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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, or on the grill, and “BAM!” beautiful gourmet food. Until I had an appreciation for the finer things in life (booze), I didn’t realize how accurate these chefs were when they spoke of cooking times in measurements of drinks: boil this for about one beer. Finding an appreciation for beer, whiskey, and wine only has increased my cooking prowess.

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 be commercially produced. Ted thrived on what would later become Dextri-Maltose, a specialty carbohydrate powder designed to be mixed with milk and Mead Johnson & Company’s first major product.

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 external defibrillators, or AEDs, throughout the Tri-State. AEDs are portable electronic devices that use electric therapy to stop lethal cardiac arrhythmias and allow the heart to re-establish a normal rhythm.

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 Lincoln Ave., brought hot yoga to the Tri-State area. Her goal was to create a joyful environment filled with instructors who push students without exceeding their physical limitations.

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. Here are our favorite places to get a good brain freeze. Scooped Ice Cream

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 April 1 of that year. New legislation has been passed since then, affecting the Evansville community.

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 osteoporosis, says Linda Mitchell, clinical director and physician assistant at Orthopaedic Associates, which has offices in Evansville, Newburgh, and Vincennes, Indiana, and Henderson, Kentucky. The disease causes bones to become weak and brittle and affects millions of people in the world.

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 the journey of healthy living could be simplified. Bob’s Gym is introducing the customized B3 Plan based on three principles — know, nourish, go.

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 Angel at Upgrade Café offer a convenient way to maximize nutrition.

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 Therapy Program in San Diego, California. In 2000, she completed the Hillsdale, New York-based Music for Healing and Transition Program at one of its locations in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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 the Civil War, says Leigh Eubanks, an Indiana University history major who interns at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.

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 seasonal exhibit available for a limited time. If koalas are your favorite animals, this is your chance. We are seeing a large audience of people who have never seen these animals before,” says Carla Knapp, public relations specialist at the Indianapolis Zoo.

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 he planned to hide in the backyard of the Steenberg’s Warrick County home. “He brought a lot and he hid them very well. They only found half of them. So for weeks after when I would go out to mow my lawn, I would run over plastic eggs,” says Larry with a laugh.

On the Home Front

 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 War II LST warship in existence and sits docked near Marina Pointe off of LST Drive. In early June, the LST-325 attracted retired San Diego husband and wife John and Joyce Sunde, who traveled from California to Evansville to see the warship. John Sunde retired from the U.S. Navy and fought in Vietnam, where he experienced life as a soldier on an LST firsthand.

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 Drunk Drivers (MADD), and before AIDs clinics.

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 a tray full of tempting dishes atop white china — orange-glazed salmon topped with thinly-fried carrots, a grilled pork chop with apple cider reduction, and fried green tomatoes accompanied by a signature buttermilk and brown sugar dipping sauce. Cook’s brown eyes light up with bold excitement.


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 with this guide to Homegrown Southern Indiana.

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 basement overlooks a serene piece of the Ohio River, which can only be reached through forest surrounded narrow roads, which were gravel when the Lees first made the drive to see the house, four miles off of the Lloyd Expressway.

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 Vincennes, Indiana. After he graduated, he worked in various shops in the Tri-State before returning to Vincennes to open his first store, Jewels Flowers, which he later sold before moving to Evansville.

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.

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 restaurant, The Dapper Pig. A native of Princeton, Indiana, Wolfe has been cooking for a majority of her life. The Dapper Pig, which she will open in July with co-owner Amy Rivers Word-Smith of Evansville, will be her second restaurant. Her first, Farmer’s Daughter, was open from 2009 until 2015, in Princeton.

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 Alpha Epsilon in the Indiana Epsilon Chapter, which has its own story of a colorful lion.

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, home. Cleveland native Mike Bridavsky, 35, who attended Indiana University, received a text from a friend in the summer of 2011 of a bottle-fed feral runt kitten living in another friend’s toolshed. Later that fall, Bridavsky created a Tumblr, a blogging tool, to document Lil BUB and her popularity caught on quickly.

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 like? In a perfect BLT?

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 Avenue. Brick Pizzeria, 101 N.W. First Street, Ste. 114, is now open, serving calzones, homemade pasta dishes, hand tossed pizza, and “famous” Brickbolli. Savannah’s Café is now open at 1802 Stringtown Road.

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.

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 Luncheon.

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 walk a shelter dog. Visitors also can create a fundraising team with family and friends.


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 City, Indiana, resident submitted his idea to KEB in 2011 during the Evansville Airport Gateway project contest.

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 hadn’t been much progression. The plants were going dormant and not growing strongly. When I met with them in April, our spring was still cold and blooms were slow to come out.


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.

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.


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. “It’s for the restaurant and walls. It’s what a lot of people know me for.”

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 crowd, slightly older than myself, and worldlier than the kids in provincial Newburgh, Indiana. Preston and I remained in touch during her time at the Juilliard School in New York City, and when we both lived in Los Angeles in the 90s. I worked in galleries and she worked in television.


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 spent shells into works of art. Rodenberg and Bassett are the owners of Bang Bang Ballistic Jewelry and create rings, pendants, bracelets, and other jewelry from ammunition. The business concept originated with Henderson, Kentucky, resident Bassett, who was asked by a friend to craft a memento with a few memorial bullet shells remaining from a 21-gun salute.

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 into a niche shipping range hoods all over the world.


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. Boonville-New Harmony Road, his thought was to have different collectibles in each building, thus creating a carnival.

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 Ken and Karen McNamara to bring Gattitown to Evansville in 2008.

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.

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 Willett, is an organic farm located on W. Mill Road in Evansville that has created this recipe for homemade cottage cheese.