Page 1

Heartland LIVING October|November 2016

Your Lifestyle Community Magazine


Start Supplementing Your Beef Cattle with Cubes and Beef Feed! Besides Beef feed, we carry Swine, Poultry, Sheep, Goat, Deer, Game feed and more! Check out all our programs—from great starter/growers and finish/withdraws, to a special layer ration for poultry. Drive into The FeederyTM, get more information and protect your investment. Our feed is fresh and available in any quantity. Simply bring your own container [any size], drive up and be well taken care. If you don’t have a container or need more, we carry barrels w/lids [up to 300 lbs], sacks [up to 100 lbs], or super sacks [up to 2000 lbs]. Feed is also available in 50 lb. bags. If you are new to us, we invite you to give us a try, experience superior nutrition, unsurpassed support and competitive pricing. For larger quantities we’ll deliver direct to your ranch! Call Todd Harvey, our field rep @ 863.634.3732 and let him take good care of you!

12% Bull Grower 14% Heifer Developer 20% Calf Pellets Syfrett EP Cubes 16% Layer Pellets 20% Starter Grower Finisher Withdrawal 14% Sheep/Goat Grower 17% Swine Whole Corn /Cracked Corn

50 lb BAGS


Custom Blends Available

17% Special Layer Pellets Medicated 18% Special Layer Pellets 22% Poultry Starter Full Line of Safeguard® De-worming Products 20% Syfrett Buck Conditioner TM Livestock Minerals 18% Swine Starter 13% Swine Finisher Soybean Meal Horse Feeds: grow/premium Dog Feeds: pups/adults

Heartland LIVING October November 2016



OPEN | M-F 7:30 - 5:30 SAT 8 - 2

3079 NW 8th St | Okeechobee, FL 34972 • Office: 863.763.5586

Jose | 863.634.6547

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

Being part of a team means you always have someone you can count on. You can always trust us to bring you the best products, services, and advice when it comes to your vehicle.

Chevrolet Sales Team left to right: David James, Heather Thomas, Chris Wilson, Gary Rucks, Roger Rice, Mike Ford, Tom Palmer, Gary Clements, Kevin Hatfield, Rick Gold, Eddie Cruz, and Tom Bond. Not shown Susan Hendershot.



NEW and Pre-Owned Vehicles to Choose From! Serving the Heartland Area for over 90 Years!

(863) 763-3154

3550 U.S. Highway 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Letter From



It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is quickly approaching.

This time of year is filled with fall festivals, family gatherings and eventually cooler weather. Sharing special moments with my family for these occasions is so special to me but makes me think of the people that are less fortunate and are not able to fill their bellies with a warm meal or children that won’t have a gift for Christmas. I am excited to share with you two ways that Heartland LIVING is involved to assist in giving back to the Heartland community that we know and love. We are honored to be celebrating our 5th Anniversary this year and we are going to celebrate with our Inaugural Jamboree in December. It’s my way of saying “Thank You” to my loyal advertisers and readers for your commitment to this publication because it’s because of you that I get to fulfill my dreams and give you this piece of my heart. During the celebration we will be accepting unwrapped toys to benefit Toys 4 Tots in the Heartland as well a silent auction with all proceeds donated to The Children’s Museum of Highlands to help with their renovations and get the museum back open for our children. Details and information can be found in this issue, I hope to see you all at our Anniversary Celebration to help us celebrate this milestone for Heartland LIVING while giving back to the communities. Our second way of giving is through a joint effort with CountryFlo Music and Camping Festival and Lake Wales Care Center called Project of the Heart. If you are attending the festival, there will be barrels available for you to bring food items that will help fight hunger and provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families in need in the Lake Wales community. You can also donate at Being the Official Magazine of CountryFlo Music and Camping Festival, we are excited to give you a preview of some of country music’s top artist that will be rocking the stage at Triple Canopy Ranch November 4 and 5 and especially honored to have the talented Chris Stapleton grace our cover. The CountryFlo team has been hard at work to provide the Heartland community a state of the art festival and we are thankful that we are a part of this amazing event. Hope to see you all at the ranch! As many of you know October is breast cancer awareness month and I feel we found the perfect lady to share her story with all of you. I want to thank Maria Fanazzi for sharing her beautiful family with us. She is the epitome of strength and hope and I just know that by sharing her journey, someone’s life will be blessed. As always, I want to thank my amazing staff. They say it takes a village to raise a family and that’s how I feel about my staff, it’s takes each and every one of them to produce this ‘Labor of Love’, I am overwhelmed by their God given talents. I hope you enjoy this issue, thank you all for making these past 5 years unforgettable. I’m looking forward to our continued journey together!

God Bless,

Cindy Sebring Adams


Dentistry from Infancy to Adolescence Your child’s health is important and finding a positive relationship between kids and their dentist is a good way to build lifelong healthy habits. Melissa Kindell, DMD, makes every child who visits feel welcome and comfortable and is dedicated to educating and providing quality treatment to maintain your child's oral health.




¡ Preventative Care ¡ Restorative Dentistry ¡ In-Office Sedation ¡ Interceptive Orthodonic Treatment ¡ Extractions ¡ Emergency Dental Treatment ¡ New Patient Exams Dental care for special needs and medically compromised patients. Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, provides dental care for children in the Greater Lake Okeechobee area and surrounding counties.

863-357-7338 FAX: 863-357-7342

Service with a Smile, for a Smile Okeechobee Location

2029 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 Sebring Location Coming October 2016!

5606 US Hwy 27, Sebring, FL 33870

Most insurances are accepted and emergencies are welcome.

New Sebring Location!

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


HELPING YOU ENJOY MORE OF LIFE’S GOLDEN MOMENTS. Watson Clinic’s Cancer & Research Center has been awarded a 3-year reaccreditation with GOLD STATUS and the 2016 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In addition, we garnered commendations for excellence across all seven judging categories, including: • Nursing Care • Rapid Quality Report Systems • Accuracy of Data Submission • Clinical Trial Accrual

• Public Reporting of Outcomes • Registrar Education • College of American Pathologists Protocols

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

6 1730 Lakeland Hills Boulevard • Lakeland, FL 33805 • 863-680-7780 •

A Beautiful Smile Is Just Six Months Away!

Straight Teeth. Less Time. Clear Braces for Adults. We now offer effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle.

State of the Art Technology Dentistry Ÿ CEREC - Permanent Crowns in One Hour Ÿ Galileo Xray/CT Machine - 3D X-rays for Implant Perfection Ÿ Orthodontics Ÿ Sedation Dentistry Ÿ Root Canals Ÿ Lifetime Guaranteed Crowns Ÿ Partials/Dentures Ÿ Oral Surgery Ÿ Cleaning and Prevention Ÿ Cosmetic Dentistry 

Full Ceramic Restoration done in ONE Office Visit! No impressions, no temporaries, no metal! Ÿ Inlays and Onlays Ÿ Veneers for Chipped or Discolored Front Teeth Ÿ Replacing Old Amalgam Fillings

Central Florida’s Premier Dental Center


Heartland LIVING

1735 US Hwy 27 South October November Sebring, FL 338702016


CONTENTS 38 52 66


CountryFlo Music Festival Artist Spotlights By Pamela Glinski


A Pillar of Strength & Hope By Katy Fassler


The Birth Of Symbiotic Organic Agriculture By Nancy Dale

Heartland LIVING October November 2016




Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards By Jessica Pleger

October | November 2016 Volume V | Issue 5



Inspired by the South 94 Sour Orange Pie By Chef Matt Germain

Columns 98

Healthy Living


Southern Chef

110 107 Heartland Scene 108

Send Me Missions Louisiana Flood Relief


3rd Annual Rock the Gold Block Party & Battle of the Bags


Okeechobee Main Street Friday Night Fun in the Park


Fall Hootenanny

12 Behind the Scenes 102 Dining Guide 118 Heartland Calendar of Events

Fall into Fitness

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole Savory Bread Pudding Pumpkin Dump Crunch Cake


On the cover, Country Music Artist Chris Stapleton

Heartland LIVING October|November 2016

Heartland LIVING

Photo by Becky Fluke

October November 2016

Story on page 18 Your Lifestyle Community Magazine


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Gift Shop Now Open!

The Twisted Teapot is dedicated to providing an unforgettable afternoon tea experience with quality food and exceptional service. Customers comes first; whether it's catering to a special need or delivering a truly unforgettable experience for a special occasion.


Heartland LIVING

Open Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 3pm October November Reservations are highly recommended. 2016

200 First Street South 11 Winter Haven, FL 33880

Behind the Scenes

October | November 2016

Bridgette K. Waldau has been a graphic

Art Director

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 studio, Bridgette Waldau Studio of Art. Bridgette has been creative director for several publications, working with Heartland Publications & Marketing as creative director since 2011 and 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.

Jessica Pleger is a wife, mother, editor,

Editorial Director

Pamela Glinski is a freelance writer and

Rafael Pacheco I am a Pisces and was

Photography Director

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.




Heartland LIVING October November 2016



she was able to scribble her name in crayon on the wall. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, she moved to Sebring in 2006 to attend the Great Commission Bible Institute. Katy, an avid reader and book collector lives by Dr. Seuss’ advice, “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” Katy and her husband, Sean, live in Sebring with their two daughters, Adia and Emery.

Layne Prescott Layne was born into a

Adam Glinski has been a fitness enthusiast for numerous years and an industry professional in the Sebring area since 2013. As the founder of RUC Fitness, LLC, Adam serves his community with customized personal training, meal plans, and fitness apparel. Adam enjoys traveling, running, the outdoors, and is a member of the Florida Army National Guard.

photographer from Sebring, Florida. A former website administrator for CI Interactive Website Design and Internet Marketing in Naples, Florida, Pam attended Miami Dade Community College. This Michigan native is an avid outdoor enthusiast who can often be found photographing wildlife at Highlands Hammock State Park or in her own yard on Lake Sebring. Because of her passion for travel, adventure, and great last-minute deals, Pam has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.

Katy Fassler has been telling stories since

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’.”

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.


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.



October | November 2016 Volume V | Issue 5 CEO | Publisher Cindy Sebring Adams Editorial Director Jessica Pleger

Marketing Ideas Needs A Good Design! Our Design Team Will Help You Stand Out!

Creative | Art Director Bridgette Waldau Feature Writers Nancy Dale Katy Fassler Pamela Glinski Jessica Pleger Contributing Writers Adam Glinski Layne Prescott Photography Director Rafael Pacheco Cover | Feature Photographer Becky Fluke Feature Photographer Sharon Cannon Contributing Photographer Angie Griffin

Published By Heartland Publications & Marketing 412 Rest Haven Road Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 863-781-0344 E-mail Become a fan on facebook. Visit us at

Branding | Logo Design Magazines | Catalogs Brochures | Publications Flyers | Post Cards Business Cards & Stationary Ad Designs | Graphic Design


Project of the


Pink Pineapple Sweet & Savory Catering

Florida Magazine Association

Winner of 2014 & 2015 FMA Charlie Awards

Heartland Living Magazine is published bi-monthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Copyright 2016, all rights reserved. Reproduction of contents in print or electronic transmission in whole or in part in any language or format must be by expressed written permission of the publisher. All articles, descriptions and suggestions in this magazine are merely expression of opinions from contributors and advertisers and do not constitute the opinion of the publisher, editor or staff of Heartland Living Magazine, and under no circumstances constitutes assurances or guarantees concerning the quality of any service or product. Heartland Living Magazine specifically disclaims any liability related to these expressions and opinions. The advertiser agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the publishers from all liability.


Publications & Marketing, Inc. from concept to design

Cindy Sebring Adams President | CEO



Heartland LIVING October November 2016




Play your favorite Las Vegas style Slots, enjoy Bingo, and indulge at the Josiah Restaurant.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 34974 • 800.360.9875 • Must be at least 21 years old to play Slots or to receive Player’s Club benefits. Must be 18 or older to play Bingo. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.


