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Home Sweet Home Presented by the Marion County Building Industry Association, the 2018 Spring Parade of Homes features 43 homes and represents 27 of the top builders in the industry. Homes range from those appealing to the ﬁrst-time buyer to custom designs approaching the million-dollar mark. Parade Chair Jackie Suarez notes some of the latest trends visitors can expect to see on the design front include bold colors, jeweled accents and, yes, wallpaper, which has made a huge comeback this year. Meanwhile, from a construction perspective, be prepared to see plenty of barn door-style entryways along with oversized tile and free-standing bathtubs. “Our grand sponsor is The Hamlet at Summerhill,” says Jackie, who notes this year’s parade is deﬁnitely a top-notch aﬀair. For those interested in seeing what Marion County’s top builders have to oﬀer, the 2018 Spring Parade of Homes will run April 21-29 with builders on-site 11am-5:30pm Monday through Saturday and noon5pm on Sunday. A complete list of homes and participating builders is available on the Marion County Building Association’s website. A published version is available at all Homes & Land distribution points as well as participating member businesses. APR APR
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Home improvement has never been easier. You guessed it—there’s an app for that. › By Laurel Gillum If you’re looking for expert interior or exterior design advice, we have the answers you’ve been searching for. From swatching paint to renovating a kitchen, here are some of our favorite apps.
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ne could not ask for a more beautiful example of civic spirit than that demonstrated by the Pioneer Garden Club of Ocala, which celebrates its 90th year of giving back in 2018. The club formed on April 15 in 1927. At its peak, the club had more than 250 local volunteers. Today, the club continues to attract members from a variety of ages and backgrounds. From millennials looking to learn about organic gardening to retirees seeking ways to build fellowship with peers, the membership is diverse but all held together by a common goal. “The club offers its members opportunities to be involved with local community efforts,” says Judy Greenburg, club president. “[We are here] to conserve natural resources, beautify public areas and advance the artistic use of plant materials.” These objectives can be seen in loving, living color throughout Ocala, but there a few projects of which the club is especially proud. Members collaborate with Silver Springs State Park staff to host workdays and workshops that invite locals to come in and help restore the health of the park. Participants learn time-tested practices for being successful gardeners as they work together to beautify four separate gardens that have been adopted by the club. A major community enhancement project can be found at the northwest section of Tuscawilla Park as well. Here, one can admire the splendor of the Pioneer Garden of the Art Park—a beautification project that has been managed in partnership with the City of Ocala and the Marion Cultural Alliance. The club also helps plant the seeds of curiosity with tomorrow’s community gardeners by hosting a series of workshops with the Marion County Library. These efforts include projects such as a monthly horticulture display and a Fun with Flowers workshop. This event teaches participants how to create their own flower arrangements (including a workshop designed especially for kids entitled, the Children’s Fairy Garden Workshop).
If you’d like to network with some like-minded green-thumbs (or would like to join as a group with a “circle” of your own gardening friends), club organizers encourage people to visit pioneergardenclub.org to learn more. It’s a great way to make some new friends as you befriend Mother Nature, right here in Ocala.
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The legendary jazz artist Miles Davis once said that the toughest critic an artist must face is themselves. But this idea of self-calibrated excellence is not exclusive to the arts. It will be on fun-and-furious display at the fourth-annual Ride for the Arts in Ocala, on April 21, an event presented by the City of Ocala to support the Marion Cultural Alliance. › By Sean Trapani
he cycling portions of the event will feature three races that have been created for every level of cyclist, from serious competitors to the greenest “Freds” and “Wilmas” out there (cycling slang for those who are new to the sport). The road geeks will have another chance to better their times in this year’s Gran Fondo (a long-distance cycling event), consisting of three timed sections of an overall 70-mile course. This will be the second year for Gran Fondo portion. Intermediate riders can hone their skills on the Medio 40-mile ride. The Medio features two timed segments with plenty of challenging terrain and ample SAG (support and gear) stops along the way. It’s perfect for road cycling enthusiasts who are training for longer rides. Newbies or anyone wanting a more relaxed ride can participate in the Piccolo race. This 15-mile, “entry-level” race features a more leisurely pace over flat terrain, with all segments escorted, making it ideal for the whole family. Of course, Ride for the Arts is about more than road racing. Folks coming out for the event can shop for art, clothing and other interesting collectables at the Vendor Village area in downtown Ocala (where the race begins and ends). There will be live entertainment throughout the day, a beer garden and lunch (served after the race). But the bigger benefactor of all is the arts themselves. Proceeds will benefit the Marion Cultural Alliance, which
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exists “…to champion, convene and create opportunities for arts and artists.” Olympic-qualified rider, cycling apparel designer and Race Director Mary Verrandeaux summed up her passion for the event succinctly saying, “I’m an artist and a cyclist. This event combines two of my greatest passions.” If racking up the miles, scouring the vendor racks or supporting the next Miles Davis sounds like your speed, visit RideForTheArts.com to learn more about the event. To learn more about the mission of the MCA and how you can help the arts thrive in and around Ocala, visit MCAOcala.com.
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Florida is not a dull state— and its quirky museums are no exception. Read on to plan your family’s next instate excursion. › By Laurel Gillum BURGER MUSEUM BY BURGER BEAST, MIAMI
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You’ll come, you’ll see, you’ll eat ice cream! Behind the “FAN-tastic” room’s double doors lie an ice cream-themed, cool dance studio with life-sized ice cream cones that double as fans. Swing on a banana swing in the “Safari” room, or sample locally inspired ice cream flavors in the “Pop” room. The Museum of Ice Cream’s “Sprinkle Pool” is a crowd favorite and a major photo op. The last day to catch the mobile museum in Miami is April 29. museumoﬁcecream.com
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This fun museum boasts the largest collection of arcade games in Central Florida. The best part? The cost of admission gives you unlimited play time! The game inventory includes over 100 ‘80s classics, including Tron, Dig Dug, Pac-Man, Excite Bike, High Speed Pinball and plenty of others. Stay the day and enjoy a pizza and beer at the museum’s Retro Bytes Café & Bar. daytonaarcademuseum.com
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Who doesn’t like burgers? Or the real question, what Floridian hasn’t spent a day at the Burger Museum? This mouth-watering museum is not one to visit on an empty stomach. With 1,500 square feet of space, Burger Beast has incorporated over 3,000 pieces of historical burger artifacts, cheesy collectibles and other burger memorabilia to appease burger fans from around the world. burgerbeastmuseum.com Don Garlitz photo by Lisa Crigar
DON GARLITS MUSEUM OF DRAG RACING, OCALA
The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is open every day to the public, showcasing the history of the sport of drag racing. With some 90 racing cars in the drag race building and 50 more vehicles in the antique car building, no doubt fans of the fastpaced sport will want to visit again and again. garlits.com
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ST. AUGUSTINE
This “odditorium” has some of the weirdest, most unique objects on display in Central Florida. Shrunken heads, a mannequin of the world’s tallest man, a replica of the space station made of matchsticks—you won’t find this stuff anywhere else! The museum features more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 800 exhibits and artifacts. There’s a second, somewhat smaller location in Orlando as well. ripleys.com/staugustine or ripleys. com/orlando
BAILEY-MATTHEWS NATIONAL SHELL MUSEUM, SANIBEL ISLAND
What better place for a shell museum than Sanibel Island? With more than 30 permanent exhibits plus a number of temporary ones, this museum features a close-up look at some pretty amazing shells, including recordbreaking-sized shells, shells found around the world and a variety of artwork and items made out of shells—and that’s just the beginning. The Children’s Learning Lab is a must when bringing the kiddos. shellmuseum.org
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CenterState Bank: Centered on Community and Customer Service
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ommunity” is defined by where the decision-making is done. At CenterState Bank—unlike national chain banks—decisions are made locally. Customers who loved the former Gateway Bank will find even more to appreciate in CenterState Bank. “Gateway was such a great bank in giving time and money back into our community,” notes Tom Ingram, CenterState Bank community president for Marion and Alachua Counties. “As CenterState, we’re still
but now we have the benefit of being able to make larger loans. Personally, I have triple the lending authority I had before with Gateway Bank.” Ingram adds that having an expanded footprint and multiple locations is a definite plus for customers, as CenterState Bank is able to offer an even greater commitment to its customers. For example, in addition to mobile
decisions are not made by corporate owners in another state but rather by a local banking team who best knows the market. “We have a very large lending team for commercial and consumer loans. We have a huge amount of resources with a very talented team of lenders and are very committed to commercial and retail lending,” says Ingram. “We approach business decisions with an
“We’re still a community bank, just a larger one, as we are the largest community bank in the state of Florida with over 10 billion in assets and locations from Key West up to Jacksonville.” — Tom Ingram
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a community bank, just a larger one, as we are the largest community bank in the state of Florida with over 10 billion in assets and locations from Key West up to Jacksonville. “Our vision and philosophies haven’t changed. We still have local autonomy and leadership and we support our community,
banking, there is even a deposit courier pickup service for area businesses. Because the majority of lending decisions are made in-house, it remains a very personal process that keeps the best interests of the borrowers as a primary focus. CenterState Bank is locally market driven, meaning
emphasis on long term growth, sustainable profits and the career development of our officers and staff. We will not sacrifice credit quality for short term gain.” Customer service isn’t just a catch phrase at CenterState. The team here recognizes you have a choice in where you decide to bank. APR ’18 ›
That’s why customer appreciation is woven through everything they do. Walk into the lobby and you’re surrounded by a warm and welcoming environment, from the decor and furnishings to the friendly, genuine smiles on the faces of staff members who come to know you by name. The aroma of freshly baked cookies add to the down-home feeling, and every client can help themselves to one of the tasty sweets, as well as a complimentary bottle of water. Don’t be surprised if there’s some kind of amusing game taking place on Friday afternoons. It’s just another way the CenterState team helps you warm up for the weekend. At CenterState Bank, personal attention in customer service goes beyond just remembering your name. “We want our customers to have high expectations for the services we provide,” notes Ingram. “We communicate well with our customers and believe relationships are more valuable than transactions. We think of it as ‘relationship banking,’ because this bank was built on long-term friendships, and that’s important to us; it’s why we exist.” This kind of approach has made CenterState Bank number one in market share when it comes to banking in Ocala. “Core values are not just a statement; we really live these,” says Ingram. “We understand that faith and family come before everything else, and that is a fundamental piece of our culture at CenterState Bank.” This is an institution that values its employees as the heart of its business and even has a fund in place to help any employees that may be struggling. There’s also a “Random Acts of Kindness” program in which employees get $100 each month to go out and implement random acts of kindness in our community. A wide array of personal banking services are available, ranging from home mortgages and home equity lines of credit to wealth and treasury management, health savings accounts and much more. From agribusiness to commercial real estate and more, the experts at CenterState Bank can assist with any type of corporate banking needs, including lending for small businesses and commercial ventures. CenterState Bank offers ATM services, extended drive-thru hours Monday through Friday and mobile and online banking services. In Marion County, there are four different CenterState Bank locations, making it easy for you to bank wherever you call home.
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Does your kid eat ﬁsh? He or she should! According to a recent study in the journal Scientific Reports, kids who enjoy ﬁsh at least once a week score higher on IQ tests and have better quality sleep than kids who never or rarely eat ﬁsh. In the study, more than 500 children whose parents said they ate ﬁsh weekly were analyzed. The ﬁsh-eating youngsters scored about 4.8 points higher on the same IQ tests than the kids who didn’t or rarely ate ﬁsh. Turns out there is a connection between omega-3s (the essential fatty acids found in many types of ﬁsh) and increased intelligence and sleep. Say no more—fresh salmon is what’s for dinner!
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Get swept away in an evening of artistic adventure as the Appleton’s artwork springs to life. › By Cynthia McFarland When something’s a success, you don’t change it except to make it better. When the third annual “Magical Night at the Museum” unfolds on April 14, attendees may be reminded of some delightful moments from the last two years but should be prepared for even more unexpected delights this time around. People of all ages fell in love with the movie A Night at the Museum, and this event captures the best of that film. Upon arrival, attendees are given a “book of enchantment” that leads them to the various interactive art pieces, much like a miniature scavenger hunt. Then, they’ll witness some of the Appleton’s finest works of art come to life, thanks to the talents of actors from the Ocala Civic Theatre and the College of Central Florida’s theatre department. “The actors will interpret some of the characters in the artwork, and guests get to interact with them,” says Hollis Mutch, museum educator.
