July/August 2015 OUR BROWN COUNTY

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July– August 2015

The Magazine of Fun and Fact

Rick Clayton Moving Spirit

Looking Back at Story

Spears Pottery And: Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition Public Art in the Village Stolen Watermelons The Deer Debate Coyotes

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Plum Creek Antiques Market

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Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm


Village Green The Wild Olive


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Hoosier Artist


Brown Co Winery

Heritage Mall

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

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

The Sunshine Shack

House of Jerky

Apache Tactical

Main Street Shops


Redbud Terrace

McGinley Insurance


Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank Health For U

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Craft Gallery

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum

MAIN STREET That Sandwich Place

Nashville House


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Downtown Cottages & Suites

Iris Garden Complex


Fallen Leaf Books

Colonial Bldg.

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images

Trolly’s Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop


Brown County History Center


Hidden Valley Inn



The Emerald Pencil


MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

Buhneing’s Vintage Barber Shop

Carmel Corn Cottage


Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Bakery

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville



Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

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Village Florist

The Salvation Army

Calvin Place


Lorna’s Leather & Boutique


Coachlight Sq

Brown Co Inn Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

Brown Co Community YMCA

Brown County IGA Bear Hardware • Comfort Inn


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Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Sweetea’s Winery




Nashville General Store & Bakery


Salt Creek Park

Pine Room Muddy Boots

Salt Creek Inn

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

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Cathy’s Corner

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Male Instinct

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Too Cute Abe’s Corner

Melchior Marionettes

Brown Co Playhouse Jack & Jill Nut Shop

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES

Antiques Co-op.............................59 Be My Guest...................................31 Brown Co Antique Mall................63 Cathy’s Corner...............................51 The Emerald Pencil.......................28 Nashville General Store...............60 Plum Creek Antiques...................64 Townhouse Gifts...........................43


4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 Antique Alley Shops.....................53 Antiques Co-op.............................59 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Bear Hardware..............................33 Brown Co Antique Mall................63 Brown Co Art Gallery...................26 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................63 Cathy’s Corner...............................51 The Emerald Pencil.......................28 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Hoosier Artist................................29 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................48 Partake............................................23 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County..................4 Village Art Walk.............................23


Fallen Leaf Books..........................29


58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................53 Apache Tactical.............................42 Bear Hardware..............................33 Community Closet Thrift Shop...55 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 Head Over Heels...........................31 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............22 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........48 Male Instinct..................................62 Mercantile Store...........................42 Sports Etc.......................................31 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......43 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............48


4th Sister Vintage Store...............50 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 Antique Alley Shops.....................53 Antiques Co-op.............................59 Apache Tactical.............................42 The Apple Works...........................22 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Be My Guest...................................31 Bone Appetit Bakery....................63 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................63 Brown Co Pottery..........................52 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....51 Brown Co Visitors Center.............57 Carol’s Crafts..................................53 Cathy’s Corner...............................51 Cox Creek Mill................................22 The Emerald Pencil.......................28 The Ferguson House....................21 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................21 Head Over Heels...........................31 Homestead Weaving Studio.......28 Hoosier Artist................................29 House of Clocks.............................59 Hubbardstones.............................61 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................48 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........48 Madeline’s......................................42 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................62 Men’s Toy Shop..............................27 Mercantile Store...........................42 Nashville General Store...............60 New Leaf.........................................28 Ole House.......................................15 Papertrix.........................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Spears Pottery...............................28 Sports Etc.......................................31 Sweetwater Gallery......................19 Townhouse Gifts...........................43 The Toy Chest................................55 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............48

Village Art Walk.............................23 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....43 Wishful Thinking...........................19


4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 Brown County Playhouse............18 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....51 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..57 kidscommons................................43 Melchior Marionettes..................45 Monroe Music Park.......................39 Nashville Express..........................63 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........49 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Rich Hill’s Magic & Fun Emporium...............................48


19th Hole Sports Bar & Grille......38 Abe Martin Lodge.........................30 The Apple Works...........................22 Artists Colony Inn.........................55 Bear Wallow Distillery..................23 Brown Co IGA................................18 Brown Co Inn.................................53 Brown Co Winery..........................30 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....42 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................43 Casa Del Sol...................................55 Chateau Thomas Winery.............62 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmers’ Market............................23 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........50 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................51 Hotel Nashville....................... 57, 67 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..57 House of Jerky...............................63 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jack & Jill Nut Shop......................45 Las Chalupas Mexican Rest.........59 McDonald’s....................................52 McDonald’s Shopworth...............42 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Candy Store..................31 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68 Nashville General Store...............60

Advertiser Index Nashville House............................45 Ole House.......................................15 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........49 Schwab’s Fudge.............................26 Seasons...........................................45 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................32 That Sandwich Place....................52 The Sunshine Shack.....................45 Trolly’s.............................................61 The Wild Olive.................................2


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


Antiques Co-op.............................59 The Ferguson House....................21 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


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


Head Over Heels...........................31 K. Bellum Leather.........................28


4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 Antique Alley Shops.....................53 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Brown Co Antique Mall................63 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Cathy’s Corner...............................51 Ferguson House............................21 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................21 Grasshopper Flats.........................19 Hoosier Artist................................29 Hubbardstones.............................61 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Juls Etc............................................33 LaSha’s............................................45 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................28 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........48 Ole House.......................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............48 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........22


Abe Martin Lodge.........................30 Artists Colony Inn.........................53 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown Co Inn.................................53 Comfort Inn...................................12

Cornerstone Inn............................47 Creekside Retreat.........................50 eXplore Brown County..................4 Green Valley Lodge......................15 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................33 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..33 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Last Resort RV Park & Campground..............................50 Lodge on the Mountain...............52 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........64 Monroe Music Park & Campground.......................... 39, 64 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............14 The North House...........................67 Olde Magnolia House..................50 The Overlook Lodge.....................38 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Salt Creek Inn................................49 Seasons...........................................45


Brown County History Center....42 Bill Monroe Bluegrass Museum.39 kidscommons................................43




Bone Appetit Bakery....................63


4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts...........................................66 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Pottery...............................28 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........19


Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................65 ReMax Team...................................62 F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel....... 65


eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............51 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Career Resource Center...............43 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........49 Nashville BP...................................15 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....43

Al’s Paint & Body-Garage Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Buhneing’s Vintage Barber Career Resource Center Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store McGinley Vacation Cabins Mike Nickels Log Homes Monroe Park Campground Plum Creek Antiques F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel Waltman Construction Co.


