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February / March 2021


Making Waves

Commercial radio was the bee’s knees across the world in the 1920s. Roughly 60 percent of families in the U.S. owned radios by the mid-1930s. In Evansville, the decade would spark an 80-year journey to the major media companies that offer the Tri-State’s favorite music and morning shows today. But Evansville’s radio story is more than a timeline of dates and call letters — it’s an industry founded in community that has reached beyond the surface level limitations of a smaller market.

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M is for Manufacturing

Manufacturing is one of Evansville’s largest industries. Employing thousands of people across the city and the Tri-State, manufacturing has found a home here largely due to it’s proximity to major freight outlets, making it easier to ship throughout the country. Many well-known global and regional industries have come to Evansville, looking to take advantage of it’s prime location.

City Talk

Evansville is a city with Midwestern roots and hints of Southern charm. While most residents don’t carry a distinct accent, Evansvillians do have their own unique way of pronouncing some of the city’s most well-known roads and landmarks, especially those with Evansville’s signature German influence. Goebel Drive

Not-so-Happy Hour

Indiana is well-known for its strict alcohol laws, but did you know that it’s actually illegal for Hoosiers to enjoy an official “Happy Hour.” While legislative efforts to overturn this law failed in 2016, not all hope is lost. Brunch goers, party animals, and after-work drinkers alike can still enjoy these all-day drink specials and signature cocktails from their favorite local spots.

Trails for All

Evansville is a city full of hiking, biking, walking, and running trails, both inside and outside city limits. In recent years, the focus when creating and upgrading these paths has been making them accessible for all residents. The Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage is a 6.75-mile path made up of 10 distinct corridors and landmarks which meet ADA guidelines for handicap accessibility.

Passover Seder

Passover begins this Saturday, and we want to wish everyone in the Jewish Community a happy holiday! Celebrating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, Passover Seder is a tradition filled with storytelling, community, and, of course, food. As part of the holiday, each special plate holds at least five different designated spaces for symbolic foods that represent part of the story.

Mister Mayor

Founded in 1812, Evansville has a long history of accomplished leaders, including our elected mayors. Counting Mayor Lloyd Winnecke who has served since 2012, Evansville has had 36 mayors in total. In this picture from the University of Southern Indiana’s David L. Rice Digital Library taken in 1946, seven of the city’s most prominent former mayors are seen together in a rare, historic moment.

Headed South

As we begin to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and look toward traveling once again, it’s a perfect time to revisit one of our past travel spots celebrating its 175-year anniversary.

L is for Lloyd

In a way, you can’t think of Evansville and not think of the Lloyd Expressway, the major throughway that connects the East and West Sides. For almost 30 years, Evansville officials worked on what is now the city’s most trafficked and talked about road. The Lloyd Expressway may have a complicated history, but its presence allows Evansvillians from all sides of the city to travel the Tri-State safely.

Coming Into Her Own

One of Evansville’s own has been tapped to serve as head of the state’s elections and the third-highest ranking official in the Indiana state government. Holli Sullivan, a State Representative for House District 78 (which represent parts of northern and eastern Evansville as well as Newburgh) was named by Gov. Eric Holcomb to become Indiana’s 62nd Secretary of State on March 16. She will take over for the retiring Connie Lawson, who has served as secretary of state since 2012.

Community Commodity

An iconic food staple of Evansville’s West Side, Grippo’s barbecue chips are a famous commodity in the city despite being manufactured in Cincinnati. What you may not know is Grippo’s sells a variety of food items other than the traditional barbecue chip. We found six Grippo’s products that aren’t their signature chip, but still have the taste of home.

Stadium Standoff

It’s that lovely time of year — that’s right, March Madness is back! For the 2021 season, six famous arenas in Indiana are hosting the historic NCAA basketball tournament. While you may know the teams and already have your winning bracket filled out, how much do you know about the locations hosting these games?

View on High

Live in the Evansville area long and you’ll quickly find the River City offers some spectacular beauty shots from many points in the city. These views are often captured and shared through various and interesting photography methods. But finding ways to share the scenery of Evansville is not something new to residents.

View on High

Live in the Evansville area long and you’ll quickly find the River City offers some spectacular beauty shots from many points in the city. These views are often captured and shared through various and interesting photography methods. But finding ways to share the scenery of Evansville is not something new to residents.

Singing Something Beautiful

As a sophomore in high school, Ernie Haase fell in love with the music of renowned southern gospel singers Bill and Gloria Gaither. More than 30 years later, his longtime dream of paying tribute to their time-honored songs came true in 2020 with the release of his Grammy-nominated album “Something Beautiful.” “In every genre of music, there are those song writing teams that just transcend the artform, whether that’s Lennon-McCartney or Rogers and Hammerstein. In gospel, it’s the Gaithers,” says Haase.

