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On through the country,

the roads curve and turn and the view of Bald Knob Cross is crisp and white against a pristine sky. A stop for antiques; the juice of a crisp apple trickles down her cheek; sweet, tart cider; apple butter; peach preserves; pumpkins in every size … the scents of Autumn … cinnamon and nutmeg in warm apple cobbler. Up U.S. Route 51. A smiling face on a water tower. A Saluki standing guard. The delightful chimes from the clock tower. The low moan of the train.

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Letter from the executive editor

This issue of Life & Style takes a loving look at the world of fashion, Southern Illinois style. Fashion may not strike you as one of my strengths, but I’m aware of the importance of the fall season in the world of design. There are times, too, when my choice of a tie, or the pairing of a shirt with a certain pair or trousers, gets a compliment. And for some reason, my seersucker suit always gets positive reactions. My sense of fashion is not especially welldeveloped; boots and jeans are my favorites. Still, it’s enjoyable to hear I’m looking sharp. It makes me feel good, until it’s followed by a certain question: Did your wife buy that for you? This happens to me often, even though I buy most of my clothes without Debbie’s assistance. At another newspaper years ago, a group of women reporters were talking about well-dressed men and somehow I was mentioned. Almost immediately, as I listened silently and somewhat amused, one of the women issued the definitive opinion, “His wife buys his clothes.” I said it wasn’t true, but the faces in the group reflected disbelief. Debbie buys me special things for birthdays and Christmas, and her choices are terrific. She also buys the best ties, hands down. But the vast majority of the wardrobe was my own idea, from cowboy boots to Madras shirts that get me teased at the golf course. Heck, I even bought the seersucker suit – off the rack, locally and at a price so low I still can’t believe it. Inside this issue you’ll learn how to fall into fashion at any age. If you want the latest looks for autumn, we’ve got you covered. To prove our point, Southern Illinois models show off the hottest shoes, clothes and accessories from two businesses known for fashion – Dillard’s in Marion and Sue’s 2 on the square in Benton. If you can get your eyes off the fashion pages – trust me, it won’t be easy – you’ll find coverage of “The Way We Worked,” a fascinating traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution scheduled for display in the region, perhaps the ultimate golf weekend destination in nearby Cape Girardeau and a look ahead at the 2011-12 season at the Carson Center in Paducah. Enjoy the issue and celebrate the beautiful fall weather in style!

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Celebrate autumn with style

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into great fashion 48 Fall Enduring trends and smart choices keep you stylish

Fall 2011

34 Good Eats

60 Where We Live

The best look for your table? Let the food be the star

Exquisite home reflects personal expression, a love of family

22 Artist Allan Stuck

Who wears his jewelry? You might be surprised

28 Who We Are

Smithsonian, local exhibit definies ‘The Way We Worked’

32 My Favorite Things

TV anchor, fashion blogger Emily Eddington

66 Entertainment

Paducah venue presents variety at its best

68 Wine

Regional whites shine with promise, versatility

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92 Business Buzz

Fido Fashion: Why should we have all the fun?

cover photo Lori Sweitzer and David Davies of Photography by Lori turned the world of magazine covers upside-down for this issue. This photo, one of several we considered for the cover, used elements featured on model Katie Parks. All of them were provided by Dillard’s in Marion.

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HerrinFesta and more


There’s nothing like HerrinFesta Italiana, and this year was no different. The Herrin Chamber of Commerce was also busy hosting events. 1. President of HerrinFesta Italiana Cris Trapani (from left), Miss HerrinFesta Chelsye Vincent and Herrin Mayor Vic Ritter at Herrin Community Day on June 23 at Rent One Park. 2. Mary Ellen Grisley of Johnston City (from left), Bess Hogan of Herrin, Kent Ingersoll of Herrin and Courtney Teel of Herrin at the spring bocce tournament May 7 at the Herrin Bocce Courts. 3. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Mario Moccia (from left), Grand Parade Marshal Shirley Cooper, Cris Trapani, Jennifer Perry and Ron Waldron at the HerrinFesta Italiana Honoree’s Banquet on May 24 at Herrin Civic Center. 3

4. Cristina Trapani, Gina Trapani, Peggy Trapani and Mariah Trapani of Herrin at the Sponsors Party on May 27 at HerrinFesta Italiana.



5. Rick Klinglesmith and Cheryl Trench of Herrin at the souvenir shop during HerrinFesta Italiana. 6. Vicki Colombo (from left), Frank Colombo and Heidi Moccia at the HerrinFesta Italiana Honoree’s Banquet on May 24 at Herrin Civic Center. 7. HerrinFesta Italiana Grand Parade Marshals Shirley and Monty Cooper at the parade May 28.

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Southern Illinois Together Regional legislators hosted a fundraising event called Southern Illinois Together to help people affected by May flooding. The gathering was June 4 at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion.




1. Jordan Smith and Tyler Edmonds of Anna. 2. Joni and John Barwick of Marion. 3. Marla Sullivan (from left) of Royalton and Jeffie and Holly Lewis, both of Marion. 4. Tina and David Mattingly of Herrin. 5. Mike Bastien and Eden Thorne of Murphysboro. 6. Beckie Johnson of Mount Vernon (from left), Dawn Fields of Marion and Rene Lewis of Salem.




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‘A Salute to Legacy: Legendary to Contemporary’ was the theme of a community celebration in Carbondale the first weekend in July. Many former students, friends and family of Attucks School attended.


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4. Ed ‘Eddie’ Blythe and Chell (Marlene) Blythe of Roswell, Ga., formerly of Carbondale. 5. Mona Tervalon-Brown (from left), Ann Marie Shepherd, Lucinda Vinson and William Irvin-Smith (standing), all of Carbondale. 6. Susie Delmore-Bell (from left), Marilyn Tipton, and Jerry Brawn, all of Carbondale.


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7. Melvin LeRoy Macklin and Cozette Bell Spinner, both formerly of Carbondale.

100 Men Who Cook They came, they cooked, and they conquered for a cause at this fundraiser June 4 at the SIUC Student Center. Proceeds raised benefited the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale. 1. Bobby Fombelle of Anna and Estus Hood of Carbondale.


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Artist Reception


Photographs by Al Parr were unveiled during a reception July 22 at the SIUC Student Center. Parr, a retired university employee, captures photos of wildlife and natural scenery during his daily walks around Campus Lake.


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1. Tim Damian (from left), Juli Claussen, Monica Tichenor, Dia and Al Parr, Catherine Bryant and Ron Graves. 2. David and Teresa Ullman of Carbondale. 3. Mary and Gary Kinsel of Carbondale. 4. Brandon and Carrie Barthelme of Carbondale.



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On June 14, as the Southern Illinois Miners battled the Florence Freedom on the field, members of humanitarian service organization Rotary International celebrated in the crowd. Members of District 6510, including much of the Metro East and all of Southern Illinois, enjoyed not only the game but also participated in the between-innings activities. 2

1. On the Rotary District 6510 leadership team are Wayne Gerlock of Carterville (from left), Jeff Thornton of Lebanon and Greg Yank of O’Fallon.


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Fall in Union County

Experience some of the most beautiful autumn scenery in the country. There are several events that draw food, art and wine lovers from all over.

September 2011

Pepper Fest

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Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Date: Sept. 3 Place: Darn Hot Peppers, Rancho Bella Vista, 827 Vines Road in Cobden A favorite of chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom. Meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products. Relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great Southern Illinois (pepper) heat. Call: 618-893-1443

October 2011

Union County Colorfest Date: Oct. 7-9

Home tours, arts and craft fair in Cobden, fun run or biathlon race, a wine festival at Alto Vineyards, Von Jakob or Owl Creek Winery; health fair at Union County Hospital; Bayou Boogie Boil at Northwest Passage Root Beer Saloon in Alto Pass; Rendleman Orchards Farm Market celebrates all weekend with samples of specialty food items; Flamm Orchards Fall Festival includes music, barbecue, applebutter making demonstrations, working cider press, petting zoo and children’s activities; Wiener Dog Derby in Anna. Call: 800-248-4373

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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Fall Festival Time: Noon-6 p.m. Date: Sept. 3 and 4 Join all 12 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries for wines, live music, food and art. Live music: 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Blues Handle (St. Louis blues); 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, The Kevin Lucas Orchestra (progressive rock). Artisan offerings include paintings, wine bottle art and jewelry. Cost: $15 includes glass, tasting card and $5 coupon for any of the 12 wineries. Call: 800-248-4373

Other regional events Du Quoin State Fair Dates: Aug. 26-Sept. 5 The Du Quoin State Fair is one of the nation’s best agricultural and educational events. The fair offers fairgoers plenty of entertainment from the carnival, livestock shows, exhibits, contests, horse racing and auto racing, along with national music acts on the Grandstand stage. This year, the big acts are Willie Nelson on Friday, Sept. 2 and Lynyrd Skynyrd on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Call: 618-542-1515.

Murphysboro Apple Festival Dates: Sept. 14-Sept. 18 The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest alcohol-free festival in Southern Illinois. This year’s theme is “60 Years of Appletime Fun.” More than 45,000 people attend the festival each year. Attractions include stage shows, carnival, concessions, a queen pageant, contests from apple pie eating to apple core throwing, firefighters’ water fights, marching band competition, car shows and the Appletime 5K Walk/Run. The festival’s grand parade is one of the largest parades in Southern Illinois. Call: 618-684-3200 or 800-406-8774

Southern Illinois Irish Festival Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 2 This festival in Carbondale celebrates the music, spirit and traditions of Celtic people and heritage. It features two concerts: Friday, Sept. 30 will feature a coffeehouse concert of acoustic music and song featuring Alex Caton and Pat Egan; Saturday night’s concert is The Kelly Band. The Celtic Fair will be Oct. 1 and 2 at Turley Park on the west side of Carbondale. Call: 618-549-3090

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Allan Stuck

Who wears his jewelry? We do, and so do Angelina Jolie, Pink and Lindsay Lohan Allan Stuck has never been an avid follower of popular culture, but in the past few years, he’s started paying attention. The Makanda jeweler has been a staple of the Southern Illinois art scene for decades, and his work has been finding its way to a different clientele. Represented by the Roseark gallery in West Hollywood, Stuck has become known as a go-to guy for the Los Angeles elite. Pop music artist Pink wore one of his necklaces during a February 2010 appearance on Oprah’s television show, and celebrity bad girl Lindsay Lohan has been photographed by People magazine sporting Stuck’s designs. Brad Pitt also purchased a

necklace as a gift for wife, Angelina Jolie. “It’s a mixed feeling,” Stuck said. “Once you put your stuff at that level, you have to stay refined. But I’m so elated and so happy to be involved with that.” Stuck’s jewelry is different than most on the red carpets of Hollywood. While he works with traditional materials like gold, silver and diamonds, he also adds more eccentric elements like petrified wood and authentic dinosaur bones to the mix. These aspects of his work showcase his unique background, as well. Before pursuing metalsmithing and jeweling as a career, Stuck studied pre-med and zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Even after leaving school, he chose to follow science as a hobby

and to incorporate it into his artistic style. When guests come into Stuck’s nondescript studio in Makanda, the artist entertains them with stories of science and adventure related to the materials of his trade. “They get a story whether they want it or not,” he said. “I’ve got stories. I just hope I don’t bore people, but they seem to be interested in what I’m telling them.” Despite his success in Hollywood, he has no plans to pack up and move now or in the future. “I came here from Chicago to go to school 50 years ago,” he said. “I never went back; I just love it here. I’m a Southern Illinoisan.”

