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Unique finds from 25 local artisans<br />

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7 | FLASHBACK<br />

Hot Summer Day<br />

8 | A WALK IN THE GARDEN WITH BOB HILL<br />

Hoosier History - and Hay<br />

11 | A NOTE TO BABY BOOMERS<br />

Generation to Generation<br />

25 | REAL LIFE NUTRITION<br />

Guiltless Snacking<br />

30 | EVERYDAY ADVENTURES<br />

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A Walk in the Garden with Bob Hill<br />

Hoosier History - and Hay<br />

One thing I’ve always liked<br />

about living in <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

is that you can drive<br />

about 30 miles in almost any<br />

direction and travel back about 200<br />

years into Hoosier and American history.<br />

Such was the case on a recent<br />

visit to O’Bannon Woods State Park<br />

on the Ohio River southwest of Corydon,<br />

where happenstance met history<br />

and a three-story 1850s hay press.<br />

The park is about as southcentral<br />

as <strong>Indiana</strong> gets, right there<br />

where the mostly ambling Blue River<br />

drains into the Ohio River. Our visit<br />

wasn’t all random journey, although<br />

we are prone to just taking off on a<br />

Sunday afternoon wandering back<br />

roads leading through small towns,<br />

old cemeteries, deep woods and rolling<br />

farm fields in search of whatever<br />

progress left us in its wake.<br />

On this trip, we headed somewhat<br />

directly into O’Bannon Woods<br />

– after first pursuing a bald eagle nest<br />

further up the road whose residents<br />

were still at home.<br />

We wanted to meet Hoosier history<br />

head-on at O’Bannon with its<br />

pioneer farmstead, nature center, hay<br />

press, rock garden, ponds, wetlands,<br />

horse trails, oxen and miniature donkeys.<br />

It’s all there in Harrison County,<br />

where John Hunt Morgan brought<br />

Civil War to <strong>Indiana</strong> and where Cold<br />

Friday Road leads into Cold Friday<br />

Hollow – and not too far from Pophins<br />

Hollow, Gas Well Hollow and<br />

Haunted Hollow.<br />

As it turns out, Cold Friday<br />

Road runs over Potato Run Creek.<br />

Further legend-investigation showed<br />

that Cold Friday Road was so named<br />

after the body of some stranger who<br />

had been walking in the woods was<br />

found along the road on what was<br />

apparently a very cold day. And, yes,<br />

a Friday. See what you find when you<br />

amble slowly through Hoosier history?<br />

O’Bannon Park’s previous name<br />

– honoring a Native American tribe<br />

shoved out of the Ohio River Valley<br />

into Oklahoma more than 200 years<br />

ago – was a little clumsy: The Wyandotte<br />

Woods State Recreation Area.<br />

Its name was changed in 2004 to<br />

honor the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon,<br />

a 1948 graduate of Corydon High<br />

8 • <strong>July</strong>/Aug <strong>2021</strong> • <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> <strong>Living</strong><br />

School who served two years in the<br />

Air Force and earned his law degree<br />

from <strong>Indiana</strong> University in 1957. He<br />

became a state senator and twiceelected<br />

governor who actually cared<br />

about getting along with, and helping,<br />

the people he served. After his<br />

death in 2003, about 3,000 homefolks<br />

attended his funeral visitation<br />

and service in Corydon. That alone<br />

tells you something: He never forgot<br />

where he came from.<br />

The roughly 2,300-acre<br />

O’Bannon Woods State Park offers a<br />

fine mix of rolling woods, canoeing,<br />

camping, hiking, birding and biking<br />

– and really doesn’t get enough credit<br />

for all that. If spelunking floats your<br />

boat, there’s plenty of watery caves in<br />

the region, too.<br />

A 7-foot tall Ox at O’Bannon Woods State Park<br />

The area had been severely<br />

logged over by the early 1900s, then<br />

reforested during the Depression by<br />

the Civilian Conservation Corp., including<br />

one of the few African American<br />

CCC companies in those segregated<br />

times.<br />

The reforestation has worked<br />

well. The park’s hills are now covered<br />

in 90-year-old trees, adding a sense<br />

of adventure as we wandered down<br />

toward the nature center and Ohio<br />

River. It was just fun to drive into the<br />

place.<br />

It was a slow tourist day and we<br />

lucked into an interpretive naturalist<br />

named Jim Lynch who invited us<br />

into the nature center and then into<br />

the 1850s barn with the hay press.<br />

The original barn was built in the old<br />

Leavenworth before Abe Lincoln –<br />

who lived 14 youthful years in <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

not too far down the road – became<br />

president.<br />

The barn was moved and reconstructed<br />

in O’Bannon Woods about<br />

20 years ago. To gaze up and across<br />

all those old, slightly twisted weathered<br />

beams, to wonder at those who<br />

first cut them down and then shaved,<br />

hammered and wrestled them into<br />

position was an education in itself.<br />

The hay press built inside it –<br />

and it’s only on working display<br />

a few times in the summer, so call<br />

ahead – was the direct result of need,<br />

On the way back, we<br />

stopped by a small barn<br />

and pasture where the<br />

two oxen, “Forrest” and<br />

“Gump,” relax when<br />

not pulling weights up<br />

the O’Bannon Woods<br />

hay chute. Each was<br />

the size of a minivan<br />

– in the 2,000- to<br />

2,500-pound range<br />

– and very friendly,<br />

nestling up to us.<br />

ingenuity and gravity.<br />

<strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong> had hay badly<br />

