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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Extol Magazine Creative Director Adam Kleinert – photographed by Danny
Alexander – is a good sport and a tremendous part of the Extol Team

Letter From The Editor | April/May 2018

Extol Magazine Creative Director Adam Kleinert – photographed by Danny Alexander – is a good sport and a tremendous part of the Extol Team

Extol Magazine Creative Director Adam Kleinert – photographed by Danny Alexander – is a good sport and a tremendous part of the Extol Team

By Angie Fenton

I hope you’ve noticed that this issue of Extol

Magazine is bigger, better and more: We’ve

increased our pages, added better content and are

featuring more about Southern Indiana because

all of us on the Extol Team know our community

deserves more.

We’ve also undergone a redesign, thanks to

Adam Kleinert, our creative director.

I first met Adam in 2012 just after the tornado

outbreak wreaked havoc on Henryville and

Kentucky communities. At that time, I was working

for another publication and quickly figured out

he was someone special. Despite enduring a

horrifying natural disaster – Adam’s property

and home still bear evidence of the tornado

outbreak – he and photographer Josh Adwell

quickly assembled a calendar featuring those

affected and donated the proceeds for rebuilding

of the Southern Indiana town.

Fast forward a few years to when Adam joined

the Extol Team. While everyone plays an important

role, there is no one who is as imperative – and

loved by all – as Adam.

Not only is Adam a treasured member of his

community and incredibly-involved father and

husband, but his commitment to Extol Magazine

deserves a moment of public gratitude.

With this issue, we have increased our pages

(32, if you’re counting) and added content from

around our Southern Indiana community, too.

None of this would be possible without Adam

Kleinert, the MVP of our team.

Thank you, Adam, and thank you to our readers

and advertising partners as well.


Gilda’s Club Louisville Brings Its Mission To Southern Indiana

doorBy Lisa Hornung | Photos by Christian Watson

In December 2015, Alan Hecht of

Leavenworth was in his mid-60s, enjoying his life

with his wife, children and grandchildren, when he

got devastating news: He had pancreatic cancer.

He had eight rounds of chemo, Whipple surgery

(a procedure to remove the head of the pancreas,

the first part of the small intestine or duodenum,

the gallbladder and the bile duct), then eight more

rounds of chemo, then 30 rounds of radiation.

The whole process took a toll on his life and his


Cancer survivor Alan Hecht and his wife Jackie sign one of Gilda’s Club’s signature red doors.

Cancer survivor Alan Hecht and his wife
Jackie sign one of Gilda’s Club’s signature
red doors.

“We were kind of getting after each other’s

throats,” admitted Hecht.

His wife, Jackie, did some research and found

Gilda’s Club, at 633 Baxter Avenue in Louisville.

The two went and were interviewed, and they

were placed into support groups that fit for their

circumstances. Jackie was put in a group of people

whose spouses were battling cancer, and Alan was

put into a group of people with cancer.

“And you start to realize that you can talk to

people on the same level as you with no barriers,

and you go, ‘Hey you’re not so unusual after

all.’ And what spouses do from the other side is

trying to help their spouse heal as well. They just

gave us a new sense, a new direction. Helped us

understand, hey we’re not so unusual, even though

we’re fighting all the same battle.”

Gilda’s Club was founded in 1995 by comedian

and actor Gene Wilder, the widower of comedian

Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

Wilder teamed up with Joanna Bull, Radner’s

therapist, and movie critic Joel Siegel, who later died of colorectal cancer. The Louisville location

has been open for more than 10 years, and its

demand has exceeded its capacity, said Karen

Morrison, president and CEO.

Leavenworth residents Alan and Jackie Hecht are grateful for Gilda’s Club Louisville, which is now offering support groups in Southern Indiana.

Leavenworth residents Alan and Jackie
Hecht are grateful for Gilda’s Club
Louisville, which is now offering support
groups in Southern Indiana.

Starting next month, the club will offer support

groups at the Norton Cancer Institute’s Pat

Harrison Cancer Resource Center at 1206 Spring

St., in Jeffersonville, Morrison said.

Right now, Gilda’s Club only has about 12

percent of its members coming from Southern

Indiana. “It’s really only about a mile from here,”

Morrison said, “but we know there are a lot of

folks, whether it’s the toll or the downtown traffic

or whatever, who want to be in that community

where they’re comfortable, and so we want to

improve their access and make it comfortable

for them.”

