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Celebrating 21 Years!

May–June 2016

The Magazine of Fun and Fact


Arrow Tag

Helmsburg Sawmill Melchior Marionettes Village Green

Ukulele Congress The Continuum The Boot is Back May–June Events

Bean Blossom Festivals:

50th Bill Monroe Bluegrass John Hartford Memorial


Village Green Building Celebrating over 100 years in nashville The Nashville you came to see and love…

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The Candy Dish

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Fine Homemade Chocolate Candies and Fudge Gourmet Caramels Over 50 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy



Homemade Ice Cream

Harvest Preserve the

Homemade Fruit Butter Gourmet Food Cookbooks · Cookie Cutters Postcards · Greeting Cards Kitchen Gadgets Galore Giftware · Tea and Teaware


Functional and Fine Art Made in Indiana


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Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Brownie’s Bean Blossom Restaurant


Vaught Rd.

Monroe Music Park & Campground BEAN BLOSSOM

Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Plum Creek Antiques Market

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Clay Lick Rd

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Bob Allen Rd.

Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm


Hoosier Artist

Fallen Leaf Books



B3 Gallery

Brown County Art Guild

The Wild Olive

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Village Green

Brown Co Winery

Sweet Cozy Living Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc. Be My Guest Head Over Heels

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

The Sunshine Shack

House of Jerky

Main Street Shops


MAIN STREET That Sandwich Place

Nashville House


Gold &Old

Touch of Silver

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

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Miller’s Ice Cream The Candy Dish The Harvest Preserve

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Downtown Cottages & Suites Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Complex

Pioneer Village Museum

GOULD STREET Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop


Brown Co Public Library

Brown Co. History Center


Hidden Valley Inn



The Emerald Pencil

Big Woods Village



Men’s Toy Shop

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

State Farm Insurance-Bank


Brozinni Pizzeria

Hills O’Brown Realty

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville

Redbud Terrace

McGinley Insurance


Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank Health For U

County Offices



Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

Old SR 4



Village Florist

The Salvation Army



Coachlight Square

Brown Co Inn Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Health & Living

Bear Hardware Comfort Inn

Brown County IGA


Tea Shop




Nashville General Store

Pine Room Muddy Boots

Salt Creek Park McDonald’s People’s State Bank

Salt Creek Inn

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard


Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room


Musical Entertainment Parking


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Nashville Indiana

Casa Del Sol Apache Tactical


Mercantile Store

Cornerstone Inn

Bearly Country

Bone Appetit Bakery Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Sweetea’s Winery

Camelot Shoppes

Lorna’s Hunter’s Leather & Electronics Boutique

Nashville Gyros Food & Art Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Cedar Creek Winery

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Artists Colony Inn Toy Chest Carol’s Lazy One Crafts Sweetwater Back to Back Yesteryear Gallery Old Time Photos Grasshopper Flats Wishful Simply 4 You Thinking



Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop Community Closet


Olde Magnolia House Inn 4th Sister Vintage Store

Calvin Place


Schwab’s Fudge

New Leaf Amy Greely

Life is Good JB Goods


Too Cute Abe’s Corner

Melchior Marionettes

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

Brown Co Playhouse

58 South Apparel



Franklin Sq

Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders Nashville Image Old Time Photos For Bare Feet, Woodlands N & R Woodworking Brown Co Weavery & Roots Paint Box Gallery, Primitive Spirit Rich Hill’s Magic & Fun Emporium K. Bellum Leather, My Sister’s Shop Brown Co. Pottery, Agape Pearls Ferguson House

Antique Alley


Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Antiques Co-op.............................58 Be My Guest...................................59 Brown Co Antique Mall................37 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 The Emerald Pencil.......................29 Nashville General Store...............38 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


Antique Alley Shops.....................45 Antiques Co-op.............................58 Art Beyond Crayons.....................58 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Bear Hardware..............................22 Brown Co Antique Mall................37 Brown Co Art Gallery...................28 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 The Emerald Pencil.......................29 Hoosier Artist................................29 Indiana Heritage Arts Show.......31 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................60 Papertrix.........................................15 pARTake/ Art Walk........................31 Spears Pottery...............................28 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.28


Fallen Leaf Books..........................27


Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......33


58 South Apparel..........................40 Antique Alley Shops.....................45 Apache Tactical.............................49 Bear Hardware..............................22 Community Closet Thrift Shop...47 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 Head Over Heels...........................59 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............18 Lazy One.........................................49 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........60 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................52

Mercantile Store...........................48 Sports Etc.......................................59 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......48 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............37


4th Sister Vintage Store...............54 Antique Alley Shops.....................45 Antiques Co-op.............................58 Apache Tactical.............................49 Appleworks....................................14 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Be My Guest...................................59 Bearly Country..............................15 Bone Appetit Bakery....................37 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....45 Brown Co Visitors Center.............21 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 Cox Creek’s Mill.............................18 The Emerald Pencil.......................29 The Ferguson House....................41 Foxfire.............................................41 Head Over Heels...........................59 Homestead Weaving Studio.......28 Hoosier Artist................................29 House of Clocks.............................58 K. Bellum Leather.........................29 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................60 Lazy One.........................................49 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........60 Madeline’s......................................46 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................52 Mercantile Store...........................48 Nashville General Store...............38 New Leaf.........................................29 Papertrix.........................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................40 Simply 4 You..................................19 Spears Pottery...............................28 Sports Etc.......................................59 Sweet Cozy Living........................37 Sweetwater Gallery......................19 The Toy Chest................................46 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.28

Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............37 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....48 Wishful Thinking...........................19


19th Hole Bar & Grille..................52 Brown County Playhouse............32 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....45 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..57 kidscommons................................48 Melchior Marionettes..................60 Monroe Music Park.......................36 Nashville Express Tour Rides......60 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........55 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Olde Time Flea Market.................47


19th Hole Bar & Grille..................52 Abe Martin Lodge.........................53 Appleworks....................................14 Artists Colony Inn.........................23 Bear Wallow Distillery..................23 Brown Co IGA................................32 Brown Co Inn.................................41 Brown Co Winery..........................53 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....38 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................27 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................48 Casa del Sol....................................38 Cedar Creek Winery......................37 Chateau Thomas Winery.............61 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmers’ Market-St. Davids.........15 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Gyros Food & Art Studios............61 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................55 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..57 House of Jerky...............................60 Jack and Jill Nut Shop..................61 McDonald’s....................................21 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Candy Store..................59 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68

Advertiser Index


Green Valley Lodge......................15 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................25 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..22 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Lodge on the Mountain...............60 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........64 Monroe Music Park & Campground.................................64 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............14 The North House...........................67 Olde Magnolia House..................54 Overlook Lodge............................33 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Seasons...........................................45


Brown County History Center....47 kidscommons................................48

Nashville General Store...............38 Nashville House............................45 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........55 Schwab’s Fudge.............................38 Seasons...........................................45 Sunshine Shack.............................61 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................40 That Sandwich Place....................37 Trolly’s.............................................38 The Wild Olive.................................2


Antiques Co-op.............................58 The Ferguson House....................41 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


Bear Hardware..............................22 Head Over Heels...........................59 K. Bellum Leather.........................29


