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OCALA MAGAZINE

JULY 2020

Celebrating Our

40th

Anniversary

2020 Forty Under Forty Home Improvements Summer Adventure: Day Trips With The Kids Rustic Wedding Dreams Downtown Restaurants: Open For Business


Shady Road Ranches

Unique 4.73 +/- gated acres in equine friendly Shady Road Ranches. Property offers absolute privacy and relaxation, yet it is minutes from hospitals, schools, shopping, and dining. Mission style home with rustic dÊcor complements the quality of craftsmanship and the attention to detail. Main residence is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath home plus the media room could be a 5th bedroom. Your family and guests will enjoy the separate 2 bedroom , 2 bath guest home with its own double carport. Workshop has an abundance of storage area and adds to the character of this home. The peaceful backyard is designed for outdoor living with its beautiful pool, landscaped grounds and custom stone grill. — $799,000.


Ocala is the new destination! ted! Just Lis

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22 +/- ACRES—NW OCALA CLOSE TO WEC PERIMETER FENCED GRANDDADDY OAKS & PECAN TREES

40+/- ACRES—HWY 225 FRONTAGE—CLOSE TO WEC IN NW PRESTIGIOUS HORSE COUNTRY

NORTHWEST OCALA—23+/- ACRES—HWY FRONTAGE CLOSE TO THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER

LOCATION ! LOCATION! LOCATION! HWY 27 FRONTAGE 34 ACRES—CLOSE TO WEC—28-STALLS—PADDOCKS

GOLDEN OCALA—LAKESIDE—1.09 ACRES OVERLOOKING PRIVATE LAKE AND GOLF COURSE

CHOICE OF 2 LOTS AVAILABLE 1.04 ACRE OR 2.11 ACRES


Silverleaf Hills

E Q U E S T R I A N E S TAT E S Rolling Countryside Lots for sale ranging in size from 10 to 28.55 acres

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• 10 Waterfront properties available. • Spring-fed lakes and ponds, some stocked with bass. • 3 Homes, Mare Barn, Yearling Barns and turnouts on extremely fertile limestone rich soil. • Gated entrance. All disciplines welcome. • Convenient to Ocala, The Villages, and Interstate 75.

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THE WEDDING BARN—10.18 +/- ACRES

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WHITE OAK VILLAGE—.39 +/- ACRES

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GOLDEN OCALA VILLAS—LAKE FRONT ESTATE

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HIDDEN GEM ON 3 ACRES – 5 BED/ 3.5 BATH HOME

g buying or n ri e d si n o c e ’r u If yo call today! selling, give us a For these and other properties, visit JoanPletcher.com for information, videos, and more choices. 352.347.1777 | Cell: 352.266.9100 | Cell: 352.804.8989 | joan@joanpletcher.com Due to the privacy and at the discretion of my clients, there are additional training centers, estates, and land available that are not advertised.


Announces

NEW PASTRY CHEF


The World Equestrian Center Ocala is pleased to announce their newest hire, Yohann Le Bescond as the Executive Pastry Chef at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala. In this role, Le Bescond will be contributing to the design of the new hotel pastry kitchen, overseeing the creation of dessert menus at all four restaurants on the property and the specialty pastry boutique, Emma’s Patisserie, within the hotel. Along with creative execution, Le Bescond will be hiring, training and managing all bakers and pastry chefs within the five locations on the World Equestrian Center Ocala property. Le Bescond, originally from Treffiagat, France, started baking at the age of 13 in his mother’s kitchen and soon after started the Baker & Pastry Chef Baccalaureate Apprenticeship at the CFA Cuzon in Quimper, France at the age of 15, graduating Summa Cum Laude. At 18 years old, Le Bescond moved to Rennes, France to start the Brevet Technique des Métiers Pâtissier (BTM) program at the Faculté Des Métiers, also graduating Summa Cum Laude. Due to the success of his schooling, Le Bescond was offered a internship with the World’s Best Sugar Master, Stephane Klein, to learn how to create artistic show pieces. He then proceeded to complete an internship in Vienna, Austria working in local bakeries and pastry shops while finishing two additional certifications in candy and ice cream. “I’ve always been lucky to have a lot of inspiration when it comes to desserts,” stated Le Bescond. “I like the details and the precision needed in order to create desserts. The shapes, textures and combination of flavors are endless and that’s what I love about baking.” Although French macarons are amongst his favorites to make, Le Bescond has perfected many treats that have been lauded by a multitude of fans. “My goal is to serve a light treat at the end of a meal that will make you want to order another because it will never be enough.” Le Bescond moved to Miami, Florida in 2016 to lead the pastry department at Le Macaron, Florida’s leading French macaron and pastry shop as sous-chef and moved his way up through promotion to the executive chef and manager roles. He led and designed dessert experiences for the SLS Hotel in Miami Beach, the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, The Signature Grand Venue and the American Airlines Arena, to name a few, all while leading the team at Le Macaron. Through a few common connections on LinkedIn, the staff at WEC and Le Bescond were introduced and soon after on their way through the interview process due to his impressive career and accomplishments. Chef Le Bescond has earned 2nd place in Pierre Caron’s national contest for puff pastry creation, and brings with him high recommendations from well-known pastry chefs from around the world. Additionally, he was awarded an Extraordinary Ability Green Card, for sustained international acclaim evidenced through extensive documentation that states his abilities will benefit the United States through employment in the industry upon granted entry. Le Bescond joins the World Equestrian Center at the perfect time to celebrate his 10-year anniversary in the pastry industry. For more information, visit online at www.wec.net.


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CELEBRATING OUR 40TH YEAR!

JULY • 2020 FEATURES 16

Ocala Magazine's 2020 40 Under 40

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Home Upgrade & Renovation Tips   

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Rustic Wedding Dreams

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Summer Adventure - A Hop, Skip, and Jump Away

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Bedazzling Burma

DEPARTMENTS 12

Publisher’s Letter

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From the Mayor

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EAT

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Downtown is Open for Dining

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Dining Out

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PLAY

70 Socially Speaking 72 Anthology: Poetry in Motion

p. 82 Bringing a New Pet Home

ON THE COVER:

Katherine Deras, one of the 2020 40 Under 40 Photography by Ralph Demilio

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LIVE

76 Medical Journal 80

Charity Spotlight: Helping Hands

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Tips For Bringing A New Pet Home

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ETC

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State of the County

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State of the City

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Kiwanis Korner

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Rotary Circle

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CELEBRATING OUR 40TH YEAR! Philip Glassman, CCIM | Publisher, Editor in Chief philip@ocalamagazine.com

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BE PREPARED. BE SAFE. Hurricane season is June 1 - November 30 • Make sure all contact information is current on your account. Providing us with an up-to-date phone number will allow you to report your power outage easier and faster.

• If your power is restored while crews are still working in the area, please leave a porch light or externally visible light on so they can see that you have power.

• To view a real-time map of current outages, visit severeweather.ocalafl.org.

• Generators should not be plugged directly into a home’s main electrical system. This could potentially send an electrical charge back to the power grid, which could create an electrocution hazard for utility workers.

• To report a power outage in your area, visit myusage.com, use myusage mobile app or call 352-351-6666. • Please do not report an outage more than once. • For real-time updates and outage information during a storm, please follow Ocala Electric Utility on Facebook.

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• Generators should be set up outside the home in a well-ventilated area. Individual appliances can be plugged directly into the generator. • Visit severeweather.ocalafl.org to learn more about storm preparation and download your free storm preparation guide.


LETTERS

from the publisher

Looking Forward with Hope THE UPS AND DOWNS THIS YEAR has provided could not be more polar opposite. And while it might feel like we are headed back into a downward slope with Covid-19’s numbers seeming to spike, I still hold on to hope. If we all take the proper precautions and hold each other accountable, not only can we flatten back down the curve, but also create healthy habits for the future. Now is not the time for selfishness, we are in this together and we must look out for each other so that we can overcome these crazy times and build a brighter tomorrow. From that idea, we have selected Helping Hands as our July Charity Spotlight. What Brad Dinkins has created is a way to help homeless men and women succeed in life by way of honest work. Helping Hands believes in working through both physical and spiritual adversities so that the person becomes stronger in both and is better fit for the world at large. It is this show of togetherness that puts my faith in our community during times like these. This month is also our beloved 40 Under Forty issue with a theme, I feel, very fitting for our community at the moment. These 40 unique and upstanding individuals are an example of the very love our community has for each other. So, while we might be at the precipice of a downward slope, I believe that through hard work and love for one another, we can see the upside of life again. In the immortal words of the band Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’” Until next month,

PHILIP GLASSMAN, PUBLISHER

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LETTERS

MAYOR

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Celebrating Independence BY MAYOR KENT GUINN July brings the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day. The birthday of our great nation is a good time to reflect upon how far we have come through the years. Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and just over 100 years later, Ocala was incorporated as a city on January 28, 1885. We are proud of the progress that has been made in our country and in our city. In unpredictable and trying times like we are in, it can be healthy to look back and gain perspective. America has been through amazingly difficult times and invariably made it through stronger by coming together. Ocala exemplifies that togetherness as much, if not more than anywhere else. During this pandemic we have been there for one another, and continue to do so as we go through the process of opening up again. We have seen peaceful protests and neighbors supporting one another, whatever their personal beliefs are. It is all a display of the freedoms we enjoy and why we should be grateful to our founding fathers. I also would like to congratulate Sandra Wilson on becoming our new city manager. I know she will be exactly what our city needs and I have the utmost confidence in her abilities. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new city councilman, Ire Bethea. He has been a lifelong resident of Ocala and is a representation of the good that comes out of our local community. I hope to see you all out this month, celebrating Independence Day and taking advantage of Ocala’s abundance of outdoor activities. Even if it’s spent behind a mask share in the joy of freedom with others. So, go out and light those fireworks, grill out, celebrate and have a good time with each other, because if I’ve learned anything in my time in this wonderful and diverse community, it’s that joy is best when it is shared. Now go and share it, just be safe and lookout for each other.

