Still Growing and Going Strong after 43 Years

The Attic & Coffee Mill Cafe;  what a wonderful legacy of 43 years of serving their Judy Julieneighborhood, City of Madison, Jefferson County and the Midwest with great coffee, pastries, lunches, gifts and more. Bob & Irene List (Judy’s Mother & Dad)  began back in April 1971 and shortly after Judy & Phil George and Julie George Truax stepped in.  And the rest is history…a wonderful history of hard work, smiles, great food and love.

I can’t recall how much coffee or wonderful home brewed teas I have consumed, but I do recall meeting friends, family and visitors dutch apple pie, coffeein a wonderful atmosphere of fresh brewed coffees, warmed pastries and delicious meals. I love to sit in the window and watch the world go by..of course, being a good Presbyterian, I have to have either the fresh brewed coffee of the day or tea and then something to eat. I also love to sit in the window and wait for Nate & Stacy’s daughter Ashtyn to get out of school at Middleton so we can get our hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate syrup and talk about her day in Kindergarten.

Since the Attic is open at 7:30 until 5:00 Monday through SaturdayAttic salad withAttic gelato lunch served between 11 and 2, there is no excuse not to get stop and stock up for your day.  I love to have meetings at the Attic with different local boards and friends.  I love to bring my Youth Group in to enjoy their gelato and special soft drink selection. Then of course you can relax… visit with friends and enjoy Mill Street Salads, Meat Loaf sandwiches (my favorite) assortments of soups and sandwiches and of course desserts.

Judy and Julie are supporting our local economy by buying local…pretty awesome, eh? Be sure to come down and visit and thank them for all their long years of serving our community…ENJOY!!


Sure Beats Swimming Across the River

I usually talk about food, however, with the Milton-Madison  bridge closed during Janet Rockin Tconstruction, we have two wonder Captains who stepped up to assist our weary travelers going back and forth between the two towns.  Janet and Paul from the Rockin’ Thunder Boat Rides have stepped up to help transport residents back and forth across the river. It has been a nasty weather week with downpours, lightning, rough waters,  flooding with lots of driftwood, and cleaning out driftwood from the boat’s intake;  however, they transported almost 1000 residents, cats and dogs back and forth to the other side.

Paul thumbs upKay Lou and I were down enjoying the excitement watching as bank employees, residents and other business employees made the ride.  Several residents of Milton came to Madison to get food to take back.  People in line were very patient waiting in line to be next to put on the life jackets; and it turned into a social event with many coming down to the riverfront to watch the excitement.  I have talked to several making the trip around by way of Markland Dam and they average 90 minutes not to mention extra gas and frustrations.

We as a community are very blessed when local residents step up to help others. Residents like, Bob Canida, Benny Newell, and Bobby Schaefer began helping friends across.  Then Lucas Soule from the Eagle Hollow Marina brought his dock down from upstream and installed it in Madison, otherwise boats couldn’t get in and out quickly.MPC Rockin Thunder

Janet and Paul will be starting their season later in May, and if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy a ride with them, please get down there this summer.  Kay Lou and I have been on numerous trips, up the Kentucky River with the Presbyterians, on spins with my Youth Group and invited the whole group of volunteers of the Madison Mission Week.MPC Rockin T

So if you see Janet or Paul please thank them for stepping up for our community.

Come to Horst’s for Breakfast and More

daveaddamsLOWhen someone wants to meet me for a morning meeting, l always say meet me at Horst’s.  Horst & Mary have been on their own for almost 10 years, but Horst has been making outstanding pastries since he landed in Madison many years ago. If you want to satisfy your hankerin’ for something sweet, they open at 5am, Hilltop and Downtown locations, Monday through Saturday.  The downtown location, right across the street from Red Pepperoni on West Main, is open until 11:00 A.M. and has restaurant style breakfast.  You can order biscuits & gravy, pancakes, eggs and sausage, and my Horst donutspersonal favorite Farmers Omelet with bacon and no potatoes (ok, Kay Lou and Abbie are helping me with my eating habits). Now all the wonderful staff know I always ask for my Dave’s Omelet.  There is ample seating Horst omeletfor small groups or in my case, sometimes the group grows to 8 or more. Their collection of miniature village buildings, cuckoo clocks, and nut crackers will keep you busy looking up.

Horst on the hilltop is a busy place, especially on Fridays when the students love to get a donut & milk to eat on the way to school.  Mary says they are beginning to make delicious pies and cakes, including German Chocolate Cake, yum. There is also a good selection of homemade cookies.  They take requests for large orders and even breads, if you order a day or two in advance.  It is great to visit and support our small businesses and as always…ENJOY

 Horst German chocolate cake




Any Spring Break Left?

For many kids, spring break has been shortened because of the really, really hard winter this year.  But some of you still have some time to gather together the family and finally get out of the house!  If that’s you, plan a trip to Madison and take advantage of our Spring Break Staycation offerings.

