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This Week

Jan 27-Feb 2, 2015

Tuesday, January 27


Ice Carvers Meet and Greet

Free, 3:30-4:30 pm

Bard Room-outside

Morrisson-Reeves Library

80 North 6th Street

Richmond, In

765 966-8291


Sean Lamb and Mike Selke

Free, 6:30 pm

Little Sheba’s

175 Fort Wayne Avenue

Richmond, In

765 962-2999


Joe Wilkins, nonfiction reading

Free, 7:30-9 pm

Lilly Library

Earlham College

801 National Road West

Richmond, In

765 983-1373


Wednesday, January 28


Seaton School Concert

Free, 7-8:30 pm

Civic Hall

380 Hub Etchison Parkway

Richmond, In

765 973-3350


Rock & Roll Forever

By St. Mary School children

$5, 7 pm

South Dearborn High Auditorium

Rt. 350

Aurora, In

812 926-1558


Thursday, January 29


Open Mike

Free, 7 pm


123 East Main Street

Eaton, Oh

937 456-1381


Acoustic Entertainment

Free, 9 pm

Indian Creek Tavern

6206 Main Street

Reily, Oh

513 756-9400


Friday, January 30


Art Center Reception

2015 Member Exhibit

Visual Art Center of

  Preble County

Free, 6-8 pm

601 Hillcrest Drive

Eaton, Oh

937 456-3999


Celebrity Chili Cook-Off

$5 or $10, 5-7 pm

Morrisson-Reeves Library

80 North 6th Street

Richmond, In

765 966-8291


Meltdown Winter Festival

Free, all day

Various locations

Richmond, In



Marc Cantwil & the

Punch-Drunk Heroes

Free, 8 pm


123 East Main Street

Eaton, Oh

937 456-1381


Green De Ville Parry and the Gang

Free, 8 pm

Little Sheba’s

175 Fort Wayne Avenue

Richmond, In

765 962-2999


Muskett & Carnes

Free, 8 pm

Firehouse BBQ and Blues

400 N. 8th Street

Richmond, In

765 488-0312


Bric-a-Brac Band

$3, 9-11 pm

10 N. Foote Street

Cambridge City, In

260 251-9967


Interactions Singles

$6, 6-11 pm

Backstage Pass @ 8 pm

75 South 12th Street

Richmond, In

765 977-8242


New Balance with Ronnie Deaton

$8, 6 pm

Connersville Bluegrass MA

James Roberts Memorial Building

Roberts Park

Connersville, In

812 346-5215


Young Painters Competition Ceremony

Free, 4:30-6 pm

Hiestand Galleries

607 Maple Street

Oxford, Oh

513 529-2900


Saturday, January 31


Meltdown Winter Festival

Free, all day

Various locations

Richmond, In



Winter Farmers Market

Free, 11-2 pm

Elizabeth Starr Academy

301 North 19th Street

Richmond, In

765 993-8410


Guitarist Keith Lykins

Black Lodge Singers

Free, 1:30-4 pm

Morrisson-Reeves Library

80 North 6th Street

Richmond, In

765 966-8291


Chuck Avery Book Launch

Free, 2-4 pm

Morrisson-Reeves Library

80 North 6th Street

Richmond, In

765 966-8291


Moonlight Hike (Snow Moon)

$3, 7-8:30 pm

Hayes Arboretum

801 Elks Road

Richmond, In

765 962-3745


100 Proof Voodoo

Free, 8 pm


123 East Main Street

Eaton, Oh

937 456-1381


Nick Harless Band

Free, 9 pm

Firehouse BBQ and Blues

400 N. 8th Street

Richmond, In

765 488-0312


Scott Siefferman

Free, 8 pm

Little Sheba’s

175 Fort Wayne Avenue

Richmond, In

765 962-2999


Sunday, February 1


Tri-State Winter Market

$5, 9-4 pm

Lawrenceburg Event Center

91 Walnut Street

Lawrenceburg, In

513 353-4135


Faculty Recital

William Albin & Friends

Free, 3-5 pm

Hall Auditorium

Oxford, Oh

513 529-2900




2015 Members Exhibit

Visual Art Center of Preble County

Free, Tuesday-Friday 1- 5 pm

601 Hillcrest Drive

Eaton, Oh

937 456-3999

through March 13


What is this Feeling

Free, 10-10 pm

Leeds Gallery

Earlham College

801 National Road West

Richmond, In

765 983-1373

through February 6th


On Display!

Wildlife Art by

Corinna St. Martin and Julie Turner

Free, 10-5 pm

Centerville Public Library

126 E. Main Street

Centerville, In

765 855-5223


Snow fog
Pie in the Sky

Whitewater Valley 
Cemetery Trail

Whitewater Valley Archeological Trail

Creation of the Whitewater Valley Culinary Arts College with campuses throughout the Valley.

Valley educators teaching about covered bridges engineering and history.

A group with a Valley-wide scope and mission that actually practices collaboration.

A hiking trail system along the entire length of the Whitewater Valley on the Indiana side.

Whitewater Valley Hostel Association

Pocket Park system along creeks on property now publicly owned by townships or municipalities.

Little Detroit Museum in Connersville

Whitewater Valley Covered Bridge Trail

Cedar Grove Bridge Park

A designated bike trail with lots of loops throughout the Whitewater Valley.
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Professional level golf fun

   Our local professional golf hero is Bo Van Pelt who got his name on the second page of the leader board at the Masters this year before fading to par. Bo was born in Richmond and was trained, maybe is still being trained, by a pro from Oxford.

   What that means to you is there are enough golf courses in and around the Whitewater Valley to train like a pro. But if you just want to knock some around, you can also be comfortable with our local courses.

   At the Sagamore Resort on Brookville Lake is the 18-hole Buck Point Course. This Pete Dye-designed beauty is over 7000 acres of par 72 golf.

   Brookville has Brook Hill Golf Club on either side or Reservoir Road, north of SR1 as you head towards Blooming Grove. It is an 18-hole public par 71 course covering over 6,000 acres.

   Liberty Country Club is on US 27 about 16 miles north of Brookville. It is a par 70, 18-hole public course.

   Also 16 miles from Brookville but along Brookville Pike to Oxford, Ohio, then up Brown Road is Hueston Woods State Park Golf Course. It is listed as a municipal golf course. It is 18 holes with a par of 72 and since it is a state park there will be a gate admission.

   Willowbrook Country Club is open to the public in Connersville, a mere 18 miles from Brookville Lake. It features 18 holes and par for the course is 72.

   Cricket Hollow is public nine-hole facility on Pocket Road between Oldenburg and Batesville with a course par of 35.

Old channel bed
Whitewater River
West Fork

    Valley Pride

    According to a hydrography map, the watersheds of the Great Miami River include Preble, Butler Hamilton counties in Ohio and Wayne, Fayette, Union, Franklin and parts of Ripley and Dearborn counties in Indiana. 

    This means our Whitewater River is seen as merely a tributary of the Miami River, but we know it is what makes the Miami Great.

(Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MiamiRivers_watershed.png if you don’t believe me.)

Wilbur Wright,
One famous Whitewater Valley man

Second call for hostels

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   We had a few esponses to our Facebook question which wasn't posed as a question but a request. The request was to read thoughtfully and perhaps for the second time Hustling for Hostels. It's in Issue 66 which you can access by scrolling down a bit in the column to the right.

    The point is, creating a Whitewater Valley Hostel Association is a good idea. It should be done through an organization with a scope large enough to encompass all counties in the Valley.

    Wonder who that could be?

Early September 
Photo Essay:

Glidewell Mound 
and beach path


    Traveling through the gate of Mounds SRA and past the turnoff to the camping area, Mounds Beach Road slithers down to the beach beside large shoulders of mown grass on either side.  

    The lawn sometimes sports picnic tables in cozy spots like under the green eaves of a small blue spruce grove. 

    An estuary formed by one of the fingers of the lake is the temporary home of a flock of migrating or formerly migrating Canada Geese. 

    They converge on the strip of sand that begins to grow into the ample beach at the Mounds SRA. We assume the beach sand has been augmented by several hundred truckloads of store-bought sand. 

