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eautiful income producing property in Hardee County with pasture (784.8 acres), of which 350 acres is Hermathia, 80 acres of Jiggs and the rest Bahia. Triple wide mobile home is perfect for the owner and family. It is surrounded by 200 yr. old oak trees, great barbecue area, Tiki hut, pool, sauna and a huge tree house for the kids. Small lake with dock and diving board. Additional double wide mobile home for a ranch manager and an 8 stall barn with tack room and a big building designed for equipment storage or tool shop. $3,350,000


eautiful 690 acres true working ranch with improved pastures of bahia and floralta grasses. Nice area full of oak hammocks perfect for a home or hunting cabin. A portion of the Yates Marsh providing plenty of wild game including Osceola Turkey, Native Whitetail deer and wild hogs. Property has two large equipment barn and nice cattle pens. Property has electricity, well water and is also equipped with a back up diesel generator. Less than 30 minutes from the Town of Okeechobee. $2,800,000

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Justin Domer “Gilbert has always made the car & truck buying experience very easy, very painless, very quick. I don’t know how many vehicles our family has purchased from Gilbert, but we keep coming back."

keechobee County is celebrating its Centennial this year and if you are in need of a history lesson, you needn’t look much farther than Justin Domer. A 7th generation Floridian, Justin not only has founding-roots in our community but has taken time to learn the background of many of Okeechobee’s other founding families. Justin graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2005 and traveled to Florida State University where he earned a degree in Political Science. In late 2009 while still attending FSU, Justin went to work with Governor Charlie Crist and continued to hold multiple positions through 2012 for Governor Rick Scott. The chaos of politics made Justin realize one thing; he had a teacher back home he still had much to learn from - his father, Ray Domer.   Before his passing, Ray was an Okeechobee County Commissioner, successful businessman, and father. He taught his children honesty, integrity, and accountability must always come first.   When Justin approached his father about return-

ing home, Ray initially told him to consider other options. He wanted him to utilize his education in politcal science. Justin ultimately convinced his father he wanted to move forward in the direction of Okeechobee and to allow him to interview for a position at the family business - Domer’s Inc. Applying the lessons learned from their father, Justin now runs Domer’s Inc. with his brother, Jacob. They both said the same thing about why they work well together, “We each have strengths and weaknesses and use each other to work through any situation.”  Jacob said, “People think Justin stays in the office all day but he will get out there and run a shovel or anything else it takes to get the job done.”  Domer’s Inc. will celebrate its centennial in 2026 and it’s that kind of attitude and camaraderie that will allow this family business to thrive for the next 100 years. From Okeechobee to Tallahassee and back home, thank you for always making Okeechobee proud, Justin.

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THE PUBLISHER Summer is here and I’m so excited to spend time in


the sun with family and friends! Thank you for picking up our June | July summer issue as we’ve packed in so much summertime fun with fashion, pool parties, a little bit of history and a new concept revitalizing the Heartland. We are excited for you to see how Mass Market in Midtown Lakeland has been beautifully restored and to also learn more about the new businesses that share the space. The buildings are so unique and interesting that it made choosing photos for the spread absolutely daunting. Make sure to visit them during their next event!


A special thank you to Jess & Susan Anderson for opening up their beautiful home and sharing their gorgeous models for our pool fashion photo shoot. What a fun day! Summertime always means a new summer look for the season and some of our local Heartland boutiques have revealed what is trendy for 2017. We at Heartland LIVING believe in giving back to our communities, so when you’re looking for those perfect summer outfits please visit our local boutiques who showcased their clothing and accessories in this issue which included Southern Posh in Ft. Meade, M.Marie in Winter Haven and Haley Michelle in Lakeland. We are excited to welcome photographer Emily Plank to our Heartland team. I was looking for a new photographer in the Lakeland area and after working with Emily and then receiving her absolutely gorgeous photos I discovered she is the perfect fit for our team. Thank you Emily for capturing the fun beautiful photo of Claudia for our cover along with all the others we hope our readers will enjoy in this issue. I also welcome back writer Christy Swift. We have missed her writing talent and so happy to have her return. Christy said she had so much fun touring and writing about the beautiful campus at Florida Southern College. The campus’ real uniqueness she wrote about is found in its buildings. Famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed all the buildings except one. We hope you enjoy the story and beautiful photos of all the buildings and we hope you plan to schedule a tour yourself. June 18th is Father’s Day and if you’re looking for a delicious breakfast pie for Dad, our Southern Chef Layne Prescott has shared her specialty in our Inspired by the South section. Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads and all who have stepped up to help raise a child. Cherish your time with Family. As always, we appreciate our advertisers and we couldn’t create the magazine we love without you and our readers. Now find a relaxing place with a beautiful view and enjoy reading our summer issue of Heartland LIVING.

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graphic and fine artist for over 30 years. She received her A.A. from the Ft. Lauderdale Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Stetson University. She moved to Okeechobee in 1994 where she opened her art studio. Bridgette has been creative director for several publications, working with Heartland Publications & Marketing as art director since 2011, winning four Florida Magazine Charlie Awards in 2015. She is arts and culture director of Okeechobee Main Street (12 years) and member of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. Bridgette is married to James Waldau, a retired firefighter.

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Jessica Pleger is a wife, mother, editor, writer, and caterer. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Before working full-time at Heartland LIVING, Jessica was a paralegal for over 15 years. She is also the owner and operator of Pink Pineapple Catering. Jessica enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and participating in community events throughout the Heartland. A lifelong resident of Florida, Jessica was raised in Hardee County and now resides in Avon Park with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Finley Grace. Kristy Harris is a graphic designer

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born on the island of Puerto Rico. My dog thinks I am crazy for locking the door so many times in 10 seconds and my cats think I am made of catnip. Everything I wear is black, gray or blue. If I put on something colorful I must have been in a hurry. Photography is how I have let my artistic visions come to life since the early 90’s. Patience, kindness, sharing, sacrifice, love and not to judge I saw my mother practice these and they stayed within me. We are collective energy and all from the same Source. I don’t see the world through my eyes. I see it through my soul.


