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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, 2000, but Jane went on to continue their vision.

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 preparation come to fruition.

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 entry on the band’s website, written by one of the band’s directors Tom Dean. It’s just one example of the discipline required and shown by the students of the program. “I spend probably a good 85 to 90 percent of my life here just with band and guard,” says senior and four-year Color Guard member Shelby Groves.

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 Indianapolis. When the opportunity came up to take a ride on the Jasper to French Lick Express — The Spirit of Jasper Train — I was excited to make the trip. 

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, Indiana, home.

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 Their Own” and a finalist for the 1986 film “Hoosiers” may have ceased to exist without the help of the Ribeyre Gymnasium Restoration Group (RGRG).

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 into some of the town’s most beloved structures. There’s Clyde, an orange cat that acts as Story’s official town greeter, and Snow, a shepherd-mix dog that chases bees around the garden or takes a dip in one of Story’s many creeks.

Under the Stars

Question: After falling into disrepair following its closing in 2012, could Evansville bring life back to the Mesker Park Amphitheatre?

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.

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 more sophisticated armchair quarterback.

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 down the road to Thai Chow, one of the Tri-State’s most popular Thai restaurants nestled in a small building you may miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

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 of Longfellow BBQ & BARR. The barbecue restaurant, located next to the LST-325 at 830 LST Drive, opened in early August, and has been a longtime dream for owner Robert Morphew, an Evansville native who attended Bosse High School and Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

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.

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 and the weight of the fork to having an exclusive hostess every night and purchasing each server a pair of red shoes to wear. “Details matter,” says Cartwright, an Evansville resident who has served as the manager at Sauced since the early planning stages.

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! While the Hoosier Pie Trail doesn’t come through Evansville, we advocate for our own pie trail sampling these popular pastries.

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 of tours captivating those looking for The Grey Lady in the Victorian Gothic masterpiece located at 21 First Ave., which opened in 1885.

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 life and the crowd goes wild with excitement.

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?”

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 & Pub in the lower level of the KlubHaus 61 building, 2031 Newton St., Jasper, IN. The pub features beer, wine, a full bar, and an original menu of appetizers, burgers, and an old Jasper pizza recipe. The Enigma Bar & Grill recently opened in Newburgh, Indiana, at 4044 Professional Lane.

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 Water Works Association is working to help by hosting a benefit concert.

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 being a year old, the American Medical Association Alliance awarded TSMA a spot on its Membership Honor Roll this year. It also won the AMAA’s Social Media Excellence Award, and president Karan Pastora won the Outstanding SPARK Leader award in June.

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.


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 passing since he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and given this grim prognosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is a relatively unknown condition in which the lungs are scarred, making breathing difficult. The average life expectancy of someone diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis without a lung transplant is three to four years.

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 seasonal decorating, we find ourselves extremely busy in the fall. Not only are we continuing to install new jobs and do maintenance for our clients’ landscapes, but we also are decorating for the fall and Christmas seasons. In the midst of fall decorating with mums, cabbage, and pumpkins, we also plant spring flowering bulbs. 


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 20 minutes later without a job. It was a day to remember, even if he wanted to forget. “We got paged to the studio, and the GM at the time (Dan Robbins) said, ‘Starting immediately, we are no longer doing news.’ I was the first one to leave the meeting. I was really upset. I loved my job.”

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. I recently spent three packed days in a special part of Indianapolis: White River State Park.


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.

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 this time, Shahid was studying at Stanford University in Stanford, California, and came to Yousafzai’s Birmingham, England, hospital bedside to act as a buffer between her and the onslaught of media attention the incident had attracted.

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 Washington Avenue. “It’s huge,” says Sara Rappee, show chair and society past president. “We advertise all the way to the Chicago area. We try to get information out as far as we can and bring people in from all states.”


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 dumpster dive to prove it. “I’ve had to pull out things that were more valuable than the things they left,” says Smotherman, who organizes estate sales in the Southern Indiana/Illinois area for clients. She also owns an antique store called Firehouse Antiques, located at 608 S. Main St. in New Harmony.

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 front door.

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, located at 102 N.W. Third St., will host Cunningham Restaurant Group’s BRU Burger in June 2016. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke joined Indiana Landmarks president Marsh Davis in making the announcement at the former bus terminal.

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.