Antique Alley Shops.....................45 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Brown Co Antique Mall................37 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................23 Ferguson House............................41 Foxfire.............................................41 Grasshopper Flats.........................19 Hoosier Artist................................29 Juls Etc............................................25 LaSha’s............................................61 New Leaf.........................................29 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........60 Rhonda Kay’s.................................40 Spears Pottery...............................28 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............37 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........18



Abe Martin Lodge.........................53 Artists Colony Inn.........................23 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown County Health & Living...18 Brown Co Inn.................................41 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................39 Creekside Retreat.........................54 eXplore Brown County..................4

Bone Appetit Bakery....................37


B3 Gallery.......................................28 Spears Pottery...............................28 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........19


Brown County Real Estate...........65 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................65 ReMax Team...................................61 F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel....... 65


eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............54 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................40 Brown County Health & Living...18 Career Resource Center...............48 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........55 Hunter’s Electronics.....................54 Nashville BP...................................15 Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......33 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....48 State Farm InsuranceBrandon Stiles...............................22

SERVICES DIRECTORY 64-65 Al’s Garage/Paint & Body BETA Teen Center

Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Real Estate Brown Co Tire & Auto Career Resource Center Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn GMG Motors Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty McGinley Vacation Cabins Monroe Park Campground People’s State Bank Plum Creek Antiques F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel Waltman Construction Co.


Head Over Heels...........................59 K. Bellum Leather.........................29


Apache Tactical.............................49 Bearly Country..............................15 Bone Appetit Bakery....................37 Carol’s Crafts..................................49 Fallen Leaf Books..........................27 Fireplace Center............................48 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 House of Clocks.............................58 Hunter’s Electronics.....................54 K. Bellum Leather.........................29 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................52 Sports Etc.......................................59 The Toy Chest................................46 Wishful Thinking...........................19


Sweetwater Gallery......................19


Artists Colony Inn.........................23 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Village Florist.................................48


Mike Nickels Log Homes....... 47 Salem’s Good Nature Farm... 60


13 Pavilion Summer Music Series 16 Arrow Tag at eXplore Brown County ~by Chrissy Alspaugh

20 Helmsburg Sawmill ~by Bob Gustin

24 The Village Green ~by Julia Pearson 30 50th Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival ~by Mark Blackwell 34-35 Photos ~by Marti Garvey

42-43 Calendar of Events 44 Festival of Flowers PaintOut IHA Show and Sale Clay Day in the Park 46 Sampler: Muddy Boots’ New Digs 50 Melchior Marionettes

~by Lee Edgren

56 John Hartford Memorial Festival ~by Mark Blackwell

58 Arts Village Cinefest 62 Ukulele Congress ~by Jeff Tryon

64-65 Services Directory 66 Continuum

~by Jim Eagleman

Cover Photo: Gary Bartels ~by Chrissy Alspaugh


Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. Jeff Tryon is a former news editor of The Brown County Democrat, a former region reporter for The Republic, and a former bureau chief for The Huntsville Times. Born and raised in Brown County, he currently lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on the edge of Brown County State Park. He is a Baptist minister.

Jim Eagleman recently retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources after 40 years as a naturalist at Brown County State Park. He hopes to finish his memoirs soon. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Julia Pearson wrote for a secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and her husband Bruce have made Lake Woebegone Country their new homebase for life’s continuing adventures. Julie, Bruce, and four-footed Suki are adjusting well. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren. 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 awardwinning 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. Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt and two children. She can be reached at <>. View her work at <> or on Facebook. 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. Bob Gustin worked as a reporter, photographer, managing editor, and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Nebraska, and Indiana before retiring in 2011. He and his wife, Chris, operate Homestead Weaving Studio in southern Brown County. She does the weaving while he gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands his book and record collections.

featured photographs 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. Inspired by light, structures, nature, music, people, and spontaneity her work has been featured in various publications. “Do at least one creative thing a day” is a motto she has lived by her whole life—which is why her camera and art supplies accompany her wherever she goes. Contact her at <> or view her photos at <>..

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he Pavilion Summer Music Series in Nashville, Indiana, is a free outdoor music event running May through October 2016. The Saturday afternoon series will be located in The Pavilion at Main and Jefferson Streets, featuring local and regional musicians in a relaxed outdoor setting. The concerts are free to the public, and will run from 4:30pm until 6:00pm. Some seating will be available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for the lawn area. The Pavilion at Main and Jefferson was a gift to the town of Nashville from the Johnson family in 2011 with plenty of lawn space for your favorite blanket or chair (some seating available). You can listen to the show and then stroll among the town’s many eclectic shops, or get a tasty treat at Nashville’s eateries. The Pavilion Music Series is sponsored by the Johnson Family, Brown County Community Foundation, and Arts Village Brown County. May 28 Roger Bannister Trio (Bluegrass) June 18 Silver Sparrow (Guitar and mandolin harmony) 

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~story and photos by Chrissy Alspaugh

Arrow Tag

Gary Bartels, owner of eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, demonstrates German-made bows and rubbertipped, shatter-proof arrows that make his newest adventure, Arrow Tag, fun for all ages.


he new Arrow Tag archery games at eXplore Brown County are hitting the mark with adventurists age 8 to 80. Never heard of it? That’s because eXplore Brown County owner Gary Bartels is copyrighting the term and just launched the games this spring. “I’m just having a good time learning where it’s going to take us,” Bartels said with a laugh. “It’s definitely already catching on among our visitors who want to try something outdoors that’s new and different.” The idea began when Bartels discovered indoor Archery Tag with his grandson in Las Vegas. The lifelong archer said the game was a fun progression in difficulty from a game like laser tag, but the arrows didn’t shoot very far and left much to be desired. Then he stumbled upon a German-made system of bows and rubber-tipped, shatter-proof arrows that have become popular in Europe among live action role-playing enthusiasts. He ordered some sets and let his imagination run wild. Bartels’ Arrow Tag games combine the best aspects of dodge ball, paintball, and laser tag, while also teaching survival skills and how to string and shoot a bow. After a training session players participate in games ranging from a light-hearted round of Bottoms Up, in which 5-year-old Henry Stateler, right, and his brothers, from left, Kaleb and Isaac Fortner enjoyed some Arrow Tag games during a family vacation.

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New at eXplore Brown County one’s opponent’s buttocks is the target, to a fast-paced mock survival scramble modeled after the “Hunger Games” movies. Over the course of an hour, players experience a great cardio workout without the bruises of paintball, Bartels said. eXplore Brown County employee Janelle Berning said she found Arrow Tag to be slightly more difficult to learn than paintball, but coworker DaRon Bruce said it’s “way more fun, and a whole lot more lighthearted.” Clinton, Indiana residents Donnetta and Mike Polomski visited eXplore Brown County with their grandsons during spring break and said the games were right on target for everyone in their group, which ranged in age from 5 to 51. “They had a blast,” Donnetta said. “The boys got in the car and were already planning their next trip back. Henry, the 5-year-old, said it was his best day ever!” Bartels said the games are great confidence-builders; he’s even marketing them for corporate team building. “Folks come into Arrow Tag not quite sure what they’re doing, but nobody gives up. They just try to shoot better, run faster, and it’s great to see their improvement just from the beginning to the end of one game.”

Employees (from left) Quincy Robinson, Jess George, Janelle Berning, DaRon Bruce, and Abby Tharp received top marks during a recent lesson in a new series of games that park owner Gary Bartels calls Arrow Tag.