Mayor Kent Guinn

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40 Ocala Magazine’s 2020

Under Forty PHOTOGRAPHY BY RALPH DEMILIO

2020 is no ordinary year and these are 40 extraordinary people who are rising up to meet the year’s challenges with grace and resilience. It’s our pleasure to spotlight this dynamic group of movers, shakers, givers, healers, creators, inventors, protectors and hard workers who exemplify some of the best leadership that Ocala/Marion County community has to offer.

Ashley LOPEZ

32 | Public Information Officer, Ocala Fire Rescue

WORD: Perspective. It reminds me that I have the power to embrace hidden opportunities in the gravest of challenges as long as I reflect before I react.

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THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I aim to grow professionally, embrace new opportunities, and dare to fail if that’s what it takes to maneuver my way through the road to success.

NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My phones; I have two. TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Relax! It’s okay to enjoy yourself and act your age.


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Deanna ECKHARD

Daniel ECKHARD

Bra'vis CAVE

Mom of three: Luke and Ryan are 4-year-old twins and Blake is 2. Owner of Bounce N Play Family Center, a certified building contractor at Straight Line Construction, owner of Deanna’s Permitting Services, a notary public and house flipper to name a few.

Owner of Straight Line Construction

Singer, Songwriter, Worship Leader & Graphic Designer

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★WORD: Kindness. One small act of kindness

can brighten someone’s day! The world today is full of people just running from place to place trying to get done with their ever-growing to-do list. An act of kindness breaks the monotony of it all and makes one focus on the present moment. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Kissing, hugging, and telling my family, “I love you!”

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WORD: Overcome. In these interesting times we are living in, we are constantly faced with obstacles and challenges that we must deal with. I choose to focus on the solutions instead of the problems in order to OVERCOME them and live a better life. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Tape measure and concealed carry. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Don’t spend . . . invest.

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★WORD: #DopeWorship. My purpose is simply

to express that no matter what you do in life you MUST always make a decision to be DOPE! (D)RIVEN - (O)BEDIENT - (P)ASSIONATE - (E) FFECTIVE. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My phone and my Macbook. ★TELL YOUR 16YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Be cool with being who God has called you to be despite how you feel or what they say. You were created to shift cultures and break barriers — so do it!


Crystal KIRKLAND

Danielle STEVENS

Stephanie BONNER

★WORD: Purposefully! I feel often we get so

★WORD: Called. I feel called to my position

family nurse practitioner student

33 Owner, Fit Kit Meal

wrapped up in just going through the motions. We go to work or spend time with family and friends. If I have learned anything in this last year it’s that everything can change in just an instant. For this reason we must try to do all things with a purpose and be present. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: We plan to grow Fit Kit Meal with the idea of shipping in the near future. I plan to continue to help others realize and reach their potential. Our goal is to change the world one person at a time while leaving a legacy for our children.

33 Owner, StevensLabs

by God. From the nights I spend with my mom as a girl, crafting to make her customers smile — it’s exactly what I do for my customers today — to my husband and I understanding each other’s tech lingo, but also being able to teach it to the customers, I do what I do because I’m called to do it.
 ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: All of this craziness is for a reason. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Water! ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and 1986 movie “Valley Girl” starring Nicholas Cage. ★GIVING BACK: I love to teach people. We do many free and discounted websites for nonprofits such as the Dunnellon Chamber & Business Association as well as the Family Hope Resource & Pregnancy Center.

30 Registered nurse and full-time

★WORD: Blessed. This word is very close to my heart and I feel as though I find myself saying this word quite often. In every aspect of my life I truly feel blessed with my son, my fiancé, family, friends and with my profession. ★GIVING BACK: My family and I sponsor families during Christmas and help those in need. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Water bottle, lipgloss, and my wallet. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: Carrie Underwood, Jason Alden, Cardi B, and Journey.

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Annie CONNOLLY Scott KING 35 Owner, ACE Equestrian & Sport ★WORD: Resilient.

Whether you’re a business owner, healthcare worker or employee, life has been affected by the pandemic. To start a small business alone and come out swinging during this unprecedented time requires resilience. It’s a word I feel represents myself and the brand as well as many others at this moment in time. Stay strong, stay resilient. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Seltzer, chapstick, sunglasses and a notebook. ★A PASSION: Horses and dogs! I look forward to horse shows beginning again for both personal and competition reasons, and so our vendors can get back to business.

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Ashley MILLER Jordan SHAPOT

30 Superintendent/Robins

30 Owner, Miller and Sons

33 Painter/Fine Artist

word ‘build’ embodies progress. ‘Build’ creates a sense of hope for the future, teamwork, growth, and achievement. Whether it is building hospitals, relationships, people or skills, when you build something it creates excitement for the future. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Apple Watch. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: “Castaway” sounds like the ultimate how-to guide for that situation. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Don’t hesitate to take smart risks.

Luminary. Its definition resembles the person I want to be. I enjoy being able to inspire and influence others. If I can be a light in someone’s life, I can count myself as privileged and truly blessed. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: My husband and I want to be successful with our business and be able to enjoy our children, our backyard, one another, and enjoy the little things. We want to spend more time giving back through the organizations we work with and being in the community more and allowing our business to be an outlet to help those around us. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Be patient. Your life will one day blossom.

our facial expressions have been masked. I wrote it on my mask to be comical, but really, without being able to see each other’s facial gestures, we haven’t been able to completely express ourselves properly. Also because I have been on a constant journey of selfexpression, both as an artist and human being. Through expression, we communicate our thoughts and interests with others which helps to uniquely define us as individuals. Without expression, life would be so terribly bland. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: A sketchbook, a hat and a rain jacket.

& Morton ★WORD: Build. The

Plumbing, Inc. ★WORD:

★WORD: Expression. Recently


Caly BRYAN

Brian FAHEY

Dr.CJ EMMONS Sarah KASEM

27 Risk Advisor at Angie

35 Tattooer at Fat Kats

27 Physician and owner of

Lewis State Farm ★WORD: Grace is my word of the year. I originally chose it as a reminder to extend forgiveness and goodwill in every way that I can because we can all benefit from a little grace. Throughout the year, this word has evolved into a reminder that all people I meet have their own struggles that I’ll never understand. It’s a reminder to listen, ask questions, and have empathy. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: You're not that cool, stop taking yourself so seriously. Life gets easier when you stop trying to impress people. Believe it or not, you get way cooler when you stop trying so hard to be cool. Also, break up with the boy you’re dating – he’s no good. You have terrible taste in men

Artistry ★WORD: ¡Ay Caramba! It seems like this is what I say when I hear about pretty much anything happening in the world as of late. I grew up with The Simpsons and always felt a kinship with Bart. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Willingness and a positive attitude. At least, I make an effort to keep those things with me. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Be nicer to people; you aren’t that cool. ★A PASSION: Just be good to people and don’t take your own life too seriously. It’s arguable that none of this is even real.

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★WORD: Care. I have always had

a strong sense of empathy. Joy and sadness move me to tears almost daily—it is how I am made. As a primary care doctor, I am giving advice, answering questions and making decisions all day long regarding my patients’ health. I might not have the answer right away, but my patients know that I am searching for it and am going to call them back because they know I care about them. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Telling my husband and kids that I love them. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Keep it up, you are on the right track.

ELYAMAN

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Attorney and founder of Absolute Law Group, PA ★WORD: Gratitude. I know that we have a lot to work on as a country, but my experience has shown me that the American dream is still alive. If you are willing to put the work in, anything is possible. I have had the honor to serve clients that have become my friends and employ staff that have become my family. This area has opened its heart to me in a way that I could have never expected, and for that, I am eternally grateful. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Lipstick! I’m an addict. Wearing it makes me feel like a lady.

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MalcomOmari DAVIS

Darrin

Avery

Jessica SMITH

Corporation and Ivey League Marketing Firm ★WORD:

32 Ocala Distance Project

/ Notice Me Marketing and Media. ★WORD: Endure. Life is

25 Physician Assistant at

Recharge Clinic

Nursing Administrative Coordinator of the nursing programs at Rasmussen College

★WORD: Resilient. I think it

★WORD: Community. Now

#Blacklivesmatter. #BLM was founded when I was 18 years old. Now I’m still explaining how my black life is precious and meaningful. When people view me they should see Tamir Rice, Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell and so many others for I am no different. My black life is just as important as the names listed and just as important as anything else living. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: The mistakes you will make aren’t always mistakes; some are valuable lessons and those lessons need to be retained in order to grow.

a lot like running – it is not always easy, but when we endure, we are bound to see and do great things. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Unfortunately, my cell phone. I get really anxious when it dies. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Don’t take things so seriously. I spent way too much time worrying about what others thought, and I learned it was all for naught. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I am hoping to continue to grow my marketing business and my running group. I hope to someday also coach adults.

describes those around me during these times of uncertainty. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I aspire to grow in my career, get married, travel, and build a family. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Enjoy every moment of your youth. You have your whole life ahead of you to be an adult! ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: Any John Mayer album ever made and of course, the “Harry Potter” series. ★A PASSION: I am passionate about anything food related; I love finding new restaurants and trying new things, especially at local Ocala restaurants!

more than ever I feel we need to come together as a community to grow with love. We as society are changing and molding the future for not only us but the next generation. My position at Rasmussen College allows me to be a part of this change. Rasmussen College is dedicated to global enrichment and meeting the evolving needs of our diverse communities. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My faith. Faith that I can be a better person than I was yesterday, faith that today will bring opportunity for change, faith that today will bring positivity and peace, faith that today will bring out the goodness and potential of humanity, faith over any fear.

