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May/June 2024

Evansville Living

2024’s Most Beautiful Homes

How many of us get acquainted with a city by taking a stroll and perusing its homes? In Evansville, that method fits the bill. Neighborhoods burst with historic residences, edgy designs, classic styles, and a few surprises – and that’s

The NEW New Harmony

Nestled on a wooded Wabash River shoreline in Posey County, New Harmony is a unique setting in Southwestern Indiana, distant from some modern conveniences but where history, culture, and nature take center stage. The around 700-resident town, founded in 1814

Take a Bite

Tori Chapman grew up around cooking. Her grandmother whipped up southern-style food, her mother cooked homemade meals daily and baked a cake for every birthday, and her uncle Glen was a chef at the former Tropicana casino, now Bally’s Evansville.

Ready, Set, Capture

Photographer Zach Straw, whose work regularly appears in Evansville Living and Evansville Business, viewed the August 2017 total solar eclipse from Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. He had plenty of time to imagine how to shoot the eclipse passing over Evansville this spring,

Friendly Neighbors

Heatherly Hite’s sons Declan Rattray, 11, and Quade Rattray, 9, love to spend time outdoors with their friends, but a common pest was sucking the fun out of it. “The mosquitoes are so bad, we were kind of sick of

Talk of the Street

When Robert Nicholls’ beloved tulip poplar in front of his home faced a snuffed-out existence, he opted to “turn lemons into lemonade,” he says, and have the tree shaped into a beautiful wood carving. “The tree was healthy, growing, with

Treasure Hunting

Polen’s Antique Shak in the tiny Spencer County community of Gentryville, Indiana, is a long-known destination for pickers and dealers from miles around. Owner Tim Polen’s large collection of vintage and antique items, from furniture and glassware to collectibles and

The House of Hues

In New Harmony, Indiana, Capers Emporium sells gifts, kitchen and gourmet food items, and anything you might want to make “pretty food,” as their motto goes. Mary Beth Guard, co-owner with her husband Michael, says she’s always loved “pretty kitchen

Rise and Shine

The Rooster’s Den takes pride in serving hearty breakfasts and lunches that taste like they could have been prepared fresh in your own family’s kitchen. That’s the goal owners Jennifer Hettenbach and Jason Campbell set two years ago when they

A Barbecue Odyssey

While Casey Todd was growing up, his family always came together for barbecues. Todd’s great-grandfather, Homer Ward, was an avid cook, and Homer’s Barbecue is a tribute to Ward’s mastery of a barbecue pit. Homer’s, at 128 Second St. in

Faith for 175 Years

Gloria Millay's family moved to Evansville when she was 7 years old and her parents, who wanted a good place for their four kids to attend Sunday school, decided to visit Central United Methodist Church. Millay is 78 today, and

Eyes on the Fries

A family business through and through, G.D. Ritzy’s signature thin-patty burgers, shoestring fries, and ice cream have made it legions of fans over the last 40 years. It was well-known local restaurateur Andy Guagenti who snatched up the national franchise

Cheers to That!

It's Friday afternoon. You just got off work, so you head to your favorite bar with coworkers to cap off a productive week. To your surprise, the bar is offering 50 percent off drinks from 4-6 p.m. “Wait, I thought

La Dolce Vita in Central Indiana

With its dramatic curved architecture, travertine floors, indoor and outdoor sculpture, and Tuscan vibes, Christel DeHaan’s gracious 151-acre estate feels more like something you’d expect to find in Italy than Indianapolis. Ever since construction finished in 2007, curious passersby have

Coming Up Aces

Editor's Note: This is an extended version of the Q&A with Wes Carroll that appears in the May/June 2024 issue of Evansville Living. University of Evansville head baseball coach Wes Carroll’s name is synonymous with success on the field and

Center of Attention

Golfing for a Cause

“Would the community embrace an all-ladies golf classic?” Jayne Manis asked 30 years ago as a group that included Pam Rausch, JoAnn Robinson, Holley Brundick, and Marian Shymanski brainstormed what would become the Deaconess Classic For Women’s Health. “Several in

Editor's Letter

What a Difference Four Years Can Make

Four years ago, we watched our younger son, Jackson, graduate from Reitz Memorial High School on our family room television via livestream from the school’s auditorium. A few days later, our older son, Maxwell, graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis.


