November / December 2020

Evansville Living

All In The Family

In the Midwest, family recipes passed down generally have a few things in common — tradition and warmth. This time of year is all about bringing people together at the table and digging into the tried and true recipes, the

Old World Spirit

If you’re a fan of Evansville’s Riverside Historic District and the old neighborhoods surrounding Downtown, your architectural gaze has likely been lost not only on the pristine homes on the street but on those stately structures on the back of

Moving In

Driving along Riverside Drive approaching Downtown Evansville, one enjoys stunning views. Now that scenery includes a 20-foot-tall T-Rex statue. After 12 years across from the Children’s Museum of Evansville, at 22 S.E. Fifth St., mascot Millie The Dinosaur has a

Season of Goodwill

A long history of helping underserved populations through education, job creation, and retail services has shaped Evansville Goodwill Industries, Inc. into a critical piece in the fabric of the city.   Goodwill opened on May 12, 1935, in Downtown Evansville

Forest of Fun

On the western edge of downtown St. Louis, 1,300 acres of forest, trails, attractions, and history play host to more than 13 million visitors a year. Forest Park, voted the No. 1 city park in the country by USA Today

Building Scenery

The weather is changing around the Tri-State and as the leaves fall, work continues steadily at the 2021 Evansville Living Idea Home in Victoria Estates, located near the nationally-ranked Victoria National Golf Course in Newburgh, Indiana. As the Idea Home

Open Spaces

The French country, one-level home at 1402 Stonebriar Drive provides a spectacular attention to detail and craftmanship. The seven-acre property built by Randy Elpers in 2002 is surrounded by beautiful rolling grounds overlooking a five-acre lake. The private front yard

Seasons of Change

With an unfiltered view of the bustling neon-lit casino at Tropicana Evansville (421 N.W. Riverside Drive), The Brew Brothers Tap House offers casino patrons, hotel guests, and Evansville residents an upscale casual dining experience like no other. Rebranded in May

Enormous Eats

When Los Alfaro’s reopened its doors last year at a new location — 1021 S. Weinbach Ave. — the owners wanted to go bigger than ever before with their offerings. They certainly accomplished that feat by introducing patrons to their one-of-a-kind

Neo Neon

Brightening up the streets of Evansville has always been a goal of the Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville and the new neon mural in Self.e Alley certainly adds vibrancy to Downtown. The mural, which took about five days to complete,

The Grand Carousel

A horse of every color beckoned local children to the first carousel that stood on the grounds of Mesker Park Zoo. Built in 1923, the attraction didn’t start its life at the zoo and its purpose has not ended since

Bountiful Boil

Low country seafood boils have hit Evansville, and they are most definitely juicy. Midwest chain Juicy Seafood opened on the East Side in September with the goal of bringing a casual, Cajun dining experience filled with crawfish, crab, shrimp, corn,

Mother Knows Best

The walls of Cleo’s Bakery and Brown Bag Lunches at 9 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN, are adorned with simple décor that put the spotlight on delicious delicacies in the display case, but one item stands out from the rest.

Center of Attention

A Roaring Homecoming

The weather could not stop the P-47 Thunderbolt “Tarheel Hal” from coming home Oct. 17, 2020. It took off from Houston, Texas, traveled four hours to Evansville, and circled the city before landing at its new home, the Evansville Wartime

Editor's Letter

What a Year It’s Been

You do not need me to tell you what a year this has been. What I do want to say is that for legions of Americans, Hoosiers, and southwestern Indiana residents, 2020 has no silver lining. This past summer as

Chew On This

Chew on This

The Riverwalk Restaurant and Catering is open in the Hadi Shrine building at 6 Walnut St. Owned by Doros and Ellada Hadjisavva, owners of Acropolis, Riverwalk serves cocktails, sandwiches, and fresh fish and seafood. The Ghost Sports Bar, at 4222

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Safe Passage

In the late 1930s, Harlem postal worker Victor Hugo Green began a career as a travel agent and set about publishing a travel guide meant to help African American travelers stay safe during the days of Jim Crow laws and

Digging In

O Christmas Tree

Nearly 95 million U.S. households display Christmas trees each year, making it one of the most popular holiday traditions. Those looking for an authentic, local tree have several options in Evansville. Sycamore Valley Tree Farm 7120 New Harmony Road In

Art Talk

World of Color

Wielding a palette knife dabbled with oil paint, Makenzie Orange creates a layered landscape. Hunched over the canvas, hands steady in concentration, is how Orange has spent two hours a week for the last five years. The 13-year old Newburgh,


Bluegrass Adventure

Kentucky breeds some of the finest racehorses on the planet and produces about 95 percent of the world’s bourbon, but experiencing the best of the Bluegrass State’s two most famous industries means traveling between Louisville, Lexington, and Bardstown, Kentucky. At


