Sept./Oct. 2022 OUR BROWN COUNTY

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Sept./Oct. 2022 FREE

Brown County

Saddle Barn Nashville Express Mary Perez Walking Woman

Courthouse History Sampler at Rafters Air Supply at Music Center Brown County Studio Tour FIELD NOTES • MUSINGS Goings On


tastier tomato!

It’s amazing what a little drizzle of flavor can do! wild & tasty

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Try drizzling one of our delicious olive oils into your bowl of soup this fall. Just a tablespoon of your favorite liquid gold can really take your soup to the next level and adds so much flavor and richness. With tomato soup we suggest our Tuscan Herb, Parmesan Garlic, or Zesty Onion extra virgin olive oils. Looking for even more flavor, try an additional drizzle of one of our balsamics. We have suggestions to match what you’re cooking. Come on in, taste, and let’s talk oil and balsamic!

We’ve been bringing great taste to you since 2012 from our inviting little shop in the heart of Brown County, Indiana.

We have curated a flavorful collection for your tasting pleasure with plenty to offer for foodies, the experienced cook, or the novice. It goes well beyond the high-quality olive oils and balsamics we built our reputation on. We’ve added jams, pastas, dipping oils, salsas, sauces, and much more. Come in for a tour of tastes and let us be your guide. You’ll be wild about our shop. Shop us online from anywhere, anytime at www.thewildolive.com

www.thewildolive.com | 37 W Main Street, Nashville, Indiana 47448 | (812) 988-9453


Village Green Building Celebrating over 100 years in nashville The Nashville you came to see and love…

Where you can see the work of local artists — whether it’s ice cream, candy and fruit preserves made the old fashioned way or the artwork of local artists and craftsmen. · first floor · Homemade Ice Cream Homemade Candies Homemade Fruit Preserves · second floor · Antiques · Art and Craft Galleries Working studios of local artists

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Homemade Ice Cream

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Functional and Fine Art Made in Indiana

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Mike Nickels Log Homes

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Amanda W. Mathis

Ferrer Studio

Hoover Rd

Rd sburg Rd.

Oak Grove

Yellowwood State Forest

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Doodles by Kara Barnard

Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Plum Creek Antiques

BLOOMINGTON

Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS Fireplace Center

Cordry Lake

Sprunica Rd.

BEAN BLOSSOM

Helmsburg General Store Lightspinner Studio

Sweetwater Lake

Rosey Bolte’s Uncommon Gourd Studio

Monroe Music Park & Campground

HELMSBURG

The Apple Works

Antiques Co-op Art Beyond Crayons Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides

Brownie’s Bean Blossom Family Restaruant

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Franklin

Clay Lick Rd

Lake Lemon South Shore Dr.

Martinsville

Carmel Ridge Rd

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Deja Vu Art & Craft Show


JEFFERSON STREET

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

OLD HICKORY LANE

Hoosier Artist Gallery

Fallen Leaf Books

Brown Co. Art Guild

Moonshine Leather

ST SR 135 N

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

The Wild Olive

Head Over Heels

Heritage Candy Store

Heritage Mall

Juls Etc.

Spears Gallery

Log JJail L il Too Cute Boutique & Hidden Getaway Naughty Our Little Dog World Books

Abe’s Corner

Weed Patch Music Company

Pioneer Village Museum

Homes on a Limb

Main Street Shops

Foxfire Woodlands Gift & Home Gallery Foxfire Boutique

MAIN STREET Brown Co. Winery

The Nashville House

Courthouse

Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Iris Garden Cottages & Suites

Complex Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop

Iris Garden

GOULD STREET

Brown Co. History Center

Brown Co Public Library

Gold &Old

Redbud Ter.

Health For U

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Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

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RE/MAX Team

Office

County Offices

Touch of Silver

LOCUST LANE

Village Green

Big Woods Pizza

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village

Men’s Toy Shop Common Grounds Coffee Bar

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

Trolly’s

Heavenly Biscuit

MOUND STREET

ROBERT “BUCK” STOGSDILL WAY

TO HELMSBURG - 6 MILES

Brozinni Pizzeria

Doc Tilton House

Michael’s Flowers

Zieg LeDoux & Associates

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

TO BEAN BLOSSOM & MORGANTOWN

Lory Winford HeresHome Studio

Carpenter Hills O’Brown Realty

North House

Hotel Nashville

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The Salvation Army

Precise Books & Payroll

Brown Co Massage

JEFFERSON STREET Nashville BP

Hoosier Buddy

Thrift Shop Community Closet

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Calvin Place

Schwab’s Fudge

New Leaf Amy Greely

Life is Good JB Goods

VAN BUREN ST SR 135 N

SR 46 TO BLOOMINGTON - 16 MILES

Brown Co Bikes

Brown Co Bikes

The Totem Post

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

Brown Co Playhouse

58 South Apparel

PITTMAN HOUSE LANE

Franklin Square

HONEYSUCKLE LANE

FRANKLIN STREET

The Ferguson House Bistro & Bar

Clay Purl Brown Co Pottery

Antique Alley

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts

Brown Co Model Trains

Artists Colony

Brown Co Craft Gallery

Cornerstone Inn

Nashville Spice Co.

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Casa Del Sol

Brown Co Community YMCA

Brown County Eye Care Blue Elk Family Clinic

Bear Hardware Quality Inn

Brown Co Health & Living

Larry Sanchez • Misty Sanchez

Salt Creek Park Brown County IGA

Rafters

Brown Co Music Center

Seasons Hotel & Event Center

Doodles by Kara Barnard

Craftsman

Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room

Lodging

Musical Entertainment Parking

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Nashville Indiana

Coachlight Square

SR 46 TO COLUMBUS - 16 MILES

Country Heritage Winery

Visitors Redhead Bone Appetit Center Apothecary Bakery

WASHINGTON STREET

The Cheeky Owl Sweetwater Gallery Healing Possum Trot Hearts & Square Memory Making Nashville Fudge Kitchen Moondance Brown Co T-Shirt Shop Vacation Homes

Back to Back

Yesteryear Old Time Photos

The Toy Chest House of Jerky

Artists Colony Inn

Nashville Express

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary and Hickory Bar

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ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op................................. 60 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 18 Doc Tilton House............................... 20 FallFare............................................... 21 Marie’s Home Decor/Country Str... 46 Michael’s Flowers.............................. 18 Plum Creek Antiques....................... 68 ART, ART SUPPLIES-INSTRUCTION Brown Co Studio Tour...................... 29 Antiques Co-op................................. 60 Art Beyond Crayons......................... 60 Art Walk.............................................. 24 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Bear Hardware............................53, 68 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 18 Brown Co Art Gallery....................... 18 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 12 Deja Vu Art & Fine Craft Show........ 42 FallFare............................................... 21 Ferrer Studio, Art by Dixie Ferrer... 19 HeresHome Studio-Lory Winford.. 19 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 25 Lightspinner Studio-M. Sechler..... 12 Amanda Wallace Mathis.................. 19 Our Little World................................. 43 Rhoden Art at eXplore Brown co..... 4 Spears Gallery................................... 24 C. Steele Art....................................... 68 Uncommon Gourd-Rosey Bolte..... 18 BOOKS Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 46 FallFare............................................... 21 Naughty Dog Books......................... 43 CLOTHING 58 South Apparel.............................. 52 Abe’s Corner - Too Cute Boutique.. 43 Bear Hardware............................53, 68 Brown Co T-Shirt Shop..................... 58 The Cheeky Owl................................ 54 Community Closet Thrift Shop....... 67 Foxfire Boutique............................... 57 Head Over Heels............................... 54 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good................... 22 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 59

Brown Co History Center................. 58 Brown Co Music Center................... 45 Brown Co Playhouse........................ 30 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine........ 47 Country Heritage Winery................ 48 Hard Truth Distillery......................... 23 Nashville Express.............................. 58 The Nashville House......................... 24 FOOD & BEVERAGE 19th Hole Sports Bar........................ 49 Abe Martin Lodge............................. 46 The Apple Works............................... 61 Artists Colony Inn............................. 42 Bear Wallow Distillery...................... 48 Big Woods Pizza................................ 23 Brown Co IGA.................................... 65 Brown Co Inn..................................... 14 Brown Co Winery.............................. 22 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest......... 55 Brozinni Pizzeria............................... 52 The Candy Dish................................... 3 Carmel Corn Cottage....................... 55 Casa del Sol........................................ 55 Cedar Creek Winery.......................... 13 Common Grounds Coffee Bar........ 13 Country Heritage Winery................ 48 FallFare............................................... 21 Farmhouse Cafe................................ 34 The Ferguson House Bistro & Bar.. 24 Hard Truth Distillery......................... 23 The Harvest Preserve......................... 3 Heavenly Biscuit............................... 61 Helmsburg General Store............... 58 Heritage Candy Store....................... 59 Hoosier Buddy Liquors.................... 25 Hotel Nashville.................................. 31 House of Jerky................................... 54 Jack and Jill Nut Shop...................... 13 Miller’s Ice Cream................................ 3 Nashville BP....................................... 61 The Nashville House......................... 24 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................. 72 Nashville Spice Co............................. 71 Out of the Ordinary & Hickory Bar.53 Rafters................................................. 49 Schwab’s Fudge................................. 55

CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS Antiques Co-op................................. 60 The Apple Works............................... 61 Art Walk.............................................. 24 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Brown Co Studio Tour...................... 29 Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 13 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 18 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 12 Brown Co Model Trains.................... 46 Brown Co Pottery.............................. 12 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop......... 47 The Cheeky Owl................................ 54 Clay Purl............................................. 47 Cox Creek Mill.................................... 25 Deja Vu Art & Fine Craft Show........ 42 Doc Tilton House............................... 20 FallFare............................................... 21 Foxfire Gift & Home.......................... 57 Head Over Heels............................... 54 Healing Hearts &Memory Making.45 Homes on a Limb.............................. 25 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 25 Lightspinner Studio-M. Sechler..... 12 Marie’s Home Decor/Country Str... 46 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 59 Michael’s Flowers.............................. 18 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 Nashville Spice Co............................. 71 Naughty Dog Books......................... 43 New Leaf............................................. 19 Our Little World................................. 43 Redhead Apothecary....................... 34 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 52 Spears Gallery................................... 24 C. Steele Art....................................... 68 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 46 The Totem Post.................................. 13 The Toy Chest.................................... 31 Uncommon Gourd-Rosey Bolte..... 18 Woodlands Gallery........................... 54 ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC 19th Hole Sports Bar........................ 49 Big Woods Pizza................................ 23 Brown Co Inn..................................... 14


