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Southern Indiana LivingJuly/Aug 2021 • 7

A Walk in the Garden with Bob Hill

Hoosier History - and Hay

One thing I’ve always liked

about living in Southern Indiana

is that you can drive

about 30 miles in almost any

direction and travel back about 200

years into Hoosier and American history.

Such was the case on a recent

visit to O’Bannon Woods State Park

on the Ohio River southwest of Corydon,

where happenstance met history

and a three-story 1850s hay press.

The park is about as southcentral

as Indiana gets, right there

where the mostly ambling Blue River

drains into the Ohio River. Our visit

wasn’t all random journey, although

we are prone to just taking off on a

Sunday afternoon wandering back

roads leading through small towns,

old cemeteries, deep woods and rolling

farm fields in search of whatever

progress left us in its wake.

On this trip, we headed somewhat

directly into O’Bannon Woods

– after first pursuing a bald eagle nest

further up the road whose residents

were still at home.

We wanted to meet Hoosier history

head-on at O’Bannon with its

pioneer farmstead, nature center, hay

press, rock garden, ponds, wetlands,

horse trails, oxen and miniature donkeys.

It’s all there in Harrison County,

where John Hunt Morgan brought

Civil War to Indiana and where Cold

Friday Road leads into Cold Friday

Hollow – and not too far from Pophins

Hollow, Gas Well Hollow and

Haunted Hollow.

As it turns out, Cold Friday

Road runs over Potato Run Creek.

Further legend-investigation showed

that Cold Friday Road was so named

after the body of some stranger who

had been walking in the woods was

found along the road on what was

apparently a very cold day. And, yes,

a Friday. See what you find when you

amble slowly through Hoosier history?

O’Bannon Park’s previous name

– honoring a Native American tribe

shoved out of the Ohio River Valley

into Oklahoma more than 200 years

ago – was a little clumsy: The Wyandotte

Woods State Recreation Area.

Its name was changed in 2004 to

honor the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon,

a 1948 graduate of Corydon High

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School who served two years in the

Air Force and earned his law degree

from Indiana University in 1957. He

became a state senator and twiceelected

governor who actually cared

about getting along with, and helping,

the people he served. After his

death in 2003, about 3,000 homefolks

attended his funeral visitation

and service in Corydon. That alone

tells you something: He never forgot

where he came from.

The roughly 2,300-acre

O’Bannon Woods State Park offers a

fine mix of rolling woods, canoeing,

camping, hiking, birding and biking

– and really doesn’t get enough credit

for all that. If spelunking floats your

boat, there’s plenty of watery caves in

the region, too.

A 7-foot tall Ox at O’Bannon Woods State Park

The area had been severely

logged over by the early 1900s, then

reforested during the Depression by

the Civilian Conservation Corp., including

one of the few African American

CCC companies in those segregated


The reforestation has worked

well. The park’s hills are now covered

in 90-year-old trees, adding a sense

of adventure as we wandered down

toward the nature center and Ohio

River. It was just fun to drive into the


It was a slow tourist day and we

lucked into an interpretive naturalist

named Jim Lynch who invited us

into the nature center and then into

the 1850s barn with the hay press.

The original barn was built in the old

Leavenworth before Abe Lincoln –

who lived 14 youthful years in Indiana

not too far down the road – became


The barn was moved and reconstructed

in O’Bannon Woods about

20 years ago. To gaze up and across

all those old, slightly twisted weathered

beams, to wonder at those who

first cut them down and then shaved,

hammered and wrestled them into

position was an education in itself.

The hay press built inside it –

and it’s only on working display

a few times in the summer, so call

ahead – was the direct result of need,

On the way back, we

stopped by a small barn

and pasture where the

two oxen, “Forrest” and

“Gump,” relax when

not pulling weights up

the O’Bannon Woods

hay chute. Each was

the size of a minivan

– in the 2,000- to

2,500-pound range

– and very friendly,

nestling up to us.

ingenuity and gravity.

Southern Indiana had hay badly

needed for horses, mules and donkeys

in Louisville and downriver. To

get it there, hand-cut hay, all timothy,

was forked into the second floor of

the barn from horse-drawn wagons

pulled up a long dirt ramp.

