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30 Joe Ciceri is the electrifying 2017 Business Man of Style An electrical contractor since 1999, Joe Ciceri says he truly enjoys building his business, meeting new customers, maintaining relationships with current customers, and delivering quality work. STORY: JAMES COMBS

35 Business Men of Style Some are new to the business side of Central Florida; others have enjoyed having their businesses here for many years. The Business Men of Style are a diverse and extraordinary group of men who work in medicine, sales, construction, personal image, food service, and other areas that make living here so great.

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One contest, one medal. Yalaha Bootlegging Co. recently entered a contest for the first time, and its moonshine received a silver medal in judging by the American Distilling Institute, based in California. Owners Doug and Amanda McCormack operate Yalaha Bootlegging Co. at their Blue Bayou Farms, 8222 County Road 48, Yalaha. In October, the McCormacks began selling genuine moonshine and brandy, made from certified organic blueberries grown on 13 acres. The 100-proof moonshine contains no gluten or grains, making for a smoother product, Doug says. “It’s one thing to make this product, but to actually win an award, it was surprising,” he says. “I knew it was good, but I didn’t know it was good enough to win an award.” Amanda also was ecstatic about the award. “She said, ‘All your dreams are coming true,’” Doug says. In July, the company will debut Southern pecan aged moonshine, made by adding pecan-soaked wood chips to the barrels. Yalaha Bootlegging Co. offers tours and tastings of its spirits, and the couple’s country store sells homemade fruit pies, meat pies, produce, cheeses, and more. The store is open from 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Call 352.324.4069 or visit for more.

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A man was arrested after using his son to steal more than $367 worth of items at the Mount Dora Wal-Mart. The man distracted a greeter while his son tried sneaking out the door with a cart full of merchandise. The lesson learned here: They should’ve attempted this at one of WalMart’s competitors. Those stores make for easier “targets.”


Two men from Lake County Fire Rescue helped rescue a barred owl that was stuck in the grill of a Dodge pickup truck. The owl was later transported to Avian Rehabilitation Center in Apopka and treated for a fractured tibia. Don’t worry, my feathered friend. Everything is going to be owl-right.


A Tavares police officer had an AR rifle stolen from his marked patrol car parked in his driveway. Never fear, though. The suspect’s girlfriend said he only shoots blanks.


An eye for great care Fishman & Sheridan Eye Care Specialists is the new name for Total Eye Care Center. Dr. Craig Fishman and Dr. Jeffrey Sheridan are also relocating to two new offices once construction is complete on one and renovations are done on the other. “Our new offices will help us better serve our patients with greater convenience, comfort and care,” he added. Total Eye Care has been serving the community since 1996, but the new offices will be ready soon. The temporary office is at 1320 South Bay Street, Eustis. The Leesburg office is currently open at 640 South Lake Street. The Clermont office is scheduled for completion in January 2018, and is located at 1655 East, Highway 50, Suite 204. The Eustis office, located at 1301 South Bay Street, should open in November. “We care about our patients,” said Dr. Sheridan. “We follow the Golden Rule; treat other people as I would want to be treated or as I would want my mother to be treated.” Dr. Fishman echoed the sentiment, noting that it was his family’s history of glaucoma and macular degeneration that forged his interest and made him as passionate as he is about helping others with their vision problems. Board certified and specializing in cataract, glaucoma, and eyelid surgery, both doctors plan to continue the legacy of Total Eye Care, which was founded in 1996. For information or appointments, call 352.360.2301.


A 25-year-old Belleview woman was arrested following a road-rage incident on U.S. Highway 301, where she hit another driver with a baseball bat. Road rage simply isn’t worth it. In this young woman’s case, she struck out big time.



In recent months, health inspectors temporarily closed two Mount Dora restaurants due to cockroaches. I really hope the wings they’re serving are of the chicken variety. A 65-year-old woman in The Villages had a court appearance after being in possession of 13 grams of marijuana. Good Lord! I think she should start a marijuana and coffee shop. She could call it Starbuds.

Giving back to community “Serving God through community service” is the mission of the Morrison Opportunity Shop, 222 S. Ninth St., Leesburg. The thrift shop ministry of Morrison United Methodist Church began in 1999. During a ceremony honoring volunteers, Chairwoman Jackie Talley, Volunteer Coordinator Sally Nebel, and Manager Susan Merrell revealed $137,400 raised in 2016 will go to 45 local charities. Overall, the shop has awarded $1.5 million in monetary and in-kind donations to organizations, missions, and scholarships. To learn more or arrange free pick-up of large items, call 352.323.3409.



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Safe Haven baby and firefighter reunite The Florida Safe Haven Law allows anyone to leave a baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee at any hospital, emergency medical services station, or fire station in the state, no questions asked. On July 1, 2006, Dan Miller was on duty as supervisor at Fire Station 12, 16240 CR 474, Clermont, when he received a call that a baby girl would be dropped off at the station. “I was in awe. I was excited and I was nervous,” Dan recalls. The baby, Colleen, was taken to South Lake Hospital and later adopted by a loving family. Dan and Colleen recently reunited when his station named its new Class A pumper “Colleen” in her honor.


New and improved rec center to open soon The spruced-up Saddlebrook Recreation Center in The Villages is expected to be unveiled this summer. Saddlebrook, 3010 Saddlebrook Lane, is one of the older recreation centers in the community, and this year received a complete renovation. The interior, including a reconfigured lobby, plus the addition of a larger billiards room with more tables and a unisex




restroom were updated. New mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems were installed, along with new flooring, furniture, and fixtures. Exterior work included new windows and trim work, and a new pool shade structure. The $1.6 million project began in January and will be completed on schedule, according to status reports from Villages district staff.


Clermont police create “Safe Zone” for transactions If you’ve ever been leery of conducting business with someone after making contact with them on the internet, the Clermont Police Department has your back. The department recently added a “Safe Zone Transactions” location in the main parking lot of its new headquarters, 3600 S. U.S. Highway 27. The area is designated by a prominently displayed sign that includes important information and instructions. “Safe zones can help the residents of Clermont feel at ease as transactions can now take place directly in front of the police station under 24-hour video surveillance,” Sgt. Malcolm Draper, of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit, states in a news release. Crimes and scams sometimes are committed during internet-related business transactions. Safe Zones have been successful deterrents used by law enforcement across the country, Malcolm says.

“The creation of these zones will greatly enhance the public’s ability to safely conduct transactions,” Clermont Chief Charles Broadway says in the release. “Clermont residents should be very cautious when conducting business with anyone who refuses to meet in front of a police station and should arrange sales during daylight hours.”


Convenience and good taste Another new Wawa is coming to the area, at the corner of U.S. Highway 441 and Morningside near Lake Gertrude in Mount Dora. Site preparation and construction is set to begin later this year. At Wawa, you can fill up your car and yourself. The convenience store chain, which now numbers more than 100 in Florida, is known for the variety of fresh food options it offers.



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Kris Kruse Clermont police officer

Lowest point after the accident: When I realized just how serious and grim my recovery looked. Not knowing if I would ever be able to return to the job I love took a major emotional toll on me.

Highest point: Putting the uniform back on and patrolling the streets of Clermont on night shift. After a few patrol shifts went by




Returned to full duty in February, one year after suffering burns over 70 percent of his body when a gas can exploded in a bonfire accident.

The 22-year-old attended Lake Technical College for the police academy and began his career in 2015.

and I had answered several different calls, I realized I still remembered how to handle them and that I didn’t lose that ability to control otherwise chaotic situations.

How did the support make you feel? Hearing about the fundraisers while I was bedridden gave me that extra push to keep fighting and working toward my recovery with one goal in mind: to return to the streets and give back to my community for the love they displayed. The money raised [for care] was one of many factors to my amazing and speedy recovery.

Biggest accomplishment:

Some of my worst burns are on my right hand, making holding and firing a weapon difficult. I’m proud to say that after [instructor] Sgt. Dan Creighton’s dedication to helping me return to using a firearm, I now shoot better with my left hand than I ever did with my right.

Strangest sight on the night shift: How people act while under the influence of harsh drugs. They can be mellow, angry, aggressive, and hallucinate all within a matter of seconds.

Favorite cop show: I love “Cops” due to its reality and raw footage. It also shows how other agencies from all over the U.S. handle their calls. I also love “Alaska State Troopers,” mostly because I am so fascinated with Alaska and would love to visit there someday.

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Without a doubt, returning to full duty. Secondly, I had to be retrained on shooting a firearm—with my non-dominant hand.

Family: Parents Jack, also a Clermont police officer, and Jill, younger brother Kevin, fiancée Liz Darrah.







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to attend the University of North Florida for four years, studying mechanical engineering and earning my bachelor’s in science.

Age: 18 Grade: 12 GPA: 4.7885 Hobbies/Sports: Gaming and volunteering Favorite subject: Math

Plans for your career? My ambitions after college are to intern for a year, then work my way up in the engineering community to become one of the leaders in mechanical engineering.

Personal philosophy? My personal philosophy follows that of the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” and to always

Favorite professional sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Who is your hero/inspiration? My inspiration would be my AFJROTC instructor, Master Sgt. First Class Thomas Young, because he has taught me how to become a leader and act with integrity and justice in my community.

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What was the best day of your life? The best day of my life was attending the Florida American Legion Boys State program because of how much it was an honor to be selected by veterans who served our country.

Pet peeve? The thing I find as my pet peeve is when others do not respect those around them, especially when they have done so much for them.


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Facebook: How to waste time and be immortal It is so petty, yet I cannot look away! STORY: FRED HILTON


his is a combination thankyou note/shout out to Mark Zuckerberg. Unless you’re just waking up from a 15-year nap, you know all about Mark. He’s the boy genius who created Facebook. His brainchild has resulted in Mark becoming stinking rich as well as setting some kind of record for being sued the most times. Facebook is a tremendous asset to our culture. It allows you to reconnect with old friends, see pictures of your grandchildren, and watch an infinite number of cat videos. The really important thing Facebook has done is give us a new and improved way to waste time. There have been great ways of wasting time over the years. Solitaire was a traditional way of wasting time since the game was invented by Samuel J. Solitaire in 1641. Watching 97.6 percent of the shows on TV these days also is a perfect waste of time. I’ve developed my time-wasting skills over the years. I learned




them as a teenager and enhanced my ability to waste time in college. Then, I went into the military, where wasting time was an art form. Next, I became a professional timewaster when I worked in state government for a public college. If you work for the government, wasting time is in your job description. Everyone was still jealous of the true experts on time wasting—the folks who work for the federal government. Those people are amazing and have fantastic ingenuity in creating ways to waste time. On any given day, you can log onto Facebook and easily fritter away hours. In addition to cat videos, you can see delightful pictures of what all your friends had to eat for dinner. What better way to waste time than to study a picture of beef stroganoff? You can read countless numbers of nasty, vile comments about that politician you don’t like. It doesn’t matter which politician you don’t like. He or she will get lambasted on Facebook soon enough. You also have the opportunity on Facebook to see dozens of videos of unsuspecting young men getting hit square in the hoo-hahs by a wide variety of flying objects. Some of the younger folks tend to post seminaked and semi-nekkid photos on Facebook. Everyone should be eternally grateful that nobody in my neighborhood does that. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s what the great Lewis Grizzard had to say about naked and nekked: “‘Naked’ means you don’t have any clothes

* on. ‘Nekkid’ means you don’t have any clothes on—and you’re up to something.” The potential for wasting time on Facebook is monumental if you consider it on a global level. Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world. The latest estimate shows that nearly 2 billion people use Facebook. If everyone used Facebook for just one hour, that would equal more than 228,000 wasted years. Facebook does something far more important than providing a tremendous method to waste time. Facebook makes you immortal! If you’re on Facebook, it doesn’t matter if you die. You’re still there on Facebook—forever and ever. Every now and then, I get a cheerful reminder from Facebook that “Today is So-and-So’s birthday.” Even though good old So-and-So departed this earth four years ago, Facebook wants everyone to wish him/her a great day. This goes on and on for years. Some people put a memorial note on dead So-and-So’s Facebook page, but there always are plenty of people who keep sending birthday wishes as if So-and-So were still with us. Those messages might travel up or down, depending on what kind of person old So-andSo was.

So today, join me in wasting some time on Facebook and then raising a glass and thanking Mark Zuckerberg for his brainchild. Mark really is a remarkable fellow. When he was only 19, Mark and a bunch of his buddies at Harvard University launched Facebook. It took off immediately and resulted in today’s massive phenomenon as well as making a ton of cash for Mark. Many of Mark’s pals and approximately half of Harvard’s students and alumni have sued Mark to try to get a piece of the action. I was told one guy went to Yale but eats Harvard beets and tried to sue Mark. The law suits apparently don’t bother Mark. He just goes to petty cash and throws a few million at the folks who sue him. Surprisingly, there is one fascinating similarity between myself and Mark at the same age. At age 33, Mark has a net worth of approximately $58.6 billion, which makes him the fifth-richest person in the world. At age 33, I had a net of approximately $58.6 thousand, which made me the fifthrichest person in the six houses on our side of the block. (The six houses count little Timmy Sullivan’s treehouse as a house.)

In addition to cat videos, you can see delightful pictures of what all your friends had to eat for dinner. What better way to waste time than to study a picture of beef stroganoff?

Fred Hilton Fred Hilton spent 36 years as the chief public relations off icer/spokesman for James Madison University in Virginia and 10 years prior as a reporter and editor for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He is now happily retired in The Villages with his interior designer wife, Leta, their Cadillac Escalade golf cart, and their dog, Paris. (Yes, that makes her Paris Hilton).

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He’s electric Through his company, Electrical Works, Joe Ciceri provides superior customer service. STORY: JAMES COMBS // PHOTOS: FRED LOPEZ


oe Ciceri is wired to be an electrician. Having worked in the industry for 23 years, the lifelong Lake County resident has found it a rewarding, profitable, and fun career. “I love working with my hands, and I have always been fascinated with technology and electronics,” he says. “This career has been a great fit for me.” Joe launched his downtown Leesburg-based company, Electrical Works, in 2007. It wasn’t your typical 9-to-5 job. As the lone employee, he handled everything—from electrical repair and answering phones to installation and scheduling. “I worked seven days a week when I first started,” says Joe, a 1992 graduate of Leesburg High School. “In addition, I spent many weekends providing emergency electrical service.” His hard work and sacrifice ultimately paid big dividends. Today, his thriving company

boasts 20 employees and provides residential and commercial electric services throughout Florida. He and his team work in all aspects of electrical installations, from site development projects to troubleshooting and repairs in homes. His success stems not only from being a skilled electrician, but also from having a general business acumen and exhibiting sound judgment. “One reason Joe is successful is because he was able to take his tool belt off and learn what it takes to be an effective business owner,” says his wife, Sabrina Ciceri. “It’s very impressive to see how he has grown the business over the years.” The company is poised to experience more growth thanks to the hiring of Jason Paynter, a retired lieutenant with the Tavares Police Department. During his career, Jason managed the department’s day-to-day operations and

I love working with my hands, and I have always been fascinated with technology and electronics.

This career has been a great fit for me. —JOE CICERI

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He is the definition of professionalism, and that is reflected in his company’s

clean uniforms, vehicles, and equipment. —JASON PAYNTER

completed specialized courses in budgeting, communication, management, and leadership. Since joining Electrical Works in October, he has assumed a similar leadership role by overseeing road crews, finances, scheduling, and billing. Jason also has implemented effective time-management strategies. “Joe needed a general manager because he was swamped having to handle so many different facets of his business,” says Jason, who spent 25 years at the police department. “With me coming onboard, it frees up Joe’s time to get more work and strengthen relationships with existing clients. My job is to take all the bumps out of the road and make sure everything is running smoothly.” To say Jason is excited about joining Electrical Works would be an understatement. Not only have he and Joe been friends for more than 20 years, they also share the same business philosophy. “When I was a police officer, I always said it’s not about what we do but how we do it. Joe lives by the same motto with his company,” Jason says. “He is the definition of professionalism, and that is reflected in




his company’s clean uniforms, vehicles, and equipment. He realizes that it’s not all about making a profit; he wants to treat all his clients with kindness because he’s offering himself as a product, as well. I could not retire from law enforcement and just work anywhere. Because of Joe, it was easy to transition into another job because he has the same values I do.” In addition to Jason’s hiring, other exciting things are happening at Electrical Works. Recently, the company began offering commercial service agreements, allowing monthly maintenance to be performed on commercial properties. Fixing small problems now may eliminate costly repairs and unnecessary electrical service interruption in the future. “It’s a service where we do a walk-through and repair what needs to be repaired,” Joe says. “This ensures that companies have fewer electrical issues, such as the lights going out in the exam room of a doctor’s office. Also, a company that is part of our commercial service agreement will be given priority if they have an electrical emergency during a different part of the month. This helps

keeps customers happy and gives them peace of mind knowing they’re getting full-time maintenance without the expense.” That commitment to customer service is matched only by Joe’s commitment to his employees. One of them is Gary Davis, a site development manager who joined the company eight years ago. “Joe has done a very good job creating a family-like atmosphere,” Gary says. “He truly cares about his employees, and that’s why we respect him so much. He always wants to do the right thing.” Another happy employee is Chris Etheredge, who has three years at Electric Works as a commercial manager and estimator. “It’s very positive and laid back here and everyone gets along very well,” he says. “Joe is flexible when family matters arise because family means everything to him.” Indeed, Joe’s work family—as well as his real family—mean the world to him. He and Sabrina have raised six kids, four of whom are adopted. They’ve also served as foster parents and recently celebrated the birth of their first grandson, Maverick Joseph.


