March / April 2022

Evansville Living

Get Outside

In our corner of the Midwest, we’re fortunate that warm weather means a wide variety of things: strolling on riverfront walking trails, navigating a kayak through inner-city creeks, birding at state parks, planting vegetable seeds, climbing ancient rock formations, or

Modern Love

Scenic Drive’s name isn’t just for its elevated views of the East Side. The homes on this secluded street off the crest of the Lincoln Avenue hill also are quite the sight themselves. A standout among the custom builds is

Pretty Place Palace

Deep in a private subdivision at the end of a winding road in the neighboring village of Darmstadt sits one of the Tri-State’s latest luxury homes to hit the market. This French Provincial house features several upscale amenities that will

Heads Up

Will “Lash” LaRue stands in his two-room workspace in Downtown Evansville. In his right hand is a lit blow torch. In his left is one of his hand-made beaver pelt hats consumed by bright orange flames. The burning is a

Eating After Hours

Weekends in Evansville aren’t short on nightlife opportunities, with plenty of activities ready to work up your appetite. But when the sun goes down, where can those still awake in the River City go to satisfy their hunger pangs? It

Speed King

From 1924 to 1936, the Colored Speedway Association’s Gold and Glory Sweepstakes was the premier racing event for people of color barred from the segregated Indianapolis 500. In the race’s last year, one driver lost control of his car in

Community Centered

Public libraries have long been places for people in the community to gather to interact, learn, and explore — all qualities that supplied the foundation and spurred the growth of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. Between 1886 and 1919, wealthy

Venue with a View

Tri-State residents are embracing the spring sun and searching for outdoor entertainment. While Evansville offers plenty of venues for live events, none accommodates an outside crowd. The city’s existing options are limited. The concrete amphitheater on Downtown’s riverfront esplanade could

Sweet as Can Bea

Trays of cookie sandwiches, colorful macarons, and fresh cinnamon rolls at Bea Sweet Treats are the product of four generations of passion for the craft. Stephanie Post and her daughter Ashley Corbetta opened the storefront at 4111 Merchant Drive in

Mocha Master

Mixed with the murmur of Downtown’s lunch crowd conversations, the electric hum of the The Daily Grind’s espresso machine doesn’t just add to the cafe’s ambiance. The Rancilio brand’s Classe 9 equipment is key to creating nearly all of The

Sizzle and Steak

Manning a hibachi grill is about more than just cooking food. When customers pull up a chair at Chef Zosimo Capili’s station inside Domo Japanese Hibachi Grill, Sushi and Ramen, they expect theatrics, and he is happy to oblige. From

New From Peru

Bursting flavors from spices such as parsley and chili peppers define Peruvian cuisine. That bold South American taste solidified the place of Inka’s Palace in Tri-State catering for years, and now it’s found a permanent spot on Evansville’s North Side.

Center of Attention

Mission Minded

Before the EVSC Foundation and the Public Education Foundation merged in November 2021, they brainstormed joint projects and landed on a supplies shop for educators modeled after Teacher Warehouse in Bloomington, Indiana, and Teacher’s Treasures in Indianapolis. At the same

Editor's Letter

My Preferred Spring

When it comes to spring, I prefer the meteorological definition that has the season beginning on March 1. Meteorological spring is based on annual temperature cycles; astronomical spring is based on the earth’s rotation around the sun — the spring

Community Partners

Patriotic Preservation

By advocating for preservation and patriotism, the Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has kept local history alive for 125 years. The chapter’s impact can be seen in Evansville through commemorative plaques on

Departments

Havana’s Kindred Spirit

The tropical Florida sun shines brightly on Miami beaches all day, but the city really heats up after dark. That’s when bathing suits are shed in favor of alluring club fashions, because Miami is famous not just for its powdery

Culture

Between the Ropes

As a senior in high school, Evansville native Dan Engler never saw himself making it to professional wrestling’s biggest stage. But with some encouragement from friends and family and a little push from Evansville’s rich wrestling scene, Engler has made

Life through the Lens

From the moment he could walk, Tom Barrows was fiddling with a camera. Barrows’ father, George, was instrumental in piquing his son’s interest in photography. George, a reporter for the Washington Post in the 1920s and ‘30s and an early

The Sound of Music

Music often is the prime companion of historic events. In Evansville, from the dedications of the Roberts Stadium renovation in 1990 to the Korean War Veterans Memorial unveiling in 1992, the Evansville Symphonic Band has provided music to commemorate the

Title IX Trailblazers

The first thing the staff at Evansville Living noticed when looking at this photo from the mid-1970s was the broad smiles of those pictured. Taken in 1976, that season’s girls’ basketball team at Reitz High School had many reasons to

Who Let the Dogs Out

Work was put on hold at Evansville Living on the afternoon of Jan. 18, when a four-legged friend strolled through our lobby. Sporting a hot pink “Adopt Me” bandana and matching leash, 2-year-old Zoe was on an adventure with photographer

Party Boat

Where the LST-325 docks along Evansville’s riverfront, a riverboat named The City of Evansville took harbor on the Ohio River from 1995 to 2017 and held the title of Indiana’s first casino. Now called Riverboat Louis Armstrong and docked in

Creating

Old-World Works of Art

Evansville native Jesse Sumrall stumbled upon his passion for creating intricate Styrofoam dioramas for tabletop gaming and décor completely by accident. Sumrall, who works full-time as an inventory control analyst, searched many years for “his thing” and tried his hand

Curb Appeal

Blooming Beauty

Stroll along Vann Avenue in the spring, and it’s impossible not to be enraptured by the striking yard enveloping the home at the northeast corner of Gum Street. It’s evident that Tracy Stafford loves to garden, and for the past

