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4th Sister Vintage Store...............50 Antique Alley Shops.....................52 Antiques Co-op.............................56

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Cover by Chrissy Alspaugh

Hilary Key, owner of the Toy Chest

16 The Toy Chest, Hilary’s Gifts ~by Chrissy Alspaugh 20 The Paint Box Art Gallery ~by Julia Pearson 24 Slats Klug and Friends “Summer Sky” ~by Mark Blackwell 26 Christmas in the Village 30 Gingerbread Log Cabin Contest 38 Bear Wallow Distillery ~by Paige Langenderfer 44 November Changes ~by Jim Eagleman

48 Sampler at Nashville General Store 54 Ruth Reichmann Speaks Out

~by Lee Edgren

~by Jeff Tryon

~by Henry Swain

62 Cordry Sweetwater Community 66 Holding Hands 10-11 11 13 34-35 36-37 49

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

Jeff Tryon Jeff was born and raised in Brown County, but spent much of his early career as a newspaper reporter in Alabama. In midlife, he pivoted from journalism to the ministry, becoming a licensed minister in 2002. He is a part-time pastor and freelance writer, a situation referred to in the ministry as being “bivocational”. Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max. Julia Pearson wrote for a Secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She currently writes a column called “Leaves of Brown” for the Brown County Democrat that features interesting people that have crossed paths. She and her husband Bruce, reside in Bloomington. She serves on several boards, including the Association of Indiana Museums. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, especially with her children and grandchildren. Lee Edgren, writing since kindergarten, attended journalism school at the University of Michigan. Her career includes writing for a newspaper, for a government agency, and for UM Medical Center. She became seriously interested in yoga during the late 1980s and traveled widely. Lee has a master’s degree in Wellness Management from Ball State University. She lives in both in Brown County and in northern Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio.


Cindy Steele, publisher P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 812-988-8807 www.ourbrowncounty.com ourbrown@bluemarble.net copyright 2014

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

Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. Chrissy Alspaugh is a freelance writer and owner of Christina Alspaugh Photography. She lives in Bartholomew County with her husband, Matt; 2-year-old son, Dane; and a dog and two cats that are growing increasingly tolerant of being ridden by a toddler. She grew up in West Lafayette and her parents, two older brothers, and their families all moved to Bartholomew and Brown counties in 2008. She can be reached at <christina_alspaugh@yahoo.com>. View her work at <ChristinaAlspaughPhotography.com> or on Facebook. Paige Langenderfer is a freelance writer and communications consultant. She writes for numerous Indiana publications, and is a featured columnist in The Republic. 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 two dogs. She can be contacted at <langenderferpaige@gmail.com>.

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Henry “Hank” Swain (1918-2014) moved to Brown County with his bride Mardi in 1947. He supported a family of five daughters by building homes. Hank’s books Leaves for the Raking, and Why Now? are bi-products of writing for Our Brown County. He served the Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville United Methodist Green Room class, the Bloomington Society of Friends, League of Women Voters, and WRAPS (Writers, Readers and Poets Society).


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Note From the Editor Discipline from the Dogs drawing by Joe Lee


jog (walk fast) for less than 15 minutes every day but it is just enough to get my heart rate going and make me feel better. This has been my habit for the past four years. I stray from the routine only if it is pouring down rain, if it is less than 15 degrees outside, or if an early morning meeting demands my preparation. I owe this daily discipline to my dogs Tessy and Shadow. They accompany me on my jaunt and get very upset if we are not jogging by 9:30. Shadow actually

cries like a puppy in the morning to tell me to put on my running shoes. The dogs let me know when it time to go. It is our little ritual. I suppose it is like a buddy system of discipline like when you workout with your girlfriends at the gym. You don’t want to let your friends down by not showing up. Bad habits are much easier to maintain than good habits and we need the encouragement of those around us to do the right thing. I do it for the dogs, not just for me. My son ran cross country for the past six years so when he hears me talk about my run he laughs, “That isn’t running.” I respect anyone that can run for miles every day. But when I see the runners’ faces at the finish line of those cross country races, I know that is something I will never embrace. My little run is enough for me and the dogs. The dogs like to stop and smell everything along the way, checking out any signs of other critters. Our neighborhood in Helmsburg has a population of animals that outnumbers the people. There seems to be at least one dog in every household. There is even a house with two pot-bellied pigs, some ducks and chickens, and a lot of little dogs that yell at us when we go by. We hear turkey gobbles from another home. Squirrels and birds scatter when they see us coming. I believe this discipline of a few active minutes a day is prolonging my life. Since I started the routine I have had fewer colds and seem to have more endurance when I make my rounds in Nashville. Both the dogs and I are getting old and our joints ache. Sometimes we even limp along our path. As long as we can still move, we can do our dog jog. I think we are better for it. —Cindy Steele

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The Toy Chest

Hilary’s Gifts

~Story and photos by Chrissy Alspaugh


eing capable of nearly everything made it that much harder for Hilary Key to settle on anything. That predicament led the budding neuroscientist to walk away from an expensespaid Ph. D. program with a 4.0 grade-point average in exchange for a life filled with toys and philanthropy. Key, now barely on the heels of her 25th birthday, took ownership of The Toy Chest this summer with aspirations of transforming the specialty toy store into a vehicle to deliver educational and developmentally appropriate toys to children who have none. More than anything, she hopes the buy-one, give-one social entrepreneurship model she is creating with her husband, Danny, not only grows beyond Nashville but also inspires young customers to give as much as they receive. Laughing, Key laments that until about two years ago, she really had no clue what she wanted to do in life.

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“I love to write, and I’ve always wanted to publish children’s books,” she said. “I really wanted to be an actress, and I was sure I would be a weatherperson at some point in time. I don’t think I ever wanted to be a fireman, but I wanted to be just about everything else.” Truth be told, she probably could’ve achieved any dream. The daughter of a physician, Key said she always considered becoming a doctor—mostly because she loved school, and she was good at it. She entered Butler University with an undecided major and graduated with undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry, and French. In 2011, Key entered Purdue University’s neuroscience doctoral program, without a real career plan. During the second year of the program, fellowship applications began twisting her arm to define aspirations. Key became determined to find her life’s passion. She journaled. She made lists. She wrapped her mind around the things in life that made her feel happy and fulfilled, and then she brainstormed ways to incorporate as many as possible into a viable career. At the forefront was a 9-year-old girl in Togo whom Key lived with during an undergraduate summer program. “My first night there, she asked if I wanted to play with her, and I asked what she wanted to play with,” Key said. “I couldn’t believe it, but she didn’t own a single toy.” Key’s course changed drastically once she realized her life’s work: providing access to educational toys to children without.

Ainslee Shaw, of Columbus, shows one of The Toy Chest’s stuffed horses to Nancy Fletcher, of Greensburg.

Key also knew what she didn’t know—the toy industry. The Martinsville native hopped into her car and trekked south in search of the little specialty toy store she occasionally had visited as a child. A month or two after filling out an application, Key received a call back that a weekend position had opened

New owners Danny and Hilary Key.

at The Toy Chest. Less than a year later, when the store’s longtime manager, Joyce Powell, became unable to continue working, Key quickly found herself managing the store and ultimately working toward its purchase. During the whirlwind move to Brown County, she met fellow Nashville resident Danny Key, a real estate broker and IT coordinator who had been dreaming of someday owning a store in Nashville. The pair married just three days after her purchase of The Toy Chest was complete. While dating, the couple wasted no time acting on Hilary’s dreams, by starting an online toy store that allowed customers to donate to children in need. Danny said nearly all clients eagerly chose to give after purchasing their own items. The Keys quickly amassed a stockpile of toys destined, they thought, for children in Africa. But when an onslaught of Continued on 18

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TOY CHEST continued from 17 calls began coming for domestic donations—for children whose families had lost their homes in house fires, or those living in the foster system— they knew their plans had to broaden. The couple since has merged the online business with The Toy Chest’s website. Now, upon buying an item in-store or online, customers can opt to buy a second item at half-cost to donate. And with an inventory of about 10,000 items, The Toy Chest boasts options for every child or child-at-heart. Customers are delighted to find high-quality, popular brands including Melissa & Doug and Calico Critters, heirloom gifts ranging from Russian nesting dolls to china tea sets, and whimsical oddities like The Original Pocket Farkel. Hilary hopes the buy-one, give-one toy store model is so successful that the Nashville business someday becomes the flagship location of a growing company. She also plans to eventually manufacture her own toys, to reduce mark-up and increase her giving power. For now, the Keys are concentrating their efforts on increasing the store’s visibility, online and to those within visiting distance. Hilary said she wants The Toy Chest to become Brown County residents easiest and most obvious destination for birthday and Christmas presents. The couple also is hard at work perfecting plans for effective giving. Hilary is confident that her goals at The Toy Chest will inspire others to give. She also thinks her journey into the toy industry gives hope to those who have yet to find their life’s passion. “It’s hard work, but force yourself to make a list of the most important things that make you happy. It could be your kids, or running, or cooking. If it’s puppies, put puppies!” she said, laughing. “Making that list and thinking outside the box about how to turn those things into my life’s work gave me the courage to leave a path I shouldn’t have been on. And once I had direction, I knew I could do it.” The Toy Chest is located in the Artists Colony Shops, 125 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville, Indiana. The website is <www.browncountytoychest.com> and the phone number is (812) 988-2817. 

