Sept./Oct. 2020 OUR BROWN COUNTY

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Fallen Leaf Books

Brown Co. Art Guild

Moonshine/ K. Bellum Leather

The Wild Olive

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Miller’s Ice Cream The Candy Dish The Harvest Preserve B3 Gallery

Head Over Heels

Heritage Candy Store

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

The Nashville House

Our Sandwich Brown Co. Place Winery

Woodlands Gallery

Homes on a Limb

Main Street Shops

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Pioneer Village Museum

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Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Cottages & Suites

Brown Co Public Library

Brown Co. History Center

GOULD STREET Iris Garden Complex

Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

Trolly’s

Heavenly Biscuit

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Hidden Valley Inn

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The Emerald Pencil

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

Napopi Antiques Common Grounds Coffee Bar

Men’s Toy Shop

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Carmel Corn Cottage

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Schwab’s Fudge

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Franklin Square

The Totem Post

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

Brown Co Playhouse

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HONEYSUCKLE LANE

Brown Co Massage

Ferguson House

Clay Purl Brown Co Pottery

Antique Alley

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts

Country Heritage Winery

Bone Appetit Bakery Nashville Spice Co.

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Brown County Eye Care Blue Elk Family Clinic

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Gyros Food Nashville is Art Fudge Kitchen Brown Co T-Shirt Moondance Shop Vacation Homes

Sweetwater Gallery

Wishful Thinking

Possum Trot Square

Back to Back

Yesteryear Old Time Photos

Carol’s Gifts House of Jerky

Artists Colony Inn

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Cedar Creek Winery

Nashville Express

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary and Hickory Bar

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ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op................................. 54 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 19 Cathy’s Corner................................... 32 The Emerald Pencil........................... 22 Napopi Antiques............................... 12 Nashville General Store & Bakery.. 33 Plum Creek Antiques....................... 60 ART, ART SUPPLIES-INSTRUCTION Antiques Co-op................................. 54 Art Beyond Crayons......................... 54 Art Walk.............................................. 37 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Bear Hardware.............................53,60 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 19 Brown Co Art Gallery....................... 18 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Back Roads Studio Tour.46 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 15 The Emerald Pencil........................... 22 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 22 Rhoden Art at eXplore Brown Co.... 4 Lightspinner Studio-M. Sechler..... 15 Spears Pottery................................... 18 C. Steele Art..................................57,62 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 Lory Winford, pastelist..................... 19 BOOKS The Emerald Pencil........................... 22 Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 12 CLOTHING 58 South Apparel.............................. 42 Bear Hardware.............................53,60 Brown Co T-Shirt Shop..................... 39 Community Closet Thrift Shop....... 39 Foxfire Boutique............................... 47 Head Over Heels............................... 46 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good................... 24 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 29 CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS

Copperhead Creek Gem Mine........ 55 eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 FOOD & BEVERAGE Abe Martin Lodge............................. 22 Apple Works....................................... 45 Artists Colony Inn............................. 23 Bear Wallow Distillery...................... 20 Brown Co IGA.................................... 51 Brown Co Inn..................................... 21 Brown Co Winery.............................. 23 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest......... 59 Brozinni Pizzeria............................... 42 The Candy Dish................................... 3 Carmel Corn Cottage....................... 46 Casa del Sol........................................ 29 Cedar Creek Winery.......................... 12 Common Grounds Coffee Bar........ 13 Country Heritage Winery................ 50 Farmhouse Cafe................................ 25 Gyros Food is Art.............................. 13 The Harvest Preserve......................... 3 Heavenly Biscuit............................... 55 Helmsburg General Store............... 29 Heritage Candy Store....................... 29 Hoosier Buddy Liquors.................... 25 Hotel Nashville.................................. 51 House of Jerky................................... 33 Jack and Jill Nut Shop...................... 13 Miller’s Ice Cream................................ 3 Nashville BP....................................... 55 Nashville Express.............................. 39 Nashville General Store & Bakery.. 34 The Nashville House......................... 44 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................. 64 Nashville Spice Co............................. 63 Our Sandwich Place......................... 28 Out of the Ordinary & Hickory Bar.43 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.................... 45 Schwab’s Fudge................................. 39 Seasons Hotel & Conference Ctr.... 43

Antiques Co-op................................. 54 Apple Works....................................... 45 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 12 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 19 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Back Roads Studio Tour.46 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 15 Brown Co Pottery.............................. 15 Brown Co Rock Shop........................ 55 Carol’s Gifts........................................ 23 Clay Purl............................................. 43 The Emerald Pencil........................... 22 The Ferguson House........................ 47 Foxfire................................................. 47 Head Over Heels............................... 46 Homes on a Limb.............................. 23 Homestead Weaving Studio........... 18 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 22 Hoosier Barn & Table........................ 59 House of Clocks................................. 54 Madeline’s.......................................... 13 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 Lightspinner Studio-M. Sechler..... 15 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 29 Napopi Antiques............................... 12 New Leaf............................................. 19 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 42 Robinson’s at the Redbud............... 38 Rustic Grace....................................... 38 Scentual Journeys............................ 38 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 15 The Totem Post.................................. 12 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 Wishful Thinking............................... 12 Woodlands Gallery........................... 38 ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC Brown Co History Center................. 33 Brown Co Playhouse........................ 37


DIRECTORY

Trolly’s................................................. 33 The Wild Olive..................................... 2 FURNITURE Antiques Co-op................................. 54 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 19 The Ferguson House........................ 47 Hoosier Barn & Table........................ 59 Napopi Antiques............................... 12 Plum Creek Antiques....................... 60 Robinson’s at the Redbud............... 38 HARDWARE Bear Hardware.............................53,60 HATS Head Over Heels............................... 46 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 JEWELRY B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 15 Ferguson House................................ 47 Foxfire................................................. 47 Juls Etc................................................ 24 New Leaf............................................. 19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts............. 13 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 42 Spears Pottery................................... 18 The Totem Post.................................. 12 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............. 24 LODGING/CAMPGROUNDS Abe Martin Lodge............................. 22 Artists Colony Inn............................. 23 Brick Lodge........................................ 51 Brown Co Health & Living............... 61 Brown Co Inn..................................... 21 Brown Co KOA................................... 39 Cornerstone Inn................................ 15 eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 Friends O’ Mine Campground & Cabins.................... 53 Hidden Valley Inn............................. 24

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Hills O’ Brown Vacation Rentals..... 25 Hotel Nashville.................................. 51 Iris Garden Cottages........................ 55 Lil’ Black Bear Inn.............................. 57 Moondance Vacation Homes......... 50 North House...................................... 51 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.................... 45 Seasons Hotel & Conference Ctr.... 42 MUSEUMS Brown Co History Center................. 33 PET PRODUCTS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 12 PHOTOS B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 22 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Yesteryear Old Time Photos............ 44 REAL ESTATE Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty..... 38 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda.................. 62 RECREATION eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides................ 50 Salt Creek Golf Retreat.................... 45 SERVICES Al’s Paint & Body............................... 60 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS........................... 42 Bear Hardware’s Bagged Trash....... 60 Blue Elk Family Clinic....................... 61 Brown Co Eye Care............................ 60 Brown Co Health & Living............... 61 Brown Co Massage........................... 32 Brown Co Tire & Auto....................... 60 Brown Co Visitors Center................. 14 Brown Co Community YMCA.......... 62 Centra Credit Union......................... 25 Dave Carlile Heating & Cooling...... 61 Dirty Hippy Barbershop.................. 54 Dunham Plumbing........................... 62 Heartland Tattoo Co......................... 38