“We also took our famous painting, ‘The Shepherdess’ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau and had it turned into 5,000 stickers,” she adds. “Attendees get to help recreate the painting by putting their stickers in place, so it’s almost like a mosaic, and slowly, over the evening, the work will appear before your eyes.” Some 200 pre-made fairy houses and gnome homes will await the artistic touches of guests who can paint and decorate them to take home. Speaking of fairies, you’ll likely encounter one or two as you meander through the courtyard. Climb aboard the unicorn-drawn limousine carriage for a ride around the fountain, and don’t be surprised to see mermaids frolicking in the water there. Magical Night at the Museum is a fundraiser with an emphasis on fun for the whole family and guests of all ages. There’s also an educational component to the evening, which serves as a fanciful introduction for those not
familiar with the Appleton. Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships for museum programs, such as classes and summer camps for youth and young artists.
Mark Your Calendars!
Magical Night at the Museum, April 14 from 6-9pm. A family ticket package, good for two adults and up to three children is $35 for Appleton members and $50 for nonmembers. If you buy a family museum membership ($60 for one year), the family package prices drops to $20. Single tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Learn more at appletonmuseum.org or call (352) 291-4455.
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Recreation and Parks FIRSTFRIDAYART WALK Downtown Ocala First Friday of each month | April 6 | 6-9 p.m. 30+ visual and performing artists, businesses with extended shopping hours and live entertainment! Display your art for $50.
AFTERDARKINTHE PARKMOVIESERIES GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex 2200 SE 36 Ave. Friday | April 13 | 8:30-10:30 p.m. Popcorn and drinks available for small fee. Remember to bring your lawn chairs or blankets.
EARTHFESTATARBOR DAY Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Saturday | April 21 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tree rappelling for kids, kids zone, live entertainment, food, crafts, environmental vendors, a tree giveaway and more!
OCALADOWNTOWN MARKET Corner of SE Third St. and SE Third Ave. Fridays | 3-7 p.m. Saturdays | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Rain or shine Locally grown farm fresh seasonal produce, homemade jellies and jams, delicious kettle corn, boiled peanuts, homemade crafts and plants. The kids will love the Market Park playground!
AGES 15+ Ocala Aquatics | 3001 SW College Road Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday April 13-16 | April 27-30 | May 4-7 Looking for a great summer job or rewarding career? American Red Cross Lifeguarding is the best place to start! Earn CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer; First Aid and Lifeguarding. Certifications are good for two years.
Friday | April 20 | 6-8 p.m. Presented by Darcie MacMahon and Kathleen Deagan. Learn about Fort Mose, the first legally sanctioned free black community, established in 1738. Visit www.fortkingocala.com for more information. Free!
CULTURALARTS 531 NE First Ave. KAYSORENSEN: FLORIDAICE EXHIBITION
City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave. Mondays-Fridays Now through April 27 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A serious quilter for over 30 years, Sorensen has originated the process of designing ice-dyed quilts. JERODSTEPHENDOYLE
Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St. Saturday | April 21 | 8-10 p.m. Experience this unique, instrumental improv trio that creates music from their surroundings in a live reactionary setting incorporating multiple instruments and video projection.
LILLIANF.BRYANT COMMUNITYCENTER 2200 NW 17 Pl. FUNZONE
AGES 5-18 Mondays-Fridays | Now-May 24 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (school holidays, teacher’s workdays, summer) 2-6 p.m. (during school) Indoor/outdoor sports, video games, crafts, painting, drawing, jewelry making, computer lab and homework help. Closed on national holidays. LILY’SLEAPINGSUMMERCAMP
AGES 5-12 Mondays-Fridays | May 29-July 27 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Several exciting field trips every week, free lunch and afternoon snack after the first week. Activities include group fitness, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, theme day fun and more! $25/person non-refundable registration fee plus $25/person resident fee and $50/person non-resident fee.
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ALL AGES Now through April 28 Tuesdays-Fridays | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hands-on exhibits focusing on wind and water, air and heat, light and sound. $6/ person. $20/family.
AGES 5-12 Mondays-Fridays | May 29-Aug. 3 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Interact with city departments, STEM, sports, field trips, lunch and snacks. $50/child/ week resident. $75/child/week non-resident. Register now through July 25. OPENRECREATION
ALL AGES Mondays-Fridays | Year-round | 3-8 p.m. A time for kids to play basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, computer lab, bumper pool, air hockey, foosball, etc.
ALL AGES Saturday | April 28 | 2-2:45 p.m. Get an in-depth look at the Wild Weather exhibit. Program includes hands-on science. $2/person added on to ticket price, which is $6/person. $20/family. STARLABPLANETARIUMSHOWS
3925 E. Fort King St. HISTORIC HOMESTEADING Saturday | April 14 | 10 a.m.-Noon SAUERKRAUT AND LACTO-FERMENTING WORKSH0P Learn to make sauerkraut, and create your own lacto-ferments. $10/person.
Saturdays | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Come and explore our local interstellar neighborhood in the Discovery Center’s inflatable planetarium! $3/person. For additional information, please go to www.ocalafl/recpark or call 352.368.5517.
AGES 8-15 Mondays-Fridays May 29-Aug. 3 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A summer of exploration with themed weeks, field trips and hands-on activities! $25/child registration fee plus $125/non-member and $115/member. Register April 9-July 20. MADSCIENCEBIRTHDAYPARTIES
AGES 5-12 Saturdays | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Host your child’s next birthday party at the Discovery Center! Each party includes fun experiments, games, goody bags and decorations! 8-11 children = $20/child. 1217 children = $17.50/child. 18-24 children = $15/child. $50 deposit must be paid at least two weeks in advance.
ADULTACTIVITY CENTERS AGES 50+ APRILBUSTRIP: SANFORD
Wednesday | April 18 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cruise in a climate-controlled paddleboat down the St. Johns River. Enjoy the wonderful views of the area’s abundant wildlife. $70/person, includes transportation, cruise and lunch. SNACKS&FACTS: CEDARLAKES WOODSANDGARDENS
Wednesday | April 18 Pick up from Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center at 9 a.m. and from Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center at 9:30 a.m. Strive Health and Rehabilitation Center will be presenting on the series “Journey through your Body.” $10/person.
SENIORFISHINGDERBY AGES 50+ Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Monday | April 30 | 9 a.m.-Noon This event serves over 100+ senior citizens from Ocala and Marion County, many of which come from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We will provide the poles and baits. Come and hook up with us for a few hours of fishing fun! We will finish off our fishing derby with a wonderful picnic lunch. Register by calling 352.629.8545 or 352.629.8357.
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Bringing Home Baby
There’s no feeling quite like bringing home your little bundle of joy for the ﬁrst time. To ﬁrst-time parents, however, this privilege can prove to be quite the challenge. › By Laurel Gillum
There’s no such thing as a perfect parent—it’s inevitable that you won’t do everything just right. Read on to avoid these common mistakes.
seat or putting their newborns into those seats. Make sure your infant’s head is secure and does not fall forward or to the side in the car seat. Many car seat brands sell additional inserts for head and neck support. Get one! Plus, you can have your car seat installation inspected for free at the Ocala Police Department to ensure a snug, proper fit.
Parents—this one is for you. According to psychologist James Maas, Ph.D., new parents lose upward of 400 hours of sleep during their babies first year. To stay alert, it is important to remain well-rested. Try catching some Z’s during your infant’s afternoon nap. Better yet, get the grandparents or a trusted friend to come over for a few hours to watch the little one so you can shower and rest.
Sudden infant death syndrome
SIDS is the leading cause of death in some 3,500 babies per year. Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that you place babies to sleep on their backs. The guidelines also strongly discourage babies from sleeping on soft bedding or with any toys or loose blankets around them. In addition, don’t keep your home or baby’s room too warm.
Get some rest
Fevers can be serious, especially in a newborn. If your baby is younger than 3 months and develops a fever of 100.4°F or higher, contact your pediatrician immediately.
your baby is confined to a seat. Tummy time helps your baby develop strong muscles and fine motor skills.
hours or whenever they let you know they are hungry.
Hungry or not
Car seat safety
A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that 91 percent of parents make serious mistakes when installing their child’s car
Although your baby may enjoy their time riding in a car seat or playing in a bouncy seat—it is not very beneficial to them. Try to limit the amount of time
Babies run on a tight schedule. For the first few weeks, they need to be fed every two to three hours. Consult your pediatrician once they have regained their birth weight for an updated feeding schedule. Typically, after babies have exceeded their birthweight, they can be fed every three to five
In the blink of an eye, your baby will be off to college. You may not believe it in the moment, but it’s true. They say the days go by slowly, but the years fly by. Preserve the memories by taking plenty of pictures and videos and by keeping a detailed journal of moments you’ll cherish forever, like the first roll, first babble, etc.
Source: cnn.com, parents.com
THROUGH APRIL 29 Fifteen original ensembles by 13 established and emerging designers, with the 23 objects of inspiration from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum. Museum, ARTSpace and Appleton Store Hours Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday: Noon–5 p.m. 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. | AppletonMuseum.org | 352-291-4455
This traveling exhibition is organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, and circulated by the Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama. The tour of this exhibition is supported in part by the Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. & Erna D. Leir, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
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Jackie, 17, Belleview High School class of 2018
THESE LOCAL KIDS KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN! CHECK OUT THEIR PHOTO-WORTHY MOMENTS.
Kendall, 6, and William, 4, pose for the camera
Noah, 7, waiting to swim his next event with the Central Florida Marlins Swim Team
Devin, 4, enjoying the great outdoors
Peyton, 6, watching horses eat
Logan, 10, swimming the fly at a swim meet
Alec, 13, Michael, 5, and Nicole, 10, visiting Baseline Trailhead Park
Cash, 9, playing golf at Ocala Golf Club
Eli, 4, having a ball at Liberty Park
TJ, 5, and Amani, 9, headed to church on Christmas Eve
Gwendolyn, 2, and LePerle, 11 months, at Kirby Family Farm’s Christmas Train event
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Alexa, 3, wins the Miss Merry Christmas pageant
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Shortcakes For Strawberries
Culinary Arts students at Osceola Middle recently baked 100 shortcakes—but not for themselves. Instead, the project benefitted Habitat for Humanity’s Strawberry Festival. Belleview Middle students also baked another 100 shortcakes, and high school Culinary Arts programs added another 700. The cakes were ready just in time for pickup prior to the Festival.
North Marion Earns Perfect Score
When it comes to buckling up, no school does it better than North Marion High School. Recently, during a surprise survey visit, every student driver leaving property was wearing a seat belt. As a reward, Jimmy Collins (center), a local attorney with Ayres, Cluster, Curry, McCall & Collins, handed student representatives a $500 check for the school’s “Drive 4 Life” program. This is the second year in a row North Marion has captured the honor.
MathCOUNTS—It Really Does!
These Howard Middle School students captured the top honor in this year’s MathCOUNTS competition, an annual event pitting 10 middle school teams against each other to get the most math questions correct in a given time span. This year’s champs include Aneesh Gogineni, Rushi Patel, Lillian Smith, Vivek Sandrapaty and James Kearin. Championship teams are no surprise to Coach Pamela Earnest, who’s led the school’s MathCOUNTS teams for the last 12 years.
Making History With History
They packed the school board room and barely fit into this picture! These are just some of the winners from the inaugural Marion County History Fair, which showcased hundreds of projects from middle and high school students. Projects had to use the “Conflict and Compromise” theme throughout their entries. Community volunteers judged the projects, and now those capturing top honors head to the state competition in early May.
Field Day For Real
Almost 300 students representing 10 elementary schools qualified to compete against each other at the Elementary Field Day at Forest High School recently. The 11 events provided students competing opportunities for shotput, discus, distance running, long jumps, relay races and more. The event stressed accomplishment and sportsmanship among competitors, along with physical fitness.
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Horsin’ Around The Villages Polo Club: 12 Goal & 8 Goal Tournaments Dates throughout April Grand Oaks Resort: The Arabian Celebration, Dressage Competitions Apr. 1 Sumter Equestrian Center: Florida Ranch Horse Show Apr. 7-8 Grand Oaks Resort: Hun Country Horse Show Apr. 7-8
There’s always something happening in Horse Country. Check out these upcoming events for the month of April. Read all about it! Interested in seeing your horse-related event in Ocala Style? Send us an email at email@example.com. Florida Horse Park: 2nd Annual Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Expo Apr. 27-29
Florida Horse Park: Bridles, Birdies & BBQ Charity Event Apr. 12 Florida Horse Park: Equiventures Ocala Festival of Eventing Apr. 12-15
Sumter Equestrian Center: Area C 4-H Horse Show Apr. 28
Sumter Equestrian Center: SEC Hunter Jumper Dressage Show Apr. 21-22
EXPLORING MARION COUNTY’S EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY
HORSES FOR HOPE
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A Matter Of Trust
rust can come in many shapes and forms. At Citra-based Heart of Florida Youth Ranch, it’s the four-legged kind—more specifically, the Unbridled Hope Equine Program. “The foster kids who come to the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch have been removed from their families for a variety of reasons. These include neglect, abandonment, as well as physical, mental and sexual abuse,” says Jenna Rovira, coordinator of Equine Services. “This trauma and loss results in major trust issues for these children. Through the Unbridled Hope Equine Program, we use being around, working with and riding horses as a way to restore that lost trust.” Licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization contracted with Kids Central Inc. The Unbridled Hope Equine Program, a registered Professional Association of Therapeutic International Member Center, operates under the umbrella of the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. Brenda Corujo-Orraca, a certified PATH International instructor, serves as the Unbridled Hope equine program director.