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The Paint Box Art Gallery ~by Julia Pearson


he Paint Box Art Gallery has been a mainstay of the art scene in downtown Nashville for over 41 years. There have been a few jogs in the path to its current address at 93 West Franklin Street. The gallery originated in Bean Blossom, and moved to Nashville in 1973 into a shop that is currently occupied by the For Bare Feet store in Antique Alley. Always a showcase for independent artists, the shop was managed by Mariesu Vanetta. Ms. Vanetta had been an art teacher, and recognized the talent in painter Sherry Barnett’s pieces, suggestimg she consider putting her paintings in the Paint Box Gallery. Before Ms. Vanetta passed away, she had the assurance that Sherry Barnett would take over management of the gallery. The past 30 years have gone by quickly for Sherry. Half of the current nine exhibiting member artists have been with the Paint Box Gallery for fifteen years or more. There is a sunshiny-yellow bench in front of the gallery, inviting the passers-by to sit and enjoy the scenery of the street and sidewalk. A container of decorative walking sticks made by Ken Barnett sits in front of the bench. Inside the gallery’s door, it becomes quickly obvious that “good things come in small packages.” Visitors will find oils on canvas of Brown County scenes and landmarks, including Salt Creek and the Bean Blossom Bridge, by artist Scott Cotton. Cotton also has postcards available that feature local street busker, John Franz, in front of

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the Artist Colony Inn, and many examples of scrimshaw. Lucy Purdue of Nashville has oil and acrylics on canvas and wooden items. There are extraordinary canvases with country and woodland scenes by Pat Woodall, as well as pottery, handwoven baskets, and porcelain dolls. There are watercolor and pastels of countryside scenes, some animated by animals such as fawns or calves by Linda Robinson. Sharon Flake’s framed sketches of local landmarks are available. Large-sized watercolor fishes and lures by Nashville’s Ted Reeves will impress everyone. Paul Hendrickson also has paintings of watercolor and acrylics on display, as well as fine pen and ink drawings of scenes and buildings from Indianapolis, Vevay, Madison, and Nashville. Jane Schoon has pieces of realistic landscapes and florals, as well as abstract and surrealism.

Artist and manager, Sherry Barnett, has paintings with a country flavor. Her work is on canvas, saw blades, clocks, gourds, powder horns, and other decorative arts pieces. Raised in Indianapolis with six younger brothers, Sherry graduated from Emrich Manual High School. Sherry met the love of her life, Ken Barnett, at Marsh’s Supermarket where they both were working. Upon their marriage and setting up housekeeping in the country, Sherry immersed herself in country life and mothering their three children: Mark, Shannon, and Amy. When the children were in school, Sherry began painting. With a few lessons under her belt, she branched out on her own with oils on canvas. She especially loves painting on country pieces and is known for her decorative saw blades. Sherry delights in the gallery, and it shows. She and Ken painted the walls and doors, put in new display panels,

and added more lights. Curtains were hung at the windows, which give it that homey feeling. Artist Pat Woodall suggested spackling the floor, and that became a project undertaken by Pat and Sherry. Sherry enjoys meeting people and says that Brown County, and especially Nashville, remind her of the Smokies, where she and Ken honeymooned 49 years ago. Sherry finds it easy to paint while at the Paint Box. She says it is therapeutic for anyone. “I pick up the brush and it’s like all thoughts go away except for what I’m working on.” She encourages artists and would-be-artists to come in and consider showing their creations. New items are continually being added by all the member artists. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind ornaments, cards, and jewelry make lovely gifts for all occasions.

Official hours for the Paint Box are 11 to 5, 7 days a week, April through December 23. January and March, the gallery is open only on the weekends from 11 to 5, weather permitting. It is not open during the month of February. 

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Slats Klug and Friends

Another Souvenir for the Ears


~by Mark Blackwell

got a phone call the other day. It was my old pal, Slats. In a county where you can spit in just about any direction and hit a musician of some sort, Slats Klug stands out. He is a keyboard, accordion, and harmonica ace and he’s not too shaggy on guitar either. In these parts, Slats is the Brown County “lyricist laureate.” Slats is not originally from Brown County but like a lot of us, he found his way here after personal and musical odyssey. Originally from West Virginia, he says, “Brown County feels just like home and where I live musically.” He adopted Brown County and it adopted him right back. He has been writing love songs to it and about it ever since. His latest CD is the fifth installment in his “Liars Bench” series. It’s titled “Summer Sky” and has just been released. Like his previous Brown County albums, it is a paean to our unique county and the lives of folks who live(d) here. There are 14 songs that deal with everything from skinnydippin’ in summer to “Jack the Wonder Dog,” to loves, lost and found. But the over-riding theme is life in the hills of Brown County. The cover of “Summer Sky” says it’s by Slats Klug and Friends and he sure does have a slew of friends. There are 29 local musicians involved in creating the songs on this album. The way they capture the spirit of Slats’s music makes them sound like they’ve been playing together forever. There is a wonderful synergy on these tracks of country, country rock, and folk flavored songs.

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Slats’s first Brown County album, “Liars’ Bench,” came out in 1997 and it is comprised of songs about the folks who lived in and around Nashville at the early part of the twentieth century, as well as some of the artists who came to stay and record the natural beauty of Brown County on canvas. In 1999 he continued his song sketches of the county in a CD titled “My Brown County Home,” telling stories in song that were “mostly” true, like the one called “The Sheriff is Locked Up.” That event really happened and concerned a duly sworn officer of the law who wound up sampling too much “evidence” in a bootlegging case. Brown County is a scenically spectacular place to visit in autumn and that’s when most folks come to look at the vistas of turning leaves. It is also a great place to enjoy spring when the woods are blossoming with wild flowers. The camping and hiking and fishing and such can’t be beat in the summer. But most folks can’t imagine how magical winter can be in our little village of Nashville and the surrounding hills and hollers. Slats did imagine it and in 2000 he came out with a CD of Christmas and winter-time songs intriguingly titled, “A Brown County Christmas.” It is a mix of original songs by Slats, like

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“Christmas in a Cabin” and “Scotch Pine” and traditional carols done up Brown county style. “A Brown County Christmas” was so popular that Slats came out with another holiday album just in time for Christmas 2001. It was aptly titled “A Brown County Christmas II” and continues in the same vein as the first one. In 2003 “Lies and Love Songs” was released. It celebrates places like “Gnaw Bone” and “Possum Trot” and delves into little slices of the history of the county. There is a song about a visit from some of the John Dillinger gang to Bean Blossom in “Taters, Maters and a Snub-nosed 38.” And in “But is it Art, Onya LaTour” we get a glimpse of a woman waging an uphill battle to bring the good news of “modern” art to Brown County.

