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FEATURES 26 | COURSE OF ACTION As golf struggles to remain relevant, the city’s venerable layout starts its second century with a new, more challenging design. By Dana S. Eagles 36 | PASSION AND LIGHT This multimedia experience proves that Joan of Arc, the warrior saint, still has the power to inspire. By Michael McLeod 44 | DRAWING TO AN END Cartoonist Fred Wagner’s art transcended the inky newspaper panels that helped us all to grin and bear it. By Randy Noles, photographs by Rafael Tongol 50 | THE WINTER PARK HALL OF FAME Introducing the Class of 2016. By The Editors, digital art by Chip Weston 58 | LANDMARK LOOKS Winter Park Magazine’s fall fashion photo shoot is set in the otherworldly Maitland Art Center, which is one of the few surviving examples of Mayan Revival architecture in the Southeast. Photographs by Rafael Tongol, styling by Marianne Ilunga, makeup and hair by Elsie Knab 90 | THE INFLUENTIALS More than 100 people recently packed the glassdomed atrium of the beautiful Alfond Inn for Winter Park Magazine’s second-annual “Most Influential People” celebration. Photographs by Rafael Tongol


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DEPARTMENTS PROFILE 14 | BUILDING CONSENSUS Modernist Christine Madrid French, now leading Casa Feliz, believes that architecture from any era can be significant. Can this friendly fighter get Winter Parkers on board? By Randy Noles, photographs by Rafael Tongol ARTS 20 | CIVICS MEETS SHOW BUSINESS At Maitland Middle School, a required (and notoriously dry) subject is brought to life by an innovative teacher who taps into the excitement of Broadway musicals. By Dana S. Eagles, photographs by Rafael Tongol DINING 84 | OLD-SCHOOL STEAKHOUSE It’s not trendy. But if it’s ridiculously good steak you crave, Christner’s still offers a timeless dining experience that’s ideal for special occasions and major milestones. By Rona Gindin, photographs by Rafael Tongol



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t seemed like a good time to get the band back together. And by “band,” I mean “basketball team.” When we were in our late 20s, Myron, Lindy and I competed in three-on-three leagues organized by the Winter Park YMCA. It was a cherished Wednesday night ritual. Teams usually consisted of four people, allowing for substitutions. Games were full court, but played side to side instead of end to end. That meant less distance between baskets — thank God — and two games could be played concurrently. Our team, which we dubbed “Rust Never Sleeps,” had a variety of fourth men — somebody’s friend, somebody’s co-worker, somebody’s relative — but the core group was always Myron, Lindy and me. We were never the worst team. One season, we were actually the best, thanks to a ringer who joined us for a handful of games. I still have the tiny trophy we won, which was the first — and would remain the only — accolade I ever won for anything related to a sport. But you know how it goes. Between family stuff and business stuff, you get busy. Rust Never Sleeps made a collective decision to sit out a season. And, before we knew it, about 30 seasons had passed us by. Myron, Lindy and I were never out of touch. We had business dealings and friendly lunches. We occasionally reminisced about our basketball-playing days. Then, against my wishes, I turned 60. In fact, all of us did. Maybe that’s why I proposed a Rust Never Sleeps reunion. And maybe that’s why


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Myron and Lindy liked the idea. Golf? No thanks. That’s for old people — and we’re not old. The three of us started playing again in the Rollins College gym, over the summer, when the place was pretty empty. More recently, we’ve moved to the Winter Park Community Center. And we’re not too bad, all things considered. Myron is still deceptively quick, and Lindy can still drill threepointers. I’m still slow, but tall enough that if I can get close to the basket, I’m hard to block. No, we’re not in a league. There aren’t any leagues for people over 60, unless you live in The Villages. And we don’t get invited to join pickup games. Other players — usually kids, which to us means under 40 — are apparently afraid that we might die going for a rebound. Me? I think we’d make a game of it, but I understand their concern for our well-being. So how about you, Winter Park Magazine readers? Anybody want to play some three-on-three? We’re Rust Never Sleeps, and we’re at the community center every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Make it, take it. Call your own fouls. First to 21 wins. If you’re like us — Eisenhower-era boomers who aren’t ready to hang up our sneakers — you’ll win by just showing up.

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Edie Showalter Fagan and her husband, Bill, were married in Knowles Memorial Chapel, and her family attended services there when she was a child. That’s why this issue’s cover is so personally significant to the artist.


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rtist Edie Showalter Fagan, a native Winter Parker, got married in Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins College campus. Obviously, Fagan says, the Ralph Adams Cramdesigned landmark is brimming with good karma: She and her husband, Bill, recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. “The chapel holds great significance for me,” says Fagan, whose art has graced the cover of Winter Park Magazine twice before, in 2011 and 2015. Her father, commercial aviation pioneer Howard Showalter, graduated from Rollins in 1936 and later became a college trustee. Although the Showalters were members of another church, they often went to Sunday services at the chapel. And it was a family tradition to attend Christmas Vespers there. “After church, my dad and I would climb to the top of the bell tower, where the view of Winter Park and the surrounding lakes is unbeatable,” Fagan recalls. “I was one disappointed little girl when climbing the tower was forbidden.” Showalter died in 1965 while saving a drowning boy in the surf off New Smyrna Beach. He was posthumously awarded the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission’s bronze medal. Showalter Field in Winter Park — where the family operated a grass landing strip before taking over operation of what would become Orlando Executive Airport — is named in his honor. “Dad loved the chapel so much,” Fagan recalls, adding that her brother, Bob, also a Rollins graduate and trustee, walked her down the aisle when she married in 1976. Although Fagan’s work is nationally recognized, she has a fondness for local themes and subjects. She was the poster artist for Winter Park’s 2005 Doggie Art Festival, the 2006 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival and the 2011 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. In 2012, Fagan published Adored Dogs, a collection of 61 watercolor portraits with an endearing biographical sketch of each furry subject. She has painted more than 300 dog portraits, and still accepts occasional commissions. The National Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society have honored Fagan with signature memberships, and her work has been published in Splash 9, a collection of watercolors by top contemporary American artists, and in Splash Retrospective: 20 Years of Contemporary Watercolor Excellence. Fagan, who as a child took summer art-camp classes at Rollins, later majored in art at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she “focused on design, drawing, printmaking, pottery and art history — everything but painting.” She took up watercolors in 2001, after her children were grown, and calls Pasco County artist Pat Weaver, under whom she studied, her mentor. These days, Fagan paints from a spacious studio on Lake Keowee in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “But we plan many visits back to my beloved Winter Park to visit family and friends,” she says. To see more of Fagan’s work, visit her gallery representative, Be On Park on Park Avenue. Or check out her website, where signed, numbered prints are also available, at — Randy Noles


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Architectural historian Chris French and her husband, Scot, found an appropriately quirky A-frame house from the ’50s when they moved to Maitland in 2011.

BUILDING CONSENSUS Modernist Christine Madrid French, now leading Casa Feliz, believes that architecture from any era can be significant. Can this friendly fighter get Winter Parkers on board? BY RANDY NOLES PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAFAEL TONGOL


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ost of us think we know a historic structure when we see one. But Christine Madrid French — Chris to her friends — encourages us to think again. That tacky Eisenhowerera strip mall, that generic Kennedy-era suburban ranch house or that foreboding Reagan-era office complex might be significant as well. After all, French says, newer buildings can be just as evocative of an era — and just as worthy of love from architectural historians — as some of the gingerbread-laden, century-old showplaces that we now fight tooth and nail to preserve. “We have a moving window of 50 years,” says French, an über-credentialed expert in mid-century architecture who was born in Los Angeles and moved to Maitland with her family in 2011. “Someday, stuff built in the ’90s will be historic. I’m not sure why that fact isn’t readily apparent to everyone.” Such a stance remains a hard sell to some, who draw an analogy between buildings from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and clothing from the same period. Polyester leisure suits, for example, are now thought to be an abomination resulting from an explicable but widespread lapse in sartorial judgment. Good riddance to them, right? French, who’s 50 but seems at least a decade younger, doesn’t defend leisure suits. But she does have a track record of defending buildings that others — even some preservationists — consider expendable. There are several reasons why French’s rather expansive view about the value of architecture from every era should be of interest to Winter Parkers. First, she has emerged as a leader in the local historicpreservation movement, which has generally focused on protecting structures built well before World War II. Second, she is now executive director of the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, designed as a private residence in 1932 by Gamble Rogers II, Winter Park’s most iconic architect. Betsy Owens, executive director since 2004 (and, serendipitously, Rogers’ granddaughter), has taken a full-time position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. During her tenure at Casa Feliz, which is owned by the city and operated at no cost to taxpayers by the not-for-profit Friends of Casa Feliz, Owens became one of the city’s most high-profile historic-preservation proponents. French, she notes, brings impressive credentials to the table, along with a passion for the city’s architectural heritage equal to her own. “I wanted Casa Feliz to be left in good hands,” says Owens, who led the campaign to save her grandfather’s Andalusian-style masterpiece from demolition and relocate it to city property. “Chris was the most ideal person I knew for this job. She really combines charisma and scholarship.” Indeed she does. French, who has a bachelor’s degree


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The Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, which French now heads, is one of Winter Park’s most cherished buildings and an educational center for preservation advocacy.

in architectural studies from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia, is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. She commutes to Gainesville one day a week to teach a course called “Preservation Technology: Conserving Modern Heritage.” She’s also co-founder and former president of the Recent Past Preservation Network, a notfor-profit organization that focuses on the protection of buildings less than 50 years old. She has written and lectured extensively on historic preservation in general and the significance of modernism in particular. Nonetheless, despite her particular interest in structures that may not be viewed as historic in the traditional sense, French was a highly effective advocate for rescuing and rehabilitating an endangered home that was ancient by development-happy Central Florida standards. She was project coordinator for Preservation Capen, a consortium formed by Casa Feliz, the Winter Park History Museum and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens to save the 1885 Capen-Showalter House from demolition. The house was famously floated across Lake Osceola via barge to the Polasek’s grounds, where it was restored and is now open to the public. “Chris is very bright and personable,” says


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Debbie Komanski, executive director of the Polasek. “So she was a perfect diplomat for the project. Plus, she has a real talent for organization and communication. We’re lucky to have someone like her involved in our community.” French has also been curator of history for the Art & History Museums – Maitland. She was instrumental in preparing the documentation that landed the Mayan-themed Maitland Art Center, built in 1937, on the highly exclusive list of National Historic Landmarks. Other structures on the roster include the Empire State Building, the Gateway Arch, the White House and Hoover Dam. Perhaps best of all, she’s a master at finding money to fund preservation projects. Since 2013, her efforts have garnered more than $1.6 million — $1.1 million was for the Capen-Showalter project — from state and local governments, foundations and private donors. Yet, her most high-profile — and contentious — preservation battle was ultimately unsuccessful. In 1998, while living in Virginia, she initiated a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior when it announced that it would raze the ill-maintained Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg National Military Park. The building, opened in 1962 and designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra, displayed a panoramic “cyclorama” painting of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. The National Park Service

and the Gettysburg Foundation had deemed the glass, steel and concrete structure — nicknamed “Starship Enterprise” — to be jarringly out of place on the grassy expanse where Pickett’s Charge took place. French and her newly formed Recent Past Preservation Network won an injunction in federal court delaying demolition. But, after a legal battle that lasted three times longer than the Civil War, the building was bulldozed in 2013. “I was so naïve in the ’90s,” says French. “I thought I could just tell them why this was an important building, and they’d change their minds. For sure, that one still stings.” Six years ago, French’s husband, Scot, who holds a Ph.D. in African-American studies, was offered a position at UCF as associate professor of digital and public history. The couple and their children, Levi and Gideon, then moved to Maitland, where they found an appropriately quirky A-frame home built in the late ’50s. French quickly began to get involved with local cultural and historical organizations. “Any place I am, I’m always researching and seeing what happened in the past,” French says. An informal walking tour of Maitland with her is packed with intriguing factual information and fascinating tales of scandalous behavior by early settlers. She laughs easily and her enthusiasm for all things historic — and all things that will

PROFILE eventually be historic — is infectious. Still, as the federal government will attest, French is a fighter. And even though her causes are sometimes controversial, she can often win allies through a combination of sheer doggedness and the force of her ebullient personality. “I describe myself as assertively friendly,” she says. At Casa Feliz, French hopes to build on Owens’ work, and to make the home an epicenter for historic-preservation education and advocacy. And she’ll continue Owens’ push for strengthened historic-preservation policies in Winter Park — although she realizes that a voluntary approach seems more palatable to a large contingent of locals. “If that’s what we’re going to do, then let’s do it right,” French says. “Let’s make people want to list their properties [on the Winter Park Register of Historic Places] by offering meaningful incentives.” Buildings on the local registry are more difficult to demolish and must be remodeled according to specific guidelines. Can a less confrontational and more collaborative approach result — at long last — in some sort of consensus on this hot-button issue? French hopes so, but perhaps that’s because some of her cyclorama naïveté is creeping back. More likely, though, she’s become convinced that Winter Park’s eclectic architecture is an asset that, unlike a ’50s-era national-park visitor center, everyone can agree is worth saving.


The Frenches relax at home. Christine French, sitting behind the family dog, Indiana, is flanked by (left to right) son, Levi; husband, Scot; father, Rueben; and son, Gideon.

Displays of so-called cyclorama paintings were the IMAX theaters of the 19th century. The sweeping, 360-degree images, which usually depicted battles and other historical events, placed viewers squarely in the middle of the action. Paul Philippoteaux’s 1883 Battle of Gettysburg certainly accomplished just that. The painting was displayed in a farmhouse-turned-museum until 1962, when it was installed in a cylindrical concrete-and-glass structure in Gettysburg National Military Park. The building, designed by famed modernist architect Richard Neutra, was a product of the National Park Service’s “Mission 66” program to modernize its visitor centers. Soon after its opening, the Cyclorama Center was described as “quietly monumental but entirely unsentimental” by the Washington Post. Over the years, it fell out of favor and into disrepair. Neutra’s building, which Christine Madrid French sued the federal government to save, was demolished in 2013, becoming Gettysburg’s final casualty. But Philippoteaux’s painting is on display at a new museum and visitor center designed to look like — you guessed it — an old farmhouse.

The Neutra-designed Cyclorama Center in 2010, three years before it was demolished.



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Read all about it! Maitland Middle School civics student Sam Robinson, decked out in period clothing, hawks copies of Our Voice — The Young Press during a production of Newsies, staged last year at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The multifaceted partnership between the center and the school won civics teacher Dawn Dunham the Broadway League’s Educator Apple Award in 2016.

CIVICS MEETS SHOW BUSINESS At Maitland Middle School, a required (and notoriously dry) subject is brought to life by an innovative teacher who taps into the excitement of Broadway musicals. BY DANA S. EAGLES PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAFAEL TONGOL


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op quiz: What’s the most entertaining way to teach civics, the required seventh-grade class perhaps most notorious for its earnest (and endless) discussions of how a bill becomes a law? One answer, as Dawn Dunham learned, is by involving her students in splashy musicals. Dunham connected her classroom at Maitland Middle School to the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in a two-year project that enlivened mandatory lessons about politics, government and citizenship. In June, Dunham’s collaboration with Dana Brazil, director of education at the Dr. Phillips Center, won her the Broadway League’s Educator Apple Award. The commercial-theater trade group, founded in 1930, recognized just three educators nationwide for their creative partnerships with venues that present touring Broadway shows. During two seasons of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series, Dunham, of Maitland, and Brazil, of Winter Park, helped students experience civics in new ways through the stories and songs of Newsies and The Sound of Music, both of which were staged at the center’s Walt Disney Theater.

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ARTS During Newsies, for example, youngsters attended performances and, dressed in newsboy caps, sold copies of newspapers they had produced to raise money for charity. The musical, which was inspired by the newsboys’ strike of 1899, dealt with themes of child labor and the power of organized dissent. The fortuitous partnership between Dunham and Brazil, like the plot of many Broadway musicals, unfolded as the result of a seemingly unremarkable occurrence: Brazil’s older son, Joseph, was a student in Dunham’s civics class. “Joseph didn’t love civics, but Dawn was his favorite teacher,” Brazil says. “I think that she’s always looking for new and different ways to engage the kids.” With all the curriculum standards imposed on teachers these days, Brazil notes, “it’s tempting to just stay in your lane. Dawn just wasn’t that person.” Plus, the two women are clearly kindred spirits and outside-the-box thinkers who are passionate about what they do. Former Michigan residents, they share a philosophy of incorporating the arts into every aspect of education, making what Dunham calls “cross-curricular connections.” Dunham, a former banker, waited until age 45 to fulfill a long-deferred dream of teaching social studies. She first worked as a substitute teacher, and was eventually certified through a program that offered credit for her classroom experience and her business degree from Western Michigan University. “I try to make it fun and hands-on as much as possible,” says Dunham, now in her 12th year of teaching full-time, who sprinkles visual art, skits and other role-playing into civics instruction. “I really try to make students own their learning.” For example, she brings in local attorneys and judges for mock trials of historic cases such as Tinker v. Des Moines from 1969, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that students who protested the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands to class were engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment. Brazil, an equally dynamic innovator, is widely regarded as a well-connected arts-education advocate who makes a difference. A Michigan State University grad, she was formerly associate director of an arts institute at that school’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts. With Brazil at the helm, the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts began offering a broad array of classes in dance, music and theater for kids and adults in January 2015, followed by intensive summer camps in the arts. This past spring, the school enrolled more than 200. Brazil’s efforts in creating and expanding the center’s education program won her the Broadway League’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Education and Engagement last year.


