Ocala Magazine February 2019 Issue

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18 year-old Kanyon Walker is a trailblazer as a football hero and equestrian event rider

HITS Returns to Marion County

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18 HITS returns to Marion County for 38th Year

What to look for at the 38th season of HITS at Post Time Farms.

28 Unbridled 18-year-old Kanyon Walker is an African-American trailblazer as a football hero and skilled equestrian event rider.

32 A King’s Dream in Action Eight local African Americans making a difference in our community share the advancements made, and the challenges that still exist.

40 Gal Gadot Interview Ocala Magazine interview with Hollywood A-Lister, Gal Gadot

44 Beauty and Fashion Trends 50 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Publisher’s Letter From the Mayor State of the County State of the City

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18 year-old Kanyon Walker is a trailblazer as a football hero and equestrian event rider

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“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”


I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE MYSELF to you as Ocala Magazine’s new publisher. I am honored to be taking the helm of a publication that has so beautifully represented our great community since 1980, and I am excited to be charting the magazine into the future. I began my career at eighteen-years old as a real estate salesperson and have worked with my family in their real estate development business for many years. In 1997, I earned my CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation, an expert in the commercial and investment real estate experts, I became the youngest person ever inducted into that elite real estate group. I have also flexed my creative muscle by working as an actor in Los Angeles, alongside such Hollywood greats like Tom Cruise, The Rock and Colin Farrell, and have been directed by Steven Spielberg in multiple feature films. After five years, I returned to both real estate and Florida. Believing acting was behind me, I was thrilled to land the lead as Joe Farkas in the Last Night of Ballyhoo at the Ocala Civic Theater. It was the most rewarding acting job I have had to date. Similarly, I did not imagine I would wind up using my creative muscle again by entering into the world of publishing. I am humbled that Linda Marks, who founded and has published Ocala Magazine for the past 39 years, has chosen me to take over as publisher of this prestigious publication. I will carry on her torch, her legacy — and her history of philanthropy. OUR VISION FOR THE MAGAZINE is to uphold the traditional, time-tested elements that the community has looked forward to year after year — such as our popular 40 Under 40, Better than the Best, and the White Charity Register Special Edition and our annual hard cover Red Book. We will also continue presenting relevant, thought-provoking content that engages dialogue within the community, executed with visionary design, stunning photography and illustration.

You will notice that, in addition to a visionary redesign by our Creative Director Jessi Miller, we have updated our logo to represent the publication moving into this next stage. You may ask is OM just an abbreviation of Ocala Magazine, but we see it as so much more. To us it stands for all the best the city has to offer: Ocala Mentors, Ocala Medicine, Ocala Movers & Shakers, Ocala Metropolitan, Ocala Merriment, Ocala Makers, Ocala Memories, Ocala Magnificent...because Ocala Matters to us! MOVING FORWARD Ocala Magazine will be expanding our digital content, social media offerings, and video content. Our future goals include expanding our editorial coverage and distribution, including plans for a new Villages-focused edition to serve the largest retirement community in the world. We are only able to make such strides due to the unshakable support that Ocala Magazine has received from the community over the past four decades. We owe it all to the many businesses, community organizations, and our tens of thousands of devoted readers.

IN APPRECIATION OF OUR COMMUNITY, of which we have devoted ourselves for years to promote awareness of news and needs as the premier city magazine, we have added one more element to our mission. As part of our contribution to the community, we have decided to select a different charity on a monthly basis that we will directly assist. Our goal is to help people in need, such as children, single mothers, or the homeless, to name a few. Thank you, Ocala/Marion County!




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The City of Ocala reveals plans for redevelopment of three key locations in West Ocala: The MLK First Responders Campus on Martin Luther King Ave, Ocala Community Center Croskey Site Enlarged Plan, and Ocala Community Center Royal Oak Site Plan. BY: MAYOR KENT GUINN AND JOHN ZOBLER, CITY MANAGER


he Vision 2035 Plan established on Dec 20, 2011, created several sub-area plans for the City of Ocala to develop. One of those sub-area plans was the West Ocala Vision and Community Plan. It calls for the development of several sections of West Ocala. Set to begin in 2019, those plans are right on schedule. One of the first improvements in the area will be the MLK First Responders Campus, between 7th and 5th Streets off Martin Luther King Ave, similar to the new First Responders Campus off Tuscawilla Park, done by architect Terry Johnson. It will contain a brand-new police substation, a brand-new fire headquarters, a brand-new fire station no. 3, a community room, which doubles as a police and fire museum, and basketball court. The idea of the basketball court is to have local youth brought onto the police campus to get them actively involved with police and fire. Construction will begin in the fall of 2019. It is a sales tax and CRA funded project budgeted at $6.5 million. The Plan calls for two community centers. The first, Croskey Commons, as labeled in the Plan, is located on Martin Luther King Blvd between SR 40 and NW 7th Street. It contains the Croskey Center, community pool, the Hampton Center, and it calls for that area to be redeveloped as a second downtown for the city of Ocala. It will be a new cultural node where people will live, work, and play. The Levitt AMP began concerts three years ago, but the area still lacks a dense residential living component. Plans call for a Marion County branch library, wanted by both the city of Ocala and local residents in West Ocala for a long time. The Croskey Center will be completely redone, and the City of Ocala will add an adjacent community center that will interact with the pool. Within the community center is a 6,000 square foot meeting room with a stage, commercial kitchen, a 1,200 square foot children’s library, a team room, a full exercise room for Silver Sneakers, plus others kinds of flex space. The planned budget is $9.6 million. The plan calls for increasing residential densities in Croskey Commons in relation to the Employment Center. The Employment Center is the Ocala/Marion County Business Park, which houses Chewy.com, Fed Ex, Auto Zone, plus a fourth distribution center. It was always








The Croskey Center will be completely redone, and the City of Ocala will add an adjacent community center that will interact with the pool.

thought that the Business Park would be an employment center for West Ocala. The plan also calls for improved access to banking and financial services. It will be the Paradise Park Project. Also known as the Save-A-Lot Project on the old Ocala substation on SR 40. A new shopping center will also go up. The second community center will be Royal Oak, located between NW 19th Street and NW 21st Street off MLK Ave, near Pine Oaks Golf Course. This was a DEP site shut down in 1998. The area used to be Busbee Quarters, workforce housing for nearby power plants, that became a contaminated

region. The site has been cleaned up, and ready for redevelopment. The plan calls for a community center, with adjacent sports facility containing weight room, basketball court, and kid’s rooms. This is very much a transformational project for the area. It is a $6.5 million project that will turn into an Audubon park, with elevated walking trails. The city already spent over $1 million on a stainless-steel walking trail. City Council is currently considering an 1100 home subdivision on Pine Oaks that will be another game changer for West Ocala. A 1100 home subdivision will create the residential density needed to then attract

a Publix, bank, and Walgreens in the West Ocala area. The plans for West Ocala match the highlighted portions of the Vision 2035 Plan. As City Council was told, we don’t put plans on the shelf, we follow the plans and develop them.

Mayor Kent Guinn Editor’s Note: Mayor’s Message will be a monthly column in Ocala Magazine provided by Mayor Kent Guinn covering issues that are important to the Ocala/Marion County community, and whenever possible, discuss solutions to address community concerns.




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arion County’s Office of the County Engineer maintains more than 2,500 miles of paved road, 21,000 drainage structures and an astonishing 88,395 traffic signs. The department is also responsible for 161 watersheds and several hundred miles of unpaved roadway. Such a feat takes dedication, patience and attention to detail; three traits County Engineer Tracy Straub PE looks for when she hires new employees. “It’s a big team effort,” said Straub. “We are responsible for safe and efficient travel along the county road network, which includes assets like signs and signals, pavement markings and the stormwater system.” “There’s a lot of care and concern with everything we do in this department,” said Straub.



“Our employees want to provide a service to their neighbors and enjoy helping the community.” Although her team works well within set guidelines, they are encouraged to think outside of the box to solve unique problems, which include everything from tweaking traffic light times, to addressing drainage concerns. Sometimes, things don’t go as planned and crews have to respond to emergency repair sites quickly to assess and address damage. Repairing damaged roads can be extremely difficult, especially after unexpected inclement weather. Just recently, OCE responded to several roads that were knocked out of commission after the area was pummeled by sudden flooding. Marion County actually received over 11 inches of rainfall in 2018. “It’s challenging,” said Jared Peltz,


“We want to get roads up and running quickly, but sometimes we have to wait for the water to recede so that we can begin working.” OCE roads engineer. “Because we want to get roads up and running quickly, but sometimes we have to wait for the water to recede so that we can begin working. Fortunately, we have a diligent team on standby to recover lost roadways as soon as possible.” Peltz explained that staff put up signs and barricades when they encounter damaged or flooded roads to keep the public safe. He encourages residents to contact OCE as soon as they encounter a hazardous roadway. “Marion County is enormous,” said Peltz. “So it really makes a difference when residents

reach out about road damage. They act as extra eyes and we appreciate their cooperation.” Keeping assets up to date through refurbishment efforts is another primary objective for OCE. Refurbished roads are funded by a local gas tax, special assessment and the Penny sales tax. In fact, miles of roadway updates have been funded by the Penny sales tax approved by Marion County voters on March 15, 2016. The Penny sales tax has since brought in more than $70 million. The county roadway system is undergoing a much needed facelift and has already

had Penny funds allocated to 18 OCE projects, with many more pending. These important projects have started throughout the county, from Northwest Highway 320, all the way to County Road 42. TO LEARN MORE about Marion County’s Penny sales tax, visit marionsalestax. org. If you have concerns about street signs, signal, pothole, drainage issue, or tree trimming in the county right-ofway, please contact us at 352-671-8686 or Roads@MarionCountyFL.org.