DIRECTORY Seasons Hotel & Event Center........ 15 Trolly’s................................................. 55 The Wild Olive..................................... 2 FURNITURE Antiques Co-op................................. 60 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 18 Plum Creek Antiques....................... 68 C. Steele Art....................................... 68 HARDWARE Bear Hardware............................53, 68 HATS The Cheeky Owl................................ 54 Head Over Heels............................... 54 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 JEWELRY Art Walk.............................................. 24 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Brown Co Studio Tour...................... 21 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 18 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 12 The Cheeky Owl................................ 54 Foxfire Boutique............................... 57 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 25 Juls Etc................................................ 22 New Leaf............................................. 19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts............. 20 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 52 Spears Gallery................................... 24 The Totem Post.................................. 13 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............. 22 LODGING/CAMPGROUNDS Abe Martin Lodge............................. 46 Abe’s Corner - Hidden Getaway..... 43 Artists Colony Inn............................. 42 Brick Lodge........................................ 31 Brown Co Health & Living............... 69 Brown Co Inn..................................... 14 Brown Co KOA................................... 55 Cornerstone Inn................................ 15 Doc Tilton House............................... 20 eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 Friends O’ Mine Campground........ 65 Hills O’ Brown Vacation Rentals..... 53 Hotel Nashville.................................. 31 Iris GardenCottages & Suites.......... 47

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Moondance Vacation Homes......... 47 North House...................................... 31 Quality Inn......................................... 59 Seasons Hotel & Event Center........ 15 MUSEUMS Brown Co History Center................. 58 Doc Tilton House............................... 20 PET PRODUCTS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 13 PHOTOS Art Walk.............................................. 24 B3 Gallery............................................. 3 Hoosier Artist Gallery...................... 25 Spears Gallery................................... 24 Yesteryear Old Time Photos............ 65 REAL ESTATE Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty..... 67 RE/MAX Team.................................... 70 RECREATION Brown Co Bikes................................. 30 eXplore Brown Co............................... 4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides................ 60 SERVICES Amish Roofers................................... 37 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS........................... 52 Kara Barnard Lessons....................... 12 Bear Hardware’s Bagged Trash....... 68 Blitz Builders...................................... 61 Blue Elk Family Clinic: Dr. Larry Sanchez........................... 69 Misty Sanchez- Mental Health..... 70 Brown Co Convention & Visitors Bureau.................................. 35 Brown Co Bikes................................. 30 Brown Co Eye Care............................ 68 Brown Co Health & Living............... 69 Brown Co Massage........................... 53 Brown Co Tire & Auto....................... 68 Brown Co Community YMCA.......... 70 Heartland Tattoo............................... 69 Healing Hearts &Memory Making.45 Helmsburg Sawmill Inc/ Pool Enterprises Inc.......................... 69 IN Seamless Guttering..................... 69 McGinley Insurance (Farmers)........ 69

Michael’s Flowers.............................. 18 Nashville BP....................................... 61 Mike Nickels Log Homes................. 58 Precise Books & Payroll.................... 68 Rainwater Studios............................ 70 Rambling Dog Design - SIGNS....... 70 Zieg LeDoux & Assoc........................ 68 SHOES Head Over Heels............................... 54 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 The Totem Post.................................. 13 SPECIALTY SHOPS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 13 Brown Co Bikes................................. 30 Brown Co Model Trains.................... 46 Brown Co T-Shirt Shop..................... 58 Clay Purl............................................. 47 Cox Creek Mill.................................... 25 Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 46 Fireplace Center................................ 54 Head Over Heels............................... 54 Healing Hearts &Memory Making.45 Health For U....................................... 69 Homes on a Limb.............................. 25 House of Jerky................................... 54 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 59 Michael’s Flowers.............................. 18 Moonshine Leather.......................... 18 Nashville Spice Co............................. 71 Naughty Dog Books......................... 43 Redhead Apothecary....................... 34 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 46 Weed Patch Music Company.......... 58 The Wild Olive..................................... 2 WEDDINGS Artists Colony Inn............................. 42 Hotel Nashville.................................. 31 OTHER Amish Roofers................................... 37 Blitz Builders...................................... 61 Health For U....................................... 69 Flower and Herb Barn...................... 69 Mike Nickels Log Homes................. 58 WFHB Radio....................................... 70 WFIU Radio........................................ 70


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HISTORY MYSTERY SUBSCRIBE Brown County Saddle Barn ~by Boris Ladwig

FallFare Nashville Express

~by Paige Langenderfer

Studio Tour

~by Chrissy Alspaugh

Courthouse History ~by Julia Pearson

Nancy Noel Show Musings: Self Reliance

Contributors Jeff Tryon is a former news editor of The Brown County Democrat, and a former region reporter for The Republic. 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” 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.

Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of Forgiveness: The Eva Kor Story, The History of Clowns for Beginners, and Dante 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.

Julia Pearson wrote for a Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She now resides 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.

Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. View her work at <ChristinaAlspaughPhotography. com>.She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt and three boys.

~by Mark Blackwell

Photos by Mike Briner* CALENDAR Air Supply at Music Center

Paige Langenderfer is a freelance writer and consultant. 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.

~by Ryan Stacy

Mary Perez, Walking Woman ~by Rachel Berenson Perry

Field Notes: Transition ~by Jim Eagleman

Art Colony Weekend

~by Chrissy Alspaugh

ChristKindl Market

Jim Eagleman is a 40-year veteran naturalist with the IN DNR. In retirement, he is now a consultant. His program “Nature Ramblings” can be heard on WFHB radio, the Brown County Hour. He serves on the Sycamore Land Trust board. He enjoys reading, hiking, music, and birding. Jim and his wife Kay have lived here for more than 40 years.

~by Boris Ladwig

Ryan Stacy and his wife recently moved to Pennsylvania and continues to stay connected with our Brown County. He appreciates good movies, good food, and enjoys cultural events. His other interests include reading, photography, and playing music.

Rachel Berenson Perry is fine arts curator emerita at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. She lives in Brown County, where she hikes in the woods, makes ceramic creatures, and writes books about Indiana artists.

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.

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Cover: Jordan Bair at Saddle Barn ~by Boris Ladwig copyright 2022 ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net Also online at issuu.com/ourbrowncounty OR search in the mobile app ISSUU and on Facebook for OUR BROWN COUNTY

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Boris Ladwig is a Columbusbased journalist who has worked in print, online and TV media in Indiana and Kentucky and has won awards for features, news, business, non-deadline news, First Amendment/community affairs and investigative reporting.

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

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!


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New contest!

History Mystery

WIN $30 Brown County Art Colony founder, Adolph Shulz, first heard about the beauty and people of this area from a 1900 newspaper article. Seven years later, Shulz convinced some of his fellow artists to take the train to Brown County so they could paint the landscapes. What city did those artists travel from?

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Lightspinner Studio Martha Sechler Unique Watercolors Mixed Media Gourd Art

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COMMON GROUNDS

BONE APPETIT BAKERY For Dogs

COFFEE BAR It’s like a coffee shop in a living room

• Premium, all-natural treats since 1997 • Over 20 varieties from low-fat to grain-free • Gourmet and seasonal snacks, too

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Hot, Cold & Frozen Drinks • Selection of Teas Froothies (our fruit smoothies) Famous for Cheesy Eggs & Toast • Pastries • Quiche 66 N. Van Buren, Nashville (Molly’s Lane behind the red door) Opens 8:00 am M-Sat; 9:00 am Sun (Closed Wed) 812-988-6449

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brown County Inn HOTEL, RESTAURANT & BAR

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

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8am to 10pm Friday & Saturday

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Rest & Relax

Hotel & Event Center Across from the Brown County Music Center

New Restaurant, Bar, Patio

Balcony Rooms

including our Vacation Homes

Tudie’s Cottage, The Lodge, and Cabin 360 CORNERSTONEINN.COM Conference facility–up to 500 560 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 812-988-2284 • SeasonsLodge.com

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The barn offers rides from the second week in March to the second week in November.

Brown County

Saddle Barn

~story and photos by Boris Ladwig

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orth Vernon resident Ashdon Davis sported a tie-dyed muscle shirt, shorts, and sneakers as he rode his brown horse the last few yards back to the Saddle Barn at Brown County State Park. His sunglasses shielded him against the bright rays of the mid-summer’s early evening sun. Davis, who drives a 28-foot flatbed truck for a living, had come to the barn for the first time and said he really enjoyed his 35-minute trail ride, which he completed with family and friends. “It was awesome,” he said. Thomas Slick, of Seymour, who had ridden in the same group as Davis, said he, too, had a good time. Slick, a home construction worker, had rented a cabin in the park the night before to attend a large family gathering. Someone told him about the horse barn, and he thought his sons, Jaylex, 10, and Jairston, 12, would enjoy it. “It was really relaxing,” Jairston said. Slick said he had not been on a horse since he was a child in Tennessee and said the family enjoyed the park’s tranquility and the animals they spotted. “Nice to do something that’s … outdoors,” he said. Spending time outdoors in Brown County’s beautiful environment brings some people back to the barn year after year, said Jordan Bair, who has worked at the facility for nearly a quarter century, the last 15 years as operator. Seeing parents and children enjoy the flora and fauna—rather than spending Jordan Bair, Saddle Barn operator.

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The barn was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps nearly a century ago.

time glued to the TV, gaming console or cell phone—make the work worthwhile, he said. Visitors never know what animals they might encounter, but they frequently see deer, turkeys, or even coyotes. Some of the city slickers who visit the barn have trouble identifying those animals—and even horses. “Some city kids who come and see black and white horses call them cows,” Bair said. He runs the facility through a contract with the state, which gives him 26 acres of the park. Rides start at 9 a.m., with the last rides leaving at 4:30 p.m. Trail rides cost $21 for 35 minutes on a 2.2-mile loop, and $31 for 3.3-mile, one-hour loop, with a $1 discount for those who pay cash. Children under 17 must wear a helmet. All guests are accompanied by a guide. Smaller children can take parentassisted pony rides around an oval near the barn for $3.50 per lap. The barn offers rides from the second week in March to the second week in November. Bair said as many as 250 people can show up per day. October is busiest, primarily because of the fall foliage. Bair recommends that people come in spring, because of the more pleasant temperatures and smaller crowds. “You can watch everything come to life,” he said. Bair’s day typically starts at 8 a.m., when he saddles up the 60 horses and puts out hay for them. They eat about 600 bales per year. The horses are mostly very docile quarter horses, he said. A booth near the barn displays some of their names: Betty,

Peaches, Zoey, Daisy. One of the horses for kids is named Nugget, but Bair said everyone calls it Chicken Nugget. The barn dates back almost a century and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A plaque at the barn reads that the president created the corps following the 1929 stock market crash, which left about 18 million people unemployed, of whom about 2 million became homeless. “The CCC provided employment, income and job training to unemployed men, aged 18 to 23,” the plaque reads. “They were paid $30 monthly, $25 of which was sent directly to their needy families.” The plaque states that almost 64,000 Hoosiers were assigned to CCC camps in the state and that the workers were “instrumental in furthering Indiana’s fledgling state parks, reservoirs and forests. At the time, many properties were without basic infrastructure. Much of the land that became state property Continued on 20

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Brown County Antique Mall Antique Store since 1972

Over 10,000 square feet in three buildings

Brown County Art Gallery

Filled with antiques, jewelry, pottery, china, glass, furniture, artifacts, primitives, books, collectibles, and home decor. More than 76 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

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Lory y Winford Fine Art

FERRER STUDIO Art by DIXIE FERRER Mixed Media Paintings Classes Visit Dixie on the Back Roads Tour #11

Studio and gallery visits by appointment • Pastelist inspired by nature’s colors

HeresHome Studio

Nashville, IN | 812-988-1245 | www.DixieFerrer.com |

15 N. Johnson St. Nashville, IN (next to Brozinni Pizzeria)

Dixie Ferrer

Also represented by Brown County Art Guild

916-804-2484 • hereshomestudio@gmail.com

Lory Williams Winford

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

Amanda W. Mathis

The Guild. Fine Art by Fine Artists. GALLERY AND MUSEUM 48 S. Van Buren Street Nashville, IN 47448 812 988-6185 BrownCountyArtGuild.org

Originals, Prints, Cards • Art Lessons • Private Painting Parties Open 11–5 Mon.–Sat.; Every day in October • 812-320-0747 220 Kelp Grove Rd. • Nashville, IN • amandamathisart.com Also represented by Spears Gallery and the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville © 2022 Brown County Art Guild, Inc.

