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Balcony rooms, restaurant, lounge & enclosed pool. Conference facilities for groups up to 600 people.

Finding your way

Feature stories

22 Spring Blossom Festival 26 Maple Syrup Festival 40 Hills and hollers still calling 42 Trail trees mark ancient paths 44 Salt Creek Shrimp Co. 50 Morel-hunting wit and wisdom 52 pARTake in Brown County art

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A Brown County landmark renowned for savory home cooking, antique collectibles and gadgets and old-fashioned hospitality.

The lists 6 Shopfinder Directory 12 Entertainment & Recreation 13 Lodging 30 Art Colony of the Midwest 34 Handmade in Brown County 36 Food, Snacks & Spirits 48 Conferences, Retreats & Weddings 54 Ongoing Events 55 Special Events 56 Spring Events

Maps Nashville Street Map | Page 10 Map of Brown County | Page 17 on the cover

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Visitors Guide A quarterly publication featuring local merchants and events from Nashville and Brown County, Indiana.

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ANTIQUES/COLLECTIBLES

4th Sister Vintage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . Bearly Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . Brown County Antique Mall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . Carol’s Fine Gifts & Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Cathy’s Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6 . . . . . . . Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I4 . . . . . . . Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Touch of Silver Gold & Old. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Toy Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Vintage Rose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G7 . . . . . . .

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ART

A Dreamer’s Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Brown County Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F12 . . . . . . . 37 Brown County Art Guild. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . 60 Brown County Craft Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 44 B3 Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . . 2 Cathy’s Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6 . . . . . . . 50 Hoosier Artist Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E2 . . . . . . . 39 Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 37 Totem Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 30

BATH & BODY

Be My Guest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E6 . . . . . . . Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . Hillbilly Foot Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E6 . . . . . . . Johanna Lee Bathology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D3 . . . . . . .

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Bear Wallow Distillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 53 Big Woods Brewing Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C3 . . . . . . . 20 Big Woods Pizza Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4 . . . . . . . 20 Brown County Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L5 . . . . . . . 31 Brown County Winery Tasting Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E7 . . . . . . . 42 Brown County Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 42 Casa Del Sol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J9 . . . . . . . 54 Cedar Creek Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6 . . . . . . . 30 Chateau Thomas Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J7 . . . . . . . 49 Hickory Sports Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 64 Out of the Ordinary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 64 Seasons Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K12 . . . . . . . . 4

BIKE RENTAL AND ACCESSORIES

Bear Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L9 . . . . . . . 58

BIRDHOUSES AND FEEDERS

Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . 42 Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I4 . . . . . . . 45

BOOKS

Fallen Leaf Books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E2 . . . . . . . 34 Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . 42 Toy Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 19

CANDLES

Bear Wallow Distillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . Foxfire & Foxfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Ferguson House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . .

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Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I4 . . . . . . . Mercantile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . .

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CANDY

Candy Dish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Candy Emporium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E2 . . . . . . . 57 Carmel Corn Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C4 . . . . . . . 39 Jack and Jill Nut Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G5 . . . . . . . 45 Nashville BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J4 . . . . . . . 57 Nashville Candy Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E6 . . . . . . . 21 Nashville Fudge Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5 . . . . . . . 62 Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . 43

CHRISTMAS

Carol’s Fine Gifts & Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . Ferguson House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I4 . . . . . . . Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . .

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . For Bare Feet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . For Bare Feet, Too. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F3 . . . . . . . Foxfire & Foxfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . K. Bellum Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Lazy One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Lorna’s Leather & Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I6 . . . . . . . Mercantile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . Moonshine Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . Pit Bull Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4 . . . . . . . T-Shirt Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I5 . . . . . . . Totem Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . .

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COFFEE AND TEA

Candy Emporium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E2 . . . . . . . 57 Daily Grind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H4 . . . . . . . 66 Harvest Preserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Nashville BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J4 . . . . . . . 57 Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . 43 Sweetea’s Tea Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J6 . . . . . . . 38

CONFERENCES, RETREATS & WEDDINGS

Abe Martin Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 63 Brown County Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L5 . . . . . . . 31 Comfort Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .L10 . . . . . . . . 3 Creekside Retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 67 eXplore Brown County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 14 Hotel Nashville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 . . . . . . . 28 Rawhide Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 24 Seasons Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K12 . . . . . . . . 4

CRAFTS

4th Sister Vintage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . Bear Wallow Distillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . Brown County Craft Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Carol’s Fine Gifts & Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Clay Purl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D8 . . . . . . . For Bare Feet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . For Bare Feet, Too. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F3 . . . . . . .

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K. Bellum Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . Papertrix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5 . . . . . . . Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Toy Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Wishful Thinking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . .

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DOLLS

Jeeper’s Dollhouse Miniatures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 60 Toy Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 19 Vintage Rose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G7 . . . . . . . 27

ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION

Abe Martin Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 71 Brown County Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F12 . . . . . . . 37 Brown County Art Guild. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . 60 Brown County Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L5 . . . . . . . 31 Brown County Playhouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F4 . . . . . . . 47 Brown County Winery Tasting Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E7 . . . . . . . 42 Brown County Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 42 Cedar Creek Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6 . . . . . . . 30 Chateau Thomas Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J7 . . . . . . . 49 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 eXplore Brown County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 16 Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Hickory Sports Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 64 Kidscommons Children’s Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Out of the Ordinary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 64 Rawhide Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 24 Schooner Valley Stables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 32 Seasons Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K12 . . . . . . . . 4 Valley Branch Retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 14 Yesteryear Old Time Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . 55

FOOD, DINING & SNACKS

Abe Martin Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 63 Big Woods Brewing Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C3 . . . . . . . 20 Big Woods Pizza Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4 . . . . . . . 20 Brown County Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L5 . . . . . . . 31 Brown County Winery Tasting Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E7 . . . . . . . 45 Brown County Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 45 Candy Dish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Candy Emporium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E2 . . . . . . . 57 Carmel Corn Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C4 . . . . . . . 39 Casa Del Sol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J9 . . . . . . . 54 Cedar Creek Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6 . . . . . . . 30 Chateau Thomas Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J7 . . . . . . . 49 Daily Grind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H4 . . . . . . . 66 Farmhouse Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . . 7 Harvest Preserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Hickory Sports Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 72 Hotel Nashville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 . . . . . . . 28 House of Jerky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 61 Jack and Jill Nut Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G5 . . . . . . . 45 Miller’s Ice Cream House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Nashville BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J4 . . . . . . . 57 Nashville Candy Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E6 . . . . . . . 21 Nashville Fudge Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5 . . . . . . . 62 Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . 43 Nashville House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E5 . . . . . . . . 4 Out of the Ordinary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 64

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Rawhide Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 24 Seasons Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K12 . . . . . . . . 4 Sweetea’s Tea Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J6 . . . . . . . 38 Trolly’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C4 . . . . . . . 55

FOOTWEAR

For Bare Feet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . For Bare Feet, Too. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F3 . . . . . . . Harley Davidson of Bloomington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K. Bellum Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Moonshine Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . .

GARDEN & PATIO

Bear Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L9 . . . . . . . Bearly Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . Ferguson House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Foxfire & Foxfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I4 . . . . . . . Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . .

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4th Sister Vintage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . 59 Bearly Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . 24 Bone Appetit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J6 . . . . . . . 44 4th Sister Vintage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . 59 Candy Dish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Candy Emporium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E2 . . . . . . . 57 Carmel Corn Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C4 . . . . . . . 39 Carol’s Fine Gifts & Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 19 Cathy’s Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6 . . . . . . . 50 Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . 42 Daily Grind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H4 . . . . . . . 66 Ferguson House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . 27 For Bare Feet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . 18 For Bare Feet, Too. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F3 . . . . . . . 18 Foxfire & Foxfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 30 Grasshopper Flats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 68 Harvest Preserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Jack and Jill Nut Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G5 . . . . . . . 45 Jeeper’s Dollhouse Miniatures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 60 Johanna Lee Bathology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D3 . . . . . . . 31 K. Bellum Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . 61 Lazy One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 19 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I6 . . . . . . . 51 Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I4 . . . . . . . 45 Mercantile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . 49 Moonshine Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . 61 Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . 13 Nashville Candy Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E6 . . . . . . . 21 Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . 43 Olde Magnolia House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . 59 Papertrix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5 . . . . . . . 15 Pit Bull Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4 . . . . . . . 33 Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 37 Sweetea’s Tea Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J6 . . . . . . . 38 T-Shirt Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I5 . . . . . . . 33 Totem Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . 30 Touch of Silver Gold & Old. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 39 Toy Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 19 Vintage Rose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G7 . . . . . . . 27 Brown County Almanack Visitors Guide | SPRING 2016

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HOME DÉCOR

4th Sister Vintage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . Bearly Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . Brown County Winery Tasting Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E7 . . . . . . . Brown County Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . Carol’s Fine Gifts & Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Chateau Thomas Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J7 . . . . . . . Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . Ferguson House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Foxfire & Foxfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I4 . . . . . . . Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . Olde Magnolia House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Vintage Rose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G7 . . . . . . .

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Hickory Shades Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 34 Hidden Valley Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 . . . . . . . 19 Hills O’ Brown Vacation Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 38 Hotel Nashville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 . . . . . . . 28 McGinley Cabins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 14 Nickels Vacation Cabins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . . 7 North House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 . . . . . . . 28 Olde Magnolia House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2 . . . . . . . 59 Rawhide Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 24 Seasons Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K12 . . . . . . . . 4 Valley Branch Retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 14

LOG CABINS

Brown County Getaways/Cobblestone Log Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Hills O’ Brown Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2 . . . . . . . 48 Hills O’ Brown Vacation Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 38 McGinley Cabins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 14 Nickels Vacation Cabins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . . 7

MOTORCYCLES & ACCESSORIES

Apache Tactical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 29 Buck Shot Sporting Goods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H2 . . . . . . . 56

Harley Davidson of Bloomington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Pit Bull Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4 . . . . . . . 33

HEALTH FOODS

MUSEUMS

Heath 4 “U”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E10 . . . . . . . 47

ICE CREAM

McDonald’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L11 . . . . . . . 45 Miller’s Ice Cream House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3 . . . . . . . . 2 Nashville Fudge Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5 . . . . . . . 62 Nashville General Store & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9 . . . . . . . 43

JEWELRY

Cathy’s Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6 . . . . . . . Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . Ferguson House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Foxfire & Foxfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Grasshopper Flats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . Totem Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5 . . . . . . . Touch of Silver Gold & Old. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . .

LEATHER

Harley Davidson of Bloomington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K. Bellum Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . Lorna’s Leather & Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I6 . . . . . . . Moonshine Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4 . . . . . . . Pit Bull Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4 . . . . . . .

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Apache Tactical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 29 Bear Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L9 . . . . . . . 58 Buck Shot Sporting Goods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H2 . . . . . . . 56

PET CARE AND PET GIFTS

Bone Appetit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J6 . . . . . . . 44 Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . 42

POTTERY

Brown County Craft Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8 . . . . . . . 44 Carol’s Fine Gifts & Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 19

SCRAPBOOKING

Papertrix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5 . . . . . . . 15 Wishful Thinking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7 . . . . . . . 51

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1875 Homestead B&B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 35 Abbey Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 30 Abe Martin Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 71 Allison House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F2 . . . . . . . 61 Brick Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Brown County Getaways/Cobblestone Log Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Brown County Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L5 . . . . . . . 31 Comfort Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .L10 . . . . . . . . 3 Cornerstone Inn & Suites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G8 . . . . . . . . 4 Creekside Retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 67 eXplore Brown County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 14 Green Valley Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 50

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Kidscommons Children’s Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Brown County Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E5 . . . . . . . 33 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J5 . . . . . . . 43 New Song Mission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 33

TOYS

Mercantile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . 49 Toy Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6 . . . . . . . 19

WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS

Abbey Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 30 Abe Martin Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 71 Creekside Retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 67 eXplore Brown County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 16 Hotel Nashville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 . . . . . . . 28 Rawhide Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17 . . . . . . . 24 Seasons Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K12 . . . . . . . . 4

WOODCRAFTS

Bearly Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8 . . . . . . . 24 Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3 . . . . . . . 13


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A Dreamer’s Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . E3. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Abbey Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 34 Abe Martin Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 63 Allison House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F2. . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Apache Tactical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J8 . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Artist Colony Shoppes. . . . . . . . H6. . . . . . . . . . . . 19

B B3 Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bathology, Johanna Lee. . . . . . . D3. . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Be My Guest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E6. . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Bear Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L9. . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Bear Wallow Distillery. . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 53 Bearly Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Big Woods Brewing Co.. . . . . . . . C3. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Big Woods Pizza Co.. . . . . . . . . . . D4. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Bloomington Harley Davidson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Bone Appetit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J6 . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Brick Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 28 Brown County Antique Mall. . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 35 Brown County Art Gallery. . . . . F12. . . . . . . . . . . 37 Brown County Art Guild. . . . . . . E4. . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Brown County Craft Gallery. . . . E8. . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Brown County Getaways. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Brown County Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . L5. . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Brown County Playhouse. . . . . . F4. . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Brown County Visitors Ctr . . . . . E5. . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Brown County Winery Tasting Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E7. . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Brown County Winery. . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 45 Buck Shot Sporting Goods . . . . H2. . . . . . . . . . . . 56