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Ocala’s First Responder Campus:

From Vision to Reality Amid a crowd of approximately 200 people, Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) and the Ocala Police Department (OPD) celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony of the City of Ocala’s First Responder Campus Thursday, Jan. 10.


ousing OFR’s Fire Station No. 1 and OPD’s East District Office, the campus located at 340 NE Eighth Ave. is comprised of two buildings. With an art deco design reminiscent of renowned Ocala structures like the Marion Theatre and the Reilly Arts Center, the campus denotes its rightful place in the progressive plans underway toward a vibrant Tuscawilla Park. This catalytic move that united fire and police officers in one campus came to fruition thanks to years of work and research from City staff and unwavering support from taxpayers. As the City of Ocala evolved to meet current and future needs of the community,



the revitalization of Tuscawilla Park became essential. This realization gave way to a series of seemingly unrelated events which paved the way for the development of the City’s first First Responder Campus. It was law enforcement’s proactive patrolling of the Tuscawilla Park area that led to the identification of buildings which fostered drug activity, disorderly conduct and trespassing. These daily operations prompted the successful seizure of dilapidated structures in the area. As time progressed, the need for increased funding for first responder agencies within Marion County became apparent. It was then when taxpayers’ votes, echoing ad-

ministrators concerns, not only confirmed the need for additional funding, but approved a solution by way of the Marion County Penny Sales Tax. The tax, passed in 2016 and set to sunset in 2020, would fund public safety and transportation infrastructure. To Ocala Fire Rescue, this sales tax was pivotal in transforming the vision of relocating, or building, a more strategic location into a reality. Merging law enforcement officers’ input with both fire and police response time objectives, the City was able to identify NE Eighth Avenue as an optimal location for the First Responder Campus. Collaboration between OPD, Code Enforcement and other City departments, facilitated the clearing of seized structures along the 300 block of NE Eighth Ave. This available land would soon become the home of a more visible and accessible fire station and police district office. “I’m so thankful for the tireless efforts of the men and women of OPD who played a significant role in making this campus possible,” said Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn. “Not only will this campus serve the City as a whole but it will enhance the quality of life of residents and visitors of the Tuscawilla Historic District.” In addition to the centralization of

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OFR’s Station No. 1 and OPD’s East District Office, the First Responder Campus is expected to serve as a deterrent of illicit activities, due to the presence of responders within. The white buildings adorned with a colored line - red for OFR’s Fire Station No. 1 and blue for OPD’s East District Office - may house individuals who share the need to serve, but their operational functions are entirely different. OFR’s Station No. 1 will house a fire engine, a rescue unit, a tower truck, and a battalion chief vehicle - four of the six units which used comprise old Station No. 1’s fleet. This change, however, is far from a reduction, as the remaining two units - the squad and the training captain’s vehicle - will be aptly placed at Station No. 7, which is home to the department’s special operation’s unit. Like all OFR stations, the new Fire Station No. 1 exists to aid in the prevention and mitigation of fire and medical emergencies. Services including station tours, blood pressure checks and safety presentations, among others, will be available to the public. “Bidding farewell to the building on NE Third Street has not been easy,” said Ocala Fire Chief Shane Alexander, referencing the fact that the previous station had been OFR’s home since 1967. “ Yet, the knowledge that a move of a few blocks will increase the presence of public safety personnel where it’s needed, while decreasing

response times during emergencies, certainly helps with the transition.” “As we move forward, we do so with the enthusiasm of new beginnings and the honor of serving alongside our brothers in blue, as cornerstones of the movement toward a new era for the Tuscawilla Park area,” continued Chief Alexander. OPD’s East District Office will be utilized by Community Policing and Investigations Bureaus. It will also be the primary office location for six Property Crimes detectives, one Detective Sergeant, and OPD’s East District Captain. The building design includes additional space for interview rooms with video and audio recording capabilities, report writing stations for officers on patrol in the East District, an evidence packaging station, and a conference room

available for community meetings. “On behalf of the almost 300 women and men of the Ocala Police Department, I am proud to represent them in saying thank you for all of the support we have received from our community,” said Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham. “If you look at what goes on around the nation, it is clear that this community is special.” FOR MORE INFORMATION regarding community programs offered by OFR and OPD, visit www.ocalafire.org or www.ocalapd.com. To learn more, please contact Ocala Fire Rescue at 352-629-8306 or the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000.



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or 38 years and counting, Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS), the largest producer of hunter/jumper horse shows nationwide, has called Central Florida its winter home, and since 1985, Ocala, the Horse Capital of the World, has been that home. From the Golden Hills property that HITS leased for 10 years, and then purchased from the Castro family in 1995, to the purchase of Post Time Farm in 2002, HITS’ commitment to the Ocala Winter Circuit has been unwavering; so much so that HITS even got its name here.



Commitment to Ocala and Greater Economic Growth HITS’ commitment to Marion County continues to grow, entering the 2019 show season. The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has been a staple of the Show Jumping calendar for decades, continually drawing world-class equestrians from across the globe, largely due to the support of patrons from Marion County. With steadfast spectator support, its footprint as the largest venue in the area, and an unmatched expertise in first-class operations and venue amenities, HITS continues to increase its investment even in the face of increased competition. HITS remains the largest equestrian venue in the area, with the highest attendance and biggest purses, and delivers unmatched equine expertise and event management – all while being an invaluable economic champion to the growth of Marion County.



HITS works closely with the Ocala/ Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Marion Country Tourism Development Council, and the Florida Sports Foundation. The economic impact of the show on the community is unmistakable $94 million annually according to an independent study by the Sport Management Research Institute (SMRI). And the county and state have noticed with both the Florida Sports Foundation and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce recognizing HITS over the previous few years. “The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit brings a great tourism impact to the Ocala/Marion County area each season,” says Corry Locke of the

Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau. HITS certainly sees the value in the relationship. “We’ve always felt welcome here and always felt like the community embraced us,” says Tom Struzzieri, president and chief executive officer, HITS, Inc. “But that relationship has really gone to another level in the last few years and we definitely want to give back to our communities.” Creating that symbiotic relationship with Marion County translates into increased tourism, newly developed jobs, real estate purchases and higher commercial development, and more heads in beds with local lodging partners. That heightened economic development and the support of thousands of spectators annually means even more opportunity for HITS to continually grow, innovate, lead and dominate the region.



Enjoy Family-Friendly Fun at HITS Post Time Farm From the novice spectator to one who is wellversed in the many enjoyments of competitive horse jumping, the variety of classes, divisions and special events will make your visit to HITS Post Time Farm unique and unforgettable. But first, brush up on all things HITS with some news, information and fun facts on competitive jumper and hunter shows. Jumping is not a natural movement for a horse. This little known fact changes the perspective of many when watching 1,500 pounds of horse and rider soar over five foot obstacles. The training and dedication on the part of both rider and animal defines the commitment and teamwork affiliated with the sport of Grand Prix showjumping. Showjumping is one of the few international sports in which men and women compete on an equal basis. The success a competitor has is based solely on the ability of the horse and rider team. Factors such as age, sex and weight are left at the gate. HITS Horse Shows are composed of



two divisions: the Jumper Division and the Hunter Division; within each division there are sections and within each section there are several classes.

Jumper Division

In each class within the Jumper division, the horse and rider team are judged on their speed and accuracy. It is the rider's job to guide the horse to each fence as efficiently as possible, so the horse may jump comfortably in his stride and land easily galloping onto the next fence. Their goal is to cover the course with no faults (penalties) within the time allowed. Faults are given when the horse knocks down any part of fence, steps on the edge of a water jump, refuses to jump a fence or exceeds the time allowed to complete the course. Simply, the horse with the fewest faults and the fastest time wins. The Grand Prix is part of the Jumper division and the class showcased in the Olympics.

Hunter Division

Although style does not affect the Jumper Division, it is crucial to the Hunters. Horses are judged subjectively on their conformation, pace and good manners. These horses ideally demonstrate the graceful, athletic and mannerly qualities that are essential in a mount for carrying a rider across the country and over obstacles you would find while out fox hunting. The riders are judged on their own riding style and should display a firm but supple position. A hunt seat is a position a bit forward and out of saddle so as not to interfere with the horse’s natural movement, but stay securely in the saddle so as to remain in control; and, of course, on the horse.

Special Spectator Events

While the weekly competitions are a huge spectator draw featuring some of the best equestrians and most beautiful horses, the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit involves many special events throughout its ten week run. Drawing press coverage in publications from

every corner of the country and well-known as some of the most acclaimed events in the equine community, these showcases provide citizens of Ocala a tremendous opportunity to see competition at its highest level. Mark these dates on your calendar now! The brand new $100,000 Ocala Electric Utility Grand Prix, sponsored by Ocala Utility Services, is held Sunday, February 17th, beginning at 2 pm. This is a great chance to come celebrate the Ocala Winter Festival, cheer on world-class athletes and revel in the equine side of our community! The $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, sponsored by Sullivan GMC and Buick, will be held on Sunday, March 17th, beginning at 2 p.m. Sullivan GMC, a diamond sponsor of HITS, carries the latest trucks and cars available and has the region’s largest inventory to choose from while offering a fun and memorable car buying experience. Come support a local sponsor during this special event. HITS is not only known as a leading horse show producer, but renowned for providing riders and trainers with an opportunity to earn part of the richest purses in show jumping. We’re thrilled to announce that for the sixth year in a row the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix will return to HITS Post Time Farm. The Great American Million is an experience that you don’t want to miss, drawing one of the biggest and best fields of riders in the country. The event will be the culmination of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, held Sunday, March 24th, also beginning at 2pm. Trust us – stop what you’re doing, clear your schedule and make sure this event is on your calendar. A $10 combined ticket provides admission to both the Ocala Electric Grand Prix and the Great American Million. $5 admission for the Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix.Tickets available in advance or at the gate. Children 12 and under free. For more information, tickets and

These events are held from January 15th through March 24th. The actual competition runs weekly Wednesday through Sunday, from 8am to 4pm. Daily admission is free other than Sunday, with adult tickets available for $5 and $10 for some special events listed below. Children 12 and under are free and parking is free. Grandstand seating with general admission. Full concession stand and snack bar available. For more information, tickets and Day VIP opportunities, please contact the show office at 352-368-2203 or visit HITSShows.com. Day VIP opportunities for the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, contact the show office at 352-368-2203 or visit HITSShows.com.

We Look Forward to seeing you at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit While the HITS Corporate Office makes its home in New York, you could say the Heart

of HITS is in Florida. “It all started with our first horse show in Gainesville in 1982. It’s been 38 years, and we’re still counting,” Struzzieri exclaimed. HITS is excited to be back in Ocala for another year of fantastic Horse Shows in the Sun, and of community involvement and camaraderie in 2019 and beyond. For more information, a detailed list of dates and times, or to view events online, please visit HITSShows.com.



2019 Dates


Ocala January Classic - I

January 15-20

USEF National / 5*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


$50,000 HITS Grand Prix


Ocala January Festival - II

January 22-27

USEF National / 5*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


$50,000 HITS Grand Prix


Ocala Premiere - III

January 29 - February 3

USEF National / 5*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


$50,000 HITS Grand Prix


Ocala Winter Classic - IV

February 5-10

USEF Premier / 5*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby


$50,000 Boehringer Ingelheim Grand Prix


Ocala Winter Festival - V

February 12-17

USEF Premier / 6*

$50,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


M&S Children’s/Adult Team Challenge


$100,000 Ocala Electric Utility Grand Prix


Ocala Masters - VI

February 19-24

USEF Premier / 5*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


$50,000 Kindredbio Grand Prix


Ocala Tournament - VII

February 26 - March 3

USEF Premier / 5*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


$50,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix


Ocala Winter Finals - VIII

March 5-10

USEF Premier / 5*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


$50,000 Summitt Joint Performance Grand Prix


Ocala Winter Celebration - IX

March 12-17

USEF Premier / 6*

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix


M&S Children’s/Adult Team Challenge


$100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix


Ocala Championship - X

March 19-24

USEF Premier / 6*

HITS Equitation Championship


$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Friday evening

$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby


Great American $1 Million Grand Prix






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t just 18-years old, Kanyon Walker has the world by the tail. A local football hero at First Academy-Leesburg and an accomplished equestrian event rider with Olympic aspirations, he has already distinguished himself in both fields. We caught up with the star athlete at his family farm, the day before he departed for Tulane University, where he was awarded a full scholarship and will write the next chapter of his inspiring story. He is a humble young man with gracious manners, who is seemingly unburdened by the restraints of fear and self-doubt. He can appear quite imposing with his sinewy muscled frame, strong jaw and rugged good looks, but when he smiles (which he does frequently) his face opens into a wide grin that travels upward, igniting a spark in his eyes.

