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July / August 2012

Evansville Living

It’s A Zoo Out There

This summer celebrates the 61st birthday of Donna, who, when she was four, came to Evansville from Memphis. In her startling old age, she has survived her mate, Kley, by 30 years, outlived all of her eight children, and still

Retro Relaxing

Sitting on a bluff overlooking the river, Mike and Rachel Martin’s aluminum refuge is one of their favorite getaways — even if it’s just parked on their four-acre riverfront lot in Henderson, Ky. Although the couple currently lives in Downtown

Focused On The Family

Married 38 years, there is not much Norm and Vivian Miller do not agree on. Nowhere is this more evident than when they talk of the motivation to build their new house, the third home they have constructed on the

Hometown to Hollywood

Although this isn’t the first appearance Jill Wilderman has made in Evansville Living (“Hollywood Lights,” November/December 2007 and “Teen Spirit,” July/August 2010), we’ve uncovered more topics to discuss with the Posey County native and twice Emmy-nominated producer of courtroom series

Circle City Anchor

Urban churches in the 19th and early 20th centuries had few rivals in design, materials, and decoration. Carved wood and stone, stained glass, gilding, and stenciling testified to the importance society placed on houses of worship. In the current century,

History Lesson

Nothing is really ended until it is forgotten. These words were particularly fitting at the grave marking for Maj. Gen. Samuel Hopkins in Henderson, Ky. For nearly 60 years, his final resting place and legacy were nearly forgotten. “Did you

Shoes and Wine

During the two-plus hour bus ride from Evansville to Shepherdsville, Ky., tour guide Pam Reimann delighted us passengers with a few interesting — arguably useless, but incredibly entertaining — facts about shoes. The day ahead was soon to be filled

A Dog’s Chance

When Robin Aldrich’s boxer developed cancer at age five, veterinarians recommended leg amputation and chemotherapy, and still predicted a life expectancy of only one year. The news shattered Aldrich, an Evansville native, but she was determined to find other medical

Retractable Awnings

Escaping the summer heat doesn’t have to mean staying inside. Ideal for an outdoor patio, retractable awnings provide the perfect amount of shade for a more enjoyable social gathering in the great outdoors. This SunSetter Motorized Retractable Awning has been

DIY Burning Bowl

As the season for outdoor activities settles in, it’s time to start thinking up ways to make outdoor living spaces more comfortable. Adding a touch of style, a fiery glow, and crackling acoustics, a concrete burning bowl is the perfect

Not Another Health Fad

Grocery stores dedicate aisles to it. Restaurants include options in their menus. Health and fitness magazines advise to give it up. Chances are, you have friends who are avoiding it.  Gluten — or going gluten-free — is the hot health

Milk for Baby

For two years, The Women’s Hospital in Newburgh, Ind., has offered an innovative donor breast milk program for premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Working with the program as a visiting research scholar with the Indiana University School

Jaw Breaker

TMJ is a disorder in the temporomandibular joint, one of the most complex joints in the body that controls forward, backward, rotational, and side-to-side motions of the jaw. With so much to account for, range-of-motion complications related to this joint

Face Up to It

The first time I donated blood, I passed out. I was 18, barely weighing the 110 pounds necessary to donate. I survived the actual blood draw. It was afterwards that did me in. The nurse with the Red Cross removed

A Healthy Mind

Anxiety disorders now are the most prevalent psychological condition in children and adults in the United States. It is a startling statistic. Many of those who suffer from severe anxiety have more resources and safeguards than any other generation, but

Bug Off

You won’t find two stronger proponents of good, old-fashioned hand hygiene than Donna Neufelder and Mellodee Montgomery. Neufelder, executive director of quality management at St. Mary’s Health System, could tell you some toe-curling stories about what the human hand touches

Beating The Odds

Mitigating health risk is difficult in a world full of trapdoors and sharp edges (think germs, genes, and unhealthy decisions), but it’s not impractical to keep yourself healthy. There are pre-emptive screenings for people at risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease,

We All Scream for Ice Cream

From gardening to grilling out to lounging poolside, summertime is filled with outdoor activities most of us will never grow out of. As a kid, one of my favorite activities on a hot summer day was making homemade ice cream.

Feel The Breeze

Since opening in the summer of 2011, the Bokeh Lounge in Downtown’s Arts District has served cocktail concoctions sans hard liquor. But its owners, Mike Millard and Dustin Barrows, are no rookies at creating unique mixes with high alcohol content.