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a military family, has lived overseas but did most of her growing up in Arcadia. After meeting and marrying Mike Prescott, she moved to Wauchula in 1979 and now calls it her home. She and Mike raised their three children there and now are reaping the benefits of their labor with six sweet, beautiful and perfect grandchildren. Her cooking style is eclectic and best described as “Southern comfort cuisine”. Her greatest joy comes from three things: her faith, loving on her family, and getting in the kitchen and “whipping” up something good.

and artist in Sebring, FL. Originally from Michigan, Kristy and her husband moved in 2007 to Highlands County She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Northern Michigan University. She has owns her own freelance business, Kristy’s Kreatives for the past three years. Starting her own business gave her the opportunity to stay home with her daughter and work with Knotty Girl Loves, Inc. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys painting with watercolor and acrylic, taking photos of her daughter, traveling and spending time with friends and family.


living in Highlands County. Christy writes feature stories for Heartland LIVING and weekly pieces for a local newspaper, and web-based medical articles. She was recently named the Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Newsperson of the Year. Christy enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and three daughters. She recently ran her first 5K. Says Christy, “The best part of what I do is helping amazing people share their stories.”

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Sharon Cannon Sharon's passion has always been photography. She is an award winning photographer having transitioned from amateur to professional in 2010 when she was contacted by local publications to photograph events. She is a member of Okeechobee Main Street, on the arts and cultural committee. Sharon has lived in Okeechobee for many years, and has one son, Karl. “I love the history of our little town. I want to preserve all of our ‘todays’ through the lens of my camera, for our future ‘tomorrows’.”


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to two boys. She have spent the last 10 years capturing the precious moments of childhood for families across central Florida. A newborn and child photographer, Paxton loves being able to capture that small moment of time. She has also been a nurse for 15 years and love caring for others. She has lived in Wauchula for over 25 years and is honored to help share our small town community with others.

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business rooted in her hometown of Lakeland, Florida that is celebrating 7 years. She is a graduate from the University of Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art where she focused on drawing and painting. She fell in love with photography while at Florida, studying film and Photographer digital photography –then started her business while in school. She loves to tell a story, whether it’s that of a person, place or space she is dedicated portraying her subject’s beauty. Personally she loves to give back and serve her community, she loves her Lord Jesus and being with her family and friends.

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A Tribute to my Dad

Father’s Day won’t be the same this year because it will be the first I won’t get to spend with my Daddy. But I thank the Lord for all the amazing memories I have of my Dad. I have my sad days when I cry but then I try to be appreciative of all the times I had with my Dad. I know there are people in my life that didn’t get 60 years of love with so many family times shared alongside my seven brothers and sisters, fifteen grandkids and two great grandkids that Dad cherished every moment with all of us. I will admit I wish my granddaughter Finley Grace had more than two years with her PapPap but she put a smile on his face everyday spent with him. When we would leave him, it was all kisses, hugs and high-fives. When I was asked if I was going to write a tribute for my Dad I googled what “tribute” meant and the definition was perfect for everything my Dad was to me. It said “an act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration”. My Dad was a statement and I thank God for giving me the greatest gift I call Dad who I respected and couldn’t have admired more than life itself. I have been told more than once that I was “Daddy’s Girl” and in my eyes he was perfect. Dad lived 86 years and he told me good or bad he wouldn’t change a thing the way he lived his life. He supported all of us kids as a car sales men and then owning his own used car business, Sebring Motor Sales, until he retired. I look back and don’t think us kids wanted for anything growing up. I remember my first car was a baby blue 1966 mustang handed down from my sister Danni. I couldn’t have been more proud than if it was brand new. So many thoughts while writing this today, on Memorial Day and fond memories come up. Dad graduated from Sebring High School in 1948 and then went to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He didn’t talk much about the war that I can remember but one thing I do remember that he shared with me when I was young. I was ironing a pair of white pants and Dad said, “let me show you how to iron those the right way”, I said how do you know how to iron pants? He said I ironed my uniforms in the Navy and they had to be perfect.

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Another memory that will stick with me forever is when I took Dad to the doctor one day and the nurse told him he was famous being William “ Billy” Sebring. Dad used to always tell us “that and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee”, not anymore. He never felt he was better than anyone else because his grandfather found Sebring. He was just Billy and my Daddy. Dad looked back at the nurse and said I’m not famous but she is and pointed to me. I looked at him thinking, “Oh Lord what have I done”. The nurse said why is she famous? Dad said because she publishes that magazine, you know that really nice one and did it all by herself. I’m not famous by any means either but I’m happy I was given that moment to hear that I made my Dad proud. It all comes from what he taught me, “Work Hard, Play Hard”. I will be spending Father’s Day with my Dad this year, not in person but in my heart. Cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. I dedicate this issue to my Hero, my Dad!

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A Prayer for my Dad Dear God, I gratefully thank you for giving me the most Amazing Dad. You must really love me, cause You gave the best to me. Watch over him and Bless him please Lord, and keep him in Your care until we meet again.

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MASS MARKET COMES TO MIDTOWN By Jessica Pleger Photography by Emily Plank

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In 2005 a study was conducted on how best to revitalize Midtown Lakeland mainly consisting of Massachusetts Avenue. This is the main corridor to downtown and an area where attention needed to be paid. The downtown area is booming with established and new restaurants, farmers markets, food truck rallies, and special events throughout its beautiful brick lined streets. „

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With several developers and investors not interested in the redevelopment of the property, the Community Redevelopment Association (CRA) determined that in order for this area to be converted to a social hub, the concentration of social services in the area needed to be relocated. The CRA purchased the lot that formerly housed the A&P supermarket and Salvation Army homeless assistance complex for nearly $5 million with the intention to draw interest and worthwhile investors to the area, according to CRA executive director, Nicole Travis. This complex, 820 N. Massachusetts Avenue, is now known as Mass Market and includes an array of businesses that are sure to draw you to the area for the one reason or another. The main building is a warehouse that was built in 1924 and now beautifully restored into an event venue known as Haus 820. The striking location features wall to ceiling windows in the front facing Massachusetts Avenue, 22 foot raw ceilings, original white brick walls and amber stained floors. It exemplifies the perfect balance of rustic elegance and a setting that can easily be transformed to fit your style whether it is for a private dinner with friends, a wedding or any special event you dream. „

