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The Magazine of Fun and Fact FREE

Since 1995

May–June 2017


Good Nature Farm Bruce Gould

At Home in Nashville The Hendersons and

Hickory Hill Studios Music Festivals

David David Mills–A Mills–A Love Love of of the the Bugs Bugs Library’s Library’s New New Art Art Donations Donations Early Early Telephones Telephones Field Field Notes Notes MAPS MAPS • CALENDAR CALENDAR • ARTICLES ARTICLES • PHOTOGRAPHS PHOTOGRAPHS

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

Where you can see the work of local artists — whether it’s ice cream, candy and fruit preserves made the old fashioned way or the artwork of local artists and craftsmen. · first floor · Homemade Ice Cream Homemade Candies Homemade Fruit Preserves · second floor · Antiques · Art and Craft Galleries Working studios of local artists



The Candy Dish

Yes, we really do make it ourselves!

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


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Monroe Music Park & Campground BEAN BLOSSOM

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Plum Creek Antiques Market


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Bob Allen Rd.

Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm


Hoosier Artist

Fallen Leaf Books



B3 Gallery

The Wild Olive Hobnob Corner

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Village Green

Brown Co Winery

Sweet Cozy Living

Head Over Heels

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

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Main Street Shops


Gold &Old

Redbud Terrace

McGinley Insurance

Health For U


Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

R4 6 To Brown Co Recycle Center

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County Offices

Woodlands Touch of Silver Gallery

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

Nashville Spice Co.

Weed Patch Music Company


The Sunshine Shack

Sandwich Place

Nashville House


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Pioneer Village Museum


Miller’s Ice Cream The Candy Dish The Harvest Preserve

Big Woods Village



Downtown Cottages & Suites Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Complex

Brown Co Public Library

Brown Co. History Center

GOULD STREET Trolly’s Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

Holly Shop


Hidden Valley Inn



The Emerald Pencil

Colonial Bldg.

Men’s Toy Shop

Carmel Corn Cottage


Brozinni Pizzeria

Hills O’Brown Realty

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville



Village Florist

The Salvation Army


Bone Appetit

Coachlight Square

Chateau Thomas Winery

Brown Co Inn Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

Brown Co Community YMCA

Bear Hardware Comfort Inn

Brown County IGA


Sweetea’s Tea Shop

and Salon




Salt Creek Park

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Salt Creek Inn People’s State Bank Pine Room Muddy Boots

Casa Del Sol

Doodles by Kara Barnard


Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room


Musical Entertainment Parking


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Mercantile Nashville Store General Store

Cornerstone Inn


Gyros Food & Art Studio


Toy Chest

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Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

House of Jerky

Artists Colony Inn

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Cedar Creek Winery

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

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



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Antique Alley


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....52 kidscommons................................45 Melchior Marionettes..................33 Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival...41 Nashville Express Tour Rides......33 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53 Rawhide Ranch.............................27

Antiques Co-op.............................44 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Nashville General Store...............54 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


Antique Alley Shops.....................28 Antiques Co-op.............................44 Art Beyond Crayons.....................44 Art Walk..........................................19 Art Studio.......................................13 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bear Hardware..............................40 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Art Gallery...................18 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Hoosier Artist................................19 Indiana Heritage Arts Show.......55 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................56 Papertrix.........................................15 Spears Pottery...............................18 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18


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


Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......26


58 South Apparel..........................36 Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................57 Antique Alley Shops.....................28 Bear Hardware..............................40 Community Closet Thrift Shop...49 Head Over Heels...........................31 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............22 Male Instinct..................................57 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Mercantile Store...........................45

Sweet Cozy Living........................33 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......45


4th Sister Vintage Store...............52 Antique Alley Shops.....................28 Antiques Co-op.............................44 Appleworks....................................14 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bone Appetit Bakery....................57 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....52 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 Cox Creek Mill................................21 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 The Ferguson House....................37 Foxfire.............................................37 Head Over Heels...........................31 Holly Shop......................................51 Homestead Weaving Studio.......18 Hoosier Artist................................19 House of Clocks.............................44 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................56 Madeline’s......................................31 Male Instinct..................................57 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Mercantile Store...........................45 Nashville General Store...............54 New Leaf.........................................19 Papertrix.........................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................36 Simply 4 You..................................29 Spears Pottery...............................18 Sweet Cozy Living........................33 Sweetwater Gallery......................29 The Toy Chest................................45 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....45 Wishful Thinking...........................29 Woodlands Gallery.......................39


19th Hole Bar & Grill.....................58 Brown County Playhouse............58


Olde Time Flea Market.................55


19th Hole Bar & Grill.....................58 Abe Martin Lodge.........................48 Appleworks....................................14 Artists Colony Inn.........................28 Bean Blossom Farmers Market...21 Bear Wallow Distillery..................40 Brown Co IGA................................59 Brown Co Inn.................................37 Brown Co Winery..........................48 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....31 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................27 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................45 Casa Del Sol...................................30 Cedar Creek Winery......................33 Chateau Thomas Winery.............13 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Gatesville Store.............................30 Gyros Food.....................................13 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........15 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................53 Hotel Nashville..............................67 House of Jerky...............................28 Jack and Jill Nut Shop..................13 Las Chalupas..................................44 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68 Nashville General Store...............54 Nashville House............................47 Nashville Spice Co.........................25

DIRECTORY Our Sandwich Place.....................30 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53 Schwab’s Fudge.............................31 Seasons...........................................47 Sunshine Shack.............................30 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................36 Trolly’s.............................................55 The Wild Olive.................................2

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Bear Hardware..............................40

Creekside Retreat.........................52 eXplore Brown County..................4 Green Valley Lodge......................15 Hidden Valley Inn.........................22 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..14 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Monroe Music Park & Campground.................................64 Moondance Vacation Homes.....40 The North House...........................67 Olde Magnolia House..................52 Overlook Lodge............................59 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Seasons...........................................47

Head Over Heels...........................31 K. Bellum Leather.........................19

Brown County History Center....55 kidscommons................................45


Antiques Co-op.............................44 The Ferguson House....................37 Plum Creek Antiques...................64



Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................57 Antique Alley Shops.....................28 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 Ferguson House............................37 Foxfire.............................................37 Grasshopper Flats.........................29 Hoosier Artist................................19 Juls Etc............................................22 LaSha’s............................................19 New Leaf.........................................19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........57 Rhonda Kay’s.................................36 Spears Pottery...............................18 Sweet Cozy Living........................33 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........22


Abe Martin Lodge.........................48 Artists Colony Inn.........................28 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown Co Inn.................................37 Brown Co KOA...............................39 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................49



Bone Appetit Bakery....................57


B3 Gallery.......................................18 Spears Pottery...............................18 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........29


Berkshire Hathaway-Scroggins..40 Brown County Real Estate...........65 Mensendiek’s-Runge...................51 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................65 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda..............65


eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............52 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Brown County Recycle Center....65 Brown County Visitors Center....23 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................36 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........53 Mainstream Fiber Networks.......31 Nashville BP...................................15 Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......26 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....45



Al’s Garage/Paint & Body Bear Hardware Bagged Trash Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Real Estate Brown Co Recycle Center Brown Co Tire & Auto Farmers Insurance—McGinley Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Monroe Park Campground People’s State Bank Plum Creek Antiques RE/MAX Team Marg & Brenda Waltman Construction Co.


Head Over Heels...........................31 K. Bellum Leather.........................19


Bone Appetit Bakery....................57 Fallen Leaf Books..........................27 Fireplace Center............................45 Harley-Davidson Bloomington..14 Holly Shop......................................51 House of Clocks.............................44 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Male Instinct..................................57 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Nashville Spice Co.........................25 Papertrix.........................................15 The Toy Chest................................45 Wishful Thinking...........................29


Sweetwater Gallery......................29


Artists Colony Inn.........................28 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Village Florist.................................45


Mike Nickels Log Homes....... 30 Salem’s Good Nature Farm... 56


Contents 16 Hickory Hills Studios ~by Chrissy Alspaugh 20 Bruce Gould ~by Paige Langenderfer 24 Salem’s Good Nature Farm ~by Bob Gustin 32 Flower Hound ~by Jeff Tryon 34-35 Photos ~by Jules Dunlap* 38 David Mills ~by Lee Edgren 42-43 Calendar of Events 46 Continuing the Tradition ~by Rachel Berenson Perry 50 Field Notes: Science ~by Jim Eagleman 54 Barn Lanterns ~by Paul Sackmann 55 Muddy Roots Festival 56 Early Telephones ~by Julia Pearson 60 Bill Monroe Festival ~by Mark Blackwell 61 IHA Exhibition and Show 62 John Hartford Festival ~Chrissy Alspaugh 64-65 Services Directory 66 ~Sampler at Our Sandwich Place Cover: Danny Roberts of the Grascals Bill Monroe Festival 2016 ~by Cindy Steele

(812) 988-8807 P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 Also online at OR search in the mobile app ISSUU and on Facebook for OUR BROWN COUNTY

Bob Gustin worked as a Mark Blackwell makes his home reporter, photographer, in an area of Brown County managing editor, and editor for where “the roadway is rough daily newspapers in Colorado, and the slopes are seamed with Nebraska, and Indiana before ravines and present a meatless, retiring in 2011. He and his barren, backbone effect.” He was wife, Chris, operate Homestead born in the last century and still Weaving Studio. She does the weaving while he spends considerable time there. gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands He writes for Our Brown County, and only works his book and record collections. when he has to. Jim Eagleman, recently retired DNR naturalist, and his wife Kay, enjoy hiking the many natural areas, preserves, and land trust sites in Brown and neighboring counties. His FIELD NOTES have appeared in this publication for several years. Contact Jim with comments and inquiries at <>.

