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No swimming pool was needed for this crowd gathered in New Albany on a warm summer
day decades ago. This snapshot was taken at the Blackston Mill Dam on Silver Creek in New
Albany, Indiana, sometime in the first half of the 20th century.
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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
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
– 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
Timing, especially on adventure
travel trips, is everything. •
About the Author
columnist Bob Hill
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fun, good friends and
the life he and his wife,
Janet, have created on
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near Utica in Southern
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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
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
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
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
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,
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
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 email@example.com
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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
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
“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
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
“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
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
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
said. “I knew at an early age that I
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There is a lot of love and scoops
that make the business successful.
“We are so thankful and blessed
by the staff that has passed through
our shop over the past five years,”
Susan said. “We wouldn’t be where
we are without them!”
Norma Jean’s is open during the
week from 3 to 8 p.m. and open Saturday
and Sunday for lunch through 8
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“The creek, the trees out back,
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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,”
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
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
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
at work, you retreat to your peaceful
bedroom for some much-needed
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
of a 7-pound weight gain among Americans
this past year. As the world begins to
open back up and we begin to return to
outside activities, many of us are probably
trying to figure out what in our closet still
fits. Along with clothes fitting a little differently,
many of you are ready to get active
again and restart workout regimens.
Though this can be frustrating and maybe
even discouraging, it’s exciting that life is
restoring back to normal. But I think it’s
safe to say that snacking behavior still lingers.
Allow me to help you make snacking
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
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
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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By Kaela Jackson,
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Nearly 150 people gathered for the National Day of Prayer commemoration in New Albany and honored God with their
voices and prayers. The event has been held in hundreds of communities across the country at noon on the first Thursday of
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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
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
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
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. •
Jason Byerly is a writer, pastor, husband and
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