Helmsburg Sawmill Inc/ Pool Enterprises Inc.......................... 62 IN Seamless Guttering..................... 61 Keyed IN Property Mgt.................... 62 Mainstream Fiber Networks........... 61 McGinley Insurance (Farmers)........ 61 Nashville BP....................................... 55 Nashville Christian Church............. 60 Nashville Express.............................. 39 Precise Books & Payroll.................... 60 Rambling Dog Design - SIGNS....... 62 SHOES Head Over Heels............................... 46 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 The Totem Post.................................. 12 SPECIALTY SHOPS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 12 Clay Purl............................................. 43 Fireplace Center................................ 46 Head Over Heels............................... 46 Health For U....................................... 61 House of Clocks................................. 54 House of Jerky................................... 33 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 29 Nashville Spice Co............................. 63 Weed Patch Music Company.......... 19 Wishful Thinking............................... 12 STAINED GLASS Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 22 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 15 WEDDINGS Artists Colony Inn............................. 23 Hotel Nashville.................................. 51 OTHER Apple Works....................................... 45 Health For U....................................... 61 Mike Nickels Log Homes................. 33 Nashville Christian Church............. 60 Flower and Herb Barn...................... 61


Contents 12 WHERE IS IT?

13 SUBSCRIBE 16 Escape to the State Park ~by Bob Gustin 26 Salt Creek Golf Retreat ~by Ryan Stacy 30 C. Curry Bohm ~by Julia Pearson 34-35 Photos by Michele Pollock*

36 Calendar

40 Homes on a Limb ~by Paige Langenderfer 48 Sampler: Brownie’s and the Nashville House 52 Brown County Seasons ~by Mark Blackwell

56 FIELD NOTES: W.S. Blatchley, Naturalist ~by Jim Eagleman 58 TBC Radio Shows ~by Jeff Tryon

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

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

Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including Dada and Surealism for Beginners, and Music Theory for Beginners. He is an editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer.

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

Jeff Tryon is a former news editor of The Brown County Democrat, a former region reporter for The Republic, and a former bureau chief for The Huntsville Times. Born and raised in Brown County, he currently lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on the edge of Brown County State Park. He is a Baptist minister.

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

Jim Eagleman, recently retired DNR naturalist, and his wife Kay, enjoy hiking the many natural areas, preserves, and land trust sites in Brown and neighboring counties. His FIELD NOTES have appeared in this publication for several years. Contact Jim with comments and inquiries at <jpeagleman@gmail.com>.

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

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Cover: Brown County road near the Yellowwood Forest ~by Cindy Steele Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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

*Michele Heather Pollock is a visual artist and poet at Lost Lake Studio in Brown County. Her book of photographs and poems, Field Guide to the Art of Looking, is available at the Visitor Center in Nashville.

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Escape Comes Naturally in Brown County. And it always has. Where else can you relax under a canopy of trees? Watch the sun disappear beyond the horizon? Roam a quiet trail and listen to the birds sing? Snuggle up in a cabin nestled in the forest? Only in Brown County. To plan your getaway, stop by the Visitor’s Center in downtown Nashville at 211 South Van Buren Street, call 812-988-7303, or visit BrownCounty.com

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Escape to the State Park

photo by Cindy Steele

~by Bob Gustin he coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things about how people interact with each other. But in many ways, Brown County State Park—and our interaction with nature in general— remains a constant. The park’s water fountains have been shut off and the outdoor swimming pool is closed. All park employees are wearing masks. The park honors Governor Eric Holcomb’s mandatory mask requirement for most indoor and certain outdoor activities. Meanwhile, Brown County State Park is the quintessential site for social distancing. Patrick Haulter, interpretive naturalist at the park, noted that many people come to the park for some solitude, to take time for reflection, or simply enjoy the natural beauty. Most picnic tables scattered throughout the park are singles. Many parking spaces will only accommodate one vehicle. If anything, the pandemic has resulted in an increase in visitors to the park, as people grow weary

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of staying at home and need an escape. Haulter likens it to an oasis. “Through the park, we’ve learned how important outdoor spaces are,” he said. “They are a refuge for people. “It has been challenging and rewarding. It’s amazing to see people come to the park who have never been here before and to watch them realize how important these natural resources are.” Summer months have seen busy campgrounds and the usual activity on hiking and bicycle trails. For a short time in the spring, park gates were unmanned while campgrounds, park headquarters, and the Nature Center were closed. Open gates resulted in a downturn in revenue, Haulter said, but the state’s parks were never totally shut down. And though the park’s outdoor pool is closed, the water park at Abe Martin Lodge remains open, but limited to guests at the lodge. Some of the state’s nature programs have become virtual classrooms, including Facebook features with


“It’s amazing to see people come to the park who have never been here before and to watch them realize how important these natural resources are.” —Patrick Haulter

Park naturalist Patrick Haulter. photo by Bob Gustin

music and video. On Trail Tuesdays, video hikes of the park’s trails are featured. Other videos have focused on the Civilian Conservation Corps work during the 1930s, Weed Patch Hill, water features, wildlife, and wildflowers. Haulter and his friend Don Glass have also developed a new and improved audio auto tour of the State Park that takes about an hour to enjoy. To hear the tour visit <www. soundcloud.com> or the SoundCloud app and search for “Brown County State Park Auto Tour.” At the Nature Center, where Haulter sometimes hangs out, most programs are still open, though the sit-down lecture features and craft programs have been suspended. Those have been replaced with outdoor lectures, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Some programs have focused on campgrounds. The popular bird observation room has been closed, with feeders moved to an observation area outdoors. Nature Center exhibits, including the rare Timber

Rattlesnake and other wildlife, remain open, but with ropes and one-way arrows leading visitors through the building. Cleaning procedures at the Nature Center and elsewhere have been intensified, and hours shortened. The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. That allows for staff members to feed animals and clean facilities more efficiently. Haulter said the facility’s later opening time has worked well because traffic was light during earlier hours and park employees learned it was the best time to clean and sanitize. “We take it week by week,” Haulter said. “We’ve been following whatever (directives) come our way and being creative.” Operated by the Department of Natural Resources, most state properties are open, including state parks, inns and restaurants, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves, state recreation areas, and beaches, according to the DNR website. Exceptions include some guided cave tours; all public outdoor swimming pools; drinking fountains at all locations; and the Customer Service Center in downtown Indianapolis, which is accessible by telephone. Fishing tournaments are limited to 250 people or fewer with social distancing. Self-guided cave tours at some locations are open, but require permits as usual from the Indiana Karst Conservancy. Several DNR properties with heavy Continued on 20

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HOMESTEAD WEAVING STUDIO

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Lory Winford Fine Art

Pastelist inspired by nature’s colors

Locally built instruments and affordable student models meticulously displayed, making this little music store a destination point in Brown County Lovingly owned and operated by

58 E. Main Nashville, IN—Look for BANJO by courthouse

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

Featuring handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely

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HeresHome Studio Workshops and Private Lessons Studio visits by appointment only Commission work accepted 15 N. Johnson St. Nashville, IN

Work shown at Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville

916-804-2484 • hereshomestudio@gmail.com

Lory Winford Pastelist

Brown County Antique Mall

Celebrating 25 Years as Owner Antique Store since 1972

Over 7,000 square feet of Antique and Vintage Glory Filled with antiques, jewelry, pottery, china, glass, furniture, artifacts, primitives, books, collectibles, and home decor. More than 70 dealers • We buy and sell

3288 State Road 46 East 3 miles east of Nashville, IN • 13 miles west of I-65 Open 7 Days a week till 5:30 • 812-988-1025

2020 BROWN COUNTY

ART COLONY WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 11 – 13, 2020

© 2020 Brown County Art Guild, Inc.