Featuring handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely

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

photo by Michele Wedel

Friends of Marie

A FOUNDERS EXHIBITION September 10 - October 31, 2022 BEAUTIFUL DREAMER BY MARIE GOTH

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Bair saddles up the 60 quarter horses every morning and puts out hay for them.

SADDLE BARN continued from 17 was severely eroded and treeless. The CCC built erosion controls, planted trees, and built roads and water systems.” Bair said the barn’s economics can be challenging because four months out of the year, the horses don’t generate revenue, but still have to be cared for. He usually breaks in new horses during that period. He often buys them at auctions. Good, gentle horses can cost $5,000 to $8,000. “Buying a horse is about like buying a car,” he said. “Nobody wants an ugly one.” Bair said dealing with the horses is less challenging than dealing with customers who think they know what they’re doing but don’t. “The animals are the easy part,” he said. “You just have to learn to read them.” For his most recent contract with the state, Bair agreed to be paid a flat fee. That worked out well last

The Historic

Doc Tilton House

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year during the pandemic, as many people sought outdoor escapes from being cooped up indoors. Last year’s traffic was comparable to before the pandemic, Bair said, but this year, he has seen fewer customers. He suspected higher gas prices are playing a role. Like many businesses, the barn is struggling to hire. Bair said that as more people grow up in towns, fewer know how to deal with horses. Finding good horses, too, has become more difficult over the years, he said. Bair said he has lots of repeat customers, including a family from Kentucky that comes twice a year including every October. He has seen the children grow up. The family sends him Christmas cards. “You meet a lot of nice people,” he said. “The good days definitely outweigh the bad days.” You can get more information about the barn at <browncounty-saddlebarn.com> or by calling 812-988-8166. 

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Blue building in Antique Alley S. Jefferson St. • Nashville, IN


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n Saturday, October 1, 2022, Nashville United Methodist Church will host its 50th FallFare event on the Village Green, at the corner of Main and Jefferson streets in downtown Nashville. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—rain or shine. This year’s event features 12 booths, each selling items made and collected by church members. The annual fundraising event for the church’s outreach typically raises more than $10,000 to provide financial support for mission efforts. The first FallFare occurred in 1972 when a group of church members decided to sell craft items to replace the church pews. The tradition grew and continued every October. Even during COVID in 2020, FallFare raised $11,000 with virtual sales. The theme for Fallfare is “Every FallFare dollar goes to someone in need” and the effort supports 25-30 local, state, and international organizations. Local groups include Mother’s Cupboard, Habitat for Humanity, Access Brown County, Scouts, God’s Grace, Weekend Backpack Program, and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services among others. FallFare also supports the Lebanon Children’s Home, UMCOR Disaster Relief, and Mission Guatamala.

photo by Cindy Steele

FallFare

Highlights at this year’s FallFare include: The Puzzle Store My, Oh My, We Luv Pie We Made It Nature’s Bounty Adopt- A-Pot Art and Silent Auction

Book Nook Boutique Unexpected Treasures Village Cafe Baked Goods Live music 

Nashville United Methodist Church presents

October 1, 2022 9:00-3:00 Nashville Village Green food • music • crafts • plants treasures • books • art • jewelry puzzles and more!

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Touch of Silver, Gold & Old

87 E. Main St. • Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-6990 • (800) 988-6994 Hours: 10am – 5pm • 7 days a week www.touchofsilvergoldandold.com


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• D I ST I L L E RY • TO U R S • R E STAU R A NT • EVE NTS • L IVE M U SIC Visit Hard Truth Distilling Co. at 418 Old State Road 46 | Nashville, IN

Book a tour or make a reservation today at hardtruth.com

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EST 1927

Brown County’s Most Historic Restaurant Serving our famous fried biscuits and apple butter, fried chicken and other traditional favorites all made in our own kitchen from scratch. Come check out our Old Country Store, beautiful new patio, expanded menu and HOHENBERGER BAR 15 South Van Buren Street 812-988-4554 www.nashvillehousebc.com

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LOCALLY HANDMADE FINE CRAFTS

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Every item in our store is

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Discover handcrafted fine art and crafts by talented local artists perfect for wearing, collecting, gifts, home or office decor.

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

45 S O U T H J E F F E RS O N ST R E E T N A S H V I L L E , I N 4 74 4 8 / 8 1 2 - 9 8 8 - 6 8 8 8 HoosierArtist.com

812-322-3120 • homesonalimb@gmail.com

COX CREEK MILL

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.

Unique Metal Art Studio

Fine Wines:

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.

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

home of

The Iron Gate

M-Th 8am-10pm • Fri. & Sat. 8am-11pm NOW OPEN SUNDAYS Noon-6pm

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4705 Annie Smith Rd. Nashville theirongatebybradcox@yahoo.com

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.

Hours vary. Call ahead.

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

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photo by Paige Langenderfer

The Nashville Express ~by Paige Langenderfer

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id you know that until the 1940s, an essential source of water for the town of Nashville was a solitary well located at the corner of Jefferson and Main streets? In fact, when water became more widely available, the townspeople took the handle off of the well pump and held a funeral procession and burial service for the artifact. That is just one of the quirky and interesting facts narrated by the driver on the Nashville Express. The train has been carrying passengers through Nashville for nearly 50 years, and offers guests a 20-minute scenic tour of the village shops, eateries, and mustsee attractions. Boarding for the train is located right outside of Fearrin’s Ice Cream at the corner of Franklin and Van Buren streets. The cost is $7 per person (cash only) and children 5 and under are free. The train runs six days a week (closed Mondays) from May through November. The route includes stops at the Seasons Lodge, the Brown County Inn, the Comfort Inn, and the Salt Creek Inn and is a great

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transportation option to and from the village for overnight guests. Train drivers Tom Preston and Art Fletcher give their unique spin on each tour of the village. “It’s the same history, but each driver has a little different script,” said Tom who has been driving the train for four years. “I enjoy it because it is our history. I also love the people. I get such a diverse group of people from all ages. Everyone seems excited to ride on the train and that really makes my day.” The train takes off from each stop with the ding of a bell, which is often followed by a joke. “How do you catch a unique rabbit? You unique up on it of course.” “That is where all of our hard rockers hang out. But, if we add cushions, it becomes soft rock.” Brad Cox, who now owns the train with his wife Stephanie, first rode the train as a young boy. “Everyone has their own story with the train,” Brad said. “My dad brought me to Nashville when I was a little boy and I loved riding the train.”


photo by Cindy Steele photo by Paige Langenderfer Owner Brad Cox.

In the 1980s his dad, Ed Cox, began driving the train. “Everyone loved riding the train with my dad. Even today, people will tell me about riding the train with him,” Brad said. “He really enjoyed driving the train. He had a great sense of humor and had a lot of jokes. He would even call people out on the street with his microphone.” Ed passed away in 2012. Larry Hawkins, former co-owner, approached Brad and encouraged him to buy it.

“Dad had asked me several times over the years to buy the train and I just wasn’t interested,” Brad said. “But it is such a major part of this town that it had to continue.” Brad said he is proud to continue the legacy of the Nashville Express. In the early 1970s, Larry Hawkins asked local mechanic Bob Austin if he could make a train on wheels. Bob had a reputation of welding different parts of equipment together to make them work better. He tackled Larry’s challenge by stripping down an old Chevy truck and welding various pieces of metal into a vehicle resembling a train. The Nashville Express was a hit with the tourists from the beginning. Now there are two trains—a soft top, and a hard top—powered by six cylinder engines. “The train helps this town,” said Brad. “We point out the restrooms and the businesses. We give people the lay of the land and encourage them to visit something they’ve never been to before. “Everyone loves the train. One day we had three generations of one family riding the train. The grandma was so excited to introduce the train to her granddaughter. “I can’t say how much I appreciate our drivers and advertisers,” Brad said. “And my wife Stephanie keeps it all together. I couldn’t do it without her.” Occasionally, Brad fills in as a substitute driver on the train and said on each tour he always includes one of his dad’s favorite jokes: “Last night I dreamed I was a muffler. I woke up totally exhausted.” 

