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Publisher’s Note deally, the word home refers not only to the structure we live in but also feelings of safety, belonging, personal expression and comfort. Admittedly, one’s personal expression may not be on par with what the rest of the world considers trendy, so take these trends as you may. That being said, you may find a design trend that you decide to live with for the next 20 years, and that is always exciting to anticipate. Personally, I like a little history to my surroundings and lean toward classic styles that are charming but fall short of being called cute. An example of such style can be found in this month’s article about Cracker homes. Even if you aren’t up for maintaining a historical Cracker house, incorporating some of these architectural elements during new construction can infuse a little soul and sense of history into your home and provide assurance that your design style will stand the test of time. On the subject of Cracker, this month’s “In the Kitchen With” column on Russell Baillie brings me great joy as a foodie and lover of local history. As I write this letter, I can’t help but ponder how our society will be impacted when we are multiple generations removed from having the type of hands-on experience Russell has had cultivating and harvesting his own food. I hope this column triggers conversations with our grandparents about what they ate before they could drive 10 minutes to Publix to buy a rotisserie chicken (that someone else raised, another slaughtered and another cooked for dinner). Which brings me to Chef Randal’s green papaya soup recipe that I cannot wait to try! Like Russell, you can always count on Chef Randal to openly offer advice on how you too can dish up something fabulous using ingredients harvested in Florida. At this point, I’d like to ask you to stop reading and turn directly to page 52, make one of these recipes, bring back your mug and pick up where you left off. You deserve it (wink wink).
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THOUGHTS OF A MILLENNIAL
Donkeys are a popular guardian animal on the farm.
Delicious right oﬀ the tree, ﬁgs are nutritional powerhouses.
Social media makes me a perfectionist.
CLASS ACTS School news from Marion County Public Schools.
EDITORS’ PICKS A guide to our favorite happenings and can’t-miss events.
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There’s always something happening in Horse Country.
OVER THE RAINBOW Small breeders are always looking for that pot of gold.
IN THE KITCHEN WITH…
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Talking traditional Florida fare with Russell Baillie.
Food ideas for a fresh and healthy start.
It’s oﬃcially hot toddy season.
Your guide to some of our area’s best eateries.
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Key West is a paradise in our own backyard.
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A FRESH EYE
A DANCE OF FAIRIES , DUKES AND DONKEYS
There’s a new player on the local arts scene.
OUT WITH THE OLD: 2019 HOME TRENDS
Dance Alive presents a A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
ART FOR EVERYONE
A SONG FROM THE SOUL
WATCH & LEARN
Ocala has a treasure in the Appleton Museum of Art.
Markevia Williams is the newest Ocala’s Got Talent winner.
Cinema Sunday continues with series of independent ﬁlms.
Your mailbox should match your personal style.
What’s “in” changes each year, and 2019 will be no diﬀerent.
History meets practical in new homes with Old Florida style.
When it comes to freshening up your wardrobe, a few tweaks go a long way.
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his publisher’s pick is a PSA: Don’t wait as long as I did for expeditiously better coﬀee. I started drinking coﬀee by happenstance as a young woman catching a quick breakfast on the go. When my hot tea orders kept coming up coﬀee, I decided to roll with it and order coﬀee every morning so I knew what to expect when I took a sip (admittedly, this strategy hasn’t worked as well in other scenarios in life). Years later, doing adulthood on full throttle, with a very stressful job, I made the choice to get out of bed earlier than absolutely necessary to sit in silence and savor my coﬀee before I hit the road. Thoughtful of my morning habit, my tea-drinking
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The Social Scene Steve Metz’s orange Chevrolet Nova at the 37th annual Marion County Chili Cook-Oﬀ ’s Car Show.
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Marion County Chili Cook-Off SOUTHEASTERN LIVESTOCK PAVILION Photos By DAVE MILLER
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ow in its 37th year, the Marion County Chili Cook-Oﬀ was held on November 3 and featured nearly 60 varieties of chili, a craft beer garden, a children’s area, live entertainment and its fourth annual car show. Hosted by and beneﬁtting The Cornerstone School, awards were given for best-looking booth, most creative costumes and top chili in an array of categories.
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he community welcomed the beginning of the holiday season with the annual Light Up Ocala event on November 17. Special guests were welcomed to a VIP reception and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling with friends in the courtyard. Gail Zole, Jackelyn Torres
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his annual event took place on November 10 and featured oldtime music, storytellers and historical re-enactors portraying North Central Florida during the 1800s. Visitors shopped with unique craft vendors and experienced demonstrations that included sugarcane syrup making, blacksmithing, quilting, spinning and woodworking.
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Rush To Judgment By JUDGE STEVEN G. ROGERS
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was the night before Thanksgiving, when all through the courthouse, not a creature was stirring. Except in courtroom 2A where a jury was deliberating in a criminal case. The reason a jury trial was conducted the day before a major holiday was based upon something arguably as “American” as Thanksgiving itself… the defendant’s right to a speedy trial. The right to a speedy and public trial is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This constitutional provision is contained in Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.191, which provides that every person charged with a crime is to be brought to trial within 90 days of their arrest if the crime charged is a misdemeanor or within 175 days if charged with a felony. This does not mean all criminal cases are resolved within the time periods provided by the speedy trial rule. Like other constitutional rights, a defendant may voluntarily waive their right to a speedy trial and ask for their case to be continued beyond the speedy trial period. The primary reason for doing so may be summed up in one simple word: time. Upon being appointed or retained to represent a defendant in a criminal case, defense attorneys need time to investigate the basis for the criminal charges, ﬁle pretrial motions, etc. In felony cases, both the prosecution and defense have the right to take the depositions of potential witnesses. The ability to eﬀectively prepare a case for
trial is often impractical—if not impossible—within the speedy trial period, and a defendant’s waiver of right to speedy trial is routinely ﬁled in serious criminal cases. But when a defendant does not wish to waive their right to speedy trial, the court is obligated to set the case for trial. This was the exact situation in my Thanksgiving Eve trial Like other where the defendant refused to agree constitutional rights, with his attorney’s request for the case to be continued. a defendant may Like most rules, Florida’s speedy voluntarily waive trial rule contains an exception that their right to a permits extension of the speedy trial period due to exceptional speedy trial and ask circumstances. In Wright v. State, 486 for their case to be So.2d 651 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1986), the continued beyond the appellate court upheld the trial judge’s decision to extend the speedy trial speedy trial period. period due to a victim’s inability to appear for trial during the speedy trial period because of the victim’s unexpected hospitalization and doctor-ordered bed rest. Judges must constantly assure the protection of a criminal defendant’s constitutional rights. But when faced with the potential of being sentenced to prison, a defendant’s waiving the constitutional provision for a speedy trial may be the “right” thing to do.
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TOWN THOUGHTS OF A MILLENNIAL
Social Media Makes Me A Perfectionist Written By KATIE MCPHERSON Illustration by MAGGIE WEAKLEY
When I have a question I can’t Google the answer to, I feel crippled. There. I said it. The internet and social media are how I access pretty much every tidbit of information I want— healthy recipes, at-home workouts, even how to ﬁx my car when my street ﬂoods and the horn ﬁlls with water. Did you know that was a thing? I still wouldn’t if I didn’t wield the power of the internet. Social media inﬂuencers are the latest way myself and my peers (I am the Lorax, and I speak for the Millennials) gain insight about new trends, lifestyles and activities. The topic I’ve been diving into most lately is weight training workouts and healthy recipes, looking for motivation to get back in the gym and refocus on healthier eating. That said, sometimes the accessibility of all this knowledge keeps me from doing, well, anything at all. Here’s how the downward spiral goes… 1. See health and ﬁtness vlog online. Want to become more like toned, tan, permanently chipper vlogger. Set goal of working out more frequently. 2. Then comes the thought, “If I’m working out, I also need to eat healthier.” Which, sure, good thinking, kid. But remember, this is a downward spiral. 3. This vlogger also eats a completely organic, vegan, plant-based diet. If I’m going to get the best out of my workouts and diet, I should eat that way, too.
(For reference, this vlogger looks like she hisses at the sight of a Dr. Pepper, and I get a caﬀeine withdrawal headache without two a day.) 4. Oh, and because she drinks eight gallons of water a day, her skin looks amazing. Maybe if I stand in the shower with my mouth open for a while, in a few months’ time I too can be a shining beacon of perfect health. Each of these goals of improving the food I eat and working out more frequently are attainable over time, and having free, 24/7 access to experts makes it easier to achieve these lifestyle changes. But by using social media stars as my role models, I’m setting myself up to fail by getting overwhelmed before I can even start making positive changes in my life. These people all specialize in doing these things for a living. It’s the full-time job of ﬁtness Instagram models to work out and be upsettingly hot from every angle. They have all day to work out, eat well and wear cute athleisure sets. So while it’s healthy to aspire to being healthy and using them as guides, ultimately social media inﬂuencers shouldn’t paralyze us from getting started on our own goals. So the next evening I crawl into bed—after my own full-time job, side hustle, attempts to make a decent dinner, keep a clean house and spend time with my husband and pets— feeling like I should’ve worked out twice in fake lashes and eaten three square plant-based, organic, unprocessed meals. Can someone please come snatch my phone out of my hands?
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School news from Marion County Public Schools By KEVIN CHRISTIAN, APR , CPRC
Striking A Note
Fessenden Celebrates 150 Years
Students at Hillcrest School and South Ocala Elementary spent time with two orchestra members as they shared—and played— many of the instruments featured in their concerts. Part of the “Symphony In Our Schools” program, the visits gave students a better understanding of instrument families, how sounds are created and what it takes to play music in a large group.
When Fessenden Elementary started 150 years ago as Fessenden Academy, it served only AfricanAmerican students. Today, it educates 500 students of every race every day. The school celebrated its 150th anniversary with help from its alumni association. Current students learned the history of their school, and graduates reunited with countless memories of their school, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Forest High Senior Sade Teel is one of just 12 students statewide vying to be named a Take Stock in Children Leaders 4 Life Fellowship winner. She learned she’s a ﬁnalist when a barrage of Foundation folks, including her mom, surprised her during a student government meeting. If she wins, Sade will receive more than $40,000 for her college education.
McCall Makes History School Board Chair Beth McCall, pictured here with two grandsons, is the “2019 School Board Member of the Year” for the Florida Music Education Association. Long known for her support of the ﬁne arts and public education overall, McCall learned of her award by surprise announcement during a school board meeting.
Students at Eighth Street Elementary are learning about Kindness 180. To show their appreciation to ﬁrst responders and as an act of kindness, students presented Ocala Fire Rescue members with baskets of sweet treats and popcorn. Kindness 180’s goal is to teach kindness on an everyday basis, not just for special occasions.
Grants For Great Ideas When Judi Zanetti, executive director of the Public Education Foundation, shows up at your school with a big check, it’s for real—and for real money! This year, local teachers are sharing more than $110,000 in “Grants for Great Ideas” dollars from the Foundation. GFGI is just one program sponsored by the Foundation, now nationally ranked among the country’s strongest education foundations.