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Directly behind Haus 820 sharing the warehouse is ART/ifact. This state of the art studio houses a 16-space studio and gallery for up and coming local artist. It is a unique space with moving walls and strategically painted studios so that the light is filtered in the best juxtaposition. "Art has the power to transform lives and communities. It's been a lifelong dream of mine to help aspiring artists fulfill their dreams, and I'm honored to be a part of the collective group effort bringing Mass Market to fruition" says Elizabeth Hultz, executive director of ART/ifact. „ Heartland LIVING June July 2017


In the buildings adjacent to the warehouse are where you will find the remaining buildings and businesses that complete Mass Market. Your Pro Kitchen is a 5,000 square foot commercial kitchen for chefs to rent while they are starting their own business. Orlando and Lakeland Franchise Owner Sandra Hamberg describe the determinations as “We provide a licensed commissary for food entrepreneurs to start and grow their business without the overwhelming cost and time commitment to build their own kitchen. With kitchens operating throughout the state we can help each company through the licensing process and into growth.” Some of you might be familiar with a few success stories around Lakeland; Katara’s Confectionary and The Poor Porker. According to Hamberg, Your Pro Kitchen is thrilled to be a part of the re-development efforts in downtown Lakeland. „

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The Collective is still under construction but in their final stages. This will house Haus Management and Ashton Events whom are under the directive of talented Laura Helm. It’s a perfect location being that Haus 820, also owned by Helm, is just in walking distance. The Collective will feature a walk-in cooler housing florals as well as a floral studio and office spaces for seven additional tenants. This will be a great space for meetings and networking with like-minded people and businesses. Gospel, Inc. is an organization founded by Brian Seely that is dedicated to identifying “with people who are broken like us and to together move towards Christ as we include people who are outcast into our community” according to their website. They have two entities at the complex; Market Lofts and RePurpose Art Studio. The


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Market Lofts is a block of residential apartments located in the back of the property. These units are currently fully occupied and thriving, just like the rest of Mass Market. With the mission of building relationships, trust, and courage in a creative, loving space, RePurpose Art Studio was formed. This is a place where women who are down on their luck can come to feel empowered through arts, crafts, jewelry making and fellowship with others. Classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4. The hope this is a place where women can come to overcome adversity through the love of Christ.

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problems. One that they’ve been passionate about for years is nutrition-teaching kids to grow delicious, fresh food makes it more likely that they will also eat healthy food. We believe that we can make a difference in the long-term health of our community with the Urban Farm.� Mass Market held its grand opening on March 18 with two events. In the morning, approximately 20 local vendors filled Haus 820 for an exclusive shopping experience while others enjoyed Yoga in the outdoor courtyard. Later that day, an Evening Haus Party filled the beautifully decorated venue where attendees enjoyed a specialty cuisine from local food trucks, specialty cocktails and live music. This event was such a success that they will be hosting such gathering quarterly with the next being June 10. This is a great concept and a great undertaking by the CRA to revitalize Midtown. The hope of executive director Nicole Travis is that all components of these collective creatives will work together to create an environment that draws people of all ages to enjoy this unique collaboration.

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n June 11, 1776, the Colonies' Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee whose express purpose was drafting a document that would formally sever their ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, crafted the original draft of the Declaration of Independence. A total of 86 changes were made to his draft and the Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4, 1776. The first public readings of the Declaration were held July 8, 1776, in Philadelphia's Independence Square to the ringing of bells and band music. One year later, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, seeking to promote national pride and unity, adopted the national flag: "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.�

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n July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells, and fireworks. Between 1777 and 1960 Congress passed several acts that changed the shape, design, and arrangement of the flag and allowed stars and stripes to be added to reflect the admission of each new state. Today the flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.„

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fter a British bombardment, amateur poet Francis Scott Key was so inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Baltimore's Fort McHenry that he wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sept. 14, 1814. It officially became our national anthem in 1931. The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout the United States. However, the term "Independence Day" was not used until 1791. Today, communities across the nation mark this major midsummer holiday in very similar ways; parades, firework displays, picnics and performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner.�

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t fills my heart with pride every time I drive by a park, business or home and see Old Glory flying high in the sky. The name Old Glory was given to a large, 10-by-17-foot flag by its owner, William Driver, a sea captain from Massachusetts. Inspiring the common nickname for all American flags, Driver’s flag is said to have survived multiple attempts to deface it during the Civil War. Driver was able to fly the flag over the Tennessee Statehouse once the war ended. The flag is a primary artifact at the National Museum of American History and was last displayed in Tennessee by permission of the Smithsonian at an exhibition in 2006. It’s important that we remember to respect the flag in ways set forth by our ancestors. The U.S. flag should never be dipped toward any person or object, nor should the flag ever touch anything beneath it. The flag is usually displayed from sunrise to sunset. It should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously. In inclement weather, the flag should not be flown. s we enter the summer and are enjoying extra free time with our family and friends, let’s me cognizant of the sacrifices that have been made by our military men and women and the rich history that has taken place over the past hundreds of years that continue to make the United States of America a great nation; the home of the free and the land of the brave.

