Sept./Oct. 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY

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The Magazine of Fun and Fact

Hickoryworks Handing Down History

Weaver Rose Poe

A Foodist Factory

Creating a Space Bob Vernon and Cindy David

And: Trees Salt Creek History Uncle Pen Days at Monroe’s Tall Tale Event I Smell a Memory


Taste Winner Hobnob


Taste Over 40 Flavors of Olive Oil and Balsamic. Browse Gourmet Pantry Items and Unique Gifts. We’ve brought some of the finest flavors from around the world right here to Brown County. Stop in to taste over 40 olive oils and balsamics, then stick around to browse our selection of gourmet olives, spices and sauces. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with pairing and recipe ideas that will “infuse” your kitchen with new life!

Browse and taste our broad selection of single-varietal and flavor-infused olive oils and balsamics on your own or ask one of our friendly consultants to assist you with pairings, recipes and the like. We are passionate about our offerings and love to talk shop! We import our fine olive oils and balsamics in large quantities so that we can bottle right in our shop. By doing so, we can ensure quality, consistency, and great value for you!. If you don’t want to wait until you are home to savor your selections (we wouldn’t), grab some fresh-baked bread, a jar of olives and a gourmet pantry item or two for an impromptu romantic or family picnic!

Located on Van Buren across from the courthouse. (812) 988-WILD (9453) •

Village Green Building CELEBRATING 100 YEARS IN NASHVILLE The Nashville you came to see and love…

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



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Fine Homemade Chocolate Candies and Fudge Gourmet Caramels Over 50 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy



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


Rosey Bolte’s Uncommon Gourd Studio Vaught Rd.

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Al’s Paint & BodyAl’s Garage

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Porthole Inn

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Lake Lemon


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Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm



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Ferrer Gallery Miller’s Ice Cream The Candy Dish The Harvest Preserve

Hobnob Corner

Heritage Mall

Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc. Head Over Heels

Juls Etc.

Spears Pottery

Brown Co Nashville Winery House That Sandwich Place

House of Jerky

Redbud Terrace

Health For U McGinley Insurance


Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank

County Offices

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Townhouse Touch of Silver Gifts

Main Street Shops



Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Brown Co Village Craft Boutique Gallery

Clay Purl

Log Jail

Pioneer Village Museum


Village Green


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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Downtown Cottages & Suites

Iris Garden Complex

Trolly’s Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop


Brown County History Center


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J Bob’s

The Wild Olive

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village


Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

Woodlands Gallery


Harvest Moon Pizzeria

Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

Muddy Boots Cafe

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

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Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

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Village Florist

The Salvation Army

Michael’s Massage

Melchior Marionettes

Brown Co Playhouse Jack & Jill Nut Shop

58 South Apparel

Calvin Place


Nashville BP

Artists Colony Inn B3 Gallery Toy Chest

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Hodge Podge


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Brown County IGA Brown Co Inn Harvest Dining Room Bear Hardware • Comfort Inn Corn Crib Lounge Brown Co Community YMCA

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McDonald’s Pizza King

Salt Creek Park

Brown Co Winter Arts & Crafts Fair Nov. 28, 29

Pine Room Tavern

Salt Creek Inn

Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard



Dining Lodging

Artist and/or Gallery

Musical Entertainment Rest Room



Casa Del Sol Boots-n-Bling Western Wear and Tack


Tea Shop

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon Chateau Thomas Sweetea’s Winery


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Nashville General Store & Bakery Mercantile Ole House Store

Cornerstone Inn

WASHINGTON STREET Appetit Camelot Shoppes Bone Bakery

Nashville Fudge Kitchen The

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Yesteryear Sweetwater Old Time Photos Gallery Back to Back Wishful Grasshopper Flats Thinking




Olde Magnolia House Inn 4th Sister Vintage Store


New Leaf Amy Greely Schwab’s Fudge

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Through the Looking Glass Wooden Wonders Nashville Image Old Time Photos For Bare Feet, Woodlands Brown Co. Furniture, It’s All About Dogs Brown Co Weavery & Roots Paint Box Gallery Primitive Spirit, Four Bare Paws K. Bellum Leather Brown Co. Pottery Ferguson House

Antique Alley



Antiques Co-op.............................56 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Cathy’s Corner...............................45 Nashville General Store...............58 Plum Creek Antiques...................64 Townhouse Gifts...........................41


Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Antiques Co-op.............................56 Arts, Antiques, Garden Sale........51 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Bear Hardware..............................33 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Brown Co Art Gallery...................45 Brown Co Art Guild.......................50 BC Back Roads Studio Tour.........28 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 BC Winter Arts/Crafts Fair...........51 Cathy’s Corner...............................45 Clay Purl.........................................62 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Hoosier Artist................................29 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County..................4


58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Bear Hardware..............................33 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 BC Winter Arts/Crafts Fair...........51 Head Over Heels...........................57 House of Thunder.........................54 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............22 Male Instinct..................................61 Mercantile Store...........................18 Sports Etc.......................................57 Village Boutique...........................59 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......41 Whispering Pines Alpacas...........46


4th Sister Vintage Store...............42 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Antiques Co-op.............................56 Arts, Antiques, Garden Sale........51 B3 Gallery.......................................28

Our Brown County Bone Appetit Bakery....................47 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Art Guild.......................50 BC Back Roads Studio Tour.........28 Brown Co Craft Gallery................61 Brown Co Pottery..........................52 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....45 Brown Co Visitors Center.............29 BC Winter Arts/Crafts Fair...........51 Cathy’s Corner...............................45 Clay Purl.........................................62 Cox Creek Mill................................22 The Ferguson House....................30 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................30 Head Over Heels...........................57 The Hodge Podge.........................46 Homestead Weaving Studio.......29 House of Clocks.............................56 House of Thunder.........................54 Hoosier Artist................................29 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Madeline’s......................................63 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................61 Men’s Toy Shop..............................27 Mercantile Store...........................18 Monroe Music Park.......................25 Nashville General Store...............58 New Leaf.........................................28 Oak Grove Pottery........................28 Ole House.......................................23 Papertrix.........................................23 Primitive Spirit..............................52 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Sheep Street Fibers......................56 Spears Pottery...............................29 Sports Etc.......................................57 Sweetwater Gallery......................15 Townhouse Gifts...........................41 The Toy Chest................................51 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41 Wishful Thinking...........................15 Woodlands Gallery.......................52


19th Hole Bar & Grille..................19 Brown County Playhouse............53 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....45 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..60 kidscommons................................41 Melchior Marionette Theatre.....52 Mike’s Music and Dance Barn.....42 Monroe’s Music Park....................25 Muddy Boots Cafe........................39 Nashville Express Tours...............62 Pine Room Tavern.........................59 Porthole Inn...................................33 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


19th Hole Bar & Grille..................19 Abe Martin Lodge.........................43 Appleworks....................................42 Artists Colony Inn.........................51 Arts, Antiques, Garden Sale........51 Bear Wallow Distillery..................27 Brown Co IGA................................53 Brown Co Inn.......................... 43, 61 Brown Co Winery..........................19 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....39 Butler Winery.................................26 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................41 Casa Del Sol...................................18 Chateau Thomas Winery.............47 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........67 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Harvest Moon Pizzeria.................60 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........54 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................54 Hotel Nashville....................... 60, 67 House of Jerky...............................47 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jack & Jill Nut Shop......................47 McDonald’s....................................47 McDonald’s Shopworth...............59 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Muddy Boots Cafe........................39 Nashville BP...................................23 Nashville Candy Store..................57 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............68 Nashville General Store...............58 Nashville House............................61 Ole House.......................................23

Advertiser Index Pine Room Tavern.........................59 Porthole Inn...................................33 Pizza King.......................................65 Schwab’s Fudge.............................39 Seasons...........................................61 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................63 That Sandwich Place....................47 Trolly’s.............................................39 The Wild Olive.................................2


The Ferguson House....................30 Plum Creek Antiques...................64


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


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


Antique Alley Shops.....................52 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Brown Co Antique Mall................61 Brown Co Art Guild.......................50 BC Back Roads Studio Tour.........28 BC Winter Arts/Crafts Fair...........51 Cathy’s Corner...............................45 Ferguson House............................30 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Foxfire.............................................30 Grasshopper Flats.........................15 Hoosier Artist................................29 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Juls Etc............................................32 LaSha’s............................................52 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................28 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........61 Ole House.......................................23 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........22 Village Boutique...........................59


Abe Martin Lodge.........................43 Artists Colony Inn.........................51 The Brick Lodge............................67 Brown Co Inn.......................... 43, 61 Comfort Inn...................................12

