The daughter of a retired administrator, Renee Rayles grew up learning the importance and pleasure of helping others learn. Harnessing her artistic bent, she decided to open a studio that would help anyone create handsome paintings regardless of previous experience. During evening lessons, private parties, and camps, Rayles and her cadre of helpful instructors guide students step by step as they copy a previously chosen work, adding personal touches to create take-home works of art that spruce up living rooms and distract guests from sentient houseplants.
It didn't take long for the first professional hockey team in Evansville to make their mark; in just their second year in the All American Hockey League, in 2010, the fledgling IceMen won the Davidson Cup in seven games. Though that first clan of IceMen has since gone extinct, the team soon resurrected as part of the ECHL, where they serve as the minor-league affiliate of both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Saint Louis Blues. During games, fans fill the 9,400-seat Ford Center arena as the polar-bear mascot, Blizzard, entertains crowds and teaches children of the dangers of costume warming.
Culled from classified ancestral recipes, DiLegge's mouthwatering dinner menu enchants diners with a comforting slate of Italian-American favorites. Italian grinders ensconce hearty heaps of DiLegge's homemade italian sausage and savory deli meats on fresh hoagie buns before dousing them with savory sprinkles of mozzarella and meat sauce ($5.50 for a half, $6.95 for a whole). Fragrant plates of specialty sauces, including a signature marinara ($6.95 for a medium, $7.95 for a large), garlic olive oil and herb ($6.95 for a medium, $7.95 for a large), and full-bodied pesto ($7.95 for a medium, $8.95 for a large), abide in bubbly anticipation for guests to drizzle them across their choice of angel hair, rigatoni, or mostaccioli noodles. House specialties include a piping panoply of chicken, veal, and seafood dishes ($11.95–$17.95), each served with garlic bread, combination salad, and a sepia-toned headshot of the chef.
The Farnsworth Invention closes out the season with a gripping script and an arresting cast. Following the words penned by Oscar- and Emmy-winner Aaron Sorkin—the brain behind the The West Wing and The Social Network University of Evansville's dedicated theater students will ebb and flow under the direction of R. Scott Lank as they convey the compelling, fictionalized tale of television's germination. The production pits the Idaho prodigy and autodidact Philo T. Farnsworth against communications tycoon David Sarnoff. Seizing emotions in its depiction of the small screen's infancy, the story potently portrays the two characters' competitive quest to develop the foundation of what would later become the TV- and Betamax-fueled culture of today.
Inside a narrow brick storefront topped with a cheery red-and-yellow pitched roof, Burger Bank builds its signature sandwiches with quarter-pound beef patties and toasted buns. Cooks dress each burger with cheese, bacon, ham, pickles, and lettuce to suit diners' individual tastes, as well as assemble philly cheesesteaks and grilled pork-tenderloin sandwiches. Shrimp baskets, potato soup, and hand-dipped ice cream in flavors such as butter pecan and strawberry round out the menu’s roster of hearty eats.
At regular intervals each day, Swonder Ice Arena’s trusty Zamboni rolls out to keep the NHL-size ice rink smooth between lessons and public-skating sessions. Once the glossy surface is ready, professional instructors begin to lead students through classes in hockey fundamentals, ice skating, and figure skating. Hockey lessons are offered in four levels, beginning with the essentials of hockey skating and stick handling. Ice-skating lessons include nine separate curriculum sets, such as choreography and synchronized skating.
In addition to winter-water fun, Swonder Ice Arena is home to a fitness center with cycles, free weights, exercise machines, and personal trainers.