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The Magazine of Fun and Fact FREE

Curt and Penny’s Bear Hardware

Normajean MacLeod and the Red Shed Studio Deb and Tim Kelley

Grass Hounds

Artist Artist Glen Glen Cooper Cooper Henshaw Henshaw Field Field Notes: Notes: Nuts Nuts for for Now Now aand nd LLater ater The The Sampler Sampler at at Hard Hard Truth Truth Hills Hills Christmas Christmas in in Brown Brown County County Highlights Highlights

Since 1995

Nov./Dec. 2018

CUSTOM GIFTS for the HOLIDAYS! From the family or the family business!

As in years past, you can stop in the shop and find the perfect, tasteful gift for just about anyone on your nice list. Now you can give something healthy, delicious, and customized to pretty much EVERYONE on your list!

Custom labeling available starting at just 10 gift sets.

Just ask, and we can talk about options and flavors...you pick, or we can point you to some of our best sellers! Make the holidays delicious this year! Visit us on facebook or follow us on instagram for updates and recipes, specials, and share your own ideas with other Wild Ones just like you!

Located at 37 W Main next to Millerʟs Ice Cream. (812) 988-WILD (9453) • www.thewildolive.com

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

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



The Candy Dish

Yes, we really do make it ourselves!

Fine Homemade Chocolate Candies and Fudge Gourmet Caramels Over 50 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy



Homemade Ice Cream

Harvest Preserve the

Homemade Fruit Butter Gourmet Food Cookbooks · Cookie Cutters Postcards · Greeting Cards Kitchen Gadgets Galore Giftware · Tea and Teaware


Functional and Fine Art Made in Indiana


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The Apple Works Antiques Co-op Art Beyond Crayons Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides House of Clocks Mis Dos Abuelos Morgantown Eye Center Rosey Bolte’s Uncommon Gourd Studio

Martinsville Candy Kitchen

Monroe Music Park & Campground Bean Blossom Lights



Helmsburg General Store

Bean Blossom Farmers Market

Lightspinner Studio

Sweetwater Lake

Vaught Rd.

Cordry Lake

Sprunica Rd.


Doodles by Kara Barnard

Flower and Herb Barn Farmhouse Café

Plum Creek Antiques Market


Gatesville Store



Musical Entertainment Artist and/or Gallery Cox Creek Mill


Annie Smith Rd.



Country Club Rd

Oak Grove

Lodging/ Camping

Mike Nickels Log Homes

Clay Lick Rd

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Rawhide Ranch

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Yellowwood Lake

Yellowwood Rd


Bob Allen Rd.

Homestead Weaving Studio Salem’s Good Nature Farm


Hoosier Artist

Fallen Leaf Books



B3 Gallery

The Wild Olive

Brown Co. Art Guild

Hobnob Corner

ST SR 135 N

Village Green

Brown Co. Winery

Head Over Heels

Heritage Candy Store

Heritage Mall

Spears Pottery Juls Etc.

New Harmony Soap Co.

Main Street Shops



Gold &Old

Redbud Terrace

Health For U


Brown Co Art Gallery

Masonic Lodge

SR 46 To Hard Truth Hills



Office First Merchants Bank

County Offices

Woodlands Touch of Silver Gallery

Log JJail L il Nashville Spice Co.

Weed Patch Music Company

MAIN STREET Our Sandwich Place

Nashville House


open M-F8-4

Pioneer Village Museum


Miller’s Ice Cream The Candy Dish The Harvest Preserve

Big Woods Pizza

MOLLY’S LANE Big Woods Village


Brown Co Public Library

Brown Co. History Center

GOULD STREET Iris Garden Complex

Brown Co. Rock & Fossil Shop Iris Garden Cottages & Suites Copperhead Creek Gem Mine


Hoosier Barn & Table


Hidden Valley Inn



The Emerald Pencil

Big Woods

Men’s Toy Shop

Colonial Bldg.

Carmel Corn Cottage

Brown Bike Eatery


Brozinni Pizzeria

Carpenter Hills O’Brown Realty

J.B. Goods/ Life is Good

Hotel Nashville




The Salvation Army


Thrift Shop Community Closet

Nashville BP



Calvin Place


Schwab’s Fudge

New Leaf Amy Greely

Life is Good JB Goods Artists Colony Inn

Artists Colony

Cathy’s Corner

Cedar Creek Winery

Nashville Express

Rhonda Kay’s

Out of the Ordinary

Gyros Food is Art

Coachlight Square

Chateau Thomas Winery

Bone Appetit Bakery

Brown Co Inn Hotel, Restaurant and Bar

Brown County IGA

Brown Co Community YMCA

Bear Hardware


Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

People’s State Bank Brown County Eye Care

Salt Creek Park

Furniture, Decor, & More

Casa Del Sol


Doodles by Kara Barnard



Artist and/or Gallery Rest Room Dining

Musical Entertainment Parking


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Mercantile Nashville Store General Store



Brown Co Craft Gallery

Cornerstone Inn


Brown Co T-Shirt Shop Moondance Vacation Homes

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Papertrix Sweetwater Gallery

Possum Trot Sq

Wishful Simply 4 You Thinking

Carol’s Gifts Fawn Hill House of Jerky Sweetwater Gallery Back to Back



McGinley Insurance

The Cheeky Owl

Bird’s Nest Café

Jack & Jill Nut Shop

Brown Co Playhouse



Franklin Sq

Brown Co Pottery

K. Bellum Leather Ferguson House

Antique Alley

Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts Clay Purl

58 South Apparel


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ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op................................. 50 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 13 Cathy’s Corner................................... 14 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 Furniture, Decor, & more................. 26 Nashville General Store................... 54 Scarlet’s Webb................................... 32 ART, ART SUPPLIES, ART INSTRUCTION Antiques Co-op................................. 50 Art Beyond Crayons......................... 50 B3 Gallery........................................... 18 Bear Hardware.................................. 47 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 13 Brown Co Art Gallery....................... 18 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 37 Cathy’s Corner................................... 14 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 Hoosier Artist.................................... 19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler.................................. 51 Papertrix............................................. 15 Red Shed Studio............................... 27 Sleepy Cat Studio............................. 19 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 BOOKS Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 42 IU Press............................................... 46 CLOTHING 58 South Apparel.............................. 40 Bear Hardware.................................. 47 Brown Co T-Shirt Shop..................... 54 The Cheeky Owl Gifts/Apparel....... 57 Community Closet Thrift Shop....... 27 Foxfire Boutique............................... 43 Furniture, Decor, & more................. 26 Head Over Heels............................... 27 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good................... 24

Simply 4 You...................................... 33 Sleepy Cat Studio............................. 19 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 33 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd..... 18 Wishful Thinking............................... 33 Woodlands Gallery........................... 26 ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC Bean Blossom Lights........................ 25 Brown County Playhouse................ 59 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine........ 40 Rawhide Ranch................................. 29 FOOD & BEVERAGE Abe Martin Lodge............................. 28 Apple Works....................................... 58 Artists Colony Inn............................. 15 Bear Wallow Distillery...................... 47 Brown Co IGA.................................... 25 Brown Co Inn..................................... 21 Brown Co Winery.............................. 39 Brozinni Pizzeria............................... 29 Butler Winery..................................... 29 The Candy Dish................................... 3 Carmel Corn Cottage....................... 54 Casa Del Sol....................................... 54 Cedar Creek Winery.......................... 42 Chateau Thomas Winery................. 13 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville............ 59 Farmhouse Cafe................................ 14 Gatesville Store................................. 26 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery............................................. 32 Gyros Food is Art.............................. 42 The Harvest Preserve......................... 3 Helmsburg General Store............... 57 Heritage Candy Store....................... 20 Hobnob Corner Restaurant............ 41 Hoosier Buddy Liquors.................... 51 Hotel Nashville.................................. 59 House of Jerky................................... 26 Jack and Jill Nut Shop...................... 51

Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 28 Mercantile Store............................... 55 CRAFTS, POTTERY, GIFTS Antiques Co-op................................. 50 Apple Works....................................... 58 B3 Gallery........................................... 18 Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 13 Brown Co Art Guild........................... 19 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 20 Brown Co Pottery.............................. 32 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop......... 40 Brown Co T-Shirt Shop..................... 54 Cathy’s Corner................................... 14 Carol’s Gifts........................................ 15 The Cheeky Owl Gifts/Apparel....... 57 Clay Purl............................................. 29 Cox Creek Mill.................................... 14 The Emerald Pencil........................... 19 Fawn Hill............................................. 13 The Ferguson House........................ 43 Foxfire................................................. 49 Furniture, Decor, & more................. 26 Gnaw Bone Country Store & Bakery............................................. 32 Head Over Heels............................... 27 Homestead Weaving Studio........... 18 Hoosier Artist.................................... 19 Hoosier Barn & Table........................ 20 House of Clocks................................. 50 Ironweed............................................ 20 K. Bellum Leather............................. 19 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler.................................. 51 Madeline’s.......................................... 27 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 28 Mercantile Store............................... 55 Nashville General Store................... 54 New Harmony Soap Co.................... 31 New Leaf............................................. 19 Papertrix............................................. 15 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 40