The 65-year-old Bartels grew up in an era when cowboys and Indians dominated television sets across America, and children’s outdoor play centered around those themes. “A bow was more fun than a cap gun,” said the Ohio native. By age 12, he and his friends routinely trekked to the town dump with their bows and arrows to shoot tin cans. But these days, many parents struggle to wrestle their children away from electronic devices and into the outdoors at all. One of Bartels’ goals at eXplore Brown County is to get people, “off the couch and away from their screens.” Recent movies like The Hunger Games and Avatar are helping inspire a resurgence of interest in archery, he said. Bartels hopes to be part of that trend. But more than anything, he’s just excited to get to play with bows and arrows again on a daily basis. “Technically, during games I’m the ref, but I really can’t keep myself from playing,” he said laughing. “It’s fun to watch folks who say they just want to watch but quickly have to join in.” Arrow Tag is offered twice daily at eXplore Brown County on the days they are open. Glow-in-the-dark arrows also are available for night games. The facility can accommodate groups of up to around 20, or up to around 40 if players rotate on and off the field. A one-hour game costs $25 per person. Call for availability. eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat offers free parking and restroom and shower facilities. Visitors also can play paintball, take zip line tours, ride ATVs and buggies, go mountain biking, camp, and more. For information, <> or (812) 988-7750. 

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Helmsburg Sawmill

~story and photos by Bob Gustin


ow 75 years old, Bill Pool still laces up his boots every morning and makes the five-mile trip from home to the Helmsburg Sawmill, which he has owned since 1973. But he hasn’t put in a single day of work in those 43 years. At least, that’s the way he sees it. “I love what I do. I haven’t worked a day since I bought the mill,” he said. Most days, you’ll find Bill at the sawmill by 7:30 a.m. or earlier, cutting, planing and stacking wood, operating heavy equipment, helping customers and generally taking care of business. Such a schedule would easily wear out even younger men, but while he

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Bill and Susan Pool.

admits it isn’t play, he refuses to call it work. It’s more like his calling, and he says he’ll retire when he can no longer lace up those boots. Bill can tell what type of wood he’s dealing with by its smell. He can judge its thickness by feel, and he can figure complicated board feet pricing in his head. He’s right where he wants to be, running a family business with his wife, two sons, daughter, and grandson involved. Born in Iowa, Bill moved with his family to Brown County in 1956, graduated from Brown

County High School and took a shot at college before joining the Air Force as a medic. He was stationed in Scotland when he decided to check out a square dance in 1963, where he met a young woman named Susan. They fell in love and married the next year. The couple moved to Brown County in 1965, bought land north of Bean Blossom, and began raising a family—along with a Christmas tree farm. There has been a sawmill of one sort or another in Helmsburg since the early 1900s. Bill was working at the Chrysler plant in Indianapolis when Charlie Richards decided to sell the sawmill at 2230 State Road 45. All Bill knew about wood at that point was how to cut firewood. But he was a quick learner, and Richards stayed around for a few years to show him the ropes. Along the way his children, Willie, Kevin, and Melanie, grew up at the sawmill and naturally became a part of the business. Ian, Kevin’s son, has also begun work at the mill. Bill and Susan turned over the business to the two sons about three years ago. Lots has changed since the Pools took over the sawmill. In 1973, Bill says, some of their major customers were “hippies” from the Needmore area, and area farmers. In recent years, over-the-counter sales have tripled, and builders come from a wide area to get the air-dried poplar. Here’s the secret to his success: Treat customers fairly and give them a product they want, and dividends are paid via word-of-mouth advertising and repeat business, he said. And a presence on the Internet, overseen by daughter Melanie, has brought another set of changes. The Pools buy timber from landowners, and carefully cut and manage woods from Terre Haute to Rising Sun. They harvest the trees, haul it to Helmsburg, process it, and take pride in seeing the final product. It’s a no-waste business. The cut lumber builds everything from cabins to fine furniture, while the sawdust goes to horse farmers, bark mulch goes to flower growers, other mulch is sometimes dyed and commercially sold, and the tops of trees become firewood. Some of the wood goes to make veneer, and the Pools offer hickory, walnut, white and red oak, Continued on 22

Where are the nearest restrooms? How late do the shops stay open? Where can I take a beautiful scenic drive? Our friendly staff can answer all of these questions and more at the Brown County Visitors Center at the corner of Van Buren and Main Street. Stop by for advice, recommendations, and official souvenirs. 812.988.7303

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HELMSBURG SAWMILL continued from 21 hard maple, cherry, ash, beech, sycamore, and poplar. Tall stacks of carefully arranged boards airdry under big buildings atop a hill near the sawmill office. Most of the time, a huge assortment of lengths and widths are available. “If you have something, you can sell it,” Bill said. “If you don’t have it, you have to go get it. So it pays to have a fair amount of stock. It gives you options.” Among those options are lumber packages for log homes. You bring the building plans, Helmsburg Sawmill provides the lumber. The mill also sells grade lumber, cross ties, lumber for pallets, and byproducts like the mulch, sawdust, and firewood. That’s part of what has kept the Pools in business for nearly half a century. For Bill, it’s pretty simple: “I like making boards.” You can reach the Helmsburg sawmill at (812) 988-6161 or online at <> and Facebook. 

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The Village Green

Looking back and ahead

~by Julia Pearson

“Moser and Henderson playing checkers” by Frank M. Hohenberger, courtesy The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“There’s only ‘bout two places left any more where a feller don’t get skinned –th’ post office an’ th’ town pump.” —Abe Martin’s Almanack by Kin Hubbard


ld Abe Martin’s spirit must surely be smiling somewhere in the mist of the early mornings in Brown County. A first class postage stamp has gone DOWN in price— enough to buy two penny postcards. And the comforts of the town pump are being resurrected in downtown Nashville with the revitalization of the Village Green. At the intersection of Jefferson and Main streets, town restrooms will open this season and be available year-round for locals and town visitors. Included are two familydesignated restrooms, with the convenience

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of changing tables and toddler seats. There will also be a “comfort station”— an inside retreat that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer, thanks to the installation of high efficiency heat and air conditioning units. Replacing the public restroom facilities in Antique Alley, these new restrooms have amenities that include a lactation station for nursing mothers. There are plans to make a children’s play area next to the restrooms with seating along porch. The town pump will be refurbished by the Rotary club. The Town Square (now the Village Green) was a significant part of Nashville life. Early archival records and photos chronicle the town square of yesteryear. As early as 1881, fencing and tree planting were a point of public business of the Town Board “Marble game at public square” by Frank M. Hohenberger, courtesy The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

of Trustees. In 1887, the marshall’s duties were stated to include the confinement of “swine found running at large upon the street, alley, Public Square or commons”. They were to be placed “in some safe and suitable enclosure within the corporate limits”. Just two years later, the issue of free-ranging swine in the Public Square was once again addressed in the official minutes. The town pump became a gathering site for neighbors. Unsupervised by parents, children played marbles in the dirt while men produced checker boards and challenged each other to games. Documents record that in 1911 a special assessment for sidewalks was made to adjacent property owners; and in 1913 an ordinance was adopted to borrow money to refit the wells of the Public Square, which provided a water supply for use in case of fire. Looking back through the records, Ordinance No. 62, Section I was passed in 1915 and states: Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated town of Nashville, Ind., that the Public Square in said town be and is hereby converted into a public park; all of the improvement thereof and care thereof to be under the care, direction and control of the Board of Trustees. With the designation as a public park, an ordinance passed two years later prohibiting animals from being hitched within the Public Square due to the damage caused to the young trees. In 1921, the public well was cleaned and the pumps repaired. Many photos in the Lilly Library and Brown County Historical Society Archives show the Town Square as the site of huge events: parades with reviewing bleachers erected street side and full of spectators; art festivals with tents and booths with tables laden with crafts and produce grown close to home; local children bundled up and grinning in the snow-covered square, with snowballs in hand and ready to pelt each other. Golden remembrances of a time cherished by Hoosier tourists and county neighbors include special sites like the Dillinger Museum, the Serpentarium, and the Alice Weaver House. Children could dash about within a block and be astounded by curiosities found nowhere else. Continued on 26