“Brenda and I began the PATH certification process in late 2016,” says Rovira, a lifelong horsewoman. “We began our first six-week session in February 2017. We currently have 26 kids, ranging from 5 to 18, involved in the equine program. Many of them, depending on how long they are with us, go through more than one six-week session.” Corujo-Orraca notes, “Not only do the kids learn about horses, but they learn about themselves and others. They learn by having a relationship with a horse how to have better relationships with people, too.” The six-week sessions, three days a week, involve ground work, equine care and riding of the program’s eight horses. All the horses were donated and then retrained to fit into the equine program. “We try to match up the kids with horses that best suit each’s personality,” says Rovira. “As each child works with a horse through the program, they begin to make a connection with the horse. They feel empowered to be taking care of something that depends on them. They develop better self-awareness and start to trust again.” To which Corujo-Orraca adds, “The children feel connected again to something.
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Unbridled Hope equine program beneﬁts foster children at the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. › By JoAnn Guidry
They form bonds with the horses and the program volunteers. We’ve seen some wonderful transformations in these kids. We’ve seen them regain trust and hope.”
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Plant a tree today. Grow beneﬁts that last a lifetime.
Ocala Electric Utility, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, is offering a limited number of FREE trees to customers through May 31, 2018 (while supplies last). By planting the right tree in the right place, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 20% each year. But the benefits don’t stop there:
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Trees improve air and water quality, help relieve stress, and make yards more enjoyable.
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Run For The Roses The 144th Kentucky Derby will take place on May 6 at Churchill Downs. › By JoAnn Guidry
he first Saturday in May is considered sacrosanct in the Thoroughbred industry. On this day, the day the Kentucky Derby is run every year, racing dreams come true. “The Kentucky Derby is the most important race in the Thoroughbred industry,” says Brent Fernung, president of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association. “It was watching Secretariat’s unbelievable performance in the 1973 Kentucky Derby that led to my becoming involved in the Thoroughbred business.” Fernung, who with his wife, Crystal, owns Journeyman Stud, has a unique Kentucky Derby connection. He bought and sold two mares who produced Kentucky Derby winners: Eileen’s Moment (Lil E. Tee/1992 Kentucky Derby) and I’ll Get Along (Smarty Jones/2004 Kentucky Derby). To qualify for the Kentucky Derby, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds
must earn points by competing in “The Road to the Kentucky Derby” races across the country and the world. Points are awarded to the top four finishers in these races. The 20 horses with the most points earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
KENTUCKY DERBY 101
CONTINUOUS RECORD: Founded in 1875 and the brainchild of Meriwether Lewis Clark, the Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States. GARLAND OF ROSES: The race is often referred to as “The Run for the Roses” thanks to the garland of 400 red roses that are draped on the winning horse in the winner’s circle.
TWO MINUTES: The race is also described as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” because of the average time it takes the winner to cover the mile and a quarter distance. The legendary Secretariat was better than average, winning the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, a record that still stands today. OPENING SONG: “My Old Kentucky Home” is played and sung when the horses come out of the saddling paddock onto the track for the post parade. The song has been part of the Kentucky Derby festivities since 1921. FINE MILLINERY: Kentucky Derby hats began to become vogue in the 1960s, thanks largely to women—and some men, too—wanting to stand out during the television coverage of the race. Today, Kentucky Derby hats
range from the extravagant to the ridiculous. MINT JULEP: The Kentucky Derby’s signature drink is the mint julep, a concoction of bourbon, sugar, crushed ice and fresh mint sprigs. An estimated 120,000 are sold at Churchill Downs over Derby weekend.
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The Villages spring polo season oﬀ to a galloping good start. › By Cynthia McFarland For the past two decades, polo players from around the world have converged on The Villages Polo Club for hard-riding competition in a first-class, spectator-friendly atmosphere. If you’ve never experienced polo before, the spring season, which runs March 9 through May 27, is the time to get familiar with this centuries-old sport, and the 250-acre Villages’ facility is the perfect place to become a fan. Four players are on the field for each team. Helmets are a must, and some riders wear face masks and padded knee guards. You’ll soon see why such protection is needed. This is no leisurely afternoon ride in the park. Wielding solid bamboo mallets, players compete on a 300-by-160yard grass field and attempt to score by driving a hard plastic, baseball-sized ball into the opposing team’s goal. The game is divided into six periods called “chukkers,” each seven and a half minutes long. After accounting for penalty timeouts and a 10-minute halftime, a typical polo match is 90 minutes long. Although players ride polo “ponies,” that term is a bit misleading, as most are former
Thoroughbred racehorses and definitely not pony-sized. Riders typically change horses for each chukker, so they’ll go through six horses in one game. “Last year we celebrated our 20th anniversary,” says Mary Blount of The Villages Polo Club, noting that spring is an exciting season. “The first four to five weeks, the crowds are up to 1,500 people strong each weekend. Both spring and fall seasons (September through November) are popular, but the stadium is packed in the early spring. There are a lot of families here visiting relatives who live in The Villages, and this is a fun outing for them.” Polo matches take place on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Matches are open to the public. Seating options include: Upper Stadium, $20 adult, $10 children 12 and under; North and South End Tents, $20 adult, $10 children 12 and
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under; General Admission: $15 per ticket, children 12 and under free. If you don’t feel like tailgating, there’s a full bar and concession stand. On Sundays, you can enjoy brunch from 11am-1pm before the game gets under way. Those who don’t know a chukker from a “ride off ” might want to take advantage of one of the two free Polo 101 classes offered prior to each season. “The classes are great for people who aren’t familiar with
the sport,” says Blount. “They learn about the history, the horses, and rules and regulations.” From weddings to corporate gatherings, The Villages Polo Club’s picturesque grounds host a myriad other events year-round.
LEARN MORE › The Villages Polo Club › 703 N Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages › (352) 750-7656 (POLO) › TheVillagesPoloClub.com
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cala resident Jason Reynolds began his tenure as executive director of the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park on January 22. Until recently, Reynolds lived in Tallahassee where he was the director of public policy at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, a post he held since 2005. “I am humbled and honored to have been selected for this position,” he says. “The Florida Horse Park has some very talented and dedicated members, so for me to be chosen to lead this amazing organization forward is such an honor.” The Florida Horse Park is a multipurpose facility and one of Central Florida’s premier venues for equine, agricultural, educational and sporting events. “The park is such a fantastic place,” Reynolds says. “It was created by the Florida legislature in 1996, and it sits on 500 acres that is leased from the Florida Greenway. This truly makes it Florida’s horse park. Most
“Most people don’t realize just how many and varied activities take place here—we have something for everyone.” - Jason Reynolds
people don’t realize just how many and varied activities take place here—we have something for everyone. We accommodate all disciplines of horse activities, and we also host car shows, RV shows, war reenactments, cross-country track races, dog shows—we have a ton of activities to participate in here.” Reynolds says that he hopes to work in conjunction with the board of directors to bring about some exciting changes for the park in the very near future. “We are pleased to announce that we have just added 160 new stalls to bring the total stall count to 320,” he says. “This is exciting because we can now board a lot more horses in an emergency, such as when a hurricane comes through the area. Also, with the help of the
Division of Forestry, we are rerouting and resurfacing some of our roads, which will make it much easier to travel within the park, especially for people pulling large horse trailers. In addition, we are adding two 350-by-250-foot, world-class, all-weather Grand Prix arenas and two 240-by-140-foot show rings that will also serve as warmup arenas. All the arenas will have the latest and best Martin Collins footing along with a Risohorse watering system.” Reynolds is an Air Force veteran who served tours of duty at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and Shaikh Isa Air Base in Bahrain.
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Hobby farmers turn dreams into reality and get their hands dirty in the process!
BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND | PHOTOGRAPHY BY RALPH DEMILIO
s a child growing up in New York, Shay Evans always dreamed of having a farm. It took decades to come true, but now farming is a lifestyle, not a dream. Shay Evans and Steve Dean own Hidden Dreams Farm in northwest Marion County where they raise dairy goats, chickens and ducks and even have a few llamas, alpacas, emus, exotic birds and a donkey in the mix. They moved to this area after living in Orlando for a dozen years and bought their five-acre farm in 2006. Both Shay and Steve have full-time jobs in addition to the farm, so to say their lives are busy is an understatement. “I was leaning toward horses because I had one when I was younger, but that’s not where my heart really was,” says Shay. “I talked to friends who had goats, and we bought some Nigerian Dwarfs to start, but they didn’t produce enough milk for what I wanted to do, so after doing a lot of research, we went with Nubian and Saanan, which are bigger dairy goats. When I got into the goats, I realized that’s where my heart was. They have such personalities; all my girls love me to death.” Now Shay sells her homemade goat cheese, goat’s milk soap, yogurt, kefir and raw milk at area farmers markets, including On Top of the
World, Marion Oaks Rec Center market and outside Tractor Supply Co, on Highway 441 on Saturday mornings, where she works. She also sells fresh eggs and honey. Shay put in countless hours of online research and talked to other farmers. “I love Google and YouTube; that’s taught me a lot,” she says. “I do all my own vaccinations and hoof trimming and taught myself how to make soap by using instructional websites.” The does (mama goats) will soon be “kidding,” which means lots of adorable babies. “Last Christmas morning, one of my does delivered quadruplets,” says Shay. “All the babies get colostrum from their moms, but then we bottle feed them.” Through the years, Shay has found the biggest challenge in running a hobby farm is the paperwork. All her dairy goats are registered stock, and she also sells goats for showing, so the requisite paperwork can be a bit daunting. (“If you could see my desk...,” she laughs.) The 45 chickens and 15 ducks on the farm provide eggs that are regularly sold at the farmers markets. “The duck eggs are actually higher in protein than chicken eggs, so they’re great for baking,” says Shay, who has found that customers prefer brown or colored eggs when
buying farm fresh eggs because they can get white eggs at any grocery store. For Shay, the greatest reward for all her hard work is loyal customers. “I know they’re looking for me at the markets, and that makes me feel good,” she says.
It’s The Berries
When Mike and Gail Waldron bought their farm near Fort McCoy in 2003, they found a 2-acre section of old blueberry bushes where the late owner once had a u-pick operation. The bushes had laid fallow for many years and some were dead, but Gail hated the thought of destroying those that remained. “I like growing things, but I didn’t know anything about blueberries at the time,” she recalls. “I thought I’d give it a shot, clean up the farm and have a place where people could come pick blueberries again. I took seminars and did field work days with the University of Florida extension service to learn.” Gail and Mike trimmed up the old bushes and planted new ones. Eventually, Gail was able to take clippings from their own bushes to grow more. Now their Bay Lake Blueberry Farm has about 4,000 blueberry bushes spread out over 4 acres and features 15 APR ’18 ›
different varieties, all organically grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizer of any kind. For a period of time, the farm was “certified organic,” but the fees and timeconsuming government paperwork became overwhelming, so Gail no longer pays to have the U.S. government certification but still maintains strictly organic growing practices. Gail picks and delivers berries for customers who order in bulk and then opens the farm for u-pick customers every Friday and Saturday throughout the season, which is usually all of June and the first half of July. Some years, the crop will come in early enough to open in May, but June is more typical. She also makes her locally famous blueberry ice cream, which is a big hit with the u-pick customers visiting the farm. Mike has a full-time job, so running the u-pick operation falls mainly to Gail. During the season, she’ll put in 30- to 40-hour weeks, but in the off season, the work is mostly just maintenance and not as intensive. With a winter like we had this year, Gail made sure to “freeze protect” her bushes by running their overhead sprinkler system all night. The water forms a clear ice over the buds and protects the fruit that will form from those buds. Cold, windy nights present a challenge because the wind interferes with the formation of clear ice and buds are often damaged. “Anything under 50 degrees is considered a ‘chill hour’ and actually helps make better
berries, so we’re hoping for a good crop this year with the chill hours we’ve had,” notes Gail. People drive from as far as Miami to pick at Bay Lake Blueberry Farm. Gail also notes that she has a number of cancer patients who come for their berries knowing they are organically grown. Despite all the hard work that goes into the farm, the Waldrons have found you can’t really make a living off a blueberry farm unless you have substantially more acres than they have presently. “We don’t make a lot of money from the farm, but it helps pay the property taxes. I like talking with the people who come out to pick,” says Gail, adding with a smile, “and I enjoy making my ice cream for them.”
