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July– Aug. 2014


Elder Heart Sculpture

“Soaring” is Up

Looking Back at Hilltop Girls Camp Paula White

Herbs, Teas, and Touch Sampler at

Trail’s End

And: Our Precious Jewels The Tyranny of Technology The Park that Almost Wasn’t


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Antiques Co-op.............................56 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................24 Nashville General Store...............46 Plum Creek Antiques...................64 Townhouse Gifts...........................41


4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Antiques Co-op.............................56 B3 Gallery.......................................51 Bear Hardware..............................33 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Brown Co Art Gallery...................24 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................24 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Hoosier Artist................................29 Jerseyana Gallery.........................28 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......52 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County..................4


58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Bear Hardware..............................33 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................57 House of Thunder.........................54 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............23 Male Instinct..................................61 Mercantile Store...........................22 Sports Etc.......................................57 Village Boutique...........................59 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......41 Whispering Pines Alpacas...........50


4th Sister Vintage Store...............42 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Antiques Co-op.............................56

Our Brown County B3 Gallery.......................................51 Bone Appetit Bakery....................52 Broomcorn Johnny’s....................28 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Brown Co Pottery..........................52 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....24 Brown Co Visitors Center.............29 Carol’s Crafts..................................51 Cathy’s Corner...............................24 Cox Creek Mill................................23 The Crystal Source........................47 The Ferguson House....................30 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................30 Head Over Heels...........................57 Homestead Weaving Studio.......29 House of Clocks.............................56 House of Thunder.........................54 Hoosier Artist................................29 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jerseyana Gallery.........................28 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Madeline’s......................................63 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................27 Mercantile Store...........................22 Monroe Music Park.......................25 Nashville General Store...............46 New Leaf.........................................28 Oak Grove Pottery........................28 Ole House.......................................21 Papertrix.........................................21 Peaceful Valley Arts & Crafts.......52 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Sheep Street Fibers......................56 Spears Pottery...............................29 Sports Etc.......................................57 Sweetwater Gallery......................15 Townhouse Gifts...........................41 The Toy Chest................................51 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41 Wishful Thinking...........................15 Woodlands Gallery.......................52

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19th Hole Bar & Grille..................19 Abe Martin Lodge.........................43 Appleworks....................................42 Artists Colony Inn.........................51 Bloomingfoods.............................32 Brown Co IGA................................53 Brown Co Inn.......................... 43, 61 Brown Co Winery..........................19 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....40 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................41 Casa Del Sol...................................22 Chateau Thomas Winery.............47 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmers’ Market at St. Davids.....42 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................63 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........54 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................54 Hotel Nashville....................... 58, 67 House of Jerky...............................47 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jack & Jill Nut Shop......................47 McDonald’s....................................47 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................40 Nashville BP...................................21 Nashville Candy Store..................57 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68 Nashville General Store...............46 Nashville House............................61 Ole House.......................................43

Advertiser Index Pine Room Tavern.........................59 Porthole Inn...................................33 Pizza King.......................................65 Schwab’s Fudge.............................40 Seasons...........................................61 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................58 That Sandwich Place....................47 Trolly’s.............................................40 The Wild Olive.................................2


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


Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Head Over Heels...........................57 K. Bellum Leather.........................28


4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 B3 Gallery.......................................51 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................24 The Crystal Source........................47 Ferguson House............................30 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................30 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 Hoosier Artist................................29 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................28 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........61 Ole House.......................................21 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........23 Village Boutique...........................59


Abe Martin Lodge.........................43 Artists Colony Inn.........................51 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown Co Inn.......................... 43, 61

Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................31 Creekside Retreat.........................42 eXplore Brown County..................4 Green Valley Lodge......................21 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................33 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..33 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville....................... 58, 67 Last Resort Campground............54 Lodge on the Mountain...............47 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........64 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............14 The North House...........................67 Olde Magnolia House..................42 Rawhide Ranch.............................24 Salt Creek Inn................................40 Seasons...........................................61


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


Lamb Lake Homes........................27 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................65 ReMax Team...................................47


eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............27 Rawhide Ranch.............................24


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Brown Co Health & Living...........27 Career Resource Center...............63 Critser’s Flowers & Gifts...............56 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........59 Michael’s Massage Therapy........23 Nashville BP...................................21 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41

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Bone Appetit Bakery....................52 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Carol’s Crafts..................................51 Fireplace Center............................41 House of Clocks.............................56 House of Thunder.........................54 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Male Instinct..................................61 Sheep Street Fibers......................56 Sports Etc.......................................57 The Toy Chest................................51 Wishful Thinking...........................15


Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Hoosier Artist................................29 Sweetwater Gallery......................15


Artists Colony Inn.........................51 eXplore Brown County..................4 Hotel Nashville..............................67


Whispering Pines Alpacas...........50



Cover by Cindy Steele of the Elder Heart “Soaring” Sculpture

Jeff Tryon Jeff was born and raised in Brown County, but spent much of his early career as a newspaper reporter in Alabama. In midlife, he pivoted from journalism to the ministry, becoming a licensed minister in 2002. He is a part-time pastor and freelance writer, a situation referred to in the ministry as being “bivocational”.

16 Elder Heart Leaf Sculpture ~by Jeff Tryon 20 The Tyranny of Technology ~by Mark Blackwell

26 Sampler at Trail’s End 38 Paula White: Herbs, Teas, and Touch ~by Julia Pearson 44 Hilltop Camp for Girls ~by Lee Edgren 48 Brown Co. Railroad Museum Update 50 Our Precious Jewels ~by Jim Eagleman

55 The Wooden Angel

~by John Wm. Sisson

~by Henry Swain

60 Fingerstyle Guitar Competition 62 The Park that Almost Wasn’t

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

Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max. Julia Pearson wrote for a Secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She currently writes a column called “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat that features interesting people that have crossed paths. She and her husband Bruce, reside in Bloomington. She serves on several boards, including the Association of Indiana Museums. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, especially with her children and grandchildren. Lee Edgren, writing since kindergarten, attended journalism school at the University of Michigan. Her career includes writing for a newspaper, for a government agency, and for UM Medical Center. She became seriously interested in yoga during the late 1980s and traveled widely. Lee has a master’s degree in Wellness Management from Ball State University. She lives in both in Brown County and in northern Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio.


Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 812-988-8807 copyright 2014

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Jim Eagleman is a 39 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 34 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs.

Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. 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. Henry “Hank” Swain (1918-2014) 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 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).

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featured photographs Marti Garvey is a photographer and artist who has lived in Brown County for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Norbert, raised four children in the hills and hollers of Owl Creek. “Do at least one creative thing a day” is a motto she has lived by her whole life—which is why her camera and art supplies accompany her wherever she goes. Contact her at <> or view her photos at <>.