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Newsies explored the real-life events surrounding the newsboys’ strike of 1899, which ensnared rival press magnates Joseph Pulitzer (above left) and William Randolph Hearst (above right).

As part of the center’s outreach effort, Brazil also organizes the judging of increasingly sophisticated high school musicals across Central Florida and serves as an adjudicator herself. The process culminates in the center’s annual Applause Awards, the centerpiece of which is a Tony Awards-style showcase of the year’s best performances. Forty-one productions at 28 high schools were judged last school year. For the first time this past summer, the center also nominated two top Applause Award winners for Jimmy Awards, the Broadway League’s national recognition program for high school performers. It was during June’s Jimmy Awards ceremony in New York City that Dunham received her honor. But it all started when Brazil became intrigued at her son’s descriptions of his energetic and enthusiastic teacher. When Brazil wanted to apply for a Broadway League grant for integrating theater into schools, she immediately contacted Dunham and found an enthusiastic collaborator. Over the two-year period, the organization awarded their project $7,500. Their initial focus was Newsies, the first show of Broadway in Orlando’s 2014-15 season. In the “yellow journalism” style of the time, students wrote articles about rival press lords William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer and the events leading up to the strike. Their stories were assembled into a sepia-tone tabloid called Our Voice — The Young Press, with printing donated by the Orlando Sentinel. “If this strike were to happen, we have heard that

the Newsies would march up and down the Brooklyn Bridge, halting traffic for hours,” one Young Press article warned. In the winter of 2015, 140 students and chaperones were bused to the center to see Newsies free of charge. Wearing newsboy caps and period clothing, the youngsters sold copies of their paper before performances, raising more than $500 for Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. “There were patrons thinking these were the kids from the show,” Dunham says. After the curtain dropped, students chatted with the cast, and actors came to class to teach Newsies dances. The language-arts teachers with whom Dunham was “team teaching” at the time also integrated the project into their classes — Laurie Fletcher for Newsies and Barbie Barbara for The Sound of Music. And throughout the project, Brazil visited the school to teach about theater and character development. “Anytime you do something like this, it brings the curriculum to life,” says Dr. Stefanie Shames, who was principal of Maitland Middle then and now oversees leadership development for Orange County Public Schools. “It wasn’t just studying a time period anymore. They could relate to real people during that time.” Just ask Lucy Bosses, who was in Dunham’s class during Newsies and attended a large-scale musical for the first time. Now a student at the Winter Park High School 9th Grade Center, she recalls the experience as a highlight of a civics class in which she was always creating. “I think it gave us a better understanding of how people

ARTS acted and spent their normal days,” Lucy says. During the following Broadway in Orlando season, Dunham and Brazil used The Sound of Music — set in 1938 Austria — to teach students about different forms of government and the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. Lucy’s younger sister, Katie, had Dunham for civics that year, and helped create posters exploring the lives of the musical’s major characters. The posters, which were displayed at the center during the show’s run, helped the eighthgrader understand the people and the issues on which The Sound of Music was based. “I’m more of a visual learner,” Katie says. Brazil’s younger son, Dylan, took part, too, as a member of Dunham’s civics class. But Dunham’s collaboration with Brazil wasn’t limited to her own students. In November 2015, all of Maitland Middle’s seventh-graders attended a daytime “School Series” performance of Warriors Don’t Cry, the story of the Little Rock Nine based on a memoir by Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the students who, in 1957, risked their lives to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dunham’s civics students, like civics students everywhere, still learn the mechanics of how a bill becomes law. But, through their exposure to theatrical productions, they also learn why those

Getting into the Newsies spirit are (left to right): Laurie Fletcher and Barbie Barbara, Maitland Middle School language arts teachers; Stefanie Shames, then principal and now head of leadership development with Orange County Public Schools; and Dawn Dunham, the civics teacher who spearheaded the collaboration with the Dr. Phillips Center.

laws are needed and how societal wrongs are redressed. The topic comes alive in a way that lectures and charts could never replicate. As for Brazil, she hopes that by making theater part of the curriculum, she can help foster

another generation of theatergoers. “At the end of the day, I want to create memories for kids in theater,” she says. “I want to create future audience members — to change somebody’s mind about how they think and feel.”




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Parks and Recreation Director John Holland surveys the redesigned and rejuvenated Winter Park Golf Course.


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As golf struggles to remain relevant, the city’s venerable layout starts its second century with a new, more challenging design.






ohn Holland, overseer of Winter Park’s century-old municipal golf course, is steering a cart over new, undulating fairways and past bunkers that have grown deeper and a bit more menacing. “There’s a little more frustration designed in,” the city’s folksy parks and recreation director says with unmistakable satisfaction. Since March, Holland has monitored a makeover of the nine-hole course to ensure that it will be exciting enough to attract newcomers, yet familiar enough to keep old-timers. Built in 1914 on property then owned by Winter Park pioneer Charles Hosmer Morse, the 40-acre course — which was founded as the Winter Park Country Club — had aged like a rambling historic home whose outward charm belied an increasingly urgent need for repairs and reinvention. The irrigation system no longer worked reliably, the turf was old and tattered, and the relentlessly flat terrain was uninteresting and offered little in the way of a challenge, even to selfdescribed hackers. Clearly, it was time. So, the city began a $1.2 million renovation. The result is a course with more character, Holland says, even though it occupies the same footprint and still abuts Palm Cemetery, where errant balls sometimes land. (The protocol, according to Holland: Retrieve your ball, but please don’t play out of the cemetery.) For a while, the process turned the venerable downtown layout — bisected by Park Avenue North and just steps from the bustling Park Avenue shopping and dining district — into seemingly random piles of dirt and sand. Gary Diehl, a resident who served on a city task force that recommended improvements, recalls some skeptics asking: “Why in the world are we renovating that golf course? It’s green.” But Diehl, who spent 37 years in the golf equipment and apparel business, says the more he and his colleagues learned about the course’s condition, the more convinced they became of the need to take action. The project began with killing the grass, most of which was original. Thatch — 6 to 8 inches deep in some areas — was plowed up and the fairways and greens were reshaped. The square footage of the notoriously tiny greens, last overhauled in 1937, was more than doubled. Some trees were cleared away — including palms on the eighth hole that sometimes caught balls hit high — and new trees were planted.


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The city’s beloved nine-hole course, playfully dubbed “Winter Park National” by PGA Hall of Fame pro Nick Faldo, was plowed under in March and has reopened with a new, more challenging design.


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The lovingly restored clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 30-year-old irrigation system was replaced with one that can deliver fertilizer along with water. The course was then replanted, and the public took part in two “sprigging” events. The new turf, which grew in over the summer for an October 1 reopening, is far more consistent, says Gregg Pascale, the pro shop’s new manager. “It might play a little faster,” he adds. It also will cost golfers a little more. Residents who played on Monday through Thursday mornings from November through April — the busiest time for the course — previously paid from $9 to $12. Now they’ll pay $14. Annual memberships for residents have jumped from $600 to $900. There’s a new, free putting course on Park Avenue, near the ninth-hole tee box. Also new: The exclusive-sounding “country club” label — a misnomer, since the course is public — has been banished. Now it’s simply the Winter Park Golf Course, with a new logo to match. That’s part of an effort to emphasize that the nine-hole, par-35 course is open to everyone, Holland says. The two golf course architects who led the redesign, Keith Rhebb and Riley Johns, both say they recognized the rare opportunity they had been presented. After all, the course, which Hall of Fame pro Nick Faldo once dubbed “Winter Park National,” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (It’s only the second-oldest course in the Orlando area, however. The Country Club of


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Orlando opened a year earlier.) Golf legends such as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen have played there, sometimes in exhibition matches. It’s been the scene of countless charitable tournaments and has become a second home to many locals, some of whom play nearly every day. But the two architects, who’ve worked around the world, came to the job with different perspectives. Rhebb, who lives in Longwood, had often driven by the Winter Park course and was impressed by how it cut across the demographics of the game — attracting, as he puts it, “bluecollar, white-collar and no-collar players.” The course had character, he says, “but it could be something better.” Johns, a Canadian who calls himself a “handson golf course architect,” had seen the course only on Google, and says he was unbiased in his initial assessment: “A typical, somewhat neglected Florida golf course.” But what struck Johns about the course was a quality that also attracts many players: its location. “I was fascinated with people walking their dogs [nearby], with the boutique shops,” he says. “It didn’t feel like a golf course. It felt like a city park with some pins in it.” Exactly, says Mayor Steve Leary, a renovation advocate. “One of the reasons we chose these architects was that during the [planning] process it came out that this is a park first — our most visible large park,” he says. “It’s not just a golf course.”

A central challenge was making the course more strategic while keeping it inviting for beginners and those who love the game but possess only modest skills. “It’s the easiest thing in the world to make a difficult golf course,” Rhebb notes. It’s also easy to spend money, Johns adds. But the two recognized that on a community course committed to low fees, “we couldn’t go in there and build water features and make it more costly.” Besides adding undulations to the fairways and moving tee boxes, they redesigned the bunkers. A well-placed bunker, they determined, would help “steer” golfers so the balls they hit would be less likely to dent a passing BMW. There was one thing the architects couldn’t change, though: the streets, sidewalks and other landmarks that define the course’s perimeter. “There’s no negotiation with concrete,” Johns says. “We had to work within those constraints.” Rhebb and Johns were on site from March through June, often on bulldozers — an approach that allowed for immediate troubleshooting and plenty of improvisation. “They’ve made it a much more strategic course,” Leary says. “Before, it was just ‘Keep it on the fairway.’” Unchanged is the lovingly maintained but entirely unpretentious clubhouse, with its working fireplace and oak floors. The adjacent pro shop, which was renovated in 2011, features exposed wood on the interior walls salvaged from a 1914 starter shack and from a previous remodeling effort in 1967. Casa Feliz, a restored Spanish-style farmhouse

that was saved from the wrecking ball following an uprising of irate citizens, was moved to a patch of unused city property adjacent to the 9th hole in 2001 and repurposed as a community building. The historic home’s stately presence only adds to the course’s irresistible charm. As far back as 1899, Winter Parkers had a place to play golf. The so-called “Rollins 9” was a nine-hole course commissioned by Morse that encompassed the west side of the Rollins College campus and part of what’s now downtown Winter Park. But in 1914, Morse and others decided that a proper country club was needed. The Winter Park Country Club, a nonprofit corporation, was established and a nine-hole course was designed by Harley A. Ward and Dow George, who became the club pro. The course, and the $3,500 clubhouse, was built on property owned by Morse, who was also elected first president of the nascent organization. Another 18 holes were added the following year. Although the 27 holes were considered two separate courses, they shared the first fairway and green, and extended all the way to U.S. Highway 17-92, where Winter Park Village now sprawls. Play was sometime interrupted by stray cows, prompting club officials to erect a fence. Some livestock, including sheep and goats, were wel-

comed, though. The unwitting animals kept the grass in check and were later slaughtered to help alleviate a meat shortage during World War I. A decade later, the club’s heyday had seemingly come to a close. The much more posh Aloma Country Club, which encompassed the present-day location of Ward Park and Winter Park Memorial Hospital, opened in 1926 and lured players away. Aloma’s 6,180-yard course and $45,000 clubhouse made the relatively modest Winter Park Country Club obsolete, forcing it to close shortly thereafter. The block bounded by Interlachen, Webster and Park avenues was bought by the city and repurposed as Charles H. Morse Memorial Park. (The philanthropist had died in 1921.) The clubhouse remained, and was occupied for a time by the newly formed University Club of Winter Park. The rest of the land was, thankfully, never developed. But Winter Park Golf Estates, the real-estate development surrounding the Aloma course, ultimately failed, and the course itself was abandoned in 1936, a casualty of the Great Depression. Later that year, led by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, local movers and shakers decided to reactivate the dormant Winter Park Country Club and raise funds to rehabilitate the older

course. Donations amounted to $6,250, which was more than enough to do the job. When the club reopened in 1937, the annual membership fee was $44 and greens fees were $1. Jones, who had been snapped up by the illfated Aloma Country Club, was rehired as club pro, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1964. The new incarnation of the club leased the property, partially from the city but primarily from the Winter Park Land Company, which had been formed by Morse in 1915 when he acquired the vast land holdings of its defunct predecessor, the Winter Park Company. Later, the Winter Park Land Company’s portion of the property, totaling about 25 acres, was transferred to the Charles Hosmer Morse and Elizabeth Morse Genius foundations, which continued to lease it to the city in 10-year increments. As long as the land was owned by the foundation and leased to the club, there was no guarantee that this prime swath of real estate would forever remain green space. In fact, as an extension of the lease was being discussed in 1996, foundation officials expressed an interest in selling the

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uring my third year of medical school, I had my first “difficult conversation.” I was asked to help figure out what kind of lifesustaining procedures, if any, were wanted for a woman with end-stage chronic obstructive lung disease. She’d been hospitalized for pneumonia several times in the past year, and was noticeably weaker than her usual feisty self. The woman in question was my grandmother. After fumbling quite a bit through the conversation, I arrived at a full understanding of her wishes. Only years later was I able to understand that I had helped guide her toward a “good death.” What made the difference was the conversation and the Advance Directive documents that were the result of it. My grandmother completed her living will and named my mother as her healthcare surrogate. Advance Directives are the two documents that are used in Advanced Care Planning, with each document having a distinct purpose. First, the Living Will is a written document detailing your wishes. Second, a healthcare surrogate or proxy is a document empowering an individual to make decisions for a person who is unable to make decisions regarding their healthcare. Having conversations about these topics can be difficult. Whether you want to talk with your grown children about this, or you are an adult child wanting to help ensure your parent’s wishes are met, it can be difficult to broach this subject. We have provided answers to frequently asked questions on our website: Rosemary Laird, M.D., is a nationally renowned geriatrician who joined Florida Hospital in 2015 as the executive medical director of Florida Hospital for Seniors. Dr. Laird received her medical degree with honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She pursued a geriatric fellowship at the University of Kansas, where she also earned a master’s degree in health services administration. She was the founding medical director of Health First Aging Services program until 2015. Now with Florida Hospital, Dr. Laird leads the development of a state-of-the-art care-delivery system providing comprehensive and coordinated care and caregiver support for older adults.


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land to developers. City leaders and residents weren’t about to let that happen. In a lively referendum, voters overwhelmingly approved a proposal to raise taxes and buy the course. The $8 million purchase price was backed by a 20-year, $5.1 million bond issue. The bonds were paid off earlier this year. Was it a good investment for the city? Although officials couldn’t provide an official estimate of the land’s current value, the developer of the new Park Hill townhomes near the course recently paid $5.2 million for about one acre — yes, one acre — at Park and Whipple avenues. The Winter Park Golf Course may be a historic treasure, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from the laws of finance. The city has been paying about $200,000 a year to subsidize course operations, Holland says, but the goal is for it to become self-sustaining. He hopes that by raising greens fees and memberships and attracting more players, the course can soon cover its operating expenses. In 2014-15, the last time it was open for an entire fiscal year, the course hosted 34,000 rounds of golf. “We’re certainly hoping for a substantial jump in rounds,” says Holland, who is targeting visitors as well as locals. “It’s surprisingly well known as a course for tourists.” But loyal locals such as Danny Stanley, 60,

who runs a successful trucking and logistics business from his nearby home, remain crucial to the course’s success. “That golf course has been there a million years,” says Stanley, who played it as a youngster and resumed after he returned to Winter Park in 2000. His wife has made his membership an annual Christmas gift. Stanley, who describes his skills as “middle-ofthe-road,” loves to walk the course. Playing nine holes makes a round of golf “a two-hour goof-off rather than a five-hour goof-off,” he says. Well, perhaps “goof-off ” is too strong a term. Stanley often carries his smartphone when he plays, which allows him to conduct business. “I hit my tee shot, then answer an email on my way down the fairway,” he says. Of course, Stanley plans to be on the remodeled course often — although he expects he’ll have to adjust his strategy. “Wow!” he says. “They put those bunkers right where we hit our shots!” Stanley plays five days a week. But he’s part of a shrinking number of truly avid golfers. According to the National Golf Foundation, the number of people who played golf in the U.S. dropped to 24.1 million in 2015. At the height of Tiger Woods’ popularity in 2003, the sport attracted 30.6 million. Golf courses, many of which have closed, have

had an especially hard time attracting millennials. Bloomberg News recently reported that consumer spending on golf has remained flat over the past eight years, and Nike has decided to get out of the golf equipment business. Cast-off clubs go unsold at garage sales and thrift stores. Yet, the geographical limitations of the Winter Park Golf Course could actually give it an edge as the sport regroups. Busy Americans who can’t spend four or five hours on 18 holes may be willing to spend two hours on nine holes — especially if they can combine golf with lunch, dinner or shopping. “Most golf courses don’t have the luxury of being attached to an asset like Park Avenue,” says Diehl. The new emphasis on the compressed round of golf has given rise to hopeful slogans such as “Quick Nine,” “Nine Is the New 18,” “Time for Nine” and even “Wine and Nine.” So, is it possible that the once-dowdy course could actually become trendy as it heads into its second century? Leary is optimistic. “The golf industry has a huge push right now toward nine holes — before work, after work, even during lunch,” he says. And he pledges to do his part. “I love the sport. I don’t play enough, but I’ll be playing more. If you see me out there, duck.”