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Brown County STUDIO TOUR ~by Chrissy Alspaugh

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he 24th annual Brown County Studio Tour will whisk art enthusiasts through beautiful back roads to experience the community’s rich art history first-hand. Twenty-seven artisans will be showcased at 17 local studios with public hours throughout October. These working artists will give visitors a glimpse into their lives, with demonstrations, tours of the spaces that inspire them, special creations available for sale, and even opportunities for visitors to try their hand at various art forms. T.C. Steele State Historic Site is also a stop on the tour. The studio tour is a free, self-guided event designed to showcase arts and crafts created in the community often referred to as the Art Colony of the Midwest. “The arts and our painters are really what put Brown County on the map 100 years ago,” said Andra Walters, executive director of Brown County Art Guild. “It’s amazing how rich the arts still are here and the wonderful, indepth representation of artists and creatives who live in the area.” New to the tour this year, participants will be able to search for the Brown County Studio Tour on the PocketSights Tour Guide app to quickly find the nearest open studio. Brown County Bikes also for the first time will offer one- and two-day bicycle tours on Oct. 15 and 16 to 15 of the studios, with

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mountain-bike and all-asphalt options available, said co-owner Kate Nolan. For information, visit <browncountybikes.com>. The second and third weekends of the studio tour will be extra special, said Lory Winford, studio tour vice president. Many participating studios will welcome live bands, offer refreshments, and have planned events including black-smithing and falconry demonstrations, she said. Winford said each year the tour draws art enthusiasts from across the nation. “Brown County is all about nature and the arts, and this tour showcases a lot of the art and the artists whose modalities don’t get representation in studios,” she said. “The arts are so important to our lives, and this studio tour allows us to see in real life how important the arts are to our world.” Several studios on the annual tour host guest artists’ creations, allowing visitors to see multiple art forms in a single stop, Winford said. All studios are open in October from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; many are open Sunday. Visit <bcstudiotour.com> for studio locations, to confirm individual studios’ tour days, or to get a printable tour map. “It’s just going to be a wonderful October,” Winford said. “Visitors will see a wonderful


cross-section of artists, get out and see the beautiful fall colors, and learn about the artists dreaming and creating right here in Brown County. It’s going to be a wonderful adventure.” The following artisans’ work will be displayed at this year’s 17 participating studios:

Featured Artisans:

Caitlyn Gallagher Kathy Sparks Juliette Herwitt Jean Haley Terry Taylor-Norbu Martha Sechler Ann Woods Jason Nickel DeMaris Glazier Catherine Coburn Lory Williams Winford Ron & Connie Skyrme Scott & Jill Stowers Dixie Ferrer Joy Sims Lesley Haflich Sandy Binder Martha Hall Bowman Robb Besosa Holly Salo Alex Kulesov Bill Walters Brad Cox MK Watkins Mary Burkhart Loretta Wray Tamara Smith T.C. Steele  Sept./Oct. 2022 • Our Brown County 29


UPCOMING EVENTS Nunsense II: The Second Coming SEPTEMBER 9-10 & 16-17 at 7:30pm SEPTEMBER 11 & 18 at 2:30pm

Henhouse Prowlers

SEPTEMBER 24 at 7:30pm

One Pulse: Jenn and Eric Simply Acoustic, Simply Amazing

SEPTEMBER 29 & OCT 6, 13, 20 at 7:30pm

One Pulse: Made in the USA: Rock ‘n’ Roll American Made SEPTEMBER 30 at 7:30pm

One Pulse: The King: A Tribute to Elvis Presley OCTOBER 1 at 7:30pm

In Concert!

Asleepatthe Wheel THURSDAY OCTOBER 27, 2022 7:30pm

One Pulse: Roots of Rock: A Concert Performance of Early Rock OCT 7 at 7:30pm & OCT 8, 22 at 2:30pm

One Pulse: Summer of ‘69: Music from the Woodstock Era OCTOBER 8 at 7:30pm

812.988.6555 | BrownCountyPlayhouse.org Showtimes, tickets & schedule online

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Indiana’s Oldest Toy Store

Play for All Ages • 10,000+ items in the store All the best in games, puzzles, dolls, crafts, science kits, and more.

125 S. Van Buren St • Nashville, IN (in the Artists Colony Shops Complex) (812) 988-2817 • www.BrownCountyToyChest.com $5 flat rate shipping on $50+ orders

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photo by Cindy Steele

Our Courthouse History ~by Julia Pearson

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n the heart of Nashville, the stately landmark courthouse has watched over many comings and goings of life. The locust trees in the front shaded the “Liars’ Bench,” which was immortalized by Frank Hohenberger’s photograph. In the early 1900s, folks were treated on Saturday nights to ice cream suppers sponsored by local churches on the courthouse grounds. There was a well and pump, with a common tin cup to provide refreshment for all. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the current structure sits on the same spot as two previous courthouses. Construction of the courthouse and jail began a year after Brown County was organized by the Indiana State Legislature and Nashville designated as the county seat in 1836. Archival records show that on June 1, 1837, a contract was awarded to David Weddle of nearby Columbus. Made of hand-hewn logs chinked with mortar and daub, it was 18 x 24 feet and two stories high. A stairway was at each end of the impressive construction. The ground floor was one massive room, with a stairway at each end to

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reach two rooms on the second story. Two fireplaces provided heat. Total cost for courthouse and jail was $700. This served the community for 16 years. The original building was dismantled and the logs sold, with some reportedly used as a stable nearby. A contract with John Douglas to build a brick courthouse on the same site for a cost of $7,000 stated it should be finished by 1855. Court was convened in the Methodist church until then. On a crisp November 4 morning in 1873, fire claimed the courthouse, consuming many records from the recorder’s office along with walls and doors. Records from the clerk, auditor, and treasurer’s offices were rescued by determined citizens. The entire courtroom was ablaze when the fire was first discovered. That afternoon, Auditor William J. Watson, commissioners Robert Henderson and Allen Anderson, and Sheriff A.F. Sipes met to discuss the way forward at the law office of Browning and Prather. The following day, commissioners John Stilgenbauer, Allen S. Anderson, and Robert Henderson, along


with the auditor and sheriff, proceeded in special session to assure government would continue. Several downtown rooms were rented from John Genolin, as well as a frame house of four rooms for the county’s legal transactions. For the cost of $1 per day for each day a circuit court met, Genolin provided a hall over his store for use as a jury room. The cause of the fire was never determined. In 1874, a contract was let for a new brick courthouse, with the first installment of $4,500 to be paid when the building was under roof. The remaining $4,500 costs would be paid with 10 percent interest two years following completion. It was to follow the same plan as the previous building and be constructed on the same site, utilizing the old foundation and a portion of the old wall when possible. In the same rectangular design and two stories high, the front entrance is in the south end. The second story was reached by two wrought iron stairways on the outside of the building, meeting at a platform at the entryway upstairs. The first floor housed offices for the treasurer, auditor, county surveyor, recorder, and clerk. The jury room, as well as the office for superintendent of

Frank M. Hohenberger 1920 view of courthouse.

Frank M. Hohenberger photo of the courthouse in 1946. courtesy Lilly Library collection, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Brown County schools, occupied the second floor. A box-type wood burning stove provided heat. When the town bought a large power plant in 1920, the courthouse acquired electric lights. Outdoor “necessary” facilities were used until 1930 and were upgraded when water was piped from the creek for newly installed flush toilets. In 1939, an extension to the north end provided modern facilities. A second story was added to that extension for space needed for the judge. In 1962, Warford Construction and Supply Company installed new fixtures throughout and revamped the wiring. They also replaced the old coal-burning furnace with one using fuel oil. Major renovations were started in April 1992, with Lee Waltman Construction Company of Nashville winning the bid for remodeling. Expansions included the installation of an elevator, a hearing room, a new roof, plumbing, wiring, plaster, and heating and air conditioning. A 9 foot, two-story addition was built across the back of the building. The iron staircase was removed, replaced with a new staircase spanning the three stories from the basement to the courtroom. The bell tower was repaired in 1989 for a cost of $10,000. December 6,1992, was the rededication of the Brown County Courthouse. The program included this poignant dedication: “We dedicate this building to the service of the people. To justice, righteous and fair treatment. To the leaders who had foresight to see the county’s needs, to the people who carried out the plans, to the youth with promises of the future, and to all the citizens of Brown County.” 

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Nancy Noel

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

Indiana Artist, Pioneer, Superstar Exhibition and Sale Aug. 27–Sept. 25

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Steak · Salmon · Pork Chicken · Pasta R Garden and Fruit Salads Soups · Desserts Herbal Teas · Cool Drinks Beer & Wine

5171 Bean Blossom Road · Just 15 minutes from Nashville

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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Pamper Yourself with Mother Nature’s Gifts Naturally balanced with natural products

Redhead Apothecary 211 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN • Next to Visitors Center 812-720-7018 • RedheadApothecary.com A female veteran owned company supporting other female and veteran suppliers

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he Brown County Art Gallery is proud to present a major exhibition of work by legendry Hoosier artist Nancy Noel in conjunction with her family. Nancy Noel rose to fame in the 1990s with her compelling paintings featuring children, animals and works created during her journey to Africa. Another in her series featured the inspirational Angels Collection. Her works hang in the homes of Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford, along with museums, embassies, and other institutions. She also developed a following of collectors from all over the world, leading her to create museum grade reproductions on archival canvas, making her work available to more of her fans. She remains one of the best-selling artists of all time. The exhibit will offer 20 original works for sale, several never seen by the public, as well as a large selection of reproductions. In addition, a recreation of her Zionsville Studio will feature her paints and ephemera along with a video about her life told by the artist herself. This is the first major gallery exhibit of her work since her death in 2020 and the Brown County Art Gallery has exclusive rights to this event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Gallery Foundation. The exhibit is open daily during regular business hours free of charge. For more info visit <browncountyartgallery.org >, Facebook Page: the historic Brown County Art Gallery, Instagram. 


Just around the corner: Food. Fun. The holidays. The Visitors Center has your guides to shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. Stop by to discover where to find the best of everything—including unique gifts for the holidays! Plus, you can plan your winter escape while you’re here.

Or visit BrownCounty.com/Email to get the best of Brown County delivered to your inbox.

Let’s be friends @ILoveBrownCounty @ILoveBrownCounty Brown County Visitors Center. 211 South Van Buren Street. Downtown Nashville.

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Musings

~by Mark Blackwell

Self Reliance “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

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here’s one of those Internet memes going around that says, “I fought the lawn and the lawn won.” Well, that was my refrain the other day, except that in my case it was, “I fought the lawn mower and the lawn mower dang near won.” This near debacle started out of a sense of duty to the great deity of suburban landscaping, or at least my neighbors. The lawn was in dire need of mowing and it was up to me to mow it. It was a beautiful morning, moderate temperature and low humidity, breaking a fairly long heat spell. A heat spell that I had been exploiting as an excuse not to mow the yard. But with that excuse evaporating with the morning dew, I sat drinking my morning coffee and plotting the day’s landscaping offensive. Little did I suspect that fate was also making plans. Face washed, coffee drunk, sunscreen applied, I marched out to the shed to fire up the old John Deere. I jumped in the seat and turned the key. With a mighty growl the engine caught. I put the tractor in reverse and as soon as I cleared the shed door I noticed that the right front tire was flat.

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Well, I grew up in the country, in an age where if it was at all possible (and sometimes even when it wasn’t) a man was expected to fix what ever needed fixin’ (weather and relationships excepted). It’s just a simple flat tire, I thought. I could just inflate it and be on my way but on closer examination the tire wasn’t a simple flat, it was seriously flat, I mean, bad, nasty flat. It was the kind of flat that is not content with close contact with the ground, but is actively trying to burrow down into it. I was going to have to jack the mower up. After a diligent search of a couple of out buildings, I found my Grandpa’s old Model T Ford car jack. I placed it under the axle and started cranking the handle and watched with no small amount of amazement as the wheel lifted off the ground. I wasn’t amazed that the wheel lifted, I was amazed that a simple tool fabricated in Detroit, Michigan, in the early 20th Century by men now gone, and left to me by another man now gone, was helping me do a job, here in the 21st Century.


