November / December 2015

Evansville Living

Catch of the Day

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

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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

Flocking to the River

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

Perfect Harmony

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

Find Your Voice

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

Feast of the Seven Dishes

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

Old Things New

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

Cozy Crochet

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

A Place To Call Home

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

Say Cheese

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

French Twist

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,

Sips and Strokes

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

Thirsty Mule

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

The Last Pigeon Creek Houseboat

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

Editor's Letter

We Know Who You Are

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

Chew On This

Chew on This

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,

Check It Out

All Thriller, No Filler

“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


Forever Remembered

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

Cheap Eats

Tavern Treats

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

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Wartime City

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

Digging In

Healthy Heroes

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

Planting Roots

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


Green and Gold

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. With a population of 104,779, it’s home to

Seeking Answers

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


Musically Inclined

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

Out of the Park

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 Intimate Evening

Deck the Magnificent Halls

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,

Feature Presentation

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


Art Therapy

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

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the November/December issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. Each year, the Reitz Home Museum hosts its Victorian Christmas tours where every room