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Note From the Editor


omeone told me they thought “public art” should be made by the public. I like the idea of the public enjoying the art they make themselves. And we have examples of that concept right here in the town of Nashville. The veterans’ group Elder Heart created a giant leaf sculpture named “Soaring” with the guidance of artist Jim Connor. The veterans and their families will share that experience with the community for many years to come. Now a teen group is working on a public art piece called “All Together,” with the help of Brown County artist Brad Cox. The metal sculpture, a collection of faces, will be installed in the Pat Reilly Parking lot behind Subway and is being made from materials collected from a Bloomington scrap yard. BETA is the not-for-profit group behind the project. BETA stands for Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association. It provides after school activities for teenagers through the school year and during a June summer camp. BETA received a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation to create a public art sculpture from recycled materials with a local artist. As a part of the summer camp, the group of teenagers and adult mentors traveled to the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, Indiana. Actually, it isn’t in a town, and is way out in a wooded area owned by artist Gerry Masse. Magic happens every July in the Sculpture Trails when Gerry leads a group of students and teachers in a monthlong iron pour. You can see the results of the pours along the trails. More than a hundred sculptures of various sizes and materials are scattered in the woods. The second day of camp brought the teenagers to the scrap yard. The teens hunted through piles of items left for dead. Their imaginations got stretched a bit when

they pictured eyes, mouths, noses, ears, and hair from things like grills, gears, and fireplace pokers. Brad Cox patiently worked with each teen and adult mentor to compose and weld together a face. Some material just couldn’t be welded, so new things had to be substituted. All the parties involved gained a lot of respect for the amount of work that goes into creating a public art sculpture. The teens and adults that worked with Brad on the faces will be able to share their efforts with their friends, families, and visitors. They can find their face and say “I made that.” The sculpture will greet everyone that parks in the lot with a “Welcome to Brown County.” —Cindy Steele

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Elder Heart Sculpture is Up Public Art for Healing and Awareness

~by Jeff Tryon


ublic art has always been about making a statement, creating a space to gather, and starting a conversation. The new towering leaf sculpture named “Soaring” in the courtyard next to the Visitors Center at the heart of downtown Nashville is not only a calling card for a town built on the annual nature show of autumn leaves, it makes a statement about the value of art to heal and to inform—of cooperation between artists, various community interests, and wounded warriors. The sculpture is the product of a non-profit group called Elder Heart which empowers veterans through the experience of creating public, private, and corporate art. Elder Heart, the brainchild of Magnus Johnson, a Green Beret veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, seeks to build awareness about veterans’ concerns such as the high number of suicides and VA backlogs.

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photo by Sara Dawdy

“It is false to think that the pain of war is a veteran’s problem. It is a cultural and human problem that affects everyone.” —Magnus Johnson, Elder Heart

The giant leaf sculpture was facilitated by Brown County sculptor and metal artist Jim Connor. Johnson and Connor had spent some time together making art pieces. “Magnus and I had been talking about doing a veteran art program, and I had heard in town that there was kind of a concept for a sculpture,” Connor said. The marketing company Three Sixty Group came up with the idea of a landmark leaf sculpture for the Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission. At the same time, Elder Heart was approaching the commission to let them know they were interested in working on a major piece for the county. Connor said, “It was just an idea, but we grabbed hold of it, because we thought leaves and Brown County is a really good fit.”

photo by Sara Dawdy

photo by Sara Dawdy

The project involved building a consensus among town leaders and other interested parties. “Brown County has a rich history. People live here because they want to be here— because it’s beautiful, because it’s different, because it’s special. There are a lot of elected officials, committees, and groups that are ambassadors for that. They were worried about all these different things, so it was more of a process than I would’ve liked—but not negative,” said Johnson. “There’s been a couple of sidetracks, but some men and women, almost from nothing, created this huge social-impact art piece. The 15-foot tower of giant, interlocked maple leaves is made of solid half inch and three-eighths inch thick A36 structural steel donated by the Kroot Corporation of Columbus. Local mural painter Larry Webb is offering his skills to color the leaves with automotive paint. The plates for the biggest leaves at the base of the installation were cut out from 720-pound pieces. All of the steel plates were trucked to a plate-rolling facility in Indianapolis to be curved and hauled back to Brown County to be cut into leaf shapes. “I wanted some really nice curves in those big heavy plates in order to make it look like it was alive, to make it look real,” Connor said. “The details are built up with wire-feed welding. We laid those out and just used a decorative weld to build up the veins.” Johnson praised Connor for his choices in getting from a proposed concept to a finished piece. “That sculpture is alive,” he said. “It’s got space. It’s got dimension. It’s got flow. It’s heavy duty, but completely one hundred percent safe and structurally sound.” Continued on 18

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ELDER HEART continued from 17 The actual installation of the gigantic steel leaves became a sort of performance art show for locals and visitors alike as Connor and the veterans hoisted the leaves into place with a crane and then clambered around on the sculpture grinding, spot welding, and doing touch-ups. About 20 veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam, and WWII helped to create the sculpture. “We’ve had some really emotional moments on that thing,” Connor said. “There was a Vietnam veteran who came and welded on it. Sometimes these vets come, they don’t really know one another, but once they meet, they can share their experiences. Ultimately, it’s a healing experience for them.” “Part of the problem is they want to engage and people don’t know what to say to them,” Johnson said. “It’s not like, ‘if you do art you’ll be healed miraculously.’ But for some guys, just doing some art and focusing on something simple is valuable.” He said the healing goes beyond the veterans to everyday people who see the sculpture. “You draw people in with the art piece, and once they’re there, you can give them the message that you’re trying to get across,” Connor said. “We’re not trying to build war monuments, we’re trying to raise awareness and we’re trying to build beautiful things that are positive.” Johnson said this is the first of what he hopes are many largescale, social impact projects Elder Heart will be known for. “I’m going to Cincinnati to meet with some different people who are associated with public art in

photo by Sara Dawdy

Cincinnati,” he said. “They’re looking at the news and the photos of everything we’re doing here in Indiana and they are inspired.” “This was our kickoff,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to put these all across the country. The idea is for us to be able to go out to other communities and show them how they can go about teaming up their artists and veterans together to do projects on their own— what their community needs.” “War is a really difficult thing,” Johnson said. “A lot of people have a lot of opinions, and they’re entitled to that opinion. But what we’ve got to do as a community and a nation is to honor the warriors and veterans who do serve for this country.” To learn more about Elder Heart or contribute to their cause visit <>. 