Kara Barnard and Kristin Thompson

musicians, instructors and instrument adoption specialists

• Art Colony Art Auction • John Michael Carter Figural Workshop • Cariani in Color Exhibition • VillageScape Plein Air Paint Out • Grandma and Wash Barnes Puppet Extravaganza 48 S. Van Buren Street Nashville, IN 47448

OCTOBER IN THE HILLS BY VJ CARIANI

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STATE PARK continued from 17 usage have reached parking capacity on busy weekends and gates have been closed or vehicles only admitted when others leave, the website states. Brown County State Park has nearly 16,000 acres of forest land, formed when glaciers in the last Ice Age stopped just north of the park, but meltwaters formed a rugged terrain. It is the largest park in the state, well known for its autumn colors, nationally recognized bicycle trails, and scenic overlooks. A separate horseman’s campground has about 70 miles of horse trails. Other attractions include tennis courts, playgrounds, open fields, interpretive naturalist services, and a 90-foot fire tower which affords an expansive view of the park. For more information: call (812) 988-6406, visit <www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm>, or follow Brown County State Park on Facebook. 

photo by Bob Gustin

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brown County Inn HOTEL, RESTAURANT & BAR

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

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week

8am to 9pm Sunday to Thursday

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Carol’s

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the Since 1981

Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

Glass Baron Hand-blown Glass Jim Shore Collectibles • Lori Mitchell Figurines Fontanini Nativities • Painted Ponies

Lang Graphics Calendars & Paper Goods Billy Jacobs Prints Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks Blue Mountain Greeting Cards Handmade Soap & Bath Bombs Amia Suncatchers

Wind Chimes • Music Boxes • Children’s Books Halloween & Christmas Gifts & Décor Locally Handcrafted Pewter Christmas Ornaments 125 S. Van Buren St. • Artists Colony Shops Nashville, IN • Open 363 • Days 812-988-6388

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

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Digitally Carved Signage Custom Work Available Customized Wedding Gifts

Hand-poured Candles Made in our store 59 East Main Street (Old School Way Alley) Nashville, IN

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in Nashville, IN

172 N. Van Buren Street AND

102 S. Van Buren Street (Calvin Place)

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Private Bedroom with King Bed Dining Area and Fully Equipped Kitchenette Living Room with Queen Sofa Sleeper Private Porch/Balcony Fireplaces and Whirlpool Baths Available

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Farmhouse Cafe ...a country drive to an unexpected dining pleasure · LUNCH ·

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A small, intimate restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating

Reservations Suggested · 812-988-2004 LUNCH: DAILY · 11–4 PM DINNER: TUESDAY–SATURDAY · 5–8 PM

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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.

Select Spirits:

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.

284 S. Van Buren • Nashville, IN (next to Subway) 812-988-2267 M-Th 8am-10pm • Fri. & Sat. 8am-11pm NOW OPEN SUNDAYS Noon-6pm Follow us on Twitter @HoosierBuddy1

As always, Hoosier Buddy Liquors reminds you to celebrate safe—don’t drink and drive.

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Ben and Jennifer VanNess. photo by Ryan Stacy


Salt Creek Golf Retreat F

~by Ryan Stacy

or a number of reasons, Salt Creek Golf Retreat stands out in our community. It’s the only golf course in Brown County, for instance. It’s also one of Indiana’s few stay-and-play courses, thanks to the 36unit condo lodge right on site, featuring an outdoor swimming pool. In other ways, though, what you find at Salt Creek isn’t at all unusual around here: breathtaking natural beauty and local people who, through integrity, hard work, and dedication, make Brown County an unforgettable experience for all who visit. For Jennifer VanNess, who manages sales and events at Salt Creek, this combination of uniqueness and shared values has been a winner ever since her in-laws bought the retreat just over twenty years ago. Along with her husband Ben (who’s also the in-house golf pro), Jennifer’s now one of Salt Creek’s co-owners, and she can’t picture being anywhere else. “Every day I walk in to work, I love what I do here,” she says. Just east of Nashville off of State Road 46, Salt Creek offers golfing, of course—and more. “When we got here, we wanted to have something for everybody,” Jennifer says. So the retreat dropped its members-only policy and opened to the public, the lodge was built to overlook the course, and the club’s restaurant and bar were combined to free up room for an event and meeting space. Soon, weddings, corporate meetings, and family reunions were as common as tee times, and car enthusiasts and bikers joined golfers at the clubhouse bar. These days, Salt Creek also sponsors a golf team made up of high schoolers, and twice a year hosts “Liquid Opens,” golf outings that benefit area charities. Continued on 28

“We follow all the safety guidelines, and we’ve had to make adjustments…. But because so much of our activity is outdoors, and the units in the lodge don’t share hallways or elevators, people feel safe coming here.” —Jennifer VanNess

photo by Ryan Stacy

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SALT CREEK GOLF continued from 27 Jennifer’s approach to staying on top of all of this is simple: treat people like they’re family. (Some of them actually are: her and Ben’s three children have grown up around the retreat, and are expected to help out; their oldest son, a business major, even has plans to take over Salt Creek’s operations someday.) And to Jennifer, “The managers and staff here are so great. My assistant is my right hand, my everything,” she says. “We try to treat everybody pretty well, and give people the chance to move up. A lot of them have been here for years.” The family philosophy extends to customers too, says Jennifer. When they book Salt Creek’s space for events, she helps them plan each step in the process to ensure that they’re satisfied. “I really

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enjoy that part of the process. I love people,” she says. Treating people like family is especially critical in the time of COVID-19 for Jennifer, and she says the folks at Salt Creek are doing everything they can to keep customers and employees safe while making the retreat as enjoyable as possible. “We follow all the safety guidelines, and we’ve had to make adjustments, which is a challenge sometimes. But because so much of our activity is outdoors, and the units in the lodge don’t share hallways or elevators, people feel safe coming here. Some of them say it’s the first time they’ve felt normal in months.” In fact, Jennifer says, Salt Creek has had “a fantastic year” despite the pandemic. “We’re very lucky. Event booking has taken a hit, but golf has been a huge positive for us.” People aren’t taking big out-of-state trips, she explains, so they’re going to places closer to home like Brown County. But Salt Creek is just one part of the Brown County experience, says Jennifer, and everything else there is to do here adds value to her customers’ stay. “We train our staff to recommend shopping in Nashville, places to eat, so they can tell people what’s here. The Playhouse, the Brown County Music Center, the State Park, that’s all huge for us. ” she says. “This community is special, and we’re going to be here forever. We need everybody in order for our business to work.” More information on Salt Creek Golf Retreat can be found at <www.saltcreekgolf.com> or at (812) 558-5944. 

