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The Magazine of Fun and Fact

Since 1995


July-August 2017

Sleepy Cat Studio Logging with Horses

Gnaw Bone

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Early Early Days Days in in Helmsburg Helmsburg Selma’s Selma’s Gardens Gardens Overalls Overalls in in Brown Brown County County Dogs Dogs Field Field Notes: Notes: Recycling Recycling IN IN Fingerstyle Fingerstyle Guitar Guitar Competition Competition



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Hobnob Corner

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Sweet Cozy Living

Head Over Heels

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

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McGinley Insurance

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Brown Co Public Library

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Out of the Ordinary


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Woodlands Gallery.......................30

Antiques Co-op.............................49 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery.........................................56 Nashville General Store...............54 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


4th Street Festival Arts & Crafts.66 Antiques Co-op.............................49 Art Beyond Crayons.....................49 Art Walk..........................................19 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bear Hardware....................... 44, 64 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Art Gallery...................18 Brown Co Art Guild.......................25 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Brown Co Forge.............................32 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Hoosier Artist................................19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................57 Papertrix.........................................15 Spears Pottery...............................18 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18


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


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


4th Street Festival Arts & Crafts.66 58 South Apparel..........................36 Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................57 Bear Hardware....................... 44, 64 Community Closet Thrift Shop...49 Foxfire Boutique...........................39 Head Over Heels...........................31 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............22 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Mercantile Store...........................41

Sweet Cozy Living........................33 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......41


4th Sister Vintage Store...............52 4th Street Festival Arts & Crafts.66 Antiques Co-op.............................49 Appleworks....................................14 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bone Appetit Bakery....................13 Brown Co Art Guild.......................25 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Brown Co Pottery..........................56 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....52 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 Cox Creek Mill................................32 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Fawn Hill.........................................57 The Ferguson House....................39 Foxfire.............................................39 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery.........................................56 Head Over Heels...........................31 Holly Shop......................................12 Homestead Weaving Studio.......18 Hoosier Artist................................19 Hoosier Barn & Table....................38 House of Clocks.............................48 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................57 Madeline’s......................................31 Mariposa Nashville.......................38 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Mercantile Store...........................41 Nashville General Store...............54 New Leaf.........................................19 Papertrix.........................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................36 Simply 4 You..................................29 Spears Pottery...............................18 Sweet Cozy Living........................33 Sweetwater Gallery......................29 The Toy Chest................................41 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41 Wishful Thinking...........................29


19th Hole Bar & Grill.....................58 Brown County Playhouse............58 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....52 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..31 kidscommons................................41 Melchior Marionettes..................33 Nashville Express Tour Rides......33 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Olde Time Flea Market.................63


19th Hole Bar & Grill.....................58 Abe Martin Lodge.........................61 Appleworks....................................14 Artists Colony Inn.........................28 Bean Blossom Farmers Market...32 Bear Wallow Distillery..................44 Brown Co IGA................................59 Brown Co Inn.................................37 Brown Co Winery..........................45 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....38 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................27 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................41 Casa Del Sol...................................30 Cedar Creek Winery......................33 Chateau Thomas Winery.............13 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Gatesville Store.............................30 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery.........................................56 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........15 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................53 Hotel Nashville....................... 31, 67 House of Jerky...............................28 Jack and Jill Nut Shop..................13 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68 Nashville General Store...............54

DIRECTORY Nashville House............................28 Nashville Spice Co.........................45 Our Sandwich Place.....................30 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53 Schwab’s Fudge.............................38 Seasons...........................................33 Sunshine Shack.............................30 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................36 Trolly’s.............................................63 The Wild Olive.................................2


Antiques Co-op.............................49 The Ferguson House....................39 Hoosier Barn & Table....................38 Mariposa Nashville.......................38 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


Bear Hardware....................... 44, 64


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


4th Street Festival Arts & Crafts.66 Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................57 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 Ferguson House............................39 Foxfire.............................................39 Grasshopper Flats.........................29 Hoosier Artist................................19 Juls Etc............................................22 LaSha’s............................................19 New Leaf.........................................19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........57 Rhonda Kay’s.................................36 Spears Pottery...............................18 Sweet Cozy Living........................33 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........22


Abe Martin Lodge.........................61 Artists Colony Inn.........................28 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown Co Inn.................................37 Brown Co KOA...............................38

July/August 2017 • Our Brown County 9 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................47 Creekside Retreat.........................52 eXplore Brown County..................4 Green Valley Lodge......................15 Hidden Valley Inn.........................22 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..14 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Monroe Music Park & Campground.................................64 Moondance Vacation Homes.....44 The North House...........................67 Olde Magnolia House..................52 Overlook Lodge............................59 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Seasons...........................................33


Brown County History Center....63 kidscommons................................41


Bone Appetit Bakery....................13


B3 Gallery.......................................18 Hoosier Artist................................19 Spears Pottery...............................18 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........29


Berkshire Hathaway-Scroggins..44 Brown County Real Estate...........65 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................65 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda..............65


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


Brown County Recycle Center....65 Brown County Visitors Center....23 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................36 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........53

Keyed IN Property Mgt.......... 65

Mainstream Fiber Networks.......31 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Express Tour Rides......33 Shepherd of the Hills

Evangelical Luthern Church.......26 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41 Voils.................................................37


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


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


Bone Appetit Bakery....................13 Fallen Leaf Books..........................27 Fireplace Center............................41 Harley-Davidson Bloomington..14 Holly Shop......................................12 House of Clocks.............................49 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Nashville Spice Co.........................45 Papertrix.........................................15 The Toy Chest................................41 Wishful Thinking...........................29


Hoosier Artist................................19 Sweetwater Gallery......................29


Artists Colony Inn.........................28 eXplore Brown County..................4 Hotel Nashville..............................67 Village Florist.................................41


Mike Nickels Log Homes....... 38


Contents 16 Sleepy Cat Studio ~by Paige Langenderfer 20 Logging with Horses ~by Chrissy Alspaugh 24 Gnaw Bone Country Store ~by Bob Gustin 34-35 Photos ~by Mike Briner* 40 Field Notes: Recycling ~by Jim Eagleman 42-43 Calendar of Events 46 Selma’s Gardens ~by Jeff Tryon 48 Dogs ~by Jeff Tryon 50 Bringing Back Hereshome ~by Lee Edgren 54 Maple Leaf Center 56 IN Fingerstyle Guitar Fest 60 Overalls in Brown County ~by Mark Blackwell 62 Early Helmsburg Days ~by Julia Pearson 64-65 Services Directory Cover: Sleepy Cat Studio ~by Paige Langenderfer

(812) 988-8807 www.ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 Also online at issuu.com/ourbrowncounty OR search in the mobile app ISSUU and on Facebook for OUR BROWN COUNTY

A Singing Pines Projects, Inc. publication copyright 2017

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

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.

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

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>.

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

Julia Pearson wrote for a secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and her husband Bruce have made Lake Woebegone Country their new homebase for life’s continuing adventures. Julie, Bruce, and four-footed Suki are adjusting well. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren.

Lee Edgren 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 Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio.

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

*Mike Briner is a Columbus, Indiana native that became interested in photography as a high school yearbook photographer. With a love of travel and the great outdoors and inspired by the natural beauty of nature, Mike’s photography quickly moved from the school to the out of doors. In 1998 Mike founded Mike Briner Photography and started his professional career as a travel and nature photographer. Mike now has well over 55,000 film as well as over 30,000 digital images in his library.