On the floor below, an ox – or

maybe mule or horse – was hooked to

a 350-pound weight that was pulled

up into a rectangular chute to the

third floor as a mule or horse below

walked in a counter-clockwise circle.

The new-cut hay was forked into a

door in the chute, the weight dropped

onto the hay, flattening it into a bale.

That would be repeated five or six

times with each finished bale totaling

about 350 pounds.

To finish, the ox would then

walk in a clockwise position turning

a jackscrew against the bottom of the

new bale, forcing the hay back up to

the second floor into a tighter bundle,

which was hand-tied with heavy


Before all that was invented in

about 1843, new-cut hay was just

tossed into a box and humans would

jump up and down on it to flatten it

into a bale, possibly another reason

for large pioneer families.

The finished bales were then

sent down a long chute from the barn

to boats waiting on the Ohio River to

float the hay to Louisville. A video of

all this is available online – just Google

“O’Bannon Woods State Park.”

Our journey into O’Bannon

Woods didn’t end in the old barn,

however. We continued down the

road to the Ohio River, Kentucky just

across the river, a small nature preserve

at our feet.

On the way back, we stopped by

a small barn and pasture where the

two oxen, “Forrest” and “Gump,” relax

when not pulling weights up the

O’Bannon Woods hay chute. Each

was the size of a mini-van – in the

2,000- to 2,500-pound range – and

very friendly, nestling up to us and

looming over us, with sincere affection,

if not a search for food.

Their nearby partners, miniature

donkeys, didn’t have the affectionate

thing down quite as well. Sadly – as

I learned in a follow-up phone call –

Forrest recently died, leaving the hay

press-pulling to Gump for the time


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travel trips, is everything. •

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Generation to Generation

A Note to Baby Boomers

We are not our parents.

Quit acting like them.

A TV commercial

tries to sell us that advice

– along with insurance. Mom and

Dad had their ways, cringe-worthy

and otherwise.

We should have our own, goes

the spiel. And ours should include

switching to whom to pay those interminable


Did my folks get insurance

wrong? Do, or did, yours? What else

do, or did, they mess up?

Do my parents, long deceased,

remain my role models? Do yours?

At what point is it fair – indeed if not

wise – to chart our own course?

Those are questions without easy

answers. Plus like me, you may be a

parent yourself and even a grandparent.

Retiring and growing old affords

us the chance to gear down, to step

back. Responsibility becomes a fourletter


Clipping toenails was as challenging

as last Wednesday got for me.

Yet our commitment continues

to help kids and grandkids. We hold

Pollyanna-like hope that they will

listen or simply pick up something.

Pass downs need not be profound.

Like me, my kids love most dogs

more than many people. Like me, my

kids live a good life in our area and

believe no other pastures greener.

Like me, my kids find no reason for

liver and onions to exist.

About none of this have I held

my breath. I like to think I lead by example.

Then again, I like to think I can

sit out in the sun and avoid the hellacious

skin cancer that killed Dad.

I was my parents’ smartest child because

I was their only one.

No doubt those TV commercial

makers would double down how

generations should change with the

times. Hard to argue, or is it?

My generation buys shoelaces –

if they still can be found – more than

shoes. My generation prefers actual

conversations to texts. My generation

helps deliver COVID-19 vaccinations

instead of shunning them.

My generation still attends

church, still watches network TV, still

rents safe deposit boxes at the bank.

My generation still holds dear baseball,

still prefers doctor visits be face

to face.

And my generation finds it

tough to give up relationships with

insurance agents that are familiar

faces who have come through in the

clutch. Ours are not far-flung strangers

on the other end of a cellphone


In other words, my generation

realizes that, ultimately, service usually

matters more than price.

What’s so foolish, all that impractical,

about any of that?

Old versus new or old versus

young, we clutch to the upsides of the

status quo or should die trying. Sure,

my generation can be All-American

cranks. We hold grudges about how

much Big Macs cost and how little

hearing aid batteries last.

What I love most about us seniors,

though, is that we love more

easily than we hate. Opponents are

not enemies. We give others the benefit

of the doubt. We let stuff slide and

head for a nap.

Confrontation takes energy, after

all. Love is better for the blood pressure.

My parents came from way

different backgrounds. Their paths

crossed by divine guidance or astounding

luck. They remained different

people with a common love,

an unbreakable bond. They deserved

longer together.