Our

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

Family Friendly Menu Cooked from Scratch Breakfast (till 11:00) • Lunch • Early Supper Open daily at 8:30 am till slow (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

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Helmsburg GENERAL STORE

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

New, Spacious Look Inside. New Owners: Sharon & Leonard Richey Pizza & Wings, Groceries, Ice Large Selection Domestic/Craft Beer & Wine LOTTERY, Tobacco Products Camping Supplies, Live Bait & Tackle Hunting & Fishing Licenses Check Station, Firewood State Road 45 and Helmsburg Road Intersection • (812) 929-7797

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

Variety of T-Shirts

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Tobaccos and Premium Cigars

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

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

Luminox Watches (used by Navy Seals)

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We ship everywhere!

Fresh Homemade Fudge Old-Fashioned Candies Candy by the Pound Cream Filberts/Mothballs Rock Candy • Jelly Belly Chocolates/Turtles Pucker Powder Sugar Free

Ask about our Wedding Favors and Fundraising with Fudge

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~by Julia Pearson

he fall season will be celebrated by a major exhibit at the Brown County Art Gallery located at the corner of Artist Drive and Main Street in Nashville. More than 80 works from private and museum collections by C. Curry Bohm can be viewed through October 15. It is an art lover’s feast for eyes containing 26 Hoosier Salon paintings and 20 prize winning paintings from juried exhibitions. Noted for his Brown County winter landscapes, other seasons will also be represented among scenes from the Smoky Mountains, and harbors and seascapes of the East Coast. In many ways, this is a “coming home” for the redhaired painter in black eyeglasses. When the Brown County art colony was in its fullness, Bohm and his family made the Hoosier hillside their year-round residence. Claude Curry Bohm was born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 19, 1894. His family moved to New Orleans where Bohm was raised surrounded by the creative lifestyle

C. Curry Bohm

“For Better or Worse” image used on the cover of “My Brown County Home” CD in 1999.


photo by Frank Hohenberger courtesy, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

of his parents. His father Robert was a mural painter and his mother Pauline was an actress. Robert’s death precipitated a move by the family to Louisville when Curry was in his teens. A range of jobs fed his artistic spirit: in a newspaper printshop and with a small circus travelling along the Ohio River. In the tender season of his 18th year, Bohm eloped with his sixteen-year-old sweetheart, Lillian, who lied about her age to secure a wedding license. They were a mutually supportive team, moving to Chicago so Curry could attend the Art Institute. He went to work as a printer and then opened an art studio in the Windy City. The Bohms began summer art visits to Brown County in 1920. In 1926 Bohm was a charter member of the Brown County Art Gallery Association and a member of the Brown County Art Guild. In 1932 he moved permanently to Nashville, while Lillian continued working in Chicago for two years to provide financial support for his endeavor. Their first home in Peaceful Valley was a converted cow barn that they rented for 10 dollars a month. It would be 18 months till he sold a painting, but they could rely on grocers Paul Adams and Cecil Rogers to carry them through the winter.

In the following years they bought an old farmhouse on Greasy Creek for home and studio. When they found a home in Nashville in 1947, he had the old barn moved from the Greasy Creek farm and rebuilt behind the house to serve as a studio. He was a member of the Hoosier Salon, Rockport Art Association, and the North Shore Art Association. He received the Chicago Municipal Art League Prize, the Gold Medal in the Chicago Palette and Chisel, the Frederick N. Vance Memorial Award from the Brown County Art Gallery, the Edward Rector Memorial from the Hoosier Salon, the Lawrence A. Downs Prize, the Tri Kappa Purchase Prize, Daughters of Indiana Award, and the Hoosier Salon Summer Landscape Prize. In 1940, the International Business Machines Corporation selected Bohm for representation at the World’s Fair. Lillian was a keen administrator of the business side of her husband’s art. During World War II Bohm put his art career on hold so that he could illustrate manuals for General Motors, a major supplier to the war effort. Lillian worked in Indianapolis for a utility company. When artist Lucie Hartrath died, her estate was left to Bohm and several others of the Art Colony. Curry and his wife honored Hartrath and celebrated their own 50th wedding anniversary with a party that included champagne punch at home followed by dinner at the Nashville House. The Peaceful Valley where he loved to paint had building and development invading its beauty and the quiet country roadways sported “No Trespassing” signs on the fences. Before his death on November 18, 1971, Bohm had a solo show at the Brown County Art Guild. In his later years he surprised art circles with abstract pieces. The new book by Daniel Kraft, Gregg Hertzlieb, and Jim Ross, C. Curry Bohm: Brown County and Beyond will be Continued on 32

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GET OUT AND ZIP LINE! at eXplore Brown County

to Nashville and all of Our Customers!

We will miss you. Possible online business. Stay in touch. 812-988-4091 • cathyscornerbc@gmail.com

Brown County

Chair Massage: $25 Table Massage: $75

Michael Rebman Certified Therapist

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138 South Jefferson St. • Nashville Formerly Michaels Massage* browncomassage.com * I am opening up my practice to the whole county, not just the Michaels.

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C. CURRY BOHM continued from 31 available for purchase. “His Smoky Mountain and East Coast landscapes were major painting subjects for his showing in the Indiana Hoosier Salon exhibitions, from 1929–1967, where he won over 25 awards, including two Best in Show Awards. Curry Bohm thus became one of the leading painters in the Indiana arts community during the 20th century.” The Brown County Art Gallery is open daily, with free admission and parking. The State of Indiana COVID-19 Protocols are in place for the protection of visitors. Visitors will find an added treasure: a special Gustave Baumann Exhibit & Collection. In an expanded display space will be an example of every known image created by Baumann in Brown County. 


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

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

Lemon Shake-ups Hot Dogs • Sausages •Brats Hickory-Smoked Pork BBQ COUPON

Buy One BBQ Meal Deal Get One HALF OFF North Van Buren and Gould Streets in Nashville Indiana • 812-988-4273

Accepting Visa, Mastercard & Discover cards

Brown County

11 flavors of BEEF 3 flavors of TURKEY 3 flavors of BEEF BRISKET 4 flavors of BEEF STICKS 2 flavors of PORK 2 flavors of BACON

History Center Displays and Exhibits

Pioneer Village Museum

Also: Elk, Boar, Buffalo, Venison, Gator, Rabbit, Salmon, Kangaroo, Turtle, Ostrich, Trout, Camel, Python, Ahi

Jerky Seasonings & Dips • Peanuts

125 S. Van Buren St. Artists Colony Shops (Between Toy Chest and Carol’s Gifts)

Nashville, IN • (812) 988-1592

houseofjerkybrownco.com

Bringing Brown County’s Past to Life

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

Nashville’s Unique Dining Experience (1800s Cabin) BREAKFAST & LUNCH

Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Specialty BBQ, Chicken Salad, Soups, Pit Ham 118 E. Washington St. Nashville, IN Linen, Rugs, Candles, Curtains, Stitcheries Cinnamon Rolls, Cobblers, Cookies, Brownies 812-988-6362 • Open daily 9 to 5 Antiques, Billy Jacobs Prints Gluten Free Items, Coffees and Cappuccino nashville general store and bakery nashgenstore812 Sept./Oct. 2020 • Our Brown County 33


