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Sept. –Oct. 2015

The Magazine of Fun and Fact

Celebrating 20 Years!

Larry Hawkins

That Sandwich Place

Experience the Forest

Bob and Chris Gustin

Weaving a Life Together

Art Gallery Expansion

Frank M. Hohenberger Brown County Playhouse Preview Our Woods T.C. Steele’s Art Uncle Pen Days at Monroe Park Back Roads of Brown County Tour


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Sweet Cozy Living Nashville Candy Store Sports Etc. Be My Guest Head Over Hillbilly Footwash Heels

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House of Jerky

Apache Tactical

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Pioneer Village Museum

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Brown Co Public Library

Brown Co. History Center


Hidden Valley Inn



Brozinni Pizzeria

The Emerald Pencil

Colonial Bldg.

Men’s Toy Shop Main Street Images

Carmel Corn Cottage


Bright & Williamson Insurance

Hills O’Brown Realty

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville

Redbud Terrace

McGinley Insurance


Career Resource Center

First Merchants Office Bank Health For U

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Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

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Village Florist

The Salvation Army

Calvin Place


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Artists Colony Inn Toy Chest Carol’s B3 Gallery Crafts

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Cathy’s Corner

Nashville Express

Male Instinct

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Bearly Country

Coachlight Square

Brown Co Inn Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

Brown Co Community YMCA

Brown County IGA Bear Hardware Comfort Inn


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Pine Room Muddy Boots

Salt Creek Inn

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Antique Alley



Antiques Co-op.............................61 Arts, Antiques, & Garden Show..53 Be My Guest...................................37 Brown Co Antique Mall................56 Cathy’s Corner...............................65 The Emerald Pencil.......................28 Nashville General Store...............64 Plum Creek Antiques...................68 Townhouse Gifts...........................47


Antique Alley Shops.....................57 Antiques Co-op.............................61 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Back Roads Studio Tour...............31 Bear Hardware..............................33 Brown Co Antique Mall................56 Brown Co Art Gallery...................26 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................56 Cathy’s Corner...............................65 Deja Vu Art & Fine Craft Show....70 The Emerald Pencil.......................28 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Hoosier Artist................................29 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................52 Partake............................................23 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Rhoden Art Gallery at eXplore Brown County..................4 Village Art Walk.............................23


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


58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................57 Apache Tactical.............................46 Bear Hardware..............................33 Brown Co Weavery & Roots........67 Community Closet Thrift Shop...59 Deja Vu Art & Fine Craft Show....70 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 Head Over Heels...........................37 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............22 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........52 Male Instinct..................................56 Mercantile Store...........................46 Sports Etc.......................................37 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......47 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............59

Our Brown County


4th Sister Vintage Store...............54 Antique Alley Shops.....................57 Antiques Co-op.............................61 Apache Tactical.............................46 The Apple Works...........................22 Arts, Antiques, & Garden Show..53 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Back Roads Studio Tour...............31 Be My Guest...................................37 Bearly Country..............................15 Bone Appetit Bakery....................56 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Brown Co Craft Gallery................56 Brown Co Pottery..........................67 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....55 Brown Co Visitors Center.............26 Brown Co Weavery & Roots........67 Carol’s Crafts..................................57 Cathy’s Corner...............................65 Cox Creek Mill................................22 Deja Vu Art & Fine Craft Show....70 The Emerald Pencil.......................28 The Ferguson House....................21 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................21 Head Over Heels...........................37 Hillbilly Footwash.........................37 Homestead Weaving Studio.......28 Hoosier Artist................................29 House of Clocks.............................61 Hubbardstones.............................59 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 K. Bellum Leather.........................28 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................52 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........52 Madeline’s......................................46 Main Street Images......................14 Male Instinct..................................56 Men’s Toy Shop..............................31 Mercantile Store...........................46 Nashville General Store...............64 New Leaf.........................................28 Papertrix.........................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Simply 4 You..................................19 Spears Pottery...............................28 Sports Etc.......................................37 Sweet Cozy Living........................67 Sweetwater Gallery......................19 Townhouse Gifts...........................47

The Toy Chest................................59 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.29 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............59 Village Art Walk.............................23 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....47 Wishful Thinking...........................19


Brown County Playhouse............18 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....55 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..63 kidscommons................................47 Melchior Marionettes..................49 Monroe Music Park.......................36 Nashville Express..........................56 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53 Quilt Show, Pioneer Women.......67 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Rich Hill’s Magic Emporium........52


19th Hole Sports Bar & Grille......43 Abe Martin Lodge.........................30 The Apple Works...........................22 Artists Colony Inn.........................57 Bear Wallow Distillery..................23 Brown Co IGA................................18 Brown Co Inn.................................57 Brown Co Winery..........................30 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....46 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................27 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................47 Casa Del Sol...................................59 Chateau Thomas Winery.............56 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........71 Farmers’ Market............................23 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Forever Sweet................................46 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........54 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................55 Hotel Nashville....................... 63, 71 Hotel Nashville Gazebo Parties..63 House of Jerky...............................56 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Jack & Jill Nut Shop......................49 Las Chalupas Mexican Rest.........61 McDonald’s....................................67 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Candy Store..................37 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............72

Advertiser Index Nashville General Store...............64 Nashville House............................49 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........53 Schwab’s Fudge.............................62 Seasons...........................................49 Sweetea’s Tea Shop......................32 That Sandwich Place....................67 The Sunshine Shack.....................49 Trolly’s.............................................46 The Wild Olive.................................2


Olde Time Flea Market.................59


Antiques Co-op.............................61 The Ferguson House....................21 Plum Creek Antiques...................68


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


Head Over Heels...........................37 K. Bellum Leather.........................28


Antique Alley Shops.....................57 B3 Gallery.......................................28 Back Roads Studio Tour...............31 Brown Co Antique Mall................56 Brown Co Art Guild.......................29 Cathy’s Corner...............................65 Deja Vu Art & Fine Craft Show....70 Ferguson House............................21 Ferrer Gallery............................ 3, 29 Foxfire.............................................21 Grasshopper Flats.........................19 Hoosier Artist................................29 Hubbardstones.............................59 J Bob’s Trading Co.........................14 Juls Etc............................................33 LaSha’s............................................49 Main Street Images......................14 New Leaf.........................................28 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........52 Ole House.......................................15 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Too Cute at Abe’s Corner.............59 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........22


Abe Martin Lodge.........................30 Acorn Ridge B & B.........................55 Artists Colony Inn.........................57 The Brick Lodge............................71 Brown Co Inn.................................57 Camp Moneto................................63

Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................48 Creekside Retreat.........................54 eXplore Brown County..................4 Green Valley Lodge......................15 Hampton Inn.................................12 Hidden Valley Inn.........................33 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..33 Hilton Garden Inn.........................12 Holiday Inn Express......................12 Hotel Nashville..............................71 Last Resort RV Park & Campground..............................54 Lodge on the Mountain...............67 McGinley Vacation Cabins..........68 Monroe Music Park & Campground........................... 36,68 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............14 The North House...........................71 Olde Magnolia House..................54 The Overlook Lodge.....................43 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Salt Creek Inn................................52 Seasons...........................................49


Brown County History Center....29 Bill Monroe Bluegrass Museum.36 kidscommons................................47

Apache Tactical.............................46 Bearly Country..............................15 Bone Appetit Bakery....................56 Carol’s Crafts..................................57 Fallen Leaf Books..........................29 Fireplace Center............................47 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................23 House of Clocks.............................61 Hubbardstones.............................59 Hunter’s Electronics.....................53 K. Bellum Leather.........................29 Male Instinct..................................56 Men’s Toy Shop..............................31 Rich Hill’s Magic Emporium........52 Sports Etc.......................................37 The Toy Chest................................59 Wishful Thinking...........................19



Bone Appetit Bakery....................56


B3 Gallery.......................................28 Main Street Images......................14 Spears Pottery...............................28 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........19


Breeden..........................................65 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................69 ReMax Team...................................56 F.C. Tucker-Jennifer Gabriel....... 69


Camp Moneto................................63 eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............55 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Career Resource Center...............47 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........53 Nashville BP...................................15 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....47

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


Head Over Heels...........................37 K. Bellum Leather.........................29



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


Artists Colony Inn.........................57 Hotel Nashville..............................71 Village Florist.................................47

contents Cover courtesy eXplore Brown County

16 Larry Hawkins, That Sandwich Place ~by Bill Weaver

20 Frank M. Hohenberger ~by Julia Pearson

24 Experience the Forest ~by Jeff Tryon

34 Bob and Chris Gustin ~by Chrissy Alspaugh 38-39 Photos by Jeff Danielson 40-42 Calendar of Events 44 Art Gallery Expansion

~by Paul Minnis

~by Tom Rhea

~by Mark Blackwell

~by Jim Eagleman

~by Chrissy Alspaugh

50 T.C. Steele

58 Monroe’s Uncle Pen Days 60 Our Woods

62 A Treasure Hunt 64 Playhouse Preview

66 Back Roads Studio Tour


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

Bill Weaver is an author and radio personality currently living in Bloomington. He’s published The College of Beer: The Story of Nick’s English Hut, and numerous zines including ER, D’KNOW, and The New York Squid. He writes for Our Brown County, and the Bloomington Herald-Times Homes section. He’s known as Gus Travers, the host of WFHB’s The Dark End of the Street. Jim Eagleman is a 40 year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as an interpretive naturalist, first working at Turkey Run State Park for three years and for the last 34 at Brown County. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking. Jim is currently working on his memoirs. Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an awardwinning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max. Paul Minnis is a former journalist with 20 years of daily newspaper experience. He works these days as an analyst with the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, a division of the Indiana Supreme Court. A native of Haubstadt in southern Indiana, he has lived in Bartholomew County for 16 years. He has a wife, Monica, and a daughter, Ashlynn. Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt and two children. She can be reached at <christina_alspaugh@yahoo.com>. View her work at <ChristinaAlspaughPhotography.com> or on Facebook. Tom Rhea received a BFA in painting from Indiana University. He worked for twenty-five years as a master sculptor in a local medallic arts company. He produces detailed paintings in gouache of local landmark and campus scenes. He is currently teaching drawing and art history for Ivy Tech Community College, and has volunteered for several years as a docent at the IU Museum of Art.

