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Letter from the Editor | June/July 2019

It has been a thrill watching The Juice Box Heroes evolve over the past several years. The Southern Indiana-based cover band now commands packed audiences that have numbered more than 5,000. Lead singer Dan Farmer is the focus of this issue’s cover story. His tale from how he went from cage fighter to frontman for the popular band is entertaining and inspiring — and definitely worth the read. You also can see the crew on July 13 when they perform at Schmitt Furniture’s 83rd Birthday Dash 8 to 11 p.m. at the New Albany Amphitheater.

If you know any young people who have hearts for serving others, check out the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s article on page 12 for details about its Youth Philanthropy Council. What a wonderful program and mission that could benefit from even more participants.

extolmag_27_page_013_image_0001Other must read features: You’ll find the cutest furry volunteer on page 14, a review of the deliciousness Wild Eggs has to offer on page 18, one of my favorite places to shop for gifts and home accents on page 40, and more than 20 folks from Southern Indiana who share what means most to them at this moment beginning on page 45.

extolmag_27_page_013_image_0002Now, on a personal note… At the tail end of last summer, my husband and I made a promise: We’re going to do better in 2019. Once the warm weather months arrived, we vowed we would continue working hard while also working to protect our precious downtime. We committed to enjoying the pool he maintains but we rarely enjoyed, and inviting friends, neighbors and family to take part, too. We agreed to make memories that have nothing to do with fodder for Facebook posts. “Look at faces, not devices” reads a sign in our home, a gentle reminder. We were adamant about ensuring we spend more time together as a family with our daughter as we explore the offerings around the Southern Indiana region, including music, art, festivals, farmers markets, sporting events, hometown celebrations. While we’re just getting started, I’m happy to report we have — mostly — made good on these personal promises and are determined to ensure we don’t let another summer pass by and leave us wondering what did we do with our time. No matter how you spend this summer, I hope you make the opportunity to enjoy with the ones you love. As always, thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol.


Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief



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.

Falls City News & Brews | Episode 4: ‘Tis the Seasonal

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Falls City News & Brews | Episode 4: 'Tis the Seasonal

Seasonals are like opinions: everyone has them. In this episode of Falls City News & Brews, the guys talk about their favorite seasonals (and one a couple of them hate).

Thanks for listening and please drink responsibly.

Falls City’s heritage as one of Louisville’s enduring breweries – we were founded in 1905 – has given way to our vision for the future. Since the brewery was re-imagined in 2010, the focus by our small team has been singular: Simply make great craft beer.

10 Ways to Sneak Learning into Your Child’s Summer Vacation

The end of another school year is in the books and almost immediately your children will want to start the annual rites of summer vacation 

By Toni Konz

Whether it’s hanging out with friends, wanting to hit up local swimming pools or sitting in front of a television or smartphone for hours – odds are the last thing they want to do is anything that has to do with school or classwork.

As a parent of a 15-year-old son, I have been there. And as a reporter who has spent the past 14 years covering nothing but education stories, I know the significance of what many educators call the “summer brain drain.”

I’m here to tell you that there are a number of (fun) things you can do to help keep your kids learning this summer. Some of these things you can do together, others are things they can do on their own. The best part? They may not even know you are challenging them to use their minds.

Summer Camps. Let’s start with the obvious. There are a number of schools, churches and even businesses that are filled with lots of reading, math and problem-solving skills. You can google Southern Indiana or Louisville summer camps and find there are dozens to choose from. Some of my favorites are the FREE ones, like the JCPS “Literacy &” program for kids in grades K-5. It connects literacy instruction to character-building opportunities. Program themes include photography, yoga, robotics and hip-hop. Times, days & locations vary, call 502.485.3506.

Read every day and make it fun. This tip comes from Kenwood Elementary School teacher Tracy Madryga. “Make it so reading is something the kid HAS to do, but WANTS to do. Go to the library. Let them check out the books. Visit the zoo and museums in the area and discuss what they see and do.”