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.

Rachel Berenson Perry lives in Brown County and writes about historical Indiana artists. Her latest publication, the Indiana Historical Society’s new edition of The House of the Singing Winds, is a finalist for Indies Book of the Year Award.

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 <christina_alspaugh@>. View her work at <>.

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.

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.

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.

Paige Langenderfer is a freelance writer and communications consultant. She writes for numerous publications and is a featured columnist in The Republic. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and her Master’s degree in public relations management from IUPUI. Paige lives in Columbus with her husband and daughters. Contact her at <>.

A Singing Pines Projects, Inc. publication copyright 2017 Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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Cindy Steele is the publisher and editor of this magazine. She sells and designs ads, sometimes writes, takes photos, and creates the layout. For fun, she likes to play the guitar or banjo and sing. Her new hobby is making mosaics.

*Jules Dunlap is a long time resident of Columbus and current resident of Brown County. She enjoys being outdoors and loves live music. She can often be seen photographing musicians in a festival setting, and is often requested for family portraiture. She is on Facebook as “Jules Dunlap Photography.”

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Peggy and Joe Henderson

Hickory Hill Studios

~story and photos by Chrissy Alspaugh


he artistry that’s come out of Joe and Peggy Henderson’s Hickory Hill Gallery and Studio over the past two decades has wowed buyers from across the U.S. What began as a carpentry and basket-weaving shop has evolved into a creative gallery that whisks visitors out of Brown County and into far-away worlds with one-of-a-kind Asian-inspired silk scarves, whimsical wooden creatures, jewelry that showcases natural treasures harvested from coast to coast, gourd paintings paying homage to the Native Americans, and more. And now in their 60s with newfound freedom to create, the Hendersons are undeniably just starting to heat up. “When you don’t have to ‘make’ based on what will sell, and you don’t have young kids anymore, you are more free to experiment and do more based on what you love,” Peggy said. “We’ve definitely entered a new stage in life, and it’s very freeing and exciting.” Peggy was born near Story, grew up in western Bartholomew County, and hopped home to Brown County in her early 20s. Art was always in her blood and in her life. For Joe, a third-generation carpenter, Brown County was the last stop on a path that wound

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from New Castle to Toledo, Chicago, and Texas. The pair met while working as bus drivers. Married thirty-seven years, the Hendersons proudly share stories about their two grown sons and teenage grandson. Blessed is how Peggy describes it. “I always prayed about whether these were the roads we were supposed to take,” she said. “We’ve taken some big leaps of faith. And now looking back, we don’t boast one bit about what we’ve been able to do but rather about what we’ve been given the abilities to do.” When their boys were 10 and 14, Joe quit his full-time carpentry job to first spend a year building their center-hall cape cod and then launch his own business. Peggy began selling art while staying home to

”When you don’t have to ‘make’ based on what will sell, and you don’t have young kids anymore, you are more free to experiment and do more based on what you love.” —Peggy Henderson

raise their sons as a way to contribute financially to the family. Most of her work for the first 20 years centered around colorful, woven baskets ornately decorated with beads, feathers, and a host of other natural treasures. Joe’s pieces slowly transitioned from functional custom carpentry into finely designed clocks, hand-carved bowls, and comical wooden cats, birds, and other creatures. For years, the couple made their livelihood selling their wares at art shows. But all that traveling took its toll. “When you’re always rushing to restock for the next show, you can’t experiment like you want to,” Peggy said. This year will be its own kind of experiment for the Hendersons, who plan to sell at only a handful of shows close to home. Instead, they will focus their time honing new skills to showcase in Nashville’s Spears Gallery, By Hand Gallery in Bloomington, and during the annual Back Roads of Brown County tour in October.

Pieces coming from Hickory Hill this year will be unlike any their clients have seen. Both avid readers and researchers, Peggy is eager to deepen and enrich her skills as a painter while Joe is in the early stages of crafting his first acoustic instruments. The couple also plans to spend more time this year than any before exploring the U.S., a practice that throughout their careers has influenced and enriched their work. Settled comfortably next to Peggy in a living room furnished with his tables and decorated with her paintings and gourds, Joe laughs that most of their creative endeavors have been spawned by a desire to make pieces they love but don’t want to pay someone else to create. “I think what might set us apart is our patience to learn to do things ourselves,” Joe said. The couple also is unique in their ironsharpening-iron lifestyle that’s helped their art, and relationship, flourish. While they operate out of separate studio spaces, the Hendersons break from their work several times each day to spend time together quietly exercising, going for walks, or just reading on the porch. Whether one sees his frames delicately surrounding her paintings, or her colorful necklaces carefully suspended on his carved displays, it’s impossible to miss how beautifully one’s work complements the other’s. It’s also impossible to miss, Peggy said, that plenty of other couples their age are starting a new chapter in life—one after a career. Thankfully, she said, working at Hickory Hill Gallery and Studios isn’t a life either of them hopes to walk away from anytime soon. “It’s every part of us,” Peggy said. “We love what we do, and we’re nowhere near ready to be done.” 

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Locally Crafted Pottery • Jewelry • Photography • Wood • Fiber • More... Downtown Nashville (beside the Nashville House) • Open Daily • 812.988.1286 • Spears Gallery on Facebook

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Featuring Leather Goods Made in Brown County

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Bruce Gould At Home in Nashville

~story and photo by Paige Langenderfer


hen Bruce Gould took the position of postmaster in Nashville, he intended to stay for about a year. Today, 33 years later, Gould said Nashville just feels like “home.” “I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” he said. Gould served as the Nashville postmaster from 1984 to 2011, retiring after 42 years with the U.S. Postal Service. “Nashville was my third postmaster position, and at the time I just thought it would be another step on the ladder,” Gould said. “But, I really fell in love with Nashville and the job and am glad I stayed.” Postmaster work was certainly not easy. Gould worked from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and several hours on Saturdays and Sundays. “It was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed it,” he said. “On Sundays I would deliver Express Mail and I would get to see people and parts of the county I wouldn’t otherwise ever have seen. I was able to develop some really great relationships during those years.” Gould also took an interest in local government, helping found the Nashville Tree Board and serving on the Nashville Town Council for several years. He also served on the Area Planning Commission and the Nashville Board of Zoning Appeals. “I’ve always had an interest in how local government works—or doesn’t work,” Gould said. That interest led to a trip back to college to earn a master’s degree in public management from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in the early 1990s.

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Pam and Bruce Gould.

“Looking back, I don’t know how I was able to juggle all of that,” he said. In 2002, Bruce married his wife, Pam, and started yet another endeavor. Pam owned Cornerstone Inn on Franklin Street, and Bruce took on the role of landscaper and construction man as the two managed the business together. “We make a really good team,” Bruce said. “I would work all day at the post office and then go to the Inn for the evening to make repairs and renovations.” Bruce retired from his postmaster position in 2012 and devoted his full attention to working with Pam to grow and expand the business. The couple renovated and began leasing the second floor of the building located at 87 East Main Street, referring to the five new guest rooms as The Upper Rooms. They then purchased 1.2 acres of property directly to the east of the Cornerstone Inn, which was the site of the former Village Motel. While the building was in need of drastic repairs, Bruce made it his mission to save the home of the former Village Motel owner Tudi Kuhn. He was able

to renovate the building and it is now available as a guest house. The couple then bought and renovated a tourist cabin north of town that they refer to as Cabin 360. Again, Bruce did most of the work himself. “I really enjoy hands-on construction work,” Bruce said. “I sat at a desk in an office for more than 40 years. During the day, I want to be outside working.” In 2013, Bruce joined the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has served as the chairman since 2014. He previously served on the board in the early 1990s and said a lot has changed since his first term. “The role of visitors’ centers has completely changed,” he said. “People want information on their phones or tablets. They don’t want brochures and they really don’t even want to visit a center. Our role now is to get people the information they want and need through apps and online.” Since re-joining the board, Bruce said he has noticed an upswing in visitors. “We have found that the number one influence on attendance is weather, and we have had outstanding weather the last few years,” he said. “Local business owners have also been making upgrades to their properties which has really made a difference. When you have a declining business it reflects on the entire town.” Bruce said business owners often ask what they can do to encourage customers to return. A study completed in the 1980s showed that the main reason people visit Nashville is because of its geographical location between Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati. “That answer didn’t satisfy very many people,” Bruce said. “There is definitely more to the story.” As a business owner, Bruce often asks his repeat guests what keeps them coming back. “I asked a missionary from China, who had been here four times, why he comes back,” Bruce said. “He said, ‘I come here for the rest.’” In fact, rest is often cited as the number one reason Bruce’s guests come back. “They come here to get away from their lives,” he said. “They come for inspiration and for quiet.” And those are some of the same reasons that Bruce has stayed in Nashville more than 30 years longer than he expected. 


