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28 | THE INFLUENTIALS Who makes a difference in Winter Park? Let’s welcome the class of 2017. By the Editors, photographs by Rafael Tongol
HEALTH 10 | WELLNESS WORLD The City of Winter Park recently designated the Winter Park Memorial Hospital campus and property surrounding it as a Medical Arts District. If all goes according to plan, health and wellness could soon become as prominent locally as arts and culture. By Randy Noles
62 | A SETTING FOR STYLE Winter Park Magazine’s creative team decided to stage its summer fashion feature at one of the city’s most beautiful homes — a modern masterpiece in the canal-front Lake Maitland Owl Preserve neighborhood. Photographs by Rafael Tongol, styling by Marianne Ilunga, makeup and hair by Elsie Knab
AN INSTITUTE OF IDEAS The Winter Park Institute’s 2017-18 Speaker Series includes an author, an entrepreneur, a poet, an artist, an astronaut and an NBA legend. By Randy Noles SPEC IAL S EC T I ON
REMEMBRANCE 20 | A DREAMER AND A DOER George Herbst made certain that Rollins College was both beautiful and bountiful. But his legacy extends beyond the campus. By Randy Noles and Lorrie Kyle, lead photograph by Judy Watson Tracy
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t’s always fun to meet other local-history geeks. And, thanks to Peg Cornwell, associate to (and spouse of) the president of Rollins College, I met a fellow Class of ’73 Winter Park Wildcat who has been advocating an idea that I floated in this column a couple of years ago. The column got a lot of attaboys at the time. But when nothing of consequence resulted, I let the matter drop. However, I’m betting that Mary Grace Gordon, who lives with her family on Holt Avenue in the College Quarter Historic District, will be a lot more persistent than I was. Here was the proposal: A city street on Winter Park’s west side ought to be renamed in honor of Gustavus “Gus” Henderson, one of the city’s most influential early residents. Henderson, an African-American, was a newspaper publisher, an entrepreneur and a civic activist who rallied his neighbors and was instrumental in making certain that a contentious referendum to incorporate Winter Park passed in 1887. Like many African-Americans during the 1880s, Henderson and his family moved here because Winter Park was thought to be a relatively enlightened place where they could own their own homes — albeit only on the west side’s designated “colored lots” — and control their own destinies. The politically savvy Henderson, who had been a traveling salesman, started a print shop and later established the Winter Park Advocate, a weekly newspaper that primarily covered activities in the Hannibal Square community but was also widely read east of the railroad tracks. Henderson was an ardent Republican, as were most African-Americans at the time. When Winter Park was incorporated with boundaries encompassing Hannibal Square, the political balance of power shifted. So, William C. Comstock, a grain merchant from Chicago, led an effort in 1893 by Democrats to de-annex the close-knit neighborhood. Although Winter Park’s elected officials refused to change the boundaries, the Florida Legislature did so over their opposition. In the pages of the Advocate, an anonymous editorial writer — probably Henderson — wondered how Comstock and his associates “could sign their names to such an undermining petition, and one showing such bitterness toward the colored population of this town … there never was a more bitter spirit in existence against the colored people than
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what is hid behind this scheme.” Henderson left Winter Park several years later, and Hannibal Square was re-annexed in 1925. But guess who has a street named for him? Indeed, a street that runs right through the west side? That’s right. It’s not Henderson but Comstock, whose stretch of asphalt — divided into three segments — originates adjacent to the SunTrust parking garage in downtown Winter Park and runs west all the way to U.S. 17-92. No, this isn’t quite the moral affront that a west side street bearing the name of, let’s say, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest (who later joined the Ku Klux Klan) would be. Still, it indicates a disregard for the heritage of the west side — and is a slap in the face to the memory of Henderson. Mary Grace, using her powers of persuasion and bolstered by substantive research, has made a case to several city commissioners that the stretch of West Comstock that originates at the railroad tracks behind Kiki’s and spills onto Denning Drive ought to be renamed for Henderson. This gives Henderson his due and keeps Comstock on the east side, where he belongs. It can be done, and it’s not that hard. The city has a relatively simple procedure in place for renaming streets, which begins with a petition of contiguous property owners. Simply put, if William Comstock has a street — especially on the west side, which he felt to be unworthy of inclusion into Winter Park — then Gus Henderson should have one, too. He earned it.
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PRESERVING THE PAST STEPHEN BACH’S PAINTING OF THE WARD HOUSE IS A STROKE OF GENIUS.
The historic Ward House sits, unoccupied but meticulously restored and maintained, in the midst of the Genius Preserve, a lush 48-acre site owned by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. The preserve is a privately owned oasis of Old Florida adjacent to the upscale Windsong subdivision.
he modest wood-frame house shown on Winter Park Magazine’s cover isn’t the sort of mansion you might expect to find along Lake Berry’s shoreline. In fact, you’ve probably never even seen the house, since it sits, unoccupied but lovingly maintained, in the midst of the Genius Preserve, a lush 48-acre site owned by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. The preserve is a privately owned oasis of Old Florida adjacent to the upscale Windsong subdivision. Next to the house, known colloquially as the Ward House, is a restored citrus packing plant — unused, but pristine — while a short walk away is “Wind Song,” the Spanish revival manor once occupied by Hugh and Jeannette Genius McKean. Wind Song was originally built in 1936 by Jeannette’s father, Dr. Richard Genius, on land inherited from his father, Charles Hosmer Morse. Jeannette’s mother, Elizabeth Morse Genius, had died in 1928. Morse, Jeannette’s grandfather, was the Chicago industrialist who developed much of Winter Park in the early 1900s, and lived here year-round following his retirement. That more opulent house, abutting Lake Virginia, is likewise unoccupied.
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But it remains furnished, just as though Hugh and Jeannette, iconic Winter Parkers who died in 1995 and 1989, respectively, were still in residence — perhaps upstairs preparing for the arrival of dinner guests. If the whole setup gives you a slightly spooky Twilight Zone-type vibe, you aren’t alone. This is, indeed, an unusual piece of ground — steeped in Winter Park lore and swarming with prominent ghosts. But since this was Morse-Genius-McKean property, how did the Ward House come to be there in the first place? The answer is, it wasn’t there in the first place. It was originally built in 1886, on property nearby that was part of the 152-acre tract sold to Windsong’s developers. The foundation board voted to move the Ward House — and, thankfully for local historians, the packing plant — to its present site in the 1990s, thus sparing them from demolition. It’s one of those quirky only-in-Winter Park stories. Despite its moniker as the Ward House, the homey Cracker classic was originally built by Dr. Nathan Barrows, a transplanted New Englander who practiced medicine but became a professor of mathematics at newly
founded Rollins College when he moved to Winter Park in 1885. He was also an original college trustee and a signatory to the town charter in 1887. (Winter Park wasn’t incorporated as a city until 1925.) By all accounts, the Barrows family — which included wife Susan and two sons — created a lovely home with verdant grounds. “[Barrows] has built a neat and comfortable house, and has got trees, vines, flowers, vegetables and grass well started,” enthused a reporter in an 1887 edition of Lochmede, a local newspaper. “Those who think it takes 10 years to make a home in Florida should go and see what can be done in one, if only a little thought and care and muscle are put out at interest during the time.” When his health began to fail in the 1890s, Barrows and his family returned to Massachusetts, where he died in 1900. Susan Barrows then sold the house to H.A. “Harley” Ward, yet another important but sometimes overlooked figure in Winter Park history. A civic jack-of-all-trades, Ward was the local agent managing the interests of Charles Hosmer Morse. He was also a former alderman and mayor, and an entrepreneur involved in business ranging from banking to insurance to agriculture. Ward died in 1954, but his family continued to own the house until 1965. It was eventually acquired by the Winter Park Land Company, which Ward had served as vice president, then by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, which was founded by Jeannette in honor of her mother in 1959. “My dad and his seven siblings all grew up there,” says Harold A. Ward, an attorney with Winderweedle, Ward, Haines & Woodman whose clients include the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation — which supports the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art — and the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. “When we restored the house after it was moved, some minor additions my grandfather added were removed — so it
should be about as Professor Barrow originally built it.” The painting of the Ward House was done by Stephen Bach last year in recognition of the law firm’s 85th anniversary. Bach’s work has appeared on the cover of Winter Park Magazine more than that of any other artist. That’s a testament not only to the breathtaking quality of his work, but also to his penchant for choosing local subjects. And, of course, his versatility. Bach is equally adept at painting images of moody urbanscapes, lush landscapes and quaint Cracker-style houses. Bach, an Orlando native who trained at the Pratt Institute in New York City, began his career traveling across the U.S. to paint murals in nearly 500 Olive Garden restaurants in 47 states. (The parent company of the ubiquitous Italian eateries, then General Mills and now Darden Restaurants, is located in Orlando.) Fifteen years ago, Bach decided to pursue his goal of becoming a fine-art landscape painter. He works out of MacRae Art Studios, now located at 1000 Arlington Street, Orlando, and travels to festivals around the country. He has emerged as the go-to artist for special-event posters. His painting, Veteran’s Fountain by Night, was selected as the official poster of the 2013 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. And, for 10 of its 14 years, he was the poster artist for the Winter Park Concours d’Elegance, an annual collector-car show. In addition to classic cars and rural landscapes, Bach is fascinated by homes and commercial buildings. His knack for capturing the personalities of structures is why he was asked to render a portrait of the historic CapenShowalter House, which appeared on the cover of the Winter 2016 issue of Winter Park Magazine. For more information about Bach’s work visit stephenbach.com or mcraeartstudios.com. — Randy Noles
Stephen Bach, an Orlando native who trained at the Pratt Institute in New York City, began his career traveling across the U.S. to paint murals in nearly 500 Olive Garden restaurants in 47 states. Today, he’s one of the region’s best known fine artists.
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Winter Park Memorial’s $85 million Nicholson Pavilion will add 80 all-private patient rooms — with space for 80 more in the future — as well as a new main lobby. Completion of the five-story project will also mean that most of the hospital’s existing 320 beds will become private.
WELLNESS WORLD With expansions and partnerships, Winter Park Memorial is helping to transform the Lakemont Avenue corridor into a leading-edge medical hub. BY RANDY NOLES
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hen the City of Winter Park, during the updating of its comprehensive plan, designated the Winter Park Memorial Hospital campus and contiguous property as a Medical Arts District, it merely codified what has been apparent for several years. The Lakemont Avenue corridor and the surrounding neighborhood is emerging as a health and wellness hub to rival those found in much larger cities. The designation prohibits residential development in the immediate vicinity of the hospital, except for such projects as assisted living, independent living and memory care facilities. Exceptions may be made for industry-specific workforce housing. At the epicenter of this burgeoning wellness world will be Winter Park Memorial, which can trace its beginnings to 1951. That’s when a group of community leaders, frustrated at having to drive to Orlando for care, bought 15 acres on what had been the golf course of the long-defunct Aloma Country Club. The group, known as the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Association, raised more than $850,000 from 2,500 individual donors. Ground was broken in 1953, and the
Jennifer Wandersleben has spent her entire career with Adventist Health System, and in April was named administrator of Winter Park Memorial. She’s set to preside over a period of unprecedented growth.
hospital opened its doors — with great fanfare — in 1955. There were 58 beds, two operating rooms, a fracture room and a delivery room. About 12,000 people called Winter Park home in the Eisenhower era. Today, nearly 30,000 people live within the city’s corporate limits, and thousands more on its periphery. So the hospital is growing to stay ahead of demand, which will only increase as the population ages. During its first year, Winter Park Memorial served 2,000 patients, delivered 200 babies and became known as the “hospital with a heart.” Adventist Health System — which is based in Altamonte Springs and operates 45 hospitals in nine states — bought the Winter Park facility in 2000. It then became part of Florida Hospital, which has 22 campuses throughout Central and Southwest Florida. Today, with 320 beds, Winter Park Memorial recorded more than 75,000 visits and 16,000 inpatient admissions last year. More than 3,400 babies were delivered — the second-most among the 18 hospitals under the Florida Hospital umbrella. And expansion is accelerating, with the hospital’s own Nicholson Pavilion, and through a collaboration with the community-based Winter Park Health Foundation in the adjacent Center for Health & Wellbeing, which is slated to open late next year. “Down the road, we’ll also be knocking down portions of the old hospital and modernizing it,” says administrator Jennifer Wandersleben. A major focus, she says, will be redesigning the exterior of the main building that faces Lakemont Avenue, where the emergency room is. Winter Park Memorial’s main entrance is on Edinburgh Drive, but Lakemont is far more heavily traveled. Wandersleben says plans for renovating and enhancing the most visible part of the hospital are now being formulated. Currently underway just east of the hospital is
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Pretty much the entire city showed up for Winter Park Memorial’s grand opening in 1955 (top). That’s not surprising, since more than 2,500 locals contributed to the building fund. The original facility (above) was designed by Winter Park architect James Gamble Rogers II.
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the $85 million Nicholson Pavilion, which will add 80 all-private patient rooms — with space for 80 more in the future — as well as a new main lobby. Completion of the five-story project will also mean that most of the hospital’s existing 320 beds will become private. The Mediterranean-style building, which is set to open in 2019, is named for local philanthropists Tony and Sonja Nicholson. “We feel blessed to be able to share with the Winter Park community in this way,” says Tony Nicholson, who with his wife is also namesake of the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida and Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center at Celebration. “We’re excited for the impact this pavilion will have,” he adds. “Remember, this is where life begins and where we come to get the best medical attention during our lifetimes.” Tom Yochum, past board president of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Family Foundation, agrees that the pavilion — which represents the largest investment in the hospital’s history — will be an important step forward. “As an almost 50-year resident of Winter Park and a patient at times in this hospital, I know this pavilion will bring to Winter Park a facility that will meet the needs of our community for a
long time to come,” he says. As soon as it opens, the pavilion will house orthopedics, followed by medical and surgical services. Wandersleben says there’ll also be a “legacy wall” that will tell the story of the hospital’s beginnings and celebrate its more than 60-year relationship with the community. Florida Hospital will also have a 15,000-squarefoot presence in the Center for Health & Wellbeing, a $40 million facility taking shape just south of the hospital on the site of the old Philip & Peggy Crosby YMCA. The center will boast clinical space, rooms for education and community activities, a café and demonstration kitchen as well as an upgraded Crosby Y. The hospital is planning to offer primary care, pharmacy, nutrition, physical therapy, mental health and massage therapy at the center, says Wandersleben. Financial incentives within the healthcare industry are shifting to value wellness and not just office visits, tests and procedures, she adds. And that’s another reason why affiliating with the center makes sense: Seventh-day Adventist medical pioneers were promoting the benefits of fresh air, sunshine and healthful eating 150 years ago. Says Wandersleben: “We’re going back to our roots.”
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In 2009, the recently retired George Herbst returned to Rollins to check out the pedestrian bridge that was named in his honor. According to former President Rita Bornstein, who hired Herbst, “there was no problem he couldn’t solve.”