Ever the optimist, I thought that maybe I could just put some air in the tire, jack it back down, and get on with the mowing. I removed the valve cap and applied the air hose. There was the satisfying sound of inflation and I felt the tire starting to swell so I removed the air hose and was greeted with the demoralizing sound of deflation. That was okay, though, because I knew that somewhere on the premises I had a spare inner tube that I could swap out. How hard could that be? I was to find out. Finding the inner tube was the easy part. Installing it was a little more difficult. At first, I imagined that I could just pop the seal where the tire and wheel met, slide out the old tube, slide in the new tube, pump it up and Bob’s yer uncle (whatever that means). But that isn’t what happened. The wheel was not inclined to give up the tire or the inner tube without a fight. I reckoned that I could hold my own in a regular kind of dust-up but I was not prepared for the WWE style smackdown that it turned into.

I got the wheel off the axle with only minor scrapes and contusions but when I got it on the ground, the real struggle commenced. I knelt on the tire to try to make an opening between the wheel and the tire but realized I had no way to pry the tire off. Not being a professional tire wrangler and thus not owning any tire wrangling tools, I had to improvise. So, I found a couple of screw drivers and a mallet to even the odds and rejoined the fray. It was about three hours later that I finally declared victory. The new inner-tube was installed and inflated, the wheel was re-mounted and the bearings packed with grease. Then I trepidatiously lowered the jack. Everything looked good; no leftover parts. I was ready to wash up and celebrate with a big mug of ice tea. It was then that my phone rang. I was exhausted but in a reasonably good mood when I answered the phone. The voice that greeted me was one of my oldest friends inviting me to meet him at one of our favorite watering holes for a beer. Continued on 45

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photos by Mike Briner



Calendar Brown County Playhouse Nunsense II: The Second Coming Sept. 9-10, 16,17 at 7:30 Sept. 11, 18 at 2:30 Sept. 24 Henhouse Prowlers Jenn & Eric Simply Acoustic Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 Oct. 1 The King Elvis tribute Oct. 7 Roots of Rock Oct. 8 Summer of ‘69 Oct. 27 Asleep at the Wheel 70 S. Van Buren Street 812-988-6555 www.browncountyplayhouse.org

Brown County Music Center Sept. 9 Emmylou Harris Sept. 16 Easton Corbin Sept. 22 Tracy Byrd Sept. 30 Air Supply Oct. 1 Menopause The Musical Oct. 7 Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis Oct. 8 Sawyer Brown Oct. 19 Jeff Beck Oct. 29 Lee Greenwood Oct. 21 The Marshall Tucker Band Oct. 23 Joe Satriani Nov. 3 Lindsey Buckingham Nov. 26 Phil Vassar & Deana Carter Dec. 7 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 812-988-5323 www.browncountymusiccenter.com

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. Sept. 22 Josh Harty Sept. 23 Kade Puckett Sept. 24 Steve Smith (AB) Vuko Sept. 29 Brooke Hill Sept. 30 Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine Oct. 1 Matt Lundquist Duo (AB) Cosmic Situation Oct. 6 Luke Powers, Breanna Faith, Jim Key Oct. 7 Sean Lamb & Janet Miller Oct. 8 Will Scott (AB) Allie Jean & Friends Oct. 13 Elkins Family Oct. 14 Acre Brothers Oct. 15 LowLanders (AB) The Hammer & The Hatchet Oct. 20 James Gedda Duo Oct. 21 Jim Richter & Tom Harold Oct. 22 Eric Lambert & Char (AB) Dan Kirk Band Oct. 27 Luke Powers Duo Oct. 28 Kade Puckett Oct. 29 Scrapper & Skelton (AB) The RoundUps 51 State Road 46 East 812-988-2291 www.browncountyinn.com

Country Heritage Winery

Music Fri. & Sat. 6:00-9:00 Sept. 2 Live Music Sept. 3 Will Certain Sept. 9 Tony Hopkins Brown County Inn Sept. 10 Gene Gillham Open Mic Nights Wed. 6:00-9:00 Sept. 16 Open Mic Night Hill Folk Series Thurs. 7:00-9:00 Sept. 17 Bakersfield Bound Fri. & Sat. Live Music 8:00-11:00 Sept. 23 Homemade Jam Acoustic Brunch (AB) Sat. Noon-3:00 Sept. 24 Clearwater Band Sept. 1 Caitlin “Spanks” Spangler, Sept. 30 Dan Kirk Band Brooke Hall, Bryce Ernest Taylor Oct. 1 Ryan Paul Wilson Sept. 2 Rich Hardesty Oct. 7 Paul Bertsch Band Sept. 3 Dave Sisson Oct. 8 Steve Fulton Sept. 8 Troy Miller Oct. 14 Open Mic Night Sept. 9 Sean Lamb & Janet Miller Oct. 15 Will Certain Sept. 10 The Hammer & The Hatchet (AB) Oct. 21 Gene Gillam Paul Bertsch Band Oct. 22 Gary Applegate & Joe Rock Sept. 15 LowLanders Oct. 28 Jerrod Bolt Sept. 16 Davis & Devitt Oct. 29 Coner Berry Band Sept. 17 Tracy Thompson FunBus (AB) 225 S. Van Buren Street 812-988-8500 Jack Whittle Trio www.countryheritagewinery.com

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Nashville House Music Fri. & Sat. 6:00-9:00, Sun. 1:00-4:00 Sept. 2 Dave Sisson Sept. 3 8-Bit Audio Sept. 4 Robert Federson Sept. 9 Travers Marks Sept. 10 Krosshairs Sept. 11 The Hammer & The Hatchet Sept. 16 Dakota Muckey Sept. 17 The Blankenships Sept. 18 Forrest Turner Sept. 23 Jess Jones Sept. 24 Steve Hickman Sept. 25 Wayne Pennington Sept. 30 Steve Smith Oct. 1 Ciara Haskett Oct. 2 Wayne Pennington Oct. 7 Buck Knawe Oct. 8 Kit Haymond Oct. 9 The Hammer & The Hatchet Oct. 14 Travers Marks Oct. 15 The Blankenships Oct. 16 Ivory Carnival Oct. 21 Grace Scott Oct. 22 Dakota Muckey Oct. 28 Elkins Family Oct. 29 Ruben Guthrie Oct. 30 Wayne Pennington 15 S. Van Buren Street 812-988-4554 www.nashvillehousebc.com

Ferguson House Beer Garden Music Fri. & Sat. 6:00-9:00, Sun. 1:00-4:00 Sept. 2 Courtyard Karaoke Sept. 3 Ciara Haskett Sept. 4 Austin James Sept. 9 The Hammer & The Hatchet Sept. 10 Buck Knawe Sept. 11 Travers Marks Sept. 16 Avocado Chic Sept. 17 Frank Jones Sept. 18 Matt Lundquist Sept. 23 Laura Cannallon Sept. 24 Monon Troubadors Sept. 25 Common Ground Sept. 30 Live Music Oct. 1 Brian Koning Oct. 2 Jess Jones Oct. 7 Will Scott


Oct. 8 The Hammer & The Hatchet Oct. 9 Coot Crabtree Oct. 14 Chris Wolf Oct. 15 Buck Knawe Oct. 16 Travers Marks Oct. 21 Live Music Oct. 22 Kit Haymond Oct. 23 Robert Federson Oct. 28 Halloween Bash Oct 29 Ciara Haskett Oct. 30 Frank Jones 78 Franklin Street 812-988-4042

Big Woods Pizza Music Tue. & Fri. 5:00-8:00, Wed. Trivia 7:00-9:00 Sept. 2 Jess Jones Sept. 6 Rich Hardesty Sept. 7 Trivia Sept. 9 Paul Bertsch Sept. 13 Jan Bell & Friends Sept. 14 Trivia Sept. 16 Keith Scott Blues Sept. 20 Justyn Underwood Sept. 21 Trivia Sept. 23 Creatio Sept. 27 Shane Scarazzini Sept. 28 Kid’s Trivia Sept. 30 Tic Tac Flow Oct. 4 Rich Hardesty Oct. 5 Trivia Oct. 7 Brandon Boerner Oct. 11 Kit Haymond Oct. 12 Trivia Oct. 14 David Ackerman Duo Oct. 18 Justyn Underwood Oct. 19 Trivia Oct. 21 Jon Shoulders Oct. 25 Gave Sigler Oct. 26 Kid’s Trivia Oct. 28 Scrapper & Blackwell 44 N. Van Buren Street www.bigwoodsrestaurants.com

Hard Truth Hills Sept. 2-5 Labor Day Celebration Sept. 2 Third Generation 6-9 Sept. 3 David Ackerman Duo 11-2 Jason Dozier 3-6 The Woomblies 6-9

Sept. 4 Sept. 5 Sept. 9 Sept. 10 Sept. 11 Sept. 16 Sept. 17

Scrapper & Blackwell 11-2 The Leftovers 2-5 The Blue 32 6-9 Happy Accident 11-2 Six Ways to Sunday 2-5 The Toons 6-9 Nick Ivanovich 11-2 Impromtu 3-6 Paul Stout Band 6-9 David Ackerman Duo 12-3 Kickitlester 6-9 Shane Scarazzini 11-2 Trent Moss 3-6 The Silver Birds 6-9 Coot Crabtree 12-3 The Late Night Boomers 6-9

Sept. 18 Sept. 23 Sept. 24 Quafftoberfest All day Creatio 11-2 Der Polkatz 6-9 Sept. 25 Gina & Joel Duo 2-5 Sept. 30 Love 4 Zero 6-9 Oct. 1 Scott Coner 11-2 Elissa Issa 3-6 Indy Annies 6-9 Oct. 2 Not Just Blues Band 2-5 Oct 7-9 Pumpkin Patch & Decorations Oct. 7 Isaac Rudd Band Lawsuit 6-9 Oct. 8 Lawsuit 11-2 Hometown Haven 3-6 Hank Ruff & The Hellbenders 6-9 Oct. 9 Gina & Joel Duo 2-5 Oct 14-16 Pumpkin Patch & Decorations Oct. 14 Cosmic Situation 6-9 Oct. 15 David Ackerman Duo 11-2 Amanda Webb 2-5 King Bee & The Stingers 6-9 Oct. 16 EKG 12-3 Oct 21-23 Pumpkin Patch & Decorations Oct. 21 Kickitlester 6-9 Oct. 22 Ken Wilson 11-2 Michael Kelsey Band 2-5 Tastes Like Chicken 6-9 Oct 28-30 Pumpkin Patch & Decorations Oct. 28 Vinyl Escape Band 6-9 Oct. 29 Southern Solace 11-2 Craig Thurston 3-6 Rich Hardesty 6-9 Oct. 30 Mystery Train 12-3 418 Old State Road 46 812-720-4840 www.hardtruthhills.com

19th Hole Sports Bar Music Fri. 7:00-10:00 | Music Sat. 8:00-11:00 Karaoke nights till 12 Sept. 2 Live Music Sept. 3 Karaoke Sept. 9 Live Music Sept. 10 3 Beards Strummin’ Sept. 16 John Ryan Sept. 17 Ruben Guthrie Sept. 23 Live Music Sept. 24 Clint Zimmerman Sept. 30 Live Music Oct. 1 Karaoke Oct. 7 John Ryan Oct. 8 Forrest Gras Oct. 14 8 Bit Audio Oct. 15 Justin Slager Oct. 21 Austin James Oct. 22 Doug Dillman Oct. 28 Live Music Oct. 29 South of 44 2359 East State Road 46 812-988-4323 www.saltcreekgolf.com

Line Dancing with Billy Mon. 6:30, Mike’s Music & Dance Barn 2277 State Road 46 812-988-8636

Village Art Walk Fourth Fridays, 4:00-7:00 April-October Free self-guided tour of Nashville art galleries. Free Concert at Playhouse 6:30

Nashville Farmer’s Market Sundays 11:00-2:00, Brown Co. Inn parking lot at State Road 135 & 46 intersection

Art Colony Weekend Sept. 9-11, various locations in Brown Co. featuring the Great Outdoor Art Contest at the T.C. State Historic Site, oldest plein air painting competition in Indiana. See page 64 for details.

