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TERRE HAUTE LIVING • APRIL 2014

CONTENTS

INBUSINESS FAMILY ON THE GREEN

INBUSINESS BLOOMIN’ BUSINESS

INBUSINESS FARM FRESH FAMILY

Mark’s Par 3 is a golf course meant to be enjoyed by everyone. By Dorothy Jersse

The Apple House has long been the first place to go when spring starts. By Katie Shane

Royer Farms has a nack for quality, fresh food. By Katie Shane

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INBUSINESS REPEAT BOUTIQUE

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FEATURE GEARS, GRIME AND GIRLS

IN BUSINESS PICTURE PERFECT

A high-fashion, lowcost store that has something for everyone. By Dorothy Jerse

Petit Photography captures thousands of smiles every schoolyear. By Katie Shane

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Erin’s Pit Stop makes women (and men!) more comfortable. By Katie Shane

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COMMUNITY A GOOD HABITAT

Habitat for Humanity builds more than houses By Dorothy Jerse

COMMUNITY IF THE SHOE BUS FITS

A newly publish book from a local author and a few poems from area poets. By Steve Kash

A local artist is bringing art to people in a fun and interactive way. By Stacey Muncie

The Annual Art & Wine event is the right fit. By Katie Shane

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UP FRONT THIS & THAT 6

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FEATURE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

FEATURE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART

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CALENDAR EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS 54

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UP FRONT

Women of Influence Event Scheduled for April 10

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ach year The Wabash Valley Women of Influence event identifies and recognizes top women leaders in the Wabash Valley for their positive influence. This will be the third year for the program, which honors women who have demonstrated leadership, served as role models and made a positive difference in their communities. The past two years, funds raised by Wabash Valley Women of Influence have gone to Success by 6, a United Way program designed to provide every child with the opportunity to develop basic reading skills. Each year, about 400 people attend a breakfast at which the Women of Influence are honored.This event is being held again on April 10, 2014 at 7:30. The backdrop for the event is Saint Mary-ofthe-Woods College, the nation's oldest Catholic Liberal Arts College for women in the United States. This inaugural breakfast will feature keynote speaker Kristie West, Growth Playbook Leader at GE Aviation. 2014 HONOREES Judy Bengochea Coral Cochran Deborah Elliot Kesler Marla Flowers Laurice Newlin Trudy Rupska

Sally Stewart Kathleen Stienstra Beth Tevlin Denise Wilkinson Donna Wilson Mary Yelton

18 New Voting Centers Make it Easy to cast your ballot

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igo county voters will have multiple days and 18 locations to choose from this year for the midterm primary election. The county is the first one in the state to implement the new system that aims to make it easy and convenient to make your voice heard. Over the years voter turnout has been disappointing, especially for the midterm elections which still have major races on the ballot, including congressional, statehouse and courthouse. The new system hopes to increase turnout by giving as many opportunities to vote as possible. Each of the 18 centers, which replace the old system of precinct polling places, will be equipped with electronic, touchscreen voting equipment. What’s more, registered voters can go to any of the 18 centers to cast votes. The system that’s been installed in Vigo County will track voters who cast ballots, eliminating the chance of fraud by anyone trying to vote more than once. Beginning April 8th you can cast your vote at the Vigo County Courthouse. Starting April 28th you can choose from 9 conveniently located voting centers that include grocery stores, community centers and churches. Now you can pick up some milk and bread and exorcise your right to vote! Here is the full list of voting centers and their times: Monday through Saturday beginning Tuesday, April 8th and ending noon Monday, May 5th. Opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.: • Vigo County Courthouse - 33 S 3rd St, Terre Haute, IN Monday through Saturday beginning Monday, April 21st through Saturday, May 3rd 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Election Day, Tuesday, May 6th, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: • Vigo County Annex - 127 Oak St Monday through Saturday beginning Monday, April 28th through Saturday, May 3rd 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Election Day, Tuesday, May 6th, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: • Baesler’s Grocery Store - 2900 Poplar • Old State Police Post - 7751 S US Hwy 41 • Valley Grill - 2170 N 3rd St • Booker T. Washington Center - 1101 S 13th St • New Life Fellowship Church - 7849 Wabash Ave • West Vigo Community Center - 127 W Johnson Ave • Kroger North - 2140 Ft. Harrison Road Open Tuesday, Election Day, May 6th from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. : • Methodist Church - 3720 W Kennett Dr. Prairieton • New Goshen Firehouse - 9113 US Hwy 150 West Terre Haute • Wabash Valley Fair Grounds - 3901 S US Hwy 41 Terre Haute • Riley Fire Department - 6633 Indiana 159 Terre Haute • Lawton Byrum VFW Post 972 - 1111 Veteran Sq Terre Haute • Sandcut Firehouse - 5970 E Rio Grand Ave Terre Haute • Pierson Township (Blackhawk) Firehouse - 7610 Firehouse Dr. Pimento • Pimento Firehouse - 2389 E Cottom Dr Terre Haute • National Guard Armory - 3614 Maple Ave Terre Haute • Vigo County Public Library - One Library Sq Terre Haute

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New book from United Way explores local careers

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hether it’s a career as a veterinarian, website designer or meteorologist, the book titled, “One Day I Could Be …: Careers in the Wabash Valley” tells kids that “one day you can be whatever you want.” Written by a first-time children’s book author and local resident, Ann Ryan, the colorful, interactive, read-aloud children’s book describes 14 career choices in the Wabash Valley, featuring area professionals. Each career is described in a two-page spread and includes a photo of the professional while doing an activity in their line of work and a short story of what they like about that career. After each story, the book offers suggestions for other careers similar to the one described. The target audience includes children in kindergarten and first grade. The book — designed by Denise Turner with photography by Brendan R. Kearns — was the brainchild of Marla Flowers, a former United Way campaign chairwoman and longtime volunteer. Proceeds from the book, published on Jan. 27, will go to the United Way of the Wabash Valley, particularly its “Success by 6” program, which promotes child literacy. Each book costs $15 and is available for purchase online at www.uwwv.org or at the United Way office, 2901 Ohio Blvd.

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FOOD YOU GONNA EAT THAT?

THE SPICE OF LIFE

ROOTING FOR GINGER WORDS: STACEY MUNCIE

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ark sesame oil is one of my favorite additions to everything from salad dressing t o stir fry . It’s not just Asian-inspired dishes that benefit from the oil’s nutty goodness, either. I’ve been known t o include it in all sorts of culinary concoctions because it just adds a delicious depth of flavor. For sure, though, dark sesame oil is especially at home when accompanied by some Golden Mountain Seasoning Sauce, a Thai version of soy sauce that is (in my opinion anyway) not as harsh tasting as standard soy sauce. The only thing that could possibly make this pairing any better is the addition of ginger root, and I love to combine them when I’ve got a particular hankering for Asian flavors. You can really switch up the meat and veggies however you lik e, or use t ofu if that’s your thing, but this recipe is a good starting point for making the most of these fla vors. Dark sesame oil, Golden M ountain Seasoning Sauce and fresh ginger are all available at the Asian Market at 673 Wabash Avenue.

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GINGER SESAME BEEF & VEGGIES (SERVES 4) 1 pound round steak 1/4 cup Golden M ountain sauce (soy regular soy sauce, if you have to) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4+ cup rice vinegar 1/4 cup dark sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 Tbs cornstarch 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets 1/2 bunch of asparagus, cut into bite-size pieces 1 Tbs ginger sliced paper thin 1 Tbs sesame seeds 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Combine soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil and garlic in a small bowl. Cut steak into bite-size pieces and add to soy sauce mixture. Set aside while prepping veggies. Wash and trim broccoli and asparagus, set aside. In a small pan, toast sesame seeds lightly, and set aside. Sprinkle cornstarch over meat mixture and stir to combine. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-

high heat. Add meat mixture and stir fry until meat is cooked through. Remove meat from pan and add in a splash of rice vinegar, stirring to scrape bits from the bottom. Add vegetables and ginger, cooking until tender crisp and bright green. Return meat to pan and sprinkle with sesame seeds, stir to incorporate. Serve over rice.

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while back, I pick ed up a container of green t ea powder, aka matcha, at the Asian Mark et downtown. It’s kind of expensive, but I ha ve long loved the fla vor. And it’s one of those things that’s supposed to be super good for you. I don’t necessarily want to live to be 400 years old, but it helps me justify the green tea ice cream, frappes and lat tes I like. Please don’t writ e to me and burst my bubble on this--if those things aren’t healthy by virtue of matcha, I don’t want to know.

When I bought it, Mrs . Ly asked me what I was planning t o do with it, and she perked up when I told her I wanted to try my hand at green tea ice cream. If it turned out good, she said, she’d lik e to have the recipe. Well, it actually did turn out t o be pretty darned tasty, especially since I included some coconut milk and ginger. This recipe is not quite as rich as it would be if made with cream, so feel free to replace some of the half and half with hea vy cream if you want the high calorie version.