Off The Wall

Queen and Pavarotti. Beyoncé and Beethoven. Metallica and Mozart. The most iconic names in music are honored together through a breakout musical experience — The Tapestry. Debuted on Dec. 3, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan, The Tapestry performs a fusion of

Something from Nothing

Steve Imes was 10 years old when he talked his parents into letting him take a correspondence course in cartooning through the mail. Although Imes wouldn’t go on to have a career in cartoon illustration, it was then he developed


In the Woods

It took years for Erin Adams to find something she was passionate about, but the journey has allowed her to create unique pieces of art in the Tri-State. Adams, the owner of Erin M. Adams Artistry LLC, found her niche

Chain Reaction

Home Cooking

Opened in late August last year, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse at 1000 N. Green River Road is a casual dining chain that’s gained local popularity. Originating as a California pizzeria in 1978, BJ’s has a diverse 80 percent home-made menu,

Online Exclusives

2020 Bright Spots

Wow, what a year. We aren’t the first ones to say this, but 2020 has been a ride. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the forefront of all our lives, but there’s been many other events and stories to

Peppermint Wonderland

While the weather outside is frightful, the staff at Evansville Living had a delightful time trying the seasonal ice cream creations at Lic’s Old Fashioned Deli and Ice Cream. Along with regular local favorites, Lic’s currently is scooping up peppermint

Five Ways of Giving

‘Tis the season of giving! Families in our community are hurting (this year more than ever) and they need your help. This time of year is when charitable organizations across the Tri-State work to make the holidays special for families

Light Up the Holidays

Residents in Evansville got extra festive this year with their outdoor decorations. While Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights is still a mainstay in many holiday traditions, homeowners across the city lent their creative hands to offer up bright and cheery reasons

The Bigger the Better

Los Alfaros is known for its authentic Latin experience, quality service, and of course, it’s giant foods. For those looking for a satisfying behemoth to break your fast, the 24-inch California Breakfast Burrito just may do the trick. This colossus

Sounds of the Season

It’s a tradition many have come to love and anticipate during the holiday season — the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah.” This year, the way the performance is viewed may be different, but the magic of the

Football Frenzy

Tri-State families huddled around their TVs Dec. 14 for another week of Monday Night Football on ESPN. While the crowd watched the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens trade rushing touchdowns, analyst Brian Griese talked about Evansville. “Yeah, I knew about

Lighting the Darkness

Every year, members of the Jewish congregation in Evansville gather inside the walls of Temple Adath B’nai Israel for the lighting of the Hanukkiah on the first night of Hanukkah. This year, the tradition continued but in a much different

The Show Must Go On

The holidays in the Tri-State often have included special performances, like concerts from the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra or various shows of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. But the 2020 winter season looks a little different this year due to restrictions

Honoring the Fallen

It’s a tradition in more than 1,600 cemeteries across the U.S. — the laying of wreaths to honor fallen veterans. Though this year’s ceremony may include more social distancing due to COVID-19, the annual Wreaths Across America event will still

A Saving Grace

After announcing their closure Dec. 2 on Facebook, Siciliano Subs owners David and Danielle Hodge found salvation in an unlikely place. What exactly is this decadent Hail Mary? Charcuterie boards! The Evansville Living staff tried a small board stuffed with

Christmas at the Cabin

An annual event for the past 12 years, Christmas at the Cabin brings together pottery and fraktur by Tom Wintczak; original paintings, prints, and cards by Kazhia Kolb; and wood carvings by Richard Hitch in the cozy setting of an

Very Merry Sips

Winter wouldn’t be as cozy if not for the tasty drinks from all your favorite local coffee spots. As December marches on, Honey Moon Coffee Co. has announced the addition of several seasonal flavors to get you in the holiday

Capture Holiday Cheer

The holidays are here and Main Street in Downtown Evansville is filled with winter displays sure to make your days merry and bright. These decorations — funded by the Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District — feature everything from trees to

Memories on Main

Main Street is one of many hopping places to be for shops, restaurants, and businesses in Evansville, but many residents will remember a time when the heart of Downtown had some stark differences. In a photograph from the Evansville Museum

Get to Mashin’

When I visited the home of Janice Stratton back in October for our “All in the Family” recipes feature, I was blown away by her cooking. She truly was a gracious and fabulous host to us as we invaded her

An Inside Look

  The city of Evansville is bustling and thriving. With new development projects dotted all over town, residents opening unique restaurants and retail shops, and a rich history to draw from, there’s always a story to tell about our city!

Winter Wonderland Fun

While it’s important to follow all mandates and regulations to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19, you don’t have to take down the stockings or put away the tree. In fact, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and

Digital Edition

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