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Are you an avid singer? Have a magic trick or two up your sleeve? Tell a good joke? If so, here’s your chance to unleash your inner star. The annual Ocala’s Got Talent auditions are currently underway. Performers of all types are invited to showcase their specialties on stage in front of a panel of esteemed judges. The fortunate few whose acts are up to par will move on to the semi-ﬁnals on October 27 and, from there, compete to earn a spot at the ﬁnal showdown on November 10 where cash prizes will be awarded to the top three deemed most talented. The event beneﬁts the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch and Bay Area Youth Services. Auditions are open to all ages, and registration is $25. For more information or to register, visit ocalasgottalent.com or hofyr.org or call (352) 694-0601. JOIN IN THE FUN! › Upcoming
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he Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention is nestled in Gainesville’s pristine Depot Park. It’s a monument to inventor Dr. James Robert Cade and a hub of knowledge for future innovators— and has been bustling with guests since its opening in May. At the Cade, the philosophy is simple: think, meet, be. The goal is to inspire visitors to think creatively about science, introduce them to real-life innovators and provide hands-on activities to teach them how inventors bring ideas to life. “We really encourage people to bring their imagination, be creative and come with an open mind,” says Ashley Bryant, marketing and communications manager for the museum. A visit to the museum, including playing in the labs and taking in all of the sights, can take from one to three hours. Most of
their offerings are best suited for children ages 5 and older. The museum’s only permanent exhibit is The Sweat Solution, dedicated to its namesake, Dr. James Robert Cade. It interactively showcases the history of his invention, Gatorade, and how it saved lives and changed the sports industry. Its second exhibit rotates about every six months. Currently, the Cade is hosting the Robot Zoo, which allows visitors to learn about the biomechanics of real animals’ bodies by observing their robot counterparts. The Cade also has two handson activity labs—The Creativity Lab and The Fab Lab. Although the Fab Lab is fabulous, it’s actually for fabrication using 3-D printers, laser cutters, soldering tools and more to build robots, rockets and other prototypes. The Creativity Lab hosts classes based on local inventors’
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creations. Each Saturday, the museum hosts a Meet at the Cade event, hosting an inventor or innovator to speak with guests one on one about their work. “Whatever they’re bringing to the table that day, we pull that science out and incorporate it into hands-on activities throughout the museum. If you walk into the rotunda on a Saturday and see an inventor, elements of their work are showcased in lab experiments in the Creativity Lab activities and the Fab Lab. You could be doing welding one week and coding the next.”
Adult admission is $12.50, children ages 5 to 17 cost $7.50 and children 4 years or younger get in free. Seniors and college students with ID get in for $10. Visit the Cade Museum’s website for a calendar of upcoming events and to purchase tickets.
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New series of independent films comes to Ocala › By Cynthia McFarland
ndie film lovers have reason to rejoice. In September, the Ocala Film Foundation launched “Cinema Sunday,” a unique opportunity to experience art and culture from some of today’s edgiest independent filmmakers. This is far more than just viewing a movie. Think of it as a mini film festival. That’s because filmmakers will be present, and each screening includes a “Close-up and Conversation” event, giving the audience a chance to participate in a Q&A session with the filmmakers before and after the screening, as well as chatting directly with them during the post-screening cocktail party. The South Arts 2018-19 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers was created by South Arts, an Atlanta-based non-profit regional arts organization that covers a nine-state region. “We had to apply to participate, and only five Florida cities were accepted, so it’s pretty exciting that we were chosen to be part of this series,” says Laurie Zink, volunteer executive director of the Ocala Film Foundation. The next screening takes place on October 21 and features Las Sandinistas with Jenny Murray (director, writer, editor and co-producer). The film centers around the personal stories of several young Nicaraguan women who “overcame gender barriers and subverted stereotypes to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reform” during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution.
On November 11, don’t miss Homesteaders with Shaena Mallett (director, cinematographer and editor). This documentary takes an intimate look into the lives of the unheralded people who grow the food that sustains our country, in this case, a young couple, Nick and Celeste, and their children, working Nick’s late grandfather’s dairy farm. The series continues in 2019 with Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind (February 10), Bathtubs Over Broadway (March 3) and This is Home (April 7). “We are excited to bring these engaging films and their filmmakers to our community,” says Angie Lewis,
This is far more than just viewing a movie. Think of it as a mini film festival.
“We had to apply to participate, and only five Florida cities were accepted.” —Laurie Zinc chairman of the Ocala Film Foundation Board of Directors. “We have a selection of eclectic films to screen here that we feel reflects the growing diversity in our local community, as well as broader, far-reaching issues that concern each and every American, Floridian and Ocalan.” The Cinema Sunday series is a monthly program that runs through April 2019. The first film was screened in September; future screenings will take place in October, November, February, March and April. Screenings are held at the historic Marion Theatre in downtown Ocala, starting at 3:30pm. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit ocalafilmfoundation.org and click on the Cinema Sunday tab.
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Finding Refuge At The Rock Local business owners create safe havens in schools. › By Katie McPherson
n April 20, a shotgun blast rang out as a bullet pierced the door of room 212 inside Forest High School. Once the chaos settled, the room was all but deserted. “The room was empty after the shooting incident and not being used for anything,” says Elizabeth Brown, principal of Forest High. “Quite frankly, the students didn’t want to be in the vicinity of that room. We needed to do something to rebuild a positive atmosphere.” Ron “Rondo” Fernandez, owner of The Mojo Grill & Catering Co., grew up seeing his fellow students in need. As an adult, he is hoping to change that. “Growing up, I was exposed to a lot of rural poverty,” says Fernandez. “It has always been on my heart to impact kids if I ever had the ability. We decided schools would be a central location where kids could come and have their needs met.” Today, Fernandez and his wife, Toby, are converting classrooms into The Rock rooms as part of their “Feed The Need” Outreach Ocala Foundation. These rooms offer students in need school supplies, food, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, clothing and even washers and dryers to do their laundry. The Rock provides for about 250 students each day. Lake Weir High School, North Marion High School, Marion Technical Institute and Belleview Middle School are all home to The Rock rooms. Brown was previously principal of North Marion High and saw the positive impact of The Rock there. She knew it could bring new life to room 212 and her students. “We call it The Rock because it’s intended to be a foundation these kids can rely
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on,” Fernandez explains. The Rocks are staffed full-time by community volunteers who are available to support students during the school day, help them find what they need and listen when they need a kind ear. “It’s no longer the room where the shooting happened; it’s the room where hope happens,” says Fernandez. “We try to give them hope for the future by giving them power in the present. I like to think if The Rock had been at Forest last year, maybe the shooting wouldn’t have happened. There would have been someone there to talk to him and hear him.” As for the students, Mrs. Brown says they truly appreciate the positivity The Rock has brought back to their school. “They talk about how they enjoy going in there and hanging out,” she says. “So many students visit it each day we’ve had to bring in
extra volunteers. Students know they can be accepted there if they need clothing, hygiene or food, but at Forest the biggest purpose The Rock has served is healing. It has helped us all heal from the shooting because we can come together there and have a feeling of strength.” Supplies for The Rock rooms are provided by fundraisers and donation drives. For updates on The Rock or make a donation, visit facebook.com/therockprogram.
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A Landmark’s Legacy Tucked away among native pines lies a site claiming national significance. › By Bonnie Kretchik
he Fort King National Historic Landmark, originally built in 1827, served as a military fort in the 1830s and acted as a strategic base during the Second Seminole War. Today, the site is jointly owned by the City of Ocala and Marion County with the intention of further educating visitors of its rich history and significance. The Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. provides several opportunities for people to explore the 40-acre site with an interactive walking trail, visitors center, numerous artifacts, picnic facilities and several special events planned throughout the year. “This month, we’ll have our annual Haunted Trail with candy stations and a free movie on October 27,” says Keifer Calkins, the outdoor/historical resource coordinator with the City of Ocala. “The entire trail is decorated, and it’s so much fun for families,” he says, noting they expect over
1,500 visitors. Other special events include evening lectures on October 19 and November 9 along with the third annual reenactment event on December 1 and 2. “There will be actors in period dress, historical vendors, narrators, a blacksmith and various non-profit organizations as well,” explains Keifer. A special treat for visitors will be the firing of the latest addition to the site, a period replica cannon of a Model One1841 Bronze Mountain Howitzer. The cannon was acquired earlier this year thanks to a grant from the Felburn Foundation. “Guests can walk right up to it, and volunteers are available to answer questions,” explains Keifer. The cannon will be fired during special events throughout the year. For more information about Fort King, guests can visit the Fort King Heritage Association’s Facebook page or fortkingocala.com or call (352) 368-5535.
Fort King’s Timeline
DID YOU KNOW?
› 1827 Fort King is built.
› Fort King was named for
› 1920s Fort King is destroyed
› The original Fort King was
› 1953 Archeological
Colonel William King.
burned by Seminole Indians in 1836. A second Fort King was rebuilt in 1837.
› Marion County was
established in 1844, Fort King served as the County Seat.
› The last original building in
Fort King was destroyed by fire in the 1920s.
› 1836 The fort is abandoned
and burned to the ground.
› 1837 A second Fort
King is built, serving as military headquarters. by fire.
› 1968 A fallen tree reveals
a building foundation from Fort King.
› 1988-2001 Negotiations
ensue until the City of Ocala and Marion County purchase the Fort King Landmark.
› 2014 The Fort King
National Landmark opens to the public.
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Just a short, scenic drive from Ocala, the country town of Williston offers these memorable destinations.
edar Lakes Woods and Garden is a labor of love created by owner Dr. Ray Webber, a retired endodontist, who bought the property in 1991 and spent many years turning an old limestone quarry into a spectacular water and garden sanctuary. Webber cleaned out old mining debris and reinvented this natural wonder one wheelbarrow at a time, building a series of walkways at different levels all around the incredible water features where giant koi and catfish glide beneath the sparkling waters. Since January 2014, Webber has graciously shared this secluded oasis with the public. Cedar Lakes is open daily for tours (except for Wednesdays) with a small admission fee. Don’t miss Gardens and Ghouls Spooky Halloween Walk on October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This family-friendly event features two trail options (a scarier one for adults and older kids!), food trucks, face painting, a scavenger hunt and more. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids. A privately owned prehistoric spring, Devil’s Den is a premier scuba diving destination, drawing certified divers from around the world, as well as local snorkelers, who come to experience the pristine 72-degree water and stunning underwater views. Divers enter at the surface, which is 120 feet in diameter, and can then swim with turtles and fish in the cavern beneath. This underground spring inside a dry cave is fed by the aquifer and has been home to many extinct animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene age. Many of the fossils are now on display at the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History. Devil’s Den is open seven days a week. Come early if you plan to snorkel as space is limited.