COCONUT, GREEN TEA & GINGER ICE CREAM (SERVES 4) (1) 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root 2 cups half and half 1 /4 cup crystalliz ed ginger , finely 2 Tbs matcha powder 1 cup coconut milk chopped, plus more for garnish 1/2 cup sugar 4 large egg yolks, beaten Pinch salt In a small bowl, whisk t ogether 1 cup same method. Cook, whisking conhalf & half and mat cha powder . Set stantly, until thickened, about 8-10 minaside. utes. Strain t o remove any lumps and In a medium saucepan, heat coconut ginger. Add to matcha mixture, whisking milk, remaining half & half, sugar , salt to combine. Cover and place in the reand peeled ginger root until scalding . frigerator for at least 2 hours—it must Slowly pour half of the hot mixture into be well chilled. the egg mixture while whisking briskly . Freeze according to the specific inAdd egg and milk mixture back t o pan structions for your ice cream mak er. with remaining milk mixture using the Serve with ginger garnish. 8 Terre Haute Living | April 2014

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INBUSINESS

ON GREEN A FAMILY

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“ONE FAMILY ALWAYS SINGS ONE SONG.” This old Estonian proverb fits the LaGrange family to a tee. Their song is “GOLF” accompanied by 50 years of love and very hard work. Mark LaGrange, at the time he was bask etball and golf coach at the former Schulte High School, and his wife, Pat, were looking for a source of summer income. Pat, also a teacher, recalled, “Traveling with the golf team, Mark came up with the idea of building a golf course as close to Terre Haute as we could get. We purchased 26 acres between T erre Haute and Seelyville on Chamberlain Road in 1962.” That was just the beginning.

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Mark’s Par 3 offers 18 holes of rolling hills and challenging water hazards over a pond and several creeks.

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ifty years ago the course opened; the official opening date was May 15, 1964. Pat remembered the fee was $1 to play nine holes; ten season passes were sold at $10 each that first year. Their five children, Connie, Candy, Neil, Terry and Louis, all had parts to play in the business through the years. From 1967 to 1982 the family owned and operated a lighted driving range. More land was purchased for the back nine holes in 1992. The 18-hole course now occupies 65 acres. It still conforms to Mark's words: short enough for beginners, long enough for experienced golfers. Candy LaGrange McCord, operations manager, said, “We started out with a little old building, now used for storage. It holds many memories for those who learned to play here years ago. They bring children and grandchildren back to play. “Our golfers come from all over the Wabash Valley, both Illinois and Indiana. This includes individuals attending meetings in the area and students at Rose-Hulman and ISU. At times someone traveling through on Interstate 70 will Google us and come out to play. “We do not schedule tee times. Golfers may want to call first (812877-1467) to check on availability. We have five different golf leagues and occasional outings playing our course.” Mark's Par 3 offers 18 holes of rolling hills and challenging water hazards over a pond and several creeks. More than 400 golfers have had the thrill of making a hole-in-one--approximately 10 each year. Closed completely in January and February, the season begins in March as soon as the freezing and thawing stop. It ends when the snow flies in December. “We have a great niche here, not like the bigger courses,” Candy

explained. “The fact we have shorter holes fits the current trend across the country which is 'put the tees up closer.' Many women don't want to play long holes and senior men don't want them as long as they once did. Also working people like to fit in nine holes after their workday. We fit into their busy schedules; they can play nine holes in 1 1/2 hours.” Reasonable fees are based on nine holes, 18 holes, walking and with riding carts. Reduced sunset rates are popular--all-you-can-play from 6 p.m. until sunset every day of the week. There are special rates for juniors, 14 years and under, and they play free on Mondays after 6 p.m. when accompanied by an adult golfer. Season passes are available and credit cards are accepted. Neil LaGrange, course director of golf and USGTF Certified, offers golf lessons by the hour. Simple refreshments, such as hot dogs, snacks and soda, are available at the clubhouse which was built in 2000. “We don't have a large staff, the golf course is our way of life,” Candy commented. “Kenny Walsh, one of three full-time people, has been the course superintendent for almost 20 years. We add three to four part-time staff during the season. This includes family members; even Mom fills in once in awhile. “As for the effects of the economy, our income has stayed OK, but our expenses have soared--fertilizer products, insurance, and gas for the mowers and riding carts. “Keep quality golf affordable for all was the goal set by my father who died in 2008. We have made it, as a family, for 50 years, and for that we are thankful. We just take one year at a time.” For more information visit www.markspar3.com

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Saturday, Saturday y, April Ap pril 26 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (E (EDT) EDT) at Saint Mary-of-the-W Mary-of-the-Woods, Woods, IN All are invited to a day of loc local cal foods and wares, education and entertaine ment. Solly Burton and Brent McPike perform m on mandolin guitar,, Na Native performances, children’ss and guitar tive American performanc ces, children’ presentation, sale area, Silly Safaris presenta tion, bake sa ale by the Sisters of Providence, Providence TTake aake Flight! Wildlife Educ Education cation presenta presenta-tion, Vigo County Public Librar Libraryy children children’s n’s book give give-aaway, way, lunch items by local restaurants, vendors selling their eco-friendly or handmade wares, and spinning and weaving wea ving demonstra demonstrations. tions.

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Family Royer Farms Has Found The Cash Cow At The Farmer’s Market

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t’s Saturday morning and as most families are just beginning their day or just rolling out of bed, the Royer family has been up for hours. Saturday and Sunday is usually thought of as a time to relax, but for the Royer’s it’s the exact opposite. Each weekend Scott and Nikki Royer, the co-owners and operators of Royer Farm just outside Clinton in Vermillion County, take their business on the road as vendors at three different Indiana farmer’s markets, traveling as far as the Northside of Indianapolis. “They are the hardest days,” Nikki says of Saturdays. “We leave at about four in the morning… you get what you give… and then you get home and you have 500 chickens to take care for.” If in the late 1990s you would have asked Nikki if farming was in her future she probably would have said no. Although she grew up watching her parents Knic and Dianne Overpeck run the family farm, becoming a 5th generation farmer was not in her plan. Sadly, Nikki’s father unexpectedly passed away in 2000. “The next day the cows didn’t care, they wanted to be fed,” Nikki says matter-offactly. “At that time we were living in Illinois and we came back to help and never left.” Leaving successful jobs, Nikki in pharmaceutical sales and her husband Scott a researcher at Pfizer, the family relocated to their hometown to help continue the family’s long farming tradition. “Obviously it didn’t happen the way we would have liked with Nikki’s dad passing away, but it’s a real privilege to work here and continue the tradition of the family,” April 2014 | Terre Haute Living 15


Scott says. “There are a lot of people not given that chance.” Nikki’s great great grandparents, Perry and Susan Overpeck purchased the farm, just off State Road 63, in 1874. “The first three generations were what you would think of as the old time farm; milk cows, pigs, sheep and crops,” Nikki explains. “But as most farms found, that model didn’t work in the 60s and 70s to be financially viable.” It was Knic and Dianne who began to change the operations of the farm by importing livestock from Europe. The family invested in Simmental cattle, a breed originating in Switzerland. With a new bloodline the Overpeck’s quickly increased their breeding and cattle sales. But as the industry began to change Nikki started looking into other ways for the farm to be successful. “We had a commitment,” she says. “Scott and I were like, how are we going to make this farm sustainable with our skill set?” At the same time Nikki was pondering the future the local food movement was beginning around the country. Farmer’s markets and direct farm to consumer buying was becoming popular, giving Nikki an idea for a new branch of the business. “You couldn’t find lamb in the grocery store but when we would go to sell our lambs on the hoof it was a money losing element,” Nikki says of selling lambs and other livestock at auction. With a background in sales Nikki began to explore the option of farmer’s markets, a venture they began in 2003. “It’s difficult, but it works well,” Scott says. “It’s one day, we can do significant volume, it works out nice.” One of the best aspects of the farmer’s market according to Nikki is the direct interaction with customers. Starting out with a small selection of products it was consumer demand that inevitably expanded the farm. “People started asking for bacon, well we don’t have pigs,” she explains. “But they were asking for it, so we thought we might as make that worthwhile.” The farm added pigs and then chickens. “They started asking for eggs to go with their bacon,” Nikki says with a laugh. The farm spans 300 acres in Southern Vermillion County. Sharing that land and the Royer’s attention is around 70 beef cattle, 60 sheep (some of which are pregnant and due this spring!), around 80 pigs, 500 meat birds and 100 egg laying hens. All of the Royer’s animals graze in a pasture, which means healthier and better tasting products. “In today’s world we are small in relation to other farms but we are so diverse,” Scott says. “We have multiple species.” It’s that diversity that makes Royer Farm so popular. 16 Terre Haute Living | April 2014

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During a busy season Scott and Nikki say they sell a ton of meat, literally, as in 2,000 pounds. In addition to Saturday’s at the farmer’s market the family also brings in business through the small store they run out of the farm’s 100 year old farmhouse. The store specializes in trailer sales along with promoting the farm’s products. Inside the store large deep freezers line the wall stocked with everything from New York Strip steaks to pork chops. “I feel good about our meat because actually when it’s cut it’s frozen,” Nikki says. “People like to buy what they would call fresh but what I like about our meat is that we are not going to waste the meat and it will be good for a long time.” The meats are dry aged, and then taken to a packing house just two miles from the Royer’s farm where they are wrapped and loaded into a freezer at negative 20 degrees. Once ready to be sold the Royer’s pack up their product and head out. Scott and Nikki attend markets in Broadripple and Fishers, Dianne represents the family at the Downtown Terre Haute Farmer’s Market. While it’s difficult, Nikki says it’s fulfilling.