A BIG SOUTHERN INVITATION TO COME IN AND VISIT THE GOOD OLDE COUNTRY PRIMITIVES VINTAGE MARKET STORE Country Décor | Primitive Décor Old Country Folk Art | Country Gifts Antiques | Shabby Chic | French Country Reclaimed Furniture | Boutique Apparel

First Saturday

Vintage Market

Oct. 1st, Nov. 5th and Dec. 3rd 9am -3pm. | Over 150 Vendors

"Ye' Olde Holiday Gathering" Saturday, Nov. 5th from 9am -5pm (same day as the First Saturday Vintage Market) Many, many outside vendors and 4 local stores within a one block area are teaming up with us.

Now introducing and offering our

Man Cave

Almost 500sq ft. Perfect for your man to relax on our leather couches, watch the ball game and smoke a great cigar.

Over 11,000 Sq. Ft. of Vendors Open Tuesday–Saturday: 10am – 5pm

In Business Since 2008.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

251 Avenue A SW | Winter Haven, FL 33880 |



863-453-3333 1092 Locke Street Avon Park, FL 33825

Tires - Wheels Auto Repairs - Truck Accessories Tool Boxes - Fuel Tanks

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

Southwood Garage Doors & Screen Systems

Screening America with the push of a button.

Skeet’r Beat’r Motorized Screen Doors

Serving all of Central Florida

863-382-2505 Toll Free call: Celebrating our 40th Year!


Here at Southwood service and dedication to our customers is second to none. Let us show you why we are Florida’s #1 motorized screen company and Highlands County #1 Garage Door company for service, sales and selection! Call for FREE ESTIMATES ON ANY JOB

Visit our showroom at

3922 Kenilworth Blvd - Sebring

CountryFlo’s by Pamela Glinski

ith some of country music's hottest award-winning artists and bands performing over two nights in November, the CountryFlo Music and Camping Festival in Lake Wales is destined to be memorable. This weekend long event held on 420 acres of the Triple Canopy Ranch, off County Road 630, will showcase a variety of musical styles, from classic country to country-rock.


For country music fans, this has been the year of Chris Stapleton, with the rising star in hot demand since the success of his debut album, Traveller. Released in May 2015, the album topped the charts after Stapleton's unprecedented win at the CMA Awards last November. He became the first artist to sweep all three categories taking “Album of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” and “New Artist of the Year.” Stapleton and Justin Timberlake received rousing, standing ovations from the CMA audience for their powerful duets of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away.” „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


he 38-year-old Kentucky native also took six awards at the 51st Annual ACM Awards, tying the record with Garth Brooks and Faith Hill for the most ACM wins in a single year.


All this industry acclaim has given him the opportunity to appear on television shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and even Saturday Night Live, where he rocked the stage with “Nobody to Blame.” Stapleton is also using his new-found fame to support causes dear to him. In July, in conjunction with Budweiser, he held a concert for 40,000 service men and women at Ft. Bragg to raise up to $1 million dollars for Folds of Honor, helping families of deceased or disabled military members. In December, when the 2016 Grammy nominations were announce, Stapleton's name was in four categories: “Best Country Solo Performance,” “Country Song of the Year,” “Best Country Album of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” Before breaking into the spotlight, Stapleton spent 15 years behind the scenes as a respected Nashville songwriter, penning hit songs for stars including Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Darius Rucker, Adele, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, and Luke Bryan. As a consummate storyteller, Stapleton provides a rare blend of bluegrass, old-school country, ballads, and blues in the 14 tracks of Traveller, most of which he wrote.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


When nominations for the this year's 50th Annual CMA Awards were announced last month, Stapleton's name once again dominated the list with “Entertainer of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Single of the Year” for “Nobody to Blame,” and “Music Video of the Year” for “Fire Away.” Chris and his wife, Morgane, were both nominated for “Musical Event of the Year” for “You are my Sunshine.” “You are My Sunshine” holds a special place in the Stapleton's hearts. Not only did Morgane sing the song at their 2007 wedding, she also had those words of adoration inscribed inside her husband's ring. She is his constant companion on and off stage and an honest critic, often making his song choices. Chris Stapleton's masculine, hard-hitting voice softens when he talks about touring with his wife and two children, or sings of family, faith, and friends. In one track from Traveller, “Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore,” he sings an emotional ballad about his father's struggle with faith. One addiction Stapleton admits to is his love of guitars, and according to Morgane he has “quite the collection.” At the CMA Awards he played his Fender Jazzmaster, but for 12 years a favorite has been a scuffed vintage Gibson he joked must have been used as an oar because of all the mud that was in it. „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


his has been a stellar year for Old Dominion with the five member band winning “New Vocal Group of the Year” at the 2015 Country Music Awards and being honored as the American Country Countdown Awards' “Breakthrough Group of the Year.”


“When your peers recognize you like that, it is really encouraging. It also helps you to get more fans,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey said of this past year's acclaim. “The more people that are talking about you, the more are going to say let's check this band out.” And check them out you should when these extremely talented singers, songwriters, and musicians take the stage November 5th at the CountryFlo Music Festival in Lake Wales. Their appearance will come just three days after the 2016 CMA Awards where Old Dominion will vie for “Vocal Group of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year.” “We've had an incredible amount of success the last couple Heartland years with the positive response to our album (Meat and LIVING Candy), opening in 2015 with Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour, and then again this year with Chesney and Miranda October Lambert on the Spread the Love tour,” Ramsey said. November 2016


Old Dominion's first single from the 11 track Meat and Candy album was a platinum hit, “Break up with Him.” The

second, “Snapback,” went gold. Released in June, “Song for Another Time” reminisces about a lost love and the songs that describe their time together. “We always say our songs are like country lyrics with everything else added in,” Ramsey said of the storytelling element and pop-rock influence in Old Dominion's music. But, what they have created together is their own unique, upbeat sound. While the five band members have known each other for a long time, they have actually only been playing together as a group for about 10 years. Ramsey and drummer Whit Sellers have been friends since middle school. Sellers then met guitarist Brad Tursi and bassist Geoff Sprung while attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg. In 2002, Ramsey was working as a songwriter in Nashville when he met Trevor Rosen, a Detroit-area native who plays multiple instruments. Rosen blended in well with the four Virginians. And it was their proud Virginia roots that prompted them in 2007 to choose Old Dominion, the state's nickname, to represent the band. “We like playing music together,” Ramsey noted, and the fact they enjoy what they do comes across to their fans. “It is validation in the sense it means it is working; people are listening to your music. When they know all the words of

our songs, they are obviously making it a part of their lives.” All known for their ability as songwriters, Old Dominion's members have also penned hits for Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and The Band Perry, to name a few. “We want to continue to write music that is us, that is exciting to us,” Ramsey said. “Every time we have done that, people seem to be drawn to it.” And, with all the writing they've been doing, Ramsey was confident they'd do something special for their fans at CountryFlo, “It's a good possibility we'll play something new.” rtist's confirmations continue to come in for this celebration of country music and its fans.


“Thomas Rhett” Akins Jr. grew up immersed in the Nashville music scene, backstage, on tour and appearing onstage with his father, singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. Now, at 26, Thomas writes and performs with a natural ability and ease that even his dad envies. His debut album, It Goes Like This, was met with critical acclaim with three Number One singles and five Top Forty hits. His platinum album, Tangled Up, is an upbeat, high energy compilation of dance and party music as well as a special ballad, “Die a Happy Man,” dedicated to his wife, Lauren. That heartfelt song earned Thomas Rhett a nomination for the 2016 CMA Awards' “Song of the Year.” nother featured artist on Friday evening will be thirty-yearold Missouri native Chris Janson. After moving to Nashville at age 19, this self-taught musician and songwriter gained acclaim by performing and writing with greats like Tim McGraw, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, and Hank Williams, Jr. With over a hundred performances at the Grand Ole Opry under his belt, Janson's respect for traditional country and its fans is clear. His Buy Me a Boat album, including the self-titled hit single, was released last October. „


Heartland LIVING October November 2016



Heartland LIVING October November 2016


ith sales of over seven million albums, California native Gary Allan is known for his smoldering vocals and narrative lyrics. His 20 year recording career is a reflection of his very personal journey of self-discovery, tragedy, and healing. Set You Free is Allan's newest album since having surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal chords. It debuted at the top of the Billboard Country chart as well as the Billboard 200 pop chart. With singles like “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain,” “No Worries,” and “Good as New” Allan's voices resonates with the sense of the “real good place” he is now at in life.


Old-time country music seems born out of heartaches and hardships, and though Margo Price is only 33 she knows more than her share of both. A small-town Illinois girl, Price shares intimately in songs like “Hands of Time” the loss of her family farm, the heartbreak of her son's death, betrayal by a former manager, problems with the law and alcohol. With a voice reminiscent of classic country singers like Crystal Gayle, she tells her true story in her debut solo album, Midwest Farmers Daughter, released in March. Price stated in her bio, “It's about being able to connect personally with a song, and hopefully, it makes you feel not so alone.” „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


etroit area native Jana Rae Kramer officially began her country music career in 2012, after a two year run portraying Alex Dupre on the popular television series “One Tree Hill.” With help from her huge fan base, digital sales alone from a performance on the series of the song “Whiskey” (from her promo track) launched her onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After the success of her debut platinum single, “Why Ya Wanna,” and her self-titled album, she was honored in 2013 with the Academy of Country Music's “Top New Female Artist Award.” Kramer is now recognized as both a singer and an actress, with appearances on “Grey's Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Entourage,” “Friday Night Lights,” and starring as Faith in the 2013 film, Heart of the Country. Currently, this “country music sensation” is competing in season 23 of “Dancing with the Stars,” which premiered September 12 on ABC.


Tracy Lawrence is the latest star to join the lineup. With over thirteen million of his 23 Heartland LIVING October November 2016


albums sold, this ACM and CMA award-winning artist has one of the “most recognizable voices” in country music. Over the past 25 years, Lawrence's music has spanned genres from traditional country and honky-tonk to the Christian music in his 2009 album, The Rock. His December 2014 release titled Greatest Hits: Evolution, with hits like “Time Marches On,” “Texas Tornado,” “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” and “Lessons Learned,” offers a glimpse into his personal evolution and iconic career.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Saturday, Nov. 5

8:00 - Justin Grimes 9:30 - Jill's Cashbox

11:30 - Ryan Robinette 12:30 - Logan Dressel Band 1:45 - A Thousand Horses 3:00 - Old Dominion 3:15 - J.B. Crockett 4:00 - Maggie Rose 4:00 - Margo Price 5:00 - Joe Nichols 6:45 - High Valley 6:45 - Marty Stuart 8:00 - Randy Houser 9:15 - Jana Kramer 9:15 - Gary Allan Heartland 10:15 - Chris Stapleton LIVING

Friday, Nov. 4

For more information on the venue, campsites, schedules, or ticket prices, visit:

11:30 - Jared Wade 12:30 - The Railers 1:45 - Josh Thompson 3:00 - Dallas Davidson 3:15 - Tegan Marie 3:15 - Megan & Liz 4:00 - Tim Montana 4:00 - Brandon Lay 5:00 - Chris Janson 6:45 - Danielle Bradbery 6:45 - Tracy Lawrence 8:00 - Trace Adkins 9:15 - TBA 9:15 - Phil Vassar 10:15 - Thomas Rhett

October November 2016



Triple Canopy Ranch Home of CountryFlo Music and Camping Festival November 4 & 5, 2016

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Sunset Dining Starting at $12

Featuring New Menu Items!

Includes a Free Drink!

Monday–Thursday & Saturday from 3:30 -7:00 pm

For Reservations Call 863-382-1191 5223 Sun 'n Lake Blvd. Sebring, FL 33872

Heartland LIVING October November 2016 31

A Division of HCDI

For ALL Your WASTE Hauling Needs 20 or 30 Yard Containers Available For: New Construction Debris Remodeling Debris Clean Out Debris Demolition Debris Recycling Items Vegetation/Yard Debris Servicing Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Call 863-773-4302 Email at

Heartland LIVING October November 2016



Project of the

Project of the Heart was created in hopes

of combatting holiday hunger in the Lake Wales community through a food drive during the CountryFlo Music and Camping Festival. Just weeks before the Thanksgiving holidays, Project of the Heart is a joint effort between Heartland LIVING Magazine, The Lake Wales Care Center and CountryFlo to provide hunger relief to families short of resources.

