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n this issue, we celebrate the lasting relationship we have created with our readers and advertisers over the last 20 years. While celebrating our 20-year anniversary, we’ve tried to balance our excitement with the understanding that we cannot use this milestone to rest on previous accomplishments. After all, the secret to maintaining long, happy relationships begins and ends with not taking each other for granted. The beautiful cake featured on our cover was created by Chef Kimberly Jones and is symbolic of our intention toward all of you—to stay sweet but also reach higher.
Our walk down memory lane, chronicled by Cynthia McFarland, the magazine’s ﬁrst editor (and newly dubbed oﬃcial company historian) rightly begins with the tenacity of our original publisher, Kathy Johnson, 20 years ago (see page 58). However, the commitments of writers, photographers and employees who have made careers contributing to a magazine about a community they love to live in cannot be underscored because despite the numerous advancements in the technology of publishing, there is no replacement for good, old-fashioned creativity, tedious attention to detail, stringent adherence to deadlines, lots of grit and a really strong team. In the end, it’s less about what has changed over the past 20 years and more about what has stayed the same, our mantra: Real people. Real stories. Real Ocala. Thanks to all of you for being our inspiration. Happy anniversary to us!
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THE SOCIAL SCENE People and events from around town.
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A guide to our favorite happenings and can’t-miss events.
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THOUGHTS OF A MILLENNIAL My husband and I ditched quite a few wedding norms for our big day.
CLASS ACTS School news from Marion County Public Schools.
AN INNOVATIVE INDUSTRY
The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition has already made a lasting impact on Ocala.
Celebrating local couples’ love.
IN THE KITCHEN WITH…
How one local horse owner taught her beloved “Intrepid” to play fetch.
Here’s a look at 20 Florida-bred racehorses from the last six decades.
There’s always something happening in Horse Country.
Ocala’s Chocolates & Confections celebrates 10 years.
Some people have a particular presence when they enter a room. Sandra Wilson is one of those people.
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DRIVE ON! The last two decades have seen many exciting changes in the automobiles we drive.
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SIMPLE & STYLISH The absolute true beauty of the little black dress is not only the ease and grace of who’s wearing it but the ease and grace of accessorizing it.
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SILENT SKY TAKES CENTER STAGE It’s the year 1900, and Henrietta Leavitt begins work as an astrophysicist at Harvard’s observatory...
LUXURY GETS A STYLISH REDESIGN Jesse had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 2019 Lincoln MKC.
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ON THE COVER: Photography by John Jernigan Cake by Chef Kimberly Jones
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MAKING HISTORY ONE ISSUE AT A TIME
TOP 20 COVERS
This month as you ﬂip through the pages of this issue of Ocala Style—whether you do so with the print version or digital version online—you’re holding a bit of history in your hands. Our February 2019 issue marks the 20th anniversary of Ocala Style Magazine.
As we look back on the ﬁrst 20 years of Ocala Style Magazine, we can’t help but reminisce about some of our favorite covers.
LIFELONG LEARNING Whether it’s day care, preschool, high school or college, choosing the right educational path for your children is a common anxiety among most parents. To make the process a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of Ocala and Marion County’s education options to help guide your way.
In honor of Ocala Style’s 20-Year Anniversary, we would like to take some time to look back at our own history. Having begun our legacy in 1993, we’ve grown from 5 agents in 2013 to 28 as of January 2019. Bob Van Heyde has been with Showcase Properties every step of the way, having been the original Broker of Record and now working as a Broker Associate. Jody Micilcavage, the previous owner of Showcase Properties, is also an active member of our team today. You can see both pictured to the left, as well as our current owner and Broker, Valerie Dailey. For over 20 years, Showcase Properties of Central Florida has been serving Ocala, Marion County, and all of Central Florida. As a boutique real estate firm, we pride ourselves on our local expertise, competitive techniques, and dedication to our customers. Our REALTORs® are experienced in a variety of real estate divisions, allowing our customers to Buy and Sell with Confidence every time. If you’re ready to learn the difference between listing your property or showcasing it, contact us today.
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The Social Scene The opening of MCAâ€™s latest exhibit, Uncovering Natureâ€™s Great Mystery of Art, Mathematics & Science included live paintings and sound healing performances. Photo by Ralph Demilio
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Exhibit Opening MARION CULTURAL ALLIANCE Photos By RALPH DEMILIO
he January 4 opening reception for Marion Cultural Alliance’s latest exhibit, Uncovering Nature’s Great Mystery of Art, Mathematics & Science, proved to be the perfect winter escape. Presented by Dr. Scott Olsen, Ph.D., professor emeritus, humanities department, College of Central Florida, the exhibit showcased Amazonian paintings and artifacts by shamanic artists of the Peruvian rainforest.
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Editors’ Picks A guide to our favorite monthly happenings and can’t-miss events.
Photo courtesy of Ocala Film Foundation
By LISA MCGINNES
Photo by Ralph Demilio
Marion Theatre February 10 | 3-6pm
Cattle Drive & Cowboy Roundup Tuscawilla Park February 9 | 10am-4pm Grab your little cowboys and cowgirls, put on your hats and boots, and get ready to hoot and holler. Watch the cattle drive parade through downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park for a day of festivities, including an authentic cow camp, kids’ corral, entertainment by Cowboy Tom and live music. ocalaﬂ.org
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story documents the popular North Carolina string band. The story follows three young African-Americans who reclaimed a lost tradition and revived 19th-century ﬁddling and banjo picking— from busking on the street and playing major festivals to winning a Grammy in 2010. ocalaﬁlmfoundation.org
Five Points of Life Race Weekend The Hotel Indigo, Gainesville February 16-17 Runners and walkers of all ages and ﬁtness levels are invited to participate in a 5K, kids’ marathon, halfmarathon or full marathon. This event beneﬁts LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s
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Live Oak Plantation March 7-10 As the only equestrian event of its kind in the U.S., combined driving and show jumping athletes and horses from more than 20 countries come to Ocala to compete at this worldclass meet. Family favorite Grandview Clydesdales will make an appearance, and visitors can enjoy a biergarten, food vendors and boutique shopping. liveoakinternational.com
Trinity Catholic Winter Carnival Trinity Catholic High School February 21-24 One of Marion County’s top events, this annual community favorite oﬀers traditional carnival rides, midway games and–of course–fair food. trinitycatholichs.org
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Habitat Strawberry Festival
Circle Square Cultural Center March 11 | 5:30pm
McPherson Complex March 2 | 9am-5pm
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Get your ﬁll of strawberries at this fun family festival, which features a car show, pet contest, pie-eating contest, kid zone, thrill rides, arts and crafts, vendors and a farmers market. Live entertainment includes local America’s Got Talent contestant Macey Mac, the winners of Ocala’s Got Talent and Brodie the Trick Dog. This event raises money for Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, which provides digniﬁed housing solutions in our community, to build the 2019 Strawberry House. habitatocala.org
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Art Outside the Lines Tuscawilla Park February 22 | 5:30-7:30 pm During this special event, your stroll through the Tuscawilla Art Park will be accompanied by live music from cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee. This is the second in the 2019 ﬁve-event Art Park Series, and will also feature guided tours of Ocala’s public art as well as a reception at city hall’s “Art in City Spaces” gallery. ocalaﬂ.org/performingarts
This annual Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners’ Association fundraiser brings equine lovers together for an evening to beneﬁt the Florida Thoroughbred Charities. Bid on special horse-related experiences and one-of-a-kind art and memorabilia at the auction, and enjoy cocktails, dinner and the annual awards ceremony. ftboa.com
Florida Springs Fest Silver Springs State Park March 2-3 |10am-4pm Celebrate Florida’s amazing natural resources and learn about sustainability at this special event featuring artists, crafters, live entertainment, demonstrations and a student art show. Take advantage of half-oﬀ specials on glass bottom boat rides, and enjoy ranger-led programs, gardens, trails and paddling on the Silver River. silversprings.com
Candler Hills Golf Club March 20 Amateur golfers can take advantage of a rare opportunity to pair with local golf professionals for this charity event that kicks oﬀ the Ocala Open and raises money for Hospice of Marion County and Interfaith Emergency Services. The morning begins with a chefprepared breakfast before the shotgun start and ends with a barbecue and awards luncheon. The ﬁeld is limited to 30 teams, and participants must register by March 5. ocalaopen.com
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THOUGHTS OF A MILLENNIAL
Saying ‘I Do’ These Days Written By KATIE MCPHERSON Illustration by MAGGIE PEREZ WEAKLEY
Playing dress up as a little girl, sometimes I’d picture my wedding. I would wear a beautiful dress, hold a giant bouquet and get married in an abandoned warehouse. Well, that last part came about in the past few years. My grandmother couldn’t fathom why my husband and I were getting married in an old factory attached to a brewery rather than a church, but in this, the age of the internet, I need a more aesthetically pleasing setting for photos, Mimi. Couples getting married today do a lot of things diﬀerently. Dresses come in champagne, blush and light blue. Brides are walking down the aisle with both parents or by themselves. Food trucks are competing with traditional caterers. Sparkler exits are taking over so we don’t blow up any more innocent birds by throwing rice. My husband and I ditched quite a few wedding norms for our big day. My dress was blush, hold the veil—veils have multiple symbolic meanings, and I didn’t agree with them. My bridal party included two dudes who have been my best friends since middle school, and I called them bridesmen. I didn’t toss the bouquet because I paid way too much for that s*** to give it away, and there was no garter toss because the idea of my husband crawling up my skirt in public horrified us both. We didn’t even do a first dance, because, well, we had spent enough time being stared at during our vows. We danced later while everyone else was on the f loor so we could enjoy the moment without an audience.
I’m no scholar—just a girl with a Pinterest account over here—but I wondered throughout my wedding planning when all this changed. These traditions used to go unquestioned, and for most people, they held signiﬁcant meaning. But I wonder if social media like Instagram and Pinterest, which lets us see all the unique touches other couples put on their weddings, have made couples today question how each part of their wedding reﬂects them. Maybe some traditions are losing favor, but other equally meaningful ones are being invented. We toyed with the idea of a ﬁrst look for months. The idea of not seeing each other until the ceremony was romantic, but as two people who hate being the center of attention, my husband and I wondered if those few minutes together beforehand might calm us. Ultimately, we decided against it because we had always imagined not seeing our spouse until that big reveal moment. But it taught us to really consider the pros and cons of each seemingly automatic part of a wedding—to do away with the traditions that didn’t suit us and use that time for something we would remember and cherish. Katie is a freelance writer who lives in Jacksonville with her husband, Zack, and two extremely needy dogs. Outside of work you’ll find her listening to true crime podcasts, looking for excuses to go to Target or ordering Mexican food for the third time this week.
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School-Related Employee Of The Year Each year schools elect one employee who is not a teacher and who works behind the scenes to help students succeed. These schoolbased winners are narrowed down by a community volunteer group to determine the School-Related Employee of the Year. For 2018-19, this honor belongs to Caroline Pharmer, secretary at Forest High School. Pharmer received the award at a special breakfast banquet sponsored by the Public Education Foundation of Marion County. Other ﬁnalists this year included Tawnee Michewicz (Psychological and Social Work Services), Melissa Kittles (West Port High), Lachonda Lacey (Reddick-Collier Elementary) and Jason Hall (Sparr Elementary). Pharmer now advances to the state competition, which Marion County won just two years ago.
Foundation Holiday Fun Staﬀ members at the Public Education Foundation of Marion County don elf costumes, crazy hats and other holiday attire to provide “drive-thru” service just days before Christmas. These elves provided donuts, coﬀee and even hot chocolate to those passing through the area. Though it rained on this year’s event, it didn’t wash away the fun and laughter expressed by many.
Celebrating Culture On The South End Students and teachers at Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary study cultures around the world for weeks before presenting what they learn in the form of a World’s Fair. Hundreds of campus visitors line the bus loop to cheer on these students wearing native costumes, presenting cultural performances and participating in other activities particular to the country they’ve studied. It’s become a tradition after 33 years!
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hen choosing what we feel is the most important, innovative company to open in Ocala in the past 20 years, the criteria was steep. There have been so many wonderful companies that have provided residents with employment and security, but it couldn’t just be about the bottom line. We wanted to pick a company
that was unique and decidedly diﬀerent. After much deliberation, we selected the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. This ordinary-looking building on the corner of Silver Springs Boulevard and Osceola Avenue in downtown Ocala once housed the Marion County Public Library. Today, it’s home to some of the world’s most
extraordinary scientiﬁc minds, brought together to collaborate and pioneer technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. In 2010, IHMC brought a whole new industry to Ocala, opening their doors to the community and inviting us in to explore new, cutting-edge ideas and theories. They have shared robotics concepts with our students and have inspired some of our young people to pursue a career in science. They have stirred curiosity within us, and dare we say, made us feel a little smarter. Today, IHMC is working on improving our lives with innovations like a robotic exoskeleton that will oﬀer fast, stable, upright mobility for paralyzed individuals and a specialized, comprehensive law enforcement drone program to enhance disaster response and search and rescue operations. Thank you, IHMC, for choosing Ocala. We hope that being part of our community makes you feel just as enriched as you make us feel.
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Weddings Celebrating Ocala’s Newest Brides And Grooms
HANK & ALLEE TRULUCK December 22, 2018 Photography by Ashley Nicole Johnson Venue: Silver Springs State Park Her favorite memory: “Being surrounded by everyone we love and being able to celebrate with them!”
