May/June 2013 Our Brown County

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May– June 2013

Studio & Garden Tour


Brown County Community Foundation’s

Larry Pejeau CEO Bill Monroe’s

Bluegrass Festival

The John Hartford Memorial Festival Sweetea Tea Shop And: Legacy of If You Don’t Out Die Me Our Wallow Hollow Home The Fog Wisps Mystery—Campfires? May and June Events



HOME TO INDIANA’S FINEST INSTRUMENT BUILDERS Huge selection of dulcimers, harps, and zithers!

Locally made mandolins, fiddles, and affordable imports.

Can do repairs on most stringed instruments.

Pictured: San Jacinto and Lexington by OC Bear, Doc Watson Signature Gallagher, Gallagher G-55. In addition to our handmade OC Bear and Gallagher guitars we also carry the Morgan Monroe and Indiana lines.

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Custom Handmade banjos by Ome and Russell, plus Recording King and others.

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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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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Brown County State Park



Abe Martin Lodge

STORY Monroe Reservoir

Rawhide Ranch

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Gaia’s Touch

del Sol Green Valley NASHVILLE Lodge

Yellowwood Lake


Mike Nickels Log Homes Clay Lick Rd

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Al’s Paint & BodyAl’s Garage

Country Club Rd

Oak Grove

Oak Grove Pottery






Hilltop Cabin Brown Co. Cabins

Doodles by Kara Barnard


Ow l Cr eek


Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café


BLOOMINGTON Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS Bloomingfoods Elegant Options Fireplace Center Longs Landing

Cordry Lake

Sprunica Rd.

Plum Creek Antiques Market





Vaught Rd.

Monroe Music Park & Campground BEAN BLOSSOM



Rosey Bolte’s Uncommon Gourd Studio

Upper Bean Blossom

Brownie’s Bean Blossom Inn


Lake Lemon



Carmel Ridge Rd



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Brown County

MORGANTOWN Sheep Street Fibers TRAFALGAR Appleworks Sweetwater Antiques Co-op Lake 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



The Bookloft


Brown Co Art Guild

ST SR 135 N

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

Hobnob Corner

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery

House of Jerky

Wishful Thinking moved two blocks south

Main Street Shops


Gold &Old

McGinley Insurance

Health for U

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Redbud Terrace Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Broomcorn Johnny’s Glass Planet Gifts Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

Weed Patch Music Co.

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 Village Green Boutique Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

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Pit Bull Leather Bedazzled Jewelry J Bob’s

Brown County History Center

GOULD STREET Trolly’s Brown County Rock & Fossil Shop

Norma Reigle Palm & Tarot


Hidden Valley Inn



Honeysuckle Hideaway

Granny’s Christmas Shop Mercantile Store The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

The Silver Fern Beads and Gifts

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage


Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe Leatherworks

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

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Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

SR 4



The Salvation Army

Michael’s Massage

Brown Co. Massage

White Sands Boutique

Melchior Marionettes

Brown Co Playhouse Jack & Jill Nut Shop

58 South Apparel


Artists Colony Inn B3 Gallery Carol’s Crafts • Toy Chest Brown Co. Clocks & Collectibles

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

The Ordinary


Ole House

Primitive Spirit

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


Coachlight Sq

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Winery



Salt Creek Inn Casa del Sol

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Salt Creek Park

Nashville General Store & Bakery


Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room


Musical Entertainment Parking


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McDonald’s Pizza Pine King Room Tavern Brown Co Health & Living Community

Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

Sweetwater Gallery Wishful Grasshopper Flats Thinking



Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop-Community Closet


NBC Nails

Schwab’s Fudge Abe’s Alley PITTMAN HOUSE LANE

New Leaf Amy Greely

FRANKLIN STREET Life is Good Calvin Place JB Goods


Franklin Sq

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

Antique Alley



Antiques Co-op.............................52 Brown Co Antique Mall................60 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Elegant Options............................31 Gnaw Bone Antiques/Uniques...64 Nashville General Store...............22 Plum Creek Antiques...................64 Townhouse Gifts...........................39


Antique Alley Shops.....................51 Antiques Co-op.............................52 B3 Gallery.......................................44 Bear Hardware..............................55 Brown Co Antique Mall................60 Brown Co Art Gallery...................62 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Brown Co Studio Tour..................30 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Elegant Options............................31 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Indiana Heritage Arts Show.......14 Iris Garden Gallery........................45 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......28 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.38 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County................25


The Bookloft..................................60


58 South Apparel..........................27 Antique Alley Shops.....................51 Bear Hardware..............................55 Thrift Shop-Community Closet..66 Glass Planet Gifts..........................51 Head Over Heels...........................53 House of Thunder.........................63 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............15 Leatherworks.................................46 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................46 Pit Bull Leather Co........................55 Sports Etc.......................................53 Village Boutique...........................63


Antique Alley Shops.....................51

Our Brown County

Antiques Co-op.............................52 Appleworks....................................26 B3 Gallery.......................................44 Bone Appetit Bakery....................60 Broomcorn Johnny’s....................31 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..49 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....45 Brown Co Studio Tour..................30 Brown Co Visitors Center.............14 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Country Mouse Weaving.............38 A Dreamer’s Gallery.......................3 Elegant Options............................31 The Ferguson House....................33 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................33 Glass Planet Gifts..........................51 Granny’s Christmas Shop............59 Head Over Heels...........................53 Homestead Weaving Studio.......23 House of Clocks.............................52 House of Thunder.........................63 Iris Garden Gallery........................45 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................25 Jeepers Miniatures.......................52 K. Bellum Leather.........................22 Leatherworks.................................46 Main Street Images......................25 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................46 Mercantile Store...........................59 Nashville General Store...............22 New Leaf.........................................29 Oak Grove Pottery........................23 Ole House.......................................37 Papertrix.........................................37 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......28 Pit Bull Leather Co........................55 Primitive Spirit..............................28 Rhonda Kay’s.................................27 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.38 Sheep Street Fibers......................52 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............36 Smashing Designs..........................3 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................23

Sports Etc.......................................53 Sweetwater Gallery......................15 Townhouse Gifts...........................39 The Toy Chest................................49 Wishful Thinking...........................61


Back to the Land Again Concert for the History Center...27 Brown County Playhouse............33 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....45 kidscommons................................31 Melchior Marionettes..................36 Monroe Music Park: June Bluegrass Festival................4 July Gospel Jubilee.....................42 Muddy Boots Cafe........................22 Nashville Express..........................60 Pine Room Tavern.........................22 Rawhide Ranch.............................55 Taste of Brown County................14


Abe Martin Lodge.........................51 Appleworks....................................26 Artists Colony Inn.........................49 Bloomingfoods.............................46 Brown Co IGA................................56 Brown Co Inn.......................... 57, 59 Brown Co Winery..........................56 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....45 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................31 Casa Del Sol...................................31 Chateau Thomas Winery.............60 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmhouse Cafe............................17 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................57 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........29 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................55 Hotel Nashville..............................67 House of Jerky...............................61 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................25 Jack n Jill Nut Shop.......................61 McDonald’s....................................60 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................22 Nashville BP...................................37 Nashville Candy Store..................53

Advertiser Index Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68 Nashville General Store...............22 Nashville House............................57 Ole House.......................................37 Pine Room Tavern.........................22 Pizza King.......................................44 Schwab’s Fudge.............................22 Seasons...........................................57 Taste of Brown County................14 That Sandwich Place....................60 Trolly’s.............................................66 The Wild Olive...............................21