We have a list of families in need; this is a project of

Giving Back.

How it Works

Festival attendees are encouraged to bring food donations specific to Thanksgiving meals; Turkeys, Stuffing, Gravy/Broth, Instant Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce and Canned Fruit so we can make family dinner baskets and share with the community in need. In return you will receive CountryFlo swag and a chance to win a MEET and GREET with a Country Music SuperStar! Look for the Project of the Heart barrels at the main gates of the festival for collection and also for the Project of the Heart tent on the festival grounds to learn how you can become involved.

Barrel Drop Off Locations Before the Festival: Rural King 1970 State Road 60 East, Lake Wales Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Online donations will also be accepted.



Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING December 2015 January 2016

Tom and h Rooney is fam ily

I am proud to represent Florida’s Heartland. Thank you for your continued support. Tom Rooney US Congress District 17th

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

37 This political advertisement approved and paid for by Rooney for Congress.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


By Katy Fassler Photography by Sharon Cannon

very child has a dream. A dream to be successful, to accomplish much, to experience all life has to offer. No one ever dreams of the storms. For many, the storms of life transform them; redefine the true purpose and meaning of the littlest things. Some are engulfed in the waves, surrendering to the rain. Others refuse to wave their white flag and fight to see the sunshine through the clouds. Maria Fanizzi of Okeechobee, Florida, has weathered the storm and has held on to her faith and hope to survive. „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


aria, -originally from Caracas, Venezuela, came to the United States as a foreign exchange student her senior year of high school with dreams of experiencing the world. After spending a year in California, she returned to her family which had relocated to Miami, Florida. She attended college at the University of Missouri and graduated from the University of Florida where she met her husband, Fred. Fred and Maria moved to Okeechobee, Florida to manage property now known as Quail Creek Plantation. Life was good. Maria and Fred had their son, Joseph (now 13) and Quail Creek had transformed into a successful commercial business offering lodging, hunting, shooting, and more to the community. 2015 hit hard. In one year Joseph suffered multiple injuries including a broken foot, a broken collar bone, and a concussion, Fred had open heart surgery, and Maria was diagnosed with breast cancer. Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Maria wasn’t due for her mammogram but because of unusual pain in her right breast, requested one from her doctor. Due to issues with getting the prescription, the procedure was delayed for months. While waiting, Maria and„

Heartland LIVING October November 2016



Heartland LIVING October November 2016


friends visited Disney’s Food and Wine Festival. At Disney, Maria purchased a bottle of perfume which came with free engraving. Not sure what to select, Maria decided on “Blessed.” This bottle would quickly become a daily encouragement to see life through different eyes. During the mammogram the doctor found a small area which raised concern. Maria remembers thinking, “Whatever happens I can deal with it.”

reast cancer is prevalent in Maria’s family, including her grandmother who died because of it. “I always had a plan if I had cancer. With so many friends and family who had been diagnosed, I had a plan. I just never thought it would happen to me.” Maria was told that because her cancer was so small and found so early, if the mammogram would have not been delayed, it would have not been spotted.


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


hankfully the mammogram was done on both breasts. Cancer was detected in the left breast. A lumpectomy was suggested but Maria had other ideas. “I had a plan. I knew what I wanted. I have had too many people in my life with breast cancer. I want a double mastectomy and you’re not going to talk me out of it.” During surgery, cancer was found in other areas that were not detected by the mammogram or MRI. Maria was encouraged by her doctor and told that if she had not pushed for the full procedure, she would be facing cancer again in 6 months. “How do you handle it? It is out of your control. It is in God’s hands. Everything is in God’s timing. I never asked ‘Why Me?’ I just said ‘Bring it on!’ I have to laugh about it. If you can’t laugh, you’re going to be miserable.” Maria’s grandmother lived in denial of her cancer and hated how her body was deformed from surgery. “She was very bitter. It took all the joy from her life. I refused to let that happen. You can choose to be bitter or be mad at God. It’s a choice. I prayed for strength. God give me the courage, whatever I need, for my family.” „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


ĂĄÄ˜Ă›Ă&#x;=Ă“Ă“h½™½‘Ă&#x;™žĂ&#x; à νà à ΞĂ&#x;7=ĂĽY–ü¾>|

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Maria was blessed not to have chemotherapy or radiation. While this was great news, she struggled with feelings of guilt walking into the clinic with a full head of hair, makeup and bright colored clothes. After speaking with her doctor about her guilt, her doctor reassured her, “You need to look good when you come in here to give others here hope. You need to come in here and tell the world, you’re going to be okay. You’re walking hope. Patients here need to see healthy people walking in and out to know there is hope.”

Located in beautiful, downtown historic Lake Wales 257 Stuart Avenue 9:30-5:30 Mon.- Sat. 863-679-1146

Gadgets Galore...and

... So Much More!!

After the double mastectomy, testing continued. A suspicious cyst was found on her ovaries. “I’m not a patient person,” Maria laughs, “I’m not going to sit there and watch it grow. It is going to drive me insane. It’s suspicious, take it out! I’m not going to give that a chance.” Maria has since had a full hysterectomy. “Whatever comes your way, have faith. Know and have hope. You’re going to be okay. Your family is going to be okay. Life goes on. Take control. Laugh at things. Laughter makes everything better. Yes, have your moments when you cry but always have that ray of sunshine that everything is going to be okay.”

ords have power and such deep meaning. For Maria, words are a constant reminder of what is truly important. On her mantle sits a sign that says “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.” Maria lives by this. “There are always going to be things that make life not perfect but it is your life! Make it perfect! Dance in the rain. Yes, somedays are going to be hard, but you get through it.” Another sign Maria reflects on says “Faith is the light that guides you through the dark storms.” “There are storms out there but regardless of the situation, have faith and hope, and laugh about it!” Every morning, when Maria gets prepared for the day, she sees her little bottle of perfume and reflects on all she has endured and knows she is abundantly Blessed.

We believe that it is the little things that matter most and would love to help make your dress shopping experience unforgettable.

863.299.2002 Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11 am - 6 pm Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

290 1st Street South Winter Haven, FL 33880

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


-Maria Fanizzi

Fall back into Beautiful Skin!

Tania Urrelys


Miss Cindy’s Gardens Beautiful Garden & Lake Setting for Your Special Events

We want to share our piece of paradise with you.


Weddings - Events Photo Shoots

Located in Central Florida on beautiful Lake Sebring

4450 Nassau Drive | Sebring, Florida

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Are you ready to be smooth? Now offering

Soprano Pain-free laser hair removal for ALL skin types.

Ÿ Botox Ÿ Dysport Ÿ Chemical Peels Ÿ Microdermabrasions Ÿ Fillers: Restylane Lyft Restylane Silk Lip Enhancement Ÿ Latisse™ Ÿ Skin Cancer Treatment Ÿ Acne Treatment Ÿ Mole Removal Ÿ Photofacials

& All of your

skin care needs

Dr. Rogers and his highly qualified team of Nurse Practitioners and medical staff look forward to keeping your skin healthy for years to come!

Gift Certificates Available

Two Locations: 727 US Hwy 27 S SEBRING (863) 385-7183 Heartland LIVING 400 Avenue K SE - Suite 3 WINTER HAVEN October November (863) 293-SKIN 2016

Dr. Michael J. Rogers Board Certified Dermatologist

Tom Bryant, CPA | Senior Tax Partner owner/operator: Overkill Hill Farms,LLC

Ryan Beasley, CPA

Tax & Business Management Partner

WHEN was the last time your CPA met with you AT YOUR OPERATION? When was the last time your Accountant: • Reviewed your operations from a management, production & fiscal perspective? • Helped you with QuickBooks? • Reviewed tax issues with you? • Set forth a tax plan for your business? NOW IS THE TIME! Take the step and call the firm who can give you full CPA, CFO and Tax resources. We will provide you with all of the critical data needed to make sound, strategic, financial and management decisions. We can show you where you stand in comparison to your competitors, give you benchmarks to assess your performance, and provide you with the tools to protect and grow your investment.

We represent all Agribusiness sectors, including: • Cattle • Citrus • Blueberries • Row Crops • Pines / Timber • Allied Industries

We Are Your Agricultural Tax and Accounting Professionals! Call today - SCHedule a meeting - We’ll Come to you

863/ 646.1373 4940 Southfork Drive • Lakeland, Florida 33813 p 863/646.1373 • f 863/646.8789 Licensed by the State of Florida Members of Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

The Birth Of By Nancy Dale Photography by Sharon Cannon

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


uietly tucked away in bountiful scrub country, 11 miles east of LaBelle, the “call of the wild” is rejuvenated at the Waymore Farms in Clewiston. “We want to leave a positive imprint on everything we touch,” says Bryan Beer, 35, owner of the unique Waymore Farms in Clewiston. The turkeys, chickens, beef, ducks, hogs, and the land are a living reflection of Beer’s conviction set into motion with animals grazing on organic forage as part of his master plan to treat both animals and the land with respect. „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Bryan Beer

eer is “living his passion” that started as a youngster growing up in a 5th generation family of citrus growers then later earning a BA degree in Agricultural Science from Purdue University. He was inspired to create Waymore Farms because he “wanted to do something other than conventional agriculture.” In 2009, Beer watched a TV documentary by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, a 3rd generation alternative farming family in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, about symbiotic agriculture. Beer liked the concept and began researching the possibility of replicating a symbiotic organic farm on his land in Clewiston, Florida. “Symbiotic agriculture,” says Beer “is a new concept with a goal of increasing production of organic poultry, hogs, cows, and eggs with each stage complementing the next utilizing the natural environment.” Waymore Farms is now in its third year of organic production with Beer managing and fine tuning the care of the land, animals, and marketing the end product of organic meats/eggs to fine dining restaurants, family dinner tables, and Farmer’s Markets across the state with the heartbeat of the operation in Clewiston. At Waymore Farms, the first stage of production begins with a flock ranging anywhere from 300 to 1000 chicks housed in a large pin or brooder until maturity when they are transferred to a mobile 10 x 12 x 3 foot tractor unit that is rotated every 24 hours over the 300 acres of pasture, capturing natural fertilizer in the soil and conditioning the land. “When the chickens are about 6 weeks old or three to 4 pounds, we process „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


them on site. The land is now ready for the next stage of symbiotic farming: Foraging cattle.” Raising cows for organic beef, Beer bred his commercial herd to a Red Devon sire that he says, “finishes on grass like Angus on grain, as a cow’s rumen is adapted to digesting grass; we never feed grain as a supplement and do not feed the cows any hormones or antibiotics. If we purchase an additional cow for the herd, it has to be free of antibiotics or it is culled.” At Waymore Farms, to achieve the highest production of organic cattle, Beer incorporates a symbiotic farming methodology termed mob grazing. “Mob grazing provides the highest and best use of the land, placing as many cows as sustainable per acre. When cows are weaned at about 7 months, they are put out to pasture until a slaughter weight is achieved between 1100 or 1250 pounds,” explains Beer. Individual chefs like Matt Germain at the Quart House Restaurant in LaBelle and other high-end restaurants across the state have specific weight requirements to purchase organic beef. “I have been working 6 or 7 years to master this concept and by 2017 we project we will be incorporating rabbit and lamb into our production, as well as continuing to market organic pasteurized hogs, duck, and chicken eggs.” Chefs Jeff and Jessica Acol of “A Table Apart” Restaurant in Bonita Springs purchase their organic chickens from Waymore Farms. Chef Jessica says, the “Waymore chicken is a delicious product done with quality and integrity. Bryan Beer, the owner, provides a quality. Our job at A Table Apart is to bring that quality to the diners of southwest Florida.” One of their featured dishes is Poulet Basquaise which uses Waymore Farms Chicken. “I have lived my whole life with a profound love of the ocean and land. I grew up in Hawaii. At A Table Apart, we have decided to take a step in the right direction and focus on sustainable seafood and natural meats,” says Chef Jeff. Another restaurant that purchases „

We strive to provide you the best equipment along with the best service at the very best price!

