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FEBRUARY ’18

013 THE BUZZ

The real people, places and events that shape our community. By Cealia Athanason, Bonnie Kretchik, Katie McPherson and Nick Steele

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Dedicated to enriching the lives of local families. By Kevin Christian, Laurel Gillum and Melissa Peterson

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031 THE MANE

Exploring Marion County’s equestrian community. By Karin Fabry-Cushenbery, JoAnn Guidry and Cynthia McFarland

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Our best recipes, restaurant news and culinary quick bites. By Laurel Gillum, Cynthia McFarland and Nick Steele

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Your guide to what’s happening in and around Ocala. By Cealia Athanason, Ralph Demilio, Bonnie Kretchik, Laurel Gillum, Nick Steele and Ronald Wetherington

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A ROUNDUP OF THE MONTH’S BEST BETS THE LOCAL SCENE THE SOCIAL SCENE

050 Honoring History.

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The HOPS’ Spring Heritage Tour welcomes guests into some of Ocala’s most beautiful historic homes.

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Sculpted To Perfection Tuscawilla Park will show off its new art installations this month. Selected from a field of 117, 10 one-of-a-kind sculptures were chosen to advance in the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. These creations are all very different and are comprised of a variety of mediums, including sandstone, concrete, aluminum, steel and scrap metal and will be on display for a 20-month exhibit beginning later this month. Unique to this year’s competition is a solar-powered and kinetic sculpture as well as two new installations in Lake Tuscawilla. The sculptures will settle into their new homes February 12, with a special unveiling reception taking place on February 15. BOBA: Beginning of Bolted Art is a ticketed reception where guests will have the opportunity to partake in docent tours of the sculptures as well as sample culinary delights paired with specialty beverages. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance. For more information and a complete list of the sculptures, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at (352) 629-8447.

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Cooler Camping Hipcamp is the AirBnb of the great outdoors. › By Katie McPherson

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ounder and CEO of Hipcamp.com, Alyssa Ravasio, just wanted to watch the first sunrise of 2013 at a beachfront campsite. That simple wish became a business, and now she’s making outdoor dreams possible for everyone. Ravasio couldn’t seem to find a campsite on the beach in California to save her life, and when she finally found one and arrived, she hadn’t known it had amazing waves. As a surfer who didn’t bring her board, of course she wished she had known. So she set out to make the outdoors more accessible for people like her, who want to explore and get as much information about these locations as possible. According to the site itself, Hipcamp is “a web platform for listing, searching, discovering and booking private ranches, farms, vineyards, nature preserves as well as a comprehensive guide to public sites for camping across the U.S.” Hipcamp provides access to more interesting, unexplored locations outside the usual KOA campgrounds and state parks. Campsites that previously would have been inaccessible or impossible to know about are now just clicks away. Hipcamp has a similar format to AirBnb, so it’s easy to acclimate to if you’re familiar with that platform. A search for a campsite

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begins with entering a location, and check in and check out dates. Hipcamp prevents the search for the perfect site from becoming time-consuming or confusing with more specific criteria, too. Campers can specify a price range, group size or nearby activities like horseback riding or hiking. Sites can even be searched by the type of terrain they’re in, like cave or desert locations, and the amenities they feature, like showers or pet-friendly environments, to ensure each camper has the experience they want from their trip. RV hookups are available at many

campsites, but some truly are for roughing it and don’t have toilets or potable water (but probably some of the best scenery). The prices on Hipcamp are comparable to public campsites, with many below $25 and closer to the $10 to $15 range. Also like AirBnb, site hosts can be reached ahead of time to answer any questions and throughout the camping trip to address any concerns. Campers are expected to read and adhere to the site rules, but otherwise are allowed to come and go and have all the fun they can muster.

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Lend A Hand › By Nick Steele

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or 10 years, Sheltering Hands has been improving the lives of cats in Marion and Levy counties through education, humane care, fostering, adoptions and spay-neuter services. They also operate a “seniors for seniors” fostering program that provides cats to senior citizens seeking companionship. “We started out as a network of foster homes and did adoptions through PetSmart. We didn’t have our own facility,” recalls President Debbie Wabbersen. “But we were blessed by a generous bequest from a man when he passed away who had adopted one of his cats from us. That allowed us to purchase this property,” Debbie adds, referring to the organization’s permanent home just northwest of Ocala. “We do a multitude of things here, including rescue, adoptions, a low-cost spay-neuter program and a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program.” Many communities are embracing TNR, in which free-roaming cats are trapped, sterilized and returned to the outdoor locations where they were originally found. It’s a highly effective tool to humanely reduce the cat population and limit disease transmission. Experts estimate there are more than 1.5 billion cats living in the United States. Nearly half are identified as “community cats,” which means they’re either stray (including lost pets) or feral. Studies reveal that a mere 2 percent of community cats are spayed and

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neutered, which contributes to approximately 80 percent of cat births annually. Considering that cats can reproduce from about 4 to 5 months old and can produce as many as three litters a year, overpopulation is inevitable. Organizations like Sheltering Hands advise that communities cannot “adopt our way” out of the problem. More than 70 percent of the cats that enter shelters are euthanized, and the outlook is worse for community cats, which are typically judged unsuitable for adoption and are destroyed. “These cats didn’t choose to live outside. Most started out as somebody’s pet and are simply looking for food and shelter. They’re just trying to survive,” explains the organization’s (a 501(c)(3)) Medical Supervisor Dr.

Kat Fleck. “Many people don’t want them around and think they need to be placed in a home, not realizing most cannot be placed. Locally, there are several groups working to promote the spayneuter option, but we don’t have a consistent way to let the public know we are addressing the problem.” “We’re the only ones actually doing TNR in Marion County.” Wabberson adds. “We do about 2,000 surgeries a year. About half of that is for the TNR program. The other half is the low-cost spay neuter program and our foster cats. The TNR cats are also vaccinated, get their ears ‘tipped’ and are microchipped. We do it for $10 per cat, but it actually costs us $60. We lose money on the program, which is why the

financial support we receive is so important.” And while financial donations are vital, there are plenty of ways to get involved. “We always need volunteers and fosters, as well as donations of things like cat food, litter, liquid laundry soap and paper towels,” Wabbersen shares. “The whole place is a labor of love.”

LEARN MORE › Visit shelteringhands.com or call (352) 840-0663 for

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One study reveals the impact of the arts on our community, setting an even bigger Cultural Arts Plan into motion. › By Cealia Athanason

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usiness leaders, sponsors of the arts and passionate members of the community came together to talk arts and the economy on Wednesday, January 17. The draw? Findings from a recent study conducted by the Americans for the Arts with the topic of community arts at the center of discussion. Americans for the Arts puts out a call to nonprofit arts organizations in communities all over the country. Every five years, this organization conducts a comprehensive study called Arts & Economic Prosperity. This time, Ocala got the call and decided to participate in the fifth study of this type. Laura Walker, the cultural arts and division head for the City of Ocala, believes the study impacted the Cultural Arts Plan already in existence.

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“I definitely think it spearheaded the importance,” she says. “Ocala has a lot going on for a community its size.” Vice President of Americans for the Arts Randy Cohen presented results from the AEP5 study to a group of art supporters and enthusiasts at Marion Cultural Alliance, explaining how important the arts and arts organizations are in our community. In fact, the boost the arts gave Ocala’s economy beat the study’s national numbers. “The idea is that the arts are central to the community,” Cohen says. “Arts organizations employ a whole range of people. This is my approach: How can we make the arts unavoidable for people?” The AEP5 study found that 1,422 jobs are supported by the arts in our community, and

arts-related event attendees surveyed were found to spend $36.51 per person per event in non-event-related expenses. This money was spent on meals and snacks, souvenirs and gifts, transportation, lodging and miscellaneous purchases. The numbers are even bigger for non-locals, averaging $223 per person when lodging is involved. The AEP5 study works by gathering data from arts organizations and then surveying the attendees of arts-related events. Cohen worked with the City of Ocala, and 29 local nonprofit arts organizations participated in the study, along with 822 attendees. Cohen worked with a team of economists from Georgia Institute of Technology to come up with a localized economic model, which serves as a simple way for arts organizations to calculate their own


“The arts? They’re not just nice, they’re necessary.” — Randy Cohen

economic impact as their numbers change in the next few years. Cohen points out that when a community invests in the arts, they are investing in a product that brings people to the community. The arts have a way of bringing people together, cutting across all socioeconomic strata. The City of Ocala is moving on the AEP5 study data by designating Christian Dumay, the Community Cultural Art Plan Project Coordinator, to work directly with Steven Stainbrook, the associate principal and director of planning at Martinez+Johnson Architecture, to determine the needs and wants of the community and then put together a long-term, 10-year arts and culture plan. “We will mostly be conducting public surveys at Cultural Art events, such as First Friday Art Walk and Levitt concerts,” Dumay says. “Also, we will be interviewing different groups and organizations, for example, the steering committee, stakeholders, city leaders and much more.” Stainbrook has 20 years of experience working on the planning and design of cultural arts. From his brief visit in January, he considers Ocala’s creative arts community to be rather robust and multifaceted for its size. “My preliminary take is that Ocala is at a threshold moment where strategic

“How can we make the arts unavoidable for people?” — Randy Cohen

investments could yield substantial returns regarding cultural activity and economic impact,” Stainbrook says. Increasing the arts in the community directly boosts the economy, and Cohen illustrates this by taking attendees through a date he recently had with his wife. Their plans to see a performance at a specific theatre began impacting community organizations a few weeks before the outing. Online research, ticket purchases and outfit selections touched several different industries and supported many jobs. Along with making preparations,

Cohen also mentions that they went to dinner before the show. Even though they only attended one arts-related event, Cohen and his wife supported many different industries and jobs on their date. “The arts? They’re not just nice, they’re necessary,” Cohen says. Another reason to engage the community through the arts is to keep young, welleducated and creative individuals involved. Cohen mentions that a common export for communities is, in fact, these young individuals. Not only do the arts affect the economy, they also enrich the culture of communities, improve academic performance and bring people together. Walker, adding that they want to enhance what this community already has, says, “The goal of the plan is to find out where we are and where we should go.”

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Florida based on the number of procedures he has performed. “We’ve seen incredible results to date,” says Dr. Farr. “Patients are recovering faster and able to resume their regular routine and activities much sooner than I have seen in the past. They are having less pain; it’s a betterfitting knee, so it’s more comfortable. With this surgery, many patients are even leaving the hospital a day sooner.” When examining a knee to determine whether a partial or total knee replacement should be done, Dr. Farr reviews radiological findings, performs a thorough clinical exam and individualizes patient care in order to determine the most appropriate intervention. The primary causes for joint deterioration are osteoarthritis, infection, and accident or injury. Rheumatoid arthritis and hereditary factors can also provide eventual cause for partial or total knee replacement. Dr. Farr only recommends the surgical procedure if nonsurgical treatment options fail. It’s more

“With this surgery, I would say patients are leaving the hospital a day sooner.” — Dr. Derek Farr, D.O.


about the patient’s quality of life, and he will work with patients to help them make the best treatment choice. Nonsurgical treatment options include injection therapy, anti-

inflammatories, bracing, pain medication and physical therapy to strengthen the joint. If a MAKOplasty partial or total knee procedure is indicated, Dr. Farr is able to create a 3-D virtual model of the knee joint prior to the surgery and place the virtual implants to ensure a customized patientspecific fit. During the operation, he receives live feedback from multiple computers to ensure that all bone cuts are precise, the implant is balanced and placed accurately and there is minimal soft tissue damage. Adjustments can be made throughout the surgical procedure to ensure a patient-specific and truly customized fit.

