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Health: Cancer Survivors

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Fall 2014 | September 20, 2014 Volume 3, Issue 3

Publisher Home News Enterprises Chuck Wells Editorial Editor Sherri Dugger Associate Editor Twinkle VanWinkle Copy Editor Katharine Smith Contributing Writers: Jen Bingham, Sara Croft, Teresa Nicodemus, Amy Norman, Jon Shoulders, Clint Smith, Jennifer Willhite, CJ Woodring Art Senior Graphic Artist Amanda Waltz Advertising Design Emma Ault, Dondra Brown, Tonya Cassidy, Julie Daiker, Ben Hill, Phil Manning, Josh Meyer Photography: Carla Clark, Keith Griner, Greg Jones, April Knox, Andrew Laker, Chet Strange Image Technicians Dillon Howard, Matt Quebe

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Editor’s Note

A Tall Order It’s no secret: We have some big shoes to fill around here. With the departure of Columbus editor Kelsey DeClue this past May, we knew we were going to have to work hard to make up for the loss. DeClue is a staple in this community. She grew up here, and she and her husband, Ike, are wellknown throughout the city. So, as I said: Big shoes, even if DeClue does only wear a size 5½ shoe. With this issue, then, I’d like to introduce myself and Twinkle VanWinkle, our new associate editor here at Home News Enterprises. Twinkle and I will be running loose throughout this city, hoping to make new friends and school ourselves on all that makes this city unique. We invite you to say hello, send us a note or drop us a line. We’re hoping to get to know more of you, and we’re ready to talk with you about possible story ideas for future issues of Columbus magazine. In the meantime, with the help of our wonderful designer, Amanda Waltz, and a full team of photographers and freelance writers, we feel like we’re off to a pretty good start. In this issue, get to know three of the Columbus Police Department’s four-legged members (p. 14), read up on the city’s many mouth-watering bakeries (p. 20) or learn a little bit more about the people who contribute to this community in myriad ways. We’ve profiled Bob and Barb Stevens, who have spent years contributing their efforts and energy to making Columbus a wonderful place to live (p. 52). We also feature several local dentists who volunteer their talents to help others better manage their health (p. 76), a local doctor who has made it his mission to run in marathons all over the world (p. 44) and a local filmmaker hoping to change the way we view our world (p. 80). So, with that, I will close this note. I hope you enjoy our first efforts as your new editors of Columbus magazine, and I look forward to hearing what you think.

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Barb and Bob Stevens Above, from left: Associate Editor Twinkle VanWinkle, Editor Sherri Dugger and Senior Graphic Artist Amanda Waltz


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On the Cover: trends: Home Libraries

stYle: Eyeglasses

food: Columbus Bakeries

HealtH: Cancer Survivors

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News | Views | Tidbits

A Global Gala I

f you plan on attending this year’s Columbus Ethnic Expo, make sure to put on your dancing shoes and prepare your palate for some authentic Mexican cuisine. Mexico will be featured as this year’s host country, alongside a fleet of international vendors offering food, cultural exhibits, entertainment, arts and crafts demonstrations and a bazaar of ethnic items. The expo, founded in 1984 to celebrate the city’s diverse ethnic heritage and provide a means of understanding different cultures and customs, typically attracts more than 30,000 people during the two-day event. The Columbus Latin American Association, Cummins Latino Affinity Group and Su Casa Columbus approached the expo steering committee about representing Mexico as the host country, and coordinator Ali Crimmins says the

organizations will “bring much enthusiasm to Ethnic Expo and will infuse a fun atmosphere and excitement into the crowd.” Requirements for the host country include a prominently featured food booth, a cultural booth and the host float for the event’s parade. “This is a great opportunity for the Mexican community that resides in Columbus,” says Rocio Rodriguez, a member of the Columbus Latin American Association. “As Columbus continues to grow as a diverse city, Ethnic Expo is gaining more visibility as the diverse event of the year. Our team, the Columbus Latin American Association, Cummins Latino Affinity Group and Su Casa Columbus are excited to work together and ready to share with the community some of our Mexican culture, food, music and traditions.”

31st Annual Ethnic Expo When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11. The parade will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 11, and a fireworks display will begin at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 11, following headlining musical act El Tule. Where: Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St. 2014 Host Country: Mexico Admission: Free Presenting Sponsor: First Financial Bank. Other sponsors include Vectren, Coca-Cola, ERMCO and Milestone Contractors. Photo by Andrew Laker


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BookNook Recommendations from Viewpoint Books

Kick-start your autumn activities checklist with these suggestions.

2 The Apple Works


1. “Sidelined: Overcoming Odds Through Unity, Passion, and Perseverance”

2. “The Boys in the Boat”

By Chuck Pagano

This new book is a tale of an epic quest for Olympic gold by a rowing team composed of the sons of blue-collar workers — loggers, shipyard workers and farmers. These unlikely heroes made up the 1936 University of Washington’s eightoar crew and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans as they rowed their way to victory, defeating elite East Coast rivals and finally heading to the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. All eyes were on these young rowing pioneers as they took the gold against Adolf Hitler’s German rowing team. Pieced together from firsthand ac-

The head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano stands as one of the most inspiring and intriguing personalities in football. When he was just three games into his rookie season in 2012, the coach was diagnosed with leukemia and sidelined by the side effects of chemotherapy and recovery. But Pagano didn’t let his condition keep him from coaching: texts, calls and emails kept him in constant contact with players, staff and assistants. Inspired by their coach’s strength, the team started winning game after game, compiling an impressive 11-5 record. Thousands of fans united to form Chuckstrong, a movement that soon raised millions to help beat cancer. Pagano returned to lead the Colts to another winning season and the divisional playoffs in 2013. With his practical lessons on living, loving and leading, “Sidelined” inspires us all to stay in the game and never accept defeat.


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By Daniel James Brown

counts compiled from the men’s diaries, journals, photographs and shared memories, this is a deeply personal account of beating the odds during some of the most desperate times. This is much more than just another sports story, but a stark portrait of life during the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler.

> > Plan a day of family orchard hopping around the region and reward the group afterward with some hot cider or apple pie. Try Highpoint Orchard in Greensburg and The Apple Works in Trafalgar to get started. If pumpkins are what you’re after, check out Hackman’s Farm Market, Nienaber’s Farm Market, Bush’s Market and Whipker’s Market here in Columbus for a large selection. > > Have a leaf-raking contest with the kids. See who can rake the biggest pile in the shortest amount of time or grab your portable stereo and use some of your family’s favorite songs as start and stop points in a timed contest. Exercise for the kids while simultaneously ensuring the front lawn is clean? Yes, please.

> > Engage the kids in some leaf-related arts and crafts. Try leaf rubbings with crayons and plain white paper, make a colorful fall wreath or grab some twigs, acorns, rocks and glue to craft leaf butterflies or other lifelike creatures. > > Find five unique ways to use your Halloween pumpkin. Sure, you can carve a sinister smirk on the outside and use the inside for a delish pumpkin pie, but don’t let your pumpkin creativity end there. Make a candle out of the top section that is typically cut off to allow access to the inside, craft your own recipe for savory pumpkin soup or even use leftover pumpkin to create a honey-pumpkin exfoliating mask after a long day of fielding trick-or-treaters at the front door.

In–Cider Tips

Keep the kids and adults both satisfied with the following cider recipes, provided by Cassie Anderson of Lee’s Orchard in Columbus (

Hot Buttered Rumba

1 teaspoon packed brown sugar 1½ teaspoons soft butter Pinch each of ground cloves, allspice and cinnamon 1/3 cup apple cider ¼ cup dark rum

Cider Slushie

Using a Cuisinart ice cream maker or similar device, pour desired amount of cider into freezer bowl, turn machine on and let mix for 15 to 20 minutes until thick and slushy (soda or other juices work as well). Serve immediately, or if desired, transfer to an airtight container and store in freezer. Remove from freezer at least 20 minutes before serving.

For the grown-ups: For the kids:


In a small saucepan, melt brown sugar and butter together over low heat. Stir in spices. Add cider and heat through until steam is visible. Do not boil. Pour hot cider into mug and stir vigorously. Stir in rum. Top with fresh whipped cream. Serves one; double or triple ingredients as needed.

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ARGO Age: 3 Breed: Belgian Malinois/German shepherd mix

Dog days Meet three unique members of the Columbus Police Department’s hard-working team.

Handler: Officer Branch Schrader Background: At 18 months old, Argo came to the United States from the Republic of Poland and trained with Schrader in patrol work and narcotics at Faus K-9 Specialties in Elkhart. He is trained to passively alert upon detecting an odor of narcotics, which means he will typically sit and stare at the source of an odor when it has been located. Schrader and Argo have worked together for the past two years at the CPD. Notable Moment: After six months working with Argo, Schrader was called to an area near Greenbelt Golf Course to locate a suspect who had been involved in a vehicle pursuit. Argo was able to track and locate the suspect under a bridge in an area not accessible by officers, facilitating the suspect’s apprehension and arrest.

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Argo lost one of his canine teeth during an incident with a suspect. As a result, his remaining canine teeth were capped with titanium to reinforce his grip.


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Age: 18 months

Age: 8 | Breed: Czech shepherd

Breed: Belgian Malinois/German shepherd mix

Handler: Officer Chad Lehman

Handler: Officer John Searle

Background: Rex came to the United States from the Czech Republic in the spring of 2008 and was then shipped to Ventosa Kennel in Scotland Neck, North Carolina, where he began a 10-week training session with Lehman. Rex is a multipurpose police service dog, which means he is trained for several tasks, including narcotic detection, tracking, evidence search and apprehension. He has been working for the Columbus Police Department since July 2008.

Background: Max was born in Holland and received his training alongside Searle at the Northern Michigan K-9 training facility in Clare, Michigan. Searle and Max are the newest K-9 team for the Columbus Police Department and have been together for approximately three months. Max’s position with the CPD is his first job in law enforcement. Notable Moment: Wasting no time demonstrating his natural talent for the job, Max alerted Searle to the odor of narcotics in a vehicle during his first day on patrol.

Notable Moment: Rex has demonstrated his diverse skills on several occasions, including tracking a burglary suspect up a tree and tracking a different theft suspect to Clifty Creek, where officers located the suspect hiding in the water. Rex also alerted Lehman to a stopped vehicle’s passenger door, where police located 43 grams of crystal methamphetamine under the passenger seat.

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In Style Fashion | Trends | Decor

Create a scene with fashion-forward frames Choosing the right frames for your face and your personality can be overwhelming. Don’t be disheartened. Skip the Coke bottles and four-eye jokes with a pair of these sensational spectacles by seasoned designers.

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1. Marc Jacobs, $184, from Columbus Optical, 2475 Cottage Ave., (812) 372-4117.


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2. Evatik, $280, from The Eye Place, 2665 Fox Pointe Drive, (812) 379-9893.

3. Blue frames from Converse, left, $148, wire frames from Adidas, center, $175, and purple frames from Vigeo, right, $145, all from Columbus Optical.

4. Kate Spade, $189, from Columbus Optical.

5. Tuscany eyewear, $175, from Columbus Optical.

6. Adidas, $340, from The Eye Place.

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7. Jimmy Choo, $440, from The Eye Place.

8. La Coste, $189.95, from Coers Family Eyecare PC, 2520 California St., (812) 418-0080.

9. Adin Thomas, $141, from Coers Family Eyecare PC.

10. Jimmy Choo, $497, from The Eye Place.

11. Scott Harris Vintage, $195, from Coers Family Eyecare PC.

12. FYSH, $280, from The Eye Place. –C–

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Local Food | Recipes | Cuisine


Dough Columbus bakeries offer delicious ways to sate senses

Sweet Rose Bakehouse

Artistry, ambience and aroma … bakeries are havens of comfort, drawing us in and embracing us, promising nourishment for body and soul — along with decadent indulgence. No half-baked enterprises, Columbus’ shops are small in number but large in spirit. As locally owned operations, their impact reaches far beyond providing our daily bread.


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Bakeries stabilize neighborhoods and bond neighbors, their products serving as tasty goodwill ambassadors that extend beyond city — and sometimes state — boundaries. They employ local residents, keeping dollars within the community. And they provide friendly competition and product diversity. What’s not to love?

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Joan Jones at Addison Bakehouse. BELOW: Cheesecake drizzled with caramel.


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oan Jones, a former dental hygienist, turned baking — her hobby and passion — into a career. The Addison Bakehouse, where she serves as proprietor and baker, recently celebrated its first anniversary. “I was a hygienist for five years, but when my contract expired and I couldn’t find work, I began selling desserts to local businesses,” says the former Greenwood resident. “I just like to bake and cook, in general, and it seems like it’s going over pretty well.” A half-dozen part-time employees assist Jones, serving customers “scratch” dishes from an extensive full lunch menu, along with upscale gourmet baked goods. House specialties, she says, are “a killer cheesecake, an incredible dark chocolate cake, a lemon cake, and chevre and Belgian chocolate brownies. We offer gift boxes of brownies with some really neat special occasion packaging and are also getting into wedding cakes now.” Jones says she recently had a booth at the Columbus Farmers Market. It was a positive first-time experience she plans to continue, with hopes of being at the venue full time next year. She’s also looking forward to getting a beer and wine permit. “We plan to begin serving dinners Tuesday through Friday, to start, and will continue to be open for lunch,” she says. Addison Bakehouse offers al fresco seating, take-out orders and small-scale catering. A private room seats six to eight guests; the dining room accommodates larger groups. Room reservations are free. “It’s a quaint little place,” Jones says, “with incredible lunch and desserts and wonderful service. We just go all out for our customers.”

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Gramz Bakery and Café 409 Washington St., (812) 378-9728,, Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

LEFT: Gramz Bakery & Café owners Jay and Karen Cole, with their daughter, Rachelle.

In 2010 Cookies, Baskets & More (founded in 2006) merged with Shaffer’s House of Bread (founded in 1999). The result? Gramz Bakery and Café, a family-owned, full-service bakery. Gramz’ original owners retired in July 2013, leaving the Cole family — Jay, Karen and daughters Rachelle and Meaghan — as proprietors. They have two employees. When not behind the counter, Jay Cole runs a construction company. His wife, a Cummins employee, serves as business manager for the family enterprise. It’s an investment for retirement, says Jay Cole, and something to pass along to his daughters, Gramz’ bakers. And bake they do: Bagels, breads, brownies and bars, cookies, cakes and cupcakes, muffins, sweet rolls and scones. And don’t forget the quiche. Gluten-free items are available, but not baked on-site. Cole says specialties include brownies, muffins, pie


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and quiche. “We also sell a lot of petit fours, which are a little bigger than the normal petit fours, and sugar cookies. Everyone loves sugar cookies. “Pecan sticky buns are a big seller, and we do a lot of cakes now ... wedding, birthday and special event cakes,” he adds. Have a cupcake your way, by selecting from among Gramz’ lists of cake, filling and icing, and combining them for a one-of-a-kind creation. The bakery boasts a relatively new coffee bar, where customers can indulge in lattés, espressos — including Americanos — and frozen coffee drinks. Within a few months, Cole is looking forward to serving customers in a newly remodeled building with an expanded coffee bar. “We’d like to thank our customers, invite them to come see our new look and check out our cakes and pastries,” he says.