Cornerstone Inn............................31 Creekside Retreat.........................42 eXplore Brown County..................4 Green Valley Lodge......................23 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................33 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..33 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville....................... 60, 67 Last Resort Campground............54 Lodge on the Mountain...............47 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........64 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............14 The North House...........................67 Olde Magnolia House..................42 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Salt Creek Inn................................39 Seasons...........................................61


Pioneer Village Museum.............39 Brown Co Railroad Museum.......18


Bone Appetit Bakery....................47 It’s All About Dogs........................52


B3 Gallery.......................................28 Matthew Condon..........................26 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Pottery...............................29 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........15


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


eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............45 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Career Resource Center...............63 Critser’s Flowers & Gifts...............56 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........59 Michael’s Massage Therapy........22 Nashville BP...................................23 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41


Al’s Paint & Body-Garage BG Broadband Bright & Williamson Insurance Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Tire & Auto Career Resource Center Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Knight’s Trash Removal Kritzer’s Feed Store McGinley Vacation Cabins Mike Nickels Log Homes Pizza King Plum Creek Antiques BETA Teen Center Waltman Construction Co


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


Bone Appetit Bakery....................47 Boots-n-Bling Western Wear.......41 Fireplace Center............................41 House of Clocks.............................56 House of Thunder.........................54 It’s All About Dogs........................52 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Male Instinct..................................61 Sheep Street Fibers......................56 Sports Etc.......................................57 The Toy Chest................................51 Wishful Thinking...........................15


BC Winter Arts/Crafts Fair...........51 Ferrer Gallery...................................3 Hoosier Artist................................29 Sweetwater Gallery......................15


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


Whispering Pines Alpacas...........46



Cover by Cindy Steele

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

16 Hickoryworks, A Foodist Factory ~by Chrissy Alspaugh 20 The Property, Creating a Space ~by Lee Edgren 24 Weaver Rose Poe ~by Julia Pearson 30 Update on the Little Nashville Opry 40 Sampler Taste Winner Hobnob Corner 44 The Tall Tale Event 48 Hall of Fame/Uncle Pen Days Festival ~by Mark Blackwell 54 Pioneers of Salt Creek ~by Jeff Tryon

58 Cast Iron Cookware 60 Silence to Expression Workshop 62 Trees!

~by Jim Eagleman

~by Henry Swain

66 I Smell a Memory 10-11 11 13 34-35 36-38 49

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

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


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

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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

Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt; 2-year-old son, Dane; and a dog and two cats that are growing increasingly tolerant of being ridden by a toddler. She grew up in West Lafayette and her parents, two older brothers, and their families all moved to Bartholomew and Brown counties in 2008. She can be reached at <>. View her work at <> or on Facebook. Henry “Hank” Swain (1918-2014) moved to Brown County with his bride Mardi in 1947. He supported a family of five daughters by building homes. Hank’s books Leaves for the Raking, and Why Now? are bi-products of writing for Our Brown County. He served the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville United Methodist Green Room class, the Bloomington Society of Friends, League of Women Voters, and WRAPS (Writers, Readers and Poets Society).

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featured photographs Fred Sisson spent thirty-eight years with Nikon USA Professional Services Design and Technology Department. “The dream job for a curious photographer—a great boss. The best, newest cameras and lenses, film, computers, to learn with, and inside industrial knowledge from the factory. All free. Free travel and dealing with interesting, professional people who wanted/needed my knowledge. And I even got paid!”


• Louanne Ray guessed the Where is it? contest. The photo was of the new sculpture on Franklin Street, next to Brown County Weavery, in Nashville. • Georgia Reid from Worthington, IN won the Coloring Contest.

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Enjoy Beautiful Brown County, Indiana and the village of Nashville!

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Features 125 Luxurious Guest Rooms, CComplimentary High-Speed Internet, HHD Flat Screen TVs, 24Hr Complimentary BBusiness Center, 3000 Sq Ft Meeting Room, EExercise Center, Indoor Swimming Pool & W Whirlpool, Great American Grill Restaurant aand nightly room service. Next to Edinburgh PPremium Outlets and Exit 76 Antique Mall.

Features a heated indoor pool,Whirlpool Suites, Refrigerator and Microwave in each room, Flat Screen TVs, Complimentary High Speed Internet, Meeting Rooms, Fitness Room, On the House hot breakfast! Next to Edinburgh Premium Outlets and Exit 76 Antique Mall.

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NNewly renovated! Features a heated In Indoor Pool, Elevator, Whirlpool Suites with RRefrigerator & Microwaves, Flat Screen TTVs, High Speed Internet, Fitness Room & ffree Comfort Sunshine Breakfast! Next to EEdinburgh Premium Outlets and EExit 76 Antique Mall.

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Note From the Editor Take the Back Roads Studio Tour drawing by Joe Lee


id you know there are more than 200 people living in Brown County that are working artists and craftsmen? There is something about this county that attracts creative souls. Perhaps it is the beauty of the place with its hills and hollers. Maybe it is the artist colony atmosphere and camaraderie passed down from the previous century’s early artists. Or maybe there is a special, primitive spirit here that drew the artists from the cities in the first place. Every fall some of those artists and craftsmen open their studios to allow you to get a glimpse of what inspires them to produce beautiful things. The Back Roads of Brown County Studio Fall Tour lasts the entire month of October and guides you through the scenic ways around the hills and valleys from

studio to studio. The tour headquarters is the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, studio, home, and gardens of Brown County’s first resident artist, Theodore Clement Steele (darn, no relation). Thirteen additional studios are on the tour with seven of the featured artists/craftsmen recognized as Indiana Artisans, the state’s official organization to review and promote the work of highest-quality artisans. The artisans work hard to build up their inventories for the tour. For months, they have been busy weaving rugs, throwing pots, painting gourds and canvases, making jewelry, carving wood, welding metal pieces, dyeing scarves, taking photographs, and making cards. Even if you took the tour in previous years, you will see new goods at every stop. If you repeat the tour every year, you get an opportunity to build relationships with the artisans. You see their work change over time, and you get to add to collections. I feel fortunate to know many of the artists on the tour having worked with them to provide advertising, or getting to know them from taking photographs for articles in this publication, or through an association with the Art Alliance Brown County. Some of them have mentored with me at the BETA teen center, too. I enjoy taking the tour in October because it gives me a chance to escape from the bustle of town to meander along the back roads and go visit my friends. I often stop to take photos along the way. I invite you to take the Back Roads Tour and go at your own pace. If you don’t have time to visit all the studios, come back another day and pick up where you left off. There’s no hurry. You’re in Brown County. You can pick up a brochure of the tour at the Visitors Center and many places throughout Brown County. You can also visit the tour website <>. —Cindy Steele

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est. 1972

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Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

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Hickoryworks A Foodist Factory


~by Chrissy Alspaugh

how trash to Gordon Jones and Sherrie Yarling, and they’ll show you treasure. That ingenuity, combined with a complete disregard for sentiments that an idea can’t be done, propelled the couple to open the nation’s first factory turning the old, fallen bark of shagbark hickory trees into luscious syrup. Now, the pair proudly supplies a whole menu of syrups, salts, and sauces to more than 300 restaurants nationwide. And they’ve done it all over the last 20 years as a two-person operation, tucked away in a secluded Brown County operation known as Hickoryworks. Jones’ entrance into the syrup world was as unlikely as him ever settling into one career. The Montana-native confides that he met folks “with more money than God,” as he blurred through 17 different careers zigzagging the country in just a few short decades in his early life. A few of those jobs placed him as executive vice president and publisher launching Playgirl magazine; a radio broadcasting advertising director working with clients including John (then Cougar) Mellencamp, Kenny Rogers and Glen Campbell; and selling luxury Palm Beach condominiums at the Biltmore Hotel. In the mid-1980s, Jones “looked up a girl I’d dated in the ’70s,” he said, shooting a sly smirk to Yarling. She soon moved to Palm Beach, where it took them just three short years to grow tired of Florida’s “terminal summer” and fast-paced life. So they pointed their Cadillac north and didn’t stop until they reached Yarling’s family property in northern Brown County. Life slowed. They bought a 70-foot mobile home and, on a whim, started raising dinner plate-sized shitake mushrooms and selling them for a pretty price to local upscale restaurants. One day an elderly man

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photos by Chrissy Alspaugh

stopped to ask about buying, for firewood, the tops of some oak trees Jones had logged for growing mushrooms. The man happened to mention that his great-greatgrandmother used to make syrup from the bark of hickory trees—just like the ones surrounding them. Intrigued, Jones took a stab at his own shagbark syrup. “It was awful!” the now 72-year-old said, laughing. But Jones tried again, and this time he saw great promise. Soon, he was bringing samples to the chefs buying the shitakes. Even today, Jones doesn’t specialize in suggesting creative uses for the heavy syrup. “One chef would just find something they loved it for, and they’d tell someone else,” he said. “Before we knew it, we were getting calls for gallons.” To simplify production, Jones called on skills he’d acquired growing up working with his dad in hardware