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CODY & CASEY MILLER November 10, 2018 Photography by Brittany Bishop Venue: First Presbyterian Church & Ocala Ballroom Her favorite memory: “Being surrounded by all our family and friends on an amazing day!”
SETH & KENDRA BLOOM December 15, 2018 Photography by Cynthia Lee Photography Venue: C Bar Ranch Her favorite memory: “Our favorite part of the wedding was deﬁnitely when we were saying our own vows. Both laughing and crying from all the excitement and joy from the day.”
MAX & ALLIE WHITE December 1, 2018 Photography by Brian Sumner Venue: Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club Her favorite memory: “Walking down that beautiful white staircase in the rain, only to see my husband so full of emotion waiting for me at the end of the aisle.”
CONNOR & LINDSAY CIOFFI October 6, 2018 Photography by Dalton Hobbs Venue: Juliette Falls Her favorite memory: “Walking down the aisle with my father by my side and seeing Connor waiting for me surrounded by close family and friends.”
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Ever Played ‘Golf For Shotguns?’ By KATIE MCPHERSON Photography By JOHN JERNIGAN
hooting clays were invented in the 1880s, described as a piece of “brittle crockery,” and these artiﬁcial targets made the sport of shooting accessible to the masses because they were more aﬀordable than hunting live game. Today, shooting clays, skeet and trap are still beloved pastimes for people of all ages.
Clay vs. Skeet vs. Trap Shooting
their angle relevant to the targets. Shooters ﬁre 25 shots per round.
Sporting clays: Sometimes referred to as “golf for shotguns,” sporting clays oﬀer the most lifelike hunting experience. A course will include multiple stations with varying machine setups so your targets are never too predictable, ﬂying at diﬀering heights and angles or rolling across the ground.
Trap: In trap shooting, shooters are ﬁring at targets moving away from them. There are ﬁve positions for ﬁve shooters to participate in a round at once, and each will ﬁre ﬁve shots from each position for a total of 25 shots per round.
Skeet: During skeet shooting, two target machines launch targets across each other’s paths in an X formation. A round of skeet can include both single targets and doubles where two targets are launched simultaneously for added diﬃculty. Shooters move around a semi-circle to diﬀering shooting positions throughout the match in order to change
Q&A With Shooting Instructor & Owner Dale Walker Dale Walker has been shooting since age 10. He’s the owner and shooting instructor at Blackjack Sporting Clays in Sumterville, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in January, working with novice and advanced shooters day in and day out. What can someone who has never shot clays before expect when they arrive? “When you come out to our facility, you’ll sign a waiver electronically. We can provide everything if the participant needs it—gun
It’s a sport that anyone from a 10-year-old to someone over 80 can enjoy equally. It’s a nice alternative to something like golf.
- Dale Walker
COUNTRY rentals, ammo, eye and ear protection, and our machines are already loaded with the clays. You can show up with nothing and get a crash course on it, or you can bring your own gun and ammo. For newcomers to the sport, what should they wear? “We recommend close-toed shoes, but all of our cart paths are paved. There’s no dress code like a golf course or anything like that. Wear whatever makes you comfortable on the course.” Do you need some shooting experience to try sporting clays? “What’s nice is the facility is so big, you’re not going to hold up other participants because you’re not familiar with it. You can kind of be by yourself until you’re familiar with it. Even if you came by yourself, there are features on the station that will give you a few seconds delay so you can shoot by yourself.”
people involved in the sport. It’s a sport that anyone from a 10-year-old to someone over 80 can enjoy equally. Even in bigger competitions, you’ll see a 15-year-old girl competing equally with a 50-year-old man. Families can participate, you can go by yourself or it can be a corporate outing. It’s a nice alternative to something like golf.”
Locations Near Marion County Want to give these shooting sports a try? Here are the Florida ranges and courses nearest to Ocala that are open to nonmembers. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Ocala Shooting Range Forest Road 11, north of SR 40 in the Ocala National Forest (GPS coordinates 29°11’16.80”N, 81°46’14.15”W) Oﬀers single station, self-throw shotgun pad. myfwc.com
Blackjack Sporting Clays 3372 County Road 526, Sumterville Oﬀers sporting clays, ﬁve-stand and FITASC (Federation Internationale de Tir Aux Sportives de Chasse, a shotgun sport similar to shooting sporting clays) blackjackclays.com, (352) 569-9469 Gator Skeet and Trap Club 5202 NE 46th Ave., Gainesville Oﬀers skeet ﬁelds, trap ﬁelds, ﬁve-stand and Olympic trap bunker shooting venue gatorskeetandtrap.com, (352) 372-1044 Robinson Ranch Trap & Skeet Club 19730 SE 127th Terrace, Inglis Oﬀers trap and skeet shooting robinsonranchtrapandskeet.com, (352) 572-7339 Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm 11394 SW 106th Ave., Graham, FL Oﬀers sporting clay courses, along with pistol and riﬂe ranges. bsfshootingsports.com, (352) 485-2302 Palatka Skeet & Trap Club 301 Skeet Club Road, Palatka Oﬀers skeet and trap shooting palatkaskeet.com, (386) 325-5425
How long does clay or skeet shooting usually last?
Sources: claytargetsonline.com, nrablog.com, furfeatherandfin.com
“When we do our fundraisers, we group everyone in groups of four and you can expect that to take two to three hours. If you come alone, it will take maybe an hour and a half to shoot the whole course.” What type of gun is typically used? “The 12-gauge is probably what you’re going to see most often, and then you’ll see some 20-gauges. Maybe for ﬁrst-time shooters or kids you’ll see them use a 28-gauge.” Why should someone new to shooting try sporting clays? “It’s diﬀerent than the thought of a typical gun range. You’re going to be outside, you move at your own pace and you meet great Fe b r u a r y ‘ 1 9
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By LISA MIDGETT Illustration by MAGGIE PEREZ WEAKLEY
any horses like to play with a Jolly Ball, a large rubber ball that has a handle. They kick it, swing it and generally have lots of fun with it. And sometimes, their owners teach them to fetch—or at least this one did. The thing about horses is, they all have their own personalities. Some are naturally calm, some are hyper and most are smart. In Intrepid’s case, he’s a bit too smart. Sometimes—actually, most times—we’re pretty sure he is smarter than we are. I could see how bored and uninterested he was when he wasn’t in training or playing outside, so, to cheer him up, I gave him a Jolly Ball. He loved it! He was constantly swinging it around and tossing it in the air. It was really fun to watch, but one day, I had an idea. I didn’t learn to ride and wasn’t even around horses until I was in my late 30s. The only point of reference I had for them was training dogs, so I decided to apply that knowledge to teaching Intrepid to play fetch. Unfortunately for me, getting this horse to give up his ball would prove to be no easy task. One day during our daily tug-of-war battle, he willingly gave me the ball. I stood for a second and then tossed it back to him. He stared at it. A few moments after my wild gesticulations and verbal begging, he seemed to understand that I wanted the ball back, and he brought it to me. I tossed it again. After more jumping around and cajoling by me, he brought it back. Voilà! We had a game.
One day I showed up for our daily session of fetch, but Intrepid had other ideas. He tossed the ball out of his stall window when he saw my car pull up to the barn. You know, now that I think about it, I’m not sure who was training whom. But I digress. I tossed him the ball, but when he brought it back, he held onto the handle. I pulled on the ball, saying “drop it” (it worked with the dogs), but he didn’t budge. He pulled it out of my hands and probably laughed inside. So I pulled, he pulled, I pulled, he pulled—each time he pulled it out of my hands, he would shake the ball with glee. I was getting tired now, but still had a little oomph left in me. The next round of tug I was ready. I planted my feet, grounded my heels and pulled with all my might. We struggled. I held ﬁrm. And then... I won! I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen a horse with a bad attitude, but it seemed at that moment that the realization that he had just lost sunk in, and he didn’t like it one bit. Suddenly, he reared, bucked and started spinning in anger. I was safely outside of the stall, holding the Jolly Ball, and his antics made me laugh. The more I laughed, the angrier he got. What a sore loser! Finally, he came to the window, and I rubbed his head. Ever the peacemaker, I handed him the Jolly Ball. He took it, gave it a good shake, turned his back to me (insult!) and never, ever, played with me again. Lisa Midgett owns Redfish Farms Paso Fino with her husband, David. Fe b r u a r y ‘ 1 9
Industry Icons By JOANN GUIDRY
Here’s a look in chronological order of 20 Florida-bred racehorses, including 12 receiving the highest honor of induction into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, who have contributed to the Florida Thoroughbred industry’s six decades of success.
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My Dear Girl was the ﬁrst Florida-bred ﬁlly to be named a national champion in 1959. Carry Back became the second Florida-bred Kentucky Derby winner and ﬁrst Preakness Stakes winner (1961). In 1962, he became the ﬁrst Floridabred millionaire and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1975.
Roman Brother was the ﬁrst Florida-bred to be named North American Horse of the Year (1965). Dr. Fager, who in 1971 was the ﬁrst Florida-bred to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, is the only racehorse to win four national titles in a single year. In 1968, he was named the North American Horse of the Year, champion sprinter, champion handicap horse and champion grass horse. He also still owns the world record time for a mile (1:32 1/5), set in 1968.
Photos courtesy of The Florida Horse Magazine
Needles was the ﬁrst Florida-bred to be named a national champion (1955), to win the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes (1956), to lead the country in earnings ($440,850 in 1956) and to be inducted into the Needles 1956 Kentucky Derby with Hugh Fontaine Florida Sports Hall of Fame (1974). He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 2000. Needles’ Kentucky Derby win is credited with boosting the ﬂedgling Florida Thoroughbred industry. In early 1956, there were only four Thoroughbred farms in the area. By 1958, there were 30.
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Ta Wee, Dr. Fager’s half-sister, joined her brother in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1994. She was the North American champion sprinter (1969 and 1970).
Susan’s Girl was the North American champion 3-year-old ﬁlly (1972) and champion handicap mare (1973 and 1975). In 1976, she was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
Desert Vixen was named the North American champion 3-year-old ﬁlly (1973) and champion handicap mare (1974). She was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1979.
Foolish Pleasure won the 1975 Kentucky Derby and was named the North American champion 3-yearold colt that year. In 1995, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
Affirmed, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1980, captured the 1978 Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes). He reigned as the last horse to accomplish that feat for 37 years until American Pharoah, who was broken and trained in Ocala, won the 2015 Triple Crown. Aﬃrmed was the North American
he traveled to the United Arab Emirates where he became the ﬁrst Florida-bred winner of the Dubai World Cup. Silver Charm is the second-leading all-time Florida-bred money earner ($6,944,369). He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 2007.
champion 2-year-old colt (1977), champion 3-year-old colt (1978), champion older horse (1979) and Horse of the Year (1978 and 1979).
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Conquistador Cielo won the 1982 Belmont Stakes; he was named North American Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt. Precisionist captured the 1985 Breeders’ Sprint and was named that year’s North American champion sprinter. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Unbridled is one of only three horses to have won the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year (1990). He was named the 1990 North American champion 3-year-old colt and is the ﬁfth-leading all-time Florida-bred money earner ($4,489,475). Holy Bull was named the 1994 North American Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.
Silver Charm won the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on his way to being named the North American champion 3-year-old colt. In 1998,
Skip Away, who won the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic, is the leading all-time Florida-bred money earner ($9,616,360). He was named the North American champion 3-year-old colt (1996), champion older male (1997 and 1998) and Horse of the Year (1998). In 2004, Skip Away was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
Af leet Alex won the 2005 Preakness Stakes despite colliding with another horse and falling to his knees before miraculously recovering to
cross the ﬁnish line ﬁrst. He also won the 2005 Belmont Stakes and was named the North American champion 3-year-old colt that season.
Awesome Feather was undefeated in 2010, including winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She was named the 2010 North American champion 2-year-old ﬁlly.
Caledonia Road won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in only her third career start and became a millionaire. She was named the 2017 North American champion 2-yearold filly.
World Approval captured the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Mile and earned $2,043,600 on the season. He was named the 2017 North American champion turf male.
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Check out these upcoming equestrian events for the month of February. Compiled by JOANN GUIDRY
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Grand Prix events take place at approximately 2pm every Sunday, as well as select Fridays Parking is free. No admission charge for performances on Wednesday-Saturday. Children 12 and under are free throughout the event. For Weeks I-IV and VI-IX, Sunday general admission tickets are $5 per adult. For Weeks V and X, Sunday general admission tickets are $10 per adult for the $100,000 Ocala Electric Utility Grand Prix on Sunday, February 17 and for the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, March 24.
February 1-3: FHA 3-Day 100-Mile Competitive Trail Ride February 8-10: Ocala Winter Series Horse Trails I & Rocky Mountain Horse Association Show February 15-17: ADS Spring Fling Combined Driving February 22-24: Sunshine Region Pony Club Dressage Rally February 23-24: Ocala Western Dressage Series II
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2019 Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) Schedule For January February 1-3: Ocala Premiere III $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $50,000 HITS Grand Prix (Sunday) February 5-10: Ocala Winter Classic IV $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (Saturday) $50,000 Boehringer Ingelheim Grand Prix (Sunday) February 12-17: Ocala Winter Festival V $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $100,000 Ocala Electric Utility Grand Prix (Sunday) February 19-24: Ocala Masters VI $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $50,000 Kindredbio Grand Prix (Sunday) February 26-March 3: Ocala Tournament VII $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix (Friday) $50,000 Purina Animal Health Grand Prix (Sunday)
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alk through the door of Ocala’s Chocolate & Confections and you’re enveloped in the heavenly scent of chocolate and dazzled by row after row of handcrafted creations. It’s a visual and aromatic feast even before you enjoy the ultimate pleasure of tasting.