25 CEO, Ocalumni

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Michael MILLS

Daniel OSBORNE

Jordyn HOLZER

and Media. ★WORD: Ubuntu. It means “I am

WORD: Integrity. My wife actually chose it; the meaning is monumental and definitely a high-water mark. Integrity is like a rope: if you break it, you’ll always know where the separation occurred, even when repaired. My operational strength is held in telling the truth. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: 100% debt free. My wife Barbra to publish books, preach, and teach. Help build churches naturally and physically across the globe. Grow my consulting business. Establish a micro-lending fund for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Watch my children, grandchildren, and future generations worship God at the altars. ★GIVING BACK: Advising and consulting other entrepreneurs. Staying involved in Souls Harbor.

the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

32 Co-founder of Notice Me Marketing because we are.” My happiness and my overall success is dependent on the collective happiness and success of us all. I’ve learned I can find all that I am seeking in life and in business by bringing an ubuntu mentality with me wherever I go. There is little that brings me greater fulfillment than helping someone or a business succeed alongside me. ★A PASSION: I have built a faith-based gaming community we call Sav†ng Gaming. Our objective is to provide some accountability and face-to-face camaraderie in the gaming world where everything has been pushed to virtual or online platforms.

34 Owner, DRR Drywall Repair

26 Forensic Crime Scene Technician at ★WORD: Perseverance. When I graduated college, it took over a year to get a job in Forensics. I applied to over 50 law enforcement agencies, from Kentucky to Miami. I received rejection letters due to my lack of hands-on experience. People told me I would never get a crime scene job. Others suggested I should consider something else in my field. Being constantly told “no” was disheartening. Then I learned about the CSI Academy and took it upon myself to take other crime scene training courses so that I could get this so desired hands-on experience. After that I was able to land my job at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Shout out to Lieutenant Calhoun! ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I hope to be retired and traveling the world. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Mom was right!

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Kelly MCATEE

ChefTony

Ocala ★WORD: People. I am

Executive Chef at Katya Vineyards ★WORD: Cheers.

Managing Director of Katya Vineyards ★WORD:

Love of Beauty Bar, LLC / Hello Purpose, LLC ★WORD:

This is a happy word which symbolizes celebration. 2020 has been a year of mountains for everyone. We should celebrate our unity as people and how we have grown together. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Unfortunately, my cell phone. I get really anxious when it dies. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Never give up on yourself. The moment you give up will be the moment no one is left fighting for you. Remember, life will tough, but so are you. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: Every island needs reggaeton! And once we run out of music I will start singing . . . right, Kat?!?

Hugs. For me, a hug is a comforting reminder of our humanity, a selfless act of friendship. This year hugs were paused for our greater good. As our world heals this is what I miss the most. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: Seeing a legacy I have created with my husband successfully run by our future children . . . from a yacht in the Maldives. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Chin Up and Buckle Up Buttercup. You will fail, you will learn, you will succeed. This is normal, this will take time, you will be OK. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: The TV show “Frasier.” My husband has the music covered! (Hopefully he won’t have to sing)

#purpose-pusher. I realize that my purpose in life is to inspire, empower and cultivate others to live in purpose, on purpose! Over the years I have been blessed to help push many individuals to live life unapologetically in purpose! ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My cell phone. It’s my business and got to love a good selfie in good light. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: “Love & Basketball,” “Coming To America” and “Low Down Dirty Shame” are three movies I can watch over and over. For albums just give me a little church music and some R&B (old school/neo-soul).

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a strong believer in the power of relationships. Everything we accomplish, we accomplish with the support of others. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I hope to be healthy and retired in the next 40 years living on a beach! I am hoping that I can provide wisdom to our younger generation through mentoring and telling stories of a wonderful life. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: With my business being tied into social media, I always bring my phone. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Never give up on your dreams. Your word holds true to your integrity and commitment in all relationships of life. Fall in love with the people who make you love the person you are when you are with them.

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FAKHOURY

Chiropractic ★WORD:

Mindful. There have been some major changes in the world and most of them are out of our individual control. To be mindful is to focus your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Adopting a practice of mindfulness can be helpful for navigating our emotions and can improve physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. ★TELL YOUR 16YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Be adaptable. Life does not always go according to plan. Anticipate the challenges and learn how to respond to them well. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My water bottle! ★A PASSION TO SHARE: Your body has an innate intelligence that is designed to heal. Do not underestimate it! 

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Resources Conservation Coordinator ★WORD:

have it. Influence does not require a title or degree and does not need to be extra complicated. A simple smile can influence the day of another. We are constantly being watched by our peers. The way we act and react in different areas of life speak greater volumes to those watching you and when you want to see a change in the world, your actions have a greater influence than words. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My phone. I like that on my drive home I can talk to my dad who is on the road, or talk with my brother and sister and celebrate their achievements with them and check in on my mom, although I still give her a hard time to keep her young.

Responsibility. We all have a responsibility to start taking action in how we treat people and how we treat the environment. If we all make small changes, the collective impact will be noticeable. Start remembering to bring a reusable water bottle and actually use it. Your municipal tap water is tested multiple times a day to ensure that it is safe to drink, far more than a bottle of water is ever tested. In the words of the Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: Be happy, be surrounded by some seriously rad people, and continue to be motivated to promote positive change in our community and environment.

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Cure. I learned quickly when I entered medicine that there is not a cure for everything, but many expect a cure. I have experienced this personally with a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes and professionally in neurology. When a cure is not an option, I take pride in my ability to walk my own child and my patients through their struggles by providing comfort and faith during fear and desperation, as well as providing them with hope for potential treatments and strategies to learn gratefulness for the various options modern medicine has to offer. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My reflex hammer and tennis racket.

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Optometrist specializing in vision therapy and a board member for Florida Center for the Blind ★WORD: Kindness. It is such a simple word, yet has such great profound meaning that anyone can choose to do. I chose it because of the power that it creates from a point of positivity and nurture for the soul. When we care and have concern for others it requires us to have inner strength and the outcome of the act is that we as humans are evolving and leaving the world a better place. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: Classical, musicals, Bollywood, Jimmy Buffet genre, oldies, and anything dance uplifts me. I like historical-based movies. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: A plan/purpose, a smile and my cell phone.

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Attorney at Law, PLLC

★WORD: Pivot. Contrary to

popular belief, this has nothing to do with Ross from “Friends.” I chose this word because it is critically important to stay grounded, but always be amenable to shifting when necessary. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I plan to continue to surprise myself, to live intentionally and unapologetically. I will continue to raise good humans, travel the world and love unconditionally. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My phone.

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★WORD: Blessed. No matter how difficult things get, God has never failed me. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: Franchise my company across the United States. ★GIVING BACK: Providing second chances to kids that have been abused or been told they can’t reach their dreams. We also donate 1% of all our online sales to provide water in third-world countries. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Praying ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Never give up no matter how hard it gets as long as you have Jesus in your life. ★A PASSION: My wife and daughters are my inspiration. I was given two weeks to live last June and God and they were the reason I fought.

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Owner, Marion Fence LLC ★WORD: Empathy. We can always remember that we wanted someone to be there for us in our hard times so even when we can’t directly sympathize, we should really do our best to understand when others face hardships we don’t personally understand. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: Aspirations I have are to go back to grad school and finish with a PhD in History, and to make sure my son has a healthy and wholesome community to grow up in. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Do not drop out of high school; it just made college harder.


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we all work on becoming the best and most authentic versions of ourselves, especially in these times of crisis, chaos, and change. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I want to continue teaching and networking on a larger scale: hosting huge events nationwide, growing as a professional speaker, providing extensive teaching and coaching opportunities, supporting great causes and helping business owners reach the next level. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: “Pulp Fiction," “Fruitvale Station,” and “Bridesmaids.” ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Figure out what you are passionate about: what you really enjoy doing, what you are naturally gifted at, and pursue it wholeheartedly. We do not all have the same mission in this life and it is futile to try to pursue other people’s dreams. This is a way to waste your own time, just to realize years later that you are not happy because you are not being true to who you really are.

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WORD: Grace. I have always looked up to people who carry themselves with grace as I believe it is a characteristic of great leaders. Grace has a certain simplicity about it, yet it has so many meanings such as being polite, respectful and diplomatic, all which I highly value. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I hope to have grown into a person I am proud of. Continue my career in the public relations and advertising field, but also work in several different industries. I chose this major for the diversity of jobs and career opportunities and I’d like to dabble with what’s out there. ★GIVING BACK: My mom taught me that you never know when someone needs a little positivity in their life, and even a small act can have a huge impact. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Time really does fly, so if you want to do something, just do it! Stop finding reasons to put things off and focus on living in the moment.

It’s regaining back what was lost — control of your health, life, attitude, everything. We always have the power to control our path; if you don’t like what you see in your past that doesn’t have to dictate your future. We are the writers of our own book and we control the outcome. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: The mission is to touch as many people as I possibly can in a positive and meaningful way in every capacity, whether that be through fitness, counseling, or friendships. I want to love on people and have them see the love of God through my daily walk. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Telling my wife I love her. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Love always wins. Even flowers break through the concrete.

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★WORD: Visionary. I chose the word ‘visionary’ because I am always creatively looking ahead. My brain is always running and thinking of new creative projects to start. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I really just want to take photos that give people a sense of meaning. They look at them and remember the time and place that they were in that moment of life. ★LOVE/HATE ABOUT OCALA:I love that Ocala is starting to appreciate the arts and artists more, but I still think there is a long way to go. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My camera. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Times will get tough, but you need to keep moving forward.  ★A PASSION TO SHARE: I am also the co-owner of a Creative Design company called The Creative Pretzel with my good friend Joshua Jacobs.

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35 N.E.H.S. Galleries ★WORD: Empathy.

Founder & Executive Director of Our Hearts Align ★WORD: Educate. Educating others is at the core of everything I do. Quality education, rooted in truth and service to others, is essential to improving lives and creating endless possibilities. ★NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: A bag. I LOVE bags! You can often catch me carrying 2-3 different bags at one time. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I will first and always strive to be the best wife and mother I can be, to cultivate love within our home and to work together to serve our community as a family. I hope to travel to each of the United States with our children and to instill a love of learning and adventure. I pray I can grow Our Hearts Align to continue to serve those experiencing pregnancy loss across the world in a meaningful way. ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: Read the Bible more. You can gain all the knowledge in the world, but without wisdom it means nothing.