DIRECTORY Martinsville Candy Kitchen............. 53 Miller’s Ice Cream................................ 3 Mis Dos Abuelos............................... 50 Nashville BP....................................... 15 Nashville Fudge Kitchen.................. 64 Nashville General Store................... 54 Nashville Spice Co............................. 63 Our Sandwich Place......................... 55 Schwab’s Fudge................................. 57 Seasons............................................... 42 Sugar Creek BBQ............................... 42 The Wild Olive..................................... 2 FURNITURE Antiques Co-op................................. 50 The Ferguson House........................ 43 Furniture, Decor, & more................. 26 HARDWARE Bear Hardware.................................. 47 HATS Head Over Heels............................... 27 K. Bellum Leather............................. 19 JEWELRY B3 Gallery........................................... 18 Brown Co Antique Mall.................... 13 Brown Co Craft Gallery.................... 20 Cathy’s Corner................................... 14 Ferguson House................................ 43 Foxfire................................................. 43 Hoosier Artist.................................... 19 Juls Etc................................................ 24 LaSha’s................................................ 26 New Leaf............................................. 19 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts............. 32 Rhonda Kay’s..................................... 40 Spears Pottery................................... 18 Touch of Silver Gold & Old.............. 22 LODGING/CAMPGROUNDS Abe Martin Lodge............................. 28 Artists Colony Inn............................. 15 Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground..................................... 47

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Brown Co Inn..................................... 21 Cornerstone Inn................................ 32 Creekside Retreat............................. 51 eXplore Brown County...................... 4 Hidden Valley Inn............................. 24 Iris Garden Cottages & Suites......... 41 Hotel Nashville.................................. 59 Moondance Vacation Homes......... 47 Rawhide Ranch................................. 29 Seasons............................................... 42 MUSEUMS Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground..................................... 47 PET PRODUCTS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 13 PHOTOS B3 Gallery........................................... 18 Hoosier Artist.................................... 19 Spears Pottery................................... 18 REAL ESTATE Carpenter Hills o’ Brown Realty..... 55 RE/MAX-Marg & Brenda.................. 61 RECREATION eXplore Brown County...................... 4 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides................ 51 Rawhide Ranch................................. 29 SERVICES (see also SERVICES DIRECTORY) Brown County Visitors Center........ 12 Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS........................... 40 Dunham Plumbing........................... 61 Keyed IN Property Mgt.................... 61 Morgantown Eye Center................. 14 Nashville BP....................................... 15 Voils..................................................... 58 SERVICES DIRECTORY 60-61 Bear Hardware Bagged Trash Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Eye Care Brown Co Tire & Auto Dunham Plumbing

Farmers Insurance—McGinley First Merchants Bank Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill IN Seamless Guttering Keyed IN Property Mgt. People’s State Bank Rambling Dog Design - SIGNS RE/MAX Team Marg & Brenda Waltman Construction Co. Webb & Sons Auto Restoration SHOES Head Over Heels............................... 27 K. Bellum Leather............................. 19 SPECIALTY SHOPS Bone Appetit Bakery........................ 13 Brown Co Rock & Fossil Shop......... 40 Clay Purl............................................. 29 Fallen Leaf Books.............................. 42 Fireplace Center................................ 55 Head Over Heels............................... 27 House of Clocks................................. 50 House of Jerky................................... 26 K. Bellum Leather............................. 19 Men’s Toy Shop.................................. 28 Nashville Spice Co............................. 63 Papertrix............................................. 15 Weed Patch Music Company.......... 55 Wishful Thinking............................... 33 STAINED GLASS Hoosier Artist.................................... 19 Sweetwater Gallery.......................... 33 WEDDINGS Artists Colony Inn............................. 15 eXplore Brown County...................... 4 Hotel Nashville.................................. 59 OTHER Mike Nickels Log Homes................. 54

Contents 16 Bear Hardware ~by Paige Langenderfer 22 Red Shed Studio ~by Ryan Stacy 30 Tim and Debbie Kelley

~by Bob Gustin

34-35 Photos ~by Monique Cagle* 36-38 Calendar of Events

38 Holiday Highlights

39 Children’s Auction

44 Nuts for Now and Later

45 Holiday Cuisine

~by Gunther Flumm

48 Glen Cooper Henshaw

~by Jim Eagleman

~by Julia Pearson

52 Sampler Hard Truth Hills

56 Grass Hounds ~by Mark Blackwell

60-61 Services Directory

62 Note from the Editor

Contributors Paige Langenderfer is Bob Gustin worked as a a freelance writer and reporter, photographer, communications consultant. managing editor, and editor for She writes for numerous daily newspapers in Colorado, publications. She earned her Nebraska, and Indiana before Bachelor’s degree in journalism retiring in 2011. He and his from Indiana University and her wife, Chris, operate Homestead Master’s degree in public relations management Weaving Studio. She does the weaving while he gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands from IUPUI. Paige lives in Columbus with her husband and daughters. Contact her at his book and record collections. <langenderferpaige@gmail.com>. Jim Eagleman, recently retired DNR naturalist, and his wife Kay, enjoy hiking the many natural areas, preserves, and land trust sites in Brown and neighboring counties. His FIELD NOTES have appeared in this publication for several years. Contact Jim with comments and inquiries at <jpeagleman@gmail.com>.

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

Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including Dada and Surealism for Beginners, and Music Theory for Beginners. He is an 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.

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

*Monique Cagle, a Brown County artist, lives

Cover: Hobnob Corner Restaurant ~by Cindy Steele Thanks, Mom, for making it happen!

near Yellowwood State Forest, where she finds inspiration for her many branches of art. She began taking photos of the landscape for her paintings, and as her photographic eye improved, she went on to capture the story of her life in the country- the seasons, the animals, and the farm where she lives. Some of her art can be seen at <sleepycatstudio.com>.

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.

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Celebrate the holiday season in Brown County, where holiday cheer comes naturally! With plenty of fun and festive holiday events, unique shopping, and quaint old-fashioned charm, Christmas in Brown County is a magical experience that should not be missed. This year, make it a new holiday tradition and create memories to last a lifetime! Tree Lighting Ceremony November 23 Holiday Art & Craft Show November 23 & 24 First Annual Christmas at the Bean Nov. 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-31 Visits with Santa Nov. 23 & 24, Dec 1 & 2, 8, 15 Believe, A Brown County Christmas Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Santa Train Nov. 30 Christmas Log Cabin Tour Dec. 1 Breakfast with Santa Dec. 1 & 2

19th Annual Reindeer Romp Dec. 1 Holiday Light Parade & Toy Drive Dec. 1 Stuff a Stocking Dec. 1 Uplands Holiday Wine Marketplace Dec. 1 Santa's Zip & Sip Dec. 1 & 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Steele's Country Christmas Dec. 2 Children's Christmas Benefit Auction Dec. 7 Creekside Holiday Craft Show Dec. 8 Victorian Candlelight Holiday Dinners Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Christmas Bird Count Dec. 15



WIN $500 and a Brown County Getaway NOV 24, 2018–JAN 1, 2019

Reward yourself this holiday season in Brown County, Indiana by participating in the “Holidays in Brown County” Passport Program! Each time you complete a passport by spending $500 at participating businesses from November 24th to January 1st, you will have the opportunity to win a grand prize of $500 and a Brown County getaway!

Join us for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24th where select shops will be open until 7pm.

THANK YOU to Hills O’Brown Vacation Rentals and oornj brandesign for

sponsoring appearances by Santa, the Strolling Carolers and other holiday festivities.


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Be the first person to call and get the prize money. Leave a message with the specific location of the Mystery Photo, your name, and phone number.

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Last issue’s photo was the limestone sculpture in front of Cathy’s Corner in Nashville. Briar Cox was the first to guess the photo.

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Morgantown Eye Center


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The Iron Gate by Brad Cox

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. theirongatebybradcox@yahoo.com

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Find what you love… Love what you find

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Inn & Restaurant

A Charming 19th Century Style Inn and Restaurant

Dynamic classes and demo table.

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

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Glass Baron Hand-blown Glass Jim Shore Collectibles Handmade Soap & Bath Bombs Lori Mitchell Figurines Fontanini Nativities Amia Suncatchers Painted Ponies Lang Graphics Calendars & Paper Goods Billy Jacobs Prints Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks Blue Mountain Greeting Cards

Wind Chimes • Music Boxes • Children’s Books Halloween & Christmas Gifts & Décor

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Bear Hardware

Curt & Penny Scroggins 16 Our Brown County â&#x20AC;˘ Nov./Dec. 2018

~story and photos by Paige Langenderfer


hen Curt and Penny Scroggins bought a hardware store in Nashville 20 years ago their only goal was to keep their heads above water. Nearly two decades later, they have doubled the size of the original store and become a fixture in the community. After working in hardware sales for 15 years, Curt said buying what was then named Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardware seemed like a natural next step.

