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Evansville Living

Festive Florals

Putting together a flower arrangement is its own artform, and at Zeidler’s Flowers, being on the cutting edge is what it’s all about. “I kind of look at the overall picture and see just exactly if there’s certain colors that

Ahead of its Time

A comfortable home with a touch of nostalgia, this preserved mid-century modern residence is a step ahead of its time. Built in 1949, the home was commissioned by the Ira Van Tuyls family and has been home to just two

Veggie Tales

From Evansville Living’s Dining Directory, one would think there are plenty of food options in the River City. But, in some neighborhoods, food deserts are created when there isn’t a local grocery store and the majority of residents walk or

Beat the Heat

Summer has arrived in the Tri-State. With temperatures reaching the 90s by mid-June, we knew surviving the hot sun of the season would require a cold, refreshing treat. Check out the area’s shaved ice stands, ice cream spots, and iced

Queen of the Field

A staple of summer feasts is plentiful ears of freshly picked corn, and there is none sweeter than Silver Queen. Paul Mayse, owner of Mayse Farm Market at 6400 N. St. Joseph Ave., says this year’s crop of Silver Queen

A Generous Legacy

Throughout the years, Eli Haddix proved to be one of Evansville Living’s favorite foodies. His passion for food extended from the restaurant kitchens where he worked to the homecooked meals he created for friends, and he graced many pages in

Behind the Bar

Behind the ornate bar at Mo’s House in Haynie’s Corner, senior bartender John Raleigh expertly shakes two cocktails. Pouring each into a chilled glass, he garnishes one with a meticulously cut lemon twist and the other with orange, all without

‘Go For Your Dreams At All Costs’

Editor’s note: This is an extended version of the feature story about Philip Lawrence that ran in the July/August 2021 issue of Evansville Living. Philip Lawrence may be a big name in the recording industry, but there’s no place on

Tales from the Tracks

Photographer Audra Straw and I were being robbed. What started as a peaceful train ride was disrupted when a prisoner on the train and his undercover crew overthrew the sheriff and took the train hostage. We hadn’t traveled back in

Thyme to Cook

Thyme in the Kitchen offers everything a person needs to become a home chef extraordinaire with countless kitchen accessories, gadgets, and cookware and, of course, its popular cooking classes. “We definitely wanted to create that experience and have our customers

Center of Attention

New Name, Same Mission

Cancer is a far-reaching illness, affecting nearly every person in the Tri-State in some way. Cancer Pathways Midwest, recently recognized with the Health and Social Services award at Leadership Everyone’s Celebration of Leadership, delivers individualized support and resources to anyone


Not Finished Yet

When you become a pro boxer at 15 years old, win a World Boxing Association Championship at 26 years old, and end your career with a 44-7-4 record, where do you go from there? Clarence “Bones” Adams, the owner of


Engaged Enlightenment

Each morning, Vann Park on Evansville’s East Side welcomes a flurry of activity. Walkers trot their dogs across the lawn. Runners stretch their legs by tracing the park’s perimeter. Families converge on the playground, children ambling across the jungle gyms

Modern Vintage

Beset by woods and tucked away among the greenery of Southern Indiana’s rolling hills, a new home’s modern exterior belies the vintage and eclectic wonder within. Kristyn Blackard had loved her previous, more traditional home, but to meet the needs

A Tale of Two Lakes

Here’s what Lake Geneva and Elkhart Lake have in common: Both small resort towns have the word “Lake” in the name, and both are in Wisconsin. That’s where the similarities end, but each is popular with Midwesterners looking for a


Three Dimensional

One word comes to mind when shaking Janice King’s hand for the first time: strength. The 70-year-old is the family matriarch — the third oldest of five siblings (and the oldest surviving sibling), the mother of four sons, and a

Blues in the Basin

Head down to the Friedman Park Amphitheater in Newburgh, Indiana, on July 31 from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. for the inaugural River Basin Blues Festival, featuring music from five local and regional blues bands, food trucks, and a beer

Curious Canvas

Pioneered in the early 20th century, American tattooing first took off in carnival and circus circuits before working its way into mainstream artmaking. That history is chronicled in “Expert Tattooing in the Midwest,” an exhibit at the Evansville Museum of

