May/June 2012 Our Brown County magazine

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May– June


The Magazine of Fun and Fact


Bean Blossom John Hartford Memorial and Festivals 46th Bill Monroe Bluegrass Art is Everywhere:

Shows,StudioTour, Paint Out

Pine Room with New Familiar Owners

And: The Breeze Bends the Grass Dillon Bustin Comes Back to the Land Quilt Show Save It! The Painters Paths Taste of Brown County

MAPS • CALENDAR • ARTICLES • PHOTOGRAPHS Why Visitors Come Back for Good •

Weed Patch Music Company

Look for the giant banjo next to the courthouse. On July 28, 2012 Weed Patch will present the Indiana Fingerstlye Guitar Competition. Weed Patch thanks OC Bear Guitar, Muddy Boots Cafe, and Big Woods Brewery for making this great event possible. For more information about tickets and registration visit

Locally built fiddles and reliable old friends

Locally built mandolins and affordable imports

Dulcimers, harps, and a large variety of folk instruments

with art by Steve Brummett

Weed Patch welcomes KT, General Manager and newest weed in the patch.

Weed Patch co-owner, Jeff Russell has built his finest banjo to date— with loads of great tone and a neck your fingers will thank you for!

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

Weed Patch Music 58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana • (812) 988-1180

Village Green Building

CELEBRATING OVER 100 YEARS IN NASHVILLE The Nashville you came to see and love… Where you can see the work of local artists — whether it’s ice cream, candy and fruit preserves made the old fashioned way or the artwork of local artists and craftsmen. ·   · Homemade Ice Cream Homemade Candies Homemade Fruit Preserves ·   · Antiques · Art and Craft Galleries featuring over 40 area artists Working studios of local artists



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Yes, we really do make it ourselves!


The Candy Dish


Home of the Spinning Taffy and Nostalgic Candy Bins —·— Fine Homemade Candies & Fudge Fine Chocolate Fresh Roasted Nuts



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A Dreamer’s Gallery Specializing in Art and the Vintage, Local and Unique!


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Abe Martin Lodge

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Lodge on the Mountain T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Rawhide Ranch

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Oak Grove Pottery


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Al’s Paint & BodyAl’s Garage




Historical Society

Mike Nickels Log Homes


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Hilltop Cabins and Suites


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


Bob Allen Rd.

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

Johanna Lee Bathology



Hoosier Artist Gallery

The Bookloft


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

Night Owl’s Beading Café

Brown Co Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

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Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

For Bare Feet

Pit Bull Leather Bedazzled Jewelry J Bob’s

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Wishful Thinking

Main Street Shops


Dr. Timothy Barr McGinley Insurance

First Merchants Office Bank Health for “U” Precise Books & Payroll, Inc.

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Redbud Terrace Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Weed Patch Music Co. His BookShop Glass Planet Gifts Old McDurbin Gold Brown Co Craft Gallery

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

MAIN STREET Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Gallery and Cottages

Iris Garden Gallery


Village Green Bldg.

Tucker Bldg.

Granny’s Christmas Shop Mercantile Store


Honeysuckle Hideaway

Colonial Bldg.

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images Brown Co Beading Co

Carmel Corn Cottage

Trolly’s Brown County Rock & Fossil Shop


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

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Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

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The Salvation Army

Peg Ann’s Boutique 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 Thomas Winery

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

Casa del Sol

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Salt Creek McDonald’s Inn Pine Room Pizza King Tavern

Salt Creek Park

The Palace Holy Cow Theatre of Brown County


Coachlight Sq

Doodles by Kara Barnard



Dining Lodging

Artist and/or Gallery

Musical Entertainment Rest Room



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Nashville Indiana

Nashville General Store & Bakery

Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Coachlight Sq Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

Wandering Past Antiques Sweetwater New Location Gallery Grasshopper Flats





Nashville BP


Franklin Sq

White Sands Boutique

Melchior Marionettes

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

Brown Co Playhouse

FRANKLIN STREET Life is Good Calvin Place JB Goods


Michael’s Massage Linda Thomas Massage

Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders Nashville Image Old Time Photos For Bare Feet • The Purple Fig All About Dogs • Nature’s Cabin Brown Co Weavery & Roots Paint Box Gallery, The Clay Purl Brown County Bauble® Boards Head to Toe • K. Bellum Leather Peaceful Valley Arts & CraftsGallery Brown Co. Pottery Ferguson House

Antique Alley


Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Antiques Co-op..................................46 Bloomington Antique Mall............50 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 Elegant Options.................................52 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................50 Nashville General Store...................19 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts..........66 Townhouse Gifts................................16 Wandering Past Antiques...............55


Antique Alley Shops.........................25 Antiques Co-op..................................46 Bear Hardware....................................49 Brown Co Art Gallery........................57 Brown Co Art Guild...........................57 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................42 Brown Co Studio & Garden Tour..58 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 Chateau Thomas Winery.................47 Elegant Options.................................52 Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................56 IHA Show and Sale............................57 Iris Garden Gallery.............................59 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts..........66 Wandering Past Antiques...............55 The Woodlands Gallery...................51


The Bookloft........................................66 His Book Shop.....................................66


Antique Alley Shops.........................25 Bear Hardware....................................49 Brown Co Weavery & Roots............54 For Bare Feet.......................................67 Head Over Heels................................63 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...................17 Male Instinct........................................55 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Peg Ann’s Boutique...........................52 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Sports Etc.............................................63 White Sands Boutique.....................36


Antique Alley Shops.........................25 Antiques Co-op..................................46 Bloomington Antique Mall............50 Bone Appetit Bakery........................66 Brown Co Bead Company...............43 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................42 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop........59 Brown Co Studio & Garden Tour..58 Brown Co Visitors Center................12 Brown Co Weavery & Roots............54 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 Chateau Thomas Winery.................47 The Clay Purl........................................16 Country Mouse Weaving................33 A Dreamer’s Gallery............................ 3 Elegant Options.................................52 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................50 Faerie Hollow Studio........................33 The Ferguson House........................15 Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Foxfire....................................................15 Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Granny’s Christmas Shop................53 Head Over Heels................................63 Homestead Weaving Studio..........33 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................56 House of Clocks..................................46 Iris Garden Gallery.............................59 J Bob’s Trading Co..............................24 Jeepers Miniatures............................46 Johanna Lee Bathology...................36 K. Bellum Leather..............................16 Madeline’s............................................24 Main Street Images...........................24 Male Instinct........................................55 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Mercantile Store.................................53 Nashville General Store...................19 New Leaf...............................................57 Oak Grove Pottery.............................33 Ole House.............................................29 Papertrix...............................................29 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts..........66 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49

Sheep Street Fibers...........................46 Smashing Designs............................... 3 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery....................................33 Sports Etc.............................................63 Sweetwater Gallery...........................17 Townhouse Gifts................................16 The Toy Chest......................................39 Wishful Thinking................................66 The Woodlands Gallery...................51


The Breeze Bends the Grass...........45 Brown County Playhouse...............12 Chateau Thomas Winery.................47 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine......59 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties....21 kidscommons.....................................21 Melchior Marionettes.......................13 Bill Monroe’s Music Park.................... 4 Nashville Express...............................13 Night Owl’s Beading Cafe...............31 Pine Room Tavern..............................44 Rawhide Ranch...................................51 Weed Patch Music Company........... 2


Abe Martin Lodge.............................61 Appleworks..........................................48 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Bloomingfoods...................................31 Brown Co IGA......................................61 Brown Co Inn...............................27, 63 Brown Co Winery...............................23 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest........53 The Candy Dish.................................... 3 Carmel Corn Cottage.......................21 Casa Del Sol.........................................21 Chateau Thomas Winery.................47 Farmhouse Cafe.................................49 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.....................42 The Harvest Preserve......................... 3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant...........51 Holy Cow..............................................47 Hoosier Buddy Liquors....................49 Hotel Nashville...................................48 J Bob’s Trading Co..............................24 Jack and Jill Nut Shop......................55

Advertiser Index McDonald’s..........................................66 Miller’s Ice Cream.......................... 3, 36 Muddy Boots Cafe.............................16 Nashville BP.........................................29 Nashville Candy Store......................63 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................68 Nashville General Store...................19 Nashville House.................................27 Ole House.............................................29 The Ordinary.......................................27 Pine Room Tavern..............................44 Pizza King.............................................50 Seasons.................................................27 That Sandwich Place........................55 Trolly’s....................................................53


Bloomington Antique Mall............50 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................50 The Ferguson House........................15 Longs Landing....................................52 Wandering Past Antiques...............55 The Woodlands Gallery...................51


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


Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............21 White Sands Boutique.....................36

LODGING / APARTMENTS/ CAMPING Abe Martin Lodge.............................61 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Ashalyn Knoll......................................56 The Brick Lodge.................................48 Brown Co Inn...............................27, 63 Comfort Inn.........................................31 Cornerstone Inn.................................22 Explore Brown County.....................23 Forest Hills Apartments...................25 Green Valley Lodge...........................29 Hidden Valley Inn..............................48 Honeysuckle Hideaway...................66 Hotel Nashville...................................48 Iris Garden Cottages & Suites........59 Lodge on the Mountain..................55 The North House...............................48 Rawhide Ranch...................................51 Robinwood Inn...................................27 Salt Creek Inn......................................66 Seasons.................................................27 Willow Manor Apartments.............25

Head Over Heels................................63 K. Bellum Leather..............................16


Antique Alley Shops.........................25 Bloomington Antique Mall............50 Brown Co Bead Company...............43 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................50 Faerie Hollow Studio........................33 Ferguson House.................................15 Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Foxfire....................................................15 Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Grasshopper Flats..............................17 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................56 J Bob’s Trading Co..............................24 Main Street Images...........................24 New Leaf...............................................57 Old McDurbin Gold..........................50 Ole House.............................................29 Peg Ann’s Boutique...........................52

Bone Appetit Bakery........................66


Pioneer Village Museum.................13


Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................56 Main Street Images...........................24 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery....................................33


Explore Brown County.....................23 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides................28 Rawhide Ranch...................................51


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS............................36 Brown Co Visitors Center................12 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon...........24 Michael’s Massage Therapy...........39 Nashville BP.........................................29 Linda Thomas Massage...................25