Editors’ Picks A guide to our favorite monthly happenings and can’t-miss events. By KARIN FABRY CUSHENBERY and MELISSA PETERSON
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First Date Ocala Civic Theatre January 10-20 This funny musical is all about ﬁnding love. When Aaron and Casey meet for dinner, their blind date takes a hilarious turn when imaginary appearances by exes, friends and family come into play. We dare you not to laugh. Keep in mind, though, this performance is intended for an adult audience. ocalacivictheatre.com
HITS Ocala Post Time Farm January 15-March 24
Eco-Invaders Exhibit Discovery Center January 5-March 26 Bring your little ones to the Discovery Center and become “Eco Detectives” as they learn about native species and join the hunt for fugitive plants and animals. Guests will go ﬁshing for reef-destroying lionﬁsh, hunt for cane toads in the blacklight room and search for bugs and snails in the invasive plant crop maze. Check out an Argentine Tegu and Rainbow Boa Constrictor and get up close and personal with several creepy crawlies. Are you brave enough? mydiscoverycenter.org
The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit features USEF National and Premier-Rated Hungers, 5* and 6* Jumpers, two USHJA International Hunter Derbies and qualiﬁers for the HITS Championship. The Winter Circuit concludes in March with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. More than $4 million in prize money will be handed out over the 10-week event. hitsshows.com
Spamalot The Sharon, The Villages January 16-17
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Adapted from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this Tony Awardwinning musical tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they begin their hunt for the Holy Grail. In spite of killer rabbits, flying cows and mean Frenchmen, the men are determined. You’ll love the popular musical numbers that will have you dancing in your seat. thesharon.com
Day in the Park, Webb Field January 21 | 10am-3pm This celebration will include dance, music, poetry readings, speeches, plus plenty of food and other vendors. For additional information, please call (352) 857-4118 or (352) 208-0819.
You likely remember some of the Manhattan’s top hits, including “I Wanna Be (Your Everything), “Searching For My Baby,” “Follow Your Heart” and “Shining Star.” It was Edward “Sonny” Bivins, the late founding member of the group, who put together the current rendition of the group in order to maintain the integrity of the original sound. You won’t be disappointed with his choices. csculturalcenter.com
Wreath Ceremony 595 SW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. January 19 | 11am-12pm
34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March January 21 | 8am-10am The march begins on the downtown square, heads west along SR 40 and ends at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex. For details, call (352) 208-0819.
Phillips Center, Gainesville January 23 Explore the world of birds of paradise through world-class photography, ﬁlm and discussion with acclaimed National Geographic photographers. This is your chance to experience nature through the lenses, eyes and words of the researchers, storytellers and scientists who know it best—the very people who have made National Geographic into a global media icon.
Circle Square Cultural Center January 19
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. EVENTS
National Geographic Live: Birds of Paradise
Running with the Herd 5KBig Hammock Race Series The Villages January 26
Florida Manatee Festival Downtown Crystal River January 19 This annual event is all about honoring Florida’s gentle giants. The festival will feature tasty food, ﬁne art, arts and crafts booths, a fun kids’ zone, beer and wine gardens, live entertainment on three separate stages, a car show and more. Whew! This event has a lot going on! Don’t forget to check out the boat tours of the bay, too. You just may see a manatee. gomanateefest.com
Each of the races connected with the Big Hammock Race supports a local organization or fundraiser. The Running with the Herd 5K supports The Villages Charter School Buﬀalo Scholarship Foundation. The race will weave through the campus where onsite entertainment will be provided. As always, participants will receive an awesome ﬁnisher’s medal and T-shirt. The Big Hammock Race Series is an all-age, all skill-level race series. Learn more about the Big Hammock Race Series and the Season of Hope Run at bighammockraceseries.com.
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Father-Daughter Dance Circle Square Cultural Center February 1-2 Dads, grab your favorite little ladies and get ready to make cherished memories. This semi-formal to church attire event, sponsored by Ambleside School of Ocala, includes refreshments, a take-home craft, photo opportunities and, of course, plenty of dancing. Three dances are oﬀered this year, so order your tickets ahead of time before they sell out. father-daughterdance.com
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The Edge Effect Presents ICONS: The Show Reilly Arts Center February 20, 7pm This highly interactive, Las Vegas-style show is a tribute to some of the greatest artists, songs and styles of the last century. The gentelman of The Edge Eﬀect perform songs from legendary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Chicago, The Beatles, Micheal Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John and more.
Over the Edge Ocala Springhill Suites March 30 Raise $1,000 and experience the thrill of rappelling down 105 feet from the top of SpringHill Suites, the newest (and one of the tallest) hotels in Ocala. Over the Edge, an urban rappelling company, will be there to help rappellers every step of the way. Money raised will support MCA and Ocala’s arts community.
n Wednesday, December 12, a large crowd of elected oﬃcials, CEP members, city employees, media, excited skaters and BMX bikers gathered to witness a moment they had all been waiting on—for years! The weather could not have been more perfect for the Ocala Skate Park groundbreaking, where Councilman Matthew Wardell, Mayor Kent Guinn and the CEP’s Director of Business Retention Joe Reichel all took to the podium with enthusiasm and support of the new 10,000-square-foot street course. For over 30 years, Team Pain has been building skate parks all over the world, and beginning January 2019, the awardwinning company will add Ocala, Florida, to its list. According to Mayor Guinn, the project will take roughly “four months to complete,” a quick turnaround considering the scope of work. The $410,000 street course is just the ﬁrst phase of the larger plan, which includes a snake run, larger bowl, lighting, pavilion and other necessary amenities. Recreation and Parks Director Kathy Crile expects the community will continue their fundraising eﬀorts to make completing all phases possible and timely. Individual and corporate level donations are critical in continuing these eﬀorts and can be made through Flipcause at ﬂipcause. com/secure/donate/Mzk4NTc=. This link can also be found on the Ocala Skatepark Facebook page, which the City encourages you to follow for future announcements and updates. January ‘19
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COUNTRY Beware: Guard Donkey On Duty By JOANN GUIDRY Photos by RALPH DEMILIO
ount Joy Baldwin Papy as a big fan of guard donkeys. She’s witnessed ﬁrsthand the diﬀerence they’ve made on her family’s Ocala-based, 600-acre Baldwin Angus Ranch. “For years we had a big problem with coyotes attacking calves on the
ranch,” says Papy, whose late father, Leroy Baldwin, established the operation in 1947. “When a cow gives birth, coyotes smell the afterbirth and move in quickly to attack the defenseless calf. A mama cow will do her best to protect her baby, but it’s tough if there’s a pack of coyotes.” But one donkey can take on a pack with no problem. “Donkeys are very territorial and have a natural dislike of canines. In fact, we have to be careful and keep our cow dogs away from the donkeys,” says Papy. “They will kick out with their front and back feet, bare their teeth and give chase. And, of course, their bray is pretty loud and scary, too. Coyotes are no match for a donkey.” For the past 20 years, there have been guard donkeys on the Baldwin Angus Ranch. And the operation no longer has a coyote predation problem. “As it turns out, my mother-in-law, Virginia Papy, has raised donkeys as pets for a long time. So we get our donkeys from her,” says Papy. “Our ﬁrst one was Buster, who was struck by lightning a little over a year ago. Then we got April, who lives with our 85-head mama cow herd. We also have 36
Bonnie, who’s in with a herd of heifers, which are young cows that haven’t been bred yet.” All of the ranch’s donkeys are Sicilian donkeys, often called “The Holy Cross Donkey” for their distinctive black stripe pattern down their backs and across their shoulders. Sicilian donkeys are on average 36 inches at the shoulder and can live to 35 years. April is 5 and Bonnie is 8, so barring misfortune the duo will be guarding for many years to come. According to Papy, jennies (females) and geldings (neutered males) work best as guard donkeys. Jacks (stallions) can become too aggressive and unruly. “Donkeys adapt very quickly to cattle. When we got April, she had never been around cows. In two days, she was part of the herd,” says Papy. “The great thing about donkeys is that they are very hardy and very low maintenance. Our donkeys are not pets; they are working animals. And as long as we raise cattle, we’ll have a guard donkey.”
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ure, oranges get all the love, but maybe it’s time to have a ﬂing with ﬁgs. Introduced to Florida by Spanish explorers in 1575, ﬁgs have been growing happily ever after in the Sunshine State ever since. And you can grow your own. “We try to steer dooryard growers toward varieties that don’t attract a lot of pests to have better success rates. And we recommend the brown turkey ﬁg tree for that reason,” says David Holmes, director of the UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service. “Its main issue is ﬁg rust, which attacks the leaves and causes them to fall oﬀ. The best thing to do is just let it run its course. Generally, the tree will recover the next season.” Although ﬁg trees can grow to 50 feet, that isn’t likely in Florida. “Because our climate and cold snaps aﬀect the growth, you generally see multiple-branched shrubs of 4 to 5 feet,” says Holmes, who has two ﬁg trees at home. “You’ll get fruit from the second year on, late July to mid-August, and ﬁg trees can live 1,520 years.”
Brown Turkey Fig Tree Facts Buying: “Go to a good nursery, and check out 3-gallon plants. You want a good, healthy, well-balanced plant,” says Holmes. “You want the leaf color to be a bright dark green. Look on top of the leaves for
disease spots and under the leaves for insect bites. Expect to pay $20-$30.” Planting: “Plant your ﬁg tree in late February or early March. Pick a sandy, well-drained spot in your yard that gets at least six to eight hours of full sun a day,” says Holmes. “Potting soil is not necessary. Dig a hole that is slightly more shallow than the pot. Separate the roots out before putting it in the ground.” Irrigation: Holmes says, “Make a soil berm 2 feet out from the trunk, 8-12 inches tall, around the plant. Use your garden hose to ﬁll the berm before 9am every day for two weeks. Then, at the start of the third week, ﬁll it every other day for three weeks before watering just two times a week, four days apart. Of course, adjust according to rainfall.”
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Check out these upcoming equestrian events for the month of January. Compiled by JOANN GUIDRY
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2019 Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) Schedule For January January 15-20: Ocala January Classic I $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $50,000 HITS Grand Prix (Sunday) January 22-27: Ocala January Festival II $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $50,000 HITS Grand Prix (Sunday) January 29-February 3: Ocala Premiere III $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $50,000 HITS Grand Prix (Sunday)
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horoughbred breeders are optimistic gamblers. Year after year, they bet on the big horse coming along. That has most certainly been the case for Bill and Lyn Rainbow, who have owned and operated The Acorn since 1978.
“We’ve been very fortunate over the years to breed and sell some outstanding Florida-breds, including several champions,” says Lyn Rainbow, who grew up on White Oak Farm, a Leesburg, Virginia, operation owned by her late parents, Samuel and Carolyn Rogers Jr. “We also raised two Florida-bred millionaires that my parents bred. When you’re a small breeder, those kind of horses keep you going.” Bill Rainbow came into the thoroughbred business via marriage. Lyn and her family took a family 42
safari vacation to Kenya with the tour Mixed Sale (January 29-30), the Rainbows company Bill owned. Lyn ended up going will be selling Changing Fortunes, a back to Kenya to work for Bill for two 4-year-old unraced ﬁlly (female horse years, and the duo fell in love. After the under age 5) bred by Lyn’s late parents. couple married, they moved to Virginia and She will sell in foal to Ocala-based stallion worked at White Oak Farm for four years He’s Had Enough. before relocating to Ocala and establishing “When we decided to sell Changing The Acorn. Fortunes, I knew she would sell for more “We wanted a place for a breeding in foal,” says Lyn. “When I plan what operation where there was good year-round stallion to breed a mare to, it’s basically weather,” says Lyn. “Ocala was just perfect.” trying to find the best bloodlines match Today, The Acorn’s first. Then I look at 119 acres are home to the physical elements We’ve been very 25 horses, including of the mare and the the Rainbows’ and fortunate over the years stallion to eliminate those owned by a few any faults. When it to breed and sell some select clients. The comes to stud fee, outstanding FloridaRainbows currently I’ve never paid more own two broodmares breds, including several than $5,000.” (female horses that Even after champions. produce foals), four decades in including 14-year-old the business, the - Lyn Rainbow Happy Honeymoon. Rainbows are still She is the dam hands-on. (mother) of Florida-bred stakes winners “We have two full-time employees, Starship Bonita and Surprise Wedding. but we’re the ﬁrst ones and last ones at Sold for $25,000 by the Rainbows, Starship the barn, seven days a week,” says Lyn. Bonita has to date earned $492,775. The “Like most breeders, we’re very dedicated Rainbows race Surprise Wedding, who has and passionate about what we do. And banked $306,625 to date. we’re very proud to be part of the Florida At the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s thoroughbred industry.”