This sword necklace, made by Allan Stuck, was purchased and worn by Lindsay Lohan (shown wearing the necklace in a national magazine) from an art dealer in West Hollywood, where Stuck’s work is sold. Above: An example of Stuck’s work include this piece made from Wyoming Jade.

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story by Adam Testa

Allan Stuck has been crafting handmade jewelry at his studio in Makanda for more than 40 years.

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where and when Allan Stuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio can be found in downtown Makanda, next to the post office. To schedule a visit to the shop or to commission work, contact him at 618-529-2341.

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seamstress Sandy Schlueter stitches gowns, clothing for those dressing the parts

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A simple question changed Sandy Schlueter’s life almost two decades ago. Schlueter, a Michigan native, had just begun volunteering at the General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro when she found herself in

a discussion with Executive Director P. Michael Jones about women during the Civil War. “I said, ‘I suppose women were the same then as they are now,’ and I stress the word ‘suppose,’” Schlueter said. “Mr. Jones, the teacher that he is, told me that anyone who says ‘I suppose’ doesn’t really know. It offended me.” So, Schlueter took to the history books, researching any material she could find on the topic. One discovery, a chart showing trends of women’s clothing from prehistoric times through the 1950s, still hangs on the walls of her studio, set up in the historic print shop across from the museum on Edith Street. Her research has culminated in a postretirement career that has seen Schlueter create hundreds of authentic historic garb. She has crafted clothes

Sandy Schlueter is well-known for recreating clothing from the 1800s, including these 1840s-era designs and a Pioneer-era dress.

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Sandy obviously takes great joy in creating these special frocks and suits. At upper left is an 1860s ball gown she created.

are also available to rent for $85 for special events like November’s Logan Ball. Schlueter knows her creations don’t fit the mold necessary for most die-hard historical re-enactors, as she uses a sewing machine — a device that wasn’t invented until the late 1800s — for projects of all eras, taking away some of the authenticity of Colonial garb. Lately, Schlueter has been branching out, too. She has started a new project using authentic Civil War materials, discovered at a small store on a trip to Michigan, to create an authentic Civil War era quilt to be sold as a fundraiser for the museum. Each new project, whether it be a quilt, a gown or a military uniform, takes Schlueter one step deeper in American history. “It seems like I learn something new every time I do something,” she said.

from a variety of time periods, but her heart for the project remains where it began: With the Civil War. Each year, she creates and alters costumes for Carbondale students in Lewis School teacher Betsy Brown’s class, as they present a Chautauqua, or portrayal of a historical speech or program. She also custom designs ball gowns, and in some cases men’s suits, for the annual Logan Ball fundraiser sponsored by the museum, as well as outfits for the Twelfth Night Ball in Prairie du Rocher. “Nothing is off limits,” she said. “I’ll try anything. I’ve made corsets; I’ve made the ladies’ underwear, a couple of attempts at hoop skirts. If you’ve got a pattern, I’ll make it.” A custom-made outfit or gown usually takes two to three weeks of work to complete and is priced between $300 and $500 plus materials. Outfits

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Smithsonian exhibition makes first Illinois stop at University Museum

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story by Les O’Dell

A workman on the framework of the Empire State Building, New York City, ca. 1930 or 1931.

ason Shadowen of Herrin is fascinated by the past. In fact, he has a collection of tools and materials his wife’s grandfather used to carry in his daily work to bring electrical service to Southern Illinois homes and businesses. Shadowen often shares stories with his sons of how things used to be. Thanks to a traveling exhibit called “The Way We Worked,” which is making a stop in Southern Illinois, he’ll also be able to show them how electricians, miners, farmers and countless other workers did their jobs in years gone by.

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“‘The Way We Worked” is adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives,” explains Carolyn Snyder of Carbondale. Snyder is president of Carbondale Community Arts and serves on the exhibition’s planning committee. “The exhibition focuses on why we work and the needs that our jobs fulfill.” The program, which runs Oct. 1 through Nov. 12 and is based at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s University Museum, shares the transition of work into a central element in American life and reflects the changes affecting work, workers

The main exhibition at University Museum will feature local and national exhibits. and the workplace in the last century. Interactive and interpretive presentations with photographs, artifacts, clothing, art and technological displays make the exhibition a multi-sensory experience.

Top: An old U.S. Postal Service buggy in Carbondale. Above: A submarine builder at Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., photographed by Fenno Jacobs, August 1943.

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The Southern File Photo

The exhibit documents the clothing, locales, conditions, conflicts and roles American workers found themselves in as they worked between the mid 1800s and the late 20th century according to the National Archives description of the presentation. The photographs and artifacts bring visitors to the fields, factories, mines, construction sites, stores and cubicles where work was done. The Illinois Humanities Council has selected Carbondale as the first of six stops in the state for the exhibition. The effort is an outreach of the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street program, which brings extensive exhibitions to communities. Each host adds its own flavor to the exhibition. “One of the things that national museums try to do is outreach to the states,” explains Dona Bachman, director of the University Museum. “They were looking for different sites in Illinois to bring this exhibit, with the implied direction that this would not just be a general exhibit on working, but that each community would talk about people working in their area. It’s particularly important for Southern Illinois because so much of our country is now urban, and Southern Illinois isn’t. Some of the photographs and the discussion in the traveling exhibit definitely focus on urban life and experience and so that allows us to look at our own backyard in a much more relevant way.” She adds that the local aspects of the exhibit will include displays pertaining to agriculture, mining, manufacturing, migrant work and work of interest to the region. “We’ve had a researcher studying demographics, studying historical records, and he’s put together a pretty clear picture of how many people worked in agriculture, how many worked in the mines, etc., over the past decades. I think people will get a real sense of working in Southern Illinois.” Snyder adds that simultaneous exhibits at local museums throughout Southern Illinois also will have a related theme, making “The Way We Worked” a regional program. She says that special displays are already planned for the General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro, the Union County Historical Society, the Williamson County Historical Society, the Carbondale Civic Center and several other museums, with as many as a dozen exhibitions and special lectures and presentations, as well. Lectures, presentations and a special production of “Nickel and Dimed,” a play presenting the low-wage lifestyles of American workers, by the Jackson County Stage Co. are also planned. “Through work with partnering organizations and the Southern Illinois Association of Museums, we’re able to bring the exhibit to all of Southern Illinois and provide an opportunity to see more and hear presentations. We’re looking to a variety of presentations specific to a broad area of work,” Snyder says. “It will reflect the diversity of the region and its workforce. We’re going to look at educational institutions, coal mines, railroads and even things as specific as the former glove factory in Carbondale.” The Southern Illinoisan is developing a special lobby display on the change of newspapers into media companies and the ways the transition has affected work and coverage of employment issues.

art Schedule of events

Oct. 1 1-4 p.m., exhibits open, University Museum. Oct. 3 Noon, exhibit “Ayers Tie Plant of Carbondale” opens at AfricanAmerican Museum of Southern Illinois. Oct. 6 4 to 6 p.m., opening reception, University Museum 6 to 7 p.m., guest lecture by Bob Bruno, University of Illinois Chicago School of Labor and Employment Relations, museum auditorium. Oct. 13 4 to 6 p.m., Late Night at the Museum, University Museum 6 to 7 p.m., guest lecture, “Migrant Workers of Union County,” by Judy Travelstead, president of the Cobden Community Museum, University Museum lobby. Oct. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 7:30 p.m., “Nickel and Dimed,” theater by The Stage Co., Varsity Center for the Arts. Oct. 20 5 to 7 p.m., opening reception for Robert Ketchens exhibit, “Sharecroppers of Missouri Strike,” Carbondale Civic Center 6 to 7 p.m., lecture by Ketchens, Civic Center. Nov. 1 7 p.m., conference on the future of work in Southern Illinois; panelists include SIU President Glenn Poshard, The Southern Illinoisian Editor Gary Metro and other distinguished speakers; University Museum. Nov. 6 2 p.m., lecture, “Changes in Rural Farms and Communities,” by Jane Adams, retired faculty of SIUC’s anthropology department, General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro.

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Young women delivering ice, 1918.

The local feel of the program appeals to Shadowen. “My dad was in the mines for 23 years,” he says. “I know a lot of the ways they do things has changed. It’ll be neat to see the huge difference in that.” The main exhibition at University Museum will feature local and national exhibits. “There will be some objects from the University Museum’s collection,” Snyder says. “We’ll be borrowing some from other museums and individuals, but a lot of it will be photographs from the national exhibition.” She calls the national materials “very sophisticated and well-produced,” and says that a level of interactivity is built in. “One thing that is interesting with this exhibition is that it reflects the current technology,” she explains. “Visitors will be able to use their cellphones to call a specific number that will give them additional information on things that are in the exhibit.” Organizers say “The Way We Worked” will appeal to a wide range of people. “This will appeal to perhaps adults over 50 who may remember some of this work or even experienced it,” Snyder says. “To our younger people – our school children and young adults – we’ll show what work was, how it has evolved and the impact of technology on work today.”

One feature of the exhibition will include specific aspects aimed toward a younger audience. “We want to show what work was in the past,” Snyder says, “but more importantly to young people, we want them to learn what options there are for work in the future.” She says an online feature of the exhibition will help students explore career options and types of work. Bachman adds that there will be an opportunity for career exploration and aptitude testing. “It’s going to be very diverse,” she says. “We want to add a component where young people can become involved, particularly those in high school. We’re hoping to do some actual testing and guidance in terms of where future jobs will be. This is not just about the past.” Nancy Stemper, executive director of Carbondale Community Arts, says landing “The Way We Worked” is a major accomplishment. “We’re flattered to be the first Illinois location for this exhibition,” she says. “It is a wonderful opportunity, a huge topic and one that has many implications for our region, both in terms of understanding our own workplace culture and heritage as well as in applying lessons for the future, looking forward to the workplaces of the 21st century and in grooming a workforce for that future.”