Nonetheless, they provided me

with example after example of how

to survive out there and to be decent

to others along with way.

Thank God I didn’t, and don’t,

figure it wrong to do right by my

parents’ memory. If anything, I wish

I was more like them. Sorry, TV commercial

people. My old-school insurance

guy and I will partner on.

My parents would appreciate

that I still subscribe to not one but

two hold-in-your-hands newspapers.

They would like that I begin each

possible day at the gym and end it in

bed in the very house in which they

raised me.

They would be proud how I

avoid debt about as fiercely as they

did. And they would welcome that

I chose decently well the lifestyle I

picked up from their mistakes – no

smoking, no incessant card-playing

with the boys.

Such is history, isn’t it? We ever

learn. We often improve. We never

reach perfection. We lecture those

who come after. More importantly,

we demonstrate.

Sometimes we actually know

that we demonstrate.

So, do my kids, your kids, truly

need schooling in how not to act like

My generation still attends church, still watches

network TV, still rents safe deposit boxes at the

bank. My generation still holds dear baseball, still

prefers doctor visits be face to face.

us? Have we done them more harm

than good?

Here I go again with the


I just read a novel about a good

father whose once-good daughter,

college aged, has run away. The

dad is beside himself, tortured by

everything he ever did or said. These

nightmares really happen, of course,

stunned families left to grieve and to


As parents and grandparents

we do our best and pray that the best

somehow does the trick. I check daily

on my grown-up kids and their kids.

When they are happy, I am happy.

They usually are happy. They

usually reflect their upbringing. I

trust that is no coincidence.

Our challenge continues as long

as we do. •

After 25 years, Dale Moss

retired as Indiana columnist for

The Courier-Journal. He now

writes weekly for the News and

Tribune. Dale and his wife Jean

live in Jeffersonville in a house

that has been in his family

since the Civil War. Dale’s e-

mail is

Southern Indiana LivingJuly/Aug 2021 • 11

Cover Story

Backroads Market

Find something unique on the backroads of Southern Indiana

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Story by Darian Decker

Photos by Michelle Hockman

Abby Taylor knew that she

was meant to open a shop

and she trusted that it

would happen. “I just felt

like if God told me to do something,

I’m going to do it and it’s going to

happen because He told me that.”

Backroads Market opened in

early October 2020 in the middle of

a pandemic. Taylor originally tried

to open the shop in another town,

but faced roadblock after roadblock.

“We came to Corydon and saw that

the building was for sale – it took us a

lot longer than we had even planned

on to get into the building. … I just

didn’t let it get me down”

Her persistence and resilience

paid off – the shop opened on Oct. 3.

Backroads Market is a place

where twenty-five local vendors sell

their goods. They have crocheters,

glass mosaic artists, painters,

photographers, those who repurpose

furniture, wood burners, jewelry

makers, floral artists and more.

The vendors are also able to do

personalization on a lot of the work,

which Taylor said the customers love.

Taylor herself is a painter and

has been for 30-plus years, starting

as early as 6 and going to craft shows

with her mom as a young teen. The

store idea came from her love of art,

but also her love of all things artsy in


“Growing up when I went with

my parents to artsy towns, that was

just so much fun to me to go into

all the little shops,” Taylor said. “I

almost envied the shop owners that

that’s what they got to do for a job. It

was the coolest thing ever.”

Taylor said her mom has always

been incredibly encouraging when it

comes to her artwork and was one

person who really believed in her,

which helped her believe in herself.

Taylor “piloted” the store, so to

speak, in 2017. She and her cousin

held an open-air festival along

the river in Leavenworth, inviting

different vendors to sell their goods.

“That’s how we got the core

start of our vendors,” Taylor said.

“We had such a good response with

the festival, so when I sent out the

message and said we’re thinking

about the storefront and 20-plus

people said, ‘Heck yea,’ I thought,

‘OK, well maybe this is a thing.’”

The name actually came from

the festival as well. “We needed a

different name that nobody else had

used and I was like, ‘Well, you’ve got

to go through some backroads to get

Backroads Market is a place where

twenty-five local vendors sell their goods.

They have crocheters, glass mosaic

artists, painters, photographers, those

who repurpose furniture, wood burners,

jewelry makers, floral artists and more.