“When you adopt children, you go into it with the mindset that you’re going to help them,” Joe says. “However, what you don’t realize is that you end up getting back so much more than you give. The children we adopted have blessed our lives in so many ways.” Joe takes no credit for his professional and personal success. Instead, he gives the credit to God. “I’m just a person whom God has blessed,” he says. “I always put God and family before my business. When your priorities are in the right place, good things tend to happen.”

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8 A good cigar and wine Does it get any better? Plus

2 Meet a Villager Traveling well just got easier.

4 In The Villages The little black box fits The Villages just fine.


Travel agent gives inside scoop STORY: THERESA CAMPBELL // PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ



When two people are traveling together, always put one outfit in the other person’s suitcase, and put one of their outfits in your suitcase, just in case luggage is lost. Place a return address label inside luggage. Check to see if the airline charges for assigned seats. In general, you can save money by not paying for an assigned seat. “You are going to get there anyway,” Sharon says, regardless of whether you pay or let the airline assign your seat. Cruises to Alaska are popular in May for sightings of baby animals. “But the first week of September is usually the cheapest, and there’s also a lot of animal activity because they are getting ready to hibernate.’



Villages resident since 2013, Sharon Kenner travels for pleasure and through her business, ABC Cruises & Travel, so it’s not unusual for her to share travel tips to inquiring minds. “I love helping other people to travel,” she says. “To this day, I still get excited to help somebody make the best of their trip.” She also delights in helping travelers save money when fares go down on cruise trips. “I have saved $800 per person on my group that went to Alaska,” Sharon happily noted. “The price had fallen down from the time they had booked until the time their final payment was due.” When it comes to airfares, she has found the best days to find lower rates are Tuesday through Thursday, particularly during the hours of 11pm1am. She usually can help travelers get better airline rates when packaged with hotel accommodations. Sharon has found many of her Villages neighbors want to go to Alaska and Europe, and go on cruises. “You can still see Europe from your balcony,” she says of travelers in wheelchairs who may not want to depart the cruise ships. Sharon believes a travel agent’s expertise is most vital when traveling out of the country; she can help travelers obtain needed documents. “Agents have the insider knowledge on the latest information that the general public doesn’t know, and we can have direct contact with the company rather than going through the third-party


person,” Sharon says. “I hear a lot of ‘Oh, thank you so much! I didn’t know that.’” She says most travel agents do not charge a fee. “For example, if I was booking a trip, Royal Caribbean is going to pay me for bringing them customers,” Sharon says.

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The Studio Theatre A small, intimate theater offers experimental plays and innovative acting. STORY: LEIGH NEELY



The response has been overwhelmingly positive, not only from The Villages residents but also people from all over Central Florida. We sold out every single show in our first season. —WHITNEY MORSE


he Villages often has led the way with new and exciting ventures in this area, and one of the most popular of late is The Studio Theatre. The building was formerly a country club, and that’s the beauty of a black box theater: they can be built almost anywhere. A popular concept in the 1960s and ’70s, the black box theater is thought by many to be “pure” theater because it relies more on the human element and less on the technical side of a performance. However, it actually dates back to 1921, when Swiss designer Adolphe Appia introduced the flexible staging techniques that make this type of theater unique. A black box theater is normally a simple, unadorned space. The walls of The Studio Theatre are black, and there’s very little room for staging and setting. In the recent production of “Proof,” the entire performance took place on the back porch of a small house. Though the set was minimal, the play’s message about dealing with the overwhelming family issues of aging parents and memory loss dominated the performances. The theater seats 99. “The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol began when Jason Goedken (my husband and our operations manager) and I started here at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center,” says Whitney Morse, artistic director. “We noticed a tiny little gap in the entertainment offerings in The Villages and surrounding communities. There was no regional theatre doing new work like dramas, heavier musicals, or classics. So, we thought, let’s do it. This is what we did before moving here, so why not bring this theatre style we love with us? That was that, and now we have a


professional urban-style theatre added to our hometown.” The theater opened in November 2016 and has become more popular with each performance.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive, not only from The Villages residents but also people from all over Central Florida. We sold out every single show in our first season,” Whitney says. “People actually stop me in the street or come up to me in restaurants to thank me for opening The Studio. It’s been a stupendous first year. We’re on the cusp of announcing our second season, and we are so excited to bring the community many more years of theatre to come.” For information about the theatre and to purchase tickets, visit or



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Enjoying a smooth cigar or a special drink easily can become a favorite pastime. STORY: CHRIS GERBASI




or many men, life doesn’t get much better than when they grab their favorite beverage, sit back in a recliner, click on the TV, light up a cigar, and get lost in a swirl of smoke. Cigar smoking can be a time for guys to escape pressures of the day, enjoy some “me time” away from the family, or socialize with like-minded aficionados, whether it’s in the garage, the country club, or the cigar bar. Cigars bring people together at shops, too. You may not know it by looking at these unassuming storefronts, but inside, men are getting away from it all. “Guys are chilling, relaxing, smoking a cigar, drinking a beer, watching golf,” says Jennifer Withington, manager of Low Ball Louie’s Cigars & Tobacco in Lady Lake. “They enjoy cigars. We get a good bunch in here.”

The shop at 870 N. U.S. Highway 27/441, Suite E, is home sweet home for cigar smokers: seating for 23, a walk-in humidor, a lounge with a TV, beer and wine, and availability for parties, club meetings, and special events featuring representatives from cigar companies. Louie’s offers 500 cigars, with Drew Estate, Perdomo, My Father, Low Ball Louie’s, La Famosa, Arturo Fuente, and Liga Privada among the most popular brands, owner Tammi Siegfried says. One day recently, Mike Holland was checking on his order of Perdomo cigars. He also likes Oliva V and Padron brands. The Summerfield resident has been smoking cigars for 20 years after giving up cigarettes some years earlier. “For me, it’s relaxation time,” he says. “I usually smoke in the evening, sit away from everybody,

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Low Ball Louie’s Cigars & Tobacco



like in the garage. I read a book and smoke a cigar, and it sort of keeps everyone at bay.” Mike and his friends usually smoke on specific occasions, such as after a round of golf or during a get-together for food and drinks. Naturally, he hangs out and meets fellow smokers at Louie’s. “For a lot of people, it’s a social thing,” he says. And it’s not just a guy thing. While many men retreat to a cigar lounge because their wives don’t want to be around the odor, Kris Snell and his partner, Kallen Kneeland, smoke at the shop because they’d rather not smoke in their house. The Wildwood couple, stretched out in comfy recliners, are regulars in the lounge, which Kris calls an “oasis.” Kallen found a fondness for cigars through a grandfather and an uncle who were smokers. She tends to smoke the Arturo Fuente line, but on this day, she’s enjoying a Drew Estate Undercrown. Regular customers become well-known acquaintances, Kallen says. “The atmosphere is really great here,” she says. “There are always good people to talk to in here. If I want to dive into a book, he’s not bored because he’s got people to talk to.” Low Ball Louie’s stands out among many cigar bars the couple have visited, Kris says.


Guys are chilling, relaxing, smoking a cigar, drinking a beer, watching golf. — JENNIFER WITHINGTON

“Traditional cigar smokers don’t like flavored cigars,” Bob adds. “I think it brings in a whole new breed of smokers. With the infusion process, they’re top-notch cigars.” Bob takes all of these factors into consideration when helping customers choose a brand at the store, 10601 U.S. Hwy 441, Suite A 3-4, in the Publix shopping center. Established in 1998 inside

Good Ol’ Times Cigar Lounge

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“I think because this is family-owned, it just has a better atmosphere,” he says. “The owners are here regularly. They really cherish their customers. We’re important to them.” Tammi’s family has been in the cigar industry for four generations. Her father, John Watson, and his brother owned 17 stores at one point. In 2007, Tammi purchased eight of the stores around Central Florida. She operates them with the help of her father, who remains the company’s buyer, and her mother, Bonnie, who works at the corporate office in Winter Garden. Tammi’s great-grandfather, Martin Noriega, was born in Cuba and moved to Tampa, where he created his signature cigar, La Famosa Fumadora. His wife, Nunciada Scagleone, was a Sicilian-born cigar roller in Tampa, and a portrait of her graces the company logo. John later developed the company’s full line of cigars. All cigars consist of a wrapper, a filler, and a binder, and tastes range from mild to medium to full-bodied. La Famosa Fumadora consists of a wrapper of Connecticut Shade Honduran tobacco leaves, a filler of Honduran and Nicaraguan leaves, and a binder of Honduran. The cigar has a taste of mild to medium, Tammi says. In addition to Connecticut, named for the state where the leaf is grown, the other three major wrapper leaves are Corojo from Honduras, Habano from Nicaragua, and Maduro, says Bob Pizzini, manager of Good Ol’ Times Cigar Lounge in Leesburg. They vary widely in color, nicotine level, and taste. Cigar maker Drew Estate infuses flavors, such as coffee beans, into its cigars, and the infusion becomes part of the cigar, Bob says. The aroma is more likely to be acceptable to women.

Lake Square Mall and now owned by Steve Light, Good Ol’ Times bills itself as Leesburg’s only premium cigar retailer. Ron English and his wife drove from Bushnell to buy a box of Oliva V. That’s Ron’s favorite, along with Monte Cristo. “I like top quality, something smooth. I like a light cigar,” Ron says. His wife, Carol, has Alzheimer’s disease, and Ron says a cigar a day keeps tension away. “My demeanor is a lot smoother,” he says. “I smoke a cigar, drink a beer, and



enjoys smoking because it’s relaxing. The store’s walk-in humidor has more than 200 different types of cigars, Bob says, and private humidors are available. The premium best sellers are the Padron Anniversary series, followed by Arturo Fuente and Drew Estate. Mostly, Bob says, cigars create camaraderie. “We have a saying in the business: ‘When you buy a cigar, you’re a member of the club,’” he says.

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read a Clive Cussler book. That’s how I mellow out.” Customers also can mellow out in the store’s lounge, which has TVs for viewing and video games, leather chairs, and light refreshments. The lounge also is available for events and parties, and the store hosts manufacturer events with food about once a month. “It’s a relaxing, airconditioned place where you can sit and smoke a cigar and watch TV,”

Maggie’s Attic

says Dan Bowden, who works part-time at Good Ol’ Times. About 25 years ago, someone handed Dan a Fuente 858 and asked him to try his first cigar. He made the mistake of inhaling, so the experience didn’t go well, but he was hooked nonetheless. He still favors a Fuente, and



Maggie’s Attic in Mount Dora is best known for its selection of 300 to 400 craft beers and 500 to 600 wines. But cigars have become a “profit center” as well, says Terry Abbott, who owns the business with his wife, Stephanie. The store keeps several different brands on hand in a humidor, and refills the stock every couple

of weeks based on what customers like, he says. Smokers enjoy their cigars in the courtyard outside the Attic, which has been in business for 14 years at 237 W. 4th Ave. The inside has leather chairs and sofas, and an atmosphere many customers compare to the TV show “Cheers,” Terry says. The “guy thing” that really attracts male customers, though, is the beer, says Jerome Brouhard, sommelier and cellar manager, and son of the owners. Maggie’s Attic has beer and wine clubs for customers, and hosts beer tastings every second Saturday of the month, and wine tastings the first and third Saturdays of each month. Jerome shows off seasonal brews and new brands you’re not likely to find at Publix, he says. He tries to promote Florida breweries, such as Cigar City of Tampa, Funky Buddha of Oakland Park, and Tomoka Brewing Co. of Port Orange. The store’s shelves are lined with hundreds of brands, with names such as White Rascal, Sneak Attack, and Bell Cow, and other beers are on tap. He highlights about 25 new wines at the tastings. The most popular wineries are Caymus Vineyards, Cakebread, and Silver Oak. A chalkboard above the bar lists “Maggie’s Favorites,” such

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Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe

as Hogue Riesling, Butter Chardonnay, and Freak Show Cabernet Sauvignon. “The beer tastings are popular with the guys,” Jerome says. “The wine tastings are for men and women, but the guys really enjoy the beer tastings. You get some women, but it’s more of a guy crowd.” Smoking, drinking, and gabbing are the norm for men and women at Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe, 410 W. Main St., Leesburg. Inside, this well-known neighborhood spot features a small bar and a selection of 300 to 400 wines and about 35 domestic and craft beers, owner Joyce Huey says. Outside, customers are welcome to bring their own cigars to smoke at the sidewalk tables, enjoy a light lunch, or hang out after work with a glass of wine while catching up on the day’s events, she says. The shop also hosts occasional wine tastings. Best-selling wineries include Caymus Vineyards, Nickel & Nickel, Etude, and Rombauer. Favorite beers include Victory HopDevil, Fat Tire, and Tucher, a German brand with dark, light, and white varieties. “That’s real popular with all the guys,” Joyce says. Two Old Hags also is known for its off-beat décor, such as a “Star Wars” stormtrooper figure atop the beer cooler, pink flamingos, colorful lamps, and, in the restroom, a space alien figure holding the toilet paper roll, and a photo of Joyce above the toilet, staring at the customer. It’s all part of a comfortable vibe at another place where men, as well as women, can “wind down” with a beverage or a smoke, Joyce says. “For guys, they feel safe coming here, and girls feel really safe coming here on their own,” she says. “The guys are respectful, but having a good time. And the guys, too, are not being swarmed by a bunch of women. It’s a two-way street.”

Special ideas for Father’s Day gifts Cigar stores and wine shops just might be the perfect places to find Father’s Day gifts for connoisseurs or that hard-to-buy-for man. Low Ball Louie’s Cigars & Tobacco in Lady Lake regularly offers gift packs that include lighters, cups, and cutters. Specially for Father’s Day, staff has been saving My Father cigar brand boxes. The store is taking 20 percent off whatever customers can fit inside the box, whether it’s cigars, ties, shirts—if it fits, it’s 20 percent off. At Good Ol’ Times Cigar Lounge in Leesburg, women and children often come in looking for gifts for their husbands or fathers, manager Bob Pizzini says. They may have no idea what brand their men smoke, so Bob usually guides them to a mild cigar, reasoning that any cigar smoker would enjoy a mild one but not necessarily a full-strength stogie. The store always has Father’s Day specials, such as buy two cigars, get one free. Other gift ideas include accessories such as humidors, ashtrays, mugs, and cigar snuffers, along with pipes, hookahs, tobacco, and gift certificates. Gift certificates also are available at Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe in Leesburg. The wine bar also has its own label on a table wine, Blanco Da Tavola, for $20 a bottle, and wine accessories, such as corkscrews and aerators. At Maggie’s Attic, cigars, a six-pack of beer, or a nice bottle of wine would make great gifts for Dad, sommelier Jerome Brouhard says. The Attic also offers a variety of beer and wine club packages, starting as low as $33 plus tax, and gift cards online at Also for sale is the artwork that adorns the walls and shelves of the Attic: wooden wall art with “Mount Dora” travel slogans, metalframe model cars, bicycles, and motorcycles, some of which are wine bottle holders, and sailing ship models. The store also sells specially made jars of preserves, and novelty items such as a miniflask keychain with a “Super Dad” logo on it. “That’s the whole concept of the attic,” Jerome says. “You never know what you’re going to find in an attic.”