Jones is the breed of entrepreneur who never settles with good enough. After realizing obvious success with hickory syrup, he couldn’t help experimenting with new products. “Truly,” he said, “sometimes I wish I could stop thinking.” But that nag for new helped Jones and Yarling expand into selling Poplar Bark Syrup, Hickory Smoked Sea Salt, Bestcestershire Sauce (a shagbark twist on Worcestershire sauce) and Brown County BS (barbeque sauce). Hickoryworks’ syrups have drawn acclaim from chefs including Julia Child and leading Indianapolis restaurants like The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Ruth Chris Steak House and St. Elmo’s Steak House. Folks have used Hickory Syrup in beers and cocktails, cookies, salad

”One chef would just find something they loved it for, and they’d tell someone else. Before we knew it, we were getting calls for gallons.” stores and before long transformed a mountain of would-be trash into a commercial kitchen. A rotating 55-gallon poly drum equipped with sprayers on both ends replaced the laborious process of handwashing bark. A behemoth 1970s commercial coffee maker took over brewing. Jones enlisted a central house vacuum system to help steam exit his syrup evaporator. And he fashioned a bottle dryer out of his father’s old, broken geothermal furnace and a pair of commercial hairdryers. A tinge of sadness still lingers in Yarling’s voice as she recalls discovering that Jones had commandeered her sewing machine motor for a capping machine. “She hadn’t used it in years,” Jones said, chuckling. “I just told him he’d better never touch my heated rollers or hairdryer,” Yarling said, smiling back.

dressings, teriyaki glazes, on ribs, and over ice cream. Some even put it on pancakes. When their products have been featured over the years by giants including the Food Network and The New York Times, Jones and Yarling have found themselves flooded by thousands of orders. They jokingly credit themselves for keeping the tiny, nearby Trafalgar Post Office open. Jones said after racking up a $13,000 bill from the office in short order in 2009, a very appreciative U.S. Postal Service representative showed up on his front porch, asking if there was anything the agency could do for Hickoryworks. Jones proudly reports their business is “just weird enough” to draw so much media attention that he and Continued on 18

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HICKORYWORKS continued from 17 Yarling never have paid a penny on advertising. As for what he’s concocting next, Jones swears he’s finally finished expanding. But less than 20 minutes later, walking past the buried metal garbage can that helps him smoke hickory sea salt, Jones confesses he’s never tried smoking the Poplar Syrup and “just might have to.” “Don’t listen to anybody,” Jones tells others who have seemingly crazy ideas. “If a man can think it, he can figure out how to do it. If people ever told us this wouldn’t work, well, we must not have paid much attention.” Hickoryworks syrup is sold at the Nashville General Store on Washington Street in Brown County. You can also order Hickoryworks products through their website <>. Jones and Yarling are Indiana Artisans and are listed under “foodists” at <>. 

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TheCreating Property a Space

Bob Vernon and Cindy David. photo by Greg Clarke

~by Lee Edgren three years ago it was an empty two-acre lot rimmed by briars and other invasive species. Now, The Property, which sits at the southern end of Jefferson Street, is a lush green space. Its front boundary is marked by a thick natural fence fashioned of small horizontal tree trunks and branches, providing habitat for small animals and birds. Sunflowers, zinnias, broomcorn, and bachelor buttons bloom profusely. Messages in pastel chalk on a slate near the road often invite you to notice the beauty of the day, or to share your thoughts in the suggestion book below. Free vegetables are often left for the taking. The Property is the creation of Cindy David and Bob Vernon. And people passing by gravitate to the space, attracted by its beauty and


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their own curiosity. “Is it a park?” is the most frequent question they are asked. Bob says the answer is both yes and no. “We love to have people visit when we are here and we always invite them in, but not if we are gone. It’s a liability issue.” Just what The Property is and what it is going to be are living questions. “We know it’s going to draw people,” Cindy notes. “People talk about needing peace and quiet. We believe we’ll be having people here, but it’s a young park and we are a little protective.” “It’s a challenging piece of property because it is in flood way and a flood plain,” Bob says. So in any planning, strict DNR and FEMA regulations have to be considered. “And whatever is planted has to be able to survive spring floods.” Cindy quickly notes the upside. “The flooding provides an unbelievable habitat for wildlife and birds, from Baltimore orioles to hawks. We also have had some eagle sightings.” This spring, they put up a bluebird box at the edge of the flower garden. “It wasn’t five minutes before we had a nesting pair,” Bob recalls. “So far this summer, we’ve had three clutches.” The couple has no sense of hurry. “This property teaches us all the time what to do.” Right now, they envision a gently used and mostly quiet space, one that continues to be a refuge. “We just put in big stones. And we don’t even let our grandkids climb on the stones, because we like the moss,” Cindy says. Cindy and Bob invite participation with their welcoming presence and the suggestion book. They are there at varying hours three to four days a week, working and passing time with friends as they stop by. The Property already has a community feel.

photos by Greg Clarke

Many neighbors have volunteered help: Jerry Pittman made a major contribution of limbs to the tree fence, Nashville’s landscape artist Todd Baker, who designs and maintains the town’s landscaping, including the parking lot across the street, was a natural connection. Nell Percival donated large blocks of Brown County stone. David Wagler helped remedy erosion problems. One of the first steps was clearing the property of invasive species. Ruth Ann Ingraham, naturalist and author of Swimming With Frogs: Life in the Brown County Hills, helped with the identification of the invasive species. They pulled up the euonymus and stilt grass. Thick briars drove Bob and Cindy into long sleeves and coats, despite soaring summer heat, when they worked to clear them. Cindy and Bob both have a Brown County heritage. They were friends and dancing partners in the early 1970s, during the last of Nashville’s quieter days when Foxfire books and Whole Earth Catalogs provided inspiration for dinner conversations and many of the small

”The flooding provides an unbelievable habitat for wildlife and birds, from Baltimore orioles to hawks.”

owner-operated shops simply closed for three months in the winter. Cindy’s grandparents’ family farm was where the IGA is now. The David family farm, next to the Chuck Snyder family farm on State Road 46, was a huge influence on Cindy’s love for Brown County’s natural beauty and heritage. Bob was the roadie for the String Bean String Band, playing all the roles from sound guy, to lighting designer and driver for about ten years. Friends in the 1970s, the two became a couple shortly after Bob returned from California to Brown County in 2005. In these first three years Bob and Cindy have put in a 350 foot log and branch wall, put water lines in, created a new 150 foot flower planter, fixed erosion at the drainage creek, and planted trees and flowers throughout The Property. “We got rid of all the invasive plants, but the maintenance will alway be an ongoing project.” They planted only native Indiana plants. “We’re trying to keep it Hoosier,” Bob says with a twinkle. So if you see Bob and Cindy at The Property, stop and say hello. Share your ideas and dreams for the space. “The Property is a labor of love. We are searching for something to do with it that would suit us and benefit the town and county.” 

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Rose Poe ~by Julia Pearson


ose and Richard Poe have carved out their own pocket of home comfort and creativity off the beaten path near Gnaw Bone, Indiana. The green branches of the trees are echoed on the soft green walls of the small cabin that serves as Rose’s weaving studio. A four-harness floor loom, 60 inches wide, fills the space, with a piece being woven in the “blooming leaf” pattern on the loom. On the floorboards is one of the “looper” rugs that Rose has made from socks. Stacked on shelves and nestled against the walls are some of Rose’s handmade baskets of different sizes and decoration.

photos by Marti Garvey

In many ways, the baskets are kinfolk to Rose’s beautiful overshot pieces from the loom. While living in Cincinnati, Rose started making baskets and going to craft shows in the 1980s. The small shop that

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supplied her reeds for basketry also sold looms. Her interest led to the purchase of a loom in 1986, and the owner of the shop provided a couple days’ instruction on threading the loom. Fed by the memory of a picture of a beautiful coverlet in a history book that she saw when she was about ten years old, Rose taught herself to weave the overshot patterns of the Colonial period. Not many weavers do overshot, where perle cotton is used for the warp. Some of the old pattern designs are “log cabin” or rep weave, “Lee’s surrender”—a dark blue with white overshot—and “wheel and cross.” Another pattern called “barley corn weave” has a back that looks like netting. Other overshot pieces have the backside looking like the reverse pattern of the front. Working several hours every day, Rose has produced an inventory of table runners, scarves, and towels. Some other patterns include “huck lace” and “M’s and O’s”. She has woven rugs of varying sizes and she plans to weave a traditional coverlet. In a way, Rose is a craftsman handing down history. She tells of a battlefield photo of Abraham Lincoln and General McClellan that includes a coverlet draped on a table. With the carefully graphed pattern of this coverlet found in Handwoven Magazine, Rose reproduced the piece. Rose was born and raised for ten years in Rockford, Michigan. Her parents then moved her and her sister to Arizona. When she and Richard married, they lived in San Diego and Seattle while he was in the Navy. They have moved several times as they raised their two sons, Continued on 26