    Sunbathers have the beach almost to themselves on a Friday afternoon in early September. The air still has all the force of summer though in a week’s time nightly temperatures would drop into the 40s and the air become tinged with the clarity of imminent change—the coming of winter. 

    The only active boats in the vicinity are two jet skies patrolling close to shore near the beach before taking off around Glidewell Point. The Glidewell Mound overlooks this ancient river bed now filled with surplus water. 

    A thin path between the waving grasses heads to a strip of natural beach which itself winds around a corner and heads around a lagoon still spiked by the trees that were drowned when the lake was created. 

    If you follow the gravel shore around the lagoon you could reach the Fairfield trail connecting by foot the Fairfield Causeway to Mounds Beach Road just at the point where the Glidewell Trail begins. 


    The Glidewell Trail is not part of the Adena Trace Hiking Trail system. Both Fairfield Trail and Templeton Trail are. They meet just before Fairfield Trail hits the road. Templeton then carries on another two miles before again connecting, this time with the happily named .7 mile Wildlife Wander. 

    Glidewell Trail begins as a two lane wooded path before it offers a short loop of only two miles. Its possible maybe even logical to assume, even with what we know about assumptions, the longer four mile route was created for Dr. George W. Hosmer’s wagon to carry his team to the mound.

     “This is the most renowned mound in the county,” according to Frank M. Setzler who reported in ‘The Archaeology of the Whitewater Valley’ that when Dr. George W. Hosmer partially excavated the Glidewell Mound it was 15 feet high and 60 feet in diameter. The slump of soil that is today’s mound is the merest shadow of this mound in its glory.

    While he first visited the mound in 1871, in June of 1879 Dr. Hosmer began the excavations; he published his “Remains on White Water River” beginning on page 732 of the Smithsonian Annual Report for 1882. 

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Issue 186

Vol 4, Issue 29

High flyin’ Brian

    One of the Whitewater Valley’s favorite performers Brian Keith Wallen nabbed second place in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, he reports in a recent email.

    Brian said this 31st edition of the Challenge “featured 250+ musicians from all over the world” to compete for cash, prizes and industry recognition.  It is promoted by The Blues Foundation as “the world's largest gathering of Blues acts.”

    To get to this level, that is playing on Beale Street, Brian and all the other finalists had to win his regional challenge. He represented the Dayton Blues Society in the Solo/Duo category.

    The International Blues Challenge is effectively an international search for the Blues band, or duo or solo “ready to take their act to the international stage,” according to The Blues Foundation, the Challenges producer for the past 31 years.

    Wallen will receive a cash prize, promotional opportunities, and a performance at the Daytona Blues Festival in Florida.

    “It’s a dream come true,” said the 22-year old Wallen. “I’ve been working for years to get here, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have this opportunity. I can’t wait to see where this takes me.”

    We predict, Daytona for one.

February turns its face towards spring

    It’s amazing, next Sunday is February first and we have yet to be beaten to our knees by Old Man Winter. He’s probably still resting after last year’s output. Winter-wise, it was prodigious. But we’ve gotten through half of the bottom half of winter and we’ve been blessed with temperatures probably higher than average.

    And here is it February when Groundhogs and Valentines engage our attention and the first serious efforts at next year’s garden traditionally begin. There’s one thing you can do in February that you can’t do in January, realistically consider spring.


The nowness of Tuesday

    Meltdown Winter Festival is here and there’s lots of life in Richmond this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The temperatures are warm enough not to be unbearable for we humans, yet cold enough to sustain life studies carved in ice.

    Can you imagine Tuesday taking the light on the Guide calendar? Well, today, the day of this publication, you could catch Joe Wilkins read from his memoirs. He is an award winning writer from Eastern Montana and will be in the Ronald Gallery of the Lilly Library at Earlham College this evening.

    Or you might get some writing of your own, as in autographs of the ice sculptors outside the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library. They will be carving ice between signing autographs, so to be seasonally correct you might get them to autograph a small block of ice which might also remind us of the ephemerality of fame.