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“What we do is hard work and mentally challenging, so it’s rewarding and much needed for us,” she says of the market. “We have a small footprint, we are good for the economy and we feel really positive for what we are able to do.” It’s the positivity and strong work ethic the Royer’s are passing down to their children; 9 year old twins Knic and Cale. Their future as 6th generation farmers is still unknown, but they are already taking an interest. The boys just completed their first year in 4-H. Knic raised sheep and chickens, Cale raised hogs and chickens. “My hope for them is to do whatever their passion is,” Scott says. “I want them to see how we run the business and how we do our daily work. I want them to learn to enjoy what you do, even if it’s hard.” Adds Nikki with a laugh, “We want them to follow their own passion and at nine it’s kind of hard to know what that is.” Having two parents with a strong passion for what they do, the boys have a great example for the future, in whatever they chose. And if it’s farming, their weekends will never be the same; something Nikki says is alright by her. “When I had an off farm job I was living for the weekend,” Nikki says. “When I get up now I am excited about what I do – everyday.”

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Harlan H Cummins opened a small produce stand in front of his house near 2nd Street and Poplar. It was during the Great Depression; money was tight and fresh produce was hard to find. With slim pickings Harlan sold whatever he could, mainly apples brought in from Michigan. “Someone came in looking for bananas, but he didn’t have any,” explains Harlan’s grandson Tom Cummins. “They said ‘This isn’t a produce stand, this is all an apple house.’ My grandfather liked that and the next day he went out and had a sign painted.” And that was the beginning of The Apple House. Now 75 years later the business is bigger than ever, although they don’t sell apples… or bananas. “The business has changed a number of times over the years; we have made good decisions and bad decisions,” Tom says, who curWORDS: rently owns and operates the KATIE business with his brother Ryan. “But we are still a sucSHANE cessful business and there’s PHOTOS: a sense of pride to say that JOE you have done that.” That pride stretches GARZA through three generations of

The Apple House Opens For Another Season

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the Cummins family. As his produce stand became more popular and additional locations were added, Harlan enlisted the help of his son, Hugh. After Hugh returned from war in 1943, the two officially joined forces, adding Christmas trees to their product list. The first permanent Apple House location came in 1952 in the 12 Points area, at 1165 Lafayette Avenue. Started first as a tent operation and then an actual building, the store morphed into more than just produce. “We decided to build a building,” Hugh explains one afternoon while sitting at his kitchen table. “We started adding on to the things (being sold) and had more to sell and finally we became a grocery store.” Setting their sights for the south side of town, the Cummins purchased land on South Third Street. “I bought the place on South Third Street with the idea of putting a grocery store there but I couldn’t get it done because of the property so I started a fruit stand,” Hugh explains. “In the 1960s I was a full time grocery store and in the 70s I wasn’t doing any good so I had to give up the grocery store. I started selling flowers on South Third Street and gradually we did a fruit stand and garden center.” As the business began to change, so did the faces running it. In the early-1980s two of Hugh and his wife Tracy’s six children came back to town to lend a hand. After attending Indiana University and serving in the military, Ryan decided to start his life in his hometown. “When I was 18 I wanted to leave Terre Haute in the worst way,” he says. “I lived all over the United State and the world, in doing that I realized that Terre Haute and Western Indiana is a good place and has a lot of potential. I had the opportunity to work with my dad and brother. This area is a pretty good one, I don’t know if we have reached our full potential but it’s there and that’s what brought me back.” Tom, also a graduate of Indiana University, needed a change. “For me, I had enough of the corporate 20 Terre Haute Living | April 2014

world,” Tom says. “To prepare for a meeting, to go to a meeting to blame someone else, I wasn’t interested.” But for Hugh, it was simpler than his son’s explanations. “I didn’t like Tom and Ryan so I gave them the business,” he says laughing. “It’s just the way things worked out.” In 1985 the family began construction at their South Third Street location, the same building that stands today. “We had enough capital to build this building, we tore down the old place and built the greenhouse,” Tom explains. “When we made that move it was a dramatic change for us in the volume of business that we were doing and the type of business we were doing.” Over the years the business changed from produce to groceries to a home and garden center. With no formal training in horticulture, the Cummins family made learning part of their job. “We don’t have a formal education in this business; it’s all self-taught and selfdone,” Tom says. Adds Ryan, “We have a lot of training, like the Indiana Master Gardeners Program.” Not only did the brothers learn all they terrehauteliving.com


could, but they added gardening and landscaping experts to their staff. The Apple House employs around 20 staffers during the year and another 20 seasonal employees during the spring busy season. The Apple House is closed for two months during the winter. “If you are going to sell something you need to know about it,” Tom says of the business. “We are blessed to have a lot of employees that really know what they are doing.” With a new season in full bloom the brothers are busy and excited to start a new year. Ryan says one of the most rewarding aspects of the business is helping customers achieve their growing and landscaping goals, no matter how big or small. “It’s neat to go out to a business to follow up and see the tree that was planted three, five or ten years ago, to see what it’s done for their property,” he says. “It’s heartening to see the successes. We are in the business to make people’s lives a bit nicer.” And a bit more convenient. As Tom and Ryan aka “The Blooms Brothers” help the people of the Wabash Valley with beautiful landscaping they also terrehauteliving.com

want customers to get their money’s worth in an easy way. In addition to the three acres The Apple House sits on the city’s south side, the brothers also offer a small location on the east side at the Meadows Shopping Center. The 20,000 square foot operation has been open seasonally for eight years. “That was actually a concept I drew up in 1983,” Tom says. “I would sit up at night and work on things, but we were so darn busy when we built the new store that it wasn’t a necessary a thing to focus on, but we felt it was needed… it’s been a great success. I think the people on the east side of town they really appreciate it, we have the complete selection.” “It’s a temporary location but stocked like and staffed like a really nice garden center,” Ryan adds. “We have a good quality and people to ask questions and it doesn’t look like a plastic cave.” Quality products and good pricing is something Hugh taught his sons early. While the products may have changed over the years the family’s goal of good customer service has only gotten stronger. “I think the number one thing my dad emphasized was to have quality product to sell. Back in the grocery business one of the driving forces is quality of the merchandise,” Tom says of his dad. “Now, whether it’s a rose bush or four foot annual we have worked very hard to have good suppliers and they know what we need.” “We have been to the grower and it’s that hands on perspective that differentiates us from the large box stores that have similar products to ours,” Ryan says. What many of the national chains don’t have is a long family tradition. But whether that continues with the next generation is still a small seed of an idea. While Tom says he doesn’t see his son joining the business, the possibility is still there for Ryan. “That remains to be seen,” he says. “I go back to when I was out of college, I had no intention to come back to Terre Haute Indiana but you never know things change.” The future for The Blooms Brothers is much like the plants they sell; you never know what may bloom. April 2014 | Terre Haute Living 21


INBUSINESS

REPEAT boutique “Why pay the difference when you can't tell the difference?” Laura Gage, owner of Repeat Boutique Inc., poses this question, and advises, “Become fashionable and dress for less.”

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e are not a thrift shop,” she emphasized. “We are very picky. Our quality consignments are second to none.” Repeat Boutique, founded by Marty Hillenbrand in 1986, is located at 1703 N. 13th Street, its fourth location after South Seventh Street, Ellis Plaza and North Third Street. The current building, the former home of Cut-Rate China & Glass and vacant for a long time, required a great deal of renovation. However at 11,400 square feet, it also offered more

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space. This allowed the addition of home decor, accessories and furniture with a grand opening celebrated on January 2, 2013. Quality, gently used clothing has been the main line of merchandise since the beginning--items for women, men and children. Sizes range from 0 petite to 5X plus. A selection of fashionable jewelry is also available. Repeat Boutique Inc. on Facebook features photos, updates and specials. “We reach out to all income levels and all walks of life--from people walking in off the street to those arriving in luxury cars looking for good quality at a good price,” Laura noted. “They come from as far north as West Lafayette and south beyond Vincennes and southern Illinois.” “August brings back-to-school sales, but our busiest time is September and October. The kids are in school and Mom gets to go out for some new clothes.” Quality merchandise consignments are brought in by people living in all parts of the Wabash Valley. Some 12,400 consignors are registered; a few of the very first on the list are still doing business with the shop after 28 years. Spring and summer items are accepted from January through July, and fall and winter items from August through December. Consignors may drop off their items at any time., but if an individual prefers to come by appointment, one may be scheduled by calling (812) 232-5944. Who are these people? “Some people just like to change their wardrobe each season. Others have changed sizes through weight gain or weight loss, sometimes by gastric bypass surgery,” Laura said.

“The merchandise is displayed on the floor for 60 days. If still unsold, most consignors will allow us to donate the items to the Next Step Foundation, a charity which benefits women recovering from substance abuse issues. Items are also given to Gary's Place, Bethany House and Light House Mission. Receipts for tax purposes are written.” The staff includes four part-time employees, including Laura's son, Tyler, a student at Indiana State University. They are friendly and trained to help people buy the items they need at the prices they can afford. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cash, checks, travelers' checks and charge cards are accepted. Laura had worked at the shop for 12 years before she became the owner in 2009 when Marty retired. She recalled, “I grew up in Bedford, came to Terre Haute to attend ISU to earn my degree in criminology, and I never left. Instead of helping people getting their lives back together in the field of criminology, I help people sell the clothes they no longer need and assist them with their wardrobes for their workplaces and special events. “The Wabash Valley is a good place for this business. Just look around; there aren't many quality resale shops in the area. We do best when the economy is good and people are working. However, the weather affects us more. The 2013-2014 winter was unbelievably bad for business. “As for the future, it is something the community needs, and I can provide that service. I can see myself doing this for a very long time...quality consignment shops will always be in demand.”