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Jeff Danielson spent most of his childhood in Wales, Britain, and Scotland after his family moved there from Philadelphia. He returned to the United States to attend college and ended up at Indiana University to work on a doctorate in classical archaeology. He owned and operated the Runcible Spoon Café for 25 years until he sold it in 2001. He has since become immersed in nature photography. He and his wife D’Arcy live on the Brown County/Monroe County line. You can see his work at Ferrer Gallery and at <browncountyphoto.com>.

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Note From the Publisher

Quilt Show

the Pioneer Village Museum. The group has raised more than $100,000 for the Historical Society since their first fundraiser in 1969. Members of the Pioneer Women meet weekly to make crafts, including quilts, to sell in the History Center gift shop. On weekends members of the group dress up in period clothing and show visitors what it was like to live in pioneer days. It is a treat to see the village’s displays and the spinning and weaving demonstrations. Other crafts like blacksmithing can be seen there. The beautiful new History Center officially opened its doors this spring. Members of the Historical Society and the Pioneer Women can now share with others the result of years of dedicated effort. The Pioneer Village Museum and the Brown County History Center are located just north of the courthouse in downtown Nashville. The hours are 1 to 4 Tuesday–Saturday and the donation is $2. For more information you can call (812) 988-2899. —Cindy Steele 



he Brown County Historical Society Pioneer Women’s Quilt Show is back this year and resides in a new home, the Brown County History Center. When the Society sold the building on State Road 135 to help fund the new center’s construction, organizers had to borrow space at other locations. The event was not held last year due to some scheduling conflicts. The new center provides the perfect venue for this long time tradition. This year’s event is sure to receive more traffic with the downtown location and peak autumn timing. The show will be held October 9, 10 and 11 with Friday and Saturday hours of 10 to 5 and Sunday hours 10 to 3. There will be spinning and weaving demonstrations and musical performances. Over 100 quilts will be on display, some for sale. A lunch café of sandwiches, salads, and homemade pies is provided by the Pioneer Women. A quilt drawing will be held at 3:00 Sunday. It is impressive to see that many quilts in one place at one time—colorful patchwork craftsmanship representing, no doubt, thousands of hours of effort. The Pioneer Women put countless volunteer hours into making the event happen and into keeping up

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Larry Hawkins That Sandwich Place

photos by Cindy Steele


ometimes Nature takes its course, I reflected as I walked through Nashville after another hard rain, its power off, traffic lights out. I was here to talk with Larry Hawkins, owner of the venerable That Sandwich Place who, like the rest of town, was taking an unexpected afternoon off. Nature has been hard on Hawkins this year, flooding his home earlier this summer while destroying much of his fabled collection of Indiana University basketball memorabilia. “I couldn’t get anything else in here,” he says, looking, around his restaurant where framed pictures of Coach Knight and his players cover

”What I enjoy about the restaurant business is that I’ve never had a day here when I didn’t have fun. A lot of people go to work and hate their job. ”

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every last inch of the walls. “So I had it packed away in big tubs.” Water rose several feet in his store room, lifting the waterproof containers, turning them over, and popping open the lids. “Anyhow, that’s just part of life,” he shrugs, accepting what he can’t change. Born in Hazard, Kentucky, Hawkins grew up in New Albany. He was working as a buyer for the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant during the waning days of the Vietnam War when his brother Bill called. While reviewing plans for the remodeling of the Ramada Inn, which Andy Rogers had recently purchased and renamed The Seasons Lodge, Bill had

wandered down the stairs from Rogers’s Nashville House office, finding himself standing in a large empty space, a Jack LaChance mural stretching around the room’s perimeter. Bill thought it was the perfect spot in the perfect town to open the restaurant Larry had been talking about. “My wife and I had a lot of friends in New Albany but we decided to take the chance and move up here,” he says. It was a decision they’d never regret. “When I opened the restaurant, I ran an ad for help,” he remembers. “I seat 72 people in here, but the whole place filled up and I had a waiting line! I interviewed every one of them—it took me several hours.” Jeni Moberly was one of the first people he talked with. “I interviewed her right at this table,” he says, rapping the top with his knuckles. “She is the first person that I hired and she’s still with me.” he continues. “She has no faults. Never missed a day, never been late. If she has any problems, you’d never know it. Once she comes through that door, it’s all smiles.” Just then Jeni comes up to refill my coffee. “I’m just bragging on you, as usual,” he says, looking up. “I need documentation on that,” she replies dryly. Soon after, Larry added an ice cream shop to his businesses, and then bought the Nashville Express Tour Train. The train provides an introduction to Nashville and its history, as well as connecting the downtown to the area Inns. The first couple of years he drove it himself, after closing the restaurant in the afternoon. “As soon as I got out of here I’d run down and hop on the train and put my hand on the drive,” he laughs. “We had a lot of fun back then. “I’m retirement age now so I sold the ice cream place and I’m in the process of selling the trains. This will be my only business.”

Of course, much of the legend of That Sandwich Place concerns Larry’s friendship with legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight. The walls are a shrine to the great Hoosier teacher. “After I met Coach Knight and became friends with him, I told my wife, ‘I’m going to collect everything I can on Coach Knight.’ This is how it ended up,” he shrugs. “Until then, I just had antiques on the wall. Every time I’d get another picture, I’d take an antique down.” Coach Knight made sure that Larry had one of the best seats in Assembly Hall. “He set me right behind him,” he marvels. “Unbelievable ride I had for 20 years. I could write a book on what I saw. We still talk to each other a few times during the year. Every now and then he’ll pop in.”

It’s easy to see how Larry has built such a loyal clientele. Yes, he likes to talk, but he also listens, taking obvious delight in conversation. “Anybody who knows Larry Hawkins will tell you that I never stop talking,” he laughs. “What I enjoy about the restaurant business is that I’ve never had a day here when I didn’t have fun. A lot of people go to work and hate their job. “I started here when I was 30 years old and I’m getting to retirement age, but I wouldn’t mind spending a few more years. It’s been my whole life. There’s a lot of fine people here.” First opening on April 8, 1972, That Sandwich Place is located at 15 S. Van Buren Street in Nashville, below Nashville House. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call (812) 988-2355. Search That Sandwich Place on Facebook. 

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Y E A R RO U N D L I V E E N T E R TA I N M E N T Sept. 18, 24, October 1 & 2

September 19, 26, October 3

September 25

A Comedy Play by the Brown County Community Theater

Powerhouse trio performance

Piano-pumpin rock n’ roll show

Tribute to the nation’s best rockers

October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

November 7

November 13

September 4 & 5, 11 & 12

Rounding Thırd

A Comedy Play by Richard Dresser directed by Casey Kersey

r rde at the u M Howard Johnson’’ss A live comedy play by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick

A Comedy Play about a love triangle with twists and turns

Movie Events

and the latest releases The Rocky Horror Picture Show r

A Sweet Night with Another Round Live concert with IU all-male A Cappella group

October 31 · 10 pm

Comedian Heywood Banks 3rd straight year – crowd favorite


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Heartland Film Festival Best of the Fest November 20 & 21 Regular Movie Schedule & Tickets Online Adults $5 | Children/Students $4


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Wild West • Prairie • Civil War Roaring 20s and more! 145 S. Van Buren • Nashville, IN • 812-988-7305 Next to Artist Colony Inn, behind Sweetwater Gallery

est. 1972

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Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

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

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

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Frank M. Hohenberger Art Through the Lens ~by Julia Pearson


ictures speak the only language all mankind can understand,” wrote Frank M. Hohenberger in his diary. It was a language he used to tell the world about his love of photography and the people and countryside in his Brown County, Indiana home. Hohenberger was born in Defiance, Ohio to John and Louise Hohenberger on January 4, 1876. Orphaned at the tender age of five years, he was raised by his paternal grandparents with a sister and two brothers. He attended a Lutheran German language school. After his schooling, Frank was taught to set type and operate a printing press in a print shop owned by his uncle in Paulding, Ohio. Hohenberger left Paulding in 1892 and spent the next ten years working in newspapers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois. Settling in Indianapolis in 1902, he worked as a compositor for the Indianapolis Star. A passage in his diary informs us that he started photographing around this time. That same year, he received his membership card in the International Typographic

