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CLASSIC OAKS As you enter through the gated entrance, you will appreciate the Granddaddy Oaks that lead you down the lane through the lush green paddocks and winding drive as you approach the office, barn and residence. The home features an elegant Chef’s kitchen with center island, seating area, beverage area and opens to the family room. 3/2 guest/employee home with 2-car garage. 18-stall center aisle barn features: 2 offices, laundry area, tack & feed rooms. 2 round pens, European walker, equine swim lane, lit arena, and equipment building. Call for additional details.

WESTBURY Updated home on 1.71 acres is a great opportunity for the person wanting to be close to town and have options. This 4 bed/4.5 bath home features an open floor plan, expansive family room with fireplace, built-in entertainment center plus sliding glass doors leading to screenenclosed pool and lanai. Chef ’s kitchen with center island, granite countertops, plus breakfast seating overlooking pool. Screen-enclosed $799,500 lanai with sitting areas, cook area, pool and hot tub. Attached 4-car garage.


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CONTENTS // JAN 2021 6 // TO P 10 T H IN GS TO DO IN T H E 3 52 A handy guide to get you going and keep you busy this month.

WATCH 8 // W H ERE FUN CT IO N A L IS FA BULOUS

Lake Nona is known for its quality of life, eclectic shops and dining, and perhaps, most of all, its public art installations.

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Last-minute tickets and local shows you won’t want to miss.

The Canyons Zip Line & Adventure Park photo courtesy of Visit Florida; The Beacon & Code Wall photo courtesy of Lake Nona

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All the larger-than-life stories you’ve heard about the new World Equestrian Center in Ocala are true.

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A sneakerhead’s showcase is coming to the Magnolia Art Xchange.

EXPLORE 16 // A DVEN T URE AWA ITS

Zip on by at one of these zip line and adventure courses.

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No trip to Tallahassee would be complete without a visit to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

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Whether new to ATVs or well-versed, the Ocala National Forest is an adventure worth embarking on.

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Embrace your inner child on these treasure-hunting missions.

With just your phone and a sense of adventure, you can set out to find hidden treasures throughout Marion County and beyond.

CRAVE 28 // A N EW T W IST O N A N O LD C L ASS IC The history of the Bloody Mary and how to make it your own.

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Grab your friends, and take dinner and drinks up a notch.

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TUSCAWILLA SPRING ART PARK SERIES // JANUARY 22

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The Tuscawilla Spring Art Park Series consists of three events through March 2021 that pairs together music, art activities and good food. For the January event, Bluegrass and BBQ, enjoy live musical performances by bluegrass musicians Trinity River Band and Pasture Prime as well as local artisans, a cash bar and food from Big Lee’s Serious About BBQ food truck. The event takes place from 6-9pm, and tickets are $5 per person. To purchase tickets, visit ocalafl.org/artpark. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Division at artinfo@ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8447.

AFTER DARK IN THE PARK // JANUARY 8

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the 2021 After Dark in the Park movie series on select Fridays throughout the year at various parks across the city. For January, the film shown will be A Fistful of Dollars, which will take place at 7pm at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, located at 3925 E Fort King Street. This film is rated R. These events are free and open to the public. Popcorn, drinks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at (352) 368-5517 or visit ocalafl.org/recpark.

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The Florida Fun Mini Match, hosted by Dance Dance Dance and Equistaff, is a competition for dancers of all ages. This event is in its eighth year and showcases competitors performing waltz, tango, foxtrot, salsa and two step dance styles. Proceeds benefit the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and help raise awareness for the organization’s services, possible through competitor and spectator attendance, event sponsors and donors to the silent auction. The event will take place from 10am-5pm at the Circle Square Cultural Center. For more information, visit dancedancedance.biz/minimatch/floridafun-mini-match-2020.

I HATE HAMLET // JANUARY 14-FEBRUARY 7 The Ocala Civic Theatre is proud to host this comedy by Paul Rudnick. In the show, the character Andrew Rally dreams of TV stardom. But when he moves back to New York from L.A., he is cast as Hamlet—and he hates Hamlet. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and younger. You can purchase tickets over the phone at (352) 2362274 or in person at the box office Monday through Friday, 10am-5:30pm. Masks are required for audience members. Seating is limited and socially distanced. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit ocalacivictheatre.com.


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KIMBERLY’S 2ND ANNUAL SNOW PARTY // JANUARY 16

Snow in Florida? You heard that right! Head to Kirby Family Farm in Williston for this second annual snow party. Slide down the snow slide on real sleds with real snow; ride the train; enjoy pony rides, the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round; bounce in the bounce houses and visit Bell’s Barnyard and Exotic Animals. Watch live dancers perform, or attend the first annual Snow Queen Pageant. There will be food trucks and craft vendors for added fun. Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the gate, and tickets are limited, so get yours today. All proceeds benefit the Kimberly Morales Memorial Foundation, Inc., which was started after the death of Kimberly Morales, who was in an ATV accident and passed away January 23, 2019. Learn more and purchase tickets at kirbyfarm.com.

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2021 FLORIDA MANATEE FESTIVAL // JANUARY 16-17

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The Florida Manatee Festival returns this month to downtown Crystal River. Spanning both sides of Citrus Avenue, the 2021 Florida Manatee Festival boasts live music on three stages, two food courts, two beer and wine gardens, manatee boat tours, a fine art walk, craft vendor and a kids’ zone. To ensure the safety of festival guests and vendors, health protocols will be in place, including sanitization stations throughout the festival grounds, 6-foot spacing between all booths and open sidewalks and breezeways for guests to maneuver comfortably. Social distancing is also encouraged. To stay updated on current vendors, entertainment schedules and festival events, visit gomanateefest.com.

