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Mercantile Store...........................47 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......47

Wishful Thinking...........................29 Woodlands Gallery.......................30

Antiques Co-op.............................50 Appleworks....................................33 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bone Appetit Bakery....................13 Brown Co Art Guild.......................19 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Brown Co Pottery..........................13 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop.....14 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 Cox Creek Mill................................28 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Fawn Hill.........................................57 The Ferguson House....................41 Foxfire.............................................41 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery.........................................21 Head Over Heels...........................31 Holly Shop......................................12 Homestead Weaving Studio.......18 Hoosier Artist................................19 Hoosier Barn & Table....................40 House of Clocks.............................50 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................58 Madeline’s......................................30 Mariposa Nashville.......................40 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Mercantile Store...........................47 Nashville General Store...............32 New Leaf.........................................19 Papertrix.........................................15 Plum Natural Products................57 Rhonda Kay’s.................................36 Simply 4 You..................................29 Spears Pottery...............................18 Sweetwater Gallery......................29 The Toy Chest................................47 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....47

Brown County Playhouse............57 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine....14 kidscommons................................47 Rawhide Ranch.............................27

Antiques Co-op.............................50 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery.........................................21 Nashville General Store...............32 Plum Creek Antiques...................60


Antiques Co-op.............................50 Art Beyond Crayons.....................50 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Bear Hardware..............................45 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Art Gallery...................18 Brown Co Art Guild.......................19 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Brown Co Forge.............................14 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 The Emerald Pencil.......................19 Hoosier Artist................................19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................58 Papertrix.........................................15 Spears Pottery...............................18 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.18


Fables & Fairy Tales Bookstore...49 Fallen Leaf Books..........................27


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58 South Apparel..........................36 Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................58 Bear Hardware..............................45 Community Closet Thrift Shop...31 Foxfire Boutique...........................41 Head Over Heels...........................31 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............22 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26




Abe Martin Lodge.........................59 Appleworks....................................33 Artists Colony Inn.........................28 Bear Wallow Distillery..................45 Brown Co IGA................................59 Brown Co Inn.................................37 Brown Co Winery..........................44 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....40 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................27 Butler Winery.................................27 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................47 Casa Del Sol...................................31 Cedar Creek Winery......................17 Chateau Thomas Winery.............13 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........63 Farmhouse Cafe............................14 Gatesville Store.............................30 Gnaw Bone Coffee........................46 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery.........................................21 Gyros Food & Art...........................21 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Helmsburg General Store...........51 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........15 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................53 Hotel Nashville..............................63 House of Jerky...............................58 Jack and Jill Nut Shop..................58 Las Chalupas..................................50 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................15 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............64 Nashville General Store...............32 Nashville House............................28

DIRECTORY Nashville Spice Co.........................21 Our Sandwich Place.....................30 Schwab’s Fudge.............................40 Seasons...........................................33 Sweetea’s Tea Shop........................3 The Wild Olive.................................2


Antiques Co-op.............................50 The Ferguson House....................41 Hoosier Barn & Table....................40 Mariposa Nashville.......................40 Plum Creek Antiques...................60


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Abe’s Corner/Too Cute.................58 B3 Gallery.......................................18 Brown Co Antique Mall................13 Brown Co Craft Gallery................57 Cathy’s Corner...............................28 Ferguson House............................41 Foxfire.............................................41 Grasshopper Flats.........................29 Hoosier Artist................................19 Juls Etc............................................22 LaSha’s............................................40 New Leaf.........................................19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........58 Rhonda Kay’s.................................36 Spears Pottery...............................18 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........22


Abe Martin Lodge.........................59 Artists Colony Inn.........................28 The Brick Lodge............................63 Brown Co Inn.................................37 Comfort Inn...................................12 Cornerstone Inn............................51 Creekside Retreat.........................53 eXplore Brown County..................4 Green Valley Lodge......................15

Nov./Dec. 2017 • Our Brown County 9 Hidden Valley Inn.........................22 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..14 Hotel Nashville..............................63 Monroe Music Park & Campground.................................60 Moondance Vacation Homes.....45 The North House...........................63 Rawhide Ranch.............................27 Seasons...........................................33




Bone Appetit Bakery....................13


B3 Gallery.......................................18 Hoosier Artist................................19 Spears Pottery...............................18 Yesteryear Old Time Photos........29


Berkshire Hathaway-Scroggins..45 Brown County Real Estate...........61 Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty.60 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda..............61


eXplore Brown County..................4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............53 Rawhide Ranch.............................27


Brown County Visitors Center....23 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................36 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........53 Keyed IN Property Mgt................61 Mainstream Fiber Networks.......31 Nashville BP...................................15 Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......26 Simply Fitness Winter Retreat....57 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....47 Voils.................................................37


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Brown Co Tire & Auto Farmers Insurance—McGinley Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty Keyed IN Property Mgt. Monroe Park Campground People’s State Bank Plum Creek Antiques RE/MAX Team Marg & Brenda Waltman Construction Co. Webb & Sons Auto Restoration


Head Over Heels...........................31 K. Bellum Leather.........................19


Bone Appetit Bakery....................13 Fallen Leaf Books..........................27 Fireplace Center............................47 Holly Shop......................................12 House of Clocks.............................50 House of Jerky...............................58 Jack and Jill Nut Shop..................58 K. Bellum Leather.........................19 Men’s Toy Shop..............................26 Nashville Spice Co.........................21 Papertrix.........................................15 The Toy Chest................................47 Weed Patch Music Company......46 Wishful Thinking...........................29


Hoosier Artist................................19 Sweetwater Gallery......................29


Artists Colony Inn.........................28 eXplore Brown County..................4 Hotel Nashville..............................63 Village Florist.................................47


Brown Co. Chamber Passport.....51 Mike Nickels Log Homes.............40 Simply Fitness Winter Retreat....57 Community Foundation 25th....46


Contents 16 Brandon Lee ~by Bob Gustin 20 Foundation Celebrates 25 ~by Larry Pejeau 24 Cathy’s Corner ~by Julia Pearson 32 Christmas in the Hills

~by Mark Blackwell 34-35 Photos ~by Jude Thill*

38 Helmsburg General Store

~by Paige Langenderfer

42-44 Calendar of Events 46 Antique Hunting ~by Paul Sackmann 48 Gnaw Bone BBQ/Tenderloin 52 More Science ~by Jim Eagleman 54 Robb Besosa

~by Ryan Stacy

56 Sharing Films by Women

~by Lee Edgren

60-61 Services Directory 62 Holiday Passport Children’s Auction Chocolate Walk Stuff a Stocking

Cover: Winter carriage ride in Nashville

Bob Gustin worked as a Mark Blackwell makes his home reporter, photographer, in an area of Brown County managing editor, and editor for where “the roadway is rough daily newspapers in Colorado, and the slopes are seamed with Nebraska, and Indiana before ravines and present a meatless, retiring in 2011. He and his barren, backbone effect.” He was wife, Chris, operate Homestead born in the last century and still Weaving Studio. She does the weaving while he spends considerable time there. gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands He writes for Our Brown County, and only works his book and record collections. when he has to. Jim Eagleman, recently retired DNR naturalist, and his wife Kay, enjoy hiking the many natural areas, preserves, and land trust sites in Brown and neighboring counties. His FIELD NOTES have appeared in this publication for several years. Contact Jim with comments and inquiries at <>. Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including Dada and Surealism for Beginners, and Music Theory for Beginners. He is an awardwinning 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 secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and her husband Bruce have made Lake Woebegone Country their new homebase for life’s continuing adventures. Julie, Bruce, and four-footed Suki are adjusting well. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren.