According to Dr. Farr, “that’s important because if it fits properly, it’s going to last longer and feel better. Patients can regain their motion quicker and can expect improved outcomes and performance with that joint.” Along with partial and total knee replacements, Dr. Farr also performs total hip replacements using MAKO robotic technology. The same preliminary scans are taken, and a 3-D model is made and fitted virtually. Through the use of MAKOplasty technology, hip replacements are more precise, more comfortable and more stable. There is a reduction and minimization of leg length discrepancy, which prevents back, gait and alignment issues that can result from different leg lengths. “I’ve performed total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement surgery for the last 15 years,” Dr. Farr says, “and the use of the MAKO robotic technology has truly elevated patient outcomes beyond what I could have imagined years ago. Patients are returning to their activities, whether that’s golf, pickleball, riding horses or bowling, within six weeks after surgery.” He has been given many pictures from proud patients, which support their superior recovery and return to their active lifestyles and hobbies. Dr. Farr is happy to accept these photos and hang them in his office. “It’s a tribute to them and to our practice to be able to improve their quality of life. That’s what it’s about for me,” he says. Dr. Farr has seen his patients benefit greatly from MAKOplasty robotic surgery, enabling them to return to an active lifestyle. If surgery is needed, he recommends that patients consider MAKO robotic surgery, as it provides higher precision, faster recovery, greater longevity of the implant and higher overall satisfaction with the joint replacement. Make an appointment with Dr. Farr today to learn more about how this exciting advancement in orthopedics can help you.

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Siegel works with each patient on an individual basis to evaluate the underlying causes of a patient’s symptoms. He then tailors a plan to address the symptoms and meet their specific needs. For example, one of the first things that decreases as you age—even in your 20s—is human growth hormone. Patients who receive growth hormone therapy report feeling tighter skin, higher energy and a sharper brain.

“Anti-aging modalities are really for anyone who wants to feel leaner, stronger and smarter and wants to get their edge back and be at the top of their game.” › Larry Siegel

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ou just don’t feel like “you” lately. You’re tired all the time, your brain feels foggy and you can’t remember the last time you felt refreshed and energized. Sound familiar? “The majority of the time, these are symptoms of hormone deficiencies. You can go to a plastic surgeon, but that’s just addressing the outer appearance. My goal is to help people feel younger, healthier and stronger from the inside out,” notes Larry Siegel, ARNP, of Yunique Medical Services, with offices in Ocala, The Villages and Port Orange. Patients across the country are discovering the amazing benefits of anti-aging modalities. Until recently, however, such services were only offered in major metropolitan areas, like New York City, which is exactly why Siegel

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wanted to make them more widely available and started Yunique Medical Services, a premier anti-aging practice. Yunique Medical specializes in multiple anti-aging modalities, including:

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Siegel notes that although many of his patients are middle-aged, he also sees individuals as young as their 30s. “Because of the toxic world we live in, a man can be 35 and have low testosterone,” says Siegel. “Anti-aging modalities are really for anyone who wants to feel leaner, stronger and smarter and wants to get their edge back and be at the top of their game.” Yunique Medical also incorporates functional medicine, and Siegel learned from one of the best locally, Douglas Hall, M.D. “Dr. Hall literally brought me into this world because he delivered me,” says Siegel. “He taught me all about functional medicine, and then I went on to study the most cuttingedge anti-aging therapies.” Aging is inescapable, but now you can control how you age. Siegel’s practice addresses the whole spectrum of healthy aging, including nutritional counseling and supplementation with nutraceuticals. “In addition to getting your hormones in balance, you have to eat right, stay active and get enough sleep,” he notes. “With the right approach, we can help you turn back the clock and renew your future.” Visit the website and Facebook page to read testimonials from people dealing with the same issues you may be facing. Then call to set up your free consultation. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. A stronger, healthier, happier you is waiting.


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The Education Deliberation › By Laurel Gillum

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TOURS: Virtually or physically, tours give you an idea of the school’s teaching philosophy, campus and extracurricular activities. These tours are the perfect opportunity to speak to other parents or teachers about any

questions or concerns you may have regarding the school. FACULTY: Certification of private school teachers and administrators is not required in Florida; therefore, parents are encouraged to ask questions. Do all the teachers in this school hold four-year college or university degrees? How long has the principal been at this school? ACADEMICS: The academic programs offered

in private schools are not part of the state system of K-20 education defined in educational statutes. Parents should ask: What is the school’s authorization to issue report cards, diplomas and transcripts; what testing programs are used here; what accreditations does the school hold? OPTIONS: Whether it be fate or space, your child may not be accepted into the first school you apply to. Always have a backup plan and apply to

more than one school if possible. FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid is typically available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applicants in the first round of admission decisions are more likely to receive funding than those families who wait to apply. Even if you don’t think you will qualify for financial aid, you can still complete the application. Editor’s note: Dates may vary. Be sure to check with your chosen school to determine specific deadlines.

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ost private schools in Marion County have application deadlines in February or early spring. This general rule applies to all elementary, middle and high schools, as well as most VPKs and pre-schools. In light of these deadlines, all components of your application, including any financial aid forms and application fees, need to be completed and handed in on time for your child to be considered. Applicants who make the deadline can expect to receive their admission decisions before the end of the current school year. Prior to the application process, however, there are a few major components to take into consideration when choosing a school best suited to your child’s learning experience.


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GOLDEN APPLE TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Five more teachers now have Golden Apples thanks to their impressive teaching careers, styles, impact and philosophies. This year’s esteemed group of Golden Apple teachers includes: Kathleen Williams

» Kathleen Williams, Lake Weir High » Helene Hotaling, Madison Street Academy

» Ingrid Johnson, North Marion Middle » Jeremy Rhoden, Vanguard High Helene Hotaling

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Norma Barnes

» Norma Barnes, West Port High One of these five becomes Marion County’s 2018 Teacher of the Year and receives a free three-year Acura car lease compliments of Jenkins Auto Group here in Ocala. Of course, he or she also advances to represent Marion County in Florida’s Teacher of the Year program. Good luck to these five finalists!

This Rookie Rocks

Meantime, Michael Hartman sports a red marble apple these days after being named Marion County’s 2018 Rookie Teacher of the Year. Hartman, a biology teacher at WEST PORT HIGH, is in his third year of teaching—all in Marion County! A Florida Gator (class of 2014), Hartman received the surprise apple visit when both his wife and young son were on campus. Of course, he credits his students for his success and says teaching “is the most uplifting thing one person can do for another.”

Harmony In The O-Dome Music is alive and well in our local elementary schools. As proof, SHADY HILL ELEMENTARY students in the school’s Harmony music program, along with their teacher, Sondra Collins (back row, left), shared a musical performance of the national anthem recently at the University of Florida’s O’Connell Center. The group performed for the UF women’s basketball game against Alabama.

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City of Ocala

Recreation and Parks

FEBRUARY ARCEXHIBIT City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave. Monday-Friday Now-March 11 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ARC Marion creates opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to express themselves through paintings, drawings, sculpture, collages, beadwork and more!

FIRSTFRIDAYART WALK

Downtown Ocala Friday | Feb. 2 | 6-9 p.m. 30+ visual and performing artists, businesses with extended shopping hours, and live entertainment! Display your art for $50!

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Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St. Thursday | Feb. 15 | 5-9 p.m. Preview 10 new sculptures, enjoy hors d’oeurves, adult beverages/cash bar, and a live musical performance by Meklit (EthioAmerican singer-songwriter and composer) at 6 p.m. $25/person.

MUSIC,ARTS,AND CULTURALACTIVISM WITHMEKLIT IHMC | 15 SE Osceola Ave. Friday | Feb. 16 | 7-9 p.m. In this impact-oriented community conversation, TED senior fellow lecturer Meklit discusses social issues and her philosophy on cultural activism.

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MLK Recreation Complex 110 NW Fourth St. Friday | Feb. 16 | 7-9 p.m. A hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a humanoid animal singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates. Bring lawn chairs/blankets. Popcorn and drinks will be available for a small fee.

FORTKINGNATIONAL HISTORICLANDMARK 3925 E. Fort King St.

These programs are for all ages.

DISCOVERYCENTER 701 NE Sanchez Ave.

Entry fee to the Discovery Center is $6/person or $20/family of four (includes exhibits). Register at mydiscoverycenter.org.

LILLIANF.BRYANT COMMUNITYCENTER 2200 NW 17 Pl.

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Friday | Feb. 2 | 6-8 p.m. Presented by Darcie MacMahon and Kathleen Deagan. Learn about Fort Mose, the first legally sanctioned free black community, established in 1738.

AGES 8-12 Tuesdays | Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 3:30–5:30 p.m. Get experimental with fun and science! $32/ member/month. $36/non-member/month.

AGES 6-11 Tuesdays & Thursdays | Now-March 29 | 10-11 a.m. Includes basketball, soccer, tag games, dodge ball, table games and physical fitness activities. $10/child/non-refundable registration fee. $40/month/child.

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Wednesday | Feb. 14 | 7-10 p.m. A folk dance with mixed origins from 17th century English country, Scottish and French dance style. Live music, candlelight and dancing, perfect for Valentine’s Day! $5/person. HISTORICHOMESTEADING

Saturday | Feb 17 | 10 a.m. Learn to make your own broom! The price for this program is $20. ETHNO-BOTANYPLANTWALK

Sunday | Feb. 18 | 2-4 p.m. Ethnobiologist Marc Williams will teach us about trees, shrubs and woody plants.

E.D.CROSKEY RECREATIONCENTER 1510 NW Fourth St.

FUNTASTICAFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM

AGES 5-12 Mondays-Fridays | Now-May 24 | 2-6 p.m. Homework help, fitness, arts/crafts, computer lab, games, field trips and snacks! $25/child registration fee, open NOW through May 3. $60/month/child.

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Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | Feb. 10 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate our ranching heritage with a oneof-a-kind cattle drive, live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, performers, demonstrators, a kid’s corral and more!

SCIENCELAB

Saturdays | Feb. 3-24 | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Explore the galaxy in this gigantic inflatable planetarium! $3/person. WILDWEATHEREXHIBIT

ALL AGES Feb. 3-April 28 | Tuesdays-Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saturdays | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hands-on exhibits focusing on wind and water, air and heat and light and sound. HOMESCHOOLTUESDAYS

AGES 8-12 Tuesdays | Feb. 6, 13 and 20 | 2-3 p.m. Labs, demonstrations and science activities for homeschoolers. Topics vary. $32/ member/month. $36/non-member/month. CREATESCIENTISTS

AGES 2-4 Tuesdays | Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 11 a.m.-Noon Introduce your little Einstein to the many facets of science through storybooks, songs, simple experiments and hands-on projects. $32/member/month. $36/non-member/ month. SCIENCEKIDS

AGES 5-8 Tuesdays | Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 12:30-1:30 p.m. Grow your child’s science knowledge and collaborative skills through fun projects, simple experiments and books! $32/ member/month. $36/non-member/month.

