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July / August 2015

Evansville Living

Backyard Bourbon

I have fond memories as a child of watching food shows on TV. Some of my favorite chefs still to this day were those who could take “a little of this, a little of that” throw it in a bowl,

First Steps

When Edward Mead Johnson Sr.’s oldest son Ted was not expected to survive infancy because of a heart condition, the family consulted Dr. Abraham Jacobi, recognized today as the father of pediatrics, who prescribed a mixture that was yet to

Marching to the Beat

People shouldn’t wait for a heart to stop to save lives. Too many times, however, this is the case. HeartSaver, an organization of the Deaconess Foundation and The Heart Hospital, is attempting to change that. HeartSaver strives to place automated

Turn up the Heat

Yoga alone improves strength, flexibility, and balance, but by adding heat and the guidance of a qualified hot yoga instructor, it can protect muscles, relieve stress, and promote happiness. It was 2001 when Nicole Tibbs, founder of Yoga 101, 2800

Cold Treats

There is nothing more appetizing than a cold treat on a hot summer day. Every day, people stand in lines simply to experience their favorite flavors. Fortunately, we have no shortage of places in the Tri-State to enjoy this pleasure.

Caring About the Air

July 1 marked the third anniversary of Indiana’s 2012 public smoking ban. The local ordinance, which made it illegal to smoke in public buildings, except for the gaming rooms in Tropicana Evansville, actually went into effect three months earlier on

Bone Up!

When it comes to our bones, there are many myths and misconceptions. From a break being worse than a fracture to the disease of osteoporosis, there’s a lot to learn concerning bone health. One of the biggest myths is about

Know, Nourish, Go

Health is not about fad diets and gimmicks — those are all temporary. At Bob’s Gym, health is about building a sustainable lifestyle. Evansville native Bob Swallows started Bob’s Gym on Feb. 7, 1991. Nearing its 25th year, Bob decided

Daily Cleanse

When did you last eat the recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day? If you’re struggling to come up with a date, local juicers Meagan DeLong and Erin Little at the Sunshine Juice Co. and Shaun and Molly

Healthy Harmony

Listening to a favorite song can elicit strong emotions, transporting a listener to another time and place. For the patients at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, music is healing. Cyndi Bickel is a 1998 graduate of the International Harp

Cannon Fodder

On the grounds of the Pagoda, which houses the offices of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau in Downtown Evansville, sits a four-pound cannon mounted on a limestone block. It was purchased by Evansville resident Captain Henry T. Dexter during

Walk on the Wild Side

Two new animal additions on loan from the San Diego Zoo have sent Indianapolis into a furry frenzy. For the first time since 2008, koalas join the Indianapolis Zoo’s roster of 1,600 exotic animals on 64 acres. “They are a

Dinner Theater

As the hosts of the University of Evansville Theatre Society’s annual Easter Dinner for nearly three decades, Judy and Larry Steenberg have amassed their fair share of tales. One story involved a student and a large amount of plastic eggs

On the Home Front

Editor's Note: USS LST-325 has been docked at 610 N.W. Riverside Drive since 2018. Evansville is home to a rare piece of World War II history drawing visitors from around the world. The USS LST-325 is the last fully functional World

Saturday Night Fever

To adequately explain the legend that is Funky’s, a hugely popular discotheque open in the late 1970s at 18 S. Third Ave., one must take a step back to a time before cell phones or social media, before Mothers Against

Big Taste for a Small Town

Brynn Cook sits eagerly, waiting, her hands folded in her lap, at a table covered in crisp black-and-white linens. The evening sun sets behind her, bathing the Broadway House Bistro, Princeton, Indiana, in a warm glow. A waitress appears balancing


From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to live like a locavore. Taste real flavors, buy in season, support family farmers – navigate our sustainable food landscape

River Retreat

The silence was so deafening she couldn’t sleep, explains Chicago native Laura Lee about her first evenings spent at the West Side Evansville home she shares with her husband Chris and their three sons. The two-story stone home with a

Cottage Industry

When Mike Jewell and Tom Carter decided to change their career paths, the idea of opening their own flower shop, Cottage Florist & Gifts, started to bloom. Jewell has been surrounded by flowers since he was in high school in

Black as Night, Sweet as Sin

Forget misspelled names on coffee cups. Lucid’s flavorful pour over coffee reintroduces personalized coffee to the morning routine or afternoon break. You simply choose the bean, and Ben Madson, co-owner and general manager, takes care of the rest. “Every cup

Farm Raised

In the front room of the former residential home at 1112 Parrett St., local chef Sarah Wolfe sits pulling cushions off chairs and repainting them. Located in Evansville’s Haynie’s Corner Arts District, the home is being renovated into Wolfe’s new

Mane Attraction

Tales of painting lion statues, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s symbol, told across the country involve rival fraternities defacing them, and stories that are too blush-worthy to share. Across Lincoln Avenue from the University of Evansville stands the fraternity house of Sigma

Center of Attention

Good Job, BUB!

