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September/October <strong>2012</strong><br />

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER <strong>2012</strong><br />

VOL. 5, ISSUE 5<br />

Features<br />

On the Cover<br />

Once upon a farm • 34<br />

PUBLISHER | Karen Hanger<br />

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Abby Laub<br />

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A blessing of cancer • 14<br />

Treasures and simple<br />

pleasures • 18<br />

<strong>Living</strong> the sweet life • 21<br />

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Sara Combs, Bob Hill, Michelle Hockman, Kathy Melvin,<br />

Elise Walter, Randy West, Laci Tucker<br />

Nothing chilly about it • 22<br />

Making a splash at Great<br />

Wolf Lodge • 28<br />

Things look bright at White Cloud Window • 39<br />

Acting out and selling tickets • 42<br />

Regulars<br />

A walk in the garden with Bob Hill • 7<br />

Top 10 easy home improvements • 8<br />

Flashback • 48<br />

Everyday Adventures • 50<br />

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I can continue to contribute, as I am able, and<br />

I know the magazine will be in wonderful<br />

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roles and responsibilities.<br />

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A Walk in the Garden<br />

with Bob Hill<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> gardeners who<br />

have endured this summer’s heat<br />

and drought – and are now perhaps<br />

looking over their shoulders<br />

for the advancing plague of locusts – can<br />

Ànd solace in one shrub in their autumn<br />

gardens that always lives up to its name,<br />

the beautyberry.<br />

Not surprisingly the beautyberry’s<br />

Latin name is Callicarpa, from the Greek<br />

“kallos” for beautiful and “carpa” for<br />

fruit. Along with that beauty it’s easily<br />

planted from containers, needs only average<br />

soil, can take full sun to light shade<br />

and oers great, arching clusters of stunning<br />

metallic-purple berries that will<br />

stop Àrst-time viewers in their tracks.<br />

In fact, here at Hidden Hill Nursery<br />

that’s exactly the way it’s used; as a show<br />

stopper; a What-is-THAT? plant. Planted<br />

in groups in the shrub border, or to be<br />

seen as you round a corner wondering<br />

what might come next, the eect is even<br />

stronger.<br />

Good gardens should reward the owners<br />

– and the guests. If beautyberries<br />

planted near the deciduous hollies (Ilex<br />

verticillata) such as “Winter Red” with<br />

its stunning red fruit in late fall, the combination<br />

might even allow you to forget<br />

– at least temporarily – the July-August<br />

water bills.<br />

The key to making all that work is to<br />

think about that parade of fall color when<br />

planning the garden in March and April.<br />

It takes a little training. The beautyberry<br />

is quiet then; you’d never buy one in a<br />

nursery or online unless you knew what<br />

promises it would keep that fall.<br />

The beautyberry does o er some small<br />

pinkish-white Áowers in early summer,<br />

but it’s mostly mute, even nondescript<br />

as the other shrubs kick in; roses, viburnums,<br />

spirea and hydrangeas. So don’t<br />

plant it near the front door; just pick the<br />

best spot in the yard where it can be enjoyed<br />

later. Then, just when you need<br />

late-summer color the spectacular purple<br />

fruit appears.<br />

The beautyberry is also user friendly.<br />

It blooms on new wood making the<br />

pruning very easy; just cut it back in the<br />

spring. If you want your shrubs to reach<br />

their full, arching six-foot potential keep<br />

the pruners away for a year or two – but<br />

eventually it will need to be trimmed,<br />

shaped or, yes, taken down to knee level<br />

for a total rejuvenation.<br />

We all sort of need that anyway.<br />

The shrub does require well-drained<br />

soil. Beyond that it’s carefree; very few<br />

diseases or insects will bother it. When<br />

the berries fade in late fall after about a<br />

month of glory, just trim them o or cut<br />

back the plant.<br />

There are four di erent species of<br />

beautyberry o ering di erent shades of<br />

purple, or clustered in di erent ways.<br />

There are even white ones, although I’ve<br />

never found them as interesting or attractive.<br />

The American beautyberry (Callicarpa<br />

americana) – a native – is loose, open and<br />

has bright purple berries, but is borderline<br />

hardy here. The more colorful species<br />

are the Asian cultivars; japonica from<br />

Japan and dichotoma and bodinieri from<br />

China. My favorites are of the dichotoma<br />

species.<br />

Of those, look for the “Early Amethyst”<br />

Photo courtesy Lady Bird<br />

Johnson WildÀower Center,<br />

Joseph A. Marcus<br />

Beautyberries:<br />

Perfect name for a perfect plant<br />

which produces a smaller purple berry a<br />

little earlier, and the “Issai,” my favorite,<br />

which o ers hundreds of those metallicpurple<br />

berries on mounded shrubs.<br />

A newer cultivar, “Duet,” has variegated<br />

foliage with white berries – which<br />

does make the plant more interesting<br />

during its formative stages – and may be<br />

able to sing for its supper.<br />

The bodinieri cultivar “Profusion” is<br />

even more erect, up to 10 feet in height,<br />

with glossy bluish fruit that will gather<br />

in clumps along the stems rather than in<br />

long, graceful purple pearls.<br />

If you want a nice mix – and some<br />

more enduring color – mix in some Early<br />

Amethyst with the other cultivars.<br />

Then you can go pay your water bills.<br />

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Top 10:<br />

Easy, InExpEnsIvE HomE ImprovEmEnT projEcTs<br />

Story // Elise Walter<br />

If your kitchen hasn’t been updated in years, try replacing the cabinet hardware. Go a step<br />

1 further by upgrading your faucet and outdated lighting.<br />

In the bathroom, install a new toilet seat. Also consider putting down new vinyl Áooring –<br />

2 sometimes you can even apply it right over the old Áoor. Finally, a new shower curtain, bath<br />

mats, and towels can make the room feel new for very little money.<br />

A fresh coat of paint is a great way to freshen up any room. If you might try to sell your<br />

3 house soon, consider choosing a neutral color that will appeal to buyers.<br />

Paint your front door an eye-catching color and consider adding new hardware. To create<br />

4 an even friendlier entrance, assemble some containers Àlled with Áowers, vines, grasses,<br />

and so on. Some garden centers even sell containers that are already planted if you’d rather not<br />

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Outside, give attention to your landscape by trimming shrubs and edging beds<br />

5<br />

For inside or outside deep cleaning, rent a carpet cleaner or a power washer. Sometimes a<br />

6 good scrubbing reveals that your home looks better than you thought. While you’re at it,<br />

wash the windows, too.<br />

Add charm to your home with decorative molding or trim. Home improvement stores sell<br />

7 kits that are easy to use and can add visual interest to a room.<br />

Get rid of clutter by throwing away, donating, or saving items and coming up with solutions<br />

8 for the messiest areas of the house (junk drawer, entryway, kitchen table, and so on.). You<br />

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Rearrange furniture in the living or family room or move an item from one room to another.<br />

9 This is a quick way to make a room feel di erent and new without spending money.<br />

Incorporate new accessories like pillows, mirrors, art, and lamps. Or consider replacing<br />

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Tere are only 200 copies of this limited edition, leather-bound, artist<br />

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snapshots<br />

Earlier in the year, Corporal<br />

Richard Gething (British Army),<br />

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of <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> <strong>Living</strong> in<br />

Rahim-Kaley in Helmand Province,<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> Afghanistan.<br />