AGES 5-18 Mondays-Fridays | Now-May 24 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (school holidays, teacher’s workdays, summer) 2-6 p.m. during school Indoor/outdoor sports, video games, crafts, painting, drawing, jewelry making, computer lab and homework help. Closed on national holidays.

EIGHTHAVENUE ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER(AGES50+) 830 NE Eighth Ave.

SWEETHEARTBALLROOM DANCING

Saturday | Feb. 17 | 3-5 p.m. Our active adults will socialize while learning the basic social dance patterns in dances such as Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, etc. SNACKS&FACTSDAYTRIP

Wednesday | Feb. 21 | 1 p.m.

Geocaching 101 with John Spencer, recreation division head for City of Ocala. Humana demonstration and picnic. FEBRUARYBUSTRIP

Thursday | Feb. 22 | Pick up at Eighth Avenue at 9 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Largo Dinner Theatre, “Just for Laughs.” $65/person. For additional information, please go to www.ocalafl/recpark or call 352.368.5517.

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AGES 5-8 Friday | Feb. 16 | 6-9 p.m.

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HOMESCHOOLSTEAM

AGES 8-12 Tuesday | Feb. 27 | 2-3 p.m.

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Baby Got Gadgets

It’s no secret—technology is taking the nation by storm. Some of that technology can help parents casually monitor a baby’s heart rate, temperature, feedings and sleep cycle at home. Talk about peace of mind! › By Laurel Gillum Owlet Smart Sock 2

The Owlet Smart Sock 2, in mint green, silently tracks an infant’s heart rate and oxygen while they sleep, and the base station notifies parents with lights and sounds if something may be wrong. Using the Owlet app, you can also receive notifications and stream real-time heart rate and oxygen levels on your phone. $299.99 › owletcare.com

Kinsa Smart Stick Thermometer The Kinsa Smart Stick Thermometer is FDAcleared for accuracy. It’s lightweight, requires no batteries and connects directly to your smartphone for an easy temperature read in seconds. The device keeps a record of recent temps available, sets medicine reminders, offers suggestions for how to soothe symptoms and even details what illnesses may be circulating in your area. $19.99 › kinsahealth.com

MonBaby Smart Button Baby Monitors

MonBaby, a monitor that clips to your baby’s clothes, sends alerts about stomach sleeping, any significant changes in breathing movements, falls and unusual activity directly to your smartphone. $99.99 › monbaby.com

Marpac Dohm for Baby Sound Machine

Dohm creates the soothing sound of rushing air naturally, without digital loops or recordings. The adjustable tone and volume make it possible to create the perfect sound environment, which is especially helpful for the nap and bedtime needs of newborns, toddlers and children. $49.95 › marpac.com

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Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor

This wearable device clips onto the baby’s diaper and lets you monitor sleep patterns, tummy movement, temperature and sleeping position all from your smart device. $109.99 › snuza.com

Vicks Pacifier Thermometer

This temperature reader puts your mind at ease with continuous temperature readings from your baby’s pacifier. $10.99 › vicks.com

Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad & Connected Scale

A modern nursery necessity—this traditional diaper changing pad with a built-in, wireless smart scale, allows you to easily track your infant’s early growth. $129.99 › hatchbaby.com

VTech Digital Video Baby Monitor

This baby monitor allows you to hear and see your child’s every breath from any room on a full-color, panoramic, 4.3-inch LCD screen. $179.99 › vtechphones.com

Itzbeen Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer Mimo Baby Monitor

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This on-the-go device helps parents remember baby care details, such as diaper changes, nursing or feeding times, sleep or awake times and medication times. All you have to do is press a button each time you complete a task and the timer counts up and lets sleepy parents know how long “itzbeen” since each task was completed. It can also help nursing moms remember which side they last fed on. $24.99 › itzbeen.com


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Nyla, 3, helping put up Christmas decorations

Caleb, 10, Emma, 7, and Brody, 4, enjoying Tas-T-O’s Donuts before the Ocala Christmas Parade

TJ, 6, at a competition with Ong’s Taekwondo

Daniel, 13, Devon, 14, and Auriah, 4, waiting for the Ocala Christmas Parade to begin

Bryce, 12, and Kaydence, 8, exploring Tuscawilla Park

Jenelle, 11 months, enjoying Brick City Adventure Park

Tiyana, 12, before the Ocala Christmas Parade

Caleb, 6th grade, poses with his team’s trophy after winning the championship game

The Marching Majorettes Senior Squad posing before the Ocala Christmas Parade

Zaidyn, 5, and Xzavier, 2, playing with cousins at the Citizens’ Circle splah pad

Aubree, 3, and Liam, 10 months, with mom at the Ocala Christmas Parade

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The Mane Event

Check out Ocala Style’s newest section, The Mane.

With Ocala/Marion County known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” it seemed fitting to highlight our equine community on the pages of the magazine. From noteworthy names and equestrian events to inspiring stories and farming news, we will cover it all. If you have horse-related events or story ideas, drop us a note at comments@ocalastyle.com.

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ometimes, nice guys do finish first. Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher is as gracious and grounded as they come, but he’s also enjoyed phenomenal success. Ten-time leading North American trainer by money earned, he’s received seven Eclipse Awards as Champion Trainer. Horses he trained in 2017 alone earned $22,444,161. For Pletcher, Ocala has long been a place to spend Christmas at the farm owned by his dad, J.J., and Joan Pletcher. Todd and his wife, Tracy, have three children—Payton, 19, Kyle, 18, and Hannah, 15. (Grandpa J.J. named his Payton Training Center here in Ocala after his oldest grandson, who started college at Texas A&M last fall.) “Our kids love coming to Ocala for Christmas; it’s always a unanimous vote to come here, spend time with the grandparents and be out of city from your family, life a little,” says 2017 was a banner year for Pletcher-trained especially when you Pletcher, adding horses, the highlight of which would have travel a lot,” Pletcher that they don’t to be winning the Kentucky Derby with admits. “On the flip mind not having a Almost Dreaming. side, the kids enjoy white Christmas. going to work with “It’s the one time me at the barn and of year our whole farms checking in on various being able to root for one of the family is able to get together. client horses. horses in a big race.” Skeet shooting is an annual Pletcher hasn’t gotten where Speaking of which, 2017 was tradition. It’s mainly about he is today without an enormous a banner year for Pletcherspending time with family and amount of discipline and effort. trained horses, the highlight of trying to decompress.” That carries over into parenting, which would have to be winning Because Pletcher’s racetrack as he and Tracy strive to be the Kentucky Derby with mornings typically start by 4am, life coaches for their children, Almost Dreaming. he breaks that routine over the encouraging, advising and “We were elated; it’s holidays and tries to stay up late guiding them. the most coveted race for a few nights watching movies “The toughest part about being American trainers and owners with the kids. Even on vacation, a horse trainer is just how much and the hardest one to win,” however, he’s making the rounds time you have to give up away Pletcher notes. of Ocala training centers and

Close behind that was winning his third Belmont Stakes (with Tapwrit), the third jewel of the elusive Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing. The Pletcher teenagers all attended Garden City High School (in Garden City, New York) and experienced the community’s excitement, as the historic Belmont takes place in their “backyard.” Whatever racing success and memories 2018 brings to the Todd Pletcher barn, come next December, Ocala will once again welcome his family home.


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Artist Newy Fagan has traveled a different bridle path with her kiln-formed glass horses. › By JoAnn Guidry

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ver the past three decades, artist Newy Fagan has created a unique herd of horses. Made of kiln-formed glass, these tiny equine wonders are a mere 7 to 9 inches tall. But what they lack in size, they make up for in sheer number—8,300-plus and counting. “I don’t remember a time I wasn’t drawing or didn’t have horses in my life,” says Fagan, who grew up on her family’s Connecticut farm. “As a youngster, I gave art lessons and riding lessons for 50 cents an hour. It makes perfect sense that my love of art and horses eventually converged into one.” After getting a fine arts degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Fagan taught elementary school art for two years. But her artistic ambitions soon led her out of the classroom. “I wanted to be an artist, so I went all in on the artistic life,” says Fagan. “I painted and participated in art shows. It was at a show that I met a glass artist and that set me on a different path. When I was introduced to the process of fusing glass in a kiln, I had a new artistic calling.”

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Not long after Fagan bought a farm near the Ocala National Forest in 1979, she purchased a specially designed kiln from Bullseye Glass Company. “Bullseye not only made the special kiln, it also makes compatible glass for fusing,” says Fagan. “And that led to creating my first fusion glass horses in 1987.” But all did not go smoothly from the beginning. “I call those early horses my drunken sailors because their legs would splay out,” says Fagan. “It took me two years and 600 horses to figure out the right amount of time to leave them in the kiln. But once I mastered that, I was rolling. I’ve made more than 8,300 horses.”

To create each horse, Fagan places layers of glass into the kiln at temperatures above 1,450 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the glass pieces melt together into a flat horse, she removes it. The horse is then quickly shaped and uprighted. It is then transferred into another kiln to cool, a process that can take eight hours. “My original horses were modeled from an Arabian horse,”

says Fagan. “For my new horses, I’m using Clydesdale, Percheron and Quarter horse models. These are going to be a little bigger at 12 inches and be in the colors of those breeds. I love exploring how horses can come to life in glass.”

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FEI Nations Cup Returns To HITS Ocala The Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) Nations Cup Jumping Series has been considered the most prestigious team competition for more than 105 years. › By JoAnn Guidry

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or the fourth year in a row, HITS Post Time Farm will host the FEI Nations Cup Qualifier. The $450,000 Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping of the United States of America 2018 will take place on Sunday, February 18 and will be a highlight of Week V of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Competition will get underway at 1pm. “To host the Nations Cup for the fourth straight year is an enormous honor,” says Tom Struzzieri, HITS founder and CEO. “To produce this event in the Horse Capital of the World demonstrates HITS’ continuing commitment to offer premier horse sport in Ocala and Marion County. Now, with three years of experience, HITS is prepared to create an event that will be the flagship FEI Nations Cup event for the United States.” A special youth Nations Cup section for junior and children riders is a new addition to the event this year. Youth classes will take place Thursday through Sunday during Week V. “We are especially excited about the opportunity to expand the Nations Cup to young riders,” says Struzzieri. “It is our top priority to utilize our venues to continually provide new opportunities to strengthen and develop our up-andcoming riders.” In 2017, the FEI Nations Cup at HITS hosted teams representing the USA, Canada, Colombia, El

Salvador, Ireland, Mexico and Venezuela. More than 5,000 onsite spectators and those viewing a live webcast via FEI TV streamed around the world watched Team Ireland capture the event. Team USA was second with Team Canada finishing third. Included on Team USA was McLain Ward, an Olympic Gold medalist and 10-time veteran of the FEI Nations Cup Finals. “This is one of the only Olympic sports where men and women, varying in ages from 18 to over 65, compete equally,” says Ward. “Riders on each team must support each other, and the horse and rider must act as a team. It’s truly a team effort.”

In addition to the FEI Nations Cup, Week V of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will also feature the $300,000 Longines Grand Prix on Friday, Feb. 16. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Ocala Main Street, CEP and the City of Ocala will host the Parade of Nations at 4pm on the downtown square, a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public. The event is an Olympic-style welcome festival for the HITS Nations Cup riders, who come from around the world to compete in the Longines FEI National Cup Jumping event. The event will include a Celebration of the Horse presentation of 30-plus

horse breeds, with a spectacular opening by the Grandview Clydesdales and a grand finale by the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Additional festivities will include snacks, horse-drawn carriage rides, vendors and more.

