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May / June 2017

Evansville Living

Our Favorite Small Town

More than 200 years ago, John Sprinkle did what many residents living along the Ohio River do in the spring — he climbed onto a boat and floated along the waterway.  Traveling east from Henderson County, Kentucky, a bit of high ground would catch his eye. The businessman of German descent steered his flatboat to shore and stepped onto land.

House of History

Almost two years ago, Troy Wells and Bill Bell moved into the latest of a long line of houses together. The Rutledge/Gudgel House, located in downtown Newburgh, Indiana, would prove to be a challenge; but with their 25 years of experience building and renovating homes, it was nothing Wells and Bell hadn’t seen before.  The Rutledge/Gudgel House is the seventh home they have owned and renovated in Newburgh after moving to the small town in 2000 from Evansville.

Downtown Aesthetic

Sometimes a change of scenery can offer a whole new perspective. The Barefoot Cottage owner Beth Martin and her staff have experienced that and more through the move from a location on Fruitwood Lane to the former Secret Garden location in Historic Downtown Newburgh, Indiana. “It’s been pretty fantastic being downtown,” says Hannah Theiring of Newburgh, Barefoot’s marketing and branding manager. “I think we’ve become a staple stop for downtown Newburgh.”

Drink Paradise

For more than 100 million years, species of orchids have grown in tropical regions around the world. They have been used in perfumes, spices, and even some medicines. At Bonefish Grill, 6401 E. Lloyd Expressway, they set off a perfect mixed drink, the Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini. “It’s by far one of our most popular seasonal drinks,” says bartender and server Julia Morrison. “It’s a drink that is a bit sweeter, but it’s so good, you have to drink it.”

Home-Cooked Hospitality

The smell of home cooking amid a neighborly atmosphere is drawing long lines of locals to Kite & Key Café, 2301 W. Franklin St. Nestled along West Franklin Street, the year-old breakfast spot is best-known for its signature corned beef hash and creative cinnamon French toast — a cinnamon roll cut in half and dunked in egg custard before being griddled on the flat-top grill. “We offer a good variety of Mom’s home-cooking,” says owner Mary Jo Brugmann.

Serving Up Change

In 2014, Raffi Manna got out of the kitchen, but quickly realized he craved the heat. Less than a year later, Manna would don the chef’s hat once more in his next venture on the restaurant scene, Oasis Café, 5702 E. Virginia St.

On The Hill

One of Marta Hollen’s fondest memories of Hilltop Inn is sitting on the end of the bar drinking Shirley Temples while her grandfather Earl “Bud” Hudson tended the bar. “It always made me feel so grown up,” she says with a smile.

Social Graces

At a Monday lunch this spring, Willard Library Executive Director Greg Hager left with two banker’s boxes neatly packed with more than a century’s worth of notes. Filled with bound books of minutes, pictures, and bags of program booklets, the boxes were taken to the Willard Archives room, a donation from the organization that meticulously recorded and gathered the information — the Social Literary Circle.

Behind the Lens

When Jessica MacLeod began working as a primary healthcare provider to homebound patients in Evansville, Patrick O’Connor knew he wanted to film it. MacLeod agreed, and O’Connor created his award-winning documentary “The Invisible Patients.” “In her telling, she described a hidden group of people who were neglected, isolated, and often struggling to get by,” says O’Connor. “She called them ‘invisible patients,’ living at the very edges of our healthcare system.”

Watering Hole

If you’ve been along Main Street Downtown during your hectic lunch hour, you may have seen a marble fountain near the corner of Main and Third streets. If you’re uninitiated in vintage equine refreshment, then you may not recognize it as a horse fountain. A plaque bolted to the sidewalk near the marble fountain reveals clues to its origin: “1910 Presented by the National Humane Alliance Hermon Lee Ensign Founder.”

The One and Only

It was 50 years ago today (rather June 1, 1967), The Beatles introduced the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album to the world. The record produced favorites like “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “A Day In The Life,” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary, we asked some of Evansville’s familiar faces about their Beatles memories. It certainly was a thrill, and we hope you will enjoy the show!

