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September / October 2013

Evansville Living

For Pets’ Sake

Dog vs. cat. When it comes to the most popular household pet, canines knock felines out of the ring. Yet as in every battle between the species, humans have to weigh in. In this issue, plenty have. We explore how the Internet has impacted pet rescues, how animals help people, and why some people choose pets other than cats and dogs.

The Heart of Holland and Belgium

Outside the window of my stateroom on the Amadeus Elegant, a 360-foot river cruiser with a pointed bow, the view mirrors my image of the Netherlands: resplendent with green pastures, swans and geese, sheep, cottages with steep-pitched roofs bursting with flowers, sturdy horses, bicycles, canals and dikes, windmills, and villages outlined by church steeples or even a fortress or a castle.

Paris in Three Days

Paris — city of lights replete with the riches of Napoléon Bonaparte (and his tomb), wide avenues lined with stately Georges-Eugène Haussmann architecture, the astonishing scale of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, stylish cafes, elegant women, the Eiffel Tower, Ladurée macarons, and the constant lilt of “Bonjour! Bonjour!” What I love about Paris is all of this; especially the ubiquitous greeting that lightly chimes above the sounds of the city.

Fall Back in Time

For 91 years, the West Side Nut Club has hosted the renowned Fall Festival that beckons us to W. Franklin Street the first full week of October. This year’s fest runs from Oct. 7-12 offering 136 food booths (run by charities) stretching from Wabash to St. Joe avenues, alongside entertainment stages, and a midway of carnival rides. We know that eating our way down W. Franklin Street is an iconic experience that marks the end of summer in Evansville more than Labor Day.

Tuning In

Words flow easily for many people. For others, however, speaking can be a daily struggle. SongShine is a national non-profit program aimed at regaining vocal strength that has found its way to Evansville. Its students typically suffer from Parkinson’s disease, stroke, aging voices, or a neurological disorder — all of which can hamper speaking ability.

Hip Hop

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. These proposals, like our first topic – a trolley hop – might be inspired by other cities, or, perhaps an idea is the result of a brainstorm. Question: Could Evansville launch a trolley hop, like Louisville, Ky.’s, Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop?

From House to Home

Eight years ago, Tom and Alexandra (Alex) O’Niones returned closer to their roots and made the move from Fishers, Ind., to Fort Branch. Tom, who grew up as a Southern Indiana native in Freelandville, just north of Vincennes, and Alex, a native of Princeton, each wanted to be closer to their families. Fort Branch seemed like a natural fit. Having already lived in Fort Branch once, Alex says, “We like it here, it feels like home.”

Fall into Flavor

I was met with a familiar obstacle. I was asked to use an ingredient that will be in season at the time of publication, but not necessarily at the time of production. Pomegranates are one of the loftier hurdles I was presented with, simply due to their short season of availability. Never one to retreat from a challenge, I searched for inspiration. I found it in the Mediterranean, home of subtle spices that bring out complex flavors and terrific colors for presentation.

Sugar and Spice

It was just a sign carrying the words “Fresh Baked Goods” in the Woolworth’s bakery department in Evansville in 1957. Yet to Andrea Miles, it was a shining star. After she saw a photograph of the bakery in the March/April 2012 issue of Evansville Living, the owner of Sweet Bettys Bakery knew she had to have it in her own shop. And when she couldn’t find the original sign, she had it replicated, and even contributed to the labor.

Strung Out

String art is a great way to add some dimension and a bit of retro style to a wall in your home. This craft was a hit in the 1960s due to the popularity of string art kits. The kits allowed crafters to create designs ranging from geometric shapes to intricate depictions of peacocks, locomotives, and sail boats. Today, crafters are coming up with their own unique ideas for string art without the aid of kits. It’s a relatively simple craft, and you can completely customize the colors and design to suit your tastes.

Ninety Days to Sell

You didn’t know you needed down-filled, silk-covered, Art Deco Tuxedo chairs, until you walked into Kim’s Consigned Designs in the Apple Center in Newburgh, Ind. Yet, there you are — face to face with the comfortable, well-kept chairs you end up taking home at a reasonable cost, in a large store, with a variety of other selections to choose from.

