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Just in time for Bean Blossom! Clint Bear and the folks at Weed Patch have put their heads together to create an affordable, hand-built instrument for the guitarist that yearns to be heard over all the banjos, fiddles, and beer drinkers. Hoosier guitar builder, Clint Bear is building the ultimate workhorse. A brand new cannon with high quality tone woods, a super playable neck, and enough sound to be heard without exhausting your precious digits.

Weed Patch Music Company

OC Bears are known for their loud, even tones and Clint’s incredible artistry. He is building this model without all the eye candy. This is an affordable hand-built work horse you’ll be riding for a long time.

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

Dulcimers, harps, and a large variety of folk instruments

Locally built fiddles and reliable old friends

Weed Patch Music 58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana (812) 988-1180 Locally built mandolins and affordable imports

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Look for the giant banjo next to the courthouse.


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HONEYSUCKLE LANE

Johanna Lee Bathology

Honeysuckle Hideaway

JEFFERSON STREET

The Bookloft

OLD HICKORY LANE

Miller’s Ice Cream

Brown Co Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

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Ferrer Gallery

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Weed Patch Music Co. His BookShop Glass Planet Gifts Wandering Old McDurbin Past Gold Antiques Brown Co Craft & Gallery Treasures

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

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Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

That Sandwich Place

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Iris Garden Gallery and Cottages

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LOCUST LANE

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Granny’s Christmas Shop The Coca-Cola Shop Kim’s Corner Mercantile Store

MOLLY’S LANE

Common Colonial Bldg. Grounds Men’s Toy Shop

Carmel Corn Cottage

GOULD STREET

Brown County Historical Soc. Traditional Arts Building

MOUND STREET

Hidden Valley Inn

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Jane Gore Realty

The Woodlands Gallery

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Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

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Linda Thomas Massage

New Leaf Amy Greely

JEFFERSON STREET Hoosier Buddy

Artists Colony Inn Carol’s Crafts • Toy Chest

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

The Ordinary

Ole House

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Winery

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

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Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

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Jack & Jill Nut Shop

FRANKLIN STREET Life is Good Calvin Place JB Goods

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

Michael’s Massage

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

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Cathy’s Corner.....................................56 Elegant Options.................................45 Nashville General Store...................20 Silas Andrews......................................29 Townhouse Gifts................................19 Wandering Past Antiques...............46

ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION

4th Street Festival..............................66 Antique Alley Shops.........................15 Bear Hardware....................................49 Brown Co Art Gallery........................59 Brown Co Art Guild...........................59 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................21 Cathy’s Corner.....................................56 Chateau Thomas Winery.................22 Elegant Options.................................45 Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Glass Planet Gifts...............................42 Iris Garden Gallery.............................17 Wandering Past Antiques...............46 The Woodlands Gallery...................51

BOOKS

The Bookloft........................................47 His Book Shop.....................................11

CLOTHING

Antique Alley Shops.........................17 Bear Hardware....................................49 For Bare Feet.......................................67 Glass Planet Gifts...............................42 Head Over Heels................................29 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...................17 Male Instinct........................................46 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Sports Etc.............................................29 White Sands Boutique.....................32

CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS

4th Street Festival..............................66 Antique Alley Shops.........................15 Appleworks..........................................50 Big River Cabin Furnishings...........61 Bone Appetit Bakery........................47 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................21

Brown Pottery.....................................42 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop........17 Brown Co Visitors Center................10 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 Cathy’s Corner.....................................56 Chateau Thomas Winery.................22 The Clay Purl........................................52 Common Grounds............................21 Country Mouse Weaving................45 Elegant Options.................................52 Faerie Hollow Studio........................45 The Ferguson House........................13 Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Foxfire....................................................13 Granny’s Christmas Shop................62 Head Over Heels................................29 Homestead Weaving Studio..........45 House of Clocks..................................46 Iris Garden Gallery.............................17 J Bob’s....................................................62 Johanna Lee Bathology...................52 K. Bellum Leather..............................53 Madeline’s............................................62 Male Instinct........................................46 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Mercantile Store.................................30 Nashville General Store...................20 New Leaf...............................................59 Oak Grove Pottery.............................20 Ole House.............................................31 Papertrix...............................................31 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Reliable Vintage.................................43 Sheep Street Fibers...........................46 Silas Andrews......................................29 Spears Gallery.....................................45 Sports Etc.............................................29 Sweetwater Gallery...........................17 Townhouse Gifts................................19 The Toy Chest......................................39 Wishful Thinking................................43 The Woodlands Gallery...................51

ENTERTAINMENT

19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill...........25 Bean Blossom, Monroe Music Park

and Campground..............................33 The Palace Theatre of Brown Co and Robert Shaw...............................22 Chateau Thomas Winery.................22 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine......17 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties....44 kidscommons.....................................11 Laserlite Laser Tag.............................43 Melchior Marionettes.......................54 Nashville Express...............................11 Rawhide Ranch...................................57 Robert Shaw-The Man in Black and Heartbreak Hotel...............................22 Weed Patch Music Company........... 2

FOOD & BEVERAGE

19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill...........25 Abe Martin Lodge.............................10 Appleworks..........................................56 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Bloomingfoods...................................57 Brown Co IGA......................................37 Brown Co Inn..........................30,32,55 Brown Co Steak & Seafood Co......25 Brown Co Winery...............................57 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest........53 Calzone Jones.....................................28 Carmel Corn Cottage.......................19 Casa del Sol..........................................19 Chateau Thomas Winery.................23 Common Grounds............................21 Farmhouse Cafe.................................61 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.....................21 Hobnob Corner Restaurant...........26 Holy Cow..............................................23 Hoosier Buddy Liquors....................49 Hotel Nashville.............................26,44 J Bob’s....................................................63 Jack & Jill Nut Shop...........................54 McDonald’s..........................................47 McDonald’s Supermarket...............53 Miller’s Ice Cream...............................21 Muddy Boots Cafe.............................53 Nashville BP.........................................31 Nashville Candy Store......................29 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................68


Advertiser Index Nashville General Store...................19 Nashville House.................................30 Ole House.............................................31 The Ordinary.......................................30 The Original Soup to Nuts..............21 Pine Room Tavern..............................49 Pizza King.............................................46 Seasons.................................................30 That Sandwich Place........................11 Trolly’s....................................................61

FURNITURE

Big River Cabin Furnishings...........61 The Ferguson House........................13 Wandering Past Antiques...............46 The Woodlands Gallery...................51

HARDWARE

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

HATS

Green Valley Lodge...........................31 Hidden Valley Inn..............................51 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals.....25 Hilltop Cabin & Suites Brown County Cabins......................59 Honeysuckle Hideaway...................47 Hotel Nashville.............................26,44 The House at Stone Head...............57 Iris Garden Cottages.........................17 Lodge on the Mountain..................55 The North House...............................26 Rawhide Ranch...................................57 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.....................25 Salt Creek Inn......................................47 Seasons.................................................63 Willow Manor Apartments.............27

Brown Co Tire & Auto Eye Care of Brown County Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Fruitdale Market Health for “U” Hills o’ Brown Realty Jane Gore Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Mike Nickels Log Homes Precise Books and Payroll, Inc. Remax Team Wild Hair

Pioneer Village Museum.................11

SPECIALTY SHOPS

MUSEUMS

Head Over Heels................................29 K. Bellum Leather..............................53

PET SERVICES/PRODUCTS

4th Street Festival..............................66 Antique Alley Shops.........................15 Cathy’s Corner.....................................56 Faerie Hollow Studio........................45 Ferguson House.................................13 Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Foxfire....................................................13 Glass Planet Gifts...............................42 Grasshopper Flats..............................17 J Bob’s/Bedazzled Jewelry..............62 New Leaf...............................................59 Old McDurbin Gold..........................21 Ole House.............................................31 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............19 White Sands Boutique.....................32

Glass Planet Gifts...............................42 Spears Gallery.....................................45

JEWELRY

LODGING / APARTMENTS/ CAMPING Abe Martin Lodge.............................10 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 The Brick Lodge.................................26 Brown Co Inn..........................30,32,55 Comfort Inn.........................................51 Cornerstone Inn.................................56 Explore Brown County.....................24

Bone Appetit Bakery........................47

PHOTOS

RECREATION

Camp Moneto.....................................16 Explore Brown County.....................24 Laserlite Laser Tag.............................43 New Creations Daylilies...................26 Rawhide Ranch...................................57 Salt Creek Golf Course.....................25

SERVICES (see also SERVICES DIRECTORY)

Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS............................28 Brown Co Visitors Center................10 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon...........25 Michael’s Massage Therapy...........39 Nashville BP.........................................31 Linda Thomas Massage...................61 Reliable Vintage.................................43