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Josh and Jeff. One home was a log cabin with a wraparound-porch in Aurora, Indiana. Seeing an old loom listed in the classifieds for a surprisingly low price, Rose found the old loom in pieces in the yard of the seller. “I couldn’t just let it rot on the ground!” she exclaimed. The loom was bought and put together on the porch of her cabin. In 2003 they purchased land near Gnaw Bone, a location between their home in Janesville, Wisconsin, and family living in Cincinnati. Rose and Richard retired to Brown County from Janesville in 2007. Richard pursues his interest in restoring old Studebakers—he presently has three. Rose devotes time to her weaving. Josh now lives in Washington, D.C. Jeff and wife, Stephanie, live in Whiteland, Indiana, with their sons Parker and Quinn. The Poe’s have felt at home since arriving in Brown County. They have good friends in the car club, and Rose was supported by local fiber artists. She was a guest artist with Christ Gustin during the annual Studio Tours. This past February, Rose was accepted as a member of the Indiana Artisans. Participants are accepted through an adjudicated process that focuses on design and quality, technique, and authenticity that best exemplifies the tradition of Indiana. The Indiana Artisan Marketplace will be added to her schedule of shows where she will show and sell her handwoven pieces. The 2015 Indiana Artisan Marketplace will be held on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29. The show is located at the Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Her work will be at the following 2014 shows: Fiber Arts Show and Sale in Bloomington, November 14 and 15 to be held at the Bloomington Convention Center at 302 South College Avenue. The Brown County Winter Art and Craft Fair, on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28 and 29, sponsored by the Brown County Arts Guild at the Seasons Lodge Convention Center. The Gingerbread Christmas in Plainfield, a one-day show sponsored by Plainfield Tri Kappa, on December 6 from 9 am to 3 pm, held at the Plainfield High School Fieldhouse. It is located at 1 Red Pride Drive, at the corner of Reeves Road and State Route 267. Her work is also found in the Brown County Craft Gallery on Main Street in Nashville, Indiana. 

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hile the Little Nashville Opry project is progressing slowly, Scott Wayman says, “Progress is progress.” Wayman had hoped to have construction well underway by this time, and while no activity is being seen at the sight, he says many things are being accomplished behind the scenes. “Building plans are virtually complete, entertainers are already asking about booking dates, sound and lighting design engineering for the auditorium is underway, and we are just waiting to start construction.” Due to state regulations, a septic system will not be allowed on the property. So a small sewage treatment plant will be installed. Wayman says he has been working with Brown County Health Department Director John Kennard and the plant will be large enough to allow other area homes or businesses to connect if needed in the future. Engineering plans for the system are currently awaiting state approval. “I’m not making predictions at this point on when work will start. I tend to be too optimistic some times, but the good news is it’s not a matter of if construction will start, but when it will start,” Wayman said. He also said that talks continue with the artists that will perform at the Opry. “We have commitments from a number of entertainers that are ready to perform.” The new facility will have seating for 2,000 and be similar in design to the former Little Nashville Opry. “I think former patrons will feel right at home while those that had never been to a show at the Opry will be impressed with the professional and up to date presentation.” Wayman also says that the first work that will be seen at the sight will be the removal of the old parking lot. “The building will be up closer to the road so much of the old parking lot will need to be removed before construction begins.” Check out the website <> for updates and mailing list information. 

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Brown County Playhouse Most performances at 7:30 Good Rockin’ Live! Aug. 29 & 31 Tribute to the birth of rock n’ roll Lonely Street Productions Heartbreak Hotel Aug. 30 Robert Shaw sings the songs of young Elvis from the ‘50s and ‘60s Lonely Street Productions Hemmin’ and Hawin’ A Comedy Country Music Revue Sept. 4, 6, 12, 18, 20, 27 Starring Michael Goodman Lonely Street Productions Whole Lotta Shakin’! Sept. 5, 11, 13, 19 Starring Ross Martinie Eiler and band Lonely Street Productions Surf Rock Beach Party Sept. 25, 26 Half Concert, Half Party Lonely Street Productions Heroes Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 A comedy play, three war heroes plot an escape from the retirement home Produced by Two Pigs Productions and the Brown County Playhouse The Lonesome West Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 Nov. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 Two brothers argue over an ineritance Produced by Two Pigs Productions and the Brown County Playhouse MOVIES - THE LATEST RELEASES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” Sept. 13, 20 “Slightly Haunted Puppet Theatre” Sept. 27, 28 Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26 Showtimes 1:00 and 3:00

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Muddy Boots Cafe Some dates weren’t booked yet. Most times at 7:00, other times noted Sept. 1 Roe Rollin Porter 12:00 Ian Smith 7:00 Sept. 2 Open Jam Sept. 4 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills Sept. 5 Steven Thomas Sept. 6 Americana Showcase 5:00 Sept. 8 Coot Crabtree Sept. 9 Open Jam Sept. 10 Avocado Chic Sept. 11 Matchsellers Sept. 12 Rusted String Swindlers Sept. 13 Haley Foreman Sept. 15 Indiana Boys Sept. 16 Open Jam Sept. 18 Jake Strakis Sept. 19 Dickey Jones Sept. 20 David Dwyer Sept. 21 Steve K. Sept. 23 Open Jam Sept. 25 Robbie Bowden Sept. 26 Tim Pearson Sept. 27 The Mini-Slaw Experience Sept. 28 David Sisson 5:00 Oct. 2 Kara Barnard & Chuck Wills Oct. 3 Steven Thomas Oct. 4 Americana Showcase 5:00 Oct. 7 Open Jam Oct. 11 Avocado Chic Haley Foreman Oct. 14 Open Jam Oct. 15 The Mini-Slaw Experience Oct. 16 Flea Bitten Dawgs Oct. 17 Indiana Boys Oct. 20 Indiana Boys Oct. 21 Open Jam Oct. 22 Robbie Bowden Oct. 24 Kolo Bell Oct. 25 Whipstitch Sallies Oct. 28 Open Jam Nov. 1 Keith Rea 1:00 Americana Showcase 5:00 812-988-6911 www.

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Sept. 5 Gus Moon 6:00 Sept. 6 Stella & Friends 8:00 Sept. 7 Adam Yeager 7:00 Sept. 11 Freight Hoppers 6:00 Sept. 12 My Brother’s Keeper 9:00 Sept. 13 The McGuires 8:00 Sept. 14 New Old Calvary 6:00 Sept. 20 Scott Freed 8:00 Sept. 21 PBJ Trio 6:00 Sept. 26 Kade Puckett 6:00 Sept. 27 Jeb Allen Band 8:00 Sept. 28 Ian McFeron 6:00 Sept. 29 Wine & Canvas 7:00 Oct. 3 Gus Moon 6:00 Oct. 4 Doug & Tre Dillman 9:00 Oct. 5 Cotton Patch 6:00 Oct. 10 Jason Hathaway 6:00 Oct. 11 The McGuires 9:00 Oct. 12 New Old Calvary 6:00 Oct. 17 Flea Bitten Dawgs 6:00 Oct. 18 The Strays 9:00 Oct. 19 Craig Thurston 6:00 Oct. 24 Dickey Jones 6:00 Oct. 25 Ghost of Kin 9:00 Oct. 26 Adam Yeager 7:00 Oct. 27 Wine & Canvas 7:00 Oct. 31 DaVita 6:00 Nov. 1 Hoosier Darling 9:00 812-988-0236 www.