Slats Klug

“Sweet Magnolia”, the 2004 album, continues the tradition of songs about real people who populated the county and left a legacy of staunch individuality that still resonates here. Slats is at his best writing about the people

who have lived here like Alice Weaver in his song “Alice’s Shop is Bugged.” And in the song “Finley and His Dog” we get the story or Finley Long, a man who carried on a life-long love affair with nature. There is a special aura here, in the hills and hollers, that has been drawing folks for generations. Artists and Photographers have tried to capture it on canvas and paper. Writers and poets still strive to express it. And for the last 15 years Slats Klug has created a portrait of the county in music that captures the true essence of this unique locale. When you visit Brown County and want to take back home a sense of the place, you can buy some art or post cards or take some Continued on 46

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Christmas in the Village

December 5 and 6, 2014


his Christmas season enjoy the of Disney’s “Polar Express” at the Playhouse are all a part of this unique charm of our historic holiday weekend. village. Taste our treats, take Two ticketed activities are in our art, search our shops for that planned by the Brown County special gift, and have a great time. Community Foundation to boost On December 5 and 6, 2014, your Christmas spirit. Nashville will host a weekend of “Holiday Nibbles and ’Nogs” events to kick off the holiday season. will take place on the evenings of Enjoy small town charm nestled in Friday, December 5 and Saturday, the wooded hills of Brown County, December 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 with Christmas lights glowing on p.m. Adult ticket holders (must be every corner to make a perfect setting for “Christmas in the Village.” 21) will get a map from the Brown The Christmas lights parade, the “Y’s” County Community Foundation Reindeer Romp (a 5K run or walk in Office that identifies participating Brown County State Park), the Brown merchants, restaurants, pubs, and wineries that will offer you a nibble County Historical Society’s Ginger Bread House Competition and Display, or a ’nog while wandering the village streets. the play “A Tuna Christmas” at the Not to forget families and historical Brown County Playhouse, children for whom the Christmas complimentary rides through season is extra special, there is Nashville on the Nashville Express, “Stuff a Stocking,” a self-guided Breakfast with Santa at the Brown morning and afternoon of fun on County Inn, and a special showing

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Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each ticket holding child will receive a commemorative stocking that entitles them, with an accompanying adult, to walk the village and ride the Nashville Express to visit participating merchants for a stocking stuffers. Participants in both events will be eligible for a drawing at the conclusion of the event. Winners do not have to be present for the drawing. Tickets for both “Holiday Nibbles and ’Nogs” and “Stuff a Stocking” can be purchased on line at <BCCFin.org> or downtown Nashville at the Brown County Playhouse. Advance tickets purchased prior to November 30 are $20 for “Holiday Nibbles and ‘Nogs” and $10 for “Stuff a Stocking.” After November 30 tickets costs are $25 and $12 respectively. In addition, for the price of a ticket, promotional discounts will be available for lodging to those who want to treat themselves to a special holiday week end. The Brown County Community Foundation events are supported by the Brown County Chamber of Commerce, the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Brown County Playhouse. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit charitable programs in Brown County Come to the Village of Nashville and create new holiday memories this year. 

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Gingerbread Log Cabin Competition and Exhibit November 22–December 6, 2014


he Fifth Annual Gingerbread Log Cabin Competition and Exhibit will take place November 22 through December 6, 2014 at the Brown County Inn. Registration is required for entries, and there will be three separate categories: adults (older than 18), children (ages 8 to 18), and families. Judging and awards ceremony will take place on November 22. Prizes range from $500 for Best of Show, with other prizes in the various

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categories. All rules and registration information, plus the registration form itself, can be found at: <createitwithgingerbread.com>. The deadline for registration is November 19. All entries will remain on display for the public to enjoy from November 23 through December 6. The exhibit hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” award with the winner receiving $125. There will be a Winner’s Circle category that will showcase creations made by past winners. The Winner’s Circle will not be judged. This wonderful event has become a family favorite during the holiday season. There will be a silent auction of all entries and the Winner’s Circle to benefit Mother’s Cupboard Community Kitchen in Bean Blossom, Indiana, which feeds between 190–200 families daily. The Create It with Gingerbread Club is offering a gingerbread house decorating class for children again this year. The instructor, Brandie Barron, will provide pre-made gingerbread houses and the children will focus on decorating with fondant. This class will take place on November 15, from 10 a.m. till noon at the Brown County Presbyterian Church. Registration deadline for the children’s class is November 12. There is a fee of $20 and registration is required. For children participating in the class who wish to enter the Competition on November 22 at the Brown County Inn, 18” bases will be available and the entry fee waived for the contest. Registration and fee (checks made payable to Create It with Gingerbread Club) can be mailed to: Create It with Gingerbread Club, 636 Freeman Ridge Road, Nashville, IN 47448. Questions can be sent to the instructor at <brandiebaron@gmail.com>. 

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Brown County Playhouse Most performances at 7:30 The Lonesome West Nov. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 Two brothers argue over an ineritance Produced by Two Pigs Productions and the Brown County Playhouse Big Woods Big Lebowski Night Nov. 14 Costume contest, White Russians, beer and pizza IU Soul Revue Nov. 15 A Tuna Christmas Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 4-6, 11-13 at 7:30 Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14 at 2:00 A sequel to Greater Tuna, It’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities. Produced by Two Pigs Productions and the Brown County Playhouse The Polar Express Dec. 6 at 1:00 Classic holiday movie Brown County Christmas Sing-a-long Dec. 19 Playhouse annual tradition Going Bananas with Pet Monkey Band Dec. 31 at 8:00 MOVIES - THE LATEST RELEASES Schedule online 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6555 www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

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Dec. 19 Kade Puckett 6:00 Dec. 20 Ghost of Kin 8:00 Dec. 21 Craig Thurston 6:00 Dec. 29 Wine & Canvas 7:00 812-988-0236 www. pineroomtavern.net

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Out of the Ordinary Believe, A Brown County Christmas A family holiday tradition! Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 at 7:00 One-of-a-kind holiday show featuring popular seasonal music from the best of the Great American Songbook–featuring The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra For reservations call 812-778-9730 Also—live music and dancing on most Fridays and Saturdays 7:00-10:00 61 S. Van Buren St. - Nashville www.outoftheo.com

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

Salt Creek 19th Hole Bar Live Music Fridays and Saturdays

Big Woods Pizza Music Fridays, Saturdays + more

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Most Saturdays Mike’s Smooth Country Second Fridays Ballroom Dances Special Events: Nov. 28 The Marlinairs 812-988-8636 mikesmusicbarn.com

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SPECIAL EVENTS: Village Art Walk Second Saturdays May–November 5-8 pm Downtown Nashville Many restaurant discounts and add-ons www.villageartwalk.com (812) 340-8781

Annual Chocolate Walk Nov. 8, Downtown Nashville 10:00-5:00 Sample yummy chocolate treats while strolling through the village of Nashville. Proceeds go to Brown County Humane Society. Tickets $25 available in Nashville: Brown County Humane Society animal shelter: 128 State Road 135 S. Brown County Visitors Bureau: NW corner of Main St & SR135 Brown County Art Gallery: 1 Artist Drive, 812-327-3016 bchumane.org

Winter Art and Craft Fair

Annual Reindeer Romp

Nov. 28,29 at Seasons Conference Center Fine local and regional arts and crafts Fri. 10:-6:00, Sat. 10:00-5:00

Dec. 6, 1:00 at Brown Co. State Park Nature Center 8K Run/5K Run/ Walk in beautiful Brown County State Park brought to you by Brown County YMCA all proceeds go the Y financial assistance program.

Santa Train Dec. 5, around 8:30 in Helmsburg Santa arrives by train via the Indiana Railroad. Children and adults are invited to board the train and visit with Santa. Also, many other Christmas and cartoon characters. Fun for the whole family.

Christmas in the Village

Dec. 5 and 6 Holiday Nibbles & Nogs 5:00-9:00 Walk the decorated Village of Nashville sampling beer, wine, appetizers and desserts. Dec. 6 Stuff a Stocking 10:00-6:00 Children will go from business to business downtown for Christmas treats including toys, candy, and Children’s Gingerbread ornaments. House Decorating Class Nov. 15, 10:00-noon, Presbyterian Church, Tickets available at bccfin.org Nashville Annual Children’s Brandie Baron will teach children ages 8 to 18 how to use fondant in decorating a Christmas Fund Auction Dec. 5 at Out of the Ordinary Restaurant gingerbread house. Proceeds from auction items ensure brandiebaron@gmail.com that children in need that live in our community have a new item for Annual Create it with Christmas. Gingerbread Log Cabin


Nov. 22-Dec. 6 at Brown County Inn Contestants combine their culinary skills with architectural design to create extraordinary works of art. On display until December 6. Cash prizes. Admission is free. createitwithgingerbread.com

Brown County Visitors Center Holiday Open House Visitors Center Patio in Nashville Nov. 28, 2:00-6:00 Delicious cookies, hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa, his elves, and maybe even Mrs. Claus in the official kick-off of the holidays in Brown County.

