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ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op................................. 52 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 45 Cathy’s Corner................................... 15 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 My Red Moon.................................... 27 Nashville General Store................... 50 Plum Creek Antiques....................... 64 ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION B3 Gallery............................................. 3 4th Street Festival............................. 32 Antiques Co-op................................. 52 Art Beyond Crayons......................... 52 Art Walk.............................................. 15 Back Roads of Brown County Tour.13 Bear Hardware.................................. 46 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 45 Brown Co Art Gallery....................... 18 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 30 Cathy’s Corner................................... 15 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 Ferrer Studio...................................... 19 Amanda W. Mathis............................ 18 Papertrix............................................. 15 Rhoden Art at eXplore Brown Co.... 4 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler.................................. 12 Sleepy Cat Studio............................. 19 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 BOOKS Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 12 CLOTHING 58 South Apparel.............................. 40 Bear Hardware.................................. 46 Brown Co T-Shirt Shop..................... 51 Community Closet Thrift Shop....... 59 For Bare Feet...................................... 30 Foxfire Boutique............................... 43 Head Over Heels............................... 59 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good................... 24 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 28 My Red Moon.................................... 27

Sleepy Cat Studio............................. 19 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 50 The Totem Post.................................. 12 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 Wishful Thinking............................... 27 Woodlands Gallery........................... 30 ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC 19th Hole Sports Bar........................ 61 Brown Co History Center................. 51 Brown Co Playhouse........................ 61 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine........ 23 eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 Nashville Express Tours................... 51 FOOD & BEVERAGE 19th Hole Sports Bar........................ 61 Abe Martin Lodge............................. 28 Apple Works....................................... 47 Artists Colony Inn............................. 14 Bear Wallow Distillery...................... 41 Brown Co IGA.................................... 54 Brown Co Inn..................................... 31 Brown Co Winery.............................. 29 Brozinni Pizzeria............................... 29 Butler Winery..................................... 23 The Candy Dish................................... 3 Carmel Corn Cottage....................... 58 Casa del Sol........................................ 58 Cedar Creek Winery.......................... 44 Country Heritage Winery................ 53 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville............ 26 Farmhouse Cafe................................ 63 Gatesville Store................................. 55 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery............................................. 44 Gyros Food is Art.............................. 53 The Harvest Preserve......................... 3 Heavenly Biscuit............................... 46 Helmsburg General Store............... 42 Heritage Candy Store....................... 42 Hobnob Corner Restaurant............ 40 Hoosier Buddy Liquors.................... 41 Hotel Nashville.................................. 26 House of Jerky................................... 14 Jack and Jill Nut Shop...................... 53

New Beginnings Boutique.............. 42 CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS 4th Street Festival............................. 32 Angry Robot...................................... 46 Antiques Co-op................................. 52 Apple Works....................................... 47 Art Walk.............................................. 15 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Back Roads of Brown County Tour.13 Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 45 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 30 Brown Co Pottery.............................. 12 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop......... 23 Cathy’s Corner................................... 15 Carol’s Gifts........................................ 14 Charming Finds................................. 42 Clay Purl............................................. 29 Country Folks.................................... 14 Cox Creek Mill.................................... 23 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 The Ferguson House........................ 43 For Bare Feet...................................... 30 Foxfire................................................. 43 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery............................................. 44 Head Over Heels............................... 59 Homestead Weaving Studio........... 18 Hoosier Barn & Table........................ 42 House of Clocks................................. 52 Ironweed............................................ 30 K. Bellum Leather............................. 30 Kiss the Cook..................................... 14 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler.................................. 12 Madeline’s.......................................... 59 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 28 My Red Moon.................................... 27 Nashville General Store................... 50 New Harmony Soap Co.................... 57 New Leaf............................................. 19 Papertrix............................................. 15 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 40 Robinson’s at the Redbud............... 42 Simply 4 You...................................... 27


DIRECTORY Miller’s Ice Cream................................ 3 Nashville BP....................................... 15 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................. 68 Nashville General Store................... 50 Nashville Spice Co............................. 67 Our Sandwich Place......................... 51 Out of the Ordinary & Hickory Bar.41. Schwab’s Fudge................................. 51 Seasons............................................... 63 Trolly’s................................................. 51 The Wild Olive..................................... 2 FURNITURE Antiques Co-op................................. 52 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 45 Charming Finds................................. 42 The Ferguson House........................ 43 Robinson’s at the Redbud............... 42 HARDWARE Bear Hardware.................................. 46 HATS Head Over Heels............................... 59 K. Bellum Leather............................. 30 JEWELRY 4th Street Festival............................. 32 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Back Roads of Brown County Tour.13 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 45 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 30 Cathy’s Corner................................... 15 Ferguson House................................ 43 Foxfire................................................. 43 Juls Etc................................................ 24 LaSha’s................................................ 50 New Leaf............................................. 19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts............. 53 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 40 Spears Pottery................................... 18 The Totem Post.................................. 12 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............. 24 LODGING/CAMPGROUNDS Abe Martin Lodge............................. 28 Artists Colony Inn............................. 14 Brown Co Inn..................................... 31 Brown Co KOA................................... 50 Cornerstone Inn................................ 12

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Creekside Retreat............................. 53 eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 Hidden Valley Inn............................. 24 Hotel Nashville.................................. 26 Iris Garden Cottages & Suites......... 23 Lil Black Bear Inn B&B...................... 50 Moondance Vacation Homes......... 46 Overlook Lodge................................ 32 Seasons............................................... 63 MUSEUMS Brown Co History Center................. 51 PET PRODUCTS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 45 PHOTOS 4th Street Festival............................. 32 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Yesteryear Old Tim Photos.............. 27 REAL ESTATE Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty..... 59 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda.................. 65 RECREATION eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides................ 53 SERVICES (see also SERVICES DIRECTORY) Brown Co Humane Society............. 47 Brown Co Visitors Center................. 33 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS........................... 40 Dunham Plumbing........................... 65 Helmsburg Sawmill Inc/ Pool Enterprises Inc.......................... 58 Keyed IN Property Mgt.................... 65 Nashville BP....................................... 15 Redbud Terrace Shops: Austin Barber Shop/Goldilocks Salon....... 42 SERVICES DIRECTORY 64-65 Bear Hardware Bagged Trash Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Eye Care Brown Co Tire & Auto Critser’s Flowers & Gifts Critser’s Greenhouse Dunham Plumbing Farmers Insurance—McGinley

Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill IN Seamless Guttering Keyed IN Property Mgt. Plum Creek Antiques Rambling Dog Design - SIGNS RE/MAX Team Marg & Brenda Waltman Construction Co. Webb & Sons Auto Restoration SHOES Head Over Heels............................... 59 K. Bellum Leather............................. 30 New Beginnings Boutique.............. 42 The Totem Post.................................. 12 SPECIALTY SHOPS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 45 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop......... 23 Brown Co Pottery.............................. 12 Clay Purl............................................. 29 Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 12 Fireplace Center................................ 58 Head Over Heels............................... 59 House of Clocks................................. 52 House of Jerky................................... 14 K. Bellum Leather............................. 30 Kiss the Cook..................................... 14 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 28 Nashville Spice Co............................. 67 Papertrix............................................. 15 Weed Patch Music Company.......... 58 Wishful Thinking............................... 27 STAINED GLASS 4th Street Festival............................. 32 Back Roads of Brown County Tour.13 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 50 WEDDINGS Artists Colony Inn............................. 14 Hotel Nashville.................................. 26 OTHER Brown Co Humane Society............. 47 Helmsburg Sawmill Inc/ Pool Enterprises Inc.......................... 58 Mike Nickels Log Homes................. 55


Contents 16 Camp Palawopec ~by Ryan Stacy 20 T.C. Steele Site Visitors ~by Julia Pearson 25 Field Notes: Rain

~by Jim Eagleman

34-35 Photos ~by Tom Preston* 36-37 Calendar of Events

38 The Jefferson Street Kids

~by Jeff Tryon

44 Bean Blossom Blues Fest

~by Ryan Stacy

47 Abstract Art Show

48 The Totem Post

~by Paige Langenderfer

55 Art Colony Weekend 56 Yellowwood State Forest ~by Jeff Tryon 60 Fingerstyle Guitar Festival 62 Here and Gone ~by Mark Blackwell 64-65 Services Directory

Contributors Bob Gustin worked as a reporter, photographer, managing editor, and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Nebraska, and Indiana before retiring in 2011. He and his wife, Chris, operate Homestead Weaving Studio. She does the weaving while he gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands his book and record collections.