Apples to Apples

When I mention that I have kept an “apple diary,” I tend to get odd looks. Since there are more than 7,000 varieties of apples in the world, this was my method of keeping track of the tasty (or sometimes, not so tasty) attributes of each type I tried. Nerdy? Perhaps. Helpful? Definitely! After days of analysis — without a doctor in sight — I now know which kinds are the most appealing to me. Here, I’ve picked a few apples to share with you. Whether you eat them out of hand or baked in a pie, use these tips as a guide on your next shopping trip.

A Family Place

It’s so far south on Kentucky Avenue that, these days, you’re not likely to find it by accident. But that’s the allure of the House of Como. You go there on purpose with a pocket full of cash and know that you’ll most likely be surrounded by regular customers. They might be owner Martha Hage’s classmates when she was in the first grade, who walk in cracking jokes and giving hugs. It might be the chief financial officer of an Evansville business, who’s quick to laugh and just as comfortable sitting at the bar.

Family Nourishment

After four years as head chef at Raffi’s Restaurant of Evansville and one year as the owner of the Nitro Grill, Evansville native and certified culinarian Melissa Gormley knew it was time to set her sights on other ventures. Now, she has her own business, Nourish of Evansville, where she works as a personal chef. Through her business, Gormley implements her mission to foster joyful, healthy relationships between people and their food.

Center of Attention

Spotlight on Success

Holly’s House stands as a living testament to the idea that something truly amazing can arise after great tragedy. The facility, which opened in September 2008, is named for Holly Dunn Pendleton, a University of Kentucky graduate and Evansville native who, in August 1997, survived a brutal attack by the “Railroad Serial Killer” in Lexington, Ky.

Editor's Letter

Close to Home

How was your summer? Mine was fine, and short. A July summer-fun injury has kept me close to home as the summer winds down. Don’t feel too badly about me missing out. While recovering, I still was able to travel to Indianapolis to see my youngest son and his teammates swim at the Indiana Age Group State Swimming Finals at the IUPUI Natatorium, visit the Indianapolis Zoo, see Steely Dan in concert at the Louisville Palace, and visit relatives in Greeneville, Tenn. Still, with a black eye and broken ankle, I haven’t felt much like getting out here in town.

Chew On This

Chew On This

Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta (4301 U.S. 41-N) serves pasta with homemade sauce, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and salad. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. All Mixed Up (2215 W. Franklin) serves fresh cupcakes. The stand is open only on Fridays, but orders can be placed anytime on its website, allmixedupcupcakes.weebly.com. Beertropolis (325 LST Drive) is a country music bar and nightclub with a beach twist. It’s open seven days a week at noon; live entertainment every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Check It Out

Fostering Design

Visitors to Dallas and Susan Foster’s home and gardens in Vincennes, Ind., on Sept. 21 will be treated to the landscape designers’ signature mosaic of landscape color and texture.

Colour of Humanity

He was a child refugee. Now Derreck Kayongo is considered a fearless visionary. And on Friday, Oct. 11, he will be the keynote speaker at the Evansville African-American Museum’s fifth annual Colour of Humanity Gala. Kayongo and his wife, Sarah, started their own non-governmental organization, The Global Soap Project, which repurposes partially used soap from hotels into new soap for needy populations. So far, the organization has donated more than half a million bars of soap to more than 20 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Swaziland, Kenya, and Ghana.

Delicious Bids

The chefs will be hard at work in the makeshift kitchen, but the key ingredient is you. The 2013 Evansville Signature Chefs Auction will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite, 203 Chestnut St. The Chefs Auction is an annual event — this will be its 16th year — to raise money for the March of Dimes, which helps mothers have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.


Christ The King’s 8th Annual Jingle Mingle Mart offers a unique experience for area shoppers with more than 60 vendors, from across the Tri-State, in one festive and convenient location. The vendors will showcase a unique array of clothing, jewelry, home and garden décor, gourmet food, artwork, and holiday items.

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Jazzed Up

For four days starting on July 29, 1960, Evansville hosted a total of 15 entertainment acts, including the late Dinah Washington, Benny Goodman, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and Cannonball Adderley at the Indiana Jazz Festival. The event took place in response to French Lick, Ind.’s decision to cancel its leg of the World Jazz Series broadcasted live by CBS Television. The resort town made its decision after watching the live broadcast of riots at the world-famous Newport, R.I., Jazz Festival on July 2, 1960.

