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May / June 2016

Evansville Living

The Lincoln Mallet

The Feb. 9 revelation to the world of Abraham Lincoln’s mallet kept hidden in Spencer County, Indiana, is a story of family friendships forged on the frontier, an unbelievable secret, revered and handed down for five generations, a cast of characters worthy of a screenplay, and a pole barn in Richland, Indiana.

Saving Smiles

TV viewers in the 1970s and 1980s watched as the Crest Team used their giant toothbrushes to defeat the awful Cavity Creeps and save the city of Toothopolis. Had it not been for researchers at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, the Crest Team and their giant tubes of toothpaste wouldn’t have been around to save the day. Dr. Joseph Muhler, Dr. Harry Day, and Dr. William Nebergall discovered how to fluoridate toothpaste in the early 1950s. The university patented the product.

Among the Azaleas

Beverly Knight has never greeted a stranger. The owner and creator of the Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, located on the Gibson and Pike county lines at 1502 N. C.R. 825 W., Hazelton, Indiana, welcomes all visitors to her gardens as if she’s known them her entire life. “What I love most about having the path is the people who I meet,” says the 70-year-old Posey County native. “They are all my friends, honestly.”

Battle of the Bands

Eight drum and bugle corps from all over the nation will march into the River City for a heart-pounding night of musicianship at the annual Drums on the Ohio show at 7 p.m. June 29 at the F.J. Reitz Bowl. The only Drum Corps International show in a 200-mile radius of Evansville, Drums on the Ohio has been showcasing young world-class musicians since 1978. Originally sponsored by the Evansville Civitan Club, the show took a hiatus after 30 years. In 2013, it was brought back to its former glory when the F.J. Reitz Instrumental Music Boosters took over production.

Carrying the Legacy

Connie Gries spent the better part of her Saturday afternoon digging up violets in her garden and putting them in jars, hoping they’d live long enough to serve as table decorations for Sunday’s dinner at the Seton Residence, a sprawling estate tucked behind wrought iron gates on the outskirts of New Harmony, Indiana.

Olde World Style

In 1826, Betty Hanselman’s family emigrated from Bavaria, Germany, to Jasper, Indiana, a small Midwestern German community, to start a new life. Betty’s commitment to her German heritage never wavered as she and her future husband Larry Hanselman, whose great grandparents emigrated from Switzerland, paid tribute to their ethnic roots by opening Schnitzelbank Restaurant in 1961. More than 50 years later, the Olde World ambiance lives on at the restaurant through its authentic German cuisine, the wait staff’s attire, and décor.

Brew Masters

Three years ago, fate began brewing something sweet for the owners of Schnitzelbank Restaurant. At the same time the proprietors of the Jasper Country Club went looking for a new clubhouse owner, the Hanselman family of Schnitzelbank was seeking an event facility. In 2013, the upper level of the clubhouse was converted into KlubHaus 61, a venue for weddings, corporate events, and holiday parties. The lower level, formerly the Country Club pro shop, locker rooms, and bar, was gutted and remodeled into a brewery and pub.

A New World

As a self-proclaimed “meat-a-saurus,” I became nervous when it was suggested to me that I create a recipe for a gourmet veggie burger. I took to researching the best way I know how: leaning on the expertise of those I trust. I asked a few of my vegetarian friends what they would like to taste. The vast majority of their responses suggested two things: texture and seasoning. I decided to develop a burger recipe I thoroughly would enjoy if it were served to me.

Mother Mary!

When Paige and Rodney Miller took over ownership of the Highland Inn, 6620 N. First Ave., in June 2015, they decided the first thing they needed was a signature drink. That’s when the Massive Bloody Mary emerged. “We’ve always had a thing for Bloody Marys before we had a bar,” says Paige. “So we wanted to be known for Bloody Marys.”

Fun in the Sun

For those seeking a fun, creative activity during the sunny days of summer, sun prints are an inexpensive way to use nature to get crafty. Before you can start, you’ll need: Sun print paper kit, found at hobby and craft stores Objects to lay on the paper: flowers, leaves, feathers, or common items lying around your home A flat, sunny surface

Editor's Letter

Indiana Stories

With the early May Indiana primary election over, you might think the world would turn its attention away from the Hoosier state. But that would be wrong. Indiana is going to be in the spotlight all year with hundreds of events and more than a dozen signature projects celebrating the state’s bicentennial. (Visit in.gov/ibc/ for bicentennial celebration details.)

