May / June 2013

Evansville Living

A Trifle Good

Readers familiar with my recipes know that I always try to take something delicious and seemingly complex and add a twist to make it more approachable. For this issue, we wanted to stick with the theme of patriotism. For an

Portraits of Patriotism

The idea behind this issue’s feature on patriotism was largely organic. After all, patriotism is as much in our blood as it is in yours. In this issue, we honor local patriots who have had a regional and national impact.

Savory Delights

Take everything you know about dining out in the Tri-State and throw it out the window. Approaching Henderson’s newest gastropub, Commonwealth Kitchen + Bar, with a clean slate is the best way to soak in all the new experiences in

A Vision Come True

It took months of planning and lots of hard work. Yet in the end, Megan Wade raised more than $4,000 for the Special Olympics by bringing an award-winning blind country and gospel pianist to North High School. Gordon Mote is

An Honorable Feast

When you’re a civilian, you’re aware of the discipline involved in being a soldier. But you don’t usually get to be part of the pomp and circumstance — every step, every march, every lifting of the flag, and every precise movement, in

Different Strokes

Some people are intimidated by art, or I should say by creating art. Although I took art classes in high school, the last time my brush was loaded with paint, it was to transform my bathroom with metallic horizontal stripes

Let Your Garden Show

A loosely-clustered arrangement of complementary flowers gives the look of a freshly-cut garden bouquet perfect for any room in the house. Low ceramic, metal, or terra cotta pots are a great way to use short-stemmed flowers in a trendy, fun way. Step 1:

Patterns Afoot

It’s easy to be intimidated by tile. After all, it’s long been an art form. Glazed bricks were used on the Tower of Babel in Mesopotamia. According to “Tile Art: A History of Decorative Ceramic Tiles” by Noel Riley, various

In Historic Context

It’s not every day you walk in the footprints of your ancestors — unless you’re Houston and Lowry Igleheart-Keach. When the Henderson couple moved into their sprawling historic farm named “The Elms,” the home already had weathered four generations of

A Crispy Combo

Just six months old, R’z Café and Catering in Fort Branch, Ind., is fast becoming a favorite of locals and travelers alike, and it’s easy to see why. From the eclectic atmosphere to the diverse menu, owners Candy and Dan

Go Bananas

Grab plenty of napkins and settle down with a spoon, because the Bananas Foster sundae at Ben & Penny’s is set to demand your attention. This popular dessert has vanilla ice cream, large banana chunks, lightly toasted walnuts, homemade whipped

Bourbon and Bluegrass

Bourbon: it’s more than a drink in a glass. By law, all of the ingredients to make this rich, amber whiskey must be made in the United States. Kentucky is uniquely positioned to produce 95 percent of it because of

High Flying Flags

President Harry Truman designated National Flag Day as June 14 of each year when he signed an Act of Congress on Aug. 3, 1949. Yet residents of the United States have long honored the American flag. According to, the

Center of Attention

Who Are You

Some people have one “Who” moment. Evansville resident Todd Hubbard has been lucky enough to have three. Hubbard owns Hubbard Guitars, 813 E. Franklin St., where he builds and sells handmade acoustic and electric guitars. A 1992 graduate of the

Editor's Letter

Patriotic Evansville

I have long viewed Evansville as a very patriotic city. My vision is shaped by experiences growing up here as the Vietnam War came to a close, in the early days of the Freedom Festival (begun in 1970), and through

Chew On This

Chew On This

Al Dente (318 Main St., Suite 100), has opened in the former location of La Sombra Coffee Roasting Co. and Café. It offers a salad bar, sandwiches, and fresh homemade pasta. PG (1418 Franklin St.), is a new art, culture,

Check It Out

Get Active

The second annual Evansville Streets Alive! festival will take place on Fulton Avenue this year. On Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., Fulton Avenue will be closed off to vehicle traffic between Maryland Street and Diamond Avenue. Healthier

Chip In

Spend the day on the golf course knowing you’re benefiting a good cause with the Evansville Catholic High Schools Tradition Classic on Monday, June 24, at the Evansville Country Club. The profits from this event help fund important areas such

Saddle UP

Now in its fifth year, the Evansville Benefit Horse Show raises funds for a cause that hits close to home. Its mission is to provide funding and raise awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after one of its young

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Parades of Patriotism

During the last week of June and the first week of July in downtown Evansville, the community puts on its red, white, and blue and becomes a bastion of patriotism. Case in point: the Freedom Festival, an annual Independence Day

Evansville Centric

Grand Old Flag

Charlotte Austin’s time was consumed by two things from January to March 1980: stars and stripes. An employee of Anchor Industries Inc. in Evansville, Austin was one of the workers tasked with sewing together the Great American Flag — a

Comfort Zone

Fighting Together

When Karen Wilhite Williams battled a recurrence of breast cancer in 2010, her sister was there for her every step of the way. Jill Kincaid sat with Williams during her hours-long chemotherapy treatments, entertaining her with movies and humor and

Digging In

Rainbow Collection

Planting summer annuals is a great way to bring a burst of color into your landscape. Annuals are plants that are originally from warmer climates and won’t survive in Southern Indiana during our winters. These plants are often from tropical locations


Swimming to the Top

Lilly King is living the typical life of a high-level competitive swimmer. Make that a typical 16-year-old, high-level swimmer. “I make time for student council, make time for projects, I try to make German-club meetings,” King says. “It’s pretty much

On Sacred Ground

Nearly 125,000 American servicemen and servicewomen are interred in 24 American military cemeteries in eight overseas nations. Yet probably the most famous of all the cemeteries on foreign soil is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. In


Call of the Wild

Originally from Oxford, Ohio (a small town near Cincinnati), Steve Gifford, 42, planted roots in Haubstadt, Ind., after several years of moving around with his wife, Sarah, and their children, Josh and Maddie. His passion for cars led him to

Expanding the Possibilities

Since Willard Library opened in 1885, it has provided quality programs and unique resources for the community. Last year the library sponsored 800 programs and served close to 17,000 patrons — all packed into 15,000 square feet of space. Last



Posey County jeweler Laine Benthall, 29, adjusts the flame on her jeweler’s torch, which is so hot it burns blue, enough to melt metal. Behind safety goggles, her eyes focus on the tiny piece of precious metal she grasps with

Artful Living

Partying with Paints

It’s all for the babies. That’s what Andrea Halbig says about her three children, her SnickerDoodle Kids Art business, and her most recent endeavor — a March of Dimes celebrity paint party auction that brought in around $1,000. “The idea


Crafting Patriotism

She was there to support and cheer for her oldest son, a swimmer. Yet while he was in the water competing in various meets, Vicki Hart was on the bleachers — and her hands were free. That’s one reason the

Online Exclusives

War Memorials

In our May/June issue of Evansville Living, we presented you with a list of war memorials in Evansville. Here is our expanded — yet still not fully comprehensive — list of other war memorials within easy driving distance of our