats Klug. 

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Artifacts and Souvenirs by Julia Pearson


favorite spot in Nashville to many families is the little cabin in the Pioneer Village that depicts an 1840s era home. It was constructed without the use of power tools in 1976 and made with logs purchased by the Brown County Historical Society. The logs had been shaped by broadaxe and adze when needed, then lifted into place with chain hoists. The roof shingles were hand split, the bark removed with froe and mallet. Native Brown County stone was used in the fireplace and chimney. Stepping inside one of the doors from the front porch always brings a sense of “home.” The visitors sense that the log home is furnished from family attics of Brown County. The humble table sits invitingly in front of the hearth, where iron spider, griddle, and Dutch oven promise


biscuits, and roasts of game meat with root vegetables. The kettle hanging from the crane in the fireplace could be full with strong, hearty teas. Candle molds sit on the mantelpiece and long-handled cooking utensils sit beside the kraut cutter. On the opposite side of the cabin is the family sleeping quarters—a rope bed with straw tick, spread with a comforter made by Ida Henderson and presented by her grandson, Dale Wilson, in memory of his mother, Retta Henderson Wilson Scott. It’s flanked on each side by cradles, one doubly long for twin infants. In many homes such as this many years ago, would be the family Bible. It carried not only the rules of the family’s faith, but also served as a reader, and its back leaves neatly ettered with family records: marriages, births, and deaths. All these artifacts hold stories. Young visitors are particularly enthralled with the possibility that people lived with the basics—shelter, food,

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warmth, and water—with no plastic materials or modern technology. The clock and wardrobe are luxuries of the cabin home. They especially like to consider the “soft artifacts” of this bygone era in their own lives. Phrases that they remember grandparents saying include: “Good night, sleep tight.” And they notice the rope bed visible in the cabin loft. “It’s time to hit the hay.” And they quickly look at the crunchysounding mattress tick filled with straw. Place names are evidence of where the settlers who peopled Brown County came from: “Belmont” and “New Bellsville” from the high hilly country of Ohio. Different versions of stories are identified with specific regions. Well-loved superintendent of Brown County schools, Grover Brown, reportedly told many students about the “Tailypo,” a creature of Appalachian folklore, with a weird wispy voice demanding his own “tailypo” of an old man and his three hounds as they cower in their bed in the darkest of night. The tailypo’s tail had been shot off by the man as he searched for food. Brown County’s roads are surrounded by wooded settings for Tailypo ventures and other ghost stories. Story has its own “Blue Lady” ghost, who is said to be a benign presence, unlike Tailypo. Tourists sitting at Brown County dinner tables have beef or pork “Manhattans” as a menu option— sandwiches of roasted beef or pork, paired with mashed potatoes, with gravy covering everything on the plate. A taste for Manhattans on a chilly day is one unexpected souvenir taken away from a Brown County weekend. 

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Black and White Warbler. photo by Jeff Hammond


by Jim Eagleman

sk anyone with a pair of binoculars around their neck what a warbler is, and you’ll get a range of excited explanations. Some will say it is one of the most brightly-colored, little spring songsters that ever graced a branch. Others will add it’s a challenge for proper field identification of such a small bird with distinct eye rings or wing bars and flitting behavior. Some will admit the little bird gives them a pain in the neck. Still others will say every year they haven’t mastered many warbler songs. All will agree spring means warblers. Sometimes waves of warblers return simultaneously to warmer climes in the US—over-wintering in Central and South America and as far south as extreme Chile. Watching for their arrival is as much a spring birder’s ritual as spading the garden or spring

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Yellow-rumped Warbler. photo courtesy of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) project


cleaning. When the canoe hits the water for the first time, or house windows are left open all night—spring has sprung! Certainly warbler-watching is now a welcomed change from resident birds, and a sure sign that spring has come, at last. “A bird in the hand” would tell you the warbler only measures approximately four inches. It’s not that small when you consider the insect-eating talent it possesses. Couple the massive length of its migration route with its impressive lung capacity, and this little miracle appears (and sounds) larger than life.