SERVICES DIRECTORY 64-65 Adirondac Style Furniture Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Baldwin Tree Service Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA

SHOES

Head Over Heels................................29 K. Bellum Leather..............................53 Ady’s Fabric & Notions.....................46 Bone Appetit Bakery........................47 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 Fireplace Center.................................44 For Bare Feet.......................................67 Granny’s Christmas Shop................62 House of Clocks..................................46 K. Bellum Leather..............................53 Male Instinct........................................46 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Papertrix...............................................31 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Sheep Street Fibers...........................46 Sports Etc.............................................29 The Toy Chest......................................39 Weed Patch Music Company........... 2 Wishful Thinking................................43

STAINED GLASS

Ferrer Gallery.......................................21 Sweetwater Gallery...........................15

WEDDINGS

Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Hotel Nashville.............................19,26

OTHER

Flower and Herb Barn......................61 New Creations Daylilies...................26


contributors

Bill Weaver is an author and radio personality currently living in Bloomington. He’s published The College of Beer: The Story of Nick’s English Hut, and numerous zines including ER, D’KNOW, and The New York Squid. He writes for Our Brown County, IntoArt, and the Bloomington Herald-Times Homes section. He maintains a website of short stories called The Liars Bunch at <www.liarsbunch.com>. He’s known as Gus Travers, the co-host of WFHB’s The Dark End of the Street.

M. Joanne Nesbit is a former newspaper reporter, author of three books on the early Brown County artists, and current student of the fascinating history of the Brown County Art Colony. Her books are available at local book stores and galleries. She raised her children on Possum Trot Road. She now lives in Michigan where she is retired after a career as a public information officer for Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max.

Henry “Hank” Swain moved to Brown County with his bride Mardi in 1947. He supported a family of five daughters by building homes. Hank’s books Leaves for the Raking, and Why Now? are bi-products of writing for Our Brown County. He has served the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville United Methodist Green Room class, the Bloomington Society of Friends, League of Women Voters, and WRAPS (Writers, Readers and Poets Society). You will sometimes find him relaxing in his kayak on Salt Creek.

John Wm. Sisson (a.k.a. Gunther Flumm) is a nationally award-winning poet and artist. He is a professional photographer and deadly martial arts instructor. He lives on Less Traveled Road, feeds hawks on his porch, and hates Brown County and everything it stands for. He advises all city people not to move here and to stay where they are. There are spiders, snakes, and hillbillies everywhere!

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.

Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and works when he has to.

Jim Eagleman is a 33 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 30 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.

Julia Pearson is the Museum Director for the Brown County Historical Society. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Bloomington. Julia is human interest editor and writer for a Secular Franciscan magazine, and is currently writing a column entitled “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat. She loves traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes worldwide, especially with her children and grandchildren.

Jeanette Menter moved to Columbus over eight years ago from California where she worked in the newspaper and magazine industry for 25 years. She writes a column for The Republic newspaper and calls herself, “An expert at nothing, observer of all.” An admitted “late bloomer’” she received her Liberal Arts degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her two grown daughters reside in California. She is working on a couple of book projects, is a volunteer lay counselor, and enjoys traveling with her husband.


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Pioneer Village Museum Behind the Courthouse between Old School Way and Locust Lane Open Sat. , Sun., Holidays 1 – 4:30

Pioneer Cabin Blacksmith Shop Log Jail Loom Room Doctor’s Office

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Notes from the Editor “Barefoot Nelly” CD Now Available

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ean Blossom is about two miles from my house in Brown County and I rarely miss the big festivals at the Bill Monroe Music Park. Hundreds of bands over the years have sent their sweet acoustic songs into my ears as I snapped their pictures from my lawn chair within the first few rows in front of the stage. The festival I attended in 1978 influenced me enough to make me buy a banjo and take lessons. I later traded the banjo in for a guitar—but that’s a different story. This year’s John Hartford Memorial Festival was another memorable experience as I got to see my buddies in The White Lightning Boys (WLB) band perform on the stage Bill Monroe made famous. I was blown away by how good they were. I’ve been listening and playing with them for many years out at my friend Otis Todd’s garage, but the festival performance was different. They sounded as good as any band I ever heard in the park. And the buzz from the other festival goers was that “those guys sounded great.” At the band merchandise shelter up on the hill the boys sold a lot of WLB t-shirts and copies of their CD “Barefoot Nelly.” The new CD, produced with the help of WFHB’s Jim Manion, features some songs with the patriarchal weekly jam host Otis Todd, Tim Grimm, and the Harris sisters Carri and Shannon. Band members are Barry Elkins, Bird Snider, Dan Bilger, Ryan Deasy, Toby Purnell, and Bob Adair. “Hole in my Pocket” and “Way Too Far” are original tunes written by Toby Purnell.

photo by Cindy Steele

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Take the advice of a lifelong Bluegrass fan and get yourself a copy of the newly Released CD at Weed Patch Music in downtown Nashville next to the courthouse. The boys have had some recent gigs opening with legendary guitar player Tony Rice in Illinois and playing concerts with Tim Grimm and the Hoosier Dylan series, among others. They play for a lot of benefits for good causes and they haven’t gotten so big that you can’t hear them jam at the garage near Crooked Creek. To find out where you might be able to see them perform visit their Facebook page at <www.facebook.com/pages/White-LightningBoys/168068049899017>. 

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

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

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Iris Garden Gallery My son Evan Markley and I spent Mother’s Day hanging around the White River State Park in Indianapolis. We toured around the canal and the museum areas on the Segways as kids shouted “Mall Cop.” Evan enjoyed the moment when I ran over my own foot and the tour guide came to my rescue. Cindy Steele is the publisher and editor of this magazine. She works out of her home in Helmsburg, producing most of the ads and layout herself.

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Cox Creek Mill ~by Julia Pearson

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ox Creek Mill in Brown County is the result of years of hard work by area craftsmen. The two-story mill is sided with board and batten poplar. On close inspection, the stone squares of the chimney show the marks and craft of hand-chiseling. The interior is a wood lover’s dream: ten inch poplar beams, walnut flooring, and cherry ceilings. Cherry and walnut are repeated in the stunning doors, along with white oak. Brad Cox, owner and builder of this beautiful mill, says that 90% of the wood used in its construction was from the property. It was also milled locally in Gatesville by Morgan’s Saw Mill. Cox himself, along with the help of Larry Whitaker, fabricated the “overshot” wheel. The wheel is 14 feet in diameter, with sixty-four buckets, and required a crane with a hundred foot boom to set the wheel in place. Fabricating the wheel was a project that brought the two men full circle. It was Larry who

Brad Cox. photos by Greg Clarke

got Brad into welding years before. Brad became a certified welder and spent thirteen and a half years as general foreman for a company who welded on high pressure gasoline tanks nationwide. He traveled from Fort Lauderdale to Omaha; from Nebraska almost all the way to Canada at Bay City, Michigan. Twelve years ago, Brad’s welding turned to the art form of ornamental iron and at about that same time his heart turned to making a home in Brown County to raise his family. He had been coming to Brown County since childhood, visiting his aunt, Ann Melton, who loved to paint subjects from nature. In the midst of his welding career he would travel to Brown

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County to rest and refresh, sighing with relief as he drove into the county from Route 46. Living in Brown County permanently was a dream for a long time. Brad finally made the move eleven years ago. He has built four cabins in Brown County for family members, the first in 1999. Welding became creative while Brad’s Brown County studio, Iron Gate, put out artwork fabricated from bolts, studs, and nuts found littering industrial refineries all over the country. Whimsical pieces include turtles made from iron skillets, and daisies with petals of horseshoes. Larger

exterior pieces have included a dragonfly of metal and iron parts with seven foot wings. Interior pieces include custom spiral staircases and wall hangings. He takes part in about twelve juried art shows a year including shows in Berea, Kentucky, Madison, Indiana, and the recent Talbot Street Show in Indianapolis. Brad’s wife, Stephanie, does all the accent painting on Brad’s finished pieces, and their sons attend the shows when school schedules allow. Brad recalls his first juried art show took place on the lawn of Story Inn. Story Inn’s downstairs bar, Continued on 16

The Ferguson

House

Visit rooms of:

• Iron Decor

• Swan Creek Candles • Holiday Decor • Home Accessories

• Collegiate Gifts

• Fashion Jewelry

• Accent Tables

• Garden Accents

and more . . .