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

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

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

Lee Edgren attended journalism school at the University of Michigan. 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 Michigan and owns River Light Yoga studio.

~by Cindy Steele

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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. Her new hobby is making mosaics.

Paul Sackmann has had a love for old stuff ever since he was a child—old trucks, furniture, cast iron goods, bottles, and other things in between. Paul and his wife, Paulette, have the antique store Plum Creek Antiques in Bean Blossom, Indiana.

Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

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*Jude Thill moved to Brown County two years ago and has been “playing” with photography for over twenty years. “I don’t consider myself a photographer. I don’t have the patience or interest in the higher end functions of my camera. Rather, I have an eye. Photography makes me more aware of my surroundings and I look more closely and observe light, contrast, color, and patterns.” • P.O. Box 157 Helmsburg, IN 47435 • (812) 988-8807 A Singing Pines Projects, Inc. publication

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Brandon Lee photo by Bob Gustin

~by Bob Gustin randon Lee plays a mean mandolin. Also guitar, banjo, piano, violin, dobro, bass, flute, pedal steel, harmonica, drums, ukulele and, as he puts it, “whatever I can find.” A 26-year-old Brown County native who lives in the Helmsburg area, he has been a member of some of the top area bluegrass bands since he was a teen, and just this year toured with a national country music group playing bars, festivals, and dancehalls. Brandon also did a solo project based on his real-life experiences, which he calls “Infamous,” the story of a heartbroken cowboy told as a country and western honkytonk opera. It’s all original music, told in a series of tales by three cowboys


sitting around a campfire at night in the High Sierras, and available to hear free on <>. On the website, he describes himself as Dusty Heenahan, “spranged from the hollers of Brown County…a multiinstrumentalist, composer, producer, songwriter, whiskey drinker, gun slinger, forward thinkin’, country singin’ son of a gun.” And he warns that some of the lyrics are “explicit.” “Infamous” was a response to a difficult time in his life. Within a two-week period, his father died and his partner of four years left him and moved to the West Coast. In the stories, a cowboy’s one true love leaves him and he sets out on a journey through the desert to try to find himself. “Every bit of the story is true,” he

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said. “It was a way of dealing with what was going on. Just working through it. There are songs written for my father, my mother, friends.” Music has a healing power, and Brandon uses it. His grandfather, William Bernard Lee, was a fiddler who has a road named after him at Bill Monroe’s Music Park in Bean Blossom. His father, William Lee Jr., was also a musician, playing guitar and bass. And his mother, Julia Waltman, has roots in Brown County going back to some of the first settlers in the area. He says his parents encouraged him to explore music. Maybe that explains why Brandon feels more at home here than in the other places he’s lived and played. “I do not feel as open, as free, or

”I do not feel as open, as free, or have the same level of creativity in the city as I do here in Brown County.” have the same level of creativity in the city as I do here in Brown County. There’s less stress, leaving more room for creativity.” Brandon has lived in Brown County all his life, except for a two-year period in Bloomington while he was studying music education at Ivy Tech, and a brief stint in northern California. He was mandolin, guitar, and fiddle player as part of the Reel Tyme String Band for about four years, and then played mandolin in New Old Cavalry. Earlier this year, he took a job playing with Ernest Tubb’s nephew, in a band called Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours. They played honkytonks and dance halls, a rockabilly festival in South Carolina, and other sites. But Brandon says he left the band because the touring was too stressful. He formed a four-piece band back in Brown County, and is playing country, rock, and his own kind of music locally. Next, he’d like to record another solo album, a concept album which tells a story. He has lots of ideas for the project, but isn’t sure which direction it will take. Eventually, he’d like to make a living as a musician doing studio work. His influences are as diverse as his musical performances. They include Harry Nilsson— especially his album “The Point”—Frank Zappa, The Beatles, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, and others. Are musicians born or made? Brandon took 10 years of piano and violin lessons as a child, and says that education is important to be able to communicate music with others, “but that doesn’t mean you can’t just learn by ear.”

photo by Jules Dunlap

“I practice every day,” he said. “The instruments change, but I practice multiple instruments multiple times a day. “Part of it is in your ear,” he said. “But most of it is in practice and you have to really want it. I think about music constantly, think about noodling something in my head.” 

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Celebrating courtesy photo

~by Larry Pejeau


wenty five years. What does that mean for your Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF)? More importantly, what does it mean for the community we call home? Let’s walk back in time and remember how this organization came into existence. The idea of a community foundation emerged from a county-wide visioning exercise, sponsored by the League of Women Votes, called “Brown County 2010” which started in 1989. Not surprisingly, the concept met early resistance. Some just did not believe the county would support a philanthropic entity whose mission was to define the community’s greatest needs and to develop the leadership and donors willing to address those needs in a county of only 15,000 people with no corporate presence. In early 1993, Purdue County Extension Director for Brown County, Jon Cain, partnered with the League’s President, Ruth Reichmann, to promote the idea of a forming a community foundation and Jon agreed to be the chair of the “interim board of directors” of the BCCF. The organization attracted many other supporters including Del Newkirk and Jim Callahan, who put together the first set of bylaws. Over the years other community foundation pioneers, including Hank Swain, Missy Davis, Jim McDermott, and Terry Berryman, all continued to support the concept with their time and with gifts. In its infancy, the BCCF was part of an alliance with the Bartholomew County’s Community Foundation “The Heritage Fund.” Dr. Reichmann stated, “As we developed our vision, it became apparent that we had one serious shortfall for realizing many of these dreams—funding.” Another foundation advocate, Stu Hoffman, shared information about how Lilly Endowment Inc. was helping communities establish community foundations through its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Match Challenge. If Brown County could raise one million dollars, Lilly would

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match donations $1 for every $2 donated. With this challenge the first official board of directors was announced in the Brown County Democrat. Barton Updike was named the president and Jon Cain was vice president. Other board members were Ken Birkemeier, Jim Callahan, Sara Hess, Sam Johnson, Sue Lindborg, Del Newkirk, John Rudd, and Lee Waltman. As challenges were successful met, new challenges and responsibilities emerged. In order to further its mission the BCCF hired its first executive director, Del Newkirk, in 1997 who, with the able assistance of his wife Letty, cheerfully accepted the challenge of growing the BCCF endowment and moving the organization successfully forward. The positive impacts in the community that were the direct result of the Foundation’s presence and their success in leveraging Lilly GIFT challenges through parallel private donations, were apparent as was the growth and level of professionalism of the BCCF’s non-profit partners. By 2003, GIFT dollar matches had helped with the funding for two fire stations, much needed equipment at a third station, as well as helped with the building of the public library and the YMCA. GIFT dollar matches also helped with major renovation at the Art Gallery and the Humane Society. The C.A.P.E. grant from Lilly Endowment provided $5 million for new educational opportunities and the opening of the Career Resource Center. Fast forward to today and other major projects, including the Project Helping Hands building, the new History Center, and the Brown County Playhouse—to name just a few—are now operating professionally due to the support of local philanthropy. Your community foundation now gives over $500,000 each year back to the community, supporting scholarships for pre-k students and high school graduates, as well as grants supporting the important missions of Brown County’s non-profit organizations and other charitable entities.