Ryan Stacy is a content writer at Monroe County Public Library, and also enjoys writing about Brown County. He and his wife live in Bloomington, where they can often be found chasing movies, good food, and cultural events. His other interests include reading, photography, and music.

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 Dada and Surealism for Beginners, and Music Theory for Beginners. He is an editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer.

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>.

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 Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and husband Bruce now reside in Lake Woebegone Country for life’s continuing adventures. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren.

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>.

Mark Blackwell no longer makes his home in Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He now resides within sight of the sixth green of an undisclosed golf course. He was born in the middle of the last century and still spends considerable time there.

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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.

*Tom Preston’s love of photography began in middle school. He helped setup the dark room at Lawrence North High School and gained experience as the newspaper photographer. He moved to Brown County in 2012 and captures the area’s landscape and tranquility. He portrays the natural beauty that others might miss. See his images on Instagram—color images: @tompreston7771_ud and black and white: @tompreston_bnw—and on Facebook.

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Camp Palawopec

~story and photos by Ryan Stacy

W

hat if I told you there’s a place in Brown County where today’s teenagers voluntarily give up all access to their smartphones, and many of the other conveniences and comforts they’re used to? “That must be some special place,” you might say. Camp Palawopec, tucked in the hills just north of Nashville, is indeed a special place—but its attraction for today’s campers is the same as it was when it opened over a half-century ago. Turning off of Clay Lick Road onto the 300-acre grounds of beautiful scenery and terrain, the first thing you notice is Palawopec’s welcoming vibe. Young counselors greet you in passing with waves and genuine smiles, and campers, many of whom were strangers only days before, treat each other like longtime friends. That’s no accident, says Mike Nickels, the camp’s founder and director. “More than anything else, we stress that this is a friendly place,” he says. “It’s

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imperative that our staff be friends to our campers from the moment they arrive. And the friendships the kids make with each other can last a lifetime.” Among the activities campers here enjoy are the old standbys: hikes in the forests of its rolling hills, swimming and rafting at the lake, crafts, field games, campfire songs and skits, archery. For more adventurous spirits, Palawopec also offers zip lines, rope bridges, and even day trips offsite to places like Red River Gorge. But unlike what you’ll find at many summer camps, none of it is mandatory, and activity time is largely unstructured. “So much of kids’ time at school and home is directed and programmed,” says Mike. “We let them think for themselves. They decide what they want to do with their time here.” With one important exception: screen time. Palawopec campers aren’t allowed to bring electronic devices with them, and none of the camp’s activities include them. For Mike, the policy isn’t anti-technology—it’s pro-fun. “On our camper applications, we ask parents why they’re sending their kids here,” he says. “Every year I see more people saying ‘To get them off their phone, off their video games, their tablet.’ And we keep them so busy here enjoying the outdoors and making friends, they don’t have time to miss their devices.” Mike’s dedication to the wonders of nature and genuine human connection has been cultivated over a lifetime. As a young kid in suburban Indianapolis, he lived for the summers he spent in Brown County as a camper at Gnaw Bone (“There was nothing better in the world”), and after he “aged out,” he became a counselor there. By the time he was a student at Indiana University, Mike couldn’t get camp out of his mind, and soon he was making plans to take it to the next level. He spent his weekends driving around Brown County looking for a spot for his own camp, and, thanks to a tip from a local, he finally found the one on Clay Lick Road. Camp Palawopec opened with nine campers in 1965; now Mike’s hosting over 500 campers and employing over a hundred counselors a year. He and his wife Sydney have raised their own family in the Director’s cabin over the years, and they haven’t missed a single one of the fifty-five summers of camp.


Which means retirement may be in the cards for Mike—one of these days, anyhow. “If I can lock him down somewhere where he’ll sit still,” chuckles Nate, Mike’s son and a lifelong resident of the Camp. Having grown up with Mike’s vision for the campers’ experience and his own love and respect for the outdoors, Nate’s the perfect choice for carrying on the Palawopec tradition. “Staff know and respect him, the campers love him, and he knows how to repair everything around here,” Mike says. “He’ll keep the camp going after I can’t anymore.” And all signs indicate that Palawopec will keep going strong. Enrollment has been up in past years, with campers being turned away for the first time ever. But Mike can’t do anything about it: many campers come back year after year, and the Camp’s advertising is almost entirely word-of-mouth. “I’ll see parents who say their kids have talked about nothing but camp since they left. They can’t wait to get back. That’s some powerful promotion,” he says For the Nickels family, there’s one more marker of success, and one that they’ve been delighted to see over the decades: Palawopec’s long-term effects. “Our campers grow up to be adults, and we hear from them all the time,” says Nate. “No matter what they end up doing in life, camp stays with them. Some of them are still in contact with friends they made at camp. No matter what they end up doing in life, they might choose to live in a forested area because of camp.” Mike agrees, adding, “Their appreciation for the outdoors never leaves them. They’re more independent thinkers. In some cases, they now sit on boards or committees where they can advocate for the preservation of nature or outdoor education. And then we see their own kids come here as campers.” For more information visit <camppalawopec.com> or call (812) 988-2689. 

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UPCOMING GALLERY EVENTS JULY 14-28 Abstract Art: Love it? Hate it? Learn about it Modern Art Exhibit from IU Grunwald Gallery! JULY 27-28 Backroom Art Sale SEPT. 20-29 The China Painters Exhibit by Porcelain Painters of Indiana OCT. 5 – NOV. 10 A Sitting with Marie 2019 Collectors’ Showcase

Find our complete calendar of workshops and events online

Locally Crafted Pottery • Jewelry • Photography • Wood • Fiber • More... Downtown Nashville (S. Van Buren St. near stoplight/courthouse) • Open Daily

www.spearspottery.com • 812.988.1286 • Spears Gallery on Facebook

Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm · Sunday Noon – 5 pm Free Admission · Free Parking Corner of Main & Artist Drive · Nashville, IN

812.988.4609 · BrownCountyArtGallery.org

Amanda W. Mathis Originals, Prints, and Cards

photo by Michele Wedel

Open Daily • Call for Hours • 812-320-0747 220 Kelp Grove Rd. • Nashville, IN • amandamathisart.com Also represented by Spears Gallery and the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville

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FERRER STUDIO

Original Paintings Prints • Classes

Sleepy Cat Studio

by DIXIE

4108 Yellowwood Rd. Nashville, IN

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Open by appointment | 812-988-1245 | DixieFerrer.com | Dixie Ferrer Also represented by Brown County Art Guild

Art by Monique Cagle 4687 Yellowwood Road, Nashville • 812-361-4615 Open by appointment • Sleepy Cat Studio • SleepyCatStudio.com

NEW LEAF An eclectic mix of creative items by local, regional, and global artists

Calvin Place Franklin & Van Buren Streets Nashville, IN • (812) 988-1058 www.amygreely.com

Brown County Art Colony Weekend September 13 - 15, 2019

Friday - Upper Schooner Open Air Workshop Saturday - An Evening of Art, Artists and Aperitifs Sunday - Brown County Art Colony Auction

© 2019 Brown County Art Guild, Inc.

Featuring handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely

All proceeds benefit the Brown County Art Guild, Inc.

ART COLONY WEEKEND. A GUILD TRADITION. 48 S. Van Buren Street Nashville, IN 47448 BrownCountyArtGuild.org 812 988-6185 OCTOBER IN THE HILLS BY VJ CARIANI

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photo by Cindy Steele

T.C. Steele Site Visitors

~by Julia Pearson

The new Singing Winds Visitor Center.