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The Tyranny of Technology “The main business of humanity is to do a good job of being human beings…not to serve as appendages to machines, institutions and systems.” —Kurt Vonnegut from Player Piano

~by Mark Blackwell


threw away my alarm clock the other day. It’s no big deal—it was busted and I am retired and living in Brown County. I don’t have to get up and go to work. In fact I don’t have to go much of anywhere now. And the best thing about it is that I am no longer bullied by technology. It gives me a case of the fantods to think back at how many times I had to answer “Present” or punch a time clock. But I reckon there isn’t much of a way that the average person can dodge modern technology. It seems like we’ve been getting pushed around since some jerk who wasn’t satisfied with a sundial (he probably didn’t like the fact that it wasn’t very accurate at night) invented the clock. Before that, when it was time to go to work, it was just time to go and do something. You couldn’t be late. You didn’t have to face the Boss-man tapping his toe and staring at the clock. In fact it was likely a Boss or one of his toadies invented 24-hour time keeping. But I can testify, it’s been all downhill since the twelfth century when the first clocks made their

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appearance. And if you don’t think clocks are all that bad, remember without the clock there would be no daylight saving time. Every time some advanced tool gets invented it winds up running a good portion of our lives. It would appear to be that in most cases when technology rears its ugly head there are those who benefit and a bunch of us who don’t. Take the telephone for example. When it was invented it was touted to be not only a convenience—ring, ring— “Honey could you pick up a bottle of milk on your way home from work?”—but a veritable life-saver with 911. On the other hand it gave us calls from bored 11 year olds wanting to know if our refrigerator was running, not to mention supper time robo-calls. And we have to pay for the privilege of being annoyed while the phone company makes money. And now we have gone way past stationary land lines to having cell phones with us practically all the time. Heck, I know some individuals who would have to have their cell phone surgically removed. There are kids who are developing thumbs resembling Popeye’s forearms from incessant texting. But “smart” phones are just the little minions of the evil overlords of today’s technology—the COMPUTER. At this point I want to establish that I am not completely against technology. What I am against is relinquishing our collective status of Masters of technology. When we cease to use tech as a tool and let the tool use us, we lose a part of our souls. Instead of making the tool an extension of ourselves, we allow our tools to start dictating to us. I can’t say I am completely against computers (I am composing this article on one) but I resent being told that I have to do things the way some programmer, Continued on 22

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TECHNOLOGY continued from 20 who may be a genius by some folks calculations, but is probably lacking in social graces and may not even bathe regularly. I have spent my life trying and mostly succeeding by using good old horse-sense. I know enough not to eat oysters in months with no “R” in the name or any of the other months if the oyster smells funny. I don’t tell cops that I know my rights. And I floss my teeth regularly. But, I digress. What I am trying to demonstrate is that when I write a story or an essay I have a certain way I want it to look—a way that makes sense to me and pleases my aesthetic sensibilities. But does my computer comprehend that? Well, if it does then it is a spawn of evil because it constantly tries to undermine my confidence by asking me, every little whip-stitch, if I am sure I want to do a certain thing. If I answer the machine and affirm that I know perfectly well what I am doing, it lets me finish and then proceeds reformatting everything according to its own whims. The computer has also introduced the concept of, “if we can do something then we have to do it.” Just because we can broadcast our every thought, mood, and cat picture that doesn’t make it an imperative. I think we got in enough trouble with e-mail but now there is “Twitter” (if you use it, do you become a twit?) and Instagram. I have noticed that a lot of folks use these things like fitness centers for their egos. So what should we do? Well, the first thing is to remember is that we live in Brown County—a place where there are broad swaths of the hills and hollers where the inter-web cannot penetrate. It’s a natural sanctuary—a moat of nature keeping out the more intrusive aspects of the twenty-first century. Brown County is a place where folks use tools of creativity to produce useful crafts and pleasing art. It’s a place where the music is more acoustic than electronic. We even have a couple of Bluegrass music festivals. Folk and acoustic blues are played in the cafes and saloons here. We also hold a finger-style guitar competition where you won’t mistake the sound of the guitar with a chainsaw. Well, I could go on about my discontent with modern technology but I think maybe just saving this little essay in the machine might act as a warning that it needs to straighten up and work for me—otherwise I just might mistake it for an alarm clock. 

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Trail’s End The Sampler

and the Panhead Saloon


he season has made me restless, turned me into a wanderer casting about for those out-of-the-way, sometimes little known and less understood beaneries and bistros which lie outside the confines of the Peaceful Valley. I’m on a summer tour of eating establishments in the outlying portions and parts of Brown County. I gathered up my loved one and headed off down toward the southern end of the county, down into Van Buren Township, somewhere between Stone Head and Story, to the aptly named “Trail’s End” restaurant and bar. It isn’t really for the fussy—about half ranch-style cowboy bar and about half regular tourist restaurant by the side of the road. It is the kind of place where the signage reminds gentlemen to remove the horse dung from their footwear before entering. That’s because the Trail’s End is a southern terminus of several woodland trails emanating from the world-renowned Brown County State Park and its wonderful horsemen’s camp facility and horse trail system. Out back, on the forest side of the ample gravel parking lot, there are a series of hitching posts— places where you park your horse. The front of Trail’s End has a couple of nice covered porches with tables for casual outdoor dining

and scenic views. We arrived on a balmy afternoon and lounged around there while we waited on friends. We split the soup of the day, a creamy and delectable cream of broccoli. I tried the old-fashioned wilted salad, with spinach, greens, and a dressing that looked like breakfast— little bits of bacon and egg and what have you. Another group of folks for whom the Trail’s End is a welcome respite from the saddle is the numerous motorcycle enthusiasts who flock to the scenic beauty of Brown County at the first sign of fine weather. It’s the kind of place where a pack of roaring motorcycles is not only tolerated, but sometimes openly cheered from the veranda. Inside is “The Panhead Saloon”, a classic bar room complete with pool table, which adjoins the main dining area. Their logo is a drawing of a horse riding a motorcycle. In the back, off the bar, is a big roofed-in porch area where we actually ate our dinner while we listened to a couple of Brown County’s finest musicians ply their trade. The mainstay at Trail’s End is an impressive battery of sandwiches, listed up on the white board inside: burgers, Coney dogs, chicken salad, pulled pork BBQ, a good-looking grilled tenderloin, and several others. No fries—chips. Continued on 30

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SAMPLER continued from 26 I am also given to understand that the TE draws a big breakfast crowd and is developing something of a cult following around its biscuits and gravy. Trail’s End/Panhead Saloon is open Wednesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is seven miles south of Nashville (go east from town on SR 46 and turn right on SR 135 S) and eight miles south by horse from the state park Horsemen’s camp. Trail’s End has been offering a weekend evening dinner menu with a few choice entrees, including a grilled over charcoal rib-eye steak and fried chicken made according to grandma’s method: soaked in buttermilk overnight and seasoned and breaded. Whose grandma wasn’t really clear to me, but the chicken was juicy and tender and tasty, arriving with some nice new potatoes and green beans plus a veg from the ample list of sides. Mrs. Sampler had the burger, and it looked terrific, a big beefy Black Angus patty with melted cheese and all the accessories, substantial enough for anyone who has been riding a long way and has a long way yet to ride. The motto on their T-Shirt is: “Ride with the wind to Trail’s End,” and the afternoon’s balmy breeze turned into a stiff wind as the sun faded, and it started to get a might coolish. On the lawn adjoining the pavilion, they lit a nice hardwood bonfire by a ring of Adirondack chairs and picnic tables. We adjourned to the campfire while the band played on. I insisted—purely for professional reasons, you understand—on sampling the raspberry swirl cheesecake drizzled with dark chocolate. I do it all for you, dear reader, so you will be better informed about your dining opportunities. But it is I, it must be confessed, who, in the end, is profoundly satisfied. 