SERVICES DIRECTORY 60-61 Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Baldwin Tree Service Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Elmore Painting Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Fruitdale Market Health for “U” Hills o’ Brown Realty Jane Gore Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store Mike Nickels Log Homes Wild Hair


Head Over Heels................................63 K. Bellum Leather..............................16


Bone Appetit Bakery........................66 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 Fireplace Center.................................52 For Bare Feet.......................................67 Granny’s Christmas Shop................53 House of Clocks..................................46 K. Bellum Leather..............................16 Male Instinct........................................55 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Sheep Street Fibers...........................46 Sports Etc.............................................63 The Toy Chest......................................39 Weed Patch Music Company........... 2 Wishful Thinking................................66


Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................56 Sweetwater Gallery...........................17


Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Hotel Nashville...................................48


Salem’s Good Nature Farm.............13

The cover photo by Cindy Steele is of Bill Monroe’s Music Park 14 46th Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival

~by Mark Blackwell 18 The Breeze Bends the Grass ~by Bill Weaver

20 Annual Quilt Show

~by Julia Pearson

26 2nd Annual John Hartford Festival ~by Mark Blackwell

30 Steele Festival of Flowers Paint Out 30 Spring Blossom Arts Festival 32 Pine Room Tavern ~by Jeff Tryon

38 Dillon Bustin Comes Back to the Land ~by Julia Pearson

44 Studio and Garden Tour 50 Indiana Heritage Arts Show and Sale 54 Save It! ~by Jim Eagleman

56 Polly Frost’s Mother’s Day Show 58 Painters Paths of Brown County ~by Joanne Nesbit

62 Sampler at Taste of Brown County 10-11 11 34-35 37 40-42

Contributors 11 Subscribe Where Is It? Contest Photos by high school Students Coloring Contest Calendar of Entertainment/Events


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

812-988-8807 copyright 2012 Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!


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. 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.

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. 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. Jeff Tryon was born and raised in Brown County, but has lived in California, Florida, and Alabama, where he has worked as a newspaper reporter, a construction worker, in a plastics factory, and as a cook in various restaurants. His interests include teaching and preaching about Jesus Christ.

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. 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.

Jim Eagleman is a 37 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 34 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.

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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.

featured photographs

Brown County High School student photos were selected from Lance Miller’s Photo 1 and 2 classes. Over the 18 week classes, students study photo theory, natural, artificial, and experimental lighting techniques and editing in Adobe Photoshop. Assignments include, but are not limited to composition theory, macro, landscape, portraiture, motion studies, HDR, abstraction, and digital black and white photography. (pictures on pages 34–35)

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LAST ISSUE’S CONTEST WINNERS: • The Where Is It? Wooden dozer at Brownie’s in Bean Blossom and the first to guess was Vicki Harden. • Keegan Anderson from Knightstown won the Coloring Contest.

May 18 & 19, 2012

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BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE Spring/Summer Season “Under the Umbrella – Life is a Circus”

“Nashville Old Time Radio Show”

Friday & Sunday, May 4 & 6 · 7 PM Saturday, May 5 · 7 PM | BC Playhouse benefit Thursday – Saturday, May 10-12 · 7 PM

Saturdays beginning June 2 · 7:30 PM

with Steve Ragatz ·

“How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Parents” Sunday, May 13 · 2 PM

with Cari Ray

“Shilombish” Native American Flutes Sunday, June 10 · 2 PM with Patrick Neilander

with Polly Frost ·

John Adams’ “John Denver: The Tribute”

“Back to the Land: A Musical Benefit for the New Brown County History Center”

the #1 John Denver Show in the World

Saturday, May 19 at 7 PM

“The Breeze Bends the Grass” Friday & Saturday, May 25 & 26 · 7:30 PM A new musical by Arbutus Cunningham with Krista Detor Fundraiser for Brown County Art Guild

Saturday, June 30 · 8 PM

“Legally Blonde” Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14 · 7:30 PM Sunday, July 15 · 2 PM Broadway sensation Shows subject to change

Tickets are available online at and at the Playhouse Box Office Box Office Hours: Thursday–Saturday Noon–5 PM · Show Days: Noon–Curtain Time 70 South Van Buren Street · Nashville, Indiana 47448 · 812.988.6555

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Note from the Editor

Nashville Express Sightseeing Tours

2 1/2 mile scenic tour of Nashville Board at Fearrin’s Ice Cream • Franklin & Van Buren also service to Seasons, Brown County Inn, Comfort Inn & Salt Creek Inn

May – October • $5 per person • 812-988-2308 available for field trips, business functions, private tours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. longer on weekends (ask the driver)

Melchior Marionette Theatre “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5

(sold 15 min. before show) Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville


ave you noticed more Nashville Night Life in recent years? Music venues have sprouted up around town with later hours and even entertainment during the week. How fortunate we are to be able to drink a cup of coffee with our families and take in the sounds. A community of Inspired artists hung out together here during the turn of the last century and it appears that a community of musicians emerged here in this new century. The group calling themselves “The Indiana Boys” has turned out a new CD. They recently appeared at a release party (standing room only) at the Muddy Boots venue (the owners produced the CD) at the north end of town. Joe Lee’s drawing above captured the moment. If you see some familiar faces, it is not your imagination. A couple of the White Lightning Boys are doing double duty with this band. The place was packed with friends, fans, and fellow musicians. The front man for this group, Kenan Rainwater, first introduced me to our weekly jam host Otis Todd. His youthful face disguises his knowledge of songs from my era and beyond. Kenan has written many of the tunes on the CD with soulful observations of today inspired by the likes of John Prine and Bob Dylan. In fact, the group has created so many of their own original tunes that they have enough to fill a second CD that will be coming out soon. Get The Indiana Boys CD at <www.theindianaboys. com> Muddy Boots,Big Woods Pizzeria & Brewery,Night Owls Beading Café,and Weed Patch Music Company. Band members are Kenan Rainwater, Joe Bolinger, Dick Gist, “Picker” Dan Bilger, Barry Todd (Elkins).

—Cindy Steele

Schedule: May 26 June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14, 21, 28 (closed August) Sept. 1, 15, 22

800-849-4853 • •

Pioneer Village Museum Behind the Courthouse between Buck Stogsdill Way & 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

SR 135 Rd S. to 8419 Bob Allen Rd in Southern Brown County (812) 988-7053 • Open Daily 10am – 6pm

May/June 2012 • Our Brown County 13

46th Annual

Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival T ~by Mark Blackwell

homas Wolfe famously said, “You can’t go home again.” That may be true in a lot of cases, however, this June Bluegrass fans from all over the country will come home again to the 46th annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. In fact, there is a big ol’ sign up over the main stage that reads “Back Home Again in Indiana.” When you get to your campsite you discover that it’s a neighborhood of folks who have come together for love of the music. Bill Monroe used to greet the audience saying “Howdy, neighbors, howdy.” It doesn’t get any homier than that. The Bean Blossom Festival got started back in 1967—the brainchild of Mr. Bill Monroe himself. The first couple of years were a little rough and rustic. The park consisted of a big ol’ primitive barn that was used for square dances and country music concerts on weekends. There was primitive camping and primitive privies. It’s come a long ways since the 1960s. The old barn is gone, replaced by an outdoor stage set in a natural hillside amphitheater. The campgrounds are large and accommodate RVs (with all the fancy hookups) although you can still pitch a tent or just sleep out under the stars if you want to. There are several little log cabins for rent if you get your bid in early enough. And there is almost always a doctor in the house—Doctor Ralph Stanley, that is.

photo by Cindy Steele

Campsite jams with old and new friends.

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The good doctor, star of stage, radio, records, and the silver screen, is almost always in attendance with his Clinch Mountain Boys—this year is no exception. Along with Ralph there are over 60 bands signed up for the festival. Old timers like Jesse McReynolds, J. D. Crowe, and Bobby Osborne will be on hand, as well as a passel of exciting, contemporary acts such as the Grascals, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, and the Tony Rice Unit. There isn’t room in this article to mention all the rest of the top-flight Bluegrass acts like Karl Shiflett and the Big Country Show, Russell Moore and III Tyme Out, Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, and the James King Band. And then there are the special highlights of the festival, like the J.D. Crowe and the New South’s 40th Reunion. The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, June 16. It should be a humdinger. The New South band from 40 years ago consisted of J.D. on banjo, Ricky Skaggs, Red Allen, Larry Rice, and Tony Rice doing his guitar magic. You can throw in Jerry Douglas, Keith Whitley, and a slew of other top musicians as well. The Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival nurtures and encourages the young folks in the Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp with 15 hours of professional instruction in banjo, guitar, fiddle, bass, and mandolin for all levels of young musicians— beginner through advanced. This year the festival has reduced the daily ticket price by $5 for young folks 13 to 16 years old. I think this is one of the best events at the festival. I am always amazed at the talent these kids display. The

photo by Cindy Steele Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, and Bobby Hicks in 2010.

The Ferguson


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• Iron Decor

• Swan Creek Candles • Holiday Decor • Home Accessories

• Collegiate Gifts

• Fashion Jewelry

• Accent Tables

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encouragement they receive practically guarantees greatness in bluegrass acts for many years to come. Of course, one of the most important components of home is home cooking. There are plenty of food purveyors waiting to serve the bluegrass family at Bean Blossom. Among the delicacies offered are fried green tomatoes, roasted corn-on-the-cob, fish filets, several kinds of barbecue, steak sandwiches, kettle corn, and even exotic dishes from the Far East. And there is the Tuesday evening Bean Supper which is a Monroe Bluegrass Festival tradition. I’m already hungry just describing the menu. There is commodious camping at a reasonable price—RV campsites for $20 to $25 per day, which includes water and electricity. Tent camping is $6 per person. Whatever type of camping you prefer you get instant friends and neighbors. The entertainment is first class and copious. The food is delicious and diverse. And the cost of time spent at Bean Blossom is better than reasonable. Every year I about this time I ask myself would I rather pay for a week in the south of France, maybe a Caribbean cruise, rent a villa in Tuscany, or would I rather just gather in with the homefolks at Bean Blossom. Continued on 16


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BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL continued from 15 I generally don’t have to think twice. I hear the food is good in France, the rest and recreation is supposed to be great on those ocean liners, and Italy has fine weather—but, I would just be another tourist and stranger there. And besides, I can spend eight days at the festival going first class all the way, for only a tiny fraction of what it would cost to go those places. I say keep it home, keep it real, and keep it cheap. The Festival starts Saturday, June 9 and runs through Saturday, June 16. Tickets vary from $15 to $30 a day, $75 for a three day combo pass or the best deal $150 for all eight days when purchased before June 1. After that tickets run between $20 and $35 per day, $90 for the three day pass, and $195 for the whole she-bang. Camping is a little extra. You can get information and tickets by phone at (800) 414-4677 or on the internet at <>. Come on home to Bean Blossom, neighbor, there’s a friendly welcome waitin’ for you. 

