Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July in Indiana


Hey, there, gang. Robbie Jordan here, from Maddie Day's Country Store Mysteries.



It's summertime! And we got through the recent unpleasantness of not one but two murders in the area last month. The tale is told in Death Over Easy, and my author says she has one last advance copy for one commenter here today!

So I thought I'd share what July is like in my neck of the woods, specifically Brown County, Indiana. Average high temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 64 - so crank up that AC - and we usually get about 8 days of rain. Here are some activity highlights from BrownCounty.com.


The Beanblossom Southern Gospel Jubilee. This takes place at the Bill Monroe Music Park - the same place where some of the action in Death Over Easy happens!

For a different style of music, check out the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival in the county seat of Nashville.

Try the Village Art Walk in Nashville on the fourth Friday, where art galleries stay open late and offer refreshments, music, and programs.

All month the trails are open at Brown County State Park. You can also swim and boat on Lake Lemon and ride your bike up and down the scenic hills like I do. 
In addition, of course, tomorrow is Independence Day! Catch the fireworks at dusk at the Brown County High School football field. But first come on down to Pans 'N Pancakes for lunch. Yes, we'll be open, and I'll be serving my special flag cheesecakes! 



Readers: What's your favorite 4th of July treat? Do you celebrate with a cookout and watching fireworks, or prefer to stay cool and read indoors? Remember, my author is giving away the last ARC of Death Over Easy, so be sure to include your email address!

Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction.

Maxwell is President of Sisters in Crime New England. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.

27 comments:

  1. Favorite July 4 treat would be grilled hot dogs and watermelon. Dbahn@iw.net

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  2. I would say steak on the grill and fresh corn on the cob.

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  3. forgot my email debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. Favorite treat is grilled hotdogs.
    Aretha.whaley@jefferson.kyschools.us

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  5. I can't think of July 4th without thinking about what it meant growing up - grilled cheeseburgers, iced down watermelon right off the vine and for our special treat it was always homemade ice cream. As a kid it was a thrill to be chosen to sit on the blanket on top of the churn while Dad cranked the handle knowing that soon what delicious treat we would be eating after it was cranked and "cured" packed in ice. I think it was made extra special by the fresh picked strawberries or peaches that Mom add to the homemade ice cream mixture that made it even better than any store bought with toppings you could buy.

    Even though it's just hubby and I now, we still try to always have homemade ice cream on the 4th. It's still delicious but it's not quite as good as that from years gone by. Maybe it's the fact that you plug it in now instead of cranking or the fact that the fruit was bought at the farmer's market instead of picked by loving hands or maybe it's just that all the loved ones gone before us aren't here to feast upon it with us. All I know, is that we smack our lips both with delicious just made ice cream and smile from all the wonderful memories it invokes.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Death Over Easy".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  6. I prefer to stay inside and relax. kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  7. My favorite 4th of July treat is anything grilled! We have been under level 2 fire restrictions all summer because of lack of rain. Unfortunately it also means no fireworks this year -- at least our dogs will be happy. I am sure I will cringe if I hear any kind of firework go off, because it is really, really dry here and the fire danger is very real. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net Happy 4th to everyone!

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  8. grilled corn on the cob. kckendler at gmail dot com

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  9. My favorite 4th of July treat would have to be grilled hamburgers and hotdogs! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  10. My favorite 4th of July treat is oven fried chicken. Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  11. I am in Southern Indiana where it has been hot and humid. No real plans for the Fourth as my kids are working. Haven't been to Brown County in years might need to make a trip soon. pwtish171@gmailcom

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  12. This year, I am staying indoors! It is too humid out! I will be having chicken, potato salad, veggies and dip and strawberry shortcake.

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  13. I used to love watching the fireworks but the bugs have gotten bigger than me so now I listen to them from inside my home while reading a great mystery. smmolloy1105@yahoo.com

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  14. I love this frozen strawberry margarita cheesecake I make.

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  15. It's been so hot this year, I plan to stay home in the A/C and read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. We usually grill veggies and chicken, have watermelon and some tasty treats that I make from scratch. This looks lovely and refreshing. I love to make lemon drop martinis to go with the adult meals and fun fruit drinks for the kiddos. This looks like a great book, added to my TBR. I hope everyone stays safe! konecny7@gmail.com

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  17. Those flag cheesecakes sound yummy. We'll be cooking out. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. grilled chicken and hot dogs

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  19. I work early this year, so we will stay home and grill!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Funny living in Nashville, TN, I forget about Nashville, IN. I remember the first time i drove through there. I lived in Indy for 8 years and traveled back and forth often. Loved those little festivals in that area. Nashville, Salem and a few other cities in that neck of the woods. Would love to win a copy. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net
    Oh and for the 4th, I will be trying to keep my dog calm!!

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  21. As long as we grill something I'm happy. It's been a long time since I've visited that area of Indiana. We lived in West Lafayette before moving to Minnesota. I remember going down to the levee to listen to the Lafayette Orchestra and watching fireworks over the Wabash. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. Eating watermelons & fresh strawberries. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. We used to look forward to fireworks, especially my husband, but we now have a sweet coonhound who is terrified of the noise. So now we do things to sooth the big guy and try to snag a funbel cake during celebrations.
    browninggloria (at) hotmail ( dot) com

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  25. Eileen A-W is our lucky winner - please check your email! And congratulations. I wish I had a book for everyone.

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  26. Congrats to Eileen. I was hoping to comment before the deadline. Missed it however. Happy release Edith.

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