A DREAMER AND A DOER George Herbst made certain that Rollins was both beautiful and bountiful. But his legacy extends beyond the campus. BY RANDY NOLES AND LORRIE KYLE LEAD PHOTOGRAPH BY JUDY WATSON TRACY
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hen George Herbst came to Rollins College in 1996 as treasurer and vice president for business and finance, he ended up overseeing the largest building boom in the college’s modern history. Herbst, who retired in 2008, died in May at 79 after a yearlong battle with throat cancer. He also aggressively sought opportunities to purchase off-campus properties, and quarterbacked the development — controversial at the time — of SunTrust Plaza and an adjacent parking garage on college-owned property at the 400 block of Park Avenue South. Today, land purchases for future expansion and strategic commercial ventures for revenue generation are standard operating procedure at institutions of higher learning — at least those with the resources and expertise to be successful. And few have been more successful than Rollins, whose real estate investments are earning a handsome return. In fact, the college is today the city’s second-largest taxpayer, behind only Winter Park Village. “George deserves a lot of credit for being at the forefront of a national trend,” says Scott Bitikofer, the college’s assistant vice president for facilities management, who was mentored by Herbst. “He was brilliant, and a man of tremendous energy.” In addition, Herbst became deeply involved in the city’s civic life, strengthening town-and-gown relationships and nurturing the symbiotic relationship that has existed between Rollins and Winter Park since the 1880s. “From the moment George agreed to become my vice president, he immersed himself in the history and culture of Rollins and Winter Park,” recalls Rita Bornstein, who was named president in 1990 and became legendary for her fundraising
REMEMBRANCE prowess. “He was both a dreamer and a doer. There was no problem he couldn’t solve.” So it seemed. During Herbst’s tenure, the college built, expanded or renovated more than 30 facilities, renewing the campus and garnering national recognition for the stunning results. The appearance of Herbst in a crisply pressed white shirt, neatly knotted silk tie and construction hard hat was a familiar sight on campus. But not all of his responsibilities were so visible. He also oversaw the college’s budget and investments, human resources and risk management, campus security and environmental safety, and information technology infrastructure and support services. A catalogue of his accomplishments would also include campus and comprehensive housing master plans and the first economic and community impact study in more than a decade. It was said that Herbst never saw a piece of real estate he didn’t like. Indeed, while he was on the job the college bought apartments, offices and singlefamily homes for use by new and visiting faculty. But Herbst may be best remembered for SunTrust Plaza, which was built on the site of what had been Park Avenue Elementary. The beloved red-brick building had been bought by the college in 1961 for use as classrooms and offices. But by the late 1980s, it had become structurally unsafe. The college announced plans to demolish the building and redevelop the site, outraging many longtime residents who had attended the school and had a sentimental attachment to it. The building was razed, but the block remained vacant. Herbst was eventually tasked by Bornstein and the college trustees with selling the community on a development plan. In a 2015 interview with Winter Park Magazine, Herbst said the college considered simply selling the land and letting an outside developer take the heat. But, he added, “the more we looked at it, the more self-development made sense.” Herbst said he gave presentations “to every group around town — and it was before PowerPoint, so I lugged around all these renderings. People were afraid we were going to build a skyscraper. They were afraid that whatever we built wasn’t going to be on the tax rolls. There was a lot of doubt.” SunTrust Plaza, after considerable discussion and debate, was opened in 1999 as a threestory, 82,000-square-foot complex abutting an 850-space parking garage. Tenants include Gap, Starbucks, Restoration Hardware and Merrill Lynch, as well as its namesake bank. At 40 feet tall, the structure exceeds the city’s height limit by 10 feet. But with the third story partially recessed, it doesn’t feel out of scale with the rest of Park Avenue. And it provides the city with $248,890 in annual property tax revenue.
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Herbst’s impact extended beyond the Rollins campus. Among the most notable examples are the construction of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce headquarters (top) on West Lyman Avenue and the development of SunTrust Plaza (above) on Park Avenue.
Herbst was a mainstay at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, heading the building committee that built the organization’s headquarters and welcome center on West Lyman Avenue, and even serving as interim chief executive officer. In 2005, the chamber named him its Citizen of the Year. He also chaired the Winter Park Health Foundation, which funds major health initiatives and is now building the state-of-the-art Center for Health & Wellbeing adjacent to Winter Park Memorial Hospital. But perhaps Herbst’s most enduring achievement — and certainly his most visible — is the picture-postcard campus itself, which is cited on virtually every “most beautiful” list published for the past decade or more. Although his name appears only on the Herbst Overlook, a small pedestrian bridge skirting Lake
Virginia that was paid for by a personal donation from Herbst, the “dreamer and doer’s” obsessive attention to detail can be seen everywhere you look when visiting Rollins. For example, the ornate McKean Gateway at the terminus of Park Avenue South, built in 2002 as the college’s first formal entrance, was subject to Herbst’s exacting aesthetic standards, recalls Bornstein. “Before we chose the finials (the decorative element atop the structure), George walked the campus carefully, observing every finial there was to assure architectural consistency,” she says. Adds Allan E. Keen, president of the college’s board of trustees: “George’s skills weren’t limited to real estate. He also modernized our investment practices and policies that led the college to impressive investment gains. He left quite a legacy — and he was quite a man.”
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Influentials WHO M A K E S A DIF F E R E N CE I N W IN T E R PA RK ? LE T ’ S WE LCO M E T H E CLA S S O F 2 017. By the Editors Photographs by Rafael Tongol
HEN WINTER PARK MAGAZINE RAN ITS FIRST “MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOple” feature in 2015, we thought it would be a one-off. We didn’t anticipate how positive the response would be to the concept of saluting people who — often quietly — make a difference through their professions, their volunteerism, their philanthropy, their talents or their community engagement. We didn’t anticipate the level of interest, either. Each year, we’ve received hundreds of nominations — and this year was no different. Final selections were made by a panel consisting of previous Influentials. As usual, not everyone who made the list is influential in a big-picture way. Some of the selectees are well known, while others operate under the radar. What they all have in common, however, is a love for Winter Park — and a desire to make it an even more special place in which to live, work and play. Past Influential’s include (in alphabetical order): Dan Bellows, Cindy Bowman LaFronz, Jeffrey Blydenburgh, Daniel Butts, Grant and Peg Cornwell, Julian Chambliss, Patrick Chapin, Carolyn Cooper, Mary Daniels, Jeff Eisenbarth, Sue Foreman, Shawn Garvey, Steve Goldman, Sarah Grafton, Jane Hames, Jill Hamilton Buss, Debra Hendrickson, Catherine Hinman, Phil Kean, Allan Keen, Linda Keen and Randy Knight. Also: Debbie Komanski, Linda Kulmann, Steve Leary, Lambrine Macejewski, Anne Mooney, Ronnie Moore, Patty Maddox, David Odahowski, Betsy Rogers Owens, John Rife, Thad Seymour, Shawn Shaffer, Susan Skolfield, Sam Stark, Dori Stone, John and Gail Sinclair, Fr. Richard Walsh, Harold Ward, Bill Weir, Pete Weldon and Becky Wilson. On behalf of the past Influentials — and the staff of Winter Park Magazine — congratulations and welcome to the Class of 2017. Let’s meet them on the following pages.
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Jim Barnes at Seacoast Bank, which acquired BankFIRST in 2014.
THE QUIET HELPER President, Jambarco Investment Group
IM BARNES DOESN’T RUN A BANK ANYMORE, but he still uses a banker’s methodical approach to getting things done for Winter Park. He’s active as a board member for Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business, the Mayflower Retirement Community and the city’s Lakes & Waterways Advisory Board, among others. (The water is much cleaner than it used to be, Barnes says, though there’s definitely more work to do.) “Being part of a bank, you have to take something from an idea to fruition,” says Barnes, who founded BankFIRST in 1989 and grew it into a major regional lender. “It always involves many steps — it’s not just one thing.” Barnes, the son of a mortgage banker, began his career in Michigan, starting an insurance agency in Detroit with a partner when he was just 18. He earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Wharton School of Finance, then helped build his family’s financial businesses and started others of his own. But the second oil shock in 1978 nearly crippled the auto industry, and Barnes, then almost 40, knew the time had come for a move. “There were no excess funds around — consumers couldn’t buy houses,” he says of Detroit at that time. He discovered Winter Park through a friend and moved here in 1983, eventually starting BankFIRST, which grew to 12 offices in Central Florida. He retired as chairman when the bank was sold to Seacoast Banking Corp. in 2014. Along the way, Barnes also served as chairman of other major Winter Park institutions, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Winter Park Health Foundation. Now 76, he continues to run a real-estate asset firm called Jambarco Investment Group, and a foundation named for him and his wife, Diana, is taking shape. Having given so much to his adopted hometown during the second act of his life, Barnes hints that he still has more to give: “We’re considering a legacy that’s Winter Park-oriented.”
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“To me, it’s extremely important that we preserve the downtown/Central Park area. It’s a huge asset, and it needs to continue its character as time evolves.”
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“Apart from his business accomplishments, Jim has quietly helped more people than anyone in this town will ever know … very unassuming ... just the epitome of a good citizen and a good friend.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
ROLLINS’ WONDER WOMAN Retired President, Rollins College
INCE ROLLINS COLLEGE AND WINTER PARK are so intertwined, it’s no surprise that past presidents tend to remain within the community — and to continue their good works long after their tenures end. Rita Bornstein, who headed the college from 1990 to 2004, was not only the first female president, but was also key in placing the prestigious liberal arts institution on solid financial footing and presiding over unprecedented enhancements to academics and to the campus itself — which is today universally regarded as one of the most beautiful in the U.S. Bornstein, 81, came to Rollins as vice president for development at the University of Miami. At the time, she was considered something of an unconventional choice, both for her gender and her background as a fundraiser, not an academic. “But look at what we got,” said Allan Keen, chairman of the presidential search committee upon Bornstein’s retirement. “The risk turned out to be no risk at all.” On the development front, the college’s endowment grew from $39 million to more than $260 million under Bornstein, thanks in part to a $93.3 million bequest from alumnus trustees George D. Cornell and his wife, Harriett. Bornstein’s formidable fundraising goal of $100 million — more than double any previous fundraising goal set by Rollins — was exceeded by more than $60 million. Bornstein was credited with the largest building boom in decades at the college, and a program of buying property adjacent to the college for development and future expansion. The McKean Gateway — the first-ever official entrance to the campus at South Park Avenue — was erected, and the college’s already lofty academic rankings soared during the “Bornstein Era.” Today, Bornstein serves on the boards of the Winter Park Health Foundation, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the Parkinson Association of Central Florida. She’s the recipient of numerous academic and community awards, including the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Decade in 2004 and the John Young History Maker Award in 2013.
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“My goals for Winter Park are to assure that we have a healthy and diverse community. That we balance fealty to tradition with initiatives that keep up with contemporary ways of shopping, dining, exercising, entertaining and educating our children and ourselves. It’s important to continue to nurture our preeminent cultural and educational offerings.”
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“Rita was a pioneer and a trailblazer … helped set the stage for modern-day Rollins … her advice and involvement are still sought out … the Wonder Woman of her day — heck, she still is Wonder Woman.”
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Rita Bornstein at the campus of Rollins College.
THE IMAGE BUILDER President, Linda Costa Communications Group
OR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, LINDA COSTA HAS been at the forefront of the public relations industry, building a successful full-service communications company with clients of all sizes, including some Fortune 500 powerhouses. Yet, Costa has always maintained a commitment to providing pro bono work for causes in which she believes. She founded Linda Costa Communications in 1985 as a writing company dubbed, appropriately, Wordwise. Since then, she has served on numerous nonprofit boards and has donated an array of services — including branding strategies, message development, collateral material and public relations guidance — to such organizations as the Adult Literacy League, Community Based Care of Central Florida, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, the Parkinson Association of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and others. In fact, since its inception, Costa’s Winter Park-based company — which now employs more than 20 people — has donated nearly 15,000 hours, valued at more than $1 million. Costa, 67, has earned roughly 400 local, state and national accolades, including a 1991 nod as Outstanding Public Relations Professional from the Orlando Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. That’s a pretty heady resumé for a woman who began her career as a high-school English teacher and later became a reporter at a small daily newspaper in western Pennsylvania, where she was born. Costa’s philosophy of paying it forward was recognized in 2006 with the Summit Award from the Women’s Resource Center of Central Florida, which salutes women for above-and-beyond civic leadership and community service. In 2008, Costa was named Alumna of the Year by the English Department of Pennsylvania State University, from which she graduated cum laude in 1970. “I’m proud to have founded and run a business for 30 years that has always been committed to making a difference in the community — not only by providing pro bono services to nonprofits, but also by creating a positive, flexible and encouraging environment for women in the workplace,” notes Costa.
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“If I’m influential, I suppose it’s because people know me to be honest, straightforward and fair. I say what I mean; I mean what I say; and I don’t deal in hyperbole. My job is to act in the best interest of my clients — not to self-promote — and to provide them with well-informed, well-crafted counsel.”
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Linda Costa at her office.
“Linda is one of a handful of people in this town who still know how to do public relations … credibility is everything in Linda’s field, and she’s got it … the best thing that can happen to a nonprofit is to have Linda take an interest.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
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Scot French, Christine Madrid French
T H E H I S TO R I A N A N D T H E P R E S E RVAT I O N I S T Director of Public History, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida; Architectural Historian, Advocate
N RAPIDLY DEVELOPING CENTRAL FLORIDA — ESPECIALLY IN DESIRABLE ADDRESSES SUCH AS WINter Park and Maitland — it’s sometimes tempting to pave over the past. Thanks to historians such as husband-and-wife team Scot and Christine Madrid French, we’re reminded of what made these places special in the first place and — sometimes — persuaded to act in defense of our heritage and culture in the process. Scot French, 58, director of public history and associate professor of history at the University of Central Florida, has recently been collaborating with a 2016 Influential, Rollins College History Department Chair Julian Chambliss, on an updated history of Winter Park for use by civic organizations. He’s also been writing a book on Lewis Lawrence, the New York philanthropist who played a critical role in founding Eatonville, and who collaborated with pioneering developer Loring Chase on plans for Winter Park and Hannibal Square on the traditionally African-American west side. A presentation of his research, titled Segregated Settlements & Model Towns: The Politics of Race and Class in the Founding of Maitland, Eatonville, and Winter Park, 1873-93, drew more than 200 people to the Winter Park Civic Center last September. French, who holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia, has won numerous awards for documenting black history in Virginia through articles, books and a documentary film. “I’d like to see Winter Park document, curate and celebrate the history of its working- and middle-class neighborhoods, from its founding era to the present,” French says. “Recovering this hidden history will help longtime residents and newcomers alike understand why people from such diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds chose to make Winter Park their home — and how their common dreams and aspirations have shaped the built environment and cultural landscape we see today.” Christine Madrid French, 51, who holds a master’s degree in architecture history from the University of Virginia, is best known locally for her advocacy of mid-century architecture, and for her pivotal role as project director for the muchheralded relocation and preservation of the circa-1880s Capen-Showalter House, which in 2013 was floated across Lake Osceola to the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. The project won historic preservation awards from the City of Winter Park, the American Institute of Architects Orlando and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. She briefly succeeded Betsy Rogers Owens as executive director for another saved-from-the-wrecking-ball house, Casa Feliz, before resigning earlier this year to concentrate on academic work. Madrid-French has also been curator of history for the Art & History Museums — Maitland. She was instrumental in preparing the documentation that landed the Mayanthemed 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. “Winter Park is unique in the country for its unparalleled collection of buildings,” she says. “As the city moves into the 21st century, it’s critical for the community to responsibly steward its historic structures while also welcoming new, innovative designs that enhance our daily experiences. My goal is to keep learning about and sharing the architectural stories of the city so more people — both tourists and locals — can enjoy the depth of experiences you can only find here in Winter Park.”
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“As a digital public historian specializing in multigenerational studies of civic leadership and community life, I feel it’s vitally important to recognize the knowledge, experience and expertise of those who call this place home. It also helps to think of myself as a resident scholar with a genuine stake in the health, welfare and future prosperity of my adoptive community.”
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“My personal style is a mix of friendly and fierce. I am a Latina whose ancestors fought in both the American Revolution and the Mexican Revolution. That heritage, and my Los Angeles upbringing, gives me the confidence to take on big, seemingly impossible, projects. My approach is to use storytelling to solve problems and to activate new ideas, working with teams of innovative, creative people.” Scot and Christine Madrid French at the midcentury-style Winter Park Post Office.