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Arbutus Cunningham. photo by Jim Krause

The Breeze Bends the Grass

May 25 and 26, 2012 ~by Bill Weaver


rown County has always nurtured strong women such as Allie Ferguson, Grandma Barnes, Onya LaTour, and Alice Weaver. This Memorial Day weekend three of the most compelling Brown County women—Marie Goth, Genevieve Goth Graf, and Selma Steele—are the subjects of a new musical titled The Breeze Bends the Grass at the Brown County Playhouse. Written by Arbutus Cunningham, with music by Krista Detor, the musical explores the lives of these women along with the Overbeck sisters of Cambridge City, famed for their ceramics, and Janet Paine Bowles, a teacher and metalworker from Indianapolis. “Arbutus is the powerhouse behind it,” says Jaime Sweany, director of the Brown County Art Guild. Detor is another powerhouse—producing, writing music, and performing. “It’s a joint effort,” Detor says. “Arbutus has written much of the libretto, I’ve written much of the music;

I’ve created the scene settings and interaction, she wrote the dialogue—it falls into the ‘two minds are better than one’ category. Luckily, we have an amazing cast.” Amanda Biggs, who plays Selma Steele and Genevieve Goth Graf, comes from the IU School of Music. An internationally award-winning soprano—with roles as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Reverend Mother in The Sound of Music, and as Tosca— Biggs is “a voice of uncommon beauty,” according to opera star Aprile Millo. “She’s a woman with a bright future and I wanted to grab her while she’s still here,” Krista adds. Lara Weaver, appearing as Janet Paine-Bowles, has played, sung, written, and arranged music with notables from Kid Kazooey to the Stardusters Swing Band. “She’s a wonderful voice, wonderful writer,” Detor says. Anne Hurley was studying cello at the IU School of Music when she met Jim Krause. In the years that followed they’ve made and written music for cello, guitar, mandolin, and bass. Of their debut album,

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Krista Detor. photo by Jim Krause

Madeleine Bay, Lee Williams of the Lotus World Music Festival says, “Jim and Anne have crafted an album of exceptional beauty and artistry.” Krista Detor, who shines as Marie Goth, has reached an international audience from her base camp in Bloomington. #1 on Euro-Americana charts and co-creator of the popular Wilderness Plots program, “She would be good on every stage in the world,” lauds Rolling Stone magazine. Arbutus Cunningham, who appears as the eldest Overbeck sister Mary Frances, was said to have “stolen the show” at the recent Ted-X Bloomington by the Bloomington Herald-Times. Known for incisive humor and wit, Cunningham has long delighted audiences of her weekly Saturday morning show Old Time Train 45 with foil Colonel Kelsey on WFHB Community Radio. The play is based on a shorter piece commissioned by Marcia Bradford and performed at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in June of last year. There are four acts, each highlighting an Indiana artist or artists—Janet Payne Bowles,

“All the women were Indiana natives and successful artists active in the first half of the 20th century.”

Marie Goth in 1923.

Selma Steele, Marie Goth, her sister Genevieve Goth Graf, and the five Overbeck sisters: Margaret, Hannah, Harriet, Elizabeth, and Mary Frances. “There’s a sort of overture at the beginning where we squash ten centuries of women’s art history into fifteen minutes of songs and brief narrative bits,” Arbutus says. “All the women were Indiana natives and successful artists active in the first half of the 20th century,”

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she continues. “Most were, in one way or another, influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement, with its emphasis on the value and dignity of hand work and its commitment to making art accessible to everybody. The broader historical context is, of course, the history of women’s rocky road to artistic careers,” she says. “The ones that did rise to some level of fame had to have a ton of tenacity and fortune.

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“Janet Paine Bowles was one of those women,” Cunningham adds as example. “She was a metalworker who made a chalice for the Vatican and golden spoons for J. Pierpont Morgan. “But for the rest of them you’ll just have to come see the show,” she laughs. The Breeze Bends the Grass takes place Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26, starting at 7:30 pm. On Friday, before the show, the cast will be in full period costume at the Brown County Art Guild, 48 South Van Buren Street, with Krista Detor entertaining on Marie Goth’s baby grand piano. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and active military and are available on-line at <www.> and at the Brown County Playhouse Box Office at 70 South Van Buren Street in Nashville or call (812) 988-6555. E-mail is <info@>. The Brown County Art Guild is on the web at <www.browncountyartguild. org>. The production will benefit the Brown County Art Guild and the Selma Steele Garden Fund. 

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Brown County Historical Society’s

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June 1–3, 2012

~by Julia Pearson


he Pioneer Women’s Club of the Brown County Historical Society is presenting their annual Quilt Show on June 1, 2, and 3 in the Brown County Historical Society building at 1934 North State Road 135 just one mile north of downtown Nashville. Visitors attending the show will be greeted with the color riot and design of the quilts themselves, plus the sounds of local musicians, the smell of hot coffee, and warm food in the cafe. This year’s Quilt Show coordinator is Pamela Drebus. Ginnvor Bullard coordinated the music. There are ongoing demonstrations of hand-quilting, spinning, and weaving. Curator Barbara Livesey will have a special exhibit from her own textile collection. There will also be a gift shop with other handcrafted textile articles made by the Pioneer Women. Quilt entries are both hand- or machinequilted, and include bedsize creations, wearable quilts, miniature quilts, and original wall art. Techniques of entries include appliqué and traditional pieced quilts. Crafted items include quilted table runners, place mats, tote bags, purses, pillows, as well as wearable art clothing. The “antique” quilts are ones made before 1950. Entry forms for this year’s show must be submitted by May 25. You can pick up a form in Nashville at the Brown County Visitor’s Center or at the Brown County Historical Society offices located at the Traditional Arts Building at 46 East Gould Street, or get one online at <>. Members of the Pioneer Women’s Club can also supply the forms. Anyone may enter, with an entry form submitted for each individual item. The Quilt Show will be open to the public Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2

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2011 Best of Show by Rosemary Rudolph of Batesville. courtesy photo

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and 12 years and younger are free. Proceeds from admissions, raffle of the donation quilt, gift shop, and café go to support the Pioneer Women’s Club and the Brown County Historical Society. The Club has recently pledged $5,000 towards the building fund for the new Brown County History Center. Katrina Rose, Jan Storm, and Kay McLeod coordinated the 2012 donation quilt. After choosing a traditional basket design, they gathered the fabrics from different sources and made up individual block kits, which were then sewn by members of the club. The committee arranged the completed blocks and sewed them together. The quilt was then sandwiched and put in the quilt frame. Over several months, groups of Continued on 22


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four to six women hand-quilted the piece. The baskets were made up of various calicoes and the sashing was a yellowish-gold. Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5, and can be purchased from any of the Pioneer Women and at the Brown County Historical Society office. Jan and Kay both teach quilt-making classes at the Pioneer Women’s Club. The fees from the first class that Jan taught were donated toward the building fund for the present Brown County Public Library. Students constructed a sampler quilt at that class, learning a different technique for each block. Jan has made 75–80 quilts and remarks that she made five for one Christmas and that all her children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren each have one. Kay says she “would be lost without my quilting.” She has made 25 bedsize quilts, some given to her three children and eight grandchildren, plus other special people. She also makes quilted purses and jackets. She has participated and helped in other quilt shows in the region. Katrina is newer to the quilting world. She remembers working with her grandmother on quilts and handed down the tradition by helping her own daughter and granddaughter make their first quilt. She participates in the “Quilts United in Love” group that makes quilts for nursing homes, Habitat for Humanity families, and mothers facing a crisis pregnancy. Kay, Katrina, and Jan all enjoy quilting retreats, where six women get together for several days to work on quilt projects, swapping stories, learning techniques, and sharing cooking duties. They recently took a “shop hop”—a day trip visiting six different shops in Kentucky and southern Indiana—and are planning their third trip to the Shipshewana Quilt Fest at the end of June. 

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John Hartford Memorial Festival

2nd Annual

May 31–June 2, 2012

~by Mark Blackwell


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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 accomplishments included the score Mind” and a gazillion other folks for the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? recorded versions of it. While still and performances in the “Down from on the west coast Hartford played the Mountain” concert tour. He also on the Byrd’s album “Sweetheart of narrated and provided music for Ken the Rodeo.” He was even offered his Burns’s Civil War documentary series. own television show. But, with the John started out playing banjo and royalties from “Gentle on My Mind” fiddle in Bluegrass groups in Missouri coming in, John felt free to leave when he was still in high school. After Hollywood. He left to get his steamboat pilots license and chart his own course on the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, and Cumberland rivers and through music and life in general. Just as it was important for John to get out of Hollywood, it was important for him to explore his own forms of music. In 1971, he recorded an album with the band he brought to Bean Blossom, entitled “Aereo-Plain.” 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 Jamie Hartford & Friends (Jamie in flowered shirt) David Ferguson - bass, to breathe new life into Bluegrass. Continued on 26 Mark Howard - mandolin, Larry Perkins - banjo, Pat McLaughin - guitar.

hey’re a-havin’ another John Hartford Memorial Festival over at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana from May 31 through June 2. I’m glad somebody came up with the idea because it’s a fittin’ 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 most recent

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HARTFORD FEST continued from 26 Hartford continued his experiments in music with people like Doug and Rodney Dillard, Sam Bush, Marty Stuart, and Jerry Douglas. John later 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 see him a few 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 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 thirty 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

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condition worsened he recorded several albums of fiddle music and contributed to the O Brother and Civil War films. John passed away eleven years ago on June 4, 2001. He was 63 years old. So, 41years after John Hartford first performed at Bean Blossom, it is fitting to honor his achievements in music and life with a festival. And the lineup is truly honorable: Danny Barnes co-founder of the Bad Livers, John’s son Jamie Hartford, Mike Compton, master mandolinist and legendary fiddle player Darell Anger, along with other national, regional, and local acts. About 50 bands will be performing on three stages: the main stage, the Hippy Hill stage, and the Boogie stage. There will be several bands from Brown County and the Indianapolis area. It will be a three day celebration of traditional Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jamgrass, Country, and plain old American Folk music. The tickets for all three days are only $60 (not including camping) if you get ’em early. If you can’t make for the whole shebang, the tickets are $25 for single day tickets. If you wait to get your tickets at the gate they run $90 for the three days or $35 for single day admission. This all takes place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park so there’s plenty of great music, good camping, hot showers, and flush toilets. Tickets can be purchased on the festival website <> or by calling (314) 315-3670. For information about the Bill Monroe Memorial music Park and campsite availability go to <> or call the park office at 800-414-4677. 