Christmas Light Parade Dec. 6, 6:00 Floats travel through the Village of Nashville. Hot chocolate and cookies offered at various sites. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the local Salvation Army for distribution to needy Brown County families.

BC IGA and Bear Hardware’s Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 6 Demos, prizes, sales, gift card drawings. Christmas in the Village Participant

Breakfast with Santa at the Brown County Inn Dec. 6 and 7, 8:00-11:00

Brown County Craft Gallery Holiday Open House Dec. 13, 10-8 Meet artists and watch demonstrations. Shop for hand crafted ornaments and cards as well as gifts made by 30 area artisans. Partake in holiday treats.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Ferrer Gallery Nov.: Martha Sechler’s whimsical gourds Reception Nov. 8 Art Walk, 5-8 61 W. Main St., Village Green Bldg. 2nd level in Nashville, IN Represents local and regional artists (812) 988-1994 ddferrer@att.net www.ferrergallery.com

Brown County Art Guild Nov.-Dec. Member Artists Winter Show Reception Nov. 8 Art Walk 5-8 Holiday Art Walk Dec. 13, 5-8 48 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville, IN (812) 988-6185 www.browncountyartguild.org

Brown County Art Gallery Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Fall Patron Show Nov. 3-Dec. 31 Artists Assoc. Christmas Show (812) 988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

Bucks & Does Square Dances Nov. 14 at Abe Martin Lodge 8:00-10:00 Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 at YMCA 105 Willow St. Nashville, 8-10:30

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

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Bear Wallow Distillery

~by Paige Langenderfer, photos by Greg Clarke


ear Wallow Distillery is much more than a business to owners Susan and Mike Spagnuolo—it is a tribute to one of the more colorful aspects of Brown County’s history. “There is a huge moonshining history in Brown County,” Susan said. “It was very important to us that we honor that history.” According to the Brown County Historical Society, moonshining dates back to the county’s founding in 1836. Settlers lived a rugged pioneer lifestyle, living in cabins and small settlements in the forest that covered the hills and valleys. While the hills, hollers, and bear wallows of Brown County made working the land nearly impossible, they also provided a sanctuary for moonshine stills and jugs.

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Poverty left bartering as the only choice for many residents, and moonshine was one item that was always in demand. “Moonshining was a way of life here. People accepted it, and that made it difficult to charge anyone during prohibition,” Susan said. “I have always loved the story about a man who was cleared of charges during prohibition. After his trial, he said, ‘I was acquitted by a jury of my customers.’” On August 1, the Spagnuolos opened Bear Wallow Distillery, what they refer to as the first legal still in Brown County. A 250-gallon copper pot is the centerpiece of the distillery, producing about 1,000 bottles of moonshine a week. This copper masterpiece was made by renowned still maker Vendome, known for making stills for Jack Daniels, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam. Today, all of the alcohol sold at Bear Wallow Distillery is moonshine, also called un-aged corn whiskey. In November, the Spagnuolos will offer bourbon, made from 150-proof distillate and aged in charred American White Oak barrels. All of Bear Wallow’s artisanal distilled spirits are handcrafted in small batches

Susan Spagnuolo prepares a shake-up.

with 100 percent of the grains purchased from Indiana farmers. “We went out of our way to make sure that everything was local, from our products to our equipment,” Mike said. “That wasn’t easy to do, but it was very important to us.” So far, they have sold about 3,000 bottles, and have introduced hundreds of new customers to their smooth corn whiskey in the distillery’s tasting room. Surrounded by prohibition-era jugs and stills and a bar made of Brown County red oak milled just a few miles away, guests can watch the still in action through a wall of windows.

Visitors can taste the pure whiskey, but can also try it mixed with numerous flavors in what the Spagnuolos call Moonshine Shake-ups. Susan said the most popular shake-ups so far have been caramel apple pie, hot apple pie, and pumpkin. “The cocktails are wildly popular,” she said. “We want to show people that you can use a good smooth whiskey in a cocktail instead of rum, tequila, or vodka.” Along with three choices of whiskey, customers can purchase numerous flavored syrups and elixirs, used to make the shake-ups. The Spagnuolos even send customers home with the recipes. After their first visit and tasting the Bloody Moonshine Mary Shake-up, Beth and Ron Sweet of Morgantown plan to become regular customers. “It’s really delicious,” Beth said. “You can taste the moonshine and it’s really smooth.” Continued on 40

Mike Spagnuolo checks out the bourbon.

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Ron said that in the past the couple visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee at least twice a year to buy moonshine. “The first time I tasted it here I knew we weren’t going to have to go to Gatlinburg anymore,” he said. “I really like their moonshine, and it’s really cool that you can see how it’s made.” Visiting with customers is Susan’s favorite part of her job as a new distillery owner. “We have had people in from 20 states so far. We had a man from DC come in because he collects rye and wanted to have a sample of our rye. The other day a woman came in and bought moonshine to ship to her husband who is deployed in Iraq,” Susan said. “And locals come in all the time and tell us their moonshine stories. That’s the fun part, the people and their stories.” Indiana’s first certified farm distillery, Bear Wallow Distillery, is located at 4484 E Old State Road 46, about five miles east of Nashville in Gnaw Bone. Look for the signs. Hours are Monday–Saturday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday: Noon–5 p.m. Sundays feature tours, tastings, and cocktails only. No carry out sales due to state law. Distillery tours are offered daily, featuring history of craft whiskey making in Southern Indiana and the process from selecting the grains to pouring whiskey in the glass. For more Information call (812) 657-4923, visit <bearwallowdistillery.com>, or find them on Facebook at <www.facebook.com/BearWallowDistillery>. 


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New Local Craft Beer Line-up from Salt Creek Brewery in the Corn Crib Lounge

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

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Brown County State Park 160 accommodations: P.O. Box 547 Nashville, IN 47448 Abe Martin Lodge and guest rooms, two-story cabins, 1-877-Lodges-1 • (812) 988-4418 the Little Gem Restaurant and historic cabins. www.indianainns.com We have the perfect setting for any event, Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Getaways and Family Reunions and More!

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November Changes ~by Jim Eagleman


can usually tell from the amount of park visitation if fall color has peaked or is nearly over. A hint of yellow on autumn vistas continues to draw people. Even on chilly days, a few motorists pull over and scan park horizons. Warming temperatures by noon get them out of cars and onto trails. But by late November it’s as though iron gates were installed at the park entrances. There is hardly anyone on roads, trails, or campsites. At Brown County State Park, we head from late fall into early winter with only a handful of daily visitors. Like a last hurrah, a few remaining leaves flutter to the ground. “Where were these cool breezes when I needed them?” I asked myself one day this month. They would be more welcomed back in hot August. I see less “fall color lookers,” sense the coolness slowly creep in, and feel myself slow down. But not to rest! Squirrels remind me to pick up the pace. I see them scurry about with food storage a main priority. Blue jays—also acorn eaters—fly by with fat jowls, cache and store, and pick away at the nut meat back at a woodpecker hole. Newly-disturbed piles of

leaves may be the place this winter a squirrel “remembers” to locate the food stash. It is actually the smell that brings him back, not recollection. Like every fall, household chores and maintenance take precedence. I walk around the house with caulking gun and rag. New cracks around windows sills are sealed and I inspect the weather stripping on the front door. Mice have found a warm garage inviting as I see telltale signs. Bird seed stored in rubber tubs is moved to metal trash cans. Feeders are repaired for winter use. And, finally, new topsoil is delivered for a flower bed. I’m way off schedule. It is past time to assess

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yard plants—too many leaves and a dwindling woodpile. I play catch-up and work past dark. I’ve learned we don’t adjust well to cold. Meeting with winter hikers I often find them illprepared for the day. The longer we’re out, the more we see. But stopping to look with cold hands, heads, and feet drives us indoors. When back out, muscles tense. We cover up, and move about like slugs. You’d think warmth would return quickly, but we move too slowly to generate the calories for heat. After a while, even words come out slowly. Continued on 46

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What a trip to the country is all about!