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‘My Father’s Ashes’

By Bruce Jenvey. A young man’s journey through his father’s life STORY: DIANE DEAN


his novel by Bruce Jenvey felt like “old home week” for many in the Bookworm Book Club. The author, who was born and raised in Michigan and is a Michigan State University graduate, visited our book club for a discussion of his latest novel. Bruce says the town names are real, and the actual names and addresses of the characters are those of real people the author has known. A book club member even knew one of the people he mentioned. Small world! The main character, Daniel, never knew his father, Robert Peterson, during his lifetime, but he learned who his father was after the older man’s death. As the beneficiary of his father’s estate, Daniel was required to visit different locations his father enjoyed



and distribute his ashes with people who loved him and shared his enthusiasm for life. Peterson was a prolific children’s author known as “Professor Poppyseed,” but the innocence of that name did not reflect the depth of the charismatic writer who earned the loyalty of his friends. These friends revealed to Daniel the many sides of his father’s personality. Daniel’s travels took him from a nursing home in California to a serene lakeside cottage in New York, with stops in the Tennessee hills and a bar filled with characters on the shores of Mississippi. The story was sprinkled with the mention of Michigan sites such as Grand Rapids, Selfridge Air Base, and Whitefish Point. Daniel’s mother deprived him of contact with his father and effectively controlled Daniel’s life. Next, the family of his fiancée—and the plans they had for how his life was to be lived— controlled his future. Daniel followed their lead, even as his discomfort with the direction grew. As he “found” himself and who he really could be, he learned several things. He realized that both writers and artists create from what they see and the way they see it. Daniel said the most important thing he learned was that despite everything, “There’s always a chance you can still turn out to

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be your father’s son, and that’s not such a bad thing.” Subsequently, he canceled his engagement and pursued writing the story of his journey to learn about his father. The book’s characters were interesting, the concept intriguing, and the love of writing and books evident. Kathy Porter, the leader of the book club, interviewed Bruce, and we learned his favorite authors are Clive Cussler and Stephen King. He mentioned King’s “On Writing” book as an inspiration for authors, and urged aspiring writers not to get discouraged. Bruce wrote a fictionalized saga called “Cabbottown Witches,” with titles of “Angela’s Coven,” “The Great Northern Coven,” and “The Ragtime Coven,” all tales of the paranormal. He also started

his own publishing company in order to self-publish. Bruce says he cast the characters in his book with real-life actors and pictured them as he wrote the story. Book club members were invited to cast the book as a movie themselves. We offered our casting suggestions and visualized the characters coming to life on our imagined movie screen. Do any of us know who our parents were before they were our parents? Do we know the stories of their fears and comedic episodes? Do we know the depth of the friendships they cherished throughout their life? Do our children know those things about us? These concepts made us consider our personal history and the legacy we leave.

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alon Jaylee has three locations in The Villages specializing in hair color, and offers a wide range of services—manicures, pedicures, Great Lengths Hair Extensions, body waxing, facials as well as permanent makeup. “The beauty industry is ever evolving, so we constantly train and educate ourselves so we stay ahead of the trends to offer the best to our guests,” Ruben Zavarce says. Salon Jaylee is dedicated to advanced training for its stylists, and host hands on training with renowned professional Artist’s like Kim Vo’, Giovanni Guintoli and Jen Plank. “Education is our primary goal. The more we educate our stylists, the more we can offer our clients,” Jani Baze says.

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im Simpson and his wife, Dina, wanted a spa that replicated a business they owned in New York before moving nine years ago to Leesburg. Renew Day Spa opened in March and has been well-received, Tim says. The full-service spa offers massage, hair, skin, and nail services, and emphasizes continued care for repeat customers. Renew uses products with all-natural organic ingredients, including Joico, Repechage, and Farmhouse Fresh. The couple, who have two daughters, Taylor, 23, and Jordan, 10, now are fixtures in the downtown Leesburg scene personally and professionally, Tim says. “I enjoy interacting with the clients and seeing them on their journey,” he says of his new business. “They do take a journey to renew themselves.”

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Wiseman Pools 1517 W MAIN ST., LEESBURG // 352.431.3766 // WISEMANPOOLS.COM


he unbearable humidity and sizzling heat have arrived. Owning a swimming pool is perhaps the best way to escape rising summer temperatures. If you’re looking to own a pool, then you should strongly consider Wiseman Pools. This local, family-owned company has specialized in new pool construction since 2006. Not only does the company ensure your dream pool will last; the company also custom builds the pool of your dream. And they work closely with you so they can successfully transform your backyard into a dream oasis. “We listen closely to our customers and find out their desires and dreams,” says owner Shawn Wiseman. “It takes a team effort to ensure customer satisfaction. We all pride ourselves in effective communication. In addition to Shawn, the loyal team at Wiseman Pools consists of Gary Reedyk, Tim Duncan, Josh Kraft, and Joel Rottermond. Their attention to detail throughout the entire process allows them to bring your dream pool to life!




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Matt Rodney Len Len Sales Manager/ Vice President


Ryon Len Sales Consultant

Danny Len Buick GMC 17605 U.S. 441, MOUNT DORA // 352.357.4181 DANNYLEN.COM


hree generations of the Len family are the foundation for this car dealership. Rodney Len’s late father, Danny, bought the business in 1978 and the store has been family owned and operated ever since. Rodney started working at the dealership after his time in the Army and his sons Matt and Ryon joined the business after graduating from The University of Florida. “I’ve got good people working for me, and it’s wonderful to have my two sons there with me,” Rodney says. His sons also enjoy the family atmosphere. “It’s something different every day,” Matt says. “I get to experience the highs and lows with my family, and that’s unique.” “I like coming to work knowing I get to carry on my grandfather’s legacy,” Ryon adds. “That means a lot to me.”




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Chiropractic Physician/CEO

Glover Chiropractic 312 N 14TH ST, LEESBURG // 352.787.9995 // GLOVERCHIRO.COM


hen a patient drives from far away as Fort Myers for your services, you know you’re doing something right. Dr. Jeffrey Glover has certainly tried to do the right thing for his patients since opening Glover Chiropractic in September 2012. As his Leesburg-based practice approaches its fiveyear anniversary, he reflects on the milestones. “We’ve grown from two employees to six employees and have become a trusted source for people requiring chiropractic care.” Glover Chiropractic offers state-of-the-art treatment such as spinal decompression, laser therapy, and muscle stimulation. But despite his technologically advanced office, he remains grounded in hometown pride. “It’s great to serve the people of my hometown,” says Dr. Glover, a 1999 graduate of Leesburg High School.

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Electrical Works 307 E. MAIN ST., LEESBURG // 352.460.0810 // ELECTRICALWORKSFLORIDA.COM


ere’s a not-so-shocking truth: Joe Ciceri and his dedicated team at Electrical Works pride themselves in delivering exceptional work. Professionalism, teamwork, and quality craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company, which was started in 2007 and provides electrical services for residential, commercial, and site development projects. “I love this career,” Joe says. “It’s all about building and maintaining relationships with clients and keeping them happy.” Joe recently hired Jason Paynter to serve as general manager. Jason is a retired lieutenant with the Tavares Police Department. “Joe and his wife, Sabrina, are the greatest people I know,” Jason says. “They put God and family first in everything they do.”




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Vice President Sales


Browns Auto Sales 9942 CR 44, LEESBURG // 352.365.1990 // USEDCARSLEESBURGFL.COM


rown’s Auto Sales has been No. 1 in sales and customer service in Lake County for the last 20 years. They go the extra mile for customers, making it an easy process to buy and finance vehicles, and by providing top quality inventory of cars and trucks with warranties. “We get compliments all the time on Facebook and Google; people




appreciate the way they are treated,” says Craig Brown, owner, who has been the automotive business in Lake County since 1984. More than 10,000 cars have been sold since 1998. “We do it the right way,” adds Craig’s son, Parker Brown, vice president, who notes the business has many repeat customers and referrals.

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Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. 2025 W. OLD U.S. HWY. 441, MOUNT DORA 866.385.0073 // 352.385.0073 // CFSRJ.COM


s a 20 year Rotarian, Gregg practices “service above self” in both his professional and personal lives. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Professional and Investment Management Consultant, his life is guided by the four Cs: Character: living life as an example for others; Community: helping and giving where he lives; Competence: the ability to do what must be done; and Compatibility: working with clients toward their financial goals. The focus of his practice is Estate and Retirement Planning for both individuals and small businesses. His commitment to service is key to his success. Originally from Kentucky, Gregg now lives with his wife Brenda in Mount Dora.

Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/ SIPC Investments offered through Raymond James Financial Services are not deposits, not insured by the FDIC or any other government agency, not guaranteed by the institution, and are subject to risk and may lose value. Investment Advisory Services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Collier Financial Solutions is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

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Fred Griffin Entrepreneur




Touching Heart’s Group Homes THGH.WEEBLY.COM


red Griffin, Jr. is living proof that dreams do come true. Growing up, the lifelong Eustis resident always imagined himself owning his own business. He just never figured he’d own five of them. But that’s the case for this successful 30-year-old entrepreneur who loves helping people. Fred owns Touching Heart’s Group Homes, a housing facility for adults with developmental disabilities; Fred Consulting, a business consulting group; Fred Griffin Jr. Scholarship, which provides scholarships to five male and female high school seniors in Florida; Father Gang Clothing, a clothing line that highlights dedicated fathers; and Confectionately Yours, which offers homemade cakes and other desserts. He successfully juggles being an entrepreneur, husband, and father of two girls. “Doing good things for others is my passion and what keeps me energized.”

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Sales Representative

Sales Representative

Besco Electric Supply Co. & Lighting Center 711 S. 14TH ST., LEESBURG // 352.787.4542 800.541.6618 // BESCOLIGHTS.COM


rom Ralph Morrison, a 32-year employee, to Matt Sprinkle, a team member of only weeks, the staff’s dedication to provide their customers with personal & professional service is what sets Besco apart from the big-box chains. Besco being one of Central Florida’s largest lighting showrooms has been a family owned business for 62 years, and as of Sept of last year, has joined the Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) family. “This company, to me, is equally family-friendly,” Ralph says. “It’s real family-oriented, real customer-oriented, and I really like it,” adds Matt, the newcomer. Besco prides itself on providing all types of residential lighting and electrical wholesale supplies. “It’s different every day,” manager Matt King says. “We have the opportunity to help customers and meet their specific needs every single day.”

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David Knowles Agent

Allstate Insurance 27615 U.S. HWY. 27, STE. 110, LEESBURG // 352.326.9300


s a native of Leesburg, David Knowles grew up with many of his customers. He and both his children attended the University of Florida. David views himself as a consultant for clients. His extensive product knowledge and awardwinning insurance sales mean clients can talk candidly with him about any claim or situation they’re facing. He says, “We share experiences and life stories.” He is always available to advise clients on insurance needs and help them make decisions about the future. You’re in good hands with David Knowles.




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Poker Room Manager

Oxford Downs 17996 S. U.S. HWY. 301, SUMMERFIELD // 352.347.CARD (2273) // BETOXFORD.COM


xford Downs has a 23-table Card Room that’s a year-round attraction. It bustles with No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em and other poker games in an environment Darold Donnelly, manager, and the players enjoy. “It’s all about poker for me, it really is,” Darold says. They also offer a little bit of everything: quarter-horse racing, simulcasts of horse and dog races, and a Tiki Bar with full liquor and food and 27 55-inch TVs. The live horse racing takes place in June. “I love being around the guests, and I love all of our employees,” Darold says. “It’s definitely a friendly atmosphere, and that’s what we strive for.”

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Jamie Raper

Cast Iron Pipe Inspector

Matt Morrison Public Insurance Adjuster Lic# W062099

Your Private Adjuster, Inc. WWW.YOURPRIVATEADJUSTER.COM 240 S. HIGHLAND ST., MOUNT DORA // 352.383.6438


Public Insurance Adjuster Lic# A273309

f your home was built in 1975 or earlier, you definitely want to know these men. Many people do not realize the small symptoms relating to drain lines mean a huge expense is imminent. “The good thing about it is that this is something that should be covered and paid for by your insurance company,” says Blaine Vermeulen, an experienced public insurance adjuster. Symptoms you should be aware of: slow drains, foul smells, water damaged cabinets, backup of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. These are symptoms of failed cast iron pipe drains. Call Your Private Adjuster at 352.383.6438 for a free consultation.





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Don Jerry Hicks Magruder Bill Rowland Wil O’Brien President & Owner, Ultrex Printing, Inc.

CEO & Founder, Energy Medical

CEO, Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc.

Manager, Bushnell Verizon

Keith Adee Owner,


Business professionals who meet weekly for referral networking with the philosophy, “Givers gain.”

Ultrex Printing, Inc.

Energy Medical



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352.552.1889 // ENERGYMEDICAL.NET

Full-service print shop specializing in customer needs. “Your image is our business.”

Specializing in eliminating pain and accelerated healing safely without drugs or surgery.

Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc. 700 E. MAIN ST., LEESBURG 352.314.3160 // ENERGYMEDICAL.NET

Serving Central Florida construction projects since 1945.

Bushnell Verizon

2241 W. CR 48, BUSHNELL 352.444.2911 // VERIZON.COM

We love to save people money. I will come to you.

On the Internet 13 years, with 50,000 pages of info and 5 million page views yearly. Keith says, “Information lives here.”

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Working with Wiseman pools was a great experience. From initial site consultation to the graphically detailed site/pool plan, you know what you’re going to get. Their many options, superior results, and great price set them apart, which is why we chose Wiseman Pools. Shawn was available throughout the entire process and had great suggestions when we couldn’t make a decision on tile color. We enjoyed the process, and now the product, so much that we’ve recommended them to dozens of friends and colleagues who were in the market. — JASON & BEVERLY GRAY


Dr. James Lyons joins the ‘super-specialists’ at Mesos Plastic Surgery PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE


he providers at Mesos Plastic Surgery & Laser Center take a uniquely novel approach to face & body rejuvenation in plastic surgery. The latest addition to this dynamic team is Dr. James Lyons, an accomplished veteran of cosmetic surgery who brings an impressive array of talents that include excellence in body contouring and breast rejuvenation. “A dedication to your life’s work creates a commitment to quality results, and I see this same devotion to excellence at Mesos, making it a seamless fit for me”, muses

Dr. Lyons, who continuously strives for attaining the highest standard in cosmetic surgery. Indeed, it is this passion for a specific area of interest and expertise that has molded all providers at Mesos into super-specialists in their respective fields of practice. “If you come in with a concern regarding facial aging, we have a surgeon with specific facial-expertise to see you; and if it’s an opinion about body contouring that you’re seeking, we have a super-specialist for that,” says Larry Blevins, PA, the practice founder and

laser specialist at Mesos. Mr. Blevins has dedicated his career to mastering non-surgical, minimally invasive options offering maximal results for the face and body. “With Dr. Lyons on board, Mesos now also boasts of a nationally-recognized expert in lipocontouring and fat metabolism, which brings a whole new level of excitement to our team”, says Dr. Danny Soares, the medical director and facial plastic surgeon at Mesos. Dr. James Lyons has achieved numerous noteworthy heights in his lifelong



A dedication to your life’s work creates a commitment to quality results. —DR. JAMES LYONS



From experience, I’ve created a very sophisticated view of the nuanced shapes and contours that create the most attractive body for someone at any given age. —DR. JAMES LYONS

career as a plastic surgeon, notable author, and former clinical instructor at Yale University --- and even as a national ballroom dancing champion. After earning his medical degree at Georgetown University, Dr. Lyons furthered his training in general and plastic surgery at Georgetown University and Yale University, respectively. Early on, Dr. Lyons found his niche with breast cancer patients, performing reconstructive surgeries post mastectomy. “Working with women during the most difficult time in their lives teaches you how to treat people in a sensitive, compassionate way that eventually permeates into all areas of aesthetic surgery,” he says. Over the years, Dr. Lyons gradually developed a keen interest into

the nature and physiology of fat --- not only how it impacts a person’s outward appearance --- but also the health and ability of an individual to achieve weight loss, something that can become incredibly challenging with aging. His 2009 and 2011 books “The Brown Fat Revolution” and “Lose the Fat, Lose the Years” earned him a reputation as a fat expert, with the former book being placed on the “Top 10 Notable New Diet Books” by Time magazine. Dr. Lyons has dedicated his career to understanding the interactions between good fat (termed “brown fat”) and bad fat on aging and weight gain. His 2009 book detailed a novel physiological approach to weight loss by maximizing the percentage of good fat in the body in an informative and attainable treatment plan that includes both dietary modifications and an exercise plan. Joining forces with Mesos, Dr. Lyons has now helped create a comprehensive approach to liposuction and weight loss, adding his lipocontouring skills developed over more than three decades of perfecting. “From experience, I’ve created a very sophisticated

view of the nuanced shapes and contours that create the most attractive body for someone at any given age” he explains. “Women in their 40’s may start to notice extra fat in the lower abdomen whereas women over 50 tend to have noticeable signs of aging on their arms and extra fat around the bra line, no one person is exactly the same. As you age, your body’s needs also change dramatically; this is a routine concern shown by our Villages patients and, as surgeons, we need to strongly take that into consideration”, he affirms. His dedication to detail and aesthetic harmony is his most valued surgical instinct; “I’ve never met a patient who wanted to look better than I wanted them to look and if I can apply my artistic eye for the aesthetics of the aging body then I’m much more likely to not only meet a patient’s expectations but to exceed them.” Dedication to aesthetic and medical quality is no news for Mesos; for the last 10 years, Mesos has been committed to providing a complete array of services and treatments that impact both the external appearance as well as the inner well-being of patients, including weight loss and hormone replacement programs, offered by Carrie Blevins, MS, RD, as cornerstones of a holistic approach to the individual. Mesos, a Greek term meaning middle or balance, is thus a fitting name for the plastic surgery practice whose catch phrase is “Embrace Health, Reveal Beauty.” Mesos Plastic Surgery was voted Best Plastic Surgery practice in their local newspaper in 2016 and in 2017 was named a Center for