Starting Your Own
If you’ve been toying with the idea of starting a hobby farm yourself, you’re certainly in good company. In Marion County today, there are approximately 3,500 hobby farms, with “hobby farm” defined as a small-scale operation that is primarily for pleasure rather than business. Even if the farm brings in some money, owners aren’t relying on it for their main source of income. Start with your goals. Do you want to grow organic produce, raise free-range chickens, milk a herd of dairy goats, get honey from your own bee hives?
Once you define your goals, it’s time to assess your financial resources. Because hobby farms are typically self-funded, this will give you a good idea of what you can afford and whether you need to readjust your goals. “Knowledge and experience are fundamentally what will make a hobby farm as successful as possible,” says Mark Bailey, small farms agent at the Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service in Ocala. “It is always a good idea to get to know people who have a lot of knowledge and experience about your area of interest,” Bailey advises. “At the Marion County Extension office, we are educators and work every day to help people of any background acquire the information they need to improve their lives. Also, the University of Florida publishes a tremendous amount of articles about every significant agricultural topic relevant to the state of Florida. Specifically, it is called the UF/IFAS Electronic Data Information Source, or EDIS for short. The information contained within those documents originates from unbiased, research-based sources. “The more knowledge you gain, the better you’ll be able to assess the necessary time, labor, equipment, risks and safety protocol involved before sinking money into making your hobby farm a reality,” Bailey adds. “Even though a hobby farm isn’t expected to turn a profit, you’ll still be investing significant time, money and effort into it, so do your homework ahead of time.”
“Even though a hobby farm isn’t expected to turn a profit, you’ll still be investing significant time, money and effort into it, so do your homework ahead of time.” - Mark Bailey
Savvy Advice For Would-Be Hobby Farmers With that in mind, realize that you may not make a dime on your hobby farm, (Remember, the definition of hobby is something you do for pleasure, not money.), so start small, and don’t spend more money than you have setting up your operation. According to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, hobby farms aren’t qualified to receive the same tax breaks earmarked for smallfarm owners. Small farms that are actual business ventures must prove their expenses and income in order to receive tax benefits. Although the hobby farmer doesn’t need to do this, it’s still important to keep records and track receipts. “It’s quite easy to lose track of farm expenses, so keeping records can help with that as well as plan for the future,” notes Bailey.
“This information can help owners determine how to make improvements to how they operate their hobby farm. Also, if something goes wrong they can potentially track down the source of the problem. In cases where disasters occur, such as the recent hurricanes, keeping good records of sales, purchases, etc. can greatly help them secure relevant loans or grants.” Be responsible (especially if you’re dealing with animals’ lives), but be willing to experiment to find the hobby farm plan that best fits your life. Monitor your progress,
• Learn from experts before diving in. • Start small. • Set a budget, and don’t go into debt to make your farm happen. • Don’t expect to make a profit. • Keep good records along the way. reassess and realize it’s OK to change your goals and expectations. You may start out with pygmy goats and end up growing orchids—and that’s OK.
LEARN MORE › marioncountyfl.org/extensionservice › You can also ﬁnd Hidden Dreams Farm and Bay Lake U-Pick Organic Blueberry Farm on Facebook.
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22ND ANNUAL BROWNWOOD PADDOCK SQUARE ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL THE VILLAGES › MARCH 31-APRIL 1 This isn’t your typical arts and crafts festival. Shop thousands of products, from mixed media and paintings to hand bags, hats and jewelry. thevillages.com
TAMPA BAY BLUES FESTIVAL ST. PETERSBURG › APRIL 6-8 Catch the blues in the best way possible at this festival promising some of the finest blues musicians in show. tampabaybluesfest.com
49TH ANNUAL SANTA FE COLLEGE SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION GAINESVILLE › APRIL 7-8 Calling all art fanatics—check out the local artwork on display, not to mention work from nationally esteemed artists. Festivalgoers will walk amongst some of Gainesville’s finest historic homes while enjoying food, fun activities and live entertainment.
SPRING FIESTA IN THE PARK ORLANDO › APRIL 7-8
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SEA WORLD’S SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL ORLANDO › THROUGH APRIL 15 We hope you’re hungry—Sea World’s Seven Seas Food Festival has prepared quite the menu. With authentic street fare selections from around the world, craft beers, thrilling rides and spectacular shows—you’ll want to bring the entire family along. Plus, every Saturday and Sunday of this festival, catch live performances from the industry’s hottest country, rock and Latin music artists. seaworld.com
SPRINGING THE BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL JACKSONVILLE › BEACH APRIL 6-8 Join Jacksonville locals as they enjoy this three-day blues festival by the shoreline. Browse the local arts and crafts vendors, or munch on tasty treats along the beach as you enjoy the music. Fifty musical acts are set to perform.
Who doesn’t like a pretty painting? Take home one or two of your own at the Spring Fiesta in the Park where more than 600 artists and crafters will be selling their original work. This venue will also have live entertainment and plenty of food.
26TH ANNUAL VENICE SHARK’S TOOTH FESTIVAL VENICE › APRIL 13-15 Did you know that Venice, Florida, is named Shark Tooth Capital of the World? Every year millions of shark teeth wash up on its beaches. To celebrate, this festival will include a mixture of art, music, fun activities and prehistoric fossils on display for the kids— come on out to see what all the hoopla is about.
BREWS AROUND THE ZOO SANFORD › APRIL 14 Sorry kids, this event is for adults ages 21 and up. Sip on cold brews, eat delicious food from local restaurants, bop to live music and
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more. We challenge you to a selfie with all your favorite zoo animals!
10TH ANNUAL WINTER PARK PAINT OUT WINTER PARK › APRIL 22-28
crafters, take advise from local growers and plant-doctors, and watch live entertainment at this weekend-long event.
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Watch in awe as 25 talented artists paint outdoors using the landscape around Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens as their muse. Stop by to see the artists in action and for the option to purchase the canvases after they are finished. polasek.org
2ND ANNUAL MARTIN COUNTY SHRIMP & LOBSTER FESTIVAL STUART › APRIL 27-29 What festival showcases today’s best seafood vendors, premier artists and superb musicians? If you guessed Stuart’s annual shrimp and lobster festival, you are correct! Enjoy a day of eating fresh seafood, drinking cold beer, browsing local vendors and concert hopping.
57TH ANNUAL APOPKA ART & FOLIAGE FESTIVAL APOPKA › APRIL 28-29 Shop unique knickknacks from over 160 artisans and
SUNFEST WEST PALM BEACH › MAY 3-6 With a spectacular waterfront view, this major music festival along Flagler Drive will include musical performances by Ellie Goulding, the Goo Goo Dolls, Young the Giant and more!sunfest.com
54TH ANNUAL ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL FERNANDINA BEACH › MAY 3-6, Don’t miss the pirate parade, arts and crafts exhibits, antiques, games, contests, seafood and live APR ’18 ›
64TH ANNUAL CHIEFLAND WATERMELON FESTIVAL CHIEFLAND › JUNE 2 This annual event features arts, crafts, vendors, melons and the popular Chiefland Watermelon Pageant. chieflandwomansclub.org
3RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE SEA ORLANDO › JUNE 16
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music. Fernandina Beach sure knows how to throw a festival!
2ND ANNUAL VENICE SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL VENICE › MAY 5-6 Plan a weekend getaway with the girls and visit Venice during its 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy food, drinks, shopping and live music from Florida’s favorite R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean bands.
this one-day event. Reserve your spot for complimentary tours and wine tastings. A great idea for date night! lakeridgewinery.com
65TH ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL WHITE SPRINGS › MAY 25-27 Celebrate what makes Florida unique at the Florida Folk Festival. Help preserve Florida’s oldest traditions such as music, dance, crafts and other activities. Try your hand at a new hobby during demonstrations and workshops throughout the festival. floridastateparks.org
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL
bluecrabfestival.com JAZZ ON THE VINEYARD GREEN CLERMONT › MAY 12-13 Listen as talented Jazz musicians take on the outdoor stage at Lakeridge Winery for the weekend. Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food at
11TH ANNUAL ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL ST. AUGUSTINE ›JUNE 21-23 & 28-30
Visit Epcot’s annual spring festival to meander through interactive gardens, participate in hands-on workshops and admire over 30 million vibrant blossoms as you make your way around the park.
The St. Augustine Music Festival is a free event open to the public featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally acclaimed artists. The musicians will be performing a variety of classical compositions in the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica.
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28TH ANNUAL LAKE PLACID CALADIUM FESTIVAL LAKE PLACID › JULY 27-29 Learn everything there is to know about caladiums at this popular festival. Feeling extra brave? Sign up beforehand to participate in the Dr. Tom McDonald 5K Race or the floral arrangement competition. Winner takes home bragging rights. lpfla.com
PALATKA › MAY 25-28
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ORLANDO › THROUGH MAY 28
ANNUAL BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL This year’s Blue Crab Festival will be the talk of the town. Held in downtown Palatka, the event includes carnival rides, live musicians and plenty of vendors selling food and drinks.
If Florida knows one thing, it’s how to prepare seafood. Bring your appetite to this event and sample carefully seasoned festival fare. Chase down the seafood with a cool refreshment, then walk off the calories by browsing various arts and crafts stands.
ORANGE BLOSSOM DANCE FESTIVAL OVIEDO › MAY 31-JUNE 3 This fully sanctioned dance competition includes some heavy hitters in the world of country and swing dancing. Top swing and country instructors will be on hand, so wear your dancing shoes.
SING OUT LOUD FESTIVAL ST. AUGUSTINE › SEPTEMBER TBD Gals and guys, here is one festival that you must attend. This festival features hundreds of performances by various artists at venues around St. Augustine, and all concerts are free and open to the public!
Wait, there’s more! Take a family road trip or plan a weekend getaway with your significant other to visit these farther away festivals. Break out the calendar—you won’t want to miss these events.
33RD ANNUAL PENSACOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL
38TH ANNUAL HEMINGWAY DAYS
PENSACOLA › MAY 4-6
KEY WEST › JULY 17-22
In addition to the 16,000 pounds of crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola, this fancy fest will offer traditional Cajun dishes, from red beans and rice to spicy jambalaya. Looks like the sun won’t be the only thing bringing the heat to this event.
Ernest Hemingway was an American author known for his classic novels, including The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bells Tolls. Hemingway spent most of his time writing from his home in Key West, so it’s only appropriate that locals gather once a year to celebrate his many accomplishments on the same island. The annual festival commemorates the late author with look-alike contests, poetry readings, presentations and memorabilia. Don’t forget to tour his house before or after the festival as an added bonus. fla-keys.com
FORD LAUDERDALE AIR SHOW FORD LAUDERDALE BEACH › MAY 5-6
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56TH ANNUAL DELRAY AFFAIR
Make sure to reserve your tickets for this beachfront air show. Want a true VIP experience? We suggest you kayak the nearby waterways while the planes fly overhead.
27TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL FAIRCHILD › JULY 14-15 A mango a day keeps the doctor away? Close enough. Lectures, demonstrations, tips and tricks all related to this tasty fruit await you at this sweet two-day event. Want to know the secret to keep your mango tree alive in sunny Florida? Visit this fun festival in Fairchild to find out.
DELRAY BEACH › APRIL 13-15 Stretching 12 blocks across Delray Beach, this event is the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeastern United States. Artist come from around the world to display their fine work— let’s show them our support!
SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL & 39TH ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE CORAL GABLES › APRIL 14-15 Celebrate spring the Coral Gables way. Learn a multitude of tips from plant professionals, gather secrets from local chefs and browse an array of pretty plants from the nicest vendors.
34TH ANNUAL POMPANO BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL POMPANO BEACH › APRIL 27-29 This seafood fest draws thousands of seafood lovers each year to sample seafood specialties, peruse the craft-filled streets and sing along as the entertainment lights up the sandy stage.