A howl out to the whole state

    Visit Indiana’s latest issue features a good reason for travelers to enjoy the Whitewater Valley in winter. That reason is Wolf Creek Habitat & Rescue. It tells us Wolf Creek Habitat is open year round but only on the weekends.

    “There is no admission or parking charge to come see the wolves. Call us and set up an experience with the wolves for a fee.” The habitat is located at 14099 Wolf Creek Road, near Oak Forest, Indiana. Phone 513 312-9143 to get up close and personal with wolves.


An art fair with fare

    Visual Art Center artists are holding a fair of their wares and their ways in Eaton this Friday evening. The object is to introduce an important art show, their 2015 Members Exhibit and Open Studio with a hands-on reception. 

    In an open studio format a roomful of artists will work on their stuff and tell you about it. There will be demonstrations in painting, pottery and other art activities. You with your light fare in hand, will wander mostly overhearing snippets of conversations while your eyes browse through the beautiful creations in the process of being created. Fresh paint in the air and spinning wheels of silvery mud slowly shaping itself between the potter’s hands, ah, art in action.

    The work of the Preble County Art Association members on hand represents a range of mediums, we are told in a release from Vicky Fanberg, executive director of the Visual Arts Center. Robert Coveney, Patty Emerson, Gary Glaser, Andrea Furby, Vicki Rader and Judy Thaxton, are “only a few of the participating artists.”

    She writes, “This is the perfect opportunity to see what is going on at the art center before classes begin on February 2nd. This is a family friendly event that will include light fare and lots of fun.”


Superstition and prayers

    J&J Winery is snubbing its nose at superstition in favor of romance. Odd oppositions romance and superstition, about as odd as Valentine’s Day on Friday the 13th. But that’s your first opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day at J&J; Saturday, the actual holiday, if holiday it is, is the second.

    The ‘day’ part I’ll grant you, but the ‘holi’ part, not so much. When it comes to holidays, Valentine’s Day ain’t for saints even though it is prefixed St. on the Catholic calendar or was, I’d imagine.

    When it comes to the Catholic church and speaking from the pulpit of the holiday of today, we hope the new pope, as Francis as he seems to be, gets into micro-managing his American affairs and reverses the decision of the mighty “Archdiocese of Indianapolese” which severed 27 churches in the Batesville Deanery not so long ago.

    And may Pope Francis support the wave of current Church energy focusing on its flesh rather than its pomp and circumstance, and interpret that flesh church by church throughout the Whitewater Valley. Then the prayers of the parishioners of Holy Guardian Angel in Cedar Grove would certainly be answered and mass again be heard there.


Follow me, follow you —

    ‘Along the Chocolate Trail on Valentine’s Day’ sounds like something Hoagy Carmichael might have put to music, but it isn’t. It, like J&J Winery’s offering above, is  part of Cuddle up in Richmond this Valentine’s Day which features free chocolate tastings along the Chocolate Trail.

    These chocolate drops are placed a little like the trail of bread crumbs Hansel and Gretel once followed only instead of a gingerbread house in the deep dark woods, the prize is three overnight packages at your choice of the Hampton Inn and Suites, the Holiday Inn, and/or Phillip W. Smith or Martha E. Parry B&B.

    We still think someone should put ‘Along the Chocolate Trail’ to music. Where’s Cole Porter when you need him?


Gary August Schlueter

January 27, 2015

Metamora, Indiana


The Indian Mound in Laurel has a two-story tower on it which allows views of the Valley all around.


Nadir week

    Mark your calendar, all you event planners. According to our weekly Guide, this is the week in the round year when the least amount of things are happening. We’ll remember it as Martin Luther King, Jr. week or thereabouts, but we don’t believe it has anything to do with the great peacenik. It has more to do with the great round year.

    This is the week when the old year is finally gone. We have been running on the last vestiges of last year’s energy including the penultimate Christmas rush followed by the ultimate New Year’s rush followed in the Christian world by Three Kings Day, our last nod to the year that was. BTW, this year that was January 6th, but that varies.