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T.C. Steele Festival of Flowers Paint Out May 19, 2012

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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 19, 2012. The event will feature artists painting on the site grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by display and judging of completed artwork. The public is invited to watch artists at work and enjoy a day of relaxation and fun. An outdoor concert will begin at 1 p.m., and Artist in Residence John Bradley will present an afternoon demonstration. The event is free of charge to the general public, but a $1 parking donation is suggested. Participating artists must pre-register and pay a fee. 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. The Festival of Flowers Paint Out provides a unique insight into the methods of T.C. Steele, an artist inspired by his natural surroundings. Artists will work much as Steele did - outside, in the open air. Artists and visitors who come to enjoy the Festival of Flowers Paint Out will be able to enjoy

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the artistry of two famous Steeles. While T.C. Steele occupied his time painting the landscape around him, Selma Neubacher Steele was 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. 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. Boxed lunches will be available for purchase for your own picnic in the garden. The Festival of Flowers Paint Out is co-sponsored by the Friends of T. C. Steele.

T.C. Steele State Historic Site is located on Hwy 46 just west of Nashville in the heart of artistic Brown County. The home, studio and gardens of this noted Hoosier artist still provide inspiration today through site tours, outdoor painting competitions, and artist-in-residence programs. For more information, call 812.988.2785 or visit <www.>.  ~Andrea deTarnowsky

May 12–13, 2012

he Spring Blossom Arts Festival committee invites you to participate in the 2012 juried art festival. The Spring Blossom Arts Festival will be held on Mothers Day weekend May 12 and 13, 2012. The event will be hosted by the Brown County Historical Society on State Rd. 135 North and East Gould Street in downtown Nashville. Nashville is a high traffic tourist destination, one of the top spots in the state of Indiana. The committee sincerely hopes you will join us in producing a quality art festival for the Village of Nashville. Anyone wishing to participate can contact Pete Bullard for more information or to receive an application packet. Pete can be reached at: (812) 988-2899 or (812) 597-4932. Our new venue will limit us to 30- 35 participants. Hours on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Join us for a variety of music in the “Owl’s Nest” on our back deck. Fri.–Sat. 1 to 9 pm Sun. 1 to 5 pm Mon. 1 to 7 pm

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Beading Café We have a large inventory of gemstones, pearls, wood and shell beads. We also offer silver jewelry, custom pieces, a comprehensive line of silver findings, and a growing selection of art Supplies.

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Located at the corner of South Jefferson and West Main Streets Nashville’s Village Green (812) 720-0072 • (812) 322-4184 (msg)

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Pine Room Tavern

~by Jeff Tryon


ere’s the good news about the new owners of the Pine Room Tavern: They get it. They understand the Pine Room Tavern’s provenance and place as the (some would say legendary) local bar for many generations in Nashville—for locals and visitors alike. And they want everyone to feel welcome in a new Pine Room that will feature slightly more up-market meals along with classic favorites like the famous Pine Room burger. “I’ve lived here quite a while, 20 years, but of course that’s not very long in Brown County,” laughed new part-owner Betsy Oblack. “The Pine Room has been in operation since 1949. It’s sort of an iconic place in the county. It’s one of the few truly local bars,” she said. “There’s not too many. The places that serve alcohol here tend to be attached to restaurants or hotels. It’s always been a cool place as well as being part of the roots and the history of Brown County. It’s been through its ups and downs like any place….”

New Familiar Owners

photo by Jeff Tryon

The venerable beer and wine bar, now located in Salt Creek Plaza, will retain the more recent menu and beverage changes that raised it a step above your average. “It’s turned into a really nice restaurant, and we’re planning to keep it that way,” she said. “We’re tweaking and we’ve changed some minor things. We’re going to change a few things, but the menu will stay basically the same” said Betsy. “We’ve just changed to our spring and summer menu, with somewhat lighter fare.” The Pine Room serves organic Fischer Farms beef and the fish is supplied by Blue Fin. “We have some suppliers that lean a little more toward the upscale,” Oblack said. “We want to continue that kind of upscale swing, but at the same time keep the basic burger and the fried fish. But there will also be some higher end dinners. “We’re trying to make it so everybody can come. It’s a great place for locals and people from out

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of town are welcome, too. If you’ve been mowing the lawn and you’re in shorts and a T-shirt, you’re welcome, and if its date night on Friday night, you’re welcome. We want to keep it so you feel welcome whether you order your beer and burger or you order a three course meal with a 100 dollar bottle of wine—actually, I don’t know if we have any of those, but, something nice, anyway.” Along with “all the regular beers” the Pine Room will retain its extensive beer menu, rife with the most desirable imports and the products of top-end microbreweries from all parts of this country. (Anchor Steam? Yes. Stella Artois? Yes. Guiness Foreign Extra Stout? Yes.) If you want to know what’s in store for the iconic tavern, look no further than the Muddy Boots Café, down in the old newspaper building on North Van Buren Street. Betsy and husband James Oblack bought the Muddy Boots a few years back, “… just because we loved the place and we wanted to keep it going. We were regulars there. We decided to give it a go.” When the Pine Room came up for sale early this year, the couple along with their manager Jody Bonifield, joined to purchase the Nashville tavern. “We’ve really, really enjoyed running the Muddy Boots and we loved the feeling there and the music and now we wanted to kind of continue the same idea with the Pine room,” Betsy said. “We thought it could be what it is and more.” They’re in the process of putting in a stage and a sound system “so the music has a place to play” and

there are even plans to have outdoor seating—a couple of tables, some plants, and pots and trellises—alfresco dining, with a spectacular view of the Snyder Farm. Another development which will be particularly welcome for folks hereabouts is the return of the Pine Room lunch. “We’re going to expand it again,” Betsy said. “We’ll start doing lunch in May and eventually we’re going to have regular Friday night music. “It’s always been a place where people went for lunch. We’ll probably simplify the menu a little bit so we can get people in and out for the famous Pine Room burger and a beer, or the fried fish.” New lunch hours will be from Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 2. The Pine Room is open for dinners Tuesday through Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. Plans are to continue having jazz on Sunday nights. 

Country Mouse Weaving Studio Joan Haab Hand Woven Chenille Designer Garments

7965 Rinnie Seitz Road • Nashville, IN • (812) 988-7920

Open Weds., Thurs., Fri. and by appt. •

Also available at Brown County Craft Gallery and Spears Gallery in Nashville

porcelain and stoneware pottery by Larry Spears fine art photography by Kyle Spears handcrafted jewelry • handpainted silk scarves

Next to the Nashville House, Downtown Nashville • 812.988.1286


Weaving Studio Quality Handwovens by Chris Gustin

Southeastern Brown County 6285 Hamilton Creek Road Open 11 to 5 most days Visit us on the Studio Tours • 812-988-8622

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A sample of photos by BCHS students—taught by Lance Miller

Sabra Duff

Nikole Mcpheeters

Trent Bond

Azalee Sanders-Hall

Anna Lutes

Annie Peters

Melisa Rondomanski

Heather Anderson

Chelsey Smith

Michaela Owens

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Noah Johnson

Dakota Kent

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Dick & Dixie Ferrer · Fine Art Barb Brooke Davis · Textile Art

Homemade Ice Cream since 1977 812-988-0815 · · 812·988·1994

Classes Available · Gallery on the 2nd level

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Dillon Bustin Comes “Back to the Land” ~by Julia Pearson


ack to the Land” is the name of a musical benefit for the new Brown County History Center at the Brown County Playhouse on the evening of Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will showcase the special talents of musicians steeped in the cultural roots of southern Indiana. Headlining the show are good friends Jon Kay and Dillon Bustin along with Gray Larsen and Bob Lucas. Bustin was educated in African American and Native American Studies at Indiana University, and graduated with degrees from the Folklore and Ethnomusicology Institute. During his studies, he formed marrow-deep affection for neighboring Brown County and its people. Though Dillon Bustin’s publication, If Don’t Outdie Me: The Legacy of Brown County, has been out of print for some time, it is still one of the most widely read and circulated records of Brown County. Published in 1983 by the Indiana University Press, the book focuses on twenty individuals that were photographed and interviewed by Frank Hohenberger between the 1920s and 30s. Full page art prints along with casual snapshots by the photographer illustrate the book. Haunting eyes of the Brown Countians stare out from the pages to the reader in timeless acknowledgement.

Dillon Bustin. courtesy photo

The 1970s Back-to-the-land Movement in the hills of southern Indiana is chronicled in music by Bustin in his first album as a songwriter, Dillon Bustin’s Almanac. The songs expound simple and local living and stand on current social nerves, raw from this economic recession. The album is being reissued by June Appal Recordings for a sensitive public. His most recent album for adults, recorded to benefit Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, is Willow of the Wilderness: Emersonian Songs (2003). Bustin wrote an introduction to The Lotus Dickey Songbook (Indiana University Press, 1996, 2005), and contributed entries on musical topics to the Encyclopedia of Appalachia (University of Tennessee Press, 2006).