Downtown Farewell

Like many Evansville residents who work and live in Downtown, we were saddened by the news that long-time eatery Emge’s Deli and Ice Cream would be leaving their location after 45 years.

Springing Ahead

Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been observed in all parts of Indiana since 2006 when the state government passed a law in 2005, bringing all cities and counties under DST. But what is this spring and fall switching truly about? Many of us who grew up in the Midwest recognize the significance of this time change in regard to the farmlands around us. Farmers use the extra daylight to their advantage when planting, tending, and harvesting their crops during the warmer months. In truth, Daylight Saving stems from a want to conserve energy.

Luck of the Irish

Looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? You may not need to look any farther than Goldman’s Pawn Shop in Downtown Evansville. In celebration of the St. Patrick’s holiday on March 17, a special pot of gold display has been set up outside the shop, encouraging Downtown visitors to take a shot with the treasure.

K is for Kentucky

The city of Evansville enjoys a close and longstanding relationship with its cross-river neighbor, Kentucky. With many Kentucky residents traveling over the Ohio River to work in Evansville and vice-versa, the city has developed a symbiotic relationship with the Bluegrass State, especially the city of Henderson. To celebrate Evansville’s long history with the Commonwealth, we gathered five fun facts about Kentucky and Henderson!

Piece of the Pi

3.14159265358979323 — okay, we’ll stop there. If this number looks familiar to you, it’s because it’s one of the most famous numbers in the math world. Known as a mathematical constant, Pi essentially continues on forever but is most recognized by its first three digits 3.14. Every year on March 14 (3.14), the world comes together to celebrate Pi with a delicious play on words. This year be sure to get a slice of the fun at these local spots.

One Year Later

On March 11, 2020, I was sitting on the tan carpet of my grandmother’s living room in southern Missouri when my phone buzzed. It was spring break for the University of Evansville, so the email from President Chris Pietruszkiewicz came as an unalarming surprise. It was mere seconds later, as I was still reading the first few lines of the email, that my phone buzzed again. This time with messages from my friends and roommates — UE would close its campus for two weeks due to the impending threat of COVID-19.

Top Deck

If you’re from Evansville, you’ve probably heard of this little-known card game called Clabber. Known to many locally as Evansville Clabber, this four-player, trick-taking card game is a member of the Jack-Nine family card games that are popular in Europe. In these types of card games, the jack and nine of the trump suits are the highest-ranking trumps, and the tens and aces of all suits are the next most valuable cards.

Week of Stroms

This week is Evansville’s first-ever Stromboli Week, featuring nine participating restaurants offering their take on this classic Italian dish. Traditional strombolis are similar to calzones with meats, chesses, and special seasonings wrapped in pizza dough, but Evansville strombolis are anything but traditional.

You’ll Want It All To Be True

At first, you think the author Michael Martone is 100 percent serious in this faux biography about Art Smith, an early Fort Wayne, Indiana, aviator who invented skywriting. Art Smith (think of a wordsmith with a plane) performs his skywriting stunts, flying for, over, and sometimes through major historic moments of the 20th century.

J is for Jam

Rock out, Evansville! Scores of musical groups reside in the Tri-State performing all sorts of genres, from R&B to doo-wop. They’ve got the tunes that are sure to strike a chord, so turn your ears to these local bands and march to the beat of their drums!

Celebrity Connections

You might live under a rock if you’ve never heard of legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams. Despite his untimely death by suicide in 2014, the Chicago native has remained a household name across the country — including in Evansville where many fans may be unaware of his ties to the River City. In Oak Hill Cemetery alongside many prominent Evansville citizens, Robert R. Williams, Robin’s grandfather, is buried on the family lot.

Seeing Double

Have you seen two giraffes in the African Rifts at Mesker Park Zoo? Don’t worry, it’s not an optical allusion — the zoo and botanic garden announced the newest member of their family, Kijana the reticulated giraffe, on Feb. 26.

Champions of the Court

It’s nothing but net in Evansville this week as the Ohio Valley Conference 2021 men’s and women’s Basketball Championships tipoff!

Smooth Moves

It’s smooth sailing when ordering and enjoying healthy, tasty items from the menu at Tropical Smoothie Café. Located at 2101 N. Green River Road, the shop is blending these three fresh smoothies we had to try.

Relevé to the Top

When Olivia Taylor first started dancing when she was 2 years old, it was just one hour a week. As her passion for the art grew, however, she kept adding more and more. Now she trains six to seven days a week — and that training has paid off.

The Fight for Equality

They year of 1920 was monumental for women’s rights. Passed by Congress in 1919 and adopted in 1920 after state ratification, the 19th Amendment took the unprecedented step of granting women the right to vote. In this photo from the Willard Library Digital Archives, Evansville women wait in line to vote in the 1920 election, the first time women were federally allowed to cast their ballot in an election cycle.

