January/February 2023

Evansville Living

Color Wheel

Recycled glass and ash from Mount St. Helens bowl, Nance Galleries, $65. Plush lipstick in Upbeat, Merle Norman, $25. Trimdin hand-knitted headscarf, Rare Bird Uncommon Gifts, $31.50. Limited edition dark chocolate cherry sweet soap, The Confectionery, $7. Orchid Escape Exhibit,


Learn Something New!

Learn to Paint A gift of lessons has unlocked a hidden talent for Phyllis Bussing By Jodi Keen Sometimes, learning something new happens by chance. When Phyllis Bussing retired in 2008 as director of schools for the Catholic Diocese of

Editor's Letter

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start. Making New Year’s resolutions can feel daunting, intense. Merely trying something new takes the pressure off. As we were putting together the feature story for this first

Good Living

A Car Named ‘Savannah’

Brad Bryd believes cars are an often-overlooked part of U.S. history. Well-known as the longtime weeknight anchor at WEHT-TV’s Eyewitness News, Byrd also is interested in history and historic cars. In 2004, Byrd and his wife, T.J., bought a Sequoia

Getting to the Roots

Less than six months after opening in a former whiskey warehouse in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Roots 101 African American Museum was voted one of the nation’s 10 best new attractions of 2021 by USA Today readers. More than 10,000

From Caveman to College

When McManus Woodend sent his resume to a casting director for Geico, he proclaimed himself a “Rain Man” of filmmaking. Get him into a conversation about film, TV, or storytelling in general, and he proves the description to be quite

Here We Snow

Snow or not, you can enjoy a winter wonderland in Evansville. Each weekend through February, the Downtown lot known as NoCo Park transforms into a quaint ski lodge complete with a cozy chalet, colorful gondolas, and heated “igloos.” You’d be


No Passport Required

Five years have passed since Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through Puerto Rico in September 2017. Since that pair of devastating events, the U.S. territory has made significant strides toward putting the deadly Category 4 storm in the rear-view mirror.

Home and Style

Vintage Joy

Sara Rhoades is well-versed in art. Among her creative endeavors — she owns East Side boutique The Confectionery and a jewelry-making business, S.K. Rhoades, and is a University of Evansville adjunct professor of metals and jewelry — Rhoades also collects


‘More than a Drum Line’

An Evansville nonprofit has been making a booming — pardon the pun — impression on youth for 20 years, and it shows no signs of losing steam. Boom Squad was launched in January 2003 by parents who wanted to give

Visual Journey

Andy Herbertz always has been a creative type, and he believes Evansville’s arts community has nurtured his creativity. “I always enjoyed art. It was encouraged throughout my childhood,” Herbertz says. “I’ve made relationships through art since I’ve been here.” The

Food & Drink

Simply Delicious

Pam Heironimus has made chocolate bread pudding for years, and she’s found a way to make an already delicious dessert more decadent: amaretto liqueur. “I’ve made bread pudding for 30 years, but this took it to another level,” she says.

The Hard Truth

Founded in 2015, Hard Truth Distilling sits on a 325-acre wooded area in Nashville, Indiana, recognized as a tourist destination known for its natural beauty. Within the broad appeal of Brown County, Hard Truth has evolved – quickly – into

Final Detail

Roberts stadium

Raising and Razing Roberts Stadium

“Sunday night television’s ratings in Evansville must have dipped to an all-time low last night as more than 8,500 persons — either curious, skeptical, impatient, or fun-loving — turned out to overflow Evansville’s beautiful new Municipal Stadium for its inaugural

The Wedding Book

Austin & Julia

When high school sweethearts Austin and Julia Dewig were married on June 4, 2022, they invited “just about the entire town of Haubstadt,” Julia says. The couple met through mutual friends while attending Gibson Southern High School and dated more

Tyler & Rachael

It was a sunny, 45-degree day in February 2022 when Rachael and Tyler Blocker were married in an intimate, backyard wedding. Rachael’s grandfather walked her out of her childhood home and down to a dock on their farm, where her

Zachary & Emma

The stars aligned on Oct. 1, 2022, for Zachary and Emma Risher’s celestial-themed wedding. Mount Vernon, Indiana, native Zach originally wanted to propose under the stars on the beach at Cape Canaveral, Florida, but inclement weather had other plans. Instead,

Kalisha & Pratish

Kalisha Singh and Pratish Maharjan both were born in Nepal, and it was important to them that they incorporate Nepali details into their Hindu wedding. Because the bride’s parents live in Evansville, family and friends traveled from around the world

Alex & Danielle

Danielle and Alex Mitchell are high school rivals turned sweethearts. Both are native West Siders, but Danielle attended Mater Dei High School, while Alex studied at F.J. Reitz High School. There already is strong debate about where any children the

Jadrien & McKenna

After dating for seven years, high school sweethearts Jadrien and McKenna Higginson were married outdoors on a sunny day surrounded by an autumn glow. The two attended Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana, and ran track. Jadrien chose the date

Healthy Living

Be The Beat during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and this year the American Heart Association’s theme is “Be The Beat” to encourage the public to know how to perform hands-only CPR. Tim Harms, the senior director of communications for the American Heart Association

Home Feature

Karen Timberlake's home

Hidden History

Historic homes are a crucial part of a community’s cultural inheritance. They showcase times that came before and offer glimpses into the lifestyles, traditions, and idiosyncrasies of the past. Karen Timberlake’s home on S.E. First Street — a 9,800-square-foot Old

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Flavor Shaper

Bryan Smith prepared for his role as Hard Truth Distilling Co. master distiller and co-partner by sitting on a kitchen counter in Evansville, Indiana, taste testing for his grandma, Ponselle Smith. “I was her little buddy,” Smith says. “I was