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Serving With ‘Charity and Kindness’

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-05-amTri Kappa Inc. Has Benefited Indiana Community Since 1901

BY LISA HORNUNG | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

TAMMY PERSINGER, now a retired teacher and real estate agent, kept hearing women at work talking about Tri Kappa. “What is that?” she asked. “How can people get involved?”

One day, Persinger received an invitation in the mail to go to a meeting where she could learn more about this mysterious organization. She’s been a member for eight years now and loves it.

Tri Kappa is a philanthropic sorority for women in Indiana, with 247 chapters all over the state. It’s not like a traditional sorority in which you join as a college student, but you do have to pledge and be initiated, similar to other women’s groups. “You approach someone who is already a member and get information about it,” Persinger said. “We really look for people that have that giving spirit.”

Persinger is a member of the Floyd County chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa Inc., along with Kerry Nicolas, a real estate agent who has been a member for 25 years.

“I like it because we’re giving back to the community, and it’s strictly philanthropic,” Nicolas said. “So, all we do is have fundraisers to give back.”

Tri Kappa was founded by some young college women in Indianapolis in 1901. They decided their organization’s purpose would be “charity and kindness,” which the organization still follows today. When the ladies dispersed to their homes after college, they formed chapters, which helped the organization spread throughout the state.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-13-am

Today, the organization works to raise money for charity, culture and education. At the end of each fiscal year, they dole out funds for scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations. The Floyd County chapter gives out about $5,000 a year in scholarships and about $5,000 to $6,000 a year in grants to charities and arts organizations. Last year, they were able to give grants to every group that requested funds, Persinger said. The group also helps support Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, and they have made blankets and “puppy pillows” for kids as they come out of surgery.

Tri Kappa raise money through various events throughout the year, including their annual gala in February, as well as selling macaroni and cheese at Harvest Homecoming. They also do service projects that don’t involve raising money, such as painting swingsets at a park and giving the residents of a retirement community a “spa day” complete with shoulder massages and nail painting.


LAST YEAR, WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE GRANTS TO EVERY GROUP THAT REQUESTED FUNDS.

–TRI KAPPA MEMBER TAMMY PERSINGER


The women also enjoy the sisterhood that comes alongside the philanthropy. “We have people from all different backgrounds, all different races, all different cultures, all different religions and occupations,” Persinger said. We’re a very diverse group of women. It’s just been interesting to get to meet everybody and get to network with them. We just get together and have fun, and in having fun, we make money to give back to the community.”

For more information, visit trikappa.org.

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Strength in Numbers

Michelle Konkle, Denise Konkle, Dave Poe

Michelle Konkle, Denise Konkle, Dave Poe

Dozens of women banded together May 9 for Women Build 2018 benefitting Habit for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana.

Each Women Build home was funded and built by women leaders and volunteers in our community.

The volunteers work together to raise funds and the walls for the entire Women Build project. For each build, Habitat for Humanity relies on at least 10 women to be team leaders and each recruit up to 10 women for their team. Together, they raise funds and help make up the volunteers needed to construct the home by recruiting friends and family to support their work through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.

If you are interested in volunteering for the next Women Build, please call 812.948.1235 or email amy@habitatcfi.org.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-34-39-am

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A Day of Fun & Philanthropy

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-39-50-amA team from German American recently spent time at Rauch, Inc., a community that supports people with disabilities and their families. During their visit, the team provided a refreshing spruce up to their landscaping and enjoyed a day full of fun and smiles at the Rauch community.

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA SHARES 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-05-48-pmThe Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI) has made a meaningful difference in the community since 1991 and 2017 was no different.

The vision of CFSI is to be the partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in the community, providing stewardship of charitable intent so the impact of generosity will last for generations. By focusing on three core areas – community leadership, grants and scholarships and personal philanthropy – the organization is able to address needs and make lasting impacts.

Among the highlights over the past year: CFSI fundholders granted more than $4.4 million last year; that funding to area nonprofits helped those organizations serve 72,000 people in Clark and Floyd Counties. In 2017, CFSI distributed 133 scholarship awards with a combined value of over $600,000.

To learn more about Community Foundation of Southern Indiana – including how you can help – please visit cfsouthernindiana.com.


Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana assure the Foundation’s resources are used efficiently and effectively to accomplish their vision and mission.