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Russell Baillie By NICK STEELE Photography by RALPH DEMILIO
utside of the South, the term Cracker is often associated with negative connotations, but the name reportedly harkens back to a time when Florida was the leading state for cattle production in America. The men who loaded the cattle onto ships, bound for Northern states, were often called “cracker cowboys” as they used whips rather than lassos to herd their cattle. But over the years, the term grew to encompass the wider lifestyle of the pioneering families who occupied the state for many generations. Theirs is a proud heritage of hard working, plain-spoken, down-home folks,
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many whom continue to grow, ﬁsh and hunt for their food to this day. And although Cracker cooking often favors a simplicity of ingredients, born out of the native ﬂora and fauna, the cuisine has been inﬂuenced by many cultures. It is essentially an evolving American fusion cuisine of those who live oﬀ the land and have passed down recipes and techniques from generation to generation. It is both a birthright and passion for Russell Baillie, whose ancestor Peter Carr Baillie arrived in the States in the early 1800s from Scotland. “I’m ﬁfth generation,” he declares. “I was born right here in Ocala and raised in the Ocala countryside. The whole family was in the woods for most of my life. We had 52 acres growing up. We grew all kinda crops. We always had horses, cows and goats. We did a lot of Cracker cooking. We cooked whatever we could get from the land, corn, okra, tomatoes, wild hogs and deer. One of the things I like to cook is Swamp Cabbage,” he continues. “The real name is Sabal palmetto or cabbage palm. It’s the state tree. You don’t go out and kill them. But when somebody gets a permit to clear
some property, I’ll go there, cut the tops oﬀ of them and take the swamp cabbage out of them. It’s commonly called hearts of palm. You’ll see it in cans at the grocery store. Most of that comes from South America, but these are native to Florida. They don’t yield a whole lot. The top will weigh something
like 40 to 50 pounds, and you may get 4 to 5 pounds of edible stuﬀ out of that.” Although it sounds like a lot of work to you or me, Baillie says that it is well worth the eﬀort. “A lot of people just eat them as they are,” he says. “I usually stew it with a little bit of fat-back like salt pork, bacon drippings, onion and diced carrots. That’s pretty much how you make Swamp Cabbage Stew,” he oﬀers. “Most people have never tasted it, even if they’ve lived in Florida for a long time.” Baillie learned to cook and the tradition of community service at his father’s side. “I’ve been cooking since I could get around,” he says with a chuckle. “My father
was the county agent for the agricultural extension system here in Marion County and was also appointed Sheriﬀ, so he was very well known,” Baillie recalls. “He would do fundraisers for charities, big barbecues where we cooked for as many as 5,000 people. We used to build barbecue pits and cook all kinds of meats. We’d also boil the corn, make coleslaw and baked beans,” he continues. “It was not something we did for proﬁt. We raised a lot of money for various charities, created some good will and enjoyed doing it.” They even got a chance to rub elbows with some of baseball’s all-time greats. “Back in the bad old days of the late ‘50s
Book, which was published in 1942 in, of all early ‘60s, the Boston Red Sox had a spring places, New York City. “It was a wedding training facility here called Webb Stadium present given to my mother. It has a whole and Gerig Field,” he recalls. “Once a year, bunch of great old Cracker recipes in it.” the Yankees would come for an exhibition Although the irony is not lost on him, game with the likes of Mickey Mantle, Yogi this is not his only culinary guide. Berra and Whitey Ford. After the game, my “I have 72 cookbooks in my walk-in pantry father would do a big cookout at the Ocala and probably a couple dozen more around Golf Course. I was 8 or 10 years old and the house,” he admits. “I’ve even got Martha there helping my dad out.” Washington’s cookbook. This is another of Baillie also followed in his father’s my favorite cookbooks,” he continues, passing footsteps when it came to his profession. a copy of Cross Creek Cookery to me. “I’m a “He and I were both bail bondsmen. big fan of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Every He started in 1961, and I joined him in recipe has a story with it. 1981,” he recalls. “That’s the main thing “Another big that the Baillies cookout we had was are known for for our wedding,” around here.” I was born right here he explains of his Although both nuptials to Jaye father and son in Ocala and raised in Baillie, who is the may be equally the Ocala countryside. executive director of well known The whole family was the Marion Cultural for their good Alliance located at cooking and good in the woods for most of Brick City Center for works, Baillie has my life. We had 52 acres the Arts. “We were carried on his growing up. We grew all married in 1977, and father’s tradition instead of having of serving the kinda crops. a rehearsal dinner community. and reception, we “I’ve done a lot of big cookouts out at Silver Springs for several thousand people,” he explains. “Recently, I started doing the lowcountry boils, where you have the crawﬁsh, shrimp, crabs, onions, corn and potatoes. You cook it all together in a seafood base. I’ve done several private events, weddings, birthday and anniversary parties. I did Paula King’s birthday party. It was a big bash. I cooked the barbecue, but I also made a New Orleans bread pudding. It’s diﬀerent from most bread puddings and served with a whiskey sauce. It comes from Paul Prudhomme’s cookbook. You make it out of French bread that you buy four or ﬁve days ahead of time. You let it get stale and then cut it up into chunks. I always put raisins in mine. I soak them for a night or two in some rum in the refrigerator. For the whiskey sauce, I use Old Grand-Dad 100 proof, because it has some good ﬂavor to it. “This is one of my favorite cookbooks,” he oﬀers, handing me an unassuming and wellworn book entitled The New American Cook
had the Jaye-Russ BBQ the day before the wedding. We had 400 guests, and my father cooked, so I got to take the day oﬀ. After the wedding we took oﬀ to Key West for our honeymoon. That’s when I got into cooking a lot of seafood.” Baillie also grows a variety of fresh herbs, from fennel, basil and oregano to tarragon and mint. “We always have a big Derby party and make Mint Juleps. You actually cook them,” he oﬀers.” You take the bourbon with some water and warm it up. Then you stir in confectioners sugar, and let it steep for a while. Then you pour it over the shaved iced and the mint. And that makes a perfect Mint Julep. A lot of people just pour some bourbon and mint extract in a glass and call that a Mint Julep, but you actually have to cook the bourbon to make it come out right.” And although Russell often ﬁnds himself on the golf course, it may not be for the reason you’d think. “Cooking is a diversion for me. Some people like to play golf, I’d rather cook,” he explains of the many cookouts he’s hosted at the Ocala Golf Course. “Course, I’ve never played golf.”
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THE CHEF’S KITCHEN
Food Ideas For A Fresh & Healthy Start By CHEF RANDAL WHITE Photography by JOHN JERNIGAN
he new year has arrived, and you are searching for that perfect dish—healthy enough to make you forget about those holiday indulgences yet satisfying enough to ﬁll the comfort-food gap left by sweet potato casseroles and Christmas cookies. You want food that makes you feel good about yourself and your way of living, but facing a bowl of greens for supper is not going to cut it. You want more. What if you didn’t have to skimp on ﬂavor in lieu of healthy eating? What if you could grab your ingredients from your local farmers market, support your local community by doing so and have a ﬁlling meal that’s easy to prepare and nutritious, too? Try these simple recipes for feel-good food to satisfy your hunger without the guilt.
Green Papaya Soup: A Hearty Winter’s Stew Shorter days and cooler weather make you crave heavier comfort food, and this Green Papaya Soup is hearty enough to be considered a stew and can be served as a main entrée. The beauty of this versatile, gluten-free dish is you can change it up to suit your tastes. You can substitute the papaya for any other hard squash, like acorn squash, butternut squash or chaoite. For a vegetarian option, leave out the chicken and trade the chicken stock for vegetable stock. Green papaya is just unripe papaya, and you can ﬁnd it at your supermarket or the farmers market. Choose the hard ones. They are good for making slaws as well. Wash your hands well after dealing with the papaya skin, as the oils on this fruit’s skin can cause redness and itchiness in some people. Use a knife to cut the skin from the papaya. To de-seed papaya, cut long-wise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
Green Papaya Soup I was introduced to the Filipino dish, Chicken Tinola, by Chef Robert Shum when we worked together at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. This is a variation to the classic Asian dish. 3 6 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4 6
cups large diced green papaya chunks oz chicken, cooked, diced large tbsp vegetable oil cup onion, diced cup red pepper, diced cup celery, diced clove garlic, crushed tsp minced ginger tbsp red curry paste (Asian store) cups chicken stock or broth spring onions, shaved thin garnish of Chinese parsley (cilantro)
Clean papaya, peel and de-seed. › Dice into mediumsize chunks, and then set oﬀ to side. › Heat oil in a large saucepan, add diced chicken and cook for a couple minutes; then add onion, peppers, celery, garlic, ginger and curry paste, and stir over a medium heat for a minute. › Add stock, bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. › Add papaya, and continue to simmer on low for 15 minutes or until papaya is tender. › Place into bowls, garnish with the spring onion and cilantro, and serve. › This stew also goes well accompanied with a warm loaf of fresh multigrain artisan bread.
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Roasted Beet, Citrus, and Kale: A Flavor-Packed Winter Salad Take advantage of the season’s bounty for this winter salad. A marriage of color and ﬂavors, this dish was created to ignite your palate. The beets provide rich, earthy tones against the peppery taste of kale and sweet tang of in-season citrus. You can ﬁnd all of these ingredients fresh this time of year at your local farm stand or farmers market. Purchase beets with the greens if you can. Beet greens are tender and sweet. Braise them with a little olive oil, garlic, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. They make a great accompaniment to any meal. Treat them as you would sautéed spinach. Florida citrus is in season this time of year, with each cold snap sweetening its ﬂavors. Using the juice from the orange will help prevent the apple slices from going brown. And although kale can be purchased in stores year-round, this winter green is best fresh from the garden. If you buy your kale from a farmers market, make sure to wash it well to remove any dirt.