Alan and Jackie Hecht said they’re glad to see

the expansion, but they were more than willing to

cross the bridge. They drove to Gilda’s Club from

Leavenworth, Indiana, which was a bit of a haul.

“I think it’s great,” Alan Hecht said. “I hope the

people of Southern Indiana will take advantage

of the opportunity given to them to improve

their way to life. It doesn’t matter if you are in

Louisville or Southern Indiana, people are going

to have cancer.”

About a year from now, the club will move

into a new one – just one mile away from its

current site – at the corner of Ray Avenue and

Grinstead Drive, which will be bigger and have

more parking. In 2020, its opening a branch at

18th and Broadway streets, to meet the needs of

people in the West End.

The Ohio River is a perceived barrier to getting


“West Louisville is a community that is missing

a lot of resources, and so we just want to make it

convenient and accessible as possible,” Morrison

said. “It is a community that is disproportionately

impacted by cancer. The Passport Health campus

gave us an opportunity to go into a location where

we could offer basically a mini-clubhouse where

we will have two support group rooms, a small

‘Noogieland’ (for kids), a little kitchen. For those

who can’t or won’t come here, we want to make

sure they have access, and we are doing that in

collaboration with Kentucky African Americans

Against Cancer.”

Gilda’s Club Louisville sees about 1,600 unique

individuals per year, with about 14,000 visits.

About seven new people living with cancer come

through its red doors every week, Morrison said.

The club hosts support groups, cooking classes,

gentle yoga classes, kids’ camps and activities,

social events and more.

Now 69, Alan Hecht’s cancer has been in

remission for more than a year. He knows he’s

very lucky because pancreatic cancer is a killer.

The five-year survival rate is only 9 percent.

When he gets his regular blood tests, the lab

techs and nurses ask Hecht what kind of cancer

he had. When he tells them “pancreatic,” they say,

“You’ve got to be kidding me! You’re a miracle!”

He attributes his positive attitude during his

treatment to Gilda’s Club.

Hechgt still struggles with the toll the treatments

have taken on his body. “Yes, it is a pain in the rear

end, but it is a small price to pay,” he admitted.

“I get to enjoy my wife. I get to enjoy my family.

I get to enjoy my eight grand kids, so life’s pretty

darn good.”

And he’s on a new mission now: “I made a

promise that I was going to try to see if I could

find the one dollar that opens the door to cure

this disease,” Hecht said. In 2016, he bought a new

“neon blue” Corvette, and he and his wife travel

the country telling people his story.

And he often asks people to donate one dollar

to cancer research in their communities.

Thanks to Gilda Radner’s comedy, Gilda’s Club

is not just a place for tears, though there are still

people who don’t win the battle, Morrison said. The

club adheres to the idea that living with cancer is

not a choice, but how you live with it is, “with joy,

with style, with laughter, with purpose, that’s what

Gilda’s Club is really all about. Gilda Radner said,

‘Cancer is the most unfunny thing I’ve experienced,

but sometimes laughter beats the alternative,’ so

there’s a lot of laughter here.”


Local Celebs Hit Dance Floor for Charity

Seven local notab les will compete in

BreakAway Dancing 2018 May 15 at Kye’s.

The event benefits The BreakAway,

a nonprofit residential facility for

women in recovery from addiction.

BreakAway Dancing 2018 pairs each community

member with a professional dancing partner.

Judges include Angie and Mark Maxwell, Valerie

Canon and Kye Hoehn. Dinner will be prepared by

Stumlers Catering. Sounds Unlimited Productions

will provide the music.

The public is invited to “vote” for the dancers

via donations that can be made at


Located at 1514 E. Spring Street in New Albany,

The BreakAway currently houses 14 women from

Southern Indiana counties. The facility opened its

doors to women who need support in their recovery

because of the vision of Lisa Long-Livingston, who

has struggled with addiction herself. Inspired by her

own foundation in recovery, and in memory of her

friend Nicole, Lisa moved forward with assistance

from many community hands, developed a plan,

located a suitable building, and created a program

to serve women in Floyd and surrounding counties.


