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July / August 2016

Evansville Living

Our Barns

The classic American barn — few images appeal so strongly to our collective conscious as the big red (or white) barn majestically rising from endless fields of green. When we catch sight of a beautiful barn, the rustic building reminds us of a simpler life. While barns are disappearing, we found many historic structures are being restored for contemporary uses, giving new generations access to this very American architecture form. We navigated the back roads to identify some of the best barns in the greater Evansville area. Come on in!

Faithful to Fitness

In a life packed with work, family, and friends, exercise sometimes falls by the wayside. However, incorporating activity into a hectic week is possible, and these locals are proof. Allison Holt Under 30 and an administrator at Wadesville Christian Day Care, Allison Holt makes time for exercise by focusing on small changes to everyday life.

Magnificent Milk

Breastfeeding can seem impossible at 2 a.m., when your baby won’t stop crying and you can’t remember the last time you slept. It can seem impossible at 2 p.m., when you’re running errands and find yourself stuck in the rush of a crowd. It can seem impossible in the quiet comfort of your favorite chair in your sunlit nursery.

Fighting Back

When Robin Lawrence was a child, her life was spent outdoors in the Southern Indiana sunshine and heat. Growing up on a tobacco farm, the Newburgh resident didn’t think twice about being outside, and sporting a hard-earned tan. “My whole life was outside,” says the 55-year-old director of marketing for Vantage Oncology. “Everything was always around having fun outside.”

A New Step

The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the field of medicine is surprisingly not as new as some may think. In fact, according to the article “Hyperbaric oxygen: its uses, mechanisms of action and outcomes” published in the QJM international journal of medicine, the first documented use of hyperbaric therapy was in 1662. More than 350 years later, the therapy still is in use, and St. Mary’s Wound Care Clinic has introduced the innovative treatment into its fold of services.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Imagine walking into an upscale hotel and asking for a knee replacement. By fall 2018, that picture will not be far from reality, with the completion of the orthopedic and neuroscience specialty tower at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.

Food for Thought

A trip to the grocery store these days can feel a bit like entering a work zone. There are signs everywhere, each pointing in a different direction, and it can be difficult to figure out which way to go. Non-GMO! Gluten free! Organic! The choices can be overwhelming, but we did the homework for you and talked to a few local experts to see if we can’t make your journey to better health — and perhaps a thinner waistline — a bit easier to navigate.

Eclectic Charm

Sara’s Harmony Way carries on New Harmony, Indiana’s 200-year tradition of being a worldly outpost of well-crafted living on the banks of the Wabash River in Southern Indiana. Both the town and Sara’s bridge the gap between small town manners and big world tastes.

Simply The Greatest

Up close, the rectangular ceramic tiles that wrap the exterior of the Muhammad Ali Center appear to be arranged in random abstract patterns. But from a distance — as you drive past the downtown Louisville, Kentucky museum on Interstate 64, for instance — the patterns resolve into images of Ali.

Food for Here, Kitchen to Go

As food trucks pick up speed, you can expect to see them at several weekly markets, festivals, and on the road, providing only the freshest fare. Evansville Living caught up with a few around town and tried what they’re bringing to the table. For the most up-to-date status on any of these trucks, find their pages on Facebook.

Swift Structures

Perhaps you’ve seen them, the small birds with slender bodies. Their wings flap almost constantly, long, narrow, and curved. Their short, wide bills capture all sorts of insects, namely mosquitoes. They are chimney swifts, and according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, their nesting sites are few and far between.

Slide Rule

Birds chirp as the pool cover retracts. Two pumps fire up, triggering a cascade down 42 feet of laminated fiberglass in the backyard of a Newburgh, Indiana, riverfront home. Produced by Tennessee-based Dolphin Water Slides and installed by Evansville’s Aching Acres Landscaping in November 2014, this slide is one-of-a-kind. In-house designers at Aching Acres customized the flume to twist and turn from the crest of a stone-adorned incline, down the hill, and directly into the pool. It was the tallest, longest slide the yard could hold.

Shop and Share

Retail therapy takes a new dimension at the Amerie boutique in Newburgh, Indiana. Owner Gina Mullis offers a variety of domestic and imported men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, plus the chance to help a good cause, offering customers a chance to lift their spirits and exercise a social conscience at the same time.

Sharing the Sweet

Darla Daily Smith has been making customers smile with her delicious cakes and baked goods for more than 30 years. Today, she is fulfilling a lifelong dream of giving back to the youth in the Jacobsville neighborhood through baking. The owner of Daily’s Annex Bakery, 701 N. Main St., offers a free six-week class beginning in September for high school students with limited opportunities. Smith has taught the class for the last four or five years.

At the Races

Steckler Grassfed owner Jerry Steckler knows how to cover his bets. When trying to get his product in the starting lineup at the 2016 Kentucky Derby, he admits to using a few tricks up his sleeve. “The secret is giving them cheese cube samples. It gets their attention,” says Steckler.

Country Setting

The exterior of Madonna and Norb Niemeier’s house located north of Evansville near Darmstadt does not immediately allude to an overly unique home. One step inside, however, pulls guests into a quaint cottage that feels as if it has been lifted from the French countryside.