T

heodore Clement Steele, an impressionist painter and one of the most famous of Hoosier Group painters of the 20th Century, was born September 11, 1847 near Gosport, Indiana. His masterpieces in Indiana landscapes and formal portraiture are listed in many websites, catalogues, and museum and private collections. He was the eldest of eight children of Samuel Hamilton Steele, a farmer and saddle maker, and Harriett Newell Evans Steele. In 1852 the family moved to Waveland where Steele’s interest in art quickened. Steele received a gift of a small paint set from an uncle and began his first formal art training at the Waveland Academy at the age of twelve. He also began playing the flute. Family stories reported that young Theodore associated colors with sounds. When he saw a painting he associated it with a sound or musical piece. Likewise, images came to mind when he listened to music. When his father died at the age of 38 years, Theodore took over much of the farm work. Steele would tie colored ribbons to the plow handles so that he could watch them in the wind and see the effect the fluttering had on surrounding colors. Steele married Mary Elizabeth Lakin, a fellow Waveland student and nature lover, on Valentine’s Day 1870. They raised two sons, Brandt—whose given name was “Rembrandt” after the Old Master—and Shirley; daughter Margaret was called Daisy. With the support of patrons, the entire family went to Europe where Steele received additional art training at the Royal Academy in Munich, Germany from 1880–1885. Upon returning to Indianapolis and throughout the 1890s, Steele devoted the summer months

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Bob and Barbara Stevens. courtesy photo to painting landscapes, the winter months to portraits. His reputation brought commissions to paint many noteworthy Americans. In 1889 Steele opened the Indiana School of Arts at the northwest corner on Monument Circle in Indianapolis. His wife died in 1899. In 1907 Steele purchased hilltop acreage near Belmont, Indiana, between Nashville and Bloomington, where local builder William Quick would build the home/studio. In late May, Steele stayed in Bloomington to paint the portrait of William Lowe Bryan, president of Indiana University. On August 9 of that year, Steele wed Selma Neubacher, when the Brown County house was completed. His bride would later describe her first trip to the hilltop home: “I was stunned by the dramatic spectacle spread out before me. There was a sweep of great distances. There were cloud shadows of deep purple hue passing rapidly over one range of the hills to the other.”


photo by Cindy Steele “Pergola in Early Spring” by T.C. Steele.

Portrait of T.C. Steele by Wayman Adams.

Twenty-three years younger than Steele, Selma was devoted to the new household for “the painter,” as she always referred to her husband, and she spent much time landscaping gardens on their property. Local women were engaged to help with the upkeep of the home. The couple’s love of music, art, and conversations was shared with the local people and artist friends alike. Their homestead was a curiosity to many who wondered at the lack of crops on the Steele’s land. Mrs. Steele noticed her husband’s daily focused dedication to his art. She ran the home efficiently and with her own distinct style so that visitors were hospitably received and her husband’s painting would not be interrupted. The hilltop breezes caught by the screening on the porch and doors gave the home its name: The House of the Singing Winds. Friend and artist, Gustave Baumann, engraved a stone mantelpiece over the fireplace in the living room: “Every morning I take off my hat to the beauty of the world.” Assuming fulltime residency in Brown County in 1912, the Steeles were joined by other artists. Steele’s reputation as an impressionist continued to rise and in 1913 he was elected as an associate artist to the National Academy of Design in New York. In 1922 Steele was the Indiana University’s first artistin-residence. He and Selma rented a home in Bloomington but returned to

their House of the Singing Wind in the summer. Over his career there were many honors and exhibitions of his work. A heart attack weakened T.C. Steele in December 1925. Though he continued painting, he became ill the following early summer and died at home in Brown County on July 24, 1926. Hundreds attended a simple memorial at the House of the Singing Winds. The burial site of his cremains is at the bottom of the hill, with the epitaph reading, “Beauty Outlives Everything.” His widow recognized that T.C. Steele’s artistic genius was the legacy

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The newly repainted Large Studio interior. courtesy photo

Following a reception on a rainy June 15, 220 visitors experienced the new Singing Winds Visitor Center opening activities. The Visitor Center is 4,600 square feet and includes indoor restrooms; programming space; and a gift shop with literature about T.C. Steele and plein air painting; local artists and products; and convenience items such as insect repellants for hiking the trails. You can view a video introduction to the site that explains possible activity choices. New programming space will allow the hosting of corporate retreats and painting workshops. Large Studio. photo by Cindy Steele

of all Hoosiers and bequeathed this home and studio to the people of Indiana. The Steeles’ home is located at 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites said, “With the new visitor center and activities, we’re providing an improved visitor experience for everyone who comes to the site.” Interpretation at the house and studio buildings show in a multisensory way how life was in the 1920s. Background music from that period and scents coming from the plantings in the gardens, and aromas from the kitchen beckon back to days of a living household. Visitors can see original furnishings, books, letters on Steele’s desk and the scrapbooks of landscaping ideas collected by Selma.

The Large Studio that Steele used has been repainted and improved lighting has been installed. Collection paintings will be rotated. Exhibits will show how plein air painting is done and the perspectives employed by T.C. Steele. The visitor center and new site activities are supported by the State of Indiana, Friends of T.C. Steele, various grant funders, as well as private donors. For more information visit <tcsteele.org> or call (812) 988-2785.

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Nashville, Indiana’s #1 Fun Attraction

COPPERHEAD CREEK

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Fun and Educational for All Ages

BROWN COUNTY

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Open 7 days a week, Year round

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COX CREEK MILL “Smack Dab in the Heart of the Village” Nashville, Indiana

Located just North of the Courthouse across from Big Woods Restaurant and Brewery

Unique Metal Art Studio

www.VisitBrownCounty.com

(812) 988-2422

home of

The Iron Gate

by Brad Cox 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.

4705 Annie Smith Rd. Nashville theirongatebybradcox@yahoo.com

Hours vary. Call ahead.

The Iris Garden rests comfortably in the heart of the village of Nashville. Simply walk out of your door to explore the wonderful shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries without having to drive anywhere.

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Field Notes: Rain

“W

ater that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere and falls to earth in droplets” is the definition of rain. Measured at 1/50 of an inch by scientists, you may have wondered what else raindrops (in massive quantities) can do beside water plants, wash out driveways, and raise humidity. Recent deluges have made life more challenging in Brown County. Highway workers remove fallen trees. Culverts are cleaned and repaired, and loose gravel regraded. More rains have caused power outages. Creeks and lakes are at flood levels. Residents remark it is the wettest spring in several years. Annual rainfall in Brown County is 40.6”, accumulating from all kinds of precipitation: snow fall, mist, fog, drizzling rains, and severe storms. We have already passed that mark and we’ve only just reached the summer solstice. My morning walk through our woods after an all night rain is refreshing and my senses are peaked. The air is clean and rich with aromas reminiscent of greenhouses and tilled garden soil.

~by Jim Eagleman

Swaying branches overhead cause water to fall like soft, pelting hail on leaves. Still dripping from run-off with drops falling on my shoulders, leaf shapes help rid surface areas of excess water. “Drip tips” on the ends of most leaves, whether compound or simple, shed rain with air movements. Leaf stems act as pivot points, slightly allowing

the broad leaf to turn. Some trees like our native Black Gum (Tupelo) and the domestic Rhododendron have thin, waxy coatings on their surfaces to prevent too much moisture on leaves. Falling through the leafy canopy, understory, and eventually to the ground, raindrops are absorbed below the surface by a thick mesh of criss-crossing root hairs from multiple trees. Last year’s leaf litter retains moisture and helps keep soils from drying out. A spikey, wet grey squirrel, resembling a punk rocker, jumps from a branch overhead, sending more droplets down on me. It emerged from its overnight shelter, a pileated woodpecker hole near a broken limb. Other rodents, like chipmunks, deer mice, and whitefooted mice use underground runways and dens to wait out the storm. Brush piles act as meeting places for other critters: songbirds, insects, and an occasional rabbit. A small garter snake

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Thurs. 5 to 8 pm, Fri. & Sat. 5 to 9 pm

