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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 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

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

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

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,

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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,

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

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

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.

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. Landscapes by Dallas Foster is partnering with Evansville Living to host

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,

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.

Regifted

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,

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

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

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

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

Departments

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

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

Culture

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

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

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

Creating

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. The 56-year-old Wells performs live regularly, puts out his own albums, and handles production, booking, and promotion for

Artful Living

Excellent Fabrication

“The first rule is, it’s got to be fun.” When artists and friends Keith Boyd and Emily Gartner decided to team up in July, Boyd’s statement was the foundation of their partnership. Boyd paints abstract art on canvases, some of

Collectibles

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

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.

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

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

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