Proudly Serving DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands & Polk Counties Email:

863-993-0240 Fax: 863-993-0248

Sevigny & Associates Eye Care is proud to serve all of your family’s Eye Care needs!

We are proud to have our Children's Eye Center run by Dr. Karen Shimshak our Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Dr. Robyn Russell our Pediatric Optometrist! We handle all Major Eye Diseases including Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye, and Diabetes Care. We also offer Efficient Routine Eye Exams and a Full Service Optical Department to help with all of your Eye Wear needs! Dr. Karen Shimshak, MD

Dr. Robyn Russell, OD

Call us to schedule your appointment today at


Or simply visit our website at! Monday-Friday 8am-5pm | 24 Hour Emergency Care Available

We accept most Medical Insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare & Blue Cross Blue Shield 363 US 27 S, Sebring, FL 33870 (1/4 mile N of Hammock Road)

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Newly constructed pasture poultry coup that houses 750 to 800 hens.

Waymore Farm products is Chef Mike Mueller, owner of Café Lurcat Naples. The restaurant serves “American Comfort Cuisine.” Chef Mueller says, “As a child he spent his whole life cooking and even dressed like a chef.” He says he likes the intensity, energy, and artistic flare as a chef creating new dishes. He received his training in New York City and collaborated with his Godfather who owns the restaurant to bring his creative dishes to the public. One of his favorite recipes is Crispy Pollo Loco with achiote-chili rub and avocado crema. Lurcrat’s distinctive flavors are complemented with a global list of 200 wines. Café Lurcat’s chef driven menu features sophisticated American cuisine prepared from fresh seasonal ingredients. The restaurant was voted by Food and Wine Magazine as having the “10 Best Wine Lists.”

We can make your Wedding memorable!

Specializing in Wedding & Cake Sculptures 863-519-3333

305 East Main Street - Bartow, FL

Waymore Farms is popular among chefs because Beer is always introducing and expanding his selection of products. “We are also doing turkeys for the first time this year for Thanksgiving. We only have a limited number so we are requiring people to preorder them with a deposit. The cost of the turkeys will be $7/lb.; they are 100% pasture raised and 100% organic. We received some outstanding feedback from our trial turkeys, so we are really excited about that. We also expanded our duck and chicken egg operation quite substantially. We will be having around 70 dozen chicken eggs, and 25 dozen duck eggs per day,” says Beer. “On Waymore Farms, we also have what we call a ‘Waymore Hog,’ a cross between a wild and domestic gene. Domestic hogs are bigger and have more ‘muscle mass;’ the wild gene has more flavor. We breed some hogs at 8 months old. Our pastured pork is rotated across the pastures and through the woods, producing a healthy hog in a natural environment. Part of the day, we release hogs into a cooling pond where they cluster, splash and swim as they do in the wild and have the space to roam freely. This year, 2016, will be out first hog production. We process them at a slaughter house when they reach 200-260 pounds.”


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


At every stage of symbiotic organic farming on Waymore Farms, Beer strives to eliminate a stressful environment and overcrowded conditions to produce better meat. Two donkeys also add to the entourage roaming freely over the property warding off coyotes, raccoons, possums and other potential predators.

Don't Miss Sebring's #1 Festival

“Morning at the Art Village' official Festival Print by Linda Kegley

Presented By:

Nov. 5-6

Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-3 $5,000 in cash awards for Artists $2,000 in scholarships for Emerging Artists

Historic Downtown Sebring • (863) 385-6682 Live Music • Street Performances • Children's Street Chamber of Commerce Street • Culinary Street Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Additional sponsors include: Annett Bus Lines Heacock Insurance Group The Palms of Sebring Heartland Real Estate Group Polston Engineering, Inc. Millers Central Air, Inc. Taylor Oil Co, Inc.

Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. Eye Specialists of Turner Furniture Company, Inc Mid-Florida, P.A Laye’s Tire Service Bagwell Lumber Co. Bath Fitter/Jetliner LLC of Avon Park, INC Wauchula State Bank Stephenson-Nelson Gulf Coast Supply & Funeral Home Manufacturing, LLC

As the sun begins to fade into dusk and sinks below the horizon, the long day for Beer doesn’t end. He makes sure all the animals are bedded down securely before he retires. After spending most of his daylight hours outside, gathering cows, working the land composting the pastures and citrus trees, the quiet night brings a time for reflection as he looks over his flock with satisfaction, the product of hard work, determination, and perseverance. With Beer’s passion and respect for the land and the animals, Waymore Farms is a living example of nurturing life and evolving the food chain into healthy organics. He dedicates himself to educating the public through talks and tours “down on the farm” with a friendly Charolais cow who invites visitors to pet him. As creeping urbanization in Florida gradually distances humans from the land, Waymore Farms’ mission is to cultivate organic farming, bring healthy food to the dinner table and educate visitors about symbiotic agriculture. As Bryan Beer packs in for the night, he shakes hands with Nature and acknowledges: “This is my life.”

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

Bryan Beer 's niece, June Beer


George A. Hall Devon P. Donaldson GeoDev Pizza, Inc.


935 Sebring Square - Sebring, FL

Dealer Lic# CAC041252

Danny Hammock President

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


863.385.5806 Fax 863.385.2319

6555 US HWY 27 South - Sebring, FL 33876

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Lakeridge By Jessica Pleger Photography by Lakeridge Winery Staff eautifully settled on the rolling hills in Clermont is Florida’s largest winery, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards which all began over 30 years ago as a five acre vineyard at the home of Gary and Carole Cox in Tallahassee, Florida. The Cox’s enjoyed vacationing in wine country and visiting wineries in both the United States and Europe. Gary’s interest in wine making grew and he decided to implement a plan to open a winery in Tallahassee and in 1983 Lafayette Vineyards was opened.„

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


his laid the foundation for what is now known as Sevin, Inc., a family based -private corporation with Gary Cox as Founder, Board Chairman, Charles Cox as President, Carole Cox as Secretary, and Mandi Enix as Treasurer. The family has a strong commitment to produce quality wines and is Dedicated to Your Good Taste. In 1988, a group of investors approached Gary with the opportunity to open a winery in the Central Florida area and so they purchase the land in Clermont where Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards was officially opened in 1989 still resides today. With the opening of this large operation, it made it difficult to dedicate the appropriate time to Lafayette Vineyards so they decided to close it down and focus their efforts in Clermont. Lakeridge sits on 127 acres with 85 acre estate vineyard filled with native varieties of the red Noble, bronze Carlos and Welder Muscadines, along with Florida hybrid bunch grapes including Stover, Suwannee, and Blanc Du Bois. In addition to the Lakeridge Winery Estate, Sevin, Inc. owns an additional 450 acres at Prosperity Vineyards in the Florida panhandle, and contracts with multiple growers throughout the state and southeast totaling 200 acres under contract. With his father planting a vineyard in his home’s backyard at the age of 13, one would think it’s only a natural progression for Charles Cox to be „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


After crushing, red grapes are pumped into fermenting tanks with their skins and stems, a different process than with white grapes.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


in the wine making industry. A graduate of Auburn University, Charles joined the Lakeridge Winery team in 1992 to assist in marketing, retail and growing special events at the winery. The father and son team have worked together ever since and have substantially grown their wine production over the past 20 years. In 1996 they were able to open a second location in St. Augustine, San Sabastian Winery, the second largest winery in the state. Charles and his family moved to St. Augustine where he currently operates and oversees production at the sister location.

Hearing Services Designed f� Your Individual Care Lampe & Kiefer Hearing Aid Center is the oldest established hearing aid office in Highlands County. Established 1968 and Voted #1 Hearing Aid Office.

Computerized Hearing Aids Hearing Accessories Repairs on all Makes & Models FREE Cleaning Services Rehabilitation Services - Earwax Removal Counseling - Seminars Specializing in hard to fit hearing loss


130 S. Commerce Avenue - Sebring

Barbara Landers Kesselring Roseann Kiefer Bonnie Kesselring Patient Coordinator, LPN

One of the most important parts of a wine making company is the winemaker. As the first employee of Sevin, Inc., Jeanne Burgess has been with the company since day one and has been a major contributor to their success. She is the Vice President of Wine Making Operations and supervises production at both San Sebastian and Lakeridge Wineries. In the late 1980’s Jeanne persuaded researchers at the University of Florida to allow her to cultivate a bunch grape variety which became the award-winning Blanc du Bois. “I feel like a parent whose kid graduated from college with honors. The Blanc du Bois has won a lot of awards, but none as prestigious as this,” Burgess commented on Blanc du Bois’ winning of an international wine award. “Its showing just reinforces that good wines can be made in places other than California or Central Europe.”


Office Manager

Dine In Carry Out – Delivery

Drink Specials Everyday 2 for 1 Drinks with Entrée


Sun. - Thur. 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Fri. - Sat. 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards offers complimentary winery tours „

Now TWO Locations in the Heartland! SEBRING 110 Sebring Square 863.386.1924

LAKE PLACID 413 US 27 North 863.659.1562

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


and wine tasting seven days a week. Lasting approximately 45 - 50 minutes, the tour includes a brief audio-visual presentation, along with a guided walking tour of the facility, followed by the chance to experience a taste of Lakeridge’s unique premium wines. Lakeridge and San Sebastian have a combined 450,000 gallons of tank capacity which is equivalent to 189,000 cases or 2.2 million bottles of wine. After the tour, guests have opportunity to browse the large gift shop featuring Lakeridge, San Sebastian, and Sweet Ride wines, gourmet food selections, and wine accessories. The family wants to provide a fun and educational experience for everyone.

They’re the JESS ANDERSON MODELS! All Ages & Types Needed No Experience Necessary Free Training

Yariel Toledo

Disney World & Epcot National TV Commercial & Print Ad

Richaley Harrison

Bob Knowels

Sea World National TV Commercial Circle K Promotion & Training Film $2,750. a day. Disney World & Hollywood Bright House TV Commercial Principal Role Studio Print Ads. $125. per hour

1037 S. Florida Ave. Suite 115 Lakeland, Florida CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY! ESTABLISHED 35 YEARS


Lakeridge wines are sold under the Lakeridge and Lakeridge Reserve brand wines at the winery and at major supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida. Over the years, these labels have won more than 600 awards for excellence in winemaking. The Lakeridge and San Sebastian wineries combined bottle over 1.8 million bottles of wine annually and are sold at over 2,500 locations in Florida and Georgia. They have produced a beautiful variety of wines that are produced and sold at the Lakeridge Winery that will please any palate. The Blanc Du Bois is a richly flavored smooth white wine with overtones of pear and melon. The Chablis is a skillful blend of traditional Florida Muscadine grape varieties with a delicate yet aromatic bouquet of fruit that finishes semi-dry. Pink Crescendo is a refreshing pink sparkling wine is wonderfully structured serving up lots of fruit, firm acidity and long aftertaste. The Cuvee Blanc and Cuvee Noir Reserve are made with Florida hybrid grapes with the Blanc being the light bodied perfectly paired with fresh fish and the Noir to be enjoyed with a nice steak. The other varieties of wines offered are ProPrietor’s Reserve, Southern White, Southern Red, Stover Reserve, Sunblush, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In August, Lakeridge hosted its 22nd Annual Harvest Grape Stomp. It was a fun filled weekend of grape stomping „

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


competitions, continuous live music from local artists and a variety of food, drinks and of course, wine. Many events are held throughout the year including the upcoming 26th Annual Holiday Open House featuring hot mulled wine and specialties in the wine shop just in time for Christmas shopping for that special wine enthusiast in your life. Make sure to visit their website lakeridgewinery. com for all the details on their unique and family friendly events. The best way to find your favorites is to take a trip to our local wine country to take a tour of the gorgeous Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards and taste their delicious creations.

Everglades Foods, Inc. Seasoning - Foods - Gifts

Everglades Sportswear Fishing Shirts Available in Multiple Colors & Designs!

New Bass Shirts $29.95

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

"Like" us on Facebook for this recipe and more!


441 Webster Turn Drive, Sebring, FL

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


ADAMS Custom Woodwork 863-245-3560 With years of carpentry experience, everything I design and build is high quality and made to last.

Call today to discuss your next custom project.