Melissa Scully is

the finance/insurance

manager and sales

administrator for Kentucky Truck Sales,

Inc. in Jeffersonville. She also assists in

overseeing operations of her brother Michael

Gibson’s nonprofit Warrior’s Path, Inc., which

organizes events for veterans who struggle

with transitioning from military life to civilian

life using three fundamentals: nature, art and

community service. Her love for children is

displayed in her volunteer work at the local

Greater Clark County Schools, serving as PTO

President, as well as creating and volunteering

for events to help raise funds for the educators,

students and schools. When asked, she

believes her greatest accomplishments are

her children and grandchildren, Sid (27)

and Presley (21), Logan (6), Tegan (2) and

Remington (newborn). Her love for them and

their significant others, Emily and Brandon,

as well as Patrick, Grayson and Khaki’s, is

what inspires her to keep looking up. As a

lifelong member of the Southern Indiana

community, Melissa has seen firsthand the

struggle of addiction not only through the

eyes of acquaintances and friends but also her

family. Her belief in that “it takes a village” is

what makes her participation in this event so

important to her.


W. ERIC HEDRICK graduate d from Jeffersonville High School in 1987. Eric enlisted in the U.S. Army as a military counter intelligence agent.  As a MI agent and Army paratrooper, he participated in two combat situations: Operation “Just Cause,” Panama 1989 and Operation “Desert Storm,” Persian Gulf, 1990. While in the military and stationed at Fort Bragg, North Caarolina, Eric married his high school friend, Toni. Eric and Toni will celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary this year. They have one child, Haylee, who will start her senior year of high school this year. After completing his military service in 1992, Eric enrolled at IUS.  In 1994, he took a position as a Jeffersonville Police Officer. Eric acted as a patrol officer, K-9 officer and a member of the Emergency Response SWAT Team. In 2001, he transferred to the city fire department and was appointed the Jeffersonville Fire Chief in 2012. In 2012, Eric became a member of the Indiana Deptartment of Homeland Security District 9 Task Force and was appointed by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to lead the team as the task force commander. Eric is the Principal Owner of HamHed, LLC, where he supervises the management of government and commercial operations. HamHed currently has contracts in 42 States and is the proud home to over 85 employees.


PAUL KIGER, the team leader of Paul Kiger Group at RE/MAX Advantage, has served his community on both sides of the river ever since he joined the real estate industry in 2007. Paul is from New Middletown and moved to New Albany in 2007. Paul’s previous accolades include REALTOR Magazine “30 under 30” in 2010, REALTOR of The Year 2011 for the Southern Indiana Realtors Association, and, most recently, he was featured in Louisville Business First’s “20 People To Know in Real Estate.” Paul served on the Develop New Albany board of directors for five years and is currently the vice president of Southern Indiana Tourism Bureau (also known as SoIN). He is a member of the Vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Albany and is now stepping into politics for the first time as the treasurer for Jason Applegate’s run for Floyd County commissioner. Paul has found many ways to serve his community while building his network. “One day at a time and love wins,” his personal philosophy, is rooted in his own success story. He is committed to continuing his journey by supporting others on their road to well-being in sobriety.


ASHLYN WEBER is a 16-year old junior at Jeffersonville High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, was named Student of the Month in January 2017 and is a captain on both the Jeffersonville color guard and winter guard teams. Ashlyn also sings in the school chamber choir. She wants to help raise money for The BreakAway because she is all too familiar with the heartbreak of losing a loved one to drug addiction. Ashlyn’s mother, Nicole, lost her battle with addiction in February of 2016. Nicole’s passing helped inspire Lisa Livingston to create The BreakAway so other women battling addiction might find a way out and other daughter’s wouldn’t have to experience the senseless loss that Ashlyn, her younger sister Kailyn and so many in our community have.


MAJOR JOE HUBBARD was born and raised in Clark County. After graduating from Jeffersonville High School, he served in the United States Marine Corps until 1994. He attended Indiana University Southeast studying business management, and in 1996 was hired as a full-time officer of the Jeffersonville Police Department. Joe has held several leadership capacities within the department, including patrol officer, K-9 officer, certified firearms instructor, SWAT team operator, sniper team leader, entry team leader, SWAT team commander, river patrol operator, and currently serves as the uniform patrol commander where he oversees the officers who encompass the uniform patrol division and special units. Joe served was the president of the FOP Jeffersonville Lodge #100 for seven years. He served as a county councilman and currently serves on the 911 Central Alarm Fiscal Board and the Clark County Emergency Management Board.  He is married to Amanda and they have two children, Joey (6) and James (3).  Joe has spent his career serving our country and protecting our community.