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Voices of Light has been performed more than 200 times, including by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


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little more than a century ago, near an old stone bridge in is performed by the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, with a 100Redding, Connecticut, a youngster named Coley Taylor had plus member choir and 25-piece orchestra. a chance encounter with a famous neighbor The elevating ambiance of the chapel, with its taking a midday walk. soaring archways, stained-glass windows and ornate Mark Twain was in his early 70s by then. The wooden sculptures, makes it an ideal venue; a setauthor gruffly shrugged off the compliment when ting that suits the spirit of the courageous figure the breathless boy told him how much he had loved who inspired both works. reading Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. If conquest over earthly terrain is all it takes to “You shouldn’t read those books about bad boys,” impress you, the likes of Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Twain said. “My best book is my Recollections of Alexander the Great and Rommel the Desert Fox Joan of Arc. Listen to an old man’s advice. You won’t will suffice. understand that book now — but read it when you But if you broaden your criteria to encompass grow up.” the spiritual realm — then factor in her age, genTwain, who had stumbled onto Joan’s story durder and station in life — the overachieving teenager ing an extended European visit in the 1890s, was so who changed the course of the Hundred Years War moved by it that he wrote an impassioned tribute deserves her place alongside the most charismatic about the devout French peasant girl who advised Randy Robertson’s Winter Park-based military leaders in history. royalty, outwitted clerics, inspired troops and dressed nonprofit organization, GladdeningLight, Born in the tiny town of Domrémy in northeast like a knight in shining armor at a time when cross- is bringing Voices of Light, a Joan of Arc France, Joan convinced a series of astonished elders, extravaganza, to Rollins College. dressing was grounds for damnation. first in her village and then beyond, that she had Jeanne d’Arc, who was born in 1412, burned been visited by saints and angels who instructed her at the stake in 1431 and canonized in 1920, will be the subject of to unite her chaotic country under a new king. an extraordinary multimedia presentation on Friday and Saturday, She coaxed a dauphin of dubious lineage into trusting her with an November 18 and 19, at Knowles Memorial Chapel on the campus army, then won over his soldiers with her courage and seemingly preof Rollins College. ternatural tactical instincts in the field. Voices of Light will pair Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Carrying a banner in front of the troops, promising them eternal Passion of Joan of Arc, a 1928 silent film masterpiece, with American salvation if they followed, she marched with them through enemy composer Richard Einhorn’s 1994 oratorio inspired by Dreyer’s creterritory, where they routed opposing forces, captured two cities and ation. The oratorio, which can be performed as a standalone piece, is paved the way for the dauphin to be crowned Charles VII. also called Voices of Light. Her career was brilliant but brief. Two years later, abandoned by the The 80-minute “opera with silent film,” as Einhorn has described it, king she championed and convicted as a heretic by the church to which begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. For tickets, which are priced starting she had been devoted, she was burned at the stake at the age of 19. at $35, visit She had asked for no spoils, sought no titles. She preferred to be A Michigan critic described Voices of Light as “a powerful, touching, known by the simple name her soldiers always called her: la Pucelle engaging and gut-wrenching experience.” Expect no less in Winter (“the girl”). Park, where the film will be shown on a large screen as the oratorio “You can never say she was in it for herself,” says Joan of Arc expert



Bonnie Wheeler, associate professor and director of medieval studies at Southern Methodist University. “She wasn’t trying to become the queen of France.” Like Twain, Wheeler unexpectedly fell under la Pucelle’s spell, becoming obsessed with her story in mid-career. “When I ran across Joan,” she says, “I went into a rabbit hole for the next 10 years.” Wheeler will travel from Dallas to Winter Park to take part in the events surrounding Voices of Light, which is being brought to Winter Park by Randy Robertson, a retired Winter Park sports-event marketer whose nonprofit foundation, GladdeningLight, is devoted to presenting lecturers and performing artists who explore spiritual themes. Wheeler will deliver a lecture about the latest research into the myth and the reality of Joan of Arc at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at Bush Auditorium, which is also on the Rollins campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. So is a panel discussion, which follows at 4 p.m. Wheeler will be joined by Einhorn as well as Henry Maldonado, film buff and president of Enzian, the Maitland art-house cinema; and John Sinclair, conductor and artistic director of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The foursome will talk about the film, the oratorio and the iconic figure whose idealistic quest inspired both works.


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Maldonado, who retired in 2009 as vice president and general manager of WKMG Local 6, the Orlando CBS affiliate, calls the film “a force of nature, a masterpiece at every level touched by greatness” and the oratorio “an event of sight and sound rarely seen, a seamless partnership of live music, vanguard cinema and divine inspiration.” Voices of Light — the film and oratorio combination — has been presented more than 200 times, in settings ranging from Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. That’s roughly 198 times more than Einhorn anticipated. “Never in my wildest dreams,” he says. “I’m still flabbergasted.” Requests for additional performances multiplied quickly thanks to word of mouth and positive reviews, says Einhorn, whose oratorio is a compelling, contemplative powerhouse that introduces strains of modern minimalism into a majestic echo chamber with ethereal medieval overtones. It also sparked a revival of interest in a film that Dreyer directed with ascetic, dictatorial zeal, coaxing a luminous, other-worldly performance out of his star, Renée Falconetti. It’s no exaggeration to say that Falconetti lived the part. She suffered a nervous breakdown during the grueling shoot, and was slightly burned during the execution scene. Her performance was lauded by renowned film critic Pauline Kael

Jeanne d’Arc, now known to the world as Joan of Arc, was burned at the stake in 1431. Her execution is vividly depicted in this 1843 painting by German artist Hermann Anton Stilke.

as one of the greatest in the history of cinema. The original version of the film was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negatives. In 1981, however, an employee of Dikemark Hospital, a mental institution in Oslo, Norway, found several film canisters labeled The Passion of Joan of Arc in a janitor’s closet. The curious discovery was sent to the Norwegian

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The director’s cut of Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film was thought to be lost when the master negatives were destroyed by fire. However, a copy was found in 1981, much to the delight of film buffs.


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Film Institute, where it was determined to be a copy of Dreyer’s original cut, prior to it being altered under pressure from church officials and at the hands of French government censors. It was also in the ’80s, while he was living in New York City, that Einhorn began considering ideas for musical explorations of religion and spirituality. “It’s a subject that the artists I knew at that time just weren’t taking very seriously,” Einhorn says. “It either wasn’t being addressed, or was being addressed simplistically.” Einhorn watched The Passion of Joan of Arc after a friend suggested that the “Maid of Orleans” would make an intriguing subject. He was so impressed by the moody exploration of Joan’s trial and execution that he decided to create a musical composition that could either stand alone or accompany the groundbreaking film, with its elaborate sets, high-contrast cinematography and unsettling close-ups. He began by immersing himself in the medieval mindset, reading everything he could find about the mysticism and political crosscurrents of the era. Then he pored through the two carefully preserved historical documents that provide much of what we know about Joan: riveting transcripts of both her trial and an inquiry, packed with first-person accounts, which exonerated her 15 years after her death. The transcripts provide a contemporary account of a sweeping drama that makes Gone with the Wind look like a sitcom. France may have been in civic chaos, but its palace intrigue flourished, and its hidebound class distinctions were firmly in place. The level of contempt and condescension is palpable in a remark made by an inquisitor, who accuses Joan of deceiving “the simple people.” Modern psychologists have weighed in with numerous theories about mental and physical disorders that may have caused Joan to be delusional. Yet, in her responses to questions during her trial, you sense a surprisingly grounded individual; consistently frank, disarmingly direct. Asked why she had tried (and nearly succeeded) to escape from a jail cell, leaping out of a window to the ground 30 feet below, she responds: “I’m a prisoner. That’s what prisoners do.” Joan was part Chauncey Gardiner, part Eva Perón, a humble outsider with a naïve grace that exposed a hypocritical system. The trial was never really about her. It wasn’t even about religion. It was about politics. The goal was to discredit Charles VII — and Joan was a sacrificial lamb. “It wasn’t enough for them to prove she was wrong,” says Wheeler. “They had to prove she was wicked.” Joan’s home is now a museum. The church where she took communion and confessed her sins as a child is just a few steps away. Einhorn travelled there and recorded the sound of its bells so he could

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Richard Einhorn (above left) was inspired by The Passion of Joan of Arc to write an oratorio. Einhorn will be in attendance when John Sinclair (above right) leads the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra in performing the epic work.

imitate their distinctive tolling in his score. “I thought she would like that,” he says, sounding as though he’s speaking of a soul mate, a contemporary, a comrade in arms. It’s the sort of familiarity that often overtakes people who, through Joan, find something that they were seeking. During World War I, frightened French soldiers in the trenches at the Marne, sorely in need of inspiration, thought they saw her face in the clouds and found the courage they needed. Looking up at a sky illuminated by German searchlights in the midst of battle, they were convinced that hovering above them was an image of Joan, riding to victory and urging them on. Einhorn, who wanted to create a work that would sidestep sentimentality and evoke the complex cross-currents of spirituality, found in her story the springboard he sought. “I was drawn most of all to the ambiguities,” he says. “Here’s someone who hears voices on the one hand, and then is perfectly capable of commanding an army. She always slips away from you, no matter how hard you chase her. She poses more questions than answers.” Scholars such as Wheeler see in Joan a protofeminist, challenging the social order of her day in more ways than one. Although of humble origins, she accused her royal sponsor of cowardice. She chastised battle-hardened soldiers for cursing, and refused to be cowed by an all-male legion of priestly inquisitors. Once, during her trial, when a disbelieving cleric with a pronounced regional accent asked her if the saints who appeared to her spoke in French, she replied: “Better French than yours.” Her enemies called Joan a whore, but she was a virgin, having been inspected by ladies of the


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court and declared “intact.” Wheeler finds it darkly ironic, and more than a little symbolic, that, having failed to trick her into self-incrimination, the inquisitors could convict her only of cross-dressing. “And the men who convicted her were wearing skirts,” Wheeler notes, referring to the flowing cassocks and robes of her adversaries. The reality was that there was nothing in the least bit devious about Joan’s choice of attire. As a soldier and a captive fearful of rape, she found men’s clothing to be more practical — and protective. For Robertson, the GladdeningLight founder, a film and a musical composition that revolved around a timeless spiritual figure was an ideal fit for his enterprise. He first encountered Voices of Light three years ago, when he was in Washington, D.C., leading a tour group to see an exhibition of Byzantine art. He read that the presentation was slated for the National Cathedral and, out of curiosity, he and his group attended. As Voices of Light concluded, Robertson recalls, there was at first a moment of stunned silence, followed by thunderous applause. “I vowed right then and there that I had to bring it to Orlando,” he says. “It taps into so many things. The power of art. The power of myth. The power of music. The power of a faith that was absolutely unshakable.” That’s not too far afield from what Mark Twain must have had in mind long ago, when he gave a young boy some fatherly advice, along with a reading assignment that he was certain would leave a lasting impression. “Whatever thing men call great,” Twain once said, “look for it in Joan of Arc, and there you will find it.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT IT A series of free lectures about Joan of Arc leading up to Voices of Light will be conducted by Randy Robertson, founder of GladdeningLight, at the following locations: ■ Sunday, October 16, 9:30 a.m. First United Methodist Church, Downtown Orlando ■ Sunday, October 23, 8:45 a.m. First Congregational Church, Winter Park ■ Monday, October 24, 7 p.m. St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park ■ Sunday, November 6, 9:30 a.m. First United Methodist Church, Winter Park ■ Sunday, November 13, 10:15 a.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, Winter Park IN BRIEF Voices of Light When: Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Knowles Memorial Chapel Tickets: Starting at $25. Visit Notes: GladdeningLight, a Winter Park nonprofit that sponsors programs melding spirituality and the arts, presents a multimedia presentation involving a silentfilm classic. The Passion of Joan of Arc is accompanied by an oratorio performed by the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, featuring a 100-plus member choir and 25-piece orchestra. Lectures and discussions about Joan of Arc are also scheduled.

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artoonist Fred Wagner’s cozy but cluttered studio looks as though he’s just stepped out to buy some art supplies. Or perhaps, as he did three times weekly, he’s taken the morning off to play nine holes at the Winter Park Golf Course. Unfinished panels — some roughly sketched in pencil — are scattered across the drawing board, which faces a window overlooking the lush backyard of the historic College Quarter home Wagner shared with his wife of 17 years, Sandi Daugherty, a senior sales director at the Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau. The wood-floored hideaway-cum-office, which sits above the circa-1920s home’s detached garage, has a bathroom, a television, a well-worn but comfortable couch, a small kitchen with a beer-stocked refrigerator, and countless awards, vintage original cartoons and family photographs adorning the walls. In one corner is an easel surrounded by watercolor figure studies and landscapes. With retirement nearing, Wagner was taking classes at Winter Park’s Crealdé School of Art, honing his skills as a painter. After decades of churning out chuckle-worthy comic strips on sketch-pad paper, he wanted to finally indulge his passion for more serious work. But Wagner, best-known for his long stint as the artist of “Grin and Bear It” and “Animal Crackers,” two nationally syndicated newspaper strips, died in May at 74 of pancreatic cancer. Friends celebrated his life at the golf course’s modest clubhouse, where his paintings were displayed.


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“Fred loved it up here,” says Daugherty of the studio, where boxes and file drawers are overflowing with slapdash stacks of “Grin and Bear It” and “Animal Crackers,” which he was drawing at the time of this death. “He watched a family of squirrels living in the oak tree outside the window.” Daugherty simply hasn’t had the time — or the heart — to clean out the space. And it’s easy to see why. Her husband’s profession, personality and passion are all on vivid display. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do,” she says. “I don’t think I can stay in the house.” Wagner was born in Memphis, where his father painted posters for movie theaters and his mother taught school. Wagner, notes Daugherty, always wanted be a cartoonist. But he was also athletic and energetic. “Fred was the city’s trampoline champion,” she says with a teary chuckle. “He was a regular at the YMCA, and attributes that organization with keeping him on the straight and narrow.” Wagner attended the Memphis Academy of Art, but didn’t graduate because he didn’t want to write a thesis. One of his teachers was Nelson Shanks, who later became known for his controversial portrait of President Bill Clinton, which was commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery. (Shanks revealed shortly before his death in 2015 that a subtle shadow in the painting is meant to represent the shadow hanging over the Clinton administration because of the Monica Lewinsky affair.) Wagner also studied painting at a summer art camp sponsored by the Prov-

As he approached retirement, cartoonist Fred Wagner was honing his watercolor skills. And he was good, as indicated by this self-portrait, which he completed shortly before his death.