78 W. Franklin Street Nashville 812-988-7388

Foxfire

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

• Gifts and Home Decor • Willowtree Angels • Swan Creek Candles • Kitchen Accessories • Baby Gifts • Holiday Decor • Rhythm Clocks • Fashion Jewelry and Purses • Garden Decor July/August 2011 • Our Brown County 15


COX MILL continued from 15 the Story Still, commissioned eighteen bar stools Brad made from grist mill pulleys, tractor seats, and salvaged metal. Brad’s metal artwork can also be seen at Big Woods Brewing Company, including a “kicker” at the bar. You can check out more of his work at the new Big Woods Pizza on Van Buren Street in Nashville. The most elaborate piece Brad has made is a railing in a cabin that is extended for three stories with a marsh scene incorporating lily pads, cattails, dragonflies, and reeds. When new metal is needed, Brad purchases it from Kroot All American Steel, a 125-year-old family-owned business in Columbus, Indiana. Compared to most of us, Brad has bottomless energy to work, help friends, create beautiful and lasting metalwork at his ornamental iron studio, and pursue his dream with the Cox Creek Mill. The Cox Creek Mill will be open to the public, a point of interest for Brown County neighbors

16 Our Brown County • July/August 2011

and visitors. Along the walls of the bottom floor, old pictures of Brown County mills will capture how important mills were to early communities. Brad is happy that one of the early grist mills in Brown County was operated by another Cox, Benjamin Cox. It was located where Greasy Creek meets Salt Creek. Brad envisions using Cox Creek Mill as a means to educate about renewable energy and the conservation of water resources. The mill is also an artisan studio where he works in ornamental iron. He has a forge in a reclaimed barn. He smiles and says that he will be “making power, not flour.” Brad’s property will be home for sons Bryce, now 14 and a freshman at Brown County High School, and Briar, 7 years old and a rising second grader at Nashville Elementary. Oldest son, Tyler, 20, currently travels and inspects tanks that Brad welded during his earlier career. Brad’s father, Ed Cox, owns the “Nashville Express” train with Larry Hawkins, says families visiting Brown County will love to see this mill. You can arrange a visit by calling the Cox Creek Mill at (812) 988-6690 or (812) 344-9967. 


Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

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

812-988-0449 www.schusterglass.com

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

est. 1972

For Quality and Price call 812-988-4037 Top Dollar Paid for Old Gold 150 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville

The Bookloft Hoosier Artist

Brown Co. Art Guild

Jack and Jill Nut Shop

VAN BUREN ST

Sterling Silver • Fine Diamonds Opals • Gemstones • Wedding Rings Titanium Bands • Austrian Lead Crystal

JEFFERSON ST

Doug Stoffer, Designer/Jeweler

Brown County Bauble® Boards Brown County Pottery Brown County Weavery and Roots The Clay Purl For Bare Feet Ferguson House K. Bellum Leather Nashville Image Old Time Photography Antique Alley on the West Side Nashville Nature’s Cabin House Paint Box Art Gallery The The Purple Fig Antique Ordinary Alley Through the Looking Glass Shoppes Wooden Wonders FRANKLIN ST July/August 2011 • Our Brown County 17


Brown County

Playhouse The Next Act

O

n June 25, 2011 the community participated in a fundraiser produced by the Friends of Brown County Playhouse to acquire the Brown County Playhouse. The variety show entertainment included the Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band, Emily Rose Brady, Figtree Fellowship Radio Players, and Bear of Bad News Comedy Improv. To donate visit the Brown County Community Foundation or call (812) 9884882. You can also donate at <www.bccfin.org>.

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CARMEL CORN COTTAGE Sweet Treats

We make ordinary popcorn EXTRAORDINARY!

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

Flavor of the Month

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Show this ad & receive a FREE small fountain drink with popcorn purchase.

Look for the red & white building at the north end of town

812-988-6011 • www.carmelcorncottage.com

Townhouse Gifts

Fil Filled F with Fun, Unique Gifts for Everyone!

Friendly Service 812-988-4535 Carry Out Available 1 Mile East of Downtown Nashville St. Rd. 46

Nashville General Store & Bakery

Pumpkin, Banana, and Cinnamon Breads Homemade Pies and Cakes Cinnamon Rolls Caramel Apple Nut Pie Hot Apple Dumplings Muffins, Persimmon Pudding Variety of Ice cream Flavors Shakes, Sodas, and Floats

Step Back in Time...

Mention Ad for IN-STORE DISCOUNT 87 E. Main St. • Nashville 812-988-2229 • www.townhouse-gifts.com

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

Antiques, Quilts, Kitchen Curtains, Lamps, Shades, Rugs Keeper of the Light Candles

Visit our shop next door. 812-988-6362 The yellow building 118 E. Washington St. • Nashville • Have lunch indoors or outdoors by the creek July/August 2011 • Our Brown County 19


“Best of Taste of Brown County 2011”

The Sampler

Holy Cow!

A

s “Best of Taste of Brown County, 2011” Holy Cow receives a feature story from the event judge himself, The Sampler. A restaurant is like a theater production—it’s often what you don’t see, behind the scenes, that makes the difference. And just as every nuance of a theatrical production bears the stamp of the artistic director, everything about a good meal out bears the mark of the owner or manager of the establishment. In the professional dining game, there is time and reason enough to consider, not just the food on the plate in front of us, but the complex warp

Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM–5 PM

Studio & Gallery

for other times, please call

Judy and Tom Prichard Functional terra cotta and stoneware, sawdust-fired and decorative pottery 942 Oak Grove Road Studio and gallery only 3.3 miles west of Nashville (see map on page 3)

812-344-4186

OakGrovePottery.com 20 Our Brown County • July/August 2011

and woof of society, restaurants as cultural oases, important crossroads in the service economy, landmarks and anchors of communities which thrive by their hospitality. We are a community that values shared history, and a little perspective on an establishment and its guiding forces may serve to add dimension to our understanding of the meal before us. You see, the Sampler is not just some hungry guy who stumbled in off the street, so to speak; the Sampler has been around the restaurant block a time or two. The Sampler has spent plenty of time on the other side of the curtain in the restaurant game, back in the labyrinthine commercial kitchens and steamy dish rooms and frantic prep stations that make the magic possible. Like most people who grew up in a hospitality-driven community, The Sampler came up in the restaurant business… And that is why I am thinking about these things when I visit one of my favorite local eateries, Holy Cow!, a big, friendly, comfortable, modern, yet Continued on 24


escape and be transported

COMMON GROUNDS NEW LOCATION

not just a coffee bar …an experience Our menu features: great espresso drinks, award-winning coffee, and exceptional teas. We offer unique gift, garden, and vintage wares. 66 N. Van Buren

Old Colonial Bldg.

Nashville 812-988-6449

Old McDurbin % Gold & 50 Gifts

OFFLRY E JEW

•PIZZA •PASTA •SANDWICHES • SALADS Dine in or Carry Out

988-6565

open daily 10–5 • 812-988-7058

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

Customized

• Anklets • Bracelets • Necklaces

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

58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana (next to Brown County Courthouse) www.browncountycraftgallery.com

Hey, we’re Back!

• Soups • Salads • Sandwiches Franklin St. & Honeysuckle Ln. next to Acorn Cottage in Nashville 812-988-4411

the HISTORIC VILLAGE GREEN BUILDING

V NA S H I L L E

INDIANA

REPRESENTING OVER 40 LOCAL & REGIONAL ARTISTS Also the working studios of

Yes, we really make it right here!

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

Homemade Ice Cream since 1977 812-988-0815 · www.millericecream.com

www.ferrergallery.com · 812·988·1994

Classes Available · Gallery on the 2nd level

61 WEST MAIN STREET · NASHVILLE INDIANA July/August 2011 • Our Brown County 21


22 Our Brown County â&#x20AC;˘ July/August 2011


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

Fresh-cut Steaks Chicken BBQ Ribs Seafood

“Best of Taste of Brown County”

Sun.–Thurs. 11–9 Fri. & Sat. 11–10

Call Ahead Seating Available

Non-Smoking

Tour Groups Welcome

812-988-0444

Dine Inside or on the Patio

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

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

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eXplore Brown County ZIP LINES· PAINTBALL MOUNTAIN BIKING · ATV TOURS CABINS · CAMPING EVENTS · RENTAL HALL

812.988.7750

ExploreBrownCounty.com info@ExploreBrownCounty.com

at Valley Branch Retreat 2620 Valley Branch Road | Nashville, IN 47448 GPS 39.1638298 / -86.1485959