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weet, sweet summertime…can you taste it? It’s almost here and I personally cannot wait! Hair gets lighter, skin gets darker, water gets warmer, drinks get colder, music gets louder, nights get longer, and life gets better! Am I right?! Seriously, how many songs are written about all of the other seasons? Songs are written about summer for very good reasons.„ Heartland LIVING Pictured (L-R): LTX Sportswear at Southern Posh HYFVE at Southern Posh She & Sky at Haley Michelle

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he best way to kick off the summer is to head out shopping for the perfect swimsuit, or five – hey, I get it, the summer is filled with big plans and lots of pool parties. A different suit for every occasion is a must when everything from high cut and low cut single pieces to fringe, mesh and even an edgy twist on the string bikini are huge in summer trends. Thankfully for Pantone, colors like Flame, Island Paradise, and Hazelnut are sure to be eye catching both on store racks and poolside. Look for these colors in florals and 80s Glam fashion for tops, flowy dresses and accessories. Speaking of poolside, nothing says “Picture Perfect Summer” like pool parties, picnics by the lake and hanging with friends. There is no need to take an elaborate vacation this year when escaping to a backyard oasis is just a few steps away. Cool off during those extra warm nights with a “Float-In Movie!” Set up a screen (inflatable screens are easily ordered online or a good ole fashioned way with hanging a sheet from a tree), use a projector and enjoy a movie from a float in the pool. Don’t have a pool? No problem! Take a hint from the kids and set up a variety of back yard games such as giant Jenga, beach ball bowling, pool noodle ring toss and corn hole. Throw in the savory smell of a BBQ grill and good times are sure to be had by all who visit your oasis.

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When you aren’t lounging by the pool or lake, carry the same summer trends into daily wear by recycling some old favorites with some new pieces. Crop tops, flowy ruffled skirts and the 80’s trends of square shoulders, sequins, bright colors and one shoulder dresses, that are rising in popularity with designers, will give last years staples a fresh new look. Also, find a way to incorporate your swimsuit into your outfit by wearing a crop top as your bikini top or swapping out a cover up for a cute sundress or romper. Even if you are on a budget, never underestimate the power of a good hat and sunglasses and quick transformations like knotting up t-shirts can drastically change plain into funky with minimal effort. Plus, investing in good accessories such as wedge or strappy sandals, extra-large handbags, medallion style earrings or a brightly colored kimono will easily update any outfit Heartland LIVING June July 2017


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By Christy Swift Photos courtesy of Florida Southern College nce named “The Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” by the Princeton Review, Florida Southern College in Lakeland is a jewel nestled between the 1920s homes of the historic district and sparkling Lake Hollingsworth. Although the site alone is beautiful, the campus’ real uniqueness is found in its buildings; specifically the 13 which were designed (and all but one built) by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Wright was a revolutionary and a paradigm-shifter in his day, and many of his quintessential architectural elements are found in the buildings of the Methodist-affiliated liberal arts college, including the Usonian House, the Pfeiffer Chapel, the Danforth Chapel, and the Library. „


y tour starts at the Usonian house with Brian Renz as my guide. “Usonian” is a term coined by Wright to describe his vision for standard American middle class housing. The house, which is used as a museum, is actually the last Wright building built on the grounds. It was completed only three and a half years ago based on a design Wright had made in 1939 for faculty housing. The plans had been lost and were discovered by a local historian, Brian explains. In order to reflect Wright’s vision as closely as possible, the builders had to recreate materials and techniques that hadn’t been used since the 1950s, including Wright’s signature uniform concrete block “bricks,” three feet high by nine inches tall (Wright loved 3s) and embedded with little cubes of glass in every color of the rainbow. I duck under the carport as we head for the front door. Yes, the front door is in the carport, hidden away and almost invisible (Wright didn’t do big front doors). And no, I don’t really need to duck. I only feel like I have to because the ceiling is only 6 feet 9 inches high. “Small, single story, low houses close to the ground” were Wright’s vision for middle-class America, Brian explains. “He didn’t think people needed a garage,” he adds. In fact, Wright coined the term “carport.” Heartland LIVING June July 2017


Inside, the space feels pleasantly dystopian with low, simple furniture (Wright designed interiors as well), a custom built-in table and bookshelves, and an ostentatiously large fireplace (Wright loved fireplaces).

Key Wright-esque elements include no paint on the walls, just those color-studded blocks interspersed with touches of wood; a concrete floor painted in Wright’s favorite color: Cherokee red; walls of naked windows for natural lighting (Wright abhorred window treatments of any kind); and large, open common areas that invited social interactions (today we call them “great rooms.”) It’s my first time visiting a Frank Lloyd Wright building, and I have to admit, I’m hooked. „


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ext up on the tour is the President’s Administration Building. Built for the college’s president at the time, Dr. Ludd Spivey, this was constructed in the early 1940s and features five columns on its west facade whose tops form a decorative, inverted tiled pyramid design. A similar design can be seen all over campus. “It looks like a geometric representation of a citrus tree,” remarks Brian, adding that when Wright was invited by Spivey in 1938 to come and build “a great temple to education” in central Florida, most of the land surrounding the campus was a working citrus grove. On a side note, the invitation was a long shot on Spivey’s part. The president was desperate to do something to save the school from Florida’s crippling economic depression of the ‘20s and ‘30s. His idea: to hire the world’s most famous architect to design buildings on the campus to bring in donors and students.


It worked. Wright came to see the site and declared that he would build a campus with buildings coming out of the ground and reaching up to the sun, hence giving the school its title of the “Child of the Sun” campus.

Next door to the president’s building (which is still used by the current president, Dr. Anne B. Kerr) is a compact 2-story building with a parapet rotated 45 degrees and massive rectangular overhangs trimmed in copper. The piano hinges (long unbroken hinges down the entire length of a door) tell a visitor which doors are original and which were added later (those would be the regular-hinged doors). Just past this building is the impressive Waterdome, a 160-foot diameter circular fountain, which, when turned on full strength, creates a dome of water (and a cool breeze). For a long time this was just a pond, Brian tells me. It was only 12 years ago that funding was provided to fulfill Wright’s vision.„

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etween the President’s building and the Registrar’s office is a striking breezeway called the Esplanade, another of Wright’s designs and considered one of the 13 Wright buildings on campus. The Esplanade was built in pieces over the ‘40s and ‘50s with low ceilings with geometric cutouts above, geometric planters cut into the sidewalk below and culminating in a Wright-designed light pole; a Cherokee-red narrow shaft reaching up to the sky and supported by three columns representing the student (in the middle) surrounded by science on one side and religion on the other.