“I had worked with the previous owner at a hardware store in the past, so we knew each other,” Curt said. “Everything fell into place at the right time.” Soon after the purchase, Penny sold her bakery in Bloomington and began working at the hardware store full time. The couple renamed the store Bear Hardware, in memory of Curt’s late brother Barry, whom Curt called “Bear.”

”People want to go to a place where the staff is friendly and helpful and actually cares about their problems. Our staff is dedicated and knowledgeable and that is what we have over the big box stores.” “Our sons were 9 and 11 at the time, so our goals were to raise our family and to hopefully be successful with the store,” Penny said. Their son Sam had a goal then, too—he wanted to run the cash register. “I told him that when he was tall enough to see the buttons, he could run the register,” Curt said. “It’s been a great place to raise our family.” The store continued to offer hardware and paint supplies, but Curt and Penny soon started adding merchandise based on what customers asked for. “We listened and if a customer asked for something, and we thought it would sell, we would add it the store,” Penny said. They soon learned that what customers wanted more than anything was customer service. “Customer service is basically dead these days,” Penny said. “People want to go to a place where the staff is friendly and helpful and actually cares about their problems. Our staff is dedicated and knowledgeable and that is what we have over the big box stores. We will never be able to compete on all of the pricing, but we will always have better customer service. And when people find customer service, they are so thankful that they are willing to pay a little extra to get it.” Penny and Curt have far exceeded their original goals of “just staying above water.” The store has gone through two major renovations, doubling the total square footage. They also purchased three acres next to the store for outdoor storage. In addition to expanding the line of merchandise in the store, Penny and Curt also have added several complementary

services to the business. They now offer tool and equipment rentals, haul gravel, sand, mulch and top soil, and also offer a trash service. For $2 a bag, customers can drop off their trash and Bear Hardware employees will haul it to a landfill. Penny said she is excited about the future of Bear Hardware. “We will remain flexible and if an idea comes along, we will pursue it,” she said. “I have a theory that if you don’t change with the times, you go backwards. You have to be constantly changing and improving.” Curt said he doesn’t see retirement anywhere in his future, and said he plans to run the store “forever.”

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Quality Handwovens by Chris Gustin

Brown County Art Gallery Brown County’s Original Art Gallery

Yarn • Looms • Supplies

· established 1926

Visit us on the Back Roads Tour

Southeastern Brown County 6285 Hamilton Creek Road

· UPCOMING GALLERY EVENTS · Open 11 to 5 most days–Call ahead

www.HomesteadWeaver.com • 812-988-8622


Paint ’n Party Event THROUGH DECEMBER 2

Gustave Baumann: Brown County and Beyond DECEMBER 1

Uplands Winter Wine Market MARCH 9

Deguerre Club Photography Exhibit Locally Crafted Pottery • Jewelry • Photography • Wood • Fiber • More... Downtown Nashville (S. Van Buren St. near stoplight/courthouse) • Open Daily

www.spearspottery.com • 812.988.1286 • Spears Gallery on Facebook

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Visit our website for a complete calendar of workshops and events Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm · Sunday Noon – 5 pm Free Admission · Free Parking Corner of Main & Artist Drive · Nashville, IN

812.988.4609 · BrownCountyArtGallery.org

handmade fine art



Sleepy Cat Studio

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

H o m e o f Ace



he gr a in b in mice

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

Art by Monique Cagle 4687 Yellowwood Road, Nashville • 812-361-4615 Open by appointment • Sleepy Cat Studio • SleepyCatStudio.com


© 2018 Brown County Art Guild, Inc.

Featuring handcrafted jewelry by owner Amy Greely


WELCOME TO THE HISTORIC ART GUILD Experience two floors of gallery space with work from over 45 award-winning local and regional artists together with an extensive permanent collection of early Brown County artists. There are featured exhibits, artist demonstrations and a Fine Artisan gift shop to enjoy.

48 S. Van Buren Street Nashville, IN 47448 BrownCountyArtGuild.org 812 988-6185 LILACS BY VJ CARIANI

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• Handbags • Belts • Hats • Accessories • Holsters • Leather • Tools • Dye •Supplies

And Shoes: Haflinger, Arcopedico, Sheepskin Slippers

created by hand

Fine Leather Goods

local artisans

Featuring Leather Goods Made in Brown County


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92 W. Franklin, Antique Alley, Nashville, IN 812-988-4513

A unique cooperative gallery featuring fine arts and crafts by local and area artists Fresh Homemade Fudge Old-Fashioned Candies Candy by the Pound Cream Filberts/Mothballs Rock Candy • Jelly Belly Chocolates/Turtles Pucker Powder We ship everywhere!

41 S. Van Buren St. Nashville, IN (in the Heritage Mall) 812.200.1077 HeritageCandyStore@gmail.com

Open Daily 10 AM - 5 PM except major holidays VISIT US IN OUR NEW LOCATION!

62 E. Washington St. · Nashville, IN 47448 BrownCountyCraftGallery.com 812.988.7058


BCCraftGallery @BCcraftgallery


188 South Jefferson St�eet in Nashville, Indiana (812) 200-3151 Free Customer Parking www.ironweedgiſts.com info@ironweedgiſts.com Bouquets, plants, gifts, balloons, cards & more

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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

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Red Shed

~story and photo by Ryan Stacy


ver time, generations of fine artists, artisans, and craftspeople have forged— and carved, and sculpted, and polished—Brown County’s reputation as a community of creativity and imagination. The works of art found in any number of our shops, stands, and galleries reflect the deep pool of talent at work here every day, their creators’ dedication and discipline abundantly obvious. But the paintings of Norman Ulery (1947–1976), many of which are housed at Red Shed Studio outside of Nashville, might be especially remembered as the truly original expressions of Brown County’s earliest “outsider artist.” Though he was born and raised in northern Indiana, Ulery’s journey to Brown County was an indirect one. “When he was a child in Peru, Indiana, he would draw on every scrap of paper he could find,” says Normajean Macleod, Ulery’s daughter and the proprietor of Red Shed. “He had polio early on, so he didn’t get to be as active

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Normajean MacLeod in the Red Shed Studio.

as some of the other children.” Polio also limited Ulery’s employment opportunities as a young man, so along with his wife Gertrude and little Normajean, he decided to follow his extended family in moving to Southern California in the early 1930s. Self-taught and skilled in drawing and design, Norman soon found employment there through the Works Progress Administration, first as a silkscreener and then as a decorative tile designer and mural painter. At the invitation of a friend, Norman joined the Hollywood Arts Students League in Los Angeles, led by Herman Sachs, who was associated with the German Bauhaus movement and who later helped found the Chicago School of Design. It was during this period that Norman had a breakthrough: seeing Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase in person left him awestruck, and forever influenced his understanding of painting. Despite his artistic growth in California, after several years there Ulery longed to return to Indiana. Brown County was known as a haven for artists and craftspeople, so Norman didn’t let the fact that he’d never been there bother him— in 1947 he packed up his family and a few belongings and headed east, looking forward to life in a welcoming community of supportive creative peers. But life in Nashville didn’t quite pan out that way. While his contemporaries in the Brown County of the 1940s and ‘50s focused mainly on realistic or impressionistic depictions of the people and natural beauty around them, in his highly personalized approach to his work Ulery drew upon the surrealist, cubist, and

Paintings by Norman Ulery at the Red Shed Studio in Nashville.

abstract expressionist styles he had fallen in love with in Los Angeles. “Nobody was interested in his art around here, and he was tolerated rather than accepted by the other artists,” says Normajean. “He belonged to the Brown County Art Guild for a while, but he was mostly all alone, painting by coal-oil lamplight in the original Red Shed, this little tiny building with no electricity or running water in it. He hand-painted signs around town, and my mother cleaned houses, just to get by.” Lack of commercial success didn’t seem to bother Norman, though his work did eventually get the attention and respect of a few local collectors and fellow artists. Over the years, he just kept on painting in his own way, depicting abstracted figures with vivid colors and bold lines, until his finished canvases piled inside the shed. Ulery died in 1976, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Normajean discovered many of the paintings, and she decided to share them with the world. Since then, Ulery’s paintings have been shown in private collections, galleries, and museums around the country. A finished new shed was built on the original Ulery property in Brown County, and earlier this year Normajean opened it as Red Shed Studio, where a few dozen pieces by Norman and other local artists are on display. But, staying true to Norman’s place outside of the established artists’ scene, Normajean doesn’t keep regular open hours at Red Shed, nor include it on the art tours popular in Brown County. “I want his work to be seen and appreciated, not just passed by,” she says. The Red Shed is located just west of downtown Nashville, and may be visited by appointment only. For more information, call (812) 988-4792 or visit <http://redshedstudioart.com>. 

