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November / December 2013

Evansville Living

Sweet and Cozy

The Nutcracker popularized the Sugar Plum Fairy. Now, the Coffee Cottage & Café makes it delicious, too. The Sugar Plum Fairy Latte, a warm, espresso-based drink blended with milk and toasted marshmallow and hazelnut syrup, is one of the latest

All Shook Up

Snow globes are a holiday favorite, and you can design one that fits perfectly with your other winter décor, or one that holds a special meaning. Snow globes can be created from any clear, watertight container and a small trinket.

Shiny and Bright

Lucky for us, each holiday season we hear from readers insisting they know someone who has “the best” holiday décor. Of course, it’s  our job to explore these tips. Before the glass and garland were packed up last season, we

Modern Love

“You could easily study your clients for three months, go to parties with them, spend a weekend in their home if possible, before you draw that first line on paper,” Ralph Robert “Bob” Knapp once said. “Of course, that’s the

A Good Bet

Luck, you could say, has nothing to do with the quality of a dinner at Cavanaugh’s. In the upscale restaurant’s kitchen in the left wing of Tropicana Evansville, beyond the long walkway over NW Riverside Drive, Chef Glen Chapman prepares

Hashing it out

Bacon, bourbon, pizza, fried chicken, and beer — for many, these dishes and drinks elicit strong and almost “cultlike” devotion. Breakfast aficionados will gladly add freshly made corned beef hash to that list. Real sliced and diced corned beef, when

Not So Secret Santa

It’s not every day that you meet someone with an alter ego, unless you’ve met Ron Smith. At 60, this homebuilder owns Smith Homes in Santa Claus, Ind., is active in the Arthritis Foundation, and is president of the Santa

And the Beat Goes On

“On the Road,” Jack Kerouac’s iconic 1950s novel that launched the Beat Generation and its culture of jazz, poetry, and drugs, was an account of young men searching for meaning in their lives by taking a road trip across the

Get to Know Diddly

As a freelance game creator, Clint Corley has worked with his fiancee, Sarah Thurman, to market a family friendly game of nothing. “Diddly” is a creative spinoff of the popular card game Golf, but with added features. Offering a number

Skirting the Competition

Brooklynn Pace stands out, but not only because of her height. This 5-foot-9-inch preteen radiates personality, poise, and confidence. Those qualities were enough to help make her a top five Queens Court — otherwise known as a finalist — in

A Positive Drive

Seven decal-covered Jeep Wranglers making their way around the city are more than patrol vehicles for high schools – they are symbols of a new initiative. The Evansville Police Department and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up with

Boutique Chic

The days of ladies donning white gloves and hats for a day of shopping downtown are long gone, but at 321 Third St. in Henderson, Ky., women of all ages and sizes can find up-to-the-minute fashion blended with a level

Marketing Evansville

Evansville Living was founded on a question: Why not Evansville? We think it’s a question that can be asked of many ideas we collect from experiences and observations. Question: Could Evansville develop a Downtown public market, similar to the Milwaukee

Mmh, lecker!*

Teresa Alexander doesn’t need Christmas music or an Advent calendar to bake springerles. This Evansville resident, whose father inspired her love for baking, creates the traditional, anise-flavored German cookies year-round for friends, family, craft shows, and herself. And she’s been

Haute Cuisine

It’s not the type of meal that’s typically put together at the last minute. For those who often host large family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas, the tablescapes, the seating arrangements, the menu, and the drink list are often planned

Baked With Love

“Do you want to make a pumpkin pie?” She hands me her trusty recipe book and points me to her kitchen. She remains seated. It’s just me and an empty 9-inch pie pan, my fear reflecting off its glass bottom.

Ringing in the Season

These days, many know of the Salvation Army from its ubiquitous red kettles that collect coins and bills for the poor. Yet the work of this social services organization that seeks to feed, clothe, comfort, and care can be traced

Editor's Letter

Bolt from the Blue

Have you ever wondered what happens when a more than a billion volts of electricity strike a building? Our company found out on Oct. 2, at about 3:30 in the afternoon. Graphic artist Hannah Jay was working at her desk,

Chew On This

Chew on This

The Sports Book Bar & Grill (701-C Riverside Drive) in The District at Tropicana Evansville serves salads, sandwiches, wings, burgers, and beer. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Boogie Nights (701-A NW

Check It Out

Down to a Tea

The historic 1905 Beaux Arts home of Kay Cox at 408 SE Riverside Drive is the setting for the annual Evansville Museum Guild’s “‘Tis the Season Tea,” Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests to the Harris &

Crooning Cowboys

Becoming the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of America’s Got Talent in 2009 was just the beginning for The Texas Tenors. Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and JC Fisher have entertained audiences at more than 500 concerts around the globe


Three-Point Advance

Just over a year and a half ago, Evansville Living featured one of Indiana’s most prominent basketball families, the Zellers of Washington, Ind. (“Three-Point Play,” March/April 2012). Each of the three brothers has now reached the highest level of professional

Comfort Zone

Building Milestones

They could just throw parties and pop open bottles of champagne. But that’s not how Steve Titzer and Ron and Kathy Hollander like to celebrate milestones. Titzer, who retired from Harding, Shymanski & Co. after 37 years, and the Hollanders,

Digging In

In the Details

Details matter. Just ask an architect who takes the time to craft an elegant building design, or an artist sculpting a fine work of art. For a landscape, details enable homeowners to create their own, one-of-a-kind space. As an extension


Men of Ice

Who are the best sports fans? The question is as old as sport itself, with every sport and municipality claiming to have the best fans. In Evansville, the question might be answered by following the clang of cowbells to the


The Sandman

GBF Radio has long been the rowdy yell of a very conservative city. Rock music. Raunchy humor. Or another, more alliterative way to say bikinis on Thursdays. For 34 years this December, Mike “Sandman” Sanders has been one of WGBF’s

Icing the Competition

It’s that time of the year when the smell of cookies fills the air, confectioners sugar mimics freshly fallen snow, caramel syrups windows, and royal icing serves as brick and mortar. Aurora Inc.’s third annual Midwest Gingerbread House Competition fundraiser

Super Bowl to Center Stage

From catching passes from football legend Peyton Manning to entertaining thousands alongside Grammy-nominated Jim Brickman, Ben Utecht has achieved both of his childhood dreams in the last decade. Often referred to as a real-life “Glee” character, the 32-year-old Rochester, Minn.,


Wood and Wisdom

“My pieces are not for everyone,” says Eric Gourieux, the artist behind the wood sculptures displayed in a corner glass showcase at Nance Galleries, 662 S. Green River Road, in Evansville. “It really does take a special buyer to notice

Artful Living

From Life

It’s often said that all art is subjective. This couldn’t be more true for Evansville residents J. Cory Mills and his wife, Annelle, who commissioned Henderson, Ky., artist Chris Thomas to paint For Annelle, the jewel of their home and


Well Trained

All Aboard! For 25 years, the Local Loco Model Railroad Club has been conducting area model railroad shows for residents of the Tri-State area. The club’s roughly 20 members design intricate track layouts and backdrops and share the same passion

Behind the Scenes

Acting Up

At age 6, Tepa Hall, now a resident of northeast Texas, climbed a 20-foot pole that was no more than two inches in diameter. That pole stood precariously balanced on the right shoulder of her father, who was in the