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Emily Eddington TV anchor, reporter and fashionista

Emily Eddington has spent nearly five years in Southern Illinois with her husband Tyler, pursuing two passions. She helps viewers start their day with some news and fun on WSIL’s News 3 This Morning, and she created a successful YouTube channel known as Beauty Broadcast. Emily wakes up at 1:30 a.m. for the news, but the early start leaves her afternoons free to create videos and blogs about all things makeup, including product reviews and step-by-step tutorials. That effort has gotten more than 21 million video views from around the world. Closer to home, Emily was named “Best Anchor” at the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association Silverdome awards in June. Here are some of Emily’s favorite (fashion and beauty) things: Your style in one or two words: Bright and feminine Favorite piece of jewelry: I’m loving big cuff bracelets Who is your style icon? Kim Kardashian (fun) or Robin Meade (work) Your dream designer: Chanel What is one beauty product you can’t live without? Mascara! A trend you love: Leggings (so comfortable!) A trend you hate: Super high-waisted pants How many pairs of shoes are in your closet? More than 50 What’s the biggest fashion splurge you’ve made? My wedding dress will probably always be No. 1. I’m a huge bargain shopper. If you could attend a Fashion Week, where would it be? Paris, New York City, Milan? NYC. I’ve visited the Big Apple once and have always wanted to go back. What style item are you presently obsessed with? Maxi dresses. I’m 5 feet tall; they make me look taller. What brand of jeans do you love? Wet Seal Your favorite clothing store? Macy’s or TJ Maxx What’s your biggest fashion faux-pas? Shoes that are too uncomfortable. By the end of the night, I often regret my shoe choice.

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dined in the most famous restaurants. Each place she’s traveled, she’s paid close attention to their techniques in an effort to constantly improve her own skills and learn from the masters of the trade. “They can do very simple food and just present it in a way that makes it look expensive,” she said. But not everyone has the option of traveling the globe to learn. Luckily for them, countless other options exist and are available on a local level. Magazines offer great resources for ideas, television channels like Food Network

Andrea Barclay, chef and owner of Global Gourmet in Carbondale, likes to keep her food presentation simple, preferring to let food be the star of any table. At right is Barclay’s Caprese Salad.

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“If you want to go over the top, you can get satellite TV in your car,” he said. “It’s more complicated than satellite radio – you’ve got a pizza-sized disc on top of your vehicle, but you can get channels like the Cartoon Network or Disney Channel as you go down the road.” Martin added that cellular technology and smartphones, along with newer developments including Bluetooth connectivity and tablets such as iPads, the possibilities for entertaining the kids are practically endless. That’s good news to Pablo Cordero. “Keeping them entertained is nice, especially the little ones,” he said. “It makes the trip a lot better, and everybody’s happy.”

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Whether they’re taking a trip around town or across the country, traveling with children can be a big deal for parents such as Pablo and Courtney Cordero of Carterville. With five children ranging in ages from 3 months to 13 years, trips in the family’s Toyota Sienna minivan can be chaotic. Long gone are the days of auto bingo and the quiet game. Today, the Corderos and many other Southern Illinois families turn to technology to make the journey more enjoyable for everyone. “Entertainment systems for the kids make for a quieter ride for mom and dad up front,” said Don Bethune, sales manager at Jim Hayes, Inc., a Harrisburg automobile dealership. He said systems are especially popular in SUVs and minivans, and dual DVD players are among the most popular entertainment options. Jeff Martin, owner of Stereo One in Carbondale, said video systems are almost a “must have” for families. “The biggest thing is video systems, whether a flip down overhead monitor or those in replacement headrests,” he explains. “They are neat because you can multisource them; each kid can watch

their own thing and with headphones, no one else has to hear it.” He added that many of the systems have inputs so that gaming devices such as PlayStations or Xboxes can be integrated. Martin said he has installed media servers into vehicles to use as a library for songs, movies and television shows. “They are actually computers that you put into your car and you can store everything in them, so you don’t even have to carry an iPod or DVDs with you,” he said. Things can even go one step further, said Beau Petty, manager of Sound Company in Marion. He said satellite television is now available for automotive installations.

‘Entertainment systems for the kids make for a quieter ride for mom and dad up front,’ said Don Bethune, sales manager at Jim Hayes, Inc. in Harrisburg. That’s the case for Pablo and Courtney Cordero of Carterville and their children: Isaac, Isabel, Eliana, Sofia and Lydia.

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The Whitewater River flows under the covered bridge and turns the turbine in the mill at Bollinger Mill State Park. The mill has a historic past, and visitors can learn about the milling process.

Girardeau Missouri rivertown is still booming after hundreds of years

rom humble beginnings as a trading post for Colonial settlers and native tribes of the region, the city of Cape Girardeau has a history intertwined with the flowing waters of the Mighty Mississippi River. Iconic settlers of Midwestern lore such as Jean Baptiste de Girardot and Louis Lorimier established residence in the region later known as southeast Missouri. They lived off the land and used access to the river and proximity to French and Spanish territories to build a bustling trade industry. Life in those days revolved around the outdoors, and Mother Nature could be a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend or his worst enemy. Children were raised to appreciate the natural assets of the region, and those values were passed down from generation to generation. But modern times have taken a toll on the relationship between man and nature. The small trading post villa has grown into a region of about 135,000 residents, more than 30,000 of whom call

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Edna Estes of Jackson, Mo., performs a puppet show Eugene Kester of Jackson, Mo., and his 5-year-old great-grandson, Shane Pair, fish for 4-year-old granddaughter, Alysson Estes, at the at the nature center. The center provides poles, worms and other supplies to children Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. The who don’t own them. facility is filled with interactive displays and exhibits aimed at connecting people of all ages with nature.

Cape Girardeau home. The city has developed into a commercial capital of the region, and while the river still plays a role in the city’s day-to-day operations, it has taken a backseat to interstates and airports. In a city so active, people often and easily find themselves with attention focused on the task at hand and the to-do list of errands and pressures competing for people’s time. “The one thing that tends to slip away is being able to spend time outdoors,” said Steven Juhlin, assistant manager of the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Luckily for those wishing to enjoy and explore the outdoors, Cape Girardeau offers a bountiful array of locales and options, targeting a diverse audience of youth and adults, families and children

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and outdoor enthusiasts and casual hobbyists alike.

Connecting with nature

As one of Missouri’s five state-sponsored nature centers, the Cape Girardeau venue has its aim set on one objective. “Our motto here is connecting people with the land,” Juhlin said. “What we show here in our exhibit gallery is that man has always relied on natural resources, and man has always affected natural resources.” Inside the center are a number of interactive displays highlighting different aspects of the outdoors in southeast Missouri. A key feature is a set of brochures that provide relevant details related to the exhibits. For those who found interest in the reptile display, an attached rack holds pamphlets with maps

and directions to the best places in the region to look for these animals. But the center is much more than a small science museum; it’s an outlet for people to get in touch with nature. For children, a fishing pond outside the center offers a place to experience the outdoors without traveling too far from home. “We provide rods, reels and worms,” Juhlin said. “Even if people don’t have any equipment of their own, they can come out here and have the fishing experience. We’ve had hundreds of kids catch their very first fish out here.” The path from the pond to the center also contains another detour, this one leading to the White Oak Trace, a twomile trail running behind the center. Hikers have seen wild deer, turkey, bobcats, coyotes and turtles along the partially handicap-accessible path. The

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trail also merges with a few other trails, which ultimately lead to the historic downtown area.

Up close with animals

The trails through the fields and forests of southeast Missouri give hikers a chance to see native wildlife in its natural habitat. But travel a few miles north of Cape Girardeau, and you’ll discover a whole new entry point into the animal kingdom. Years ago, the property served as a drive-through park, where guests could see dozens of species of exotic creatures. That attraction closed down and resumed its role as a private family farm for an extended length of time. Now, Vicki Lantz has decided to reopen the family business, taking a slightly different approach this time.

Rather than a drive-through park like her father ran, she has opened Lazy L Safari Park as a walk-through venue. She doesn’t want it, however, to be confused with a big city zoo. “The uniqueness is that we are more like a big petting zoo,” she said. “You get up close and personal with a lot of animals.” More than 400 animals represent 30-plus species, ranging from amphibians and reptiles to birds and mammals. Lantz refers to the collection as “everything from antelopes to zebras.” Among the more exotic species are kangaroos, alpacas and a special celebrity giraffe that appeared in the movie “Evan Almighty.” The giraffe is on loan through October, but Lantz said more special attractions will be added in the coming months. “I’ve got big plans to expand,” said Lantz, who opened the park in June 2010.

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Krystal Morgan, originally from West Frankfort, and Sophia Bazquez feed deer at the Lazy L Safari Park. Owner Vicki Lantz said her venue is different than a zoo because of the close contact with animals. She describes it more as an exotic petting zoo.

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center 2289 County Park Drive Cape Girardeau 573-290-5218 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The museum at the Southeast Missouri State University houses the world’s largest collection of Mississippian Native American pottery.

Guests at Bollinger Mill can view Colonial era quipment, including this grinding device (left) and scale (right), in use by Jim Kirk of Maquoketa, Iowa.

“I’m hoping it’s going to be a really big thing.” Lazy L is open from April to October, and admission is $5.

Step back in time

The outdoors of southeast Missouri holds a number of secret treasures, but perhaps none as prominent as those at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. George Frederick Bollinger moved to the land now known as Burfordville as part of a land grant from the Spanish government in 1797. Three years later, he began constructing a log dam on the site. By 1825, he rebuilt the structure as a limestone dam and mill, and the structure lasted in operation until the Civil War, when it was burned to the ground by the Union Army in an effort to stop the

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This giraffe, which appeared in the movie ‘Evan Almighty’ alongside Steve Carell, can be seen at the Lazy L Safari Park through October. The visiting giraffe joins more than 30 species of animals, some native and some exotic, at the walk-through park.

supply of flour and meal from reaching the Confederate military. Solomon R. Burford purchased the land after the war and built the four-story brick mill that remains on the site today. While the structure isn’t in operation, it still maintains the capability of grinding corn and wheat into meal using the Whitewater River to turn turbines. Inside the mill are a number of tools from the past, acting as a museum of sorts celebrating the history of the milling industry. Tours are available during regular business hours. Outside the mill is another of southeast Missouri’s treasures, one of the state’s four remaining covered bridges. Closed to vehicle traffic, guests are still invited to walk through the structure en route to the mill and the park, giving that sense of literally taking a step back in time.