Chair: Phillip Beaman

Vice Chair: Bill White

Treasurer: Adam Naville

Secretary: David Hussung

Immediate Past Chair: Gary Banet

4108 Charlestown Road, New Albany | 812.948.4662 | CfSouthernIndiana.com


KYLE VUONG

Bette Bennett Hammond Memorial Scholarship Recipient and Fulbright Research Grant recipient studying in Geneva, Switzerland.lab-photo

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Pints & Union, a ‘Real’ European Public House, Set to Open in June

BY KEVIN GIBSON | PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

pu-2Joe Phillips nearly gushes when he talks about Pints & Union, his forthcoming project that will soon open in downtown New Albany.

As someone who longs for the European-style pub – not the local bar or brewery featuring tap takeovers and weekly craft beer releases – he will find escape within the environs of the new public house. He believes others will too.

It will be a place of reflection and conversation, with twice-weekly beer discussions over pints of Guinness and Fuller’s London Pride with beer director Roger Baylor, other discussion groups, art and more.

“It will be a public house – like, a real one,” Phillips said.

The circa-1880 space certainly will look the part, with exposed brick and wood accents, ornate chandeliers, mix-and-match furniture, and even a vintage pay phone (yes, it works). An upstairs loft will overlook the main bar area, complete with ornate railing. The bar is 30 feet long, while the space totals roughly 2,000 square feet.

Originally a general store known as the Yankee Doodle store, the building was for years a bar called Love’s. The space has been completely gutted and renovated, so it won’t bear a resemblance to its predecessors.

There will be traditional bar and pub-style seating upstairs and down, but there also will be lounge areas, not to mention a fire place, a true staple of a European public house. House music will lean toward British, with themed playlists on weekends. Upstairs, there will be a small library for those who want to simply sit and read. The collection of décor and seating will be organically eclectic.

“I’m spending a ridiculous amount of time at auctions, finding chairs like you’d see at grandma’s house,” Phillips said. “Pub seating should be personal, not impersonal.”

He said the menu will be succinct, with six to nine core items and other rotating specials based on season and availability. As many ingredients as possible will be sourced from the nearby farmers market.

“We want to go down there and grab a handful of stuff, and when it’s gone, it’s gone,” Phillips said. He wouldn’t reveal the core menu but described it as “internationally-inspired street food.”

In fact, Pints & Union will be open on Saturday mornings while the market is open for the stray shopper who wants to step inside for a pint. Sundays will feature a “hangover menu” – “Our version of brunch,” Phillips said – while Wednesdays will feature $10 select bottles of wine and raclette, a Swiss dish made up of seasonal pickles, bread, vegetables and sausages, topped with warmed cheese.

“It’s approachable and no one is doing it,” Phillips said. “You can’t lose. It’s (really) good.”

Baylor’s beer list will feature staples Anchor Porter, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Pilsner Urquell, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, Upland Champagne Velvet and Thomas Family Winery cider, as well as the aforementioned Guinness and Fuller’s. Several rotating tap lines will be filled by seasonal craft and import beers. About 20 or so import bottle selections will be available as well, and there will be a full bar for those who prefer an Irish whisky or some other spirit.

When it’s all said and done, Pints & Union will strive for accessibility to anyone who happens to step inside. Not a place to watch the big game, the public house will cater to those who want discussion and education.

Phillips said he expects to do a soft open sometime in mid-June, with a public opening immediately afterward. Hours will be 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to whenever on Sunday.

“If it’s banging at 10 (at night) on a Sunday, we’ll stay open,” Phillips said.

Pints & Union is located at 114 E. Market St. in downtown New Albany, not far from the city’s bustling restaurant and bar scene, such as the popular Gospel Bird, Exchange Pub + Kitchen, Hull and High Water and more. But Phillips promises his new establishment will be a different animal.

“We’re just going to do fun stuff, have fun,” Phillips said. “Be Bohemian.”

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Summer Fun Series

SUMMER FUN

If you’re like us, you’re ready for summer, and we’ve got you covered if you’re looking for things to do. From young ones to adults, check out these options for enjoying the warm weather months while exploring and enjoying our community.


CAVE COUNTRY CANOES

812.365.2705

cavecountrycanoes.com

Forget the wifi. But you will find a better connection when enjoying Cave Country Canoes. Located 40 minutes west of Louisville, you’ll experience an amazing day on Blue River. Plan a trip – they offer excursions for individuals 3 years of age and up – and make it a point to enjoy this spring or summer.


FRENCH LICK WEST BADEN

812.936.3418

vflwb.com

Ready to create memories with the ones you love? Visit French Lick West Baden. Whether you want to bathe an elephant at Wilstem Ranch, enjoy sunset cruises on Patoka Lake or get outdoors and explore, the opportunity to create memories awaits.