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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Sleepy Cat Studio

photo by Paige Langenderfer


~by Paige Langenderfer

ucked away off of a beautiful, winding country road is Brown County’s newest hidden treasure. Artist Monique Cagle refers to it as her studio, but really it is more like the biggest sculpture she will likely ever craft. Upon quick glance, you might not notice anything unusual about the grain bin on her property. The familiar rippled steel panels remain on the exterior, but a look inside

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reveals the extraordinary transformation from a structure of rigid functionality to one of beauty and whimsy. It took her a year to remodel her grain bin studio, with the help of her husband, brother, and general contractor Rob Mills, but the dream began long before that. “I have always worked out of my home, but I really needed a proper studio. I was running out of room in my house and I never could get the right light,” she said. “I got the idea about five years ago. I saw that people were turning old grain bins into bars and bed and breakfasts and I thought, ‘A grain bin would make a really cool studio.’” The building trades teacher at the high school was so impressed by the idea that he offered to take on the renovation as a project for his students. The students put in the sub floor, cut out the doors, and put in did some electrical work. Unfortunately, the teacher retired shortly after the work began and the school decided to discontinue the project. “At that point I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I didn’t know if I would be able to continue with the renovation because I did not have the money in my budget to pay for a general contractor,” Cagle said.

Knowing her intentions to share the space with the community, Cagle created a GoFundMe online profile to raise money. She used the site to share updates on the project and future dreams for the space. “After the studio is completed, I will not only have a place to work and show my art, but I can invite other artists to use the space to teach and do workshops,” she wrote. “Visitors would not only be able to enjoy my art, but they could see the gardens, visit the chickens and pet the goats. They’d see many of the same views that inspire my paintings, and they’d come away with a unique art experience that I think they’d remember for a long time.” Her 600-square-foot (she prefers to say 600-round-foot) studio is nearing completion now. The 12-foot-high walls are covered in drywall and painted a soft off-white color. Windows welcome sunlight to bounce off of the white canvas ceiling, and the plywood floor looks “jazzy” thanks to a pattern of colorfully painted triangles. A reading loft filled with books and pillows adds a cozy touch. Ace the cat has claimed the comfortable seating area, prancing in and out of the studio throughout the day. Cagle’s paintings on the walls, and a row of handmade, three-dimensional mice standing under a window, capture the purpose of the space. In a display of respect and admiration for the unique culture and history of Brown County, Cagle used poplar wood, milled in Helmsburg, for her window sills, shelves, and an eye-catching live-edge wood counter. While she only recently moved into the space and has had little time to work on her craft, Cagle said it already feels like the perfect fit. “The light is really nice in here. That helps a lot with painting,” she said. “There is a good energy in here. I like to think that all of the people who have helped with this project have left their positive energy.” Cagle is looking forward to sharing her new, beautiful grain bin studio.

”There is a good energy in here. I like to think that all of the people who have helped with this project have left their positive energy.” —Monique Cagle

photo by Paige Langenderfer

“Slowly the story is getting out there, about the crazy cat lady chicken farmer artist who wants to turn an empty old metal grain bin into an art studio so all can come from far and wide to learn a little about art and be an artist, maybe just for a day, maybe for the rest of their lives.” To learn more about the grain bin studio project, visit Cagle’s GoFundMe page at <www.gofundme.com/grainbinstudio>. You can learn more about Cagle and her art by searching for Sleepy Cat Studio on Facebook or email <cagle@sleepycatstudio.com>. 

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YEARS of Indiana


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Brown County’s Original Art Gallery JULY 8 – 20

The Cousins from Richmond are Coming! Get out the Good Dishes!

Exhibition and Sale of early Brown County pottery and exhibit of Richmond Group art on loan from the Richmond Museum of Art


Art with Purpose: Brown County Baskets Locally Crafted Pottery • Jewelry • Photography • Wood • Fiber • More... Downtown Nashville (beside the Nashville House) • Open Daily www.spearspottery.com • 812.988.1286 • Spears Gallery on Facebook

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Logging with Horses

photo by Chrissy Alspaugh

~by Chrissy Alspaugh


ean Manuel is being very literal when he describes his employees as workhorses. His trio of Percheron draft horses are his muscle—whether the day’s work entails hauling thousands-of-pounds logs out of clients’ woods to his portable sawmill, or just pulling a sickle bar mower to cut grass on the family farm. “It does take a bit longer working with horses than tractors, but it’s just a more enjoyable, peaceful way of working,” Manuel said. “And they absolutely love to be in the harness. They get pretty antsy just grazing out in the field. Every morning, they’re ready to go pull or plow or whatever the day’s chore is.” For generations, his family’s chores have been aided by equines. He readily shares stories of his ancestors’ lives in Brown

”It does take a bit longer working with horses than tractors, but it’s just a more enjoyable, peaceful way of working,” —Dean Manuel County since the Civil War, using horses and mules for farming, logging, and working in coal mines. The work was significantly harder back then. Manuel recently received an ancestor’s tally book from the late 1800s, detailing the number of railroad ties he handsawed and drove by horse and wagon to Brownstown to sell to the railroad.

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Manuel’s story comes full-circle with his wife, April, now running a large sawmill in Norman, Indiana that cuts a great deal of railroad ties. And several of their five adult children are involved with their horsepower-driven farm, running the portable sawmill, working at April’s mill, or helping clients turn freshly-cut lumber into heirloom furniture. Today, tractors stand to make much of Manuel’s work nearly effortless. But that efficiency comes with a price. Many property owners who have had larger-than-life logging equipment raze their forests are left with land that is devastated for decades. In contrast, Manuel’s horses nimbly weave logs around surrounding saplings, and the only evidence the team leaves of being in a woods are some footprints, slight marks where they dragged logs, and, inevitably, some manure.

“We definitely fit a niche with people who don’t necessarily want the fastest crew but the best care of their land,” Manuel said. Lee Rodgers, a part-time farmer in Johnson County, said it’s refreshing to work with someone like Manuel, who practices a way of living and working that largely has been discarded in today’s fast-paced world. Rodgers’ family first met Manuel and his horses at Brown County State Park, where the team transports campers to and from Horseman’s Camp Christian Church on Sunday mornings. Before they knew it, Rodgers was helping Manuel launch a new wood-boiler stove, and Manuel was helping Rodgers to brainstorm about photo by Chris Gustin

photo by Chris Gustin

solar power generation and cut lumber for four new hay wagons. “He’s just a really unique, neat guy,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes it seems like the little guy helping the little guy makes the whole world go around.” When Manuel looks at the world, he sees a great deal of beauty worth savoring: helping a family turn a beloved tree into the table where they will gather, or their property’s timber into beams that will build a barn. In fact, turning logs into ready-to-build kits for barns and garden tool sheds is some of Manuel’s favorite work. He sees that playing a big role in his future. The 51-year-old said he knows the day will come when his body won’t be able to withstand

rigging giant logs through the woods on a daily basis. “Horses don’t always respond correctly, and you have to be alert so you don’t get stepped on or rolled over. You just have to work smart and watch everything. I’m sure there will be a day when I won’t want to be out there every day,” he said. But for now, Manuel still enjoys a great respect and appreciation for the people and animals who make it possible for him to be part of preserving Brown County’s timber. “Thankfully, we have a lot of people who are very concerned about our environment and who share our deep respect for our wonderful natural resources,” he said. “I just can’t describe how rewarding it is to get to work together with a team of animals who make what we do possible.” Manuel can be contacted for work at (812) 345-1642. 

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Visit America’s First Store

172 N. Van Buren Street in Nashville, IN Second Location in Calvin Place– (S. Van Buren and Franklin Streets)

www.JBGoods.com • 812-988-0900

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Goldsmith and Silversmith 42 years of quality service in Brown County

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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wineries and distilleries around Brown County. Transportation will be provided by Nashville General Store Express as needed, and special amenities will make this a fun-filled afternoon—planned especially for your enjoyment. Our participants have gone out of their way to create something you will not soon forget. PARTICIPANTS: BEAR WALLOW DISTILLERY | BROWN COUNTY WINERY | CEDAR CREEK WINERY | CHATEAU THOMAS WINERY | HARD TRUTH DISTILLERY | NASHVILLE GENERAL STORE EXPRESS | SALT CREEK WINERY

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Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery

~story and photo by Bob Gustin ~story and photos by Bob Gustin orghum has returned to Gnaw Bone. But this time it’s not a horse walking around a mill to grind down the sweet plant and later have it boiled into syrup. It’s a lot more than that. This time it’s the brand new Gnaw Bone Country Store and Bakery, operated by Brown County residents Jay and Jenny Morrison. The Morrisons have spent months cleaning, repairing and remodeling the store at 4883 State Road 46 E, and are now open every day except Tuesday. On other days, the store is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Sunday, when hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Jenny Morrison with a sampling of arts and fine crafts.