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Brown County Playhouse Most performances at 7:30 Mel Chance and the Notables July 5 Little Shop of Horrors Brown County Youth Theater July 11 & 12 at 7:30 and July 13 at 2:00 Brown County Has Talent July 15 American Graffiti July 18 Classic movie, doo-wop songs, root beer floats, 50s/60s costume contest 3rd Annual Fingerstyle Guitar Competiton and Concert July 26 Competition at 1:00, Concert at 7:30 40 Years of College August 2 8th Annual B Movie Celebration 14 movies in 3 days August 8-10 MOVIES - THE LATEST RELEASES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555

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Muddy Boots Cafe Some dates weren’t booked yet. Most times at 7:00, other times indidated July 2 Evan Elsbury July 3 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills July 4 Steven Thomas July 5 Americana 5:00 July 6 Bonz 7:00 July 7 The Mini-Slaw July 8 Open Jam July 9 Avocado Chic

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. July 10 Tim Pearson Pine Room Tavern July 12 Haley Foreman July 13 David Dwyer 5:00 July 14 John Barney July 15 Open Jam July 16 Cathy Guitjar July 17 Rusted String July 18 Tad Armstrong July 19 Kolo Bell July 20 Craig Thurston 6:00 July 22 Joe Rollin’ Porter noon Open Jam 7:00 July 23 Bonz July 24 Elvis July 25 Dickey Jones July 27 David sisson 5:00 July 28 Keith Rea July 29 Open Jam July 30 Owen July 31 DaVita Aug. 1 Anna Miller Steven Thomas Aug. 2 Americana 5:00 Aug. 3 Travers “Zions Crossing” Marks 6:00 Aug. 5 Open Jam Aug. 6 Steven Thomas Aug. 7 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills Aug. 8 Rusted string Aug. 9 Dyanne Harvey Aug. 10 Tim Pearson 5:00 Aug. 11 Coot Crabtree Aug. 12 Open Jam Aug. 13 Avocado Chic Aug. 14 Shane Del Bianco Aug. 15 Cathy Guitjar Aug. 16 Haley Foreman Aug. 17 Steve K. 6:00 Aug. 18 Indiana Boys Aug. 19 Open Jam Aug. 22 Cosmic Molasses Aug. 23 Jeff Owens Band Aug. 24 David Sisson 5:00 Aug. 26 Open Jam Aug. 28 DaVita Aug. 29 Hank Haggard Aug. 30 Lost Shoe String Band Aug. 31 Craig Thurston 6:00 812-988-6911 www.

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July 4 Kapow 6:00 July 5 Stella & Friends 8:00 July 6 New Old Cavalry 6:00 July 12 The McGuires 8:00 July 13 Dobbs Project 6:00 July 18 Alan Long 6:00 July 19 The Strays 8:00 July 20 Joe “Rollin’” Porter 6:00 July 25 Fingerstyle Tent 6:00 Jeff Foster 6:00 July 26 Black, White & Blues Band 8:00 July 27 Adam Yeager 7:00 July 28 Wine & Canvas 6:00 Aug. 1 Nate Johnson 6:00 Aug. 2 The McGuires 8:00 Aug. 3 New Old Cavalry 6:00 Aug. 8 Ryan Brewer 6:00 Aug. 9 Underhills 8:00 Aug. 15 Anna Miller 6:00 Aug. 16 Ghost of Kin 8:00 Aug. 17 Craig Thurston 6:00 Aug. 22 Dickey Jones 6:00 Aug. 23 Function 8:00 Aug. 24 Sarah Flint 6:00 Aug. 25 Wine & Canvas 7:00 Aug. 29 Jason Hathaway 6:00 Aug. 30 DaVita 8:00 Aug. 31 Joe “Rollin’” Porter 6:00 812-988-0236 www.

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Out of the Ordinary Reservations encouraged. Most shows start at 7:00. Open to Midnight Free music except supper club events. July 11 Glenn & Bethany SPECIAL EVENT SUPPER CLUB SERIES July 12 7:00 Reservations required. Features the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra $15 cover plus dinner from special menu. July 18 Nate Johnson Trio July 19 Nate Johnson Trio July 25 Out of the Ordinary Trio July 26 ANG Trio Aug. 1 ANG Trio SPECIAL EVENT SUPPER CLUB SERIES Aug. 2 7:00 Reservations required. Features the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra $15 cover plus dinner from special menu. Aug. 8 Out of the Ordinary Trio Aug. 9 Late Night Dance Night w/ DJ Starts at 9:30 Aug. 15 Glenn & Bethany Aug. 16 Glenn & Bethany Aug. 22 Out of the Ordinary Trio Aug. 23 Late Night Dance Night w/ DJ Starts at 9:30 Aug. 29 DaVita Jazz Trio Aug. 30 DaVita Jazz Trio 812-778-9730 html

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

Village Art Walk Second Saturdays Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville art galleries

Brown County Lions Club’s Fireworks July 4 at the High School athletic field

5th Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee July 10-12 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom hosted by The Perrys 800-414-4677

16th Bean Blossom Gospel Jubilee July 24-26 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom presented by Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers best of gospel music, 20+ bands 800-414-4677

Gnawbrew July 26 at Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, noon to midnight Bringing together home-brewers, regional breweries, and beer distributors with artists and musicians for a fun filled, yet family friendly event. 812-988-7750

Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition July 26, Brown County Playhouse Top musicians from across the USA compete at 1:00, concert at 7:30

Brown County 4-H Fair July 27-Aug. 2, at fairgrounds

16th Bean Blossom Blues Fest August 21-23, 9:00 am to 11:00 pm at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom with headliners Rick Estrin and the Nightcats and Sugar Blue

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Bucks & Does Square Dances Aug. 18 Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park, 8:00-10:00

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

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Paula White

Herbs, Teas, and Touch ~by Julia Pearson


ythology has stories of the great mother of all, the personification of mother earth herself, and her name is Gaia. It is a nickname given to Paula White by friends who know her best. Gaia’s Touch is a fitting name for the business where she provides services as a Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Certified Nutritional Herbalist, and Intuitive Reader. She has been offering these alternative therapies to Brown County residents and those who visit the area since 1997. Gaia’s Touch has been at its present location for three years. The office with massage table has a sense of calm about it, and Paula says she wants it to be a space where clients can feel comfortable and safe. A general session is one hour, with other sessions offered being half an hour, 45 minutes, and one and a half hours. She comments that children benefit from this type of therapy, their bodies being very responsive to massage work.