I is for Inventive

With more than 200 years of history, Evansville has changed dramatically throughout the centuries, thriving on new ideas that have shaped the world. We’ve tracked down four innovative products spawned by Evansville creators. These items range from commercial to residential products that can be found all over the world.

Prima Pasta!

Mama Mia! We love Italian food and we know you do too. Fresh salads, homemade sauces poured over noodles, and buttery bread — covering all the classics, we’ve served-up a five-course list of Italian restaurants in Evansville.

Selling the Exceptional

If you are a peruser of Evansville’s home listings, you may have noticed one of Evansville’s most extraordinary homes is up for sale. The sleek West Side home of Andy and Judy Davidson on Summertime Lane is 6,419 square feet of a simple concept that is modernized in style and function.

Voices on the Speaker

In the February/March issue of Evansville Business, we dived into the history, business, and key factors of radio’s success in the Tri-State. From Midwest Communications on the West Side to Townsquare towering over Downtown in the Fifth Third building, radio stations and hosts in Evansville are well-known. But even if you hear their voice through your speaker every morning or like their posts on social media, you may not know all there is to know about our local DJs.

Bank of Grandeur

A grand building resembling a Greek temple once stood on the edge of Main Street and Riverside Drive. A symbol of security and power, the Old State Bank of Indiana constructed the branch at 20 Main St. in 1834. One year later, the building traded hands to the Old State National Bank (of Evansville) pictured in this photograph from the Willard Library digital archives in 1910. The building’s façade was renovated in 1855 to increase Greek theme with the four Ionian columns, seen in the photograph.

Fish Fridays

The season of Lent is upon us and Fridays are the perfect day to grab fish for dinner. But you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy a delicious plate. Many local restaurants are serving up tasty eats from the sea, so we’ve rounded up some of the best fish platters in Evansville that would bring a smile to any pescatarian’s face.

Tapping In

It’s almost spring in the Tri-State and that means it’s time for the 43rd annual Wesselman Woods Maple Sugarbush Festival. Staff members and volunteers from Wesselman will show participants the process of tapping sugar maples from the first drop of sap to the final boil of maple syrup.

Only A Bill

Each year, the Indiana General Assembly meets in session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to decide on new laws for Indiana. These range from taxes to voting to school funding. Much of the bills making their way through the state legislature are matters concerning technicalities, but there are still many interesting and unique bills being voted on. Here is our list of the six most entertaining, quirky bills in this year’s legislative session.

Last Chance

February is the month of love, chocolate, and strawberries — and while Valentine’s Day has come and gone, there’s still time to spread the love with a Café Latte Alla Fragola from White Swan Coffee Lab. The Café Latte Alla Fragola is a special strawberry latte that balances strawberries with espresso, Ghirardelli chocolate, and steamed milk for a perfect drink to remind you of chocolate covered strawberries.

Love Local

From Newburgh to the West Side, the Tri-State has lots of gift shops and knick knack stores to choose from. This week, the staff of Evansville Living revealed some of their favorite retail locations to browse for fun or find gifts for everyone year-round.

H is for Headquarters

The third largest city in Indiana, Evansville is still underestimated by many. Although it houses the benefits of a small-town community, its many industries compete in larger markets on a national level. In fact, the River City is home to the headquarters of several major regional and international businesses.

Growing, Growing, Growing!

In our Jan. 26 Insider newsletter, we shared some local development projects going on in and around Evansville. It did not come as a surprise that as soon as we posted the story, we knew we would have to share even more of the developments happening around the city. Here are four more projects we wanted to share!

Making a Splash

In the May/June 2019 issue of Evansville Living, we met Mikaela Jenkins, an F.J. Reitz High School sophomore with an international swimming championship under her belt despite the amputation of her lower-left leg due to illness as a child. Two years later, the now senior has made another major milestone in her journey to gold.

The Fight for Equality

Originally started as Negro History Week by historian Carter G. Woodson in the 1920s, Black History Month has been nationally recognized by the U.S. government since 1976. While the month of February denotes a specific time of remembrance, Black history has no dates or limitations. Throughout the country, including Evansville, prominent Black citizens from activists to teachers helped — and continue to help — shape the future of the country. One such moment was Feb. 21, 1977, when politician, Civil Rights leader, and Baptist minister Jesse Jackson visited Evansville.

Home Cooking

The winter storm and COVID-19 has many Evansville residents cooped up at home and while many restaurants have closed throughout the week, you can still enjoy a delicious meal at home! Not sure what to make? We’ve got you covered! Take a look at these favorite recipes from the winter section of the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener’s Association cook book, “Harvest: 30 Years of Growing and Cooking.”