Union, a membership kept current throughout his life. He was presented with a sixty-year pin in 1961. He left the Star’s composing room in 1909 when he became a photographer for the H. Lieber Company of Indianapolis, but returned to his former job with the Star in 1914. When he looked through an acquaintance’s photographs of Brown County, Hohenberger became interested in the opportunities. He was sufficiently intrigued to make several exploratory trips to the area between 1912 and 1917. A change in ownership of the newspaper resulted in Hohenberger’s losing his job in 1916. He spent a few months managing an Indianapolis camera shop before moving to Nashville in the summer of 1917. He was 41 years old, had twentyfive dollars in savings, and an eight-dollar lens for his camera. He established a studio in Nashville and made it his home for the rest of his life. He told a magazine writer that it was “a place with only about 300 population, with two groceries, a livery stable, a drug store, and a boarding house.” He told friends he had found a home in “the valley of peace…restfulness that brings inspiration.” For over forty years, he sold prints as well as doing special photographic commissions. His photography benefited from his

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Photos from the Frank M. Hohenberger Collection, Lilly Library. (From top to bottom) 1920s images of Allie Ferguson, boarding house proprietor, artist Ada Shulz and Grandma Barnes, and Brown County character Chris Brummett.

artistic eye and his keen business sense. By 1920 he was selling his photos for as much as $25 each. In the midst of the Great Depression in 1933, Hohenberger was making about $5,000 a year. He turned a great deal of his income back into more equipment. Lorna Lutes Sylvester, in an article for The Indiana Magazine of History in 1975, writes about a running feud between Hohenberger and his artist friends on the merits of photography and painting. It was a subject that he often mentioned in his lectures. The Brown County Art Gallery Association made him an honorary member because of “his contribution to art through the camera lens.” Hohenberger’s weekly column in the Indianapolis Star from 1923 to 1932, and from 1936 to 1954, did much to promote Brown County. Appearing in the Sunday edition, it was entitled “Down in the Hills o’ Brown County” and it featured the minutiae of daily life—stories of the local characters and details of local politics, court tidbits, and the colony of artists. The column was often accompanied with photos of the county’s personalities. Hohenberger published a sixty-three page pamphlet in 1952 using his Star column as the title. Reprinting some of his earlier journalistic work, the pamphlet also contained original material and provided a brief history of Brown County and its resources and attractions. Another pursuit was a monthly publication named the Nashville Observer. Hohenberger wrote it, published it, and printed it on his studio’s hand-operated printing press. “Devoted to Folks Interested in the Future Welfare of Brown County,” proclaimed its masthead. It was issued from 1955 to 1957. Hohenberger, the “Sage of Brown County” as he became known, died on November 15, 1963. A few years after his death, the Herron Museum of Art in Indianapolis held an exhibition of his photographs. For his Indianapolis Star column, he was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1976. Frank M. Hohenberger’s work that documented the customs, people, and environment of the hills of Brown County now resides at the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington. There are more than 17,000 prints and negatives in the collection, Hohenberger’s Continued on 26

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

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Over 50 Varieties of APPLES!

Sept. 19,20 Highland Reign + Clan Desdin Oct. 10, 11 The Great Pumpkin Run To register and for details visit www.thegreatpumpkinrun.com

Pick your own Pumpkin in the Patch!

MUSIC Sept. 5–Oct. 25

Albert C. Drake

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Experience the Forest

~by Jeff Tryon

photo courtesy eXplore Brown County


rown County has many attractions—the art, the history, the shopping—but the most amazing thing about it is the woods. The great forest is immense, dominating the county and the southern half of the state, incomparable in its diversity and beauty. It is an accepted matter of lore around these parts that you will feel better if you take the time to somehow connect with nature, to touch the face of the forest. It’s as easy as a walk in the park. Brown County State Park, that is. In addition to all the usual amenities of destination tourism—a first class lodge and restaurant with an indoor water park, an Olympic size outdoor pool, extensive and well-developed campgrounds for RV and tent camping, two pristine and beautiful fishing lakes, dozens of rustic shelterhouses and picnic facilities—the 16,000-acre park features an extensive network of hiking and horse trails. A dozen well-marked and maintained hiking trails covering 18 miles in total will lead you out into the forest, into spots renowned for

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generations for instilling the spirit of peace and welcoming the “Aha!” moment. The state park has a horse barn with riding tours (and pony rides for the kids), and a separate horsemen’s camp with top notch facilities and 70 miles of developed backcountry horse trails. The park has a national reputation as a top mountain biking destination. With five independent loops and three connector trails, the single track trail system covers a 600-foot change in elevation over a two mile descent through steep hills, contour trails, natural rock outcroppings, creek crossings, and other features. There are other paths into the Brown County woods. The 23,326-acre Yellowwood State Forest spreads out over the northern and western part of Brown county, centering around Yellowwood Lake and featuring fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping with developed campsites, primitive camping, and horsemen campsites. Yellowwood has boat ramps and rowboat rentals by the hour or day. Once you have rowed yourself and perhaps a loved one to the center of the 133-acre acre lake, pause for a few minutes to look around. There is good hiking in Yellowwood, including a pretty modest and short trail and some more challenging, longer hikes. Opportunities to experience miles of marked and mapped trails don’t end there. Near the little town of Story on State Road 135 South, you can connect with a number of excellent trails in the Hoosier National Forest, including the 8.6 mile Nebo Ridge Trail, for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.

The 260-acre Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve features rare Eastern Hemlocks and the namesake 200-foot bluffs. In southwestern Brown County, forest lovers can visit the Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill off of Valley Branch Road. The Hoosier Hikers Council is currently building a trail through the rugged nearly one square mile preserve, “part of a huge block of contiguous forest habitat, protected forever for the benefit of songbirds, raptors, and box turtles.” Near Bean Blossom, the 350-acre Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve, located off of Freeman Ridge Road, features a three-mile trail through the oak covered ridges and ravines. There’s a relatively new way to touch the face of the great forest—the zipline. “The dense hardwood forest of Brown County and the Hoosier National Forest provide a true canopy style adventure flying tree to tree top over a lake and

photo by Cindy Steele

Also near Story lies the Charles Deem Wilderness, the state’s only federally designated wilderness in a 13,000 acre area. According to their literature it “managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude.” There it is. Opportunities for solitude in a pristine natural setting. It may not seem like a big thing, but in today’s hustling and bustling world, it can be a rare and precious commodity. The 4.9-mile Sycamore Trail is the only one in the Deem Wilderness Area exclusively for hikers. Horse riders share the other 37 miles of trails. The latest trend in wilderness preservation and access is land trusts like The Nature Conservancy Project and the Sycamore Land Trust which both manage properties you can visit and enjoy in Brown County. One of the newest is the 46-acre Stafford Family Preserve located at the end of Upper Schooner Road, which will be open to the public once a parking lot and hiking trail are built.

deep wooded ravines,” states promotions from eXplore Brown County, located on Valley Branch Road in southeastern Brown County. Don’t worry, you’ll be “wearing a harness and tethered to a safety cable” while you walk across the 68-foot “Walking on Air Sky Bridge” or fly “across the lake over 395 feet of cable, reaching heights of 50 feet before finally landing in a tree platform 18 feet above ground.” Continued on 26

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FOREST continued from 25 There are other zips around including “The Holler Hoppin’ Ziplines” at Rawhide Ranch on State Road 135 South, which also features hiking and bridle trails. Or you could just take a short walk down a wellmaintained path like the Salt Creek Trail—maybe find a bench or a log and sit still for a few minutes. Listen to birds, the wind, whatever goes on out there. Experience the forest. Take time to enjoy the beauty and restorative properties of nature. You owe it to yourself. 

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

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

type-written diary, clippings from various newspapers, and correspondence. Dillon Bustin, author of If You Don’t Outdie Me, wrote, “The story goes that Hohenberger knew Herman B Wells and wanted to leave some of his valuable published negatives to Indiana University. After Hohenberger’s death Wells may have withheld some private items but deposited most of the studio materials in the Lilly Library.” Admirers can see Hohenberger’s work in Frank M. Hohenberger’s Indiana Photographs, edited by Cecil K. Byrd; and If You Don’t Outdie Me, by Dillon Bustin. An on-line visual feast of the Hohenberger photographs is found on the website of the Lilly Library. The Brown County Library’s lower level lobby area is decorated with his work. The Hobnob Corner and Nashville House restaurants also display some of his photographs. 