Ahlemeyer Farms Bakery 2034 17th St., (812) 372-7437, Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

If the third location’s the charm, Ahlemeyer Farms Bakery is positioned for continued sweet success. Owner/baker Kim Kiel says she first opened on Central Avenue, moved to Washington Street and in May celebrated her first anniversary at the current location. A Kokomo native, Kiel owned a produce market there prior to moving to Columbus and opening the bakery. Overall, she’s been in business about 25 years. Kiel and seven part-time employees turn

out pies, cookies, breads and other baked goods. Specialties include homemade cookies: She has 14 scrumptious varieties. Cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls and sweet bread are the most popular sellers. “We strive for quality and presentation in our product,” Kiel says. Ahlemeyer Farms Bakery, the namesake of a farm she owned years ago, offers 26 varieties of pies, giving enthusiasts an opportunity to try a new flavor every two weeks throughout

the year and then start all over again. “Sugar cream is the most popular,” Kiel says, confirming the pastry’s status as Indiana state pie. Sugar- and gluten-free pies are available by special order. “We also have chocolate éclairs, cream horns, turnovers and homemade noodles. And we sell jellies and preserves,” she says. In addition to the 17th Street location, the bakery has a presence at the Franklin Farmers Market, which is open 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 5.

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Naturalee All Natural Bakery 903 Washington St., (812) 341-8070, Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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Linda and Larry VanDeWege opened Naturalee All Natural Bakery in September 2013. Here the order of the day includes products made from whole grain and pure, nutrient-rich ingredients. A focus on dietary restrictions guarantees gluten-free products; many are lactose- and egg-free. Honey and raw sugar are used as sweeteners. “Bad diets cause high inflammation,” says Linda VanDeWege, noting that many people have struggled with weakened immune systems. VanDeWege is well aware of the effects of a weakened immune system: fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, osteoporosis, gluten and lactose intolerance. She’s been there and has that. Rather than give in to the inevitable — pain and debilitation — she used her background in nutrition and dietetics to turn around her life. And she turned her love for baking into a flourishing business that caters to others with the same maladies. A Michigan native, VanDeWege and her family relocated here four years ago from Kokomo. “After 31 years there, I was used to being involved in the community, so decided to sell gluten-free baked goods at the (Columbus) farmers market. After a few weeks, people were lining up for it.” The shop has two part-time employees and four volunteers. As primary baker, VanDeWege has expanded the line to include breads, biscuits, muffins,

sweet or savory pastries, pies, cobblers, waffles, pizza crust and quiche. The menu also includes cookies, brownies and 35 varieties of gourmet granola, the latter made with whole, natural ingredients and sweetened with honey. Most recently, VanDeWege’s passion has led her to community speaking engagements, which she considers her ministry. “We’ve kind of narrowed our specialties down to a niche market and are meeting their dietary needs,” she says. “Americans are becoming more mindful of what they eat.”

TOP: Naturalee Bakery owners Linda and Larry VanDeWege, with assistant Jennifer Poueriet, left. 26

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Melissa Ammon

Sogno Della Terra

901 Washington St., (812) 447-8522,, Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. According to owner Melissa Ammon, Sogno Della Terra is “a fun little place to be.” Opened in September 2013, the Old World-inspired artisan bakeshop and coffee house — the Italian name means “dream of the earth” — offers homemade goodness. Think hearty beef stew, ratatouille, Asiago pepper pots and goat cheese with pine nuts and roasted onion. Add to that crusty artisan breads: Tuscan olive loaf, prohibition bread (a bacon and cheese medley), Asiago bagels and orange challah, a sweet coriander bread rich with butter. Customer favorites also

include Italian and specialty cakes, along with French press coffee and tea. Ammon’s husband, JR, is a physical therapist; thus, she does most of the work in tandem with six of the couple’s seven children, who range from teenagers to early twenty-somethings. Ammon taught baking for 20 years and sold bread to restaurants while living in North Carolina. The Parke County native says the family has been baking for years. In fact, “The only arguments (the kids) ever had was over who got to use which recipe,” she says. The bakery uses all natural products

and quality ingredients, which eliminate the need to over-sugar or over-salt anything, she says. Although all ingredients are not organic, an assortment of organic flours and gluten-free products is available. Sogno Della Terra is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere and impeccable customer service. “I want customers to feel like they’ve come home and to offer a place they can just be themselves in as homey an atmosphere as possible,” Ammon says. “That’s my goal, and it’s our contribution to the community.” The restaurant offers al fresco seating and take-out orders.

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Sweet Rose Bakehouse

A rose by any other name might be Sweet Rose Bakehouse. Owned by Jerry and Rose Wright, the business is located in a century-old building that boasts brick interior walls and speaks of bygone eras. Rose Wright grew up in Starlight, where she and her siblings worked on the family farm and on the adjacent Huber farm, where they picked strawberries and other seasonal produce. Later, as a stay-at-home mom, she cooked and baked for her family, nurturing dreams of one day owning her own business. The couple opened bakery doors March 1, 2011, eventually adding luncheon items in response to customers’ requests. They have eight part-time employees, including manager Leslie Dennett. Jerry Wright, a Cummins employee, handles bookkeeping and maintenance. Products are made from scratch, using all natural ingredients. Muffins, sweet rolls, scones, breads, cookies, cupcakes and cheesecakes are staples; pies generally are baked to order. Gluten-free items are available. Sweetie pies and cheesecakes are mini musthaves. Though just 3 to 4 inches in diameter, they are big on flavor. Sweet Rose’s luncheon menu offers quiche, salads and bursting-with-goodness sandwiches prepared with freshly baked country wheat bread. September means soup’s on, which includes tomato bisque, baked potato, broccoli cheese, roasted cauliflower and pumpkin. Chicken pot pie, embellished with pie crust chips on top, is a favorite. Most items, such as chocolate chip cookies, are classics, Wright says. An exception is George’s Cookie, an oatmeal morsel crammed with cranberries, white chocolate chips and almonds, created by Wright and named for a friend. “Really, I don’t know if we have any specialties,” she says. “We’re real proud of everything that we do.” 1604 Home Ave., (812) 376-7673,, sweetrosebakehouse. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (lunch 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).


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Ashlynn Leigh Cakes


ubrey Smith, founder/creator of Ashlynn Leigh Cakes, touts her products as “cakes made with love.”

But the bakery, which recently relocated,

purveys more than cakes. Cupcakes, brownies and “any kind of little sweet you can imagine” are offered, the Muncie native says, along with holiday pies, rolls and breads. “My number one specialty is my chocolate cupcake, which I call boba,” she says. “It’s chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and vanilla butter cream. Kids love the cake pops and decorated sugar cookies.” The decoration is more than icing on the cake, Smith says. “I decorated for family and friends for 21 years. As my girls got older, I missed it and, after attending a course in Chicago in August 2010, started doing it professionally.” Now celebrating her fourth anniversary, Smith says the new location is intended to be a destination not just for buying made-fromscratch and beautifully decorated celebration items, but a haven where customers can read a book and let the kids play. When you call, ask for Aubrey: Ashlynn Leigh is the combined middle names of her daughters who, she hopes, one day will take over the business. Ashlynn Leigh Cakes, 1109 16th St., (812) 603-2140,, Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. –C–

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Patio dining at Feast in Bloomington.

Food for Thought


These Indiana college town restaurants receive high marks for their food By Sara Croft and CJ Woodring

Summer has drawn to a close and parents throughout the Hoosier State have said goodbye to their teens, who headed off for one of Indiana’s colleges. When you plan a visit to check in on your offspring, share a memorable family meal at any of these eateries, located in Greencastle, Bloomington, Lafayette, South Bend and Muncie.


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Outside seating at Almost Home in Greencastle. BELOW: Desserts at the restaurant.


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Almost Home Restaurant 17 W. Franklin St., (765) 653-5788,

Greencastle is home to DePauw University and Ivy Tech Community College. In addition to offering visitors warmth and friendliness, this small, west-central Indiana town provides recreational opportunities, industrial enterprises and commercial businesses befitting a thriving city with 150 years under its belt. The Almost Home Restaurant, launched in 1990 as a tearoom and gift shop, is located in the downtown Courthouse Square. In 2001, owner-chef Gail Smith purchased an adjacent building and expanded the small tea room into a fully functioning restaurant. Historic architectural features of the 1836 building were preserved, leaving the original stone foundation, exposed brick walls and a massive arch with a tin ceiling to create a 70-seat dining room. As one of the city’s few non-fast food or chain restaurants, Smith’s restaurant does, in fact, make you feel as if you are “almost home.” “All of our produce is purchased from local farmers when in season,” Smith says. Steaks are sourced weekly from Jasper-based Fischer Farms; other Hoosier farmers provide seasonal produce as available. Local meat and produce shape lunch and dinner menu offerings. The restaurant’s most popular menu item is the award-winning strawberry pizza, Smith says. “I came up with it in the late 1990s, serving it at the Taste of Indiana, where it won Best Dessert, as well as the top prize at a Culinary Institute of America contest.” Families can enjoy a back-to-school slice as strawberries wrap up their growing season.



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Bistro 501 501 Main St., (765) 423-4501,

Lafayette boasts more than 250 restaurants that cater to residents and students attending Purdue University. Guests get the feeling that Bistro 501 has been around nearly as long as the college. Located next to the local farmers market in the city’s historic district, Bistro 501 features tables with full settings and a warm interior of bright yellows and blues, enhanced with rooster décor. It speaks to a relaxed, yet elegant, atmosphere where “you feel comfortable dressing up or putting your elbows on a table,” says Theresa Buckley, pastry chef and front-of-house manager. The main dining room’s large windows overlook Main Street and an outdoor patio, the city’s first al fresco dining area. Paté, escargot and salmon tartare are just a few of the ways in which Bistro 501 chefs invite you to try something new through French cuisine-inspired dishes. Seasonally rotating lunch and dinner menus offer just a handful of options, perfect for the indecisive eater who shudders at multiple pages. Frequent rotation has not skirted the rack of lamb and steak frites, two menu items that have remained staples since the restaurant’s opening 14 years ago. Award-winning barrel-aged cocktails and selections from an extensive 30-page wine list are even better when paired with desserts and pastries made in-house. Selections include Sweet Corn Gelato with crumbles of Captain Crunch, traditional French crème brûlée and sticky toffee pudding, a nod to the British ancestry of the owner’s family.


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Barn Brasserie 117 W. Charles St., (765) 216-6982,

Walk into Barn Brasserie in Muncie, home of Ball State University, and you may feel the need to order a pint of local beer, open a book and stay awhile. As the city of Muncie worked to revitalize the Village, a cultural hot spot for college students, owner-chef Matt Burns opened Barn Brasserie. The result is a college bar scene and great food offered in a family-friendly restaurant. The comfortable setting has the feel of a country barn, boasting an exposed wooden bar and Ball jar lighting fixtures, a nod to the iconic glassware manufactured here from 1888 to 1998. But what you see on your plate will remind you less of grandma’s kitchen and more of an upscale, urban restaurant. Burns concocts original recipes from locally sourced ingredients, ordering only one day’s supplies at a time to ensure quality product over quantity. The restaurant has no freezer or microwave. The Barn Burger features a variety of ingredients and styles, which are listed on the daily chalkboard. The Korean burger — ground duck topped with a fried egg and kimchi — has been a recent favorite. It is paired with french fries and condiments made in-house. Sunday brunch is always packed, with locals eyeing a unique menu of pineapple upside-down pancakes, seafood omelets and brunch burgers (loaded with gravy and topped with an egg). Pair your meal with one of the local draft brews on tap or choose from a selection of red and white wines.

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Café Navarre 101 N. Michigan St., (574) 968-8101,

Downtown South Bend is just a few miles south of the University of Notre Dame, the fourth-oldest college in Indiana. Owner Kurt Janowski knew just what the community was missing when he introduced upscale French cuisine. “Meals are more than just about the food. They are about enjoying each other’s company, about laughter, stories, memories, future plans and connecting. Café Navarre’s beautiful setting is the perfect backdrop for these special meals,” he says. Housed in the original American Trust Bank building, now carefully restored and listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, Café Navarre merges the past with the present. Modern furnishings in black, white and marble shine in natural light that radiates through large floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests pull up a chair on the ground level or upper level seating area for a magnificent view of historic Michigan Street. French, Italian and Spanish cuisine is simple and delectable, created with farm-to-table sources. Filet mignon is elevated with a cabernet demi-glace; the pan-roasted rack of lamb is enhanced with pickled mustard jus. The restaurant offers multiple seafood options, with weekly deliveries guaranteeing a fresh catch-of-the-day. Step outside your comfort zone and enjoy the Duck Two Ways entree: a seared breast rubbed with five spices and coupled with a confit. Café Navarre’s luncheon menu offers lighter soups and salads for day visitors. Other options include the Wagyu burger with Vermont cheddar and onion confit, or Basque stew with mussels, mirepoix and fish in a saffron tomato broth.