“Wait. That loud song comes from THAT little bird?” First-time birders can’t believe the volume a warbler can produce. Sometimes a song is all that’s experienced. The male will sing from an exposed branch announcing to others its arrival and position, usually late April into mid-May. Maybe a flash of yellow or orange is an added treat. But you have to be fast— they don’t linger and seem constantly on the move. A quick glance, and off they go, singing mid-flight, with birders in hot pursuit. Park warbler watchers comment that during the course of a few hours, they follow the birds up hillsides from either lake to ridgetops. The birds stop briefly to feed on caterpillars and inchworms all along the way. “You can get some pretty good exercise warblerwatching,” a friend volunteers. They “give your ears a challenge, too,” agrees a fellow birder. Of the nearly 200 bird species recorded occurring in Brown County State Park’s forest to date, about half are known to nest here. Of the 36 species of warblers one is likely to encounter here, about 18 are nesters. Warblers that don’t nest migrate locally and move to northern US climates while others may mate and nest as soon as they arrive along southern US shores. The building of a nest with parental bonding is just one of the amazing things happening this time of year. Scientists tell us female birds respond more favorably to complex songs provided the rendition still conveys the basic identify information. It pays for the male warbler to “show off” and leads to elaborate songs. For the warbler, and other spring time arrivals (tanagers, vireos and flycatchers), some amazing songs and calls exist. Listen to any bird call CD and marvel at the variety. With less and less birds returning each year to the mid-West’s temperate zone, researchers are busy trying to find what figures prominently in the decline. It is most likely a series of events rather than one main cause. One thing for sure: as birding quickly becomes the second most-popular outdoor pursuit enjoyed by Americans (#1, gardening), more eyes watching, recording, and questioning means more interest is generated and more knowledge assembled for this important group of songbirds. Watch for warblers this spring! Better yet, join us for our next bird hike at the park! Monthly schedules are on line at <> click on Brown County. 

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MONROE FESTIVAL continued from 37

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There are also workshops for adults to hone their skills on banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, and fiddle. And performers, when they are off stage, are generally available at the shelter house or just hanging out with the crowd, to answer questions or just friendly conversations. It’s like moving into the best neighborhood in the world for a week. And speaking of the neighborhood, it doesn’t matter what degree of comfort you require, Bean Blossom can accommodate you. You can have your choice of luxurious RV camping with over 300 sites with electric and water hook-ups to one of 13 log cabins scattered about the grounds or just bring a tent and pitch it on one of the 400+ primitive sites. Any way you want to go there are laundry facilities and hot showers to keep you fresh. With these great accommodations, friendly folks, big name performers, a family friendly attitude, and fascinating side attractions, Bean Blossom is the perfect get-away. Whether you stay for a day or a week a trip to the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is a unique and unforgettable experience. Tickets for the festival run from $15 to $30 dollars for a day or you can get a Thursday through Saturday combo pass for $75 or stay a whole week for just $150. Youngsters 13 to 16 years old get $5 per day off the ticket price and children under 12 get in free with an adult. RV sites are available for $21.50 with 30 amp electric hookup or $31.50 for 50 amp service. Primitive tent sites run $6.36 per person. And whatever you discover that you forgot to bring can be got up at the camp store adjacent to the Hall of Fame. I hope to see you there so I can say, “Howdy, howdy folks, welcome to Bean Blossom.” 

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Ask about our Spring Specials 812-988-0300 or 888-383-0300 56 Our Brown County • May/June 2011