terest in horses. “He always really loved horses, even as a toddler,” Kayce explains. “I would have to pull over to the side of the road to look at them in the fields. He would get very excited.” It’s a memory that is still vivid in Kanyon’s mind as well. “I wanted to touch them and my mom would let me. Just the fact that she never tried to shut down my curiosity, allowed me to think, Maybe I could sit on one…maybe ride one. If it hadn’t been for my mom, I probably wouldn’t have even had the want to be around horses. I definitely owe that to her,” Kanyon shares. “It’s not something you are exposed to at school and financially it is a big commitment, It is typically a rich person’s sport, for the most part. So I’ve had to do a lot more legwork than most people to acquire the same things. Me being willing to put the work in meant that I’d be able to get a lesson that would normally cost me $75 for free.” Kanyon competes in a specific equestri“I was ignorant to the fact that no place will an sport called eventing—a triathlon of sorts, give a six-year-old a trail where a horse and ride,” Kayce recalls. “Firider pair compete “I’m passionate about both football and nally, I found a lady who against other pairs, said, ‘I won’t give him a across three differeventing. Both require a lot of time and trail ride, but I would do ent disciplines in one dedication. For me, ‘down time’ is wasted time.” a lesson, let him groom competition: Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. “I’m passionate about both football and eventing. Both require a lot of time and dedication. For me, ‘down time’ is wasted time,” Kanyon confides. “I just need to make sure I put all I have into both. I told myself a long, long time ago that I was going to be great at something. So my goal is to keep doing both until I figure out which one of them that is,” he continues. “I’ve never had anyone say, ‘You should really pick one or the other.’ My football teammates, and everyone I ride with, loves the fact that I do both. My whole family also really encourages me and has sacrificed for me to do this. And I found all these great mentors at a young age. If I was willing to bust my hump, they’d do anything for me. That’s what drives me every day.” “I don’t know how we would do it, if we didn’t all work it together,” explains Kanyon’s mom Kayce, who nurtured Kanyon’s early in-



the horse and then he would get a little ride.’ I thought he would enjoy that, so we signed him up,” Kayce recalls. “He’s had a lot of support from people who knew more than we did.” “Kanyon has always been a competitor and he likes to win,” offers his equestrian coach Jennifer Holling of Holling Eventing in Ocala. “He is still learning about our sport at the upper levels. There are three phases to our sport. They all take the same amount of time to learn. He’s very naturally talented in all of those things. Learning the intricacies of each one of those, that’s where I come in,” she continues. “He manages to balance his horses and his football.” The love of football, he gets from his dad Sheldon Walker, who is also the Head Football Coach at First Academy-Leesburg. “He’s pretty special. The diversity of his passions is just incredible," Sheldon offers. “Kanyon spends countless hours just working, like mucking out the stalls at five in the morning. From there he’s off to school (where he maintained a 3.6 GPA and even took extra college-level classes). Then he’s off to football practice and from there, he’s back to training his horse. One of the greatest blessings you could ever have is to have a child who blesses you beyond your reach. I’ve had the opportunity to go places and meet people who otherwise would never have asked me to be a part of their world. But because of my son, his ability to ride and just the young man that he is, those opportunities have come to pass. It is so cool to be just Kanyon’s dad. I can’t be a prouder father.” Kanyon also derives a lot of pride from being a role model for others, as one of the first black men to distinguish himself through his level of expertise in a sport traditionally dominated by young caucasian women. “I can definitely be an ambassador as a young black man in a sport like this. I’ve gotten messages from kids from all over the country and they’ll say, ‘I see you doing this and I think I can do it too. ‘So, if that’s contribution I can make, then that’s great,’” Kanyon confides. “When I was twelve or thirteen, I saw Randy Ward, who is also black. He has ridden up to the 3-star level and is a great rider. I thought, He’s doing it. Why can’t I? Not that I didn’t already have that drive, but that confirmed that it was a possibility for me.” “He has a tremendous vision for his future,” Sheldon explains. “He would love to be an Olympian. But before he can become that, there are a lot of steps to take.”



It’s a sentiment that Kanyon, who doesn’t like to think in terms of timelines, echoes. “For most people, it takes decades to become a great rider. The beautiful thing is that the average age for Olympic competitors, for our sport, is about forty-five,” he explains. “I love both things that I do, but the reality for me is that there is such a short period of time that I can play football seriously. But I can always go back to eventing after I have my education.” His education also points back to his equestrian dreams. “I plan to study business management. After college, I’ll be able to come back and maybe get a job working for one of my mentors,” Kanyon offers. “The only way you learn is by watching those who have been successful doing what they do. And from there, I would continue to develop myself as a rider. The goal is to one day have my own stable and clients, buying and selling horses, and training

people. That will also allow me the opportunity to compete further.” Among his goals for future competitions is the chance to compete at HITS. “HITS is, for the most part, straight show jumping. There are a few people in my sport that have ridden to the Grand Prix Level dressage. They have evented to the 4-star level and they’ve show-jumped the Grand Prix. Those riders have set themselves apart,” he asserts. “That is personally a goal of mine. I hope to participate in the future.” And while he will have the opportunity to ride at Tulane, for now, he’s focusing on football. “I love the coaches and the people there. We are in the American conference, so it’s exciting because we’ll play some really great teams,” he shares. “I will play UCF, here in Florida, during my sophomore year, so that’s cool. It means that my family will definitely get to see me play.”

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ooking back on his personal history black Americans in order for the community minorities in Marion County School Disand life circumstances, Whitfield to advance further. Not surprisingly, he sees trict, Marion County Sheriff Department, Jenkins can only conclude that a the largest obstacle to be outright racism City of Ocala/Ocala Police Department, and higher power intervened along the aimed at the black community as a whole Marion County Government. He was one of total spectrum of events which has molded — or as he phrases it, a lack of compassion the key leaders and a plaintiff in the filing of him. He was born into physical poverty and for humanity. Within the black community, a discrimination lawsuit against the Florida lost his mother to breast cancer at age fivehe believes that the challenges are a lack of Department of Corrections. As Commisyears old. He was raised by a single father, leadership, a lack of courageousness a lack of sioner with Ocala Housing Authority, he born in 1881, who lived to be 103-years of commitment to the struggle for equality, and used his role to increase affordable, clean age. He asserts, that according to today’s exa lack of giving back to the community. and safe housing in such West Ocala comperts, he should have been a statistic for the Fortunately, there are many members munities as Laurel Parks, Blitchton Station, criminal justice system or worse. of the black community who have both and Magnolia Walk apartments. Jenkins was “However, as I review my history of achieved success and who actively give back. also one of the original Board of Directors/ 78-years of life, I am proud that the Lord They represent people from all walks of life Founders of the Greater Ocala Community not only saved me, but use me for his glory,” and various fields, including law enforceDevelopment Corporation, Inc. (GOCDC) declares Jenkins. ment, education, sports, spiritual guidance, — one of the most impactful economic deShortly after returning to his homeand community service. velopment initiatives in West Ocala. As a town, following college and military duty, Commissioner with the Florida CommisJenkins was motivated to work to eradision on Human Relations, Jenkins provided THE MOMENT THAT cate racism, illegal discrimination and lack leadership to increase staffing and budget, BECAME A MOVEMENT of access to services on behalf of the black resulting in increased processing of discrimicommunity. He began speaking publicly nation complaints and more quality findings The “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered in the community and at official town hall by the FCHR. by American civil rights activist Martin Lumeetings on issues including police brutaliDwan Thomas, coordinator of Alternather King Jr. on August 28, 1963, during The ty, discriminatory employment practices and tive Learning, Marion County School Board; March on Washington for Jobs and Freedisparate services to the black community. CEO of Open Hands Ministry LLC; and dom. During the speech, King called for civil This advocacy caught the attention of board member of Enough is Enough Orand economic rights for African Americans, leaders in the local ganization. Thomas NAACP, leading is involved in the them to elect JenDr. Martin Luther “I HAVE A DREAM THAT MY FOUR LITTLE CHILDREN WILL ONE DAY kins as president of King Jr. Commemthe Branch in 1984. orative CommisLIVE IN A NATION WHERE THEY WILL NOT BE JUDGED BY THE COLOR He was fortunate sion, which orgaOF THEIR SKIN BUT BY THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER.” to participate at the nizes the annual State NAACP level Dr. Martin L. King early in his tenure, Jr. Weekend in where Jenkins caught the attention of the Marion County. As a board member of the and an end to racism in the United States. It State NAACP President, Thomas Henry West Ocala CRA Advisory Committee and is a speech that will continue to inspire and “T.H.” Poole, Sr. “History will record him Brownfields AC Committee, Thomas also live on for all of human history. as one of the greatest civil rights leaders naensures that grant funds are being used to “I have a dream that my four little children tionally.” Jenkins offers. benefit West Ocala. will one day live in a nation where they will not be President Poole quickly took Jenkins Dennis P. McFatten Jr., coordinator judged by the color of their skin but by the conunder his wing and acted as a mentor to for the Safety Schools Department, Martent of their character,” said King, from the steps him. Jenkins used this valuable teaching and ion County Public Schools, worked in the of the Lincoln Memorial, to an au ience of over experience to work with the local NAACP law enforcement profession from 1990250,000 civil rights supporters. It was a speech Executive Committee to develop the Mari2015. He spent four years with the Florida that galvanized the civil rights movement. on County Branch-NAACP into one of the Department of Corrections, followed by His assassination almost five years later most formidable in the nation. The Branch 21 years with the Marion County Sheron April 4, 1968 was intended to silence the was awarded three 1st place Thalheimer iff ’s Office. He retired in 2015 as a Captain movement. It did the opposite — it ignited it. awards, given to branches and units for outwithin the Patrol Division. Prior to his law standing achievements. enforcement career, McFatten spent time in A PASSION FOR COMMUNITY Despite all he has seen and done toward the United States Army and Army Reserve. the advancement of the black community, Currently the president of GWONRC, McIn Ocala, Jenkins fought for equity in rehe sees several critical challenges ahead for Fatten and the council are always engaged cruiting, hiring, training and promotions of




WHITFIELD JENKINS in conversations with government officials and other civic organizations to address concerns in West Ocala. “Since the council is comprised of community leaders from various organizations, we have a wide range of projects,” explains McFatten. A few of those include: The West Ocala Community Redevelopment Grant, The City of Ocala Brownfield Grants, he City of Ocala Façade Grants, the redevelopment of Pine Oaks Golf Course, the committee for Community Coordination of the NAACP and the planning and building of a community center in West Ocala. McFatten is currently the president of Governor’s West and a member of the NAACP. He is a deacon and Trustee chair at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church. “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on color, sex, race, or national origin. It promotes equal opportunities through voter registration and



DWAN THOMAS prohibits racial segregation in employment, schools, housing and public accommodation,” explains TiAnna Greene, the new president of the Marion County NAACP. She was elected on November 11, 2018, and serves as the youngest female president of the Marion County branch of the NAACP. “However, one of the many challenges to the Civil Right Act is that the act cannot change a mindset—the internal attitudes and beliefs of individuals,” says Greene. “While we hope each and every day that we move closer to the full actualization of Dr. King’s, and so many others’, hopes for an indivisible America, we are not naive or ignorant to the plethora of discriminatory practices African Americans continue to face.” According to Thomas, the challenges he sees for African Americans is the lack of ade-

DENNIS P. MCFATTEN quate resources being provided and community knowledge about how to access the resources them. Thomas also feels that the younger generation needs to get more involved in what is going on in their communities. “I attend numerous community events and meetings were decisions are being made for the African American community but you don’t see the younger generations attending these meetings,” Thomas asserts. “These decisions will impact our community as a whole.” Tanya Walker, president of U.N.I.T.Y. Group Services Inc. and Unity Community News (both organizations owned by The Good Samaritan), explains that the main challenge African Americans face today is




unfair employment practices. “Such as not being provided with the opportunity to apply for jobs other than those that offer minimum wages” Walker contends, adding that her source information is taken from city records and meetings with community leaders. McFatten feels one of the greatest challenges for the black community is the allowance for others decide their self-worth. “African Americans have greatly contributed to the many accomplishments of this city, county, state and nation. Yet we often times depend on others to decide what we’re worth and we often settle for less or become who others want us to be,” McFatten declares. “If we meet the self-worth challenge head on, we can then address, unemployment, affordable housing and education disparity and some of the other issues.”