needed for horses, mules and donkeys<br />

in Louisville and downriver. To<br />

get it there, hand-cut hay, all timothy,<br />

was forked into the second floor of<br />

the barn from horse-drawn wagons<br />

pulled up a long dirt ramp.<br />

On the floor below, an ox – or<br />

maybe mule or horse – was hooked to<br />

a 350-pound weight that was pulled<br />

up into a rectangular chute to the<br />

third floor as a mule or horse below<br />

walked in a counter-clockwise circle.<br />

The new-cut hay was forked into a<br />

door in the chute, the weight dropped


onto the hay, flattening it into a bale.<br />

That would be repeated five or six<br />

times with each finished bale totaling<br />

about 350 pounds.<br />

To finish, the ox would then<br />

walk in a clockwise position turning<br />

a jackscrew against the bottom of the<br />

new bale, forcing the hay back up to<br />

the second floor into a tighter bundle,<br />

which was hand-tied with heavy<br />

twine.<br />

Before all that was invented in<br />

about 1843, new-cut hay was just<br />

tossed into a box and humans would<br />

jump up and down on it to flatten it<br />

into a bale, possibly another reason<br />

for large pioneer families.<br />

The finished bales were then<br />

sent down a long chute from the barn<br />

to boats waiting on the Ohio River to<br />

float the hay to Louisville. A video of<br />

all this is available online – just Google<br />

“O’Bannon Woods State Park.”<br />

Our journey into O’Bannon<br />

Woods didn’t end in the old barn,<br />

however. We continued down the<br />

road to the Ohio River, Kentucky just<br />

across the river, a small nature preserve<br />

at our feet.<br />

On the way back, we stopped by<br />

a small barn and pasture where the<br />

two oxen, “Forrest” and “Gump,” relax<br />

when not pulling weights up the<br />

O’Bannon Woods hay chute. Each<br />

was the size of a mini-van – in the<br />

2,000- to 2,500-pound range – and<br />

very friendly, nestling up to us and<br />

looming over us, with sincere affection,<br />

if not a search for food.<br />

Their nearby partners, miniature<br />

donkeys, didn’t have the affectionate<br />

thing down quite as well. Sadly – as<br />

I learned in a follow-up phone call –<br />

Forrest recently died, leaving the hay<br />

press-pulling to Gump for the time<br />

being.<br />

Timing, especially on adventure<br />

travel trips, is everything. •<br />

About the Author<br />

Former Courier-Journal<br />

columnist Bob Hill<br />

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fun, good friends and<br />

the life he and his wife,<br />

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Generation to Generation<br />

