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May– June 2014

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The Magazine of Fun and Fact

Painter Thom Robinson Home in Brown County

Gratitude from Gary Anderson

Master Sign Maker

Sarah Dye Joy from the Land

Sampler at

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And: John Hartford Festival Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival Promoting Awareness May/June Events

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Brown Co Art Guild

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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

Redbud Terrace

Health For U McGinley Insurance

REMAX

Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Main Street Shops

Foxfire

MAIN STREET Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place

Courthouse

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

Broomcorn Johnny’s

Weed Patch Music Co.

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

LOCUST LANE

Village Village Green Boutique Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Downtown Cottages & Suites

Iris Garden Complex

Trolly’s Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

GOULD STREET

Brown County History Center

MOUND STREET

Hidden Valley Inn

ROBERT “BUCK” STOGSDILL WAY

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Honeysuckle Hideaway

The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

Woodlands Gallery

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Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

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JEFFERSON STREET Hoosier Buddy

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Olde Magnolia House Inn 4th Sister Vintage Store

Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry

Madeline’s

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Papertrix

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

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Salt Creek Inn Casa del Sol McDonald’s Pizza Pine King Room Tavern Brown Co Health & Living Community

Salt Creek Park

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard

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WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Bakery

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Artists Colony Inn Calvin Place B3 Gallery Carol’s Crafts New Leaf Toy Chest Amy Greely Yesteryear Schwab’s Crystal Fudge Source Sweetwater Old Time Photos Gallery Back to Back Wishful Grasshopper Flats Thinking

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

Antique Alley

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ANTIQUES

Antiques Co-op.............................54 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 Nashville General Store...............46 Plum Creek Antiques...................64 Townhouse Gifts...........................41

ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION

Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Antiques Co-op.............................54 B3 Gallery.......................................51 Back Roads Studio Tour...............50 Bear Hardware..............................33 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Brown Co Art Gallery...................24 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 Ferrer Gallery............................. 3,29 Indiana Heritage Arts Show.......60 Jerseyana Gallery.........................28 The Nook Gallery..........................20 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......52 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County................39

CLOTHING

58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Bear Hardware..............................33 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................55 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................23 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............21 Male Instinct..................................61 Mercantile Store...........................40 Sports Etc.......................................55 Village Boutique...........................42 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......41

CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS

4th Sister Vintage Store...............23 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Antiques Co-op.............................54 B3 Gallery.......................................51 Back Roads Studio Tour...............50

Our Brown County Bone Appetit Bakery....................52 Broomcorn Johnny’s....................63 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....39 Brown Co Visitors Center.............19 Carol’s Crafts..................................51 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 Cox Creek Mill................................21 The Crystal Source........................30 The Ferguson House....................30 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................30 Head Over Heels...........................55 Homestead Weaving Studio.......29 House of Clocks.............................54 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jerseyana Gallery.........................28 K. Bellum Leather.........................63 Madeline’s......................................63 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................27 Mercantile Store...........................40 Monroe Music Park.......................25 Nashville General Store...............46 New Leaf.........................................29 Oak Grove Pottery........................29 Ole House.......................................43 Papertrix.........................................43 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......52 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Sheep Street Fibers......................54 Spears Pottery...............................29 Sports Etc.......................................55 Sweetwater Gallery......................15 Townhouse Gifts...........................41 The Toy Chest................................51 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41 Wishful Thinking...........................15 Woodlands Gallery.......................52

ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC

Brown County Playhouse............53 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....39 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..40

kidscommons................................41 Melchior Marionette Theatre.....52 Monroe’s Music Park....................25 Muddy Boots Cafe........................47 Nashville Express Tours...............52 Pine Room Tavern.........................40 Porthole Inn...................................33 Rawhide Ranch.............................23

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Abe Martin Lodge.........................38 Appleworks....................................20 Artists Colony Inn.........................51 Bloomingfoods.............................32 Brown Co IGA................................53 Brown Co Inn.......................... 55, 59 Brown Co Winery..........................19 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....47 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................41 Casa Del Sol...................................40 Chateau Thomas Winery.............30 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmers’ Market at St. Davids.....20 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................63 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........33 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................59 Hotel Nashville....................... 40, 67 House of Jerky...............................30 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jack & Jill Nut Shop......................61 McDonald’s....................................61 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................47 Nashville BP...................................43 Nashville Candy Store..................55 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68 Nashville General Store...............46 Nashville House............................59 Ole House.......................................43 Pine Room Tavern.........................40 Porthole Inn...................................33 Pizza King.......................................65 Schwab’s Fudge.............................47 Seasons...........................................59


Advertiser Index Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................63 That Sandwich Place....................61 Trolly’s.............................................47 The Wild Olive...............................31

FURNITURE

The Ferguson House....................30 Plum Creek Antiques...................64

HARDWARE

Bear Hardware..............................33

HATS

Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................55 K. Bellum Leather.........................63

JEWELRY

Antique Alley Shops.....................52 B3 Gallery.......................................51 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 The Crystal Source........................30 Ferguson House............................30 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................30 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................29 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........61 Ole House.......................................43 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........21 Village Boutique...........................42

LODGING/APARTMENTS/ CAMPING

Abe Martin Lodge.........................38 Artists Colony Inn.........................51 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown Co Inn.......................... 55, 59 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn..............................4 Creekside Retreat.........................20 Downtown Cottages & Suites....39 eXplore Brown County................39 Green Valley Lodge......................43 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................33

Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..59 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville....................... 40, 67 Lodge on the Mountain...............61 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........64 Mike Nickel’s Vacation Cabins....14 The North House...........................67 Olde Magnolia House..................23 Rawhide Ranch.............................23 Salt Creek Inn................................47 Seasons...........................................59

MUSEUMS

Pioneer Village Museum.............47 Brown Co Railroad Museum.......40

PET SERVICES/PRODUCTS

Bone Appetit Bakery....................52

PHOTOS

B3 Gallery.......................................51 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Pottery...............................29 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........15

REAL ESTATE

Lamb Lake Homes........................27 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................65 ReMax Team...................................30

RECREATION

eXplore Brown County................39 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............27 Rawhide Ranch.............................23

SERVICES (see also SERVICES DIRECTORY)

Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Brown Co Health & Living...........27 Career Resource Center...............63 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........42 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................23 Michael’s Massage Therapy........21 Nashville BP...................................43 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41

SERVICES DIRECTORY 64-65

Al’s Paint & Body-Garage BETA Teen Center Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA

Brown Co Tire & Auto Career Resource Center Critser’s Flowers & Gifts Critser’s Greenhouse Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store McGinley Vacation Cabins Mike Nickels Log Homes Pizza King Plum Creek Antiques Norma Reigle Palm Reader

SHOES

Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................55 K. Bellum Leather.........................63

SPECIALTY SHOPS

Bone Appetit Bakery....................52 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Carol’s Crafts..................................51 Fireplace Center............................41 Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry...................................23 House of Clocks.............................54 K. Bellum Leather.........................63 Male Instinct..................................61 Sheep Street Fibers......................54 Sports Etc.......................................55 The Toy Chest................................51 Weed Patch Music Company........2 Wishful Thinking...........................15

STAINED GLASS

Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Sweetwater Gallery......................15

WEDDINGS

Artists Colony Inn.........................51 eXplore Brown County................39 Hotel Nashville..............................67

OTHER

Salem’s Good Nature Farm.........52


contributors

contents Cover by Cindy Steele of 2013 Monroe Bluegrass Festival

16 Gratitude from Gary Anderson ~by Julia Pearson 22 Painter Thom Robinson ~by Chrissy Alspaugh

26 38 42 44

Sampler at Farmhouse Cafe Taste of Brown County Back Roads Spring Studio Tour Sarah Dye

~by Lee Edgren

48 John Hartford Memorial Festival ~by Jeff Tryon

56 Monroe Bluegrass Festival

~by Jeff Tryon

58 Promoting Awareness ~by Jim Eagleman 60 Indiana Heritage Arts Show & Sale 62 Old Fruit Jars 66 Squatter’s Rights ~by Henry Swain

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Contributors 11 Subscribe Where Is It? Contest Note from the Editor Photos by Carol Drake Calendar of Entertainment/Events Coloring Contest

Jeff Tryon is a fifth-generation BrownCountian who has worked as a newspaper reporter, a carpenter, a cook, a factory droid, and a poet performing with a rock band. He lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on a piece of property on the edge Brown County State Park. 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 wrote for a Secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She currently writes a column called “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat that features interesting people that have crossed paths. She and her husband Bruce, reside in Bloomington. She serves on several boards, including the Association of Indiana Museums. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, especially with her children and grandchildren. Lee Edgren, writing since kindergarten, attended journalism school at the University of Michigan. Her career includes writing for a newspaper, for a government agency, and for UM Medical Center. She became seriously interested in yoga during the late 1980s and traveled widely. Lee has a master’s degree in Wellness Management from Ball State University. She lives in both in Brown County and in northern Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio.

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Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 812-988-8807 www.ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net copyright 2014

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

Jim Eagleman is a 39 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.


Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt; 2-year-old son, Dane; and a dog and two cats that are growing increasingly tolerant of being ridden by a toddler. She grew up in West Lafayette and her parents, two older brothers, and their families all moved to Bartholomew and Brown counties in 2008. She can be reached at <christina_alspaugh@yahoo.com>. View her work at <ChristinaAlspaughPhotography.com> or on Facebook. Marti Garvey is a photographer and artist who has lived in Brown County for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Norbert, raised four children in the hills and hollers of Owl Creek. “Do at least one creative thing a day” is a motto she has lived by her whole life—which is why her camera and art supplies accompany her wherever she goes. Contact her at <momgarvey@gmail.com> or view her photos at <www.momartiphotos.tumblr.com>. Chris Hack, originally from Connecticut, traveled the country continuing to hone his passion for photography—finally settling down in Bloomington. He shoots events and whatever comes his way. Playing music and working on smaller projects around the home are some other hobbies. Now that he is no longer a student he has more time to focus on photography and other things he loves.

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Carol Drake, photographer and display artist has lived in Brown County for 40 years with her husband Albert. They have two sons, Robert and Joseph, who bought mom her first new camera. Albert and Carol own Touch of Silver Gold where her photographs and cards are sold. They share their home with their dog Stetson and cats Lewis and Clark and Amelia Earhart. Carol is an animal and nature lover and likes photographing small subjects (bugs/insects). “In the moment, close moments, grateful moments describes what I feel and see.”

LAST ISSUE’S CONTEST WINNERS:

• Sharon Wright guessed the Where is it? contest. The photo was a mural by Dick Ferrer at the History Center’s parking lot. • Autumn Williams from Morgantown won the Coloring Contest.

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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

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ate spring is my favorite time of year in Brown County. The leaves on the trees and bushes are fresh with a green lushness you just don’t see in the other seasons. The grass is so green it almost seems artificial. The temperature is just right and the bugs aren’t quite bothersome yet so you can sit pleasantly on the porch and watch the birds while sipping your lemonade. The air smells like lilacs and honeysuckle. This year’s spring is the most welcome one I can remember. The silent, brutal winter dulled my senses. I was thrilled to finally hear the peepers calling and the birds singing again. I’m even glad to hear all the barking dogs in our neighborhood. At last, there is life in the hills again. You can see people working in their yards, gathering up all the winter debris, and making room for new growth. Mowers are escaping from winter storage to tidy up the newborn grass. It is time to go outside and experience why we live in the country. We can put away our cell phones and pick up a rake. Visitors who are craving some outdoor life might be headed to Brown County to hike, enjoy a music festival, or take the back roads studio tour. The state park is the largest and most visited state park in Indiana and it is just as beautiful in its new spring green colors as in the autumn spectrum.

I’m told if you look at Indiana from a satellite perspective, the largest, greenest spot is right here in Brown County. The birds and wildlife already know that. They don’t require a device to tell them anything. There are so many birds in this county that you don’t even need binoculars to watch them. A bald eagle flew in front of my car on my way to the grocery last week. It was so beautiful. I plan on taking in as much of this Brown County green as possible. It doesn’t get much better than this.  —Cindy Steele

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Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

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Gratitude from Gary Anderson

photo by Chris Hack

~by Julia Pearson

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isitors to Brown County and to the town of Nashville in particular, notice a subtle poetry or visual song as they drive through. Pedestrians, too, see a common style and character as they look down the streets. Much credit for this unique flavor goes to the master sign artist, Gary Anderson, who has spent multiple decades creating the signs along the roads and in front of businesses.

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A portfolio of his work can be had by simply looking about. Of the 43 years of his commercial signmaking, 29 years has been in his present studio which is a brief 15 minute drive to Nashville. He credits Brown County for giving him the flexibility and opportunity to express his own sense of design. Gary grew up in Oolitic, Indiana, the first of three sons born to Dale and Edith Anderson. He graduated

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from Purdue with a degree in technical illustration. Jobs were few at that time, and Gary slid into the sign making trade because he needed work. With mentors and other influences, Gary also was selfeducated. He often fully developed a style or technique, and would then move on to new and different ones. Function is “always the name of the game” when creating signs for


clients. The first priority of a good, functional sign is to get noticed, to “get people through the door.” He also says that the sign must be appropriate, and one that both sign artist and the client are proud of. It should also enrich the public environment by being something interesting for people to look at. Most codes are passed because of signs that are poorly created. A well-made and effective sign is the best use of advertising dollars. Decisions regarding the elements of good design are simple: 1. Will it have a pictorial or graphic? 2. What style of type will be used? 3. What will be the shape of the sign? 4. Lastly to be considered—what color? Gary remarks that the individual personality of each of the shops in Brown County can be depicted on a sign with five words or less. Gary’s signs brought Kin Hubbard’s characters— Abe Martin and neighbors—to the public thoroughfare. Entering Nashville, people are greeted by a welcome sign with Old Abe sitting on a barbed wire fence. Using Hubbard’s black and white cartoons to get started, Gary created the colorful, life-size and to scale figures of Abe and “friends” that people the sidewalks throughout Nashville. Others traveling through Brown County have noticed Gary’s work. An architect and developer from Minnesota contacted him about producing signage for a miniature golf course at the Mall of the America. These pieces were built in Gary’s studio and delivered to Minnesota. Another significant client that was introduced to Gary’s work in Brown County was the town of Rising Sun, Indiana. The addition of a casino on the Ohio River

gave this municipality the opportunity to renew its image. Gary designed and built a “Welcome to Rising Sun” sign that measured 20 feet long. It was carved, sand-blasted, and had an event board with changeable type. As his practice, Gary built scale miniature models of these pieces. After receiving several design awards, in the mid-70s he was invited to attend a meeting of the “Letterheads” in Oklahoma. The Letterheads is a group of sign makers and decorative artists dedicated to passing down traditional sign making skills, such as lettering, striping, carving, gold leafing, and often glass art. In 1998, he spearheaded a national convention of the Letterheads in Bloomington. Continued on 18

You see Anderson’s signs all along the streets of Nashville.

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ANDERSON continued from 17 He has taught workshops and classes in the United States, Canada, England, and Greece. He has also written three books on the creative aspects of sign design. He has had numerous articles published in the journals on design, which he says is “the heart, mind, and personality” of the trade. With his artistic sense stretching in all directions, Gary is also an active “Walldog.” The Walldogs group was born when a group of billboard painters met in 1995 with the intention of producing large public murals. Gary created 25 murals in the United States and five in Canada. One of his murals can be seen on the brick wall

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photo by Chris Hack

of the Farmer House Museum in Bloomington. In the coming seasons, he will be working on a 12’ x 24’ mural in Shipshewana depicting its Amish heritage, and later one in French Lick. He has served as the project leader for the Walldogs on twelve murals, which can be very demanding. Room and board, plus materials are provided for the group of painters producing the mural. Gary shares his thanks for the work the Brown County community gave him. His wife, Linda, kept the financial end of the business. Gary’s admiration for Linda is evident as he says that he would have been bankrupt if she had not been handling the books. “She was the cheerleader and a great supporter.” At various times, their sons, Taylor and Zach, had a hand working in the business. With five grandchildren now in the family, grandparenting is a delight for the Andersons. Having recently retired, Gary is looking forward to stretching his creative muscles—writing, sculpting, mural painting—always teaching and always learning. He thanks Brown County for all the opportunities that have come his way. 


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very nail in every board brings artist Thom Robinson closer to home. But to have seen him over the last 30 years eating Saturday morning breakfasts at the Artists Colony Inn, buying groceries in Brown County IGA, and spending the better part of most weeks painting along ditches of every bend in Brown County, it’s hard to believe Robinson never has lived closer than a 50-minute drive to the only place he said he’s ever really belonged. He is a plein-air painter who drove past the same for-sale Brown County woods for 15 years before finally buying the property with his wife, Pat, in 2011. He is constructing the 640-square-foot start of an eventually larger cabin mostly himself, and hopes to have the space livable by this fall. The couple lived in Bedford from the 1970s until about two years ago, when they followed Pat’s job to Indianapolis. They frequently stay overnight with friends in Brown County, but Robinson said having a place of

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their own in the community can’t happen soon enough. For the last year, Robinson’s navy blue Jeep has spent more time waiting for him to return with hammers and lumber than canvasses and easels. His insistence on quality and attention to detail has slowed the cabin’s construction. It’s the same affliction he faces with his paintings. “If I’m going to take the time to do something, I’m going to do it right,” Robinson said, removing his black wire-rims to wipe the lenses. That’s not to say he is always satisfied with his finished products. Robinson keeps meticulous count of his paintings, and he averages 60 “keepers” per year. Another 40 or so will have been scraped off their canvasses, thrown away or kept only because some aspect of the painting may provide inspiration in the future. Continued on 24


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ROBINSON continued from 22 “I know some of the best painters in the country, and they’ve all painted dogs,” he said, with a warm chuckle. “They might not admit it, but they have.” Robinson said those failed pieces are enough to deter some people from continuing to pursue painting altogether. But life is rarely perfect, so he doesn’t see why art should be any different. “A lot of times, we’re all just learning—learning what not to do as much as anything,” Robinson said. Rick Kelley, president of the Nashville-based Indiana Heritage Arts, said though Robinson is an “extremely good” painter, no one works harder than he does to continually improve. But what really makes Robinson’s work stand out, Kelley said, is the fact that he paints not from twodimensional photographs, but rather from seeing the light, shadows and colors perfectly, outside with his own eyes. Robinson works outdoors because he likes the atmosphere as much as he likes to paint. He said spending hours driving, hiking, or canoeing in search of scenes that beckon for a few hours of his study is half the fun.