During this season of life—many of us should take time to listen to each other and try our best to understand where everybody comes from—from religion, to race, to socio-economic, and beyond. The world has turned so turbulent and quick to strike with harsh responses...empathy is the start of understanding and beautiful communication between humans. ★THE NEXT 40 YEARS: I'd love to open art galleries and art centers across the globe to be able to help build platforms for aspiring artists to showcase their work. ★FOR THE DESERT ISLAND: “The Dark Knight“ and “Napoleon Dynamite.” Albums: Make Yourself by Incubus and Magna Carta Holy Grail by Jay-Z ★TELL YOUR 16-YEAR OLD SELF ONE THING: In life you will face opposition towards your dreams . . . fight through it all with love. The finish line will be worth it all.


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Upgrading your lifestyle doesn’t have to mean undergoing a major home renovation. By simply introducing a few technologies around the home, you can boost the style, efficiency and comfort of your living spaces. Consider these five ideas for five areas of your home: THE HALLWAY: Why display just one photo when you can rotate several images that include all your favorite people and moments? A digital picture frame allows you to do just that, with many models connecting to apps that allow you to directly share photos to the wall-mounted device, which means you don’t actually have to be at home to do some light redecorating. THE HOME THEATER: Still rocking a mercury bulb projector in your home theater? Unfortunately, the cooling fans, filters and toxic mercury bulbs associated with them are inefficient and high-maintenance. While a laser-only light source sounds good on paper, these models tend to be large and costly. Instead, consider upgrading to a laser and LED hybrid light source, such as Casio’s LampFree Projector XJ-A257, which is high-efficiency and structurally smaller, without compromising on brightness. Offering a lifespan of approximately 20,000 hours, the

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power-saving design of this particular model cuts energy consumption by as much as 4050 percent, making this an addition to your home theater you can feel good about. THE KITCHEN: Slow cookers have always offered a convenient way to create an amazing meal without too much hands-on attention, but some of todays’ options are taking this concept a step further by connecting to smart technology. Now you can monitor and adjust cooking settings from afar, so that if something unexpected occurs and you get home later than planned, dinner doesn’t suffer for it. THE FAMILY ROOM: Whether you’re an aspiring musician or an accomplished pianist, your home can benefit from a digital piano that evokes the luxury of an acoustic grand. One such model is the PX-S3000, which features a sleek, glossy top panel and unibody case that fits any room, décor or mood. Its bright backlit LCD display and touch sensor controls are revealed only when the power button is pressed, leaving only

a sleek, clean top panel when powered off. Thanks to integrated Bluetooth audio that lets you connect your device wirelessly; you can play your music through its powerful stereo amplification system. THE BATHROOM: Make stepping out of the shower a luxurious experience with a towel warming drawer, which keeps linens the perfect temperature for maximum comfort.

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4 HOT HOME RENOVATION TRENDS THIS SUMMER Whether building a home from scratch, doing a complete renovation or simply refreshing a room or two, you can take your project to the next level with some design inspiration. As one half of HGTV’s “The Cousins” and the founder of Lilyshea Development LLC, John Colaneri is well-versed in top design trends. Having recently purchased a 1960s-era rambler with the goal of taking it down to the studs and remaking it, Colaneri is sharing insights and ideas to help you create a unique space in your own home where all the elements blend together: COLOR POP. Find a color to carry throughout the entire home. While many people typically look to paint doors and trim white, consider being creative here. “For my home, which has an open concept floor plan, I knew that I wanted to use a dark color for trim and doors in order to enhance other design elements, such as my kitchen island and hood,” says Colaneri. SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW. Achieving a blend of old and new can bring warmth and texture to otherwise ascetic spaces and design elements. “I love contemporary design, but my

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true passion is blending old and new together. For the main entry and hallway, I installed reclaimed natural wood to add warmth and character to the space,” says Colaneri. “Likewise, I selected industrial-style light fixtures that boast traditional touches.” LET IT SHINE. Blurring that line between the indoors and outside can make a space feel larger and more inviting. To do this, Colaneri

CUSTOMIZED TILING. Tiles are a great way to customize a space so that it’s truly yours. “Since I have three different design styles pervasive in my home -- contemporary, rustic and industrial, I wanted the tiles to reflect this,” says Colaneri, who chose different effects for his daughter’s bathroom, the master bathroom and his home’s entryway, where he used a hexagon marble tile that blends into the wood floor. To learn more about Colaneri’s project and read about more ways to freshen up your space, visit getinspiredwithjohn.com. When it comes to a renovation, it’s all about potential. With a little vision, you can transform your home into something that you never thought possible.

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suggests replacing old windows with those that bring in more natural light. “I chose black trim to give my windows a contemporary look and allow them to be a focal point, but I went with a farmhouse-style grille for a traditional feel,” he says. “I also changed the rear windows into sliding doors, which made a huge difference by offering more outdoor access and light.” Colaneri chose to work with Renewal by Andersen because of the quality of the products and the fact that it’s a one-stop shop, which can simplify a home renovation during these uncertain times. “This is the first time I had one company handle so many aspects of my project,” he says. “You need to have a professional team that thinks of all the small things that can go wrong and reacts before they happen.”

For some easy upgrades with a big impact, consider incorporating the best and brightest tech into your home.


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esting at the intersection of elegant and rustic one might actually find the perfect venue for all things nuptial-related. In an age that embraces ‘Casual Friday,’ ‘Red Carpet Blue Jeans’ and the athleisure trend of sneakers with suits, it only makes sense that the current milieu would pervade the most treasured of sacraments taking it to abodes normally reserved for pitchforks and hay bales. For Ocala, which has always maintained its white-knuckled grip on a simple, rural culture while trying to beat down the inevitable fusion with cosmopolitan dreams, the dichotomy is a perfect metaphor for a state still trying to figure out just what it wants to be: blue jeans and cowboy boots, or top hat and tails? Why not, both?

Double S Red Barn Door

6736 NE 36th Ave. Doublesredbarn.com Boasting as chic and rustic, the surrounding land is still in agricultural use with peanuts and cattle grazing. The rear access of the barn opens to a large fire pit.

A wedding in these times is no longer reserved for – and in fact most times is not – churches and grand ballrooms. The outdoors presents the most spectacular cathedral while a simple barn understates the formality for which the next denim-clad generation craves. What was once a scene reserved for hippies and new-age beatniks has become commonplace for even the milquetoast of the bourgeois class: the barn wedding. Today, though, these barns have class. “I grew up on a farm and this is something I wanted,” said Paige Medeiros, who was recently wed at The Cattle Barn at Triple J Farm. “I didn’t want to feel boxed in like with the usual ballroom. I wanted people to have lots of room, to go in and out without feeling penned in.” Medeiros’ wedding is part of a growing trend that is taking a large share of the wedding market not just in Florida, but right here in Ocala and Marion County. Barn weddings of yesteryear may have included the typical barn scenery as they were held in actual, working barns. These days, the barn look remains while the aromas and bulky equipment are absent to create a

rustic look with a classy vibe all the same. “It was my big day and I still wanted it to be elegant,” Medeiros said. “I wasn’t going to wear cowboy boots and denim – I had a beautiful, traditional dress (bought locally at Mary’s Bridal Couture) and we had the place decorated so it was more elegant (than rustic). “From the flowers to the catering and everything else, you can still do things any way you want – it doesn’t have to be casual even though it’s in a barn.” In a sense, the barn wedding may have even more to offer than the traditional church or ballroom wedding where the stylish “weathered look” will never find a home. The barn offers the country vibe and a rustic setting if so desired, but can just as easily cater to the finer leanings of opulence as many brides demand of their special day. Perhaps she’s a little bit country and he’s a little bit rock-and-roll? The barn venue takes care of all sides, embracing the simplicity of the past while energized in modern fashion. In these pages we have focused on five area barn-themed wedding venues, each with their unique versions of outdoor taste and splendor.

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Enchanted Oaks Farm and Lakehouse

889 SW 165th Street Facebook@enchantedoaksfarmandlakehouse Unique glamping experiences include tiny houses and a treehouse with two sides for different styles: one for farmhouse-style weddings, the other with more of a bohemian vibe.

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Photo courtesy of Paige Medeiros

Bride Paige Medeiros

The Cattle Barn at Triple J Farm 6005 W. Hwy 316, Reddick facebook@triplejcattlebarn Breathtaking pastoral setting with a traditional barn look from the outside that combines the best of both rustic charm and elegant vibe.

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Protea Weddings and Events

12088 South Hwy 475 Proteaweddingsandevents.com South African-inspired venue at the 45-acre Cashel Stud Farm boasts of an 18th Century barn constructed in Canada and brought to Ocala in 2019.

The Barn at Martin Farms

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he kids are on their computers all day playing Roblox, absorbing zero Vitamin D and learning absolutely nothing of value to help guide them through an uncertain future. It’s time to get away, but a summer vacation where pandemic fears seem to have created limited options may not be as easy to plan as in years past. Wearing masks at Busch Gardens may not seem like a pleasant way to spend the day and bedding down in a hotel room for a week may seem a bit risky to some. What to do in the summer of our discontent?

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Thankfully, this is central Florida and finding something to do for just a day is not only easy, but cheap and of close proximity. No need to sit in an airport terminal or wedge yourself into a car for five hours – a day trip awaits that can captivate those of any age while fostering some exercise and learning along the way. Discounting the major theme parks and the conventional Florida tourist traps, we’ve put together a menu of day trips and ideas that are easy to pull off and may create more lasting memories than the boiler plate vacation one is accustom.

