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Evansville Living

2021 Best of Evansville

It’s time again to celebrate the local businesses, community leaders, attractions, and events that light up our city. While Evansville Living readers flock to their keyboards to vote in the Best of Evansville awards, the editorial team selects a few

Back In Time

A century ago, colorful souvenir booklets often were exchanged between friends and loved ones to share a person’s travels to cities such as Paris, London, New York — and even Evansville. The 1917 booklet shown here — also known as

New Age Luster

Copper House is truly the best of both worlds. The luxurious ambience models high-end restaurants found in larger cities across the country, but the core of Copper House’s menu comes down to comfort food that people from all walks of

The Grill of a Lifetime

Walking downtown in Henderson, Kentucky, the scent of hickory and maple floats to the street from the smoker behind Taylor’s Grill on Wheels. As the door opens to the takeout restaurant at 130 N. Water St., you’ll hear Maai Taylor’s

Worth the Wait

Waiting for a table with more than 200 other restaurant patrons at modern brasserie Francie in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, you may notice familiar names have reserved seats at the bar: Two are for fashion designer Halston,

Small Crops, Big Heart

Living with what you have is an essential part of Chris and Shannon Owen’s lifestyle. It is why they have set out on a mission to supply their community with sustainable, nutrient-dense produce by converting their East Side home into

Rustic Living

The African decor, nature-inspired construction, and even a canoe light fixture hanging from a vaulted ceiling were enough to get Tom and Bryanna Barron’s rustic chic home at 8040 N. St. Joseph Road featured in the May/June 2003 issue of

West Side Wonder

The next time you emerge from the sharp S curve on North Boehne Camp Road, cast your gaze west to the stately building perched alongside the street. In a neighborhood of traditional farmhouses and classic ranch-style homes, this red brick

Cycling Serenity

When Lewis Browning retired as a special education administrator at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Schools and the University of Southern Indiana, he rode off into the sunset — perched atop a bicycle and surrounded by a group of fellow bicycling enthusiasts.

Let Freedom Ring

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Celebrated annually on June 19 to remember when the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, and freed the last enslaved people in the U.S. in

Bourbon Bliss

Photos courtesy of Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience and Dant Crossing After a year of quarantining and social distancing, raise your “spirits” in historic Bardstown, Kentucky, a quaint town 142 miles east of Evansville and 40 miles southeast of Louisville. If

Passionate Pickers

On the far north side of Vanderburgh County, away from the bustle of the city, and up a winding gravel road through acres of cornfields lie miles of unharvested fruits, awaiting the rigid hands of an orchard-goer to snatch them

Center of Attention

Page Turner

In March 2020, students lost access to books as their schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That summer, retired Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. teacher/administrator Lana Burton coordinated book donations to children at EVSC sites and those receiving food from

Check It Out

Party for a Purpose

On the last Saturday in September each year since 2018, thousands gather at Friedman Park in Newburgh, Indiana, for live music, tasty food, and cold beer — all to raise money for the construction and maintenance of Warrick County parks


Going for Gold

Anyone watching the recent Tokyo Olympics likely heard the Tri-State mentioned on air. Competitive swimmer and Evansville native Lilly King and WNBA player and Princeton, Indiana, native Jackie Young both represented the U.S. in the delayed 2020 Summer Games. Young

Digging In

Homegrown Helping Hand

Hidden in Evansville yards, native plant gardens are an oasis for bees, caterpillars, butterflies, other insects, and the songbirds that eat them. Supported by research by Douglas Tallamy, a professor of agriculture and natural resources at the University of Delaware

Art Talk

Shining Starr

After learning at a young age the ancient practice of creating stained glass art, Britton Starr is bringing the medium back into the mainstream, hoping to make it relevant to a new age of artists. Starr, who moved to Evansville


A Look at Lubbock

I recently flew to Lubbock, Texas, to join four travel writers on a press trip. I fell under the spell of the “Hub City” of West Texas: its quirkiness, the high plains (Lubbock sits at 3,256 feet; you can see


Taking the Reins

Before the sun fully rises each morning, Evansville Police Department Sgt. Tyrone Wood and officer Paul Harper are already feeding, brushing, bathing, and loading their horses onto their trailers. By 10 a.m. Wood, Harper, and their four-legged partners are badged

‘Give My Regards to Broadway’

As the stage lights go up March 28, 2022, on the opening night of “Plaza Suite,” producer Sherry Wright will be watching from the best seat in New York’s Hudson Theater, savoring the culmination of an unusual project: The Evansville

A Step Ahead

As restaurants, businesses, schools, and community organizations were shutting down in March 2020 in the wake of the first wave of COVID-19 infections, teachers and advanced dancers at Newburgh Academy of Dance created instructional videos for students to view and

Online Exclusives

Staying Safe for the Holidays

Nearly two years into the pandemic, most people are eager to move on from the days of mask wearing and vaccine appointments, but COVID-19 still is a central topic, especially as we move into the holiday season. On Sept. 13,

Two Birds, One Flurry

Zesto on Franklin (102 W. Franklin St.), the second location of the walk-up burger and ice cream stand Zesto’s Drive-Thru, is known for traditional burgers, classic fried snacks, and creative flavors of flurries (ice cream with toppings mixed in). On