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Every finished painting reminds him of the people and stories that accompanied it, Robinson said, grinning and scratching his head through the faded red hat a friend bought him for his birthday last year while they painted together in Utah. One woman recently asked for his credentials before granting permission to paint on her property. Another elderly gentleman misunderstood what Robinson meant in requesting to paint his barn. He asked, puzzled, how Robinson planned to paint his barn without any kind of ladders. Robinson’s vehicle always can be found hauling painting equipment in light-weight, self-crafted cases that enable him to trek up a stream or into a tractor graveyard on a moment’s notice. The wooden boxes are unlike any found in stores. Robinson has worked as a tool and dye machinist since leaving the Navy in his early 20s. He is quick to clarify that tooling never was a career that supported painting as a hobby; rather, it was the hobby that made possible a lifelong career as a painter. At 57, Robinson humbly supposes his career is at a high point. “I’m getting invited to a lot of national shows and paint-outs, so I must be getting better,” he said, with a smiling shrug. “But I’d be a lot further with my painting if it weren’t for the cabin.” Finally moving to Brown County will bring a longawaited dream to fruition. Robinson joked that T.C. Steele moved to the area when he was 60 years old, so his goal always has been to beat that. The community just fits him—slow-paced and teeming with fellow artists who speak his language. Robinson said it’s a place that breeds creativity, between the people and the landscape. He eagerly awaits spending evenings in the cabin he soon will call home—sipping wine in front of a wood stove, sharing stories with friends. With the achievement of moving to Brown County in sight, Robinson said he supposes after that he’ll “just keep painting and traveling.” He can’t imagine retirement. “I’ll paint ‘til I’m gone,” he said, laughing. “I have a lot of places I still want to paint, but I’ll always end up back here.” You can find Thom’s work at the Brown County Art Gallery and the Brown County Art Guild and through his website <tcrobinson.com>. You can contact him via e-mail at <thom@tcrobinson.com>, reach him through Facebook, or call him at (812) 329-9410. 


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Farmhouse Cafe The Sampler

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he faint-of-heart diner never escapes the gravity of Nashville’s galaxy of eateries. But for those of a slightly more adventurous nature, willing to strike out across the countryside seeking new vistas of gustatory delights, a pleasant drive through the countryside yields a pleasant place to stroll, sightsee, and enjoy one of Brown County’s best dining experiences. If you haven’t made the journey to The Farmhouse Café and Tea Room, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve already found out about it, I don’t have to convince you that it is worth a second seating. Just three miles east of Bean Blossom, a short, scenic drive from downtown Nashville through those storied hills of Brown County, you’ll discover a charming place of flowers, trees, shrubs, and herbs (the herb barn) next to an 19th century red brick farmhouse. I recently re-visited the Farmhouse Café with my beautiful kitchen companion for dinner and a look-see. It was all as I had remembered— pleasantly appealing, almost enchanting. There’s something about the dining room—the brick walls,

the jumble of mis-matched antique furnishings, the deft decorations— that seems genuine. Authentic. Real. It is a masterpiece of Brown County folk meets French country farmhouse. And the food is good, too! I had already tried the summer chicken breast with spinach stuffing (recommend) and shared a taste of the Brown County grilled pork chop (yummy). This time, I wanted to sample one of the great Farmhouse salads—unusual, delectable and ohso good for you. There’s an asparagus and orange salad, with heirloom tomato slices, crispy green lettuce and spinach tossed in a light herbal vinaigrette dressing; an avocado and smoked fish salad with cucumbers, cilantro, mustard seed and other spices; and a chicken papaya salad with avocado and honey-lemon balm dressing. There’s also a curried chicken salad served over a bed of colored penne pasta and a summer greens and herb-seasoned shrimp salad with fresh tomato slices, artichoke

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hearts, red bell pepper, red onion, avocado, and egg slices. Feeling fruitarian? There’s a fresh fruit salad with strawberries, raspberries, orange slices, bananas, grapes, kiwis, blueberries, and pineapple drizzled with a delicious light and creamy yogurt topping. Also a mixed fresh melon salad with honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe balls served with raspberries or strawberries, and a mint garnish. I had my sights set on the chef salad. Something about spring and all the plants and greenery, I guess. You can tell a lot about a restaurant, and about a chef, by simply ordering the chef salad. Mrs. Sampler opted for the Farmhouse pasta special—sautéed shrimp over herb and vegetableaccented angel-hair pasta. From what I hear, the steak is a great option for hungry meat-lovers and there’s also a grilled Atlantic salmon. While awaiting our meals, we Continued on 28


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SAMPLER continued from 26 tried the soup of the day, a creamy tomato and herb concoction which led to a quick round of “Guess That Seasoning!” It was basil and maybe some thyme, possibly tarragon. This is where our opinions diverged. There was just a taste of Parmesan. The food arrived, and was as good as I had anticipated. The shrimp and pasta was light, aromatic, and satisfying. The chef-salad was a near masterpiece—a nice mix of greens supporting a delectable assortment of red and gold bell pepper slices, ripe black olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, sliced eggs, and other goodies. I opted to add turkey, ham, and cheese. It proved a wise investment. They bring you chips and salsa to start, and what with the soup and the giant salad and all, well, I’m afraid there just wasn’t any room left for the delicious dessert menu, including home-made pie, cheesecake with fresh fruit, carrot cake, and various ice creams and sherbets. The Farmhouse Café also has a splendid lunch

menu, including a couple of very attractive healthy/ light options: the “Cool as a Cucumber and Then Some Sandwich,”—a little whole wheat bread with delicious herbal cream cheese spread and slices of fresh cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, and alfalfa sprouts; plus a full-on “Garden Lovers Vegetarian Sandwich”—fresh avocado, tomato slices, thinly-sliced red onion and alfalfa sprouts, topped with melted cheese on wheat bread browned in a Parmesan and herbal butter sauce. Other lunch sandwiches deserving future attention include the Farmhouse ham sandwich, Herb Barn chicken salad sandwich, Bean Blossom turkey sandwich and “Brown County’s Best BLT.” Some experiences in life require more of us—we must seek them out and find them. But we often discover these are the most charming experiences, whose reoccurrence we gratefully welcome. You’ll find The Farmhouse Cafe and Tea Room at The Flower & Herb Barn located at 5171 Bean Blossom Road. You can reach them at (812) 988-2004 or <farmhousecafeandtearoom.com>. 

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• Swan Creek Candles • Iron Decor Brenda Longtin CSSS, CDPR

Associate Broker Broker/Owner Cell: 812-360-4083 www.MargAndBrendaTeam.com Cell: 812-360-3889 margd@remax.net Your Brown County Team shaht@mibor.net

• Home Accessories

• Holiday Decor

• Fashion Jewelry

• Accent Tables

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Foxfire...

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

Wine Bar and Gift Shoppe Open Daily

Wine Tastings

• 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 • www.ChateauThomas.com

House of Jerky •Beef•Buffalo •Turkey•Venison •Alligator•Wild Boar •Kangaroo

(812) 988-1592 • Nashville, IN Main Street Shops, Old School Way alley 30 Our Brown County • May/June 2014

• Fashion Apparel, Jewelry and Purses • Gifts and Home Decor • Willowtree Angels • Swan Creek Candles • Kitchen Accessories • Baby Gifts • Holiday Decor • Rhythm Clocks • Garden Decor


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Browse and taste our broad selection of single varietal and flavorinfused oils and vinegars on your own or ask one of our friendly consultants to assist you with pairings, recipes and the like. We are passionate about our offerings and love to talk shop! We bottle and seal your selections right in our store, so what you taste is what you take home. If you don’t want to wait until you are home to savor your selections (we wouldn’t), grab a gourmet pantry item or two for an impromptu romantic or family picnic! We also have a fabulous selection of accessories, unique gift ideas and sample packs.

Located one block North of the Visitors Center on the second floor of Big Woods Village across from the courthouse. 44 N. Van Buren (135). (812) 988-WILD (9453) • www.thewildolive.com

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Lisa J. Baker, DDS

Dr. Lisa Baker, tooth artist and smile specialist

We appreciate our loyal customers!

NEW

Amazing While-you-wait Crowns!

Family Cosmetic Preventive Dentistry

Call for an appointment today:

812-332-2000 • www.drlisabaker.net

Our market fresh product selections are the result of your requests for the items you like best. This season we display Tervis Tumblers, Demdaco’s finest, Swan Creek, Melissa & Doug, Spartina 446, Sanuks, TOMS and our favorite handcrafted jewelry. Did we mention all the hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry?

Rhonda Kay’s is located in the heart of downtown Nashville on South Van Buren Street next to The Ordinary and across from the Brown County Playhouse 69 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, Indiana

812-988-2050 rhondakays@msn.com

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You will find traffic stopping items at 58 South! Our porch review has attracted many of you already. We enjoy offering today’s fashion. You’ll find affordable items that are wearable every day or for those special occasions. Our accessories, hats, and scarves complete the outfit or add new Located in downtown Nashville fresh looks to your next to the Brown County Playhouse existing wardrobe. Our Fitflops will bring 58 S. Van Buren St. comfort to your tired Nashville, Indiana and weary feet —come hear the 812-988-8440 testimonies! 58south@att.net

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Your Headquarters for the Great Outdoors • Camping Supplies: • Fishing Tackle Tents, Camping Lights, • Horse Tack Sleeping Bags, Grills, • RV Replacement Parts Fire Starters, Coleman Heaters and Lanterns, • Huge Selection of Cooking Utensils Carhartt Clothing

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Escape to Country Elegance All Suite Hotel Located in Historic Downtown Nashville Private Bedroom with King Bed Dining Area and Fully Equipped Kitchenette Living Room with Queen Sofa Sleeper Private Porch/Balcony • Free WIFI Fireplaces and Whirlpool Baths available

• Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville Mountain Bike Rentals

(812) 988-8888

www.BearHardware.com Mon.–Sat. 7:30am–7:00pm Sun 10:00am–4:00pm

We Fill Propane Tanks

Call for Specials

812.988-9000 • 877.988.9099 201 North Van Buren St. Nashville, IN • www.hiddenvalleyinn.net

Plenty of good food and good times!