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Pictured: (bottom, left) Abby Taylor and her daughter Faith Taylor; (right hand page, and this page, above) handcrafted, locally made merchandise available for sale at the Backroads Market.

Twenty-five vendors are represented, including crocheters, glass mosaic artists, painters, photographers, those who repurpose furniture, wood burners, jewelry makers, floral artists

and more. The vendors are also able to do personalization on a lot of the work.

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“Being that I’m an artist myself, I love the appreciation

for what we do. It’s handmade and local and you’re

supporting a small business – you’re actually supporting 25

of them when you shop at our shop.”

- Abby Taylor, Owner of Backroads Market

to the market … there you have it, so

fancy,” Taylor laughed.

The festival had over 1,000 attendees

and was a huge success.

Though the original vendors

came from the festival, Taylor said

they find new vendors in a variety

of ways now that the shop is open.

Sometimes it’s a customer, a recommendation

from a friend or a message

through social media.

“Being that I’m an artist myself,

I love the appreciation for what we

do,” Taylor said. “It’s handmade and

local and you’re supporting a small

business – you’re actually supporting

25 of them when you shop at our


Taylor said she thinks everything

from the vendors is cool, but

she has a few items she pointed out,

including the pottery, the glass mosaics,

and the wood burning and turning.

This art, created by Eric Voyles,

has a lengthy process to completion.

“For some of these bowls, he has

to let that wood sit for a year before

he can turn it because he doesn’t want

that wood to crack,” Taylor said. “He

has this picture of the Salem courthouse

– every little brick he’s burned

into that wood. It’s just amazing attention

to detail.”

Taylor said she always tells customers

she tries to stay behind the

counter, because she loves all the

shop items so much.

“I truly, truly love it all,” she

said. “They’re [vendors] just so talented.”

Some of Taylor’s own items are

also available for purchase.

“One of the hard things about

running the business is that I don’t

have nearly enough time to create,”

she said. “But there are some items on

the floor and there’s a mural behind

the counter that I was able to paint.”

The shop is just one of the many

things taking up Taylor’s time. She’s

a mom, a wife, preschool director at

her church, and she runs the business.

At the shop, she is every job in one

including marketing, working at the

register, doing displays and bringing

on new vendors.

“Personally, you have no clue

what you’re getting into when you

open a business so you’re all the

things for all the people,” Taylor said.

“But, I love what I do so I get up and

do it every day and don’t plan to


She doesn’t seem to be slowing

down anytime soon, already thinking

about the future of Backroads Market.

On top of wanting to put on a second

open-air festival, she would also love

to host classes taught by some of

the vendors. Two of her ideas were

a wood burning class or making a

suncatcher with a glass mosaic artist,

which she thinks would give more

appreciation of the process.

“Every once in a while, you have

a person that says, ‘Oh, I can do that’

and you want them to, but you also

want them to understand the process

and everything that goes into it,” Taylor


Really, Taylor is game for

anything that allows the shop to grow

and switch it up.

“I’d love to invite new people

in that can teach us something that

maybe I don’t even know exists as an

art form,” she said.

Taylor always brings it back to

her customers, though. Her main goal

is making life easier on her customers

and clients.

“I want to be a help to people and

make them feel like they didn’t just

come here to buy something – they

found a friend, they found somebody

that’s helpful, and that they just leave

happy and uplifted,” she said.

As a Leavenworth resident,

Taylor was a little worried about

opening in a city she doesn’t live in,

but she has nothing but good things

to say about the people of Corydon.

“I had a lady come in the first

week we were open … she stepped

in and threw her hands down on her

knees and went ‘I am so glad you’re

here’ and I said, ‘I’m so glad you’re

here’ and then I spent the next 10

minutes going, ‘Do I know her?’”

Taylor said. “And I didn’t at all, she

just said ‘I’m so glad this shop is here;

our town needed something like this.

We’re so excited that you’re here.’

And that’s been the tone throughout.

They’re so kind.” •

The shop is open Thursday through

Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and other

hours occasionally. You can check them

out on Facebook @backroadsmarketIN or

on Instagram @backroadsmarketindiana.

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Nostalgia surrounds a quaint

yet bustling Norma Jean’s

Ice Cream.

Colorful chairs for

children and adults line Muddy Fork,

a small creek winding through Borden.