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Calling HITS Ocala Home Trainer Bobby Braswell bases his operation yearround at HITS Post Time Farm. › By JoAnn Guidry

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ccomplished rider and trainer Bobby Braswell kicked off his equine career in a rather surprising way—and with a little bit of fear. “My father was in the Air Force. While we were stationed in Arizona, all the Air Force kids got taken to a nearby dude ranch to ride. I must have been about 9; those horses looked really big to me,” says Braswell. “I was a little scared at first, but the more I rode, the more I liked it.” Once back in Miami, where he grew up, Braswell began taking riding lessons. By the time he was 11, he was showing jumpers. From that point on, horses have been the focus of his life.

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“We were based in Miami for many years,” says Braswell, 59. “But we’d come up to show in and around Ocala a lot. And I always liked the Ocala area better than Miami. I put in some time working with trainer Don Stewart in Ocala and kept thinking about moving here permanently.” In 1982, Braswell married Anne, an accomplished horsewoman, and they did indeed move to Ocala. Braswell then began what would be a 28-year working relationship with Christina Schulesmeyer’s Ocalabased Quiet Hill Farm. “Our timing was very good because HITS got underway in 1982 in Gainesville and then moved to Castro Farms in Ocala in

“It’s always exciting and gratifying to watch young riders and young horses develop. I never tire of that.” — Bobby Braswell

1987,” says Braswell. “Then HITS bought Post Time Farm and moved there in 1987. We’ve been associated with HITS since the beginning.” When Schulesmeyer retired and sold her farm five years ago, Braswell set up his Terrapin Hill Farm at HITS Post Time Farm. The operation got its name thanks to Anne’s fondness for turtles. “It’s a great location, and when the show isn’t going on, we have the whole place to ourselves,” says Braswell. “We generally have 20 students from amateurs to juniors to Grand Prix level riders. When we aren’t on the road going to shows, we’re at the farm training.”

Braswell makes two trips a year to Europe to purchase horses, warmblood breeds that are particularly well-suited to the show ring. He notes that “matching horse to rider for the perfect chemistry is key.” Typically, Braswell and his clients compete in about 30 shows a year. “I love what I do and having my office outside. It’s a lot of hard work, long hours and plenty of traveling. But it’s always exciting and gratifying to watch young riders and young horses develop. I never tire of that,” says Braswell. “And it’s always great to be back home at HITS Ocala.”


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Local rider Hayley Waters has enjoyed HITS Ocala success since childhood. › By JoAnn Guidry

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ayley Waters has been competing at HITS Ocala all of her life—all 21 years of it. “While I don’t have any memory of it, I showed in my first leadline class at HITS when I was just 1. I do remember later leadline classes and being strapped in pretty good on my

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pony,” says Hayley, who graduated from Trinity Catholic High School in 2014. “In leadline, you’re led around on horseback by an adult. You’re judged on your seat, leg and hand position while the horse walks and trots. My dad, mom or family friend Lauren Schreiber usually led me around.”

Hayley’s dad and mom are Chuck and Dana Waters, who also showed jumpers competitively. Dana, who competed at HITS Ocala for more than two decades, was the 1991 National Champion Amateur Owner Jumper. The Waters own and operate Waterworks Farm in Sparr, just northeast of Ocala. From those early days of being strapped in the saddle, Hayley has gone on to become an accomplished horsewoman. Although her victories in the show ring are too long to list, here are a few significant highlights: 2008 National Champion Green Large Pony Hunter; $250,000 Jr. Amateur Grand Prix at 2015 HITS Saugerties (New York); $50,000 Grand Prix at 2016 HITS Ocala; $25,000 Smart Pak Grand Prix and $25,000 U-Dump Jr./Amateur Prix at 2017 HITS Ocala. “I ride every day at our farm, usually seven to 11 horses,” says Hayley, who competes as an amateur in jumper classes. “In addition to my parents’ guidance, Daniel Damen has been my trainer since 2012. We plan out the shows,

around 25, we’re going to compete in for the year. HITS Ocala is always on my calendar, and it’s great to have it here where we live.” Hayley currently has a stable of seven horses she rides in shows during the year. She notes that “the best jumpers are consistent and competitive.” Reluctant to pick a favorite, Hayley admits a particular fondness for Qurint, a 14-year-old Swedish warmblood mare. “Qurint and I have a great bond,” says Hayley. “She’s really fast over the jumps but also a very careful and clean jumper as well. She tries hard every time, and she’s such a good girl.” Although she is taking online college accounting courses, Hayley has no career plans that don’t include horses. “I have no plans to become an accountant,” says Hayley with a laugh. “I just thought an accounting education would be good to apply to the horse business. Horses will always be at the center of my life.” Twenty-one years and counting.


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Ask the team at Showcase Properties of Central Florida to name the most important thing in real estate and their answer may surprise you.

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hile it’s commonly said that “location” is the key to real estate success, the agents and brokers at Showcase Properties know differently. Sure, location is important, but “relationship” is the secret to this company’s achievements, and they aren’t afraid to say so. “We’re really in the people business; we just happen to sell real estate,” says Valerie Dailey, who has been in the Marion County real estate industry since 2005 and became the owner/ broker of Showcase Properties in 2013. Since Dailey purchased the brokerage in 2013, overall sales volume has increased 54 percent, agent retention and development has grown from 5 to 29 agents and a full-service marketing team

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continues to elevate the brand in the marketplace.

OUR CUSTOMERS

Showcase Properties offers comprehensive real estate listings, including residential, commercial, waterfront, vacant land, equestrian properties and veterinary practices. Clients repeatedly say that approachability is one of the main reasons they use Showcase. Whether you visit their comfortable office just south of the Ocala International Airport, or reach out by phone, someone is immediately available to help and answer questions. “From the minute you contact us, whether through text, email or phone call, we’re with you to

the end,” says Dailey. “For us, it’s not about just selling your house or farm; it’s about building a relationship and becoming your neighbors, because we all live here in Marion County.” “I’ve known members of the Showcase team for a long time and have been a customer for over six years,” notes Cathy Gonzales of Ocala, who has worked closely with Valerie Dailey and Cindy Wojciechowski. “From being a farm owner here to becoming

a successful income property investor, they have represented me on both ends of transactions. There are very few businesses that demonstrate that level of commitment, professionalism, integrity and knowledge of the market.”

OUR TEAM

Because Showcase Properties is a multi-agent brokerage, there’s a tremendous amount of diversity represented. Among the 29


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“We’re really in the people business; we just happen to sell real estate.” —Valerie Dailey

agents, there are U.S. military veterans, a certified drone photographer and a number of people who have specialties, including banking and insurance. Over half the agents have been or are currently involved in the equine industry, riding, training and breeding amongst all breeds and disciplines. Many agents sit on various city and county boards in Marion County, which means they’re on top of what’s happening, when it’s happening. An educated agent understands how certain developments or changes may affect a particular property, and can better explain the situation to clients. Several agents grew up in the county, so their roots in the area run deep. Sales often come through repeat business or referrals from previous clients, some of whom span multiple

generations of family members who have bought and/or sold properties through the brokerage.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

This sense of connection extends to Marion County’s business community. Showcase Properties routinely partners strategically with local businesses who have the same commitment to make our county a better place to live. They support and work with such organizations and groups as the Marion Cultural Alliance, Ocala Culinary Festival, Coastal Conservation Association, Marion County 4-H Foundation, Florida Thoroughbred Charities, Southeastern Youth Fair and many others. Not only does Showcase Properties sponsor equestrian venues on an international level

including HITS OCALA Winter Circuit and the Ocala Jockey Club International Three Day Event, but equally important are the local, smaller venues like Marion Saddle Club and the Sparr United Methodist horse shows. Showcase knows the importance of supporting local, homegrown talent and often uses many local riders and farms throughout their marketing campaigns. “We live in this community, and we support it. We love where we live, so we want you to love where you live as well,” says Dailey, who has called Ocala home since 1992 and is active in the horse industry as a breeder of thoroughbreds. Her daughter participated in 4-H programs and the Southeastern Youth Fair, so the agriculture lifestyle is a real way of life for their family.

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Showcase agents understand that real estate is about more than handling the immediate transaction. It’s about knowing the property itself but also the neighborhood, surrounding areas and the entire county. This is especially important when someone is relocating to Ocala and not familiar with many of the aspects that make it unique. “Our team has extensive knowledge of permitting and local laws. We really know our county right down to the soil and which areas are best for pasture grass,” says Sally Lewis, a fourth-generation resident of Marion County who is a marketing consultant for Showcase Properties. “The idea is to enrich our community and the lives of the people living here,” says Dailey. “It’s

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not how can Showcase Properties be better but about how we can help our community be better, whether it’s in the area of the equine industry, the arts or just Ocala being a better place to live. We have big ideas, but believe in small town relationships.” To learn how Showcase Properties can assist with your next real estate purchase or sale, contact their office today.

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Far more than just a fair, the Southeastern Youth Fair imbues participants with responsibility and valuable life lessons. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

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hen Gage Alberty enters the ring at the 2018 Southeastern Youth Fair with his 4-H club hog, he’ll do so with plenty of experience under his belt. That’s because 15-year-old Gage has already shown hogs for many years at the venue. In fact, this will be his eighth year competing in the market swine division. This year, Gage is co-showing his hog with Kinsley Starling, another member of his 4-H club, but he’s also branched out in a new direction, showing a steer for the first time through his school’s FFA program. Jet, an Angus-Charolais cross, is the first steer Gage has shown, and he says the time challenge is greater than with hogs. He explains that it’s important to bond with the animals in order to care for and show them properly. That means spending plenty of time with his animal projects. But this is nothing new to the freshman from Belleview High School. “I’ve grown up with animals, and I love showing them,” says Gage. “It’s a very good experience, but it takes a lot of time.” Gage admits he’s probably more responsible than the average 15 year old and says the animals have played a big role in that. Gage’s father, Brian Alberty, agrees that his son has learned a “tremendous” amount of responsibility as a result of working with the animals. He says Gage puts in many hours feeding and caring for them and doing everything possible to ensure his projects bring top dollar at the fair auction. Gage plans to participate in the Southeastern Youth Fair (SEYF) through his senior year and has serious plans for the money he makes from selling his animals. “I’m saving the money to buy a truck and go to college. I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 7 years old, and I plan to go to the University of Florida because they have a good vet program there,” says Gage, who hopes to have his own veterinary clinic one day. Kinsley Starling, 9, has been in 4-H for four years. A third-grader at Blessed Trinity School in Ocala, Kinsley spent the last three years showing rabbits and chickens at the SEYF, as well as participating in the Home Arts exhibit in the fair’s “Watch Me Grow” program. For the 2018 SEYF, Kinsley is taking on the challenge of bigger livestock and will be showing her first steer, an Angus-Charolais steer she named Bingo, as well as her first hog, Wilbur, (which she’s co-showing with Gage). She says the toughest part has been learning

how to feed and work with the animals. She’s also had to learn how to manage her schedule, as she not only has homework and caring for her animals but also after-school sports. “My mom is the main reason I want to do 4-H and show animals,” says Kinsley. “She was raised on a farm and in 4-H, so I want to learn more about the farm and be in 4-H like my mom was.” If Kinsley follows in her mother’s footsteps—make that boot steps—she’ll be on

the animals have played a big role in that.