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INBUSINESS

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Petit Photography knows how to get that perfect school picture.

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andy, Caleb and Evan Pettit sit around a conference table in the new Pettit & Associates Photography store front office on Honey Creek Drive. The room is stark and somewhat bare, other than the table in one corner and a photography backdrop set up in the middle of the room. Behind the conference table are stacks and stacks of school yearbooks. Even though the room is nearly empty the three guy’s laughter and loud voices fill the room. Caleb stops at one point, smiles as he drops his head and says, “I’m so sorry.” Caleb has just interrupted his dad, Randy. For the last five minutes Randy has been explaining the photography business, without so much as a breath of air in between stories. “Dad, she doesn’t need to know how the first camera was made, she asked about your history,” Evan says as he and Caleb begin to laugh. The friendly mocking between the three is not normal in a typical workplace, but this is obviously not typical. Pettit & Associates have been snapping yearly yearbook photos for school age kids in the Wabash Valley for nearly a decade. For 35 years Randy worked as a salesman and photographer for a national company, but broke away nine years ago in order to start his own photography business. A few years after opening Pettit Photography he added the “Associates”, sons Caleb and Evan. “Sometimes we are Pettit and sometimes we are Associates,” Evan jokes. Regardless of their job titles, Caleb and Evan have jumped into the business; garnering new clients and new business practices, adding to their dad’s already established success. “Our growth is at a staggering rate, it’s almost too good to be true,” Randy says smiling. “It’s pretty impressive to what we have done over the last five years and it’s the boys; they go out and do all the work.” The work is much more than showing up at a school and snapping a few photos, Caleb explains. Each of the men travel an estimated 20,000 miles a year; visiting schools for traditional fall and spring photos, retakes, candids, sports and club photos and more. “Fall pictures, that’s the bear,” Caleb says. “Every day for a few months we are somewhere taking pictures.” As a local company the Pettit’s have an impressive client list. The Wabash Valley roster includes school corporations like

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South Vermillion, North Clay and Shakamak but the territory stretches as far north as Indianapolis and west into Illinois. In total the Pettit’s work in 21 counties across the two states. That equals 100 schools that rely on Pettit each year. “We rarely lose an account,” Randy says, “We have extremely loyal customers.” Adds Caleb, “We make it personal.” “We treat our customers as friends,” Evan continues. “These are the same guys that we go to ball games with and we see them all the time,” Randy says. Making their business personal is what sets Pettit apart from the national school photography companies and one of the reasons customers keep inviting them back year after year. Metropolitan School District of Shakamak Superintendent Mike Mogan has been working with Randy for more than 30 years. “I started in 1974 as a principal; the first guy I met was Randy Pettit,” Mogan says beginning to laugh. “He came in to take school pho-

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tos, and I thought; who is this guy?” Jokes aside, Mogan says he wouldn’t trust his school’s photos to anyone but Randy, Caleb and Evan. “Randy gets the kids to smile, he calls the boys superman and the girls wonder woman,” Mogan says. “He strikes a chord with the kids and once he has them he has them. They all three enjoy their jobs and their personalities are contagious to the kids.” Mogan also credit’s Pettit’s community involvement and dedication to each of the schools they serve. In addition to a golf outing at the end of the school year the Pettit’s host for superintendents and principals, they also give back to each school, donating a percentage of all photo sales. “We really like to help as much as possible,” Evan explains. “It puts a smile on our face to give back to the schools.” “We give a lot back to the schools, it’s not part of it but we want to do it,” Caleb continues. “School pictures are sometimes all they’ve got.”

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Regardless of big donations or small gestures, Mogan says the Pettit’s sincere investment in his school corporation is appreciated. “Those are just special things that the Pettit’s do,” Mogan says. “Not only does it help their business but it keeps their business.” Keeping the business running behind the scenes is Gail Pettit, Randy’s wife and Caleb and Evan’s mom (sister Ashley works out of state in digital media). Staying out of the “boys club” at the store front, Gail works from home, serving as the business’ human resources department, call center and jack of all trades. “I find it hard to believe there is anyone better at customer service than my mom,” Evan says. Maybe not better, but Caleb and Evan have obviously learned from the best when it comes to customer service and running a business, making it easier for Randy and Gail to turn things over to them in the future. Evan explains plans for the future that includes expanding the business into other photography markets including portraits, family photos and weddings. “It’s nerve racking but exciting,” Evan says. “We think we are prepared enough to handle it.” But that doesn’t mean the trio plans to leave school photography anytime soon. When asked about their funniest moments over the years the three look at each other and smile. “I would say the funniest isn’t even from a school,” Evan says. “We have to test (the cameras and lighting) and we test on each other, we don’t take anything seriously, but good luck finding any of those photos.” For Caleb, the funny moments come thanks to their youngest clients. “I don’t know, I just think the funniest thing is that we work with kids all day,” he says. “It’s just hilarious.” Known as “The Picture Guy” to many of the students, all three say their enjoyment comes from working with kids and watching them grow up over the years. “It’s surprising when you take a photo in the fall and then you go back to school in the spring and see how the kids have changed,” Randy says. The same could be said for his own sons, who Randy says he’s watched grow from young boys into his co-workers and business partners. “I am more proud of what they have done than what I have done,” Randy says. “I couldn’t be happier.”

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FEATURE

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THIS MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO IS CHANGING THE FACE OF CAR MECHANICS… WHILE CHANGING YOUR OIL

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If seeing one woman at the shop surprises customers they’ll get a real shock when they find out it’s a woman who owns and runs this shop too. Owner Angie Picklesimer opened Erin’s Pit Stop on May 13, 2013. A realtor for REMAX, Angie says she opened the business with her husband Ken to allow their daughter to follow her dream of having a car maintenance shop geared towards women. Angie and Ken have since divorced, but still co-own the shop. Clueless when it comes to cars, Angie says her involvement in the shop stops at the garage door. “I’m the entrepreneur,” she says beginning to laugh. “I built the place and barely know how to pop the hood of my car.” Mom leaves the hood popping to her daughter, whose love for cars started at a young age. “As a child I played with Matchbox cars, my sister was American Girl Dolls and I was into cars,” Erin says. “I have always had a fascination… it was very intriguing to me.” Learning about cars from friends in her teen years Erin quickly developed a knowledge and passion. She graduated from Ivy Tech with a degree in Auto Mechanics. But landing a job after graduation proved to be a tougher than she expected. “I tried to get a job, but no one called me back,” she says with frustration. “I assume it was because I’m a girl, I don’t know if that was the case?”

Erin says for years she dreamt about working at an automotive maintenance shop with other female employees. The facility would be clean, fun and female friendly. After talking about the possibility for years the family decided they had a good idea on their hands and started to make the dream a reality. As a businesswoman Angie reached out to resources in the area, including the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center at Indiana State University. “One of the ingredients for a successful startup is having a passion for what you are trying to do and believe in it with a passion,” says ISBDC Business Advisor Richard Pittelkow. “When you talk to either Erin or Angie they have a passion for what they are trying to do.” With that passion Angie and Erin worked tirelessly to open their business and to make it comfortable and trustworthy. “We’ve both been screwed,” Erin says of other auto businesses. She still thinks about her Mercury Cougar when it comes to customer service. After getting her oil changed by another mechanic she realized he didn’t tighten the oil cap, allowing oil to leak and ultimately ruining the car. “It totally changed my mind on people that work on cars,” she says. “To have someone do that to you, it’s horrible. I double and triple check my work, I know how it feels to have your car ruined and I don’t want that to happen to anyone else.” Vowing never to let that happen at their April 2014 | Terre Haute Living 33


facility, the ladies pride themselves on being, “Friendly, Honest & Affordable”, a motto plastered on the shop’s large pink and white sign. “I am a horrible liar,” Erin says with a laugh. “Being honest is way easier. When it comes to someone’s vehicle I want to give them the information they need; this is what’s going on, this is how to fix it and this is about how much it’s going to cost.” Adds Angie, “We talk to people, we ask them about their lives… we just don’t take their money and run.” The ladies also take time with their customers. Working with an elderly lady, Angie sits down with her to explain the difference between synthetic and conventional motor oil. During the conversation she outlines pricing, oil performance and expectations all while speaking in terms the customer can understand. “When a man instructs you to something with a car it is different than what I am going to tell a woman,” Erin says. “If it’s something I can show them; like a leak, I’m going to show them where it’s coming from and explain how it can be fixed.” 34 Terre Haute Living | April 2014