Equipment is available for rent, and there is also year-round lodging, including four cabins, plus RV and tent campgrounds. Two Hawk Hammock’s serene and peaceful setting is the ideal backdrop for a country getaway. They offer year-round lodging, a country store, craft classes and seasonal events. Mark your calendars for October 13 and 14 for the annual farm fest, the “Country Circus,” offering family-oriented fun for all ages. Now in its ninth edition, the Country Circus features such entertainment groups as the AscenDance acrobats, Gainesville Circus Center, Rainbow Tiger Circus and live music with Dusty’s Ragtime, to name a few of the acts. In addition to music and cirque performances, the event includes arts, crafts and food vendors, kids’ activities and carriage rides. Camping, RV and cabin options are available for those wishing to spend the weekend with the Two Hawk Country Circus. The event runs from 12 to 5pm both days. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and are good for both days. Kids 12 and under are free.
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A 2016 Common Sense Media census report has revealed that the average age children sign up for social media is 12.6 years old. If you allow your child to use social media platforms, talk to them about privacy and the importance of being aware of what they post as well as what others post. Open dialogue is especially important. By communicating rules and potential risks, you leave room for children to bring up any problems they encounter and continue the conversation. Although internet safety is a concern, another issue that could arise is the amount of time spent on devices. Limit screen time to avoid excessive usage, and encourage your child to not lose sight of their favorite sports and hobbies. GETTING TO KNOW THE KNIGHTS
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Notes from the students of Vanguard High
By CAITLYN JEWETT
Class of 2019
I’ve attended many schools throughout my academic career. I began my experience at Vanguard in 2016. Unlike all of the schools I had been to, I felt like I was immediately a part of something. I’ve learned so much—and not just because of the amazing teachers. The diversity at Vanguard is one of my favorite things because it means anybody can belong. Through student government I’ve been able to be at the center of Vanguard’s spirit. The kind teachers and supporting staff have allowed me to not only be involved in school but also find many outside opportunities. Just last year Vanguard students earned around $9 million in scholarships thanks to our amazing college and career advisor. I’ve been able to go to Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland with our wonderful music department. I’ve made lifelong memories thanks to VHS. My story is just one of many. Everyone has their own story, whether they’re a part of Vanguard’s IB program, an athlete or a thespian. When you’re a Knight, you’re a part of a family.
By JAMIE STEPHENS,
Class of 2019
My mom has worked at Vanguard since I was 4 months old. Vanguard’s staff and students have always been like a second family to me. Friday night lights have been my favorite for as long as I can remember. Homecoming half-time shows were another favorite. I loved getting to hang balloons in the stands, helping the homecoming court get into the Corvettes (a Vanguard High School tradition) and even getting to walk on the field when it was time to crown the homecoming queen. Going into my sophomore year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through radiation, chemotherapy and long, weekly treatments, Vanguard has always been so supportive. The staff were so loving to my family, bringing us food and just simply being there for us. Every Tuesday throughout October, everyone wore pink in honor of my mom. My mom didn’t miss a day of work through all of this—that truly shows you how much she loves her job at Vanguard. Kayla Riveria, Cade Spivey, and Caitlyn Jewett Vanguard is truly like a family.
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I’m proud to be able to call myself a Vanguard alumni. From the clubs, service organizations and homecoming week to becoming homecoming king and the abundance of Knight pride on game nights, my high school career will be memorable for years to come. I learned so much during my four years on campus that contributed to the young man I am today. Reflecting on my time there, the lessons learned were some that will stick with me for the rest of my life. No school has more pride than the Mighty Knights. Even though our school’s not perfect (because no school is), I appreciate the efforts to represent our extremely diverse student life through the many VHS media outlets and the effort to unify a school that consists of all walks of life.
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Class of 2017
By ANN-MARIA DERIAS, Class of 2019 It’s been said that Vanguard High School is ‘the finest school in the land.’ As I enter my senior year at Vanguard, I can most assuredly say that this is true. Walking through hallways of traditional and IB students alike, many of us have shared these feelings. We’ve felt the allure of infectious school spirit. We’ve built the bonds of friendships that will last a lifetime. We have felt the encouragement of teachers as we sit in the classrooms that give us a taste of the promise in our near futures. With the abundance of extracurricular opportunities—and not to mention the tradition of Merlin’s Magic along with the Mr. and Miss VHS Pageant that date back decades—it is nearly impossible not to feel pride in being a Vanguard Knight. From the prolonged study group sessions to the cheers at the homecoming game, we have a sense of community that gives us the capacity for growth in both the academic and athletic worlds. From one student to the next, we are Vanguard!
The rigor of the IB program has truly prepared me for the next chapter of my life as a University of Florida honors student. Some of my best memories at Vanguard are forming close relationships with the wonderful teachers. They truly care for each and every one of their students. My English class was always a calming place to be, and I was always challenged to think more critically about the world around me. Another fond memory I have is serving as student body president. I was able to develop leadership skills that have helped me immensely during my college career. A unique part of my experience was being able to share it with my sister. We were a part of many of the same clubs, so I really got to see her flourish and become a leader. One of the funniest memories I have with my sister is when we both made it to the final round of the Marion County Great Debate competition and had to debate each other. I ended up beating her, but she won the competition the next year. I am so proud to be a Vanguard graduate, and I will always be a Knight at heart!
Note from the editors: This story was submitted and written by the students of Vanguard High School. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
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District Captures High Honors
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FOREST HIGH SCHOOL’s JROTC Color Guard presented at a Tampa Bay Bucs pre-season game at Raymond James Stadium. The incredible honor puts these practiced students in front of tens of thousands of fans. Participating cadets included Kaileigh Skinner, Matthew German, Brandon Villagomez, Natalie Wetz, Aaron ZapataChaux, Joel Tompkins and Jared Jensen.
Public Relations Director Kevin Christian and Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier traveled to Jacksonville recently to accept four honors bestowed on the district by the Florida Public Relations Association. The district captured an Award of Distinction for its annual school calendar publication, a Judges Award for its ALICE Protocol training video and a Golden Image Award for that same video. Christian, who is accredited in public relations (APR) and a certified public relations counselor (CPRC), was also named the 2018 recipient of The Doris Fleischman Award from among FPRA’s 1,200+ members.
Topping The Teacher List
These three teachers are Marion County’s 2018 Social Studies Teachers of the Year. Chosen by their peers, Jamie Grace (HARBOUR VIEW ELEMENTARY), Keishana Clemons (OSCEOLA MIDDLE) and Brian Stephenson (BELLEVIEW HIGH) will also be recognized at the state level later this month in Orlando. All three show a passion for teaching social studies content and promoting social students throughout their schools and communities.
Singing With The Nation
Students at MAPLEWOOD ELEMENTARY shared an experience of national proportions— they sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” with thousands of other students in hundreds of other schools across the country. The annual National Anthem Sing Along started as a simple patriotic exercise but has grown into an annual national experience. Music teacher Suzanne Schmittling led her class and even uploaded their own video performance so others around the country could enjoy!
Remembering, 17 Years Later
FOREST HIGH’s JROTC marked the 17th anniversary observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Principal Elizabeth Brown placed a wreath at the flagpole on campus, while cadets marked the occasion with drawn sabers, a 21-gun salute, full dress uniforms and remarkable poise and compassion for the entire student body, many who weren’t even born when the World Trade Center Twin Towers collapsed in 2001.
Oakcrest Opens The Bark Bus
Take cute puppies and kittens, put them on a bus with young children who have books in their hands, give them 20 minutes together and you’ll hear students reading aloud to animals who lavish the one-on-one attention. That’s the whole reason behind the Bark Bus, a new venture from the Humane Society of Marion County. The organization also partnered with OAKCREST ELEMENTARY to open the BowWow Reading Room when the bus is visiting other schools.
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Every flu season, as many as 20 percent of Americans get sick with a virus that causes seriously uncomfortable, even lethal complications. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from a totally avoidable illness.
lthough we don’t know whether this year’s influenza will be better or worse, make sure you know the truth and how you can reduce your risk. Dr. Xinmeng Zhao, specializing in internal medicine at Florida Hospital Physician Group, discusses four often-repeated flu myths—and facts to set the record straight.
Myth # 1: You can get the flu from the vaccine. Not true. The fact is the vaccine in flu shots is made with either inactivated viruses or no viruses whatsoever. You may know someone who’s come down with the flu even after being vaccinated, but that’s not because the shot made them sick. Rather, they may have been exposed to the virus before receiving the flu shot—or more likely, they may have contracted a different strain of virus than the three or four types against which the shot provided protection.
Myth #2: Pregnant women shouldn’t get the flu vaccine. To the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends expectant mothers receive the flu shot to
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protect themselves and their unborn children. Why? Because the flu is particularly dangerous for women during pregnancy, making them more susceptible to serious illness and putting their babies at greater risk for problems, including being born prematurely.
Myth #3: I’ve already had the flu this year, so I don’t need to be vaccinated. Sorry, but no. The strain of flu you had earlier may not have been one of the several forms of the virus circulating now. So, your best bet to avoid a second bout with serious illness is still to get the flu shot.
Myth #4: Flu vaccines are for the sick and elderly. I’m young and healthy, so no worries. Sorry to bust your bubble, but the CDC recommends everyone, ages 6 months and older, receives a seasonal flu shot, with few exceptions. That’s because even the healthiest people can get very sick from the flu—and they can spread it to others for whom the virus is particularly dangerous, like babies and people of all ages with compromised immune systems.
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Horsin’ Around There’s always something happening in Horse Country. Check out these upcoming events for the month of October. Interested in seeing your horserelated event in Ocala Style? Send us an email at email@example.com.
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Sparr United Methodist Church Horse Show
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Oct. 5-6: Florida Walking and Racking Horse Association Show Oct. 13-14: Mounted games Oct. 20-21: POP Cross Country Schooling and Schooling Show Sean Patrick Ground Control Training Clinic Oct. 25-28: Clinton Anderson Professional Clinic Oct. 28: STRIDE Dressage #4
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Gypsy Gold Farm
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14650 NW 464B, MORRISTON › (774) 328-1760 › Oct. 13: Run For The Ribbons Hunter/Jumper Show Series #1
Oct. 27: Seabrook Farm (Ocala, FL) Distance riding presentations on horses, tack, camping and riding. 10-mile & 25-mile rides. Entry forms on distanceriding.com. Contact Doug Shearer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 816-2353.