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“Now more than ever, we need people like Scot and Chris … they’re effective because they’re interesting … their work is academically rigorous but fascinating to the rest of us.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
Betsy Gardner Eckbert THE CHANGE AGENT President, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
HEN THE INDEFATIGABLE BETSY GARDNER Eckbert decided that she wished to become president of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, her cover letter noted that she had “strong roots and 35 years of participation in the life” of the 800-member organization, which was founded in 1887 as the Winter Park Board of Trade. “I feel I have the right mix of readiness and expertise to bring to the new role of president,” she added. Members of the selection committee agreed — and why wouldn’t they? — choosing Gardner Eckbert over more than 220 other candidates. “I was hired to be a change agent,” says Gardner Eckbert. And don’t doubt for a moment that she intends to be exactly that. A Type-A overachiever, she was a campus leader at the University of Florida, a pharmaceutical-sales superstar, an executive at a U.K.-based consulting firm that mentors executive women and, more recently, cofounder of a company that markets UV-protective swimwear for kids worldwide. Now, back home in Winter Park, she intends to expand the chamber’s mission beyond its signature events and to improve its ROI for 21st-century businesspeople. (Gardner Eckbert continues a purely coincidental tradition at the chamber of employing the offspring of politically powerful women. Her mother was the late Lydia Gardner, a teacher who was elected to the Orange County School Board and later as Orange County Clerk of Courts. Her predecessor, Patrick Chapin, was the son of Linda Chapin, the first Orange County chairman, now called county mayor.) Gardner Eckbert says it’s important to get more CEO-level members participating in chamber programs. With key decision makers in the room, personal connections can yield more immediate payoffs. Among her new ideas is to promote entrepreneurship through a “maker faire,” perhaps in partnership with the Winter Park Public Library, which has a “makerspace” that includes a 3-D printer and video production equipment. She also envisions the chamber’s first floor becoming a co-working space — a sort of incubator for new ventures that will be made available on a competitive basis.
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“I think when you’ve had the privilege of growing up in Winter Park, and the privilege of living in London, you don’t hide your light under a bushel when you come back home. You try to take what you’ve learned and bring world-class ideas to the place you love.”
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“Betsy loves Winter Park and she’s driven to succeed in whatever she does … she’ll shake things up … brilliant and confident, but willing to listen … her mom taught her about the value of service.”
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Betsy Gardner Eckbert in Greeneda Court.
Thank You For Making a Difference. What makes our city so distinctive? Is it the beautiful lakes, lush parks, welcoming neighborhoods, vibrant businesses and world-class cultural attractions? Of course. But it’s more than that. It’s also the people who make this gem of a community unlike any other. Caring people. Talented people. Involved people. People who want the very best for the community in which they live and raise their families. To Winter Park’s Most Influential People, we say thank you for all you do. Winter Park wouldn’t be the same without you.
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Hal George T H E H A B I TAT H E RO
Managing Broker, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty; Owner, Parkland Homes; President, Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland
AL GEORGE WOULD PROBABLY OBJECT TO taking too much credit for Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland. At a recent gathering celebrating completion of the organization’s 53rd local home, George was quick to credit Rollins College President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour, for whom the home was named, with getting a Habitat for Humanity affiliate underway back in 1993. “None of us would be here if Thad wasn’t leading the charge,” said George, who’s president of the nonprofit as well as owner of Parkland Homes and managing broker of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Winter Park. But from the very beginning, the low-key George, best known for building luxurious new homes, worked side-by-side with Seymour in making certain that hardworking locals would have access to affordable housing. In fact, the topic has been an interest of George’s for quite some time. The 40year Winter Park resident also serves on the advisory board of the Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency and is board chair of the Winter Park Housing Authority. “I’m very proud of our accomplishments with the local Habitat affiliate,” he says. “Not only have we been able to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for deserving families, but we’ve been able to tap into such a powerful and wonderful resource through our student volunteers. To see the dedication and commitment that we get from high school and college students gives hope and promise to the future of our city and our world.” George’s accolades for civic service are too numerous to mention. But perhaps most notable are an array of honors from his alma mater, Rollins College, including an Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion, a Founder’s Day Award, a Distinguished Alumni Service Award and a Community Partner Award. For his work with Habitat for Humanity and other good causes, George was the recipient of the 2007 Don Diebel Foundation Good Samaritan Award, which is presented annually to a Central Floridian who selflessly “performs a heroic act.” So perhaps the “hero” moniker isn’t really too far off the mark.
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“My personal goal for Winter Park is to have our city residents work together as stewards to preserve and enrich the quality, character and love for this beautiful city. We’ve been blessed with such a wonderful community in which to live, work and raise our families.”
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“Hal is just the kind of guy who does everything that needs doing … he never offers to move the bench when the whole piano needs moving … if a local organization he believes in needs something, he’s there.”
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Hal George at the 53rd — and most recent — home built by Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland.
TO WINTER PARK’S MOST INFLUENTIAL:
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THE CONSENSUS BUILDER President and CEO, Quest Inc.
OHN GILL, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF QUEST INC., runs a highly regarded nonprofit which, among other things, provides developmentally disabled Central Floridians of all ages with long- and short-term housing as well as an array of programs through which they’re taught crucial work and life skills. Managing a 700-employee organization that offers such specialized services must surely require patience, passion and perseverance. Luckily for the citizens of Winter Park, Gill, 53, has plenty of all three qualities to spare. Perhaps that’s why he was elected by his peers to chair the Vision Steering Committee, a cohort of 21 opinionated locals appointed by city commissioners and charged with compiling a big-picture document that captured what residents valued most about their city — and how they’d like it all to look generations from now. Reaching consensus in Winter Park often seems a challenge. But in 2015, Gill — with the help of facilitators from the Arizona-based community planning firm Logan Simpson — managed to steer the committee through months of neighborhood meetings, community events, informational sessions and brainstorming exercises. What emerged was a set of directions, guidelines and priorities that seemed to pacify all factions. “I think the process broke down walls,” says Gill. “Some days, I was accused of using the gavel too much; other days, I was accused of not using it enough. But I wanted to make certain that everyone was heard.” Several committee members credit the relative harmony in which they worked to Gill, a skilled communicator and a selfdescribed “giant nerd” who thrives on consensus building. Prior to joining Quest in 2012, Gill held management and executive positions at several major companies, including Darden Restaurants and the Walt Disney Company. He has been involved in a variety of civic and professional organizations, including the Winter Park Economic Development Advisory Board. He graduated from UCF — where he served as student body president — with a degree in finance before earning an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School at Rollins College. He’s currently enrolled in the public affairs Ph.D. program at UCF.
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“When you’re passionate, it’s hard to listen to the other side. You fail to realize that, when you come down to it, the other side has the same goals that you do. We showed that a diverse group with different points of view can come together and get things done.”
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“John needs to run for office, but he says he won’t … a natural leader … thoughtful, articulate and polished … set a tone of inclusion for the visioning process … Winter Park needs more John Gills.”
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John Gill at Casa Feliz.
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T H E A RTS I N N OVATO R Director, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College
S SHE APPROACHES HER FIFTH ANNIVERSARY as director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Ena Heller has good news, bad news and then more good news. First, the good news: Attendance has more than doubled since she arrived in 2012, to more than 22,000 visitors last year. Exhibitions also have grown in number and significance. Now, the bad news: The museum has outgrown its building overlooking Lake Virginia. “We’re bursting at the seams,” says the Romanian-born Heller, who dreams of a space three times the size within walking distance of campus. But there’s more good news: A new building is in the college’s strategic plan, Heller says, and a capital campaign is under consideration. During her tenure, Rollins alumni Barbara and Ted Alfond donated their 300-piece collection of contemporary art to the Cornell. Some of it is on view at the nearby Alfond Inn, raising the museum’s off-campus visibility. “It’s fascinating how eager people are to interact with art when it’s not in a museum,” observes Heller, 53. These days, exhibitions at the Cornell get noticed: In January, for example, it will be one of only two U.S. venues for Towards Impressionism, a show of French 19th-century landscape paintings from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Reims, France. And because of sponsorship from an alumnus (Dale Montgomery, Class of 1960), museum admission is free. Yet even as she raises the Cornell’s profile, Heller emphasizes its unique role in Central Florida as a teaching museum. She’s a scholar with a doctorate in art history from New York University, and she was founding director of New York’s Museum of Biblical Art. (It closed in 2015.) For Heller, gallery lectures and outreach to schools are vital at the Cornell, which she sees as a place of vast, untapped potential: The museum has 5,500 objects, including works by European masters, but less than 3 percent are on view.
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An important part of who I am comes from the fact that I have lived in three countries, and I was formed by very different experiences. Because of where I came from, I don’t take anything for granted except working as hard as I possibly can. Plus, I like to laugh at myself.”
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“With her sophistication as an art scholar and museum leader, Ena is pushing the Cornell to the next level … She’s about to be a rock star in this town ... she’s really great at making art understandable and accessible.”
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Ena Heller at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
Herb Holm at the Edyth Bush Foundation.
THE CALM COUNSELOR Retired Businessman, Legacy Builder
EHIND MANY OF THE CULTURAL GEMS AND good works of Winter Park are foundations bearing the names of Edyth Bush, Charles Hosmer Morse and Elizabeth Morse Genius. And helping to guide those philanthropic organizations for four decades has been Herb Holm, a steadfast investment guru known as “the trust officer of trust officers.” An Army veteran of World War II, Holm came to Winter Park from Detroit in 1965 to oversee the trust department of ComBank. A decade later he became vice president and treasurer of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, carrying out Mrs. Bush’s legacy of supporting arts and education and “helping people who could not help themselves,” as Holm puts it. The foundation’s assets were $90 million worth of 3M stock, so Holm says his No. 1 job was diversifying the portfolio. Later, he provided the same services for Hugh and Jeannette McKean, benefactors of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. His conservative investment outlook earned him the nickname “Mr. Doom and Gloom” during his regular financial talks at the University Club of Winter Park. But it also earned him the respect of those who relied on his advice. “People know me as cool, calm and collected — a rare quality in our world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity,” says Holm, now 89. He retired in 1993, but has remained on the boards of the Bush and Genius foundations. All three foundations have had a huge impact on Winter Park and surrounding communities. The Bush foundation has made more than $100 million in grants, and the Tiffany glass treasures at the Morse “have made Winter Park known throughout the world,” Holm observes. But his legacy isn’t limited to his guidance of the foundations: Long ago, he was instrumental in founding Camp Thunderbird for developmentally disabled kids by finding a site in Apopka and raising money for construction. Like Holm himself, Camp Thunderbird continues to make a difference.
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“I’m a firm believer in the sage advice that is beautifully framed in the boardroom of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation: ‘There is no limit to what a man can do as long as he does not care who gets the credit —Anonymous.’ ”
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“Herb is thoughtful and reserved, but when he speaks, people still listen … he’s the steward for a whole lot of money, and there’s nobody you could trust more … highly respected.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W IN T ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
Jon Hughes, Betsy Hughes THE RUNNING KIND Co-owners, Track Shack
RACK SHACK, WHICH IS SYNONYMOUS STATEwide with runners and road races, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Owned by longtime Winter Parkers Jon and Betsy Hughes, the now-iconic retail shop on Mills Avenue has prospered as running — for fun, health and competition — has enjoyed a decades-long boom. During those years, the Hugheses combined their love of the sport with a successful family business providing runners with the proper gear, training and advice — and plenty of road races to get them moving. Jon, 59, and Betsy, 55, were both track stars at Winter Park High School. They aren’t the founders of Track Shack, but were there almost from the beginning. Three months after the store opened, Jon, also a competitive runner in college (Appalachian State), was hired and later became a partner. He, in turn, hired Betsy for a part-time job. After graduating from the University of Florida, Betsy returned to Central Florida — and to Jon — at Track Shack. The two married in 1983, and shortly thereafter bought out the other partners. The original Track Shack, also on Mills Avenue, was 1,000 square feet; today’s store is five times bigger. And there are now two companies — one for retail and one for race events. Along the way, the couple created local races that have gained national and international attention. In 1994, Jon founded and directed the Walt Disney World Marathon. Track Shack also spearheaded the OUC Orlando Half Marathon, the Lady Track Shack 5k, the Winter Park Road Race 10k and many others. In 1994, the Hugheses formed the Track Shack Youth Foundation, which has donated more than $2.5 million to local charities. In addition, each month the store gives about 500 pairs of gently used shoes to Sneaker Seekers, a group that cleans and donates them. In 2002, Jon was inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame; in 2009 Jon and Betsy were inducted into The Running Event Hall of Fame and the Running USA Hall of Champions.
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“We started without much in 1977, but focused on our passion for running and promoting healthy lifestyles to people of all ages and abilities. To this day, we surround ourselves with like-minded individuals who have an unwavering commitment to building healthy communities. Together with our team, vendors and advisors we’ve created two successful small companies that are dedicated to being socially responsible.”
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“Jon and Betsy are quality people and great givers … they’ve put Winter Park on the international map in the running world … their story is a great American success story.”
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Jon and Betsy Hughes at their home.
Andrea Massey-Farrell at the campus of Rollins College.
THE TORCH BEARER President/CEO, Harvey & Carol Massey Foundation; Senior Vice President of Community Relations, Massey Services Inc.
F YOU BELIEVE THE DESIRE TO DO WELL BY doing good is genetic, then you need look no further for proof than the example set by Andrea Farrell-Massey, 44, president and CEO of the Harvey & Carol Massey Family Foundation and senior vice president of community relations for Massey Services Inc. Harvey Massey, her father and owner of the fifth-largest pest-control company in the U.S., is one of the most recognizable — and generous — philanthropists in the region. And Massey-Farrell is making certain that her parents’ legacy of giving will continue into a new generation through leadership of the family foundation, which was established in 2014. Long before there was a foundation, however, the Masseys were bolstering good causes. For example, they donated $1 million to the nascent Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and got naming rights to the stage in the Walt Disney Theater. Last September, the foundation made a second donation of $1 million to name the Harvey and Carol Massey Family Concert Stage in the arts center’s under-construction Steinmetz Hall (which is itself named for another pair of Influentials, Chuck and Margery Pabst Steinmetz). But Massey-Farrell, a Rollins College grad, does more than write checks. She serves on the boards of the Orange County Central Receiving Center (a facility designed to help people with mental-health and substanceabuse conditions find proper care while diverting them from the criminal-justice system and hospital emergency rooms), the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Winter Park YMCA Family Center and the Nemours Foundation. She chairs the boards of both the Rollins Hamilton Holt School and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, and was a 2011 winner of the Woman of Distinction award presented by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. “I have a simple style that my friends often refer to as ‘sporty-chic,’” says Massey-Farrell. “I think my energy and motivation allow me to influence others. I also try to find ways to keep it fun — which I think encourages others to work with me and shoot for the same goals.”
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“My personal goal for Winter Park is to continue to keep it a great family friendly community. I want it to remain a place where our children and our children’s children will want to stay rooted and enjoy all our city has to offer.”
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“Andrea has tenacity, grit, loyalty and compassion … she’s tough but fair … very results-oriented … the foundation gives her an unlimited platform for doing good.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W IN T ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
THE CULINARY VISIONARY Chef Partner, Park Lights Hospitality Group
ISIT LUMA ON PARK EARLY IN THE MORNING, before the dining room opens, and chances are you’ll find Brandon McGlamery already hard at work. He may be the top culinarian of three local restaurants — Prato and Luke’s Kitchen and Bar are also part of his portfolio — but the kitchen is this career-long chef’s place of peace. “Through food, I can remember why I fell in love with my job in the first place,” he says. Winter Park’s reputation as an adventurous dining destination is due in large part to the versatile McGlamery, 44, who took over Luma’s kitchen shortly after the upscale eatery debuted a decade ago. He promptly created a sensation with progressive American cuisine served in a dazzling, uber-hip setting unlike anything Winter Park — indeed, Central Florida — had ever seen before. The graduate of the California Culinary Academy has continued to elevate the city’s culinary scene with nontraditional Italian cuisine at Prato, which, like Luma, adorns Park Avenue. Luke’s, in Maitland, offers creative takes on American classics and is attracting an ardent following of its own. McGlamery’s influence can be seen — or, more accurately, tasted — throughout the region. He has trained a slew of acolytes, many of whom saw their careers grow within his company, Park Lights Hospitality Group. Others took their mentor’s from-scratch cooking approach to neighboring kitchens. “I try to give our cooks and chefs speed and pitch under their wings so they can lift off,” says McGlamery, whose first job as a busboy in a Southwest Florida restaurant led to stints at such internationally renowned restaurants as French Laundry in Napa Valley and Guy Savoy in Paris. The father of two has received national recognition, including two nominations for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award. He’s also been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today and Garden & Gun, among other publications. McGlamery’s current project is rejuvenating the menu at Luma, which remains on just about every savvy diner’s Top 10 list. “We’re becoming more vegetable- and season-focused,” he explains. “The aim is artistic elegance and originality without stretching too far. Excellent ingredients should be prepared with no fluff — just the wow factor of good, honest food.”