Roasted Beet, Citrus, and Kale Salad 2 1 1 ¼ ¼ 2 1 ½ ¼ 3
medium beets tbsp vegetable oil package baby kale, washed and cut cup candied walnuts cup dried fruit Florida oranges, peeled and sliced apple, diced cup olive oil cup white balsamic vinegar sea salt and fresh ground pepper tablespoons crumbled goat cheese garnish of fresh mint
Wash beets, and place on baking pan. › Drizzle beets with oil, and roast at 350°F for 30 minutes. › Remove from oven, and place beets into a plastic zip baggie, and let them rest for 20 minutes. › Then, using a cloth, peel beets by rubbing them. › Discard peels, and slice beets. › In a bowl combine the kale, walnuts and dried fruit, and set to one side. › In a separate bowl, combine the oranges and apple together, and let macerate for a couple minutes. › Drain oﬀ the juice onto the kale, walnuts and dried fruit. › Add oil and vinegar, and toss. › Place kale mix onto a platter, and decorate the top with the oranges, apples, sliced beets and goat cheese. › Garnish with mint, and serve. 50
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(specifically Blended Scotch Whiskey) will be more he weather is ﬁnally dipping below 70 subtle and can be a fun, unexpected twist. Do steer clear degrees, and the holidays are in our rearview of those peaty, Islay-style scotches. Although incredibly mirrors, which means that it is oﬃcially tasty, they are better suited for other uses.* Feeling “hot toddy season.” frisky? Other spirits, such as rum, aged tequila or What is a toddy you may ask? Well, there is no better Applejack can be used as a fun alternative spirit way to describe a toddy base for your toddy as well. than as a beautiful, Feeling frisky? Other Sweetener substitutes can also help warm variation of the customize a toddy. In Florida, we are lucky to Old Fashioned cocktail: spirits, such as rum, have a wide variety of local f lora and apiaries whiskey, sweetener aged tequila or that provide a variety of honey. Wildflower, and spice, with a touch Applejack can be used clover, orange blossom and mangrove honey of citrus to round it all have their own distinct floral bouquets and out. Although the as a fun alternative add subtle aromas and f lavors. In warmer, deliciousness of this spirit base for your northern states, you may find maple as the entire genre of cocktail toddy as well. main sweetening ingredient. Out west? Look for is not up for debate, the some really neat agave nectars to sweeten up origins sure are. those cold desert nights. Some sources have the toddy originating in and around Whatever your choice of spirit and sweetener, our Scotland, where they added a dash of hot water and spices traditional recipe is a great starting point to begin to their daily ration of whiskey to help ﬁght those blustery, concocting your own special hot toddy. cold North Atlantic days. Other sources trace it back to India, where they began adding those beautiful spices, *Unless you are using Lapsang Souchong, in which case we want your recipe. known from the early trading routes between England and India, to their ‘Tārī.’ This was a popular hot beverage made from tree sap. The medicinal properties were highly touted in their community. The spirited debate (pun intended) arises when one realizes that these spices, and quite logically this drink, were brought to the Western world through the spice trade routes, but the other key ingredient, whiskey, was already well established in the West. We may never have a deﬁnite answer of where it originated, but the hot toddy itself can always be relied on to be warming and restorative, thanks to these two main ingredients. Part of the charm of this spirit-forward cocktail lies in the fact that there isn’t a speciﬁc origin recipe to refer back , making the drink highly customizable. Based on preference of spices and sweetness levels, anyone can easily make a ‘house-inspired’ toddy of their own. And it should not be overlooked as an easy, pre-batched cocktail for a party. How does one customize a toddy? Regional inf luences are a great place to start. Kentucky Bourbon and American Whiskey, in general, will give you honey, toasty and vanilla notes. Irish whiskey will typically be more prominent, with a nice warm bite. Scotch
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Traditional Hot Toddy
Applejack Chai Toddy
1½ ½ ½ 4
1½ ½ ¼ 4
oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey oz honey oz lemon juice oz hot water
Combine all ingredients, in the order listed, in a preheated 8-ounce mug, giving it a good stir both before and after adding the hot water. › Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dash of nutmeg, and enjoy! Looking for some fun variations? In addition to a great spirit base, herbs and spices really are the key to elevating your toddy game, and what better way to utilize them than with tea. Teas oﬀer complex blends of ﬂavors and varying amounts of sweet versus spice. The best part about using tea? You can concentrate it to your own personal preference. (I personally enjoy 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf tea per 8 ounces of hot water). For the following recipes, combine all ingredients, in the order listed, in a preheated 8-ounce mug, giving it a good stir both before and after adding the hot tea.
oz Laird’s Applejack oz honey oz lemon juice oz chai tea
Garnish with a dash of apple pie spice and a cinnamon stick.
East Meets West Toddy 1½ ½ ½ 4
oz Toki Japanese Whiskey oz vanilla simple syrup oz lemon juice oz Earl Grey tea*
Garnish with a vanilla bean and orange twist (to bring out the bergamot ﬂavors of the Earl Grey tea). *If you can ﬁnd an Earl Grey Crème tea, this is even doable as a chilled cocktail.
Make It Your Own After you have perfected your own toddy, consider a DIY cocktail kit for special occasions. A bottle of whiskey, container of loose-leaf tea and jar of your choice of paired sweetener makes a beautifully thoughtful gift for your cocktail-conscious friends. Happy sipping!
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Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar 10 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala
(352)512-9458 › Sun-Wed 11a-10p › Thurs 11a-11p › Fri-Sat 11a-12a Located in downtown Ocala’s historic town square, Brick City Southern Kitchen’s aroma is recognized for several blocks around. Once inside, you are met with a wall of over 400 whiskeys from around the world and a collection of custom folk art from Nicklos Richards. To the rear of the restaurant is their scratch kitchen where all the sides, barbecue sauces, dressings and seasonings are prepared. But the heart of this kitchen is the custom-built smoker, where the low, slow heat of burning hickory smokes beef brisket, ribs, pork shoulders, whole chickens and turkey breast.
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(352) 237-7300 › email@example.com Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-4p Dinner: Mon-Thur 4-9p › Fri & Sat 4-10p Craft Cuisine World Inspired Culinary Creations is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day! Book your in-house gatherings, private parties, weddings or oﬀ-premise catering today! Mouthwatering Monday: Build your own four-course menu selections from $13.99-$19.99. Tipsy Tuesday: $3 margaritas & 2-41 martinis. Wine Down Wednesday: From 4-7p order a charcuterie board paired with a housewine for $10. Burgers and Bourbon Thursdays. Prime rib Fridays. Sangria Saturdays: $5 all-day brunch specials from 11a-3p endless mimosas $10, bloody marys $4.
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala
(352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 oﬀ-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaﬀ is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Tony’s Sushi has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.
Make sure to try the deli next to the restaurant, where they have daily menu choices for $6.99 and desserts such as dulce de papaya with cheese. HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY Medalla beer (6 cans) $10 Medalla beer (6 bottles) $12
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(352) 307-9300 Restaurant: Mon-Sun 12p-9:30p Deli: Mon-Sat 11a-2p Creole 21 opened its doors to the public in early July—and diners can’t get enough of their authentic Latin fusion cuisine. Enjoy a mix of Latin food specialties, such as the popular mofongo, a Puerto Rican dish that uses fried plantains as its main ingredient. The restaurant was named after the Creole cuisine because of its unique mix of all the best ﬂavors and tastes of Latin America. The menu oﬀers a wide variety of seafood options, pasta dishes, appetizers, salads, soups, cheese ﬂan and tres leches, and they work only with Certiﬁed Angus Beef Prime meat. Creole 21 also has a children’s menu for the little ones, oﬀering chicken tenders, pizza and more.
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(352) 694-1401 › 7 days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala › (352) 291-2121 › 7 days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $5.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $5.45; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $7.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $6.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $5.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (take-out not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse 2023 S Pine Avenue, Ocala
(352) 622-1741 › ipanemaocala.com Lunch Friday 11a-2:30p › Brunch Sunday 11a-3p Dinner Tue-Thu 5p-9p › Fri-Sat 5p-10p › Sun 4p-9p A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) where 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 holiday 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.
Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview (352) 347-3100 › pastafaire.com Mon-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-9p
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like great food and fine wine. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Make your reservations NOW! Gift Cards available online for every occasion. Ladies Night Thursdays Enjoy one house wine or one well drink on the house at our bar. $5 Tapas 5p-8p
Look for our NEW menu items coming February 2019. Call for catering (352) 260-5807. Taste of Ocala Winner 2018
Win everyone over with dinner this week from Pasta Faire! Locally owned and operated, Pasta Faire has been serving up the very best Italian cuisine in Marion County. We’re the proud winner of Taste of Ocala’s “Best Presentation” award two years running and do everything we can to make your experience unforgettable. Come in and enjoy our delectable homemade lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight, Pesce Fresco, Blackened Chicken Pasta or a specialty pizza or calzone, or build your own pasta bowl—there’s something for everyone! Eat in or carry out, Pasta Faire is the place in Belleview for an unbeatable meal. It’s so good, you’ll think you’ve left the Florida peninsula for the Italian one! Come see for yourself.
Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Ave., Ocala
(352) 622-4777 › latinoymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat: 11a-10p › Closed Sunday Latinos Y Mas is the perfect gathering place for family and friends to enjoy the food they love the most. Come feel at home, and try the exquisite fusion of Latin food, such as one of our entrees, including Pargo Rojo, Paella, Ceviches, home-made Tres Leches and our amazing passion fruit Mojitos. Enjoy in house or order from the takeaway menu. Our friendly staﬀ is more than happy to help plan an extraordinary dining experience. VIP room, patio available for private events & catering for all occasions.
Happy Hour Mon-Thur 3-7p. Kids Eat Free Mondays NEW CURBSIDE PICK UP! Nothing says ‘I love you’ like great food and fine wine. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Make your reservations NOW!
SPECIAL Tuesday & Wednesday 16”-inch 1 topping pizza $9.99 Dine In, Take Out and Delivery available.
Locations: 3351 W Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala; (352) 789-6001 › 3400 N Pine Ave., Ocala; (352) 877-7900 › 2900 SW 27th Ave., Ocala; (352) 861-9234 › 6033 SW Hwy 200, Ocala; (352) 351-1541 › 13451 SW 17th Ct., Ocala; (352) 347-5775 › 868 E SR 44, Wildwood; (352) 748-0221
Stop by our new speakeasy bar and enjoy our speciality drinks! For information on catering contact Waica or Evelyn at WMHIvyHouse@yahoo.com
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(352) 304-5199 Mon-Sat 11a-9p This family-owned and-operated restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and everything on the menu is made to order. To get your meal going, try the mozzarella caprese, garlic knots or fried calamari. The antipasto and Greek salads are two more favorites! Entrées include a huge variety of chicken, seafood, pasta and veal options. If you crave it, chances are they make it. The pizza, though. You have to try the hand-tossed pizza. Pile it high with your favorite toppings, or try the Sicilian with its one-of-a-kind meat sauce. No matter what you order, you’ll be satisﬁed and ready to call Louie’s a new family favorite.
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Try the absolutely craveable chicken, Zalads and Zappetizers, or enjoy any one of many Party Platterz catered for your next game, party or event. Always fresh and made to order, Zaxby’s oﬀers family-friendly, fast service featuring daringly zesty chicken ﬁngers, wings and more. Open seven days a week with six locations to serve you throughout Ocala and Wildwood, you can drive thru on the go or dine in with family and friends. ZAXBY’s: Always so Zatisfying!
Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala
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(352) 528-5410 › Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our home to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.
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ROAD The Best Of Key West By KATIE MCPHERSON
ey West is a paradise in our own backyard, complete with sparkling waters for snorkeling and plenty of sun to soak up. But itâ€™s also home to a burgeoning foodie and mixology scene, award-winning art galleries and much, much more.
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using only natural ingredients (think real Key lime juice and homemade graham crackers crushed into crust) and has won national awards.
To taste Key West, it’s all about Key lime pie, Cuban cuisine and aaaaall the fresh seafood. For top-notch Cuban food, El Siboney is the place to go. It’s located in a residential area just oﬀ Duval Street and specializes in the old-fashioned classics: black beans, yellow rice, roast pork and ﬂan. Try other dishes like albondigas (Cuban meatballs), dorado a la plancha (grilled Mahi) and the mango guava cheesecake. Looking for oysters? Don’t miss Half Shell Raw Bar, one of the oldest joints in town with a waterfront view. Shuckers pop open fresh oysters ‘round the clock right in front of diners who can dive in as they please. Key West Key Lime Pie Company often has a line out the door for their little slices of heaven but for good reason. Their Key lime pie is made fresh daily
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Rum runners for everyone! If you came to Key West to let loose, you can’t skip Sloppy Joe’s or Captain Tony’s, two notorious bars that are always a rowdy good time. Once you’ve had your ﬁll of the must-see party bars, rest assured Key West has some
mixologist-approved bars as well. At First Legal Rum Distillery, the rum is crafted from Florida sugarcane and aged inside crusty, seawater-cured barrels. This creates a low-proof rum with pear and butterscotch ﬂavors thanks to the cane and vanilla from the charred oak. During prohibition, Key West was a hot spot for speakeasies. Carrying on that tradition but with a 2018 spin, Other Side is a speakeasy inside a historic mansion on Caroline Street. It’s decorated with marble and tufted leather furniture just like a speakeasy of old, and the cocktails are creative takes on the classics. Aside from rum-based drinks, they serve a variety of gins and whiskeys.