A Note to Baby Boomers<br />

We are not our parents.<br />

Quit acting like them.<br />

A TV commercial<br />

tries to sell us that advice<br />

– along with insurance. Mom and<br />

Dad had their ways, cringe-worthy<br />

and otherwise.<br />

We should have our own, goes<br />

the spiel. And ours should include<br />

switching to whom to pay those interminable<br />

premiums.<br />

Did my folks get insurance<br />

wrong? Do, or did, yours? What else<br />

do, or did, they mess up?<br />

Do my parents, long deceased,<br />

remain my role models? Do yours?<br />

At what point is it fair – indeed if not<br />

wise – to chart our own course?<br />

Those are questions without easy<br />

answers. Plus like me, you may be a<br />

parent yourself and even a grandparent.<br />

Retiring and growing old affords<br />

us the chance to gear down, to step<br />

back. Responsibility becomes a fourletter<br />

word.<br />

Clipping toenails was as challenging<br />

as last Wednesday got for me.<br />

Yet our commitment continues<br />

to help kids and grandkids. We hold<br />

Pollyanna-like hope that they will<br />

listen or simply pick up something.<br />

Pass downs need not be profound.<br />

Like me, my kids love most dogs<br />

more than many people. Like me, my<br />

kids live a good life in our area and<br />

believe no other pastures greener.<br />

Like me, my kids find no reason for<br />

liver and onions to exist.<br />

About none of this have I held<br />

my breath. I like to think I lead by example.<br />

Then again, I like to think I can<br />

sit out in the sun and avoid the hellacious<br />

skin cancer that killed Dad.<br />

I was my parents’ smartest child because<br />

I was their only one.<br />

No doubt those TV commercial<br />

makers would double down how<br />

generations should change with the<br />

times. Hard to argue, or is it?<br />

My generation buys shoelaces –<br />

if they still can be found – more than<br />

shoes. My generation prefers actual<br />

conversations to texts. My generation<br />

helps deliver COVID-19 vaccinations<br />

instead of shunning them.<br />

My generation still attends<br />

church, still watches network TV, still<br />

rents safe deposit boxes at the bank.<br />

My generation still holds dear baseball,<br />

still prefers doctor visits be face<br />

to face.<br />

And my generation finds it<br />

tough to give up relationships with<br />

insurance agents that are familiar<br />

faces who have come through in the<br />

clutch. Ours are not far-flung strangers<br />

on the other end of a cellphone<br />

app.<br />

In other words, my generation<br />

realizes that, ultimately, service usually<br />

matters more than price.<br />

What’s so foolish, all that impractical,<br />

about any of that?<br />

Old versus new or old versus<br />

young, we clutch to the upsides of the<br />

status quo or should die trying. Sure,<br />

my generation can be All-American<br />

cranks. We hold grudges about how<br />

much Big Macs cost and how little<br />

hearing aid batteries last.<br />

What I love most about us seniors,<br />

though, is that we love more<br />

easily than we hate. Opponents are<br />

not enemies. We give others the benefit<br />

of the doubt. We let stuff slide and<br />

head for a nap.<br />

Confrontation takes energy, after<br />

all. Love is better for the blood pressure.<br />

My parents came from way<br />

different backgrounds. Their paths<br />

crossed by divine guidance or astounding<br />

luck. They remained different<br />

people with a common love,<br />

an unbreakable bond. They deserved<br />

longer together.<br />

Nonetheless, they provided me<br />

with example after example of how<br />

to survive out there and to be decent<br />

to others along with way.<br />

Thank God I didn’t, and don’t,<br />

figure it wrong to do right by my<br />

parents’ memory. If anything, I wish<br />

I was more like them. Sorry, TV commercial<br />

people. My old-school insurance<br />

guy and I will partner on.<br />

My parents would appreciate<br />

that I still subscribe to not one but<br />

two hold-in-your-hands newspapers.<br />

They would like that I begin each<br />

possible day at the gym and end it in<br />

bed in the very house in which they<br />

raised me.<br />

They would be proud how I<br />

avoid debt about as fiercely as they<br />

did. And they would welcome that<br />

I chose decently well the lifestyle I<br />

picked up from their mistakes – no<br />

smoking, no incessant card-playing<br />

with the boys.<br />

Such is history, isn’t it? We ever<br />

learn. We often improve. We never<br />

reach perfection. We lecture those<br />

who come after. More importantly,<br />

we demonstrate.<br />

Sometimes we actually know<br />

that we demonstrate.<br />

So, do my kids, your kids, truly<br />

need schooling in how not to act like<br />

My generation still attends church, still watches<br />

network TV, still rents safe deposit boxes at the<br />

bank. My generation still holds dear baseball, still<br />

prefers doctor visits be face to face.<br />

us? Have we done them more harm<br />

than good?<br />

Here I go again with the<br />

questions.<br />

I just read a novel about a good<br />

father whose once-good daughter,<br />

college aged, has run away. The<br />

dad is beside himself, tortured by<br />

everything he ever did or said. These<br />

nightmares really happen, of course,<br />

stunned families left to grieve and to<br />

wonder.<br />

As parents and grandparents<br />

we do our best and pray that the best<br />

somehow does the trick. I check daily<br />

on my grown-up kids and their kids.<br />

When they are happy, I am happy.<br />

They usually are happy. They<br />

usually reflect their upbringing. I<br />

trust that is no coincidence.<br />

Our challenge continues as long<br />

as we do. •<br />

After 25 years, Dale Moss<br />

retired as <strong>Indiana</strong> columnist for<br />

The Courier-Journal. He now<br />

writes weekly for the News and<br />

Tribune. Dale and his wife Jean<br />

live in Jeffersonville in a house<br />

that has been in his family<br />

since the Civil War. Dale’s e-<br />

mail is dale.moss@twc.com<br />

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Cover Story<br />

Backroads Market<br />

Find something unique on the backroads of <strong>Southern</strong> <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

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Story by Darian Decker<br />

Photos by Michelle Hockman


Abby Taylor knew that she<br />

was meant to open a shop<br />

and she trusted that it<br />

would happen. “I just felt<br />

like if God told me to do something,<br />

I’m going to do it and it’s going to<br />

happen because He told me that.”<br />

Backroads Market opened in<br />

early October 2020 in the middle of<br />

a pandemic. Taylor originally tried<br />

to open the shop in another town,<br />

but faced roadblock after roadblock.<br />

“We came to Corydon and saw that<br />

the building was for sale – it took us a<br />

lot longer than we had even planned<br />

on to get into the building. … I just<br />

didn’t let it get me down”<br />

Her persistence and resilience<br />

paid off – the shop opened on Oct. 3.<br />

Backroads Market is a place<br />

where twenty-five local vendors sell<br />

their goods. They have crocheters,<br />

glass mosaic artists, painters,<br />

photographers, those who repurpose<br />

furniture, wood burners, jewelry<br />

makers, floral artists and more.<br />

The vendors are also able to do<br />

personalization on a lot of the work,<br />

which Taylor said the customers love.<br />

Taylor herself is a painter and<br />

has been for 30-plus years, starting<br />

as early as 6 and going to craft shows<br />

with her mom as a young teen. The<br />

store idea came from her love of art,<br />

but also her love of all things artsy in<br />

general.<br />

“Growing up when I went with<br />

my parents to artsy towns, that was<br />

just so much fun to me to go into<br />

all the little shops,” Taylor said. “I<br />

almost envied the shop owners that<br />

that’s what they got to do for a job. It<br />

was the coolest thing ever.”<br />

Taylor said her mom has always<br />

been incredibly encouraging when it<br />

comes to her artwork and was one<br />

person who really believed in her,<br />

which helped her believe in herself.<br />

Taylor “piloted” the store, so to<br />

speak, in 2017. She and her cousin<br />

held an open-air festival along<br />

the river in Leavenworth, inviting<br />

different vendors to sell their goods.<br />

“That’s how we got the core<br />

start of our vendors,” Taylor said.<br />

“We had such a good response with<br />

the festival, so when I sent out the<br />

message and said we’re thinking<br />

about the storefront and 20-plus<br />

people said, ‘Heck yea,’ I thought,<br />

‘OK, well maybe this is a thing.’”<br />

The name actually came from<br />

the festival as well. “We needed a<br />

different name that nobody else had<br />

used and I was like, ‘Well, you’ve got<br />

to go through some backroads to get<br />

Backroads Market is a place where<br />

twenty-five local vendors sell their goods.<br />

They have crocheters, glass mosaic<br />

artists, painters, photographers, those<br />

who repurpose furniture, wood burners,<br />

jewelry makers, floral artists and more.<br />

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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.<br />

