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March / April 2012


Good Living

A Sweet Tradition

What do Lucy Himstedt, Katie Couric, Jean Brubeck, Hillary Clinton, and the late Isabella Fine all have in common? They are all great women, and they all were Girl Scouts. The organization celebrates 100 years in March, and here in Southwest Indiana, their good works (and delicious cookies) keep going. Founded by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low in Savannah, Ga., in 1912, the Girl Scouts of the United States reached the Tri-State area in about 1923.

Emotional Rollercoaster

When Evansville Living wrote about bipolar disorder in the September/October 2006 issue (“Bipolar Disorder,” p. 44), Edwina Kempf, whose son suffers from the condition, had granted money to the St. Mary’s Foundation for a bipolar wellness center. The facility offers several services including a support group and workshops for patients, families, and friends. Dr. Juan C. Cabrera Jr., an adult and geriatric psychiatrist at St.

A Hopeful Cause

One look at the boisterous, 10-month-old twins and it’s hard not to be captivated by their bright blue eyes. Their chunky legs and curious nature disguise that they were born seven weeks early. Although it’s not a cakewalk for new parents Jackie and Nate Monroe, the chaotic and loud life that Jude and Ava bring them is a breath of fresh air. The Monroes — longtime supporters of nonprofit organization March of Dimes, and one of this year’s signature families at the annual walk — have endured a painful journey to parenthood.

Concert Hall Acoustics

Add another entry to the long list of enticing reasons to visit the Hoosier capital: The Center for the Performing Arts in Indianapolis’ posh northern neighbor, Carmel. The 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall is the clear eye-catcher of the ambitious development, the crown jewel of Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts, inspired by architect Andrea Palladio’s Villa Capra “La Rotonda” (1566).

Picture Perfect

Below the “Aiken Theatre” sign in the lobby of The Centre’s auditorium now resides an energetic portrait of a smiling Larry Aiken, the colorful entertainment promoter, civic and political leader, and the late namesake of the auditorium. Created by graphic designer and Larry’s old friend Tom Trebing, the vibrant portrait captures the “pop-art” feel that Trebing and Larry’s wife Suzanne wanted, with stylized purples, yellows, and oranges.

Strength in Numbers

I did not ask Christy Rolley if she likes the Beatles. We talked about her sledding accident, the long coming renovations to the Newburgh, Ind., home of her family of six, and the schedules of her active grade-school-aged children.

Up Front

The Right Ingredients

Much of my time at home is spent in the kitchen. I’m fortunate to have a large kitchen in my old home, thanks to renovations by the families who lived here before us, and improvements we have made, as well. The cabinetry is custom, local, and my appliances all are of good quality, though some now are fairly old. I have a nice gas stovetop with a hooded vent. My kitchen gets a workout, which I know is a familiar sentiment.


His Cheating Heart

Evansvillians old enough to remember Oct. 18, 1977, will recall the day our sheltered city experienced its brush with the Mob. A car bomb exploded outside of Olympia Health Spa (on Bellemeade Avenue just east of Green River Road) shortly after 1 p.m., damaging a nearby apartment building, hurling debris nearly a football field away, knocking out power on the Southeast Side of town, and killing the Lincoln Continental Mark V’s occupant, local oilman Ray Ryan.

Three-Point Play

Luke Zeller wasn’t much different than any typical oldest brother. He liked to rag on younger siblings Tyler and Cody every chance he got. If he could show them up on the basketball court outside the family home in Washington, Ind., so much the better. But he also had to live by the No. 1 canon from his father Steve, who learned it from his father while growing up in small-town Iowa in the 1970s.

Adventures In Travel Gastronomy

Culinary vacations are all the rage; they’ve become true gastronomic adventures for hands-on learning or pure entertainment. Here, we present three trips focused nearly entirely on dining: Franklin County, Fla., where you’ll dine from the nursery bed of the Gulf of Mexico; Elkhart Lake, Wis., a resort lake community where restaurants innovate with locally-sourced bounty; and a tightly edited Manhattan food lovers’ trip. Ready your maps! We're Salty! — By Kristen K. Tucker

Home and Style

A Good Impression

We’ve all heard “image is everything.” I was raised to believe this statement isn’t completely true, but as a designer, I know image is a big part of the way others perceive us – especially when it comes to our home or business. Landscaping is more than sprinkling a few plants around a building. It is creating a welcoming environment that draws people in and leaves a positive impression. It showcases your personality and pride in your home or business.

Fair Share

The Fair Trade Market, once a quaint building that served as the offices of the Old North United Methodist Church next door, is now a unique market where the soft hum of ethnic music entertains customers as they browse a cozy room filled with vibrant and handcrafted items produced in third-world countries.