C Candy Dish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Candy Emporium. . . . . . . . . . . . . E2. . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Carmel Corn Cottage. . . . . . . . . . C4. . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Carol’s Fine Gifts & Crafts. . . . . . H6. . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Casa Del Sol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J9 . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Cathy’s Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G6. . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Cedar Creek Winery. . . . . . . . . . . G6. . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Chateau Thomas Winery . . . . . . J7 . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Clay Purl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D3. . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Cobblestone Log Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Comfort Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L10. . . . . . . . . . . 3 Copperhead Creek Gem Mine.C5. . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cornerstone Inn & Suites. . . . . . G8. . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Creekside Retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 59 Crow’s Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7. . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Daily Grind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H4. . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Ethereal Day Spa and Salon . . . J5 . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 eXplore Brown County. . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 16

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Fallen Leaf Books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . E2. . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Farmhouse Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 5 Ferguson House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G3. . . . . . . . . . . . 25 For Bare Feet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E4. . . . . . . . . . . . 58 For Bare Feet, Too. . . . . . . . . . . . . F3. . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Foxfire & Foxfire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8. . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fudge Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5. . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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1875 Homestead B&B. . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 35 4th Sister Vintage. . . . . . . . . . . . . I2. . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

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Alphabetical Order Miller’s Ice Cream House . . . . . . E3. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Moonshine Leather. . . . . . . . . . . E4. . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Mother Earth Designs. . . . . . . . . G3. . . . . . . . . . . . 13

N Nashville BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J4 . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Nashville Candy Store. . . . . . . . . E6. . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Nashville Fudge Kitchen. . . . . . . H5. . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Nashville General Store & Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I9. . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Nashville House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E5. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 New Song Mission. . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 33 Nickels Vacation Cabins. . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 5 North House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4. . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides. . . . . . Pg.17. . . . . . . . . 61 Grasshopper Flats. . . . . . . . . . . . . H6. . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Green Valley Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 46

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Harley Davidson of Bloomington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Harvest Preserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Health 4 “U”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E10. . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hickory Shades Motel. . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 30 Hickory Sports Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . F5. . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Hidden Valley Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . A5. . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Hillbilly Foot Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . E6. . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Hills O’ Brown Real Estate. . . . . . B2. . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Hills O’ Brown Vacation Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 38 Hoosier Artist Gallery . . . . . . . . . E2. . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hotel Nashville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 House of Jerky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E8. . . . . . . . . . . . 61

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Jack and Jill Nut Shop. . . . . . . . . G5. . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Jeeper’s Dollhouse Miniatures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Johanna Lee Bathology . . . . . . . D3. . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Olde Magnolia House. . . . . . . . . I2. . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Out of the Ordinary. . . . . . . . . . . F5. . . . . . . . . . . . 64

P Papertrix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H5. . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Pit Bull Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D4. . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Playhouse, Brown County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F4. . . . . . . . . . . . 47

R Rawhide Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 24

S Schooner Valley Stables. . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 32 Seasons Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K12. . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sweet Cozy Living. . . . . . . . . . . . . E8. . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Sweetea’s Tea Shop . . . . . . . . . . . J6 . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

T T-Shirt Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I5. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Totem Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5. . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Touch of Silver Gold & Old. . . . . E8. . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Toy Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6. . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Trolly’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C5. . . . . . . . . . . . 55

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Valley Branch Retreat. . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 16 Village Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E3. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vintage Rose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G7. . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Visitors Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E5. . . . . . . . . . . . 33

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Lazy One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H6. . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique. . . . I6. . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Wishful Thinking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . H7. . . . . . . . . . . . 51

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Madeline’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G4. . . . . . . . . . . . 45 McGinley Cabins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 17. . . . . . . . . 14 Mercantile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I8. . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Brown County Almanack Visitors Guide | SPRING 2016

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Hills O’Brown Real Estate

Hotel Nashville / Darlene’s

Candy Emporium

Hoosier Artist Gallery

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Visitor’s Center

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Nashville Candy Store

Be My Guest

The Nashville House

BC Courthouse Liars Bench

Ice Cream Cottage

Sweet Cozy Living

Brown Co. Playhouse

Out of the Ordinary and Hickory Sports Bar

Franklin Place

BC Winery & Tasting Room

Copperhead Creek Gem Mine

Rock and Fossil Shop

Trolly’s

Weed Patch Music Clay Purl

Taggart Building

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Pioneer Village

BC Historical Society Complex

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ARTIST DRIVE Nashville Post Office

County Office Building

BC Public Library

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BC Democrat Newspaper

Main Street Shoppes

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BC Community Foundation Hidden Valley Inn

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BC Art Guild

Moonshine Leather

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For Bare Feet Too

Pit Bull Leather

Big Woods Village

Big Woods Pizza

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Big Woods Brewing Co.

Men’s Toy Shop

Carmel Corn Cottage

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The North House

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BP Gas/ Noble Romans

PAT REILLY DRIVE

4th Sister Vintage

Old Magnolia House Inn

WASHINGTON STREET

Buck Shot Sporting Goods

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Mother Earth Designs

Franklin Square Courtyard

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Antique Alley

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Brown County Intermediate School

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Apache Tactical

Casa Del Sol

Nashville General Store, Bakery & Antiques Mercantile

Cornerstone Inn

Coachlight Square Sweetea’s Chateau Thomas Wine Bar Tea Shop

Ethereal Village Salon and Spa

Camelot Shoppes Bone Appetit

Speedway Gas

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Jot ‘Em Down Corner The T-Shirt Shop

Papertrix

Wishful Thinking

The Crow’s Nest

Yesteryear Old Time Photos

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

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The Artists Colony Inn & Restaurant Artists Colony Shoppes Lazy One The Toy Chest Carol’s Fine Gifts & Collectibles

Cedar Creek Winery Cathy’s Train Depot Corner

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Comfort Inn

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Nashville Police Station

McDonald’s

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The Seasons Lodge & Conference Center

BC High School Larry C. Banks Memorial Gymnasium

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Entertainment and Recreation Abe Martin Lodge, in Brown County State Park, has a 12,000-squarefoot indoor water park, available to hotel guests first and to the public as space allows. (812) 988-4418. Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground, 5163 State Road 135 North, is home to the oldest, continuous running bluegrass festival in the world. Visit the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum and, on weekends, shop at the Bean Blossom Flea Market. Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center, 70 S. Van Buren St., is a 426seat venue committed to bringing the best in a variety of local and national entertainment offerings. You’ll find the latest news on upcoming performances by visiting www.BrownCountyPlayhouse. org which frequently lists special offers. Join the chat about what is happening behind the scenes by liking the venue on Facebook. (812) 988-6555. Brown County State Park, Indiana’s largest state park, offers camping, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, horse trails, a saddle barn and nature center, picnicking, a swimming pool, fishing, tennis and playgrounds. Open year-round. (812) 988-6406, www.IN.gov/dnr/parklake. Brown County Winery has been making award-winning wines for more than 20 years. The tasting room is at the corner of Main Street and Old School Way. Don’t forget to stop by the winery and tasting room in downtown Gnaw Bone, 4520 State Road 46 East. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, year-round. (812) 988-6144 or (888) 298-2984, www.browncountywinery.com. Cedar Creek Winery & Brew Co., 38 E. Franklin St., features free tasting of locally made wines. The selection varies from bold dry reds to refreshing whites and sweet fruit wines. Open seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. Chateau Thomas Wine Bar, 225 S. Van Buren St. in Coachlight Square, provides award-winning vinifera wines, and wellknown musicians — local and otherwise

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— perform all styles of music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. Visitors will find gourmet foods, cheese plates and gift items, as well as a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Step upstairs to the loft and enjoy wine amid the Native American art in the John Elmore Gallery or, weather-permitting, grab a spot on the covered patio near the fireplace. Group tastings can be arranged in advance. (812) 988-8500, toll free at (888)-761-9463, www. chateauthomas.com/locations/nashville. eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat is voted the No. 1 activity in Brown County by TripAdvisor. It offers 15 zip lines over 1 mile long; a treetop canopy adventure suspended 90 feet with speeds up to 45 mph; and the tallest, fastest and longest zips in Brown County. Visitors also can experience Night Flight zip lines with tiki torches and headlamps. Enjoy 30 miles of ATV, mountain biking and hiking trails. The events hall accommodates 250 with a stage. Camping cabins accommodate 80. The property also offers camping, a fishing lake, canoes and paddle boats. Two-seater, four-wheel-drive hill buggy rides and an ATV training challenge tour are available, too. 2620 Valley Branch Road, (812) 9887750, www.explorebrowncounty.com. Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides. Relax on a journey with Grandpa Jeff at Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides, 5889 S. Skinner Road, Morgantown. Take in the scenery and wildlife. No two rides are ever the same: sunny summer days, fall colors, winter snowfalls, spring blossoms, trail rides, pony rides, hayrides, cattle drives, custom excursions. Please give at least one hour notice. Reservations can be made using any of the following: 812597-4630, cell 812-272-0702, www. GrandpaJeffsTrailRides.com, info@ GrandpaJeffsTrailRides.com. Kidscommons, a children’s museum in downtown Columbus, 309 Washington St., offers families with toddlers to early teens a vibrant, safe setting where they can explore three floors of hands-on learning and fun. Spend time in the Childhood Garden, scamper up the 17-foot-tall climbing wall or hang out in the bubble room, where you can stand

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inside a body bubble. Don’t miss museum favorites ExploraHouse, home of the world-famous giant toilet, and Kids on the Move, a healthy lifestyles exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Open Mondays mid-June through mid-August. (812) 378-3046, www.kidscommons.org. Mike’s Music & Dance Barn (seasonal), 2277 State Road 46 West, offers country music and dancing. Beer, wine and food are available in this nonsmoking facility. Friday and Saturday shows are from 7 to 11 p.m. (812) 9888636, www.thedancebarn.com. Rawhide Ranch, 1292 State Road 135 South, offers 45-minute guided horseback rides daily on 56 acres of wooded trails bordering Brown County State Park, plus team building, Holler Hoppin’ zip lining and low ropes. (812) 988-0085 or (888) 94-RANCH, www.rawhideranchusa.com. Schooner Valley Stables (seasonal), 2282 State Road 46 West, offers more than the usual horseback ride, with the option to walk, trot or canter. With no age limit, the whole family is welcome. Hear some brief history of Brown County while meandering through the hills and hollers of Yellowwood State Forest. Reservations are appreciated. (812) 9882859, www.schoonervalleystables.com. WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, 308 W. Fourth St., Bloomington, puts visitors in touch with the wonder and excitement of science through popular experiences like the two-story grapevine maze, the kinetic contraption, the Bubble-Airium and close encounters with live animals. A special area provides science adventures for very young children. WonderLab is on the B-Line Trail in the downtown arts district. It’s open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (812) 337-1337, www.wonderlab.org. Yellowwood State Forest, 772 Yellowwood Lake Road, has a 133acre lake, primitive campgrounds, rowboat rental, hiking, hunting, fishing and bridle trails. (812) 9887945, www.in.gov/dnr/forestry.


Lodging 1875 Homestead Bed & Breakfast, 3766 State Road 46 East, is a charming country Victorian home built in the late 1800s. It invites you to step back in time and relax from the hustle-bustle and crowds of the village. Enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked country breakfast with richly brewed coffee or select teas. Complimentary soft drinks and homemade cookies are available each afternoon and evening. (812) 988-0853, homestead1875@aol.com. Abe Martin Lodge & Cabins, Brown County State Park, offer 160 rooms/ cabins, a 12,000-square-foot indoor aquatic center, a full-service restaurant, game room, cable, hiking trails and beautiful vistas. The lodge was built in 1932 of hand-hewn native stone and oak timbers cut in the park. The main lodge has two spacious and comfortable lobbies with two fireplaces. (812) 9884418, abemartinlodge@dnr.state.in.us. The Allison House Inn, South Jefferson Street, is a charming bed-and-breakfast in downtown Nashville featuring five guest rooms with private baths. 812988-0814, theallisonhouseinn.com. The Brick Lodge is just a mile north of Nashville on State Road 135. Enjoy two bedrooms with two baths, a game room with a pool table, cable TV, gas fireplace, outdoor hot tub, gas grill and a fully equipped kitchen. The lodge accommodates eight people. (812) 988-8400, (800) 848-6274, www.bricklodge.com. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, invites you to relax and feel a touch of Indiana’s past. The rustic inn offers 99 guest rooms and two suites, complete with queen- or king-size beds to make your stay a comfortable one. Every guest room has a walk-out covered porch or covered balcony, coffee maker, hair dryer, 25-inch TV with game ports, rockers and phone with data port. Enjoy the large, covered pool year-round. Playground, miniature golf and tennis courts are also available. (812) 988-2291, (877) 7725249, www.browncountyinn.com. Camp Palawopec Lodge & Retreat Area, 3497 Clay Lick Road, offers a lodge that sleeps 30 guests and outdoor cabins that can accommodate 70 guests. Enjoy 300 acres of woods, trails, a 4-acre lake, canoes, kayaks, beach, campfire areas, basketball court, ultimate frisbee, soccer field, horseshoes, volleyball area, mountain bike trails, and an indoor

meeting and dining area. Kitchen facilities are available. Open year-round. (812) 988-2689, www.camppalawopec.com. Comfort Inn, 75 W. Chestnut St., is a quarter-mile from downtown Nashville. A Platinum and Gold Award winner, the hotel has spacious, clean, comfortable rooms with HD flat screens in every room, complimentary hot and cold breakfast, an indoor pool, fitness room and high-speed Internet. Zip line and trail ride packages are available as well as other special package rates. (812) 988-6118, www.choicehotels.com.

eXplore Brown County provides affordable yet comfortable, rustic camping cabins grouped to accommodate 80 guests. Cabins have air-conditioning and heat and are equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Some have cold-water sinks. Fire rings and picnic tables are provided outside each cabin. A public restroom with shower facilities is open year-round. After a full day of rigorous, exciting zip line, paintball and ATV activities, gather around the campfire to share adventure stories. Free WiFi available on front porch of cabins and front porch of Harvest Hall. 2620 Valley Branch Road, (812) 988-7750, www.explorebrowncounty.com.