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

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

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“Being that I’m an artist myself, I love the appreciation<br />

for what we do. It’s handmade and local and you’re<br />

supporting a small business – you’re actually supporting 25<br />

of them when you shop at our shop.”<br />

- Abby Taylor, Owner of Backroads Market<br />

to the market … there you have it, so<br />

fancy,” Taylor laughed.<br />

The festival had over 1,000 attendees<br />

and was a huge success.<br />

Though the original vendors<br />

came from the festival, Taylor said<br />

they find new vendors in a variety<br />

of ways now that the shop is open.<br />

Sometimes it’s a customer, a recommendation<br />

from a friend or a message<br />

through social media.<br />

“Being that I’m an artist myself,<br />

I love the appreciation for what we<br />

do,” Taylor said. “It’s handmade and<br />

local and you’re supporting a small<br />

business – you’re actually supporting<br />

25 of them when you shop at our<br />

shop.”<br />

Taylor said she thinks everything<br />

from the vendors is cool, but<br />

she has a few items she pointed out,<br />

including the pottery, the glass mosaics,<br />

and the wood burning and turning.<br />

This art, created by Eric Voyles,<br />

has a lengthy process to completion.<br />

“For some of these bowls, he has<br />

to let that wood sit for a year before<br />

he can turn it because he doesn’t want<br />

that wood to crack,” Taylor said. “He<br />

has this picture of the Salem courthouse<br />

– every little brick he’s burned<br />

into that wood. It’s just amazing attention<br />

to detail.”<br />

Taylor said she always tells customers<br />

she tries to stay behind the<br />

counter, because she loves all the<br />

shop items so much.<br />

“I truly, truly love it all,” she<br />

said. “They’re [vendors] just so talented.”<br />

Some of Taylor’s own items are<br />

also available for purchase.<br />

“One of the hard things about<br />

running the business is that I don’t<br />

have nearly enough time to create,”<br />

she said. “But there are some items on<br />

the floor and there’s a mural behind<br />

the counter that I was able to paint.”<br />

The shop is just one of the many<br />

things taking up Taylor’s time. She’s<br />

a mom, a wife, preschool director at<br />

her church, and she runs the business.<br />

At the shop, she is every job in one<br />

including marketing, working at the<br />

register, doing displays and bringing<br />

on new vendors.<br />

“Personally, you have no clue<br />

what you’re getting into when you<br />

open a business so you’re all the<br />

things for all the people,” Taylor said.<br />

“But, I love what I do so I get up and<br />

do it every day and don’t plan to<br />

stop.”<br />

She doesn’t seem to be slowing<br />

down anytime soon, already thinking<br />

about the future of Backroads Market.<br />

On top of wanting to put on a second<br />

open-air festival, she would also love<br />

to host classes taught by some of<br />

the vendors. Two of her ideas were<br />

a wood burning class or making a<br />

suncatcher with a glass mosaic artist,<br />

which she thinks would give more<br />

appreciation of the process.<br />

“Every once in a while, you have<br />

a person that says, ‘Oh, I can do that’<br />

and you want them to, but you also<br />

want them to understand the process<br />

and everything that goes into it,” Taylor<br />

said.<br />

Really, Taylor is game for<br />

anything that allows the shop to grow<br />

and switch it up.<br />

“I’d love to invite new people<br />

in that can teach us something that<br />

maybe I don’t even know exists as an<br />

art form,” she said.<br />

Taylor always brings it back to<br />

her customers, though. Her main goal<br />

is making life easier on her customers<br />

and clients.<br />

“I want to be a help to people and<br />

make them feel like they didn’t just<br />

come here to buy something – they<br />

found a friend, they found somebody<br />

that’s helpful, and that they just leave<br />

happy and uplifted,” she said.<br />

As a Leavenworth resident,<br />

Taylor was a little worried about<br />

opening in a city she doesn’t live in,<br />

but she has nothing but good things<br />

to say about the people of Corydon.<br />

“I had a lady come in the first<br />

week we were open … she stepped<br />

in and threw her hands down on her<br />

knees and went ‘I am so glad you’re<br />

here’ and I said, ‘I’m so glad you’re<br />

here’ and then I spent the next 10<br />

minutes going, ‘Do I know her?’”<br />

Taylor said. “And I didn’t at all, she<br />

just said ‘I’m so glad this shop is here;<br />

our town needed something like this.<br />

We’re so excited that you’re here.’<br />

And that’s been the tone throughout.<br />

They’re so kind.” •<br />

The shop is open Thursday through<br />

Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and other<br />

hours occasionally. You can check them<br />

out on Facebook @backroadsmarketIN or<br />

on Instagram @backroadsmarketindiana.<br />

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Nostalgia surrounds a quaint<br />