Ben Merk (left) and Richard<br />

Gething at Disney in 1992.<br />

Gething, 28, is a resident of Great Britian and has<br />

been a long-term friend of Ben Merk of Corydon,<br />

Ind. They first met at Disneyworld, Florida in<br />

1992 and their parents have kept in touch ever since.<br />

Richard joined the British Army in 2002, and is currently<br />

stationed in Paderborn, Germany. From October<br />

2011 to April <strong>2012</strong> his unit was deployed in Afghanistan,<br />

and among other supplies and gifts mailed from home<br />

was <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> <strong>Living</strong> (which had been sent over<br />

from Corydon by Mark Peyron.)<br />

Richard’s parents, Dianna and David, have visited in<br />

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<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> heads to Europe<br />

Far Left: Jim and Vivian<br />

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recently enjoyed SILM on<br />

a trip to Germany. The<br />

Taylors are pictured in<br />

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with <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

<strong>Living</strong>. The Taylors just<br />

celebrated their 25th wedding<br />

anniversary!<br />

Left: Marcia and Steve<br />

Latimer of Corydon and<br />

Cindy and Jim Kanning<br />

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If there ever was a person who was a<br />

“good” candidate to receive a cancer<br />

diagnosis, Helen Smith would be it.<br />

The Angels of Hope Support<br />

Group leader at the Cancer Center of <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

in New Albany overcame a 2003<br />

uterine cancer diagnosis and said the<br />

increased level of empathy she now has<br />

for her patients was worth the winning<br />

battle waged against the deadly disease.<br />

“I remember one year at Relay for<br />

Life looking down from the bleachers<br />

and seeing all of the survivors in purple<br />

shirts and thinking, ‘Thank you, God, for<br />

the blessing that I’m not down there’,”<br />

Smith recalled. “The next thing I know<br />

I’m standing down there with a purple<br />

survivor shirt and a balloon and thinking<br />

‘Thank you, God, that I’m here.’ It’s<br />

a whole new ball game when you’re a<br />

survivor.”<br />

Smith, 55, has worked at the cancer<br />

center for 15 years as a receptionist and<br />

in 2003 was rushed to the hospital when<br />

she hemorrhaged at work. Undergoing<br />

an emergency hysterectomy, she thought<br />

she was in the clear.<br />

“And my doctor called me at home<br />

and said, ‘Well, we weren’t looking for<br />

this, but you’ve got cancer’,” she remembered<br />

about the surprise diagnosis.<br />

Already Smith had been running the<br />

Angels of Hope Support Group for several<br />

years and knew she would now<br />

need the support that she had given to<br />

so many people.<br />

At only 46 years old, uterine cancer<br />

was rare for her age and the health<br />

complications she had been experiencing<br />

prior to her diagnosis were usually<br />

brushed o as symptoms of menopause.<br />

The tumor in her uterus, she<br />

said, was the size of a Àve-and-a-halfmonth<br />

pregnancy and fortunately was<br />

only in Stage I.<br />

“Of course when you’re told you have<br />

cancer, you just never associate your<br />

name with the big ‘C’ word,” she said.<br />

A blessing of cAncer<br />

Helen Smith allowed an awful diagnosis to shape her life forever<br />

September/October <strong>2012</strong> • 14

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Helen Smith holds the name<br />

tags of her group’s<br />

many members.<br />

“They have my records here at<br />

the center, so I’d go pull my chart<br />

and go to Helen Smith, cancer ...<br />

like, they don’t go together. It always<br />

happens to other people.”<br />

Five years, three surgeries and<br />

hundreds of doctor visits later,<br />

Smith is cancer-free and grateful<br />

for the experience that threatened<br />

her vitality.<br />

“God spoke to me when I<br />

was o of work for my surgeries,<br />

and he said ‘I gave you the<br />

gift of compassion, and these<br />

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Her gift of compassion is obviously<br />

working. When she took over the group<br />

she said there were about 10 members,<br />

and now she has almost 100 members.<br />

Part of it, she said, is that she<br />

sees many of the members on a<br />

regular basis when they come to<br />

the center for treatments.<br />

“They’ll tell you I harass<br />

them,” she laughed. “I’ll ask<br />

them, ‘Why haven’t you been at<br />

the support group, what’s your<br />

problem?’ When I tell them<br />

about the support group, I do<br />

emphasize that I am a survivor<br />

and I do understand.”<br />

Smith said if people say they<br />

have plenty of support at home<br />

then she encourages them to<br />

come to the group so their story<br />

can help someone else.<br />

And when it was her turn<br />

to battle cancer, Smith got the<br />

support right back from her<br />

group members. She said she<br />

also realized how fortunate<br />

she was that her cancer was<br />

not nearly as advanced or as<br />

aggressive as many of the folks<br />

that she encourages at Angels<br />

of Hope.<br />

“My strength was my patients,<br />

because I thought how lucky and<br />

blessed I was that I didn’t have to go<br />

through the treatments,” she said.<br />

Throughout the process she felt<br />

closer than ever to her patients at<br />

the support group and realized<br />

that “it’s a group you don’t want to<br />

get into, and it’s a group you don’t<br />

want to get out of.”<br />

So much so, she joked, that she<br />

has to push people out of the group<br />

once they are cancer free.<br />

“I have one lady who doesn’t<br />

even have cancer but she thinks she<br />

does,” Smith said. “I’ve had two<br />

marriages out of this group.”<br />

Angels of Hope meets twice a<br />

month. On the Àrst Thursday of<br />

the month are roundtable discussions<br />

for caregivers and survivors<br />

and on the third Thursday Smith<br />

brings in speakers, organizes<br />

games, plans activities and generally<br />

makes it a lighter evening for<br />

people to get their minds o cancer.<br />

Smith and members of the group<br />

also are very active in the community,<br />

particularly with Relay for<br />

Life.<br />

Since her diagnosis, Smith said<br />

she has connected with her biological<br />

mother (Smith grew up in an orphanage),<br />

discovered a brother, and<br />

lobbied on behalf of cancer centers<br />

in Washington, D.C. •<br />

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Treasures and Simple Pleasures<br />

The Besslers bring their dreams to life at The Destination<br />

Photos//Abby Laub<br />

Story//Sara Combs<br />

When Tom and Denise<br />

Bessler were<br />

handed the keys to<br />

their rural Washington<br />

County<br />

property, they<br />

wasted no time.<br />

“As soon as we closed<br />

(the deal) we drove<br />

straight there and started<br />

tearing out carpet,” Denise<br />

said. The former educators<br />

have been hard at<br />

it ever since – whipping<br />

their barn into shape to<br />

display antiques and remodeling<br />

the two-story<br />

frame farmhouse for a<br />

bed and breakfast and<br />

place for small gatherings.<br />

That work paid off.<br />

They opened the antique<br />

shop earlier this year<br />

and have held several<br />

gatherings in the B&B,<br />

which will accommodate<br />

overnight guests in three<br />

beautifully decorated<br />

themed guest rooms furnished<br />

with antique and<br />

period furniture − with<br />

most pieces available to purchase.<br />

The Besslers have done most of the<br />

renovation themselves. “It is our recreation,”<br />

said Tom, adding that local workers<br />

assisted with drywalling and landscaping.<br />

Occasionally, friends and family<br />

have lent a hand.<br />

Combining three businesses has allowed<br />

the couple to use their skills as<br />

they practice a love for antiques and people,<br />

said Denise.<br />

Denise, who was a school administrator<br />

until leaving her job earlier this<br />

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year, said both she and her husband are<br />

