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Recap: A Bourbon on The River Experience

Harvest Homecoming 2018 may be in the rear view mirror, but now is the time to make plans for next year’s Bourbon on the River

Story and Photos by Miranda McDonald

The team from Starlight Distillery with Dana and Ted Huber

The team from
Starlight Distillery
with Dana and
Ted Huber

Even though Harvest Homecoming is one of Southern Indiana’s most anticipated annual events, I have to admit that I’d never attended it before this year. As I divulge what must seem like a completely shocking revelation, seeing as Southern Indiana has proudly become a second home to me since joining the staff at this publication several years ago, I also must make it known that my absence from the Harvest Homecoming activities hasn’t come without some serious regret. Every October, my social feeds fill up with photos of friends and colleagues posing proudly with a unique piece of art or that perfect fried pork tenderloin sandwich they found while perusing the tents lining the streets in downtown New Albany. That being said, you can only imagine my delight when after years of almost, but not quite making it to the yearly festivities I was invited to attend one of the festival’s newest additions, Bourbon on the River.

“We are the first to bring bourbon tasting, cigars and jazz  – all the things we love about the south – to this side of the river,” said event organizer Rosie Bryant.

Bourbon on the River made its debut in 2017 as the premiere bourbon tasting event at Harvest Homecoming. This year, it not only expanded the list of distillers participating from four to eight also quickly sold out, even after doubling its attendance. The expanded list of distillers involved in this year’s event included Diageo Bulleit Bourbon, Michter’s Distillery, Jeptha Creed Distillery, Copper and Kings American Brandy Company, Evan Williams Distillery, Brown-Forman, the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company and Starlight Distillery, one of the event’s main sponsors.

At the event, all distilleries showcased a unique cocktail or pour featuring their specific libation. Each of which, I had the pleasure of tasting. A few of my favorite alcohol-infused concoctions included the Peerless Harvest Apple Rye and the Double Starlight Blackberry Lemonade, a sweet mix of lemon juice, Starlight Distillery Blackberry Whiskey, and simple syrup that was topped off with three ice cubes and a lemon slice.

As Rosie walked me around the Sounds Unlimited Productions’ Party Tent on the River – the event’s location since its inception – I couldn’t help but sway slightly to the buoyant beat of the Pharrell Williams hit song “Because I’m Happy” while Bard and Eddie of the local band Jake & Elwood performed for the crowd. The band’s set list, a true array of classic hits that spanned from the ’80s to present-day, provided an upbeat soundtrack for the evening. However, it was “Love Shack” by The B-52s and the liquid courage provided by Michter’s neat pours that really got the crowd moving toward the dance floor.

Attendees in the Cigar Lounge

Attendees in the
Cigar Lounge

After I sampled my fair share of the local spirits and engaged in a bit of dancing, I eagerly made my way to the food table located directly beside the craft beer booth in the front area of the tent. Sam’s Food and Spirits provided a variety of perfect party snacks that included green chili wontons, spinach dip, bread pudding and an additional assortment of cheese boards for the VIP area.

While I carefully made room for a few slices of Gouda and Colby-Jack cheese next to the rather large pile of chili wontons on my plate, I asked the lady standing next to me what she liked most about the event.

“I love the bourbon, but it is really the social part that brought me back this year. It really feels like a reunion with old friends,” she explained.

Aside from the bourbon, live entertainment and culinary delights, there was also a cigar lounge that had been erected directly outside of the main tent. With cigars and bourbon being such an historical pairing, The Office Cigar Lounge provided baskets of fine cigars for attendees to enjoy.

There were also several raffles that took place throughout the night. Some of the prizes included thermos mugs, candle baskets and t-shirts. The largest prize included a barrel head engraved with the official Bourbon on the River Logo, and the signatures of all the master distillers from the participating distilleries.

I didn’t happen to win any raffle prizes, but the night thoroughly exceeded my expectations and allowed me to get my very first glimpse into what Harvest Homecoming is truly all about: bringing the community together to celebrate the rich heritage of Southern Indiana.