Center of Attention

Bison-tennial Tribute

Hundreds of years ago, bison herds were no strange sight to the first European settlers entering lands now known as Indiana. Generally symbolic of the Great Plains, the large grazers also were common in the Hoosier state; so much so the animal appears on the state seal. Which is why it is no surprise the Indiana Bicentennial Commission felt it important to include the bison in last year’s statehood anniversary celebrations.

Editor's Letter

The Long Drive To Newburgh

Not long ago my husband and I met a fellow swim parent, Jill, at the Old Lock & Dam Building in Newburgh, Indiana. Todd agreed to lend his PA equipment for her son’s birthday party, planned for the weekend along the river. After we completed the test run of the tunes, Jill asked, “So, are you making it an evening in Newburgh tonight? Staying for dinner on the river?”

Chew On This

Chew on This

Gangnam Korean, 518 Main St., is now open Sunday through Friday for lunch and dinner and Saturday for dinner. Their menu features Korean cuisine like rice and noodle dishes, seafood, and sushi rolls. Agaves Mexican Grill, 2003 Stapp Drive, Henderson, KY, is now open and offering Mexican fare like burritos, quesadilla, enchiladas, and chimichangas. This is the second Agaves location following their first restaurant in Ferdinand, Indiana. Twisted Tomato Pizza Co., 2333 St.

Check It Out

Walk of Life

One in three women and one in two men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer, aims to change this. This year’s relay takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight June 9 at the Goebel Soccer Complex, 6800 N. Green River Road. The evening will begin with the Opening Ceremonies immediately followed by the Survivors Lap to celebrate strength in facing a cancer diagnosis and the Caregivers Lap to recognize those who support loved ones with cancer.

Evansville in Bloom

April showers bring May flowers; and May flowers bring a weekend of leisurely fun in June. The Southwest Indiana Master Gardener Association (SWIMGA) will host the 2017 Tour de Fleur Garden Walk June 24 and 25. Fourteen crafted gardens in Evansville, Newburgh, and Chandler, Indiana, will be available for viewing, along with the Master Gardener Display Garden along Lloyd Expressway near the State Hospital, which will be adorned in summer finery welcoming visitors.

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Golden Age

Walking through Oak Hill Cemetery, one would be hard pressed to find a connection to the Memorial Day extravaganza we know as the Indianapolis 500. Even standing in front of the grave of Edwin Aleon, there still is little to connect with the “Golden Age” of racing at the iconic speedway. But Edwin Aleon, racing under the name of Wilbur D’Alene, not only drove at the speedway, but also was a nationally known driver between 1916 and 1922.


Culture Walk

When you dine at Bluebeard, the bellwether restaurant that heralded Fletcher Place’s position as one of Indianapolis’s up and coming neighborhoods, your bill is presented in a paperback book. My bill arrived in the restaurant’s namesake novel, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s version of the fairytale, “Bluebeard.” Pretty cool, I thought. As the bill was paid, my host turned to page 12. Darn; Andrew Luck had not yet signed this copy.

Ace on the Court

Easter weekend provided a brief reprieve for 17-year-old Lukas Greif. A native of Evansville, Greif made the trek from Indianapolis to spend time with friends and family over the holiday in Newburgh, Indiana. As a high-school tennis standout living and training in Indianapolis, the trip still was filled with work for the teen. “About to finish up the recruiting process, so it’s getting busy,” was a text message from Greif that Saturday.


Say HOLA to Summer

Here’s a summer challenge for your family: bite into a hot-pepper-filled burrito, soar through a bounce house, and listen to Grammy-nominated musicians. This year you can do it all in one day, at one place — the HOLA Festival and Latino Expo. HOLA’s second annual festival is scheduled for June 17 at Bosse Field. It follows a successful first leap into the festival scene in 2016.


Sewing with Sass

“Stupid Dishes.” “Good Things Come to Those Who Bake.” “I’m Sorry for What I Said When I was Hungry.” Cooks can add a little laughter to their kitchens with local artisan Lydia Fulp’s handmade home décor that features these witty sayings and more. Her Evansville-based business, Hat & Rabbit, offers an array of items, “handmade with love,” from vintage-inspired tea towels to rustic throw pillows.

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the May/June 2017 issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you.