he oldest and most famous Wright building on campus is the Pfeiffer Chapel. Built from 1938 to 1941, the blocks have character with flecks of Florida beach shells and damage from wind and rain and the hurricane of 1944. The 65 foot structure has a Cherokee-red metal sculpture on the top, but it is when you step inside that you really feel the impact. A huge, peaked skylight sends sunlight spilling across the room, and an explosion of color comes from the 60,000 pieces of colored glass shining from the concrete block walls. A massive cantilevered balcony hangs above (another signature Wright feature, cantilevered structures are only anchored at one end) with a pipe organ half-hidden behind geometric cutouts in what was called a “choir screen.” From the outside, the chapel is reminiscent of Wright’s famous Fallingwater house, Brian notes. Wright never gave a name to this stacked, pyramid-like architectural style, but his contemporaries would later name it Mayan Revival. If you’ve ever walked down the dizzying steps of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula, you’ll get a similar though smaller thrill going down the chapel steps. „


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hile the Pfeiffer Chapel is still used for religious services, the smaller Danforth Chapel served as offices for the religious department. This is the leastaltered of Wright’s buildings and features his love of stained glass, prominent in his earlier work, but not found so much in later buildings like this one, built in the 1950s. My favorite part about the Danforth Chapel is its Hogwarts-esque quality, with an uncomfortably narrow hidden staircase that I would have walked right by if Brian hadn’t pointed it out to me, a “secret” passage to storage behind the chimney, and a nondescript little latch on one of the stained glass windows leading out onto the balcony. „

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ther Wright buildings on Florida Southern’s campus include the only planetarium Wright ever built, the Library (no longer used as such) with a Guggenheim-esque circular room that makes you feel like you are on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, and the Ordway Complex, now used as classrooms. Brian, who hosts these tours regularly, is pleased that a Wright newb like myself enjoyed the tour, but says even the most dedicated fans of the architect are surprised by their experience on the campus. “There is always more here than they expect,” he says.


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By Christy Swift Photography courtesy of David Hunt with Operation Outdoor Freedom

hen we meet a veteran, most of us will thank him or her for their service, but it’s not often that we get to do more for these heroes than offer our thanks. The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Department of Agriculture are doing more than saying thank you. Through Operation Outdoor Freedom, the State of Florida offers a chance for disabled veterans to enjoy outdoor activities at no cost. There are hunts, fishing trips, hikes, canoeing, alligator egg collecting, lobster dives and more, and the events take place all over the state on both state-managed and private lands. Transportation, lodging and food are all provided.

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The first event took place in 2009. It was a turkey hunt held at Camp Prairie in Polk County, and the idea came from Forest Service employees. Florida Forest Service director Jim Karels remembers how it all came about.„

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“Down in Central Florida on the Lake Wales Ridge it was in ‘08 or ‘09 when they asked me if they could do an event for the disabled veterans in that area,” Karels recalled. “It wasn’t anything we had under policy or statutes or anything. We talked it over and I said, ‘Yes, let’s do it. If somebody doesn’t like what we’re doing they can tell us afterward’.” State Program Coordinator David Hunt, the current organizer of Operation Outdoor Freedom events, took part in that hunt. “We had 10 veterans. I don’t think we knew what we were getting into when they showed up,” Hunt said. Many of the participants had severe injuries, but they had one guide per participant and did whatever they had to do to accommodate them. It was a moving experience. “We didn’t realize how much helping veterans would affect us,” Hunt admitted. Since then the program has grown exponentially. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam came to Karels shortly after that first event and expressed a desire to grow the program. Putnam along with Florida Cattlemen’s Association president Ned Waters and Florida Fish and Wildlife „

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Conservation Commission executive director Nick Wiley took the initiative statewide. In 2011, a statute was passed placing the program under the department of agriculture and making it official. People don’t tend to like change in the workplace, but instead of pushback from forest service employees, Karels said he had staff from counties all over the state knocking on his door asking to take part. This is a purely volunteer initiative for employees, and it takes a lot of work to organize and run the events, manage transportation, prepare food, etc. Karels said the response from his people has been overwhelmingly positive. Retired army colonel Michael Hill has played on both sides of the game board. First serving from 1972 to 1995 and later from 2006 to 2010, Hill has been an event participant and has also volunteered with the program as a guide. As a participant, he enjoyed the camaraderie that took him back to his days in the service as well as the fresh air and “old Florida” experience. As a volunteer, he was humbled to be able to give back to others, including a World War II veteran and ex-POW who had been captured in the Philippines. “He could not move very well, and we took him on a gator hunt. We took him out in an ATV, and I pulled the gator in for him and he shot it. He had a ball!” said Hill. This fiscal year 95 events were held across the state. Over three thousand veterans have been served by the program to date. To take part, registrants must be Florida residents and at least 30% disabled and/or be a Purple Heart recipient. If there are more registrants for a particular event than slots, a lottery is held „

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to determine who will go. All events are random lottery drawings. Precedence is given to registrants who have not attended previous events. Registration is done through the website. It may seem like spending time enjoying the Florida outdoors would be a minor thing to offer these men and women who have been injured in the line of duty, but it means a lot to them in ways most of us might not understand. Hill became emotional remembering one veteran who had been severely burnt and disfigured in an IED attack. “He’s blind now. When he talks about the program, it just kind of chokes you up,” Hill said.


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veterans who understand what he’s going through. “People on the outside don’t really have any idea. They can’t relate except those who have been in our shoes. Having that opportunity to speak to others was amazing,” the 39-yearold said. Lanfair was lucky enough to be chosen for two deer hunts (he got a deer each time) and a fishing trip off of Pine Island. But he reiterated that for him and others he’s spoken with, it’s not really about the hunt or the scenery:

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“We got to pretend we were cowboys,” the 69-year-old said fondly. But, for Hill, too, it’s more about the relationships, including relationships with Florida Forest Service employees like Hunt. “These are the people that will be my friends until the day I die,” he said. “It’s kind of like the friends you make in a combat situation. The bond is something you carry with you forever.” Hill has reached out to other states like Michigan and Idaho to encourage them to launch similar programs for disabled veterans whom he said are often forgotten. “It’s a great program. There is no way we could ever thank Florida enough.”