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Our County Office Building by Henry Swain


ur county commissioners are elected to run the county during their terms. The county council is elected to provide the funding for county operations. During the late 1980s it became evident that county government had grown to the point of needing new office space. Our present county office building is the result of the vision and cooperation of the commissioners and county council at that time. The location chosen for the building was a sloping empty lot known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pony patchâ&#x20AC;?. During the early stages of planning the commissioners would report the progress to the County council. When the plan approached the building stage it was suggested that the commissioners and the council meet together once each month during construction to discuss problems that inevitably arise on any building project. This was agreed to and proved to be a wise decision. It was the first time a capital project in the county was handled in this cooperative manner. Since considerable dirt had to be excavated for the two story building, the commissioners offered the Town of Nashville the placement of a large culvert at the lower end of the lot where a small stream flows during the wet season. They would use the fill from the excavation to extend Gould Street to connect with Commercial Street and the Post Office. The Town did not have funds in their budget to complete the extension. The commissioners agreed to put barricades until the Town had the resources for completion. The morning the excavation was to begin, a phone call from Indianapolis indicated the Post Office had not yet officially agreed as expected, to the proposed extension. Unable to wait for the likely extended process for final approval, the commissioners abandoned their gift and hauled the dirt elsewhere. Since that time a house was moved into the proposed street rightof-way when the Library was constructed. It seems unlikely now the

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extension will ever occur. It is a shame that opportunity was lost. It would have made an excellent walkway for students and others. Many students walk to the Library after school to await their parents for pick up. The commissioners and council continued their joint meetings during the entire construction project. Several problems were assessed and corrected during the construction. Steve Miller Architects designed the building and Neidigh Construction of Bloomington was the builder. Behind the bronze plaque under the stairway is a hole in which rests the shovel to turn the first dirt, some information about the building and pictures of the construction progress. At the commissioners and councils suggestion the plaque indicates the contents be removed in 2041 and reviewed. New information pertinent to the time should be Continued on 60

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Monday–Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday Noon to 5:00 pm Free Parking and Admission

Brown County’s original art gallery, established in 1926, offers works for sale by Gallery Association members in the Main Hall, plus consigned old Indiana art. The newly remodeled exhibition space now includes the Indiana Heritage Arts Gallery, featuring many of Indiana’s top professional artists. Browse our gallery where you will find the work of the early art colony masters, many of whom founded the Gallery and the original art association. Main Street and Artist Drive · Two blocks east of the Courthouse

812-988-4609 ·

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Quilt Show T

June 3–5, 2011

he Pioneer Women’s Club of the Brown County Historical Society is presenting their 33rd Annual Quilt Show June 3, 4, and 5, 2011. The show features entries both hand- and machine-quilted, including appliquéd, pieced, mixed technique, and antique (pre-1950). There are miniature quilts that cannot exceed 30” on any side, wall quilts that cannot measure more than 60” on any side, quilts that will traditionally fit a bed, or art quilts that take away your breath with color and design. There are wearable quilts and quilt crafts. Some of the quilts and other handcrafted textile articles made by the Pioneer Women are available for purchase. Ady’s Fabric & Notions of Morgantown will once more be a vendor for the show. A project of the Pioneer Women since the group’s beginning in 1965 is the hand-quilted donation quilt, which members work on year-round. Raffle tickets are sold and the drawing for the donation quilt is held the last day of the show. There is live musical entertainment arranged by Ginnvor Bullard, featuring many Brown County musicians and including dulcimer groups and folk groups. The lunch café offers salad bar, desserts,

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sandwiches, and drinks. There are ongoing demonstrations of hand-quilting, spinning, and weaving. Over 50 members strong, the Pioneer Women’s Club also includes several men. They have a hectic and happy time with the quilt show. Proceeds from admissions, quilt raffle, gift shop, and café go to support the Pioneer Women’s Club and the Brown County Historical Society. The most recent check to the Historical Society was for $6,000. Items can be entered in the show by submitting a completed entry form by May 27. Entry forms can be found at the Brown County Visitor’s Center, the Brown County Historical Society offices located at the Traditional Arts Building at 46 East Gould St. in Nashville, from any member of the Pioneer Women’s Club, and at the website: <www.browncountyhistory. info>. Quilts must be brought to the building on North 135 from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 31. The Quilt Show will be open to the public Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and 12 years and younger are free. The Brown County Historical Society building is located at 1934 North State Road 135, just one mile north of downtown Nashville.  COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING continued from 58 added to the original documents. It is hard to believe that 20 years have already elapsed. The plaque requests the contents be reviewed again after another 50 years. If the building is properly maintained it should by that time be ready for listing on the Historical Register. As we use our Office Building today, many of our residents have no idea of the debt we owe to those who went before us who made the building possible. Commissioners involved during the building construction and planning were Jerry Floyd, Genevra (Chig) Owens, Gary Snider, and Robert Woods. County council members at that time were Juanita Bainter, David Bond, Dorothy Dine, Kendal Kritzer, Ed Lucas, John Rudd, and Helen West. Citizen members of the Building Committee were Jon Cain (county extension agent) and Henry Swain. All of us owe debts to the generations that preceded us. People we will never know have added enrichment to our lives. Most of the county building projects seem to require about eight years from the perceived need through the planning, the financing and to the completion of the projects. 

