Gary is the master-mind, dreamer and philosopher of Blue Heron Vineyards. His vision is the reason for all that we are as a business, including the Vineyard, the Winery , the Farm, the B&B and the Celtic Cross. He often says he wears too many hats (and proved it one day by walking in the living room wearing about 20!). He is the vineyard master, the cellar master, the stick carver and main caretaker of the property.
His background is in Education. He graduated from the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga, where he had a four-year basketball scholarship as well as Masters Degrees from IU and Indiana State. He taught at Lookout Mountain Jr. High, TN, Troy School Elementary, Hoosier Heights Jr. High and Tell City High School until he ended up in prison…where he taught (got you there for a minute, didn’t I?). Before he retired in 2007, he was the Education Administrator at Branchville Correctional Center.
Lynn is an artist as well as co-owner of Blue Heron Vineyards. She works in a variety of media, but prefers acrylics, watercolor and pastels. Her paintings of Victorian-style Santas on aged barn wood and slate have attracted collectors from the region. Her work can be viewed in the winery gift shop.
Lynn’s full-time job is now working with Blue Heron projects, as she recently retired from teaching Art in Tell City and Perry Central Community Schools after 33 years. Her academic background includes a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College and MA from Western Kentucky University.
Blue Heron Walking Sticks
Gary is the sculptor of the walking sticks sold in the Blue Heron businesses. Most come from the property, then he adds his personal touch, enhancing each stick’s natural beauty. Others are carved with woodsman faces and designs by local craftsmen. The more decorative walking sticks boast a medallion designed by the Dauby’s and cast a the foundry in Grandview, Indiana.
Gary and Lynn have five children: Karma is a photographer and lives near Augusta, GA with her husband and two beautiful children. Lance is in the medical sales arena, lives with his two handsome sons in Greer, SC. In addition, he is a recently published author and women’s self-defense instructor. Cassidy is an ‘04 West Point graduate who is married with two adorable little girls. He is an Army Major currently serving in Germany and taught German at West Point in ‘13-'14. Adrian is a graduate of THE Ohio State University as is her husband Justin (he, a Major and she, a Captain). She recently processed out of the Army to start her MA and a family. They are now the proud parents of a baby boy. Boyce is an Aeronautical Engineering graduate of Purdue University and is the youngest Captain in the family. He recently married and completed his Masters Degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH.