May / June 2022

Evansville Living

Scoop of Success

The bold blue trailer, easily recognizable to Evansville residents as the JB’s Barnyard ice cream truck, had been parked Downtown for only 20 minutes when a line began to form. While owners Briley and Jared Simpkins were visiting for an

A New Direction

Next time your travels take you beyond the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, head to the Delmar neighborhood for some of the finest contemporary crafts in America. There, the nonprofit Craft Alliance is in its sixth decade giving local,

Cruise Control

Relaunched in 2021 after a brief hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upgrade Bike Share program is a cheap and healthy way to traverse the River City for business or pleasure. Painted white and decorated with logos from program sponsors

All in the Family

The lifespan of a car often tops out at about 20 years, so it may come as a surprise to see a gleaming 60-year-old auto effortlessly cruising the streets. For Tom Petersen, the longevity of his 1960 Buick Electra 225

Pensive Primates

Acclaimed photographer Mark Edward Harris visited the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo while on a media tour in 2014. He was taking pictures through a thick glass wall when Azy, the dominant male of the resident

Most Beautiful Homes

From historic abodes to modern fare, beautiful homes are plentiful in the River City. Our neighborhoods abound with distinctive residences featuring custom designs and magnificent details, and, as we’ve discovered, each has a unique story. From the rolling hills of

Photos with Feeling

For Michele Gates, photography is more than a hobby. She takes striking, detailed photos of nature, which has brought her peace and spurred her to create a simple message: You Matter. Six years ago, Gates began using photography to cope

‘For Gifting and Gracious Living’

Opie & Eleanor’s is a treasure trove of decor, clothing and accessories, original artwork, and more gifts. The 1,500-square-foot shop at 3033 W. Maryland St. is tucked away from Evansville’s main thoroughfares but holds weight as one of the city’s

Whimsy and Wonder

Painters often are pictured standing at an easel, working in a studio on a piece that’s been meticulously planned. For interior design muralist Anita Roll, this isn’t quite the case. Her success largely can be attributed to her ability to

Whirl of a World

A simple scan of Rare Bird Uncommon Gifts’ store at 2605 Lincoln Ave., and you’ll find plenty of curious items. But among the hundreds of home accessories, candles, and jewelry is perhaps the shop’s most fascinating product. Rare Bird’s MOVA

Craftsman Cool

Back on the market after a diligent renovation, 2015 E. Blackford Avenue is a modern oasis wrapped in classic packaging. “The home has been 100 percent redone,” says Jayson Munoz, owner of Munoz Properties and the commercial industrial roofing company

Berry Refreshing

It’s patio season in Evansville, and at COMFORT by the Cross-Eyed Cricket, that means a generous serving of fruity cocktails under clear skies. COMFORT’s blackberry margarita is a refreshing blend of tart and sweet, perfect for a summer afternoon sip

All Decked Out

The Landing General Manager Sean Swank says he doesn’t have to go outside to know when the sun is setting. When customers stray to one of the riverside restaurant’s several decks to catch a glimpse of the sun falling below


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

What once was an inconspicuous gallery hidden on Evansville’s far East Side is now a neighborhood art space closer to the city’s center. Twymon Art’s new location at 1015 Lincoln Ave. opened March 25, but owner Billy Twymon has envisioned


Discover Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula

If you visited one of the 423 parks in the National Park System last year, you were in good company. Outdoor spaces provide safe options for people of all ages to commune with nature after months of staying at home

Creating Lasting Solutions

Nearly every chair in the gallery of Room 301 in the Civic Center Complex was filled, and an overflow crowd had gathered in the hall outside. The people assembled weren’t seeking a tax decrease or lobbying for better roads. Instead,


Making a Difference

With five dollars, big ideas, and bigger hearts, Resurrection Catholic School’s first grade class has turned an assignment into advocacy. First grade teacher Jennifer Schmitz began this project in 2011, inspired by that year’s Diocesan theme: “Make a difference, it

Stocked to Serve

As schools closed to in-person instruction in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students were left without a reliable supply of meals. Food insecurity — already a problem in Vanderburgh County where, according to Feeding America, 14.5 percent

Anatomy of a Dish

Berry Blend

If you can take your eyes off the flaky doughnuts on display at Parlor Doughnuts at 301 N. Green River Road, you’ll notice an enticing menu of healthy, coastal-influenced dishes. The star of these is the acai bowl, a vegan

Online Exclusives

Impressionism Revival

Building on the success of its Vincent van Gogh LUME immersive experience, the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields is opening a “Monet & Friends Alive” feature starting July 3. Evansville Living readers will remember LUME from “Il-LUME-inating Experience” in

Title Town

*Editor's Note: Congratulations to the Reitz Memorial High School girls' soccer team and Mater Dei High School football team for winning state titles in fall 2022! The start of summer marks the end of IHSAA sports for the 2021-22 school

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still searching for a gift, Evansville Living has you covered. This selection of watches, books, and outdoor gifts from local stores that will make any father figure smile. MOVA Globes Found

Honoring Juneteenth in the Tri-State

The Evansville area’s rich Black culture is honored this weekend in commemoration of Juneteenth. June 19 historically is recognized as the anniversary of the day news of abolition reached enslaved African Americans in Texas more than two years after President

‘A Little Bit of Everything’

Bustling. That’s the best word to describe the atmosphere inside The Barrel House a week before its grand opening on June 20. Servers set tables and roll silverware. Bartenders organized bottles and glasses. The kitchen staff could be heard over

Music for the Ages

Only a month since the close of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2021-22 season, the Tri-State symphony already is readying for its next season, set to be one of its most ambitious. The eclectic 88th EPO season willweave a diverse selection of

5 Tips for Shopping the Annual Alvord Boulevard Sale

June is here, and with it comes a favorite, yet somehow obscure, event on Evansville’s East Side: The annual Alvord Boulevard yard sale. Stretching 10 blocks of South Alvord from Harper Elementary School to Washington Avenue, boulevard residents stage the

Events to Take Pride In

Evansville celebrates its LGBTQIA+ community the month of June with festivals, a parade, and Pride events at baseball games and amusement parks. First Fridays in Haynie’s Corner 5:30-9:30 p.m. June 3 Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Washington and Adams avenues June’s

Remembering Robin Lawrence

Robin Lawrence, a Newburgh, Indiana, resident, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 19, after battling anal and rectal cancer for almost four years. Lawrence, 61, was featured in several issues of Evansville Living magazine for her efforts in cancer

Calves and Laughs

From live music and historic tales to spring markets, plant sales, and bull riding, there’s something fun for everyone this weekend in and around the River City. 2022 Spring Funk in the City 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21 Haynie’s Corner

Custom Creations

A wealth of craft beer flows from the taps of River City breweries, and what better way to show your appreciation than to raise a glass of their custom crafts during American Craft Beer Week? Through Saturday, enjoy these fresh