Head Over Heels...........................31 K. Bellum Leather.........................29 Apache Tactical.............................42 Bone Appetit Bakery....................63 Carol’s Crafts..................................53 Fallen Leaf Books..........................29 Fireplace Center............................43 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 House of Clocks.............................59 Hubbardstones.............................61 K. Bellum Leather.........................29 Male Instinct..................................62 Men’s Toy Shop..............................27 Rich Hill’s Magic & Fun Emporium...............................48 Sports Etc.......................................31 The Toy Chest................................55 Wishful Thinking...........................19


Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Hoosier Artist................................29 Sweetwater Gallery......................19


Artists Colony Inn.........................53 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Village Florist.................................43

contents Cover: Story Inn ~by Cindy Steele

16 Spears Pottery in Nashville ~by Bill Weaver

20 Rick Clayton, Moving Spirit ~by Lee Edgren 24 Family Buys Brown County Inn ~by Paige Langenderfer

34-35 Photos by Matt Hughes 36-37 Calendar 40 Looking Back at Story ~by Julie Pearson 44 Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

~by Chrissy Alspaugh

~by Mark Blackwell

~by Jim Eagleman

~by Jeff Tryon

~by Jeff Tryon

46 Coyotes

54 The Deer Debate 56 Stolen Melons

58 Outdoor Art in Nashville 62 Weathered Wood 63 Brown County Playhouse News


Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. Jeff Tryon is a former news editor of The Brown County Democrat, a former region reporter for The Republic, and a former bureau chief for The Huntsville Times. Born and raised in Brown County, he currently lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on the edge of Brown County State Park. He is a Baptist minister. Julia Pearson wrote for a secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and her husband Bruce have made Lake Woebegone Country their new homebase for life’s continuing adventures. Julie, Bruce, and four-footed Suki are adjusting well. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren.

Bill Weaver is an author and radio personality currently living in Bloomington. He’s published The College of Beer: The Story of Nick’s English Hut, and numerous zines including ER, D’KNOW, and The New York Squid. He writes for Our Brown County, and the Bloomington Herald-Times Homes section. He’s known as Gus Travers, the host of WFHB’s The Dark End of the Street. Jim Eagleman is a 40 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. Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an awardwinning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max. Lee Edgren, writing since kindergarten, attended journalism school at the University of Michigan. Her career includes writing for a newspaper, for a government agency, and for UM Medical Center. She became seriously interested in yoga during the late 1980s and traveled widely. Lee has a master’s degree in Wellness Management from Ball State University. She lives in both in Brown County and in northern Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio. Paige Langenderfer is a freelance writer and communications consultant. She writes for numerous publications and is a featured columnist in The Republic. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and her Master’s degree in public relations management from IUPUI. Paige lives in Columbus with her husband and two dogs. She can be contacted at <langenderferpaige@gmail.com>. Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt and two children. She can be reached at <christina_alspaugh@yahoo.com>. View her work at <ChristinaAlspaughPhotography.com> or on Facebook.

photo spread Matt Hughes is a retired UPS driver who resides in the hills of Brown County with his wife Christy and sons Clint and Clay. Matt was raised in nearby Columbus and has been working in Brown County since 1989. He moved here in 1994. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking and has been an avid photographer most of his life.

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Note From the Publisher In the early spring and summer you see turtles crossing the road. It appears they are seeking the company of others. I see groups of turtles gathered at certain spots along the road, in little coves, lined up on logs. When my son and I near those turtle hangouts we always yell,“Turtles!” Drivers must brake for turtles, or go around them a lot around here, because I don’t see many accident victims. When I have a close encounter with wildlife in Brown County I remind myself how lucky I am to live in a place where birds and animals want to come. It is the biggest green space in Indiana and continues to attract all forms of nature including tourists and artists. This place is special. —Cindy Steele 


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here are many pockets of paradise in Brown County where the woodlands put on a show of wildlife and vegetation. Most of these spaces are off the beaten path and require four-wheel-drive vehicles for navigation. But, surprisingly, the main highways also give glimpses into our diverse ecosystems. On three separate occasions last month I was privileged to witness a bald eagle soaring over the state highway— twice on the way to Bean Blossom, and another on the way to Bloomington. The huge white head and tail can’t be mistaken for a hawk. It is stunning to realize the size of the bird’s body. I had to pull over to watch its flight. The big birds don’t seem to mind the highways in Brown County and may even use the pavement as their hunting ground. I often see blue herons passing over between Helmsburg and Bean Blossom. I once saw an owl sitting on top of a speed limit sign in our neighborhood. Red Tailed Hawks perch on the power lines that parallel 45 to stalk their prey every day, any time of the year. Of course, the turkey vultures congregate on the highway, too, when deer make deadly mistakes.

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Spears Pottery in Nashville Larry and Jan Spears. photo by Cindy Steele

~by Bill Weaver ronically, Larry and Jan Spears had to move their showroom from their home in southern Brown County to Nashville to spend more time together. “There just wasn’t enough business out there at the shop,” Larry says. “I had to do so many shows, almost every weekend, traveling all over the country. One of the reasons it’s nice to have a place like this downtown is to make the income so I won’t have to drive so much.” Spears Gallery sits at the heart of Nashville’s arts and entertainment district, Arts Village Brown County—not just physically, but


historically as well, as it’s located in the very building where Portia Sperry pioneered the business of locally handcrafted merchandise at her shop, Brown County Folks. There, she sold everything from locally-produced candy, basketry, and woodcraft; while helping midwife the birth of distinctive Brown County pottery. Her greatest triumph, of course, was the Abigail doll. “I still have people who come in and tell me that their grandmother worked right back here making the Abigail dolls,” Jan says. “Sperry commissioned (the potter and Indiana University art professor) Karl Martz to build the

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beehive kiln that’s been made into a planter out front,” Larry says. “She carried his work in here and, I think, some of the Hohenberger photography. It’s kind of come full circle,” he adds. From Columbus, Indiana, pottery started as a hobby for Larry around the same time he met Jan. When the hobby turned into a serious pursuit the couple decided to pull up stakes and move to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where they learned the art of making and selling pottery in a very demanding market. It was while visiting their parents in Columbus that they began exploring Brown County

and thinking of it as a place they could wind up one day. After 14 years of 12 hour days they found the right spot, moved their family, and opened a small showroom in their home. Larry built a gas kiln and started making the pottery he’s famous for, his rich, inventive glazes finding home in many collections around the country. Soon, with the help of an apprentice and good friend, he’d added a woodfired kiln, “which is called an anagama kiln, a Japanese type of kiln,” he says. “You can put pieces in it without glazing first.”

photo by Cindy Steele

A very labor intensive process, wood-firing takes sixty hours of constant attention. “We take four hour shifts and keep putting wood in the kiln,” he says. But the reward for all this labor is a distinctive kind of glaze where chance guides the final product. “Wood ash goes through the kiln and lands on the pot,” Larry says. “The ash actually melts and has enough silica in it to make its own glaze adhere to the pot. You get things called ‘flashing marks’ where one pot is setting next to another and you’ll see where the flame went through.” He picks one up from a display to point out the stages of the process. “You can see that all the ash hit here and then started coming around and dripping off. This one was close to the firebox, so it got a lot of ash. You get all kinds of stuff, like crystals growing in it, because of the

cooling in the kiln. You can set pieces on sea shells, which are calcium, and that disintegrate, leaving glass marks—the imprint of the shells.” Larry’s latest project is a soda kiln that he’s building, made possible by an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. “It’s very similar to a salt kiln, but not as corrosive,” he says, excited at the prospect of learning a new process. “I’m fortunate to able to still do this for such a long time,” he says. “There are certain things that keep me going—finding new things, new glazes, a new technique. It’s not just a job, it’s a continuous learning process.” “This gallery represents family and friends,” Jan adds, looking around the room to where her husband’s work is displayed, her sons’ photography and sculpture, and the jewelry, basketry, wood and metalwork, and painting of their many neighbors. After twenty years in Brown County she says, “I think we’re going to call this home. This is a good place to stay.” Spears Gallery is located at 15 N. Van Buren Street in Nashville. Hours are 10–5 daily. The phone is (812) 988-1286 and their website is <www.spearspottery.com>. In Bloomington you can find Larry’s pottery at By Hand Gallery, 101 W. Kirkwood, on the Courthouse Square. 

