May/June 2023

Evansville Living

Blooming Beauties

The Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association's biennial Tour de Fleur Garden Walk takes visitors inside some of the most magnificent gardens in and around Evansville. But what’s the story behind their beauty? Go into the garden at these three tour

Back to the Future

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like you’ve stepped back in time? That’s what happened when Julie Vandeveer, a sales associate at ERA First Advantage Realty, Inc., first started showing an East Chestnut Street home as a

2023’s 10 Most Beautiful Homes

One time-honored way to get acquainted with a city is by perusing its homes, and in Evansville, that method fits the bill. Our neighborhoods are teeming with historic houses, edgy designs, classic styles, and a few surprises. Take a tour

Living in Color

Emily Yeiser knows how to find a hidden gem. That’s how she ended up on the far East Side in a mid-century home bursting with personality. The house dates to 1970 and, in many ways, looks the part. The floor

Worldly Cuisine

During a 25-year career with Berry Global, Randy Hobson got to explore the world and found he loved experiencing different cultures and the foods they offered. Hobson decided at age 47 to leave the plastics industry for the volatile world

Steaks AND Pasta? Yes, Please

Katie Altman views Smitty’s Italian Steakhouse as a place where diners can enjoy the best of all worlds. There’s a galaxy of entrees, with steaks, veal and chicken Parmigana, and bourbon glazed salmon along the most popular ones. Bring a

A Need for Caffeine

Kate Potter often looked across Darmstadt Road at an empty former Old National Bank branch and pondered its potential. She eventually decided, along with her husband, Matt, to acquire the building. The 15-minute drive to Evansville’s First Avenue for fresh-brewed

Rock the Canvas

Eclectic and colorful, Randy and Nina Lientz’s art collection illuminates their Downtown Evansville office and East Side home with images reflecting history, wonder, and boundless creativity. The Lientzes long have collected works by some of the world’s most renowned artists,

Welcome to Hoosierland

One look at this map of Indiana landmarks, and you may feel like you stepped inside a time machine. Produced in the 1940s, this guide to Hoosier hot spots is part of the Indiana Historical Society’s collection and demonstrates the

Out of This World

Evansville Astronomical Society's next public star watch is 7:30-1 p.m. May 17, 2024, at the Wahnsiedler Observatory. While the Tri-State counts down to the solar eclipse that will be overhead in April 2024, one area group is basking in the

During the height of the pandemic, many of us sought comfort any- where. A thankfully early spring ushered people outside, and, with a stocked portfolio of parks and green spaces, Evansville delivered. The convergence of a global health crisis grinding

In a League of its Own

On Monday and Tuesday nights throughout spring and summer, Haynie’s Corner Wiffleball League teams play on the Doug Annakin Memorial Field next to the Alhambra Theatre. As the service industry struggled in 2020, Josh Pietrowski, a Haynie’s Corner Arts District

Living History

As World War II escalated, the Evansville region stepped up in defense of freedom. About half of the United States’ fleet of P-47 Thunderbolt airplanes, as well as 167 landing ship tanks – massive vessels that carried forces into combat

Ripple Effect

An attractive addition to the city’s Downtown riverfront was unveiled in April. The new Sunrise Pump Station, a $60 million portion of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility's $729 million Renew Evansville project, was designed for treated water to return

Editor's Letter

Nerium Oldeander

The call came in early September last year. My aunt and uncle were coming, right away, for a quick visit; they had something to bring me. My mother’s younger brother, Nelson Douglas Midgorden, and his wife, Madeline, live in Clive,

Community Partners

Restoring People

When a group of Poor Clares came to Evansville in 1897, cornfields and farmland surrounded what would become the Monastery of St. Clare at 509 S. Kentucky Ave. Today, the Evansville Christian Life Center continues the work of the Poor

Good Living

Something For Everyone

Cathy Russell's first foray into the Indiana State Games occurred in 2018 when she and husband Pat were 52 and 53, respectively. Immediately, they were hooked. “If I were retired, I would do all the events,” she says. Cathy, a


Pickleball Primer

Pickleball is popular, there is no doubt about it. Everyone and their brother seems to be playing the court game. It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. How fast? The Sports & Fitness Industry Association, a national trade

Southern Gemütlichkeit

Fredericksburg, Texas, may be small, especially by Texas standards, but it extends a big welcome to guests. Approximately 3.8 million visits, representing more than 1.4 million individuals, were tracked in Fredericksburg in 2022 — including Hoosiers, notes Brady Closson, President


Rocker Roots

Jason Libs left Evansville in the early 1990s, but it’s safe to say the city never left him. “I was raised where the water ain’t pretty, I’m from the River City,” the singer-songwriter declares on the title track of his

New Look, Same Sound

The 89-year-old Evansville Philharmonic is getting a facelift. The organization’s unveiled a new logo and branding at a press conference April 21. The new brand, created with Tucker Publishing Group, emphasizes a unified message of the Evansville Philharmonic family as

Mending Over Moonshine

When a mystery tunnel was found under Your Brother’s Bookstore last year, Tory Schendel-Vyvoda, curator at the Evansville African American Museum, joined store owners Adam and Sam Morris to find out if it was linked to the Civil War. “Our

History and Hope

Appreciating the current state of LGBTQ equality in Evansville requires the examination of a darker past, Kelley Coures says. A long-time advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and causes, Coures also is an Evansville historian. His new book, “Out in Evansville: An