    Why should I mark this on my calendar, you might ask? If you want your event to stand out, don’t schedule it for July 4th weekend, schedule it for MLK, Jr. weekend or thereabouts. It’s likely to be the only thing going on that week.


Bumper crop for tourism

    Speaking of energy, and again, speaking to all of you who plan things in advance (as opposed to planning things after the event [where did the popular advertising culture ever come up with the concept which we, when we’re not thinking properly, call prior-planning? What is prior-planning, but planning to plan, not a very energy efficient device by any measure of energy efficiency. It’s like saying, ‘You’ve been pre-selected to apply for this credit card.’ It can’t be done. You can’t pre-select something. Try it sometime. You’ll see what I mean.]), because of the lowering of oil prices and the subsequent result, lower gas prices, the Guide predicts this will be a bumper crop year for tourism in the Whitewater Valley.

    Pre-plan for that, baby!


Schilling, a-ling, a-ling, a-ling

    Art shouldn’t care about success, but those who put on art-related events sure do. So the success of Brookville Library’s Plein Air Paint Out is reason for celebration, not that artist’s need a reason for celebration (or reason at all for that matter).

    Melody Gault of the library reported last Tuesday to the Brookville Town Council that the Paint Out has outgrown the library itself. She was speaking particularly of the Sunday art show that brings together all the artists who’ve spent Friday and Saturday painting in the plein air of Franklin County.

    She said between 85 and 100 artists participate each year and the art show where their creations (new and old) are sold is drawing such large crowds from Richmond, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and beyond that the library can’t hold ‘em all.

    That’s why two years ago the Sunday art show moved to Morgan’s Canoe Rental lobby, but the spot wasn’t conducive somehow and the artists themselves didn’t like it there.

    Consequently and/or subsequently, in 2014 they moved the show back to the library and that’s when the painful recognition came that they had grown too big for their britches or bookstalls, whichever fits best. And that is the reason Melody came to sing her song to the Brookville Council; she wanted to use Brookville’s Schilling Center for the Sunday art show.

    She asked if considering the economic development impact of the event, the town wouldn’t donate the use of the Center for the day. The council did not want to set a precedent by giving their stuff away, but they did agree to find the daily rental fee, something like $350, from private sources.

    So on Sunday, October 18th, the art show gathering of the Plein Air Paint Out will be at the Schilling Center, where we expect it to stay for the conceivable future. (By the way, ‘the conceivable future’ in this case is at least three quarters of the year 2015.)


Digital art promotion

    We draw your attention to Ripley County Tourism’s website where under Art they have a listing and contact information about all the artists in the county. It is something that other county tourism websites should emulate, crib and perhaps even copy. We doubt it gets updated very regularly but as of Monday it had 18 listings.

    An example is Robert Maple, address, website, phone number and description. In his case it reads: “Red Forge, Inc. is a full service fabrication shop with creative ideas in all types of metals including aluminum, cast iron, stainless steel and tool steel. Robert Maple also creates stone and metal sculptures.”

    Click here to see the complete list.


Trail group forming

    The ad hoc group creating the Bicentennial Legacy Trail running north/south (and vice versa) in the Whitewater Valley has decided to go legit. They (we) met two weeks ago in Liberty and decided we’d start the process of creating a non-profit organization so we can do the things we need to do, basically organizing and expanding the existing trail systems in said Whitewater Valley.

    You’ll be reading more about this group in the Guide as time stretches its ephemeral fingers into that conceivable future mentioned earlier. But for those who can’t wait that long, there’s always February 23rd.

    Kevin McCurdy who is heading up the ad hoc BLT group is planning to bring together trail personnel from the Valley and the state government for a major session. The location is yet to be announced but is likely to be at the Gateway Park in Metamora as was the first such meeting last year.

    We’ll beat the drum on this as things firm up. Until then, enjoy this warm, warm winter by taking a hike somewhere you haven’t been before, and just to make it a little more enlightening, do it in someone else’s shoes.