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Guitar Swap Meet & This is Spinal Tap and Roadmaster movies

Doug Stone Country Concert

Special guest Toby Myers Swap Meet – free | Movies $10

Multi-platinum billboard hits $24 & $25

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Season Tickets A MIT D ONEIT M AD NE O

Tim Grimm’s hoosier Denver: The Songs of John Denver Benefit for Riley Hospital for Children | $20 & $50

Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival

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6 Plays and Musicals September – December Call for Details


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Rick Clayton

Moving Spirit

photos by Cindy Steele

~by Lee Edgren e sat in the newly created meditative prayer circle just outside Rick Clayton’s house. Sunlight filtered through the leaves. Now and then a bird had a little to say, but the woods was largely silent. Rick was kneeling on the ground, planting, when I arrived. He had placed a guitar in one of the chairs in the circle and his Celtic harp in another. We talked until late morning turned into early afternoon. Finally, he took the harp up and offered to play. As the strings began to vibrate, it seemed that every bird in the neighborhood also offered its song—harp and birds and humans all falling silent together again at the end. And this, Rick assures me, is how it often is for the people he serves as the full-time Hospice Chaplain for Southern Care Indiana, covering seven counties in southern Indiana. Although he is The Reverend Richard Clayton, with a long history of conventional ministry behind him, nothing about him now fits into any of the


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stereotypical images of protestant pastors that I can bring to mind. In addition to being a minister, he is a rock and roll guy, playing with a band in Indianapolis for 30 years. He leads drumming circles, is a Reiki master, and has a strong belief that excluding people from churches on any grounds is a practice not filled with the holy spirit.

”Death to me is another kind of birth. To be able to help escort someone through that veil is a tremendous honor and a gift.” People who have been admitted to hospice care are terminally ill, with a life expectancy of six months or less. Care focuses on comfort, and treatment intended to cure the disease is discontinued. This is where Rick steps in. An important part of his service to his patients is playing music for them. He plays, not as entertainment, but as a way to ease the transition from life to death. It is a very old tradition, going back to the the ancient Greeks, as well as to the Benedictine monks in Cluny, France, whose chants are still in use today. “Music patterns our energy. Everything vibrates, from a rock to the highest celestial beings,” Rick notes. “Music is a way of tuning in with particular frequencies and it affects our very being. For example, if you play in the key of C for 10 minutes, the body releases particular endorphins, which lead to more positive and peaceful states.” Rick Clayton’s work has been described as that of a shaman and a “psychopomp,” defined in Wikipedia as: “Greek for ‘guide of souls’ [Their] responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife.” Long before he became a certified practitioner of Music for Healing and Transition and a Reiki practitioner, he served an AIDS hospice in Indianapolis. This is where he first used his harp. The harp and the guitar playing, his intuitive feeling for vibration and energy, his knowledge of essential oils, and his particular spirituality are all dedicated to bringing peace and harmony. “I am helping to escort the person into that land of rest and peace. Reiki and music are tools that smooth the energy out. I try to bring balance to the body. Reiki is the great equalizer, helping the body process Continued on 26

The Ferguson


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Visit America’s First Store


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

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Touch of Silver, Gold & Old 87 E. Main St. • Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-6990 • (800) 988-6994 Hours: 10am - 6pm • 7 days a week www.touchofsilvergoldandold.com

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Barry and Deborah Herring and Courtney and Dietrich Gosser. photo by Paige Langenderfer

Family Buys

Brown County Inn

~by Paige Langenderfer he Brown County Inn is getting a facelift. The hotel, restaurant, bar, and banquet facility on the southern edge of the town of Nashville is under new ownership and they are ready to give the property a makeover. Built in 1974 and last renovated in 2002, the Brown County Inn captures the charm and atmosphere of days-gone-by, but new owners Barry and Deborah Herring and Courtney and Dietrich Gosser are working hard to make sure that the property also features modern and up-to-date facilities. “This hotel has such a huge history in this community,” Barry said. “Everybody around here has memories of this place. We want to honor the heritage of the Brown County Inn, but update it and give it some general TLC.” “When we first looked at the hotel we thought it would be a great project to be able to give this place back to the community— to reinvigorate it with energy,” Deborah said. “We immediately saw the potential.” Changes will include painting inside and out, new carpeting, landscaping, adding recycling and composting, a new guest room


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key system, a new computer system, and updated Wi-Fi. “There aren’t going to be many things we won’t touch,” Courtney said. “The bones of it are just right and the size is perfect. It just needs a facelift.” The hotel will likely close the month of January for guest room overhauls. Barry said it’s an exciting time for his family as well as the community. He and his wife Deborah are looking forward to managing the hotel with their daughter and son-in-law. “This is a family project for us. We want it to be owned by our family forever. We hope our grandkids are running it someday,” he said. Each of the four family members/ owners has a specific role in operating the hotel: • Barry will focus on financial aspects of the business and will work with contractors • Deborah will focus on hotel operations • Courtney will manage marketing and event planning • Dietrich will manage the restaurant and bar While all four owners have extensive business experience, none of them have ever owned or managed a hotel.

photo by Cindy Steele

“It has been a big learning curve for us,” Barry said. “We hired 99 percent of the existing staff. We couldn’t have done it without them. They’ve been extremely gracious and are teaching us about the business.” Deborah said she has been surprised by the amount of maintenance involved in operating a hotel. “This is a big building with a lot of working parts. Something breaks almost daily,” she said. “We have quickly learned how hard it is to keep things maintained.” One thing Barry was surprised to learn was that the Brown County Inn is one of the ten largest employers in the community. “I think the community really wants to see this place thriving again,” he said. “Town officials have been incredibly supportive. We want to make the community proud.” The project has been a major investment for all of the owners, especially Courtney and Dietrich, who moved to Nashville from Madison, Wisconsin to pursue this new dream. “A couple of months ago, I was eight hours away in my own world. Today, I’m in this wonderful community, running a hotel with my family,” Courtney said. “There have already been so many wonderful moments. It’s definitely going to bring our family together more than ever before. It’s magical.” While the change was less dramatic for Barry and Deborah, the journey to hotel ownership has been just as magical. The pair first fell in love with Brown County 18 years ago, when they purchased a weekend home in the area.

“We were living in Chicago at the time and both had very high stress jobs,” Barry said. “We wanted someplace remote, quiet and peaceful to get away from the city on the weekends.” Barry, Deborah, and their six children spent nearly every weekend at their Brown County get away, and loved the tranquility of their time in the woods. “It felt like our blood pressure dropped 20 points when we got to Brown County,” Barry said. “It’s perfect here,” Deborah said. “I remember never wanting to leave.” Courtney attended camp in Brown County every summer with her siblings. “Growing up spending most of my time in the city, it was neat to come here and actually see dark at night and stars in the sky. It was nice, quiet family time,” she said. “The wildlife was so amazing and the terrain was so different from anywhere else. It’s hard not to love it here.” Two years ago, Barry and Deborah gave up the city life to live in Brown County full time. “We just love it here,” Deborah said. “Brown County has given so much to us. We’re excited to be able to give something back to the community. It’s so neat to think about people having weddings at the inn and enjoying themselves. I think it’s going to be wonderful. It gives me goosebumps.” The Brown County Inn is at the intersection of State Roads 45 & 135 in Nashville. The Inn’s website is <www.BrownCountyInn.com> and the phone number is (812) 988-2291. 