After my Bourbon on the River experience, I reconnected with Rosie to ask if there was anything additional attendees could look forward to at next year’s event.  She responded: “The Harvest Homecoming Festival was voted as the top fall festival in Indiana. That’s an award we cherish. Every member of the festival, from board members to the volunteers, put their heart and soul into it. Going into our 52nd year, we will strive to make it even better. Bourbon on the River is a new event, so we are always asking for input on how to improve it.”

screen-shot-2018-11-20-at-4-11-40-pmBryant later added that there will be changes to the current ticket prices of $60 for VIP and $45 for general admission. However, what those changes will be has not been decided yet. The board is also looking into moving the event to Bicentennial Park.

However, one thing that won’t change at next year’s Bourbon on the River event is a unique experience that pairs live entertainment and appetizing food with the best bourbon Kentuckiana has to offer.



Bourbon on the River 2019

Want to know more about tickets or participate as a sponsor or distillery? Contact Rosie Bryant at 502.541.4056. Learn more about the event at HarvestHomecoming.com


Business 101 | Dana Huber

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-54-19-amDana Huber 

Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations

Huber’s Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards


“I am motivated by my family, my co-workers, our community, enthusiastic people, smiles, music, big dreams and laughter.”


Boards, volunteer or community work:
First Harrison Bank – Board Member; Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Council for Agribusiness – Council Member; “Our Southern Indiana” Regional Development Authority – Chairperson; University of Louisiville Family Business Center – Board Member; Southern Indiana Tourism(SoIn) – Board Member; WineAmerica – Board Member.


In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

In 10 years, I would like to see Southern Indiana positioned as one of the top 10 places to live, work, and raise a family in the Midwest. Southern Indiana is poised for greatness and with the right partnerships, community planning, and by simply working together to plan for growth, we have all the right ingredients to make Southern Indiana a blue-ribbon recipe for success!


Who or what motivates you?

I am motivated by my family, my co-workers, our community, enthusiastic people, smiles, music, big dreams and laughter. All of these things indicate happiness to me and, in turn, all of these things provide motivation for me. But, I will say that my mom and dad are like my rocks.  Whether I am in crisis or in celebration, my parents are the rocks and foundation of everything that I get to learn from or enjoy every day. They are my reason for dusting myself off and giving 110 percent to everything I touch.
What habits/routines have helped with your success?

My habits and routines were the result of the environment that I grew up in and our family life. I was taught by my parents, Janet and Bob Temple, that anything worth having wouldn’t come easy, and you will have to work hard, work smart and be patient and success will find you. It’s these principles that were shared with me early in life with a dash of “being humble” and “being kind,” that have helped me to find my version of success. Because in the end, who is to define your success other than you.


What pushes you through your most difficult times?

My push is from my husband of 27 years, Ted Huber. As he always says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” coupled with some advice that “You can only worry about those things that you can have some influence or control over.” Admittedly, working with your spouse can be challenging at times, but we always find a way to work it out. We complement each other, and he is my biggest cheerleader. He advocates to get me positioned in responsibilities that highlight my strengths, which help to push me through anything – personal or professional.


What are you most proud of professionally?

I would say I am most proud of my abilities to bring people together for a common goal and my work in our community. There is no doubt for those who know me best that I ABSOLUTELY love my work out in our community! Anytime I can represent Huber’s Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards and add value to the task at hand, I am thankful to be a part of the process. I am very thankful that my family work team has allowed me the opportunity to spend time in our community.

Phil & Allie MacDonald


Photography by Lauren Morris of Photography & Design by Lauren


How we met.

We met at a bar called Uptown Larry’s in Fort Myers, Florida. Phil was born and raised in Fort Myers, and I lived there while attending Florida Gulf Coast University and for a few years afterward. We were each “wingmen” to our friends who were meeting up that night at Larry’s, and we hit it off so well that we stayed in touch and hung out every now and then, but our job and school schedules were completely opposite of each other. I worked at a Hyatt at the time as the evening shift lead and full time at FGCU, and Phil worked at FedEx and UPS starting at 4 a.m., so there were not a lot of chances for us to spend time together. Fast forward to after graduation and I had a lot more free time, and Phil got a new job at 84 Lumber, so we started to see more and more of each other to really start dating officially.

Our first date.

We went to the Naples Zoo. I had a rare afternoon off on a Sunday, and we had so much fun. We fed the giraffes and rode the boat for the tour of the monkey islands and had a blast all day. We still love going to zoos together and do our best to visit the zoo in any city that we visit on vacation (the few and far between times that I’m able to have time off to travel!). Phil says he “remembers going to the zoo one afternoon and that I had so much fun and we went to dinner – or maybe you cooked for me?”