The Gates (3824 N Roosevelt Blvd., gateshotelkeywest.com) is the perfect crash pad for travelers on a budget who still want a hotel with personality. This refurbished Florida motel’s location in modern New Town puts visitors right at the entrance to Key West. The hotel is known for its poolside food truck, rum bar and cigar lounge. Current rates begin at $143. If you’ve ever been to Key West, you’ve
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Southernmost Point buoy. What was once a Victorian mansion is now an 18-bed bed and breakfast with a cutting-edge, zero-entry swimming pool with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Current rates begin at $249.
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noticed La Concha Hotel & Spa (430 Duval St., laconchakeywest.com)—at six stories high, it’s the tallest building in town and is a staple of the skyline. La Concha is situated in the center of Duval Street, right in the middle of all the action. But when you need to catch your breath, amenities here include a wine bar, pool and rooftop spa. Current rates begin at $229. One of Key West’s most iconic, beloved buildings is the Southernmost House (1400 Duval St., southernmosthouse.com), which sits just one block away from the
You can’t stay out of the water when visiting Key West. Whether swimming, snorkeling, ﬁshing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, you name it, on the water is where it’s at. Businesses like Sunset Water Sports (sunsetwatersportskeywest.com) and Fury Water Adventures (furycat.com) oﬀer all the parasailing, sunset-cruising, dolphin socializing adventures you and the family could hope to have, led by professionals who have been teaching tourists how to enjoy water sports for many years. Want to visit an icon? The Key West lighthouse is a must-see landmark, and the surrounding area of Old Town is just as interesting. Its streets are lined with 19th century wooden houses, and visitors say when night falls the ghosts of their former residents awaken. Take one of Key West’s ghost tours and learn about local legends, including the infamous possessed doll, Robert.
Key West is also a hub for museums and art galleries. Gallery on Greene is Key West’s premier gallery, home to works by Pulitzer Prize winners Jeﬀ MacNelly and Annie Dillard among many others. Alan Maltz’s Gallery of ﬁne art photography portrays the natural beauty of the Florida Keys—did you know he’s the oﬃcial photographer of the state of Florida? Pick up a glass print or light catcher of his work for a souvenir. The Dry Tortugas are often called the eighth wonder of the world, so grab a ride on the ferry from Key West. Once you arrive, you can tour a Civil War-era fort, snorkel and enjoy tropical scenery unlike anywhere else in the United States. January ‘19
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The Family Car With An Edge By JESSE JAMES
ord has a long, storied history in the world of automobiles, and being the original American automaker, Ford holds a special place in the hearts of auto enthusiasts. Since June 16, 1903, Ford has been rolling quality automobiles from their assembly lines, enabling drivers to explore the world around them like never before. Things have changed since then, and modern Fords have evolved nicely to ﬁt in with our modern life and times. I recently had the chance to get behind the wheel of a 2018 Ford Edge Titanium Edition—a sleek, functional and comfortable ride that provides plenty of space, protection and a seamless driving experience. The Ford Edge is one of the brand’s most popular SUVs, ﬁrst arriving in the Ford ﬂeet back in 2007. Since then, the Edge has undergone quite a few changes, oﬀering some quality details and modern tech features as well. First and foremost, let’s talk style: The 2018 Ford Edge Titanium features a modern and sleek approach inside and out, which is also bigger than previous designs. The exterior includes a handful of updates, including
an eye-catching three-bar chrome grille and exceptional attention to detail. The Edge’s look is both stylish and streamlined, oﬀering a contemporary vibe along the way. The interior is loaded with outstanding features that take the driving experience to a new level. The voice-activated touch screen with navigation makes using the infotainment system a breeze. The Edge also boasts a remote start system, a blind spot information system, heated and cooled front seats, and even heated rear seats, which could come in handy during those three weeks of winter here in Florida. Other features include rain-sensing wipers, a lanekeeping system, enhanced active park assist and adaptive cruise control. Now, let’s talk power: The 2018 Ford Edge features a wide range of engine options. This particular Ford Edge Titanium is powered by Ford’s rock solid 3.5L TI-VCT V6 engine, which delivers suﬃcient ability to get where you need to go while also providing fairly good gas mileage for its size. That V6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that is smooth and ﬂawless, providing a comfortable and easy driving experience. The 2018 Ford Edge Titanium boasts a fuel
economy of 26mpg on the highway, while city driving drops it down to around 17mpg, which equates to an average of around 20mpg. Sure, it’s not the best in terms of fuel economy, but it is a big SUV with plenty of room and space for all of that needed cargo. The Edge is also big on safety, coming with a barrage of safety components that aim to keep all of the passengers safe and sound. This includes airbags, passenger seat sensing systems, a perimeter alarm, child safety systems and post-crash alert systems. Ford also has a bevy of options for the Edge as well, letting you customize the ride to your liking. These include interior details and options, exterior add-ons and accessories, and even cold weather packages and ﬂoor-liners. The 2018 Ford Edge Titanium is stylish, functional and easy on the eyes. It’s built with family in mind, providing ample room to do everything from getting groceries to taking the youngins to soccer practice. Ford also oﬀers plenty of options that let you tailor the ride to your liking. Maybe you want better fuel economy, or perhaps you are like me and do not care for leather seats with our heat and humidity. Whatever you desire, Ford has the Edge for you.
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here’s a new player on the local arts scene with a resume so varied that it encompasses graﬃti art, fashion design, photography and graphic design. Claudio Valdez, who creates under the name Quadrillion Miles, is a dynamic artist and muralist who has been a part of several high-proﬁle urban art projects in both Ocala and Gainesville.
aldez’s initial introduction to art was as a part of the street art scene in New York City, but his curiosity led him to pursue more formal training and several other disciplines. “There were always a lot of urban street and graffiti influences in my work,” he explains. “That was until I was able to get some formal training in things like fashion, photography and graphic design. I translated what I saw and experienced in contemporary culture and combined it with my personal interests. Then I was able to encode all of that symbolism into my work, using pop culture as the main vehicle to create. A lot of high fashion is inspired by what is happening down on the streets. They look to absorb that fresh culture, because it is raw and untainted. It’s a feedback loop. It goes back and forth. I use a lot of logos in my work, but I fuse that with some ancient iconography. I want my work to be not only accessible to the younger generation but to have depth and meaning so someone who is older can connect with it as well.” His unique outlook has allowed him to view the world with a distinct perspective. “I’ve been grounded by creating art as a conscious vehicle for mental exploration,” he oﬀers. “And my focus is always on the connection between the emerging and ancient worlds.” Tragedy and a desire to ﬁnd a new normal brought him to Florida. “I left New York City right after 9/11,” he recalls. “That prompted my journey down here. I needed a change of scenery and to explore my own boundaries a bit. So I decided to take a breather from the city. I was in Gainesville for awhile, but now I live in Micanopy. There’s a certain appreciation for artists and a certain magnetic quality here,” Valdez enthuses. “So it’s exciting. People here are so willing to exchange ideas and share their skill set. They are open to collaborating. That’s important for the culture and allows it to keep thriving.” One of his recent projects is a prime example. The Urban Revitalization Project for the Southwest Downtown Garage in Gainesville is an ongoing
initiative to transform the garage’s gray He enjoys it so much that he also lent concrete walls to five f loors of vibrant his talents to the forthcoming Ocala murals by local artists. Skatepark, which is currently projected “I lunged at the opportunity,” he recalls. to open sometime this summer and will “It was a chance to change the perspective feature an installation of works by Valdez about something that and a host of other is utilitarian in nature artists. I’ve been grounded and not a traditional “I painted two art space, to touch all panels that depict these by creating art classes of our society. supreme beings, from as a conscious There were doctors and tribal culture, called vehicle for mental lawyers who parked Naguals,” he explains. there and they’d say, “There’s a lot of Mayan exploration, and ‘This is fantastic.’ But and Inca influence in my focus is always we also met a lot of the my work, so I chose to on the connection homeless people, who depict these two very would come and thank bold beings that can between the us. They’d say ‘I pass be seen from a great emerging and through here every distance. These two ancient worlds. day. The street is my beings are in love and home, and this is really presenting gifts to the beautiful.’ I like that community. It was a idea that it crosses all live painting project, - Claudio Valdez those barriers. I think done within a span of it’s important for art to be available on a a few hours, as part of last year’s Levitt wide spectrum, not just in galleries and AMP Music Series. We painted as the museums where only a select audience bands played, and the community had the is exposed to it. And it was great for me opportunity to interact with us. It was because I enjoy working with communities, a bit of a challenge, but sometimes that as much as I enjoy doing gallery work and kind of situation can produce some really street art.” great art.”
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A Dance of Fairies, Dukes and Donkeys By KATIE MCPHERSON
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or decades, Dance Alive has brought world-class dancers to Central Florida and introduced audiences to shows classic and modern. This winter, they’ll bring to life Shakespeare’s own A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kim Tuttle, executive artistic director of the Dance Alive National Ballet, grew up around ballet—Dance Alive was started by her mother, and both Kim and her sister are still in the dance industry today. In their 53 years, the company has put on more than 2,000 productions. “We’ve been the touring company top dancer of 200 at the Kiev National Ballet in Ukraine, and he won for the state of Florida for 40 years the Artist of The Year award for the whole country.” consecutively. We’ve toured Russia, Brazil While A Midsummer Night’s Dream may and Costa Rica and are going seem like a production best suited for ballet to Cuba this year,” Tuttle says. veterans, Tuttle and the Dance Alive company With such full schedules, In this play, characters encourage everyone—from ardent fans to where do the dancers even find time to rehearse? Tuttle have this magic potion ﬁrst-timers—to watch as this story unfolds onstage. says a professional ballet put in their eyes when “It’s Shakespeare: a world of fairies, dukes company only needs about six they sleep. When they and donkeys. In this play, characters have weeks to prepare for a new show. She believes the Dance wake up, whoever they this magic potion put in their eyes when they sleep. When they wake up, whoever Alive cast are some of the see first they fall in they see ﬁrst they fall in love with. It’s a best in the business, and the bright and beautiful ballet, and it proves that love with. audience is likely to agree. falling in love is a gift. I think for people who “We have a lot of really - Kim Tuttle have never seen ballet, a story is a common wonderful artists. Because denominator. You may not like classical ballet we’re a small company, we’ve and Mozart music, but you will ﬁnd when you have a story that it is been very careful to select dancers who captivating and timeless,” says Tuttle. have something to say and something to give the audience,” says Tuttle. “We have Learn more › A Midsummer Night’s Dream › Friday, February 8 at dancers who have been in huge companies 7:30pm › Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE 9th St. Ocala › To purchase tickets, and come to a smaller one to make a home visit reillyartscenter.com. › Visit dancealive.org for more information where they don’t have to ﬁght for roles all about the Dance Alive National Ballet. the time. Our most recent addition was the
Art For Everyone By PATRICIA TOMLINSON
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useums and art galleries are both important for seeing and appreciating art but are also quite diﬀerent when examined more closely. Our community is fortunate to have both and has a treasure in the Appleton Museum of Art. One of the primary missions of a museum is to collect, preserve and protect the best art it can to the best of its ability, forever. The American Alliance of Museums has established standards for storage, care and display of artwork to become AAM accredited. This is an important designation that the Appleton shares with such renowned museums as the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other prestigious institutions. Because the Appleton team complies with stringent regulations on humidity, lighting and temperature levels, other museums allow us to borrow extraordinary works of art knowing they can trust us to properly care for their pieces. Another distinction is that museums do not sell the art on exhibit; it goes against a museum’s mission of collecting, protecting and preserving the world’s treasures for future generations. Museums also diﬀer in that artworks and artists are painstakingly researched by art historians in order to present the most accurate, fact-based information to the public. This supports a museum’s mission of education. Commercial art galleries are businesses and are not required to follow the same rules as museums. Because the aim of a commercial gallery is to display and sell art, not to permanently collect and house it, museum standards—such as maintaining humidity levels, temperatures, etc.—are unnecessary. The constant ebb and ﬂow of art in a gallery due to
sales allows for quicker turnaround between shows. Although some commercial galleries like to educate, there are no mandates that they do so and it is not required that their staﬀ be art historians. One of the truly special things about commercial galleries is that they provide important and meaningful works of art that the public can purchase and admire in their own homes or businesses. Museums and galleries both ﬁll important rolls in the art world and exhibit art for everyone to enjoy. I encourage you to stop by the Appleton to view our treasures and then visit one of our local galleries to buy artwork you can enjoy at home. Learn more › Appleton Museum of Art › 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › appletonmuseum.org › (352) 291-4455 A former professional archaeologist, Patricia Tomlinson joined the Appleton Museum of Art as Curator of Exhibitions in 2016 after having served as curatorial staﬀ in the New World Department at the Denver Art Museum for eight years where she published on Spanish Colonial and pre-Columbian art and curated exhibitions which drew from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive collection.