Cornerstone Inn & Suites, downtown Nashville at 54 E. Franklin St., offers a private dining area and individually appointed guest rooms. Top off your getaway with a complimentary breakfast buffet. The inn has 37 guest rooms, with balconies, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and meeting facilities. www.CornerstoneInn.com. Cozy Bear Log Cabin, State Road 46 West, can accommodate six guests with three bedrooms in queen beds. The upper level of this cabin has two bedrooms, a full bath with whirlpool tub and a pool table. The living room has a gas log fireplace. The television has a full satellite package and VCR/DVD player. The screened porch offers a relaxing hot tub. (812) 829-1186, www.cobblestoneloghomes.com. Creekside Retreat Lodging & Gatherings, 2450 State Road 46 East, offers all the luxuries of a hotel in a quiet, country atmosphere. Rooms offer pillowtop mattresses, premium linens, a microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, hairdryer and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy unique Fire Boulder gas fire pits on patios along with a swing, picnic table

and charcoal grill under the trees. Close to Brown County attractions, shops, dining and Brown County State Park. 844-473-8732, creeksideretreat.net.

Fondulac Farm Cabin Rentals, 5 miles west of Nashville on Lanam Ridge Road, offers three unique, fully-equipped cabins on 47 scenic acres with views, ponds, fishing, canoeing, hiking, fireplaces, outdoor fire pits, a hot tub and Internet. Cabins accommodate up to six people. (812) 988-4796, www.fondulacfarm.com. Green Valley Lodge, 692 State Road 46 West, offers individually appointed rooms and grounds in a safe, quiet setting. The lodge offers king-size beds in the Royal Spa Hot Tub Suites and two double beds or one queen in the cozy overnight rooms. Ask about weeknight discounts. Wireless Internet is available. (812) 9880231, www.greenvalleylodge.com. Hidden Valley Inn, 201 N. Van Buren St., is a charming hotel just a short walk to shops, restaurants, theaters, galleries and activities. Each suite

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features a kitchen, dining area and living room. (812) 988-9000, (877) 9889099, www.hiddenvalleyinn.net. Hills O’ Brown Vacation Rentals, 4118 State Road 46 East near Gnaw Bone, is one of the largest full-service rental management companies in southern Indiana, managing more than 100 vacation homes, log cabins, guest suites and cottages in Brown, Bartholomew and Monroe counties. All vacation homes are fully furnished; most offer hot tubs, seasonal fireplaces and game rooms. They can accommodate from two to 24 guests, ideal for a romantic retreat, family gathering or celebrating a special occasion. The homes are located in various areas throughout the county: on private, wooded acreage, in the heart of Nashville, near Indiana University or with a scenic view. Reservations and information about all homes is available online at www.browncountylogcabins. com. Office hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (812) 988-6429. Hilltop Cabin & Luxury Suites, 3.5 miles from downtown Nashville, offers a range of options, from a one-bedroom cabin with fireplace to suites with full kitchens, seasonal gas log fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, pool table, big screen TV and private decks. Every suite and cabin has a VCR and DVD player, as well as VHS movies. Charcoal grills, a picnic table and fire pit are available for use by all guests. (812) 988-0984, www.browncountycabins.com. Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St., offers 45 rooms with an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool spa, restaurant and lounge. The hotel features one and two bedrooms with a kitchen, dining room, living room, two full baths, balcony and cable TV. Ask about the whirlpool suites, hot tub rooms and studios. Wedding and banquet facilities are available. (812) 988-8400, www.hotelnashville.com. The North House, 194 N. Van Buren St., offers three bedrooms featuring two king-sized beds, one queen-sized bed and a queen sleeper sofa, as well as private parking, a privacy fence around the rear deck, a grill and hot tub. (812) 9888400, www.northhousegetaway.com. Old Magnolia House Inn, 213 S. Jefferson St. (behind the BP gas station, above 4th Sister Vintage) has overnight rooms filled with antique and vintage chairs, dressers and tables. Each room includes the modern amenities of Smart Cable TVs, pod coffee makers and wireless Internet. Three large, private rooms offer


big comfy beds, lots of blankets, quilts, pillows, books and board games. The porch and common areas are great places for conversation in the overstuffed chairs or an old-fashioned game at the table. The inn accommodates up to 10 guests. Online reservations are available via the Old Magnolia House Facebook page. Rawhide Ranch, 1291 State Road 135 South, is bordered on two sides by Brown County State Park. Come enjoy Old West lodging at its finest in the 11-room Buck Inn Horsetel, three-bedroom Ranch House, Brouse House cabin or tipis, with nightly campfires, hayrides, and breakfast and lunch served in the Banded Rooster dining room. Horseback riding and Holler Hoppin’ zip lining are available on site. (812) 9880085, www.rawhideranchusa.com. Red Bud Inn, State Road 46 West, offers newly decorated rooms with hardwood floors, fresh, line-dried linens and charming country décor. (812) 988-1661. Rustic Elegance, State Road 46 West, is a newly-constructed four-bedroom log home on four acres with a panoramic view to the south and beautiful wooded views in every other direction. Decks and/or porches surround the cabin. It comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, a master bedroom with a king bed and master bath with a Jacuzzi tub large enough for two. The cabin also has a halfbath for guests, a sunroom overlooking the woods and two bedrooms with king beds upstairs. (812) 829-1186, www.cobblestoneloghomes.com. The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East, is perched on top of one of Brown County’s softly rolling hills. This full-service hotel has a dining room, lounge and enclosed pool. (812) 988-2284, (800) 365-7327, www.seasonslodge.com. The Antique Cabin, The Garden Cabin, The Kelly Reed Cabin and The Pines Cabin, on Clay Lick Road, are individual, fully-furnished log cabins that sleep two to eight guests each. They have complete kitchens, vintage claw-foot tubs and antique décor on the inside; and secluded, woodsy settings outside. Some cabins feature fireplaces, lofts or decks. They all include access to a 4-acre lake, hiking trails, canoes and kayaks, and are 10 minutes from Nashville. (812) 988-2689, www.logcabinsofbrowncounty.com.

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Holy celebration!

Spring Blossom Festival will have Batman theme

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By SUZANNAH COUCH

ast year at the first Spring Blossom Festival, DeLoreans rolled through the streets of Nashville. At this year’s festival, the 1966 Batmobile will jet into town, courtesy of Indiana company Fiberglass Freaks. The Spring Blossom Festival, sponsored by the Brown County Democrat, is held in conjunction with the 53rd annual Brown County Lions Club Spring Blossom Parade. Both will take place the weekend of May 7. Festival organizer Larry Hanson searches for movies or television shows that are celebrating anniversaries when

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deciding on a theme for the festival. “That was probably the one that offered the most potential for having fun,” he said about Batman.

The events

The Spring Blossom Parade on Saturday is the big event, but the Spring Blossom Festival will start Friday night, May 6. That night, the Brown County Playhouse will show “Batman: The Movie,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Admission will be $5 or a canned good. All donations will go to local aid organizations Mother’s Cupboard, The Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul, Hanson said.


Depending on the weather, the Batmobile will either be on display across the street from the Playhouse the night of the movie or at the Seasons Lodge Conference Center, Hanson said. The Spring Blossom Parade, organized by local Lions for more than 50 years, will step off downtown at 11 a.m. Saturday. It will be followed by free Brown County Rotary Club children’s games on Main Street, such as egg and balloon tosses and pie-eating contests. There will also be a hog roast. Before the parade, Boy Scout Troop 190 will host silent and live auctions on the Village Green. Saturday evening, all villains and superheroes will be called to The Seasons Conference Center to dance the “Batusi” and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966

“Batman” television series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. “You don’t have to wear a costume if you don’t want, but you might as well,” Hanson said. The 1966 TV show, which Hanson describes as “The Three Stooges” meets “Batman,” was such a hit that the Batman movie was created the same year to meet the demand. Each week the TV show aired on two nights with the first night’s show usually ending in a cliffhanger. “We’re going to celebrate all of the Batmans at the dance. We’re going to be focused on the Batman in 1966, but probably 90 percent of the people out there aren’t going to remember it,” Hanson said.

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If you go A junior firefighter shares candy with fellow kids on the Spring Blossom Parade route in Nashville. | Brown County Democrat file photo

What: Spring Blossom Parade and Festival When: Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7 Includes: Parade downtown at 11 a.m. Saturday, flanked by family-friendly “Batman”and superhero-themed events on Friday night and Saturday night Also: Read the Spring Events section at the back of this book to find other events happening around Brown County the weekend of this big festival.

Brown County Lions Club President Jim Rispoli waves with the American flag to close the 2014 Spring Blossom Parade. Brown County Democrat file photo Brown County Almanack Visitors Guide | SPRING 2016

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Spring Blossom Festival Come and play

Hanson, who in addition to being a Brown County Lion sells advertising for the Brown County Democrat, began the Spring Blossom Festival last year as a way to bring more visitors in the weekend of the parade. In 2015, it had a “Back to the Future” theme to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic time-travel movie. “Otherwise it’s just the parade, and it’s done and gone,” Hanson said. At last year’s dance, 175 people either paid $5 or donated a canned good to attend. “Over half of them were from out of town and had heard about it through the Brown County CVB (convention and visitors bureau) website or the radio,” he said about dance guests. Hanson hopes this year’s festival will be fun for everyone who attends “and that we get lots of people to come from all over and see what a great place Nashville and Brown County is.”

The Brown County Lions Club organizes the Spring Blossom Parade in downtown Nashville. | Brown County Democrat file photo

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The Shriners turn onto Van Buren Street, heading down the final leg of the Spring Blossom Parade route. | Brown County Democrat file photo

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Maple Syrup Festival will be sweet attraction

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By Suzannah Couch

estival organizers hope maple syrup-seekers will cover the hills of Brown County State Park and drizzle into Nashville. The National Maple Syrup Festival will return to Brown County for the second year March 5 and 6 in the state park. Last year, 4,000 visitors attended events in downtown Nashville and the park. To strengthen the impact of this year’s festival, organizers decided to host it in one location. “We recognized that we don’t have the manpower, and there’s not quite the draw when it’s that dispersed. … The park was really busy and popular,” said Jane Ellis, executive director of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. One popular event will remain in Nashville: The Brown County High School Student Council’s pancake breakfast, featuring the high-flying flipping fun of Chris Cakes. The breakfast will be served Saturday and Sunday mornings. After filling up on pancakes, visitors can head to the state park either by taking the shuttle from Nashville or driving themselves. The price of the gate entrance fee is

included with admission bracelets, Ellis said. Guests will enter the north gate of the state park — the one with the covered bridge — and pass through a gate at the Lower Shelter House near the park’s pool to enter the festival. They will be greeted with fun in the form of a maple syrup-themed obstacle course and maple syrup evaporator demonstrations, Ellis said. From there, visitors will enter the upper level of the shelter house where they can keep warm around a fire and watch demonstrations from vendors or presentations by local maple syrup producers. Food, beer and wine will be sold from vendor tents and food trucks. The CVB will have a tent where visitors can get more information on other activities in Nashville. “It will give people an incentive to come to Nashville, park, go to the festival and do their thing at the festival, then come back to town,” Ellis said. “We’re not a twoday festival yet. That’s going to take some time to build. We figure probably about two hours a person out at the park. Then, they’ll be coming back into town looking for things to do.” Organizers are, however, offering activities before

John Young flips a pancake to Paola Ariza during the Chris Cakes pancake breakfast at Brown County High School’s cafeteria. The breakfast was one of the first events of the 2015 National Maple Syrup Festival. | Brown County Democrat file photo

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and after the main festival to extend its appeal. Saturday, Feb. 27 will be Tap the Town, an opportunity for families to adopt a maple tree in town, gather sap and learn about the syrup-making process. They’ll be able to keep tabs on their tree even after they go home with the help of local science students. March 11 to 13 is being marketed as Maple Weekend, a time to visit syrup farms throughout the area.