Online Exclusives

A Momentous Proclamation

On April 29, 2022, President Joe Biden released a proclamation renewing the country’s commitment to National Foster Care Month, which takes place each May. Three days later, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke made a historic announcement proclaiming May as Foster Care Month

Doggone Auction

The Vanderburgh Humane Society is set to host its largest fundraiser of the year on May 21. The Going, Going, Gone to the Dogs Benefit Dinner & Auction is back in person for the first time since 2019. Guests can

How Does It Feel to win the Kentucky Derby

Note: This story appeared in the July/August 2009 issue of Evansville Living. When 2009’s Kentucky Derby began, local racing fans watched with bated breath: Longtime Ellis Park jockey and local favorite Calvin Borel, a Louisiana native, was racing for his

Over the Edge, and Back Again

A year of planning, 80 volunteers, and 110 brave rappelers came together to make the Over the Edge 4 Granted fundraiser a success. Granted’s event on April 30 was the first of its kind in Evansville, and it exceeded the

Socialize, Shop, and Scramble

May kicks off a month of finer weather and fun activities. From launching this year’s First Fridays in Haynie’s Corner to breaking a sweat with the local SWAT team, kick your weekend into gear with these events. Haynie’s Corner Arts

Batter Up

The Evansville Otters are looking to come out strong for the 2022 Frontier League Championship season after narrowly missing out on the playoffs in 2021. The Otters will play their final preseason exhibition game at 10 a.m. May 10 before

A Lasting Legacy

The “pop, pop, pop” of machine guns could be heard as World War II raged on the Western Front and forever changed millions of lives. Teenaged Paul Eickhoff, a native of St. Philip in nearby Posey County, lay among those

What’s the Buzz?

By day, Evansville native Kevin Wiener works as senior technician for SWAT Pest Management. By night, he runs a Facebook group called All Bugs Go to Kevin, with more than 60,000 members. He sees himself as a troubleshooter and detective

Fun on Franklin

Throughout the years, West Franklin Street has hosted a variety of notable events, such as the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival and Mardi Gras Parade. Many, like the Fall Festival, have a rich history in the Evansville that span

Raising the Stakes

Taking fundraising to new heights, local nonprofit Granted is giving people the opportunity to raise funds for local children by scaling down the side of a nine-story building. Over the Edge 4 Granted will send nearly 90 brave souls rappelling

Mad Munchies

Evansville has a taste for Asian cuisine of all types from Japanese sushi to classic Chinese American takeout, but there isn’t an abundance of locally owned options for fast-casual dining. On April 7, the grand opening of Teriyaki Madness at

Get Outside!

Spring has officially sprung, and Evansville is celebrating the season by taking events outside. Looking to get back out in the community and enjoy the sunshine? Take the advice of our March/April issue of Evansville Living and get outside with these

Honoring Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated internationally on April 22, and there is so much to be thankful for! Check out these ideas for honoring our planet this Earth Day. Spend time in the Great Outdoors There’s nothing like getting

Full Circle

When Evansville Living last spoke with Philip Lawrence, a River City native and eight-time Grammy Award winner, he was in Melbourne, Australia, filming a new television show for CBS. Called “Come Dance with Me,” the competitive dance show pairs each

All Together Now, Indiana

Americans celebrate National Poetry Month in April, and the Hoosier State has found an engaging way to participate in this year’s festivities. For the “All Together Now, Indiana” project, Matthew Graham, Indiana’s poet laureate and professor emeritus of English at

126th Boston Marathon will see runners from Evansville

Alisha Wargel will start Monday, April 18 bright and early. Lacing up her sneakers and snapping on her watch, the Evansville resident will join thousands of runners from across the world competing at the 126th Boston Marathon. “I’ve been running

Let There Be Light

The stained glass windows that shine inside the hollowed sanctuary of Immanuel United Church of Christ are not just a recreation of Bible verses, but also a symbol of the congregation’s determination and history. Located at 5812 Ford Road between

New Traditions

The quintessential symphonies composed by Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart are recognizable at first listen because these composers have served as the face of classical music for hundreds of years. Now, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Traditions Diversity Series is shedding

What’s In A Name: Willard Carpenter

Gumbert. Reitz. Koch. Igleheart. Evansville, both past and present, is marked by family names that have impacted our schools, government, roads, and our city’s history. Inspired by “What’s in a Name?” in Evansville Living’s 2014 City View issue, this series

Wisdom from ‘The Woz’

Fast-talking and curious-minded Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, co-founder of the Apple Computer Company, took an awed audience on a whirlwind tour of his life as a futurist and meeting Steve Jobs, his thoughts on the environment and space junk, and

Get Ready to Rumble

First responders are usually associated with fighting crime and fires. Once a year in the Tri-State, they take their fighting to the ring in front of thousands of people, and all for a good cause. Since 2008, the men and

Model Citizens

Every March, Women’s History Month offers a special opportunity to celebrate generations of women who have strengthened our nation and paved the way for others. To honor local contributions, we are shining a light on five of the women who

Fish Fries and Freddie Mercury

Looking for something to do this weekend? Whether you’re a gearhead, Queen fan, fish fry fanatic, or literature buff, [Evansville Living] has you covered. Check out these five events happening this weekend in the River City. Germania Fish Fry 53:30-7:30

Casting a Wide Net

Indiana’s strength and vitality emanate from, among several places, our many waterways. Hoosiers have diverse relationships with water, and Indiana Humanities’ Waterways Film Tour is highlighting stories of access and conservation, as well as the unique cultures that spring up