The Iron Gate by Brad Cox

Unique Metal Art Studio

4705 Annie Smith Rd. Nashville

Brad Cox and his wife Stephanie invite you to discover their studio and mill located along the banks of Salt Creek just 10 minutes from Nashville. Hours vary. Call ahead.

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Visit America’s First Store

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Goldsmith and Silversmith 42 years of quality service in Brown County

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Salem’s Good Nature Farm


ome couples have a special song, a favorite movie, or a poem which reminds them of their love for each other. Mike and Mitzie Salem have a vegetable. It’s appropriate that the owners of Good Nature Farm in southern Brown County see broccoli as a symbol of their lives together. After high school, Mike did summer work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, took a year off to be a ski bum at Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort in Maine, and got a job at a flower shop and greenhouse in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and eventually bought the greenhouse where he was working. He was tending the store when a ballet teacher named Mitzie came in to order flowers for her mother’s retirement. It was love at first sight. After taking care of the flower order, Mike lifted the top of a cold frame, snapped off a broccoli stalk and

gave it to her. They were married a few months later, on November 27, 1981. Mike is a native of central Massachusetts, but Mitzie is a Hoosier, born in Columbus and educated in dance at Indiana University. Mitzie always wanted to be a dance teacher, and she left home to attend The School of The Hartford Ballet, in Connecticut, which had a two-year teacher training program. After graduation, she stayed at the school to teach for about two years, then joined the Betty Gunderson Studio of Dance in Massachusetts and helped expand that business from about 75 students to 250. Through most of the 1980s and ’90s, the couple followed their dance and greenhouse careers in New England. In 1999, the Salems uprooted and moved to Brown County. Mitzie was an only child, and she knew her family would one day need her

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close. So the Salems moved to an 1865 farmhouse with 140 acres just northeast of the intersection of Indiana 135 and Bob Allen Road. Mitzie’s parents, who lived nearby, had owned the land, raised cattle there and rented out the farmhouse. With help from neighbors and friends, they remodeled the house, built greenhouses, and began raising vegetables and flowers and cultivating community. The Salems also became a regular part of the farmer’s market in Bloomington. The shift from ballet teacher to “greenhouse goddess” was a gradual one for Mitzie, as she taught ballet for a few years at Dancers Studio in Columbus while Mike did soil analysis. “I traded in my tutu for a trowel,” Mitzie says. For a while, Mike also worked with Al Donaldson, doing soil analysis work. When Donaldson

retired, Mike went to IU for a degree, and then became a registered Indiana soil scientist. Among other things, he studies soil samples to help the local health department determine absorption rates. Good Nature Farm now has four heated greenhouses and officially opens in mid-April and is busy through June 30. “It is quiet work,” Mitzie said, “sowing seeds and seeing them grow. And it’s cool growing something which is going to go home with somebody.” “We love being part of the community.” She takes pride in knowing that the plants will become food, or be a part of nature’s beauty. Those loyal customers become friends, and the Salems look forward to seeing the same people each spring. “You create friendships and become more than just the guy you buy plants from,” Mike said. To be successful, he said, requires building relationships, hard work, and a love for people. Good Nature Farm sells flowering annuals, a wide assortment of vegetables and herbs, hanging baskets, and an assortment of mixed patio planters. About 20 varieties of tomatoes are available.

“We try to have good quality plants at very good prices,” Mitzie said, “and keep a very clean and tidy operation.” The Salems grow as many of the plants as they can from seeds. Others are patented and can only be grown from small “plugs.” Produce is grown using the smallest amounts of pesticides possible. Customers can also get recommendations from the Salems, with years of experience in what grows well here. Zinnias are deer-proof. Lantana does well in hot and dry weather. Tomatoes usually aren’t ready to be sold before May 15. Products are sold geared to the notion that they will be hardy in Brown County. The Salems are concerned that bridge construction in the area may make it harder to get to the greenhouses this spring. But there are many alternate routes to the Good Nature Farm, located a quarter-mile north of 135 at Spurgeon’s Corner. Enter “Columbus” as the city when using a GPS. “We are hard to find, but it’s well worth the effort,” Mitzie said. Good Nature Farm is located at 8419 Bob Allen Road, Freetown, Indiana. For more information, call (812) 988-7053, visit <>, or e-mail at <>. 









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Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church St. Rd. 135 N. half mile north of Bean Blossom (5802 Old Settlers Rd. Morgantown, IN) next to Brownie’s Restaurant


“We Preach Christ Crucified.”

Excellent accessibility for handicapped

• SUNDAY DIVINE SERVICE 10:15 a.m. • SUNDAY SCHOOL 9 a.m.—All children welcome • ADULT BIBLE STUDY 9 a.m.—All welcome FOOD PANTRY last Wednesday of the month 9–11 a.m.

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Variety of T-Shirts

Wooden Signs made in Southern Indiana



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Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

9 flavors of BEEF 3 flavors of TURKEY 3 flavors of BEEF BRISKET 3 flavors of BEEF STICKS 2 flavors of PORK 2 flavors of BACON Also: Elk, Boar, Buffalo, Venison, Gator, Rabbit, Salmon, Kangaroo, Turtle, Ostrich, and Trout Jerky Seasonings & Dips • Peanuts • Cheese Curds

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• 20 Guest Rooms, 3 Suites with Whirlpool Baths • Banquet and Conference Rooms for Retreats or Parties • Gift Certificates Available Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Breakfast Buffet 7:30 am–10:30 am Monthly Dinner Theatre Shows At the corner of Van Buren and Franklin Streets in Nashville, Indiana

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Back-to-Back Complex

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Simply 4 You Gift Shop

Next to Artist Colony Inn, behind Sweetwater Gallery

Weekdays 10–6, Sat. 10–7, Sun. 10–6


est. 1972

Doug Stoffer, Designer/Jeweler

Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

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

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

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SANDWICH PLACE At the corner of Main & Van Buren Street (underneath the Nashville House) 812.988.2355

Family Friendly Menu Cooked from Scratch Breakfast • Lunch • Light Supper Breakfast Served All Day Tuesdays – Sundays, 8:30 – 5:30 or 6:00

Bob Knight Memorabilia and Brown County Sports

The Sunshine Shack

* REFRESH Something to “hit the spot” as you shop * REBOOT •Hot Dogs •Beer-soaked Brats * RE-ENERGIZE •Baked Beans •Tiny Pies •Slushees •Homemade Soft Drinks •Snow Cones •Floats •Tea •Coffee •Water •Homemade Ice Cream and Popsicles •Shakes and Sundaes • Cotton Candy •Fresh Squeezed Lemonade & Orangeade

Not pretentious. Not fancy. JUST REAL GOOD FOOD. GATESVILLE COUNTRY STORE. It’s one of those places that you are excited to tell your friends about—a best-kept secret that’s too good to keep. A place where the people are real and friendly, and they’re likely to know your name before long. The food is good, honest food that’s tasty and genuine. Made with heart and soul. We’re located off the beaten path, and maybe a bit hard to find—but worth the effort. It’s where the local folks go. So, if you’re interested in finding a place that’s a little old-school and truly authentic Americana, come see us at Gatesville Country Store. Enjoy browsing the antiques, panning for gold in Salt Creek (behind the store), or just relaxing with a good meal or a piece of pie and some conversation. 4525 Salt Creek Rd. Nashville, IN 47448

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Served with a smile Little shack on S. Van Buren Street near the stoplight in Nashville

AAuthentic Mexican Cuisine Family Owned and Operated •Daily Specials •Kid’s Menu

FULL BAR AVAILABLE 812-988-4535 Carry Out Available COACHLIGHT SQUARE 101 E. Washington St. one block east of S. Van Buren St. (in front of the high school) in downtown Nashville