Evansville Centric

Sister Christian

It’s now the site of the Evansville Christian Life Center, an independent non-profit organization devoted to community outreach through a variety of services. But for almost 90 years, the structure at 509 S. Kentucky Ave. was the location of the Monastery of Saint Clare. The monastery was established when Mother Mary Magdalen Bentivoglio came to Evansville in 1897 after one of her fellow sisters in a convent in Omaha, Neb., inherited some land from an Evansville relative. The Kentucky Avenue structure became the convent’s third monastery building.

Comfort Zone

Fighting the Good Fight

Despite annual mammograms and no family history of breast cancer, Lory White, 51, was diagnosed with invasive ductal/lobular carcinoma in March. She had no lump. In fact, the diagnosis came after she had a negative mammogram. She obtained an ultrasound of her dense breasts on the previous advice of medical professionals.

Digging In

Sprout Some Ideas

Recently, one of my employees asked me the best resources for learning about landscaping. He wanted to know where I had learned everything that I knew to get to the position I am in today. The easy answer is that I went to Purdue University and earned a degree in landscape horticulture with design. I know that my education plays a large role in my success, but my experiences and the resources I have found over the years are really what have helped to inspire and guide me since college.


60 Years on the Air

The year was 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated as president. Henry O. “Hank” Roberts was mayor of Evansville. Hardworking residents were making the millionth Plymouth automobile at Evansville’s Chrysler plant, dining at The Tennessean, and attending concerts at the new Mesker Amphitheatre. If you lived in the Tri-State in the early 1950s, you knew something was up. Something big. By the summer of 1953, more than 25 million television sets had been sold in the United States. “I Love Lucy” was beginning its third year on CBS.

Serving the Community

 It took some time, but the Evansville Tennis Center has lifted off nicely on the northeast side of the city. The huge metal building at 5428 Davis Lant Drive has a mezzanine and some space for spectators. It has been open since October 2012 and is adorned with a large sign on the back of the building facing Lynch Road near N. Green River Road.


Solo Venture

Apart, Philip Lawrence and Bruno Mars were broke, struggling musicians. Together, they are an unstoppable force defining the way today’s pop music sounds. As part of the song-writing and producing trio The Smeezingtons, Lawrence, Mars, and Ari Levine have crafted numerous Billboard hits such as rapper Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” rapper B.O.B.’s “Nothin’ On You,” and pop singer Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You.”

Healing Art

Patients at the brand-new Owensboro Health Regional Hospital have been treated to a show this summer in the courtyard outside the cafeteria in the back of the hospital. Since around mid-July, they’ve been able to watch Louisville, Ky., glass artist and Owensboro native Brook Forrest White Jr. assemble his latest — and probably biggest — work of art.

When In Rome

Have you ever heard of the Roman Emperor Pupienus Maximus? Todd Huber, owner of PG café and art gallery, had never heard of him, either, until he started demolition on PG’s building at 1418 W. Franklin St. “We didn’t have a name yet, and when we were doing demolition, we found this wallpaper that had Roman emperors on it,” he says. “One of the names was ‘Pupienus Maximus.’”


Music Man

One would be hard-pressed to find a facet of the music business that Newburgh, Ind.-based David Wells isn’t involved in these days.

Artful Living


Worldly Ways

He could have been only a war hero. He could have been only a big game hunter. He could have been only a pilot. He could have been only a married father of four. But that wasn’t George P. Whittington Jr.’s style. No. George — farmer, Henderson, Ky., resident, husband to Agnes, father to Charles, Richard, Janet, and Elizabeth — never stopped trying to learn new things.

Chain Reaction

Not a Hard Shell

With much excitement and many new customers, Chipotle opened its doors to Evansville residents on July 31. The chain began in Denver, Colo., in 1993. The Evansville location joins more than 900 other restaurants under the Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. name.

Online Exclusives

Bonus Photos

As always when traveling, you take a lot of photos. Here are some additional images that didn't make it into the feature "The Heart of Holland and Belgium." ▲ Floating greenhouses comprising Amsterdam’s Blumenmarkt and bicycles line the Singel canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Kim Burnette.

Tips on Tulips

So you’re ready to join the ranks of travelers who are hopping on European river cruises in record numbers. (See “The Heart of Holland and Belgium,” September/October 2013 Evansville Living.) Here are just a few tips to make your trip easier and even more enjoyable:

Best of Evansville 2014

Vote for the Best of Evansville! Tell us the latest and greatest the city has to offer! The 13th annual Best of Evansville competition is your chance to vote for your favorites. So, what people and places stand out to you?