It is not the place that makes a community — it is the people. The growing arts and entertainment districts, expanding restaurant scene, cultural and educational institutions, range of companies and industries, nonprofits for almost every cause, and sunsets over the Ohio River don’t hurt. However, Evansville’s success is the product of its community members. It is our pleasure to introduce you to these people — the Faces of Evansville.
September / October 2019
A package deal — when Jill and Tony Hall inquired about the identical homes along East Blackford Avenue in Haynie’s Corner that were for sale, they were told the two were being sold together. “When we saw them, we started to talk about the thought of living in the Downtown area,” says Tony, an account executive with ONI Risk Partners.
Arts and Events
Romantic dining spots and the best coffee in town. Educators who inspire us and the local organizations that strive to give back. Where to break a sweat and the places to find a perfect gift. When it comes to what Evansville offers, who knows the best better than our readers? We asked and you delivered — the 2019 Best Of Evansville includes 34 winners encompassing the city’s favorites in food, service, shopping, people, and entertainment.
Mark Stutsman and Jamie Gish prove one person’s trash truly is another’s treasure. Through their business Salvage Sculpture, the couple takes everything from vintage jewelry to metal scraps and repurposes it into other jewelry pieces, sculptures, decorative lighting, and more. Stutsman started Salvage Sculpture in 2015, creating art pieces using silverware and metal sculptures and showing his work at Funk in the City. Then in 2016, Stutsman and Gish met, and Gish added her vintage upcycled jewelry pieces to the business a year later.
Twenty six years ago, Henderson, Kentucky, was ready to welcome the opening of its fine arts center on the campus of the community college (now known as the Preston Arts Center). As construction on the center was finishing up, the city built on the excitement of its completion with the formation of the Henderson Area Arts Alliance.
After auditioning for the role of music director with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Alfred Savia felt like everything fell into place. He still can remember the entire repertoire for his audition concert. “It’s one of those ones you say, ‘Yeah, everything clicked. If they don’t offer me this job, I don’t know which job I’m going to win as music director,’” says Savia.
In the 1950s and ’60s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear the voice of Terry Lee Jenkins on the radio — she created many ad jingles for Bill Meeks’ Production Advertising Merchandising Service (PAMS) in Dallas, Texas.
On Oct. 10, 1979, hundreds gathered on the grounds of the brand new Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana. In attendance were architect Richard Meier, Lt. Governor Robert D. Orr, and visitors from as far away as Asia. Nearly five years after the project commenced, the completion of this grand white building was a symbol of New Harmony’s past, present, and future.
A pirate ship full of monkeys was not a typical subject Dennis Deusner was used to painting, but it would be the perfect centerpiece for a mural in the bedroom of his youngest grandchild, Luka. “My daughter Elissa and her partner Michelle were very specific on the theme — they wanted a pirate ship with monkeys,” he says with a laugh. “So I put that together.”
During the 2019 Global Leadership Summit on Aug. 8 and 9, Left Turn Productions premiered its most recent film “Intervene,” which focuses on issues relating to substance abuse and addiction.
About the Magazine
Tucker Publishing Group, along with Hirsch Custom Homes, announced in August the beginning of a new Idea Home project to be located in the Estates of Victoria National in Newburgh, Indiana. The sixth Idea Home for Evansville Living is set to be one of the most interesting yet, combining the latest in décor and interior design with architecture unique to the area.
If it seems like more than a minute since we have published the Best Of Evansville list, which begins on page 36 in this issue, it is because it has been more than 12 months. In recent years, we produced the Best Of Evansville list for the January/February issue, allowing it to serve as a guide of experiences for readers for the year. The poll was conducted in late summer with the results tabulated in the fall; our staff produced the issue during the winter holiday months.
With the rise of the “shop local” movement and efforts to be more conscious of where food comes from and who is producing and harvesting it, going to the grocery can be confusing. After all, it’s almost impossible to figure out exactly where the tomato sitting in the Walmart bin came from.
There is a line that is becoming well-worn for Hoosiers — it’s so easy to get from Evansville to Bloomington now. With the opening of Interstate 69, connecting our southern river city to the middle of the state in a straight shot, traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, is much easier than in days past.
How many light bulbs does it take to go green at Carver Community Organization’s neighborhood center? And how much can you save on electric bills there by installing rooftop solar panels? While David Wagner didn’t have all the answers, Carver’s longtime executive director was happy to turn these everyday problems into a student-led project, working with the University of Evansville’s community change maker program and winning a $90,000 state grant for his agency.
Scott and Alisha Costin were sitting on a bench during a visit to New Harmony, Indiana, when they saw a small boy on a bicycle ride down the road. The boy stopped at Chris’ Pharmacy and came out five minutes later with a Coke and a candy bar, like a Norman Rockwell painting. That’s when Scott and Alisha decided they might want to think about moving to New Harmony.
Nothing is as soothing on a cold, crisp autumn morning than a hot latte, especially the lavender honey rose latte at White Swan Coffee Lab on Franklin Street. While owner David Rudibaugh says the floral flavors might seem more suitable for spring, the combination of lavender, raw honey, a splash of rosewater, espresso, and steamed milk gives a comforting feeling perfect for fall. “It has flavor and sweetness that won’t knock you down,” he says.
Though pumpkin may be the highly celebrated fall food, ripe pears poached in red wine make a unique autumnal treat. Jane Rexing, creator of the recipe, tops her pears with chocolate ganache and toasted walnuts, making a dessert to rival other seasonal classics. “You don’t see many people growing pears around here,” says Rexing. “Maybe this will inspire them to branch out.”
Opening almost two years ago in November 2017, The Rooftop Food and Drinks (112 N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) is all about individuality. Though known for its bar, the eatery offers a unique beverage to satisfy any sweet tooth: an extreme milkshake. “My good friend and our food service provider Greg follows the latest food trends,” says restaurant owner Richie Patel. “He noticed they were doing extreme shakes in bigger cities, and no one was doing it in Evansville, not even the ice cream places.”
Anatomy of a Dish
If you have tried Thai food before, you most likely have tried the classic dish pad thai. “It’s a great starter dish for Thai food,” says Nicholas Potchanant, manager of Thai Papaya, located at 1434 Tutor Lane. “That’s why so many people like pad thai, because it’s their first experience to Thai food.”