No project Too Big or Too Small

Specializing in Quality Indoor & Outdoor Carpentry

Jake Adams Owner Email:

Heartland LIVING October November 2016




Clothing | Accessories | Gifts Jack Rogers Shoes | Sorrelli Jewerly Escapada Clothing

Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

216 N. Main Avenue | Lake Placid, FL 33852

Specializing in Gel Coat Restoration for RV's, 5th Wheels and Boats.



Mobile Detaling Cars ∙ Trucks ∙ Boats ∙ RVs ∙ Semi-Trucks Residential & Commercial Pressure Washing Offering a variety of packages to fit your vehicle needs and our rates are very reasonable. We also offer fleet services.

Family Owned & Operated Serving Desoto County, Highlands County, Hardee County and Polk County Area

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Sept. 30th - Nov. 6th

Friday 5pm - 11pm | Saturday 10am - 11pm | Sunday 1pm – 8pm Monday - Friday: Field trips and other events by reservation Ages 2 & under free | Ages 3 & up $11.95 + tax Other packages and group discounts available

Admission price includes all of the following attractions and more!

5 Acre Maze Ÿ Jumping Pillow Ÿ Pig Races Ÿ Playground Spider Web Ÿ Duck Races Ÿ Ball Zone Ÿ Cow Train Rat Rollers Ÿ Hayride Ÿ Educational & Animal Area Live Entertainment and More! Attractions with additional charges: Pumpkin Patch and other Fall Decorations Blast Zone & Corn Cannons Ÿ Private Campfires Haunted House & Hayride into Paynes Creek Historic State Park Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Located in the heart of Florida, Hardee County has a unique heritage and rich history in agriculture. Heartland Events will strive to showcase the assets of our community with an authentic agritourism experience focusing on family activities, education through community activites and programs, classes and field trips.

888-576-MAZE(6293) | 3350 US Highway 17 North | Bowling Green, Florida 33834

Turner Furniture Celebrating

65Years Serving the Heartland Community


urner Furniture celebrates 65 years in providing furniture and hometown service to the Heartland area. This family run business revels in its rich history and aims to continue delivering quality service and products to its customers while supporting the local community.


While Turner Furniture has been in Avon Park for 65 years, its foundation began much earlier. Thomas and Naomi Weekly, residing in Labelle, Florida, started the family in the furniture business by door to door sales. In that time, many people did not have vehicles and therefore could not visit a storefront. Mr. Weekly would load his truck with bedspreads, blankets, radios, and small appliances. He would visit farming communities around Lake Okeechobee and saw mill towns as far south as Everglades City. Weekly Furniture opened its first storefront in 1941. The merchandise to stock the store was purchased in an estate sale. They purchased all of the homes contents which included furniture, linens, silver, china, etc. for $200.00 and used the items to fill the store. The customer’s payment plan was $1.00 down, $1.00 a week.

Always expanding, Weekly Furniture needed more space. As the search began, Highlands County came on the radar. In 1951, Thomas Weekly and his son in law, Arthur “Art” Turner opened the new store location in downtown Avon Park on Main Street. Weekly Furniture sold complete home furnishings including refrigerators, washers, and dryers. In Avon Park, Turner Furniture prospered. “We were the first ones in Avon Park to sell televisions,” says Marva. At that time, most households did not have television sets so at closing each night, they would turn a television towards the front window with the volume as high as it would go. Local folks would pull up chairs to watch the television programs through the window at night. “When we thought we had sold everyone in town a television, we stopped selling them. Who would have thought that anyone would want two?” In 1991, son Wesley Turner and wife, Lisa, became the third generation owners of Turner Furniture. Wesley Heartland and Lisa continued to work and grow with the times. In LIVING 1998, they built the largest furniture showroom in Highlands October County at its current location on Highway 27. In 2007, Turner November Furniture opened the Turner Furniture Distribution center 2016



in Avon Park. This improved the efficiency and quality control with product storage, preparation, and delivery. The succession of the next generation continued when Wesley partnered with son, Travis Turner, in 2014. The history of Turner Furniture is rich with memories, wonderful experiences and lifelong customers. “Every generation has seen growth,” says Travis Turner. “I hope to continue to grow and expand.” Travis has already started on this path with the expansion of the showroom floor this year. “We enclosed and remodeled our back ‘hot room’, originally used as warehouse space, for an additional 5000 sq. ft. of showroom.” Arthur “Art” Turner taking a quick break to enjoy the outdoors.


With the growth of our company and the use of available technology, Turner Furniture is able to offer an array of services that sets them apart. “We offer same day delivery on mattress sets and free local pickup at our local distribution center. Nothing ever goes to a customer in a box,” says owner Travis Turner. “We assemble and inspect every item prior to delivery or pickup. Our goal is to provide the best quality and best experience for our customers.” Also we use software called Real Time Tracking. This routes our deliveries. By tracking our trucks, we can offer our customers a two hour window for their furniture delivery. “Customers can visit our website and see exactly where the delivery team is and know exactly when items will be delivered.” “The mission of our company is to delight our customers,” says Travis. “As things are evolving and becoming more digital, we found the need for our website to highlight our products. Customers can select a sofa or chair and change the look of the piece with different options such as color, fabric and configuration. We feel it’s important to offer our customers as many options as they need to achieve the look and feel they desire. Online customers can also apply for the many different financing options, shop conveniently from their home through the digital catalogues, and always get up to date prices and sales information".

Community Involvement

Turner Furniture sponsors and supports many local causes including The Highlands County Art League, Heartland Horses & Handicapped, Meals on Wheels, Heartland Games for Active Adults, Chamber of Commerce, Rock the Gold for Childhood Cancer, Hospice and Avon Park Jaycees just to name a few.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


They are very dedicated to the youth of the Heartland by donating time and resources to events such as Stuff the Bus & Tilt the Trailer and the various sport teams and extracurricular activities of the schools including Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Highlands County 4-H, football, baseball, weight lifting, cheerleading, band… the list goes on and on.

Our Values

"Being a family operated business for 65 years, we understand and value our staff. We are humbled that of 25 employees, 12 of have been with us for over 10 years.” Turner Furniture aims to not only meet the needs of the Heartland community, but also

Members of the sales team discussing new decorating trends for the upcoming season.

wow the customers with top quality brands such as La-Z-Boy, Ashley, Bassett, Tempur-Pedic and many more “We want to offer our customers the latest trends at the quality and price they deserve.� Turner Furniture also holds a strong commitment to their price guarantee, promising the best possible price on each product even if it means refunding you the difference.

Thank you

Thank you for supporting Turner Furniture for 65 years. We commit to continue to serve the Heartland area community and to always offer the Best Quality at the Best Price. To find out more information on Turner Furniture, please visit

Back (L-R): Wesley, Wendy and Travis Turner; Front: Peyton, Marva and Blair Turner; Second, third and fourth generation owners with hopefully the fifth.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

Above: Susan Farley a 19 year Interior Designer at Turner Furniture Left: Warehouse and Delivery Team Advertorial


Highlands Hammock State Park Presents

Florida Series Four!

It’s all happening at Highlands Hammock State Park! 5931 Hammock Road | Sebring, FL 33872

The Art of Hope: WPA Murals in Florida Presented by: Mallory O’Connor November 12, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 PM 31st Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Florida’s New Deal murals are the visual embodiment of a crucial period in America’s history – a period of economic uncertainty and disruptive social change. They stand as a response to conditions faced by a struggling nation and their ultimate importance lies in the stories they tell and the images they capture – images that extolled the virtues of hard work, devotion to family and community, and optimism in the face of hardship. Now, more than 70 years later, these murals remain as a legacy of a social revolution that was America’s response to the specter of economic disaster. This lecture by Mallory O’Connor explores the remaining WPA murals and what they represented then and now.

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition Presented by: Robert Stone January 10, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de Leon brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging ‘Water World’ from the Inside Out Presented by: Bill Belleville February 7, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Bill Belleville gives a compelling presentation on identifying our water-driven natural landscapes in Florida. He does so by helping us understand how other writers and artists have been inspired by them over time. In doing so, Belleville also helps us understand the threats to these diverse natural systems from Florida’s unbridled sprawl. He uses vivid photographic images from above and below our magical springs, our characteristic scrub and sandhill that help recharge our springs and related habitats that historically helped us acknowledge our singular “sense of place”.

Patrick Smith’s Florida is a Land Remembered Presented by: Rick Smith March 2, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Rick Smith, Jr. doesn’t do this show alone. His father, Patrick Smith, makes video appearances throughout the program to entertain and enlighten you about his extraordinary life as a writer and his thoughts about Florida. He’ll explain things such as how his first Florida book, Forever Island, gained him international attention and resulted in two trips to the USSR and a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize in Literature. This was a crucial step in his writing career and actually inspired him to write a true chronicle of that trip to the USSR. He’ll explain how he worked alongside migrant workers in order to write Angel City, which helped improve the lives of migrant workers everywhere. You’ll learn how he researched A Land Remembered for over two years before he could write it. He’ll share his thoughts about the “real” Florida.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

Free and open to the public in the park Recreation Hall. For more information, call 863-386-6094. These programs are sponsored by the following: Florida Humanities Council ( with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Highlands Hammock State Park, and the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc.

Less waiting where it matters most – our emergency room.

In a medical emergency, every minute matters. So, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, you’ll find faster care in the emergency room. We work diligently to have you initially seen by a medical professional* in 30 minutes – or less. And, with a team of dedicated medical specialists, we can provide a lot more care if you need it.

The 30-Minutes-Or-Less E.R. Service Pledge – only at Highlands Regional Medical Center. *Medical professionals may include physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

Heartland LIVING 5th Anniversary Celebration December 3, 2016

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Join us for our


FIVE AMAZING YEARS Lemon Grove Barn, Zolfo Springs

FOOD • DRINKS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT DANCING • SILENT AUCTION Giving Back is a core fundamental at Heartland LIVING! We have partnered with two amazing non-profit organizations for our celebration. We invite you to bring an unwrapped gift to benefit Toys 4 Tots in the Heartland so no child goes without a gift under the tree this Christmas. OR A Silent Auction will be held with all proceeds benefitting the rebuilding of The Children’s Museum of Highlands.

If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction or to purchase tickets, please contact Jessica Pleger at 407-637-4756 or Tickets are on sale now through our website

Heartland LIVING October November 2016






FIXED MORTGAGE Own your home sooner.









• Offers a straightforward monthly payment. • Your interest rate – and your total monthly payment of principal and interest – will stay the same for the entire term of the loan. • Available for purchase or refinance.



Purchase or Refinance

YEAR Plus! Get a $250 Home Depot 10 -



gift card after closing

Apply online at TorG G 688-8443 E | (855) 915-4663 (863) callA

NMLS# 417627

Federally insured by NCUA. Offer valid as of September 1, 2016. A $5 deposit is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA Credit Union and to apply for a MIDFLORIDA mortgage. The 2.49% rate is available on a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage for loan amounts less than or equal to $417,000. Advertised rate and APR reflect 1.0 in discount points, otherwise stated as 1.0% of the loan amount. Payment example: A 10-year fixed-rate mortgage for $127,500 with 15% equity at 2.49% and an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 2.957% has a monthly payment of $1,211.99 ($1,201.36 principal & interest + $10.63 for private mortgage insurance). Payment example does not include taxes, insurance premiums, or the cost of setting up an escrow account – actual payment may be greater. Advertised rate and private mortgage insurance calculation based on 740 credit score; actual rate may vary based on credit. Cash out refinances are limited to 80% loan-to-value. Offer available for primary and secondary homes. Other low rates and convenient terms available. Limited time offer that cannot be October combined with any other offer. Rates are subject to change without November notice. Certain restrictions apply. Credit approval required. Equal 2016 Housing Opportunity. Some MIDFLORIDA mortgages may not qualify for this offer.

Heartland LIVING


% &.957& % 49 2 2

Depending on your circumstances, 30 years can be a long time to finance a home. At MIDFLORIDA, you can take a shortcut to financial freedom with our 10-year Free & Clear fixed-rate mortgage.