HISTORIC ROCKPORT

812.649.9147

lincolnpioneervillage.com

One of Southern Indiana’s true gems of living history, this quaint river town has so much to offer. Visit the Rockport Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, 928 Fairground Drive in Rockport, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May through October.


JASPER INDIANA STRASSENFEST

jasperstrassenfest.org

Jasper Strassenfest has grown to become a premier festival in the region thanks to the foresight and dedication of the first committee who laid the groundwork of showcasing civic pride and German roots while providing a downtown venue to allow area not-for-profits to build fellowship and raise money for reinvestment in the community. Mark your calendar now for the 40th Annual Jasper Strassenfest, which will occur Aug. 2 through Aug. 5.


LOUISVILLE ZOO

502.459.2181

Louisvillezoo.org

There’s so much to enjoy at the Louisville Zoo, including a fabulous LEGO BRICKS exhibit created by Sean Kenney. This family-friendly venue is a jewel in Louisville that attracts people from around the region. Plan your visit today.


RED SKELTON MUSEUM

812.888.4184

redskeltonmuseum.org

Start your day with a laugh at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes. The museum honors the legacy of a man who touched numerous lives through his comedic talent, great works, compassion and commitment to public service and is a testament to the impact one man can have on the lives of others. Save the date: The Red Skelton Festival is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21.

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Cabin Grill

BY ANGIE FENTON

PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

Fans of Cabin Grill swear the restaurant on wheels has earned its tagline – “Southern Indiana’s favorite food truck” – and then some. And they are absolutely right. The food is fresh, the service super friendly and the prices just right.

Owner Summer Guthrie is known for turning local ingredients into quick, delicious dishes for lunch and a menu that varies based on her whims. Popular items include quesadillas, club wraps, potato salad and an array of desserts (Summer’s turtle sea salt cashew cookie bars and cherry cheesecake are unforgettable).

Cabin Grill is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and 5 to 7 p.m. on Taco Tuesday (Note: That’s pretty much every Tuesday for us taco lovers). But, it’s best to check the food truck’s Facebook page – @summerlovetruck – for daily updates. While you’re at it, take a peek at the 50+ 5-star reviews Cabin Grill has earned from happy customers. That’s almost as impressive as the food.


CABIN GRILL

Exit 19 off I-65; food truck is set up across from the Shell station

Henryville

@summerlovetruck on Facebook

www.cabingrilltruck.com

Kayla Tatgenhorst

River Run New Albany Family Waterpark Opens With A Splash

Kayla Tatgenhorst

Kayla Tatgenhorst

Summer events include activities for kids and adults

BY LISA HORNUNG | PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

THE PARK HAS THREE POOLS: an activity pool, a wading pool and a lazy river. The activity pool has a steamboat spray feature in it, and the wading pool is perfect for small children. There are four slides, including three tube slides and one bowl slide, which is “like you’re getting flushed down a toilet,” joked Kayla Tatgenhorst, events and promotions coordinator.

The park also offers swim lessons for ages 4 to 14. Though the target group for the classes are kids, adults are welcome to join if they want to learn,Tatgenhorst said. Cost is $30 for a two-week session of daily American Red Cross lessons.

While the kids learn to swim, adults can swim laps or walk against the current in the Lazy River. There are no water fitness classes this year, but for $3 per visit, you can still get a workout in the mornings.

This year, there will be several fun activities to keep families busy, Tatgenhorst said. This includes water volleyball twice a month in the activity pool and Deck Art days on Tuesdays. On Deck Art day, kids can bring their own chalk and draw all over the concrete. If they don’t have any chalk, there will be some available. On July 25, kids can Be a Lifeguard for a Day. They’ll get the chance to hang out with a lifeguard for an hour at a time and learn what it’s like to be responsible for the safety of swimmers. On June 27 and July 18, there will be Yard Games, including cornhole, Jenga and other fun backyard games.

At 5 p.m. Thursdays, there is a Big Splash contest, and 5 p.m. Fridays there are Duck Drop Races. Participants can buy a plastic duck for $1, and the owner of the duck that “wins the race” to the steps gets a concessions basket or voucher. There are about 100 ducks, and they nearly sell out every week, Tatgenhorst said. The money raised will be donated to a charity at the end of the season.

Adults can get in on the fun, too. At 5 p.m. Aug. 17 is Adult Swim Night. There will be beer and wine, along with other food provided. Participants must be 21 to attend.

Tatgenhorst said the waterpark is fun for all ages. “Come have a splashtastic day at River Run Water Park with your friends and family.”

Events information will be posted on the park’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/RiverRunWaterPark


COST: $7 for Floyd County residents, $9 for Indiana residents and $15 for out-of-state residents.

