July/August 2022

Evansville Living

Moving Memories

During a break from the oppressive heat of mid-June, more than 100 members of the Meyer family gathered under the shade of a shelter at Boonville’s City Lake Park. As heaping helpings of homemade food were ladled onto plates, relatives

New and Improved

Plotted a short distance from the University of Evansville campus — appropriately known as the University South neighborhood —is a revamped retreat on a corner lot on Bayard Park Drive. The extensively updated home from Sarata 1 LLC — owned

‘Nexus of Tranquility’

Nestled into The Crossing shopping complex at 701 N. Weinbach Ave., Ste. 540, The Bead Angel is a self-proclaimed repository of respite for owners Cynthia Wayland and Gregory Myers and their loyal customer base. The metaphysical supply store opened on

Batter Up

“You eat with your eyes.” The common adage is key to culinary artists, and in Sheridan Stokes’ Owensville, Indiana, kitchen, it defines the creativity she evokes in each of her eye-catching cookies. A self-taught baker, Stokes had been selling cakes

Market Mania

Market on Main 601 Main St., Evansville 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1-Sept. 14 marketonmainevv.com Can’t-miss items: fudge, popcorn, and sweets Franklin Street Bazaar 1331 W. Franklin St., Evansville 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 25-Aug. 31 fallinlovewithfranklin.org/franklin-st-bazaar Can’t-miss items: local

Rolling In

During World War II, Evansville’s Chrysler plant transitioned from manufacturing Plymouth automobiles to making 45-caliber ammunition and refurbishing military vehicles, including Sherman tanks. Now, the historic machine returns to the Tri-State. Unveiled at a VIP event on June 30 and

Nature Notes

The East Side once again is enjoying music in the air this summer courtesy of the Evansville Horn Club. Since the pandemic, visitors and neighbors of the Evansville State Hospital park have been treated to a complimentary serenade during the

Stranger Things

Just a 3.5-hour drive from Evansville, Jungle Jim’s International Market is renowned for its acres of victuals from around the globe. The megamarket in Fairfield, Ohio, stocks a quarter-million items ranging from a modestly priced pot of Swedish lingonberry jam

Garden Grub

Farmers market season is in full swing, and what better way to utilize your freshly bought produce than by trying your hand at a new recipe? Published in 2019, the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association’s Cookbook, “Harvest: 30 Years of

Stepping Up

A pint-sized package of creativity, 7-year-old Aiy’Den Scott-Drain already has four businesses under his belt. He sells original paintings through Aiy’Den’s Art state to state and in Evansville, where he spends summers with family. He splits profits from his art

Popcorn Pints

It’s all about the popcorn when it comes to Indiana. From Orville Redenbacher to Pop Weaver, the state is home to popcorn pioneers and continues to be a giant in the industry. In fact, Indiana is the nation’s second-largest producer

Satisfaction on a Stick

When the weather heats up, Evansvillians cool down with Lollys Pop Bar’s artisan popsicles. Now in its fifth season roaming the Tri-State in a colorful teal truck, Lollys’ handmade frozen confections have all-natural ingredients and assorted flavors, including avocado lime,

Too Cool for School

The trend is sweeping the nation: Thousands are ditching traditional homes in favor of tiny, mobile living spaces that fit their nomadic, minimalist, and spontaneous natures. Molly and Shon Shourds have jumped on that bus — literally. They are selling

Rustic Retreat

A quick walkthrough of Terry and Lynne Lewis’ home, and you’ll notice they are well traveled. From Australia to Italy to India, nearly every inch of this lodge-style abode is adorned with gifts, collectibles, and art from the couple’s world


The Thrill of the Grill

First, The Meats: • Try four mouthwatering recipes at your next cookout. • Become an expert on ribs with Jim Johnson. • Learn the best way to build your own burger from Bassemier's Grill Supply Co. chef Jeff Raymond. Next, Fuel Your

Keep It Cool

During the summer heat, Sande Thomas stays cool with a fresh twist on gazpacho. A cold soup hailing from Spain, gazpacho traditionally has a tomato base and blended vegetables, but Thomas swaps in watermelon for a sweet spin. “Watermelon is

Summer Queen

Corn is king on Midwestern grill grids, with Indiana-grown Silver Queen taking the top prize. Known for its tender kernels, this white sweet corn is revered for its versatility, adding sweetness to salsa or a crunch to fritters. But a

Bold and Versatile

Designed with input from NASA — true story — the Big Green Egg is stylish, versatile, and perfect for cooking up some unconventional grill foods. The distinctive grill is popular for its relatively touch-safe ceramic coating and increased health consciousness.