Excellence by Merz Aesthetics, a leading manufacturer of cosmetic agents. “We never cease to incorporate the latest FDA-approved advancements in surgical and non-surgical therapies” says Dr. Soares, who has spearheaded Mesos’ growth to include cutting-edge surgical procedures, from endoscopic brow lifting to follicular-unit hair restoration. “Patients are now, more than ever, expecting to have minimal incisions and minimal procedure downtime, and that has been the impetus for incorporating these most-advanced of techniques. As it turns out, the less invasive you can make a surgical procedure, the better the outcomes both aesthetically and medically.” Dr. Soares took the helm of medical directorship at Mesos

as a surgical expert of the face in 2014, bringing not only the expertise of a triple boardcertified facial plastic surgeon, but also a true commitment to FDA approved therapies and an unwavering dedication to safe surgical practices. Under his guidance, Mesos has maintained a rigid adherence to surgical standards that have maintained full certification by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (AAAASF) from day one. “We take our certification as a surgical facility seriously, and proudly voice our support for ensuring that all cosmetic procedures done in the state of Florida be performed only in accredited surgical facilities, by board-certified physicians, and under anesthesia DR. DANNY SOARES

provided by licensed anesthesia providers.” Dr. Soares believes that a commitment to safety creates an environment that allows his mind’s eye to solely focus on the artistic task that is cosmetic surgery. Undeniably, this artistic aptitude has played a role in Dr. Soares surgical career, being one of the aspects that first drew him to facial plastic surgery. Dr. Soares earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut and then went on to specialize in Head & Neck surgery at Wayne State University. “My love for surgery of the head & neck was born out of a true fascination for the incredible complexity of its anatomy”. While in medical school, Dr. Soares served as the illustrator for the UConn Head & Neck Anatomy Atlas, which allowed him to learn anatomy while illustrating its finer details. Out of this admiration for art and the field of anatomy, grew an admiration for the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face. “The face is a fascinating center of both beauty and emotion; so much can be conveyed by a simple



The face is a fascinating center of both beauty and emotion; so much can be conveyed by a simple look and expression, whether intended or not. —DR. DANNY SOARES


It’s heartwarming to see patients come in just to simply say hello and chat with us; we feel like we’re a part of the Villages community, and we care a lot about that type of unspoken recognition. —LARRY BLEVINS, P.A.

Mesos also features a full medical-grade spa offering the highest quality facials, manicures/pedicures, and massage therapy.

look and expression, whether intended or not,” Dr. Soares says. “Our ability to correct negative facial features—such as lower eyelid bags, which display fatigue, or down-turning of the corners of the mouth, which portray sadness and unhappiness—is the reason I find cosmetic facial work so incredibly rewarding.” In the Villages, Dr. Soares has established a reputation as a facelift expert. He routinely publishes book chapters and original studies on a variety of topics on cosmetic surgery, lectures nationally on facelifting, but still finds time to pursue many artistic endeavors, from music to sculpting. Throughout its 10-year existence, Mesos has been about more than cosmetic surgery, it has first and foremost been a place where compassion for patients is served by a team that is united as a family. “It’s heartwarming to see patients come in just to simply say hello and chat with us; we feel like we’re a part of the Villages community, and we care a lot about that type of unspoken recognition” confides Physician Assistant Larry Blevins, with his wife, the practice manager and Registered Dietitian, Carrie


Blevins, both founders of Mesos. Their vision for Mesos dates as far back as Mr. Blevins’ time in service during the Iraq war. Serving as a captain in the US Army throughout his doubledeployment, Mr. Blevins worked inside the trauma unit at Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad. “In the Trauma unit I had the responsibility of caring for both soldiers and civilians alike, including small children, many of whom were left with disfiguring scars” said Blevins. “Seeing first-hand how scar amelioration can have such a positive impact on someone’s self-confidence truly cultivated my passion for scar correction treatments,” he said. Over the years Blevins has specialized in laser skin resurfacing, mastering multiple laser wavelengths that maximize cosmetic results on a wide variety of skin types and scarring conditions. “The advances in laser technology over the past ten years have made an incredible impact on our ability to diminish scars and reverse the signs of aging.” Mr. Blevins, a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, ASLMS, completed his training at the University of Nebraska, where he received

his Physician Assistant degree. He then spent several years serving as a medical officer in the US Army, gathering extensive hands-on training in a broad range of trauma-related conditions. For achievements in the Army, Mr. Blevins was awarded two Bronze Star’s and The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara which is given to individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character. Due to his keen eye for artistic volume placement and the completion of over 5000 cosmetic injections, Mr. Blevins has become one of the highest volume cosmetic injectors in Central Florida and recently became a Master Injector Trainer for Merz Aesthetics. Aside from his busy work as a sought-after expert injector, Mr. Blevins enjoys spending much of his time, alongside his wife, with their three daughters, whom they naturally consider their “most important works of art”. “Embrace Health, Reveal Beauty”, the Mesos team invites you to come in and experience first-hand our family-owned and oriented care and dedication. To make an appointment at Mesos or for more information, call 352.259.8599 or go to


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I Die...

Life is short, so an art project in Eustis is inspiring people to take charge of their dreams—now. STORY: CHRIS GERBASI




hink of it as a bucket list scribbled on a wall. Except it’s not just your bucket list—it’s a list for the whole community. Actually, for the whole world. The city of Eustis has joined a global art movement by displaying the “Before I Die…” Wall, a participatory project that invites people to reflect on life and death. Anyone may share their aspirations and thoughts by picking up a piece of chalk and filling in the blank after “Before I die, I want to…” on a 76-foot-long, 8-foot-high wall. The wall will be on display until Oct. 1 at Fountain Green Park, 101-199 E. Magnolia Ave. in downtown Eustis. Not coincidentally, the project was spearheaded by a woman who regularly reflects on life and death in her work. Gloria Savannah-Austin, owner of Soulful Transitions in Sorrento, is a certified life-cycle celebrant. She works with individuals and communities to create ceremonies marking important milestones and transitions, such as weddings and funerals. She feels most gratified when she helps people cope with the loss of a loved one. But the wall is not about doom and gloom. Gloria sees the project as a way to engage people of all ages to follow their dreams, and the writing on the wall tells the story of those dreams. Theoretically, the participants feel accountable to accomplish their goals by writing them down, if not in stone, at least in chalk. So, what do people want to do? Rather than the expected “be rich and famous” answers, many goals revolve around travel and adventure: “visit Bora Bora,” “fly a plane,” “swim with a great white shark,” “go skydiving.” Many writers also have highminded dreams of world peace, curing cancer, saving the planet; in other words, being part of something bigger than themselves.

Gloria says she was surprised to notice those trends. “People did not want things; they wanted experiences,” she says. “About 95 percent of people who come to the wall and put their ‘bucket list’ item down in chalk do not care about winning the lotto or having money, big houses, or expensive cars. They want to go back in time, repair relationships, see their kids become adults, or have grandchildren, or even meet their great-great-grandchildren someday.” The art project officially debuted April 1 at the fourth annual Amazing Race for Charity in Eustis. The wall was one of 25 challenges in the competition based on “The Amazing Race” TV show, and more than 400 racers filled it with their ambitions. The race, incidentally, raised at least $30,000 for a dozen local charities, bringing its four-year total to more than $100,000, organizer Tim Totten says. People started writing on the wall as soon as it was constructed, and before, during, and after the race, Tim says. “People thought it was really awesome,” he says, noting the wall was one of the more popular challenges in the race. “And it just continued. Every day, people are writing on the wall. It’s staying pretty full.” After Gloria and her husband, Robert Austin, volunteered during the 2016 Amazing Race, she decided she wanted to sponsor a challenge this year. While researching art projects online, she was impressed when she came across the “Before I Die” Wall. “That’s absolutely what I want to do,” she recalls thinking. The concept originated in 2011 with New Orleans artist Candy Chang, who painted the words “Before I die I want to” on the side of an abandoned house. After losing someone she loved, Candy channeled her grief into the project to find perspective and consolation


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from her neighbors, whom she encouraged to share their thoughts, according to her website. The wall of the house quickly filled up with responses. Candy posted photos online and the idea caught fire. Since then, more than 2,000 walls have been built in more than 70 countries. Gloria pitched the idea to Tim, who had seen versions of the wall in his travels. Through the website, communities and organizations can find out how to create their own walls. They’re simple to build, Tim says, and the project comes with a few rules, such as no advertising on the wall. Otherwise, the wall concept is not tied to any organization or cause. Gloria started small, thinking the wall would be just a few panels and 12 feet long. Then city officials told her she could have a whole city block. Her husband built the wall with the help of friends and sponsors. More than a dozen local sponsors, including Cornerstone Hospice, are supporting the project.

“It exemplifies our mission to help the patients we serve focus on life and dignity during an otherwise difficult time,” Nick Buchholz, executive director of the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, says in a news release. “We hope that contributors to the wall will benefit from the act of contemplating a life well-lived.” Gloria believes the project brings the community together, and scenes from the wall bear that out. At least one wedding proposal was made late one night at the wall, she says. Earlier, in March, a mini-wall was set up in downtown Eustis as a precursor to the larger project. One night, Gloria encountered a veteran who wrote, “I want to recover from combat PTSD.” Tears streamed down his face, and Gloria learned that was the first night the man had left his house since 2005. The wall had drawn him there. In late April, another emotion-stirring wall moved in for five days across the street from the “Before I Die” Wall. The city welcomed the











Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a half-size replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C. During that event, Gloria planned to change the words on the “Before I Die” Wall to “My hero is…” for veterans and their families. One day, a woman pointed out that the wall is on the former site of Florida Waterman Hospital. “She said the wall is another place of healing right on the same spot as the hospital, and I said, ‘Oh, my God. You’re absolutely right,’” Gloria says. Gloria says the interactions at the wall, as she talks to people about what they want to do in life, have touched her because she thinks of her own experiences. At age 20, she lost her 42-yearold mother, Alicia Delle Stone, to cancer. “She left this world not completing her own ideas, goals, and dreams she had,” Gloria says. “She never really truly lived. It was life-changing in many ways for me. It was most probably the single one event in my life that laid the groundwork and foundation for

me to do what I am doing now, end-of-life ceremonies for people.” As a temporary art installation, the “Before I Die” Wall is slated to come down in October, unless city officials decide they want to keep it, Gloria says. Officials in other communities in Lake County have inquired about constructing similar projects. The popularity of the wall may be tied to its simple, yet big, question, Gloria says. “It’s something we all think about,” she says. “What’s my purpose? I want to leave something behind. You only have a finite time here. What are you going to do?”

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Michael A. Freedman, DO Board Certified, Otolaryngology

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June JUNE 1

Birdwatching and hiking Typically held the first Thursday of the month, this is for nature explorers or those who love photos of their favorite species. Stroll along the trails with fellow bird experts Mary and Bob Wexler. No cost, though a $2 donation is appreciated. Arrive at 6:30pm and bring camera, binoculars, and bug spray. Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 E. CR 44, Eustis.


First Friday Street Party This street fest contains multiple stages with live bands, different monthly themes, and access to restaurants, and includes a kid’s area. Free admission, 6-10pm, downtown Eustis. JUNE 3

‘The Best Seat in the House’ Ethan Russell, the multi-Grammy-nominated photographer and director, went from an aspiring London writer to one of the foremost rock photographers in the world. He shot album covers for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who. Show is at 7pm in the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages. F I R S T S AT U R D AY E A C H M O N T H

Ham operators Four Corners Amateur Radio Club meets 10am-noon the first Saturday of every month. Everyone welcome. For information, visit or email


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Sumter Swap Meet, 8am-3pm, Sumter County Fairgrounds, 7620 SR 471, Bushnell. Auto Swap Meet, Car Corral, and car show. For more information, contact Joann at 727.848.7171, or Craig at 727.534.7433. JUNE 5-9

Be a pioneer Pioneer Day Camp for kids ages eight to 12 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 9am-3pm. Learn about period living and hands-on activities of Seminole and U.S. soldiers. Registration required with applications from park office, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell.

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Swim lessons City of Fruitland Park Recreation pool. $2 per class. Time to be announced. For information, call 352.360.6734.





Comedy arrives “The Comedy Underdogs in Moonlight and Magnolias,” a hilarious look at what happened behind the scenes of the movie “Gone with the Wind.” Performances are at 5 and 8pm through June 30. Doors open 30 minutes before performances. Buy tickets online through The Villages Entertainment. JUNE 7

The hits you remember Rocky and The Rollers bring their famous “unplugged” show to the Savannah Center, 1575 Buena Vista Blvd., at 7pm. Tickets are available through The Villages Entertainment. Hear the hits of Lou Christie, Fabian, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, and many others. Buy tickets online through The Villages Entertainment.

is limited; make a reservation now. Receive a free book when you register. Go to or call 877.346.2435. One volunteer will participate in a free filler demonstration. JUNE 15

Business to business expo Sponsored by the Lady Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. At the Water Oak Recreation facility, just off U.S. Hwy. 27/441, the cost for a booth is $42. Call Sue Kelly at 352.753.6029 for information.


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Elvis Presley Continentals Annual Ultimate Contest Festival is at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. Doors open at 6pm, open mic begins at 7pm. Sing your favorite song or dance with the guest “stars” for $5 per dance. Silent auction all weekend. Concerts begin at 8pm with Al Joslin & The Crew, with emcee Dan Stevens.

Cheese on bread! The Caribbean American Association of Lake County, along with the city of Clermont, celebrates Caribbean Heritage month with the Clermont Jerk Festival. The daylong event raises money for scholarships and Lake Steel Orchestra. Call the association at 352.978.0813 for more information. Interactive improv “Where’s the Line?” starring The Comedy Underdogs hits The Villages at 5pm and 8pm. Performances continue through July 1. Audience participation makes this show new every time you see it! Buy tickets online through The Villages Entertainment.

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Free seminar The Villages ImageLift invites you to a free seminar at 1pm at its office, 8630 CR 466, to introduce you to their double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Rich Castellano. Get answers about ImageLift. Seating


Basket making Pine Needle Basket Class, 10am1pm, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell. All materials provided.