Cat Tales

Few celebrity animals have entertained the internet masses quite like the out-of-this-world marvel that was Lil BUB. Known for her quirky features, the immortalized cat became a web sensation during her eight years on Earth. Now fans have the chance

Harmony on the Holler

Summer concerts are back in the Tri-State, and at the Under the Radar concert series, it doesn’t matter the genre of music or how big the venue is. What matters is that a certain level of artistry is presented that


Cute as a Button

Dragons, dinosaurs, and other creatures at Button Jar Monsters aren’t fictional beasts: They’re cuddly companions brought to life by owner Jessica Johnson. The Olney, Illinois, native created Button Jar Monsters in 2017 from her Newburgh, Indiana, home. After crafting two

Curb Appeal

Going Green

When Connie Wagner decided to move to a new home in 2019, she had her eye on a wood-framed cottage on Bellemeade Avenue near Ascension St. Vincent. The 1930s house was a design standard on Evansville’s East Side, minus one

Artful Living

Fashionable Flair

Natalie Wells is a thrifter. Buying quality pieces for cheap and giving them a brand new contemporary look is what gets her excited. Wells opened her furniture refinishing and home decor store — The Chalky Chic — in September 2020

Online Exclusives

8 Things We Love About Autumn in the Tri-State

As much as the staff of Evansville Living hates to see summer go, the recent hot and humid weather has us longing for the fall. Fortunately, the autumn equinox occurs Sept. 22, and we’ve been thumbing through past autumn issues of

5 Questions with Dan Katz

Friday, Sept. 17, marks the last day longtime WFIE anchor Dan Katz will sign off from 14 News’ Sunrise show. After almost 40 years covering Evansville news — 27 of them on Sunrise — Katz is riding off into the

Kunstfest, Quilts, and Reptiles

As we enter the fall season and summer festivals wind down, there’s still time to enjoy one more German heritage festival. New Harmony’s Kunstfest features artists from across the Tri-State region that will sell and showcase their creations. There will

An Entwined State of Mind

Lunch is back at Entwined Wine & Cocktail Bar (303 Main St.). Hearty soups, crisp salads, and savory sandwiches are returning the Downtown lunch crowd to the restaurant’s shaded patio for the first time since the height of COVID-19 pandemic.

Happy High Holy Days!

Editor's note: This article has been updated with 2023 holiday dates. Shanah Tovah! Evansville Living wishes a happy new year to our Jewish readers across the Tri-State. Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sept. 15, is one of the most important holidays in

From This Day Forward: 20 Years Later

On a crisp, clear September morning 20 years ago, four planes descended the sky and introduced terrorism to the American mainland. Aside from Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that launched U.S. participation into World War II, terrorism was

From This Day Forward Series

Starting with its November/December 2001 issue, Evansville Living shared Tri-State residents' stories in a series called “From This Day Forward.” Newscasters, families, a FEMA search-and-rescue member, reporters, military personnel, and everyday citizens shared how 9/11 immediately affected their lives. Here

A Golden Opportunity

Mikaela Jenkins’ hands made contact with the wall of the pool during the 100-meter butterfly S10 race on Aug. 31, 2021 at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The Evansville native came up for air next to her opponent, Australian Jasmine Greenwood,

100 years at the Reitz Bowl

This year, the Reitz Bowl, arguably Evansville’s most famous football stadium, turns 100 years old. Though Reitz Bowl has a long, storied history on the city’s West Side, the stadium was actually formed by accident. Originally planned as a retaining

Meet Senior Graphic Designer Casey Scarbrough

Welcome to our second staff Q&A! We plan to periodically introduce you to members of the Tucker Publishing Group team via a quick Q&A about us. Who has worked at TPG the longest? What past issues of Evansville Living are

Front Porches and Fireworks

Hooray for a three-day weekend! Take the “labor” out of Labor Day and relax with live music shows, comedy sets, and even some festive fireworks. Still want to stay active? This weekend, we’ve got a race for that! Korn Ferry

All Roads Lead to Bargetown

Main Street in Downtown Evansville is a bustling line of businesses that for many years has lacked a basic amenity for visitors and residents alike. Since opening in October 2020, Bargetown Market has filled that gap. The market’s tan brick

