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Why Visitors Come Back for Good • www.OurBrownCounty.com

Scott Wayman

A New Beginning for Little Nashville Opry

Old Settlers Reunion Trolly’s Celebrates 25 The First Indiana State

Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

And: Nashville Changes Bluegill’s the Best Doel Reed Ernie Pyle’s August Retreat Clay Day

MAPS • CALENDAR • ARTICLES • PHOTOGRAPHS


Weed Patch Music Company

Look for the giant banjo next to the courthouse. On July 28, 2012 Weed Patch will present the Indiana Fingerstlye Guitar Competition. Weed Patch thanks OC Bear Guitar, Muddy Boots Cafe, and Big Woods Brewery for making this great event possible. For more information about tickets and registration visit indianastringfest.com

Locally built mandolins and affordable imports

Locally built fiddles and reliable old friends

with art by Steve Brummett

Weed Patch welcomes KT, General Manager and newest weed in the patch.

Weed Patch co-owner, Jeff Russell has built his finest banjo to date— with loads of great tone and a neck your fingers will thank you for!

Dulcimers, harps, and a large variety of folk instruments

Weed Patch Music 58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana

weedpatchmusiccompany.com • (812) 988-1180


Village Green Building

CELEBRATING OVER 100 YEARS IN NASHVILLE The Nashville you came to see and love… Where you can see the work of local artists — whether it’s ice cream, candy and fruit preserves made the old fashioned way or the artwork of local artists and craftsmen. ·   · Homemade Ice Cream Homemade Candies Homemade Fruit Preserves ·   · Antiques · Art and Craft Galleries featuring over 40 area artists Working studios of local artists

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Home of the Spinning Taffy and Nostalgic Candy Bins —·— Fine Homemade Candies & Fudge Fine Chocolate Fresh Roasted Nuts

AND WORKING STUDIOS

FINE ART AND CRAFTS OVER 40 ARTISTS REPRESENTED CLASSES AVAILABLE

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A Dreamer’s Gallery Specializing in Art and the Vintage, Local and Unique!

61 WEST MAIN STREET  NASHVILLE, INDIANA


38TH ANNUAL

Back Home Again in Indiana, The In Home of Bluegrass Music

BILL MONROE'S BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME & UNCLE PEN DAYS FESTIVAL

THE MECCA OF BLUEGRASS • 4 BIG DAYS • OVER 25 BANDS

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 - SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2012 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

RANDY WALLER & COUNTRY GENTLEMEN LARRY GILLIS & SWAMPGRASS THE BOX CARS RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT RONNIE RENO & RENO TRADITION JAMES KING BAND MELVIN GOINS & WINDY MOUNTAIN

BOBBY OSBORNE & ROCKY TOP X-PRESS DAVID PARMLEY & CONTINENTAL DIVIDE JD CROWE & NEW SOUTH JESSE MCREYNOLDS & VIRGINIA BOYS NEWFOUND ROAD RALPH STANLEY II TOMMY BROWN & COUNTYLINE GRASS WILDWOOD VALLEY BOYS LARRY SPARKS & LONESOME RAMBLERS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 AUDIE BLAYLOCK & REDLINE GRASSTOWNE JOE MULLINS & RADIO RAMBLERS JR. SISK & RAMBLERS CHOICE LARRY EFAW & MOUNTAINEERS TIM GRAVES, DARYL MOSLEY & FARM COUNTRY THE GRASCALS MELVIN GOINS & WINDY MOUNTAIN MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY! LIMITED CAMPSITES AVAILABLE. FREE PARKING.

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WEDNESDAY $20 $25 THURSDAY $25 $30 FRIDAY $30 $35 SATURDAY $30 $35 SAVE $5.00 OFF PER DAY* JUNIORS 13-16 YRS 4·DAY COMBO $90 BEST BUY! $105 CHILDREN 12 & UNDER FREE* *All children 16 years of age & under MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. RESERVED ON·SITE CAMPING AND CABIN RENTALS AVAILABLE: Water & Electric Hookups: 30AMP $20/ day; 50AMP $25/ day* * ** Double Occupancy; 4-Day min. required. Primitive Tent Sites: $6/ per person/day, TIckets MUST be purchased for every day of camping. All prices are subject to state/ local taxes and processing fees.

CHARGE BY PHONE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 DR. RALPH STANLEY & CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS PAUL WILLIAMS & VICTORY TRIO JD CROWE & NEW SOUTH LARRY CORDLE & LONESOME STANDARD TIME LARRY STEPHENSON BAND TOMMY BROWN & COUNTY LINE GRASS Emcees: Sam Jackson & George Riddle Sound: Tom Feller Sound MUSIC & INSTRUMENT WORKSHOPS (WED-SAT) FOOD CONCESSIONS AND VENDORS WILL BE ON SITE.

BLUEGRASS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

PAUL WILLIAMS INDUCTION CEREMONY SATURDAY, SEPT 22, 2012 RESERVE NOW FOR THE 47TH ANNUAL BILL MONROE BEAN BLOSSOM BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. 8 BIG DAYS JUNE 8TH - 15TH 2013

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BILL MONROE MEMORIAL MUSIC PARK & CAMPGROUND FOR INFORMATION OR TO CHARGE BY PHONE: (800) 414-4677 OR (812) 988-6422 • 5163 SR 135N, BEAN BLOSSOM, IN 46160 www.beanblossom.us • Email: beanblossombg@hotmail.com

DIRECTIONS: Take I-65 to exit #68 Columbus, IN. Go west 15 miles on SR 46 to Nashville. Go north 5 miles on SR 135 to Bean Blossom.

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*Advance Ticket Deadline September 1, 2012. All shows ws rain ain or shine shine – noo re refunds. All acts subject to change without notice. WE DO NOT ALLOW Alcohol, Drugs, Pets, Golf Carts, Large Coolers, Glass Containers or ATV’s in the concert area.


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Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm Elizabeth O’Rear Studio


HONEYSUCKLE LANE

JEFFERSON STREET

Hoosier Artist Gallery

The Bookloft

OLD HICKORY LANE

House of Blue Lights Record Shop

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

Brown Co Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

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Ferrer Miller’s Gallery Ice Cream

Head Over Heels

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc.

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Wishful Thinking

Main Street Shops

Foxfire

Gold &Old

McGinley Insurance

Health for “U”

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Redbud Terrace Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Weed Patch Music Co. His BookShop Glass Planet Gifts Old McDurbin Gold Brown Co Craft Gallery

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

MAIN STREET Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Gallery and Cottages

Iris Garden Gallery

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Pit Bull Leather Bedazzled Jewelry J Bob’s

Brown County Historical Soc. Traditional Arts Building

GOULD STREET Trolly’s Brown County Rock & Fossil Shop

Norma Reigle Palm & Tarot

MOUND STREET

Hidden Valley Inn

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Honeysuckle Hideaway

Granny’s Christmas Shop Mercantile Store The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images Brown Co Beading Co

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

The Woodlands Gallery

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Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

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Peg Ann’s Boutique New Leaf Amy Greely

Madeline’s

JEFFERSON STREET Papertrix

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 Brown Co Community YMCA

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Salt Creek McDonald’s Inn Pine Room Pizza King Tavern

Salt Creek Park

Casa del Sol

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Craftsman

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Lodging

Musical Entertainment Parking

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The Palace Holy Cow Theatre of Brown County

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Nashville General Store & Bakery

Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Coachlight Sq Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Possum Trot Sq

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

The Ordinary

Artists Colony Inn Carol’s Crafts • Toy Chest Bussert Gallery Brown Co. Clocks & Collectibles Sweetwater Wandering Gallery Past Antiques Grasshopper Flats

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SR 46 TO BLOOMINGTON - 16 MILES

Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop-Community Closet

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Schwab’s Fudge Abe’s Alley PITTMAN HOUSE LANE

Franklin Sq

White Sands Boutique

TixBC.com Brown Co Playhouse Jack & Jill Nut Shop Melchior Marionettes

58 South Apparel

FRANKLIN STREET Life is Good Calvin Place JB Goods

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

Michael’s Massage Linda Thomas Massage

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

Antique Alley

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Antiques Co-op..................................47 Bloomington Antique Mall............22 Brown Co Antique Mall...................58 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 Elegant Options.................................52 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................22 Nashville General Store...................19 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts..........66 Townhouse Gifts................................32 Wandering Past Antiques...............55

ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION

4th Street Festival..............................67 Antique Alley Shops.........................63 Antiques Co-op..................................47 Bear Hardware....................................49 Brown Co Antique Mall...................58 Brown Co Art Gallery........................57 Brown Co Art Guild...........................57 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................22 Bussert Gallery...................................31 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 Elegant Options.................................52 Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................57 Iris Garden Gallery.............................56 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts..........66 Wandering Past Antiques...............55 The Woodlands Gallery...................51

BOOKS

The Bookloft........................................66 His Book Shop.....................................66 House of Blue Lights........................16