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VILLAGE GREEN continued from 25 Town Manager and Economic Development Director, Scott Rudd, who grew up in Nashville and is an alumnus of Brown County High School, said the Village Green property was gifted to the town of Nashville from Brown County two years ago. He recalls his own carefree childhood bicycling through town and happily anticipates seeing the center of town functioning as a safe and handy gathering place for families. Rudd, who graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington where he studied

Town pump today, south east corner of the Village Green, courtesy photo.

Public Affairs, moved back to the area in 2007, married his wife Erika, and is raising their son Carter. “All things come t’him that waits—if he know where t’wait.” —Abe Martin Abe would be glad that in 2016, kids can still wait for their parents at the Village Green. 

“Street Fair View 1954,” by Frank M. Hohenberger, courtesy Brown County Historical Society.

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“Public square, horses etc.” 1934 by Frank M. Hohenberger, courtesy The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

“1948 Street Fair,” courtesy Brown County Historical Society.



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~by Mark Blackwell

am terrible at remembering anniversaries—I’m a man. But this year is special. June, 2016 marks the occasion of the 50th annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. That makes the Bean Blossom festival the oldest continuously running Bluegrass music festival in the world and earns it a “don’t miss” status on my calendar. Mr. Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass music, purchased the Brown County Jamboree music park back in 1952 and booked country music acts in the big old Jamboree barn that used to sit about where the Museum is located. Mr. Bill and the Bluegrass Boys played at the park several times a year and other Bluegrass oriented bands played there.

Top: Doyle Lawson, above: Del McCoury. photos by Cindy Steele

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Bill Monroe

Many of the Grand Ole Opry stars of the 1950s would stop by when they were touring. A weekly square dance was held in the barn for many years. The first official Bluegrass festival was held in 1967. That first festival was a puny affair compared to the one coming up in June. It wasn’t even called a festival. Monroe advertised it as a “Big Blue Grass Celebration”. It lasted two days and boasted five named bands. By comparison, the 2016 festival goes on for eight whole days, from June 11 through June 18, with more than sixty-five top-notch Bluegrass acts. This year’s line-up include a cadre of folks who have been in the business for more than fifty years like the Del McCoury Band (Del was a Bluegrass Boy back around 1960), Jesse McReynolds (of Jim and Jesse fame) and the Virginia Boys, the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top Express, and a lot more. Top acts such as the Grascals, James King, Dailey and Vincent, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys will perform. About every Bluegrass band worth their salt will be there for this historic occasion. You will hear everything from traditional, old-time Bluegrass to “Newgrass” and Bluegrass Gospel all served up with consummate musicianship. And if you are a musician there are workshops for the banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle, and harmony singing taught by festival headliners. Once, I even attended a session on how to work around one microphone like the old traditional bands. It’s certainly not hard to find other folks to jam with in the parking lot or camp sites. So don’t forget to bring your own “axe” with you.

Bluegrass Festival

Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition. photo by Cindy Steele

Talking with the stars and band members up at the shelter house after they perform is a festival tradition. In most areas of the show business world there is a wall of separation between the audience and the performers—but not in Bluegrass. I have always found the performers to be friendly, happy to provide autographs, and even helpful. I was taping some interviews with various folks one time at the festival when a pretty good storm suddenly blew in. I needed to get back to my truck to get some garbage bags to protect my recorder and laptop but I didn’t want to leave them alone at the shelter. I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do when a couple of members of a Grammy-award winning band offered to baby sit my equipment for me. A big difference between the first “celebration” and this year’s festival is the park itself. Primitive is the first word that comes to mind when I think back to the early days. The old barn was torn down back in 1986 and replaced with the “Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum” in 1992. The outdoor stage has been rebuilt and refurbished but the original “Back Home Again in Indiana” sign is still in its place above the stage. I am happy to report that the sanitary facilities have also been suitably updated. Continued on 37

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The Kenan Rainwater Band


Live American roots music | $12

Live comedy play presented by the Brown County Community Theatre Directed by Casey Kersey $15.50, $14.50 & $10.50 student

Saturday, June 25

Saturday, July 16

Saturday, May 28

Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band The wildest piano pumpin’ rock & roll show since Jerry Lee Lewis! | $18.50

Saturday, July 30

June 4 & 11, July 2 & 9

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An Evening with Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen Traditional and contemporary folk music and songs | $15

Barney Fife Fully Loaded The antics of Barney Fife to original stand-up routines, opening performance Hamilton Creek Bluegrass. All ages show | $22.50

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Bean Blossom, Indiana

Come, share the peace of the Lord with us! • SUNDAY SCHOOL 9 a.m.—All children welcome • ADULT BIBLE STUDY 9 a.m.—All welcome • WORSHIP SERVICE by Pastor Phil Meadows 10:15 a.m. 5802 Old Settlers Rd. • SR 135 N. Morgantown, IN (Bean Blossom) next to Brownie’s Restaurant Website:

FOOD PANTRY last Wednesday of the month 9–11 a.m.

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MONROE FESTIVAL continued from 31 The park can handle camping for everything from the biggest land yacht to a pup tent. There are RV sites with 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-ups and over 300 water hook-ups. You can also rent one of the thirteen log cabins. Camping at Bean Blossom is like moving into one of the friendliest neighborhoods you can imagine. You all have an appreciation for music that brings you together. You don’t have to take time away from enjoying the shows to cook lunch or supper. There is an amazing array of food vendors ready to satisfy whatever you might have a yen for. I highly recommend the walleye sandwich, the pulled pork barbeque, fried green tomatoes, the tenderloin—oh heck, it’s all good. You can’t go wrong spending the week or just a day or two at the 50th Annual Bill Monroe bean Blossom Bluegrass festival. Tickets can be purchased by the day, 3-day combo, and for the whole week with discounts for early purchases. Camping is extra. For more information, tickets, and campsite reservations go to <> or call (800) 4144677. 