24 Our Brown County • July/August 2011

SAMPLER continued from 20 nicely appointed restaurant that anchors one end of the Coachlight Square complex down on the south end of town. With plenty of space for dining inside or out on the lovely shaded patio, Holy Cow! is a welcome destination at that edge of the pedestrian shopping district with a full menu for the whole family, including beer, wine and spirits. It’s owned and operated by a guy named Jerry Prairie. I know that sound like a made-up name, but I assure you it is not. Jerry is a Brown County boy who came up in the restaurant business here and around the area, where, over the years, he developed into the best danged broiler man this side of Indy. It’s what he knows intimately and loves with a passion; searing meat with fire. It’s at the core of him. Like a lot of young cooks slaving away in corporate kitchens, Jerry had a dream of someday owning his own restaurant in Nashville. But unlike most of them, Jerry actually made that dream come true, first at the Harvest Moon Pizza on West Main Street on the Glen Cooper Henshaw home site, and, finally at the ElDorado of old broiler guys; a steakhouse and grill of his own. Holy Cow! features fresh-cut, flame grilled, USDA Choice Midwest beef, chicken, BBQ ribs and seafood on a full menu that offers something for every taste. Appetizers include skillet mushrooms sizzled with garlic, loaded potato wedges, and onion straws. The soups are worth a taste, including the “Prairie Chili” named, you must now apprehend, for the owner, and made from scratch with an old family recipe, topped with red onions and cheddar cheese. However, the main event, as I say, is the broiler, featuring sirloins, rib-eye, or New York strip steaks. I can heartily recommend the fall-off-the-bone St. Louis ribs, slow cooked to tenderness and then chargrilled to perfection and brushed with the Holy Cow! BBQ sauce. If you can get past the steaks and ribs, try the grilled pork chops, the salmon, the fire-grilled or smothered chicken breast, or the lemon pepper shrimp. The robust multiplicity of side dishes includes baked, mashed, steak fried or wedged potatoes, seasoned rice, green beans, steamed broccoli and corn on the cob.


There’s also a good selection sandwiches including the Holy Cow! burger, covered with melted cheddar, smothered with Prairie chili. After a meaty and diverse dinner out I crave a little something sweet to finish and Holy Cow! does not disappoint on dessert. There is skillet apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, the Chocolate Rodeo, or Cheesecake Chimichanga. As I enjoy the tasty end to a great meal, my thoughts return again to the man who would be king; the broiler guy who became a restaurateur. At heart, it’s a guy who likes feeding people. A guy who has put in his years behind the curtain, at the grill. A guy who knows what’s good and how to get it to your table in the most satisfactory fashion. And that’s a guy that’s good for the community, and good for the restaurant business, and good for a nice meal out, anytime you’re in the market. Holy Cow! is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

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Fully furnished cottages, vacation homes and log cabins, many with hot tubs, seasonal fireplaces, game rooms, outdoor activities, fishing, some pet friendly. Guest ranch and lodge accommodates large groups. Views of Lake Monroe and Brown County State Park.

Vacation Rentals 812-988-6429 ·

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4118 State Road 46 East · 4.5 miles east of the Village of Nashville Office Hours 9 AM–5 PM · Monday through Saturday

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18 Hole Championship Golf Course Golf Carts with GPS Navigation Systems Driving Range and Fully Stocked Pro Shop

Our Summer Gift to You!

FREE Manicure polish change with any Pedicure OR FREE Eyebrow Wax with any Facial

Sundays at the Spa by appointment Save 40% on all spa packages

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Monday–Saturday · 10 AM to 7 PM 211 S. Van Buren · Camelot Building · 2nd floor

Beautiful on-site lodging

89

$

Overlook Lodge Condominiums Seasonal Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub Brown County Steak & Seafood Company 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grille Conference Facility

weekday rate

Sunday–Thursday with mention of this ad

2359 State Road 46 East 2½ miles east of Nashville

812.988.7888 SaltCreekGolf.com

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New Creation

Daylilies

See over 300 varieties of daylilies growing around our 1800s farm. There are many colors, flower forms, heights, and seasons of bloom— something to fit every garden and please every flower lover.

Restaurant Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Soups • Salads Sandwiches • After Five Menu Fine Wines Available Breads, Pastries, and Danish Baked Here Daily

1120 W. State Hwy 250 (in Old Paris) Deputy, IN Just 5 minutes from Marion's Greenhouse and Stream Cliff Herb Farm and Tea Room Credit cards accepted

Hours 11–5 on July 1-2, 8 -9, 15-16 We schedule private garden visits for individuals and groups by appointment any day but Sundays.

812-346-2245 • cell: 812-592-3777

newcreationdaylilies@yahoo.com

HOTEL NASHVILLE

Center of Nashville Main and Van Buren Streets Open Daily • (812) 988-4114

• Accommodates 8 Guests • 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths • Game Room w/ Pool Table • Cable TV–DVD Player • Fully-Equipped Kitchen • Central Heat and Air • Gas Fireplace • Gas Grill • Outdoor Hot Tub

BRICK LODGE 245 N. Jefferson St., Nashville (812) 988-8400 • (800) 848-6274 www.hotelnashville.com • Suites, Studios, Hot Tubs • Restaurant and Bar • Indoor Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool • Conference Facilities • Weddings and Receptions • Special Getaway Packages

1878 N. State Rd. 135, Nashville (812) 988-8400 • (800) 848-6274 www.bricklodge.com

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NORTH HOUSE 194 N. Van Buren St., Nashville (812) 988-8400 • (800) 848-6274 www.northhousegetaway.com • Accommodates 8 Guests • 3 Bedrooms and 2 1/2 Baths • Cable TV–DVD Player • Fully-Equipped Kitchen • Central Heat and Air • Electric Fireplace • Secluded Hot Tub • Gas Grill


Willow Manor Apartments Nashville's Premier Senior Apartments 55+

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Apartment * Full size washer and dryer * Patios and Balconies * Central air conditioning * Full set of kitchen appliances * Garbage disposal * Cable TV hookups * Pets welcome * 24 hour emergency maintenance * Built to ADA standards * Elevator

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Call Today (812) 720-9400 July/August 2011 â&#x20AC;˘ Our Brown County 27


Beta Teen Center

B

ETA Teens club provides a safe place for young people to hang out, make new friends, listen to music much more loudly than they can at home, learn some new things, see concerts, and play games. The BETA Teen Center is located in Nashville, Indiana at the corner of Washington and Jefferson Streets in the red Fieldhouse building. The center will be available on most Mondays and Thursdays (not holidays) from 4:00

Lunch and Dinner

“This is a Nice Place.”

• Calzones • Gourmet Pizzas • Deli Sandwiches • Speciality Salads • Homemade Soups • Desserts • Carry Out Items Closed Sun. Abe’s Alley 145 S. Jefferson and Mon.

(812) 988-8884 • calzonejones.com 28 Our Brown County • July/August 2011

to 8:00 during the summer break and during the school year. This year the group will be sponsoring the “BATTLE OF THE BANDS” along with Brown County Realtors and GuitarWorks at the county fair on July 23. BETA also plans to hold a concert at the teen center before school starts up again.

Family Cosmetic Preventive Dentistry 812-332-2000 www.drlisabaker.net

Lisa J. Baker, DDS 4217 E. 3rd Street • Bloomington, IN 47401


HERITAGE MALL Shops South Van Buren Street Nashville, Indiana

SPORTS etc. Your Team Headquarters for Y Licensed Sports Novelties and Collectibles

• Collegiate • NFL • MLB • NBA • NASCAR

Visit our website

www.browncountysports.com 41 S. Van Buren St. Heritage Mall Nashville, Indiana

BETA stands for Brown County Enrichment for Teens Assoc. and was founded April of this year. The group has the endorsement of Matt Stark, the principal of the Brown County High School and Mike Roane, the principal of the Brown County Junior High. If you are interested in contributing time, money, or activities please contact Cindy at 812-988-8807. BETA’s Facebook page is <www.facebook.com/ pages/BETA/170739419655059> and the e-mail is <BETAteens@gmail.com>. You can snail mail us at P.O. 1194 Nashville, IN 47448. 

812-988-6809

• Memorabilia • Apparel • T-Shirts by The Mountain • Vintage Photos • Postcards

Head over

Heels • Minnetonka • Stetson • Tilley Hats

HATS • FOOTWEAR • ACCESSORIES A Mix of Antiques, Americana, and All Things Inspiring

Silas Andrews We carry Candleberry Candles Main n Street Shops Old School Way Nashville, IN 812-988-6255

for your Heart and Home

49 South Van Buren Street

in Nashville • 812-988-6535 headoverheels@switched.com • fax: 812-988-6505

Nashville Candy Store Old-Fashioned Candy Homemade Fudge Peanut Brittle

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

Buy a pound of FUDGE Get a half pound FREE

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No visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to

George George Ge org rge C Tucker Tu r Building Bu dingg

New rooms with balcony view, restaurant, lounge, and enclosed pool. Conference facility for up to 600 people.