This Wagner painting of the Winter Park Golf Course, which was displayed at his funeral, was an apt subject for an artist who played there frequently. His remains are interred in the adjacent Palm Cemetery. Below are samples from Wagner's day job, as cartoonist for "Animal Crackers" and "Grin and Bear It."


incetown (Massachusetts) Art Association and Museum, and worked as a caricature artist, which required him to perfect a quick, confident and breezy ink line. In 1968 he moved to Orlando, where he worked in a factory that made casts for decorative “sculptures” at Holiday Inns. Soon, though, he joined the graphics department at the Orlando Sentinel, and became a member of Central Florida’s close-knit cadre of cartoonists. That group included Frank King, who drew “Gasoline Alley,” Les Turner, who drew “Captain Easy,” and fellow Sentinel cartoonist Ralph Dunagan, whose gentle “Dunagan’s People” panel was a family-oriented favorite for decades. “Grin and Bear It” — a syndicated single-panel daily, with multiple panels on Sunday — was a venerable funny-page staple, started in 1932 by George Lichtenstein under the pseudonym George Lichty. Primarily, it satirized clueless establishment figures, officious but incompetent bureaucrats and the pettiness of marital feuds. Mostly, however, the strip was memorable for Lichty’s artwork, which rendered figures with a slapdash brilliance. When Lichty decided to retire in 1974, the syndicate — then Field Enterprises — hired Wagner to carry on, with his friend Dunagan supplying the gags. “Lichty’s style wasn’t easy to copy, and I admired Fred for being able to pull that off,” says Dana Summers, a syndicated cartoonist who spent three decades with the Sentinel. “Dunagan and I shared an office, and every Thursday I’d listen to Ralph read punchlines over the phone to Fred.” Summers, Dunagan, Wagner and other cartoonists often met for lunch at Malcolm’s Hungry Bear on West Colonial Drive. The unpretentious eatery, which closed in 1989, was run by former Golden Gloves boxing champ Malcolm Tait and featured an all-you-can-eat buffet. Wagner had a short-lived original strip, “Shambles,” from 1979 to 1981. He took over “Animal Crackers” from cartoonist Rog Bollen in 1994, and for a time was drawing that strip as well as “Grin and Bear It.” His workload lessened in 2015, when “Grin and Bear It” was discontinued. But Tribune Content Agency, which syndicates “Animal Crackers,” is continuing the strip with a new cartoonist, Mike Osburn, who lives in Lake County. Osburn, who had been writing gags for “Animal Crackers” since 2009, was already being trained by Wagner to take over upon his retirement. The two met monthly for lunch, where Wagner gently critiqued Osburn’s drawings of Lyle the lion, Dodo the bird and other residents of Freeborn Preserve. “Fred was such a great guy and a terrific mentor,” says Osburn. “Drawing comic strips look deceivingly easy, but W I N T E R P A R K M A G AZI N E | FALL 2016

Wagner's cozy studio, located above a garage behind the historic home he shared with Sandi Daugherty, his wife of 17 years, looks as though the cartoonist just stepped out. His drawing board is scattered with unfinished panels, and his easel displays a painting in progress. Wagner's profession, personality and passion permeate the room.

it isn’t. Fred made it look easy.” Osburn says that during the time he wrote gags for “Animal Crackers,” he would sometimes introduce new characters just to see how Wagner would conceptualize a cartoon version of an unusual species, such as an aardvark. They talked about the strip, Osburn says, but

the conversation virtually always turned to current events — which often provided fodder for gags — and their personal pursuits. As retirement grew nearer, Osburn recalls, Wagner spoke often about painting, and how much he looked forward to expanding his scope as an artist. But it wasn’t to be. Daugherty says that Wag-

ner, who had survived a heart attack in 1999, died just a few months following his cancer diagnosis. Once he realized that time was short, he made arrangements to buy a plot in Palm Cemetery, adjacent to the golf course. His remains are now interred there. In Wagner’s final days, friends visited to say their goodbyes. They say that despite his rapidly failing health, he was unfailingly polite, genuinely touched by the attention — and often even funny. “Fred was quiet, but he could crack everybody up with one line,” recalls Summers. “His humor reminded me of George Gobel — low key, but razor sharp.” FA L L 2 0 1 6 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E


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inter Park’s enduring appeal is no accident. For more than a century, the city’s residents have made certain that their oneof-a-kind hometown has remained a welcoming and wellplanned oasis of beauty, culture and intellectual attainment. With that in mind, last year Winter Park Magazine put forth the idea of an official Winter Park Hall of Fame. The hall would salute people — some familiar, some less so — whose contributions to the city were particularly significant. In consultation with local historians, the magazine’s editors selected an inaugural class of 15, ranging from the city’s earliest pioneers through some 20thcentury icons. Only those who are no longer living were considered. Otherwise, the field was wide open. The resulting roster was an eclectic assortment of pioneers, philanthropists, educators and activists. Digital artist Chip Weston volunteered to transform old photographs of the selectees into stunning works of art, which were reproduced in the magazine and displayed in the J.K. and Sarah Galloway Foundation Community Gallery at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Our hope was that community organizations and the City of Winter Park would ultimately adopt the concept, and designate it as official. Fortunately for those who care about Winter Park history, that’s exactly what happened. The City of Winter Park and the Winter Park History Museum, in cooperation with Winter Park Magazine, are now the stewards of the Winter Park Hall of Fame. There’ll ultimately be a permanent exhibit at the Winter Park Public Library and Events Center, which is soon to be built in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, on


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the site of the current Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center. In the meantime, the display will occupy the Chapman Room, on the second floor of Winter Park City Hall adjacent to the City Commission chambers. Appropriately, the room is named for Oliver Chapman, an original founder of Winter Park and an inaugural inductee into the Winter Park Hall of Fame. For the 2016 selection process, the museum assembled a volunteer committee to submit nominations and settle on a maximum of four inductees. Committee members included Jack Lane, professor of history emeritus, Rollins College; Thaddeus Seymour, president emeritus, Rollins College; and Jack Rogers, retired architect who took over the practice of his father, James Gamble Rogers II, a 2015 Hall of Famer. Also participating was attorney Harold Ward of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman. Ward is a fourth-generation Winter Parker whose family has been prominent in the city’s history since the 1880s. Rounding out the committee was Ann Hicks Murrah, community activist; Joyce Swain, retired city clerk; and the versatile Weston, a history aficionado as well as an artist, musician and instructor in new media at Full Sail University. Clarissa Howard, director of communications, City of Winter Park; Randy Noles, editor and publisher, Winter Park Magazine; and Susan Skolfield, executive director, the Winter Park History Museum and the Winter Park Historical Association; served as ex-officio members. On the following pages are the four new members of the Winter Park Hall of Fame. The city will soon release information about when the full display will be completed and installed.

(1849-1931) Businessman, Rollins College Founder

Lyman, the Connecticut-born son of a Congregationalist minister, was a successful wholesale druggist based in Minneapolis when he became a seasonal resident of Winter Park and began investing in the fledgling resort town. In 1885, he formed the Winter Park Company with original developers Oliver Chapman and Loring A. Chase. While Dr. Edward Hooker, the first president, and Alonzo Rollins, the primary benefactor, are most associated with the founding of Rollins College, it was Lyman who led the drive to raise funds and assemble the inducement package that persuaded the General Congregational Association of Florida to select upstart Winter Park in which to build its proposed institution of higher learning. “No sum was too large to ask for and none too small to receive,” Lyman stated. The college was incorporated in 1885 at Sanford’s Lyman Bank (owned by a first cousin), and the persistent promoter was promptly elected first president of the college’s board of trustees. FA L L 2 0 1 6 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E





Blackman, who in 1902 was named Rollins College’s fourth president, kept the struggling school solvent while improving academics and enhancing facilities. But constant financial pressure ultimately exhausted the distinguished educator, who held a bachelor’s degree from Yale Divinity School and a doctorate in sociology from Cornell University. Almost immediately upon his arrival, the scholarly Blackman was given one year to raise $150,000 — the equivalent of more than $4 million today — in order to secure an additional gift of $50,000 from an eccentric philanthropist. Somehow he succeeded, thereby establishing the college’s first permanent endowment. During the first decade of the Blackman presidency, annual enrollment averaged around 170 students — triple the number prior to his arrival — and three buildings that incorporated fireproofing techniques were added to the campus: Chase Hall, Carnegie Hall (then the library) and Knowles Hall. Still, discouraged by his inability to stem operating deficits — perhaps an impossibility at the time — Blackman resigned in 1915. He subsequently thrived, becoming a banker, a rancher, a historian, a conservationist and president of the Florida Audubon Society.


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WILLIAM F. BLACKMAN (1855-1932) President, Rollins College

(1859-1950) Author

Bacheller, one of the bestselling authors of his day, moved to Winter Park in 1918 after being wooed by industrialist Charles Hosmer Morse, who had purchased the assets of the Winter Park Company and believed that the presence of a literary celebrity would increase the town’s visibility and enhance its intellectual panache. Bacheller’s most popular novel, Eben Holden, had sold more than 1 million copies after its release in 1901. By the time he arrived in Winter Park, Bacheller had written 16 books and had formed arguably the country’s first major newspaper feature syndicate, through which he helped to popularize the work of Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Crane. Bacheller immersed himself in civic life, sponsoring essay contests, teaching creative-writing classes and leading what would become informally known as the Literary Colony of Winter Park. His North Park Avenue estate, “Gate O’ the Isles,” became something of a tourist attraction. As a member of the Rollins College board of trustees, Bacheller personally recruited the now-legendary Hamilton Holt when the presidency became vacant in 1925. FA L L 2 0 1 6 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E





DePugh, a domestic worker, and her husband, Baker, moved to Winter Park from Evanston, Illinois, in 1937 to join her newly widowed former employer, Maud Kraft (for whom Kraft Azalea Gardens would be named). The DePughs settled in a home the Kraft family bought for them on Fairbanks Avenue. Mary Lee, an active clubwoman in Illinois, quickly recognized the need for a local organization of “ambitious community women” of color. With encouragement and support from Kraft, she established the Ideal Women’s Club, and was elected its first president. The club became a vehicle through which African-American women could socialize and initiate west side civic improvement projects. An offshoot, the Benevolent Club, held fundraisers to assist the elderly at a time when medical facilities were segregated, and professional healthcare was unavailable or unaffordable for many African-Americans. After DePugh’s death, the club and other community organizations rallied to raise funds for the DePugh Nursing Home, which opened in 1956 and is today The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center.


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MARY LEE DEPUGH (1878-1949) Founder, Ideal Women’s Club


Charles “Chic” Sale, who starred in the 1933 film adaptation of Irving Bacheller’s popular poem.

Irving Bacheller’s first published work was a poem called “Whisperin’ Bill.” In it, an elderly farmer describes the impact of the Civil War on his son, a soldier who was injured and returned home after “a bullet killed his mind but left his body livin’.” The timeless message about the toll of war, even on those who physically survive the experience, sparked the poem’s revival in the years preceding World War I and World War II. In 1933, Metro Goldwyn Mayer adapted “Whisperin’ Bill” as a short film starring character actor and one-time vaudevillian Charles “Chic” Sale. In the film, unlike Bacheller’s poem, the person to whom the farmer relates his story is not a census taker but a candidate for Congress. It was broadcast for the first time in decades in 2014 on Turner Classic Movies. The poem, which remains as timely today as ever, is reproduced here as it was first published in 1890.

So you’re takin’ the census, mister? There’s three of us livin’ still, My wife an’ I, an’ our only son, that folks call Whisperin’ Bill; But Bill couldn’t tell ye his name, an’ so it’s hardly worth givin’, For ye see a bullet killed his mind an’ left his body livin’.

We was that anxious t’ see him we’d set up an talk o’ nights Till the break o’ day had dimmed the stars an’ put out the northern lights; We waited an’ watched for a month or more, an’ the summer was nearly past, When a letter came one day that said they’d started fer home at last.

Set down for a minute, mister. Ye see, Bill was only fifteen At the time o’ the war, an’ as likely a boy as ever this world has seen; An’ what with the news o’ the battles lost, the speeches an’ all the noise, I guess every farm in the neighborhood lost a part of its crop o’ boys.

I’ll never fergit the day Bill came — ’twas harvest time again — An’ the air blown over the yellow fields was sweet with the scent o’ the grain; The dooryard was full o’ the neighbors, who had come to share our joy, An’ all of us sent up a mighty cheer at the sight o’ that soldier boy.

’Twas harvest time when Bill left home; every stalk in the fields o’ rye Seemed to stand tip-toe to see him off an’ wave him a fond good-bye; His sweetheart was here with some other girls — the sassy little miss! An’ pretendin’ she wanted to whisper ’n his ear, she gave him a rousin’ kiss.

An’ all of a sudden somebody said: “My God! Don’t the boy know his mother?” An’ Bill stood a-whisperin’, fearful like, an’ starin’ from one to another: “Don’t be afraid, Bill,” he said to himself, as he stood in his coat o’ blue; “Why, God’ll take care o’ you, Bill, God’ll take care o’ you.”

Oh, he was a han’some feller, an’ tender an’ brave an’ smart, An’ though he was bigger than I was, the boy had a woman’s heart. I couldn’t control my feelin’s, but I tried with all my might, An’ his mother an’ me stood a-cryin’ till Bill was out o’ sight.

He seemed to be loadin’ an’ firin’ a gun, an’ to act like a man who hears The awful roar o’ the battle-field a-soundin’ in his ears; I saw that bullet had touched his brain an’ somehow made it blind, With the picture o’ war before his eyes an’ the fear o’ death in his mind.

His mother she often told him, when she knew he was goin’ away, That God would take care o’ him, maybe, if he didn’t fergit to pray; An’ on the bloodiest battle-fields, when bullets whizzed in the air, An’ Bill was a-fightin’ desperit, he used to whisper a prayer.

I grasped his hand, an’ says I to Bill, “Don’t ye remember me? I’m yer father — don’t ye know me? How frightened ye seem to be!” But the boy kep’ a-whisperin’ to himself, as if ’twas all he knew, “God’ll take care o’ you, Bill, God’ll take care o’ you.”

Oh, his comrades has often told me that Bill never flinched a bit When every second a gap in the ranks told where a ball had hit. An’ one night, when the field was covered with the awful harvest o’ war, They found my boy ‘mongst the martyrs o’ the cause he was fightin’ for.

He’s never known us since that day, nor his sweetheart, an’ never will; Father an’ mother an’ sweetheart are all the same to Bill. An’ many’s the time his mother sets up the whole night through, An’ smoothes his head an’ says: “Yes, Bill, God’ll take care o’ you.”

His fingers were clutched in the dewy grass — oh, no, sir, he wasn’t dead. But hey lay sort o’ helpless an’ crazy with a rifle-ball in his head; An’ if Bill had really died that night I’d give all I’ve got worth givin’; For ye see the bullet had killed his mind and left his body livin’.

Unfortunit? Yes, but we can’t complain. It’s a livin’ death more sad When the body clings to a life o’ shame an’ the soul has gone to the bad An’ Bill is out o’ the reach o’ harm an’ danger of every kind — We only take care o’ his body, but God takes care o’ his mind.

An officer wrote an’ told us how the boy had been hurt in the fight. But he said that the doctors reckoned that they could bring him around all right. An’ then we heard from a neighbor, disabled at Malvern Hill, That he thought in the course of a week or so he’d be comin’ home with Bill.



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Class of 2015

Following are the members of the inaugural class of the Winter Park Hall of Fame. The inductees were revealed last year in Winter Park Magazine. They will be joined by this year’s four new inductees.

DAVID MIZELL JR. (1808-1884) Homesteader

WILSON PHELPS (1821-Unknown) Grower, Promoter


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LORING A. CHASE (1839-1906) Developer

OLIVER CHAPMAN (1851-1936) Developer

EDWARD P. HOOKER (1834-1904) Clergyman; President, Rollins College

LUCY CROSS (1839-1927) Educator

ALONZO W. ROLLINS (1832-1887) Industrialist, Benefactor

CHARLES H. MORSE (1833-1921) Industrialist, Philanthropist

WILLIAM C. COMSTOCK (1847-1924) Civic Leader

GUS C. HENDERSON (1865-1917) Editor, Activist

HAMILTON HOLT (1872-1951) President, Rollins College

EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER (1870-1965) Professor, Civic Activist

JAMES GAMBLE ROGERS II (1900-1990) Architect

HUGH F. MCKEAN (1908-1995) Educator, Artist, Philanthropist

JEANNETTE GENIUS MCKEAN (1909-1989) Businesswoman, Artist, Philanthropist

JOHN M. TIEDTKE (1907-2004) Businessman, Philanthropist

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Carson wears a one-button white cape ($135) by Gracia, a black and white sweater ($348) by Tracy Reese, a pair of pearl-and-rhinestones-jeweled jeans ($98) by Sparkle, and a pair of lace-up, open-toe booties ($165) by Jeffrey Campbell. Her velvet and pearl choker ($26) by Axel and pearl statement rings ($125-$145) are by Rachel Zoe. All are from Tuni Winter Park.



Carson wears a black lightweight trench coat ($240) by TJD, a black bodysuit ($198) by Alice and Olivia, and burgundy lace pants ($207) by Nightcap. Her silver hoops ($73), burgundy velvet choker ($32), and gray-suede cord choker ($64), are all by Natalie B. Her black leather belt ($101) is by B-Low the Belt. All are from Sultre in Winter Park.