“The combination of the bridge and the mill is one of very few in the United States,” said Julie LaMouria, a seasonal worker at the site. Traveling back to Cape Girardeau, guests can continue their trek through history. A number of historic sites and buildings remain in the downtown area, and a series of murals along the Mississippi riverfront commemorate key events of the past, from an 1803 visit by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the infamous flood of 1993. Each mural is accompanied by an informative panel sharing the stories of the past and tying all the tales together. But as Chuck Martin, executive director of the Cape Girardeau tourism bureau, points out, there’s much more to do and see in the historic downtown.

Paula Haas’s Somewhere in Time Antiques specializes in costume jewelry.

Walk the walk

Banners line the streets of this historic part of town encouraging guests to “walk the walk.” With ample places to park, downtown Cape Girardeau offers an array of shops, restaurants and sites easily accessible by foot. “Our downtown is very much the personality of the community,” Martin said. “It really is a diverse offering that we have. You are really going to find something of interest to you.” A highlight of the district is its reputation as an antique haven. With nine shops, each with its own distinct flair and personality, the downtown area pulls people in off the interstate for a little shopping break. Paula Haas, owner of Somewhere in Time Antiques, moved from the antique mall to her downtown shop in January

This mural recognizes famous Missourians including Calamity Jane and Frank and Jesse James.

2010. The unity and cooperation between the stores is something she believes to be critical, achieving a success for one is success for all philosophy. “People aren’t going to come down here for one or two shops, but the fact we have nine makes us a destination for antique shoppers,” she said. Haas’ shop specializes in costume jewelry and other stylish wares, while others focus on clothing and more traditional items. At Spanish Street Mercantile, owner Charles Bertrand has added his own touch. Bertrand has converted part of his antique shop into an early 1900s ice cream parlor. Using period elements, such as a 1927 bar from a local drug store and a ceiling from an 1800s era church in Mounds, he’s created an authentic environment, complete with his 1940s vat for making his product.

He also bakes his own waffle cones and experiments with different flavors of ice cream. He has begun using Southern Illinois peaches in his work, adding a little local taste to the mix. “We’ve kind of rebuilt an old ice cream parlor,” he said. “We like to save things, we like to recycle things. We don’t like to take things to the dump.” In addition to renovating and improving his own shop, Bertrand hopes to see the rest of the downtown go through some similar upgrades. With a new casino and other developments on the way, Cape Girardeau is sitting on the brink of opportunity, he said. “We have one of the more unique downtowns on the Mississippi River, in the Midwest,” he said. “You’re really going to see the landscape change.”

A series of murals along the riverfront in downtown Cape Girardeau celebrate and commemorate the city’s history, from pre-Colonial times through present day. This one marks the 1803 visit of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the city while on the westward journey.

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Dalhousie Golf Club offers a challenging 7,389-yard, par 72 course. Each hole has its own name and personality.

Guests at Dalhousie Golf Club can stay in one of the facility’s five cabins. The Discover Dalhousie package offers non-members a chance to play two days of golf and stay in one of the cabins at an affordable rate.

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Private Cape Girardeau club offers challenging course, amenities that draw golfers from here and abroad


The 7,389-yard, par 72 course at Dalhousie Golf Club offers a bevy of challenges, putting the power in the hands of the player. “The course is difficult, but if you hit your shot where you need to, it’s easy to score,” said Cory Cissell, marketing coordinator for the private Cape Girardeau course. “However, if you don’t hit it where you need to, you’re going to have a long day.” The course, designed by Nicklaus Design, has been named the best course in Missouri each year from 2007 to 2010 by Golf Digest magazine. Part of the success can likely be attributed to the uniqueness of the course, where each hole has a personality of its own, reflected by the names and stories associated with them.

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The 13th hole, called “Re(Cord),” bares the name of Dalhousie founder Cord Dombrowski, while the final hole carries the name “Big Oak,” drawn from the presence of Missouri’s second largest oak tree along the fairway. Those holes, along with the others, can be a player’s best friend or worst enemy. Out-of-bounds are a rarity at Dalhousie, but with a setup of fairway, collar rough, primary rough and then tall sawgrass, one may be able to find his or her ball but not able to hit it. “No two holes look alike by any means,” Cissell said. “The back nine has a lot of risk and reward.” Since opening in 2002, those qualities of the 18-hole course have attracted a number of celebrity members,

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Rush Limbaugh, as well as a number of prominent tournaments and events. From regional organizations such as the Missouri Golf Association and Missouri State High School Activities Association to national ones like the American Junior Golf Association and the United States Golf Association, many groups have moved their major events to Dalhousie in recent years. The Ladies Professional Golf Association will join that list when it hosts a tournament at the club in 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tremendous honor for us and the community, as well,â&#x20AC;? Cissell said. Memberships at Dalhousie are available on three different levels: Local, regional and national, based on distance of residence from the club. Half the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s membership is national, living more than 50 miles away, and some are even international. The club offers a special Discover Dalhousie package to nonmembers at a

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hen it comes to fashion, one concept takes priority: “Feeling good about yourself is first,” said Stephanie Black, women’s area sales manager at Dillard’s in Marion. Investing in quality clothing, shoes and accessories is second. “There are so many looks that are timeless and classic that will work on almost anyone over many years,” Black said. “If you buy quality pieces in classic styles, you can wear it for a long time.” That means if you bought and wore a beautiful, houndstooth swing jacket in the 1960s then put it away when it went out of fashion, it’s time to pull it back out and wear it again. Or you might have

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at any age Enduring trends and smart choices keep you stylish

a daughter who wants to wear it now because the trend is back. And you don’t have to have the “perfect” body to look great. The key is finding the cut or style that works for you. “Explore and explore some more,” Black said. “Look around the stores. Try things on. Don’t be discouraged if something isn’t working for you. Keep looking and find what does.” With that advice, here are some local and national fashion trends for fall and winter: Patterns and plaids: “This is a huge thing for fall,” Black said. “We’re seeing it in our stores now.” While big designers might clad models in plaids or patterns head to toe, for real life opt for a more realistic approach and wear just one plaid or patterned piece at a time.

Polka dots: If major international designers put polka dots on runway models, you know it’s going to be big. Don’t wear it head to toe, though. Try a blouse or a scarf to make the most of this fun fashion. Maxi skirts and big, cozy sweaters: “This is great because it can be worn through two or three seasons,” Black said. In late summer or early fall, just nix the sweater and pair the skirt with a lighter blouse or tank top and appropriate footwear. Lace: Black said her store is seeing a lot of this, especially in tops. And even though lace is almost always sexy,

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it’s getting a bit of a makeover itself and is perfect for moving from the office to evening. Bright pants: “This is a huge trend,” Black ctices a curtsy Lacey Thompson pra . said. You’ve already on ds Hu len with Shae seen it on Rihanna and other red carpet walkers. If you’re feeling adventurous, try them in different colors and styles to of pants and mini-skirts in see which work best for you. the office. Think Melanie These pants are definitely a Griffith in “Working” statement, so keep accessories after her makeover and and tops simple and neutral. takeover. The ’60s: It’s a mod, mod Big bright shoes and world out there, and some big bags: To add a pop of of the best styles from this color and style to a simple era are returning – again. outfit, try shoes in canary Saturated colors, Bohemian yellow or aquamarine. styles and tunics paired with “And everyone needs a pants are back. If you’re of a great bag,” Black said. “It’s certain age, check the closet. a must.” Invest in a good You might be right in style one with great design. without buying again. You’ll be able to use it on The working woman’s and off for years. dress: Clean lines and crisp tailoring in dresses, skirts and — Lauren Stephens blouses are taking the place contributed to this article.

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Rare Editions fuschia and pink polka-dot dress, $45; Copper Key shimmery pink hairbow, $10; Kenneth Cole Take Flat 2 shoes, $29.99; all from Dillard’s in Marion. Photos taken at Shryock Auditorium, SIUC

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tuned in to trends Shaelen Hudson West Frankfort

Shaelen, 7, took time out of a busy summer schedule to participate in her photo shoot at Shryock Auditorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “It was so much fun to play the piano there,” said Shaelen. She also is an excellent student and is already in third grade at a private school. Along with piano lessons, Shaelen takes ballet lessons and is active in competitive cheerleading. Church also is a big part of her life. Her mom, Charlene Hudson, also one of our models, said Shaelen is a girly-girl who loves clothes, accessories and American Girl dolls. Her grandmother, Lynda Stone of Marion, brought Shaelen to the shoot and watched proudly as she posed her way onto our pages.

coming into her own Katie Parks Du Quoin

Katie is a junior at Du Quoin High School. She said the experience of being a model for Life & Style confirmed her desire to pursue a career as a high-fashion model. “I enjoyed the clothes and the modeling,” she said, “but I really enjoyed working with the people on the shoot. It was so interesting, and everyone was so cool. That made me want to be in the business even more.” Katie also likes being on the other side of the camera. “I love taking pictures, too,” she said.

YMI Jeanswear jean shorts, $24.99; Willow & Clay Bomberg sheen jacket, $98; Vince Camuto Napa leather booties, $118; Jones New York scarf, $28; Buffalo by David Bitton individually dyed tank top, $49; Hobo International ‘Lauren” double-frame clutch wallet, $100; Michael Kors watch with tortoise shell band and diamond circle face, $250; Betsey Johnson jeweled stud earrings, $40; Anna & Ava stretch ring with multi-colored stones, $20; all from Dillard’s in Marion; hair and makeup by Haley Place at Hairbrains, Carbondale. Photos taken outside Town Square Market, Carbondale

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at ease with herself Haley Place Carbondale

Haley, who is a stylist at Hairbrains salon in Carbondale, was born and raised in Pinckneyville. She said she liked the entire photo shoot experience. “It was something you wouldn’t ordinarily think of getting to do here,” she said. “I loved the location at Alto Vineyards; I just thought it was absolutely beautiful. I loved working with everyone on the shoot. It was a very good experience.”

Ivory Bohemian tunic dress by Hazel, $99; UGG Australia boots, $160; Lucky Brand brass and bead necklace, $89; Natasha wooden bracelet, $24; Lucky Brand shell design ring; $32; Fossil Grayson Bucket Saddle bag, $178; all from Dillard’s in Marion. Photos taken at Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass

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dressing for a career Valencia Carter Carbondale

Valencia graduated from SIUC in August with a degree in speech communication. We met Valencia at a fundraising event for The Women’s Center, where she was volunteering, which she does a lot of. “I want to work in the nonprofit sector with youth and women,” said Valencia, who is originally from Chicago. Modeling isn’t new to Valencia, who said she likes to have her photo taken. “I loved the clothes for this shoot; the shoes were amazing,” she said.

