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May / June 2011

Evansville Living

Travel Time

Another summer. Another vacation. Pack your stylish clothes in stylish suitcases. Here, a few suggestions on the latter.

Grown-up Getaways

HIT THE ROAD Glass Half Full By Louis La Plante – I always mixed my bourbon with soda. Then I wandered along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and was shamed. The Woodford Reserve  bourbon distillery looks like the definition of  “my

Greatness in the Garden

A certain wildness — or lack of order — rules Tim Black’s garden. “There’s never been a vision or a map,” he says. Black’s grand plan for the garden at his home near the University of Evansville is a wavering

Matt Rowe

The Reitz Home Museum has long been a jewel among historians. The admired grandeur of this three-story, 19th century home — once the residence of one the city’s most prominent and philanthropic families — stems from round-the-clock fundraising and upkeep

Barefoot Manor

Last April, Beth Martin opened the Barefoot Cottage above Busy Beedz, a successful jewelry boutique with a passionate following. Her shop showcased her down-to-earth, yet chic, home décor: custom-built wooden hutches and benches, “feathered” bowls, wicker chairs, glass candy jars,

Miller Time

I always feel like I am walking back in time when I walk up the steps into the Miller House in Owensboro, Ky. It is a place with many stories to tell, and its tale of the moment is not

Golden Eggs

The eggs I like have a particularly vibrant golden aesthetic. These round, heaven-sent globes are velvety and rich. The eggs complement anything they touch. When scrambled, they’re fluffy. Want eggs over easy? With thick yolks, these eggs are perfect. In

Blurred Lines

White tablecloths and napkins festoon the Edgewater Grille, a 13-year staple on the banks of the Ohio River in Newburgh where the interior design creates a formal atmosphere, but the very nature of the family-owned business fosters a casual impression.

Yogurt Culture

Inside Sweet CeCe’s in Newburgh, cheerful shades of hot pink, lime green, and orange brighten the strip-plaza space. Corrugated metal lines the cash register counter, lending an industrial, modern contrast to the sugary-sweet wall colors. With frozen yogurt machines, candy

The Loner

Unless you are in a book club, reading typically is a solitary activity, and composing a novel, much like a magazine article, is equally as lonely — unless you are writing this column. My mixologist Stephen Dennison and I work

Center of Attention

Females First

Anne Slaughter Andrew was a 16-year-old student at Reitz Memorial High School when she boarded a plane to Central America with her uncle, John Slaughter. She spent three weeks delivering medicine and food supplies for a nonprofit organization. She returned

Editor's Letter

Words to Create By

I carry a small notebook with me, jotting down words and ideas that, for whatever reason, inspire me. I’m often writing in two notebooks, stashed in different purses or my briefcase, and I fill them up and refer back to

Check It Out

Grape Escape

Torrential rain, sticky humidity, and blustery wind — all are possible foes to contend with when planning a fun spring evening in Southern Indiana. One fail-proof option: Join vintners, restaurateurs, jazz musicians, and wine lovers under two large tents for

Wild Brew

A family-friendly atmosphere exists at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. Proof? Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween event; the Or-Kid Escape, an annual youth-centric tour of the orchid exhibit; or Breakfast with Santa. But two years ago, Charlotte Roesner,

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

They Did It

Three white-haired widows were enjoying lunch at the River Oaks Health Campus, a nursing home in Princeton, Ind., when Betty Reynolds, 87, mentioned that she had been a “Rosie the riveter” during World War II. “So was I,” answered one

Comfort Zone

The Crusaders

In 2005, the editors of Time magazine named Bono a “Person of the Year.” The singer of U2 fame wasn’t honored for his music. The one-name celebrity, best known for tunes such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Where the Streets Have

Digging In

Ringing in Spring

As warmer weather settles over the Tri-State after a chilly spring, homeowners are eager to head outside and tend to their gardens. Here are a few tips to help get you started. Start with a plan. This may sound simple,


The Adjustment Bureau

Every weekday, when Jeffrey Justice wakes up in his home along Petersburg Road, he readies for work. Sometimes, he wears a tie; other days, he chooses to go open collar. Then, the president of Hafer Associates, an architecture firm in

Bad to the Bone

For 11 years, my husband Brad and I had been in a committed one-dog family. We knew the cost and time of raising pets more than doubles with a new puppy. Still, during the summer of 2010, Brad and I


Elliot Wasserman

Growing up in Miami Beach, Fla., Elliot Wasserman cherished family outings to the Coconut Grove Playhouse, where he saw the likes of Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, and Ann Miller perform. While Wasserman enjoyed live theater and dabbled in acting, his

How to Do Bonnaroo

In 2002, Bonnaroo was a music fest on a farm in Manchester, Tenn., attended by people who loved music. They didn’t bathe while camping under the hot Southern sun for four days, and they listened to bands with large followings


Kristi Valiant

CREATES: Illustrations, mostly children’s books. Doesn’t work with self-publishers. HER STORY: The graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio has illustrated five hardcover picture books for children since 2009. The Evansville transplant’s latest, The Goodbye Cancer Garden

Behind the Shot

Water World

By the time you receive this magazine in your mailbox or off the newsstand or perhaps in a waiting room, the Ohio River slowly will be receding from a crest around 46 feet in Evansville. The National Weather Service considers

Online Exclusives

A Battle with IPF

When Evansville Living readers last saw Mike Shore (“New Hope,” September/October 2009), he was recovering from a long-awaited lung transplant, the only effective treatment for the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis he had been diagnosed with more than three years earlier. IPF,

C.J.’s Bus to the Rescue

On a recent May morning, Evansvillian Kathryn Martin was in a Walmart outside of Huntsville, Ala., when she received a call from a volunteer on C.J.’s Bus, a customized vehicle designed to bring relief to children in disaster-stricken areas. The

Link Up

To show how these local stories fit into the broader context of world events, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. No Google search required. The Demand Leaders from Keep Evansville Beautiful want a landscape around the

A Quarter Century Later

Nearly four decades ago, Jeffrey Sparks met Matt Williams and David McFadzean, fellow theater majors, at the University of Evansville. The three roommates kept in touch after graduation. In the 1980s, Sparks learned Williams created TV sitcom Roseanne, and in