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photos by Marti Garvey

Paula came to Brown County in 1989 to work as a draftsman in civil engineering for Aecon. The Brown County schools provided a satisfying educational experience for her two children, Logan and Jessica. Always interested in herbal medicine and alternative therapies, Paula took a four week course in massage offered by the Lifelong Learning program in Nashville in 1997. It was taught by Linda Thomas, who noticed Paula’s talent and interests. With Thomas’s encouragement, Paula attended the Indiana School of Natural Therapies, where her studies led to certification in body reflexology and related therapies. Gaia’s Touch became a full-time career in 2005. By the spring of that year she had become a Reiki Master and knew that Reiki sessions would be attractive to people who desired a lighter, more gentle touch. Reiki is described as: “An energy modality from Japan that passes healing energy from the practitioner to you.” Reiki sessions are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes. Paula received her certification as a Nutritional Herbalist from the oldest school of natural healing in the United States, The School of Natural Healing. In conjunction with her touch therapies, she has an herbal tea business called, “Grandma Mimi’s Herbal Blends.” The organic teas are sold locally at Sweetea’s and Muddy Boots, at her office, as well as on-line. This harkens back to when Paula was raising dairy goats, and the soapmaking business naturally unfolded when there was a surplus of goat’s milk. Her goat’s milk soaps were sold through retail stores throughout the state and on the internet. Paula’s first business experience came when she ran her family’s feed and farm supply business called White’s Feed and Chick Store in Milan, Indiana. It was started by her grandfather and was passed on to her father. While her father was teaching school, Paula took over operations of the store. Unfortunately, the farming crisis in the mid1980s brought the business to an end. Sharing her Hoosier roots and family pride, Paula said her father played on the

1954 Milan basketball team that won the Indiana State Championship. Her parents, Gene and Anita White, are now living in Franklin. Her older sister, Pam Green, is residing in Florida while younger brother, Bill White, lives in northern Kentucky. Her son, Logan Sutton, is now in New Mexico, pursuing academic research in linguistics. Her daughter, Jessica Sutton Laguna, and Jessica’s family live nearby in Nashville. Having granddaughters, Katarina and Genevieve, nearby is a special joy to Paula’s grandmotherly heart. Gaia’s Touch is the perfect livelihood for Paula, whose genuine smile is comforting to everyone. She brings to mind the old hymn, “All Is Well with My Soul.” She plays the fiddle and guitar. She loves crafts like spinning and then knitting the yarn that she spins. She has three cats, Possum, Smudge, and Tanner who sometime visit during sessions with the client’s invitation. Appointments can be made for sessions at Gaia’s Touch through Facebook, email at <>, or by phone (812) 360-6879. 

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Hilltop Camp

and Summer School for Girls ~by Lee Edgren


here isn’t any really right order for telling the story of a camp. It takes everything together to make it come out right and be a true story.” wrote Katherine McAfee Parker, in a promotional Hilltop Camp booklet in 1938. So, let’s begin with the setting. There were no trees on Town HIll in the 1920s. From the top of the hill you could look out across the town and beyond. There were fewer than 500 people living in town. Most Brown Countians still travelled by horse and wagon. The now-famed artists would picnic on the hill at the Vawter cabin. Hohenberger roamed with his camera. In 1924, a progressive, determined, and welleducated woman, Kate Andrews, opened the very first summer camp in Brown County on 20 acres at the top of Town Hill. Most astonishingly, it was a girls’ camp, accredited by the state board of education. It was officially named Hilltop Camp and Summer School for Girls.

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Frank Hohenberger photo of Whippoorwill cabin in the 1930s.

“[In Brown County you will find]…not only a valley of peace but a Hilltop of joy.” — Katherine McAfee Parker Girls could elect to do advanced or remedial academic work while enjoying their Brown County summer. As Marianne Bessire MIller, whose association with the camp began in 1927 and totaled 13 or more years, observed in a speech to the Brown County Historical Society some years ago, “It was more cultural than recreational.” Kate Andrews spent her girlhood in Seymour, Indiana. She graduated from Wellesley College, a prestigious private women’s college, and did graduate work at Chicago and Colombia Universities, as well as in Europe. She taught for seven years at Western College in Oxford, Ohio, was the principal of the Seymour High School for 15 years, and served nine years as Dean of Women at Hanover College.

Frank Hohenberger photo of a camp play. Marianne Bessire is standing on the platform.

While summer camping is now wellestablished in the county, in 1924 the entire US camping movement was relatively new. Camps for girls did not appear until the early twentieth century. Opening a girls’ camp was a pioneering adventure in Indiana at that time. The girls lived in log-cabins. At least two were moved from Weed Patch Hill in the Brown County State Park. The cabins were named and included: Skyline, Bluebird, Wren (or Wrens Nest), Lookout, Rush, Hoot Owl, Chipmunk, Pee Wee, Wood Thrush, Valley View., and Whippoorwill. Whippoorwill, the cabin nearest the stage, was not only home to the art director, but also costume shop, property box and green room. Skyline, Kate Andrews and later Musette Stoddard’s home, was razed and replaced by a modern home in the 1960s. All the other cabins remain. Camp lasted a full two months. Campers could elect one of two four-week sessions, or stay the entire summer. In 1938, the full two months cost $135. One month was $75. The girls rose at 6:30 a.m. and went to bed at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. depending on their age. Campers ranged in age from six to twenty when the camp was in full operation.

The teenage Marianne Bessire.

Over time, the facilities grew to include an outdoor theater, tennis courts, swings and see saws, and trails. Activities included horseback riding, archery, dancing class (tap, balllet, and ballroom), and Sunday morning services in the outdoor theater. Kamp Kapers, the camp newspaper, was written by the girls.

By far, the most important activities were art and theater. Art classes met in the morning. Art activities included pottery, ceramics, loom weaving on different styles of looms, and tooled leather—not just lacing, but designing and lining. Musette Stoddard, the art director, had a china kiln in her basement. Walter Griffiths, of the now-historic Brown County Pottery, would fire the pottery. “It would take a big museum to hold all the things they have made in the art department,” Parker wrote in 1938, detailing the output of one 12-year-old camper: a blue chenille rug with orange and lavender stripes, two green bowls, a sandwich tray, a green wall pocket, two pattern weave mats, an English tapestry with a design of mountains and trees with a lovely lady in blue and orange, and a decorated handkerchief box. It would take at least ten weeks giving a play every day except Sunday to give all the plays over again,” Parker concluded. During the two months of camp, they put on at least four plays, on the last Saturday of each four weeks’ term. Plays mean staging and costuming and properties and lighting.“All of Nashville came to see the plays, sitting on wooden benches for a couple of hours twice a summer,” Marianne Miller recalled. “The first person in charge of the theater was Mr. B. [Arthur J. Beriault] He recited a whole Shakespeare play in an evening, taking all the parts. And we were just entranced.” Continued on 46

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Frank Hohenberger photo of a weaving class.

HILLTOP continued from 45 The annual party at Skyline was “the” party of the year, according to Parker. Marianne Miller recalled that it was always a costume party. Since campers made all the costumes for the plays, there were always old costumes available. In 1937 it was an artists’ party when everyone went dressed as a well known artist. The lawn was decorated with Japanese lanterns. There were stunts, prizes, and delicious refreshments. “The main and best stunt of the evening,” according to Kamp Kapers, “was presented by Dale Bessire, famous Brown County artist (and, at Hilltop, famous as Marianne’s father) who did an oil painting to show ‘one night artists’ how he did it.”