SEASON PASS: Single, $65 for Floyd County residents, $100 for everyone else. Family (two adults and three children, $225 for Floyd County residents, $275 for everyone else. $45 for each additional child.

SUNSCREEN IS FREE

LAP SWIM AND WATER WALKING: $3 per person.

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. May 26-Aug. 12. After Aug. 12, the park will begin limited back-to-school hours.

LOCATION: 224 W. Daisy Lane

MORE INFORMATION: nariverrun.com, or 812-949-5448.

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Cultural Pass Expands to Southern Indiana

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-41-58-pmPass provides free admission to numerous arts-related institutions

For the first time, the 2018 Cultural Pass will be available to kids in Louisville and Southern Indiana. The provides free access to many of Greater Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions and is valid for one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions and is valid through Aug. 11.

Created from Vision Louisville, the Cultural Pass is an innovative initiative to promote art and culture and improve summer learning in our community. The 2018 Cultural Pass is presented by Churchill Downs, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance and the Louisville Free Public Library. Additional underwriting for Southern Indiana families to participate is made possible by the Bales Foundation, Duke Energy and the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, in partnership with the Jeffersonville Township Public Library and The Floyd County Library (formerly known as the New Albany-Floyd County Library).

Nearly 200,000 passes have been issued since its inception in 2014. The 2018 Cultural Pass can be picked up at The Floyd County Library, Jeffersonville Township Public Library and any of the Louisville Free Public Library locations. For more information, go to fundforthearts.org/culturalpass.

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Water, Water Everywhere

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BY JD DOTSON

Make Time To Play At Our Area Water Parks

WINTER HELD ON WAY TOO LONG IN OUR AREA. IT FELT LIKE SPRING WAS HERE FOR A DAY AND A HALF, BUT SUMMER HAS FINALLY MADE ITS WAY TO OUR AREA. THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER HAS ME ACHING FOR BIKE RIDES, PICNICS AND COOLING OFF IN THE WATER, SO I COMPILED A LIST OF THE EXTOL TEAM’S FAVORITE SPLASH PARKS IN THE REGION. DIG OUT THAT SWIMSUIT AND MEET US THERE!


Silver Street Park

2043 Silver Street

New Albany

812.949.5448

www.cityofnewalbany.com

Silver Street Park is a hidden gem to most people but one of our absolute favorite parks to play in. It includes a splash park, playground, a graffiti wall, sports complex and field, hiking and picnic areas (and tons of friendly strangers every time we’ve gone there). Free and open to the public. Closes at 9 p.m.


River Run

224 W. Daisy Lane

New Albany

812.948.5380

www.nariverrun.com

New Albany’s Family Fun waterpark has water slides, lazy river, steamboat-themed splash park, toddler and activities pools, and a bowl slide. Hours are 11 to 7 p.m. daily and prices vary depending on residency: $7 for Floyd County residents, $9 for Hoosiers and $15 for out-of-state guests. Season passes available.


Breslin Park

1388 Lexington Road

Louisville

www.louisvilleky.gov

Breslin Park sits just between downtown, Crescent Hill and the Highlands and has picnic tables, playground and sprayground. It’s free and open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Laporte Park in Portland

2529 Bank St.

Louisville

www.louisvilleky.gov

This park features basketball courts, a playground and a sprayground. LaPorte Park is free and open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Charlestown Family Activities Park

1000 Park St.

Charlestown

812.256.3422

www.cityofcharlestown.com

The park includes a super cool pirate-themed spray pad and playground for a mere $3 admission fee. Additional activities include roller skating, mini golf and concessions and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday. The park is closed Sunday.


Adventure Playground/Waterplay

1201 River Road

Louisville

www.louisvillewaterfront.com

The riverfront waterpark has an impressive collection of water cannons, misters, steamboat themed playground equipment and colorful sculptures of fish spewing water from their mouths. The park is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and free to the public.


Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

937 Phillips Lane

Louisville KY 40209

502.813.8200

www.kentuckykingdom.com

The list of wet and wild water activities at Hurricane Bay is exhaustive – but in a good way. Conquistador Canyon, Deep Water Dive, Forbidden Passage, Waikiki Wipeout, Plummet Summit, Voodoo Express and (my favorite) Mega Wedgie all sound fear-inducing and awesome. Milder cool fun is aplenty at the park in a lazy river, family splash park and milder slides and activities for smaller ones. The park is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and depending on where you are coming from, the $44.95 general admission and $39.95 child admission will also get you into Kentucky Kingdom.