YEAR 10 -






Saturday, November 5, 2016

9am - 4pm | Historic Downtown Arcadia




Annual Heritage Entertainment - Shoot Out 10-year Cake Walk Backyard BBQ Crafts & Antique Vendors Contest Restaurants 4 Categories 20+ Antique & Specialty Stores Chicken, Ribs, Pork & Brisket



P.O. Box 1104, Arcadia, FL 34266


FREE&CLEAR HEARTLAND LIVING MAGAZINE Due: Friday, August 26, 2016 Size: Full Page w/bleed (trim: 8.875"x11.875"; live: 7.87"x10.75"; bleed: 9.125"x12.125", Full Color File name: “MIDFL_10-YearFree&Clear 9.2016_HeartlandMag.pdf” Sent out via e-mail to on 8/22/16 Anne Powell, Clark/Nikdel/Powell Advertising, 863-299-9980 x1024





FIXED MORTGAGEFull Service Salon& Spa Hair | Nails Skin care | Hair Removal Massage and More! Gift Certificates Available

YEAR 10 -


7417 US Hwy 27 North Sebring, FL 33870 Now hiring motivated professionals!

Follow us on Facebook

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Visit Historic Downtown Sebring October


Look for Halloween events and happenings for Kids & Adults during the month of October Downtown Sebring merchants are also offering Spooktacular Specials !

ˆ Heartland LIVING October November 2016


For more information on events and merchant specials visit:

The Heartland Maze


Outdoor World Inc. and Anthony and Erica Scheipsmeier have been in the nursery and landscaping business for 15 years this fall. About 6 years ago, when deciding how to market and sell our pumpkins, we decided to have a fall festival at the nursery. Our efforts in reaching out to elementary schools and the community resulted in a magnificent response that allowed us to host a fall festival for two years. In 2012, we started Heartland Events LLC and expanded the fall festival by including a 5-acre maze that attracted over 3,500 people to the event in its first year. Over 1,000 students came to the maze through field trips from Hardee, Desoto, Highlands and Polk County. A large percentage of our visitors were from outside the community. We want to focus on family activities, education through community activities and programs, classes and field trips. We want to provide and authentic experience for families with a recreational, educational and relaxing atmosphere focusing on the agriculture and other natural resources

in our community. It will give visitors a place to go for that leisure time and also educate people on the importance of agriculture. We will host seasonal events and festivals throughout the year along with being able to rent the facility for individual and corporate events. We hope that families will create memories and traditions with us and return season after season, year after year. In 2012, we hosted The Heartland Maze, a 5-acre maze that was in attendance by over 3,500 visitors from the central and south Florida area. We had an incredible response from our visitors so we are bringing this event back in 2016 as an annual event. Our ultimate goal is to provide a year-round destination offering farm-related and other entertainment, selling local and specialty foods, crafts and workshops for education about all types of local farming activities. The Heartland Maze will be open from September 30th through November 6th. Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s, it will be open to the public and during

the week will be available for field trips and other events by reservation. Our major business partners this year are the JoyFm and Heartland for Children. They are featured in our maze design and will be onsite opening weekend to raise awareness for the desperate need for families to foster and adopt to give a child a temporary home when needed or a forever home. This year the activities will include the maze, pig races, jumping pillow, an educational area, animal area, blast zone with cannons, a spider web, rat rollers, duck races, a play ground area, live entertainment and more! There are also many events planned during the 6 weeks The Heartland Maze is open. They are listed on the Special Events section of our website and include an Adoption & Foster Weekend, Scout and 4-H weekend, Date Night at the Maze, American Hero Weekend, Fall Festival Weekend and the Heartland Music Fest – One Series with local entertainment and featuring Chris August with The World Hope The Pieces Tour on November 6th. Plans for future events and activities include a Christmas event with a Live Nativity and selling Christmas trees, a Community Easter Egg Hunt, Music, Heritage and Farm-related Festivals and other holiday events for Fourth of July, New Years Eve. There are also plans for a Farmers Market featuring locally grown produce along with classes and demonstrations teaching about healthy eating. 3350 US Highway 17 North Bowling Green, FL 33834 888-576-MAZE(6293) Advertorial

October November 2016


The Big Event

You Don't Want to Miss! Country Music - Camping - Food & Beverages Arts & Crafts Country Kidsville plus More Activities An All Ages Event

Best Names In Country Music

Tickets on Sale Now! at EventBrite @ SKY BOXES


Sponsorships Available! SPONSORSHIP DECK

Heartland ATP Logistics - Crockett’s Towing & Transport EcoBon Environmental, Inc. - Hathaway’s Tree Farm & Landscaping LIVING Heartland LIVING Magazine October Mark Palmer Electric & Air Conditioning/Heating

November 2016


The Super Bowl of Country Music! CountryFlo Music & Camping Festival is a 2-Day event held at Triple Canopy Ranch in Lake Wales, Florida Triple Canopy Ranch has turned their 420-acre Florida gem into one of the most unique and aesthetically appealing outdoor event sites in America.

2 MAIN STAGES Citrus Stage Sunshine Stage


Located near the Lagoon Saloon

Custom Designed Event Grounds Include: Lakes - Island - Trails Ponds - Unique Staging.


Entertainment provided until 1:00 AM

(863) 417-0004 16950 County Road 630, Lake Wales, Florida 33898

October November 2016

“You create the Event,.. we’ll create the Menu”

e l p p a e n i P Pink

Sweet & Savory Catering Appetizers, Desserts and Everything in Between

Personal & Private Chefs Fully Prepared Meals Dietary Specific Meals

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Baby & Bridal Showers Weddings | Special Events Business Meeting | Holiday Parties Full Service Catering | We Deliver

(407) 637-4756

10th Annual

Craft Fair in the Woods Saturday

“Not Just a Brand ... A Way of Life” ALL THE COMFORTS OF A MODERN HOME

November 12, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Freedom Ranch

11655 Hwy 441 SE • Okeechobee, FL 34974

Extended Stay Available

All hotel renovations are now complete! Come see our new look and enjoy your stay in comfort and style! ALL Suites with Lake Views Complimentary Buffet Breakfast High Speed Wireless Internet Golf & Romance Packages Centrally Located to All Major Arteries Pet Friendly

Interested in being a vendor?

Contact Freedom Ranch/Alpha Ministries 863-763-9800 or

Handmade & Homemade

Christmas Decorations • Jewelry • Woodcrafts • Fine Art Baked & Canned Goods • Fabric, Yarn, Paper & Wire Crafts Home & Yard Decor and so much more! Come join us for a day in the woods. Craftsmen and artists will have something just right for you or those on your Christmas list. During your shopping, relax and enjoy some delicious food from our new food vendors along with our traditional swamp cabbage. You'll get to see nature up close on a Swamp Buggy Ride and be intrigued by the talented riders and horses at the Arena Demonstration.

All Around

Septic & Sewer, Inc.

• Septic Tanks Cleaned • System Inspections • Grease Traps Cleaned • Drain Field Installations & Repairs • Sewer & Drain Line Cleaned • Lift Station: Repairs - Maintenance

(863) 655-4700 Event Toilets • Free Estimates Emergency Service


3221 Tubbs Rd. & US 27 South Sebring, Florida 33870

Sharion Hudson, Owner

17 Year s of Good Business!

Live plants for your office without the worries! Paul’s Plantscapes 863-873-4580


Licensed and Insured

Furnishing a new place? Small occasional pieces and home decor in stock.

First Class Fashion, Formal & Sportswear for Women & Men! Consignment by XL Appointment Visit our New Room. Also featuring Home Decor Formal & Bridal Wear Available Voted Best of Highlands 2016

Residential & Commercial Services

659 S. Commerce Avenue Downtown Sebring


Consignment by Appointment

Heartland LIVING

We install, repair and offer planned maintenance of air and heating systems, pool heat pumps and ice machines. Toll Free 1-800-684-34523 • Fax 863-453-3327 2731 Oak Island Road, Avon Park, FL 33825 Email:

Serving Highlands, Hardee and Polk Counties Since 1960

October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Inspired by the



By Chef Matt Germain Photography by Sharon Cannon

Sour OrangePie

his recipe will not work with regular navel oranges or any other fresh orange. The acidity of the sour orange makes it work. The good thing is its gets people out searching for the wild trees and can only make this the time they are available. Unless you have a good source and can freeze the juice! The other pictured pie is the Ultimate Peanut Butter Pie. “This pie is something I actually had to develop the recipe for and would like to keep that one to myself for now". To taste this slice of peanut butter perfection and other creations by Chef Matt, visit The Quart House restaurant in Labelle.

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 pound butter, melted 3 cans sweetened condensed milk 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed sour orange juice 9 egg yolks Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the melted butter with the cracker crumbs and mold into a well sprayed 10 inch spring form pan on bottom and halfway up the sides. In a mixing bowl, mix the condensed milk, egg yolks, sour orange juice and blend well with wire whisk. Pour into spring form pan and place pan on cookie sheet and cook in for 30 minutes. Cool in refrigerator for at least 3 hours



Orthopedic Clinic Leader in Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery in Central Florida since 1991

Offering a variety of Hip & Knee Replacement procedures including Direct Anterior Approach to the Hip The Anterior Hip Replacement Approach causes less trauma than traditional techniques, making recovery easier for the patient. Dr. Samuel S. Messieh,

M.D., F.R.C.S. (C) F.A.A.O.S.



1601 6th Street SE Heartland LIVING October November 2016




5 Ryant Boulevard

Alligator Pack and Ship We do it all for you.

Gator Aid Frequent Shipper Program

Best Price Guarantee We Accept Competitors Coupons

• UPS/FedEx/DHL/US Postal • Estate Packing & Shipping • Freight Services • Furniture Shipping • Boxes/Packing Supplies New! Courier/Delivery Service • Mail Box Rental

Mention this ad for 10% OFF Fed Ex & UPS Free Pick-Up Available

4200 Sebring Parkway (Across from Homers)


9-5 Mon-Fri Sat 9-2

Private studio teaching you how to paint step-by-step in a relaxed and fun setting. It's the perfect place to get together and enjoy time painting with friends while sipping your favorite beverage. Small class size promises personalized instruction and a lot of fun! Okeechobee’s Original Paint & Sip Studio All classes taught by professional artist Bridgette Waldau. 863-467-7300 111 NE 2nd Street - Suite A

Frames & Images

Shop With Us Online!

We are a one stop shop for all your lighting and home improvement needs. arry • Ceiling Fans • Lamp Repair so C bs • Mirrors l • Light Charms for A We D Bul • Table & Floor • Fixtures & Lamps E L • Lamps • Bulbs • Ceiling • Medallions • Lamp Shades • Accessories • Accent Furniture

• Ballasts • Security Lighting • Fluorescent • Fixtures • Light Fixtures


Personalized Leather Goods!

Business Card Holders - Note Pads Luggage Tags -Wallets Photo Frames - Manicure Sets Eye Glass Cases and More!


Fax: 863-382-9824

108 Circle Park Dr., Downtown Sebring

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


By Adam Glinski

Into Fitness Fall is a great time of the year here in the Heartland of Florida as we start to shift to some cooler weather. As the weather changes many seasonal flavors, including some of my personal favorite treats, come back to tempt our taste buds. Outdoor activities and some extra tricks can help you enjoy those treats while keeping your fitness on track. Here are some tips to help you fall into fitness. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES As the weather cools we see an increase in the availability of outdoor community activities, whether it’s mazes, mud runs, bike rides, or festivals, getting outside and enjoying the cooler weather is a great way to stay fit. Get a group together and go pick out pumpkins, spend some time at a farmers market, or plan a day at a local park with the family. Spending the day walking around at a festival is a fun way to burn extra calories too. SEASONAL FLAVOR PITFALLS Every year the fall flavors come out and people line up out the door for every apple, cranberry, or pumpkin spice whatever they can get their hands on. The sense of urgency often created by the limited time flavors causes some people to go into overload and overdo it. Find one or two “must have” treats and create a reward system. For example, “If I run an extra mile today I can have one, fill in the blank.” Rewards systems are great motivators. Have friends and family help hold you accountable. TEAS Substitute flavored teas for your favorite flavored coffee drink. As the weather cools many people find themselves drinking extra cups of their favorite soul warming beverage throughout the day. Although coffee can be good for you it acts as a diuretic which means it dehydrates you. The extra sugars from your favorite flavor can also really put a damper on any progress you have made. Teas provide that warming effect without the dehydrating effects and are available in a delicious variety of seasonal flavors as well. TIME CHANGE Take advantage of the “fall back” portion of daylight savings and get some morning workouts in. As the time shifts and our bodies think it’s later in the day for the first couple of weeks take advantage, get up early, and put some work in. Your body won’t know the difference.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Keeping yourself healthy and fit can be easy in the fall, even with all the delicious temptations available. Get outside and enjoy the Heartland’s activities with the ones you love. Engage your friends, co-workers, and family to keep you accountable. Substitute hydrating teas for when you want an extra cup of coffee. Staying on track with your health can be easy if you use some simple tricks when it comes to enjoying your favorite treats this fall. The information in this article is general advice and not an individualized recommendation. Always consult with your physician before beginning or altering an exercise program.