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In 1933, Andrews added the 80 acres of the Linke farm, with its farmhouse, barn, pasture land, and meadow, to add a boys’ camp. She apparently cared for an ailing sister for many years, postponing marriage until after her sister’s death. She married Thomas J. Weaver in 1935. She then wintered in Chicago and led the camp in Brown County, until her own illness brought an end to her association with the camp. She closed the camp during at least one year of World War II. Later in the 1940s, Musette Stoddard, the art director, tried to carry on for a few more years, but the camp closed permanently in 1947, victim to the loss of its leader and to changing times. The land was sold, and developed. But Hilltop can be remembered as “a hilltop of joy indeed—joy of living in cabins with counselors and girls, joy of making things, of acting in plays, joy of swimming and sports and dancing, joy of singing, joy of learning the loveliness of woods and fields, joy of being alive in Brown County.” Thanks to Kara Barnard, owner of one of the Hilltop camp cabins, and to Steve Miller, son of Marianne Bessire Miller. 

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Brown County Railroad Museum

Adds New Wheelchair Car


wners Bob Young and Brian Goodknight would like to announce to friends and fans of the Brown County Railroad Museum that after a challenging winter and a beautiful spring, the museum is off and running. The B & B Railroad is running and now has a new “wheelchair capable” car. The car can accommodate wheelchairs up to 30 inches wide. The Railroad Museum is dedicated to making the facilities open and meaningful for special needs. A class of 12 students tried out the new car in May. All had a great time and the group plans to return in October. The Gallery of Steam is open and Bob and Brian are giving tours.

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They are still working hard on other areas of the museum. You can see some Lionel and Garden Railway trains in the Model Train Exhibit. The “What is It?” board should be completed by the end of the month to provide information and challenges to railroad fans. The handicapped bathroom will be completed soon, too. You can visit them on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is located 10 miles North of Nashville at corner of SR 135 and Three Story Hill Rd. Come watch them grow. The Brown County Railroad Museum could always use volunteers for various projects and to welcome visitors. You can contact Brian and Bob at (812) 720-1229 and at <>. 

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Our Precious Jewels ~by Jim Eagleman


hen someone says they have a rare item—a book, painting, an antique toy—we immediately place it in a category of high monetary value. What’s it worth? If passed down from relatives, heirlooms usually trump any monetary value. We handle the item differently, set it aside, and give it added protection. We insure a rare item in case of loss and acknowledge with friends its exceptional importance. And too, we feel some intrinsic obligation to make sure it doesn’t deteriorate, to keep it safe for future generations. All these inherent values placed on rare things can be applied to natural areas. Since rare, endangered, or threatened species of trees, plants, birds and animals exist locally and worldwide, the same custodial care can be exercised. It is part of being a concerned voter to educate myself on what is important ecologically. But I may feel my concern for endangered things in far-off countries needs to be applied closer to home. I hear this sentiment often expressed by well-intending landowners and suggest they look at what exists in lesser numbers right here in our Hoosier state. Awareness of rare things can add value and appreciation. The Endangered, Threatened, and Rare Species List for each Indiana county is maintained

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and periodically updated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Nature Preserves, with an office in Indianapolis. Brown County’s list is monitored frequently and particularly referred to each time any significant land change proposal is considered on any DNR project. DNR land already protected still requires thorough review if a site change is pending. Field surveys are conducted periodically by employees for species of concern and status is recorded. Brown County is not a state leader in the lists of rare things, but it has species on both the state and federal lists. Species are listed because they are threatened, endangered, or rare and are assigned a status by the division. The status rating can change over time as field work is updated. The status takes into account the size of population, site health, encroachment/development, and whether the species is found widespread or in a limited area. The actual natural community in which the species is found is also given a status rating as the environment is critical over time and can change. Seemingly insignificant species of insects, like the Northern Hairstreak butterfly or a plant like the Ridged Yellow Flax, may not excite most people. “Why bother listing these things if they are that uncommon? Most of us will never see them. Continued on 58


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Get a FREE Sampler bag of natural dog treats with $10 purchase and this ad.

DOGS WELCOME! (812) 988-0305

Open 7 days 211 S. Van Buren St. (behind Shell station)

Nashville Express Sightseeing Tours

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

110 N. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN 812-988-1300

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May – October • $5 per person • 812-988-2308 available for field trips, business functions, private tours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. longer on weekends (ask the driver)


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

Y E A R RO U N D L I V E E N T E R TA I N M E N T Saturday, July 5

Fri & Sat, July 11 & 12 · 7:30 pm Sunday, July 13 · 2 pm

Brown County Has Talent

Mel Chance and the Noteables Big Woods Homegrown Concert Series

Tuesday, July 15

Jazz, swinging big band | $14

Brown County Youth Theater $18.50

Saturday, July 26

Saturday, August 2

Third Annual

Music groups, solo acts, fun for all ages | $9.25

Friday–Sunday, August 8-10

8th Annual

Friday, July 18

Doo-wop songs, root beer floats, 50s/60s costume contest, and classic movie Doors open 7 pm | $10


…the latest releases 40 Years of College Competition 1 PM · Concert 7:30 PM $22.25 combo ticket $17.25 concert only

Big Woods Homegrown Concert Series

The Docs who rock, 60s and 70s classics |$16.50

Weekend celebration of classic 80’s Cinema, hosted by TV’s Joe Bob Briggs. 14 movies, 3 days $104 weekend pass

Movie Tickets & Schedule Online Adults $5 | Children/Students $4


P E R F O R M I N G A R T S C E N T E R 812.988.6555 ·

Showtimes 7:30 pm · Tickets & schedule online · Beer, wine & concessions available | Box Office: Thurs–Sat Noon–7 pm · Sun 3–7 pm | 70 South Van Buren · Nashville, IN

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Restaurant Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

RV Park & Campground • Full Hookups • Pool • Free Wi-Fi • Playground • Kamping Kabins • Rec/Game Room • Camping Store • Nature Trail

New owners Open April–October Minutes away from fine dining, art and craft shops, museums, live entertainment and theater.

2248 State Road 46 East Nashville, IN

(812) 988-4675

Large Selection of Plus Sizes up to 6X


Wine-Down Wednesday

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• Soups • Salads • Sandwiches • After Five Menu • Fine Wines

Breads, Pastries, and Danish and music by Jeff Foster Baked Here Daily Center of Nashville Main and Van Buren Streets Open Daily • (812) 988-4114

Hoosier Buddy Liquors Cold Beer, Fine Wines & Select Spirits Cold Beer:

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HOUSE OF THUNDER 4413 State Road 46 E. Nashville, IN Just 3 miles east of Nashville in Gnaw Bone

812-988-0255 • Wed.–Sun. 10 to 6 (closed Mon. & Tues.)

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

Select Spirits:

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

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

The Wooden Angel ome say that I Just made this up, While others know the truth, It happened to a friend of ours When we were in our youth.


But then one night the lightning struck, The tree fell to the ground, And Grampa carved a little piece For him to carry around. So everywhere that Michael went His Grampa always knew An angel from their special tree Would always be there, too!

While other boys were playing war With guns and toy tanks, Michael always walked away And always said, “No thanks.” He really didn’t care for war, He didn’t like to fight, He thought there must be other ways To somehow make things right!