Sholom Park photos courtesy of Sholom Park; I Hate Hamlet promo courtesy of the Ocala Civic Theatre; Polo photos courtesy of Ocala Polo Club

Nothing is s’more fun than roasting marshmallows and singing around the fire. Head to Sholom Park for S’mores and More for a good, ol’-fashioned campfire sing-a-long and acoustic performance by local musician Mark Smythe from Gypsy Sparrow. Registration is required, and the event begins at 6pm. Gates open at 5:15pm, and tickets are $15 per person. Lawn chairs, blankets, flashlights and lanterns are recommended. Learn more and register at sholompark.org.

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PUPS, PJS & PUPCORN // JANUARY 16

The Humane Society of Marion County presents a one-night charity event at the Ocala Drive-In. Visit with vendors and adoptable pups. Your furry friends are welcome and can visit the pupcession stands. All pets must stay on leash when not in your personal vehicle. The movie The Secret Life of Pets will be shown at 7pm, and A Dog’s Purpose will be shown at 9pm. Gates open at 5pm for a pre-movie market. Tickets are sold at the gate and are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Get a free pupcorn at the gate with an extra donation. Outside food and drinks are not permitted. Visit thehsmc.org for more information.

WINTER POLO SEASON // SUNDAYS THROUGH FEBRUARY Come out and enjoy a polo match at the Florida Horse Park every Sunday through February. The matches take place at 1pm each day. The Florida Horse Park is the perfect place to enjoy a tailgate with your friends and family, and tailgates can be reserved by email at ocalapolo@gmail.com. If you’re interested in getting off the sidelines and into the saddle, polo lessons are available with coach David Eldredge and practice chukkers and lessons are held weekly. For more information, visit ocalapolo.com.

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LOVE OF A HORSE OCALA 5K // FEBRUARY 6

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The second running of the Love of a Horse Ocala 5K will take place at 8am with live and virtual options. The live race will start and finish at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala and will have safety protocols in place. The 5K benefits the Foundation for the Horse, a group with over 25 years dedicated to improving the welfare of horses through education and research. The race offers a scenic and beautiful course through one of Ocala’s best horse ranches, a combination of road and field running. Visit loveofthehorse5k.itsyourrace.com to register today. JAN ‘21

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Where Functional Is Fabulous Lake Nona, a master-planned community in Orange County near Orlando, is known for its quality of life, eclectic shops and dining, and perhaps, most of all, its public art installations. // B Y K A R I N FA B R Y- C U S H E N B E R Y

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arlee Kunkle, the senior communications manager for Lake Nona developer Tavistock, says health and well-being have been a part of the development’s master plan since the beginning. “Things like sidewalks, green spaces and pocket parks enhance a healthy lifestyle,” she says. “But it’s not just about physical health; it’s also about spiritual and emotional health, and art plays an important role in that.” For your next date night, why not take the short trip south to Lake Nona to enjoy a day of shopping, dining and culture. All can be found at Lake Nona. Karlee suggests starting your outing at Lake Nona Town Center. There you’ll find the newly opened Boxi Park, a family- and dog-friendly mix of restaurants and bars. Outdoor and covered spaces allow for plenty of distancing, and the area features an outdoor stage with live entertainment, beach volleyball, a playground and more. Karlee calls it a deconstructed food court. After sampling the cuisine, work off the calories by taking a stroll through Lake Nona to check out the various art installments. Here’s a few must-sees, according to Karlee.

The Beacon & Code Wall

LAKE NONA TOWN CENTER The Beacon & Code Wall The Beacon, a six-story landmark looks like a white cylindrical tower by day. At night, though, The Beacon comes to life with an interactive video and music experience. The piece was created in partnership by Lake Nona artist JEFRE, New York-based Michael Counts and 3-Legged Dog. This holiday season, Peppermint the Penguin comes to life. The adjacent parking garage features the Code Wall. The ones and zeros on the wall represent messages written in binary code, and visitors are encouraged to interpret the messages using the nearby plaques as clues. 8

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Disco the Dog This 35-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture is modeled after a Labrador retriever and is situated near the Town Center’s main parking structure. The sculpture was designed by local artist JEFRE and features a fractal, reflective surface that replicates the wave action of Lake Nona. Prismatic Mural Located near the Code Wall, Prismatic was designed by local artist and Tavistock Senior Graphic Designer Carissa Bloemeke. The design was inspired by the colors in a prism and represents a deconstructed prism, according to Carissa’s statement on the Lake Nona webpage. “[It’s] almost as if someone clapped their hands and particles of colors from a rainbow dispersed, flew around and landed on the wall to create a new pattern,” she says. It’s impossible to miss the vibrant-colored rectangles. Inside the building is Lake Nona’s new chiller plant, a centralized system that provides cool air to neighboring businesses. The design features 20 colors to represent 2020, the year the mural was installed. Pixon Art Pixon features 200 residential units plus a 33,850 ground-floor retail space. The spaces feature a selection of colorful murals, sculptures and digital art projects made out of spray paint, digital art and chalk. The dozens of pieces were created by three talented artists, Cecilia Lueza, Carissa Bloemeke and LeDania and are scattered throughout the building’s interior and exterior. Photos courtesy of Lake Nona

LAUREATE PARK VILLAGE CENTER The Glass House Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin’s Glass House features reclaimed materials and is inspired by a sustainable urban design. The piece takes on the qualities of stained glass and is especially beautiful at sunset according to Karlee. The nearby Canvas Restaurant features American cuisine with a nod to Florida’s Southern and Latin roots and is the perfect place to catch dinner before heading back home for the evening.

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Lake Nona // For more information on Lake Nona and the public art installations found throughout the development, visit lakenona.com or call (407) 888-6500. JAN ‘21

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Andrew Bird Ponte Vedra Concert Hall // April 19

Wind-FM Rocks the World Circle Square Cultural Center // March-October Tickets for Season 5 of the Wind-FM Rock the World series are on sale now. Check out the Season 5 lineup below, and purchase tickets today at csculturalcenter.com.