The Ferguson House....................33 Gnaw Bone Antiques/Uniques...64 Long’s Landing..............................23 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


Bear Hardware..............................55


Head Over Heels...........................53 K. Bellum Leather.........................22


Cornerstone Inn............................58 eXplore Brown County................25 Forest Hills Apartments...............19 Green Valley Lodge......................37 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................46 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..46 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Honeysuckle Hideaway...............60 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Lodge on the Mountain...............61 Mike Nickel’s Vacation Cabins....17 The North House...........................67 Rawhide Ranch.............................55 Salt Creek Inn................................39 Seasons...........................................57 Willow Manor Apartments..........27

Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Gaia’s Touch Gnaw Bone Antiques/Uniques Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store Mike Nickels Log Homes Norma Reigle-Palm and Tarot Plum Creek Antiques

Bill Monroe Museum......................4 Pioneer Village Museum.............39




Bone Appetit Bakery....................60

Antique Alley Shops.....................51 B3 Gallery.......................................44 Brown Co Antique Mall................60 Cathy’s Corner...............................15 Ferguson House............................33 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................33 Glass Planet Gifts..........................51 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................25 Main Street Images......................25 New Leaf.........................................29 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........61 Ole House.......................................37 Rhonda Kay’s.................................27 Silver Fern Beads & Gifts.............36 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........23 Village Boutique...........................63


Abe Martin Lodge.........................51 Artists Colony Inn.........................49 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown Co Inn.......................... 57, 59 Comfort Inn...................................12



B3 Gallery.......................................44 Glass Planet Gifts..........................51 Main Street Images......................25 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery...............................23


eXplore Brown County................25 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............19 Rawhide Ranch.............................55


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................63 Brown Co Health & Living...........47 Brown Co Massage.......................29 Brown Co Visitors Center.............14 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........63 Michael’s Massage Therapy........19 Nashville BP...................................37 NBC Nails........................................39

Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Robert Adair-Woodworking Baldwin Tree Service Bean Blossom Antiques


Head Over Heels...........................53 K. Bellum Leather.........................22 Leatherworks.................................46 Bone Appetit Bakery....................60 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles..49 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Fireplace Center............................31 Granny’s Christmas Shop............59 House of Clocks.............................52 House of Thunder.........................63 K. Bellum Leather.........................22 Leatherworks.................................46 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................46 Pit Bull Leather Co........................55 Primitive Spirit..............................28 Sheep Street Fibers......................52 Sports Etc.......................................53 The Toy Chest................................49 Weed Patch Music Company........2 Wishful Thinking...........................61


Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Sweetwater Gallery......................15


Artists Colony Inn.........................49 eXplore Brown County................25 Hotel Nashville..............................67


Salem’s Good Nature Farm.........61 Flower & Herb Barn......................64

Cover photo by Jonathan Bolte

Artist Rosey Bolte at her Uncommon Gourd Studio. Visit her on the Studio & Garden Tour.

16 Larry Pejeau, Foundation’s CEO ~by Bill Weaver 18 Monroe Bluegrass Festival ~by Jeff Tryon 24 John Hartford Festival

~by Tom Rhea

28 The Legacy of If You Don’t Outdie Me ~by Julia Pearson

32 Sweetea’s Tea Shop

~by Karen E. Farley

38 44 46 48 50

Studio and Garden Tour Quilt Show Indiana Heritage Arts Show and Sale Taste of Brown County–The Sampler Smoky Spirals Mystery

~by Jim Eagleman

54 Our Wallow Hollow Homestead ~by Henry Swain

66 Festival of Flowers Paint Out 66 Secret Garden Tour in July 10-11 11 13 34-35 40-41 43

Contributors 11 Subscribe Where Is It? Contest Note from the Editor Brown County Photography Guild Calendar of Entertainment/Events Coloring Contest


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

812-988-8807 copyright 2013 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. 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. Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max. Julia Pearson is the Museum Director for the Brown County Historical Society. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Bloomington. Julia is human interest editor and writer for a Secular Franciscan magazine, and is currently writing a column entitled “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat. She loves traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes worldwide, especially with her children and grandchildren. Jeff Tryon 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. Karen E. Farley and her husband Ken recently moved to Nashville from Columbus. She is mother of three, stepmom of four, grandmother of twelve and great grandmother of one. Karen’s passion for writing began in her twenties writing poems to her daughters. Married for 25 years, she contributes to several local, national, and international magazines. Jim Eagleman is a 38 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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Tom Rhea received a BFA in painting from Indiana University. He worked for twenty-five years as a master sculptor in a local medallic arts company. He has since divided his time between freelance illustration and detailed paintings of landmarks in the Bloomington town and

featured photographs The Brown County Photography Guild is a collection of local/regional photographers who meet twice a month to share photographs and techniques. Membership is open to any interested photographer. E-mail <> for more info.


• The Where Is It? A photo of the knitting sculpture in front of the Brown County Library was guessed by Dave Hoggatt. • Cooper Olmsted from Nashville won the Coloring Contest.

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Enjoy Beautiful Brown County, Indiana and the village of Nashville!

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Features 125 Luxurious Guest Rooms, CComplimentary High-Speed Internet, HHD Flat Screen TVs, 24Hr Complimentary BBusiness Center, 3000 Sq Ft Meeting Room, EExercise Center, Indoor Swimming Pool & W Whirlpool, Great American Grill Restaurant aand nightly room service. Next to Edinburgh PPremium Outlets and Exit 76 Antique Mall.

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“No Place Like Home”

or the past 18 years I have been lucky enough to be able to make a living putting together a collection of articles about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special. Every year thousands upon thousands of visitors flock here for a variety of reasons. And I get to watch them experience during a visit what I take in every day. Many of those visitors will leave thinking they will some day return to follow their dream of becoming a merchant or building a cabin. Nashville is our largest town with less than a thousand residents. The entire county has just three stoplights but the streets and roads somehow support the traffic. Brown County tourists come here to have a good time so they are most often in a good mood and slow down a bit. Much to my amazement, tens of thousands of people attend our big festivals and biker gatherings with little incident. They get along. City folks long for simpler times—when neighbors knew each other and kids grew up together. They find a little piece of that here in Brown County. As I sit and watch the people go by on the streets of Nashville I can easily spot a person that lives here from the crowd. They will look up with a smile and connect as if to say, “Hey, this is our town.” They walk with confidence knowing where they are headed instead of with aimless curiosity. Oh, there are many advantages of living in a big city. I have lived in large metropolitan areas, including Atlanta and Los Angeles, where you can get everything you need, anything you want, and plenty of culture. But Brown County has its share of culture, too. We have more culture per capita than any other place I have ever been. There are more than 100 artists living in Brown County creating art and craft in their studios. There are about a dozen galleries on Nashville’s monthly Village Art Walk. The Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center now offers a wide range of entertainment. Out of the Ordinary, a new entertainment/dining venue will be opening soon with even more choices. Scott Wayman is working on reviving the Little Nashville Opry with its national country acts. And did you know Brown County hosts the longest running bluegrass festival in the world?