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Weaving a Life Together

~story and photos by Chrissy Alspaugh o say Bob and Chris Gustin’s careers have woven them together would be a, punintended, understatement. Since opening Homestead Weaving Studio in southeast Brown County 15 years ago, Chris has watched the sales of her hand-woven rugs, clothing, and table-runners sky-rocket. Bob arrived along with two goals: to reach the position of newspaper editor and, upon retirement, join his wife in the studio. Bob stepped down as editor of The Republic newspaper in 2011 and spent few years on community projects. He recently partnered with Chris in the business. “It was an adjustment for her to have me here full-time,” he said with a laugh. “But relationships are constantly changing. If we’re not flexible enough to be considerate of how the other person is adjusting to the changes… our relationship is the poorer for it.” These two know that well. It’s not the first time they’ve worked side-by-side. As a high school graduate, Bob packed his banjo and a guitar-playing buddy into his Oregon-bound Chevy. It wasn’t long before they found themselves out of money, picking strawberries as migrant laborers, and in need of a tow home to Colorado. He turned to his experience editing the high school newspaper. Chris first studied political science in college and then psychology, before happening upon a summer job as a newspaper ad saleswoman, getting her first taste of photography. She switched her major to journalism, later filling a fine arts requirement with weaving. After graduation, she set out to pursue folk singing in New York City. Instead, she became a book publisher’s editorial assistant. She soon left to work at a weaving school in Pennsylvania. But it wasn’t long before she followed “three hippies”

Bob and Chris Gustin


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launching a weaving shop in Boulder, Colorado. Bob and Chris met in 1971 at a garage fire near Boulder. They discovered that the 10-by-50-foot construction trailer Bob cobbled into a home sat squarely next to the one Chris had just rented. Chris taught Bob how to use a camera and got him a job where she was working as an editorial assistant at the University of Colorado. Two years later, the now-married Gustins teamed up on the copy and photo desks at the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper. Bob soon moved on to a job in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on the condition that they hire Chris. “We worked together quite well,” she said. Bob explained, “We disagreed politically, but I overlooked that because of her beautiful soul.” In Nebraska, Chris left newspapers and opened a shop selling weavings and macramé. By the early 1980s, Bob’s aspirations as editor moved the family, now including

He recently sat weaving woolen suit scraps toted around since Pennsylvania in the 1970s, while Chris meticulously threaded a new warp. They take great pride in turning materials destined for a landfill into lasting pieces of art. Chris has woven with thousands of thrift storescrap neckties, the selvedge edge of clothing, and upholstery trimmings from mills, paper, and even bubble wrap. The couple’s newest venture is turning a factory’s sock scraps into rugs and potholders kits. Bob crafts various-sized potholder looms in his wood shop. Since last summer, they’ve kept 9,000 pounds of sock scraps from becoming trash. daughter Erin, to Indiana and the Evansville Courier. Chris’s weaving career took root in a studio above their garage. The family also welcomed a son, Andrew. The two Evansville newspapers switched ownership in 1986, and Bob became managing editor of the Evansville Press. When Andrew entered school, Chris re-entered the world of journalism on the copy desk. In 1998, the paper closed. From three job offers, Bob chose Columbus because of its proximity to arts-and-crafts-rich Brown County. Chris has woven thousands of pieces, became a charter member of the Indiana Artisan organization, and is active in an array of arts and community organizations. She said having worked together for so many years showed her how seriously Bob took his work and gave her empathy for his demanding position. But as he neared turning 60, Chris wanted him back. He retired the day after his birthday. Chris reports that Bob has assumed responsibility for leading studio tours, maintaining her more than 20 looms, and doing a bit of weaving.

The volume of Chris’ weaving is slowing, though she still works 60 to 65 hours weekly. She’s known quite a few “old weavers” and plans to become one of them. As they think about weaving this last chapter of their lives together, the Gustins can’t imagine a better setting. Chris said Brown County offers solitude when she wants it and the friendship of incredible artists when she needs it. “We really do love it here,” Bob said. “It’s definitely the best place we’ve ever lived.” Homestead Weaving is located at 6285 S Hamilton Creek Road, offering woven rugs, clothing, and gifts. They also carry looms and weaving supplies. They are usually open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during October for the Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour. Call ahead at (812) 988-8622. The website is <homesteadweaver.com>. 

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Back Home Again in Indiana, The Home of Bluegrass Music





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BILL MONROE MEMORIAL MUSIC PARK & CAMPGROUND FOR INFORMATION OR TO CHARGE BY PHONE: (800)414-4677 OR (812)988-6422 • 5163 SR 135 N. BEAN BLOSSOM, IN 46160 www.beanblossom.us • Email beanblossombg@hotmail.com DIRECTIONS: Take I-65 to exit #68 Columbus, IN. Go west 15 miles on SR 46 to Nashville. Go north 5 miles on SR 135 to Bean Blossom.


*Advance Ticket Dealine September 1, 2015. All shows rain or shine-no refunds. All acts subject to change without notice. WE DO NOT ALLOW Alcohol, Drugs, Pets, Golf Carts, Large Coolers, Glass Containers or ATV’s in the concert area.

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Calendar Brown County Playhouse Most performances at 7:30 “Rounding Third” Sept. 4, 5, 11, 12 “Respect, the Women of Rock n’ Soul” Sept. 18, 24, Oct. 1, 2 Ross Martinie-Eiler and the Rockabilly Cats Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 “Working Class Heroes: Tribute to Nation’s Best Rockers” Sept. 25 “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” Oct. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 MOVIES –THE LATEST RELEASES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Melchior Marionettes “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” Sept. 5, 19 “Slightly Haunted Puppet Theatre” Sept. 26, 27, Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 Showtimes 1:00 and 3:00 and extra times in October Free Popcorn! Tickets $5 Westside of S. Van Buren St. Downtown Nashville

Pine Room - Muddy Boots Music 7 Days a Week—Not all dates were booked at time of publication Sept. 1 Travers Marks 7:00 Sept. 2 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Sept. 3 Chuck Wills/Kara Barnard 7:00 Sept. 4 Kade Puckett 6:00 Black, White, & Blues Band 9:00 Sept. 5 Craig Thurston 5:00 Stella & Friends 8:00 Sept. 6 New Old Cavalry 7:00 Sept. 8 Jason Blankenship 7:00 Sept. 9 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. Sept. 10 Avocado Chic 7:00 Sept. 11 Kade Puckett 6:00 Avocado Chic 9:00 Sept. 12 Will Scott 9:00 Sept. 13 Lost Shoe String Band 6:00 Sept. 15 The Hammer & the Hatchet 7:00 Sept. 16 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Sept. 17 Mike Rosenfeld 7:00 Sept. 18 Kade Puckett 6:00 Boxcar Annies 9:00 Sept. 19 Dakota Joe 8:00 Sept. 21 Don Ford 7:00 Sept. 22 Joe Porter 7:00 Sept. 23 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Sept. 24 Lucky & the Kid 7:00 (Picker Dan & Barry Elkins) Sept. 25 Kade Puckett 6:00 Adam Yeager 9:00 Sept. 26 Ghosts of Kin 8:00 Sept. 29 Dave Sisson 7:00 Sept. 30 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Oct. 1 Chuck Wills/Kara Barnard 7:00 Oct. 2 Kade Puckett 6:00 The McGuires 9:00 Oct. 4 New Old Cavalry 7:00 Oct. 6 Travers Marks 7:00 Oct. 7 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Oct. 8 Avocado Chic 7:00 Oct. 9 Kade Puckett 6:00 Flea Bitten Dawgs 9:00 Oct. 10 Indiana Boys 8:00 Oct. 13 Roger Banister Duo 7:00 Oct. 14 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Oct. 15 Boxcar Annies 7:00 Oct. 16 Kade Puckett 6:00 Travers Marks 9:00 Oct. 17 White Lightning Boys 8:00 Oct. 19 Don Ford 7:00 Oct. 20 The Hammer & the Hatchet 7:00 Oct. 21 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Oct. 22 Lucky & the Kid 7:00 (Picker Dan & Barry Elkins) Oct. 23 Kade Puckett 6:00 Oct. 24 The McGuires 8:00 Oct. 28 Open mic w/ Dave Sisson 7:00 Oct. 30 Kade Puckett 6:00 812-988-0236 and on Facebook

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

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pARTake 4th Saturday of the month Chateau Thomas Winery, 3:00-5:00 Enjoy wine and refreshments as you learn from an area artist. $40 per person; includes one glass of complimentary wine, refreshments, instruction. materials. Sept. 26 From Dark to Light-Dick Ferrer Oct. 24 Autumn Landscapes Cheryl Duckworth www.artalliancebrowncounty.com

13th Annual Bean Blossom Bikerfest Sept. 8-13, all day at Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom Music, bike rides, poker runs, field events 812-988-6422 ballsbiker.com

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27th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest and Tastings Sept. 12, 7:00 am-4:00 at TC Steele State Historic Site in Belmont. Features artists painting on the site grounds, 2:00 concert with The Jefferson St. Parade Band. Local food trucks serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00. 812-988-2785 tcsteele.org

Brown County Art Colony Weekend Sept. 11-13 at various venues in Brown County. See more on folowing page.

Great Brown Co Shootout Sept. 12, 13 Sept. 12 evening concert, Mike’s Music & Dance Barn, with Jeff Batson, Eric Haines and 17 South. Proceeds benefit EMTs, St. Jude Hospital, and Wounded Warriors Events include a benefit ride, golf scramble, and arts and crafts festival thegreatbrowncountyshootout.com

Hoosier Hops & Harvest Sept. 12, 1:00-7:00, at Story Inn 30 craft or micro breweries from in a sixstate area. Must be at least 21. Live music, and food. 812-988-2273 hoosierhopsandharvest.com

BucCornEar Festival Sept.18,19, Fri. 3:00-8:00, Sat. 10:00 am-8:00 at Jackson Twp Fire Dept. in Helmsburg. Pirates, Popcorn and Fire Prevention. Hamilton Creek Bluegrass, Food, Vendors 812-988-6201 buccornear.webs.com

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Sept. 19 W. Main St. in Nashville Sat. 10:00 am-5:00 Sept. 12,13 Brown County State Park Sat. at Brown Co Inn 8-noon-awards, food Abe Martin Pig Roast Picnic, cornhole competition, plunger toss competition, Sun.“Flag Drags” at Brown Co Dragway parade, time trials, and NASHCAR race See some of the nicest rods, customs, wecaregang.org muscle cars, trucks, and antiques.