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calendar Brown County Playhouse The War of the Worlds Live Radio Theatre Sept. 3 & 4 John McEuen Sept. 5 The Day the Earth Stood Still Live Radio Theatre Sept. 11 & 12 Summer of ‘69: Music from the Woodstock Era Sept. 25 The King Sept. 26 Jenn & Eric: Simply Acoustic, Simply Amazing Every Thursday in October FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Check website for schedule 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Country Heritage Winery Music Friday and Saturday 7:00-10:00 Sept. 4 Will Scott Sept. 5 Bob Palindrome Sept. 11 Robbie Bowden & Carolyn Dutton Sept. 12 Barry Johnson Sept. 18 Ross Benson’s Open Mic Sept. 19 Issac & Haymond Sept. 25 Chuck Wills Sept. 26 Impasse Band Oct. 2 Hubie Ashcroft Oct. 3 Steve Fulton Oct. 9 Mike Renard Oct. 10 The Faze Oct. 16 Ross Benson’s Open Mic Oct. 17 CoPilots Oct. 23 Gary Applegate & Joe Rock Oct. 24 Speed City Spoilers Oct. 30 Paul Bertsch Band Oct. 31 The Scary Clearwater Band Halloween Party 812-988-8500 www.CountryHeritageWinery.com

Story Inn’s Music Series Sept. 4 Sept. 5 Sept. 6

Rich Hardesty 8:00 Skyline Drive 2:00 Rich Hardesty 7:00 Rich Hardesty 10:00 am

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. Gary Phelps 5:00 Sept. 12 Wellness in the Woods 9:00 am Will Scott 2:00 Comedy Show 8:00 Sept. 13 Zion Crossroads 3:00 Sept. 19 Violins on the Patio w/ Dave & Tanya 2:00 Sept. 20 Will Scott 3:00 Sept. 26 Steve Fulton 2:00 Sept. 27 The Hammer and The Hatchet 3:00 Oct. 3 Story Wine Series 1:00 Gary Phelps 2:00 Oct. 4 Bomar & Ritter 3:00 Oct. 10 Will Scott 2:00 Oct. 11 Zion Crossroads 3:00 Oct. 17 Jessie Marcum Phelps 2:00 Oct. 18 Will Scott 3:00 Oct. 24 Marvin Parish 2:00 Oct. 25 The Hammer & The Hatchet 3:00 Oct. 31 Tad & Roger 1:00 Blue Lady Bash 9:00 6404 State Road 135 Nashville, IN 812-988-2273 www.storyinn.com

Hard Truth Hills Free Concert Series Music from 7:00-10:00 Sept. 4 JC Clements Band Sept. 5 Mojo Gumbo Sept. 11 64 Colors Sept. 12 TBA Sept. 18 Christine Kindred Duo Sept. 19 TBA Sept. 25 Brad Kleinschmidt Duo Sept. 26 Issac Rudd & the Revolvers Oct. 2 JC Clements Band Oct. 3 Cody Ikerd & the Sidewinders 418 Old State Road 46 Nashville, IN 812-720-4840 www.HardTruthHills.com

Weekend Night Flights at eXplore Brown County Fri. & Sat. or by request 8:30-11 2620 Valley Branch Rd. 812-988-7750 www.explorebrowncounty.com

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

7 Vista Challenge Brown Co State Park Takes visitors on a quest to find the most beautiful view in the park by visiting seven different overlooks. Those who complete it get a free 7 Vista Challenge sticker and can purchase a T-shirt at the Lodge, the Nature Center, or the downtown Visitors Center. Takes about an hour by car or two by bike. Must take seven photos, one at each vista.

Art Colony Weekend Sept. 11-13 Art Guild event info see opposite page 812-988-6185 www.bcartguild.org T.C. Steele Site event info 812-988-2785 32nd Great Outdoor Art Contest will be adjusted for COVID-19. Instead of a high-impact single day, it will be a lowimpact 3 day event with artists check-in appointments (10 per day), and walk up check-ins Sept. 9, 10, and 11. Sept. 12 works will be judged at 2:00 at a Facebook Live event T.C. Steele Historic Site 4220 T.C. Steele Rd. Nashville, IN www.tcsteele.org

Brown County Rock & Mineral Show Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, Brown Co History Center 90 E. Gould St. Nashville, IN Sat. 10 to 6, Sun. 10 to 4 Indoor and outdoor vendors, activities for kids, demonstrations

Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale Oct. 24-Nov. 14 Brown Co Art Gallery 812-988-4609 www.BrownCountyArtGallery.org


ART COLONY WEEKEND ART GUILD EVENTS: Aug. 30-Sept. 13 Art Colony Auction On-line Jackson’s Auctions and Real Estate, Inc. will oversee this online event this year to benefit the Brown County Art Guild. www.browncountyartguild.org www.jacksons-auction.com. Sept. 11 & 12 Figural Workshop with John Michael Carter 9-4 Member $445, Non-Member $495 All levels are welcomed. A picnic lunch each day is included. Register at 812-988-6185 or www.browncountyartguild.org. Cariani in Color, A Founders Exhibition Brown County Art Guild Exhibit Opening A rare peak at the artwork of V.J. Cariani, a Guild founder. Sept. 12 Grandma and Wash Barnes Variety Revue & Puppet Extravaganza 1:00 and 3:00 Tuckaway Court behind Guild. Public welcome. Free to all. Features legendary residents Grandmas Barnes and her husband, Wash Barnes, from the early days of Nashville. Sept. 13 VillageScape Plein Air Paint Out 7:00 am-1:00 Paint out 2:30-4:00 awards ceremony and art sale $15 Member/$20 Non-Member Tuckaway Court behind Guild Artists will enjoy a morning of painting at a location of their choice in and around Nashville. Sign up to paint or stroll the streets to observe the artists at their craft. $1,000 for top prize. 812-988-6185 www.bcartguild.org

LIVE MUSIC • STREET BUSKERS • ARTIST DEMOS MAKE AND TAKES • WINE TASTING

Eight GALLERIES July 24 August 28 September 25 October 23 November 27 4:00–7:00 PM VILLAGEARTWALK.COM

812.340.8781

Choices, lots of choices. Live & memorable. Make plans now! The War of the Worlds Live Radio Theatre

John McEuen & the String Wizards present: The Circle Will be Unbroken

September 3 & 4

September 5 | 7:30 pm

Summer of ’69:

The King

Music from the Woodstock Era September 25 | 7:30 pm

The Day the Earth Stood Still – Live Radio Theatre September 11 & 12

Jenn & Eric: Simply Acoustic, Simply Amazing

September 26 | 7:30 pm

Every Thursday in October | 7:30 pm

812.988.6555 | BrownCountyPlayhouse.org Showtimes, tickets & schedule online | Box Office: Thursday-Sunday | 70 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN

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REDBUD TERRACE SHOPS 146 East Main Street • Nashville, IN