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That’s the same building in the heart of Gnaw Bone (between Nashville and Columbus) where the Roberts family opened a sorghum mill in 1948 to grow, grist, and cook sorghum over a wood fire. The business was sold to Bill Watkins about 10 years ago, and purchased in December by Mike and Tammy Riebl, who lease the store to the Morrisons. There is no longer a mill at the site, but you can find several varieties of fresh-baked sorghum cookies available each day. Jenny is also cooking up persimmon pudding, bacon brownies, pies, cakes, breads, and tarts. And Jay, along with partners Mike Riebl and Jonny Porter, are custom-building unique lightweight solar-powered camping trailers in a nearby shop, and offering them for sale. Along with baked goods, the store offers sauces, syrups, jams and jellies, coffee, pasta, honey, sorghum, soaps, and dog treats. Most are custom items from Indiana producers. Where else could you try a product called Gnaw Bone Toe Jam? Food isn’t the only thing Jay and Jenny carry. A sampling of arts and fine crafts from ten local and area residents—including paintings, pottery, weaving, stained glass, jewelry, note cards, driftwood art, clothing, and craft kits—are on display. The store also carries antique and vintage items, custom wood furniture, Gnaw Bone T-shirts, candies, and colorful socks. And there is more to come in the 6,000 square-foot store.

Jay Morrison next to a Gnaw Bone Wilderness Cabin.

contractor in Brown County and Columbus, partnered with Riebl and Porter to build Gnaw Bone Wilderness Cabins. “Mike and I have been backpacking and camping buddies for the last 12 years of so,” Jay said. “Last summer we hiked the Grand Tetons. At 50 years old, I was getting tired of setting up tents, and thought others must be too.” Turns out Riebl, an engineer, felt the same way. So they started building a prototype cabin in Riebl’s garage, finished it up in Jay’s pole barn, and, along with Porter, began looking for a place to build and sell them. The old sorghum mill and adjacent property was available and Riebl purchased it. Continued on 32

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If that seems like an eclectic mix, it is. Asked about the unusual collection of items available, Jay smiles and simply said, “It’s a country store.” “With the space I have, I wanted to showcase local products,” Jenny said. “I have a love for antiques and we wanted to make the place different than a typical tourist destination. “It was meant to be,” Jenny said. “I’m just surrounded by incredibly talented friends, and I want to showcase and support the people I’m surrounded by. “I enjoy feeding and pleasing people,” she said, “and baking is a creative outlet for me.” She credits her mother, Andrea Cline, with being patient and letting Jenny play around in the kitchen growing up, making a mess, and having the freedom to experiment. Then, in her 20s, Jenny began reading cookbooks and experimenting more with cooking, and especially baking. She operated a cleaning business for about 20 years with clients in Brown, Bartholomew, Monroe, and Marion counties. She has also cooked for large get-togethers and has done small catering jobs. “But it was always my dream to have my own baking business,” she said, “And the opportunity was thrown in my lap.” That happened when Jay, owner of Oak Grove Construction, a general



Experience two floors of gallery space with work from over 45 award-winning local and regional artists together with an extensive permanent collection of early Brown County artists. There are featured exhibits, artist demonstrations and a Fine Artisan gift shop to enjoy.

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

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“Share the peace of the Lord with us.”

Excellent accessibility for handicapped

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

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’ Luminox Watches (used by Navy Seals)

Fine Pipes and Tobaccos Premium Cigars

Things you can live without... bbut who wants to! Old Colonial Bldg. 60 N. Van Buren St. Nashville, Indiana•812.988.6590 menstoyshop@yahoo.com•Visit us on Facebook

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140 W. Main Street • (812) 988-8800 In the heart of Nashville by the Village Green area at the intersection of Main and Jefferson Streets.

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Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

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

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“A Historic Brown County Landmark”

Enjoy dining in a cozy country atmosphere with great home cooking and our famous fried biscuits and apple butter. NOW SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & DINNER

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

812-988-0600 • 800-737-0255


Back-to-Back Complex

145 South Van Buren Street Established 2001

FREE in-store demos!

Old School Way and Pittman House Lane

(next to the Toy Chest, behind Sweetwater Gallery) Visit our website for class schedules www.wishfulthinking-in.com • 812-988-7009

PLY 4 YOU SIM Handmade & Unique Gifts • Hand-painted Signs • Homemade Body Scrubs • Giant Scrabble Letters • Solar-Changing Finger Nail Polish • Biker Bracelets • Painted Ball Jars And much more...

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Wild West • Prairie • Civil War • Roaring 20s and more!


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Next to Artist Colony Inn, behind Sweetwater Gallery

Weekdays 10–6, Sat. 10–7, Sun. 10–6


est. 1972

Doug Stoffer, Designer/Jeweler

Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

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

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

145 S. Van Buren Nashville located in the Back-to-Back Complex 812-988-0449 www.schusterglass.com

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

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

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The Sunshine Shack

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

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

(812) 988-0788

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

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

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

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87 East Main Street • Nashville, IN (812) 988-6080 • thewoodlandsgallery.net

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

Cookout Buffet (menu varies) • Cash Bar • Live Music (6–9 pm)

Friday, June 5:(6–10 pm) Sunday, May 25: (5–9 pm)

Friday, July 28 “Barry Johnson”

Friday, Aug. 25 “Barry Johnson”

Friday, Sept. 8 “The McGuires”

Mainstream Fiber Networks (formerly BG Broadband)

Friday, Sept. 29 “The McGuires”

Providing high speed fiber Internet to rural Indiana communities, branching out from our Brown County roots

Dates subject to change

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The Iron Gate by Brad Cox

Unique Metal Art Studio

4705 Annie Smith Rd. Nashville

Brad Cox and his wife Stephanie invite you to discover their studio and mill located along the banks of Salt Creek just 10 minutes from Nashville. Hours vary. Call ahead. theirongatebybradcox@yahoo.com GNAW BONE STORE continued from 25 The cabins are built on a 6- by 12-foot steel frame trailer to which a rubber liner is added before metal studs, insulation, vapor barriers, tongue-and-groove lumber, vinyl flooring, and a metal roof is added. There are two bunk bed spaces, a table and bench, storage areas, windows, and a separate space for a camping toilet to be set up. It’s powered by two rooftop solar panels, a battery, and power inverter. A small wood stove is an option. The cabin weighs about 3,000 pounds, can be easily pulled by a standard pickup or midsized SUV, and sells for about $16,000. Trailers can also be rented for $75 a night. Later, larger or customized cabins can also be ordered. But the Gnaw Bone Country Store and Bakery is a family affair. Jay remodeled the store, with help from son Alex and lots of friends. Daughter Chloe runs the retail area, and Jay says his part of the store is “making sure everything is ready for Jenny to pursue her dream.” One of his jobs is to work with Jenny as a “picker” to find eclectic goods from people in the area. “It’s a local tasting of goods offered you don’t always see,” he said. Contact Jenny and Jay Morrison at (812) 988-4266, or <gnawbonecsbakery@gmail.com>. Also check out <gnawbonebakery.com> and <gnawbonecabins.com>.

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SWEET COZY LIVING in Nashville, Brown County Lodge & Conference Center

•Home Decor •Accessories •Unique Clothing

•Brown County Shirts •Many Locally-made Items •Custom Chess Sets •and more...