The Big Bad The Crazy Cucumber // January 8

Daughtry Hard Rock Live Orlando // April 30 Jonny Lang House of Blues Orlando // June 25 The Black Crowes MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds, Tampa // June 25 Chicago MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds, Tampa // July 2 Justin Bieber Amalie Arena, Tampa // August 2 Matchbox Twenty MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds, Tampa // August 6 Daily’s Place, Jacksonville // August 8 JoJo Siwa VyStar Veterans Arena, Jacksonville // August 7 Amalie Arena, Tampa // August 9 Blackberry Smoke Daily’s Place, Jacksonville // August 10 Rod Stewart with Cheap Trick Amalie Arena, Tampa // August 14 Alanis Morissette with Garbage and Liz Phair MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds, Tampa // August 17 Goo Goo Dolls Daily’s Place, Jacksonville // August 25

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March 20 // Completely Unchained – Van Halen Tribute April 17 // Pure Heart – Heart Tribute May 22 // Destiny of Rock – Boston/Styx Tribute June 26 // Fleetwood Max – Fleetwood Mac Tribute July 24 // Kiss America – Kiss Tribute August 28 // Titans of Rock – Journey & Bon Jovi Tribute September 25 // Rushour – The Ultimate Tribute to Rush October 30 // Let It Be – Beatles Tribute Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Reilly Arts Center // February 12 Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a 15-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the banjo across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. reillyartscenter.com Chris Botti Reilly Arts Center // April 2 Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed album When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. He has recorded and performed with artists like Sting, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra.

Walker & Walker Circle Square Commons // January 9 The Mudds Jazz & Blues Duo La Cuisine French Restaurant // January 9 Mike Monet Stone Creek Golf Club // January 9 Palomino Blonde The Crazy Cucumber // January 15 John Johnson Gator Joe’s // January 15 Groove 41 Fraternal Order of Eagles // January 16 Fast Lane Circle Square Commons // January 16 Houston Keen Charlie Horse // January 17 Silver Creek Duo Circle Square Commons // January 23 Crashrocket The First & Last Tab // January 23 Krossing Jordan Circle Square Commons // January 30

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The Future is Now All the larger-than-life stories you’ve heard about the new World Equestrian Center in Ocala are true. // B Y R O N A L D W. W E T H E R I N G T O N

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he World Equestrian Center (WEC) is part of a family legacy that has its origins in top Quarter Horse breeding and competition. With a rich history in Ohio as the “Showplace of the Midwest,” Roberts Arena hosted decades of top AQHA competitions and events. Over the years, the family became known in the industry as well-respected breeders, competitors and event hosts. In 2015, a significant investment was made in the Ohio facility infrastructure with new indoor arenas FOR THE LOCAL RESIDENTS, and stabling; horse show dates were THE WEC IS A GO-TO procured, and the DESTINATION FOR SHOPPING facility shirted its focus to hunter/ AND CULINARY EXPERIENCES. jumpers. In 2016, THE FACILITY the Roberts Arena was officially INCLUDES HIGH-END has been the impetus rebranded as CLOTHING, SPORTING behind the Golden Ocala the WEC. Equestrian and Golf Club. The WEC brand EQUIPMENT, JEWELRY “We are committed to debuted with AND ANTIQUES STORES. changing equestrian sport a distinct logo in the United States for that celebrated the better, and we are in it for the long term,” a love for the horse and a passion for says Roby Roberts. equestrian sports. The Ocala WEC is a 378-acre In late 2016, WEC announced the development of a second, much larger facility multidisciplinary facility. There are 22 outdoor rings, four indoor arenas and polo fields. here in Ocala. The Ocala facility will be the There are four indoor “flex space” arenas for largest indoor/outdoor equestrian facility in the world when it opens this month with a 12- non-equestrian events, plus more than 200 turn out paddocks. There are miles of hiking week winter hunter/jumper circuit. trails, and a cross country course designed For more than 15 years the Roberts family 12

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by Captain Mark Phillips. Over 3,000 mature trees are planted with acres of dedicated green space, plus an additional 300 acres set aside for future expansion. “Perhaps most importantly, our facility is being built for the safety and comfort of the horses that will compete there,” emphasizes Roberts. “Other shows offer tent stabling


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while we have built permanent, climatecontrolled barns with 2,200 12x14-foot stalls with soft rubber matting. To help promote air circulation there are eight 24-foot fans in

for shopping and culinary experiences. The facility includes high-end clothing, sporting equipment, jewelry and antiques stores. After enjoying an afternoon of shopping,

calzones are crafted with homemade dough. Emma’s Patisserie, The Yellow Pony and Stirrups are additional dining options that will be opening soon.

each barn, and each stall has its own fan. We will have a fully staffed, on-site veterinary clinic. Our 22 outdoor rings will feature brand-new, state-of-the-art, custom-blended footing. Lastly, there will be ample space for turn out paddocks and hacking rails for the equine athletes to enjoy in their downtime.” The Ocala WEC will provide world-class equestrian competition in all disciplines, and equestrian-inspired, country-club living is adjacent at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. You and your guests will be talking about not only the competition but the facilities, including The Equestrian Hotel, a luxurious five-story, five-star hotel, which opens later this spring. Guests in the hotel can recline on their balconies and watch events in the grand stadium. Tthe center WEC also offers 300 RV parking spaces. The WEC is a destination. A destination not just for horse shows but weddings, car shows, conventions and trade shows. For the local residents, the WEC is a go-to destination

stay for a WEC dining experience. Traditional Mexican flavors combine with custom-made convenience to make Filo’s Mexican Cantina the perfect spot for all-day dining. Filo’s serves up breakfast bowls, street tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and much more in a vibrant dining room and open-air patio. Or perhaps you prefer Miss Tilly’s Lollipops, where special ice cream flavors and homemade fudge are on the menu. With an array of chocolates, confections and coffees, Miss Tilly’s is the perfect place for a sweet treat. Look no further for a diner-inspired menu than Ralph’s Burger and Sandwich Shop, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sample signature burgers, salads and sandwiches served alongside a handmade milkshake. You’ll find classic Italian entrées and decadent desserts at Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria. Design your own flatbread, salad or pasta masterpiece with an assortment of meats and toppings. Pizzas and

World Equestrian Center // For more information on the facility and for a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit worldequestriancenter.com.