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Out of the Ordinary Reservations encouraged. Most shows start at 7:00. Sept. 5 Glenn & Bethany Late Night Dance 10-12 Sept. 6 Glenn & Bethany Late Night Dance 10-12 Sept. 12 Late Night Dance 9:30-12 Sept. 13 TBA Sept. 19 DaVita Jazz Trio Sept. 20 Out of the Ordinary Trio Sept. 26 Glenn & Bethany Sept. 27 Glenn & Bethany Oct. 3, 4 TBA Oct. 10 Glenn & Bethany Oct. 11 Glenn & Bethany Oct. 17 TBA Oct. 18 Ang Trio Oct. 24 Out of the Ordinary Trio Oct. 25 Glenn & Bethany Oct. 31 DaVita Jazz Trio Halloween Costume Contest Late Night Dance 10-12 812-778-9730

Abe Martin Lodge Music Saturdays 6:00-8:00

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Big Woods Pizza Music Fridays, Saturdays + more

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Mondays Dance Lessons 6:30-9:00 Most Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country Special Events: Sept. 7 Richard Smith Guitarist Sept. 13 Great Brown Co Shootout Oct. 3 Terry Lee Rockaboogie Band 812-988-8636

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Seasons Lodge Music Fridays and Saturdays 9:00

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

SPECIAL EVENTS: Farmers’ Market St. David’s Thru Oct. 10–Fridays, 4:00-7:00, Intersection of SR 135 and SR 45 in Bean Blossom. Local produce, live music, jams, baked goods, furniture, herbs, crafts. 812-988-1038

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

12th Annual Bean Blossom Bikerfest Sept. 4-7, all day at Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom Music, bike rides, poker runs, field events 812-988-6422

42nd Annual Cider Run Custom Car Show Sept. 6,7 Brown County State Park Sat. at Brown Co Inn 8-noon-awards, food Sun.“Flag Drags” at Brown Co Dragway See some of the nicest rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, and antiques.

Arts, Antiques, and Garden Treasures Show and Sale Sept. 7 and Oct. 5, 10:00am-4:00 at the Flower and Herb Barn and the Farmhouse Cafe northeast of Bean Blossom. A gathering of artisans and antique dealers with food and fun. Free

Pittman Field, Archery and PaintBall Team: PaintBall Valley Retreat Cowboy Single Action: Camp Moneto Rd Vendor booths and evening concert: Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Proceeds benefit EMTs, St. Jude Hospital, and Wounded Warriors

Hoosier Hops & Harvest Sept. 13, 1:00-8:00, at Story Inn 30 craft or micro breweries from in a six-state area. Must be at least 21. Live music, and food. 812-988-2273

26th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest and Tastings Sept. 13, 7:00 am-4:00 at TC Steele State Historic Site in Belmont. Features artists painting on the site grounds from 7:00 to 2:00, a 1:00 concert with Hazelwood String Band,1:00-4:00 tastings featuring Bier Brewery. Lunch available. 812-988-2785

Guild 14 Sept. 13, 6:30-9:00, at the Brown Co. Art Guild–annual fundraiser: autumn exhibit, meet artists, silent and live auction items 812-988-6185

BucCornEar Festival

Sept.19,20, Fri. 3:00-8:00, Sat. 10:00 am-8:00 pm at Jackson Twp Fire Dept. in Helmsburg. Pirates, Popcorn and Fire Prevention. Hamilton Creek Bluegrass, FigTree Fellowship Radio Players, Food, Vendors Abe Martin’s County Picnic & 812-988-6201

NASHCAR Outhouse Race

Sept. 13 W. Main St. in Nashville Sat. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Abe Martin Pig Roast Picnic, cornhole competition, plunger toss competition, parade, time trials, and NASHCAR race

Great Brown Co Shootout Sept. 13—Shoot Out: pistol and rifle: on Camp Moneto Rd, shotgun, muzzleloader:

40th Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Fest Sept. 24-27 at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom Four great days of bluegrass. Bring your lawn chair. Daily combo tickets available 800-414-4677 Continued on 38

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Pioneer Village Museum

Back Roads of Brown County Open Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 to 4:30 May thru October in downtown Nashville Tour of Studios Month of October. Free self-guided tour. Works for sale and artists demonstrations.

Cedar Rock Haunted Trail Every Weekend in October at Bill Monroe Music Park

Fall Fare - Methodist Church Oct. 4, 8:00 am-3:00 Village Green Food, arts, crafts, flea market

Brown Co Railroad Museum Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-5:00 10 miles north of Nashville on SR 135 812-720-1229

Abe Martin’s Outhouse Race/Picnic

Collector’s Showcase Oct. 11-12 at Brown County Art Gallery Featuring an exhibit of early artists paintings and a new video about Frank Hohenberger and the Brown County Artists. Foundation’s fundraiser—by reservation on Oct. 11, Oct. 12 open to the public.

Brown County Epic Mountain Bike Festival Oct. 10-12 Brown County State Park by HMBA. Group rides, music, beer gardens

Friends of Brown County State Park Haunted Trails Oct. 25, 5:00-10:00 Haunted trails, campsite decorating, and pumpkincarving contest Brown County State Park Office at the campground

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Bucks & Does Square Dances Sept. 14 and Oct. 3 YMCA 105 Willow St. Nashville, 8-10:30

Indiana Raptor Center Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs available. Closed January and August. 812-988-8990

The Annual Abe Martin World Championship NASHCAR Outhouse Race and Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 13 in Nashville on West Main Street. 10:00 am Parade of Outhouses 11:30 am Abe Martin Pig Roast Picnic 12:30 pm Corn Hole Competition 1:30 pm Plunger Toss Competition 2:00 pm Public Outhouse Rides 3:00 pm Abe Martin Outhouse Race 5:00 pm Presentation of Trophies For more information contact visit <>. The We Care Gang is a local organization comprised of community members and supporters dedicated in providing short-term assistance to less fortunate individuals residing in Brown County. Support includes shelter, rent, food, health requirements, and basic living necessities. 

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Peach for Paws Wine for a Cause An open house celebrating a partnership between the Brown County Winery and the Brown County Humane Society will take place Saturday, October 4 from 1 to 5. Enjoy an afternoon of free wine samples, games, live music, and treats. Greet a few shelter dogs, too, and taste the winery’s newest release, “Peach for Paws” fruit wine. Until Christmas, 10% of Peach for Paws wine sales will be donated to the Brown County Humane. Society (BCHS). Savor the flavor while contributing to the shelter. This event is suitable for all ages. Both the Brown County Winery and BCHS have been receiving accolades of late—the winery for its award-wining varieties of vino and the shelter for reducing its intake numbers by about half in the past four years. They are partnering for the first time this fall on the Peach for Paws/Wine for a Cause campaign to raise funds for BCHS and put smiles on the faces of peach wine lovers. For more info contact Cynthia at the winery (812) 988-6144. 

Hill Climb Buggy Tours Brown County is home to breathtaking scenery, some of the most rugged trails and hill terrain in Indiana. The adventures begin at eXplore Brown County/Valley Branch Retreat. The guided ATV and hill climb buggy tours will give both young and old a taste of a new brand of adventure. Our vehicles will perform great in the snow, mud, water, or on dry ground. The two-seat buggies are equipped with a roll cage and threepoint harnesses. XBC Tour Guides recreate Native American and Pioneer history. Scenic landscapes provide the perfect photo op. You can also rent a Helmet Cam for $30 to capture the entire experience. ATV and Hill Climb Buggy Tours are offered year-round weather permitting. 

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Taste Winner Hobnob Corner


he Hobnob Corner Restaurant was the 2014 winner of the Taste of Brown County event held in Nashville this past May. The prize is a feature article in the fall issue from Our Brown County’s Sampler. Brown County restaurants come and go. That is the nature of the business. They open, and they close, sometimes sooner than expected. Restaurants disappear because they don’t get enough customers to make the economics work, and often this relates to where exactly the restaurant is—location, location, location. Very occasionally, a Brown County restaurant gets everything right—the elements align, the space, the customers, the staff, the ideas, the food, everything coalesces into a restaurant that becomes a community institution.

Such is the case with Hobnob Corner, the restaurant on the corner of Main and Van Buren streets in downtown Nashville, located in the oldest commercial structure in Brown County. For 35 years, the Hobnob has provided first rate food, a convivial atmosphere, and top-notch customer service to locals and visitors alike, establishing its iconic reputation. At the Hobnob, it is not unusual to be visited at your table by owner Warren Cole, who seems to have mastered the secrets of restaurant success. “Oh, the location is the prime thing,” he said recently. “And, I’ve had good people working for me who have bought into the notion that you have to take care of the customer, that customer service is probably the most important thing you can do.”

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“The food, of course is important, but I think the big thing is just to keep the people who come in here pleased and happy. If you do that, you can make it, I think.” Cole took over a fledgling Hobnob in 1979, and three weeks later changed everything but the name, with immediate positive results. “We shut it down, stripped it out, and moved the kitchen equipment all to the back of the building and converted the entire front to seating,” he recalled. “We repainted and things like that, altered the menu some, reopened, and immediately we had the best day we’d had so far.” The Hobnob continued to do well, and in 1982 the kitchen was expanded and the back dining area was converted to seating. A Continued on 46


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SALT CREEK Connection In the early 1800s Miami and Shawnee fur traders used the Great Salt Creek trade route north from Lawrence County, past the big woods of Brown County to the White River. Today, the partnership of Lawrence County’s Salt Creek Brewery and Brown County Inn’s Corn Crib Lounge symbolically marks the rebirth of this trade corridor.

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The Tall Tale Event October 26, 2014 —submitted by Pam Raider


he 2014 Tall Tale Event will be held on October 26 in the Brown County Public Library from 1 to 5 p.m. In 1995, Henry “Hank” Swain, a Quaker pacifist and home builder, and Von Williamson, a country farmer turned painter and writer, established the local writers group, Writers Readers and Poets Society (W.R.A.P.S.). Earlier this year Hank’s sojourn on Earth was completed. We all miss his gentle ways, his guiding hand, and his sense of humor. WRAPS has decided to revive Hank’s Tall Tale Event as a tribute to our founder, mentor, and friend. Hank remained a faithful WRAPS attendee who mentored many newbies through early stages of their writing careers and he encouraged them to publish their material. Hank’s mentoring went far beyond the material we presented each week and he became a beloved role model to all of us. The group published a compendium of its members’ work with Hillsounds in 1997, and a follow up edition, Hillsounds II, in 1998. Most recently in 2013, it published Hillsounds Three which is still available from members of the group or on Amazon. Although the group saw a wide variety of people come and go over the course of many years, the people who stayed and attended regularly witnessed a big change in Hank’s writing style. His early forte

was composed mostly of serious essays on many topics. His first book, published in 2005, entitled Leaves for the Raking contained a montage of stories, essays, poetry, and observations on the human condition. Many of his essays had also appeared in Our Brown County for which he had been a regular contributor for many years. His second book, published in 2006, entitled Why Now?, detailed the evolution of his thinking and experiences as a conscientious objector. As time went on, we were all able to see a more humorous side to Hank Swain. His essays on serious subjects often had a surprise ending and later this developed into what he called tall tales. His definition of a tall tale? “Any tale is a story about something to be written or told. It should begin with a theme and follow a narrative progression to a conclusion. A tall tale follows the same story progression, but the writer becomes essentially a trickster. A well- crafted tall tale should seem plausible but not possible. As the story develops, the writer gradually injects into the tale humor, suspense, and a creeping

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skepticism so that by the end of the tale, the writer and the reader become partners in one of the oldest scams on earth.” In 2004, Hank and his wife Mardi began to sponsor a Tall Tale Contest held in the Brown County library. What could be more in keeping with the traditions of this community and its legacy of the Liars Bench? This was an annual event for four years. Later in 2012, the WRAPS partnered with the Brown County Literacy Coalitions and revived its event as part of the Liars Bench festival. it was a big hit. In the meantime, Hank taught classes about how to be a proper tall tale teller, and his book entitled, Hank’s Tall Tales and Harmless Exaggerations, appeared the same year. The stories for this year’s event should follow Hank’s definition of a tall tale, i.e. be plausible but not possible, and be original and no longer than 1000 words. From the entries submitted, five finalists will be chosen who will read or recite their tall tale in public. A panel of five judges will determine the winner. For more information, see contest rules posted on the facebook page, W.R.A.P.S. Forms will be available at the Brown County Library or contact Pam Raider at <> or (812) 988-0035. Submit your entry by September 26. Good luck. 

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HOBNOB continued from 40 new and different evening menu was created. The cuisine is inspired by Brown County, but maybe just a bit more highbrow than the average eatery around here. “I’ve always had a love of food,” Cole said. “I love to cook. I love different foods. So the inspiration is really from that. I don’t know that I’d say there’s any set plan to it, I just experimented with dishes and food that I like, and went with what worked and stopped what didn’t. “We try to keep the quality as high as we can.” As the restaurant evolved, many different people lent their taste and energy to establishing its high reputation, he said. Cole credits his wife Betsy most of all. “From the very beginning she was a driving force behind it,” he said. “She ran the place while I was out working at another restaurant. I couldn’t have done it without her.” Another Cole, no relation, helped set the high standard for customer service that remains at the Hobnob today. “Diana Cole worked here for over 30 years,” he said. “She started off just wanting a little part time work as a waitress and wound up managing the place for many years. “She did a wonderful job—great personality, good with the customers, very oriented towards the public. She retired on me last August, and we’ve really missed her, she was very key to me.” There have also been chefs who left their mark on the institution. “I had a great one many years ago that got us on the right path,” Cole said. “His name was Steve Shroyer. Some of his recipes are still being used here.”

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The morning breakfast cook, Ernie Baker, is also something of a local legend, with 30 years behind the short order grill. “Lately my son, Eric has been responsible for the After Five Menu and is heading up the kitchen. He’s doing a fine job as well.” The core menu at Hobnob has stayed pretty much the same for a long time, but it varies with seasonal additions to the middle menu. Now there’s an After Five Menu which varies quite a bit more and changes more regularly. This gives the chef a chance to stretch, to experiment, and to get a little more glamorous. It keeps the evening menu unpredictable. “It’s more upscale kind of dishes, like the Corvina that we’re running right now, the seared duck, lamb chops the past week,” he said. “We’re just playing around with things. You’re not committed to it—if it doesn’t work, you just don’t run it again. It’s a special, it’s not part of the menu. You can do it again another day or never do it again.” Cole said he’s always liked business, but craves the excitement a restaurant provides. “Here, there’s always something to do, a discharge of energy, he said. “I like the action.” The Hobnob has a strong following among local residents, but also, importantly, a large repeat customer base among regular visitors to Nashville. “Even in October, when we’re flooded with customers, when I start talking to them, I find out they’ve been coming here for years, off and on, even if it’s every couple of years.” Cole said. “That’s important. You can always get a customer once. It’s getting them to come back that is the trick.” 

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40th Annual Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival


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~by Mark Blackwell

any of us have, or have had, a favorite uncle. I know I did. His name was Bruce Collier. He was my great uncle on my mother’s side and he owned a restaurant over in Bloomington called Bruce’s Café. Some of you might remember it. Bruce was a veteran of WW II, a fisherman, I.U. basketball fanatic, and the best short-order cook I ever saw. I threw that information at you because Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass music, also had a favorite uncle. His name was Pendleton Vandiver but Bill always referred to him as Uncle Pen. Uncle Pen was also on Bill’s mother’s side of the family and although Uncle Pen did not run a café, Bill appreciated his cooking. When Bill’s mother and dad passed on and Bill’s brothers scattered to seek out employment opportunities other than farming, Uncle Pen invited young Bill to come up and stay with him in his cabin on Tuttle Hill overlooking the town of Rosine, Kentucky. And while my Uncle Bruce didn’t play a fiddle, Bill’s Uncle Pen did. This was an arrangement of mutual benefit as Uncle Pen had become crippled after falling off of a mule and needed someone around the place to take care of the chores and bring in a little cash. For Bill, it was a chance to learn music from a man who was still in demand as a fiddler for

Pendleton Vandiver

country dances. Bill did learn and he remembered the tunes his Uncle Pen taught him. Bill wrote one of the greatest songs in the Bluegrass cannon about his mentor “Uncle Pen.” Forty years ago Bill Monroe decided to establish a fall Bluegrass festival to honor his favorite uncle. Bill Monroe also wanted to come up with a way to acknowledge the efforts of the musicians and others who have made outstanding contributions to Bluegrass music. He and his son James started established the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Museum in 1984 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Hall of Fame Museum was moved to its current

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location in Bean Blossom in 1992. Past inductees have included J.D. Crow, Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, and many, many more. Slated for induction this year on Saturday, September 27, 2014, will be former Bluegrass Boy and Sunny Mountain Boy, banjoist extraordinaire, and owner of the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park, Mr. Dwight Dillman. The festival begins on Wednesday, September 24 and runs through Saturday, September 27. That’s four big days of some of today’s greatest acts in bluegrass music. Included in the lineup are some of the originators of the music, folks like Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, and Doyle Lawson. And along with the old guard will be some of today’s great groups such as, The Grascals, James King, Michael Cleveland, and Paul Williams. There are thirty-three big acts booked to entertain us on the main stage. There are great camping accommodations available whether you show up in a deluxe land yacht or a simple pup tent. There are hot showers and sanitary facilities. You can enjoy your own cooking Continued on 50