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Building Fine Log Homes for over 40 Years HONESTY • INTEGRITY • HANDCRAFTED QUALITY

3497 Clay Lick Road • Nashville, IN • (812) 988-2689

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Why Mainstream’s Fiber Optics? • Greater bandwidth than traditional copper wires —no reduction in speeds when neighbors are online • Unlimited data—no caps or speed reductions • Fiber all the way into your home or business • Reliable hard-wired service with no interference from devices • Ready for the future—TV, phone, security systems, etc. • Live customer support during business hours, 24 hour support line • Expedited support for all business plans • Local business that supports the community

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Flower Hound ~by Jeff Tryon


lowers are the most enduring memorial. Buildings fall down or are destroyed, stone monuments crumble to dust or are worn away by time, but perennial flowers persist through the generations. When I was born some 60 years ago, my maternal grandmother made the long journey up from Alabama to visit Mother and see the new baby. And while she was here, she planted some Siberian Iris bulbs out back of the old home place near Fruitdale. Mammy is gone, and Mother has passed, but those flowers continue to put up fresh stalks of flowers every year, reminding me of their joy and passion for flowers. Mother was what they used to call a “flower hound.” She and my aunts and cousins were more than just casual flower collectors—they were obsessed with getting more and newer varieties of every kind of perennial flower that flourishes in these parts: the lilies, the peonies, the tea roses, the cone flowers, the verbena, and myrtle. They were always on the lookout for bulbs. If someone was moving from a place they had lived a long time, or had passed away, the flower hounds were there to dig in their beds. Or if they were visiting someone at some distance away, and admired a certain bloom, the host would insist they take some bulbs. Mother would actually stop along a county road to dig flowers. She explained that these flowers were on the county right-of-way and technically belonged to everybody. I have since learned that this is not the case—the right of way merely permits the county to maintain a roadway through private property. I doubt that Mother cared about such legalities when faced with the opportunity to get a new kind of flowering plant in her yard. Up there at the home place, along about mid-

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March each year, the snowdrops push up, and from then on until killing frost, something is blooming. There is a stately succession of seasonal blossoms from the irises and peonies and tiger lilies of spring, to June’s pink tea roses, hostas, and daisies, to the “surprise lilies” (a.k.a. pink ladies) and purple coneflowers (Echinacea) of August, and everything in between—a lasting monument to Mother’s passion for perennial flowers. Throw in flowering bushes and trees: lilacs, forsythia, dogwoods, redbuds, and hydrangea, and it’s a year-round bloomfest. Bulb-type flowers propagate by multiplying their bulbs underground. Eventually, they get root bound and they have to be dug up and separated or they will get too crowded and become non-productive. This is a good time to share some bulbs with a neighbor or relative or friend who may not have that particular variety.

When Mother would share bulbs with someone, she wouldn’t let them thank her. “It is a part of our job as human beings here on earth to help spread the flowers around,” she said. “No thanks necessary.” When we walk back up the Salt Creek Valley into the Yellowwood Forest in the spring, we encounter dozens of little patches of daffodils, often in neat little squares, the ghostly outlines of pioneer cabins which once stood there. These folks were living on the edge of civilization, out on the frontier with hardly any of the amenities of society at large—but they brought and planted flower bulbs to brighten up their pioneer yards. The people and their cabins are gone—virtually all traces of them reclaimed by the forest—but the flowers they planted still remain. My eight-year old grandson, casting a thoughtful eye upon the hundreds of clusters of daffodils scattered over the hills around our little cabin in the woods remarked, “Grandpa, we’re rich in flowers!” 

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Nashville Express Sightseeing Tours

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

May – October • $5 per person • 812-988-6690 available for field trips, business functions, private tours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. longer on weekends (ask the driver)

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

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

Summer Schedule: May 27 June 3, 10 , 17, 24 July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Closed August Sept. 2, 16, 23

Halloween shows every Sat. & Sun. in Oct. 800-849-4853 •

There’s a wine for any palette!

Free tasting of our locally made wines. You can choose from bold dry reds to refreshing whites and sweet fruit wines.

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Visit rooms of:

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David Mills

A Love of VWs

~by Lee Edgren


was probably six years old when my dad bought the first one, a 1961 VW Bug, and limped it home with me riding behind the back seat in the luggage compartment. My dad bought the Idiot’s Guide to VW Repair. He and my brother took the engine to the basement and rebuilt it. We had a decent car for the first time ever.” As he recalls it, this was the beginning of David Mills’s long and somewhat improbable romance with air-cooled VWs. Mills, now 47, laughingly describes himself as the only person in his family without a post-secondary degree. The son of potter John Mills and his first wife Margaret (Maggie), David had an early and probably life-shaping

exposure to the unconventional and resourceful characters who gravitated to Brown County during the late 1960s and early ’70s. You may have seen a green 1976 Westfalia van with hippy flowers painted on its sides and a plastic goose on its roof. Mills recently got it running again after it spent three years off the road. It is just one of the attention-getting rides belonging to Nashville-based photographer Fred Sisson, whom, Mills said, he has finally been able to thank “for introducing me to all the things that made me drop out of college to do all the things I love.” David’s first vehicle was a van that had belonged to “Doc” Kurtz, another legendary Nashville figure and its first “Old Time” photographer.

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But the second was a squarebacked VW. “I watched my brother get old enough to drive and fix up Beetles as transportation. I had my first square back in high school. That was the replacement for Doc’s photo van.” For a while, it looked like David was headed toward a conventional life of teaching. “I thought I was going to teach math or physics, but I hated every minute of it.” While in school, he worked for an auto parts store. “They did a lousy job of helping people with imports. I was sure I could do better. So I dropped out of school and, with a loan from my dad, went to Columbus and opened a parts store. I lived in my girlfriend’s parent’s basement for free.” He was 20 years old.

These projects are the complete restoration of a red 1971 Karman Ghia that had been given to him by his best friend years ago and of a yellow 1974 VW Thing with 44,000 actual miles that had been sitting for 21 years when he bought it. “Just before the garage was finished a man came into my shop wanting help valuing it. After I bought it, I found out that it had belonged to Verl Mauzy, a wonderful old man, a customer of mine for 20 years. He was a scientist who ran an electric motor building shop. He would come in and talk, and I never knew he had it.” The man who wanted help with the valuation and who wanted Mills to buy the car was Mauzy’s son. After learning of his friend’s death, David also bought Verls photos by Cindy Steele workbench, “so I could work off it for the rest of my life.” Then, “I got married, raised a kid, got divorced, Recently, a group of six Indianapolis VW owners and bought the five-unit building that my business formed the Volkswagen Illuminati, a VW fraternity that is in.” Along the way he also enrolled in the Master you need to be invited to join. They wanted a group Electrician’s course taught at Nashville’s Career that they thought included only the most helpful, Resources Center “to get some credentials. I thought it generous, expert VW fanatics in the area. Mills received might be something to fall back on, but I didn’t have an invitation. It is the only club he has ever joined. time to start another job.” Instead, the Career Resources Working on cars is a serious sideline, despite a long Center asked Mills to teach the program, something he list of “back burner” projects that sometimes demand has done for the last 12 years. his attention, like boating and motorcycles, and his About three years ago, Mills’s mother Maggie social life. And because he is an expert and exacting suggested that he build his private garage, which is a mechanic, Mills is in demand. “My friends have been three-bay, two-story structure located on her property. bringing things for me to work on, but I can see a day “It was a project that she felt wonderful about. It was when I might be available. People can call me if they built by the high school building trades class. It was want.” the last project Chris Todd worked on before he retired. David Mills can be reached at Columbus My mom loved every minute of it. And I finally got to Import Auto Parts, (812) 378-5000, or at move my most fragile, longest dormant projects into <>.  relative safety.” >>>> NOW<<<<

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Well maintained, fully furnished cabins and vacation rentals NEW LOCATION – Come visit us in downtown Nashville and view our selection of vacation rentals



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Back Home Again In Indiana, The Home of Bluegrass Music SATURDAY, JUNE 10



Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Ralph Stanley II & Clinch Mtn Boys Darrell Webb Band Tommy Brown & County Line Grass Nashville Bluegrass Band Flashback Larry Cordle & Lonesome Std Time Audie Blaylock & Redline

John Bowman Wildwood Valley Boys Tommy Brown & County Line Grass Gibson Brothers David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition Sammy Adkins & Sandy Hook Mountain Boys Flatt Lonesome Eddie & Martha Adcock Seldom Scene

David Davis & Warrior River Boys The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Farm Hands Dailey and Vincent Little Roy and Lizzy Show Hammertowne Feller & Hill & The Bluegrass Buckaroos