Open for the Season!

Grove House Visitor Center Monday-Friday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. 1-800-237-7805 ext. 4110 20160 Highway 27 Lake Wales, FL 33853 Opened seasonally October - May

Family Friendly Gift Shop Interactive Exhibits Real Orange Groves Self Guided Museum Tour Buses Welcome! Virtual Tour Weekly Events

Renovating The Past

Open House featuring our Hotel Jacaranda Renovated Hotel Rooms Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., stop by anytime

Jacaranda Jubilee*

with Decorated Tree Auction ~New this Year~ Monday, November 28, 2016 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SFSC Foundation Christmas Luncheon* Mention this ad for a 10% discount on merchandise

Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:00 Noon

For more information, please give us a call at 863-453-3133 or check our website: *Paid events

Florida Fence Post Co., Inc. 5251 State Road 64 West/ P.O. Box 645 Ona, Florida 33865



Serving Central Florida since 1946.

“The Post Preferred by Florida Cattlemen” Fence Post |Barn Poles | Brace Posts | Cow Pen Post Rough Cut Lumber | Cattle Panels | Portable Corrals | Fence Stays Barbed Wire | Field Fence | Farm Gates Game Fencing | Hay Rings | Assorted Mulch and Soil The Best Prices and Longest Lasting Posts. “Our Posts Meet The Standards!” Federal CCA .40 Ret.

Cash Discounts F.O.B. Ona, Florida 25 Year Limited Guarantee “Branded for Your Protection”

Additional Store Location Lake Placid Feed & Western Wear 417 US Hwy 27 South Lake Placid, Florida 33852

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Southern Chef Southern Recipes by Layne Prescott

Southern Fall Dinner Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole 2 cups cubed ham; 1/2 inch slices from deli* 4 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts * 2 cups grated Swiss cheese; divided 2 packages Italian blend cheese (or any white cheese blend); divided *Optional: rotisserie chicken and/or pkg. cubed ham

Cheese Sauce: 5 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup flour 2 cups milk 1 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon cayenne


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 9 x 13 baking dish with butter or spray. Layer half of ham, chicken and cheese (Reserving 2 cups cheese for sauce). Repeat layers ending with cheese. Prepare Cheese Sauce: Melt butter in saucepan. Sprinkle in flour and cook for several minutes. Add milk with whisk until smooth then chicken broth. Allow to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste, dry mustard and cayenne. Add remaining 2 cups of cheese.

salt & pepper to taste 1/2 cup grated parmesan 1 cup Panko bread crumbs Pour cheese sauce over chicken and ham and cheese. Sprinkle 2 tablespoon melted butter parmesan. Combine Panko breadcrumbs with melted butter. 2 teaspoon smoked paprika Sprinkle on casserole. Sprinkle smoked paprika. Bake for 30-45 minutes.

Savory Bread Pudding 3 cups half & half 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup sundried, chopped tomatoes salt & pepper garlic powder thyme 1 small loaf French bread or 8 croissants

3 eggs 1 cup shredded provolone cheese 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar 1/2 cup Parmesan 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled

Optional: Âź chopped fresh basil Âź cup Kalamata olives (pitted and chopped)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the half and half, melted butter, sundried tomatoes with a good sprinkling of salt & pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Prepare 1 1/2-quart baking dish, spray with butter spray. Tear or cut bread into 1 inch pieces. Pour the half and half mixture over bread. Push down bread until completely covered by milk and let sit for a few minutes to soak up liquid. Slightly beat eggs and stir into the mixture. Add all cheeses and any optional ingredients you desire. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Can be prepared day before.

Pumpkin Dump Crunch Cake 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree 3 eggs 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

3 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Topping 1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 stick butter (melted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 inch baking dish (glass). Combine all ingredients (except topping ingredients). Use whisk and mix together until well blended. Pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin pie mixture. Sprinkle brown sugar over dry cake mix. Sprinkle nuts and drizzle butter. Bake 30 minutes; remove from oven and using fork make sure cake mix is completely covered by butter. Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes (if needed).

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Cang Tong

Japanese Steak House + Sushi + Chinese 110 Sebring Square | Sebring | 863.386.1924 Enjoy dining in a casual comfortable atmosphere at our new location with a new menu. Personal Chefs prepare your meal the way you want it, right at your table. Try our unique variety of sushi rolls including everyone’s favorite roll the OMG, it consists of spicy salmon and avocado topped with avocado and sweet delicious mango. We also have a wide variety of Chinese specialties. Come visit us for a fun experience and a melt in your mouth taste. Take-out or Delivery and Catering | Menu Highlights: Daily Sushi Roll specials, Hibachi Filet Mignon and Lobster, Sesame Chicken, Lo Mein, Fried Cheesecake. Sunday - Thursday | 11 am – 9 pm Friday and Saturday | 11 am –10 pm

See ad on page 71

Eighteen East

Restaurant and Bar 18 East Main Street | Avon Park | 863.453.1818 Downtown Avon Park Eighteen East is a restaurant and bar in the heart of downtown Avon Park, serving the area’s best steaks. We offer a large selection of American food with creative new menu items added regularly. The historic brick décor gives a pub-type atmosphere where local artists perform throughout the week. Eighteen East is a favorite with locals and a guaranteed enjoyable experience. Appetizers: Pan Seared Ahi-Tuna; Hog Wings; Grilled Chicken Nachos Entrees: Eighteen East Signature Burger; Prime Rib Reuben; Filet; Giant Shrimp Ravioli. Full Top Shelf liquor, Beer and Wine. Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm Call for Live Entertainment Schedule.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Eighteen East

... a restaurant and bar!

See ad on page 120

Island View

Lakefront Restaurant & Pub 5223 Sun N Lake Blvd.| Sebring | 863-382-1191 Island View Lakefront Restaurant offers a unique dining experience like no other in Highlands County. We offer a variety of great American food from fried green tomatoes, ribs, and a variety of sandwiches to our Friday Night Prime Rib dinners. Our Sunset Dining menu includes dinner and house beer, wine or soda starting at $12.00. Monday – Saturday 11 am – 8 pm Sunday 11 am – 5:30 pm Bar Services and Light Sandwiches Served Sunset Dining: Monday – Saturday 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Reservations are always recommended 863-382-1191

See ad on page 31

High Noon Café & Crystal Ballroom at The OK Corral Gun Club

9449 NE 48th Street | Okeechobee | 863-357-2226 Casual gourmet lunch served daily in an atmosphere of rustic southern elegance with a stylish western flair. Tantalizing mouth-watering appetizers prepared by our Executive Chef include: The Corral Thai Chili Chicken Wings, Florida Gator Bites and Pulled Pork Quesadillas along with assorted creative Flatbread Pizzas. Local specialties inspire signature entrees like the American Bison Sloppy Joe and the hearty OK Corral Burger. Sit back and relax anytime with your favorite beer, wine and spirits dining inside or on the porch. Host your holiday and special event and for up to 300 guests for an unforgettable celebration! BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY NOW! GRILLIN' CHILLIN' SHOOTIN' Lunch Served 7 Days a Week 11 am – 4 pm Sunday Brunch Buffet 10 am - 2 pm (Reservations Preferred) Friday Night Steak and Clays Meetings, Holiday Events, Wedding and Corporate Outings

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

See ad on page 88


Papa John’s Pizza 935 Sebring Sq. | Sebring | 863-386-1177 At Papa John’s we strive to create great dining experiences through authentic, superior-quality products, legendary customer service and exceptional community service. We pride ourselves in providing a menu that’s prepared with only the finest ingredients from fresh vegetables to our never frozen, hand-tossed original dough and superior-quality tomato sauce. We are committed to exceeding your expectations. Family Style Restaurant | Take -Out| Food Delivery Service Locally Owned, GeoDev Pizza, Inc. by George A. Hall and Devon P. Donaldson Open 7 Days 11 am - 11 pm Carry out 11 am - 9:40 pm

See ad on page 62

The Twisted Teapot Tea Room 200 First Street South | Winter Haven | 863-299-5000 The Twisted Teapot is dedicated to providing an unforgettable afternoon tea experience with quality food and exceptional service. Customers comes first, whether it's catering to a special need or delivering a truly unforgettable experience for a special occasion. Serving specialty teas, quiches, sandwiches, salads and soups. Available for private parties and catering. Open Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 3 pm Reservations are highly recommended

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


See ad on page 11




Service ALL Brands

Over 30 Years experience! Sales, Service and Installation



Golf Tournament Friday, November 11, 2016 Sun ’n Lake Golf & Country Club Turtle & Deer Run Courses


863-453-4741 Licensed & Insured Lic. No. CAC058656

2153 State Road 64 West - Avon Park, FL Drug Free Workplace • Se Habla Español

Registration & Breakfast 7:30am Shotgun Start 8:30am lunch, awards and prizes following play For more information, contact the Foundation at

(863) 402-5525 Media Sponsors Cohan Radio Group Highlands News Sun The JOY FM Highlands Today Outdoor Exposures

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

105 For tips, myth busters and other resources, visit:

863-357-0824 Fax: 863-357-0772

10800 N.E. 128th Ave. Okeechobee FL, 34972

Okeechobee Landfill, Inc.

Budget Bi-Rite Insurance, Inc. Super Low Rates! - We Find Insurance That Meets Every Budget! Mobile Home and Home Owners Auto Insurance

Now Selling Garage Liability - General Liability RV - Motorcycle - ATV Homeowners & Commercial

Call or come by for a Free Estimate for your insurance coverage needs. Ashley Bishop, Agent

Licensed by the State of Florida

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Sunday and Monday

863-453-3903 Serving all of Florida Se Habla Espańol

In Highlands County since 1982 1500 US Highway 27 South - Avon Park



Heartland LIVING October November 2016

Team praying before entering their first home

SendMeMissions took a team of 19, ranging from age 16 to 67, representing 9 churches and 2 counties, with 1 purpose, to put their faith in Jesus Christ into action by loving the individuals of Baton Rouge that were affected by the floods that took place in early August of this year. A storm that started Aug. 12 dumped as much as 2 feet of rain in some parts of Louisiana over two days, and the flooding has been described as the worst disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast in 2012. The team left on Tuesday, August 30 from Hardee County and arrived on Wednesday, August 31 at Istrouma Baptist Church. The team began their first mud-out on Wednesday and completed a total of 8 homes by Sunday, September 4. Some homes were a complete mud-out, where everything had to be removed including furniture, floors, drywall, insulation, cabinets, and appliances. At the end of the process, the home was gutted from top to bottom. In some homes, where the water had been below 4 feet, the mud-out process only applied up to 4 feet. Mold had already begun to settle therefore teams would completely spray the home for mold after the mud-out process and additional teams are now headed in to help restore the homes to its original condition.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Photo of what it looks like in front of every home, neighborhood after neighborhood