Cedar Key


Open to public. Where: Seahorse Key www.tidewatertours.com offers excursions to the island Information: www.lighthousefriends. com/light.asp?ID=595 Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum Open to public (adults $6.95, children age 3-11 $1.95) Where: 10 miles south of Daytona. Info: https://www.ponceinlet.org Mount Dora Lighthouse Free and open to public Where: Mount Dora, about 1 hour south of Ocala Info: https://www.whattodoinmtdora. com/attractions/iconic-mount-doralighthouse/

Day at the Museum

No need to drive all the way to Tampa or St. Augustine, or even Gainesville, for that matter. In one day, you can visit several and try what Ocala has to offer – you may be surprised at what you learn and how much the kids actually enjoy what this town has to offer:

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Light Up Your Life

Beautiful and historic, the lighthouse carries with it a certain romance beguiling to young and old. As iconic structures hearkening back to days sans GPS coordinates, lighthouses serve as metaphors for safe guidance and now stand as artistic monuments of what we once were. The Florida Lighthouse Association lists 29 such structures along the vast coastline with several just a few hours drive away and less. The good thing about visiting any lighthouse is that they are all in historic areas worth of visits in their own rights. The closest lighthouse would be the Cedar Keys Lighthouse that was first operational in 1854 and is located on Seahorse Key. Owned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Service and managed by the University of Florida Marine Laboratory, the house is open to the public in July and during the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival in October. If planning a trip to the beach, an excursion to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum may be worth it as it offers more of a traditional lighthouse look with nice climb to the top. The state’s only registered inland lighthouse would be the Mount Dora Lighthouse at the Port of Mount Dora in Grantham Park. At 35-feet tall, the lighthouse may be a bit underwhelming, but may be a nice landmark to cross off one’s list when visiting Mount Dora. FOR INFORMATION Cedar Keys Lighthouse

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. A renowned showcase of close to 300 cars including Garlits’ famous top-fuel dragsters. The museum is a must for not only drag racing fans, but motorsports fans in general and car enthusiasts.

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Bok Tower Gardens

Gatorland

Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology. Not a timeconsuming visit, but one that is a must for any local with even an ounce of historical curiosity. The museum is located at the McPherson County Government Complex off Southeast 25th Avenue in Ocala. Appleton Museum of Art. The 81,610 square-foot museum hosts permanent collections of 18,000 objects from all over the world as well as a 250-seat auditorium, an art library, three art studio/classroom

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spaces and a courtyard cafĂŠ. It is located on East Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala. Brick City Center for the Arts. Located in downtown Ocala, the center features exhibits which change every month and featuring a variety of mediums. The gallery is open every day except Sunday and Monday. Silver River Museum. The kids may have actually visited on a school field trip already, but why not go back? A tour of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

natural history and even the re-creation of a late-1800s pioneer settlement village are worth the trip. Fort King National Historic Park. A replica of the famous fort of the mid-1800s, the park features not only the building, but a 1.5-mile nature trail where all can relax and take in a bit of history. The visitor center is currently closed, but the fort, trail and Heritage Garden are still open.


miles north of SR 40 and is also home to an important archaeological site. In addition to water, one can also hike the Timucuan Trail when visiting Alexander Springs, located at 49525 CR 445.

Vintage theme

Rainbow Springs

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Ocala has become famous for the Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours, which boast of the “longest zips over water in the U.S.” In addition to zip lining, Canyons offers horseback riding tours, kayak tours, “Taste of History” tours and a gem mining tour. FOR INFORMATION Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours Located at 8045 NW Gainesville Road in Ocala.

Spring break

Nothing beats a dip in any of the crystal-clear cool springs offered in central Florida. Nearby Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon offers the cool, clear water for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking, but also offers unique hiking trails with waterfalls and floral gardens. East of Ocala, you can take your pick of a myriad of springs, the top two coming to mind being Silver Glen and Alexander Springs, both located in the Ocala National Forest. Silver Glen is located on SR 19 six

Florida used to be home to all kinds of theme parks before Mickey Mouse planted his flag here. The highways were dotted with roadside attractions and parks like “Six Gun Territory” and “Cypress Gardens.” Of course, Silver Springs was Florida’s first tourist attraction, but that’s old news to anyone reading here. Although most are now either ghost towns or shopping centers, some of the old parks remain and may be worth a trip to take you down memory lane. The St. Augustine Alligator Fam Zoological Park hosts rare albinos and Maximo, a 15-foot saltwater croc. Along the theme, the most famous of the retro parks would have to be Gatorland in Orlando with its iconic gator head entrance. Keeping up with the times, Gatorland now offers zip lining rides, shows and an off-road adventure. Among the oldest attractions still hanging on is Bok Tower Gardens, opened in 1929 in Lake Wales. The main attraction is the 205foot tall gothic tower that overlooks the lush landscape and bird sanctuary. It’s located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales. Once the COVID-19 crisis passes and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park opens back up (the city is now dissolved, but not the park) it may be time to re-visit 1960s Florida and the famous mermaid show.

Trail blazer

Another Ocala gem that even non-bike enthusiasts should take the time to enjoy at least once while the opportunity is there. Perhaps Florida’s premier destination for off-road cycling, Santos Trails offers miles of trails through forest and old limestone pits along the Cross Florida Greenway. The 20 miles of trail connects to over 80 miles of trail that leads to Pruitt Trailhead near Dunnellon. The trail is located at 3080 SE 80th St. in Ocala.

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STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY RONALD W. WETHERINGTON

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he morning that I drove from Ocala to Orlando International Airport, it was gray and overcast with rain threatening. Florida born and bred, it had been years and years since I had seen snow, but once overseas, snow I did see as my taxi driver made his way from London’s Gatwick Airport to the London Heathrow Airport from where I departed for Bangkok. From the first on this trip, Bangkok not only did not disappoint but rather exceeded my expectations. I have a long history with Thailand’s capital, having travelled here many times in the course of my lifetime. Actually, I could live in Bangkok were I not already committed to making Ocala my permanent home. This time the visit to Bangkok was idyllic. Arriving at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel, I was immediately greeted by Bangkok public relations specialist Etienne de Villiers. He commented on how very professional I looked in my business suit which was much appreciated after such long and draining flights. I did not go through check-in but was promptly taken to my elegant room awash in orchids. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel is one of the best hotels in the world. This fact is richly documented. Not only do the international jet setters visit, but also the upper rungs of Thai society. Its standards of excellence are legendary and date back to 1876 when it was built and opened as The Oriental. Today, guests have the opportunity to look back over its colorful history and learn stories of its prestigious past. For over 130 years, the Mandarin Oriental has been a favored locale for such celebrated authors as Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, James Michener, Graham Greene and Noel Coward. Some of the hotel’s restaurants and its magnificent spa are located on the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River, known as “the river of kings.” The hotel’s ferry is fast,

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Ronald Wetherington at the Reclining Buddha, Rangoon, Burma

Oriental Hotel, Bangkok Thailand

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comfortable and decorated with fairy lights. My most sumptuous dinner during my stay was at their Sala Rim Naam restaurant, a pavilion that serves not only savory Thai Cuisine, but also classical Thai dance. The shows are staged nightly and offer graceful performances by beautifully costumed dancers. A highlight of any stay in Bangkok is a visit to the storied Grand Palace. No visitor should miss touring the Grand Palace complex which dates back to 1782 and is made up of the royal residence, throne halls, government offices and the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha is actually a single piece of carved jade. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most revered sites in Thailand. Their sacred image wears seasonal costumes which are changed three times a year in ceremonies presided over by his majesty King Rama X. During part of my stay in Bangkok, I joined my small tour group with Grand Circle Cruise Line. I would be with them the remainder of my time in Southeast Asia. From Bangkok, we flew to our first city in Myanmar. Myanmar is the official name of the


country while many still refer to it in the vernacular by its former name of Burma. What a study in contrasts it was from the opulence of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel to the undeveloped nation of Myanmar. Still experiencing remnants of authoritarian rule by a military junta, Myanmar has only been open for tourism in the past several years. Myanmar lies cushioned between two monoliths – China to the east and India to the west – while Laos, Thailand and Bangladesh share borders to the east, south and west, respectively. Enjoying a coastline on the Andaman Sea and about twice the size of Wyoming, its best months for tourism are from December to February. The country has a rich history which is too long to recount here but of note is the fact that the British took over Myanmar in 1885. The British ruled Myanmar until shortly after World War II and many are hopeful that true democratic reforms will take hold in Myanmar in future years. My first stop after flying out of Bangkok was Yangon (still called ‘Rangoon’ by many).

Yangon is Myanmar’s biggest city and was the capital until 2005. Of special interest in Yangon is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a temple which tradition dates to 2,500 years old and is considered to be the most sacred site in all of Myanmar. The pagoda itself is a 326-foot stupa that is said to be sheathed with more gold leaf than is contained in all the vaults of the Bank of England. The hilltop shrine is a legendary spiritual icon for Myanmar’s Buddhist population and has been maintained and rebuilt over the millennia, surviving both wars and natural disasters. During my stay in Yangon, I was awestruck by a 217-foot-long reclining Buddha statue at the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. This impressive statue is adorned with a crown of diamonds while at the feet are 108 auspicious symbols on its soles. The reclining Buddha is not sleeping, but rather lost in the highest form of existence and contemplation. In Myanmar, Buddhas are everywhere and represent both a divine figure and a human being. It was in Bagan that I embarked on my ship, the RV Paukan, a small cruising bou-

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tique hotel. I had a single stateroom and the sundeck was ideal for viewing the settlements on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. With 27 passengers and 27 cruise staff, the service was all that was to be desired. Also known as the Irrawaddy River, the Ayeyarwady River springs from its headwaters in the eastern Himalayas and stretches about 1,250 miles to its delta on the Andaman Sea. Rudyard Kipling wrote of this lifeline of Myanmar as “the road to Mandalay.” Later, I had a truly scenic view of the Ayeyarwady River in Mingun where I explored the “unfinished pagoda” called the