4413 State Road 46 East Nashville, Indiana (Gnaw Bone) ROBINSON’S AT THE REDBUD Refurbished and reimagined home accent pieces, wall decor, oil burners, mugs, and a special room just for garage decor and the gas/oil enthusiasts. 317-292-8113 • robinsonsredbud.com

Next to House of Thunder

(812) 988-4054

More than 25 years experience Nashville’s Only Licensed Tattoo Studio

Other stores at the Redbud Terrace: SCENTUAL JOURNEYS Features soy candles, handmade coasters, jewelry, and woodwork items. Scentual-journeys.com RUSTIC GRACE Offers unique pieces made from old barnwood, and more decor with the rustic flare. Rustic-grace-barnwood.myshopify.com Need to boost your immune system or remedy an ailment? Visit HEALTH FOR “U” for natural vitamins and minerals, along with many other health items. healthforu@yahoo.com

Kathryn Richardson Richardson Kathryn Branch Manager Manager Branch 812-327-7462 812-327-7462

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

Debbie Fleetwood Kathryn & Bob Kirlin Debbie Fleetwood Kathryn & Donna Donna Team Team Scroggins Team Brokers Broker Broker Broker Brokers Brokers 812-327-7462 812-327-6862 812-720-0222 812-327-6862 812-327-3865 812-327-7462 317-418-2320 317-418-2320

Scroggins Team Bob Kirlin Brokers Broker 812-327-3865 812-720-0222

Phil Shively Shively Team Phil Team Brokers Brokers 812-325-2290 812-325-2290 812-322-0378 812-322-0378

Tom Vornholt Tom Vornholt Broker Broker 317-989-3323 317-989-3323

Janet Gaskins Janet Gaskins Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant 812-988-2227 812-988-2227

Real Estate Activity Continues and We are still actively seeking new LISTINGS!

Call your agent above TODAY 812-988-2227 • 158 N. Jefferson St. • Nashville, IN • callcarpenter.com 38 Our Brown County • Sept./Oct. 2020


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

A mile from the new Brown County Music Center

Info: 812-988-4675 • Reservations: 800-562-9132 www.browncountykoa.com

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Women’s boutique, kids and teen clothing, men’s clothing, and household items Selling gently used items to benefit Brown County. Accepting clothing and household item donations.

Look for the sign Kids 5 & Under Ride FREE 25 minute narrated historical and informational tour with a scenic loop along Old State Road 46 also service to Seasons, Brown County Inn, Quality Inn

Board at Fearrin’s Ice Cream Depot Corner of Van Buren & Franklin Streets

812-988-6690

Available for field trips, business functions, private tours

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Open ALWAYS on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 to 5:00 (weather permitting)

Like us on Facebook at Brown County Community Closet, Inc.

South Van Buren in Nashville (near stoplight, behind Subway) (812) 988-6003

Design Your Own or choose from Ready Made Garments Hundreds of choices! • Something for all ages and sizes • T-Shirts • Hoodies • LS Tees • Hats

• Tanks • Jackets • Jerseys • Tye Dye

• Night Shirts • Swim Shorts • Beach Towels • Flip Flops

Corner of Washington and Van Buren Street (Across from Visitors Center) Nashville, IN • 812-988-6939

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Homes on a Limb

Kim and Bobby Dunlap.

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~story and photos by Paige Langenderfer

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ix years ago, Bobby Dunlap had never heard of Nashville, Indiana. Today, he and his wife Kim not only live here, but also own and operate a business in downtown Nashville called Homes on a Limb and Little Sister Candle Company.

“One day I asked him to take me to lunch in Nashville and he said, ‘Where’s that,’” Kim said. “Two weeks later, we bought our house down here.” Kim and Bobby, who were born and raised in Munster, Indiana, moved to Nashville and quickly began working on creating their business. “It was always a dream of mine to open a store to sell my woodworking projects,” Bobby said. “So, when we moved here, I retired to start the business.” Homes on a Limb sells meticulously handcrafted birdhouses, bird feeders, handmade candles, walking sticks, and other beautiful artisan home goods. Everything in the store is made by Kim and Bobby. “A lot of the community has embraced us,” Kim said. “They say we take it back to how Brown County was founded; stores selling handcrafted items.” Bobby said the birdhouses have become what some might consider a collectors’ item. “We have numerous repeat customers,” he said. “They keep coming back and buying more. They love the birdhouses because each one is unique. We have customers who are collecting them and keeping them in their homes.” The demand for the birdhouses has made it difficult for Bobby to keep the store stocked. “Every year we close a few days before Christmas through March so that I can make the birdhouses and restock the store,” he said. “We are sold out again before April.” Continued on 44

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HOMES ON A LIMB continued from 41 His other projects also are in high demand. People from all over the country travel to Brown County for his work. One customer commissioned Bobby to build a table topper to be shipped to England. Another table is in California. “Each project takes a long time, so it is hard for me to keep the store stocked,” Bobby said. “I can’t just order something out of a catalog and wait for it to come in. I have to find the right wood and hand craft it exactly the way the customer wants it.” The custom work has become extremely popular, Bobby said, accounting for 75 percent of the business. He is currently crafting a live-edge kitchen island topper out of Spalted Ambrosia Maple, with a turquoise epoxy inlay. Live edge is a style of furniture where the artisan incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Bobby uses local wood for approximately 90 percent of his projects, with much of that coming from his own property. He also never uses wood from healthy, live trees. He only uses wood that has

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already fallen to the ground or from trees that were cut down because of disease. “I take what God has put on the ground and work with that to make something beautiful,” Bobby said. “I find these really cool pieces of wood and think of projects I could make with them. God has really blessed me and I love sharing His beauty with others.” He recently shared his talents with his son-in-law for a very special day. “He asked if I could make a sign to help him propose to his girlfriend,” Bobby said. “One side of the sign said, ‘Will you marry me,’ and the other side of the sign said, ‘She said yes.’” Signs are a relatively new addition to the store. Bobby bought a digital wood carver last year. “I can make anything from a sign with your family name and address, to an American flag, to a cross with a Bible verse. Really, anything you want,” Bobby said. “It has been fun making the signs.” Kim is also an artisan. She makes the candles that are sold at the store. There are nearly 50 scents in rotation, with Autumn Delight and Apple Maple Bourbon being the most popular.


Customers immediately smell the most recent project when walking in the doors. The candles are made in the back of the store, letting the rich scents waft throughout the store. “Most of the scents were made because a customer came in and asked if we had that scent,” Kim said. “We listen to what customers want and try to provide it if at all possible.” Kim, who still works full time, said she looks forward to the day when she and Bobby both work in the store. “We work really well together,” she said. “We are just really supportive of each other.” Even though they grew up literally right next door to each other, the two only recently reconnected. “It’s life you know? We both married other people, but then we found our way back to each other,” Kim said. In fact, they got married in their backyard in Brown County, on a wooden stage built by Bobby. The store is located in the Main Street Shops Complex on Old School Way next to Foxfire Boutique and near Brown County Winery. 