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Calendar Brown County Playhouse

• May 7 Kenan Rainwater Band Brown County native Kenan Rainwater will perform solo, duo, and full band • May 13, 14, 20, 21 Blithe Spirit Live comedy play presented by the Brown County Community Theatre • May 28 Terry Lee & Rockaboogie Band The wildest piano pumpin’ rock n’ roll show since Jerry Lee Lewis! • June 4, 11, July 2, 9 Outlaws & Honky Tonks Live country music • June 25 An Evening with Cindy Kallet and Grey Larson Traditional and contemporary folk music MOVIES –THE LATEST RELEASES See schedule online Most performances at 7:30 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” May 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 July 2, 30 (closed August) Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

Pine Room - Muddy Boots Music most days—Not all dates were booked at time of publication May 1 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 May 2 Coot Crabtree 8:00 May 3 Michael Martin Band 7:00 May 5 Chuck Wills & Kara Barnard 7:00 May 6 Kade Puckett 6:00 Split Rail Acoustic Birthday 9:00 May 7 Mission 22 Benefit 11:00am May 8 Jeff Morgan 7:00 May 10 Travers Marks 7:00 May 11 Joe Bolinger 8:00 May 12 Avocado Chic 7:00 May 13 Kade Puckett 6:00

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. Coot Crabtree 9:00 May 14 The McGuires 8:00 May 15 Dave Sission 8:00 May 16 Hillbilly Hippies 7:00 May 19 Silver Sparrow 10:00 May 20 Kade Puckett 6:00 May 21 Black White & Blues Band 8:00 May 22 Joe “Rollin” Porter 7:00 May 23 Kolob Baker 8:00 May 26 The Hammer & the Hatchet 8:00 May 27 Kade Puckett 6:00 Megan Maudlin 9:00 May 28 Pike 27 8:00 May 29 Do us Dillman 7:00 May 30 Joe Bolinger 8:00 June 2 Chuck Wills & Kara Barnard 7:00 June 3 Kade Puckett 6:00 June 4 Stella & Friends 8:00 June 5 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 June 7 Travers Marks 7:00 June 9 Jason Blakenship 7:00 June 10 Kade Puckett 6:00 June 11 Pat Otto 8:00 June 12 Jeff Morgan 7:00 June 16 Silver Sparrow 10:00 June 17 Kade Puckett 6:00 June 19 Dave Sisson 8:00 June 23 Flatland Harmony Experience 8:00 June 24 Kade Puckett 6:00 812-988-0236 and on Facebook

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Dave Miller Fistful of Bacon Cari Ray Band Barry Johnson Gary Applegate Graig Thurston Two for the Show Jeff Foster The Marlinaires Luke Carol Project Warrior Kings Gary Applegate Paul Bertsch Band

June 17 Impasse June 18 Robbie Bowden June 24 Retro Bros June 25 Jeff Foster Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. 812-988-8500

Outdoor Gazebo Parties Hotel Nashville May 27 Scott Strange June 24 Fistful of Bacon 6:00-9:00 812-988-8400

Abe Martin Lodge Music Saturdays 6:00-8:00

Salt Creek 19th Hole Bar Live Music Fridays and Saturdays

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Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Monday dance lessons 6:30 Wednesday beginner lessons 6:00 May 7 Smooth Country May 13 DJ w/ dancing w/ Billy 6:30 May 14 Dances w/ Dirt - Smooth Country May 20 The Marlinaires May 25 Leadership Graduation 4:30 May 28 Smooth Country May 30 Joe Edwards & Jan 1:00 Dinner 2:30 performance 4:00 jam session June 10 Dancing w/ Billy June 11 Smooth Country June 17 The Marlinaires June 18 Ballroom dance w/ house band June 25 Smooth Country 812-988-8636

SPECIAL EVENTS: Spring Blossom Parade May 7, Downtown Nashville, 11:00 Sponsored by Brown County Lions Club

Morel Sale & Festival May 7, State Park Nature Ctr,10:00-4:00 Morel sale, demos, arts and crafts fair

Brown County Craft Fair May 7, 4-H Fairgrounds, 9:00-3:00 Craft vendors. Proceeds to 4-H.

Village Art Walk Second Saturdays, 4:00-8:00 Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville art galleries

Farmers’ Market St. David’s May 13–Sept. 30, Fridays, 4:00-7:00 pm Intersection of SR 135 and SR 45 in Bean Blossom. Produce, live music, jams, baked goods, herbs/plants, artisan crafts

39th Shelby Spring Fling Car Show

Wire-wrapping techniques. Create a bracelet or earrings. • June 25 Stretching the Envelope with Michele Pollock Bookbinding. Create a journal.

6th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival June 1-4, Bill Monroe Music Park in Blean Blossom The most laid back festival in America.

Indiana Heritage Arts Show June 11-July 2 Brown County Art Gallery Largest juried Midwest art competition

50th Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 11-18 at Bill Monroe Music Park Bean Blossom. Legends and newcomers.

Arts Village Cinefest

May 22, Deer Run Park, 1:00-3:30

June 17 & 18 Friday (Brown County Art Gallery) 7:00 Reception and documentary films: “Artists of Brown County” “Hohenberger in Brown County” Saturday (Brown County Playhouse) 11:00 Smarter Smart Phone Videos workshop w/Tom Preston 2:00“100 Years of Art and Artists” 1949 “Living Treasures of Brown Co” 2008 3:45 Photography of Jerry Uelsmann 4:30 Videos taken by smart phones 7:00 “Renoir” feature film, 2013 (R-rated) 9:00 no-host after-party Big Busted Bar


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May 14-15, Brown County State Park

Dances with Dirt Trail Run May 14

Festival of Flowers Paint Out May 21, T.C. Steele SHS located in Belmont Register 812-988-2785

Brown Co Humane Society Dawg Gone Walk and Fiesta

4th Saturday of the month Chateau Thomas Winery, 3:00-5:00 Drink wine as you learn from an artist. $40 per person; includes glass of wine, refreshments, instruction, and materials. • May 28 Jewelry Wrap-up with Elizabeth Parrock

June 25 at Brown County State Park Nature Center, 10:00-4:00 Raku with potter Larry Spears. Participants glaze and decorate pieces to take home. 812-988-1287

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Brown County Art Guild Features the Marie Goth Estate Collection and contemporary art by more than 40 award-winning member artists. May: Chris Newlund & Robert Hoffman June: Thom Robinson & Hattie Stanton 48 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6185

Brown County Art Gallery Features works by 60 contemporary artists and early Indiana masters May 1-8 Mabel B. Annis Student Art Show June 11-July 2 Indiana Heritage Arts Show Corner of Main St. & Artist Dr. in Nashville 812-988-4609

Olde Time Flea Market Every Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Weekends, 9:00-5:00 State Road 46 East in Gnaw Bone

Bucks & Does Square Dances May 6 (Ice Cream) and June 3, at YMCA, 8:00-10:00 located at 105 Willow Street June 10, at Abe Martin Lodge, 8:00-10:00 Brown County State Park

Brown Co. History Center Open Thurs.-Sun. 11-4 Archives: Tues. and Fri. 1-4 Displays and exhibits North of the courthouse Donations welcome

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

Brown County Dragway Gatesville Road in Bean Blossom Racing every Sunday thru October 812-988-1505 or 812-988-6103

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he public is invited to a fun and relaxing day at the annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County on Saturday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “en plein air” (in open air) art competition is open to emerging and well-known artists of all ages. The festival will feature artists painting on the site grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artists participating must have their blank canvases or pages stamped prior to beginning their work. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. and the festival concludes at 4 p.m. Adult categories include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and drawing. Children 12 and under and teens may enter any media. The first place winner and the people’s choice winner will be displayed at the Brown County Art Gallery in downtown Nashville. An early bird registration will be available with a discount offered through April 30. Registration rates will apply May 1 through 21. The first 20 artists to register will receive a commemorative mug from Brown County Redware in honor of the bicentennial. “The gardens were such a huge part of Steele’s inspiration here on the property,” said Andrea deTarnowsky, site manager. “With a major garden restoration in progress, visitors will be able to enjoy the gardens as they were in the Steeles’ day.” For more information, or to register, contact program developer Cate Whetzel (812) 273-4531 <>. 