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Owners Keith and Kerryann Terrelonge opened their shop for business on February 13, 2009, so Ocala’s Chocolate & Confections celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. It was Keith’s Jamaican heritage that influenced his eventual decision to go into chocolate as a career. His grandparents were coffee and cacao farmers in Jamaica, and it was from his family that he learned to make chocolate and ice cream. Keith studied agriculture and worked in the country’s dairy industry for a time before moving to the United States. Having their own shop has given Keith the opportunity to hone his chocolate craft to perfection. Yes, it’s hard work and long hours, but for Keith, chocolate making is a passion. He relishes the opportunity to explore new ideas and come up with unexpected creations and combinations of ingredients. 48
All of the decadent creations are handmade, and many of them require considerable time and effort before taking their rightful place in the gleaming glass display case. Take, for example, the shop’s truff les, one of their best sellers. Making one painstaking batch at a time is a three-day process. Keith admits these are the most time-consuming of all his chocolates. Because he doesn’t use flavored chocolate, it takes the entire process to get the finished product just right. The first step is making the milk-based filling, to which f lavor is later added. Keith then makes the “cell” of the truffle, prepares the ganache coating and pipes the filling into the hollow truffle, each of which is coated twice in the rich ganache. Bite into one of these lush treats and you’ll appreciate Keith’s dedication to detail.
“We’re known for our truffles and our fudge,” says Kerryann, adding that they both come in a variety of flavors. For ﬂorists and chocolatiers, Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times of the year. “The No. 1 request we get is for chocolate-dipped strawberries, so we are continuously dipping fresh strawberries,” says Kerryann. She notes that they’re happy to make special order chocolate items, whatever the occasion. “We’ve made graduation caps out of chocolate, and even made chocolate statues that look like the Oscar for a customer who was having an awards dinner. Some companies like to promote their business with a logo made from chocolate.” Virtually anything can be made with a little time, Kerryann assures. Ocala’s Chocolate & Confections occupies a small footprint in downtown
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Photo by Ralph Demilio
Photo by Ralph Demilio
from the dozens of beautifully presented Ocala, but there’s plenty going on chocolate delicacies. Customers have their within its walls. Remarkably, there are preferences, of course. Many crave the close to 200 different products, and, of peanut butter krispies, course, everything Keith’s upgraded version contains chocolate to of the old childhood some degree. favorite that includes Keith uses Chocolate enhances peanut butter, pretzels European chocolate everything it comes and sea salt. because it’s ranked in contact with— Kerryann says the everamong the best in the popular peanut butter world, and he loves to nuts, pretzels, cups sell out as soon as put his own twist on graham crackers, Keith makes them. everything he makes. marshmallow, caramel “Chocolate enhances Some of the treats are everything it comes in his own invention, corn, peanut brittle. contact with—nuts, such as the torch pretzels, graham crackers, cone. Filled with - Keith Terrelonge marshmallow, caramel marshmallow and corn, peanut brittle,” says Keith, adding that covered in milk and white chocolate with it’s important that all ingredients be top a touch of sprinkles, it’s Keith’s own take quality, not just the chocolate. on the torch held by the Statue of Liberty. It can be overwhelming to choose just It’s impossible to pick one favorite
one thing. If you can’t make up your mind, Keith may offer you a sample taste to help you decide. He’ll also reassure you that good dark chocolate contains hearthealthy antioxidants—as if one needed encouragement to consume! Keith and Kerryann are excited about the next phase of their business, which has been two years in the making and will be unveiled by mid-2019. “We’re preparing a food truck so we can take our chocolates and ice cream and be mobile for catering,” says Kerryann, noting that their chocolate fountain is always a popular request. “We’ll be able to do private and business events on site. We’re happy to be here. Downtown is growing, and we hope to grow, too.”
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In the Kitchen With Sandra Wilson By NICK STEELE Photography by RALPH DEMILIO
ome people have a particular presence when they enter a room. Sandra Wilson is one of those people. She is exuberant and friendly with an easy laugh. As the deputy city manager for Ocala, she is responsible for the operations of human resources/ risk management, electric administration, electric delivery, water resources, engineering and f leet management. It is a role that she has occupied since December 2014, but she has been with the city since 2000. She graciously took time out of her busy day to chat with us about food, family and the recipe that has made her highly sought after among her family, friends and colleagues.
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“I learned to cook from my mom. She was a cook by occupation and cooked at a hotel,” Wilson recalls. “She cooked all the Southern foods, the greens, the sweet potatoes—all those things. It was a common thing for us to wake up to all these aromas. “And everything had gravy,” she continues with a laugh. Pork chops smothered in gravy, steak smothered in gravy, even hamburgers smothered in gravy. Wilson comes from a big extended family with a true appreciation of food. “We are third-generation, native Floridians,” she explains. “Where my family lives, we call it ‘The Compound.’ My mom, sister, cousin and aunt all live there. It’s a big area with open ﬁelds between all the houses. Growing up, family was always around. You could walk to everyone’s house. It was real country living. I do like the city, but there’s nothing like going home where you can walk around on the dirt barefoot. In June, around Father’s Day, we have ‘Homecoming’ there. Everybody who used to live there comes back. It’s a big event and always such a great time to see people you haven’t seen in a while. Wilson explains that although her dad did not cook, she has some special memories of how many dishes made it to their table. “My dad was a hunter and ﬁsherman,” Wilson says. “He lived for that. He did that until the time he passed away. I remember standing up, beside him, on the front seat of his truck. I don’t know how old I was, but I remember standing there, looking for stuﬀ to
shoot out in the woods and the orange groves.” Although family traditions are important to Wilson, her biggest culinary regrets involve not getting the recipes for certain family favorites that her two grandmothers used to make. “My paternal grandmother made these incredible tea cakes that had molasses and brown sugar that ended up being more like a biscuit,” she recalls. “I have not had anything like that since. And my maternal grandmother made the best fried chicken ever. My mom doesn’t even fry chicken like my grandmother did. I don’t know what she did or how she did it, but it was just the best.” Wilson, on the other hand, is best known for a sweet treat that keeps her constantly in demand. “The one thing that I am famous for is my red velvet cake. Everybody asks me to make one,” she admits. “A friend actually gave the recipe to me about 20 or 30 years ago. I’ve changed it a bit to make it my own. I do follow the recipe every time. Even though I kind of have it down to memory, I pull out the recipe and put it on the counter. If you follow it exactly, you can’t go wrong. And for the ﬁrst time, Wilson has generously agreed to share her in-demand recipe with our readers. Ironically, Wilson confesses that cake is not actually her preferred dessert. “Even though this cake is my specialty, I’m more of a pie person. I don’t make pies, but I love to eat them,” she says with a shy laugh. “I like key lime, lemon meringue, pecan, sweet potato, apple, peach. My mom makes a great sweet potato pie”.
Sandra’s Super Scrumptious Red Velvet Cake 1½ 1½ 2 2 1 2½ 1 1 1
cups granulated sugar cups Wesson canola oil eggs tablespoons Hershey’s natural unsweetened cocoa powder ounce McCormick red food coloring cups Pillsbury all-purpose flour teaspoon salt teaspoon baking soda cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350°F. › Mix granulated sugar and canola oil together; add eggs, cocoa powder and food coloring. › Sift together ﬂour, salt and baking soda. › Add ﬂour to sugar and oil mixture, alternating with buttermilk. › Bake in 3 greased and ﬂoured round cake pans for 30 minutes.
Icing: 1 1 1 1 1
8-ounce package of Philadelphia cream cheese stick of butter box of Domino confectioners sugar teaspoon vanilla cup of pecans (or other type of nuts)
Cream together all ingredients except nuts. › Stir in nuts separately. › Spread icing between layers and then on top of cake. › Drizzle pecans on top of cake.
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Sweet Celebration By CHEF KIMBERLY ROBINSON-JONES Photography By JOHN JERNIGAN How does the magazine that celebrates Ocala’s style celebrate 20 years? With a 20-layer cake, of course!
Chef Kim’s Crepe Layer Cake Crepes: 2 1/4 4 2 6 1 1/2 1
cups flour cup sugar eggs teaspoons vanilla teaspoons butter, melted cups of milk cup of water
Combine all crepe ingredients in a blender. › Blend until smooth and batter is thin. › Heat skillet on medium heat. › Coat the pan with cooking spray or oil. › Pour 1/3 cup batter into skillet. › Swirl batter in a circular motion to coat pan. › Heat for about a minute on one side or until edges are golden brown. › Flip crepe over with spatula, and cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. › Repeat until all batter is used— approximately 14-16 crepes. While crepes cool, prepare the icing.
Icing: 1 1/4 1 4
cup heavy cream cup powdered sugar teaspoon gelatin
teaspoons cold water
Put mixing bowl in the freezer with whip attachment for about 30 minutes. › Put gelatin and water in a small microwaveable bowl. › Mix until combined. Set aside to bloom. › Pour heavy cream into chilled bowl, and mix until soft peaks form. › Add powdered sugar, and mix on low until combined. › Heat gelatin in microwave for 30 seconds or until it becomes liquid. › Slowly pour gelatin into whipped cream, and whip until stiﬀ peaks form. (Don’t overmix or it will become butter!) › Place the ﬁrst crepe on a serving platter. › Spread with icing gently so as not to break the crepe. › Continue to layer all crepes. › Place cake in refrigerator for at least four hours. › Sprinkle powdered sugar on top. › Slice while cold. 52
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala
(352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 oﬀ-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaﬀ is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Tony’s Sushi has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.
Artman Country Smokehouse oﬀers custom smoked meat. Call ahead to order whole briskets, whole pork butts, turkey, ribs and take out.
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.
Artman Country Smokehouse 6900 SE Hwy 42, Summerﬁeld
(352) 307-6240 Wed-Sat 11a-7p › Sun 11a-6p › Closed Mon & Tues As all the 5-star online reviews will tell you, Artman Country Smokehouse is the place to go for barbecue. Located close to The Villages, they slow smoke their meat—a long process that guarantees your meal is tender and made fresh daily. Fans come from miles around to sample the sliced Angus brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs. And even if the meat is the main attraction, you’ll still want to try an appetizer like fried green tomatoes, fried okra or smoked jalapenos and to pair your meal with sides such as sweet BBQ baked beans, mac and cheese and corn casserole. After all that, make sure to end your meal with a delectable dessert—we’ve heard the cobbler is worth rave reviews all on its own.
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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754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala
(352) 620-9255 › braisedonion.com Tue-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri-Sat 11:30a-10p › Sun 11:30a-8p Treat the special ladies in your life like queens 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!
2237 SW 19th Avenue Rd., # 102, Ocala
(352) 237-7300 › firstname.lastname@example.org Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-4p Dinner: Mon-Thur 4-9p › Fri & Sat 4-10p Craft Cuisine World-Inspired Culinary Creations is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day! Book your in-house gatherings, private parties, weddings or oﬀ-premise catering today! Mouthwatering Monday: Build your own four-course menu selections from $13.99-$19.99. Tipsy Tuesday: $3 margaritas & 2-41 martinis. Wine Down Wednesday: From 4-7p order a charcuterie board paired with a house wine for $10. Burgers and Bourbon Thursdays. Prime Rib Fridays. Sangria Saturdays: $5 all-day brunch specials from 11a-3p endless mimosas $10, bloody marys $4.
Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar 10 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala
(352) 512-9458 › Sun-Wed 11a-10p › Thurs 11a-11p › Fri-Sat 11a-12a Located in downtown Ocala’s historic town square, Brick City Southern Kitchen’s aroma is recognized for several blocks around. Once inside, you are met with a wall of over 400 whiskeys from around the world and a collection of custom folk art from Nicklos Richards. To the rear of the restaurant is their scratch kitchen where all the sides, barbecue sauces, dressings and seasonings are prepared. But the heart of this kitchen is the custom-built smoker, where the low, slow heat of burning hickory smokes beef brisket, ribs, pork shoulders, whole chickens and turkey breast.
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7p $5 select tapas & drink specials. Golden Spoon Award Winner Say I love you with a dinner for two at Craft Cuisine Ocala! Join us February 14th 4pm to 10pm. RESERVATIONS ONLY (no regular menu available). Purchase of entree includes salad and desserts!
$3 BEERS 7P-CLOSE & LIVE MUSIC AT 8PM EVERY THURSDAY ASK ABOUT OUR WHISKEY CLUB FULL-SERVICE CATERING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, REHEARSAL DINNERS & WEDDINGS.
Make your reservations now to join us for Valentine’s Day Dinner. Thursday, February 14th 4:00 pm- 9:30 pm dinner only. Holiday set price of $44.95 pp. There will be a chocolate fountain at our salad bar and a complimentary photo and rose per couple.
Happy Hour Mon-Thur 3-7pm. Kids Eat Free Mondays NEW CURBSIDE PICK UP! Latinos Y Mas Valentine’s Menu $59.95 per couple includes a glass of wine or sangria per person. Reservations only for special Valentine’s Menu ONLY. Regular menu available for walk ins.
Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse 2023 S Pine Avenue, Ocala
(352) 622-1741 › ipanemaocala.com Lunch Friday 11a-2:30p › Brunch Sunday 11a-3p Dinner Tue-Thu 5p-9p › Fri-Sat 5p-10p › Sun 4p-9p A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) where roaming gauchos slice and serve ﬁre-roasted meats from skewers in continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse boasts 12 of the ﬁnest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent 50 item salad-vegetable bar, decadent desserts, wines, beer and cocktails. Book your holiday party and catering today! Our Sunday Brunch from 11a to 3p includes the 50 item salad bar plus crepe, waﬄe and omelet station. For $32.95 you’ll receive all of the above plus a free mimosa or bloody mary and ﬁve diﬀerent cuts of meat and our grilled pineapple.
Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Ave., Ocala
(352) 622-4777 › latinoymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat: 11a-10p › Closed Sunday Latinos Y Mas is the perfect gathering place for family and friends to enjoy the food they love the most. Come feel at home, and try the exquisite fusion of Latin food, such as one of our entrees, including Pargo Rojo, Paella, Ceviches, home-made Tres Leches and our amazing passion fruit Mojitos. Enjoy in house or order from the takeaway menu. Our friendly staﬀ is more than happy to help plan an extraordinary dining experience. VIP room, patio available for private events & catering for all occasions.
Stop by our new speakeasy bar and enjoy our speciality drinks! Now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day! For information on catering contact Waica or Evelyn at WMHIvyHouse@yahoo.com
Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala
(352) 622-5550 › ivyhousefl.com Closed Mon › Tue 11a-9p › Wed 11a-9p › Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 10:30a-2p
106 NW Main St, Williston
(352) 528-5410 › Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our home to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.
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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, $5.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (take-out not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant 422 South Pine Avenue, Ocala, FL
(352) 304-5199 Mon-Sat 11a-9p This family-owned and-operated restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and everything on the menu is made to order. To get your meal going, try the mozzarella caprese, garlic knots or fried calamari. The antipasto and Greek salads are two more favorites! Entrées include a huge variety of chicken, seafood, pasta and veal options. If you crave it, chances are they make it. The pizza, though. You have to try the hand-tossed pizza. Pile it high with your favorite toppings, or try the Sicilian with its one-of-a-kind meat sauce. No matter what you order, you’ll be satisﬁed and ready to call Louie’s a new family favorite.
Six locations in Ocala and Wildwood zaxbys.com
Try the absolutely craveable chicken, Zalads and Zappetizers, or enjoy any one of the many Party Platterz catered for your next game, party or event. Always fresh and made to order, Zaxby’s oﬀers family-friendly, fast service featuring daringly zesty chicken ﬁngers, wings and more. Open seven days a week with six locations to serve you throughout Ocala and Wildwood, you can drive thru on the go or dine in with family and friends. ZAXBY’s: Always so Zatisfying!
Wednesday: 99¢ House Margaritas All Day Thursday: Trivia Night, 7-9pm (Blvd. location) Thursday: Mariachi band at the 200 location, 6-9pm
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
NOW SERVING WINE & BEER! Valentine’s Day Special: Free glass of wine or beer with each entree. Surf & Turf Valentine’s Special: steak & shrimp!
Locations: 3351 W Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala; (352) 789-6001 › 3400 N Pine Ave., Ocala; (352) 877-7900 › 2900 SW 27th Ave., Ocala; (352) 861-9234 › 6033 SW Hwy 200, Ocala; (352) 351-1541 › 13451 SW 17th Ct., Ocala; (352) 347-5775 › 868 E SR 44, Wildwood; (352) 748-0221
Accepting Valentine’s Day reservations. Full-service catering & drop-oﬀs.. Call for catering (352) 260-5807. Taste of Ocala Winner 2018
Make sure to try the deli next to the restaurant, where they have daily menu choices for $6.99 and desserts such as dulce de papaya with cheese. HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY Medalla beer (6 cans) $10 Medalla beer (6 bottles) $12
Rated “excellent” on TripAdvisor. Follow @fetacuisine on Facebook for specials. Full menu at fetaocala.com
Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview (352) 347-3100 › pastafaire.com Mon-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-9p
Owner Kathy Funk, along with managing partner Brandon Magnuson and Chef Santos Cruz, invite you to experience the culinary delights and warm atmosphere of Pasta Faire in Belleview. For over 26 years, Pasta Faire has served Marion County and surrounding residents with a wide array of Italian specialties, pasta creations, wood ﬁred rotisserie chicken, New York-style pizzas and much more. Pasta Faire would like to thank all of our wonderful patrons who have voted us “Best of the Best” Italian restaurant the past three years and Taste of Ocala winners the past two years. We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019 and hope to see you at the “Faire.”
16580 S Highway 475, Summerﬁeld
(352) 307-9300 Restaurant: Mon-Sun 12p-9:30p Deli: Mon-Sat 11a-2p Creole 21 opened its doors to the public in early July—and diners can’t get enough of their authentic Latin fusion cuisine. Enjoy a mix of Latin food specialties, such as the popular mofongo, a Puerto Rican dish that uses fried plantains as its main ingredient. The restaurant was named after the Creole cuisine because of its unique mix of all the best ﬂavors and tastes of Latin America. The menu oﬀers a wide variety of dishes, including the Big Can Can Pork Chop, Whole Red Snapper, and Stuﬀed Mofongo, pictured here. Creole 21 also has a children’s menu for the little ones, oﬀering chicken tenders, pizza and more.
Feta Mediterranean Cuisine
306 SW Broadway St., Ocala
(352) 433-4328 › fetaocala.com Mon-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri-Sat 11:30a-10p Feta in downtown Ocala is the only place for authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The guiding philosophy for the Pomakis family is that all recipes must start with the freshest, healthiest ingredients available, locally sourced when possible. Chef Dimitri interprets your favorite Mediterranean dishes with an artistic ﬂair that ensures the ﬂavor, texture and aroma will excite your senses: from the perfect Greek salad and succulent grass-fed lamb chops to wild-caught branzino and ﬂaky, melt-in-your mouth baklava.
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Cynthia Brown Skip Linderman
Making History One Issue At A Time Ocala Style celebrates its 20th anniversary By CYNTHIA MCFARL AND
his month as you ﬂip through the pages of this issue of Ocala Style—whether you do so with the print version or digital version online— you’re holding a bit of history in your hands. Our February 2019 issue marks the 20th anniversary of Ocala Style Magazine. The old adage “time ﬂies” is perhaps never more appropriate than in the publishing business. It doesn’t seem possible that two decades have passed since the inaugural issue of the magazine hit the streets. Some of our readers and advertisers have been with the magazine since the beginning. For those who have connected with us more recently, we hope you’ll enjoy this look back at the history behind Ocala Style and how we got to where we are today.
First Things First
There wouldn’t have been an Ocala Style if not for Kathy Johnson’s dedication, hard work and out-of-thebox thinking, yet Style wasn’t her ﬁrst venture into the world of publishing. In the mid-1980s, Kathy and her husband, Dean, opened a chain of retail gift businesses. With the goal of bringing more customers to their Ocala location, they lobbied to bring the ﬁrst Select-a-Seat (later known as Ticketmaster) sales location to Marion County. As a marketing strategy, this move was incredibly successful, but it also created an unexpected issue: nonstop questions every day from customers wanting to know which events were on sale and when. In order to answer those questions (and thereby free up time to actually sell store merchandise), Kathy had the idea of creating a Ticketmaster On-Sale Guide, which became known as Entertainment Express magazine. This publication, which was distributed free of charge, listed hundreds of events, including sports, concerts and performing Kathy Johnson arts, along with seating charts of all the major event venues in North and Central Florida. “It became an instant hit, with hundreds of minibooklets being picked up daily, but in order to cover the costs of design and printing, we began selling advertisements in the magazine,” recalls Kathy, who took on the bulk of this project, as Dean was immersed in running the retail locations. By the early 1990s, the Gulf War commenced and a severe downturn in the economy led to the closing of the Johnsons’ Ocala retail location. With her typical
make-lemonade-from-lemons approach to life, Kathy used this time of transition to adapt Entertainment Express from a Ticketmaster-only publication into a community event magazine that was distributed throughout the city and thus keep it going on its own power. “I think my lack of experience in the publishing field and, conversely, my desperate need to succeed is what gave me confidence and kept pushing me forward,” says Kathy of those early Entertainment Express years. “I had no choice but to keep my overhead costs down and do most of the work myself. For a few years, I worked out of my house, but even with a small staff, we worked from modest accommodations.” I clearly remember the spring afternoon in 1993 when I met with Kathy for the ﬁrst time to discuss writing for her magazine. I’d been freelancing for over ﬁve years; my ﬁrst children’s book had been published in 1990 and a second had just come out. I still held down a part-time, non-writing job but was hoping the increase in writing projects would allow me to drop that. My ﬁrst articles for Entertainment Express appeared in the May 1993 issue. In September of that year, I took a leap of faith, gave up my part-time job and made writing my permanent career. By the November 1993 issue, I moved into the position of editor. I will always be grateful for the work with Kathy and Entertainment Express that helped make my decision. All along, Kathy was driven by the firm belief that if she could produce a magazine that gave the readership real value and something to be proud of, they would support it by supporting the advertisers. In turn, our advertisers would support the magazine. “I put virtually every dime I could into producing more magazines,” she says. “Eventually, we were distributing over
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One of Kathy Johnson’s favorite covers, picturing her grandson, Jagger, and the ﬁrst issue of Ocala Style, February 1999.
30,000 copies monthly throughout the entire city. I never would have been able to do that if it wasn’t for Ocala’s wonderful business owners who graciously allowed me to put those magazines on their counters, coﬀee tables and magazine racks. Our readership grew enormously, and with it came results for our advertisers, and they continued to support me in turn. It really has been a three-way win.”
After producing a monthly edition of Entertainment Express for more than a decade, Kathy realized there was a need for something different. She believed our area was ripe for a city magazine with a focus on Ocala’s style—not style as in fashion but rather the residents, culture, history and accomplishments that give our town and county its unique style—or flavor, if you will. “I felt we deserved a publication that accurately portrayed our community: real people, real stories, the real Ocala,” says Kathy. What she’d been able to accomplish
with Entertainment Express was just the starting point. With Ocala Style, options abounded. We could focus not just on entertainment, but on the many attributes that make Ocala/ Marion County such a great place to live. Ocala Style would be a lifestyle magazine— and that’s exactly what it became: a publication highlighting the very best of our area. When the inaugural issue came out in the spring of 1999, it included features on homes, local builders and interior designers, horse farms and equine events, travel, dining, gardening, recipes, wine and social scene photos. That ﬁrst year, Ocala Style was published quarterly, but in 2000, the magazine became a monthly, and the old workhorse Entertainment Express was retired.
Growth & Recognition
such business recognition, Kathy hasn’t made that her focus. In fact, for the past several years, she declined to even submit entries to the annual magazine awards competition. Her belief was that the magazine’s true value was not predicated on awards won or recognition bestowed by industry peers but rather on the satisfaction of its readership and the success of its advertisers. She realized that satisfaction and success were inexorably linked, and that as long as Ocala Style could deliver these, the magazine would grow and evolve over time. The fact that a “free” magazine has survived and thrived all these years without subscriptions or a newsstand price is testament to its quality. Advertising pays the bills, but readers pick up a magazine because of content. Since the very ﬁrst issue, Style has made it a point to enlighten, educate and encourage its readers. We’ve done that with a wealth of stories, proﬁles and features on many diverse topics. From elite athletes to business innovators, talented artists, musicians and craftsmen, accomplished young people and inspiring seniors, we’ve covered these and more. As a writer, it’s been both challenging and rewarding to tackle so many of these stories. I love the fact that I learn something with every story I write and appreciate the
Over the past 20 years, Style has established itself as it initially debuted: “Ocala’s Premier Lifestyle Magazine.” The publication has won numerous Charlie Awards in multiple categories from the Florida Magazine Association, the largest magazine association in the country. “It was an honor to be named Publisher of the Year by the Florida Magazine Association,” says Kathy, who was also recognized as the Ocala/ Marion County Chamber John Travolta, Kathy Johnson, Dean Johnson of Commerce’s 2005 Ocala/ Marion County Woman opportunity to share that with our readers. of the Year. Ocala Style was also named It’s been reaﬃrming to work with a Communicator of the Year 2005-2006. company that celebrates a spirit of giving Although she greatly appreciates
back to the community. “For over 20 years, we have supported well-deserving, nonprofit organizations with ads and articles,” notes Kathy. “In 2002, we held our first Diamond Gala at Golden Ocala. Over the course of five years, that event alone raised over $200,000, which was first given to the Appleton Museum and then to Sheltering Arms for abused children.”
Lisa Anderson, Destiny Villafane
Evolution & Change
Last year, with the idea of devoting more time to family and personal pursuits in her next chapter of life, Kathy made the tough decision to sell the magazine. She points out that a highlight of the business has been working with a talented and loyal team, several of whom have been with her for 26 years. “We have been blessed to have many loyal advertisers as well, some of which have supported us since the beginning,” notes Kathy. In fall 2018, new owner and publisher Jennifer Hunt Murty took the reins of Ocala Style, eager to make her mark yet also continue the tradition of a publication that reﬂects the community she calls home. Jennifer has brought a new look to the magazine and shared some of her personal passions, but many of the same topics featured in the ﬁrst issues continue to be found in the pages of Ocala Style: food, home, travel, equine events and local activities. One reality that became obvious through the past 20 years is that our area has an abundance of people who make a real difference. Featuring these remarkable individuals in the magazine’s pages has added serious substance to the publication and serves as an ongoing reminder that this place we call home is blessed not just with natural beauty, social and economic opportunities but with people who are the real heart and soul of Ocala/Marion County.