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A Speedy Success
Josh and Brittanie Hart continue to expand on Ocala’s classic muscle car headquarters, Burnyzz American Classic Horse Power.
here are two things Josh Hart loves the most—cars and playing the drums. Playing drums for a living didn’t feel like the right option to him, but opening a classic car detailing business seemed to be the perfect fit. In 2010, Josh and his wife, Brittanie, opened Burnyzz American Classic Horse Power, and, for several months, he traveled to clients’ homes to clean and detail their cars. He specifically loved classic muscle cars, and it didn’t take long for him to build clientele. Brittanie wasn’t the leaast bit surprised by his initial success in the least. She speaks of the driven and motivated person he is. “He’s always worked for himself, he dreams big and goes after it,” Brittanie says. Five years ago, they purchased the building that currently houses their business. Burnyzz offers detailing and can handle anything from simple maintenance to a frame-off restoration. Burnyzz can also modernize classic cars, redo specific characteristics and increase horsepower and speed. There’s even an in-ground DynoJet that can identify the horsepower and torque of a client’s car. Within the current showroom, Burnyzz has 50 cars for sale, along with a consignment sale. Plus, Brittanie and Josh can help clients track down their dream car. “We’ve dealt with a lot of classic car dealerships across the country,” Brittanie says, adding that they ship worldwide. Brittanie and Josh offer in-house upholstery services for car interiors, and they are building another service department because their business is growing so fast. Along with the many detailing, restoring and customizing services they offer, Josh and
Brittanie continue to add to their showroom by attending nationwide auctions. “It’s pretty inspiring to see what you can do when you set your mind to it—Josh is proof of that,” says Brittanie. In fact, it was through their clients that Josh was introduced to drag racing. In 2011, he began progressing through the ranks and just last month he posted his quickest time
yet at 5.17 seconds in the quarter mile going 276 mph. He is grateful to have Advance Auto Parts sponsoring him for the third year, as well, but states that he couldn’t do it without the support from Dennis and Suzanne Hendershot. Following GatorNationals, Josh is gearing up for three back-to-back races later this month. Find his schedule at jlhdragster.com
LEARN MORE: BURNYZZ AMERICAN CLASSIC HORSE POWER › 1 Aspen Road › (352) 307-1968 › burnyzz.com
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This one-of-a-kind pool features a 38-foot-long vanishing edge along with impressive glass tile at the waterline and on the wall. The deep Tahoe blue color makes the water look particularly inviting, especially on a hot summer day. The travertine deck is the perfect location to pull up a chair and spend the afternoon reading by the water, and an extended sunshelf allows the homeowners to cool off without being fully submerged in the water. “A sunshelf, also known as a tanning ledge or a Baja shelf, is one of the most requested features we get,” says Kenny Vazquez, vice president at Central Florida Swimming Pools. “It’s just deep enough to put chairs in or to allow the kids to splash and play around.” The stepping stone walkway acts as a cut through from one side of the pool to the other. The raised spill-over fountain with bubblers adds a relaxing waterfall sound to the yard.
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“This is still my favorite pool we’ve done so far,” says Kenny. “I really like the freeform look with the rocks. It has a very natural feel to it.” This 1,500-square-foot pool is three times the size of the average home pool. “There’s no tile in the pool,” Kenny says. “It’s all rockwork and rock coping around the pool. There is also a 5-foot-tall by 13-foot-wide waterfall.” And the waterfall may look and feel just like real rock, but it’s actually concrete designed to look like rock. By using concrete instead of real rock, pool builders can eliminate the worry of future leaking, which often accompanies porous real rock. Inside that rock waterfall is perhaps the pool’s coolest feature, a fog machine of sorts. “The compressor compresses water taken from the house and turns it into a mist,” says Kenny. “That mist is then sprayed through five nozzles. It’s a nice added touch, and no chemicals are involved.” Nearby, a rock firepit allows for family outdoor time—even on chilly winter nights. Someone grab the s’mores! APR ’18 ›
Zero Entry, Zero Stress CENTRAL FLORIDA SWIMMING POOLS, INC. (352) 629-7701 › centralfloridaswimmingpools.com It’s not every pool that has a rock feature that originated on the other side of the world, but this one does. When the owners found beautiful rocks on a vacation to Bali, they had them shipped back to the United States. It was some time later that the unique, flat rocks found their purpose as a one-of-a-kind water feature. “This particular pool has a beach entry, so it starts at 0 inches of water and features a gradual slope into the pool,” says Kenny. “The gray pool interior, rather than a more typical light blue, gives the pool a bit more of a lagoon feel.” When creating the homeowner’s outdoor living space, a matching slate was used to provide a seamless, expansive outdoor living area. The covered tiki-like hut featured at the end of the pool houses a super comfy outdoor bed and is the perfect place to relax away a long summer day. “The No. 1 piece of advice I would give to anyone considering a pool is to look through pictures and determine your general style and overview,” Kenny says. “Once you have a basic idea, we can help you fill in all the details.” And it seems the details are Central Florida Swimming Pools’ specialty.
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NATURAL STONE IMPORTERS Visit our brand-new website with real-time inventory
Quality Stones, with locations in Ocala, Ft. Myers and Jacksonville, brings the world to its customers through a great variety of beautiful and natural stone found in 36 countries around the globe. Their brand-new website, qualitystones.com, allows customers to see inventory at each location in real time, making it that much easier to select the proper stone for your project. In addition to their impressive selection of stone products, Quality Stones prides itself on impeccable customer service that is second to none. See for yourself why Quality Stones is known as the finest importer of natural stones.
115 SW 49th Ave. Ocala, FL 34474
Summer Sliding OUTBACK POOLS & WATERFALLS
This 20x40-foot freeform concrete pool is anything but typical. The LED multicolored lights and the 15-foot waterslide make it a kid’s summer playground of sorts. Just under the slide and behind a waterfall is a hidden grotto. Hide and seek, anyone? The homeowner’s grandchildren love it! “The slide and rock waterfall were a big job,” says Shawn Wood, manager of Outback Pools. “There are eight concrete holders for the rock formation that are braced and secured together. The rocks are then custom dyed and filled with concrete. That slide isn’t going anywhere.” The raised 18-inch spa with a spillway is the perfect place to relax after a long day’s work or on a cool, crisp evening. Tired of swimming? The two-hole putting green adjacent to the pool is the ideal place to perfect your putting skills before heading out to the golf course. Comfy loungers, including two located on the sun shelf, provide plenty of areas for rest and relaxation, both in and out of the sun. No matter your pool wishes, Shawn and Joe Pachmayer, Outback Pools’ foreman, do their best to make their clients dreams a reality. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
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(352) 553-9554 › swimoutback.com
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“This is the largest residential pool we’ve done so far,” says Mike Darley, owner of Sawgrass Pools of Central Florida. “The pool itself covers a surface area of 2,200 square feet.” Yes, that’s bigger than many houses! The pool holds a total of 87,000 gallons of water. “The floor of the pool features a really high-end finish,” adds Mike. “It’s an exposed aggregate finish with tumbled pebbles. It adds a great look and a bit of texture.” Extensive paver work surrounds the pool and leads to a quaint outdoor fireplace with comfortable seating. Four copper fire bowls surround the fireplace. Add that to the seven color-changing LED lights featured in the pool and spa and the nighttime ambiance is a sight to behold. The 12-person spa is three times the size of an average hot tub, and the whole system comes complete with a fullyautomated control center and a smartphone interface. This meandering, resortstyle pool features a beach entry and gradually works its way to a depth of 8 feet just below the 8-foot spiraling, corkscrew slide. The whole project took about seven months to complete.
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A C T I V E A D U LT R E T I R E M E N T C O M M U N I T I E S
Kimberly Kent, Lifestyle Director Del Webb Stone Creek
What does active adult lifestyle mean? At Del Webb Stone Creek, our lifestyle program oﬀers unparalleled fun, entertainment and relaxation. There is always something happening, with 47 charter clubs and interest groups that oﬀer everything from dance and crafts to photography and travel. We believe that variety is the spice of life. Each resident has the opportunity to make their lifestyle all that they want it to be and more! What amenities are available to Del Webb Stone Creek residents? At the request of our homeowners, our 46,000-sq.-ft. Reﬂection Bay Amenity Center has just been newly remodeled, featuring new carpeting, furniture, window treatments, computers and a café with sandwiches and coﬀee. This is our activities hub
and oﬀers a state-of-the-art Technogym ﬁtness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools, and tennis, pickleball, horseshoe and bocce ball courts. We also boast an 18-hole championship golf course with a restaurant and pro-shop, softball, basketball, a dog park and a ﬁshing pier. The amenities at Stone Creek are the foundation for the wide range of possibilities that are available to residents. Can I see what it’s like to be a resident for a day? With our Explore Del Webb program, you can “test drive” the Del Webb lifestyle and stay in one of our fully furnished villa homes. You will have access to all of our amenities, social events and even be paired up with a resident from our community if you want.
Del Webb Stone Creek › 6320 SW 89th Court Rd., Ocala › (877) 291-5600 delwebb.com
HOME INSPECTION SERVICES
Danny & Jane Blankenship, Owners HomeTeam Inspection Service
Why is it important to have a home inspection before purchasing or selling a home? Appearances can be misleading. Our job is to identify visual defects and educate the client on the condition of the home. What are some common issues typically found during a home inspection? Structural defects from water or foundation movement, inadequate or outdated equipment, safety issues and environmental problems, are just some of the concerns we find during home inspections.
What should someone look for when choosing an inspection service? Experience and credibility should always be the priority. We were established in 2000 and have performed well over 10,000 inspections since. We are very familiar with all the structures in the area and will provide you with the information you need before purchasing the home.
HomeTeam Inspection Service › (352) 353-0235 › hometeam-ocala.com
R E A LT O R
Tasha Osbourne, P.A.
Multi-Million Dollar Producer Fontana Realty, Broker Associate/Realtor How do you provide personalized assistance and expertise when helping someone find the perfect home? As a Realtor, I believe I am not a sales person but a match maker. I introduce people to homes until they fall in love with one, going the extra mile and building relationships to make the transition seamless. I am passionate about the bigger picture and watching our economy grow. I’m also thankful for local vendors, like Ivy on the Square, who share their space where magic can happen with fellowship during quality time spent together. What are a few of your househunting secrets? The top ﬁve things I recommend customers keep in mind: Get pre-approved with your local lender,
and know your ﬁnances; don’t try to time the market by ﬁguring out the best time to buy—you may miss out; trust your agent with the science of bidding, and oﬀer what the home is worth; you’re buying a home—not dating it, so go with your instincts instead of your emotions; and give your house a physical—get inspections and borders/ surveys to avoid surprises. How does your experience and background set you apart? I have a strong background in the mortgage and ﬁnancing aspects of real estate acquisitions, as well as experience with title work. Additionally, I oﬀer diverse initiatives to tailor solutions to best ﬁt each client’s long-term ﬁnancial goal.
Tasha Osbourne › Fontana Realty › 915 SE 17th St., Ocala › (352) 613-6613 › housesforsaleincentralflorida.com
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PAINTING
Eric Lema, Owner APEX Painting of Ocala, LLC
Besides offering residential and business painting options, what are other services you offer? We also oﬀer popcorn ceiling texture removal as well as retexturing those into either a knock-down ﬁnish or an orange-peel ﬁnish. We oﬀer epoxy garage ﬂoor coverings, kitchen cabinet glazing and painting, drywall repairs and much more. Why are paint finishes so important? Your ﬁnish sheen is important for the functionality of each room. A ﬂat ﬁnish is the most elegant but not for a kitchen or a bathroom, for example. Those need an eggshell ﬁnish at the least but preferably a satin one for washability and durability.
How does your team go above and beyond when meeting clients’ needs? Apex Painting of Ocala brings quality without question through care, craftsmanship and cleanliness. We produce a high-quality product upon completion and earn true customer satisfaction. What are a few tips you would give to clients looking to spruce up their home or business with a new coat of paint? The best tip would be to ﬁnd earth tones for either the interior or exterior. Then, make it pop with a primary trim color, such as an extra white. Another tip is to avoid allowing a painting company to free-hand your window frames and door frames. That’s part of your trim package and lines should be as sharp as possible, only achieved through a proper taping technique.
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Dale Ohren, President D&C Small Engine Inc.