Bookstore Bros

Built into the handmade rows of shelves filled with books, board games, and artwork inside Your Brother’s Bookstore is the vision of two passionate book lovers who just so happen to be brothers. Sam and Adam Morris opened Your Brother’s

A New Horizon for Walton’s

The former Walton Motor Co. building at 956 Parrett St. is once again accepting patrons to its sprawling, industrial-style dining space and patio. Owner Tim Mills opened casual barbecue restaurant Walton’s Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen on Oct. 21 after rebranding

Happy Feet

It’s all smiles and waves from the newest residents of Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden. On Oct. 27, 14 Humboldt penguins made their debut at the grand opening of the Kinney Family Penguins of Patagonia exhibit just inside Mesker’s

Day of the Dead

It’s not Mexican Halloween. It’s not even intended to be spooky. Día de los Muertos is often misunderstood in the U.S., but organizers of Henderson, Kentucky’s Day of the Dead celebration this year are hoping to educate the Tri-State on

Halloween Happenings

The Tri-State is geared up for a festive Halloween weekend with corn mazes, trunk or treat events, and more that are sure to spook your socks off. Check out these Halloween Happenings! Bar Louie HaLOUween Trunk or Treat 5-8 p.m.

Hollywood Highlights

After a quarter century in the acting industry, few projects have excited Amanda Henn quite like the Evansville resident’s latest film “The Fight That Never Ends,” a story of love, justice, and perseverance. Airing on Lifetime and inspired by a

Meet Senior Account Executive Jessica Hoffman

Welcome to our staff Q&A! We plan to periodically introduce you to members of the Tucker Publishing Group team via a quick Q&A about us. Who has worked at TPG the longest? What past issues of Evansville Living are our

Rise and Grind

The concrete walls and austere architecture of Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union Plaza is one of the last places lunchgoers may expect to find one of Downtown’s most popular coffee shops and eateries. Obscured behind an unassuming gray door at

Vintage Vinyls

There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere walking into Space Monkey Records. Rock music is blaring. Vinyl records in sturdy, branded bins line the walkways. Retro decor sends you back to a time when a needle and a turntable could carry

Spooky Thrills and Beer Chills

It will be impossible for Evansville residents to claim boredom this weekend, with enough live events — and widely varied ones, at that —to satisfy any interests. From haunted hayrides and twilight tours, to flights of craft beer and Shakespeare

Rolling Along

If you’re driving on Diamond Avenue early — very early — Saturday morning, you might notice a group of people along the side of the road rolling a massive tractor tire. But don’t be alarmed, they are rolling for a

Cheers to Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest celebrations may traditionally end the first weekend of October, but you can still find festive German cuisine at Knob Hill Tavern, 1016 Hwy 662 West, Newburgh, Indiana, through the end of this month. Unveiling its Oktoberfest menu for the

Analog Attraction Opens Downtown

Refurbished with black trim and gold details, the O’Donnell Building at 22 N.W. Sixth St. has reopened for the first time since Bethuram Vacuum Cleaners closed its doors in 1997. Purchased by Carl Arnheiter and his wife Jessica Jeffries in

Festivities for a Cause

Amid the contented grumble of bellies full of fried goodies and cheers of revelers enjoying carnival rides, the West Side Nut Club’s annual Fall Festival rakes in money for local civic organizations and non-profits. Although a yearly celebration and one

Eat Your Heart Out

The most wonderful time of the year in Evansville comes in the fall. Each October, Franklin Street plays host to the West Side Nut Club’s Fall Festival. A fried food extravaganza, the Fall Fest churns out comforting favorites found only

A Century of Service

Of Evansville’s long history in Southwestern Indiana, one annual tradition has stood the test of time and become the River City’s largest and most notable attraction, reliably drawing more than 100,000 attendees each year. Celebrating its 96th year, the West

Gold Stars

In the September/October issue of Evansville Living, we caught up with Olympians Lilly King and Jackie Young. Both Tri-State natives medaled at the delayed 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, and both had unique journeys in getting there. A WNBA point

West Side Nut Club celebrates 100 years

It’s one of Evansville’s favorite times of year — the West Side Nut Club is gearing up for its annual Fall Festival on Franklin Street. This year’s festival beginning on Oct. 4 and running through Oct. 9 will celebrate 100

County Commissioners approve second broadband project

The Vanderburgh County Commissioners unanimously approved a $39.6 million contract Tuesday for AT&T to be the provider for a second broadband project that will bring high-speed internet service to unincorporated areas of Vanderburgh County. The project, funded through a $29.7

Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually in the United States from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and began as National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In Evansville, the month hosts a series of events to

Shop Local: Garden Edition

Fall has arrived, and with its generous rain and cooler temperatures comes an ideal time to prepare your garden for its 2022 blooming seasons. As you plot the stars of next year’s garden, consider installing plants and shrubs native to

Cheers to Autumn!

Along historic Jennings Street in Newburgh, Indiana, sits one of the town’s newest businesses: a pub where residents can enjoy music, comedy shows, and a refreshing cocktail. Jennings Street Public House, which labels itself as Newburgh’s neighborhood living room, specializes