CLOTHING

58 South Apparel...............................27 Antique Alley Shops.........................63 Bear Hardware....................................49 Brown Co Weavery & Roots............54 Thrift Shop-Community Closet....45 Head Over Heels................................63 House of Blue Lights........................16 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...................17 Male Instinct........................................55 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Peg Ann’s Boutique...........................52 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49

Sports Etc.............................................63 White Sands Boutique.....................36

CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS

4th Street Festival..............................67 Antique Alley Shops.........................63 Antiques Co-op..................................47 Bloomington Antique Mall............22 Bone Appetit Bakery........................66 Brown Co Bead Company...............62 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles....39 Brown Co Craft Gallery....................22 Brown Co Pottery..............................58 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop........56 Brown Co Visitors Center................12 Brown Co Weavery & Roots............54 Bussert Gallery...................................31 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 The Clay Purl........................................32 Country Mouse Weaving................33 A Dreamer’s Gallery............................ 3 Elegant Options.................................52 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................22 Faerie Hollow Studio........................33 The Ferguson House........................15 Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Foxfire....................................................15 Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Granny’s Christmas Shop................45 Head Over Heels................................63 Homestead Weaving Studio..........33 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................57 House of Blue Lights........................16 House of Clocks..................................47 Iris Garden Gallery.............................56 J Bob’s Trading Co..............................28 Jeepers Miniatures............................47 K. Bellum Leather..............................33 Madeline’s............................................26 Main Street Images...........................28 Male Instinct........................................55 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Mercantile Store.................................45 Nashville General Store...................19 New Leaf...............................................57 Oak Grove Pottery.............................33 Ole House.............................................29 Papertrix...............................................29

Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts..........66 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Rhonda Kay’s.......................................27 Sheep Street Fibers...........................47 Smashing Designs............................... 3 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery....................................33 Sports Etc.............................................63 Sweetwater Gallery...........................17 Townhouse Gifts................................32 The Toy Chest......................................39 Wishful Thinking................................66 The Woodlands Gallery...................51

ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC

Brown County Playhouse...............12 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine......56 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties....21 House of Blue Lights........................16 kidscommons.....................................21 Melchior Marionettes.......................16 Bill Monroe’s Music Park.................... 4 Nashville Express...............................16 The Palace Theatre............................43 Pine Room Tavern..............................45 Rawhide Ranch...................................51 TixBc.com.............................................62

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Abe Martin Lodge.............................61 Appleworks..........................................48 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Bloomingfoods...................................31 Brown Co IGA......................................61 Brown Co Inn...............................13, 27 Brown Co Winery...............................23 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest........53 The Candy Dish.................................... 3 Carmel Corn Cottage.......................21 Casa Del Sol.........................................21 Farmhouse Cafe.................................49 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.....................42 The Harvest Preserve......................... 3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant...........63 Holy Cow..............................................42 Hoosier Buddy Liquors....................49 Hotel Nashville...................................48 J Bob’s Trading Co..............................28 Jack and Jill Nut Shop......................55 McDonald’s..........................................66


Advertiser Index Miller’s Ice Cream.......................... 3, 36 Muddy Boots Cafe.............................45 Nashville BP.........................................29 Nashville Candy Store......................63 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................68 Nashville General Store...................19 Nashville House.................................27 Ole House.............................................29 The Ordinary.......................................27 Pine Room Tavern..............................45 Schwab’s Fudge..................................32 Seasons.................................................27 That Sandwich Place........................55 Trolly’s....................................................59 The Wild Olive.....................................44

FURNITURE

Bloomington Antique Mall............22 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................22 The Ferguson House........................15 Longs Landing....................................52 Wandering Past Antiques...............55 The Woodlands Gallery...................51

HARDWARE

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

HATS

Head Over Heels................................63 K. Bellum Leather..............................16

JEWELRY

4th Street Festival..............................67 Antique Alley Shops.........................63 Bloomington Antique Mall............22 Brown Co Antique Mall...................58 Brown Co Bead Company...............62 Bussert Gallery...................................31 Cathy’s Corner.....................................17 Exit 76 Antique Mall.........................22 Faerie Hollow Studio........................33 Ferguson House.................................15 Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Foxfire....................................................15 Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Grasshopper Flats..............................17 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................57 J Bob’s Trading Co..............................28 Main Street Images...........................28 New Leaf...............................................57 Old McDurbin Gold..........................22 Ole House.............................................29

Peg Ann’s Boutique...........................52 Rhonda Kay’s.......................................27 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............21 White Sands Boutique.....................36

LODGING / APARTMENTS/ CAMPING Abe Martin Lodge.............................61 Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Ashalyn Knoll......................................25 The Brick Lodge.................................48 Brown Co Inn...............................13, 27 Comfort Inn.........................................51 Cornerstone Inn.................................22 Explore Brown County.....................23 Forest Hills Apartments...................25 Green Valley Lodge...........................29 Hidden Valley Inn..............................48 Honeysuckle Hideaway...................66 Hotel Nashville...................................48 Iris Garden Cottages & Suites........56 Lodge on the Mountain..................55 The North House...............................48 Rawhide Ranch...................................51 Salt Creek Inn......................................66 Seasons.................................................27 Willow Manor Apartments.............25

MUSEUMS

Pioneer Village Museum.................16 Bill Monroe Museum.......................... 4

PET SERVICES/PRODUCTS Bone Appetit Bakery........................66

PHOTOS

Bussert Gallery...................................31 Glass Planet Gifts...............................54 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................57 House of Blue Lights........................16 Main Street Images...........................24 Spears Gallery and Spears Pottery....................................33

RECREATION

Explore Brown County.....................23 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides................26 Rawhide Ranch...................................51

SERVICES (see also SERVICES DIRECTORY)

Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS............................30 Brown Co Visitors Center................12 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon...........31

Michael’s Massage Therapy...........31 Nashville BP.........................................29 Linda Thomas Massage...................25

SERVICES DIRECTORY 64-65 Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Baldwin Tree Service Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Elmore Painting Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Fruitdale Market Health for “U” Hills o’ Brown Realty Rustic Realty and Rentals Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store Mike Nickels Log Homes Norma Reigle-Palm and Tarot Wild Hair

SHOES

Head Over Heels................................63 K. Bellum Leather..............................16

SPECIALTY SHOPS

Bone Appetit Bakery........................66 Brown Co Clocks & Collectibles....39 Carol’s Crafts........................................39 Fireplace Center.................................52 Granny’s Christmas Shop................45 House of Clocks..................................47 K. Bellum Leather..............................16 Male Instinct........................................55 Men’s Toy Shop...................................51 Pit Bull Leather Co.............................49 Sheep Street Fibers...........................47 Sports Etc.............................................63 The Toy Chest......................................39 Weed Patch Music Company........... 2 Wishful Thinking................................66

STAINED GLASS

Ferrer Gallery.................................. 3, 36 Hoosier Artist Gallery.......................57 Sweetwater Gallery...........................17

WEDDINGS

Artists Colony Inn..............................39 Hotel Nashville...................................48


The cover photo by Cindy Steele is of the Brown County State Park pool 14 Scott Wayman—Little Nashville Opry ~by Karen Farley 18 Brown County Old Settlers Reunion ~by Julia Pearson 24 Ernie Pyle Got It

~by Mark Blackwell

28 Upcoming Playhouse Entertainment 30 Ernie Pyle’s August Retreat 38 Fingerstyle Guitar Competition ~by Mark Blackwell

46 Trolly’s Celebrates 25 —The Sampler 53 Clay Day 54 Bluegill’s the Best

contributors

Karen Farley and her husband Ken live in Columbus, Indiana. She is mother of three, stepmom of four, and grandmother of nine. Karen’s passion for writing began in her twenties when she wrote poems to her daughters. Married for twenty years, she wrote a book about second marriages and contributes to several national magazines. Karen and her husband are also lay marriage counselors at Community Church of Columbus.

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.

~by Jim Eagleman

58 Nashville Changes ~by Henry Swain

60 Early Artist Doel Reed ~by Joanne Nesbit

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

812-988-8807 www.ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net copyright 2012 Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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. Julia Pearson is the Museum Director for the Brown County Historical Society. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Bloomington. Julia is human interest editor and writer for a Secular Franciscan magazine, and is currently writing a column entitled “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat. She loves traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes worldwide, especially with her children and grandchildren. Jeff Tryon was born and raised in Brown County, but has lived in California, Florida, and Alabama, where he has worked as a newspaper reporter, a construction worker, in a plastics factory, and as a cook in various restaurants. His interests include teaching and preaching.


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. 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.

Jim Eagleman is a 37 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 34 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.

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Cindy Steele is the publisher and editor of this magazine. She works out of her home in Helmsburg, producing most of the ads and layout herself. She started a second publication in 2004 called INto Art that focuses on fine arts and crafts in this region. She consults with her son Evan Markley on photo choices and ad designs. Her friend Otis hosts a jam session every Thursday where she pretends to play the banjo or guitar and sings.