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Established in 1926, Brown County’s original art gallery offers for sale artwork by contemporary artists and consigned early Indiana art. Selections from the Permanent Collections are also on display.

Open Year-Round Mon.–Sat. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sun. Noon to 5:00 pm

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what it needs to be processing. I want people to leave peacefully, maybe even joyfully. Death to me is another kind of birth. To be able to help escort someone through that veil is a tremendous honor and a gift.” Rick arrived at Harmony Baptist Church at about the same time he became the hospice chaplain, after a member of the search committee dreamed that she should ask Rick to “do a pulpit fill” while the church looked for a new minister. He began with a sermon series on The Sermon on The Mount, continuing this theme through his hiring as permanent pastor and beyond. In all, he gave 36 sermons on The Sermon on The Mount. The congregation turned over a bit, and now Harmony Baptist church is attempting to become a vibrant “church for all people, a church for the rest of us who don’t necessarily feel comfortable or welcome in more traditional churches. “I believe that we don’t have to have the walls that divide us. They are human constructs. It may be Utopian, but we can still try to live as if compassion and acceptance were possible. It grieves me that doctrines and dogmas divide people. It doesn’t have to be that way.” He has built a 75-foot labyrinth on church grounds and holds ceremonies there. He and his congregation have established a garden, and a thriving Wednesday evening circle. Whether it is a dying person reaching toward the light, or a child reaching for a hand, Rick sees that, “there is something beautiful and connecting behind every human reaching for something beyond ourselves. Spirit is not something you can control. Mystical spiritual formation, labyrinths, and music are tools that help break up the fallow ground and help the spirit move in your life. It’s not something that you can command, but no effort is ever wasted. “We’re a church that’s learning to play well with others, and it’s a real adventure!” You can reach Rick at his e-mail account <wholenotes@mac.com> or on Facebook at Rick Clayton. The Southern Care hospice number is (812) 334-8343 and Harmony Church’s number is (812) 988-4750. 

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Brown County Playhouse Most performances at 7:30 July 4 40 Years of College (7:00) The Docs Who Rock July 11 Guitar Swap Meet & This is Spinal Tap and Roadmaster Movies Special guest Toby Myers July 18 Doug Stone Country Concert Aug 1 4th Annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition All day competition starts at 11am Evening concert at 7:30 Separate day and evening passes Aug 8 Tim Grimm’s Hoosier Denver: The Songs of John Denver Benefit for Riley Hospital for Children Aug 22 Ladies for Liberty Music reminiscent of the 1940s Benefit for Shriners Hospital for Children FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIE SERIES: (Sponsored by Webb & Sons) July 3 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (7:00) Aug 7 Ghostbusters (7:00) MOVIES –THE LATEST RELEASES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

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Pine Room - Muddy Boots Music 7 Days a Week—Not all dates were booked at time of publication July 1 Open Mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 July 2 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills 7:00 July 3 Kade Puckett 6:00 July 4 Stella & Friends 8:00 July 5 New Old Cavalry 7:00 July 7 Travers Marks 7:00 July 8 Open Mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00

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Salt Creek 19th Hole Bar Live Music Fridays and Saturdays

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

Seasons Lodge Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Monday Night Dance Lessons Most Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country First Fridays Open Mic Night July 3 Open Mic Night July 11 Private Party July 24 The Marlinaires July 25 Closed Aug 7 Open Mic Night 812-988-8636 mikesmusicbarn.com

Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties

17th Bean Blossom Gospel Jubilee

July 3, Friday 6:00-10:00 July 24, Friday 6:00-10:00 Aug 14, Friday 6:00-10:00 Aug 28, Friday 6:00-10:00 Cookout buffet. Menu varies. Cash bar. Live music. 812-988-8400 www.hotelnashville.com


Brown County Art Guild

July 23-25 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom presented by Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers Best of gospel music, 20+ bands 800-414-4677 www.beanblossom.us

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

July 25 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

Farmers’ Market St. David’s

Brown County 4-H Fair

May 29–Sept. 25 Fridays, 4:00-7:00 pm Intersection of SR 135 and SR 45 in Bean Blossom. Local produce, live music, jams, baked goods, herbs, artisan crafts. 812-988-1038

Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

SPECIAL EVENTS: Village Art Walk

pARTake 4th Saturday of the month Chateau Thomas Winery, 3:00-5:00 Enjoy wine and refreshments as you learn from an area artist. $40 per person; includes one glass of complimentary wine, refreshments, instruction and materials. July 25 Watercolor Impressions Aug 22 Mixed Up Media www.artalliancebrowncounty.com

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

6th Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee July 9-11 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom hosted by The Perrys www.billbaileyconcerts.com 800-414-4677 www.beanblossom.us

July 26-Aug. 1, at fairgrounds

Aug 1, Brown County Playhouse Top musicians from across the USA Competition at 11:00, concert at 7:30 http://indianastringfest.com

17th Bean Blossom Blues Fest Aug 27-29, 9:00 am to 11:00 pm at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom Award-winning National Artists Festival kickoff—party/jam on Thursday. Workshops offered on harmonica, guitar, and spoons. www.beanblossomblues.com

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Brown County Art Gallery Now-Oct. 5 Artists Assoc. Summer Show July 26-Aug 23 Small Treasures Exhibit Aug 22 West Baden Paint Out & Reception 812-988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

July 11 Village Art Walk 5:00-8:00 Featuring Ron Mack and William Borden Aug 8 Village Art Walk 5:00-8:00 Featuring Allen Hutton and Ron Burgess 812-988-6185 www.browncountyartguild.org

Brown County History Center Open 1:00 to 4:00 Tues.–Sat. Displays and exhibits, Pioneer Village North of the courthouse $2 Donation

Bucks & Does Square Dances YMCA July 3, Aug 7 8:00-10:30 Abe Martin Lodge July 17 8:00-10:00 The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street

Indiana Raptor Center Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs available. Closed January and August. May 23, Abe Martin Lodge program 7:30 812-988-8990 indianaraptorcenter.org

Brown County Dragway Gatesville Road in Bean Blossom Racing every Sunday April–October www.browncountydragway.com

WRAPS Writers, Readers, and Poets Society Meets first, third, and fifth Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m., Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane. July 16 WRAPS’ 20th Anniversary Open House 6:00-8:00 One of the founders, Keith Bradway, will share some of his poems, stories and the history of WRAPS. Group members will also share various writing styles during the event. Refreshments and a book table featuring WRAPS authors will be available. 812-703-0333

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Open 7 days a weekk ffor llunch, O h dinner, and late night • FLAT SCREEN TVs to watch your favorite sports • GREAT MENU: sandwiches, appetizers, and salads • FULL BAR with GREAT DRINK SPECIALS every day • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT most Friday and Saturday nights • KIDS always welcome until 9 pm • KIDS menu • Outdoor seating Located on the lower level at Salt Creek Golf Course 2359 State Road 46 East, Nashville 812-988-4323 • View full menu and entertainment schedule at www.saltcreekgolf.com

Get away in comfort

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Seasonal outdoor pool & hot tub 18 hole golf course Driving range & pro shop 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grille








*All children 16 years & under MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. RESERVED ON-SITE CAMPING AND CABIN RENTALS AVAILABLE: Water & Electric Hookups: 30AMP $21/day; 50 AMP $26/day* *Double Occupancy; 3-Day min. required. PRIMITIVE TENT SITES: $7/per person/day. Tickets MUST be purchased for everyday of camping. All prices are subject to state/local taxes and processing fees.