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or sample the delicious comestibles offered up by the many food vendors. I like to sample the different offerings: barbecues, tenderloin and fish sandwiches, and kettle corn, all made fresh and at reasonable prices. There is a pavilion on top of the hill from the main stage where the bands do “meet and greetâ€? sessions after their performances. It is a good time to get to know some of the musicians and get an autograph or two. It is also the place to pick up the latest CDs and some rarities not available anywhere else. As you may have deduced by now, I really like the Monroe Music Park and the Uncle Pen Days and Bluegrass Hall of Fame Festival is a particular favorite of mine. It seems a little more intimate and maybe the folks who attend are a little friendlier. Or it might just seem that way because the festival season is coming to a close. I know if you play any Bluegrass at all— fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo, or just the spoons—you can find a campground pick-up band to join. The 40th Annual Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of fame and Uncle Pen Days Festival is right around the corner. If you are a Bluegrass music fan or just somebody looking to spend four days hanging out with real nice folks in beautiful Bean Blossom Indiana, I urge you to mark your calendar and order your tickets now. The tickets for the full four days are $105 or $25 for Wednesday, $30 for Thursday, and $35 each for Friday and Saturday. Younger folks, 13 to 16 years old can take $5 per day off the standard price. For children 12 and younger the cost is free but they must be accompanied by an adult. To charge tickets and reserve camp sites by phone, call 800-414-4611 or go online to <>. You can email for more info <>. If you need directions just get yourself to Brown County, Indiana and ask anybody who looks like they live there and they’ll tell you. Oh, and don’t forget to tune your banjo. I’ll be lookin’ for ya! ď Ž


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Old Petro Grist Mill on Salt Creek early 1900s. Lester Nagley photograph courtesy of the Brown County Historical Society Archives

Pioneers of

Salt Creek ~by Jeff Tryon


s I was walking along the new Salt Creek Trail, which winds along the southern edge of Nashville from the CVS store to the YMCA, I thought about the key role Salt Creek played in the very earliest days of Brown County. Did you ever wonder why it’s called “Salt” Creek? It’s because early pioneers mined subterranean salt brine deposits deep underground in the vicinity of Nashville, all up and down Salt Creek. There was a Native American salt works on Jackson creek when the earliest settlers arrived about 1820, and wild animals came for the “salt licks”. As early as 1823, the Jackson salt works in the western part of Washington township tapped a good flow of brine with a 300-foot deep well. The early Brown County history of Weston and Goodspeed reports Mr. Jackson produced about 2,500 bushels of salt a year, and fetched as much as eight dollars a bushel for it. But within a few years the salt was depleted, and after about 1836 it was no longer profitable and was abandoned. However, the 1840 census says 1,600 bushels of salt were produced in the county that year.

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The brine was the primeval remnant of the same great sea that hosted the critters which produced the limestone southern Indiana is so famous for. “Salt Brine was found in several places along Salt Creek in Brown County,” says Goodspeed. “Several other wells were sunk for salt, one being about three miles northeast of Nashville.” “At the Jackson salt works the brine was…boiled down in eight or ten large iron kettles. Two or three men were employed to cut wood to keep fires burning continuously day and night.” The Brown County historian Ray Mathis, writing in 1936, said the works could still be located by old mounds formed by the discarded wood ashes. “The first road in Brown County was built from Bloomington to the Jackson Salt works,” he wrote. “When the work was abandoned the old kettles were scattered around over the county and used for boiling water with which to butcher.” One of the earliest settlers in the Nashville area of Salt Creek in Brown County was Edward “Ned” David, about 1820. According to Sam Johnson, David arrived with a Native American wife and afterwards married three different white women, fathered 29 children, and lived to a ripe old age along the banks of Salt Creek. About 1830, David built a water powered grist and sawmill in the eastern part of Washington Township. A small temporary dam was built on the creek, and a race of about 100 yards provided additional head to the water which generated the power to propel the saw and the milling stones. “The mill was very useful in its day,” reports Goodspeed. “At one time there were four mills in operation on Salt Creek,” says Goodspeed. “One was at Nashville a short way east of the Continued on 57

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SALT CREEK continued from 54 bridge which crosses Salt Creek just south of Nashville, one was east of Nashville and two west of Nashville, the Hoover mill near John Wrightsman’s and the other one at Belmont.” “In slack times or on rainy days going to the mill offered in opportunity for the older men to get together and swap tales,” Mathis wrote in 1936. “The mill dams provided a fine place to fish, and—they used to catch fine strings of fish while waiting for their corn to be ground.” Goodspeed says the first house built at Jacksonburg (it didn’t become “Nashville” until 1837) or that immediate vicinity was a log structure erected about 1835 by Banner C. Brummet, a building that still stands on what is now Johnson Street. Where Ned David was living before then, is unknown. Maybe Goodspeed didn’t consider it to be a “house.” Maybe it was considered to be outside the boundaries of “Jacksonburg.” David never officially registered his land claim with the state until 1828. Like most of the earliest Brown County settlers, he squatted until he obtained enough cash to purchase his land. Ned David appears again in the historic record at the end of his life, at the first meeting of the Old Settlers Reunion in September of 1877, held near Georgetown, now Bean Blossom. A beautiful carved cane was presented “to the man over 60 years of age who had lived the longest in the county,” which proved to be Edward David, 92, who had lived in Brown County 64 years. If this is true, David would have been here as early as 1813, five years before the 1818 treaty of St. Mary’s and seven years before settlers were officially allowed into the formerly native lands in 1820. Goodspeed reports that upon receiving the prize, “The old gentleman, as if not forty years old instead of ninety-two, exhibited his activity and appreciation for the gift after the fashion of ‘ye olden time’ by dancing a jig to the tumultuous applause of the large crowd.” By then, Brown County and Nashville had changed dramatically in many ways, and the earliest days upon Salt Creek at Jacksonburg were but a foggy memory. 

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Cast Iron Cookware —submitted by Paul Sackmann


ne thing is for sure—we all like to eat! When a meal is prepared there will most likely be one or two portions that are served hot. How it tastes and the method used in the cooking process are many. If a survey was done on folks’ kitchens here in Brown County, I would say you would find that a large percentage of them are equipped with cast iron cookware. Brown County has a history of old skillets, kettles, and other cast Iron cooking items getting passed down from generation to generation. The old cast cookware is in good supply at all the local antique establishments and the flea markets, too. Skillets, kettles, and other cast cookware made from the 1890s through the 1940s are still common. These years

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of cast goods were largely a man made process. The pouring of molting cast steel provides a lot of control. Foundry workers took much pride in the quality of their ironware. Some of the companies that made this great cookware are Favorite, Griswold, Martin, Wagner, and Wapak. Older, pre-1890 skillets did not always have company names on them. You can spot the earlier cookware by a metal line on the bottom side. This mark is known as a gate line. The gate line was made when the cast cookware items were removed from the mold. Surviving examples of pre-1890 cookware are still around and used by many chefs today. Old cast iron will have a smooth cooking surface, is easy to keep clean, and has great eye appeal. There is one problem I have found with using any cast iron cookware though—it is brittle. If dropped on a hard surface they can crack, chip, or break easily. Kettles, caldrons, and other large interesting cast cookware that has been damaged often ends up in gardens as planters and yard art. Drive around Brown County and you can sometimes see cast iron doing their new job as a planter or other decoration. The next time you see and old, blackened, dusty skillet it could have more than 100 years of service behind it. A good cleaning might bring a gem of a cast cookware piece to your kitchen and become a new family heirloom. 

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Following the Path from Silence to Expression: A Workshop to Awaken and Delight Your Inner Artist


all in Brown County is the perfect time and place to connect with your inner artist. Go into the quieter hours of winter inspired to create! Join award-winning painter Dixie Ferrer, writer Pam Raider and certified yoga teacher Lee Edgren on Saturday, October 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an unusual six-hour inner and outer journey into the beautiful silent space from which all creative activity arises. The workshop will begin with a meditative hike through a grassy woodland forest. Led by Pam Raider, the short hike will stimulate your senses, hone your attention, and prepare you for the activities to follow. After lunch, yoga instructor Lee Edgren will help you open energy pathways with all-levels gentle movement and focused attention to the breath. No yoga experience is necessary. The central focus of the afternoon will be creating a collage that captures your inner response to the day. Brown County artist, gallery owner, and instructor Dixie Ferrer will provide materials and spirited instruction, You will receive directions to the location and further details upon registration. To register: contact Dixie Ferrer at Ferrer Gallery <gallery@ferrergallery. com> or 812-988-1994. Register before September 15 to receive a discount. Information is also posted on the River Light Yoga website <> . 