Special Consensus Band of Ruhks Chris Jones & Night Drivers Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show Dave Adkins Band The Boxcars Bull Harman & Bull’s Eye Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys

Special Consensus Larry Stephenson Band Kevin Prater Band Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers Volume Five Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle Sideline Marty Raybon & Full Circle



Junior Sisk & Rambler Choice Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers Trinity River Band IIIrd Tyme Out Rickey Wasson Band Grasstowne The Grascals Monroe Crossing


TUESDAY, JUNE 13 BEAN SUPPER *Bluegrass Boot Camp *

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calendar Brown County Playhouse Comedian Ross Bennett May 6 Nunsense May 12, 13, 19, 20 Playhouse Community Theater— Little Sisters of Hoboken discover their cook, Sister Julia, has accidentally poisoned 52 sisters. They put on a variety show to raise money for the burials. Jazzy Indiana: Salute to Hoosier Jazz May 27 Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalists Russell Moss and Lauren Robert Between You and Me–Jenn Cristy June 3 Jenn will be recording her first live album during this concert Twist the Night Away June 9, 10, 16, 17, and 18 (2:00) Music of the ‘50s and ‘60s in a Branson style show John Denver Tribute featuring John Adams June 30 FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Check website for schedule Upcoming summer shows: Outlaws and Honky Tonks July 1, 8, 15 4th Dimension July 14 6th Annual Fingerstyle Guitar Competition July 29 Chordlighters in Concert August 5 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” May 27 June 3, 10, 17, 24 July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept. 2, 16, 23 (closed August) Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

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Pine Room - Muddy Boots May 2 Roger Banister 8:00 May 3 Open Mic w/ Dave Sisson 8:00 May 5 Kade Puckett 6:00 May 7 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 May 9 Roger Banister 8:00 May 10 Open Mic w/ Alan Long 8:00 May 12 Kade Puckett 6:00 May 14 Alan Long 8:00 May 17 Open Mic w/ Jason Blankenship 8:00 May 18 Silver Sparrow 8:00 May 19 Kade Puckett 6:00 May 21 Dave Sisson 8:00 May 23 Roger Banister 8:00 May 24 Open Mic w/ Joe Bolinger 8:00 May 25 Kade Puckett 6:00 May 27 Kristen Bennet 8:00 June 2 Kade Puckett 6:00 June 4 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 June 7 Open Mic w/ Dave Sisson 8:00 June 9 Kade Puckett 6:00 June 10 Grassfed 9:00 June 11 Alan Long 8:00 June 14 Open Mic 8:00 June 15 Silver Sparrow 8:00 June 16 Kade Puckett 6:00 June 17 Don Pedigo 6:00 June 18 Dave Sisson 8:00 June 19 Antonio Salerno 8:00 June 21 Open Mic w/ Jason Blankenship 8:00 June 23 Kade Puckett 6:00 Sarah B Kenny 9:00 June 24 Cap Quirk 9:00 June 25 Doug Dillman 6:00 June 28 Open Mic w/ Joe Bolinger 8:00 June 30 Kade Puckett 6 Music most days—Not all dates were booked at press time 812-988-0236 and on Facebook

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Barry Johnson Robbie Bowden Gary Applegate Justin Case Band Cari Ray Band

May 20 Fistful of Bacon May 26 Smokestack Lightning May 27 Elvis Live! June 2 Indiana Boys June 3 Warrior Kings June 9 Will Scott June 10 Cari Ray June 16 Dave Miller June 17 Blues Society Jam June 23 Jeff Foster & Amanda Webb June 24 Paul Bertsch June 30 Impasse July 1 Gary Applegate Music 7:00-10:00 Friday and Saturday 812-988-8500

Brown County Inn May 5 Sean Lamb Band May 6 Sean Lamb Band May 12 Amanda Webb Band May 13 The 1, 4, 5’s May 19 Sarah and Tim Tryon May 20 Homemade Jam May 26 The Acre Brothers May 27 The Acre Brothers June not booked at press time Music 8:30 to 11:30 Friday and Saturday

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays: dance lessons 6:30-9:00 Thursdays in May: beginner dance lessons w/ Carla 6:30-9:00 May 6 house band w/ Billy May 13 Dances w/ Dirt all day evening dance review w/ Carla May 20 Ralph Eads Band May 27 house band w/ Billy May 29 special guest Joe Edwards dinner show June: Saturdays w/ house band 812-988-8636

Other Friday and Saturday Night Music Venues: Salt Creek’s 19th Hole Seasons Lodge Big Woods

Pavilion Music Series

40th Shelby Spring Fling

Village Art Walk

Festival of Flowers Paint Out Finale

51st Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

May 20, T.C. Steele SHS in Belmont Open to professional, emerging, and beginning artists, with child and teen categories. Brozinni Pizzeria pizza slices and sides at 11:30 a.m., and beer from Sun King Brewery. Judging begins 2:00. New historic marker dedication. Register 812-988-2785

June 10-17 at Bill Monroe Music Park Bean Blossom. Legends and newcomers.

Car Show Music at the Village Green in Nashville May 27 The McGuires, rain date May 28 May 19-20, Brown County State Park June 17 Amanda Webb Trio, rain June 24 Second Saturdays, 4:00-8:00 May–November Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville art galleries artwalk

Bean Blossom Farmers Market Fridays, 4:00-7:00 pm April 28-October 6 Intersection of SR 135 and SR 45 in Bean Blossom. Produce, live music, jams, baked goods, herbs/plants, artisan crafts

Nashville Farmer’s Market Sundays, Noon-3:00 May-October Brown County Inn Parking Lot Locally grown vegetables, herbs, flowers, and more

Spring Blossom Parade May 6, Downtown Nashville, 11:00 Sponsored by Brown County Lions Club

Morel Sale & Festival May 6, State Park Nature Ctr,10:00-4:00 Morel sale, demos, arts and crafts fair

Annual Indiana Wine Fair May13 at Story Inn, 1:00 to 7:00 Indiana’s vintners descend upon Story, Indiana. Variety of food trucks, and live chamber music from IU’s School of Music. All guests will receive a souvenir IWF Tasting Glass. Tickets will be limited, presold ONLY, and NOT available at the gate. The cost is $60. Designated driver tickets $10. Must be over 21.Tickets/info:

Dances with Dirt Trail Run May 13

pARTake Art Alliance Workshops Howard F. Hughes Community Room 209 N. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN 2:00-4:00 Workshop fee: $40 each; Art Alliance members: $35 includes materials and light refreshments May 27 Beaded bracelets Elizabeth Parrock June 24 Fun with florals- MK Watkins partake

7th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival May 31-June 3, Bill Monroe Music Park in Blean Blossom The most laid back festival in America.

Muddy Roots Spring Weekender June 2 & 3, eXplore Brown County site Music 12 to 12. Ticket limit 500. String bands, country music, roots blues, punk blues, folk, Americana, bluegrass, and everything in between. 2620 Valley Branch Road

9th Annual Ukulele World Congress June 2 & 3, Needmore Free! Compliments of Mainland Ukes

Indiana Heritage Arts Show June 10-July 1 Brown County Art Gallery Largest juried Midwest art competition

Brown County Art Guild Features the Marie Goth Estate Collection and contemporary art by more than 40 award-winning member artists. May: Corrine Hull, Wayne Campbell June: Chris Griffin-Woods, Mary Riley 48 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6185

Brown County Art Gallery Features works by 60 contemporary artists and early Indiana masters To May 7: Mabel B. Annis Student Art May 1-June 2: Artists Assoc. Spring May 7, 2nd Sunday with the Artists June 4-Aug. 27: Artists Assoc. Summer June 9, IHA Show Reception-invite June 10-July 1: IHA Show June 11, 2nd Sunday with the Artists Corner of Main St. & Artist Dr. in Nashville 812-988-4609

Bucks & Does Square Dances May 5, June 2, 8:00-10:30 at YMCA The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street May 19, 8:00-10:00 at Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park June 22, Club Picnic

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

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

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Continuing the Tradition

“Sweet Legacy,” by Chris Newland.

~by Rachel Berenson Perry hen artists in the early 1900s shouldered their rucksacks full of painting gear and hopped on the train from Chicago to Brown County, they were coming for one reason—to paint our charming scenery. Like an invasion from another world, artists with pallets and easels appeared along dusty roads and streambeds. “It looked like plumb ignorance” to native Felix Brummett, who spied Adolph Shulz dabbing at a canvas in the middle of a cow pasture. Several of the artists liked it so much that they settled to live year-round in Nashville’s cabins and cottages, establishing the largest art colony in the Midwest. Their paintings of Brown County in all seasons became a popular commodity and remain treasures to this day. Artists who lived here became part of the community. They started the Brown County Art Gallery, the Brown County Art Guild, and helped establish the Christian Science Church and the Brown County Public Library. Many of them gave back to towns throughout Indiana, donating their paintings to public schools and libraries. The Seymour (Jackson County) and Brookville (Franklin County) Public Libraries, among others, own enviable collections of early Hoosier Group paintings. Sought-after early artist Ada Walter Shulz donated her sublime “Mother from the Hills” to the Brown


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Newlund and Robinson Donations

“Winter Warmth,” by Thom Robinson.