This little oasis in Indiana is also one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The Ice Age glaciers left us with ruts big enough to be mistaken for small mountains. We have more state and national forest area in our county than anywhere in Indiana—satellite pictures show a huge green spot of undeveloped land. The hills, the trees, the music and art, and the character of the Brown County people all continue to attract visitors from the cities just as they did when the early artists came here at the turn of the last century. I am happy to be living in this unique little community and grateful for the opportunity to share it with you.  —Cindy Steele

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exhibition AND SALE

A juried fine art exhibition of Indiana artists


Corner of Main Street & Artist Drive · Nashville, Indiana


MAY 17 & 18


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Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

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

est. 1972

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

Estate Jewelry Antiques Paintingg

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

Things you can’t find anywhere else! 39 E. Franklin St. in Nashville

(North of Artists Colony Inn–next to where you board the train)

Painting Lessons available, call for times

812-988-4091• Also buying estate and vintage jewelry gold and silver (will travel).

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photo by Bill Weaver

Brown County Community Foundation

Larry Pejeau

Chief Executive Officer

~by Bill Weaver


’m thrilled to be back,” Larry Pejeau says of his return to Brown County to take over the helm of the Brown County Community Foundation. “The biggest challenge is how big the job is,” he continues. “I give a lot of credit to the people in the county for keeping it going all these years.” Like most community foundations in Indiana, Brown County’s began with a Lilly Endowment. “Lilly decided the best way to exert their philanthropic muscle was locally,” he says. Matching the Lilly seed money with the contributions of local citizens, the Foundation supports everything from Salt Creek clean-up and the eradication of invasive species, to the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and Humane Society. “Government isn’t going to take care of a lot of things,” Pejeau observes. “It’s nice that we can pool our own money in the county and take care of the things we think are important.” Larry wants to help people understand what the Foundation is doing, while attracting money to the endowments people care about. “I’ve got a job I really love and feel I can make a difference. This is a great community organization that has been supported by a large number of donors, board members, and volunteers; wonderful people who have impacted this county in a lot of ways.”

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Larry moved to Brown County nearly forty years ago after a holiday visit with his wife. “I didn’t have a lot of money, it was December, people were shopping, and nobody was open,” he says. “So I thought if I opened a store I could sell my pottery.” For the next decade he ran a shop downtown, eventually moving out on State Road 45, “right across the county line,” to expand his wholesale pottery business. “When my kids started going to college, I made the transition to the real world,” he laughs, “working for PTS Electronics in Bloomington and Stone Belt, (a not-for-profit based in Bloomington helping people with developmental disabilities find productive labor). As funding changed, I looked for something more challenging and here I am. “A community foundation’s strength is its knowledge of the community,” he continues. “The endowment is the means to an end. We focus on things that have the biggest impact and use these community initiatives as our framework—not only to run our grants process, but to determine who to build stronger partnerships with. That’s a big change for the foundation—going from the idea that we’re a charitable bank to focusing on a small number of community initiatives, issues we feel will make the county a better place to live and to work. “Building the endowment is the important thing but it’s what you do with that endowment that matters. That’s how you get people to understand what you stand for, what you believe in, what things are important, and what things need to be done.”

When you set up an endowment—minimum $5,000—the money is invested and the profits go to support your charitable cause. You can start an endowment for anything—as long as it’s a not-forprofit cause or a scholarship. “We have an endowment to support the neutering of animals and six endowments supporting Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, which serves 200 meals a day,” he says. Over time, you enable the use of more than you’ve contributed to an endowment. One endowment, established in 1996 for $16,000, has given away $9,000 while keeping the original contribution intact for the future. “It’s a very sustainable concept,” he says. “Permanence is a big part of what we’re doing here. We’re thinking long term.” With 162 endowments, there are a lot of causes that are supported, started by donors who care deeply about those issues, such as the scholarship program. This year Connor Guingrich was awarded the Lilly scholarship—four years tuition and money for books. “On May 6 we’re announcing the scholarships that our endowments support. We’ll be awarding about $30,000 to 21 different students. Scholarships have a big impact, education has a big impact.”



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Composed of local volunteers, the scholarship committee spends weeks going through applications, interviewing students, and making their decisions. The Grants committee works the same way, last year giving away $55,000 to local not-for-profits. Winners will be announced in June. The Brown County Community Foundation helps citizens help themselves. “One of the great aspects of the job is that I can get out and talk to people. I enjoy that. I go to every meeting I possibly can,” Pejeau says. “The Foundation has a good history and we’re trying to step up to the next level, become more independent, more successful financially, so we can have a greater impact. My hope—as the person who is running the foundation—is to clearly define what the Foundation is trying to do, where we think we can have the biggest impact, and what our resources are best able to address. We’re here to support the whole county.” The Brown County Community Foundation is located at 91 W. Mound Street #4 in Nashville, (812) 988-4882; email <>; website <www.>. “If anybody wants to come visit us,” Larry says, “the doors are open. I’d like to talk to everybody.” 

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Monroe Bluegrass Festival June 8–15, 2013

~by Jeff Tryon


Ralph Stanley performing at the 2012 June festival. photo by Cindy Steele

hen Dr. Ralph Stanley II takes the stage at the 47th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, he will be surrounded by ghosts and legends. In a place that has been around as long as the Bean Blossom festival, when so many great players have stood in that place, legends have been made and bluegrass spirits are bound to linger. Dr. Stanley will be surrounded, not just by his band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, not just by the thousands of adoring fans who will jam-pack the venerable setting; he will be surrounded by a great cloud of bluegrass witnesses, who have each played their part, stretching back in history to before there even was a Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Dr. Stanley will be joined at this year’s festival by such bluegrass luminaries as the James King Band, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, along with emerging artists like Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, and over 50 other groups, from the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band to the Moron Brothers. And you know the music on stage at Bean Blossom is only the tip of the turnip. Bluegrass echoes

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everywhere through the park all week long in informal pick-up jam sessions. There will be no shortage of lonesome, with performances by the Lonesome River Band, Flatt Lonesome, and Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers. There will not only be a doctor in the house at the festival this year, there will be a lawyer onstage. Acclaimed vocalist and guitarist Charlie Sizemore also runs a successful law practice in Kentucky. His career began at the age of 16 when he replaced Keith Whitley in the Clinch Mountain Boys. Legends? There’ll be plenty on stage, from the wellestablished to the someday-will-be. There’s the ever-present legend of Bill Monroe himself, “the Father of Bluegrass,” who founded the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in 1967, after purchasing in late 1951 the Brown County Jamboree, which had been running in some form since about 1939. The name of the oldest continuous annual bluegrass festival in the world was changed in tribute after his death in 1996. There is a legendary recording of the festival, the 1973 MCA Records’ double-LP “Bean Blossom: Back

Home Again in Indiana” documenting the 7th Annual event and featuring Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, and Jim and Jesse McReynolds. But there is probably no living bluegrass musician who is more of a legend that the iconic Dr. Stanley, who received his honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN in 1976; the “National Heritage Award” in 1984; and the “Living Legend Award” from the Library of Congress and National Medal of Arts in 2006. And in 2002, the good doctor broke through to a new audience and a new generation, winning his first Grammy Award with his haunting rendition of “Oh Death” from the movie soundtrack of “O Brother Where Art Thou.” In his six decades of touring and playing, his band has spun off some of country and bluegrass music’s biggest names, including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks and the late Keith Whitley. Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still touring several weeks a year. And the ghosts? Well, you’ve got to think that the spirit of Bill Monroe must occasionally make a visit to the stage

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Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers from last year’s festival. photo by Cindy Steele