Many members of the community have pushed past the barriers once imposed as a way to limit opportunities, making a differ-

ence in fields that were traditionally out of their reach. Jenkins was awarded a football scholarship to Florida A&M University playing on the team from 1859-63, earning two National Black Championships. He went on to become a Marion County school teacher at Osceola Jr. High from 1967 to 1971. He was one of the first black teachers permitted to teach across racial lines during the first year of integration, beginning in 1967. Ann Burnett is the founder and Executive Director of FreeD.O.M. Clinic USA. In collaboration with the Marion County Hospital District’s talented volunteers and staff, she has pioneered a unique delivery of health care services for Marion County residents. Each month they convene a clinic in a church and provide free dental care (cleanings, fillings, extractions), comprehensive eye care (including new reading, single vision and bifocal glasses), medical care, legal services and mental and behavioral health assessments. In an effort to assist in address-

ing mental health and substance abuse, FreeD.O.M. Clinic USA has full time professionals who provide free counseling and therapeutic case management services for the uninsured and working poor. Access to health care affects all ethnic groups in Marion County, therefore their services have proven to be beneficial to everyone including those in the African American community. “After receiving services at FreeD.O.M. Clinic, smiles, eyes, minds and lives are transformed regardless of the patient’s ethnicity,” states Burnett Grace Daley is a former professional basketball player who played for four different WNBA teams and seven European teams in five different countries. She returned to Ocala as a teacher, having taught kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th, 9th, 11th and 12th grades, and adult education. She is currently a teacher at Trinity Catholic High School, as well as Director of Health Education for FreeD.O.M. Clinic USA. “When I was hired three years ago [at Trinity Catholic], I was the only African American teacher,” said Daley. “We currently have an African American female principal, Dr. Erika Wikstrom — the first in the school’s history, so we are making monumental strides in a positive direction toward diversity.”



GRACE DALEY As Coordinator of Alternative Learning- Marion County School Board, CEO of Open Hands Ministry LLC, and Board Member of Enough is Enough Organization, Thomas gives back to the community. “I currently work with “at-promise” youth that have committed criminal acts in the community,” said Thomas. “My job is to make sure they’re provided every opportunity to be successful academically, socially and emotional while they are in our Department of Juvenile Justice programs.” Enough is Enough organization partners with Dale Osborne a NBA assistant basketball coach with the Portland Trail blazers to conduct a back to school book giveaway and basketball camp. The NBA and Jr. NBA have been sponsors, along with many other organizations in the community, coming together to provide a free basketball camp based on faith, family and education. The current projects of U.N.I.T.Y Group Services Inc, of which Walker serves as president, are clothing distribution; providing professional clothing to those seeking employment but do not have the proper attire, providing free work readiness training in the areas of customer service, and typing,



CHANTE BURKETT along with employment referral Services. “As a member of the community my goal is to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity and are given the chance to compete on a level playing field,” said Walker. “Working for The Good Samaritan, founder of U.N.I.T.Y Group Services Inc, I have the pleasure of providing food and clothing to disadvantaged families and adults, and also helping to tutor at-risk students.” In addition to her nonprofit works through U.N.I.T.Y., Walker serves on numerous boards, in particular the Financial Stability Board of United Way, helping to fund organizations that are seeking to help the poor, as well as the Recreation & Parks board for the City of Ocala, ensuring that adequate recreation is provided to residents. One of the youngest members of the community on an inspiring journey is the model and entrepreneur Chanté Burkett. At 22 years old, Burkett has achieved major success as a plus-sized model and blogger with over 200,000 followers on Instagram and over

120,000 more on Facebook. Her talents and social media following have led to lucrative contracts with major beauty companies and hotel chains. “My aspiration is to help others become the mastermind behind their visions & dreams,” explains Burkett. “One of the reasons I love the work I do is because it gives me to opportunity to give back and inspire others in my community to believe in themselves.” Through her company One Curvy Boutique, located in Ocala, Burkett helped to sponsor and volunteer resources to many organizations, individuals, and causes within Ocala’s black community such as the Marching Majorettes & Ocala Thunder youth organizations.


Many projects are underway, led by African Americans, to change the mindsets Greene spoke of — the attitudes and beliefs of individuals of other races and of African Americans themselves. There are projects under way to provide resources and job opportunities Thomas and Walker addressed. There

are movements in motion for African Americans to determine their own self-worth and to abolish the challenge McFatten addressed. Jenkins is presently using his role as president of the Liberation Ocala African American Council (L.O.A.A.C.) to organize local black leaders/organizations to work in coalitions for key equity issues, economic development/wealth, participation in the political system and education equity to benefit local black citizens and their communities. The L.O.A.A.C. will be working in partnership with other organizations to assist ex-felons to restore civil and voting rights. “The NAACP Marion Branch will host our annual Freedom Fund Gala on March 1, 2019, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Ocala Conference Center,” said Greene. “Tickets are on sale now for $60 each. Aramis D. Ayala, First Elected African American State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is the Keynote speaker. Doors will open at 7pm, with a Lifetime Membership reception at 6pm.” Greene shares on the #iGNITEtheMarionVote Facebook page that the goal of the Marion Branch NAACP, with this Civil Engagement movement, is to encourage the community to participate in the voting process and to focus on raising awareness about the political, educational, social and economic inequality within the community. The statement goes on to say that the Marion Branch NAACP is working tirelessly to iGNITE the Marion Voters by increasing voter registration to include registering felons, voter participation and voter education. Fathers of the Year Awards encourages people in the community to reflect on the fathers who are actively involved in the lives of their child(ren). “Eleven categories provide us the opportunity to present awards to multiple fathers,” explains Greene. “The submissions assist with shifting the focus off of inactive fathers to the fathers who are not only engaging their children, but also the community.” Greene added the Marion County Black Business Network was established to support small minority business owners.


In August 2018, 10 long-time community leaders were honored with brick pavers en-

Annual Beautiful in Black Festival

February 2, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Citizens’ Circle 110 SE Watula Ave Ocala, Florida 34471 A celebration of black excellence and paying homage to the ancestors and trailblazers that paved the way. This one-of-a-kind event is a unique expo that honors and celebrates the past, the present and future African American legends and leaders of society. For additional details, please contact Kasadraine D. Eftson of Undefined Shades, LLC at 352.210.8408.

Meeting of the Minds

In Dec 2018, the first ever African American Think Tank was held in Ocala/Marion County. Tanya Walker of UNITY Group Services and Daystar Radio 89.5 reported the following on Facebook. “The purpose of the [First African American] ‘think tank’ [hosted by Whitfield Jenkins] is to discuss the problems of the black community and provide workable solutions. Numerous black leaders attended. Mr. Jenkins stated that this is the first of many more meetings to come,” wrote Walker. Long-time local civil rights activist, Whitfield Jenkins, President of the Liberation Ocala African American Council, Inc. replied, “Thanks to all the Millennium local leaders and Emeritus leaders who attended this meeting to engage in a dialogue of uplift for the community and persons within. The meeting intended to encourage persons in leadership to work together on key needs and interests for the community, including the underserved community. It also was intended for youth leaders to come forth and serve with commitment, courage, humility, and love. It’s a beginning, not the end. God gets the glory!”

graved with Bible quotes in the unveiling of the Community Service Walk of Fame at Legacy Park. Requirements for selection still living or deceased included residency of Ocala or Marion County for at least 10 years and currently resides in the community, have shown high regard for community service, leadership and commitment to the advancement of West Ocala; and demonstrated good moral character. They had to be either community leaders or special individuals who have made an impact on the African American community. Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn and Ocala City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich, whose district includes West Ocala, read short biographies of the honorees during the ceremony. The recipients were: Juanita P. Cunningham, Rev. Lorenzo S. Edwards, Matthew Everett Hart Jr., William H. James, Reuben “Bubba” Johnson, Leander “Butch” Jones Jr., Austin Long, Lois B. Miller, Lucious C. “L.C.” Stevenson, and Frank Washington Jr. They were educators, community activists, freedom fighters, community volunteers, pastors, civil rights leaders, humanitarians, law enforce-

ment, entrepreneurs, and authors. For their full biographies, visit ocalamagazine.com. Ocala Magazine will publish each of their biographies on our Facebook page during the month of February in honor of Black History Month. Visit: Facebook.com/ocalamagazine.


According to McFatten, who is also president of the Governor’s West Neighborhood Revitalization Council, the 10 brick pavers are only the beginning. More will be added to the Walk of Fame annually.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is relevant to mention that, not only was every person profiled in this feature nominated by another African American in the local community, but we had two African American photographers shoot all the images, Cynthia Wilson Graham for this feature, and Philip Marcel for the profile on Kanyon Walker and the cover of the February issue. At Ocala Magazine, we strive to represent the entire tapestry of our various communities accurately and equally. We want to hear from you with regard to your opinions, story ideas, and events. Please find us on Facebook or email editorial@ocalamagazine.com.



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ou may know Gal Gadot from her recurring role in the Fast & Furious film franchise or from her star turn alongside Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher in the comedic spy caper Keeping Up with the Joneses. But it was in the 2016 film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which she took over the iconic role of Wonder Woman, that Hollywood began to sit up and take notice. And with the release of the 2017 blockbuster movie Wonder Woman, which tells the warrior-princess’ origin story and her journey to become a superhero, Gadot became known the world over. The film smashed box office records, grossing over $821 million worldwide and went on to become the 6th-most successful commercial film of all time. The highly-anticipated



sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, will arrive in theaters in June of 2020. Gadot radiates a spirit of authentic happiness and a powerful confidence. She describes herself as a wife and a mother first and admits she's always on the journey to be the best version of herself. Her warmth, humility and playful sense of humor make her a thoroughly engaging personality — which is why she is so well suited to her most recent role as a Revlon global brand ambassador. “She’s a worldwide symbol of feminine strength and beauty, but she’s also a modern, multifaceted woman,” Anne Talley, global brand president of Revlon explained, as to why Gadot was chosen for the brand’s Live Boldly campaign. “We really see her embracing feminine power and what a woman can accomplish.”

ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH REVLON This is such an iconic brand. When I was young, I remember my mom and grandmother had a lot of Revlon products, because it was accessible. Their products are great and they’re for everyone. That’s something I really like. They also do so much philanthropic work. I feel very proud and happy to be part of the family. ON LIVING BOLDLY It’s a great theme. Live boldly means, to me, just owning it…being confident, being positive and going after whatever dream that you have. We’re in a very important, interesting and empowering era for women. I think we are in this incredible cultural change with

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"...it was the first time for me as a woman…a girl…a female, that I saw strong women that are beautiful, confident and can take care of themselves. I was shocked by it and then I was more shocked that I had never seen anything like that."

the way in which women are treated and the way people behave towards women. ON HER BEAUTY BASICS For me the main thing is to keep my skin hydrated. I drink lots of water, because it doesn’t matter how much moisturizer you put on your skin; if you’re dehydrated from within, nothing will help. My makeup skills are limited, so I will mix a little Revlon ColorStay Makeup (the liquid foundation in Natural Beige), (Revlon.com, $12.99,) with my lotion, so I’m really not wearing very much base. Then I’ll add some Gucci Gold-

en Glow Bronzer in Indian Sand (Saks.com, $61) and a little rouge. I like Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Macy’s, $29). My attitude towards beauty products and makeup is that you need to enhance your features in a graceful and a tasteful way. So too much makeup is not my cup of tea. I’ll either do colorful lips or strong eyes with eyeliner and mascara. I really like bold lips. I love Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Bombshell Red (Revlon.com, $7.99 ). I love strong lashes as well, so I use Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara (Revlon.com, $8.99). It’s fantastic because it’s dramatic, From left: Revlon Colorstay Makeup liquid foundation, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick & Mega Multiplier Mascara, Nivea Rich Nourishing Almond Oil Moisturizer, LA MER Cleansing Oil Face-Makeup Remover, GUCCI Golden Glow Bronzer.

easy to apply, flake-free and it creates the look that I like. ON HER OTHER FAVORITE PRODUCTS When I shower, I use L'Occitane Verbena Body Salt Scrub (usa.loccitane.com, $34) and Shiseido Shower Gel (ebay.com, $31). I use lots of different body lotions, but my favourite is Nivea Rich Nourishing Almond Oil Body Moisturizer (available at Walmart, $11). It's cheap but it's so good. ON TAKING IT OFF I really look forward to taking all the heavy makeup off after a long day! And usually I do it with The Cleansing Oil Face Makeup Remover by La Mer (available at Sephora, $95). If I really want to treat myself, I put a moist towel in the microwave, heat it up for about a minute and then I take all of the makeup off with the hot towel. And if you put some lavender or any essential oil you like on the towel, then it’s really, really good. For my hair, I love Shiseido Extra Gentle Shampoo (available at Walmart, $32) and In-


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tensive Treatment Hair Mask. I use Kérastase Nutritive Mask for Dry Thick Hair (available at Sephora, $53), which is like a treatment. ON FUELING UP I'm a foodie, but I also look at food as fuel. I don’t want to be skinny, but I do want to know that I’m only putting quality fuel into my body. I eat a lot of fish and chicken. I make sure that around thirty to forty percent of our family diet is made of cooked or raw vegetables. We make smoothies in the morning with parsley, celery, green apples and ginger. Basically, we throw in whatever we have. I try to eat as healthy as I can but I also don't restrict myself from eating burgers, chocolate or ice cream. When people deprive themselves of something, it makes them want to eat it even more.

ON JOINING REEBOK’S “BE MORE HUMAN” CAMPAIGN Working out has always been a big part of my life, especially with having a mother who was a Physical Education teacher. I was exposed to an active lifestyle from an early age. Through fitness, I have found that I gain strength, endurance and confidence. I believe that the more exposed young girls are to strong inspiring female role models, the better. When they see this it makes them understand that this is what they can be. As mothers, teachers, mentors, it’s our duty to show these young women this is possible — that we can love ourselves, that we can go after what we want, that we are happy and positive and that we are capable of anything. I couldn’t imagine a better partner than Reebok to join me on this journey. ON THE IMPACT OF WONDER WOMAN It’s incredible to see how much of an impact this character has had on people. She is full of heart, strength, compassion and forgiveness. She sees wrong that must be made right. She takes action when everyone around her is idle.



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ON MIXING IT UP I grew up doing lots of different sports. I was a dancer for twelve years and I did basketball, volleyball and dodgeball — you name it. I try to work out one hour, at least three times a week. I do different things. I like TRX, pilates, boxing and paddleboarding. My trainer and I make sure to keep our training regime as diverse as possible so it keeps it different and fun.

She commands the attention of the world. And in doing so, she sets a positive example for humanity. She’s not perfect and that’s what makes her real. This is an amazing device that we can use, this vessel of Wonder Woman — with all of it’s legacy, to say something good about the world. It’s a way to make people think, wonder, question and be inspired. If you can tell a story that makes people feel better and hopeful, that’s an amazing thing. ON THE IMPACT IT'S HAD ON HER I was blown away when I saw the movie for the

first time. There was this battle scene with the all Amazons on the horses. I got so emotional and I didn’t understand why. After the movie, I was thinking about it and I realized that it was the first time for me as a woman…a girl…a female, that I saw strong women that are beautiful, confident and can take care of themselves. I was shocked by it and then I was more shocked that I had never seen anything like that. Being a mother of two daughters, I thought to myself, This is important that we are bringing something like that to life. And it’s just as important for boys and men to see.

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ven the most resilient among us has felt the lingering after-effects of our cultural upheavals during the last few years. Women took aim at predatory behaviors and challenged toxic masculinity head on, turning the tide in what has long been deemed acceptable in our society. And they did it, largely, by standing together and challenging oppressive and abusive behaviors in every arena. Their willingness to say me too and times up, as a collective force, has made us all more aware of the profound possibility for positive change if we band together.

An interesting cultural phenomenon to emerge, perhaps born out of this period of empowerment, is that women didn’t feel the need to take on masculine traits or trappings in order to claim their own power, this time around. In previous decades, when women made significant strides towards equality, they did so wearing clothes that mimicked menswear. When most men shipped out during World War I, women slipped into men’s overalls in the style of Rosie the Riveter and then were banished

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back to ladylike dresses when their husbands returned home. The jeans they’d gotten used to wearing were no longer appropriate. Even in the 1980s, when women joined the workforce in record numbers, they did so in power suits with massive shoulder pads to demonstrate that they could compete in a man’s world. But modern women know they truly don’t have to play by the old rules to achieve some small measure of parity. Right now, whether we’re talking high fashion or mass market, women have embraced that fact that they don’t have to choose between strong and powerfully feminine. Many men still feel cautious about being perceived as vain or showing too much of an interest in fashion. We can be slow to adapt and admit that we do actually care about how we look. Oftentimes, we’re just looking for that sweet spot between casual and sloppy, masculine but not basic. For those of us who are interested in clothing beyond is basic utility — we’re interested in good tailoring, quality materials, comfort, and an actual point of view.

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Our forecast for Spring? Ladies, you have endless options and then some. Everything is bigger and bolder. The statement earring, chunky cuff bracelets, embellishment, a touch of sparkle, artisan-touches, sheer fabrics, dots, stripes, a collision of prints and lots of color… bold and beautiful or pretty pastels. Oh and florals for Spring? Yes, we know…groundbreaking. But some of them kinda are, so deal with it! Our friends a Dillard’s filled us in on all the hottest trends in beauty and fragrance, which includes glowing skin, luscious lips, eye poppin’ eyeshadow. The perfect scent of the season? Tom Ford’s Black Orchid — a luxurious and sensual fragrance with notes of black truffle, black orchid, bergamont, and black plum.

WILD AT HEART Contrasting Animal Print Blouse, $12.99, Zara SHEER DELIGHT "On and Off" Georgette Floral Print Drape Neck Midi Dress by C:MEO, $170, Dillard's

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ON THE NOSE Ombre Leather by Tom Ford, $125, Dillard's For the guys, the key this season is have a little fun, mix it up and invest in a few things that make you feel good about getting dressed. Casual doesn’t mean flip flops and board shorts. Think American classic — it’s time to elevate your basics with some luxe alternatives from your favorite heritage brands. Invest in some (not boring) new dress shirts, a few pairs of slim-cut trousers, some modern oxfords and a statement sneaker. Ditch your go-to T's for a few stylish polos. You’re not basic, so stop dressing like you are. While you’re at it, update your scent with Tom Ford's unisex fragrance Ombre Leather, which has warm and woodsy tones with hits of leather. There's a world of options out there. Have a little fun already!

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Romance is in the air again and coming up with the perfect gift for the one you love may seem daunting. The most thoughtful gifts go beyond the expected, so we’ve rounded up some inspired items for the object of your affection. Here are thirty great ways to say, I love you. CURATED BY NICK STEELE





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3. Paloma Picasso’s Graffiti Love Ring, 18k gold, $500, Tiffany & Co. 4. John Hardy Classic Chain Bronze Signet Ring with Onyx, $495, Neiman Marcus 5. PRADA Heart Saffiano Leather iPhone X Case, $260, Nordstrom 6. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earphones, $299, bang-olufsen.com 7. Voluspa Macaron-Shaped Candle in "Rose Colored Glasses," $14, Agapanthus, Ocala 8. Josh Bach Men’s Heartbeat Pattern/EKG Silk Necktie, $52, Amazon 9. Madly in Love Floral Arrangement, starting at $52.95, Heritage Flowers, Ocala 10. Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Shaker Set, $100, Dillards


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12. Maggie Louise Confections Mini “Hello Gorgeous” Chocolates, $25, Bloomingdale’s 13. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne, $69, Stella’s Modern Pantry, Ocala 14. Artisanal Duverger French Macarons, single or multipack, assorted flavors, Earth Fare, Ocala 15. Stonewall Kitchen Boozy Bacon BBQ Sauce, $8.29, The Olive Oil Market, Ocala

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Vintage Celebrating their first-year anniversary in downtown Ocala, Ivy on the Square has left their indelible mark — a restaurant and boutique combination with signature retro vibe for the modern metro tribe. By: John Sotomayor PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS REDD




ollow the cobblestone road that begins on the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Broadway street to the new heart of dining and shopping in our blossoming downtown, Ivy on the Square. Celebrating their first-year anniversary at the new location on February 8th at the end of the cobblestone road, across the street from the historic Marion Theater, Ivy on the Square offers the essence of our new vibrant downtown — classic, traditional vintage blended seamlessly with contemporary, trendy vision. “We were looking for something new and exciting, an opportunity to change things up — not only for Ivy on the Square but for downtown as well,” said Waica Micheletti, co-owner with her sister, Evelyn Nussel. Together, they are carrying on the founder Marjorie “Mimi” Hale’s legacy.