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Greenway Equestrians not only ride but also maintain Cross Florida Greenway trails. › By JoAnn Guidry
Photos courtesy of Douglas Shearer
ith 86 miles of marked horseback riding trails in the Cross Florida Greenway, it takes a village to maintain them—or in this case, the Greenway Equestrians. Founded in 2007, the Greenway Equestrians are a group of volunteer horseback riders, who through a signed agreement with the state, coordinate trail maintenance. The group also serves as a communication conduit between the equestrian community and the CFG. “Many dedicated riders put in thousands of hours building and maintaining our trail system in the 1990s,” says Doug Shearer, a founding member and current vice president of the Greenway Equestrians. “Trail riders, like Celeste Gavin, Matt Small, Nancy Alford, Barbara Bartee, and Nancy and Wayne Stading, were the pioneers who helped create the Greenway trails. We are dedicated to maintaining our trail system.” For Bre Ximenes, CFG trail and volunteer coordinator, volunteer organizations like the Greenway Equestrians are invaluable. “With 300 miles of trails, including horseback riding, biking and hiking, we depend on and are very grateful for our volunteers,” says Ximenes. “There would be significantly fewer trails without volunteers like the Greenway Equestrians.” With a membership of 35 to 40, the Greenway Equestrians
stages trail work days on the third Saturday of every month, except for June, July and August. The group uses both CFG and their own equipment. “Work days are not riding days. Since we’re carrying in heavy equipment, we drive trucks and ATVs into the Greenway on the paved trail,” says Shearer. “We work in sections, depending on what needs to be done. There’s always fallen trees to get off the trail, branches to cut and even grass to mow.” The damage done to the Greenway trails by last September’s Hurricane Irma presented a daunting challenge. “The amount of damage done by the hurricane was major. Along with the CFG staff, we were out in the Greenway every day for six weeks,” says Shearer. “Some trails were not recoverable; some had to be re-routed or new trails had to
“With 300 miles of trails, including horseback riding, biking and hiking, we depend on and are very grateful for our volunteers.” —Bre Ximenes
be made. It took a lot of work, but soon we were all able to ride the trails again.” And Shearer is bullish about the Greenway horseback riding trails.
“I’ve ridden trails all over the country, and without a doubt we have the best trail system,” he says. “It’s fun and safe riding. We have a wide variety of trails, great trailheads, four roadway underpasses and the Land Bridge over I-75. The Greenway trails are such an asset and draw to the area. It is very important that we appreciate and maintain this great trails system.”
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Game Of Ponies
There aren’t any dragons to battle, but mounted games are a true test of horsemanship and team work. › By JoAnn Guidry
hink of your favorite picnic relay games. Now imagine playing those games on horseback. Say hello to mounted games. Mounted games are a unique equine sport, featuring competitions such as Ball and Cone, Bang-a-Balloon, Jousting and Mug Shuffle. All of those and more will be on display during the United States Mounted Games Florida (USMGA Florida) competition October 13-14 at the Florida Horse Park. “Mounted games began in the 1950s when Prince Philip of England invented them as competition for country children who couldn’t afford expensive, pedigreed ponies,” says Ocala resident Pam Johnson, the organizer for USMGA Florida and who has been involved in the sport since the 1990s. “In 1984, Norman Patrick opened up mounted games to all ages and established the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain. Now there are mounted games associations all around the world.” USMGA Florida is open to all ages and all breeds. Mounts must be under 15 hands (60 inches) and at least 4 years old. Riders compete in English tack. Teams (four or five players) and pairs compete in three divisions: Norman Patrick (beginners), Under 17 (top youth players) and Open (14 and up). “The games are essentially relays that involve navigating poles or barrels while moving objects like flags, mugs or plastic bottles,” says Johnson. “We have games that use a jousting pole or lance to hit a target. There is also mounting and dismounting, vaulting, in some of the games; handing something off to a teammate, or picking something up and putting it down again on poles, barrels or cones.” All the teams race against each other in each game at the same time. The winning team earns the most points. Accumulated points go toward an overall win after 10 games played. The teams win ribbons after each division. There will be 10 team games in the morning beginning at 10am and 10 pairs games in the afternoon beginning at 1:30pm “Besides having excellent horsemanship skills, participants in mounted games have to play with a lot of strategy,” says Johnson, who holds weekly practices at her Old Pear Tree Farm. “They can switch ponies, so they have to decide which ponies to use for which games. They also have to decide the best order and combination of riders and ponies to benefit the team.” Johnson notes, “Mounted games are non-stop action. It’s a great sport for both participants and spectators. We
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invite everyone to come out and join us.”
LEARN MORE › USMGA Florida › Oct. 13-14 at the Florida Horse Park › Free to the public › For more information, contact Pam Johnson at (908) 310-3553. firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the tiny Florida hamlet of Sparr, one thing is certain: Once a month, trailers will roll into the grounds behind the Sparr United Methodist Church and horses of all breeds and colors will be unloaded, groomed and readied for competition. › By Cynthia McFarland
Photo by Brent Long
“It’s also a good family atmosphere at the show,” Long adds. “We start out with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a prayer, and the church has a chuck wagon lunch.” Proceeds from lunch purchases allow the church women to assist foreign and local mission projects. The Sparr UMC Horse Show welcomes riders of all skill levels to compete in a small yet professional venue with a familyfriendly environment.
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he Sparr UMC Horse Show takes place the second Saturday of every month except December and has been a fixture in Marion Couny’s horse community for nearly half a century. The show starts at 9am and runs throughout the day until all 49 classes are completed. The morning begins with halter classes, followed by English classes; Western classes commence after the lunch break. “We’re open to all breeds and have a good mix of riders of all ages competing,” says show manager Diane Van Fossen, who’s been running the event since 2003. Riders in three categories: 10 and under, juniors age 11 to 18 and adults (18 and up) compete for ribbons and trophies, including a high-point trophy awarded at the end of the day for the most points in that show. A yearend high point trophy is also presented at the end of the year. Liz Long and her 13-year-old Arab gelding Thymexx (pronounced “Timex”), have been High Point English Senior for the last three years. Liz showed at the Sparr UMC Horse Show back in the mid-1980s before moving to Orlando. After she moved back to Marion County, she resumed showing there in 2013, albeit with a different horse. “My horse had never been in a show ring until I started showing him at age 8. It’s a wonderful schooling show, both for horses and young riders,” she notes. “The entry fees aren’t prohibitive, and it helps your horse get used to the show atmosphere. We have a wide variety of quality judges, so this gets you used to what different judges may or may not be looking for.” Long points out that many of the judges will give input to the contestants, especially the junior riders, which helps them the next time they compete.
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A Stay For The Senses by Katie McPherson
The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa provides accommodations, dining and experiences unlike any other hotel.
the Epicurean ensures no guest leaves without new experiences under their belt. “The Epicurean Hotel is uniquely Tampa,” says Kevin Scott, general manager of the Epicurean Hotel. “We focus on giving our guests a comprehensive Epicurus is the Greek philosopher local experience they cannot get famous for his belief that “pleasure anywhere else. Within our walls, is the greatest good.” The Epicurean we house an incredible wine Hotel bases all of its experiences, shop, stadium cooking theater, dining and events around the idea signature restaurant and rooftop that everything they offer should bar, so you can fully immerse bring their guests enjoyment. From yourself in the foodie culture boutique hotel accommodations to without ever having to leave the best in dining and relaxation, the hotel.”
Guests can choose from six different room options with varying sizes, layouts and outdoor areas to accommodate any budget. All rooms feature modern finishings, like butcher blockstyle cabinetry, rain-style showers and reclaimed wooden doors hand-carved by local artisans. Every room is stocked with artisan snacks, premium liquors, local craft beers and more. “The hotel’s mission is to introduce people to the many flavors of life that you will not find anywhere else in the world, from the local artwork displayed in our lobby and the curated in-room artisan pantry to the custommade bicycles and the variety of classes in the Epicurean Theatre,” Scott says.
Èlevage is the crown jewel of the Epicurean’s culinary offerings, headed up by nationally renowned chef Chad Johnson and boasting a newly revamped menu. What hasn’t changed is that Èlevage is all about treating foodies to the craft dining experience they crave.
“Èlevage has unveiled a more concise menu that is an innovative marriage between the best of Southern hospitality and French techniques,” Scott says. “The culinary team focuses on fresh, vibrant preparations that have a sense of familiarity with a twist of the unexpected to create dishes such as the goat cheese and sweet potato agnolotti.” The Epicurean also has two acclaimed restaurants within walking distance—Bern’s Steak House and Haven. Since 1956, Bern’s Steak House has dished out aged steaks, one of the largest wine collections in the world and internationally famous desserts. Every steak is cut to order for each guest and served alongside locally grown vegetables. Inquiring minds will enjoy the kitchen and wine cellar tours. Haven offers a modern, inviting environment filled with tapas, 60 varieties of cheese and charcuterie, craft cocktails, 300 bourbons, 40 wines by the glass and a wide variety of entrées like kampachi collars palm sugar glaze and green curry vinegar
and Riesling glazed hog jowl dressed with peach, radicchio and mustard seed vinaigrette.
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The only thing that can make good food and good company better? Good drinks. The Lobby Bar is a bustling, art-filled communal space inside the Epicurean that also features a new menu and extended hours. Aside from wines and cocktails, The Lobby Bar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items, including the signature diner burger with cheddar, bread and butter pickles and comeback sauce. EDGE, the Epicurean’s rooftop social bar, provides a breathtaking view of Tampa’s skyline complemented by handmade cocktails and bar snacks. The Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits store, located in the hotel’s lobby, carries more than 1,000 types of wines and premium liquors. The perfect souvenirs to take home, perhaps?
The Epicurean Theatre is a veritable culinary school within the hotel’s walls. “We are proud of the variety of classes we offer and are happy to say that most of the classes are for all levels of food lovers, from beginners to master chefs,” Scott explains. “We also offer cocktail classes, wine courses and craft beer dinners. We tend to highlight local chefs from some of the most popular Tampa Bay restaurants, as well as celebrity chefs.” The Epicurean is located a short distance from many cultural staples in Tampa. If you’d like to explore, take one of the Epicurean’s complimentary cruisers out for a bike ride around town.
Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.4-mile pedestrian-friendly path through downtown Tampa’s most scenic areas and connects museums, restaurants, shopping and more. The Tampa Museum of Art houses a collection of modern
and classical art. The Henry B. Plant Museum, located in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, is worth the visit as a National Historic Landmark. Be sure to catch a hockey game or concert at Tampa’s largest
venue, the Amalie Arena. Busch Gardens, the Lowry Park Zoo and Ybor City are all short drives away, too!
