September/October 2023

Evansville Living

Blast from the Past

There’s an intriguing history behind Indian Hill Overlook Park just east of Newburgh, Indiana. Standing at the highest point along the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cairo, Illinois, the overlook offers an expansive view of the Newburgh Locks and

A Riveting Ride

Editor's note: Although seasonal Sherman tank rides return for summer 2024, the Evansville Wartime Museum and its displays remain closed due to damage its building sustained in an April 2024 storm. Please check with the museum directly for its reopening

Destinée Manifeste

One spring day in 2018, Beth Poole looked out the window of her East Side kitchen and stopped in her tracks. Parked on the street outside was a 1964 Renault Dauphine, sitting beneath a halo of sunlight. “I stared and

Riverboats Return

Ohio River cruises are stopping regularly in Evansville for the first time in decades. American Cruise Lines is scheduled to dock its American Heritage riverboat at Inland Marina eight times between July 13 and Sept. 25. Officials with Explore Evansville

World Inspired, Locally Sourced

Seven years into its existence, Farmer & Frenchman Winery continues to provide a dining experience unique to the Tri-State. It offers a worldly menu prepared with locally sourced ingredients, in an idyllic, countryside setting. An upscale setting for a duo,

Back to the Future

Does it seem like Downtown Evansville has a special glow? That gleaming radiance comes from the newly installed marquee beckoning audiences to the Victory Theatre at Sixth and Main streets. The sign was ceremoniously lit Aug. 11, concluding many years

Ein Prosit

Oktoberfest celebrations traditionally end the first weekend of October, but you can find festive German cuisine at Knob Hill Tavern, 1016 IN-662 W., Newburgh, Indiana, starting Oct. 2 through the end of the month. Here are five German-related menu items

More Than Metal

A fan of mid-century modern architecture, Tony Vincent scored big with this 1950 Lustron home. Chicago industrialist Carl Strandlund founded the Lustron Corporation to provide prefabricated homes made from porcelain-enameled steel for returning World War II veterans. Kate Sherrill, a

The Perfect Match

I recall the first time I saw the word “charcuterie.” I asked the server how to pronounce it. Then, I happily dug in. Jessica Machen can relate, having seen eager customers embrace the culinary trend since she opened Agape Graze

Dugout Retreat

There are more aging bourbon barrels than people in Kentucky, where Scott Heidorn’s love for spirits developed while he and his wife, Kathy, worked in Lexington, Kentucky. That passion became a basement bourbon and sports bar for the couple’s McCutchanville

Always Welcome

The inventory in Sara Brown’s shop doesn’t fit in any one category. She wants customers at Social Bird Boutique to be able to immerse themselves in unexpected sources of joy. “I think people enjoy coming to a shop where they

Best of Evansville 2023

New Victory Theatre Marquee Best Way to Light Up the Night ★ Editors’ Pick It was quite a party Aug. 11 in Downtown Evansville as the Victory Theatre’s new marquee was lit for the first time. Following remarks by Lt.

Evansville’s Gold Coast

It's not difficult to overlook Sunset Avenue as you drive on Veterans Memorial Parkway or stroll along the Ohio Riverfront. But this shady, quiet street contains some of the city's most alluring, historic homes. Into the early 20th century, Sunset

Luxury Living

Some 20 minutes equidistant between Mount Vernon, Indiana, and Evansville, this luxury property sits in a Posey County community of expansive lush lawns and mature trees. The 4,655-square- foot house immediately welcomes visitors into a stately, inviting space. “There’s nothing

‘Agent for Change’

Throughout her life, Sondra Matthews has felt compelled to speak up for underserved needs. In doing so, she also has created avenues to preserve Evansville’s Black history and support its business community. Born in Evansville in 1943, Matthews grew up

Editor's Letter

It’s The People

Welcome to the 22nd annual Best of Evansville issue, complete with 45 readers’ and editors’ picks. All the winners are deserving of their award, but one thing we hear time and again is, “The best thing about Evansville is its

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

One of a Kind

When TV was in its pioneer stage, Evansville, Indiana, would become the home — and WFIE the platform — for one of the strongest influencers in television news history. Marcia Yockey, a local weathercaster with a big personality and enduring

Art Talk

Flourish and Flair

Christina Zimmer Robinson is a rising star in Evansville’s art scene. Like American neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, she received no formal art training, and it’s working to her advantage. Her expanding body of art — painting,


Boilermaker Territory

We came to Lafayette and West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Frank Lloyd Wright house Samara. We ended up also visiting a wolf park, an important battlefield, Indiana’s newest state park, and an art museum housed in a mansion built for

Big Dig

It first was envisioned as a waterway that would bring great prosperity to the industrial Midwest. Instead, maintenance costs and the emergence of other modes of transportation made the Wabash and Erie Canal obsolete. For more than a century, it’s


Art in the Making

It was a race against time. Two weeks was all sculptural artist Kevin Titzer had to create an art installation from scratch at the University of Southern Indiana in September 2018. “It’s like making art at gunpoint,” he says. The


Stamp of Approval

In September 1929, a man from New York selling office supplies went into the Andres Co. department store in Evansville and asked if a local stamp club existed. The query apparently led two local men, Arthur Romerhaus and Henry Meyer,

Online Exclusives

This Weekend: Oct. 19 – 22

Wine Down to the Weekend 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19, Reitz Home Museum, 112 Chestnut St. The last weekend of Wine Down features singer and guitarist Lindsey Williams. The 1619 Project Book Discussion 6-7 p.m. Oct. 19, Your Brother’s Bookstore, 504

This Weekend: Sep. 28-Oct. 1

Fall Pop Up Gallery 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Oaklyn, 3001 Oaklyn Drive See new paintings from local artists Jaime Haney and Lori Rivera along with prints and an assortment of goodies. Wine Down to the Weekend

This Weekend: Sep. 21-24

Find more weekend events in The Guide in the September/October issue of Evansville Living. Wine Down to the Weekend 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21, Reitz Home Museum, 112 Chestnut St. Listen to King’s Highway while sipping spirits on the Reitz Home

Events to ‘Fall’ For

Fall Programs at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library locations Create a paper pumpkin to display throughout October, decorate masks and autumn garlands, or participate in a mystery craft or a leaf print activity. Holy Name of Jesus

This Weekend: Sept. 14-17

Editor's note: Saturday's speakeasy at the Reitz Home Museum was canceled after this article published. Tiki Week Sept. 13-24, Mo’s House, 1114 Parrett St. Mo’s House consistently ranks high on readers’ lists of best places to get a drink in