Rods on the street The Eustis Classic Car Cruise-in, 5-9pm, with cars lined up in the heart of downtown Eustis shops and restaurants. Great music, cool cars, and cash prize giveaways. Sponsored by the Eustis Business Alliance in partnership with the city of Eustis. JUNE 27

Find your ancestors Roots & Branches Genealogy Group meets at the Tavares Public Library, 314 N. New Hampshire Ave., from 2-4pm, in the library conference room. They discuss history-related topics (family heirlooms, determining historical periods in photographs, old family recipes) and how to begin researching your family tree. No charge. Call 352.742.6204 for information. JUNE 29

Meet well-known plastic surgeon The Villages ImageLift invites you to a free seminar at 1pm at Waterfront Inn, 1105 Lake Shore Dr., to introduce you to their double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Rich Castellano. Meet the staff and get answers about ImageLift. Seating is limited, so make a reservation now. Receive Castellano’s book free when you register. Go to or call 877.346.2435. One volunteer will participate in a free filler demonstration. JUNE 30

A Broadway favorite “The Producers: a Mel Brooks Musical” will be presented by the Bay Street Players, 109 Bay St., Eustis, and continues through July 23. Ticket prices vary. Call 352.257.7777 for information. Performances include 2pm matinées and 8pm performances. To have an event considered for the calendar, send a short text description along with a color photo (if available) 45 days in advance of event to: or Lake & Sumter Style Calendar, P.O. Box 490088, Leesburg, FL 34749

Farmer’s Markets Sunday Historic Downtown Clermont, from City Hall Park to 8th St. on Montrose, 9am-2pm. Monday Umatilla Flea and Farmers Market, 1007 N. Central Ave., 7am-2pm. Tuesday Lady Lake Log Cabin, 106 S. U.S. Hwy. 441/27, 9am-1pm. Thursday Lake County Farmers and Flea Market, 2101 CR 452, Eustis, 8am-1pm Spanish Springs Town Square, Main Street, The Villages, 9am-2pm. Friday Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby Street, Tavares, 9am-1pm. Saturday Paddock Square, 2716 Brownwood Blvd., Wildwood, 8am-noon. Oxford Farmers Market Uptown, E. Park Place Leesburg Farmer’s Market, Towne Square, behind City Hall, 8am-1pm. Sumter County Saturday Produce Market, 524 N. Market Blvd., Webster, 8am-3pm.

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It’s a rap

Leesburg man works to make a name in the music industry. STORY: JAMES COMBS // PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ


he obvious perks to being a musical star are fame and money. Demetrius Way, who is trying to make a name for himself on the rap circuit, would have no problem filling his pockets with Benjamins. However, he could do without the autograph hounds. “I prefer money. I’ll let everybody else enjoy the fame. I just like making music,” he says. The 31-year-old aspiring Leesburg rapper has made plenty of music under the pseudonym D Wody. Demetrius has released one album (“D Rock”) in 2010 and a mix tape (“Hannibal Lecter”) in 2012. He anticipates that his next 18-song album, “Sack Chasing,” will release in August. He creates the beats for each song inside the comfort of his home studio. Outside the studio, he performs live at various clubs throughout Central Florida. The independent artist hopes to ultimately sign with a record company. However, that would come with one serious stipulation. “As long as they don’t try to change me as a person, I’ll be good. How is somebody else




going to tell me how to be me? Just let me be me and tell me what I need to do,” he says. Nobody needs to tell Demetrius what to do if his musical career fails to pan out. He recently started his own hedge-trimming company in The Villages so he can support his 7-year-old daughter, Miracle, and a son to be born soon. “I’ve been doing landscaping for 16 years with my grandfather, and he has taught me a lot,” Demetrius says. “I’ve got to focus on this, too, because it would be stupid for me to put all my eggs in one basket.” Demetrius was raised on the unforgiving streets of Atlanta’s inner-city neighborhoods. His playground wasn’t filled with swings and slides, but instead was littered with dirty needles and crack pipes. Gangs ruled the streets, cooking crack, shooting rival gang members, and running prostitution rings, he says. That harsh upbringing is reflected in some of his music. And yes, his songs do contain profanity. “Music lets me vent and allows me to tell how I feel about things,” says Demetrius, who moved in 2000 to Lake County. “I saw some horrible things as a kid, but I remind myself that those things happened yesterday and today is a new day. Those experiences motivate me to make sure my kids have a better childhood than I did.”


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The Lovin’ Spoonful

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale



The Lovin’ Spoonful

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale



Bobby France

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares


7:30pm Mount Dora Jazz Orchestra

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Jeff Whitfield

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Donnie Lee

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Manfredi Rocks

Blackwater Inn, Astor



Live Wire

Shamrock Lounge, Leesburg




Blackwater Inn, Astor



Maiden Voyage Band

American Legion, Mount Dora



Da Boys

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



The Grip

Frank’s Place, Leesburg


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Live Wire

Shamrock Lounge, Leesburg



Dennis Gallo

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares

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Defenders of Daisies Jeff Whitfield Dangerous Dave Merrill Suzanne and the Orange Blossom Opry Band Kings County



East Side Rock

Puddle Jumpers, Tavares



Still Surfin

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale



Justin Heet

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Defenders of Daisies

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Jeff Whitfield

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Ruby Street Grille, Tavares





Bobby France Lindsey Brown and Crystal Dagger TC and Sass

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Simone and the Supercats

Shamrock Lounge, Leesburg



Manfredi Rocks

Blackwater Inn, Astor



Kevin Kingston

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale



Da Boys

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Simone and the Supercats

Shamrock Lounge, Leesburg



Manfredi Rocks

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Defenders of Daisies

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Jeff Whitfield

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Donnie Lee

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares



Jimmy Fortune

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale



Justin Heet

Ruby Street Grille, Tavares

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Looking for a summer road trip that will appeal to your guy? The Booth Western Art Museum and Old Car City USA in north Georgia are the kinds of places where big boys can reminisce about their toys. STORY & PHOTOS: MARY ANN DESANTIS



We have more than 1,200 pieces of art on display at any given time between the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and artifacts. Booth Western Art Museum


he last place I expected to find a world-class western art museum was Cartersville, Georgia, a small city about 45 miles north of Atlanta on Interstate 75. The 120,000-square-foot Booth Western Art Museum contains the largest permanent exhibition space for western art in the world, surpassing even the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma and the Buffalo Bill Heritage Center in Cody, Wyoming. “And no one in Texas wants to hear that Georgia has the largest,” adds Tom Shinall, the marketing director and “resident” cowboy who wears western attire pretty much every day. “We have more than 1,200 pieces of art on display at any given time between the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and artifacts.” An anonymous donor from Cartersville who made his fortune in telecommunications built the contemporary museum as a gift to the people of Georgia. His desire to remain anonymous was so strong that he named the museum after his good friend and mentor, Sam Booth, an Atlanta businessman. A massive bronze sculpture immediately grabs visitors’ attention in the two-story sculpture court near the museum entrance. “Eagle Catcher” by sculptor Vic Payne is a mesmerizing piece that explains why the eagle feathers were so valued—they supposedly contained wisdom. And visiting

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“Eagle Catcher” by sculptor Vic Payne

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Booth Western Art Museum

Trip tip The Booth Western Art Museum offers a guided highlights tour at 1:30pm Tuesday through Sunday for all visitors. This tour generally lasts about 60 minutes and is included with admission, but be sure to allow at least two-to-four hours to see everything. For ticket prices, see For links to other Cartersville area attractions, visit

this museum is certainly a wise choice, because it’s a fun and educational venue for all ages—and genders. Instead of going westward to see Frederick Remington’s detailed sculptures or artist Howard Terpning’s renowned paintings, head into the American West Gallery, possibly the most popular of the eight western galleries at the Booth Museum with more than 100 traditional paintings and sculptures. The other western galleries are just as interesting, with unexpected paintings by Andy Warhol, a neon cowboy, and large vintage movie posters. It’s easy to lose track of time with so much to see at the Booth. In fact, the collections have tripled since the museum opened in 2003. And it’s not just western art that makes this Smithsonian affiliate museum so impressive. The Presidential Gallery is a “can’t miss” walk

Booth Western Art Museum

through history in the words of the presidents themselves. The collection contains personal one-page, signed letters from every U.S. president, showing their human side. The new Picturing America Gallery is the Booth’s acknowledgement of the growth and importance of photography as a fine art medium. American landscapes, history, and culture through documentary and fine art photography are featured. The current exhibit, “Ansel Adams: The Masterworks,” showcases 30 photographs hand-selected, printed, and signed by Adams himself. The exhibit, which is on loan from Adams’ granddaughter, runs through Oct. 29. Finally, no trip to the West is complete without a stagecoach ride. Climb aboard a 3/4-scale replica at Sagebrush Ranch, a fun hands-on gallery for children and parents.

Old Car City USA

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ever in my wildest dreams would I think trekking through seven miles of trails lined with abandoned classic cars could be fun. However, Old Car City brought out the “American Picker” in me as I spotted some models that Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of the hit History Channel television show apparently passed over on their visit to the world’s largest classic car junkyard. In all seriousness, people either love or hate Old Car City. One visitor told me he was heartsick seeing the classics left to ruin; another who was a serious photographer loved

the small details he was finding, like rare hood ornaments and long-ago logos. Founded in 1931 as a car dealership and later used as an auto parts junkyard, Old Car City has attracted thousands of car enthusiasts, photographers, and curiosity seekers. Dean and Jeff Lewis, a father-son team from White, Georgia, welcome 6,000 visitors a year from all over the world. The phenomenon started three years ago when Hot Rod Magazine used Old Car City for a photoshoot. So many people went to the website to take a look that it crashed. Admission is $15 without a camera or $25 with one. Trust me, you’ll want to take photos because no one will ever believe your stories.


Rose Lawn House & Museum




Tellus Science Museum



If mom is on this Cartersville, Georgia, road trip, she may want a more leisurely pace. Here are suggestions for her: Rose Lawn House & Museum is a grand Victorian mansion completed in 1885 for Samuel Porter Jones, a famous evangelist in the late 1800s. The county bought and restored the home and the rose gardens to their original grandeur. One-hour tours are available Tuesday-Friday for $7, adults; $2, children.

The Spa at Barnsley Resort is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation in a tranquil resort resembling an English village. Day guests are welcome for a variety of services, including massages, facials, and beauty treatments. Located in nearby Adairsville, the Barnsley Resort spa is open from 9am-5pm daily.

Tellus Science Museum is named for Terra, the Roman goddess of Earth, and Earth’s treasures are notably showcased in displays of precious gems, gold, and prized minerals. Open since 2009, this family-friendly Smithsonian affiliate museum also houses a planetarium and a transportation gallery.

Boutique shopping in historic downtown Cartersville offers unique stores for gifts, home goods, and apparel. Peruse boutiques like Write Downtown, a stationery and gift store, and c.a.n.o.p.y. for home décor. Stop by the Cartersville Welcome Center in the old train depot for a map and recommendations.

Mary Ann DeSantis Mary Ann DeSantis has written features for Style publications since 2006. She was recognized with first place Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards for Travel Writing in 2012 and 2016.

June 2017



Lights. Fireworks. Action. Festivalgoers at Lake County’s Fourth of July celebrations are guaranteed to have a blast. STORY: JAMES COMBS


ourth of July has arrived. It’s a time to celebrate America’s independence, barbecue with family and friends, and watch a colorful array of fireworks sparkle in the night sky. Several towns in Lake County celebrate Fourth of July in grand style, making our hearts burst with patriotic pride. Each event is free.

Groveland The city of Groveland holds its annual celebration JULY 4 at Lake David Park. The event, which lasts from 4-10pm, has attracted thousands of residents since its inception more than 20 years ago. One of this year’s highlights is a live performance from the Groveland-based Randall Crawford Band, which will play a variety of country music and old rock. The event also features the everpopular Firecracker Pageant and a classic car show. A dazzling fireworks display begins at 9:15pm. “I’ve been attending this event since I was a kid, and it is definitely one of the most fun-filled and largest events in Groveland,” says Rebekah Morgan, event coordinator. “I’m trying to make it




as community-oriented as possible and get the community involved so they can take ownership in it.”

Mount Dora Can’t wait until Independence Day to get your fireworks fix? Then consider attending Mount Dora’s Freedom on the Waterfront celebration, to be held from 5-10pm JULY 3 at Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St. This year’s activities include live music, a bounce house for children, games, and food and beverage vendors. Fireworks will be launched at 9:15pm near the 35-foot-tall lighthouse on Grantham Point. “We bill the event as Lake County’s most creative fireworks display,” says Chris Carson, cultural and special

events coordinator for the city of Mount Dora. “It’s a 20-minute nonstop, musically choreographed presentation.” Nearly 20,000 spectators are expected to attend.

Tavares The city of Tavares will have a military-themed Fourth of July celebration affectionately called Home of the Free Because of the Brave. The event includes a showcase of vintage military vehicles near town square, vendors selling military-related items, and a slide show on two jumbo screens with pictures of local military personnel, law enforcement officers, and firefighters. If you would like your loved one to be a part of this, email his or her picture to The celebration kicks off JULY 4 at 5pm with a parade

down Main Street and concludes at 9pm with a fireworks display over Lake Dora. Guests can also enjoy kid’s games, face painting, and live performances by the Maiden Voyage Band and Caribbean Chillers. “This is a very familyoriented event where people are peaceful, pleasant, and happy,” says Tamera Rogers, community services director of the city of Tavares. “When the parade comes down Main Street, and you see all the people waving a small American flag, it sets the tone for the rest of the evening.”

Eustis The city of Eustis celebrates Independence Day on JULY 1 this year at Ferran Park near downtown. Festivalgoers can enjoy a live performance by the classic rock band Shakedown, as well as waterski exhibitions by the Lakeland Waterski Show Team. In addition, a special kid’s

zone features a bounce house, face painting, and splash pad for children. The fireworks show begins at 9:30pm. “This event is truly a hometown celebration,” says Erin Bailey, who serves as the city’s event coordinator. “We will have local vendors, local food, and local entertainment. There’s no better place to have a Fourth of July celebration than Ferran Park because we have the most beautiful sunset.”

Leesburg Touting its show as the “largest fireworks display in Lake County,” Leesburg will host its Independence Day celebration JULY 4 at Venetian Gardens, south of Dixie Avenue. Since few things are more American than grabbing a hot dog and heading to the ballpark, you can begin your celebration by watching the Leesburg Lightning play the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs at 6pm at Pat Thomas Stadium. Then head to Venetians Gardens, where free hot dogs and snow cones, food vendors, and a kid’s zone

await. The fireworks show begins at 9:15pm. “We provide a wholesome, family-oriented event that the entire community can enjoy,” says Joe Shipes, executive director of the Leesburg Partnership. “Coming to our event is a wonderful way to celebrate family, community, and country.”

Clermont Clermont’s Red, White, and Boom celebration is JULY 4 at Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St. Highlights include a patriotic pet parade, a pie-eating contest, a patriotic costume contest, a kid’s zone, and a live Journey tribute band. More than 50 vendors will be at the event. The festival concludes at 9:15pm with a fireworks show. “This is a wonderful way to spend a holiday with family and friends in a safe, enjoyable environment,” says Scott Davidoff, director of parks and recreation. “Who wouldn’t want to celebrate this magnificent day by spending time in the City of Champions?”


When the parade comes down Main Street, and you see all the people waving a small American flag, it sets the tone for the rest of the evening. —TAMERA ROGERS

June 2017


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Masquerade! Lake Sumter State College recently hosted its 32nd annual Gala Auction Saturday at the Savannah Center in The Villages. This event always brings community leaders together to support LSSC students. For the 17th year, Ernie Morris Enterprises sponsored the event. Proceeds support the students directly through scholarships. PHOTOS: NICOLE HAMEL

Roxanne and Carlos Cruz Paul and Jeanne Farineau

Jessy Flinn and the staff of Gourmet Today Cheree Winget, Stephanie Egar, Tiffany Reyes, and Stephanie Fowler

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An evening to remember “Some Enchanted Evening� was the theme of the third annual South Lake Hospital Foundation Gala at the Magnolia House at Trilogy. With a great mix of food, entertainment, and celebration, board members, physicians, and community leaders gathered to support the critical expansion needs in emergency services due to continued growth of this great community. PHOTOS: NICOLE HAMEL

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Homes on Parade It was a grand night for the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter as they presented the awards to the winner of the 2017 Parade of Homes. Kevco Builders was a big winner with six awards. Harbor Hills was the dream community, and 21 different builders participated in the Parade of Homes offering variety and style for everyone. PHOTOS: NICOLE HAMEL

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Cereal for breakfast is a time-honored tradition for most people. However, according to a recent survey by Nielsen Marketing, as the population ages, they’re reaching for eggs, yogurt, and whole grain hot cereals.

Calling chocolate chip lovers! Red Lobster offers a Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie with a molten chocolate center, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce that takes the beloved cookie to an all-new level. Yum!

Eclairs and onion rings Love onion rings and chocolate eclairs? Then mark the calendar for June 22—it’s billed as National Chocolate Eclair Day and National Onion Ring Day.

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27th annual Harvest Festival Lakeridge Winery in Clermont hosts its annual stomping of the grapes June 9-11, along with live music, food, winery tours, and wine tastings. A portion of the $3 admission goes to Cornerstone Hospice.



Highway 441 Diner, 381 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Owner Billy Nasralla says, “We’re a nice ’50’s-style diner that features a car show the first Wednesday of every month. People enjoy eating here. It appeals to those who come here to settle down and retire in the area.”