Clay Day in the Park P

otter Larry Spears is holding his mini-workshop Clay Day in association with the Indiana Arts Commission and the Department of Natural Resources. This 2016 Arts in the Park program celebrates the Centennial of Indiana State Parks and the 50th Anniversary of the IAC. Clay Day in the Park is slated for Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nature Center in Brown County State Park. This one day event will offer the public an opportunity to-do raku. The raku glazes and firing process can create an exciting range of color, a variety of surface interest, and many one-of-a-kind pieces. Spears will offer various shapes of bisque-fired raku ware to be glazed and decorated. The potters will place the glazed pieces in raku kilns, with a firing time ranging from 20 to 30 minutes. The pottery is then removed from the kiln, while still glowing red, and placed in a container filled with various combustible materials. The material instantly ignites and the potters proceed with the “reduction” aspect of the firing process, by covering the containers and cutting off the oxygen supply to the piece. The piece is then submersed in a water bath to cool, and lastly cleaned. Participants take home their pieces. Reservations are not necessary and all supplies will be furnished. The IAC is covering the cost of the first 100 pieces of pottery; thereafter a nominal fee of $10 will be charged. For additional information call (812) 988-1287 or email <>. Visit <>, or for the latest updates like Spears Gallery on Facebook. 

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IHA Show & Sale I

ndiana Heritage Arts is announcing its 38th annual art exhibition will run from June 11 until July 2 at the newly expanded Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, in Nashville, Indiana. The show and sale of paintings, one of the largest in the Midwest, attracts thousands of art lovers to the free show. Hours daily are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Over 130 artists enter art work to be juried and selected for hanging. All paintings are for sale. Between prize money and purchase awards, artists in 2015 received some $53,000. The popular People’s Choice award of $500 will be awarded at the close of this year’s show to the artist garnering the most votes from the viewing audience. New this year are sponsors Michael Fulton and Judith Stewart of Brown County. The IHA Directors’ Purchase Award this year will honor the late Dick Ferrer, a former board member and artist whose work often hung in the annual shows. Indiana Heritage Arts has acquired a permanent collection of more than 15 paintings that hang in the IHA space in the Brown County Art Gallery. Jim Ross, Indianapolis gallery owner and long-time IHA show organizer, said, “Our show’s goal is to encourage artists of today who are working in the traditional style made known by Hoosier artists painting in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Brown County.” He added that it was an honor for IHA to recognize outstanding artists. The judge for this year’s show is nationally known plein air and American impressionist painter, Anne Blair Browne of Nashville, Tennessee.“We work to find jurors whose work relates to what our artists are doing. She is an excellent example of the traditional style that appeals to art patrons of today,” he said. An awards presentation will take place at the gallery Friday, June 10. IHA is a non-profit organization which has a gallery and sales space at Brown County Art Gallery. More information is at (812) 988-4609 or email <>. 

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Muddy Boots’ new digs

f finding your morning biscuits and gravy or an evening jam session has seemed like a game of “Who moved my cheese?” lately, you’ll be happy to know that Nashville’s favorite breakfast spot, dessert destination, and all-around hangout coffee spot has relocated from the “main drag,” Van Buren Street, to a space back of the Pine Room in Salt Creek Plaza. The move from one of the premiere locations in town to what has to be one of the more obscure has been a little bumpy for the coffee shop. It was started with the intention of creating a hangout for local artists, musicians, coffee hounds, and those suffering from the sweet tooth.

It’s not yet clear whether the visitors will be able to find their way to the east side rear of the complex, but the locals will always seek out good breakfast and a steaming hot mug of Brown County coffee. Opened last February in a 1,600 square foot space just behind the Pine Room’s kitchen, the New Muddy Boots features all of the amenities and accoutrements of the old one—the espresso machine, the glass dessert case filled with every kind of pie and other gooey goodies, teas and sodas, and the painting of guys in tractor hats. In addition, the new space features dart boards and pool tables, and more elbow room for musical acts, and jam sessions when the spirit moves. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks in a unique environment.

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The key question when one awakes on a random morning in Nashville is, “Where are my biscuits and gravy?” Regular readers will understand that, while all biscuits and gravy are good, there is a certain standard of breakfast execution that must be attained to bring complete satisfaction. So, in a random spot check, I drifted in one Saturday morning to sniff around and see how the biscuits and gravy were running. The new Muddy Boots is more spacious and somehow more modern looking, with an eclectic collection of small tables that can be moved around to suit the needs of different sized groups. The breakfast menu remains intact. I had the full order of biscuits and sausage gravy with a side order of eggs over easy. My companion had the regular breakfast with eggs, sausage, and toast. As I waited for my order, I sniffed around to satisfy myself that all was more or less as expected and suitable for all future Muddy Boots activities, and I found it to be so. When our order arrived, I was pleased and gratified to find a classic order of my favorite breakfast, just as it always had been uptown. There’s something about biscuits and gravy that makes a man philosophical—that gives him confidence and hope, bracing him up for the day. The coffee was strong and dark-roasted. Sunlight streamed in the window and the sound of jovial banter rose from the tables of contented customers. I had relocated my gravitational center and all was well with the world. 

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~by Lee Edgren


nchantment is afoot in Nashville, right downtown, on Van Buren Street in a sequestered, sycamoreshaded, 60-seat open air theater that houses the Melchior Marionettes for four months of the year. Finding it is just the beginning of the magic.  Their 34th year in Nashville begins on May 28, with the 20-minute “Comedy Cabaret on Strings,” which is billed as “a show for all ages.” The show features half-life-size puppets designed and built by Peggy Melchior Pearson, the Artistic Director of the Melchior Marionettes, who handles these large, colorful puppets in full view of the audience.  It is as fascinating to see her dexterous manipulation of the strings as it is to see the resulting movements of the puppets—including the jungle bird who drinks a drink, the opera singer whose bosom heaves, while taking in the joy of the children in the audience. One visitor wrote: “I am an actor by trade, and not inclined to applaud a sock, but that is not what this is. Peggy Melchior’s theater seems straight out of a fairytale. The space is painted with colorful old-world designs, detailing the history of puppetry and crafted with meticulous detail. I found it all fascinating from a technical aspect, but once the show started—it’s pure art.” Peggy has an obvious love of all that being a truly professional puppeteer involves. She loves the art of storytelling, the cultural universality of telling stories with puppets, making marionettes, painting sets, and connecting with those who become enchanted with her performances.  The pace of the show is quick and, while the script is completely suitable for children, there are arch remarks that