47 E. Main St. Old School Way Behind Brown County Winery (812)360-1230 • Facebook.com/SweetCozyLivingLLC

Nashville Express

TUESDAYS: Tex-Mex served in the bar 5–7:00 p.m. FRIDAYS: Prime Rib Buffet served 5–9:00 p.m.

• Balcony Rooms

Sightseeing Tours

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

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

• Restaurant • Lounge

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

(sold 15 min. before show)

• Enclosed pool

Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

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

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

There’s a wine for any palette!

• Conference facility for up to 600 people

560 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 812-988-2284 • SeasonsLodge.com

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

38 Franklin St. E. (Near the train) Nashville, IN (812) 988-1111 • cedarcreekwine.com Open 7 days a week 12 pm to 5 pm

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photos by Mike Briner

We appreciate our loyal customers!

Our market fresh product selections are the result of your requests is located in the heart of for the items you like best. downtown Nashville on This season we display: South Van Buren Street Tervis Tumblers, Swan Creek, next to Out of The Ordinary Sanuks, Woodstock Chimes, and across from the Melissa & Doug, DaVinci Beads, Brown County Playhouse Stony Creek Lighted Vases, Essential Oils and Diffusers 69 S. Van Buren St. P. Graham Dunn personalized, Nashville, Indiana and our favorite handcrafted jewelry. Did we mention all 812-988-2050 the hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry? rhondakays@msn.com

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Decorative Concrete Patios, Driveways, Slabs Basements Retaining Walls Foundation Repairs Bridges

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51 State Road 46 East Nashville, Indiana 47448

Driveways Land Clearing Lakes and Ponds Culverts Water and Sewer

Septics New Septic Installation Repairs Plumbing and Excavating Presby Systems (start at $7500)

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Fun and Unique




Good Food, Good Service, Good Prices


Catfish on Friday Nights Daily Specials Breakfast Served All Day

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A mixture of antiques and cottage-inspired home accessories, furniture, and garden accents • Home and Garden Accents • Antiques • Furniture Artists Colony Shops – Upstairs 125 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN Facebook.com/mariposanashville mariposanashville@gmail.com 812-720-1126


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Open April–October

2248 State Road 46 East • Nashville, IN Minutes away from fine dining, shopping, museums, live entertainment, and theater

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

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

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Making custom furniture and home décor from reclaimed barn wood and timber Antique tools shop • Nashville like it used to be 165 N. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN (north end of town) 812-597-5444

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• Swan Creek Candles • Home Accessories • Fashion Jewelry • Garden Accents • Iron Decor • Holiday Decor • Man Cave and more…

78 West Franklin Street • Nashville, IN • 812-988-7388

Foxfire... Boutique

Fashion Apparel Jewelry and Purses 59 East Main Street, Suite B • Nashville, IN • 812-988-8707

Foxfire • Gifts and Home Decor • Kitchen Accessories • Personalized and • Baby Gifts Memoriam Gifts • Holiday Decor • Swan Creek Candles • Garden Decor

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“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” —Aldo Leopold

FIELD NOTES: Recycling ~by Jim Eagleman


aybe from guilt, a sense of my own lifestyle, or because I have more time since retirement, my attention to recycling lately has increased. I want to recycle more in an attempt to live lightly on the landscape, have a low impact, and be conscious of a smaller footprint. Half-heartedly committed, I performed token efforts over the years at home and work. This mantra of being responsible for what you personally generate was to hopefully increase awareness to state park users starting in the mid-90s. Since then, I became more aware of what I can further recycle, can do with less, and step up my home conservation efforts in heating/cooling, power, and water use. The idea to recycle can come easy to us every time we look to nature. For an excellent example, I had to look no further than the forest floor. This we did on many of my interpretive hikes at the park over the years, inspecting leaf litter, rotting logs, limbs and other debris that collected. Due to natural forces, the act of decomposing and reducing to simpler forms came clear. Even massive tree trunks didn’t last. We could see the wood diminish from week to week. Of nature’s many lessons, this one of converting something into something else seemed most important, and for many, the easiest to grasp. But unlike nature that readily converts and reuses, recycling by humans no matter how well-intended, is not without challenges. Experts call it the 4Cs: Is it Convenient? How Conscientious will I be? What is the Cost, and what is my level of continued Commitment?

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We learned a lot from staff experiences at the park over the years. We removed all trash cans because of cost, bees, and raccoons, and later installed recycling containers. We saw if it isn’t easy to do, visitors, campers, and lodge guests don’t recycle. Even with separate containers, trash accumulated. From surveys we heard we don’t want to pay for the service even if it helps reduce massive amounts of materials. From some we heard the future will fix it—“Isn’t this just a consequence of an increasing population that social scientists will eventually solve?” Accepting the challenges as a true conservationist, I would adhere and commit to an expanded recycling effort. Could I absolutely be responsible for what I personally generate? Maybe. I saw my interest and behavior changed. I found if my local recycling center didn’t take a certain item, I’d search for other facilities close by that did. I saw the “4 R’s of recycling”, reduce, reclaim, reuse, and refuse meant to shop wisely and not willfully accept excess packaging. My efforts could go way beyond mere kitchen or food items destined for the compost pile. I could shred junk mail, bills and work papers, buy certain detergents, batteries, light bulbs, and toilet paper. I could recycle egg cartons, all cardboard, glass, metal, plastic, newsprint, and magazines that I do anyway, but also corks, medicine bottles, motor oil, and filters. Even old appliances, tires, fabric, and clothing can be recycled. All this surprised me. The amount of plastic wrappings, Styrofoam, trays, cups, and twist ties for example, filled a 40 pound bird seed bag every month. The compost pile can eventually contribute better soil to the landscaping around the house while water from a rain barrel is used for plants. I find I even suggest to friends they can get rid of a certain item every so often by checking the local paper. The last thing I want to be called is a “goodie twoshoes” guy who does it all correctly—far from it. The obligation I feel to the earth may be different than yours. Mine comes from seeing, learning, and teaching all the good we get from it. Our natural resources are renewable, recyclable, and certainly marketable. How we manage them will ultimately determine how healthy an existence we have. Just as I can improve my land by periodically removing alien plant species and Continued on 61


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Open Mon.–Fri. 8:30 to 5, Sat. 8:30 to 4

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Where kids play to learn and adults learn to play!

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Downtown Columbus, a short drive from Nashville

Open Mondays June 5–Aug. 7, Tues.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 1–5

CARMEL CORN COTTAGE New Oriental Ice Cream New Popcorn Flavors

Double Dipped Bacon Popcorn Pickle Popcorn

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In the Artist Colony Shops • 125 S. Van Buren St. (812) 988-2817 www.browncountytoychest.com

