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September / October 2015

Evansville Living

With Open Doors

The house that sits on 2.4 acres at 619 E. Jennings St. in Newburgh, Indiana, is the result of a plan John and Jane Schroeder started together, but only one of them could witness completed. John passed away Aug. 16,

Street Kings

As fall arrives in the Tri-state, the city buzzes with anticipation for the annual West Side Nut Club’s Fall Festival held this year Oct. 5-10 on Franklin Street. For the Nut Clubbers themselves, it’s time to watch the hard work and

And The Beat Goes On

“Remember, to be early is to be on time.” It’s one of the first rules students of the Castle High School Marching Knights learn when they start camp at the beginning of June. The phrase is included in the first

All Aboard

My lifelong attraction to trains stems from watching the old “Big 4” Railroad, which ran by my childhood home in Cynthiana, Indiana, and waving to the men in the caboose. I have memories of taking the Evansville train depot to

Return Trip

At the conclusion of this summer’s season, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell will have set foot in five of the world’s seven continents. It doesn’t matter where in the world music takes the 47-year-old, Bell still considers his birth city Bloomington,

Restoring Greatness

When walking into Ribeyre Gymnasium, located at 603 Main St. in New Harmony, Indiana, one can feel the history resonating with every step taken on the refinished wood floor. But the former prop from the 1992 movie “A League of

Hidden Story

The story of 200-year-old Story, Indiana, is a charming one. Like any beloved tale, its characters adhere themselves to your heart. There’s Kevin Allen, an engineer-turned-handy man, whose weathered hands have taken broken and cast aside objects and crafted them

Under the Stars

Question: After falling into disrepair following its closing in 2012, could Evansville bring life back to the Mesker Park Amphitheatre? The Background: Built in 1951, Mesker Park Amphitheatre was one-third of George L. Mesker’s contributions to the city — the

Treasure Hunt

When Tammy Trem lost her job at Mead Johnson Nutrition in 2011, the Evansville resident decided it was time to start doing what she loved. The longtime artist began to focus on creating and selling her mosaic artwork, and accumulating

Stress Less

Traditional recliners seen in many living rooms today have large padded seats and backs covered in a dark fabric. The Stressless line at Lea Matthews Furniture and Interiors, however, has streamlined the recliners we grew up with to suit a

Try Thai

To find one of Gibson County’s best kept secrets, travel along County Road 800 S. in Fort Branch, Indiana, just off of U.S. Highway 41, and cross over the railroad tracks. Make a right onto S. McCreary Street and drive

Smoke on the Water

Overlooking the Ohio River at Marina Pointe, the smell of barbecue permeates through the air. Visitors who recently finished touring the LST-325 stop walking to register the smell, and as if pulled by the aroma, begin heading in the direction

Fizz Whizz

The average 12-ounce can of cola contains nearly 40 grams of sugar, so when Evansville resident Jacqueline Dente was given the chance to create a healthy alternative, she took it. Looking for a job, Dente previously worked at concession stands

Get Sauced

During the seven months Scott Schymik spent planning his new Italian restaurant Sauced, no detail went overlooked and no surface went untouched. Schymik and Sauced Manager Wade Cartwright debated every aspect of the eatery from the thickness of the napkin

Pie Day

With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to get in the a-la-mood for some of the region’s best pies. You’ll be sure to want to stick your face in these desirable desserts — we know we will!

Ghostly Doppelgänger

There have been countless documentations of strange manifestations occurring at Willard Library — faucets mysteriously turning on and off, guests experiencing chills, and elevator encounters with a specter. Ghost stories grow in abundance as Halloween nears; so do the number

Center of Attention

That’s a Good Dog!

Evansville residents Steve and Susan Harp’s 8-year-old yellow Labrador retriever EVIE SUE often is seen snoozing during class presentations and events. But when she hears the magic words, “Do you want to see EVIE pick up litter?” she comes to

Editor's Letter

The Kitchen Table

Summer seems to be slipping into fall a bit earlier this year. On a sunny day in late August when the temperature reached only 79 degrees, I asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if every day could be like this?” I

Chew On This

Chew on This

Longfellow BBQ & BARR, 830 LST Drive, is now open next to the LST Memorial 325. It serves fresh barbecue everyday along with pizza, burgers, and an appetizer menu. The Schnitzelbank has opened a new restaurant/brewery called The Schnitz Brewery

Check It Out

Supportive Songs

In an age where it’s common for families to receive clean drinking water straight from their home’s faucets, there still are millions of people around the world affected every year by contaminated drinking water. The Indiana Section of the American

Elegant Evening

After shining on the national scene, the Tri-State Medical Alliance wants others to shimmer at its premiere event. The Tri-State Medical Alliance is an organization whose members strive to assist their physician spouses in improving healthcare in the region. Despite

Be Informed and Inspired

Tri-State residents who enjoy watching videos made possible by TED, a nonprofit organization that sponsors powerful talks about Ideas Worth Spreading, can now enjoy a similar event in Evansville. TEDxEvansville is organized by a volunteer group of community advocates who


Celebration of Life

On July 13, 2005, Mike Shore was given three years to live. Ten years later on Aug. 8, 2015, Shore along with his family, friends, and members of his church had a Celebration of Life party to commemorate a decade

Digging In

Planning Ahead

Heading into the fall season, I find myself planning more than ever.  Often times people think spring is the busiest time for a landscape company, and that might be true for most, but with our company, we do so much


Broadcast News

Doug Garrett remembers the date: July 17, 2001. That morning, he was stopped and ticketed for an expired license plate. A few hours later, he walked into a staff meeting of newsroom personnel at Evansville’s WEVV-TV 44 and walked out

Park with a Purpose

Too often, Indianapolis, Indiana, is a quick destination. We visit for meetings, conferences, concerts, Colts and Pacers games, and youth sports, squeezing in an attraction or a favorite restaurant. Not often enough do we visit Indianapolis as a vacation destination.


New Beginnings

When Newburgh, Indiana, artist Dakri Sinclair begins a painting, she sometimes writes the words “new beginning” on the canvas. With every vibrant and colorful brushstroke, the message disappears and her final artwork shines through. It’s a season of new beginnings

Changing the World

Shiza Shahid grew up in Pakistan with Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. In 2012, when Yousafzai was just 15, she was shot by the Taliban on her way to school. During

Rock Show

Rock lovers from all 50 states drive many miles to see the gems on display at the Evansville Lapidary Society’s annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show, set for Oct. 24 and 25 at Washington Square Mall, Green River Road, and


Seeing the Value

New Harmony, Indiana, business owner Cindy Smotherman stresses to her estate sale clients not to clean up or throw anything away until she first sees the property. Someone’s trash is another’s treasure, she says, and she has been known to

Chain Reaction

Shark Survivor

Each morning seven days a week at 10:30 a.m., Tom + Chee opens for business. Before 15 minutes elapse, the restaurant is nearing capacity with a full dining room and patio seating, and the line to order stretches to the

Online Exclusives

Grilled Works

Once a dilapidated, forgotten bus terminal, the Evansville Greyhound Station saw its last bus depart in 2007. Today, the station’s owner, Indiana Landmarks, announced the historic building would be the site of activity again. The vacant 1939 Art Moderne building,

Link Up

To show how stories in the September/October issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader world, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. On Sept. 27, Bloomington, Indiana, violinist Joshua Bell performs on a 300-year-old Stradivarius, which