the right track, as her mom’s first steer was reserve grand champion at the 1993 SEYF. (And that steer just happened to be named Bingo, as well!) Both Kinsley and Gage belong to the Kendrick 4-H Club, of which Kinsley’s mother, Amber Starling, is a leader. If you’re thinking there may be a generational component to 4-H participation, you’re absolutely right. “I participated in 4-H for 10 years, where I was involved with the forestry judging team, FEB ’18 ›

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attended 4-H camp yearly and competed at state level with project demonstrations at Florida 4-H Congress,” says Amber Starling, who showed horses, steers and heifers at the SEYF in the same club that she currently leads. “I have been the leader of Kendrick 4-H since 2011,” says Amber. “The Southeastern Youth Fair provided me with everlasting memories and lifelong lessons that I will cherish forever. I formed multiple bonds and enduring friendships throughout my 10 years as an exhibitor in the fair, and I enjoy giving back as a volunteer due to what the fair has done for me. Responsibility and dedication are two traits that come to mind when I think of my experiences with my 4-H and Southeastern Youth Fair projects as a child. I am truly grateful to be able to help mold not only my children but other children throughout the Marion County community.”   In a world filled with negative news stories and disturbing social media accounts about teenagers’ less than stellar exploits, it’s more than refreshing to realize there are also kids like Gage Alberty and Kinsley Starling, and the good news is that the Southeastern Youth Fair is filled with such young people. Driven, determined and dedicated, these are the youth who are making a difference in their own circles and hopefully, eventually, in the world.

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History-making Event

When this year’s SEYF kicks off its nine-day run on February 16, it will be the fair’s 78th year. The theme for 2018 is “Southeastern Youth Fair: Growing Right, Shining Bright.” The SEYF is the country’s oldest all-youth fair that continues to operate without a midway and is the largest all-youth fair in the Sunshine State. The fair’s mission is to “recognize the outstanding youth of Marion County as a showcase for competition, exhibition, enhanced educational opportunities and the promotion of self-esteem and personal growth and development, while aiding in the education of the citizens of Marion County regarding the importance of agriculture and related industries in our area.” The SEYF also offers a number of different scholarships to participants in various classes. Participants are 4-H and FFA students ages 8 to 18 who are from Marion County. Divisions are based on the child’s age as of September 1 and include Juniors (ages 8-10), Intermediate

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children in that age range,” says SEYF Director Denise Deen. “This year we’re already on track for a record number of participants, and [we] will exceed last year’s numbers,” Deen adds. Last year, the fair featured 1,150 kids.

Driven, determined and dedicated, these are the youth who are making a difference in their own circles and hopefully, eventually, in the world.

(11-13) and Seniors (14-18, or high school graduation if they turn 19 before the end of the school year). “We also have Cloverbuds, which are kids ages 5 to 7 who participate in the ‘Watch Me Grow’ events, and we’re expecting 130 or more

It’s A Farm Out There

Wander the fairgrounds and you’ll quickly realize the wide variety of animals and talents represented over the duration of the event. The foundation of the fair is the Steer Show, which began in 1941, and a number of other classes have been added through the decades. Although the Steer Show and subsequent auction are highly publicized, there are far more critters at the fair than cattle alone. Competition categories include:

› Steers › Beef heifers › Market swine


› Breeding lambs › Meat goats › Dairy goats › Poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks) › Rabbits › Horse show › Dog show (agility, obedience, dog rally) “The market swine class has the most number of entries; we’re at almost 300 this year,” says Deen. “This is our biggest auction, and our community is so supportive of this show.”

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“The poultry and rabbit shows are the most visited because the barn is open, and these animals are here all week, unlike with the other animals, which are on the grounds for a shorter amount of time due to space constraints,” explains Deen. The Home Arts section of the fair takes place all week and features a garden/horticulture show, kitchen show, art show, sewing and one of the most popular divisions, photography. In addition, on Wednesday, February 21, there’s a tractor-driving contest, sponsored by the Marion County Farm Bureau and a BBQ contest, sponsored by the Lions Club. “The BBQ contest has gotten bigger and bigger over the years, and local officials are the judges,” says Deen. The SEYF kicks off with a fundraiser carnival February 15 through 18. Tickets for rides and food items may be purchased at the event. Admission for the rest of the fair, beyond the carnival, is free to the public.

Youth participating in the steer and swine classes must sell their animals at auction, whereas with lambs and goats, sale at auction is encouraged but not mandatory. At the auctions, animals may be purchased by any registered individual, business, community club or group. Deen explains that each of the market categories—steers, swine, lambs and goats—requires hands-on involvement by the youth participants and offers both financial and educational reward. She notes that young people gain valuable life skills, such as responsibility for daily care and management, record keeping, marketing, communication and more. “Lambs and goats are easier to handle (and less costly to purchase and feed) than steers, so many kids start here. We have over 100 entries in those classes this year, which is a record number,” says Deen.

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Honoring History The HOPS Spring Heritage Tour welcomes guests into some of Ocala’s most beautiful historic homes.

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a bit of hops history

Since its founding in 1980, HOPS, a non-profit volunteer organization, has been dedicated to the heritage education of the Ocala community and the preservation of historic structures and sites in the Ocala Historic Districts. The projects and programs that HOPS has contributed to are too numerous to mention individually but include such efforts as the downtown gazebo, restoring the Snowden House, contributing to the refurbishment of the First Presbyterian Church steeple and the Fort King Reconstruction project, to mention only a few. Such projects are funded primarily by tour proceeds and donations from citizens and businesses. “Ocala has one of the largest historic districts in the state of Florida; there are 300 contributing structures in a 55-square-block area,” notes Brian Stoothoff, HOPS’ president. “The Ocala Historic District encompasses roughly the area from Watula Avenue to SE 14th Avenue and from East Silver Springs Boulevard to SE 8th Street. But our town also has three other historic districts: Tuscawilla Historic District, West Ocala Historic District and the Downtown Business Historic District.” “HOPS is responsible for so much of the preservation of the historic buildings and

homes in Ocala and putting different buildings on the National Historic Register,” explains Pamela Stafford, past president of HOPS, board member and chairman of the Spring Heritage Tour. Although member dues have always helped with HOPS’ projects, for a number of years, the organization held a formal ball as its main fundraiser. When that kind of formal event became passé, the board came up with the idea of offering tours of the very kind of homes HOPS is all about preserving. The tours have been hugely popular and ticket purchases are considered tax-deductible donations that benefit various HOPS’ projects. “We have not done a spring tour in several years. We do one fundraiser every year, and for the past several years, we’ve done a Christmas tour, which takes place at night, and we realized people probably would like to see the homes during the day,” observes Stafford. “We really encourage people to support the home tour; it’s our only fundraiser, and the money goes right back into preservation and education,” she says. “We also do walking tours and school tours throughout the year. For example, a teacher might be teaching Florida history and call to arrange a tour for her class. You can call the HOPS’ office or visit the website if you’re interested in a tour.” Stafford encourages anyone interested in supporting the historic aspects of our community to consider becoming a member of HOPS. “Dues are very reasonable, and you’ll be supporting the continuing preservation efforts of HOPS, but you don’t have to put in any sweat equity unless you want to,” she adds with a smile. Stoothoff points out that although past tours have included some of these other districts, all of the participating homes in the Spring Heritage Tour are in the Ocala Historic District or immediately adjacent to it. “The age of a home is not a specific requirement to be included on the tour, but Photo by Cynthia Brown

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most houses in the historic districts were built between 1880 to 1930. To be considered ‘historic’ a building must be at least 50 years old,” he adds. “Every year the tour improves, and the spring tour is an event you don’t want to miss,” says Stoothoff. “This particular tour includes some newer homeowners as well as those who have been here for many years.”

Homes On Tour

Locations included in the tour are in fairly close proximity, so you conceivably could walk from home to home, but it’s also an easy drive between them. Either way, wear comfortable shoes (high-heeled shoes aren’t permitted in order to protect floors), and allow a couple hours so you can take your time and enjoy the ambiance of each location. The tour is self-guided, so you can proceed at your own pace and will be asked to present your ticket at each location. A host or hostess will greet you at each of the stops, mark your ticket and offer information about the home and property. Refreshments will be offered at

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one of the homes on the tour and is included in the ticket price. To respect the homeowners’ privacy, photos are not allowed inside the homes, but you are welcome to take photos outside if you like. Be aware that smoking, pets or outside food or beverages are not allowed inside any of the locations. Homes are generally not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers. If children FEB ’18 ›

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1208 SE 5th Street: Tucker House

1126 SE 5th Street: Bowman House

Built in 1926 for John and Coretta Camp Bowman, this lovely two-story home features the Colonial Revival style of architecture with a New England influence. Marion County limerock was used to build the home’s foundation, as well as the chimney. Mr. Bowman was the administrator for Munroe Memorial Hospital, which is now known as MRMC. This is the second time the Bowman House has been included on the tour, although it’s been at least a decade since the last time. The home is filled with antiques, some of which have been handed down through the family for generations. Many of those pieces have interesting stories attached to them, not the least of which is a pre-Civil-War era half-tester bed, which Jefferson Davis, former senator and President of the Confederate States, once slept in when the bed was on a plantation in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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Built in 1907, the Taylor House features Neo-Classical architecture with a French influence. Although the structure started out as a one-story wood frame, the first floor was expanded in 1924. A second story was added and the brick exterior installed. The home’s namesake owner, James Taylor, actually installed an elevator in the residence. Taylor was the owner of the Ocala Manufacturing Company. In 1927, he deeded land to the City of Ocala for the construction of an airport near what is now Highway 200.  Homeowners Todd Rudnianyn and R.J. Jenkins enjoy the scenic backyard where a pond and variety of sculptures add to the peaceful setting. Refreshments will be served on the back terrace during the tour.

“The bed was a wedding gift to my husband’s grandparents, Mary Ida Roche and Daniel A. James,” says homeowner Elizabeth Wray. “When Sherman attempted to take Vicksburg, they used the James’ family home as a headquarters,” says Wray. “When the river was flooding, Sherman and Grant set fire to the house as they were leaving. The family managed to save a few pieces of furniture, including the half tester bed and dining room table. A lot was lost, but some of the portraits and a few other pieces were saved, and some of those pieces are in our home here.”

In 1909, this wood frame home was built for Captain J.A. Tucker and his wife. Winifred, and was initially a one-story home. Cost of the house was a mere $1,300. On January 5, 1931, the home was sold for taxes to Stephen C. McCready The Tucker House for $1,400. Not even a month later, on January 31, McCready turned around and sold it to Dr. E.G. and Justine R. Lindner. It was the Lindners who added the two back bedrooms, breakfast nook and a second story. “This is the first time our home has been included in the tour,” says current owner Gary Turnley. The Turnleys have made many memories in the home, as Gary was just 6 years old when his family moved in six decades ago.