The beloved eatery began in Williston, in neighboring Levy County, 26 years ago within a 1912 French Country home. Ivy on the Square was introduced to Ocala over five years ago in an 1890 Victorian home on the boulevard to the delight of local patrons. When the opportunity presented itself to relocate at the new location, Waica and Evelyn thought carefully on the concept with the intent to maintain their signature early 1900s vintage vibe, while also tapping into the modern industrial vintage mindset of downtown diners. They landed on the 1920s speakeasy, with a modern menu.


Combining Waica’s interior design instincts with her boyfriend, Wayne Masciarelli’s building skills, the owner of M&M construction, together they devised a detailed,

vintage industrial look that stands out from other restaurants. Photos of the storefronts, fashion, and automobiles of the early 1900s in downtown Ocala capture the era, hung on the exposed brick walls. The furnishings and attire of the waitstaff are from the speakeasy timeframe. Waiters dressed in suspendered black or gray pants and bowties with matching newsboy caps, bring patrons menus on wood boards all of the classic dishes that have become popular signatures of Ivy on the Square over the past three decades — with a twist. Waica and Evelyn added grassfed wagyu beef for burgers, and cagefree chicken, as well as more salads and healthier options for the fitness-conscious downtown crowd. New to Ivy on the Square is the large cocktail bar. Bar Manager, William



Eat • Drin k • Repe at Pickering, handpicked the bar staff with 10+ years’ experience to serve hand-crafted cocktails with names inspired by the speakeasy era, such as Bee’s Knees Mojito, Speakeasy Old Fashion, The Roaring Manhattan, Jitterbug Tea, and Rum Smuggler. “We have a nice selection of bourbons: Brandy, Manhattans, Little Janes, EH Taylor, Eagle Rare, as well as scotches to warm the body,” said Pickering, adding, “and a carefully selected wine list.” Happy Hour is every Tuesday — Saturday, 3 — 7 PM, which includes Cordela house wines, 2-4-1 well drinks, and $2 domestic; Michelob Ultra and Coors Light draft available. Next to the cocktail bar sits the Dessert Bar, another unique attribute that sets Ivy on the Square apart, where all desserts



are homemade. Delight on delicacies, such as the white chocolate crème burlee, buttermilk walnut pie, creamy peanut butter pie, pecan tulipe, and chocolate midnight cake. Ivy on the Square has an expresso machine and coffee bar to go with dessert. Ivy on the Square has chic street-side patio dining in a romantic garden setting for those who enjoy dining al fresco.


Ivy on the Square has always combined a restaurant and boutique in every location. In fact, Ivy on the Square founder, Mimi Hale, started in the boutique business before adding the restaurant. The clothes and accessories of the stylish boutique attracted Evelyn since she was 4 years old. It had to be included, but where? The new location for

the restaurant did not have available space. “Where will the clothes go?” patrons would ask. The answer was available retail space diagonally across Magnolia Avenue, midway between the historic Marion Theater and the corner of Broadway. Waica and Evelyn acquired retail space to house the jewelry, clothes, accessories, and gifts boutique. Shortly after setting up, they added the home décor boutique next door. Paulette Milhorn is Evelyn and Waica’s business partner, who oversees both boutiques. “We carry many fashionable lines to choose from,” said Milhorn. Ivy on the Square offers everything from Ben’s Papers artisan greeting cards from Manhattan, to artist Houston Llew’s collectible handcrafted molten glass on copper Spiritiles art tiles direct from his Atlanta Studio, to

The Naked Bee all-natural personal care products that is honey-based. Romance is in full bloom in February. Ivy on the Square offers products assured to enhance romance. “Love is everywhere,” said Milhorn, speaking figuratively and literally. They carry PJ Harlow lounge wear, such as nightgowns, pajamas, and robes, as well as many heart-shaped items throughout the boutique. The Spongelle cleansing body wash infused body buffers, in both men’s and women’s scents, will have heart-shaped buffers for Valentine’s Day. Ivy on the Square boutiques carry what they call “adult candy” — Sugafina, which are infused with different kinds of liquors, such as tequila and rum. People will recognize the Joanna Gaines line, Magnolia Market. She and her husband host HGTV’s hit remodeling show “Fixer Upper”. Gaines has come out with a candle line. The bath and body products line by Joanna Gaines coming shortly. Ivy on the Square boutiques strive to offer unique brands and latest trends at attractive prices. They also carry brands that make a difference. “We have several lines here that give back to the community,” said Anna Dunwoody, manager of both boutique stores.

Ivy on the Square carries Good Works, which according to their brochure, “supports over 150,000 bags of groceries to underprivileged Americans, provides 160,000 meals to students in Uganda, and supports and helps build schools for 1st to 3rd graders in Kenya.” “We have a fair-trade item, whereby the ladies in Thailand make ornaments, suncatchers, and package toppers, which are highly detailed,” continued Dunwoody. “They are paid a fair wage so they can raise their families.” Ivy on the Square carries Mangiacotti, a line of lotions, spa items, hand repairs, and more. All of their packaging is designed and packaged by the handi-capable, so they are employed where they might not be employed. The boutiques house two other businesses not owned by Ivy on the Square — Hello Gorgeous salon, and Recharge Clinic. Ladies, with Hello Gorgeous and Recharge, the combined jewelry, clothes, and gifts boutique and home décor and gardens boutique, are now a one-stop shop for everything to pamper oneself with the full spa treatment (facials, hair, and nails) as you shop and lunch. There is even a private room within the boutique that seats 25 for private dining or private party, like a bridal or baby shower. Yes, they thought of everything. You’re welcome.

Celebrating an Amazing Year!

Evelyn & Waica





OUT Ivy On The Square “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our home to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious handcut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here. 53 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala | 352-622-5550 Closed Mon, Tues 11am-2pm, Wed 11am-9pm, Thurs 11am-9pm 106 NW Main St., Williston | 352-528-5410 Sun-Wed 11am-2pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-8pm | ivyhousefl.com

Sayulita Taqueria Surf Town Roots. Modern Street Food. Say Taco. We are bringing Sayulita sunshine and hand crafted tacos to downtown Ocala’s historic square! Known as “Say Taco” to locals, Sayulita features an indoor dining room, bar, and open air dining space. From games, to fire pits, live music, and movies, consider date night or family dinners planned! With an extensive food and bar menu, there is something for everyone. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for news, updates, and all kinds of fun! Mon-Thurs 11a-10p, Fri-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-9p 10 NE 1st Street Ocala, FL 34470 | 352-629-4700 saytaco.com | facebook.com/saytacoFL | @saytacoFL



Stop by our new speakeasy bar and enjoy our specialty drinks! Gift certificates available. Make your Valentine’s Day reservations now!

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Tony’s Sushi Sushi Me! At Tony’s Sushi you can select your favorite sushi to include made-to-order specialty rolls by creating your own! Enjoy being entertained at the grill, watching your food being prepared while having some fun. For a more intimate setting, Tony’s offers private tables – perfect for special moments. Tony’s full bar includes sakes, imported draft beer & more. Like Tony’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonySushiOcala

Ask about our daily, not on the menu items! We offer gift cards, catering and entertaining.

Mon-Thur 11a-10p, Fri & Sat 11a - 11p, Sun 12p - 10p 3405 SW College Rd. #103 Ocala, FL 34474 | 352-237-3151 www.tonyssushi.com

Pi on Broadway Featuring Ocala’s only open air, rooftop bar and dining space, Pi is THE place for lunch, dinner and nightlife. A local favorite for after-work happy hour gatherings and guests visiting historic downtown, Pi offers craft beer, wine and cocktails from two full bars. Enjoy delicious and unique pizza from an open-flame oven or explore the “shareables” menu with a group of friends. Pi also offers sandwiches, salads and desserts all made fresh in-house daily.

Live music Wednesday through Saturday

Tues 4p–12a, Wed-Sat 11a–12a, Sun 4p–10p, Mon Closed 110 SW Broadway St., Ocala, FL 34471 | 352-369-5100 www.pionbroadway.com

Cafe Crisp Faith. Fitness. Food. Conveniently located in the Frank DeLuca YMCA, Cafe Crisp makes clean eating easy with fresh, healthy meals – to enjoy at the cafe or to take home - and they offer weekly meal prep packages that make it easy to stay on track with meals and snacks. Cafe Crisp also caters events large or small! Stop in for a smoothie before your workout and come back for delicious sandwiches, soups and salad bar.

Ask about our weekly meal prep specials

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Sky Fine Dining Sky Fine Dining is located on the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn Suites. The eclectic gourmet cuisine & steak house concept is inspired from current trends & classic dishes like fresh cut steaks, live Maine lobster, rack of lamb & fresh seafood such as sea bass, salmon & shrimp. Sky also features a sushi menu made with fresh ingredients. Golden Spoon Award Winner 7 consecutive years - 2010 to 2017. Sky is the place to be for a unique fine dining experience. GOLDEN SPOON AWARD WINNER 7 CONSECUTIVE YEARS! 2010 TO 2017

Special menu Friday through Wednesday

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What is the most successful art fundraiser in Ocala history? The initial Horse Fever auction in 2001 raised more than $300,000 for local charities and provided the seed money for Marion Cultural Alliance’s endowment and cultural grants. Several of the original public art horse statues can still be found throughout Ocala/Marion County today. Socially Speaking p64 | Calendar p68



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Kimberly’s Center Raises Hope


imberly’s Center for Child Protection is the Marion County Children’s Advocacy Center. Kimberly’s is a not-for-profit that has served our community’s abused and neglected children since 1996. Kimberly’s Center’s multidisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations is based on a national model, which is specifically designed to prevent children from being further traumatized by the investigative process. Each child’s plan of care is specifically designed for them, and their families, with the goal of setting a course for a healthy future. Kimberly’s is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and governed by a volunteer board of directors. Kimberly’s Center relies on a combination of grants, con-



tracts, and community donations to provide this specialized, compassionate response to child abuse and to give the children the help, hope and healing they need. Kimberly’s recently hosted their annual fundraising event, Art & Soul. The popular charity dinner featured a special performance by Macey Mac and a live auction of artwork created by children receiving therapy at Kimberly’s Center. The event raised more than $150,000 to assist Kimberly’s Center in providing help, hope, and healing to our community’s abused and neglected children. Past president and board of directors member, Ken Ausley, observes, “Kimberly’s Center serves more than 1,200 children each year. Kimberly’s Center exists to respond to, protect and restore these children so they can get the help, hope and healing they need. Art & Soul is Kimberly’s signature event that invites the community to have a tangible impact in the lives of these children. Once again, this community stepped up and demonstrated amazing generosity that will go a long way in directly responding to, protecting and restoring some of Marion County’s most vulnerable children.” There is so much work that goes into making this event successful, especially the efforts of Angie Clifton and her dedicated team from Wells Fargo Bank. Angie is a longtime board member and a continued force behind organizing this popular fundraiser. The event’s fundraising goal increases each year, due to the growing needs of the children they serve. Every gift from our charitable community empowers the children helped at Kimberly’s Center to learn to trust again. Niki Tripodi, Development Director at Kimberly’s Center, offers, “We are humbled and grateful for the support of our donors and truly consider them as part of the Kimberly’s Center family. I think it is safe to say, every guest in the room that evening was

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part of the solution to stopping child abuse.” Chairperson of the Board, Davis Dinkins, states, “Thank you to all the donors for helping the kids of Marion County, who have tragically experienced abuse or neglect. We understand there are choices when being charitable and that you want your generosity to be impactful. Kimberly’s Center has been there for over 22,000 children in Marion County by responding to, protecting, and restoring childhood.” “Kimberly’s Center reminded guests of their newest program, Trauma Intervention Advocacy. This program reduces trauma to children as they are going through the emotionally overwhelming process of being removed from their homes and placed into the foster care system” explains Executive Director Dawn Westgate. It was also revealed that in 2019 the Department of Children and Families, High Risk Investigations unit, along with detectives from the Marion County Sheriff ’s Office and Ocala Police Department, will become co-located at Kimberly’s Center. This co-location plan will provide streamlined investigations, improved community partnering and ultimately a safe community for our children. To donate to Kimberly’s Center please visit kimberlyscenter.org. For more information about sponsoring an event or experience a tour, please call Niki Tripodi at 352-873-4739.