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Brown County Playhouse

Haley Jonay 9:00 July 16 Dave Sisson 8:00 2017 Rising Stars Broadway Melody July 19 Open mic w/ Jason Blankenship July1 Noon 30 of Brown County’s most talented youth 8:00 July 20 Silver Sparrow 8:00 Outlaws and Honky Tonks July 21 Kade Puckett 6:00 July 1, 8, 15 Jeff Cordes 9:00 Classic country, fiddles, pure vocals, guitar July 22 The Lean & The Plenty 9:00 pickin’, and honky tonk pianos July 24 Antonio Salerno 8:00 4th Dimension July 26 Open mic w/ Joe Bolinger 8:00 July 14 July 27 Will Scott 8:00 Live concert. Four decades, four genres 6th Annual Fingerstyle Guitar Competition July 28 Kade Puckett 6:00 July 30 Ryan Hutchens 8:00 July 29 Aug. 2 Open mic w/ Alan Long 8:00 See article on page 56 Aug. 4 Kade Puckett 6:00 Chordlighters in Concert Aug. 6 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 Aug. 5 Aug. 9 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 8:00 25+ member barbershop chorus Aug. 11 Kade Puckett 6:00 of singers from Indiana The Lean & The Plenty 9:00 Nunsense Aug. 13 Alan Long 8:00 Aug. 18, 19, 25, 26 Hit musical. The Little Sisters of Hoboken Aug. 16 Open mic w/ Jason Blankenship 8:00 put on a variety show. Aug. 17 Silver Sparrow 8:00 FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Aug. 18 Kade Puckett 6:00 Check website for schedule Aug. 20 Dave Sisson 8:00 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555 Aug. 22 Matchsellers & Wonderhills 8:00 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org Aug. 23 Open mic w/ Joe Bolinger 8:00 Aug. 25 Kade Puckett 6:00 Melchior Marionettes Aug. 26 Jason Blankenship Band 9:00 “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” Music most days—Not all dates were July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept. 2, 16, 23 booked at press time (closed August) 812-988-0236 and on Facebook Saturdays at 1:00 and 3:00 Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Chateau Thomas Winery Westside of S. Van Buren St. July 1 Gary Applegate Downtown Nashville July 7 Robbie Bowden July 8 TBA Pine Room - Muddy Boots July 2 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 July 14 Cari Ray/Singer Songwriters July 15 Barry Johnson July 3 Coot Crabtree 4:00-10:00 July 21 Fistful of Bacon July 5 Open mic w/ Coot 8:00 July 22 Cari Ray Band July 6 Chuck Wills & Friends 8:00 July 28 Sal Barbera & Marty Martin July 7 Kade Puckett 6:00 July 29 Phil Hipskind Summer Survivors 9:00 Aug. 4 Paul Bertsch July 8 Pat Fiddle 6:00 Aug. 5 Gary Applegate Shine Delphi 9:00 Aug. 11 Impasse July 9 Alan Long 8:00 Aug. 12 Barry Johnson July 12 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 8:00 Aug. 18 TBA July 13 Lilly Kopp 8:00 Aug. 19 Warrior Kings July 14 Kade Puckett 6:00

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Aug. 25 Cari Ray/Singer Songwriters Aug. 26 Indiana Boys Music Friday and Saturday 7:00-10:00 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com

Brown County Inn July 1 The 1-4-5’s July 4 5:00 to dusk 4th family fun, music, BBQ, miniature golf, bounce house July 7 The Luke Carol Project July 8 The Sean Lamb Band July 14 The Acre Brothers July 15 The Acre Brothers July 21 The Jack Whittle Band July 22 Martinie’s Boogie Three July 28-29 Open Stage with Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar players July 30 Bluegrass Brunch w/The White Lightning Boys 12:00-3:00 Aug. 4 The Sean Lamb Band Aug. 5 The Sean Lamb Band Aug. 11 The Amanda Webb Band Aug. 12 The Luke Carol Project Aug. 18 The Hammer & The Hatchet Aug. 19 Big Daddy Caddy Aug. 25 The 1-4-5’s Aug. 26 The Jack Whittle Band Aug. 27 Bluegrass Brunch w/The White Lightning Boys 12:00-3:00 Music Friday and Saturday 8:30 to 11:30 Bluegrass Brunch last Sunday of the month, Noon-3:00 www.BrownCountyInn.com

Pavilion Music Series Music at the Village Green in Nashville Aug. 19 Kade Pucket, rain date Aug. 26 Sept. 16 Hamilton Creek, rain Sept. 23

Outdoor Gazebo Parties Hotel Nashville July 28 Barry Johnson Aug. 25 Barry Johnson Sept. 8 The McGuires Sept. 29 The McGuires 6:00-9:00 Cookout buffet, cash bar, music 812-988-8400 www.hotelnashville.com

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Brown County Lions Club’s Fireworks

Shamanism, Dying and Beyond Workshop

Salt Creek’s 19th Hole Seasons Lodge Big Woods

July 1 at the High School athletic field

Aug. 26, 27 Learn how to deal with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. Taught by Jo Ann Broder jo@ShamanicThunder.com 815-519-3104 www.shamanism.org

Indiana RedBarn July 8 Bigfoot Yancey 9:00 July 20 Edison 7:00 July 22 The Trip 8:00 July 29 Jerry Garcia Jam 2:00-? Aug. 4 Jason Wilber 9:00 Aug. 11 Chicago Farmer 8:00 Aug. 19 Flatland Album Release 8:00 Aug. 26 High Sierra 8:00 71 Parkview Rd. Visit on Facebook

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays: dance lessons 6:30-9:00 July 1, 8, 15, 22 Mike’s house band July 21 The Marlinaires July 29 TBA Aug. 5 Private party Aug. 12, 19 Mike’s house band Aug. 18 Buddy Holly Tribute Band and Barney Fife Aug. 25 The Marlinaires Aug. 26 Private party 812-988-8636 www.mikesmusicbarn.com

Village Art Walk Second Saturdays, 4:00-8:00 May–November Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville art galleries www.artalliancebrowncounty.org/ events/artwalk

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

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

pARTake Workshops Howard F. Hughes Community Room 209 N. Van Buren St. 2:00-4:00 Workshop $40 ;Art Alliance members: $35 includes materials and light refreshments July 22 Wonders of Watercolor w/ Cathy Haggerty June 24 Mixed Media Collage w/ Dixie Ferrer www.artalliancebrowncounty.org/ events/partake

8th Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee July 6-8 at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom hosted by the Perrys www.billbaileyconcerts.com 800-414-4677 www.beanblossom.us

6th Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival July 28-30 Fri. Players on stage at Brown County Inn Sat. Competition and Concert at Brown County Playhouse with Top US musicians Sat. Competition at 11:00, concert at 7:30 Sun. Workshops at Brown County Inn http://indianastringfest.com

Brown County 4-H Fair July 29-Aug. 5, at fairgrounds Grandstand Events 7:00: July 29 Bulls and Barrels Rodeo July 31 Tractor & Truck Pull Aug. 1 Flat Drags Aug. 2 Demo Derby Aug. 3 Motocross-AMX & 4-Wheel Aug. 4 Ninja Warrior Aug. 5 Mud Bog Race

19th Bean Blossom Blues Fest Aug 24-26, 9:00 am to 11:00 pm at Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom National Artists, Festival kickoff—party/ jam on Thursday. Workshops offered on harmonica, guitar, and spoons. www.beanblossomblues.com

Brown County Art Guild Features the Marie Goth Estate Collection and contemporary art by more than 40 award-winning member artists. July: J.A. Burst, Linda Gredy Aug.: Lynn Dunbar, Joel Knapp 48 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6185 www.browncountyartguild.org

Brown County Art Gallery Features works by 60 contemporary artists and early Indiana masters June 4-Aug. 27: Artists Assoc. Summer June 10-July 1: IHA Show July 8-20: Brown County Pottery July 9 2nd Sunday with the Artists Aug. 5-Sept. 4 Brown County Baskets Aug. 18, 19 West Baden Paintout Corner of Main St. & Artist Dr. in Nashville 812-988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

Bucks & Does Square Dances July 28, 8:00-10:00 at Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park Aug. 4, 8:00-10:30 at YMCA The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street

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

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

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Selma’s Gardens ~story and photo by Jeff Tryon e have Selma Neubacher Steele to thank for the state historical monument at Belmont that preserves the great Brown County painter T.C. Steele’s studio and home, the “House of the Singing Winds.” She shrewdly required the state to retain and preserve both the place and the collection —350 Steele paintings now at the home studio. For many years the property was neglected, and we are lucky to have it today. But it turns out Selma left us a more enduring legacy than the House and studio, more enduring even, than the magnificent collection of paintings. She left us her gardens. Now, decades of thought and planning are coming to fruition at the state monument as the restoration of gardens first designed by Selma Steele takes shape. While T.C. Steele captured the beauty of Brown County on canvas, his wife Selma created extensive flower gardens on the property, which was an abandoned farmstead when she arrived in 1907, walking up the monster Brown County hill in her wedding dress to a modest four room bungalow that would come to be known as the “House of the Singing Winds.” A prolific painter, Steele was at work whenever possible, leaving Selma free to design many different appealing landscape tableaus on the property. “She was looking at this land pretty much as a blank canvas,” said Cate Whetzel, program developer at the site. “She thought it was her job to decorate the home