Jessica Simpson Waleo pumps in Miami green, $89; Calvin Klein animal print dress, $98; Antonio Melani 3/4-sleeve Jacket, $199; Kenneth Cole Urban Patina flat hoop earrings, $26; Kenneth Cole woven cuff bracelet, $38; Michael Kors bag, $329; all from Dillard’s in Marion.

Photos taken at Office Place, Carbondale

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nonstop mom Charlene Hudson West Frankfort

What did this busy working mom enjoy about being a model? “It gave me a chance to get dressed up, because I just don’t do that anymore,” said the operations manager at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion. “It was nice to put on beautiful clothes and do my hair and makeup.” Besides working at the motorcycle store, Charlene is mom to Shaelen Hudson, our youngest model. “Between work, teaching Sunday school and Shaelen’s activities, I’m crazy busy. But I love it.” Charlene has been at Black Diamond more than two years and has 13 years of executive management experience in the retail field.

MSSP Flutter Sleeve Mesh Dress, $98; Gianni Bini heels, $79.99; Carolee Pearl & Crystal Illusion Necklace, $65; Carolee Golden Haze Charm bracelet, $85; Carolee Golden Haze Charm earrings, $38; Brahmin Melbourne Collection Rosalyn Clutch, $75; all from Dillard’s in Marion. Photo taken at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion

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classic choices

Susan Murphy Herrin

Susan is a busy wife, mother and grandmother who recently traveled to Sicily for the birth of her daughter’s first child. Shannon, the new mom, is a pharmacist with the U.S. Navy. Susan also was a past president of Herrin Hospital Auxiliary and still volunteers there. And she’s on the board of Hands of Hope Family Clinic in Marion. For the photo shoot, we were going for an “Audrey Hepburn” look, and Susan liked that. “It was fun to pretend to be like Audrey Hepburn for an hour. That houndstooth swing jacket is reminiscent of the ’60s, and I was coming up in that era. It’s interesting to see how fashion comes back around.” Houndstooth swing jacket by Erin London, originally $68, sale $30; black pants by Zoé, originally $77, sale $30; black shirt by Erin London, $38; all from Sue’s on the Square in Benton Black patent peep-toe heels by Calvin Klein, $89; pearl necklaces by Cézanne, $30 each; pearl stack bracelet by Cézanne, $25; pearl earrings by Cézanne, $22; silver watch by Anne Klein, $85; all from Dillard’s in Marion.

Photos taken in the Meditation Garden at Herrin Hospital

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her look perfected Sue Dierks Benton

Sue radiates an exuberance and joy of life with an ageless quality. She’s seized every opportunity in life, battling and defeating cancer in the process. Retirement has escaped her, as she continues to own and operate Sue’s 2 on the Benton square after starting the business more than four decades ago. She also owns a second clothing store, Pee Wee Shop, which specializes in children’s clothes. In her free time, Sue enjoys spending time at nearby Rend Lake, a locale with a special place in her heart, as it’s where she and her husband went on their first date. “I had the best time,” Sue said of her photo shoot. “But I have a good time wherever I go.” Linen-blend tunic with jeweled neckline and capri by Ruby Rd., $58 for top, $36 for pants; from Sue’s 2 in Benton; Vince Camuto jewel-embellished Roman sandal and accessories from Sue’s personal collection. Photo taken at Rend Lake Resort in Whittington

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Joint Trace and Heidi Brown’s house is made bigger and more beautiful because of their teamwork and focus on family and friends

story by Debbie Moore photography by Steve Jahnke ne glance at the beautiful Carbondale home of Trace and Heidi Brown evokes immediate thoughts of deep Southern charm and gracious hospitality. That isn’t a surprise, because this couple is entrenched in the hospitality industry and know better than most how important the looks of hospitality and the acts of graciousness actually are. Trace and his father, Charlie, have designed and built hotels and restaurants all across the nation, including the properties on Carbondale’s Reed Station Parkway. The Browns own Carbondale’s Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Houlihan’s Restaurant, Marketplace Shell and a Candlewood Suites in Memphis. They’re building a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Marion and The Landings, a large housing complex in Carbondale, which will open next spring. It should also be no surprise that people raised in Southern Illinois enjoy the “town and country” appeal of the location of Trace and Heidi’s home. The 7,800-square-foot home sits just outside Carbondale’s city limits on 10 acres of ground, which includes a large section of natural woods. Heidi and Trace have chosen to landscape their home with many natural elements, including a moving stream that babbles right into a peaceful fish pond capped with water lilies. Trace does his own landscaping work, and visitors immediately notice perfect plantings of annuals that are placed in filigree designs. Trace quipped that he’d always landscaped that way, since the first time he saw similar plantings at Disney World in Florida.

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The Brown residence on Carbondale’s west side. Above left: The Browns did the landscaping themselves. Right: The Brown family includes (from left) Trace and Heidi, daughter Adrianne, niece Summer, daughter Skyler and son Chanceler.

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deck and a long breezeway lined with hanging ferns welcome family and friends to this magical place, yet there is something very “Carbondale” about the home. Upon entering the front door, a huge, polished brass chandelier lights the path to the right, leading to a beautifully appointed dining room where an equally huge crystal chandelier hangs. It is the path to the left that leads to Carbondale’s roots. Sitting on an antique library table, which was the first piece of furniture purchased decades ago by Trace Brown’s grandparents, is an open book. The book is dated and inscribed “Daniel Brush.” Quite unknowingly, Brown purchased a set of antique law books from a Carbondale thrift

The study is immediately to the left of the front entrance. Above: A collection of law books that were owned by Carbondale’s founder, Gen. Daniel H. Brush, resides in the study. Opposite page: A large chandelier is the highlight of the Brown’s living room.

His love of Florida is prevalent in much of the interior design of the home. While the face of the home is Southern Colonial in design — complete with a circular driveway, tiered fountain, bold white columns and a big front porch — the interior is something all together different. The openness of the three-story floor plan, the clean cream-and-sand color palette, bamboo flooring, natural tiling, bright lighting and massive windows clearly say “Florida.” The interior appeal is similar to that of a beachfront resort with interior verandas and open staircases. Many things about this beautiful home conjure images of a resort. The pristine swimming pool is ringed with lounge chairs and patio tables with bright red umbrellas. A large cabana bar sits adjacent the pool with seating for a half dozen people. A covered

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where we live store, which had belonged to Carbondale’s founder, Daniel Brush. Because Heidi and Trace are family-oriented, they chose to also make a comfortable home for their two teenage daughters, Skyler and Adrianne, their niece, Summer and all their friends. Heidi says it isn’t unusual to come home and find a big group of teenage girls in the kitchen baking pizzas or making brownies, and they’re happy to accommodate. However, 9-year-old Chanceler Brown likes it better when the girls’ boyfriends visit, so he has some male companionship. Most people know Trace as a successful businessman, but they aren’t always aware of his design and artistic talents. Chanceler’s bedroom showcases some of those talents. The window valance was designed from corrugated tin roofing and faux painted

The master bedroom and bathroom.

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to look like an awning on an old western storefront. The toy box, originally built for Trace by his grandfather, looks like a bunkhouse trunk. The dresser is an antique store find that Trace and Heidi refinished with crackle paint to make it look even older. Trace’s painting and decorating techniques don’t end in this perfectly cowboythemed bedroom. Many of the walls and the kitchen cabinets have also been refinished, and, more than any part of the house, the downstairs family room has been designed to look like an Old Florida movie set. It isn’t hard to imagine Humphrey Bogart at the pool table or Lauren Bacall sitting at the bar. The Key Largo look is unique and inviting. This beautiful home is perfect for entertaining, inside

This handmade toy box and bookshelf are the centerpieces in 9-year-old Chanceler’s bedroom.

and out, and the Browns do plenty of that with their friends and business associates. What they value most, however, are family dinners around the kitchen table. The cooking, like everything else in their lifestyle, is a cooperative venture. Trace and Heidi both cook and maintain their home and grounds as a joint effort. They are active in the lives of their children, active in the lives of their extended family, active in their church and community, and they approach everything together. Teamwork makes this big beautiful house a bigger and more beautiful home.

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Paducah entertainment venue presents variety at its best

story by Adam Testa If variety is the spice of life, the 2011-12 season at The Carson Center in Paducah is one wellseasoned dish. The venue, which opened in 2004, has hosted a bevy of top-notch national and international touring acts, and this season will expand on that. Through its three different series — focused on Broadway, music and comedy and family performances — the center will host a diverse array of talent, said Executive Director Brian Laczko. “We hope that our program is indeed what we intended it to be, and that is something for everyone,” he said. “We’ve raised the bar in terms of what we’re putting on the stage, and we hope people will show up and enjoy the experience.” This season’s Broadway Series features seven performances, ranging from classics of American theater to stage adaptations of two classic comedy films and a new performance lighting up the nation with its infusion of music and performance art. “Mamma Mia” returns to The Carson Center for a single performance after three shows sold out two seasons ago. Series subscribers will have first dibs on these fastmoving tickets, and Laczko said it’s likely they won’t even make it to the general public for sale. Subscriptions to the Broadway series include tickets to “My Fair

Lady” and “Blast,” a show rooted in drum and bugle corps activity also featuring a unique display of dance. Subscribers also choose at least two other shows with options including “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” “South Pacific” and “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.” The season’s diversity really shines in the annual Carson Series, featuring a cross-generational list of musical acts and a bluecollar comedian. The Carson Series actually began in July with a performance by country music group Little Big Town, but it hits full swing this fall, as Larry the Cable Guy takes the stage in November. “People certainly have the chance to see Larry the Cable Guy in the area, but it’s almost always in an 8-12,000seat arena where it’s not much of an intimate setting,” Laczko said. With main floor seating and a two-tiered balcony, none of The Carson Center’s 1,800 seats feel far away from the stage. Other concerts in the series include legendary performers America, the Four Tops and the Temptations; the more modern Boyz II Men; and the returning

From top: ‘Spamalot,’ ‘Mamma Mia,’ ‘Blast,’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ and ‘South Pacific.’

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Ernie Haas and the Signature Sound, who will bring their new Tribute to the Cathedrals show to Paducah. For Laczko, being able to bring in groups like America — an admitted personal favorite — The Four Tops and the Temptations represents a milestone. “We’ve been doing tribute bands and a few known artists,” he said. “This year, we don’t have any tributes; it’s all the real deal, and it’s a lot of fun.” Subscriptions to the Carson Series include at least three concerts and come with a 10 percent discount on ticket prices. The 2011-12 schedule is rounded out with eight performances under the Family Series banner. Most of these shows contain educational messages, with topics ranging from the animal kingdom — complete with live creatures on the stage — to the Civil War and aquatic environments to tales of the American way. The popular stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” returns in time for the holidays, and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be making an appearance March 23 with a special musical performance. “We’re delighted to have everything in place, and I think we have some wonderful names and personalities here,” Laczko said. “There’s something for everyone, young and old.”