209 SE 15th Avenue: George and Tammy Albright’s Retro Garage

Attention men: You won’t want to miss this stop! Inspired by an early Gulf gasoline station in Weirsdale, Florida, the Albright family decided to create a retro garage where they could display a multitude of collectibles and local antiques. This replica 1940s garage is just like a fullsize station and covers 1,600 square feet. From the unique “Mae West” gas pump to the front door salvaged from Southern Plate Glass to the booths and tables from a former Ocala bowling alley, the station summons a step back in time. Numerous neon signs and other memorabilia add to the ambiance. And what’s a garage without cars? Adding to the authenticity are an array of antique automobiles on display courtesy of Kingdom of the Sun Antique Car Club. “This is a one-of-a-kind location,” says Stoothoff, “and has never before been seen on the tour.”

The Bryant House Photos by John Jernigan

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712 SE Ft. King Street: Bryant House

It’s only fitting that the home of HOPS itself is part of the tour, and this stunning wood-frame Victorian is certainly worthy of inclusion. HOPS purchased the home in August 2013 to restore and create a permanent home for the organization. The gracious facility is maintained by the volunteer efforts of HOPS’ board members. Prior to moving into the Bryant House, HOPS’ offices were located in the Snowden House in the Tuscawilla Historic District. HOPS restored this home over a period of eight years. Built in 1892 by W.R. Bryant, the two-story house features Eastlake and Greek Revival influences and is graced by a large wraparound porch. The welcoming interior greets visitors with a large front entry hall and bright, spacious rooms.  Mr. Bryant was the grandfather of Cecil Farris Bryant, who was born in Marion County

headquarters for several years. Then we sold it to Children’s Home Society of Florida, who had been good neighbors of ours and needed more space. We used this money to purchase the Bryant House when it came on the market. Thankfully, it didn’t need as much work as the Snowden House.”

HOPS’ Spring Heritage Tour Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00am-4:00pm Tickets: $20 advance, $22 day of tour at any tour location, children 12 and under admitted free

and graduated from Ocala High School and the University of Florida before eventually becoming the 34th governor of Florida. “The Snowden House had been made into apartments, and there had also been a major fire, which caused significant damage,” recalls Stafford. “Nearly 75 percent of the work on that house was done by volunteers. We took the house down to the studs and saved what we could, including the staircase. It was our

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Chicken Soup For The… Cold?

Sure, it’s a great way to warm up on a cool day, but can chicken soup really fight a cold? One recent study published in the medical journal Chest suggests that chicken soup may indeed have anti-inflammatory properties that could potentially ease the symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection. When researchers examined the aroma, spices and heat from chicken soup, they found evidence that it could improve symptoms of infection. Although no studies conducted as of yet have provided scientists with definitive results, they have all come to the same conclusion—never say no to a bowl of chicken soup.

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ashad Jones has always believed in dreams coming true. After all, this self-proclaimed barbecue nerd not only has his own food trailer business (barbecue, of course) but is also a motivational speaker who regularly encourages folks to identify and pursue their goals. He also works with disadvantaged high school-age youth and does lifeskills mentoring. So when the 39-year-old Ocala, Florida, resident was recently announced as winner of Food Network’s Guy’s Big Project, dreams literally became reality. It was the next step in an exciting new chapter for this big-hearted father of

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four who is unabashedly enthusiastic about his love for his family—and all things barbecue. In the December 10 finale of Guy Fieri’s culinary travel series, not one but two foodroad shows were chosen to become new primetime series on Food Network. Rashad Jones’ show is entitled Eat, Sleep, BBQ, while the other winning series is The Grill Dads with Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey. “I wanted to give someone the same opportunity that I had been given, and I couldn’t be more excited for Mark, Ryan and Rashad to realize their dreams of having a series on Food Network,” says Guy Fieri. “Rashad’s relatability, passion and first-hand knowledge about barbecue made him shine,” adds Courtney White, senior vice president [of] programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. He was one of 10 contestants chosen from thousands of applicants who submitted demo


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“I’m a straight-up 100 percent barbecue dude. That’s what makes Eat, Sleep, BBQ what it is, so if anything, this show has empowered me and given me more ideas of what to do with Big Lee’s.” tapes. Finding out that he’d been selected to be on the show was overwhelming in itself. Rashad had just spent two long days working at his Big Lee’s BBQ, the business he and wife, Patrice, operate in Ocala. By the end of a weekend, after cooking hundreds of pounds of food and talking with hundreds of customers, he is, in his words, “wiped.” So when the phone rang on Sunday night and a representative of Food Network told Rashad he’d been selected to be on Guy’s Big Project, he literally started to cry. His wife soon joined in. “Our four boys—Caleb, Jordan, Jeremiah and Christopher—were right there. I put the phone on speaker so they could hear, and I just started bawling. Everyone tells you guys have to be tough and not show emotion, but I don’t think that’s true. Our 4-year-old son, Jordan, was patting me on the back saying, ‘Daddy, it’s going to be OK,’” recalls Rashad. “We had to explain these were tears of joy.” When he and Patrice renovated an old food trailer and launched Big Lee’s BBQ in 2014, it didn’t take long for their homegrown business to earn five-star status and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now people drive long miles to savor their must-be-eaten-to-bebelieved slow-smoked brisket, ribs, sausage and side dishes.

Customers needn’t worry that Big Lee’s will close now that Rashad has his own television series. The show has just made this humble guy even more passionate about barbecue. “I’m always pushing myself to use all my potential, whether it’s as a husband, father, business owner or TV host. I give motivational talks, so I have to live that, or it’s not authentic,” he explains. “I’m a straight-up 100 percent barbecue dude. That’s what makes Eat, Sleep, BBQ what it is, so if anything, this show has empowered me and given me more ideas of what to do with Big Lee’s.” The six weeks of filming Guy’s Big Project were challenging in that Rashad had never been away from his family that long. “My family is my source of inspiration. It was a sacrifice not to lay eyes on my beautiful wife or hold my baby boy for that long. I like tucking them in and saying their prayers with them,” says Rashad, adding that without his wife, family and their dedicated staff, he could never have been away so long. Fortunately, the filming of Eat, Sleep, BBQ didn’t require him to stay gone for the entire month of filming. “The producer got to know what a family guy I am, and he scheduled it so I could fly home to see my family and refuel myself,” says Rashad.

He adds that on Guy’s Big Project, host Guy Fieri genuinely cared about each of the show’s participants. “He spent a lot of time talking to Patrice and me about learning the balance in being a successful restaurateur and then experiencing success in a TV show when he started Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” Rashad says. Rashad is thrilled that Eat, Sleep, BBQ showcases some of the country’s best barbecue—and not just in the South. “We went to six different states and found great barbecue everywhere,” he says. “When you think about the history of food and cooking, barbecue is the earliest form of cooking meat. Food is the great equalizer; it’s a unifier and brings everyone to the table. At barbecue places, you see folks from all walks of life. I love being a barbecue ambassador and having the opportunity to show people the range of barbecue that’s out there.” Eat, Sleep, BBQ airs on Saturday nights at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Featured restaurants and locations can be found at FoodNetwork.com/EatSleepBBQ. Chime in with your favorite barbecue joints using #EatSleepBBQ. “I hope everyone in Marion County will not only watch the show but set their DVRs to record the whole series,” says Rashad.

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Authentic Flavor › Written by Nick Steele › Photography by Ralph Demilio Patti Moring credits her big family for setting her on a culinary journey that resulted in a truly delicious life. “I’m the baby of eight children. My mom didn’t really like to cook, so it was a lot of hamburgers and tuna casserole,” she recalls. “I started cooking in high school, but I never thought about culinary school. I felt I had to go to a university and get a degree.” However, Patti’s time earning a degree in English at the University of Delaware actually allowed her to expand her love of cooking.

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“I was cooking all the time for my whole sorority. The Joy of Cooking is how I learned,” she admits. “After college, I came to Ocala because my parents had retired here. These days, Patti is the coordinator of food services at The College of Central Florida. “I am able to be very creative with the menu at the cafe, which is wonderful,” she says. “When I first started, it was mostly frozen foods. Now it’s all from scratch. My chicken pot pie is my most popular dish. And my soups... the soups are pretty famous. My chicken and

“The soups sell out every day.” she confides. “We get people coming in to eat that don’t even go there, who always ask, ‘Where else do you sell these?’ Dr. Henningsen, the president of the college, is also a big fan and was a huge supporter of me going out to do my soups on the side. So I came up with the name Butter & Broth and decided to package it in Mason jars. I took them to the farmers market and sold out every weekend.” But the grueling pace of working a full-time job, running the college’s successful catering company, Rosemary & Thyme, as well as her own business—all while raising two teenage girls—soon took a toll. “It got to be too much time away from my kids,” Patti says. “So I took a little break and found a way to bring Butter & Broth back that was more manageable.” But the cooking doesn’t stop when she gets home. “I try to go home and make a fresh meal for my kids every night,” she explains. “I have one daughter who is 15 and one who is 12. They will bring home a couple of their friends for dinner every night. It’s really nice. They’re my favorite customers.”

THE PATRIOT CAFE IS OPEN MONDAYFRIDAY FROM 7:30AM-2PM AT THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA › To learn about catering through Rosemary & Thyme, visit cf.edu/community/cf/conferences/ › For information on Butter & Broth, visit Patti’s Facebook page.


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Book your party at Tony’s today. Gift cards available.

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.

NOW OPEN We look forward to serving you in our new location!

Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Sun & Tue 11a-2p › Wed & Thu 11a-8p › Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p › Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhousefl.com New Location. Fresh Ambiance. More Great Food. We are excited to announce our new location on the downtown square! The Ivy House Restaurant will now be called “Ivy on the Square.” We have renovated a beautiful downtown location. Same great food with many new dishes, that are sure to become favorites. Come enjoy our new dessert bar, cocktail bar and our new posh boutique across from the restaurant. We still offer catering and invite parties to host events at our new location.

Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. Former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. The owners of Crossroads Country Kitchen welcome HITS to our area, please stop by and visit us. We accept all major credit cards.

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thur 6a-8:30p › Fri-Sat 6a-9p › Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-careto-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big-screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

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BETTY CROCKER’S COOKBOOK FOR BOYS AND GIRLS BY BETTY CROCKER $16.95 Betty Crocker’s classic cookbook for children is an authentic reproduction of the original 1957 edition. Back by popular demand, this cooking aid is packed with recipes from Ice Cream Cone Cakes and Pigs in Blankets to Cheese Dreams and Sloppy Joes. WHY WE LOVE IT: This retro-themed cookbook is filled with delicious color illustrations and photographs.

HOW TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD: COCKTAILS WITH A LITERARY TWIST BY TIM FEDERLE $15 From barflies to book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the world’s bestselling cocktail book for the literary obsessed. It features 65 delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on a satirical collection of history’s most beloved novels such as Romeo and Julep, Drankenstein and The Lord of the MaiTais. WHY WE LOVE IT: Tequila Mockingbird also includes bar bites, drinking games and whimsical illustrations throughout.

AMERICAN GIRL PARTIES $19.95 A garden party, birthday party, slumber party—it doesn’t matter what kind of party your little lady is planning on hosting, this colorful cookbook, inspired by the American Girl dolls, has recipes that her friends will be talking about for days. WHY WE LOVE IT: Each party also features classic and inspiring party tips to make each event a success.