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inside and out. As a gardener, she enjoyed the work, the planting of flowers.” “She said her greatest joy came when she realized ‘the painter’ decided her gardens were suitable” as subjects for his work. A popular Steele work depicts Selma in a floppy hat, bending to work the terraced gardens near the house, a small figure surrounded by clusters of multi-colored blossoms. In fact, the gardens as they appear in some of Steele’s paintings provided some clues used to resurrect Selma’s gardens, which had fallen into neglect and virtually disappeared after her death in 1945. Restoration began in 1989 based on the paintings and historic photographs showing the gardens during her lifetime, along with her own journals, correspondence, and gardening records. Many original plantings or their descendants still survive, including long-neglected perennials which began to flourish when their beds were cleaned up and refurbished. The wisteria vine that covers the front pergola, now over 100 years old, was planted by Selma, along with hundreds of daffodils which attract special attention each spring. “People are always calling in the spring asking, ‘Are the daffodils up yet?’” said Whetzel. “We have her peonies which we were able to salvage. They were in a holding bed and have just been replanted.”

Selma was interested in using the “old-fashioned” flowers that thrived locally such as peonies, irises, and foxgloves. Anthony Joslin, grounds and maintenance supervisor, describes the work as “garden archeology.” He and crew members Jack Cathcart, Morgan Morris, and Ashton Morris, have been doing the actual work of digging out the beds, putting in stone pathways and installing an irrigation system. Last fall they planted bulbs coming from all over the country and around the world. The flowers have come up this spring. They also installed a fence to keep out marauding deer, something Selma didn’t have to worry about. Now, most of the “hardscaping” has been done and the garden is in pretty good shape, although new plants and flowers are arriving all the time.

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“Selma in the Garden” by T.C. Steele from the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Site.

A new historical marker was dedicated in May while artists painted in the restored gardens. The next area that the crew will be working on will be Selma’s water gardens, the water lily ponds near the large studio on the way down to the Dewar log cabin. In Selma’s day, the ponds also doubled as cisterns for emergency water supply. Starting in September, a new visitor’s center will be constructed with modern plumbing and air conditioning. The “Singing Winds Visitor’s Center” will have a large visitors waiting room and will also house the museum shop and the admissions office. The center will be located over the hill where one of the Steele’s old guest houses once was. The west wing of the House will be restored to look the way it did when the Steele’s were there. Currently, it is closed to visitors and contains state offices. Whetzel said maintaining and improving the gardens at T.C. Steele will be an ongoing process. “I can say, from what I know now, things will be constantly in process. The garden is never done.” 

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Dogs ~story and photo by Jeff Tryon


hen I was growing up in Brown County, dogs pretty much ran free as you please. Oh, the coon hunters kept their precious charges properly caged unless they were on the hunt, and the occasional seriously mean dog might be confined by the chicken coop or the garden gate, but as a rule, dogs ran free as the breeze. In a small town like Nashville, everybody pretty much knew who each other’s dogs were. As late as the 1970s, when Dave Gore’s dogs would up and go to town for a little visit, after they had hit a few shops, made a little mischief, and generally made a nuisance of themselves, someone would recognize them and call Dave, who would go fetch them home in the pick-up truck like truant teenagers. As a young boy growing up in the woods, the family dog was my constant companion, ever present guardian, and substitute babysitter. We would wander for a mile or more away from home, off into the woods during the long summer days of school vacation. If we got lost, we could always just follow the dog home. Dogs ran free, but of course, we also knew that if a farmer saw a dog chasing his livestock or otherwise getting into mischief, he was likely to shoot him, and you would have no recourse or complaint. But that was just part of the adventure of a country dog’s life. As far as I know, there was no animal control officer then. Now you can’t take your dog anywhere off of your own private property without them being on a leash.

All the best dogs I have had were strays. They just wandered up and made themselves at home. Usually, they had escaped from harsh treatment, a bad situation elsewhere, or at least had suffered the privations of being on the road alone with no ready resources (a condition I myself have had some acquaintance with) and so they really appreciated a good home. The best dog I ever had, in fact, the best dog ever, period, was a stray that wandered up our house that Mom named “Tramp.” At first, when he just showed up and started hanging out, Mom would try to run him off and she absolutely forbade anyone to feed him. But Tramp just calmly and meekly waited her out. He had already made up his mind that this was going to be his home. He was a wonderful dog, intelligent and intuitive, brave, adventurous, and loyal to fault. He had a great sense of humor. There are many tales I could tell of his exploits and adventures, too many to relate here, but suffice it to say that at that time and place, a dog could live a gloriously free existence, live more or less as an equal to the children, and as valued friend and family member to the adults.

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Now I have a little lap dog who also came to me more or less by accident. Although she is a purebred dog, she had bounced around a couple of homes through a divorce and various other family dislocations. She had arrived with all the quirks and emotional baggage of her previous lives and families. But she, too, appreciates finally having found her permanent home. And, though I was reluctant to take her in the first place, this little dog has been better than medicine for me. I have to walk her every day, and that has proved useful in getting me in a little better physical shape. She greets me with excited joy each morning with all the enthusiasm of a royal lackey. I am not a morning person, really, and I find this an encouraging way to start my day. She’s just happy to be alive! I sit there and have some coffee and pet my little dog. It’s good therapy. I used to think that the reason we love our dogs so much is because they give us unconditional love. But I think the real truth really is that we love them so much because they give us someone to love unconditionally, no strings attached, without consequence or expectation—someone to lavish with our love safely. 


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Hereshome owner Lory Williams Winford on the veranda. photo by Cindy Steele

Bringing Back Hereshome A wooden sign, just large-enough to contain the routed-out lettering, hangs from the long front porch of the old log house in downtown Nashville. It reads: “Hereshome.” And Lory Williams Winford has made Hereshome her home in a most interesting way. Built and named in 1920s by Les and Leatha Seitz Walker, the 100+ year old log house has always—at least as far back as granddaughter Lory can remember—had a Hereshome sign. The logs for Hereshome came from Kelp, an old abandoned village in the Brown County State Park located north of Hohen Point. During its active life in the earliest part of the 1900s, Kelp had homes, a church, school, store with a post office, and other buildings. When the land was sold to the park, the homes were dismantled and the logs reused. “I know that my grandfather bought these logs from the state park.” Lory was born in Terre Haute, grew up in Southern California married, and moved to Folsom, California. Her

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grandmother lived in Hereshome until 1989, and Lory and her family often came to visit. Widowed in 2013, she came back to Nashville for Thanksgiving that year. She sat on the steps of the old cabin, at that time unrented, and thought, “I could live here.” And immediately the plan began to form. “I needed a change. I had been a teacher forever. I didn’t want to stay in California. I’d always played around with art. I told myself I would move here and become an artist.” And so she did. “I wanted to bring Hereshome back to its glory days. It was always a wonderful place to be.” At first glance, the property may seem very different from the log home pictured in the Hohenberger photo that hangs on her wall. But Lory was loyal to much that does not meet the eye. She remembered that her mother and grandparents used to sit out in a little courtyard on the south and east side of the house, “where it was the hottest.” In Lory’s design, the space became a lovely sun room, one of several perfect places to sit and enjoy the now-restored gardens, or the warmth of the winter sun.