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TREES! ~by Jim Eagleman


an I mention a more popular trademark of this county as we head into the autumn of the year? Is there any other natural attraction that brings Hoosier visitors, and others, to this place? As a life-long tree lover, I shall always be glad I live in a place that promotes, conserves, and admires these things of gigantic, botanic beauty. The Elder Heart leaf sculpture in front of the Brown County Visitors Center is one more reminder that we are in a place of trees and leaves. I’ve written here previously about this forest’s history and its abused past. Trees, even on steep slopes tended to be in the way if your purpose for originally settling here was to grow crops or raise cattle. The establishment in this county of several leather tanneries in the late 1800s, for example, attested to the over-use of the now-prized chestnut oak. Its bark, used in the tanbark trade, was stripped off newly-cut trees—the logs left to rot. Leather goods of hand-made harnesses and boots were first preserved by soaking in large vats of water with the bark submerged, giving off tannic acids imparting a stained color to


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domestic or wild animal hides. I’d like to think we are more prudent today to use the entire tree with thrifty forest practices. Chestnut oaks on a distant ridge can now add a certain kind of beauty to lateafternoon, fall color scenes. A book about tree-watching recently came to me as a belated birthday present. My wife Kay enjoys my love of trees, as we often discuss which mature ones to cut on our property for firewood, and which ones to leave for woodpeckers. “You’ll enjoy this book,” she said. “It has lots of pictures and no plot,” as she handed it to me. Though grateful, a book about watching trees seemed a bit odd at first—watching birds, sure, but trees? I scanned the first few pages and saw close-up photos of normally-inconspicuous tree flowers, and often-overlooked buds, twigs, and bark. The co-author, originally an engineer, made a living of taking close-up photos of technical instruments and equipment. Photos of tiny flower parts and buds revealed an almost mechanical design, intricate and precise—ones he wanted viewers to appreciate. The book made me see tree flowers in an entirely new way. Talks and hikes about trees help park visitors understand they are more than mere things of beauty.

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

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

They learn that Indiana is a world leader in the production of quality hardwoods and that trees help condition the air—in fact produce the very air we breathe. Along with digital scenes of wide-open park vistas, I hope visitors leave with a greater appreciation of this place, these trees. Like many other autumns in Brown County, trees take precedence—they are willingly included in family pictures, picnics and admired along walks down leafy trails. A recent documentary revealed the bark of only certain Italian and Tuscany oak trees are worthy of use in the production of cork for wines made in their quality vineyards. Southern Indiana veneer plants are occasionally highlighted in world news reports. Antique shows claim the high value and worth of walnut, cherry, and oak in furniture, musical instruments, and family heirlooms. It’s difficult to imagine a world without trees— might I add, impossible. Still, diseases, stress, and climate-associated problems with trees continue to take their toll on many forested landscapes. The Emerald Ash Borer, attacking both green and white ash, has the potential to negatively impact approximately 11% of the Indiana forest. Drought from previous years has caused white and red oak to decline. Leaf wilt and diebacks from the scale insect still show up in tulip poplar and other common species. Leafy gaps exist now in some of the park’s widespread, multi-colored canopy. Sunlight can now be observed in areas on the once-shaded forest floor, bathing acorns, nuts, and seeds that struggle for space. The mighty oak growing from a tiny acorn is a marvel in itself. Seeing it compete with the more common beech and maples—shade-tolerant and less in wildlife value—has given resource managers more reason to encourage its survival. Prescribed fire and thinning has been used in some back-country areas to assist the oaks. Marketable, renewable, and recyclable, this forested Hoosier resource is one to be forever treasured and managed effectively. We can all be conscientious forest stewards on our own land, working for a sustainable income, while encouraging beauty, ecologic value, and Brown County’s future leaf-watchers. 

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

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

• GED • Electrical • Solar Energy • Work One

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

Lunch Served Daily • Bubble Tea available

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Our Brown County


Plum Creek Antiques Open-Air Market Bean Blossom

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


Paint & Bodyy

The Strength of Big, The Service of Small

Full Collision Repair 24-Hour Towing

(812) 988-6268

189 Commercial Drive, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.1200

$5 OFF Alignment


Front end regularly $49.95 4 wheel regularly $79.95

Garage G g

Family owned and operated since 1972

9 Private, Unique Cabins Mention Ad for $10 OFF Week Nights (812) 988-7337 •

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

1814 N. St. Rd. 135 • Nashville


P.O. Box 386 • Nashville, IN 47448


Career Resource Center of Brown County

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

• GED • Electrical • Solar Energy • Work One

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



KRITZER’S Feed Store $


3.00 OFF*

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


Brown County Tire 24 hr. Wrecker Service



Auto Repair

27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville

4245 SR 46 E - Gnaw Bone

(812) 988-7100 •


WALTMAN CONSTRUCTION CO. Owens-Corning Preferred Contractor

LLicensed and Insured • 15 years total replacement warranty for roofs available

Don Waltman

Roof Coatings, Metal/Shingle Roofs, Remodels, Ro Power Washing and Sealing, Barns, (812) 327-1994 Garages, Decks, Siding, Windows and Doors, G and all construction needs and services! References Available


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

We Can Do It All!

Complete Landscaping/ Design Services


Helmsburg Sawmill Inc. Custom Log Homes

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



BG Broadband is expanding in your area

High Speed Internet

is finally available!



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


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

Mon.–Sat. 9 am to 4 pm

Limit 3.


Must have coupon for discount. Expires 10/31/14.

(4, 16, or 32 oz.) Save $ S $2.00 2 00 on R Roll-On, ll O Gel, G l Spray S

(812) 988-2689 3497 Clay Lick Rd. • Nashville

Indiana Amish Natural Chickens and Indiana Raw Honey sold here! Also, Bison and Elk. INSURANCE


BRIGHT & WILLIAMSON Insurance Agency

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

(812) 988-2275 24 N. Jefferson St. fax: 988-7670 P.O. Box 698 home: 988-7185 Nashville, IN 47448

center After School Program


Christy McGinley-Hughes

(and June Can-Do Camp)



TUESDAYS 3:00 to 6:30 and special bonus days At the intersection of two downtown alleys behind Miller’s Ice Cream and the Brown County Art Guild

146 E. Main St. Redbud Terrace Nashville, IN

812-988-8807 for details Funded in part by a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation




BUY ONE 16” Carry-Out Delivery extra large pizza GET ONE 1/2 OFF* 988-8887

51 E. Chestnut St. • Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville, IN *with coupon



Trash Removal

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



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

812-988-9622 •

I Smell a Memory Reprinted from September, 1998

~by Henry Swain (1918-2014)


ome scientists claim we lose our sense of smell when we sleep. This may be true in the deeper stages of sleep but I doubt it in the lighter stages. On a recent vacation, the motel in which we stayed offered a continental breakfast. I was awakened, not by noise, but by the smell of brewing coffee. I suspect the ventilating system spread the odor throughout all three floors of the motel. It provided an olfactory wake-up call. Some say our sense of smell will recall events more quickly than any of our five senses, especially those odors associated with nostalgia. When I smell apple blossoms, I remember riding my motorcycle through the orchards north of Bloomington in springtime during my college years. Motorcyclists find odors in the passing air that motorists miss. I recall fighting forest fires in my youth in the high Nevada rangeland. After a week on the fire line the only thing I could smell was smoke. It took about three days before I could again smell anything but smoke. We were blessed with a summer shower and the smell of wet sagebrush restored my sense of smell.

At boy scout camp one summer I won a flashlight. One night one of our campers spied a skunk. Someone said that a skunk could not spray its odor if its hind legs were off the ground. Of course we had to find out if this were true. One scout blinded the skunk with his light while two of us approached the skunk from the rear. I held my light while my companion reached to grab the tail to lift it off the ground. Our efforts were not properly synchronized and my new flashlight got a dousing. That flashlight never did lose the odor and I finally had to throw it away. If anyone has ever successfully performed this experiment I would like to know if it is truth or legend. Raised in the country, I have fond memories of the smell of new straw. As a boy my chore would be to drive the spring wagon to take jugs of cold water to the farmers in the field loading wagons with bundles of wheat. My neighbor, as a kind of pay for my chore, would let me sleep on top the haystack I would invite a couple of friends and we would spread our blankets on top the stack and watch shooting stars till we drifted into sleep. When I drive by a field of newly combined wheat today I find the smell carries

me immediately to those nights of haystack slumber. If you have ever cleaned accumulated cow manure from a barn you know that your olfactory memory chip has been permanently etched and that any attempts to delete are destined to fail. Any subsequent encounter with the smell of cow manure will return you to your first barn cleaning quicker than Jeff Gordon. Did you ever notice that the smell of flowers in a funeral parlor setting is quite different from the natural fragrance of garden flowers. Some smells we are familiar with did not exist many years ago and may be unique to the twentieth century—the first few drops of rain on hot concrete pavement, diesel fumes from an eighteen-wheeler, jet plane fumes at an airport, newly laid carpet, asphalt in road construction, urban smog, chlorine water in swimming pools, the interior of a new car, WD-40. What are your most and least favorite odors? How far back and how quickly do they take you? Our sense of smell is like the antennae of a grasshopper. It informs us of that which is familiar and that which is new. As we encounter each new smell we identify it, catalogue it for future reference and there it stays, subject to instant recall. I smell it is time to stop. ď Ž

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