25 Years These success stories are what your community foundation has been involved with during the last 25 years. Now is a time to celebrate its birth and growth. The Foundation gratefully thanks those who have contributed to the successful and thriving philanthropic organization. The anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2018 with a number of events, contests, and many surprises. Keep your eyes and your ears open as you will see its presence and hear the cheerleading, showing appreciation for all of those who have believed in the power of philanthropy and set the stage for the Brown County Community Foundation’s vision for the future. You can find more information at <> or stop by the office building in the north end of downtown Nashville at 209 North Van Buren Street. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Gnaw Bone

Country Store & Bakery

*Homemade Baked Goods *Antiques *Local Products *Artist Goods 4883 SR 46 E. Gnaw Bone, IN 812-988-4266 Mon., Wed.-Sat. 9–7, Sun. 10–6 (Closed Tuesdays)

Our own Tzatziki sauce recipe, made from scratch

Delicious! Free samples • Local Delivery Available <Most items under $10> • Gyros Food

S. Van Buren & Old School Way • Possum Trot Sq. Look for the sidewalk signs • (812) 318-0840

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Visit America’s First Store

172 N. Van Buren Street in Nashville, IN Second Location in Calvin Place– (S. Van Buren and Franklin Streets) • 812-988-0900

Albert C. Drake

Goldsmith and Silversmith 42 years of quality service in Brown County

Touch of Silver, Gold & Old 87 E. Main St. • Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-6990 • (800) 988-6994 Hours: 10am - 6pm • 7 days a week

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8:34 AM

Winter is Magical IN BROWN COUNTY


Join us for the annual Winter in the Woods Weekend to recharge and relax after the holidays! Beautiful and charming Brown County doesn’t stop being beautiful and charming when wintertime rolls in—it actually looks and feels great in winter white. Enjoy one of many planned events that will get you dancing, hiking with a group in the woods, or going for a winter run. Taste the wonderful comfort creations of food and drink offered by local establishments, or just cozy up to a warm fireplace. Winter is a wonderful time here. Check out to learn more.


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Cathy Haggerty demonstrating how this toy horse moves. photos by Cindy Steele


eople enjoying a breakfast or lunch at a window-side table at the Artists Colony Inn can look through the glass and see others lingering at the antique shop at 39 East Franklin Street, just a few steps from Van Buren. Cathy’s Corner, a little shop of curiosities, was opened nine years ago by Cathy Haggerty with the help of her son, Bill, who pitched in with needed elbow grease to install cases and shelves. Cathy painted a mural of Hooks’ Hill with its well-known red barn on the wall, giving it her own special Brown County touch. Fearrin’s Ice Cream Depot and the Lawrence Family Glass Blowers are established business neighbors. Visitors taking a tour of Nashville can catch the trolley right in front of the store. Cathy’s Corner specializes in unique and collectible items that

are beautiful, quirky, nostalgic, or just plain fun. They bring unusual stories and people together, which prompted Brown County antique enthusiast, Shirl Malina, to tell Cathy she is a “contadora”—a keeper of stories. The constantly changing inventory has an eclectic selection of art, glassware, volumes written by Hoosier authors like Gene Stratton Porter, James Whitcomb Riley, and Lew Wallace; estate jewelry, headpieces, purses of silk, beads, and leather; and old toys. There is always a wide array of wonderful metal tractors, cars, and trucks; dolls and doll furniture; authentic early versions of popular card and board games, jars of old marbles; and dishes perfectly sized for a child’s hands. Cathy is known to invite folks to “Come down and play with us.”

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Browsing in Cathy’s Corner brings comforting memories of life in previous decades, when appliances had cords and were made of seemingly indestructible steel. Young children especially will love shopping trips to Cathy’s Corner and hear from grandparents about a time when household items were not disposable, but repaired, and then handed down to family members just setting up housekeeping. The women of the family collected dainty tea cups and saucers, knowing that special occasions were made more so by using china pieces or table linens carefully cross-stitched and stored in hope chests. Sewing baskets had multiple notions, spools, and tools necessary for knitting, crocheting, tatting, mending, and other fancywork.

Cathy’s Corner ~by Julia Pearson

There is always the spontaneous game of seeing an article and wondering, “Can you guess what this is?” In fact, if there are any “What is this?” items found in attics and barns, bring them in and see if Cathy’s Corner can help identify them. At this writing, the store has a collection of over two hundred straight razors available for purchase. So homeowners who love country style décor can display several in the guest bath. Jewelry shoppers will find themselves fascinated and enthralled with the selection of antique jewelry. There will also tales of the previous owners of lockets, rings, and brooches that bring smiles or goosebumps. Vintage and estate jewelry is also offered through a website: < cathyscorner>. Being born in Lafayette and growing up in Carroll County, Cathy Haggerty is a birthright Hoosier. She was number four in a family of five children born to Fay and Frank Hodge. Attending Indiana University in Bloomington, she has a degree in Visual Arts and is certified to teach K-12. For 13 years, Cathy stayed at home tending her growing family—sons Whylee, Bill, and Jake. The first store Cathy and her husband, Tom, owned and operated was in Bloomington and dealt primarily in used furniture. Combining both their names, the store was called Tomcat Alley. Cathy’s Corner is the third store owned by the Haggertys. Their re-sale stores are located in Bedford and Bloomington. Cathy continues to teach art to all ages and all levels of experience. She has an open studio at Meadowood Retirement Community in Bloomington on Wednesday afternoons. On Friday afternoons, she holds a class at the St. Agnes youth building in Nashville. Her students thrive with her encouragement and enthusiasm and even feel confident trying new mediums. Those interested can reach by phone at Cathy’s Corner. She hopes to offer more art at Cathy’s Corner. Presently the store has a piece of stonework for sale—a limestone gargoyle.

Cathy’s mural of Hook’s Hill at the front of the store.

Someone mistook this chamber pot for a soup tureen.

There are other original pieces as well as antique paintings, prints, maps, and pottery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays when the store is closed. But when the unpredictable winter storms bring school closings and the roadways themselves are taking “a long winter’s nap,” Cathy’s Corner might close its doors early. Shoppers can call ahead at (812) 988-4091. 

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Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church St. Rd. 135 N. half mile north of Bean Blossom (5802 Old Settlers Rd. Morgantown, IN) next to Brownie’s Restaurant


“Share the peace of the Lord with us.”

Excellent accessibility for handicapped

• SUNDAY DIVINE SERVICE 10:15 a.m. • SUNDAY SCHOOL 9 a.m.—All children welcome • ADULT BIBLE STUDY 9 a.m.—All welcome FOOD PANTRY last Wednesday of the month 9–11 a.m.

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

’ Luminox Watches (used by Navy Seals)

Fine Pipes and Tobaccos Premium Cigars

Things you can live without... bbut who wants to! Old Colonial Bldg. 60 N. Van Buren St. Nashville, Indiana•812.988.6590•Visit us on Facebook

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

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Variety of T-Shirts

Wooden Signs made in Southern Indiana



Guest Ranch

al times are All adventures & me call ahead ! open to the public – ommended – Rec ons ati erv Res –







Open 7 days a week, Year round

AMENITIES INCLUDE: Cowboy Hotel • Cabins • Tipis • Guest Discounted Zips & Rides 24/7 Coffee Station • Corporate Retreats • Team Building Programs Geocaching • Free Wifi • 54 Acres of Land • Nightly Campfires Hiking • Fishing • Swing Set & Sandbox • Half Court Basketball 1292 St Rd 135 S, Nashville


Brown County

3.5 x 4.5 A wonderful mix ofSize: Old, New, Used and Rare Cost: $667.00 Runs: April 2016 - April 2017


A family-friendly pizza place Not your usual bookstore…


Journals · Sketchbooks Handmade Greeting Cards · Local Postcards

140 W. Main Street • (812) 988-8800 45 S. Jefferson St. · Nashville, IN 812.988.0202 · Mon–Sat 10 am – 5 pm · Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

In the heart of Nashville by the Village Green area at the intersection of Main and Jefferson Streets.