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Laced Up A sneakerhead’s showcase is coming to the Magnolia Art Xchange. // B Y J E S S E J A M E S

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e are all passionate about something. From cooking and classic cars to style and music, each of us has something we simply can’t get enough of—that one thing that makes us tick. For sneakerheads like myself, footwear is more than something we put on our feet. Sneakers are life, a beautiful example of artistry and craftsmanship, a way to showcase your personality and character. For fans of sneakers, this is more than style; it’s serious business. Over the past few decades, the popularity of sneakers and sneaker collecting has grown exponentially. Footwear itself has evolved as well. Soon, the Magnolia Art Xchange (MAX) will be transformed into a showcase of sneakers, an exhibition of the artistry, the craftsmanship and 14

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f you’re looking for a bit of excitement to break up the monotony of everyday life, grab your friends or family and head out to a local adventure park. Here are a few that are definitely worth exploring.

THE CANYONS ZIP LINE AND ADVENTURE PARK You wouldn’t know you were right here in Ocala when visiting The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park. The vast elevation changes, deep canyons, spring-fed lakes and beautiful cliffs are more reminiscent of a mountain community. And the zips and other adventure-filled opportunities will leave you feeling exhilarated and energized. “Our zip line courses are designed to start you off low and slow so you build your confidence up for the longest and highest zips in Florida,” says Jessie Walker, retail and marketing director of the Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park. “Our professionally trained guides will show you how and be there to encourage you every step of the way! Kids must be at least 70 pounds to zip, but we do offer other adventures for smaller kids as well, such as tandem kayaking and gem mining.” For the adventure seekers, the popular 1,100-foot zip takes participants across Lost Spring Lake, and the view is second to none. The Big Cliff Canyon tour offers nine zips, the Treetop Express five zips and the Sky High three zips. The park also offers night zipping on full moon evenings, kayaking tours,

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zip lines and 10 to 17 obstacles, including rope swings, suspension bridges, rope walls and more. In the end, a 500-foot tower-to-tower zip line race provides even more excitement. The course uses a secure Clic-It system with two lanyards, and Vic says climbers are unable to disconnect from the system until they are safe on the ground. A guide is also always within ear and eye shot, even though your climb is a self-guided, go-atyour-own adventure. For the young adventures, ages 5 to 8, the Little Ninja Kids Adventure Course is ground level and includes lots of fun obstacles. “This is a great bonding experience,” says Vic. “It’s a wonderful way to get outdoors and challenge yourself.”

suspension bridges, rappels and horseback riding tours. Our property is truly one of a kind,” says Jessie. “Being an abandoned limestone quarry from the 1920s, our location is packed full of history and scenery unlike any other in Florida.”

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FLG X ADVENTURE COURSE If you’re feeling up for a challenge, the FLG X Adventure Course in Brooksville is the most challenging in the state. The park sits on 48 secluded acres, and the course is spread over 10 of those acres. The adventure begins just 10-feet off the ground with the green course. Junior climbers ages 9-11 can participate on the green and blue course with adult supervision. Adults and those 12 and over can advance to the red course. According to Senior Guide Vic McFadden, only about 5 percent of guests attempt the final 80-foot black course and only 3 percent complete it. “It’s really mind over matter,” she says. “Ours is a progressive course that gradually gets higher. It tests you mentally and physically and shows you what you’re made of.” Each course is a combination of multiple

Orlando is about far more than theme parks and big resorts. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is filled with all you need for a day of excitement and thrills. Hanging nets, wobbling bridges, swinging logs, Tarzan ropes and more can be found at the park. There are two separate kid courses (ages 6-8) with 21 challenges guaranteed to wear them out. The green through red courses offer more of a challenge for older adventurers. Youngsters ages 9-11 can experience the green, blue and silver courses, plus the giant 425-foot zip. Ages 12 and up have access to all courses. The park offers Florida resident discounts, plus if you’re feeling adventurous early in the morning, you’ll get 25 percent off your 8am start. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park // orlandotreetrek.com // (407) 390-9999 JAN ‘21

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lthough most flowers lie dormant in our coldest months of the year, the camellia is not like normal flowers. These intricate, delicate buds begin to show themselves in January and continue to bloom through early spring. And Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee is where to see them in all their glory. A wealthy banker, Alfred Maclay was originally from New York. A 1923 trip to Tallahassee with his wife, Louise Fleischmann, impressed Alfred enough that he selected our state’s capitol as the location to pursue his lifelong dream—to create an amazing garden. So the couple purchased a winter home and did just that, building one of the most beautiful ornamental gardens in the state. As a matter of fact, the United States Postal Service created a stamp series to recognize 10 of America’s best gardens and Maclay Gardens was included in that series. “The gardens feature a picturesque brick walkway, secret garden, reflection pool, walled garden and hundreds of camellias and azaleas,” says Alex Cronin with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s press office. “In 1953, nine years after Mr. Maclay’s death, Mrs. Maclay and her children donated the gardens to the state of Florida. She expressed her wishes that the gardens always be maintained as a memorial to her husband and his creation and opened to the public for the enjoyment of the people of Florida and guests.” Peak blooming season is January 1 through April 30, and the floral peak usually comes in 18

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mid- to late-March. Visitors during these months can expect to pay a small entrance fee to view the gardens and the historic Maclay house, but the nominal fee is worth it. The park features hundreds of camellias and azaleas, plus an abundance of other greenery and blooms. The on-site Lake Hall provides opportunities for kayaking, fishing, canoeing and swimming. Boats without motors are welcome to explore the waterway, and lakeside grills and pavilions offer a place to relax and enjoy a family picnic. The park offers two short nature trails (we’re talking less than an hour for a novice walker to complete) for walking, and bicyclists, hikers and equestrians have six miles of shared trails and five miles of designated biking trails. Park manager Stephanie McDonald in

her manager’s message says, “Currently my favorite spot in the park is our newly updated visitor center. Come and check it out. We have mystery boxes, a large terrarium with Creature Features that change weekly and a movie room where you can learn more about the Maclay family, the house and the gardens.” For the wildlife lovers, Maclay Gardens is home to a great selection of animals and birds, including bobcats, white tail deer, alligators and more. Bald eagle nesting season runs from the beginning of October each year through May, so bring a set of binoculars. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park // 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee // (850) 4874556 // floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens Arbor Day 2021 // January 16, 9am-12pm // Check the park’s website for updated information about this event.


