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November / December 2012

Evansville Living

Tasty Traditions

I can trace my roots as an avid culinarian back to when I was a child, sitting on a counter, helping mix, frost, clean, and taste the wonderful creations coming out of my parents’ kitchen. The memories I hold dear, besides the delicious tastes, are the experiences we had as a family. I loved being involved in the process, not just on the sidelines. One of the best ways you can create holiday memories in the kitchen is with building a gingerbread house. While fun for children, baking and assembling this edible creation can make even a humbug like Scrooge smile.

Thanks and Giving

It’s simple, American, and everyone saves room for it this time of year. Pie — it’s the national icon of thanks and giving. Indiana has its own state pie — sugar cream — though when we asked local chef and caterer Cheryl Mochau of Cheryl Really Cooks! to help us present pies to illustrate an attitude of gratitude, we turned to the rustic and traditional favorites you see on the cover.

Paying it Forward

The holiday season is a time for giving — for paying it forward to thank and acknowledge those who have been kind to us. Of course, being generous makes us feel good. We asked psychiatrist Dr. Louis Cady of the Cady Wellness Institute to explain why we get a charge from doing nice things for other people.

Give a Dog a Chance

In March 2009, when Indianapolis native Brietta Stafford went to Evansville Animal Care & Control shelter to purchase a city license for her pet, she discovered a grim fact. When she asked how many dogs the facility euthanized, an employee told her more than 3,000 each year. Having been actively involved with animal control in Indianapolis, it was only natural for Stafford to then become a volunteer coordinator at the shelter. In November 2010, Stafford pursued her passion further, founding a no-kill dog organization called It Takes a Village.

Owensboro Original

Bordering the refurbished riverfront in Owensboro, Ky., Simply Chic Home Accents brings a new taste to town. Debi Ford, the store’s owner, was working with Aleris Rolled Products in Lewisport, Ky., when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. “As a 6 ½-year survivor, I felt like I had to do something I loved,” she says. “I found the building in February and opened my dream on June 1.” With 18-foot ceilings, brick walls, and a historic downtown aesthetic, Simply Chic brings something different to Owensboro.

Felted Ball Garland

As the bitter cold of winter settles in, there are plenty of reasons to be merry. Namely, the colorful interiors that come with holiday decorating. Adding a touch of personal style to a Christmas decor staple, this do-it-yourself felted ball garland project brings out the craftiness in us all. Items needed: • Wool roving (comes in single colors) • Thread • Needle • Soap • Warm water

Flooded to Fabulous

After an evening out in September 2008, newlyweds Penny and Mark Goshert returned to their McCutchanville home to find an unwelcome surprise: the hose supplying water to an upstairs sink had disconnected, flooding their house with water. With the help of friends, the couple scrambled to salvage what they could, but the damage had been done. With some areas of the home under a quarter- to a half-inch of water, the first-floor ceiling falling in, damage to the walls and floors, and several ruined appliances, they soon realized the house would need extensive remodeling.

Well Grounded

Newly wed in 1986, Mike and Felicia Rudolph were happy to accept the offer made by Mike’s mother, June, to live in the house he grew up in as they looked for a permanent home for married life.

Dining Out

Hot Heads Burrito 5625 Pearl Drive 812-437-5010 hotheadburritos.com

Extreme Eating

Chef Terry French has cooked for baseball broadcaster Harry Caray, New York Yankees’ Bobby Brown, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and a smorgasbord of stars at restaurants where bills can be higher than most people’s monthly salaries. Surprisingly, the Evansville native didn’t get his big break at any well-known restaurant, nor did he get it with a helping hand from one of his A-list clients. Instead, French’s opportunity of a lifetime came from an answered ad on Craigslist.

Asian Dining

The ever-increasing popularity of Asian food in Evansville means always expanding offerings, and the newest of these, Ginmiya Asian Diner, offers fresh sushi, Thai, and Chinese food at reasonable prices for Asian food lovers. Since May, the diner, located on Davis Lant Drive, has occupied a small space in a strip of buildings in front of the Schnucks on North Green River Road.