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RAIN continued from 25 remains still but flicks the air with its tongue, waiting for a sunny spot. Another day of rain? I check a few weather apps on my phone that don’t always agree. An animal’s instinct is far better to learn tomorrow’s forecast. More advanced at sensing barometric changes than humans, birds anticipate a wet night ahead and feed longer than usual. A preen gland, located at the base of their tail, called a uropygial gland, helps to waterproof feathers. Watch most birds after a rain, poking at their tails. They smooth out and straighten wet feathers. But why is our bird bath an active place during rains? They fly in, dip their entire body in the water, splash about, then perch on the lip of the bath to shake off water. You may have seen this behavior in street puddles. It may be either a shower, or a bath, and I suspect it feels good. They are already wet— why not indulge? Water levels in streams, ponds, and lakes are replenished after rains. Those water sources are traditional places for wildlife to drink. We mostly think birds and animals rely exclusively on these waterways, but water also collects in tree crevices, knotholes, and

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even in dished-out, dry leaves on the ground, giving birds particularly, also spiders, insects, and small mammals, a place to get water. These are breeding places for mosquitoes, so birds can get water and food by visiting there. Rock outcroppings, logs, and ditches also provide places for water to collect. Some plants, because of where they live in dry, sunny places, have adapted their stems and leaves to collect rain. Cup-plant, an aster with a daisy-like flower head, also called Silphium, and native to the Mid-West, is perhaps more adapted to prairies than woodlands. It collects rain at the stem-leaf junction. We can find it here in Brown County. And a more exotic plant, the pineapple, a Bromeliad, has a unique surface on its leaves to allow it to collect water. “Nature will provide” is a mantra expressed by poets, writers, and scientists. “Nothing is wasted” is another saying we apply to the natural world. Resourceful and adaptable, overcoming difficulties, and versatile, birds and animals respond to our changing weather patterns. Frequent Brown County rains, high water, and even extensive flooding are not exceptions. Enjoy this lush, green and vibrant Brown County landscape. Oh, yeah—pack the umbrella! 


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...

Sepia Old Time Color Color Black & White

145 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN 812-350-8806 Simply 4 You Gift Shop Simply_4_you@aol.com

Established 2001

OVER 200 BACKGROUNDS Wild West • Prairie • Civil War • Roaring 20s and more! 145 S. Van Buren Nashville, IN Next to Artist Colony Inn, behind My Red Moon

Weekdays 10–6, Sat. 10–7, Sun. 10–6

812-988-7305

FREE in-store demos!

Old School Way and Pittman House Lane

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

Antiques, Apparel, Curiosities & Collectibles 145 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN • Back-to-Back Complex Open Friday and Saturday 10 to 5 July/August 2019 • Our Brown County 27


Abe Martin Lodge A Splashin’ Good Time! & the Little Gem Restaurant Our full service restaurant is open daily

New Cabin Suites

• Slide • Water Channel • Fountains • Dump Buckets • Waterfall

We have the room for you Guest rooms, two-story cabins, historic cabins, cabin suites Ask about our pet-friendly rooms

There is always something to do in Indiana’s largest State Park: Aquatic Center, Horse Back Riding, Mountain Bike Trails, Fishing, Tennis...

We have the perfect setting for any event: Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Getaways and Family Reunions, and more! Brown County State Park • P.O. Box 547 • Nashville, IN • 1-877-Lodges-1 • (812) 988-4418 • www.indianainns.com

Knives by Benchmade, Kershaw, Microtech, Esee, Tops, Protech, Zero Tolerance and many more

’ 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

Guns and Ammo for Competition, Hunting, Sport, and Home Defense

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Variety of T-Shirts

Wooden Signs made in Southern Indiana


Brown County Winery · award winning quality wines since 1986 · Complimentary Tastings at Two Tasting Rooms

WINERY IN GNAWBONE

4520 State Road 46 East · Nashville 812.988.6144

VILLAGE OF NASHVILLE East Main & Old School Way 812.988.8646

OPEN DAILY

Monday-Thursday 10 – 5 · Friday & Saturday 10 – 5:30 · Sunday 11 – 5

Wine & Wine-related Gifts · Gourmet Foods Outdoor Seating · Gift Cards Available

Order Online! BROWNCOUNTYWINERY.COM come see us in antique alley…

92 w franklin st ¥ nashville, in ¥ 812.988.0336 mon - sat 11- 5, sun1- 4, also tue evenings

AUTHENTIC NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA

A family-friendly pizza place PIZZA • SALADS • CALZONES

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.

Dine-In or Carry-Out

Sun.–Thurs. 11am–9:00pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am–10:00pm

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Featuring Leather Goods Made in Brown County

Fine Leather Goods

• Handbags • Belts • Hats • Accessories • Holsters • Leather • Tools • Dye •Supplies

And Shoes: Haflinger, Arcopedico, Sheepskin Slippers

local artisans

created by hand

92 W. Franklin, Antique Alley, Nashville, IN 812-988-4513

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BROWN COUNTY 87 East Main Street • Nashville, IN • (812) 988-6080

A unique cooperative gallery featuring fine arts and crafts by local and area artists

Open Year Round · 10 AM - 5 PM daily VISIT US IN OUR NEW LOCATION!

62 E. Washington St. · Nashville, IN 47448 BrownCountyCraftGallery.com 812.988.7058 BCCraftGallery

@BCcraftgallery

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188 South Jefferson St�eet in Nashville, Indiana (812) 200-3151 Free Customer Parking www.ironweedgiſts.com info@ironweedgiſts.com Bouquets, plants, gifts, balloons, cards & more


brown County Inn HOTEL, RESTAURANT & BAR

On the corner of 135 & 46 just 3 blocks of downtown with free parking

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week

8am to 9pm Sunday to Thursday

8am to 10pm Friday & Saturday

www.browncountyinn.com

(812) 988-2291

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Labor Day Weekend

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• Over 100 Artists • Youth Art Display • Spoken Word / Poetry • Live Music 10am - 5pm • Community Arts Booths -6 pm /

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pm • Downtow n Bloomington • 4th Street, Grant to Indiana

The Overlook Lodge Golf packag ges availa able Living room m, 1 or 2 bedrooms Kittchen and deck

Seasonal ou utd door pool, ho ot tub Great Rates

1 19th Hole Sp ports Bar Beautiful view of golff course

Condominium style hotel with all the comforts of home

Located at Salt Creek Golf Retreat • 2359 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 812-988-7888 • www.saltcreekgolf.com 32 Our Brown County • July/August 2019


Enjoy a taste-filled journey of Brown County wineries & distilleries.

TAKE A SIPPIN’ TRIP AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE.

Be our guest

Get demonstrations, tips and insights from knowledgeable wine & spirits experts

on a unique excursion to the diverse artisan 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. Call us for more information at 812 988-7303 or go to browncounty.com/tours. PARTICIPANTS: BEAR WALLOW DISTILLERY | BROWN COUNTY WINERY | COUNTRY HERITAGE WINERY | HARD TRUTH HILLS | NASHVILLE GENERAL STORE EXPRESS

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photos by Tom Preston


calendar

Brown County Playhouse Born in the USA July 5 & 13 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Summer of ‘69 July 6, 12 | Aug 30, 31 Lee Roy Parnell July 19 IN State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival July 27 Competition 11:00 am Evening Concert 7:30 pm Gershwin & Friends Aug 2-4, 9-11 A Broadway Songbook Cabaret Ring of Fire Aug 16-18, 23-25 FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Thursday through Sunday, (except for special events) Check website for schedule 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Country Heritage Winery July 6 Gary Applegate July 19 CoPilots July 26 Impasse Aug 3 Robbie Bowden Aug 24 Impasse 812-988-8500 www.CountryHeritageWinery.com

Some dates not booked at time of publication.

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip.