If your next pizza delivery comes with a hero, that’s not a sandwich. Clermont police and Flippers Pizza are conducting “Hero Deliveries” to households throughout the city. Officers are delivering pizzas while also dispensing crime prevention tips and promoting the program’s concept, “Families that eat together, stay together.”

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Grab a bite Valentina’s Sandwich Factory opened recently in Eustis. They have a wonderful variety of salads, soups, sandwiches, even a cheese plate. There also are desserts, an array of teas, and French and Italian wine, along with live music on Fridays. 132 E. Magnolia Ave., 352.408.9608.

Panera Bread is rising at the Shoppes at Eustis, which opened late last year at 17325 U.S. Highway 441. A May/June opening was expected for the new Panera, says a spokeswoman for owner Covelli Family Limited Partnership, of Maitland. Panera’s menu features fresh-baked bread, pastries, sweets, bagels and breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and pasta.

To-may-to, to-mah-to Ketchup or catsup? That’s the dilemma copy editors across the country will face June 5, when they edit stories about National Ketchup Day. Or is it National Catsup Day? Catsup is the more prominent term in some Southern states, and that spelling first appeared in 1730 in a Jonathan Swift story, according to Either way, it tastes good on a hot dog.


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Delighting in scallops! Delectable treats harvested in Florida to make great dishes for any occasion.




Key Lime Scallop Ceviche Ingredients


t definitely is summertime in this hot, glorious state we call home. I mean, let’s be honest, it felt like summertime in January this year, but there is something special about the summer. For a lot of Floridians, the water calls to us. Be it by boat, by beach, or by river. I have so many friends who love to take advantage of the cool water and ample sea life by going scalloping every summer. Homosassa, Crystal River, and Steinhatchee here on our West Coast come to life with people anxious to catch their scallops for the day. So, friends, I’ve got some great recipes for you to share after a great day on the water with your Gulf bounty! Have you ever had ceviche? Ceviche is a Latin dish where the acid from citrus juices “cooks” the fish. It is a delightful, refreshing dish that screams summer. Ceviche is best used with smaller-sized fish, so bay scallops or even chopped larger scallops both work perfectly. The most important thing is to be sure your scallops are fresh. Being a Floridian, I’m using key lime juice for acid in this recipe. It’s a little sweeter and works perfectly with the scallops. If you’re scared about the raw scallops, don’t be. You should be more scared of missing out on a fun summer salad.


lb. bay scallops, rinsed well


cup key lime juice (I prefer using fresh key limes—this will be 16-18 of those little darlings)


yellow bell pepper, diced


jalapeño, seeds removed and diced Salt and pepper to taste Cilantro for garnish


scallions, chopped fine (I like to use both the white and the green part for this recipe)


plum tomato, seeds removed and diced


Place scallops in a glass bowl (metal bowls do not work well with the citrus and the fish). Next, add key lime juice and all those yummy things that are going to bring crunch and texture to your ceviche: yellow bell pepper, scallions, jalapeño, and tomatoes. Lightly season the ceviche with salt and pepper. Remember, you always can season the ceviche again after the acid has done its job and cooked those scallops, so go light on your first round of seasoning and then finish up with an additional taste test. Cover your ceviche with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. I find it tastes best after about two hours, but I wouldn’t hold on to the ceviche for longer than four hours as the scallops will start to get tough, and nobody likes that. I love to serve ceviche in a fun martini glass and garnish with cilantro and maybe a little crushed red pepper if I am feeling spicy that night.

Ceviche is a Latin dish where the acid from citrus juices “cooks” the fish.

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Now that we’ve had our light and bright summery dish, let’s get down to business and enjoy a luxurious dinner as well. I’m a firm believer in treating yourself at home when you cook, and often it is at a fraction of the cost of eating out. Even though scallops have a reputation for being difficult to make at home, I want to show you how these can be an attainable treat for you and your family. The secret to a good scallop is the CRUST. The soft delicate texture of that scallop really needs that crisp, golden brown deliciousness to make it perfect. So here are some tips.




If you are lucky enough to have a seafood purveyor that can provide what is called a “dry scallop,” definitely get those. Dry scallops have no preserving agents in them and will get a much better sear for your crust. (Side note: Did you know Leesburg is getting a fish market right on Main Street? YAY! I’ve been told by my friends at Stokes Fish Market that it will be carrying dry scallops frequently, so go support your local markets!) With that being said, if you need to get what they call “wet scallops,” or frozen scallops, we can still make it happen. It just takes a bit more work.

Lemon Butter Scallops Ingredients



tablespoons of canola oil (vegetable oil would work here as well)


lb. scallops (I like to use a U-12 for size; this is how many units are typically in a pound)



Kosher salt and pepper to taste

tablespoons unsalted butter Juice of 2 lemons cloves of garlic minced Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1.5 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


If you are using dry scallops, pat dry and season lightly with salt and pepper. To prepare wet scallops, defrost completely. Pat dry with a paper towel on a paper towel-lined surface. You will need to do this several times to remove as much moisture as possible from the scallop. Be careful not to press too hard, as this may damage the scallop. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Here are two important tips for cooking the scallops: The oil must be shimmering and hot (but not smoking as this may burn the scallop), and DON’T CROWD THE PAN. It is better to work in batches because these babies cook in no time. Now that I’ve panicked you, don’t worry, the rest is all downhill from here. Add the scallops to the pan in a single layer and cook. Start to look for the crust to form on the bottom of the scallop. You will flip these only once, so if only one side gets a crust, let it be a good one. This should take about 1-2 minutes per side, depending on the size of your scallop. The center of a perfectly cooked scallop will be translucent and light and delicate in texture. Once they are through cooking, set aside and cover lightly with foil to keep warm while you make your sauce. To make the lemon parsley sauce, first clean the pan of any additional oil from the scallops. Melt the butter over medium heat and add your chopped garlic and stir frequently until the garlic becomes fragrant (this smell should be bottled). Next, stir in your lemon juice and parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve your scallops while they are still warm and delicious and garnish with that decadent sauce.


When cooking a recipe that requires a lot of attention, such as searing scallops, I find that I like simple side dishes. Serve these scallops with a lovely summer salad and a warm baguette with really good butter and you will think you are in heaven. May your summer be filled with water, sun, family and friends, and let’s not forget— SCALLOPS!

Scallops are low in fat and calories and an excellent source of protein. Approx. 4 ounces of Scallops contains 100 calories, I g fat, 18 g protein, 40 mg cholesterol, 3 g total carbohydrate, and 2 percent of the daily value of calcium.

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All-American Zinfandels The decidedly masculine-sounding labels may create some eye rolls, but the bold flavors of Zinfandel can’t be easily dismissed. STORY: MARY ANN DESANTIS, WSET


hen it comes to big, bold wines, Zinfandels rank near the top. With mouth-gripping tannins and high alcohol content, these red wines remind me of something Ernest Hemingway might have drunk. I describe Zinfandels as “manly” wines because they definitely aren’t for dainty palates. Ironically, the pink version—white Zinfandel—tends to be preferred by novice wine drinkers and the Red Hat ladies, but that’s not the Zinfandel we’re discussing just yet. Winemakers and producers often market the boldly flavored red wines with masculine descriptors and bottle labels that appeal to guys. Boats, animals, sin, and even sexual innuendo are common. Wine marketers seem to know the importance of shock value when trying to help their bottles stand out on crowded store shelves.

47,000 acres of Zinfandel are planted in California.




But what about the taste and flavor of Zinfandel? Are they all created equal? Buying Zinfandel can be like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get until you pop the cork. Generally, if the Zinfandel grape is grown in cooler areas, the wine will have red berry or raspberry fruit flavors. Warmer areas produce more blackberry, anise, and pepper notes. And, of course, the winemaker’s talents and skills have an effect on the wine’s taste as well. Zinfandel is as American as Ford trucks. Although the varietal has genetic twins in Italy and Croatia, the cultivation, terroir, and winemaking differences give Zinfandel its own particular flavor profile. The grapes were brought to California during the Gold Rush in the 1850s, and the vineyards thrived because of the state’s climate and soil. According to

the Wine Institute, a public policy advocacy association of California wineries, Zinfandel is the third-leading wine grape variety in the state, with more than 47,000 acres planted. More people are familiar with the pinkish white Zinfandel than they are with the deeply colored red Zinfandels. White Zins account for more than 10 percent of all wine sold by volume in the United States. Although both Zinfandel varieties are made from the same grape, the sweet taste of the blush wine comes from the processing method and added sugar— not from the grape itself. As hard as it is for wine aficionados to take white Zins seriously, they should appreciate that the popularity of

the sweet wines was the reason old vines in premium regions were saved. Old vines are treasured among winemakers because of their hardiness. Roots of old vine Zinfandel can run as deep as 25 feet, whereas younger vines have roots at about six feet. Because of that depth, the old vines adjust to producing better grapes whether it’s a rainy or a dry year. Once considered a “jug” wine, Zinfandel is now internationally recognized for its unique character and high-quality winemaking techniques. Quite a few good ones are available locally—with or without manly sounding names.

Recommendations: If you are looking for some wines with “manly” labels for Father’s Day, the man in your life will be proud to share these Zinfandels with his buddies: CIGAR OLD VINE ZINFANDEL, 2015: Produced by Cosentino Winery, this big, bold wine from Lodi, California, exudes confidence and elegance with rich, ripe fruit flavors. I kept expecting tobacco flavors, but I tasted nutmeg, coffee, and chocolate. It has a long finish and was the perfect match for a barbecue dinner. (Suggested retail, $19.99) DRY CREEK HERITAGE VINES ZINFANDEL, 2015: Sonoma’s Dry Creek Vineyard produces consistently good wines year after year, and this Zinfandel blend lives up to Dry Creek’s reputation. The wine was smooth and wellbalanced with a silky finish. Interestingly, heritage vines are the result of grafting budwood from century-old vines onto new rootstock, forever preserving the “heritage” of old vines. (Suggested retail: $19.99) MURPHY-GOODE LIAR’S DICE ZINFANDEL, 2013: Another Sonoma County favorite, Liar’s Dice has a spicy aroma that I picked up as soon as I poured a glass. Delicious with or without food, this wine has a great backstory. Over a friendly game of Liar’s Dice, the three founders decided to create a winery more than 30 years ago. The fun continues on the website with “man-iversary” suggestions for 30 things every man should own: (Suggested retail, $18)

The Grape: Zinfandel One of the oldest grape varieties in California, these thick-skinned black grapes have strong flavors and aromas of berries. In fact, many wine connoisseurs describe them as jammy in character. They are high in alcohol content, often producing wines with more than 16 percent alcohol. Some California vines are more than 150 years old and still produce grapes (known as old vine Zinfandel).

* As hard as it is for wine aficionados to take white Zins seriously, they should appreciate that the popularity of the sweet wines was the reason old vines in premium regions were saved.

Pairing Suggestion: Barbecue Baby-back ribs Many chefs pair Zinfandels with lamb because the wines stand up to the rich flavors in the meat. However, my favorite pairings usually include meats with tangy, gooey barbecue sauces. Baby-back pork ribs and smoky baked beans were a summer evening delight when served with Cigar Old Vine Zinfandel.

Mary Ann DeSantis Mary Ann DeSantis is a fellow of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Napa Valley, and recently received certification from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET). An award-winning journalist, she has written for Lake & Sumter Style since 2006.

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Vacation atmosphere dining STORY: THERESA CAMPBELL // PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ


urricane Dockside Grill in Tavares provides an inviting, laid-back atmosphere to chill and enjoy tasty fare on a spacious outdoor deck overlooking Dead River, or inside where colorful beachy decor and surfboards decorate the walls and give the allure of dining on the coast. We found the “vacation” atmosphere to be the perfect setting for a midweek lunch. I enjoyed the Cajun-seasoned shrimp and mahi rice bowl, featuring yellow rice mixed with a nice serving of seafood and sautéed strips of red onion and green peppers, all topped with a spicy Thai ginger and garlic sauce. One friend raved over her order of honey pecan grilled chicken salad—mixed greens tossed with


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chopped chicken breast, crispy pecan pieces, bleu cheese, tomatoes, and dried cranberries with honey lime dressing—and she was right. The sample she shared was delicious. Another friend dug deep into his Triple Stormburger, loaded with toppings, cheese, and a hearty bun, and he called the triple burger “three times the greatness— a homerun.” Of course, we couldn’t leave without enjoying dessert. The three of us split a slice of Hershey’s chocolate fudge cake topped with chocolate icing and Hershey’s dark fudge—a sweet treat that any chocoholic would love—along with a warm, super-moist rum cake, featuring a round portion of yellow cake topped with rum sauce glaze and tiny bits of nuts. Both desserts were a nice finish to our meal. We vowed to return to Hurricane Dockside Grill, as there are more tempting menu items we’re eager to savor.

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e were afraid a place called Lake Harris Hideaway would be difficult to find, but it’s right off Lane Park Road in Tavares and easily accessible by car, boat, or seaplane. And whatever you do, don’t worry about parking. There’s room for everyone in the huge parking lot across the street from the restaurant. Though we went inside the restaurant, we learned there was plenty of seating on

the big deck outside. It was a beautiful, clear day with lovely cool breezes swishing among the cypress trees. We found the perfect spot to view the water and enjoy our meal. My friend and I had a difficult time choosing what we wanted from the extensive menu. I picked the sirloin tender sandwich, which is extratender sirloin medallions in bite-size pieces on a hoagie roll. It had mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, and

delightfully sweet and crisp bread and butter pickles. It came with cole slaw or chips, so I took the slaw and added a side of fries. My friend had the nacho basket, which had tortilla chips smothered with homemade chili and topped with diced onions, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and lettuce, with salsa, sour cream, and jalapeño peppers on the side. We both pronounced our meals excellent as we always share a taste.

ENTREES:($6.99$22.99): Burgers: The Hideaway, The Roethlisburger, Biker Billy’s Chili Burger, Ultra Classic Messy Burger, and Pittsburgh Patty Melt; tuna salad melt, chicken salad melt, EZ Rider Messy Chicken, sirloin tender steak. How Fork On The Road Works Our reviewers are objective and unbiased. This is not a paid feature. Our reviewer makes one unannounced visit and we pay for our meals.

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A walk on the wild side STORY: JAMES COMBS // PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ


here’s a reason why regulars flock to Red Wing Restaurant in Groveland. Simply put, it’s the only game in town—literally. By game, I’m referring to the restaurant’s unique menu featuring grilled quail, wild boar chop, elk sausage, buffalo meat, fried venison, alligator tail, Buffalo frog legs, and grilled duck. The restaurant is housed in a cozy wood building off State Road 33. Its country décor includes stuffed grizzly bears, deer, and turkey mounted on the wall, as well as Mason jar lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling. The restaurant’s three dining rooms each have a fireplace, evoking a cozy, down-home feel. I began my meal by ordering Buffalo fried frog legs for an appetizer. The meat was juicy and tender, and the Buffalo sauce had the perfect blend of spiciness, tanginess, and sweetness. So far,

so good. However, I wasn’t quite finished answering the call of the wild. My main meal was the Hunter’s Platter, which, as the name suggests, included a boar chop, grilled quail, and elk sausage. Each had its own distinct flavor, but the meat on all three was tender and grilled to perfection. The accompanying garlic tomato basil soup was full of flavor and obviously made from scratch. It was undoubtedly one of the best soups I’ve ever tasted. Since I devoured enough critters for one day, I ended my meal with something more traditional—cherry cobbler. Served warm over vanilla ice cream, the cobbler was an excellent way to top off a delicious meal. My lunch partners ordered a tilapia sandwich and the Lake Erie salad and scarfed down every scrumptious bite. I found the restaurant’s service equally impressive thanks to our friendly and personable server, Whitney Beier.