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

Famous for our Fried Catfish Live Music on Friday and Saturday F Fr Family Friendly Dining Room Steaks Chicken Ribs Cold Beer

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LAKE LEMON 8939 E. South Shore Dr., Unionville, IN Portholeinn.com • 812-339-1856

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Calendar

Brown County Playhouse Most performances at 7:30 Tim Grimm’s Hoosier Prine May 2 & 3 If You Don’t Outdie Me May 9 & 10 Concert of Dillon Bustin’s stories written and produced by Ball State Steel Magnolias May 16, 17, 23, 24 Concert for the Creek May 31 Featuring Eric Brown Band for Salt Creek clean up The Breeze Bends the Grass June 6 at 8:00 Corey Cox Country Concert June 7 Hunter Smith Band June 21 MOVIES - THE LATEST RELEASES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” May 24, 31 June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19 (closed August) Sept. 13, 20 Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

Muddy Boots Cafe Some dates weren’t booked yet. Most times at 7:00, other times indidated May 1 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills May 2 Steven Thomas May 3 Americana Showcase May 5 Euchre May 6 All Star Jam May 7 John Boggs May 8 Tim Pearson May 9 Kimmie & Johnny Trailer Trash

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. May 10 Haley Foreman Pine Room Tavern May 11 DaVita 5:00 May 12 Euchre May 13 Open Jam May 14 Bonz May 15 TBA May 16 Anna Miller May 17 Dickey Jones May 18 David Dwyer 5:00 May 19 Euchre May 20 Open Jam May 21 Bonz May 22 Dakota Curtis May 23 Megan Maudlin May 24 Brent Bennett May 25 David Sisson 5:00 May 26 Euchre May 27 Open Jam May 28 John Boggs May 29 Dickey Jones May 30 Tad Armstrong May 31 Dobbs Project June 1 TBA June 2 Euchre June 3 All Star Jam June 4 Ukulele Open Mic June 5 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills June 6 Steven Thomas June 7 Americana Showcase June 8 Kenan Rainwater 5:00 June 9 Euchre June 10 Open Jam June 12 TBA June 13 TBA June 14 Haley Foreman June 16 Euchre 6:30 Indiana Boys 7:00 June 17 Open Jam June 19 DaVita June 20 Anna Miller June 21 Lost Shoe String Band June 22 David Sisson 5:00 June 23 Euchre June 24 Open Jam June 25 David Dwyer June 26 TBA June 27 Megan Maudlin June 28 Tim Pearson June 29 Travid Caudle 5:00 June 30 Euchre 812-988-6911 www. muddybootscafe.com

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May 2 Ghosts of Kin 6:00 Hoosier Darlings 9:00 May 3 Jonathan Hutchison 8:00 May 4 New Old Calvary 6:00 May 9 Anna Miller 6:00 May 10 The McGuires 8:00 May 11 Kenan Rainwater 6:00 May 16 Cootie Crabtree 6:00 May 17 Trav & Doc 8:00 May 18 Craig Thurston 6:00 May 23 Jeff Foster 6:00 May 24 Indiana Boys 8:00 May 25 Nate Johnson Trio 6:00 May 26 Wine & Canvas 6:00 May 30 Dickey Jones 6:00 May 31 David & Valerie Mayfield 8:00 June 1 PBJ Trio 6:00 June 6 Jason Hathaway 6:00 June 7 Ghost of Kin 8:00 June 8 New Old Calvary 6:00 June 13 Steve Smith 6:00 June 14 Duncan Lane 8:00 June 15 Adam Yeager 7:00 June 20 Dickey Jones 6:00 June 21 Jeb Allen Band 8:00 June 22 Mizfits 6:00 June 23 Wine & Canvas 6:00 June 27 Kade Puckett 6:00 June 28 Travis Caudle 8:00 June 29 Jason & Ginger 7:00 (behind Salt Creek Inn) 812-988-0236 www. pineroomtavern.net

Chateau Thomas Winery May 2 May 3 May 9 May 10 May 16 May 17 May 23 May 24 May 30 May 31 June 6 June 7 June 13 June 14 June 20 June 21

Cari Ray Mark LaPointe Gary Applegate Impasse Two for the Show The Marlinaires Robbie Bowden & Stephanie Cooper Barry Johnson The Paul Bertsch band Jeff Foster & Frank Jones The McGuires Mark LaPointe Mesa & Rain Davis & Devitt Dave Miller Gary Applegate


June 27 Marvin Parish June 28 Robbie Bowden & Stephanie Cooper Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com

Out of the Ordinary Reservations encouraged. Free music except supper club events. May 2 DaVita Jazz Trio 7:00 May 3 DaVita Jazz Trio 7:00 May 9 Out of the Ordinary Trio 7:00 May 10 ANG Trio 7:00 May 16 Nate Johnson 7:00 May 17 Late Night Dance Night 9:00 May 23 Out of the Ordinary Trio 7:00 SPECIAL EVENT SUPPER CLUB SERIES May 24 7:00 Reservations required. Big Band USO show wiith Russell Moss, Julie Powers, and an 8 piece orchestra. $15 cover plus dinner from special menu. May 30 Nate Johnson 7:00 May 31 DaVita Jazz Trio 7:00 June 6 Out of the Ordinary Trio 7:00 SPECIAL EVENT SUPPER CLUB SERIES June 7 7:00 Reservations required. Big Band USO show wiith Russell Moss, Julie Powers, and an 8 piece orchestra. $15 cover plus dinner from special menu. June 13 Glen & Bethany Dunlap 7:00 June 14 Glen & Bethany Dunlap 7:00 June 20 ANG Trio 7:00 June 21 Late Night Dance Night 9:00 June 27 Nate Johnson 7:00 June 28 Arthur Murray Dance Night 7:00 812-778-9730 www.goldenticketproductions.com/ooto. html

Abe Martin Lodge

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays Dance Lessons 6:30-9:00 Second Fridays Ballroom Dances Most Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country May 2 Ballroom Dance May 9-10 Dances with Dirt registration and Race May 16-17 Mike’s samples at Taste of Brown County Greg Easter guest band May 24 Multiple bands May 26 Joe Edwards May 31 Smooth Country June 6 Cari Ray June 7 Smooth Country & Billy June 13 Ballroom Dance June 14 Smooth Country & Billy June 29 Terry Lee Rock-a-boogie June 21 Smooth Country & Billy June 22 Playhouse Fundraiser June 28 Closed for wedding 812-988-8636 mikesmusicbarn.com

Hotel Nashville Gazebo May 16 The McGuires (6:00-10:00) May 25 Scott Strange (5:00-9:00) June 6 Two for the Show (6:00-10:00) June 20 JoBuzz (6-10) 812-988-8400

SPECIAL EVENTS: Farmers’ Market St. David’s Fridays, 4:00-7:00 pm Intersection of SR 135 and SR 45 in Bean Blossom. Local produce, live music, jams, baked goods, Amish furniture, herbs, artisan crafts. 812-988-1038

Music Saturdays 6:00-8:00

Seasons Lodge

Morel Sale & Festival

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

Salt Creek 19th Hole Bar Live Music Fridays and Saturdays

Big Woods Pizza Music Fridays, Saturdays + more

May 9-18, 9:00-5:00. Self-guided free tour of artists’ and craftsmen’s studios.

Taste of Brown County May 16-17, downtown Nashville Sampling of the many delicious restaurants and food vendors. Live Music.

Festival of Flowers Paint Out May 17 T.C. Steele SHS located in Belmont Register (812) 988-2785 tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org

Brown Co Humane Society Dawg Gone Walk and Fiesta May 18, 1:00-3:30, Deer Run Park

4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival May 29-31, Bill Monroe Music Park in Blean Blossom.

Indiana Heritage Arts Show June 7-21 Brown County Art Gallery Largest juried Midwest art competition

48th Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 12-21 at Bill Monroe Music Park Bean Blossom. Legends and newcomers.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Bucks & Does Square Dances YMCA May 2 Ice Cream Dance, 8:00-10:30

Indiana Raptor Center

Spring Blossom Parade May 3, 11:00, downtown Nashville Sponsored by Brown County Lions Club

Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

16th Annual Back Roads of Brown County Spring Tour

Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs available. Closed January and August. 812-988-8990 indianaraptorcenter.org

May 3, 10:00-4:00, State Park Nature Center Fun events: a morel sale, cooking demonstration, arts and crafts fair.