Dine-In or Carry-Out

Sun.–Thurs. 11am–9:00pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am–10:00pm

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Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

home of

The Iron Gate by Brad Cox

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

Unique Metal Art Studio

4705 Annie Smith Rd. Nashville

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

“A Historic Brown County Landmark”

Enjoy dining in a cozy country atmosphere with great home cooking and our famous fried biscuits and apple butter. NOW SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & DINNER

Corner of Main and Van Buren Streets in Nashville, IN • 812-988-4554 28 Our Brown County • Nov./Dec. 2017

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

Back-to-Back Complex

145 South Van Buren Street Established 2001

FREE in-store demos!

Old School Way and Pittman House Lane

(next to the Toy Chest, behind Sweetwater Gallery) Visit our website for class schedules • 812-988-7009

PLY 4 YOU SIM Handmade & Unique Gifts • Hand-painted Signs • Homemade Body Scrubs • Giant Scrabble Letters • Solar-Changing Finger Nail Polish • Biker Bracelets • Painted Ball Jars And much more...

145 South Van Buren Street

Sepia Old Time Color Color Black & White

OVER 200 BACKGROUNDS 145 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN

Wild West • Prairie • Civil War • Roaring 20s and more!


145 S. Van Buren Nashville, IN

Simply 4 You Gift Shop

Next to Artist Colony Inn, behind Sweetwater Gallery

Weekdays 10–6, Sat. 10–7, Sun. 10–6


est. 1972

Doug Stoffer, Designer/Jeweler

Sweetwater Gallery featuring locally crafted:

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

Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings also offering:

Pottery Kaleidoscopes Metal Sculpture Owners, Ron and Penny Schuster

145 S. Van Buren Nashville located in the Back-to-Back Complex 812-988-0449

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SANDWICH PLACE At the corner of Main & Van Buren Street (underneath the Nashville House) 812.988.2355

Family Friendly Menu Cooked from Scratch


Breakfast • Lunch • Early Supper Build your own sandwich, burgers & dogs, daily specials Mexican menu items, delicious desserts

Breakfast Served All Day

It’s one of those places that you are excited to tell your friends about—a best-kept secret that’s too good to keep. A place where the people are real and friendly, and they’re likely to know your name before long. The food is good, honest food that’s tasty and genuine. Made with heart and soul. We’re located off the beaten path, and maybe a bit hard to find—but worth the effort. It’s where the local folks go. So, if you’re interested in finding a place that’s a little old-school and truly authentic Americana, come see us at Gatesville Country Store. Enjoy browsing the antiques, panning for gold in Salt Creek (behind the store), or just relaxing with a good meal or a piece of pie and some conversation.

Special Holiday Menu Nov. & Dec. Mon., Tues., Fri. 8:30 to 3:00 Sat. 8:30 to 5:00, Sun. 8:30 to 4:00 (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

4525 Salt Creek Rd. Nashville, IN 47448

(812) 988-0788

Visit Our Sandwich Place page Bob Knight Memorabilia and Brown County Sports

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

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We are expanding!

Sign up for service or complete our 2 minute survey to help us determine where to expand next at

Why Mainstream’s Fiber Optics? • Greater bandwidth than traditional copper wires —no reduction in speeds when neighbors are online • Unlimited data—no caps or speed reductions • Fiber all the way into your home or business • Reliable hard-wired service with no interference from devices • Ready for the future—TV, phone, security systems, etc. • Live customer support during business hours, 24 hour support line • Expedited support for all business plans • Local business that supports the community

Mainstream Fiber Networks (formerly BG Broadband) Providing high speed fiber Internet to rural Indiana communities, branching out from our Brown County roots

(812) 720-9423 •

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

Look for the sign


Open ALWAYS on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 to 5:00 (weather permitting) 1st and 3rd Saturdays 10:00 to 1:00 and Fridays 12:30 to 5:00 MAY-OCTOBER (catch us if you can off season)

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

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

Head over


• Minnetonka • Stetson n • Tilleyy Hats • Merrell

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


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

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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in the Hills ~by Mark Blackwell


ew York City has its Rockefeller Center ice rink with an oversized Christmas tree and rosy-cheeked skaters. Indianapolis has its Monument Circle decked out with festive lights, oversized ornaments, and choirs of carolers. Christmas is special everywhere, but it is especially special in the hills of Brown County.

I am always delighted when driving into Nashville at Christmas-time and seeing this little village dressed up in its finest. I like the way the shops are all attractively decorated with good taste. And I like the quiet. The sidewalks aren’t barraged with loud rock ‘n’ roll music. Instead there is an aural space in which people are heard greeting each other with “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” and heartfelt wishes for a joyful New Year. Hey, I’m not saying that there is nothing going on here to entertain folks—because there is plenty. On November 24 at 6:00 p.m., there will be an official Christmas Tree lighting ceremony over at the History Center with music and refreshments. And Santa Claus will be there, too, starting at noon. And there is the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at the Seasons Lodge and Conference Center, where folks from around the area display and sell their unique creations. That runs from 10 to 5 on November 24, and 10 to 4 on November 25. Brown County folks love to entertain visitors as well as each other, especially around Christmas. I remember going out to the big musicals that Slats Klug used to organize. There were about a dozen or so local musicians performing original seasonal songs as well as the traditional carols. But times change and now Brown County folks are putting on a new show at the Brown County Playhouse called “Believe, a Brown County Christmas.” It runs from the end of November right up to Christmas. Another tradition is the arrival of the Indiana Railroad Santa Train at Helmsburg. It is coming December 1, around 8:30 p.m. this year. You can come aboard and visit Continued on 49

Nashville General Store & Bakery Nashville’s Unique Dining Experience (1800s Cabin)

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

118 E. Washington St. (by the creek) Nashville, IN • 812-988-6362 Open Sun.–Thurs. 9–5, Fri. 9–6, Sat. 9–7

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

NASHVILLE GENERAL STORE EXPRESS SHUTTLE Reserve the Nashville General Store Express for your charter needs.

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Lodge & Conference Center

For the Holidays

Apples are our specialty, but we also offer a wide variety of preserves, honey, baking mixes, and delicious condiments.

TUESDAYS: Tex-Mex served in the bar 5–7:00 p.m. FRIDAYS: Prime Rib Buffet served 5–9:00 p.m.

• Balcony Rooms

• Quality fresh Christmas trees • Apples shipped anywhere in USA • Unique gifts and Holiday decor • Customized fruit and gift baskets • Special order Holiday baked goods

• Restaurant • Lounge

• Enclosed pool

Enjoy our fresh, from scratch, homemade baked goods. Cozy up to a warm apple dumpling la mode near our fireplace. Visit our Fudge Shop and Ice Cream Parlor.

317-878-9317 8157 S. 250 W. Trafalgar, IN Open Daily 9 am to 6 pm thru Dec. 23

• Conference facility for up to 600 people

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photos by Jude Thill

We appreciate our loyal customers!