A New Chapter

Editor's Note: This is an extended version of the article that appears in the May/June issue of Evansville Living. After taking Evansville Christian School to its first IHSAA Class A semistate berth in school history – as anticipated in Evansville

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Road to the 19th Amendment

Did you know that Evansville women’s suffrage movement was born in a home that is now the site of Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s Central Branch? The home belonged to Lucia Blount, the wife of a local industrialist. In 1886, the

Art Talk

Passion Pursued

It was an emotional moment. During the 61st-Annual High School Art Show at the Evansville Museum of Art, History & Science, regional art teachers stepped forward, led by Jennifer Bretz of North High School. Her voice breaking, Bretz read their


Memphis Revitalized

Elvis Presley, Graceland, and anything related to the King of Rock ‘n Roll have drawn me to Memphis six times over the past 35 years. But since my last visit nearly seven years ago, Memphis has gotten pretty buzzy –


The Road to Remission

Brick Briscoe is equally adept at using both the creative and analytical parts of his brain. As creator, writer, and producer of a television series and a radio show, as well as a touring singer/songwriter, he has to be. “The

Spin. That. Wheel!

Lucy Himstedt knows the magic of summer socials. The retired local television executive won a gorgeous quilt in a big wheel raffle about 20 years ago at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana, and hasn’t given up on snagging

Online Exclusives

Making LemonAid

A major annual fundraiser for Easterseals Rehabilitation Center had modest origins back in 1996, in Emilie and Kaitlin Thompson’s front yard. The identical twin sisters have cerebral palsy (Emilie also has Type 1 diabetes and mitochondrial disease) were about to

This Weekend: May 30-June 2

D-Day and French War Memorials: An 80th Anniversary Remembrance 6 p.m. May 30, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive University of Evansville history department chair James MacLeod gives a presentation on Operation Overlord – the

Aces at Bat

Under Wes Carroll's watchful eye, the University of Evansville baseball team has used hosting the Missouri Valley Conference tournament as a springboard to its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2006. The Aces defeated top-seeded Indiana State, 8-6, in

Setting the Record

It’s quite an accomplishment for an eight-year-old to set a record held by Guinness World Records, and Evansville Day School third-grader Louisa Royer can say she has. Earlier this month, she was named the youngest drone videographer in the world.

River Reveal

With designs for a dramatic overhaul of Downtown Evansville’s riverfront now revealed, the question shifts to when such big-dollar concepts could become reality. This much is clear — change won’t happen fast. Sasaki, a consulting firm hired by the Evansville

Honoring the Ultimate Sacrifice

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Crafts May 23-25, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Red Bank, 120 S. Red Bank Road May 23-25, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Stringtown, 2100 Stringtown Road Make crafts with poppies – the flower is a national symbol of

Crowning Glory

Part of the lead-up to “the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess Program functions as an ambassador program, choosing 33 young women to represent the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis 500. Created in 1959, it is a

Sky-High Impact

Being in the totality path for the Great American Eclipse on April 8 was a rare spectacle that brought significant economic impact to Southwestern Indiana. As reported in a March/April 2024 Evansville Living story, projections ahead of the event from

Leaving a Legacy

At least three generations of dancers have passed through the doors of Shannon’s School of Dance. To celebrate the studio’s half-century milestone, former students will stage a reunion performance as the opening number of the company’s 50th annual recital at

This Weekend: May 16-19

Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert 7 p.m. May 17, Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. Conductors Lee Veazey and Chun-Ming Chen lead the EPYO I and II through works by George Frideric Handel, Reinhold Gliere, Edvard Grieg, and Johann Strauss

Queen for a Day

No one day can encompass everything our mothers mean to us. Still, the River City has plenty of ways to make them feel special this weekend. Celebrating with children? For those ages 5-9, Angel Mounds State Historic Site, 8215 Pollack

This Weekend: May 9-12

Wine Down to the Weekend 5-7 p.m. May 9, Reitz Home Museum, 112 Chestnut St. The Sidemen Trio helps open this year’s relaxed concert series on the Reitz Home Museum lawn. Bedford Collab Listen and Learn 6-7:30 p.m. May 10,