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No visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to

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KIM’S CORNER Primitives • Tinware Soy Candles and Tarts Handcrafts • Original Artwork (812) 988-4215 second floor

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Gifts for home and happiness French Country Décor Locally Made Items • Quilts Byer’s Choice Carolers Brown County Redware Pottery Madeline’s Famous Soy Candles Calvin Place, Van Buren & Franklin Streets Nashville, IN 812.988.6301

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Knives Swords Sling Shots Blow Guns

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812-988-9622 •

Leota’s Loop’s


byJoanne Nesbit

he April showers have passed. The glorious colors of fall are yet to decorate the Brown County hills. In the meantime local gardens will bloom with the vibrant colors of summer flowers. As a child in Fountain City, Indiana, Leota Williams Loop sat under a tree in the yard and painted her first pictures on grocer’s paper. She used chicken feathers to work and ink for paint. At ten she sold her first work to a surveyor working in front of her home. He gave her a silver dollar. That surveyor entered that and other of Leota’s sketches in the Madison County Fair, where each won a first prize. The little girl went forward with her art, eventually studying with such Indiana painters as Brown County’s T.C. Steele, William Forsyth, and Will Vawter. She became a member of the Brown County Art Gallery Association and was active from 1935 to 1969. When she moved to a Brown County cabin in 1934 she was among the hills and valleys so many chose to render on canvas, but Leota always found flowers to be her favored subjects. She often

Love for Flowers

picked a bouquet from her home garden on Artist Drive to use for a still life subject. That cabin originally was a four-room building that grew to become not only Loop’s home, but her studio with additional small apartments where budding artists could study with her. The building became and is known as the Loop Apartments. Another Brown County artist, V.J. Cariani, also liked painting flowers and submitted an oil painting of such to Indiana’s governor to commemorate the zinnia having been adopted as the state flower in 1939. And the zinnia remained the official Indiana flower until the 1957 Indiana Legislative session when the state’s official flower was changed to the peony. Some have described the peony as a “showy garden flower for the merry month of May.” Because Loop had a reputation for her renderings of all flowers, especially peonies, she entered a number of peony paintings in the

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Indiana Artists Club exhibition in 1937. Governor Townsend was so taken by one of these works, “Iris and Peonies,” that he purchased it for the Governor’s Mansion in Indianapolis. Again in 1945, Loop exhibited works in an Indianapolis gallery with the highlight being two large canvases of peonies. An art reporter for the Indianapolis Star reported on one of the peony paintings, “if you like rich color, then you’ll get most enjoyment from the great bouquet of deep, pink blossoms lusciously painted against a dark red background that tones in with the half dozen or so that are single-petaled and as red as rubies and garnets.” In 1961 Leota Loop gave the state a large oil painting of peonies from her personal collection. Then Governor Matthew Welsh said on accepting the gift, “the painting with its bright, off-red flowers flowing from a gleaming copper bowl would be an attractive addition to the predominately blue and gold décor of the room.” Leota Williams Loop died in an Indianapolis hospital September 9, 1961. 

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MAY/JUNE 2011 Our Brown County magazine  

A bi-monthly publication about the people and places that make Brown County, Indiana so special

MAY/JUNE 2011 Our Brown County magazine  

A bi-monthly publication about the people and places that make Brown County, Indiana so special

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