In June, the Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana (BDASI) invited attendees of the 2017 BDASI Home Expo to enter the Extol Your Selfie Contest for a chance to win $250.
Participation was easy: Take a selfie at the BDASI Home Expo and submit it to Extol. A panel of judges picked the top five favorites, whose photos were then posted on our Facebook page. The winner of the $250 prize was chosen by whichever selfie garnered the most likes at the end of the contest.
Congratulations to Amanda Kaiser Myers (right) of New Albany and Nancy Becht Whitaker of Floyds Knobs, who will share the prize.
“I’m actually not a big selfie person,” said Amanda, who took the photo, “but good friends make for good selfies.”
Like hundreds of others, Nancy and Amanda enjoyed this year’s BDASI Home Expo, presented by River City Bank, which was located at Champions Pointe. Tickets were only $10, $1 of which benefited Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd County and $1 was donated to Susan G. Komen.
The ladies’ favorte aspect of the expo? The beautiful work by LL & A Design. “It was gorgeous,” Amanda said.
“I took this photo on Sept. 11, 2016, at the Mellwood Arts Center during our visit to the Mellwood Arts and Crafts Fair. My mom, Nancy Snyder, 86, is still to this day the most stylish and sparkly lady I know.
The weather that day was hot, and after climbing the hill at Mellwood and walking around in the sun, we needed a rest in the shade and a cold drink. The spot was on the side of a building with a brick ledge she could lean against and sip her Coke. It suddenly occurred to me her flaming red hair looked even redder against that blue wall. I took out my iPhone, stepped out about 8 feet or so and got the picture in one take. I love the colors in this photo with the blue wall, yellow purse, red brick, checkered pants, and navy blue sparkle shoes. I also love the hip sunglasses she’s wearing, very Janis Joplin-esque! She’s so rock ‘n’ roll but she always has been. She’s a young spirit in an older woman’s body, born generations too early when women were very limited in what they could be and the roles they were assigned. Those traditional roles never fit her. I love that she is very much her own person and that her style always comes through, like a weed in the middle of a concrete highway.” –Laura Shine
On March 2, 2012 – a seemingly normal Friday – tornadoes tore through Southern Indiana and Kentucky, devastating communities and families.
In all, the death toll reached 22 in Kentucky, and 14 people died in Southern Indiana, including Henryville resident Lenora Hunter’s husband, Wayne. Determined to move forward, Lenora – who was seriously injured in the storm – rebuilt her home in the exact location where it had once stood. Today, Lenora is comforted that people still remember her husband and take the time to share their memories of him.
While the tornado outbreak wreaked havoc – and worse – for many, it also inspired many moments of courage, heroism and neighbors helping neighbors.