But honesty and affordability isn’t the only perk ladies (and men) can expect when coming to Erin’s Pit Stop. “We have a baby changing station, a place for kids, there is a clean bathroom, Wi-Fi, magazines for women, a coffee bar and they get a Hershey bar when they leave,” Angie says with a smile. It’s those personal touches that have gained the business loyal customers like Jennifer Higginbotham. “I go there and feel comfortable with (Erin) as a woman,” Higginbotham says. “As women we could go into a shop and totally get taken advantage of… I value the service she provides because there is a level of comfort.” Higginbotham says she’s visited other oil change locations, but says she’s not interested in sitting on a grease stained chair in a waiting room filled with men. And as a woman Higginbotham enjoys supporting other women. “At other places they treat you like a woman,” she says. “Here they treat you like a woman, but a woman in good terms.” Or they treat a man, like a man. While the shop’s business plan has a

woman in mind that doesn’t mean that the other sex is excluded. “We’ve had a few guys come in and when we ask how they heard about us they lower their heads and say, my wife told me to come in here,” Angie says smiling, Erin’s Pit Stop doesn’t exclude male employees either; the facility has three male mechanics on staff. With the business’ one year anniversary just around the corner the ladies have high hopes for the future of their business. “We would love to have a southside location,” Angie says. “We have a lot of north enders and those customers are very loyal, but we would like to have another location to serve the other side of town.” The ISBDC’s Richard Pittelkow says the business has a promising future and another location is certainly feasible. “I think that is a good goal because for an oil change facility customers are not going to drive too far for an oil change,” Pittelkow says. “I think it will make sense for them to have a second facility.” And if a second shop is as successful as the first, business will be booming. During her first year in business, Angie terrehauteliving.com


was awarded an ISBDC Growth and Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Award. The honor is given to 20 emerging or established businesses across Indiana who work with the ISBDC. Erin’s Pit Stop was recognized as one of the emerging businesses. Angie is humble when talking about the award, simply saying, “I don’t think we would have made it if we were just another oil change place.” Continuing to stand apart from traditional auto maintenance facilities, Angie and Erin say they also plan to add education to their list of services. Later this year the garage will host a clinic for women, teaching everything from how to change a tire to how to check the car’s oil. Angie says it’s important for women to have a basic understanding of their vehicles. Beginning to laugh, Erin points out that her mom should be one of the first to enroll in the clinic. Angie agrees, “I don’t know how to do anything with a car. I don’t want to get dirty.” Luckily, her daughter, as pretty as she is, doesn’t mind the grime. “This pretty face likes to eat oil every once and a while,” Erin says pausing as she begins to giggle. “Not by choice, of course!” “We’re not just a pretty face” adds Angie. “We do more.” Erin’s Pit Stop 2060 Lafayette Ave. 812-460-1102 Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday: Closed oilchangeterrehaute.com facebook.com/erinpitstop

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FEATURE

The project’s first miniature sculpture is a replica of a detail from the Indiana Theater’s lobby ceiling.

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Inspired by her research, Hochhalter decided to launch ‘Raiders of the Lost Art.’ For this project, she will create 12 tiny sculptures representing different pieces of area history, using homemade corn starch-based modeling clay. The miniature sculptures will be hidden, one per week beginning the week of April 7. Clues to their location, which will also have historical significance, will be posted on online. “It’s a fun way to get people in Vigo County not only involved with art, but learning more about the history of Vigo County. And to make art more accessible to people who might not otherwise be able to afford it,” she adds. Hochhalter says she recognizes that people are sometimes intimidated by the idea of visiting a gallery or art museum. She confides that artists often feel pressured to provide high-falutin’ explanations of their artwork when applying for juried exhibitions and gallery placement. “I think artists have been made to feel like they have to come up with a bunch of nonsense in order to have their art taken seriously.” And, she believes that it keeps some people from ever setting foot into a traditional art gallery. With Raiders of the Lost Art, she plans to bring the art to the people in a fun, interactive way. No fussy descriptions, just little sculptures that help tell the story of area history—and a community-wide treasure hunt. The project, she explains, “is a nod to the other pieces that I’ve done that involve searching for things, or being educated about the subject matter in a fun way. I have done a number of things that are educa-

tional, where there’s more to it than meets the eye.” Hochhalter delights in seeing folks really engage with her artwork. ‘Wish You Were Here,’ the car she painted for 2010’s ‘Cruisin’ Around Terre Haute’ included several objects ‘hidden’ within the rainforest design. Located near the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney offices at 4th and Wabash (the firm commissioned the car as well as ‘Greenback,’ Hochhalter’s contribution to the 2007 ‘Horsing Around in Terre Haute’ art display) the car still draws attention from folks who enjoy seeking out the hidden images in its design. “From the youngest to the oldest—once people knew there were things hidden in the painting they were all over it,” she recalls. This time she hopes to capture that same enthusiasm with miniature sculptures of local icons, as she fine tunes her sculpting ability. “While I’ve worked in many other mediums, this one is fairly new to me. Just the process of having to do one every week will force me to continuously create sculpture,” Hochhalter says. For her, it’s a win-win-win situation. “I’m giving people art and educating people while honing my skills to further my career. I want people to be excited about the artwork and the thrill of the hunt and to try to make a collection of these pieces.” Becky Hochhalter’s Raiders of the Lost Art project kicks off the week of April 7 and runs through the end of June. Watch for details and clues at beckyhochhalter.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. April 2014 | Terre Haute Living 39


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Local author Darla Crist publishes a new book that explores a most unlikely love story

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ifting through Blake's history, she became aware of his wife, Catherine Boucher, a physically attractive illiterate with parents who were unsuccessful market gardeners. Blake met her in the farm village of Battersea across the Thames from London. Crist soon was imagining and researching into what it must have been like for an uneducated young woman to become the life partner of a brilliant human force of nature like Blake. The eventual outcome of Crist's intrigue is the narrative-in-verse, Catherine Sophia's Elbow, a love story, which is slated for national release on April 15 during National Poetry Month by Folded Word, an independent literary press in New Hampshire. Crist has already given a public reading of select passages of her work at the Swope Museum as part of a Swope exhibition currently exploring the cross-pollination of art and literature. “Blake was a young man on the rebound at the time, he met Catherine Sophia,” said Crist, “Accounts of what happened say she was so taken with the sight of him that she fainted.” On August 18, 1772, William and Catherine Sophia married. Their relationship is not as farfetched as it might seem because he was not from a much higher class family background than Catherine, and she had managed to touch his heart by expressing compassion toward him for his recently lost love. At the time the couple began wedded life, Blake was a copy engraver, but he had received formal training in art and was recognized for his talent. They stayed together for forty-five years until he died, but they never had children. Catherine Sophia was always his staunch supporter and helper, even while he was being tried for treason. He appreciated his wife, and according to at least one story, when Blake was on his deathbed he drew a picture of Catherine as his last work. Although many people in high places were aware of Blake's talent, he never became wealthy in his lifetime, so Catherine Sophia's household management, plus her assistance with his printing business was always helpful in keeping their family afloat financially. Under Blake's influence, she developed many new personal skills, perhaps learning some reading and writing; however, the one letter of Catherine Sophia's that has survived was written in Blake's hand though its signature was in hers. Eventually, she composed some poetry and artwork. One of her sketches has survived through the years. Another gift that Blake is said to have shared with her was the capability to experience spiritual visions or apparitions, which he claimed to have been having since he was four when he saw a “tree filled with angels.” In Catherine Sophia's Elbow, Crist's verse touches on Blake's wellknown trial for sedition, which occurred as a consequence of the couple moving into a cottage in Felphan, a suburb of London, to get

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away from the city's foul living conditions. One day an English soldier entered onto their property and urinated, which was legal in that era for an English soldier to do. Accounts vary as to whether Catherine Sophia or Blake reacted to the soldier first, but eventually Blake grabbed the soldier by his collar and took him to a nearby town. The punishment at the time for behavior like Blake's was hanging, but due to having friends in high places, he avoided prison or the noose. Between the time Crist began developing her graduate student's interest in Blake's art, poetry, and life, and 2009 when she commenced in earnest on her two-year's writing project about the many phases of Catherine Sophia's relationship with Blake, she had already completed several successful writing projects, such as having her collection of haiku poems, The God of Small Losses, published nationally by Finishing Line Press. Meanwhile, Crist became an associate professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College, where she also serves as Writing Center Director. In Catherine Sophia's Elbow she has succeeded in guiding her readers on an exquisite language tour through a mosaic word temple ventilated by the blank white spaces of her pages. The temple's architecture invites the visitor to linger a while in each room, marveling at its tiles instead of rushing to get to the end of the tour. Much of the writing is so superb that readers will want to go back into the temple again to better appreciate the way Crist has textured her literary mosaic. In this way she first introduces to her readers to youthful Catherine Sophia: Her foot wanders of a green dream

out touching

until her foot meets the map of terra firm, where doors have faces that open and shut … where roofs recline like jutting hips …

clouds tied down with bay leaf clothespins

Crist's usage of the 18th and 19th centuries' language patterns gives readers a feel for the times, but she craftily updates the wording just enough to make her story easily readable for a 21st century audience. The pathway to Catherine Sophia's early married life opens via these verse tiles:

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MAPPING HER DESIRE was like a form of falconry, a way to pinpoint a path, unfolding, the hem of a road nearly turned and awake, orchards blooming as exclamations, arteries disguising themselves in blue

“I love novels-in-verse,” said Folded Word's Editor in Chief, J.S. Graustein. “Darla's voice is so imaginative, intricate, and full of imagery—very poetic while still being a clear narrative. After I'd read ten pages, I knew I wanted her story to inaugurate our Mosaic line of novels-in-verse in April of 2014. Mosaic art uses small tiles to create large images.” Folded Word has been publishing two to five books a year for five years. Graustein is hopeful that the writing quality of Catherine Sophia's Elbow will give Crist's story a long press run. People interested in ordering Crist's book from Folded Word can order online at: bit.ly/darlacrist Print and eBook editions will be available globally through most booksellers by 15 April, 2014. Advanced orders by April 15, 2014 will be $20 plus $2 reduced shipping. Advanced copies will be signed by the author. After April 15, the hardcover book will be $24 US. + $4 shipping.

as if traveling through a foreign land. who among us, she wondered, can tether desire?