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

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

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Not pretentious. Not fancy. JUST REAL GOOD FOOD. GATESVILLE COUNTRY STORE. 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. 4525 Salt Creek Rd. Nashville, IN 47448

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Abe Martin Lodge A Splashin’ Good Time! & the Little Gem Restaurant Our full service restaurant is open daily

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We have the room for you Guest rooms, two-story cabins, historic cabins, cabin suites Ask about our pet-friendly rooms

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We have the perfect setting for any event: Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Getaways and Family Reunions, and more! Brown County State Park • P.O. Box 547 • Nashville, IN • 1-877-Lodges-1 • (812) 988-4418 • www.indianainns.com

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

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A family-friendly pizza place PIZZA • SALADS • CALZONES Learn to Knit for Free on November 10! Skacel yarn has donated kits, and knitters from The Clay Purl are donating their time to teach you! Please call, or come by to sign-up as there are a limited number of kits! 92 w franklin st ¥ nashville, in ¥ 812.988.0336 in the heart of antique alley

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Tim and Debbie Kelley ~by Bob Gustin Tim and Debbie Kelley and their buddy Toby. photo by Chris Gustin


t didn’t take long for Tim and Debbie Kelley to find a spot for themselves in Brown County and begin making a difference in the community. Since moving to Van Buren Township about three years ago, they have become active in the community, giving time, money, and energy for causes in which they believe. Many of those efforts are focused on improving the lives of children. “They’re very refreshing to our community because of their tireless efforts to try to improve things,” said Larry Voris, vice chairman of the YMCA board of directors. “They have a passion for helping people.” Both Tim and Debbie are involved in the local Y, Debbie as the board chairwoman, and Tim as a member of the grounds and maintenance committee. In addition to her work with the YMCA, Debbie is a board member and head of fundraising for the Brown County Weekend Backpacks, which provides food for local children. She’s also a tutor for the Brown County Literacy Coalition and on the finance committee of the Brown County Community Foundation. While living in Philadelphia, Debbie became involved with the nonprofit “Darkness to Light” program, which focuses on child sexual abuse. She now provides workshops to Brown County groups, including the Literacy Coalition. Jan Swigert, head of the backpack program, said Debbie led two recent successful fundraising projects, the Touch-A-Truck event this summer, and a silent auction at the Mellencougar concert at the Brown County Playhouse. “She’s just a very giving person and feels the very definite need to help others. She’s a very smart lady,” Swigert said. Tim became involved in the local Y through Debbie’s work, and also heads up the local Rotary Club’s international efforts. He is a

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member of the advisory board for Brown County High School’s Eagle Manufacturing program, which trains high school students in technology and business. Both Tim and Debbie grew up in Frankfort, Indiana. Determined to go to college after graduation, Debbie worked her way through five universities and two community colleges over a 10-year period, including Indiana University, Purdue, IUPUI, and Ball State University. She graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with a degree in business and a major in finance. She worked as a waitress, telemarketer, and as a secretary for the business school at Wayne State. She lived in 36 different locations after relocating for jobs. “God planted me where I needed to be at a time I needed to be there,” she said. Throughout her career she has “bounced against” discrimination in the workplace, during a time when it was difficult for women to get ahead in the business world. She continues to battle against people undermining girls’ and women’s worth, and telling them what they can do. Debbie worked for a small loan company and then was hired full time as a bank examiner for the State of Indiana in 1980. “I got a perspective on good and bad leadership as I went from bank to bank,” she said. She worked at a variety of jobs at Comerica

Bank in Michigan, at Bank One in Ohio, and General Electric in Pennsylvania. In 2003, she joined SEI Investment at its Philadelphia headquarters, and finished her career as global marketing director, retiring in 2016. The Philadelphia Business Journal named her to their “Women of Distinction” list in 2013. Tim graduated from Frankfort High School in 1977, but says he never enjoyed school until he found the building trades program in his junior year. He began his own construction company after high school, and worked there for eight years until he had an opportunity to join the Frankfort Water Company. Working in the water company’s service department “taught me understanding,” he said. “You had to deal with all types of people. I was there for 18 years and ended up a part of some people’s lives,” he said. He left the water department in 2004 then tested in as a journeyman for the Carpenter’s Union and worked on hospitals, schools, libraries, churches, and other projects. Voris said Tim has been proactive in maintaining the YMCA building, and is constructive in his thought process with a positive attitude. “I’ve always tried to be charitable,” Tim said, “but I’ve always felt like I’ve been blessed and I’ve always felt like I had more than I need ,so I’ve always been happy to share my time and talents and money.” Tim says he joined the local Rotary Club to “pay back for the help they gave me with a water project in Kenya.” He went to a meeting with Debbie in Philadelphia where the topic was the need for water for kids in Kenya. “I went home and couldn’t sleep,” Tim said. “To think that a child couldn’t get a clean drink of water really resonated with me.” A friend in Rotary hooked Tim up with a Chicago group in charge of water and sanitation projects, and the Kelleys later went to Kenya to help build a catchment system for a children’s home in Kisimu. Tim married Dawn Elliott, a close friend of Debbie’s sister Mickie, so they became part of a big extended family. After 25 years of marriage, Dawn died of brain cancer in 2012. Debbie was newly divorced at the time, and after Dawn’s death, Debbie and Tim became “best friends” and two years later married. The Kelleys wanted to move back to Indiana to be closer to family, and found a Brown County home with space for a large workshop for Tim and lots of gardening area for Debbie and room for their dog Toby to romp. Here, they continue to find ways to help, whether it’s protecting and releasing Monarch butterflies, feeding the local deer population, helping kids stay safe, or just being good neighbors. 

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Scarlet’s Webb

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13 miles west of I-65 • 3 miles east of Nashville, IN 3288 State Rd 46 East • 812-988-1025 Behind Brown Co. Antique Mall Open 7 days a week till 5:30

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BEAR HARDWARE continued from 17 “I feel like we are an asset to the community,” he said. “People like the convenience and customer service and we plan on continuing to offer those things for as long as we can.” Retirement also is not on Penny’s radar. She recently got her license to sell real estate. “I like to wake up and be challenged every day,” she said. While some things—ike offering excellent customer service and variety—have remained the same since the beginning, other things have changed dramatically in the nearly two decades of operation. The biggest change, Penny said, has been the addition of the internet. “The internet has changed everything—from the way people shop and pay, to the way we do business,” she said. “We used to have these paper catalogs that were always outdated by the time we got them printed and in the store. Now everything is online, and customers can see what we have at any given moment. The internet has definitely made us more visible.” Another major change has been the way people pay for purchases. “When we started, my biggest fear was bad checks,” Penny said. “We maybe have had one bad check this year. People don’t pay with checks anymore, they all pay with cards. When we opened the store, we didn’t even have the ability to take a credit card payment.” Items on the shelves have also shifted over the years. “One area that has grown is camping and outdoors,” Penny said. “I think people spend so much time working indoors that when they do get time off they want to be outside.” She said the canning and preserving aisles also have grown. When Curt and Penny bought the store there was a single, 6-foot section. Today, there are two, 12-foot aisles dedicated to canning and preserving. Curt and Penny both say that their favorite part about owning the store is getting to know their customers. “We love our customers,” Penny said. “It feels great when we are able to help them solve a problem.” One of her favorite memories was with a customer who visited the store frequently. He would always bring his young son with him and one day the boy was wearing a new watch. Penny asked what time it was, and the boy answered, “time to visit Bear Hardware.” Bear Hardware is located at 75 Chestnut Street in Nashville, behind the Brown County IGA, open daily, 7:30 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. You can reach them at (812) 988-8888, online at <http://www.bearhardware.com/home1.php>, and through their Facebook page.

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Stained Glass Paperweights Mosaic Mirrors Fabric Wallhangings We will be in transition this year. Be sure to visit both shops.

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photos by Monique Cagle


The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip.

Brown County Playhouse

Dec. 1 Craig Thurston Dec. 7 Paul Bertsch Trio Believe, The Magic of Christmas Dec. 8 Robbie Bowden & 4 weekends: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Carolyn Dutton Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Dec. 14 Live Music A family-friendly annual musical stage Dec. 15 Chuck Wills-Dylan Tribute show with holiday characters. Dec. 21 Steve Fulton Golden Ticket Productions presents this Dec. 22 Barry Johnson holiday variety show. Singing, dancing, laughter, special effect lighting and lots of Dec. 28 Live Music music! Santa Claus makes an appearance. Dec. 29 Impasse Band Music Friday and Saturday 7:00-10:00 All ages show, children 10 and under are 812-988-8500 www.ChateauThomas.com free with paid adult. Presented by Brown County 19th Hole at Salt Creek Golf Convention & Visitors Bureau Live Music most Friday and Saturday The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll Nights Nov. 2 & 9 www.SaltCreekGolf.com 812-988-7888 Starring Ross Martinie-Eller, Eric Brown, Michael Schulbaum Brown County Inn Between You and Me Open Mic Night every Wed. Nov. 3 Nov. 2 The Acre Brothers Starring Jen Cristy Nov. 3 The Acre Brothers Pop, Rock ‘n’ Roll for your Soul Nov. 9 Opal Fly Epic Nov. 10 Martinie’s Boogie Three Nov. 10 Nov. 16 Jack Whittle Band Sounds of Summer Nov. 17 The Blankenship Band A Beach Boys Tribute Nov. 23 Homemade Jam Nov. 17 Nov. 24 Big Daddy Caddy Grease Sing-a-Long Nov. 30 Top Hat Blues Revue Nov. 24 Dec. 1 Zion Crossroads Monty Python and the Holy Grail Dec. 7 The Sean Lamb Band New Year’s Eve Dec. 31 Dec. 8 The Sean Lamb Band FIRST RUN MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN Dec. 14 Foster Jones Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 15 The Amanda Webb Band (except for special events) Dec. 21 Otto and the Moaners Check website for schedule Dec. 22 Cosmic Situation 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555 Dec. 28 The Retro Brothers www.BrownCountyPlayhouse.org Dec. 29 Live Music D800-772-5249 Chateau Thomas Winery www.BrownCountyInn.com Nov. 2 Ross Benson Nov. 3 Gary Applegate & Joe Rock Mike’s Dance Barn Nov. 9 Brad Kleinschmidt & Nov. 3 Free show Casey Harshbarger House band and Billy’s dancing Nov. 10 Bakersfield Bound Nov. 10 Trail Ride Party Nov. 16 Amanda Webb Band Nov. 17 Four Score Nov. 17 Barry Johnson Closing for winter season Nov. 23 Jim Rollins Band 812-988-8636 Nov. 24 The McGuires Nov. 30 Frank Jones & Jeff Foster