Giving back over 3 million gallons of water to the aquifer per day The Ocala Wetland Recharge Park incorporates treated wastewater and stormwater from the Old City Yard, a drainage retention area (DRA), that is located near the park and has historically flooded during heavy rain events. The park captures this water, therefore reducing regional flooding. Stormwater can contain many contaminants like nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers, pet and yard waste, oil, grease, heavy metals, vehicle coolants, bacteria and litter. These stormwater contaminants are the leading cause of water pollution. By sen sending this water to the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park, the total nitrogen can be reduced to nearly undetectable levels, and the total phosphorus will be greatly reduced. This freshly cleaned water will improve water quality and boost regional groundwater supplies.

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An OffRoad Outing

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to ride only selected vehicles on the tour. To drive an ATV within the Ocala National Forest you must be at least 16 with a driver’s license. “The tour requires reservations, which can be done online or via phone,” says Paul. “Because it’s a forest, we always recommend comfortable clothing, bug repellent and sunscreen.” If you have your own ATVs and are looking to make a weekend of it, there are campgrounds conveniently located within the forest, including Big Scrub and Lake Delancy West. They offer tons of space for loading and unloading your ATVs, plus corrals for when they’re not in use. In order to ride on the OHV-designated trails you’ll need to purchase either a three- or seven-day trail pass meant specifically for ATVs and other off-road vehicle use. The threeday pass is $10 per person and is good on the Apalachicola and Ocala National Forest trails.

Passes can be purchased at recreation.gov. On the homepage, search for “Florida OHV,” pick the pass you want and when you want it, and print it at home. All riders 16 and under must take and pass an online course in OHV safety before using the trails in the National Forests in Florida. These courses are administered by several stateapproved agencies and can be taken in person or online. All riders 16 and under must carry with them a certification card of the ATV safety course they have completed. World Adventures ATV Tours // worldadventures.us // Learn more about ATVing in the Ocala National Forest by visiting fs.usda. gov/main/ocala and then clicking on the Recreation tab and then the OHV Riding & Camping tab


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On The Hunt

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eocaching became popular in the United States in 2000 after the government descrambled GPS signals, making them far more accurate. “A man named Dave Ulmer in Oregon wanted to test that accuracy,” says Chris Ronan, senior public relations manager with Geocaching HQ. “He hid a container, marked the coordinates and put the information online, challenging anyone to find it. Three days later, someone did! That’s the start of geocaching,” Today there are just over 1 million active geocaches hidden in America, and 40,000 of those are in Florida. In 2019 Florida logged more than half a million “found it” posts. An Internet search will provide the coordinates to current geocaches (2,044 to be exact!) hidden right here in and around Ocala. The Ocala National Forest and parks are also very popular hiding places. “Geocaches are everywhere, from city parks and other urban locations to hiking trails, mountains and more remote destinations,” says Chris. “One of the best things about the game is each player can choose their own adventure in whatever terrain is ideal for them.” To begin the quest, download the free

Geocaching app. The app includes an interactive map showing nearby geocaches, plus hints, tips and instructions for finding them. Geocaches may contain a variety of little trinkets and collectibles, think small figures, toy cars and balls. When you find a geocache, you can take the treasure inside and then leave one of your own for the next person to find. “Geocachers trade for items valued more than the item they’re taking, making sure the geocache will often contain some interesting items when someone finds it,” says Chris. “This is especially true for kids, who will choose toys to bring along geocaching, in the hopes they’re able to trade for other small toys in the geocache.”

And with the weather just about perfect for being outdoors, now is the ideal time to try out this high-tech treasure hunt. Chris agrees. “Geocaching is a rare combination of real world, just-outside-your-front-door tangible adventure and a digital app,” he says. “You’re outside and also engaging with people connecting through the Geocaching app around the world. Geocaching offers a way to take what you enjoy, hiking, exploring, camping, photography and add a new level of interest, which directs people to uncover hidden stories and locations. And there’s also a saying in our community that’s proven true time and time again, ‘Geocachers are the nicest people.’” Geocaching // For more information on how to get started in geocaching, visit geocaching.com.


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s a child, the thought of finding buried treasure was thrilling. X marked the spot, and playing pirates was more than a pastime. And if you’re like so many treasure hunters who are now all grown up, the thrill of the hunt still runs deep. While you might not have found any treasure as a kid, we’re here to tell you that dreams can come true. From fossil hunting and gem mining to uncovering the unknown with a metal detector, there are plenty of grown-up ways to unleash the pirate that still lives within us.