19th Hole at Salt Creek Golf

Hard Truth Hills Concerts

Live Music Saturdays; Live Trivia Mondays Euchre Thursdays July 6 John D. Karaoke July 13 Tyler Poe July 20 Dan Kirk Band July 27 Rockin’ Horse Aug 3 John D. Karaoke Aug 10 Rockin’ Horse Aug 17 South of 44 Aug 24 Ryan Harrison Aug 31 Hornettown Band 812-988-7888 www.SaltCreekGolf.com

July 4 Michael Rotundo July 5 3: 1 Band July 6 ODDZ R July 10 Bomar and Ritter July 12 Brad Kleinschmidt July 13 Ricci Family Band July 19 Brad Kleinschmidt July 20 Toy Factory July 26 Max Allen Band July 27 King Bee and The Stingers Aug 2 Kick it Lester Aug 3 Dead Batteries Aug 9 Brad Kleinschmidt Aug 10 Zion Crossroads Aug 16 Nick Harless Band Aug 17 Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels Aug 23 Brad Kleinschmidt Aug 24 Backroad 39 Aug 30 Don Pedigo Band Aug 31 Wax Factory Check Facebook for latest music bookings 418 Old State Road 46 Nashville 812-720-4840 www.hardtruthhills.com

Brown County Inn Open Mic Night every Wednesday 7-10 Bluegrass Brunch every Saturday 11-2 Live Music Friday and Saturday Nights July 4 4th Celebration Acre Brothers July 5 Homemade Jam July 6 The Movin’ Hips July 11 Brown Co Story Slam July 12 Sean Lamb Band July 13 Sean Lamb Band July 18 Will Scott July 19 Steve Fulton July 20 Amanda Webb Band July 25 Kade Puckett July 26 Fingerstyle Guitar Festival July 27 Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Aug 1 Writer in the Round Aug 2 The Hammer & The Hatchet Aug 3 Dan Kirk Band Aug 8 Dave Arcari Aug 9 Otto & The Moaners Aug 10, 15, 16, 17 TBA Aug 22 Kade Puckett Aug 23 Sean Lamb Band Aug 24 Blankenship Band Aug 29 TBA Aug 30 Homemade Jam Aug 31 The Movin’ Hips 800-772-5249 www.BrownCountyInn.com

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Mike’s Dance Barn Mondays Dance Lessons DJ with Billy most Saturdays July 20 The Marlinaires Aug 10 Private party Aug 23-24 Grateful Dead Tribute Aug 31 The Marlinaires 812-988-8636

Village Art Walk Fourth Fridays, 4:00-7:00 April-October. Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville art galleries

Nashville Farmer’s Market Sundays 11:00-2:00, Brown Co. Inn parking lot at State Road 135 & 46 intersection May 5-October 27 Local produce, herbs, bedding plants, flowers, food, live music, and children’s activities. SNAP, WIC and SFMNP accepted


Bean Blossom Farmers Market Starting May 24, Fridays, 4:00-7:00 Intersection of SR 135 and SR 45 in Bean Blossom. Produce, live music, jams, baked goods, herbs/plants, artisan crafts. www.BeanBlossomFarmersMarket.com

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

100th Birthday Celebration Brown County Public Library July 20, 2:00-4:00 Cake, ice cream, games, live music Fun for the whole family! 205 Locust Lane 812-988-2850

8th Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival

Night Flights at eXplore Brown County Fridays and Saturdays (and special days) 2620 Valley Branch Road Headlamps and tiki torches light the way on zip lines. If you’re scared of heights night flights are perfect because you can’t see how high you are. Choose from two tour options. Book minimum of 3 hours in advance. 8 12-988-7750 www.exploreBrownCounty.com

Proud to be an American at eXplore Brown County July 1-July 31, 2620 Valley Branch Road Celebrate our independence with a special emphasis on our responsibility to environmentalism. Guides share the habitat of our hardwood forest. www.exploreBrownCounty.com 812-988-7750

4th of July Celebration at Brown County Inn July 4, 5:00 pm to dusk. Live music from Acre Brothers, Cookout & BBQ, Cash Bar, Bounce House, Miniature Golf, Cornhole, Giant Bubbles, Open Swim. Free. Food and beverages for purchase. 800-772-5249 www.BrownCountyInn.com

July 26-27 Fri. Players on stage at Brown County Inn Sat. Competition and Concert at Brown County Playhouse with Top US musicians Competition at 11:00, concert at 7:30 www.indianastringfest.com

Brown County 4-H Fair July 27-Aug 3, at fairgrounds July 27 Demolition Derby July 29 Tuff Truck Challenge Aug 1 Motorcross July 30 Quad Drags July 31 Truck & Tractor Pull Aug 2 Brown County Rodeo Aug 3 Mud Bog Race Check Facebook page for more info

Chubbstock Music Festival Aug 1-4, Bill Monroe Music Park Bean Blossom www.billmonroemusicpark.com

Brown Co. Humane Society Annual Barn Sale Aug. 8-10, Humane Society Barn Books, furniture, toys, clothes, tools, more 128 South State Road 135 www.bchumane.org

Diamond Rio & Restless Heart Aug 17 & 18, Bill Monroe Music Park Bean Blossom Aug 17, 6:00 | Aug 18, 1:00 www.billmonroemusicpark.com

21st Bean Blossom Blues Fest Aug 22-24, Bill Monroe Music Park Bean Blossom National artists. Festival kickoff party/ jam on Thursday. Workshops offered on harmonica, guitar, and spoons. www.beanblossomblues.com Tickets: 812-325-8836

Brown County Art Guild Features the Marie Goth Estate Collection and contemporary art by more than 40 award-winning member artists. 48 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6185 www.browncountyartguild.org

Brown County Art Gallery Features works by 60 contemporary artists and early Indiana masters Main St. & Artist Dr. 812-988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

Brown Co History Center Open Tues., Wed., Fri., & Sat.11-4 Archives: Tues. and Fri. 1-4 www.browncountyhistorycenter.org

Brown County Dragway Gatesville Road in Bean Blossom Racing every Sunday thru October and some Saturdays 812-988-6103 Track 812-988-1505 Facebook BrownCountyDragway

Brown County Music Center Aug 15 Ribbon Cutting 4:30 Aug 17 Soft Opening Aug 21 Soft Opening Aug 24 Vince Gill (sold out) 812-988-5323 www.browncountymusiccenter. com

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The Jefferson Street Kids

Dave Gore and Robbie Bowden at the Brown County Playhouse in May. photo courtesy of Michele Wedel Photography

~by Jeff Tryon

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nstage at the Brown County Playhouse, for a recent benefit concert, local music legends Robbie Bowden and Dave Gore shared with the audience that it was not their first time to work in the venerable Nashville performance space. “When we were kids, they used to hire us to come in after the performances and clean up the trash,” said Bowden. Bowden and Gore grew up to share a passion for music and played together in different bands, including a near-miss at fame and fortune with the locally-famous String Bean String Band. It all started on the streets of Nashville, in a simpler time, when

gangs of baby boomer kids stormed around town on their bikes, swam in Salt Creek, and sometimes got into mischief. “The Playhouse at that time was open air, they just had these canvas flaps that they would put down and it had a tin roof,” Bowden recalled. “The alley running down the side there wasn’t paved—it had gravel on it.” Gore remembered, “We would sneak down, especially if there was a play going on that maybe had some suspense to it, was kind of scary. We’d hang out in the alley and we would pick up a handful of that crushed stone and—at the appropriate moment—throw it

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up on the metal roof, which made a horrible racket. “You’d hear women scream—it scared the hell out of them. Then usually a backstage assistant would come running out—‘Get out of here, you crazy kids!’—and chase us uptown,” he said. “But we knew all the good hiding places. We’d run between the buildings, sometimes there were little alleyways and things that you could hide in, so they never did catch us. That was fun.” It wasn’t just the two of them, of course, there was a whole cadre of kids looking for fun in a Nashville of the 1950s that was smaller, slower, and sleepier than today.