2011-12 schedule Broadway Series

Nov. 2-3: My Fair Lady Jan. 31: Spamalot Feb.25-26: Blast March 29: South Pacific April 28: Young Frankenstein June 11: Mamma Mia

Carson Series

Nov. 20: Larry the Cable Guy Feb. 2: Ernie Haase and the Signature Sound March 2: America April 13: Four Tops and Temptations April 27: Boyz II Men

Family Series

Sept. 16: Wild Kingdom Sept. 29: Out of the Mist … A Dragon! Oct. 17: Civil War Voices Oct. 21-22: Imagination Ocean Nov. 17: Trout Fishing in America Dec. 6: A Christmas Carol Jan. 13: National Players Present Taming of the Shrew March 23: Clifford: A Big Family Musical

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where and when The Carson Center Where: 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah Box Office Phone: 270-450-4444 Box Office Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and two hours before performances

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White diamonds Like beautiful gems, regional white wines shine with promise and versatility

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Just like the perfect diamond, looking for the white wine you like best will take a little patience. But if you like white wine, exploring the varieties made by Southern Illinois winemakers can be just as satisfying and not nearly as expensive. Even though it’s still quite fashionable to sip a sweeter white wine at a cocktail party or gathering without food, grape growers are producing better grapes and a wider range of versatile white wines. “You’ve got some major wine grapes that can grow here in the whites,” said Dr. Paul Jacobs, owner of Von Jakob Vineyard. “People really have some pretty good choices. White wines are being made from dry to semi-dry and sweet.” White wines tend be more refreshing and lighter, both in winemaking style and in taste, than the majority of their red wine counterparts. But “refreshing and lighter” can be a challenge to winemakers. “It’s harder to produce good white wines because the grapes are so delicate and much more subtle,” said Brad Genung, owner and winemaker at Owl Creek Vineyard in Cobden. “They aren’t as easy to adjust as some reds are.” Even so, just like reds, it still comes down to the quality of the grapes and the winemaker’s interpretation of them. “It’s true that white wines are more delicate,” said Karen Hand, winemaker at

Blue Sky Vineyards. “But it still gets down to the basics, to growing good grapes and producing good wines from them.” One of the regional varietals that are a bit harder to grow is Vignoles. The grape clusters are tight and small, so there is less tonnage per acre, and they are more susceptible to a variety of fungus and rot. “Vignoles will break your heart, but they are great grapes with big, full fruit character” Genung said. “They have a beautiful, tropical fruit character. They also work very well in blends, to adjust the acidity in other grape varietals, such as Seyval or Chardonel.” Hand, who is a 2011 state and national award winner for her Vignoles wine, agrees. “They are so versatile,” she said. “They have higher sugar content, and we can make anything from dry to late harvest, which is sweeter.” Jacobs said white wines are becoming more popular in the region, and that might be because more wine drinkers are becoming familiar with the excellent quality of drier white wines.

Regional varietals

Every winemaker has his or her own style of making wine, and each winery produces its “version” of white grapes. Here are four of the most popular in Southern Illinois. There are others. Try the same wine at many wineries to find your favorite; you’ll be surprised at how different they can be. Chardonel This grape is a hybrid of Chardonnay and Seyval grapes. “It’s the closest to Chardonnay, but with its own unique characteristics,” Hand said. It’s a full-

Seyval Blanc These grapes have light tannins and are fruity, like a Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc. “Seyval Blanc has a very nice residual finish,” Genung said. His semi-dry Seyval Blanc wine has crisp acidity and is lightly lemony with a touch of sweetness. Traminette Wines made with Traminette grapes can be utilized in a wide range from semi-dry to semi-sweet, depending on a winemaker’s preference. “It grows well here,” Jacobs said. “You really taste the florals in a Traminette.” It’s also a little spicy. Vignoles In a word, this variety is versatile. It can be sweet like a German Riesling, Genung said, with warm undertones of honey and orchard fruit. “A drier style of Vignoles would be like a Pinot Grigio,” Hand said.


“I think the semi-dry whites offer better pairings with the food most of us are eating now,” Jacobs said. “A lot of people eat a lot of food that isn’t necessarily a big, fat steak. If you’re eating lighter, you’re going to go with a lighter wine. And when you have different styles, you can cover all sorts of dishes, all the way up to dessert.” The old guideline of “white wine with white meat” still holds true in many instances, but there are plenty of exceptions, and an individual’s palate absolutely dictates which

Perfect wine in 30 minutes This is easy. Really. You only have to remember the “half-hour rule,” courtesy of The Wine Merchant Ltd. in St. Louis. “Take white wine out of your refrigerator 30 minutes before you plan to drink it,” said Jason Main. “Put red wine in the fridge 30 minutes before you plan to drink it. It’s that simple.” This rule will help you get closer to the perfect serving temperatures for various wines, which makes a difference in aroma and taste. “Most white wines are served too cold,” said Karen Hand, winemaker at Blue Sky in Makanda. It mutes the flavors and “closes up” the wine, which means we miss too many secondary flavors. “A lot of people think room temperature for red wine, refrigerator for whites,” Main said. “But ‘room’ temperature, in the professional sense, means ‘cellar’ temperature.’” The ideal serving temperature for red wines is about 56 degrees; for whites, it’s about 45 to 50 degrees, Main said. But if you follow the “half-hour rule,” you’ll be very close to that and will better enjoy the full wine-drinking experience. Store all corked wines on their sides to keep the corks moist; store whites in the refrigerator and reds in a cool, darker place. wines to pair with which foods. Some suggestions for white wine pairings include light meals, smaller dinners and appetizers. They generally pair well with delicate fish or chicken, softer/lighter cheeses, fruit, light pasta salads and spicy foods like Mexican, Thai or Chinese cuisine. Remember: You are the final arbiter of what goes together. The key, as always with wine, is to experiment. If you find a white wine you really like while at the winery,

ask staff for pairing suggestions. Many Southern Illinois wineries include pairing suggestions on their wine lists. — Adam Testa and Debbie Moore contributed to this article.

CARA RECINE is editor of Life & Style in Southern Illinois and lifestyles and special projects editor at The Southern Illinoisan. Contact her at cara.recine@

bodied, crisp grape with hints of pear and apple. “In this region, they are standing up well as dry whites without the oak of a Chardonnay.” Chardonel is the most popular white wine at Kite Hill Vineyards-Winery. Barbara Bush, owner, entered the 2011 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and won a bronze medal for her 2009 Chardonel.

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Samples of available fabrics at Brick House Living, which is owned by Michael Haege.

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Good, better and best. The holy trinity for fine home furnishings, at least for those thinking outside the big-box stores. “In home furnishings, you get what you pay for,” said Angela Rowe, interior decorator/owner of Decorating Den Interiors. “It just depends on how much luxury you want. That’s why some people drive a Chevy and others drive a Mercedes. It’s just like that in a home.” A Decorating Den Certified Decorator, the highest educational achievement

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level in the Decorating Den organization, Rowe has served clients in the Southern Illinois area for 16 years. Based in Harrisburg, she is one of about 500 owner/ operators in the internationally franchised organization. Rowe works one-on-one with her clients in their own homes to help them find the best style and fit for their individual needs and preferences. “One of the biggest mistakes people make is when they walk into a furniture store and say, ‘Oh, I love that sofa,’ and then it doesn’t fit or doesn’t look good,”

Angela Rowe of Harrisburg is a certified decorator with Decorating Den Interiors.

contact To contact Angela Rowe with Decorating Den Interiors, call 618-253-4711. To contact Michael Haege with Brick House Living, call 618-988-5462 or visit

she said. “My ultimate goal is to save people money by helping them avoid costly mistakes.” Working with more than 150 vendors, Rowe custom orders everything for her clients, including custom window treatments, made-tomeasure drapery, blinds and shutters, fine furniture and upholstery, wall and floor coverings, custom bedding, accessories and lighting. Michael Haege, owner of Brick House Living in Energy, also offers far more than just a quality selection of home furnishings. “We offer interior design help with in-home visits, or just helping our guests figure out how to organize their space,” Haege said. “We’ll give them as much help as they want, even if it’s just talking through their concerns in our store and working out a few options.” All sofas, chairs and recliners sold at Brick House Living are made in the United States, as are the Anchor Hocking glass vases and bowls and vasefiller potpourri. “We carry new furniture, one-of-akind antiques, lamps, home accents, rugs, candles and much more,” Haege said. “All of our products have been selected for quality and value. We have over 80 fabric styles for your upholstery choice. We’re different in that you can get any fabric on any sofa, chair or recliner. Essentially, you can get exactly the style you want with the fabric you want. All of my stuff is custom.” Haege opened Brick House Living earlier this year at 408 S. Pershing Road (Illinois 148) in Energy. Born in St. Louis, he spent his summers in Carbondale helping his grandfather, Don Haege, who owned The Squire Shop, a men’s clothing store in Murdale Shopping Center. He recently relocated to Southern Illinois from North Carolina. Rowe worked as director of volunteer services for five years at Harrisburg Medical Center before embarking on a career with Decorating Den Interiors.

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Going Digital

C.E.O. Flip-Vue iPhone 4 Case Description: This slim, genuine leather flip-top holster provides both protection and convenient access for iPhone 4 users.

Accessories give phones, computers an extra edge Life in the digital age has added a new element to the art of accessorizing. In today’s age, cellphones, tablets and laptops are as much a staple of one’s attire as earrings, necklaces and wristwatches. But there’s no need to let the often bland factory designs of today’s electronics throw a wrench in fashion plans. Some of these handy electronics accessories are the combination of fashion and function, while others simply add a sense of style. If these particular models don’t fit your fancy, a variety of other similar products are available locally and through national retailers.

The design of the case is fashionable, while the slim belt clip on the back offers multiple carrying options. A storage pocket inside the flip-top lid can hold credit cards, business cards or cash. The phone is held in place by an inner structure that maintains access to all buttons and functionality without creating need to remove the phone from the case. Cost: $20 at

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This door leads from the costume shop to the storage area, where thousands of pieces of clothing line racks and shelves. Garments are organized by period, color and size.