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THE BAR CART BIBLE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO STOCK YOUR HOME BAR AND MAKE DELICIOUS CLASSIC COCKTAILS BY ADAMS MEDIA CORPORATION $14.99 A great drink starts with a great bar cart. The Bar Cart Bible breaks down what it means to have a perfect bar cart, including must-have bottles, bartender

terminology, required equipment and a glassware guide. WHY WE LOVE IT: This book features over 300 cocktail recipes.

temperature chart makes you an expert at telling the difference between rare, well-done and everything in between.

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THE BARBECUE! BIBLE BY STEVEN RAICHLEN $22.95 Winner of the IACP/ Julia Child Cookbook Award, The Barbecue! Bible includes full-color photographs illustrating food preparation, grilling techniques, ingredients and finished dishes. WHY WE LOVE IT: A new section has been added with answers to the most frequently asked grilling questions, plus Steven’s proven tips, quick solutions and common mistakes.

SMITH & DAUGHTERS: A COOKBOOK (THAT HAPPENS TO BE VEGAN) BY SHANNON MARTINEZ & MO WYSE $35.00 This book offers 80-plus delicious, animalproduct-free recipes with a Spanish twist to recreate at home. WHY WE LOVE IT: Spanish doughnuts and spiced Mexican flan are now acceptable parts of the official vegan diet.

BOBBY FLAY’S GRILLING FOR LIFE BY BOBBY FLAY $23.95 Bobby Flay is all about bold flavors, and in this book, he emphasizes dishes that provide some of the biggest and boldest flavors available. WHY WE LOVE IT: We dig the section “Fahrenheit 101.” This handy

THE SUPER EASY VEGAN SLOW COOKER COOKBOOK BY TONI OKAMOTO $15.99 This great book features more than 100 plantbased recipes that you can create with less than 15 minutes of prep time. And let’s face it, the easier the better. WHY WE LOVE IT: Slow cooker recipes just got a lot healthier!


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Mon-Thu: 50% off draughts & house wines; $5 select appetizers Take-Out Tuesday: 25% off carry out (pizza & calzones) Family Wednesday: 50% off bambino menu (kids 12 & under) Wine-Down Thursday: $10 off all bottles of wine

Blue Highway Pizza 2130 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 629-5555 bluehighwaypizza.com › Sun-Sat 11:30a-9p Pizza is for lovers... Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us by sharing one of our delicious hand-crafted pizzas or calzones with your special someone! Enjoy an antipasto, calamari or wings before trying a signature pasta or the daily special. Finish with a decadent homemade dessert. Our selection of craft beer and fine wine makes a great complement to your meal—we offer a happy hour with select appetizers half off. You’ll taste the passion in each dish we lovingly prepare. Eat well, live well… Gluten-free and organic food options available.

Early Bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials! Happy Hour Daily

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala › (352) 237-3900 › kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p › Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p › Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment. Check out our specials!

Happy Hour Specials: 2-7p every day, $3 Draft Beer $4 House Wine & Premium Cocktails $5 Super Premium & $6 Harry’s Signature Cocktails $7 off bottles of wine Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday at Harry’s. Happy Hour all day long! Mardi Gras Parade of FlavorsFebruary 1st- March 1st

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Blackened Red Fish and Louisiana Shrimp and Crawfish Pot Pie. Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. They also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone!

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Sky Fine Dining 3600 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474 › (352) 291-0000 ocalasky.com Mon- Thu 5-10p › Fri & Sat 5-11p Sky Fine Dining restaurant located on the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn & Suites in Ocala. The eclectic gourmet cuisine and steak house concept is inspired from current trend and classic dishes like fresh-cut steaks, live Maine lobster, rack of lamb, fresh seafood, such as sea bass, lobster, salmon and shrimp. Sky Fine Dining is the place to be for a one-of-a-kind fine-dining experience. Our exquisite Panda Room (private dining room) is able to accommodate up to 20 people for any personal or business event.

El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala › (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, $5.25. 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 (takeout 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).

Chefs of Napoli Ristorante Italiano 5400 SW College Rd. Hwy 200 (Heathbrook Commons Plaza), Ocala › (352) 857-8111 › Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri 11a-10p › Sat 12-10p › Sun 12-9p thechefsofnapoli.com Chefs of Napoli is proud to bring an authentic Italian dining experience to Ocala, featuring the restaurant’s fresh, delicious, made-to-order cuisine. From the walls to the ceilings, the atmosphere is designed to transport you to the sunny hills of Tuscany, where you can satisfy your taste buds with a Neapolitanstyle pizza pie or a chicken or veal entrée, such as the Pollo all Parmigiana or the Vitello all a Picatta. A vast selection of imported wines will complement your entrées perfectly. In the mood for seafood? Try the fresh seafood options at Chefs of Napoli, such as the Pescatore and Gamberi in Bianco. Come out and enjoy the ultimate Italian dining experience at Chefs of Napoli!

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Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille

Check our website for a full menu and daily specials.

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We also offer outside dining.

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast. Bring your loved one on February 14 and enjoy our Seafood Scampi... sauteed shrimp, scallops, and mussels tossed in a white wine sauce. Topped with green onions and tomatoes served over pasta. Relax every Sunday with our Bottomless Mimosas overlooking the water. Join us on Wednesdays to see what our Fresh Catch of the Day is. Whole Maine Lobster and raw oyster lovers, Friday is your day to enjoy. We offer daily specials and menu selections for all ages. We offer a gluten-free selections as well. For all the sports fans out there, we have seven flat-screen televisions for you to enjoy all sports all year round. Every day at the Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille is a fun relaxing place to be.

Join us for live jazz each week, Friday evenings from 6-9p. Open Valentine’s Day February 14th for lunch and dinner.

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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala › (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri-Sat 11:30a-10p › Sun 11:30a-8p braisedonion.com Treat the special ladies in your life like a queen for a day—make your reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. They will be treated like royalty in a romantic setting at Braised Onion! Winner of Culinary Combat and Taste of Ocala for four years and most recently voted Ocala’s Best of the Best; the menu options are plentiful and guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. And don’t forget the dessert menu, which includes our prize-winning bread pudding and coconut cream pie. So call to make your reservation; she will love you for it! Visit our website at braisedonion.com.

Latinos Y Mas 2030 S. Pine Avenue, Ocala › (352) 622-4777 › latinosymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Closed Sun Be Our Valentine! Looking for a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love? Join us for a four-course dinner, including appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert and a house specialty drink for just $59.90 plus service and tax per couple. Make sure to call ahead to secure your reservation. Choose from prime beef Churrasco, South American sea bass, chicken breast stuffed with spinach, hickory smoke ham and cheese, and more. For dessert, indulge in the chocolate tuxedo or passion fruit mousse.

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Keep It Local The Habitat Strawberry Festival March 3 › McPherson Complex, 801 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, habitatstrawberryfamilyfest.com More than just a fun day out, the Habitat Strawberry Festival is a benefit that serves our entire community. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Marion County has rehabilitated, built or improved over 320 homes for local families in need. This year’s festival will feature bigger and better attractions, including live entertainment, an expanded auto show and over 150 distinct vendors. The festival runs from 8am to 6pm, with the annual Strawberry Jam 5K starting at 8am. We caught up with HFH’s Chair of the Board Elizabeth Chryst and Development Director Joanne Black to get the scoop. What is the purpose of the festival? The Habitat Strawberry Festival is our signature fundraising event. Our vision is to provide the best festival for all to enjoy, raise enough funds to build a home for a family in need in Marion County and also raise awareness about what Habitat is all about.

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What can we expect from the car show this year? We have changed it to an auto show, which allows everyone to enter trucks, cars or motorcycles. In 2017, the crowds were huge and Burnyzz Speed Shop was a crowd-pleaser with their dragster on display. Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, Best of Class and Sponsors’ Choice. There is a DJ, raffle, split the pot and more going on at the auto show throughout the day.

hot dogs, sandwiches, and sausage, peppers and onions. We also have vendors offering typical fair food like funnel cake, ice cream, Italian ice, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, frozen lemonade and cheesecake—with yummy strawberry goodies sprinkled throughout the fair, including white and dark chocolate dipped berries and our homemade strawberry shortcake. Are you doing advanced sales of strawberries? We offer advanced sales of fresh strawberries the week of the festival online at habitatocala.org. Any other big changes this year? We are revamping the traffic patterns for our attendees to allow for dual entrances into the festival. We are also providing more and better parking monitors to enhance and speed up the traffic flow.

What sort of food can we expect? Our Habitat Food Court provides hamburgers,

How can someone volunteer? They can visit habitatocala.org/volunteer and sign up. Last year, we had over 900 volunteers who assisted with set-up, day of and take down.


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Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song presented by Artists Lounge Live February 11, 3pm › Reilly Arts Center reillyartscenter.com Heralded as “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most influential female jazz singer of her generation. During the course of her career, she garnered 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Award winning actress Alexis J Roston delivers a nuanced and spellbinding tribute as she performs some of Fitzgerald’s most famous songs, including It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, Summertime and Cry Me a River.

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Beatrix Potter’s classic storybook character gets a high-voltage contemporary makeover in this live action/CGI comedy. James Corden voices Peter as the cheeky bunny who is on a mission to expose a maniacal new neighbor before his friend, Bea, (in a nod to Ms. Potter), portrayed by Rose Byrne, is completely taken in by his charms. Peter uses all his wiles and unleashes plenty of mischief (think Home Alone-style antics) with the help of his friends, voiced by Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie and Sia, in this family-friendly tale.

The Party February 16

This dark comedy, filmed entirely in black and white, is a highly-engaging and sharply drawn satire of politics, morality and idealism. Kristin Scott Thomas leads a stellar cast, as the host of an intimate dinner party that soon careens off course, as secrets burst open like fireworks all around her. But it is Patricia Clarkson who steals the show with her darkly delicious cynicism and biting one-liners. Shot with the intimacy of a one-act play, this highly entertaining and sophisticated film is a brisk modern take on cinema’s great drawing-room comedies.

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Concerts

February 2 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm February 17 › HITS Parade of Nations, downtown Ocala, 4pm

Lana Del Rey

Amway Center, Orlando

Feb. 2

Air Supply

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Feb. 3

Jacob Sartorius

House of Blues, Orlando

Feb. 4

Tony Bennett

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Feb. 7

Billy Joel

Amalie Arena, Tampa

Feb. 9

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Feb. 9

Tyler, the Creator

Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando

Feb. 13

Of Mice and Men

The Beacham, Orlando

Feb. 23

The Petty Hearts: A Tribute to Tom Petty

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Feb. 23

Eric Johnson

The Plaza “Live” Theatre, Orlando

Feb. 23

Billy McGuigan’s Music By The Legends, 50s, 60s & 70s

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Feb. 23

7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Mar. 3

Upcoming Events In The Villages February 6 › Mardi Gras Festival, Spanish Springs Town Square February 7 › Lou Christie Concert, Savannah Center February 8 › Mardi Gras Festival, Lake Sumter Landing Market Square

February 23 › Strawberry Festival, Brownwood Paddock Square February 23 › Cruise In Classic Car Show February 23 › Blood, Sweat & Tears, Savannah Center February 26 › Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Concert, Savannah Center

March 1 › Bill Anderson Concert, Savannah Center March 12 › The Guess Who Concert, Savannah Center April 4 › The Platters, Savannah Center

Arts, Crafts and Culture Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › On the Edge of The

Florida Frontier: Perspectives on Life at Fort King includes artwork, archaeological objects, photographs and historic reconstructions of the fort. Runs through April 8. Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection features a collection of 22 etchings by the Dutch master. Runs through March 18. Rembrandt Revealed: Etchings from the Collection of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mariann McClary features the meticulous prints from the McClary’s collection depicting Rembrandt’s world. Runs through March 18. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Inspired Speakers Series (February 18) › The Appleton Museum

Red Hot Chili Pipers

Red Hot Chili Pipers

Oceanfront Bandshell, Daytona Beach

Mar. 8

The Kingston Trio 2017 Legacy Tour

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Mar. 9

Brad Paisley

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Mar. 10

Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp, Live!