Grab a cup of Joe Brewski

Coffee lovers, rejoice: There’s a new place in Downtown Evansville to get your fix. Joe Brewski, the popular, custom cold brew cart that frequents area farmers markets, has set up shop just off Main Street. About four and a half

Around the World

In the August/September issue of Evansville Business, we met Sal Lavallo, who in 2017 became one of the youngest people to visit all 193 established countries (now 195) in the world. The 30-year-old is an Evansville native and head of

Gala, Geeks, and Frog Follies

Though summer is winding down and school is starting back up, there’s still plenty to do across the Tri-State this weekend. Get out and enjoy these staff pick events before the summer sun sets! 46th E’ville Iron Frog Follies Street

Art for a Cause

At the newest exhibit at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, homeless does not mean hopeless. Depicted in colored pencil entries by Shania Curl, the tagline perfectly encapsulates “Artistry Unhoused: Enlightenment From the Streets,” which features art from 15 homeless

Island Time

Under a July sun, boaters on the Ohio River began to circle near the Evansville riverfront waiting for the semi-annual, man-made sand bar to pop up. The small island is created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging the

The SKI to my Heart

Last week, a plain cardboard box addressed to Evansville Living Editor and Publisher Kristen Tucker was delivered to our office. The branded contents — including two orange wristbands and a bright blue hat that I’m wearing as I type this

Riding the Railway

Swaying from side to side like the controlled motion of a pendulum, the Ohio River Scenic Railway train peeled away from the Depot in Tell City, Indiana, as photographer Audra Straw and I watched the small town outside start to

Where did you travel this summer?

This summer, as more of us felt more comfortable traveling, several members of the Evansville Living staff took the opportunity to explore other parts of the country. Take a look at where we headed off to this summer! Creative Director Laura

Willkommen in Deutschland!

Bring out your lederhosen and dirndl, because Volksfest is back! Germania Maennerchor’s 59th annual German heritage festival returns Aug. 5-7 after being canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19. A popular annual event, organizers and attendees alike are ready for Volksfest

Farm Fresh

Purchasing fresh, organic, locally grown produce comes with many benefits. The food is nourishing, tasty, cheap, and supporting local farmers is a great way to maintain a sustainable food source. Join your fellow agriculturalists and navigate the fresh food landscape

How the Cookie Crumbls

Light pink boxes are popping up across Evansville, but it’s what’s inside that has River City residents lining up for a peek. The slender rectangular boxes hold soft, gooey, homemade cookies from Crumbl Cookies. Evansville’s newest sweet spot, Crumbl Cookies

Gravy Train

Breakfast food in Evansville just got an upgrade. The regional southern comfort chain Biscuit Belly had its grand opening event at 7:30 a.m. July 21. Entering the parking lot at 6:45 a.m., a line of hungry customers could be seen

Meet Managing Editor Jodi Keen

Welcome to our inaugural staff Q&A! We plan to periodically introduce you to members of the Tucker Publishing Group team via a quick Q&A about us. Who has worked at TPG the longest? What past issues of Evansville Living are our

Cocktail Craftiness

When we met senior bartender John Raleigh at Mo’s House (1114 Parrett St.) for the July/August issue of Evansville Living he told us about life behind the bar while preparing some of his favorite cocktails to serve. While we can’t bring

Fairs and Fests

Summer is in full swing, and there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy Evansville’s various events and festivals. Get to gorging on spicy chicken wings, blowing bubbles on the library lawn, and celebrating the Vanderburgh County Fair’s

ABCs of 1917

Evansville Living had nearly completed its Insider series “ABCs of Evansville” when local collector Dennis Haire reached out to editor Kristen Tucker. Sharing how much he enjoyed reading about a different letter representing a word associated with Evansville each week,

Unusual Objects

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is home to an endless book supply, but have you spotted the newest additions to the library’s offerings? The “Library of Things” at EVPL Central is a gold mine of ukuleles, roll-up piano keyboards, and

Cool for the Summer

Congratulations, you’ve survived another week of Southern Indiana’s summer humidity. While there isn’t an official award for this occasion, you can still treat yourself to an icy celebration this weekend. The wine slushies at Honey + Moon Coffee are a