First impressions count. Make sure your lawn oﬀers the curb appeal that neighbors and visitors will envy with these tips and equipment suggestions from Dale Ohren, president of D&C Small Engine Inc. What’s your best tip for caring for your lawn? One of the most important things you can do for the health of your lawn is to keep it cut on a regular basis. It does more than just keep pests and vermin away; it also allows the blades of grass to get a healthy amount of sun and evenly divided moisture. Try to keep your lawn at about 3 inches, and never cut more than an inch at a time or the blades of grass can become more thatch than mulch. Remember, it is not short-cut grass that is attractive—it is evenly cut grass. Why is buying quality lawn equipment important for the health of your yard? Because it is more important to cut often than cut your grass short, you need a power mower that is dependable and has a good blade tip speed. The best quality cut can be achieved with a blade tip speed of 18,000 feet per minute. Make sure the mower you select is in that range. Can you recommend a brand that will achieve these results? The Gravely equipment we sell at our location is engineered to cut at this speed. The lifting action of the properly baﬄed deck and lift on the blades make a carpet-like cut on your lawn, and the comfortable seats make lawn work eﬀortless. Models are available for every need, including models for homeowners for $2,599 or mowers for the commercial cutter up to $13,000. When you are cutting you lawn with a power mower, it’s like driving your car down the highway at full throttle fully loaded. You are putting a mower through a lot, so quality is important, and Gravely knows this and puts this quality into all their equipment. Tell us a little about the history of and what you enjoy most about your business. I have sold and serviced power equipment for 43 years and have sold Gravely for 30 of their 100-year history. I’m happy to say I sell only Gravely and Stihl power equipment because I feel there is no equal. I feel my staﬀ is also second to none, and I am proud that my business has a family atmosphere and a personal attitude. D&C Small Engine › 6035 SE Baseline Road, Belleview › (352) 245-5652 › gotmowers.com
Nate Owen, Villages Office Manager Mike Scott Plumbing
What additions should seniors consider when upgrading their bathrooms? Accessibility should be the theme of any senior bathroom. The ideal situation would be to have plenty of clear space to accommodate assistive devices, but other items to consider would be a tub of proper height, grab bars and an adjustable height shower head. What are some trends in bathroom remodels, and how can seniors benefit from those additions? One of the most common items we install in large senior communities that we serve is a recirculating pump on the hot water
heater. Wait times for hot water to reach the bathroom are not only inconvenient, they can be costly, as they affect both water and sewer bills. A recirculating pump is affordable and provides instant hot water to the user. Are there specific bathroom items you would recommend in order to help seniors live safely and comfortably in their homes? Having the toilet at the proper height can make an incredible difference in the comfort and safety of the senior bathroom. Two of the most common options for achieving this are replacing the toilet with one that is the proper height or buying a seat extender.
Mike Scott Plumbing › 668 E Overdrive Circle, Hernando › (866) 314-4443 › mikescottplumbing.com
NATURAL STON E AN D QUARTZ CUSTOM COUNTE RTOPS SPECIALIST
Wenceslao & Elizabeth Minami, Owners Minami Granite Design, Inc.
What makes Minami Granite different than other granite specialists? MGD Inc. oﬀers our customers competitive pricing and dependable service. We are committed to selling the best products available for your home or business. Clients work directly with us—we do not subcontract our installations. From fabrication to install, we meet to develop the “big picture” of the project and are there throughout the process. We strive to be helpful and kind and suggest the best products for each job. Does Minami have a local showroom? Customers can come to our showroom and view the actual slabs. We specialize in natural granite, manufactured quartz, natural quartzite
and marble. We carry top-quality material and full slabs at our location, and with our on-site fabrication and installation, we can provide the highest quality work for customer satisfaction. Tell us a bit about your business philosophy. We are a family-owned business with more than 20 years of experience, and we specialize in personalized service. We have more than 11 years of experience in Ocala, The Villages, Citrus County and Gainesville. We listen carefully to what our clients want and work with each client to create a space or room that will suit their needs and wishes.
Minami Granite Designs Inc. › 1806 NE 2nd Avenue, Ocala › (352) 671-9800 › minamigranitedesign.com APR ’18 ›
Holly Schmidt, Realtor/ Owner & Ashley Yates, GRI Broker/Owner Magnolia Homestead Realty, LLC
Why do you call yourselves the “Sold Sisters,” and what does that mean for your clients? With a passion for the real estate industry, a sisterhood of real estate was born: the “Sold Sisters” of Magnolia Homestead Realty. Bringing our two unique perceptions of the industry together for the same common goal oﬀers our clients a complete real estate experience in addition to top-notch customer service. What are some tips for clients who are buying or selling a home in this thriving market? The biggest tip we can oﬀer that will go a long way in this market—whether you buying or
selling—is to be prepared for the upswing in the current and future real estate market. With interest rates on the rise and low inventory availability, it might be the right time to make a move. Buyers: Speak with your team of professionals—your lender and Realtor—to determine whether it will be a choice of selecting a lower-priced home and giving up some property features to get into a lower price range or moving into a higher price bracket to get the property features you desire. Sellers: Be prepared to see oﬀers requesting closing costs to be paid on behalf of the buyer and/or buyers requesting repairs, as they are being pushed in a higher price bracket and do not have the extra funds for these items.
Magnolia Homestead Realty, LLC › 1701 NE 42nd Ave., Unit 403, Ocala › (352) 895-0072 › magnoliahomesteadrealty.com
Yohanna Alvarez, Interior Decorator Joy In Décor Ocala
What inspired you to follow your passion and go back to school for interior design? First, my children. The opportunity to be my own boss and have flexibility in my schedule was always on my wish list. Although this career is very demanding, I can still manage to have a nice work-life balance. Second, Ocala. When I was looking for my dream home, I noticed the need for an interior decorator with fresh and innovative new ideas. As a businesswoman, I turned that experience into an opportunity and the opportunity into a reality. How do you work to personalize your design services for each client? A comprehensive interview is always my
ﬁrst step. Once I deﬁne my client’s style, preferences and lifestyle, I proceed to create an eﬃcient space plan. It’s always my goal to create a beautiful, functional space. How has your master’s degree and background in business helped you better serve your clients and run your own business? Decorating thrives on creativity. However, with the lack of project management skills, it cannot become a successful project. All projects convey a critical process for which the decorator is accountable. My background in business makes me a good negotiator, a good decision maker and a good budget administrator.
Joy In Décor Ocala › joyindecorocala.com › (352) 355-0883
PRO M OTI O NAL FE ATU R E
the 60s to the late 80s, the store underwent a transition that shifted the focus from a warehouse-type store to a quality furniture store. Today, Blockers occupies the largest showroom in Ocala. “Good prices, excellent customer service and an understanding of our clients’ needs have contributed to our solid reputation and have helped us stay in business for so many decades,” says Rusty. In addition to furniture, Blockers offers
The Blockers Difference Home. It’s where memories are made and where families gather. Blockers Furniture understands the importance of having a comfortable home. And for nearly a century, the Blockers family has been providing North Central Florida residents with the furniture and accessories needed to make their house a home.
iving room, kitchen, bedroom, office. You name it, Blockers has a great selection of furnishings to complete your favorite spaces. Family-owned and operated since the 1920s, Blocker’s Furniture has a solid reputation for its top-notch service, reasonable prices and tremendous selection. A visit to Blockers’ expansive 80,000-square-foot showroom reveals room after room of beautiful, top quality furniture. Brands like Flexsteel, Lexington, Bassett, England, Ashley and many more are all displayed and ready to be tried out.
“It is our mission to have furniture that will fit everyone’s needs, budget and lifestyle,” says Rusty Blocker, Director of Sales. Blockers may be a huge showroom today, but its beginnings were far more humble. In 1924, J.E. Blocker purchased an old department store and established the Blockers brand. Some twenty years later, J.E. and a partner purchased an old department store and set Blockers onto its current path. From
clients the best names in mattresses. Tempurpedic, Simmons and Serta are just a few of the brand-name options. For those who think they can’t afford quality furniture, think again. Blockers prides itself on offering sturdy, comfortable furniture at competitive prices. And financing is available for customers wanting to go that route. You won’t find cookie-cutter, flimsy furniture at Blockers. Instead, clients have the option to personalize their choices. The design center offers dozens upon dozens of fabric options, and many pieces can be tailored to meet your specific design goals and needs. For a minimal charge (whether it’s one table or multiple rooms of furniture), the professionals at Blockers will also unbox, assemble and inspect all your pieces at their warehouse before delivering them and placing them in your home. How easy. If all of this isn’t enough, Blockers also offers an interactive website. Customers have the option of visiting the site’s Room Planner or Design Center to get a feel for the kind of furniture and styles they want for their space before making the trip to the store. Whether you’re in the market for a whole home upgrade or are just looking for that perfect piece to complete your entryway, start with the experts at Blockers. You’ll be glad you did.
BLOCKERS FURNITURE 2402 SW COLLEGE ROAD, OCALA › (352) 732-4296 › Blockersfurniture.com APR ’18 ›
Locally owned and operated since 1985 and open to the public
Whether it is for a porch, a laundry room, a home remodel or brand-new construction, we give customers one-on-one attention to every detail. We specialize in tile, mosaic, natural stone, hardwood, luxury vinyl ďŹ‚oors and countertops.
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A Food-Lover’s Festival
Whether you’re looking to explore the cultural cuisine of Haiti, cherish the art of cheese-making or craft the perfect cocktail, the Ocala Culinary Festival oﬀers an event for all food (and drink!) lovers. 11 15 Now in its second year, the festival will run April 11-15 with a number of special events taking place throughout Ocala each day. Each event requires a ticket, which can be purchased in advance on the festival’s website. With only a limited number of tickets available for each event, attendees shouldn’t wait long to sign up for the events that most tantalize their taste buds. Events will happen rain or shine with the ﬁrst few slated for April 11. The festival will culminate with the Grand Tasting on April 15 at Ocala’s Art Park from noon-4pm.
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Foodie Festivals Check out some of our favorite Florida food festivals! › By Karin Fabry-Cushenbery Near or far, Florida offers plenty of fun foodie get-togethers for every palate. So mark your calendar— here’s a list of some of our favorite for the rest of the year.
Chiefland Watermelon Festival JUNE 2, 2018
This event includes plenty of pageantry, live music, vendor booths, watermelon seed spitting contests, a watermelon weigh-in and much more. chieflandwomansclub.org
Key West Lobsterfest
2018 DATES TBD 2017 EVENT HELD IN AUGUST
Celebrate the opening of lobster season with one of the biggest parties in Florida! Signature events include the Lobster Boil, Reef & Ritas and the Duval Crawl. Then. check out the street vendors and live music! keywestlobsterfest.com
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival LATE AUGUST-NOVEMBER EACH YEAR
Ocala Culinary Festival APRIL 11-15, 2018
This much-anticipated festival features several culinary events held at notable locations throughout Ocala and Marion County, including the Appleton Museum of Art and downtown Ocala. Check the website for updated festival and ticket information. ocalaculinaryfestival.com
Blue Crab Festival MAY 28-28, 2018
Held each year in Palatka, this annual event features live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, vendors and more. The parade highlights local bands, community groups and organizations. Plus, the main draw, plenty of fresh seafood! bluecrabfestival.com
Dunedin Orange Festival 2018 DATES TBD 2017 EVENT HELD IN EARLY JULY
Check out the craft beer festival, contests, live music, waterslide fun, local vendors and more. dunedinorangefestival.com
The Global Marketplace has attendees sampling food and wine from dozens of different countries. Also, don’t miss the Eat to the Beat concert series, featuring a variety of popular musical acts. There are also chef-led seminars, classes and culinary demonstrations. disneyworld.disney.go.com
Central Florida Peanut Festival OCTOBER 6, 2018
Love peanuts? Peanut butter? Check out this annual Florida festival. Arts and crafts vendors, pageants, live music, rides, a petting zoo, kid-friendly events and much more complete this fall favorite. willistonfl.com/peanut-festival
Cedar Key Seafood Festival OCTOBER 20-21, 2018
Celebrating its 49th year, this festival is the place to be to celebrate seafood, offering food, live entertainment, shopping, a parade and family fun. http://bit.ly/2Hp9E9B
Florida Seafood Festival
NOVEMBER 2-3, 2018
This annual and oldest seafood festival in the state takes place every autumn at the mouth of the Apalachicola River in the crook of Florida’s panhandle. Plenty of fresh seafood, live music and family fun. floridaseafoodfestival.com
Raising The Steaks
A long-standing family farm was honored in January when Baldwin Angus Ranch was chosen to kick oﬀ the 40th anniversary promotion of the Certiﬁed Angus Beef® brand. › By Cynthia McFarland › Photo by John Jernigan
rtist Scott Hagan painted the brand logo on the Baldwins’ large red barn fronting I-75 between Highway 326 and 27. Hagan, who grew up on a cattle farm in Ohio, painted his first barn in 1997 and has since painted hundreds of barns in 19 states. Only the best of Choice and Prime grades Angus beef is even considered for the label, and then only after it’s passed the rigid standards of independent, unbiased U.S. Department of Agriculture graders. To celebrate the fact that the Certified Angus Beef ® brand has been around for four decades, 40 farms/ranches across the country that raise premium Angus were chosen to have the label painted on a structure, and Baldwin Angus Ranch was the first.