On Saturday, March 22nd, It’s Fossils Rock at Clifty Falls State Park Nature Center from 1-3pm.  From 1-2pm, get to know southeast Indiana’s most common fossil types, how nature produces fossils, and the importance of the fossil record.  At 2pm, you’ll be fossil collecting by car pooling to a location near Madison where you can collect a variety of amazing 450 million year old fossils.  Bring a shoebox for all your treasures.  Only $2/person age 5 and up.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-register at 812-273-0609.

Fossil or not?

Fossil or not?

On Monday, March 24th, Make & Take a 19th Century Craft at Lanier Mansion from noon-2pm.  Only $1 per craft.  Call 812-273-4531 for more info & to pre-register.  Between 3 and 4:30pm, learn all about the US Flag at Old Glory 101 at the the Visitors Center.

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Lanier Basement

On Wednesday, March 26, Lanier Mansion is having a special Behind the Scenes Tour at 1pm for $5/child.  See into all the nooks & crannies!  Lanier Mansion, 601 West First St, is also offering one free adult with paid child admission for their regularly scheduled tours – March 24-28.

There’s a free Who Knew Architectural Walking Tour on Friday, March 28 from 3:30-4:30pm.  It begins at Lytle Park on West Street.  For more info, call 812-599-3447.

This is just a sampling of some of the fun family things to do in Madison.  Checkout the complete list.

Deal With the Dealers!


antiquemallLooking for a bargain or want to match wits?  Seven of Madison’s antique & collectible businesses have joined together for Deal with the Dealer on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9am to 6pm in Madison’s historic downtown business district.

Negotiate prices directly with the dealer.  There will be tens of thousands of items from which to choose.  Dean Miller from Lumber Mill Antique Mall said, “We have 35 dealers waiting to negotiate just at Lumber Mill alone.  There are bargains to be had for the astute buyer.”


With the number of participating businesses, the selection of items will be huge.  Everything from primitives to kitch, antiques to vintage and collectibles.  You can find furniture, kitchenware, linens, vintage clothing, toys, jewelry, signs and more.  If you’ve been looking for a particular item, Madison is the place you need to be for Deal with the Dealers on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Who’s participating? 

Buy Sell Trade, 129 E. Main St.

Downtown Flea Market, 214 E. Main St.

Green Roof Treasures, 220 W. Main St.

Lumber Mill Antiques, 721 W. First St.

Main Street Antique Mall, 210 E. Main St.

Riverwest Antique Mall, 1029 W. Second St.

Village Peddler, 224 E. Main St.

A Taste of Ireland

daveaddamsLOAre you ready for another night on the town, well. how about several nights.  Mark Jones and our Celtic Society is sponsoring: St. Paddy’s Party at St. Mike’s on the 7th; Waking Ned Devine at the Ohio on the 11th; A Celtic Symposium at the Library on the 12th; A Taste of Ireland on the 14th; and An Irish tea at the Shrewsberry-Windle house on the 16th.

Since I am working on the Taste of Ireland, I can give you a preview of the fun on Friday night (just don’t tell any leprechauns).  The Visitors Center has passports available for the evening taste;  plus there will be Road Bowling again down the alleys starting at the Madison Courier office (that’s a picture of Melinda Acree, an accomplished Road Bowler), you will be entertained by Tom Pommerehn on the Irish Tin Whistle and Kevin Carlson on the guitar; and a troupe of Irish dancers will be on the Trolley and various venues as we shuttle you from place to place.Melinda Acree road bowling

Okay, let’s talk about food now.  You have the luxury of going around to the venues by yourself or we will have two seatings to take groups and friends around..either way the trolley will be making the rounds so you won’t have to drive.  Here is what you will enjoy on Friday evening: Some of Starr Heiliger’s pastry treats at Dittos with Jerry and Richard; Steve and Elizabeth’s famous Dublin Coddle at the Thomas Family Winery; a Guinness at Electric Lady (Jeff has it on tap); Shepherds Pie at Francos with Alberto, Mey, and Franco; a lite snack at the Old Market on Main where Cory and Alex are working up something special and I bet we will have some Irish coffee; an Irish brew at the River Boat Inn with Kathy; an Irish cabbage dish with Nick at Bistro One; and then relax with some coffee and Irish Apple Cake with Peggy, Jeff and Dawn at 115 Gallery.  Whew, I am exhausted just thinking about the evening and the best part it is only $40 per person and we pick you up and take you to the venues…almost as good as kissing the Blarney Stone, eh?

Check in with the Visitors Center, get a passport, and support all our LOCAL BUSINESSES and most of all ENJOY.


