Do you seek the refuge of the mountains, a cultural destination with a dash of southern hospitality? Or do you pursue the serenity of the warmth of the sun and the repetitious sound of crashing waves? Or do you wish to escape to the wildness of the west where rock formations are frozen in time? Whether your dream excursion is large or small, daring or relaxing, we have an experience to inspire you. Evansville Living shares five of our personal favorite getaways that will feed your body and soul.
November / December 2015
As the holiday season hits its peak, family gatherings fill the calendar. Whether you are playing the role of host or attending as a guest, each special occasion calls for a dish or dessert created in your kitchen. We called on the pros — and pros in their own kitchens — to share what each might bring to a festive feast. Read our experts’ tips and techniques, fire up the stove, and start cooking. After all, the holidays aren’t complete without good friends and good food.
Julie Struck is a self-described servant leader — a person who spends her life being of service and fulfilling a leadership role within the context of doing service for others. The 57-year-old artist who resides in Spencer County, Indiana, believes art can provide therapy to a community in need. “A lot of times people think art is superfluous, one of those extra luxuries that maybe we don’t really need and can’t afford,” she says. “But I think without it, it leaves a really big hole.”
Thirty four species of duck reside in Southern Indiana for a few months out of every year — most of them migrating south when temperatures begin to drop. Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, and American Wigeon are just a few of the species that can be seen floating or flying along the Evansville riverfront in the warmer months. With the help of Florentijn Hofman, these species could be joined by one more — the giant rubber duck.
Steve Morgan has been singing his whole life, and now a hobby that started in the historic halls of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, has led him to national stardom. Morgan, a founding member of IU’s all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser, first began chasing his dreams right here in Evansville.
The third graders at St. Benedict Cathedral School are on their way to becoming HEROES. The HEROES Initiative, which stands for Healthy, Energy, Ready, Outstanding, Enthusiastic Schools, is a three-year, school-based health grant provided by Welborn Baptist Foundation. This program gives financial and technical support to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living for the school community.
Many scholars and historians of World War II acknowledge that it was American materials that won the war for the Allied forces in Europe and the Pacific. A good number of those ships, planes, and ammunition were produced in the factories of Evansville from 1941 to 1945. Wartime, however, was about more than just industry in Evansville.
Evansville native Laura Ferguson began attending Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana’s Teen Advisory Council meetings as a Central High School freshman. Twelve years later, Ferguson still hasn’t left the program. Today, the 27-year-old serves as the executive director for Youth Resources, an organization founded in 1987, which helps engage and involve young people in community service projects. Since its inception, Youth Resources has involved more than 148,875 young people, ranging in age from 5 to 18, in 3,250 service projects.
I hardly can believe the holiday season is here. Producing the November/December issue always gets us in the spirit, though we stop short of playing Christmas carols in October as we are working on it. This year, it was the Reitz Home Museum that really put us in the mood. For the cover, Creative Director Heather Gray and photographer Jerry Butts worked with Matt Rowe, executive director of the Reitz Home Museum, and volunteer decorator Doug Patberg to festoon the home’s grand entry early enough for our photo session.
At 1:46 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2005, after a particularly warm and breezy Saturday in the Tri-State, Vanderburgh County officials alerted the community by setting off tornado alarms. Four minutes later, an F2 tornado with winds up to 157 miles per hour, ripped through Ellis Park Racecourse and began its 41-mile path of death and destruction into Southwestern Indiana. The twister remains the deadliest storm in Indiana in the last 40 years taking the lives of 25 people ranging in age from a newborn baby to a 78-year-old woman.
Whether you bleed Indianapolis Colts blue or sing the “Bengal Growl” Fight Song, every football fan extends respect to Green Bay, Wisconsin, the smallest city to host a National Football League team.
Doctors throughout Indiana and in the local region of the Southwestern Hospital District (which includes the counties of Vanderburgh, Posey, and Warrick) noticed an alarming trend when health data from 2013 began to arrive. While infant mortality in the state had increased slightly by .04, the spike in the Southwest region of Indiana was enough to cause health officials to take notice and work to become proactive.
As passersby stop into the newly-opened location of Re:Creation Designs Studio, they share stories of the space when it was the Newburgh Country Store and come ready to create new memories. The Newburgh Country Store building, which closed in 2013 after more than 50 years in business, has reopened as a vintage furniture restoration and design studio owned by Deb Rhodes and her daughter A.J. White. Located at 224 W. Jennings St., Rhodes and White purchased the former country store building in May and worked day and night to renovate the building for its next life.
While at a nursery gathering plants for a job, I was surprised when the nursery owner commented that he hasn’t sold as many shade trees as in the past few years. He said customers didn’t want to deal with trees and shrubs, and perennials were in demand. I occasionally have clients with a negative view of trees, but most of their issues stem from incorrect placement or improper maintenance of an existing tree. While there can be additional work involved, the overall benefits of having trees around us far outweigh any of the negative aspects a few trees might bring.
Crochet has come a long way since the days of the Granny Square Vest crafted into symmetrical flower patterns. As the craft of creating patterns by looping yarn through a hooked needle has evolved over the years, so has our love for do-it-yourself products. After you’ve designed your own cozy winter scarf using these instructions, we know you’ll be crazy about crochet, too.