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“I’m just a normal guy who wears a chef’s jacket six days a week. I have a passion for food, preparing tasteful dishes for people, and working alongside like-minded individuals.”
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“Brandon is our own celebrity chef … he and his team raised the bar for everyone … Luma started a dining renaissance in Winter Park.”
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Brandon McGlamery at Luma on Park.
T H E E DU C AT I O N A L PAT H F I N D E R Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Community, Rollins College
OLLINS COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO FIND REwarding opportunities to learn and serve beyond campus owe at least some of their good fortune to Micki Meyer, the Lord Family assistant vice president for student affairs — community (an endowed chair). Meyer creates and supports “pathways” for students, with destinations as nearby as the Winter Park Day Nursery and as far-flung as the Abaco Islands, where during spring break students help children with special needs. Meyer, who calls herself a “designer and architect of educational experiences,” says that when she arrived at Rollins in 2005 as director of community engagement, “there were good things happening, but more by default than by design.” Today, Rollins has scores of partner organizations that she regards as “co-educators.” And she says civic engagement is so tightly woven into the college that it’s hard for students to avoid getting involved. A native of Buffalo, New York, Meyer also oversees the college’s Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement and a program that prepares students to take an entrepreneurial approach to solving social problems. Meyer, whose passion for work is both intense and infectious, is rarely in her office, instead making personal connections on campus and off. Equal parts manager, mentor and advocate, she says campus leaders often ask her advice on issues that go beyond her job description. “I make a point to get to know people and find out what brings them joy,” says Meyer, 39. “I believe that leadership is about seeing goodness in every single human being and understanding that we’re all connected by our desire to love, to be loved and to add value.” Every day, Meyer says, she passes a bust of Hamilton Holt, the longtime Rollins president (1925-1949) known for his social activism, and she hopes that he would admire the institution Rollins has become. “I think he’d be proud.”
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“My goal is to continue to encourage our most passionate and innovative Rollins graduates to remain in Winter Park, gain employment and make positive contributions to the civic life of our community.”
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Micki Meyer at the campus of Rollins College.
“Micki’s commitment and creativity have helped make Rollins a recognized national leader in community service … she’s a connector and a builder … she has changed the lives of many young people.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W IN T ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
Johnny Miller THE EXUBERANT AMBASSADOR Chief of Special Events, City of Winter Park Parks & Recreation Department
OHNNY MILLER DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS A “BIG kid.” Others describe him as an uber-dedicated city employee who combines effectiveness and efficiency with a kid-like zest for life and a passion for Winter Park. Miller, 60, the city’s chief of special events in the Parks & Recreation Department, is the go-to guy for cherished city-sponsored happenings such as the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. He also facilitates major events sponsored by other organizations using city property, such as Christmas in the Park, helmed by the Morse Museum of American Art, as well as Dinner on the Avenue, the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival and a plethora of road races, concerts and ceremonies. An event that Miller created, the Wildcat Roar, is an annual pep rally for Winter Park High School that draws thousands to Central Park. Miller, of course, bleeds orange and black. He’s a member of the WPHS Class of 1975, and played offensive center and defensive tackle for the Wildcats. Then, for the past 36 years, he’s been the school’s assistant football coach and girls’ softball coach — jobs he’s done on a volunteer basis since 1994, when he became a full-time city employee. His stint as a football coach encompasses the lengthy reign of legendary Head Coach Larry Gergley — for whom Miller played — who racked up 261 wins and took his teams to the state quarterfinals four times. Under Miller’s guidance, the girls’ softball team snared its first district championship in 2012. Miller also launched and still manages a charitable golf tournament, the Coaches and Friends Toy Drive Golf Challenge, which unites area high school coaches — Gergley, now retired, among them — and contributes toys to needy children for the holidays. On top of all that, the inexhaustible Miller chairs the Winter Park High School Sports Hall of Fame, in which he is an inductee. Among his many civic honors is the 2016 Chamber Hero Award, presented by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce for his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in ensuring that the city’s multitude of signature events are successful.
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“Everything that we do in the city is to give our residents that ‘village’ feel, because we care about every family. Winter Park is truly one village, and one loving family — and I’m a very small part of it.”
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“What a great goodwill ambassador for the city … you can’t spend five minutes with Johnny without feeling better about the state of the world … he loves his job and his community — and it shows.”
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Johnny Miller at Showalter Field in Larry Gergley Stadium.
THE CIVIC DYNAMO Director of Marketing, the Mayflower Retirement Community
ANA RICCI’S DAY JOB IS DIRECTOR OF MARKETing at the Mayflower Retirement Community, where its more than 425 residents consider her to be a member of their families. But Ricci, 58, is also a self-described “Winter Park girl” whose civic activities are so numerous and multifaceted that in 2013 she was named Volunteer of the Year by Leadership Winter Park, the leadership-development program run by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. “I just love Winter Park,” says the ebullient Ricci. “We have so many qualities that make us special. Winter Park should always remain exceptional Winter Park.” However, she’s no fan of the divisiveness that seems to infiltrate debates about city issues — and says she prefers working to build consensus. “People were there to give me help when I needed it,” she adds. “As payback, I try to help those that need a connection. If I can do that and make those around me feel good, I’ve made a positive impact.” Ricci has been a chamber stalwart, serving on the board of directors — she’s the incoming board chair — and leading the governmental affairs committee. She’s also spearheading the chamber’s strategic planning initiative. In addition, Ricci sits on the advisory council for the Rollins College Center for Lifelong Learning, with which the Mayflower has a productive partnership, and is vice chair of the board of trustees at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, among many other activities. But she’s proudest of her 2007 initiative with the Winter Park Health Foundation to found “Brain Smart Health Wise” at Brookshire Elementary School. The program provides information for teachers regarding the latest brain and cognitive science research, and educates children on the importance of proper nutrition, hydration and exercise. It’s now offered in 180 schools throughout Orange County.
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I’d like to see changes being made in Winter Park run with civility and thoughtfulness, without the ‘that’s Winter Park for you’ attitude. Change will happen — that’s the way we stay current and relevant. It’s how the change happens that’s important to me.
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“Jana is very unassuming and hardworking …
Jana Ricci at the Mayflower Retirement Community.
everyone respects her … she’s one of those people whose importance to the community has transcended her job — and her job is plenty important.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W IN T ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
Randall B. Robertson
THE SPIRITUAL I L LU M I N ATO R Founding Director, GladdeningLight
LADDENINGLIGHT, THE WINTER PARK NONprofit that explores the connection between art and spirituality, is illuminating more and more corners of the city, guided by its imaginative founding director, Randall B. Robertson. Last fall, in partnership with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, it presented Voices of Light, in which Carl Theodor Dreyer’s celebrated silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc was accompanied by a haunting Richard Einhorn oratorio, performed by members of the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra and conducted by its artistic director, John V. Sinclair. Both performances at Rollins College sold out. Then, in January, GladdeningLight hosted the biggest annual symposium since its 2011 launch. About 700 people came to All Saints Episcopal Church for a weekend of discussion, art, music and inspiration anchored by lecturer and author Father Richard Rohr. “GladdeningLight is a brand that people are now trusting,” says Robertson, a former sportsmarketing entrepreneur. “We’re going to continue to strive to do things that nobody else is doing.” Expect more collaboration with other Winter Park institutions, Robertson says, starting with a move of the annual symposium to Rollins, which will provide space in exchange for free admission to those with a Rollins ID. “All Saints was a lovely partner, but we’ve outgrown them,” he says. Robertson, 62, has a gift for bringing together artists and thinkers who create the kind of shared experiences that are transformative for individuals. Voices of Light audience members used words like “deeply moving” and “spellbinding” to describe their experience. Robertson, who just completed his 12th year of leading discussions about character and philosophy with inmates at Tomoka State Prison in Daytona Beach, says he wants GladdeningLight programs to help people reach their highest potential: “The power of this material goes to your heart and your mind.”
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“We’re members of a global community … I believe in the power of the human spirit to eclipse geography and politics.”
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“He’s a savvy visionary whose own spiritual quest helps him connect with other seekers ... so passionate and effective at what he does … a brilliant and kind person who’s using his resources toward the highest purpose imaginable.”
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Randall B. Robertson at his home.
Peter Schreyer at the Crealdé School of Art.
THE EXPANSIVE ARTIST Executive Director, Crealdé School of Art; Founder and Executive Director, Hannibal Square Heritage Center
HEN HE FOUNDED IT 42 YEARS AGO, homebuilder and artist Bill Jenkins wanted the Crealdé School of Art to be a place where artistic expression — in every genre — was accessible to everyone who wished to try his or her hand. For the past 22 years, Swiss-born documentary photographer Peter Schreyer has carried out and expanded upon Jenkins’ mission — and today the school’s impact reverberates throughout the community’s cultural and historical spheres. Crealdé’s main campus is located just off busy Aloma Avenue, an unassuming assemblage of studios, galleries and offices. A decade ago, under Schreyer’s leadership, the school, in collaboration with the city, opened the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, which hosts exhibits and celebrates the history of Winter Park’s traditionally African-American west side. (There’s also a satellite campus in Winter Garden.) Crealdé remains all about outreach, partnering with Orange County schools, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, the Farmworkers Association of Florida and the Tajiri School of Performing Arts. “We need to go to them,” Schreyer stresses. “I’m proud of how Crealdé has evolved,” says Schreyer, 61, whose photography has been included in more than 100 exhibitions across the U.S. and in Switzerland. “The work of our teaching artists touches so many people every day, and our larger projects really do connect communities, break down stereotypes and bring understanding into our complex society.” Schreyer has produced numerous award-winning documentary projects related to Central Florida, including Winter Park: A Sense of Place (1992); The Last Harvest: A Tribute to the Life and Work of the Lake Apopka Farm Workers (1998); Winter Garden: Then and Now (2009); and The Sage Project: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Story (2012). He has received an array of public art commissions, research grants and awards. In 2016 he was tapped for a Diversity & Inclusion Award by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for his longstanding work on Winter Park’s west side.
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“For a young photographer moving to Winter Park from Switzerland almost 40 years ago, this community has truly provided me with incredible opportunities to make my dreams come true and come up with new ones in the process.”
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“Peter came up with a way to honor the heritage of the west side when it seemed to be disappearing … Crealdé really provides an egalitarian approach to art as something not just for the hoity toity, and Peter has helped make that happen.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
Polly Seymour THE LITERACY LEADER First Lady Emeritus, Rollins College
HEN THAD SEYMOUR WAS TAPPED TO lead Rollins College in 1978, he brought with him energy, enthusiasm, intellectual heft and a spouse who proved to be as much an asset to the college — and later to the community — as her high-profile husband. “I had never heard anything about Florida that I was impressed about,” said Polly Seymour, 87, during a heart-tugging tribute to the couple last year. But the canny Hugh McKean, a past college president, arranged for the visiting Seymours to take a boat ride on Lake Virginia and see the campus from the water, figuring that no one could resist such a breathtaking view. “I saw it and I said, ‘Well, we may have stumbled on to something,’” Polly added. The rest was history, as the college’s new first lady quietly went to work sprucing up the campus and making it a more welcoming place for visitors and students alike. She haunted used furniture stores to find chairs, couches and tables to adorn the neglected lounges in the residence halls. She also reorganized the food service in what was then called The Beanery, improving the ambiance, the food and the service. And when trustees or donors were entertained, it was Polly who usually did the cooking and serving at the couple’s modest home on Lakewood Drive. From ice cream socials for honor students to lavish dinners for VIPs, she impressed everyone with her sophisticated charm and her droll sense of humor. But it was following Thad’s retirement in 1990 that Polly’s behind-thescenes style began to be truly appreciated. In 1993, the Seymours helped launch Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland, and during construction of the eight homes sponsored by Rollins, the former first lady provided lunch for workers every Saturday. She also increased her involvement with the Winter Park Public Library — she had previously served as president of its board of trustees and chair of its annual book sale — conceptualizing the New Leaf Bookstore, which opened its doors in 1995. Under her leadership, the store has raised more than $1.3 million to support the library. In 1997, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. More recently, she was honored by the Florida Library Association with its Outstanding Member award, which recognizes exemplary service by volunteers on library boards and foundations.
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“I’m proudest of my children and grandchildren. Their work and careers represent service ranging from the needs of people experiencing homelessness; immigrant rights; the challenges of mental health; education and teaching; and affirming our society’s legal rights and obligations.”
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“Polly is a great lady with a giving heart … Thad will be the first to tell you that she was involved in most everything he accomplished.”
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Polly Seymour at the New Leaf Bookstore.
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T H E E L EC TA B L E E DU C ATO R Principal, Florida Virtual Elementary School; City Commissioner, City of Winter Park
INTER PARK CITY COMMISSIONER SARAH Sprinkel is a kindergarten teacher at heart. But she’s also apparently Winter Park’s most popular — or at least its most formidable — citizen-politician. In a city where municipal elections are often highly contentious and closely contested, Sprinkel won her first two terms with more than 60 percent of the vote, and drew no opposition earlier this year in her bid for a third term. During her eventful tenure, there have been numerous major issues of the sort that rile up voters — including a debate about the procedure for forming historic districts, adoption of a revised comprehensive plan, and passage of a hotly debated bond issue to build a new Winter Park Public Library and Events Center in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. You can’t please everyone — especially in Winter Park — but Sprinkel, 69, has earned respect for doing her homework (she was a teacher, after all) and for her common-sense style. Sprinkel started out corralling kindergartners in Polk County before becoming an administrator specializing in governmental affairs and community outreach with the Orange County Public School System. She retired in 2003, but almost immediately joined the YMCA of Central Florida as a vice president. There she spearheaded a joint venture that resulted in the debut of two large child-development centers at Walt Disney World. In 2009, Sprinkel became an administrator at the Florida Virtual School. And in 2015, she launched Florida Virtual School Elementary, which serves youngsters statewide and is growing by leaps and bounds. Today, she’s principal of the online K-5 school, which recently won an “Innovate to Educate” award from Xirrus and eSchool Media. Sprinkel has chaired, or been a member of, dozens of boards and task forces related to education, and among her many accolades was being named 2017’s Florida Virtual School Principal of the Year. She also enjoys teaching Sunday School at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park. “In 2020, I’ll celebrate 50 years of serving families and children,” she says “I was put on this Earth to serve, and that’s my mantra.”
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“I want to drive through town in 10 years and know that some of what I see and feel is a result of what we worked so hard to create, maintain and love about our valued city. Any effectiveness I have is in making life better for one person at a time — and that’s my lifelong goal.”
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“Sarah is about as apolitical as anybody who’s ever been elected to office … she’ll describe herself as just a schoolteacher who loves Winter Park, but she’s very savvy … an incredibly accomplished woman who has really made life better for Florida’s children.”
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Sarah Sprinkel next to Winter Park City Hall.