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Feast Bakery Café 581 E. Hillside Drive No. 104, (812) 822-0222,

Although located a mere mile south of the Indiana University campus, Feast will make you forget how close you are to the hustle and bustle of college life. The comfortable, yet upscale, environment invites you to stop by in jeans and a T-shirt or enjoy a date night before a concert or show. Head chef Erika Yoachum runs the 4-year-old operation with her sister, Jennifer Burt, basing the business on local and sustainable practices and supporting local food growth. Although the restaurant is small, a seasonal patio extends seating. A Michigan native, Yoachum has been cooking since childhood. Her extensive background includes positions as chef, baker and caterer in Brown County, Zionsville and California. Personal service, outstanding ingredients and great taste are hallmarks at Feast, which offers seasonal menus — including small plates for luncheon selections — along with Sunday brunch. Try a burger, a menu mainstay that includes a new beef burger garnished with house kimchi and peach miso barbecue sauce. Or say “Ole” to nearly a dozen varieties of tamales Yoachum learned to make and perfected while living in Los Angeles. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available and include the tempeh burger and the tamale feast. For a sweet indulgence, select from among tasty pastries and cakes or order a signature drink from the espresso bar. –C–

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In 2010, Hoosier Momma’s homemade bloody mary mix was becoming a fixture at local farmers markets, the result of the three “mommas” behind this Indiana handcrafted mixer — Erin Edds, KC Cranfill and Cat Hill — “taking on the male-dominated (beverage) industry,” explains co-owner Hill. Eventually those farmers markets offered the trio the opportunity to move to large-scale festivals, getting their drink mixer noticed by Glazer Indiana, a drink distributor. Marsh Supermarkets was the first grocery store to carry Hoosier Momma products — a line of finely crafted “culinary cocktails,” which, as Hill says, “taste as beautiful as they look.” Then, it wasn’t long before Hoosier Momma products were appearing in local eateries like Flatwater Restaurant, Cafe Patachou and Traders Point Creamery. “Today we are available at over 800 locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Wisconsin and the Chicago area,” reports Hill. Hoosier Momma also makes regular appearances at Lucas Oil Stadium


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and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hoosier Momma’s Original Bloody Mary Maker was created using Indiana products. The company is dedicated, Hill explains, to offering premium beverage products made with high-quality ingredients. In 2011, the company’s creative team introduced Spicy Bloody Mary Maker, a popular riff on the original, low-sodium mix. This new blend boasts a smoky blend of horseradish and aged cayenne. The makers of Hoosier Momma’s hope their line of handcrafted mixers may soon be found at many local package liquor stores across the state, along with local restaurants like St. Elmo’s and Matt the Miller’s Tavern. Hoosier Momma products can also be found on shelves at local grocery stores, such as Marsh, Kroger and Meijer. For more information, visit

When it comes to the soda business, Jerry Rezny, owner of Handcrafted Beverages, is no amateur. “I worked for Coca-Cola right out of college,” says Rezny, “when the sweetener was still cane sugar.” First making waves in producing craft beer, Rezny attributes his interest in food and beer brewing to a trip he once took to Germany. “Every town of any size had at least one brewery, and everyone typically enjoyed the local beer,” he says. “It was so fresh, and only four ingredients: water, malted barley, hops and yeast.” Upon his return to the States, Rezny’s newfound avocation for brewing grew into a refined hobby. His successful venture into homebrewing won him several awards at the Wisconsin State Fair and carried over into the commercial trade. “The old, major domestic brewing companies were producing a product that was thirst-quenching and cheap, but with very little character,” he explains. He sensed people wanted “something better” and opened Brewmasters Pub Restaurant and Brewery in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1987, then the 16th brewpub in the country and the first in the Midwest. It was then that Rezny’s passion grew more focused. “We made our own root beer at the brewpubs,” he says. “After experimenting with other sodas, including colas, we shelved


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the idea. The ingredients were not readily available, and there was just not enough time to do it all.” Rezny continued to run the brewpub business for over two decades, but a few years ago he obtained a parttime teaching position in the culinary arts department at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. The gig afforded him the opportunity to focus on his passion for creating craft beverages. Handcrafted Beverages offers an impressive line of flavored sodas: cola, diet cola, root beer, cherry vanilla cream, red cream soda, ginger beer, lemon lime, citrus, green apple, caramel apple, chocolate, orange and grape. “We are currently making all naturally sweetened soda syrups for independent restaurants,” he says. “The regular sodas are sweetened with cane sugar; the diet sodas are sweetened with natural Stevia.” Rezny’s sodas (the syrups of which are presently produced at Indy’s Kitchen on the near northside) are currently featured at Broad Ripple Brew Pub, Pogue’s Run Grocers, Tow Yard Brewing Company, Three Pints Brewpub in Plainfield and Hey Café in Greenfield, along with several others. For more information, visit

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Intrinsic inspiration is just a handy byproduct of a lengthy career in the food and beverage business, and the innovative duo behind Wilks & Wilson knows exactly how to distill those flashes of libation inspiration. “I’ve been in food and beverage in one form or another since I was about 14,” says Zach Wilks, the Wilks portion of the company that makes classic cocktail elixirs — tonics, syrups, grenadines and bitters. For Wilks, much of what he does is old hat. “My family has always been in the spirits business,” he explains. “My mother was a bartender, my uncle owned United Package Liquors, which was the largest liquor store chain in (Indiana), and my grandparents used to own a grocery store at New York and Davidson streets that they actually ran a bar out of the stock room during Prohibition.” And though Wilks has held a multitude of restaurant jobs (bus boy, cook, dishwasher, server, manager and owner among them), that aforementioned inspiration would propel him elsewhere. “Behind the bar is my real passion,” he says. Wilks employs his culinary experience in his beverage craft. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great chefs through the course of my career,” he says, “and I think that’s been a huge influence on the way I work. I believe (in) sourcing the best ingredients we can get our hands on and letting the ingredients speak for themselves. I also think there is a lot to be said in simplicity, creating cocktails and dishes with fewer high-quality ingredients to highlight the items you’re using.” Co-owner Greg Wilson goes on to


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Triple XXX Family Restaurant


For husband and wife Greg and Carrie Ehresman, the second-generation owners of Triple XXX Family Restaurant in West Lafayette, owning the well-known restaurant is about more than just having a good soda recipe on tap. It’s an integral part of Greg’s family history. Ehresman learned in a hands-on environment by working at Triple XXX, when his

explain that the team is constantly experimenting with new flavor combinations. “It’s always fun to come up with new products for clients or for specific spirits,” he explains. And though the duo started with elixirs, Wilks & Wilson is expanding into cocktail bitters. “Our Storyville bitters (pays tribute)

to New Orleans and the cocktail culture there,” says Wilks. “Its main flavors are chicory coffee and pecan.” The mixologists also work with many clients on custom flavors and elixirs for their beverage programs. Wilks & Wilson products are distributed in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Washington D.C., Missouri and Kansas. For more information, visit

father and mother, Jack and Ruth Ehresman, owned the restaurant. “My aunts and grandma ran the place,” Ehresman explains, and he got his start as a dishwasher there when he was just 13. But Ehresman’s most notable chore took place in the basement, where he mixed the eatery’s famous root beer. The original, pure cane sugar root beer, which was initially developed in 1895, led to the creation of several Triple XXX “Thirst Stations” throughout the country in the early to mid1900s. These small eateries featured the popular drink, along with popular drivein–style food. “We still have the original Triple XXX root

beer,” says Ehresman, “although not made in the basement anymore.” Today, the Triple XXX product is created just north of Lafayette at a Chicago-based facility, where it is packaged and shipped. “As the years have passed and the industry has changed,” says Ehresman, “we’ve needed to conform a little bit, and this is just the safest and most efficient way to do things.” Over the years, Ehresman has made some updates to the menu. He grinds fresh top sirloin for Triple XXX’s signature chop steak sandwiches, prime cuts and homemade chili. “We also cut and cook our pork barbecue on site, and our grilled tenderloin from

center-cut, fully trimmed pork loin,” he says. And there’s also what Ehresman describes as the “newly famous,” made-from-scratch Triple XXX root beer cake. Ehresman’s central responsibilities are overseeing back-of-the-house operations, as well as doing general accounting, but he also enjoys dabbling in the laboratory, as he works with his wife to develop new soda flavors for the Triple XXX brand. “We are never resting on our laurels,” he explains. “Right now we’re working on the new flavors; cream soda, orange and low-calorie root beer.” For more information, visit –C–

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On a whim, Darryl Tannenbaum took up a sport that has him running all over the world


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Dr. Darryl Tannenbaum woke up one July morning five years ago and decided to go for a run. Though he’d “never run at all,” he says, he started out running a mile. By the following February, he ran his first marathon in Austin, Texas. Since then, he has gone on to participate in the World Marathon Majors — six of the best-known races in the world. “I got the bug, signed up for the one in Chicago 2010 and then Boston in April of 2011, New York in November 2011, Berlin 2012, London April 2013, and then in February 2014, I ran Tokyo,” he says. It’s quite an accomplishment even for an elite runner, and Tannenbaum feels fortunate to be part of the American Medical Athletic Association. His membership has allowed him access to some of the more difficult-to-enter competitions. “To qualify for Boston in my age group, you pretty much have to run 3:20, but being part of this team, you can run in the race as a sort of charitable thing. You have to raise money,” he explains. “I’m not the fastest, but I try pretty hard. My best time is 3:48.” Tannenbaum, an orthopedic surgeon at Southern Indiana Orthopedics, moved to Columbus from Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1997, after he and his wife, Sue, visited and were won over by the city’s beautiful architecture. They have raised two sons, Brendan, 20, and Nicholas, 19, here. Both of his sons, now in college, were busy high school students when Darryl picked up running. It was a sport, he quickly found, that he could train for by himself. “I took it up because I can do it anywhere, anytime,” he explains. “I see myself as a solitary male elephant who trudges along by myself.” He also views running as an issue of mind over matter. “It’s a big mental game, physically,” he says. “I like pushing myself. It’s not about having talent, (but) more about pushing your-

Darryl Tannenbaum runs in the Tokyo Marathon. self to the point where you don’t think you can do it anymore.” “Running really fit into his lifestyle,” Sue says. “It just never disrupted where we were as a family. He would get up and do long runs and be gone two to three hours, but he’s never sacrificed our other priorities.” She admits she was a bit surprised when her husband first took up running, but not at all surprised when he announced he wanted to run a marathon. “He loves the idea of planning something, so having a goal like running a

marathon is right up his alley,” she says. At first, her husband’s new hobby didn’t have much of an impact on her, but he drew her in by planning family trips around the marathons. Sue and the couple’s sons have attended several of his races. “When a marathon takes over a city, you get very swept up in the excitement of the day,” Sue says. “You’re racing from place to place as a spectator, running through parks, jumping in cabs.” Visiting new cities has been an eye-opener. She says the trip to Tokyo was particularly Columbus Magazine



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interesting, and she’s not sure she would ever have traveled there without a race to attend. “I had no idea what to expect,” she says. “It felt just like the movie ‘Lost in Translation.’ We stayed in the same hotel (that was in the movie). The karaoke, the wild bright neon colors, the loudness of the city, it was like being in that film in the best of all possible ways.” As an orthopedic surgeon, Darryl has a unique perspective on running. He has written columns on the Southern Indiana Orthopedics website ( about running and how to deal with various aches, pains and injuries. He often advises other runners to follow programs carefully and train properly to avoid injury. “Don’t skip any of the run,” he says. “I think that’s why people get hurt is that they don’t follow the recommended training. Make sure there’s a long run every weekend. By the end of the training period, do a 20- to 22-mile run.” He is planning a race in Antarctica in March 2015, which is part of his goal to eventually run a marathon on each of the seven continents. (He has three down, thus far.) The temperatures in Antarctica are expected to be around 20 below zero. “You need special gear, and the times are slower,” he says. “People generally run about an hour and a half slower than normal.” But Darryl is no longer so worried about speed. “Five years ago my goal for each marathon was to run a faster pace in each race by 10 minutes,” he explains. “My goal now for running is to run marathons as long as I can and avail myself of every bit of information so I can do just that. If I plan thoughtfully at 50, I hope to be running marathons at 75 and won’t care about my time.” –C–

Mill Race Marathon The Mill Race Marathon, now in its second year, consists of a marathon, a half marathon and a 5K, as well as numerous family-friendly activities. Last year’s inaugural event saw 4,300 registered runners, which organizers hope will increase to 5,000 this year.

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A first-floor bedroom in a client’s home was converted to an office and library area by interior designer Susan Brook. Photo courtesy of Susan Brook.

Reading Between the Lines The modern home library is a real page-turner


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f the game of Clue were created today, you might find Professor Plum rummaging for evidence in the reading nook, not the library of a spacious mansion with an open concept floor plan. Miss Scarlet may innocently be reading a novel on an iPad, and Colonel Mustard would be searching the Internet on his smartphone. Technology has influenced the number of books we have in our homes, and the way we live reflects the layout and design. A room set aside for a library is not a priority in home design these days, but book lovers need not despair. While books may no longer be relegated to a dusty room, perfectly packed in wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling shelves with a rolling ladder or two for easy access, you will find in modern times that books are artfully arranged in home offices, stashed in reading nooks in kitchens and great rooms, or nestled in beautiful shelves in the dining room.

Cozy Surroundings Susan Brook, interior designer and owner of Susan Brook Interiors in Columbus, believes books can soften the appearance of any area of the home, becoming not only just books to read but décor elements as well. “The image of books softens the hard surface look of a dining room,” she says. “Line the walls of your dining room with elegant bookshelves and have quick access to a great book for dinner conversation.” Hallways also can be a showcase for books. If wide enough, says Brook, they can house bookcases. “And that large, nebulous area at the top of the stairs in many homes can sometimes be a messy waste of space that gathers toys and household items,” she adds. “Make the most of that spot and convert it into a comfortable den with bookcases, an oversize chair and a reading lamp.” Comfort is key as you design a reading area within the home. You want furniture that beckons you to curl up with a good book, says Brook. She suggests a large, deep-seated sofa. “A leather Chesterfield makes a nice addition to a library setting and lends an Old World flair to your décor rather than a contemporary style sofa that you would perch on rather than Columbus Magazine


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sink into,” she says. “Designing a library space is about layering and texture. Start with the flooring. Shroud the floor with a beautiful Oriental rug with reds, blues and golds, for example. Add plush furniture and work your way up to the architecture of the bookshelves.”

Beyond the Books Libraries don’t have to be a home for only books, says Brook. Magazines, photo albums, sheets of music, your favorite treasures and collectibles can be woven into the décor. Books can be mixed in with your artwork displays or your personal collections, she says. “If you had a collection of African masks and books, for example, along with a map displaying the geography of Africa, you could make a lovely and bold display in your library.” Small decorative touches can make a difference in the décor of your library, as well. Juli Suverkrup, interior designer and owner of Juli Suverkrup Design in Columbus, recommends when placing a hardback book on a shelf, take the paper cover off to reveal the leather or cloth cover. “Book covers have so much character,” she says. “You can stack books on a coffee table and place an accessory on top, such as a brightly colored vase, a small sculpture or lamp. Or decoratively arrange your coffee table books in a spiral shape on your table or any counter space you have between bookshelves. You can also display a page in a book that features your favorite poem or story by placing the open book on a plate stand. Tuck it inside your bookshelf or display it on a table.” Add pizazz to your reading nook with unusual shaped bookshelves, suggests Suverkrup. Horizontal, rectangular, circular or arched bookcases offer an interesting twist. “A diamond-shaped bookcase with slanted shelves in which books are stored at an angle would be the perfect accent for a reading nook area in the great room of a contemporary home featuring clean lines and geometric accents,” she says. Sherri Agnew, interior designer and feng shui practitioner, is the owner of Design Line Inc. in Columbus. She suggests a fun way to set off a bookshelf is to place lively wallpaper that matches your décor on the back panel. “This


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Bookcases and library spaces created by interior designer Juli Suverkrup. Photos courtesy of Juli Suverkrup.

is a great way to make your bookshelf pop, especially in a reading nook area in a kitchen or sunroom where you want a punch of color,” she says. “You can situate colorful glass panels to the back of a shelf as well and place lighting behind it for a soft glow, which adds a bit of luminescence to your shelving and any books or artwork you wish to highlight.”