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Patti Reynolds is originally from Indianapolis. She is the great-granddaughter of Brown County artist and poet Joseph Allen Minturn. A Purdue graduate, she had a 30 year career at Eli Lilly and Company. She began working in wildlife rehabilitation in 1998 and retired from Lilly in 2004 to move to Brown County with her partner Laura. Together they run the Indiana Raptor Center.

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Summer/Fall Season Nashville Old Time Radio Show

Carrie Newcomer in Concert

with Cari Ray

Saturday, August 25 · 7:30 PM

Most Saturdays · 7:30 PM

Footloose

Last Train to Nibroc October 4–21

presented by Brown County Summer Youth Theater sponsored by Smithville Charitable Foundation

The Turn of the Screw

Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14 · 7:30 PM Sunday, July 15 · 2 PM

October 18–November 4

Inaugural Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition Saturday, July 28th | Doors open 10 AM Competition 10 AM–3 PM Evening Concert 6–7:30 PM

adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

Almost, Maine by John Cariani

November 23–December 2

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula

December 5-16 Shows subject to change

Tickets are available online at BrownCountyPlayhouse.org and at the Playhouse Box Office Box Office Hours: Thursday–Saturday Noon–5 PM · Show Days: Noon–Curtain Time 70 South Van Buren Street · Nashville, Indiana 47448 · 812.988.6555

12 Our Brown County • July/August 2012


Note from the Editor

Summer Vacation For arrival June 10 to September 15, 2012

In BROWN COUNTY

The Incredible 2-Night FAMILY PACKAGE Includes:

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

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nyone running for office in Brown County knows the 4-H Fair is the most important campaign opportunity of the election. Residents from all age groups flock to the fair to check out exhibits, see events, mingle with friends, collect free stuff, and eat great food. Most of us don’t live real close to our neighbors so this is our biggest chance to be social. Kids meet up with their friends to walk the midway and go on rides. Adults look for their friends, too, as they walk through the tent booths and exhibits. There are a lot of hugs and handshakes. Candidates meet and greet many folks over the course of the fair week. They talk a lot. They listen a lot. They are “out there” to hear complaints and concerns. Be nice to the candidates as you make your rounds at the fair. Let them know you appreciate their willingness to be so exposed. When you see their shirts that say “vote for me” think about what it would take to convince other people to vote for you. Good luck, candidates. Here’s hoping you survive the heat from the weather and the public this fair season. —Cindy Steele

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Scott Wayman ”The place has a lot of history. It was a place where the artists enjoyed themselves.” ~by Karen Farley

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fter 25 years of attending shows at the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Martinsville businessman and morning radio host at WCBK Scott Wayman, is living his dream. Wayman grew up in Martinsville, Indiana. After high school, he worked at the radio station as a fill-in for a while and decided to stay on. “I always loved country music,” Wayman smiles. “I am enjoying fine country music and getting paid for it.” His parents, Gail and Darlene opened Wayman’s Furniture and Appliances in 1985 and Wayman spent his time between the radio station and the store. He now owns the store with his parents and also owns Kern Advertising, a billboard company in Martinsville. Over the years, Wayman attended many shows at the Opry. As a radio personality, he spent a lot of time backstage with musicians and introducing acts on stage. A few years ago, he and his parents considered

Scott came by the Brown County Visitors Center to say hello. photo by Cindy Steele

buying the business from previous owner Esther Hamilton, and were in negotiations when disaster struck. On Sept 19, 2009, the Little Nashville Opry was burned in an arson fire. Wayman and his parents were shocked when the fire destroyed the well-known attraction in Nashville. “I was devastated,” he says. “By the time we got over there, it was pretty much gone. I thought the dream was over.” Over the next three years, he refused to give up. He waited for the property to be put on the market and in March of this year, Wayman bought the property off the auction block for $58,000 in a commissioner’s sale. He was the only bidder

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photo by Cindy Steele

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and plans to take possession in September. His vision to create a new Opry in Brown County includes seating for 2,000 and a run of three to four shows every weekend. He also plans to hire a cook and serve home-cooked meals for the entertainers. “The place has a lot of history,” he explains. “It was a place where the artists enjoyed themselves. It is really a large, small venue and was once voted 2nd best food on the circuit for entertainers.” The Little Nashville Opry originally opened on Apr 4, 1975 with Cal Smith and Mickey Gilley. Some of Indiana’s top musicians and country music’s popular performers appeared at the Opry, Continued on 16

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as well as Tom Jones and Wayne Newton. “The Oak Ridge Boys played every year at the Opry except for one,” he adds. Wayman has many memories of his 25 years at the Opry. He remembers when the Stafford Brothers played to sold out crowds with four shows a weekend. “I remember one night Charley Pride was performing and joked with a woman who was on her cell phone,” he laughs. “After finding out the woman was on the phone with her mother who couldn’t make the show and was requesting a special song, he took the phone onstage and sang to her on the phone.” He also recalls the musicians who performed at the Opry always felt at home. Wayman recently attended the Country Music Association’s music festival and spoke to singer-songwriter and television personality Bill Anderson. “When he saw my t-shirt with the Little Nashville Opry logo, he knew who I was,” he says. Country star Doug Stone told Wayman that the Little Opry needed to come back. “I think the people of Nashville should feel proud that musicians remember the Opry.” He is currently working with contractors and booking agents and hopes to open the season in late summer of 2013. “Realistically, you just don’t know,” he says. He will keep the same size of the original music hall, but build in a different location on the property. Patrons will be able to purchase tickets online making it easier to attend the events. Wayman will continue the morning show and run the advertising company and furniture store for now. He is looking forward to being at the Opry full-time when it is opened. He is also ready to move ahead and already has the new billboard sign to put up when they get approval. “I really want to continue the legacy of the Opry,” he says. With his contagious smile and excitement about the project, Scott Wayman is the new guy in town with an impressive vision. He adds, “I knew I was going to be excited, I just didn’t know everyone else would be as excited.” For more information on the grand opening of the Opry or to get on their mailing list, visit <www.littlenashvilleopry.net>. 


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Brown County

Old Settlers Reunion ~by Julia Pearson

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olks will plan their end of summer 2012 celebration to include an event that has had a living pulse since 1877, the Brown County Old Settlers Reunion. The temperature will no doubt be high, food will be tasty, music by Reel Tyme String Band and Smooth Country will have toes tapping, and the karaoke will be as popular as it was last year. Brown County’s Historical Society and Genealogical Society will have 1925 collage of Old Settlers.

Quilt display from 2011. photo by Ivan Lancaster

publications available for family and local history buffs. Organizers have assured that there will be space available for anyone else to share their own family exhibits. Displays will include old tractors and tools, as well as beautiful quilts. New this year will be entertainment by the Electric Impulse Cloggers and a booth by the Pioneer Women. There will be an auction, flea market, face painting, the traditional bean pot, ring toss, hair braiding, and tractor pull. There will be a competition for hog calling, sawdust scramble, and the activities will close on Saturday night with fireworks. This year’s Old Settlers will salute Bean Blossom’s own Jack and Nina Jo McDonald. Couples honored in the past include Jean and Dale Bond, and Garnet and Ralph Parsley. Minutes found in the Brown County Historical Society Archives yield rich details of Old Settlers past. On September 22, 1877, records of the Old Settlers meeting say the day started early as wagons “began pouring in from all sections of the County…” as an enormous crowd gathered in Georgetown (now known as Bean Blossom). A three-person committee worked ahead of that date to record the names of all

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1905 group photo from the reunion.

persons living in the county thirty years or more, with the intention of reading the list at the first gathering. From the beginning, music has been part of Old Settlers. The Nashville Cornet Band arrived in a richly decorated wagon, pulled by four horses, and performed at the first Reunion. The opening prayer was led by Rev. Benjamin Woods, address of welcome by William M. Waltman, and an hour-long address was delivered by Judge James S. Hester. An executive committee was formed at that time so the Old Settlers Reunion would continue. It included a president, secretary, treasurer, and three representatives from each of the townships. With business completed, William W. Mason spoke to the assembly about his experience in the early settlement of Brown County and his first

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attempt at shoe making and “other hardships.” The minutes of that first meeting ended: “The day was one of interest and profit to both old and young. All were satisfied and felt amply paid for their trouble and returned to their homes with a firm resolve that if God spared their lives and gave them health that they would be at the next reunion one year hence.” A beautiful cane was awarded to the oldest man, Edward David, who was 92 years old and had lived in the county 64 years. It is recorded that Mr. David was so pleased by the honor that he danced a jig. Margaret Graham, oldest woman at 83 years of age, received a hickory rocking chair. Attendance has always fluctuated with the weather. In 1878, the Reunion was held in Nashville and the day was dark and rainy. The crowd was much smaller than the year before. The 1881 reunion held in Goshen, just three miles east of Georgetown, was noteworthy that John Prosser and wife, each Continued on 20