Key West Shrimp House


daveaddamsLOWhat can you say about the KWSH, the service, food and ambiance is consistently great for over 41 years . During a visit this week we had a tough decision to make… where to sit…enjoy the view of the ice floating down the Ohio River or sit beside the cozy fire place.  Okay, Kay Lou made the fireplace decision for me.  What a relaxing atmosphere whether you are there with a special person, a table full of friends or 25 friends dining together for a relaxing meal.
After your table location has been determined, you can now decided what you would like to drink with your meal.  There is a great selection of domestic and imported wines, beer and mixed drinks. Since I am a beer lover, I enjoy Scott’s variety of craft beers and especially his beers on tap.  Tonight I decided on his Agave Wheat Beer.
My next decision was my entrée;  fish, chicken, steak, oysters, shrimp? Scott & Susan had introduced a new entrée, Blackened Jambalaya Pasta

Blackened Jambalaya Pasta

Blackened Jambalaya Pasta

as the evening special…wow, how could I resist?  Shrimp, chicken, sausage and pasta all in one.  Must be a man-thing, eh?

A wonderful feature of the KWSH is that while you are waiting for your entrée, you can visit the salad bar with over 30 items to choose from; of course, I always include the delicious beets.
Be sure to save room for their wonderful desserts, many times at noon you will find Susan

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

preparing special desserts in the kitchen herself.  Some of my favorite would include the Key Lime Pie or the Bread Pudding smothered in tummy warming whiskey sauce.

There you go…get out, enjoy our local cuisine, relax and support our local merchants.

The Indiana Wine Trail melts the ice and warms the hearts with its’ 4th annual “Souper Saturday”

February 22rd, 11am-5pm, The Indiana Wine Trail will provide a refuge to the late winter weather for its’ patrons with “Souper Saturday!”  A chance to escape the usual cold, wet weather, Ertel Cellars Winery and Restaurant, Lanthier Winery, Madison Vineyards Estate Winery, The Ridge Winery, Stream Cliff Farm Winery and The Thomas Family Winery will offer samples of fine soups and other concoctions designed to show off their wines and warm folks hearts.ridge9portal

“Each of the six artisan wineries will prepare and sample their own special soups using their own wines! !“ said Mary Jane Demaree of Ridge Winery of Madison Vineyards.

This year the Souper Saturday line up will have a Vegetarian chili, Vegetable wine soup, Cheesy potato soup, Spicy southwestern soup, White wine chili and a Sauvignon Blanc tortilla soup.

Please mark your calendars for February 22nd.  And as well, the Indiana Wine Trail showcase “ Spring into the Valley”, a celebration of Bread and Cheese, is on April 12th and 13th this year!  Celebrate Spring’s warm weather, green leaves and beautiful flowers with the Indiana Wine Trail.

The Indiana Wine Trail encompasses everything from secluded estate vineyards to historic pub-style bistros in southern Indiana.  Each winery offers a different take on one of the state’s fastest-growing agricultural products: handcrafted Indiana wine.

Those interested in more information about the Indiana Wine Trail can call Visit Madison at 1-800-559-2956 or log onto the website at

Cupid’s Culinary Caper Part Deux


Dining Dave

Looking for a great evening during Valentine week? You are in luck, we are having our 2nd Cupid’s Culinary Caper walking and enjoying Madison’s Downtown on Thursday February the 13th.
Two seatings are available – one beginning at 6:00 and one at  6:45 pm.

Start the evening socializing with Jerry & Richard at Dittos (135 E. Main) and enjoying appetizers provided by Alex Garrett (Sweet Ps); walk down to see Jim & Kristi (Madison Nut & Candy) for a sweet treat; around the corner to Alan & Barry (Ivy & Vine Florists) for a carnation; move onto see Franco, Mey & Alberto (Francos) for a salad medley; enjoy a delectable truffle from Deb Fine (Cocoa Safari Chocolate).  Your entrée course will be enjoyed at Bistro One where Nick Izamis is preparing Bistro Onespecialties just for this event.  Choose almond-crusted chicken & shrimp mousse, walnut-crusted tilapia with roasted peppers or a vegetarian fare.  From there we visit Gallery 115 to enjoy Valentine desserts of cherry pie, red velvet cake roll, or other sweet delights with your coffee tea or other beverage.

A wonderful evening for just $40 per person.  Bring that special someone or gather your girl friends and make a night of it!

Reservations & prepayment required, just stop by Ditto’s at 135 E Main or call 812-274-0301.

Dining with Dave at the Pines

This is the first posting from our new dining guru – Dave Adams.  Almost every night of the week you can find Dave and company in one of Madison’s eateries, so he really knows what he is taking about!

Looking for a great place for lunch or dinner for one or for a large group? Then the Pines Restaurant, 2700 Michigan Rd, can take care of your hunger pangs.  I ate there with our Presbyterian LAFFs (Life After Fifty-Five) group last Wednesday and enjoyed fellowship and felt very comfortable to eat slowly and not feel rushed.  The soup and salad are a meal in itself, however, I had to make a trip to the regular buffet for chicken, fish, and all the other selections.  Sallie waited on us with a smile and always kept our coffee cups, iced tea and water glasses full.  I have also eaten there for lunch and been able to eat and get back to work in 20 minutes.  pines

I have also participated in larger banquet parties at the Pines in Madison and Seymour over the years and the food and service are always consistently great.  Remember The Pines is moving to winter hours during January and February and will be open Friday through Sunday Lunch and dinner.