Creative Division of Space Not only can you define space for your library with artistic and eclectic décor, you can also use physical barriers, such as pocket doors and movable walls, to further define reading areas in open concept floor plans. Agnew often uses Japanese shoji pocket doors to partition space. “These large pocket

“You can situate colorful glass panels to the back of a shelf as well and place lighting behind it for a soft glow, which adds a bit of luminescence to your shelving and any books or artwork you wish to highlight.” —sherri agnew

doors come in elegant designs,” she says. “The doors have wood frames and often feature decorative, dense fabric panels or Plexiglas. Some contain frosted or clear glass panels, which allow a flow of light into the partitioned area. The decorative patterns add interest to a reading nook. The door does not disturb open concept design, yet allows you to partition the space.” Another option for dividing space for your reading nook is the use of green or living walls. They provide a vertical planting surface for indoor or outdoor use and can be mobile. “The walls consist of a lattice system of troughs for you to place plants,” Agnew says. “The troughs are usually filled with ivy or hardy indoor plants. Consider the area you will be placing the wall and purchase plants according to how they thrive in various levels of light. The walls can be built on casters for easy portability. You can move the wall anywhere in the room for privacy.” According to Brook, what makes a library so beautiful, even if it’s simply a reading nook, is the view of the books themselves. The various sizes and striking book covers create a visual noise in the room. “The Internet has taken over,” she says. “People no longer have encyclopedia sets and reference books on their shelves, but the smell and feel of books and the joy of turning the pages has not disappeared. Books take you to another place; you can get lost in a book.” –C–

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Forging a Legacy From the basement up, Bob and Barb Stevens have made a lasting impact on their community Story by Jon Shoulders Photos by Andrew Laker and Chet Strange


f Bob and Barb Stevens ever feel like taking a trip down memory lane back to their days as young professionals and newcomers in Columbus, all they have to do is walk down the steps of their spacious five-bedroom home into the basement, and the recollections will come flooding back. It was in that basement 29 years ago, among a few drafting boards, little space and a pool table with pockets used as a makeshift filing system for accounting paperwork, that Bob assembled his small startup team in the first days of what would rapidly become a massively successful steel forging company. As the Stevenses’ career successes blossomed in the intervening years, so did their involvement with local arts institutions, charitable organizations and public renovation projects, and today Bob and Barb are enjoying retirement life with a continued dedication to numerous local causes. “They’ve shown their enthusiasm not only for

projects they’ve been involved with but for the entire community,” says Tom Vujovich, former president of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission. “It’s a real willingness to commit themselves and help do things the community needs to get done.” Originally from Detroit, Bob and Barb met at age 13 while taking junior high school classes across the hall from each other. After dating through their high school and college years, they were married in 1968 after Barb completed a degree in education and while Bob finished his MBA degree. He quickly landed a management job with Firestone Tire that led to stints in Puerto Rico, Panama, Brazil and Akron, Ohio, and little did he know at the time that connections within the company would eventually pave a circuitous route to a successful career as the owner of his own forging business in Columbus. “I saw an article in the Wall Street Journal about a friend of ours from Firestone Brazil who was mentioned as working in Indianapolis for an entre-

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Personalities preneur there named Beurt SerVaas, and so I called the friend,” Bob says. Introductions were made, and SerVaas convinced Bob to help turn around his struggling forging operation in North Vernon. Beginning in 1978, the Stevenses spent seven years on the northside of Indianapolis while Barb completed law school and while Bob commuted to North Vernon Forge — a daily car ride that, while somewhat monotonous over time, yielded a singular benefit. “Sometimes Bob would go down I-65 as a change of pace, and he had seen an empty building off of the highway that was built on spec,” Barb says. “And he watched it for all those years, thinking there might be a use for it.” Bob was eyeing the structure that would become ground zero for his own multimillion-dollar forging business.

From the Ground Up

In the fall of 1985, the Stevenses agreed that Bob

With three children in tow at ages between 10 and 13, it seemed like the perfect time and ideal surroundings to settle in for the long haul. Just two weeks after moving in, however, a shocking phone call on Thanksgiving Eve brought news that changed the course of Bob and Barb’s careers from that point onward — North Vernon Forge had been sold, and Bob was suddenly jobless. “Our jaws dropped,” Barb says. “We had not yet sold our house in Indy, and here we were with three boys changing schools and all of that.” It was a watershed moment in Bob’s career, and he knew it. A few quick job interviews prompted a bold decision to start his own steel forging enterprise — a choice Barb says was difficult but necessary. “When he came back from those interviews, he said, ‘I can’t ever work for anyone else again,’ because of what happened,” she says. “He knew he had to be master of his own fate.”

Bob Stevens plays with his grandchildren.

couldn’t commute from the northside of Indy to North Vernon forever, and they purchased a three-level home near Blackwell Park in Columbus that once served as a farmhouse. The home came complete with a bridge in the backyard that had been built to allow cows and tractors to be transported over a small creek to the adjacent farmland that still sprawls behind the house.


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Several phone calls were promptly made to prospective customers, and before Bob had acquired any steel, forging hammers, heating furnaces or even a building lease to house his new operation, an order came in for $2 million worth of parts. Good news indeed, but the customer required the order by the first week of the following March. “By then it was December, and I got a call from the bank on Christmas Eve saying that they’d give me financing,” Bob says. “I called four people that I had recruited to turn the North Vernon operation around and asked them point blank if they wanted to jump ship and join us in our basement, and if they wanted to put money in and be shareholders.” All four colleagues agreed, and Impact Forge Inc. was off to a galloping start. Over the next 60 days Bob, along with Barb as legal counsel and his four new employees, which consisted of two engineers, a sales and marketing vice president, and a manufacturing vice president, worked day and night to fill their first work order. The team operated primarily from the modest confines of the Stevenses’ basement before acquiring a construction trailer when Impact Forge finally moved into the 40,000-square-foot facility Bob had casually scouted during his days commuting from Indianapolis to North Vernon. “The kids would come home from school, go

down to the basement to see what the engineers were designing and then would get out their Legos and copy the design,” Barb says. “By then, Bob was on an adrenaline rush after he had made the decision. The focus was just to make the parts, whatever it takes, and they did it. For that Christmas, he bought me a forging hammer.” Barb worked for several years alongside Seymour-based attorney Roger Pardieck handling product liability and environmental law litigation before joining Impact Forge full time as general counsel. The company expanded annually, eventually reaching $100 million in annual sales and more than 900 employees, allowing Bob the opportunity to found Net Forge, a separate enterprise whose customers, like Impact’s, were largely automakers as well as agricultural and industrial companies. Bob’s plants thrived through the use of several innovative techniques, including “cold forging,” a process that involves manipulating metal at room temperature with special tooling instead of heating it to a standard 2,000-plus degrees. He subsequently founded Omni Forge in 1990 after purchasing the assets of a forging facility in Remington and then bought Impact Precision Forge in Coldwater, Michigan, in 1998. “The city of Columbus was very welcoming from the start, and people put us in touch with

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The Stevenses at The Commons in 2011.

“They’ve shown their enthusiasm not only for projects they’ve been involved with but for the entire community.” —tom vujovich, of bob and barb stevens

other people we needed to know at the small business association,” Barb says. “They helped us with a development loan and with a state program to help recruit hourly employees. The city and state were fantastic, especially in working quickly.” As he reflects on the success of each of his four forging operations, Bob says it’s important to realize “you can’t do everything yourself, and you need more help than you think when you’re an aspiring entrepreneur. The advantage I had was to start up with four great people plus Barb, and we’d already worked together and trusted each other, and each had different areas of expertise. As we got hit by challenge after challenge after challenge, it wasn’t all me or any one of them. We were all together.”


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Stepping Away

Bob sold Impact Forge in 2006, staying on as CEO for 18 months to ensure a smooth transition for the new owners, and Barb retired a year after the sale. “Impact was our baby, starting in the basement, and the loyalty and affection felt among all the team members were special,” Bob says. “It was one of the toughest things in our lives to give up that baby, but we knew it was time.” Since retiring, the Stevenses have been anything but idle. Their children, Matt, Chuck and Dave, are now spread out among Denver, San Francisco and Bloomington, which necessitates a fair share of traveling the country, including regular visits to a beachfront condo in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. Bob serves on an advisory board for Harrison Lake Country Club in Columbus that

oversees the management of the facility’s entertainment, clubhouse and golf course. “It’s something that takes a lot of my time now, and I’ve enjoyed it,” he says. Bob recalls that even after the Impact Forge team had graduated from his basement to on-site offices, the Stevens home remained a key element in their formula for success and still provides a means of comfort and relaxation during retirement life. “It was part of our sanity running Impact to be able to come home and take a look at this view at the house,” he says. “It works great now because we don’t need to go to a cabin someplace to get away.” The home is just the right size for visits from the Stevenses’ sons and five grandchildren. On the upper floor, Bob and Barb recently converted a former bedroom into a “bunk bed haven” for

the grandkids to stay in when visiting grandma and grandpa. Plenty of natural light flows into the kitchen and dining space from the backyard, and a small lounge space with a TV and cushioned chair sits immediately adjacent to the kitchen, adding a distinctive and unique element to the overall flow of the home’s ground level. “Somehow when you’re entertaining, everyone always ends up in the kitchen, so we’re glad we have that,” Bob says with a laugh. The Stevenses’ in-ground pool, which includes a waterfall feature at one end, makes for a popular gathering spot for family and friends, and a grilling station sits close by. “Gardening is also one of our hobbies,” Bob says. “We spend a lot of time outside weeding and transplanting and moving stuff around. Barb’s herb garden has a drip system, which is handy for being away.” As longtime supporters and collectors of historic and current Indiana art, the Stevens household displays colorful painted landscapes and street scenes acquired throughout the years. “We started our art collection when we got married and had our first apartment,” Bob says. “We ended up buying a painting at every place we moved to remind us of that place, and when we moved to Columbus we were amazed at the quality of the world-class art from Brown County and other nearby areas.” He currently serves as chairman of a $2 million expansion program for Brown County’s Art Gallery Association, and the committee hopes to include an art education studio and exhibit hall with the new space. Columbus residents strolling through the recently restored Commons on Washington Street might notice the upper level’s Brazilian cherry flooring, a wood type Bob noticed while traversing the Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. After becoming chairman of The Commons renovation planning committee shortly after retiring from Impact Forge, he recommended the flooring throughout the four-year, $18 million project. “Bob pushed for those things he believed in and advocated for them strongly, but did it in a positive manner,” says Vujovich, also a member of The Commons renovation committee. “He understood it was a community project, and as a result there are compromises that you have to make. His enthusiasm for the project was obvious.” The Commons project provides a fitting illustration of the Stevenses’ devotion to their local community, from hectic beginnings in Columbus almost 30 years ago to post-career endeavors. “We loved the old Commons, which was so unique for the community,” Bob says. “It’s one of the things we loved when we came to Columbus 29 years ago and a great example of why we still love being here.” –C–

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C o m m o n B onds Regardless of backgrounds, beliefs or even family history, five area cancer survivors came away from their experiences learning one major lesson — knowledge is power. Their advice to others on the same journey: Use this power to be involved in your treatment and to speak up for yourself.

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Experience has taught Columbus resident Angi Sanders that knowledge is power. As a 19-year-old student at Vincennes University, she went in for her annual female exam. Her Pap test results showed irregular cells, and a biopsy was ordered. Results from that test confirmed Sanders had severe cervical dysplasia. “At no point did they say the word cancer,” she says. “They didn’t want to operate; they wanted to treat it.” Doctors performed a loop electrosurgical excision procedure, commonly known as LEEP. They also performed cryosurgery, a technique that utilizes intense cold to kill the irregular cells. The idea was to shock the cells with extreme temperature changes so they would die. Sanders says alternating the two procedures was common practice in 1985. Three weeks after her first treatment, she returned to the doctor, only to discover instead of dying, the cells had grown. She underwent yet another LEEP procedure and cryosurgery. These alternating treatments continued periodically until 1992. Neither chemo nor radiation therapies was discussed. Sanders was showing all the signs of advanced cervical and ovarian cancer, but no doctor would actually name the beast, she says. In 1992, while still undergoing treatment for the dysplasia, she developed a spot on the side of her nose. Doctors scraped the area twice to remove it, confirmed it was topical skin cancer, but assured her each time it wouldn’t return. By the third recurrence, Sanders was beyond angry. After the spot had been removed for the third time, she pierced her nose in the exact location of the recurrent malignancy as an act of rebellion. “That was my way of dealing with it,” she says. “If it won’t go away, I’ll make it go away.” After another follow-up test later that year, Sanders was told the abnormal cells had spread from her cervix to her uterus and ovaries. The only option she had was to undergo a full hysterectomy.

“At that point, I had been through all the treatments and was in constant pain,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking about wanting to have children later or how it would affect me in the long run.” Sanders said she later felt cheated. She grew increasingly bitter and angry about how the decision affected her relationships. “I couldn’t have a normal relationship,” she says. “I wasn’t going to have relationships knowing I could never provide a family.” While recuperating from the hysterectomy, Sanders became nauseated and bloated and found it difficult to eat dairy and spicy foods. During a follow-up visit, she mentioned her symptoms to the doctor, who sent her for an upper GI series test, also known as a barium swallow. The X-ray revealed a tumor on her stomach, which doctors removed along with part of the stomach tissue. Sanders has been in remission for 22 years. During that time, she met her husband, Claude. He says the journey has been an eye-opening experience for both of them. “Angi has persevered through so many trials,” he says, “And she has never given up; she’s kept the faith.” She says she has also let go of all the bitterness and anger she felt about the cancer. Still, however, the thought of recurrence resides in the back of her mind. “It’s always there,” says the now 47-year-old. “I think about it, and I’m so conscious about my body. I feel I’m overly paranoid now, but I’m not sure I will ever lose that.” Sanders says her journey has taught her she’s stronger than she thought. The greatest lesson she learned through this process she says was to always speak up, no matter what. “I had no idea what the doctors were going to do; nothing was ever explained,” she says. “Appointments were made, and I showed up. Knowing what I know now, I would have screamed to the high heavens, ‘This is my disease! Talk to me!’ There is nothing I can change for me now, but can I preach to others to speak up.”


For Columbus resident Stuart Davey, receiving a diagnosis of cancer dramatically changed his overall outlook about life. In 2012 Davey’s work with Cummins brought him, his wife, Debi, and their two children — Caitlin, 13, and Benjamin, 9 — from their home in Southam, England, to Columbus. They had barely settled in when Davey began experiencing what he described as pain and discomfort in his groin area. “Obviously, being an average man, I ignored it for six or eight months until my wife told me to go to the doctor,” says the 43-year-old Cummins engineer. “The pain got progressively worse.” He went to the doctor on a Friday morning in May. By that afternoon, he had undergone additional imaging tests and was referred to a urologist. Two weeks later, he was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for surgery to have an affected testicle removed. It wasn’t until two weeks after the procedure that doctors confirmed he had stage one testicular cancer. 60

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Stuart Davey and his wife, Debi.