B E N E AT H T H E WAT E R The 106-mile-long Peace River originates northeast of Bartow in Polk County and then flows south through Fort Meade to Arcadia and then finally into the Charlotte Harbor estuary in Punta Gorda. This tea-colored river has the ability to transport you back in time—way back in time. With the river’s reputation for housing fossilized shark teeth and prehistoric mammal bones, it’s easy to imagine yourself paddling in the same spot where giant prehistoric animals use to live. Although both invertebrate and vertebrate fossils have been found on the Peace River, many come to hunt for shark teeth. If you’re new to fossil hunting, Becky Bragg, owner of Canoe Outpost-Peace River, has the expertise to guide you on your adventure. According to Becky, the fossils left behind in the Peace River include those of giant sharks, stingrays, fish, whales, dugongs (ancestor of the manatee), dolphins, alligators, turtles, mastodons, mammoths, bison, camels, ancient horses, dire wolves, giant armadillos the size of small cars, giant land 24

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tortoises, 20-foot sloths and saber-tooth cats. The most popular fossils, though, are the shark teeth, with megalodon and great white being the most prized. Most fossils in this area are from the middle Miocene Epoch, 16 million years ago, to the earliest Pliocene Epoch, about 4.5 million years ago. The area includes a mix of marine and land animals due to the rise and fall of the sea levels from glacial melting. “Most people come looking for the big shark teeth, and that takes some work,” says Becky. “But lots of smaller teeth and dugong ribs are found on a regular basis. You have to work at it, though. Get in the water and sift. The fossils are not just sitting on the sides.” In fact, fossil hunting is not allowed on the banks, only in the water. The best time to hunt is when water levels are low, about 12 inches below normal, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead or watch the Canoe Outpost-Peace River’s Facebook page for updates. Late winter and early spring are usual low times, and sunny days are preferred for snorkeling or diving because you can better see the bottom. If sifting for fossils, a sunny day isn’t necessary. The company offers canoe rentals for self-guided tours of the river and tours for specialty groups. “For those not in groups, anyone can go and try it,” Becky says. “Going by canoe, kayak or SUP gets you away from the boat ramps, which are hunted all the time. The favorite stretches are Gardner south to Arcadia with the Brownville and Oak Hill Runs because they are shorter and you have more time to look. You can also leave from our dock and paddle upstream and then back when you’re done.” According to Becky, the best hunting spots are gravelly areas at the river’s edge and on the bottom. Remember not to dig into the bank, as that area is private property. Gravelly


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areas can be found by occasionally probing the bottom of the river with your paddle or a shovel and listening for or feeling the crunch of gravel under the sandy layer. Darker colored areas, not tan sand, are usually gravel spots. Bends in the river where there is a high bank, rocky areas or under overhanging trees—but be careful, alligators typically like those spots, too—are great places to start your hunt. Finding fossils requires you to get in the water and get your feet wet, so make sure you dress

Y O U ’ L L S P E N D T H E D AY W O R K I N G H A R D FO R YO U R T R E A S U R E S, Y O U ’ L L L E AV E W I T H A S E N S E O F CALM AND PERSPECTIVE FOR OUR P L A C E I N H I S T O R Y. the part. You’ll need a sifter or screen, which can be purchased or rented from the Outpost when you rent your kayak, or you can bring a pasta strainer from home or even make your own sifter. Scoop up some gravel with either your hand or a shovel and dump it into the sifter. Shake the sifter in the water to wash the mud and sand away and start hunting through what’s left in the sifter. Some hunters prefer snorkeling or diving for fossils and fanning away the sand on the bottom to look for treasures closer to the limestone. Don’t forget to also bring a bucket and plastic baggies for treasures. Worried you won’t know what you’ve found? Becky can help with that. “Look for black, hard shapes, with and without enamel,” she says. “Look for textures, ribbing and angular shapes. Black and shiny ‘rocks’ can be anything, so look closely. We have handouts for our customers, and we help ID finds. We have posted info and some fossil displays. When we do a guided trip, staff leads the group into the water and shovels with them.” If you’re just hunting shark teeth or other invertebrate fossils, like mollusks, sea urchins or crabs, no permit is needed. However, if you’re hunting for vertebrate fossils, you will need a permit from the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History, and there are many rules and regulations for how and where you can hunt for these fossils. Also remember that it is illegal to excavate, disturb or collect manmade artifacts, such as arrowheads. 26

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CANOE OUTPOST-PEACE RIVER The Peace River is one of the more pristine areas of our state, with little development and a lot natural beauty. Although you’ll spend the day working hard for your treasures, you’ll leave with a sense of calm and perspective for our place in history. “The look of amazement and excitement when folks show us their finds is the best part of my job,” says Becky. “We do what we do because we love the outdoors and the Peace River and want to share that love with people of all ages.” Canoe Outpost-Peace River // 2816 NW County Road 661, Arcadia // (863) 494-1215 // peacerivertrips.com // To learn more about permits required for vertebrate fossil hunting, visit floridamuseum.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/ amateur-collector/fossil-permit.

DIGGING FOR GEMS Gem mining might seem like an activity really only fit for kids, but for treasure hunters, the thrill of not knowing what you might uncover is enough to

keep you busy for hours. Luckily, we have a venue for gem mining right in our own city. Canyons Zip Line & Adventure Park is just north of Ocala on NW Gainesville Road. Beyond their namesake zip lining tours, the park offers horseback riding, kayaking and, yes, gem mining. If you’ve never been gem mining, just know you can expect to find real gems, crystals and fossils. The process is simple and doesn’t require much effort on the hunter’s part. (No actual mining is required!) At Canyon’s Zip Line & Adventure Park, you purchase the bag of dirt of your liking and take it to the sluice with running water. The dirt is emptied into the sifting pans a little at a time, and then you can take your time searching through the dirt for your treasures. Canyons Zip Line & Adventure Park has several size options when it comes to picking your bag of dirt—the larger the bag, the more payout! The Paydirt option ($6 or two for $10) comes with 6 ounces of gems. The Fossil Find ($8) comes with 4 ounces of fossils and a half ounce of shark teeth. The Emerald Strike ($12) comes with 6 plus ounces of gemstones and 3