Exploring the Stories We Tell Ourselves Writing, Yoga, and Painting Retreat with Pam Raider, Lee Edgren, Dixie Ferrer Sept. 19, 10:00 am to 4:00. Accessing clarifying energy through yoga, talking, walking, writing, and art. For registration and more info contact Dixie Ferrer 812-988-1944

41st Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Fest Sept. 23-26 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 beanblossom.us

Back Roads of Brown County Tour of Studios Month of October. Free self-guided tour. Works for sale and artists demonstrations. BrownCountyStudioTour.com

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

Arts, Antiques, and Garden Treasures Show and Sale Oct. 4, 10:00 am-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

Quilt Show Pioneer Women’s Club Oct. 9, 10, 11; Fri. & Sat. 10:00 am-5:00; Sun. 10:00 am-3:00 Brown County History Center Over 100 quilts. Spinning/weaving demos, Lunch Cafe, Quilt drawing Sun. Apply at browncountyhistorycenter.org

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

Ferrer Gallery Autumn Exhibit in October The artists-in-residence and good friends Dixie Ferrer, Dick Ferrer, and Barb Brooke Davis are exporing new directions. Dick, acrylic paintings, Dixie, mixed media, and Barb, wool creations Receptions Oct. 9, 4:00 to 8:00 and Oct. 10, 10:00 am to 8:00 812-988-1994

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 indianaraptorcenter.org

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Bucks & Does Square Dances YMCA Oct. 2 8:00-10:30 The YMCA is located at 105 Willow Street

Abe Martin’s Brown County Art Colony Weekend Sept. 11-13 Outhouse Race/Picnic

The Brown County Art Colony Weekend will be held in collaboration with the Brown County Art Guild, the Brown County History Center, the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, the Brown County Art Alliance, and the Brown County Playhouse. Activities include historical and contemporary exhibitions, music, lecture, a panel discussion, and plein air paintouts. It is a revival of the Brown County Art Renaissance celebrated for 13 consecutive years from 1993 to 2006, originally organized by Margaret Colglazier, along with Charles Keefe, Pat Blevins, and Rachel Perry. Opening Reception–Friday The opening reception will take place at the Brown County History Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with refreshments including T.C. Steele’s birthday cake and entertainment by the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society Ensemble. Great Outdoor Art Contest–Saturday The paintout, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a plein air art contest open to adults, teens and children, professional, intermediate, and beginning artists. Adult categories include oil—professional/advanced; oil—beginner/intermediate; acrylic, watercolor, mixed media/drawing/other. Child (12 and under) and Teen categories may be any media. This year’s first place and People’s Choice winners will be

displayed at the Brown Art Guild from September 13–October 14. Artists and visitors can check out Steele’s work and can also view paintings by the contest judges, Patricia Rhoden Bartels, Wyatt LeGrand, and Dianne Deckard Davis. The Jefferson St. Parade Band will perform at 2 p.m. and local food trucks will begin serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., or until they run out. Art Walk–Saturday On Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., during the second Saturday Art Walk, the Brown County Art Guild will display the unframed paintings from the Great Outdoor Art Contest. The Sanderson family will entertain. Nashville Villagescape PaintOut and Breakfast with the Artists–Sunday On Sunday, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the Nashville Villagescape Plein Air painters will have breakfast at the Artists Colony Inn. The PaintOut will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash prizes for first, second, third, and honorable mention. Panel Discussion–Sunday From noon to 1:30 p.m. a panel discussion will be held of people who new the early Brown County artists and authors who have written about them. Closing Reception–Sunday From 2 to 4 p.m. a closing reception at the Art Guild will include winning paintings from the paintouts. 

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The 11th Annual Abe Martin World Championship NASHCAR Outhouse Race and Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 19 in Nashville on West Main Street. 10:00 am Trials/Parade of Outhouses 11:30 am Abe Martin Pig Roast Picnic 12:00 pm Corn Hole Competition 1:00 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 <www.wecaregang.org>. 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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Art Gallery Expansion

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~by Paul Minnis


ave you seen what is happening to the Brown County Art Gallery? The building at 1 Artist Drive is doubling in size from about 6,400 square feet to nearly 15,000 square feet. Established in 1926, the Brown County Art Gallery originally was housed in a former grocery store but moved in 1968 to its current site on Artist Drive. It survived wars, depressions, recessions, fire, and relocation, making it one of the oldest galleries in the United States. The Brown County Art Gallery is an asset poised to assume a greater role in the community. New features like the Art Education Center will provide aspiring artists encouragement and training to fulfill their potential, while the county itself should benefit economically from increased tourism. More square footage means more room to display the art currently sitting in storage. More art on display will encourage artists to show and sell their works. More artists showing their works will inspire a new generation of artists to carry forward Brown County’s traditions. Chris Newlund, a Columbus artist who has paintings on display at the gallery, said the capacity to feature more art is a major plus. She said the real benefit of expansion,

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though, is that tourism is sure to follow. “There will be more exposure for my work and the work of other artists,” she said. “There is no more beautiful place than Brown County, and these improvements mean more people will be getting the chance to see it.” The $1.7 million expansion project is being funded through monetary and in-kind donations. Contributions from area trusts include the Howard F. Hughes fund, the Brown County Community Foundation, Efroymson trust, and the Heritage Trust of Bartholomew County. The project managers are Bob Stevens, Expansion Chair, Steve Miller, the architect; and Jim Schulz, electrician. Local contractors include Star Electric; Dunham Plumbing; Richard Sapp, stone mason; Steve Miller, the builder; Dave Freshour, carpenter; and Bern Waldhier/Designscape, landscaping. The Brown County Art Gallery Foundation owns the building and the permanent art collection. It leases space to the Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association, which in turn releases some of that space for use by Indiana Heritage Arts (IHA). The IHA sponsors a juried art competition each June that awards The back of the building addition.

Art Gallery Foundation president Lyn Letsinger-Miller with Steve Miller, architect.

as much as $80,000 in prizes, and it displays a permanent collection of art. The Art Association and IHA pay approximately 30 percent of the cost of operating the building. The foundation raises the rest, partly by claiming a percentage of artists’ sales of consigned art, and partly from the financial and in-kind support of art lovers who believe in the gallery’s mission. Over the course of any given year, more than 1,000 paintings are taken down so they can be switched out with others, depending on the needs of programs or exhibits. When those programs end, the art is switched back again. “We have vaults spilling over, and we just need more room,” LetsingerMiller said. “We shouldn’t have to take down art, ever. This expansion will allow everyone to exhibit at the same time, which creates a huge draw.” The Glen Cooper Henshaw room currently serves a multiuse function. Instead of being surrounded by Henshaw’s works, a visitor currently sees those works only on one wall while the other three features unrelated works from other artists. The expansion will allow Henshaw’s full collection— about 90 pieces—to take over the room exclusively and permanently, as intended. A new gallery will focus on the work of woodblock artist Gustave Baumann. The Art Gallery owns a collection of the artist’s work, and others are being pledged from his estate to round it out. Collectively, the Baumann works will be valued at more than $100,000. Another new attraction will honor the work of the late bird artist Bill Zimmerman. The room will be set up just like Zimmerman’s actual studio, complete with a desk, paint brushes, and partially finished artwork. There will also be a gift shop with books, videos, note cards, and prints, a new office space, and a history area. High-tech improvements will connect the old and new sections of the building. The protection of millions of dollars worth of precious art had to be considered at all times. The project required the addition of special lighting to eliminate damage from ultraviolet rays, air conditioning systems to control humidity, and concrete fire doors and fire walls to replace the sprinkler systems.

“It’s great to see it all come together,” said Steve Miller, the architect, whose grandfather, Dale Bessire, was an artist who came to Brown County in 1913. Twenty-seven speakers will carry music and sound through the facility, with off and on switches in each space. Eighteen security cameras positioned through the expanded building will feed into a centrally positioned office, providing an extra layer of security. Large video screens will be featured in the Art Education Center, in the Artists Association Exhibition space, and the new lobby. Smaller screens will be displayed throughout the building. The studio space will provide a platform for lectures, special programs, and meetings. The Oil Painters of America, the nation’s most prestigious association for artists, is talking seriously about bringing a national show to the facility in 2017. “It’s not just tourism we’re generating,” said LetsingerMiller. “We will draw a caliber of tourist that has money.” The Art Gallery attracts about 6,500 a year currently, and that figure is expected to grow to about 11,000 after the expansion is completed and programs launched. A Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 24. The event is a fundraiser and reservations can be made by calling the Gallery at (812) 988-4609. 

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T.C. Steele Selma and T.C. Steele at their Brown County home.


~by Tom Rhea

oosier artist Theodore Clement Steele left a legacy as a portrait artist, educator, organizer, and mainly, as a landscape painter in love with the rolling hills of Brown County, where he died in 1926 on the property now known as the T.C. Steele State Historical Site. After rigorous training in old and new European styles, he brought unique flavor to impressionist landscape painting during a time of rapid change in America. His success became greatly significant for broader art movements across the country. T. C. Steele (born 1847) came of age in rural Indiana at a time when opportunities to pursue an arts education in America were few. Even artists with significant careers were self-taught and largely itinerant. After the Civil War, though, the art world developed a cosmopolitan curiosity, and art students swarmed to training in Paris and Munich. Among the upper classes, the tradition of a Grand Tour of European capitals came into vogue, and the American museum movement gathered steam in the 1870’s, with major museums opening in Boston and New York. Having shown artistic promise at an early age, T. C. Steele received his initial arts training through private lessons in Greencastle, Indiana, and Chicago. After several years supporting himself as an art teacher and portrait painter, his reputation attracted thirteen contributing sponsors to the cost of sending him to the Royal Academy in Munich, Germany. In the summer of 1880, Steele departed the US accompanied by a wife and

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three children. John Adams and William Forsythe joined him, both fellow artists of the Hoosier Group. Although the Royal Academy was strongly academic in its teaching, many artists were exposed to the bold painting style of J. Frank Currier. An American painter who stayed in Munich for years after his schooling, he worked with the Hoosiers during summer break following their first year at the Academy, introducing them to plein air (outdoor) painting. The impact of Munich training shows clearly in Steele’s masterwork, “The Boatman,” submitted at the end of studies as a kind of final exam, and currently housed at Indiana University’s

Art Museum. Steele’s paintings at this time show a solid sense of form, and an inventive and dramatic sense of light, especially backlighting. Adams, Forsythe, and Steele had a successful group show with the Art Association of Indianapolis in 1885 before returning from Europe. With a new generation of local art schools, art galleries, art critics, art buyers, and associations, artists were no longer limited to New York or Philadelphia for their livelihood. Chicago critics responded ecstatically to paintings by Steele and the Hoosier Group, recognizing a truly American expression in painting that held its own against modern European painters. The Hoosier Group painters helped found the Society of Western Artists with artists from six major regional cities. The group held annual exhibits in each city on a rotating basis for years to come. In the fall of 1898, Steele and Adams purchased a house in Brookville, Indiana, near the Whitewater River, which served as a summer studio for the next ten years. While Steele worked diligently on portraiture to support his family during his winter months in Indianapolis, his landscape painting came into its own with the continuity of a permanent home base and a loyalty to a local American landscape. By 1907, after the death of his first wife and the marriage of his last child at home, Steele married his second wife, Selma, and relocated to acreage in Brown County. His residence became a magnet for artists around the state and region, and an exemplar for other regional painting groups in the Midwest. As city dwellers, the newlywed couple took time adjusting to the rudimentary facilities in their new home. To avoid the isolation caused by primitive roads, they continued to winter in Indianapolis. Still, every spring their surroundings burst into flower in an irresistible way, inspiring the paintings Steele is famous for today. In 1922, shortly before his death, Indiana University awarded him a studio on campus and a position as artist-in-residence, offering a stipend without any formal teaching duties. Steele work can be seen in dozens of examples on the IU campus, at the Brown County Art Gallery’s permanent collections, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and in private collections across the country. He forged a modern American painting style that was years ahead of its time, depicting uniquely local scenes in a manner distilled from the latest European teaching. He took on the mantle of Impressionism, not as a vow of obedience, but using only the tools he required to describe his favored landscape in a brilliant, personal idiom all his own.

“Atumnal Landscape” courtesy of Indiana Historical Society

T.C. Steele Great Outdoor Art Contest participant. photo by Cindy Steele

The T.C. Steele State Historic Site is part of the Indiana State Musem system and is located one and a half mile south of Belmont, off State Road 46, nine miles west of Nashville. Steele’s house, studio, and grounds are open to the public. (812) 988-2785. 

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

Salt Creek Inn 551 SR 46 E. Nashville, IN Customized

• Anklets • Bracelets • Necklaces


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

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Hunter’s Your Local, Small Box, Tech Store • Gadgets • Cell Phone Accessories • Unique Electronics • Computer Support • LARGE Format Printing • UPS Shipping

& Garden Treasures Show & Sale

All Ages & Kids Menu Live Music 7 Nights a Week

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Arts Antiques

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Sun.–Thurs. 8am–10pm; Fri. & Sat. 8am–Midnight

30 E. Washington St., Nashville, IN (Across from the Circle K)

A Brown County Harvest

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Located at • Plants • Antiques • Herbs • Garden Art

Day spa & Salon

Couples Massage Rainf�est Shower Manicures Pedicures · Facials

Sunday, Oct. 4 10 to 4 • FREE

Open Every Day


Lunch 11 – 4 Dinner 5 – 9

A gathering of Artisans and Antique Dealers offering country furniture and primitives, vintage collectibles, cabin ware, garden relics, jewelry, paintings, and more. Come enjoy a fun-filled day in the country browsing and shopping. Excellent food, cold drinks, and desserts available.

Artists, Craftsmen, Antique Dealers Booth Space Available Call for information and registration • (812) 988-2689

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All New Guest Rooms and Suites with Kitchenettes

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

Wine-Down Wednesday

Every Wed. 6–8 pm

1/3 OFF select wines and music by Jeff Foster

• Soups • Salads • Sandwiches • After Five Menu • Fine Wines Breads, Pastries, and Danish Baked Here Daily

Center of Nashville Main and Van Buren Streets Open Daily • (812) 988-4114

Book Your Meeting, Banquet, or Reception at our Conference Center

2450 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN Close to Salt Creek Golf Course, Brown County State Park www.creeksideretreat.net Toll free 844-4RETREAT (844-473-8732)

4th Sister

Vintage Store

Repurposed home décor, memorabilia & collectibles

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

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

2248 State Road 46 East Nashville, IN

(812) 988-4675


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

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

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

Fine Wines:

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

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

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Follow us on Twitter @HoosierBuddy1 As always, Hoosier Buddy Liquors A reminds you to celebrate safe —don’t drink and drive.


Trail Rides Relax on a journey with Grandpa Jeff. Take in the scenery and wildlife. No two rides will ever be the same —sunny summer days, fall colors, winter snowfalls, spring blossoms. Trail Rides, Pony Rides, Hay Rides Cattle Drives, and Custom Excursions

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

At the



Just North of the Courthouse 79 N. Van Buren ~ (812) 988-2422 www.visitbrowncounty.com/welcome.asp

Acorn Ridge Bed & Breakfast

Comfortable Atmosphere Serving Organic, Nutritious Food • Picnic/Cookout Meals Available • Single Night Reservations Welcome • TV • Wi-Fi • Private Baths • Rec Room Grandpa Jeff personally trained our horses to take exceptional care of your family and friends of all ages.

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3016 S. Conservation Club Rd. Morgantown, IN 1 mile North on Conservation Club Rd. (left side) (off SR 252 West of Morgantown) 317-412-7665 • acornridgebedandbreakfast.com

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Male Instinct “A Different Spin on a Man’s Store”

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Brown County

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

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10 Artist Drive, P.O. Box 1609 Nashville, IN 47448


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We Buy and Sell

Since 1995

13 miles west of I-65 3 miles east of Nashville, IN

Wine Bar and Gift Shoppe Open Daily

Wine Tastings

58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana

• Cheeses and Gourmet Foods • Unique Wine Gifts • Comfortable Seating Live Music Fri. and Sat. 7-10 pm Coachlight Square • S. Van Buren and Washington, Nashville, IN

(next to Brown County Courthouse) www.browncountycraftgallery.com

open daily 10–5 • 812-988-7058

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Nashville Express

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Beef, Turkey, Pork, Buffalo, Venison, Gator, Kangaroo, and Wild Boar

Sightseeing Tours

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

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)

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812-988-1025 3288 State Rd 46 East www.bcantique.com

Nashville, IN (812) 988-1592

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Inn & Restaurant


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• 20 Guest Rooms, 3 Suites with Whirlpool Baths • Banquet and Conference Rooms for Retreats or Parties • Gift Certificates Available


with Extended Hours 7 Days a Week Breakfast Breakfast Buffet Lunch & Dinner Lunch & Dinner

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast Buffet 7:30 am–10:30 am “Early Bird” Specials Mon.–Thurs. 3–5 pm

www.BrownCountyInn.com (812) 988-2291

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including distinctive hand-painted Brown County ornaments and Locally-made pottery

Friendly, knowledgeable staff We ship every day Visit our website www.CarolsCrafts.com E-mail: Sales@CarolsCrafts.com 800-345-6388

Artists Colony Shops, S. Van Buren St., Nashville

Fallen Leaf Books Hoosier Artist

Brown Co. Art Guild

Jack and Jill Nut Shop


Quality Gifts & Collectibles

Agape Pearls Brown County Furniture Brown County Pottery Brown County Weavery and Roots For Bare Feet Ferguson House It’s All About Dogs K. Bellum Leather Rich Hill’s Magic & Fun Emporium My Sister’s Shop Nashville Image Antique Alley on the West Side Old Time Photography Nashville House Paint Box Art Gallery Primitive Spirit Out of the Antique Through the Looking Glass Ordinary Alley Wooden Wonders Shoppes Woodlands Gallery JEFFERSON ST

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At the intersection of HWY 46 & 135 3 Blocks South of Downtown Nashville

At the corner of Van Buren and Franklin Streets in Nashville, Indiana

Since 1981 • Open 362 Days a Year

8am to 11am 8am to 11am 11am to 9pm 11am to 10pm


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Bill Monroe’s Uncle Pen Days

Sept. 23–26, 2015

~by Mark Blackwell ou don’t have to twist my arm or make me say “Uncle.” I happily say “Uncle” when it’s September and time for the annual Bill Monroe’s Uncle Pen Days rolls around. It’s my favorite fall festival. I love being out at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park in September. The afternoons are warm and sunny but come evening time there is a little bit of autumn crispness that calls for a camp fire. The atmosphere is just plain conducive for the sweet sounds of good old mountain music down in the hills o’ Brown. Wednesday, September 23, marks the first of four days of great Bluegrass performances, instrument workshops, camping, socializing, and just good old relaxation. This year boasts a lineup that spans the history of Bluegrass from the Clinch Mountain stylings of Dr. Ralph Stanley to today’s up and coming groups. Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top Express as well as Jesse McReynolds, the Grascals, James King, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and a bunch more will all be playing during the four day festival—35 bands in all. This year’s Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductee has been announced and he is North Carolina banjoist Raymond Fairchild. Raymond