Isn’t the true purpose of any getaway to relax and unwind? The Epicurean’s pool is the perfect outdoor oasis to lounge, soak up the sun, read a book or sip a cocktail. The real hub of relaxation at the Epicurean is Spa Evangeline—they offer fresh fruit scrubs, velvety lotions and rich botanical oils infused with herbs from the living wall garden cultivated onsite. Facials, hand and foot treatments, body treatments, pedicures and massages for one, couples or moms-to-be are all available.
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CharM Pay a visit to Micanopy, where everything old is new again. By Nick Steele
bout 12 miles outside of Gainesville, West of U.S. Highway 441, is a little piece of Old Florida that has been enchanting visitors for over a century. Micanopy is not only off the beaten path, but if you blink, you’ll miss it. The name (pronounced mic-a-no’-pee) honors an Indian chief and the role the area played in the Seminole Wars. The downtown is approximately one-square mile in size, and the population hovers just above 630 people. It is most noted for the well-worn but undeniably enchanting turn-of-the-century buildings that line the town’s thoroughfare—rendering a scene like something out of a period film. The New York Times went as far as to say, “It’s hard to stand on the main drag without a faint anxiety that at any minute movie studio security guards are going to roust you off the set.” So it’s not entirely surprising that the town played a starring role in two major Hollywood films of the 1980s and 1990s, Cross Creek, starring Mary Steenburgen and Alfre Woodard, and the blockbuster Michael J. Fox film Doc Hollywood. Shaded by a canopy of live oaks draped in Spanish moss, at first blush Micanopy appears to be “the town that time forgot.” But that oft-repeated description doesn’t adequately describe what makes it special or the spirit that continues to attract visitors from all over the world. At its heart, Micanopy is a town of resilience and reinvention. Founded in 1821, after Spain relinquished Florida to the United Shaded by a canopy of live oaks draped in Spanish moss, at States, it sits upon first blush Micanopy appears to be “the town that time forgot.” the site of a former Indian village and trading post. It grew into a booming hub for the sugar cane industry, but the town and neighboring plantations were burned to the ground during the Second Seminole War. Some of the original inhabitants returned Photo by John Jernigan OCT ’18 ›
“The shops are really quirky and unique. Outside of a place like Micanopy, everything is so standardized. There isn’t really the chance to discover something
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unexpected.” - Dina Michael
to rebuild and helped Micanopy rise again, becoming the leading orange producers in Florida. However, a freeze in 1894 devastated orange production, so the farmers redirected their efforts and flourished by growing winter vegetables for northern markets. The 1920s saw truck farming largely displaced by other industries, and when the Great Depression hit, the town fell on hard times again. Locals continued to face many such obstacles over the years, all while fending off developers and noisy interstates to preserve their beloved haven. In the 1970s, a group of artists and hippies descended on the area. Soon art studios and antique shops began
filling the empty storefronts that once housed many of the town’s cornerstone businesses. By the 1980s, the downtown area was designated a historic district, and Micanopy was regarded as the top antique shopping destination in the state, creating a booming tourist business. Today, Micanopy is undergoing another such reinvention, as artisans and entrepreneurs are once again breathing new life into the old town. Northeast Cholokka Boulevard, Micanopy’s main street, is still home to antique shops filled to the brim with vintage treasures and several art galleries, but there are also specialty boutiques, unique gift shops and charming eateries in the mix. The newer
businesses not only co-exist with the older shops, but there is an authentic “we’re all in this together” spirit that seems inherent to the town’s DNA. There’s also no sign of neon or a single chain store. After all, who needs Starbucks when Mosswood Farm Store & Bakehouse (mosswoodfarmstore.com) serves up exceptional coffee and baked goods, as well as an occasional live music performance? “We like to call it an eco-friendly general store, that has morphed into a coffee shop and bakery,” offers Joe Pierce, the chief baker in this family-run business. “We make everything pretty much from scratch on premises, and we’re one of the only places in the area that sells vegan goods. We source locally grown
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seasonal veggies and use ingredients from our own garden. We offer bread making and pie making workshops, as well as pizza parties with live music,” he continues. “We work a lot and don’t get a whole lot of time off, but we love what we’re doing. That goes a long way.” Pierce is not alone in the sentiment. The town’s other business owners, which includes a number of new faces, share in the love and have helped stimulate growth in recent years. Among them are the members of the newly revitalized chamber of commerce, who finish each other’s thoughts with the ease of a long married couple. “The shops are really quirky and unique. Outside of a place like Micanopy, everything
is so standardized. There isn’t really the chance to discover something unexpected,” explains Dina Michael, owner of the vintage clothing and jewelry shop Winters Past (winterspast.com). “It’s exciting for people to explore the shops, browse some vintage clothes or records, check out some artwork and hear live music. This is Old Florida at its best, but we’re also modern.” “Take Glenn’s shop for instance,” interjects Christine Black, a fine artist and photographer who recently relocated to the area from Key West and opened Blackbird Farm & Studio (micanopyblackbird.com), where she and her husband, Bill, operate an organic and pesticide-free flower and vegetable stand, as
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well as an art studio and gallery. “It attracts all the hipster kids.” “And their grandparents!” the aforementioned Glenn Albin chimes in without missing a beat. Albin, who relocated from Miami three years ago, is the owner of Micanopy Modern (micanopymodern.com), which offers an artfully curated mix of mid-century and 20th century furnishings and collectibles. “Micanopy’s forefathers tried to keep it off the radar. But it keeps getting discovered and rediscovered,” he continues. “The challenge— and it’s a wonderful challenge—is finding new ways to get people excited about coming here. Because this is a destination—you don’t accidentally wander into town.” OCT ’18 ›
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“There’s a lot of new energy here,” offers Andy Thurber, another recent transplant from Key West, who operates Grasshoppa Gallery where he sells not only his own artwork but the works of many other area artists. “All of the artists here are part of it. We’re not behind the curve because we came here and set up businesses; we’re ahead of the curve,” he declares. “We think it’s about to blossom beautifully.” “As an artist, every time I walk down the street, I’m in awe,” Black explains. “It’s a lovely place that you really never want to leave.” “Half of the people who come to my store ask me if there’s a Realtor in town,” Ms. Michael asserts. “They come for the day and all of a sudden they want to live here.” “It’s the kind of town where everyone gets to know one another. People are relaxed and in a good mood,” Albin says, continuing the thought. “The greatest thing for me about living here is just the chance to slow down. You really do slow down here.” That and the town’s penchant for reinvention has made it an ideal community for those seeking the slow-living, back-tobasics lifestyle that has become increasingly popular in recent years. “In such a chaotic world, there’s nothing like that feeling of stepping back in time to a kinder, gentler time and letting go of all that other stuff out there,” offers Monica Fowler of Delectable Collectables. “This is my 38th year here, and it’s the total package—the
ambience, the history, the people, especially the other shopkeepers.” It’s a lesson that Dan Siari, who recently purchased the stunning Greek Revival Herlong Mansion Historic Inn (herlong.com) learned firsthand. “When I first came here, I’d never heard of Micanopy, but I thought, ‘Wow, this place is gorgeous,’” he recalls. “All the businesses in town have been so supportive and recommend us to all their customers.” And the customers delight in the awardwinning bed and breakfast’s Old South architectural grandeur, hospitality (which includes three-course breakfasts, home-baked cookies and wine in the evening), antique furnishings and wide verandas, replete with upholstered swings and rockers that overlook the manicured garden. Elsewhere in town, there are lots of great shops to explore. One of the most distinctive is Marlene Oberst’s delightfully whimsical The Shop (welcometomicanopy.com) where you could spend hours browsing the extensive array of new and vintage furnishings, home goods and holiday-specific collectibles. The Outpost (micanopyoutpost.com) offers great antiques and an extensive collection of Florida Highwaymen paintings. Tucked under its eaves is a tiny log cabin built in 1930 as a restaurant, where Miss Maudie Mae had locals lining up for her famous frog legs. It’s now the home to a charming artist collaborative called Gallery Under the Oaks. Down the block, you’ll find Shady Oak Gallery
“Absolutely come for the festival, but plan to come back another day to experience the real essence of our town.” —Dina Michael
(shadyoak.com) with its selection of intricate stained glass, jewelry, wind chimes and pottery. When you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a nosh at Micanopy Cafe, Old Florida Cafe or Coffee n’ Cream (micanopycoffeeshop.com), where live music performances often take place on the front porch. If you crave more excitement, the Micanopy Fall Festival (micanopyfallfestival.org), which takes place on October 27 and 28 this year, is a weekend where the normally quiet village is taken over by a bustling event that draws thousands. Artists, crafters, musicians and vendors from across Florida converge on Micanopy for two days of festivities. “It’s fun and raises a ton of money for local charities,” explains Ms. Michael. “But if you visit at any other time, you’ll have a very different experience. So absolutely come for the festival, but plan to come back another day to experience the real essence of our town.” Micanopy is a place with a fascinating history and the charm of centuries past. But it’s also alive with some powerful new energy and a spirit of renewal. So take a day or a weekend to experience the magic that is Micanopy.
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We all know that Alexander Graham Bell gets credit for inventing and patenting the telephone, but that was hardly the extent of the Scottish-born scientist’s engineering innovations. You probably didn’t realize that Bell’s creativity was also behind the earliest incarnation of the airboat. Read on to find out more. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
nspired by the work of Italian inventor Enrico Forlanini, Bell worked with Frederick Baldwin on the concept of a “hydrofoil boat.” In 1919, Bell and Baldwin’s unique watercraft, the HD-4, set a world marine speed record of 70.86mph, a record that stood for 10 years. Bell wasn’t the only person putting an aircraft propeller on a flat-bottomed boat in the dawning of the 20th century, though. As early as 1915, the British Army was utilizing airboats in World War I. A 1917 issue of Scientific American featured a depiction of a British Army airboat on the Tigris River. Airboats didn’t make a regular appearance in the United States until after 1943, however. Determined to find an easier way to conduct research in the shallow wetlands of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah, the trio of Cecil Williams, Leo Young and G. Hortin Jensen put a 40-horsepower aircraft engine on a 12-foot-long, flat-bottomed, aluminum boat. Their design is more similar to what you find in today’s modern airboats than Bell’s hydrofoil. A boat that can easily navigate through the shallowest of water quickly became a valuable
Alexander Graham Bell’s HD-4 Hydrofoil airboat that became the World Water Speed Record Holder in 1919.
military asset. And airboats are extremely versatile, running on water, marshland, mud, grass, ice, frozen lakes, snow and even dry ground. Airboats were used by the Soviet Union in World War II and by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Today, they’re routinely used by the U.S. Coast Guard and government fish and wildlife departments in many states, as well as by governments and private citizens in countries around the globe.