Annual 5K FUN Run/Walk Sept. 10 | 8:00 am registration, starts 9:00 Jackson Twp Fire Dept. “View for All project” Free t-shirt for first 50. Cookout follows race. 4831 Helmsburg Rd. in Helmsburg 812-988-6201 MORE on 42

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7th Annual A Taste of Art Sept. 16 | Seasons 560 State Road 46 5:00-Live Fine Art Auction starts 7:00 Wine, ‘Shine, & beer tastings, silent auction. Charity fundraiser for Rotary.

Abe Martin’s County Picnic and NashCar Outhouse Races Sept. 17 | Main Street/Village Green all day • 10:00 “NashCar” Time Trials & Parade • 11:00 Cloggers • 11:30 Food Service Begins • 12:00 Corn Hole Competition • 1:00 Plunger Toss Competition • 2:00 Public Outhouse Ride • 3:00 “Nashcar” Outhouse Races • 5:00 Awards Presentations http://wecaregang.org/events.htm

Uncle Pen Bluegrass Festival Sept. 21-24 | Bill Monroe’s Music Park Bluegrass legends and favorites plus local bands. Music, food, vendors. 5163 N. SR 135 812-988-6422 https://billmonroemusicpark.com/

Brown County Rock and Mineral Show and Swap Sept. 24, 25 Sat. 10:00-6:00 | Sun. 10:00-4:00 New location: Brown Co. 4-H Fairgrounds Rock crafts, jewelry, fossils, geodes, crystals, minerals, turquoise, agates. Contact Rhonda at 812-320-6237 or bcrmc2010@gmail.com

Brown County Studio Tour Month of October | Free self-guided tour. Works for sale and demonstrations See page 28 for details. www.BCStudioTour.com

50th Fall Fare-Nashville United Methodist Church Oct. 1, 8:00 am-3:00 | Village Green Main and Jefferson streets in Nashville Features 12 booths and cafe. Every FallFare dollar goes to someone in need. See page 21 for details.

Slightly Haunted Puppet Show Oct. 14, 15 | 1:00 and 3:00 shows Brown County Playhouse Melchior Marionettes classic Halloween show. 70 S. Van Buren Street 812-988-6555 www.browncountyplayhouse.org

HUEY Helicopter Flights Oct. 15, 16 | Starting at 9:00 am | $100, under 12 $50. WWII and Korean Vets free. Eagle Park (Brown Co. Athletic Complex) 1749 E SR Rd 46 Nashville Proceeds benefit volunteer group jennaogilvie2@gmail.com 812-552-6018

Friendly Forest Trick or Treat Oct. 21,22, 28, 29 | 7:00-9:00 Jackson Twp Fire Dept. Free candy bags. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Costumes encouraged. $1 per child, adults free with child. 4831 Helmsburg Rd. in Helmsburg 812-988-6201

Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center presents an

ART AND FINE CRAFT SHOW with creatively reused & recycled materials

the

Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant Assemblage Jewelry Mosaic Glass Art Mixed Media Sculpture Woodworking

Wearable Art Natural & Sustainable Art & Much More!

Sat. Nov. 12 • 10 am – 4 pm The Commons

3rd & Washington Streets • Columbus, Indiana Sponsored by the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District, Columbus Area Visitors Center, First Financial Bank, Kroot Corporation, and Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. Additional support provided by Bucceto's Pizza & Pasta, Hotel Indigo, and Lucabe Coffee Co.

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

812-988-0600 • 800-737-0255

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at Abe’s Corner

BOUTIQUE

Large Selections of Women’s and Children’s Clothing Handmade Purses Open Daily 9:00–7:00

58 East Main • Nashville, IN • next to courthouse

Abe’s Corner

HIDDEN GETAWAY Apartment for Daily Rental

Inquire inside boutique $90 on the weekdays $100 on the weekends

812-720-7071

A family-owned, independent bookstore Specializing in: bookish gifts, puzzles, and new books for readers of all ages

naughtydogbooks@gmail.com • www.naughtydogbooks.com

Hours: Monday through Saturday11 am to 5 pm

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Coming to Brown County Music Center

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. courtesy photo

A

~by Ryan Stacy

ir Supply chose their name well. In the early to mid-1980s, the Australian soft-rock superstars seemed as essential and ever-present as the air in the room. You couldn’t get near a radio, dance floor, or jukebox without hearing “Sweet Dreams,” “Every Woman in the World,” or “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” In the days when they dominated their genre, Air Supply charted as well as the Beatles, with seven consecutive singles in the Top 5. To date, the combined sales of four of their albums is over 20 million. The air in Nashville will once again be supplied with the smash hits that made the band famous— this time live, when they perform at the Brown County Music Center on September 30. Fans of all ages will join Air Supply in celebrating

their 48th year of making music, something frontman and founding member Russell Hitchcock says they’ve loved since the beginning. “There’s nothing like performing live, and there’s nothing like seeing people’s reactions,” Hitchcock says. “The audience is the most important thing. Typically they’re ready to party from song one.” The size of that audience has increased a lot since the 80s, with Air Supply taking advantage of new platforms for turning on new fans. “Especially with the advent of social media and all the outlets for us, like YouTube and Spotify,” he explains. “Young people are now getting a snippet of our stuff. We have a lot of songs placed in movies. In fact, [our music] was in the last Deadpool movie.”

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Along with original Air Supply guitarist Graham Russell, Hitchcock has been touring, recording, and even charting steadily over the years. Writing and rehearsing material hasn’t been easy, with Graham living in Utah and Hitchcock in California. “We don’t really see each other when we’re not on the road. It’s good for both of us,” says Hitchcock. “He’s a mountain guy, loves to do his own gardening, and I like to be closer to restaurants and stuff.” Their radio sound may have been the pinnacle of smoothly produced, state-of-the-art 1980s studio pop, but Hitchcock says Air Supply has always considered themselves to be a live band first. That may be a holdover from his and Graham’s early experience in live theater—the two met while rehearsing for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1975—and it’s morphed into a career full of high-energy shows that four generations of fans can’t get enough of. “A lot of people that come to see us for the first time have this preset [idea] that it’s gonna be soft and ‘La la la’ stuff, but it’s a full-on rock and roll show. It’s loud, our band is phenomenal, they’re rock and roll players. Aaron McLain, the guitarist, he’s phenomenal. We have great lights, a great frontof-house guy. It’s an experience. You’re in for a surprise.” If we’re really lucky, in fact, one of those surprises might come in the form of brand-new Air Supply songs. As of the time of this writing, the band had plans to go into the studio in August to record three new tracks, and depending on how it went, they might be included in the set on their Brown County stop. Either way, the show


promises to be a shot of pure oxygen for long-timers and first-timers alike. For more information about Air Supply’s performance at the Brown County Music Center on September 30, contact the box office at (812) 988-5323 or visit <browncountymusiccenter.com>.  MUSINGS continued from 37 Too pooped from my labors to actually do any mowing, I accepted the invite. I should mention that I greatly admire my friend for his talent, skills, and resourcefulness. I have never seen him back away from any situation from rehabbing houses to rebuilding car engines. So, I was looking forward to regaling him with my story about my victory over the lawn tractor. When I finished my tale, I sat back waiting for some sign of manly approval. He looked me square in the eye and said, “Oh, I never do that. that’s way too hard. I take my tires over to the tire store and have them fix it.” So, if you find yourself in a DIY state of mind, Brown County is a great place to practice self reliance. 

In Times of Celebration and Healing

"We can craft it for you or help you do it." 173 S. Van Buren St. ~ Possum Trot Square Behind Nashville Fudge Kitchen and across from Old School Way restrooms

Brown County Music Center Sept. 9 Emmylou Harris Sept. 16 Easton Corbin Sept. 22 Tracy Byrd Sept. 30 Air Supply Oct. 1 Menopause The Musical® Oct. 7 Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis Oct. 8 Sawyer Brown

Oct. 19 Oct. 20 Oct. 21 Oct. 23 Nov. 3 Nov. 26 Dec. 7

Jeff Beck Lee Greenwood The Marshall Tucker Band Joe Satriani Lindsey Buckingham Phil Vassar & Deana Carter Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

For additional shows and tickets visit: www.BrownCountyMusicCenter.com

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Sweetwater Gallery “FINAL YEAR” Clearance Sale Ongoing 158 Old School Way in Nashville • 812-988-0449

Home Decor, Garden Items, Gift Items, Clothing, Antiques, All Natural, and Recycled Products

4359 State Road 46 East • Nashville (Gnaw Bone) Sat. 9 to 6 , Sun. 11 to 6 ~ Starting June 2 open Thurs.–Sun.

812-200-8274 marieshomedecorandcountrystore@yahoo.com

Brown County Model Trains

Trains: Electric, Wooden, and Christmas Indiana-Made Ornaments • Kid-Friendly

75 S. Jefferson St. • Antique Alley • 317-783-6726

Unplug with a Good Book Old, New, Used and Rare Books Journals • Sketchbooks Handmade Greeting Cards Local Postcards 45 S. Jefferson St. • Nashville, IN 812.988.0202 • fallenleafbooks.com

Open 7 days a week 10 am to 5 pm

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Soaring Eagle Cabin

Nashville, Indiana’s #1 Fun Attraction

COPPERHEAD CREEK

GEM MINE

Directly on Lake Monroe (50ft from the waterline) 1 br, 1.5 bath | large deck and hot tub gas fireplace | pet friendly * Log Cabins * Game Rooms * Pet Friendly * Hot Tubs * Private Pools * Lake Fronts

Call, Book Online, or Stop in! 812.988.6554 • 30 Washington St. • Nashville, IN Like and Follow Us! MoonDanceVacationHomes.com