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Currently he is an essayist for Wild Apples: A Journal of Nature, Art, and Inquiry, published in Harvard, Massachusetts. His most recent publication is a children’s book based on one of the Tidebook songs. Thirty Dirty Sailors, and the Little Girl Who Went a-Whaling is illustrated by Susan Foltz (Vineyard Stories, 2007). As a filmmaker he has collaborated on ethnographic documentaries which are distributed on DVD by Documentary Educational Resources, including: Tough, Pretty, or Smart: a Portrait of the Patoka Valley Boys (1981), Water from Another Time (1983), Add and Mabel’s Pumpkin Center (1984) and The Pearl Fisher (1986). Some of these titles can be located at local libraries and the first two are posted online at <>. An accomplished playwright, Bustin has created theatrical musicals including Songs from Waldon Pond, Come Life, Shaker Life, and an adaptation of Meindert Dejong’s novel The Wheel on the School. He is the Artistic Director of Hibernian Hall of the Madison Park Development Corporation in Roxbury Massachusetts. Tickets for “Back to the Land” can be purchased from the Visitor’s Center in Nashville, the Brown County Playhouse Box Office, the Brown County Historical Society members, as well as the Historical Society office at the Traditional Arts Building at 46 East Gould Street. 

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


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

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The schedule could change. Always check if planning a special trip. Palace Theatre “Cowboy Sweethearts” May 4, 5, 18 at 8:00 June 16 at 8:00 “SONGS: The Musical” May 5, 11, 12, 19, 22 at 8:00 “Tumbleweed” May 25, 26, 27 at 8:00 June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, at 8:00 Robert Shaw and The Lonely Street Band: “Man in Black” June 29 at 8:00 “Heartbreak Hotel” June 30 at 8:00 Coachlight Square • Van Buren and Washington Streets in Nashville Info 812-988-2101

Brown County Playhouse “Under the Umbrella - Life is a Circus” May 4 & 6 at 7:00 May 5 as Playhouse Benefit at 7:00 May 10-12 at 7:00 “How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Parents” Polly Frost Show May 13 at 2:00 “Back to the Land” a Musical Benefit for the New History Center May 19 at 7:00 “The Breeze Bends the Grass” May 25 & 26 at 7:30 Musical by Arbutus Cunningham with Krista Detor and others Benefit for Brown County Art Guild “Nashville Old Time Radio Show” Saturdays beginning June 2, at 7:30 with Carl Ray “Shilombish Native American Flutes” June 10 at 2:00 “John Adams - John Denver Tribute” June 30 at 8:00 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555

May 26 Jade Puckett May 27 Dean Phelps (Indiana Flatpicking Champion) May 28 Barbara McGuire May 29 Lou Stant May 30 and 31 TBA June 1 Steven Thomas Band June 2 Jeb Brester June 3 Lost Shoe String Band June 4 Grant Eversoll June 5 All Star Jam w/ Kenan Rainwater June 6 Johnathan Hutchison June 7 Chuck & Kara Melchior Marionettes June 8 Mizfitz “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” June 9 Cari Ray May 26 June 10 Marvin Parish June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 11 Joe Sanford Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 June 12 TBA Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 June 13 Don Ford Westside of S. Van Buren St. June 14 Americana Showcase w/ JC Downtown Nashville Clements featuring Indiana Boys June 15 Kade Puckett Muddy Boots Cafe June 16 Travis Creek Live music: June 17 TBA Monday-Thurs. 6:30-8:30 June 18 Rick Clayton Friday and Saturday 7:30-9:30 May 1 All Star Jam w/ Kenan Rainwater June 19 David Miller June 20 John Whitcomb May 2 TBA June 21 dwBrykalski May 3 Chuck and Kara June 22 Dawn Hiatt (may change) May 4 Steven Thomas Band June 23 Sweet Surrender May 5 TBA June 24 TBA May 6 Laura Connellon June 25 Lloyd Wood May 7 Grant Eversoll June 26 TBA May 8 Lloyd Woods June 27 Kenan Rainwater May 9 Don Ford June 28 TBA May 10 Americana Showcase w/ JC Clements featuring dwBrykalski June 29 TBA June 30 Dean Phelps May 11 Cari Ray (Indiana Flatpicking Champion) May 12 Private Party Info 812-988-6911 May 13 TBA North end of Van Buren Street in Nashville May 14 Joe Sanford May 15 David Miller Chateau Thomas Winery May 16 John Whitcomb Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. May 17 Ken Wilson Info 812-988-8500 May 18 Indiana Boys May 19 Travis Creek May 20 dwBrykalski Abe Martin Lodge May 21 Rick Clayton Little Gem Restaurant May 22 Brad Going Music Saturdays Dave Miller 6:00-8:00 May 23 Richard Groner May 24 Scott Strange (Bob Dylan’s Bday) Info 812-988-4418 May 25 Philadelphia Phil

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Seasons Lodge

Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

Brown County Inn Corn Crib Music Fridays, Saturdays 9:00

Night Owl’s Beading Café Live Music Fridays and Saturdays 6:30 to 9 Sundays 2 to 4 Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 May 4 Wakefield May 5 1:30-2:15 Indiana Boys 6:30-9 Hetero Slumber Party May 6 Grant Eversoll May 7 Rick Clayton drumming May 11 Woaman Drumming w/ Trish May 12 Kara Barnard & Friends May 13 Robbie Bowden May 14 Pirates of Somalia Open Jam May 18 Robbie Bowden & Stephanie Cooper May 19 Shelf Life May 20 Marvin Parish Band May 21 Drumming w/ Trish May 25 Not For Profit May 26 TBA May 27 Kaleo Wheeler Musical Storyteller May 28 Drumming w/ Rick Clayton June 1 Hidden List Brandon Jamilton June 2 Kelly Zullo June 3 Indiana Boys June 4 Drumming w/ Rick Clayton June 8 Whoaman Drum Tribe w/ Trish June 9 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills June 10 Marvin Parish Band June 11 Drumming w/ Rick Clayton June 15 Hetero Slumber Party June 16 Sounds of Schelter June 17 Kaleo Wheeler Musical Storyteller June 18 Drumming w/ Trish June 22 TBA June 23 Shelf Life June 24 Grant Eversoll June 25 Drumming w/ Rick Clayton June 29 TBA June 30 Aloysius & the Stampede Located at the corner of S. Jefferson and W. Main Street, Nashville’s Village Green

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays Country Dance Lessons Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country Band

Special Events: Every Tues. in May Free Beginner Dance Lessons 6:30 May 4 Terry Lee & Rockabilly Band May 10 BCHS Jazz Band Swing Dance May 11 Ballroom Dance May 12 Dances with Dirt Marathon and Lloyd Wood 7:30 May 27 Special guest Joe Edwards of Nashville, Tennessee 4:00 Buffet dinner 2:30 Jams with Mike’s band 5:30 June 8 Ballroom Dance June 9 Lloyd Wood 7:30 June 22 The Starduster Big Band Ballroom Dance Info 812-988-8636

Students Performances (taught by Dan Cantwell): May 6 May 20 May 22 May 26 May 27

Iris Garden Complex 12-2 Pioneer Village 1-3 BC Library Recital 6:30 Big Woods Pizza 6-8 Courthouse area 6-8

Kelly-Miller Circus May 11, Eagle Park SR 46 East Shows at 4:30, and 7:30 Tent raising at 9:00 am Tickets Adults $10 advance $15 show day Children $8 advance $10 show day

Spring Blossom Arts Festival May 12-13 downtown Nashville Brown Saturday 10:00-6:00 Sunday 10:00-5:00 County and regional artists.

Dances with Dirt Relay Marathon May 12, Mike’s Music and Dance Barn

Polly Frost’s Show

“How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family”

SPECIAL EVENTS: Village Art Walk

May 13, Brown Co. Playhouse, 2:00 Second Saturdays April–December 5 to 8 pm. 11 participating galleries. Taste of Brown County Many local restaurants offer discounts and May 18-19 Downtown Nashville free add-ons to Art Walk Patrons Offers a sampling of the many delicious (812) 340-8781 restaurants and food vendors in Brown County. Live Music.

Annual Antique Tractor & Farm Machine Show

May 5, 4-H Fairgrounds Over 100 Vintage antique tractors Bean and cornbread dinner, children’s pedal tractor pulls and games, arts and crafts, flea market

Back to the Land History Center Benefit May 19, Brown County Playhouse, 7:30 Dillon Bustin, Jon Kay, Bob Lucas, Gray Larsen will perform

Shelby Car Show

Spring Blossom Parade May 5, downtown Nashville

Morel Mushroom Festival May 5, State Park Nature Center Day-long events include guided hunts, tasting, mushroom sale, talks

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Armed Forces Day Celebration May 19, Nashville Masonic Lodge Artist Dr. (For Veterans) Music and food from 11:30 am until the food is gone and the music stops. Ham and beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, hamburgers, hotdogs. Info Mickey Frost 812-837-9560 or Harry Bond 812-988-6128

“DAWG” GONE WALK AND FIESTA May 20, Deer Run Park, 1:00-4:00 Activities, contests, prizes Come for a fun afternoon

The Breeze Bends the Grass May 25 and 26, Brown Co. Playhouse, 7:30 Musical based of early Indiana women artists. Fundraiser for Brown Co. Art Guild Tickets through www. , Playhouse Box Office 812-988-6555

2nd Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival May 31-June 2, Bill Monroe Music Park in Blean Blossom.

Annual Quilt Show June 1-3 Historical Society Bldg. SR 135 Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 Sunday 10:00 to 3:00

Indiana Heritage Arts Show June 9-23 Brown County Art Gallery Largest juried art competition in the Midwest

46th Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 9-16 at Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom. Over 60 bands. Legends as well as up-and-coming groups. Plenty of pickin’ in the parking lot. Good food and comfortable camping.