Let’s Meet at Sweetea’s! BUY ONE TEA, GET 2nd TEA 1/2 OFF Second tea equal or lesser value with this ad One offer per person

Sweetea’s Tea Line Bubble Tea · Desserts Lunch Served Daily Groups & Tea Parties Free Wi-Fi · Open Daily

South end of town · Coachlight Square 225 S Van Buren St · Nashville, IN 812-988-6515

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Our market fresh product selections are the result of your requests is located in the heart of for the items you like best. downtown Nashville on This season we display: South Van Buren Street Tervis Tumblers, Swan Creek, next to Out of The Ordinary Sanuks, Woodstock Chimes, and across from the Melissa & Doug, DaVinci Beads, Brown County Playhouse Stony Creek Lighted Vases, Essential Oils and Diffusers 69 S. Van Buren St. P. Graham Dunn personalized, Nashville, Indiana and our favorite handcrafted jewelry. Did we mention all 812-988-2050 the hats, scarves, and fashion jewelry?

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Decorative Concrete Patios, Driveways, Slabs Basements Retaining Walls Foundation Repairs Bridges

Construction Homes New Construction Remodel Bridges Plumbing




51 State Road 46 East Nashville, Indiana 47448

Driveways Land Clearing Lakes and Ponds Culverts Water and Sewer

Septics New Septic Installation Repairs Plumbing and Excavating Presby Systems (start at $7500)

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Helmsburg General Store ~by Paige Langenderfer

Open for Business


or more than a century, the Helmsburg General Store has been an anchor in the Helmsburg community. The rusted freezer out front houses the minnows that have been the bait for countless prized fish and the booth inside has been a gathering place for friends to catch up. The previous owner, Karen Sooy, ran the store for 27 years. She loved to talk to tourists as well as the locals and would often kid about giving “good directions and bad advice.” Ready to retire, Karen put the store up for sale. When Leonard Richey saw the “for sale” sign, he knew almost instantly that he had to buy the store. Richey and his wife, Sharon, had been customers of the store for more than 20 years and knew how important it was to the community. “The people really rely on it,” Leonard said. “They need a place that’s open in their community.” Sharon said she originally thought the idea was crazy, but quickly realized what a great opportunity this would be to serve the community. “I’ve been coming to this area since I was a kid and love everything about it. It’s just gorgeous. We love

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photos by Paige Langenderfer

coming here to hike and fish and camp,” Sharon said. “We plan to retire here, so we want to help this community in any way we can.”

Before opening, the couple painted and added lighting, but did not change much else. “We wanted to keep the character of the store,” Sharon said. “People asked if we were going to change the sign or replace the rusted freezer, but those are the things that make it memorable. Those things tell the history of the store, so we’re going to leave them just the way they are.” In April, a year and a half after seeing the “for sale” sign, the Richeys opened the store, not knowing what to expect. “We didn’t have much inventory because we had no idea what people would want,” Sharon said. “So, we asked, and literally everything on the shelves is the result of people telling us what they wanted.” Two months after opening, and after hearing an overwhelming number of requests, the store began offering cooked-to-order pizza and lottery tickets. The small store is now packed from top to bottom with nearly everything you might need. The back room is full of local craft beer and wine (and other alcohol), a refrigerator filled with bait (including neon night crawlers), and various fishing and camping gear. The front room houses everything from snacks and cold drinks to household goods and healthcare items. Grocery items include everything you need to cook a quick meal.

photo by Paige Langenderfer

Sharon and Leonard Richey. photo by Cindy Steele

There is even frozen ground beef and sausage. “We put a whole lot of thought into everything we put on the shelf,” Sharon said. “If it’s a reasonable request, we usually add it to the shelf.” The busiest times are lunch and Friday evenings, Sharon said. “The pizza has been a huge draw,” she said. “And a lot of times people will just come in to talk to us or to catch up with each other.” That neighborly feeling is exactly what Leonard was hoping to achieve. “The neat part is that the people that keep coming back are local,” he said. “Most of them come in just to visit. That’s what’s so cool.” Leonard and Sharon, and their four children, live in Indianapolis, but Leonard said he looks forward to retiring from his construction company in a few years so the family can move to Helmsburg and he can work full time at the store. “I am from a small town and that small-town feeling is just nice. I’m looking forward to getting back to that,” he said. “The people here are great. I enjoy sitting around talking to everyone. It’s just a fun, enjoyable, relaxing atmosphere.” The store is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit the store’s website at <> or search for the store on Facebook. Sadly, Karen Sooy did not get a chance to enjoy her retirement. She passed away on the last day of September. Folks gathered at the store on a Sunday in October for her memorial. 

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Sterling Designs by Sharon & Larry Anything But Or dinary

SBJ/LMJ Designs Opals by Larry • Pe n d a n t s • Earrings • Bracelets • Necklaces

812-988-0522 A variety of natural stones and colors N o r t h Va n B u r e n a n d M o l l y’s L a n e • N a s h v i l l e

Doing business for over 25 years

Fun and Unique



A mixture of antiques and cottage-inspired home accessories, furniture, and garden accents • Home and Garden Accents • Antiques • Furniture Artists Colony Shops – Upstairs 125 S. Van Buren St. • Nashville, IN 812-720-1126


BEAN BLOSSOM Restaurant Good Food, Good Service, Good Prices


Catfish on Friday Nights Daily Specials Breakfast Served All Day

Bean Blossom SR 135 North • 988-1147 Open 7 days a week

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

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

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Making custom furniture and home décor from reclaimed barn wood and timber Antique tools shop • Nashville like it used to be 165 N. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN (north end of town) 812-597-5444

The Ferguson


• Swan Creek Candles • Home Accessories • Fashion Jewelry • Garden Accents • Iron Decor • Holiday Decor • Man Cave and more…

78 West Franklin Street • Nashville, IN • 812-988-7388

Foxfire... Boutique

Fashion Apparel Jewelry and Purses 59 East Main Street, Suite B • Nashville, IN • 812-988-8707

Foxfire • Gifts and Home Decor • Kitchen Accessories • Personalized and • Baby Gifts Memoriam Gifts • Holiday Decor • Swan Creek Candles • Garden Decor

59 East Main Street, Suite A • Nashville, IN • 812-988-8707 Nov./Dec. 2017 • Our Brown County 41


Brown County Playhouse Believe, A Brown County Christmas Tradition 5 weekends Nov. 24-Dec. 23 Fridays & Saturdays 7:30, Sundays 2:00 Christmas songs, Broadway classics, comedy Comedian Greg Hahn Nov. 18 Opener Dave “The King” Wilson Rich Hill’s World of Magic Dec. 27, shows 2 and 7:30 All ages, family friendly show Featuring the Crescent Circus from New Orleans New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31 Movie, food, dancing, live entertainment Begin at the Playhouse then continue at Out of the Ordinary restaurant (21+) FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Check website for schedule 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555

Pine Room - Muddy Boots Nov. 1 Nov. 3 Nov. 5 Nov. 7 Nov. 8 Nov. 10 Nov. 11 Nov. 12 Nov. 13 Nov. 15 Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Nov. 19

Open mic w/ Travers Marks Kade Puckett Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam Roger Banister Open mic w/ Dave Sisson Kade Puckett 6:00 Will Scott 9:00 Flatland Harmony Experient Robbie Bowden Robbie Bowden 2:00 Open mic w/ Jason Blankenship Silver Sparrow Kade Puckett 6:00 Blankenship Band 9:00 Midwest Rhythm Exchange Dave Sisson