Melissa Bianculli, Greg Lord and Karin Nicely and Reese Bourgeois

Niki Tripodi, Ken Ausley and Angie Clifton

Jamie and Bethany Ulmer

Mark, Hannah and Lisa Slusher and Dr. J.D. Steed

Chris Pell, Luke and Joy Emerson and Valerie Lacefield

Carlyle and Shirley Ausley, Ann Vandenburgh and Reese Bourgeois

Chris and Emma Luetgert and Stacey and Tom Files

Dawn Westgate, Niki Tripodi and Amanda Pell Amy Graham, Mayor Kent Guinn and Dana Andrews

Yasmine Okonkwo, Nneka and Izu Nwakoby

Gordon and Elizabeth Fairbanks, Maddy Norne and Gene Bigio Shannon and Karen Cobbs



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Maestro Matthew Wardell’s 10th Anniversary Party

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cala Symphony Orchestra Maestro and Ocala City Councilman Matthew Wardell recently held a party to celebrate Wardell’s 10th anniversary leading the OSO. Hosted by the Reilly Arts Center at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, guests enthusiastically greeted Matt as they mingled over hors d’ oeuvres and an open bar. The word “congratulations” was on all his guest’s lips. Ten years ago as a new conductor, Wardell transformed a small, but loyal, following into sold-out audiences at the orchestra’s new home in the Reilly Arts Center. He has continually brought a fresh perspective, which has helped to put the OSO on sound financial footing. One example of how he has reached out to the community is that the OSO now plays in elementary schools. Wardell’s musical journey pleases all kinds of music lovers. Engaged to Pamela Calero, the executive director of OSO and the RAC, Wardell has put down some deep roots in Ocala over the past ten years. His future looks bright indeed!

Jim and Jessica McCune



Matthew Wardell and Pamela Calero

Rebecca and Jay Fratello

Rita Singer, Joy David, Helen Geller and Miguel Reina

Ben and Megan Gumpert, Allie and Travis Magamoll

Dr. David and Dianna Lammermeier, Teresa and Bill D’Angelo

Alex Nowosiadlo, Cred White, Kaycie and James Hartley

Azim Saju, Naaz Saju, Mumtaz and Abdullah Tharoo

Matthew Wardell and Justin Graybell

Beau and Lindsey Broker

Mike and Jessie Richman, Annelise Gomez and Jamie Zimbleman Norman and Susan Reid

Tom and Judy Green, Jan and Bill Hodge

Lt. Col. Edward and Lois Johnson

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February 2019




UNBOXING IN ATLANTA Feb 1, 7-9 PM: This is

a new theater work that is created by current events. In this play, the audience is taken on a collision course with her past and current life. Set outside of Atlanta with flashbacks to a mythical town in 1980’s Ohio, Karen, Alice and Mallory, three generations of one family, turn to and cling to long held ideas, only to have their worlds turned upside down. The play takes place at the College of Central Florida’s Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 SW College Rd, Ocala. Tickets start at $12. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unboxing-in-atlanta-world-premierenew-play-tickets


Feb 1-3, 8-5 PM:

Imagine a classic car show, but with drat horses instead of cars. The Grandview Invitational is just that. Over a hundred horses complete with hitches, all performing a show complete with drivers. There is no other show like this in the state of Florida and this show will actually be the first of its kind with this being its first presentation. This event will take place at the Florida Horse Park, 11008 South Highway 475, Ocala. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ grandview-invitational-tickets



This event will have two different speakers within the time period. The subject for this month’s series is Parkinson’s Disease. The first speaker will be Addie Patterson, DO, Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency, University of Florida with her discussion called “Update on Parkinson’s Disease”. The other speakers will be Peter and Kelly Gaylord, one of which lives with the disease while the other is his caretaker and they will be presenting “Strategies and Tips for Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease.” This is a free event and will take place the Lodge of Candler Hills, 8575 SW 87th Circle, Ocala. For more information, visit https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/marion-county-distinguished-speakers-series-tickets


event is for all ages. The Micro Wrestling Foundation is a full-scale, WWE type event supported by an entire cast who wee all under five feet tall. There will be body slams, bear hugs and headlocks throughout the whole evening of nonstop action. This event will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala. Tickets start at $15. For more information, visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/all-ages-micro-wrestling-at-southeastern-livestock-pavilion-tickets

PROM NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY Feb 8, 7-9 PM: Whether your prom happened as early as the 1950’s or as late as the 1980’s, it is time to relive those memories. This event will have plenty of food, music and opportunities to learn how the libraries benefit the community. This event takes place at 2720 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala. Tickets start at $20. For more information, visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/prom-night-atthe-library-tickets

CATTLE DRIVE AND COWBOY ROUND-UP Feb 9, 10 AM-4 PM: Grab the kids and the family and head on down to Ocala Tuscawilla Park, 800 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala for the cattle drive. There will be live performances by national artists with a cow camp, food, vendors, games and more. General admission is free, but the VIP tickets are $25 and come with perks such as a free beverage and access to the VIP Pavilion which will have restrooms and snacks. For more information, call 352.368.5517 or visit https://www.eventbrite. com/e/2019-cattle-drive-cowboyround-up-vip-tickets


This event is for singles or couples. Dinner consists of a four-course meal that begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by a comedy show and dancing presented by comedian DJ Brooks, who will make a person laugh until they cry. This event takes place at the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1839 NE 8th Rd., Ocala. Tickets start at $59. For more information, visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/night-of-elegance-dinner-dance-comedy-fundraiser-tickets

KING OF THE WING Feb 26, 5-9 PM: This

event is the 13th annual King of the Wing event. Bring your friends and family for a tasting of wings and decide who is the best. This event will provide samples from over 20 different restaurants and will even sponsor a wing-eating competition. This event takes place at 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala. Tickets start at $15 for children and $25 for adults. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ the-13th-annual-king-of-the-wingevent-tickets

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Oh...My Aching Back BY: RICK SAVAGE



hen you were younger, maybe you backpacked through Europe or were hunched on a bicycle doing a "century ride" and still ready to run a marathon, when it was over. But when you got older you felt aches and pains for no apparent reason or maybe you just picked something up too fast that was too heavy. It happens to the best of us. Where do you go when all of a sudden you feel back pain that was never there before? If you suffer a traumatic injury due to a fall or car crash the obvious choice is to go to the emergency room. There are several good hospitals in Ocala but the Ocala Regional Medical Center has the distinction of being voted Best of the Best in 2018 by readers of the Star Banner. In addition to its ER the hospital has a level II trauma center and a helipad. For less dramatic causes of back pain the first place to visit could be your primary care provider (PC) or portal of entry provider (POE). These providers include: general practitioners, osteopathic doctors and chiropractors. If necessary, the PC or POE can refer the patient to a specialist. These specialists can include: surgeons (orthopedic or neurosurgeon); physiatrists; rheumatologists (arthritis); and neurologists (nervous system). Other healthcare providers that can help are physical therapists for rehabilitation. What is the difference between a medical doctor, an osteopathic doctor, a physiatrist, and a chiropractor?

internship, 2-8-year residency, full license to practice medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, and can prescribe medications.

MEDICAL DOCTOR (MD): Requires 4-year bachelor degree, 4-year medical degree, 1-year

BONE DENSITOMETRY: A test to diagnose osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the


OSTEOPATHIC DOCTOR (OD): Same background as a MD but with a 4-year osteopathic medical degree and adds over 500 hours manual medicine training. PHYSIATRIST (MD OR OD WITH PM&R SPECIALTY): A medical doctor or osteopathic doctor with a specialization in physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R). CHIROPRACTOR (DC): Requires 90 college credit hours, 4-year chiropractic degree, licensed to practice chiropractic manipulation, and 500 hours manual medicine training. WITH SO MANY CHOICES, IS THERE A REFERENCE I CAN USE TO GET STARTED? For starters, check out Ocala Magazine’s “Better than the Best” feature from our December 2018 issue or the Star Banner’s "Best of the Best" 2018 award winners. The winners of both competitions were selected by readers from Marion County. OCALA FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER Voted first place in both Ocala Magazine’s Better than the Best 2018 and the Star Banner’s Best of the Best 2018 for general practitioner and physical therapy. Services that they provide for back pain include:

bones by decreasing density. Osteoporosis can affect the spine. PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION: The team is made up of Eduardo Cruz, MD and Matt Ota, PA-C. Dr. Cruz’s specialties include physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), interventional spine and sports medicine. Matt Ota is a board-certified physician assistant. Conditions that are treated include arthritis, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and general back/neck pain. PHYSICAL THERAPY: The physical therapy team improves strength and balance and educates the patient on how to prevent future injury. They treat chronic back pain and sports related injuries.

“Primary care provider” vs “portal of entry provider” There is some debate on the use of these terms and some use them interchangeably. A PC provider can be a MD, nurse, or physician’s assistant. They are skilled at diagnosing a broad range of symptoms and illnesses and are considered a generalist. They can make referrals to specialists when needed. A POE provider is a healthcare professional that does not need a referral to see and can be visited directly by a patient. They specialize in a certain part of the body like a chiropractor. Although a chiropractor may be the first a person goes to see for back pain, they have no medical degree and cannot prescribe medications or perform surgery.

Is my chiropractor a “straight” or a “mixer”? X-RAYS: x-ray imaging is done to see if a patient has suffered bone breaks after a fall or car accident. FAKHOURY MEDICAL AND CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Voted first place in Ocala Magazine’s Better than the Best 2018 for chiropracty. Their staff includes two doctors of chiropracty and one medical doctor. They offer medical treatment, chiropractic treatment, spinal surgery, rehabilitation, and massage. OCALA SPINE AND INJURY Voted first place in the Star Banner’s Best of the Best 2018 for chiropracty. They have one osteopathic doctor, six doctors of chiropracty, and one physical therapist.