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For the HOLIDAYS: Quality fresh Christmas trees Apples shipped anywhere in USA Unique gifts and holiday decor Customized fruit and gift baskets Special order Holiday baked goods Visit our fudge shop and ice cream parlor for a tasty treat. Browse the country store’s selection of jams, honey, and gift items. Open Daily 9 am to 6 pm thru Dec. 23


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NOVEMBER CHANGES continued from 44 Despite the obvious drawbacks, I’ve always maintained that winter is a time to enjoy. Nature study and learning from observations doesn’t terminate at the end of the warm season any more than it stops at nightfall. Nature is “24/7.” To that I add “365.” Those who prepare and pursue nature to learn are rewarded, often surprised. We investigate a nest or seed, burrow, dried flower, brush pile, or deer trail, and delve deeper. It’s a great learning experience, no matter time of year or day. We pry and see more. We snoop and likely come away with more questions. And for those unplanned and lucky sightings, we feel fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. Like a hunter in a tree stand, we’re primed. Curiosity needn’t be lethal, even to felines. Fall and winter catalogs clog the mailbox and exhibit this year’s outdoor fashions. We put them to good use as we order a new hat or parka when there is talk of a bad winter. But weather predictions are always suspect and unreliable. In 2013 the experts predicted an “unusually wet summer,” but it was the driest on record. Summer was very wet this year. Fluctuations in available water cause stress to the trees—too much water is almost as bad as too little. With cold weather now upon us, I am reminded it’s best to always have extra clothes, food and fuel handy. I plan to take advantage of the winter. Before ice-up, I want to be out in the kayak when it snows and put to use a new fishing rod. John Burroughs said it best: “The naturalist is one of the luckiest persons in the world. Winter or summer, rain or shine, walking or riding, his pleasures are near at hand. The great book of nature is open before him, and he has only to turn its leaves.”  SUMMER SKY continued from 25 photographs to remind your eyes of your visit but I recommend any or all of Slats Klug’s Brown County CDs as a souvenir for your ears. Slats’ new album “Summer Sky,” and many if not all of the others, can be found at various locations around the county such as: Weed Patch Music, The Brown County Antique Mall, Chateau Thomas Winery, Muddy Boots Café, Landlocked Music in Bloomington. You can sample the CD on his website <slatsklug.com> and order it from him through his e-mail <slatsklug@hotmail.com>. 


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Nashville General Store and Bakery

s the balmy breezes of Indian Summer give way to the sharp, biting winds of late autumn, the experience of visiting Nashville turns away from strolling around looking into shop windows and more toward finding a cozy spot to sit and look out of the windows. There’s a snug little spot down on the south end of town, tucked away just off the beaten track, where one can find a nice snack, lunch, or a savory sweetie to devour, and which features a nearly endless supply of visual stimulation, both inside and out. It’s called the Nashville General Store and Bakery, and it’s located in a sort of alley by a creek on the north side of the east end of Washington Street. It’s the yellow building with a big sign. You’ll know it when you find it because of the plethora of antique-y decorations on the outside of the old frame wooden building: flower boxes, fountains, rusted ornaments, bird feeders, old-fashion signs promoting old-fashioned businesses (We give S&H Green Stamps!), along with various seasonal banners and other ornamental gee-gaws. There’s actually a nice row of little tables outside, and if the weather permits, you can bring your tasty treats out there and hang out with the concrete pig, the wooden Indian and the giant working traffic light. But, as the season wears on, you’re probably going to be more inclined to go inside, to one of the most chock-full-of items shops you’ll ever find. The Nashville General Store features a huge selection of spices, cooking utensils, doo-dads; jars and bottles of all kinds of sauces, relishes, spreads, jellies, and jams. When you first enter the store, you are confronted with a huge display of fresh breads of every variety—cinnamon

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bread, cinnamon bread with raisins (or cherries, apple, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), sourdough bread, pumpkin bread, banana bread, veggie bread, whole wheat whole grain, and white. There’s a little deli counter in the back, featuring all kinds of sandwiches—chicken salad, a BLT, and the “famous” tuna salad sandwich “made with our very own onion relish!” Most of the sandwiches can also be had as wraps. There’s a smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mustard, pulled pork barbecue marinated in the house Vidalia BBQ sauce, or Mamma Marie’s meatloaf. Sandwiches can be expanded with some tasty cole slaw, potato salad, or chips. There are always a couple of soups— usually something hearty like the ham and bean with corn bread—especially gratifying in a chilly fall day. There are lots of other selections, even fried biscuits. The desserts are not to be missed. There is tall case filled with pies of every description, apple dumplings, muffins, cinnamon rolls, persimmon pudding—nearly every kind of sweet and delicious treat imaginable. Continued on 51

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Enjoy the Holidays in Brown County! Just minutes from Downtown Nashville for your Holiday Get-Away and Shopping

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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.

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

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

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

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Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

Toys and Games for All Ages A Brown County Tradition since 1972 • 20 Guest Rooms, 3 Suites with Whirlpool Baths • Banquet and Conference Rooms for Retreats or Parties • Gift Certificates Available

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

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

SAMPLER continued from 48 It’s not all food or food products, although, heaven knows, there’s enough of that to justify the place. The adjoining shop area is stuffed with all kinds of antiques, quilts, kitchen curtains, lamps, lamps shades, rugs, and candles, along with many other things too numerous to mention. Myself, I am a sucker for the hot apple dumplings with a topping of vanilla ice cream, and maybe some apple cider or an old fashioned root-beer float. I like to take my tasty acquisition and find a spot to sit and sort of study on all the many different kinds of things literally cramming every corner of the store. The motto down at the Nashville Country Store is “Step Back Into Time.” You can study all of the various items in the shop with a cloud of memories. Some of it is stuff that old grandma might have actually had, while other things are often items we wish we could give to her. Reaching back into time in our minds is an often unreliable but always fruitful practice. It takes us back to an earlier time, and helps us to see our current place and time from that reference point of the long ago. And, along with the nostalgia and memories of days gone by, we get a tasty treat to soothe the savage sweet tooth of today. So, with hearts, minds, and stomachs each fulfilled, we are profoundly satisfied. 

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it’s a

• Handmade quality dog coats, dresses, jammies, harnesses, bandanas, and many creations • Custom made things • Practical bed/bedding items • Unique kitty things Antiqe Alley • 81 S. Jefferson St. • All Natural Treats for dogs and kitties Nashville • 812-988-4228



clay purl

Welcome to Nashville’s Yarn Shop New Location: 58 E. Main St. Suite 3

In the center of town, next to the Court House Beautiful yarns, knit and crochet supplies, pottery, jewelry, classes, and more! Home of “Clay Purl Our Yarn” —inspired and hand painted in Brown County Indiana!

claypurl.com ¥ 812.988.0336

Lightspinner STUDIO

Martha Sechler Unique Watercolors Mixed Media Gourd Art

4460 Helmsburg Rd. Nashville, IN • 812-988-7379 Open whenever home. Call ahead.

We’ve Moved to Antique Alley!