812-988-2284 • SeasonsLodge.com

Across from Brown County Courthouse

44 N. Van Buren St. north of stoplight

Granny’s Christmas

A Brown County Landmark renowned for savory home cooking and old-fashioned hospitality

& Gift Shop

812-988-4554

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

MERCANTILE STORE

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

“Old and Young Love this Shop!”

812-988-2291 • BrownCountyInn.com

Nashville’s extraordinary eating and beverage experience 812-988-6166

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Brown County

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


5 Ye

GREEN VALLEY LODGE

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OFF*

• FREE Wireless Internet • Super Clean Rooms • Peaceful Valley Setting • 1 mile to Nashville and Brown County State Park

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Reserve at www.greenvalleylodge.com or 812-988-0231 toll free 1-800-205-8369 692 St. Rd. 46 W Nashville, IN 47448

Ole House

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

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

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Dynamic classes and demo table.

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

5 FREE SHEETS OF 8 1/2 ” X 11” CARDSTOCK with this coupon.

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

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Nashville BP 14 ” PIZZA $9.98 from 4:00–7:00 pm State Roads 46 & 135 270 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville

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White Sands Boutique

Autumn in

Brown County

“A Caché of Fabulous Stuff”

HOT • NEW • STYLISH

“Dahling, You’ Love this Shop! You’ll I a Fabulous It’s L Boutique” Little

White Sands Boutique

NEW LOCATION

We moved across the street behind Old Bartley House— formerly Ruth’s Garden’s courtyard Nashville, IN (812) 988-6980

A Fun Place to Shop Women’s Apparel, Handbags, Jewelry, Hats, and more!

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For Arrival September 15 to November 23, 2011

The Incredible 2-NIGHT PACKAGE Includes:

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

$189* (2 nights/ Sun.–Wed. arrival) $229* (2 nights/ Friday arrival) $199* (2 nights/ Thurs. or Sat. arrival) Reserve on-line

www.browncountyinn.com or 800-772-5249

On-site:

indoor pool playground game room tennis courts horseshoes bocce

yard games miniature golf basketball volleyball shuffleboard ping-pong

Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

Nearby: Rules:

2 blocks to Nashville’s 200+Shops, Galleries, Restaurants and Theaters 2 miles to Brown County State Park Advance reservation and deposit required. Above offer valid based on availability September 15 thru November 23, 2011. Not valid for group room bookings beyond 5 rooms per stay. Children (up to age 17) stay free with parents – Max occupancy per room is 2 adults/2 child.

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

BROWN COUNTY INN

State Road 46 East in Nashville, Indiana


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George Bredewater, a good friend of Our Brown County, passed away this May. George shared a decadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of photos with our publication and touched many lives. If George took your picture, you never forgot the experience. He did everything for the shot. He found everyone he met to be interesting and wanted to hear their story. His suggestions

Margaret Colglazier

Charles Barnes

photos of George by Bill Weaver

provided many years of enjoyment for the readers of this magazine. He had an opinion about most things and could come up with better ways to do nearly everything. His laugh and his stories always lingered after a visit. We will miss him. He is now in the company of the some of the souls he captured on film. We thought it would be fitting to print some of those great shots in honor of our dear friend.

Pods Miller

Frances Miller Ausperk

Lillian Dunnigan


John Williams

Sam Johnson

Bob Allen

Fred Rigley

Gordon Fiscus Harry Hugar

Denny Heiny

Amanda Kirby


The Ricci Family

“We Enjoy Playing Together”

~by Bill Weaver

“M

usic is something near and dear to me,” says Lewis Ricci when asked about the small ensemble he’s formed with his wife Margaret and sons Campbell and Duncan. Families often make good music together, most often they are informal groups playing in the living room or back yard, but sometimes they venture out into public venues. Groups such as the Carter Family and the Neville Brothers spring to mind. The Sandersons, another local family, also performs together. In the Riccis’ case it all came as a complete surprise. “They took lessons when they were little,” Lewis says, “It’s funny, I didn’t see it coming. One day I realized that I had these guys in my house who were competent players and wanted to play. We started with no thought of an end point except

The Riccis at Muddy Boots. photo by Cindy Steele

”…a lot of times I may pick a tune of a more contemporary artist and they might want to do someone from my era.” —Lewis Ricci we enjoyed playing together. I think that’s the best motivation there is.” Lewis’s favorite memory of the collaboration (so far) came one night, “when we nailed a tune pretty well and Campbell said to Duncan, ‘You know, before we started playing with Dad we were competent players but Dad has turned us into musicians and that’s

36 Our Brown County • July/August 2011

something we’re going to take to our grave.’ I’m like, oh my!” he laughs. They’ve played together for about three years, regularly showing up at Muddy Boots in Nashville and the Player’s Pub in Bloomington as well as such events as the “Paint Out” and Outdoor Concert at T.C. Steele State Historic Site and the DINO Mountain Bike Race at Brown County State Park. Lewis—who has been playing piano since he was four and has studied classical voice—plays keyboards. Oldest son Campbell plays guitar and sings. Duncan keeps the rhythm on the drums. And Margaret—who grew up in a musical family herself—handles backup vocals and plays bass on keyboard. “I guess it’s genetics but our voices blend pretty well,” Lewis relates. “It’s nice. We get some very good harmonies.”


When it comes to the songs they choose to play they all get a choice. “It’s funny because a lot of times I may pick a tune of a more contemporary artist and they might want to do someone from my era. We play Coldplay but the latest song we tried, at Duncan’s request, was a Bruce Hornsby tune, which is someone more in my era. It’s great. It makes me listen to a lot of music that I might not normally hear because their tastes are fairly wide, which is good. “That’s not something I had with my parents,” he continues. “My sons and I have more connection musically because the musicians of their generation look back to earlier musicians more than I did with my parents’ music.” The Riccis also have plenty of original songs. “I’ve written since I was thirteen years old so I have lots of music past and present,” he says,

including co-writing the theme of WFIU’s A Moment of Science. “We’re in the process of recording a bunch of our current stuff. I don’t know if it will be a CD or an online thing. We have about four done and have another five or six that we want to do. Maybe if it’s an online thing we’ll never be completely finished,” he laughs. Every year they invite their friends to their home near Nashville for “a big jam session. We play late into the night. What’s nice about that is that my sons have a lot of friends in high school that are musicians so they come over and join my friends for an intergenerational jam session. We’ll have four or five drummers, two or three guitarists, a few keyboardists—it’s a lot of people, a lot of different musical perspectives, and a lot of fun.”

Ricci is Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission and music helps keep him focused. “It is extremely releasing and relaxing,” he says. “It’s important for someone who’s an administrator in the arts to be a practicing artist—you don’t ever want to lose sight of what you’re trying to support. Being an artist myself helps me keep perspective.” Campbell Ricci, who graduated from high school this spring, has decided to attend Indiana University in Bloomington this fall so the band will be staying together for the foreseeable future. “I think that one of the reasons was that he wanted to continue to make music with us and that’s a great thing,” says his proud father. “It’s a dream come true to have a family that plays music. I couldn’t ask for much more.” 

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Calendar The schedule could change. Always check if planning a special trip. The Palace Theatre “It’s Only Temporary” July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 “Platinum Girls” July 8, 22, Aug. 5 “Forever Vegas” July 2, 23, 29 Aug. 12, 19, 26, “Cowboy Sweethearts” July 1, 15 “How Great Thou Art” Special Events: July 13 Pop Fusion Teen Dance Class 4:30-5:30 and Pop Fusion Dance Class 6:00-7:00 July 27 The Burlesque Experience 6:00-8:00 Robert Shaw as Elvis and Johnny Cash “Heartbreak Hotel” July 9, 16, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 “Man in Black” July 9, 16, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 “How Great Thou Art” July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 Coachlight Square • Van Buren and Washington Streets in Nashville Info 812-988-2101 www.palacetheatreobc.com

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (closed August) Sept. 3, 17, 24 Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

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

Chateau Thomas Winery Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. July 1 Phil Pierle July 2 Mark La Pointe July 8 Bloodshot Moon July 9 Foster & Jones July 15 Mack Jump July 16 Fire in the Dawn July 22 Ken Wilson & Company July 23 Barry Johnson July 29 Tim Brickley July 30 Gary Applegate Aug. 5 Foster & Jones Aug. 6 Barry Johnson Aug. 12 Double Play Aug. 13 Bill Price Aug. 19 Miss Loretta’s Gooden Plenty Project Aug. 20 Gary Applegate Aug. 26 Greg Ziesemer & Kriss Luckett Aug. 27 Lazy Saints call for later dates Info 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com

