YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Working to protect the earth for future generations
As I sit here transcribing the interviews for this article, I hear a local TV commercial on in the background advertising water safety test kits for homeowners.
The commercial lists the ways the water we consume could be making us sick. This makes me wonder if the basic necessities of life have become unsafe in America.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Country Apples in the slow cooker
Can you believe we are almost into the holiday season? I have been getting requests for some easy recipes for the holidays using the slow cooker. Having everyone busy, busy, busy, we need all the help we can get.
A struggle between good and evil Oct. 31-Nov. 2 on Hatfield Hall stage
A tale of the struggle between good and evil as embodied in one man comes to the Hatfield Hall stage when Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Drama Club presents “Jekyll and Hyde” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The Swope presents poetry on borders, river-inspired artwork
The Swope Art Museum will present a night of poetry readings and introduce a new exhibition as part of its free “First Friday: Borderlands” event, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Symphony performance Nov. 2 to feature ‘Trumpet Concerto’
Rob Waugh, principal trumpet of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, will perform the famous “Hummel Trumpet Concerto” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tilson Auditorium.
‘Abraham’s Family’: New musical illuminates common ground, value of respect the three Abrahamic faiths can share
At a table inside a Denny’s in Terre Haute on a July night in 2012, a trio of theatrical writers conjured a bold idea.
They considered creating a musical based on the story of Abraham, a religious figure to whom three faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — trace their ancestries.
GRAPE SENSE: A great wine buy and an even better story of goodwill
A great story has long been an awesome ingredient to generating sales and goodwill. Often, we Midwesterners think we have the market cornered on those feel-good, helping-the-neighbor-out stories that move people — if not product.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Caramel apple cake an alternative to just apples
This is the season for caramel apples. I love them. But I don’t get them. They are hard on the teeth, at least mine. I guess that is why I like this cake. And with apples in season now, it is so easy to make.
Have a 'BASH this weekend!
Thursday's edition of the Tribune-Star's entertainment section is packed full of events! Check out our Halloween listings here, or pick up a copy to see what else is happening in the community!
Award-winning poet to read Oct. 28 at Rose-Hulman
National Book Award poet finalist Adrian Matejka will read selections from his popular books during a public reading session beginning at 4:20 p.m. on Monday.
See ‘Talley’s Folly’ Oct. 25-27 in smaller Oakley Theatre
Community Theatre of Terre Haute will present “Talley’s Folly” in the Oakley Theatre, the smaller setting at 1431 S. 25th St. The theater holds 75 people, with seating ringing three sides of the thrust stage. Opening night is Friday, followed by performances on Saturday and Sunday. Bill Carper, a board member and veteran actor and director, is directing the play.
Musical explorer: Quest to see the world is a full-circle journey for Marshall native Chris Bennett
Marshall lies 5,553 miles away from the mountains of Tahiti, far too distant to see from the French Polynesian island paradise.
The small Illinois town can’t be spotted from Germany, either. Or Los Angeles. Or Croatia.
Chris Bennett has performed in all those far-away places, and many others, but her heart needs no GPS to locate her hometown.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Recycling at the fair makes a notable difference
Fair time has come and gone, but there is one simple fact that remains after the rides have been packed up and the food vendors have driven away: The trash from fairgoers remains at the landfill. The amount of waste year after year sits in the landfill, until there is too much trash and a new landfill must be created.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: An old trusted jerky recipe
This jerky recipe is old. My grandmother would dry it in the oven. I have a dehydrator. I have done the drying both ways.
- Gary Allan rides high in country music’s expanding landscape
Composer Evan Chambers to headline ISU’s Oct. 23-25 music festival
Acclaimed composer Evan Chambers will headline Indiana State University’s 47th annual Contemporary Music Festival, which will run Wednesday through Oct. 25.
‘Healthy Halloween Hoedown’ Oct. 26 at Children's Museum
Children and the young-at-heart are invited to dust off their favorite costumes and mosey on down to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 26 for the “Healthy Halloween Hoedown.”
Legends of the Valley: Region has its share of spooky stories and paranormal tales
“It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, it’s all together ooky,” the Wa-bash Va-al-ley!