Lessons learned

Again this year during the main festival, downtown restaurants will serve maple syrup-themed dishes. A guide will be available to help visitors find them. The Sweet Victory Challenge — a recipe competition also using maple syrup — will take place in a more central location this year, the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park.

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Top left: Tim Guy shapes a sugaring bowl. Bottom left: Shannon Turner demonstrates boiling maple sap down to syrup. Above: Devin Tharp gives Gracey Klassen a sample of maple sugar made by boiling sap over an open fire. | Brown County Democrat file photos

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syrup Another lesson learned from last year’s festival was to have enough maple syrup on hand for people to taste, Ellis said. “A lot of people wanted to taste syrups from different producers. We’re working on that in kind of like a cowboy setting,” she said. Guests will be able to buy “flights” of local maple syrup to taste at the state park. Rawhide Ranch will organize the event. Tasters will be able to brand a piece of wood that will then be their flight serving tray, and each flight will have enough maple syrup for a family of four to enjoy. Last year, the Dutch Oven Diva cooked over a fire and gave away samples of dishes using maple syrup. This year, the Boy Scouts will be at the park as a food vendor and will do Dutch oven cooking. They will sell the food they cook as a fundraiser, Ellis said. Based on the response to last year’s festival, several syrup educational sessions will take place downstairs in the Lower Shelter House. A projection screen will be used for presentations on topics like basic maple syrup making that Ellis hopes happen every hour on Saturday and Sunday.

Akari Noda catches a drop of sugar maple sap on her tongue. photo by Andrew Laker

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The schedule of events wasn’t final yet as this magazine went to press. For updates and details, visit www.nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com.

Local syrup maker Mike Smith gives samples of sweet water, which is tapped from maple trees and boiled down to maple syrup. | Brown County Democrat file photo

Festival organizers figured out last year that people love learning about maple syrup. “Last year we had a couple of people at a great big, huge caldron that were boiling the sap (near the courthouse). They almost went hoarse answering the same questions over and over again,” Ellis said. Another popular attraction, interpretive hikes, will return this year with a hopefully bigger presence. Ellis wants to offer them every hour on both days. The hikes include tree identification, tree tapping and sap tasting. The popular Native American and French Colonial maple syrup demonstrations will also return to the park. The hope this year is to increase the number of people who attend the festival from 4,000 to around 6,000 or 7,000, Ellis said.

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art colony of the midwest Anne Ryan Miller Glass Studio, 425 N. Johnson St., features handmade stained glass and metal overlay, lamps and sculpture. Specializing in customdesigned stained glass for the home or office since 1976, Anne Ryan Miller

Glass Studio is a member of Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson St., and is also represented at Ferrer Gallery, 61 W. Main St., on the second floor of the Village Green Building. Open most days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for directions. (812) 988-9766, www. AnneRyanMillerGlassStudio.com.

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Barb Brooke Davis, 61 W. Main St., is in the Ferrer Gallery. Davis designs and stitches decorative home accessories, including wall art, pillows, pin-keeps and seasonal felted pins using overdyed vintage wool. The method is textile assemblage or collage with multiple layers of wool, threads and embellishments creating the original designs. Open most days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. (812) 360-0478, www.barbbrookedavis. com, jobardavis@yahoo.com. Brown County Art Gallery, three blocks east of the courthouse on Main Street, Brown County’s original art gallery established in 1926, offers works for sale by Gallery Association members, plus consigned old Indiana art. The remodeled exhibition space now includes the Indiana Heritage Arts Gallery, featuring many of Indiana’s professional artists. Browse the museum and enjoy works by the early art colony masters. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There’s ample parking and free admission. (812) 9884609, www.browncountyartgallery. org, brncagal@att.net. Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St., showcases fine art and the Marie Goth collection. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; January and February, weekends only; closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. (812) 988-6185, www.browncounty.org. Brown County Craft Gallery, a unique, cooperative gallery featuring the work of more than 30 local and area artisans, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except major holidays. It can be found at 58 E. Main St. (812) 988-7058, www.browncountycraftgallery.com.


Brown County Pottery, 58 W. Franklin St., in the historic Antique Alley complex, is the working studio of Beth Mills. Pottery is made right on the premises and only sold here. Bussert Images is on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops, inside B3 Gallery. Local photographers Jessica Bussert and Sharon Bussert feature a wide variety of both traditional and canvas prints. The gallery specializes in Brown County images, wildlife, florals and travel photography. Open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Cathy Haggerty at Franklin Shoppes, 39 E. Franklin St., offers a unique mix of antiques, jewelry, art and hard-tofind items. Commissions for portraits, saw blades, landscapes and still-life paintings are also accepted. Painting classes are offered. (812) 988-4091. Chris Gustin — Homestead Weaving Studio, 6285 Hamilton Creek Road, is two miles south of Crouch’s Market near Hilltop Christian Camp. Gustin, an Indiana Artisan, offers hand-woven “recycled rugs,” shawls, throws, clothing and scarves. Also, find equipment and supplies for weaving, knitting and spinning. Commissions are accepted. Visitors are welcome, and “day weaving” classes are available. Homestead Weaving Studio is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days from March through December and other times by appointment. www. homesteadweaver.com, (812) 9888622, chris@homesteadweaver.com. Charlene Marsh Studio & Gallery, 4013 Lanam Ridge Road, features beautiful, plein air and studio oil paintings of the Brown County landscape by Charlene Marsh. The artist hikes deep into the forest to create the paintings using palette knives. Her award-winning paintings in collections throughout the United

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States and Europe are exhibited in the studio and gallery at the northern edge of Yellowwood State Forest, just five miles from town. Visitors are welcome. Open daily, but call first. (812) 988-4497, www.CharleneMarsh. com, Char@CharleneMarsh.com.

Dick Ferrer, 61 W. Main St., on the second level of the Village Green Building, showcases his award-winning impressionistic paintings of local scenes, plus his popular raven and crow series and tribal art in the Ferrer Gallery. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday. (812) 988-1994, www. ferrergallery.com, dferrer@att.net.

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Dixie Ferrer, 61 W. Main St., on the second level of the Village Green Building, has a fine art and teaching studio in the Ferrer Gallery. Dixie paints in oils and is well known for her mixed-media works. She applies a combination of varied techniques to create two- and three-dimensional creations. Dixie also teaches classes to children and adults. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday. (812) 988-1994, www. ferrergallery.com, dferrer@att.net. Faerie Hollow Studio, Cheri and Dallas Platter’s studio, is nestled between two hills just five minutes from town. Cheri specializes in precious metal clays of silver, bronze and copper by mixing these pieces with semi-precious stones into her original jewelry designs. Dallas works with flame and glass to create lamp-work beads. Cheri, a certified teacher in PMC/Silver Art Clay, teaches classes year-round. Studio hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1650 Salt Creek Road, 2.5 miles from State Road 46 East. (812) 988-8378, www.cheriplatter.com. Ferrer Gallery, on the second level of the Historic Village Green building, is a fine art and craft gallery representing original works of local, regional and national artists. Inside you can shop the large gallery, visit a working studio and sign up for some classes Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday.

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61 W. Main, (812) 988-1994, www. ferrergallery.com, ddferreratt.net. Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson St., features the work of more than 25 local and Indiana artists. Visit for contemporary fine art, fine crafts and gifts. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (812) 988-6888, www.HoosierArtist.net. Mary Jo Limp Gallery, 1436 State Road 46 West, is the working studio of artist Mary Jo Limp, who creates plein air landscapes, town scenes and still-lifes. She works in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pen and ink. Commissions are accepted, and visitors are welcome. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. (812) 9881948, maryjolimp@sbcglobal.net. The work of Patricia Rhoden Bartels can be seen at the Rhoden Gallery at eXplore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Road. Rhoden Bartels captures the beauty of nature in oil and acrylic paintings. Her work hangs in major corporations, private collections and museums across the country. Spears Gallery, 5110 State Road 135 South, 10 miles from downtown Nashville, is the working studio of Larry Spears. Here, find traditional pottery, finely crafted, and displays of decorative and functional pottery. Spears Gallery also has opened a downtown location: 15 S. Van Buren next to the Nashville House. There,

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find pottery by Larry Spears, fine art photography by Kyle Spears and jewelry by Tyler Spears. Studio gallery (812) 988-1287, downtown gallery (812) 9881286, www.spearspottery.com. Susan Threehawks of Smashing Designs, 61 W. Main St., on the second floor of the Village Green Building, creates one-of-a-kind mosaic art furniture, gifts and treasures from broken glass, china, pottery, gems, buttons, shells and other found objects. Group and individual classes are available. Commission work is welcome. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. (812) 344-5417. T. C. Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road off State Road 46 West, is open from early spring to late fall. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and most holidays but open July 4 and Labor Day. (812) 988-2785. Waldron Gallery of Brown County, in the Main Street Shoppes complex on Old School Way, was coined “a prize find” in the Chicago Tribune. The gallery/ studio features original paintings by Wayne Waldron and fine art photography by Peggy Waldron, both nationally recognized artists who maintain an impressive presence in the art world. The gallery is distinguished by Morgan & Chase’s book, “Treasures of Indiana,” as “a true Indiana treasure, inspiring a sense of awe at the sheer beauty of creation.” See woodland oil landscapes, fine art photography, watercolors, miniature paintings and the Songbirds of Brown County Collection. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. (812) 988-1844, www.waldrongallery.com.


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Handmade in Brown County B3 Gallery is at 125 S. Van Buren St., on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops. It sells fine art and crafts made by local artists. Stop in to see the selection of jewelry, photography, glass, pottery, wood, painting, lithophanes, fiber arts and more. The gallery is open Sunday through Thursday

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Carol’s Crafts Fine Gifts and Collectibles is in the Artist Colony Shops. Choose from Glass Baron hand-blown glass, Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, Jim Shore Originals, Lori Mitchell folk

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art, Painted Ponies, Horse of a Different Color, Pipka Santas, Lang Graphics calendars and cards, Lenox Classics and more. Locally handcrafted items included painted ornaments by Jessi Vandenberg and pottery by Fox Run of Brown County. (812) 988-6388, (800) 345-6388, www.carolscrafts.com. Cathy’s Corner, 39 E. Franklin St., offers a unique mix of antiques, jewelry, art and hard-to-find items. Take a look at the wide variety of items and paintings. Painting classes are available by appointment. (812) 988-4091 or email cathyscornerbc@gmail.com. For Bare Feet and For Bare Feet Too offer socks made at the company’s Indiana factory. Visit both shops in the Antique Alley complex and on Main Street across from the Hobnob Corner restaurant. www.fbforiginals.com. Grasshopper Flats Jewelers, 150 S. Van Buren St., showcases the fine jewelry creations of owner/designer/ jeweler Doug Stoffer, who has been working with diamonds, opals, gemstones and Austrian lead crystal for more than 30 years. (812) 988-4037. Johanna Lee Bathology allows you to transform your home into a spa. It offers all-natural cold press and glycerin soaps, luxury bath salts, bath bombs, candles, lotion bars, sugar scrubs, gift baskets and more, all handmade in the shop. The new location is 58 W. Main St., just a few doors down from the Visitors Center. (812) 988-6898, johannaleesoaps@yahoo.com. K. Bellum Leather, 92 W. Franklin, in Antique Alley, features the work of several Brown County craftsmen. Find handbags, belts, hats, accessories, shoes, slippers, moccasins and more, as well as leather tools, dyes and supplies. (812) 988-4513, www.kbellum.com. Since 1992, Moonshine Leather Co. has offered high-quality handmade leather goods. All products are made in the U.S.A. by staff. Solid leather belts, work aprons, cellphone cases, wallets, handbags and briefcases are but a few of the items. They use only luxurious, high-quality beautiful leathers for their goods and guarantee the workmanship. Moonshine Leather Co., 38 S. Van Buren St., is open daily, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Winter hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (812) 988-6582.


Mother Earth Designs, in Franklin Square on West Franklin Street, offers handmade jewelry by an in-house designer as well as fine fashion jewelry, using natural stones from the earth in many pieces. It also offers a unique variety of wall decor, some local photography pieces and watercolors by in-house artist. Unframed prints are available. A nice mix of handcrafted wood signs and wood crafts are sold, as well as triple-scented Wick Wizard candles, Indiana goat milk products, hand-crocheted dish cloths, crocheted baby quilts, rag quilts and handmade fleece baby blankets. (812) 988-0390. The Totem Post, 78 S. Van Buren St., was opened in 1952 by Bill and Marielle Jockey. At the time, they did custom leatherwork and carried handmade American Indian jewelry and foreign crafts. Today, their merchandise has expanded, but the atmosphere is much the same. Many people bring their grandchildren to visit the shop they remember from childhood. Open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. (812) 988-2511, www.thetotempost.com. Albert Drake Jr. creates contemporary jewelry and buys and sells estate, antique silver and gold jewelry at Touch of Silver, Gold & Old. 87 E. Main St., (812) 988-6990. Tulip Tree Jewelry is on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops, inside B3 Gallery. Local jeweler Heather Bussert creates and sells her beaded pieces on site. Stop in and treat yourself to a local souvenir, or commission something special. Open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Vintage Rose, 36 E. Franklin St., offers fabulous treasures for decorating your home, accessorizing your wardrobe or serving tea — whether your style is cottage, romantic, shabby chic, Victorian, Paris chic or country French. The Vintage Rose also carries unique one-of-a-kind “salvaged treasures,” items that needed a little TLC and were given a new birth. These diamonds in the rough include handpainted or distressed furniture, chandeliers, shelves and garden décor. Open year-round. (812) 988-7283.