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84 years old, living together for 63 years and residing in Brown County 44 years, received an elegant Bible. The oldest person that year, Green Graham, was 91 years old and he received a pair of spectacles. Allen S. Anderson made “some 30 nice canes” and presented them to the oldest persons present. In 1883, again in Georgetown, a foot race was run by the old men present. A hat was presented to Brasillia Horner for best in the foot race. A cane was presented to John Richards, Sr. for killing the most bears and to Milla Hamblen for having the greatest number of children. In 1885, awards included a Bible to William Markum and wife for living together 62 years; a cane to Jesse Hamblen for living in the county the longest; a hickory rocking chair to Mrs. Tucker for oldest female settler; a pair of pants to A. A. Hudson for father with the greatest number of sons; and a dress pattern to Rob Robison for mother of the greatest number of daughters. In 1886, it was calculated that there were no less than 6,000 present as 700 wagons and buggies

Zody family display from 2011. photo by Ivan Lancaster

arrived, plus those on foot or horseback. That year a cane was given to Louis Dupree for becoming a father at the age of 74; a pair of specks went to Nancy Walker, 80 years of age and grandmother of 97 children. Andy Petro, 78 years old and weighing 75 pounds, was given a pair of pants for being the lightest man present over 60 years of age. In 1927, $5 was awarded to oldest man, 84-year-old Peter Cullen. The oldest woman also received $5—Mrs. Jane Johnson who was 105 years of age. This year’s Old Settlers will be located at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom. It will begin on Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m., continuing on Saturday, September 1, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending after dark with fireworks. Attendance and parking are free. Information on camping and lodging can be had by calling (812) 988-6422 or 1-800-414-4677; email at <beanblossombg@hotmail.com>; or online at <www.beanblossom.us>. 

Sack race in 2010. photo by Cindy Steele

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Ernie Pyle “Got it” E

~by Mark Blackwell

very year, without fail, there is a great migration of tourists coming to Brown County. It’s been that way ever since the word got out about its rustic charm back in the 1920s. Things really picked up when the Park opened in 1930 and today visitors are numbered in the millions. But what I wonder is how many folks really get what Brown County is all about? I know of at least one who did—Ernie Pyle. Ernie Pyle, who has a school of journalism named after him at Indiana University, was not famous yet when he visited Brown County in mid-August of 1940. His fame would be earned a few months later by reporting on the lives of ordinary G.I.s during

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World War II. Ernie had a gift for going to the heart of a situation and describing it in plain language and he captured the essence of Brown County in prose sketches the way Frank Hohenberger caught them in photographs. The way I understand it, Ernie was having some personal difficulties and needed to get away from things for a while and a friend, Fred Bates Johnson, graciously offered Ernie the use of his cabin. Pyle accepted and wrote, “There is nobody here but me. Not only the cabin is mine, but the breeze under the shade trees is mine, and the uncanny stillness of the night is mine, and mine are the chipmunks in the chimney and the cool drink in the icebox and those first soft streaks of dawn over the dark ridges.” That’s the first way the Ernie got it. But he wasn’t content just to enjoy the solitude. He sought out the local folks. Ernie wasn’t a fan of his own cooking and didn’t care to dine alone so he generally took his meals at the Nashville House. It was there he met and befriended Susie Lindsay, the manager. It should be noted here that if Ernie Pyle met someone it was almost a foregone conclusion that he considered that person a friend. He ranged around town being introduced or just introducing himself and got to know Helen Andrews, who made leather crafts, Buddie Thompson, the philosopher, raconteur, wood carver, souvenir shop owner and midget. And it appears like he took time to meet just about everybody in the county including members of the artist colony. “Ernie observed that, “You don’t see artist trailing around town in arty clothes. They simply work hard and live like normal people and hope to Heaven somebody buys their stuff.” He looked up and met with the Shulz’s, Adolph and Ada, and he spent Continued on 26


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ERNIE continued from 24 time with Karl Martz, the potter. He liked the way Will Vawter talked and said of him, “When a man can talk like that and still have no sense of time or direction whatever and doesn’t recognize his own house half the time when he sees it, then I say he has combined the functions of artistic detachment and common horse-sense to a degree that nearly reaches perfection.” Pyle seemed to be genuinely impressed by and respectful of everybody he met and had something special to say about them. And that’s the second way Ernie got it. During his stay in the county Ernie noted that “Nashville still abides by the old custom…of taking up a public collection for people in distress…if anybody burns out, or is caught by some calamity and needs help, the people help him.” This was true in 1940 and it is the norm today but how many folks, passing through on their way to the park or to shop in Nashville, slow down enough to notice that? Ernie did—and he also noticed that the town had no commercial entertainment venue such as a movie theater but he was aware that “On Saturday nights—

and some week nights, too, whenever the spirit moves them—a bunch of the boys sit in front of Paul Percifield’s auto repair shop and sing.” He went on to write that “…there is nothing better in New York than the soft, low, professionally perfect harmony of the voices….” Ernie got it a third time there. We are a community that pitches in to help each other and we tend to entertain ourselves as well as our visitors. When Ernie’s stay here was coming to a close he said, “I want to come back to Brown County when the slopes turn into the bitter beauty of dying summer. Come back and hunt squirrels with the boys and listen to the quartet at night and go far out into the back dirt roads where the cabins still lean. The artists and the local people have found a common bond in regard for each other. But there are many people who come and take a look and go away without understanding.” It is true that Ernie Pyle spent not just a day or a weekend but nearly two weeks here and he was a man who had trained himself to observe and report but more than that, he took time to understand what he was reporting on. Ernie Pyle got it.  (reprinted from 2006)

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“Nashville Old Time Radio Show” with Cari Ray

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“Footloose” presented by the Brown County Summer Youth Theater

Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14 | 7:30 pm Sunday, July 15 | 2 pm Tickets: $15 Watch the talented teens from Brown County, Indian Creek, and Bloomington cut loose in this tale of big city boy gets small town rockin’. Sponsored by Smithville Charitable Foundation. Support from the Brown County Community Foundation, Theatre Brown County, and the Brown County High School Drama Department.

Inaugural Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

Saturday, July 28 Competition 10 am - 3 pm | $15 Evening Concert 6 pm | $15 Full event pass | $25 The Inaugural Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition will bring forty of the finest fingerstyle guitar players in the United States to the Brown County Playhouse who will be competing for the grand prize—a hand made $4,500 OC Bear Guitar, the opportunity to play in the evening concert, and bragging rights of being the winner of the Continued on 36


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Ernie Pyle’s August Retreat One of twelve columns written in 1940 about his stay in Brown County

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rown County is to Indiana what Santa Fe is to the Southwest, or Carmel to California, or Provincetown to New England. In other words, it is an art colony. But that is only a part of the picture. It became an art colony in the first place, like the others, because the scenery is majestic and the native people are picturesque. And, having become an art colony, it attracted non-artists and ordinary people to its loveliness, and eventually it became a haven, and people came and fell in love with its placid ways, and built beautiful homes and stayed to become part of the spirit of the place. That is the way it has been with Brown County. ~=~ On the whole, I am ill at ease in the company of artists, for so much of the time I don’t know what they are talking about. And yet, invariably, I like the places that they have built into their colonies. And so it is with Brown County, Indiana. I have fallen head over heels for the place, and the people, and the hills, and the whole general air of peacefulness. Good Lord. I even like the artists here! ~=~

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There are ninety-two counties in Indiana. The average Hoosier could not name more than ten of them. Yet I doubt that there is an adult in Indiana who does not know of Brown County. It stands out above all the others in people’s consciousness. Brown County is not the Midwest at all, as we usually think of the Midwest. There is more variety of personality here and more old-fashioned vitality of character. The people of Brown County are hill people, not prairie people. There is a difference. All northern and central Indiana is as flat as a board. Neat farms checker it, and the roads make a chart, lines miles apart, straight as a ruler. Big barns and regular fences and waving fields of grain splash across the endless landscape. But some thirty miles south of Indianapolis the land begins to undulate, and the hills are covered thick with forest and roads wind, and fields become patches on slopes. You come into hill country and it is hill country because here is where the great glacier stopped and melted away its last force and left its giant rubble piled ahead of it. Into this hill country of Indiana more than a hundred years ago came immigrants from the East—English people from Virginia and Tennessee and Kentucky—pushing on into their new frontiers, but never out of the hills, for they were hill people. Because of a certain necessary resourcefulness which makes hill people proud and somehow self-sufficient, the natives of Brown County for a long time lived their own lives in the woods and the tobacco patches and the little settlements, asking nothing of any man, and eventually they came to be known to the rest of Indiana as ‘quaint.’ That is what first attracted the artists to Brown County forty years ago—the log cabins, the lounging squirrel hunter, the leaning sheds, the flowers and the autumn leaves, and the brooks and hillsides. That too, is what eventually attracted the sightseers. But many a sightseer comes to Brown County today filled only with wishful thinking for what he wants to see, and not with any understanding of human beings. He has forgotten Continued on 32


