These days, everyone’s an expert on the best and the brightest. But can you distinguish the enthusiasm from the hype? Readers of this magazine can, and each year for 13 years, you’ve shared your opinions on the best places to eat, the coolest places to drink, the most stylish places to shop, and the most interesting people to know. We, the editors of Evansville Living, also share a few of our go-to spots — after all, we live and breathe Evansville all year long, too. Here in the spotlight, we present the Best of Evansville.
January / February 2013
Make crafty use of magazines that continue to line your shelves by recycling bright colored pages and a frame that may need some sprucing up. The final product promises to be colorful and one-of-a-kind, especially if you use pages from an Evansville Living issue, which we did in our magazine reed version.
In our last issue, we asked readers to share their favorite pictures with us on the social networking site Instagram. We received more than 100 submissions. Here we present our favorites. The next Evansville Living photo contest will feature food. Selected images will appear in our March/April issue also including the annual Flavors Dining and Menu Guide. To enter, tag your favorite food pictures with @evansvilleliving and use the hashtag #ELfoodphoto. We will accept submissions until February 15, 2013
I absolutely love making gourmet food simpler for the everyday cook. A dessert that has long been in my repertoire, but is usually daunting to most, is crème brûlée. The aesthetics are fantastic, and the texture simply decadent. For those unfamiliar with the dish, crème brûlée is custard with a caramelized sugar crust. The flavor combination possibilities are numerous, making this dish one of my favorites to experiment with. And of course I have no shortage of guinea pigs this time of year!
It was a cool November morning when the first piece of ground was pierced on a lot in Deer Valley subdivision. It is just another hole that will widen as the weeks go by, until eventually the foundation can be poured, the base flooring can be laid, and the drywall installed. Once the finishing touches are completed and the grass has grown back, the three-bedroom home will appear similar to other homes in the new Owensboro, Ky., neighborhood.
Lately, I have been worrying about getting older. I watched a documentary on television this summer about the Beach Boys and the making of their album “Smile,” but it was mostly about the tortured mind of lead singer and songwriter Brian Wilson. Except for a few scattered dates, he had not played with the Beach Boys in decades because of his issues and strained relations with his bandmates. Danny Hutton, singer for the group Three Dog Night, appeared often in the documentary.
Are you curious about reflexology, but not sure what to expect or what it really is? Perhaps you’re intrigued by reflexology foot, hand, and head maps — diagrams that correlate pressure points with internal organs. I was and recently sought a 60-minute treatment by certified reflexologist Kay Hummel at Bodyworks Massage Institute.
There are a select few experts in the world who can walk into a room, flip up the corner of a rug, and say more than “It’s old, woolen, black, and from India.” With more than three decades in the rug business, Evansville native Terry Lewis has become a trusted authority in the trade.
Like a scene from “Portlandia,” Audubon Apartment dwellers Jessica and Vincent Pinnick embody the urban attitude of the popular sketch comedy set in quirky Portland, Ore. In fact, the couple’s television was tuned to the Peabody-award winning IFC show when I arrived to talk with them about their choice to live in Downtown Evansville, in one of the city’s most recently renovated historic apartment buildings.
You’re engaged and planning your wedding — what a wonderful time in your lives! Most couples want to incorporate traditions and classic themes to their event while creating personal touches that make the wedding truly theirs. For better or best, three local couples married this year share their wedding tales.
As a daughter in the three-girl, one-boy lineup of children my parents have raised to adulthood, being economical is something that has been instilled in me since my childhood.
I would like to tell you the story behind this picture. My son, U.S. Navy petty officer third class Kyle Bergman from Wadesville, Ind., is stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. He wanted to find the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend, Mallorie. She planned to visit Kyle in Japan so he asked her to bring a copy of Evansville Living so they could take a picture for your Snapshot section.
Picture a Fido dressed in a miniature tux trotting down the aisle as the ring bearer — the image is nothing short of adorable. There are a few things to keep in mind before making this a reality. Here are some tips for pet parents to consider when including a furry friend in their wedding.
When The Pub opened its doors at 1348 Division St. on the Ides of March in 1978, it quickly became a hotspot for hungry Evansvillians. Night after night, these lively patrons packed the restaurant and filled the air with a happy buzz of activity. More than 40 years later, after watching the Lloyd Expressway grow around it, The Pub still offers its comfortable, neighborly dedication to serving up good food.
Even on a misty day, when the fog hangs from the trees, charm clings to New Harmony, Ind. Sara Brown knows this. It’s why she makes the drive to this tiny, Posey County town every day — not only as a merchant, but as a friend and neighbor, too. “I have always been in love with the town,” says the 56-year-old owner of Sara’s Harmony Way. “I find it extremely spiritual. It’s always brought me a sense of peace. And I think it affects a lot of people like that.”
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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2013, the 13th year of publishing Evansville Living, and the 13th Best of Evansville issue.
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Salad World (601 E. Boonville New Harmony Road) has opened a North Side location. The fourth Salad World installation, this lunch favorite serves soups, appetizers, wraps, grilled pitas, sandwiches, and full entrees. Nibbles:
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Musical talent is alive and ringing this season at the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Aiming to promote, encourage, and nurture young Tri-State musical talent, the Musicians Club of Evansville and Margaret B. & Leo Heim Memorial Scholarship Fund sponsor a solo competition for eligible students in grades six through 12. Limited to a 100-mile radius of Evansville, the Jan. 27 performance takes place at the Victory Theatre Downtown.