A Song From The Soul By KATIE MCPHERSON Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ
er voice is captivating and her vocal range is beyond impressive. You might even say she was born to sing. But her award-winning voice isn’t just music to others’ ears—it’s her form of self-care. Markevia Williams had never competed in a talent competition before, but on Saturday, November 10, she took home the win at Ocala’s Got Talent. The event was held at the Les Bowen Auditorium at Heart of Florida Youth Ranch in Citra, where Williams brought down the house with her ﬁnale performance of “I Can’t Give Up Now.” “This was my ﬁrst time ever,” she says. “I went to The X Factor back in 2010 in Miami, and I sang gospel, and they told me I wasn’t what they were looking for. I didn’t stop—I kept singing. I heard about Ocala’s Got Talent through my HR colleague, Jessica Troyer, and she called me and was like, ‘Get in here and sign up!’” Williams was born and raised in Sparr, Florida, and still lives there today with her two children. Truly a homegrown musician, Williams began singing around age 4 but has never had singing lessons or vocal coaching. She grew up in a family of musicians who could sing and play instruments, so it’s no surprise she is a vocalist who can play both the drums and the piano. Her love of gospel was a gift from her family, too. “My father is a bishop, and he’s been pastoring for 26 years. I’m the only daughter of four children, but all of my father’s kids hold titles in the church. Just growing up and being around Christian people, teaching us how to love one another and treat people right regardless of how they treat you, it inspired me to
do what I love to do, which is singing. And my mom, she would sing with me, and as I got older, my daughter now sings as well,” Williams explains. When she got her email about the Ocala’s Got Talent auditions, she walked through that open door while others around her were closing. “I was going through so much at that time—ending a 15-year relationship—and that’s what motivated me to push harder to pursue my dreams,” she says. “I may have lost a husband, but I still have my passion for singing. Singing has brought me out of so many situations because I minister to myself through words of encouragement in the songs that I sing.” The emotion in her ﬁnal performance was real. For Williams, winning felt “like a sigh of relief.” “I was still hurting, but when I sing, that’s my way of releasing. No matter what you’re facing you have an outlet.” Williams is beginning 2019 with a new job as administrative assistant for Youth Opportunity Investments. She looks forward to serving children in the juvenile justice system in her new role and plans to compete in more talent and singing competitions in the future.
Watch & Learn By CYNTHIA MCFARL AND
February 10 Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story A documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, ﬁddler Joe Thompson (1919-2012). The ﬁlm captures how three musicians from the hip-hop generation embraced a 19th century genre and took it to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010. John Whitehead (director/producer, editor) makes documentaries for public television and videos for non-proﬁt organizations.
March 3 Bathtubs Over Broadway The film follows Steve Young, comedy writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, after he discovers a treasure trove of forgotten archives, cast recordings and Broadway-style musical shows, including writers and performers who would become legends, such as Chita Rivera, Kander & Ebb, Florence Henderson and Bob Fosse. Los Angeles-based filmmaker Dava Whisenant (director/ producer, co-writer, editor) makes her directorial debut.
April 7 This Is Home An intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing as they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become selfsufficient. Filmmaker Lindsey Megrue (producer) is a creative producer and director with over a dozen years of experience creating documentary films for theatrical release and television broadcast.
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odern technology allows us to watch independent ﬁlms on a mobile device or through streaming services on television. That solitary experience, however, doesn’t begin to compare with viewing the same ﬁlm with an appreciative audience and then discussing it with the ﬁlmmaker in person in a social setting. This opportunity is what Cinema Sunday at the Marion Theatre is all about. The Cinema Sunday series is a monthly program launched by the Ocala Film Foundation that began in September 2018 and continues through April 2019. The six ﬁlms in the Southern Circuit: Tour of Independent Filmmakers series are presented by the Ocala Film Foundation in association with South Arts, an Atlanta-based non-proﬁt regional arts organization that covers a nine-state region and the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the kind of event that usually happens only at a ﬁlm festival. Filmmakers attend their ﬁlm’s screening and are part of a “Closeup and Conversation” event where audience members enjoy a Q&A session with the ﬁlmmakers before and after the screening. There’s also a chance to talk directly with ﬁlmmakers during the post-screening cocktail party. “We were selected as one of only two cities in Florida—Ocala and Tampa—to show this series,” says Laurie Zink, volunteer executive director for the Ocala Film Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to oﬀer this educational opportunity to our community.” Check out the remaining schedule for this season’s Cinema Sundays.
Learn more › Screenings are held at the historic Marion Theatre in downtown Ocala, beginning at 3:30pm. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit ocalaﬁlmfoundation.org and click on the Cinema Sunday tab.
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OLD 2019 Home Trends By KATIE MCPHERSON
…and in with the on-trend. What’s “in” changes each year, and home trends in 2019 will be no diﬀerent. Here, local experts discuss what trends will be everywhere in Ocala, on social media and around the country—and how you can implement them in your own space. Where do home design and décor trends come from? According to the pros, what’s stylish on the runway one year usually has an effect on what’s stylish to decorate with the next. “If you look at what’s on the fashion runway in 2018, it’ll show up in home fashion in 2019,” says Suzanne Rice, a licensed interior designer and owner of Suzanne Rice Design Consultants, LLC. “Whatever the colors seem to be for clothing, those colors translate into home décor the next year or two. Pink was in fashion in 2017 so last year we saw pink sofas, pink leathers, pink everything.”
Ronaldo Sosa owns Architecture Studios, Inc. based in Ocala and is a registered architect and licensed interior designer. He says the biggest home building trend of 2018 was the open concept ﬂoor plan, which should stick around into 2019 and beyond. “Open concept is still going strong—I think we can safely say multiple living spaces are something of the past,” January ‘19
The overall price for smart home items has dropped to the point that they can be added to any new or existing home without major expense. The interconnection of all home appliance products is making everyday life easier.” For example, Mark says a Google Home or Alexa base is enough to begin building out a smart home that works for you, no hardwiring or supercomputer necessary. “Google and Amazon base stations allow appliances, communication devices, entertainment and security to all work on simpliﬁed platforms,” Mark explains. “For instance, starting with an Alexa base, it’s possible to control the temperature, call a relative, play your favorite songs and record TV shows, and just asking questions of Alexa starts changing how we interact with a smart home. This is the future now. These base units are built to grow and change as the technology evolves. This further reduces the cost to add new and perhaps currently unimagined pieces of equipment in the future.” And although it may not debut in 2019, Mark believes robotic tech, like the iRobot Roomba vacuum, may become a more common smart home addition. “In the near future, the robotic world Many of Rice’s Ocala clientele are looking should be entering into everyday life. for one thing: a simplified home with The marriage of robotics and artificial lower maintenance. intelligence is moving faster than anyone “I think the trend is easier living, especially imagined. Combined with the home base in Florida, where people come to live even stations, the mobile part time. They want to robotics will perform entertain, have fun and I think the trend is simple tasks to start not be a slave to their more complicated home,” she explains. “I easier living, especially and tasks in the near see technology as what future. Google and drives it. You can look in Florida, where Amazon are both through magazines all people come to live buying and developing day long, but when you robots that will have do it yourself, you want even part time. They a direct connection less maintenance and want to entertain, have to the Google home for things to be simpler.” center base and the Phillip Mark, owner fun and not be a slave Amazon Alexa.” of Abio Construction, is to their home. One of the best ways well-versed in building to take advantage of homes that will carry - Suzanne Rice smart technology is to their residents into replace those higher the future. maintenance aspects of a house. “There are several new trends in home “Smart lighting and smart homes are automation: controlling appliances, very appealing to people in Florida—and controlling the environment of the home, especially in Ocala. If you’re a part-time communications and entertainment, resident, you want to know everything security and robotics,” he says. “The is working and running whether you’re concept of the smart home has evolved down here or in your other home,” Rice dramatically over the last several years. he says. “As prices increase, people are trying to squeeze out more value from their home-building projects. An open concept means having a space that checks a lot of boxes. With many families now, everyone has a lot less time, so the kitchen now is an important aspect of the overall living pace of the home.” Materials for home exteriors are changing, though. Hardier versions of classic looks are becoming available on the market. “You can get the wood siding look with cementitious siding so it’s maintenance free for years to come,” Sosa says. “There are a lot of plastic companies out there making their products more realistic with patterns and textures on siding to look like wood. That’s generally something we’d install up high where your eye can see it but you can’t hit it with the weed eater, for example. It used to be if you wanted river rock or that craggy look, those were your choices. Now I’m seeing stone products that are more linear and contemporary looking. If an owner wants to spruce up the outside, that’s available.”
says. “Now using your phone or computer, you can lock and unlock your doors and aﬀect your AC, your safety, etc. With online shopping, a lot more deliveries are coming to your door now, so people are looking for techniques and ways to secure their packages once they’re delivered.”
Rice says advances in ﬂooring are creating alternatives to real wood ﬂoors, ensuring a low-maintenance but tidy home. “Everybody loves the look of wood, but with the digital scanning and photography today there are wonderful materials— especially in Ocala for people with farms and horses—like tile that can have the look and feel of wood to your hand,” Rice explains. “Luxury vinyl plank is not only environmentally responsible, but the texture, plank size and replication of wood graining has brought it from commercial use to residential. Its resistance to pet nails, dirt, scratching, low maintenance and realistic duplication of real wood make it very appealing to all age groups.” “Luxury vinyl tile has a 15- to 25-year guarantee on wear and quality. It looks great and wears very well. Just make sure the products are tested and meet the quality standards required by the U.S. government,” Mark adds. Other ﬂooring materials of the future include porcelain tile planks with ceramicides added during the ﬁring process to increase their durability, according to Rice. Sustainable cork ﬂooring is also seeing an increase in popularity thanks to its soft texture and is great for use in front of sinks or work areas to allow softness underfoot without a raised rug or mat.