Blake's most mysterious gift to his wife was teaching her how to experience her own spiritual visions. Crist used her imagination to report on Catherine Sophie's premiere occasion:

MY FIRST APPARITION Was of harpsichord sirens, who whispered their bodies Over seasons of sand to sing in the room with the rest of the shades.

I saw them plainly, their bellies made glyphs, lines as cryptic As their wavering hair, which covered them modestly here and there. As fine as any moth-spun lace Their lips could milk a poor man's breast before rocking him to sleep; They proclaimed their home was neither east nor west, north or south, And their god bore no resemblance to Mother Mary or Father Time. They spoke of yearning for minnows and rain, and their loneliness spilled In spinet progression, lush with wind chimes, watchtowers, centuries— Their allegiance was only to the color of emerald, blackberry ink, & isinglass.

After finishing her sixty-page manuscript of Catherine Sophia's Elbow, Crist became aware of Folded Word while researching for a publisher for her book in the classified ads of Poets and Writer's magazine.

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POETRY

Presence

why want

I awake feeling

why want what doesn’t want you? see what always moves away from you and turn from it.

ALL CAPS & BOLD I write myself in a new font with unexpected sp a Cing,

see what wants you - what shy, devoted light follows you and turn toward it.

little joys italicized

Now run.

fat robin dust in sun the crack in the blue

ZANN CARTER

plate.

Zann Carter is a poet and fiber artist in Terre Haute, IN. Twice a Grand Prize winner in the Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition, she co-hosts a monthly open reading for both prose and poetry every third Thursday at Tater & Joe's Coffee Grounds. Email: zanncarter@gmail.com

Headphones A doctor or perhaps your father will sever the blood cord to your mother when you are born. For some it dies, for some it lives on like a phantom vein between two hearts, either one being too weak to beat without the other’s blood, that is until one dies or the other, if a woman, braids out a cord of self across the blindness to embrace a seed of life that came from love or just a night but either way will supersede the mother. And life comes like this in circles of things needing to be tethered, set free, fed, led, pulled toward or pulled away – for every circle, a chord: dog leash, baby leash, hair braid, graduation, church bell tower, the stems that keep the blue hydrangeas blooming in the hand of earth, a little girl and her balloon, umbilical, and let us not forget my headphone cord in the weight room, wrapped about a jut of oiled steel when I was focused on the weight I had imposed upon myself. What a surprise to find your ears tied to a bench, your ascent jerked back with all the muscle given, treated by chance as a farmhand treats the veered ox cutting new paths in the plow lines – intolerant of any reinterpretation. The canon abides no cubist. The choice may seem obvious. But to leave the cord squiggled there in a dish of sweat on the rubber floor would be to abandon the birth of music. A soloist can be a fine muse for a time, but every living thing on this Earth eventually yearns for symphony: so many chords together, shaking, for love or anger or the invincibility of living. 44 Terre Haute Living | April 2014

Consider the iterations of the sun, its light: how sunlight insinuates how sunlight glazes how sunlight veils how sunlight bronzes how sunlight warms gilds limns blinds and how like water it can be: how sunlight nourishes how sunlight seeps how sunlight bubbles dances washes scours and how you, having found your way utterly into this moment are the burning star of the universe, radiating light, pouring out connecting. connecting.

Stone Story To this day, the bay of the seagull sleeps in my brain like a smooth weight. I was a boy standing on the beach. It was dusk. I wanted to see what I could do (all boys do). The seagull sat on a wave where the water turned dark. I held a rock. I crushed it at the feat, grinning ear to ear in admiration of my force; I watched it make the water talk. I could not bear to watch and turned away. What I had made: flying an impossible feat, the aurora bone shrieks. Insects unsavored swarm in the sunblown sky (and all is unflown). Days slip under water, the lungs breathe lake, but the gut floats like a bobber. Carp coil in the mill-ebb, nearly six feet in length, one will hear the bone-jut beating and investigate. I hid my face from luck because I knew it to be death. The bragging pest leaned silent in the west; light touched a tangent with the waves. In the terrible, vociferous calm I had married them together with a stone.

PHILLIP RODENBECK Phillip Rodenbeck is a former Terre Haute resident and Rose-Hulman alumnus. He will self-publish his first book-length collection of poems, Redevolver, this April. You can listen to some of his poems on the YouTube channel, “Phillip Rodenbeck Reads.”

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Crow Shakedown What do the crows do? They scatter like: Connect the dots strewn across a table-those plastic coins that topple from their holding cells Peppercorns being tossed from a hand Like some sort of Etch-a-Sketch gone live Viral and free form Dancing like a crunchy granola girl at a dirty disco Moving as gracefully as a gay man’s fabulous hand, while he is leaning over and thwacking the words, “Oh, honey!” from his mouth. The crows slip in during the evening, setting up on the desolate field stage that’s Surrounded by curtains of curvaceous Cottonwoods On my way home they spray across my vision Driving is not important anymore-I stop. There’s no need for a ticket to see this show. I know that every Monday evening I have a seat and a good view. Paint me a stain It's November and I'm gonna need you more than ever rely on you to make sense of me I weigh on you when the frost pinches the grass which has no escape. Yes, winter can seem that unfair. It tears through me, really. It's a need of words that I proposeA treasure of rhyme or a simple scene that could paint mediocrity as miracle. Give me words that are impenetrable, that create goosebumps Despite my freckly shell singed by autumn's love for bonfires. Words that taste like warm cider. Grab the dried kernels of summer and squeeze them onto spiced skin. Give me the words that feel like a gift: of temperature of color of scent of touch. Smile and agree that the Birch saplings that streamline the subdivision are only there to serve as slinky leg warmers to the Poplar trees while the robust, barrel-chested Sycamores place imprints onto the pinks of a Pantone-smeared sky. terrehauteliving.com

SARAH LONG Sarah Long is a poet with a love for poetry since learning Haiku at age eight. She has an English literature and creative writing degree with a career focus on mental health. Avid plant lady, cat lady, and lover of words.

Amend a May day spent pushing wind trudging sand acres in crystal sun looking to see in countless bits of flint a fine found one then jutting slate staring out of time there a half and half gone when a stone’s throw it is there the other half an eon coming together

JOHN DAVIDSON John Davidson is an entrepreneur with a life long involvement in the arts as an artist, art dealer and organizer, and occasionally, as a creative writer.

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A GOOD

HABITAT WANTED...

WORDS: DOROTHY JERSE PHOTOS: JIM AVELIS

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qualified partner families who need decent affordable housing, have to ability to pay the low monthly mortgage payments and are willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Its mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the Wabash Valley and the world making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The local affiliate was organized in 1989. Since that time, 59 homes have been constructed in Terre Haute and the surrounding area, the last one at 930 Gilbert Avenue. Zero percent interest mortgage loans keep the homes affordable. The payments are recycled into the "Fund for Humanity" to purchase materials for the next Habitat house. The average appraised value of a new Habitat home in this area is $83,000. April 2014 | Terre Haute Living 47


Annette Houchin, local Habitat executive director for seven years, said, "Our 2014-2015 goal is to complete two homes fully funded, and we would like at least one to be a Veterans Build with the active military involved. Many veterans do not earn enough to purchase a median-priced home. These households meet the income standards, and we know the need." Dale Johnson, head of the family selection committee, listed these minimum requirements for Habitat home ownership. (1) Be a Vigo County resident for at least six months. (2) Earn an income of 30-60 percent of the median income of Vigo County ($16,000 - $32,000 for a family of four) and be paying more than one-third of their income for rent. (3) Have a good income to debt ratio. "Our program is not a handout. The partner must invest 'sweat equity'--250 hours for a single parent or 500 hours for two parents," she explained. "If we can't select a family, we sometimes

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can help them become more stable by teaching income management. It has to be food, housing, utilities first and then everything else." "You won't know if you qualify unless you apply," Houchin added. "We invite families to learn more about Habitat and home ownership through checking our website habitat@wvh4h.org or Facebook, calling our office (812) 2355914, or stopping by at 2313 Tippecanoe Street. Dee Reel is our business manager and Pearleen Stewart our volunteer coordinator." Volunteerism is basic to the Habitat organization. It is led by a volunteer board of directors headed by Chuck Federle and these four teams-- fundraiser, finance, family support and construction. Family Support helps families transition from renters to responsible home owners. The Construction Team is headed by Pat Brown, construction manager. His team is made up The

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Grumpies, a dedicated group of mostly retired men, current and future homeowners (partners) and their families and friends, and volunteers from businesses and institutions who sponsor homes. "Brown also is the manager of our ReStore located in a former fire station at 1831 Wabash Avenue since 2004." Houchin noted. "ReStore is a very important ongoing fundraiser for us; its income helps cover our overhead expenses. Volunteers accept building materials, tools and home furnishings which are then sold to customers who need them at low prices. Hours are Wed., Thurs., and Sat. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pickups may be scheduled. Donors receive income donation receipts." The City of Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment donates most of the land and grant money through HUD HOME funds and NCST (National Community Stabilization Trust).

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Wells Fargo and Bank of America donate foreclosed properties which can be sold on the open market. The Indiana Chemical Trust and Wabash Valley Community Foundation also provide funds. Contributions from the community are very important and rewarded. For every donation $100 up to $25,000, the donor may receive a tax credit of 50 percent of the donated amount. The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) Tax Credit Program reduces the amount of the donor's State of Indiana's income tax. Back to "WANTED..." Terre Haute Living magazine readers are asked to spread the word to persons who may qualify for a Habitat home. Give them the opportunity to become homeowners. The 2014-2015 goals are to complete two homes--at least one of them a Veterans Build.