Anything But

• Necklaces • Earrings Or dinary • Pendants • Bracelets A variety of stones and colors

North Van Buren and Molly’s Lane • Nashville

Doing business for over 25 years


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87 S. Jefferson St. • 812-988-6080 • thewoodlandsgallery.net

Brown County Furniture Brown County Pottery Brown County Weavery and Roots For Bare Feet Ferguson House Four Bare Paws It’s All About Dogs K. Bellum Leather Nashville Image Old Time Photography Antique Alley on the West Side Paint Box Art Gallery Nashville The Bookloft Brown Co. Hoosier Artist Art Guild House Primitive Spirit Jack and Jill Out of the Through the Looking Glass Antique Nut Shop Ordinary Wooden Wonders Alley Shoppes Woodlands Gallery FRANKLIN ST


See e us for Thanksgiving and Christmas TURKEY DINNERS with all the sides

Hometown Proud Local Grocery Store Serving Beautiful Brown County Since 1975! November 8 Brown County Humane Society CHOCOLATE WALK Participant See store for details

11 1 aam m to o 5 pm

December 6 IGA + Bear Hardware Annual Holiday OPEN HOUSE Demos, Prizes, Sales, Gift Card Drawings Christmas in the Village “Stuff a Stocking” Participant

Organic Grocery • Dairy • Produce • Frozen • Wine

• Certified Ang us Beef • Large Beer an d Wine Section s • Picnic Suppli es • Full Service B akery/Deli • Custom Cake Decorating • Custom Deli Tr ays, Veggie Tra ys, Fruit Baskets, and Gift Baske ts

Ever-Growing Selection of Gluten-Free Products 30 Hawthorne Dr. • Nashville • East SR 46 at light • 812-988-4546 • www.browncountyiga.com

Y E A R RO U N D L I V E E N T E R TA I N M E N T November 1, 5, 6, 7, 8

Friday, November 14

2 brothers argue over an inheritance

Big Woods Big Lebowski Night

Adult content and language. PG-13 Produced by Two Pigs Productions & Brown County Playhouse

Saturday, December 6 · 1 pm

Classic holiday movie. p

IU Soul Revue

Costume contest, White Russians, beer & pizza r

Listen, groove, and dance

Friday, December 19

Wed, December 31 · 8 pm

Brown County Christmas Sing-A-Long The Polar Express

Saturday, November 15

Playhouse annual tradition!

Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 4-6, 11-13 Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14 · 2:00 pm

A hilarious comedy play set in Tuna, Texas Produced by Two Pigs Productions & Brown County Playhouse


…the latest releases Going Bananas with Pet Monkey band Dance through midnight

Movie Tickets & Schedule Online Adults $5 | Children/Students $4


P E R F O R M I N G A R T S C E N T E R 812.988.6555 · BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Showtimes 7:30 pm · Tickets & schedule online · Beer, wine & concessions available | Box Office: Thurs–Sat Noon–Showtime · Sun 3–7 pm | 70 S. Van Buren · Nashville, IN

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Ruth Reichmann

photos by Cindy Steele

Debate, Preservation, and Vision ~by Lee Edgren


orn in Munich, she grew up in Hitler’s Germany and lived through World War II, frequently hungry, often afraid. After the war, she arrived in Cincinnati at 25, knowing high school English and with $5.00 in her pocket. She embraced her new country’s democratic values not only with relief, but also with idealistic intensity and immense energy. At 86, Ruth Reichmann, Ph.D., is still immersed in political debate, still working toward historic and land preservation, still seeking the realization of a “wellness” vision formed and nurtured in a life-long connection with Bavaria. One guesses that political

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freedom, historic preservation, land preservation, and wellness activities form, in Ruth’s mind, the foundation of an ideal life that can be brought to reality in Brown County, as it was in Bavaria, if only enough awareness and fervor are brought to the cause. Shortly after she arrived in Cincinnati, she met and married fellow immigrant Eberhard Reichmann, who obtained his Ph.D. in German and soon became a member of the German Department at Indiana University. Ruth also pursued her education with an early start in pre-Med, a change in direction

to theater and drama, some time-out spent “pushing hubby through” by working as a medical researcher, eventually (“after the kiddies were gone”) obtaining her own Ph.D. “I am still currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center. I was involved in Historic New Harmony and in the Northern Indiana Heritage Trail, to name a few projects. I am a writer, translator, and historian and am currently working on several publications that Eberhard and I started.” Eberhard died in 2009. The two had been married for 53 years. Ruth has been a controversial figure almost since her arrival in Brown County. She moved here with her beloved husband in 1967. Early on, she was active in the formation of the Sassafras Audubon Society and served as its president from 1972–1974. She remembers her great friendships with Jack Weddle, legendary Brown County naturalist, and Fred Lorenz with warmth. “Jack Weddle was amazing, and a wonderful friend, as was Fred Lorenz.” It was hiking with Weddle that made her see the parallels between Brown County and Bavaria. “I love nature. I grew up with it. We have a treasure here and it shouldn’t be misused.” In those days, “Nashville was a sleepy little town, and people were very nice.” Nevertheless, she was hanged in effigy during what she calls, “the fight to save Nebo Ridge.” When asked about how it is to be faced with such hatred, she shrugs, “It doesn’t bother me. I am happy to be able to speak out without someone knocking on the door and picking me up. That feels good. If somebody doesn’t like what I say, that’s not my problem.” One of every three citizens of Indiana has a German heritage. Ruth and Eberhard worked tirelessly to save and to document that history. They worked to create the Northern Indiana Heritage Trail that winds its way through 90 miles of Amish country. Now available as an audio tour it, guides you through a region that the editors of LIFE® magazine named “one of the top places to see in your lifetime.” She longs for a similar project to be completed in this area, one that would take people past the still-remaining houses of the area’s notable artists and provide some of the rich lore contained in Kin Hubbard’s newspaper columns, Frank Hohenberger’s

columns and diaries, as well as anecdotes from lessfamous sources. The Reichmanns were also leaders in the effort to save Indianapolis’s Athenaeum. Severely deteriorated and in danger of being razed in the 1980s, the Athenaeum was built for a German organization as a “house of culture” in the mid-1890s.The architectural firm of Vonnegut (grandfather to author Kurt) & Bohn designed the building. It was a significant save. The Atheneaum is listed three times in the National Register of Historic Places. The first listing is for its architectural qualities and its historical significance. Today, it is one of the liveliest places in Indianapolis, noted for its Rathskeller, Y-directed fitness programs, and its GermanFest. The Rathskeller is the oldest restaurant in the city. Interestingly, the Vonnegut family’s unmarked summer cabin still stands on a quiet street not far from downtown Nashville. “While my early years made me a political activist, and my growing up in beautiful Bavaria Continued on 57

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Morgantown Serving Central Indiana since 1971 Visit our website

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

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

Furniture, Art Architectural Elements Pottery The Odd and Unusual and A General Line

Country Primitives Advertising Antique Garden Old Paint Early Smalls

Like us on Facebook

Open 6 Days (Closed Mon.)

(812) 597-4530

Layaway Available

Knitting, Weaving, Spinning

Classes, Yarns, Fleeces, Looms, Wheels Weds. 6-8:30; Thurs, Fri., Sat. 10–5; Sun. 1–5; Closed Mon. & Tues.

2.5 miles west of Morgantown SR 252 (at the sheep farm)

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10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135

REICHMANN continued from 55 gave me the understanding of wellness and heritage tourism, it is the Ph.D. in Community Education and my involvement with places like New Harmony and the Northern Indiana Heritage trail that have led to my desire to facilitate community efforts for historical and natural preservation,” Ruth states. She can tease strands of “progress” apart, liking some aspects of a plan, but not others. The recent debate over just what direction the town should take to become a state-designated “Stellar” community is one example. Speaking of The Brown County Playhouse, she notes: “When we came, there was a tent, a stage, and chairs. It was just summer theater. The current Playhouse is the kind of change I want to live with, but not the change of the historic front. Leave the old buildings and the landscaping alone.” Ruth adds, “Some people have no feeling for the old Brown County….But we do have some old timers who are waking up.” Many historic structures in the town of Nashville are already gone, but more than 70 remain. With the help of IU graduate students, the League sponsored an inventory of Brown County resources that has recently been turned into a free e-book <www.smashwords.com/books/ view/473734> by local publisher Dan Snow. As a former president of the Brown County’s League of Women Voters, she was a significant leader in the “Vision 2020” endeavor and the community conversations about wellness that evolved from it. Now she is involved in a newly forming group, Peaceful Valley Heritage, with a distinctly historic and artistic vision for the town and county. Ruth says she would like to see the corridor between Columbus and Bloomington—now promoted by the visitors bureaus as Arts Road 46—become Heritage Trail 46. “It could take in nature, food, and entertainment. It wouldn’t just be art. Each place on the trail tells a story.” You can e-mail Ruth <reichman@indiana.edu> to learn more about her vision. 