14th Annual Brown County Studio and Garden Tour June 22-24 Self-guided free tour of artists’ and craftsmen’s studios and gardens through scenic backroads.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Brown County Art Gallery May featuring Sharon Steiner May 12-20 Foundation Patron Show June 9-23 IHA Show and Sale Artist Dr. and Main St. in Nashville, IN Info (812) 988-4609

Brown County Art Guild May: Allen Hutton and Maphajean White May 25, 26 “The Breeze Bends the Grass” Reception at Guild on opening night 48 S. Van Buren Street Nashville, IN (812) 988-6185

Bucks & Does Square Dances May 4, at Historical Society 135 N, 8:00-10:30

Indiana Raptor Center Live birds of prey, tours by appointment only.Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs available at your location Info: 812-988-8990


Pioneer Village Museum Open Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 to 4:30 May thru October in downtown Nashville

Brown County Dragway

Dine in or Carry Out

988-6565 140 W. Main Sun.–Thurs. 11–9 • Fri. & Sat. 11–10

open daily 10–5 • 812-988-7058

58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana (next to Brown County Courthouse)

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Racing every Sunday, Gates open at 9:00 5 miles north of Nashville, Gatesville Rd. Info 812-988-6103

Visit Nashville’s Little Gem Brown County

Bead Company Since 2010

We carry a unique selection of beads, findings and tools for the beading artist. Design your own jewelry.

You choose your beads, we do all the rest.

Shop our Handmade in the Hills Collection where you will find locally made jewelry, handcrafted Brown County pendants, natural soaps, lotions and many other one of a kind finds.

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Stop in today to explore our selection and see why we are known as Nashville’s Little Gem. Brown County Bead Company, LLC. 66 N VanBuren St, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.6450 Find us on Located on Molly Ln just off VanBuren St (135N) between the Courthouse and Jefferson St

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Brown County Studio & Garden Tour June 22–24, 2012


alleries and museums are great places to visit and enjoy pieces of art and craft. But nothing beats being able to see how these lovely works of art are actually created. The Brown County Studio and Garden Tour will connect you with the creative source on June 22–24, 2012. If your interest is painting, pottery, glass, jewelry, or fiber, you will enjoy a close-up look at the process though studio demonstrations. Now in the 14th season, there are nine open studios plus T.C. Steele State Historic Site, which serves as tour headquarters. Within those 10 stops, 23 artists will be displaying and demonstrating. Since most studios are less than 10 minutes apart, you can experience it all in one day, or take your time and talk to the artists, shop their studios, and maybe even take part in the process. The tour covers the gamut of art and craft: painting (oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and mixed media); jewelry (precious metal, gemstone and wood); fiber (weaving, painted silk scarves, knitting and crochet); glass (lamp worked and fused); pottery (porcelain and stoneware);

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local food beer wine music

Jazz on Sundays, Live Music on Fridays: 7 to 9 Salt Creek Plaza, Nashville • 812-988-0236 open Tues. – Sun. 4 to 10 for dinners Tues. – Sat. 11 to 2 for lunches 44 Our Brown County • May/June 2012

gourds (painted and pyrography); wood, metal and mosaics. A new studio on the tour this year is metalworker Bradley Cox who has built a water-wheel feature at his Cox Creek Mill. Painter Anabel Hopkins rejoins the tour with guest artists Bev Chafey (watercolor) and Elizabeth Parrock (jewelry). Jeweler Amy Greely will be a guest at the Uncommon Gourd. Other artists taking part in the tour this year are: Rosey Bolte, gourds; Chris Gustin, weaving; Douglas Runyan, oil painting and pastels; Amanda Mathis, acrylics; Ron Newton, copper and scrimshaw; Cheri and Dallas Platter, jewelry, lampwork beads and painted scarves; Connie Simmonds and Susan Threehawks, mosaics; Judy and Tom Prichard, pottery; Dick and Dixie Ferrer, mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings; Monique Cagle, painting, fiber and jewelry; Larry Spears, pottery; Joe, Peggy and Sawyer Henderson, wood, jewelry and painted fabric. Cheri Platter serves as the executive director for the tours and has participated in every event since the inception. “We get to talk to people who are interested in seeing the workings of our studios while we trade ideas on how items are formed. We sometimes get feedback from clients as to what they would like to see on our shelves—items that we haven’t thought of yet. It’s a great experience for artists and the public.” The studios are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Brochures are available at the Visitors Center in downtown Nashville, many local businesses and restaurants, all of the participating studios, and map pickup sites throughout the county. The tour website, <www.BrownCountyStudioTour. com>, has informational pages for each of the artists, copies of the brochure to download, and information about patrons and map pickup sites. Information on accommodations and dining can be found at the CVB website, <>.  ~Chris Gustin

what do you do when the whole world says no?

the breeze bends the grass the premiere of a

brand new musical theater piece by award-winning writers

arbutus cunningham and krista detor starring amanda biggs, lara weaver with anne hurley

meet four early-20th century women artists—selma steele, marie goth, Janet bowles, and the overbeck sisters—who followed a dream and made history.

brown county playhouse may 25 & 26 | 7:30pm fundraiser for the brown county art guild {home of the marie goth collection} funded in part with a grant from the brown county convention & visitors bureau

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Morgantown Serving Central Indiana for 41 Year s

10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135

Since 1971

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

(In the old hardware store building)

Antiques Co-op •Primitives •Advertising

129 W. Washington St. Morgantown, IN

As Is Antiques

Primitive House & Garden

•Architectural •Unique Items

And Select Dealers Open Six Days, Closed Mondays

Also: Oak Furniture, Garden Items, Pottery, and Art

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

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

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Knitting, Weaving, Spinning

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

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

Van Buren and Washington Streets in Downtown Nashville, IN Coachlight Square • Shop, Dine, Sip some Wine, and Enjoy a Show

Fresh-cut Steaks Chicken BBQ Ribs Seafood

“Best of Taste of Brown County”

Sun.–Thurs. 11–9 Fri. & Sat. 11–10

Call Ahead Seating Available


Tour Groups Welcome


Dine Inside or on the Patio

A Menu for the Whole Family Salads • Sandwiches • Kids Menu Beer, Wine, & Spirits

We’re More Than Just International Award-winning Wines! Wine Bar Open Daily for Tasting and Sales Classic Movies Thursdays 6 pm • Live Music Friday and Saturday 7-10 pm Sunday Songwriter Showcase 3–5 pm Cheeses and Gourmet Foods • Unique Wine Gifts 812-988-8500 • 888-761-WINE (6463) • Open Monday thru Saturday at 11 am and 12 Noon on Sundays

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Hidden Valley Inn What a trip to the country is all about!

Apples, Apples, Apples Beautiful Venue for weddings, parties, Friendly Farm Animals and receptions Playground with Fudge Shop and Ice Cream Parlor Super Slide and Baked Goods made from scratch Bamboo Maze Jams, Honey, Gift Items open Mon.-Sat. 9 – 7 Sun. 10 – 7

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

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

Lunch Every Day •11 AM – 4 PM


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Motorcycle Apparel: •Jackets •Saddle Bags •Chaps •Fork Bags •Vests •T-Bags •Gloves

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20 N. Van Buren (across from courthouse) P.O. Box 398 • Nashville IN 47448 812-988-6007 • e-mail: Sponsor Miracle Ride for Riley Hospital for Children

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• Anklets • Bracelets • Necklaces

34th Annual

Indiana Heritage Arts Show and Sale

Watches Sterling Silver 1000’s of Pendants Rings 58 E. Main Street (next to courthouse)



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51 E. Chestnut St. • Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville, IN

EXIT 76 ANTIQUE MALL 72,000 Square Ft.


375 Dealers 600 Booths

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Open Daily 10–6 (812) 323-7676 311 W. 7th St. Bloomington, IN 50 Our Brown County • May/June 2012

June 9–23, 2012


he 34th annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale will open in June at the Brown County Art Gallery. This event is always greatly anticipated, well attended, and held in high regard by participants and collectors alike. With a deadline for entries of May 19, the exhibit promises $20,000 in prize money to be distributed among winning entrants, with much more anticipated by way of purchases. Show chairman Jim Ross, of Eckert & Ross Fine Arts in Indianapolis, said that the approximately 20 works sold from last year’s show brought in nearly $60,000. The Indiana Heritage Arts show has a single judge every year to jury the exhibit. This year’s judge is Jill Carver, a plein-air painter from Austin, Texas. Ms. Carver moved to the US from England in 2002 after working for twelve years at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her work has been the subject of a feature article in Southwest Art Magazine in June 2010 after it named her one of the nation’s top ten artists to watch in January 2009. She divides her time between Austin and Rico, Colorado. From an expected 450 works of art submitted, Ms. Carver will select approximately 120 pieces to hang for the exhibit. (All works are judged in person rather than from slides or digital versions.) Substantial cash prizes and awards of merit are then awarded to dozens of entries. An enthusiastic audience will supplement the awards with their purchases when the exhibit opens to the public from June 9 to June 23. Organizers are accepting entries for this year’s show. All artists with a connection to Indiana are invited to enter. You must be 18 years of age and each artist can enter up to three pieces. All the rules can be found on the Entry forms which can be downloaded from Indiana Heritage website at < > or can be requested by mail by calling the Brown County Art Gallery at (812) 988-4609. 

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

Home of the

Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines

Perfect for group outings!

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

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

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

1292 State Road 135 South Three miles east of Nashville

Men’s Toy Shop Things you can live without ... but who wants to! Fine Pipes and Tobaccos Premium Cigars

Variety of T-Shirts Knives made in USA Precision ammo

Luminox Watches (used by Navy Seals)

Wooden signs made in Southern Indiana Maxpedition hard-use gear Old Colonial Bldg. North Van Buren St. in Nashville 812.988.6590 •

Restaurant Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Soups • Salads Sandwiches • After Five Menu Fine Wines Available Breads, Pastries, and Danish Baked Here Daily Center of Nashville Main and Van Buren Streets Open Daily • (812) 988-4114 May/June 2012 • Our Brown County 51


Complete line of: • Wood Stoves and Inserts • Gas Stoves and Inserts • Fireplaces

Antiques and Fine Gifts Discover a Casual Elegance

Your first step to Energy INDEPENDENT LIVING 812-336-2053 1-800-344-3967 1210 W. 2nd St. Bloomington


Home of the Unique and Unusual

4741 E. SR 46 Bloomington • 812-332-5662 20 minutes from Brown County “Your friends in the house by the side of the road”

New and Used Furniture

• Bedroom Furniture • Mattresses • Dining Room Tables • Sofas and Loveseats • Futons • Rocking Chairs • Office

Long’s Landing 10 Minutes West of Nashville on SR 46 Hours Mon. – Sat. 10 to 6 (closed Sun.)