Trees, moving water and picnic

tables provide a picturesque backdrop

for those passing through and

most often, people seeking a sense of


Norma Jean’s has all the throwback

feels, from the friendly staff to

the opportunity to indulge in a guilty

pleasure, ice cream.

The 2021 season marks the sixth

for Norma Jean’s owners, Susan and

Steve Williams.

“I was born in Borden and most

of my family graduated from Borden

(High School),” said Susan. “I’ve

lived here all my life and my husband

moved here when he was 10. We love

it because of the small-town community

feel. I couldn’t imagine living in

a city.”

The booming popularity of Norma

Jean’s Ice Cream, located off IN 60

between New Albany and Salem, has

steadily grown in a short time.

“I love ice cream,” admitted Susan.

“My grandmother was Norma

Jean and my sister who passed away

to cancer had the middle name Jean,

so we knew we’d use the name Jean

when we opened.”

Borden natives who order the

Hot Fudge Cake could feel like

they’re going back in time. Norma

Jean ran Village Pizza in Borden

(where the Buckboard Diner is currently

located) and served up the

sweet treat, which has become the

signature item on the menu. The Hot

Fudge Cake features vanilla soft serve

ice cream sandwiched between a pair

of freshly made slices of devil’s food

cake topped with hot fudge, whipped

cream and a bright red cherry.

“We also offer nostalgia food,”

said Susan. “We have mini sliders,

which we make fresh and our own

chili coney sauce is made daily.”

One of the most common phrases

the staff hears is, “I had a place like

this growing up.”

“We continue to be amazed

by the friendships we’ve made, the

kids we’ve gotten to know. They are

like family. It’s more than just a little

business to us.”

It’s hard not to find a favorite on

the food menu. Last season, 20,000

sliders were served. Onion rings are

a hit along with the chili cheese fries.

For good measure, the foot-long chili

Matthew Herder enjoys a sweet treat

cheese dog offers 12 inches of pure

summertime flavor.

A sign on the front of the building

reads, “You can’t buy happiness,

but you can buy ice cream.” This is

where Norma Jean’s pleases many.

“Milkshakes are one of our most

popular items along with our handdipped

ice cream,” said Susan.

Brought in from Madison, Wisconsin,

the hand-dipped options are

so appealing from menu descriptions,

they guarantee a return trip to

test more flavors. Just reading each

option leaves tongues to the pavement

and eyebrows heightened. The

Fat Elvis combines banana, peanut

butter and chocolate chips while the

Salted Carmel Extreme mixes salted

caramel ice cream with sea salt fudge

and cashews. Other options include

the Ultimate Oreo (a boatload of

Oreos), Mint Avalanche (loaded with

Andes Chocolate Mints and Grasshopper

cookies), Coconut Almond


A Nostalgic Treat

Borden Ice Cream Shop offers the perfect spot for a summertime snack

Story and photos by Brian Smith

Bliss (chocolate and almonds in coconut

flavors) and more. They’ll occasionally

add seasonal options, with

many customers eagerly awaiting the

return of Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate

Cherry Bomb and Bourbon Pecan

flavored ice cream.

“We went with a premium ice

cream,” said Susan. “We have people

who come from Jeffersonville, New

Albany and Washington County who

specifically want these hand-dipped


“We continue to be amazed by the friendships we’ve

made, the kids we’ve gotten to know. They are like

family. It’s more than just a little business to us.”

- Susan Williams

Owner, Norma Jean’s Ice Cream

Ice cream comes served in a

traditional cone, waffle cone or cup.

They also offer soft-serve (and they

can dip that, too) ice cream plus

malts, floats, sundaes, tornadoes and

the classic banana split.

Success goes beyond business

results for the Williams family.

“It’s like a ministry for us,”

Susan said. “When we opened, we

had no idea it would get this big and

it keeps growing. … For us, we love

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the business side. To work as hard as

our staff does, you obviously hope to

make money, but it has afforded us

the opportunity to help other people

when they are in need.”

Over the six seasons, the

Williamses have given back to local

support groups and schools and set

up fundraiser opportunities. They are

providing great on-the-job learning

experiences for employees who

come from local schools like Borden,

Eastern, Salem and Floyd Central.

Susan and Steve pour their

hearts into the business, and Steve

continues to work full time outside of

Norma Jean’s. Having been around

food service before, Susan knew

she’d eventually come back to it after

working in the legal industry.