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ERNIE continued from 30 that times change; he will have things still ‘quaint,’ whether they are or not; and so he stands and points at the Brown County ways, and sometimes laughs, and he doesn’t know that he is only pointing in scorn at himself. Brown County now is overrun with tourists and sightseers, and a few outsiders who genuinely understand and appreciate the triumph of nature that lies not only in the wildly colored hills of autumn but in the spirits of the people themselves. ~=~ Brown County is not the same as it was when the artists discovered it forty years ago. The artists no longer consider it picturesque. They say it is ‘spoiled.’ They would go away, except they say it’s still better than anywhere else. Fine roads and hotels have impinged themselves upon the hills and villages. The patch farmer who lives up the holler is nearly pushed off the sidewalk by the gawkers from the city. There is little privacy left. And yet the deep fine attributes of the people endure. The native of Brown County is innately courteous. He would do anything for you, and not think of pay. His honesty is almost old-fashioned. Few people in Brown County lock their houses, and when they do they hang the key on a nail outside the door. They work in a way that would paralyze an assembly line, yet their work gets done and friends tell me there is something fundamental in the Brown County air that compels an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. The typical Brown County man plays a guitar, and sings in harmony, and loves to square dance, and doesn’t get lost in the woods, and raises a little tobacco, and goes to church, and drinks whisky, and is a dead shot with a squirrel gun, and there are even those who can kill a squirrel with a rock as easily as with a gun. Sometimes he is prosperous and sometimes he doesn’t amount to a damn—but it doesn’t matter whether he lives twenty miles up the crick in a clapboard cabin, or works in the garage downtown and wears a derby hat, still his code of gaiety and of honesty and his innate sense of dignity remain the same. —August 14, 1940 Ernie Pyle studied journalism at Indiana University in nearby Bloomington in the early 1920s. He returned to the area and spent part of August 1940 exploring Brown County, its history and people. He wrote 12 columns about his experiences for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. Reprinted by permission of Scripps Howard Foundation. 


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rown County is justly famous for its artists and crafts people but as far back as the turn of the last century it has produced its share of musical pickers and players. From the old time fiddle and guitar music of Doc and Diner Biesel back in the early nineteen-aughts to the White Lightning Boys brand of Bluegrass today there has always been somebody plucking a guitar in Brown County. A musical heritage like ours is something that oughta be celebrated. On July 28, 2012 Brown County will be the locus of a nationally accredited fingerstyle guitar competition. According to Kara Barnard over at the Weed Patch Music store and one of the instigators of the contest, forty folks from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia have tendered their entries. The competition is limited to fingerstyle guitar but that includes everything from classical and flamenco to thumbstyle. That should make for a varied and lively program. The competition begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at the Brown County Playhouse. Each contestant will get the opportunity to play two tunes. After everybody has had their go

at it a secret panel of anonymous judges will choose five finalists to play two more songs a-piece and out of those five finalists three winners (first, second, and third place) will be chosen. The first-place winner will receive a handcrafted O. C. Bear guitar worth $4,500, a spot in the evening concert, and the title “Champion of the First Annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Competition.” The concert features Muriel Anderson, Pat Kirtley, and Brian Henke. Muriel Anderson plays a regular six-string guitar as well as a harp-guitar. She plays across different genres of music and is the first woman to win the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Pat Kirtley is renowned as a consummate “thumbpicker”

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that is to say he plays like Chet Atkins or Merle Travis but he is also known for his abilities in other styles as different as Celtic, and Bossa Nova. He has won the National Thumbpicking Contest and the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival. Brian Henke composes his own music and performs it on guitar and harp-guitar. His instruments are a conduit for the inspiration he gets from nature’s beauty and majesty. These three outstanding musicians will be giving a concert after the competition at 6:00 p.m. They will also be joined by the newly crowned Indiana State Champion Finger-picker. Establishing a national music competition to Brown County is the “brainchild” of Kara Barnard and Chuck Wills. They decided that a contest like this would highlight Brown County’s long running love affair with traditional music. As a music-lover and primitive musician I have to say that this is something really positive. The competition commences at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Brown County Playhouse on South Van Buren Street in Nashville. Tickets are $15 for the competition and $15 for the evening concert, or a full event ticket for both is just $25. They are available at <www.tix.com>. For more information you can visit the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at <http:// indianastringfest.com>. I hope to see you there. 


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Calendar The schedule could change. Always check if planning a special trip. Palace Theatre “Kids Alive! Kid Kazooey & the Ballroom Roustabouts” July 21, 28 at 4:00 Aug. 25 at 4:00 In an effort to promote, encourage and inspire reading, active imagination, and merry making, these hard working entertainers have performed at schools, libraries, festivals, birthday parties, street corners, and car dealerships— Storysinging Dance Music for the young and young at heart.

“Cowboy Sweethearts” July 5, 13 at 8:00 Aug. 2, 9 at 8:00 Come see the changes in this updated show featuring the hit songs of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee and some good old-fashioned fun sure to tickle your funny bone. “SONGS: The Musical” July 4 at 7:00, July 6, 14 at 8:00 July 24 at 2:00 Aug. 3 at 8:00 Musical tribute to some of the best music ever sung. From Broadway showstoppers like Phantom of the Opera to the

swinging lounge acts that made Vegas great like Sinatra and Peggy Lee. “Tumbleweed” July 7, 12 at 8:00 Aug. 17 at 8:00 This original musical comedy is a spoof of the Old West, featuring the good guys versus the bad guys and a good oldfashioned love story. “Come Away with Me” July 21 at 8:00 National touring artist Stephanie Raby and the Stardusters Jazz Orchestra take you on a musical journey of hits from New York to Hollywood, and Nashville to Chicago. Featuring tunes made popular by the likes of Ella, Louie, Norah Jones, Aretha, Patsy Cline and many more. “It’s Only Temporary” Aug. 4, 11, 16 at 8:00 “Platinum Girls” Aug. 10, 18 at 8:00 Aug. 19 at 4:00 “Piano Legends” July 27, 28 at 8:00 Aug. 31 at 8:00 Join Matt and the Lonely Street Band as they perform in a brand new concert production of the music of Billy Joel and Elton John. “Man in Black” July 29 at 8:00 New concert production featuring the most popular songs from Johnny Cash’s nearly 50 year career—from the early days of “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line” on through the decades, including “Ring of Fire”,“A Boy Named Sue”, and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” “Classic Country Jukebox” Aug. 23 at 8:00 “Good Rockin’ Live” Aug. 29, 30 at 8:00 “Salute to the Killer!” Terry Lee & the Rockaboogie Band Aug. 24 at 8:00 Coachlight Square • Van Buren and Washington Streets in Nashville Info 812-988-2101 www.palacetheatreobc.com

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Brown County Playhouse “Nashville Old Time Radio Show” with Cari Ray Most Saturdays at 7:30 pm <www.nashvilleradioshow.com> “Footloose” presented by the Brown County Summer Youth Theater July 13 & 14 at 7:30 and July 15 at 2:00 Sponsored by Smithville Charitable Foundation. Support from the Brown County Community Foundation, Theatre Brown County, and the Brown County High School Drama Department. Inaugural Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition July 28, Competition 10-3 Evening Concert at 6:00 features world renowned artists Muriel Anderson, Pat Kirtley and Brian Henke, who will be joined by the top three competitors from the Fingerstyle Guitar Competition.

Carrie Newcomer Concert Aug. 25 at 7:30 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” July 7, 14, 21, 28 (Closed August) Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

Muddy Boots Cafe Live music: July 1 Stamped String Band July 2 Grant Eversoll July 3 Indiana Boys host All Star Jam July 4 Jon Hutchison


July 5 Kara & Chuck July 6 Rusty Muskett (7-9) Steve Thomas (9:30-11:30) July 7 Barbara McGuire (7-9) July 8 Garden of Joy July 9 Joe Sanford July 10 Ken Wilson July 11 Don Ford July 12 NOAM Showcase w/ Homebrew July 13 Whipstitch Sallies (7-9) Bonz (9:30-11:30) July 14 David Dwyer (7-9) dwBrykalski (9:30-11:30) July 15 & 16 TBA July 17 David Miller July 18 Bonz July 19 220 Breakers July 20 Indiana Boys (7-9) Kade Puckett (9:30-11:30) July 21 Barbara McGuire (7-9) July 22 TBA July 23 dwBrykalski July 24 Kevin Bruener July 25 Otto Mobile July 26 Laura Connallon July 27 Barbara McGuire (7-9) Don Ford (9:30-11:30) July 28 Finger Picking Competitors (7-9) Brett Holcombe (9:30-11:30) July 29 Joe Porter (2-4) July 30 TBA July 31 Robbie Bowden Aug. 1 Jon Hutchison Aug. 2 Kara & Chuck Aug. 3 Steve Thomas (9:30-11:30) Aug. 5 TBA Aug. 6 TBA Aug. 7 Indiana Boys host All Start Jam Aug. 8 Don Ford Aug. 9 NOAM Showcase Aug. 10 Mizfitz (7-9) Amanda Webb (9:30-11:30) Aug. 11 Barbara McGuire (7-9) Aug. 12 TBA Aug. 13 Joe Sanford Aug. 14 dwBrykalski Aug. 16 TBA Aug. 17 Indiana Boys (7-9) Kade Puckett (9:30-11:30) Aug. 19 & 20 TBA Aug. 21 Dave Miller Aug. 22 Laura Connallon