Hereshome before and during the renovations. courtesy photos

Another memory was of her grandmother’s crescent-moonshaped, stone-bordered garden. Over the years, the large stones had sunk so deeply into the earth that they had completely disappeared. “My grandmother had lovely gardens and I wanted to restore them.” So, Lory hired local gardener Carole Wells, who spent several days digging the stones up and several more weeks on the garden itself. Now the gardens again brim with native plants and are alive with bees. Lory delicately avoids confirming the rumor that the house was also haunted. “We always thought so as kids. My mother’s brother died here. I always thought he was here. We used to feel him downstairs in the living

Hereshome after the renovations. photos by Cindy Steele

room. When I moved in, but before the work started, I was hearing noises, things were slamming, things were being put in strange places, cupboard doors were open. Meisha, (Lory’s cat) was making strange noises and acting really weird. But, I’ll just say there are noises, I won’t say its haunted.” Her other two companions, Jinny, a yellow lab, and Teddy, a blonde cocker spaniel, refuse to comment on the incidents. Although the two car garage and art studio that have been added make the cabin seem much larger, Lory was faithful to the original size and floor plan of the cabin she inherited. “I just wanted the remodel to be a reflection

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Public presentation at the Brown County Playhouse,June 20, 2017

Proposed Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center


he Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in partnership with the Brown County Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) have announced a detailed plan for a brand new 2,000-seat indoor music venue to be built in Brown County. For months, members of the Brown County CVB and CVC, along with select public officials have been exploring options to build a new performing arts

center that will be county-owned and funded by the innkeepers tax. The proposed music venue, which as of now has been dubbed the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center, will feature a wide range of music performances from a variety of genres. From rock and blues to country, jazz, bluegrass, and even pop, the plan is to work with a professional booking agency to attract big name acts that will appeal to a vast audience. The venue also could

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have the potential for other draws such as community functions, large corporate presentations, and more. The projected price of building the proposed venue is $10.2 million to be paid off over 30 years. A bond payment of $560,000 annually will need to be made, which will be paid for by the CVB using innkeepers tax, a 5-percent tax on room and cabin rentals. “We believe that the proposed Maple Leaf venue holds great potential for positive economic impact on the community,” said Jane Ellis, Executive Director of the Brown County CVB. “Not only will it help to enhance Brown County as a stronger regional draw and destination to visit; but in the end, our hopes are that it will make it a better place to live and work as well.” Ellis who calls the proposed project a “creative use of innkeepers tax,” is excited for what lies ahead. “We envision Maple Leaf as a hub of partnership and prosperity, fostering collaboration between community organizations, town and county government, and local residents who will reap the rewards,” said Ellis. “Not only could it become a vibrant asset to our community now, but it also could serve as solid foundation for future generations to come.” While planning the project has begun, there are still many steps moving forward that must happen for the proposed idea to become a reality. Approval must be gained by several town, county, and community organizations/commissions for the project to continue. If all goes well and the proposed concept gets the nod it needs, the venue could be up and running as soon as spring of 2019. For updates on the proposed Maple Leaf Center, visit <www.browncounty.com/mapleleaf>. 

HERESHOME continued from 51 of the history I remember. And I wanted it to be something that fit in Nashville.” The biggest problem was water under the house. There was no basement or crawl. As was the custom at the time, the wooden floor joists lay atop piles of stone. So to get control over the water we tore up all the floors, dug out two feet of dirt, added french drains and rebuilt the foundation. The logs were sandblasted, the topmost logs leveled, and the interior slightly reconfigured. Although she describes herself as a “baby beginner” pastel artist, her landscapes betray her modesty. Shortly after coming to Nashville, she joined Art Alliance and now has a wall in noted painter Anabel Hopkins’ Fine Art Studio and Gallery, which is tucked behind Hoosier Artist Gallery. She loves the eclecticism of Nashville. “What gets me the most is how humbly quiet somebody with the most amazing skills can be. Somebody could come work on your house, maybe pour cement, but they’ve travelled around the world.” Lory has loved hearing stories about her family and encourages all those who knew them to stop by.” “I love living here. The quality of the art and music is phenomenal. And if I’m not hugely successful as an artist, at least I’ll be happy.” 

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Sixth Annual

July 28–July 30, 2017


ingerstyle guitarists will converge on Nashville, Indiana in July for the Sixth Annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. The only event of its kind in the Midwest, it will bring 40 of the finest fingerstyle guitar players from the United States and Europe to the Brown County Playhouse on Saturday July 29. The event will also include activities the day before the competition and the day after. The Brown County community was chosen because of its rich history as an artist colony which is home to many accomplished acoustic musicians. Artists will compete for a handcrafted Thomas Roeger guitar, valued at $5,500, and the opportunity to

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play during an evening concert that will feature worldrenowned artists Michael Kelsey, Brian Henke, and Jack Wilson. The top three competitors will perform during the show. The Indiana State Fingerstyle Competition is one of only eight competitions worldwide to be accredited by the Walnut Valley Festival which has been honoring acoustic musicians for the past 44 years during its national competition. Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with fingertips, fingernails, or picks attached to the right hand fingers. The term is often used synonymously with fingerpicking, classical, or thumb style. Prominent fingerstyle players include Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel, and Andres Segovia. “It’s like the Olympics. The player is creating both rhythm and melody with their thumb and fingers.

Fingerstyle can sound traditional like Chet Atkins, or more contemporary like Andy McKee,” said one of the event organizers Chuck Wills. “All of our players train and practice intensely. Not just to play each note the best they can, but to create their own song arrangements. Part of their score is on originality and arrangement of their piece.” The style of music played by the musicians runs the gamut of musical categories, from classical guitar to modern new age to flamenco. Wills said there are many ways of playing fingerstyle as well, such as fingerpicking, Travis picking, new age fingerstyle, slack-key guitar, classical, and flamenco. Friday, July 28 will feature a party at the Brown County Inn from 7 to 11 p.m. Performers will include Cari Ray, and 12 nationally-ranked guitarists, including the previous winners of the competition. Saturday, July 29 is the competition which will begin at 11 a.m. at the Brown County Playhouse. The top three will be announced at 4 p.m. The evening concert begins at 7:30. Sunday, July 30 offers workshops at the Brown County Inn by some of the renowned guitarists. The schedule is as follows: 9:45 Brian Henke, Introduction to Harp Guitar 11:00 Jack Wilson, Arranging, Advanced Techniques 12:15 Lance Allen, Exploring DADGAD tuning 1:15 Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar 2:15 Intermediate Fingerstyle Guitar The Brown County Playhouse doors open at 9:30 a.m. on July 29. The competition takes place from 11 to 4 p.m. and then the evening concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at <www.indianastringfest. com> or <browncountyplayhouse.org> and at the Brown County Playhouse during regular box office hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. and on show days from Noon to show time. You can purchase tickets for the competition, concert, or both. 

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Overalls in Brown County and Beyond Frank Hohenberger’s photo of Felix and Chris Brummett.

“You can wash my pair of dirty overalls, I’ll ride that train they call the cannonball…” —Woody Guthrie

~by Mark Blackwell have always liked old photographs taken back at the turn of the century before this one. The pictures I happened to be perusing lately have been compilations of work by Frank Hohenberger and Otto Ping, both based in Brown County. The pictures they took add to our understanding of the County’s history. They captured a way of life that has all but disappeared. While studying these moments in time I was struck by the fashions of those days. In those pictures the men and boys are usually wearing some sort of suit-coat and vest and some nondescript trousers. After about 1915, however, things changed. There were a goodly number of men and boys, sometimes women and girls, wearing overalls. Even my mom wore overalls back in the 1930s and 40s. There is probably no more practical piece of clothing for folks who work for a living. You never see guys on Wall Street in New York or K Street in Washington D.C. wearing overalls. Out in rural areas, where you might have to mend a fence, fix a leak and/or nail some shingles back in place, you don’t want to be running back to the barn for tools and supplies. You don’t have to with overalls—they have pockets. They have lots of pockets, generally around ten or so not counting the hammer loop.