“We watched and waited for

close to two years before we found

the property where we are at,” she

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“We are so thankful and blessed

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our shop over the past five years,”

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Artist Spotlight

On a knob overlooking the

Ohio River, five miles up

the hill from the historic

town of Cannelton in Perry

County, sits Blue Heron Vineyards

and Winery. Breathtaking scenery,

fine wines, vineyards, musical nights

on the terrace and an exuberance of

art are among the attractions of this

quietly beautiful spot.

Named after the magnificent

bird that is almost an icon along this

part of the Ohio River, the winery

is owned by Lynn and Gary Dauby,

both artists and retired teachers.

The 33 acres of land that

encompass the winery were formerly

owned by Gary Dauby’s late father.

“I spent my boyhood here – hunting,

fishing, prowling the land. I know

every inch of it,” Gary said. Gary’s

late mother was Italian with several

family members in the wine business.

“It seemed like the obvious

choice that when we retired from

teaching, we would grow grapes

and make wine on this land. My

first cousin, Michael Pozzan, owns a

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Blue Heron Vineyards & Winery

A destination for wine and art lovers

winery in Napa Valley, and distant

relatives on my father’s side make

Champagne Dauby in France,” Gary


Gary and Lynn Dauby planted

their first grapes in 1996 and obtained

their license in 2008. Today their

winery is thriving, part of the Indiana

Uplands AVA (American Viticultural


Gary and Lynn each have their

own specialty in the winemaking

process, which has had some bearing

on their art.

Gary, with a background in

biology, oversees the vineyards.

“Growing grapes involves being

outdoors, wandering among the

vines. You’re connected to the earth,”

he said.

Gary’s art is thoroughly rooted

in the landscape. One thing he does

is to search for downed limbs and

branches with curious knots, twists

and sense of character; he then trims,

carves and finishes them as walking

sticks, sometimes customizing them

with various designs.

Walking sticks by Gary Dauby

Story by Judy Cato

Photos by Lorraine Hughes

He also creates environmental

art: assemblages made from trash

found along the riverbank. He brings

these found objects to life – with

some humor – by arranging them

with materials natural to an aquatic


On one assemblage, he

carved “Wine Price” onto a piece

of driftwood, then attached his

found objects: an arm and leg from

someone’s discarded doll.

“Most wine doesn’t actually cost

an arm and a leg, but all this pollution

may cost more than that,” Gary said.

Winemaking is an art as well

as a science, and winemakers make

countless creative decisions when

handcrafting a wine. Lynn’s talent

lies in her palate – her ability to

taste what the wine needs at various


As a former art teacher in Perry

County schools for over 30 years,

Lynn creates a lot of paintings that

affirm the sense of taste and smell.

Like countless artists through

the centuries, she portrays fruit,

vegetables and food in her paintings,

which work as visualizations for

smell and taste.

Lynn also enjoys painting the

river and its environs. She recently

painted a whole series of paintings of

river artifacts. Her painting “Artifacts

Past” depicts a cluster of crinoid fossil

fragments. In her work “Modern Day

Artifacts,” she portrays pieces of

plastic dolls that washed ashore.

The Daubys not only create art

but give business to a variety of local

artists. They hire a range of local

and regional bands – jazz, folk, Irish,

bluegrass – to play at their “Wine

Over Water” evening concert series

and “Music on the Patio” held in the


Danny Bolin, a photographer

and graphic designer from nearby

Tell City, creates the labels for their

wine bottles. Their gift shop is a

gallery that sells the work of local

artists. The pottery of Nita Claise,

an Indiana Artisan who also lives in

Tell City, is used to serve food in their

bed and breakfast. They have also

commissioned celebrated Cannelton

sculptor Greg Harris to create several

large-scale pieces for the winery,

including his Celtic cross that has

contributed to the winery becoming

an international destination.

Every corner of this winery

seems to hold some delightful

surprise. Just off the patio, they have

built a “snug,” a European type of

pub that is the essence of coziness.

The walls of their wine tasting room

are lined with historical photographs

and art. The vineyards, set by a

lake and surrounded by an array of

wildflowers, present an image of

nature itself.

Perhaps the biggest challenge

still facing the Daubys at this stage

in their lives, now that Blue Heron

is well-established, is managing to

successfully pass on this business to

the next generation. They are hopeful.