Aug. 23 TBA Aug. 24 Joe Sanford (7-9) Barbara McGuire (9:30-11:30) Aug. 25 Kevin Bruener (7-9) Aug. 26 & 27 TBA Aug. 28 Robbie Bowden Aug. 29 Barbara McGuire Aug. 30 220 Breakers Aug. 31 Non 4 Profit (7-9) Don Ford (9:30-11:30) Info 812-988-6911 North end of Van Buren Street in Nashville

Aug. 10 Ballroom Dance Aug. 17 Stardusters (big band) Aug. 24 Little Nashville Express Band Aug. 31 TBA Info 812-988-8636 www.thedancebarn.com

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Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays country dance lessons Tuesdays beginner ballroom lessons Thursdays two-steppin’ swing lessons Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country Band Special Events: July 1 Scott Haggard (Merle’s son) Dinner at 3:00 show 5:00 July 13 Ballroom Dance July 20 Little Nashville Express Band July 27 TBA July 28 Hot Rods & Hillbilly Car Show 11 to 5 Aug. 2 Mel Chance

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Second Saturdays April–December 5 to 8 pm. 11 participating galleries. Many local restaurants offer discounts and free add-ons to Art Walk Patrons www.villageartwalk.com (812) 340-8781

Brown County Lions Club’s Family Fun and Fireworks July 4 Music by Brown County Community Band AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES at the high school parking area—organized by the Friends of the Brown County Lions Club.

Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee July 12-14 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom 800-414-4677 www.beanblossom.us

14th Bean Blossom Gospel Jubilee July 26-28 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom 800-414-4677 www.beanblossom.us Continued on 42

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Gnawbrew July 28 at Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, noon to 11:30 A FREE Homebrew, Art, and Music Party Beer tasting and judging, food, and music will all be courtesy of hosts and sponsors.

Brown County 4-H Fair July 29-Aug. 4, at fairgrounds

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July featured artists Gerrie Govert and Hattie Stanton Guild Fundraiser raffle of Carl Graf painting from permanent collection conducted July-Nov. Aug. featured artists Zhen-Zhong Duan and Larry Spears Aug. 15 Marie Goth’s 125th Birthday 48 S. Van Buren Street Nashville, IN (812) 988-6185 www.browncountyartguild.org

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Bucks & Does Square Dances July 13, (8-10) at the Abe Martin Lodge in the Brown County State Park

Clay Day August 4, Spears Gallery 9:00-5:00 5110 State Road 135 South Experience glazing raku pottery

Bean Blossom Blues Fest August 23-25 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Info 812-334-4420 www.BeanblossomBlues.com

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

Pioneer Village Museum Open Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 to 4:30 May thru October in downtown Nashville

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Trolly’s Celebrates 25 Years The Sampler

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rolly’s started as a hotdog stand, but over the past quarter-century it has evolved into a delightful alfresco cafe that hits just the right note of whimsy and nostalgia and serves up first-class hickory-smoked, pulled-pork barbecue. Perched on the corner of Van Buren and Gould streets, the oldfashioned horse-drawn trolley car offers revitalizing lemon shakeups and a foot-long Coney dog that transcendently brings to mind one’s childhood days at the local root-beer stand. According to owner Alan Everroad, who runs Trolly’s with his wife, Mary, when the antique

conveyance came into his possession it was still mobile and functional. “He would hitch it up to horses and drive it in parades and what not,” Everroad said. “It was just a little mobile unit that served food.” Twenty-five years later, there is a shed roof over the old car and a deck wrapped around it with large bistro umbrellas and benches, giving outdoor diners a perfect vantage point for peoplewatching and just generally soaking up the atmosphere on the north end of town. Alan started out in 1987 selling hot dogs and bratwursts with a special mouth-watering family

recipe Coney sauce, a passed down from her grandmother. “The Coney sauce, we’ve been making the same recipe for 25 years,” he said. “It’s a basic recipe, but everybody likes it. We make our Sloppy Joe’s with the same sauce.” For at least 20 years, they’ve been getting their hot dogs and bratwursts and Italian sausages from a local supplier in Shelbyville, Myers Meats. Then, about 12 years ago, Trolly’s ventured into smoked pork barbecue; but it took a while to evolve into its current state of perfection. “Our barbecue when we started was, I guess what you would call sort of ‘northern style’; we’d smoke it and throw a bunch of sauce on it and chop it all up,” Everroad said. And then, Everroad took a fateful trip into the Deep South, the birthplace and rightful home of pulled pork barbecue. And not to Carolina, mind you, but down in the very heart of Dixie, where the barbecue is the best in the land. Continued on 46

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Hidden Valley Inn What a trip to the country is all about!

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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


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TROLLY’S continued from 46

“Actually, I learned this recipe from a guy down in Mississippi, he had a little barbecue stand out there and I’d smell it every day. I loved his pulled pork.” Everroad said. “I spent pretty much the whole summer down there working and I got to know him pretty well and he was showing me how he did it.” Thus were the ancient elemental secrets passed from chef to chef in a slow, smoky, ritual. Trolly’s barbecue sandwich would never be the same.

The resulting magnificent pile of pulled shredded smoked pork is bunned up and the customer gets to choose from a shelf full of sauces that pretty much run the gamut from sweet to spicy and various stages in between. Everroad, the veteran pork master, gently suggests the “Old Ray’s” as probably his favorite sauce, an opinion I must wholeheartedly endorse. “I’ve had the Old Ray’s almost since I started making barbecue,” he said. “He made some good sauce. I’ve got three of his sauces and those are my favorites.”

You know that mouth watering, stomach awakening, meat cooking smell you smell wafting across Nashville on a weekend when the visitors are in town? That, my friends, is the smell of premium pig meat, smoked all day and all night in homegrown hickory. That is the smell of hog heaven. “It’s pretty basic, Everroad said. “It’s just a very slow process. Ours cooks for almost 24 hours. It’s just got a garlic based rub on it and we use strictly hickory in the smoking, no charcoal”

“I think he’s out of Ohio. He used to be a competition smoker and then he went on to be a judge at some big national competitions.” That’s right, sports fans, hold the phones—a “competition smoker”—that’s the big leagues. Those boys are cooking for the major prize money in places like Kansas City and Texas, where barbecue is a peculiar heritage and treasured way of life. That smell streaming off the smoker and grills tucked

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in the rear of the ancient trolly car permeates the town with the primeval alluring scent of cooking meat. “It’s the best advertising I’ve got,” Everroad said. “I’m hoping every morning for a breeze. We all the time have people say, ‘We’ve been smelling this all day, and now we finally found it!’” In addition to the smoker, the grill is active with Italian sausages, bratwursts, and the occasional special. “Once in a great while we do burgers as a special, only when I’m here to make them fresh,” he said. “You’ve got to have them fresh off the grill. That’s the only way to do it.” But for Everroad, who has a regular job as a railroad conductor, Trolly’s is just a hobby and side business. It is really Mary, who runs the restaurant day to day. “She’s the boss,” Everroad said. “I come down here when I get a chance. I try to help, but she does all the work. She’s done a great job of keeping the quality of everything good, and I think that’s why we get so many repeats, people who come back.” “And, she puts up with me, so…” So what started out as an entrepreneurial whim, a mere restaurant adventure, has grown into something more meaningful. “When I saw the Trolly, I just thought it was a neat idea, and I saw the potential,” Everroad said. Now, he dreams of retiring to his antique barbecue train, maybe expand a little, do some catering. He has discovered an important life secret. “This is what I really like to do.” 


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August 4, 2012

Clay Day

P

otter Larry Spears is once again initiating his annual mini-workshop; Clay Day, slated for Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Spears Gallery near Story. Clay Day offers the public an opportunity to participate in the glazing of raku bisque ware, and a chance to observe the firing process of this ancient method of creating pottery. The raku glazes and firing process can create an exciting range of color, a variety of surface interest, and many one-of-a-kind pieces. Larry, along with some other fellow potters, will offer several sizes and shapes of thrown and bisque-fired raku ware, to be glazed and decorated by anyone with an artistic desire to do so. Following glazing each piece, the potters place the glazed pieces in raku kilns, with a firing time ranging from 20 to 30 minutes. The pottery is then removed from the kiln, while still glowing red, and placed in a container filled with various combustible materials. The material instantly ignites and the potters proceed with the “reduction” aspect of the firing process, by covering the containers and cutting off the oxygen supply to the piece. The piece is then submersed in a water bath to cool, and lastly cleaned. Reservations are not necessary and all the glazing supplies will be furnished. 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 South just beyond the Horseman’s Camp entrance to Brown County State Park and on your way to Story. For additional information call (812) 988-1287, or e-mail <spearspottery@sprynet.com> or visit <www.spearspottery.com>. 