Pioneer Village Museum

Village Art Walk

Brown Co Railroad Museum

Second Saturdays starting May 10. Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville art galleries

Open Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 to 4:30 May thru October in downtown Nashville Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-5:00 10 miles north of Nashville on SR 135

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Taste of Brown County

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hat better way to spend a spring Saturday than experiencing the best Brown County has to offer at the seventh annual Taste of Brown County? Indulge your senses and treat your taste buds as you sample local favorites served up throughout the Village of Nashville from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Tickets now available online at <www.browncounty.com/taste>. Enjoy samples of specialty dishes, drinks, and sweets from a variety of participating local restaurants, cafes, specialty stores, snack shops, and wineries. Get a “taste” for what Brown County can offer and indulge in delicious cuisine unique to the area. Kick

May 16–17, 2014

back and relax to live entertainment on East Washington Street or hang out in the family-friendly beer and wine garden at Coachlight Square. There’s something for all ages to enjoy during this day of food and fun, including a newly added kids zone complete with a bounce house and obstacle course hosted by Big Brothers and Big Sisters, a new partner and sponsor for 2014. This year’s music line-up features The McGuires, the Barney Quick Trio, the Forest Gras Band, Seldom Surreal, and the TOG Band. Live entertainment is free of charge and will continue from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Tasting tickets will be available the day of the event and are $1 for one ticket, or $10 for twelve tickets,

and can be purchased at the Brown County Visitors Center (10 North Van Buren St., Nashville, IN 47448) or in Coachlight Square (222 South Van Buren St.). Be sure to mark your calendars a day early and get your taste buds warmed up at the second annual Downtown GetDown on Friday, May 16. Spend your evening unwinding as you enjoy Brown County’s unique nightlife, local music scene, and signature adult beverages. Take a ride on the Nashville Express Train or leisurely stroll through the Village and enjoy a variety of domestics, microbrews, specialty drinks, wine, and food specials from 5 p.m. until midnight. Continued on 60

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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. www.indianainns.com We have the perfect setting for any event, Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Getaways and Family Reunions and More!

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On the North side of the Courthouse

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Rock & Fossil Shop Great selection of one-of-a-kind Rocks and Fossils (812) 988-2422

COPPERHEAD CREEK MINING COMPANY

SUMMER SPECIAL

With this ad • Expires 9/30/2014 Not valid on holidays

PAN FOR GEMS, FOSSILS, OR ARROWHEADS!

Downtown Cottages & Suites

Lodging in the middle of Historic Nashville’s downtown shops, restaurants, theaters

www.visitbrowncounty.com

(812) 988-2422

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MERCANTILE STORE Same Shop, New Location

Outdoor Gazebo Parties

Since 1979

Jackson Creek Village 108 E. Washington St. in Nashville across from Casa Del Sol

Food • Drinks • Music • Fun

FULL BAR AVAILABLE Friendly Service 812-988-4535 Carry Out Available

MAY JUNE

Now at COACHLIGHT SQUARE One block east of S. Van Buren Street on Washington (in front of the high school) in downtown Nashville

Friday, June 6: Two for the Show (6–10 pm) Friday, June 20: JoBuzz (6–10 pm)

JULY

“Old and Young Love this Shop!”

Friday, May 16: The McGuires Sunday, May 25: Scott Strange

Friday, July 4: The McGuires Friday, July 18: Mirus Vox

(6–10 pm) (6–10 pm)

AUG.

(812) 988-2725

•T-Shirts •Toys •Gifts •Collectibles— Elvis and Betty Boop •Brown County Souvenirs

Friday, Aug. 1: Dynamic Dick Friday Aug. 15: JoBuzz Sunday, Aug. 31: Jack Dean Neal

(6–10 pm) (6–10 pm) (5–9 pm)

SEPT.

Welcome to a Happy Place!

Friday, Sept. 12: Scott Strange Friday, Sept. 26: Dave Miller

(6–10 pm) (6–10 pm)

(6–10 pm) (5–9 pm)

Cookout Buffet each night (menu varies) Cash Bar 245 N. Jefferson Street in Nashville, IN 812-988-8400 • www.hotelnashville.com

Brown County

RAILROAD

MUSEUM Home of the Iron Pony... Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 pm

Four park trains including the Riverside Amusement Park engine, historic stationary live steam engines, model trains, Lionel trains, garden railway, memorabilia, and B & B miniature rideable railway.

ffine ine d dining iniing g in a relaxed setting Promoting good service, a friendly atmosphere, and satisfied patrons

Fri., Sat., Sun. Entertainment 812-988-0236 • www.PineRoomTavern.net

10 miles North of Nashville, corner of SR 135 and Three Story Hill Rd.

812-720-1229 • locobobtrains@gmail.com • Visit us on Facebook

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51 E. Chestnut St. • (behind Salt Creek Inn) State Road 46, Nashville Sun.–Thurs. 11am–10pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am–midnight


THE FIREPLACE CENTER

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

Townhouse Gifts

Fil Filled F with Fun, Unique Gifts for Everyone!

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

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

Home of the “Li'l Taste of Brown County Gift Basket”

Tuxedo Re ntal for Prom

• Funerals • Weddings • Anniversary • Birthdays • Holidays

Flowers & Gifts

TUXEDO RENTAL

(812)988-7045

We Deliver to: Bloomington Columbus Open Mon.–Fri. 9:30 to 5, Sat. 9:30 to 4 Morgantown 188 S. Jefferson St. • Nashville all Brown County

BOOTS Bling -N-

Western Wear & Tack W Military and 4-H discounts available

• Cowboy Boo Boots • Kids Cowboy Boots • Jewelry • Purses • Belts • Jeans • Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s Clothing • Western Saddles & Tack • Kid’s Corral

$10 OFF

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Coachlight Square S. Van Buren & Washington • Nashville Facebook.com/bootsnblingbrowncounty camobling@yahoo.com • 812-318-4772

Three floors of hands-on learning and fun!

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Tues.–Sat. 10–5,Sun. 1–5 and also Mondays June 9 – Aug. 11

309 Washington St. Columbus, IN Downtown Columbus, a short drive from Nashville

kidscommons.org • 812-378-3046

Carmel Corn Cottage Sweet Treats

Carmel Corn · Kettle Corn Carmel Delights Handmade Flavored Popcorn Dill Pickle · Cheese Chicago Style · Bacon

Making ordinary popcorn Free Samples extraordinary Show this ad & receive a free small drink or Caramel Puff with popcorn purchase. since 1978! Look for the red & white building at the north end of town

812-988-6011 • CarmelCornCottage.com

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Village Boutique

BROWN COUNTY’S UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

Styling You from Head to Toe Spring and summer fashions from top designers Accessories · Jewelry · Purses

812.988.7950 · Open Daily 64 East Main Street · Nashville, IN In the Old State Bank building

Visit us at our new location!

Ethereal Day spa & Salon

The Executive 45 minute Relaxation Massage Shampoo and Blowdry · $100

Regular Spa Packages 40% Off Tuesdays & Sundays Appointment required

812.720.9009 · EtherealVillage.com Village of Nashville · Van Buren & Washington, 2nd floor Monday–Saturday 10 to 7 · Sundays by appointment

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Back Roads of Brown County Spring Tour

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or ten days in May, visitors from across the state and region will get a glimpse into the lives of working artists and craftsmen and the chance to meet them in their inspirational work spaces during the 16th annual Brown County Studio and Garden Tour. The free, self-guided “Backroads of Brown County Spring Tour” showcases the arts and crafts of 17 local artists and 13 working studios, modern day heirs to the tradition of the “Art Colony of the Midwest.” Collectors will enjoy new work made available especially for this occasion. Educational demonstrations and activities make it an event for the entire family. Visitors will be able to see artwork as it takes shape and talk with the artists who create it. At some studios, visitors will even be able to take part in the creation. The variety of media is impressive: stained glass, acrylic paintings, painted glass, watercolors, mixed media, folk-painted gourds, jewelry, hand forged metal art, traditional stoneware, sawdust-fired and raku pottery, crystalline glazed porcelain, glass art, garden art, recycled art, wearable art, photography, and handmade brooms. The free spring tour will be held from May 9 through May 18, earlier and for a longer period than it has been in the past. A detailed map and brochure are available online and at locations around Nashville, to guide visitors to the studios. Signs and flags will be posted along the way. During the tour, visitors get a chance to personally connect with the artists and the environments that inspire them. They also take home the memory of the drive through the country to get there. Many return in following years to see how the studio and the artist changed. About half the people who take the tour each year are from within about 50 miles of Brown County. The other half are from all over the state, and from Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, Ohio, or Illinois. Continued on 46


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Find what you love… Love what you find

Dynamic classes and demo table.

Artistic Rubber Stamps FFor cardmaking, d k g & Scrapbooking collage & altered art The newest items and techniques!