JULIE GRANNAN is a family nurse practitioner with a practice in New Albany, focusing on family medicine. Julie graduated from Providence High School in Clarksville in 1994 and earned her bachelor of science in nursing, with honors, from Indiana University Southeast in 1999. She worked as a nurse in emergency medicine while pursuing a master of science in nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, graduating in 2004.  She is a certified nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She serves as a clinical instructor for students pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner and is also active in the Jeffersonville chapter of Tri Kappa, a philanthropic sorority in Indiana dedicated to service in the community, where she has held the office of vice president.  Julie resides in Jeffersonville with her devoted husband John, a local attorney, and their son, Leo.


ANNA MURRAY is a local attorney with a general law practice in Jeffersonville.  She is currently running for state senate on the Democratic ticket, with one of her platform issues being Practical Solutions to the Opioid Crisis with a focus on long-term rehabilitation, mental health treatment, counseling and medically-assisted treatment instead of trying to simply arrest the problem away. She has served the community by providing pro bono legal work for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and with Indiana Legal Services. She is serving her third term as president of the Clark County Bar Association and previously served as chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Louisville Bar Association. She is a past member of the board of directors of Best Buddies of Kentucky and has also done volunteer work with the Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services. Anna earned her undergraduate degree in international studies on the environment in Seattle, Washington, and her law degree from Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon. She is married to Phil Murray, and they have two children, Coral and Iris.


Dancing 2018

5:30 p.m. May 15

Kye’s, 500 Missouri Ave. in Jeffersonville




Premier Homes Pitches In

1 The Premier Homes team recently spent a day volunteering with
Home of the Innocents, which provides a range of important
residential, treatment and community-based programs,
including offering a safe haven for at-risk children; pediatric
medical care; shelter and education for pregnant and parenting
teens; crisis and intervention services; clinical treatment services
and therapeutic loving foster and adoption services. The Home –
as it’s often called – also operates a pediatric convalescent center
for children who are dependent on technology to sustain life, as
well as children who are terminally ill. Learn more about the
organization by visiting homeoftheinnocents.org.2 The Premier Homes team organized, sorted and collected
items needed for families and children who are in a tough spot.
“Supporting our community and, more specifically, children
in crisis has always been a passion,” said Premier Homes Sales
Manager Cat Stevens.
Premier Homes, which is headed up by President Jeff Corbett, is
known for quality construction and exceptional value as well as
the team’s continued commitment to the community. To learn
more about the company, go to premierhomesonline.com.


Start Your Summer List

1Photo by Antonio Pantoja

So maybe it’s not quite warm enough to hit the beach or

local pool, but it’s the perfect time to start making plans

for how you’ll spend the summer. What to include on your

list? Atlantis Water Park in Clarksville, the Charlestown

Family Activities Park, River Run Family Water Park in New

Albany, Deam Lake in Borden, Jeffersonville’s Aquatic

Center or Crystal Beach Pool in Madison.


Derby Dinner Does It Right

1By JD Dotson | Photos by Christian Watson & JD Dotson

Open for nearly 45 years, Derby Dinner

Playhouse remains the only dinner theater of its

type in the Louisville/Southern Indiana region.

The theater in the round setup immerses the

audience in the action. There is not a bad seat in

the house, with actors entering and exiting the

centrally-located stage through the audience.

The shows range from huge Broadway mega-hits

to children’s programming, holiday favorites and

lighthearted comedies and musical acts.

I recently had the great pleasure of seeing

“Mamma Mia!” this season, a musical set to the

infectious music of Abba and was completely

amazed at what a brilliant production I witnessed.

The music and dancing had me singing along and

tapping my feet the whole time. Some of those

Abba songs are still stuck in my head.