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Peggy Melchior Pearson with Checkers. courtesy photo

also keep it entertaining for adults. Peggy notes that the audiences are often largely adult these days and that many people come back season after season. “IU students who started coming when they were five come back with their parents, and in the fall, ladies come decked-out for Halloween.” The Melchior Marionettes sprang to life in the early 1950s when Peggy Melchior’s mother, Erica, a German immigrant and art student, designed and built her own puppets and wrote her own puppet shows. Peggy began doing her own puppet shows in the Indianapolis area in 1972, “almost as soon as I could drive.” Like her mother, she went to art school. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, with a major in graphic design. Melchior Marionettes expanded in the 1990s with the addition of Debbi White, who is now the Executive Director of Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio in downtown Indianapolis. White “manages most everything associated with numbers,” as well as writing scripts for some of the 13 show that have been created for the Melchior Marionettes’ other venue, which opened in 1997. The captivating art of puppetry and her own joy in performing, creating, and teaching also led to the involvement of Peggy’s daughter Heidi. You may not be surprised to learn that Heidi was also an art major, with a major in painting, who also started doing shows in Nashville as soon as she could drive. Now Heidi manages the technology associated with the productions. She is also the fiber arts teacher at Center Grove High School. During her fall break

Melchior Marionettes

The “Slightly Haunted” show October, 2015. photos by Cindy Steele

and weekends she appears as “Gertrud the Witch” at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. It was a weekend drive in the early 1980s and a chance encounter with the redoubtable Alice Weaver that led to the Melchior Marionettes coming to Nashville. As the story goes, Alice was sitting in her rocking chair in what was then her antique store, The Ferguson House. Peggy complained to her that there was nothing for children to do in town. Alice replied, with characteristic brusqueness, “So why don’t you do something about it?!” It was a galvanizing challenge. Peggy approached Andy Rogers, who had a little space at the end of an alley that he was willing to rent. As they finalized their agreement, Rogers cautioned her: “Don’t spend too

much money.” Peggy and her husband built benches with lumber from the Helmsburg sawmill, installed a canvas roof, and Peggy began doing two shows each Saturday in 1983. Now there is an 11-year-old granddaughter who has some marionettes that Peggy helped her build. Who knows what the future will bring? The Melchior Marionette Theater opens up with “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” that runs through September (closed in August and some days in July for her son’s wedding in California), and follows in October with “The Slightly Haunted Puppet Theater.” Shows are on Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., with tickets on sale 15 minutes before show time. There are additional performances in the fall. Tickets are very inexpensive, and children under two are free. And to add to the magic, there is always free popcorn.  With advance notice, Melchior Marionettes can accommodate a variety of special performance and workshop requests, from weekday offerings to group tickets, to puppet making workshops, and more. To contact Melchior Marionettes, call 800-849-4853 or e-mail <>. 

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~by Mark Blackwell


he John Hartford Memorial Festival at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park has been called “the most laid back festival in America.” And that is fitting because John Hartford could be considered one of the most laid back performers America has ever produced. For those who may not know or cannot remember, John was an idiosyncratic, Grammy-award winning, multi-instrumentalist, Oldtimey, bluegrass singing, songwriter and steamboat pilot. He performed in the Coen brothers hit movie O Brother, Where Art Thou and in the “Down from the Mountain” concert the movie spawned. He also provided narration and music for Ken Burns Civil War series. John got his start playing banjo and fiddle in folk and bluegrass groups while still in high school. In 1965 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked as a Disc Jockey and session musician and wrote songs in his spare time. He got a recording contract with RCA and produced a couple of albums, the second of which contained a song called “Gentle On My Mind.” That song won four Grammy awards and, as John said, “bought him his freedom.”

2015 festival photos by Cindy Steele. Artwork by Jon Griffin.

In 1968 he moved out to Los Angeles where he played on the seminal Byrds’ album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” was a writer and guest on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and appeared on the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Commercial success was not what John was looking for and by 1970 he had earned his riverboat pilots license. Still, he did not abandon music. 1971 saw the release of his album “Aereo-Plain” that John recorded with Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, Randy Scruggs, and Tut Taylor. That same year Hartford brought that band to Bean Blossom. “AereoPlain” was a game changer. Mandolin master Sam Bush said that without it there would be no Newgrass music. It was the catalyst for a new generation of acoustic musicians to explore and stretch the boundaries of folk music and to breathe new life into Bluegrass. John continued his musical experiments with people like Doug and Rodney Dillard, Sam Bush, Marty Stuart, and Jerry Douglas. He went on to develop a solo act in which he sang, accompanied himself switching between banjo and fiddle and keeping time by shuffling his feet and clogging on a piece of amplified plywood. In the 1990s he changed things up again, touring with his son

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Jamie and performing with the Hartford Stringband consisting of Bob Carlin, Mike Compton, Larry Perkins, Chris Sharp, and Mark Schatz. With this band he recorded an album called “Good Old Boys” which features a moving, ten and a half minute ode to Bill Monroe, “The Cross-eyed Child.” John and Bill were good friends right up to Bill’s passing in 1996. John was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the late 1980s but he continued to work at his song writing and performances. Even as his condition worsened he recorded several albums of fiddle music and co-authored a biography of blind fiddler, Ed Haley. John left this world fifteen years ago on June 4, 2001. He was 63. So, here we are, 45 years after John Hartford first graced the stage at Bean Blossom ready to, once again, honor his achievements in music and life with a festival. This year’s line-up is honorable as well, with: Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, the Travelin’ McCourys, the Dillards, Danny Barnes (co-founder of the Bad Livers), Brown County’s the Whipstitch Sallies and the “White Lightning Boys” along with more than thirty other great acts. It’s gonna be a three day celebration of acoustic music, from bluegrass to newgrass and country, to good old American folk music. Tickets can be purchased by the day or for the three days and there are discounts for purchasing them in advance. For more information and tickets go to <>. Camping rates are extra and can also be arranged through the website. So come on out for what will surely become the “goodle days” in the “back roads of your memory.” I hope to see you there. 

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Arts Village Cinefest A

rts Village Cinefest 2016, June 17 and 18, will be huge, both in spirit and in offerings. Immerse yourself Brown County style in this arts tribute to Indiana’s Bicentennial, or choose the portions of the weekend that most intrigue you. Enjoy free films, a lively reception, a panel discussion, and a fun smart-phone photo workshop taught by local artist Tom Preston. Ending the event will be the R- rated film Renoir, which will be shown at the Brown County Playhouse. Vote for your favorite photograph among those displayed by local photo artists at the Playhouse. (Photographers: see the Cinefest call for photos on the Cinefest facebook page) Time travel with us. Get to know some of the founders and best-known artists of the Brown County Arts Colony, recapture the landscape and people of the early 1900s seen through the lens of noted photographer Frank Hohenberger, expand your awareness of even earlier Indiana artists, and then immerse yourself in the mysterious photographs of Jerry Uelsmann, a contemporary photographer who has become one of the most widely collected Indianainfluenced artists of all time. The Arts Village Cinefest is organized and sponsored by Art Alliance Brown County, the Brown County Playhouse, and generous donors within the community including Psi Iota Xi, Steve Miller, Michael’s Flowers, Austin Insurance, River Light Yoga, Hills O’Brown Realty, Arts Village Brown County, Indiana Heritage Arts, Our Brown County, Peoples State Bank, and others. Friday, June 17 (Brown County Art Gallery) 7:00 Reception and documentary films: “Artists of Brown County” “Hohenberger in Brown County” Saturday, June 18 (Brown County Playhouse) 11:00 Smarter Smart Phone Videos w/Tom Preston 2:00 “100 Years of Art and Artists in Indiana” 1949 “Living Treasures of Brown County Art Colony” 2008 3:45 Video of the photography of Jerry Uelsmann 4:30 Videos taken by smart phone workshop 7:00 “Renoir” feature film, 2013 (R-rated) 9:00 no-host after-party at Big Busted Bar 