Kristy Taylor, Vianca
Torres, Kylie Swope
Jennifer Hunt Murty
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Top 20 Covers Written & Compiled by OCALA STYLE STAFF
s we look back on the ﬁrst 20 years of Ocala Style Magazine, we can’t help but reminisce about some of our favorite stories, interviews and covers. In an eﬀort to share some of those cherished memories with you, we tasked ourselves with choosing our favorite covers to represent these past 20 years. It was no easy feat to select just 20 covers! After much debate, the results were narrowed down, and we are happy to share our selections on the following pages. We hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane as much as we did!
This cover received the most votes as a Top 20 favorite by our staﬀ members.
This is Cool Hand Luke, an acrylic on canvas artist who resides at Two Tails Ranch in Williston. Yes, we’re talking about the elephant.
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Guy Harvey created this original piece of artwork speciﬁcally for our cover.
This is Casey Allen, graphic designer turned ﬁreﬁghter. He was instructed to “get messy” while enjoying his ribs.
This clever issue features a Simpsonized version of the magazine staﬀ.
Each of the images used to create this cover was once featured in a prior issue.
Look closely. The word “style” is written in the stars.
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For The Love Of Savannah
avannah is a vibrant city with a storied history, friendly locals and the kind of energetic, contemporary vibe that many historic cities lack. Itâ€™s an art-lovers city, a foodie destination and the perfect place for your next romantic getaway.
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By NICK STEELE
Locals insist that your ﬁrst day should include a hop-on, hop-oﬀ trolley tour by Old Savannah Tours, a locally owned company that oﬀers several themed packages and a great overview of the city. After your tour, there are lots of ways to get around, including horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs, taxis and car services. You can even rent a bike from either Savannah on Wheels or Perry Rubber Bike Shop. But, at its heart, Savannah is a walking city. Strolling the city’s 22 squares and historic streets will allow you to explore Savannah’s architectural beauty, rich history and cherished monuments.
A Place To Slumber
The Marshall House is not only the oldest hotel in Savannah, but is consistently ranked as one of the best. Many of
Photo courtesy of Geoﬀ L Johnson Photography
Photo courtesy of Geoﬀ L Johnson Photography
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Marshall House in 1851,” explains General the hotel’s original features have been Manager Hugh Osborne. lovingly preserved or restored, including The Hamilton-Turner House was the the wroughtﬁrst home in Savannah iron “Broughton to have electricity and Balcony,” which Mary Marshall was continues to shine overlooks the historic the grand matriarch bright today. The inn district’s main retail of Savannah, an early is so thoughtfully and thoroughfare. Some stylishly appointed, of the most soughtreal estate developer that it forever banishes after rooms are those and the largest the notion that a with access to the historic inn has to be landlord in the city balcony, through mired in the dusty original f loor-towhen she opened trappings of doilies and ceiling windows. The The Marshall House overpowering antiques. hotel is also notable Instead, guests enjoy an in 1851. for its pioneering - Hugh Osborne atmosphere of relaxed female founder. elegance and gracious “Mary Marshall living. From afternoon teas and evening was the grand matriarch of Savannah, an wine and cheese, held in the inn’s stunning early real estate developer and the largest parlor, to the delectable breakfast oﬀered landlord in the city when she opened The
in the dining room, you’ll feel exceptionally pampered. The innkeeper Susie Ridder has also not overlooked a single amenity, from luxurious bedding and bath products to complimentary, high-speed internet and in-room charging stations with adaptors for every device in your arsenal. The Desoto checks all the boxes for the traveler looking for a modern, Southern-hospitality experience. The 4-star property has the contemporary feel of a fashionable art museum, thanks to the property’s showcase of artwork from the Savannah College of Art & Design. The hotel’s restaurant, 1540 Room, offers an elevated farm-to-table concept from the talented and affable Executive Chef Mark Santiago, and at Edgar’s Proof & Provision Bar, bottles of bourbon line the walls and cast a honeyed glow over the hotel’s speakeasy-style lounge. Once
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Photo courtesy of Historic Tours of America
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upstairs, you’ll marvel at the dazzling views of the city’s skyline, especially from the corner balcony rooms.
The Right Stuff
The two iconic restaurants that you cannot miss are The Olde Pink House and Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room at The Wilkes House, both of which oﬀer quintessential Savannah experiences. Mrs. Wilkes doesn’t take reservations and is only open for lunch, so people start lining up early. You can expect a long wait most days, but as Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds recently learned, it’s well worth it. Once inside, you’ll enjoy a meal of classic Southern comfort foods and a wonderful communal dining experience of passing dishes and chatting to all the new friends you made in line. Insider tip: If you stay at the historic Wilkes House or one of their other
accommodations, you can skip the line and your lunch is included in your room rate. The elegant Pink House does take reservations, and we suggest visiting for dinner, just not on the same day as Mrs. Wilkes. There are many dining rooms in this former mansion and bank building, but the atmosphere is vastly different depending on which room you choose. The two most romantic places to dine are in the Bank Manager’s Office or at the table for two in The Vault. Insider tip: For the ultimate in romance, request that the restaurant’s wandering singer Sidra Sams comes to your table to serenade you with your favorite song. On the modern side, HUSK Savannah is perhaps the chicest and most exciting new eatery. Part of a pioneering restaurant group, HUSK takes local sourcing and food preservation to another level through a
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concept of ingredient-driven cuisine with ever-changing menus based on seasonal items from local purveyors. Similarly, the glamourous upstairs Bar at HUSK oﬀers an ever-changing cocktail menu rooted in the restaurant’s commitment to seasonality. If you want a really fun date night out, sign up for one of Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table Hands-On Cooking Classes (chefdarin.com). “We have ﬁve to seven classes a week,” Chef Darin explains. “Over the course of three and a half hours, you get an educational experience, a social experience and [to] enjoy a meal that you prepared. I’ve had a lot of couples tell me they prefer this over going out to eat, because you’re not just having a meal—you’re getting a great experience and techniques you can use at home.” The nightlife scene has some daring new entries, including the sleek and sultry Alley Cat Lounge, the decadent new dessert and drinks parlor Better Than Sex and the glamorous Artillery Bar—but don’t
Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Lounge
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destinations are The Paris Market, a shop overlook the charms of such local favorites and cafe with the charm of a French flea as Perch Rooftop Bar, Rocks on the Roof, market and E. Shaver’s Booksellers and The Jinx, Crystal Beer Parlor, Congress Tea Shop. E. Shaver’s offers fantastic Street Social Club and Good Times Jazz book selections, unique house blend teas Bar & Restaurant. and a chance to hang When it comes out with some lovable to shopping, the bookstore cats. best stores can be Over the course of After all that exploring, found on Broughton three and a half hours, eating and shopping, Street, Whitaker Street, Bull Street, you get an educational you must experience the pure indulgence that is Bay Street and experience, a social Spa Bleu. Voted Best within City Market. experience, and [to] Day Spa in Savannah for There’s something seven years in a row, this for everyone, from enjoy a meal that beautifully appointed the specialty stores you prepared. spa oﬀers a full range like the native - Chef Darin of massage treatments, Savannah Bee beauty services and Company, purveyors couples’ packages. They’ll also help make of deliciousness like Back in the Day your visit even more special by arranging Bakery, Leopold’s Ice Cream and Byrd’s anything from a light lunch to champagne Famous Cookies, as well as antique and and sweet treats to enjoy during your time vintage ﬁnds at shops like Wright Square at the spa. Vintage and Retro Mall. Two must-visit
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Smart Saving For Travel
hen planning for a trip, it’s all about preparation— what to pack, where to go, who to see. Perhaps the most important prep step happens months in advance. Saving up for a vacation takes time, dedication and ﬁnding the best savings plan for you. April Powell has been a travel consultant since 1981 and is the assistant manager for Ocala Travel. To save successfully, Powell says the most important thing when budgeting for a trip is to account for the spending you’ll do while there. “When you’re booking your vacation, you’ll know the cost of the hotel and maybe how much it costs you to travel to that place. It’s important that people remember to budget for extra expenses, like where you are going to eat in that area. Are you going to want to do some really nice dining? Make sure you’re looking at the total picture. It’s not just about the money you prepay for something but the costs while you’re enjoying the vacation.” Begin planning by deciding where you want to go and for how long. Discussing your plans with a travel agent can
help you determine a realistic budget, and they can help you score discounted rates on travel and lodging. “We do not charge a fee for helping someone plan a vacation; we’re compensated by suppliers,” Powell explains. “With cruises as an example, I have a group going next March, and we negotiated some great rates for them—probably $300 to $400 dollars less per person than if someone contacted that cruise line directly.” When working with a travel agent, you can also make monthly payments to their oﬃce to make budgeting for your big trip bite-sized versus paying in full. “Normally you make a deposit from $100 or more with a ﬁnal payment date of 90
days ahead of your trip. If you’re booking further ahead, we can help ﬁgure out how much they need to pay per month. That can help you decide if it’s something you can aﬀord or plan for that more expensive vacation at a later date,” Powell says. There are many other methods of saving for travel for those not working with an agent. Credit cards oﬀer miles and travel rewards, some that can even be transferred to Airbnb. Most major banks oﬀer a savings method that, when you use your debit card, rounds up to the nearest dollar and deposits the change into a savings account. Allocate these into a separate travel savings account and you can watch your funds grow with minimal eﬀort.
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Drive On! By JIM GIBSON
The last two decades have seen many exciting changes in the automobiles we drive. Here are 20 changes designed to make our driving experiences pleasurable ones.
Intelligent headlights. High-beam headlights are going by the wayside. Intelligent LED headlights adjust themselves for every night lighting situation— even oncoming cars. Headlights focus away from oncoming vehicles and onto the roadway’s edge. They also sense and brightly illuminate pedestrians and bicycle riders.
Bluetooth connectivity. Hands-free cell phone conversations, streaming MP3s and internet radio channels piped into your car are products of Bluetooth technology. This enables drivers to talk on their phones with both hands on the wheel and their attention focused on the road.
Autonomous driving or driver assist packages. Tesla, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volvo, Cadillac, Audi, Lexus and Honda have differing levels of autonomous driving packages available. From the simplest (adaptive cruise control, emergency automatic brakes and lane assist) to the most complex (selfdriving vehicles) and all possibilities in between, these technologies could end up being be the most profound innovation in automotive history.
Air bags all around. In an effort to alleviate serious injuries, front, side-torso and head, rear, center, knee, seat-cushion and seatbelt airbags now form a cushioned layer of protection in high impact automobile accidents.
Backup cameras and sensors. Data shows that 300 people (many times children) are killed and 18,000 injured each year in back-over accidents. Backup cameras are expected to lower this number substantially. They also come in handy when backing into a tight parking place.
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Electric cars. Hi-tech batteries now provide up to 238 miles of driving distance before a recharge and provide plenty of power for interstate driving. Gasoline/electric hybrids give drivers the best of both worlds. Quad-zone temperature control. Husband too hot? Wife too cold? Passengers a little of both? Everyone can now dial in his or her own private Shangri-La with four separate temperature zones. Blind spot detection systems. The “blind spot,” every driver’s nightmare, is a thing of the past with electronic detectors that alert drivers to cars hidden from sight in either side-view mirror.
Continuously variable transmission. Seamless acceleration, higher mechanical eﬃciency and better
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gas mileage make the CVT a great choice for new car buyers.
Run f lat tires. Strong sidewalls enable motorists to drive up to 100 miles at up to 50mph on a punctured tire. Drivers can drive to the shop or the safety of home to change a tire. Automatic parallel parking. Ever pass up a parking place because it required you to parallel park? Never again. Sensors ﬁnd the appropriate parking place, you put the car in reverse, work the accelerator and brake and let the car steer itself neatly into place.
Smart keys. Not only can you start your car with the key in your purse or pocket, it can also automatically adjust your mirrors, seat, steering wheel, climate control and radio station. Tire pressure monitoring systems. Monitoring and maintaining the proper air pressure in your tires boosts performance, increases safety and tire life, and provides optimum gas mileage. It also helps keep you from having to change a ﬂat tire in a driving rainstorm.
Electronic stability control. Few drivers know exactly what to do in an emergency stopping or avoidance situation. ESC automatically applies the brakes to each individual tire and adjusts engine speed, giving you more control when trying to avoid a collision.
Radar cruise control. One of the major drawbacks to conventional cruise control is constantly adjusting it to traﬃc ﬂow around you. Radar cruise automatically adjusts your car’s speed to the driver in front of you and takes a lot of the hassle out of long-distance interstate driving.
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GPS satellite navigation. It doesn’t matter if your husband refuses to stop and ask for directions, he won’t need to. You may never get lost again with GPS satellite navigation. Collision avoidance systems. Distractions occur with even the best drivers. It’s good to know that your car is always alert for obstacles in your path and ready to apply its own brakes in a split second. Heated or cooled seats. Four or ﬁve days each year, you might need to warm your car seat here in Central Florida, but as for cooling, now that’s another story. Stay cool, calm, and collected, top to bottom. Parking sensors. Never ding your fender again. Warning lights ﬂash as you come close to an object. The closer you get, the more intense the warning. Dash cams. Dealer-installed and aftermarket dash cams give you the credibility you deserve if you’re involved in an accident.