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL continued from 19 where for 30 years he relentlessly pursued the high lonesome sound, all the while mentoring and encouraging generations of pickers and players and just generally making himself beloved to plain folks. Also, it was at Bill Monroe’s Brown County Jamboree in Bean Blossom in October of 1966 where Carter and Ralph Stanley performed their last full show together as the Stanley Brothers, ending a 20-year run, and an era. Tragically, Carter Stanley died in December of that year at only 41 years of age. And while thinking of bluegrass spirits who might somehow be drawn back to Bean Blossom, how about Jerry Garcia, now recognized as much in bluegrass circles for his work with the band “Old and in the Way” (with Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, John

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Khan, and David Grisman) as for his beautiful guitar solos with the seminal psychedelic rock and roll band The Grateful Dead. Garcia, a good banjo player, was devoted to the music and made a pilgrimage to Bean Blossom in the early 1960s to hear Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and to copy tapes of old Brown County Jamboree shows that he had heard about. Garcia’s 30-year run with the cultstatus rock band ended when he died of a heart attack in August 1995. Now, it’s come full circle as Jesse McReynolds has released “Tribute to Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter: Songs of the Grateful Dead” and a live recording of a 2010 show at the Fillmore West called “The Wheel: A Musical Tribute to Jerry Garcia.” The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival runs from Saturday June 8 to Saturday June 15. For tickets and information call 800414-4677 or (812)-988-6422 go to <>. 




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John Hartford Memorial Festival ~by Tom Rhea


t often happens in music history that a performer’s music written in one era remains popular into another, more recent era. This popularity is particularly appropriate in the case of bluegrass artist John Hartford for whom songwriting was a finely calibrated craft. His most notable hit, “Gentle on my Mind,” became such a success (in versions recorded by Glenn Campbell, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and others) that besides winning four Grammys, it ushered in an era of financial freedom for Hartford. And what he did with that freedom established the legacy that is still celebrated today.

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Jamie Hartford (John’s son) and Friends at the 2012 festival. photo by Cindy Steele

Festival organizer John Hotze at far left. photo by Cindy Steele

Bill Monroe is credited with the creation of Bluegrass music, but his generation of musicians came of age in the Grand Ole Opry of the Forties and Fifties. By the early Sixties, they were nearly swept into oblivion by rock and roll and a slicker, more commercial country style. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” released in 1972, bridged the generations by featuring the likes of Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Vassar Clements. It brought

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the classic Bluegrass style to the attention of millions of listeners, and more importantly, influenced a generation of performers. John Hartford pushed at the boundaries of classic Bluegrass forms and instrumentation during decades of creative experimentation. From the music recorded on almost 30 albums, he is known today as the father of the “New Grass” movement. The vitality and longevity of his musical legacy is proven by the fact that he won Grammys in three different decades, the latest in 2001 for his work on the wildly acclaimed soundtrack album for the Cohen brothers’ movie, “O Brother Where Art Thou.” Along with innovation, Hartford maintained an archivist’s respect for the history of his chosen musical genres. He contributed to the soundtrack and the narration of Ken Burns’ “Civil War” series, and he even wrote a biography on fiddler Ed Haley. John Hartford’s music and spirit will be celebrated once again over Memorial Day weekend at the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Park in Bean Blossom, for the 3rd Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival. The festival will welcome over forty musical acts including headliners such as Great American Taxi, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, the Rumpke Mountain Boys, Town Mountain, Mike Compton and the Hillbenders. (YouTube video of many of them can be viewed on the festival website.) In addition, festivalgoers can compete in the Song Writing and the Old Time Fiddle Contests. Acts will be divided among three concert stages over the weekend. Discounted tickets may be purchased until May 15. Continued on 26

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HARTFORD continued from 24 One of the main organizers of the festival has been John Hotze. Hotze met Hartford while still in high school when they both were attending a Flatt and Scruggs concert in Nashville. Upon striking up a conversation, the pair realized that each lived within a few miles of the other in St. Louis, Missouri. As a beginning rhythm guitarist, Hotze played dates around the area with Hartford in a trio they formed that lasted until his high school graduation. They met infrequently after he entered college, joined the Navy, started a family, and began his career in electronics, computers, and the aerospace industry. Fame took Hartford away to Nashville and LA, but his singular bond with the Mississippi River led him to pursue a pilot’s license to navigate on the river. Hotze met him one evening as he brought the Julia Belle Swain steamboat into port. Hartford won his third Grammy in 1976 for an album of songs about the river, “Mark Twang.” In the aftermath of Hartford’s death in 2001, Hotze began a memorial website for his friend and years later thought of an appropriate way to honor his memory.

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John Hotze enjoying the show. photo by Cindy Steele

He suggested to some friends that they float a canoe up the Cumberland River past John’s last home in Madison, Tennessee, and then have a picking party at the campout. The idea caught on and grew into an event after another friend, “Nash” Phil Harris, arranged for three or four fairly well known bands to play to an audience of 50 to 100 people. When Dan Dilman came on board in 2010, he pitched the idea as a festival event to his Dad, who happens to own the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Park. The idea of the festival was well suited to the history of music in the area. The first John Hartford Memorial Festival opened on June 1, 2011, the ten-year anniversary of John’s death. Much more information is available on the Festival website at <www.>, including a breakdown of ticket prices, a full roster of artists and events, and a guide to camping in the area. For information about the Bill Monroe Memorial music Park and camp site availability go to <> or call the park office at 800-414-4677. 


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The Legacy of Dillon Bustin’s Book

If You Don’t Outdie Me I

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f You Don’t Outdie Me: The Legacy of Brown County, written by Dillon Bustin and published by the Indiana University Press , came out with a launch party at the Monroe County Public Library in 1983. There was a sellout of the 5000 books printed. And though there has never been a reprint of this timeless volume, it is carefully preserved by families that bought theirs during that initial printing. Others of us have searched out our own copies of the book in antique shops and through outlets on the internet such as EBay, Amazon, and Alibris. Bustin’s love of the people that stared out of Frank Hohenberger’s photographs and columns of “Down in the Hills o’ Brown County” started long before he immersed himself, as a returning University student in Bloomington, into the Lilly Library’s archival boxes of Hohenberger’s notes, diaries, negatives, and


photos. He recalls family excursions to Nashville as a child, when the family would leave their Indianapolis home to have Sunday dinner at the Nashville House. The Hohenberger photos in the lobby of the Nashville restaurant would mesmerize the young Dillon. He remembers being 8 or 9 years old when he was allowed to stand on the counter by the proprietor so that he could study the photos for longer periods of time. The family would be seated and ready to order their food, but Dillon would ask them to order for him— nothing was more enticing than time spent happily in the visual spell of the photographs. Like many students of the 1970s, Dillon Bustin’s undergraduate career was intersected by a time of “experiential self-education” as he joined the homesteading movement, getting a taste of living off the land. When he returned to his studies at Indiana University, photos of Hohenberger displayed on the walls of the student union reopened his boyhood love of Hohenberger’s images. The first time he was at the Lilly Library, he spent eight hours

absorbed in Hohenberger’s records, putting together photographs with actual diary entries. Bustin’s extensive research led to an exhibition featuring the art photograph prints of Frank Hohenberger along with some paintings of Brown County: Tools of the Trade: Fine Artists and Folk Craftsmen in Brown County, 1920–1930. It was organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1981 under a program named STEP—Statewide Touring Exhibition Program. For two years the exhibition travelled throughout Indiana, bringing images of Hohenberger’s magic lens on Brown County to other Hoosiers. The enlargements and labels of the exhibition were acquired by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority of Nashville so that they could be permanently displayed in Brown County. They are presently in the Brown County Public Library. If You Don’t Outdie Me is the recommended reading to