The late Leroy Baldwin, who passed away in December 2016, started the operation when he bought his first registered Angus cow back in 1947. The 600-acre ranch, which borders I-75 just north of Ocala, raises Angus breeding stock and is owned by his daughter, Joy Baldwin Papy, and his brothers, Alan and Tony Baldwin, their families and Leroy’s wife, Sharon. “We have about 200 head altogether, including 75 mama cows,” says Joy, who enjoys moving those cows on and off the rye pasture with the help of her trusty Border Collie, Lou. “It’s a very big honor to be chosen because there were many applicants,” relates Joy. Before the artist could recreate the logo on their barn, all the Baldwin kids and grandkids
had to make a “clean slate,” as it were. The 40x60-foot hay and equipment barn was built in 1972 and has proudly displayed the name Baldwin Angus Ranch ever since. But prepping it for the artist meant sanding down the entire barn and repainting it a classic barn red. “We hated to remove that sign, but we had to get the barn ready,” says Joy. “Even the grandkids pitched in to help. It was a big project.” On January 17, the artist completed the project, and the day was marked with a ranchstyle celebration that included, of course, ample helpings of
Certified Angus Beef ®, courtesy of Sonny’s BBQ, which catered the event. Ocala mayor Kent Guinn was in attendance, along with numerous media, restaurateurs and representatives of the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and Sysco meat suppliers. “Over one billion pounds of Certified Angus Beef ® were sold in 2017; the brand just keeps growing,” says Joy, who, along with her family is proud to be one of the many family-owned operations that help supply that tasty beef. APR ’18 ›
› WINE COLUMN
A Den Of Delicacies › By Sean Trapani › Photo by John Jernigan
ood wines for spring weather is a simple enough proposition. Lean toward lighter and brighter styles to match up with the lighter foods of the new season. Try a fresh, unoaked Chardonnay; a zesty, lemony Pinot Grigio; or embrace the rosé trend that seems to grow stronger each year. As for finding an appropriate venue to enjoy these wines, that’s an even simpler proposition, thanks to Fox Den Tavern, a cozy, neighborhood restaurant and wine bar located just off the main square in downtown Ocala. Operated by owners Yong and Robert Madys, Fox Den Tavern separates itself from other wine bars/restaurants with its modern European, chef-prepared food menu, with a more-thanslight nod to Chef Robert’s Polish roots. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes, from melon-wrapped Prosciutto and
Sean Trapani attended the London School of Wine, holds an advanced certificate in wines and spirits (WSET 3), and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).
Fox Den Tavern is a cozy, neighborhood restaurant and wine bar located just off the main square in downtown Ocala. seared yellowfin tuna to paella and beef tenderloin. But many would argue that the stars of the menu are the chef’s freshly made Polish kielbasa and potato-and-cheese stuffed pierogis. Accompanying the food menu is a small but thoughtfully curated selection of wines. But don’t come here looking for expensive bottles. That’s just not the scene. “Wine is captivating—it’s something that has always held a mystery to me,” says Yong. “But it’s also very much a comfort drink because of my childhood.” When Yong was growing up in Korea, she and her brother would make wine from the
strawberries that grew in their backyard field. This made wine forever a symbol of home to Yong and undoubtedly affected her approach to her wine list. Accessibility is the theme. “We offer easy-to-drink wines from around the world,” says Yong. “Pinot Noirs, Pinot Grigio, Italian blends, even Napa cabs, there’s something for every taste.” Fox Den also offers its guests a chance to become part of the family through its wine club membership. For $30, one gets 20 percent off each glass of wine, invitations to memberonly tasting events and a personalized, etched wine glass that can stay at the restaurant. Mingling with friends, clinking wine glasses, Fox Den provides a welcoming environment for celebrating Mother Nature’s season of new beginnings. If it’s a venue you’ve visited, be certain to explore their revised menu for the new year. If you’ve yet to discover Fox Den, now is a perfect time to explore something new.
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Book your party at Tony’s today. Gift cards available.
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Tony’s Sushi has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.
Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. The former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale welcome you to Crossroads Country Kitchen. It is sure to become a new favorite dining location. We accept all major credit cards.
99¢ House Margaritas All Day Trivia Night every Thursday, 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi band every Thursday at the 200 location, 6-9pm
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thur 6a-8:30p › Fri-Sat 6a-9p › Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-careto-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big-screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala › (352) 694-1401 › 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala › (352) 291-2121 › 7 Days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $5.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $5.45; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $7.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $6.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $5.25. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
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Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast Recipe courtesy of Chef Ben Vaughn on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms
Brighten Up Your Brunch
aking up early is hardly anyone’s favorite thing to do, especially on the weekends. Instead of planning an elaborate menu for brunch with family and friends, keep your plans simple and hit that snooze button. Transform a favorite recipe with new, inspired ingredients instead of traditional brunch fare. Try putting a twist on a classic breakfast by opting for Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon instead of pork bacon. It’s thick cut, ready
to cook and perfect for pairing with eggs, pastries or fruit. With a hearty taste and texture and 57 percent less fat than traditional pork bacon, duck bacon can satisfy hungry, waiting guests and give them a tasty start to their weekend. This brunch recipe for Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast can be thrown together in an instant with mouthwatering ingredients. The addition of duck bacon adds a unique flavor and wow-factor that can leave guests asking for more. Find more brunch recipes and information about cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.
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Butter, for coating pan large eggs dash of salt tablespoons sugar cup milk teaspoon vanilla extract ounce bourbon slices day-old sourdough bread ounces Brie cheese slices Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon, cooked crispy tablespoons melted butter, for topping maple syrup, for topping powdered sugar, for topping
Heat oven to 375°F. › Butter baking sheet well. › In small bowl, beat eggs with salt, sugar, milk, vanilla and bourbon. › Pour into flat-bottomed dish. › Submerge all bread slices in dish to soak up some of egg mixture. › Work in batches, if necessary. › Turn with spatula, and soak other side. Do not soak too long or bread will be too saturated and diﬃcult to handle. › Gently transfer four soaked bread slices to prepared baking sheet. › Place 2 ounces cheese on each slice. › Add three slices crispy bacon on top of each cheese portion. › Top with another soaked bread slice. › Press filled bread together firmly. › Place baking sheet in oven; bake 15-20 minutes, turning after 8-10 minutes to brown both sides. › Serve immediately with melted butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar.
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8-time Golden Spoon award winner Mother’s Day Brunch 11am-3pm
Sky Fine Dining 3600 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474 › (352) 291-0000 ocalasky.com Mon- Thu 5-10p › Fri & Sat 5-11p Sky Fine Dining restaurant located on the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn & Suites in Ocala. Join us for a Mother’s Day Brunch featuring a carving station serving prime rib and ham. Also included on the menu is a selection of seafood, cocktail shrimp, a variety of salads to choose from, as well as a dessert table. Make your reservation today! The exquisite Panda Room (private dining room) is able to accommodate up to 20 people for any personal or business event.
Live jazz, Friday 6-9p
Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala › (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri-Sat 11:30a-10p › Sun 11:30a-8p braisedonion.com
Early bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986. Ask about our lunch specials. Happy hour daily.
Make your reservation for Easter! Our team of experts will be making a very special Easter brunch buffet, served from 11:30am5:oopm on Sunday April 1. We will delight you with our selection of brunch items, including, salads, entrées, a carving station and a variety of desserts. Treat the special ladies in your life like a “Queen for the Day,” and join us for our beautiful, extravagant Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 13 from 11:30am-5:30pm. Reservations welcomed (352) 620-9255.
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala › (352) 237-3900 › kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p › Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p › Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment. Check out our specials!
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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 2707 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-2110 › brusters.com Sun-Thur 12p-10p, Fri-Sat 12p-11p You scream ice cream, we scream Bruster’s. More than just any ol’ ice cream parlor, Bruster’s knows how to cater to the needs of any ice cream lover. Their large variety of premium flavors and desserts is made right in the store where they are served, including crunchy handmade waffle cones, customized sundaes, candy-filled blasts, thick milkshakes, frozen yogurts and no-sugar added flavors. If you really want to crank up a party, Bruster’s will bring their scrumptious sweets to you. Cater your next big day with Bruster’s, and choose from endless flavors such as Blueberry Cheesecake, Butter Pecan and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.
Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Sun & Tue 11a-2p › Wed & Thu 11a-8p › Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p › Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhouseﬂ.com New Location. Fresh Ambiance. More Great Food. Ivy on the Square is excited to announce its new location on the downtown square! The Ivy House Restaurant will now be called “Ivy on the Square.” They have renovated a beautiful downtown location and offer the same great food with many new dishes that are sure to become favorites. Enjoy their new dessert bar, cocktail bar and their new posh boutique across from the restaurant. Ivy on the Square still offers catering and invitesparties to host events at their new location.
Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview › (352) 347-3100 › pastafaire.com Mon-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-9p Win everyone over with dinner this week from Pasta Faire! For more than 20 years, Pasta Faire has been serving up the very best Italian cuisine in Marion County. We’re the proud winner of Taste of Ocala’s “Best Presentation” award two years running and do everything we can to make your experience unforgettable. Come in and enjoy our delectable homemade lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight, Pesce Fresco, Blackened Chicken Pasta or a specialty pizza or calzone, or build your own pasta bowl—there’s something for everyone! Eat in or carry out, Pasta Faire is the place in Belleview for an unbeatable meal. It’s so good, you’ll think you’ve left the Florida peninsula for the Italian one! Come see for yourself.
Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones for children under 40 inches. Banana Thursdays: Bring your own banana and get 1/2 price on a banana split!
Come share your mother’s day with us on May 13th. Our special mother “Mimi” would like to invite you to treat your special mother to a lovely dining experience at Ivy on the Square. Reservations only.
We oﬀer rotating lunch and dinner specials every week, so there’s always a new dish to fall in love with. Taste of Ocala Winner 2018
Scene YOU R GU I DE TO WHAT’ S HAPPE N I N G I N & AROU N D O CAL A
The Cattle Drive & Cowboy Round Up, presented by the Rotary Clubs of Marion County and beneﬁtting the Discovery Center, made it’s way through downtown Ocala and on to Tuscawilla Park on February 10, 2018.
Photo by Ralph Demilio C HATTI N G WITH C H RI SSY M ETZ
THE MONTH’S BEST BETS
THE LOCAL SCENE
Scene A Roundup Of The Month’s Best Bets › By Nick Steele
A & Q k c i A Qu With
y s s i Chr tz Me Chrissy Metz stars on NBC’s hit show This Is Us. Her breakthrough performance as Kate Pearson won her critical acclaim and propelled her into the international spotlight. Her debut book, This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today, is a witty, poignant and engaging read. The Floridanative presents a touchingly human account of her childhood, early struggles, rise to fame and journey to find her place in the world. The book goes beyond your typical autobiography, offering many
insightful life lessons from a fascinating life in progress. Ocala Style got the chance to chat with Chrissy recently about all these topics and more. Read on.
is a meaningful reason you are here—many, many reasons. You are worthy.
Why did you want to write a memoir?
I think the show is really helping people understand and talk about their feelings. So often people will say to me, ‘Oh my gosh, it makes me cry so much.’ That’s something you really don’t hear people say that often. It’s powerful.
I had so many people come up to me and say all these really wonderful things. And they would ask, ‘How did you get to this point in your life? How did you find success?’ They really seemed to want to know my story. I always say that we find freedom in speaking our truth, and, in turn, it helps other people to do the same thing. I believe you have to accept yourself for who you are right now, if you ever want to get to the place you want to be. We get on this cyclical train of ‘I’m not this, I’m not that.’ And once you’re there, you can’t see a way to get off that ride. But when you get out of your own way, choose to be of service and give back more, there is this whole shift that happens.
What one message do you hope readers will take away from the book?
You are good enough, just as you are. I think that is what everything boils down to. There
Why do you think that This Is Us so popular?
What is it that you love about our area?
Being from Gainesville, I have a real nostalgia for the area, and, of course, my family is there. I can honestly say that I didn’t fully appreciate it until I moved away. When I am back, I find that the people are so kind and thoughtful. I have so many memories and places there that I love. I love the rolling hills, the springs and the beaches. It’s a slower pace of life, where people are able to enjoy things and not just rush from one thing to the next thing. My sister lives in Ocala, and I’ve come to really appreciate it. I just like to drive around all that beautiful horse country. And I have to give a shout out to Twistee Treat. I do love me some soft serve!