“I honestly can say that I enjoy travelling with Grand Circle Cruise Line because one observes day-to-day slices of locals’ lives, not just jaunting between tourist meccas.” Mingun Pahtodawgyi. The ambitious King Bodawpaya in 1790 wanted to build the largest pagoda in the world at a height of almost 500 feet. The king died before the work could be completed and even the half-finished project is an impressive sight. I paid for this trip out of my own pocket. That said, I honestly can say that I enjoy travelling with Grand Circle Cruise Line because one observes day-to-day slices of locals’ lives, not just jaunting between tourist meccas. On my last night aboard the RV Paukan, there was a farewell dinner accompanied by local dancers in a traditional show. With temperatures in the 90s most days, my week-long river cruise came to an end

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too soon. From Mandalay, I flew to Bangkok for the night before a 30-hour sprint over the International Date Line to Tokyo, San Francisco and finally landing at midnight in Orlando. I had much time to reflect on all that I had seen and felt during my stay in first Bangkok then Myanmar. As my head rested comfortably in my airplane’s seat, one scene in Myanmar literally haunted me. It was on a day that I just had taken a ferry across the Ayeyarwady River outside Yangon near the start of my river cruise. The ferry took me to a smaller city of about 25,000 people, sort of a bedroom community of Yangon workers. My tour group was going to the market and it was late in the afternoon and before me was a lake where people, including children, were hurrying with handmade water containers to fill them for their drinking water. Each person had a 1-inch square of paper to give to the tax official at the gate of the lake that was fenced off. This tiny piece of paper

proved that they had paid for their lake water and each one carried two 40-pound containers of water from the lake. I know that these water containers weighed 40 pounds because I lifted one. All the men, women and children were hurrying because they were only allowed to draw water from the lake for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. This is how these poor people get their fresh drinking, cooking and bathing water. Still, there is hope for improvement. Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, known locally as “the lady,” was released from house arrest in 2010 and is now the visible symbol of the Myanmar citizenry’s prayers for a better future. This Nobel Peace Prize winner carries the hopes of 50 million-plus people on her small frame. Myanmar is a country that has been closed off from the world for years and still retains the cronyism of the long ruling military junta. Change is coming, but too slowly for some.


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A love letter to Ocala's Downtown restaurants. 2020 was supposed to be a new start for all of us. The reincarnation of the “Roaring Twenties” was going to wash away the weight of 2019. Instead, this year has served up some of the harshest times since the 2008 financial crash. Out of those affected by this pandemic, the ones dealt the worst hand were our local eateries. This month we’ve decided to spotlight some of our favorite local haunts that have opened back up to serve our community the local cuisine you know and love. Whatever this year has left to throw our way, we know that we can count on you to surround them with your support.

EAT LOCAL TODAY STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA JACOBS

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Feta Mediterranean Cuisine Dmitri and his crew at Feta Mediterrainian Cuisine are back and serving up an out-of-this-world limited menu that showcases their best dishes. Offering options perfect for a quick bite at lunch or a night out on the town, I suggest trying the Chicken Krasato.

Big Hammock Brewery & Bites Arguably Ocalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique eatery, Big Hammock offers Asian-inspired cuisine such as their famous ramen bowls, cong you bing, and the ever-so-delicious bao. Stop in and grab a bite and beer at this wonderful establishment.

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La Cuisine French Restaurant Ocala's premier French cuisine, La Cuisine is back open and has THE BEST burger this town has to offer. Known more for their fine dining, La Cuisine serves up a delicious lunch option that is sure to quell the midworkday hunger pangs.

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Ivy House On The Square What do you get when you mix southern charm and delicious home-cooked recipes? You get The Ivy House. Creating new takes on classic meals you know and love, Ivy on the Square never fails to deliver.

Stella's Modern Pantry Where do you go for delectable desserts paired with a diverse wine list? Look no further than Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Modern Pantry. From artistically crafted pastries to mouth-watering cheeseboards, Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a unique culinary experience sure to fill every sweet-toothed desire you may have.

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Milano Ristorante Italiano NOW OPEN! Milano Ristorante Italiano — a pizzaria bringing authentic cuisine to the Ocala area. Enjoy made-from-scratch Italian cuisine every day, including freshly baked bread. • 2 for 1 chicken parmesan every Sunday all day (with purchase of 2 beverages) • Free bottle of wine with the purchase of two dinner entrees every Monday • $5 calamari appetizer every Tuesday all day • Buy One, Take One Home - select pasta dishes with purchase of an entree. Valid with entrees of $16.99 or more.

Now Delivering!

OFFERING TAKEOUT & CURBSIDE ORDERS!

For curbside service including wine, beer and full menu, call 352-304-8549 We’ll bring it out to you!

★FREE PIZZA with

purchase ot another pizza of equal or greater value when you use code “OCALAMAG”

Open Daily 11am-9pm 5400 SW College Road, Unit 106 | Ocala, FL 34474 | (352) 304-8549 www.milanofamilyrestaurant.com

Legacy Restaurant At The Nancy Lopez Country Club Join us at The Villages‘ Best Country Club for lunch and dinner. Serving steaks and seafood with various wine selections. Monday - Prime Rib Night Tuesday - Buy One Get One Free Entrees (with the purchase of two beverages) Friday - Buy One Get One Free Fisherman’s Platters Saturday- Free Entree with the Purchase of Any Steak! Weekends- Weekend Brunch! 11am-3pm

Now Open For Dine In! TAKEOUT & CURBSIDE

For curbside service including wine, beer and full menu, call 352-753-1475 We’ll bring it out to you!

17135 Buena Vista Blvd | The Villages, FL 32162 | (352) 753-1475 SuleimanLegacyInc@gmail.com | Follow us on Facebook www.legacyrestaurant.com Open Fri-Sat 11 am-8:30pm | Sun-Thurs 11 am-8:00pm

Havana Country Club We offer an extensive variety of cuisines—these include superior hand-cut steaks, freshly caught seafood, and authentic Italian fare. A Suleiman Family Restaurant. Tuesday - New Orleans Night! Featuring Louisiana Style Seafood Boil Thursday - Prime rib night Friday - Buy One Get One 50% Off any Seafood Dish Saturday - Italian Night Sunday - Southern Fried Chicken Outdoor entertainment Tues,Thurs, Sat, Sun 5-8

Now Open For Dine In! OFFERING TAKEOUT & CURBSIDE ORDERS! For curbside service including wine, beer and full menu, call 352-430-3200

We’ll bring it out to you! 2484 Odell Circle | The Villages, FL 32162 | (352) 430-3200 Suleimanrestaurants@gmail.com | Follow us on Facebook www.havanacc.com Open Every Day 11am–8:30pm

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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, and 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 11am–10pm, Fri & Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 12pm–10pm 3405 SW College Rd. #103 Ocala, FL 34474 | (352) 237-3151 www.tonyssushi.com

Ivy On The Square Whether gathering with friends or family for lunch or a night out, you’ll enjoy fresh salads, mouthwatering comfort food, late-night tapas and drinks. Specials include our Pecan Salmon, Southern Fried Lobster and famous baked Krispy Chicken. After dining enjoy a stroll in our boutique where we offer a variety of gifts, jewelry, home decor and clothing. Looking to host a special event or dinner? Call and talk to one of our staff members on the options we have available.

Stop by our Speak Easy and Thirsty Cobbler and enjoy our specialty drinks while savoring our comfort foods and menu items. Gift certificates available.

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

West 82° Bar and Grill Within the halls of the iconic Plantation on Crystal River sits the West 82º Bar and Grill. With its breath-taking view, and welcoming ambiance, guests can be seated both inside and out. Entrees are prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients, including locally caught fish and Florida beef.

Open in accordance with all State and CDC mandated guidelines.

We are now featuring a new Sunday plated brunch, every Sunday from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Dine on entrees such as Seafood Crepes, Roast Prime Rib, Seafood Platter or Eggs Benedict, just to name a few. All brunches include a choice of freshly baked Danish, Cinnamon Roll, Bagel or Biscuit. Our Shrimp platter with cocktail shrimp, smoked fish dip, chicken pate, scallop cheese spread, strawberry cream cheese and gourmet crackers compliments your meal of choice. Come and experience the Historic Plantation on Crystal River, where Southern Hospitality meets Florida Charm.

Call for reservations, hours and weekly specials. 9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429 | (352) 795-4211 www.plantationoncrystalriver.com OCALAMAGAZINE.COM | JUL 2020 |

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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 and steak house concept is inspired from current trends and classic dishes like fresh cut steaks, live Maine lobster, rack of lamb and fresh seafood such as sea bass, salmon and shrimp. Golden Spoon Award Winner 9 consecutive years–2010 to 2018. Sky is the place to be for a unique fine dining experience.

Golden Spoon Award Winner 9 consecutive years! 2010 to 2018

Special menu Wednesday through Saturday.

FRIDAY SEAFOOD NIGHT AND SATURDAY STEAK NIGHT

Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 5p-11p 3600 SW 38th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474 | (352)291-0000 www.skyfinedining.com

Fine Dining

Katya Vineyards Katya Vineyards Tasting Room is owned by Drs. David and Patricia Sokol and Kat and Tony Deras. Katya is a Boutique Winery and Fine Eatery on the Square that pairs local wines with locally-sourced, fresh cuisine in a quaint, upscale atmosphere.

Follow them on Facebook for more information. Private event space available by appointment.

Award-winning Chef Tony Deras changes the menu each week, carefully selecting ingredients to balance taste, texture, and beauty.

Tues-Sat 4-10pm 101 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite 102, Ocala, FL 34470 (352) 528-CORK (2675) | www.katyavineyards.com

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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.

Mon-Fri 7am–6pm 3200 SE 17th St (in the YMCA), Ocala, FL 34471 | 352-694-3100 www.facebook.com/cafecrispocala

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Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse Experience an authentic taste of Brazil featuring roaming gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent 50 item salad-vegetable bar, decadent desserts, wines, beer and cocktails. Book your private party and catering today! Our Sunday Brunch from 11a to 3p includes the 50 item salad bar plus crepe, waffle and omelet station. For $32.95 you’ll receive all of the above plus a free mimosa or bloody Mary and five different cuts of meat and our grilled pineapple. Curbside pick up and family meals available to go.

