September / October 2010

Evansville Living


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Why Not Downtown?

When longtime Evansville Living subscriber Susan Pickens visited South Carolina nearly a decade ago, she toured Coastal Living magazine’s Idea Home — built by a team of local builders, designers, and developers to showcase the latest home trends. Impressed, Pickens

Panoramic View

When Larry Owen first stepped inside the Riverfront Condominiums building behind the Old Post Office, he wasn’t looking to buy. He and his wife, Carol, loved their home in McCutchanville, and Larry merely was fulfilling a promise to a friend

A New Import

On occasion, Jayson Munoz sports a chic, leather designer belt. He bought it for a generously discounted price in a small Nashville boutique owned by a friend. The belt is a simple item, but it matches the design sense Munoz

Our New Clothes

After a Saturday night at Downtown bars, my girlfriend and I almost are to my apartment. We just need to cross Main Street. An easy mission — except here’s a shirtless middle-aged man clad only in cut-off jean shorts straddling

Mom’s Recipe

One Thanksgiving in the mid-1990s, Larry “Bubbles” Pollock’s mother whipped up a three-layer dessert topped with whipped cream. Bubbles loved it and asked for the recipe to serve in his restaurant, The Pub (1348 E. Division St.). Fifteen years later,

Hometown Gyro

Housed in a former Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken joint on Lincoln Avenue, Manna Mediterranean Grill still carries a few trappings of the building’s fast-food past: Diners order and pay at the counter, drink from Styrofoam cups, and carry their meals

American Pie

Editor’s note: Chef Eli Haddix passed away in May 2021. Eli contributed several recipes to Evansville Living over the years, and we continue to share his work as a tribute to this beloved friend of the magazine. Apples, as in

Crown Jewels

As the air cools and the leaves change colors, summer’s bright shades deepen to muted jewel tones: rich purples, cool blues, and bold teals inspired by precious gemstones.  

Who are the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators?

When Billy Miller was nine years old, his parents left the care of their only son in the hands of his two older sisters. As the siblings played on the porch of the more than 150-year-old Indiana farmhouse, Miller heard

Karen Smith

When Karen Smith’s left ring finger started to tremble, she simply ignored it. But after the tremor worsened, Smith was diagnosed nine years ago with Parkinson’s disease at age 42. The progressive motor system disorder, which affects around a million

Big City Cool

A swank New York restaurant uses the name Arabelle. It also is the name of an upscale United Kingdom jeweler, and a high-class fabrics company has the name Arabelle. Attaching “Arabelle” to describe something as upper crust is no coincidence:

Editor's Letter

Path to Preservation

“In its heyday, Washington Avenue was a grand residential corridor. It was a gateway into our city.” — Dennis Au, Evansville historic preservation officer, “Withering Heights,” Evansville Living, May/June 2007 “There was a lot of preservation activity in the mid

Chew On This

Chew On this

American Pit Bosses (1113 E. Riverside Drive) has opened with a menu of what co-operator Mandy Crabtree calls “Indiana-style barbecue.” That style comes from co-operator Donald Osborne’s grandfather. “Everybody loves Grandpa’s barbecue,” Crabtree says. “We couldn’t wait for summer picnics

Check It Out

Power of the Pen

In 1929, a young Chicago man named Herbert Block dropped out of college to take a job at the now-defunct Chicago Daily News. The 19-year-old editorial cartoonist needed a catchy pen name, suggested his father, and “Herblock” was born. Soon,

Circus Act

When the fledgling Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra took the stage in a former YWCA building in 1934, they played classical music. The concept was not revolutionary, but the informal group of musicians proved Evansville was ready for a professional series. What

Throwing Punches

The last time boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard fought in the ring, he lost after a storied career with one Olympic gold medal, boxing titles in five weight divisions, and numerous retirements and comebacks. That was 1997, and on Sept.

Open Doors

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, 2001, on a quiet Lincoln Avenue street corner, an Evansville man rammed his car into the Islamic Center. He later told police that his actions symbolized retaliation against the Sept. 11 terrorist

Cheap Eats

Fun with Fiddlers

My goal was to eat eight catfish fiddlers in one sitting. The arena for such an undertaking was KT’s Fire Grill in Wadesville, Ind., where weekends kick off at 4:30 p.m. for “All U Can Eat Catfish Fiddler Friday” ($9.95).

Evansville Centric

Behind the Scenes

On a quiet city block on Evansville’s East Side, 750 miles from the bright lights of Broadway, lies a renowned training ground for actors, stage managers, set and lighting designers, and other ingénues hoping to break into the theater business.

Comfort Zone

The Chance to Connect

When Jackson Farmer was born in August 1994, first-time parents Kip and Maria Farmer were elated. But months before they celebrated Jackson’s first birthday, the couple couldn’t silence the nagging thought that something was wrong with their son. Red-faced, the


On Thick Ice

Last April, Ron Geary joined his wife Linda, son Mark, daughter Wendy, a couple of grandchildren, and some family friends at Evansville’s Swonder Ice Arena. Also at the rink were more than 1,000 hockey fans attending the fifth game of

Welcome to Illinois Wine Country

Between Highways 127 and 57 is a gravel road looping by one-bedroom, red-roofed cabins next to a large lake. The road ends at an impressive building, complete with a wraparound patio, peaked ceiling, brick bar, stained glass windows, and a

The Arms of Love

In July 2009, Randy Moore, longtime anchor for WTVW Fox 7’s weeknight newscasts, lost his wife, Ann, to pancreatic cancer. The public figure was open and honest about the family’s two-year fight against a disease that will claim the lives


Soirées: Fall Frenzy

Leaves soon will be falling, and the fall social season already is flourishing. This is the busiest time of the year: Each weekend you’ll find at least one fundraising gala. Mark your calendars and dust off your dancing shoes, but

Margaret McMullan

Years ago, in a high school in Jackson, Miss., Margaret McMullan’s sister ran for school president. She gave a speech that riveted students and teachers. Impressed, McMullan’s seventh grade English teacher told McMullan she would never write as well as

Stringing Along

Depending on which music lover you ask, the definition of folk music varies. Is it a centuries-old tune passed down through the rolling hills and small towns of Appalachia? A pacifist’s fervent response to the Vietnam War? A guitarist’s solo

Online Exclusives

Home Field Hero

While his alma mater battled Stanford University (then ranked No. 13) on the football field, Deke Cooper sat inside the North Side Pizza King, preparing for a stromboli-eating contest. Cooper decided his goal for the competition was “to just finish.”

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