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King Hot Tu b Suites Free Wi-Fi · Affordable Rates Family Ow ned & Ope rated

Spring Into Summer Weekday Special Hot Tub Suite $175 · Two Nights

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Cardmakers’ cardstock sale now in progress. Buy any 10 sheets, get 5 more sheets free! 160 Old School Way in Nashville behind Village Candlemaker

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62 E. Washington St. Nashville, IN across from Coachlight Square/Circle K Indiana Salsa • Jams (free samples) H d ft d W d k Handcrafted Woodwork Magnetic Mailbox Covers Sports Items Custom Glass-Bead Jewelry Goose Clothes Indiana Blacksmith Ironworks Concrete Decorative Items www.ole-house.com • 812-988-4770

Flags•Flags•Flags•Flags Largest FLAG Inventory in Indiana

10% OFF any FLAG with coupon • not valid with other discounts • expires 7-31-2014

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812-988-1822

Nashville BP State Roads 46 & 135 270 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville

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Sarah Dye Joy from the Land

photo by Marti Garvey

~by Lee Edgren

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arah Dye once inked a small tattoo representing her gratitude just below the corner of her left eye. She didn’t know it when she did it, but the tattoo closely resembles a Native American symbol for rain, for prosperity. Sitting with her in the warm spring sun on a small south-facing porch—looking toward the valley, the creek, and the high hill beyond—it is almost impossible not to feel Sarah’s deep gratitude to the earth and water, air and sky, plants, and animals. And there is no doubt that Sarah is rich in passion for a way of life that combines independence, hard work, and deep joy in her land and family. Sarah, husband Doug Mackey, and their son Thuja, four, along with their dogs, angora rabbits, and chickens, now make their life and living at Schooner Creek Farm, which they purchased in 2011. Thuja will be joined by a baby brother in September. They are

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doing the hard work of creating both a market farm and a homestead based in organic, no-till growing practices, on their three-and-a-half acre property, which was pastureland only two-and-a-half years ago. Schooner Creek Farm is already producing tomatoes, eggplant, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and amazing variety of greens. Sarah and Doug focus primarily on heirloom and specialty varieties— what Sarah calls “cool plants” with an interesting side to them—like French breakfast radishes, Costato Romanesco zucchini, and the orange glow watermelon that taste like honey. “We also supply the home gardener with unique or useful potted plants, perennials, and herbs.” While they have a garden tour and plant sale at the farm in May, they currently sell their produce at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, planning to expand their markets as they grow. Sarah laughs as she describes the challenge to her essentially spontaneous and artistic


nature of keeping the detailed records necessary to managing the business side of their life. Their life is literally and figuratively woven together with the art of living in harmony with the earth. Sarah spins, weaves, and dyes, creating garments that are made entirely of natural fiber and dyed only with natural plant-based dyes. She and Doug are also landscapers, taking on a few, select projects each year. And they also do some natural garden maintenance. Doug carves wooden bowls and spoons, makes brooms, and weaves baskets. He also works a part-time job at Bloomingfoods, in Bloomington. As far as they know, they are the only commercial growers in this area who do not till their land. It is physically harder and slower, but preserving of topsoil, which takes about 500 years to develop to a depth of one inch, is an important consideration. “I have to credit my mother with the no-till. She was a major advocate of newspaper and mulch. “They have also been inspired by Keith Johnson and Peter Bane (permaculture activists based

photo by Marti Garvey

photo by Marti Garvey

in Bloomington). Eliot Coleman, who wrote The New Organic Farmer, is also a major inspiration. Although their life is rooted in hard work, a magical lightness seems pervasive. Sarah and Doug have been together for nine years, traveling around “like gypsies” for much of that time. They lived completely off the grid for several years and for the first year-and-a-half of Thuja’s life. They found their property after much frustrated looking. On a whim, Sarah suggested a drive up Schooner Valley Road, where she had lived for a while as a child and where her happiest childhood memories were created. There was a “For Sale by Owner” sign. “When we walked back to the creek, we just knew. ‘This is it.’ It was perfect—a blank canvas with full sun, pretty good soil, and friendly neighbors.” At the north end of their property, is a conifer garden filled with exotic trees collected by her mother, landscaper Laura Shively, who had hundreds of trees for sale. It is a memorial to her mother, who died in 2012. “I kept my favorites. And I try to keep her attitude: ‘You never know what’s gonna make it.’” “I’ve done landscaping my whole life. I landscaped with my mom. My grandfather was also a Japanese culture enthusiast who was one of the people who introduced the Japanese Maple to America. I grew up watering the greenhouse. My son is now growing up with it, too. “ “We will build a house here, a little cabin, and expand the growing area. When we came here there was no infrastructure. We plan on having more animals, Continued on 46

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Adventure Weddings

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dventure weddings are truly a “Leap of Faith” and a memory no one will forget. The eXplore Brown County zip lines create an unforgettable backdrop, where your reflections into the lake below will last forever. Guests are comfortably seated along the dam overlooking the lake while the bride and groom exchange their vows on the dock with their family and bridal party. This picturesque location accommodates wedding parties up to 100. Find out more at <www.eXploreBrownCounty.com>.

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SARAH DYE continued from 45 including goats and bees, and someday we might have a family milk cow. We might eventually sell eggs. We’re getting better at season extension. We just know, every time you harvest you have to give back.” To contact Sarah and Schooner Creek Farm, see <www.facebook.com/SchoonerCreekFarm> or call (812) 988-0541. The plant sale and garden tour are tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 18. Check the Facebook page for final information.  BACK ROADS TOUR continued from 42 Gardens will be in bloom and visitors can wander among the blossoms and be inspired by the natural beauty. The tour’s headquarters is the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, which preserves the studio, home, and gardens of Brown County’s first resident artist, Theodore Clement Steele (1847–1926). For more than a century since T.C. Steele, artists and craftsmen have gravitated to Brown County. Many stay for the natural beauty, the simpler rural lifestyle, and the friendships that develop among the artists. Artists participating in this year’s tour include: Rosey Bolte, Monique Cagle, Bradley Cox, Adam and Barbie Egenolf, Dick and Dixie Ferrer, Amy Greely, Chris Gustin, Joe and Peggy Henderson, Amanda Mathis, Anne Ryan Miller, Brian Newton, Elizabeth Parrock, Cheri and Dallas Platter, Judy and Tom Prichard, Martha Sechler, Susan Showalter, Joy Sims, and Tom Tuley. For more information,visit <www.browncountystudiotour.com>.

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Gift Baskets filled with Jams, Jellies, Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter Shagbark Hickory Syrup Chicken Salad full of Grapes and Pecans w/ Pumpkin Bread. Sandwiches on Baked Breads or Kaiser Rolls. Smoked Turkey w/Cranberry Mustard, Pit Hams. Pulled Pork BBQ marinated in our own Vidalia BBQ sauce. Mama Marie’s Meatloaf. Beans and Cornbread.

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Jamie Hartford and Friends. photo by Cindy Steele

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ocal favorites The White Lightning Boys, The Whipstitch Sallies, and New Old Calvary will join national touring artists such as Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge, Jamie Hartford and Friends, Pert Near Sandstone, and Betse Ellis, at “The Most Laid-Back Festival In America,” the fourth annual John Hartford Memorial Festival May 29 through 31 at Bill Monroe’s Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom. Larry and Jenny Keel. photo by Cindy Steele

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The Festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford, one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians. “I’m thrilled to be a part of honoring John’s memory and to bring life back into the songs he crafted,” said Mike Compton, a Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist and one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin. “I think John’s passion for sound and lyrics has been felt for decades, and has altered the path of string band music,” Compton said. “He’s sort of the granddaddy of this Jamgrass scene. There’s an awful lot of his repertoire in the bedrock of the scene, from before the Aereo-Plain album to the present. Compton had played with John Hartford, recording a half-dozen records and touring extensively with him until John’s death in 2001. The Hartford Festival’s unique genre-busting line-up has a list of performers whose music is varied, different, fresh and original, rooted in the Spirit of John Hartford. Continued on 50


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Joining Compton, who will play Saturday at 2:30, are a host of regional and national players including Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, The HillBenders, Leroy Troy, Bawn in the Mash, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many more—50 bands in all. New to the festival will be Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, The Haunted Windchimes, Scenic Roots, Julia Belle Swain Band, Old Salt Union, The Crunchy Western Boys, Sloppy Joe, The Downtown County Band, and Maria Carrelli. John’s friends will share their memories and stories with the audience during “John Hartford Storytelling” and the singer-songwriter will be memorialized with a “John Hartford Song Writing Contest.” There will also be a Chompdown pitch-in breakfast for all with live music on Friday, May 30 from 10 a.m. until noon, and a Children’s Tent with planned activities. Pickers and players are encouraged to participate in the Old-Time Fiddling Contest. The park offers cabin rentals, shaded camping, electric hook ups for RVs, hot showers, a fishing pond, playground, golf cart rentals, and more. Campground and campfire acoustic pickin’ is encouraged and a usual sighting around the festival. For festival detials visit their website: <www.johnhartfordmemfest.com>. John Hartford was a ground-breaking trendsetter

who started a movement opened up the landscape of bluegrass music, giving it the name “Newgrass”. Hartford was many things in life: steamboat captain, fiddle and banjo player, songwriter, author, folklorist, and father. A descendant of Patrick Henry and cousin of Tennessee Williams, Hartford was born John Cowan Harford in 1937, in New York City. The Grammy-winning artist grew up in St. Louis, Missouri with a love for two things: the Mississippi River and music, especially oldtime music and bluegrass. He added the “t” to his given name at the request of producer-guitar legend Chet Atkins, and credited the music of banjo player Earl Scruggs, a bluegrass legend, as changing his life forever. Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind” won two Grammy awards in the same year, 1968, and is one of the most re-recorded songs in music. For Hartford, the song’s far-reaching commercial success gave him personal and financial freedom, affording him the opportunity to explore his musical artistry and other pursuits of the heart, including earning his steamboat pilot’s license. Hartford went to California in 1968, where played on the Byrds’ classic album, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and worked as a scriptwriter/performer on CBS’s Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. He devoted two prime-time seasons to Hollywood before returning to Nashville in 1971 to record his groundbreaking acoustic album, Aereo-Plain. Continued on 62

MAY 9–18 · 9 AM – 5 PM

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• Woodstock chimes • Bearfoots by Jeff Fleming • Dillman Farm apple butter and preserves • Brown County Shot Glasses