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Food, Snacks & Spirits Accent Dining Room at The Seasons Lodge offers dining with spectacular views of the wooded hillside. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a fried chicken buffet on Tuesday evenings and a prime rib buffet on Friday evenings. Fried biscuits and apple butter are available for each meal. Soup and salad bar are also available. Reservations are suggested but not required. For cocktails and live music, head into the Saloon Lounge. Various musical entertainers perform from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (812) 988-2284. Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 E. Old State Road 46, Gnaw Bone, is one of the first craft distilleries in Indiana. It uses only locally grown grains to make unique Indiana spirits in an old-fashioned copper pot still. Take the Farm-to-Fifth Tour and see how they make handcrafted Indiana Corn

Whiskey. Try a Whiskey Lovers sample flight or a Moonshine Shake-up made with real fruit elixirs. Bear Wallow doesn’t just like to drink whiskey, but eat it as well, so come shop the “Eat Your Whiskey” section for a unique selection of whiskey-inspired edible creations. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for tours and tastings. (812) 657-4923, www.bearwallowdistillery. com and on Facebook for updates on events and hours of operation. Big Woods Brewing Co., 60 Molly’s Lane, one of the Midwest’s newest and most unique microbreweries, was founded by Tim O’Bryan, Ed Ryan and Jeff McCabe. Located in the heart of Brown County, the timber-frame brew house features a full-service restaurant and bar, with small-batch craft beer on tap and weekly food specials ranging from pan-seared Indiana duck to

Emily’s Yumbalaya Jumbalaya. (812) 988-6000, www.bigwoodsbeer.com. Producing award-winning wines for 21 years, Brown County Winery offers locally made wine, wine accessories and gifts for wine people, along with local jams, salsa and jelly. The tasting room is at the corner of Main Street and Old School Way. Stop by the winery and tasting room in Gnaw Bone, 4520 State Road 46 East. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, year-round. (812) 988-6144 or (888) 298-2984, www.browncountywinery.com. The Candy Dish, 61 W. Main St., offers fine chocolates, fudge made right in the store, nostalgic candy and much more. Check out the Mr. Peanut collectibles display. (812) 988-7606. One of the charms of Carmel Corn Cottage, 82 N. Van Buren St., is the size and how many products can fit inside. It serves everything from popcorn to candies to caramel apples and drinks. Even the signs on the walls are for sale. Samples are always free. (812) 9886011, www.carmelcorncottage.com. Casa Del Sol, 101 Washington St., offers authentic Mexican cuisine in the heart of Nashville. Open daily with a kids menu and a full bar. (812) 988-4535. Cedar Creek Winery & Brew Co., 38 E. Franklin St., features free tasting of locally made wines. The selection varies from bold dry reds to refreshing whites and sweet fruit wines. Open seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. Chateau Thomas Wine Bar and Gift Shoppe, 225 S. Van Buren St., Coachlight Square, offers award-winning vinifera wines, plus well-known musicians — local and otherwise — performing all styles of music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. You’ll find gourmet foods, cheese plates and gift items. Step upstairs to the loft and enjoy wine amid the Native American art in the John Elmore Gallery. Weather-

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permitting, grab a spot on the covered patio. Group tastings can be arranged in advance. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. (812) 988-8500, www.chateauthomas.com. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night at Corn Crib Lounge at the Brown County Inn, junction of state roads 46 and 135. Local musicians, as well as artists from surrounding areas and states, provide the live entertainment. (812) 988-2291. The Daily Grind, established in 1977, offers gourmet coffees and teas along with a delicious food menu. Breakfast features include Belgian waffles, yummy egg dishes, old-fashioned biscuits and gravy and a wide variety of Shapiro’s of Indianapolis bagels. Lunch choices include jumbo deli-style sandwiches, snacks, pastries and other goodies. Four coffees are brewing at all times. The restaurant also offers smoothies, iced coffees, old-fashioned root beer floats, fresh iced teas and ice-cold sodas. Come by and let the staff take care of your coffee needs, hunger pangs and sweet tooth. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 8 a.m. “Not just a coffee shop; a destination!” (812) 988-4808. Take in the casual Victorian setting, while dining on top Angus beef, chicken, fresh seafood, pasta or salads, along with homemade desserts at Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St. A full bar also is available. (812) 988-8400. The Farmhouse Cafe (seasonal), 5171 N. Upper Bean Blossom Road, offers healthy, fresh homemade meals and refreshing drinks served in an 1830s brick farmhouse. Enjoy homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, iced teas and fruit frizzes. Stroll through two acres of herb and perennial gardens before or after your meal. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, and dinner from

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5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Call for seasonal hours. (812) 988-2004. Harvest Preserve, 61 W. Main St., makes its own apple butter, plus sauces, mixes and spices. (812) 988-7606. Ice Cream Cottage (seasonal), 79 N. Van Buren St., was established in 1998. It’s known for delicious taco salad, chili dogs, turkey wraps and other specialties, plus its hand-dipped flavors of ice cream and homemade custard flavors in the fall. It’s won the People’s Choice Award during the downtown Chocolate Walk five years in a row. (812) 988-7395 and on Facebook. Enjoy assorted fresh roasted nuts, fudge, chocolates and more at Jack and Jill Nut Shop, beside the Playhouse on South Van Buren Street. Mail order is available. (812) 988-7480.

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With its rustic charm and quaint elegance, the Little Gem Restaurant, at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park, is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a Hoosier classic from the menu or a plate of offerings from one of the unique buffets. The outdoor patio seating offers spectacular views of the woods and park. The Little Gem Restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. McDonald’s, Salt Creek Plaza, offers fast food, including burgers and fries, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and assorted salads, plus breakfast favorites. Open daily. (812) 988-4452. Miller’s Ice Cream House, 61 W. Main St., has been making real homemade ice cream, the old-fashioned way with rock salt and ice, since 1977. Enjoy all the basic flavors (and then some) served in dishes, cake or homemade waffle cones, as shakes, malts, sodas or floats or on warm homemade cobbler or a sundae. Hours vary by season. (812) 988-0815, www.millericecream.com. At Nashville Fudge Kitchen, 60 S. Van Buren St., the creamy fudges are made the old-fashioned way, cooked

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Brown County’s hills and hollers are still calling

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By BEN KIBBEY

rown County has been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts for over a century. As home to Brown County State Park, the state’s largest, Yellowwood State Forest and portions of Hoosier National Forest, the attraction is no surprise. And from visitors to entrepreneurs, interest appears to be on the rise, said Jane Ellis, executive director of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I think that we’re promoting the destination more as outside, but I also think there’s just kind of a general shift, that people are more health-conscious,” Ellis said. “We used to just have Wilderness Canoe, and then we’ve got Most High Adventures that came along, and you can just kind of see the progression of more people coming along.”

Mountains from hills

Gary Bartels has been building and maintaining trails at eXplore Brown County for decades, but now he is helping a young entrepreneur, Quincy Robinson, the founder and propri-

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etor of Q’s Bikes, a mountain bike rental service. Robinson started the business in a small building at eXplore Brown County in 2015. In the near future, he expects to have a second rental shop at the Brown County Inn. Even in the middle of winter, he was taking tour groups on the trails at eXplore Brown County. He is working on getting mountain bikes with an electric assist. That will help open trails to novice riders, including family members or friends who want to take to the hills with experienced riders, he said. At Hesitation Point Brown County Bicycles in Nashville, Tad Armstrong has been renting, selling and fixing mountain bikes for around three years. Last year he moved from downtown Nashville to a larger shop closer to the state park, and an old friend, Gonzalo Dies, joined him as a partner and took over maintenance. Spring has some drawbacks for mountain biking, Armstrong said. Mountain bike etiquette calls for staying off muddy trails to keep from

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tearing them up. Yet that doesn’t keep Armstrong indoors. He hits the gravel roads around the county and keeps going — rain, mud, snow or shine. “It’s physical fitness, but I think for me there’s also something that’s a little more,” Armstrong said. “I really saw no one yesterday on my ride. It was just me and the woods, and I didn’t ride fast or hard. I just had a nice, even effort,” he said. “I don’t want to sound too spiritual mumbo-jumbo, but it’s kind of like a meditation.”

Hunters and hikers

Joe and Emily Jackson opened Apache Tactical with a selection of outdoor survival gear in a small store on Old School Way in late 2014. In January, they moved to a former theater on East Washington Street with around 1,200 more square feet. Joe Jackson has seen an increase in hunters coming to the store, including those who had never been to Brown County before. With a density of wildlife unparalleled in the state, it’s no wonder that newcomers leave a bit


wide-eyed, he said. “In the state, this is the most dense,” he said. “That’s why Brown County is what it is. That’s why I moved down here, because it ain’t like anywhere else.” Apache Tactical carries a variety of outdoor gear, such as cooking sets and water purification kits. Trail Hobo is even more specialized. Jeanie Watson and Chad Barnes opened that store in fall 2015 as a natural extension of their dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. The couple want to not just have a hiking and camping store, but also to create a community hub. “Fifty percent of the business, other than the retail part of it, is connecting people with trails,” Watson said. “We’re part of the Hoosier Hiking Council, things like that, to get people connected and out there.”

Guiding the trails

Steve Chafin, who owns and operates Most High Adventures, grew up exploring Brown County. In 2006, after a lifetime working all across the country as an environmental scientist, he returned to the hills of Brown County to engage others with all the outdoors has to offer. In the past decade, Chafin has led tours for visitors from as far away as Asia and Europe, though most come from a lot closer, he said. As much as the secluded, natural setting is a draw for Brown County, so is its proximity to so many major metropolitan areas. Most tour customers are from Indiana, Louisville, Cincinnati and

Quincy Robinson works on one of the rental bikes at his shop at eXplore Brown County. Brown County Democrat file photo

Chicago, he said. Even college students on spring break are surprised that the wilderness of Brown County exists only 20 minutes from their Indiana University campus, he said. “It’s the wilderness waterways that’s the jaw-dropper,” Chafin said. For the most part, he offers water-

way tours on kayaks. But they are also beginning to offer powerboat tours for those wanting less physical exertion. For those not interested in a guide but who are comfortable with a paddle, there’s Wilderness Canoe, just south of Story. The business rents canoes that can be taken down Salt Creek as far as Lake Monroe. David Rupp with IndiGo Birding can show visitors where to find the birds of spring. But he likes to give a little more with the tour. “I love the stories of the county,” he said. “The story of regeneration is what appeals to me.” Around a century ago, most of Brown County was clear-cut for farms that eventually failed due to soil erosion. The forests have come back, and the wildlife with them, and have created a place unequaled in Indiana, he said. Many songbirds rely on large tracts of forest, including the stateendangered cerulean blue warbler, he said. Others, such as the scarlet tanager, aren’t endangered or rare, but are more common in Brown County than elsewhere in the state, Rupp said. And when it comes to songbirds, spring is prime time for early migration, with the peak in May. “Brown County certainly has some special things to offer,” Rupp said.

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Joe Jackson, owner of Apache Tactical in Nashville, demonstrates how to use a tritium compass to locate a landmark in the distance. He opened the outdoor gear store in downtown Nashville about a year ago and is expanding to a bigger building. | Brown County Democrat file photo Brown County Almanack Visitors Guide | SPRING 2016

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Searching for signs of trails

By BEN KIBBEY

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efore Indiana was ever nicknamed “Crossroads of America” by marketing campaigns, it was a crossroads for the native people who once were its only inhabitants. Tom Reoch is on a search for the signs that may have marked those footworn roads in Brown County. Reoch is the Brown County Geographic Information Systems coordinator. A geography major who is fascinated by his chosen field, he spends much of his free time exploring the local terrain through the GIS maps, as well as on foot and horseback. He first learned of the trail systems that once crisscrossed the state when he was at Ball State University. His interest was sparked by a historical map of the spider web of trails used by native people, one of which runs parallel to the western border of Brown County.

Still here

Some of those trails are preserved in our roads and rail lines, Reoch said. The trails would have followed the easiest paths of travel and possibly been used for centuries. The earth was packed by innumerable feet, and trees and other obstacles were cleared or avoided, Reoch said. From overhead photographs, the trails that haven’t been repurposed by modern lanes of travel can often still be made out. Scrolling through the GIS map on his office computer one morning, he pointed out places where changes in vegetation and depressions in the earth still show paths between settlements. Even trails made by later settlers from the eastern United States can be seen where they deviate from current roads. But those aren’t the only traces left behind, Reoch said.

Everywhere signs?