Airboats are extremely versatile, running on water, marshland, mud, grass, ice, frozen lakes, snow and even dry ground.
Airboats have proven uniquely capable for rescue operations, as well. Just ask the thousands of people evacuated by airboats during Hurricane Katrina and, more recently, Hurricane Harvey, when airboat crews from across the country headed to Louisiana and Texas to offer assistance. With their flat bottoms and nothing below the surface to get hung up, airboats were able to skim over submerged obstacles that would have impeded the progress of other boats. In addition to water rescue, airboats are highly effective for ice rescue scenarios. Say all you want about the craft’s efficiency for rescue and military use. What it really comes down to is that these boats are flat-out fun, and that’s what’s made them so popular.
You can get from point A to point B on the water in just about any boat, but there’s something to be said for how you get there. “That’s where an airboat comes in. There’s a sense of freedom to an airboat. You’re skimming across the water; it feels like you’re flying, and you can venture into areas no other boat or vehicle can go,” says Norman Clifton, owner of GTO Performance Airboats (gtoairboats.com), an Ocala-based business that has been building airboats since 1992. Clifton confides that Photo courtesy of GTO Performance Airboats OCT ’18 ›
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“There’s a sense of freedom to an airboat. You’re skimming across the water; it feels like you’re flying, and you can venture into areas no other boat or vehicle can go.” —Norman Clifton
GTO stands for Good Time Outdoors, which is undoubtedly the whole idea behind airboats. Nationally recognized for its manufacturing quality and the recipient of numerous awards, GTO builds 100-plus airboats each year. The company has sold airboats across the country and all over the world. Sales in July included an airboat purchase by the government of Thailand. “Airboats are like the SUVs of the boat industry because they can be set up for whatever you want to do: fishing, touring, hunting,” says Clifton. Home to several large airboat manufacturers, Florida is easily the airboat capital of the world. As of December 2017, there were 12,164 airboats (1,025 of them for commercial use) in the state.
In the simplest of descriptions, an airboat is a flat-bottomed vessel propelled by an aircrafttype propeller powered by an engine. Just a couple of decades ago, you could buy a basic airboat for about $2,000, but as with modern automobiles, costs have skyrocketed.
Modern airboats are available with plenty of bells and whistles, including everything from trolling motors and built-in fish coolers to stereo systems with Bluetooth and more, which means you can forget that outdated price tag. Today’s commercially built airboats range anywhere from about $35,000 to $70,000, with some custom models running even higher. Options range from a 10- to 12-foot-long standard hunt/trail boat that holds two to three passengers all the way up to 32-foot-long touring boats that can accommodate 20 or more passengers. No matter the size, the signature feature of any airboat is a propeller encased in a metal cage at the rear of the boat. That protective cage is meant to keep any objects from coming in contact with the spinning propeller. Unlike the earliest designs, which were made of wood, most of today’s propellers are made of carbon fiber due to its strength, durability and light weight. That propeller is powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine. Although aircraft engines are still used, automotive engines have more readily available replacement parts and run on high octane
automotive gas, which is less expensive than aviation fuel. “Automotive engines now outperform aircraft engines and are built with aluminum blocks for reduced weight,” notes Clifton, adding that a significant switch from aircraft engines started about 20 years ago. Modern airboat hulls are made of either aluminum or fiberglass. GTO uses the highest quality, marine-grade aluminum for all of its boats. “When you’re building a boat that will be in salt water, you want stainless steel components and marine-grade aluminum hulls,” notes Clifton, who says it takes anywhere from 100 to 400 hours to build a boat from start to finish, depending on how elaborate the design. Most airboats have two rudders, and owners often customize them with slogans and one-of-a-kind paint jobs.
“Cruising speed where you’re planing is about 28 to 30mph, but an average airboat can run over 50mph,” notes Clifton. “Race boats can go over 100mph, but those aren’t typical airboats.” Unlike “regular” boats, the seats in an airboat are elevated and you sit atop the hull, not down inside it. This makes for unrestricted viewing, which is one reason airboats are so popular for ecotourism. There’s nothing quite like an airboat to get you into remote waterways where you can spot alligators and all manner of wildlife. “The general rule is that the higher the vegetation (where you’re boating), the higher the seat. In South Florida, the vegetation is high, so the seats are high. In our area, they don’t tend to be as high,” Clifton explains.
Any boat with an engine produces some level of noise. Most of the sound made by an airboat is related to the speed of the propeller, not the engine. And let’s clarify something. Airboat owners refer to it as “sound,” never as “noise.” And that sound is noticeably quieter today than in earlier airboat models, thanks to mufflers, “reduction units” that reduce the propeller’s spin rate or revolutions per minute (RPM), and carbon fiber propellers that produce more thrust at a lower RPM.
Oh, and size matters, too. A bigger propeller turning lower RPMs has the same thrust as a smaller propeller running at a higher RPM but makes less sound. “Sound has been reduced over the last 10 years due to improvements in propeller design,” says Clifton, who recommends wearing hearing protection whenever you’re operating or riding in an airboat. Florida state law requires that airboats have an automotive-style factory muffler “or other manufactured device capable of adequately muffling the sound of the engine exhaust.”
There’s no brake or reverse on an airboat. Control is all about the throttle and rudders, so turning, stopping and changing direction are highly dependent upon the skill of the operator. In Florida, you must be at least 14 years old to legally operate an airboat. As with any type of motor vehicle, safety features (life jackets, etc.) are important, but a skilled operator and informed passengers are key for having a safe, fun outing on the water.
One study showed that 64 percent of airboat accidents are due to operator error and typically involve lack of training/education, failure to use safety equipment and/or reckless behavior, including alcohol and drug use. Clifton confirms that operator error is behind most accidents and adds that the airboats themselves can increase or decrease safety. “In the past, there were a lot of homemade airboats but not as much now. There’s a big difference between factory built and home built when it comes to safety,” he points out. GTO and other reputable manufacturers build U.S. Coast Guard-certified airboats and provide warranties. Florida law stipulates that “airboats fall under the same guidelines as other vessels in regard to safety equipment to be carried. All airboats operating on Florida waters must be equipped with a rectangular flag, at least 10-inches by 12-inches in size and international orange in color, which is displayed at least 10 feet above the bottom of the boat.” Because of their “top heavy” design and shallow hulls, typical airboats are not suitable for use in rough waters or open seas.
For an on-the-water airboat experience, you may want to schedule an airboat tour with one of the following operators:
Captain Bob’s Airboat Tours (352) 586-4657 captbobsairboattours.com
Justin’s Jungle (352) 636-4060 justins-jungle.com
Swamp Fever Airboat Adventures (352) 643-0708 swampfeverairboatadventures.com
Tom & Jerry’s Airboat Rides (321) 689-8918 airboattoursorlando.com
Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours (352) 726-6060 wildbillsairboattour.com
Photo courtesy of GTO Performance Airboats
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Mini Lunch Notes Brighten your little one’s day with these lunch notes, perfectly crafted for brown paper bags. These tiny papers have room for big messages, with enough space to write a reminder, tell a joke or let your child know you care. 105 notes make up this portable, pocketsized package, along with over 100 stickers that can be placed on sandwich bags and notes. littleobsessed.com, $9
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Sleeve Kit No matter the setting, Bento kits are ideal for on-the-go kids. Inner containers make up this insulated kit, which efficiently stores food so that transportation is seamless. The insulated sleeve is available in a variety of colors and designs, and the durable fabric includes a buckle to attach to luggage or tuck away when carried in a backpack. bentology.com, $20
There’s no need to worry about spills, as a secure stopper prevents leakage while a push-button lid is kid friendly. The stainless steel body keeps liquid chilled and isn’t bulky, so it fits in cupholders while also providing enough room for large ice cubes. With more than 50 designs to choose from, there’s a print for everyone. Personalization is available. potterybarnkids.com, $19
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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.
For information on catering, contact us at (352)622-5550.
Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Closed Mon › Tue 11a-2p › Wed 11a-9p › Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 10:30a-2p 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhouseﬂ.com
New Location. Fresh Ambiance. More Great Food. Ivy on the Square is excited to announce its new location on the downtown square! They have renovated a beautiful historic location and offer the same great food with many new dishes that are sure to become favorites. Come in and try the new fall cocktails at the vintage bar. Enjoy their new dessert bar and visit the posh boutique across from the restaurant. Ivy on the Square still offers catering and invites parties to host events at their new location.
Ask about our GAME PLAN! Get ready for football with burgers, onion rings, fries and wings. 50% off for police officers and fire fighters (must be present and in uniform).
BurgerIM 4414 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 236-5552 › burgerim.com Mon-Thur 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 12p-8p Your new favorite burger joint recently celebrated its grand opening in the Market Street at Heath Brook. At BurgerIM, you build your burger just the way you want it, choosing between two buns and a lettuce wrap, six sauces, nine unconventional toppings and 11 patties. Once you select your burger, go crazy with the toppings, from a plain burger for the little ones to an extravagant explosion of flavors for yourself. The food is always freshly made and guaranteed to please even the hungriest of appetites. The stylish, modern décor of the restaurant is unlike any fast-food place you’ve seen.
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Local and regional restaurant picks you have to try. › By Katie McPherson
COLT COUNTRY CAFE & BUFFET › 15330 NW Gainesville Rd, Reddick › (352) 591-0802 › coltcountrycafe.com
Colt Country Cafe & Buffet is now open in Reddick. All dishes are homemade each day, and the restaurant is located along a beautiful, scenic drive through Horse Country. Choose from a wide selection of salads, Southern-style entrées and desserts that will remind you of home from start to finish.
Take A Bite Out Of Old Florida
STUMPKNOCKERS › 13821 SW Highway 200, Dunnellon › (352) 854-2288 › stumpknockersontheriver.com
Happy anniversary to Stumpknockers and owners Tim and John Channell, who have been part of our community’s food industry for 30 years in 2018. Stumpknockers is tucked away along the banks of the Withlacoochee River but is well worth the trouble to find. The top-notch kitchen staff dishes out Old Florida classics like catfish, frog legs, sea scallops, steaks and gator.
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ARTMAN COUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE › 6900 SE Highway 42, Summerfield › (352) 307-6240
The owners of the Artman Country Smokehouse opened their restaurant just two short years ago, but it has quickly become a local favorite. These barbecue masters slow smoke their meat fresh daily for hours to ensure that when it hits the plate, it’s as moist and tender as possible. Sides are also prepared fresh daily. Sliced angus brisket, pulled pork, and chicken and ribs taste great next to their fried green tomatoes, smoked jalapenos, corn casserole and more. Artman Country Smokehouse takes special orders for whole briskets, whole pork butts, turkeys or ribs. Takeout is also available.