I brought my hubby along, and we started out

with dinner, which is served buffet style with a

salad bar. I felt it was my duty to try everything for

the sake of being thorough. My spinach salad was

fresh and delicious, and the salad bar was loaded

with toppings as well as broccoli and tomato/

cucumber salads. I have a strict rule to not fill up

on salad when a buffet is involved but made an

exception for the sake of journalism. The buffet

was equally delightful on my second trip. Fried

chicken, pasta, carved turkey, broccoli and rice,

and a baked potato, and being a serious member

of the clean-plate club, I filled up. Luckily, we held

off on dessert until intermission.

The pre-show entertainment, or FootNotes,

consists of a group of men and women serenading

the audience during their meal with classic

Broadway show tunes and dancing. Then: There’s

my server! He was just here at our table taking a

drink order and – all of a sudden – he was singing

and dancing on the stage.

Derby Dinner Playhouse 525 Marriott Drive Clarksville 812.288.8281 derbydinner.com

Derby Dinner Playhouse
525 Marriott Drive

The FootNotes are made up of talented

performers doing double duty entertaining and

simultaneously serving. Our server did such a

great job at both. In between songs, the FootNotes

introduce new dessert items on the menu and the

cocktail of the day. The preshow ends with plenty

of time for a run to the buffet one last time before

the main event.

The first act began, and the audience was

immediately thrown on the docks of Greek Isle,

or a prairie, or a battlefield, depending on the

production. You feel as if you’re in the middle of

the action. Oh, and there’s my server again! He

was just here a few minutes ago getting my drink

order. He was everywhere – a super talented singerdancer

and still right there if we needed anything.

Intermission came and so did pecan pie ala

mode and hummingbird cake. I am a fan of dessert

in general, and this dessert did not disappoint.

Fresh and delicious, my sweet tooth was satiated

just in time for Act 2.

I have driven cross country and through the

state of Oklahoma. Thanks to Derby Dinner

Playhouse, the musical (“Oklahoma”) is so much

more entertaining than the state.

Thanks to this local – albeit nationally-heralded

theater – I have watched it snow inside for the

stage version of my favorite holiday classic “White

Christmas,” relived my young adulthood singalongs

to Abba and been transported to a Greek Isle with

“Mamma Mia!” and went back to my childhood

with the “Sound of Music.”

Derby Dinner Playhouse continues to bring the

best performances to our community and beyond.

The acting, singing, dinner and dessert all combine

for a perfect evening.3

Derby Dinner Playhouse continues to bring the best

performances to our community – and beyond.



Deam Lake Dip

0By JD Dotson

For th e past few wi nters, I have been

asked off and on by my friends Jenna and Kara to

join them and a small group for a winter dip in the

lake. Every Sunday from November through April

these two will trek to Deam Lake – and sometimes

Blue River – to take a dip in the frigid waters. My

answer has always been the same.: “I love you, but

that will never happen.”

I pride myself on being a man of my word, but I

had to go back on part of it. Before I did, I wondered

if I would still love them as much after jumping

into a lake in early March.

I despise being cold and much prefer the heat of

the summer. New Orleans in July, for instance, is the

best time to go in my opinion. I suffer through the

cold weather, wishing summer would last longer

every year. To say I was dreading telling the girls I

would go with them would be the understatement

of the year. But I said it, it was out there and I would

honor my word.

Before I would subject myself to this icy torture,

I had a million questions and got the basics about

where to meet and what to bring, which included a

swimsuit, bathrobe, towels, a toboggan and water

shoes. I would get the rest of my grilling out in the

car ride. I figured if I was more informed about

why on earth people would walk of their own free

will into a lake in winter, it might calm my nerves

about the whole thing.

On a chance meeting at a New Year’s Eve party in

New York City in 2008, Jenna learned of a group of

people meeting the next day at Coney Island for a

dip in the water. The Coney Island Polar Bears are a

charitable club with member dues and a 12 dips per

season requirement to join. Jenna met her member

requirements doing a two-hour door to beach trip

across New York. Where I am a worshipper of the

sun and summer, Jenna is my polar opposite. She

thrives in the cold weather and is co-responsible

for bringing Santa Con to Louisville in December

and jumping in frigid waters all winter long. The

coldest water Jenna has been in was 36 degrees,

and the group has broken up ice to get to the water

in the past. Luckily for me, the day I dipped was

unusually warm and sunny out.

Many cultures around the world have been

practicing cold water plunging for centuries.