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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.


*Advance Ticket Deadline July 1, 2015. All shows rain or shine - no 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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Looking Back at Story

~by Julie Pearson he picturesque little hamlet known as Story is often described as “charming,” “quaint,” and “out-of-the-way.” Coming to or leaving Nashville, Story is located about ten miles south on Route 135 from where it splits off from Route 46. The road is scenic, with trees and wildflowers growing up beside fencerows. On September 30, 1809, a treaty between Governor William Henry Harrison and the Miami tribe opened the area of the state of Indiana to settlers of European descent. Three million acres became available to newcomers by what has become known as the “Ten O’clock Treaty.” The treaty’s boundary line ran from Raccoon Creek on the Wabash River to the town of Seymour and cast a shadow at 10 a.m. on September 30. Today a carved limestone monument marks in the center of the village green where the Ten O’Clock line bisects the town of Story. Story was named for its founder, Dr. George Story. In 1851, with the grant of a land patent from President Millard Fillmore, the physician was one of many who migrated from the high hills of southern Ohio to the Brown County of Indiana. Coming from a family of timber foresters, Dr. Story and his children built many of the structures in Story using wood from the surrounding hardwood forests. The village was a prosperous hub for the farmers nearby. Within thirty years, there were two general stores to supply staples


Postcard of the General Store with members of the Morrison and Kelley families. photo courtesy Rick Hofstetter

and dry goods that couldn’t be raised or made at home. Crops of wheat and corn were taken to a local mill for grinding. Timber was taken to the Story sawmill as the sound of the blacksmith striking his anvil filled the air. The blacksmith kept the plow horses shod, even as he kept the plows sharpened. In the autumn, a slaughterhouse was kept busy with killing hogs, smoke-curing hams and bacon, and providing the fat to housewives for rendering the year’s lard and making lye soap. A nondenominational church, post office, and one-room school house anchored the community. During the early decades of the 1900s, Route 135 became one of the main highways in the township.

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Children were dropped off at the Story general store, where they would catch a bus to ball games in Nashville or Van Buren. For a brief period in the 1920s, a Studebaker buggy factory occupied the General Store. The Great Depression harshly interrupted the tranquil containment of the community around Story. All construction of new buildings stopped. From 1930 to 1940, half the population of Brown County left their homes in search of employment. Story never recovered from this loss, though the grain mill was kept busy into the 1930s providing the raw materials for the “bathtub gin” made by some who stayed. Reforestation efforts by the federal and state governments

The village of Story today. photo by Cindy Steele

led to the establishment of Brown County State Park and the Hoosier National Forest. In 1960, the United States Army Corps of Engineers flooded the area to “fulfill its commitments to flood control and future water supply for the City of Bloomington.” The lake created, Lake Monroe, is Indiana’s second largest lake. The little town of Elkinsville now exists under its water, and Story’s access to Bloomington, the Elkinsville Road, now comes to a dead end four miles west at the remains of a fallen iron bridge. Story’s landmark General Store continued to provide travelers treats and leaded gasoline, as evidenced by the gas pumps still standing. In the early 1980s, the General Store was purchased by Benjamin and Cynthia Schultz. They created a bed and breakfast known as the “Story Inn.” No attempts had been made during or after the Depression to update the building, so the wooden floors, stamped tin ceilings, and globe lighting remained intact. This was a dream venture for the couple, with Benjamin shoring up the building with his handyman skills, while Cynthia practiced her culinary talents.

Their children were born in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Over the next fifteen years, the couple acquired the surrounding 23 acres that made up most of the town. The authentic style right from the 1800s makes Story one of the best preserved Midwestern towns from a bygone era. Frank Mueller and Rick Hofstetter purchased the Story Inn and adjacent buildings in 1998. Fine dining, catering, lodging, and hosting events are now part of the Story Inn’s offerings, which include all the historic buildings in the town of Story. The Old General Store, the Treaty House, the Alra Wheeler homestead, the Carria House, the Old Mill house guest rooms and

This original store burned in 1915 and was replaced the following year. Alra and Mary Wheeler are pictured. photo courtesy Rick Hofstetter.

cottages. All are tastefully restored and decorated. The Old General Store is a well-known gourmet restaurant, and its basement is a tavern and wine cellar. The Story Inn hosts the annual Indiana Wine Fair, and the Hoosier Hops & Harvest. Dog and horse lovers can bring their animal companions to Story Inn. Ten rooms are designated to allow canine friends. A 12’ x 12’ stall is available for an equine companion. Arrangements must be made beforehand with the Story Inn reservations office. For information about rates and reservations, phone (812) 988-2273. A beautiful virtual tour of available rooms and cottages can be found at <www.storyinn.com>. 

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Groceries Meat New—Fountain Drinks! Produce In Bean Blossom Deli, Hot Food State Roads 135 and 45 Pizzas 812-988-4629 Beer, Wine Open Daily 8 - 8, 8 - 6 Sunday Lottery Brown County

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History Center Displays and Exhibits

Pioneer Village Museum

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Looking for event space? or more info 812-988-2899 North of the courthouse • Open 1–4:00 Tues.–Sat. • Donation $2

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BEAN BLOSSOM Restaurant Good Food, Good Service, Good Prices


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Roger Harden from Murfreesboro, TN won the first place guitar last year. photos by Cindy Steele

Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

~by Chrissy Alspaugh ore than 20 of the most skilled guitar players from across the world are readying for some fierce competition, and a lot of fun, at the fourth annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. The three-day event, held in Nashville, is open to the public and aims to showcase some incredible talent while celebrating the region’s rich history with acoustic music, said co-organizer Chuck Wills. Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing by plucking the strings directly with fingertips, fingernails, or picks. The term often is used synonymously with fingerpicking, classical, or thumb style. Prominent fingerstyle players include Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel, and Andres Segovia. “Fingerstyle is the ultimate expression of playing the guitar,” Wills said. “This competition is kind of the Olympics of guitar playing.” This year’s festival will begin with an open mic night on July 31 at the Pine Room. The cover charge will be $3 per person or $5 per couple. The August 1 competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse. More than 20 guitarists will compete for a $5,500 OC Bear hand-built guitar. The top three winners will kick off a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Playhouse that also will feature noted guitarists including Michael Kelsey and father-son duo Tim and Myles Thompson. All-day passes will cost $20 per person.