Davey was given four options: do nothing, receive chemotherapy, get radiation therapy or undergo both chemotherapy and radiation therapies. “Stuart and I looked at each other, and he said, ‘I can’t do nothing,’” says Debi Davey. “Normally my husband is a very strong person, and I’ve never seen him as scared as he was at that moment.” Describing himself as a “fairly pragmatic” person, Stuart Davey opted for chemotherapy treatment that would significantly reduce the odds for cancer recurrence. Instead of having to plan a return trip a few days later, he requested the treatment that day. Five hours later his first chemotherapy was finished. Twenty-four hours later, the effects of the chemo set in. “If you’re going to do it, might as well get it over and done with,” he says. “I went through everything in about three or four weeks. It was remarkably fast. And, for that, I’m thankful.” Davey says it was hard being nearly 3,000

miles away from family and friends. Fortunately they received support from not only Columbus’ expatriate community, but also the Cummins community, who rallied around the family. He is now two years cancer-free and has annual scans, which will continue until he reaches the fiveyear point, at which point he’s considered cured. Davey says the greatest lesson of his journey is rediscovering what was important to him. “I am not a great father, but I’m a far better father than I was,” he says, “And I’ve become closer to my wife.” It didn’t take long for him to be comfortable with talking to other men about his experience. He stresses if something isn’t right, don’t put off going to the doctor, ever. “When you’ve had half a medical community poke around down your trousers, you fairly quickly lose embarrassment and shame,” Davey says. “If talking to me makes one person go to a doctor earlier than I did, or early enough, then any embarrassment that I suffer from what I went through has been worth it.”

When Adam Rediker began gaining weight in the late fall of 2012, he never dreamed it was cancer. He started to experience bloating, sweating and irregular bathroom habits. Soon his stomach became so distended he was unable to bend over to tie his shoes. He went to the doctor repeatedly, but no one could figure out what was wrong. He was put on several laxatives, none of which did any good. His symptoms just got worse. “One of the biggest signs we all missed was I was sweating profusely,” 24-year-old Rediker says. “It was December, and I had my bedroom window cracked open. I would be changing my pillow sheet multiple times throughout the night because it was drenched with sweat.” Two days after Christmas, his parents, Mark and Beth, took him to the IU Health Center in Indianapolis. After nearly a month in the hospital, tests concluded Rediker had stage 4 lymphoma. “There was no sense to dwell on it,” he says. “The scariest part was when they told my parents I had less than a week to live unless I started chemotherapy immediately.” Surgery was performed to remove as much of the cancer as possible from his peritoneum, the fatty tissue layer of the stomach. Unable to excise all the satellite tumors, the doctors said chemotherapy would eradicate what hadn’t been removed. Over the next few months, Rediker underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy. With each round of chemo, his white blood cell count would plummet, depleting his immune system. The hardest thing during that time? He wasn’t able to hug his fiancée, Katie Shaffer, he recalls. “It was really frustrating,” he says. “A lot of people felt really helpless. Seeing them feel helpless was one of the hardest things for me.” Rediker and Shaffer, who became engaged during his chemo treatments, have learned to take things day by day. “I’m not fearful about the future,” 22-year-old Shaffer says. “Look how far we have come.” Rediker found staying positive and having a sense of humor were tremendously important during those difficult times. “Honestly, when I first came back from chemo I took pictures of shot glasses that I would pour all my medication into and take them all at once,” he says “We called it ‘Shots to Cancer.’” Rediker finished chemotherapy in the summer of 2013 and has been considered in remission since that time. For others who are experiencing their own journeys with cancer, Rediker stresses the importance of being your own advocate and speaking up for yourself. “Initially, I was standoffish,” he admits. “The doctors knew best. If you really feel something is wrong, push your doctors to do more serious testing. Had I done that, it would have saved me a ton of grief.” Columbus Magazine


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Rick and Teresa Fischer

If there is one thing Rick and Teresa Fischer have learned after nearly 20 years of marriage, it’s that things can change in the blink of an eye. “We were always the ones who helped other people,” Teresa says. “Suddenly, we were the ones who needed help.” They were each diagnosed with cancer barely one year apart. For nearly a year, Rick hadn’t felt well, but he didn’t think much of it. In July 2010 he went to the doctor for a routine physical and prostate exam. “He (the doctor) acted kind of weird and didn’t say much of anything,” says Rick. “He sent me to another doctor for more tests.” After numerous tests and biopsies, Rick was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 4 prostate cancer. According to doctors, he’d had the cancer for about three years.


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“I didn’t hear a word anyone said after they said stage 4 cancer,” says Rick. “My first thought was I only had a short time to live.” Rick’s father and two of his uncles had all been diagnosed with cancer when they were in their 60s and 70s, so he knew it was probable he might also be diagnosed at some time. He just didn’t figure he would only be 52. He was given the option of chemotherapy, but the doctors warned him not only of the side effects of treatment but said if the cancer wasn’t removed, it could easily spread. He opted to undergo surgery to have the cancer and his prostate removed. Six months into his recuperation, just as Rick was starting to feel like himself again, Teresa

injured a disk in her neck. After receiving a steroid-based injection for the injury, she suffered an adverse reaction. “It affected my whole left side from head to toe,” she says. “They did a full MRI and discovered I had a mass the size of a football on my left kidney.” In September 2011, almost one year from when Rick had received his diagnosis, 42-year-old Teresa was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. She had no symptoms. All her pain was in her neck, so she immediately thought the doctors were crazy. Like Rick, however, she had also been ill for nearly three years and did not know it. “They couldn’t tell me whether it was cancerous until after surgery because they couldn’t risk rupturing the mass,” she says. “I was floored. I thought, ‘I’m going

to lose a perfectly good kidney for something stupid.’” In the days leading up to her surgery, Teresa had a lot of time to think. “It was weird,” she says. “I thought I was going to die until about a week before the surgery. I’m glad my attitude changed.” She said there was a turning point one evening as s he sat by a fire in her backyard with a bottle of wine. “I called my daughter, Lauren, and told her she was the best thing I’d ever created,” she says. “And I called my friends and told them how much they meant to me.” Teresa’s six-hour surgery was successful. Doctors removed the kidney, the mass and an adrenal gland on her left side. No follow-up chemo or radiation treatment was needed. “They said the kidney was covered with satellites,” she says, “and (the cancer) was getting ready to spread

throughout my body.” Unlike Rick’s cancer, which was considered to be hereditary, Teresa’s was entirely environmental. Since she was 14, she had worked in a family-run woodworking shop. “Staining was my thing,” she says. “It absorbed through my clothes. It was nothing for me to take a mineral spirits bath to go home.” She says her oncologist knew Teresa had been a maintenance worker because her cancer was only common among people who are exposed to certain types of chemicals for a long period of time. Now cancer-free, the couple consider themselves very fortunate. “We took the trip together,” Teresa says. “We got lucky.” –C–

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Everyone has seen The Cole since it opened in January 2013. Meet the folks who call it home. Columbus Magazine


here’s no denying, moving is a chore. But once the grunt work of hauling boxes and furniture into your new place is done, that’s when the real fun begins. For many residents living in the 146-unit Cole apartment building, located on the block formed by Second, Third, Brown and Jackson streets, it’s all about making their spaces uniquely their own. Victoria Glascock moved into her one-bedroom unit in May 2013, after accepting a position as an account specialist with Cummins Inc. After living in a sorority with 100 other women for the previous three years, the 23-year-old was excited to have her own place. The Carmel native says the convenient, downtown location made The Cole an attractive option. Not only could she easily walk to work, but there were lots of restaurants and shops nearby, she says. “When I was at Indiana University, I walked everywhere,” she says. “I didn’t want to give that up.” However, the best part about moving into her first place was decorating. The unit, which is a little more than 900 square feet, is a marriage of contemporary and classic styles. Numerous pictures of family and friends throughout the apartment help to make it feel more like home, she says. “I wanted only things in my apartment that mean something to me,” she explains. From her pointe shoes displayed on a bookcase with figurines from “The Nutcracker” to two old film reels hanging on her wall, the décor reflects Glascock’s diverse interests. “I love fantasy and sci-fi,” she says. “When you first walk into my apartment, you see the TARDIS from Dr. Who, a wooden box with elfish carvings my brother made me and a Spock doll.” Aside from location, Glascock says the view from her apartment window is what sold her on moving in. “I love sitting on my balcony and seeing the green lawn of the courthouse and watching the cars and people go by,” she says. Among her favorite things about the apartment is its color scheme, which consists of apple green, plum purple and turquoise. Little did she and her mother, an interior designer, realize when they picked out the colors that they would mesh perfectly with The Cole’s green and purple hues.


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“I wanted only things in my apartment that mean something to me.” —Victoria Glascock

Glascock’s kitchen, and bathroom (left). TOP: This lounge is one of The Cole’s shared spaces. Photo by Joe Harpring


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In order to make the most of her space, Glascock opted for furniture that is both appealing and can double as storage space, including trunks, baskets and lots of shelving. “I hate clutter,” she says. “I’m also a firm believer that if you can’t find the perfect spot for something, then you don’t need it.” Down the hall from Glascock, Austin Mattingly and his roommate, Ryan Ingalls, share 1,100 square feet of living space that Mattingly describes as very “college-esque.” From the hockey and soccer gear that spills over from the hall closet into the entryway to the collegiate flags hanging on the roommates’ doors, Mattingly and Ingalls enjoy their sports and take great pride in their alma maters: University of Kentucky and Michigan State, respectively. However, the common areas of the apartment, such as the living room and kitchen, are a stark contrast predominantly decorated with a combination of modernist-style basic black, iron and glass. “Personal items stay in personal space,” Mattingly says. Many of the items in his room are a reflection of the 25-yearold’s life travels thus far. From the bottles of Maker’s Mark bourbon, bottled in his hometown of Loretto, Kentucky, to the red Chinese dragon and chopsticks from his first international business trip to Beijing for Cummins, Mattingly says he adds things to his collection from each place he goes. He says one of his favorite things about the apartment isn’t a tangible thing at all. “It’s all about location for me,” he explains. “I can walk to work, and it’s near all the restaurants and the People Trail, which is nice. I like to run along the river to Noblitt Park. It’s a safe, beautiful run.” When you move thousands of miles from home, it’s comforting to have your décor pay homage to your heritage. Newlyweds Abhishek and Ritika Damani say they combined contemporary flair with tradition to give their home an inviting atmosphere. “The décor of our home offers a glimpse of our Indian heritage and culture,” Abhishek says. Abhishek, a native of Mumbai, India, originally moved into The Cole in August 2013. He admits the one-bedroom unit then epitomized the cliché bachelor pad. However, that changed in July when he and Ritika married. “She added a personal touch,” he says. In the entryway, guests are greeted by a prayer cabinet that houses a Ganesh statue, which blesses the living space, 28-year-old Abhishek says. Tapestries, including one of a village scene with an elephant, which is revered in Indian culture, as well as various vases and statues offer a glimpse of the couple’s background and also serve as artistic showpieces, Ritika says. Although she’s still experimenting with the space, she says the open floor plan makes it easy to be flexible. For other residents, less is definitely more. Such is the case for Christopher Galvan, who just moved into his one-bedroom unit about six months ago. And though he is still settling in, he says his style is very simplistic: basic black and white. The apartment’s sparse furnishings offer just the necessities for the young professional, including a computer desk and work station, black leather couch, television and recliner. A fan of abstract art, Galvan says he currently has only a single black-and-white painting and a few family portraits on display. “It’s comfortable,” the 24-year-old says. “When there’s very little in the space, it makes the living space feel larger.” –C–

IN FRIENDLY TERRITORY Victoria Glascock said she enjoys having so many of her co-workers also live at The Cole. And the complex has done a great job of making it feel like a community, she adds. “I really like having my own space,” she explains. “I can feel like I’m alone when I want to be. And when I want to be with people, I can go downstairs to the open areas and find someone to hang out with.” Resident Ryan Ingalls agrees. A selling point for moving into The Cole for him included the opportunity to live among other young professionals. “I wanted to spend the extra money to be in a very nice, new place where I knew all the residents were somewhat like me,” he explains. The apartment building offers residents a lifestyle environment that includes several attractive amenities, including concierge dry cleaning, package pickup, a gym and meeting rooms, says Rachel Miller, property manager. One of the most popular amenities is the media lounge, where, among other regular events, happy hours are held on the first Wednesday of each month for residents. “The media lounge offers residents the chance to socialize and get comfortable like they would at home,” Miller says. “It’s been a very popular location for sporting events, birthday parties, engagement/ wedding celebrations and movie nights.”

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A Grand Ol’ Time Head for bright lights and Broadway nights in Tennessee’s capital city Story by CJ Woodring Photos courtesy of venues

Culture and history meet country and hit makers in Nashville, Tennessee, a tourist destination renowned for record stores, the Grand Ole Opry and Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks. Despite its well-deserved title of Music City, USA, there’s much more to Nashville than meets the ear. If you go, expect to find a kaleidoscope of eateries, attractions, specialty shops and a lively nightlife, a colorful panorama offering a fun getaway for all ages.

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The city’s unique neighborhoods offer a wealth of trendy shops, boutiques and emporiums, purveying items ranging from jewelry and home goods to posters and bootscootin’ ... umm ... boots. Check out H. Audrey (4027 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 703, 615-760-5701, haudrey. com). Owned by Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr., it’s the stars’ go-to shop for clothes, shoes and accessories. Also: Fire Finch Boutique (305 Church St., 615-3855090,; sister boutiques Habit and I See London (2209 Bandywood Drive, Suite H, 615-292-9399, habitboutiqueclothing.; and Hillsboro Village (, a four-squareblock treasure trove of specialty shops and eclectic offerings. When you’ve shopped ’til you’ve dropped, stop in the Relache Spa & Salon (2800 Opryland Drive, 615458-1772, at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (2800 Opryland Drive, 615889-1000, where luxurious therapeutic services are guaranteed to soothe and relax. Not to be missed: Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Fifth Ave. S., 615416-2001, countrymusichalloffame. org); Grand Ole Opry (2804 Opryland Drive, 800-733-6779 (733-6779),; The Parthenon (2600 West End Ave., 615-862-8431),; and Belle Meade Plantation (5025 Harding Pike, 615-356-6164, bellemeadewinery. com), Nashville’s only winery. Be sure to tour the 1853 mansion. Out and about? Play The Escape Game (510 E. Iris Drive, Unit D, 615878-3135, nashvilleescapegame. com), a real life adventure game guaranteed to test your team’s wits; grab a seat on the Nashville


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Pedal Tavern (1514 Demonbreun St., 615-390-5038, nashvillepedaltavern. com) for a 2-hour pub crawl or float down Broadway on the Nashville Party Barge (106 Fourth Ave. S., 615-4227077, Foodies flock to Nashville’s nosh havens for brunch, lunch or munch: Deli Dave’s (234 Fifth Ave. N., 615-2543354,; Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel (231 Sixth Ave. N., 615-345-7116, capitolgrillenashville. com); and Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar (1520 Woodland St., 615-228-4864, For down-home classics, try the buffet at Arnold’s Country Kitchen (605 Eighth Ave. S., 615-256-4455) and The Loveless Café (8400 Tennessee Highway 100, 615-6469700,, where biscuits call your name. Also Merchant’s (401 Broadway, 615-254-1892, for fish tacos and Honky Tonk Central (329 Broadway, 615-742-9095, Sweet endings include home-baked love from The Cupcake Collection (1213 Sixth Ave. N., 615-244-2900,; The Christie Cookie (1205 Third Ave., N., 615-242-3817,, where cookies and brownies are a major food group; and Pralines by Leon (138 Second Ave. N., Suite 102, 615-254-5030,

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Lane Motor Museum

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Johnny Cash Museum (119 Third Ave. S., 615-256-1777, johnnycashmuseum. com), the world’s largest repository of the legendary showman’s artifacts and memorabilia. Get your engine runnin’ at the Lane Motor Museum (702 Murfreesboro Pike, 615-742-7445,, home of the nation’s largest European collection of unique cars and motorcycles. Cheer on one of Nashville’s teams: the NFL Tennessee Titans (; NHL Nashville Predators (; and the Nashville Sounds (, a minor league Milwaukee Brewers affiliate. And don’t miss the action at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (625 Smith Ave., 615-254-1986,, home of the Southern Super Series. For shopping: Head to Antique Archaeology (1300 Clinton St., Suite 130, 615-810-9906,, where owner Mike Wolfe, “American Pickers” star, has amassed a collection of salvaged pieces of history.