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Carson wears a jeweled collar sweater ($395) by Alice and Olivia, and a velvet floral-print lampshade dress ($395) by Alice and Olivia. Her brown-suede, over-theknee boots ($798) are by Stuart Weitzman, while her embellished messenger bag with a guitar-strap detail ($3,995) is by Valentino. Her leather bracelets ($325$396) are by Valentino, while her turquoise beaded bracelets ($120-$145) are by Tai. Her black-satin tassel earrings ($425) are by Oscar de la Renta. All are from Neiman Marcus, Mall at Millenia.



Carson wears a black-lace maxi dress ($277) by TJD, a black Mongolian fur vest ($770) by Pam & Gela, a rhinestone stone choker ($32) by Axel, a goldtoned layered necklace ($215) by Kelly Cimber, and a leather wrap bracelet ($215) by Taylor and Tessier. Her top-handle black purse ($780) is by Kristina George. All are from Tuni Winter Park.


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Carson wears a red wool overcoat ($845) by Maje. Her red and blue embroidered lace top ($325) and red and blue embroidered lace pencil skirt ($395) are by Sandro. Her blue suede booties ($625) and blue felt fedora hat ($175) are by Maje. Â All are from Bloomingdales, Mall at Millenia. FA L L 2 0 1 6 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E


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ark Avenue is known for many things: its charming ambiance, brick-paved streets, award-winning cuisine — and its fashion! November 1-5 marks the 10th anniversary of the Park Avenue Merchants Association’s annual celebration of local fashion and design. What started as a way to leverage the popularity of New York Fashion Week with a Winter Park twist has become a highly anticipated series of events for our local community. The mission of Fashion on the Avenue has always been to showcase the local boutiques and salons and engage with customers in new and unique ways. This year we’re doing just that, with a fresh, edgy and inspired concept. Fashion is, in fact, literally coming to the Avenue — thanks to the always-gracious Harriett Lake, who has supported the event for many years as our title sponsor. From Tuesday, November 1, through Saturday, November 5, each of the 21 participating stores will host in-store trunk shows, styling events and special sales. Check out the complete schedule of events on the following pages. Fashion on the Avenue will culminate on Saturday, November 5, at Fashion Night Out, a progressive night of fashion along the Avenue. Instead of watching models on a long runway, customers and attendees can visit their favorite stores for an up-close and interactive experience, including drinks and light bites. You won’t just see looks on models — you can touch and feel products. It’s an experience you can’t have online or under a big tent. The progressive fashion night will end at one of our city’s gems — The Alfond Inn, which is hosting a true celebration of fashion at an exclusive event: Fashion at the Alfond. Here, attendees will enjoy a showcase by past Emerging Designer Contest winners. Each designer will revive their winning look from the past and reveal elements of their latest collections. I look forward to seeing you on the Avenue in your fabulous and locally bought outfit!

Sarah E. Grafton 2016 Chair, Fashion on the Avenue 2016 President, Park Avenue Merchants Association

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Park Avenue Merchants Association President Sarah Grafton and the alwaysstylish Harriett Lake, benefactor of Harriett’s Fashion on the Avenue.


arriett Lake, long-time benefactor of Harriett’s Fashion on the Avenue, is the sort of person who would give you the clothes off her back. Perhaps she already has. What’s ordinarily simply a figure of speech has become just one more way of giving for Orlando’s enduring philanthropist/fashionista, who once had a wardrobe so expansive and extraordinary that she loaned out several ensembles for a museum exhibit.



Then she began selling it all off to benefit her favorite charities, gradually emptying the spare bedroom and the converted four-stall garage in her Longwood home of the 4,500 hanging items, 450 pairs of shoes and 1,600 hats in her collection. Harriett kept a few favorite accessories and ensembles for herself, at first. But lately, even the favorites have been going out the door. So you may see a few of her classic Valentinos, Escadas, Dolce & Gabbanas as you’re out and about. SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE

You might even spot an outfit by her favorite designer, Adrienne Landau. You just won’t be seeing her in it. All she needs these days, she says, is her nightgown. “I even wore it to the doctor’s office the other day,” she says. At 94, Harriett doesn’t plan to deck herself out in her trademark oversized glasses and flamboyant designer confections and attend function after function any more — even those, like Fashion on the Avenue, that are named in her honor. FALL 2016

These days, you’ll most likely find her in the comfortable home she once shared with her husband, Hy, who left behind a fortune made from real estate and investments when he died six years ago. Although she isn’t as personally visible as she once was, she’s as sharp, as dedicated, as classy and, most of all, as generous as ever. Most recently, she gave to the Orlando Science Center for a children’s exhibit, and to Orlando Health in honor of first responders to the Pulse tragedy. Then there’s the $500,000 to Seminole State College for extensive renovations to its Black Box Theatre, which was renamed in her honor, and the $2 million-plus toward an even more extensive renovation of the Orlando Ballet’s lakeside home in Loch Haven Park. Always one to add visual flourishes in unexpected places, she even has a lavishly appointed ladies’ restroom to her credit: Harriett’s Lounge at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. How many other bathrooms are so beautifully decorated that patrons take selfies in them? Well, Central Florida will soon have at least one more. Harriett recently donated more than $30,000 for a new ladies’ restroom at Maitland’s Enzian Theater. “It will have a chandelier and cobalt sinks,” she says, in a tone of voice that makes it clear just how much she relishes taking part in the creation of something beautiful and stylish, whether or not she’ll ever have the chance to see it herself. If you know Harriett, thinking of her automatically brings the phrase “the greatest generation” to mind. FALL 2016

She’s a child of the Depression. Born in 1922, she grew up Harriett Tuck in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where, as a child, she prowled through the town’s department store, familiar with every new addition to its clothing rack. Back then, all she could do was window-shop: Her family couldn’t afford to buy her the outfits she coveted, so she wore hand-medowns. Eventually, she learned to sew, and made her own outfits.

active in social circles and taking on causes ranging from healthcare to education to the arts. Through the years, Harriett has been honored for her generosity as much as she’s been envied for her often-outlandish but always perfectly coordinated, stop-traffic ensembles. If you’ve ever met her, you no doubt remember what she was wearing. Say, purple feathers and a matching, faux fur collar, draped in

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When World War II broke out, she joined the Marines. Rankled at having to wear a uniform to her desk job, she consoled herself by wearing the prettiest underwear she could find — and discarding her government-issue ensemble (green uniform, brown pumps) in favor of a duplicate made, using better wool, by a tailor. After the war, she moved to Miami, where she met Hy, who began dabbling in Orlando real estate in the mid-‘50s. The couple moved here soon thereafter, becoming SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE

a Chanel scarf, and carrying one of those jewel-encrusted Judith Leiber handbags she loved so dearly — and gave away to charity, in the end, with all the rest of it. Harriett loved to deck herself out. But it’s not flamboyance she’s thinking about these days — it’s how she wants to be remembered. And that, in her words, is a matter of sheer simplicity: “I just want people to say: ‘She cared.’ “




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Schedule of Events 2016 FASHION ON THE AVENUE. #FashionOnTheAve brings together downtown Winter Park’s trendiest and most prestigious boutiques (along with other businesses) to celebrate fashion and have fun. All week long, there’ll be trunk shows, sales and other special events leading to an array of in-store fashion shows and parties on Saturday. We’ll see you there!

BE ON PARK: Visit our Lika Behar trunk show. Plus, enter to win a $500 gift card between November 1 - 3 (one entry per day). 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


SCOUT & MOLLY’S OF PARK AVENUE: Get 15 percent off jewelry and kick off #FashionOnTheAve week by visiting our jewelry trunk show (see description under weeklong events). Bubbly served all day. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

ADVANCED PARK DENTAL: Get 10 percent off cosmetic dental services during #FashionOnTheAve. For more information, visit New and current members welcome. BEBE’S AND LIZ’S FASHION EXPERIENCE: Stop by daily for new trunk shows, champagne and appetizers. Special appearances by local reigning queens, DJs and more. CHARYLI: Visit our weeklong trunk show and get a sneak peek at the latest dress styles from California-based designer Deborah Viereck and 2017 L*Space swimwear. EILEEN FISHER: Stop by and join our Rewards Program during #FashionOnTheAve, and be entered into a drawing to win a $250 store gift card. Rules and restrictions apply. Valid at the Winter Park location only. EILEEN FISHER: Get 15 percent off your purchase with your #FashionOnTheAve ticket. Ticket receipt required; cannot be combined with any other offer; single use, one per customer. Some exclusions may apply. REYNOLDS & CO. JEWELERS: Stop by daily for special “fashionista” pricing. SCOUT & MOLLY’S OF PARK AVENUE: Visit our weeklong jewelry trunk show and see event-exclusive pieces from our favorite designers. Shop early for the best selection and get a head start on the holidays. Our tables will be shimmering with styles from Windermere-based Five Friends Designs and two of our other bestselling brands, Lush Designs and Whitley V. Also see event-special pieces from one of our newest designers, Virtue Jewelry.


COTTONWAYS: Stop by our storewide jewelry sale and enjoy 20 percent off. 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Peak Season Pops will be set up under the purple awning with its delicious, seasonally inspired, all-natural popsicles. Come meet Winter Park’s favorite popsicle lady! 1-4 p.m.

TUNI: Visit our Yochi Designs trunk show. Because each piece is handcrafted in New York City’s fashion district, it’s no surprise that Yochi is always on top of the latest trends in fashion jewelry. Yochi’s inspiration comes from nature and a woman’s lifestyle — which is reflected in the designer’s feminine collar necklaces and ornate earrings. There’s something for everyone in Yochi’s eclectic designs. Refreshments and light bites will be served. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. TUNI: Visit our Parides trunk show. Parides, which translates to “the world of fairies,” embodies a place where imagination knows no bounds, and where the power of nature and the boldness of art are celebrated. Shahida Parides infuses all of these elements into her luxury designer clothing, creating breathtakingly creative signature digital prints. A wide range of silhouettes are offered, including kaftan dresses, maxi dresses, Kimono-style dresses, jumpsuits, wrap skirts and rompers. The Parides woman chooses her color of the season, or one of the many unique prints, all offered on the finest silk fabric embellished with Swarovski crystals. Refreshments and light bites will be served. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AND 2 EILEEN FISHER: Stop by on Tuesday or Wednesday and enter a drawing for a chance to win two VIP tickets to #FashionOnTheAve on Saturday, November 5. Winner to be notified Thursday, November 3. Visit the store for details.

ARABELLA: Visit our AB Nahlik trunk show. Enjoy wine and light bites while shopping this lovely line of fine linen resortwear. 2-6 p.m. BE ON PARK: Visit our Jude Frances trunk show. Plus, enter to win a $500 gift card between November 1 - 3 (one entry per day). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. COTTONWAYS: Stop by for a tasting from The Ancient Olive. Enjoy delicious samples while shopping for new, must-have pieces. Throughout the week, show your Cottonways receipt at The Ancient Olive for 10 percent off most food products, or show your Ancient Olive receipt at Cottonways for 10 percent off all purchases. 1-4 p.m. EDEN PARK AVENUE: Visit our Bailey 44 spring preview trunk show. Preview samples of the Bailey 44 spring and resort line for special orders, and be the first to see these amazing pieces. Refreshments will be served. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. EVELYN & ARTHUR: Visit our Ball of Cotton trunk show. You’ll be amazed by the extraordinary quality of this beautiful, hand-loomed knitwear. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FOREMA BOUTIQUE: Stop by for a “Bourbon & Bowties” bourbon tasting during our in-store trunk show showcasing handcrafted bangles by Bourbon & Bowties! 5-7 p.m. SCOUT & MOLLY’S OF PARK AVENUE: Check out our Day-Two Deals. Buy any two clothing items (sale or original price) and get 20 percent off the lower-priced item. Buy any three or four clothing items and get 30 percent or 40 percent off the lowest-priced item. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. SEE EYEWEAR: Try on new fabulous fall frames and meet Shannon McRae from Lou Jewels for a peek at her hand-made originals. Maxine Earhart of Maxine’s on Shine will be providing her famous rum balls and mimosas! 2-6 p.m. TADOFSTYLE AT PARK SOCIAL: Stop by for our TADofstyle Meet & Mingle. Say hello to Tiffany A. Davis, stylist and founder of Winter Park’s TADofstyle. Her pop-up shop offers a perfect opportunity to select handpicked, exclusive clothing and accessories. Get 10 percent off any purchase, and get your shopping fix with the help of a personal stylist. 6-9 p.m. THE GROVE: Meet designer Lisi Lerch, and shop the Lisi Lerch and Tassel trunk show. 5-8 p.m.

ARABELLA: Visit our Aquavita luxury resort wear trunk show. We’ll be serving light bites and wine, so stop by and stay a while. 2-6 p.m. FALL 2016





THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 ARABELLA: Visit our Ancarso jewelry trunk show. Stop by and see why we can’t get enough of Ancarso’s gorgeous pearl statement necklaces. Have a glass of wine, a bite to eat and discover some beautiful jewelry. 4-8 p.m. BE ON PARK: Visit our Armenta trunk show. Plus, enter to win a $500 gift card between November 1 - 3 (one entry per day). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CHARYLI: Stop by for our spring 2017 swimwear launch party. Enjoy a beachthemed party, shop the trunk shows and meet and greet with your favorite swimwear designers from Maaji, Peixoto and L*Space from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Also, from 6-8 p.m., enjoy beach drinks, light bites, music and free swimsuit giveaways! This is your chance to shop these exclusive styles for one day only — you don’t want to miss it! COTTONWAYS: Combine aromatherapy and retail therapy with Alisha Connor, dōTERRA essential oils expert. Let her demonstrate how dōTERRA essential oils positively impact mood and reduce feelings of anxiety by interacting with your body chemistry and body systems. Plus, get 50 percent off one sale item with the purchase of a second sale item. 1-7 p.m. EDEN PARK AVENUE: Visit our continuing Bailey 44 spring preview trunk show. Preview samples of the Bailey 44 spring and resort line for special orders and be the first to see these amazing pieces. Refreshments will be served. 4-6:30 p.m. SCOUT & MOLLY’S OF PARK AVENUE: It’s an all-day Shop & Share Party benefiting Central Florida Women’s League Foundation. Visit for more information about this amazing group, which supports local charities and nonprofits and funds a perpetual college scholarship program. Bubbly will be served all day, from 11 a.m.8 p.m. Wine and refreshments will be served from 4-8 p.m. SEE EYEWEAR: Retro is new again, as SEE joins forces with Brandy Tezak of Retromended to bring out the best in 2016 — which is oh-so ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s-inspired! Take selfies while trying on glasses and hats for your new fall look. Yummy pasta and mimosas will be provided by Maxine’s on Shine! 4-8 p.m. TADOFSTYLE AT PARK SOCIAL: Enjoy shopping, styling, music, and gaming the hottest bar on the Ave. Women, while the men play, you can shop the night away at the TADofstyle Pop-Up Shop. It’s trivia game night for the guys with happy hour specials from 6 p.m. to closing. Specials include $3 domestics, $5 drafts, house wines and small-batch cocktails. Ladies will receive 10 percent off any purchase. It’s a perfect event for fashionistas who want exclusive looks at affordable prices! 10


THE COLLECTION BRIDAL: Visit our accessories trunk show to complete your bridal look with the latest headpieces, earrings, belts and veils. Try on new creations by some of the top accessory designers in the country. Plus, enjoy special incentives. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Join us for our Toys for Tots After-Hours Party. Bring a toy to donate and stay for wine and appetizers. 6-8 p.m. TUNI: Visit our Taylor and Tessier trunk show. Nature and color are the inspirations behind these innovative pieces, which combine hide and exotic leathers, wire wrapping, semi-precious gemstones, crystals, coral and pearls. It’s a modern look with an organic feel and texture. Taylor and Tessier pieces are all handmade in Aspen — so there’s an earthy vibe in each design. Refreshments and light bites will be served. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AND 4 EDEN PARK AVENUE: Visit our Laura Grove Design jewelry trunk show. Come see the latest styles and many one-of-a-kind pieces. Noon-4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 ARABELLA: Stop by for our American Heart Association Shop & Share Charity Night. We’ll have wine and light bites, and a percentage of all proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. 4-8 p.m. COTTONWAYS: Stop by for our Pic-a-Wic Soy Candles and Dorie sale. Meet Tatia Jankiewicz from Pic-a-Wic Soy Candles. She’ll have her beautiful, natural and clean-burning candles on display. They’re safe, non-toxic and have a high-quality scent. Plus, today only, our No. 1 selling top, the Dorie, is on sale. The more you buy, the more you save. Buy one Dorie, get 10 percent off. Buy two Dories, get 15 percent off. Buy three or more Dories, get 20 percent off. 1-4 p.m. EYES AND OPTICS: Visit our Tom Ford Eyewear trunk show. Try on the latest pieces in this high-fashion collection and register to win a new frame. Light bites and refreshments will be served. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SCOUT & MOLLY’S OF PARK AVENUE: Enjoy a toast to healthy, beautiful skin. Rodan + Fields Executive Consultant Michelle Greene will share skin-care wisdom and products that have earned a reputation for “Redefining Life After 50.” Also, for all ages, a makeup artist from Park Avenue neighbor Claret Cosmetics will share tips and trends for eyes, cheeks and lips. Get event-special discounts from both Rodan + Fields and Claret Cosmetics. SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE

Samples of pineapple-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka — Michelle’s favorite — as well as bubbly and light treats will be served. 5-8 p.m. TADOFSTYLE AT BOCA WINTER PARK / PARK SOCIAL: Park yourself at Park Social for shopping, styling, dancing and cocktails. TADofstyle will be hosting a fabulous popup party showcasing the latest fashions. Ladies and gents, grab an appetizer downstairs at Boca, mention #FashionOnTheAve and receive an old-fashioned with any TADofstyle purchase, 6-9 pm. THE COLLECTION BRIDAL: Stop by for Maids & Mimosas. Have you picked your bridesmaid dresses yet? Here’s your chance. Sip on mimosas while trying on the latest designer creations. Call 407.740.6003 to make an appointment, and ask about our special incentives. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. TUNI: Visit our Schutz Shoes trunk show. Schutz, which bases its designs around “living for pleasure,” has always embraced attitude and innovation. Each design offers an unforgettable experience in terms of quality and freedom of expression — all the way from Brazil. Whether it’s a day look, a night look or somewhere in-between, the shoe always fits with Schutz. Light bites will be served. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. TUNI: Visit our Aum Couture trunk show. Aum Couture’s collection encompasses an eclectic mix of texture, color and print that can best be described as casual elegance with a bohemian twist. Wearing Aum Couture — with its tie-die tunics, vibrant printed tops and colorful silk dresses — guarantees that you’ll be the slickest fashionista at the party. Refreshments and light bites will be served. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 EILEEN FISHER: Free gift (poncho) with purchase of $350 or more. Not valid on previously purchased merchandise. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Single use, one per customer while supplies last. 10a.m.-6p.m. THE COLLECTION BRIDAL: Visit our designer trunk show. Sip champagne while viewing our exclusive designer gowns. Special incentives will be offered. Email info@ or call 407.740.6003 for more information. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



Don’t miss the exciting events at Fashion Night Out! See details on Page 12. FALL 2016

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Fashion Night Out 2016 FASHION NIGHT OUT PARTICIPANTS. Advanced Park Dental | 329 N. Park Ave., #360 | 407.628.0200 Alex & Ani | 356 S. Park Ave. | 321.422.0841 | Arabella | 115 E. Morse Blvd. | 407.636.8343 Be On Park | 152 S. Park Ave. | 407.644.1106 | Bebe’s & Liz’s | 311 S. Park Ave. | 407.628.1680 | Charyli | 400 S. Park Ave. | 407.455.1983 | Cottonways | 332 N. Park Ave. | 321.203.4733 | Eden Park Avenue | 329 N. Park Ave. #105 | 407.644.6522 Eileen Fisher | 112 N. Park Ave. | 407.628.9260 | Ethan Allen | 329 N. Park Ave. #101 | 407.622.1987 | Evelyn & Arthur | 236 N. Park Ave. | 407.740.0030


Cost: $25, includes swag bag. Tickets are available at Enjoy a Saturday night on Park Avenue with continuous fashion shows in participating stores and boutiques, where you’ll find light bites, drinks and the latest in apparel, accessories, hair and makeup. Here’s a list of the don’t miss events happening from 5-9 p.m. ADVANCED PARK DENTAL: Your smile is your best accessory. Learn about the latest in whitening technology, and how to choose the best whitening treatment for you. Enter our raffle to win an in-office whitening treatment. Light refreshments will be served. 5-9 p.m. ALEX AND ANI: Join us for our “Charmed by Charity” event. Talia’s Legacy Children’s Cancer Foundation will receive 15 percent of all proceeds. Shop, socialize and receive a complimentary makeover by Talia’s very own “Glam Squad.” 6-8 p.m. ARABELLA: Join us for a special styling event. Come see our holiday collection and let us help you get your style on. Wine and light bites will be served. 5-9 p.m. CHARYLI: It’s Charyli’s fifth birthday! Join us as we celebrate five years of fun, flirty and fabulous fashion. Get styled for the season with new holiday arrivals while enjoying music, food, drinks and birthday surprises. 6-9 p.m. COTTONWAYS: Join us for our in-store fashion show, which will also feature delicious food and raffles and giveaways throughout the evening. See models wearing all the latest styles. Plus, shop the Anuschka handbag sale: 10 percent off handbags over $150. 5-9 p.m. EDEN PARK AVENUE: Join us for three in-store fashion shows highlighting the latest fall and holiday fashions. There’ll be music, and light bites will be provided. Free with your #FashionOnTheAve ticket. 5-9 p.m. EILEEN FISHER: Join us for our #FashionOnTheAve in-store runway show and party. Sparkling wine and light bites will be served. Free with your #FashionOnTheAve ticket. 6-9 p.m.

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ETHAN ALLEN DESIGN STUDIO: Join Bay Hill Jewelers, Ten Thousand Villages and Ethan Allen Design Studio for a sidewalk photo shoot on Park Avenue. Wear your most fashionable attire and get “bling-ed” to celebrate #FashionOnTheAve. 5-9 p.m.

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EVELYN & ARTHUR: Stop in for informal modeling plus light bites and wine. 5-9 p.m.

Reynolds & Co. Jewelers | 232 N. Park Ave. | 407.645.2278 Scout & Molly’s | 346 N. Park Ave. | 407.790.4916 SEE | 342 S. Park Ave. | 407.599.5455 | TADofstyle | 362 S. Pennsylvania Ave., #304 | 321.209.1096 The Collection Bridal | 301 N. Park Avenue | 407-740-6003 The Grove | 121 E. Welbourne Avenue | 407-740-0022 | Through the Looking Glass | 110 N. Park Avenue | 321-972-3985 Tuni | 301 S. Park Avenue | 407-628-1609 |



FOREMA BOUTIQUE: Enjoy a night of exploration and excitement as Forema Boutique showcases styles to carry you from fall through the holidays and beyond! Food, drinks, and this year’s must-see show will be included with your #FashionOnTheAve ticket. 5-9 p.m. REYNOLDS & CO. JEWELERS: Join us for our holiday sips-and-sparkles event. After all, nothing launches the holidays for fashionistas like something sparkly. Stop in for a sip and a bite and indulge in a little something for you. There’ll be beautiful items to choose from — including statement pieces that you won’t be able to resist. 5-9 p.m. SCOUT & MOLLY’S OF PARK AVENUE: Join us for our in-store fashion show and watch as our stylists prepare models with looks from our collections and styling for a variety of occasions. Enjoy refreshments and photo opportunities on our pink carpet. 5-9 p.m. THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Join us for our sip-and-shop event, with food, drinks and fabulous sales. 5-9 p.m. TUNI: Join us for our “Trendy + Chic” fall and holiday fashion show, styled with all of the must-haves for the season! Bubbles, light bites and live music are on us! 5-9 p.m.


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ark Avenue’s international ambiance is enhanced by Ten Thousand Villages, where you can purchase unique handmade gifts including jewelry, home décor, instruments and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. And you can feel good about your purchase for an array of reasons. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 developing countries around the world. This is accomplished by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products throughout

North America, and by building long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler’s car to a national network of nonprofit retail outlets, including Ten Thousand Villages in Winter Park. Artisan partners are encouraged to use environmentally friendly processes, sustainable natural resources and recycled materials to ensure that each product offered has been crafted responsibly. Ten Thousand Villages is an independent nonprofit, charitable organization (501(c)3, with an independent, nine member board of directors. Surpluses are used to increase purchases from artisans

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The Christner’s team: David Christner; his mom, Carole; and his wife, Alice. Carole and her late husband, Russ, opened the iconic steakhouse as Del Frisco’s Prime Steak & Lobster in 1994.

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ou’ll see red at Christner’s: deep red, in cozy leather booths and expanses of plush carpeting. You’ll see brown, too, in the deliciously warm walls and furnishings. Black and white also complement the color scheme. We’re referring to servers’ crisp white shirts with black vests and tidy bowties. Even before you get to the menu — a straightforward lineup of broiled steaks and creamladen side dishes — dinner at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster is an unapologetic blast from the past, when it seemed that most special-occasion restaurants were premium steakhouses. And the family that runs Christner’s, located on Lee Road since 1994, won’t change a thing — except when they do. “We have a proud heritage, and we aren’t slinking away from it, that’s for darn sure,” says Alice Christner, an upbeat mom of four who runs the restaurant with her husband, David. Alice’s mother-in-law, Carole, is the owner. She spends three evenings a week as a special-occasions ambassador, cheerfully visiting tables at which guests are feasting in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, promotions and such.

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The interior décor at Christner’s is classic steakhouse, with deep reds, clubby browns and white tablecloths. Illusionists such as the popular Kostya Kimlat (left) discretely roam between tables and delight diners with their sleight-of-hand skills.

Christner’s, then, is truly a local institution, and in many ways a throwback to the great steakhouses of yore. Trendsetting? Not so much, which is fine with its legions of fans. Over the years, though, evolutions — in most cases divinely subtle — have been part of the growth process. First, some history. When the restaurant opened, it had a different name, Del Frisco’s Prime Steak & Lobster, and was the second unit of what grew to be a national chain. Carole’s late husband, Russ, had worked for founder Dale Wamstad, and was granted permission to replicate the original Del Frisco’s in Winter Park. The restaurant quickly became Orlando’s go-to place for business dinners and personal milestones. In fact, by 2000, Del Frisco’s, as it was then called, was so busy that it expanded into the former Straub’s Boathouse building next door. Even as the Del Frisco’s chain evolved in its own way, the Christners ran their local outpost like an independent operation. The concept was — and is — built around corn-fed, Midwestern beef that’s cooked at 1,200 degrees, taken out of the oven to rest for three to five minutes, then reheated briefly. That keeps it juicy. The beef is, by design, a bit underdone when it hits the dinner plate, where it cooks a wee bit


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more until it’s exactly as ordered. Tender? Oh, my, yes. The Christners place a butter knife, not a steak knife, at each place setting. Christner’s is known for lobster, too. The crustaceans, from the cold waters of Australia’s western coast, are baked and then presented out of the shell with a side of warm melted butter. If you’re not a porterhouse or shellfish aficionado, Christner’s still has you covered. Simple staples such as crabcakes and veal chops — and slightly fussier ones such as lobster mac-andcheese — add appeal. The mandarin orange cake with a whipped cream pineapple frosting is locally legendary. But it’s those simmering slabs of USDA Prime steak that keep the sprawling facility’s three main and nine private dining rooms full. Sure, a seafood item here, a fresh veggie there, have been quietly making their way onto the menu over time. “Through it all, though, the quality of our steak has remained the same,” Alice insists. Once an eon or so, the chefs add an appetizer such as fried calamari or an entrée such as sesame-seared tuna with soy ginger glaze and wasabi cream. Christner’s eventually left the Del Frisco’s fold with permission to keep all the recipes. The Del Frisco’s chain, from which Christner’s was spawned, entered the Orlando market in 2015

with a new restaurant on International Drive. This situation has, of course, led to some confusion. Mention Christner’s in conversation and locals will ask, “Is that the place that was Del Frisco’s, and is sort of still the same?” However, the Christner family welcomes any conversation about the restaurant with a smile. “It’s like the Hillstone-Houston’s thing,” Alice says with a chuckle, referring to the longtime chain restaurant on Orlando Avenue that changed names, and slightly altered its concept, in recent years. “We all still call it Houston’s. We’re creatures of habit.” The source of the Christner’s meat changed in 2009, but only because the restaurant’s foreversupplier, a small private company, sold out to a much larger national company and, according to the family, quality slipped. These days, David works with a broker who sources the beef from “the only five slaughterhouses we’ll accept,” Alice says. The restaurant now receives whole loins, which the chefs age in house, rather than using the pre-aged, pre-cut product of the prior vendor. Dinner at Christner’s is a formal affair, and the prices are what you’d expect considering the rarified (or medium-rarified) ambiance and the toptier cuisine. But the side dishes are oversized, and

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meant to be shared, as are the mammoth desserts. The wine list boasts dozens upon dozens of choices, with an emphasis on the hearty reds that complement the beef-laden bill of fare. “Rare/ cult” vintages” are also offered, and guests can rent their own wine lockers. Although the Christners admire successful restaurants that are more adventurous, they’re happy with the old-school niche they occupy. Notes Alice: “If our restaurant started following whatever trend is newest this week, I wouldn’t be delivering what my customers want.” That said, a little freshening up keeps things from getting stale. In 2008, the family added a bright new lobby, enabling guests to wait in a rustic-looking common area instead of along the hallways and walls of the restaurant. The following year, the restaurant started hosting reservations-only “magic dinners” in a private dining room, where illusionist Kostya Kimlat or one of his peers entertains onlookers. Now, most Saturday nights, magicians also work the main dining rooms, discretely visiting table after table

to wow visitors with some sleight of hand. Like the trendier eateries in town, Christner’s also hosts tasting dinners. About once a month, the chefs will team up with a vintner or spirits producer and host a four-course meal with paired beverages. The experiences, referred to as both Sip & Savor and the Cutting Board Dinner Series, are generally intimate affairs with about 20 guests. “It’s like a class,” Alice says. A winery representative visits to discuss each selection, while Dan Colagan, the restaurant’s sommelier, adds his own often-colorful commentary. “If you like steak, you’ll never have a better steak than what you’ll have here,” Alice boasts, not without justification. “If you like seafood, you’ll be very pleased — but the steak is ridiculously good.” CHRISTNER’S PRIME STEAK & LOBSTER 729 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 645-4443

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Kelly is especially timely and topical in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy. “Both of these individuals are, in their own ways, American heroes,” says Sinclair. “Their message of bravery and perseverance will be equally inspiring and challenging.” Leading up to the major Warden Arena events is a more intimate evening with Billy Collins, two-term United States poet laureate and WPI’s senior distinguished fellow. Collins will discuss poetry and read from The Rain in Portugal, his most recent collection, on Wednesday, November 16, at cozy Tiedtke Concert Hall. Admission to Collins’ program, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m., is free and no tickets are required. However, premium reserved seats are available for $25. The state-of-the-art hall seats just 370, Sinclair points out, so making reservations is probably a good idea. Otherwise, she says, get there early. Collins is critically acclaimed for the accessibility of

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his work, which is at times playful, ironic and serious. The New Yorker described him as “a poet of plenitude, irony, and Augustan grace.” He’s also a masterful presenter, whose readings routinely attract sellout crowds at venues across the country. The WPI season began with Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor in September. Keillor was followed in early October by Joel Sartore, founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark, who was joined by Thane Maynard, a Rollins graduate and director of the Cincinnati Zoo. The Winter Park Institute at Rollins College, established in 2008, offers lectures, readings, seminars and master classes by thought leaders from a broad spectrum of disciplines. For tickets to Takei and Giffords-Kelly — or to reserve seats for Collins — visit or call 407.646.2145. — Randy Noles


George Takei isn’t exactly going where no man has gone before. But he is going to Rollins College, where he’ll add star power — or perhaps Star Trek power — to the lineup of featured speakers during the Winter Park Institute’s (WPI) 2016-17 season. Takei, who played Lt. Sulu in the original NBC Star Trek TV series, appears on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Alfond Sports Center’s Warden Arena on the Rollins campus. The actor is now an author, actor and activist for LGBT rights. He’s also a social-media icon with more than 9.7 million Facebook followers. His presentation is called Where No Story Has Gone Before: An Evening with George Takei. Topics will include his television and film career — expect some juicy anecdotes about William Shatner, with whom he has feuded for decades — as well as memories of his childhood, which was marked by his family’s forced relocation to a California internment camp during World War II. Wrapping up the WPI season will be former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. The couple, whose presentation is called Endeavor to Succeed, will appear on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, also at Warden Arena. (Kelly’s final space flight, in 2008, was as commander of the space shuttle Endeavor.) Giffords survived an assassination attempt in 2011 during which she was shot in the head. Two years later, she and Kelly formed a political action committee called Americans for Responsible Solutions. The mission of the organization is to promote gun-control legislation that “keeps guns out of the hands of dangerous people like criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill.” Both Takei and the Giffords-Kelly duo will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for each presentation are $50 (premium) and $30 (preferred). General admission is $15, although Rollins faculty, staff and students are admitted free. “George Takei is arguably one of the most recognized pop-culture figures of the past 50 years,” notes Gail Sinclair, WPI’s executive director. “And he’s gained a new generation of fans through his memes and commentaries on social media. But he’s also a gifted storyteller who entertains and enlightens his audiences.” Sinclair adds that the appearance by Giffords and

FAST FACTS What: Billy Collins: The Rain in Portugal: A Reading and Discussion

When: Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College Tickets: Free and open to the public; no tickets are required, however, premium reserved seats are available for $25. Visit or call 407.646.2145. Notes: Collins, a two-time U.S. poet laureate and WPI’s senior distinguished fellow, will read and discuss selections from The Rain in Portugal, his latest collection. What: Where No Story Has Gone Before: An Evening with George Takei When: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Where: Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center Tickets: $50 (premium), $30 (preferred), $15 (general admission). Visit or call 407.646.2145. Notes: Takei, best known as Lt. Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series, is today an actor, author, activist and social-media icon. Mashable. com named Takei as the No. 1 most-influential person on Facebook in 2012. What: Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords and Mark Kelly: Endeavor to Succeed When: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Where: Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center Tickets: $50 (premium), $30 (preferred), $15 (general admission). Visit or call 407.646.2145. Notes: Giffords, a former congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt, and Kelly, an astronaut-turned-activist, share their inspirational story of recovery and renewal.