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Indiana Red Barn Nov. 2 Comedy Night w/ Shaun Latham Parkview Road https://redbarn-jamboree.ticketleap.com

Big Woods Pizza Nov. 1 Roger Banister Nov. 8 Roger Banister Nov. 10 Hilly Half Marathon with YMCA Nov. 15 Roger Banister Nov. 22 Roger Banister Nov. 29 Roger Banister December not booked yet at time of publication. Check Facebook for latest music bookings and for entertainment at Hard Truth Hills.

Annual Chocolate Walk Nov. 10, Downtown Nashville 10:00-5:00 Sample yummy chocolate treats while strolling through the village of Nashville. Proceeds go to Brown Co. Humane Society. Tickets $25 till Oct. 31, then $30 Brown County Humane Society animal shelter: 128 State Road 135 S. 812-988-7362 bchumane.org

Learn to Knit for Free at Clay Purl Nov. 10, Learn to knit with donated kits from Skacel yarn. Clay Purl with teach you. Call or come by to sign up–limited number. 92. W. Franklin St. In Antique Alley 812-988-0336

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Nov. 17 Artists Colony Inn 812-988-0600 www.artistscolonyinn.com

Christmas in Brown County Details at ChristmasinBrownCounty.com

Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa

19th Reindeer Romp

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

Nov. 23, 5:30 at the Brown County History Center

Visits with Santa

Breakfast with Santa at the Brown County Inn

Picture opportunities with Santa Santa at the History Center through the Holiday season

Dec. 1 and 2, 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.

Santa Train Nov.30, around 8:30 p.m. in Helmsburg Santa arrives by train on 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.

Holiday Art & Craft Show Nov. 23 & 24, Seasons Conference Center Fri. 10:00-5:00, Sat. 10:00-4:00 Juried show featuring arts and crafts made by area artisans.

Brown County Sippin’ Trip Nov. 23 & 24, Dec. 1, 8, & 15 | Times TBA Brown County Visitors Center Tasting excursion to the artisan wineries, breweries and distilleries around Brown County. Transportation provided.

Bean Blossom Lights An interactive Christmas Experience Beginning Nov. 29 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday thru New Years At Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground, north of Nashville, SR 135 Lights that dance, live music, live characters, pictures with Santa.

Believe, The Magic of Christmas 4 weekends: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Brown County Playhouse. A one-of-a-kind holiday show featuring Christmas songs. browncountyplayhouse.org

Uplands Holiday Wine Marketplace Santa’s Zip & Sip Dec. 1 & 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 at eXplore Brown County Groups please call to arrange hours. 812-988-7750

Stuff a Stocking Dec. 1, 11:00-5:00 Children receive a stocking and collect treats from Nashville merchants.

Holiday Lights Parade and Toy Drive Dec. 1, 6:00 Floats travel through the Village of Nashville. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the local Salvation Army.

Christmas Log Cabin Tour Dec. 1, 11:00-5:00, Town of Nashville Self-guided tour of log homes decorated for the holidays. Learn history.

Dec. 1, 12:00-5:00 Brown County Art Gallery Holiday winery experience featuring nine Indiana Upland wineries

Steele’s Country Christmas Dec. 2, 1:00 to 4:00 T.C. Steele’s State Historic Site Experience the holidays at the House of the Singing Winds as the Steeles did in the early 1920s. Visit by Santa.

Children’s Christmas Benefit Auction Dec. 7, 6:00 (doors open at 5:00) at Out of the Ordinary Restaurant Proceeds from auction items are used to buy items for Brown County Children.

Victorian Candlelight Holiday Dinners December 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Fri./Sat. 5:00-9:00, Sun. 5:00-8:00 at Story Inn Special meal with candles and oil lamps. Staff dresses in Vitorian attire.

Creekside Holiday Craft Show Dec. 8, 10:00-8:00 at Creekside Retreat Continued on 38

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Brown County Holiday Highlights


rown County offers many opportunities for giving, shopping, and sharing memorable traditions during the holiday season. Here are a few highlights: The 2018 Pack the Sleigh Holiday Passport can be picked up at the Visitor’s Center at 211 South Van Buren Street in Nashville starting November 23. As you’re out looking for gifts you get a stamp each time you spend at participating merchants. Get double stamps when shopping on November 24 (Small Business Saturday), December 8, and December 23. When the passport is filled you will be entered in drawings to win gift certificates, a $500 cash grand prize, and a Brown County getaway vacation for two. For more information <browncountypassport.com>. Bean Blossom Lights is a new interactive Christmas experience. At the Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, just north of Nashville, there will be Lights that dance to the music in your car, live music, Santa, and live characters beginning on November 29 for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through New Years.

Santa is celebrating his 29th Annual Santa Train ride to Brown County on Friday, November 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Helmsburg. The Indiana Railroad brings Santa and his characters to visit with families. The 5th Annual Stuff a Stocking event, hosted by the Brown County Community Foundation, will be held on Saturday, December 1. Ticket holders receive a commemorative Christmas stocking and a map to Nashville merchants for treats, ornaments, and toys. You can purchase advance discounted tickets online at <browncountygives.org> or on the day of the event. Call (812) 988-4882 for more information. Downtown Nashville will be decked out with lights covering floats for the Holiday Light Parade & Toy Drive on Saturday, December 1. Bundle everyone up for this parade beginning at 6 p.m., overseen by the Brown County Chamber of Commerce. Visitors and locals can bring new unwrapped toys to the Light Parade, to fill Santa’s sack for less fortunate families. The Salvation Army will collect these offerings and distribute them to Brown County homes. There are many other activities and events to share in the tradition of Christmas in Brown County, including a live musical production of “Believe, a Brown County Christmas” at the Brown County Playhouse, craft shows, breakfast with Santa, Christmas Log Cabin Tour, zip lining, and a Steele’s Country Christmas. For more information stop by the Brown County Visitors Center or visit <ChristmasinBrownCounty.com>. 

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Indiana Raptor Center

Christmas Bird Count

Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs available 812-988-8990 www.indianaraptorcenter.org

Dec.15, 9:00-noon, at Brown County State Park Nature Center Canvas the park to estimate the numbers and kinds of birds in Brown County. Bring binoculars! Then meet at the lodge for lunch to tally up the list to be submitted to the National Audubon Society.

Brown County Art Guild Features the Marie Goth Estate Collection and contemporary art by more than 40 award-winning member artists. 48 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6185 www.browncountyartguild.org

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Brown County Art Gallery Nov. 24 Paint ‘n Party Event Now-Dec. 2 Gustave Baumann: Brown County and Beyond Dec. 1 Uplands Winter Wine Market Features works by 60 contemporary artists and early Indiana masters Corner of Main St. & Artist Dr. 812-988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org

Children’s Auction Friday, December 7


he 41st Annual Brown County Children’s Auction will take place on Friday, December 7 at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) at the Out of the Ordinary restaurant located in the center of Nashville on Van Buren Street, across from the Brown County Playhouse. Some people gathered on the Liars’ Bench in downtown Nashville many years ago to discuss ways to provide needed warm winter clothes for the all the children in the Brown County school system. They decided to collect items from local merchants and hold an auction for funds to buy the clothing. The group called themselves the “No-Name Committee” and the auction has been held on the first Friday in December since 1979. This annual auction has helped many Brown County youngsters with more than $600,000 total in clothing. The auction features donated art, crafts, antiques, goods from local merchants, gift certificates

for local restaurants and hotels, and many other items. Local bakers contribute homemade cookies and prize-winning brownies. This year the FFA Retreat Center in Trafalgar, Indiana has donated an overnight stay for up to 20 people, valued at $1,000. Other items up for bid are tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo, the Cincinnati Reds, Holiday World, and Mega Caverns in Louisville. Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Out of the Ordinary, the PNC Bank, or the Visitors Center. 