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Wills described the concert as “a show not to miss.” After an intense day of serious competition, the performers hit the stage ready for fun. The festival will wrap up on August 2 with workshops at the Brown County Inn to suit guitar players of any skill level. Topics will include basic fingerstyle, song writing, stage presence, advanced techniques, and more. Wills said he and fellow organizer Kara Barnard created the contest as a regional competition for guitarists to prepare for the annual Walnut Valley Festival, an international competition in Winfield, Kansas for performers of acoustic instruments. But because the local contest focuses solely on fingerstyle, it quickly has become a favorite gathering for guitarists from across the U.S. and even has drawn registrants from Italy and Japan. “It’s been an exciting surprise, how fast this has become a pretty big deal within the fingerstyle community,” Wills said. Lance Allen, a fingerstyle player who has earned honors at the international competition, travels here each year from his home near Nashville, Tennessee for the festival because he said he likes learning from likeminded musicians and enjoys “the quaint little town.” “And, of course, I’ve got my eyes on a new guitar,” said Allen, chuckling. “It’s just a great place for guitar players to get together, play together and, really, just hang out.” Continued on 48

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

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


May 23, 30 June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25 Closed August September 5, 19

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The Sunshine Shack

Historic Nashville House Serving the traveler since 1859 with old-fashioned hospitality Corner of Main and Van Buren Streets in Nashville, Indiana 812-988-4554

* REFRESH Something to “hit the spot” as you shop * REBOOT * RE-ENERGIZE •Little Meals: Hot Dogs Plain & Fancy

Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese •Tiny Pies •Slushees, Sodas, Snow Cones, Floats, Shakes, Tea, Lemonade, Coffee, Water •Homemade Ice Cream and Popsicles

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

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Coyotes ~by Mark Blackwell


here are folks living in the city that dream about moving out to the country for some peace and quiet. I won’t argue with somebody wanting to move out of town for some fresh air— we’ve got fresh air as long as the trees that produce it don’t all get logged out. And I can see folks coming to the country for the beautiful scenery—we’ve got plenty of scenery. But if you’re coming out for some peace and quiet then, like Humphrey Bogart in the movie Casablanca, you were misinformed. Living in the woods is a continual round of operatic choruses and arias. In the spring the peepers sing high, lusty choruses of welcome to the warm, moist breezes. As summer begins, the frog opera comes on like something from Wagner. As summer ripens crickets, katydids, cicadas, and other insects take their turn. At night the whippoorwills share the stage with a variety of owls. But the real star of the show is Canis Latrans—or better known as coyote. While I can pretty much count on the owls and the bugs and the toads and the frogs to come out singing every night, Senor Coyote and his pals only show up when they feel like it—about every week, sometimes twice a week. While I wouldn’t mind them joining in with the other happy woodland creatures, they prefer to up-stage everybody else with soul withering screams and howls and high notes that any Diva would envy. I first encountered God’s dog in the latter part of the last century, after moving to the beautiful hills o’ Brown. It was not a warm and friendly introduction, but rather calculated midnight blitz through my backyard.

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It was just about half-past summer and my wife and I had settled in for a lovely night’s rest and recuperation. The windows were open and the dulcet sounds of the surrounding forest creatures had lulled us into a deep and satisfying slumber. The first shriek had me standing at attention in the middle of the bed. I did not even get a chance to ascertain that the noise was natural and not the trumpet that sounds the end of the world. Perhaps I had built my cabin atop an ancient and accursed burial ground or maybe a gaping portal to Hades had opened up in the back yard and disgorged it’s horde of demons and banshees. I abandoned all caution and decided to investigate. I crept to the window, raised myself from my Delta Force tactical crawl and peered over the window sill. To my astonishment, instead of the demon horde that I expected, there were about a half dozen mangy looking thirty pound dog-like critters capering around screaming and shrieking Continued on 52

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With the competition now drawing a solid group of returning performers, Wills said his next goals are for the festival to reach an even larger audience and to increase participation of “casual guitar players” in the Sunday workshops. “That’s what’s truly going to make this a festival,” he said. And the bigger the festival, the better for the community, Wills said. Organizers hope to use the annual three-day event to give a boost to local hotels and restaurants, while introducing the community to visitors who hopefully will return, he said. Guitarists interested in the competition or workshops are encouraged to register at <indianastringfest.com>. Individuals also can sign up at the door both days, but only the first 40 registrants will be allowed to perform in the competition. Tickets are available in advance at the Brown County Playhouse <www.browncountyplayhouse.org> or at the door. For info <info@indianastringfest.com>.

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Salt Creek


• Half Mile to Downtown Nashville • One Mile to Brown County State Park • Large Parking Area • Best Rates in Town • Limited Pet Rooms • Free Wi-Fi, Coffee, and Breakfast Snack • Motorcycle and Bicycle Friendly • Picnic/Grill Area • Fire Pit—We Supply the Wood

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All New Guest Rooms and Suites with Kitchenettes

Restaurant Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily and also Breakfast Sat. & Sun.

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Olde Magnolia House Inn 3 large, private overnight rooms above 4th Sister Vintage store filled with vintage items, extra blankets, quilts, pillows, games, smart cable TVs BOOK ONLINE! 614.638.8849 • 213 South Jefferson • OldeMagnoliaHouseInn.com

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

Hoosier Buddy offers more than 150 different beers, including more than 80 craft, micro, and imports. We proudly offer a wide variety of beers from Indiana’s finest brewers.

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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.

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At least one hour notice. Trail Ride Reservations can be made by phone, e-mail, or through our website.

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COYOTES continued from 46 for no apparent reason. I could feel courage once again coursing through my veins and I yelled out “Shuddupp!” I was somewhat surprised when the pack looked up at me and ran off into the woods. It was this little incident that sparked in me the quest for knowledge about Canis Latrans. It is interesting to know that folks who hit their “expiration dates” before the 1970s did not have much opportunity to hear or see coyotes in Indiana, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Since the seventies they have proliferated and can be found all over the state. Coyotes are opportunistic and pretty adaptable. They are omnivorous and eat anything and everything from grasshoppers, berries, mice, rabbits, and roadkill, to chickens, small livestock, and even the family poodle. Coyotes are also extremely fecund and have litters of up to ten pups in the spring of the year. According to the DNR, 30 coyote pelts showed up in the fur market here in 1970 and by 1978 there were 2,500. I have seen estimates as high as 20,000. That’s a bunch of coyotes. Luckily for us they are pretty shy and stay out of sight most of the time. The coyote is classified as a nuisance animal, or in academic terms varmints. They are not a protected species, as they appear to be fairly good at protecting themselves. There is no designated hunting season so coyotes can be hunted or trapped year round. My particular way of dealing with my furry, operatic, forest friends is to hire muscle by way of a large Anatolian Shepherd dog. There are several breeds of livestock guard dogs that have been bred of the centuries to fend off coyotes, wolves, and even bears. Some of the best known of these breeds are the Great Pyrenees, a large fluffy white behemoth; the Kuvasz, a Hungarian breed; and the Kangal or Anatolian Shepherd dog. I find it a lot easier to let old Jasper do the barking now since my bark is about shot and my bite never was all that frightening. The coyote is here to stay, so we might as well get used to sharing our habitat. In fact, ever since my first introduction, I’ve been learning to like their occasional opera singing when they are far enough away that I have to strain a little bit to hear ’em. Life in Brown County is always entertaining if you’re paying attention. Listen close and you just might hear Senor Coyote lift his voice in an aria just for you. 