Pledging for 4-H

I pledge my head to clearer thinking Young people across the county devote themselves to 4-H projects, from sewing to robotics, every year. They wake up before dawn to brush their calves and practice walking their hogs. Then, one summer week, they present their work to everyone.

Center of Attention

Farms, Factories, and Faces

Born and raised in the Midwest, Kelsey Timmerman understands manufacturing and farming, which he examines internationally in his books “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes” and “Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy.” The latter is Evansville’s 2016 One Book, One Community selection. Evansville Living caught up with the author, who will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 21 at the Old National Events Plaza.

Editor's Letter

Barn Again

The big red or white barn is an instantly recognized Midwestern icon. Picturesque barn scenes featured on greeting cards, calendars, posters, and advertising (and this magazine cover!) evoke a sense of security, stability, wholesomeness, and honesty. Graduating high school seniors (city kids and country kids) and engaged couples seek the perfect rustic barn setting as the rural backdrop to their senior portraits or engagement photos.

Chew On This

Chew on This

Papa T’s Tamales food stand has opened and frequents various spots along Franklin Street. You can get fresh tamales and nachos with different topping choices. Zaxby’s, 1021 N. Burkhardt Road, has opened on Evansville’s East Side. Yang’s Shabu Shabu, 4700 Vogel Road, opened in May.

Check It Out

Community Outreach

Every third Saturday in September, the Kenny Kent Lexus Jazz and Wine Festival is held in the heart of Evansville’s Downtown on Main Street. Now, in its ninth year, the festival brings in local musicians, wineries, and restaurants for the community to enjoy. The festival, held Sept. 17 this year, showcases non-stop entertainment on three stages featuring 13 jazz bands and several street musicians performing in between sets. In addition to the live entertainment, 15 wineries and 16 restaurants will be in attendance. 

What a Classic

This year, the 21st Annual British Motor Car Day on the River will do more than promote British-made vehicles; it will auction off a restored classic car for charity for the first time. The Southern Indiana Region British (S.I.R. BRIT) Car Club has around 50 local members; members who live in Kentucky are called S.I.R. BRIT South. The club began 20 years ago, after holding their first car show in Downtown Evansville. Every year since, the car show has been in Newburgh, Indiana.


Ramping Up

City officials closed Mesker Park Amphitheatre in 2012, as its condition had deteriorated since the last concert, when the Doobie Brothers played July 31, 2009. Three years later, Evansville Living asked in “Under the Stars” in the September/October 2015 issue if the venue could be restored. Nearly a year since then, as the amphitheater has fallen deeper into disrepair, the question is again up in the air.

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Evansville’s Coney Island

For almost 100 years, land along Pigeon Creek below Maryland Street was the site for recreation and entertainment for Evansville. Over time, the site served as a resort, amusement park, exposition center, picnic ground, civil war hospital and training camp, theater, and meeting place. Best remembered as Cook’s Park, the area also was known as the Salt Well, Pigeon Springs, Camp Scott, Convalescent Hospital No. 2, Crescent Springs, and Exposition Park and Pleasure Park.


Competition and Camaraderie

As summer wanes in the Tri-State, more than 400 men and women gather at Evansville’s Wesselman Park and Deaconess Sports Park fields on Sundays for a long-standing tradition. It’s not to watch their children run the bases in youth leagues, but instead to play in a popular sport for adults — slow-pitch softball.

Principles of Design

Rain fell on a metal Vanderburgh County 4-H Center roof, above a board draped in black cloth. A crowd, gathered April 30 for the fourth annual IASF Walk for Autism and 5K, anticipated the big reveal. Just over a year prior, members of the Evansville Design Group’s Design for Good committee sat down with about 10 requests from local nonprofits. “These are organizations that didn’t spend any money on design and weren’t actively looking for clients,” says Evansville Design Group President Matt Wagner.


Curtain Up

Almost lost behind the stacks of projects covering her desk, Christina Hager shoulders an enormous responsibility. As the executive director of the Evansville Civic Theatre, she must act as a sort of curator for its treasured legacy while propelling it full-force into contemporary performance and on into the future. She doesn’t look worried.  She looks confident and excited.

The First Step

Enter the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville from Fifth Street. Look to your right and up at a vibrant aluminum sign by Sign Graphics of Evansville. “Aluminate.” A 26-foot tower climbs to the top of the second story and spirals back to the floor in the form of an orange slide. A bridge extends to another tower at the far wall. Wispy scarves slip up tubes with the help of a fan and glide from the ceiling into the hands of intrigued children. Just one year ago, you would have seen no more than an unadorned lobby floor.

Artful Living

Florida Retro

It was a pink bathroom that convinced Kristen Gubbins and her husband Paul to purchase a small home two years ago in the central Florida community of Avon Park. “It had 50s features and I could see us living there,” she says. “We just kind of bit the bullet and went for it.” Earlier that same year, the couple’s Evansville home was featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Evansville Living.

Anatomy of a Dish

Going Nuts

Pangea: the hypothetical land area believed to have once connected nearly all of the Earth’s landmasses together. Pangea Kitchen: the real Evansville restaurant and market known to connect Thai and Italian culinary traditions. Their pistachio white pie, one of the 15 Neapolitan pizzas offered, rests inside a 900-degree wood-fired oven for about a minute before reaching you, where it might not last that long.