Before the Nussmeier family moved from McCutchanville to the Lincolnshire area of Evansville, the simple pleasures of riding bicycles with friends, carpooling to events, and walking to school and work were unknown. Those small, every-day perks became a reality when Steve and Amy Nussmeier purchased a three-bedroom, two and a half-bath home on S. Willow Road in July 2013.
Early October brought a rush of activity to the home of Matthew O’Neill on Sunset Avenue in Downtown Evansville. The Evansville native was working on the project “Sunset at Semper Fulgens” (which means “Always Shining” in Latin) with local public television station WNIN, and O’Neill couldn’t contain his excitement for the home concert series.
Evansville native Don Mattingly, a former New York Yankees captain and recently named manager of the Miami Marlins, along with his wife Lori, and Mattingly Charities are hosting a fundraising event to support inner-city programs in Evansville.
An annual Evansville holiday favorite will transport visitors to the Victorian era when it begins its Christmas season on Nov. 15. “Victorian houses certainly lend themselves very well to Christmas decorating and a traditional type of Christmas,” says Matt Rowe, executive director of the Reitz Home Museum, located on historic S.E. First Street, in the Riverside Historic District near Downtown Evansville. “So it seems like a natural sort of thing for us to be doing during Christmas.”
“The Nutcracker,” one of the longest standing Christmas traditions among American ballet dancers and audiences since the late 1960s, is getting a makeover from Studio 321’s Ballet Directors David and Sarah Goud and Ballet Indiana. The ballet academy’s adaptation of the 1892 E.T.A. Hoffmann story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” which normally is a two-act ballet, is condensed to one hour and gives every Studio 321 dancer a chance to take the lead.
With a mix of bright colors, song and dance, and sweeping story lines, Bollywood movies are designed to provide an escape from reality for moviegoers. This Indian movie industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay, thus the nickname of Bollywood) rivals Hollywood in Southern California in size and popularity; in 2014 it totaled $2.1 billion in revenues. Now AMC Theatres in Evansville has brought these blockbuster films to the Tri-State area.
After 11 years in business in Evansville, Bonefish Grill’s Managing Partner Scott West says the restaurant needed to revamp its image both inside and out. In August, the market-fresh fish and wood-grilled specialty eatery unveiled a newly remodeled interior design and weekly discounted specials. Bonefish Grill also introduced its new seasonal featured menu for guests to devour creative fun fall favorites.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the most beloved items in the American diet. The butter, bread, and cheese combination is so popular that U.S. residents consume more than 2 billion of these sandwiches a year. A recent scientific study showed cheese does have addictive properties. According to Alan Davidson in his book “The Oxford Companion to Food,” melted cheese appeared as a topping on toast before the late 1500s. The toasted classic still is as prevalent today in local favorites like Emge’s Deli and Ice Cream, Lics Deli & Ice Cream, and Tom + Chee.
The French term “vol-au-vent” often refers to a small puff pastry with a hollow center filled with savory ingredients. It may not be a typical item found on Irish menus, but the pastry appetizer is one of many new entrees, appetizers, and desserts featured on the menu at Ri Ra Irish Pub located in Downtown Evansville at 701 N.W. Riverside Drive. While French chefs may fill vols-au-vent with chicken or fish, Ri Ra Assistant Manager Jessica Taylor says the pub’s dish changes depending on items in the kitchen.
The Hagedorn’s Tavern building, located on 2037 W. Franklin St., was built in 1883 for Philip Mundo and originally served as a wine and beer saloon, a boarding house, and as Mundo’s personal residence for his six-member family until 1892 when he began leasing the property to proprietors selling beer and wine, and later soft drinks and ice cream during prohibition.
514, 514 Jackson in Jasper, Indiana, is now open. The urban tavern offers salads, sandwiches, smoked entrees, burgers, and more. A new Asian fusion restaurant has opened in Henderson, Kentucky, called Hong Kong Foodie To Go (Soaper Building, First Floor, 136 Second St.). The restaurant offers two different specials everyday along with regular rotating dishes including fried rice, fried noodles, and more. Online orders are accepted from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and walk-in orders are accepted from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Inspired by delicious small plates, Spanish wine, and the ambience of a European bistro, guests at Sips and Strokes, held twice monthly on Tuesday evenings at Eclipse Bistro, Tapas & More, leave the restaurant, located at 113 Fourth St. in Downtown Evansville, toting their own painting created with the help of local artist Cynthia Watson.
The timeless couples throughout culinary history include salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, and, of course, the Moscow Mule and its copper mug. Jayson Munoz, restaurant owner and chef, says although the cup doesn’t affect the taste of the iconic cocktail he serves at Commonwealth Kitchen + Bar, 108 Second St. in Henderson, Kentucky, he says it’s about the tradition.
For the people of Pigeon Creek, April 30, 1957, was moving day. Almost all the houseboats on the creek were gathered at the Trockman salvage yard near the mouth of the creek where a Ferris Traylor towboat waited. Several weeks earlier, the City of Evansville had served eviction notices to the residents of houseboats and shacks along the creek ordering them to vacate the premises by May 1.
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