HERITAGE MALL Shops South Van Buren Street Nashville, Indiana

SPORTS ETC. Your Team Headquarters for Licensed Sports Novelties and Collectibles

• Collegiate • NFL • MLB • NBA

41 S. Van Buren St. Heritage Mall • Nashville, IN


Visit our website www.browncountysports.com

Head over


• Minnetonka • Stetson • Tilleyy Hats • Merrell

HATS HA ATS • FOOTWEAR • ACCESSORIES 49 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville • 812-988-6535 headoverheels@switched.com • fax: 812-988-6505

Nashville Candy Store Established 1973

Old-Fashioned Candy Homemade Fudge Novelty & Nostalgia Candies Heritage Mall 41 S. Van Buren (3 doors south of Nashville House) www.nashvillecandy.com (812)988-8745 toll free (877)735-8657

Buy a pound of FUDGE Get a half pound FREE

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Winter Fair

November 8, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend Event

November 28 & 29, 2014 Friday 10 am – 6 pm • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Fine Local and Regional Arts & Crafts Seasons Conference Center 560 State Road 46 East Nashville, Indiana 47448 Admission: $1.00 per adult

For information call (317) 825-0454 Sponsored by the Brown County Craft Guild P.O. Box 179 • Nashville, IN 47448

Nashville General Store & Bakery Pumpkin, Banana, and Cinnamon Breads Homemade Pies and Cakes Cinnamon Rolls Caramel Apple Nut Pie Hot Apple Dumplings Muffins, Persimmon Pudding Variety of Ice cream Flavors Shakes, Sodas, and Floats Apple Cider


rown County Humane Society’s Chocolate Walk is on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Nashville, Indiana. “chocolate walkers” will be able to sample different chocolates by visiting participating retailers. Local chocolatemakers and premier Indiana chocolatiers will be giving away chocolate to each chocolate walker. For the price of a ticket, a person can stop at as many shops as they wish, sample the delectable creations, all while seeing the beautiful town of Nashville at the start of the holiday season. All proceeds go directly to the animals. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased through the Brown County Humane Society’s website <www.bchumane.org> or in Nashville at Brown County Humane Society, 128 SR135 S., Brown County Art Gallery, Main St. and Artists Dr, and the Brown County Visitors Center, 10 N. Van Buren St. 

Gift Baskets filled with Jams, Jellies, Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter Shagbark Hickory Syrup Chicken Salad full of Grapes and Pecans w/ Pumpkin Bread. Sandwiches on Baked Breads or Kaiser Rolls. Smoked Turkey w/Cranberry Mustard, Pit Hams. Pulled Pork BBQ marinated in our own Vidalia BBQ sauce. Mama Marie’s Meatloaf. Beans and Cornbread.

Antiques, Quilts, Kitchen Curtains, Lamps, Shades, Rugs Visit our shop Two Sisters next door. Keeper of the Light Candles The yellow building 118 E. Washington St., Nashville 812-988-6362

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Your One Stop Grocery



Groceries Meat New—Fountain Drinks! Produce In Bean Blossom Deli, Hot Food State Roads 135 and 45 Pizzas 812-988-4629 Beer, Wine Open Daily 8 - 8, 8 - 6 Sunday Lottery

Smack Dab in The Heart of the Village! Great Lodging, Family Fun, and Fine Art

Village Boutique Styling You from Head to Toe

Winter fashions from top designers Accessories · Jewelry · Purses

Visit us in our new location! 64 East Main Street · Nashville, IN In the Old State Bank building

812.988.7950 · Open Daily BROWN COUNTY’S UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

Ethereal Day spa & Salon

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Winter Warm-up

45 minute Relaxation Massage · $55 per person

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Sun.–Thurs. 11–9 • Fri. & Sat. 11–10

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40% Off Tuesdays & Sundays · Appointment required

812.720.9009 · EtherealVillage.com Online Booking Available

Village of Nashville · Van Buren & Washington, 2nd floor Monday–Saturday 10 to 7 · Sundays by appointment

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Upcoming Shows at the Playhouse


ntertainment at the Brown County Playhouse in November and December includes two plays: “The Lonesome West” and “A Tuna Christmas,” and a one-night-only (November 15) performance by IU Soul Revue.

THE LONESOME WEST by Martin McDonagh — November 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7:30 p.m. The Lonesome West is the darkly comic story of two Irish brothers fighting over their inheritance. They struggle to find peace and the true meaning of family and fail miserably. Despite the best efforts of the local Parrish Priest and a booze-peddling teenage girl, these two brothers may never get along. The cast features both co-directors Ian McCabe and Nora Leahy along with Patrick Tierney and Dan Lendzien.

IU SOUL REVUE presented by the African American Arts Institute—Saturday, November 15, 7:30. Tickets $17.50. Listen, groove, and dance to the soulful sounds of the IU Soul Revue, America’s first and finest collegiate popular music ensemble. The “Revue” will bring you

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back to Black popular music from the 1960s through the present The IU Soul Revue was founded in 1971, with ethnomusicologist Portia K. Maultsby appointed as the ensemble’s first director. For more than 40 years the “Revue” has wowed its local audience and audiences across the country with dynamic performances of timeless R&B, Soul, Funk, and contemporary Black popular music styles delivered by its commanding male and female vocal ensemble, powerful horn line, and tight rhythm section. The group makes annual appearances in schools, colleges and universities, nightclubs, and other venues. Revue has also opened for renowned artists, including The Emotions, James Brown, The Temptations, Con Funk Shun and Booker T. Jones. Opening before IU Soul Revue will be the highenergy Richard Baskin Quartet, showcasing the vocal talents of Richard Baskin, a scholarship student in the newly established vocal jazz program at Jacobs School. The quartet explores the vocal jazz tradition, following in the footsteps of greats such as Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Joe Williams, but bringing it new life through today’s fresh ideas. A TUNA CHRISTMAS By Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams—November 28, 29, 30, December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, all shows 7:30 p.m. except Sundays which are 2 p.m. matinees 20 characters, two actors, one small Texas town, and a whole lot of Christmas Eve shenanigans. In this hilarious comedy play, full of holiday cheer, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas: the town called Tuna. Radio station personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities: hot competition in the annual lawn display contest and voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of A Christmas Carol jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Leahy will direct this production with McCabe and White co-starring. Tickets for the plays are $20. All Friday performances are Dinner Theatre with finger food buffet catered by Hotel Nashville starting at 6:30pm. Dinner Theatre tickets are $28. There is a $1 discount for all shows for student, senior, military or veteran. For tickets to any performances call (812) 988-6555 or visit <www.browncountyplayhouse.org>. 

Old McDurbin % Gold & 50 Gifts



• Anklets • Bracelets • Necklaces

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

New rooms with balcony view, restaurant, lounge, and enclosed pool. Conference facility for up to 600 people.

OVER 7,000 square feet!

Brown County

Antique Mall

812-988-2284 • SeasonsLodge.com

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

We Buy and Sell 13 miles west of I-65 3 miles east of Nashville, IN

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

A Brown County Landmark renowned for savory home cooking and old-fashioned hospitality 812-988-4554

58 East Main Street Nashville, Indiana (next to Brown County Courthouse) www.browncountycraftgallery.com

open daily 10–5 • 812-988-7058

Male Instinct

“A Different Spin on a Man’s Store”

Gifts Apparel

• Northern Sportswear • Hats, Gloves, Billfolds Accessories • Ultimo Fragrance • Fusion Sweaters • Knives • Themed items Hot Stuff • Funny Stuff the maleinstinct.com

Featuring comfortable rooms, restaurant, bar, and indoor pool. Meeting space for up to 275 people.