Michael Koontz is the owner of Koontz Co. and is a licensed interior designer. Like many home trends, furnishings are heavily inﬂuenced by fashion—but just as much so by technology. “In the high end, it’s usually related to haute couture clothing. Colors start at the top and dribble down to the mass market, like the IKEAs of the world,” he says. “For the last decade, technological innovation has been a driving force of change with all the computers, phones and televisions that are interactive. Furniture is going to go
Kitchen & Bath
Anyone who has spent hours scrubbing grout with a toothbrush on their hands and knees can now rejoice, because there is no penny tile in sight for 2019. “In bathrooms, grout has always been a problem for people. New on the market is a larger format of tile, so essentially in the shower we can have three or four slabs and you don’t have the same level of maintenance. These are rectiﬁed and have minimal grout, and in smaller showers, a 5-by-10-foot slab will appear as seamless, true marble,” says Rice. “Many baby boomers want to age in place, so being able to walk into their showers and having the linear drains is great. I’ve used cork ﬂoors in showers because they’re soft on your feet. I think design is connected to construction and technology in that way.” As for kitchens, the same low-
maintenance tendencies are taking priority. says most homeowners know what they “People are moving more toward quartz don’t like. so they can get the look of marble without “If I ask them what colors they like, the care of marble. People seem to be doing they’re not really sure. Generally, the best bigger islands, and with quartz you can question, surprisingly enough, is if I ask get much larger slabs and waterfall them what color they don’t like—they do know down. That gives a clean look, and you can that answer,” she laughs. “The trend for still get the farmhouse 2019 appears to be look without having a muted tones. Not to Designers will always product that can give compare the colors you some challenges in to food, but many tell you, and it’s the caring for it,” Rice says. of us know these advice I’ve taken, Chrome kitchen well—dry mustard, ﬁnishes are still all the curry, ginger, cocoa, to get good basic rage, but mixing metals cilantro green, red can help update the plum and pink icing. furniture but change look of a kitchen or These are all great your accessories as bathroom. for accessorizing. The “Brass and chrome they wear out. It’s a lot background palette continue to shine. In trend stays neutral easier to replace pillows with grey tones and a kitchen try a brass/ chrome combination off-whites.” than a sofa. for hardware on For neutral paint cabinets, chrome colors, Rice notes that - Paula King for the faucet with one of her favorites stainless appliances and brass pendant is Benjamin Moore’s HC-171, “Wickham lights,” explains Rice. “Added to the mix is Gray,” but says the brand’s AF-690, called black nickel and matte black on ﬁxtures “Metropolitan,” is the new “Wickham” or hardware. These can be mixed together for 2019. Keeping walls and key furniture where black nickel is the star of the show like sofas lighter in color means that as and matte black takes the background. For color trends change each year, it’s not so example, faucets are available in matte expensive to adopt trends you like. black now and you can add a composite “If they do their homes in lighter black sink on a white quartz countertop palettes, then they can use accent colors with black veining. Use black nickel in their accessories. That gives them hardware and black stainless appliances the opportunity if they’re young to grow with white or grey cabinets. With this through their home without painting over combination you can be contemporary or and over again. If they’re entertaining casual depending on style of hardware.” family, they can entertain with pumpkin colors, and if they have a party a month later, they can go to mustard,” Rice explains. “Pops of color will be strong coming into this year, but that’s easy to accomplish Remember 2017, otherwise known as the with accessories like rugs and pillows,” says year of the chevron? 2019 may shape up to Paula King, owner of Agapanthus home, be the year we move past patterns and into gift and accessory boutiques. “And those textures to add visual interest to a room. things wear out, so you will need to change “Patterns have been kind of replaced them out. Designers will always tell you, with textures, which I guess is the move and it’s the advice I’ve taken, to get good from shabby chic to rough textures, fuzzy basic furniture but change your accessories textures and even those glitter fabrics you as they wear out. It’s a lot easier to replace see,” says Rice. pillows than a sofa.” Some examples? Think woven throws, “With color, the easy way to incorporate macramé wall hangings and wooden accents. it is with throw pillows or accent rugs. Rugs as large as 5-by-7 feet are relatively aﬀordable these days because of computer design and printing,” says Koontz. “A lot Not everyone is conﬁdent in their color of times you’ll see throws across a sofa or choice when designing their home, but Rice
along with that.” For 2019, furniture trends seem to be about distilling the way people use a room by including furniture that makes their lifestyle easier. “Furniture is being made to accommodate computers, too, with docking stations built in,” Koontz says. Motion in furniture pieces has become huge, like recliners or sofas that can be run with a battery or an electric cord. At market, they’ve introduced middle seats that can recline. And of course, we have to go along with what people actually do in rooms and help them provide function, like not have to rearrange things when people come over to watch TV. Sectionals for a while were out, and now, they seem to be holding their own as part of that trend.” Neutral furniture—the beige, gray, greige and oﬀ-white staples—have dominated the last few years. That will likely continue into 2019. “Currently, neutral is huge everywhere, in all categories. Gray seems to be turning warmer; it has been a cool gray used with lots of white, and now it seems to be moving more into the oﬀ-whites and warmer grays. It’s still regional. In Miami Beach, it’s white and black. In this part of Florida, it’s not like Miami, so it’s maybe a little toned down,” Koontz explains. “Sometimes it’s just the accent colors that change. Some of the easier colors people love to deal with are blues. In the high-end market now, you see that changing to introductions of green.”
Cue New Colors
at the end of the bed to bring in a color or texture, like a heavy cable knit throw.” “If the home palette is neutral, you can maintain the trends with pillows, placemats, runners, towels, ﬂowers and things we change anyway,” Rice adds. “You will be surprised how many colors show up in your existing art with accent changes.” And in a surprising comeback, wallpaper is making its return. “There is a trend toward wallpaper with patterns and textures,” says Koontz. “It depends on the room, but a lot of tone on tone and realistic natural prints, like leaves, or even geometric forms in rooms like dining rooms or bedrooms. In powder rooms is where people usually go gutsy with all the wallpaper or colors they love. Small spaces like that are a great place to stick in some accents you’d like to try.”
Plants: Yes or No?
If you’ve been on Pinterest this year, you know succulents were a thing. In 2019, will indoor plants continue their reign? Rice says she hasn’t seen many of her Ocala clients looking to add indoor plant care to their to-do list. “I’ve noticed people are doing more gardening outside and herb gardens, especially people on horse farms—they don’t live in their houses, they live in their barns. Retired people—and these seem to be our two major groups of people—they 82
don’t want to maintain anything, and if they do keep plants they want to be outdoors in great gardens and things,” she explains. “If anything, I see people are looking for quality silk plants because the greenery is nice, but even then, they’ll need to clean it.”
Keep Up, or Keep It The Same?
Trends oﬀer inspiration to update your home, but ultimately, homeowners should assess what they need from their home and design accordingly. “If you can honestly address your desires and the way you want to live, then your house will be furnished correctly,” says Koontz. “As far as taste goes, there are huge regional diﬀerences, all of them valid and fashionable at the same time. Regardless of what I might tell someone to do, or what their mother-in-law might tell them to do, they need to stick to pieces they love. I know of one person who had a room that was perfect, just perfect, and it was too beautiful to sit in. But for her it was her escape hatch. She said the rest of her house was a mess, but, in this room, everything was organized. And that was a function that made that room worthwhile, and for her that was perfect.” “The best piece of design advice I have gotten is, ‘Make coming home an event,’” says Rice. “Your home should be your signature. We are all unique for a reason. Let it show.”
Design Miami: Collaboration Art By MAUREEN FANNON
Photo courtesy of Tapis Rouge
Much like the ﬁrst week in May when everyone in the thoroughbred world is in Louisville, during the ﬁrst week in December, everyone in the contemporary art and design world is in Miami for the muchanticipated Design Miami. This year’s Design Miami, the international design fair that accompanies Art Basil/Miami Beach, had some very interesting collaborations. Calico Wallpaper, the sensitive and sensational husband-and-wife design team of Nick and Rachel Cope, joined artistic forces with London-based interior designer Philippe Malouin to create a three-dimensional “transient composition” that challenges the conventional use of wallpaper as a backdrop by placing it front and center, making the room feel more like an art immersion.
The whimsical and quirky collaboration between New York graffiti artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, and the Brazilian design company Estudio Campana makes for amusing, sensible and comfortable design with a variation on the Campana Brothers “Banquete” chair made of soft pink stuffed toy animals on steel frames. Tapis Rouge Fine Rugs Atelier and Gallery from Moscow collaborated on a limited series collection called “Frozen” with interior designer Olga Malyeva. More than 2,000 labor-intensive hours went into the design, development, weaving, cutting, washing, drying and hand-knotting of the specially selected New Zealand wool and Chinese silk that makes up the blush pile and various hues of blue for this collection. Tapis
Rouge’s historical respect of ancient cultures and its exalted approach to the contemporary makes this partnership a true investment in art. The time-honored Italian design house of Fendi and Dutch-born designer Sabine Marcelis collaboration is a perfect 10. With Fendi’s dedication to preserving the iconic fountains of Italy in mind, Marcelis designed 10 fountains honoring the 10 years of Fendi’s presence at Design Miami and the 10-year anniversary of the crowdpleasing debut of its peekaboo bag. All the fountains share the same travertine stone and polished resin materials, but it is the image of the classic bag in its a-typical positioning that attracts the eye with it pastoral elegance. Learn more › designmiami.com
Living History History meets practical in new homes with Old Florida style. By Cynthia McFarland Photography By John Jernigan
ive in Florida long enough and you’ll hear the term “Cracker.” Depending on who says it, calling someone a “Cracker” can be either derogatory or a respectful acknowledgment of heritage. If someone refers to himself or herself as a Cracker, they’re letting you know in one simple word that their claim on Florida is generations old—and they’re darn proud of it. Although there are a few theories about the origins of the word, many old-time Floridians believe it traces directly back to the state’s earliest years. Spanish explorers brought the ﬁrst cattle to our shores in 1521, and they turned into massive wild herds over the centuries. Native Seminole people ran large herds of cattle numbering in the thousands. As more and more white pioneers found their way to the territory that would become known as Florida, some of them took advantage of those cattle and rounded them up to sell. They helped supply the Confederate Army with beef during the Civil War and also shipped cattle to Cuba. No matter how talented a man was with a rope, when those wild cattle headed into thick scrub, swamps and heavily wooded areas, roping them was impossible. So these scrappy “cow hunters,” mounted on equally tough little horses, drove the cattle out using dogs and long, braided whips. The distinctive cracking sound of those whips led to the term “Cracker,” and it stuck. (For the record, some modern Florida cowboys are ﬁne hands with a whip and still use them when moving cattle.) PRACTICAL HOUSING
As these cattlemen and other pioneers settled Florida’s wild and challenging country, they turned to the land to supply what they needed to build homes as quickly and eﬃciently as possible. Massive stands of timber provided logs for walls; heart pine and cypress were durable and—especially important—
Certain construction and design elements are common in classic Cracker-style homes: Pier and pile foundation with crawl space underneath entire house; wide; covered porches (both complete wrap-around and partial); steep-pitched metal roof cedar siding or log walls; shallow building depth; central hallway to increase airﬂow through house; numerous large windows; high ceilings; ﬁreplace/chimney of brick or local stone; wood ﬂoors.
resistant to insect damage. Homes were raised oﬀ the damp ground on piers of stacked ﬂat stones or bricks made of coquina oyster shell and limestone. Piers were sometimes made of heart pine or cypress, as well. Early settlers built their homes speciﬁcally for Florida’s demanding climate. In an era long before air conditioning, maximizing ventilation and shade dictated design. Deep, covered porches provided useful additional outdoor space and kept sun oﬀ the walls to lower the temperature inside. Large windows could be opened throughout the house, while a cupola and/ or clerestory was sometimes included, not for looks, but to provide an escape for rising warm air and to help cool the interior. For safety’s sake and to spare the living area from the heat of cooking, the kitchen was typically built as a smaller separate structure behind the main house.