In the early 1940s, Reggio Emilia, Italy, was a town devastated by World War II. Working to rebuild their community, the people of Reggio Emilia wanted a quick and communal way to teach their children. Teacher and psychologist Loris Malaguzzi began to implement a method based on individual respect and responsibility. The goal was to create a society where democracy was permanent and community was constant, encouraging children to work together and value individual perspective. This approach caught on, and in the early 1990s, schools in the United States began adopting the model.
In one of its largest fundraisers of the year, Holy Rosary Catholic Church is hosting its 21st Annual Holy Rosary Gala on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Market Street. Each year, this ticketed gala is held to raise funds for Holy Rosary Catholic School, the parish school of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The school is dedicated to providing its students a sound foundation of the Catholic faith, while instilling a deep sense of knowledge and education.
At 35 years old, Julie Stucki already has endured four open-heart surgeries. Born with a congenital heart defect, Stucki, an Evansville native, co-founded the Evansville chapter of Mended Little Hearts, an organization that supports, educates, and encourages families with children who have congenital heart defects. “While my parents were immensely supportive, I didn’t grow up having someone who knew exactly what I was going through,” Stucki says.
This short story was selected from a forthcoming book that was written by George Honig, an Indiana author and artist who died in 1962 before he could publish the work. A native of Rockport, Ind., Honig is best known as the sculptor of the large figures displayed on the entrance to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Market Street. He began writing the book, titled Abraham Lincoln, Pioneer Child, in 1910, about his hometown’s most prized citizen, 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln.
As a capstone to his 38 years as director for the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, John Streetman retires with groundbreaking improvements and opportunities for accelerated programs and exhibitions for the museum.
Late February and early March is the time to prepare for the coming spring. When temperatures begin to rise and the days begin to lengthen, it is a sign to rid your garden of any collected debris. Here are a few ways to prepare the outdoors for the approaching season. Irrigation Maintenance
A cappella — no instruments, no software, just voices — is growing in popularity. Italian for “in the style of the chapel,” a cappella singing groups have been gradually raising their voices and garnering attention for the last 10 to 15 years. Groups like Straight No Chaser (founded at Indiana University in 1996) have won the hearts of millions of YouTube fans and live audiences across the country. The popular TV show “Glee” often presents high-energy singers who frequently perform show-stopping numbers in a cappella.
"Red rock fever” is how visitors of Sedona, Ariz., describe their attitude toward returning to this high desert town, which has an elevation of 4,423 feet, a population of 10,000, and lies just two hours north of Phoenix. The inference is that a return visit to the spectacular red rock formations surrounding the community is the only remedy. In my case, an annual journey back for 12 straight years hasn’t cured me yet.
As is the story for many, Maggie Rapp has a gift evident to her and others since she was very young. Often, the deciding factor lies in whether or not those with talent seek to keep their passion as a hobby or to follow it with full-force. Rapp, the gallery director for the Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery in New Harmony, Ind., chose the latter.
Lassoing local artists to the Art Collective at Jennings Station in Newburgh, Ind., Donna Roberts created an environment both kind and welcoming to artist and art patron alike. With its grand opening in early December 2012, Roberts plans to bring together artists on a regular basis to exhibit and sell their work.
From Kelly Clarkson to David Bowie, Blame the Radio’s repertoire is a mix of everything — minus anything too heavy, says Matt Camp, who plays rhythm and lead guitar in the local cover band. Joined by Bruce Patten on guitar, Nick Wildeman on bass, Elvis Anthony as vocalist, and drummer Gregg Martin, the group is made up of several Evansville locals with prior projects under their belts. “If it’s more work than fun, then you’re not doing it right,” says Camp. “The way we have it now, we play music with who we like for people we like.”
Evansville’s Amy Musia may be one of the most prolific artists in the United States. Producing art in the widest spectrum of media, she says it is her personal approach to her craft that requires diversity. “I believe selecting the correct medium, whether metal, wood, watercolor, or whatever, is important to the essence of the piece to keep it ‘living’ once it is complete,” she says. “Also, when I do not restrict myself to one medium, there are no limitations to what I can create.”
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Some think of Champagne and sparkling wine as just the stuff of celebrations. But practice makes perfect, after all. If the bubbly you had on Dec. 31 didn’t quite make the cut, we have four suggestions for you. Each of these bottles can be purchased here in Evansville for prices ranging from about $15 to roughly $40. The key thing to know is that while all Champagne is bubbly wine, not all bubbly wine can call itself Champagne.
There she is, holding a glass of champagne. It’s 1962 in Venice, Italy, and Victorine Reubeuze is wearing one very large, very conspicuous, smile. She’s wearing a dress, too, on what appears to have been a celebratory evening as part of an organized tour. But it’s the smile that sticks with me. Dresses fade out of style, you know. Smiles never do.
With less than a month to go until the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in New Orleans, we know you're already making plans. And for those who are hosting parties, here's an original idea that pays homage to Indiana's past. Even better? It's a pizza with an Indianapolis Colts theme. Onion Pie Pizza is a modern take on Onion Pie, a traditional dish brought to Indiana by its Eastern European immigrants. Onion Pie was typically served as a side dish with dinner. In this recipe, the Onion Pie of lore becomes an Onion Pie Pizza -- perfect for an accompanying Samuel Adams brew.