Muddy Boots Cafe Live music: Monday-Thurs. 6:30-8:30 Friday and Saturday 7:30-9:30 Info 812-988-6911 July 1 Steven Thomas Band July 2 Jeb Brester July 4 David Dwer July 5 Richard Groner July 6 Don Ford July 7 Kara Barnard July 8 Mizfits July 9 Indiana Boyz July 11 Not for Profit July 12 Ken Wilson July 13 Keenan & Friends July 14 Whipstitch Sallies July 15 The Riccis July 16 Travis Creek July 18 Shylo July 19 Lou Stant July 20 Dan Cantwell July 21 TBA July 22 Porch Hounds

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July 23 Matt, Alyssa & Paul July 25 Wakefield July 26 Elsie White July 27 Johnny Nevada & the Rockets July 28 Whiskey Mystics July 29 Shelf Life July 30 Peter Admandson & the Fireball Express North end of Van Buren Street in Nashville

Pine Room Tavern Saturdays Live music starting at 8:00 Sundays Jazz musicians 7:00-9:00 Wednesdays Ryder Film Series Info 812-988-0236 www.pineroomtavern.com

FigTree July 7 Mack Jump July 14 Hickory Wind Bluegrass July 21 Shilombish July 28 Spencer Music Shows 7:00-9:00 Info 812-988-1375 contact@figtreegallery.com

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays Country Dance Lessons Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country Band Special Events: Second Saturdays - Lloyd Wood Show Second Fridays - Ballroom Dance July 4 Closed July 8 Ballroom Dance July 9 Lloyd Wood Show July 15 Country Classic w/ David Wayne July 16 50s Dance July 23 Private Party Class of 2001 July 25 Closed-Mike at Monroe Co. Fair July 30 Hot Rods & Hillbillies Car Show Rock-a-boogie Band Aug. 5 Closed Aug. 12 Ballroom Dance Aug. 13 Lloyd Wood Info 812-988-8636 www.thedancebarn.com


Seasons Lodge Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

13th Annual Bean Blossom Gospel Jubilee

Salt Creek Golf Retreat 19th Hole Bar

August 4-6 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom www.beanblossom.us

Music Fridays and Saturdays Info 812-988-7888 www.saltcreekgolf.com

Clay Day

Abe Martin Lodge Little Gem Restaurant

August 6, Spears Gallery 9:00-5:00 5110 State Road 135 South Experience glazing raku pottery

Weed Patch Music Company Monthly Jams are 3:00-5:00 Fiddle Tune Jam 2nd Saturday Gospel Jam 3rd Saturday Info 812-988-1180 weedpatchmusiccompany.com

Music Saturdays Dave Miller 6:00-8:00 Info 812-988-4418

SPECIAL EVENTS: Village Art Walk

Return to the Wild Raptor Center

Second Saturdays April–December 5 to 8 pm. 11 participating galleries. Restaurant discounts on tour Sat. and Sun. Info 812-988-1287 www.artalliancebrowncounty.com (812) 340-8781 Bean Blossom Blues,

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

Brews & BBQ

August 25-27 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom www.beanblossom.us

Brown County Dragway

Racing every Sunday, Gates open at 9:00 5 miles north of Nashville on Gatesville Rd. Old Settlers will take place Info 812-988-6103 again at Monroe’s Music Park www.browncountydragway.com

on Sept. 2 & 3

Brown County Lions Club’s Family Fun and Fireworks

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Brown County Art Gallery

July Artists Assoc. Summer Show July Featuring Elizabeth O’Rear July 3 Music by Brown County Community July 31-Aug. 28 August Fine Art Exhibit Band AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES at the high Aug. Featuring Sue Chapman school parking area—organized by the Info 812-988-4609 Friends of the Brown County Lions Club. www.browncountyartgallery.org Contests, motorcycle show, Big Wheel races, child ID program. Pioneer Village Museum Open Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 to 4:30 May thru October in downtown Nashville

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Green Our Big Space

~by Jim Eagleman

A

t many park interpretive programs, I often show a large, color photograph of the state of Indiana taken from around 400 miles in space. Generated with images collected by the US civilian observation satellite, LANDSAT 5TM which orbits the earth at a height of 705 km (440 miles), it’s an impressive view of the state. It clearly shows the cities of Indianapolis, Evansville and South Bend as well as the drainage systems of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers. At the northwest corner, the prominent Hoosier “notch” on Lake Michigan shows the metropolitan sprawl of Gary and East Chicago, and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing some of Crane Naval Weapons Depot, is visible in the southeast corner. Finally, I point to a large, green patch south of Indianapolis located right where my visitors (and you) are now, in

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Brown, Monroe, parts of Bartholomew, and Lawrence counties. I say they are in the middle of the “green blob” of Brown County State Park, since the park’ s 16K acres help comprise the state’s largest and most impressive contiguous forest. Along with Hoosier National Forest, the DNR, Division of Forestry holdings, camps, and other parcels, the large, green area is approximately 380,000 acres in size. And certainly it is of prime importance to all of us as its lucky residents. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), with a local office in the county, is a large, private, international organization

that has helped to determine the biological value of the Brown County Hills Eco-region (BCH). With on-going survey crews of academics, students, TNC botanists and biologists, the TNC works with partners in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the federal government, local camp and cooperating landowners to make sure that the plants, animals and natural communities that make the BCH so special are protected for future generations. As conservation efforts continue, biologic significance is recognized through programs like the Audubon Society’s Continued on 44

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GREEN SPACE continued from 43 Important Bird Area (IBA), eco-regional conservation plans, and by inclusion on popular recreation and tourism sites. When taxa lists are compiled and shared from both remote backcountry and public areas, they help confirm its unique status. Using a common term with my group, a sink lets water and items accumulate before the plug is pulled. The BCH green spot I point to is referred to by biologists in a similar same way. By virtue of its thick forest cover, soil types, and plant communities, habitats abound. Animals and birds are naturally drawn in, collect, and live here. They are referred to as a source population. In addition to being a year ’round home, the area also attracts those species that pass through.

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It is a refuge offering food, water, and cover to many migrants, residents and occasional visitors. While public lands in the BCH are always open and accessible, some rare habitats are sensitive and may require added protection. Of course, the BCH is also a place human residents call home. We live and work here, play, create, and rest. It is a magnet to both wildlife and humans. Forests in general are as much a home to people as they are to other living creatures. But as more and more people are attracted to visit and live here, and tree canopy cover permanently thins, how will the Brown County Hills continue to be a home to wild things? As we continue to experience development with building and alterations to the environment, will the BCH continue to be a natural area of importance? If development occurs with an eye towards conserving these abundant natural resources, wild things and wild places will persist over time. Sustainability of forested areas need not be the sole responsibility of governments or private organizations. Landowners and residents have an obligation and play a large role in conserving natural areas across Indiana. Learning what exists on your land is the first step in responsible land stewardship. DNR district foresters, park and TNC staff, can be contacted to help you learn more about your land and potentially help identify threatened or rare species. Ultimately, what happens on your land is up to you. As summer proceeds, county overlooks turn to a sea of rolling green. We slow down to take a look. Distant storms or sunsets highlight the beauty in front of us and maybe for some, it’s their first view of the hills o’Brown. They are mesmerized. Those of us who live here are also impressed. We know a scenic pull-off is up ahead and even if we’re in a hurry, the foot comes off the accelerator. The Brown County hills will continue to capture our hearts and slow us down. They are here for all to enjoy. Behind the scenes and often overlooked, is an amazing collection of plants, animals, and natural communities that bind the Brown County Hills together. It is a wonderful forested fabric full of amazing diversity and complex forest relationships: predator animals, rare orchids, endangered species, and common trees. They help make this place special. The BCH can help in this important ecologic endeavor, and we’re glad they’re here. 


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Country Mouse Weaving Studio

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Visit

10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135

Morgantown Serving Central Indiana for 40 Year s Since 1971

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www.theclockconnection.com Lay-a-way and Gift Certificates available 69 W. Washington St. P.O. Box 29 Morgantown, IN 46160-0029 812-597-5414 Tues.–Sat. 11–5 pm (closed Sun. & Mon.)