County Library long before her paintings brought sixfigure prices. The library also displays paintings by T.C. Steele, William Forsyth, Will Vawter, and L.O. Griffin, among others. Current artists Chris Newlund and Thom Robinson have each decided to carry on the tradition of donating one of their best works to the library. Newlund’s “Sweet Legacy,” depicting a horse-powered sorghum mill, and “Winter Warmth,” a snow scene at Kelp’s farm on Greasy Creek Road by Robinson, have been added to the library’s permanent collection. “It’s always been a special painting for me,” Robinson said. “I was saving it to give to somebody.” Newlund similarly kept back her nostalgic painting. “I had put it up for sale but then decided to keep it,” she said. “If I sold it I might never see it again and my family wouldn’t see it. It’s so appropriate for the Brown County Library.” “It’s such a gorgeous library,” she continued. “I feel like a library should physically and visually reflect the character of the people that it serves, and Brown County’s does just that. I’m really honored that they accepted the piece. I have a hope that someday a kid will look at the painting and say, ‘Mommy, what are they doing?’ so that legacy won’t die.” Though the library has owned this valuable collection of artwork for many years, there was no

separate committee of people to manage and care for it before 2012. After taking over the director’s position at the library, Stori Snyder invited several art enthusiasts to form an official group to oversee the collection, and the Art Advisory Committee was born. Regulated by Library Board approved policies and procedures, the committee has taken over the collection’s maintenance, care, and display. The addition of quality recent paintings has brought fresh imagery to the library’s walls, and no two artists could be more fitting to make these muchappreciated gifts. Newlund and Robinson are longtime painting partners who love to go out into the county and find inspiring subjects to paint on location. “One of the things that determines where we paint is what’s happening in the landscape at a particular time—the weather conditions, fullness of creeks, what’s blooming, etc.,” Newlund commented. “Usually one of us is in touch with what’s happening out there.” The two experienced artists have been painting together for twenty years. Robinson said, “I’ve always enjoyed painting with Chris since the first time I met her. When we’re painting outside we like the same subjects. We travel around Brown County, New Harmony, or Brookville looking for things to paint. And at the end of the day we’re always good for a beer, something to eat.” Newlund appreciates Robinson’s easy companionship and outdoor savvy. They both like to paint early morning light and often paint in winter, eagerly awaiting first snow. Robinson wears rubber boots with toe warmers if it’s really cold, and sometimes stands in the creek water while painting. “The water’s usually warmer than the air. I learned that trick [while] fishing, years ago,” he said. Newlund gave much thought to her donation of “Sweet Legacy.” “I have a love of libraries and always have. Moving a lot [while growing up], libraries were a sanctuary—an escape, entertainment, and a safe place. As a young adult I didn’t have much money so I looked for free information and guidance wherever I could—how to raise kids, how to grow food, etc. Now I’m happy to say that my children and my grandchildren all love libraries.” The Brown County Public Library art collection belongs to us all. Its care is in good hands with the Art Advisory Committee and conscientious Library Board. The generous donations of paintings by Chris Newlund and Thom Robinson are perhaps just the beginning of quality donations by today’s Brown County artists. 

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Selling gently used items to benefit Brown County. Accepting clothing and household item donations.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 to 5:00 Fridays 12:30 to 5:00 And April–October: 1st and 3rd Saturdays 10:00 to 1:00

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FIELD NOTES: ~by Jim Eagleman


y very first introduction to science, at least what I recall, was to watch a crude, table top model of the solar system. In 7th grade, we cranked the earth around in a circle, the sun at the center. Little chains rotated each differently painted planet in their approximate orbits. We lined up the little moon when we learned about eclipses. In high school chemistry, we mixed different liquids in a glass beaker, then placed it over a burner to watch the color slowly change. Down the hall in the physics lab, little wooden carts with varying weights ran on inclined tracks. My limited world was soon to be explained with tables and graphs, as we learned the scientific method. It was not such an easy way to look at things, I thought, but a good one. Later at the Alice J. Kibbe Life Science Field Station on the Mississippi River, operated by the biology staff at Western Illinois University, more science was explained to us wildlife students. We learned that most of what we observed in nature right there on the property was to be documented and recorded if we wanted to know what was happening. Equally importantly, it could be expressed mathematically. Symbols substituted for individual birds or mammals. Variables in weather, time of year, or age of an individual had to be considered

and entered into equations. For someone challenged in math, I always wondered, why transpose the main characters? Couldn’t we simply explain what happens without an equation separated by an equal sign? In an ichthyology class one summer to learn the freshwater fishes of rivers and lakes, my professor could see I was slightly overwhelmed with the academics. Among other things, he suggested I use flashcards to identify the many family, genus and species names of the fish we brought back to the classroom each day. It helped and my pile of cards grew as I added other names to memorize, from local flora, mammalogy, and ornithology classes. The dynamics of population trends, genetics, even an explanation of how we get oxygen from trees, was also scribbled on one side of a card, the symbols defined on the other. For me, this is how the foreign language of science finally seeped in, took hold, and made an impression. One morning, while students loaded the boat, I was instructed to go over to some fishermen that had just returned from an all-night trip. The professor told us they were not the usual sportsmen we observed, but subsistence fishermen. “They are the resource users that we basically work for. What we gather as data helps us

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learn more about fish. But it helps them be better fishermen.” After visiting and asking a few questions, one friendly fellow, intrigued at the thought of students actually studying fish, invited the entire class over to his house that evening. He wanted to show how he prepared carp by smoking the meat, a specie not usually favored but still usable. He told me he feeds his family all types of river fish, and couldn’t simply discard the food wastefully. Checking for approval, we took him up on his invitation. Affectionately called “river rats,” he told us, he and his neighbors fish all through the year, share recipes, and help with repairs to boats, nets, and motors. In his backyard, a wood stove pipe ran into an old fridge that was filled with fillets on each shelf; dried wood chips gave the fish different flavors. Fresh produce from the garden, mushrooms, and honey helped supplement a wonderful meal of smoked carp, catfish, and bluegill. We came away with an added appreciation for the river and the fish he utilized. Afterwards, he renewed his subscription to the field station newsletter. “I always like to learn what you guys are doing,” he smiled. Back on campus for the fall term, I occasionally stopped in my professor’s office to say hello and visit. He always was interested in how I was doing, could he help, and what did I like about my current classes. At graduation, I thanked Continued on 63

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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.

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Barn Lanterns

~by Paul Sackmann found an old rusty barn lantern one time, still hanging from a rafter in the remains of a broken down outbuilding. The lantern was bent up some, but looked to be solid. It sounded like it still had fuel in it. We brought it home and placed it on the operating table then proceeded to clean it up and see if it was still usable. It did have kerosene remaining in the reservoir but it was so old it barely was combustible. The fuel in it probably kept it from rusting. After cleaning the glass globe and making the mechanical parts work smoothly, it fired right up and worked as it should. At one time it was the only way to light up an outbuilding safely.


Before 1936 there was not electricity available in the countryside of Brown County. If you needed a light source the easiest way was with a tin barn lantern. Lanterns were not that expensive. Almost every general store in Brown County had lanterns for sale. Before 1940 there were thousands of lanterns in use throughout Indiana. There were many manufacturers of barn lanterns and they could be purchased in a variety of colors or be had in solid brass and or brightly tinned metal. Globes come in different colors. I have seen amber glass, shades of blue and turquoise, red, orange, and clear. The colored glass globed lanterns always hold a higher value than the clear ones. Lanterns were considered hot blast or cold blast. Hot blast lanterns draw the air over the top of the globe into the tubes and down to the burner. It comes in contact with the heat of the globe and is therefore hot when entering the side tubes. A cold blast lantern vents out of the top of a lantern. Both kinds of lanterns work well in all weather conditions. When I light an old lantern in cold weather I make sure the wick is trimmed straight across and turned down as far as can be done. If this is not done, the glass globe can crack. After it warms up you can adjust the flame for good light. I have found lanterns that were made back in the 1800s work just as well as they did when they were new. We always check them out for any rusted areas where they could leak. Even the junky lanterns are desirable as wall hangers. You can always put a candle in it and make it functional. Old Barn lanterns are still plentiful today. They can be found at the local flea markets and antique stores in the area. They generally don’t cost very much. There is a history with each lantern. Paul and his wife Paulette own Plum Creek Antiques store in Bean Blossom.