Pies On Highway 200
PIESANOS › 2575 SW 42nd St., Ocala › New location at 8075 SW Highway 200, Ocala › (352) 351-6000 › piesanostogo.com
If you’ve loved dining at Piesanos in Ocala or Gainesville, you’ll be happy to hear they’re coming to a new, second location in Ocala set to open in late October. Piesanos has a comprehensive menu that covers all the bases of Italian food, from their signature 1/2-pound meatball and Caprese salad to 10 different salads and stone-baked bread. But, of course, all the appetizers are just preparation for the star of the show: stone-fired pizza. Piesanos pies come in every size, from a personal 8-inch pizza to the massive 24-inch pizza for a family. They offer 28 signature styles of pizza with a variety of toppings, or you can build your own ideal pie. Gluten-free diners need not worry—Piesanos offers gluten-free crusts for each and every type of pizza they serve.
Organic Juice, Smoothie Bowls & Coffee Galore VITALIZE NATURAL MARKET AND JUICE BAR › 4414 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 509-6839 › 40 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 512-0631 › vitalizeocala.com
Vitalize Natural Market and Juice Bar is Ocala’s No. 1 stop for healthy fast food. Both locations of this organic juice and smoothie bar offer about a dozen fresh-pressed juices, health elixirs and energy and immunity shots. Definitely sit down and try one of their smoothie bowls, a more filling take on a classic smoothie made with an acai superfood base. Vitalize also offers online ordering on their website if you need to grab a healthy snack or beverage on the run.
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Happy Hour Specials: 2-7p every day, $3 Draft Beer $4 House Wine & Premium Cocktails, $5 Super Premium & $6 Harry’s Signature Cocktails $7 oﬀ bottles of wine Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday at Harry’s. Happy Hour all day long!
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 Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “Comfort Food with Attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere, is open for lunch and dinner. Winner of Culinary Combat and Taste of Ocala for four years. From country-fried tenderloin and chicken marsala to the eggplant parmigiana or the hand crusted pecan salmon, the menu options are plentiful and guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. Options are plenty for the vegetarians and the gluten-free among us. Having an office or family get-together? We have a room for that, or we can bring catering to you.
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, $5.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (take-out not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Blackened Red Fish and Louisiana Gumbo. Other favorites, like French Baked Scallops and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the Cool Goose Martini. They also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer.
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Advocating For Avocados
Who doesn’t love a tasty avocado? They are creamy, healthy, chock-full of vitamins and good fat, and they make a mean guacamole. › By Laurel Gillum
vocados were originally cultivated in Mexico as early as 500 B.C. but rediscovered in the 15th century by a Spanish navigator. The avocado was finally given a name in Sir Hans Sloane’s 1696 catalog of Jamaican plants, when he described the fruit to look like an “alligator pear.” Today, the avocado is available in over 400 varieties.
Healthy Benefits Avocados aren’t just yummy, they’re healthy, too. Quoted in 1605, Spanish soldier and poet Garcilazo de la Vega, described avocados to be both “delicious” and “very healthy for sick people.” Scientists in the 21st century have found nothing but truth in this statement. Not only do avocados have a healthy fat-tosugar ratio, but they are also
high in fiber, potassium and protein content. They are also rich in folates and vitamins B, C and E. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the nutrients found in avocados are linked to reduced blood pressure, inflammation, obesity, heart disease, arthritis, cataracts and more. No wonder we are willing to cough up the extra $1.50 when adding guac to our tacos! Here’s another interesting fact about avocados. Avocados resemble the shape of a woman’s uterus and cervix and have been proven to balance out a woman’s hormones, helping to prevent diseases such as cervical cancer. Just as it takes a baby nine months to form inside the womb, it takes nine months for an avocado to ripen. Talk about a parallel!
Here are some ways we love to get our daily dose of avocado. Try it out.
› Avocado toast. Rather than using butter, substitute a layer of avocado. › Avocado oil. Avocado has a high-smoke point, making this oil the ideal choice for cooking almost anything. It also pairs nicely in marinades, salad dressings and drizzled over paninis. › Avocado smoothie. Adding avocado to a fruit smoothie will not affect the flavor but will add to the creaminess of your drink. › Top it off. Burgers, fish, salads—slice an avocado and add it to the top. You’ll thank us later.
Sources: cnn.com, healthline.com, curejoy.com
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Make sure to try the deli next to the restaurant, where they have daily menus for $6.99 and desserts such as dulce de papaya with cheese. HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY Medalla beer (6 cans) $10 Medalla beer (6 bottles) $12
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Creole 21 16580 S Highway 475, Summerﬁeld › (352) 307-9300 Restaurant Mon-Sun 12p-9:30p Deli Mon-Sat 11a-2p Creole 21 opened its doors to the public in early July—and diners can’t get enough of their authentic Latin fusion cuisine. Enjoy a mix of Latin food specialties, such as the popular mofongo, a Puerto Rican dish that uses friend plantains as its main ingredient. The restaurant was named after the Creole cuisine because of its unique mix of all the best flavors and tastes of Latin America. The menu offers a wide variety of seafood options, pasta dishes, appetizers, salads, soups, cheese flan and tres leches, and they work only with Certified Angus Beef Prime meat. Creole 21 also has a children’s menu for the little ones, offering chicken tenders, pizza and more.
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 is located on the sixth floor of the Holiday Inn & Suites in Ocala. The eclectic gourmet cuisine and steak house concept is inspired from current trends and classic dishes like fresh-cut steaks, live Maine lobster, rack of lamb and fresh seafood, such as sea bass, lobster, salmon and shrimp. Sky Fine Dining is the place to be for a one-of-a-kind, finedining experience. Book your holiday parties with us!
Artman Country Smokehouse oﬀers custom smoked meat. Call ahead to order whole briskets, whole pork butts, turkey, ribs and take out.
Artman Country Smokehouse 6900 SE Hwy 42, Summerﬁeld › (352) 307-6240 Wed-Sat 11a-7p › Sun 11a-6p › Closed Mon & Tues As all the 5-star online reviews will tell you, Artman Country Smokehouse is the place to go for barbecue. Located close to The Villages, they slow smoke their meat—a long process that guarantees your meal is tender and made fresh daily. Fans come from miles around to sample the sliced Angus brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs. And even if the meat is the main attraction, you’ll still want to try an appetizer like fried green tomatoes, fried okra or smoked jalapenos and to pair your meal with sides such as sweet BBQ baked beans, mac and cheese and corn casserole. After all that, make sure to end your meal with a delectable dessert—we’ve heard the cobbler is worth rave reviews all on its own.
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Revitalize with tasty, feel-good drinks that don’t skimp on the health beneﬁts. Whether it’s a mid-day pick-me-up or a soothing drink for winding down, you’ll ﬁnd that there’s a tall glass of something for all your needs. With ingredients that do your body good and little prep time, indulge in these drinks today. › By Lisset Lanza
Relieve aches and pains with this zesty smoothie, containing turmeric, pineapple and banana with a pinch of black pepper and chia seeds. Black pepper aids in the absorption of curcumin while pineapple contains enzymes that reduce inflammation. Chia seeds boost gastrointestinal health while aiding to curb joint pain and arthritis.
Spiced Almond Milk
For a drink that’s warm, cozy and perfect for bedtime or early mornings, use a blend of creamy almond milk and autumnal spices. Cinnamon, cayenne pepper,
refresher. Coconut water replenishes lost electrolytes and hydrates the body. It is slightly sweet and packed with antioxidants. For extra sweetness, add agave nectar. If you prefer a cooling kick, throw in some mint leaves to taste.
tropical, but you can also throw in some strawberries or blueberries if you want to pack in more fruit. Be sure to blend well for a smooth mix without chunks.
Strawberry Ginger Lemonade Green Goods Smoothie
Pineapple-Lime Coconut Water Cooler This drink is as simple as its name. Pineapple, lime and coconut water combine to make a light and cooling tropical
For the perfect start to your day, you can use apple juice or water as a base and add a cup of fresh spinach to blend together. Reap the benefits of these leafy greens as they strengthen muscles and improve eyesight. The banana adds a rich sweetness, so this drink isn’t dull or watery. Mango and pineapple are tart and
Spice up your classic lemonade with ginger. Ginger is an antiinflammatory and great for relieving nausea. Use filtered water, fresh strawberries and lemon juice to create this tangy drink. Depending on how tart you like your lemonade, add agave nectar for a touch of sweetness. After prepping, filter through a strainer to remove pulp and seeds.
Sources: organicfacts.net, simplegreensmoothies.com, servingrealness.com, veggiessavetheday.com
maple syrup and ginger can be mixed in with vanilla almond milk to start off your brew. Cinnamon helps to strengthen your immune system and digestive health and has even been linked to protecting against bacterial infections. Almond milk has been shown to reduce blood pressure and the risk for osteoporosis. Don’t forget to add a teaspoon of almond butter, a key ingredient for extra thickness.
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Live music Friday through Sunday. Like us on Facebook for updates on events. Planning a wedding? Contact us about hosting your big day at Whispering Oaks.
Catering and wedding inquiries can be requested online at brickcitybbq.com, or contact our Central Catering Director, Alex Dooley, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other local location: Mojo Hogtown BBQ, Gainesville, FL
Make sure to visit both locations! Stumpknockers on the square in historic downtown Inverness and in Ocala on the Withlacoochee River.
Whispering Oaks Winery 10934 N Country Road 475, Oxford › (352) 748-0449 › winesoﬄorida.com › Tue-Thr 11a-5p › Fri-Sat 11a-9p › Sun 11a-7p › Closed Monday Florida-produced blueberry wine is healthier then 100 percent of white wines, 80 percent of red wines and equal to the remaining 20 percent (Google it). With 8 varieties tastes range from Blueberry Sweet to a Cabesque Dry, come try them all and find your favorite. Buy it by the bottle, or stop in for a glass in the tasting room, where you can enjoy the Happy Goat Cheese Plate, Alaskan Smoked Salmon Lox appetizer, the Boom Boom Shrimp or Margarita flatbreads. Every Friday and Saturday night, enjoy a steak or salmon dinner, served outdoors on the patio.
Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar 10 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala › (352) 512-9458 Sun-Wed: 11am-10pm › Thurs: 11am-11pm › Fri-Sat: 11am-12am
Located in downtown Ocala’s historic town square, Brick City Southern Kitchen’s aroma is recognized for several blocks around. Once inside, you are met with a wall of over 400 whiskeys from around the world and a collection of custom folk art from Nicklos Richards. Talk about unique. To the rear of the restaurant is their scratch kitchen where all the sides, bbq sauces, dressings and seasonings are prepared. But the heart of this kitchen is the custom-built smoker, where the low, slow heat of burning hickory smokes beef brisket, ribs, pork shoulders, whole chickens and turkey breast. With hearty portions, you will need to bring your appetite. Brick City also provides fully customizable catering experiences, from small gatherings at your home to all-encompassing weddings with a pit master on site.
Stumpknockers Stumpknockers on the River › 13821 SW Hwy. 200, Dunnellon › (352)-854-2288 › Tue-Fri 2p-10p › Sat & Sun 12p-10p Stumpknockers on Historic Downtown Square › 110 W Main St, Inverness › (352) 726-2212 › Tue-Sun 11a-10p Looking for a casual, quaint restaurant with beautiful water views? Look no further. Stumpknockers on the Withlacoochee River is calling your name. For more than 30 years, Stumpknockers has been serving up fresh, prepared-to-order meals. Guests can choose from such favorites as catfish, frog legs, sea scallops, steak and, of course, Florida gator. So what exactly is a stumpknocker? The small, bream-like fish is often seen near submerged cypress stumps in local waterways. Stumpknockers Restaurants are similar to their namesake—small and tucked away, but certainly worth the trouble to find.
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If you’ve lived in Marion County long enough, you’ll probably remember the agricultural fair coming and going over the years. The original Peanut Festival/ Marion County Fair last opened to the public in 1996 before a group of kids decided to take on the monumental task of once again putting on a countywide fair in 2017. The nonprofit organization Florida Kids Helping Kids began as a small group of kids looking to make a difference and has evolved into a group of very special area youth who make great contributions to their community and peers. Gerrie Gerthe, founder of Florida Kids Helping Kids,
took some time to tell us a bit more about the youth group and upcoming Marion County Fair.
How did Florida Kids Helping Kids get its start? My daughter trained on a Relay for Life team a few years ago to raise funds for a charity of her choice. Some friends got involved, and it took off from there.
What kind of fundraising do the kids organize? It started with four kids and a hotdog
cart. They put on small carivals to raise money for less-fortunate kids in the area and organized a lot of community projects.
Why bring back the Marion County Fair?
We are the only youth group in the entire country to run a county-wide fair! We also filed to be our own fair organization, so these kids are definitely busy. The fair is really a community project. We don’t want to compete with the other fairs, just hold a fun event for the community.
Are the kids doing a bulk of the work to get the fair up and running? Five kids are
basically doing it all right now, from maintaining the fields where it will be held to making signs for parking. It’s really amazing.
What can fair attendees expect? We will
have creative art projects and showmanship classes, an alpaca and llama show, an “I Am Enough” pagent and a giant, 5-acre midway with helicopter rides on the weekends. The public doesn’t see how much work goes into it, but these kids are working hard to make this a great event.
LEARN MORE › The Marion County Fair
runs October 26 through November 4 in Belleview. To learn more about Florida Kids Helping Kids and the Marion County Fair, visit the fair’s Facebook page, marioncountyfairfl.com or florida-kids-helping-kids.com or call (352) 347-0883.
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Tour some of the area’s finest homes during the annual Marion County Building Industry Association’s Fall Parade of Homes. Top trends in interior design and layout will be highlighted throughout the various homes selected for this year’s fall tour. Whether you’re in the market for a new home or just looking for remodeling insight, there’s something for everyone to take in along the route. For a complete list of homes or more information, visit mcbia.org.
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Head to the Paddock Mall sans your shopping list but with running shoes laced up. The first annual Marion County Halloween Run will feature a 5K and 10K option followed by a post-run after party with food trucks, live entertainment, costume contests and more. The race is No. 3 and a designated “Super Race” in the Big Hammock Race Series, where runners earn vaulauble points toward year-end awards. The 10K kicks off at 4:15pm followed by the 5K at 4:45. Proceeds benefit the Marion County Children’s Alliance. For more information or to register, visit the Big Hammock Race Series Facebook page or bighammockraceseries.com.
The Ocala Film Foundation’s Cinema Sunday allows attendees the rare opportunity to screen impactful, independent films at the historic Marion Theatre while engaging in discussion and dialogue with the filmmaker. Each independent film, aired monthly, features an educational program followed by a Q&A session directly with the filmmaker. The Ocala Film Foundation was selected as one of only five screening partners in the state to take part in the Tour of Independent Film Makers. This month’s selection, Las Sandinistas!, tells the untold tales of the women involved in combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinistas revolution. All screenings will take place at 3:30pm. For a complete listing of upcoming films, visit ocalafilmfoundation.org.
The 2018 Ocala Style Bridal Showcase, presented by The Lady Jeweler, will be held at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Center on October 24 from 5-8:30pm. Brides-to-be can visit with close to 100 vendors covering all aspects of the wedding industry, from venues, photographers and cakes to gowns, formalwear and catering. Food, wine and dessert samples will be available, and models will be showing off the latest wedding gown fashions throughout the evening. For the first 50 brides through the door, special VIP bags loaded with samples and other goodies will be waiting, and throughout the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to win some great prizes, including weekend getaways, home and kitchen products, small appliances, high-end purses and so much more. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $10 by visiting ocalastyle.com or at the door for $15 (cash only). Visit the Ocala Style Facebook page at facebook.com/ocalastyle to stay up to date on all the happenings surrounding the upcoming event. For vendor or sponsorship information, call (352) 732-0073.
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Curtis M. Phillips Center, Gainesville
Classic Albums LIVE: The Eagles Greatest Hits
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Downtown To Dos
Kid Rock & Brantley Gilbert
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
The Doobie Brothers
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
Bob Dylan & His Band
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 5 › First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm October 5 › After Dark in The Park Movie Series, Citizens’ Circle, 8pm October 6 › Ocala Latin Music Festival, Citizens’ Circle, 11am October 11 › Concert on the Square, downtown Ocala, 8pm October 13 › Thrill the World Ocala, downtown Ocala, 4pm
Nicki Minaj & Future
Amway Center, Orlando
Death Cab for Cutie
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Death Cab for Cutie
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Upcoming Events In The Villages October 1-2 › Menopause the Musical, Savannah Center October 6 › An Evening With Pete Rose Live, Savannah Center October 7 › Villages Philharmonic Orchestra Opera Gala, The Sharon October 10 › There’s No Business Like Show Business,
October 12 › Howie Mandel, The Sharon October 14-16 › Sweeney Todd, Savannah Center October 17 › George Thorogood and The Destroyers Rock Pary Tour,
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Avenue Q: The Musical
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
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Oct. 18-Nov. 11
The Petty Hearts Return: 68 Years of Tom Petty
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The Sharon, The Villages
Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood
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October 20 › October Cruise In Car Show, Spanish Springs
Arts, Crafts and Culture Appleton Museum Of Art Exhibits › Myth, Mother, Muse: The
Paintings of Matthew Bennett explores his relationships with women as an artist, friend and husband. The exhibit runs through November 25. Flourish: The Ceramic Artistry of Beth Garcia features ﬂower-like sea anemone forms that create fantastical imagery. The exhibit runs through January 13. La Dispora: Keepers of Heritage includes paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media by members of the Puerta Rican Dispora Orlando. The exhibition runs through January 20. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Internship Opportunity (Ongoing) › The Marion Civic Chorale will oﬀer an internship oppportunity to high school singers. Students will be paid an hourly rate to rehearse and perform with the chorale at their annual Veterans Day and Christmas concert performances. Application materials are available from area high school choral directors. marionchorale.org or (352) 537-8833. Appleton After Hours (October 4) › The Appleton Museum will host an evening event featuring live entertainment, samplings from local restaurants and displays from the Ocala Art Group. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455 ext. 1831. Continued on p.70
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International Film Series (October 9, 23) › The Appleton Museum will present two international ﬁlms this month. The Second Mother will air on October 9, and The Fencer will air on October 23. Both ﬁlms will begin at 2pm and are free for Appleton members and included with museum admission for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 873-5808.
Figurative Painting Workshop (October 11) › The Appleton
Museum will host a special workshop featuring visiting artist Pedro Brull. Students will examine how light aﬀects objects and create their own depictions. The workshop will run 1-4pm and is $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Student Shows (October 12-13) › Students from West Port High School will present a number of student-directed one-act plays at the school’s performing arts center. The shows begin at 7pm, and tickets are $7. (352) 291-4000.
Beginner and intermediate courses will be oﬀered. marionparksrec.org or (352) 8871-8560.
Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles oﬀers group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400. Basic Wild Caving Experience (Ongoing) › The Brick City
Adventure Park will host a beginner caving experience for ages 8 to adult the ﬁrst Saturday of the month at 9am. The event requires strenuous physical activity, and participants require long pants, gloves and sturdy footwear. Caving gear will be provided. Registration is $35 per person. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Dunellon Concert Singers Performance (October 21) › The
Dunnellon Concert Singers present Songs From The Big Band Era at 3pm at the First Congregational UCC Church in Ocala. Admission is free; donations accepted. (352) 419-8796.
Inspired Speakers Series (October 21) › The Appleton Museum will
host Jill Sonke of the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine. The presentation will explore the link between art and health. The event will run 2-4pm, and admission is free for Appleton members and CF students and $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Macey Mac Concert (October 25) › Macey Mac will peform live at
the Marion Oaks Auditorium. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and $8 at the door. The concert is a cash-only event. Doors open at 6pm; show starts at 7pm. (352) 438-2830.
Kayak and Paddleboarding (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host numerous kayak and paddleboard outings each month, including morning, evening and beginner sessions. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Audubon Bird Hike (October 5, November 2) › The Marion Audubon
Ocala Arts Festival (October 27-28) › The annual Ocala Arts Festival
Society will host a monthly hike from the Fort King National Historic Landmark. The hike will run 8-10am and is free and open to the public. ocalafl.org or (352) 622-2850.
Craft Show (November 3) › St. John Lutheran Church will host a craft
Evening Walk (October 6) › An evening walk will be led by the City of Ocala Park Rangers from 6-8:30pm. The walk will leave from the Heritage Nature Conservatory, and rangers will discuss native owls and bats. The event is open to all ages, and registration is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5533.
will be held in downtown Ocala from 10-5pm. The event features 155 professional art displays, live entertainment, food trucks, a student art show and more. Admission is free. fafo.org or (352) 867-0355.
show featuring handmade arts and crafts, bake sale, lunch and door prizes. The event will run 8am-2pm, and proceeds beneﬁt the church, school and missions. (352) 629-1794.