Fabric & Notions s ‛ y d A 79 W. Washington St. Morgantown, IN

812.597.0578 • www.adysfabrics.com Learn a Special Project by Request BOMs, Retreats and Monthly Clubs Fabrics • Threads • Classes • Kits • Notions Patterns • Quilting • Sewing • Redwork Embroidery • Long Arm Quilting Available Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 to 5 • open Weds. till 8:00pm

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Knitting, Weaving, Spinning

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

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


BONE APPETIT BAKERY For Dogs

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

Clay Day

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

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

BOOK STORE

Spears Gallery 551 E. St. Road 46 Nashville, Indiana Half mile from downtown New Management Pet Friendly Smoking rooms–limited availability

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Saturday August 6, 2011

Fun for everyone. Decorate your own Raku pottery piece to take home. Watch and learn about the process. Clay Day is hosted by Spears Gallery, located in southern Brown County 5110 St. Rd. 135 South, Nashville, Indiana, just seven miles off of Indiana State Road 46 on Indiana State Road 135. For additional information call (812) 988-1287, or e-mail <spearspottery@sprynet.com> or visit <www.spearspottery.com>.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Winemaking

Brown County Winery ~by Jeanette Menter

W

hen David and Cynthia Schrodt rented a garage in Monroe County back in 1985 with aspirations to start a little winery, they could not have known twenty-five years later, they would be celebrating a milestone anniversary in their own beautiful building in scenic Brown County. A winemaker by trade, David created five varieties in his first year. Today, their wine list boasts fifteen different choices. They produce 33,000 gallons and 170,000 bottles of wine each year. Their story deserves celebrating. On July 30, 2011, they will host a party to commemorate their 25 years of continuous wine production and sales. From 10 to

Come to the Party

David and Cynthia Schrodt. photos by Greg Clarke

July 30, 2011

5:30 the public is invited to join in the festivities at their “downtown Gnaw Bone” location, 4520 State Rd. 46 E., which opened in 2000. For $5 guests will be treated to a pulled-pork lunch including coleslaw and baked beans provided by Lemley’s Catering. The price also includes a specially designed glass and one glass of wine. Two bands will provide some bluegrass entertainment. From 12:30 to 2:30, Hickory Wind will perform, and from 3 until 4:30,

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White Lightning Boys will play. Tents will be set up for relaxing and eating and games will be available for fun. Guests will be able to tour the winemaking facility. Brown County Winery believes that “Quality wine should be available to everyone, regardless of their experience.” With that goal in mind, the Schrodts provide a welcoming, relaxed, and fun destination for wine enthusiasts. Their wines use not only grapes, but also cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, or any other fruit they find is appropriate. The wine tasting room is warm and spacious with a wide variety Continued on 50


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different kinds of ice cold beer, a large selection of domestic and imported wines (from Boone's Farm to Dom Perignon), and all your favorite spirits. Plus, we carry ice, snacks, and other party supplies. Located at the Junction of HWYs 46 and 135 in Nashville

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25 YEARS continued from 48 of accessories and gourmet treats to accompany wine selections. Whether you are out for a day of wine tasting or heading to your cabin for the weekend, The Brown County Winery is a must-see destination to stock up. Athough tastings are free, wine is only sold by the bottle. They

also have a location in downtown Nashville at the corner of Main Street and Old School Way where you can sample wines and purchase by the bottle. The winery is open daily. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 to 5, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and Sunday from 11 to 5. Their friendly staff is waiting

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to make your next wine tasting stop an enjoyable, convenient and educational one. For more information about The Brown County Winery and their upcoming event, visit their website, <www.browncountywinery.com> or call them at 1-888-298-2984. Remember to mark your calendar for the celebration on July 30. ď Ž


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Nashville Fine Pipes and Tobaccos Themed T-Shirts Premium Cigars Great Gifts for Guys Enjoy Beautiful Brown County, Indiana! This award-winning hotel offers a quiet getaway with its quaint and rustic lobby, free breakfast, complimentary high speed internet, indoor pool, fitness room and whirlpool suites. Trolley available to downtown Nashville. 75 W Chestnut, St Rd 46

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These two turkeys were spotted in the parking lot of Brownie’s Bean Blossom Restaurant on State Rd. 135.

Birdbrains

~by Gunther Flumm

I

f someone calls someone else a “birdbrain” it’s been known to lead to physical altercations. Most folks taking that pigeonholing of their cranial tissue to be an insult. Not in our Brown County. That is a compliment hereabouts. In the Bird-World if you’re dumb, you’re food. In the Human-World if you’re dumb, you’re elected to office. Nature works in mysterious ways.

Think of a low-flying bird like a video game. You are flying through the forest on a windy day. Consider how fast they have to make adjustments to that breezy environment. Would you trust your human brain to the task? How many birds do you find knocked out by tree limbs? I ain’t found one yet. Birdbrain versus airplane— again no contest. We take vacations, they make migrations. No suitcases, passports, airports, labor strikes, or body searches for the birds. Of course they’ve been flying for millions of years and we’ve only been obstructing their friendly skies since 1903. But we need a compass, CPS, maps, and mother-in-laws to tell us where to go and how to

Johanna Lee

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get there. Birds don’t. They just flap their winds and use their birdbrains. Birds don’t need restaurants, refrigerators, or grocery stores. Forests, fields, and farms provide everything they need to eat (unless you’re a penguin). Birds can lay an egg for an omelet in an emergency. Can we do that? And they don’t pay for anything either. They’ve got no pockets to carry money. That’s smart evolution. That took brains not to invent pockets. Birdbrains! I’m astonished at our narrow sighted view of our avian brotherhood. Wisdom is knowledge tempered by experience. From laughing loons to bald eagles scientists have studied every “birdbrain” we need to know. Do you see where I’m going with all this. Think “transplant!” We could replace our ape-brain with literally dozens of birdbrains. We could be wise like the owl, run as swift as the ostrich, swim like a duck, have the goals of a turkey, and the heart of a chicken. Okay, bad examples—but you get the picture. In our Brown County we love birdbrains and most country folk secretly wish they had one. City folk, being used to pigeons, sparrows, and starlings don’t share our affections—which is understandable. Birds that hangout on statues and eat in fast food parking lots have lost their self-respect. In our hills and hollers they sing a different tune and march to no drum whatsoever. They have solved the riddle on which came first, the chicken or the egg. That was easy. Eggs don’t cross roads.

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Grocery • Meat • Deli • Beer/Wine Produce • Lottery • BUFFET PIZZAS Visa • Discover • MasterCard accepted Open Daily 8 - 8, 8 - 6 Sunday

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Scrumptious Entrees • Vegetarian Selections Handmade Desserts • Specialty Coffee Drinks Breakfast Served All Day

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Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 7:30 am–9 pm; Fri. and Sat. 8:30 am–10 pm; Sun. 9 am–8 pm

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BEAN BLOSSOM Restaurant Good Food, Good Service, Good Prices

All-You-Can-Eat

Catfish on Friday Nights Daily Specials Breakfast Served All Day

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

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So Fine a Time

~by Henry Swain • A list of all credit cards, their numbers, and payment dates. • Bank safety deposit box, a list of its contents, and where to find the key. • A list of all insurance policies, their payment dates and manner of payment. • State and federal income tax returns, the quarterly prepayment dates, and amounts. • Utility bills and payment dates. • My obituary and kind of memorial service I would prefer and contact person. • Where my will is located. • Any personal loans to others, the amount, and repayment schedule. • Location of deeds to any properties and when county tax payments are due. • Any certificates of deposit, securities, their amounts, interest rates, and renewal dates. • List of businesses with which there are open monthly accounts.

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rown County is described by the Indiana University Research Center as an “old county.” They mean our general population is older than the average of other counties. This is not surprising since Brown County is attractive to retirees. Now into my tenth decade I have been giving considerable thought and preparation regarding my own demise. Some of the things I suggest could also wisely apply to those much younger. With tongue in aged cheek I have titled my file “The end times” for we never know when that is. In it I have:

If we have been both lucky and prudent, most of us will end life with some kind of estate. It may be in savings accounts, market investments, insurance policies, real property, or other kinds of investment. Without a will, the state will dictate how the estate will be distributed. With a will you can list the organizations and persons you would like to support in the distribution of your estate and the amounts to each organization.

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Death of a loved one is one of the most traumatic emotional experiences we are likely to encounter. Emotion temporarily overwhelms our usual rational response as we adjust to the shock. Leaving instructions to those you leave behind is one the last courtesies you can give. Investment in legal counsel in preparing the distribution of your estate is a given. A tangled web of frustration and disappointment usually follow without it. While there ample evidence that we all eventually die, there is equal evidence of human denial. I call it the “mental postponement factor”. Of course we know we are going to die but not tonight or tomorrow but at some distant future so we don’t have to bother facing the thought right now. Facing the thought, that’s what it amounts to. I’ve used up over ninety percent of my future and the unknown part of what is left is coming at me with warp speed. Maybe it is the kind of life we live that should be our estate for distribution. You don’t need a lawyer for that and your heirs are not likely to fight over the legacy of your life. The poet Riley believed life was like being invited to a party, the party of life. Like all good party attendees it is best to leave while others wish you would stay a little longer. His poem is titled “The parting guest.” Ah what delightful hosts are they, life and love. Lingeringly, I turn away this late hour Yet glad enough they did not withhold from me Their high hospitality. So, with face lit with delight and all gratitude I stay, Yet to press their hands and say, Thanks, so fine a time, good night, goodbye. 