When he and Grampa took a walk On paths through woods and field, GrampA always found the things That nature kept concealed. And Michael learned about the frog, He heard the tale of snake, Stories of the bugs and birds, And all the sounds they make!

While other boys had larger toys Like a train or toy rocket, Michael treasured just one toy He carried in his pocket. And every day he went to play When no one was about, Then Michael in a secret place Would bring his one toy out And place there on a little rock An angel carved in wood, And some might call the carVing crude While others think it good!

Grampa showed him things unseen, Like the talent of the deer That how by simply standing still They simply disappear. He showed him how a rabbit’s hole Outwits the smartest fox, And how the turtle stays alive By living in a box. Grampa knew the shape and size Of every single creature, Fins and wings and legs and things, And every other feature! He knew how high the eagle flew, How fast a tree would grown, Nothing Lived or grew on earth That Grampa didn’t know! At least that’s how young Michael felt As he looked through his eyes, For every day of Grampa’s life Was colored by surprise!

But Michael didn’t really care What other people thought, He had a toy like no one else That wasn’t sold or bought. His Grampa cut it from a tree Where Michael had a swing, A tree that Michael loved to watch Come back to leaf each spring.

Continued on 57

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Morgantown Serving Central Indiana for 42 Year s Since 1971

Visit our website Lay-a-way and Gift Certificates available 75 W. Washington St. P.O. Box 29 Morgantown, IN 46160-0029 812-597-5414 Tues.–Sat. 11–5 pm (closed Sun. & Mon.)

ANTIQUES CO-OP 129 W. Washington St. • Morgantown, IN 46160 (In the old hardware store building)

Furniture, Art Architectural Elements Pottery The Odd and Unusual and A General Line

Country Primitives Advertising Antique Garden Old Paint Early Smalls

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Open 6 Days (Closed Mon.)

(812) 597-4530

Layaway Available

10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135

CRITSER’S Knitting, Weaving, Spinning

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

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

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Flowers & Gifts Fresh Cut Flowers and Plants for All Occasions 59 W. Washington St. Morgantown 812-597-4551

HERITAGE MALL Shops South Van Buren Street Nashville, Indiana

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

• Collegiate • NFL • MLB • NBA

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Nashville Candy Store Established 1973

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

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ANGEL continued from 57 And then one day, just like the tree, His Grampa passed away… No longer would the two of them Walk in the woods to play. Michael reached his secret spot In a gentle, misty rain, Knowing that the gathered clouds Must also share his pain. And when he found his sacred place With the angel Grampa made, He put her on the little rock, And then he knelt and prayed. “Dear God in heaven, tell my Gramps I love him very much, I miss his hug and great big smile, I miss his gentle touch. But he told me the stars I see Ar angels in the sky, Who just like him will never dim Their twinkle in my eye. And so I ask you, please dear lord, Tell Grampa I’ll be good, And thank him for my special gift, My angel made of wood.” But then a strange thing happened, And thE angel moved its wing! And softly in a whispered voice Young Michael heard it sing… “We know how much you loved your Gramps And all the things you shared, And all the time you spent with him To show how much you cared. But you should know that everywhere Your Grampa’s still alive: He lives within your heart and mind, his memories still survive. Those secret tales about the woods And how the flowers grew, All the things that Grampa taught You thought he never knew. And so he carved me out of wood With love and tender pride To let you know that where you go He’s the angel by your side!” —John Wm. Sisson 

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Outdoor Gazebo Parties


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


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


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

(6–10 pm) (6–10 pm)


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

(6–10 pm) (6–10 pm) (5–9 pm)


Food • Drinks • Music • Fun

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

(6–10 pm) (6–10 pm)

(6–10 pm) (5–9 pm)

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

JEWELS continued from 50 Who cares about a beetle or a fly whose name I don’t recognize, a mussel in a slow-moving stream, or some silly bird like the Henslow’s Sparrow? I don’t know these plants or animals, I assume they can pass out of existence and nothing will happen, and it’s just a waste of taxpayer money to investigate.” It’s thinking like this we must guard against because every species, however trivial, has a job to do. The analogy of a plant having a “job” helps us comprehend the role things play. To consider positions in food chains, complicated living systems that function “behind the scenes,” and to imagine parts that make up a whole, is to appreciate these intricate elements. However inconsequential or petty these components, it sometimes takes their disappearance before we notice something is different and something isn’t right. “Saving all the parts” is the key to intelligent tinkering, as stated by noted conservationist, Aldo Leopold. Like rare jewels, rare flowers, shrubs, ferns, and grasses can increase value to landscapes and homeowner inventories. Less common insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals all have jobs, niches to the biologist, and fulfill a duty. Awareness and appreciation of what we have, protection of all natural resources, and considering all of nature to be of value are foundations of active conservation. But the key to abundance in nature, as has always been the case, is private lands in private ownership. How we manage our own lands will determine future diversity and health. 

Smack Dab in The Heart of the Village! Great Lodging, Family Fun, and Fine Art (812) 988-2422 Lunch Served Daily • Bubble Tea available

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A Brown County Eagle

Village Boutique Styling You from Head to Toe Summer fashions from top designers Accessories · Jewelry · Purses Visit us in our new location! 64 East Main Street · Nashville, IN In the Old State Bank building

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hen I was looking at some old farm items I came across this old cast iron eagle. I began questioning some of the history of the old bird and was told it was originally on the roof of an old building somewhere in downtown Indianapolis. The eagle was salvaged from the building in the 1960s when the building was being demolished. The eagle made the trip to Brown County where it was placed on top of a barn. The eagle could have been made sometime between 1850–1870 vintage. The wingspan of this bird is 31 inches. It is cast in three pieces and is perched on an iron stand weighing in at a whopping 40 pounds! —Paul Sachmann 

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

Fri., Sat., Sun. Entertainment 812-988-0236 • 51 E. Chestnut St. • (behind Salt Creek Inn) State Road 46, Nashville Sun.–Thurs. 11am–10pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am–midnight

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Regular Spa Packages 40% Off Tuesdays & Sundays Appointment required

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

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The Indiana State

Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

July 26, 2014

Kade Puckett, last year’s winner.


orty of the finest fingerstyle guitarists in the United States are expected to compete in the second annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition July 26 at the Brown County Playhouse. “We’ve got guys coming in from all over the country, we’ve got International winners,” said organizer Kara Barnard. “If you are a fingerstyle guitar player, Brown County is the place to be toward the end of July.” The three-day event, running July 25-27, includes guitar workshops and public performances. Top prize is a $5,500 handmade OC Bear guitar. There will be all-inclusive workshops prior to the evening performances. Barnard said even non-musicians and casual listeners “absolutely will” enjoy the performances.