Rainbow Springs Art Festival (November 17) › The Rainbow
Springs Art Festival will take place in historic downtown Dunnellon from 10am-4pm. The event will include numerous arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, food vendors and more. Artist booths are still available. For more information, visit the Rainbow Springs Art Festival Facebook page or call (352) 445-8547.
Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors Marion County Senior Softball Fall League (Ongoing) ›
Adult Basketball League (October 9-November 15) › An adult
basketball league will be held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation complex for ages 18 and over. The league will host play Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm. Registration is $15. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920.
Ride for the Cure (October 13) › The Sun County Trailblazers will
host a poker trail ride at the Landbridge Trailhead. Registration begins at 8:30am, and riders can ride at will and return at noon for a BBQ lunch. Registration is $30 and includes the ride, one poker hand and lunch. Proceeds beneﬁt the Alzheimer’s Association. (352) 422-4706 or (352) 272-8707.
Shining Sneaker (Through November 30) › A low-impact cardio
The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host a fall softball league for men over age 55 and women over age 50. Games will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Ralph Russell Park. Registration is $25. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
walking/running program will be held at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Complex Monday through Friday at 9am for ages 17 and older. The prorgram is free and open to the public. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3920.
Archery Classes (Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and Recreation
will meet Mondays at 8:30am at Lillian Bryant Park. The program is free for adults ages 18 and older. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8389.
Department will host a series of archery classes for adults and children.
Lillian Bryant Fitness Club (Through October 8) › A walking group
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Marathon Kids Running Program (Through October 11) ›
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A running program for children ages 6-18 will be held at the Lillian Bryant Recreation Complex Mondays at 6pm. The group will explore various running/walking routes throughout Ocala. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8389. Brick City Adventure Park at 8:30am to travel to walk location. October’s walks will be held at Ross Prairie on October 3 and the Landbridge on October 17. Resgistration is $2. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Snacks and Facts (October 17) › Fish with the Ocala Recreation and
Parks rangers at the Conservation Center in Silver Springs. The rangers will teach proper techniques and discuss the diﬀerent species of native ﬁsh. The program runs from 9am-3pm, and pickup is at 8am at the Eighth Avenue Adult Recreation Center. Registration is free. (352) 629-8548.
Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held
October 3, and a gall bladder seminar will take place October 5. A back pain workshop will take place October 10, and a thyroid function seminar will be held October 19. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.
Public Library Programs (Ongoing) › The Marion County Public Library System hosts a number of programs for children, teens and adults. marioncounty.org or (352) 368-4508.
ESL Classes (Ongoing) › Free English as a second language classes
will be held at the First Baptist Church of Ocala Wednesdays at 6pm. Three levels of courses are available, and child care is oﬀered. (352) 629-5683.
Life Skills Program (Through November 30) › A life skills program
will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids ages 10-18 at the Lillian F. Bryant Community Center. The program will focus budgeting, interview skills, hygiene and more. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8389.
Adult Education Courses (Ongoing) › Master the Possibilities will
host a number of courses and seminars this month, including the future of NASA, remembering 9/11, an American bald eagle seminar as well as many others. masterthepossibilities.org or (352) 861-9751.
After Dark in the Park Movie Series (October 5) › The City
of Ocala will host this family-friendly event at Citizens’ Circle with a showing of the ﬁlm The Pursuit of Happyness. 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.
Corn Maze Festival (October 5-November 4) › Timberline Farm in
Belleview will host its annual Corn Maze Festival Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 4. The festival features music, pony rides, face painting, vendors and more. timberlinefarms.net or (352) 454-4113.
Ocala Pride Festival (October 6) › The annual Ocala Pride Festival will be held at Tuscawilla Park from 11am-7pm. The festival is free and open to the public. ocalafl.org or (352) 426-2263.
Bump, Baby and Beyond Expo will be held at the Hilton Ocala from 10am-3pm. The event features numerous baby and child vendors, demonstrations, activities and more. General admission is $10; VIP tickets are $35. bumpbabybeyondexpo.com. The Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center will host a fried ﬁsh meal and classic car show from 5-7pm. The event will also feature live entertainment, giveaways and an auction. Admission is $10. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.
Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial (October 12) › A memorial service for ﬁreﬁghters who have lost their lives in the line of duty will take place at the Florida State Fire College. The ceremony begins at 9:30am, and admission is free. (352) 369-2815. Programs In the Parks (October 12, 26) › A free natural resource program will take place each month at a diﬀerent area park. October’s programs, Silent Fliers and A TREEmendous Day, will both be held at Scott Springs park at 10am. Participants will learn about owls native to the area on October 12 and discuss diﬀerent trees and partake in a scavenger hunt on October 26. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5533. Outreach Event (October 13) › The Draw All Men Ministries will
present a mini concert and preaching event on the stage at Tuscawilla Park. The event will be held 11am-4pm, and admission is free and open to the public. ocalafl.org or (352) 300-6653 or (352) 553-9695.
Historic Homesteading (October 13) › The Fort King National
Historic Landmark will host a broom-making workshop from 10am-noon. Participants will create their own broom from traditional and native materials. fortkingocala.com or (352) 368-5533.
Ocala Health Harvest Fest (October 13) › Ocala Health will host
a family-friendly festival located in the ﬁeld across from West Marion Community Hospital. The event will feature bounce houses, a pumpkin patch, potato sack races, a petting zoo, food trucks and more. For more information, visit the Ocala Health Facebook page. (352) 401-1158.
Grand Affair (October 13) › The Centers will host a fundraising event featuring live entertainment, dinner, a silent auction and more. The event will be held at the Circle Square Cultural Center beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets are $85. thecenters.us or (352) 291-5419. Fort King Haunted Trail and Movie (October 17) › The Fort King Historic Landmark will host a family-friendly haunted trail complete with candy stations and spooky tricks. The ﬁlm The Addams Family will air on the outdoor screen. The event runs 8-10pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517. Fort King Lecture Series (October 19) › A diﬀerent monthly lecture focusing on the environmental, social and historical issues of Fort King and the Seminole Wars will take place at the Fort King Historic Landmark. fortkingocala.com or (352) 368-5533. Spooktacular Bootastic (October 19) › The Marion Oaks Community Center will host this free event featuring safe trick-or-treating, games, music and more. Food and beverages will be available for cash-only purchase. The event runs 6-8pm. (352) 438-2830.
McIntosh 1890’s Festival (October 20) › The anual McIntosh 1890’s
Festival at Van Ness Park will feature over 280 vendors, demonstrations, children’s activities and much more. Admission is free, and the event runs 8am-5pm. friendsofmcintosh.org or (352) 591-4038.
Parents’ Night Out (October 20) › Parents are invited to leave
children ages 8-12 at the Discovery Center for an evening of fun, science-based activities while they enjoy a concert at the Reilly Arts Center. The event will run 7-10pm tickets are $15 with a ticket to the concert or $20 for non-concertgoers. Pizza and drinks will be served. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
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Stories Under the Stars: Phantoms in the Fort (October 20) › The Fort King National Historic Landmark will host a storytelling event outdoors around a ﬁre. The stories will get spookier as the night progresses. Seating is limited, and participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs. The event will run 7-9pm and is free for the public. (352) 368-5535 or (352) 438-2500.
Owl-Ween (October 21) › The Avian Reconditioning Center will host a
talk and presentation about the native owls and raptors of the area. The event will be held at Carney Island at 4pm and features owls, hawks and raptors, children’s craft activity, eco tram tours and refreshments. Registration is $3 plus park entrance fee. marionparksrec.org or (352) 671-8560.
Dining in the Dark (October 26) › The 5th annual Dining in the Dark,
hosted by Florida Center for the Blind, will take place at Hilton Ocala from 5-9pm. The event features a dinner served in total darkness to raise awareness about vision loss. This year’s event will also feature a Dining in Dim service as well. Tickets are $75 per person, $140 per couple. flblind.org or (352) 873-4700.
Ocala Championship Wrestling (October 27) › Ocala Championship Wrestling will host a wrestling event at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. The event will run 7-9pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 292-2900.
TEDxOcala (November 3) › TEDxTalks bring together people from
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here are many aspects by which citizens and visitors judge a community’s cultural prosperity. Certainly one of the most vital is its art scene. Ocala/Marion County could have no better home for its unique repertoire of music and other arts than the Reilly Arts Center, which is also the home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. With a growing list of offerings, our city’s future looks bright indeed. OSO/RAC President Jim Schneider says it well. “The Reilly’s 2018-2019 season will be full of celebrations. We will celebrate the Reilly’s three-year anniversary here in Ocala for starters, we will celebrate Matthew Wardell’s 10th season as the music director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and, finally, we will celebrate an expanded offering of shows and events for the next season. We will plan for more weekends of rocking out on Friday nights, listen to the music of the classical giants on Saturday nights and then laugh together over Sunday night comedy.” Jim Schneider continues that, “Our mission is to provide something for everyone and possibly inspire them to explore art and music that may be outside their comfort zone by expanding their horizons. We have a great vision for the future of the Reilly Arts Center. Our community has supported us, believed in us and we
are committed to making our community proud and thankful for seeing the Reilly Arts Center as a local treasure.” The RAC is located just five blocks from Ocala’s historic downtown square in picturesque Tuscawilla Park. You will see old friends and meet new friends as you enjoy the best in live entertainment. RAC Executive Director Pamela Calero is working hard for another successful year. Each year the OSO holds a gala fundraiser, and this year’s was especially festive. “An Evening at the Moulin Rouge” benefited the RAC, OSO, Symphony for Schools and open rehearsals for Ocala’s kids. Patrons opened their wallets wide and $130,000 was raised in a single evening. It was a great party and a not-to-bemissed event each and every year. Speaking of not missing out, make sure your tickets are reserved for the OSO season opener on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00pm. This season’s opener is Myth, Mastery and the Fantastique, which is a mythical tale of Phaeton’s journey. One of the most vivid musical trips ever written is the Symphonie Fantastique. Leave the ordinary behind as you settle into your seats for a glorious evening that will delight your senses. Always sold out and full of laughs and smiling faces is Pops! Goes the Holidays on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3:00pm. This annual foray into the festive spirit explores the music and stories of our holiday traditions. It is so much fun to be with like-minded people who appreciate the arts. There truly is something for everyone to love as you consider which events to attend. The Reilly Arts Center is our community’s flagship for the arts, and all of us can step into it with great pride. To contribute or reserve tickets, visit ReillyArtsCenter.com or OcalaSymphony.com. For Reilly Arts Center tickets, please call (352) 351-1606.
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The First Friday Artwalk returned to downtown Ocala on September 7. This event takes place from 6-9pm the ﬁrst Friday of each month through May. Mark your calendar now!
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