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Luxury Gets A Sporty Redesign By JESSE JAMES
hen I think of Lincolns, I ﬁrst think of big, bulky vehicles that many of our grandparents owned. Not you grandma, but many others. On the other hand, I think of a quality American brand recognized for their luxurious, comfort-inspired designs. The legendary Continental or the Town Car are commonly what I envision when I think of Lincoln’s ﬂeet of vehicles, though the brand is changing that. I had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 2019 Lincoln MKC, an entry-level crossover that has been entirely redesigned from the 2018 model, oﬀering a sportier vibe in the process. First, let’s talk about the new styling that Lincoln has to oﬀer for 2019. The front end has a revised look that introduces a new grille and headlamps that give oﬀ a much sportier aesthetic. The new look continues around the back and inside, where plenty of comfort and luxury awaits. An abundance of technology, including SYNC 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and USB ports for charging all of your much-needed devices can be found inside. There is even
a Wi-Fi hotspot; a perfect feature for folks like myself. Lincoln has also incorporated an array of driver-assist features, providing a unique driving experience in the process. Other details such as heated and cooled seats are a nice touch. Although the MKC has been reworked for 2019, it still keeps the character, comfort and elegance one would expect from a Lincoln. Now, let’s dive into the rest of this impressive vehicle. The 2019 MKC comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 cylinder that puts out 240 hp. Although it provides ample power to get you where you need to go, it certainly will not win any races; but that is not what it’s made for. Performance isn’t the star of the show when it comes to the MKC Select. The MKC is spacious, comfortable and practical. It’s a road-trip worthy vehicle that would also be just as great for picking up the kids and hauling around life’s essentials. The 2019 Lincoln MKC Select is both functional and fun, while staying true to what the Lincoln brand is known for. For anyone interested in having a closer look, head over to Lincoln of Ocala and drive one for yourself. Fe b r u a r y ‘ 1 9
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Clyde Butcher’s photographs are measured in feet, not inches, and his big reputation matches his big images. Ocala is lucky enough to be the temporary home of his exhibit, America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher, featured at the AppleCoconut Grove Arts Festival in the 1990s, when the art ton Museum of Art for world began referring to him as “the Ansel Adams of the next few months. the Everglades.” You definitely walked If you’re not familiar “Everyone asked about the ‘man with the beautiwith his name, chancful black-and-white photographs of the Everglades,’” away with an insight es are you’ve seen his Fannon recalls. “He would sit quietly at his booth into the love, grit work. Butcher has been with a gentle and easy demeanor but a very intense and determination capturing stunning stare. You deﬁnitely walked away with an insight into black-and-white images the love, grit and determination it took to get those it took to get those of Florida landscapes magniﬁcent images.” magnificent images. since the 1980s, when Butcher is revered as the foremost landscape he moved to South photographer in America today. His powerful images - Maureen Fannon Florida from California, reveal the tiniest details of Florida’s ecosystems–from eventually building a sawgrass prairies to wetlands, windswept beaches and home and gallery in the Big Cypress Namangroves to cypress-lined rivers. tional Preserve. Ocala Style Creative DirecAmerica’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher is on display at tor Maureen Fannon remembers Butcher the Appleton Museum of Art through May 26 and is included with museas the preeminent exhibitor at Miami’s um admission. For more information, visit appletonmuseum.org.
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The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niﬀenegger
The Thrill Of It All By NICK STEELE
Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling The Harry Potter series created a sensation that kept readers clamoring for each new book—the subsequent editions becoming more sophisticated and deepening our connection to the characters.
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown Although Angels & Demons was the ﬁrst of Robert Langdon’s adrenaline-producing adventures, many readers were introduced to the series through The Da Vinci Code because of the release of the ﬁlm.
The Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins In a future where the “haves” force the “have nots” to compete in a barbaric ﬁght-to-the-death reality show, one young woman deﬁes authority and destroys the system that victimized her.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins Helped and hurt by comparisons to Gone Girl, this mystery barrels ahead like a runaway train fueled by pain and uncertainty.
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Our favorites in music, movies and books from the past 20 years—here they are, in no particular order.
Told from the alternating perspectives of a pair of timecrossed lovers, Niﬀenegger presents an epic love aﬀair that only time can tear asunder.
Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James James shocked the literary world with the success of her erotic ﬁction trilogy about a hunky millionaire with a fetish for BDSM and the young woman who would upend his life.
A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks Although Sparks is best known for The Notebook, the beloved storyteller has revealed that this tender love story about unlikely high school sweethearts was his favorite to write.
Atonement, Ian McEwan It begins with a false accusation by a child that destroys multiple lives and provides an examination of guilt, redemption and forgiveness.
A deeply emotional Holocaust tale focused on an orphaned girl named Liesel who learns to read after stealing three books and how they heal her broken heart.
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn A journalist returns to her hometown in search of the story behind the brutal murders of several local teens, but her own demons put her in mortal danger.
The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger Written by a former assistant to Vogue’s Editor-inChief Anna Wintour, this dishy “ﬁctionalized” story focuses on the ultimate “Boss from Hell.”
We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver A mother struggles to understand what part (if any) she played in her son’s deadly rampage, resulting in the deaths of seven of his classmates.
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
This uplifting story examines the lives of a group of white women living in Mississippi during the early 1960s and the black maids who serve them. It tackles serious territory with humor and heart.
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas This warm-hearted and intelligent young adult novel examines a girl’s experiences with gun violence, race relations and police brutality.
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls An emotionally charged memoir that charts the author’s troubled childhood at the hands of neglectful free-spirits too focused on their own vices to be entrusted with children.
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion One of the most formidable nonfiction writers of her generation explores the blinding grief she experienced after the death of her husband, soon after their only daughter tragically fell into a coma.
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch and Jeﬀrey Zaslow Pausch’s “last lecture” to his students and colleagues became an internet sensation. The book, which ﬂeshes out the lecture, has become an international bestseller.
Marley and Me, John Grogan There have been many books about pets, but Grogan’s is unexpectedly hilarious and deeply affecting.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn Set in suburbia, this twisty psychological thriller took the world by storm with its ingeniously wicked twists.
Wild, Cheryl Strayed A visceral and moving account of Strayed’s decision to hike the perilous Paciﬁc Crest Trail in an attempt to outpace her troubled past, following her mother’s death. Warmth and humor underscores the journey that ultimately healed her.
American Beauty This suburban dramedy provided a dark, yet thrilling, peek behind the closed doors of modern America’s polite society.
Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts scored a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a working-class woman who was instrumental in building a case against the Paciﬁc Gas and Electric Company for the contamination of drinking water in Southern California.
Pirates of the Caribbean films With just enough vintage swashbuckling and offbeat humor, these ﬁlms delivered adventure, romance and fun.
The Sixth Sense Before the days of “spoiler alerts,” this innovative thriller with a killer twist managed to thoroughly surprise audiences.
12 Years a Slave The compelling true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was abducted and sold into slavery just a few years before the Civil War.
The Notebook Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams breathe life into this sweeping love story, fraught with complications and setbacks, that builds into an enduring romance for the ages.
Avatar Ten years after James Cameron’s shock-andawe-style sci-ﬁ 3D opus burst onto screens, it remains the highest grossing ﬁlm of all time.
Slumdog Millionaire This inventive tale of a young man from the mean streets of Mumbai, just one question away from winning 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, is a fast-moving, lifeaﬃrming tale.
Boys Don’t Cry Based on the real life and tragic murder of transgender man Brandon Teena, the film provides an unf linchingly brave look at the struggle to find love on the forbidden fringe of society.
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Crazy Rich Asians This charming love story is the ﬁrst major studio ﬁlm with Asians in all of the leading roles since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club and shattered box oﬃce records to become the highestgrossing rom-com in a decade.
The Harry Potter ﬁlms After the books became a global sensation, these movies brought to life the world of Quidditch matches, ﬂying cars and horcruxes.
The Matrix trilogy These adrenalinedrenched movies kicked open the door for a new genre of action-based science ﬁction ﬁlms with jaw-dropping visual eﬀects and a dark exploration of artiﬁcial intelligence.
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ﬁlm series Fans of the novels and anyone up for some good old-fashioned epic fantasy loved Peter Jackson’s star-studded masterpieces of modern cinema.
The Da Vinci Code series Based on Dan Brown’s bestselling book series, The Da Vinci Code and two ﬁlms to follow, oﬀered up everyman Tom Hanks at the center of one epic mystery after another.
La La Land Just when you thought that they don’t make ‘em like they used to, Hollywood offers up a simultaneously old-andnew-fashioned musical full of modern charm.
Finding Nemo When a young clown ﬁsh is scooped up by an Australian dentist and relocated to an aquarium in his Sydney oﬃce, his fretful single father sets out to save him and picks up a blue tang named Dory, who suﬀers from short-term memory loss, along the way.
Moulin Rouge Set against the backdrop of 19th century Paris and the famed Montmartre cabaret, this bawdy musical reignited the genre and exploded oﬀ the screen with thrilling intensity.
Shrek A hilarious start to the adventures of a grumpy ogre, some classic fairy tale characters and a princess with a whopper of a secret.
This wonderful animated feature will touch your heart and make your spirit soar. A grumpy 78-year-old balloon salesman sets oﬀ on a solo adventure of a lifetime—or so he thinks.
Frozen When Disney decided to retool their formula and introduce the world to two equally empowered princesses, both good but struggling with circumstances beyond their control, they created an international phenomenon.
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Silent Sky Takes Center Stage By KATIE MCPHERSON Illustration by MAGGIE PEREZ WEAKLEY
t’s the year 1900, and Henrietta Leavitt begins work as an astrophysicist at Harvard’s observatory. What she discovers will become the key to measuring the distance from Earth to other galaxies, and it will unfold onstage at Ocala Civic Theatre in March. Henrietta and her female colleagues, Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming, are assigned to chart the location of the stars for their male colleagues, who provide photos taken with the observatory’s telescope since women are not permitted to use it. Director Fred Mullen will lead the 11 performances of Silent Sky from March 7 to 17. “She comes up with a whole formula for measuring the distance between Earth and the stars,” Mullen says. “At that time, the general belief among astronomers was that there was no universe beyond the Milky Way, and she proved all of that wrong. The theories she came up with were revolutionary.” He explains that the play is “extremely well-written with a lot of humor, pathos and feeling,” and although it’s historically accurate, the characters of Margaret Leavitt and Peter Shaw are ﬁctional additions to bring some human interest into the script.
Eryn Brooks Brewer is Ocala Civic Theatre’s costume designer. For her, this play presents unique challenges. “Silent Sky is interesting because the main character almost never leaves the stage, which is tricky when her costume changes dramatically. How do I transition this woman from 1900 to 1910 in three seconds? We’re having to ﬁnd sneaky ways to age her without her leaving the stage.” Mullen says about six weeks pass from auditions to opening night, so Brooks Brewer needs all the time she can get to create these detailed pieces. Before the show is even cast, she completes research on the period’s clothing, establishes color palettes and determines how many costumes each character needs. For historical accuracy, she’s even making undergarments by hand. “Even though no one will see it, to get the proper silhouette you have to wear the proper undergarments, like petticoats and corsets,” she explains. For both of them, the play is poignant because the treatment of women in the early 1900s is eerily similar to today. “The glass ceiling is breaking up a lot with the Me Too movement going on. I think scripts such as this, written by women about women, are important,” says Mullen. “In theater, you don’t get a lot of really meaty, well-developed characters for women, and in this show, you get four,” says Brooks Brewer. “Usually you get the pretty ingenue who falls in love and is ﬂat, but these women have struggles and are very real.” Learn more › To purchase tickets to Silent Sky, call (352) 236-2274 or visit ocalacivictheatre.com.
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19th Century Romance By PATRICIA TOMLINSON
Photo by Ralph Demilio
hen walking through the Appleton Museum of Art’s second ﬂoor galleries, one thing becomes clear— one of Mr. Appleton’s most beloved collections was his European Romantic Era artworks. Marked by intense colors and complex compositions and characterized by subject matter such as allegories of gods and goddesses, mythical creatures and stories from Greek and Roman legend, Romanticism often displayed dramatic emotion in artworks and sought to evoke those same heightened emotions in the viewer. This type of subject matter was admired by the French Academy, which, with its powerful artist members, dictated what themes could be painted and the style that paintings and sculptures should observe. Founded in the 1600s under King Louis XIV, the French Academy was so powerful that it was wise to follow their strict rules for creating art because it could make or break an artist’s career, as the later Impressionists found out. For example, landscape paintings were deemed unacceptable unless they were used as background for neoclassical subjects, such as ancient Rome or to imitate Renaissance-style artworks. Many of the Appleton’s artworks also display sentimental depictions of dreamy young couples from previous centuries, and it was common for an artwork that was painted in 1822 to feature subject matter from hundreds of years earlier. This is due, in part, to idealistic notions of what it was like to live in times past. Much as we do today, 19th century people
looked at ﬁgures from the distant past, such as knights and their ladies, as belonging to a golden era that was more noble and elegant than their own. Because the themes of love and courtship are so common in our Romantic Era artworks, I wanted to focus on them and create a gallery focused on ﬂirting couples, the goddess of love and chivalrous wooing. I have entitled the in-gallery exhibit The Heart’s Yearning: Depictions of Love and Courtship From the Permanent Collection, and it highlights not only paintings but some of our marble sculptures and highly detailed decorative porcelain pieces as well. Many of these artworks have never been on display before, and we invite you to come enjoy and learn more about this fascinating era. Learn more › Appleton Museum of Art › 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › appletonmuseum.org › (352) 291-4455 A former professional archaeologist, Patricia Tomlinson joined the Appleton Museum of Art as Curator of Exhibitions in 2016 after having served as curatorial staﬀ in the New World Department at the Denver Art Museum for eight years.
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The little black dress is the true friend… she travels with you… is patient and constant… you go to her when you don’t know where else to go and she’s always reliable and timeless.