All around the eastern half of the United States and down into Texas, people have found trees that have been

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One of the potential trail trees that Tom Reoch has located. | photos by Ben Kibbey

purposefully shaped, some hundreds of years old, he said. Not every bent tree is a “trail tree,” as they are commonly called, he said. Lightning, fire, wind and weather can all warp trees into odd shapes. Yet natural forces don’t produce a tree that bends 90 degrees, runs parallel to the ground, then 90 degrees and straight up again. When that same tree is 200 years old

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and predates European settlement, it narrows down the possible parties who could have been responsible. The trees often have other indications of human interference, such as scarring in the bark at the bend where thongs were used to secure them as saplings. When the direction of the bend is followed, such trees often lead to other trees bent in the same fashion or to resources such as freshwater


Reoch measures the circumference of a potential trail tree to estimate its age.

springs, Reoch said. One tree he has found on private property in Brown County points in the direction of a salt source, he said. The trees usually occur close to known trails used by native people. And trees that lead to other trees often will take the traveler to rivers, streams

or other significant geographic features near heavily traveled corridors. There is some controversy surrounding the purpose of the trees, or even if they have one, Reoch said. There is no historical record indicating that Native Americans used bent trees to mark trails and resources. However, scientists studying the genetic makeup of modern Native Americans have estimated that 50 to 90 percent were killed by diseases spread by early European explorers. Many died without ever making contact with those settlers, as the diseases ran through the continent ahead of European exploration. Whatever tales they had to tell were lost, and much of what we know of entire populations of native people is what has been gleaned from burial mounds and trash pits they left behind.

Ongoing quest

Since Reoch first put out the word he was looking for unusually bent trees, county residents have come to him with around a dozen possibilities, he said.

Not all of those have panned out. Some were unusual, but did not show signs of human manipulation. Others were too young; one pair he estimated to be only about 20 years old. Still, three he has seen and measured have shown promise both in shape and potential age, and there are five more he has not had a chance to visit yet. Reoch is particularly optimistic about areas in Brown County State Park and Hoosier National Forest. Although much of Brown County was clear cut over a hundred years ago, some patches were left untouched. He is hopeful that among those patches are a few more remaining trail trees and that finding them and making landowners and the public aware might help to preserve them. “For any common Joe to go out and start cutting down firewood and not realize what he’s cutting into — if they could be marked, I just think it’s a national resource that somebody should look at trying to hang on to if we could, anything that’s left,” he said.

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Small product,

big plans Business is going swimmingly for Salt Creek Shrimp Co. By SARA CLIFFORD

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hat’s small, whitish and farmed in Indiana? Shrimp. Since late fall, Roger Kelso and Brenda Young have been raising tens of thousands of them in above-ground swimming pools crowded into a Gnaw Bone machine shop. Salt Creek Shrimp Co. is Kelso’s family farm. Young’s adult daughter, Heather Deckard, is working in sales and marketing. Son Heath Young and all the grandchildren help where needed. The first week of February, their first crop was ready to sell to anyone hungering for fresh-caught, live Pacific Whites that are a whole lot closer than the Pacific. “It’s a variation on the subsistence farming people have done around here for over 100 years,” Kelso said. “I’m just trading shrimp instead of trading milk or something else.”

Roger Kelso, Heath Young, Heather Deckard and Brenda Young are the family behind Salt Creek Shrimp Co. | File photo

Even before the business was officially open, it attracted attention. When they hung their sign just before Christmas, Heath Young said a lot of neighbors slowed down to look. As he spoke, the driver of a silver Chevy did just that: Stopped in the middle of Old State Road 46 and stared at it, a shrimp company among auto repair garages. “It’s a rarity. It’s not what you think you’d find in Gnaw Bone,” he said. Kelso is banking on the intrigue. With his estimate of 2 million to 3 million people passing on nearby State Road 46 each year, “it’s just too big of a market to miss.” The shrimp you buy in a grocery store are probably coming from India, Indonesia and Ecuador. The most recent census of aquaculture — in 2005 — showed 925 crustacean farms across the country; six were selling shrimp in Indiana. About a dozen shrimp farms now operate in the state,

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There’s an audience for that in Brown County, where visitors are accustomed to spending a little more on artisan products they can’t get everywhere else and seeing how they were made, the couple said. However, Kelso sees the eventual market for Salt Creek Shrimp — besides walk-in customers and maybe farmers markets — as wholesale. He’s already projecting that, next fall, the company is going to have to build a new home. He thinks they’ll need about a half-acre to produce about 150,000 pounds of shrimp a year and could employ about 15 people, including the four of them. But right now, everyone but Kelso is keeping their day jobs.

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These shrimp are in the intermediate or “grade school” tank. They’ll be moved to another to grow more before they are sold. | File photo

many of them in converted swine barns, Kelso said. He said the demand is coming from high-end chefs who like to vary their menus, from travelers looking for local products to try, and from an increasingly diverse population in the Midwest. “It’s not a feed-100-people or everyday thing. It’s a luxury item,” Kelso said.

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Kelso and Young, owners of Salt Creek Shrimp Co., watch their Pacific white shrimp bubble to the top to feed. | Brown County Democrat file photo

His travel schedule prompted him to resign from the Nashville Town Council in 2010. A little over a year ago, Young asked him to think about what he could do in Brown County, where both of their families have roots back to the 1800s. His answer: aquaculture. And then more specifically: “I’m gonna do shrimp.” “I thought they were joking,” said Deckard, who heard about it last spring. Kelso built a large test tank in the garage, a variation on the aquariums he has always enjoyed. He bought a batch of Gulf Pinks to see if he could really grow them. Though they are now quite big, those guys won’t be sold; they’re pets. The crop growing in Gnaw Bone doesn’t have names, because there are about 80,000 of them. They do, however, get entertainment: Some Latin music — since that’s the part of the world where they’re from — and some National Public Radio. “Their lifespan is pretty short. ... They should be healthy and happy,” Kelso said.

Circle of life

A new shipment of about 30,000 shrimp arrives from the Florida Keys every 28 days. They’re the size of mosquito larvae, weighing one-thousandth of a gram. They start their lives in the “nursery” — warm, shallow pools where they can be monitored for health and weight. There, they grow to about 10 times their original size. After three to six weeks when they start molting — like “kids leaving their clothes around,” as Kelso puts it — they’re moved to a grow-out tank, or “grade school” — a 3-foot-deep rubber swimming pool with an open top. When feed is sprinkled on the surface, they bubble to the top like tiny, translucent fish. They’re fed soy meal and vitamins — no antibiotics or steroids, Kelso said. They also feed off the material growing in the tank. From the grow-out tank, they graduate to another large swimming pool with a domed net over it. They can jump surprisingly high, and they’re fast.

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Growth from larvae to table-ready takes about four months. Within about an hour of calling or ordering through the website, customers can come and pick them up, live on ice. Kelso is already talking about diversifying the ecosystem, such as raising oysters or tilapia. He’s also looking into growing shrimp food — soybeans or other vegetables — and thinking about how nearly every part of the operation could recycle into another part, from the molts to the water. “There’s going to be another 2 billion people in the world by the end of this century,” Kelso rattles off. “Most of the fisheries have just about been exhausted, if they’re not already. There’s going to

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be a need for places to get cheap protein. And so another goal of ours, or interest, is participating in the growth of that industry, where we’ll be the next link in the food chain for the next 20 or 30 years.” Right now, though, Kelso is just happy he’s home. And so is his family. “It was so delightful a couple nights ago; everybody was down here doing a little bit of everything. ... It starts to address more of the lifestyle issues that I want to get to, as well.” “We’ve got a craft brewery, we’ve got craft distillery. Now, this is just another craft to do,” Kelso said. As Brown County painters and potters did before him, “You can find your place.”

DYLAN: The Times Are Still A-Changin’ Tribute concert in celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, featuring Michael Schulbaum | $20.50 & $17

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Conferences, Retreats & Weddings Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park, offers meeting rooms, conference facilities and private dining areas for conferences, meetings, weddings or retreats. Seating capacity ranges from 10 to 400. The banquet department caters private meals, snacks and breaks and can also prepare a barbecue or meal function at one of the park shelter houses for groups of 50 or more. For smaller picnic groups, the lodge can prepare box lunches. (812) 988-4418, www. in.gov/dnr/parklake/inna/abe/index.html. Artists Colony Inn, corner of Franklin and Van Buren streets, is a romantic, 19thcentury-style inn offering an elegant banquet room for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions with 20 charming guest rooms and three executive whirlpool suites. Special menu selections are served plated or buffet-style. The inn also offers meeting space for up to 80 people. The Artists Colony specializes in small meetings with two meeting rooms that accommodate 10 to 50 people. Complete audiovisual equipment and highspeed Internet access are available. (812) 988-0600, www.artistscolonyinn.com.

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Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, offers meeting facilities that capture the charm and atmosphere of days gone by. Technology and equipment are provided for meetings and presentations. The Brown County Inn offers flexible meeting facilities that can accommodate up to 250 people and can be customized to the group’s requirements. Brown County Inn’s support staff can help make a dream wedding come true. The inn is also available for bridal showers, luncheons, rehearsal dinners and weddings. Guests can choose from plated or buffet menus, hors d’oeuvres, and cash or host bars. (812) 988-2291 or (877) 772-5249, www.browncountyinn.com. Camp Palawopec Lodge & Retreat Area, 3497 Clay Lick Road, has a camp log cabin lodge that sleeps 30 guests, and outdoor cabins can accommodate 70 guests. Guests can enjoy 300 acres of woods, trails, a 4-acre lake, canoes, kayaks, beach, campfire areas, basketball court, ultimate Frisbee, soccer field, horseshoes, volleyball area, mountain bike trails, and an indoor meeting and dining area. Kitchen facilities are available.

The property is open year-round. (812) 988-2689, www.camppalawopec.com. Comfort Inn, 75 W. Chestnut St., is perfect for retreats. Guests can enjoy the lodge-like atmosphere with a cozy lobby and spacious guest rooms, and the indoor pool and fitness center. (812) 988-6118, www.choicehotels.com. Cornerstone Inn & Suites is in downtown Nashville at 54 E. Franklin St. Shop in Nashville, then return to the Cornerstone Inn private dining area to indulge in complimentary signature treats and desserts. The complex consists of 37 guest rooms, with balconies, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces; and meeting facilities. View all rooms, rates and specials at www.cornerstoneinn.com. Creekside Retreat Lodging & Gatherings, 2450 State Road 46 East, offers luxury hotel rooms in a wooded, relaxed setting. It is also a perfect location for meetings, retreats, weddings and reunions with a 2,400-square-foot conference center and 4,800-square-foot event patio. Catering and rentals available for every occasion. 844-473-8732, creeksideretreat.net.

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The Harvest Hall at eXplore Brown County Retreat Center and outdoor stage offer the perfect setting for weddings, conferences or parties. Plan an outdoor ceremony on the stage, but should it rain, move into the heated or air-conditioned hall. Cater the event yourself using the prep kitchen and save big money. The hall comfortably seats 200 and is furnished with tables and chairs and a small bar area, stage and decorated with rustic antiques and original paintings. The covered porches accommodate 50 additional guests. Restrooms with showers and changing rooms for the bride are provided. The fireplace and beautiful wooden staircase create the perfect spot for a wedding. eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, 2620 Valley Branch Road, (812) 9887750, www.explorebrowncounty.com. Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St., is an all-suite hotel that overlooks Nashville and offers conference facilities and catering. It includes an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool spa and sauna, plus an on-site dining room and lounge. It’s a perfect setting for a wedding and reception, engagement party or rehearsal dinner. (812) 988-8400, www.hotelnashville.com. Rawhide Ranch, 1292 State Road 135 South, excels at hosting large groups. The Old West-style inn, ranch house and 54 wooded acres are a unique environment for company meetings and retreats traditionally held at hotels, and perfect for country weddings. Guests also can enjoy country cooking in the new Banded Rooster kitchen and dining hall. (812) 988-0085, www.rawhideranchusa.com. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East, offers a beautiful banquet facility that can accommodate 20 to 200 people. The facility overlooks the golf course and is great for weddings, receptions, reunions, corporate events and small meetings. On-site catering is available. (812) 988-7888, www.saltcreekgolf.com. The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East, offers space for simple receptions or technologically enhanced conferences complete with highspeed Internet. The Seasons Lodge has 10 meeting rooms that accommodate 10 to 500 people and can accommodate up to 400 people for weddings or receptions. Choose from served or buffet menus, hors d’oeuvres and cash or host bars. The complex is also available for bridal teas, bridal showers, luncheons, rehearsal dinners and weddings. (812) 988-2284 or (800) 365-7327, www.seasonslodge.com.

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A reward that’s worth the work Editor’s note: The following was published in a 1977 edition of the Brown County Almanack.