Many great competitors will be at this year’s event, but few will generate as much buzz as Maxwell Hughes, the Grammy-nominated former member of the Lumineers, who took third place in the International Competition in 2012. Hughes has also worked with The Head and The Heart and Imagine Dragons. He will be featured Friday night and will also compete Saturday. “Friday night is our big tent party at the Pine Room,” she said. “All the winners from the last couple of years will be there playing. We’ll have music inside and outside. “Maxwell will be playing and any of the guys who

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show up. You never know who is going to show up,” she said. Saturday is the juried competition, with the winner slotted for a spot in the Saturday night show and, of course, the prize guitar. There will be a youth division competition, and Barnard is pushing to get as many last-minute entrants for that competition as possible. “Then on Sunday, we have workshops designed for anyone, from someone who’s just starting to pick up a guitar all the way up to advanced fingerstyle guitar players,” she said. For more information you can visit the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at <>. 

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

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

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812-988-2284 •

Open all year–7 days a week Mon.–Sat. 9 to 5:30 Sun. 11 to 5:30

We Buy and Sell 13 miles west of I-65 3 miles east of Nashville, IN

812-988-1025 3288 State Rd 46 East

A Brown County Landmark renowned for savory home cooking and old-fashioned hospitality 812-988-4554

58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana (next to Brown County Courthouse)

open daily 10–5 • 812-988-7058

Male Instinct

“A Different Spin on a Man’s Store”

Gifts Apparel

• Northern Sportswear • Hats, Gloves, Billfolds Accessories • Ultimo Fragrance • Fusion Sweaters • Knives • Themed items Hot Stuff • Funny Stuff the

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

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75 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville • (812) 988-1964 July/August 2014 • Our Brown County 61

The Park that Almost Wasn’t ~by Henry Swain reprinted from July, 1998


rown County State Park is often called the “Jewel” of the state park system. It is the largest, most profitable, and most visited, attendance often exceeding some of our National Parks. Richard Lieber, father of the Indiana state park system, was not originally warm to the idea of a park in Brown County. An ardent conservationist, he had purchased a cabin on Jackson Branch Road. In his dealings with a local firewood merchant he felt that he had been cheated by the native and thereafter felt suspicious of the local citizenry. After World War I, a State Conservation Commission was formed and Lieber was appointed director of the five-man commission. Aware of this new commission, local citizen Lee Bright wrote Mr. Lieber suggesting the rugged hills of Brown County would be ideal for a state park. Lee wrote a second letter. Neither letter was ever acknowledged. Knowing Frank Hohenberger to be a friend of Mr. Lieber, Lee asked Frank to propose the park idea to him. Frank’s letter was also ignored. Frank

suggested that Lee go to see Mr. Lieber personally and explain his proposal for a park. Lee made three trips attempting to see Mr. Lieber but could never get past his secretary. Downhearted, on his way out, Lee stopped by the desk of head game warden, Fred Ahlers who asked, “What can I do for you?” “Nothing.” said Lee, explaining his fruitless mission. Fred Ahlers was sympathetic toward Lee’s proposal, having hunted in Brown County, he was familiar with the area. Knowing that funds had just been appropriated for purchase of land for game preserves, Fred took him to George Mannfield, the first Superintendent of the Division of Fisheries and Game. After hearing Lee’s proposal, Mannfield bypassed the secretary and took Lee directly to Lieber. Both men were able to persuade Lieber that Brown County would be ideal for a game preserve. In 1923 the establishment of a fish and game preserve in Brown County was authorized along with the funding for the purchase of 16,000 acres. Lee was later appointed agent to purchase the land for the state. The first recorded purchase was in 1924 when 50 acres was purchased for $600. The county was extremely poor at that time and many were easily persuaded to sell for the big money of $10 an acre. Some people were able to purchase better land with the money they received. Not all were willing to sell. Lee was a very persuasive salesman in his park dream, for there were only two condemnations, both out-of-county land owners. A few were looked on as traitors for selling to the state and hard feeling remained for awhile between neighbors and families over the matter. Some of those same feelings of resentment were held against Lee. A few months later he met one of those reluctant citizens that he had finally persuaded to sell, on the street in Columbus. Upon seeing Lee the man started running toward him. Suspecting that the man was about to take his resentment out on him, Lee dropped his briefcase and held his arms in front of him in defensive position.

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The man surprisingly embraced Lee and told him how grateful he was for getting him to sell his land. The man had taken a job in a Columbus factory and was making more money than he had ever made in his life. In 1927 the State legislature passed legislation enabling county commissioners to purchase land for state parks within their counties. 200 signatures were required for a request to the commissioners. The following year Lee obtained the signatures and the commissioners purchased 1059 acres for less than $15,000. This land was deeded to the State Department of Conservation. In 1929 Brown County State Park was officially established. The game preserve land previously purchased by Lee was later added to the Park land for a total of about 16,000 acres. During the early 1930’s a CCC camp was established in the park and most of the labor for roads, trails, and park buildings came from the camp population. Carl Zody was appointed the first Park Superintendent. Lee was asked by the Kentucky Park System to establish the Pine Mountain State Park near Pineville, Kentucky. With the change of political parties in the Indiana Legislature, Carl Zody was replaced. Lee brought Carl to Pine Mountain to become Park Superintendent there. Lee took his son Bob with him to Pine Mountain Park while he was overseeing its development. There was a CCC camp there also. Lee was called to Missouri on another park matter leaving his son with the camp director. Bob, 12 years old, stayed in the camp for six weeks while his father was away in Missouri. That experience was memorable enough that many years later he took his wife there for their 50th wedding anniversary. Lee Bright saw the fruition of his park dream effort come true while still maintaining his insurance business in Nashville. Good things often do not come easily. Bob Bright thinks there should be a plaque in the park honoring Fred Ahlers. Had Lee not stopped by his desk after his third rebuff at Mr. Lieber’s office, we might not have Brown County State Park. Sometimes the success of large events turn on the smallest of incidents. Is it Destiny? Who knows? The next time you visit the park, appreciate it. If it weren’t for the way events in this story evolved, there might not even be a park.

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

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Our Brown County



Plum Creek Antiques Open-Air Market Bean Blossom

Paint & Bodyy

• Fruit Jars • Garden Art • Furniture • Iron Things, • Lots of Junk and more 5 minutes north of Nashville (intersection of SR 135 & SR 45)

The Strength of Big, The Service of Small

Full Collision Repair 24-Hour Towing

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189 Commercial Drive, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.1200

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Front end regularly $49.95 4 wheel regularly $79.95


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Career Resource Center of Brown County

• Ivy Tech Programs • Certified Nursing Assistant • Quickbooks Training • Computer Classes

• GED • Electrical • Solar Energy • Work One

246 E. Main St. Nashville, IN • (812) 988-5880 for the schedule




Brown County Tire


Feed Store $


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


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Save $ S $2.00 2 00 on R Roll-On, ll O Gel, G l Spray S (4, 16, or 32 oz.) Indiana Amish Natural Chickens and Indiana Raw Honey sold here! Also, Bison and Elk.


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Helmsburg Sawmill Inc. Custom Log Homes

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

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

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Bob Gredy Sr. Auto • Home • Business Health • Life • Bonds

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

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Profile for Our Brown County

July-August 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special.

July-August 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special.

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