Metamora landmark receives rare national designation

    It’s no secret the Duck Creek Aqueduct on the Whitewater Canal in Metamora is something special, but just how special is growing by leaps and bounds. The first leap was in 1973 when it was listed along with the Metamora Grist Mill on the National Register of Historic Places. The second was in 1992 when it was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

    The third happened recently when Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Johnathan B. Jarvis announced it was named a National Historic Landmark along with eight other national sites. There are more than 96,251 historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but only 2,544 National Historic Landmarks, making this latest designation a rare honor.

    In making the announcement Secretary Jewell said, “By designating these new national landmarks we ensure that America's history of innovation, vision and diversity are celebrated today and for future generations. . . . These new national historic landmarks can educate and inspire Americans with their country’s rich history, as well as drive tourism and boost local economies.”

    A plaque beside the structure says, “The Duck Creek Aqueduct was originally built in 1843 to convey the canal over Duck Creek 16 feet below. Flood waters in 1847 destroyed the aqueduct, which was soon replaced by the present 70-foot, Burr arch truss structure.”

    The Burr arch of the Duck Creek Aqueduct is not a true Burr arch, according to Metamora historian Paul Baudendistel. He said a true Burr arch would link into the rock abutments. But after the 1847 flood the original arch was replaced with what is called a modified Burr arch which only goes to the floor of the structure not all the way to the abutments.

    There was some question among local authorities about how this designation came about. Jay Dishman, the Metamora site manager for Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, was not aware of any actions by his department to that end. He said the long process of paperwork may have begun when the Department of Natural Resources was in charge of the site.

    But an email from Indiana historic bridge expert Dr. James Cooper cleared up the mystery. He passed along an email from Christopher H. Marston, Architect & Project Leader of the National Park Service’s American Engineering Record. In it Mr. Marston writes, “This achievement represents a twelve-year effort by the Historic American Engineering Record as part of the Federal Highway Administration's National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program.”

    Gail Ginther of Historic Metamora said, Mr. Marston “led the team that was here doing the intensive survey of the aqueduct a few years ago.”

    The National Park Service nomination declares, “Duck Creek Aqueduct is the only surviving covered wood aqueduct in the United States.” Whether there was another such structure had been an outstanding question in Metamora until this authoritative declaration.


I wonder if a wandering choir

could serve as a balm

for the souls of the sensitive Catholic worshippers

in places like St. Marys and Cedar Grove

who’ve lost the holy connection

between their church and the Catholic God.


Oh almighty Archdiocese of Indianapolese,

you sever yourself as you sever our churches

from your Holy body.

We see your wrath upon the Batesville Deanery

27 churches ordered away.

We are all smaller, weaker

in the face of the inevitability you wield,

handcrafting as you have

our severance from the Holy Papal Order,

turning those same churches,

breathing with the stones of bygone loved ones

in the cemetery beyond, cold and shuttered.


A blanket of emptiness covers

the former portal to the Catholic God.

Other Gods may remain

but they are and always have been

invisible to the parishioners.


I wonder if a chorale of voices

sung in intergenerational joy

could resonate so deep to sooth the sores

made by the proverbial sword

of that servant of the Lord,

that beaner of the Batesville Deanery,

that gleaner of no things frivolous,

that purser of the purse strings of the Catholic gods,

The Archdiocese of Indianapolese.


Gary August Schlueter

June 7, 2014

One Sparrow


Rolling Thunder awoke the morning sky

above the graying clouds rumbled

not yet vanquished by his all night vigil

Spattering raindrops tumbled as they fell

trembling between the weight of gravity

and the calling of the Thunder Being above.


Anon somewhere east of here

a Sun content to simply light overcast

arose to the calling of a single sparrow

Intrepid, indomitable, feathers soaked through

yet dreading not the rumbling above

to the rising in the east the slathered sparrow sung.


Lonely was his song for his fellows remained silent

on this morning when the voice of the west was nigh

When the all night rain dampened the zeal

of even the bravest heart

one who knew not what his betters decreed by their silence

One solo sparrow, one foolish fellow

raised his voice in a glee club of one

to the morning ritual of the rising sun.


One Sparrow’s mission –

To gather the clan,

to unite the tribe,

to re-grow the forest.




Gary Schlueter


May 14, 2009



Grandfather Smoke