“people persons” and enjoy entertaining.<br />

They have hosted the local Lions<br />

Club, Red Hat ladies, some homemakers<br />

groups and others. “I like thinking<br />

about the days when people sat around<br />

the dining table and visited,” said Tom.<br />

“We want to recreate some of that kind<br />

of feeling.”<br />

Denise’s eyes sparkle as she and Tom,<br />

her husband of 18 years, show their accomplishments,<br />

describe their journey,<br />

and tell about plans for expansion.<br />

It all began several years ago, she said,<br />

when they wanted to enter<br />

the rental real estate<br />

market. They also hoped<br />

to combine their interest<br />

in antiques with a retail<br />

project.<br />

When they drove<br />

from their western Clark<br />

County home to explore<br />

possibilities, there was a<br />

decision to make. “When<br />

we came to the end of that<br />

driveway, we could have<br />

turned either way,” said<br />

Denise. Should they stay<br />

in their home territory or<br />

head toward Washington<br />

County? Obviously, they<br />

turned toward Salem<br />

where their first venture<br />

was a duplex that became<br />

Kelsey’s Corner,<br />

their first antique shop.<br />

Denise believes the direction<br />

of that turn was<br />

no accident. “I think God<br />

always leads us whether<br />

we know it or not,” she<br />

said.<br />

“We closed Kelsey’s<br />

in December 2009, intending<br />

to reopen in the<br />

spring,” Denise said.<br />

That attracted a good following<br />

but lack of parking<br />

made the site less<br />

than ideal. They had also<br />

begun looking for property<br />

where they could<br />

expand their vision.<br />

It was after several<br />

months’ search that<br />

things began to come together.<br />

Just before Christmas 2009, the<br />

Besslers spotted a couple of places that<br />

might work. And, less than two weeks<br />

later, they closed on the Harristown Road<br />

property, which, Denise says was, once<br />

again, God inspired. “Too many things<br />

just fell in place to be all coincidence.”<br />

Tom and Denise say they have always<br />

been open to the Lord’s leading. “And<br />

we do want to give Him thanks and glory<br />

in all we do,” Tom said.<br />

“We needed to use our excess energy,”<br />

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lowing that. Tom taught industrial arts<br />

for 34 years which gave him carpentry<br />

skills and plumbing and electrical abilities<br />

as well. Before becoming an administrator,<br />

Denise taught home economics<br />

and business − knowledge and experience<br />

that have proven invaluable, said<br />

Tom. She is the global thinker, seeing the<br />

big picture; he is the detail person, with<br />

both seeing to day-to-day operations.<br />

“Our talents complement each other,” he<br />

said.<br />

Tom stayed on site to cope with all<br />

that goes with major renovation. Denise<br />

was still working but she joined him on<br />

weekends. They stayed in their camper<br />

until the Àrst bathroom was functional.<br />

“We lived like that for a year and a half,”<br />

said Denise. After moving into the house<br />

in September 2011, the couple slept on a<br />

mattress in the living room Áoor until the<br />

master bedroom was completed.<br />

With completion in sight, the Besslers<br />

say they are enjoying seeing the fruits of<br />

their labor.<br />

They have immersed themselves in<br />

their new community, joining a nearby<br />

church, becoming active in several organizations<br />

and buying locally. “When<br />

you go grocery shopping, it gives you an<br />

opportunity to talk with people, to get to<br />

know them better,” Denise said.<br />

The Destination is located at 206 N.<br />

Harristown Rd., Salem. The antique<br />

shop contains a wide variety of furniture,<br />

primitives, quilts, candles, collectibles,<br />

country pieces and more. Trendy Gurgle<br />

Pots (Àsh-shaped pitchers that make a<br />

gurgling sound as liquid is dispensed)<br />

are included in the mix. Although antiques<br />

are their Àrst love, stocking a variety<br />

of items is necessary, says Tom. “You<br />

can’t make it if you only have antiques.”<br />

Denise’s love for antiques and handmade<br />

items began when she was a teen<br />

and grew when she was a student at<br />

Berea College in Kentucky, located in an<br />

area known for its arts and crafts industry.<br />

She Àt right in. “I love handcrafted<br />

items, especially things made of wood<br />

and fabric,” she said.<br />

Tom’s interest in antiques began when<br />

he and Denise were married and soon<br />

grew to match hers. “I knew with his<br />

love for woodworking he would love antiquing,”<br />

she said. Besides antiques, the<br />

barn houses Tom’s woodworking shop<br />

and includes picture windows so visitors<br />

can watch him build replicas of antique<br />

furniture and other pieces.<br />

They have four adult children who<br />

are professionals and competent do-ityourselfers.<br />

The parents of this blended<br />

family, whose ages range from 25 to 33,<br />

love it that their children have mastered<br />

these life skills. “But most of all we are<br />

proud that they are all living good Christian<br />

lives,” said Denise.<br />

Plans include building the Gathering<br />

Place, a facility to host weddings,<br />

receptions and other larger gatherings.<br />

They will also have an enclosed English<br />

garden, utilizing a building that once<br />

housed hogs.<br />

“We have a lot of<br />

goals,” said Tom,<br />

“and reaching them<br />

is important, but<br />

enjoying the journey<br />

is the key.” •<br />

The antique shop<br />

is open Thursday and<br />

Friday from 11 a.m.<br />

to 5 p.m. and Saturday<br />

from 10 a.m. to 5<br />

p.m. To make reservations<br />

at the B&B or<br />

schedule a gathering,<br />

call 812-896-1369, or<br />

go on line at tddestination@yahoo.com.<br />

For more information,<br />

visit thedestination.info.<br />

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<strong>Living</strong> the<br />

SWEET<br />

Life<br />

Cotton Candy whiz Bill Burch can’t get enough sugar<br />

Story // Sam C Bowles<br />

Like most people, Bill Burch loves snack foods,<br />

but Bill has taken that appreciation to the<br />

next level by making a career out of it.<br />

“When I was in high school, I used to make<br />

peanut brittle,” Burch said, “I had the Charlie Brown<br />

Cookbook when I was young and liked to make candies<br />

and stu like that.”<br />

Burch has been in the grocery delivery business<br />

for over 35 years now, stocking grocery stores of all<br />

sizes with all kinds of snacks. His primary employment<br />

is with the Davis Cookie Company for whom<br />

he distributes a variety of products, but he has also<br />

worked with Webb’s Butcher Block for the past couple<br />

of years.<br />

“I’ve called on just about all the ‘Mom and Pop’<br />

stores within a 50 mile radius of Louisville.”<br />

In fact, that is precisely how Burch met his wife<br />

Gayla, who used to work at a small grocery store in<br />

Borden.<br />

More recently, however, Burch has expanded his<br />

involvement in the grocery business to include not<br />

just distribution but production as well.<br />

His current venture, a new company called Marengo<br />

Candy Barn, makes and packages the light-as-air,<br />

melts-in-your-mouth, perennial favorite cotton candy.<br />

“I have always loved cotton candy and wanted a<br />

cotton candy machine,” Burch explains. “And I actually<br />

had the machines for two years before I really<br />

got started making the stu , but I knew if I bought<br />

them I’d eventually get it going.”<br />

Since he already owned a building in downtown<br />

Marengo (the former home of the Marengo Farm and<br />

Home Supply), Burch decided it would be the perfect<br />

location to setup his cotton candy production and<br />

packaging center.<br />

“I looked at the town and what else I could put in<br />

this building that would be viable for the community,”<br />

Burch said. “And so far we’re headed in the<br />

right direction.”<br />

In the beginning, it was Burch and his wife Gayla<br />

along with their friends and business partners Larry<br />

and Judy Applegate making and packaging all the<br />

cotton candy, which is being branded under the<br />

name “Sweet Fortune.” Now, however, after just a<br />

year in business, they have four part-time employees<br />

who work as orders come in and their product<br />

can already be found in numerous business locations<br />

throughout <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> and beyond.<br />