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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

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

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If You Don’t Outdie Me

Tim Grimm’s Hoosier Prine

A concert of Dillon Bustin’s stories | $18.50

Friday & Saturday, May 16, 17, 23 & 24

Steel Magnolias

Top ensemble of musicians | $20.50

written and produced by Ball State University

A warm comedy performed by 6 local actresses | $12 – $26.50

Friday, June 6 · 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 7

Saturday, June 21

The Breeze Bends the Grass Musical about 5 Indiana women artists | $22.50 Krista Detor & Arbutus Cunningham, directors

Saturday, May 31

Concert for the Creek Featuring the Eric Brown Band

Benefit for Salt Creek clean-up $22.50

Movies

…the latest releases Corey Cox Country Concert Big Woods Homegrown Concert Series | $18.50

Hunter Smith Band Former Colts player turned country bandleader and singer $17.50

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Visit our website

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

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10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135


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State Road 46 East in Nashville, Indiana

Established 1973

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Old-Fashioned Candy Homemade Fudge Novelty & Nostalgia Candies Heritage Mall 41 S. Van Buren (3 doors south of Nashville House) www.nashvillecandy.com (812)988-8745 toll free (877)735-8657

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Bill Monroe’s

Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

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~by Jeff Tryon

ou can count on June bringing strawberries, lightning bugs, and the annual Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival to Brown County. Named after its legendary founder and “father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe, the event is now in its 48th year. Bill has gone on to a bigger stage but the festival continues to produce a magical experience that has become an inseparable part of the bluegrass tradition. For ten days in 2014, June 12 through June 21, some of the best and biggest names in bluegrass—over 70 bands in all—will entertain from the historic main stage throughout each day. The music on stage at Bean Blossom is the main course but bluegrass appetizers and desserts echo everywhere through the park all week long in informal pick-up jam sessions and friendly get-togethers. The ticket price includes admission to music and instrument workshops daily, admission to the Bill Monroe Hall of Fame Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin, the traditional bean supper on Tuesday, the Bill Monroe Sunset Jam on Friday, and the Sunday worship service. Bluegrass fans from all over will make the pilgrimage to Bean Blossom just to see such bluegrass legends as Doyle Lawson, Larry Sparks, Jesse McReynolds, and Bobby Osborne. The list also includes festival regulars James King Band, Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show,

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IIIrd Tyme Out, American Drive, Lonesome River Band, Paul Williams, and Melvin Goins. But part of the beauty of the festival is to just sit back and take the pulse of bluegrass music, listening to a wide spectrum of different bands and performers with different stories and outlooks. To mention just a few at random, festival goers will also be interested to see acts like Adkins & Loudermilk, the Crowe Brothers, and Marty Raybon. Raybon, the former lead singer of Shenandoah, has completed his transition to bluegrass with a pair of nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Raybon was nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year category and also for Gospel Recorded Event for “Beulah Land.” His latest bluegrass album is “The Back Forty.” After seven albums and over forty years of making music together, The Crowe Brothers—Josh and Wayne—continue their tradition of providing beautifully blended harmonies at the Bill Monroe festival. Listen for their hits “The Winds Are Blowing in Maggie Valley,” “Grandma’s Little Boardside Cabin,” and “I’m Going Back to Old Virginia.” Dave Adkins has been around bluegrass music for a little while, but has a new solo release, “Nothing To Lose” which features brilliant bluegrass. Adkins has a strong voice. “If future albums are as good as this,”


Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top X-press. Osborne will celebrate his 50th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. photo by Cindy Steele

wrote one reviewer, “then he will be a very successful bluegrass star.” He has teamed with Edgar Loudermilk to form a new band, Adkins & Loudermilk, which will take to the Bean Blossom main stage Thursday. On Saturday, catch the “Stars of Tomorrow” show featuring Kyle Ramey, Col. Isaac Moore, Willow Osborne, and Jalee Roberts. Although bluegrass may seem like music from the American South, it is actually international and often practiced in northern climes, as with the Michigan-based Detour or Canadian-born Spinney Brothers. Detour’s tight focused harmonies and precision instrumentals combine original contemporary bluegrass sounds with great traditional favorites. Just beginning to make a name for itself on the national bluegrass scene, Detour is

more contemporary bluegrass than strictly traditional, offering a mix of originals and classics with side trips down country and even retro-rock roads. The Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine past and present in original material which draws on sources from the first generation bluegrass legends to the Brother’s personal lives and rural heritage. Originally from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, brothers Allan and Rick Spinney have an energetic and distinctive sound, a tight duet vocal style rooted in traditional, southern-flavored bluegrass music. They were first introduced to bluegrass music while working as loggers more than 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve performed at a variety of venues across North America. Camping is available at the Festival Park with over 300 hook-up sites and over 400 primitive sites. Reservations are recommended. Contact information for the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is <www.beanblossom.us>, e-mail: <beanblossombg@hotmail.com>, and (800) 414-4677 or (812) 988-6422. Travel five miles north from Nashville on State Road 135 to Bean Blossom. 

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He stood in front of us with sooty clothes and dirty hands, holding a rake and his cap. Of all the adults who talked to us, he was the one I recall. His message was clear—“Don’t play with matches!” A Smokey Bear talk followed. I grew up with a deep respect for fire officials and wildfire. In college, a professor proclaimed one day, “Our generation has already screwed up the environment. It’s up to you guys to fix it!” Students looked dumbfounded and confused. We took it as a last chance statement, a ditch effort to step up and wade through the mayhem. He was disgusted about a ~by Jim Eagleman chemical spill on a nearby river. That weekend, our university wildlife club took action. We worked with am an habitual optimist. I think it had a lot to do county and state officials to corral and soak up the with my mom. She always saw the bright side of chemicals with straw and boats. The professor admitted things. Whenever I hear of environmental doom later he didn’t think we cared. It was my first experience and gloom, the rate of weather change, rainforest at addressing an environmental problem thought to destruction, and other man-made problems affecting be too large to handle. The next day, a Margaret Meade world health, I’d like to think, we’re just providing quote was on the chalkboard. “Never doubt that a small future generations with more challenges. It will be group of thoughtful people can change the world. the bright, young thinkers of tomorrow who will face Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” these new and difficult tasks. From what I’ve observed, I I get discouraged when I hear of giant “islands” believe they will be up to it. floating in the seas made up of discarded milk jugs, I can’t say today’s universities are producing all Styrofoam, and medicine bottles, or massive oil spills, the good brains that will work exclusively for the mud slides, and other calamities. Then I talk with a environment. I’m biased and think “What other young, energetic environmental student scientist who vocation could be so rewarding?” There are many other can’t wait to get to work—encouraged by parents, schools, careers, and disciplines that today’s technicians teachers, and others who saw potential. They might and graduates find equally exciting. Certainly a chance have been inspired by a field trip, a museum visit, a for advancement, big salaries, and prestige are factors school project, or recycling at home. Some admit their in making choices. So where does the attraction begin camping family got them started on a life of discovery for an aspiring biologist or scientist? What makes and wonder. Others say it was a grandparent or scout them want to work for conservation, awareness, and leader that took them fishing or hunting and lit a spark. protection of our natural resources? When asked, “What can I do to foster environmental Like all good and substantial influences, I believe it stewardship in youngsters?” I always reply, “Get begins with family. Teachers and youth leaders can also outdoors!” This seems to be the best way to introduce have an impact. Children grow up with parental/adult children and adults to the wonders of the natural values, imitating actions and beliefs of those around world. I include adults, for they cannot be good them. As parents and adults, we should consider instructors, enthusiastic and encouraging, if they feel influencing our youth to be one of our most important inadequate or uncomfortable in outdoor settings. jobs with tremendous responsibility. How we act with Children of all ages are naturally curious. All we need young ones around us is of paramount importance. do is ask questions, show interest, and exhibit a Care of the environment, stewardship, and awareness genuine sense of awe. can be values we express and pass on. Each May, local resource educators join the county’s When I was a kid in school, guest speakers fourth graders at a facility to teach forestry and frequently came to our class to talk about their jobs. conservation practices. This year, as in several past A county fireman who just returned from fighting a years, we will meet at Waycross Camp. This worthwhile grass fire at a nearby farm was the most impressive. Continued on 62

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Cold Beer, Fine Wines & Select Spirits Cold Beer:

Hoosier Buddy offers more than 150 different beers, including more than 80 craft, micro, and imports. We proudly offer a wide variety of beers from Indiana’s finest brewers.

Fine Wines:

Hoosier Buddy is a wine-lovers type of store. With more than 200 wines to choose from, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our “Affordable Imports” and “90+ Point” selections.

Select Spirits:

Hoosier Buddy offers an ever expanding array of top-notch spirits. Our whiskey category alone includes more than 75 different choices. Whether you’re looking for a Single Barrel Bourbon or a Single Malt from Islay— we stock them.

284 South Van Buren (next to Subway) Nashville, IN 812-988-2267 As always, Hoosier Buddy Liquors reminds you to celebrate safe —don’t drink and drive.

Featuring comfortable rooms, restaurant, bar, and indoor pool. Meeting space for up to 275 people.