EXPANSION Cracker homesteads evolved over time as homeowners expanded on the original structure, which was typically a “singlepen” house consisting of one square room with a ﬁreplace and a chimney, all surrounded by wide, covered porches. As the family grew—and funds allowed—the home was added onto. There were diﬀerent ways of doing this. Adding another room to the existing wall opposite the chimney resulted in what was called a “double-pen.” Building another room directly to the existing wall including the chimney was known as a “saddlebag.” Adding another room next to the existing single-pen and leaving a space in between was called a “dog-trot.” The “dog-trot” was the easiest of the three, as it required no alterations to the existing structure, so it was commonly used, and many people consider this style typical of early Florida Cracker-style homes.
WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN Florida’s pioneers were all about practicality when building their homes. Today, that Cracker style is popular for energy eﬃciency, comfort and aesthetics. Contractors are building both log and frame Cracker-style homes in an array of sizes. Not all are built with the classic elevated 86
foundation. Some homeowners choose to have their house built on a concrete slab, but either way, there are several design features that proudly proclaim “Cracker.” “A total wrap-around porch is one the big elements of Cracker style,” says builder Jeﬀ Gutapfel, owner of Good Apple Development Corporation in Ocala. “One
of the beneﬁts of having it around all four sides is that it keeps the sun oﬀ the walls of the house, and that helps from an energy performance standpoint. Another beneﬁt is that it also keeps the weather oﬀ the walls; these homes will last hundreds of years so long as the roofs are maintained.” Metal roofs—a classic Cracker-style
Florida Heritage For a taste of early Florida history in all its rough-and-tumble glory, read Patrick D. Smith’s A Land Remembered (Pineapple Press). It’s a well-researched and detailed account of three generations of a Florida pioneer family, who rose from poor Crackers to become real estate tycoons. Recognized as the “Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel” by the Florida Historical Society, this book will give you a deeper appreciation of Sunshine State heritage. feature—come in a variety of colors, and Jeﬀ points out that the color you choose inﬂuences what builders call “solar heat gain,” referring to the increase in thermal energy as the structure absorbs heat from the sun. “Darker colors absorb the heat, which transfers into the attic of the house,” says Jeﬀ. “A white metal roof is signiﬁcantly cooler because it has the highest reﬂectivity and the lowest solar heat gain. That’s why white is the best way to go for energy eﬃciency.” Those early Florida pioneers didn’t have spray-in insulation, but Jeﬀ has found this is a deﬁnite beneﬁt when used under the roof, as it makes the home much easier to cool and heat. The original settlers went with a peaked roof and high ceilings because as heat rises, the ﬂoor area would stay cooler, but today’s homeowners appreciate this feature for its dramatic look as much as for its practicality. Jeﬀ ﬁnds many people requesting Cracker-style elements like raised foundations, but of course, new homes aren’t built on stacked stone piers. Good Apple builds a wood ﬂoor atop a solid stem wall of concrete block. “We overbuild the ﬂoor system so it’s very solid and put the logs (walls) on top of that. We insulate with R19 under the ﬂoor and can also use spray-in insulation after the plumbing goes in, so the pipes are insulated, too,” notes Jeﬀ. In pioneer days, that elevated construction increased ventilation and also made for a cool spot for dogs and chickens to hang out. Modern homeowners appreciate the fact that it
provides easy access to plumbing and other mechanical systems. One early concept that today’s homeowners prefer to skip is leaving cracks in the wood ﬂoor to help with “house cleaning.”
CLASSIC LOG CRACKER After living in Dunnellon for nearly 30 years, Klaus and Marilyn Gruber had the opportunity to sell their house and fulﬁll Klaus’ dream of living in a Crackerstyle log cabin. They found the exact look they wanted after visiting Cracker Style Log Homes and Sawmill in Williston, Florida, a locally owned and operated business that sells log home packages, plans, lumber and ﬂooring. The Grubers bought a 5-acre parcel of land in the Morriston area and hired Good Apple Development to build their dream house in 2015. The 1,728-square-foot home was built on a concrete slab instead of elevated. “We’re already on a hill and didn’t feel the need for extra elevation, and it was more practical ﬁnancially,” notes Klaus. “We always seem to have a breeze, even during the summer, so it’s very energy eﬃcient.” A galvanized metal roof reﬂects the sun and helps keep the home cool. True to early Cracker design, the home has a complete wrap-around porch, which doubles the living space. The spacious, breezy porch is the perfect place to sit in a comfy chair and enjoy the serenity of surrounding pastures
and hay ﬁelds. “Our sunrises and sunsets are magnificent with the views we have,” says Marilyn. “We practically live on the porch; we can be out there no matter what the weather.” Inside the living room with its soaring peaked roof, a native stone fireplace commands attention. Klaus handpicked each of the rocks, many of which contain fossils. The three-bedroom, two-bath home doesn’t have an inch of drywall. Just like an original Cracker-style pioneer home, every wall is made of logs, and the heart pine f loors have plenty of knots and color variations. Adding deﬁnite Fixer Upper style is a sliding barn door separating the living room from the bedroom wing. “I can’t think of one thing we would do diﬀerently; we’ve got everything here we wanted,” says Klaus. “We’ve lived in nice homes on Blue Cove and Rush Lake; this is the best place we’ve ever lived.”
CRACKER TRADITION A fourth generation Florida native who proudly calls himself a “Cracker,” Don Sparkman grew up on a hog farm in Dunnellon where he was raised in an old Cracker home. “It was easy to heat and cool because it was built to catch the breezes, and the morning sun would heat it,” recalls Don. “The windows were tall and wide, about January ‘19
Wander Back In Time
Get a close-up look at a late 1800’s pioneer Cracker village when you visit the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center, which is a program of Marion County Public Schools. Located within Silver Springs State Park, it’s open weekends and most holidays from 10am to 4pm. There’s a $2 additional fee for the museum. › (352) 236-5401 or silverrivermuseum.com.
6 feet, so with all of them open, it would pull a draft of air in to cool the house. Most Cracker houses had a back porch; the (farm) workers could come in that way and clean up in the kitchen at the back of the house, while the front porch was for entertaining.” In 1996, Don built his own Cracker-style house in Ocala. “I took the memories of growing up in a Florida Cracker home and added modern conveniences to it,” says Don. Don and his wife, Debbie, went with frame construction and the classic peaked metal roof and opted for more of a “plantation look,” complete with big
columns in the front of the house. Instead of a wrap-around porch, they built a large front porch. Including the spacious porch, the house is 6,000 square feet. A large attic fan increases ventilation and aids in cooling. Because the Sparkmans’ home was built with a stem wall on the slope of a hill, Don was able to give the structure something rare in Florida construction: a basement. Complete with 12-foot ceilings, two ﬁreplaces outﬁtted with Florida yellow pine mantles and hardwood ﬂoors throughout, the Sparkmans’ home is deﬁnitely larger and fancier than Don’s childhood home, but it incorporates all the practical elements
he’s long respected. It’s rich in heritage and history, underscoring the very best of Florida Cracker style.
LEARN MORE Classic Cracker (Pineapple Press), written by Ronald W. Haase, is a detailed account of the author’s research on these early pioneer homes. Haase, who moved from New Hampshire in the 1980s to take a job as a professor of architecture at the University of Florida, has been inﬂuential in spreading the word and helping preserve the state’s early Cracker homes. › crackerstyleloghomes.com
Lodging with Cracker-Style Flair Silver Springs State Park in Ocala has 10 Cracker-style cabins available for rent in their campground area. Although the cabins were built in 2000 and 2001, they have a rustic appearance, right down to the metal roofs, knotty pine walls and screened-in wraparound porches. All but two are elevated; Cabin 5 has a ramp, and Cabin 6 is wheelchair accessible. All cabins are two-bedroom, one-bath and sleep a maximum of
six guests. There’s no television, but you’ll have a fully outﬁtted kitchen complete with dishwasher and microwave. The cabins are quite popular, so you’ll want to book well in advance if you’re hoping to stay on a weekend or holiday. Make reservations online at reserveamerica.com/camping/ﬂorida and click on Silver Springs State Park. Call Silver Springs State Park (352) 236-7148 with questions.
may 17, 2019 TICKETS $65-120
Throughout the spring and summer of 2019, KANSAS will be performing a set of KANSAS Radio Classics. Fans will hear songs they have heard on the radio, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, and Classic MTV since 1974. With more Top 100 hits in the set than ever before, KANSAS Fans will also hear some classic B-Sides, fan favorites, and material off the band’s latest studio album, The Prelude Implicit.
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Fashion Editor: Maureen Fannon Photographer: Ralph Demilio Hair: Heather LeBoeuf Sumner from Breeze Day Spa at Agapanthus Make-up: Elizabeth Newsom from Breeze Day Spa at Agapanthus Models: Karla Ochoa and Micah Dunseath Thanks to: Stella’s, Agapanthus and Jeff Taylor’s European Car Clinic
When it comes to freshening up your wardrobe for the new year, you’ll ﬁnd just a few tweaks go a long way. Here’s our ﬁve-point checklist for updating your look in 2019.
Ditch the wire frames and update it with Gwen Stefani navy eyewear for L.A.M.B. Available at Ocala Eye, $209.99. Black cotton T-shirt by Chase, $59.99. Available at Pink Hanger Collection.
Mixing patterns is still going strong in 2019. Karla pairs her Vintage Havana striped pants, $59.99, and grey T-shirt from Pink Hanger Collection with Ashley By 26 International camouďŹ‚age jacket, $39.99, from Ivy House Boutique. Add a pair of Limited Edition Adidas Bankshot 2.0, $110, from adidas.com.
Micah updates his look with a Robert Graham paisley cotton shirt, $188, from Greinerâ€™s. He matches it with a USA-made Shinola Detroit watch, $750, from Gause and Son Jewelers. Karla wears Coco-Carmenâ€™s camel/cream reversible poncho, $52.99, from Ivy House Boutique.
Karla wears black ďŹ‚eece leggings, $15, with Chaser cotton T-shirt, $59.99, and By Together striped cardigan duster, $79.99. All available at Pink Hanger Collection. Vintage Valentinoâ€™s very current mini handbag from a private collection. Kangol Bermuda red bucket hat, $65, from kangol.com. Custom Red Reebok Leather Classic shoes, $75, from reebok.com.
Micah’s 100 percent wool Italian check sports jacket is by Super 120’s, $395. His Flag & Anthem grey cotton shirt, $49.50, he wears untucked with Citizens of Humanity blue jeans $195. All available at Greiner’s. Slip On Puma Suede sneakers, $110, from puma.com.
A Great Florida Freeze
n January 1977, Florida experienced several days of hard freezes, resulting in the loss of acres upon acres of Florida citrus trees. Farmers did whatever they could to protect their crops leading up to the freeze. Local photographer John Jernigan remembers he and his brother helping to place these smudge pots in the family’s groves in an attempt to keep the air temperature surrounding the fruit from hitting the freezing mark. This unique image was captured by John’s dad, Jim Jernigan. The 1977 freeze was comparable to the 1962 freeze, which was classiﬁed as an “impact” freeze for the state, meaning it caused catastrophic damage to trees and fruit in our state.
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