Raymond Fairchild, this year’s Hall of Fame inductee. courtesy photo

has been playing music since he was a sprout. He started out on guitar and took up banjo at the age of 18. His early influences were Snuffy Jenkins, Don Reno, and Earl Scruggs, but Fairchild developed his own distinctive style. He has 20 albums under his belt and has performed numerous times at the Grand Ol’ Opry. Raymond and his wife own and operate the Maggie Valley Opry in the Smoky Mountains and he and his band the Maggie Valley Boys play there with some frequency. Your visit to the Hall of Fame museum is included with your ticket. And as you leave the museum, be sure to stop and check out Uncle Pen’s cabin. Bill Monroe built a re-creation of the cabin that belonged to his uncle on the grounds of the museum. And while I’m speaking of Uncle Pen; there ain’t hardly any old time hard bit Bluegrass fans who don’t already

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know about Bill Monroe’s favorite uncle on account of Bill’s song about him. But I’ll go ahead and fill in a little bit for the younger folks. Pendleton Vandiver was Bill’s mother’s brother and after the passing of Bill’s mother and father and the scattering of Bill’s siblings, Uncle Pen took him in. As Bill put it, they “went to batchin’ it together. Uncle Pen was an accomplished fiddle player and was in high demand for the dances and frolics around that area of Kentucky. He taught Bill a number of songs and Bill accompanied him on guitar and mandolin at the various get-togethers. Bill considered this some of the best times of his early life and he established this festival to honor and commemorate the man who could make his fiddle sing. Aside from the music and the Hall of Fame, there are other reasons to get away to beautiful Bean Blossom, like the camping. The Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park is also a great campground with accommodations for every kind, sort and variety of camping that tickles your fancy and suits your budget. The campground features spaces for your big ol’ Continued on 63

Olde Time Too Cute at Abe’s Corner Flea Market Women’s Large selection of

and Children’s Clothing


Have Your Garage Sale Under Roof

Every Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Weekends

Handmade Purses 145 S. Jefferson, Nashville, in the little white house Open daily 9:00 - 7:00 • Free Parking


Thousands of Bargains and Uniques

State Road 46 East • Gnaw Bone 9:00 am – 5:00 pm • 812-988-2346

HUBBARDSTONES Gemstones at Wholesale Prices • For mounting in jewelry • For investment

Toys and Games for All Ages A Brown County Tradition since 1972

Diamonds ~ Sapphires ~ Topaz ~ Opals ~ and more

Located in the Artists Colony Shops 125 S. Van Buren St. – Nashville, IN

Call Andy Hubbard (832) 724-8987

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

HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 to 4:00

1st and 3rd Saturdays 10:00 to 1:00

THRIFT SHOP South Van Buren in Nashville (behind Subway) (812) 988-6003 Proceeds go to local charities

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

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Our Woods


hanges in Brown County temperature and humidity are once again about to confront the vegetative scheme around us. Internationally-known for its vast array of fall colors, the park and town will greet the many tourists that come here to appreciate it. How plants and trees respond to environmental stimuli of temperature, water, heat, and light has always fascinated me. And how wildlife adapt and react to this natural environment has been equally captivating. “If I was going to be a half decent biologist,” said a professor, “I was also to become an acceptable botanist, as both disciplines go together to understand the environment.” My love of plants, landscaping, gardening, and forests was an “excuse” to take up the academics of botany. On a foggy ridgetop, at the start of a morning hike, hikers and I looked out over a vista. Wisps of moisture spiraled up from the lowlands like smoke, as though Native American fires were still burning. A mention of who lived here and when got us talking about the first settlers and their struggle to make a living farming these rugged forestlands. It’s difficult to imagine how quantities of timber were removed off this abused landscape. It’s a testimony to the recovering habit of plants that erosion scars, deep gullies, and tree stumps disappear over time. The result is a young forest here with small trees. Humidity rising, I noticed by 8 a.m. the temperature was already in the 80s. By 9 a.m., approaching 90. Wiping beads of perspiration from my forehead, I related the plumbing story trees assume. Moisture uptake is a normal process at the root level. We don’t consider it to be stressful to plants if there are normal amounts of it. The lack of water can take its toll. A recent rain and fog made the trees around us drip with overnight dew. They appeared healthy. I explained that too much water can also be harmful. Transpiration, the act of giving off water, occurs during night time hours and it happens on the undersides of the leaf, the stomata. A healthy sugar maple, for example, can give off as much

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photo by Tim Tryon

~by Jim Eagleman

as 40 gallons of water in a 24 hour period during the growing season mid-May to mid-June. No wonder the forest is a humid place. It is at this time the new, annual growth ring appears. Any height change and girth size also happens. Giving off water in the form of vapor ensures the tree has just enough for maintenance and growth. We watched this moisture slowly dissipate. It is the reason trees lose their leaves in the fall, I added. If trees retained leaves with the winds of winter soon to come, they would almost assuredly lose water as the leaf flapped in the winter wind. So they drop and seal themselves shut, the process sometimes starting as early as July. Walking through the woods we see many levels of branches overhead—thin, thick, short, or long—in a chaotic display with hardly any form or order. Light is the reason for this stretching arrangement. The term, forest structure refers to the strata, occurrence, and organization in the forest matrix. We look up to the canopy for light openings, inspect the understory for the next crop of trees, and notice the herbal layer of herbaceous plants as we stand on the forest floor. Does knowing these terms help us appreciate the forest community? Do we become more aware of this local natural resource? Maybe. What is more important, I believe, is that we enjoy the quality of this place—its diversity, beauty, and value. While it is a renewable, recyclable, and resilient stockpile of botanic, medicinal, and marketable items, it is also a home and habitat to the many birds and animals that live here. As home and landowners we are stewards of this place. We can live on the land, or live with it. Future generations will know how compatible we were by our actions. 


Morgantown Serving Central Indiana since 1971

10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135

Visit our website

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at House of Clocks

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

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

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Furniture, Art Architectural Elements Pottery The Odd and Unusual and A General Line Like us on Facebook

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Layaway Available

C Check out our new full bar f Sunday Special: Bucket of Bud Light or Miller Light $9.99

Breakfast• Lunch • Dinner Open Mon.–Sat. 7 am–9 pm • Sun. 7 am–8 pm Breakfast served 7–10:30 am

329 S. SR 135 Morgantown (812) 597-5900 • www.LasChalupas.com

On September 19 Morgantown will celebrate Colonel Vawter Day. The festivities are in honor of Colonel John Vawter, Morgantown’s most colorful resident. Born January 8, 1782, he was a colonel of the militia, a magistrate, sheriff, United States marshall, frontier ranger, surveyor, merchant and Baptist minister. The fun includes food, musical acts, craft displays, plus kids games and activities. Shoppers can find great buys at the businesses that line Washington Street and at booths. Free parking, handicap accessibility, public restrooms.

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A Treasure Hunt

~by Paul Sackmann arlier in the summer, we were invited to see an old house that was being restored. The grounds were being cleaned up and a new addition was being added to the south side of the house. As bits of old glass and other objects were seen at the site of the new addition we decided to check the area with a good metal detector. It took just a few passes to see that the dirt was very old and not disturbed. It was probably the original yard from when the house was built in the 1870s. The first coin we found was an older silver Roosevelt dime dated 1946, about four inches deep. The yard was littered with buried aluminum pop-tops and junk, and almost an hour passed before it was clear of all the metal detector signals and modern things lost. We had found only thirty-nine cents in face value. In the yard, by a walkway that led to the side of the house, was the first old coin. It was a 1915 Lincoln cent that was in like new condition except that it had a nice shade of green patina to it, from being in the ground for so long. The metal detector signaled a faint signal this time, meaning the object was deeper in the soil. It was another coin. At first you could not tell what it was as it had a cyst of dirt around it. Careful cleaning showed it to be an 1872 Indian centâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a key date to the Indian cent series. That was the beginning of finding a total of fifteen early Indian cents. Most were dated in the 1880s and 1890s. Other coins were found as well, including an 1899 liberty head nickel that was very dark from being in the ground a long time and a nice example of an 1912 Barber dime. The rest were dated from the 1960s and newer vintage. A matchbox size car from the 1940s and brass hose nozzle were unearthed along with other small metal items on the hunt. A week after the coin hunt, the new foundation was poured for the addition. All the yard dirt was moved and graded elsewhere on the property. We checked the places where the dirt was spread around and found a few more coins, none of them as good as the week before though. Old copper and coins made with nickel in them, meaning all the modern coins made from 1965 to


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present day coinage, when lost in the ground for not too long a time, can turn dark. The Indian cents we found had a pleasing discoloration of green to them. I cleaned the years of dirt off of them with a toothbrush and warm water. The photo shows how dark the copper and nickel coins can get being lost in the ground. Indian cents were first minted in 1859. The 1859 thru 1864 Indian cents were made of copper and nickel and were extra thick. 1864 until 1909 Indian cents were made with bronze and copper alloy. The hard to find dates are 1869,1877, and 1909S. Other years are scarce to find as well. Only two years, 1908 and 1909, can have a mint mark on the backside. Indian cents, as with all coins, are valued as to the condition of wear and eye appeal the object can haveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the better preserved, the more value. Silver and gold coins do not corrode and tarnish much, if at all. The silver coins that were found on our hunt looked as good as the day they were lost. All the Continued on 67