Caitlin Entwistle Every outfit used in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s theater productions comes through Caitlin Entwistle’s costume shop. Literally hundreds of outfits flow through the room in the basement of the Communications Building on campus. Some are bought and altered, while others are original creations. No matter where the outfit comes from, Entwistle and her staff put their own personal touches on it. Equipped with an array of sewing equipment and a master’s degree in costume design from Illinois State University, Entwistle works year-round to prepare and execute a variety of stage shows, including the McLeod Summer Playhouse series in the summer. Each performance requires months of planning and often several changes to perfect the costumes. But Entwistle has learned to work within tight deadlines when it comes to actually creating the final fashion. “However long we have for the build is how long it ends up taking,” she said. “If we have two weeks, it takes two weeks; if we have six, it takes six. But they’re always done before opening night.” But her job doesn’t end once the show ends. After a performance wraps, Entwistle adds any new outfits to the theater department’s already massive collection. Costumes are sorted and stashed away on rows of hanging racks and in dozens of totes, sorted by period, color, size and style. “We spend a lot of time organizing things,” Entwistle said. — Adam Testa

photography by Paul Newton

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This work table offers space for ironing and other costume preparations. Many outfits used in theater productions undergo these tasks, while others are left with a more natural and wrinkled look to fit time periods and other character personalities.

A rainbow of threads lines the back wall of the costume shop, offering a color for every occasion. ‘We have all the basic supplies we need. We go through a lot of thread; we go through a lot of needles.’

Countless hours are spent each year in front of these sewing machines. ‘Everything we build, we need to put together, and we need to alter almost everything we buy in some way.’

Entwistle and her staff use these cutting tables to work on costumes and projects in the shop.

Each actor has a bin in the costume shop and a bag to take with them to store costume accessories during the run of a performance. This helps keep track of smaller items that can’t be hung up in the shop.

‘Probably 400 or 500 costumes come through the shop each year.’ About 30 percent of the costumes used in SIUC productions are made in house, while others are purchased new and modified from past shows.

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scenic beauty

A secret no more Saline County vistas

Although Southern Illinois is blessed with great natural beauty, it is not a land of breath-taking vistas. There are no snow-capped mountains. There are no windswept beaches or scenic river gorges. But that’s not to say Southern Illinois doesn’t have its iconic images. Camel Rock at the Garden of the Gods is a universal symbol of the region. The view of the Mississippi flood plain from Inspiration Point would make any chamber of commerce proud. And few things are as picturesque as Bald Knob Cross towering over the rolling hills of southwestern Illinois. Perhaps the most under-appreciated vista in the region can be found at the Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area, located about five miles southwest of Equality. The drive from Equality to Glen O. Jones Lake offers no clue as to the beauty lurking in the distant hills. The narrow blacktop road winds through a series of corn and soybean fields, skirting the heavily wooded hills of the nearby Shawnee National Forest. This is a unique portion of Southern Illinois. Driving along the edge of the hills and looking north toward Illinois 13, it’s

possible to imagine the great glaciers pulling up short of the highway, flattening the land to the north. The road turns south, toward the hills, as you near the Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area entrance. You continue the gentle ascent driving through the wellmanicured entrance to the park. Perhaps it is the manicured nature of the entrance that makes the view that unfolds atop the hill that much more stunning. Once you crest the hill, the entire countryside opens up in front of you. Wooded hills surround a 100-acre lake that lies in the natural bowl before you. It’s something you might expect to see in the mountains of Montana or Colorado, certainly not Southern Illinois. If you visit on a calm, autumn afternoon, the vivid colors of sumacs and maples as well as the earthy browns of oaks and hickories are reflected in waters of Glen O. Jones Lake. In the springtime, the surface of the lake is likely to be choppy and surrounded by the inviting soft greens of emergent vegetation. The view is equally stunning after a heavy snow when the crystal white now collides with the icy waters. Perhaps the best place to enjoy the view is the rock platform on the eastern edge of the park. The platform is built atop a hill and overlooks the lake. It is without a doubt the most scenic picnic area in the region. — Les Winkeler

Glen O. Jones Lake is a jewel in Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area.

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To reach Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area, take Illinois 13 east from Harrisburg, turn right onto Illinois 142, travel 1 mile, turn right; drive 5 miles to the park entrance. Call 618-276-4405 for more information.

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Saluki football coach Dale Lennon is making himself at home on the field and in the community

Winning Ways story by Adam Testa


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SIU football coach Dale Lennon directs his players during the team’s public scrimmage at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale.

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Dale Lennon never turns away a challenge. In December 2007, he accepted a major one. Southern Illinois University Carbondale named Lennon, then head coach at the University of North Dakota, as its 20th head football coach. Lennon gave up his close ties to North Dakota, where he played football and graduated in 1985, and moved his family to Southern Illinois. In the past three years, he’s planted roots in the region, both in the community and the university record books. He led the Salukis to back-to-back Missouri Valley Football Conference championships and into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in his first two years at the helm. While he led the team deep into the postseason, he picked up some recognition himself, earning the title of MVFC Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons. Under Lennon’s guidance, the Dawgs have earned a 25-11 record (19-5 in conference play) and continue to be recognized as a powerhouse program. In 14 seasons as a

head coach, Lennon has racked up an impressive 127-44 record. But Lennon doesn’t measure his personal success only by wins on the field. He also seeks to help his athletes thrive in the classroom and gain real-life experiences in the community. His other measuring stick comes in the form of his three sons and how far he has watched them grow and develop into their own. You came here from North Dakota, your alma mater and a National Championship team. Was it a hard decision for you to leave there and come to Southern Illinois?

Professionally, it was probably the most challenging decision I’ll ever make. I had played at the University of North Dakota, been an assistant coach there for nine years, been a head coach there for nine years, family’s there, so it was tough. At the same time, the challenge and the opportunity were here. I just thought that at that point in time in my life, it would be one of those challenges I just couldn’t pass up. My wife and I decided, “Let’s take it.” When you came here, you replaced Jerry Kill, a beloved and recordsetting coach at the university. Was it hard for you filling in that role and how has that changed in the three years you’ve been here?

It’s always very challenging to replace a successful coach. I knew coming in that would be one of the biggest challenges — just coming in and installing my own philosophy and replacing a program that had been very successful. But, again, that was part of the challenge, and it was also an opportunity the way I looked at it, a chance to come in and see how Jerry ran the program.

I think I’m a better coach now having taken over after Jerry, because I’ve seen what he’s done and how he’s done things and kind of gotten an insider’s perspective that I think has helped us become a better program. I’m glad that I took advantage of that opportunity. Since coming to SIUC, you’ve found some success, winning more games in your first three seasons than any other coach in that time frame in history. How does it feel to start off your career in Southern Illinois that strong?

That’s part of the expectations coming down here. I wasn’t going to leave my home and go to a place where the expectations weren’t high. Coming down here, I knew the plans for the future were impressive with the Saluki Way stadium and the success of the football program. We came here with intent; we wanted to build upon the success that had been put in place. We still feel that we’re trying to live up to those expectations, and that’s why you do what you do. Several players have also won some big awards and earned recognition. How does that make you feel as a coach?

That’s the uniqueness of football. It’s the ultimate team game, but when the team is successful, individuals receive a lot of honors, and that’s what you really like to see. You like to see honors from your play on the field, and you also want to see honors from your achievement in the classroom. We’ve been fortunate to have players achieve high levels of recognition on both avenues, so that’s just a good representation of the university, the athletic department and the community.

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SIU football coach Dale Lennon leads the team in a chant after beating Northern Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. SIU won 27-20.

profile It’s a great place to go to school and have a great experience. The 2010 season saw some unfortunate injuries and a losing season. Coming off that, what is the plan for 2011?

Well, there are no guarantees in football. There are going to be times where all of a sudden it seems like everything is working against you, and you have some bumps along the way. That’s where you just try to hold steady to your philosophy and keep the ship headed in the right direction. We finished strong, which was a very positive and it allowed us to at least go into the offseason with an optimistic attitude, and that’s carried through the offseason into the summer. Right now, we feel good about our chances. I like the competitiveness we have within the team. We had a lot of injuries last year, but now that’s created more experience within the team. We have a veteran team right now that I think can be pretty potent on the field, so those are the things we’ve got to see yet. We’ve got a long way to go, but I think we’re headed in the right direction. In addition to leading the team on the field, you also have led them off the field in community involvement. How do you view the relationship between athletics at the university and the Southern Illinois community?

That was another attraction of coming here. It’s good to be in a college town where the community embraces the university and the players. It’s part of our responsibility as a football team to do anything and everything we can to give back to the community and to be a positive representation of the athletic department.

It’s a great learning experience for the players to go out and feel good about themselves because they are giving back and doing things that can make a difference in other peoples’ lives. That’s one of the most important lessons I hope the players take from this program. What are your long-term goals for the program?

One of the goals, and I make no qualms about it and I don’t want to sound arrogant, but we want to win a national championship. That is something that’s been done in the past, and I believe it’s something that can be done again. That’s one of the main reasons I came here was the opportunity to have that level of success, and I do feel this program is capable of achieving that, so that’s what we’re trying to live up to. Coming from North Dakota, how have you adjusted to life in Southern Illinois?

It’s not as different as people may think. You think of North Dakota, and you think of the cold, and people can’t get past that concept. It’s very rural. It’s been easy for us to adapt down here just because the people are very similar — what you see is what you get, very straightforward. I like the rural lifestyle, so all that’s been positive. The weather is a positive, moving down here. It’s really been a good transition for myself and the family. It’s like a new adventure. When we took the job it was like, “We’re going on an adventure here, and life is short, and you want to take advantage of every opportunity out there.” We’re still on that adventure. What are some of your favorite places to go and things to do in Southern Illinois?

I like going to the lakes; Kinkaid Lake, we’ll take our boat out there,

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and then we’ll also go to Rend Lake and Crab Orchard. I try to golf; I’m not very good at it, but I get out on the courses occasionally and I’d like to do that a little more. I do some limited fishing, not as much as I’d like to do. My youngest son has really gotten into cycling, so we like riding bikes. It’s really great just seeing the area and getting out on the bikes to ride. What’s your family life like?

I consider myself a family man, but we’re at that transition point in our lives. We have three sons, one remaining in the house. He’s a senior at Carbondale high school, so we’re one year away from having an empty nest. With three boys, I couldn’t ask for anything more than that, just watching them grow up and develop. They’re definitely going on and making their parents proud. We feel good about how our family has come together and grown up together.

Are either of the older boys at SIUC?