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

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

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Come to Gnaw Bone for some tasty BBQ

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FIELD NOTES: Nuts for Now and Later

~by Jim Eagleman


he noise on the roof is telling me that acorns are ripening and the fall mast crop is busily being harvested. Mast refers to the annual crop of naturally occurring fruits and nuts. It is further divided into soft mast fruits like dogwood berries, rose hips, sassafras, and persimmon; and hard mast like beech and hickory nuts, walnuts, and acorns. Together they provide food, nutrients, and protein for a variety of wildlife like deer, turkey, small game, all the rodents, woodpeckers, and many songbirds. The lipid-rich value of these fruits and nutmeats, as they are consumed now and into the winter, is significant. This high fat diet coincides with the annual fall migration of many birds that require long distance fuel. Contrast this with the high sugar diet of summer berries of songbirds when they are more sedentary and on the nest. Without the annual mast crop, survival of Indiana wildlife, generally speaking, would be worse off. And both gray and fox squirrelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;busy from dawn to darkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are the best examples of animals that capitalize and exploit the hard mast, as nuts are consumed now and stored for later. Watch a squirrel and you will observe its busyness with its attention to detail and where nuts are falling. Nuts may

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be eaten on the spot. Look to see if its cheek pouches are stuffed and where it heads to next. Burying nuts for late fall and into winter is what we know squirrels do. They find them due to both smell and recall. The well-developed mammal brain has a better sense of a memory than what first thought. This fact and many others are due to research projects that help us understand the miracles and mysteries of the wonderful natural world around us. You may have wondered how it is that many questions we have about animals are addressed? How have we come to know what we know about wildlife? They live secretly, remotely, and with no help from mankind. How is it that we have all this information? And is data ever upgraded and edited? I can attest that the manpower, time, and effort to document animal activity and nature in general is conducted most likely by students. Students, both undergrad and graduate, provide a researcher or professor with information that is used to help delve into many mysteries. I know because years ago, I was one of these lowly students who worked for free, suffered immensely due to long hours, chilling temperatures, and poor working conditions, all for

what the professor said would be considered at grade time. I don’t mean to indicate I was abused. No, we did it because we wanted to witness firsthand what was happening. Looking back, I can’t think of a better way to learn. And I loved it! An investigating academic project involves a proposal, budget, site, boundaries, time to observe, what to watch for and record, and a report back with accurate details. Local information is also gathered: like weather, air and soil temperatures, wind speed, time since last rain, etc. Comfort and nourishment were important necessities, at least to me. Since all projects took place outdoors in all seasons, I needed to be warm and dry, have plenty of food and liquids, good binoculars, notepads, and a comfortable place to sit. A pleasant research partner can also help. Who you worked with seemed as vital as how long you were out. Periodic reporting of findings was important to the team leader, and to us. We wanted to know how our contribution helped. Unfortunately, we saw a lot of student work that never reached a final report stage. What did we learn? Nothing earth-shattering or drastic. I recall a mast survey and research project to watch what animals besides squirrels were consuming the fall crop of acorns. The “star of the show,” as a professor called it, was the blue jay. Jays, those raucous and loud members of the crow family, we learned, were just as busy as squirrels in finding and transporting acorns. Photos revealed jays with packed throats, the crop, and cheeks full of acorns as they flew away. Where they headed was important. They stashed several nuts into holes in trees, fallen logs, and—like squirrels—buried them in the ground. Multiple cache sites were visited—a process called “scatter-hoarding”—usually in forest edges and small clearings. And yes, they did come back for them later. But as we suspected some of the nuts weren’t completely recovered. As we value the squirrel for starting trees to grow where they had not before, we must include the blue jay. Another study by other students indicated that jays can determine how long each specie of acorn can be cached without germinating, since nuts become rancid with age. The white oak family which produce acorns that often germinate early in the fall and early winter are consumed earlier and stored less time than acorns from red oak family. They germinate in late winter and early spring. Good to know. Mysteries solved, and now I could appreciate the jay for more important jobs than just raiding nests, eating baby birds, scaring away other birds at feeders, and generally being a loud and noisy pest. Like a voter, the more we know, the better. Like a conscientious land steward, the more we learn, the better we can coexist on this blue marble, floating through space harmoniously with nature. 

Holiday Cuisine S

ince everything is going green we thought we’d start a new cuisine. Now holidays provide a feast where we will dine on different beasts raised on farms in barns and stable that end up cooked upon the table and garnished in some special way because of some such holiday! But in Brown County we’ve got meats called roadkill lying in our streets that’s usually fresh as it could be and best of all the price is free and baked and seasoned over fire with just a touch of tar and tire. Why it’s as green as we could get that city folks ain’t tried as yet! Now in Brown County we all feel we have that holiday appeal all around us all the time enhanced by nature so sublime that we thought it would be a treat to make a holiday spot to eat! And so we went around Brown County and gathered up our daily bounty for we had found the motherloads of fresh green products from our roads and from our woods with fruit and nuts we flavored roadkill squashed in ruts. And after found if we don’t swerve there’s other things that we might serve like turkey vultures baked or fried with parts of critters still inside which dressed and garnished cannot fail with salad made of raccoon tail. And we hope folks will like to try our possum pizzas, puddings, pies …once they’re calm and not as scared at how their meal got prepared!? For there’s a problem that we’ve got that bothers folks round here a lot in spite of different roadkill spoil and all the scooping, skinning toil and all the country roads kept clean to keep our standards ever green yet since we use up every part we had this problem from the start!? For at our diner as they shop when city folks pass by they stop they see our menu on the wall their face takes on this ghostly pall they stare and stammer through the door “Wha…What holiday are you cooking for?”

—Gunther Flumm

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Glen Cooper Henshaw ~by Julia Pearson



len Cooper Henshaw, an artist known for his portraits and cityscapes, was born on August 8, 1880, in Windfall, Indiana. He was a descendant of Francis Scott Key, an interesting family notation. His mother died during his infancy and he and his older sister, Effie, were cared for by two aunts in nearby Mechanicsburg. The children were reunited with their father upon his remarriage, and Henshaw spent an endearing childhood, sketching on the family farm and immersing himself in the books of his father’s extensive library. Classmates and teachers were ready subjects of Henshaw’s sketching talents. He was selfcontained intellectually, loved to play-act, and was the only young man to graduate in his high school class. In 1901, Henshaw was one of the first students at Indianapolis’s John Herron Art School where Otto Stark was his teacher. When his instructors advised him to study

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in Europe, a Windfall doctor financed the trip. This served to end the budding romance between Henshaw and the doctor’s daughter. Henshaw first went to Munich, Germany where he studied under Carl Marr for more than a year. Moving on to Paris, Henshaw found his painting more at home in the spirit of impressionism. The next ten years were spent in Italy and France. His creative style flourished during his study under Bonnat at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and Laurens at the Academie Julien. Marriage followed to an Italian woman named Olive, who was studying sculpture in Rodin’s Paris studio, and the couple made their home in a small cold attic room. A friend who was the curator in a London museum facilitated a commission for Henshaw to illustrate a book of essays by Charles Lamb. This job resulted in two years in London

To own a “Henshaw,” even one of the smaller examples, was something that those in the know in New York had long coveted. —Joseph Lewis French, art critic for Henshaw and affirmed his reputation in the art world. An exhibition at the Paris Salon followed, with Henshaw delivering his paintings in a wheelbarrow to his first showing—again feeding the peculiar stereotypes held by the public regarding artists. The Henshaws returned to the United States, like many others, when war threatened the European continent. In New York, Henshaw established a studio and quickly received commissions from the East Coast patrons of art. Working in oil and pastels, Henshaw could complete a canvas in two or three hours and was recognized for his cityscapes and portraits. He had an unmatched talent for capturing the personality of a subject in few brushstrokes. Art critic Joseph Lewis French said after visiting Henshaw’s studio: “They seemed to reach out from their frames and embrace me. Portraits of old women, of old men, of laughing girls, of boys, all vibrating with life and full of character.” An illness claimed his wife who died just after arriving in New York. Henshaw made the Northeast his home as commissions for his work grew. Portraits anchored his notoriety, but he was also known for his scenes of the East Coast life. In 1912, Henshaw painted a portrait of Hoosier writer, James Whitcomb Riley. Arriving in Indianapolis for more portrait commissions, newspapers claimed him as a Hoosier artist. A secondary studio was opened in Chicago. In 1925 he painted the portrait of poet Edwin Markham, who wrote, “Man with a Hoe.” Artistic kindreds, Markham and Henshaw shared a belief in mysticism, love of books, and writer Edgar Allan Poe. Helen Magner wrote in her column Pencil Sketches: “Not many painters ever attempt to paint moving lights at night, or the dimness of a harbor in mist with the water reflecting lights. Only a poet can see it as does Glen Henshaw.” In 1941 Henshaw came to Nashville, Indiana and bought the Odd Fellows Building, where he and his wife, Carolyn, planned to spend their summers. Baltimore would be their winter home. He found wonderful characters to paint in his Nashville acquaintances. And they in turn studied this strange artist in their midst. Sarah Spicer, who cleaned for the Henshaws, noted that he drank beer all day long, like other people sip on coffee. She said

“Madison Avenue, New York” he worked quickly and treated her children kindly. He paid them 50 cents an hour for posing for him. Henshaw died in Baltimore at the age of 66 on April 5, 1946. He was buried near his birthplace in Windfall. Etched into his gravestone under his name and date of death is this epitaph: “His place as secure in American art as that of Keats in English Literature.” His wife, Carolyn, decided to keep 85 of the 400 paintings in Henshaw’s gallery in the Odd Fellows Building in Nashville. These pieces were eventually put into the permanent collection of the Brown County Art Gallery. A fire in 1966 at the Gallery tragically consumed more than a hundred pieces, including many by Henshaw. Surviving works along with others donated by private collectors are in a special Henshaw room at the Brown County Art Gallery today. For years, Markham’s portrait was on display at the Brown County Art Gallery before it was accepted as a gift from his estate trustees “with enthusiasm” by the portrait gallery of the Smithsonian, thus cementing his reputation in America’s own art history. 