Our engagement story.

It was a few days after Christmas, and I was working in the morning at Huber’s Plantation Hall (at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, which Allie’s family owns). I took the afternoon off. It was a really nice day for late December. Lots of sunshine. So, I came home and Phil was all antsy and in a jittery mood, saying he wanted to go back out to the farm to get a picture in the vineyards for his mom. I was a little skeptical because who wants to take a picture in some dead vines for their mom? And he was acting all weird, so I kind of got a hint of what he was up to and took my time getting ready, curling my hair, doing my makeup and picking out a cute outfit – just in case! It turns out I was right. Phil remembers being very nervous and sweating a lot for it being December. He chose the location because he thought it was very romantic and it would be a place that we could always revisit. It was the blackberry patch where the wooden post walkways between the rows are, which is where I have always wanted to have professional photography pictures taken. But we didn’t do an engagement photo session, so we’ll save it for another life achievement.

Our wedding day memories.

For Phil, the best memory from our wedding day was having all of his friends and family come to Southern Indiana for the first time to visit and see our new life up here, and it was very important for me to have them all here as well. It’s so hard to explain Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards to people who have never been here, and they were all very much impressed. We had everyone visiting from Florida out for a wine tasting and tour of the entire farm before our rehearsal. It was so fun to have our worlds combined like that. Phil said he will always remember our first look in the peach orchard and thought that was a very nice location with the trees blooming on our wedding day, and how pretty I was in my wedding dress.

I will always remember the love, support, and (of course) attention I received as a bride. We have such a wonderful group of friends and all of our family there to celebrate with us. It is really hard to put into words how much it meant to us to have all of that pouring in on one day. I think my most memorable moments are from the ceremony when I walked through the doors with my dad and was overwhelmed by all the love and smiles and happiness for us. Exchanging vows, rings and promising to love each other and be there for one another every day for the rest of our days is obviously something you aren’t going to forget very soon.


Wedding Venue: St. John’s Catholic Church in Starlight

Reception Venue: Huber’s Plantation Hall

Officiant: Father Winifred “Sonny” Day

Photographer: Lauren Morris of Photography & Design by Lauren

Dress: Laurel Wreath Bridal

Bride’s earrings: Koerber’s Fine Jewelry

Rings: Engagement Ring from Shane Co.; Wedding Bands from Koerber’s Fine Jewelry

Other accessories: Bride’s grandmother’s bracelet and father’s wedding band

Hair Stylist: Suzanne Motsinger and Shelby VanArsdale from Hair, Nails & More

Makeup: Angie Maxwell

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Black by Vera Wang

Décor: Nance Events and Huber’s Plantation Hall

Flowers: Nance Floral Shoppe

Invitations: The Funky Olive (an Etsy Shop)

Catering: Huber’s Plantation Hall

Cake: Adrienne & Co.

Music: Endless Summer Band

Acknowledgment from the bride: “I have known Debbie Adams at Huber’s Plantation Hall my entire life. She is a staple of what the farm represents to ourselves, as well as the community. Debbie is a very committed and hardworking woman, and I know for a fact my wedding (and honeymoon – she covered my responsibilities while I was off) would not have been half of what it was without her helping and guiding hand. Almost everything I know and have learned about managing events comes from Debbie, and I want to take the opportunity to thank her for all that she’s done for me personally, as well as my family and our brand.”


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-44-10-amPhoto by Christian Watson

     Fans of Preferred Meats in Sellersburg swear by the shop’s fresh, hand-cut selection – but they also know the local establishment carries far more. In addition to meats for every taste, this family-owned business also has everything from vegetables to spices, sides, sauces, craft beer ’n‘ wine and charcoal, too. It’s become one of the Extol Team’s go-to places for deli meat and anything you’d want to throw on the grill. Preferred Meats is located at 7617 Old Hwy 60 #3 in Sellersburg. The one-stop-shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Follow @preferredmeatsinc on Facebook.


A Taste of SoIN | Real Food and Fun at Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-13-pmBY ANGIE FENTON | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON 

There are plenty of reasons to include Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant on your list of must-visit places this fall, but my favorite is the food, all of which is made from scratch and reminiscent of the long-ago leisurely family dinners at my grandparents’ home when I was growing up.