Dipping in cold water was all the rage during the

Victorian era as an exhilarating way to start the day.

Research and modern science tell us that there are

many health benefits, too. Any Google search will

include numerous medical and health professionals

extolling the virtues of taking an ice bath, none of

which are lost on Kara and Jenna. Studies show

that cold water stimulates the release of cytokines,

a substance vital to immune systems. Cold water

is known to reduce pain and inflammation by

releasing endorphins in a more immersive way that

is similar to the effects of an ice pack. There is even

evidence that the cold water helps with weight loss

by increasing adrenaline and causing your body

to burn sugar. Mental benefits abound as well as

research shows the cold water activates sensory

nerves leading to the brain, greatly improving

mood and leaving you with a feeling of elation

and accomplishment.

Health and mental benefits aside, the duo

ascertain that other important benefits of taking

the plunge is to test your willpower, and training

yourself to face your fears can be a practice. Kara

knows if she can walk out into icy waters for a

sustained amount of time, she can do anything she

puts her mind to doing. They both agree one of the

greatest benefits they both get out of meeting every

Sunday is the camaraderie of the group of people

that join, sharing tea and stories, and supporting

each other facing their fears together. As a moody,

arthritic person obsessed with his weight and scared

of doing new or uncomfortable things, this plunge

seemed to be just what I needed.

Armed with all of the knowledge I could want,

I enjoyed the camaraderie and tea, which felt like

a pre-game has helped allay some of my fears as

we headed lakeward. I knew what to expect in my

body, and my mind was set on doing this thing,

facing this fear. In reality, nothing can really prepare

you for the first time getting in water that cold.

The temperature of the water that day was 53

degrees, which doesn’t sound that bad. A 53-degree

day is actually pretty nice, sunny and mild. The

same temperature in water is not so nice.

The last person to wade out to the group, I

ditched the robe and thought to myself, Just go

out quick, get covered fast, yank the Band-Aid off,

so to speak. I was not expecting how my breath

would be taken away. I had a hard time forming

full sentences (though curse words came easy),

and I can only imagine the look I had on my face.

At the time, I would have told you I was out

there up to my chest for at least 10 minutes.00 In reality, I lasted 90 seconds, but I am proud of that

minute and a half. In 90 seconds, I felt the sting

of blood rushing out of my extremities to keep

my core warm and my skin numb. I held on as

long as I could before heading back to shore. The

more seasoned group stayed in the water up to

15 minutes, laughing and talking before casually

making their way back.

To say I enjoyed the experience would be a bit

of a lie. I did enjoy the company, the camaraderie,

the snacks and the tea. I do feel like I faced and

conquered a huge fear, and feel like I do not have

to be so “I will never do that” all the time. Maybe it

was psychosomatic, but my shoulder didn’t ache

in its usual, arthritic way, (although maybe I was

just numb.) Also, if the weight loss aspect turns

out to be true, I could be persuaded to make it a

regular thing. Summer is coming and my swimsuit

was a bit snug.


River City Winery Crab Cakes


By Angie Fenton

Photo by Josh Keown

One of my favorite date or girls night spots is River City Winery,

which is located in the historic Baer Building in downtown New

Albany. Owner Gary Humphrey restored the building and opened

to the public in 2009 – and there are plenty of reasons why his

business is still going strong. For starters: the wine. Produced

and bottled in the basement, the numerous varieties ensure

there’s something for every preference (I love the Chardonel).

Wine tastings and wine cellar tours are available.

The pet-friendly patio offers prime viewing of Bicentennial

Park and is a coveted locale in warm weather months. And,

despite it being a winery, kids are always welcome.

When it comes to food, River City Winery’s Brick Oven

Pizzas are delicious (try the Roasted Pear & Blue Cheese…my

mouth watered just typing that). The pies are 20 percent off

on Sunday and Tuesday and if you like ordering to share, the

Charcuterie Plate is always a hit. So, too, are the Hummus and

Classic Caprese Stack.

But – the must-try item on the menu is the Pan Seared Crab

Cake. I’ve yet to find a crab cake that can even halfway compare.

Cooked to perfection every single time, the massive cake comes

topped with black eyed pea corn salsa, Sriracha lime aioli and

cilantro, and is so visually beautiful, I always take a moment

(and a photo) to appreciate it before taking that first bite.

