Summer Fun: Coasters, Caves, and Canoes

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus is the definitive place to find the best thrill coasters in the Midwest. The park has four “adult” coasters: The Raven, which opened in 1995; The Legend, 2000; The Voyage, 2006; and the newest coaster, Thunderbird, which opened in 2015. They also have a kids’ coaster, TheContinue reading “Summer Fun: Coasters, Caves, and Canoes”

Everyday Adventures: Who Needs the Beach?

Several years ago I had the chance to attend a work conference in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Rough, I know, but it was not my idea. I got recruited into going. However, once I was invited on the trip, I kept thinking about one thing: how soon I could get to the beach.  After all,Continue reading “Everyday Adventures: Who Needs the Beach?”

Everyday Adventures: Hole in None

I once fell down trying to hit a golf ball. I’m not proud of it, but it happened. I needed P.E. credits in college and figured golf was an easy way to get them.  I was wrong.  Sure, my golf teacher wouldn’t have me out doing push ups and running laps, but the mental anguish ofContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: Hole in None”

In Awe of Nature: Local Artist Inspired by Landscape of SoIN

Landscape painter Abby Laux can walk to Patoka Lake Reservoir from her home and art studio, located on a wooded country road in Dubois County.  She and her husband, Kerry Lueken, both avid hikers, often do walk around the lake, absorbing the contours of the land, the rock formations and the woods as they changeContinue reading “In Awe of Nature: Local Artist Inspired by Landscape of SoIN”

Out and About: Lucas Oil Golf Course

Southern Indiana, known for its picturesque rolling hills near the Hoosier National Forest, offers quite the surroundings to set up a few days away from everyday life. Mining for gems at nearby Marengo Cave, a notable National Landmark, is common for spelunkers. When it comes to hitting the links, golfers often want to find hiddenContinue reading “Out and About: Lucas Oil Golf Course”

Cast in Bronze: Lost wax casting used to create original works of art

In a remote, forested area of Orange County, close to the Crawford County line, sculptor David Cox built – mostly by himself – his home, two studios, a gallery and his bronze foundry. This place that he shares with his partner, emerging artist Ann Burns, may not be the easiest place to get to, butContinue reading “Cast in Bronze: Lost wax casting used to create original works of art”

Health Heroes: Saint Meinrad Archabbey Infirmary Staff

The spirit of the Saint Meinrad Archabbey infirmary is one of calm and comfort. Like many other health-care facilities, it is filled with dedicated people and caring hearts. Many days are long and tiring, but the compassion is inspiring. Ann Phillips, director of health services, who manages the health clinic, wellness department and the infirmary,Continue reading “Health Heroes: Saint Meinrad Archabbey Infirmary Staff”

Everyday Adventures: A Winter Escape

I feel sorry for my wife because she usually has crummy birthday weather. As a midwest February baby, she’s lucky if it breaks sixty degrees. It’s often freezing, rainy or worse. One year she even got to celebrate with eight inches of snow on the ground. By the time my April birthday rolls around, however, theContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: A Winter Escape”

Wimsatt Soap Co. & Bath Boutique: Finding the perfect stocking stuffers and gifts

Paula Wimsatt beams when she talks about her small family-owned-and-operated business, Wimsatt Soap Co. & Bath Boutique. “I truly love handcrafting products that make people happy! I love the small hometown businesses in New Albany, Indiana,” she says. “We love our customers and the relationships that we have grown over the years. We treat everyoneContinue reading “Wimsatt Soap Co. & Bath Boutique: Finding the perfect stocking stuffers and gifts”

Everyday Adventures: The Star of Christmas

Putting the star on top of the Christmas tree is the greatest honor in yuletide decorating. Oh sure the lights are important, but there are a million lights. They’re a dime a dozen. And ornaments? Don’t even get me started. Who’s going to notice where you hang one of dozens of ornaments on your festiveContinue reading “Everyday Adventures: The Star of Christmas”