plus ounces of emeralds. And if you want to go all out, the Motherload ($26) comes with 10 plus ounces of gemstones, 4 ounces of fossils, a half ounce of shark teeth, two arrowheads and one large specimen of amethyst druzy. “Everything is authentic except for the arrowheads,” says Kayla Ostrom, office manager at Canyons Zip Line & Adventure Park. “You are guaranteed to find treasures in every bag. Our bags also come with an educational gemstone ID card so you know what you are looking at when you find something you really love.” Gem mining might just be the perfect way to introduce your kiddos to treasure hunting—especially since they’re guaranteed to find the jackpot. “Kids absolutely love doing this,” says Kayla. “I believe our youngest gem miner was just under 2 years old. No experience is needed.” If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, you might want to check out Fort Drum Crystal Mine. When you first drive up to the open field, it doesn’t look like much of an attraction. Piles of dirt are spread out here and there. But once you’re able to start digging, the crystals promise to be spectacular. According to the Visit Florida website, Fort Drum Crystal Mine is the site of a former mining operation for the fossilized shell rock used in our roadbeds. But it wasn’t long before the owners of the mine discovered large fossilized clam shells filled with yellow calcite crystals. In fact, they say this is the only known place in the world to find such fossils, which geologists estimate to be over 1.5 million years old. Finding the fossils is wet and dirty work that takes patience and determination. Expect to be at the mine for a full day, sorting through the dirt and washing off rock. The owner, Eddie, is not always on-site, so make sure you call ahead and make plans to visit with him before you come. For adults, the cost to dig is $60 per person. Canyons Zip Line & Adventure Park // 8045 NW Gainesville Road, Ocala // (352) 351-ZIPS (9477) // zipthecanyons.com Fort Drum Crystal Mine // 28320 NE 55th Avenue, Okeechobee // (863) 634-4579

U N COV E R T H E G O O DS Metal detecting is much more than scanning the beach for lost items. Who really knows what you could find just below the ground! Plus, metal detecting can be great exercise, and you might even make new friends if you join one of the metal detecting clubs around town. Although many of the group meetings

and hunts are on hold right now due to the pandemic, the Ocala Metal Detecting Club (ocalametaldetectingclub.com) is a good source of information. Metal detectors range in price from fairly inexpensive models to super-sensitive models that can cost more than $1,000. Make sure you do your research before buying one, and again, a club might be a good place for advice before you purchase. If hunting on the beach, you’ll want to get there early in the morning before others arrive to have first pick. Look for areas where there are a lot of shell deposits or at the high tide line. If possible, hunt after a storm, when the sea might have turned up some interesting treasure. It’s important to know where you’re allowed to use a metal detector. And if you’re not sure

detectors are strictly prohibited in the Ocala National Forest, as well as other national forests. In Marion County, the use of metal detectors in county-owned or -managed park facilities may only be performed as permitted by the Parks & Recreation director. You must obtain a metal detecting park pass for $10 plus tax and fees before beginning by submitting an application through the Parks & Recreation main office. Your pass must be clearly visible on your body while metal detecting, and you can only use a metal detector during normal operating hours. If you happen to find items of archaeological or cultural significance, they may not be kept and must be reported to the park ranger immediately. Your activity must not disturb others, and holes that are made to extract items found must be backfilled and compacted. These rules only apply

CANYONS ZIP LINE & ADVENTURE PARK whether you’re allowed, always ask first before you start, as rules and regulations vary from location to location. It’s never OK to hunt on private property without permission, and each county and city might have rules regarding hunting in parks, so do your research before you get started. According to the Florida State Parks website, metal detectors can be used in certain designated areas. In coastal parks, they can be used between the waterline and toe of the dune, as determined by the park manager, except at archaeological sites within that zone. They can also be used during authorized archaeological research projects and to recover lost personal items, with the supervision of a park staff member. It’s always best to check with the park management about their rules regarding metal detecting before beginning. And note that metal

within the unincorporated areas of Marion County and do not include property within municipalities such as Belleview, Ocala or Dunnellon. The City of Ocala has similar rules about digging on cityowned property, such as parks, and a permit is required. Contact the City of Ocala before digging. Metal Detecting // For a complete list of where the Marion County metal detecting pass can be used, other rules and requirements, and the pass permit application, visit marioncountyfl.org and search metal detecting in the search bar. Call (352) 671-8560 with additional questions. // For additional information on metal detecting within the City of Ocala, visit ocalafl.org and search metal detecting. Contact the city at (352) 629-2489 for information on required permits. JAN ‘21

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A New Twist On An Old Classic The history of the Bloody Mary and how to make it your own.

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n the 1920s, Fernand Petiot was an American bartender working at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. In an effort to keep his bar new and exciting, he concocted an unusual drink made with vodka and tomato juice. The drink was dubbed the Bloody Mary. When Petiot moved back to the states in the 1930s and went to work at the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, he brought his popular recipe with him. The hotel managers tried to tone down the name by calling it the Red Snapper, but the change didn’t last. New Yorkers were not originally impressed with the drink, calling it boring and bland. Petiot spiced the drink up, literally, by adding black pepper, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, lemon and even Tabasco sauce for those who dared. The drink took off, and a classic was created. 28

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Although there are varying stories of how the Bloody Mary came to be known as such, the most widely accepted tale includes the story of Mary Tudor, also known as Mary I of England. The daughter of Henry VIII, she was born to the king and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in 1516. She was the fifth of six children and was the only one to survive past infancy. Although she was born an heir to the throne, she was declared illegitimate when Henry divorced her mother in 1532 in order to marry Anne Boleyn, the mother of Elizabeth I. Mary and her mother were publicly mocked and treated poorly by

Henry and others. Despite all of this, Mary still had a path to the throne when her younger half-brother, Edward VI, died from tuberculosis at age 15. Her five-year reign was violent and revolved around turning the country back to Catholicism. Mary is most known for murdering hundreds of Protestants—burning them at the stake—in the name of her beloved Catholicism. The nickname Bloody Mary was given to her before her death in 1558.