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The Sampler

Brownie’s Bean Blossom Restaurant and the Nashville House Return

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ood news from the dining front. The local restaurant industry is showing signs of life in the form of two major reopenings in the same recent week. Brownie’s, that friend of the common local man, as well as the hungry visitor in search of normal country roadside diner fare, is back in business. And that most esteemed of local restaurants, the venerable Nashville House, has re-opened after a long hiatus and a modernizing makeover. Ironically, it was only two years ago, late 2018, when the Sampler tearfully penned a “Hail and Farewell” dispatch chronicling the closing and seeming demise of these same two important Brown County eateries. Now, as if in a portentous sign of restaurant rebirth, both re-open in the same week! Thank you to the cosmos and all the would-be deities and divinities of dining out. Now let people of good cheer dine together. Luckily for everyone concerned, the Nashville House has come under the leadership of Andi Rogers Bartels, daughter of prominent businessman and former owner Andy Rogers. She grew up in the Rogers business universe, and knows as well as anyone what that celebrated restaurant has meant to Brown County. Under her careful eye, the Nashville House has updated

and improved for the 21st century while retaining all of the key elements that make it legendary: the woodwork, oil paintings and Hohenberger photos on the wall, and the menu. “We’re making our apple butter as we always have, and we’re keeping some of our very traditional dishes, like our fried chicken and our ham and our fried biscuits and apple butter,” Bartels said. “But we’ve expanded our menu a great deal to include some sandwiches, salads, and a couple of other options.” The dining room looks the same, although the beautiful original floor from the 1940s has been refinished. The former “Old Country Store” space has been divided between the country store, which now has baked goods and coffee, and a new bar. Two large counters were refurbished to become the new bar. They have a three-way license, so pull up a stool and name your pleasure. The bakery and coffee shop is supplied by a new in-house baker who comes every day and bakes fresh breads and cookies and the like.

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The Nashville House dining room.

And just in time for the era of distanced dining: an all-new patio area with lots of outside seating under big, red umbrellas. Up in Bean Blossom, everyday diners and families seeking a meal out are rejoicing over the return of one of the few “locals” type eateries in the county, Brownie’s. Ed “Brownie” Brown is gone, but the spirit of the place—easy going, friendly, country—lives on. As the sign on the wall says, “Brownies is the place where family and friends meet.” And I’ve got a feeling

that, even if you’ve never been there, you won’t leave a stranger. The menu is much the same, with many of the old favorite specials up on the white board, like ribeye sandwiches, beef Manhattans and of course, the all-you-can-eat catfish on Friday. Although some old menu favorites have gone, their place will be filled by new appetizers like hot wings, and pizza. And, of course, in answer to the question on Continued on 57

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Brown County

Seasons

~by Mark Blackwell

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reckon that just about everybody has a calendar. And I reckon everybody knows what a calendar is for. It’s for tracking days, weeks, months, and seasons. On a calendar the seasons are delineated by the position of the sun. You have solstices and equinoxes. The solstices are the longest (summer) and the shortest (winter) days of the year. And the equinoxes are the two times a year when days are of an equal length. It is from the solstices and equinoxes that our four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter, originate. Various weather conditions are connected with the seasons; spring the season that requites our ardent optimism with mud; summer with its heat, humidity and mosquitos. And then you’ve got autumn in Brown County. I can’t think of any drawbacks to it. Those words alone, “autumn in Brown County” constitute a poem. Winter down here can be a time of discontent and in some cases down right regret, usually because you didn’t go ahead and get that extra rick or two of stove wood. In Brown County, Indiana we’ve got all the regular seasons and more .

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If you go a few hundred miles south, the four seasons shrink down to just two or three and in the case of Hawaii, they just have one; it’s called Perfect. But here in Brown County, depending on who you’re talkin’ to at the time, there are a dozen or more seasons. We have to have the big four and then we have what you might consider sub-seasons, like when spring shows up. The first signs of spring in Brown County are sounds. There’s the gurgle of the snowmelt running in the ravines and then there is the slurping sound of sucking mud. Of the two signs of spring the most reliable is mud. In the spring mud is everywhere. It’s muddy in places where you would swear there couldn’t be mud—like your livin’ room rug. I remember not even going outside but turning around to confront a pile of the stuff sittin’ half way between my easy chair and the woodstove. It puzzled the dickens out of me but I finally came to the realization that the mud was following me in from the wood pile. Other Brown County spring sub-seasons are Morel mushroom season and snake season—they often coincide. Then there is turkey hunting season but it is not as widely celebrated as it once was. Another sign of spring is Motorcycle season. It typically occurs on the first day that the temperature reaches 15 degrees above freezing and the first motorcycle occasionally beats out the first robin. And then summer arrives with Festival season and the voice of the banjo is heard throughout the county. It seems like half the south and much of the population of the Midwest makes a pilgrimage to the Bill Monroe Music Park. It’s like the county gets a new village. The rest of summer is just “outdoors” season. You know, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, loafing, and stuff like that. Next comes Squirrel season accompanied by the sharp bark of .22 caliber rifles and the


occasional woof of a .410 shotgun. Here again, is a season that appears to be on the wane. I can’t understand why an activity that gives one a chance to wade through cat briar, commune with dear flies, and get lost in the deep woods is losing popularity. We need hunters, those tree rats aren’t gonna massacre themselves. Next thing you know Labor Day is a memory, there’s crispness in the air and the first tang of wood smoke is teasing your nose. Brown County in autumn is so inspiring that Hoagy Carmichael wrote an orchestral piece with that title. Autumn here is not an overwhelming phenomenon like the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. Fall, down here, comes and envelopes you. The transformation of the trees draws the hills in a little closer, like a familiar quilt passed down from your grandma. The spicy smell of the leaves mixed with the smoke of a campfire is like the incense of nature’s church in the wildwood. Fall is also a time of joy and renewal for the artists and crafts folk of the county as well as the shopkeepers in Nashville. It’s a time for folks to come down and revisit familiar places and people, stroll the streets of the village and give an ear (and a buck or two) to the buskers on the corner. And then they maybe have a sit on one of the benches up at the courthouse and take some time to remember. Nashville is a good place to remember things—like the first time you visited Brown County and who you shared that visit with. Or, if it’s late fall and you’re a county native, sittin’ at the courthouse rememberin’ stuff. It’s likely, at some point, that you’ll remember that you didn’t get in near enough firewood to last the winter. Winter equals chainsaw season and Christmas and if you’re like me, there’s also a late chainsaw season. But enough about winter; fall is the real deal in these parts. To really get Brown County you have to experience the whole autumn enchilada. So, come and see us and if you get here a little late in the season, bring a chainsaw and look me up. 