Dave with a Mad Magazine. Dave in 5th grade. Robbie in 6th. “There were more kids that lived in town back then,” Gore said. “There was a bunch of us, ‘Jefferson Street kids,’” Bowden said. “We rode our bikes everywhere. I remember this one summer, we turned Nashville into a racecourse, a bicycle racecourse in a figure eight shape. We’d take a certain number of laps around town.” Gore said his bicycle gave him freedom and access to all the fun in town. “Everybody had a bike back then,” he said. “We lived on Orchard Hill, and I remember the first time being able to ride my bike to town by myself, how cool that was, that incredible feeling of freedom.” He would ride into town, meet up with a bunch of other kids and they would ride all over and around Nashville, usually not returning home until dinner time. Among their main attractions were the local creeks. “We would go down to ‘The Mouth,’ we called it—the mouth of Greasy Creek,” Bowden said. “There was good fishing in that area down there. And then down west of the bridge was an area we called ‘The Bluff.’” They had a rope swing hanging from a Sycamore tree and the kids would swing out and drop into the creek where there was a deep hole. Bowden recalls the gang would get the largest stones they were able to carry, climb up in the arches underneath the highway 46 bridge, and drop them into the creek below to admire the splash.

They got into the usual small-town tomfoolery, including certain creative pranks and capers. “We never did any harmful things,” Gore said. “We never hurt anybody or caused any kind of real destruction other than maybe a few soaped windows or some toilet paper in trees, stuff like that. “That, and occasionally hiding behind a fence and squirting a few tourists with squirt guns,” Gore confessed. Gore recalled a goofy act the local kids would put on for the tourists. They would each get an old hat from their fathers, soak it in water and stretch it out to make these really dumb-looking hillbilly hats. There were five or six of us, and we each had our own style hat. We’d sit in front of the courthouse, just for the amusement of the tourists, mainly. “Across the street was the Nashville House. We’d wait for some really nice

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respectable-looking family to come in and be seated there at the window, and then we’d go over to the window and stand there and look at them with these stupid hats on. “I’m sure it was amusing to some and irritating to others.” Robbie and Dave bonded over Mad Magazine at a winter Boy Scout hike in 1959. “We shared the same tent at Boy Scout camp and got into all kinds of mischief there,” Gore said. “Dave and I got to talking about how we both liked Mad Magazine,” Bowden recalled. “And that’s where the friendship started, maybe about the winter 1959. “So, me and Dave started running together more and more, especially through school.” And their friendship remains. 

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Bean Blossom Blues Fest

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~by Ryan Stacy

August 22–24, 2019

f nothing sounds more like American music to you than a harmonica on a sultry summer night in the country, you won’t want to be anywhere but Brown County August 22–24. Now in its twenty-first year, the 2019 Bean Blossom Blues Festival is the real deal for fans who come in from dozens of states to bask in this three-day honk-andholler, presented with a unique Hoosier twist. As always, the Fest this time around is packed with top-notch talent— you’ll hear the soulful sounds of BMA winners, Grammy nominees, and other national and international blues acts onstage at Bill Monroe Music Park just north of Nashville.

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Nationally touring group The Record Company headlines at Saturday night’s event finale. Brown County’s own Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band takes the stage on Friday evening. Also performing are Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling and Kate Moss, Noah Wotherspoon Band, The Tony Holiday Band, Ruf Records artists Ina Forsman, Ally Venable, and Katarina Pejak, Cedric Burnside, Gordon Bonham, and Damon Fowler. Don’t let Blues Fest’s killer lineup and stellar reputation fool you, though—this is no impersonal, elitist affair. “Our biggest goal is to provide a friendly, intimate environment

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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

for music lovers,” says Grant Stuart, the Fest’s organizer for the past six years. “At some music festivals, only VIPs get good seats and get to do the meet-andgreets. Here, everybody’s a VIP—we sell a limited number of tickets so everybody can get close, and the whole event’s a meet-and-greet. The artists are available to talk to, mingling and enjoying the music too.” And as fantastic as the players onstage are, they’re only half the fun. Long-timers and newcomers alike bring their own harmonicas and stringed instruments in anticipation of the Thursday night jam session Blues Fest is famous for. On Friday afternoon, BMA winner Dennis Gruenling presents a Harmonica Masters & Pros Showcase, and, for the second year, the South Central Indiana Blues Society hosts a Musical Talent Contest on Saturday. Tents, coolers, and even dogs are welcome at Blues Fest. Attendees can set up camp all three days, or come and go as they please. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite. Parking is free, as are the courtesy shuttles provided to and from selected local hotels. Tickets are available for single days or for the entire weekend, with discounts offered on purchases made before August 1. For ticketing information and more on the 2019 Bean Blossom Blues Festival, visit <beanblossomblues.com>, find the Fest on Facebook or Instagram, or call (812) 325-8836. 

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CAMPING SUPPLIES: Tents, Camping Lights, Sleeping Bags, Grills, Fire Starters, Coleman Heaters & Lanterns, Cooking Utensils

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Abstract Art: Love It, Hate It, Learn About It

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he Brown County Art Gallery will have a very different look this July with the opening of an abstract art exhibit in conjunction with Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery of Art. The exhibit called “Transformation Shift” will feature work by students of the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture+Design. The MFA artists, along with a professor, will exhibit paintings and 3D works in the Gallery’s main exhibition space. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. and will feature a special program by Grunwald Gallery Director, Betsy Stirratt, on how abstract art relates to the representational art regularly featured at the Brown County Art Gallery. Her program begins at 3 p.m. A wine and cheese reception follows and art students will be on hand to discuss their work. Admission on Saturday is $5. The exhibit will run through July 28. The exhibit is part of a joint project between the Brown County Art Gallery and the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement. It is an effort to provide the expertise and resources of the University to a select group of rural communities. The program is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. Abstract art was an ongoing discussion among the early members of the Brown County Art Colony. It was progressing in New York and other art centers during the same period as the Post-Impressionist artists, many of whom settled in Nashville and formed the early colony. Not surprisingly, they had little interest in this radically different style. The Brown County Art Gallery hopes to bridge that gap with this special exhibit. 

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The Totem Post

Nashvilles’ oldest shop

~story and photos by Paige Langenderfer

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ust a few years shy of celebrating its 70th year in business, The Totem Post is Nashville’s oldest, continuously operated store. In fact, it is owned and operated by the same family and is still located in the same location at 78 South Van Buren Street. The store was opened in 1952 by Bill and Marielle Jockey, ballroom dancers who were on a break from performing on a cruise ship that sailed from New York to Buenos Aires. “My dad’s sister brought them here for a visit at the peak of autumn beauty and they absolutely fell in love,” said Liana Franklin, the Jockey’s daughter and now store owner. “A few months later Bud Austin’s leather business was for sale, so they decided to purchase the store and stay in Nashville.” Bud taught them his leather craft techniques, but the true focus of the store was on items from around the world. “They were always very interested in other cultures and so they sold items from all over the world,” Liana said. “They were one of only five stores in town, so they could basically sell anything they wanted.” Native American jewelry became a focus for Liana’s mother.

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“She had traveled out west as a teenager and had fallen in love with the culture and the art and jewelry,” Liana said. “She wanted to start selling it in the store because of that love and because there were very few places in the Midwest that sold Native American jewelry at that time.” Today, the store still offers Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi handmade jewelry, both vintage and contemporary pieces. The remaining merchandise is much the same, but with so many shops in town now, it has begun to specialize in more totem related items with a spiritual nature. The focus is on Native American items, animals, rocks, music, and jewelry—all things that bring you closer to spiritual insight. Liana was born just a few years after the store was opened, and said the store was always an integral part of her family’s life. “I basically grew up in the back of the store,” she said. “When we were home, we would be marking stuff for the store. It’s all I ever knew. I learned that family and the business were our life. They were the same, they weren’t separate things.”


Liana Franklin, owner of The Totem Post. After graduating high school, Liana went on to college and an internship with Disneyland. “As a teenager, coming back to run the store was not something I was interested in,” she said. “But when I was at Disney, I realized that people didn’t care about each other like they did in Nashville. I missed that.” In 1981, Liana returned to Nashville to help run the store. Her father had retired and her mother needed help. “We ran the store together for about 20 years,” Liana said. “Those were special years. We became really good buddies.” While she runs the business today with her own ideas, Liana said she learned a great deal from her parents. “Dad was very quiet and methodical. I learned a business sense from him,” she said. “He taught me that you have to have something in the store for every member of the family. That way nobody wants to leave. It’s about meeting the entire family where they are at that moment.” She also learned work ethic from her father. “He was at the store all of the time,” she said. “If the weather was bad and he couldn’t drive, he would walk to work.” From her mother, Liana learned to genuinely connect with customers.