Our keto, paleo, gluten friendly buffet menu will allow you to stick to your dietary new year resolutions. Our NEW 3’s Catering Company brought to you buy our family of restaurants Ipanema, Latinos Y Mas and Craft Cuisine. 3sCateringCompany.com

2023 S Pine Avenue, Ocala | (352) 622-1741 | ipanemaocala.com Lunch Friday 11am-2:30pm › Brunch Sunday 11am-3pm Dinner Tue-Thu 5pm-9pm › Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm › Sun 4pm-8pm

Craft Cuisine We will see you soon!

Craft Cuisine World-Inspired Culinary Creations We are closed. We hope to see you soon and miss you, our wonderful patrons.

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STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY RONALD W. WETHERINGTON | SOCIAL EDITOR Ron@ocalamagazine.com

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ecently, the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club was the scene for the Goin’ for Gold fundraiser for Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. Guests enjoyed popular tunes performed by Gainesville band, Moondog, while sipping drinks and sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres as they surveyed theme baskets and auction items before a sumptuous dinner. Renee Phifer, Stirrups ‘n Strides rider, spoke of her fantastic dream-come-true experience as the youngest Special Olympics Equestrian Team competitor and her wonderful accomplishment of bringing home three gold medals for Team USA. Stirrups ‘n Strides provides therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving to anyone with physical, mental or emotional challenges. Such horse encounters improve the quality of life for those individuals with the opportunity for emotional, educational and physical growth through horsemanship and

competition. Stirrups ‘n Strides is quintessentially representative of Ocala/Marion County. Stacey Spence, pastor and board president, states, “The Goin’ for Gold committee worked diligently to provide a way for others, who believe in our mission, to give. We provided a holistic picture of our organization and snapshot golden moments of what our program means to our riders, volunteers and staff. This event is about much more than raising money. It is about elevating individuals so they can be all they want to be by setting goals and achieving them. It is also about how the horse and rider team up to win the day.” The success of the fundraiser was due in large part to the giving spirit of sponsors, donors and volunteers. Silver sponsor for the event was the Ocala Star Banner. Bronze sponsors included TJM Promos and Jim and Jan Olson. Former Stirrups ‘n Strides board president Jim Olson also acted as emcee and observed, “It has been one of the greatest joys of my life, to be involved with Stirrups ‘n Strides for many years. As a donor, supporter, event emcee, board president and volunteer, I always have felt that I received more than I gave. I can’t imagine a better way to use time and resources.” The intent for the funds raised from this event was to further enable the center to complete Phase 3 of their Striding into

Connie Latour, Betty Gray and Brenda Matusik

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the Future project focusing on ADA compliance, grounds and excavation completion and administrative accommodations. Betty Gray, Executive Director and founder, believes “It is these improvements that will help to sustain these wonderful services that help such a large variety of people in Marion County and surrounding areas. The donor and volunteer support for this event and throughout the year is humbling and yet another example of people pulling together for the greater food. Since the beginning of Stirrups ‘n Strides in 2007, it is determination, drive and the support of donors and volunteers who have helped us to grow equine assisted programs to meet the needs of our community. We are so very grateful.” At Stirrups ‘n Strides, the heart soul

and spirit that goes into the day-to-day activities is evident to all who witness it. The horses thrive from the love and care they receive from staff and dedicated volunteers. The program has a host of volunteers from 14 years of age on up. Volunteers of any age are gratified and contribute greatly working with horses and riders. The ongoing success of Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center is spurred by a never-ending passion and desire to enrich, empower and inspire lives through the power of horses. PLEASE DON’T WAIT for another annual fundraiser to contribute to Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. Give today and give often by visiting their Facebook page or calling 352-427-3569.

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od’s reach is closer than we think. A chance encounter at an area fast food restaurant in Ocala in 2008 would be the starting point of a transformation that would affect thousands of lives and impact an entire community. “I was in Burger King putting away my food at lunch, and a gentleman came up to me; I could tell he was homeless,” said Brad Dinkins, founder and chairman of Helping Hands Foundation Inc. “He wanted a place to stay. I put him in my pickup truck, attempted to take him to several motels, but they wouldn’t accept him.” However, every challenge has its own propitious purpose – one that can make an untoward situation a miraculous one. If you were to look deep enough, the answer to a problem can be as close as your fingertips. “We had this building next door – an apartment building,” Dinkins said. “(It) needed to be renovated and fixed up. I brought him over and told him, ‘We don’t have electricity in this building, but you can stay in the apartment if you like.’ He said, ‘Oh yeah, that would be great.’” Dinkins realized the man had some type of mental health disorder and was able to get him the help he needed. He struggled at first with the idea of taking medication, but eventually began to thrive in an environment where people genuinely cared, loved and made him feel accepted. After two years, he no longer needed to take the prescribed medication. That initial encounter would flourish into Dinkins reaching out to a number of men who were at the Salvation Army and providing

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them with an opportunity to work to rehabilitate the building next door. Many of those men had worked in the circus and were contending with alcohol and drug addiction. It was then that Dinkins asked himself if he was supposed to be involved with such an undertaking. He was already involved in operating a real estate business and construction company and he would rely on a higher source for an answer. Dinkins would go home, pray and read his Bible. He said he thought that if God was leading him to do this that would be fine, but he didn’t want to let his emotions carry him away. “The first verse I came across in the Bible as I’m studying was Paul writing to the Romans, and he was talking to the Christians and telling them a list of things that they should be doing, and one of them was to practice hospitality,” Dinkins said. “I always looked at that particular scripture as inviting people into your home, feeding them and blessing them. That was my concept, but I felt the urge to study the original Greek words of that verse. And the literal meaning of that verse in Greek ‘is to pursue loving strangers; don’t wait for them to come to you.’” As Dinkins studied more, he came to the realization that God was talking to him through the scriptures. “That’s the way I live my life: not my will, but his will. We don’t want to invest our time, money and energy in something that’s not eternal.” It was that initial step in helping one

man that would soon transform the lives of hundreds of others, that would provide an additional impetus, and would lead Dinkins in the summer of 2009 to file for corporate papers making Helping Hands a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and in December 2009, his vision was realized. Not affiliated with any specific church or civic club, Helping Hands has continued to evolve from its nascent stages by offering those who are in need of a place to stay an opportunity to heal mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, a chance to transition back into the work place, change their lives while being a positive impact on others through their testimonials, realizing that all things can be accomplished through accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. Nearly four years ago, Helping Hands became a discipleship ministry where people staying at the facility had the opportunity to receive the Lord, said Dinkins. Helping Hands has helped those struggling with drug addiction and mental health disorders overcome adversity, restoring their self-confidence, self-esteem through having faith in themselves and through an even more powerful source. “We have devotionals in the morning on Wednesdays and Fridays,” said Dinkins. “We’re really a support. It’s amazing the people we’ve taken in; they have such great talent and abilities.” The initial building purchased by Dinkins for the organization was on property that his father had owned. Helping Hands

currently has two residential facilities: one located at the Cascades behind the office fronts on NE 2nd Street and purchased in 2010; the other an apartment building ocated on NE 26th Avenue and purchased in 2011. It has eight two-bedroom units and is used exclusively for women and children. It’s referred to as “our women’s and children’s home,” said Dinkins. “Our mission is to provide opportunities for the down-and-out to succeed in life, no matter what their background is and what’s happened to them,” said Dinkins. Those who are involved with the organization counsel those who stay at the facility. Dinkins’ son now serves in a leadership capacity and Helping Hands now holds a Thursday night meeting for the men. Helping Hands has thrift stores in Silver Springs Shores and in Ocala on the State Road 200 West corridor. In both cases, Dinkins owns the shopping plaza where the retail outlets are located. “One of the reasons I justified having the thrift stores, was it provided the ladies with an opportunity to get back into the work force,” Dinkins said. Now more than a decade old, Helping Hands has transitioned from being a place that primarily worked with men into a place providing housing for women and children. Helping Hands allows individuals or families to mend after they’ve suffered abuse, indignity and adversity. It’s a place where people have gone from insecure to secure, said Dinkins. “One of my favorite verses from the Bible, of course when Jesus died on the cross, he took our sins, but God says in the Bible, ‘once you do that, I’ll remember your sins before you’ve made a conscious decision,’” said Dinkins. “God made a conscious decision to never bring up the past to a person . . . the Lord loves us despite what we’ve done and said in our past. He wants us to pass on that love to other people, and that’s what we do.” FOR MORE INFORMATION If you wish to donate to Helping Hands, you can contact them at 101 NE 16th Avenue, Ocala, 34470, call them at 352547-4212 or visit their website at www. helpinghandsocala.com.

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time for daily walks, solo playtime and trips to the park or backyard to play fetch. KEEP YOUR PET HAPPY AND HEALTHY While a proper diet and plenty of exercise can go a long way toward keeping your pet feeling his or her best, ensure your furry friend looks the part by regularly bathing him or her and maintaining a healthy coat by brushing often with at-home grooming tools. It is also important to find a veterinarian who’s equipped to handle breed-specific needs and schedule routine checkups to stay on top of vaccines and any potential health concerns. Speak with your foster coordinator to find out about foster-specific requirements. FOR MORE INFORMATION Find more tips for welcoming a new pet into your household at petsmart.com.

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Ranger On Duty BY BRANDON KALLOO, MARION COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER Marion County park rangers have the challenging roles of maintaining parks 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. They work long hours in the elements and lead staff responsible for more than 40 park sites, which include boating access, sports fields and hiking trails, as well as playground areas for children of all abilities.