THE SPICE OF LIFE Advanced Mixology has several creative ideas for setting up your own Bloody Mary bar. For

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BLOODY MARY The Bloody Mary is a classic drink that always goes over well with others. But just because its good the way it is doesn’t mean you can’t put your own spin on it and kick it up a notch. In this recipe we ditch the traditional celery stick and complement the cocktail with cheese-filled perogies and bacon. The combination is sure to be a conversation starter. For more entertaining and beverage recipes, visit culinary.net.

the big game maybe? Here’s what you’ll need. The Basics A salt rim adds flavor to your drink instantly. Offer sea salt and celery salt rimming stations for selection. Then there’s the Bloody Mary mix. A trip to the grocery or liquor store will reveal plenty of brands and varieties, so be creative. Have a few on hand to try. Citrus & Spice Citrus slices add a touch of tartness and zest to any drink. Cut up lemons and limes to squeeze into the final product. Made mostly of tomato juice, which is relatively acidic, many people like

their Bloody Mary with a splash of hot sauce. From mild and smoky to barbecue and steak flavored; the options are varied. The Finishing Touch The Bloody Mary is typically finished off with a celery stick or green olives, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with your garnishes. Such as the perogy and bacon listed in the recipe to the right, a more substantial garnish just might be the way to go. Want olives? Why not stuff them with jalapeno, garlic or blue cheese cheeses? Try chunks of spicy pepperoni or mini dill pickles, too. Be creative and you just may find your new favorite flavor combination.

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1 teaspoon red pepper sauce 1 bottle (64 ounces) tomato juice 2 cups vodka 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons lime juice 6 cheese-filled perogies, baked according to package directions • 6 slices bacon, cooked until crispy • ice • wooden skewers In large pitcher, combine red pepper sauce, tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce and lime juice; stir well. In glasses, pour over ice. Using wooden skewer, garnish each Bloody Mary with a cheese-filled perogy and crispy bacon slice.

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TRIVIA NIGHT Grab your friends, and take dinner and drinks up a notch.

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veryone has one friend who knows a little about all sorts of topics—and that’s just the person you need as your trivia night wingman. Call them up and make plans to attend a trivia night at one of these local spots.

THE BLACK SHEEP ON BROADWAY, OCALA Every Wednesday, 8-10pm Music Bingo combines your favorite tunes with a classic game in a great atmosphere. It’s free and fun to play—and even more fun to win. And yes, there are prizes! While you’re there, you’ll want to take advantage of this gastropub’s unique flavors and extensive array of beer. You’ll also love the custom jukebox, Golden Tee Golf game and live music and karaoke on certain nights. Check out their Facebook event page for a full list of fun events. 30

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HIATUS BREWING COMPANY, OCALA

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm Trivia night is back at Charlie Horse. Come out and test your knowledge at one of the best games in town. Before you head out, make sure to check out their Facebook page for daily specials and the live music schedule.

Every Thursday, 7-9pm Hiatus does trivia night right every Thursday. You’ll also want to make time for their new Brewery Feud—a spin on Family Feud—on Wednesday night. While you’re there, try one of the Tap Room Snacks or enjoy Wingsday Wednesday, when you’ll get $1 off all regularly priced pints with the purchase of an order of wings. Head to their Facebook page for details on additional events.

THE CRAZY CUCUMBER EATERY AND BAR, OCALA Every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm Tuesday night means it’s time for trivia with Tom at The Crazy Cucumber. Come and hang out with your family and friends, enjoy a meal or a drink and show off your brain skills. And even better, there are prizes, including gift cards for winning teams. You’ll love the all-new menu and fully renovated space—both inside and out—creating a relaxed, industrial vibe. See their full calendar of events at thecrazycucumber.com/events.

THE CORKSCREW WINERY, THE VILLAGES Every Monday, 7-9pm Trivia night at The Corkscrew Winery in The Villages is back on for Monday nights. Come out for a night of prizes and craft wine and beer. Other nights The Corkscrew Winery offers live music and open mic nights. Head to their Facebook page for the most up-to-date entertainment schedule.


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BRAISED ONION

EL TOREO

754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala // (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thur 11:30am-9pm // Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm Sun 11:30am-8pm // Mon Closed

Two Locations: 3790 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala // (352) 694-1401 // Mon-Sun 11am-10pm // 3510 SW 36th Ave. (SR 200), Ocala // (352) 291-2121 // Mon-Sun 11am-11pm

Now open with a brand-new menu and newly renovated dining room, you’ll experience Braised Onion’s famous “Comfort Food With Attitude” every time you visit. Begin your meal with an appetizer of Pow Pow Shrimp tossed in a sweet and spicy glaze, or the Shrimp & Chilled Noodle Bowl is also a great pre-entrée starter. If you’re dining for lunch, try the Turkey Pesto Croissant or Bloody Mary Burger, and don’t miss the Seafood Cioppino or Grilled Pork Tenderloin for dinner. With a unique blend of savory and sophisticated, let Braised Onion be the restaurant you visit for every occasion. Make your reservations today!

Head to El Toreo for the best Mexican food this side of the border! Enjoy all of your favorite traditional Mexican dishes in a friendly and festive atmosphere. On Sundays, children’s meals are $1.95. Lunch specials: $5.45 Taco Salad Mondays, $5.45 Speedy Gonzalez Tuesdays, $7.95 Quesadillas Wednesdays, $6.95 Chimichangas Thursdays and $5.95 Burrito Supremes Fridays. Dinner specials: $10.95 Fajitas Mondays, $8.95 Chimichangas Tuesdays, $9.95 Alambre Wednesdays and $9.95 Tacos de Bistec Thursdays. Margarita specials: $1.95 margarita Mondays, 99 cent margarita Wednesdays and 2-4-1 margarita Saturdays.

LET’S BE FRIENDS. You’re definitely getting our magazine, whether from around town or on our website, but did you know we’re pretty social, too? The 352 is so chock-full of fun things to do that we love to share extra events, cool concerts and exclusive giveaways on Facebook and Instagram.

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