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OUTDIE continued from 28 anyone wanting an introduction to Brown County’s story and depth of its culture. It contains not only the art photographs of Hohenberger, but also snapshots of unposed comings and goings of the daily life of the community. Bustin sidesteps sentimentality as he provides descriptions of the unique individuals known as “country folk.” Hohenberger himself is revealed through biographical facts, as Bustin looks through the lens backwards as only artists themselves can do. In the epilogue, Bustin notes that everyone in the book is now at their eternal rest alongside family and neighbors in country graveyards—all except the photo chronicler himself, Frank Hohenberger, who “was placed alone in a mausoleum at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis” after spending 45 years among Brown County folk. A significant result of the publication of If You Don’t Outdie Me to its author was a reconnection to the family ties of Bustin’s birth mother, who had died when he was 5 years old. His father had remarried and Bustin was no longer in touch with the maternal side


BACK TO THE LAND AGAIN On June 8, 2013 at 7:30 “Back to the Land Again” musical benefit will take place at the Brown County Playhouse to raise funds for the new Brown County History Center. It continues the spirit of last year’s “Back to the Land” event and will showcase musicians steeped in the cultural roots of southern Indiana. The show features Jon Kay, Dillon Bustin, Gray Larsen, and Cindy Kallet. Tickets are available online at <> or call (812) 988-6555. of his family. In a series of fortuitous events, an uncle (brother of his birth mother) saw the review of the book in an Indianapolis newspaper and contacted Bustin, asking if he would like to meet his grandmother. This long lost grandmother had herself been an orphan. Researching her origins, by remarkable coincidence Bustin discovered what his mother’s mother had not known—that she herself had been born in Brown County near the little town of Story. In a striking awareness, Bustin realized that people he had interviewed, and farms and

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graves that he had visited in Brown County were those of his great-great grandparents and other blood relatives. Before moving to Massachusetts to pursue a career in arts administration, Bustin summed up his Hoosier back-to-the-land experiences in Dillon Bustin’s Almanac (June Appal Recordings, 1983), which was produced by Bob Lucas and Grey Larsen. Presently, Bustin is employed by Madison Park Development Corporation in Boston as Artistic Director of Hibernian Hall. Bustin concludes the preface to his now iconic If You Don’t Outdie Me: “I offer this selection from Frank Hohenberger’s work with the hope that his images, once able to speak for themselves, may be more fully revealed and appreciated.” It seems a warm and fitting invitation to Brown County’s residents, those with deep roots or new roots, to get to know the faces and hearts of those who lived in the hills before them. 

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ith coffee houses, microbreweries, and wine tasting at wineries, it was just a matter of time before tea sampling made its way to Nashville, Indiana. On May 3, Sweetea’s Tea Shop will open its doors at 225 South Van Buren Street in Coachlight Square. Owner Laura Boyer, originally from Indianapolis, is looking forward to putting her retail experience and love of tea together to bring a new venue to Nashville. “Tea is the next big thing,” Boyer says. “It also has a lot of health benefits for everyone.” Tea was first discovered in China. According to the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, tea is among the world’s oldest and most revered beverages. It is today’s most popular beverage in the world, next to water. Located next to Chateau Thomas Winery, visitors who love wine tasting can also stop in at Sweetea’s for a sample of 20 to 25 different varieties of tea. “We will offer both hot and cold tea served for here or to go,” Boyer explains. “It’s not a tea room. It is more like a Starbucks concept.”

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opening in May

Laura Boyer, owner of Sweetea’s. photo by Karen E. Farley

Boyer makes a point to explain the difference between a tea room and a tea shop. “A tea room is very formal and serves lunch items normally between two and four in the afternoon,” she explains. “My tea shop will have counter service with tea and coffee. I will also have lemonade for the children. If someone wants hot tea for here, they can have a teapot and sit at a table.” Sweetea’s Tea Shop will have tea sampling and has seating for 25 to 30 people. They will also sell cakes, cupcakes, and cookies made by Sydney Lee, owner of Sydney’s Sweets. The shop will be the retail outlet for the baked goods. Sydney’s Sweets is a locally owned pastry business. “I will be providing Sweetea’s with my goodies daily and will be taking special orders for cakes and large pastry orders,” Lee says. It didn’t take Boyer very long to decide where to open the tea shop. Continued on 36


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SWEETEA continued from 32 “When we were trying to decide where to open the business, we looked at a small town in Murphy, North Carolina,” she says. “But we have a cabin in Brown County, grandkids in Indiana, and have always loved it here. So, we said, ‘Let’s do Nashville.’” Boyer and husband Clyde, love the outdoors. There are avid hunters, hikers, and fly fishers. Both like to spend weekends in the mountains, but love Brown County. Boyer spent several months doing research on tea. She also visited antique stores and purchased tea cups and saucers that she will use in the shop. She plans to offer birthday parties for children with hats, gloves, necklaces, and boas for dress up activities. Play tea sets will be set out on small tables. “There will be mirrors and a television for the kids,” she says. “There will also be a book shelf with books like “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fancy Nancy,” and other children’s books. Moms can come in, relax and have tea while the kids play.”

She will also offer a package for bridal showers. Private events need to be booked after hours, but parties can also be held during normal business hours. Book clubs and bible studies are encouraged to meet at the tea shop. Boyer will carry a line of tea and tea items called Tea Forté, a company founded in 2003. The company creates tea blends with whole leaf teas, rough-cut herbs and flowers. She will also carry the kati tea brewing system, which is a ceramic tumbler with a stainless steel infuser. Customers will be able to get refills on return visits at a reduced price. Her iced teas will be brewed using Tea-Over-Ice from Tea Forté. With this method, the tea is brewed and iced before served. “We will also have free Wi-Fi,” she adds. “Hopefully it will be a place where people will want to hang out.” The grand opening will be held on May 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Stop by Sweetea’s Tea Shop Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit their website at <> To contact Laura about parties, call her at (812) 988-6515, or email her at 

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une in Brown County is always a welcome getaway, but when you combine the scenery with an open invitation to visit the studios and gardens of 15 working artists, you have an event. The Brown County Studio & Garden Tour will be held June 28–30. It is a free, self-guided journey of 10 sites located throughout the county. All art is original and includes acrylic paintings, painted glass, watercolors, mixed media and folkpainted gourds, jewelry, metal art, handwoven garments and accessories, fiber art, traditional stoneware, sawdust-fired and raku pottery, crystalline glazed porcelain, and glass art. The artists are Rosey Bolte, Amy Greely, Brad Cox, Adam and Barbie Egenolf, Carrie Foley, Joan Haab, Amanda Mathis, Judy and Tom Prichard, Monique Cagle, Elizabeth Parrock, Martha Sechler, Anne Brahaum, and Larry Spears. The Brown County Studio & Garden Tour was created 15 years ago by artists and it continues to be sustained by the participating artists. These artists plan, execute, and bear

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the majority of the cost of the tour with some additional help from sponsors. Brown County’s century old art colony tradition is being carried on by the current tour’s artists and is connected to the past through the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, the designated tour headquarters.