UNCLE PEN DAYS continued from 58 self-contained land yacht with 50 amp and 30 amp electrical hook-ups as well as water. If you’ve got a little pop-up camper, there are good spots for them, too. Every kind of rig can be accommodated right on down to primitive tent camping. But with the improved toilet facilities and hot showers, even sleeping out in a pup tent ain’t all that primitive. And the campground is like a neighborhood made up of nice folks who happen to be into the best music in the world. A lot of them play it, too. It is easy to make new friends. If you play a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, or bass it’s not hard to find an impromptu “parking lot” or camp-site band to jam with. And if you don’t play an instrument the bands are happy if you just show up with a pair of ears and a little enthusiasm. While the music feeds your ears it doesn’t necessarily satisfy an empty belly. But there’s a bunch of good folks up on vendor’s row who can sooth any case of the hungries you might suffer from. You can find barbeque, curly fries, fish sandwiches, tenderloins, burgers, roastin’ ears, ice cream, kettle corn, and a whole lot more. It makes me hungry just thinking about it. The tickets for the festival run $105 for the whole four day festival. If you’re just visiting for a day or so, Wednesday is $25, Thursday is $30, and Friday and Saturday are $35 each. Camping is extra and the campsite prices vary according to type. So, there you have it—good music, good camping, good food, and good people. It’s all good. Come on out to the 41st Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of fame and Uncle Pen Days Festival. I’ll be lookin’ for ya. 

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~by Chrissy Alspaugh pair of clever comedies and a not-to-miss Rock and Roll Revue Series await crowds this fall at Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center, 70 S Van Buren St. Suzannah Levett Zody said the lineup is “by far the best” since the playhouse reopened in 2011. The cozy venue opened as a theatrical outlet for Indiana University’s drama department in 1949 and offered live plays each fall to the annual tourist crowd. The playhouse closed in 2010 but soon reopened under the management of a local volunteer management board. It now offers yearround entertainment, including stand-up comedy, concerts, movies, and, of course, a strong slate of live performances each fall. “It’s going to be a really good time,” said Levett Zody. Audiences can purchase single-show tickets. Packages are available that include three or six of the shows scheduled from September through December. Visit <browncountyplayhouse.org> or “Like” Brown County Playhouse on Facebook for more information.


photo by Danny Key

Playhouse Preview

ROUNDING THIRD: Brown County resident Casey Kersey will return to the Playhouse to direct “Rounding Third,” a comedy by Richard Dresser that follows two little-league coaches with opposing approaches from their first meeting through the championship game. Don is a tough, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael is a newcomer to baseball who agrees to be Don’s assistant because she wants to take on a special activity with her son. The audience stands in as their team. Levett Zody, who landed her first theater management job in Chicago in 1984, said she was excited to stumble upon this script for the first time. “When you’ve been in the theater business a long time, hearing about a show you’ve never heard of is exciting,” she said. “It’s a very clever piece of theater.” Kersey also directed hit Playhouse productions in 2013 and 2014, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and “Steel Magnolias.” “Rounding Third” stars local business owner Hilary Key and Johnson County teacher Jerry Maguire. Judy Games will make a walk-on appearance, marking her third role at the Playhouse.

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

Nashville General Store & Bakery Sun.–Thurs. 9–5, Fri. 9–6, Sat. 9–7

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

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Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 5, 11, and 12. Tickets cost $17.50 general admission or $16.50 for seniors, students and active or veteran military. ROCK N’ ROLL REVUE SERIES: Three live musicals will storm the stage in September and October, presented by Eric Brown and Jenn Cristy’s One Pulse Entertainment. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets will cost $20.50 for general admission or $18.50 for seniors, students, and active or veteran military. “Respect: The Women of Rock and Soul” will feature powerhouse trio Jenn Cristy, who toured and performed in studio with John Mellencamp, with costars Brandi Nicole and Jamie Taylor. Shows are set for Sept. 18 and 24 and Oct. 1 and 2. “Ross Martinie Eiler and the Hillbilly Cats: The Birth of Rock N’ Roll” will showcase Bloomington resident Ross Martinie Eiler, whose piano-pumpin’ hit the Playhouse last year in “Whole Lotta Shakin’!” and “Good Rockin’ LIVE!” The Hillbilly Cats include performers Eric Brown, Michael Schulbaum, and rockabilly specialist Nate Gibson. The show will cover songs from Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Sam Cooke, and more. Shows will take place on Sept. 19 and 26, and Oct. 3. “Eric Brown and the L Street Band: Working Class Heroes” is a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and more. Along with Eric Brown, the band includes Jenn Cristy, Matt Romy, Jamey Reid, Joe Donnelly, and David England. One show is scheduled, Sept. 25. Levett Zody said Brown and Cristy are known for wowing local crowds. “It’s very exciting that they’re coming,” she said. MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON’S: This professional comedy production poses the question: Is all fair in love? Even murder? Hilarious twists and turns await as the audience witnesses a love triangle gone horribly wrong in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. “I don’t want to give much away,” said Levett Zody with a chuckle. “But it’s really clever.” The play, by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, is directed by Bloomington’s Gerry Pauwels, who returns to the Playhouse after appearing in numerous area productions, as well as on stage in New York, and in independent films. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8–10, 15–17, and 22–24. Tickets will cost $20.50 for general admission or $18.50 for seniors, students, and active or veteran military. 

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(North of Artists Colony Inn–next to where you board the train)

Painting Lessons available, call for times

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Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour

~by Michele Heather Pollock n Brown County, art isn’t a hobby. It’s a way of life. During October, you can get a glimpse into that way of life. The Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour is a free, self-guided driving tour of a dozen home studios featuring the work of 21 artists. You can meet these artists, explore their studio spaces, and watch them work. You’ll see everything you expect when you think of “art,” including paintings, from the oil-painted landscapes of Douglas Runyan to the watercolor paintings of Martha Sechler. There are acrylics by Dick Ferrer, Monique Cagle, Laura Buller, and Amanda W. Mathis. And, this year, you can visit the studio of John Elmore, whose pen and ink portraits of Native Americans and wildlife have to be seen to be believed. This year, for the first time, you can see fine stone carvings by Sidney Bolam of Bohemian Hobbit Studio. Susan Showalter of Handmade in Brown County Studio is showing her fine art photography, cards, and books. And Joe Henderson of Hickory Hill Studio works in wood, making clocks, bowls, and small sculptures. If jewelry is your thing, there are a number of choices this year. Amy Greely, a metalsmith who works with electroforming and patinas, will show her natureinspired jewlery. Cheri Platter, at Faerie Hollow Studio, forms her silver and copper jewelry from precious metal clay, a process by which a mix of metal and organics are shaped, carved and molded into unique forms, and then fired to leave behind pure silver or


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copper. And three artists who work in a wide variety of mediums, Monique Cagle, Susan Showalter, and Peggy Henderson, create unique beaded jewelry alongside their other work. Chris and Bob Gustin’s popular Homestead Weaving Studio is back again this year, with demonstrations of weaving on a loom. The Gustins are known for repurposing and recycling materials into their beautiful and durable rugs. And if you love fiber art, you can see crocheted wearables, along with other fun fiber creations, by Monique Cagle of Sleepy Cat Studio. Two artists hand paint silk scarves: Cheri Platter at Faerie Hollow Studio and Peggy Henderson at Hickory Hills Studio. Brad Cox also recycles materials into his art, though his is of metal. Stop by and watch him cut and weld a metal dragonfly for your garden, with eyes made from ball bearings. For those who collect pottery, Craig Roush will be showing his handmade ceramics on the tour for the first time this year. But there are also some forms of artwork with which you might be less familiar. Several artists work in mixed media, which simply means that the work they do crosses boundaries. Dixie Ferrer combines painting and collage to make ethereal still lives and abstract works. Michele Heather Pollock at Lost Lake studio combines paper and sewing to create a framed pieces as well as functional items such as bookmarks and greeting cards. Two artists reshape gourds into works of art. Rosey Bolte at The Uncommon Gourd adds paper clay to the gourds she harvests from her own garden, painting and shaping them into roosters, birds, and other creatures. At Lightspinner Studio, Martha Sechler uses woodburning techniques and paint to create beautiful gourd vessels. Broomcorn Johnny’s will be a guest at The Uncommon Gourd this year, featuring handcrafted brooms in a variety of shapes and colors. And at Lost Lake Studio, you can see journals bound entirely by hand. The tour is self-guided and free. You just need a brochure and map, which can be picked up at the Nashville Visitor center, at many local businesses, or downloaded at <www.BrownCountyStudioTour.com>. Studios are open daily throughout October. 

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cent coins made before 1940 were tarnished a pleasant green color. We found a total of 41 coins on our coin hunt at the side yard of the house, in an area approximate 24’ x 28’. The day of the hunt the ground condition was excellent. It had rained a few days before and the ground was easy to check. It is interesting to note that most of the coins were found under the old clothes line. What a way to spend a summer day. 

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Brown County Historical Society Pioneer Women’s Club

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Gaia’s Touch


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

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Profile for Our Brown County

Sept./Oct. 2015 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

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

Sept./Oct. 2015 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

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