The spacious dining room overlooks the flower gardens, lake and mini farm/playground, which only adds to the ambiance, but I have to be honest: Once it’s served, it’s hard to look anywhere but at the food. Country Fried Chicken. Huber Honey Ham. Chicken and Dumplings. Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter. Fresh Vegetables. And all of it is served family style. If you leave Joe Huber’s hungry, you did it wrong. screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-31-pm

If you aren’t interested in the dining experience, you can order your favorites to go. I won’t name names, but I once did a live TV remote at Joe Huber’s with a photographer friend and after ordering to-go, we didn’t even make it out of the parking lot but, instead, greedily – and without shame, mind you – feasted on the fried chicken while sitting in the news truck, giggling like little kids.

In addition to the fabulous food, you’ll find activities for all ages at Huber’s Family Farm, including pony rides, a corn maze, wagon rides, paintball, and more (these activities cost money) along with complimentary fun that includes tether ball, a 40-foot tunnel slide, swings, a hammock and my daughter’s favorite, the Tiny Tot’s Play Set.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-21-pmThe pumpkin patch has been open since Sept. 9 and a portion of all U-pick sales benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children. The Market and Gift Shop also offer fresh gift ideas, locally grown food, preserves, jams, jellies, fudge and wonderful caramel apples (I’ll take mine with nuts, please!).

Every weekend, Joe Huber’s features live music with local musicians, craft beer, wine and cocktails, too.

But about that food…


2421 Engle Road | Starlight 




A Taste of SoIN | There’s No Place Like Home at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards


Photo courtesy Ross Wallace

Photo courtesy Ross Wallace

There’s No Place Like Home at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards 



19816 Huber Road


812.923.9463 | www.huberwinery.com

There’s something about autumn that beckons a homecoming to the simpler times. Think spiced apples, pumpkin patches and enjoying a day of fun with family. Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards offers that and more.

Family-owned and –farmed since 1843, the Starlight locale is a hot-spot for tourists, but it’s also a yearly (at the very least) destination for many locals, too.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-02-35-pmOn a recent visit with friends and our little ones, we enjoyed the Fall Harvest Pumpkin Tour ($7 per child), a guided walking (toddling for some of us) tour of the grounds during which the guide shared information about the 550-acre farm. As an added bonus, the kiddos picked pumpkins, were delighted to get an apple to take home and received free admission to the Family Farm Park. The park features pedal karts, mountain slides, several mazes and playgrounds and the Huber Gran Train. Admission is free with any tour or only $5 per person. Trust me, the money is worth it. We saved the park for last, which meant most of us experienced a quiet ride home while our tots slept soundly.

Weekends at Huber’s offer the opportunity to sip, eat and enjoy local musicians like Olivia Henken, Josh Logan and Joe Dotson. The Starlight Café offers a delicious selection of appetizers, sandwiches pizzas and salads. My husband and I married on a Saturday in October 2014 and took my parents to Huber’s the following Monday for what we all recall was the perfect place to relax post-wedding chaos. It’s now become an annual trek.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-05-42-pmHuber’s also offers tours of the Starlight Distillery, which is newly expanded. On a return trip with several adult couples, we chose the Production and More Tour ($20 plus tax per person), which is about an hour experience featuring an in-depth look at the distillery process and samplings in a Starlight Distillery souvenir glass. Be sure to RSVP in advance if you opt for this memorable way to spend the day.

Regardless of the company I’m in, we always take a moment to stop in the Farm Market, which features homegrown produce all year round and delightful baked goods.

IUS Night of Champions

Photos by Tim Girton

Aug. 6 | Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Starlight 

The Indiana University Southeast Athletic Department’s Champions Dinner broke records once again. The 4th annual event, which was held Aug. 6 at Huber’s Orchard and Winery, raised $40,000 and had nearly 300 guests in attendance. IUS Athletics received the most donations in the event’s history, including from 40 local businesses and organizations. Funds raised from the dinner support athletic scholarships at IUS.

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Connie Devall and Coach Wiley Brown | Keith Blackburn and Scott Wilkins | Coach Jim Morris chatted with Damon Bates | Richard Weaver with Amada Dailey-Weaver | Vice Chancellor Dana Wavle spoke with guests | Joe Glover addressed the reception.