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Morgantown 10 miles north of Nashville on scenic State Road 135 Sales . Repair . Watch Batteries

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The Sampler

Hard Truth Hills T

he restaurant and bar up at Hard Truth Hills really puts the big in Big Woods. The dining room is the size of a factory floor, lined on one side by a long, modern bar and on the other by picture windows and glass doors that open onto a big deck with a gorgeous view of the surrounding landscape. It has an open ceiling with the ductwork painted black treatment. But the space is nicely divided by shoulder-high wooden partitions, and we managed to get seated down on one end in a row of booth/tables, next to a 360-degree fire place surrounded by a kind of conversation pit—very cozy and inviting. It’s hard to imagine starting off the meal without some frosty libations, since we’re dining with the folks who have made their name brewing (and now, distilling). In this, Hard Truth Hills does not disappoint. The drinks menu offers “classic cocktails” like a Margarita, Martini, or a “Bacon Bloody Mary” made with house liquors—Hard Truth Vodka and Hard Truth Gin. Just reading the descriptions of the drinks is fun. The “Dead Rabbit Tipperary” contains Jameson, sweet Vermouth, green chartreuse, Angostura, and orange bitters. The “Moscow Mule” is made up of Hard Truth vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. For an extra ten bucks, you can keep the copper mug they serve it in. But, despite the “Molly’s Lane Gimlet” and the “Brown County Sunset” or even the “Lost in the Woods,” I feel more inclined toward the beer side of the drinks menu. Big Woods has been around long enough that we all have some experience of it now. People like the “Six Foot Blonde.” I’ve always been partial to the Busted Knuckle Ale, an “all occasion dark beer with rich, complex flavor and aroma.” I suppose for the sake of the experiment I should’ve tried a “Quafftoberfest” (traditional Marzen style lager), or sample the “Aquaffalypse,” a brew whose local hops “give this seasonal IPA a vibrant, wet-hopped punch.”

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And who hasn’t sometimes craved a vibrant, wet-hopped punch? In the end, I opt for a dark beer called “Common Necessity,” a stout brewed with hazelnut and coffee. Mrs. Samper ordered a classic gin Martini. Quaff On! The service was outstanding without being annoying, which is always a plus, and as we turned our attention to the food menu, our drinks soon arrived in good order. As regular readers of these columns will know, I love appetizers. I like to get a couple of tasty treats on the table to start with and think about dinner later. On this particular occasion, this would prove to be my downfall. Hard Truth Hills has “tavern fries” (tossed in malt vinegar, dill and cracked salt) and “poutine” (crispy pub fries and

white cheddar curds topped with brown gravy). But also, intriguingly, grilled asparagus, pork rinds dusted with BBQ sauce and served with chipoltle ranch dressing, and fries tossed in white truffle oil, sea salt, and Parmesan cheese. I couldn’t resist the signature pulled pork nachos with house-smoked pork, black beans, fresh tomato and onion, jalapenos, and corn. Drizzled with BBQ sauce and served with homemade peppercorn ranch dressing. Yummy! The soup of the day was Busted Knuckle chili, and, for professional purposes, I needed to try at least a cup. Chili is like a fingerprint; you can tell a lot about a place from their chili. With marinated beef, stewed and fire-roasted tomatoes, chilies, onions, and green peppers in a spicy, rich tomato broth, I found it to be a substantial, flavorsome and entirely delightful. My constant kitchen companion sampled the “brewer’s wings,” which were smoked rather than deep fried and served with the sauce on the side, not coated as one might expect. As the food began to arrive, the Hard Truth began to dawn on me; I wasn’t going to make it past the appetizer menu!

We looked at that huge plate of nachos, and the substantial helping of meaty chicken wings with celery and blue cheese dressing, and, what with the full-bodied cup of chili, we decided to split a scrumptious “farmhouse salad” and call it a meal. Someday, I may nibble on any of the five burgers or four sandwiches on the menu, maybe the lamb burger or the salmon BLT. But for now, we shall not venture into entrée land, we will not taste the rosemary lamb chops or the lemon crusted salmon, the garlic-herb marinated beef tips, or even the roasted vegetable Cajun fettuccini. Although I must say, those nachos were the best thing we’ve eaten in weeks, and the salad and the soup were scrumptious and delectable. Outside, in a little amphitheater down the hill, a band was getting warmed up for the evening. The big dining room was amazingly full of happy-looking people and a river of food and drinks was flowing out into it. I promise myself, next time, to start right where I left off, at the entrées. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even make it to a dessert. Until then, count me as, once again, profoundly satisfied.

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CARMEL CORN COTTAGE New Oriental Ice Cream New Popcorn Flavors

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Double Dipped Bacon Popcorn Pickle Popcorn

Sweet Treats


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

812-988-4535 Carry Out Available

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

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COACHLIGHT SQUARE 101 E. Washington St. one block east of S. Van Buren St. (in front of the high school) in downtown Nashville

Building Fine Log Homes for over 40 Years

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

• Tanks • Jackets • Jerseys • Tye Dye

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

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


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

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

1210 W. 2nd St. Bloomington BloomingtonFireplaces.com

! e c la P y p p a H a o t e Welcom Old and Young Love this Shop!

Featuring shot glasses and Brown County souvenirs, tin signs, a wonderful selection of wind chimes including Corinthian Bells, Jackson Creek Village Naked Bee lotions, bag your own stones, across from Casa Del Sol Ty, Melissa and Doug, on Washington in Nashville yard sculptures, concrete statuary, (812) 988-2725 and a great selection of gifts.



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

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

Family Friendly Menu Cooked from Scratch

Kara Barnard and Kristin Thompson

Breakfast (till 11:00) • Lunch • Early Supper

musicians, instructors and instrument adoption specialists

Open daily at 8:30 am till slow (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

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

Build your own sandwich, burgers & dogs, daily specials Tex-Mex menu items, delicious desserts

812-200-3300 • www.weedpatchmusicshop.com

158 N. Jefferson Nashville, IN 47448

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Grass Hounds

Jeff Adams, Sonny White, Brandon Lee, Bird Snider, Pete Adamson. photo by Cindy Steele


~by Mark Blackwell

was in Nashville the other Saturday. The air was crisp and the sun was shining with just a few clouds. The wind was a bit gusty, but all in all, it was a perfect autumn day in Brown County. I headed over to the Salt Creek Winery tasting room to hear some music. The tasting room is a great little venue tucked away back in an alley. The band I had planned on seeing calls themselves the “Grass Hounds.” I thought to myself, I’ll have to remember to ask the boys how they came up with the name. When I arrived, there wasn’t a band, just one feller tuning a banjo. This set me back a bit, for I was sure that I was acquainted with the banjo picker. This was some other guy. I marched over and introduced myself. He shook my hand and introduced himself back to me. He said his name was Sonny, he was the bass player, and he was just tuning up the banjo whilst he waited for the real banjo slinger to arrive. Then a couple of other fellers showed up—Jeff the dobro player, and Brandon, the mandolin player—but for that afternoon he was playing guitar. The guy tuning the banjo was the bass player, the mandolin player was playing the guitar, Pete, the guitar

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picker, wasn’t able to appear that day, and we were all waiting on the banjo player. I asked the boys how long they had been together. Things got murky again—three different band mates and three different answers. One said that they had been playing off and on together for couple of years. Another said he and the banjo player had been friends since grade school but had just started playing together about a year ago. The dobroist said he played in another band with the late Bird Snider—not that he’s deceased, he was just late. Then the consensus was that as the “Grass Hounds” they have been playing together since the spring of the year. As I talked to Brandon, the mandolin/guitar picker, I thought he looked very familiar. I used to run into a Bluegrass band back about ten or twelve years ago called the New Old Cavalry and Brandon played with them. I asked him what happened to that band and he said most of the members grew up. I have heard that maturity is a leading cause of bands breaking up. About that time, Bird showed up, and we got reacquainted while he shouldered his banjo. Bird and I used to live near each other, on different ridges. And I knew Bird through his other band, the “White Lightning Boys.”