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Bluegill’s the Best ~by Jim Eagleman

A

day on calm water is a day relaxing. A fishing rod adds some excitement. I like to go fishing, but I like the catching best of all. If my friends agree, we will prepare and consume a wonderful supper of fresh bluegill. “We all live downstream” proclaims a sticker on my old tackle box. I meditate this conservation message as I bait a hook. The forested watershed that drains this small lake is healthy and full of trees—no chance of rain falling on bare soil here. All thirsty roots absorb falling or running water before it reaches the lake. What little water draining into a creek from the lake dam will flow over rocks and gravel. Landowners the next property over will hopefully take note and appreciate. Another sticker, this one well-worn and faded: “The Quality of Fishing Reflects the Quality of Living.” More meditation. Does a society that pays attention

to fishing make it better for everything? It does if it cares about clean air and water, healthy forests, and what the future holds. The noisy chickadees overhead probably don’t care, but they wouldn’t be here if they didn’t like it. Later, a gentle rocking of the canoe with water lapping at the sides makes me think of rivers and streams that might feed this lake. They carry more than fish and fish food. How this lake is maintained,

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what flows in and out, says a lot about the landowner. And all who own land along its course are tied together with the thread of water. They all can help keep it clean—or not. I scan the shoreline and wonder, watching the trees along the shore move and sway with leafy branches that tip into the water. The canoe reacts similarly. Still dazed and drifting, I coast up to a branch from a submerged log that juts out of the water. I find that if I tuck the tip under my armpit and let the branch cross my chest, I can still sit, cast, and stay in one place. The branch is a perch for a kingfisher, I learn from the landowner. The bird and I use it for different purposes. I hear him chatter back and hope he doesn’t mind that it’s my turn. Bluegill are a “warm water” species that “Indiana sportsmen and women love to harvest,” says a DNR brochure. I recall a Boy Scout trip to the upper tier of Minnesota one year, to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area. One rainy day instead of more paddling and portaging, we opted to stay at camp and fish. The boys and leaders caught lake trout, muskie, pike, a few smallmouth bass, and bluegill all day. During cleaning, we decide to keep the fish separate on a large griddle to learn our favorite. Despite all the coldwater game species available to us, it was the bluegill that rated highest. “That’s cool,” said a young scout. “We’ve got them back in Indiana.” A friend and past employee, Jack Weddle, loved to fish. He was fond of bringing a five-gallon bucket full of bluegill by the house just before supper. “If you clean ’em, I’ll help you eat ’em,” he’d chuckle. Another productive day, he claimed his wrist hurt from fishing. “You mean from all that casting?” I Continued on 56

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BLUEGILL continued from 55 asked. “No,” he replied, “from showing everyone how big they were,” chopping his hand across the other outstretched palm. They were keepers if they barely touched the insides of his bucket. Jack was a pro at bluegill fishing and I picked his brain every chance I got. To send a bee moth larva or red wriggler out on a line in hopes of something means to have faith—or at least patience. I see the iridescent bobber take off under water—the thrill now replaces daydreaming— and I grip the rod firmly and begin reeling in. I savor the memory of the last bite of luscious bluegill and want more. As I add the fish to the stringer I visualize the milky batter in a bowl with the skillet made ready. Maybe my friend who wields a knife better than me, can get two fillets from each of these bluegill’s breast muscles. “It’s a honey hole,” another friend yells. We nod and make a mental note to come back. By late afternoon, I paddle across open water to the dock, the wind now pushing me to one shore. I think back to earlier people who lived here—fish being a nice change from the normal fare, and maybe supplemented with fresh vegetables. On the shore, the canoe is pushed over on its side, rod and gear shaken out, and the stringer arranged in my hand. It’s a long walk back to the house and now to clean. There might be another way to spend a day other than fishing, but I wouldn’t think it could get much better. A day spent fishing rejuvenates, reacquaints, and restores. It’s a great way to enjoy this glorious Brown County life. Try it this summer, and eat bluegill. 


Hoosier Artist

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Established in 1926, Brown County’s

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Nashville Changes

Frank Hohenberger photo of the Taggart Sinclair station.

~by Henry Swain

S

ixty years ago Nashville was a sleepy small town whose tourist shops could be counted on one hand. State roads 135 and 46 intersected at a stoplight at the courthouse square in the center of the village. State Road 135 from Indianapolis and State road 46 on to Bloomington were primestandard highways much as they are today. Roads 46 and 135 shared right-of-ways for five miles east toward Columbus where 135 went south

with 46 continuing to Columbus. These roads were sub-standard, winding, narrow, black-topped with some one-lane bridges. Despite poor access from the east, Brown County State Park drew thousands of visitors each year. Nashville’s and the County’s economy were closely tied to tourism as they are today. Early in the 1970s the State replaced 46 east to Columbus and brought it up to a prime-standard concrete highway.

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These improvements allowed tourism to flourish and the economies of Nashville and the county to expand. Instead of a few shops, restaurants, and lodgings there now number over 200. In 1950, Washington Street marked the south end of the village. Ogle’s Garage and McDonald’s Chevrolet dealership occupied what is now Camelot Square and the recently abandoned Family Fun Center. Carl Walker added a new IGA grocery beyond Ogle’s Garage a few years later. East of the Courthouse at the corner of Old School Way was Keith Taggart’s Sinclair service station. Across the street west of the Courthouse was Jimmy Davis’s Marathon station where the Tucker building now stands. A few years later, a Gulf station was located at the corner of Gould and Van Buren, now occupied by Iris Garden Gallery. Bob Greg and George Tucker had a lumber and building supply store north of Gould Street which burned. It had gas pumps in front of its offices making four service stations in downtown Nashville. Clarence and Carson Roberts purchased the property and rebuilt on the lot as Roberts Brothers Lumber Co. which later burned and was replaced by a two story complex of shops which also burned and was never replaced. It is now a parking lot owned by the Brown County Historical Society. Harold King had a grocery, the Star Store, at the corner now occupied by the Professional Building. Three doors west of King’s grocery was the Rogers Grocery which burned one cold winter day. The building of the new highway to Columbus and the Salt Creek Shopping Center a mile east of Nashville began to re-shape the use of downtown Nashville properties. No longer were needed the stores and service stations that provided the basic necessities of a small town. These properties were often converted to shops catering to tourists. Our village has continued to experience growth while many small towns in rural areas are withering. We are fortunate to be geographically located in an area of natural beauty within easy access to urban areas making our community a desirable area to visit, relax and for retirement living. In many ways our location is simply the grace of good luck. Nashville lies midway on the baseline of a triangle, Indianapolis at the apex with Columbus and

Bloomington equidistant either way on the base. The realtor’s motto: Location, Location, Location, certainly applies to the economic prosperity of our community. Burt Perdue recently held a public meeting showing his plans for a new town on the former Ski World property which he estimated would take fifteen years to complete. He envisioned the project fitting into a ‘Conservancy District’ development rather than as a new incorporated town. What will Nashville look like in another sixty years? The prospect will likely exceed the projections of our imaginations today. We can project trends into the future but almost always the future surprises us. 

l l o y’s r T Now

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Celebrating

Then

25 YEARS

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Early Artist Doel Reed ~byJoanne Nesbit

B

orn in 1895 in Logansport, Indiana, artist Doel Reed lived his life enveloped in art. Educated in Indianapolis and Buckeye territory, he found success in Oklahoma, and took solace in Taos. He also spent time in Brown County. Reed said in a 1983 interview that his first exposure to art was as a child at the art museum in Indianapolis during a class trip. When asked by his teacher what painting he liked, he indicated a nude. His response took them all by surprise and he was ostracized for some time. After years of figure drawing in Indiana and at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Reed concluded that if a female had her portrait painted in elegant clothing, the picture would soon be “out of style.” But if she was painted in the nude, she’d be in style forever. Reed knew early on that he wanted to be an artist and began his studies with Saturday morning art classes at the Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, later advancing to the academy in Cincinnati. Those studies, however were interrupted by World War I, where he served in France and survived the infamous mustard gas attacks. He was troubled with problems from his lung’s scar tissue for the rest of his life. After being hospitalized for nearly four months in France, he visited museums and cathedrals in Tours and Paris. Reed worked at his canvas outdoors but found wind, bugs, and snakes not to his liking. He shortened the outdoor experience

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“Oklahoma Farm” from the OSU art collection.

by sketching on site and then applying the paint in his studio. Eventually, he was lured to the Southwest, just as Gustave Baumann, another Brown County artist was. Reed joined others of his trade in Taos, but moved on to Oklahoma where he lived for 35 years and became a professor of art at Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State University) in Stillwater. But still the Midwest called to him, and he brought his family to Brown County during the summers where they stayed in a cabin called Locust Hill on Upper Jackson Branch Road. And he continued to draw. A column in a 1919 issue of the Indianapolis Star said Reed’s work was “refreshing in their cool blue tones, giving glimpses of village roofs over nearby hilltops and of clustered houses nestling beside big trees. His work gives promise in its suggestion of mood and feeling.” Reed’s works are in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Reed is famed for his aquatints and is sometimes called “the master of aquatints.” Reed’s daughter Martha Jane, once known as the Taos Fashion Maven, bequeathed her property—two adobe homes and her father’s art studio—to Oklahoma State University for use as teaching facilities. The gift led to the founding of Doel Reed Center for the Arts, a tribute to her father, who established OSU’s art department in the mid1920s. 