Selling more than 40,000 units in the Àrst year,<br />

Burch and his partners hope to double that number<br />

for their second year of operation.<br />

“My goal is to get the employees we have up to<br />

full-time. So everyday we’re seeking new customers<br />

and distribution outlets. It just takes a little time,”<br />

Burch explained. “All it takes is one chain like Kroger<br />

or something like that, and things really take o .”<br />

Burch also has some creative ideas to expand the<br />

business, including working with organizations by<br />

making custom batches to be sold for fundraisers.<br />

In addition, he sees great potential in custom orders<br />

made for di erent schools or athletic teams, where<br />

the cotton candy is made to match the school or team<br />

colors.<br />

“We’ve got lots of ideas for the future.”<br />

If you would like more information about Sweet<br />

Fortune Cotton Candy, Bill can be reached by phone<br />

at (502) 594-1907. •<br />

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Nothing CHILLY<br />

about it<br />

Chillers’ owners bring faith and family to new store<br />

Story // Kathy Melvin<br />

Photos // Michelle Hockman<br />

Susan and Troy Ward are living the sweet life, both at home and at<br />

work.<br />

At home they are grounded in solid Christian principles in<br />

which they raise their two beautiful children, Sarah, 3 and Ethan, 2.<br />

So it’s no surprise that their Christian values also guide their new business,<br />

Chillers, in Scottsburg. Located just o exit 29 on I-65, they are strategically<br />

positioned across the street from the largest McDonalds in the<br />

Midwest.<br />

Susan is a teacher at Maple Elementary in Jeersonville. Troy was<br />

involved with his family business, manufactured stone, for the past 17<br />

years, but was eager to own a business reÁecting his personal values.<br />

About a year ago, he began looking for a business that was as close to<br />

recession-proof as possible. In April of this year, he and Susan opened<br />

Chillers with 15 full and part-time employees. It’s the third franchise store<br />

sold by the Young family who own Zesto Ice Cream. The other two are in<br />

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“Give people more than<br />

what they ask for. That’s<br />

our script for success.”<br />

-Troy Ward<br />

Je ersonville and St. Matthews.<br />

The Youngs taught him how to make<br />

ice cream and were very honest about<br />

the time commitment it would take to be<br />

successful.<br />

“They have just been wonderful,” he<br />

said. “They shared every secret from<br />

Zesto’s 45 years in business. They could<br />

not have been more helpful.”<br />

Not only did he learn how to make<br />

ice cream, Troy learned how to create<br />

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and decorate the store’s special occasion<br />

cakes and pies. A Chillers’ cake has two<br />

layers of soft-serve or hand-dipped ice<br />

cream of your choosing, as well as two<br />

layers of golden cake. There’s also a featured<br />

“Áavor of the week” for the handdipped<br />

ice cream that allows him to get<br />

creative.<br />

Recently, the o ering was peanut butter<br />

ice cream, laced with huge chocolate<br />

and peanut butter buckeye candies. For<br />

canoe trip!<br />

The kids loved<br />

the cave. It was<br />

larger than I<br />

expected.<br />

the more health conscious, there is nofat,<br />

no-sugar frozen yogurt, with only 60<br />

calories. There are also parfaits, sundaes,<br />

smoothies, milk shakes and malts. Also<br />

o ered are specialty hot dogs, pork barbecue<br />

and a chicken sandwich.<br />

Troy admits the last few months have<br />

been stressful, primarily because he’s<br />

away from his wife and children up to<br />

15 hours a day. Every morning he leaves<br />

their home in Marysville and drives 20<br />

minutes to the Scottsburg location.<br />

“My family was used to me being<br />

home every day at Àve,” he said. “Now<br />

I leave at six in the morning and don’t<br />

get home until late at night.” He said<br />

the Youngs warned him about the long<br />

hours and he and Susan talked and<br />

prayed about it before making the commitment.<br />

Troy, clearly an extrovert, loves the<br />

service aspect of the business and the opportunity<br />

to interact with his customers.<br />

He makes a point of personally talking<br />

with as many customers as possible and<br />

inviting them to come back.<br />

“Give people more than what they<br />

ask for. That’s our script for success,” he<br />

said.<br />

The Wards continue to grow the business<br />

and look for new ways to serve the<br />

community. They have ordered a portable<br />

ice cream cart and the Scottsburg<br />

Chamber of Commerce has given them<br />

several catering leads. Troy thinks the<br />

portable cart is ideal for taking into<br />

businesses where shift workers may<br />

only have 30 minutes for lunch or dinner,<br />

and of course, for special events.<br />

He hopes one day, to leave the business<br />

to his children. •<br />

The newly opened micro-creamery is located<br />

at 1515 W. McClain Street in Scottsburg.<br />

When school is in session, hours are<br />

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Out of school, hours are 10<br />

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Harrison County Lifelong Learning, Inc.<br />

Adult Education Program Revamped<br />

Adult Education<br />

Instructional Hours<br />

Monday - Thursday<br />

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.<br />

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.<br />

Official GED Test<br />

Content and Time Limits<br />

of Block Testing<br />

Day 1<br />

Language Arts, Reading<br />

65 minutes<br />

Social Studies<br />

70 minutes<br />

Science<br />

80 minutes<br />

Day 2<br />

Language Arts, Writing<br />

Part I, 75 minutes<br />

Part II, 45 minutes<br />

Mathematics<br />

2 parts, 90 minutes total<br />

Harrison County<br />

Lifelong Learning recently<br />

changed their Adult Education<br />

program to better<br />

accommodate adult learners.<br />

The free classes now<br />

include morning and evening<br />

sessions and students<br />

are accepted on a walk-in<br />

basis. “Our flexibility is designed<br />

to help students<br />

when they make the call, as<br />

soon as they are ready to<br />

commit to their educational<br />

success,” comments Doug<br />

Robson, agency Director.<br />

Students entering<br />

the program are asked to<br />

make an attendance commitment<br />

and spend their<br />

first hours completing the<br />

Test of Adult Basic Education<br />

(TABE). In addition to<br />

traditional book work,<br />

students have access to<br />

Instruction for Targeted<br />

TABE Success (ITTS) and<br />

GED Online, two distance<br />

learning programs created<br />

by McGraw-Hill. The<br />

programs are provided to<br />

Lifelong Learning by the<br />

Region 10 Adult Education<br />

Consortium in partnership<br />

with Scott County Economic<br />

Development Corporation.<br />

“For the students who juggle<br />

work and family responsibilities,<br />

the online learning<br />

tools have been a tremendous<br />

help,” says Robson.<br />

The program<br />

changes are also a result of<br />

changes at the state level.<br />

In 2011 Adult Education<br />

was moved from the Department<br />

of Education to the<br />

Department of Workforce<br />

Official GED Testing in <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

Development, giving the<br />

program a more job-skills<br />

focus. “It’s our hope that the<br />

partnership with DWD prepares<br />

students to enter a<br />

career certification program<br />

or post secondary education.<br />

We want them to be<br />

successful and attain their<br />

academic goals,” reports<br />

Robson.<br />

Adult Education Instructor Sheila<br />

Bennett helps a student use the<br />

ITTS online learning tool.<br />

Harrison County<br />

Lifelong Learning, Inc.<br />

101 Hwy 62 W. Suite 104<br />

Corydon, IN 47112<br />

812.738.7736<br />

Harrison County<br />

Lifelong Learning is the official<br />

GED Test site for Region<br />

10, a 6-county area across<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>. Testing is<br />

coordinated each month for<br />

Harrison, Crawford, Clark,<br />

Floyd, Scott and Washington<br />

Counties and for the local<br />

correctional facilities.<br />

A student’s eligibility<br />

to take the official GED<br />

test includes being a resident<br />

of <strong>Indiana</strong> for at least<br />

30 days and presenting 3<br />

forms of identification,<br />

including a governmentissued<br />

photo. Students<br />

younger than 18 have additional<br />

requirements.<br />

To pre-register for<br />

GED testing, please call one<br />

of the following agencies for<br />

an appointment:<br />

Harrison County<br />

Lifelong Learning,<br />

Corydon<br />

738-7736<br />

Community Action of<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong>,<br />