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hat’s your favorite fare? A juicy T-bone steak? Filet mignon? Caviar? Not so for many a resident of these parts. Heading their list of preferred delicacies would be good old fried mushrooms. Maybe that’s because fresh-picked morels are available only for a short period of time each spring, but it also could be because they really are that good. When we say mushrooms, we are not talking about the commercial variety, but rather, morels, the woodsy kind, the kind that are found (if you’ve got a keen eye and a lot of luck) in the hills and hollows. These morels, much sought after early each spring, long have been a delicacy on the table of hill folk. Soaked in salt water overnight, sliced, dipped in egg batter, dredged in cornmeal, and fried in oil or butter, mushrooms make a mouth-watering way to start the day: mmm-m-m- g-o-o-d! In Brown County we know it’s time to start looking for mushrooms when May apple shoots appear. But just where do you find mushrooms? No need asking successful mushroom hunters the exact spot where they find theirs, for to them, that is a closely guarded secret. However, there is no short-

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Loren Leaser and a few of the 786 morel mushrooms he and his wife found. | The Republic file photo

age of tall tales, and some not so tall, of times when they found the coveted delicacies by the sack, dishpan or tubful. Less successful hunters are not so secretive and will volunteer several theories as to the best hunting grounds.

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Among these theories are old apple orchards, or perchance the foot of certain trees, perhaps ash or elm, or in last year’s cleared ground, or even around decayed stumps. Some will swear by north hillsides, or south, and still others, less superstitious, will boast their bonanzas came from old spooky graveyards. Now there is some evidence that supports the graveyard theory. According to a published scholarly article by local author Samuel R. Rosen, “a Japanese biologist, one Dr. Naohiko Sagara, has reported in the publication Nature that this mushroom seems to grow where a mammal has been buried in the soil. Dr. Sagara kept a series of mushrooms fruiting by regularly replacing cat remains under the soil. This is apparently the first time that mushrooms have been known to take advantage of mammal treated soil (although some mushrooms grow on the bodies of caterpillars, and some fungi grow directly on human corpses). Dr. Sagara suggests that a closely related and ominously named Hebeloma Sarcophyllum

Buy some morels Each May, Brown County charities band together for the Howard Hughes Memorial Morel Mushroom Sale. Wild-caught morels are sold by the pound and half-pound to people who don’t have the luck or the patience to hunt them. Each purchaser gets to pick the charity that that sale will benefit. A list of options will be available at the sale booth. Look for dates and the sale location to be posted around town in early May, or call the Brown County Democrat at 812-988-2221.


Peck, which occurs in Europe and in North America may have the same forensic value.” Rosen, who is also a Brown County lawyer, adds: “These facts should be brought to the attention of all criminal justice agencies, the police and investigating officials as an aid in crime detection. On the other hand, all criminal elements should be advised to bury their victims deeply lest the telltale mushrooms give their crime away.” A word of caution should be heeded by the novice mushroom hunter since there are poisonous as well as edible mushrooms. Rosen puts it this way: “Poisonous mushrooms are known to be poisonous because someone ate them and died. Edible mushrooms are known to be edible because people have eaten them regularly and in quantities with no ill effect.” Rosen concludes his caution like this: “Many wild mushrooms are difficult for an expert to identify; others may be identified by the amateur or beginner — all of which accounts for the old saying among mycologists: ‘There are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.’”

Pan-fried Mushrooms Slice morels lengthwise and marinate in salted water for 12 hours (enough salt to make the water milky). This removes any foreign matter that may be lodged or hidden in the flocked tops. Flour the morels lightly, shaking off any excess. Cover bottom of a skillet with butter. Simmer mushrooms until golden brown, turning them once or twice. Pan-fried mushrooms are fine for any meal. You might, as many Brown Countians do, try them as a complement to fish.

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pARTake: Workshops make artists out of amateurs

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hen I pulled up to park at T.C. Steele State Historic Site for the Great Outdoor Art Contest, the attendant asked if I was an artist. No, I said, motioning to the back seat. I’m the artist’s mom. I’d been up since daybreak diapering, feeding and packing. My 8-year-old had wanted to get to the grounds early to stake out a spot and maximize his time in front of his canvas. While he reverently and resolutely sketched and painted Steele’s House of the Singing Winds for three hours, my mom and I spent the morning corralling his two younger brothers. Nobody said shush or even looked at us askance — we were outdoors, after all, on park-like hills begging to be run and rolled upon — but it felt like we were interrupting a whole floor of scholars at work in a library. And I wanted to be one of them. Nothing against the sweet, snuggled baby I was swaying to sleep. Nothing against the dimpled, terror-eyed streak I was tracking at the same time. But I couldn’t remember the last time I even tried to paint. Or sat at a piano, or picked up a pencil to do anything other than correct math problems. None of my table-mates at my September pARTake class knew any of that, or cared. For two hours, we were all artists, “softening up the darkness” of the purple gesso-prepped canvas Dick Ferrer had placed in front of us. I had no idea what I was doing. I’m pretty sure I said that several times as I dabbed together bits of green, umber and brown — or was the brown “umber”? Dang it. The scene we were painting was a landscape Ferrer had shot with his iPhone. The tree masked the sun some, but the shadows were still pretty strong, to the point where you couldn’t actually see that there was a creek there. But

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picked up drawing portraits, I didn’t do that was what was there, Ferrer said, in that anymore, either. that dark void across the center. I had ballet for a while, until my “Plein air painting, none of it is that baby sister took it up, beautifully. Now, detailed,” he said. “It’s how you do the she’s a painter, and she’s amazing, just value of colors and represent them.” like my mother’s two siblings, who I had no idea what that meant, paint for a living. either. But it sounded so simple and I wasn’t even sure if I was holding obvious, I figured that I should. my brush right. Rather than ask questions, I looked From across the table, Linda’s friend over at my neighbor’s work and did what he did — sketched out the trees, Kay asked Dennis for pointers. their shadows and the creek with broad “Talk to her,” he said, pointing his swipes of dark color. Dennis, however, brush toward me. “She’s really good.” I’d recognized as one of the painters I laughed again. “No.” at the T.C. Steele Paint-out, whereas I “It does look good,” Ferrer peeked was working with all the skill and grace over. “It’s got a real dramatic drop. of a 5-year-old. I think it brings out the compoI’m pretty sure I said that, too: “I sition that way.” feel like a 5-year-old,” in the general Well, OK. direction of my other neighbor, Linda. Dennis had little experience paint“Drink another glass of wine and ing with acrylics, too. The medium you won’t care,” she chuckled. he was using at the T.C. Steele I had ordered root beer. I’d underPaint-out was oil. stood the wine list even less than what Acrylics are different because color was brown. Meanwhile, Ferrer suggested that we not paint his example photograph exactly as it appeared. “That’s called artistic license,” he said. “The composition is more important than what you actually see.” Well, shoot. Linda asked me if I was a painter. She’d already recognized me as a journalist and introduced me around the table. My cover was blown. I laughed. “No.” She said she thought it was good I was trying something different. I wasn’t sure. I was just stuck on not being any good at it. I thought back to piano lessons and how much better my next-youngest sister was My finished painting. | photo by Sara Clifford at them. And then when she

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they dry quickly, and if you make a mistake, you can always paint over them, Ferrer said. Oils are more of a layered process, so it’s harder to go back and change your mind later. Dennis had started painting when he was 8. “Then, life got in the way.” He got married; they raised kids. Thirty years later, he picked it up again. Lately, he’s been playing around with painting with palette knives instead of a brush. “I’ve got a lot to keep experiencing,” he said. By now, I had my shadows blocked in and blended, but my light was becoming a problem. Without being able to take the photograph literally, I didn’t understand how it would play over the landscape in real life. Ferrer said that’s hard even for experienced artists. It’s called chasing the sun, he said. Working outside, the light constantly changes, and you have to do your best to remember: work quickly, block out the lights and darks “and try not to ruin it.” “I’m afraid to,” I admitted. “Try it, and you’ll know,” Dennis offered. The conversation around the table had turned to family. Kay and Linda talked about their adult children, about where they are, what they’re doing. They both had three boys, too. There was never a dull moment, never a quiet moment, they remembered. Now, they’re all busy in big cities, finding their way. And their mothers sit and talk about when they’re going to get to see them again. Linda had found her light. She held up her painting at Kay’s prodding, and everyone told her how great it looked. “I’m hanging in there,” she said, modestly. I’d been hesitating to add my sun, worried all the white would ruin it — “ruin it,” as if what’s there was actually any good. But the more I dabbed in, the better it got. The yellow spots I’d painted earlier weren’t as random; it’s like I was anticipating where they’d naturally fall many steps before, without knowing it. Linda peeked over. “Is it fair to say

Try it yourself

Art Alliance Brown County began offering pARTake classes in 2015. They will return on fourth Saturdays from March through November at Chateau Thomas Winery. The cost is $40 for non-alliance members and includes all materials, a free glass of wine or beverage of choice, and snacks. Visit http://artalliancebrowncounty.org/events/partake to see a schedule of offerings and to sign up.

you’ve surprised yourself?” “I don’t know,” I said. “I never really like what I do.” “Don’t be so self-critical,” she said. “Working with words is another form of art,” she said. “The way you describe things, making a painting out of words is how I see it.” “You’re a natural.” Class ended in a few minutes. We all got up to stretch our legs, take a group

photo and see each other’s “impressions” of Ferrer’s photograph. Ferrer caught me looking at mine from across the room. And it didn’t look half bad, I admitted, out loud. “That’s how art is meant to be looked at,” he said. “When you see people doing like this — he squinted up close — they’re missing the point.” I took mine home to my mom, who had been baby-sitting my boys. She set it in the sunniest part of the room, backed up and gazed. Then, she took pictures — to send to my artistic siblings and to hers. “Sara, I didn’t know you could paint,” she said. Neither did I.

Sara Clifford is editor of the Brown County Almanack and the Brown County Democrat newspaper.

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ONGOING events The latest movies are now playing at the Brown County Playhouse. The large, 23- foot-wide screen is perfect for the digital movies, and the surround sound really brings home the impact of the movies. Relax and sit back in the upholstered chairs. Visit the website for upcoming titles and times. 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, (812) 9886555, www.browncountyplayhouse. org/movie-schedule.

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Visit the Brown County State Park Nature Center for an array of activities. Check out the schedule online. (812) 9885240, www.browncountystatepark.us.

music from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, featuring well-known artists in all styles of music. (812) 9888500, www.chateauthomas.com.

Head out for live music at the Saloon Lounge, in the Seasons Lodge every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. (800) 365-7327, www.seasonslodge.com.

eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat offers 15 zip lines over 1 mile long; a treetop canopy adventure suspended 90 feet with speeds up to 45 mph; and the tallest, fastest and longest zips in Brown County. Visitors also can experience Night Flight zip lines. Enjoy 30 miles of ATV, mountain biking and hiking trails. The events hall accommodates 250 with a stage. Camping cabins accommodate 80. The property also offers camping, a fishing lake, canoes and paddle boats. Two-seater four-wheel-drive hill buggy rides are now available. 2620 Valley Branch Road, (812) 988-7750, www.explorebrowncounty.com.

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Take guided horseback rides yearround and experience Holler Hoppin’ zip lines at Rawhide Ranch. 1292 State Road 135 South, (812) 988-0085, (888) 94-RANCH, www.rawhideranchusa.com. Weaving demonstrations and dayweaving workshops are available at Homestead Weaving Studio from March to December. (812) 988-8622, www.homesteadweaver.com. Take a tour of the Indiana Raptor Center just west of Nashville. Meet and photograph live birds of prey. Tours by appointment only. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. (812) 988-8990. At 2777 State Road 46 West (4 miles west of Nashville), Mike’s Dance Barn offers pool tables, food and beverages. Country line dance lessons are available every Monday, and the second Friday of each month is ballroom dancing night. Head to Mike’s on Saturdays for live music. (812) 988-8636, www.thedancebarn.com. Visit the old log jail and learn historical facts about Brown County and Nashville and stop by the Pioneer Village downtown for old-time skill demonstrations. Open May to October, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site offers trails, exhibits, poetry, art, teas and classes. (812) 677-2003, www.tcsteele.org. Stamping and scrapbooking classes and parties are available through Wishful Thinking. (812) 988-7005, www.wishfulthinking-in.com.


2016 SPECIAL EVENTS May

l Mable B. Annis Student Art Exhibit (1-8) l Spring Blossom Festival (6-7) l Brown County Craft Fair (7) l Second Saturday Village Art Walk (14) l Dances With Dirt trail races (14) l Muddy Roots Spring Weekender music festival (20-22) l pARTake art class series (28) l Taste of Brown County

June

l John Hartford Memorial music festival (2-4) l DINO Series trail run and mountain bike race (4-5) l Good People Good Times Music Festival (10-12) l Midwest Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic (10-12) l Second Saturday Village Art Walk (11) l Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival (11-18) l Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale (11-30) l Arts Village Cinefest (18) l pARTake art class series (25)

July

December

l Hoosier Mountain Biking Association Brown County Epic

November

l Christmas in the Village celebration l Stuff a Stocking

l Second Saturday Village Art Walk (12) l Indiana Raptor Center Annual Raptor Rendezvous (13) l Gravel Grovel solo bike ride (26) l pARTake art class series (26) l Visitors Center Holiday Open House l Christmas in the Village celebration

Visit browncounty.com to learn more specifics about these and other events as they develop.