FURNITURE • 812-332-5888 Delivery and Setup Available


Peg Ann’s Boutique Classically Whimsical Brown County’s “Unique Boutique”

Clothing • Accessories • Jewelry In the courtyard of Franklin Place on West Franklin St. (behind Daily Grind)

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No visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to

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BEAN BLOSSOM Restaurant Good Food, Good Service, Good Prices


Catfish on Friday Nights Daily Specials Breakfast Served All Day

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

l o r T ly’s Now

Across from Brown County Courthouse

44 N. Van Buren St. north of stoplight

Granny’s Christmas & Gift Shop

Come eat up in “Hog’s Heaven” (our deck)

• Santa • Snowmen • Precious Moments • Dept. 56® • Snow Village • Dickens • Nutcrackers and much more! (812) 988-6208 • second floor




Trolly’s own Hickory-Smoked Pork BBQ Hot Dogs • Sausages • Brats Lemon Shake-ups

MERCANTILE STORE “Old and Young Love this Shop!”

Brown County

• T-Shirts • Toys • Gifts • Collectibles • Brown County Souvenirs (812) 988-2725

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Save It!

~by Jim Eagleman


erhaps you’ve read here before of my life-long love of nature, natural resources, and the environment. Like a phone message stuck on continual loop—I’ll proclaim it from the rooftops! If it’s anything to do with natural habitats in Brown County, our forests, soils, and wildlife, I’ll be the flag waver, out in front. As several Our Brown County readers have told me, they love living here, enjoy the year ’round beauty and, like me, want to do all they can to keep our woodlands pristine, natural, and healthy. To those county and local resident nature lovers I say nice job, keep up the good work, and continue to enjoy this wonderful place. It’s all our concern to make sure we live as conscientious and caring land stewards. But what does that mean, a land steward? Can the term stewardship be applied to the environment, like in other disciplines? It was conservationist and author, Aldo Leopold whose land ethic began a citizen revival for sound conservation management of public, and private lands. His deep caring for the land made him realize it would take more than a casual nod towards conservation—infrequent attention wasn’t enough. To insure land would be passed on in better shape, Leopold knew we had to develop a love, respect, and appreciation for it. Fresh out of forestry school in 1909 and during his first job as forester, he saw careless destruction of public lands and how over-grazing on western US national forests further eroded dry gulches and ravines. Herds of cattle and unmanaged deer stripped vegetation. Lands under constant grazing pressure with no rotation or management soon became barren. To simply remind land owners and farmers to

DNR file photo.

curb erosion or limit grazing wasn’t going to correct years of neglect. He had to come up with another approach. My thrifty mother’s reminder that I “spend some, save some” when it came to my meager allowance was something I heard a lot as a youth. This gentle reminder was passed onto our young sons years later. I still hear them repeat the phrase when the topic of money surfaces. “Saving for a rainy day” isn’t just a wise thing to do, a folktale. We hear of “rainy day funds” in government’s fiscal matters yet today. Saving is a lifelong ritual we all do, out of habit, or necessity. Saving land—for natural systems to continue functioning, for healthy environments and habitats to flourish—must be part of local and world-wide decision-making. How well we enter into future health as a planet and society will certainly depend on wise management of existing resources. Setting aside lands with no intent of development may seem like a good idea, but increasing

Art Glass • Photography • Clothingg • Jewelry …and more

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human populations will eventually dictate and overpower their use. Pragmatically, we cannot continue at the rate of current development without impacts on such important and life-giving resources as water, timber, soil, and air. Loving the land, as Leopold suggests, may seem a strange connection—how do I love something inanimate, incapable of showing love in return? (Leopold called land an organism.) When we consider all we get from the land—its benevolence, and why dependency is so important—the connection becomes clearer. We may not know as much about ecologic relationships as we should or learn about new ones as they develop, but that lack of knowledge gives us even more reason to save parcels and habitats in large or remote areas. Locked-up secrets to some of life’s baffling diseases, clues to human chronic suffering, new understandings of soil and animal chemicals, may be at our disposal. Emptying the biologic storehouse before we have an inventory is both foolish and tremendously wasteful. To paraphrase Leopold “the first sign of intelligent tinkering is to save all the pieces.” Some believe land stewardship infers an obligation— with ownership comes duty, vigilance, and custodial care. Not a bad idea when it comes to checking the spread of exotic vegetation. What each of us plans to do with our own property in the future also holds a responsibility. And luckily right here in Brown County, we have an active chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a land protection organization that can help with those decisions. When we hear that 44 million acres of US forest land could be lost in the next 20 years, another obligation surfaces, that of voter responsibility. Years ago, folksinger Woody Guthrie sang “this land is your land, this land is my land.” How we determine its use—exploitive or compatible, with respect or disregard—will mean much for the quality of life we share on the planet. Earth Day is every day! 

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

76 ½ E. Main Street

New Location


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Located behind Sweetwater Gallery

Antiques & Treasures Advertising, Toys, Fine Quilts & Linens, Prints, Furniture, Primitives, Political, Collectibles, Ephemera, Art, & other great treasures

Male Instinct “A Different Spin on a Man’s Store”

• Northern Sportswear • Premier Garden • Ultimo Fragrance • Life is Crap Tees • Knives • Military 75 South Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN • (812) 988-1964

LODGE on the MOUNTAIN Two Secluded Guest Rooms Overlooking a Private Lake

Convenient to Nashville/Bloomington



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Salted Nuts R d Roasted Daily

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Ashalyn Knoll

Polly Frost’s one person show

A Ladies Residence For those not wishing, or unable, to live alone.

• Full Time Residential Home • Adult Day Care • Respite Care

(812) 988-0733

Hoosier Artist

45 S. Jefferson St. • Nashville 812-988-6888 • A Cooperative Gallery of Fine Artists and Craftsmen

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Nashville, IN

“How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family” Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m.


o matter how well you’ve come to terms with your childhood, your adult relationship with your family can pose surprising challenges! With that in mind, acclaimed New York city humor writer Polly Frost wrote her one person show “How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family,” which she’s now performing around the country. Frost’s hilarious and heartfelt show combines storytelling, anecdotes and humorous tips for surviving the emotional curveballs we all get thrown as our families change and grow in unpredictable ways. Audience members during performances of the show in Louisville, New York City, Phoenix, Sedona, Northern and Southern California have laughed—and cried—and laughed again. As Frost says, “What pleases me is how many people have come up to me afterwards and talk about their own family experiences.” Polly Frost’s humor has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and many other magazines. Her stories and essays have been included in The New Yorker “best humor” anthologies “Fierce Pajamas” and “Disquiet, Please!” In 2010, her humor collection “With One Eye Open” was published. Frost says, “After years of writing humor, I realized that I wanted to perform in front of live audiences. Not as a stand up comedian, but as a person who’s looking at life and sharing some funny reflections about it with the audience.” She’s excited about doing her show at Brown County Playhouse, in Nashville, Indiana and looks forward to connecting with audiences there. Her website is <>. 

Open Year-Round Mon.–Sat. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sun. Noon to 5:00 PM

Established in 1926, Brown County’s

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



E xHiBiTion AND SALE a juried fine art exhibition of Indiana artists

JUNE 9-23, 2012 BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY Corner of Main Street & Artist Drive · Nashville, Indiana for information: 812-988-4609 ~

Amy Greely

Jewelry Designs NEW LEAF in Nashville, IN NEW LEAF

Featuring locally handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely. An eclectic mix of creative items from local, regional, and global artists.

Located in Calvin Place, Franklin & Van Buren (812) 988-1058 •

The Art and Soul of Nashville

Brown County

Art Guild

• SINCE 1954 •


The Marie Goth Collection and works by 50 Contemporary Member Artists visit for our seasonal hours 48 South Van Buren Street in the historic Minor House PO Box 324 • Nashville, IN 47448 • (812) 988-6185

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Painters Paths of Brown County

~by Joanne Nesbit


isitors to Brown County often come to enjoy a hike in Brown County State Park, the Hoosier National Forest, or Yellowwood Forest. But the first visitors who came to the hills and valleys found the only way to get to Brown County and to enjoy its views was to hike. A column in the Chicago Tribune published before World War I told of one writer’s opinion of what hiking in Brown County meant to him. “Afoot (there is no better way) you may know Brown and undoubtedly love it. The gods fashioned its surface for the vagabond stroller and in their wisdom barred its best byways and hidden vales from the coming motor. You may wander all day under its festoons of wild grape, bittersweet and green briar and never set foot on a traveled road. Yet it is the best of walking—footways beaten into hardpan by barefoot


natives—primitive paths that deviate surprisingly for slight obstructions while meandering pleasantly regardless of time or distance—uphill, down again along a valley stream, then up again into the hills—a path ever changing but never fading away as ordinary paths often do.” Painters, too, began to take to the early trails through the county. As Frank Hohenberger once wrote, “And now, from no less authority than Chicago herself comes the compliment that Brown County is the Barbizon of the Middle West—there is no painting ground that can approach it between New York and Santa Fe.” More were encouraged to come.