Jeffersonville<br />

288-6451 x 2121<br />

Greater Clark Schools<br />

Auxiliary Services,<br />

Jeffersonville<br />

218-1669 x30100<br />

Let us help you achieve academic success!<br />

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Making a splash at<br />

Great Wolf Lodge<br />

You have to hand it to Great Wolf<br />

Lodge. Their facilities alone are<br />

impressive. The Àrst time you<br />

step into the Àve-story grand<br />

lobby it takes your breath away. Between<br />

the massive log covered walls and the<br />

enormous Àeldstone Àreplace, it looks<br />

like a rustic national park lodge that’s<br />

been super-sized.<br />

The hotel contains over 400 guest<br />

suites with 13 dierent styles of rooms,<br />

some with bunk beds for kids designed<br />

to look like caves, cabins or tents, not to<br />

mention Àreplaces and whirlpool tubs<br />

for mom and dad. The indoor water<br />

park? 90,000 square feet of slippery fun,<br />

including 12 dierent slides, three pools<br />

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Story // Jason Byerly<br />

Photos // Great Wolf Lodge<br />

and a lazy river. They even have a Starbucks.<br />

General Manager Terrie Zajo describes<br />

Great Wolf as a “land-based cruise ship,”<br />

a description that seems about right.<br />

Despite all of the bells and whistles,<br />

though, Zajo says that the best thing they<br />

have going for them is their pack. That’s<br />

what they call their employees, all 500 of<br />

them.<br />

What makes them so special? According<br />

to Zajo it’s because they really<br />

care about their guests and go out of<br />

Fast Facts:<br />

Location: 2501 Great Wolf Drive,<br />

Mason, OH 45040 (next door to<br />

Kings Island amusement park)<br />

Website: www.greatwolf.com<br />

Phone Number: 800.913.WOLF<br />

Least crowded months: May and<br />

September<br />

Prices: 189.99 – 359.99<br />

Package deals: discounted tickets<br />

available to King’s Island and Cincinnati<br />

Zoo<br />

Water park temperature: 84 degrees<br />

Number of slides: 12<br />

Number of indoor pools: 3 (including<br />

wave pool)<br />

Fun extras: 4 story water fort and<br />

lazy river<br />

their way to create special experiences<br />

for each of them. From the moment we<br />

walked into our room this was obvious.<br />

We were greeted by a huge plate of cookies<br />

on the counter and milk in the fridge.<br />

On the bed? A towel folded to look like<br />

a wolf wearing a complimentary pair of<br />

swim goggles.<br />

It’s these little touches that make a<br />

Great Wolf Lodge stay so much fun.<br />

Zajo said it’s a win for her team any<br />

time they help a family make a special

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takes them away from the<br />

hustle and bustle of everyday<br />

life. “Families have so<br />

little time together,” she<br />

says. “So we o er them a<br />

weather-proof vacation.”<br />

Maybe that’s why Great<br />

Wolf Lodge has enough<br />

repeat business to start<br />

what they call the “Howl<br />

of Fame,” a photo gallery<br />

of families who’ve visited<br />

the lodge twenty times or<br />

more. Zajo said her team<br />

loves to watch the kids<br />

grow year after year.<br />

She told me the story of<br />

one <strong>Indiana</strong> family with<br />

an autistic son who has<br />

stayed with them over<br />

thirty-Àve times. It’s his<br />

favorite place on the planet. The last time<br />

they stayed, the Great Wolf sta wanted<br />

to do something special for them so they<br />

took the family to a Red’s game. They<br />

had incredible seats and met some players<br />

for autographs, but all the boy wanted<br />

to do was get back to the water park.<br />

For him nothing else could compare.<br />

It’s not surprising. The biggest problem<br />

my family faced was deciding what<br />

to do next. The water park alone can Àll a<br />

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day, but it’s amazing how much the rest<br />

of the resort oers to keep families busy.<br />

My girls went nuts over Magi-quest, a<br />

three-story high tech scavenger hunt<br />

where kids are issued “magic wands”<br />

that interact with clues and treasure hidden<br />

throughout the lodge, and the Cub<br />

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• Ten Paw Bowling Alley,<br />

a half-sized bowling alley<br />

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• Scoops Kid Spa, manicures<br />

and pedicures for<br />

kids;<br />

• Wolf Walk, a guided<br />

nature walk around the<br />

lobby Àlled with wildlife<br />

activities;<br />

• Character Greeting,<br />

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As a dad, my favorite<br />

part of our stay came at the end of the<br />

night, when families gathered in the lobby<br />

for the nightly clock tower show and<br />

story time. The Áoor was covered with<br />

kids in their PJs snuggled up with their<br />

parents for some much needed wind<br />

down time before bed.<br />

The Great Clock Tower Show is a short<br />

musical with animatronic puppets about<br />

a boy lost in the woods who meets some<br />

forest friends who help him out along<br />

the way. I’m not sure how much my kids<br />

followed the story, but it was just a cool<br />

moment watching all of those families<br />

nestled down together at the end of a big<br />

day.<br />

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• Sing along with Christmas carols<br />

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• Experience a nightly story time<br />