I asked, “If you’re already in a band, why would you want to play in another band?” The answer was, “Because it’s fun!” I got a chance to hear them play. The first tune was honky-tonk number about whiskey and heartbreak with a lot of crying dobro in it. Next up was an old Merle Travis tune, “Nine Pound Hammer.” I’m an old Travis fan—so they had me right there. They did three more traditional Bluegrass songs: “Down the Road”, “Footprints in the Snow,” and “Gravel Yard.” I was just settling into the notion that these fellers were a pretty good Bluegrass band of the traditional persuasion when they rocked into the Hank Williams song “Jambalaya” and then they moved into Travis Tritt’s “Country Club.” After that they played the old Steve Goodman song made popular by David Allen Coe, “You Never Even Called Me by My Name.” I could see they are not to be stuck in one musical pigeon hole. Through the versatility shown in just a few songs there was still the overall texture of Bluegrass. They launched into a very traditional version of the Bluegrass standard “Darlin’ Cory.” I was favorably impressed and I had only heard 4/5ths of the band. I am looking forward to when I can hear Pete Adamson’s guitar picking and lead vocals. When a break was called, I shook hands with the boys and went on my way, thinking that the afternoon was well spent. Any amount of time loafing on a front porch in Nashville, listening to folks render up tasty tunes can be counted as pure profit. I advise keeping an eye out and an ear peeled for the “Grass Hounds.” Oh yeah, about that name. They told me that the “Grass” comes from Bluegrass but I never did get a satisfactory answer about the “Hounds” part. I’m gonna say that it is on account of how dog-gone versatile they are. 


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

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For the Holidays

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


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

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

Homes New Construction Remodel Bridges Plumbing

Excavating Driveways Land Clearing Lakes and Ponds Culverts Water and Sewer

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 www.apple-works.com Open Daily 9 am to 6 pm thru Dec. 23

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


4 Weekends!

P E R F O R M30 I N G A R T S2, December C E N T E R November – December 7-9,

14-16 & 21-23

Introducing Elfie

the Mischievous Elf and our 2018 cast! A family-friendly, light-hearted, annual musical stage show with some of your favorite holiday characters!







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A Brown County Christmas Tradition



November 2 & 9

November 3


presented by Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau BelieveTheMagicofChristmas

November 10

November 17

Grease Sing-A-Long P November 24 · 7 pm ·$8 / $7 in costume

Monty Python and the Holy Grail P New Year’s Eve · December 31 · 4 & 7 pm · $10

January 26

Showtimes, tickets & complete schedule online

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND MOVIES 812.988.6555 · BrownCountyPlayhouse.org Beer, wine, champagne & concessions available | Box Office: Thursday–Sunday | 70 S. Van Buren · Nashville, IN

Thurs. 5 to 8 pm, Fri. & Sat. 5 to 9 pm


DARLENE’S at Hotel Nashville Upscale Dining in a Casual Atmosphere Serving Dinner with Full Bar Service Menu Features: Steaks, Seafood, Pasta, Chicken, Burgers, Appetizers, Soups and Salads

• Suites, Studios, Hot Tubs

• Conference Facilities

• Restaurant and Bar

• Weddings and Receptions

• Indoor Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool

• Special Getaway Packages

Reserve your Special Party now! Meetings and Banquets Catering in your home or other venue Weddings and Receptions

245 N. Jefferson St., Nashville (812) 988-8400 • (800) 848-6274 www.hotelnashville.com Nov./Dec. 2018 • Our Brown County 59


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Checking eyes in Brown County for over 50 years! 50 Willow Street • Nashville, IN 812-988-4937 BANKING NAME YOUR CATEGORY

Serving the Community for over 100 years

Brown County Tire 24 hr. Wrecker Service



Auto Repair

27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville BAGGED TRASH DROP OFF


The Strength of Big, The Service of Small 189 Commercial Drive, Nashville, IN 47448 812.988.1200

Contact us today for all your banking needs

$2 Bag • Salt Creek Plaza • Nashville Mon.–Sat. 7:30 am–7:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm





41 S. Hawthorne Dr. Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-6633



Digital Print & Vinyl to Hand Lettered, Carved & Gilded



WALTMAN CONSTRUCTION CO. Owens-Corning Preferred Contractor

LLicensed and Insured • 15 years total replacement warranty for roofs available Auto Restoration

When accidents happen, give us a call.

Don Waltman

Roof Coatings, Metal/Shingle Roofs, Remodels, Ro Power Washing and Sealing, Barns, (812) 327-1994 Garages, Decks, Siding, Windows and Doors, waltmanconst@aol.com G and all construction needs and services! References Available


Insurance Collision Center

We moved!

Family Owned & Operated since 1976

145 S. Jefferson St. • Nashville, IN 47448

4555 Old 46

(5 miles east of Nashville in Gnaw Bone)





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

146 E. Main St., Nashville


We Can Do It All!

Complete Landscaping/ Design Services

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(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.



Dunham Plumbing Co., Inc.


Licensed Plumbing Contractor • Bonded • Insured #CO89000011 Repair, Remodel, Pump Service, Water Conditioning Drain Cleaning, Water Heaters


812-988-0248 • Nashville, IN • Since 1981 REAL ESTATE

TEAM The Marg and Brenda Team is Your Brown County Team


www.MargAndBrendaTeam.com 10 Artist Drive, P.O. Box 1609 Nashville, IN 47448 Marg DeGlandon CSSS, CDPR Brenda Longtin CSSS, CDPR Broker/Owner Associate Broker Cell: 812-360-4083 • margd@remax.net Cell: 812-360-3889 • shaht@mibor.net

Helmsburg Sawmill

Logging to Lumber


Pool Enterprises, Inc.

Custom Log Home Lumber Packages ~ Posts ~ Beams Rafters ~ Barn Siding ~ Board & Batten ~ Firewood Mulch ~ Sawdust ~ Buyers of Standing Timber www.helmsburgsawmill.com • helmsburgsawmill@gmail.com facebook.com/helmsburgsawmillinc



Personal Training Fitness Center Swim Lessons Gymnasium Day Camp Exercise Classes Climbing Wall


Open at 5:30 a.m. Mon.–Fri.

All Colors Free Estimates Quality Workmanship Vinyl Siding and Soffit

Ron Bishop





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Note from the Editor New Routines


hy do some people achieve more than others? Why do they stand out in the crowd? Is it because they are born with a particular set of genes, or are they nurtured in a special environment by caring parents? Natural interests and abilities probably exist in all of us, but it is the mundaneness of repeated activities that make us better. The saying “practice makes perfect” can be appreciated by any artist, musician, and craftsmen. Malcom Gladwell addresses that issue in Outliers: The Story of Success. One story he shared was of young violinists in study groups of varying ability. They all started at the same age with the same amount of practice time. Differences emerged after some years when the students that practiced much more ended up the best in their class, regardless of their initial evaluation. The best achievers performed a total of ten thousand practice hours over the study period. The conclusion was that there weren’t any natural musicians that rose to the top. The ones at the top always worked much, much harder. Gladwell uses the example of The Beatles’ success to make his point about the ten thousand hours rule. The Beatles spent seven days a week, nearly five hours of playing time a night, performing in Hamburg, Germany for years, long before they were a part of the British Invasion. That experience really made them. I don’t want to be at the top of anything any more. I do, however, want to get much better at playing guitar. My window to do that is shrinking. I am a slightly above average rhythm guitar player that has improved over the years by playing with other much

by Cindy Steele

Available at Spears Pottery in Nashville, IN (On South Van Buren Street near the stoplight/courthouse)

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more accomplished pickers in weekly jam sessions. I can keep up with most of them and can anticipate new songs’ chord changes. I never play any breaks because of a lack of confidence and experience. The way to get better is to play more. You have to let go of old habits to make room for new routines. The guitar now remains out of the case and looks at me in my main living room. It says pick me up and play me. And I do with increasing frequency. A fellow picker is coaching me. He also gave me lessons many, many years ago. Now I don’t think of our sessions as lessons, just nudges into the new routine. The practice scales and exercises are building my muscle memory beyond the basic chords I have been playing for decades. TV consumes my attention way more than I want to admit. The old routine has been to come home, turn the tube on, and go into a mindless stupor in the easy chair. The new routine includes the easy chair and the TV, but I pick up the guitar and do some practice runs while I watch my favorite programs. That’s not so hard. And, little by little, my practice time is accumulating into that ten thousand hours bank. Who knows, maybe that new routine will pay off some day, and I will develop the confidence to play a break or two on jam night.

~Cindy Steele

Over 375 Spices, Rubs & Blends Gourmet Jams, Sauces & Mixology Gift Baskets & Box Gift Sets

58 East Main Street, #4 · Nashville, Indiana on Robert “Buck” Stogsdill Way across from the Courthouse

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Fudge Kitchen

…so much more than fudge!

Our shop is bursting with flavor! WATCH US MAKE…

Our Creamy Fudge · Gourmet Popcorn All Natural Gelato · Seasonal Treats An old-fashioned candy store loaded with all of your favorite treats! We have the largest selection of Fudge, Popcorn, Candies, Ice Cream and Gelato in Brown County, Indiana.

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Profile for Our Brown County

Nov./Dec. 2018 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special

Nov./Dec. 2018 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special