-Diane Von Furstenberg
Photo by Ralph Demilio
The Little Black Dress By MAUREEN FANNON
The one constant in women’s fashion through the 20 years of Ocala Style Magazine has been the little black dress, also known as the LBD. We asked our OSM photographers to interpret various incarnations of this fashion go-to classic through their lenses and lifestyles.
Ralph Demilio: Leaving the hustle and bustle of a South Florida lifestyle behind nine years ago did not slow down Ralph’s love of movement. He loves photographing and capturing an animated moment, and with dancers, he playfully seizes that instant. His interpretation of the LBD is on a ballerina as a little Holly Golightly photographed in his studio.
Esther Diehl: Esther’s love of photography generates from her grandmother and father who were both accomplished enthusiasts of the medium. Esther has taken her craft further with her love of storytelling, using the simplicity of natural light to carry her message. She photographed her LBD in her living room.
John Jernigan: As a third-generation Ocalan, John has been a photographer for Ocala Style Magazine since its inception 20 years ago. John refers to himself as a photo illustrator and his LBD was captured in a classic style in his late father Jim Jernigan’s iconic Silver Springs Boulevard studio.
Philip Marcel: Phil is a North Central Florida photographer and cinematographer, currently in pre-production for an action ﬁlm. Being from Baltimore where space is a commodity, he has a love for open spaces. With his big-city vision he photographed his LBD at the iconic Bridlewood Farm.
Master McCormick: Master is a 22-year-old social media inﬂuencer. Being a model himself as well as a photographer gives him sensitivity to the subject’s psyche. He interpreted her as a Western culturally adorned version of a tribal priestess from Africa, thus juxtaposing her and her adornment with a modern western natural environment.
Dave Miller: Dave’s love and passion for photography comes from his world travels ﬁrst as a military brat and then as a U.S. Army serviceman. He has an appreciation for the traditional and the classic, which is why he chose the historic Marion Theatre as a backdrop for his present-day LBD.
Isabelle Ramirez: Isabelle has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and was on the pre-med path when she decided that she needed a creative outlet. As a CrossFit trainer and professional photographer she has a sensitive eye for what makes a body beautiful. Her LBD was captured at the CrossFit Iron Legion gym in downtown Ocala.
Carlos Ramos: Carlos is a College of Central Florida student studying digital media. He is also OSM’s in-house videographer. With his love of vintage cinema as his inspiration, he photographed his LBD using stark lighting eﬀects and angles to enhance the drama of the dress.
Photographer: Ralph Demilio Model: Grace Yakulevich Hair: Heather LeBoeuf Sumner, Breeze Day Spa at Agapanthus Make-up: Elizabeth Newsom, Breeze Day Spa at Agapanthus Dress: Grace Karin from gracekarin.com
Photographer: Carlos Ramos Model/Hair/Make-up/Styling: BB Rudeoff Dress: Walmart Boots: Forever 21
Photographer: Dave Miller Model: Katie Rose Dress: Antonio Melani, Dillardâ€™s Earrings: Charlotte Russe
Photographer: Esther Diehl Model: Elizabeth Martinez Dress: Cinq Ă Sept, Saks Off Fifth
Photographer: John Jernigan Model: Karla Ochoa Dress: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Bilgi, Neiman Marcus
Photographer: Isabelle Ramirez Model: Lyric Mikell Hair: Colton Pennington from CP Fredricks Make-up: Raul Pennington from CP Fredricks Dress: Adrianna Papell, Dillardâ€™s Special Thanks to CrossFit Iron Legion
Photographer: Master McCormick Model: Laura Johnson Hair and Make-up: Bethany Ulmer from Just B Salon Dress: Escada, Neiman Marcus
Photographer: Philip Marcel Model: Morgan Zack Embellished sheer black dress, Indigo jacket, boots and hat: ODETTE Boutique; Instagram: @shop_odette Hair and Make-up: Bethany Ulmer from Just B Salon. Special thanks to Bridlewood Farm
here’s an awareness of style when “it” walks into the room. It doesn’t matter if it’s a black dress or a cowboy hat worn just so. The human eye is drawn to symmetry and composition. The absolute true beauty of the little black dress is not only the ease and grace of who’s wearing it but the ease and grace of accessorizing it. Much like a blank canvas, the little black dress is a clean slate ready to be adorned in whatever way the mood strikes us. In 1926, with the ﬁrst appearance of Coco Chanel’s little black dress, Vogue magazine boldly predicted that it would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.” Coco was simple with her adornment then. Iris Apfel, a stylish, 90-something fashion inﬂuencer, says, “Most people say, when in doubt of too much accessorizing, take something oﬀ, I say, add another!” In our shoot, the models had a big hand in embellishing their little black dresses. If the American Ballet Theatre choreographs a ballet of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, we here in North Central Florida have the star. Grace Yakulevich is apprenticing with the Nashville Ballet, but she came back home to wear this little black dress, Holly Golightly style, with all the trimmings— gloves, pearls, up-do, little black bag and, of course, the prettiest pointe shoes. BB Rudeoﬀ is a singer/ songwriter. As a performance artist, she likes to mix up her genres. With the eye of an eagle, she spots a deal a mile away. Her body-hugging little black dress, with its racing stripes down the side giving even more shape to her curves, was a $10 Walmart ﬁnd. She
paired it with big, chunky, black-and-white, lace-up “construction” boots for a fearless look. Katie Rose is a Forest High School student with the style of a Hollywood starlet. She takes her
little black dress and splashes sass all over it. A simple dress with a swirl of a skirt takes on classy biker ﬂair with a Turkish leather jacket thrown over the shoulders and thigh-high suede boots. She adds some statement earrings and oﬀ to the theater she goes! Elizabeth Martinez, on the other hand, cannot get any cleaner. Her simple little black dress with its cutout midriﬀ is accompanied by diamond studs, clean straight hair and a bit of lip gloss, making it the real reason why we love our little black dresses. Karla Ochoa very cleverly replaces the long underslip that comes with her sheer little black dress and brings some leg into it by using a cami slip with cutout sides, giving another dimension to a dress with straight cut lines. It’s a
very clever and sophisticated approach to getting multiple looks out of one dress. Lyric Mikell goes super sleek with her little black dress. Like Elizabeth, she prefers her accessories light and breezy with fresh hair, fresh skin, fresh lip gloss and a handsome boyfriend. Laura Johnson went full steam ahead with her pearls, varying the sizes and lengths and adding an
Morgan Zack, being the graceful model that she is, loves the textures, the weaves and the intermixtures of the fabric and design of her dress. She likes the details and keeps the accessories simple. However you choose to express yourself, whatever mood you’re in, wherever you have to go, the little black dress, as Diane Von Furstenberg says, is a true and faithful friend. And it is our prediction at Ocala Style, right here and now, that the little black dress will still be a staple in your wardrobe 20 years from now. All our little black dress
eye-popping brooch, as if the amount of pearls were not enough. Other enrichments to her simple dress were black lace stockings and a vintage black satin opera coat. With her shock of white hair and big white smile, Laura, at 6 feet tall, is a masterpiece wherever she goes.
images are being donated by each photographer. The original signed photographs will be sold by Ocala Style with all proceeds going to the Marion Cultural Alliance. A fundraising event to debut and view these photos will be announced at a later date. Fe b r u a r y ‘ 1 9
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The Ocala Style 2019 education, school & day care guide. Written & Compiled by OCALA STYLE STAFF
hether it’s day care, preschool, high school or college, choosing the right educational path for your children is a common anxiety among most parents. To make the process a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of Ocala and Marion County’s education options to help guide your way.*
Arms is sponsored by Blessed Trinity Church and oﬀers care for children 4 weeks through 5 years of age between 7am and 6pm. Angels in Arms oﬀers learning centers and group activities, which give children the opportunity to play, experiment and discover, plus a summer kindergarten readiness program.
Achieve Learning Center
Belleview Christian Academy
623 NE 27th Ave., Ocala (352) 620-2555 Achieve Learning Center oﬀers day care and after-school care to older children. The center is open from 7am until 6pm and oﬀers a structured atmosphere with plenty of circle time, arts and crafts, cooperative learning and dramatic play.
Alphabet Land Learning Center 2147 SW Hwy 484, Ocala (352) 307-2067 alphabetlandlearningcenter.com Alphabet Land welcomes children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age, including a free school-year or summer VPK program. Before and afterschool care with pickup and drop-oﬀ at certain local schools is also available.
Ambleside School of Ocala 507 SE Broadway St., Ocala (352) 694-1635 amblesideocala.com Ambleside oﬀers a private, Christian education not committed to any particular denomination to students in kindergarten through 10th grade. Ambleside accepts Step Up For Students scholarships and oﬀers scholarships through its school board.
Angels in Arms 33 SW 16th Pl., Ocala (352) 622-6167 btaia.org Open since 1988, Angels in
6107 SE Agnew Rd., Belleview (352) 245-6151 bcaknights.com Belleview Christian Academy oﬀers a private, Christian education for students in pre-K3 through eighth grade. The school oﬀers an 18:1 student-teacher ratio, chapel services, and music, computer and art classes.
Blessed Trinity Catholic School 5 SE 17th St., Ocala (352) 622-5808 btschool.org Blessed Trinity oﬀers a Catholic education for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and is associated with the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. The school educates approximately 700 students, with most graduates attending Trinity Catholic High School, and has a full list of extracurricular activities.
Building Blocks of Ocala Preschool 3731 NE 7th St., Ocala / (352) 694-7440 or (352) 694-3501 bbopreschool.net Certiﬁed teachers and staﬀ at BBO Preschool oﬀer a nurturing atmosphere for children 2 months through 12 years of age. The school oﬀers a free VPK program, after-school care for school-age students and partand full-time programs as well as fun extracurricular activities.
Building Blocks West 6158 SW Hwy 200, #100, Ocala (352) 291-9204 Providing care for infants through preschoolers, Building Blocks West oﬀers free VPK, before and after care and dropin care for the hectic days when you can’t ﬁnd a babysitter. A structured curriculum, computer programs and homework tutoring are also available.
Capstone Child Care Academy 7794 SW 60th Ave., Ocala (352) 351-3777 capstonechildcare.com Capstone welcomes children
ages 1 through 5 for their preschool education, including a free VPK program. The school also oﬀers an afterschool program for school-age children up to 12 years of age and picks up at Hammett Bowen Elementary.
Carousel Early Learning Center 1842 SE 11th Ave., Ocala (352) 351-2369 Carousel oﬀers year-round childcare and early education for ages 0 through second grade, including free VPK classes from 8:30-11:30am. All classrooms have cameras that can be viewed live over the internet. Wraparound care and after care are also available.
College of Central Florida 3001 SW College Rd., Ocala (352) 873-5800 3800 S Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto (352) 746-6721 cf.edu The College of Central Florida oﬀers a variety of certiﬁcates, diplomas and degrees through on-campus and online classes. CF oﬀers bachelor’s degrees
Bright Beginnings Learning Center 14950 S US Hwy 441, Summerﬁeld (352) 347-6593 brightbeginningslc.com Bright Beginnings oﬀers care for children ages 1 through 4, including a free VPK program, as well as an after-school program that picks up from Village View Christian Academy, Harbour View Elementary and StantonWeirsdale Elementary. The center also oﬀers Saturday night care and a fun summer program. Fe b r u a r y ‘ 1 9 1 0 5
Family Ties Child Center 5285 SW 1st Ln., Ocala (352) 854-3998 familytieschildcenter.com Oﬀering a free VPK program as well as a structured preschool curriculum for children ages 2 through 5, Family Ties takes pride in its staﬀ-to-child ratio and certiﬁed and CPR/ﬁrst aid-trained teaching staﬀ. The center also oﬀers holiday, summer and vacation care for children up to 12 years.
First Assembly Christian School and Preschool
in nursing, early childhood education, agribusiness management, health care management and more. The CF Financial Aid Oﬃce can help students plan for college expenses.
Creative Beginnings Preschool 5870 SE 85th Ln., Ocala (352) 245-2416 Creative Beginnings Preschool oﬀers care for infants and children through 5 years of age, including a free VPK program for 4-year-olds. The facility oﬀers 23 classrooms, each with technology incorporated into the day, plus three playgrounds. Beyond the classroom, the preschool oﬀers a weekly chapel, dance, soccer, basketball, sign language and Spanish.
Creative Kids Preschool 2801 SW 20th St., Ocala (352) 861-9474 Creative Kids oﬀers care for children 6 weeks of age through 12, including a certiﬁed VPK program. The preschool program oﬀers a structured weekly curriculum, and lunch and snacks are provided. The 106
school also oﬀers the XTREME Kids after-school program and summer camp.
Crossroads Academy 3681 NE 7th St., Ocala (352) 694-4466 crossroadsacademyocala.com Crossroads is a private school that specializes in helping third- through 12thgrade students who have dyslexia, hyperlexia, auditory processing disorders and dysgraphia. The program accepts McKay Scholarships and uses several LindamoodBell programs.
Dunnellon Christian Academy 20831 Powell Rd., Dunnellon (352) 489-7716 dcaeagles.com Aﬃliated with the First Baptist Church of Dunnellon, this school oﬀers a private, Christian education for infants through eighth-graders, plus a 4-year-old VPK program. Dunnellon Christian Academy oﬀers a scholarship awarded through its school and also accepts the McKay and Step Up For Students scholarships.
