Category Archives: Floyd County Survey

El Via Crucis at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

On the Catholic holy day of Good Friday (Viérnes Santa), Mexican-Americans in New Albany, Indiana stage a public dramatization of the crucifixion.  The performance features local community members in the roles of key gospel figures, and includes a communal procession … Continue reading

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Visit to Kentucky Art Car Weekend, 2011

The Kentucky Art Car Weekend brings together people who have transformed their vehicles into a mobile medium for public displays and performances.  Several of the people I interviewed during my southern Indiana fieldwork had at one time or another participated … Continue reading

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Scott Scarboro, Recycled Materials Artist

Scott Scarboro is a multimedia artist and musician based in New Albany, Indiana.  Scarboro collects and repurposes old materials to create collages, kinetic sculptures, musical instruments, and decorated motor vehicles.  Scarboro’s ongoing projects include the Monkey Boy music ensemble and … Continue reading

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Samuel Mestel, Square Dance Caller

Samuel Mestel is a western square dance caller who lives in New Albany, Indiana.  Mestel, age 15, learned to call dances from an experienced caller named Tony Kincade, who encouraged Mestel after noticing him singing along at dance lessons.  Mestel … Continue reading

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Carolyn Humphrey, Doll Maker

Carolyn Humphrey makes wrap dolls and other fiber artworks in Georgetown, Indiana.  Humphrey learned to make stuffed cloth dolls in the 1970s while living in Illinois.  Despite gaining early recognition as a traditional artist, Humphrey currently pursues more inventive, personal … Continue reading

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Tisha Naville, Soap Maker

Tisha Naville raises goats and makes milk-based soaps in Georgetown, Indiana.  Naville began making soap from surplus raw milk to meet her immediate family’s need for non-allergenic products.  After a year of experimenting with recipes, Naville now packages and sells … Continue reading

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Joe Manship, Electric Guitar Builder

Joe Manship makes Fender Telecaster-style electric guitars at the Manship family shop outside Hardinsburg, Indiana.  Joe took over Manship Guitars from his father, Alan Manship, around 2007.  Alan suffers from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare condition that has forced him to … Continue reading

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St. Luke’s Sausage Supper, Food Event

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Jeffersonville, Indiana serves homemade German food at its annual Sausage Supper.  The event dates to 1937, when parishioners held the first “Sauerkraut Supper” to help repair the church after a devastating flood.  In … Continue reading

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Bob Jones, Wood Turner

Bob Jones does wood turning and fretwork at his shop in Georgetown, Indiana.  Jones picked up woodturning as a pastime after receiving a lathe from a relative.  Learning mostly by trial and error, Jones developed his own approach to creating … Continue reading

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Corydon Dulcimer Society, Folk Music Association

The Corydon Dulcimer Society meets in Corydon, Indiana to learn and play lap dulcimer music.  The Society has existed for over two decades, growing by word-of-mouth to include over 50 members from around the southern Indiana region.  Members gather on … Continue reading

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