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Painting Lessons available, call for times 812-988-4091• cathyscorner@att.net Also buying estate and vintage jewelry gold and silver (will travel).


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...because a campfire 11-room inn helps you see things 1 vacation home in a different light. TM Public trail rides New ZIP LINES! Family reunions Women’s retreats Kids’ horse retreats Murder mysteries Lighted basketball court Playground equipment Hiking and relaxation Perfect for group outings!

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Catering to those fascinated by life. R this Rent hi hi historic i ffarmhouse h id ideally ll suited for up to three couples, families, or friends’ getaways. Explore and discover secrets of nature along private hiking trails in the adjacent Zimmerman Wetland Bird Habitat and upland forest. e-mail: houseatstonehead@aol.com • 812-988-9848

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Village (assisted) Living T

~by Mark Blackwell

he time has finally come to where I am considering the possibility of coming up with a plan to maybe move off the ridge. I know that I sound a little ambivalent but I’ve survived High School, war, and raising three daughters and I am from the generation that invented sex, drugs and rock and roll. So, I guess that I thought that I might carry on with life the way I always have. But circumstances change. I’m okay with that but it’s the fact that they don’t consult me first that ticks me off. There are several factors that have led to this “railway of cogitation.” One is that my chain saw seems to be gaining weight. I have tried to ignore it for the last couple of years but I am sure that it is heavier now than when I bought it. The snakes are getting faster, too—and who wants to come

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in last in a rattlesnake relay. And I swear the roof on the cabin has grown taller, the hills have gotten higher and worst of all—the days are getting shorter. I can’t get near as much done as I used to. I think, maybe, the days have shrunk up as a result of daylight savings time. I hear that the modern thing to do is to move into an “assisted living community,” but I’m not all that much of a “modern” feller. So, the first idea that crossed my mind is swapping out the “little old cabin in the lane” for a place in town —if you count Nashville as a town. But I think, for most of its history, Nashville has been considered a village. According to my Funk and Wagnall’s, a village is “a small community or group of houses in a rural area, usually smaller than a town.” I reckon that pretty much fits Nashville, give or take an idiot. And, I think I would choose to move to a village rather than some other kind of place. After spending considerable time out here in the rear-end of nowhere, Nashville can be downright fascinating. A village is the original “assisted living” community. It has about anything I might want or need. First off, for dire necessaries it’s got the IGA store and Bear Hardware. And if I was to get hard up for tee- shirts or socks, there’s a shop on every block. For general entertainment and the answers to questions that memory can no longer be relied Continued on 62


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812-988-4609 · www.browncountyartgallery.org

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Welcome to

Peaceful Valley Y

~by Joanne Nesbit

ou won’t find it on a map, but artists of the early 1900s from across the country knew how to find Peaceful Valley. First get to Indianapolis and then take the train to Helmsburg. Hire a hack or start to walk the six miles to peaceful Valley most readily known as Nashville in Brown County, Indiana. Some have known Brown County as Indiana’s Switzerland. Others have considered the county to be the “Adirondacks of Indiana.” One newspaper writer of 1908 pointed out, “What Barbizon was to the artists of Paris in the days of Millet, Peaceful Valley will soon be to the painters of not only Hoosierdom, but the surrounding states as well.” Peaceful Valley was christened in 1908 by a group of artists gathered in the twilight after dinner on the porch and grassy area in front of the Pittman Inn. The conversation quickly turned to comments about the beauty of Brown County. One painter said that in spite of his world travels he had never found such an ideal place for a painter as Brown County. “It is certainly in a class by itself. There is nothing like it.”

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The Helmsburg train depot.

A landscape painter chimed in with, “I have never seen anywhere such fine old trees, such beautiful stretches of bottom lands or meadows all backed up by these hills. Hills? Why do they call them hills? They are little brothers to mountains. A man could paint for a lifetime in this spot.” Another artist showed much more interest in the people of Brown County than its landscapes. “Where else can you find such fine people,” he said. “Why they haven’t been touched yet by the bane of the ultra civilization of the cities. These people are honest. Nobody thinks of locking up his things in his place. And see what fine subjects for a painter are these children, and look at the character in the faces of the old men. Here three generations are always in evidence, the elders, the children and grandchildren. There doesn’t seem to be much use for that little graveyard up on the hill.” At about this time someone shouted out that this place so praised by the group should have a name that would indicate its characteristics. Another loudly Continued on 63


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We offer fine hickory furniture, along with reclaimed barnwood, pine, white and red cedar, sassafras, walnut, and aspen. Many pieces are handcrafted by local artisans. We also have upholstered sofas and chairs. Accessories include quilts and bedding, candles, picture frames, artwork, dinnerware, and lighting.

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Gifts for home and happiness French Country Décor Locally Made Items • Quilts Byer’s Choice Carolers Brown County Redware Pottery Madeline’s Famous Soy Candles Calvin Place, Van Buren & Franklin Streets Nashville, IN 812.988.6301

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Large Selection of Nostalgic Metal Signs Peace Frogs Merchandise

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VILLAGE continued from 58 on to supply, Nashville has a great little Library. And if I happen to win the lottery, there are enough diners and restaurants that I wouldn’t have to visit the same place twice in a week. And the best part is that Nashville ain’t so big I could get lost. It’s pretty obvious that the town is small enough to walk just about everywhere. That’s a good thing because by the time I move into the metropolis I might not be able to get a driver’s license. If I could get a license the community probably would not be too happy about my creative driving. Maybe I could buy a lifetime pass on the “Nashville Express” tourist train and I could get around town using it like a trolley. Nashville has possibilities and it has character. In the modern age, it seems like there have been only three fates for a village. One, is to be swallowed up by the nearest, out-of-control, metropolis. Another is to surrender to strip mall-ification. And the third is to just deflate, dry up, and disappear. But Nashville has negotiated all of these fates at various times and has managed to maintain its particular character. I think Nashville retained its character in part because of the way it came into being. It is the county seat of a county made up of parts of the rural Hoosier landscape that other counties would rather not have to deal with. It was the kind of place that folks who were already there, stayed there, and suffered no great influx of outsiders. So, the folks of Brown County in general and Nashville in particular were left alone to develop a unique culture. In Brown County, the natives are not restless. Most of the folks in Brown County possess a sense of self-reliance that encourages the development of a set of skills that are rapidly vanishing in our society. Folks here have always known how to grow decent gardens, what trees make the best firewood, how to hunt, and how to repair just about any machinery they come across. It is a good thing because the people here are the kind who share their skills and knowledge with each other when need arises. I don’t think I have ever heard of a community that is more direct and hands on when it comes to helping each other and the community at large. If something needs fixing there never seems to be a shortage of volunteers. When somebody gets into trouble you can count on somebody to organize a fundraiser and everybody else to show up. As far as I can tell, it has always been this way. Back when the county was founded, neighbors relied on each other to help


build cabins and barns, harvest crops, nurse the ill and injured, and midwife births. That sounds like assisted living to me. People create bonds through shared labor and experience. That sort of thing probably goes unnoticed in the big cities where anonymity is more valued. You just buy your way into and out of trouble in a big town. Given another decade or two I just might move into the village—that is, if they have room for another idiot.  PEACEFUL VALLEY continued from 60 suggested the name Peaceful Valley. And so it was christened. For those disembarking the train at Helmsburg, George King would put you aboard his hack just after he unloaded the outgoing mail from the wagon onto the train platform. And he may have tied some incoming boxes of bread from the city to the back of the wagon. For those choosing to walk from the train station to Peaceful Valley along the dirt road, after about three

miles the hikers would come to a post topped by a mailbox that read “Alex Wilson #2.” This marked the half-way point of the trek. In another three miles one newspaper reporter wrote of seeing “in the distance a sweet little town lying asleep amongst surrounding hills. That spot marks the center of Peaceful Valley, and its name upon the county map, which, by the way, does not exist, would be Nashville.” While most found the name Peaceful Valley appropriate to the town’s setting, there were some who found fault with the peaceful part. In the midst of a quiet afternoon the spell was broken by the exhaust from the planing mill. This was considered the only inharmonious feature of the town. The artists were of one voice declaring that the mill engine had no place in the picture. “It does not fit into the peace of Peaceful Valley in which Nashville reposes.” The Peaceful Valley continues to draw artists and visitors. Some things still appear to break the peaceful spell, but they soon fade out of favor.

This T Rex was created from Model T parts by Virgil Floyd. No one loves Model Ts more than Virgil. He even has a car inside his house.

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