For years, the Tri-State has warmly welcomed Evansville Living and its readers to come inside for a tour of their homes. Whether a grand estate or a comfortable cabin, each residence offered something unique. We invite you to come home again with us as we revisit some of our favorites from past issues.
September / October 2016
To the rest of the world, she’s America’s outspoken Olympic swimmer who won her first two gold medals in Rio. But to those who really know her, she’s Lilly King — daughter, sister, friend, and small-town girl with a fun-loving spirit and heart of gold. Lilly on Deck
Looking at the skyline of Evansville, one cannot miss the iconic clock tower of the Old Courthouse, 201 N.W. Fourth St. The structure — designed by Henry Wolters of Louisville, Kentucky, and completed in late 1890 — has undergone many renovations in the last four years, and its architectural design still amazes many who walk through its doors.
In the past few years, there has been a noticeable trend in marketing toward seasonal fare, especially in the fall. Particularly effective is the advertising of all things “pumpkin-spiced.” From lattes to baked goods, even craft brewers get in on the act. Everyone seems to crave pumpkin flavor near the end of August. We decided to buck this trend with an “anti-pumpkin” dish that still screams of fall comforts.
This was not my first top-roping rodeo at the indoor rock-climbing center Vertical eXcape, 1315 N. Royal Ave. But it might as well have been. Since my last visit, my climbing and belaying certifications had expired, and I’d forgotten how to safely scale walls, making this a re-test drive. The Scoop Filling out the online waiver before walking through the door kept my sign-in process simple. I paid the fellow behind the counter and received climbing shoes.
It was 25 years ago when Hollywood arrived in the Tri-State to film the movie, “A League of Their Own.” Directed by Penny Marshall, it starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and others. Columbia Pictures chose down-home Southwest Indiana to depict the World War II-era story. Much of the filming took place in Evansville, New Harmony, Huntingburg, and on a rural farm in St. Phillips.
Most places don’t allow you to eat while you peruse the inventory. But at the shops located under the bright teal awning on the square in Boonville, Indiana, it’s encouraged. Shabby Sheek Boutique and 2nd Street Sweets have two very different products under a single roof, yet both offer something special at a price point affordable to all.
It’s easy to see why Aaron and Laura Briner named their Henderson, Kentucky, farm Laughing Lab Acres. Drive up to their property at 11135 State Route 1078 just east of the city, step out of your car, and you’re greeted by four enthusiastic, smiling Labrador Retrievers. “They all are involved with the farm,” says Laura with a smile.
I’m certainly not a vegetarian, so imagine my hesitation when co-workers suggested the vegetarian combination platter at Manna Mediterranean Grill, 2913 Lincoln Ave. My doubts dissipated when owners Amjad and Kristi Manna delivered the medley to my table. The pita, hummus, babba ghannoug, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, and Mediterranean salad were a rainbow of color that made me excited to dive in and devour.
As you settle into a cozy leather chair beneath a black-and-white American flag with a mounted white deer watching from afar, the third wave of coffee (a movement to produce high-quality coffee) flows before you — cold brew slowly dripping through a glass apparatus reminiscent of a laboratory, nitrogen-infused coffee cascading like draft beer from a tap, and espresso shots pulling from a state-of-the-art machine. The kicker? You’re in the lobby of Roger’s Academy of Hair Design, 105 N. Green River Road.
It could be said fate brought Morgan Castillo to Tin Fish in Newburgh, Indiana. The New York native moved to Evansville in 2006 to work as a grill cook in the Evansville Country Club’s kitchen. On the hunt for a part-time job, Castillo found herself taking a spot in the kitchen at Tin Fish, 300 W. Jennings St. “They asked me to come on full time eventually, then to be manager,” she says. “That’s how things got rolling.” By October 2007, Castillo would become owner of the popular historic downtown Newburgh eatery.
Snow may not be on the ground just yet, but the fluffy precipitation will be showing up in mailboxes nationwide well before winter arrives. The United States Postal Service recently released its Songbirds in Snow Forever stamps, featuring the artwork of illustrator Robert Giusti. Each of the four designs features a bird perched in snow-dusted trees. The stamps come in booklets of 20, with the four designs repeated five times, and can be purchased online or in stores.