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FIELD NOTES:

W.S. Blatchley, Hoosier Naturalist “The glamour of a perfect fall day once more enthralls me. A temperature just to my liking—a dome of cloudless blue above me, a carpet of velvety green beneath my feet. What more could I ask?” —W.S. Blatchley, Boulder Reveries

~by Jim Eagleman

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illis Stanley Blatchley of Indianapolis entered those words in his journal in the autumn of 1904, later to be added to other works, Woodland Idyls, Gleanings from Nature, and A Nature Wooing. Blatchley grew up on a farm in Putnam County. His love of nature began as he collected insects in his father’s garden. Both of his parents were teachers. At 17, his first job was peddling notions in summer and fall, using his profits to enroll in the normal school in Danville. There he acquired a teacher’s license and taught four winters in county schools, “the first winter for $1.50 a day, and the last one for $2.50 per day.” In the spring of 1883 and at the age of 24, he entered the preparatory department at Indiana University, with an “intensified desire” to enroll full time the following fall after visiting the university library, and “awed by the odor of gases and display of chemicals in the chemistry department.” While at IU under the tutelage of Dr. David Starr Jordan (of Jordan Hall fame), Blatchley enrolled in botany classes, studied plants, and then collected specimens for the university herbarium. This was in 1883 when the campus included just two buildings. In 1885 when Jordan was appointed university president and still teaching, he asked Blatchley to accompany him and a class of 30 students on a field trip to Weed Patch Hill, near Nashville. Jordan wanted Blatchley to collect common plants and teach the students. Blatchley was also asked to

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secure lodging for all the students at farmhouses that night, which he did, but didn’t find any lodging for Dr. Jordan and himself. They found a small cabin just before dark in the pouring rain. At first the owner refused, but then agreed after Dr. Jordan insisted. In the morning, “Dr. Jordan and I went down to the spring house to wash our faces in an old tin basin there provided. He then looked around for a towel and seeing some cloths hanging on some bushes he picked one of them. The lady of the house having watched us, came running out of the kitchen with a towel and said: ‘Don’t use that, mister, that’s the baby’s didy!’” Blatchley’s career in the geologic and natural sciences took him to many places, every Indiana county, South America, and abroad. Concentrating on entomology, the study of insects and a relatively new discipline, he accumulated much data from his travels for a Key to the Orthoptera, classifying mantids, crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts. Blatchley paid attention to detail in the natural world which allowed him to develop patience, a habit he said gave him much pleasure. “My practice of patience allows me the grand title of naturalist who is a generalist. I’m called a specialist in my field, but I honor the title, generalist.”


Blatchley’s description of “the glamour of a perfect fall day,” allows a perspective from Indiana naturalists who are thrilled at all of nature, particularly the autumn of the year. In Boulder Reveries he references “ironweed in bloom amid the many kinds of goldenrods, a purple Joe-pye weed stretching high above them, and the golden glow of a favorite sugar maple.” He documents the beauty and the regular account of change. “Nature has her own time and mood for doing things. It matters not though the protests of a million men be on record.” Despite the unrest now due to COVID, a collective uncertainty of what lies ahead, somehow another fall in Brown County returns us on a regular course. Keyed into nature’s processes, we can attempt to resume a plan of normalcy. While all things in life, work, home chores, and school, are on different schedules requiring our vigilance, nature can be a stable force for many, maybe the only force that makes sense. Sounds, songs, and sites of nature we look forward to, like a cool, crisp fall morning, fog on an open pasture, the call of cranes overhead, still occur. Timed by the seasons, inherent and predictable, we are heartened by the “business of nature.” Guaranteed in the thought nature’s schedule is intact, an infallible occurrence in an otherwise uncertain time, we can continue. As the pulsating cicada chorus winds down and the last thrushes are marked on the August calendar, a slight coolness of most mornings now greets me as I head from the house.

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Like Blatchley, with a kinship of all Indiana naturalists, I make mental notes on my walks, eyes towards the ground, but mindful of distant sounds. If I hear a bird I know, it’s comforting. If I smell a scent not always present, I know something different had happened at night, and I wonder aloud. Never bored, always aware of changes, the season’s color now a favorite, it is the time to walk your favorite trail, reassured, and return to what can stabilize, comfort, and renew. For more information about W.S. Blatchley, contact the Blatchley Nature Study Club, Noblesville, Indiana. 

SAMPLER continued from 49 everyone’s mind, yes, there will be biscuits and gravy for breakfast. But will it be the same? Will the B&G be up to the old Brownies’ standard? You’ll just have to drive up to Bean Blossom and find out for yourself. Do a little sampling of your own, In these dark times for the restaurant industry, when so many of our eateries and beaneries have fallen by the wayside through no fault of their own, it is reassuring to see signs of life and resurgence amongst our favorite local dining spots. It just goes to show, you should never count out a true institution. They have a destiny to fulfill and a place in the natural order of things. So, Hail and Welcome! Here’s to the two newest old restaurants in the Brown County dining pantheon. May you thrive, live long, and prosper. 

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Theatre Brown County Radio Shows ~by Jeff Tryon

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hen the newly-formed Theatre Brown County community drama group experienced the COVID-19 cancellation of their very first planned production, they borrowed a page from the playbook of another era—The Golden Age of Radio. The group switched gears from their planned and already cast June production of the stage revival of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” to a theatrical form that made social distancing possible— radio plays. The group will give performances of two science fiction classics of the genre, “The War of the Worlds,” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” from the Brown County Playhouse stage to a live audience in September. Johnny Ray Elmore, who had been slated to direct the stage play, has agreed to direct the two radio productions based on old Lux Radio Theatre scripts. Lux Radio Theatre was a classic radio anthology series that was

broadcast from the early 1930s through the 1950s. Lux soap was the sponsor. The series adapted Broadway plays and popular films for hour-long radio programs which were performed live before studio audiences. “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is about a humanoid alien named Klaatu that comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful eightfoot tall robot, Gort, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race. “The War of the Worlds” is an adaptation of the 1898 novel of the same name by H.G. Wells. This modern retelling changes the setting from Victorianera England to Southern California. Earth is suddenly and unexpectedly invaded by Martians, and American scientist Clayton Forrester searches for any weakness that can stop them. The productions won’t be broadcast live, but may be recorded for later broadcast. The format will allow the group to socially distance six actors on the

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stage, each reading their own script into their own microphones. The Playhouse Board feels that distancing will protect the actors during the performance, while the audience will also be asked to physically distance. Performance dates are scheduled for September 3 and 4 for one production, and September 11 and 12 for the other. “While this is not the Theatre Brown County introduction that we were hoping for in 2020, it is a reasonable opportunity during these crazy COVID-19 times,” said TBC executive director Mark Stolle. “The Board is just pleased that we can offer this alternative as a live performance on the Playhouse stage.” Stolle said there will be other radio theater productions yet this year, and the group hopes, in all future Playhouse schedules. They anticipate the return of live theatrical productions in the 2021 season. The casts for the two September radio productions


will include a legendary local radio and studio producer, Richard Fish, in the role of the alien, Klattu, and as the announcer on “War of the Worlds”. Fish is an actor, writer, and musician who has worked in audio theatre since 1970. Among his many accomplishments, Fish was among the folks who helped get the Bloomington radio station WFHB, Indiana’s first community radio station, started back in 1993. Of local interest, he was the first person to record the String Bean String Band, back in 1972 at the Old Hickory Restaurant. Fish is heard weekly over WFHB as host of “The Firehouse Theatre,” presenting old and new audio theater, and as writer and presenter of “Better Beware,” a weekly feature on scams and swindles. For 12 years, he wrote for and performed in “The Firehouse Follies,” a live variety show offered four times a year. All these broadcasts are streamed and archived on the website <www.wfhb.org>. Fish helped found the National Audio Theatre Festivals organization, and has worked with the leading figures in audio theater from coast to coast, including The Firesign Theatre and the legendary American grand master of the art, Norman Corwin. Tony Brewer will be working with sound design and special effects director Chuck Wills, a recording engineer who also records “The Brown County Hour” for WFHB. “Brewer is one of the best live sound effects artists in the country,” Fish said. 

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