As the sharing of cat videos and memes sweep social media, the face of one special feline is Indiana’s own. Known for her large eyes, small body size, and lazy, drooping tongue, Lil BUB and her “Dude” call Bloomington, Indiana,

Editor's Letter

Summer Treats

How do you eat tomatoes? Sliced with a bit of mozzarella? Like candy, as in cherry tomatoes straight from the garden? Picked early and fried green? Sprinkled with salt, playing to the sweet and salty combination so many of us

Chew On This

Chew On This

A new Los Bravos location has opened next door to the new VA Outpatient Clinic in Waterford Park off N. Burkhardt Road. Pappy and Grammy’s Kettle Corn has opened a storefront location at the corner of Division Street and Morton

Check It Out

Creative Rebirth

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation. August marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast. Out of the tragedy, a story of triumph began. To commemorate

Honoring Service

For the last eight years, the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville has worked to encourage Evansville’s youth to serve the community by honoring those who lend a hand during the Eighth Annual Steak & Burger Youth of the Year

Dog Days

The Vanderburgh Humane Society is encouraging pet owners to spend their Saturday, Sept. 12, walking their furry friends while raising money to help others. The Fido Walk is a 1-mile pledge walk, where guests can walk their own dog or


Flying High

Bob Zasadny always dreamed of designing a public sculpture, and on June 22, he saw that dream come to life when Keep Evansville Beautiful, a nonprofit committed to beautifying the city, dedicated his artwork at Evansville Regional Airport. The Oakland

Digging In

Sleep, Creep, Leap

Last spring I met with a client who had never owned a new landscape before. The owner didn’t quite understand how various plants grow and change as the landscape matures. Since we planted the garden late in the year, there


Gateway City

The thrill is as strong today as it was riding in the back seat of my parents’ car contesting which sister would see it first: The St. Louis Gateway Arch coming into view from Interstate 64. A weeklong immersion in

Bottled Lightning

Every year, around 30,000 Thoroughbred foals are born in the U.S. Only a handful of those thousands become champions, and even fewer win consistently. Frankfort, Kentucky, trainer William “Buff” Bradley just happened to bottle lightning twice. Bradley’s small Indian Ridge


Paint the Way

Who is Uncle Vinny? He is a muscled, grinning character Evansville artist and educator Jon Siau designed for Turoni’s Pizzery & Brewery and has been drawing for around 20 years. “It’s cartoons,” says Siau, while sitting in Turoni’s Newburgh restaurant.

Seeing Stars

Carrie Preston, a native of Macon, Georgia, graduated from the University of Evansville in 1989, the year I graduated from Castle High School. By the time I was 16, I preferred the company of the University of Evansville Theatre Department


A Bigger Bang

There’s not much you can do with a used bullet casing. Many keep them as mementos, toss them in drawers to be forgotten, or discard them on the ground at the gun range. Shanna Rodenberg and Fred Bassett, however, turn

Artful Living

Lost Art

Thirty-five-year-old Aaron Vogler’s hands tell the story behind the work he does. Stained with grease and wearing dirt, they illustrate how the Haubstadt, Indiana, resident took a leap of faith and turned his small business located in a 900-square-foot garage


Picker’s Delight

Brent Pace admits the name Collector’s Carnival — an antique and flea market show held four times a year in Evansville — came from one of his harebrained ideas. Holding the shows at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, 201 E.

Chain Reaction

Pie Party

When John and Sabrina Zeidler’s children reached the ages of 7 and 10, the couple realized Evansville was missing a place for family fun that was safe and offered delicious food. The void prompted their decision with the help of

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the July/August 2015 issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. With the bee population rapidly decreasing, many people are attempting to take part

All Natural

When you peek into the refrigerator and notice the cottage cheese has gone sour, there’s no need to run to the store when you can make your own. Off the Fence Farms, established 10 years ago by Steve and Jetti