Believe it or not — words similar to the old “Addams’ Family” TV show theme song are not far from truth in describing this region that seems to have a high concentration of the paranormal in its legends and modern-day stories — from documented bigfoot sightings, to a long-distance phone call made from inside a tomb, to a ghost at a cemetery you meet after climbing 100 steps — if you dare to count them!
GRAPE SENSE: Mild days in October perfect to clear shelves of summer wines
Leaves are turning yellow and they’re soon to be glorious red and brown so can the frost on the pumpkin be far behind?
It’s a gloriously beautiful time in vineyards across the Midwest as grape harvest has been under way for three to four weeks with another week or two likely in some areas.
But don’t leave summer behind just yet.
CHRIS DAVIES: Serious about swimming? Check out Total Immersion
Asking someone if they can swim is a lot like asking me if I can golf. Sure, I can do it, but it’s not a pretty sight. Most adults can swim, but they resemble someone in a state of controlled drowning.
New, classic songs inspired by Wabash fill newest album
Passion for the Wabash River runs deep in Indiana. That reality has become obvious during Terre Haute’s 2013 Year of the River celebration and through the creation of “The Wabash: Volume II.”
Marshall native brings sounds of Tahiti album, diverse career back home
It’s no wonder Chris Bennett’s voice sounds as soothing as ocean waves hitting the beach at low tide on her latest album, “Sail Away.”
She recorded the compilation in Tahiti.
Parke County readies for Covered Bridge Festival
The 57th Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, one of Indiana’s largest festivals, starts Friday and runs through Oct. 20. The event will include activities and events countywide and feature 31 historic covered bridges.
‘Writing is an act of faith ...’ Visiting writer E.B. White, in Brooklin, Maine
BROOKLIN, MAINE — This town of 820 souls sits in the middle of a wonderful nowhere, its craggy toes dangling from rock ledges that hover above the blue Atlantic. For a place that doesn’t seem to have much going on, it has plenty to see, so one day this summer, my wife and I, a week or so into our New England journey, hoped to find the home of writer E.B. White, who lived nearby for over half a century.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Where is your bag? Grocery stores working to reduce plastic footprint
On my drive to and from work, or on a walk downtown, I can always find a plastic bag caught in something, whether it is a tree, shrub or being suppressed by landscaping mulch. The average person uses more than 500 plastic bags per year, yet only 11 percent of them are recycled. The City of Santa Barbara, Calif., has been aggressively fighting the use of plastic bags since 2007 by asking residents, “Where is your bag?”
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Mother used paw-paws; today we use bananas
When we were young (there’s five of us), we couldn’t afford bananas very often. But we went to the woods to gather paw-paws. If you don’t know what paw-paws are, they taste like bananas.
World-renowned jazz guitarist/singer coming to Rose
Playful crooner and jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and the John Pizzarelli Quartet take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday as Hatfield Hall’s Performing Arts Series continues at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Before the show, sponsored by Wise Pies Pizza & Subs, the first 200 ticketholders can enjoy a complimentary slice of pizza, beginning at 6:45 p.m., as part of a special “Pizza and Pizzarelli” pre-show event.
Grammy nominated performer returns for hometown show
Chris Bennett will bring a world of music to her hometown Oct. 10, literally.
She co-wrote the Grammy nominated song, “Theme from Midnight Express” for that 1978 movie, worked with singers Jim Nabors and Dean Martin while in graduate school at UCLA, caught attention for her lead vocals (and album cover photo) with the disco band Munich Machine, sang backup for Rita Coolidge and Johnny Mathis, written a musical, and toured as a jazz singer-pianist from New York to Europe. In 2010, she released the cool “Sail Away,” her 12th solo album.
Learn about ‘The Pearl Fishers’ at library
“The Pearl Fishers,” a documentary film by Jens Lund and Dillon Bustin, will be shown from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the lower-level meeting rooms of the Vigo County Public Library.
Lessons of the Holy Land: New book explores geographic impact of small, but significant place
The appeal of a book based on the geography of a small stretch of land 4,000 years ago might seem limited.
The key is location, location, location, as a real-estate agent might say.
The focal point of a new release involving Terre Haute authors and editors is a place 50 miles wide and 145 miles long — about 10,000 square miles total, or the size of Vermont. The story of that state in 2000 B.C. might garner a niche audience.
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