812-988-2291 • BrownCountyInn.com

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Cordry Sweetwater Community ~Story and photo by Jeff Tryon


t seems like a place set apart, psychically separated from the rest of Brown County, as if by mutual consent. If it were an incorporated town, it would be the largest one in the county by a thousand people, but it’s like a secret city, somehow different from the county to which it technically belongs. The Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District is a 2,300acre subdivision built around a pair of private lakes in the extreme northeastern corner of Brown County. An estimated 1,100 people live there (Nashville has about 800 residents) on lots adjoining Cordry and Sweetwater Lakes, 240 and

320 acres respectively, and ranging to 150 feet deep. The main entrance is off of Sweetwater Trail. Once inside, the serpentine nature of the shorehugging roller coaster roads and the fact that there are two more or less similar lakes side by side can often be confusing and disorienting for a first time visitor. “Never go in there without a map,” a news reporter once told me. The Conservancy District was the grand vision of developer Howard Prince, who had created Prince’s Lakes, just across the Johnson County line, in the late 1940s and early 1950s. That successful development incorporated as a town in 1956. In 1948, Prince and associates began a new development in Hamblen Township around the

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existing Cordry Lake and eventually creating an adjoining lake in the nearby Sweetwater Valley. Mr. Prince began buying up land in Brown County, which at that time and place was not exactly at a premium. He is reported to have purchased one 60-acre parcel in what is now Sweetwater Lake for $3,600, or just $60 an acre! The original plan for Cordry and Sweetwater Lakes as a recreational and resort housing development was heavily promoted by the Brown County Lakes Development Corporation. In 1952, work on the new Cordry Lake dam began and buyers began snapping up lots advertised for just $12 per lakefront foot, available on contract with monthly payments. Work was started on the dam for Sweetwater Lake in spring of 1955 and lots began to be sold.

But work on the dams was halted when the Prince’s Lake Building Company, Inc. went broke in mid-1958. The newly-minted Cordry-Sweetwater Lot Owners Association tried to press on with construction through voluntary contributions but soon found that the issues involved required an organizational structure capable of raising the money needed to finish construction, operate, and maintain the lakes and related concerns. They turned to a new legal entity, which had been created by the 1957 Indiana Conservancy District Act, providing for special tax districts for the purpose of solving problems related to water resources management. The Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District was established in June 1959 by the Brown County Circuit Court. The conservancy operates under the direction of a seven-member board of directors elected by lot owners.

Mr. Prince died in 1962 without knowing if his Cordry/Sweetwater lakefront development project would ever be completed. Cordry-Sweetwater reflects a particular time and trend in American residential development, with a vision of waterfront communities laid out like suburbs. The 1964 Master Plan, Brown County’s first real planning document, creates a “lake residential” zoning classification, and projects a Brown County dotted with a series of lakes and reservoirs bordered by rustic, seaside type cottages. “Twelve new reservoirs would give Brown County four invaluable new assets,” says the ’64 master plan, including “an adequate water supply, a flood control system which would permit development of flat land for new industry, new residential areas, and future waterfront lots….not only conservation— but an actual enhancement—of the characteristic scenic beauty for which Brown County is famous. A simultaneous means of securing immense economic growth.” The plan contemplated submerging 4,240 acres (barely two percent of Brown County’s total area) under lakes as large as 800 acres. Lot sales continued on both Cordry and Sweetwater Lakes. Work on the Sweetwater Dam resumed in 1963. It was completed and the lake filled to its current pool level in 1967. Cordry Dam was completed in 1968, and residential development continued for several years. By 1987, the district began reaching peak population levels. In the intervening years, almost half of the residential population had become part-time occupants. Attempts to incorporate the area as a town in 1998, and again in 2006 failed, leaving the district with some difficult issues about its legal authority to enforce certain codes and rules, and depriving it of some revenue sharing that smaller, but incorporated entities receive. More recently, the district has been in court over concerns about property tax rates, which seem to have tripled. Just like a lot of little unique areas and places around the county, the District has its own particular take on things, and that’s one of the things that makes the county so interesting. 

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Our Brown County


Plum Creek Antiques Open-Air Market Bean Blossom

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

(812) 988-6268



Paint & Bodyy

The Strength of Big, The Service of Small

Full Collision Repair 24-Hour Towing

• Sun.–Thurs.—Buy 2 get third consecutive night FREE • Check out our Last Minute Special

(812) 988-7337 • www.browncountyin.com

Front end regularly $49.95 4 wheel regularly $79.95

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

1814 N. St. Rd. 135 • Nashville


P.O. Box 386 • Nashville, IN 47448

Feed Store

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

4245 SR 46 E - Gnaw Bone

(812) 988-7100 • kritzersfeedstore@att.net


BG Broadband is expanding in your area

High Speed Internet

is finally available!


812.720.9423 bgbroadband.net


Career Resource Center of Brown County

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

• GED • Electrical • Solar Energy • Work One

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




189 Commercial Drive, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.1200

$5 OFF Alignment

Garage G g

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Brown County Tire 24 hr. Wrecker Service



Auto Repair

27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville LANDSCAPING

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

We Can Do It All!

Complete Landscaping/ Design Services LOG HOME SERVICES


Helmsburg Sawmill Inc. Custom Log Homes

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

812-988-6161 YOUR AD HERE

Services Directory Rates published every other month • Log Cabin Repairs • Chinking & Repair • New Construction • Cabin Inspections

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

Single Block $50 Double Block $70 2 or more 10% OFF

annual 20%OFF

Call Cindy 812-988-8807

Services Directory HEALTH



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


Mon.–Sat. 9 am to 4 pm

Limit 3.


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

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


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

After School Program


(and June Can-Do Camp)


TUESDAYS 3:00 to 6:30 and special bonus days

Insurance Agency

At the intersection of two downtown alleys behind Miller’s Ice Cream and the Brown County Art Guild

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


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

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


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For Exceptional Service Call Jennifer Gabriel

146 E. Main St. Redbud Terrace Nashville, IN

Jennifer Gabriel, Broker Associate

812-418-8522 812-345-6811 cell • jennifer@fctucker-lynchgroup.com F.C. Tucker/ Scott Lynch Group • fctucker-lynchgroup.com




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

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



Trash Removal

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



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benches while their wives shop may make new acquaintances and reminisce of earlier times. Visitors seem to shift to a lower gear in keeping with flow of the crowd. Even in the crowded restaurants they dine more leisurely even when there are standing patrons waiting for a table. Nostalgia is not only a theme for our community to nurture, ~by Henry Swain (1918–2014) but a service to the visitors who come to us. It is as though we Reprinted from December of 2004 give each visitor a watch without a second hand. We offer them the illusion that their days with us are longer than the days they spend fter the early church service at home. The therapeutic value of lets out, I will sometimes sit in this illusion may carry over to their my car for a time to observe next workweek and make it a little people on the streets of our village. easier and more productive. At that time in the morning, visiting Holding hands is a way of tourists have discovered the choice exchanging very personal gifts. “The world is too much with us parking spaces have already been These gifts are delivered directly, late and soon. taken in the downtown shopping unwrapped, and without bows Getting and spending we lay area. They have parked a distance and ribbons. Acknowledgment waste our powers: away and are making their way and appreciation of the gifts Little we see in Nature that is ours; toward the village center. exchanged is sometimes noted by We have given our hearts away, On the milder days of our tourist a squeeze of the hand. a sordid boon.” season, I have been surprised The hand is a reflection of I believe the architecture, the to note that about half of the our spirit. It can be open and history of our village and the couples are holding hands as beckoning. It can be made into composition of its inhabitants they leisurely stroll toward the a fist. Held hands seldom have suggest the accommodation of a shop areas. It happens with older an adversary. The custom of more leisurely pace of living. Our couples, younger couples, and shaking hands when introduced those with children. What is it in this visitors sense their lives are moving to strangers may not be the most involuntary gesture that puts these too fast, and that they may be sanitary practice, but it is in our missing something important that visitors in this apparent mood of culture a gesture of openness and should not be missed. contentment? trust. Our town heightens the tourists’ We can only guess, but I suspect The “laying on of hands” is with coming to our village represents to nostalgia for the pace of living of some religious faiths is a symbolic them a change of pace from whence their grandparent’s time when life act of prayer and healing. Hands they come. The workweek for many seemed to be more manageable. Nostalgia is always part fact and part pressed together before us is also may be stressful and demanding. a prayerful gesture of gratitude. illusion, but that does not mean it is Brown County and Nashville may Pause for a moment to look at your seem to some visitors a respite and of no value. own hands. Have they served you The handholding tourist may refuge from the harried workplace well? Are they lonely? Then take that demands so much of their time. find nourishment in spending a day mingling with others leisurely looking someone’s hand and see what it Lines from Wordsworth come to does for both of you.  and shopping. Husbands sitting on mind:

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Profile for Our Brown County

Nov./Dec. 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

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

Nov./Dec. 2014 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

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