Capture the flavor of Nashville: The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden (731 McFerrin Ave., 615-7129517, for creative burgers, bier, German wurst and a biergarten; Rumours Wine Bar (ICON Building, 1104 Division St., 615-432-2740, for libations, cheese/charcuterie, plates and desserts — and one of Nashville’s best patios. More than a hit song by the Eagles, the Sunset Grill (2001 Belcourt Ave., 615-3863663, is a dinner-only venue offering sustainable local and regional ingredients. Cited by Gayot’s ( as one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in America in 2013, Kayne Prime Steakhouse (1103 McGavock St., 615-259-0050, is all about exceptional cuisine, award-winning steaks and a leather-and-wood setting that overlooks breathtaking city views. What’s not to love? Marathon Village (marathonvillage. com) harbors many unique venues, including Corsair Artisan Distillery and Taproom (1200 Clinton St. No. 110,

615-200-0320, Schedule a tour and whiskey tasting. Prefer a brew-ha-ha? Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (111 10th Ave. S., No. 310, 615-259-3039, beerknurd. com) features 80 beers on tap. Country stars come and go, legends live on, and Legends Corner (428 Broadway, 615-248-6334, remains Lower Broadway’s quintessential watering hole. Also try Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge (422 Broadway, 615-726-0463,; Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar (220 Printer’s Alley, 615-242-5837, bourbonstreetblues. com); and Tequila Cowboy Bar and Grill (305 Broadway, 615-7429078,, a combination bar, lounge, game room and karaoke bar. Finally, take a break and indulge yourself at The Moose (1203 16th Ave. S., 615-321-1200, Renowned for impeccable tonsorial services, the über men’s grooming lounge offers a beverage bar, personal HDTVs and Wi-Fi. And guaranteed male bonding.

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A Romantic rendezvous »

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You’ll wish it could be Nashville every night when you share a romantic experience at one of the city’s many distinctive attractions and restaurants. Pay a visit to Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Avenue N., 615889-3060,, birthplace of bluegrass and former home of the Grand Ole Opry. A night at the Nashville Opera (3622 Redmon St., 615-832-5242, is the ticket for a romantic evening. Try his-and-hers shopping at sister stores Hello Boys (1108 Woodland St., 615-512-8989) for vintage and contemporary designs, and Goodbuy Girls (1108 Woodland St., 615-2819447; for clothing, shoes and accessories. Romance means chocolate. For a unique experience, schedule an Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Factory Tour (1628 Fatherland St., 615-2623007, It’s pure Southern artisan chocolate here: No soy, milk or pesky additives. Romance is in the air — and afloat — on the General Jackson Showboat Dinner Evening Cruise (2812 Opryland Drive, 615-458-3900, generaljackson. com). The three-hour cruise down the Cumberland River includes a seated dinner and stage show. Or book a private horsedrawn carriage tour through Nashville Sightseeing (888-8813279, and snuggle up for a 30-minute or hour-long getaway. If music is the food of love, the Cabana (1910 Belcourt Ave., Hillsboro Villages, 615-577-2262, is a slam dunk: casual Southern comfort cuisine in a semi-private, curtained booth furnished with pillows, a TV and iPod/music player hookup. Requisite $250 minimum spending

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on Fridays and Saturdays. For romantic ambience, locally sourced food and Chocolate Elvis, don’t miss The Mad Platter (1239 Sixth Ave. N., 615-242-2563, madplatternashville. com). P.S. chef/kitchen manager Brad Hughes hails from Greenfield. The Standard at the Smith House (167 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., 615-2541277, serves dinner only with live entertainment Friday night. For Italian flavors, fine wine and amoré check out Caffe Nonna (4427 Murphy Road, 615-4630133,; Valentino’s Ristorante (1907 West End Ave., 615327-0148,; and Margot Café (1017 Woodland St., 615-227-4668, margotcafe. com). Creative cuisine in an upscale, intimate setting defines The Catbird Seat (1711 Division St., thecatbirdseatrestaurant. com). Multi-course tasting dinners; online contact/ reservations only.

with excitement and surprises for youngsters of all ages. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere (3777 Nolensville Pike, 615-833-1534, nashvillezoo. org) boasts the largest communitybuilt playground in the nation, a Wild Animal Carousel, Wilderness Express Train and animals from throughout the world. Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., 615-862-5160, offers hands-on, interactive activities, a planetarium and Adventure Tower among many features designed for curious young minds. Sky High (5270 Harding Place, 615-366-4252, nas.jumpskyhigh. com) is Nashville’s 50,000-squarefoot trampoline park, where visitors bounce off the walls — and floors. Europa Go-Karts & Golf (621 Old Hickory Blvd., 615-3560301,, Nashville’s premier family fun park, offers gokarts, pool tables, a game room,

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batting cage and 18-hole mini golf course with exciting obstacles. Visit the Tennessee Central Railway Museum (220 Willow St., 615-244-9001, and take a round-trip ride on seasonal journeys: train robberies, Day Out with Thomas, Easter Bunny Excursion and North Pole Express with Santa. Minutes from downtown, Wave Country (2320 Two Rivers Parkway, 615-885-1052, nashville. gov) provides plenty of spills and thrills with wave-action pools, speed slides and water flumes. Maybe your babies don’t want to grow up to be cowboys, but what about playing cowboy (or cowgirl) for a day? A Cowboy Town (3665 Knight Drive, Whites Creek, 615-2426201 Monday-Friday, 615-876-1029 Saturday-Sunday, is just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville. Horseback riding, cookouts, Wild West gunfights and more await you at the 116-acre setting in the Ramblin’ Breeze Valley. Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Drive, 615-356-8000, cheekwood. org) offers botanical gardens, an art museum, picnic site and year-round programs — including Family Night Out (June-July) — on a 55-acre site. Youngsters will flip at the chance to make their own pancakes, French toast or grilled cheese sandwich at The Pfunky Griddle (2800 Bransford Ave., 615-298-2088, Options — including dozens of pancake toppings — abound at the eatery. Add sweet getaway memories at Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles (2911 12th Ave. S., 615386-2101). The refreshing flavors of the Mexican popsicles are the best cool treat you never tasted. –C–

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Local dentists bring hope and healthy smiles to those in need

The Dental Lifeline Network, a charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association, provides the perfect opportunity for dentists wanting to help people with permanent disabilities or who are elderly (age 65 or older) or medically fragile. More than 15,000 dentists and 3,600 dental laboratories nationwide currently volunteer their services through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program, created by the Dental Lifeline Network in 1985. In the Hoosier state, Bartholomew County dentists have contributed $148,485 in treatment to 81 patients since Dental Lifeline Network Indiana was founded, in conjunction with the Indiana Dental Association, in 1991. Here, three of the 12 Columbus-area dentists who are volunteering for DDS this year share their experiences.


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Dr. Joseph Golding

Joseph E. Golding Family Dentistry, 3240 Middle Road, (812) 376-8610, When Daniel Cockerham discovered last year that he needed a kidney transplant, his world drastically changed. “I started kidney dialysis on October 4, 2013,” says Cockerham. “I currently have dialysis treatments three days a week for about four to five hours each day. I need to be as healthy as possible in order to be on the list for a kidney transplant.” With all the other medical procedures on his plate, dental work was last on his list financially. Cockerham sought the assistance of Dental Lifeline Network Indiana and the DDS program. Within a few days, a referral coordinator from DDS put Cockerham in touch with Dr. Joseph Golding. Cockerham says his first visit with Golding was more than he expected. “I’m terrified of

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the dentist,” says Cockerham, “but when I went to his office, everyone from the receptionist to the assistant to Dr. Golding himself made me very comfortable.” Golding and his staff walked Cockerham through each procedure step-by-step and offered him the services he needed at no charge. A graduate of IU Dental School in 1995, Golding has been sharing his skills through DDS since 2009. He knew Cockerham’s case would be a challenge. “He needed about seven extractions and four or five fillings,” Golding recalls. “The extractions were unusually difficult since Daniel is on blood thinners because of his dialysis treatments. I knew the importance of this dental work. Daniel needed a clean bill of health orally for him to be eligible for a kidney transplant.” Almost a month and several successful dental treatments later, Cockerham was ready to complete the paperwork at St. Vincent Hospital to be on the transplant list. “Daniel stands out from the others I have helped,” Golding says. “If he has said ‘thank you’ once, he’s said it 100 times. People like him give me more than I can ever give them.” Golding says his faith inspires him to volunteer his dentistry skills to help others and give back to the community. He says there are no limitations to what he offers, from extractions to partial dentures. The procedures he performs in his regular practice, he gives voluntarily through DDS. “Dr. Golding is just another person,” Cockerham says, “who I owe my life to along this road to a kidney transplant.”

Dr. Jerry L. Rinehart

2320 Northpark Drive, Suite A, (812) 379-2024, Volunteering is second nature to Dr. Jerry L. Rinehart. Before each school year begins, he donates his time to giving free dental exams to children who are participating in the Head Start program. “We always see many patients in need,” says Rinehart. “They touch your heart, and when you have the tools to help, you do what you can. I volunteer because it’s the right thing to do.” Rinehart has traveled to the Yucatan on medical mission trips with fellow dentists and to the Pacific Coast near Colima, Mexico, where he, an assistant and several volunteers offered free dental services to the community. On the Yucatan trip, they turned an impoverished community health center into a makeshift dental clinic. The volunteers could only take two storage boxes each. Each dentist took one tub of medical equipment and one


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suitcase for personal items. The Mayan children he treated were transported in cattle trucks to the health center for dental exams. “We would help several trucks full of children every day for a week,” he recalls. Rinehart says that although the area was destitute, the locals had limited access to sodas and sugary foods, and so their teeth had fewer decay issues. Their access to naturally fluoridated well water also helped to promote healthier teeth. The dental requirements for the people near Colima, Mexico, were much different, however. The native Mexicans he treated were mostly children who lived near a vast area of sugar cane crops. Their teeth were riddled with cavities, he recalls. He was able to perform basic dentistry on-site, including simple fillings, root canals and extractions. Several years ago, Rinehart began volunteering closer to home with DDS. “With DDS, I know I am reaching people

with legitimate needs. They have a thorough screening process,” says Rinehart. “They also have a large network of dental labs and specialists who donate services.” Because Rinehart volunteers with the same staff of professionals who work with him at his practice, he can deliver a higher quality of care and offer all patients the attention they need. Rinehart provides fillings, cleanings and referrals to specialists for more intensive work, like root canals. A full-mouth rehabilitation was required for one of his DDS patients who needed back teeth and bridge work. “Not a typical case,” he says, “but the dental work was necessary in order for the patient to regain health.” The extensive dental work took multiple appointments spanning about a week. Rinehart donated his expertise, time and services. “You hear bad news every morning, but if you do a little something good for someone and create goodwill,” he says, “you are turning the tide just a little bit.” Dr. Jerry Rinehart

Dr. Kathryn Watts

For Assistance:

People with permanent disabilities or who are age 65 or older or who have medical concerns can visit dentallifeline. org/indiana-2 for more information.

To Volunteer:

Dentists in Bartholomew County who are interested in volunteering can contact Adrienne Walker-Bell at (317) 733-0585 or awalker-bell@ or Ann Farkas at (317) 881-3467 or afarkas@

Dr. Kathryn Watts

Watts Family Dentistry, 3146 N. National Road, (812) 372-5568 Dentistry is a family affair for Dr. Kathryn Watts. Her husband, H. William Watts III, is also a dentist. Together they own Watts Family Dentistry. “Our patients are like our family and so is our staff,” Kathy says. “Between my husband and me, we have 14 staff members. My husband’s father was also a dentist, Dr. Bill Watts.” Although the elder Dr. Watts has been retired for 10 years, there is still a member of his original staff who works with the couple currently. Watts has donated her dentistry services to DDS since 2004. Her staff donates their time as well. They do paperwork and assist in procedures. “We are helping people who have nowhere else to turn,” says Kathy Watts. She remembers one patient in particular who came into her office needing a complete top and lower partial. When teeth are missing or have deteriorated so badly that the person cannot eat properly, explains Watts, it can

cause problems with overall health. “This patient had disabilities and walked with crutches, yet he won us over from day one,” says Watts. “The process of fitting and creating the partials took many visits to our office. All of us got to know him, but he had a secret talent that none of us knew about.” The secret talent happened to be painting, says Watts. Once his dental procedures were complete, he brought in a beautiful landscape painting to show his gratitude. “Every time I look at the painting, I think of him, and I am humbled,” says Watts. “It was a tribute; I shared my talent with him, and he shared his talent with me so graciously.” According to Watts, the need for volunteers in dentistry is increasing because there are so many unmet needs in all communities. She says many times dental work is last on the list because of high costs. “I wish we could fill the gap between those who have and do not have insurance or don’t qualify for public assistance like Medicaid,” says Watts. “When you hear mothers say, ‘I wanted to bring my child in sooner but couldn’t,’ you know money is tight.” –C–

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Sustainable Images A Columbus filmmaker explores the world of growing food

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ayaPrakash “Jay” Telangana’s first child hadn’t yet been born when he watched a documentary that shocked him into a new way of thinking about how to raise his future children. “I had an epiphany while watching the documentary ‘Food, Inc.,’ where a kid is asked if he knows where the apple he eats comes from. To which he answers: ‘From the fridge, in the supermarket,’” Telangana says. “It … shook me. I then decided the best way I can teach them (his future children) is by doing it (growing and eating more healthy foods). What better way to lead than by doing it?” The 37-year-old information technology consultant grew up in Warangal, Telangana, in southern India, before moving to the United States 13 years ago. In India, he says, he and his family often grew much of the food they would consume in a small kitchen garden. He remembers regularly eating homegrown spinach, eggplant, okra, guava, peppers and cucumbers, among other fruits, vegetables and herbs. After Telangana grew and eventually left home, however, he says he became more disconnected from the food he ate. His family in India rarely ate processed food, he recalls. “On the contrary, today everything we consume has to come off the shelf of a supermarket,” he says, “(and it is) grown