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EVENTS VISUAL ARTS Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. This 54-year-old lakeside museum is dedicated to preserving the works of Polasek, the famed Czech sculptor, for whom it was both home and studio for more than a decade. While focused on Polasek’s sculptures, the museum also features the work of internationally renowned artists in all mediums. For example, through November 27, The Missing Matisse: Pierre Henri Matisse, celebrates the work of Matisse’s grandson, now 88, who specializes in an art form known as gouaches découpés, or “cuts outs,” a form of mixed media. The museum also offers tours of the restored Capen-Showalter House on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Admission to the museum, which was Polasek’s home from 1949 until his death in 1965, is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and free for children. 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. 407.647.6294. Art & History Museums – Maitland. The Maitland Art Center, one of five museums anchoring the city’s Cultural Corridor, was founded as an art colony in 1937 by visionary American artist and architect André Smith. The center offers exhibits and classes at its Maitland campus, located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. The complex is the Orlando area’s only National Historic Landmark, and one of the few surviving examples of Mayan Revival architecture in the Southeast. Regularly scheduled events include the Ladies’ Art Lounge, a hands-on art program held the first Friday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. On display from October 14 through February 10, 2017, is Historic Threads, which examines the significance of fabric — for everything from clothing to furnishings — with examples of popular period fabrics. Also coming up, from October 28 through December 31, is John Petrey and Derek Gores: Marking 40 Years of the Rotary Arts Festival, a salute to two acclaimed artists who launched their careers at the Rotary Club of Maitland’s annual arts festival at Lake Lilly Park, Art Under the Stars. (This year’s festival is November 11 through 13.) The Cultural Corridor also includes the Maitland Historical Museum and the Telephone Museum, both at 221 W. Packwood Ave., and the Waterhouse Residence Museum and the Carpentry Shop Museum, both built in the 1880s and located at 820 Lake Lily Drive. 407.539.2181. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. With more than 19,000 square feet of gallery and public space, the museum houses the world’s most important collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany creations, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass and an entire chapel interior originally designed and built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. With the approach of its 75th anniversary in February, the Morse celebrates the breadth and depth of its collection, assembled by founders Hugh and Jeannette McKean, in a new exhibition,


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Celebrating 75 Years — Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum. The show, which debuts October 18, includes portraits, landscape paintings, works on paper and pottery. Continuing through September 24, 2017, The Bride Elect: Gifts from the 1905 Wedding of Elizabeth Owens Morse, features the original registry and some of the 250 gifts presented to the daughter of Charles Hosmer Morse and Martha Owens Morse by her wealthy friends. Among the surviving items: Tiffany art glass, Rookwood Pottery and Gorham silver. Ongoing exhibitions include Revival and Reform: Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment, which encompasses two galleries and has as its centerpiece The Arts, a neoclassical window created by The J&R Lamb Studios, a prominent American glasshouse of the late 19th century. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students and free for children younger than 12. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407.645.5311. Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Located on the campus of Rollins College, the museum houses one of the oldest and most eclectic collections of fine art in Florida. Free weekend tours take place at 1 p.m. every Saturday at the campus facility and 1 p.m. every Sunday at the nearby Alfond Inn, which displays dozens of works from the museum’s Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. Happy Hour art tours of the Alfond Collection are also conducted the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Newly unveiled at the campus facility is In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura, the first-ever exhibition of works by arguably the greatest painter of the Golden Age of Naples. Also continuing through December 18 is This Side of Modernism: American and British Artists, 1890–1945, featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection. A continuing exhibition, Ongoing Conversations: Selections from the Permanent Collection, aims to inspire dialogue about art created during disparate eras and among various cultures. Works are grouped under four broad thematic categories: “Religion Redefined,” “Gesture and Pose,” “A Sense of Place” and “History and Myth.” Admission to the museum is free, courtesy of Dale Montgomery, Rollins Class of 1960. 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407.646.2526. Crealdé School of Art. Established in 1975, this notfor-profit arts organization offers year-round visualarts classes for all ages taught by more than 40 working artists. Continuing through October 29 is Lightsource: Richard D. Colvin, an exhibition of paintings that depict indoor and outdoor scenes from Colvin’s life in Central Florida, mostly in Lake County, where he’s executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art. Continuing through January 16, 2017, is Spinning Yarn: Storytelling through Southern Art, which explores the power of visual storytelling through more than 50 works. (This two-venue exhibition also has works on display at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center.) Admission to Crealdé’s galleries is free, although there are fees for art classes. 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park. 407.671.1886.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Established in 2007 by the Crealdé School of Art in partnership with residents of Hannibal Square and the City of Winter Park, the center celebrates the city’s historically African-American west side with archival photographs, original artwork and oral histories from longtime residents. Through Jan. 16, 2017, it has works on display from Spinning Yarn: Storytelling through Southern Art, a two-venue exhibition shared with the Crealdé School of Art. Ongoing is the Hannibal Square Timeline, a display that documents significant local and national events in African-American history since the Emancipation Proclamation. Admission to the center is free. 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407.539.2680.

PERFORMING ARTS Annie Russell Theatre. The second show of the 2016-17 season at “The Annie,” on the campus of Rollins College, is Upton Abbey: An Improvised Comedy of English Manors, which runs November 11 through 19. Inspired by the popular PBS series Downton Abbey, the play is set in an English estate during World War I, with featured characters determined by the audience. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. There’s a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, November 19. Single tickets are priced starting at $20. The Second Stage Series, in the nearby Fred Stone Theater, features student-produced and studentdirected plays. Coming up is Dying City, written by Christopher Shinn, about a young therapist who, a year after her husband’s death in Iraq, gets an unexpected visit from his identical twin. October 19 through 22 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on October 22. Admission to Second Stage shows is free to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407.646.2145. Center for Contemporary Dance. A not-for-profit organization focused on dance education, incubation and production, the center’s programs and performances are designed to provide students of all ages, from novice to professional, with experience in classical, post-classical and world dance forms. Over the past 13 years, the center, located at 3580 Aloma Ave., has supported artists in the presentation of more than 250 new works. This year, the school’s annual Winter Concert, Primordia: The Watchkeeper, is an original fairy tale told through classical ballet and modern dance. The performance, slated for December 20 at 7 p.m., is at Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Tickets are priced from $12 to $25. 407.695.8366. Winter Park Playhouse. Winter Park’s only professional, not-for-profit theater continues its 2016-17 mainstage season with All Hands on Deck!, a musical based on comedian Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tours. Performances run through October 9. Next up is A Marvelous Party: The Noël Coward Celebration, a

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EVENTS celebration of Coward’s songs and sketches, which runs from November 11 through 20 and again from December 1 through 11. Both shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Single tickets are priced from $15 for students to $40 for evening performances. 711 Orange Ave., Winter Park. 407.645.0145.

FESTIVALS Authors in the Park Book Festival. Winter Park’s inaugural book festival takes place October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at — where else? — the Winter Park Public Library. Meet best-selling authors, from James Ponti, creator of the Florian Bates mysteries and the Dead City trilogy, to Bob Kealing, the local TV journalist who has written about the likes of novelist-poet Jack Kerouac, country-rock musician Gram Parsons and groundbreaking Tupperware executive Brownie Wise. General admission is free, but you can register for upgraded admission that includes reserved seating and perks such as a tote bag or a free book. The festival is a partnership of the library and the Writer’s Block Bookstore, with a grant from the Robert G. Melanson Endowment for Lifelong Learning. 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407.623.3300. Winter Park Autumn Art Festival. This two-day art show and sale, scheduled each year for the second weekend in October, is the only juried fine-art festival in the state to feature Florida artists exclusively. The sidewalk exhibition, held in Central Park, offers both high-quality artwork and live entertainment each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 43rd annual event takes place October 8 and 9. 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. Oktoberfest. Organized by Leadership Winter Park, the October 26 event, held in the historic depot at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, will squeeze a lot of brats and beer into three hours starting at 5:30 p.m. Naturally, there’ll be an oompah band as well as savory German appetizers, beer and wine, and musical entertainment by Alpine Express. Tickets are priced at $20 for Leadership Winter Park Class XXVII and Alumni Association members, and $25 for everyone else. Proceeds will benefit the group’s Legacy Fund, which grants scholarships to adult and youth leaders seeking to attend its leadership programs. 407.644.8281.

FILM Enzian. This cozy, not-for-profit alternative cinema offers a plethora of film series. Peanut Butter Matinee Family Films are shown on the fourth Sunday of each month at noon. Upcoming films include Castle in the Sky (November 27) and The Wizard of Oz (December 18). Admission is $5. Saturday Matinee Classics are shown on the second Saturday of each month at noon. Upcoming films include Rosemary’s Baby (October 8), When We Were Kings (November 12) and It’s a Wonderful Life (December 10).



Admission is $8, or $7.50 for Enzian Film Society members. Cult Classics are shown on the second and last Tuesday of each month at 9:30 p.m., with added dates in October as Halloween approaches. Upcoming films include Monster Squad (October 4), Candyman (October 11), The Lost Boys (October 18), The Devil’s Rejects (October 25), Idiocracy (November 8), The Fifth Element (November 29), A Christmas Story (December 13) and Under the Cherry Moon (December 27). Admission is $5. Halloween-oriented Midnight Movies are shown each Saturday in October, including Ghostbusters (the 1984 original, October 1), Phantasm Ravager (October 8), The Greasy Strangler (October 15), Carnival of Souls (October 22) and Halloween (the 1978 original, October 29). Also in the Midnight Movies series is Castle in the Sky (Japanese with English subtitles, December 2). FilmSlam, a showcase for Florida-made short films, is held most months; the next scheduled date is October 9 at 1 p.m. Other special showings include: Julie Taymor’s 2014 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (October 15, 11 a.m.) and Almeida Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III (November 26, 11 a.m.). The Book to Big Screen series features Carrie (the 1976 original version, October 16, 11 a.m.). The Music Mondays series features Miss Sharon Jones! (October 17, 9:30 p.m.) and A Fat Wreck (November 21, 9:30 p.m.). James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, appears in a National Theatre Live encore production of One Man, Two Guvnors (October 22, 11 a.m.). For the kiddies, there’s a Halloween Party featuring Hotel Transylvania (October 23, 11:30 a.m.), and a Letters to Santa party featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 2000 live-action version, December 11, 11 a.m.). 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland. 407.629.0054 (information line), 407.629.1088 (theater offices). Popcorn Flicks in the Park. The City of Winter Park and Enzian collaborate to offer classic, family friendly films free in Central Park. This outdoor event is usually on the second Thursday of each month, and showings start at about 8 p.m. (or whenever it gets dark). Upcoming films include House of Wax (October 13), Aladdin (November 10) and The Santa Clause (December 2). Bring a blanket or chairs and a snack. 407.629.1088. Screen on the Green. The City of Maitland offers free outdoor movies most months on the field at Maitland Middle School. Bring a blanket or chairs. The program’s summer break ends October 1 with a 7:30 p.m. showing of the animated feature The Good Dinosaur, followed on November 5 at 7 p.m. by Zootopia, and on December 17 at 6 p.m. by Frozen. 1901 Choctaw Trail, Maitland.

HOLIDAYS Howl-O-Ween. Franklin’s Friends is a Maitlandbased non-profit that raises money to support animal-welfare agencies throughout Central Florida. Its third annual Dog Walk-a-Thon & Canine Costume

Contest is October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Secret Lake Park in Casselberry. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or free if you raise $100 in contributions. 260.693.7387. Trick or Treat on Park Avenue. Children in costume are invited to this annual tradition on October 29, the Saturday before Halloween. Participating merchants will greet little ghouls and goblins with seasonal treats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A good starting point is the corner of Park Avenue and Morse Boulevard, across from Central Park. Handel’s Messiah. The Messiah Choral Society is a Winter Park-based non-profit organization that performs Handel’s most-famous composition every Christmas using volunteer singers and donated funds. The main event this year — the 44th annual performance — is November 27 at 3 p.m. in the Bob Carr Theater at 401 W. Livingston St. in downtown Orlando. Admission is free. Christmas at the Casa. Celebrate the holidays at the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. Each year, the James Gamble Rogers II-designed showplace gets decked out in Christmas finery and throws a one-day open house. Sip hot cocoa, get your photo taken with Santa Claus and enjoy a group of Dickensian carolers. Admission is free, although a donation of $2 per person or $5 per family is suggested. 407.628.8200. Christmas in the Park. It’s a hallowed Winter Park tradition. The Morse Museum of American Art launches the holiday season for the 38th year in a row when it lights up some of its priceless Tiffany windows and presents the Bach Festival Choir in concert on December 1 at 6:15 p.m. in Central Park. The free Thursday evening event is followed on Friday evening by the Winter on the Avenue block party and on Saturday morning by the Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast and the city’s annual Christmas Parade. 407.645.5311. Winter on the Avenue. The annual holiday street party, slated this year for December 2, encompasses a flurry of activities from 5 to 10 p.m. along Park Avenue and in Central Park. Beginning at 3 p.m., the shopping district is closed to vehicular traffic, transforming it into a giant pedestrian plaza. You won’t want to miss the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, visits with Santa Claus, an outdoor movie and other live entertainment. Also enjoy a Merchant Open House and Window Contest before testing your skills at the Winter in the Park Holiday IceSkating Rink. The Morse Museum of American Art offers free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. 407.644.8281. Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast. Before ‘Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade, you can help turn pancake batter into dough for civic-leadership scholarships at the 18th Annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast, slated for December 3 beginning at 7 a.m. Prior to the parade, a traditional

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experiences in Russia during the first half of the 20th century; and her daughter, Nadia Werbitzky, a professional artist who translated her mother’s writing into haunting works of art. Admission to the center’s exhibits, films and other programs is free. 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. 407.628.0555.

— features fresh produce, seafood, breads and cheeses as well as plants, all-natural skin-care products and live music by Performing Arts of Maitland. The setting on Lake Lily boasts a serene boardwalk, jogging trails, a playground and picnic areas. 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland.

64th Annual ‘Ye Olde Hometown’ Christmas Parade. This venerable spectacle, slated this year for December 3 beginning at 9 a.m., has taken place on the first Saturday in December since the early 1950s. More than 100 parade units are expected to make their way south along Park Avenue beginning at Cole Avenue and ending at Lyman Avenue. Groups participating in the two-hour event include marching bands, local dance troupes, police and fire departments, scouting units, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus. 407.599.3203.

Winter Park History Museum. Ongoing displays include artifacts dating from the city’s beginnings as a New England-style resort in the 1880s. Its current exhibition, Winter Park: The War Years, 1941-1945 — Home Front Life in an American Small Town, looks at how World War II impacted Winter Parkers. Admission is free. 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407.644.2330.

Winter Park Farmers’ Market. The region’s busiest and arguably most popular farmers’ market is held every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old railroad depot that houses the Winter Park History Museum. The open-air market offers baked goods, produce, plants, honey, cheese, meat, flowers, crafts and other specialty items for sale. After shopping, make a morning of it with a stroll along nearby Park Avenue. Dogs are welcome to bring their people. 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park.

A Classic Christmas. Take part in yet another cherished Winter Park holiday tradition — this one purely musical. The program, part of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s Choral Masterpiece Series, features beloved Christmas works performed by the society’s choir, youth choir and orchestra. Knowles Memorial Chapel on the campus of Rollins College is the venue for the performances, which are slated for December 10 and 11 at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are priced from $25 to $65. 407.646.2182. Winter in the Park Holiday Ice-Skating Rink. What? There’s still another not-to-be-missed local holiday tradition? Indeed there is. The big tented rink — erected in Central Park’s West Meadow — stays busy from before Thanksgiving well into the new year. A $12 admission fee includes skates, available in both children’s and adult sizes. This season, the rink is open daily from November 18 through January 8, 2017. 407.599.3203.