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You got your two patch pockets in the rear and they’re good for several things. Bandanas for instance—you can put two or three in one back pocket. You can’t have too many bandanas on a hot day. And I have found that a medium size paperback book fits real good, too. In the front, you have two regular pockets. They’re good for pocket knives, key rings, fidget spinners, etc. On the top bib part there is generally a multi-pocket. It is divided up in into pencil holders, a watch pocket, and a covered pocket for your “Mail Pouch.” Down on the right leg, just above the knee, there is a pocket for a carpenter’s rule (I haven’t seen one of those since Hector was a pup) or you can use it for your cell phone. And there’s a pocket for a tape measure. Over on the left leg there is a handy hammer loop. And overalls have built-in suspenders, so they can’t slip down. They oughta make some for plumbers. I think that overalls may be the pinnacle of practical fashion design. Built in to that design is comfort. You can’t get “skinny” overalls and that’s a good thing on many levels. They are roomy so they are cool(er) in the summer and you can wear stuff under them to keep warm(er) in the winter. Overalls have always been a bargain. You could buy good quality work pants for fifty cents or so in the 1908 Sears and Roebuck wish-book, and you could get your bib overalls for just a nickel more. In the 1927 catalog you could pay two or three dollars for a pair of pants, but overalls were a great deal at a dollar fifty-five. Overalls made one of their many come-backs in fashion back in the late 1960s with the toes-in-the-dirt, tree-huggin’, back-to-the-land variety of Hippies. I still highly recommend them for anybody wanting to build cabins, goat sheds, and hen houses. They work for about every job from roofing on down to digging a cistern. I recently learned that there are three different colors and style variations depending on your line of work. They make white ones for painters (my maternal grandpa was a union painter). Pin stripes were for the fellers working on the railroad (all the live-long day). But the most common are the blue denim, for farmers and laborers. I never did find out why they make ’em different. I guess, maybe, so

you won’t go to work wearin’ the wrong clothes or maybe so you don’t accidentally show up at the wrong job. Overalls have been around since the late 1800s. Back in the 1700s they had a sort of overall pants called “slops” and they may be the forerunner of overalls. But it wasn’t until around the Civil War that a top was added. At first the top was called an “apron” but then it slid over to “bib.” In 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis came up with the idea of making work clothes out of denim and riveting the stress points with copper rivets. And the modern version of overalls showed up some time after 1891. Overalls didn’t come in to real popularity until the early twentieth century. That means that overalls and artists showed up in Brown County around the same time. Then the photographers were right behind ’em. That must be why you see them in those early photographs. You can still find quite a few Brown County locals sporting overalls. I have an idea. I think that everybody who lives in and works in Brown County should, forthwith, commence to wearing bib overalls. We could make ’em our native costume. It would set us apart, kind of like the Amish, and add to the Brown County mystique. 

RECYCLING continued from 40 checking their spread, I can monitor, limit, and reduce my impact on the planet by being more responsible. Leopold’s Land Ethic was a needed change in the thinking of the American public. Conservation, as he witnessed, wasn’t getting the job done. We had to be more mindful of practices and impacts. He envisioned an entirely different way of looking at land use. It was a stretch, he admitted, and wondered if he would be taken seriously. If we looked at land and treated it the way we do another human being, would our perspective change? If I love my neighbor, my friend, my spouse, can I love the land equally? Do behaviors, ethics, and morals have a place in the thinking of how we live on the earth? He thought they did. If I borrow a tool from a neighbor, I am sure to return it in as good if not better condition. Can I do the same with the land? Years ago, when I dropped off our three sons at school, there were always bags of cans, plastic milk jugs, and glass rattling around in the back of our small station wagon. “Dad’s on his way to recycling,” Karl would say. Erik and Kurt nodded and pushed the stack of newspapers and magazines into a pile on the seat. They saw this as a normal practice and now do it themselves. I asked them “Why do it?” The word “obligation” kept coming back. “Isn’t it my responsibility?” 

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Helmsburg Golden Rule Days ~by Julia Pearson


n the 1850s a small community of family farms populated Jackson Township. With the railroad coming through in 1906, a fullfledged village sprang up. For many passengers disembarking at the station and met by horse-drawn hacks owned by Arthur Helms and Joshua Bond, Helmsburg was the gateway to Brown County. Like most communities, the local post office and school provided the glue that kept folks together after major businesses disappeared with passing years. Until consolidation, students could enter first grade and twelve years later receive their high school diplomas in Helmsburg. First person narratives of this era in the village’s history are part of a collection published for the Brown County Sesquicentennial in 1986 entitled Brown County Remembers. Newton Walker, a trustee of Jackson Township, built the Helmsburg school “near the year 1908.” It had one room for the lower grades and another room for high school. A south wing

Helmsburg High School in 1911 and first graduating class of 1915. George R. Fleener is third from the left in the middle row.

was added in 1913. Fred Bay, a trustee, built a gymnasium east of Helmsburg High School in 1934. It was later lost in a fire. Children were able workers in the family gardens and fields, harvesting vegetables and fruits that were canned for winter meals, and butchering hogs in the fall when days and nights were cooler. Walking several miles to and from school was not too difficult till winter storms

Helmsburg 1923. Frank M. Hohenberger, courtesy The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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brought drifting snow to contend with. Tin lunch pails held fried pies of dried apples and peaches and ham sandwiches for midday hunger. Betty Hathaway Sanders Browne recounted the Saturday night baths in the washtub in the living room behind the wood stove. Her brother, Bud, who had a Model-T Ford, was popular with his classmates during the sub-zero temperatures of winter evenings and could get them all to basketball games and other activities. Everyone gladly pitched in gas money. During the 1918 flu epidemic, all Brown County schools were closed for four weeks. During this time, Roxie Kaserman Cullum and her sister, Bessie, were sent to stay with relatives in Bloomington where she worked in a furniture factory. She recalls wearing white masks over their noses while she sanded the furniture. They returned home when the school reopened.

Several pupils went on to further their education and returned to teach in Helmsburg. In 1911, George R. Fleener started his high school career as the part of the first graduation class of Helmsburg High School. On the nice autumn days, George was able to take a farm horse and buggy for the four and a half miles to school, but walked during the winter months. In April 1915, he was part of the first class to graduate from Helmsburg High School. The rest of the class included: Enos Barnes, Claude Robertson, Leo P. Richards, Ina Conard, and Chattie Wade. The entire class became teachers themselves, a testament to the education they all received and valued. Fleener went to Central Normal College at Danville, Indiana and took a 12- week course, giving him a 12 month license to teach. His first teaching job was in northwestern Jackson Township, at High Knob, District No. 18. It had three grades and thirty pupils. He received a salary of $240 that first year. During his second year teaching at Howard Ridge School, District No. 6, he learned the United States had declared war on Germany. He was drafted into the army while teaching the following year at Brock School, District No. 8. He spent a year in France and following the Armistice he returned to Trevlac, arriving by train in June 1918. FLeener then went to Central Normal College and finished a required two year course for state teaching license. His teaching salary increased to $1040 a year. Well known and loved superintendent of Brown County Schools, Grover G. Brown, had the task of visiting all the schools in Brown County, helping and grading the teachers. During his tenure, he gave only Sylvester Barnes and Fred Fleener a grade of 100%. Fleener retired in May 1960 after teaching 46 years in Brown County. He considered it a high point in his life when he received a plaque from Superintendent Carol Walker and Assistant Superintendent Clark naming him Brown County Teacher of the Century. He received a standing ovation from 120 of his teacher peers at the meeting. Lois Marie Chitwood, the only child of Clarence and Goldie Chitwood, owners of the Helmsburg Hardware, grew up in Helmsburg and graduated from Helmsburg High School, where she was a cheerleader for all four years. She attended Indiana University, where she was a cheerleader all four years as well. During the summer months, she was the Mistress of Ceremonies at the Brown County Jamboree in Bean Blossom. Lois was chosen as Miss Indiana during her senior year in college. After graduation, she taught for six years in Helmsburg till her marriage to Milton B. Learner in May 1954. It is often said that good citizenship and other virtues are caught, and not taught. Pupils and teachers alike illustrate this in life. 

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July/August 2017 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special

July/August 2017 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special