Although the tour is not one’s only access to this art, it is a unique way to explore rural Brown County and experience a more personal connection with art. This June tour, and the month-long Back Roads tour in October, make it possible to build a personal history with artists and studios—to watch the evolution of an artist’s work over time, to see the growth and changes in their environment inside and outside the studio, and to gain insight into the creative process. As a result, the buyer may find the art purchased has been invested with a greater, more personal value rooted in memory, insight, and relationship. Art is a very personal thing. Participating tour studios are open Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps and signage make it easy to navigate along the Brown County roads. The studios and gardens will be spruced up for your visit and the artists will welcome the opportunity to speak and listen to those who come. This year’s sponsors are Cornerstone Inn, Story Inn Bed and Breakfast, The House at Stone Head, Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bloomingfoods Market & Deli, T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Hobnob Corner Restaurant, Nashville House Restaurant, The Women’s Resource Center, Austin Insurance Agency, WFIU, the Brown County Democrat, INto Art, and Our Brown County. A map and additional information about the artists and their work is available at <www.>. The tour is on Facebook at <>. 

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Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center The Late Show with Rick Clayton May 11, 7:30 Heywood Banks May 17, 7:30 Tim Grimm’s Hoosier Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young May 18, 7:30 Dancing Through Oz performed by Nashville Dance Studio May 23 & 24, 7:30 Songwriter Workshop May 25, 2-4 Jennie DeVoe Concert May 25, 7:30 Vocal Yokels–Robbie Bowden, Dave Gore, and Stephanie Cooper May 31, 7:30 Lil Rev–Workshop and Show June 1, 10:30 am and 2 pm Back to the Land Again-Dillon Bustin, Jon Kay, Grey Larsen, Cindy Kallet June 8, 7:30 Arvel Bird-by Indiana Raptor Center June 15, 7:30 John Denver Tribute–featuring John Adams June 22, 7:30 Bob Cheevers Concert June 29, 7:30 BIG WOODS CONCERT SERIES: Raized on Rock June 7, 7:30 The Whipstitch Sallies June 14, 7:30 The McGuires Sarah Flint and Tim Tryon June 21, 7:30 The Indiana Boys and Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band June 28, 7:00 FIRST AND SECOND RUN MOVIES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555

June 8 Braeden Brown Robbie Bowden 12:30 June 9 David Sisson Robbie Bowden June 10 Joe Sanford 10 am June 11 Gatsby June 12 Don Ford June 13 Anna Miller June 14 Nick Dittmeier June 15 ChillBilly Muddy Boots Cafe Chuck Wills 12:30 Some dates weren’t booked at the time June 16 TBA of publication. May 1 Jonathan “Rev. Funky” Hutchison June 17 Indiana Boys June 18 Martha Hall Bowman May 2 Kara & Chuck June 19 Robbie Bowden May 3 Nick Dittmeier June 20 Hamilton Creek May 5 Americana Show June 21 Joe Sanford May 6 Hanna Groves June 22 Hutchison May 7 ASJ Robbie Bowden 12:30 May 8 Ron Vanzo and Friends June 23 Creek Dogs May 9 Sad Sam Blues Band June 24 ChillBilly May 10 Jason McCulley June 25 Lou Stant May 11 Gatsby June 26 Jeff Foster Robbie Bowden 12:30 June 27 David Miller May 12 David Sisson June 28 Tom Vanzo and Friends May 13 Joe Sanford 10:00 am June 29 TBA May 14 Robbie Bowden June 30 David Sisson May 15 ChillBilly 812-988-6911 May 16 Anna Miller www. May 17 BONZ May 18 TBA Pine Room Tavern May 19 Jessie McClain May 3 Jonathan Hutchison May 20 Indiana Boys May 4 Stella & Friends May 21 Lou Stant May 10 Jason Hathaway May 22 Jason McCully May 11 Barbara McGuire May 23 Ken Wilson May 17 Cari Ray May 24 Joe Sanford May 18 Whiskey Mystics May 25 Mizfits May 24 Jeff Foster Robbie Bowden 12:30 May 25 Lee Murdock May 26 David Sisson May 31 Steve Thomas May 27 BONZ June 1 Stella & Friends May 28 Barbara McGuire June 7 Picker Dan May 29 Jeff Foster June 8 Barbara McGuire May 30 David Miller June 14 Alan Long May 31 Dobbs Project June 15 Whipstitch Sallies June 1 Megan Maudlin June 21 Kade Puckett June 2 Americana Show June 22 Monika Herzig June 3 Hanna Groves June 28 Foster Jones June 4 ASJ June 29 Shelf Life June 5 John William-Merriwether (behind Salt Creek Inn) June 6 Kara & Chuck 812-988-0236 www. “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” May 25 June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27 Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

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Dances with Dirt Relay Marathon May 11, Mike’s Music and Dance Barn

Taste of Brown County May 17-18 Downtown Nashville Offers a sampling of the many delicious restaurants and food vendors in Brown County. Live Music.

June 28, 29 Nashville Paint Out, free drawing lessons for beginners, workshop for children, and a gala reception with food, music, wine.

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YMCA May 3 Ice Cream Dance 8:00-10:30 The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street

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Back to the Land Again History Center Benefit June 8, Brown County Playhouse, 7:30 Dillon Bustin, Jon Kay, Gray Larsen, Cindy Kallet will perform

Annual Quilt Show June 7-9 Brown County High School Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 Sunday 10:00 to 3:00

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Brown County Historical Society Quilt Show June 7–9, 2013


he 35th Brown County Historical Society Quilt Show has a new home this year. The previous location’s property was sold to raise funds for a new history center in town. This year’s event will be held in the Brown County High School’s cafeteria on June 7, 8, and 9, 2013. Quilt entries are both hand- or machine-quilted, 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 23. You can pick up a form in Nashville at the Brown County Visitor’s Center or at the Brown County History Center located at 46 East Gould Street, or get Last year’s “Best of Show” was a quilt by Lois Griffith.

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 7 and Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and 12 years and younger are free. 



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Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale June 8–22, 2013

The 35th annual Indiana Heritage Arts (IHA) Exhibition and Sale will open in June at the Brown County Art Gallery. The IHA will soon issue its call for entries for this popular show, set to run this year from June 8 to June 22, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7. This year’s judge will be Dawn Whitelaw, a landscape and portrait painter out of Franklin, Tennessee. Whitelaw taught painting for 25 years at David Lipscomb University and was featured in the 2012 American Impressionists Society exhibit held in Indianapolis. Last year proved to be a record year for the IHA exhibit in terms of sales and prizes, topping out at around $90,000, with $20,000 of that given in awards and prizes. The $5,000 Gold award went to Jerry Smith for his painting “Valley Revival.” A large format seascape by C.W. Mundy called “Shipwreck at Malta” took second prize. The young Bloomington artist, Wyatt LeGrand, won a $1,000 award of excellence for his painting, “Periphery: Show me the Monet.” This work was also chosen for the Board of Director’s purchase prize and will enter the gallery’s permanent collection. During each show, the public selects a People’s Choice winner, and the gallery has recently established an Artists’ Choice award as well, to bring recognition to an artwork that may have been overlooked. Judging is always a difficult and contested matter at the IHA. Ross, who also works as a gallerist at Eckert and Ross in Indianapolis, said that he has been encouraged by steady sales in the last few years of the IHA exhibit, years that could easily have been disappointing. While the economy has not recovered altogether, Ross observed that artists began adapting to circumstances by offering smaller, less expensive works, a strategy that seems to have succeeded. The Indiana Heritage Arts, Inc. exists to promote and preserve the legacy of the great early Indiana artists by supporting today’s Hoosier masters. For more information contact Lyn Letsinger-Miller at (812) 988-6934.