A Sweet Deposit

A long the walls of Planters Coffeehouse are hanging tributes to Henderson’s rich history. A black metal plaque posted near the front door dates the Main Street building to 1883, and proclaims the structure, originally opened as Planters State Bank, as being placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. To emphasize security, the bank was built to resemble a fortress, and its atrium is said to be the oldest west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Picture This

On March 27, 1812, Hugh McGary Jr. made the land purchase for present-day Evansville. Our city has experienced growing pains and unexpected joys since then. Challenges were met, opportunities arose, and families grew with the city. Now at the tail end of the Bicentennial celebrations — which started 200 days before March 27 and ends 200 days after — we are able to look back and reflect with a pictorial history of Evansville’s past.

Center of Attention

Dancing Queens

Abby Lee Miller struck gold again with her newest reality show, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.” The often controversial dance instructor known for her starring role on Lifetime reality show “Dance Moms” has gained a reputation of being brutally tough on her young students.

Editor's Letter

Raising Jed

Jethro, the 16-year-old black Labrador retriever who joined our family on our oldest son’s first birthday, died in September. Accustomed to having a dog in the city, we planned to adopt again as soon as it seemed right for our family. My husband made the first visit to the Vanderburgh Humane Society, and right away he became attached to a portly female black Lab. During lunch, we visited VHS together and played with the sweet dog he liked, and others, and left with plans to return with our boys.

Chew On This

Chew On This

Hot Heads Burrito (5625 Pearl Drive) has opened on Evansville’s West Side. A franchise, the restaurant is the first of its kind in Evansville and serves build-your-own burritos, tacos, bowls, nachos, and quesadillas with mild to hot meat and sauce options and various toppings including rice, beans, guacamole, and salsa. …Cleo’s Bakery & Brown Bag Lunches (9 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, Ind.) opened in the building that used to house Historic Newburgh, Inc.

Check It Out

Digital Mayhem

As technology advances, the ways artists create and share their work constantly transforms. Presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, “Digitized” showcases how local artists use digital technology to create artwork through photography, illustration, and disc-based works. “Technology is changing the way we make and perceive art,” says Jenny Smith, gallery and education director at the Arts Council. “We want to give these kinds of artists an outlet.”

Call of Duty

 Inside Crossroads Christian Church, members of nonprofit organizations Point Man International Ministries and Home Front of Newburgh-Evansville will stand with open hearts and readied salutes as hundreds of veterans and families are expected to fill the church on Nov. 10. For many soldiers returning from war, a new battle begins as adjusting to normal life often proves difficult. Believing in the power of community support, Point Man and Home Front have teamed up to offer all soldiers — from present and past wars — a day dedicated to them and their service.

That’s the Spirit!

Since it opened in 1977, the Warrick County Museum in Boonville, Ind., has collected and preserved the county’s heritage. Constructed in 1901, the building itself originally housed an elementary school, and the space now offers historical interactive programs to local schools and organizations, as well as several other festive events each year.

A German Affair

Each year, during the third full week of November, the town of Ferdinand, Ind., becomes a German getaway. With heady aromas of specialty Bavarian fare and various displays of unique artisan works, the Indiana town reconnects with its German roots at its annual Christkindlmarkt. Since the original celebration began in early 14th-century Germany, Christkindlmarkt festivals have become popular staples in towns throughout the world.

Competitive Nature

For the second year, Aurora, Inc., is bringing some friendly competition to Evansville. Partnering with local corporations and businesses to host the Midwest Gingerbread House Competition on Dec. 1, this unique event raises funds and awareness to support Aurora’s mission to put an end to homelessness. “We believe that our community will be the strongest when every person has a safe, decent, sustainable place to call home,” says Jayme Walters, director of development at Aurora.

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Face Behind the City

Few names are as widely recognized in Evansville as “Mesker.” After all, the city’s most popular attraction is the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden. Fewer still, however, are connected with the history behind the Evansville business that made the establishment of the zoo possible.