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The Deer Debate ~by Jim Eagleman aving served on various local committees over the years, I know there will always be debates. This is a normal aspect of working in a group. Sometimes with personality clashes we often wonder why we continue to serve. Other perspectives and different opinions often shed light on the topic and help in “social discourse.” They require patience and a willingness to see issues thru different eyes. I can say I’ve learned more on committees by being quiet than offering my own comments. Maybe this is why I am asked to return. As early as the mid-70s, when the debate arose over what to do with too many park deer, discussions were often hot and contested. I worked at the Nature Center as a seasonal employee and recall deer being thin and small. Campers feeding tame deer became a daily ritual. Research projects to document overpopulation eventually proved overbrowsing caused the disappearance


of plants, shrubs, and wildflowers. With time, the demise of the forest’s herbal layer resulted in a decrease in the number and variety of nesting birds, small mammals, and insects. The ecologic upset was at the root of why deer had to be reduced. In our community, it did not meet with unanimous approval. In the early 90s, a deer task force by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission was established to look at the problem at Brown County State Park’s 16K acres. It was chaired by biologist and professor, Dr. Damian V. Schmeltz. A report, complete with open comment opportunities and from nearly two years of study, was to be presented for commissioner review. As the park’s full-time naturalist, I was asked to appear on the committee. Holding strong to one’s convictions isn’t an easy task—you come under fire and tensions flare. When true feelings are expressed, what was a friendly connection among friends can deteriorate. Both sides become polarized due to

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previous experiences, education, or training. Opinions and emotions are expressed openly. Debates ensue. Sides are drawn. My job as interpreter was to reveal deer impact on park resources. Tours to park enclosures built to keep deer out confirmed severe impacts on vegetation. Nearby plots into which deer could freely venture were depleted of nearly all vegetation. These sideby-side graphic examples seemed so well expressed. How could some people not see the problem? As the task force examined data and considered alternatives, it was clear some kind of reduction would eventually occur. The mission was to restore ecologic balance that a “keystone” specie (other species are impacted/affected by it by its mere presence, diet, over-population, etc.) had drastically altered. I had been trained from my studies that certain indicators reveal disturbances in otherwise natural systems. That deer were causing them was no new story,

to this park or other natural areas. Interruptions and set-backs are normal occurrences in natural systems, like wind storms, fire, floods, etc. Coupled with an animal that had been hunted all its history by Native Americans and/or predators, and the tremendous reproductive potential deer possess (a doe fawn born in May can have a fawn by the time of her first birthday), protecting this animal within the park’s refuge had clearly resulted in an unhealthy forest. As neighbor, committee member, and community resident, I found I made friends just as fast as enemies. My young sons at the time brought home discussions they had in class. Calls at home, even threats the day of the first park hunt in 1993, made me worry I made the right call. But with science on our side, I knew this was the correct way to proceed. And as a conservationist, I knew what was best for the resource—to vote in favor of a reduction. Fortunately, the task force’s findings also supported a hunt using the public hunter, the most reliable, safest, and manageable way to conduct it. 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of park hunts in Indiana State Parks. Brown County conducted the very first and precedent-setting reduction. Other Indiana parks struggled with community and visitor debates. While the decision to hunt deer in historicallypreserved parks was a drastic change to some, it was needed to restore the property’s natural integrity. What made the entire process accountable was an attempt to understand other opinions. Open comment periods at public hearings allowed fair exchange. What I learned is everyone’s comment mattered and all are important. 

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Stolen Melons ~by Jeff Tryon riving through Bean Blossom the other day, I saw Bud Smith sitting out there with his wagon full of watermelons and cantaloupes, so I stopped by and bought one. These melons are grown right down the hill in the Bean Blossom Creek bottom, and were probably picked today or yesterday. A lady at the roadside tent assured me she had just sampled one and they were “sweet as sugar.” And it was. I asked Bud, “Do the kids ever steal watermelons out of your patch?” honestly wondering if kids today still had the energy and initiative. “Yeah, they steal ’em sometimes,” he said, more sad than angry. Bud told me, “A few months ago, a fella came up to me at Brownies Restaurant and said, ‘Are you Bud Smith?’ I said ‘Yeah.’ He says, ‘Back in 1989 a friend and I came and stole some cantaloupes out of your field and we sat on the schoolhouse steps and ate them. I never did feel right about that, and it still bothers me every time I drive past there.’ And he put a five dollar bill down on the table. I said, ‘It’s OK. You don’t need to pay me,’ but he said he’d feel better if he did.” It reminded me of a story dad used to tell about him and some of the boys stealing watermelons around this time of year. They were poor as Abe Martin and twice as ornery. Dad was a twin, so double dose of hijinks was involved. He and his brother tended to have big ideas and get into things.


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They weren’t thieves or criminal in any sense of the word, they were raised by a very strict moral example. Except for this particular vice, actually more of a sport, of sneaking into a local farmer’s watermelon patch in late summer and snagging a few ripe beauties for a watermelon feast at the old barn later. They would slip down the dark lane, trying not to alert the farm dogs, climb through the barbed wire fence and into Farmer McGreggor’s capacious field of juicy, sweet melons. About the time they had selected a nice ripe specimen, snipping it from its umbilical vine with their ever-present “Old Timer” pocket knives, the old hound dogs would start barking and raising the alarm up at the farmhouse. Often, as the little bandits scurried away, each clutching their purloined prize, the old farmer would come out on the porch and fire off the 12-guage a few times but, luckily for me, he never managed to kill dad. Now, they were young kids, maybe eight or nine years old. They already worked in the fields for their father, who would make a contract to raise tomatoes for the canning factory. That was an all-hands-on-deck, family survival type thing. But by the time they were teenagers, they were seeking additional work—paying work—outside the family to buy their own shoes and school clothes. The family was large and desperately poor. And, of course, one of the places they worked was for old farmer McGreggor, who had a big spread with a little bit of everything and hired help for planting, haying, and harvesting from among the local youth. One day, while they were working with him in the spring, planting gardens for produce, the famer told

them to go down in the rich bottom field next to the road and plant, and he indicated that they should plant it all in watermelons, over an acre of them. “Why do you grow so many watermelons?” asked my dad. “Do you sell that many watermelons in a season?” “Oh no,” said the old farmer. “But I plant a lot of extras so that the local boys can come down in the middle of the night and steal a few of them.” “Really?” dad asked, with what must have been a guilty tone. “Oh yeah,” said the farmer. “Sometimes I run out and fire the shotgun off a couple of times, just to add to the sense of danger. But I’m not really aiming at them,” he said with a conspiratorial smile. So the farmer apparently staged this elaborate ritual of providing free watermelons to those bold enough to take them, but also a lesson learned early about the probable reactions of the victims of such petty crimes. The Russian poet Yevtushenko wrote, “Stolen apples always taste better.” And he wasn’t just being a good commie, either. No, Yevtushenko was speaking to a basic, universal human desire to get something for nothing, for an unexpected and perhaps forbidden pleasure, for the idea that not just the political state, but God Himself has decreed and ordained that everything belongs to everybody. I couldn’t help wondering if Bud’s melons would taste even sweeter if I slipped back over there under cover of darkness and carried one away. And then I wondered if Bud still has a shotgun. 