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l Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale (1-2) l 7th Annual Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee (7-9) l Second Saturday Village Art Walk (9) l GnawBrew Beer, Art and Music Festival (22-23) l pARTake art class series (23) l Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition (30) l Brown County 4-H Fair (31)

August

l The Goat Ride, touring bicycle ride (13) l Tour de Upland (12-14) l Second Saturday Village Art Walk (13) l 18th Annual Bean Blossom Blues Fest (25-27) l pARTake art class series (27)

September

l Second Saturday Village Art Walk (10) l TRIRI (The Ride in Rural Indiana) September Escapade (11-16) l 42nd Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival (21-24) l pARTake art class series (24) l Hoosier Hops & Harvest Festival

October

l Back Roads Studio Tour (1-31) l Second Saturday Village Art Walk (8) l pARTake art class series (22) l Tecumseh Trail Marathon (29) Brown County Almanack Visitors Guide | SPRING 2016

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SPRING events Brown County Photography Club Exhibition Through Feb. 29 See a variety of photographic styles from established and emerging artists. Chateau Thomas Winery, 225 S. Van Buren St., Coachlight Square, open daily, free. Jazz concert: “21st Century Reflections on the Pursuit of Perfection UTOPIA” Feb. 20 Meet the Liberation Music Collective, a socially conscious jazz big band made up of 16 Indiana University students and alumni dedicated to communicating contemporary issues through jazz music. Enjoy an innovative dramatic work of fact, fiction and fantasy with music by the LMC and words by the Brown County Readers, Writers and Poets Society (WRAPS). Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $15 per adult or $5 per student, browncountyplayhouse.org. Farm-to-Fifth Tours Feb. 20, 27 Learn about the role whiskey played in the formation of America during the Revolutionary War. Find out what brought whiskey making to Indiana and learn about

moonshining in Brown County before, during and after Prohibition. See the complete process used to make whiskey at Bear Wallow, starting with grains from local farmers, and enjoy the best part of the tour: tasting it. Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 E. Old State Road 46, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the top of each hour, $5, bearwallowdistillery.com. Quaff N’ Brew Beer School Feb. 20, 27 Ever wonder how beer is made? Want to learn the difference between porter and stout or lager and ale? Big Woods is offering a class designed to teach you all about the world of beer. Big Woods Village, Van Buren Street and Molly’s Lane, 11 a.m., $5 or $10 to add a pint glass, bigwoodsbeer.com. Family history: How do I start? Where do I go from here? Feb. 23 Uncover your family’s past during this genealogy workshop, perfect for beginners and/or those who are already working on family histories and have questions about how to continue. Brown County Public Library, Room B, 1 to 4 p.m., free.

Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl Feb. 26-29, March 1-13 Make your way through 14 yarn shops in central Indiana, including The Clay Purl, 58 E. Main St. in Nashville. Passports are available at 14 participating shops for $7.50 and grant a 10 percent discount on yarn at each shop, a free pattern and discounts at T.C. Steele State Historic Site. Learn more at rovingindiana.com. Tap the Town Feb. 27 Tap your own maple tree the weekend before the National Maple Syrup Festival. The all-day event beginning at 11 a.m. includes a brunch buffet at Creekside Retreat, an individually assigned maple tree, a visit to a local maple farm and a bottle of pure Indiana maple syrup. $125 per couple, $150 for a family of four, $20 for each additional person, browncounty. com/national-maple-syrup-festival. March Madness at eXplore Brown County March 1-31 Zip line guides will share spring break with you as you soar 90 feet in the air at speeds up to 45 mph. Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, Valley Branch Road, $25 to $80, explorebrowncounty.com. Brown County Music Celebration March 5 Enjoy performances by local professional musicians paying tribute to Brown County’s rich musical history. The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award also will be given. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $12, browncountyplayhouse.org. National Maple Syrup Festival March 5-6 For the second year in a row, Brown County is hosting the National Maple Syrup Festival. Head to headquarters at Brown County State Park for sugaring demonstrations, historical re-enactments, guided hikes, Sap School, the Maple Market, maple syrup taste-testing, a challenge course for kids and much more. In downtown Nashville, catch the pancake breakfast and various Maple on the Menu dishes at restaurants. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, $10 per person, kids 6 and younger admitted free, browncounty. com/national-maple-syrup-festival. Farm-to-Fifth Tours March 5, 12, 19, 26 Learn about the role whiskey played in the formation of America during the

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Revolutionary War. Find out what brought whiskey making to Indiana and learn about moonshining in Brown County before, during and after Prohibition. See the complete process used to make whiskey at Bear Wallow, starting with grains from local farmers, and enjoy the best part of the tour: tasting it. Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 E. Old State Road 46, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the top of each hour, $5, bearwallowdistillery.com. Quaff N’ Brew Beer School March 5, 12, 19, 26 Ever wonder how beer is made? Want to learn the difference between porter and stout or lager and ale? Big Woods is offering a class designed to teach you all about the world of beer. Big Woods Village, Van Buren Street and Molly’s Lane, 11 a.m., $5 or $10 to add a pint glass, bigwoodsbeer.com. Death March March 12 Teams of two race to be the first to reach a list of historical cemetery checkpoints in and around the Hoosier National Forest. This year’s event adds a new parent/youth division as well as an equine team entry. 1264 Hunters Creek Road, Norman, 7:15 a.m. check-in, 9:30 a.m. race begins, $60 to $85, dinoseries.com/death-march. 3rd Annual Brown County Youth Music Showcase March 12 Take part in this benefit for the BETA Teen Center and listen to music from talented local youths. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $12 per adult, children 12 and younger admitted free, browncountyplayhouse.org. Be a Healthier You in 2016 March 19 Head to Sweetea’s Tea Shop to learn alternatives to modern medicine. Explore the use of oils, natural vitamins and tea in your daily routine. Free samples provided. 225 S. Van Buren St., 10 a.m., free, sweeteasteashop.com. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre March 19, April 16, May 21 Let’s have a weddin’! Join the Artists Colony Inn and Golden Ticket Productions for murder mystery dinner theater. 105 S. Van Buren St., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $45, reservations required at 812988-0600, artistscolonyinn.com.

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SPRING events Carrie Newcomer and Jill Bolte Taylor: Transformative Stories March 19 Carrie Newcomer’s soulful live music accompanies poignant tales delivered by brilliant brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $27.50, browncountyplayhouse.org. Comedian Greg Hahn March 26 Greg Hahn has appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” Comedy Central, ABC, CBS and FOX as well as “The Bob & Tom Show” on radio. Jokes are clean, fun and designed to do nothing other than make people laugh. The opening act will be Dave Wilson, featuring his Indy 500 stories. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $20.50, browncountyplayhouse.org. Don’t Rain on My Parade April 1-30 Hop on the fire truck or the WWII Deuce and go deep into the hardwood forest to zip on 15 zip lines that are part of four tours. Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, Valley Branch Road, $25 to $80, explorebrowncounty.com. “The Sound of Music” sing-along April 2 Sing along with Julie Andrews in this classic movie, shown on the Playhouse’s 23-footwide screen with digital surround sound. For a small donation, make your own lederhosen and enter the contest for prizes. Song sheets provided. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7 p.m., $10, browncountyplayhouse.org.

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Farm-to-Fifth Tours April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Learn about the role whiskey played in the formation of America during the Revolutionary War. Find out what brought whiskey making to Indiana and learn about moonshining in Brown County before, during and after Prohibition. See the complete process used to make whiskey at Bear Wallow, starting with grains from local farmers, and enjoy the best part of the tour: tasting it. Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 E. Old State Road 46, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the top of each hour, $5, bearwallowdistillery.com. Quaff N’ Brew Beer School April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Ever wonder how beer is made? Want to learn the difference between porter and stout or lager and ale? Big Woods is offering a class designed to teach you all about the world of beer. Big Woods Village, Van Buren Street and Molly’s Lane, 11 a.m., $5 or $10 to add a pint glass, bigwoodsbeer.com.


“Dylan: The Times Still Are A’ Changin’” April 9 Enjoy a concert homage in celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, presented by One Pulse Entertainment and starring Michael Schulbaum. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $20.50, browncountyplayhouse.org. 40 Years of College classic rock concert April 16 The “docs who rock” are back to perform their favorite classic rock songs. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $17.50, browncountyplayhouse.org. Mabel B. Annis Student Art Exhibit April 23-30 Admire the talent of young local artists during Indiana Heritage Arts’ annual exhibit, featuring the artwork of junior and senior high school students from seven surrounding counties. It will include more than 100 examples of two- and three-dimensional art created by students who are eligible to win prize money and exhibit and sell their work in a professional setting. Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, free. Indiana Wine Fair April 30 The Indiana Wine Fair is one of Indiana’s oldest and largest wine events. For more than a decade, Indiana’s vintners have descended upon the little town of Story to dole out one-ounce pours of their finest Reislings, Malbecs and Cabernets. This is a 21-and-older event (no babies); free shuttle service to and from downtown Nashville. 6404 State Road 135 South, 1 to 7 p.m., $25 before April 1, general admission $30, designated driver $10, storyinn.com. An Evening with Leo Kottke April 30 This innovative acoustic guitar legend will perform in Indiana for the first time in years. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $13.50, browncountyplayhouse.org. Abe Martin’s Bucket List Month May 1-31 You’re never too old to enjoy eXplore Brown County’s 15 zip lines that are part of four different tours. Up to 90 feet in the air, these zip lines are 80 to 1,220 feet long. Bucket List Month features the quips of Brown County cartoonist Ken Hubbard’s character Abe Martin, shared by zip line guides. Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, Valley Branch Road, $25 to $80, explorebrowncounty.com. Mabel B. Annis Student Art Exhibit May 1-8 Admire the talent of young local artists during Indiana Heritage Arts’ annual exhibit, featuring

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SPRING events the artwork of junior and senior high school students from seven surrounding counties. It will include more than 100 examples of two- and three-dimensional art created by students who are eligible to win prize money and exhibit and sell their work in a professional setting. Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, free. “Batman” 1966 movie May 6 See the first Batman movie with Adam West and other cast members from the original TV show, featuring all the supervillains as they plot to take over the U.N. It includes the first appearance of the Batboat and other nifty crime-fighting gadgets. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7 p.m., $5, browncountyplayhouse.org. Brown County Craft Fair May 7 Show your support for the Brown County 4-H program by checking out the work of many talented craft vendors at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Proceeds benefit the 4-H program. 802 Memorial Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., free admission. Spring Blossom Parade May 7 Join the Brown County Lions for their annual parade through the streets of downtown Nashville, with the theme of “Brown County Celebrates our Super Heroes.” It will be followed by children’s games presented by the Brown County Rotary Club and a barbecue lunch. 11 a.m., free. Brown County Democrat’s Spring Blossom Festival May 7 In addition to the Friday night Batman movie and the Lions’ Saturday parade, enjoy a Saturday night dance at which superhero or supervillain costumes are encouraged. See the 1966 Batmobile at the dance, too, and get your photo taken inside it. The Seasons Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East, 6 p.m., $5 admission or a canned food donation. The Kenan Rainwater Band May 7 Born and raised in Brown County, Rainwater was inspired by artists like John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. As a founding member of the popular Indiana Boys, he has established himself as a vocalist and songwriter; with his new band, he blasts into new territory with electric guitars and doo-wop vocal harmonies. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $12, browncountyplayhouse.org.

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Farm-to-Fifth Tours May 7, 14, 21, 28 Learn about the role whiskey played in the formation of America during the Revolutionary War. Find out what brought whiskey making to Indiana and learn about moonshining in Brown County before, during and after Prohibition. See the complete process used to make whiskey at Bear Wallow, starting with grains from local farmers, and enjoy the best part of the tour: tasting it. Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 E. Old State Road 46, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the top of each hour, $5, bearwallowdistillery.com. Quaff N’ Brew Beer School May 7, 14, 21, 28 Ever wonder how beer is made? Want to learn the difference between porter and stout or lager and ale? Big Woods is offering a class designed to teach you all about the world of beer. Big Woods Village, Van Buren Street and Molly’s Lane, 11 a.m., $5 or $10 to add a pint glass, bigwoodsbeer.com. “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward May 13, 14, 20, 21 Enjoy a comedy performance by Brown County Community Theatre. The story line: A socialite/writer invites an eccentric medium to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his first wife, who makes continual attempts to disrupt his marriage to his second wife, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Brown County Playhouse, Van Buren Street, 7:30 p.m., $16.50, browncountyplayhouse.org. Dances with Dirt Trail Run May 14 Test your endurance on a grueling 10K, halfmarathon, full marathon, 50K, 50-mile individual race or 100-mile relay. Start and finish the race at Mike’s Music and Dance Barn and enjoy barbecue and live music when you’re done. See website for details: dwdgnawbone.com. Healing Day May 14 Come and be attended to by healers and emerging healers, with no session fees and no scheduled appointments. See website for details: laughingwomyn.com/events.html.

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