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Race Car Diner 25641 Monroe St. 352.253.6940 $

Astor Sparky’s Place 24646 State Road 40 352.759.3551 $$

Bushnell Beef O’Bradys 2586 W. CR 48 352.568.7000 $ Chuck’s Odd Cuples Café 117 W Belt Ave 352.568.0408 $ Coyote Rojo 2082 W. CR 48 352.569.0302 $$ Hong Kong Restaurants 2229 W CR 48 (352) 568-8888 $$ Howie’s Family Restaurant 840 N. Main St. 352.793.8582 $ Sonny’s Bar-B-Q 2684 W. CR 48 352.569.0200 $ TJ’s Family Restaurant 412 W. Belt Ave 352.793.8877 $$ Waffle House 2571 W CR 48 352.793.5656 $ Waller’s Restaurant 138 Bushnell Plaza 352.793.2592 $

Legend $: $5-14

Clermont Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro 4300 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.243.8988 $$$ Calabria Ristorante 13900 County Road 455 407.656.5144 $$ Cheeser’s Palace 707 W. Montrose St. 352.404.9431 $ Flippers Pizzeria 2523 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.242.2214 $$

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G’s NY Pizza 12346 Roper Blvd. 352.243.8900 $$$ Green Garden 1790 E. Hwy. 50 352.243.2077 $$ Legends Grille & Tavern 1700 Legendary Blvd. 352.242.1910 $$$ Lyn’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe 824 W. Montrose St. 352.536.9935 $ Napolis Pizzeria 556 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.243.7500 $$ Robata Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar 1500 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.404.9688 $$ Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club Restaurant 2601 Diamond Club Dr. 352.243.0411 $$ Spiro’s Pizza 1203 W. Hwy. 50 352.394.5538 $$ Sugar Mama’s Bake Shoppe 648 Eighth St. 352.241.9738 $$ Troy’s Cuban & Deli 1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.241.4295 $$

Eustis 1884 Restaurant & Bar 12 East Magnolia Ave. 1.800.856.1884 $$ Barnwood BBQ 50 W. Orange Ave. 352.630.4903 $$ Beach Bums 12 S. Bay St. 352.308.8504 $ Dam Smoker Barbeque 36721 County Road 19A 352.357.6555 $$ Kiku Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 15211 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.483.8288 $$$

King’s Taste Bar-B-Que 503 Palmetto St. 352.589.0404 $$ Maria’s Latin Dinner 1 N. Eustis St. 352.357.5555 $ NightOwl Caribbean Restaurant 929 S. Bay St. 352.589.0256 $ Stavro’s & Sons of Eustis 2100 W. County Road 44 352.589.9100 $$ Taki’s Pizza House 2824 S. Bay St. 352.357.0022 $$ Thai Sushi America 925 N. Bay St. 352.357.1949 $$ The Crazy Gator 402 N. Bay St. 352.589.5885 $$ The Great Pizza Company 23 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.357.7377 $$ The Oyster Troff 936 N. Bay St. 352.357.9939 $$$ Tillie’s Tavern & Grill 31 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.602.7929 $ Tony’s Pizza & Subs 2760 E. Orange Ave. 352.589.9001 $$

Fruitland Park Fruitland Park Café 3180 US Hwy. 441/27 352.435.4575 $ Legends Cafe 2468 U.S. Hwy. 441/27 352.728.0006 $$

Groveland Red Wing Restaurant 12500 S. State Road 33 352.429.2997 $$$

Howey-inthe-Hills JB Boondocks Bar & Grill 704 S. Lakeshore Blvd. 352.324.3600 $$

Mission Inn Resort & Club’s El Conquistador 10400 CR 48 352.324.3101 $$$$ Mission Inn Resort & Club’s Nickers 10400 CR 48 352.324.3101 $$$$

Lady Lake Lady Lake Harbor Hills Country Club 6538 Lake Griffin Rd. 352.753.7000 $$$ Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant 504 S. U.S. Hwy. 441/27 352.753.2722 $$ Athena New York 360 S. U.S. Hwy. 441 352.750.5227 $$

Leesburg Angel’s BBQ & Fried Chicken 1322 Citrus Blvd. 352.805.4407 $ Bloom’s Baking House and Restaurant 610 W. Main St. 352.787.1004 $$ Cousin Vinnie’s Family Sports Restaurant 10700 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.253.2442 $ Cedar River Seafood 8609 S. U.S. Hwy. 441 352.728.3377 $$ Cuba Pichy’s 10401 US Hwy. 441 352.642.3686 $ Gator Bay Bar & Grill 10320 County Road 44 352.365.2177 $$ God Café 300 W. Main St. 352.801.7447 $ Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room 311 W. Magnolia St. 352.474.2739 $ Habaneros 3 Mexican Restaurant 10601 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.315.1777 $$

HP Grill 1403 S. 14th St. 352.314.0006 $ Kountry Kitchen 1008 W. Dixie Ave. 352.323.0852 $ La Palma Mexican Grill 1690 Citrus Blvd. 352.323.1444 $$ Lilly’s Super Subs 2339 County Road 473 352.343.4663 $ Magnolia’s Oyster Bar 201 W. Magnolia St. 352.323.0093 $$ Naples Italian Restaurant 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.323.1616 $$ Osaka 1401 Citrus Blvd. 352.728.0788 $$ San Jose Mexican 1337 S. 14th St. 352.805.4174 $ Southern Gourmet 314 W. Main St. 352.409.7512 $ Stavros Pizza 755 N. 14th St. 352.326.4202 $$ Takis Pizza Restaurant 1205 N. 14th St. 352.787.2344 $$ The 24 Tap Room 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.315.0198 $ The Florida Porch Café 706 W. Main St. 352.365.1717 $$ The Latin Cafe 400 N. 14th St. 352.365.0089 $$ Turner’s 114 S. 5th St. 352.530.2274 $$ Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe 410 W Main St 352.435.9107 $$

Vic’s Catering 352.728.8989 $$$$

Mascotte Rainbow Restaurant 704 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.2093 $$

Minneola Jack’s Barbecue 100 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.394.2673 $ Lil Anthony’s Pizza 205 N. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.394.1516 $$ Tiki Bar & Grill 508 S. Main Ave. 352.394.2232 $$

Mount Dora 1921 by Norman Van Aken 141 E. 4th Ave. 352.385.1921 $$$ Anthony’s Pizza 17195 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.357.6668 $ Beauclaire Restaurant at Lakeside Inn 100 N. Alexander St. 352.383.4101 $$$ Blackbear Smokehouse 18750 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.383.2327 $$ Bocce Pizzeria 925 E. First Ave. 352.385.0067 $ Breezeway Café 411 N. Donnelly St. 352.702.7898 $$ Cecile’s French Corner 237 W. Fourth Ave. 352.383.7100 $$ Cody’s on 4th Cafe 111 E. 4th Ave. 352.735.8426 $ Copacabana Cuban Cafe 320 Dora Drawdy Way 352.385.9000 $$ Cupcake Delights 122 E. 4th Ave. 352.383.2200 $ Eduardo’s Loko Tacos Mexican Restaurant 226 Alfred St. 352.742.1181 $$

Frog & Monkey English Pub 411 N. Donnelly St. 352. 383.1936 $$ Highland Street Café 185 S. Highland St. 352.383.1446 $ Incredible Edible Cakes 4295 W. Old Hwy. 441, Suite 2 352.223.3581 $ Ivory’s Take Out 1325 N. Grandview St. 352.735.6797 $ Jeremiah’s 500 N. Highland St. 352.383.7444 $ J.K. Thai & Sushi 116 E. 5th Ave. 352.385.5470 $$ Let’s Do Lunch 426 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.4577 $ Mount Dora Pizza & Subs 2718 W. Old U.S. Hwy. 441 352.383.5303 $ One Flight Up - Coffee, Dessert & Wine Bar 440 N. Donnelly St., Ste. 100 352.758.9818 $ Pisces Rising 239 W. 4th Ave. 352.385.2669 $$$ PizzAmore’ 722 E. 5th Ave. 352.383.0092 $ Shiva Indian Restaurant 140A W. 5th Ave. 352.735.4555 $$ Sidelines Sport Eatery 315 N. Highland St. 352.735.7433 $ Sugarboo’s Bar-B-Que 1305 N. Grandview St. 352.735.7675 $ The Frog and Monkey Pub 411 N. Donnelly St. 352.383.1936 $$ The Goblin Market 331-B Donnely St. 352.735.0059 $$$

The Health Basket of Mount Dora 18834 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.735.1166 $$ The Windsor Rose English Tea Room 142 W. Fourth Ave. 352.735.2551 $$ Village Coffee Pot 425 Donnelly St. 352.383.3334 $ Whale’s Tale Fish House 2720 W. Old U.S. Hwy 441 352.385.1500 $ Zellie’s Pub 4025 N. U.S. Hwy. 19A 352.483.3855 $$

Sorrento Del Franco Pizza Place 31436 CR 437 352.383.8882 $ Gi Gi’s 25444 State Road 46 352.735.4000 $$

Summerfield Francesco’s Italian Ristorante and Stone Fire Pizza 16770 South U.S. Hwy. 441 352.693.2008 $$

Tavares Angelo’s Italian Restaurant 2270 Vindale Rd. 352.343.2757 $$ Buzzard Beach Grill 12423 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.253.5267 $$ Casa Mia Cafe 505 W Main St 352.742.9940 $ Hurricane Dockside Grill 3351 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5137 $$ Lake Dora Sushi & Sake 227 E. Main St. 352.343.6313 $$ Mary’s Kountry Kitchen 15945 County Road 448 352.343.6823 $ O’Keefe’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 115 S Rockingham Ave. 352.343.2157 $$

Ruby Street Grille 221 E. Ruby St. 352.742.7829 $$ Sinbad’s of Lake County 1050 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.6669 $$ Sunrise Grill 462 E. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.7744 $ The Hideaway 11912 Lane Park Rd. 352.343.3585 $$ Zac’s Pressed for Time Cafe 505 W Main St. 352.253.4663 $

Umatilla Old Crow Real Pit Bar-B-Q 41100 State Road 19 352.669.3922 $ The Mason Jar 37534 State Rd. 19 352.589.2535 $$

The Villages Bob Evans 2199 Parr Dr. 352.259.1224 $ Bonefish Grill 3580 Wedgewood Ln. 352.674.9292 $$ Bonifay Country Club 1033 Pinellas Place 352.205.7455 $$ Cane Garden Country Club 1726 Bailey Trail 352.750.0627 $$ Carrabba’s 650 U.S. Hwy. 441 N 352.430.1304 $$ Chengs Chinese and Sushi Restaurant 4050 Wedgewood Ln. 352.391.9678 $$ China Gourmet III 343 Colony Blvd 352.750.4965 $ City Fire Brownwood & Paddock Square 352.561.2078 $$

Olive Garden 3680 Wedgewood Ln. 352.259.0304 $$ Evans Prairie Country Club 1825 Evans Prairie Trail 352.750.2225 $$ Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill 297 Colony Blvd 352.751.0400 $$ Hemingway’s at Havana 2484 Odell Circle 352.753.1475 $$$ Las Tapas - Brownwood Paddock Square 352.399.5516 $$ The Legacy Restaurant at the Nancy Lopez Country Club 17135 Buena Vista Blvd. 352.753.1475 $$$ The Lighthouse Point Bar and Grille 925 Lakeshore Dr. 352.753.7800 $$ Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant and Bar 320 Colony Blvd. 352.753.3824 $$ NYPD Pizzeria 4046 Wedgwood Ln 352.750.1994 $$ Outback Steakhouse 710 N. Hwy 441 352.430.2590 $$ Palmer Legends Country Club 1635 Palmer Way 352.750.4499 $$ RedSauce 1000 Canal St. 352.750.2930 $$ Sakura 265 Colony Blvd 352.205.7393 $$ Scooples 2718 Brownwood Blvd 352.750.6263 $ Square One Burgers & Bar 2542 Burnsed Blvd. 352.689.2191 $$ Takis Greek and Italian Restaurant 13761 U.S. Hwy. 441 N. 352.430.3630 $$

TooJay’s 1129 Canal St. 352.430.0410 $ VKI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 1004 Old Mill Run 352.259.9887 $$

Wildwood Aztec’s Mexican Restaurant 348 Shopping Center Dr. 352.748.2250 $ Beef O’ Bradys 840 S. Main St. 352.689.0048 $ Buddy’s BBQ 1210 N. Main St. 352.330.0338 $$ China Jade 420 W. CR 44 352.330.5913 $ Cotillion Southern Café 101 N. Main St. 352.748.1223 $$ O’Shucks! Oyster Bar and Grill 1016 S Main St. 352.399.2200 $$ Polly’s Pantry 819 S. Main St. 352.330.4002 $$ Traditions Café 3107 Hwy. 44 352.748.1077 $$ Woody’s Bar-B-Q 1220 S. Main St. 352.748.1109 $$

Yalaha Yalaha Bakery 8210 County Road 48 352.324.3366 $$

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1884 Restaurant and Bar 12 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis // 1.800.856.1884 // Mon-Sat: 11 am–12 am // Sun 11am-10pm Located in the historic Ferran’s building in downtown Eustis 1884 Restaurant and bar is a must for all to discover. 1884 has everything from Boars Head wraps and hand pressed burgers at lunch to hand cut filets and the signature double bone in pork chop at dinner. They also offer Sushi 7 days a week for dinner. With more than 10000 sq.ft., 1884 can accommodate an intimate dinner for two to a private event of up to 100 in one of the three semi-private rooms. Diners can also enjoy the full-service bar while ordering custom craft cocktails, 8 rotating beers on tap and an amazing wine list. Join 1884 on Mondays for Prime Rib Special… Tuesdays, where kids eat free*…Wednesdays you can get $4 by the glass or free bottle of house wine*…Thursdays offer Wing special with Friday and Saturday always the best dinner specials around. No doubt, there is something for everyone. This restaurant has won in 6 categories for 2016 Lake and Sumter Style’s hot list as well as Open Tables Restaurant of the month several months running. You can also enjoy live entertainment nightly. Check us out on facebook for all the details. Call 1.800.856.1884 to reserve your table or book your party now. Lunch, dinner, live entertainment. to be the first to know of all specials, entertainers and events.

The 24 Tap Room 1107 W. North Blvd., Suite 26, Leesburg // 352.315.0198 Mon-Thu 3 p.m-12 am // Fri 3 p.m-1 am // Sat 12 pm-1 am // Sun 12 pm- 12 am The 24 Tap Room is a fun and new craft beer and wine bar where you can enjoy 24 rotating taps, weekly live entertainment, trivia, board games, darts, and special nightly events. Visit on Sundays to watch NFL football on one of several 48-inch TV’s inside or on their outdoor patio. Proprietor Alberto Cisneros says, “We’re focused on bringing an ever-changing selection of some of the best locally-brewed beer in the state, as well as other great craft brews from across the country, to discerning beer lovers in Lake County.” A variety of appetizers are now available, including Sweet Potato Tots, Pulled Pork Sliders, Pub Pretzels, Black Bean and Chicken Nachos and Grilled Chicken Quesadillas.

The Country Club of Mount Dora 1900 Country Club Blvd., Mount Dora 352.735.4059 Come enjoy a great meal at the Country Club of Mount Dora overlooking the beautiful greens of the golf course. We serve lunch daily and breakfast on weekends. Be sure to bring your appetite for our half-pound burgers made your way, thick cut Reuben sandwiches, delicious Greek salad, and much more. We serve a full breakfast menu every Saturday and Sunday including Eggs Benedict, French toast, omelettes, and much more. Come join us!




Cousin Vinnie’s Family Sports Restaurant Open seven days a week: 11am–9pm // Food, Spirits, Music, Sports 10700 U.S. Hwy. 441, Leesburg // 352.253.2442 // Cousin Vinnie’s is located on U.S. Hwy. 441 across from Home Depot. Owner “Cousin” Vinnie Vittoria and his family have created a unique atmosphere by combining a sports bar with a family restaurant. As soon as you walk into Vinnie’s you will immediately notice why they are famous for outstanding comfort food and service! They also have been voted BEST WINGS in Lake County every year since opening in 2009. Additional menu items offered are killer ½ lb. burgers, personal pan pizzas, amazing ribeye cheese steaks, healthy wheat wraps, fresh homemade salads, chicken strips that totally melt in your mouth, 16 awesome appetizers and their signature deep fried Ice Cream and Snickers Bars! Every Monday is “Texas Hold’em” from 6–10pm Tuesday night is “Family Night” from 4–8pm when kids 12-and-under eat free. Wednesday night is “Trivia Night” when the fun starts at 6:30pm with prizes given to the top 3 teams. There is no better place on the weekends to see who hoists the trophy or takes home the checkered flag. Cousin Vinnie’s also offers, free Wi-Fi, great music and an enthusiastic staff, ready to exceed your expectations. Vinnie’s has been open eight years, if you have never been there… it is absolutely time for you to check it out!