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halfway across the globe.” After watching “Food, Inc.,” Telangana began growing his own food again. When he and his wife, Chaitanya Chekkilla, moved from Flint, Michigan, to Columbus three years ago, Telangana built three raised-bed gardens on the rental property where they moved. Having a spot to grow food provides an opportunity for him to reconnect with the earth. His gardens, he explains, offer a place where he “can go to (mentally and physically) and just be one with the plants and soil,” he says. “I didn’t have much success with meditation in the past, but realized recently that that’s what I’m doing when I’m in my garden. (I) shut off everything and just be with myself.” Now a father to 4½-year-old daughter, Rayla, and 1½-year-old son, Rayhan, Telangana has found a way to merge another of his passions, filmmaking, with his love of growing food. In 2013, Telangana made a short film called “Ragiga” that was shot and released in India. He recently participated in an online filmmaking contest that resulted in a short film called “Antimettham.” These days, he is working on a documentary about local food. Telangana discovered the Columbus Community Garden at Columbus Municipal Airport last year and decided to rent a 1,000-square-foot plot to grow more food than his raised-bed gardens allow. Since becoming involved with the community garden, he has met many like-minded growers, and during his visits to the garden, he has begun to interview and videotape other gardeners for his project. “There’s so much going on with sustainable food,” he explains. “Many people are growing food in their balconies and (on) rooftops and trying to feed themselves properly.” His plan, he says, “is to follow everyone around and see what they’re doing and talk to them about their ideologies. My focus is anyone who is growing food on a little patch of land. I’m interested in people who are doing it for a purpose rather than just growing stuff.” Sande Hummel, a postal employee who has grown food at the community garden for 19 years, shares many of Telangana’s philosophies about food. She is happy to hear of his latest film project, which he plans to finish this winter and to eventually premiere in a local movie theater. “I’m glad he’s doing something like

Telangana and his son, Rayhan.

this,” she says. “I think he’s trying to get the word out there that growing and eating healthy food is what we should all be doing. Every home builder, Hummel believes, should “build an attached greenhouse” on each new home, she explains. “I feel our main problems in the future are going to be food and water. How are you going to get food? What are you going to eat?” Telangana agrees with Hummel that more people need to grow their own food, but for him, gardening simply allows an opportunity to be more self-reliant. “I’m not preparing for a post-apocalyptic world, but I’d like to train myself to try to live off the grid, be it for a month, (a) week (or a) day,” he says. In the end, this husband and father has a clear view of who he is. “By education, I’m a civil engineer,” he says. “By fate, I became an IT consultant. By passion, I’m a filmmaker.” And now, thanks to an epiphany five years ago, Telangana is also a grower of food. –C–

The production team from the short film “Antimettham” (Ultimatum). Columbus Magazine




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Talent Local artist Martin Beach turned to stone and never looked back Story by CJ Woodring | Photos by Greg Jones


id-December 2013. Babbitt, Minnesota, along with much of the nation, was in the grip of a brutal winter. Daytime temperatures hovered just above zero in the small mining town in the Superior National Forest, bringing snow and mind-numbing cold. Sculptor Martin Beach, in pursuit of Mesabi Black granite, was temporarily stranded, his auto mired in nearly 1½ feet of snow that had recently fallen at the Coldspring Mesabi Black quarry, 35 miles south of the Canadian border. “I was by myself, outside the range of cellphone coverage, and remember thinking, ‘This is how people die,’” he says, recalling the harrowing adventure. “It probably was the most exciting, and dumbest, thing I’ve ever done.” The granite — Beach toted back about 11,000 pounds of stone — became the dominant material for “Modern Totem,” which now sits in the newly renovated Bartholomew County Public Library plaza. The Columbus Area Arts Council and Columbus Museum of Art & Design commissioned the piece from the 26-year-old local artist in the fall of 2013. Dedicated this June, the 9-foot, 2-inch sculpture, weighing nearly 8,000 pounds, is an imposing work of art. An integral component of the city’s public art collection, it served as a kickoff for the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial, which opened that month. Creating the sculpture — an obelisk consisting of two stacked, black granite stones atop an Indiana limestone base — took about 800 hours, Beach says.

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Karen Shrode, executive director of the arts council, calls it “magnificent,” noting in her dedication address that the artist executed it perfectly to integrate with landscaping and architecture already in place. “Martin’s work is unbelievably elegant, and his skill at sculpting stone is pretty amazing,” she says. “The forms are sensual in their simplicity, and one can tell that he works intuitively. I look forward to following his career and seeing how his art evolves.” Beach’s work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions since 2012, when he first exhibited at the Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington and at Jacksson Contemporary Art gallery in Columbus. Most recently, his sculptures appeared in the Robin B Gallery in Chicago. “Modern Totem” is, to date, the artist’s most ambitious project. “It was designed intrinsic for the space. It needed to hold its own, but not dominate others within the space. The amount of architecture that’s around really influenced the work, which, in another spot, wouldn’t have worked that well,” he says. “A lot of the library is very straight-lined and horizontal, so I knew something vertical was called for. This is my first real vertical piece, and even the subtle curve and the breathing bulges of both stones complement and contrast with what’s already going on in the library area. “I selected a high polish, rather than textured, which makes it kind of pop out, because the brick in the library and plaza floor is a matte red. The black (sculpture) and red contrast and complement each other.”

From the Evergreen State to the Hoosier State

Beach spent his formative years on the West Coast, enjoying childhood summers in Indiana, his mother’s home state. In 2006, he enrolled at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, pursuing a degree in computer science and mathematics, a natural choice for the offspring of parents who are both computer engineers. “After two years of computer science, I knew it really wasn’t working,” he says. “I wanted to try something different, so I came back here for a semester at Ivy Tech, taking a lot of different courses. When I returned to Evergreen, I switched to visual arts.” During his senior year, a professor introduced Beach to stone, and he began sculpting for the first time.


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“It kind of was by chance,” he says. “At the end of my senior year, my art class was involved in a three-dimensional project, using any material we wanted to use. There were some rocks, so I thought, ‘I’ll try that.’ The teacher was a stone sculptor and was really enthusiastic about my project, so it just kind of took off.” After graduating in 2010, he returned to Indiana to be closer to family and applied for a position as studio assistant for Dale Enochs, a Bloomington sculptor. “This was a very small,

niche employment opportunity, and Dale had just gotten a big commission he needed help with. He’s very material-oriented, very precise, and I learned a lot from him,” Beach says. “It got me to focus on what I was actually trying to accomplish for myself. Dale liked what I was working on and encouraged me to make more, so I began seeing things in my own work, and it evolved from there. “Stone is one of those materials that forces me to focus, and it brings clarity to a lot of those screaming ideas going on in my head. It

“Modern Totem“

also has a lot of personality, although people usually consider it an inanimate material. “Actually, there’s stuff in it that’s very lively ... texture … grain ... pattern. Sort of a living essence to it.” Beach carved early works solely from granite. Ultimately, he incorporated limestone, a sedimentary rock plentiful in Indiana. Although granite was the dominant material in “Modern Totem,” recent sculptures integrate equal parts of both materials, he says. “Indiana is all limestone; there’s nothing

purchase supplies and seek inspiration through traveling abroad. In fact, it allowed Beach to travel cross-country, view changing landscapes and return to Columbus with about 3,000 pounds of stone — primarily granite — gleaned from Washington, Idaho and Wyoming rivers. Beach plans to return to Ivy Tech this fall to pursue graphic arts, which, he says, will offer a new, two-dimensional way of thinking. He’s also exploring graduate school and enjoying downtime while his hands heal from

else,” he says. “But there are some things you can’t do with limestone that you can do with granite, for example the razor edges in ‘Totem.’ “The challenge became how to create a more commanding presence without using so much granite, because there are logistics of trying to access it. Before, I was really adamant and would never really touch limestone, but I had to marry the two and try to push myself bigger and bigger.”

the demanding work. “Sculpting takes a lot out of you,” he says, noting the nerves and tips of his fingers are still healing, despite the fact he wore anti-vibration gloves and took frequent breaks. “It happens to everybody.” Beach has been described as a “magician,” “emerging artist” and “a rising star in the world of stone sculpture.” The artist says he sees himself as “someone who is driven to experience, create and learn.” His advice to fledgling artists? “Find something you love doing and then work your (expletive) off at it. Learn through making it and take what you want from that. But in order to maintain it, there are a lot of hard questions to answer.” –C–

Sculpting a future

In April, Beach’s “Grazing Arch,” sculpted from Washington Cascade granite and Indiana limestone, earned him a $1,000 Chapter Career Award. Presented by the National Society of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Competition, the monetary award is intended to help artists

To view Beach’s work, visit Contact him at zeppelin

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Featuring the art, writing, poetry and photography of talented local students. If you know a young Columbus area poet, writer, artist or photographer, please send in their creations for possible inclusion in our next issue. Email high-resolution photographs or word documents to Don’t forget to include the student’s name, age and school.

Betsy Woodworth self-portrait, Graduate, Columbus East High School

"Rooster" by Kortney Mays, Grade 12, Columbus East High School

Non Ishida, Grade 8, Central Middle School

“Blue Horse” by Nicholas Hubbard, Graduate, Columbus East High School

*If you’ve recently submitted art, but haven’t seen it in Student Views, don’t worry, it might appear in a future issue!


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Megan Furber, Grade 8, St. Bartholomew Catholic School

Olivia Gilmore, Graduate, Columbus East High School

"Blue Kenzie" by Maelyn Kiser, Grade 11 Columbus East High School

“Old House” by Jacob Bishop, Graduate, Columbus East High School

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Ashley Nicole Baker and Corey Lee Nichols July 26, 2014 Wedding at Bethel Baptist Church; reception at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Photography by Nina Schilling CMS Photography

Little did Ashley Baker know the man she would marry would be a childhood acquaintance. “Corey and I met through friends at an Amish auction,” she says. “Later that evening I told my friend that I definitely needed to get ahold of him.” After pestering a friend for Corey’s phone number, Ashley called him on his birthday. The conversation didn’t stop at one phone call but blossomed into a budding romance with a pleasant surprise. “After a while we realized we knew each other,” says Ashley. “My best friend in elementary school lived right next door to his best friend, and we had always played together.” The two had been together for six years before Corey had the perfect moment to ask Ashley to be his bride. “He almost blew it a few times by accidentally texting me when he was meaning to text his sister,” Ashley says. The night Corey popped the question, Ashley thought it just a normal night like any other. After an evening at his family’s house, Corey handed Ashley a card. “Once we got into the driveway before I got out of the truck, he’s like, ‘I forgot I have this card for you,’” says Ashley. “I looked up at him and smiled, then I noticed the black box with an absolutely amazing engagement ring inside.” Ashley and Corey were married July 26. Friends and family joined the couple in a rustic-style wedding and reception at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds. Ashley says it was the perfect day. “Everyone always laughs because Corey and I are totally opposite. I am very bubbly and outgoing. Corey is more shy and laid-back,” the newlywed says. “It’s like yin and yang; we are a perfect fit for each other.” –C–


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Biggest Block Party Ever July 26 | Downtown Columbus

1. (Back, from left) Brittney Newland, Emily Kain, Claire Perry, and Grace Whaley, 10. (Front, from left) Kaylin Newland, 5, Max Perry, 5, and Lilly Perry, 8. 2. (From left) Fabian Fareb, Ana Guerrero, Jessica Kaelin, Dave Eckroth, Justin Lee, and Bonnie Prado with Fernando, Justin’s service dog. 3. (From left) Dalton Lancaster, Meghan Kibbe, Aja Sharpe, Jacob Milenbaugh, Andrew Cunningham, and Courtney Suverkrup. 4. (From left) Hugo Wang, Heidi Tsai, Eugene Chen, and John Hung. 5. Wendy Mayhew and Steve Pein. 6. Ali Beal-Edwards with Kendall, left, 4, and Kelton, 1. 7. (From left) Amy Marcum, Brittany Noel, MeShelle Noel-Gibson, Ray Gibson, and Don Noel. 8. Gene and Mickey Fields. 9. The event is produced by Columbus Area Arts Countil and sponsored by Johnson-Witkemper Insurance. 10. (From left) Elaine DeClue, Jim and Peggy Voelz, and Debbie and Harold Force. 11. Suzanne and Jim Davis. 12. Jennifer and Marc Dougherty, with Madelynn, 4. 13. A member of Bawn in the Mash plays. 14. Kevin Dockery and Lara Hodson. 15. Ryan and Lyndsey Linneweber, with Kai and Cooper. 16. Don and Cynthia Perdue.


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Beer, Burgers, Barks & Purrs (Humane Society Benefit) July 23 | Joe Willy’s Burger Bar

1. Deb Cruser’s dog, Bandit. 2. (Clockwise, from left) Bartholomew County Humane Society board member Brooke Case, with Joni, Brady, Dennis and Joey McFarland. 3. Alexandra Selheim served the outdoor guests at Joe Willy’s despite occassional rain. 4. Steve and Nikki Combs, with their dog, Loki. 5. Cathy and Randy Hall, with their dog, Maggie. 6. Marianne and Eric Wohlford. 7. Jasmine Ho and Chad Buehler, with their dog, Ferris Buehler. 8. Entertainment was provided by Derick Howard. 9. (From left) Bartholomew County Humane Society board members Cheryl Zuckschwerdt-Ellsbury, Trudi Smith and Wendy Elwood.


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ArtFest Aug. 23 and 24 | Downtown Columbus

1. Tammy and David Moran, left, with Steve and Allison Tadd and their children, Gracie, Sam and Henry, with their dog, Lucky. 2. An amber necklace by Antoni Kozlowski of Amber ‘92 Co. 3. Justin the horse paints an abstract scene. 4. (From left) Senam, Shania NajĂŠ, Selorm, and Sena, with mother Ruth Agbolosoo. 5. Haley Challies and Robin Victoria. 6. Angie and Jeff Bradley with their daugther, Kiah, center. 7. Mayor Kristen Brown and her dog, Bailey, visit with Rovene Quigley. 8. Carmela, Adriana, and Michael Marciano. 9. Inge Wilson looks at booties made by Monique Cagle, owner of Sleepy Cat Studio. 10. Rachel Brasher and her children, Isaiah and Elise.

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British In-Fusion Aug. 2 | Mill Race Center

1. Barbra Heavner, left, and Margret Bewley. 2. Ali Crimmins, left, and Pam Rossetti. 3. Bill Glick. 4. Cindy and Mark Chodan. 5. Liz and Scott Grant.



6. Bill and Marilyn Martin. 7. Rick and Donna Purvis. 8. (From left) Kevin Woodring, Jenny Simms and Don Herlitz. 9. (From left) Robin, Karina and Adam Willats, with Maggie Vrana. 10. The annual gala benefited Mill Race Center and Just Friends Adult Day Services. 11. Barry Czachura and Liz Burchett.