yet bustling Norma Jean’s<br />

Ice Cream.<br />

Colorful chairs for<br />

children and adults line Muddy Fork,<br />

a small creek winding through Borden.<br />

Trees, moving water and picnic<br />

tables provide a picturesque backdrop<br />

for those passing through and<br />

most often, people seeking a sense of<br />

community.<br />

Norma Jean’s has all the throwback<br />

feels, from the friendly staff to<br />

the opportunity to indulge in a guilty<br />

pleasure, ice cream.<br />

The <strong>2021</strong> season marks the sixth<br />

for Norma Jean’s owners, Susan and<br />

Steve Williams.<br />

“I was born in Borden and most<br />

of my family graduated from Borden<br />

(High School),” said Susan. “I’ve<br />

lived here all my life and my husband<br />

moved here when he was 10. We love<br />

it because of the small-town community<br />

feel. I couldn’t imagine living in<br />

a city.”<br />

The booming popularity of Norma<br />

Jean’s Ice Cream, located off IN 60<br />

between New Albany and Salem, has<br />

steadily grown in a short time.<br />

“I love ice cream,” admitted Susan.<br />

“My grandmother was Norma<br />

Jean and my sister who passed away<br />

to cancer had the middle name Jean,<br />

so we knew we’d use the name Jean<br />

when we opened.”<br />

Borden natives who order the<br />

Hot Fudge Cake could feel like<br />

they’re going back in time. Norma<br />

Jean ran Village Pizza in Borden<br />

(where the Buckboard Diner is currently<br />

located) and served up the<br />

sweet treat, which has become the<br />

signature item on the menu. The Hot<br />

Fudge Cake features vanilla soft serve<br />

ice cream sandwiched between a pair<br />

of freshly made slices of devil’s food<br />

cake topped with hot fudge, whipped<br />

cream and a bright red cherry.<br />

“We also offer nostalgia food,”<br />

said Susan. “We have mini sliders,<br />

which we make fresh and our own<br />

chili coney sauce is made daily.”<br />

One of the most common phrases<br />

the staff hears is, “I had a place like<br />

this growing up.”<br />

“We continue to be amazed<br />

by the friendships we’ve made, the<br />

kids we’ve gotten to know. They are<br />

like family. It’s more than just a little<br />

business to us.”<br />

It’s hard not to find a favorite on<br />

the food menu. Last season, 20,000<br />

sliders were served. Onion rings are<br />

a hit along with the chili cheese fries.<br />

For good measure, the foot-long chili<br />

Matthew Herder enjoys a sweet treat<br />

cheese dog offers 12 inches of pure<br />

summertime flavor.<br />

A sign on the front of the building<br />

reads, “You can’t buy happiness,<br />

but you can buy ice cream.” This is<br />

where Norma Jean’s pleases many.<br />

“Milkshakes are one of our most<br />

popular items along with our handdipped<br />

ice cream,” said Susan.<br />

Brought in from Madison, Wisconsin,<br />

the hand-dipped options are<br />

so appealing from menu descriptions,<br />

they guarantee a return trip to<br />

test more flavors. Just reading each<br />

option leaves tongues to the pavement<br />

and eyebrows heightened. The<br />

Fat Elvis combines banana, peanut<br />

butter and chocolate chips while the<br />

Salted Carmel Extreme mixes salted<br />

caramel ice cream with sea salt fudge<br />

and cashews. Other options include<br />

the Ultimate Oreo (a boatload of<br />

Oreos), Mint Avalanche (loaded with<br />

Andes Chocolate Mints and Grasshopper<br />

cookies), Coconut Almond<br />

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A Nostalgic Treat<br />

Borden Ice Cream Shop offers the perfect spot for a summertime snack<br />

Story and photos by Brian Smith<br />

Bliss (chocolate and almonds in coconut<br />

flavors) and more. They’ll occasionally<br />

add seasonal options, with<br />

many customers eagerly awaiting the<br />

return of Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate<br />

Cherry Bomb and Bourbon Pecan<br />

flavored ice cream.<br />

“We went with a premium ice<br />

cream,” said Susan. “We have people<br />

who come from Jeffersonville, New<br />

Albany and Washington County who<br />

specifically want these hand-dipped<br />

flavors.”<br />

“We continue to be amazed by the friendships we’ve<br />

made, the kids we’ve gotten to know. They are like<br />

family. It’s more than just a little business to us.”<br />

- Susan Williams<br />

Owner, Norma Jean’s Ice Cream<br />

Ice cream comes served in a<br />

traditional cone, waffle cone or cup.<br />

They also offer soft-serve (and they<br />

can dip that, too) ice cream plus<br />

malts, floats, sundaes, tornadoes and<br />

the classic banana split.<br />

Success goes beyond business<br />

results for the Williams family.<br />

“It’s like a ministry for us,”<br />

Susan said. “When we opened, we<br />

had no idea it would get this big and<br />

it keeps growing. … For us, we love<br />

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the business side. To work as hard as<br />