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Write Your Memoir: Leave a Legacy in Words Master The Possibilities Adult Education Center › 8415 SW 80th Street, Ocala › April 7 & 21 › 1-4pm › masterthepossibilities.org
Award-winning Ocala author and editor Belea T. Keeney will present a two-part course designed to teach you to get your special memories down on paper, proper story structure and organizational techniques. She even provides editorial feedback.
TCM Big Screen Classics Presents GREASE Hollywood 16 › 2801 SW 27th Ave, Ocala › April 8 & 11 › 2pm & 7pm show times
We’re still Hopelessly Devoted to Ocala’s own John Travolta, and Grease is still the one that we want. One of Hollywood’s original blockbusters is returning to movie theaters nationwide to celebrate its 40th anniversary, featuring Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as star-crossed lovers and a feelgood soundtrack that includes “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “Beauty
“Everyone has a story to tell,” Keeney explains. “We’ll be doing writing exercises in class, optional homework and reading excerpts from memoirs.” Keeney has edited such notable books as the awardwinning cancer memoir Coulda Shoulda Woulda by Spring Hillauthor Kenna Marriott, Face of a Miracle by Jodi Sampson and For the Record by Don Tolle. Keeney is also the author of several celebrated works of fiction, including The Tiger Whisperer and Out of Joint.
Mark Raisch Live at The Auditorium Marion Oaks Community Center, MSTU › 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala › April 26, 7-9pm
School Drop Out”. This special presentation from Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Paramount Pictures coincides with the release of a special 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray/DVD on April 24.
Mark Raisch describes his show as a concert, a nightclub act, comedy show and a dance party. Locals agree that the popular crooner, who performs hits from Frank Sinatra right up to Bruno Mars, delivers an energetic evening filled with some great music, entertaining stories and a healthy dose of humor. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 advance purchase or $8 at the door. For more information, call (352) 438-2830.
Women’s Expo A Girl’s Day Out
May 20, 2018 • 12-5pm College of Central Florida, Klein Center
Enjoy a day of FUN, SHOPPING, TASTINGS, PAMPERING AND INSPIRATION All ticket proceeds will benefit
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Downtown To Dos
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Jimmy Buﬀett & The Eagles
Camping World Stadium, Orlando Apr. 14
Amway Center, Orlando
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Apr. 21
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
Amway Center, Orlando
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
The Beacham, Orlando
April 6 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm April 6 › A Walk For Children’s Mental Health, Citizens’ Circle, 5:30pm April 7 › Superintendent’s Literacy Festival, Citizens’ Circle 10am
Upcoming Events In The Villages April 2 › Dyngus Day Celebration, Brownwood Paddock Square April 4 › The Platters, Savannah Center April 5 › Late Nite Catechism, Savannah Center April 6 › Tartan Day Celebration, Lake Sumter Landing April 6 › The Lovin’ Spoonful, Savannah Center April 8 › Artists ‘Round the Square, Lake Sumter Landing April 9 › The Coasters, Savannah Center April 21 › Cruise In Classic Car Show, Spanish Springs May 2 › Four Tops Revue, Savannah Center May 10 › Rock and Roll All-stars, Savannah Center May 16 › Mary Wilson, Savannah Center
Arts, Crafts and Culture Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › Folk Couture: Fashion Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackfoot
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
The Beacham, Orlando
Amalie Arena, Tampa
and Folk Art includes 15 original ensembles and 23 works of art from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum. Runs through April 29. The Series of Cphace includes images that depict natural phenomena captured with a converted camera that records infrared waves of the electromagnetic light spectrum that are invisible to the naked eye. Runs through July 22. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Summer Art Camp at the Appleton (Through August 4) › The Appleton Museum of Art will oﬀer 17 week-long summer art camps for students age 4 and older and two-week pottery camps for ages 7-12 and teens. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455, ext. 1613. Appleton After Hours (April 5) › The Appleton Museum will host an evening of live entertainment, special displays of artwork by the Ocala Art Group and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants from 5-8pm. The event is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. Central Florida Master Choir Concert (April 8, 15, 20) › The
Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Central Florida Master Choir will present its 2018 spring concert, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The April 8 concert will be held at Countryside Presbyterian Church at 3pm. The April 15 concert will be at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church at 3pm, and the April 20 concert will be at the Reilly Arts Center at 7pm. cfmasterchoir.com or (352) 615-7677.
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8395 SW 80th Street, Ocala, FL 34481 | (352) 854-3670 | CSCulturalCenter.com TICKET OFFICE HOURS: Mon-Sat: 11 am - 2 pm | Day of Show: 11 am - Showtime
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Performing Arts The Foreigner
Ocala Civic Theatre
Through Apr. 8
Always, Patsy Cline
Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora
Through Apr. 8
17-18 Orlando Ballet Season
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
Through May 6
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando
Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
College of CF Visual & Performing Arts
Rossini’s Barber of Seville: UF Opera Theater & Ocala Symphony
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Villages Philharmonic Orchestra Easter Concert
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
The Legendary Bobby Darin: A Tribute
Ocala Civic Theatre
OSO Sub. 5: 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Bennie & The Jets
Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
A Chorus Line
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages
Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
Modern Vinyl Series: Dead Horses
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
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6-9pm, and advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $35 for a family and $10 for individual members or $50 for a family and $15 for an individual nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Jerod Stephen Doyle: LIVE (April 21) › This unique improv trio creates music from their surroundings in a live reactionary setting. They will be performing in Tuscawilla Park from 7-10pm. Admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8447. Inspired Fashion Show (April 21) › The Appleton Museum will host an
art-inspired fashion show with VIP guest designer and Project Runway star Fabio Costa. Hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine are included. On April 22 at 2pm, Fabio Costa will speak at the museum. Cost is $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Marion Civic Chorale Concert (April 22, 29, May 6) › The Marion
Civic Chorale will present its Spring Concert series featuring music by American composers and others. The April 22 concert will be held at the Countryside Presbyterian Church, the April 29 concert will be at Ocala West United Methodist Church and the May 6 concert will be at First Presbyterian Church in Ocala. All concerts begin at 3pm, and admission is free. Donations to help fund the Grat L. Rosazza music scholarship are appreciated. marionchorale.org.
Call to Artists (April 23) › The Magnolia Art Xchange will present
Reflections, a student and emerging artist exhibition and juried art competition. Interested artists will have the chance to compete for $2,000 in prize money and work will be accepted on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-serve basis. The deadline to submit entries is April 23. The exhibition runs May 9-July 26 at City Hall. maxocala.org or (352) 629-8414.
Outdoor Events Charity Golf Tournament (April 7) › The Knights of Columbus will
host their annual charity golf tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club. Registration is $65 and includes coﬀee and donuts, golfers’ buﬀet lunch and golf with cart. Registration begins at 7:30am, with a shotgun start at 8am. (352) 502-3093.
Race Against Child Abuse (April 7) › Kimberly’s Cottage will host a 5K run in downtown Ocala. The run will begin at the Marion Technical Institute at 8am. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt. There will also be a kids’ fun run for $5 per child. kcrace.com or (352) 873-4739. Ocala Civic Theatre Fundraiser (April 13) › The 27th annual golf tournament to beneﬁt the Ocala Civic Theatre will take place at Candler Hills Golf Club. Registration begins at 11am, with the tournament starting at 1pm. The cost is $85 per player. (352) 236-2851, ext. 104 Corporate Run For the Springs 5K (April 14) › A 5K run will be held at the Frank DeLuca YMCA. The event beneﬁts projects associated with preserving the health of Florida’s Springs. The run begins at 8am. marionfl.org or (352) 671-8686.
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Earthfest at Arbor Day (April 21) › Tuscawilla Park will host this annual event featuring a youth ﬁshing derby, archery, games, live entertainment, food trucks, vendors and more. The event will be held 10am2pm, and admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. Ride for the Arts (April 21) › The City of Ocala presents the fourth annual Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo. The event features a 70-, 40- or
15-mile ride option. Proceeds beneﬁt the Marion Cultural Alliance. rideforthearts.com or (352) 369-1500.
Pack Walk (April 22) › In partnership with Marion County Animal Services,
Silver Springs State Park will give volunteers the opportunity to walk dogs available for adoption at 10am. Dog walkers must be 16 years of age, but all are welcome to join the walk. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840.
Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held April 4, and a gall bladder seminar will take place on April 6. A sciatic workshop and a safety seminar will both take place April 11, and a self-defense class for seniors will take place April 18. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.
Garden Show and Plant Sale (April 7) › The Seedlings Garden
Club of McIntosh will host their annual garden show and plant sale at Van Ness Park from 9am-4pm. Proceeds beneﬁt student scholarships to Camp Wekiva. (352) 316-1613 or (352) 361-3375.
Butterfly and Blueberry Festival (April 7-8, 14-15, 21-22) › Timberline Farm will host its 8th annual festival featuring a butterﬂy garden, music, trains, pony rides, farm animals, educational programs and more. The festival runs 10am-6pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm on Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students. timberlinefarm.net or (352) 454-4113. Personal Safety Class (April 10) › A personal safety class will be held at the Marion County Sheriﬀ’s Department EOC Building at 6pm. The class is free. (352) 369-6762. Stewards of Children Seminar (April 11) › A course to help adults
learn the ﬁve steps to preventing child abuse will take place at the Ocala Police Department’s Community Room from 2-4pm. Free and open to the public. (352) 873-4739.
Florida Storytelling Festival (April 12-15) › The Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora will host the annual Florida Storytelling Festival. Several events will be free and open to the public while others require pre-registration. flstory.com or call (800) 327-1796. After Dark in the Park Movie Series (April 13) › The Jervey Gantt
Recreation Complex will host this family-friendly event with a showing of the ﬁlm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase, and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The event is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5540.
Yard Sale (April 14) › The Episcopal Church Women of Grace Episcopal
Church will hold a yard sale in the parish hall from 7am-2pm. Proceeds beneﬁt local non-proﬁt organizations in Ocala. (352) 347-2549.
L.E.A.F. Series at Sholom Park (April 20) › The L.E.A.F. series at
Sholom Park will host Dr. Kristy Hollingshead Seitz, a research scientist with the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition to discuss “The Importance of Social Engagement.” The lecture will take place at 10:30am and is free. sholompark.org or (352) 873-0848 ext. 7650.
Fun at the Park (May 6) › Sholom Park will host a music and art event from 1-4pm featuring live music and a chance for guests to mingle with local artists. Artwork will be available for purchase. Admission is free. sholompark.org or (352) 873-0848, ext. 7650.
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he sold-out, third annual Furball was recently held at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. The black-tie-optional event was hosted by Voices of Change Animal League (VOCAL) for the purpose of raising money to open a low-cost, spay-neuter clinic. A tremendous amount was raised. This elegant evening for animal lovers included a cocktail hour, dinner and presentation followed by dancing to music by the band Fast Lane Funk. Gaming and raffle prizes were offered in the beautiful Governor’s Room, and the silent auction featured several unique prizes, including an open cockpit plane ride, helicopter rides, original art and much more. Founders Lauren Carpenter, Kate Rengel and Linda Norman are passionate animal advocates who saw a need to focus on the homeless pet crisis in Ocala/Marion County. This homeless pet crisis means that cats and dogs are needlessly dying in shelters. Their multiple-step approach begins with prevention of unwanted pets being born in the first place, and their focus is on getting a low-cost, spay-neuter clinic open that would serve the needs of the community at every economic level.
Lauren Carpenter, vice president and co-founder, observes, “Working on this project to open our clinic over the past few years has really shown what wonderful support we have from our donors. The issue of pet overpopulation is a county-wide issue and something we must address as a community. Having financial support for the construction of our clinic is the first step in helping Ocala/Marion County achieve the ultimate goal of ‘no kill.’” Linda Norman, president and co-founder, adds, “We started with zero, and that meant that we had to think outside of the box and work a lot harder. People want to help, and we gave them a way to get involved. Our volunteers work tirelessly to help our animals have a better outcome, and our donors provide the financial support that is necessary to build an organization that is both sustainable and will meaningfully impact the community. VOCAL’s overall mission is to solve the homeless pet population.” Enormous numbers of animals are being born into homelessness, and the problem is just too large to solve with mere adoption of pets. Marion County has twice the national average intake of homeless and unwanted animals. This statistic is an issue in and of itself, but when you next consider that the current euthanasia rate in our county is around 50 percent for dogs and 80 percent for cats, the facts tell a very concerning story. VOCAL continues to advocate for pets that have no voice of their own. Key volunteers include Stephen Rengel, Rob Carney, Elizabeth Ivory, Heather Sulecki, Astrid “Mimi” Buendia and Dr. Maggie Bell. Don’t let another day go by without making a donation on vocalforpets.org.
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