12. Liz Grant displays her duct tape boots.


13. Buck Ritz, left, with Cindy and Jeff Rhoades. 14. Grace Hundley, left, and her grandmother, Loretta Botkin, of Just Friends Adult Day Services. 15. Ken DeLap. 16. Entertainment was provided by The Late Show. Photos by Greg Jones

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Hospice Concert Aug. 30 | Mill Race Park

1. Darrell and Barbara Day, left, with Al Topie and Linda Smith. 2. (From left) Mike Langevin, Annette Hull, Matthew Connell, Jennifer Langevin, Jimmy Collins, and Ray Harper. 3. Ronnie Watkins, Tatum Watkins, Ayrwen Repp, and Addy Watkins. 4. Linda Kivett and Kirk Thomas. 5. Dennis DeYoung and his band rock the opening of the 2014 Hospice Concert. 6. Bob Reynolds and Don Fields. 7. (From left, back) Casey Beck, Jessica Beck, Shawn Craig, Olivia Craig, and Nadia Craig. (In front) Gracee Beck and Myles Craig. 8. Yolandi Nay Mikulyuk, with mom, Liz Nay. 9. Paula and Mike Ferree dance. 10. Event volunteer Debbie Calvert. 11. Despite a summer shower, the lawn filled with music lovers during the performance by 40 Years of College. 12. Alyssa Kinworthy, left, and Melissa Spears. 13. Linda Acton and John Jett. 14. Nevaeh Cockerham. 15. Gaige Berger, JoAnna Hooten and Keighan Collier enjoy food from the vendors.


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ONGOING Through Sept. 20 The Columbus City Farmers Market features local growers, producers and artists. Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Fair Oaks Mall parking lot, 25th Street. Information: (812) 378-0539. Through Oct. 1 We Are City, an exhibition about art and city engagement, runs at the Indiana University Center for Art and Design. At the center of this show are the products of We Are City, a unique artist-in-residence program facilitated by the Indianapolis-based informal collective. Location: Indiana University Center for Art and Design, 310 Jackson St. Information: (812) 375-7550 or << Through Oct. 28 Enjoy the quiet beauty of the 100-year-old Irwin Gardens, keeping the tradition of public hours started by the original Irwin family in 1909. See the newly renovated descending fountains and turtle pools while sitting under the wisteria. Time: 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays. Cost: Free. Location: 608 Fifth St. Information: (812) 376-3663. Through Dec. 31 The Columbus Learning Center hosts the 2014 Membership Exhibition of the Indiana Artists Club. Exhibits are composed of a wide variety of styles and mediums, both contemporary and traditional. Most works of art are available for purchase during the exhibit. Location: Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

Information: (812) 314-8507 or

SEPTEMBER Sept. 20 Rhythm Conspiracy, a group of women who play instruments and study music forms from around the world, performs on the Bartholomew County Public Library plaza. The group’s primary focus is taiko, an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. Following the performance, group members will offer a drumming workshop on the basics of taiko and hand drumming for those 12 and older. No drums are necessary, but if you have a hand drum please bring it. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or

Home_Tour.html. Tickets are $15 for adults (non-members), $10 for 12 and younger (non-members), $10 for adult Franklin Heritage Inc. members, $5 for 12 and younger Franklin Heritage Inc. members. Sept. 21 Have you always wanted to make your own beads to create one-ofa-kind jewelry? Learn the basics of working with polymer clay by making a simple cane design with instructor Vicky Tabor Branson. Take home a variety of beads to create your jewelry pieces and learn tips on how to assemble them. Time: 1 p.m. Cost: $24. Location: Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Information and registration: (812) 3723541 or

Check out classic cars, trucks, hot rods, motorcycles and more at Hot Rods & Rock ’n’ Roll. Bring everyone out for this family-friendly event in downtown Columbus. There’s no registration fee and no trophies. Time: 3 p.m. car show; 7 p.m. free concert. Cost: Free. Information: Sept. 20 & 21 Franklin Heritage Inc. will host its bi-annual historic home tour. Tickets are good for either day. There are 12 properties in downtown Franklin and a bonus house located just east of town. A behind-the-scenes look at the Artcraft Theatre is also included. Tickets: Franklin_Heritage_Historic_

Sept. 24 Millions of Americans battle headaches and migraines. Pain of the head, neck and TMJ affect more than 25 percent of the population. Dentist Christopher Bartels is a specialist in facial pain and will discuss non-surgical treatment options. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or

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Sept. 25 Receive guidance to help you meet monthly household expenses, organize your finances and put together a budget. Brad Kinder, of Kinder Coaching, works with individuals and couples to teach them how to take control of their financial life. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or Sept. 26, Oct. 24, 28 Last Fridays Bluegrass is an open bluegrass jam for musicians of all ages. A mix of traditional bluegrass, “newgrass,” folk and gospel will be played. The public is welcome to participate or simply enjoy the music. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Information: (812) 344-2664. Sept. 26-28 Enjoy concerts, food, crafts, a parade and more at the 47th annual Hope Heritage Days. Information: (812) 546-4673 or Sept. 27 Get ready for the Mill Race Marathon in Columbus. The event includes a full marathon, half-marathon and 5K. Information:

Sept. 27 & 28 Highland Reign returns to The Apple Works. The weekend will feature Scottish food as well as arts and crafts. This also will be the first weekend of wagon rides to the you-pick pumpkin patch. Location: The Apple Works, 8157 S. Road 250W, Trafalgar. Information: (317) 878-9317 or Sept. 28 Come see Big Daddy Weave in concert. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $25. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Information: Sept. 30 The Medicare seminar will cover when and how to enroll in Medicare, details on all of the components of Medicare, review making changes with your coverage in the future, illustrate the costs of Medicare and more. Presenter Scott Donahue is employed by Medicare Simplified, an independent, nonprofit organization. Registration required. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or

MOVIE NIGHT Classic movies on the big screen at the Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. All movies start at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays unless indicated. Location: 57 N. Main St., Franklin. Information: (317) 736-6823 or Oct. 3 & 4: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” Oct. 10 & 11: Hitchcock Film Festival II – “Psycho,” 7:30 p.m. Oct 10; “The Lady Vanishes,” 10 p.m. Oct. 10; “The 39 Steps,” 2 p.m. Oct. 11; “Rebecca,” 4 p.m. Oct. 11; “Rear Window,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; “Rope,” 10 p.m. Oct. 11 Oct. 17 & 18: “The Shining” Oct. 24 & 25: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Nov. 1: Cartoons for Cans; Admission is one canned good (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Nov. 14 & 15: “You Can’t Take It With You”


Nov. 28 & 29: “The Bishop’s Wife”

Oct. 3 Create art from around the world during Artz Daze. No experience necessary. Local musicians will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by the Columbus Area Arts Council in partnership with kidscommons. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: In front of The Com-

Dec. 5, 6 & 7: “A Christmas Story”

mons, 300 block of Washington Street. Information: (812) 376-2539 or Oct. 4 The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic invites you to experience the explosive power and grandeur of Mahler’s epic Sixth Symphony. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets vary. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Information: (812) 376-2638, ext. 111 or The Harvest Bicycle Boogie Ride is sponsored by IUPUC Alumni Association with all proceeds benefiting IUPUC student scholarships. There are three rides to choose from touring the city

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of Columbus and Bartholomew County to the east and to the west. Bike tuning, entertainment and snacks will all be part of the day. Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $25. Information: (812) 375-7531. A fall tradition for the Bartholomew County Historical Society, Pumpkin Palooza celebrates everything pumpkin. We will discover pumpkin lore and even carve a pumpkin to take home during the Saturday Sampler. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Yellow Trail Museum, 644 Main St., Hope. Information: (812) 372-3541 or Oct. 4 & 5 Davis and Devitt perform at The

Apple Works, 8157 S. Road 250W, Trafalgar. Information: (317)8789317 or Enjoy the Columbus Star Quilters and Evening Star Quilters 16th biennial judged quilt show featuring traditional and art quilts, vendors and a boutique of fine quilted gifts. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4; noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Location: Donner Center, 22nd and Sycamore streets. Oct. 7, Nov. 4, dec. 2 Receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the issues you face and the latest information on research at the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana. Time: 5 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or Oct. 9, nov. 13 Meet with other writers to share ideas and learn during the Bartholomew County Writers Group. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or Oct. 10 & 11 Enjoy international cuisine, music and bazaar vendors at the 31st annual Ethnic Expo in downtown Columbus near City Hall. The host country this year is Mexico. Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: (812) 376-2520 or Oct. 11 Grab your Halloween outfits and head to the Great Pumpkin Run at The Appleworks. The event supports Habitat for Humanity. The 5K Pumpkin Run is a run through acres of orchard, pumpkin fields, a corn maze and woodland trails. Location: The Apple Works, 8157 S. Road 250W, Trafalgar. Information: (317)878-9317 or At the 11th annual Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash, “adopted” ducks will be turned loose into Round Lake to compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. One lucky duck will

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have 10 chances to win a new car or $50,000. Remote control “duckinator boats” will randomly select ducks to determine the winners. There will be a free Don Miller magic show at 1 p.m. Ducks are available for purchase from any Bartholomew County Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions and from any participating “Duck Buddy” listed at kducks. com. The event also will feature a bounce house, free popcorn, coupons for a Dilly Bar at the downtown Dairy Queen, Walgreens health tests, Indy Admirals remote control boats, and photo opportunities with your favorite characters from Star Wars. Time: Noon to 2 p.m. Location: Mill Race Park, Fifth and Lindsey streets. Information: or (812) 342-4405. Oct. 11 & 12 Bomar & Ritter perform at The Apple Works, 8157 S. Road 250W, Trafalgar. Information: (317) 8789317 or Oct. 16-25 The Heartland Film Festival, a 10-day celebration of film, honors independent filmmakers and helps promote the movies they make. Offering 275 film screenings, Q & A sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions and special events, Heartland gives you the opportunity to see films from around the world and meet the filmmakers who craft them. Information: Oct. 18 & 19 A fall tradition for the Bartholomew County Historical Society, Pumpkin Palooza celebrates everything pumpkin. Time: 11 a.m. Oct. 18; noon Oct. 19. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society, 524 Third St. Information: (812) 3723541 or Enjoy Celtica at The Appleworks, 8157 S. Road 250W, Trafalgar. Information: (317)878-9317 or Oct. 20 and 25 Join a two-part class to use plaster molds to shape and create your own pottery. Adam Rediker is the education coordinator for

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Bartholomew County Historical Society and local clay artist. Guests will be working with clay on the first day (Oct. 20) and glazing their creations the next visit (Oct. 25). Finished pieces will be available to be picked up a week after the second class. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Information: (812) 372-3541 or Oct. 25 Night of a Thousand Jacks features costume contests, a treasure hunt, tricks and treats, zombie crawl, scavenger hunt, pumpkin pond, music and more. Time: 3 to 9 p.m. Location: PNC Bank parking lot, 333 Washington St. Proceeds benefit Advocates for Children. Information: (812) 372-2808 or Master organist Dennis James returns to IU Auditorium for his annual Halloween-themed organ performance. This year, he will accompany the playfully spooky silent film classic “The Hands of Orlac.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16 to $21. Location: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Information: (812) 855-1103 or

Apple Works, 8157 S. Road 250W, Trafalgar. Information: (317) 8789317 or Oct. 30 It’s the roaring ’20s and a cast of outrageous characters gathers in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart in “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $39 to $63. Location: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Information: (812) 855-1103 or

NOVEMBER Nov. 1 & 2 The Yes Film Festival celebrates the creativity and diversity of independent film, bringing to the

screen the best documentaries, narrative features and short films, with competitions in all three categories. Times vary. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: Nov. 7-Jan. 31 Check out the history of video gaming, ranging from the 1980s to now, complete with old video game systems to try. Location: Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: (317) 346-4500 or Nov. 8 Throughout history there have been many different warriors — men and women who fought bravely to protect the countries they loved. Learn about different warriors throughout the ages

Participants in a basket weaving class will make a useful little basket that has a handle with a base and inside divider. This is a good beginner basket. Instructors are Ruth and Kathy Shroyer from Sisters’ Handcrafted Baskets. Cost: $20 covers all supplies. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or 2014 is the 39th year of UnCommon Cause, the Columbus Area Arts Council’s largest annual fundraiser. Each year has a different theme that helps to set the backdrop of the night’s festivities, which include dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: The Commons, 300 Washington St. Information: (812) 376-2539 or Oct. 26 Scott Strange performs at The

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during the Saturday Sampler: Warrior Ways. Look at clothing, weapons and daily life. Learn to joust, launch a catapult and even try some food. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society, 524 Third St. Information: (812) 3723541 or Mike Hemmelgarn’s program incorporates ventriloquism, juggling, balloons, a touch of magic and audience participation. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or Nov. 15 The Déjà Vu Art & Fine Craft Show features artists from all over the country who creatively reuse and recycle materials. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: The Commons. Cost: Free. The public is also invited to meet the artists at a preview reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Phi Gallery in Hotel Indigo. Information: (812) 3762539 or Learn about different warriors throughout the ages during the Saturday Sampler: Warrior Ways.

Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Yellow Trail Museum, 644 Main St., Hope. Information: (812) 372-3541 or The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic presents the Philharmonic Chorus singing a much requested encore of Dan Forrest’s “In Paradisum” as well as his recently released “Requiem for the Living.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets vary. Location: First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Information: (812) 3762638, ext. 111 or Nov. 17-18 All aboard for the saucy and splendid new production of Cole Porter’s musical comedy “Anything Goes,” winner of three 2011 Tony Awards. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $39 to $63. Location: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Information: (812) 855-1103 or Nov. 20 “1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History” by Charles Bracelen Flood will be discussed during the Civil War book discussion group. The group meets every other month. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Bar-

tholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: (812) 379-1255 or Nov. 20 & 22 Heritage Arts: Holiday Wreaths is back and better than ever. Learn to make an evergreen wreath complete with festive decorations from master gardener Jack Schmeckebier. Participants should bring gardening gloves and pruning shears. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $20. Location: Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Information: (812) 372-3541 or Nov. 21 Katie Timm, organist/cantor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, will perform an organ recital. She is an organ doctoral student at IU Jacobs School of Music. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State St. Information: (812) 376-6504 or

DECEMBER Dec. 6 The Festival of Lights Parade features floats, animals and walk-

ing groups from local corporations, businesses and community groups. The streets of downtown Columbus light up with thousands of twinkling lights. Fireworks will follow when Santa passes City Hall. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: (812) 390-6912. Enjoy the sounds of the holidays at Chimes of Christmas, Indiana University’s joyous annual holiday program, featuring the Singing Hoosiers and the IU Wind Ensemble. Time: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17 to $22. Location: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Information: (812) 855-1103 or Dec. 13 The winter holidays are fast approaching, and you want to make sure your home is full of the festive spirit. Learn how different cultures celebrate a variety of winter holidays and make a special craft or two during Saturday Sampler: Holidays Around the World. Time: 11 a.m. Cost: Free. Location: Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Information: (812) 372-3541 or –C–

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Hungry Squirrel Sap’s Donuts, made in Columbus during the mid-20th century, were a national delicacy, even for squirrels such as the one pictured above in a publicity photo. The company, named for its founder, Sap Essex, was eventually sold to another national corporation. The Republic file photo. Details provided by Harry McCawley.

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