The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip. Nov. 20 Will Scott Nov. 21 Roger Banister Nov. 22 Open mic w/ Joe Bolinger Nov. 24 Kade Puckett Dec. 1 Kade Puckett 6:00 Scott Pettit party 9:00 Dec. 3 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam Dec. 6 Open Mic w/ Travers Marks Dec. 8 Kade Puckett Dec. 10 Robbie Bowden Dec. 13 Robbie Bowden 2:00 Open mic w/ Dave Sission 8:00 Dec. 15 Kade Puckett Dec. 17 Dave Sisson Dec. 20 Open mic w/ Jason Blankenship Dec. 21 Silver Sparrow Dec. 22 Kade Puckett Dec. 27 Open mic w/ Joe Bolinger Dec. 29 Kade Puckett Music most days—Not all dates were booked at press time 812-988-0236 and on Facebook

Chateau Thomas Winery Nov. 3 Steve Fulton Nov. 4 Gary Applegate Nov. 10 Cari/Singer Songwriter Series Nov. 11 Robbie Bowden Nov. 17 Phil Hipskind Nov. 18 Craig Thurston Nov. 24 Barry Johnson Nov. 25 Robbie & Carolyn Dec. 1 Paul Bertsch Dec. 2 Warrior Kings Dec. 8 Cari/Singer Songwriter Series Dec. 9 Gary Applegate Dec. 15 Cari Ray Band Dec. 16 Barry Johnson Dec. 22 Indiana Boys Dec. 23 Robbie & Carolyn Dec. 29 Craig Thurston Music Friday and Saturday 7:00-10:00 812-988-8500

Brown County Inn Dec. 9 Christmas Sing-a-long 7:30 Music Friday and Saturday 8:30 to 11:30

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Indiana RedBarn Nov. 3 James Carothers Nov. 18 Metal Night for Columbus East Band w/ Mamas Headache & Viken 71 Parkview Rd. Visit on Facebook

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn Nov. 4 Show with Mike’s house band Nov. 11 Show with Mike’s house band Nov. 18 The Marlinaires Closed from Thanksgiving till March 812-988-8636

Other Friday and Saturday Night Music Venues: Salt Creek’s 19th Hole Seasons Lodge Big Woods

Village Art Walk Second Saturdays, 4:00-8:00 May–Nov. Free self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville art galleries artwalk

Annual Chocolate Walk Nov. 11, 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. 812-327-3016

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Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa

Stuff a Stocking

Dec. 2, 11:00-5:00 Children receive a stocking and collect treats from Nashville merchants. Movie “Polar Express” at Playhouse will show at 1:00.

Nov. 24, 6:00 at the Brown County History Center

Visits with Santa Picture opportunities with Santa Santa makes his rounds at the History Center, Brown County Inn, Creekside Retreat, and T.C. Steele Nov. 24, 25, Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9 Details at

18th Reindeer Romp Dec. 2, 1:00 Brown Co, State Park Nature Center 8K run or a 5K run/walk

Santa Train Dec. 1, 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.

Breakfast with Santa at the Brown County Inn Dec. 2 and 3, 8:30-11:00 Enjoy the Inn’s hearty breakfast buffet while the kids visit with Santa. Drawings for gifts, a hot chocolate bar, and more.

Children’s Christmas Benefit Auction Creekside Holiday Open House Dec. 8 at Creekside Retreat, 5:00-7:00 Ride the Nashville Express Train, visit Santa and the Grinch, enjoy refreshments.

Holiday Art & Craft Show Nov. 24 & 25, Seasons Conference Center Fri. 10:00-5:00, Sat. 10:00-4:00 Juried show featuring arts and crafts made by area artisans.

Believe, A Brown County Christmas Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23 Brown County Playhouse. A one-of-a-kind holiday show featuring Christmas songs and Broadway classics.

Santa’s Zip & Sip

Dec. 1, 6:00, at Out of the Ordinary Restaurant. Proceeds from auction items ensure that children in need that live in our community have a new item for Christmas.

Holiday Lights Parade and Toy Drive Dec. 2, 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

Artisans of the Vineyard Holiday Marketplace Dec. 2, 11:00-5:00 Brown County Art Gallery Holiday winery experience featuring nine Indiana Upland wineries

Steele’s Country Christmas Dec. 3, T.C. Steele’s State Historic Site 1:00 to 4:00 Experience the holidays at the House of the Singing Winds as the Steeles did in the early 1920s. Visit by Santa and Christmas concert. Continued on 44

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Christmas Sing-a-Long Dec. 9, Brown County Inn, 7:30

Christmas Bird Count Dec. 16, Brown County State Park Nature Center, 8:00-3:00. Estimate the numbers and kinds of birds.

NEARBY HOLIDAY SHOWS: Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Show & Sale Nov. 3 & 4, Bloomington Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave. Fri. 4-9, Sat. 9-5 The Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild and Indiana Glass Guild display on first floor. Second floor displays Local Clay Potters’ Guild members work. Includes demos and educational exhibits. Ample free parking. For more info visit Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Facebook page,,, and

Déjà Vu Art/Fine Craft Show

Brown County Art Guild

Nov. 11, The Commons downtown Columbus, 10:00-4:00 Held in celebration of America Recycles Day featuring more than 60 artists who repurpose materials into jewelry, sculpture, weaving, wearable art, woodworking, leatherwork, and mosaics. Featured artist Kent Epler creates mixed media fiber art sculptures of people/ animals. Five artists live in Brown County. Visit the Déjà Vu facebook page.

Brown County Art Gallery

Features the Marie Goth Estate Collection and contemporary art by more than 40 award-winning member artists. Nov.-Dec.: Jeanne McLeish, Mark Burkett Nov. 11 Reception 11:30-5:30 Nov. 12 Artist Talk & Demo, McLeish 48 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville 812-988-6185

Features works by 60 contemporary Bucks & Does Square Dances artists and early Indiana masters Thru Dec. 1 Artists Assoc. Fall Exhibit Nov. 24, 8:00-10:00 at Abe Martin Lodge Dec. 3-Feb. Artists Assoc. Winter Exhibit in Brown County State Park Nov. 5-Dec. 17 Indiana Artists Centennial Dec. 2 Artisans of the Vineyard Brown Co. History Center Holiday Marketplace Open Thurs.-Sun. 11-4 Archives: Tues. Corner of Main St. & Artist Dr. in Nashville and Fri. 1-4, North of the courthouse, 812-988-4609 Donations welcome.

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y name is Paul Sackmann. My wife, Paulette and I, have an antique store in Bean Blossom, Indiana. It’s just up the road, five miles North of Nashville, on State Road 135 North. Our business is a tricky one to maintain inventory. You cannot just make a phone call and order up antiques and interesting old stuff from a wholesaler. Most items we carry are obsolete and some items have not been made for seventy-five years or more—good old “old” things. Stuff has to be purchased at auction, estates, or just found hunting in junk shops and other stores like ours. We take one day road trips throughout our great state of Indiana hunting our treasures. We like to stay around the southern part of Indiana, no more than two, three hours away from home. We know what is good to buy for the store. There are certain antiques that are plentiful down around the Ohio River that can be bought for a better value rather than closer to Indianapolis. Indiana is still one of the best places to find antiques. It’s all here: pie safes, Hoosier cabinets, ladder-backed chairs, chests of drawers, stools, iron junk. You just have to search it out. But that’s the fun of antiquing. Indiana is also easy on the pocket book compared to other areas. There are many local antique one day shows during the winter and spring months. We try to make the time to shop these as they are a great source for good antiques. Many people tell me that antiques are hard to find anymore—Yup, all dried up, gone! These folks aren’t looking very hard. Old stuff is plentiful. You just have to find it in the maze of modern Indiana. Happy antique hunting. 