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Once upon<br />

a farm...<br />

Defying the norm, the Brewer family farm is<br />

moving into a third generation<br />

September/October <strong>2012</strong> • 34

On a steamy June<br />

day at Brewer<br />

Dairy Farm near<br />

Marengo, Jerry<br />

Brewer hopped<br />

out of a massive tractor with<br />

his toddler grandson, Oliver,<br />

and walked over to check<br />

out three baby calves born<br />

that morning.<br />

Story & Photos // Abby Laub<br />

Their little tails waving away Áies, the tiny black and white<br />

beauties were the delight of Oliver, who is the fourth of a<br />

string of Brewers since Jerry’s father, Elmo Brewer, founded<br />

the farm in 1947.<br />

“They come wanting to see where milk comes from and<br />

how it’s made,” Jerry said<br />

about visitors to his dairy<br />

farm operation. “But they<br />

leave excited about petting<br />

the baby cows. They steal the<br />

show.”<br />

Despite squeals and pats<br />

on the head for the new<br />

calves, Oliver, though, still<br />

prefers tractors. The farm’s<br />

heavy equipment and implements<br />

are one of the many<br />

things that have changed on<br />

the multi-generational farm<br />

since Elmo and his wife of 75<br />

years, Marie, started it years<br />

ago. What hasn’t changed is<br />

the concern about weather.<br />

Jerry, 57, pointing out the<br />

dust swirling around the<br />

driveway and the brown<br />

grass on the hillside next to<br />

his barns, noted that he had<br />

never seen the ground so dry<br />

so early in the year and that<br />

he worried about his crops<br />

and the decreased milk production<br />

from his 100 or so<br />

heifers.<br />

In optimal weather (the<br />

50s to 70s), he said his cows<br />

each produce about nine<br />

gallons of milk per day, but<br />

with a week of 100-degree<br />

weather, the supply could be<br />

“When I graduated in ‘73 it<br />

looked like a good<br />

opportunity. I had the<br />

experience already and<br />

really enjoyed it. Fast<br />

forward to my son Trent<br />

taking over. He grew up<br />

the same way, helping<br />

every day. We tried to<br />

chase him off and say<br />

there are better<br />

opportunities. But you<br />

could see that he really<br />

wanted to, and I know that<br />

compared to a lot of other<br />

family farms that went to<br />

the second or third<br />

generation — they had no<br />

one who wanted to take<br />

over ... If he can’t make it,<br />

who can?”<br />

-Jerry Brewer<br />

diminished by several gallons — money slipping between his<br />

calloused Ànger tips.<br />

“It’s all about the cow’s appetite,” he explained. “They need<br />

a high energy, high fat, high starch diet. Think about it, do you<br />

want to eat a pork roast when it’s 100 degrees out? What goes<br />

in the cow is going to take care of what’s going out.”<br />

And what’s going out is a lot of milk to support the farm<br />

and the livelihood of its owners. Jerry took over operating<br />

Brewer Dairy Farm from Elmo, and now his son, Trent, 30,<br />

will take over when he decides to retire.<br />

When you get right down to it, Elmo said, farmers today<br />

still worry about the weather and keeping their animals happy,<br />

but farming as a business has changed drastically. Prices<br />

have gone up and the value of the dollar has decreased, he<br />

said.<br />

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“Years ago a dollar would buy something, it doesn’t amount to anything<br />

now,” he reÁected. “Everything’s been de-valued.”<br />

This makes farming dicult. And yet, he thinks it is worth it.<br />

“You’re just out there working for yourself and being your own boss,”<br />

he said.<br />

Marie said even when times were tough the couple never wanted to<br />

throw in the towel and try something easier.<br />

And now she sees her grandson, Trent, learning from their mistakes and<br />

making the Brewer farm operate even more smoothly thanks to technology.<br />

The couple agreed they are glad to have a grandson interested in carrying<br />

their torch.<br />

Elmo, though, said he hardly recognizes what Trent does now. What he<br />

learned in farming school in the mid-1900s has all changed.<br />

“What they told us then is obsolete now, you do it dierently,” he said.<br />

“You do everything dierent; it wouldn’t amount to anything now.”<br />

Now Elmo, who struggles with his vision, said he feeds the cats and tries<br />

to get his mower out.<br />

“There’s a lot of things I wish he could do that he used to do,” Marie<br />

added. “But of course he doesn’t see too well so I have to kind of see for<br />

him.”<br />

Elmo smiled and said his wife could “outwork” him and that when she<br />

leaves the house every Tuesday for her quilting group it is “the hardest<br />

day” for him. “I need a babysitter,” he laughed.<br />

(Above) Jerry Brewer<br />

introduces his<br />

grandson, Oliver, to<br />

one of the farm’s<br />

newest calves.<br />

(Left) Elmo and Marie<br />

Brewer have been<br />

married for 75 years.<br />

The couple also is active in the Golden Friends<br />

organization at their church. They also have a<br />

daughter who is 13 years older than Jerry.<br />

Jerry and his wife, Michelle, have worked on<br />

the farm for almost 30 years and still love it despite<br />

the long hours and stress associated with<br />

owning a business, particularly a farm where so<br />

much seems to be out of their control.<br />

“When I graduated in ‘73 it looked like a good<br />

opportunity,” Jerry said. “I had the experience<br />

already and really enjoyed it. Fast forward to<br />

my son Trent taking over. He grew up the same<br />

September/October <strong>2012</strong> • 36

“What they told us then is obsolete now, you do it differently. You do<br />

everything different; it wouldn’t amount to anything now.”<br />

-Elmo Brewer, on the difference in farming in his era versus his grandson’s.<br />


(from left) Jerry, Elmo and Trent Brewer<br />

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Jerry Brewer said<br />

he used to know<br />

the name of every<br />

single cow on<br />

his farm.<br />

way, helping every<br />

day. We tried to<br />

chase him o and<br />

say there are better<br />

opportunities.<br />

But you could see<br />

that he really wanted to, and I know that<br />

compared to a lot of other family farms<br />

that went to the second or third generation<br />

— they had no one who wanted to<br />

take over ... If he can’t make it, who can?”<br />

Growing up on the farm, Jerry said<br />

Trent already understands the hard work<br />

involved and is skillfully getting the farm<br />

up to speed with new technology and ef-<br />

Àciencies.<br />

“It is hard work, but it’s a lot more<br />

mental stress than physical,” he said,<br />

adding that if he didn’t enjoy it the worry<br />

would not be worth it. “Being your own<br />

boss helps make up for the 16-hour days<br />

most of the time.”<br />

“Playing” with tractors also helps<br />

bring joy to the job.<br />

“I have a T-shirt that says ‘Still plays<br />

with tractors’,” he laughed, noting that<br />

sometimes he feels like a kid all over<br />

again. “It’s too much work if you’re not<br />

enjoying it.”<br />

It also helps, he said, that people are<br />

becoming more curious again about<br />

where their food comes from.<br />

“What you’re seeing a lot of interest in<br />

is food safety, whether it be beef, dairy,”<br />

he said. “They want to know that those<br />

products are coming from a well managed,<br />

clean environment and humane.<br />

Why would you want to mistreat a cow?”<br />

Jerry said he always welcomes visitors<br />

to the farm, even if the calves steal the<br />

show.<br />

After all, farms like his are dying out<br />

nationwide, and he said Brewer Dairy<br />

Farm is one of the few remaining generational<br />

farms in the area.<br />

“Most of the farms around are either<br />

very small and they’re on their last<br />

generation, or they’re getting very large<br />

... It’s either get big or get out,” he said,<br />

adding that it is a sad fact because he<br />

feels farms his size (about 200 cows total,<br />

including heifers and calves) are the most<br />

ecient and have the best management<br />

and therefore best milk production.<br />

The farm also grows some grain and<br />

corn, does timber and several other small<br />

crops.<br />

“When it’s good it’s good, but it’s a<br />

money pit when it’s bad,” he said about<br />

the dairy operation. “We’re price takers<br />

not makers.”<br />

Jerry has faith that Trent will continue<br />

the operation with excellence and stand<br />

out in a time when very few family farms<br />

can hold up. •<br />

September/October <strong>2012</strong> • 38

Things Look Bright at<br />

White Cloud WindoW<br />

Story & Photos // Randy West<br />

Roni Cravens hails from Plains, Kan., a dusty little town that claims to have the widest Main Street in<br />

the country but not much else. When Roni transplanted to a pretty 12-acre farm in White Cloud, Ind.,<br />

in western Harrison County, all the hills, horses and green countryside convinced her that she “was<br />

home,” even though it brought with it a degree of uncertainty.<br />

In her barn in 1992, she started a shop a stone’s throw from Blue River. She bought and sold hand-made<br />

items, antiques and stained glass art objects. It was called the “White Cloud Window,” located just o S.R. 62,<br />

a National Scenic Highway. Because it was in the country, Roni never knew what kind of wildlife would show<br />

up outside the barn; and because it was an antique shop, she never knew what kind of stu would wind up<br />

there. Business was great the Àrst year, not so great the second. Due to the name, “Everyone thought I was a<br />

window company,” she said. But inquiries kept coming about stained glass art objects and repair work.<br />

Roni, 56, had taken a beginner’s class in stained glass from New Albany’s Bill Stepp, who lived near Lanesville<br />

at that time, and subsequently she took classes at <strong>Indiana</strong> University Southeast and elsewhere. But<br />