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Stop in today to explore our selection and see why we are known as Nashville’s Little Gem. Brown County Bead Company, LLC. 66 N VanBuren St, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.6450 BrownCountyBeadCo@gmail.com

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Located on Molly Ln just off VanBuren St (135N) between the Courthouse and Jefferson St

BROWN COUNTY’S TICKET CENTER 135

BOX OFFICE

VAN BUREN ST

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

MAIN ST

COURT HOUSE

812.877.0442

OLD SCHOOL WAY

to Indianapolis 

Box Office located in Brown County Playhouse Open Thursday–Sunday

FRANKLIN ST WASHINGTON ST 46

 to Bloomington

46

70 S. Van Buren Street · Nashville, IN 47448

to Columbus 

Offering a Full Suite of Ticketing Services for: Theater · Concerts · Outdoor Adventure · Events · Group Sales · Packages | Business inquiries call 812.877.0442

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VAN BUREN ST

JEFFERSON ST

All About Dogs Brown County Bauble® Boards Brown County Pottery Brown County Weavery and Roots The Clay Purl For Bare Feet Ferguson House Head to Toe K. Bellum Leather Nashville Image Old Time Photography Antique Alley on the West Side Nature’s Cabin Nashville The Bookloft Brown Co. Hoosier Artist Art Guild House Paint Box Art Gallery Peaceful Valley Gallery Jack and Jill The Antique Nut Shop Ordinary The Purple Fig Alley Shoppes Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders FRANKLIN ST

HERITAGE MALL Shops South Van Buren Street Nashville, Indiana

SPORTS ETC. Your Team Headquarters for Licensed Sports Novelties and Collectibles

• Collegiate • NFL • MLB • NBA

41 S. Van Buren St. Heritage Mall • Nashville, IN

812-988-6809

Visit our website www.browncountysports.com

Head over

Heels Restaurant Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Soups • Salads Sandwiches • After Five Menu Fine Wines Available Breads, Pastries, and Danish Baked Here Daily Center of Nashville Main and Van Buren Streets Open Daily • (812) 988-4114

• Minnetonka • Stetson • Tilley Hats • Merrell

HATS • FOOTWEAR • ACCESSORIES 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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Our Brown County AUTO - TIRE, REPAIR, TOW NAME YOUR CATEGORY

COMPUTER CONSULTANTS NAME YOUR CATEGORY

QRV Consulting, Inc.

Paint & Bodyy

“Quality, Reliability, Value”

Full Collision Repair

Customizable Accounting and Manufacturing ERP Information Systems

24-Hour Towing Bring in this ad get

$5 OFF ANY SERVICE

Michael R. Frost Certified Consultant Mobile: (317) 679-1387 Office: (812) 837-9560 Fax: (812) 837-9202

Garage Full Mechanical Garage Brakes, Engine, Transmission “Big to Small, We Do it All!”

812-988-7518

189 Commercial Drive, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.1200

GAS / CONVENIENCE

GAS & DIESEL

Fountain Drinks Fishing Bait & Equipment Convenience Items

812-597-4623 • Open 7 Days/Week Owners Ray and Debbie Guffey

AUTO - TIRE, REPAIR, TOW

FEED STORE

KRITZER’S

Brown County Tire

TIRE

Feed Store

24 hr. Wrecker Service

&

3.00 OFF* any wild bird seed *(cannot be used with other discounts or promotions)

The Strength of Big, The Service of Small

8461 N. SR 135

mfrost@qrvconsulting.com www.qrvconsulting.com 6082 Crooked Creek Rd. Nashville, IN 47448

1814 N. St. Rd. 135 • Nashville

BANKING

$

812-988-8473

Auto Repair

4245 SR 46 E - Gnaw Bone

27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville

(812) 988-7100 • kritzersfeedstore@att.net

HEALTH

VALUABLE COUPON

HAIR

HEALTH FOR “U” H 146 E. Main St., Nashville

812-988-9890

Walk-Ins Welcome

Mon.–Sat. 9 am to 4 pm

Limit 3.

Wild Hair stylist: Tabitha Davis stylist/owner: Susie Woodall

Must have coupon for discount. Expires 08/31/12.

Save $ S $2.00 2 00 on G Gel, l R Roll-On, ll O Spray, or Wipes Indiana Amish Natural Chickens and Indiana Raw Honey sold here! Also, Bison and Elk.

812-988-4599 4933 N. SR 135 Nashville (Bean Blossom) Mon. – Fri. 9 – 5; Sat. 9 to Noon; Evenings by appt.

YOUR CATEGORY

1 issue

6 months

Reach both LOCALS published bi-monthly (2 months) 10% OFF* and TOURISTS in Single Block $50 $135 this affordable Services Directory 194 Double Block 72

annual

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Services Directory INSURANCE

LANDSCAPING

• Mulching - Seeding NEED HELP? • Weeding - Pruning • Tree / Shrub Planting • Fences - Walkways • Retaining Walls • Mowing / Trimming (812) 988-7232 • Flower / Herb Beds

BRIGHT & WILLIAMSON Insurance Agency

We Can Do It All!

Complete Landscaping/ Design Services

Auto • Home • Business Health • Life • Bonds 24 N. Jefferson St. • P.O. Box 698 • Nashville, IN 47448

Bob Gredy Sr. (812) 988-2275 fax: 988-7670 home: 988-7185 INSURANCE

LOG HOME SERVICES

AUTO • HOME • LIFE BUSINESS

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

Christy McGinley-Hughes

(812) 988-2689

812-988-6399

3497 Clay Lick Rd. • Nashville REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

cmcginley@farmersagent.com

PAINTING

Elmore Painting

Announcing

Jane Gore

Commercial / Residential Interior / Exterior

Serving Brown County Since 1982

is now with

www.browncountyhomes.com

146 E. Main St. Redbud Terrace Nashville, Indiana

• Free Estimates • Senior Discount • Powerwashing • Drywall Repair

jane.gore@sbcglobal.net (812) 988-8773 • cell: (812) 325-5419

(812) 988-7548

TREE SERVICE

Palm and Tarot Reader

Pruning • Planting Removals Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

Norma Reigle

Matt Baldwin ISA Certified Arborist #IN-3202a

a $30 Reading

(812) 988-9998

(812) 988-0798 (812) 988-8775 WELLNESS

TRASH REMOVAL

Knight’s

Trash Removal

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

North end of Nashville across from Muddy Boots

Palm &Tarot Reader

Brown County YMCA FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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

812-988-9622 • www.browncountyymca.org


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

FREE in-store demos!

Main Street Shoppes Old School Way & Main Visit our website for class schedules www.wishfulthinking-in.com • 812-988-7009

The Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts Shop Located in Antique Alley 75 S. Jefferson, Nashville

• Woodstock chimes Featuring handmade items including: • Handmade birdhouses soaps, candles, baby afghans, Dillman Farm • Estate Jewelry apple butter, jellies, preserves at lowest prices • Indiana artwork, new/vintage (317) 783-6726 • www.peacefulvalleyartscrafts.com

Serving Brown County

McDonald’s ®

501 E. SR 46 Nashville, IN.

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

551 E. St. Road 46 Nashville, Indiana Half mile from downtown New Management Pet Friendly

(812) 988-1149

www.SaltCreekInn.com

HIS BOOK SHOP Cottage Accommodations in the Heart of Nashville

Specializing in New, Used, and Rare Christian Books

Innkeeper 812-720-0222

We Buy Christian Books

Bob & Chris Kirlin 26 Honeysuckle Ln. • Nashville, IN

www.honeysucklecottageofnashvilleindiana.com

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Across alley from Courthouse (812) 988-4873 58 East Main St. P.O. Box 365 www.hisbookshop.com Nashville, Indiana 47448


DOWNTOWN BLOOMINGTON

Arts • Crafts • Music • Kids Zone 4th Street Grant to Indiana SEPTEMBER 1 & 2 Saturday 10 to 6 Sunday 10 to 5 www.4thstreet.org

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

OF THE ARTS AND CRAFTS

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Our shop is bursting with flavor!

Watch us make… Free box of popcorn with mention of this ad

· Over 20 flavors of our Creamy Fudge · 50 flavors of Gourmet Popcorn · All-natural Gelato and Ice Cream

175 South Van Buren in Possum Trot Complex

812-988-0709 · nashvillefudgekitchen.com

Profile for Our Brown County

July/August 2012 OUR BROWN COUNTY magazine  

A b-monthly publication about the people and places that make Brown County, Indiana so special.

July/August 2012 OUR BROWN COUNTY magazine  

A b-monthly publication about the people and places that make Brown County, Indiana so special.