our staff does, you obviously hope to<br />

make money, but it has afforded us<br />

the opportunity to help other people<br />

when they are in need.”<br />

Over the six seasons, the<br />

Williamses have given back to local<br />

support groups and schools and set<br />

up fundraiser opportunities. They are<br />

providing great on-the-job learning<br />

experiences for employees who<br />

come from local schools like Borden,<br />

Eastern, Salem and Floyd Central.<br />

Susan and Steve pour their<br />

hearts into the business, and Steve<br />

continues to work full time outside of<br />

Norma Jean’s. Having been around<br />

food service before, Susan knew<br />

she’d eventually come back to it after<br />

working in the legal industry.<br />

“We watched and waited for<br />

close to two years before we found<br />

the property where we are at,” she<br />

said. “I knew at an early age that I<br />

wanted to be in the food industry. It’s<br />

been a flurry. Truly unreal.”<br />

There is a lot of love and scoops<br />

that make the business successful.<br />

“We are so thankful and blessed<br />

by the staff that has passed through<br />

our shop over the past five years,”<br />

Susan said. “We wouldn’t be where<br />

we are without them!”<br />

Norma Jean’s is open during the<br />

week from 3 to 8 p.m. and open Saturday<br />

and Sunday for lunch through 8<br />

p.m. They offer drive-thru and walkup<br />

service and plenty of space to unwind<br />

near the creek.<br />

“The creek, the trees out back,<br />

the chairs and the tables; it’s quite a<br />

nice little spot to enjoy with families,”<br />

said Susan.<br />

Plus, a tasty chili dog complimented<br />

by a milkshake checks off the<br />

pleasure zones. •<br />

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Artist Spotlight<br />

On a knob overlooking the<br />

Ohio River, five miles up<br />

the hill from the historic<br />

town of Cannelton in Perry<br />

County, sits Blue Heron Vineyards<br />

and Winery. Breathtaking scenery,<br />

fine wines, vineyards, musical nights<br />

on the terrace and an exuberance of<br />

art are among the attractions of this<br />

quietly beautiful spot.<br />

Named after the magnificent<br />

bird that is almost an icon along this<br />

part of the Ohio River, the winery<br />

is owned by Lynn and Gary Dauby,<br />

both artists and retired teachers.<br />

The 33 acres of land that<br />

encompass the winery were formerly<br />

owned by Gary Dauby’s late father.<br />

“I spent my boyhood here – hunting,<br />

fishing, prowling the land. I know<br />

every inch of it,” Gary said. Gary’s<br />

late mother was Italian with several<br />

family members in the wine business.<br />

“It seemed like the obvious<br />

choice that when we retired from<br />

teaching, we would grow grapes<br />

and make wine on this land. My<br />

first cousin, Michael Pozzan, owns a<br />

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Blue Heron Vineyards & Winery<br />