Chew On This

Chew on This

Tiki Time Bar & Grill, 1801 Waterworks Road, has reopened for the 2016 season. Commander’s Grill has opened its doors in Boonville, Indiana, at 118 W. Locust St. It pays homage to Boonville’s own Commander Ralph D. Weyerbacher, who designed, built, and piloted the U.S.S. Shenandoah, a zeppelin aircraft. Kite & Key Café, 2301 W. Franklin St., is now open. The restaurant and coffee shop serves breakfast and lunch as well as espresso drinks and desserts.

Check It Out

Spring Into Summer

Not even the Grey Lady can resist a good garden party. Approximately six years after the ghost’s last reported sighting, she may be paying a visit to Willard Library, 21 N. First Ave., on Friday, May 13 when the Friends of Willard Library (g)host their second annual Spring Into Summer Garden Party. The 21-and-over soiree starts at 5:30 p.m. and features signature cocktails including the Grey Lady Pale Ale and appetizers from Angelo’s, Just Rennie’s, Roca Bar, and more.

Fashion Unleashed

Rolling Hills Country Club is going to the dogs — literally. On June 9, models and canines will take over the Newburgh, Indiana, club for the first annual Divas and Dogs event. Guests will enjoy appetizers and cocktails as they vote on grumpy cat pictures and in an owner and dog lookalike contest, bid on items including a ring from Brinker’s Jewelers or a detail package from D-Patrick in the silent auction, and be bow-wowed by fabulous fashions as models strut down the catwalk wearing the latest trends from Glitters and Traditions.


Hoops Hysteria

Basketball is a culture in the Hoosier state, and it’s in this culture that some of the greatest to play the sport were raised. Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Gordon Hayward, and Glenn Robinson are a few of the names that get tossed around during hoops hysteria and have become synonymous with “basketball” in Indiana.

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Holy History

 “ . . . While our brothers were away on the field of strife and the battle . . . raging, we trusted that the God of Washington would come and save us and that we should . . . build this house for worship and praise,” said Rev. Albion Fellows on June 19, 1864, during the cornerstone-laying ceremony of what we know as Trinity United Methodist Church. How amazing that despite the Civil War, the bloodiest and most traumatic period in American history, a congregation insisted on proceeding with Trinity.


Cultural Immersion

Some places evoke an immediate image, like the Swiss Alps or a castle on the Rhine. But when I told people my wife Jane and I were going to Guatemala, a common response was, “Oh, are you going on a mission trip?” or, “Why on earth would you want to go there?” It was a kind of mission trip for 12 people associated with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to help build a home and make other improvements. Ultimately, the greater benefit was to us, as we experienced a bit of Guatemalan home and family life from the inside, not just from passing by.

Ray of Hope

Standing before friends and family during a commencement ceremony is a momentous occasion. But for 24-year-old Dana Gieselman, who was graduating in 2012 from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies, it was a day with more meaning than most. As a survivor of leukemia, which she was diagnosed with when she was 6 years old, she says one of the memories that stands out in her mind about the day is walking across the stage and hearing her daughter.


Artistic Freedom

In grade school, Judith Powers was a strong student. But her teachers repeatedly reminded the Evansville native that her pencil should be completing assignments and not sketching drawings.

And the Show Goes On

In 2014, those who walked into the former Princeton, Indiana, movie theater at 301 W. Broadway St., would have seen anything but a theater. “It was down to the dirt floors,” says Logan Vickers, facilities manager and events coordinator for the now Princeton Theatre and Community Center. “There was a lot of mold and it was just not in good shape. A lot of work had to be put in.”

Curb Appeal

Downtown Rebirth

While others saw a foreclosed home built into the ground with little natural light, a cracked swimming pool, a basement with a sewer line leak, and the lack of a driveway or garage, Ron and Debbie Faupel gazed at their future home.

Artful Living

Men at Work

When one workday ends, another begins for the men behind Cerberus Wood Co. in Owensboro, Kentucky. Brothers-in-law Jordan Leach, who works as a teacher and a football coach at Daviess County High School, and Dustin Taylor, who works as a manager at U.S. Bank, often can be found woodworking late into the night at their shop at Leach’s parents’ house in Owensboro.


Earthen Legacy

 It was 1970 when Dan Hadley of Evansville saw an old blue pitcher at a yard sale. “My mother had just redone her bedroom all in blue, so I bought this to give her,” he says. He had purchased his first piece of Uhl pottery, never suspecting he was indulging a fascination that would become a lifelong commitment. Formed from the clay of necessity and fired in the pride of history, Uhl pieces have come to symbolize the industrious life of early residents of Southern Indiana and surrounding areas.

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the May/June issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you.