Chuck and Margery Pabst Steinmetz
THE GRACIOUS GIVERS Philanthropists
N 2014, THE CITY OF WINTER PARK ANNOUNCED THAT IT would donate $1 million over 10 years to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In doing so, it became the only local municipality other than Orlando to make a financial contribution to the project, which had been discussed and debated for decades. Then, in 2015, Winter Park residents and prominent philanthropists Chuck and Margery Steinmetz announced that they would donate $12 million for a planned third theater on the arts center’s downtown Orlando campus. Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat venue designed specifically to deliver pristine acoustics, will join the existing 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater and the 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater as home to the Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Orlando. It will also host a variety of other performances — many of them “unplugged” — when it opens in 2019. It was a grand gesture from the Steinmetzes, but not a surprising one to anyone who knows their individual philanthropic histories. Chuck, who was named Inc. magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992, was a pest-control magnate before selling his company in 2005. Today he supports an array of causes, including the Orlando Science Center and the University of Florida Foundation. Margery, who enjoyed a successful business career as a leadership coach, is passionate about caregiving. She’s a specialist on correlations between creativity and wellness, and presides over a content-rich website — mycaregivingcoach.com — that offers advice and inspiration for those who have loved ones battling dementia and related conditions. In addition, she has authored two books and countless articles on caregiving, and funds a variety of arts and educational initiatives through her Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts. In 2016, she served as president of the National Council for Creative Aging, and continues to sit on the advisory board of the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. In Winter Park, she currently chairs the board of directors of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
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“I’m pleased to have shared success with organizations that have changed our community. The opening of Dr. Phillips Center was my proudest moment.”
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“I hope to further advance the goal of Winter Park being a city of arts and culture. I believe that bringing the power of the arts and creativity to everyone will make that happen — whether it’s for a child with autism, a lonely grandmother or an empty nester who wants to reclaim his or her creative soul, our city can and should provide art spaces for everyone.”
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Chuck and Margery Steinmetz at their home.
“Chuck and Margie share some overlapping causes and have others that they support individually, so between them they do enormous good … powerhouse philanthropists and great people … you couldn’t list all the organizations they help on one page.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W IN T ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
T H E M E D I C A L M OT I VATO R Administrator, Winter Park Memorial Hospital
ENNIFER WANDERSLEBEN, AT JUST 38, HELMS Winter Park’s largest private employer. That alone would make her an Influential, even if the organization she ran manufactured widgets. Wandersleben, however, is administrator of Winter Park Memorial Hospital, which is growing exponentially through renovations, expansions and an unprecedented collaboration with the Winter Park Health Foundation on creation of a leading-edge Center for Health & Wellbeing. Consequently, over the next several years Winter Park will become as well known for wellness as it has been for arts and culture. The city, during the recent updating of its comprehensive plan, endorsed this evolution by designating the hospital’s campus and contiguous properties as a Medical Arts District. Still, despite running a major institution that employs more than 1,400, Wandersleben remains a downto-earth mom of four who’s genuinely committed to “making the community a healthier place.” An Adventist Health System lifer, her first job after graduating from college was as an accountant at the Florida Hospital Foundation in Orlando. (She has a degree in business administration from Central Missouri State, and later earned an MBA from Webster University.) Wandersleben worked her way up the organizational ladder, becoming finance coordinator of Florida Hospital Kissimmee in 2004, assistant administrator of Winter Park Memorial in 2009, and administrator of Florida Hospital Apopka in 2011. In April 2017 she returned to Winter Park Memorial — an acute-care, 320-bed facility — as its administrator. “What I love about this hospital is that it was originally built by the community,” says Wandersleben of her new workplace, which opened its doors in 1955 following a grass-roots effort by local residents. Busy as she is, Wandersleben still finds the time to “make rounds” and visit patients — just to say hello and to wish them well. She’s also immersing herself in civic life, joining the board of directors of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Winter Park Memorial administrators have historically become community leaders. Wandersleben’s predecessor, Ken Bradley, was mayor for two terms, from 2009 to 2015.
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“There are so many connections when you’ve served a community as long as this hospital has. For example, we have doctors who’ve delivered three generations of babies here. I love that.”
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“Jennifer is making a great impression around town … People have no idea how important health and wellness is going to become in Winter Park, and Jennifer will be right at the center of it all … She’s a compassionate person and a great ambassador for the hospital.”
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Jennifer Wandersleben at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
THE RENAISSANCE MAN Owner, Chip Weston Studios
HIP WESTON IS THE DEFINITION OF A RENAISsance Man. He’s an artist, teacher, musician, inventor, futurist, entrepreneur and civic activist who’s an influencer and an innovator in just about every aspect of Winter Park life. Weston, 69, graduated from Rollins College in 1970 with a degree in behavioral science. But he was also encouraged by then-President Hugh McKean to pursue painting, and would later pioneer the use of digital technology in art. He and a partner, encouraged by local makeup artist Doug Marvaldi, invented and patented an aerosol airbrush makeup applicator — the first of its kind — which was widely adopted for use in the movie and TV industries. The patent gave Weston the flexibility to immerse himself in good causes, many of which involved art and the promotion of Winter Park as a cultural hub. He has served on the boards of the Winter Park Public Library, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, the Park Avenue Area Association, the Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival Advisory Council. Then there was the BankFIRST Socially Responsible Banking Advisory Council, the Orlando Philharmonic Marketing Committee, the Winter Park Light Rail Task Force, the Winter Park Facilities and Real Estate Task Force and, more recently, the Winter Park Public Library Task Force. For a time, he was director of economic and cultural development for the City of Winter Park. Statewide, he was a member of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Now, as a library trustee, Weston’s primary focus is the new Winter Park Public Library and Events Center. Working with library Executive Director Shawn Shaffer and the nonprofit Aspen Institute, he’s exploring ways in which exciting new technologies can be incorporated into the soon-to-be-built facility. Weston still turns out stunning digital art at McRae Art Studios, and plays guitar with the Gazebros, a popular local pop/rock/folk band. He also immerses himself in the world of futurists, studying and becoming an expert on such esoteric topics as artificial intelligence.
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“I love connecting people with civic initiatives in fun and friendly ways, especially through the arts. I thrive on considering what’s possible, and then figuring out ways to make things happen and, if they’re successful, figuring out ways to sustain them. I enjoy taking the bull by the horns.”
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Chip Weston at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.
“I don’t even know how to describe Chip because he’s so versatile … it ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent … over the decades through today, if there’s been a civic activity that’s good for Winter Park, Chip either was or is involved in it.” S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W IN T ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL TONGOL | STYLING BY MARIANNE ILUNGA MAKEUP AND HAIR BY ELSIE KNAB | MODEL: SHANNON FROM MODERN MODEL SCOUT BUILDER: E2 HOMES | ARCHITECT: MICHAEL WEINRICH ARCHITECTS | ARTWORK: KRISTA BERMAN
Before it was called the City of Culture and Heritage, Winter Park was called the City of Homes. So Winter Park Magazine’s creative team decided to stage its summer fashion feature at one of the city’s most beautiful homes — a modern masterpiece in the canal-front Lake Maitland Owl Preserve neighborhood. The 4,528-square-foot home, designed by Michael Weinrich Architects and built by E2 Homes, recently won the prestigious Grand Award as best remodeling project during the annual Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Greater Orlando Builders Association.
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Shannon wears a multiprint long shirt dress by Diane Von Furstenberg, ($598), a pair of black ankle-strap heels by Pour La Victoire ($265) and a black leather necklace by Gem ($38), all from Tuni Winter Park. She also wears a gray one-piece swimsuit by Peixoto ($128) from Charyli Winter Park, while her mirrored sunglasses by Quay ($65) and “32789” beaded clutch by Moyna ($220) are from The Grove Winter Park. S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
Shannon wears a blue and white gingham shirt with puffed sleeves by WHY Dress ($68), hammered goldtone bangle bracelets by Betty Carré, ($146), jeweled gold-tone bangle bracelets by Julie Vos ($158) and a statement pearl necklace by Anne Carson ($1,680), all from Arabella on Morse, Winter Park. She also wears flower-embroidered jeans by Driftwood ($128), silver flat sandals by Rebecca Minkoff ($110) and a flower crown by Tuni ($98), all from Tuni Winter Park.
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Shannon wears a cream jumpsuit by Halston Heritage ($445), a gold-tone choker by Gem ($24) and clear ankle-strap heels by Jeffrey Campbell ($125), all from Tuni Winter Park. Her two gold-cuff bracelets by Yochi ($74-$94), off-white stingray cuff bracelet by Taylor and Tessier ($245), set of turquoise karma bead bracelets by Gem ($36), turquoise Druzy ring by Gem ($48), long gold chain Y-necklace by Kara Anya ($145) and gold-tone hoops by Gem ($16) are all from Tuni Winter Park. S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W IN T ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
Shannon wears an orangeÂ one-shoulder dress by Show Me Your Mumu ($158) and black tassel earrings by Wona ($42), both from Scout and Molly Winter Park. Her flower-detail black sandals are by Jeffrey Campbell ($155) and mini shoulder bag with pearl flower details are by Zac Pozen ($295), and both from Tuni Winter Park.
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Shannon wears a green and white animal print off-theshoulder dress by Hello Dobson ($220), a pair of green pompom drop earrings by Neely Phelan ($48) and a blue tassel-detail long necklace by Alani ($55), all from The Grove Winter Park. Her soft green headscarf by Tuni ($90) is from Tuni Winter Park, while her cropped and flared jeans by Black Orchid ($167) are from Scout and Molly Winter Park. S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INT ER PARK MAGAZ IN E
CHEF BRANDON MCGLAMERY AND PARK LIGHTS HOSPITALITY ARE PROUD TO OFFER GUESTS A UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE WITH INNOVATIVE CUISINE. Luma on Park defined what eating well in Winter Park means. Prato, located right down the avenue, allowed us to continue our passion with the inspired simplicity of wood-fired, Italian fare. Our most recent concept, Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, brings local ingredients and classic American dining to the city of Maitland.
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WINTER PARK’S BITE OF BARCELONA It feels like Friday every night at Bulla Gastrobar, a vibrant spot for food, drinks and conviviality. You might even call it “buzzy.” BY RONA GINDIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAFAEL TONGOL
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inter Park has a handful of restaurants that might be described as “buzzy.” These eateries exude a cool, casually sophisticated and energetic aura. Bulla Gastrobar fits the definition. Not only is Bulla buzzy; Bulla was designed to be buzzy. “One guest told me, ‘It feels like Friday night every night of the week,’ and to me that’s right,” says Elba Ortega-Cruz, the restaurant’s infectiously upbeat sales manager. The bar is the central focus of the space, and the close-set tables facilitate conversations between guests. The kitchen is open, the hospitality is warm and the music is unobtrusive. Bulla (pronounced BOO-ya) is, in fact, a Spanish word that means something like “boisterous” in English. That’s a bit strong, although “bustling” would be about right (although admittedly not a very catchy name for a restaurant). Whatever the nuances of Spanish-to-English translation, Manhattan interior designer Vincent Celano kept conviviality top-of-mind when designing the local Bulla and its two predecessors, one in Coral Gables, the other in Doral. All are modeled on tapas bars from in and around Barcelona. All the Bullas are owned by Carlos Centurion, whose Centurion Restaurant Group, now comprised of smartcasual Florida restaurants, began with Por Fin, a renowned (but now shuttered) fine-dining Spanish restaurant in Coral Gables. The first Bulla now occupies that space. You can show up at Bulla wearing shorts and a T-shirt. But you can also break out your edgier wardrobe, since looking chic is part of the fun. Although warm woods abound, Bulla is as bright as it is cozy. There are windows on three sides, doors that open onto the outside (weather allowing), a patio that fronts Orlando Avenue, and fashionable clumps of teardrop-shaped lights that hang from the ceiling. “When you think of a typical Spanish restaurant in the U.S., you think of a place that’s a little dark, more like an Irish pub,” says Managing Partner Jose Santiago. “We have an open, fresh appeal.” The music tends toward Spanish rock from the ’80s and ’90s as well as some more contemporary sounds. “When we play flamenco guitar music, it’s more modern flamenco guitar music,” adds Santiago. Cocktails — handcrafted ones — contribute to the “gastrobar” moniker. To Santiago, creative mixed drinks define the Bulla way, whether they’re ordered at the bar or at a table. The Heartbreaker, for example, combines Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum, Aperol (an Italian apéritif made of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona), Lustau East India Solera sherry and a housemade strawberry-rosemary syrup. All wines, beers and cocktails are 50 percent off during happy hour — happy two hours, actually — which is daily from 5-7 p.m.
Bulla’s urban exterior (above) beckons Orlando Avenue passersby to Lakeside Crossing, along the commercial strip where redevelopment is occurring at a rapid pace. A lengthy bar (below) is key to Bulla’s convivial ambiance.
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Bulla’s signature paella is made with imported bomba rice, which is cooked with a smoky-flavored sofrito and saffron and served with calamari, prawns, clams, shrimp and grouper.
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The menu in Winter Park is in the capable hands of Executive Chef Felix Plasencia, a Cuban native with a golden Spanish-cuisine pedigree. Plasencia worked for five years at the Michelin-rated Taberna del Alabardero in Seville, Spain, before joining Por Fin and, later, helping to open Bulla. Twice annually, Plasencia travels to Spain with top chefs from Bulla’s other restaurants on reconnaissance missions. Those visits help him keep the Winter Park Bulla’s offerings current. Santiago sums up the menu best: “We’re using traditional Spanish cooking techniques, but injecting them with modern techniques and additional ingredients that will enhance a dish.” The Bulla menu is large and it changes regularly — so start with the signature dishes before moving on. While deciding what you’ll have, nibble on an order of pan de cristal con tomate. This is the simplest food ever, but it’s also habit-forming. It’s thin slices of a toasted Spanish bread that’s 90 percent water and 10 percent flour. After being browned in a coal-burning oven,
the toast is topped with grated fresh tomatoes, olive oil and Maldon salt. It takes eight or nine tomatoes to make one order, as the cooks grate the produce by hand, then drain out the liquid. You may want a simple meal of salami and cheeses. Six of each are on the menu — all imported from Spain — and can be made into a platter. But do try the house specialties. That means huevos Bulla. You’ll hesitate after reading the description, so I ask you to take a leap of faith and order this dish anyway. This tapa — or small plate — is a contemporary take on huevos revueltos, which means “broken eggs.” Here, the eggs are fried and served in a castiron bowl with homemade potato chips and thin slices of Serrano ham, which is enhanced by truffle oil and potato foam made with a whipped cream-making gizmo. I’d skip the meatballs — they weren’t as special as some other dishes — and have the grilled octopus salad. For this tapa, the chefs simmer an entire octopus in water with celery, carrots and bay
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DINING leaves. The tentacles, after being dipped in a blend of lemon juice, olive oil and salt, are charred in the restaurant’s charcoal-burning oven. If you’re open to octopus, this is one of the best preparations you’ll find anywhere in the region. My Bulla dining experiences were heavy on the small plates, so I’ll also recommend the potato tortilla, a traditional omelet with sliced potato; the patatas bravas, cubed potatoes with spicy sauce; and the grilled pork skewers. This top-selling tapa is marinated with cumin and paprika, then skewered and charcoal-roasted. The pork is placed on bread, and topped with a Greek yogurt sauce and a mojo verde of garlic, cilantro and green peppercorn. The paella is especially good, too. The chefs use bomba rice and cook it with a smoky-flavored sofrito and saffron plus calamari, prawns, clams, shrimp and grouper. At lunch, go light with the seafood salpicón. It’s an oregano-flecked salad with grilled octopus, jumbo lump crab meat and shrimp. It’s tossed with lettuce, green and red bell pepper bits, and sweet potato chips. If you show up on the right evening, you can even help plan the next menu. In addition to the
The lemony octopus tapa is a top seller. The tentacles, after being dipped in a blend of lemon juice, olive oil and salt, are charred in the restaurant’s charcoal-burning oven.
main listing of small and large plates, which is served in all three Bulla Gastrobars — the croquetas and codfish fritters are especially popular with Miami’s guests of Cuban descent — each restaurant has five or six specials, which change every two weeks. Staff chefs compete to have their creations chosen. Before making a decision, management sends samples to guests and seeks feedback via
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Last year, Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion fame captivated a full house at Warden Arena with his trademark gentle humor and even some songs. Keillor also spent time on the Rollins College campus interacting with students.
ince the 1920s, Rollins College has brought preeminent scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, writers, activists and thought leaders to campus — not only for lectures and performances, but to engage in direct and meaningful ways with students, faculty and the community. For the past decade, the Winter Park Institute (WPI) at Rollins College has continued that role as a nucleus of creativity, critical thinking and intellectual engagement through its popular Speaker Series. WPI’s 10th anniversary roster has just been announced, and as usual it’s an eclectic bunch — ranging from a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, to a Hong Kong-born designer whose public art installations have popped up in more than 2,000 cities worldwide, to a presidential granddaughter turned world-hunger activist. There’s also a retired astronaut who holds seven
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graduate degrees and is the only person to have flown on all five space shuttle orbiters, and an internationally renowned sports legend known for incisive commentary and cultural criticism. As usual, there’ll be an intimate reading by Billy Collins, a former two-term U.S. poet laureate who holds the post as WPI’s senior distinguished fellow. “I always look forward to these Winter Park presentations,” says Collins. “It’s wonderful to appear before a hometown audience, and to see so many friends and neighbors.” Speaker Series fall guests, dates and venues are as follows: historian Jon Meacham (Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 p.m., Knowles Memorial Chapel); world-hunger activist Lauren Bush Lauren (Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Knowles Memorial Chapel); and the bestselling Collins (Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Bush Auditorium). The season continues into 2018, when WPI will host artist and urban designer Candy Chang
IDEAS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE If you’re a Rollins student, imagine a screenwriting workshop with Garrison Keillor, a social justice discussion with George Takei, a master class in string instruments with Itzhak Perlman, a women’s studies seminar with Gloria Steinem, or a tour of Eatonville with Julian Bond. How about vocal coaching from Marilyn Horne, or filmmaking tips from Ken Burns? “The WPI Speaker Series is perhaps more important now than ever because it raises the level of discourse and exposes people — students and the broader community — to new ideas and to people making a positive difference,” says Rollins President Grant Cornwell. “We all need to be reminded that, regardless of the headlines on any given day, there are extraordinary people out there who are making the world a better place.” Guests of the WPI Speaker Series have won Academy Awards, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, National Medals of the Arts, Presidential Medals of Freedom and even French Legions of Honor. Three have been Kennedy Center Honorees and one has earned a Nobel Peace Prize. The opportunity for visiting luminaries to work directly with students and faculty is at the heart of WPI’s mission. So its Speaker Series is far more multilayered than the public presentations that have cumulatively drawn more than 50,000 people to the Rollins campus.