Well itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of unique how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a head coach at three different universities: The University of Mary, a private university up in Bismarck, N.D., and my middle son is going to school and actually playing football there; then I went to the University of North Dakota to be a head coach, and my oldest son is going to school there and doing very well; and now being here, one of my youngest sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals is to go to school at SIU. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of unique that every place Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a head coach Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve left a son. It speaks highly of the places Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been that my kids have liked it so much theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve wanted to go to school there. Besides the obvious answer of college football, what sports do you follow and what teams do you cheer for?

Growing up, I thought I was going to be a basketball guy. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my first love. With basketball, favorite teams kind of switch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like the players, you get players going to different teams, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to root for certain teams than others. But my favorite team growing up was the Minnesota Vikings. In fact, being from North Dakota, my childhood idol, Dave Osborn, grew up about 30 miles from where I was from and played for the Vikings during the glory years when they had the Super Bowl appearances. So, I really grew up a Vikings fan, still am today. One of our players, Jim Kleinsasser, is playing for the Vikings, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been easy to follow, too. Now that you have other players with other NFL teams, you really do become a fan of whoever you have players with. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more flexible, but if you had to force me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Minnesota Vikings.

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As summer temperatures lower to an autumn lull, Southern Illinoisans prepare to get out of the house and into the yard. There’s always a project waiting outside, whether it is cultivating the flower beds, trimming the hedges, taking down the old dead tree in the backyard or construction ventures. For those looking to undertake these lofty ambitions, here are some local experts’ suggestions for tools and equipment. These devices represent some of the best high-quality, high-efficiency products available right here in Southern Illinois.

Shindaiwa Hybrid 4-powered equipment Description: This new engine technology combines the best of two-stroke engines — lightweight, high power-to-weight ratios, minimal maintenance and all-position operation — with the best elements of fourstroke engines — precise ignition/exhaustion timing and reduced emissions — to create a greener alternative. This technology can be found in a number of products, including blowers, hedge trimmers and brush cutters, among others. Cost: $280 for blower (shown), $370 for brush cutter, $500 for hedge trimmer at Mark Williams

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Meredith Ashe

Young career woman creates a store that offers unique accessories, purses and jewelry story by Scott Fitzgerald

Paul Newton

Becoming a successful entrepreneur in the world of fashion and merchandise is not exactly a career path that Meredith Ashe chose at the beginning. What she did to create her own successful boutique — “M,” on the ground floor of the former Williams Hotel building on North Market Street in downtown Marion — was take the cards she was dealt at a time of important decision-making

Meredith Ashe runs M Boutique in the old Williams Hotel, (top) in downtown Marion.

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and play them wisely and with confidence. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2007 with a degree in fashion merchandising and a minor in retail and marketing management. “For my major, we had to work six months with a retail business,” she said, referring to a position she had at David’s Bridal in Cape Girardeau. As the six months wound down, Ashe was nearing graduation and in search of retail positions, which required knocking on doors. It was tough, as nothing materialized in a search that included larger retail market positions in St. Louis. She saw her effort going nowhere and decided to go for it by starting our own business and being her own boss. “I said I could do it, so I took out a small business loan to get me started,” Ashe said. Getting the loan was tougher than finding a job. Several bankers did not answer her calls when they saw her age, 22. And one extremely tough task to getting her foot in the door at the bank was submitting a detailed, written business plan that took all projected numbers into account, such as how much she expected to earn and how exactly she was going to do it.


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“My business plan was 15 pages long, and it had to be very thorough,” Ashe said, adding that it served as her anchor in all business negotiations. A part of the business plan that Ashe gambled on was selling unique merchandise not offered in this area and building a clientele around that need. She described her apparel accessories, purses and jewelry as one-of-kind items shoppers are not going to find in large department stores. Ashe said she would make annual pilgrimages to Chicago and its Merchandise Mart to attend week-long trade shows, which she does. Soon, a Marion bank extended her a loan, which she used to pay for business necessities such as mannequins and other store supplies. She opened her first store at Town and Country Shopping Center in 2007 and soon moved the business with a family purchase of the former Williams Hotel. Today, Ashe has established a regular and growing clientele she interacts with on a face-toface business. She turns a tidy profit and is civically involved with Main Street Marion as its vice president to get the retail and commerce sector growing in downtown Marion. “I’m very happy where I am. I’ve renovated a building and have achieved a picture that my mind imagined,” Ashe said.

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cheers to beer

Crafting a new favorite

story and photography by Shawn Connelly Just as the dark and dank days of winter give way to the bright exuberance of summer’s sun, our palates move from cravings for heavier fare to something decidedly lighter and easy going. When it comes to imbibing in our favorite beverages, few are so synonymous with the season’s activities as beer. With apologies for the alliteration, whether it’s a barbecue, baseball game or a day on the boat, beer is typically there. The question is, however, how typical is the beer? Everyone is familiar with the ubiquitous American light lager beers. They’re produced by corporate behemoths and backed by multi-milliondollar ad campaigns designed to convince us that their particular light, fizzy product is somehow colder, tastier or just plain hipper than the competition. The problem with this — or one of them,

Ales and lagers are finding a place at seasonal gatherings

at least — is that all of these beers are virtually the same. They might contain slightly different ingredients or calorie counts, but they’re all still light lagers — a beer style that is only one of more than 140 recognized world beer styles. That’s the beer equivalent of watching a black-and-white TV in a high-def, color world. This summer, why not consider adding some color and character to your beer world and try some of the terrific ales and lagers available as summer seasonals from America’s blossoming craft beer industry? Fortunately, increased interest and demand for craft beer has drastically improved its accessibility throughout the United States, including Southern Illinois. Now, there is simply no good excuse for going back to that same old can again — not even the can itself. Advances in canning technology have done away with the perceived metallic taste many have traditionally observed in canned beer, dating back to its introduction in the 1930s. Craft

beer, known for its emphasis on quality and flavor, has adopted this improved technology of late, and many world-class craft cans are now available to consumers everywhere with more being added all the time. Cans might carry the stigma of being a little low-brow or inferior to the glass bottle, but, truth be told, they’re superior in several respects. For one, they are impervious to light, which is very bad for beer. They’re also very portable, and you can take them places you can’t take bottles. So, the next time you enjoy a Sunset Concert in Carbondale or a day on Rend Lake, you’ll be thankful for those crafty cans. SHAWN CONNELLY writes for Beer Connoisseur magazine, is a craft and specialty beer retail consultant Connelly and an awardwinning home brewer. Read his blog at

The second annual Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Riverside Park in Murphysboro. Expect dozens of local, regional and national craft breweries to be represented, along with food, live entertainment and a homebrew competition.

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What to try Here are a few suggestions for summer-friendly craft beers that are available locally throughout the season. Those that are available in cans have been denoted with an asterisk. Sierra Nevada Summerfest (Czech-style Pilsner) This beer is a more flavorful, fullbodied version of the light lagers everyone knows. This would be a good “introduction” beer for those who only know Bud, Miller or Coors. Founders Centennial IPA (American India Pale Ale) India pale ales are the most hopforward of beers, fully embracing the bittering, flavor and aroma capabilities of the little hop flower. This one showcases the Centennial hop, as the name implies, a variety that is likened to grapefruit and lemon zest. Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema * (Cream Ale) This one is a little harder to find, locally, but can be obtained and well worth the search. A creamy, slightly sweet character marked by vanilla and caramel notes, the cream soda of beers!

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Southern Tier Stranger Pale Ale (American Pale Ale) American pale ales masterfully balance malt sweetness with hop bitterness, flavor and aroma often with a slight edge toward citrusy Pacific Northwest hops.

Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager (Fruit Beer) Another one that seems to sell out as soon as it arrives in stores, Abita’s strawberry-infused lager is a smooth, easy-going lager beer made more interesting and complex with subtle strawberry aroma and flavor, though it remains refreshingly dry in its finish. Schlafly Helles-Style Summer Lager * (Munich Helles-style Lager) Another good introduction to craft beers for the uninitiated, this lager provides bready and balanced, floral hop flavors with a light enough body to make it make it one of the most versatile lagers available in a can.

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Fido Fashion Why should we have all the fun?

story by Adam Testa Anna Marie Malcom watched as 3-week old Prissie sat in her cage, shivering from the cold. The Creal Springs woman couldn’t sit idly as the newborn Fawn Chihuahua appeared to be suffering. She took to her sewing machine and made a dress for the dog. The shivering stopped, and Prissie has been a canine fashionista ever since. But as Malcom tried finding more clothes for the pup, she found out shopping for fido fashion isn’t as easy as one may expect. “Sometimes you buy them, and they fit; but often times they’re too big or too small,” she said. “So I just started playing around with it.” As she continued to make new outfits for Prissie and her mother, 5-year old Lil Bit, others began to take notice, and soon, people were asking Malcom to

outfits range in price from $7.50 to $10, depending on the materials involved. In addition to clothes, she also sells pillows, blankets and tote bags, and she has patterns for bonnets, swimsuits and pajamas. For the past year, Malcom has sold materials online and set up at various fairs and festivals throughout Southern Illinois. She hopes to ultimately open a physical store to sell her wares, but she knows things take time. “You’ve got to crawl before you walk, walk before you run,” she said. “We’re trying to just take this a little bit at a time.” While she’s growing her business, Malcom also uses her trade as a form of entertainment. Because of personal ties to the facility, she brings Prissie and Lil Bit to the veterans’ nursing home in Marion twice a week for a canine meet-and-greet and fashion show with the residents. “The people there really enjoy seeing them,” she said. “I have one lady there who loves to see what different outfits they’re wearing each week.”

Steve Jahnke

Prissie (left) and Lil Bit models Thanksgivingthemed outfits.

create clothes for their own pets. Malcom decided to take the leash and run with it, formally establishing her business, Fido Fashion. She handcrafts a variety of outfits, primarily for smaller canines like Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers and Rat Terriers. While some outfits are pre-made, custom fittings are always an option to ensure a proper fit. Malcom makes clothes for both male and female dogs, often creating matching and themed sets. Designs are chosen to fit a variety of seasons, personal tastes and use, as she crafts dresses, jackets, vests, hooded sweatshirts and more. And if none of Malcom’s materials suit a client’s needs, she invites them to select their own. “If you see material you really like, buy it and I will not charge you full price to make it,” she said. “I may not always get to the same places you saw that material, or they may sell out of it.” Most of Malcom’s

contact Anna Marie Malcolm of Fido Fashion can be contacted by at 618-751-1649 or Check it out online by going to and getting a link from this story.

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Right: Anna Marie Malcom of Creal Springs along with her two Chihuahuas, Lil Bit (left) and Prissie. Anna Marie makes clothing for dogs through her business Fido Fashions.

Steve Jahnke

Below: Lil Bit (left) and Prissie model a couple of the jackets Malcom has designed for the colder months of the year.

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