“She had a really good sense for what would sell. She always felt, and I do too, that customers were friends, not just people who buy stuff. She felt a great devotion to the customers and to this town,” she said. Liana’s two children, William, 21, and Lily, 17, had similar experiences growing up with the store. When William was 6, he made things out of paper and set up a table in front of the store to try to sell them. “One day he decided he was going to tell fortunes. He told me he was only going to tell good fortunes because nobody wants to hear bad fortunes,” Liana said. “He had a sign that said, ‘Fortunes. $1 or free, whichever you want.’ I think he made $13 that day.” Her daughter Lily has worked at the store and also made earrings to sell at the store. “Neither of them want the store to go anywhere, so I hope it will continue beyond me,” Liana said. “I think it’s cool to be part of a legacy.” While the store looks much the same as it did 67 years ago, some of the items on display have changed. “Over the years, we have had to change directions a bit. I’ve learned to roll with what’s going on in the town and in

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Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Specialty Linen, Rugs, Candles Curtains, Stitcheries Antiques, Billy Jacobs Prints

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Breakfast and Lunch BBQ, Chicken Salad, Soups, Pit Ham Cinnamon Rolls, Cobblers, Cookies, Brownies Coffees and Cappuccino

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History Center Displays and Exhibits

Pioneer Village Museum

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SANDWICH PLACE At the corner of Main & Van Buren Street (near the stoplight/courthouse) 812.988.2355

Bringing Brown County’s Past to Life

Looking for event space? or more info 812-988-2899 Open Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 11–4, Archives: Tues. and Fri. 1–4 North of the courthouse • Donations welcome

Family Friendly Menu Cooked from Scratch Breakfast (till 11:00) • Lunch • Early Supper Open daily at 9:00 am till slow (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

Build your own sandwich, burgers & dogs, daily specials Tex-Mex menu items, delicious desserts

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• Tanks • Jackets • Jerseys • Tye Dye

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Morgantown 10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135 Sales . Repair . Watch Batteries

75 W. Washington St., Morgantown, IN 46160

www.TheClockConnection.com Like us on Facebook Open Tue-Fri 11-5pm & Sat 10-2pm Closed Sun & Mon 812-597-5414 . houseofclocks@att.net

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

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ART Beyond Crayons Creativity beyond the classroom Pick your • Art Lessons for All Ages Palette: • Group Painting Parties

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”She had a really good sense for what would sell. She always felt, and I do too, that customers were friends, not just people who buy stuff. She felt a great devotion to the customers and to this town.” —Liana Franklin Liana’s mother, Marielle Jockey.

THE TOTEM POST continued from 49 the country. The store is now focused on nature and animals,” Liana said. “And I’m very spiritual, so that is the way I have geared the store. I try to sell things that are peaceful and meditative. We love the stuff we sell here. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt.” What has not changed, Liana said, is the Totem Post’s love of customers. “So often, customers just want to come in and talk. I think our store is nostalgic,” Liana said. “Customers are like our family. We have so many that come back every

year or members of the same family will come back generation after generation. It’s neat.” Liana said she feel blessed by her customers, the store’s history, and to be a part of Nashville. “I think when you feel like art is life, you are not in competition with the other shops,” she said. “When you see the beauty in the other stores, you just want to promote each other. It’s very supportive and friendly.” You can contact The Totem Post through the Facebook page, website <thetotempost.com>, or call (812) 988-2511. 

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Art Colony Weekend September 13–15, 2019

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

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Friday, September 13 Upper Schooner Open Air Workshop Instructors - Wyatt LeGrand and Larry Rudolech 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Member $220.50, Non-Member $245.00 Join these well recognized instructors for a day in the countryside and paint the natural surroundings of a picturesque property south of Nashville. All styles and levels are welcomed. A picnic lunch included in the price. Register at (812) 988-6185 or <bcartguildshop.com/ education> Saturday, September 14 The Founders Collection and Cocktail Reception Brown County Art Guild 6–9 p.m. Ticketed event Join other art enthusiasts for a rare peak at the artwork of the original Guild founding members as well as new works for sale by current member artists. An evening of art, refreshments, music and fun. Sunday, September 15 Art Colony Weekend Annual Auction Brown County History Center 2–5 p.m. Public welcome Jackson’s Auctions and Real Estate will oversee this 2nd annual event to benefit the Brown County Art Guild’s annual operations. Selected artwork from private collections as well as from Guild member artists will be for sale to the discerning buyer. Preview–Saturday, September 14, 2–4 p.m. For more information, contact the Guild at (812) 988-6185 or go to <browncountyartguild.org>.

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Yellowwood State Forest A

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lthough sometimes overshadowed by the nearby Brown County State Park and often overlooked by visitors seeking to enjoy the natural beauty of Brown County, Yellowwood State Forest is a family-friendly park filled with opportunities for outdoor fun for people of all ages and interests. Hiking, camping, boating, and fishing are among the many available activities. You can bring your horse, kayak, or mountain bike. You can have a cookout, picnic al fresco, or just plop yourself down beside the pristine 133-acre lake and enjoy the epic view. Hikers can enjoy any of six trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to rugged, and in length from half a mile to four-anda-half miles. There are great flat trails suitable for the whole family. You can also hike on any of five marked horse trails.

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The most popular hiking trail is the 4.5 mile loop around Yellowwood Lake, which offers a variety of scenic views down into ravines and across the lake. Stop by the kiosk for the scavenger hunt pamphlet, which points out things to look for around the lake. The 4.7 mile Scarce O’ Fat Loop ascends High King Hill, almost 200 feet above the Lake, then follows the ridge. The 42-mile Techumseh Trail also passes through Yellowwood, borrowing parts of the Yellowwood Lake Trail and Scarce O’ Fat Ridge Trail. It begins near the head of Panther Creek and ends 42 miles later at the Morgan-Monroe State Forest office. Don’t forget your binoculars! There are over 400 species of birds in Indiana, according to the state Audubon Society, ranging from the state bird, the common cardinal, to his rarer cousin, the black-headed grosbeak, which is among the 125 Indiana bird species classified as rare. And it’s not just birds. Yellowwood State Forest is one of the largest and most undisturbed interior forests remaining in Indiana, with a rich diversity of flora and fauna. A recent survey by scientists from 13 Indiana colleges and universities cataloged more than 3,100 species there. The 30-foot deep lake is noted for its excellent fishing. A valid Indiana fishing license is required. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent a rowboat there for only five dollars per hour or $20 for the entire day. There is a boat launch at the south end of the lake, but only electric trolling motors are allowed.


Bear Lake and Crooked Creek Lake, also on Forest property, are popular fishing areas. Swimming is not permitted. Yellowwood State Forest is a popular destination for hunters of whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, turkey, squirrel, fox, and raccoon. A valid Indiana hunting license is required. Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season. Camping in Yellowwood is a little bit retro—there are only traditional camping sites with no outlets or water hook-ups. Along the east side of the lake is a campground with a nice old shelter house available for day use. It may be reserved by contacting the property office. There is a playground nearby. Separate camping sites and horsemen’s camp sites are nearby. There are 80 primitive (class C) campsites south of the Forest office and a carry-in tent site area north of the office, located picturesquely on an open, grassy meadow overlooking the lake. There are picnic areas with tables and grills. Horseback riding is permitted with an annual horse use tag. Bring your own horse. The class C horsemen’s campground has 10 sites convenient to the 19 miles of horse trails that meander through the forest. No reservations are taken. Please register at the forest office. An off-road cycling permit is required for bicyclists who use mountain bike trails with trail ratings above beginner. A permit is not required for property roadways and paved biking trails. Here’s a family activity you may not have considered— gold panning! Early settlers discovered that soil deposited here by the glaciers contained some small amounts of the precious gold metal, which tended to wash down into the creeks. Panning for gold is allowed with a free “permit for panning gold on a hobby basis,” available at the forest office (812) 988-7945. The 23,326-acre Yellowwood State Forest is located seven scenic miles west of Nashville and 10 miles east of Bloomington, just north of State Road 46. Turn onto Yellowwood Road at Knights Corner. Yellowwood State Forest was created during the Great Depression when more than 2,000 abandoned and eroded acres were planted with pine, black locust, walnut, and oak by work crews from the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration. Those crews built many of the structures still in use today. Yellowwood Lake was completed in 1939. In 1940 the federal government leased the forest land to the state of Indiana, which was deeded the land in 1956. 