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Muddy Roots Spring Weekender


June 2 and 3, 2017

he 5th annual Muddy Roots Spring Weekender hosted by Muddy Roots Music Recordings will be held at eXplore Brown County on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017. It is their mini version of the big Muddy Roots Music Festival, more like a family reunion or roots music company picnic with a limit of 500 tickets, nestled away in Brown County, Indiana with 1000 acres of beautiful trees and a lake. Music will happen from 12 to 12 Friday and Saturday. Electric RV sites and cabins are for rent through <>. Tent camping is free. You can hear string bands, country music, roots blues, punk blues, folk, Americana, bluegrass, and everything in between with Legendary Shack Shakers, O’Death, The Tillers, Joseph Huber, Jayke Orvis, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Pine Hill Haints, Mountain Sprout, Brook Blanche, Dylan Walshe, Billy Cook, Left Lane Cruiser, Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Matt Heckler, Toe Knee Tea, Rock Bottom String Band, and Pearls Mahone. eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat is located at 2620 Valley Branch Road, Nashville, Indiana. Visit <>.

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n 1929, there were three telephone offices in Brown County: Nashville, Belmont, and an office in New Bellsville. In early spring that year, Monte and Martha Weddle moved to the Nashville telephone office with their sixmonth-old son, Jack, where Martha was replacing Mrs. Clyde McDonald as operator. It was located on West Main Street between the bank and Miller’s Drug Store on the corner— now the Hob Nob Restaurant. The “business” part of the new home was the telephone office with one switchboard in the front room. A boardwalk on the east side of the building led to a booth holding a phone, which could be used when the office closed after 5 pm. For a monthly salary of $30 and housing—which included lights and wood, Martha was on duty seven days a week. She sent and received all telegrams, collected payment for all phone bills, and received all trouble calls. The domestic arrangements provided a living room with wood stove and bed for the Weddles behind the office. Next to that was a kitchen, with a privy outside behind the woodshed. Nashville had no running water in homes at that time, so Martha or Monte carried water

Early Telephones Brown County History Center’s early telephone. courtesy Ivan Lancaster


~by Julia Pearson

from pumps at the courthouse or the Village Green for all their personal washing, cooking, and laundry needs. Help was hired at the phone office for 10 cents an hour when Martha needed to be away. All long distance calls went through Morgantown, and then were completed in Martinsville, which was Nashville’s “toll center.” There were

two lines to Morgantown and one to Martinsville. Morgantown, Nashville, and Martinsville used the same line for long-distance calls to and from Martinsville. It was not uncommon for calls to take one or two hours to be completed. This required the Martinsville operator to keep the party being called on the line until she could get the line to Morgantown and then to Nashville. The two lines between Morgantown and Nashville were also used for local calls. There was an unwritten rule that people only use their phones for emergencies after 9 p.m. in the wintertime. But farmers would start their calls as early as 5 a.m. if butchering was to be done. It allowed time for those helping with this cold weather chore to get fires burning and water sufficiently heated. The summertime found farmers starting their phone calls at 4 a.m. to arrange trips to Indianapolis markets for their hogs, eggs, and produce. There were often fifteen telephones on one line. Each party was assigned a special ring.

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A night bell could be turned on if the operator left the switchboard for a short time. Most calls came in the early morning or early evening. Private lines were few in number and were in businesses and doctors’ homes. Sometimes telegrams were received for individuals having no phones. The operator would have to locate where the person lived, and then arrange for the message to be delivered. The telegraph company would provide payment for the delivery, anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar. Jo and Amelia DeWees moved to Brown County and settled east of Gnaw Bone in 1947 and found phone service was not available in their area. When they were unable to interest the Bell Telephone Company office in Columbus to provide service, and a committee of several neighbors joining them still brought no action, Joe obtained some army field telephones and wire. He proceeded to string the wire through trees and vegetation from the DeWees residence to Fort Joseph Koons, an interior decorator business a quarter mile away. A third hook-up was at the Albert Kemp house on the next hill west. When Joe died on January 15, 2012 at the Brown County Health and Living Community, he was over a hundred years old. What an amazing leap from his self-made three-way wiring to the mobile smart phones in pockets of those attending his funeral. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was the first to be granted a patent in the United States for a device that clearly replicated the human voice. Others further developed this device, making it the historically first instrument that made it possible for people to talk directly with each other across large distances. If Joe DeWees and Bell run into each other at the Pearly Gates, what would their reaction be looking down on the wire-less phone towers dotting the American countryside today?

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Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival June 10–17, 2017

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper 2016. photos by Cindy Steele

~by Mark Blackwell


ack in nineteen and seventy-two a countryrock outfit called the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released an album titled “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” This album was a collaboration that featured classic country performers such as Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, and Merle Travis pickin’ and singin’ classic country and Bluegrass songs. It also introduced a lot of

Doyle Lawson 2016.

my generation to veteran Bluegrass musicians Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements, and Earl Scruggs. One of the highlights of the album was a song by Hylo Brown called “The Grand Ol’ Opry Song.” In that song the refrain calls out a roster of Grand Ol’ Opry acts: “There will be guitars and fiddles Earl Scruggs and his banjo, too and Bill Monroe singing them old Kentucky blues…” and I remember hearing that and thinking about how important Bluegrass music had been to the

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“Opry” at one time. Bill and the Bluegrass Boys had a regular segment and so did Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. But not so much these days. It seems like it’s getting hard to get a weekly dose of Bluegrass music. But what you can do is an eight day Bluegrass binge in beautiful Brown County. Starting Saturday, June 10 and running through Saturday, June 17 the 51st Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival will be hosting 70 top-notch Bluegrass acts. This year will feature classic Bluegrass bands such as Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top Express, Jesse McReynolds (of Jim and Jesse fame), the Seldom Scene, and Eddie and Martha Adcock. There will also be old favorites like Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Special Consensus, the Grascals, the Gibson Brothers, IIIrd Tyme Out, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, and a whole bunch of other amazing pickers. All-in-all, the festival features 8 to 9 bands on the main stage every day. That is a lot of talent in one place. But you’re not required to listen to all the bands, nor are you restricted to the main stage area. There is a lot to do at the park. You can hang out in the campground, join one of the pickup bands, or start one of your own. And it is always a good thing to visit the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum. You can see the cabin where Bill Monroe “batched it” with his Uncle Pen and learned the old fiddle tunes that he later worked into classic Bluegrass arrangements. There are also daily music, instrument, and vocal workshops to hone your skills. Or you can eat.

There are always a slew of great vittles purveyors at the park serving up fried green tomatoes, roasted corn on the cob, fish filets, burgers, different kinds of barbeques, and other culinary delicacies. Oh, I almost forgot the kettle corn. I love to munch on the kettle corn while I am watchin’ my favorite bands. And all of the vendors are as friendly as can be. If they just got together and held a food festival I believe that I would be tempted to buy a ticket. But if homecookin’ is your style you are more than welcome to make your own meals at your camp-site. And speakin’ of camp-sites, the campgrounds at the park are wooded, beautiful, and offer everything from spacious docks for land yachts, featuring electrical and water hook-ups and dump stations. Or if you are of the younger and hardy persuasion and like to rough it, there are 400+ primitive camp-sites just for you and your tent. Whichever way you like your campin’, there are showers and laundry facilities to keep you feelin’ fresh. And remember, even if you don’t mind skippin’ showers and wearin’ clothes you’ve slept in for a few days, do it for your neighbors…they’ll appreciate your efforts. With great accommodations, friendly folks, talented performers, a family friendly, and fascinating side attractions, Bean Blossom is the perfect get-away. Whether you stay for a day or the entire week a trip to the Bill Monroe Bean blossom Bluegrass Festival is a unique and unforgettable experience. Children under 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult. Campsites are a separate but reasonable rate. For more information, tickets, and reservations call (800) 414-4677 or (812) 988-6422 or visit the website at<>. So, what’s stoppin’ you? Come on over to beautiful downtown Bean Blossom the home of the world’s oldest, continuously operating Bluegrass festival. 

Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Show


June 10–July 1, 2017

pring is traditionally a time of cleaning and observing Nature’s awakening. For Hoosier artists it’s time to hit the out of doors with paint and palette to create art for the upcoming 39th annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Show at the Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive in Nashville. The exhibit opens June 9 with an evening reception for donors, artists, and patrons. Closing day at the expanded gallery is Saturday, July 1. Hours for the show, free to the public, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. IHA is a non-profit organization formed in 1979 whose mission is to nurture the rich cultural heritage of art that began in the early 1900s. These artists became part of one of the most renowned “schools” in the country. Only the Hudson Valley School in New York had more prominence. Artworks today encompass many varied subjects and techniques. Mediums for the two-dimensional works include pencil, pen and ink, chalk, oil paint, watercolor, and acrylics. Artists do engravings, wood cuts, gouche, watercolors and drawings. All works are for sale. Each artist may submit up to three works. Entry deadline is May 20. Information is on the IHA website, <>. Judge for this year’s show is Lori Putnam, a nationally known landscape artist from Nashville, Tennessee. Jim Ross, of Eckert and Ross Fine Art Gallery of Indianapolis, said, “Our show gives artists a large venue to display their art and they respond with outstanding works.” In 2016, 76 artists where juried into the show and more than 130 works displayed on gallery walls. All pictures are for sale. Prize money this year will total nearly $20,000, one of the richest purses in Midwest art shows. The Grand Prize winner receives $5,000. Last year’s winner was C. W. Mundy of Indianapolis. In addition to prize and sale money, artists vie for the $500 prize of the People’s Choice Award. During the show visitors may vote for their favorite work. The IHA board of directors will also purchase a work for their permanent collection. The 2017 purchaser will be the 17th in the collection. 

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John Hartford Festival


May 31–June 3, 2017

~by Chrissy Alspaugh, photos by Jules Dunlap

usic lovers from around the world are excitedly vying for tickets to what’s quickly become one of the mostanticipated celebrations of acoustic bluegrass, newgrass, and American folk. The seventh annual John Hartford Memorial Festival will fill the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground with more than 70 performances on three stages from May 31 to June 3. The familyfriendly four-day celebration also will feature a songwriting contest showcase, a banjo and fiddle contest, campfire picking, a story songs workshop, pitch-in breakfast with live music, and arts and craft vendors. The festival celebrates the life and musical contributions of John Hartford, who started a movement in music that forever changed and opened up the landscape of bluegrass music, giving way to a new genre called Newgrass.

Locals at the Boogie Stage: Dylan Hawf, John BanJovi, John Bowyer, Jayme Hood, Sean First, and Chris Dollar.

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Headliners from across the U.S. will range from legends to the newest generation of performers in the Americana genre. And attendees have unique opportunities to interact with each act, with a mere 2,000 tickets available and no VIP areas dividing the crowd. “It’s how John Hartford lived his life,” said Tom Burkhart, the festival’s managing partner. “Laid-back, noncommercial. We’re committed to maintaining this great thing that’s just become a gathering of likeminded music lovers, who really feel more like family than anything else.” Hartford was a Grammy-award winning, multi-instrumentalist, oldtimey, bluegrass-singing songwriter, and steamboat pilot. He wrote the hit song “Gentle on My Mind” that won four Grammy awards and has been recorded more than 400 times. In the early 1970s, Hartford and his band performed in Bean Blossom, a venue that became a catalyst for a new generation of acoustic musicians that would explore and stretch the boundaries of folk music and breathe new life into bluegrass.

Hartford was a writer and guest on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and appeared on the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. In his later career, he performed in the Coen brothers hit movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and in the “Down from the Mountain” concert the movie inspired. He also provided narration and music for Ken Burns’s Civil War TV series. Hartford was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in the late 1980s but continued to write and perform. Even as his condition worsened, he recorded several albums of fiddle music and coauthored a biography of blind fiddler Ed Haley. He died in 2001 at the age of 63. John Bowyer, whose American Roots duo The Hammer and the Hatchet will be featured in two performances at this year’s festival, said Hartford, and the upcoming musical gathering in his honor, are unique in their acceptance of musical exploration. “You can take an old traditional song and really get far out, and nobody’s going to get mad. It’s made me realize that what I was writing in my room by myself is acceptable, and that’s really important as a musician.” Bowyer has been performing with his guitar and mandolin for 25 years and has hungrily attended each year’s John Hartford Memorial Festival, where after the stages close, the music simply moves to the campfires. He said listening to and playing music all day, every day during the festival with musicians from as far as Brazil has “made my music, wow, so much better.” Burkhart credits part of the festival’s unique experience to the crowd’s varied composition.

Pat Fiddle.

While the festival entices an older generation of musicians who frequently share stories of watching John Hartford live on TV with Glen Campbell, its family-friendly atmosphere also draws musicloving families with young children. This year, organizers will help entertain the festival’s youngest attendees with in a tent next to the main stage that will feature face painting, crafts, and more. “We’re just trying to make it great for everybody who comes,” Burkhart said. “I hear people say all the time it’s their favorite time of the year, and that’s what we love to hear.” Tickets at the gate, if not sold out in advance, will cost $50 to 60 for a single-day pass and $135 for a four-day ticket. Camping rates are additional. A cash-bar will be available, and attendees 21 years and older also may bring their own alcoholic beverages. For more information, <>. For tickets, 800-838-3006. 

SCIENCE continued from 50 him for befriending me, taking me under his wing and helping me get through some of the tough material. “You’re never finished learning the science,” he said. “Learn it, then be out in front of them,” he added. Did he somehow know I’d later be an educator of the natural sciences? As an afterthought, he said, “Oh, yeah, and what I did for you, do the same for someone else.” At the park and over the many years I worked as the naturalist/resource specialist, incorporating science into our decision-making process. How to handle natural resource-related challenges was (is) imperative. Deer harvest numbers and age classes, herbivory, fire behavior and ecology, herbicide treatments, soil types, etc. all utilize the latest science and technology to help managers address critical questions. As a biologist friend said, “It may not be an exact science—all the variables nature throws at us— but it comes pretty close”. Supporting science by those who use science is why two upcoming public marches will be held in Washington, D.C. At the time of this writing, my DNR colleagues and I plan to attend the climate rally on April 29. A rally to support science will also be held there on Earth Day a week earlier, April 22. Now more than ever, we see how science determines and adds to the vital information we need to live compatibly on this blue marble floating through space.

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omething’s changed at That Sandwich Place, but much remains the same. Now renamed “Our Sandwich Place,” the cozy little eatery at 38 South Van Buren Street is one flight down from ground zero of Nashville dining. But even though it’s been around nearly half a century, Our Sandwich Place is not about pedigree. It is about as straightforward, no frills, and mom-and-pop friendly as it gets. What could be more homey, more friendly, or generally allAmerican than sandwiches? If you’re a long-time fan of That Sandwich Place, the news is, Our Sandwich Place has not touched the memorabilia except to weed it out a bit, straighten everything up, and give it a good cleaning. If you’ve never been down those sandwich stairs, you should be aware—there’s quite a bit of Bobby Knight memorabilia. Every square inch of wall space is covered with photos, posters, schedules, team photos documenting every conceivable facet of the career of former Indiana University Men’s Basketball coach Robert Montgomery Knight. There are basketballs, autographed and annotated, from various very important events, inspired oddities such as a stone bas-relief carving of the famous “hurling of the chair”, and at least

two little Bob Knight effigies in glass cases. Like most successful restaurants, Our Sandwich Place has a credo and guiding principle: a simple menu with salads, burgers, and hot dogs and a minimum of pretension and fussiness. Prices are reasonable and service is good. I took Mrs. Sampler down the Bob Knight rabbit hole one afternoon in April, where a smattering of customers was just beginning to warm the place up. Despite the many good things I have heard about the breakfast menu, this was not my assignment. I came to eat a sandwich so we assayed the luncheon menu. Our waitress confided that the menu is indeed in a state of flux, but everything looked pretty well in order; design-your-own hoagies, a few good salads, and burgers in quarter pound increments, along with the usual line up of home like sammies: grilled ham and cheese, hot dog on white bread, and baloney.

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I opted for a good old BLT, while my kitchen companion chose the battered and deep fried codfish sandwich. Each comes with tasty fries: straight, crinkly, or curly. The bacon, lettuce, and tomato hit the spot just right and, purely for professional reasons, you understand, I had a little nibble of the codfish. It was de-lish. In spite of all that has remained the same, there are stirrings of new initiatives down in Our Sandwich Place. Tuesdays have been dubbed “Heavenly Hotdog Tuesdays” and those in the mood for a good wiener will also find endless fries and baked beans or mac and cheese at a special price all day. They are adding a “Magical Mexican Wednesday” featuring some favorite dishes from south of the border. The food was good, and the place was friendly and clean and kind of cozy. Many families who are regular visitors to Nashville make Our Sandwich Place a traditional stop. Kids like it. Maybe it is because they can get a peanut butter and jelly “made just like mom does.” Or, perhaps they are attracted to the legend of coach Knight—you might want to keep an eye on that kid. Perhaps the subtle shift from the singular and off-setting “That” to the plural and familiar and inclusive “Our” marks the beginning of a new epoch in the history of Nashville’s underground sandwich shop. The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

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