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SPANISH CHOPPED SALAD 2 pkgs pre-cooked chicken breasts pieces 1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained) 1 can crisp corn 1 cup cubed Pepper Jack or Colby cheese ½ + cup Spanish olives (sliced) ½ Seeded cucumber (diced) ½ cup diced tomato 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and diced ¼-1/2 cup pickled jalapenos ½ cup sweet onion diced ½ cup bell pepper diced 2 T. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped Vinaigrette: 2 T. Olive Oil 1 t. ground cumin 1 t. taco seasoning ¼ cup red wine vinegar (or any vinegar) Salt, Pepper and garlic powder (to taste) Heartland LIVING • Combine all ingredients in serving bowl. Toss until distributed evenly. Place vinaigrette ingredients directly June into bowl and mix thoroughly. All ingredients can be July 2017 substituted, omitted, increased or decreased; depending on personal preference. Let all ingredients marinate at 96 least 30 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers.

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STOVE-TOP CHICKEN PARMESAN 2 large BS chicken breasts S&P and Garlic Powder Dredge: 1 cup flour 2 eggs with milk to make 1 cup 1-2 cups Panko Seasoned breadcrumbs 1 jar Marinara ½ onion-diced ½ bell pepper-diced 1 T. dried oregano 8 slices provolone cheese 1 cup parmesan (divided) Olive Oil-1/4 cup • Cut chicken breasts in half-width wise forming 4 cutlets. Place in zip lock and pound to ½” thickness. • Season chicken breasts. In same bag, add flour and coat chicken well. Whisk eggs and milk; pour into bag. Coat chicken breasts completely. Pour Panko breadcrumbs into zip lock: coat chicken well. • In large skillet, heat olive oil. Place chicken breasts into pan and brown on both sides until juices run clear. • Remove chicken breasts from pan. Reserve 2 T. oil from frying pan. Sauté onion and bell pepper. Add Marinara and oregano. • Nestle chicken breasts into sauce, turning to coat both sides. Mound grated parmesan on each breasts and place 2 slices provolone cheese on each piece. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE 2 pie crusts 1 cup white sugar 6-8 sweet & tart apples 2 T. (good) cinnamon 2 T. lemon juice ¼ t. nutmeg ¼ t. salt ¼ t. ground ginger ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter ¼ t. pumpkin pie spice 1 cup brown sugar 3 T. cornstarch • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • Peel, core and slice apples. Place in bowl with salt and lemon juice. • Sauté apples in butter. Add pie seasoning ingredients. Once combined, add cornstarch and continue cooking until thickened. • Turn off heat and allow mixture to cool while preparing pie crusts. • Place bottom pie crust into pie plate. Spoon thickened apples into pie and cover with crust. Seal, crimp and vent. Cover pie loosely with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until crust is browned and flaky

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Top Chef of Polk County Benefitting Achievement Academy

Photography by Emily Plank Achievement Academy’s third annual “Top Chef of Polk County” event took place on Monday, April 10, at the Lakeland Center. Top Chef of Polk County is a five-course fine-dining experience that places the spotlight on the area’s leading chefs while raising funds for programs and therapies for the children of Achievement Academy. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam served as Honorary Chairman for this year’s “Top Chef of Polk County” event. The Presenting Sponsor was Publix Super Markets Charities; the Master Chef Sponsor was Pallet Recycle; the Sous Chef Sponsors were BB&T, GEICO, Hillcrest Partners Limited Partnership, Steve and Janice Jones and State Senator Kelli Stargel; the Saucier Chef Sponsors were Allen & Company, Express Employment Professionals, Farm Credit of Central Florida, Guynn Family Produce, Holland & Knight, Summit Consulting, The Libertore Fund for Children, Inc. and Two Men and a Truck. A total of 11 chefs created and prepared, tableside, their own menu with accompanying wine and libations that complemented the flavors of each course. An expert panel of culinary-trained professionals judged each chef on their creations based on presentation, choice and taste of food. This expert panel included Jennifer Denlinger M.Ed, CCC, CHEP, a culinary educator for more than ten years; Samantha Slechta, CEC, culinary instructor and externship coordinator at Keiser University’s Sarasota Campus Center for Culinary Arts; and Adam Walkover, ACF, Marketing Specialist and Consulting Chef for Gordon Food Services. „

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Chef Chris Worley of Terrie Lobb Catering was crowned “Top Chef of Polk County 2017”. The expert panel of judges awarded Blue Palmetto Café at Bok Tower Gardens for best in Appetizer, Chef Wayne Haggard, Spectra Food Services best in Entrée and Chef Jose Vicente, Brasa Latina for best in Dessert. Chef Tina Calhoon of Frescos and Chef Chris Worley of Terrie Lobb Catering tied for “Media’s Choice — Top Chef 2017.” The Media Panel of judges awarded Chef Jose Vicente, Brasa Latina for best in Appetizer; Chef Chris Worley, Terrie Lobb Catering for best in Entrée and Chef Tina Calhoon, Frescos for best in Dessert. Dinner attendees voted and awarded Chef Matt Fulwood, Blue Palmetto Café at Bok Tower Gardens the “Best Table Décor”. Chef Matt Fulwood of Blue Palmetto Café at Bok Tower Gardens raised the most funds for Achievement Academy through donated auction items and was awarded the “Top Philanthropic Chef” award. The Chef participants for this year’s event were: Chef Tina Calhoon Frescos Chef Jeff Conley Publix Aprons Cooking School Chef Marcos Fernandez Nineteen 61 Chef Matt Fulwood Blue Palmetto Café at Bok Tower Gardens Chef Wayne Haggard Spectra Food Services
 Chef Victor Kendlehart SottoTerra Ristorante at Streamsong Chef James Lazaros La Flor de Espana Chef Patrick Schaefer Patio 850
 Chef Jose Vicente Brasa Latina
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Chef Chris Worley & Terrie Lobb, Terrie Lobb Catering

Chef Matt Fulwood, Blue Palmetto CafĂŠ at Bok Tower Gardens

Chef Jose Vicente, Brasa Latina

Chef Tina Calhoon, Frescos

Chef Wayne Haggard, Spectra Food Services

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Okeechobee County Happy 100th Birthday Extravaganza


Heartland Horses Equine Activities & Learning

John Randolph and Tom Williamson

Mike Sanders, Martile Blackman and Bobby Green

Giselle and Juan Acevedo Sam Bronson browsing the silent auction items.