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If the shoe bus fits... The Terre Haute Women’s Club hosts An Evening of Art and Wine to benefit The Shoe Bus Imagine walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. Maybe those shoes are too big, making it hard to walk. Or maybe too small, causing your feet to be pinched with every step. Or maybe they have holes, covered up only by some duct tape. While the scenario may sound far-fetched for many, it’s a sad reality for hundreds of kids in Vigo County. Thankfully for decades the Terre Haute Women’s Club has been doing something to help. It’s called The Shoe Bus.

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e give shoes to the students who need them,” says club member and organization Historian Imogene Roberts. “We get to the school and take two students into the vehicle at a time, we measure their feet, let them pick out a pair of shoes and they also get two pairs of new socks.” Started in 1971, The Terre Haute Women’s Club has been working with the Vigo County School Corporation to give new shoes and socks to school children, free of charge. Roberts says club members visit area schools once a week.

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School health assistants, secretaries and principals send the names of eligible students, once club members have a list of names they map out a route and hop into The Shoe Bus. Newly renovated for the club’s needs, The Shoe Bus is literally a bus packed with new shoes of all sizes and colors ready to be given to a deserving child. “(The students) will come out to the bus; they look at all the shoes and get really excited. They leave bouncing out of there with the new shoes,” Roberts says. “I think it’s a really unusual project. I

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don’t know any other place that does this is this way.” The approach may be unusual, but necessary, says Shoe Bus Chair Kara Anderson. The club works with students in kindergarten through high school, some students more in need than others, but all worthy of a new pair of shoes. Anderson recalls one especially touching experience with a little boy last fall. “All this little boy had was a pair of women’s size 8 1/2 rubber rain boots, Wonderful works that’s all he had to attend school,” Anderfrom area artists in son explains. “It was September and hot clude Wood pieces and he is wearing these rubber boots, he from Tim Kennedy had blisters on his feet from the boots.” and Pottery from Anderson says after receiving a call Kristy Jo Beber about the boy she made a special trip to the school in The Shoe Bus. “We got him fixed up and gave him new socks. When I gave him the new shoes he almost cried. He said to me, ‘These feel so good, now my feet won’t hurt anymore.’ He was so tickled to have these shoes.” In 2013 the club made 144 trips to local schools; giving out 1,200 pairs of shoes and 2,400 pairs of socks. Each pair is given to students free of charge thanks to a partnership with Shoe Carnival and through fundraising efforts by the club. Anderson says $32,000 is spent yearly on shoes. That amount does not include money for socks (each child is given two pairs) or on maintenance, gas and insurance for the bus. With such a large budget and even larger need in the community the club relies heavily on its yearly fundraiser, “An Evening of Art

and Wine”. The 42nd annual event is scheduled for April 12, 2014 beginning at 7:30pm at The Hulman Center. “One ticket will buy one pair of shoes for one child,” Anderson says. “That money is going to go right onto a child’s feet and (guests) are going to get an entire evening’s worth of entertainment.” Described as a “classy” event club members work throughout the year to create a one of a kind experience. Ten artists from around the country will display artwork in various mediums; watercolor, wood, pottery, glass, jewelry and more. A portion of artwork sales are donated to the club. A ticket also buys guests the chance to sample wines from 7th and 70 and taste hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants. “To get all that and to know that you are helping a child; it’s a win win all the way around,” Anderson says with a laugh. For club members the real “win” comes after the event, when they continue the efforts of The Shoe Bus. “You know what; I would be lying if I said those kids get more out of it than I do… it warms your heart,” Anderson says. “So many of us take a pair of shoes for granted, but there are so many children that they just don’t have that; it’s not a luxury it’s an essential. We are just trying to provide this to them.” Tickets for “An Evening of Art and Wine” are $35 each or $40 at the door. To purchase tickets contact any club member or call (812) 243-4325 or via email - whitneywebster1@aol.com.

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APRIL 2014 EVENTS APRIL 6, 2014 Spring Fever Craft Bazaar 9AM - 4PM 4950 East Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47803 Central Christian Church 4950 East Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47803 Free 812-877-9959 Email: centralchristianchurch@frontier.com APRIL 8, 2014 Taizé Prayer 7PM Church of the Immaculate Conception, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN Sisters of Providence Free Each service occurs on the second Tuesday of every month and begins at 7 p.m. Taizé Prayer takes place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, is open to persons of all faith traditions, and is free to attend.

This hour-long service includes prayers, simple, beautiful music, a time for silence, spoken and silent prayers. The prayer is quiet and reflective, deeply peaceful and joyful and is lit primarily by candlelight. Songs are sung many times over as a prayer of the heart. The 2014 focus of Taizé is “Prayer for the Life of the World.” We will use Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 to help focus our prayer – ”To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Free-will offering For more information, call 812-535-2952 or email provctr@spsmw.org. APRIL 11-13, 2014 "Come and See" Weekend 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-theWoods, IN 47876 Free (lodging and meal included) Are you looking for a way to serve God, grow in your faith and “break boundaries, create hope?” If you are a single Catholic woman, ages 18-42, and are interested in learning more about becoming a Sister of Providence, April 11-13 is for you! We know you have a lot of

questions and we’ll do whatever we can to help you take the next step on your faith journey, whatever that may be. You’ll get to know the Sisters of Providence and our foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. You’ll have time to talk with other women who are also thinking about religious life, as well as the women in formation with the SPs. There will also be time for personal and group reflection, prayer, Mass and more. The weekend is free (lodging and meals are included). Contact Sister Editha Ben, vocation director, at 812-535-2895, or via email at eben@spsmw.org. www.SistersofProvidence.org APRIL 12, 2014 4th Annual Operation: Wabashiki 9AM -1 PM Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area located on Highway 40 in West Terre Haute, IN Free Join the Sustainability Club at Saint Mary-ofthe-Woods College for their annual Wabashiki clean up. Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area is composed of 2600 acres of wetlands resting

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along the Wabash River. As a community, let's all get together to preserve the wetlands that many call home. We do have gloves to share. Safety glasses and other protective ware are suggested. Please wear appropriate working shoes! It might be muddy!! Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning for the early birds. Look for our posters around town. Bring your sisters, brothers, aunts, and uncles! Let's make this the best clean-up Wabashiki has seen! APRIL 12, 2014 12 NOON - 7PM Allen Chapel Annual BBQ dinner 3rd & Crawford Sts., Terre Haute, IN, 47807 Full menu including dinners, sandwiches, sides, and desserts, barbecued slabs, ribs, chicken, fish, pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, green beans, cole slaw, peach, strawberry, sweet potato, chess pies. Handicapped accessible. Contact Name Char Minnette Contact Email prbycharmin@frontier.com APRIL 15, 2014 PE 101 Fun Run 5K 3PM East Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, INMemorial Stadium $5 entry fee Door prizes! Awards for top finishers! In collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and SGA. Proceeds go to Ryves Youth Center. Contact Name Jeremiah Vaughan Contact Phone 513-646-2554 APRIL 26, 2014 Earth Day Celebration 11AM - 3PM Saint Mary-of-the-Woods White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 Free will donation West Central Indiana’s largest and longestrunning Earth Day celebration continues on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Saint Mary-of-theWoods, near Terre Haute. The 16th annual celebration is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) and is hosted by White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Dozens of educational exhibits will be on display, food offered by local vendors, live music and children’s activities. Fun and educational for the entire family! Admission is free. There are free-will offering opportunities at entrance gates to help with the cost of the event. For more information, contact Robyn Morton at rmorton@spsmw.org or at 812-535-2932. The schedule and more information can be found at our website (www.WhiteViolet.org) as the event gets closer.

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APRIL 5-6, 2014 Pictures with the Easter Bunny Here Comes Peter Cottontail!! Deming Park Join us April 5th & 6th from 1-4pm at the Holiday House in Deming Park to have your childs picture taken with the Easter Bunny. The cost is $3 per picture and is something you will always treasure. Call the Torner Center for details: 812-2320147 APRIL 12, 2014 Easter Egg Hunt (ages 2-10) Deming Park Join us at Deming Park on April 12th for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! The Parks Department takes a lot of pride in this FREE event and it is always a crowd pleaser!! There will be activities beginning at 11 am. The egg hunt for 2-4 year olds will begin at 1:00 pm. The egg hunt for 5-10 year olds will begin at 1:30 pm. The egg hunt is divided into age categories, there will be prizes for all and several grand prizes to those lucky enough to find those special eggs! Call the Torner Center for details: 812-2320147

THEATER APRIL 28, 2014 Beauty and the Beast IISU Performing Arts Series Tilson Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Price Level 1 Adults: $17 Youth: $5 ISU Faculty/Staff: $13 ISU Students: Free with ID Price Level 2 Adults: $15 Youth: $5 ISU Faculty/Staff: $10 ISU Students: Free with ID Adventure. Romance. Ancient curses. This award-winning musical has it all! Be transported to a magical time long, long ago, as American Family Theater returns with the classic family favorite, Beauty and the Beast. All new songs, including “Imagine,” “The Wolf Dance” and “Start with One Small Step,” lead us on courageous Beauty’s journey, from her home to the Beast’s castle, where she tries to save her father and discovers the power of love can overcome even the beastliest of adversities. “[American Family Theater’s] shows burst with energy, song, and special effects… Their spirit is contagious.” — New York Times