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Taste of Brown County S

o, you want to be a Sampler, eh? I get that a lot. People perusing the finished masterpieces and thinking, “jeez-o-peete, even I could do better’n that!” or phrases to that effect, when they really haven’t carefully considered all the hours of strident preparation, the years of culinary investigation, the hours of careful training that have gone into producing the Sampler, the undisputed dean of Brown County restaurant reviewers. So, here’s your chance, you thicktongued, sponge brained would be pontificators; for one day only (two days, actually)…(Well, a day and a night. That is, evening…) you will be granted the sort of wide-spectrum access and judicial motivation that only the hard-nosed professionals ordinarily enjoy. It’s time for the Taste! The sixth annual Taste of Brown County, that is. It all starts Friday evening May 17 from five p.m. until midnight with the “Downtown GetDown” a semi-organized pub crawl and performance survey in and around the environs of Nashville featuring the often undiscovered flavors of Brown County’s local music scene served with a variety of domestics, microbrews, wines, and special signature drinks, as well as appetizer specials at various participating establishments.

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There’s no telling exactly how much fun you’ll have, because it’s all brand spankin’ new. This will be the first one, ever. There’s never been anything like it in the county before. And it will be up to you, as the would-be Sampler, to get out there and make it an event that becomes a thing of fable and myth, never to be missed or disregarded. You go at your own pace, investigate what you will, and report your findings to any friendly forces. Here’s a little inside information from the old pro: this year, there will be transportation available for Downtown GetDown participants on the little Nashville Express train. This will come in handy after you’re having trouble navigating, but still feel that, philosophically, you owe it to yourself to hit one or two more venues. Don’t stay out too late, though, because the Taste of Brown County proper gets underway Saturday at noon and lasts until 8 p.m. throughout the village of Nashville. Over two dozen restaurants, candy stores, coffee cafes, wineries and snack shops will participate, offering little samples of their taste-tickling wares in exchange for tickets available right now online, or the week of the event at the Visitor’s Center in the Professional building downtown. Continued on 58


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Fog vista photo by Don Glass.

Smoky Spirals Mystery ~by Jim Eagleman


view from a Brown County State Park vista on any summer morning might provide reason for visitors to agree with a past employee who said “It looks like campfires still burning.” Jack Weddle, a seasonal interpreter, often made this claim as he came to work at the Nature Center, pausing at the scenic pull-offs. Jack loved learning all he could, then teaching visitors about nature, plants, and how Native Americans once roamed these Brown County hills. One day, Jack called fellow naturalists to the amphitheater vista behind the nature center to point out “something beautiful.” With his cup of hot tea, he began an explanation to staff members about “those little wisps of moisture coming up from the ravines.” A junior high math teacher turned outdoor educator, Jack was quick to add scientific explanations to a park talk. Having listened to him speak, I warned him he might lose his audience. He replied he’d watch for any rolling eyes and then get back to the main topic. “I don’t want to appear like I’m some kind of egghead professor!” he joked.

Jack Weddle, Brown County State Park naturalist, with youngsters attending a Native American talk at the Abe Martin Lodge in 1994. courtesy photo

We learned the wisps were actual columns of fog caught in slight upward whirlwinds. They appeared particularly visible on cool, moist mornings after a hot day. Transpiration is a normal process by which trees give off water during cool nights. Taking in Continued on 53

50 Our Brown County • May/June 2013

“Where there’s something for everyone”

We are behind the courthouse in Nashville • (812) 988-0210


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Spring’s featured glass artist: Wesley Fleming

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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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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.)

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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)

SMOKY continued from 50 moisture at root level, excess amounts that a tree can’t use, evaporate off the undersides of leaves. “You remember your botany, don’t you?” he asked. We nodded and he continued. For several minutes we were to study the moisture trails, some tightly-packed and rising up, others falling apart at tree-top level. Looking out from the observation deck over Strahl Valley, he once counted over fifty of the fog wisps. “Now, what I don’t know is, do they spiral clockwise or counter-clockwise?” Jack moved his finger in circles upward, imitating the travel. Looking right through me for an answer, I suggested he contact the physics department at nearby Indiana University. Jack theorized the spiral may take the same path as a honeysuckle vine growing on a young sapling. He held up his well-used walking stick to demonstrate the growth of the vine; from working the sapling into a stick, he recalled the name of that vine that grew up along-side the stem. A groove two inches apart and notched deeply into the wood told him the vine had grown around the sapling several years before he found it. But he debated with himself, and us, if the fog spiral could behave the same way a living vine could. “Very cool, Jack”, said a staff member, finally. “Now if the wisps rise like that, whether clockwise or not, why not just go straight up?” We sat on the benches, then all leaned forward, hands on thighs. I wanted to hear this explanation. “I don’t know that, either,” he admitted. A few weeks later, sitting with him at the same deck, I asked if he had met with a physics professor at IU and did he learn anything new? He chuckled and said, “Yea, I talked with him. He just gave me more to think about.” Jack’s real love, he told me, was the “original naturalists, the woodland Indians who lived here: Piankashaw, Wea, Deleware, and Shawnee”. His Native American talks came to life as he got groups involved, making cattail mats from the nearby pond. “They used these to sit on, or made them larger to cover summer wigwams”. To demonstrate, he built a simple hut of curved limbs and covered them with mats made by visitors over several weeks. Cattail headbands, woven and dried, were fitted over the heads of attentive children. He used a deer antler tool to show how flint was worked into spear points and arrowheads. His demonstrations of atlatl tosses on the large playing field by the Fire Tower even caused motorists to stop. Jack made rattles from turtle shells, necklaces from Continued on 57

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Our Wallow Hollow

Homestead ~by Henry Swain


n early September 1946, we bought 40 acres of wooded hillsides and two valley pastures, which the creek played tag with as it flowed down Wallow Hollow valley. Our friend John Dixon had built a one room log cabin on Grandma Barnes road so we sought his advice on finding some acreage to purchase. He introduced us to Mabel Calvin Burkholder who inherited and then operated her father’s hardware store in the lower level of the three-story Masonic Building in Nashville. Mabel said she had inherited 40 acres which her father had kept to hunt deer and squirrels. She gave us directions to the property, which we explored and found to be what just what we were looking for. This was serendipity at work, for the $600 asking price matched the amount of our savings. We learned later that her asking price equaled the cost of some new furniture she was about to purchase. The property was known as the Bill Lyons place by the neighbors. One corner of his log cabin remained standing three logs high. Nearby was a hand dug well about three feet in diameter with two logs in it to keep animals from falling in. We took the logs out, cleaned the well, and covered it to keep things out. We pitched a tent nearby and stretched a tarp in front of it to shelter a picnic table. With a shovel and wheelbarrow, we began clearing and leveling a place for a modest three room house.