Andy Bonjokian with Laura Jo Wheeler and Summer Miller Below: Bobbie Jo D’orio and Gary

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Jessica Pleger and Diana Albritton

The 11th Annual Denim and Diamonds was an amazing fundraiser held at Island View Restaurant & Pub benefitting Heartland Horses Equine Activities and Learning on April 27. The night included dinner, raffle items, silent auction, and dancing to the Shannon Reed Band. A total of $15,000 was raised for this amazing organization. The Heartland community came together and made this event a sell out and great success. A big thank you to Kara Sanders for her hard work and dedication to this amazing organization that is changing the lives of children and adults with mental, physical, developmental, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges by providing them free equine riding and interaction.

Stephanie Immerfall and Mackenzie Johns-Bowers

Dan Stewart, Carl Shumate, Phyllis Shumate, Dick Langway and John Snyder

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The Community Continues to Give Back and Support the Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation Clay Shoot

Photography courtesy of Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation

Steve Hall and Laura Cortines, Third Day Growers team & sponsor

Second Place Highest Overall Team: Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice (L-R) Bruce Bergherm, John Martinelli, Bill Martinelli, Layton Chambers, Rooster Chambers and Christen Johnson

With 92 shooters and 13 station sponsors the shoot was a huge success with a gross income of more than $30,000.00. The event was topped with delicious fresh fruit donated by Blue Hammock Farms and Fruit Pearls donated by CitraPac. Our shooters thirst was quenched with assorted juices donated by Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. and Everglades Farm Equipment satisfied the guests’ sweet tooth with homemade ice cream. Quail Creek Plantation provided the participants with a delicious BBQ lunch as winners were awarded their plaques and raffle item tickets were drawn.

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More than 100 people stepped away from their jobs and projects to take part in a community fundraising event for the Florida Hospital Lake Placid, Sebring and Wauchula Foundations. The Foundation’s would like to thank the community for their support of our Fifth Annual Clay Shoot that was held April 28 at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee.

For more information on Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation or upcoming events visit https://www. or call the Florida Hospital Foundation at (863) 402-5525.

Highest Overall Female: Lynn Hartzell

Highest Overall Male: Leighton Chambers

First Place Highest Overall Team: Highlands County Sheriff's Office (L-R): Bob Isaly, Bruce Bergherm, Gerig Blackman, Keith Starling, Paul Blackman, John Barcinas and Christen Johnson)

Highest Overall Junior: Tyson Pace Awards presented by Bruce Bergherm and Christen Johnson

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Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company team and sponsor

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Photography by Reggie Jean

Jeff and Terri Grooms

Steve and Gini shevick

Nick Tuason and Clay Graham

(L-R) Jeff Gills, Ken LeBlanc, Anthony Haney and Rene Haney

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Sally Petite and Julie Coker

Julie Coker, Tracee Smoak and Kym Smoak

Elizabeth LeBlanc dancing with Husband, Ken

The Lake Placid Journal hosted “A Gatsby Affair” Fundraising event on April 1 in order to revitalize Lake Placid. The Roaring ‘20’s party will support bringing a sound system to The Plaza to assist future fun events for locals and promote downtown. The crowd was entertained by Center Stage Band from Ft. Lauderdale and Belanger Media Group where they danced well into the night. Themes hors d’oeuvres were provided by Pink Pineapple Catering and cocktails were poured by speakeasy bartenders. Everyone in attendance were perfectly dressed for the affair and enjoyed the fun evening!

Carl Dassinger pours champagne tower

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Center Stage Band (Right): Lisa Frantz from Center Stage Band


Okeechobee County Happy 100th Birthday Extravaganza By Kathy Scott, Chair for Centennial Birthday Party Photography by Sharon Cannon On Saturday, May 6, a “Once in a Hundred Year Event” took place with the Okeechobee County Happy 100th Birthday Extravaganza at the Agri-Civic Center. It was a huge success where thousands gathered to celebrate Okeechobee County’s history, businesses, agriculture, wildlife, water resources and great community camaraderie. From 1-5 pm it was an incredible day with free admission and activities which included a kids zone, giant sand box, sand sculpture, community organizations, business and county departments with activity booths, historical displays, demonstrations, BBQ rib cook-off, and a cake/cupcake contest. To top the day off there was a countdown to “Welcome in the Next 100 Years” with a Crappie Fish Drop and everyone was treated to a birthday cake made out of cupcakes in the shape of 100. As a finale for all to say “Happy 100th Birthday Okeechobee County,” there was a Family Barn Dance in the Arena with a dance contest for all ages. Shown left: First place winning cake by Joy Jarriel

Cake/cupcake contest winners: Hannah Stewart, Joy Jarriel and Grace Stewart

Kathy Scott, Chair for Centennial Birthday

Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen with first place BBQ winner Matt McDaniel

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Above (L-R): Okeechobee County Commissioners Byrant Culpepper, Bradley Goodbread, Kelly Owens and David Hazellief Left: Sand sculpture artist Wade Wheeler with son Cade and wife Corey

Friends Baylee Clay and Hailey Johnson

Jim Odel and Okeechobee City Mayor Dowling Watford

Jim and Bridgette Waldau with Sharie Turgeon, Tourist Development Council Coordinator Renne Certain and Rocky Powell

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Above: B.R.A.T. Club Booth (L-R): Merry Milne, Pam Duenas, Teresa Bishop and Barbara Davis

Sand sculpture by artist Wade Wheeler


Desoto County Watermelon Queens Photography by Jamie Donaldson Heine

The Desoto County Watermelon Association crowned their new royalty on April 29 in Arcadia. This year’s scholarship sponsors were Harrell’s, Tri Hishtal and TriEst Ag Group, Inc. A big congratulation to this year’s winner: Crimson Sweet Tyler Pace, Jubilee Alyssa Jordan and Queen Sydney Esquibel.