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Gehman earned a two-year forestry degree through SUNY-ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, New York in 2007. She said it was challenging, but that it prepared her for an exciting career. Her classes began first thing in the morning and ended at five just like a job – and a job it was. Instructors led classroom-style academics, teaching them environmental science and forestry management. Some of the course material focused on dendrology (study of trees) and entomology (study of insects). The real challenge came in the afternoons when the students would apply what they learned in the classroom out in the

field. Some classes were as mundane as learning about pine trees, while others were full-on survival lessons, complete with orienteering, swimming and fishing techniques. They even learned about logging! “During our first semester, we created our own forestry management plan which explained what we were going to harvest that year,” said Gehman. “It also had to include our recommendations for the land over the next 25 years. That spring we harvested and logged trees.” Most of Gehman’s classmates went on to become loggers or park rangers like herself. She worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from 2007 to 2009, Vermont State Parks from 2009 to 2014 and eventually moved to Florida in 2014. Although her appreciation for the outdoors grew in college, it was cemented years prior while growing up in the green foothills of the Cascade Mountains. She and her friends would go out to explore, build forts, camp and hike for miles. Gehman still carries that sense of adventure with her today as an adult and hopes to retire doing what she loves. “Sometimes you go into a park, and it’s like ‘wow!’” said Gehman. “You sit there for a minute and breathe and it’s pristine, it’s quiet. Those are my favorite moments.”

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#WeAreParksAndRec National Park and Recreation Month ›› BY ASHLEY DOBBS

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t’s hard to believe the year is past the halfway mark. While the first part of this year is one for the record books, we believe summer, in all its hot and humid glory, has so much to offer that it begs for outdoor activities and fun in the sun. Now more than ever, we find ourselves escaping to explore the great outdoors: taking more walks, enjoying bike rides and splashing around the local pool are favorite pastimes enjoyed by many. Did you ever stop and think about all the parks that are around your city? July is National Park and Recreation Month and, honestly, we could all use a little celebration this year. It’s an important time to acknowledge the significance of our parks, the benefits they provide to the community and the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen. Ocala boasts an impressive 43 parks within its city limits, including everything from pocket parks tucked away in neighborhoods to large scale parks in the heart of downtown. Chances are you’ve enjoyed one of these gems. Not only do our park systems

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preserve the natural beauty within our cities, they provide a backdrop for our memories, opportunities for healthy activities and occasions for learning. Parks ven raise our property values and enhance our economic growth. This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month, “We Are Parks and Recreation,” is intended to celebrate the people that make our community’s parks great places and spaces for us to enjoy. The City of Ocala’s Recreation and Parks Department staff works tirelessly to create an atmosphere that every person can enjoy. From sunrise to sunset, these essential workers provide a service to our community that often goes overlooked. Imagine your favorite park. Now imagine if no one sustained the greenspaces, inspected the equipment, maintained the recreation facilities or park amenities. Your favorite park would look a little bleak. But ensuring that the parks are ready for residents is only one of the monumental tasks that fall to this department. Aside from the physical maintenance of our park systems, these workers create

programming that keeps people engaged and physically active. During the health crisis that took over our nation this year, many quickly realized that city parks and the activities we enjoy in them were considered “essential services.” Ocala’s Recreation and Parks team rose to the challenge and created 95 educational and activity videos to help alleviate the burden parents faced while keeping kids busy at home and in the park. Many people enjoy events that take place throughout our city, but few realize the team effort it takes to organize and implement these entertainment opportunities. Setting up stages, chairs, tents, booking talent, securing vendors and making sure everything goes as planned – that’s just another day in the life of a recreation and parks professional. The goal is always to make sure that the community is having fun and remaining safe, even if it means long hours. Members of the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks staff are passionate about their jobs and the services they provide. They embrace the city’s vision, “To make Ocala a great place to live, play, and prosper.” During the month of July, we encourage everyone to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month and the people who make it something worth celebrating.

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Looking back at the past few weeks, the market has made some investors nervous. Market volatility can lead to some serious stress but what are the best ways to respond to this uneasy feeling? When dealing with market volatility, it's important to keep several things in mind to avoid making major mistakes.

HAVE A PLAN

It's frequently said that those who fail to plan are planning to fail. When investing, it's important to have a plan. If your plan is to put aside $1,000 or $5,000 a month stick to it. Slow and steady wins the race. Sticking with your plan will allow you to take advantage of the periods when the stock market is down.

KEEP REINVESTING

Dividends and interest tend to keep coming whether the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 500 points or it's up 300 on a given day. It's true that there are situations that will lead some companies to cut or suspend their dividends. However, most companies will keep paying out dividends as long as possible because a cut is a sure-fire way to lose investors and see the price of your company's stock drop like a rock. Dividends from stocks and interest from bonds are two of the best ways to deal with volatility. You should keep reinvesting the capital your investments throw off. When the market is down, you'll be able to buy more shares, and this will add to your flow of dividends and interest. By reinvesting during periods of volatility, you'll be able to increase the power of compounding greatly.

DON'T SELL

Many financial professionals will tell you to avoid selling your investments at the worst possible time is a part of sticking with your plan. Often times, this is an ideal strategy. It can be tempting to sell when the market is down 10% so that you can avoid the next 20% loss. This is generally a bad idea. Time in the market will usually beat attempts to time the market. Although, one exception would be drawing down some money strategically during your golden years. You'll probably want to make quarterly or annual withdrawals regardless of what

the market is doing in that case so that you can fund your living expenses.

REBALANCE

Another important step to take when the market is showing extreme volatility is remembering to rebalance your portfolio periodically. You may have a strategy of rebalancing quarterly, semiannually or yearly. If you have a target allocation of 75% of your portfolio in stocks and 25% in bonds, a major drop in stocks could leave you with 65% in stocks and 35% in bonds. In this instance, you'd sell a chunk of your bonds and move the money into stocks. If you're still in the accumulation phase, you could stop contributing to bonds and put all of your money in stocks until you reach your targeted balance. This will keep you from becoming too overweight in one area and allow you to maintain the proper level of diversification. One big piece of advice that's important to remember during market volatility is to stay the course. If you have a plan, stick to it. This includes making periodic investments as you would if the market were at record highs. Real money is made during market downturns. If your portfolio gets out of balance, it's a good idea to rebalance it in the event of a major market downturn to take advantage of the sale price on stocks. If you have cash sitting on the sidelines, volatility to the down side can be a great time to put that money to work. Planning your retirement means diversifying to reduce the risk to your overall retirement plan. We are here to help guide you to and through a successful retirement.

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On June 19th, Kiwanis Club of Ocala held it’s ‘first’ meeting while in the midst of the COVID-19 virus, with some members attending via Zoom.

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he honored guest speaker was Sarai Vargas-Vera, the Physician Assistant at Heart of Florida Health Care Centers-Family Medicine. Sarai is a Marion County native and graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Sarai presented the current updates and findings, along with numbers of cases, regarding the COVID-19 virus. While sharing the additional types of testings and locations, she told of the various results and their medicinal definition. The Heart of Florida Health Centers’ mission is to improve the overall health status of Marion County residents by providing quality primary medical, dental and mental health services to all residents, and primarily to those residents who would not otherwise be able to access the services due to financial limitation and/or lack of health insurance coverage. Kiwanis International is a Global community of clubs, members, and partners, dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, with more than 550,000 members in 80 Countries, Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of our children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and being a mentor. Kiwanis Clubs host over 150,000 service projects per year. www.facebook.com/KiwanisClubOfOcala

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Changing of the Guards for 2020-21 Rotary’s 2 official mottoes are: Service Above Self He Profits Most Who Serves Best

Rotary International serves to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and to advance goodwill and peace not only in their own communities, but around the world. There are over 35,000 member clubs worldwide and over 1.2 million individuals known as Rotarians.  

The Rotary Clubs of Ocala are announcing their Outgoing-Incoming Presidents for 20-21 and their new Rotary District Governors. • The Assistant Governor for District 11 is Karen Hatch. Karen has presided over the Rotary Clubs of District 11 for the last 3 years.

Karen Hatch

Angie Lewis

Tim Dean

Al Formella

OUTGOING-INCOMING PRESIDENTS:

Belleview Club Evelio Silvera-Current and Incoming President

Ocala Brick City Karen Hatch-Current President Lauren D’lorio-Incoming President

Metropolitan Ocala Club Sean Lanier-Current President

Ocala Silver Springs Josh Johnson-Current President Stan Plappert-Incoming President

Ocala Club Kim Porcelli-Current President Sandra Wilson-Incoming President

Ocala Sunset Karla Grimsley-Current President Billy Gilchrist-Incoming President

• Incoming Assistant Governors: Tim Dean—Area Assistant Governor Angie Lewis— Foundation Assistant Governor Al Formella—Membership Assistant Governor

FOOD DRIVE Rotary is having a Food Drive to feed the hungry of Marion County in partnership with Interfaith Emergency Services. Food donations can be given Now through July 24th. Center State Bank is accepting drop off of food at any of their locations and can be left at the front door. Follow Rotary On Facebook

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John Wellborn Martin emphasizes education and infrastructure as Florida Governor WITH THE HISTORIC OCALA PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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direct state appropriations, according to the Florida Department of State. It was during this time that he would also provide textbooks gratis to all students through the sixth grade. His influence also resonated statewide through his efforts to restore Florida’s natural resources, reclaiming the Everglades and ameliorating the penal system and improving housing for inmates. He was the first governor to be born in Marion County and had the distinction of having one of the state’s counties being named in his honor. But it was his self-confidence, determination, work ethic and vision that helped Martin attain a number of goals, and would play a role in his helping to transform the state. Martin was born on his family’s plantation in 1884, a place that they had lived on for over a century. He would go onto be educated in the Marion County Common

Schools, where he received only four years of formal education, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. He would distinguish himself as a salesman. But it would be a defining force that would compel him to reach an even loftier goal. He was encouraged by someone, a member of the fairer sex described as the most beautiful woman in Columbia County, to pursue a law degree. His wife, Charlotte “Lottie” Wilt Pepper of Lake City, would be a great encourager and influence on his life. He studied for his law degree during his spare time, when not working as a salesman. He would pass the bar in 1914, according to the National Governors’ Association, establishing a law practice in Jacksonville. He entered politics, when overhearing a man say he didn’t have the courage to run for the office of Mayor of Jacksonville, a post Martin would serve three terms in, before becoming Governor.


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