The origins of the WPI Speaker Series can be traced to 1927, when Rollins President Hamilton Holt (above left) and Professor of Books Edwin Osgood Grover (above right) launched the Animated Magazine, which wasn’t a print publication but a live event featuring an eclectic array of speakers. Among the luminaries were (right, top to bottom) actor James Cagney, educator Mary McLeod Bethune, author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and poet Carl Sandburg.
A HALLOWED TRADITION Rollins has a long tradition of leading important conversations. In 1927, several hundred spectators gathered in the Recreation Hall on the shores of Lake Virginia to witness the first “edition” of the Rollins College Animated Magazine. It wasn’t a printed publication, but a live event that featured presentations from novelists Irving Bacheller and Rex Beach, poets Cale Young Rice and Jessie Rittenhouse, humorist Opie Read and journalist Albert Shaw. The Animated Magazine was the brainchild of Professor Edwin Osgood Grover and President Hamilton Holt, who designated themselves the “editor” and the “publisher,” respectively.
Over the years, speakers included journalist Edward R. Murrow; actors Mary Pickford, Greer Garson and James Cagney; FBI director J. Edgar Hoover; civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune; U.S. Army generals Omar Bradley and Jonathan Wainwright; and authors Carl Sandburg, Willa Cather and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. In 1931, Holt and legendary educator John Dewey convened “The Curriculum for the Liberal Arts College,” a conference that proposed a groundbreaking approach to liberal education — still based on the arts and sciences, but also calling for active citizenship and civic service. The assembly attracted national attention, and the service-based educational model that emerged was adopted by Rollins and other colleges. Rollins honored the 75th anniversary of this seminal gathering with the 2007 “Colloquy on Liberal Education and Social Responsibility in a Global Community.” Poet Maya Angelou, political scientist Francis Fukuyama, astronaut Sally Ride, author Salman Rushdie, biologist E.O. Wilson and others met to explore the social, political and economic themes shaping education in the 21st century. WPI was formed as a result of the successful colloquy, renewing Holt’s and Grover’s vision of bringing thought leaders to Winter Park — and facilitating energetic and exciting discourse on campus and beyond its borders. Today, speakers with high public profiles, such as Keillor in 2016, pack the Warden Arena at the Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center, while those who have earned acclaim in more specific areas of endeavor fill more intimate venues on campus. On the following pages are spotlights on 201718 WPI Speaker Series participants, as well as dates, venues and ticket prices.
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WIDENING THE CONVERSATION After spending time on campus with students and faculty, WPI Speaker Series guests offer public presentations that have become cherished and eagerly anticipated events in Winter Park and throughout Central Florida. Audiences have eavesdropped as Billy Collins explored the creative process with Paul Simon and Sir Paul McCartney; listened to Jean Michael Cousteau, Thane Maynard and John Cronin discuss the future of the natural environment; marveled at the perseverance and heroism of Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords; and chuckled along with Bill Bryson as he described the foibles of society in the U.S. and the U.K. These programs represent a small sampling of the enlightened conversations that the WPI Speaker Series engenders, both on campus and throughout the region. “Members of the audience leave energized and better equipped to engage with others,” says Sinclair. “Raising the level of awareness about important artistic and societal issues has a profound ripple effect.”
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WPI SPEAKER SERIES IN BRIEF Jon Meacham: Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 p.m., Knowles Memorial Chapel. The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency. Prices: $40, $30, $20
Lauren Bush Lauren: Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Tiedtke Concert Hall. JON MEACHAM
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Meacham has earned critical kudos for his carefully researched but highly readable works on American history. His specialty is presidential leadership, and he is frequently called upon by television network news programs to provide commentary on national political developments.
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Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 p.m., Knowles Memorial Chapel. The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency. Nobody is more qualified to discuss presidential leadership — and to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of our assorted commanders in chief — than Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian. In fact, as the decidedly unconventional Trump presidency unfolds, Meacham has been called upon more frequently than ever to do just that through appearances in national publications and on television programs. But even before Trump’s ascendancy, Meacham was one of the leading public intellectuals in the U.S., writing award-winning books and providing historical context for issues related to politics, religion and world affairs. His most recent presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (Random House, 2015), debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. The book, according to the Times, “reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it.” The courtly, Chattanooga-born Meacham’s previous bestsellers include Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship explores the complex relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II, while American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation analyzes the role of religious belief in early American governance. Meacham, a former editor of Newsweek, is a contributing editor at Time and a columnist for The New York Times Book Review. He’s a mainstay on numerous national news programs, and is a distinguished visiting professor of history at the University of the South as well as a visiting professor of history at Vanderbilt University. A trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Andrew Jackson Foundation, Meacham also chairs the National Advisory Council of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. The Anti-Defamation League awarded Meacham its Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Prize in 2006, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania presented him with its Founder’s Award in 2013. Meacham received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 2005, and holds several other honorary doctorates. He’s currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.
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Although she has politics in her DNA, Lauren became a fashion model and a clothing designer whose social consciousness led her to co-found FEED, a business whose mission is to “create good products that help FEED the world.”
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Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Tiedtke Concert Hall. How to FEED the World, One Bag at a Time. Lauren Bush Lauren, a granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush and a niece of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, might have chosen a career in politics. Instead she became a fashion model and a clothing designer whose social consciousness led her to co-found FEED, a business whose mission is to “create good products that help FEED the world.” Her passion for battling hunger came to the forefront in 2004, when she was named honorary student spokesperson for the U.N. World Food Program. In that role, she traveled to an array of countries and learned firsthand about issues of poverty and deprivation. Back in the U.S., Lauren — who’s married to the son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, which explains the twin first and last names — designed the FEED 1 bag, which when purchased would feed one school-aged child for one year. Today, FEED bags are sold in a variety of models, including duffel bags, backpacks and totes. Each is emblazoned with a numerical value that indicates how many children are fed from the proceeds. Most FEED merchandise — manufactured under fair-labor conditions using organic or environmentally friendly materials — is sold online at feedprojects.com. The World Food Program administers the distribution of funds and food. Although FEED — which Lauren serves as CEO — isn’t a nonprofit, the company gives away most of its earnings. That’s why Lauren describes the enterprise as “social entrepreneurism.” Whatever you choose to call it, since its inception in 2007 FEED has provided more than 94 million meals around the world, primarily in Africa and East Asia. In the U.S., FEED works through Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hungerrelief organization. Additionally, the company has forged successful partnerships with such companies as Clarins, Disney, DKNY, Gap, Godiva, Links of London, Pottery Barn, Rachel Roy, Target, Tory Burch, Toms and Whole Foods. Lauren, a graduate of Princeton University, is also chairman of the board of the FEED Foundation, a related nonprofit that supports other programs working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition. For her work with FEED, Lauren was named one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” in 2009, and one of Inc. magazine’s “30 Under 30” in 2010. She has also received awards from various humanitarian organizations.
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You don’t often find poetry collections on The New York Times bestseller list — unless they’re written by Billy Collins, the former two-term U.S. poet laureate and WPI senior distinguished fellow who calls Winter Park home.
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Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Bush Auditorium. Beyond the Birdbath: Poems from Several Time Zones. Former two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins is a cultural phenomenon. His most recent collection of poetry, last year’s The Rain in Portugal, scaled The New York Times bestseller list — an anomaly for poetry — and cemented Collins’ reputation as the poet for people who think they don’t like poetry. But that’s not the only reason his 2016 reading from the WPI Speaker Series drew a standing-roomonly crowd. As WPI’s senior distinguished fellow and a Winter Park resident, Collins has also been adopted by locals as their favorite resident celebrity — no offense to Carrot Top — and the most important literary figure to have a Winter Park address since novelist Irving Bacheller (Eben Holden: A Tale from the North Country) lived here before World War II. But while Bacheller is little-remembered, Collins — an effective advocate for his genre — will undoubtedly be read generations from now just as eagerly as he is today. His last three collections have broken sales records for poetry, and he’s a fixture on National Public Radio. Fans from around the U.S. pack his appearances from coast to coast. It’s not that Collins is loud or flashy. The poems themselves — combined with their author’s wry, poignant and at times self-deprecating stage persona — are what engage and delight audiences. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note, but soon takes an unexpected turn; works that begin ironically may end surprisingly. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” About Collins, the poet Stephen Dunn has said, “We seem to always know where we are in a Billy Collins poem, but not necessarily where he is going. I love to arrive with him at his arrivals. He doesn’t hide things from us, as I think lesser poets do. He allows us to overhear, clearly, what he himself has discovered.” Collins served as U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, and as New York State poet laureate from 2004 to 2006. Other honors and awards include the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry — he was the inaugural recipient — as well as fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1992, he was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as “Literary Lion.” Last year Collins was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society of the country’s 250 leading architects, artists, composers and writers. Founding members included William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Vedder and Woodrow Wilson.
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Chang is best known for her public art installation, Before I Die. But she’s found plenty of other ways to transform and enliven mundane urban spaces. In Hong Kong, for example, she hung official-looking signs that identify areas where “kissing, crying or freaking out” are encouraged.
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Thursday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., Tiedtke Concert Hall. Before I Die: A Participatory Art Installation. Candy Chang, an artist and urban designer, lost a close friend to death in 2009. While grieving and contemplating the preciousness of life, she hit upon the idea of morphing an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood into an art installation that would encourage people to consider what they wished to accomplish in the years allotted to them. So she turned the side of the forlorn structure into a giant chalkboard bearing the stenciled words, “Before I die, I want to_________” Almost immediately, hundreds of blanks were filled in with observations that were at times funny, at times heartbreaking and at times inspiring. The idea caught on, and now Before I Die installations have spread to more than 2,000 cities in 70 countries worldwide. Chang, whose TED Talk about the project is now approaching 5 million views, uses Before I Die installations to coax passersby into sharing everything from their greatest hopes to their deepest anxieties. The Atlantic has called Before I Die “one of the most creative community projects ever.” In her captivating talks, Chang demystifies the creative process and inspires personal reflection. Through the activation of public spaces, she provokes playful and profound visions for how people can connect and nurture the health of their communities. Her book, Before I Die (St. Martin’s Griffin) features walls from around the world and has received wide media coverage. Before I Die is one of many thought-provoking ways in which Chang has transformed urban nooks and crannies. She also has created interactive installations on vacant storefronts, inviting people to share what they hope will eventually occupy the spaces. She has opened a confessional sanctuary in a Las Vegas casino, and has hung official-looking signs in Hong Kong that identify areas where “kissing, crying and freaking out” are encouraged. The tech-savvy Chang has even designed a software program, Neighborland.com, which enables civic leaders to engage with residents and prioritize issues of local importance. Chang’s work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and Tate Modern in London. She was also named one of the “Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design” by Impact Design Hub and a “Live Your Best Life Local Hero” by O: The Oprah Magazine. “Candy Chang’s art serves as a wake-up call in our fast-paced digital age,” writes Ad Age. “Armed with little more than chalk, labels or post-it notes, she transforms nondescript urban spaces into compelling works that inspire the often deviceobsessed masses to engage with each other, and the world around them.”
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Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Bush Auditorium. Farm Kid to Rocket Man and Beyond: Personal Exploration, Excellence and Evolution.
Musgrave, the most educated astronaut ever, is the only person to have flown on all five space shuttles. Most notably, he was the lead spacewalker on Endeavor, from which he made repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Astronauts, simply by virtue of their being astronauts, are assumed to be braver and smarter than most of us. What, then, to make of Story Musgrave, who retired from NASA in 1997? He’s the only astronaut to have flown on all five space shuttles. And, prior to John Glenn’s return to space in 1998, he held the record for being the oldest person to orbit the earth, at age 61. If that weren’t enough, he’s also the most educated astronaut ever, with a medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons — he’s a specialist in physiology and aerospace medicine — as well as an MBA in operations analysis and computer programming from the University of California, Los Angeles. And then there’s an M.S. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. in literature from the University of Houston– Clear Lake. Oh, and there are also 20 honorary doctorates. All those eclectic degrees make more sense when you consider that Musgrave’s hobbies include literary criticism and poetry as well as microcomputers, parachuting, hang gliding and scuba diving. Musgrave, a native of Massachusetts who was raised in Kentucky, wasn’t a particularly bookish youngster. As a child, he sought solace from family dysfunction by exploring nature, which he described as “a place in which there was beauty; a place in which there was order.” He dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Over the next 58 years — while simultaneously accumulating all those degrees — Musgrave racked up more than 18,000 hours as a pilot, and experienced more than 800 free falls as a parachutist. Many of those death-defying jumps were experiments related to the study of human aerodynamics. He was an astronaut for more than three decades, and performed the first spacewalk on space shuttle Challenger’s first flight. He was also the lead spacewalker on Endeavor, from which he performed repairs on the Hubble Space Telescope. “People love Hubble images,” Musgrave has said. “It tells them where they’re from; it tells them where they’re going. It ties it all together.” Today, Musgrave is a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, a multimedia producer and director, a landscape architect and a professor of design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He’s also an in-demand speaker on topics related to design-driven innovation, project management and human performance.
As an NBA superstar, Abdul-Jabbar perfected an impossible-to-defend sky hook. As an author and social justice activist, he has written more than a dozen books and numerous op-eds for national publications.