A straight chiropractor has the views of the original founder of chiropracty, Daniel David Palmer. In short, the belief is that all ailments in the body are caused by misalignments of the spine. Spinal manipulation can thus cure pain and disease. About 15 percent of chiropractors are straight. A mixed chiropractor has more modern views in that they may mix a variety of treatments they would borrow from MDs, ODs, and physical therapists. They would also be open to include other alternative procedures such as acupuncture and homeopathy. The majority of chiropractors fit in this category. Both straight and mixed chiropractors share the common belief that spinal subluxations (misalignments) is the primary source of pain.

If you are still relatively young and suffer a back injury, it may not be that severe. It could be a back strain or sprain that will go away with bed rest and not overexerting oneself. It could take one month to be 100 percent. As one ages and you lose muscle mass it is always a good idea to maintain a physical

fitness routine that strengthens the body’s core: abdominals, obliques, lower back, and gluteus muscles. These muscles are important for functional movement. Muscle atrophy in those areas can lead to injury down the line. Weight loss and flexibility training is also ideal to avoid back pain or alleviate it.




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America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher

The monumental photographs in this exhibit celebrate the beauty of the American Everglades. Their scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set them apart as exceptional works

of art, earning Clyde Butcher recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today. From the deepest cypress strands of the sawgrass prairies, coastal waters and languid Arts + Culture p74


estuaries, to pinpoint still-life of rare species, Butcher reveals its ecosystems in magnificent detail. He makes an unquestionable case for why we should care about its future.

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Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind In association with South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ocala Film Foundation will be hosting a screening of Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story on February 10th as part of their monthly series, Cinema Sunday at Ocala Marion Theatre, 50 Southeast Magnolia Exd., Ocala. Rated PG. Arriving just in time to coincide with Black History Month, this documentary about The Carolina Chocolate Drops, is a fascinating look at how the band stunned the music world, taking home a Grammy in 2010 for their debut album Genuine Negro Jig. This behind the scenes story focuses how Joe Thompson, a prolific black fiddler, mentored the Drops to success and also highlights the African origins of the banjo and the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music. In addition to the screening, there will be Close-Up Education Programming at 1pm at the Ocala Marion Theatre (not included in the screening ticket price), the screening will begin at 3:30pm and the “Conversation” VIP Event will start immediately following the screening (5-7pm). Ticket prices for the screening-only begin at $12.24 and increase based on what other elements of the program you wish to participate in. There is a discounted admission price for the screening with a valid student ID. Cinema Sunday is designed to be a cinematic experience showcasing art, culture, & diversity from some of today’s most gripping independent filmmakers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ocalafilmfoundation.org



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My Fair Lady

RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN Simultaneous screenings: February 17th at 1pm and February 20th 3pm at 7pm, showing at both Regal Hollywood 16, 2801 SW 27th Ave, Ocala & The Rialto Theatre, 1105 Alonzo Ave, The Villages TCM Big Screen Classics & Fathom Events are bringing the original “pretty woman” back to the big screen to mark the 55th anniversary of this sweet and spirited classic about a common working girl, as in flower merchant—not the way Julia Roberts played it, who is plucked from the harsh London streets by a wealthy gentleman who is determined to make her into a proper lady. The radiant Audrey Hepburn steals the show, and a few hearts along the way, in this 8-time Oscar-winning musical opposite the charming yet thoroughly obtuse Rex Harrison (think Richard Gere with an English accent and a full set of tweeds). The film has been lovingly-restored, frame-byframe, from the original 65mm negative and scanned utilizing state-of-the-art technology under the supervision of famed film his-

torian Robert Harris. With costumes by the legendary Cecil Beaton, music by Frederick Loewe and exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies, you’ll be enchanted by this timeless classic in all it’s original splendor. My Fair Lady is one of the greatest musicals in film history, so don’t miss a chance to see it on the big screen! This presentation includes a brief intermission. *Ticket prices and showtimes may vary depending on theatre

Ben Sollee

AT TUSCAWILLA ART PARK The City of Ocala presents a one-night-only performance by renowned singer, songwriter composer, cellist, and self-proclaimed storyteller Ben Sollee on Friday, February 22nd. The Kentucky-born musician has been on a wild ride since he emerged on the music scene, thanks to his innovative playing style and electrifying performances. His music contains elements of folk, jazz, bluegrass, as well as rhythm and blues. With a style that is distinctly his own and hard to define, he regularly plays to sold out crowds who love his signature sound. Following a performance at New York’s Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, the lofty New York Times, who labeled him a “softer-edged Dave Matthews” heaped on the praise, “Appalachian mountain music gave way to the

blues, and one song was appended with a fragment from a Bach cello suite, beautifully played. More often than not Mr. Sollee preferred plucking the instrument to bowing it. Joy peeked through the music like rays of sunshine in the Kentucky woods.” Yup, this sensitive singer-songwriter is kind of a big deal and who couldn’t use a little more joy peeking through! Now for the harder-edged/not so joyful fine print: Admission is $10. Doors open at 6pm and performance begins at approximately 7pm. This is an outdoor venue with an open area for seating, bringing chairs and/or blankets are recommended if you wish to be seated. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, outside food and coolers are not permitted. Smoking/Vaping is permitted in designated areas only. For more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/performingarts or contact Ocala Cultural Arts either at artinfo@ ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8447.

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Voices of Change Animal League (VOCAL) will host their fourth annual FURBALL on February 23rd from 6pm on, at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club at 8300 NW 31st Lane Road in Ocala. If

you’re an animal lover or just love a good time, you won’t want to miss this fun and festive evening. The FURBALL raises vital funds for the life-saving work done by this fantastic group of staff, volunteers and fosters—on a mission to solve the problem of pet homelessness in our area. This elegant “black-tie optional” evening begins with a cocktail hour, followed by a delicious dinner, delightful music by the jazz trio Left on Broadway featuring Olivia Ortiz & Mike Wall, gaming, raffle prizes and a spirited silent auction with some covetable items. You’ll also have an opportunity to learn about the great work that VOCAL does at their no-kill shelter, where homeless and unwanted animals benefit from excellent care in a facility with room to run and play, as well as an attentive staff to care for them until they find their forever homes. VOCAL also operates a low-cost spay/neuter program that has become a critical resource for our community. “FURBALL proceeds will enable us to continue to fund spay-neuter surgeries for low-income owners, through our ‘Fix the Future’ fund and prevent thousands of unwanted animals from being born," explains President & Co-Founder Linda Norman. “That begins with prevention, which is why we have made opening our low-cost spay-neuter clinic our top priority. Our new clinic is expected to open in March of this year, thanks to our donors.” Proceeds from this year’s FURBALL will also enable the group to continue to shelter and foster the animals currently in their care. Tickets for the event are $125 per person and can be purchased at vocalforpets. org or by calling (352) 289-0800. If you can’t make the event, check out all the wonderful four-legged friends available for adoption or consider supporting their mission by signing up for a monthly or annual membership. You can even help just by accessing chewy.com through their website the next time you order food and supplies for your fur babies. For every new customer purchase through VOCAL’s site, Chewy will donate $20 to this wonderful organization.




Taste At The Farm The College of Central Florida Foundation’s 31st annual Taste of Ocala will have a new twist this year, as well as a new location. On Saturday, March 2nd from 6:30-9pm, what was formerly known as Taste of Ocala reinvents itself on CF’s newest campus Vintage Farm at 4020 SE Third Ave in Ocala. In 2016, the college received its largest gift on record from the Vintage Farm family. The gift of the 103-acre Vintage Farm has allowed CF to expand Equine Studies and Agribusiness programs to include a bachelor’s specialization in equine studies and plans are underway to begin a one-year cattle management certificate program. The Vintage Campus barn has recently undergone a renovation to include classroom space and other modifications. “There is no time like the present to invite the community out to our new jewel for a party with a purpose” offers Chris Knife, CF Foundation Executive Director. “The Foundation is working on a new event to carry the Taste of Ocala torch into the next thirty years. Taste at the Farm will be a ‘Country Chic’ event that is sure to leave attendees wanting to come back and visit the Farm again for our yet to be named gala in 2020.” This year’s event is a celebration of the restaurants who have participated in past “Taste” events. Since its inception in 1989, Taste of Ocala has raised more than $1.46



million for College of Central Florida student scholarships. The proceeds from this year’s event will raise funds to be used toward student scholarships, specifically for students pursuing a degree in CF’s Bachelors in Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management, Bachelors of Science in Early Education and Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Ocala’s favorite “food and philanthropy” event will feature live music and samplings from local restaurants. Guests will enjoy food, wine and craft beer tastings from The Braised Onion, Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, Cakes Come True, Chefs of Napoli IV, Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Steam Shack, Edible Arrangements, Fox Den Tavern, Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grill, The Mojo Grill & Catering Co., and Tony’s Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse. For more information, visit TasteAtTheFarm.org. For information about sponsorship opportunities call the CF Foundation at 352873-5808 or visit CF.edu/Foundation.

“Lee Miller is so fascinating, and ahead of her time in so many ways, that I think her story subverts the expected tropes of this type of historical fiction," Scharer has said of her real life heroine, who went from being a sought after Vogue model to stepping behind the camera and taking charge of her destiny. “She’s not a passive, wilting flower. She’s ambitious and hungry, and her drive to become an artist is intimately connected to her and Man Ray’s love affair, yet it complicates that relationship in unexpected ways.” Complications certainly abound in this fictionalized glimpse into the real-life wild child who beguiled the likes of Picasso and Cocteau in 1930s Paris and even posed in Hitler’s bathtub — but it’s those complications that make the novel, like Miller herself, captivating and utterly fascinating.


Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, PRIME VIDEO, FEBRUARY 1ST

If you’re a fan period murder mysteries with an ample dose of evil and intrigue, then you won’t be disappointed by this limited series from the BBC. John Malkovich leads a stellar cast of menacing characters, as an world-weary Hercule Poirot with a dark secret that has come back to haunt him. He does so with a lack of his trademark sarcasm and joie de vivre. In fact, his Poirot is a shadow of himself, tormented and nearly broken by a relentless and unpredictable killer. But it is Rupert Grint, formerly the devil-maycare Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter film franchise, who surprises in his darkest and most adult role to date. As Inspector Crome, Grint proves a formidable foil to Malkovich’s Poirot and allows us to see his acting chops and dramatic intensity. Overall, this moody and compelling adaptation holds you in it’s grip, right up to the killer ending. Prime members can stream the series using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, con-

nected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at Amazon. com/originals. Eligible customers, who are not already Prime members, can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.


Ever since we gave those ladies a Ghostbusters reboot, man....Kidding! But if you’re over thirty, you already know that this movie is an update of the hit Mel Gibson rom-com What Women Want, in which he is gifted with the ability to hear what women are thinking and uses his newfound superpower to get over on Helen Hunt, in a couple of different ways. Like the original, this female-power film gives Taraji P. Henson a way to flip the script at work and at play. And you can be sure that if you put a powerhouse like Taraji P. Henson up against the likes of Tracy Morgan, Max Greenfield, Aldis Hodge, Pete Davidson and Shaquille O’Neal, it’s going to be a wild ride.




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