River City Winery is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through

Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

River City Winery

321 Pearl St.

New Albany




Floyds Knobs Field Trip

By JD Dotson

The mid-March day was mild in

temperature but gray and drizzling

early. My husband and I wanted to have

a good day together, lunch and time

spent outside, maybe coffee and share

a dessert later, but decided to just

grab a bite as the weather was against

us. Today would definitely be a day of

pleasant surprises.

aWe started our day with lunch at Sam’s Tavern

at Highlander Point. We’ve been to Sam’s in the

past and have always enjoyed our meals there, but

today I wondered what I could find to eat. Summer

is coming, so I am being careful with my diet, and

I am always looking for a healthy option. Sam’s has

a pretty great lunch menu with $8 and $9 options

as well as the full restaurant menu. Mostly filled

with salads and sandwiches, the lunch menu had

a variety of options to pick from, including fried

fish and clams with French fries and broiled lemon

pepper cod with rice and broccoli. As much as I love

a fried anything, I chose the chopped kale salad

with salmon. My other half went with a light lunch

of pot roast and mashed potatoes with a cup of the

most delicious broccoli cheddar soup I’ve had in

a long time. My salad was really beautiful, and if

I wasn’t writing about it for this story, I would’ve

taken a picture of it anyway. Topped with carrots,

purple cabbage, red onion, edamame, sunflower

seeds, cashews, blueberries and dried cranberries

with kale, I opted for blackened salmon and finished

it off with balsamic vinaigrette. This was a huge

salad with just the right proportion of everything

on it and plenty left over to take home for later.

What a great surprise finding so many healthy

options. Jonny loved his pot roast as well. The

lunch menu is available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday

through Saturday. We had a great lunch, fantastic

service and noted on the way out that Sam’s has

a pet-friendly front porch. Our pups are coming

along on the next trip.

Sam’s Tavern

702 Highlander Point Drive

Floyds Knobs



bThe drizzle had fizzled by the time lunch was

done, so we headed up to the Mount St Francis.

It has been a few years since I had been there,

so I was looking forward to walking the grounds

and paths. I was worried about the gray day and

the lack of color in the woods, just a few weeks

shy of trees blooming, but again was surprised

after getting out of the car and being greeted by

vibrant, yellow Easter lilies and beautiful, dusty

pink Lenten roses. The Cordelier Park Stations of

the Cross and Grotto path right off the parking lot

was sprinkled with the yellow lilies standing out

amongst the gray and brown. Along the path to the

stations of the cross were charming, flat tableau

sculptures done by school children cast in bronze,

and the stations were marked with large wooden

signs, bridges and statues of St Francis of Assisi.

Just off the stations’ path and down in a gulley,

we come across a beautiful sight of a reclining St.

Francis, sandals a few feet away, gazing at a spring.

The bronze statue by Guy Tedesco is surrounded

by lilies and, despite the sound of traffic on the

road across the hill, gives this feeling of quiet and

peace and contemplation. After a few moments

of reflection, we head back toward the parking

lot to take Peggy’s Path. Paved and winding, the

trail leads down to the lake with decks and docks

reaching over the water, a huge fire pit and shelter

house, and rows of canoes. The lake and path

were quiet today, though the water was like glass.

Behind us, the buildings and field looked like a

Wyeth painting, the wind moving the yellow grass

and the buildings off in the distance. We made

our way back toward the main campus, peeked

in the windows of the ceramics studio and Mary

Anderson Center, which offers pottery classes on

Mondays and Wednesdays, and headed to the car.

101 St Anthony Drive

Mt St Francis


cWe deserved a bit of a treat after all that walking,

and even though I am trying to watch what I eat, I

like to make deals with myself. I just walked a couple

of hilly miles, and I ate really good at lunch, so if

I share something sweet it doesn’t really count –

right? We found Hob Knob Coffee at the bottom of

the hill and ordered in-house roasted coffees and

a delicious cheese Danish. The place was homey,

and the huge coffee grinder is an impressive piece

of machinery. The owners were super friendly, and

our coffees were perfectly brewed. Both were a

great caffeinated and sugar-high ending to a day

we thought would be a wash. We love surprises

like that!

3700 Paoli Pike #12

Floyds Knobs