For Information & Maps: · Brown County Visitors Center · Brown County Art Guild · Cornerstone Inn · Nashville House Restaurant · Story Inn Bed & Breakfast · T.C. Steele Historic Site · Local businesses & studios · Bloomingfoods Market & Deli (all locations)

14th Annual Brown County

June 22 – 24, 2012

Friday & Saturday 9 am–6 pm · Sunday 10 am–5 pm

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This event funded in part with a grant from the Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau

By 1908 an article in the Indianapolis News was telling those who wanted to get to Brown County and its Peaceful Valley (Nashville) to take the train from the state capital for the 39-mile trip on the Indianapolis Southern Railroad to Helmsburg and then to “walk along the dusty road until you get to the galvanized rural mail box of Alex Wilson.” It was another three miles to reach Nashville, some of that up hill. The writer advised that walking was the best way to get from Helmsburg to Nashville and that to travel any other way was a sin. For those willing to risk their souls, there was a horse and buggy standing alongside the station platform that would transport the visitors to the county seat. Once the artists found their way to Brown County, they banded together for painting excursions into the countryside. They would meet for breakfast on Sundays at the Pittman Inn and then would rally to the calls of painter Adolph Shulz and with walking sticks in hand set out on paths that took them over the hills and through the valleys on a trek that often covered 15 miles. These Sunday outings were not for painting but for pleasure and to become acquainted with various aspects of the county’s beauty that perhaps would appear at some time on a canvas. There were many times the artists walked just for the sake of walking. Fred Hetherington in 1910 wrote to Adolph Shulz that he and Gus Baumann (a printmaker) started out on a walk at about 10 p.m. traveling up a road toward a local cabin and then continuing until they reached the Georgetown Road (which is the road to Bean Blossom) and then walked back to Nashville. “It was a night of brilliant moonlight,” Hetherington wrote. Harry Engle wrote in the Chicago Tribune that he and Baumann went sketching along Greasy Creek “and for no known reason, all the town dogs came along.” It was a motley group of mutts that entertained themselves chasing rabbits and squirrels while the artists tried to work on their sketches. The eight or ten canines were not dissuaded in their frolicking even when Baumann began throwing rocks at them, but instead surmised that the printmaker wanted in on the fun so “slobbered all over him in canine enthusiasm.” There are some trails within the parks in Brown County where you can take your trusty hound with you. But whether you walk alone, with a companion, or with a group, as you move along the dusty paths and roads, give some thought to those early artists who made the treks as part of the business or painting and sometimes just to enjoy a hike. 

On the North side of the Courthouse

Brown County

Rock & Fossil Shop (812) 988-2422

Great selection of one-of-a-kind Rocks and Fossils

Copperhead Creek



Downtown Cottages & Suites Lodging in the middle of Historic Nashville’s downtown shops, restaurants, theaters Office in the Iris Garden Gallery

Iris Garden Gallery • • • •

Over 75 artists

Paintings Pottery Blown Glass Metal Work

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Designing Houses ~by Henry Swain


uring my forty years as a designer and builder of custom homes, the most important aspect of the business was my personal relationship with clients. Most of the time, it was rewarding and enjoyable. With any business there are difficult situations that inevitably arise. The area in which my clients wanted to build is hilly with many narrow ridges and valleys. Many like to live on the ridges in order to take advantage of the view. Developers opened roads down the center of the ridges and then platted building sites on either side. In the early years of the business, clients might already have a floor plan they liked and want to put on their lot. If the floor plan was square in shape, it could not be made to fit on ridge lots that sloped rather quickly into the ravines. I would offer to alter the design to accommodate the topography. Most ridge-top homes in our area have to be designed or re-designed to accommodate slopes of varying steepness. One of my early clients had a lot on a state highway with a grand view. While its rectangular shape would normally fit on most ridge lots, the state highway had severe set-back requirements which his Chicago architect had not anticipated. To place the house on the lot put the back door exit twelve feet off the ground. I re-designed the floor plan to fit the lot. The majority of ridge lots in our area end up being two stories or more. A typical ranch design floor plan is spread long in proportion to its width. Most clients recognized a lower level would need to be added but still expected the original upper level plan would remain the same. They failed to anticipate how adding an inside stairway would alter the plan significantly. It was because of this necessity of altering floor plans for my clients that I discovered I had a natural gift for home design. From a floor plan and elevations, I could make the necessary changes in the design and visualize

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the finished house on the lot. I thought everyone could do that. One client had a two acre lot with a gentle slope. After they accepted my design the next step was where to locate it on the lot. I spent two Saturday mornings with my clients on the lot surveying the options. They finally agreed to the location I suggested. The following spring my client called to tell me how much she enjoyed seeing a dogwood tree in bloom from every window in the house. I thanked her and told her that was why we spent those two Saturdays deciding where to locate the house. Another client came to me with a floor plan she liked. She was an artist but unlike most artists I know, she was unable to visualize. I would be constantly altering during the building process because of her inability to visualize. When I tried to show her how the plan needed to be changed to fit the lot, I realized after a couple of sessions I could not build for her. I politely told her why and suggested they if she could find a house she liked she should buy it, which eventually she did. Later I learned from another source that she had initially been shocked when I told her that I could not build for her. We did each other a great favor in this instance and she soon got over being shocked. 


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

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

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There is always something to do in Indiana’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 • (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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The Sampler who will win the coveted Our Brown County Sampler Silver Platter Award, the “Best of Taste”, the very acme of gastronomic accomplishment, the epitome of epicurean affirmation?” And the answer is there, lurking among you, slipping in and out of crowded venues; quietly chewing in the corner; scribbling a furtive note,

May 18–19, 2012


ouths are watering and taste buds bursting over the arrival of the year’s single greatest eating event, the annual Taste of Brown County, appearing all over Nashville the weekend Of May 18–19. Over 30 different restaurants and food vendors will be spreading their tents and setting up tables featuring their specialties all the way from Coachlight Square up to the Muddy Boots Café and everywhere in between. Like kids at a carnival, overeager adults will cue up with rolls of tickets in hand, to get a little sample of something tasty; soup, salad, candy, pie, sandwiches, ribs, steak, barbecue, gyros, pizza, ice cream. It’s a wonderland of everything good to eat in Brown County along with a good excuse to stroll around town on a pleasant spring day.

But of course, the question on the tip of everyone’s brain as they nibble and gnaw their way through a plethora of bitesized on-the-street treats will be, as it should be, “Who, oh

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sniffing the air, peering carefully to see if a scone is just exactly perfect. It’s the Sampler himself, on duty for Our Brown County—undercover as usual— indefatigably searching, seeking, testing, tasting, eating it all for you, so that you will be better informed. Once again this year, a city calls out to this crepe crusader in its time of need—to once again judge the Taste of Brown County, the sole arbiter ranking each participant on a rigid scale of culinary accomplishment and presentational skills. This call will not be ignored. The Sampler is ready! How about you? 

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Mini-golf / Basketball / Volleyball / Ping Pong RESTAURANT AND COCKTAIL LOUNGE

Nearby: 3 blocks to Nashville’s 200+ Shops, Galleries, Restaurants, and Theaters 2 miles to Brown County State Park

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State Road 46 East in Nashville, Indiana


Old-Fashioned Candy Homemade Fudge Peanut Brittle

Heritage Mall 41 S. Van Buren (3 doors south of Nashville House) (812)988-8745 toll free (877)735-8657

2-day/2-night overnight stay, plus a $30 Harvest restaurant voucher*, plus a $10 Harvest breakfast coupon

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Advance reservation and deposit required. Limited number packages available per arrival date. Not valid for group room bookings beyond 4 rooms per stay. Above offers valid based on availability. Arrival JUNE 10 thru SEPTEMBER 15, 2012. Children (up to age 17) stay free with parents–Max occ. per room is 2 adults + 2 child.

* Add 12% sales tax to all rates (food vouchers are not taxable)

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Auto Repair

27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville


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8461 N. SR 135 6082 Crooked Creek Rd. Nashville, IN 47448




Michael R. Frost

Full Mechanical Garage Brakes, Engine, Transmission

189 Commercial Drive, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.1200



Walk-Ins Welcome stylist: Tabitha Davis stylist/owner: Susie Woodall

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• Mulching - Seeding NEED HELP? • Weeding - Pruning • Tree / Shrub Planting • Fences - Walkways • Retaining Walls • Mowing / Trimming (812) 988-7232 • Flower / Herb Beds

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BRIGHT & WILLIAMSON Insurance Agency Auto • Home • Business Health • Life • Bonds 24 N. Jefferson St. • P.O. Box 698 • Nashville, IN 47448

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• Log Cabin Repairs • Chinking & Repair • New Construction • Cabin Inspections

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(812) 988-2689


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Jane Gore Realty

• Free Estimates • Senior Discount • Powerwashing • Drywall Repair

(812) 988-7548

“Personalized, Not Franchised” Serving Brown County Since 1982

(812) 988-6512 cell: (812) 325-5419

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Residential • Commercial 15 yd Roll-Off Service (812) 988-8000


Pruning • Planting Removals Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Matt Baldwin ISA Certified Arborist #IN-3202a

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146 E. Main St. Redbud Terrace Nashville, Indiana

Brown County YMCA

FINE WOODWORKING Handmade Doors and Furniture and High-end Carpentry

30 years experience 812.837.9363 812.360.5236 SHOP/OFFICE



The Brown County YMCA is located behind the Comfort Inn Now open at 5:30 a.m. Mon.–Fri.

812-988-9622 •


• Quality all-natural treats since 1997 • Over 20 wholesome varieties from low-fat to wheat and corn free • Fancy Gourmet and Seasonal Snacks • Barkingood Boutique

FREE in-store demos!

Main Street Shoppes Old School Way & Main Visit our website for class schedules • 812-988-7009

The Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts Shop Located in Antique Alley 75 S. Jefferson, Nashville

• Woodstock chimes Featuring Indiana handmade items including: • Handmade birdhouses soaps and candles, crocheted items, and • Vermont origami Dillman Farm jams and jellies at lowest prices • Indiana artwork, new/vintage (317) 783-6726 •

Bring this ad get a FREE bag of DOGS WELCOME! (812) 988-0305 natural dog treats 211 S. Van Buren St. (behind Shell station) with your $10 purchase

Regional Au Authors and Subjects Brown County Books Br Nature Guides Cookbooks Fiction Non-fiction Open All Year Genealogy 45 S. Jefferson Nashville Children’s Books 812-988-0202



551 E. St. Road 46 Nashville, Indiana

Specializing in New, Used, and Rare Christian Books

Half mile from downtown New Management Pet Friendly

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

(812) 988-1149

Serving Brown County

Cottage Accommodations in the Heart of Nashville

Innkeeper 812-720-0222

Bob & Chris Kirlin 26 Honeysuckle Ln. • Nashville, IN

66 Our Brown County • May/June 2012

McDonald’s ®

501 E. SR 46 Nashville, IN.

May/June 2012 • Our Brown County 67

Our shop is bursting with flavor!

Watch us make… Free box of popcorn with mention of this ad

· Over 20 flavors of our Creamy Fudge · 50 flavors of Gourmet Popcorn · All-natural Gelato and Ice Cream

175 South Van Buren in Possum Trot Complex

812-988-0709 ·