Culinary Solutions

Need a way to fit healthy meals into crazy, clockwork lives? Don’t have time to cook for yourself or your family? Culinary Solutions offers on-the-go everyday-ers easy and healthy ways to fulfill their needs. We tried skinny chicken enchiladas served

Summer Breeze

Enjoy dining al fresco? There are plenty of local eateries ready to serve on a terrace, deck, or patio. Whether you prefer brunch in the breeze, a sunset supper, or a long lunch, it all tastes better outside. Knob Hill


Tucked away on Princeton’s Broadway Street, right next to the town’s public library, Farmer’s Daughter Bakery and Cafe nearly blends in with its neighboring shops and local dives — save for the bright yellow décor table and matching chairs sitting

Captain Paw

The one-third scale replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the “Santa Maria,” has been landlocked at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden since 1933, but continues to raise fascinated eyebrows from its visitors. The concrete ship was the brainchild of Gilmore

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Never much of a root beer enthusiast, I distinctively remember how surprised I was after my first sip of a root beer float. My 10-year-old taste buds delighted in this familiar, yet unfamiliar, concoction, and if I remember correctly, I

Editor's Letter

Talk About the Weather

A few days ago, my family discussed two concepts of time: “procrastination is the thief of time” and “punctuality is the thief of time.” The topic arose relative to my habits, though I am unsure who brought it up. We

Chew On This

Chew On This

Inlumi Café & Bakery (4833 State Road 261) has opened in Newburgh, Ind. Owners Ligo and Tiffany Laws and Sam and Becky Wagoner have created a unique menu that includes traditional, country-style breakfast dishes, contemporary lunches, and various Belize-inspired meals.

Check It Out

Big Splash

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is breaking records once again, and is now home to the Mammoth, which bills itself as the world’s longest water coaster. Standing 69 feet tall with seven drops, this three-minute thrill ride can handle more

A Relay Good Time

Few, if any, American Cancer Society events have been as successful as its annual Relay for Life event. From 6 p.m.-6 a.m., July 21-22, participants in the Vanderburgh County Relay for Life support the fight against cancer at the Metro

Walk This Way

When the executive board members of Vanderburgh County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) met early this year to brainstorm ideas for their annual soirée, they came up with a theme that allowed them to walk their walk and talk their


Premier Painter

It’s been 10 years since Cedric Hustace first was featured in the pages of Evansville Living (“Artistic Attorney,” March/April 2002). A retired lawyer, an avid race walker, and a proven painter, the Hawaiian native also was featured in the magazine’s

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Night At The Museum

The Reitz Home Museum presents it’s 20th Murder Mystery Event on Saturday, Aug. 18, with the production of Murder on Slaughter Avenue, written by local author and Evansville Living contributor Kelley Coures. This is Coures’ fourth script for the Museum.

Digging In

Bells of Summer

As a smaller plant, the heuchera, commonly called coral bell, is a versatile perennial that works well in large masses or as an accent plant for almost any garden. Although coral bells produce a delicate stem of beautiful, bell-shaped flowers

2,012 Trees

In honor of Evansville’s Bicentennial celebration, the city of Evansville, Keep Evansville Beautiful, and several other organizations are offering the Citizen’s Challenge, a community goal of planting 2,012 trees in 2012. Larry Caplan, a horticulture educator at the Purdue extension


On Course

The stunning countryside that has nurtured The Oaks Golf and Tennis Club was headed for an ignominious demise earlier this year. The club in McCutchanville was going into foreclosure — even closing two days in March — until a small

A Cleaner Tomorrow

The first Saturday of each month has become a day for the community to give back. While Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was running for office last year, he introduced an initiative to improve the image of Evansville. Before the election, Winnecke

Up On The Ridge

Mark Woods may well be the first person you meet when you walk into the downtown Roanoke City Market. Flowers and bedding plants, fresh vegetables, and homemade candies are among the colorful items at the block-long farmers market — and


Quality Sound

Castle High School alumnus Ernie Haase (class of ’83) had just returned from a European tour — performing in Glasgow, Belfast, and London — and already was re-packing for a weekend performance in Gatlinburg, Tenn., when he took a break

Down on the Corner

Half a mile from Main Street, Bokeh Lounge is nestled on Haynie’s Corner in the Evansville Arts District. Corey Christy, house bassist and bartender, says the bar, which opened last summer, fits perfectly into Downtown’s historic neighborhood. “Bokeh Lounge plays

Find Your Seats

Comic snap and crackle, dark humor, drama, the marriage plot — pick your poison, because at New Harmony Theatre there’s something for everyone. In the midst of NHT’s 25th season, producing artistic director Elliot Wasserman promises the best of contemporary


The Park Next Door

As a part of Evansville’s Bicentennial Celebration, organizers hope a commemorative park, across from Downtown’s Old Post Office, will revitalize the city while providing a well-designed destination that improves the quality and strengthens the character of the Downtown atmosphere. “The


Kick the Bucket; Use a Corkcicle

Keeping your vinos at just the right drinking temperatures — it’s a great dilemma. When the wine’s too cold, it masks the vintner’s uniquely crafted flavors and aromas. Too warm, and the flavors may take a backseat to the alcohol.

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in our July/August 2012 issue fit into the broader context of world events, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. No Google search required. Home Sweet Home Norm and Vivian Miller graciously shared