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We did not know anyone except the Burkholders and John Dixon. He introduced us to Millard Joy, his farmer neighbor on Grandma Barnes road. Millard was running for commissioner but was willing to help us pour the foundation. We rented a gasoline powered cement mixer from Gregg & Tucker Hardware to pour the foundation. This was long before Ready-Mix came to Brown County. Millard had recently timbered his woods and had a stack of native boards, which we purchased to use in building our house. John showed me how to shape the native sandstone with a brick hammer and chisel and how to mix the mortar and lay a wall. An outhouse was the first necessary building and I honed my masonry skill by lining the pit of our outhouse with stone making it the most finished pit in the county. We also became acquainted with Harley Lawson, a bachelor neighbor who lived up the valley. We hired him to help with tasks I could not manage alone. I later learned he was illiterate, but I learned a lot from him about the immediate neighborhood. I learned of the many uses of baling wire. In fact, his hardscrabble farm appeared to be mostly held together by it. Although we were less than four miles from Nashville, we had to ford the creek five times before we reached our home. Three of the crossings were called slabs. Two metal culverts were centered in the creek then covered with concrete. The culverts easily took care of the summer flow, but in flood time water ran over the slabs making them dangerous to cross. The other two crossings were in and out of the creek and, if the water was muddy, there was no way to gauge the depth. Continued on 57

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HOMESTEAD continued from 54 By mid-November the stone foundation wall was finished along with the fireplace base. We stayed in the tent until just before Thanksgiving. When icicles began to hang from the roof of our tent, we decided it was time to leave for the winter. Our first autumn at our Brown County homestead was ,in retrospect, something of an adventure. It was a good beginning. I have found Brown County people to generally be generous and helpful. My wife and our five daughters think we made a good choice. Times change. We could not start out now the way we did then. Our outhouse would probably be denied by the Health Department. The well would not pass inspection. I might have trouble getting a building permit to live in a tent. I would need to have a septic system that passes inspection. My house plans would have to be approved. It was a lot simpler to get started 67 years ago when Brown County wasn’t so civilized.  SMOKY continued from 53 Crinoid stems, and a whistle from an elderberry twig. “It’s all one big picture”, he said when asked again about his fog wisp theory one misty morning. He talked more about physics, the spirals, then the Shawnee. “We see lessons others taught, and we’re better off if we can learn from them.” I smiled to see him gather up his flint-knapping tools and head off to the lodge for a morning talk. “Watch for those spirals on the vistas again, will you?” I called to him from the parking lot. “I’d like to think they’re the smoldering campfires left by the Shawnee”, he said. 

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There’s no scorecard per se, not even a standardized system of scoring, but when you bump into your neighbor going down the sidewalk with a roll of food tickets in his hand and barbecue stains on his shirt, you’d better be prepared to share an opinion and back it up, as well as offer guidance to the goodies, because, doggone-it, on this day, EVERYBODY is a Sampler! And, of course, at the end of the day, the True Sampler himself, that doyenne of discernment, that titan of taste, will award the coveted Our Brown County “Silver Sampler Award” for the “Best of Taste” and the only way to know whether he hath rightly judged will be to rigorously work your way through all of the offerings available that day and come to your own conclusions as to his accuracy. It makes for a long day of ingestion and digestion, but somebody’s got to do it… Adding to the festive spirit, there will be live entertainment at Coachlight Square from 1 to 8 p.m. featuring the Forest Gras band, Radio Orphan, Sheila Stephen, and Clayton Anderson. I’ll let you in on a little secret, just between samplers. There’s a payola angle to this whole thing. Each year, after the Sampler has completed his arduous task and rendered a just verdict on the Best of Taste, he is handed a little something down at the Visitor’s Center. It’s a “Taste of Brown County” T-Shirt! I’ve got a whole collection of ‘em! But, now, just between you and me, if you were to go down to the aforesaid center during the weekend of the Taste of Brown County and Downtown GetDown, and say, slip them a little something, twenty bucks, say, you, too, could end up sporting the shirt that tells everyone “I Sampled Brown County.” But if you really want it to look authentic, you’d better get some barbecue sauce on it. 

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

State Road 46 East in Nashville, Indiana

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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 14 thru SEPTEMBER 19, 2013. 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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Brown County

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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)

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• Cheeses and Gourmet Foods • Unique Wine Gifts • Comfortable Seating Live Music Fri. and Sat. 7-10 pm Coachlight Square • S. Van Buren and Washington, Nashville, IN

812-988-8500 • 60 Our Brown County • May/June 2013

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Rendering of the Gallery expansion plans.

Brown County Art Gallery

Celebrating Expansion June 28 and 29, 2013


or 85 years, the Brown County Art Gallery has persevered, surviving wars, the Great Depression, the recent recession, and a couple of fires. Through all those years, supporters have always come together to preserve and protect “the little gallery that could.” Now supporters are taking the next step forward—a major expansion. It is necessary growth brought about

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.

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by a decade of hard work and escalating success. The public campaign will kick off the weekend of June 28 and 29, with a gala reception featuring food, music, and wine tasting provided by Oliver Winery of Bloomington. All the proceeds will go toward a major campaign drive which is already underway. The building, the land, and the Permanent Collection of early Indiana art are owned and maintained by the non-profit Brown County Art Gallery Foundation. Expansion designs include a large working art studio where artist association members and others can hold workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits. Space has been allocated for small performance programs and for the gallery’s important Permanent Collection. This campaign kickoff weekend features a Nashville paint out. Artists are invited to spend the weekend painting Nashville and Brown County. Art lovers are invited to spend a couple of days watching the artists at work. A drawing workshop and a children’s art event will take place at the new Johnson Family Pavilion on the Village Green in Nashville. On Saturday evening, the artists will bring their work to the gallery for the gala reception and sale with the proceeds going toward the capital fund drive. Special exhibits will be set up showing the gallery plans. Updated information about the event will be posted on the foundation website at <www.> and on Facebook. You can also call the gallery at (812) 988-4609. 

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES

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Festival of Flowers Paint Out at Steele’s May 18, 2013

The Festival of Flowers Paint Out features artists painting on the T.C. Steele State Historic site grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artists will work much as Steele did—outside, in the open air. The event is free of charge to the general public, but participating artists must pre-register and pay a fee. The public is invited to watch the artists at work and to enjoy a day of relaxation and fun. Selma Steele’s gardens in May are a dazzling display of peonies, irises, and foxgloves massed in garden beds and naturalized across the hillsides. Boxed lunches will be available for purchase, for your own picnic in the garden. An outdoor afternoon concert will begin at 1 p.m., and artwork will be gathered together for judging at 2 p.m. near the Formal Garden. Visitors may vote on their favorites for a “People’s Choice” award. First-place winning artwork created during the Festival of Flowers Paint Out will be displayed in T.C. Steele’s Large Studio for thirty days. Guided tours of Steele’s studio and historic home, the “House of the Singing Winds” will be offered for an admission fee.  T.C. Steele State Historic Site is located on Hwy 46 between Nashville and Bloomington. For more information, call (812) 988-2785 or visit <>.

Secret Garden Tour July 6–7, 2013

On Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., five Brown County, Indiana gardeners will open their gardens for the sixth annual “Secret Gardens of Brown County” tour. It is sponsored by the Brown County Garden Club and proceeds will be used for community beautification projects including “Picture Perfect Brown County,” the club’s anti-litter campaign, and the Children’s Garden at the Brown County Public Library. The tour includes live music and a sale of perennial plants from Brown Hill Nursery. Visitors will also be able to purchase garden related art during the tour. These five gardens are full of creative and artful designs. You are encouraged to bring a camera, take notes, and return to your own gardens with ideas and inspiration. The tour is supported in part by a grant from the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The cost is $10 (children under 12 free). Tickets and maps will be available starting June 1 at the Brown County visitors Center, located at corner of Main and Van Buren Streets, downtown Nashville, Indiana; from any garden club member; and at the gardens during the tour. For further information, maps and images of the gardens on the tour, visit <www.> or e-mail: <>. Visitors may also contact the Brown County Visitors Center at (812) 988-7303 or 800-753-3255 or visit the website <>.

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