A destination for wine and art lovers<br />

winery in Napa Valley, and distant<br />

relatives on my father’s side make<br />

Champagne Dauby in France,” Gary<br />

said.<br />

Gary and Lynn Dauby planted<br />

their first grapes in 1996 and obtained<br />

their license in 2008. Today their<br />

winery is thriving, part of the <strong>Indiana</strong><br />

Uplands AVA (American Viticultural<br />

Area).<br />

Gary and Lynn each have their<br />

own specialty in the winemaking<br />

process, which has had some bearing<br />

on their art.<br />

Gary, with a background in<br />

biology, oversees the vineyards.<br />

“Growing grapes involves being<br />

outdoors, wandering among the<br />

vines. You’re connected to the earth,”<br />

he said.<br />

Gary’s art is thoroughly rooted<br />

in the landscape. One thing he does<br />

is to search for downed limbs and<br />

branches with curious knots, twists<br />

and sense of character; he then trims,<br />

carves and finishes them as walking<br />

sticks, sometimes customizing them<br />

with various designs.<br />

Walking sticks by Gary Dauby<br />

Story by Judy Cato<br />

Photos by Lorraine Hughes<br />

He also creates environmental<br />

art: assemblages made from trash<br />

found along the riverbank. He brings<br />

these found objects to life – with<br />

some humor – by arranging them<br />

with materials natural to an aquatic<br />

environment.<br />

On one assemblage, he<br />

carved “Wine Price” onto a piece<br />

of driftwood, then attached his<br />

found objects: an arm and leg from<br />

someone’s discarded doll.<br />

“Most wine doesn’t actually cost<br />

an arm and a leg, but all this pollution<br />

may cost more than that,” Gary said.<br />

Winemaking is an art as well<br />

as a science, and winemakers make<br />

countless creative decisions when<br />

handcrafting a wine. Lynn’s talent<br />

lies in her palate – her ability to<br />

taste what the wine needs at various<br />

stages.<br />

As a former art teacher in Perry<br />

County schools for over 30 years,<br />

Lynn creates a lot of paintings that<br />

affirm the sense of taste and smell.<br />

Like countless artists through<br />

the centuries, she portrays fruit,


vegetables and food in her paintings,<br />

which work as visualizations for<br />

smell and taste.<br />

Lynn also enjoys painting the<br />

river and its environs. She recently<br />

painted a whole series of paintings of<br />

river artifacts. Her painting “Artifacts<br />

Past” depicts a cluster of crinoid fossil<br />

fragments. In her work “Modern Day<br />

Artifacts,” she portrays pieces of<br />

plastic dolls that washed ashore.<br />

The Daubys not only create art<br />

but give business to a variety of local<br />

artists. They hire a range of local<br />

and regional bands – jazz, folk, Irish,<br />

bluegrass – to play at their “Wine<br />

Over Water” evening concert series<br />

and “Music on the Patio” held in the<br />

afternoons.<br />

Danny Bolin, a photographer<br />

and graphic designer from nearby<br />

Tell City, creates the labels for their<br />

wine bottles. Their gift shop is a<br />

gallery that sells the work of local<br />

artists. The pottery of Nita Claise,<br />

an <strong>Indiana</strong> Artisan who also lives in<br />

Tell City, is used to serve food in their<br />

bed and breakfast. They have also<br />

commissioned celebrated Cannelton<br />

sculptor Greg Harris to create several<br />

large-scale pieces for the winery,<br />

including his Celtic cross that has<br />

contributed to the winery becoming<br />

an international destination.<br />

Every corner of this winery<br />

seems to hold some delightful<br />

surprise. Just off the patio, they have<br />

built a “snug,” a European type of<br />

pub that is the essence of coziness.<br />

The walls of their wine tasting room<br />

are lined with historical photographs<br />

and art. The vineyards, set by a<br />

lake and surrounded by an array of<br />

wildflowers, present an image of<br />

nature itself.<br />

Perhaps the biggest challenge<br />

still facing the Daubys at this stage<br />

in their lives, now that Blue Heron<br />

is well-established, is managing to<br />

successfully pass on this business to<br />

the next generation. They are hopeful.<br />

“Our son, Major Cassidy Dauby,<br />

a West Point graduate, will be retiring<br />

in about four years, and there is a<br />

strong possibility that he and his<br />

wife will take over the winery,” the<br />

Daubys said, smiling.<br />

They are already laying out<br />

some of the groundwork for this to<br />

happen. •<br />

For more information about Blue<br />

Heron Vineyards and Winery, visit<br />

blueheronvines.com.<br />

Every corner of this winery seems to hold some<br />

delightful surprise. Just off the patio, they have<br />

built a “snug,” a European type of pub that is<br />

the essence of coziness. The vineyards, set by a<br />

lake and surrounded by an array of wildflowers,<br />

present an image of nature itself.<br />

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

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

Lynn Dauby; (bottom, right) Vineyards at Blue Heron Winery<br />

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you have mentioned one of these<br />