Alyssa Jordan, Watermelon Jubilee Queen

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Alyssa Jordan

Sydney Esquibel

Sydney Esquibel, Watermelon Queen

Sydney Esquibel

Above and right: Tyler Pace, Watermelon Crimson Sweet Queen Alyssa Jordan

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Highlands County June 17 & 18

June 24

Heartland Triathlon

Antique Fair of Arcadia

8 am – 3 pm | Historic Downtown | Arcadia

City Pier Beach | Sebring June 13-22

July 22

Creative Kids Camps

Antique Fair of Arcadia 8 am – 3 pm | Historic Downtown | Arcadia

Highlands Art League | Sebring Visit for more information

July 2

Fireworks Over Lake June 9 pm | Lake June | Lake Placid July 3

Independence Day Celebration

5 pm – 9:30 pm | Sun ‘n Lakes | Sebring

Hardee County

July 4


9 pm | City Beach Pier | Sebring July 4

Independence Day Fireworks Dusk | Pioneer Park | Zolfo Springs

July 10-15

Salute to Summer

Visit Main Street Wauchula for more details


9:00 | Donaldson Park | Avon Park July 8-9

Sebring 500

Sebring International Raceway | Sebring July 28-30

27th Annual Caladium Festival Stuart Park | Lake Placid July 29

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21st Annual Car & Bike Show

9 am – 5 pm | DeVane Park | Lake Placid

Event listings subject to change. For more information about an event, please contact event organization.

Okeechobee County Now – July 3

Okeechobee High School Advanced Placement Year-End Art Exhibit Okeechobee Main Street Artist's Series Monday - Friday | 9 am - 5 pm Historical County Courthouse | Okeechobee

Polk County June 10 Saturday Market 9 am – 3 pm | Central Park | Winter Haven

June 16 Friday Fest 6 pm – 9 pm | Main Street | Bartow

June 17


June | July 2017

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team Show 6 pm | Lake Silver | Winter Haven Live at the Gardens - Summer Concert Series 7:30 pm | Visitor’s Center | Bok Tower Gardens

June 3

Okeechobee Rockin' Rod - Car Show and Swap Meet 9 am - 4 pm | 5154 SW 16th Ave. | Okeechobee

June 16

Business Woman's Referral Network 11:30 am | Cowboy's Restaurant | Okeechobee

June 16

Chobee Wrestling BBQ Fundraiser 11 am - 2 pm | Brahman Theatre | Okeechobee Centennial Speaker Series History of Agriculture by Todd Clemons Reception 5 pm | Program 6 pm Historical County Courthouse | Okeechobee

June 25

July 4 Thunder on the Ridge 3 pm – 9 pm | Lake Eva Park | Haines City

July 7

B.R.A.T. Club Father-Daughter Dance 6 pm -9 pm | Shrine Club | Okeechobee

First Friday 6 pm – 9 pm | Downtown | Lakeland

June 25

Lakeland Boat Show 10 am | The Lakeland Center | Lakeland

July 15

8th Annual Warrior Walk 8 am | First Presbyterian Church| Lakeland

Kaza Productions Mexican Rodeo 1 pm - 8 pm |Agri-Civic Center | Okeechobee Okeechobee Main Street Art & Wine on Park Street 4 pm - 7:30 pm | Park Street | Okeechobee

July 14 - 16

July 29

July 19

Summer Business Exchange Luncheon Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County 11:45 am - 1 pm | IRSC Williamson Center | Okeechobee

July 21

Business Woman's Referral Network 11:30 am | Cowboy's Restaurant | Okeechobee

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Heartland Horses Equine Activities & Learning 11th Annual

Heartland Horses Equine Activity and Learning (HHEAL) would like to thank every one who joined us for our 11th Annual Denim & Diamond Fundraiser! WE COULD NOT HAVE PULLED IT OFF WITHOUT OUR EVENT SPONSORS

Diamond Sponsors $1,000 or More



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Pearl Sponsors $800

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The event raised over $15,000 with auction items alone! We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who contributed to make this event such a success! Please help HHEAL show how happy we are to have such wonderful donors to our charity event by helping these businesses that donated items worth $200 or more!

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Hood Citrus Caretaking Everglades Farm Equipment Mrs. Janet King The Blueberry Patch George Wadsworth Insurance Heartland Large Animal Services Mr. Bobby Green Lakeside Dermatology Blackneck Adventures Fishing Charters Glade & Grove Supply Raising Cane Stables Mrs. Betty McCarthy The Alarm Company Caroline Maxcy Photography Mrs. Amy Green Hardee Ranch Supply Jennifer Seeber Permanent Makeup Bloom & BRICK Mrs. Blair Updike Sebring Jewelers Mrs. Linda Davis Heartland Horses Eaquine Activities & Learning, Inc. is a 501(c)3 that provides free services through the use of horses to children and adults who are physically, emotionally, or developmentally challenged.

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" Customer service means everything. If we have a problem they take care of it, no questions asked. Gilbert has always taken great care of my family."

Multigenerational businesses are becoming more and more rare. Morgan’s Furniture is one of these rarities and was was passed on to its second generation owner, Wayne Morgan, in 2005. Having worn a Morgan’s “trucker hat” since he was 2 years old, he has knowledge of the business on his side.  He also has the third generation at his side in his newborn daughter, Brynn Addison Morgan.   Wayne grew up in Okeechobee and graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1999.  He then attended Florida Gulf Coast University and earned a degree in Business.  He returned to Okeechobee in 2005 to help run the family business.   According to his mother, Wanda, “Wayne had big ideas to change up everything.  Thankfully we got him to concentrate on a few of his ideas and he really made some great improvements.   It was a learning experience for the entire family.”  She also said, “He has a unique way of treating all customers like friends, rather than potential sales.” According to his wife Kristi, since the birth of their daughter, Brynn, “Wayne has become more protective but more relaxed. He loves life and making people laugh and that makes watching him be a father that much more fun.”  Wayne grew up in the business, cleaning and tidying up, and she is sure Brynn will do the same.  

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Heartland LIVING June-July 2017 Issue  

Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...

Heartland LIVING June-July 2017 Issue  

Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...