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Mainland Ukulele owners, Tookta and Mike Hater. photo by Jeff Tryon

Ukulele Congress ~by Jeff Tryon


ts happy little sound has charmed generations of Americans and carried it all around the world—the ukulele is coming to Brown County, in numbers. Somewhere in a farm field surrounded by woods in pristine rural Brown County, hundreds of ukulele from all over the world will gather on a summer weekend to celebrate the little instrument that has entertained royalty and amused rock stars. It all started more or less by accident for Mike Hater, who accepted a friend’s challenge courtesy photo

to learn to play the tiny musical powerhouse. “It must’ve been maybe about 15 years ago, I had a friend who said he was going to learn how to play ukulele and told me I should do it too,” Hater said. “He said, ‘If I’m not too old, that means you’re not too old.’ So I said okay, and I started with it.” The ukulele’s diminutive size and ease of play makes it a handy instrument to keep around. “It’s the easiest string instrument to play,” Hater said. “After figuring out how to make a few chords and strum halfway decent, you can do some songs that you actually like; you go

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online and print out the tabs.” Hater started playing the ukulele and formed a small band that played weekly. Then a music company in Indianapolis hired him to do ukulele set ups, adjusting newlybuilt ukes for individual customers tastes. The owner hired Hater’s wife as secretary and office manager. That company moved to Brown County but went out of business. Since the couple had learned everything there is to know about the ukulele business they decided to get a small loan and create their own Mainland Ukuleles company.

“By that time, I was pretty active on some of the social media, making YouTube videos on the ukulele forums,” Hater said. “So we had friends helping us out, buying ukuleles almost from the first week. We got a little traction and here we are about nine years later.” The network led to something called the “World Ukulele Congress,” a gathering of uke enthusiasts from across the country and literally around the globe. “The Congress—this will be number eight this year—has gotten bigger and bigger, and it’s a free party,” Hater said. “The ukulele people are fantastic. We have people come from as far away as Australia. One guy comes from Paris, France almost every year. We always have at least a half dozen international people. One girl comes from Alaska. We always have a few Canadians and lots of people from the West Coast. It really brings a lot of people to Brown County.” “Everybody’s really supportive. It’s just a good time.” Although we think of Hawaii when we think of the ukulele (a word which may mean ‘jumping flea’ in Hawaiian) the original ukulele was based on a Portuguese instrument called the braguinha and built by expatriate sugar cane workers in the 1880s. The cheery sound of the pineapple-sized instrument soon conquered the Sandwich Islands, infecting even the Royal family, so that visitors to the paradisiacal islands carried it with them wherever they went. By 1915, the flea had jumped to U.S. soil, making an appearance at the Panama-Pacific International

Ukulele World Congress flash mob at the Nashville courthouse, 2015. photo by Cindy Steele

Exposition in San Francisco, where it was a huge hit and launched a wave of ukulele fever across the mainland. Vaudeville quickly embraced this amusing marvel, which had the ability to carry well in a large noisy concert hall before amplification, and took it to many new places. In the 1920s numerous musical companies began making ukuleles including Martin, Regal, Harmony, and Gibson. Soldiers returning from the Pacific theater after WW II set off a second wave of ukulele popularity in the 1940s and 50s. Millions of ukuleles were produced and sold and stars like Arthur Godfrey, George Formby, Roy Smeck, and “Ukulele Ike” entertained the nation. Then came the Sixties, and the ukulele kind of dropped out of sight, emerging only recently with a new wave of ukulele mania here in America and across the world. With the advent of the Internet and 21st Century media like the YouTube, a new era of ukes is dawning, a crazy, topsy-turvy world where people are playing

rock, reggae, blues, bluegrass and punk on the ukulele. <> and other web spots have created a new outlet for ukulele fanatics everywhere. The World Ukulele Congress is officially Friday and Saturday, but the players love it so much, people start showing up a week ahead of time. “By Tuesday, there’re about 200 people,” Hater said. “It’s lots of fun. It’s got a great vibe and I want to keep that vibe.” For that reason, Hater and his Congress want to keep the party focused on the instrument, and not on people who “just want to come out and get wasted.” “It’s a hoot,” Hater said. “I’ve got very few rules. We have an open mic and everybody gets two songs. It doesn’t matter how good or how bad you are. It’s just really fun.” “I think we had more or less 800 people last year. It’s cool. And it is seriously, maybe one of the biggest ukulele events in the world, but certainly the best ukulele party in the world.” The Mainland Ukuleles shop can be found online at <>. 

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The Continuum

~by Jim Eagleman


photo on Facebook taken four years ago shows a beautiful and tall Yellow Lady’s Slipper orchid. In the background are tall trees nearly leaved out and almost an entire green canopy overhead. The photo was taken in Brown County State Park along a road that I never recall having orchids. A few years ago a Bloomington friend and her companion who like to look for them in bloom showed me the flower location on a park map and said to watch for them. I looked and was excited to see such a lush growth, all appearing healthy. Why? If you know anything about the park and its deer dilemma, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns had disappeared from the forest floor when deer numbers peaked. So absent from the park’s herbal layer were they that a few years in the mid 1980s the popular Wildflower Foray, an annual event now in its 35th year, did not offer any public wildflower walks in the park. To have them return allowing rare orchids and other forest herbals to recover proved the controversial deer hunts were the right thing to do. I wondered to friends why the forest scene in the photo isn’t anything like the conditions we have now, four years later. There is now hardly any greenery on the forest floor and trees are a long way from fully leaving out. Why such a difference in so short a time? My interest as a biologist in global effects, changing plant and animal conditions, and trendwatching has been little help in this inquiry. I am reminded that globally we are warming, due to among other things, carbon dioxide build-up and a layer over the planet preventing heat escape. Changes are reported by scientists worldwide who watch for responses. But the photo does not help confirm for me that climate change is happening, and happening here. If we were warming, wouldn’t current conditions show more plant growth and more leafed-out canopy today compared to the conditions four years ago? Science is helping us understand that while conditions worldwide are changing, the total effect isn’t always increased temperatures. Prolonged cold, raging winter storms, with deep snow and ice lasting for months in different and in some new parts of the country hardly convince global change skeptics things

are getting warmer. “Global warming, my foot”, yells a neighbor as we both shovel our walks from a freakish winter storm. Weather scientists point out that conditions are gradually changing—fronts that bring these drastic weather conditions were not reported as occurring in recent time. Extremes in weather will be the norm we are told. Rising shoreline water is only one condition we will be confronted with as fluctuations continue. A bumper sticker helps me see the big picture: “It’s not global warming, Friend, it’s climate change!” Melting ice caps, time-lapse photos of glacier demise, and polar bears on shrinking icebergs are impressive while scenes of wind storms and regional flooding don’t hold our attention as much, but are as just as telltale. Not a doomsday predictor, rather a respected scientist, my friend told me, “These are exciting times to be alive!” And like the orchid that adapted and survived in my photo after over-browsing by hungry deer, he claims adjustments in the life of a plant or animal determine whether they and their kind will be around. “But let’s face it, weather has a lot to do with it,” he said. Nature term: (German) WALDEINSAMKEIT—A feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a feeling of connectedness to nature. 

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May/June 2016 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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