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f you walk around Nashville these days, you may get the impression that there’s been a sudden growth of public sculpture and outdoor art. It’s as if the venerable art colony has decided to thrust the art right out onto the street. Sculptures placed around town by the Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission (NAEC) are part of an ongoing public art conversation in Nashville. Catherine Martin, president of the NAEC, said Nashville is not unique in promoting outdoor art as a community enhancing project. “There’s a sort of blooming of outdoor art in many communities.” Martin said the impact of Soaring, the giant leaf sculpture at the heart of town by the veterans group Elder Heart, assisted by local sculptor Jim Connor and painter Larry Webb, has boosted the idea of public art in Nashville. “That’s been fabulous,” she said. “It’s great to see, practically every time you drive by, people getting a picture taken. And they’re smiling and talking. “That’s exactly what it was intended to be, sort of, ‘Here you are. Enjoy this!’ and, ‘This speaks of what we are about.’ Enjoy it, or not—talk about it at least. Conversation is a good word for it.” She says the conversation started earlier with the Brown County Public Library’s sculptured railings—metal

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plants, reeds and vines by Jack Brubaker on the front terrace. A bench of metal and Brown County stone, created by Jim Connor in honor of retired librarian Yvonne Oliger, was added to the lawn in front of the library. Connor also created the license plate palm tree at the former Muddy Boots building and the artistic metal railing at the Pine Room Tavern. Connor served on the sculpture committee that fielded proposals for the NAEC’s four leased public art projects. The first of the projects to hit the street was the abstract limestone sculpture Coordinate Harmony by artist Carl Wright, installed at the corner of Franklin and Jefferson streets. Continued on 60



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OUTDOOR ART continued from 58 A giant barn beam sculpture of bluegrass instruments called High Lonesome, by Brown County artist, custom furniture maker, and craftsman Michael Evans, was installed in the elevated garden in front of the Nashville House and Spears Pottery. All Together Now, a metal sculpture featuring wire faces made of discarded metal paraphernalia, sits at the corner of Jefferson Street and Pat Reilly Drive. It was created by local teenagers participating in the BETA after school arts enrichment program with assistance from artist and welder Brad Cox of Cox Creek Mill. “I like that one because it’s about the kids. It’s a happy kind of a piece, and we can all relate to it,” Martin said. An angular sea-green fiberglass obelisk, Shelter, by Luke Crawley and Quincy Owens has been placed in the grassy area of Coachlight Square. Martin said the Commission has “borrowed” the sculptures, for two years and provided a spot for them to be displayed. Some of them are for sale. At the end of the two years if they are not sold they will go back to their creator.

Soaring, the Elder Heart sculpture next to the Visitors Center and the license plate palm tree on North Van Buren by Jim Connor.

To commemorate the 2012 Indiana State Cultural District designation for Arts Village Brown County, sculptor William Galloway created a large vertical limestone piece titled Dancers, depicting ballet dancers. It was installed in front of the Artist Colony Inn at the corner of Franklin and Van Buren streets. Galloway offered one of his limestone sculptures to each of the five named state cultural districts through the Indiana Arts Commission.

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“There’s kind of a groundswell now of people coming back to the arts, of it not being the first thing cut out of the budget,” Galloway said. “Public art that people can experience, not in a museum, is something that they want to try to promote.” Chris Trotter, the chainsaw carver at the Wooden Wonders shop in Antique Alley, has entered the conversation, turning a bank of exposed tree roots on the new Salt Creek Trail into a welcoming bench with a giant hand and forearm providing the backrest. He also created the large figure of Brown County icon Abe Martin, carved from the trunk of a tree that used to overhang Franklin Street near the Old Ferguson House, and also the giant horse behind his shop at the corner of Old Hickory and Honeysuckle lanes. “Anytime we can kind of open people’s eyes a little bit, get them thinking about art more—that’s a good thing,” Martin said. 

Jim Connor’s bench at the library, Chris Trotter’s Abe Martin, and William Galloway’s Dancers.

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rown County is blessed with many older, pre1950s outbuildings such as barns, chicken coops, and tool sheds. These structures were made out of native tree species. After being cut into lumber at one of the local sawmills, the outbuildings would be assembled with the milled boards and beams being green or not kiln-dried. The buildings air dried and aged with time. If they are maintained, even without a protective finish applied, these old buildings will last for decades. Sometimes you can find an old outbuilding or a barn that has been neglected to the point that it is no

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longer safe and needs to be taken down—with the permission of the landowner of course. This is the best place to harvest old weathered boards and beams. When boards are exposed to the elements for years and years they are like fine wine. There are gray tones, rusty nail and iron stains, remains of old painted surfaces, wind weathering, chew holes, knot holes, and interesting grain patterns. Many a gray barn board has been run thru a planner and found to be cherry or walnut. Quite a few of the older buildings in Brown County were made with trees harvested right from the homestead. I have seen whole barns made just using walnut, but most are made from poplar or oak. Most weathered lumber that we discover and salvage is oak or poplar. One time though, I discovered a tar papered house being removed that had twentytwo inch wide sycamore boards nailed on for its siding. The boards were nine foot long, one and one half inches thick—no warping and solid. They sure made some nice tables. Harvesting old boards can be dangerous. I like to take down a building in the winter months for several reasons. For one thing you can see what you are doing. There can be fence metal intertwined with vines and it will just be in front of the boards you want. In the late spring and summer months there are bees and other insects, spiders, and snakes to contend with. Not to mention poison ivy, vines of all sorts, saplings, and stickers. And the building could fall on you if you did not plan well taking it apart. All this considered, the old lumber, when salvaged and cleaned up, is a joy to work with. I like knowing that the wood I’m using could be over one hundred years old and had a colorful life before being repurposed into something else. —Paul Sackmann 

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rown County Playhouse Management Board President Kathy Anderson announced the 2015 shows along with the appointment of Suzannah Levett Zody as General Manager. “This line-up includes a dazzling mix of theater, comedy, and music for all ages. Suzannah has worked tirelessly, first as a volunteer and contractor running front-of-house, ticketing, and marketing services.” Anderson also revealed other organizational plans. The Playhouse Programming Committee, comprised of Anderson, Zody, Steve Jessie and new Board Member Bob Kirlin, has resumed responsibility for negotiating performer and rental contracts. Future plans include development of a program administrator and special consultants to continue attracting diverse, quality entertainment to the venue year-round. In addition to Anderson and Kirlin, the Board roster includes Pam Gould along with new board members James Roberts and Scott Hutchison. The Playhouse continues to employ local residents Mike Goodin and Kevin Coffman for front-of-house services and continues to be assisted by over 150 volunteers and a variety of local contractors for facility and technical services, many of whom have served the current Playhouse team for several years. The live play season begins with the comedy Rounding Third by Richard Dresser. Then Eric Brown with One Pulse will present three live musicals over three weekends. Murder at the Howard Johnson’s by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick will be featured in October. The holiday season will include Believe: A Brown County Christmas with Golden Ticket Productions.


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