Pan for Gems Fossils Arrowheads

Fun and Educational for All Ages

BROWN COUNTY

ROCK and FOSSIL SHOP

8000 lbs. of NEW Beautiful & Unique Specimens for 2022

Just North of the Courthouse 79 N. Van Buren ~ (812) 988-2422 www.BrownCountyRockShop.com

92 w franklin st • nashville, in • 812.988.0336

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

come see us in antique alley, next to brown county pottery online store: claypurl.com

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

sunday 12-4, tuesday—saturday 11-5, Tuesday evening 6:30-8:30

www.IrisGardenLodging.com

(812) 988-2422

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

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Wine Tastings Daily Award-Winning Wines Live Music Fri. & Sat. 6–9 pm Indoor & Patio Seating

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812.988.8500

countryheritagewinery.com


Across from the entrance to the BROWN COUNTY MUSIC CENTER located inside

Hotel & Event Center

www.seasonslodge.com w.seasonslodge.c 812-988-2284

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Mary Perez

Walking Woman ~by Rachel Berenson Perry

photo by Rachel Berenson Perry

S

ome people are born organizers and Mary Perez is one of them. “I always wanted to be really good at something, like playing an instrument or singing—an expert at one thing,” she said, as she sat at my dining room table. Her diminutive frame and pixie-like face are reminiscent of a wood sprite. “I’d have to say that organizing people would be it.” Many have benefitted from Mary’s expertise by participating in the Walking Women of Brown County, an open group of dedicated hikers that has existed since 1999. Inspired by a Chicago hiking group and initiated with a few notices in the local grocery store and library, the outings have been as simple as taking a trail in the state park and as complex as hiking the Wyoming Wind River Mountains with llamas carrying gear. In its heyday, Mary produced a monthly Walking Women newsletter with write-ups of past excursions and an upcoming itinerary of as many as three monthly hikes and annual spring and fall road trips. “The group expanded to Bloomington, mostly through their Newcomers Group, as well as women from Columbus, Seymour, Spencer, Martinsville, and even Chicago. We could have three or four on a walk up to sometimes 25,” she said, adding that Walking Women still exists on a small scale. A summertime gathering at a member’s CordrySweetwater home and the annual Christmas Walk in downtown Nashville continue to draw long-time friends for strolls augmented with pitch-in meals.

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“I love being behind everyone, looking ahead and seeing a line of women walking, talking, being out in nature. “ “The best things about Walking Women have been finding new places to walk and being out on the trails. I love being behind everyone, looking ahead and seeing a line of women walking, talking, being out in nature. And the friendships that have formed over the years have been irreplaceable. Something I didn’t even think about happening. And it happened, I must say, mostly from the casual way it was organized. There were no expectations, no responsibilities— you just showed up and went for a walk. And what happened on that walk was an outcome of us just being together.” Some say, “once a social worker, always a social worker,” and the adage fits Mary well. In addition to organizing Walking Women, Mary has arranged outings to the Phoenix Playhouse and Dance Kaleidoscope performances in Indianapolis for members of the “Green Room” (a group that meets weekly to discuss current issues); participates in yearly trail maintenance at Big Bend National Park in Texas; serves as the collection point for items to go to charities; distributes farm eggs for a neighbor; and makes “fire starters” (handy igniters made from candle wax and dryer lint in individual cardboard egg carton cups) for Mother’s Cupboard and St. Vincent DePaul.


courtesy photo Summer Sweetwater Day 2022. Back Row: Brenda Green, Anne Delano, Gillian Harris, Ingrid Beery, Dani Korsen Front Row: Mary Perez, Jan Minton, Betty Wagoner, Katy Ratcliff, Janet Kramer, JoAnne Hamilton, Carol Phillips

When Brown County Moonwalkers were still active, she hosted the group every February, when hikers tramped a snowy trail to see the moon reflected off her frozen lake. For those gatherings, the fare was always “stone soup,” when everyone brought various foods (raw veggies, rice, and beans) to throw into a soup pot that simmered into a delicious hot meal by hike’s end. Raised on an Iowa farm, Mary earned a BA in sociology at the University of Iowa, then took off for a job in Chicago with Public Aid to Dependent Children. Her first job as a social worker required her to visit clients unannounced each month to check on family situations. “There were roaches, bedbugs, kids running around without diapers. It was an eye-opener for a dumb farm kid. All of us [social workers] talked about how we would sit down in those places [to avoid the bugs]. First of all, you tried to find a wooden chair, not overstuffed. “And the streets were not considered safe. But people would see me—a white kid carrying a

clipboard—and know immediately that I was the caseworker. So, they left me alone.” Perez earned her MA at University of Chicago and later became a school social worker for many years before beginning to feel burned out. “My kids were grown. I’d seen too many people stay in a job when they should get out. I’d been visiting a friend who’d moved to Brown County. And I got to thinking this would be a wonderful place to live. I put my house up for rent and drove away, leaving my son in the driveway. I had no idea where I was going to live.” After a failed attempt to buy property in 1986, Perez found acreage close to the Jackson County line with a beautiful lake and no structures. She checked with her soon-to-be partner, David, and he said, “Go for it!” They rented a nearby shack overrun with mice and cockroaches while building their new home. Now surrounded by colorful flower beds leading out to a roomy boat dock, she can’t imagine living anywhere else. 

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Established in 2005 — Always a trendsetter

You will find traffic stopping items at 58 South!

Today’s fashion

AUTHENTIC NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA

A family-friendly pizza place PIZZA • SALADS • CALZONES

wearable every day or for special occasions Our accessories, hats, and comfort shoes complete the outfit or add new fresh looks to your wardrobe. Fit and affordability for missy and younger-thinking shoppers.

58 South Apparel 58 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN

Located in downtown Nashville next to the Brown County Playhouse 812-988-8440 • fiftyeightsouth@gmail.com

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

Dine-In or Carry-Out

Open 11am–9:00pm • Closed Mondays

We appreciate our loyal customers!

Our market fresh product selections are the result of your requests.

Flags, Yard, & Porch Decor Woodstock Chimes • Spinfinity .. Tervis Tumbler • BruMate Swan Creek • Dixie Belle Paint Willow Tree • Sharon Nolan Melissa & Doug • Ty Plush Jeeps T’s • Simply Southern Bobble Heads • Boglins!

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville next to Out of The Ordinary and across from the Brown County Playhouse

Did we mention all the hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry?

Rhonda Kay’s 69 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN 812-988-2050 • rhondakays@msn.com

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Brown County Michael Rebman Certified Therapist

Open Daily at 11 a.m.

Open Year-Round for Lunch & Dinner

Fresh made to order starters, salads, sandwiches and house specialties

Brown County’s only “Husband Day Care”

Guinness on tap • Full bar • Specialty drinks • Bloody Mary • Islander • Margarita

Full menu available in Bar • Large TV Chair Massage: $25 • Table Massage: $75

104 S. Jefferson St. • Nashville, IN 47448 browncomassage.com

812-988-4447

Out of the Ordinary Restaurant & Hickory Sports Bar

61 South Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN Across the street from the Brown County Playhouse

(812) 200-1999 •

OutOfTheOrdinaryRestaurant

Your Headquarters for the Great Outdoors CAMPING SUPPLIES: Tents, Camping Lights, Sleeping Bags, Grills, Fire Starters, Coleman Heaters & Lanterns, Cooking Utensils

www.browncountylogcabins.com

• Fishing Tackle • Horse Tack • RV Replacement Parts • Bee Keeping Supplies • Maple Syrup Supplies • Pet & Livestock Food • Antiques We Fill Propane Tanks

WE SELL & DELIVER BULK MULCH & TOPSOIL Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville (812) 988-8888 • www.BearHardware.com Mon.–Sat. 7:30am–7:00pm • Sun. 10:00am–4:00pm

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HABERDASHERY From fedoras and stingy brims to ivy caps and hiking hats —we’ve got you covered

onka and Acorn Also comfort footwear from Minnetonka including slippers for the entire family 49 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville • 812-988-6535 Find us on Facebook • OPEN DAILY 11–5

Bring the Woodlands into your home

87 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana 812-988-6080

THE FIREPLACE CENTER 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 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

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Complete line of: • Wood Stoves and Inserts • Gas Stoves and Inserts • Fireplaces Your first step to Energy INDEPENDENT LIVING 812-336-2053 1-800-344-3967

1210 W. 2nd St. Bloomington BloomingtonFireplaces.com


CARMEL CORN COTTAGE Assorted Ice Cream Bars New Popcorn Flavors

Double Dipped Bacon Popcorn Pickle Popcorn

Sweet Treats

Butter Toffee Chocolate Delites Chocolate Coated Bacon Strips Carmel Coated Bacon Strips

Free Samples

Show this ad & receive a FREE small drink with popcorn purchase.

Look for the red & white building at the north end of town

812-988-6011 • CarmelCornCottage.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

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

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

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>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<< Open April–October Cable TV Cabin Rentals 50 Max Amp Pool (5/25-9/4) 60' Max Length Firewood ($) Dog Park Wi-Fi

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 koa.com/campgrounds/brown-county/

Brownie’s Featuring some of your old favorites and some tasty new ones Dine In or Carry Out

5730 N State Rd 135 • Bean Blossom • 812-720-3743 Daily Specials • Breakfast till 2:00 7 am to 8 pm • closed Thursdays Owners Paul and Tania Lattimore

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Field Notes

~by Jim Eagleman

Transition

“Autumn, the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful.” —Unknown

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he end of summer, with a long and humid portion of the year still with us, signals a time of slow but methodical preparation for many birds and animals. I watch for trademark signs of dwindling daylight, the cool of autumn mornings, and long shadows of early evening. My love of summer and all it brought to the natural world, slowly fades. I still yearn to hear the flute-like calls of a wood thrush chorus, but the birds all depart my woods by mid-August. I’m grateful they keep coming back here, especially since I learned of their most faraway South American destination. Tall jewelweed and clumps of self-heal flowers are replaced with asters and goldenrods of different kinds. The phlox and woodland sunflower now stand as seed dispensaries, while ironweed and joe-pye grow tall. My milkweeds, slow to flower in shade and bent over with every rain, won’t show deposited monarch eggs until they mature. This is their second year in my woodland border. If color alone is what these woodland plants bring, I’m content with them occupying space. But hummers, dragonflies, solitary bees, and flies found them as food. The low hum of wings made me stop. I can’t be a lover of flowering native plants without a nod to pollinators. Daytime background sounds during each late summer day remain strong. Pulsating

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cicadas and wood peewees keep pace with an unrelenting, red-eyed vireo. A solo bluejay calls from the ravine. Katydids with their “chutsh-chutsh” and low-flying lighting bugs are regulars, an entertaining ritual each evening at dusk. Spending those summer evenings on a deck surrounded by woods is the perfect way to wind down. Last fall’s squirrels and chipmunks responded to a bumper crop of mast: the acorns, walnuts, and beech nuts in our woods. Now they are now absent. Falling hickory nuts on our porch roof are less noisy. Not always do bountiful food sources mean birds and animals respond accordingly. It would be a less chaotic world if everything in nature was synchronized; it isn’t, and change happens. If I take all these things for granted, anticipating them as regular occurrences each year, I fail to take into account changes that can happen. I think of changes in my own life and see some disruptive, others welcomed. I wouldn’t like dependable things to change—a reliable car, a comfortable bed—but I would like new t-shirts to replace old ones, maybe a different color on a screen door. Things that work, unfailing, trusty, shouldn’t change. I’ll replace the things that don’t. “Change is inevitable”, said a professor years ago. This after a class discussion on predator-prey. Things that affect survival are called limiting factors: disease, accidents, hunting, weather, and they have more impact than we realize. “And each of these can change over time”, he added. Dynamic relationships in nature, complicated, often surprising in complexity, take time to understand and I’m still learning. 