“Our son, Major Cassidy Dauby,

a West Point graduate, will be retiring

in about four years, and there is a

strong possibility that he and his

wife will take over the winery,” the

Daubys said, smiling.

They are already laying out

some of the groundwork for this to

happen. •

For more information about Blue

Heron Vineyards and Winery, visit

Every corner of this winery seems to hold some

delightful surprise. Just off the patio, they have

built a “snug,” a European type of pub that is

the essence of coziness. The vineyards, set by a

lake and surrounded by an array of wildflowers,

present an image of nature itself.

Pictured: (top) Gary and Lynn Dauby on the winery deck overlooking the river; (middle, left) The Snug, a cozy pub at the

winery; (middle, right) a still life painting by Lynn Dauby; (bottom left) a painting of the winery’s view of the Ohio River by

Lynn Dauby; (bottom, right) Vineyards at Blue Heron Winery

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Picture it: After a high-pressure day

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sleep. Grateful for some rest,

you nestle into the crisp sheets, pull up

your fluffy comforter, close your eyes and

… an hour later, you are still wide awake.

Does this sound familiar?

“I’m craving a salty snack.” “I’ve

got a sweet tooth.” Sound familiar? Perhaps

you have mentioned one of these

sayings in the past year or so since CO-

VID-19 stay at home orders have been enforced.

Research claims that snacking has

significantly increased since COVID-19

lockdown orders, resulting in an average

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this past year. As the world begins to

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safe to say that snacking behavior still lingers.

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a little more guiltless.

Craving a crunch? Instead of snacking

on your favorite chips and dip or

cheese and crackers, add some crunchy

vegetables in the mix, such as freshly

sliced cucumber, baby carrots or some

crisp thinly sliced bell peppers. These are

great additions to hummus dip, spinach

and artichoke dip, or even some delicious

creamy ranch dressing. The vegetables

may not hit the spot as well as your favorite

tortillas, crackers or potato chips, so I

want to suggest keeping those in the mix,

too. As you attempt to wean yourself, start

with half the amount of chips you would

eat and swap the other half for a fresh fruit

or vegetable! Work your way through

eliminating processed foods instead of

going cold turkey. In exchange, your body

learns to crave more unprocessed food,

ultimately leading to a healthier you. You

are one step closer to getting back into

those favorite jeans of yours.

Got a sweet tooth? Consider pairing

some semisweet or dark chocolate chips

with your favorite berry! You know how

raspberries have those little holes at the

top? Stick a chocolate chip in there and

enjoy a refreshing sweet delicacy packed

with antioxidants and half the calories.

Maybe you’re wishing for an ice cream

like treat since it’s getting warm out. Use

frozen fruit and blend it with a tablespoon

of honey and a splash of milk or orange

juice and bam, you’ve made yourself

homemade sorbet. Shave a little coconut,

almond or dark chocolate to garnish and

Real Life Nutrition

Guiltless Snacking

Got a sweet tooth? Consider pairing some

semisweet or dark chocolate chips with your

favorite berry! You know how raspberries have

those little holes at the top? Stick a chocolate chip

in there and enjoy a refreshing sweet delicacy

packed with antioxidants and half the calories.

you have turned your kitchen into a gourmet

dessert shop.

Snacking should never be deemed

“bad.” So, happily accept that healthy

snacks between meals can help you with

portion control, satiety and eating a good

variety to deliver the vitamins, nutrients

and minerals that our bodies need to carry

out a healthy active lifestyle. Snacks are

great for entertaining and/or preserving

an appetite before mealtimes while cooking

or waiting for the food to finish cooking.

Let’s also remember to be kind to

ourselves as COVID-19 has been a whirlwind

for us all. Between working from

home, quarantining, online school and

practicing social distancing, we have all

probably spent more than enough time in

our homes, sedentary. Along with self-isolating

comes disruptions to our daily lives

and routines. We must be patient with ourselves

and others as we adjust to changing

times and returning to the slightest bit of

normalcy. Don’t worry; with perseverance

and courage, you’ll be back in those jeans

soon. Just remember it takes time.

Lastly, with summer right around

the corner, we get the opportunity to

spend time outside. Warm weather also

brings fresh fruits and vegetables to eat.