Cuba Pichy’s Cuisine 10401 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg // at Via Port Mall 352.365.2822 If you’re in the mood for a flavorful, authentic Cuban food experience, then Cuba Pichy’s Cuisine, located at ViaPort Florida Mall in Leesburg, is just what you’re looking for. The menu includes classic dishes such as Roast Pork, Ropa Vieja, Palomilla steak, and popular dishes such as Arroz con Pollo, Churrasco, Mofongo, vegetarian and seafood dishes, as well as a selection of Pichy’s Masterpieces. Most dishes are served with rice, black beans, and sweet plantains. Appetizers like Cuba’s Gran Combo, a variety of delicious items including Masitas Fritas, Chicharrones de Pollo, Ham-croquettes, and sweet plantains; Pichy’s beef empanadas filled with spicy, flavorful ground beef encased in a delicious flaky baked pastry, Cuban sandwiches, specialty desserts and Cuban coffee are always available. Cuba also features a full-service bar, and a private banquet room that can accommodate up to 40 guests, and, as a bonus, Pichy will create a specialty menu just for your group.

The Goblin Market Restaurant & Lounge 331-B Donnelly Street (Rear Alley), Mount Dora // 352.735.0059 // Lunch: Tue–Sat 11am–3:00pm // Dinner: Tue–Thu 5–9pm, Fri–Sat 5–10pm, Sun 11am–3:30pm Nestled on a back alley in downtown Mount Dora, the Goblin Market Restaurant has been charming locals and tourists alike since 1996. The restaurant, housed in a renovated warehouse, features three intimate, book-lined dining rooms and a full-service lounge furnished in soothing, muted tones with tasteful modern art. The private, tree-shaded courtyard and garden patio are open year-round for al fresco dining. Low lighting and “new age” music add the finishing touches to the restaurant’s casual elegance. Owners Vince and Janis Guzinski embrace a simple philosophy of offering the highest-quality products, served in a unique and romantic atmosphere by a personable and attentive staff. The Goblin Market’s wine list and menu represent a refreshing mix of ideas from its culinary team. The diversified origins and background of each member ensure exciting menu offerings and nightly selections. Join us for our new “lighter fare” dinner menu, gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches. Tuesday–Thursday from 3–9pm (regular dinner menu also available).

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Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room 311 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg // 352.474.2739 Mon-Thu 11 am-10 pm // Fri-Sat 11 am-12 am // SUNDAY 12 pm-6 pm It’s a fun, friendly place to hang with friends and to meet new ones. Our Chicago/Firefighter themed Tap Room offers 6-8 of our own “session” beers featuring fresh Florida fruits and other local ingredients. Our beers are brewed on premise. We also offer (10) guest taps featuring beers from small craft breweries across the U.S. There is something for everyone. Our “Chicago” Style food menu features items like real Italian Beefs with Giardiniera peppers. Italian Sausage, the Maxwell Street Polish Sausage, Gyros, Pizza Puffs, Tamales, Thin-Crust Pizza, Southside Chicago Full-breaded Wings, and even the original Chicago Hot Dog “Run through the garden.” All your favorite sporting events are playing on six (6) HD TVs. Enjoy our spacious outdoor seating area with live music many weekends. We are located Historic Downtown Leesburg which offers a great shopping experience with specialty shops, antique stores, and a host of unique food and drink establishments. Every third Thursday, we host Cool Cars Under The Sun; Live music, beer and food specials, prizes and more, SPONSORED BY: JOIN US FOR right here at the brewery! BIKE NIGHT ON MAY 12TH

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La Palma 1690 Citrus Blvd., Leesburg // 352.323.1444 // Open Daily 11:00am – 9:00pm // Lunch Specials: 11:00am – 3:00pm Owner Raudel Torres invites you to a delicious dining experience at the La Palma Mexican Grill. The recipes used for these unique dishes are a blend of old-school traditions from Mexico, combined with culinary inspirations and trends from California and Louisiana. Flavorful, homemade Mexican entrees such as Tacos Azteca, Carnitas, Fajitas, and Tamales and much more are timeless and prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Sit in the comfortable dining room or enjoy the outdoor view on the new patio deck. Fast and friendly service, reasonable prices, and three-for-one margaritas all day every day mean exceeding customer expectations. In addition to in-house service, catering is available for large parties, or meetings. Daily specials available on the website, and you can enjoy a Mariachi band the first and third Sunday of each month. AAK! BWWA for 1 s3 e v lo Chico s! margarita

Mason Jar 37534 State Road 19, Umatilla // 352.589.2535 Mon–Sat 6am-8pm // Sun 6am-2pm Established in 1979, The Mason Jar is well-known for southern style, downhome cooking; sparkling clean, casual dining room; family-friendly hospitality and reasonable prices. Located in Umatilla at 37534 State Road 19, and family-owned, the restaurant is a welcome sight for travelers and locals alike. Seven days a week patrons enjoy breakfasts of homemade grits, real fried potatoes, fluff y biscuits, country ham, and mile-high pancakes. If you are a late riser, you can still enjoy daily specials: Monday-Meatloaf; Tuesday-Beef Tips and Noodles; Wednesday-Liver and Onions; Thursday-Fried Chicken; Friday-All you can eat Fish Fry; Saturday-Fried Chicken Livers and Sunday-Award-winning, all-you-can-eat Fried Chicken. Other favorites include various beans (pintos, lima, northern) with rice, served with onion slices and corn muffins, homemade soups, fresh vegetables for sides, and of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a glass of southern sweet tea! Awards: Orlando Sentinel’s Best Fried Chicken in Lake County (March, 2015) Orlando Sentinel’s Best Breakfast in Lake County (March, 2015)




Mom & Dads 304 U.S. Hwy. 441, Lady Lake // 352.753.2722 Tue-Sat 4pm–9pm // Closed Sun & Mon This little place in the heart of Lady Lake is a local favorite. All the food at Mom & Dad’s is authentic and homemade, from the famous sauce to pastas to the incredible desserts. Made from scratch in-house ravioli and lasagna. Many diners automatically order Spaghetti al la Bruzzi, which is the house specialty. This baked spaghetti has a meat sauce, mushrooms, and three cheeses. Add to that the homemade bread Papa prepares every day, and you’ve got a memorable meal. You can’t stop with the entrée, however. Mama’s homemade cakes are amazing! Moist and delicious German Chocolate, creamy, luxurious Red Velvet, Cannoli, and who doesn’t love Spumoni. If you’re looking for a great Italian dinner that will remind you of home and all the goodness of eating there, try Mom & Dad’s. Mom & Dad’s also offers a full gluten free menu featuring pizza, lasagna, ravioli, and desserts all made in-house from scratch.

Momiji Japanese Sushi and Grill 24400 State Road 44, Sorrento // 352.357.2285 // LUNCH: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm // DINNER: Mon-Thu 3-10pm, Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-10pm Momiji Japanese Sushi and Grill offers a fine dining experience with a wide array of delicious Japanese fare, including 25 different hibachi dishes on the dinner menu (10 at lunch) and nearly 30 different varieties of chef’s special roll and a sushi bar that sushi lovers are bound to love. Among diners’ favorites are the Momiji Roll of lobster tempera, spicy tuna in soy wrap, topped with spicy king crab, mango, Momiji sauce and mango sauce, and the Sushi and Sashimi Combo with four pieces of sushi and nine pieces of sashimi and spicy tuna roll. Traditional dishes of soup and salad are available, along with starter from kitchen, starter from sushi bar, a la carte, entrée from sushi bar, rolls or hand rolls. Momiji notes its goal is to provide an unforgettable dining experience for all patrons.

Puddle Jumpers 111 W. Ruby St., Tavares // 352.508.5862 // Mon-Thu 11am-10pm // Fri-Sat 11am-12am // Sun 11am-8pm Casual lakeside dining at its finest is what patrons experience at Puddle Jumpers overlooking Lake Dora in Tavares. The restaurant is a local favorite and has generated raves of being a great place for good fun with friends and private events. Come check out the offerings of delicious food and drinks from a fully stocked bar, including a wide array of fresh seafood specialties, appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, homemade soups, steaks and ribs from the grill. Puddle Jumpers is also the “go-to” place to enjoy live music and entertainment on most weekends. If you’ve never been to Puddle Jumpers, it’s absolutely time to take the plunge!

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Subway Custom-made, fresh sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads made right before your eyes. The “healthy” alternative to fast food. Lady Lake // 208 W. Guava St. // 352.750.4929 Eustis // 469 Plaza Dr. // 352.357.7827 Mount Dora // 18870 U.S. Hwy. 441 // 352.735.4376 Leesburg // 2013 Citrus Blvd. // 352.787.6442 10135 U.S. Hwy. 441, Suite 4 // 352.326.3234 27405 U.S. Hwy. 27, Suite 4 // 352.314.8847 The Villages // 1580 Bella Cruz Drive // 352.750.9600 8796 S.E. 165th Mulberry Lane // 352.750.9991 1070 Lake Sumter Landing Drive // 352.205.8535 349 Colony Blvd. // 352.391.1657 Wildwood // 480 W. Gulf to Alantic Hwy. // 352.748.8800

Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill 118 Ruby St., Tavares // 352.508.5783 Sun-Thu 11am-10pm // Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill has specials every day for you to enjoy. Daily specials include $2 off Dozens of Raw, Steamed, or Chargrilled Oysters on Tuesday; $9.99 Pound of Peel and Eat Shrimp on Wednesdays; $5 off Buckets of Oysters Thursday or Sunday; or $9.99 Mahi Mahi Beer Battered Fish Fry on Friday. This Tavares restaurant overlooking Lake Dora has outdoor dining area on the patio, indoor seating in the dining room, or take a seat at the oyster bar surrounded by 11 TVs. Come check out our new Crab Leg Specials by the pound starting at $19.99 served with fries and slaw! Diners also love the “All You Can Eat” Peel-and-Eat-Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp or Fried Shrimp for $25.99; Fried Mahi Mahi or Fried Clam Strips for $16.99 and Fried Chicken Tenders for $14.99. The best part about the All You Can Eat is you can reorder any of the All You Can Eat specials of equal or lesser value. Come check out our new lunch menu good Monday-Friday from 11-3. Some of the lunch specials include $6 Soup and Salad Combo, $7 Lunch Baskets and $12 Pound of Peel and Eat Shrimp. With great food specials and Happy Hour all day every day, Tiki West is the place to be!

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Prostate Problems? As men mature, the prostate grows from a walnut-sized gland to sometimes as large as an orange. This growth causes outflow problems from the bladder in the passing of urine, resulting in symptoms from a slow stream, getting up at night to urinate, or even worse—the constant urge to urinate, even to the point that urination begins before they reach the bathroom. These inconvenient, and often embarrassing symptoms, can be resolved by proper treatment of the enlarged prostate. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Dr. James Young is a very successful urologist who has been practicing in Lake County since 1982. “The treatment of BPH (an enlarged prostate) has always been my focus, and that is the primary reason I moved to Florida when I finished my medical training as Chief Resident of Urology at the University of Arkansas. I looked at Florida as being the largest ‘prostate ranch’ in the United States, so I began my practice from scratch in Eustis in 1982.” For many decades, the only treatment for BPH was a surgical procedure, the TURP, more commonly referred to by men as a “roto-rooter.” Dr. Young performed more 3,000 of these procedures, however they were very invasive, required anesthesia, hospitalization, and could have serious complications, including massive bleeding and at times, death. Then medications were approved that relieved symptoms but after a period of time, the medications lose their effectiveness or caused side effects, usually sexual in nature. There had to be a better way. In the late 1990’s a new procedure, transurethral

needle ablation of the prostate (TUNA) was approved by the FDA. “I was never a fan of jumping on new technology quickly because, as we know, not everything delivers the results as promised,” says Dr. Young. However, after the procedure was used for five years, Dr. Young began doing TUNAs, later known as Prostiva RF therapy. This procedure was done in the office under local anesthesia with few complications. The procedure worked by inserting wires into the prostate, then low frequency radio waves were transmitted through the wires and heated prostate tissue to 115 degrees Celsius. This heat was transmitted in a conductive manner (radiate from the wires) but the heat dissipated rapidly as it traveled away from the wires. The heat was reduced by the formula of 1/r2 with r being the distance from the wires. Basically, cores of prostate tissue surrounding the wires were destroyed. Dr. Young had tremendous success with Prostiva RF therapy and ultimately did almost 3,000 procedures. His success with Prostiva gave him the distinction of being placed on

Castle Connelly’s Top Docs list for five consecutive years. However, more than five years ago, Dr. Young heard rumors of a new technology that was similar in some ways, but completely different in others. This new therapy was FDA approved in 2015 and was known as Rezum. “Even though I have a reputation for not jumping on new technology, I completely understood the science behind Rezum, so as soon as it was available to me, I switched to this procedure immediately. The science driving this technology is fascinating. Using low frequency radio waves, water is transformed into steam and then nine seconds of steam is infiltrated into the prostate tissue, once again in the office under local anesthesia. The major difference is the heat is transferred in a convective, as opposed to conductive manner. As Einstein said, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed.” So once the steam is infiltrated into the prostate, and returns to liquid, it releases all the energy that changed the water into steam. This is a tremendous amount of energy and destroys much

more prostate tissue than the conductive heat did conveyed by Prostiva. There is much less discomfort with Rezum and when patients leave the office (usually in under 30 minutes), they experience no pain what so ever. Since June 2016, Dr. Young has performed just under 300 Rezum procedures, almost twice as many as any other urologist in the United States and many, many more than any other urologists in the state of Florida. “The results have been so amazing and the patients have been so happy that notified me that based on my recent reviews and clicks on my site, I am now ranked in the top 100th percentile of all urologists in the United States. While I am very proud of that, it is also very humbling. I personally think this is biggest leap forward in the treatment of BPH that I will see in my lifetime.” ________________________________


Board-certified Urologist Practicing in Lake County since 1982 with extensive experience in evaluation and management of prostate problems.

COMPREHENSIVE CARE If you are a first-time patient of Dr. Young, you will receive a detailed examination. “When I see a new patient I perform physical examinations and properly evaluate the patient’s symptoms, thus diagnosing the underlying problem(s),” Dr. Young said. “Next, I describe to the patient what’s normal and then explain what is abnormal with him. Lastly, I teach him his treatment options. If I’ve done a good job of teaching, he will select the correct option for himself.” While prescribing medications for enlarged prostate can be done by primary care physicians, only urologists are trained to thoroughly evaluate the bladder and prostate (including ruling out prostate cancer), as well as providing extremely effective minimally invasive, office-based therapies as alternatives to lifelong medical therapy. With an office staff with nearly as much experience as

the doctor (many have worked with Dr. Young for 25 years), you don’t spend a great deal of time waiting to see him. “We pride ourselves in being timely in seeing our patients. We respect our patients’ time as much as we do our own. Patients appreciate this; many of our patients tell me I have the best office staff on the planet. I consider that a huge compliment.” So if you are waking up at night and have difficulty falling back asleep because you’re worried what may be wrong, then it is time to check in with Dr. Young and have him examine you. “Many men accept frequent bladder urges as part of aging. And while it is part of the aging process, it’s not like death and taxes. There is something you can do about it.”

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Visualize being clutter free When you buy a new purse, give away a purse. There are many ways to avoid too much clutter. STORY: THERESA CAMPBELL


o you ever feel you want to get more organized, but struggle with where to begin? Do you buy many of the same things over time because you can’t find what you already have? Are there narrow “goat trails” in your house to walk through between tall mounds of stuff? A few nervous giggles filled a room at the Leesburg Public Library when Mia Wilchcombe, family and consumer science agent, posed those questions in her program, Declutter Your Life. The program is offered through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County. Clutter often comes from having too much stuff, she says, along with a sentimental attachment to things, the thought that you might need it someday, and not knowing where to begin decluttering. Mia revealed these facts:

• Getting rid of clutter can eliminate 40 percent of housework in the average home. • Cluttered homes sell slower and for less money. • The U.S. Department of Energy reports that one-fourth of people with two-car garages have so much stuff they can’t park a car. • Misplaced bills can result in late fees and other problems. • One in 11 American households rents a self-storage space and spends more than $1,000 a year in rent. • Clutter bombards the mind with excessive stimuli, causing senses to work overtime.




“You can’t afford not to be organized; organizing is a learned skill. There is no perfect system. It’s important to find what works for you,” Mia says. Her tips:

• Possessions should bring you joy. If they don’t, get rid of them. • It’s about choosing what to keep in life instead of what you want to discard. • If you don’t love it, use it, wear it, or have room for it, it’s clutter. • If you haven’t worn an item in two years, get rid of it. One exception is classic clothes. • Discard by category: clothing, books, papers, photos. • Have a separate bag or box to hold items for garbage, recycling, giveaways/donations, yard sales. • Every possession should have a set place in a home. • Once organized, don’t let clutter sneak back in.

Mia also provided additional websites on how to become clutter free:

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