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Brown County

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Sampler at Rafters

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f you’ve noticed the brand spankin’ new sign outside the venerable Seasons hotel, you should know that it is welcoming you to the completely refurbished dining room for a gustatory experience that is both new and comfortably familiar. I have always had a bit of a soft spot for the dining room at the Seasons, with its long bank of windows overlooking the Salt Creek Valley. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed many a fine meal parked at a table by those windows, taking in the lofty view. The pandemic lockdown affected businesses everywhere, with restaurants in particular taking a massive hit. But, up at the Seasons, they wisely used the downtime to completely remodel and create a new watering hole called “Rafters.” In the restaurant sampling game, if you want to get a glimpse into the real soul of a restaurant, show up at one of their peak hours, when every table is full and the staff is stressed to the point of being overwhelmed. I chose a busy early Sunday afternoon, when the visitors crowd in for one last Brown County dining experience, and church-goers eat after being released from their religious duties. The resulting dinner rush nearly fills the spacious and nicely appointed dining room, as well as the comfortable tables on the bar side of the room. I am of the church crowd, and I arrived at the Seasons fresh from the pulpit, having completed my Sunday chores as the pastor of a small Baptist church.

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Many years ago after a church homecoming dinner, I visited with several older preachers who had gathered to reminisce and swap pulpit jokes. One of them said, “Back in the old days, when a young man expressed a desire to become a preacher, the other preachers would sit him down and ask him one burning question, “Are you willing and able to eat fried chicken for every meal, morning noon and night, so long as you live?” Each Sunday the preacher would take his dinner at the home of one of the congregants. When the preacher came for dinner, people cooked the only


fancy meal readily available to them. They went out in the yard, grabbed a chicken, and fried it up. The result was that the preacher was always being served fried chicken, and he had better develop a taste for it if he were to thrive in the ministry. If a man preaches, he gets fried chicken. That’s the Code of the Hills. There was no question what I would be ordering on this particular visit to the Seasons dining room. But, of course, there are plenty of other choices on the menu. Available entrees, each served with the Seasons signature fried biscuits and house-baked apple butter, include chargrilled wild-caught Pacific blackened salmon with lemon dill or a bourbon glaze. There’s also a nice New York strip steak in four, eight or 12-ounce sizes. The battered and fried whitefish served with fries and coleslaw is always delightful, as are the chicken tenders; premium, all white-meat chicken dipped in buttermilk, breaded and fried to a crisp, golden brown and served with honey mustard. For your inner child there is Rafters mac and cheese; tender elbow pasta in a creamy cheese sauce with toasted panko crumbs, and your choice of slowcooked pulled pork or sliced grilled chicken, finished with a drizzle of honey barbecue sauce and fresh green onions. There are numerous burgers and sandwiches to tantalize and satisfy, ranging from “Just a Burger” on a

toasted brioche bun to an apple butter bacon burger, or a bourbon black and bleu burger. You might have a hankering for other special sandwiches, such as the Rafters tenderloin, or Nashville hot chicken on a toasted bun, or pot roast sliders on fried biscuits with horseradish aioli, or the pesto portobello sandwich. All burgers and sandwiches are served with French fries. Also on the expansive menu are tacos, wraps, and flatbreads in a wide variety. Fish, chicken, or pulled pork tacos are stuffed with cheese, sauces, and veggie combinations. Toasted flatbreads range from the Margherita to the California chicken. Fried appetizers? Love ‘em! How about some chicken wings or cheese curds. My favorite is the beer-battered onion rings. There are salads and desserts too numerous to mention, along with various beers and cocktails to suit any taste. My chicken arrives, hot and juicy, lightly breaded, and fried to a tender golden brown. There are mashed potatoes and green beans, plus the inevitable fried biscuits with apple butter. The chicken is delicious. With the view and the friendly ambience of the place, the magical spell of Sunday dinner sets in. The code has been kept. Tradition is fulfilled. And I am profoundly satisfied. 

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Art Colony Weekend

~by Chrissy Alspaugh

The eighth annual Brown County Art Colony Weekend will celebrate the history and continuing presence of artistic life in Brown County from Sept. 9 to 11, 2022.

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amily-friendly Art Colony Weekend activities include a professional artists paint-together, a plein air painting competition, workshops, art collection tours, historical exhibitions, an artist’s birthday party, a private-collection auction, and more. “It is going to be so great for the public, for families, and it will just be a lot of fun,” said Andra Walters, executive director of Brown County Art Guild. “ The arts are the cornerstone of Brown County, so it’s important to remind ourselves of the rich history associated.” Event highlights: Friday Opening the Path to Creativity – All skill levels are invited to join Allison Distler and Dixie Ferrer in this new 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop, an inspiring day of collaging, journaling, meditation, and a nature walk. Pre-registration for the paid event is required at <browncountyartguild.org>. Brown County Library Art Collection Tour and History of Brown County Hills Pottery Program – A free event about these rare collections, with historian Rachel Perry, Indiana Heritage Arts President Rick Kelley, and Susy O’Donnell, who replicates historic Brown County pottery. The tour begins at 6 p.m. at the library, 205 Locust Lane, with program immediately following. Saturday 34th Great Outdoor Art Contest – Indiana’s oldest plein air painting competition, at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road. Prepay or sign up at the event from 7 to 10 a.m. Youth and adult awards will be announced. Friends of Marie: A Founders Exhibition – Marie Goth, one of the founding artists of the Brown County Art Guild in 1954, was cherished by many and left a legacy as a portrait painter and community leader, for helping establish the Brown County Public Library. The free exhibit opening will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brown County Art Guild, 48 South Van Buren St.

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175th Birthday Party for T.C. Steele – A celebration of the iconic Hoosier Group painter and “dean” of the Brown County Art Colony. Steele’s 1925 lecture “The Art of Seeing Beautifully” will begin at 2 p.m., and birthday cake and ice cream will be served at 4 p.m. The event, at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, is free for registered artists or $5 for the public. Celebration of T.C. Steele Era and Watermelon Festival – Learn more about this notable artist while enjoying a slice of watermelon, one of Steele’s wife’s favorite summer treats. The free event at Brown County History Center, 70 Gould St., will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with watermelon served from 1 to 3 p.m. Village Green Entertainment – Free artistic activities and events for all ages are planned from noon to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Jefferson streets in Nashville. The Artist Associates of Brown County will host a Community Paint Together. The Indiana Slavic Choir and the IU Jacobs School of Music Brass Quintet also will perform. Founders Cocktail Party – An evening of art, music, refreshments, and fun, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown County Art Guild. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged at <browncountyartguild.org>. Saturday and Sunday Art Colony Auction – Works by notable Indiana artists for sale to the public at the Brown County History Center. Preview pieces from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, with the auction beginning at 1 p.m. To participate in the auction, <jacksons-auction. com>. Information, <browncountyartguild.org>. Nancy Noel: Indiana Artist, Pioneer, Superstar – Exhibition and sale of 20 original works and museumgrade reproductions. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Brown County Art Gallery. Sunday Singing Winds: The Life & Works of T.C. Steele – Showing of the 2021 WTIU documentary about the Hoosier Group painter and American impressionist at 2 p.m., free with admission to T.C. Steele State Historic Site. 


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ChristKindl Market

~by Boris Ladwig

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rown County’s Christkindl Market will return this December with an extra day of food, festivities and fellowship to warm visitors’ hearts and provide an additional economic boost to artists, vendors, and tourism-related businesses. The market this year will reveal its old-world charm Dec. 2-4, with festivities kicking off at noon Friday and ending at 4 p.m. Sunday. The festival’s center will again be Coachlight Square, and family-friendly entertainment will return along with artists, musicians and vendors who will sell hot drinks and foods. Santa and Mrs. Claus will return, too, as will the 7-foot tall

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nutcrackers created by Nashville Spice Co. coowner Mark Schmidt. Lisa Hall, a member of the event’s steering committee and a Brown County Playhouse board member, said last year’s inaugural event surpassed organizers’ expectations. Hall said she and the other organizers were hoping for 1,000 visitors, but about 3,000 showed up, prompted by the event’s novelty and the unusually warm temperatures. “We had an October weekend,” Hall said. “It economically boosted the whole community.” Some food vendors were a bit overwhelmed, and local restaurants had lines, she said, so this year’s festival will feature even more food and beverage offerings. Hotel operators, too, reported more guests, and some of the hotels already are taking bookings for this year’s event. “There were families and kids and people everywhere,” she said. “People were dancing and having fun.” The band Polkamotion will return to provide music Friday evening, and organizers plan to offer polka lessons. This year, Washington Street will be closed to provide more room, and the stage will be moved a bit away from the booths to make it easier for the vendors to communicate with their patrons.


This year’s market will feature new beverage companies that will offer Christkindl Market-themed cocktails. Visitors also will be able to enjoy roasted nuts, spiced wine, and desserts from the culinary program at the C4 Columbus Area Career Connection. Guests can drink the spiced wine (or hot chocolate) this year out of specially made Christkindl market mugs created by local stoneware artist Holly Salo. The mugs will be available at the Brown County Visitors Center. Salo will again have a booth at the market to sell her wares, including vases, bowls, plates, and a Christmas ornament that sold out quickly last year. Hall said that the event proved very important for many Brown County artists, as a lot of shows had been canceled during the pandemic, causing a significant loss in revenue. Salo said that beyond the economic boost, she enjoyed seeing people out and about and having a good time in temperatures that reached about 60 degrees last year. Salo said she hopes to have great weather again this year and to see lots of cheerful people again. “It was just a really good community event,” she said. Saturday’s entertainment lineup: 10 a.m.: Kristi Billings and the Student Show Choir 11 a.m.: Breanna Faith Noon: Ruben Guthrie 1 p.m.: The Hammer & The Hatchet 3 p.m.: Steve Plessinger 4 p.m.: Jenn + Eric 5 p.m.: Kara & the Carolers More info at: <browncountychristkindlmarket.com>. 

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