Center of Attention
John Nunn, 38 • Current residence: Bonsall, California Hometown: Evansville (Harrison High School, class of 1996) Nunn is a three-time Olympian in the 50-kilometer race walk event: 2004 (26th place), 2012 (43rd place), and 2016 (43rd place). How did you get into competitive race walking? I got a scholarship to University of Wisconsin-Parkside based off my high school running times. The coach thought I would be able to transition well into the walks if I was willing to give it a try.
We began talking about the 100th issue of Evansville Living about a year ago. It would not have escaped us; our circulation software keeps tab of the count for us.
Chew On This
Spice Café, 6840 Logan Drive, Unit A, has opened, serving Caribbean, creole, and soul food. Milk & Sugar Scoop Shoppe has opened at 2021 W. Franklin St., serving premium ice cream. The shop is located in the former Winzerwald Winery tasting room. Fat Boy’s Pizza has opened next to Treasures & Pleasures at 10722 Highway 662 W., Newburgh, IN. The restaurant offers local una style pizza serving take out orders only. 6th Street Twilight Bistro is now open at the former 6th Street Deli location, 10 N.W.
Check It Out
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction offers guests exquisite food, a chance to win quality items at a live and silent auction, and best of all, the opportunity to help families in the Evansville community. The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help prevent premature birth and other issues related to childbirth. For this event’s 19th year, Dr. Aaron Dewees will be honored with help from the March of Dimes Ambassador family, Brandon and Jill Scott.
Everyone has the opportunity to learn about gardening from the masters on Oct. 15 at the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardner Association’s semiannual Ohio Valley Garden Conference, held in the Tropicana Evansville Conference Center, 421 N.W. Riverside Drive.
Who says motorcyclists can’t be classy? The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride starts with a bike show at Deaconess Gateway Hospital at 11 a.m., Oct. 2, and showcases classic and custom bikes. After the show, the highly distinguished, finely dressed, and dapper gentlemen and women hit the road to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer. The first bike leaves at 1 p.m. with the ride wrapping up at Lamasco Bar & Grill, 1331 W. Franklin St., at 3:30 p.m.
The 19th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure helps fight breast cancer with a 5K and one-mile run/walk at Evansville’s Eastland Mall at 9 a.m. Sept. 25. The survivor parade and opening ceremony begin 8 a.m. New this year are an improved KidZone, tailgates for any team that raises at least $2,500, food trucks to refuel after the run, and much more.
At 2:38 p.m. on March 17, 1960, Northwest Airlines Flight 710 departed Chicago’s Midway Airport with 57 passengers and six crew members aboard, nonstop for Miami. At 3:13 p.m., Flight 710 routinely reported in over Scotland, Indiana. A short time later, at 3:25 p.m., something went terribly wrong and the four-engine turboprop Lockheed L-118 Electra passenger plane disintegrated in midair. One wing separated from the fuselage and the crippled plane plummeted to earth and cratered into a field about 10 miles east of Tell City, Indiana, barely missing a nearby farmhouse.
If your idea of the perfect vacation is to be on, in, or under the multi-hued turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, tag along with me as I cruise through the Florida Keys, the continental U.S.’s southernmost island chain, from bottom to top — Key West to Key Largo — sampling water-based activities along the way.
Music that spans the cultures of India and the Caribbean, food that transports you to a Central American marketplace, and art that teaches you the traditions of a continent half way across the world. All of these elements are brought together in historic New Harmony, Indiana, with the third annual Global Crossroads Culture and Music Festival.
At Fehrenbacher Cabinets, building custom cabinets piece by piece is the easy part of the job. The hardest part actually is confronting the fallacy that only homeowners with a disposable income can afford their product. “We are known for the big, high-end homes, but it’s not all we do. For every big house we put cabinets in, we do 20 kitchens that are small-to-medium sized,” says vice president Patrick Fehrenbacher. “People are intimidated by the thought they can’t afford it.”
Introduced to the American public in 1915, Pyrex kitchenware still is being produced and marketed, but is no longer only a household staple; today it’s also a treasured collectible. While some enthusiasts are driven by nostalgia, Evansville resident and Pyrex enthusiast Nikki Davis says she likes the vintage pieces because they are useful. She estimates she has close to four dozen Pyrex dishes in her permanent collection, some of them gifts from her mother, step-mother, and mother-in-law.
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