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Above:<br />

Roni works on a piece featuring<br />

three kimonos that will be sent to a<br />

customer in Kansas City.<br />

Opposite Page:<br />

(Left) Dee Downey of Corydon said<br />

she likes to work with glass because<br />

“It calms my nerves. It’s a very good<br />

stress reliever.”<br />

(Right) All kinds of glass objects are<br />

for sale at the White Cloud Window,<br />

some are home-made, some from<br />

other places in the world.<br />

life kept messing up Roni’s plans. When the economy<br />

tanked, she closed her business, lost her day job as an<br />

administrative assistant at PCUSA in Louisville, and<br />

su ered through spells of Àbromyalgia (a disease affecting<br />

soft muscle tissue and motor skills) and a persistent<br />

back problem. A protracted, ugly divorce made<br />

things even worse.<br />

She found peace by getting up in the middle of the<br />

night to work for hours on stained glass projects. “As<br />

I’m fond of saying, ‘Get lost in the glass’.” She was encouraged<br />

by a woman who ran a stained glass shop at<br />

the Green Tree Mall in Clarksville and others in <strong>Southern</strong><br />

<strong>Indiana</strong> and Kentucky. Most, if not all of them, have<br />

since closed.<br />

Roni decided to take the plunge and open another<br />

shop in 2007, this time in Corydon, in the old Saulman<br />

Tree Service building on Old Forest Road. She said it was<br />

one way she could control her life. In a short time she<br />

moved to two other locations facing the town square,<br />

and then in January of 2011, needing more room, she reopened<br />

at the corner of Mulberry and Chestnut streets,<br />

opposite Harmony and Health.<br />

Business was so bad in April and May this year that<br />

“I thought I would have to close, but June was phenomenal,”<br />

Roni said. Word-of-mouth advertising has been<br />

great. One Colorado couple who heard about her store<br />

from an employee at one of the local motels told her<br />

that when they returned, “they would bring an SUV<br />

instead of a VW.”<br />

Roni is typically upbeat and rarely looks harried. She<br />

gives her students plenty of individual attention (they<br />

come in whenever they can), works on her custom jobs<br />

and commissions from all over the country, and sells<br />

many kinds of glasswork, some of which is made at<br />

White Cloud Window and some of which comes from<br />

faraway places like Murano, Italy, the glass-making<br />

capital of the world. You can buy sun-catchers and<br />

custom-made elaborate designs for windows, not to mention bowls, pitchers, plates,<br />

cups, jewelry boxes, crosses, shamrocks and amusing knick-knacks -- like an azure blue<br />

corset. She and her advanced students do a lot of repair work.<br />

She encourages the advanced students to experiment with their own unique designs,<br />

some of which can be quite complicated. For example, Bob Bursey, 69, Corydon, an “associate”<br />

who has been coming to White Cloud Window for about two years, is a trained<br />

electrician-professional handyman-turned artist. He’s currently making a sunÁowerlike<br />

sunburst window featuring a bright red, heavy antique glass plate with dramatic<br />

red Áares. The old Amberina glass design is called “Buttons and Daisies.”<br />

Terri Jones, now a good friend of Roni’s, started coming to the shop 3-1/2 years ago.<br />

She lives in a New Albany mansion that was built by a state senator in 1905. She drives<br />

to Corydon twice a week to make things for her home and for the shop.<br />

Among other things, Roni is working on a 20-by-40-inch piece for a lawyer in Kansas<br />

City that features three kimonoes. It will be mounted on a wall and enhanced by a light<br />

box. She’s getting ready to bid on a 40-inch circular piece 15 feet above the Áoor in a<br />

home that will require scaolding to install. A woman in Evansville has asked her to create<br />

a 16-by-24-inch piece for a bay window. She will soon start on two Converse sneakers<br />

based on a story like “Blind Side” for a person who works for the Amarillo (Texas)<br />

Economic Development Commission.<br />

Barbara Fitzgerald, Elizabeth, who started in glass four-and-a-half years ago, just Ànished<br />

a 40-inch circle of The Trinity for St. Peter’s Church in Buena Vista. It was dedicated<br />

in April. Scott Dell, 47, Ramsey, a former Navy Seal and an aluminum fabricator<br />

by trade, said he didn’t have an artistic bone in his body until he started working with<br />

September/October <strong>2012</strong> • 40

glass at the White Cloud Window. Now he’s working on an interesting 18-inch diameter cross and considers himself an artist.<br />

Scott is perhaps the best example of what Roni means when she says that experience and training are not required to work with<br />

stained glass. “I haven’t found anyone I can’t teach,” she said. And one of the nicest things about working in Roni’s store is that<br />

all the students share a camaraderie and help each other with their projects. •<br />

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Hayswood Theatre:<br />

Acting out and selling tickets<br />

(Above) Detective<br />

Harry Heartstone<br />

(Tom Gudding)<br />

planting a juicy one<br />

on Sheriff Willie<br />

Lovelace<br />

(Elizabeth<br />

Whittinghill) in<br />

“Blazing Guns.”<br />

(Right) Nellie<br />

(Laura Von<br />

Fossen) and<br />

Emile (Gary Crockett)<br />

swear their<br />

undying love for<br />

each other in<br />

“South Paci¿c.”<br />

Story // Lee Cable<br />

September/October <strong>2012</strong> • 42<br />

Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch<br />

Photo by Jack Sweeney<br />

Photo by Kathy Norton<br />

Photo by Randy West<br />

The building, which stands along Capitol Avenue in Corydon,<br />

doesn’t seem large enough to house a theatre,<br />

but the old sayings that “looks can be deceiving” and<br />

“don’t judge a book by its cover” surely apply when it<br />

comes to the Hayswood Theatre.<br />

Although not a large structure, every inch of the former telephone<br />

company building is used when there’s a play on stage<br />

and an audience in the seats, and its size could be a factor in<br />

its success. Overhead is low and ticket prices are aordable.<br />

Many of the shows, which usually run for three weekends, are<br />

sold out.<br />

Its small size also makes it a place where everyone must exercise<br />

a little imagination, including the directors, actors, stage<br />

managers, costume designers, choreographers and yes, even<br />

the audience. Creativity is almost always entertaining, and<br />

the creativeness that is used to make a play come to life on the<br />

small, Hayswood stage, with limited props, backdrops and set<br />

changes is often almost as entertaining as the play itself.<br />

The seed was planted for a community theater in Corydon<br />

over forty years ago when the Woman’s Literary Club set out<br />

to Ànd ways to help the local economy and provide a means<br />

of “reviving and promoting the cultural growth of all of us.”<br />

The following year, they recruited a group of student actors<br />

to help, got permission to use the old state capitol building in<br />

Corydon’s downtown square for performances and performed<br />

re-enactments of actual trials that had been held in the State<br />

Capitol in the 1820s. The group, calling themselves the Hayswood<br />

Players, performed the re-enactments without scripts,<br />

so each actor had to respond as they thought appropriate.<br />

According to Hayswood history, the “Old Trials” were quite<br />

successful and people “came from all over” to watch the reenactments.<br />

But after about a year the group changed course<br />

and their name. They decided to perform actual plays utilizing<br />

the Harrison Grange Hall, tackling such favorites as “Never<br />

Too Late,” “The Fantasticks” and “Diary of Anne Frank,” and<br />

changed their name to “The Hayswood Little Theatre Group.”<br />

In 1971, the Fiesta Discount House, located in a building on<br />

South Capitol Avenue owned by the Eureka Telephone Company,<br />

went out of business and the phone company oered the building<br />

to the theatrical group. After extensive renovation, the building was<br />

made into the current Hayswood Theatre.<br />

“At the time, the audience sat in chairs,” said Linda Ray who with<br />

her husband, Macon, became involved with the group in the early<br />

1970s. “There were no bathrooms up front and no outside entrance for<br />

the actors. The pipes froze on a regular basis and sometimes we had<br />

heat and sometimes we didn’t. But we did some outstanding shows<br />

there like ‘Tobacco Road’ and ‘Oklahoma.’ Macon and I were involved<br />

in the Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown for 15 years and were o<br />

during the winters, which is when we did plays at the Hayswood.<br />

Macon won the theatre’s best actor of the year award for playing the<br />

leading role in ‘Tobacco Road,’ and during that play, we had the cab of<br />

an old truck right on stage. It was great.”<br />

Besides musicals, the group also began performing plays for a<br />

younger audience. Plays like “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”<br />