1827 NE 14th St., Ocala (352) 351-1913 facs.ocalaﬁrst.org First Assembly is a Christian educational program for infants and preschoolers as well as school-age students through 12th grade, including a free VPK program. The school accepts the Step Up For Students scholarship.
First Steps Preschool 2801 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala (352) 629-5683 fbcocala.org First Steps is aﬃliated with the First Baptist Church of Ocala and oﬀers care to infants and children through age 4. Chapel and library time is scheduled weekly for children ages 3 and 4, and music time is scheduled for children ages 2 through 4.
Grace Christian School 4410 SE 3rd Ave., Ocala (352) 387-3090 gcsocala.com This private school oﬀers K-3 and K-4 programs as well as an elementary and middle school program. Grace Christian School oﬀers a tuition assistance program and accepts the Step Up For Students scholarship. A weekly Anglican church service is held in the outdoor courtyard, and the school oﬀers a great selection of extracurricular activities.
GraceWay Academy and Preschool 2255 SE 38th St., Ocala (352) 629-4523 gracewayacademy.org Associated with Grace Presbyterian Church, GraceWay oﬀers care for children ages 3 through ﬁfth grade, including a free VPK program. The school accepts Step Up For Students scholarships and oﬀers Bible lessons and chapel, as well as after-school care, gymnastics classes, music, Spanish and more.
Happy Hearts Preschool 208 SE Tuscawilla Ave., Ocala (352) 622-7636 happyheartsocala.org Open since 1946, Happy Hearts is a non-denominational preschool oﬀering half-day classes for children beginning at age 2 and extending through age 6 for children who wish to delay kindergarten enrollment. The school also oﬀers a VPK class for children who are 4 by Sept. 1.
Highlands Baptist Learning Center 3530 E Fort King St., Ocala (352) 694-2194 hbclearningcenterocala.org Aﬃliated with Highlands Baptist Church, this center oﬀers day care and educational opportunities to children 8 weeks through 4 years of age and after-school care for elementaryaged children. The school oﬀers bus transportation from Ward Highlands and Maplewood Elementary for children enrolled in after-school care.
Kinderoo Children’s Academy 5180 SW 60th Ave., Ocala (352) 854-3800 facebook.com/ kinderoochildrensacademy Kinderoo oﬀers child care and preschool for children beginning at age 1 and a free VPK program for children who are 4 before Sept. 1. Full-
and part-time programs are available as well as drop-in care and summer and winter camps.
Liberty Christian Preparatory Academy 850 NE 36th Ter., Ste. F, Ocala (352) 694-2223 libertychristianocala.com Liberty Christian is a private school made up of individual home-educating families. The school is accredited by the Florida Council of Private Schools and oﬀers education to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Marion Technical College 1014 SW 7th Rd., Ocala (352) 671-7200 mariontc.edu Marion Technical College oﬀers adult education in a variety of ﬁelds, including commercial culinary, cosmetology, ﬁreﬁghting, massage therapy, medical billing, nursing assistant, phlebotomy and welding, among many others. The school also oﬀers continuing education courses as well as GED and ESOL programs and leisure classes in photography, sewing and language.
Marion Technical Institute
Christian education for children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The school oﬀers both morning and afternoon care and accepts the Step Up For Students scholarship.
Montessori House of Ocala, Inc. 9880 SW 84th Ct., Ocala (352) 282-0195 montessorihouseofocala.com Montessori House oﬀers education for infants through 6 years old. Computers are present in preschool and elementary classrooms, daily Spanish classes are oﬀered in every classroom and students enjoy extracurricular activities, including art, music, science and sign language.
Montessori Preparatory School of Ocala 2967 NE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-3140 montessoriacademies.com This school features classrooms for children 3 months through sixth grade. All classrooms contain beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of learning, and the elementary curriculum is a blend of Montessori and traditional so students can succeed in middle school.
1614 E Fort King St., Ocala (352) 671-4765 marionschools.net/mti MTI is a public high school oﬀering technical education for junior and senior high school students. Students earn a high school diploma from their base school while also receiving practical career experience in automotive technology, building sciences, business and ﬁnance, culinary arts and IT.
Ocala Christian Academy
Ocala First Preschool
4741 SW 20th St., Bldg. 1, Ocala (352) 861-0700 mbaocala.org Aﬃliated with Meadowbrook Church, this school oﬀers a
1126 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 620-0003 ocalaﬁrstpreschool.org Aﬃliated with the Ocala First United Methodist Church, this
preschool welcomes 2- and 3-year-olds and oﬀers a free VPK and VPK with extended hours for 4-year-olds. Halfday and two- and three-day programs are available for younger children, and early care is available starting at 7:30am.
Play Academy 9264 SE Maricamp Road, Unit 9, Ocala (850) 258-5828 ocalaplayacademy.com Play Academy oﬀers two after-school options: general education with homework help or general ﬁtness that rotates between various sports, including golf, gymnastics, cheerleading and more. The day care accepts ages 6 weeks through 3 years, and a separate, free VPK for 4-year-olds is also available. After-school programs are open to kids in kindergarten through seventh grade, and the facility is open from 7am to 7pm.
Promiseland Academy 3732 NE 7th St., Ocala (352) 694-1473 ocalaﬁrstnaz.net Promiseland is a Christianbased preschool aﬃliated with First Church of the Nazarene
oﬀering care to infants and children through age 4 and a free VPK program. VPK wraparound care and before and after care are also available.
Queen of Peace Children’s House Montessori 6455 SW SR 200, Ocala (352) 854-2181 qopchildrenshouse.com Queen of Peace Children’s House, affiliated with the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, is a Montessori school focused on educating children ages 3 to 5. This school offers a free VPK program, as well as after-school and extended care and daily Bible teaching and prayer.
Rasmussen College 4755 SW 46th Ct., Ocala (352) 629-1941 rasmussen.edu Rasmussen College oﬀers certiﬁcates and associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in programs such as business, graphic design, early childhood education, health sciences, justice studies, nursing and technology. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.
1714 SE 36th Ave., Ocala (352) 694-4178 ocacrusaders.org Ocala Christian Academy oﬀers a private, Christian education to children 3 years of age through 12th grade and accepts the Step Up For Students and McKay scholarships. The school oﬀers a competitive athletic program for middle and high school boys and girls.
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schools. A full schedule of summer and school-break activities are also available.
Souls Harbor Christian Academy 12650 SE County Hwy 484, Belleview (352) 245-6252 shcaonline.com Founded in 1979 by Souls Harbor First Pentecostal Church, Souls Harbor Christian Academy educates students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Scholarships are available, and students are given the opportunity to participate in drama activities and sports such as ﬂag football and basketball.
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1227 SW 17th Avenue, Ocala (352) 291-8565 rasmussen.edu Rasmussen’s School of Nursing is located on its own campus in Ocala and offers a reputable, fast-paced array of nursing programs. Programs offered include practical nursing, professional nursing, Bachelor of Science in nursing, Master of Science in nursing and an RN to BSN bridge option.
19455 SW 61st St., Dunnellon (352) 489-6177 riverlandbaptistchurch.com/ Riverland_Christian_Academy Aﬃliated with Riverland Baptist Church, this school educates students in pre-K4 through 12th grade and accepts the Step Up For Students and McKay scholarships. The school utilizes the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum and oﬀers volleyball, basketball and cheerleading.
Redeemer Christian School 155 SW 87th Pl., Ocala (352) 854-2999 redeemerlions.com Affiliated with Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Redeemer offers a private education to students beginning at 3 years of age through high school. The school accepts the Step Up For Students and McKay scholarships and also offers an in-house scholarship. 108
Small Talk Educational Child Care 2125 NE 2nd St., Ocala (352) 622-6481 Now in its 38th year, Small Talk offers care to infants age 6 weeks through children in middle school, including a free VPK program for children 4 years of age. Before and after care for older kids is also offered as well as transportation to and from select elementary and middle
4741 SW 20th St., Ocala (352) 873-3767 seuocala.com Southeastern University in Lakeland partners with Meadowbrook Church to host an instructional site on the church campus. Degree programs include an Associate of Arts in General Education, Associate of Ministerial Leadership, and Bachelor of Science degrees in business and professional leadership, communication and mass media, and ministerial leadership. Online courses are also available.
St. John Lutheran School 1915 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 622-7275 stjohnocala.org Affiliated with St. John Lutheran Church, this school serves children beginning in pre-K3 through high school. St. John Lutheran offers inhouse financial aid, and the preschool division offers halfand full-day programs. The school also offers a competitive athletic program with a wide range of sports.
Saint Leo University, Ocala Education Center 1930 SW 38th Ave., Ocala (352) 800-7074 saintleo.edu/ ocala-education-center At the Ocala Education Center, Saint Leo oﬀers on-ground classes during the evenings and weekends as well as online and distance-learning classes. Programs oﬀered include an Associate of Arts in business administration, criminal justice and liberal arts; Bachelor of Arts in accounting, criminal justice, human services, elementary and middle grades education, psychology and business administration; a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems; and a Master of Education.
St. Paul’s Christian School 800 SE 41st Ave., Ocala (352) 694-4219 stpaulschristianschool.org Aﬃliated with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Christian School welcomes children ages 2 through 4 and oﬀers a free VPK program as well as an advanced K-4 program. The school also oﬀers a kindergarten program.
Step-by-Step Success, LLC 5481 SW 60th Street, Ocala (352) 671-5335 stepbystepsuccessllc.net Step-by-Step Success oﬀers a variety of services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, including a private school program. Some insurances are accepted, and private pay options, scholarship programs and ﬁnance options are available.
Sylvan Learning of Ocala 3231 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala (352) 484-1583 sylvanlearning.com Sylvan offers extensive
tutoring services for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. The facility also offers a variety of other programs, including an accelerated after-school program, ACT and SAT prep, and Sylvan EDGE, which includes robotics and coding for kids.
Taylor College 5190 SE 125th St., Belleview, (352) 245-4119 taylorcollege.edu The college’s School of Nursing oﬀers LPN to ADN bridge, practical nursing and professional nursing options and is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. They also oﬀer a variety of career prep, associate degree and diploma programs.
The Cornerstone School 2313 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 351-8840 thecornerstoneschool.org The Cornerstone School is an independent private school teaching pre-K3 through eighth grade. With everyone working toward the shared goal of growing students into successful young adults, the school offers strength in community between students, parents and teachers with a heavy focus on academics, morals and values. Before care and after care are available, and the school offers needbased financial aid and accepts the Step Up For Students scholarship.
subjects, including math, science, geography, geometry, writing and literature. The school also offers both a summer and school-year traditional VPK program.
Tiny Tykes Child Care 3111 NE 14th St., Ocala (352) 629-5838 Find them on Facebook Tiny Tykes Child Care welcomes infants and children through age 4 and offers a free VPK program. Tiny Tykes offers a fun-filled, educational curriculum. Children who have turned 4 years of age by September 1 of the current school year are eligible for the free VPK program.
Trinity Catholic High School 2600 SW 42nd St., Ocala (352) 622-9025 trinitycatholichs.org This ninth- through 12thgrade facility is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college-prep program focuses on giving students the resources needed to excel in college. The school also offers a full selection of arts, clubs and athletic programs.
Triumphant Tots, Inc. 1425 NE 63rd St., Ocala (352) 351-2470 Find them on Facebook Triumphant Tots accepts children starting at 4 weeks of age through ﬁfth grade. The center oﬀers a free VPK program and before and after-school care for school-age children with pickup from nearby elementary schools.
Victory Academy 3401 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 622-4410 victoryacademyocala.com Victory Academy is a classical Christian college-preparatory school for children ages 3 and 4 through eighth grade (with a grade being added each year through 12th). The school oﬀers a Christian education along with a classical curriculum, innovative programs and an environment that promotes independent thinkers.
Village View Christian Academy 8585 SE 147th Pl., Summerﬁeld (352) 307-2100 or (352) 693-5941 villageviewchristianacademy.com The Early Education Center has programs available for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years, including a free VPK
curriculum. The school oﬀers grades kindergarten through high school and a variety of extracurricular and sports programs. Village View accepts the Step Up For Students and McKay scholarships and oﬀers a church scholarship for members of the Village View Community Church.
Webster University 4414 SW College Rd., Ste. 942, Ocala (352) 861-9330 webster.edu/ocala Webster University offers accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees to students with opportunities to study in Ocala or even earn a master’s degree online. Webster is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers a full selection of athletic programs and campus life options. Editor’s Note: This is not a comprehensive list of education options. Every eﬀort was made to attempt to research and include as many schools as possible and to ensure accurate information was included. Speciﬁc details are subject to change at the school’s discretion. Please contact the school directly for the most up-todate information.
The Reading Clinic 1333 SE 17th St., Ocala (352) 867-0027 thereadingclinicschool.com The Reading Clinic specializes in children with learning differences in the area of written and oral language. The core curriculum provides instruction in all traditional Fe b r u a r y ‘ 1 9 1 0 9
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he late Dr. Richard S. Hughes II established, owned and operated the American National Thrift Association (ANTA) Hospital in Marion County. It was the only black-owned hospital from 1925 to 1943 and it was located on the corner of Broadway and Pine Streets in Ocala. The hospital housed 45 rooms and accommodated 90 patients. In a time when segregation was the norm, the ANTA Hospital even oﬀered a pre-paid health plan and pension department for African Americans who were unable to otherwise receive medical insurance for treatments. This past year, Craig Hughes, Dr. Hughes’ grandson, raised money to establish the historical marker that now identiﬁes where the hospital once stood. Photos and information courtesy of the Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology › marioncountyarchaeology.com
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