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he experience of dining out is like a magic trick: the stage is set and the trick prepared long before the audience arrives, and during the performance what the spectators observe is carefully controlled for the desired effect. The whole arrangement of modern restaurant dining is designed to put a little stage craft between the brutal and utilitarian necessities of preparing your meal, and the ultimate experience of eating it. So you herd folks into a pleasant, semi-dark nicely appointed room, to a table that is nicely set with real china and glassware. You get a couple of drinks in them. and then you arrange to have their meal brought by a friendly, attractive person. Half the battle is won before the meal ever arrives. If the food is warm and in the least bit digestible, the customer is going to be satisfied. They have been charmed and seduced. Then, right at the end, after the trick has been performed and applauded, comes the harsh reality of the bill. On the other end of the dining spectrum is the no-frills, in-sight-it-must-be-right industrial quality dining down at the Gnaw Bone BBQ and Original Gnaw Bone Tenderloin, the latest entry in a welcome new sprinkling of places to eat out near the eastern edge of Brown County. There are no tricks, no frills, at Gnaw Bone BBQ, but there is magic. Nothing comes between the customer and the kitchen except a low half-wall and a young lady at the cash register. There is no décor, unless Midwest industrial is a décor. There are some plastic banquet tables, a menu on the wall, and the stainless steel kitchen from which all the deep-fried enchantment is ensuing. Now, we could digress into a needless and pointless discussion on the relative merits of deep

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fried food. My regular readers already know that, while I am well aware of the dietary facts, I have nevertheless long since surrendered to the deep-seated need and desire for all the wonderful things that come from a deep fat fryer. And the Gnaw Bone BBQ is just the place to entertain such needs and desires. The sign outside the small red brick building on the eastern end of Gnaw Bone declares it the home of the “only original Gnaw Bone Tenderloin.” The “only original Gnaw Bone Tenderloin” is not only huge—as big as your hand, if not your whole head—but it is also thick cut, I’d say about a half-inch thick. Some breaded tenderloins are pounded out so thin you scarcely find the meat between the breading; but the Gnaw Bone tenderloin is a honkin’ big twelve-ounce hunk of prime pork encrusted in a spicy, crispy, crunchy breading that perfectly complements the porky goodness within. The marquee sandwich comes dressed in a bun about halfway too small to provide for the delightful eating of the edges in the run up to actually gobbling down the sandwich. Once you get in there, try some lettuce,

tomato, mayo, mustard, and a couple of those slicedlongways pickle slices and you are well on your way to breaded tenderloin nirvana. And while our heads are in the deep-fat fryer, so to speak, Gnaw Bone BBQ offers a delightful variety of deep-fried sides, including potato wedges, onion rings,and those little jalapeno poppers my wife likes. Also if you’re into, you know, vegetables, there’s some good coleslaw that fits in nicely. Mrs. Sampler ordered up the fish sandwich, and she was not disappointed. Piled high with small codfish strips, it was reminiscent of the Friday fish that used to be so popular down at the grocery store. And, if one were to return to Gnaw Bone on a Tuesday, one would discover why it is called Gnaw Bone “BBQ,” because Tuesday features ribs and pulled pork. In fact, it was the pulled pork sandwich that I first heard about through some veteran everyday local lunch seekers. My tenderloin was meaty, juicy, crispy and delicious—all the sides were perfect. If you are among those who occasionally enjoy a dive into the deep fryers, you are going to love the Gnaw Bone BBQ, on the corner of SR 46 and Old SR 46, just past the gas station. Gnaw Bone BBQ is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

CHRISTMAS continued from 32 with Santa and his friends and give him your Christmas wish list. For folks of a more active persuasion, Brown County State park is hosting their 18th annual “Reindeer Romp.” That is an 8K run and/or 5K run-walk through the park on December 2, starting at 1:00 p.m. On December 3, you can visit the “House of the Singing Winds” for the Steele’s Country Christmas. It is Christmas done up 1920s style at the T.C. Steele State historic Site from 1 to 4. There will be a Christmas sing-a-long at the Brown County Inn on December 9, at 7:30 p.m. I would go myself but with my ability to carry a tune I expect they would pay me to stay away. And while I’m on the subject of singing, there will be a Christmas bird count at the State Park (where else) starting at 8:00 a.m. on December 16. But Christmas in the hills doesn’t have to be real active. For those who are lucky enough to live in Brown County, Christmas can mean driving a twisty, curvy

gravel road through the woods at twilight. Around the last bend sets a cabin tucked up in the tall tulip poplars. The windows glow with the warm amber light of kerosene lamps and candles filtered through falling snow. It might belong to you or it might be a rental but if you’re one of the lucky ones you get to step up on the porch, stomp the snow off of your boots, and open the front door. The pungent smells of cinnamon and pie crust waft in the air while the warmth of the woodstove calls. The cabin is decorated with pine boughs and pinecones and an evergreen tree decked out with Christmas baubles, candy canes, and popcorn garlands. Under the tree is a collection of presents wrapped in pretty paper, crowned with ribbon bows, and if you’re really lucky one of them might be for you. But, even if you don’t get a present, you get to sit down to a feast of roast venison (if you got your deer) or turkey, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, green beans cooked down with bacon grease and onions, cranberry sauce, and persimmon pudding for dessert. After that, it’s time for a nap in a comfortable chair lulled to sleep by the crackle and pop of a woodstove lullaby. I always like to take a walk in the woods on Christmas. There is an amazing quiet and a tangible peace that is a fine way to experience the world on a special day deep in December—in Brown County. 

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More Science

hen I was newly employed with the Indiana DNR and starting graduate school, a professor put me in charge of collecting those little maple seed “helicopters” for a class exercise. I put all my classmates to work with bags, rakes, and brooms to gather the seeds outside the classroom. The twin seeds, called samaras, are attached in the middle with little wings—dried plant tissue—that caused them to flutter to the ground. For several days—stretching into weeks that October—we swept and bagged as many maple samaras as the large sugar maple produced. The bags were placed in the greenhouse coolers so they wouldn’t mold and brought out during the last half of each class. I recall getting strange looks from other students going to class as we raked and bagged. One student asked if we worked for the university grounds crew. Another if we were being punished for some campus crime. “No, this is science,” yelled one student, “and I’m studying botany.” The professor smiled and agreed it was indeed science, an investigation into energy levels for seed production. When the last bag was finally counted, it was into the tens of thousands of seeds. The results were staggering. Nearly all the twin samaras were poorly-formed—a majority with no seeds at all. Those few seeds that appeared viable had poorly formed “wings.” After some analysis with graphs on an overhead projector, it appeared our sugar maple would not have many progeny that year. More

importantly, we learned this was mostly true of many sugar maples in a mid-western study, and of other “mast” trees. We counted the hard mast of the maple. Walnut, beech, oak, and hickory nuts completed the list. We learned the soft mast of fruits and berries were also studied each fall by ornithologists and mammalogists. That fall, seed production on our maple was marginal. Class lectures proceeded on photosynthesis, the Krebs cycle, and how that little energy molecule ATP was made available. If spring flowering is not disrupted by storms or cold weather, and fertilization happens, the stage is set for the following fall. It is a chancy thing to say seeds and nuts in large numbers normally follow a typical summer. So is the likelihood that insect attacks, heat stress, and drought can take its toll. Any kind of production, in light of what is already required for tree growth and maintenance, is secondary. Tremendous energy resulting in seeds or nuts is a difficult aspect to appreciate while trees seemingly grow unaffected, sway in summer winds, and give us shade.