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“We even wrote some plays,” Ray said.<br />

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But during those years, there were only a<br />

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and made the little theatre thrive. But the<br />

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after year eventually took a toll on the group.<br />

“The theatre can consume you,” Ray said.<br />

“When you do a play, it takes six weeks<br />

out of your life. You don’t have time to<br />

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“People are hungry for uplifting<br />

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getting burned-out is a real danger for actors,<br />

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At the Hayswood, people had been giving<br />

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commitments and began drifting to other<br />

projects and ventures. We were working<br />

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so things began to<br />

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With no re-enforcements<br />

or new<br />

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The group was able to secure a $50,000 grant from the Lily<br />

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“Our Àrst play was ‘Crimes of the Heart,’” Woertz said. “That<br />

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And the little theatre group never looked back. Many believe<br />

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actors and directors in the area needing a place to whet their appetites<br />

and hone their skills, and many keep coming back year<br />

after year to bring entertaining shows to the theatre.<br />

These days, the theatre has Àve major shows per year, which<br />

usually includes two musicals, two mystery plays and a comedy.<br />

One recent o ering was the slapstick western “Blazing Guns<br />

at Roaring Gulch,” directed by one of the theatre’s veteran actors,<br />

Kathy Norton.<br />

“My kids actually got me involved with Hayswood,” said<br />

Norton, who did acting in high school and college and ran the<br />

theatre department at another college after graduating. “I loved<br />

acting when I was younger, but I eventually got married and<br />

had three children, so acting was put on the back burner for<br />

quite a while,” she said. “Then, when the kids took an interest<br />

in doing plays, I got involved again. We’ve done several plays<br />

together here at Hayswood, and I’m now on the board of directors.<br />

But I always wanted to direct a play here and got my<br />

chance with ‘Blazing Guns.’”<br />

The show, like most that are presented at Hayswood, was a<br />

success. Norton Àlled the stage with gunslinging bad guys robbing<br />

banks and stealing the pretty girl and fast-drawing good<br />

guys who came to the rescue and saved the day. Real six-guns<br />

(shooting blanks of course) were used, adding a touch of realism<br />

that drew the audience into the plot and had them rooting for<br />

the hero. Almost every show was sold out.<br />

“The size of the theatre creates some constraints physically,<br />

but it makes you work a little harder to pull it all together,” Norton<br />

said. “And as a director, there are some anxious times because<br />

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for every show. The royalties are expensive and you have to<br />

sell tickets to pay for them. There are only 70 seats available,<br />

and nine performances of the show. So if you do the math, it’s<br />

easy to see that the shows aren’t big money-makers but allow<br />

us to pay the bills and buy the royalties for the next show. For<br />

instance, ‘Happy Days’ will be coming to Hayswood in a few<br />

months, and it will cost us about $2,000 for the rights to perform<br />

it. ‘Rumors,’ the Neil Simon play, is also on our list of upcoming<br />

shows and will cost us $1,200 in royalties. But we keep our<br />

ticket prices aordable and hope the community comes out and<br />

supports us.”<br />

And that is almost a given these days. The little theatre has<br />

a loyal following. Many in the community attend every play.<br />

Some show up with groups from their church. Others bring outof-town<br />

guests to show o their community theatre, one of only<br />

two or three in the whole region.<br />

“People are hungry for uplifting entertainment,” Norton<br />

said. “And that assures us of a great future here.”<br />

After the cowpokes of “Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch” got<br />

on their horses and rode out of town, Norton went right back to<br />

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next play “South PaciÀc,” directed by Charles Swarens. Some<br />

wondered how Swarens would be able to pull a cast of 40 actors<br />

together and make the play work in the small venue, but almost<br />

every seat was full for every performance, and when each one<br />

ended, Swarens had the audience teary-eyed as Nurse Nellie

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Her sewing and costume design abilities<br />

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and she also serves as the president<br />

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And there are people like Rita Hight, a<br />

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Celebrity deaths are weird to me.<br />

It just seems strange how connected<br />

we can feel to people<br />

we’ve never met and mourn<br />

their loss like someone from our own<br />

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Andy Gri th died, I was seriously<br />

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Part of it, I guess, is that given how<br />

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But I think with Andy, something<br />

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When Andy passed away, fan reactions<br />

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My favorite was a picture I saw<br />

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more Mayberry, less Jersey Shore.” That<br />

one pretty much says it all.<br />

Andy reminds us of something we’ve<br />

all lost but don’t know how to reclaim.<br />

That’s because Andy represents<br />

something bigger than a TV character.<br />

He represents the Mayberry Myth, the<br />

possibility that somewhere out there is<br />

a place where life isn’t so complicated<br />

and harsh.<br />

In Mayberry, relationships matter<br />

more than accomplishments, contentment<br />

beats out materialism and simplicity<br />

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We live in a dark and cynical world,<br />

but something deep down tells us it’s<br />

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maybe somewhere, once upon a time, it<br />

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The funny thing, though, is that<br />

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for Mayberry. In a 1996 interview with<br />

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they were trying to create a town<br />

that felt more like the thirties.<br />

He said, “Even when we were Àlming<br />

the show, Mayberry was already a time<br />

gone by.”<br />

A time gone by. The good old days.<br />

Sweet innocence that’s been lost.<br />

The Bible calls this place Eden, a perfect<br />

world of goodness and simplicity<br />

where people hung out with God like<br />

old friends sitting around on a front<br />

porch.<br />

Andy reminds us of something we’ve all<br />

lost but don’t know how to reclaim.<br />

In Eden decency and honesty ruled<br />

the day, and the world was exactly as it<br />

was meant to be.<br />

But mankind walked away from all<br />

that. We turned our back on all that was<br />

good, and now, like Mayberry refugees<br />

who ran o to the big city, we’re all<br />

homesick for the place we know we belong.<br />

A time gone by. But maybe also, it’s a<br />

time yet to come.<br />

Mayberry may be a myth, but the<br />

things in it that we yearn for are certainly<br />

real. They were real in Eden. They’ll<br />

be real in heaven, and to some degree,<br />

they’re available to us as we grow closer<br />

to God in the here and now.<br />

So maybe it’s time to let our nostalgia<br />

lead us home to the place where we will<br />

always Ànd belonging, relationship and<br />

peace and a Father who wants to help<br />

us discover our heart’s true hometown.<br />

The opening credits of the Andy<br />

Grith Show remind me of this kind of<br />

intimacy with God, a snapshot of a perfect<br />

relationship between a father and<br />

his child. I don’t know if God has an old<br />

dirt road or a Àshing hole, but I know<br />

He longs for each of us to walk with<br />

Him with that same kind of innocent<br />

wonder. •<br />

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dad who loves the quirky surprises God sends<br />

his way every day. He believes life is much<br />

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time to notice. You can catch up with Jason on<br />

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