A Cut Above

While many businesses, managers, and even bakers may take the cookie cutter approach to business — doing things the same way over and over again — Cathy Webb approaches each cookie she bakes individually. Admittedly, her passion for baking and ornate hand-decorating fuels her obsession with cookie cutters.

The Key to Happiness

Michael Key’s in-home gallery displays a unique mix of Picasso abstract meets Matisse Fauvism depicting pets, human portraits, and landscapes in nearly every color palette. The self-proclaimed colorist isn’t interested in moody, dark artwork; his style is positive and smile evoking. “Some of the most fun things I’ve done have been work for nurseries and kid’s rooms,” he says. “I think my style contributes well to that kind of work because I’m very into colors and how they work together.”

Among Friends

“We consider this house to be the living room of the university,” says University of Evansville president Tom Kazee on a recent tour of the May House, the university-owned residence where he and his wife, Sharon, have lived for nearly two years.


Speed of Life

At the Owensboro National Guard Armory on Feb. 18, Aaron Kizer stood on stage, bent down to dip his brushes in paint, then straightened up, drew his brushes a few times lightly across his pants, and deftly began to weave precise strokes upon the canvas. Incredibly, Kizer painted the soon-to-be portrait upside-down to enhance suspense. I had no idea it was John F. Kennedy until just five minutes later when Kizer flipped it over to vigorous applause. It was a perfect likeness.

The Funny Guy Returns

The actor who appeared wearing a Castle Knights T-shirt in the January/February 2007 issue of this magazine has returned to his old stomping grounds to make his first feature film. Michael Rosenbaum, best known for his role as Lex Luthor on the drama “Smallville” from 2001 to 2008, is making “Old Days” in his hometown of Newburgh, Ind., this month.


Designer Eggs

Deviled eggs — the staple of potlucks everywhere and an efficient use of dyed Easter eggs. It always seems like such a waste to peel off the pastel-colored shells, revealing the plain white beneath. Did you know you can color the whites and keep the party going all the way to the dinner table? Here, step-by-step instructions:

Desserts with a Twist

Citrus fruits are praised for their significant benefits — reducing the risk of a stroke and providing rich doses of Vitamin C — for the body, mind, and soul. Completing the wellness trifecta, these tasty lemons, limes, tangerines, and oranges put the perfect tang in all your favorite spring desserts.

Raising Future Foodies

I grew up a very picky eater and became anxious when invited to dinner at friends’ houses as a child. My husband, on the other hand, grew up in a very adventurous-eating family. Since we have been married, Andy’s great cooking skills have changed my eating habits, and now we make a hobby of trying new foods and unique restaurants. We look forward to including our sons, Lucas (4 years old) and Adam (3 years old) on these culinary adventures. Here are three helpful hints that we have gathered from various sources to grow our boys into future foodies!

Get Some Gnocchi

Gnocchi (noh’-kee). Bite-size potato pasta. The essence of comfort food — potatoes and pasta — combined into a tasty pillow of deliciousness. Somewhat trendy, yet completely approachable by the do-it-yourself chef, it pairs nicely with a little bacon and the most friendly (to cook and to the palate) cream sauce I’ve ever tried. Call it lunch. Call it dinner. I call it homemade gnocchi carbonara. I also call it my new favorite dish.

Ring in Spring

Spring is here and chefs have plenty of fresh ingredients to choose from when planning and preparing their menus. We asked six chefs to inspire us with menu ideas just right for spring.


Homemade soda is not only possible, it’s easy — in fact, you can add zing to your water while saving time, money, and the environment (no more plastic bottles to throw away). In fewer than 30 seconds, the lightweight aluminum carbonator forces pressurized carbon dioxide into your bottle and turns ordinary tap water into a refreshing, sparkling beverage. More than 30 flavors — including regular and diet sodas, energy drinks, and tea — can enhance your water, and reusable containers eliminate lugging and storing 2-liter bottles or pallets of bottled water.

Final Detail

Dime Store Cakes

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Evansville, we’re devoting the back page of Evansville Living – the Final Detail – to historic photographs. Generations of Evansville children grew up celebrating birthdays with fluffy cakes from Woolworth’s bakery department, shown in this 1957 photo from Donahue. A 1990 fire claimed the Woolworth’s building.

Online Exclusives

Comes the Director

Since graduating from the University of Evansville and moving to New York City in 2003, freelance director and co-owner of Slant Theatre Project Wes Grantom has remained close with John David Lutz, director of theatre at UE. Lutz, who taught Grantom how to direct, has continued mentoring him from a distance, and the pair expressed joint interest in Grantom returning to direct at his alma mater.

Link Up

To show how stories in our March/April 2012 issue fit into the broader context of world events, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. No Google search required.