HISTORY Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. This stunningly restored Spanish farmhouse-style home was designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II and is now a community center and museum. Free open houses are hosted by trained docents every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Also, live music is featured in the large downstairs parlor on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. 656 N. Park Ave. (adjacent to the Winter Park Golf Course). 407.628.8200. Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. The center is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice, with the goal of developing a moral and just community through educational and cultural programs. It houses permanent and temporary exhibitions, archives and a research library. Its ongoing exhibition, Tribute to the Holocaust, presents an overview of the Holocaust through artifacts, videos, text, photographs and artwork. On display through January 6, 2017, is Two Regimes, an exhibit created from the salvaged works of two women: Teodora Verbitskya, whose journal chronicled her


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Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. Eatonville, arguably the first municipality in the U.S. formed by African-Americans, is strongly associated with Harlem Renaissance writer and folklorist Zora Neale Huston, who lived there as a girl and recorded her childhood memories in her classic autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. The museum that bears her name provides information on the historic city and sponsors exhibitions featuring the works of AfricanAmerican artists. Admission is free, though group tours require reservations and include a fee. 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. 407.647.3188.

LECTURES Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. The institute presents lectures, readings and seminars by thought leaders in an array of disciplines. See details about its 2016-17 season on pages 100 and 101. The University Club of Winter Park. Members of this group are dedicated to the enjoyment of intellectual activities and socializing with one another. The club’s various activities are open to the public, though nonmembers are asked to donate a $5 activity fee each time they attend. Upcoming lectures include The Rise of the Crooner Phenomenon in American Popular Music During the Depression Years (October 3, 10 a.m.), with James A. Drake, a former president of Brevard Community College and author of seven books. Up next is Behind the Scenes at the Winter Park Playhouse (October 14, noon), with Heather Alexander and Roy Alan, co-founders of the local professional theater company, who’ll explain the process of casting, rehearsing and mounting a production. (Tickets for Behind the Scenes, which include a buffet lunch, are priced at $18 for members, $23 for nonmembers.) Also upcoming is Picturing Revolution: Political and Cultural Changes Before and After the Mexican Revolution (October 17, 10 a.m.), an illustrated presentation by Amy Galpin, curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407.644.6149.

MARKETS Maitland Farmers’ Market. This year-round, openair market — held each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MUSIC Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. This eclectic new venue on the far-west side of Winter Park is part performance hall, part recording studio and part art gallery. It offers live performances most evenings, with an emphasis on jazz, classical and world music. There are also theater, dance and spoken word presentations. Upcoming musical events include an album-release concert by The Scharrón-Wiesinger Duo on October 1 at 8 pm. Tickets are priced at $15 each. The Now Ensemble, dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century, performs on October 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $10 each. The Mike Stern Trio appears for two shows (7 and 10 p.m.) on October 15. Stern is considered one of the world’s most outstanding electric-guitar players. Tickets are priced at $30 each. The Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio appears for two shows (7 and 10 p.m.) on October 21. Smith is a master of the Hammond B-3 organ. Tickets are priced at $30 each. The Carol Stein and Friends Jazz Band, who have been performing together for more than 25 years, appears on October 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 each. Wrapping up the month, the Reflections Chamber Ensemble performs on October 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 each. 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. 407.636.9951. Music at the Casa. The Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum presents Sunday afternoon acoustic performances from noon to 3 p.m. in the home’s cozy main parlor. Upcoming performers include Luis Garcia (October 2), Omar Miguel (October 9) and Don Soledad (October 16). All are flamenco guitarists. The genres change with folk-oriented singer-guitarist Shawn Garvey (October 23) and jazz guitarist George Grosman & Co. (October 30). They’re followed by flamenco guitarist Jorge Mendoza (November 6), Beautiful Music with Shannon Caine (November 13), vocalist Holly Sahmel (November 20), soprano Shirley Wang and pianist Mark Looney (November 27), the multicultural Alborea Dances troupe (December 4) and singers Chris and Beatrice Belt (December 11). Garvey, who’s also senior minister at First Congregational Church




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EVENTS of Winter Park, returns on December 18. Free. 656 N. Park Ave. (adjacent to the Winter Park Golf Course). 407.628.8200. Choral Masterpiece Series. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s first Masterpiece Series concert of the season features Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (with organ), Giacomo Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, and Paul Moravec’s Spirit (a cantata with text excerpted from Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography). The performance is slated for October 22 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23 at 2 p.m. In addition, on November 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra is partnering with GladdeningLight to present Voices of Light, a critically acclaimed multimedia event that merges the legendary silent-film masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc, with a live performance of an oratorio by composer Richard Einhorn. For more details about The Passion of Joan of Arc, see page 36. Both events are in Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins College campus. Tickets are priced from $25 to $65. 407.646.2182. Visiting Artist Series. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s visiting-artist series begins its season on October 16 with critically acclaimed Trio Solisti, which consists of Maria Bachmann, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; and Fabio Bidini, piano. The program, which begins at 3 p.m., includes Haydn Trio in C Major, Hob.

XV:27; Chausson Trio in G minor, Op. 3; and Brahms Trio in B Major, Op. 8. Tickets are priced from $35 to $55. Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus. 407.646.2182. Classical Piano Music for Four Hands. The University Club of Winter Park presents Eda Shlyam and her daughter, Rose Shlyam Grace, performing piano works for four hands by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Philip Wharton and Gabriel Faure. The Russianborn Shlyam has had a distinguished career as a pianist in both the former Soviet Union and the U.S.; her daughter has been an associate professor of music at Bethune-Cookman University since 2009. The program, slated for October 19, begins at 1 p.m. Club members are admitted free; nonmembers are asked for a $5 donation. University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407.644.6149.

CELEBRATIONS Cows ’n Cabs. It’s a celebration of food and wine with some of the area’s best chefs and restaurants at the helm — and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Community Food and Outreach Center and to Elevate Orlando. The October 22 event, which includes live music, begins at 7 p.m in the West Meadow of Central Park, 150 N. New York Ave. Tickets range from $110 to $500 a person.

10th Annual Peacock Ball. The Winter Park History Museum’s annual fundraiser takes place this year in Rollins College’s Alfond Inn. In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, Winter Park: The War Years, 1941-1945 — Home Front Life in an American Small Town, the November 4 ball salutes World War II veterans who live in Winter Park. Tickets are $200 per person, or $1,600 for a non-sponsor table of eight. 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park.

EVENTS Fall Sidewalk Sale. In concert with the Winter Park Autumn Arts Festival, you can shop ’til you drop October 6 through 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during this seasonal extravaganza organized by the Park Avenue Merchants Association. The sale precedes, and then coincides, with that weekend’s festival. Participating merchants offer savings of 50 to 75 percent off. 407.644.8281. Sip, Stroll and #ShopSmall. As a lead-up to Small Business Saturday on November 26, the Park Avenue Merchants Association invites you to stroll and sip your away along the region’s premier retail thoroughfare. On November 17, a $25 ticket sets you on a wine walk spotlighting many of the area’s favorite locally owned shops and restaurants. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at participating locations along the way, rain or shine. The event is held from 5 to 8 p.m., and reservations are encouraged. Check-in is at the corner of Park Avenue and Morse Boulevard, where ticketholders receive their wine glasses and “passports.” You must be 21 or older to attend, and must check in before 7 p.m. 407.644.8281. Harriett’s Fashion on the Avenue. Each year, Park Avenue Merchants Association shops and boutiques join forces to transform the downtown business district into one of the premier fall-fashion events in the Southeastern U.S., with a full schedule of trunk shows, designer meet-and-greets, exclusive sales and VIP parties. This year’s event, again named for fashionista-philanthropist Harriett Lake, is November 1 through 5. For more information, see the insert in this edition of Winter Park Magazine. GrowVember Fall Plant Sale. Autumn is a fabulous time for planting in Florida, with cooler weather and fewer bugs. Which is why, on November 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mead Botanical Garden is hosting a variety of plant and nursery vendors offering a large selection of plants, home-and-garden accessories and specialty items. Early birds can shop the day before, November 4, from 3 to 7 p.m.


Why Bromeliads? Exotic and Fun to Grow Plants. The Winter Park Garden Club presents a talk by Lisa Robinette, vice president of the Bromeliad Society of Central Florida, whose presentations in past years have been sellouts. This one is at 10 a.m. on October 12. Robinette not only talks about bromeliads, she brings some special ones for sale. 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. 407.644.5770. W I N T E R P A R K MAG AZI N E | FALL 2016

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Fun with Flowers — Autumn Arrangements: This Winter Park Garden Club program, on October 12 at 1 p.m., features Cathey Bowers and Emily Bader, who demonstrate how to create interesting autumnal flower arrangements using lanterns as vases. Tickets are priced at $25 each, with reservations due by October 10. Attendees should bring garden clippers with them. 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. 407.644.5770.



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Good Morning Winter Park. Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, these monthly gatherings attract civic-minded locals who enjoy coffee and conversation about community issues. Typically scheduled for the second Friday of each month; upcoming dates include October 7, November 11 and December 9. Networking begins at 7:45 a.m.; each month’s program begins at 8:15 a.m. Admission, which includes a complimentary continental breakfast, is free. Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park. 407.644.8281. Winter Park Executive Women. Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, these monthly lunchtime gatherings feature guest speakers and provide networking opportunities for women business owners. Topics revolve around leadership development, business growth and local initiatives of special interest to women. Typically scheduled for 11:30 a.m. the first Monday of most months; upcoming dates include October 3, November 7 and December 5. Admission, which includes lunch, is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers; reservations are required. Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park. 407.644.8281. C



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CAUSES Happy Hour for Hunger. Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for this fall-themed charitable fund-raiser, which features drinks and appetizers provided by favorite Winter Park restaurants along with live entertainment and a photo booth. Proceeds from the 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. event benefit Feed the Need Winter Park, a communitywide effort to raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Tickets are priced at $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 407.644.8281.


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CoffeeTalk. These free gatherings, sponsored by the City of Winter Park on the second Thursday of each month, offer an opportunity to discuss issues with top city officials. Coffee is supplied by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. Upcoming topics and guests: Commissioner Pete Weldon (October 20) and City Manager Randy Knight (November 3). The hour-long sessions start at 8 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park. 407.644.8281.

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Soldiers march along Park Avenue as Winter Park prepares itself for war. This evocative photograph was originally made available courtesy of the Rollins College Archives, and was restored and colorized by Will Setzer of Design 7 Studio. A mural-sized version is currently on display at the museum.


If you’re despairing over the state of the country and wondering if there was ever a time when just about everyone rallied around a common cause, then the ongoing exhibit at the Winter Park History Museum may provide a patriotic pickme-up. Winter Park: The War Years, 1941-1945 — Home Front Life in an American Small Town is a bracing look back at a time when entire communities banded together to help defeat a common enemy and protect a cherished way of life. Of course, the military did the actual fighting in World War II. But those who stayed behind also sacrificed and tried to contribute in whatever way they could. The exhibition, which makes ingenious use of the museum’s small space, entwines the lives of the men and women fighting overseas with the lives of their friends and family members. You’ll see an interactive 1940s’ living room, kitchen and child’s bedroom surrounded by the artifacts of war, including pristine uniforms, as well as films, letters, photographs and newspapers of the era. The ceiling is hung with aircraft replicas. “World War II is such an interesting time in our country’s history,” says Susan Skolfield, the museum’s executive director. “The climate was very different then. Everyone, in every American town, pulled together for a common goal. It was

the saddest of times, and yet embedded in the music and movies of the time is a joyful optimism — the sort of patriotism we haven’t seen since.” But it was a frightening time as well. The exhibit includes rules issued by Winter Park Mayor John Moody that instruct locals on what to do in case of enemy attack. German U-boats could be seen off the nation’s eastern seaboard — several German soldiers famously stumbled ashore in Jacksonville — so the idea of an invasion in Florida was plausible. Winter Park: The War Years runs through the spring of 2018. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are accepted. It’s located in the Farmers’ Market building at 200 W. New England Ave. And don’t forget about the 10th Annual Peacock Ball, the museum’s annual fundraiser, slated for November 4. This year, it’s a salute to local World War II veterans, and takes place at the Alfond Inn. Tickets are $200 per person, or $1,600 for a nonsponsored table of eight. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about the museum and the Peacock Ball, visit — Randy Noles FA L L 2 0 1 6 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E



When McRae Art Studios lost its warehouse studios, artist John Whipple had to pack up and move his stockpile of sprockets, springs, machine parts, farm implements, bird cages, door knobs, light fixtures, and other assorted flotsam and jetsam he needed for his whimsical creations.


ohn Whipple is a hoarder. It’s not that he’s neurotic. It’s more like an occupational hazard. Whipple is a Winter Park artist, one who’s suddenly in need of a new home, along with his mad-hatter, found-object sculptures and the formidable collection of garage-sale and junkyard finds he uses to make them. He’s a charter member of McRae Art Studios, a collective of 22 artists who, from 1998 until September of this year, shared studio space in a warehouse on Railroad Avenue near Winter Park Village. Whipple’s section of the collective’s 10,000-squarefoot complex was especially crowded. Over the years, Whipple’s lair took on the character of a disjointed, post-apocalyptic storehouse, filled with the sprockets, springs, machine parts, farm implements, bird cages, door knobs, light fixtures, and other assorted flotsam and jetsam he needed for his whimsical creations, which resemble a Greatest Show on Earth parade that’s been infiltrated by the cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas. All of which, a few weeks ago, had to go. “I’ve filled up 40 bins already,” Whipple said, as a moving-day deadline loomed. “It’s like a bowl of spaghetti. It just seems to fall back in on itself.” He and the other McRae artists are looking for a safe place to land after losing their home to Winter Park’s latest surge of redevelopment. The warehouse — or, rather, the land on which it stands — will be absorbed into the big-money retail corridor around



U.S. 17-92 and Lee Road, where a Whole Foods outlet and a Nordstrom Rack store are scheduled to open next year. Hello, cash registers. So long, easels. Winter Park’s commercial boom will displace a colorful, close-knit group of free spirits who suffered for their art together — particularly during the summer months, since only parts of the warehouse were air-conditioned. For years, the collective’s two annual open-house sales have punctuated Winter Park’s cultural calendar. One sale was held in the spring, before the heat set in, and the other just before Christmas. The artists shared the rent, made group decisions on whom to include when a new space opened up, and generally grew accustomed to relying on one another for friendship, inspiration, babysitters, marital advice and the occasional spare couch to crash on in emergencies. Now they share another bond. They’re homeless (or, more accurately, studioless). Most of them hope to reunite in a new location, though it probably won’t be in Winter Park, where they were unable to find a suitable facility. The collective’s first headquarters was in Orlando: a warehouse on McRae Avenue — hence the name — near Florida Hospital. It was rented in 1986 by Whipple’s parents, the late George Whipple and his wife, Marty. She’s a painter who’s still a member of the

group. He simply loved artists, one in particular, enough to create a collaborative space for her and her cohorts. Roughly 100 painters, sculptors and photographers have come and gone since then, attracted by both the camaraderie and economy. “One of the tricks of being an artist is that you get good at being poor,” says painter Stephen Bach, a longtime member of the collective, as is his wife, Susan, a potter. Bach notes another practical advantage of a warehouse: There’s no carpet to ruin, no furniture to splatter. “That’s the thing about artists,” he says. “We’re messy.” Some cities have revitalized blighted areas by repurposing abandoned warehouses and incorporating them into arts districts. It’s a strategy that Orlando briefly flirted with when a stretch of galleries and studios cropped up along Alden Avenue, just up the railroad tracks from the collective’s former digs. But hopes for what was once heralded as a budding Ivanhoe Village arts district evaporated last year, when the warehouses were sold to a developer, Chance Gordy, who had them demolished to make way for shops, restaurants and an 800-unit residential high rise. One of the possibilities being explored by the collective is a move to an existing commercial building near the planned Creative Village in downtown Orlando, where they would share space with Artreach Orlando, a non-profit organization that works with children in underserved communities. Such an arrangement would be a natural fit for both groups. But even if the deal goes through, the space wouldn’t be ready for occupancy for months. In the meantime, although moral support is just a phone call away for the collective, they’re on their own when it comes to the more immediate matter of finding individual workspaces. Toward that end, longtime McRae artist Cindy Anderson has a simple strategy: “I guess I’ll just go home and make smaller paintings for a while.” Michael McLeod is a contributing writer for Winter Park Magazine and an adjunct instructor in the English department at Rollins College.



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