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Indiana Heritage Arts Show and Sale

ndiana Heritage Arts will open its 2014 show to the public at the Brown County Art Gallery on Saturday, June 7, 2014 after a gala preview and reception on Friday evening. Jason Allen Saunders will jury the show. Saunders paints and resides in the mountains of central Tennessee, with a studio and gallery in Leipers Fork, Tennessee. He has worked with esteemed artists such as Everett Kinstler, Matt Smith, and Scott Christensen. The Indiana Heritage Arts show is renowned for its high level of prizes and purchase awards, and this year, two new awards will be added to the roster. The Ada Shulz prize of $500 will be awarded to an outstanding painting in a figural style. Returning show chair Jim Ross, of Eckert & Ross Fine Art, said that the award aims to honor the achievements of artists of the past and to encourage current artists to take on the figure. The award is sponsored by Randall Tucker and will replace the “Artists’ Choice” award. The C. Curry Bohm Prize of $350 will go to the best depiction of an Indiana winter scene, landscape or figural. This award is sponsored by an avid Bohm

collector, Dr. Dan Kraft of Indianapolis. Dr. Kraft hopes to raise the profile of C. Curry Bohm by organizing a museum show and a book on the artist. He has solicited essays from Lorrette McCarthy, an independent curator formerly with Swope Gallery of Art, and from eminent art historian William H. Gerdts, author of over 25 books on American art and an expert on American impressionism. Show chair Jim Ross said, “It’s unusual for a collector to originate a project like this,” as usually curators or art historians would do so. In Bohm’s case, much valuable source material exists locally, including a collection of his ephemera in Bloomington. Ross said that the Heritage Arts Show differs from the older Hoosier Salon. “Whereas the Hoosier Salon is intended as a survey of contemporary artists working in Indiana, our show has an editorial position of favoring a traditional style,” he said. “I try to find jurors whose work is related to what our artists are doing.” The 2013 Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibition and Sale at the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville garnered Indiana artists a record breaking $90,000 in sales and prize money. Calls for entries began in March. For more information call (812) 988-6934 or visit <www.indianaheritagearts.org>.  TASTE OF BROWN COUNTY continued from 38 GetDown tickets are $15 and include specials for Downtown GetDown participants only, 20 tickets to spend Saturday at the Taste of Brown County, and free rides on the Nashville Express. GetDown tickets are also available online at <www.browncounty.com/downtown-getdown>. Proud sponsors of this year’s Taste of Brown County and Downtown GetDown include First Merchants Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brown County IGA, the Morel Festival, and the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Participating businesses, entertainment and activities can be found at <www.browncounty.com/taste>. For more information about Brown County events, tourist attractions and lodging accommodations, please visit the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at <www.browncounty.com>. 

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C Cinnamon Roasted Almonds & Pecans

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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 May/June 2014 • Our Brown County 61


Old Fruit Jars M

ore than a century ago fruit jars were popular with most of rural Brown County homesteads. Fruit jar orders could be filled at any local general stores. They could be purchased by the gross in wooden cases for around ten cents a jar. Today the old jars are admired by collectors and can have a premium value. In the years post-civil war until around 1915 there were numerous glass factories producing fruit jars in Indiana. The Ball brothers from Muncie, Indiana produced a well-known brand but there were other glass companies—over 400 before 1900—with names like Boyd, Champion Syrup Company from Indianapolis, Dillon Glass Company from Fairmount, Root Glass Company out of Terre Haute, Star Glass Company from New Albany, and Swayzee’s from Swayzee, Indiana—all making nice examples of fruit jars. It would take many volumes to list all the glass factories that produced storage jars. Old jars came in all sizes, shapes, and colors. The four standard size measurements are half pint, pint, quart, and half gallon. You can tell when a fruit jar was produced before 1906 because the lip of the jar has a rough texture from being ground down with a stone wheel. These jars were all hand-tooled, or manmade, from the beginning of the process to the end product. The jars after 1906 were made by an automatic fruit jar making machine. Machine made fruit jars have a smooth lip—collectors refer to this as a “smooth lip variety”—and are uniform in shape, looking exactly the same. Older fruit jars have beautiful color tones that enhance eye appeal of the glass. Color is considered “king” and makes jars desirable with collectors. Colors such as amber, apple green, Ball blue, cornflower blue, emerald green, honey amber, olive green, sun colored

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amethyst (SCA), and clear make the difference between a $2.00 fruit jar and one that is worth hundreds. It used to be very hard to produce a clear glass fruit jar. One ingredient needed to make it clear is manganese. When the old clear glass jars with manganese are exposed to sun light the jars turn different shades of amethyst. My wife and I use the “Ball blue” fruit jars to store our dry goods. They are more plentiful to find than the older, pre-1906 jars and do not cost as much to replace if they break. Brown County has good places to find the older fruit jars. The outdoor flea markets which run from April through October and area antique establishments are fun places to search. Some of the fruit jars pictured in the article were discovered this way with many decades of dust and dirt on them. After a good cleaning they display just as well as they did when they were first made over 100 years ago. 

~submitted by Paul Sachmann HARTFORD FESTIVAL continued from 50 In 1976, Hartford’s lifelong love of the Mississippi River led him to record an album of river-oriented songs, Mark Twang. From there, Hartford dedicated the rest of his career into further researching old-time music and its history, including working on a biography about Ed Haley, a West Virginia fiddler, and cutting a number of Haley’s songs. In what would be the final year of his life, Hartford received a Grammy for his contributions to the soundtrack of the hit movie “O’ Brother Where Art Thou.” A mentor for a generation of bluegrass players, Hartford died June 4, 2001, at 63 after a two-decade battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  AWARENESS continued from 58 endeavor is made possible with funding from the Brown County Lions Club. Thanks to them for this opportunity to get kids out and active. It’s great to know our civic clubs see value in these conservation field days. I only wish this annual one-day event involved other students and was offered more often. Enjoy your spring. Get out and enjoy these beautiful Brown County hills. Teach a child something you know in nature. For parents, home schools, and leaders, here’s a great resource for conservation education: <greenteacher.com>. 


Gifts for home and happiness French Country Décor Locally Made Items • Quilts Brown County Redware Pottery Madeline’s Famous Soy Candles Calvin Place, Van Buren & Franklin Streets Nashville • 812.988.6301 madelinesfrenchcountry@gmail.com

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Our Brown County

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ANTIQUES

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Annuals Fresh Cut Flowers Perennials and Plants for Plants All Occasions SR 135 N. at Brown County line 59 W. Washington St. Morgantown critsersflowersandgifts.com 812-597-4551 812-597-5388 HEALTH

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

Farm Lumber • Board and Batten Wavy Edged Siding • Beams Buyers of Standing Timber

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INSURANCE

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on a Reading

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TRASH REMOVAL

Knight’s

Trash Removal

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

WELLNESS

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

812-988-9622 • www.browncountyymca.org


Squatter’s Rights ~by Henry Swain reprinted from April, 1998

I

n the 1930s, an Indianapolis lawyer Fred Bates Johnson owned a two story log cabin a mile north of Nashville on State road 135. David and Cathy Martin now live in the cabin and operate their antique business from the home. Fred was at one time a partner with Jack Rogers in the operation of the Nashville House hotel before it burned. Fred also had an interest in the Bessire orchard. One of the buildings still standing on the Martin property is a building which was used for the storage of apples during the winter. The walls are several inches thick, the wall space filled with sawdust for insulation. Built before commercial insulating materials were available, it was a very practical use of a readily available native material for such a purpose. Fred was one of those early visitors and investors in Brown County who had the vision to see what its future would be like.

He had purchased from realtor Walter Snodgrass a large tract of land in the Four Mile Ridge area. Fred had a standing arrangement with Walter to buy tracts for him when a good bargain appeared. Fred had bought this land without ever seeing it. There was a house on it but Walter neglected to tell Fred there were some squatters living in it. Unaware of this fact Fred drove out to look over his new purchase. Fred was a man of small wiry stature, slightly stooped, with thinning sandy hair. It would be safe to say that on first meeting with Fred, his general countenance was not very intimidating. You can imagine Fred’s surprise as he approached his newly acquired house, to find a large woman on the porch, arms folded over her ample bosom, glaring ominously at him as he approached. As Fred neared the woman he timidly asked if she knew who owned the place? She answered defiantly, “I think it’s some rich s.o.b. lawyer from Indianapolis.” Fred had a wry sense of humor, especially about himself, and he enjoyed relating this incident to me. Fred suggested that this property would need to be held for thirty years before it would be ready for development. He was off by about ten years. It is now the site of Henderson Heights, our county’s largest subdivision. He finally moved the squatters out and I papered the entire house

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in preparation for new paying tenants. It was a remote area and I saw no visitors while I was working there. I do remember sitting on the porch on lunch break watching five Pileated Woodpeckers in one group along the edge of the woods. Fred was an avid gardener and passed along to me many tips which I found useful in my own gardening efforts. The State Highway crew back then swept the Nashville main street every Monday morning. Fred would have them dump the contents at his place. He would sort out things that would not compost and use the remainder for his asparagus bed. He claimed the sand and cigarette butts made for a great crop. The last time I visited Fred was after he had a stroke. His wife had wheeled him out to his garden in a wheel chair and helped him onto a small rug in the middle of the garden. We talked while he inched himself along on the rug weeding his asparagus patch. It was sad to see him in such a condition, but it was obvious that working his favorite plot of ground was one of the few satisfactions left for him. I sensed that I was paying him my last visit. It was as though he knew he was not far away from going underground to his own permanent garden. What better way to prepare than by scratching the surface in his favorite asparagus patch.  Henry “Hank” Swain contributed his column in Our Brown County for 18 years.


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May/June 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special

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A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special

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