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Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Warden Arena in the Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center. Writings on the Wall: An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, and is arguably the greatest ever to play the game. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a record 19-time NBA All-Star. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, and is the league’s all-time scoring leader with 38,387 points. But if all you remember about Abdul-Jabbar was his impossible-to-defend sky hook, then you’ve somehow missed out on his longstanding commitment to social activism. In the summer of 1968, while attending UCLA, he converted to Sunni Islam and, later, changed his name from Lew Alcindor. He boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics in protest of racial prejudice. Today, at age 70, Abdul-Jabbar might no longer be able to suit up and scorch an opposing team for 50 points. But his political commentary remains a slam dunk. His thought-provoking op-eds routinely appear in the Washington Post and Time magazine, among other national publications. Abdul-Jabbar’s recent book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White (Time Books), is a bestseller that offers his perspective on social issues in an era of increased polarization. Abdul-Jabbar has written or co-written about a dozen books, many of them dealing with race. But he has also written a novel, last summer’s Mycroft Holmes (Titan Books), about the adventures of Sherlock’s more savvy older brother. The thriller was adapted as a comic book series. In June, Abdul-Jabbar released Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court (Grand Central Publishing). It’s a poignant memoir about his enduring bond with UCLA Head Coach John Wooden. Late last year, Abdul-Jabbar’s HBO Sports documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, debuted as the highest-rated sports documentary in the network’s history. Abdul-Jabbar currently serves as chairman of his Skyhook Foundation, whose function is to “give kids a shot that can’t be blocked” by promoting STEM education in underserved communities. President Barack Obama presented Abdul-Jabbar with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
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Programming at the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College is made possible with generous underwriting by organizations, businesses and individuals who value literary achievement, intellectual stimulation and artistic accomplishments by individuals who are at the pinnacle of their careers and thrive on a global scale. Sponsorships are available for every imaginable level of interest. The Presenting Sponsor for WPI is Rollins College, underwrites operations and provides necessary resources. SPONSORSHIPwhich AND UNDERWRITING In addition, the college is a prestigious sponsor partner for
organizations (or individuals) wishing to reach an educated, affluent, involved and interesting audience. The “reach” is unparalleled in this market. Of course, basic levels of underwriting are available, as are co-sponsorship packages, through which you may partner with colleagues and receive an entire season of quality exposure. For a more detailed conversation about sponsorship opportunities or how you can get more involved with WPI, call Dr. Gail Sinclair directly for additional details and information at 407-691-1706.
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What: Patrick Martinez: American Memorial and Sea and Sky: Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Signac from the Arkansas Art Center Where: The Cornell Fine Art Museum at Rollins College Notes: Two contrasting exhibitions, one featuring politically charged works that represent the act of mourning, the other showcasing vivid watercolor depictions of harbors, gardens and historic towns. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Monday. Admission is free, courtesy of Dale Montgomery, Class of 1960. Information: Call 407-646-2526, or visit rollins.edu/cfam.
From startling expressions of pain and mourning to soothing depictions of gardens and harbors, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins College campus is presenting two highly contrasting but equally intriguing exhibitions. Patrick Martinez: American Memorial features works in paint, neon and in repurposed school folders that represent the act of mourning — which can function as a political protest, an act of defiance and, ultimately, an expression of love. With his neons, Martinez reimagines texts that reflect harsh realities and embody struggle and fear. His work, Then They Came for Me, is a jarring reminder of the fragility of public safety — and is particularly poignant as Central Floridians commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre. Martinez’s paintings and drawings are most often of people who are otherwise depicted without respect or dignity — particularly people of color who are victimized by various forms of brutality. Some paintings pay tribute to the ubiquitous use of flowers to commemorate a loss — or to inspire a meditation. “Patrick Martinez’s art is both timely and consequential,” says Ena Heller, the Cornell’s director. “His works offer a nuanced yet forceful commentary on contemporary society. The dialogue they spark is particularly welcome on campus.” American Memorial is the first solo show in a museum of work by Martinez, a Los Angeles resident whose early inspiration came from hip-hop culture. He’ll deliver an Artist’s Talk at the Cornell on September 5 at 6 p.m. The exhibition runs through September 10. In an adjoining gallery is Sea and Sky: Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Signac from the Arkansas Arts Center. The French artist, who gained popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, favored creating vivid images of harbors and gardens, historic towns and Paris streets. While Signac is best known for his oil paintings, he was equally a master of art on paper. He began exploring watercolor as a medium during a sea voyage to Saint-Tropez, and subsequently won wide acclaim from both critics and buyers. The Cornell exhibition, which consists of works collected by Arkansas industrialist James T. Dyke, includes several watercolors from Signac’s ambitious project to depict 100 different harbors in France. Between 1929 and 1932, the artist busily explored ships, docks and waterfront architecture along France’s rivers and sea coasts. “It’s visceral — like falling in love,” says Dyke of his passion for Signac’s work. His collection represents the artist’s entire career, and encompasses everything from black-and-white sketches to watercolors painted from nature. Dyke gave 133 pieces to the Arkansas Art Center in 1999. Sea and Sky also runs through September 10. Admission to the Cornell is free, courtesy of Dale Montgomery, Rollins Class of 1960. 1000 Holt Avenue. 407-646-2526. rollins.edu/cfam. — Randy Noles Then They Came For Me (facing page, top) by Patrick Martinez and Saint-Tropez, A Sailboat at Anchor in the Sunset (facing page, bottom) by Paul Signac, are among the works on display in two intriguing exhibitions at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Martinez is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work reflects current events, while Signac is a French neo-impressionist who was enchanted by nautical themes.
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Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. This 54-year-old lakeside museum is dedicated to preserving the works of the famed Czech sculptor for whom it was both home and studio for more than a decade. Running through September 3 is Summer of Love: Reflections on Pulse, dedicated to the 49 people killed in the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub last June. The themed exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s iconic “Summer of Love,” is based on the idea of art transcending hate. The museum has scheduled three events associated with the exhibition, starting with a July 23 workshop, Collective Light with Marla E, which explores the healing value of collaborative art. Participants in the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop will create mixed-media sculptural lanterns resembling fireflies for a temporary installation in the gardens and to take home as a memento. Beginners and advanced students are welcome; materials are included, but registration is required. Next up, on August 7, is the Artful Book Club’s summer selection, Mislaid by Nell Zink, which was chosen for its thematic overlap with the exhibition. Registration is required for the club’s discussion and gallery tour, which runs from 10-11:30 a.m. Finally, on August 15, learn about the challenges of archiving the Pulse tragedy and other culturally significant events with Orange County Regional History Center Director Michael Perkins during his presentation, Documenting a Collective Narrative. Registration is also required for this event, which runs from 7-8:30 p.m. In addition, the museum offers tours of the restored Capen-Showalter House on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Regular 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 Avenue, Winter Park. 407-647-6294. polasek.org. 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 West Packwood Avenue. 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. Wrapping up on July 2 is a juried exhibition, Architect as Artist, featuring artwork by Florida architects that falls outside the realm of traditional, functional design. The Cultural Corridor also includes the Maitland Historical Museum, where through July 2 an architectural exhibition, Composing Maitland, features the handiwork of art center founder Smith and William H. Waterhouse, who built the Waterhouse Residence. The other three venues are the Telephone Museum, included with the historical museum at 221 West Pack-
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wood Avenue, and the Waterhouse Residence Museum, which with the Carpentry Shop Museum was built in the 1880s and is located at 820 Lake Lily Drive. 407-539-2181. artandhistory.org. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. With more than 19,000 square feet of gallery and public space, this 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. In marking its 75th anniversary this year, the Morse celebrates the breadth and depth of its collection (assembled by founders Hugh and Jeannette McKean) in Celebrating 75 Years — Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum. The exhibition, which continues through next January, includes portraits, landscape paintings, and works on paper and pottery. Also on display this year: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Life and Art, which examines Tiffany’s “quest for beauty” through art objects, archival documents and various artifacts representing the artist’s astonishingly diverse body of work in the decorative arts. Continuing through September 24 is The Bride Elect: Gifts from the 1905 Wedding of Elizabeth Owens Morse, which features the original registry and some of the 250 gifts presented to the daughter of Charles Hosmer Morse and Martha Owens Morse by her family’s wealthy friends. Other 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. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students and free for children younger than 12. In an Independence Day tradition dating from the opening of the current museum on Park Avenue in 1995, the Morse provides free admission to its galleries on July 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Winter Park’s Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Central Park. 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park. 407-6455311. morsemuseum.org. 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. each Saturday at the campus facility and 1 p.m. each 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. Two exhibitions are in the main museum through September 10: Patrick Martinez, American Memorial, which features paintings by this hiphop-influenced painter from Los Angeles; and Sea and Sky, Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Signac from the Arkansas Arts Center Collection, which features various
works by this late 19th- and early 20th-century French artist. (See page 102 for more information.) Meanwhile, the museum’s ongoing Conversations exhibition features selected works from the permanent collection along with recent gifts and select loans through December 31. Admission to the museum is free, courtesy of Dale Montgomery, Rollins Class of 1960. 1000 Holt Avenue. 407-646-2526. rollins.edu/cfam. 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. Through July 29, the school’s Showalter Hughes Community Gallery features the exhibition A Look Back/Coming Back — Works by Henry Sinn, a native Florida artist who studied at Seminole Community College (now Seminole State College) and Rollins College, and who works mostly in mixed media. The school’s 36th annual Juried Student Exhibition, which runs through August 31, showcases some of the past year’s best student work in painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and fiber arts. Admission to the school’s galleries is free, though there are fees for art classes. 600 Saint Andrews Boulevard, Winter Park. 407-671-1886. crealde.org. 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 that together are known as the Heritage Collection. The collection’s Phase IX: Hannibal Square Heroes, is on display through September 2; it celebrates 10 Hannibal Square natives who grew up to become nationally known in their fields, which include music, education and athletics. Also ongoing is the Hannibal Square Timeline, a display that documents significant local and national events in African-American history since the Emancipation Proclamation. Admission is free. 642 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-539-2680. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org.
Annie Russell Theatre. “The Annie,” in continuous operation since 1932, returns from summer break to kick off its 2017-18 season on September 29 with The Cradle Will Rock, a musical allegory written in the 1930s about political corruption and corporate greed. The show, which runs for eight performances through October 7, may be seen at 8 p.m. or at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. matinees. Tickets start at $20. 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park. 407-6462145. rollins.edu/annie-russell-theatre. 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 clas-
sical, post-classical and world dance forms. Over the past 14 years, the center has supported artists in the presentation of more than 250 new works. The annual Choreographers’ Showcase, slated this year for August 12 and 13, takes audiences into the rehearsal studio and gives them a chance to talk with artistic directors, choreographers and dancers. The two shows are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $15 each; proceeds benefit the group’s Residency Program, which assists seasoned and rising choreographers as well as modern-dance companies in the area. Both performances are at the center, 3580 Aloma Avenue, No. 7. 407-695-8366. thecenterfordance.org. Winter Park Playhouse. Winter Park’s only professional, not-for-profit theater opens its 2017-18 mainstage season with Some Enchanted Evening, which runs July 28 through August 20. This musical revue celebrates the music of the legendary Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, with 34 well-loved songs from Broadway classics such as Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Up next, running from September 15 through October 8, is Life Could Be a Dream, the Florida premiere of a high-energy musical comedy about a group of doowop singers preparing to enter a major radio contest. The show’s score features such classic ’60s rock ’n’ roll hits as “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel” and “Unchained Melody.” Both shows are Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. Single tickets range from $15 (for students) to $42 for evening performances. Coming April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. is the Spotlight Cabaret Series featuring Shawn Kilgore. 711 Orange Avenue, Winter Park. 407645-0145. winterparkplayhouse.org.
Enzian. This cozy, not-for-profit alternative cinema offers a plethora of film series. This year it kicks off the summer with a special event on July 9: a Filmmaker Workshop: Developing and Producing a Web Series. Participants of all ages and experience levels will learn how to develop and write a TV series for the internet comparable to the popular programs now available on YouTube, Vimeo and Tumblr. The class is taught by Donald Tynes, an instructor in Full Sail University’s bachelor of film program; and Michael Tabb, a veteran Hollywood screenwriter and Full Sail professor. Peanut Butter Matinee Family Films are shown on the fourth Sunday of most months at noon. Next on the schedule: Spy Kids (August 27). Tickets are free for children under 12; otherwise they’re $8 (or $7.50, if you’re an Enzian Film Society member). Saturday Matinee Classics are shown on the second Saturday of each month at noon. Upcoming films include The Young Girls of Rochefort (July 8) and Melvin and Howard (August 12). Tickets are $8. The annual KidFest Summer Movie Series offers film fans of all ages the chance to see a wide selection of family friendly movies — for free. This year’s
lineup includes Modern Times (July 11 at 3 p.m., July 16 at 1 p.m. and July 25 at 3 p.m.), The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (July 12 at 3 p.m., July 22 at 1 p.m. and July 26 at 3 p.m.), Arctic Tale (July 13 at 3 p.m., July 23 at 1 p.m. and July 27 at 3 p.m.), Explorers (July 19 at 3 p.m. and August 2 at 3 p.m.), Boy and the World (July 30 and August 3 at 3 p.m., August 5 and 6 at 1 p.m.). Cult Classics are shown on the second and last Tuesday of each month at 9:30 p.m. Upcoming films include Frailty (July 11), After Hours (July 25), The Last Dragon (August 8) and El Mariachi (August 29). Tickets are $8. Book to Big Screen is a series that examines great films adapted from books. Upcoming films include Life of Pi (August 26 at 11 a.m.). Tickets are $8. FilmSlam, a showcase for Florida-made short films, is held every month except April and November on Sundays at 1 p.m. The next scheduled dates are July 9, August 13 and September 10. Tickets are $8. Other special showings include: the Paris Opera Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 15, 11 a.m.); the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival’s production of the two short operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (August 19, 11 a.m.); the National Theatre Live productions of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches (September 2, 11 a.m.) and Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika (September 3, 11 a.m.); David Gilmour Live at Pompeii (September 13, 9:30 p.m.); and the Vienna State Ballet’s production of Le Corsaire (September 16, 11 a.m.). 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland. 407-629-0054 (information line), 407-629-1088 (theater offices). enzian.org. Popcorn Flicks in the Park. The City of Winter Park and Enzian collaborate to offer classic, family friendly films free in Central Park on Park Avenue. These outdoor screenings are usually on the second Thursday of each month and start at about 8 p.m. (or whenever it gets dark). Upcoming films include Beauty and the Beast (July 13) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (August 10). Bring a blanket or chairs and a snack. 407-629-1088. enzian.org. Screen on the Green. The City of Maitland offers free outdoor movies each spring and fall on the field at Maitland Middle School. Bring a blanket or chairs for seating. The program’s summer break won’t end until October 1, with a 7:30 p.m. showing of Sing. 1902 Choctaw Trail, Maitland. 407-539-0042. itsmymaitland.com.
Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. This stunningly restored Spanish farmhouse-style home, designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II, 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. (see Music). 656 North Park Avenue (adjacent to the Winter Park Golf Course). 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us. Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Cen-
ter 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. A new exhibition, The Tuskegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of WWII, explores the history and heroism of the first African-American pilots to fly in combat during World War II. It opens July 3 and continues through September 8. The museum’s ongoing exhibition, Tribute to the Holocaust, presents Holocaust-related artifacts, videos, text, photographs and artwork. Admission is free. 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland. 407-628-0555. holocaustedu.org. 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, explores the ways in which World War II affected Winter Parkers. Admission is free. 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-644-2330. wphistory.org. Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. Eatonville is strongly associated with Harlem Renaissance writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, 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 about the city, which was formed by African-Americans; it also sponsors exhibits featuring the works of African-American artists. The museum’s current exhibition is Back in the Day: Reflections of Historic Eatonville, which features artifacts and memorabilia related to Eatonville’s history. Admission is free, though group tours require a reservation and must pay a fee. 227 East Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville. 407-647-3188. zorafestival.org, hurstonmuseum.org.
Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Head for downtown Winter Park on Independence Day to enjoy a bicycle parade, patriotic music by the Bach Festival Brass Band and Bach Festival Choir, free hot dogs and watermelon, horse-drawn wagon rides, games and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In a July 4 tradition dating from 1995, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art also provides free admission to its galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to Bach Festival musicians, the main stage in Central Park will feature other entertainment. If you want to start celebrating even earlier, you can kick off the day with the annual Watermelon 5K run, which begins at 7 a.m. on Park Avenue. The race is followed by a Watermelon Eating Contest at 8 a.m. and a Kids’ Run at 8:15 a.m. Military personnel and their family members receive a $10 discount on the 5K registration fee plus a special race bib. 407-599-3463. For information about the race, visit trackshack.com. For information about other activities, visit cityofwinterpark.org. S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INTER PARK MAGAZ IN E
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Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. Each year the institute presents lectures, readings and seminars by thought leaders in an array of disciplines. Its 201718 season kicks off September 12 at 7:30 p.m. with Jon Meacham, executive editor and executive vice president of book publisher Random House and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Meacham’s talk on The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency, will take place in Knowles Memorial Chapel. (See the special section elsewhere in this issue for information on the full season.) Tickets for Meacham will range from about $15 to $50. 407-6462145. rollins.edu/wpitickets.