Larrett Smith & Colt Hancock removing a floor from a home

Marcia McCalla removing debris from a home

Team after gutting Penny & David's home

Martha Valadez & JaKevis Brown removing debris

Team with Mr. Brown after gutting his home

Team photo after working on their first house

Mike Rouse spraying a home for mold


Rock The Gold Photography by Jessica Pleger Rock the Gold is a non-profit group based in Avon Park, Florida raising awareness for to fund the research to find a cure for children with cancer. The 3rd Annual Rock the Gold Block Party and “Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament” was held on September 3rd at the Big T Tire Event Center. The cornhole tournament was won by Team Beef, which consisted of RD Butler and Kyle Green who graciously donated their winnings back to the research fund. There was also live music, tasty barbeque, a silent auction and cake walk that raised money for this great cause. There were many sponsors that donated made this event happen. Speak Up for Kids. Awareness is Key. Fight with Us. Rock the Gold. Left (L-R): Event Coordinators Amanda Carter, Jordan Shannon and Anastasia Saunders

Cornhole Tournament

Lisa Kneram sharing her nephew’s battle with childhood cancer

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Avon Park Princess Court Left: Lisa Kneram sharing her nephew’s battle with childhood cancer

Peyton Turner, Jackson Allison and Bella Kelly

Summer Laye and Angela Brock

Thirty-One display by Jennifer Miles

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

The Junkyard Dogs


Okeechobee Main Street

Friday Night Fun in the Park Okeechobee Main Street is proud to host another great downtown event for the community of Okeechobee. Friday Night Fun in the Park, featuring Gourmet Truck Expo, is an event that brings people to the downtown area for a fun night of great food, music, arts & crafts and meeting up with friends and neighbors. Friday Night Fun in the Park is held on the 4th Friday of each month - 5 pm - 9 pm and features something new each month. For more information go to and also check out the Gourmet Truck Expo at Photos by Angie Griffin of Okeechobee Main Street

(L-R) Maureen Burroughs, OKMS President and Angie Griffin, OKMS Vice-president with Gourmet Truck Expo promoters Jochen Esser and Chad Ruggiere

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Nineteen Gourmet Food Trucks lined Park Street at Flagler Park, offering a variety of great food.

September Friday night included live music by The Leaks

Sharon and Mike Wallace

A young attendee has her face painted.

Monica and Jim Clark

Arts & Crafts are a part of the fun!

City Councilman Dowling Watford with his wife, Cheri

Beth and Brian White

Heartland LIVING October November 2016

The community fills Flagler Park during Okeechobee Main Street's Friday Night Fun in the Park


Photos by Jessica Pleger There is no better way to kick off the changing of the seasons than a Fall Hootenanny. On September 24 Country Primitives Vintage Market in downtown Winter Haven just did that along with Gypsy Girl Vintage and several other vendors to offer the best festive decorations and specialty items along with music, food, and giveaways. The stores were filled with everything needed to decorate your home for harvest, fill the air with pumpkin spice and dress to impress in fall fashion. It was a one stop shop and the perfect start to the first weekend of fall.

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Home Furnishings & Décor Consignment

Pet Hotel With Environment In Mind

Private Southern Suites | Spacious K9 Kabins Playroom and Puppy Pond | Kiddy Kondos Also Daycamp Available

863-784-4066 Home Away From Home For Our Furry Friends

Visit: for available products Open Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday 10:00 - 3:00

Upscale Resale

(800) 572-8607 647 S. Commerce Avenue Sebring, FL 33870

Monday - Friday 9 am-6 pm Saturday 9 am - 11 am Sunday 3 pm - 5 pm

Downtown Sebring


Curamin Is Your ANSWER!

Our Passion is Your Health!

“From my clinical experience, I have found Curamin® to be highly effective. It is the #1 pain-relieving product that I recommend”. *†

- Duke & The Doctor

Duke Liberatore & Jan McBarron, M.D.





“My patients are looking for relief from pain, so I recommend Curamin®. I feel better knowing they are getting results without the side effect.” *† -Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

“From my worldwide experience with natural medicines I know that Curaman® contains highly effective ingredients. I would recommend it to anyone experiencing pain and I use it myself.” *† -Chris Kilman, The Medicine Hunter All ingredients established in human studies for safety and effectiveness. Does not interfere with stomach, liver or kidney function. †Occasional muscle pain due to exercise & overuse. **Member of the EuroPharma Scientific Advisory Board. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Highlands County Oldest & Largest Health Food Store Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Wheat Free/Gluten Free • Probiotics • Natural & Organic Food Vitamins • Omega Oils Herbs • Essential Oils • Aroma Therapy Paleo Foods • Raw Foods • Ionized Alkaline Water

301 US 27 N. Sebring, FL 33870


20% Everyday Discounts On All Garden of Life & New Chapter Supplements Now Accepting EBT Open: Mon - Fri 9-6 & Saturday 9-5


There are

Good reasons to Advertise in

Heartland LIVING Don and Maria Maddox Owners


4441 US Hwy 27 South - Sebring, FL 33870

Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop

DeSoto County Glades County Hardee County Hendry County Highlands County Okeechobee County Polk County

Advertise in the most widely distributed and read magazine in the Heartland! Your new clients are only a short drive away.

October Exhibit Tanglewood Artists

November Exhibit Artist Cindy Tipton

Opening Reception: Oct. 14, 5-8pm.

Opening Reception: Nov 11, 5-8pm.

Let us help you get more for your advertising cost.



You are reading this ad... everyone in seven counties has the same opportunity to read it too. Call or email us if you want to join us in the Heartland for one low price!

A place where you can purchase art!


Voted the #1 Art Gallery by News Sun readers, the Yellow House is home to the Highlands Art League's Members’ Gallery and also provides gallery space to local artists. Visitors can shop local art and enjoy the featured Artist of the Month exhibit that changes each month.

Heartland LIVING

Open: Thursday- Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Sponsor: Dell Realty Team of Heartland Real Estate Corp.

October November 2016

1989 Lakeview Dr. Sebring, FL 33870



calendar of


DeSoto County October 15 - 16

3rd Annual Arcadia Fall Rodeo Rodeo Arena | Arcadia October 22

Antique Fair

Historic Downtown Arcadia November 5

October 8 – 30

Terror Trail

Heritage Festival/Backyard BBQ

4th Annual Haunted Hammock

November 26

Antique Fair

Historic Downtown Arcadia

Hardee County

October 1 – November 6 The Heartland Maze Bowling Green See ad for more information October 29 Community Fall Festival 4pm – 7pm | Heritage Park | Wauchula November 1 - 25 6th Annual Send Me Missions Poinsettia Fundraiser Benefitting Guatemala Malnutrition Center Visit Send Me Missions Facebook page for more information


Florida Watercolor Artist

South Florida State College | Avon Park

7pm – 10pm | Humane Society | Sebring

9am – 4pm | Oak Street | Arcadia

October November 2016

October 5 – December 1

Farmer’s Market

9am – 2pm | Tree of Knowledge Park Historic Downtown Arcadia

Heartland LIVING

Highlands County

November 1 - 30 3rd Annual Drive Out Hunger Campaign for more information November 24 Thanksgiving Day Community Thanksgiving Meal 11am – 1pm | First United Methodist Church | Wauchula

October 14 & 15 5:30pm – 10pm | Highlands Hammock | Sebring October 15

4th Annual Round on the Circle 6pm - 9pm | Circle Park | Sebring October 22

8th Annual Mason G. Smoak 5K & Family Fun Festival Devane Circle | Lake Placid November 5 & 6

50th Annual Fine Arts Festival 10am | Circle Park | Sebring November 11

Florida Hospital Heartland Gala Golf Tournament 7:30am | Sun N’ Lake Golf Club | Sebring November 12

Florida Hospital Heartland Gala & Concert

6pm Dinner | South Florida State College | Avon Park 8pm Concert | Alan Jay Wildstein Theatre | Avon Park

Crazy Pepper Chili Cookoff

11am – 3pm | Circle Park | Sebring November 13

Florida Hospital Heartland Gala 5K/10K 7am | Florida Hospital Heartland | Sebring


October | November

Okeechobee County October 7 - 9

Oktoberfest – Weekend to Remember KOA | Okeechobee

October 14

Hospice Boots & Pearls 6pm – 11pm | KOA | Okeechobee

October 28

Friday Fun Night in the Park 5pm – 9pm | Flagler Park | Okeechobee

November 12

10th Annual Craft Fair in the Woods 9am – 3pm | Freedom Ranch | Okeechobee

November 19-20

Okeechobee Blood Roundup Honoring Law Enforcement Freshman Campus Auditorium | Okeechobee

November 26

Small Business Saturday Contact Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce for info.

November 29

Christmas Tree Lighting 5pm – 9pm | Flagler Park | Okeechobee

Polk County October 14

Oktoberfest 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Downtown Winter Haven

October 14 – 16

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival Lake Mirror Park | Lakeland

October 22

32nd Annual Munn Park Extravaganza 8am – 3pm | Munn Park | Lakeland

October 31

5th Annual Fall Festival 6pm – 9pm | Downtown Lakeland

November 5

Autumn Arts & Crafts Bazaar 9am – 4pm | Downtown Park | Auburndale

November 9 – 12

21st Annual Fall Fuel Up Florida Flywheelers | Fort Meade

November 12

24th Annual Auction for Animals 6pm – 9pm | The Lakeland Center

November 12

Want to announce your December 2016 |January 2017 community event in our next issue? email us at

Honey Bee Festival & Craft Fair 9am – 4pm | Main Street | Bartow

November 17

Wine, Chocolate & Cheese 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Downtown Winter Haven

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

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


Eighteen East ... a restaurant and bar! Best Steaks Around

We’re Just a BIG Time in a Small Town! American


Sandwiches Steaks - Seafood Full Top Shelf Liquor Beer and Wine Entertainment

863.453.1818 Open Tuesday - Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm

18 East Main Street ~ Avon Park, Florida Like us on Facebook

Set Your Sight on this premier Sporting Clays Facility and Hunting Perserve in South Florida!

• Quail Hunts • Pheasant Hunts • Lodging • Sporting Clays • Private Events • Corporate Groups

Summer rates for lodging starting May 1st

Visit Rustic & Lodge Decor at Quail Creek Plantation Florida Western Superstore & Interior Design Services


Quail Creek Plantation 12399 NE 224 Street Okeechobee, FL 34972

Heartland LIVING October November 2016



(863) 763-2529

A Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services Brought to you by the Florida Humanities Council Funded by the U.S. Congress Inspired by the exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (

Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Waterways Exhibit EXHIBIT|DATES:

December 17, 2016 – January 28, 2017 Historic County Courthouse | 304 NW 2nd St. | Okeechobee, FL. 34972 Okeechobee County Public Library

For more information or 863-763-3959

Mark Palmer Electric

& Air Conditioning/Heating Sales Ÿ Service Ÿ A/C Ÿ Electric Ÿ Refrigeration Same Day Service All Brands


5% OFF For Veterans

Residential • Commercial Service What We Sell

Family Owned & Operated since 1965! People’s Choice Award Recipient. Se Habla Español






5k Run/Walk & 10k Sunday, November 13, 2016 Florida Hospital Sebring


Registration 6:30am - Start 7:30am License AC #EC13007135 EL # ER130113672

Awards to follow - All age groups and overall winners will receive a trophy Early Registration: $20 (due Oct. 30) Day of Race: $30 - Children 6 & Under are Free

To register, visit For more information, contact the Foundation at

Sebring 863-402-0000 Avon Park 863-453-4444 Hardee 863-773-4447

(863) 402-5525

Media Sponsors Cohan Radio Group Highlands News Sun The JOY FM Highlands Today Outdoor Exposures

Heartland LIVING October November 2016


“I try to give exceptional customer service at my restaurant and catering business. Gilbert gives me the kind of customer service and pricing that makes me know they care!" - Charlie Hukriede



NEW and Pre-Owned Vehicles to Choose From! Serving the Heartland Area for over 90 Years!

(863) 763-2121

3175 U.S. Hwy 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 Heartland LIVING October November 2016


g n i pen

O d n a r Q G B B &

October 22nd 10 am - 6 pm

3699 Lake Alfred Road Winter Haven

Raffle For Honda Ruckus (Drawing and giveaway will be at the end of the year)


Profile for Heartland LIVING

Heartland Living Oct-Nov 2016 Issue  

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

Heartland Living Oct-Nov 2016 Issue  

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