Heated Debate

The debate over backyard grilling fires up over classic, low-key charcoal grills and gas-powered machines with extra burners, dials, and controls. But the argument plays off more than just gadgets. Cost per use and the cook’s proficiency play into which

Build Your Own Burger

Who doesn’t love a juicy burger loaded with their favorite toppings and wedged in a warm bun? But there is more than “meats” the eye, so Jeff Raymond, chef at Bassemier’s Grilling Supply Co., teaches us how to craft the

Grilled Goods

Stack your menu with these mouthwatering headliners. Grilled Salmon By Jeff Raymond, Bassemier's Grilling Supply Co. chef Ingredients:6 cups water 1/3 cup salt 3/4 cup sugar 1 small shallot 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic Few sprigs of dill and cilantro Zest

Center of Attention

A Century of Stories

Growing up, Vivian Elder wanted to see and do it all. Born on Evansville’s West Side in 1922, the centenarian has made the most of her long life as a World War II nurse, rancher, dedicated Christian, and volunteer. When

Editor's Letter

Sounds of Summer

We spend a lot of time in our yard during the spring and summer months, especially on weekends. My husband plants flowers and digs up weeds; I pick up sticks and deadhead the geraniums. We both participate in the thankless


Big League Blockbuster

Ask any Evansvillian what the city is most known for, and Bosse Field’s role in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” is sure to top many lists. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, the Penny Marshall-directed movie about

Big League Blockbuster

Ask any Evansvillian what the city is most known for, and Bosse Field’s role in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” is sure to top many lists. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, the Penny Marshall-directed movie about

Community Partners

On the Court

Foot traffic on the Tepe Park basketball court along South Garvin Street bustles as neighborhood residents have all been drawn to the vibrant, full-court mural of the geometric symbol the Flower of Life. The Evansville natives behind the colorful painting

Art Talk

The Patron and Painter

On the second floor of the University of Evansville’s Olmsted Administration Hall, President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz takes one last look at the Sesquicentennial Oval his office overlooks before stepping out. Scurrying off to a meeting, he gives his usual farewell to


East Meets Best

The Tennessee state flag is easily recognizable with its three white stars in a blue circle on a field of crimson red. The stars represent the western, middle, and eastern parts of the state, each with its own signature flair.


Music for the Ages

Entering its 88th year, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s season promises to be one of the most ambitious to date. EPO will weave an eclectic selection of genres through 10 classics and pops concerts along with the return of the New Traditions

All About the Bass

On a Monday night last spring at the Burbank Music Academy in Southern California, Bruce Lett hands out charts to the other members of his funk band. The song is a Chick Corea composition called “Armando’s Rhumba,” which they’ve never

Tales of the Trail

On March 9, 2008, Jason Austin set off on a hike that would change his life. Through a grueling 2,190-mile, seven-month journey, the Evansville native became one of 21,553 people in the world to complete the Appalachian Trail in what

Food & Drink

Grill Out and About

So, you’re ready to test your skills as a full-fledged grill master, but you don’t have a grill of your own. These public grilling spots will ensure you don’t miss out on summer fun. Just be sure to grill safely

The Glossary of Grilling

To grill, or not to grill? When it comes to cooking with fire, there are a multitude of terms that often overlap. Grilling: Cooking food uncovered, on a rack, and directly over a heat source, usually a charcoal fire. Barbecuing:

Flavor and Savor

While seasoning meat is a common practice, rubs and sauces come with varying textures and flavors. Rubs, for example, should be applied before grilling to meat that will cook slowly, whereas a wet sauce can be applied later and pairs


Hardcore Reading

Punk rock music and mental health meet in witty harmony between the lines of Reid Chancellor’s comics. The artist and author has told his life story — being a Type 1 diabetic, his bipolar disorder diagnosis, and growing up in

Curb Appeal

A Slice of Paradise

Evansville natives Karen and Tim Walthall needed a home that, much like their 52-year marriage, would stand the test of time, and in 1993 they found it. The couple, who first met at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center’s cow barn in

Online Exclusives

Community Rallies Around Blast Victims

Evansville residents continue to feel the effects of the devastating explosion at a North Weinbach Avenue home on Aug. 10. As loved ones lay Charles Hite, Martina Hite, and Jessica Teague to rest this week, the street now is clear

Celebrate 812 Day the Tri-State Way

Friday marks an unofficial but totally Southwestern Indiana holiday: 812 Day. (That’s Aug. 12. Wink!) As Evansville’s city magazine of more than 20 years, Evansville Living takes pride in showing off the best our area has to offer — and

Pitching In

Evansville continues recovering from the severe thunderstorm that ripped through the city the evening of Aug. 1 and into the following morning. Evansville Regional Airport clocked winds at 52 mph, which uprooted trees and left debris scattered throughout many East

Curious Collection

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is a haven for curiosity, but even its newest addition expands its collection to new ground. Ten portable air sensors were added to the Library of Things in April through a partnership with the U.S. Environmental

Grilling Guide: Behind The Scenes

Evansville Living’s tasty grilling guide for our July/August 2022 issue didn’t cook itself. It took a lot of hands to prepare these feasts, so much so that we spread our photo across three shoots. Step behind the scenes with us,

Seek and Find

Throughout the month of July, a bespectacled literary character is hiding throughout Evansville as part of a national game. Approaching their first anniversary in business, Sam and Adam Morris’ Your Brother’s Bookstore, 504 Main St. was one of only 300 bookstores

Drums on the Ohio Gets Back in Formation

Drums on the Ohio stages its pandemic comeback tonight at the Reitz Bowl. Hundreds of high school- and college-aged musicians will thunder across the field for Drum Corp. International’s annual competition, the first held since 2019. The competition has a