Evansville Centric

The First 100 Years

A parish church, founded on what was then the edge of the city, is today the central church of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. Saint Benedict Parish, opened 100 years ago in December 1912, is a landmark on Lincoln Avenue and visible from U.S. Highway 41.

Comfort Zone


When I was told that my husband had been made a wonderful offer to work at Mead Johnson Nutrition in Evansville, I panicked. Born and raised on the East Coast, I had always been an hour from Manhattan, where I often attended Broadway shows. I was just as close to Shea Stadium and the New York Mets and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where I saw the New Jersey Nets and the New York Islanders. Yankee Stadium was nearby, as was Madison Square Garden, where I watched the New York Knicks and Rangers.


Home for the Innocent

Fifty years ago, one of the western world’s biggest secrets came to an end. The story began in 1960 in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Along the way, Cuban and American families were forever changed.

Pro Status

Scott Hill has hit the tennis court running since becoming the junior tennis director at Tri-State Athletic Club in August. “I’ve been getting a new program in place, training the professional staff, and now everybody is wanting tennis lessons for the winter,” says Hill, who is encouraged by the work load. “Kids go to school until about 3 in the afternoon, and I’m booked from 3 to 9 p.m.”

Spa Treatment

Tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin, you will find a gorgeous resort called the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Hugh Hefner chose Lake Geneva as the home for the nationally-acclaimed Playboy Club & Resort, which became the Grand Geneva in 1981. If Hugh Hefner chose the lake, I knew it had to be good. This past July, my husband and I escaped to the resort, a 7.5-hour drive from Evansville, for a long weekend.


Boscoe’s Blues

A head taller than the other five cats clad in black, Daniel “Boscoe” France, 35, knew it was a wrap before taking the stage. On Aug. 18, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues grand finals at Club Nokia in Los Angeles was the starting block of Boscoe’s career. Having beat out more than 4,000 blues guitarists in Evansville, Indianapolis, New Orleans, and finally LA, this is where the Madisonville, Ky., native earned his stripes.

At the Bistro

Artist Ric Epley, 53, describes his upbringing as “dichotomous.” At home on Governor Street in Evansville, he was a tough city kid, but at his grandfather’s farm in Beech Creek, Ky., where he spent lots of time, he was “just like Opie Taylor.”

Together Apart

Greenwood, Miss., 1955: 14-year-old Emmett Till is brutally murdered, found in a creek bed with a bullet above his right ear. A black kid, Till was a victim of racial discrimination. Two white men were arrested and quickly acquitted after one hour before an all-white jury, and later sold their proud “we done it” story to Look Magazine. “His mother asked for an open casket, and photographs of the coffin were published in Jet,” says Garret Mathews, which sets the stage for his 1964, two-act play, Jubilee in the Rearview Mirror.


Breaking the Mold

From an early age, Neeley Koester loved art. “As a kid, I was always doodling on homework, placemats, and once on my aunt’s living room wall. I also worked with the kind of clay you could bake in the oven,” says Koester, a native of St. Wendel, Ind. But it wasn’t until she began attending North Posey High School that Koester was introduced to a potter’s wheel, which quickly became her most prized tool. Her love for ceramics and pottery continued through college at the University of Evansville where she majored in communications.


Ornamental Treasures

At first glance, the more than 250-ornament collection of our art director Heather Gray looks like it belongs in a holiday I Spy book. Characteristic of the series’ picture puzzles, the delicate trinkets blend into an indiscernible heap of holiday shapes and colors. A closer look reveals a wealth of originality, antiquity, and nostalgia.

Online Exclusives

Eat Your Heart Out

When Cheryl Mochau stopped by our office for the November/December Evansville Living cover photo shoot — which included four pies from her personal chef company Cheryl Really Cooks! — we couldn’t help but do a bit of

Spying Santa

“Don’t look out the window.” She repeated this sentence over and over as twilight leaked its ink across southern Indiana. “Don’t look out the window.” It sounds like a good title for a drive-in horror movie, but actually this was our mother’s five-worded Christmas Eve mantra, which always began at 5:30 p.m. “Don’t look out the window.”