Consider visiting your local farmers market

to support our hardworking farmers.

Once you’ve picked up some delicious

produce, try throwing some fruits and

vegetables on the grill; they are tasty additions

to entrees and delectable snacks.

Enjoy some guiltless snacking! •

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Everyday Adventures


never planned to be a lifeguard in the

Smokies, but that’s just how it worked

out. My wife’s family used to own

some old cabins on a river near the

Great Smoky Mountains national park.

One of the most entertaining parts of vacationing

there was watching tubers go

down the rapids just upstream.

There was a big drop at the bottom,

and if the river was up, it could flip your

inner tube or at least take your breath

away. If the river was down, you could

get stuck.

Now there’s stuck and there’s stuck.

Most people would get hung up for a

minute, rock their tube from side-to-side,

eventually dislodge themselves and continue

on their way. But there were a few

people I saw over the years who weren’t

going anywhere without some help.

That’s where I came in.

I had two little girls who loved to

play for hours in the shallow side of the

rapids, building dams and floating sticks

downstream. That put me sitting awkwardly

on a nearby rock when people got

themselves into trouble. I tried to mind

my own business unless someone was really

in a jam, but then I’d do what I could

to help. Usually that meant rescuing a lost

tube or shoving someone free.

One poor young lady, however,

needed a whole other level of assistance.

I heard her screaming the second she hit

the rapids. Nothing unusual there. People

usually whooped and hollered as they

bobbed down the river.

But this girl kept yelling. That’s

when I knew there might be a problem.

Everyone in her group had made it

through the rapids just fine, but somehow

she’d gotten separated from the herd.

You see, just after the rapids, there’s

a bend in the river, where the stream

bounces off the side of a mountain. The

main current takes you left, away from

the cliff and down to a tranquil swimming


This tuber, however, got caught up

in a side current and went right, which

slammed her up against the mountain.

Now here she was stuck in a crook in the

river, staring at a sheer rock wall with the

current pushing against her. In her mind,

I’m sure, all hope was lost.

What she didn’t realize was all she

had to do was use her feet to shove off

from the rock and she’d be fine. She was

past the rapids and the current would

carry her downstream where her friends

were waiting for her.

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Facing the Mountain

In fact, if she’d turned around, she

would have seen her entire party had

stopped just a few hundred feet away.

They called to her, but their voices were

drowned out by the rush of the water.

The rapids must have really shaken

her up because by this point, she was

borderline hysterical. She kept wailing,

“They left me! They left me!”

I was on the other side of the river,

and waded out close enough where she

could hear my voice. The current was too

strong for me to cross without a tube, so

I calmly explained to her no one had left

her and she wasn’t trapped. All she had

to do was kick off with her feet, and she’d

be free.

But she wouldn’t listen. She just kept

crying that everyone had left her and she

didn’t know what to do. I took a deep

breath and explained it again. She was in

no danger. She wasn’t left behind, and it

would just take one push to set her free.

Again more crying. The mountain

and the current were more convincing

than anything I had to say. I took another

breath and tried again.

“You’re fine,” I said. “Everyone’s

waiting for you. Just push off in the other

direction and the river will do the rest.”

I’m not sure how long it took me,

but eventually I got through. She drew

back her feet and then shoved off as hard

as she could. A few minutes later she was

reunited with her family, and they moved

on downstream.

I didn’t blame her for losing it.

Sometimes when you’re up against a wall,

you can’t think straight. Life has a way

of shaking us up and slamming us into

some tight spots. We feel the pressure at

our backs, and all we can see is the mountain

looming in front of us. In our darkest

times, we may even feel abandoned,

thinking we’re in this mess totally alone.

In times like that, I’ve been thankful

for the lifeguards in my life, the people

The mountain and the current were more

convincing than anything I had to say. I took

another breath and tried again.

who’ve reminded me of the truth. We’re

not alone and we don’t have to stay stuck.

God is always with us, waiting for us to

push in His direction and let Him handle

the rest. When we’re facing the mountain,

we lose hope fast, but when we focus on

God, everything changes.

As James 4:8 puts it, “Come near to

God and he will come near to you” (NIV).

So if you’re up against a mountain

today, find someone who can remind

you of what’s true. There’s a God who

loves you, who’s waiting to lead you to

waters of life and peace. •

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