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uitarists will converge on Nashville in July for the Eighth Annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. The only event of its kind in the Midwest, it will bring 30 of the finest fingerstyle guitar players from the United States and Europe to the Brown County Playhouse. Each guitarist will take the stage to play two songs of their choice. Contestants are judged anonymously on the basis of: arrangement; execution and articulation; expression, dynamics, and show value; and overall impression. The final five competitors will be announced at the end of the afternoon competition. Then the final five will compete in a second round for the top three winner spots. Artists are competing for a handcrafted Thomas Roeger guitar, valued at $5,500, and the opportunity to play during the evening concert. The Indiana State Fingerstyle Competition is one of only eight competitions worldwide to be accredited by the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, honoring acoustic musicians for the past 46 years. This year’s concert features world-renowned artists Muriel Anderson, Christie Lenée, and Helen Avakian— three previous winners of the International Fingerstyle Competition at Walnut Valley. Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with fingertips, fingernails,

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2018 winner Bill Russell and the four other finalists. 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. WTIU Public Television will be filming a documentary of the event, to be broadcast in the fall of this year. The Guitar Festival spans two days. Friday, July 26 features guitar workshops and a party at the Brown County Inn. Workshops are from 3 to 5:30 p.m., led by Muriel Anderson, Helen Avakian, and Christie Lenée. Workshop information and registration at <indianastringfest. com>. The Friday Night Party is from 7 to 11 p.m. Performers will include 12 nationally-ranked guitarists, including previous winners of the competition. Saturday, July 27 features the competition and the evening concert. The competition begins at 11 a.m. at the Brown County Playhouse. The top three winners will be announced at 4 p.m. earning them the opportunity to perform during the 7:30 p.m. evening concert. The Brown County Playhouse doors open at 9:30 a.m. on July 27. Competition takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The evening concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at <indianastringfest.com> or <browncountyplayhouse.org> and at the Brown County Playhouse during regular box office hours. For more information visit <indianastringfest.com>. 


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Here and Gone

~by Mark Blackwell

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expect that most states have their share of odd and unique place names. There is a Ding Dong, Texas—it’s in Bell County wouldn’t ya know. Iowa has Slickpoo. Maybe it’s over populated with geese. Hell is in Michigan and regularly freezes over. Kentucky has both Bugtussle and Rabbit Hash. I won’t bother to speculate on their origins. And Indiana has more than its share of unusual place names. To begin with, a good part of South America is represented with towns like Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Buena Vista, and so on. Next door, over in Monroe County, there is a community that is called Hindustan, but I can’t find much similarity between it and India. They also have a little village called Handy—but it isn’t. Over to our southwest is the county of Lawrence with Judah, Buddha, Pinhook and Bono. They kind of sound like the makeup of a British R & R band. You can find Bobtown, Spraytown, and Surprise, due south of us, down in Jackson County. Also, in keeping with Indiana’s Latin American theme, Jackson County has a Tampico.

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These places all have curious names, and I’m sure they have interesting back stories, but for my money Brown county has them all beat. How can you beat a name like Gnaw Bone? Or what other mountain-less county would have the audacity to host a Pikes Peak. One would think that a community’s name would be something uplifting or honorific. Brown County did try honoring folks by naming towns after them. The county seat was originally named Jacksonburg for President Andrew Jackson but apparently there was another Jacksonburg somewhere, so the named was changed to Nashville in honor of Andrew Jackson’s hometown in Tennessee. And then there is Trevlac. It started out as a small community named Richards but then around 1900 a Colonel Calvert, from Ohio, bought land nearby and built a hotel hoping to turn it into a resort. When the Illinois Central railroad came through in 1905 the Colonel thought it would be good advertising to rename Richards after himself. He made numerous overtures to the state legislature to secure the name change. However, it turned out there was already an established Calvert in Indiana. So, the Colonel settled on Trevlac, Calvert spelled backwards. A lot of what you get with Brown County place names is a degree of honesty—sometimes brutal honesty. One of those places is Scarce o’ Fat Ridge. The ridge earned its name for being one of the most difficult areas in the county for making a living. It was described in a 1920s Brown County tourist guide as, “a ridge on which the soil is so unproductive that the undernourished cows have to lean up against the fence to bawl.” It goes on to say, “The roadway is rough and has many bare rocks and ruts. The slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren backbone effect.” That’s honesty. The same honesty applies to Needmore, and Milk Sick Bottoms. Those names speak for themselves. Stone Head is a community at the “T” of Hwy 135 S. and Bellsville Pike where a stone mile and directional marker stood. On the square stone pillar sat the head of a rather dapper gentleman with sideburns and a benign expression. Further north and east of Nashville there is a spot on top of a hill called Bear Wallow. And if you climbed up the hill in the old days, you could find a bear wallow. Back in the 19th century, Brown County had a reputation for being an excellent bear habitat. And I have it on good authority that


bears do like to wallow. But the last bear in the county was reportedly killed around 1847. Just like the bears of Brown County, there are still places and settlements that were but are no more. Many of these places were centered around a church, a school, a post office, or a general store. Places like Sherman, a village that once existed on Salt Creek. In 1900 it had a post office, a one room school, a church, a general store, and a few residents. Then in 1917 it was struck by a tornado and swept away, never to be rebuilt. Another small town that has been erased from Brown County was not a victim of natural disaster, but a sacrifice to a large public works project. Elkinsville was founded in the 1850s. Because of its location it became a thriving center of trade in the southwest corner of the county and stayed that way until 1964 when it was evacuated by the Army Corps of Engineers and submerged under the waters of the newly built Lake Monroe. There are more lost and abandoned settlements nestled in the woods of Yellowwood State Forest and Hoosier National Forest. They can be identified by the stacked rock piers of old log cabins, the foundations of one room schools, and the graves of the pioneers who worked to settle our once wild and wooly county. They should not be forgotten. 

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he Brown County Music Center is progressing steadily and the day of its first event is rapidly approaching. The concrete floors have been poured, the sound system is fully functioning, and final touches are being installed. It may come as a surprise to learn that the Vince Gill show scheduled for August 24 will not be the first event to be held at the new Brown County Music Center. The Music Center will host a ribbon cutting and two soft openings in order to give the public a tour of the venue for free and to give volunteers, employees, and equipment in the new facility a good workout prior to handling the national acts. The concessions will be open, the tickets will be scanned, and the new sound and lighting systems will focus on live entertainment. The ribbon cutting is August 15 at 4:30 p.m. featuring speeches, concessions, tours of the venue, and a live performance by Not Too Bad Bluegrass. In addition to the ribbon cutting, there will be two soft openings—one on August 17 and the second on August 21. Both openings will feature entertainment and run like typical concerts. Access to the beer and family gardens will be open to all who wish to sit back and relax. Information on how to secure your tickets will come soon and be released on the Brown County Music Center’s Facebook page and website. Stay tuned for announcements about the openings as more information will be release closer to the events.

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The music center has currently released ten shows and plans to release many more as the year continues. Their website is <browncountymusiccenter.com> and the events can be found on <Ticketmaster.com>. If you don’t have access to a computer, don’t worry! You can purchase your tickets at the Brown County Visitors Center. Friendly staff members will be available Monday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to help you with any questions you may have as well as help you get your tickets If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of options available which could result in your getting to see some free shows. The music center needs ticket takers, ushers, and people to help spread all the fun posters and show announcements around town. Contact <audience@ browncountymusiccenter.com> if you want to be a part of the Brown County Music Center Team. 


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