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Mar. 17

Tiffany

Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa

Mar. 18

A Day to Remember

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Mar. 20

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Mar. 22

The Lettermen

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Mar. 24

Miguel

The Plaza Live Theatre, Orlando

Mar. 29

Demi Lovato & DJ Khaled

Amalie Theatre, Tampa

Mar. 31

will host Kate Stone, an accomplished 14-year-old ballet dancer as part of the Inspired Speakers Series. The event will begin at 6pm and is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Appleton After Hours (February 1) › The After Hours concert series offers live music, special displays of artwork by the Ocala Art Group and tasty samplings from local restaurants. Cash bar available. Doors open at 5pm, and music begins at 5:30pm. The event is free for Appleton members and $15 at the door for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. HeArt in the Park (February 3) › The Junior League of Ocala presents a community art project to benefit Kids Central held in Tuscawilla Park from 10am-2pm. Participants will be given a canvas as well as access to art supplies. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit the HeArt in the Park Facebook page. Continued on p.72

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MAR 14-16 Three Shows Only

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Pushing the Boundaries of Art

“I have traveled all over the world to 50 countries now...I have never seen a production any better than this, anywhere! It is priceless priceless!” —Dr. Scott Stansfield, retired naturopathic physician

“Absolutely the No. 1 show in the world. No other company of any style can match this!” —Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of English National Ballet

ART CARRIES the very essence of a civilization, and can bring the brilliance and wisdom of a lost culture back to life. Shen Yun takes this as its mission—to revive the very best of China’s 5,000 years of civilization. It’s a monumental undertaking that pushes the boundaries of performing arts. Ancient art forms meet with innovative multimedia, all-original music, and masterful artistry. Diverse ethnic and folk traditions are beautifully evoked through dance alongside stirring legends and stories of ancient China. With its very own orchestra, Shen Yun makes for an experience you won’t find anywhere else. “The 8th wonder of the world. People have no idea what they're missing until they come here and see the show.” —Joe Heard, former White House photographer

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Fine Arts Show (February 10) › The Visual Art Association’s Winter Fine Arts Show will be held at the Laurel Manor Recreational Center in The Villages from 9am-3pm. Over 65 artists will be in attendance. Admission is free and open to the public. (845) 807-7489.

Performing Arts Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando

Ongoing

17-18 Orlando Ballet Season

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Through May 6

Cabaret

Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville

Feb. 3

I Love a Piano

Ocala Civic Theatre

Through Feb. 4

Frankie Avalon

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

Feb. 10

The Fox on the Fairway

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora

Through Feb. 11

Romeo and Juliet

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Feb. 9-11

Cabaret

Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Feb. 12-13

The Phantom of the Opera Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa

Feb. 14-25

The Lion King

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Feb. 14Mar. 11

The Aristocats Kids

Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa

Feb. 15-18

The Giver

Ocala Civic Theatre

Feb. 15-25

Platinum Comedy Tour

USF Sun Dome, Tampa

Feb. 17

Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Feb. 18

George Lopez

Hard Rock Live, Orlando

Feb. 23

Grease Sing-A-Long

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Mar. 9

Jim Breuer

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Mar. 15

The Foreigner

Ocala Civic Theatre

Mar. 15-Apr. 8

Always, Patsy Cline

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora

Mar. 16-Apr. 8

The Ring presented by Dance Alive National Ballet

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Mar. 17

Waitress

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Mar. 20-25

The Bodyguard

Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa

Mar. 20-25

Cinderella

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Mar. 21-25

Movie Music Spectacular presented by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala

Mar. 24

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Art Reception and Show (February 16) › The Brick City Center

for the Arts will host an art reception and show for friends and patrons of Artist Alley members. The event will run 5-8pm. Please RSVP. artist-alley.com or (352) 351-2787.

Quilt Show (March 2-3) › The Belleview Busy Bee Quilters will host

a quilt show at the Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church. Hours are 9am-4pm on March 2 and 9am-3pm on March 3. Admission is $6. (352) 292-4034.

Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles offers group bike

rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.

HITS Horse Show (Through March 25) › The annual HITS Horse Show

Series features 10 consecutive weeks of competition with over $4 million in prize money. The premier event, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, takes place March 25. Competition runs Wednesday through Sunday each week. hitsshows.com.

Valentine’s Day 5K (February 10) › This 17th annual run will be held at Silver River State Park at 8am. T-shirts guaranteed for the first 200 registrants, and a pancake breakfast will be served after the race. For more information, visit the Valentine’s Day 5K Facebook page. Pack Walk (February 25) › In partnership with Marion County Animal

Services, Silver Springs State Park will give volunteers the opportunity to walk dogs available for adoption through the park. The program gives the animals exercise and the chance to socialize. Dog walkers must be 16, but all are welcome to join the walk. Pack walks will be held the fourth Sunday of every month at 10am. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.

Fun at the Park (February 25) › Sholom Park will host a family-friendly event featuring live music, food trucks and more. The event is free, open to the public and runs 1-4pm. sholompark.com or (352) 873-0848 ext.7650. Golf Tournament & Fundraiser (February 26) › Held at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, this event benefits Marion Therapeutic Riding Association and features a putting contest, shotgun start, deli lunch and silent auction. Entry fee is $150 per player or $500 for a foursome. mtra.org/golf or (352) 732-7300. Special Kids Classic (March 3) › The Transitions Life Center of Ocala

will host a golf tournament at the Country Club of Ocala. Registration is $100 per individual or $350 per foursome. Breakfast will be served at 7am with a shotgun start at 8am. tlcocala.org or (352) 476-2704.

Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held

February 7 and an injury prevention seminar will be held February 9. A world cancer day seminar will take place on February 14 and a seminar


focused on colorectal cancer will be held February 16. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.

Father Daughter Dance (February 2-3) › The 12th Annual Father

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Daughter Dance will be held at the Circle Square Cultural Center and will include a live DJ and dancing, crafts, snacks, photo booth and more. Dances will be offered February 2 from 6-8 pm and February 3 from 4-6pm or 7-9pm. Tickets are $20. father-daughterdance.com or (352) 694-1635.

Six Gun Territory’s Wild West Weekend (February 2-4) › Kirby

Family Farm will host this annual event from 10am-4pm daily, featuring original Six Gun Territory gunfights, train rides, live entertainment and amusement rides. February 2 is set aside for education day. kirbyfarm.com or (352) 812-7435.

Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup (February 10) ›

The Annual Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup will take place at Tuscawilla Park from 10am-4pm. The event includes historic reenactments, demonstrations, food, activities and more. A cattle drive will also take place. Admission is free. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 368-5517.

Silver River Knap-in (February 17-18) › The 8th annual knap-in features

a pre-historic festival complete with stone tool-making exhibits, bow and arrow demonstrations and pottery making. The event is held at the Silver River Museum. Admission is $5. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-7148.

Greek Festival (February 16-18) › The St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in

Belleview will celebrate Greek culture through food, music and more. 11am8pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. Admission is $2. greekfestivalocala.com or (352) 245-3324.

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different fields of the home improvement industry will be on hand to display their goods and answer questions about the latest trends and the services they offer. Event is free and takes place from 9am-1pm. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.

Parade of Nations (February 17) › Ocala Main Street and the Ocala/

Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership present the second annual Parade of Champions to celebrate the arrival of some of the best equestrians in the world. The event will include an appearance by the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, vendors, carriage rides and more. The event begins at 4pm on the downtown square. ocalacep.com or (352) 629-8051.

Trinity Catholic High School Winter Carnival

(February 22-25) › Midway games, rides, food and much more. Pre-sale

tickets are available for $20 through 3pm February 22. Ticket prices go up to $30 during the carnival. trinitycatholichs.org or (352) 622-9025, ext. 6047.

Tiara Ball (February 24) › Join the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research to raise money for cancer research and education in North Central Florida. The event will take place at Circle Square Cultural Center. ocalaroyaldames.org or (352) 622-7363.

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Women of the Moose Fundraising Event (February 24) › The

Women of the Moose Lodge in Ocala are hosting an event to benefit local women who have served the country. They are asking for donations and volunteers. (352) 229-4566 or (352) 502-0396.

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La Noche en Broadway Kicks Off 2018 Ocala Culinary Festival › Written And Photographed By Ronald W. Wetherington

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s the exclusive local magazine sponsor, Ocala Style Magazine was front and center at a recent evening put together by the organizers of the Ocala Culinary Festival. The occasion was La Noche en Broadway, which served as the kickoff event for the Ocala Culinary Festival, coming up in a variety of locations from April 11-15. Tickets are going fast, so go to ocalaculinaryfestival.com to order yours now. The brainchild of co-founders Jennifer Murty and Elodie Perron, the Ocala Culinary Festival promises to grow with each successive year, complete with memorable culinary experiences and delicious food, wine and spirits. As the kickoff event, La Noche en Broadway did not disappoint. This Spanish street party, in the feria tradition, featured chefs, sommeliers and the sounds of Spain. Heather McCleaf notes the soldout list of attendees was served “excellent Spanish wines along with opportunities to learn and taste the nuances of Spanish sherry and brandy.” Heather is an advisory board member of the Ocala Culinary Festival as well as a wine consultant. The elegant yet casual street party experience, held outside the Brick City Center for the Arts building in

historic downtown Ocala, allowed festival attendees to submerge themselves in the tastes and sounds of Spain. Beautifully costumed flamenco dancers were on stage during the evening for an added touch of authenticity. The smooth guitar melodies of Spanish music floated through the evening air. A portion of the proceeds from La Noche en Broadway benefited the Marion Cultural Alliance, a nonprofit organization established in 2001 with its inaugural effort of the Horse Fever public art project. MCA champions, convenes and creates opportunities for artists and arts organizations. Next time you are leisurely strolling in historic downtown Ocala, stop in at the Brick City Center for the Arts, which MCA operates. It is a popular art gallery and a go-to destination for many fun parties. Elodie Perron, co-founder of the Ocala Culinary Festival, explains, “From the festival’s beginning, MCA has provided so much encouragement and practical advice. We could not have executed our poster contest without their help. It feels only appropriate, as we unveil the 2018 official poster, to ask our foodie community to raise a glass in honor of the good work MCA does supporting the entire arts Community in Ocala.” You can learn more about the Marion Cultural Alliance at mcaocala.com. The Ocala Culinary Festival mission statement states that it is “dedicated to providing a platform for extraordinary talent to convene for the purpose of creating unforgettable culinary experiences and generating insightful dialogue about food, wine and spirits.” With Ocala/Marion County’s moderate temperatures in the springtime and some of the most fabulous venues for the ticketed events, the Ocala Culinary Festival promises to grow into a national and international festival. Visit ocalaculinaryfestival.com for event details.

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