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~by Jim Eagleman All through our education, we learn from activities and experiments that science is a pretty good way to test what we know—or don’t know. The scientific method with a presumed hypothesis, a system of trial and error, methods examined and altered, and conclusions drawn, still appears the best way for us to learn what happens and how. Reinforced by how the Indiana DNR used sound science in its decision-making, I grew confident we were managing our state’s natural resources the best way possible. It is with a renewed sense of support for science at all levels (K12, academia, industry, etc.) that I heartily endorse recent requests for science funding not to be reduced, but to continue. One organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science <> is soliciting more public support to educate us. They plan to continue their briefings of the importance of science to Capitol Hill staffers. They also wish to inspire the next generation by placing retired scientists in classrooms across the nation. They wish to make science accessible to all by bringing scientists, policy makers, and the general public together through one-of-a kind events and workshops. My first exposure to science was gazing at a solar system model of planets, moons and orbits in the 5th grade. Hand cranked little chains moved planets around the sun, depicted with the most golden glow color. We studied eclipses, orbital differences, and planet conditions on this rather crude model. Could Continued on 58

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Robb Besosa

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Hoosier Barn & Table ~by Ryan Stacy


hat do you want to be?” That’s the question Robb Besosa, owner of Hoosier Barn & Table in Nashville, asks each piece of wood in his shop as he takes stock of its unique grain, shape, and feel. It’s a question he’s also asked himself and many others over a lifetime that’s been anything but conventional. And—like polished fine furniture may be hard to discern in a block of raw timber—Robb’s gentle manner and easy smile can belie the fact that he’s as serious about his place in the community and in history as he is about the beautiful woodwork he produces.

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HB&T opened last March on North Van Buren Street in Nashville, offering high-quality handcrafted furniture and housewares made of local hardwood by Robb and his sons, as well as pieces by fellow woodworker Joe McGlothlin and metalworker Brad Cox. The response from visitors has been promising, and the shop has become a welcome addition to the local artisan community. “People have been so encouraging. Other businesses send people my way all the time, and I do the same for them.” said Robb. Some of Robb’s favorite projects at HB&T have been custom work, which have included wood

lighting fixtures, cabinets, and made-to-order tables. “The best part is when you show somebody the finished piece, and they tell you it’s even better than they imagined,” he said. Robb’s also found a niche in using wood reclaimed from area barns he dismantles. “A barn isn’t just a structure—it’s part of history,” he related. As part of thanking a family for pieces of their barn, Robb presents them with a photograph and short biography of the structure, and objects made from it are stamped with a tribute to its provenance, often including GPS coordinates of where the original barn stood. As with many of Brown County’s attractions, HB&T isn’t merely a place to shop, it’s an opportunity to appreciate local history and a way of life that’s becoming less commonplace in American culture. On weekends, the Besosa family—parents, kids, and even Robb’s mom—often dress in pre-Depression era clothing and demonstrate woodworking on the front porch using antique tools and machines. For Robb, it’s about communicating the importance of what a town like Nashville represents. “It causes people to ask questions about our history,” he said. “There’s meaning in what we do, there’s a story there.” Robb’s own story branches out in different directions. Growing up at the foot of the Catskills in New York, and then in rural Florida, he and his brothers indulged in their love of the outdoors and working with wood. But after a series of family tribulations left a teenaged Robb with tough challenges and questions, he committed himself to helping other troubled young men. Along the way, he met his wife Mary, and the two spent the next

Isaiah, Caed, Luke, Marcelena, and Robb Besosa. courtesy photo

twenty years running counseling ministries for teen boys in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. When the time came to focus on their own family, they settled in Indiana, where Robb started a remodeling business while Mary homeschooled the kids. It was at the urging of his son, twelve-year-old Luke, that Robb first pursued opening a retail shop featuring his woodwork. “It was always a dream of ours, but I told him we couldn’t afford it,” Robb remembers. “He said, ‘How do you know that?’, so I started looking around, and that’s when we found this place.” The buildings on the North Van Buren property needed a lot of work in the beginning, but thanks to Robb’s construction skills and Mary’s support, HB&T now shares space with three other local businesses, plus a vacation rental called the Buffalo Nickel. Despite what may seem like a big life change, Robb is as solid as a pin oak in his decision to set up shop in Nashville. To him, the values he holds dear are also embodied in his business: honest work, faith and family, and appreciation for the beautiful simplicity found in nature. And though he’d be happy to see one of his children take over the shop someday, Robb says it’s much more important that they grow up to be adults who carry those values forward. For a visitor, it’s refreshing and inspiring to see the dedication to craft and family that drives Hoosier Barn & Table. For the Besosas, their hope is that the answer to “What do you want to be?” is not just “Our customer,” but a person who appreciates the historical and spiritual meaning behind what they see during their time in Brown County. 

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Sharing Films by Women

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fter years near New York City, Barbara Ann O’Leary now lives deep in the hills of Brown County. From this hilly, woodsy, sparsely populated area, she is busily working to create a global change in awareness. Working pretty much alone, but electronically connected to people around the world, and to databases and archives, she has created both an international directory of films by women, and a way for people to gather to see them. Her work grew out of a life-long love of film and her own passionate viewing habits. If you Google-search “Directed by Women,” you will access O’Leary’s Twitter feed “Inviting the world to fall madly in love with films #DirectedbyWomen! I share what I’m watching here: <directedbywomen.tumblr. com>. ” Each September, O’Leary calls people to participate in “Directed by Women: Worldwide Film Viewing Party.” “One thing I want to change is perception,” O’Leary states. She points out that most of us see films directed by men, produced in studios headed by men. There’s a myth that most of us have heard—there just aren’t many films directed by women. O’Leary says there is actually a great abundance of films directed by women. Her directory includes more than 10,800 women directors. The first film by a woman was made in 1896. Women have been making films ever since. Having a directory, while necessary and valuable, doesn’t get the work of women directors shown. And O’Leary held

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the need for a next step in mind. One day, in April, 2014, she had a vision of the “Worldwide Film Viewing Party.” And from her vision emerged her month-long September viewing event. It’s a little hard to grasp at first. O’Leary has a very brief outline that provides some ground rules, but the viewing events are otherwise totally unscripted and left for people to spontaneously organize as they like. Rules say: “Celebrate women directors (film, TV video, whatever); respect intellectual property rights: be bold and celebratory.” The exact form is up to each organizer to explore. The vision comes to life when she describes what people have actually done during the first three years. “A film viewing party that started in a backroom of an Irish pub on New York’s Upper East Side expanded this year to become bi-coastal, with matching screenings in New York City and San Francisco.” Every year, friends in Portland Maine have done an outdoor screening. “The first year they showed films on the outside of a bike shop. Those of us who didn’t get to go to Maine got to see pictures and share information about it. “ In the first year, directors in a Spanish filmmaking collective heard about it. “It was amazing,” says O’Leary. #DirectedbyWomenSpain has held multi-city, multi-day events each year. In 2017, the viewing parties were held in Madrid, Mallorca, and Seville.” Every year, the viewing party has grown. She is thinking ahead to 2018. The vision this time is of expanding to places around the world where the energy to organize and watch films arises. She saw it happen in Bloomington, Indiana last year. She is thinking it just might happen in Brown County next year. “It could be a really fun way to attract people in September. You could show films in galleries, lodges, bars, living rooms. We have a lot of places where people can gather.” It’s not too soon to begin planning film-viewing parties for next September. You can create a viewing party with a group of friends gathered in a living room. Or you can go all out and arrange viewing parties in movie theaters and other public places. Some people have organized online parties. O’Leary is intent on inviting more people to explore and discover film. She is always on the lookout for women filmmakers “I would Continued on 58

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