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April 5, 2014 Lloyd Wood Show Boot City 7:00 pm Price: $11.00 The Lloyd Wood show- a perennial favorite of the Boot City Opry. Wood and his band never fail to present an exciting country western show with the greatest country music of all times. Additionally, Lloyd is an accomplished impersonator, mocking characters from Walter Brennen to Bugs Bunny. Woods is an extremely seasonal and personable entertainer that operated his own show in Nashville, Indiana for many years. The Wood Show will send you home humming and laughing. April 12, 2014 Ray Price Tribute Boot City 7:00 pm Price: $15 He was the country singer’s country singer. That was true whether Price was leaning hard into the hardest honky-tonk there is, as he did during the 1950s; or if he was gliding easily, then soaring madly, atop bejeweled countrypop ballads as he took to doing in the late 1960s and ’70s; or if he was swinging (always swinging) back and forth between those poles, often in the same number, as he did to perfection in halls big and small over the past 40 years. April 26, 2014 Lucky Old Sons Boot City 7:00 pm Price: $15 The Lucky Old Sons Bio The Lucky Old Sons is a four-piece band focused on the piano driven rock and country music of the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by the piano styles of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnnie Johnson, and Ray Charles, to name a few, the group also writes and records original music along the same lines. The band, which consists of members of stalwart St. Louis bands Phat noiZ and FolknBluesGrass, includes Matt Davis, piano/vocals; Frank Bauer, tenor saxophone; Corey Woodruff, drums; and Steve Bauer, electric mandolin/vocals.

CLASSES CLABBER GIRL IN THE KITCHEN Carribean Cuisine and Cocktails Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) Clabber Girl Terre Haute, IN

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Fun island food and drinks! Instructor: Chef Amanda Shook Jerk Chicken Tostones – Twice-cooked Plantains Steamed Whitefish in Banana leaves. APRIL 12, 2014 The Basics of Vegetable Fermentation 1PM - 3PM Clabber Girl, 900 Wabash Ave. $45 per person Like sauerkraut? Love kimchi? Do you long for old-fashioned sour cucumber pickles? If so, this workshop is for you! Vegetable ferments are easy and safe to make, help you preserve your garden harvests and pack a powerful nutritional punch to boot. Get hands-on opportunities and take home some of your own ferments to get started on your own bubbly journeys. Instructor: Candace Minster (garden manager and fiber projects coordinator for White Violet Center for Eco-Justice) CLABBER GIRL IN THE KITCHEN U.S. Regional Foods Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) Clabber Girl Terre Haute, IN Some of the best from around the country. Instructor: Chef Amanda Shook Menu to be announced APRIL 26, 2014 Terre Haute Crop for the Cure 5500 Wabash Ave Terre Haute, IN 47803 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technolgy $30 Day-long scrapbooking/paper crafting event. Pre-registration is required. Proceeds provide free mammograms. Information on the website. April 4, 2014 Winds of Change 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Swope Art Museum March 5, 2014 Explore changing times at the turn of the last century reflected in images from the Swope in conjunction with the Vigo County Library’s Big Read. Or enjoy the mellow sounds of the flute as you try treats from the hors d’oeuvre table or a nip from the cash bar. 6:30 pm Performance by the Indiana State University Flute Choir under the direction of Professor Joyce Wilson. 7:30 pm Presentation by Swope Executive Director Marianne Richter in conjunction with the Vigo County Library’s Big Read, The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington.

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LAST THOUGHT THE RIOT ACT

BAD WEATHER? TRAINS? BLAME SOMEBODY!

HEY KEVIN! WORDS: STACEY MUNCIE

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ere I sit on Fat Tuesday, feeling, well, fat. Yeah, I know this is the last big hurrah before the Lenten season begins—it’s not really about me and my stretchy pants. But every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday when you are trying unsuccessfully to shave off a few pounds. Wait, not literally shave off a few pounds . Sure, it’s been a long, dreary winter. And yeah, I could definitely use warmer temperatures, but I’m not depressed to the point of neglecting personal hygiene. Not yet anyway. I am, however , nearing the point of road tripping to Punxsutawney, snatching Mr. Phil by the scruff of his lit tle groundhog neck and kicking his furry behind from here t o next Christmas. Yes, it’s been a long wint er for everyone. But you know who it’s probably been the longest for? K evin O rpurt. P oor guy . F olks don’t even have to make a road trip t o harass Kevin. That’s what the interwebs are for, right? I don’t even know Kevin, but I can only imagine how his inbo x must overflow with each new Snowpocalyse. “Hey K evin…stop forecasting this bad weather! The kids ha ve missed so much school they’re going to have to invent a time machine and travel back to 1975 make up all these days. This is all your fault, Kevin. Every last flak e of it, you dirty , no good son of a ground rodent!” He probably wishes that lik e the groundhog, he could just crawl in a hole and hibernate until spring arrives and people st op griping about the winter weather. I bet you that if I did make a road trip to Punxsutawney, when I got there I’d find Kevin already there, pummeling Phil the groundhog in a scene not unlik e the one in A Christmas St ory, where Ralphie finally flips his lid and kicks the snot out of bully Scut Farkus. (Are you surprised t o learn that his name isn’t ‘Scott’? Me, too.) Kevin has one of those jobs for which I am woefully unequipped. Not because I’m not a

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meteorologist. I mean, gee do they even go to school or just ask the Magic 8 Ball what the weather is going to be tomorrow? I’m pretty sure that whenever they sa y there’s a “50% chance” of something what they really mean is that the 8 Ball said, “Ask again later.” No, it’s not because of all that high-t ech “forecasting” they do, but rather because if I had to be steeped in the weather rage of the masses all the time I would lose my mind. Likewise, I could never be ma yor for the very same reason. I think poor D uke Bennett probably spends 80% of his time list ening to people gripe. A good portion of those complaints are likely about things like the fact that the curb on some obscure side street is a lower priority for snow removal than an emergency route. You know why your street hasn’t been cleared the millisecond after the snow stops falling? Because D uke was get ting ready t o come out and shovel it, himself, by hand, but he couldn’t get off the phone with all the gripers. Even when the weather is good, these guys get no rest . Kevin can’t even walk down the street without hearing “Hey Kevin, what’s the weather gonna be like?” or “Hey Kevin, when’s this rain/snow /heat/cold/drought going t o end?” Every time a train st ops for more than 5 minutes in this t own, I’m sure D uke hears about it. What do you want him t o do, go out there and push it out of the way? (He might, if he can manage to get off the phone and free up his hands. Somebody get the ma yor a Bluetooth headset—he’s got a train to move!) These guys won’t complet ely escape the griping as long as they are in their respective jobs. But hopefully, by the time this is printed, March will be going out like a lamb and at least all this polar vortex stuff will be a thing of the past. If not…Hey K evin, wanna road trip t o Punxsutawney?

Stacey Muncie is a freelance writer, humorist, proud Hautean and all-around word nerd. Her light-hearted rants about topics ranging from peevish to "Daang!" Stacey Muncie can be reached at stacey.muncie@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/StaceyMuncieWrites or Twitter @StaceyMuncie.

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Even s Events Earth Day

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11-13 Seven Last Words of Christ Retreat 7 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday (EDT), Owens Hall. This quiet, meditative retreat uses both music and modern art to explore the content of Jesus’ MBTUIPVSTCFGPSFUIF$SVDJÙYJPO'FFDPNNVUFS EPVCMF QSJWBUF Register prior to April 2 at 812-535-2952 or provctr@spsmw.org.

12 The Basics of Vegetable Fermentation 1–3 p.m. (EDT) at Clabber Girl Kitchen (Ninth St. and Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, Ind.). -JLFTBVFSLSBVU %PZPVMPOHGPSPMEGBTIJPOFETPVSDVDVN CFSQJDLMFT 7FHFUBCMFGFSNFOUTBSFFBTZBOETBGFUPNBLF IFMQ ZPVQSFTFSWFZPVSHBSEFOIBSWFTUTBOEQBDLBQPXFSGVMOVUSJUJPOBM QVODIUPCPPU(FUIBOETPOPQQPSUVOJUJFTBOEUBLFIPNFTPNFPG ZPVSPXOGFSNFOUT*OTUSVDUPS$BOEBDF.JOTUFS Register by April 4 at 812-535-2932 or rmorton@spsmw.org.

18 Way of the Cross for Justice 10 a.m. (EDT), Owens Hall. 5IF(PPE'SJEBZ8BZPGUIF$SPTTGPS+VTUJDFJTBNPEFSOEBZ 4UBUJPOTPGUIF$SPTTXIJDIVOJUFTUIF$ISJTUJBOQBTTJPOTUPSZXJUI UIFKVTUJDFTUSVHHMFTPGPVSEBZ Free-will offering to support justice efforts in the Wabash Valley. 20 Easter Brunch 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (EDT), O’Shaughnessy Dining Room. After the egg hunts are over and the treat baskets IBWFCFFOPQFOFE KPJOVTGPS&BTUFS#SVODIBU4BJOU.BSZPGUIF 8PPET8FmMMGFBUVSFBMMUJNFGBWPSJUFTMJLFUIFPNFMFUCBS GSFTI TBMBETBOETJEFEJTIFTBOEIPNFNBEFEFTTFSUT#SVODIDPTU BEVMUT DIJMESFO TFOJPSBOENJMJUBSZ Prices include beverages and desserts.

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