ARTS ORGANIZATIONS JOIN FORCES ONLINE In a city bursting at the seams with arts and culture, who can keep up with it all? Making matters more difficult, there hasn’t been a single source of information about who’s doing what. Enter the Arts & Culture Subcommittee, which was formed as part of the city’s Public Art Advisory Board in an effort to enhance and improve awareness and visibility of the city’s numerous nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The initial result of the subcommittee’s work is a hyper-local city website: cityofwinterpark.org/arts-culture, where you’ll find: • A comprehensive directory of all nonprofit arts and cultural organizations located within Winter Park’s city limits, including contact information and links to individual websites. • An extensive and easy-to-navigate month-by-month events calendar featuring all scheduled arts and cultural experiences being offered by those organizations. • Information about upcoming communitywide arts and cultural events, such as the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, among others. Organizations participating in Winter Park’s first-ever combined arts and cultural calendar include: The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden (and the adjacent CapenShowalter House); the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College; Art in Chambers at City Hall; Art on the Green in Central Park; the Autumn Art Festival in Central Park; the Bach Festival Society of Winter; Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts; the Casa Feliz Historic Home; the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College; the Crealdé School of Art; the Fred Stone Theater at Rollins College; the Galloway Room at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center; GladdeningLight; the Hannibal Square Heritage Center; Mead Botanical Garden; the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art; the Winter Park History Museum; the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College; the Winter Park Playhouse; and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. There are also links to the Winter Park Public Library’s Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Collection — all the Best of Show winners from years past — and Paint Out, a plein air painting event sponsored by the Polasek. You can also follow local arts and cultural events via Twitter, at #wpinspires.
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Maitland Farmers’ Market. This year-round, openair market — held each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 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 boardwalk, jogging trails, a playground and picnic areas. 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. itsmymaitland.com. 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 also 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 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. cityofwinterpark.org.
Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The informal and intimate concert series Bach @ the Alfond resumes July 6 in the music conservatory of the Alfond Inn with vocalist Michelle Mailhot, a popular jazz artist who tours with the Orlando-based a cappella group Toxic Audio. Tickets for the 3 p.m. performance are $15; tea and scones are included. 300 East New England Avenue. On July 16, join the Bach Festival Choir for a free “open sing” of Mozart’s Requiem from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus, 1000 Holt Avenue. Parking is available a block away in the SunTrust Plaza garage. 407-6462182. bachfestivalflorida.org. Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. This eclectic venue 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 — although theater, dance and spoken-word presentations are also on the schedule. Upcoming musical events include: fusion band The Conglomerate, July 1 at 8 p.m. ($15); the Crawford Jazz Project
presenting Timeless, July 6 and 7 at 8 p.m.; Smokin’ Torpedoes, July 15 and September 9 at 8 p.m. ($15); Blue Bamboo’s One-Year Anniversary, featuring the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, July 18 at 8 p.m. ($20); Carol Stein and Friends, July 19 at 8 p.m. ($15); guitar duo Cortez and Koelble, July 27, August 31 and September 28 at 8 p.m. ($10); Catch the Groove, July 29 at 8 p.m. ($15); Carol Stein and Friends, July 19, August 16 (with Bill Prince) and September 13 (with Mark Miller) at 8 p.m. ($15); and the Larry Fuller Trio, September 14 at 8 p.m. ($20). 1905 Kentucky Avenue. 407-636-9951. bluebambooartcenter.com. Central Florida Folk. This Winter Park-based not-forprofit is dedicated to promoting and preserving live folk music, primarily through concerts on the last Sunday of each month (except May, when the Florida Folk Festival takes center stage). The group’s primary venue is the Winter Park Public Library, 460 East New England Avenue. The next two library concerts are: Brian Smalley, plus Deserie and Jim, on July 30 at 2 p.m.; and Roy Schneider, plus Sandy and Sharon’s Porch Revue, on August 27 at 2 p.m. A donation of $12 for non-members is suggested. 407-679-6426. cffolk.org. Dexter’s of Winter Park. This well-known restaurant in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square neighborhood occasionally has live musical acts. Upcoming events include three appearances (July 13 at 7:30 p.m., August 5 at 8:30 p.m. and September 21 at 7:30 p.m.) by the Rico Monaco Band/Rick Monaco Quartet, a high-energy, Latin-flavored rock band that has headlined concerts and festivals, and has opened for national acts in major venues. 558 West New England Avenue. 407-6291150. dextersorlando.com.
Summer Sidewalk Sale. Enjoy savings of 50 to 75 percent at participating merchants along Park and New England avenues from July 13- 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Park Avenue Merchants Association. 407-644-8281. experienceparkavenue.com. Old School Pool Party. Hard-working adults (age 18 and up) are invited to hang out by the pool on a Saturday evening (in an alcohol-free environment) to enjoy a midsummer weekend. The July 22 party runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Winter Park Community Center, 721 West New England Avenue. 407-599-3275. cityofwinterpark.org. 5th Annual Luau by the Pool. Celebrate the final days of summer vacation poolside at the Winter Park Community Center on August 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., There’ll be games and contests with prizes. 721 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-599-3275. cityofwinterpark.org.
Florida Blogger & Social Media Conference. This annual, one-day gathering of bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, marketers and others, known informally as FLBlogCon, offers panels and workshops designed to help online entrepreneurs take their blogs to the next creative level and to make money with them through sponsorships and other financial opportunities. This year’s seventh annual conference, scheduled for September 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Full Sail University, offers three keynote presentations and more than twodozen breakout sessions. Tickets are $45 to $75. 3300 University Boulevard. 407-679-6333. flblogcon.com.
Music at the Casa. The Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum regularly presents Sunday afternoon acoustic performances from noon to 3 p.m. in the home’s main parlor. Upcoming performers include guitarist Brian Hayes (July 2), Beautiful Music String Quartet (July 9), vocalist Shirley Wang (July 16), guitarist Jeff Scott (July 23), guitarist/vocalist Shawn Garvey (August 13), violinist Yaniv Cohen (August 20) and harpist Catherine Way (August 27). Admission is free. 656 North Park Avenue (adjacent to the Winter Park Golf Course). 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us.
Florida Writers Association. The Orlando/Winter Park-Area Chapter meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for guest speakers and discussions organized by author and “book coach” Rik Feeney. Upcoming dates are July 5, August 2 and September 6. University Club of Winter Park, 841 North Park Avenue. The chapter known as the Maitland Writers Group meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for speakers and discussions organized by Nylda Dieppa-Aldarondo. Upcoming dates are July 13, August 10 and September 14. Maitland Public Library, 501 Maitland Avenue South, Maitland. floridawriters.net.
Opera in the Park. The first official performances of Opera Orlando’s 2017-18 season are its three-part Opera in the Park series, an outdoor recital program. The series begins August 6 with soprano Kenneithia Mitchell, accompanied by Lynn Peghiny on piano. Baritone Daniel Belcher, also with Peghiny on piano, follows on August 13. The series wraps up August 27 with soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer, accompanied by Robin Stamper on piano. The 2 p.m. performances take place at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 North Park Avenue. Tickets are $30 each or $75 for all three recitals. 407-512-1900. operaorlando.org.
Nerd Nite Orlando. This monthly gathering is based on a simple premise: Learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Introduced to the Orlando area in 2013, Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations in a casual atmosphere. The local version takes place in a comic-book store/craft-beer bar on the east side of Winter Park, with host Ricardo Williams, on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Upcoming dates include July 13, August 10 and September 14. The Geek Easy, 114 South Semoran Boulevard, No. 6. 407- 332-9636. orlando.nerdnite.com.
Playwrights Round Table. This play-reading workshop, held on the second Sunday of each month on the Rollins College campus, invites area writers to bring any piece they’re working on for review and discussion. Upcoming dates include July 9, August 13 and September 10 at 1 p.m.. If you plan to read something aloud, you must email email@example.com to schedule a time slot. It’s free, though memberships are available. Fred Stone Theater, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Avenue. 407-761-2683. theprt.com. Sip, Shop & Stroll. On September 14, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Park Avenue Merchants Association invite you to experience the charm of Park Avenue, the region’s premier shopping district. Discover new merchants while checking out the latest fashions, gift ideas and seasonal menus — all while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres offered at participating locations from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25; check in at the corner of Park Avenue and Morse Boulevard between 5 and 7 p.m. to receive your wine glass and “passport.” 407-644-8281. winterpark.org. University Club of Winter Park. Members are dedicated to the enjoyment of intellectual activities and socializing with one another. The club’s various activities, including lectures, are open to the public, although nonmembers are asked to donate a $5 activity fee each time they attend. 841 North Park Avenue. 407-6446149. uclubwp.org. Wednesday Open Words. One of the area’s longestrunning open-mic poetry nights takes place every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Austin’s Coffee, 929 West Fairbanks Avenue. The free poetry readings are hosted by Curtis Meyer. 407-975-3364. austinscoffee.com.
CoffeeTalk. These free gatherings, sponsored by the City of Winter Park, are usually held on the second Thursday of each month and offer residents an opportunity to discuss issues with top city officials. Coffee is supplied by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. Upcoming topics and guests include City Manager Randy Knight (July 28), Commissioner Greg Seidel (August 10) and Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel (September 14). The hour-long sessions start at 8 a.m. at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 West Lyman Avenue. 407-6448281. cityofwinterpark.org.
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 July 14 and August 11. The networking begins at 8 a.m., followed by a program at 8:30 a.m. Admission, which includes a complimentary continental breakfast, is free. Winter Park Welcome S U MME R 2 0 1 7 | W INTER PARK MAGAZ IN E
EVENTS Center, 151 West Lyman Avenue, Winter Park. 407644-8281. winterpark.org. The Hot Seat.Â Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, this quarterly business-oriented series puts local executives in the spotlight as they offer advice and discuss entrepreneurism, leadership and salesand-marketing techniques. The next event is August 23 at noon. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and reservations are required. Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 WestÂ Lyman Avenue. 407-6448281. winterpark.org. Winter Park Executive Women. Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, these gatherings â€” held the first Monday of most months â€” 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. Up next is â€œThe Power of Community Engagement,â€? with featured speaker Peg Cornwell, assistant to the president and director of community relations at Rollins College. Tickets for the August 7 presentation, which include lunch, are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and reservations are required. Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 West Lyman Avenue, Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org.
Lakes Forest and Grace Watershed Cleanup. Volunteers who help the City of Winter Park collect litter around lakes Forest and Grace, at the south end of the city near Winter Park Road, receive breakfast, a T-shirt, a snack and a water bottle. Kayakers and paddle boarders are welcome to participate. The 8 a.m. assembly point is at 2225 Howard Drive; the cleanup ends at 11 a.m. 407-599-3364. cityofwinterpark.org. The Sapphire Gala. Cherished, Precious, and Loved Inc., an Orlando-based not-for-profit group that runs a transition home and counseling service for women emerging from human trafficking, sexual exploitation and addiction, holds its fall fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. on September 22 at the Winter Park Community Center. Blue is the thematic color for this formal evening event, which includes dancing. 721 West New England Avenue. 407-240-807. cherishedpreciousloved.org. Womanâ€™s Club of Winter Park Annual Rummage Sale. This sale, once an annual Labor Day tradition, was revived by the club in 2014 as a fundraiser for area charities. It offers shoppers a wide variety of items donated by local residents, including jewelry, antiques, artwork, books, clothes, furnishings and household items. This yearâ€™s September 2 sale is at the clubâ€™s headquarters, 419 South Interlachen Avenue. It starts with a bake sale at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m., with a lunch menu available from Georgeâ€™s Gourmet to Go. 407-644-2237. womansclubofwinterpark.com.
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LOSING A CONTINENT, BUT FINDING HERSELF Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, a change was made in this column last issue that inadvertently altered an important meaning. The error was corrected in the online edition, but in the interest of accuracy, we are re-running the print column as well. Our apologies to Michael McLeod and Bethany Hicok for the error.
hances are good you’ve never heard of the lost continent of Zealandia, and even better that you’ll never travel there. That’s because despite having all its continental credentials in order — mountains, valleys, the works — the vast land mass just east of Australia slipped beneath the Pacific eons ago. Which is something we shouldn’t hold against it — at least so say scientists who recently launched a campaign for Zealandia to be recognized as the globe’s eighth continent. I wonder what Elizabeth Bishop would make of all this, given that she once, rather famously, lost a continent herself. Bishop, born in Massachusetts in 1911, grew up as an orphan: Her father died when she was an infant, and her mother, perhaps unhinged by grief, was institutionalized a few months later and forever disappeared from her daughter’s life. Elizabeth spent her childhood shuttling back and forth between caregivers and became an introspective outlier, adventurer and philosopher as an adult. “Geographic curiosity leads me on and I can’t stop,” she once wrote to a friend. Crisscrossing the globe in a lifelong embrace, searching for a
place to land and be loved, she chronicled her efforts in poetry that welded together worlds seen and unseen, winning her a Pulitzer Prize. Of the half-dozen poems that I can all but recite by heart, two are Bishop’s, which explains why I spun around when I heard her name mentioned at a recent Rollins College reception and wound up making an instant literary BFF out of Bethany Hicok. She’s a visiting scholar, more or less, on sabbatical from Westminster College, just north of Pittsburgh, where she is professor of English and director of the honors program. Her husband is Jonathan Miller, director of Rollins’ Olin Library. (Just before presstime, Miller announced that he had accepted a position as director of libraries at Williams College.) Theirs is a commuting marriage — not uncommon among academics these days. Hicok has published several essays and books about Bishop. The most recent is a volume that explores the poet’s connections to the continent that she would eventually immortalize as “lost,” and to the country where she would find not just a measure of personal peace, but inspiration for some of her best work. The book is entitled Elizabeth Bishop’s Brazil (University of Virginia Press, 2016). Bishop was 40 when, on the first leg of a planned journey around the world, she arrived in Brazil, fell ill, and was nursed back to health by a friend and later lover, Lota de Macedo Soares. The Brazilian aristocrat and self-taught architect
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not only invited Bishop to stay as a guest at her rambling mountainside home, she also built a studio for Bishop on the grounds. The unexpected burst of generosity was a longawaited elixir for Bishop, who had been raised by relatives who were both neglectful and abusive. “She once wrote to a friend that she felt like she had the status of a family dog — one that was not particularly well-liked,” says Hicok. In Brazil, for the first time in her life, “somebody really took care of her.” Bishop wound up immersing herself in Brazilian politics, culture and geography. A key experience was a trip via riverboat down the Amazon, whose lushness overwhelmed her. It was a journey Hicok duplicated, as part of her research, in a two-deck craft similar to the one Bishop must have used. She shared a cramped room with another Bishop scholar and, briefly, a spider the size of a catcher’s mitt. That’s assuming Hicok wasn’t using poetic license when she told me about an encounter that did not end well for the arachnid. Though Bishop left South America after 15 years to teach poetry in the United States, the impact of her years there stayed with her for the rest of her life. She gave it a place of honor in the literary canon via a much-anthologized poem she wrote in 1976, three years before her death. It’s called One Art — perhaps because it’s the one art we all have to learn. The poem is about accepting life’s inevitable losses with poise, qualities she embodies with her choice of a difficult-to-execute, brilliantly compressed rhyme scheme called a villanelle. In tones that blend wistfulness with wry, selfeffacing advice, she argues that loss doesn’t equal catastrophe if one masters “the art of losing” everything from car keys to “hours badly spent” to beloved people — and, in this stanza, places. I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster Some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster. Even, and perhaps especially, if they bespeak places where you finally found your peace.
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