sayings in the past year or so since CO-<br />

VID-19 stay at home orders have been enforced.<br />

Research claims that snacking has<br />

significantly increased since COVID-19<br />

lockdown orders, resulting in an average<br />

of a 7-pound weight gain among Americans<br />

this past year. As the world begins to<br />

open back up and we begin to return to<br />

outside activities, many of us are probably<br />

trying to figure out what in our closet still<br />

fits. Along with clothes fitting a little differently,<br />

many of you are ready to get active<br />

again and restart workout regimens.<br />

Though this can be frustrating and maybe<br />

even discouraging, it’s exciting that life is<br />

restoring back to normal. But I think it’s<br />

safe to say that snacking behavior still lingers.<br />

Allow me to help you make snacking<br />

a little more guiltless.<br />

Craving a crunch? Instead of snacking<br />

on your favorite chips and dip or<br />

cheese and crackers, add some crunchy<br />

vegetables in the mix, such as freshly<br />

sliced cucumber, baby carrots or some<br />

crisp thinly sliced bell peppers. These are<br />

great additions to hummus dip, spinach<br />

and artichoke dip, or even some delicious<br />

creamy ranch dressing. The vegetables<br />

may not hit the spot as well as your favorite<br />

tortillas, crackers or potato chips, so I<br />

want to suggest keeping those in the mix,<br />

too. As you attempt to wean yourself, start<br />

with half the amount of chips you would<br />

eat and swap the other half for a fresh fruit<br />

or vegetable! Work your way through<br />

eliminating processed foods instead of<br />

going cold turkey. In exchange, your body<br />

learns to crave more unprocessed food,<br />

ultimately leading to a healthier you. You<br />

are one step closer to getting back into<br />

those favorite jeans of yours.<br />

Got a sweet tooth? Consider pairing<br />

some semisweet or dark chocolate chips<br />

with your favorite berry! You know how<br />

raspberries have those little holes at the<br />

top? Stick a chocolate chip in there and<br />

enjoy a refreshing sweet delicacy packed<br />

with antioxidants and half the calories.<br />

Maybe you’re wishing for an ice cream<br />

like treat since it’s getting warm out. Use<br />

frozen fruit and blend it with a tablespoon<br />

of honey and a splash of milk or orange<br />

juice and bam, you’ve made yourself<br />

homemade sorbet. Shave a little coconut,<br />

almond or dark chocolate to garnish and<br />

Real Life Nutrition<br />

Guiltless Snacking<br />

Got a sweet tooth? Consider pairing some<br />

semisweet or dark chocolate chips with your<br />

favorite berry! You know how raspberries have<br />

those little holes at the top? Stick a chocolate chip<br />

in there and enjoy a refreshing sweet delicacy<br />

packed with antioxidants and half the calories.<br />

you have turned your kitchen into a gourmet<br />

dessert shop.<br />

Snacking should never be deemed<br />

“bad.” So, happily accept that healthy<br />

snacks between meals can help you with<br />

portion control, satiety and eating a good<br />

variety to deliver the vitamins, nutrients<br />

and minerals that our bodies need to carry<br />

out a healthy active lifestyle. Snacks are<br />

great for entertaining and/or preserving<br />

an appetite before mealtimes while cooking<br />

or waiting for the food to finish cooking.<br />

Let’s also remember to be kind to<br />

ourselves as COVID-19 has been a whirlwind<br />

for us all. Between working from<br />

home, quarantining, online school and<br />

practicing social distancing, we have all<br />

probably spent more than enough time in<br />

our homes, sedentary. Along with self-isolating<br />

comes disruptions to our daily lives<br />

and routines. We must be patient with ourselves<br />

and others as we adjust to changing<br />

times and returning to the slightest bit of<br />

normalcy. Don’t worry; with perseverance<br />

and courage, you’ll be back in those jeans<br />

soon. Just remember it takes time.<br />

Lastly, with summer right around<br />

the corner, we get the opportunity to<br />

spend time outside. Warm weather also<br />

brings fresh fruits and vegetables to eat.<br />

Consider visiting your local farmers market<br />

to support our hardworking farmers.<br />

Once you’ve picked up some delicious<br />

produce, try throwing some fruits and<br />

vegetables on the grill; they are tasty additions<br />

to entrees and delectable snacks.<br />

Enjoy some guiltless snacking! •<br />

Image: Valentina_G / shutterstock.com<br />

By Kaela Jackson,<br />

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Everyday Adventures<br />

I<br />

never planned to be a lifeguard in the<br />

Smokies, but that’s just how it worked<br />

out. My wife’s family used to own<br />

some old cabins on a river near the<br />

Great Smoky Mountains national park.<br />

One of the most entertaining parts of vacationing<br />

there was watching tubers go<br />

down the rapids just upstream.<br />

There was a big drop at the bottom,<br />

and if the river was up, it could flip your<br />

inner tube or at least take your breath<br />

away. If the river was down, you could<br />

get stuck.<br />

Now there’s stuck and there’s stuck.<br />

Most people would get hung up for a<br />

minute, rock their tube from side-to-side,<br />

eventually dislodge themselves and continue<br />

on their way. But there were a few<br />

people I saw over the years who weren’t<br />

going anywhere without some help.<br />

That’s where I came in.<br />

I had two little girls who loved to<br />

play for hours in the shallow side of the<br />

rapids, building dams and floating sticks<br />

downstream. That put me sitting awkwardly<br />

on a nearby rock when people got<br />

themselves into trouble. I tried to mind<br />

my own business unless someone was really<br />

in a jam, but then I’d do what I could<br />

to help. Usually that meant rescuing a lost<br />

tube or shoving someone free.<br />

One poor young lady, however,<br />

needed a whole other level of assistance.<br />

I heard her screaming the second she hit<br />

the rapids. Nothing unusual there. People<br />

usually whooped and hollered as they<br />

bobbed down the river.<br />

But this girl kept yelling. That’s<br />

when I knew there might be a problem.<br />

Everyone in her group had made it<br />

through the rapids just fine, but somehow<br />

she’d gotten separated from the herd.<br />

You see, just after the rapids, there’s<br />

a bend in the river, where the stream<br />

bounces off the side of a mountain. The<br />

main current takes you left, away from<br />

the cliff and down to a tranquil swimming<br />

hole.<br />

This tuber, however, got caught up<br />

in a side current and went right, which<br />

slammed her up against the mountain.<br />

Now here she was stuck in a crook in the<br />

river, staring at a sheer rock wall with the<br />

current pushing against her. In her mind,<br />

I’m sure, all hope was lost.<br />

What she didn’t realize was all she<br />

had to do was use her feet to shove off<br />

from the rock and she’d be fine. She was<br />

past the rapids and the current would<br />

carry her downstream where her friends<br />

were waiting for her.<br />

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Facing the Mountain<br />

In fact, if she’d turned around, she<br />

would have seen her entire party had<br />

stopped just a few hundred feet away.<br />

They called to her, but their voices were<br />

drowned out by the rush of the water.<br />

The rapids must have really shaken<br />

her up because by this point, she was<br />

borderline hysterical. She kept wailing,<br />

“They left me! They left me!”<br />

I was on the other side of the river,<br />

and waded out close enough where she<br />

could hear my voice. The current was too<br />

strong for me to cross without a tube, so<br />

I calmly explained to her no one had left<br />

her and she wasn’t trapped. All she had<br />

to do was kick off with her feet, and she’d<br />

be free.<br />

But she wouldn’t listen. She just kept<br />

crying that everyone had left her and she<br />

didn’t know what to do. I took a deep<br />

breath and explained it again. She was in<br />

no danger. She wasn’t left behind, and it<br />

would just take one push to set her free.<br />

Again more crying. The mountain<br />

and the current were more convincing<br />

than anything I had to say. I took another<br />

breath and tried again.<br />

“You’re fine,” I said. “Everyone’s<br />

waiting for you. Just push off in the other<br />

direction and the river will do the rest.”<br />

I’m not sure how long it took me,<br />

but eventually I got through. She drew<br />

back her feet and then shoved off as hard<br />

as she could. A few minutes later she was<br />

reunited with her family, and they moved<br />

on downstream.<br />

I didn’t blame her for losing it.<br />

Sometimes when you’re up against a wall,<br />

you can’t think straight. Life has a way<br />

of shaking us up and slamming us into<br />

some tight spots. We feel the pressure at<br />

our backs, and all we can see is the mountain<br />

looming in front of us. In our darkest<br />

times, we may even feel abandoned,<br />

thinking we’re in this mess totally alone.<br />

In times like that, I’ve been thankful<br />

for the lifeguards in my life, the people<br />

The mountain and the current were more<br />

convincing than anything I had to say. I took<br />

another breath and tried again.<br />

who’ve reminded me of the truth. We’re<br />

not alone and we don’t have to stay stuck.<br />

God is always with us, waiting for us to<br />

push in His direction and let Him handle<br />

the rest. When we’re facing the mountain,<br />

we lose hope fast, but when we focus on<br />

God, everything changes.<br />

As James 4:8 puts it, “Come near to<br />

God and he will come near to you” (NIV).<br />

So if you’re up against a mountain<br />

today, find someone who can remind<br />

you of what’s true. There’s a God who<br />

loves you, who’s waiting to lead you to<br />

waters of life and peace. •<br />

Jason Byerly is a writer, pastor, husband and<br />

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

his way every day. You can read more from<br />

Jason in his books Tales from the Leaf Pile and<br />

Holiday Road. You can catch up with Jason on<br />

his blog at www.jasonbyerly.com.


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