Have your child plan a day trip … to a local park or forest. Whether it’s Clifty Falls, Charlestown, Hoosier National Forest, Iroquois, Seneca or Cherokee parks in Louisville, or Mammoth Cave or Bernheim Forest – have your kids map out the driving distance (or walking route) and plan a schedule. Have them take a notebook and camera and ask them to write down observations and take pictures of flowers, plants, trees and wildlife. When then get home, ask them to write or create a project (even if it’s a photo gallery on social media) based on what they saw. Who says poster board projects are just for school?

Take them fossil hunting. The banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville are home to the 386-million-year-old Devonian fossil beds. Kids of any age will enjoy finding and exploring different fossils. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources suggests having them bring a spray water bottle (to see the fossils better), a magnifying glass (to examine them more closely), a ruler or a coin (to measure for scale) and some Play-Doh or molding clay so they can make casts and molds of small fossils to take home. Have them bring a notebook so they can rub or sketch the fossils and a camera so they can take pictures. In addition, pack a lunch. Picnic tables are scattered around the park. Parking is $2. There is a cost to visit the Interpretive Center, which was recently renovated and offers an exhibit gallery and other fun activities.

Bake a cake or make cookies. Almost every kind of baking recipe requires measurements and some basic math skills. Instead of one recipe, double it up and ask your kid how much flour, sugar and other ingredients are need. Ask them to measure it out and make sure you double check for accuracy. Make it fun. And if you don’t want all the extra cookies or cakes sitting around your house, drop them off to a local police or fire station or a senior citizens home.

Have them volunteer. An important part of life is learning how to give back to others. Visit an animal shelter, drop by a food kitchen and feed the homeless or research a non-profit organization and inquire about volunteering to help them – even if it’s just for a day.

Ask them to write or draw. Where do your kids see themselves in a year? What do they want to be when they get older and why? What would their dream summer vacation be like? Ask them to write (or draw) a response to a simple question. Even if it’s only for 20 to 30 minutes. You might even learn something you didn’t know.

Engage with them, have a conversation. This one seems simple, maybe even a little silly. This idea comes from my cousin, Tasha, who is a teacher in Wisconsin. “Kids of any age need experiences. They also need the language that goes along with those experiences. I predict the biggest deficit in the near future will be that our children will not have enough exposure to language. By this I mean … they need adults to engage in conversation with them. It can be conversations in the kitchen or the zoo or the park or wherever! Adults need to talk to kids. That’s how they learn.”

Give them a long-term project to do. From Kamaria Wesley, a teacher at Schaffner Traditional Elementary: “Give your kids a long-term project or two to complete. It can be something as simple as an extra summer daily chore around the house (taking care of the plants, mowing a neighbor’s grass) or following current events of interest. Engaging in the real world is so important. Kids need to also be able to have fun so they are not burnt out on the learning process.”

Challenge them to create their own game. Meyzeek Middle School teacher Buffy Sexton offers these ideas for pre-teens and teens: “Give them a budget and tell them to create an outing for the family (let them research online) or have them create quizlet.com flash cards about your family or themselves or a favorite pastime of theirs. They can also create a Kahoot game (go to getkahoot.com) for the family to play.” Another fun one: “Go to www.moviemistakes.com and find a movie and see if your kids can find all the mistakes or more.

Dog Days at Sam’s

Photos by Tim Girton

Aug. 17 | Sam’s Food & Spirits in Floyd’s Knobs 

Dogs aren’t only fetch aficionados and card sharks – they’re socialites, too. At least this was the case on Aug. 17 at Sam’s Dog Days of Summer Cocktail Party, where pups and their pals alike mingled for a pleasant afternoon benefiting Southern Indiana Animal Rescue (SIAR). There’s nothing quite like refreshments with your best friend on the tail-end of summer. Many thanks to Annie Lou’s Pet Sitting Service for making and donating the sales of dog treats to SIAR and, especially, to Sam’s owner Sam Anderson for donating a portion of proceeds from sales made during the event to SIAR.

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(Clockwise from top left)

Barbara Haas and Anne Scherer with Xavier and Lucy | Getting acquainted | Koleton Freitas and Bentley | Missy Mitchell with Charlie | Tobi, Shepherd and Tanner Brinegar with Daisy | Becky Hand with Bean.