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MAKE A WREATH FOR THE FRONT DOOR. Instead of the
traditional circle shape, purchase a wooden letter at the craft store and trim it out together. Having the family’s initial hanging on the door is a unique, homey touch for this time of year.
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citrus state, Florida offers no apple orchards to visit in the fall. Thankfully, Floridians can still cook up and enjoy these autumnal apple treats. Candy or caramel? See p.60!
Spring cleaning is all well and good, but because seasonal decorations are coming out of the attic anyway, this is a great time to do a clean sweep. If the whole family pitches in and comes up with enough spare change, it could be time to… (you fill in the blank).
PLANT A GARDEN. October weather is some of the best of the year, and plenty of seasonal veggies can still go in the ground. Broccoli, carrots, squash, zucchini, corn, green beans and more are just right for planting around this time.
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almost a vacation minus the extended travel. They’re just far enough to provide that mental reset vacations are meant for. Nearby staycation locations include St. Augustine or Disney resorts, which are full of seasonal festivals this time of year.
CELEBRATE BOWL SEASON.
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ITH HECTIC WORK, SCHOOL AND EXTRACURRICULAR SCHEDULES TO CONTEND WITH, WE COULD ALL USE A LITTLE MORE FAMILY TOGETHERNESS IN OUR LIVES! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FALL FESTIVITIES AND SEASONAL FLAVORS TO GIVE FAMILY TIME A TWIST. HERE ARE OUR TOP 10 FAMILY ACTIVITIES TO TRY TOGETHER THIS AUTUMN.
HAVE A GARAGE SALE.
Whether it’s NFL or college football, rooting for a favorite team is a great way to spend quality time together as a family. Start a game of pick-up football in the backyard afterward to get some exercise and enjoy the weather as well.
HOST A NEIGHBORHOOD BONFIRE.
Now that the family is feeling united, it’s time to spread the cheer. Invite other families in the neighborhood over for an evening by the fire. This would be a great time to serve up some of those caramel apples.
GO ON A SCAVENGER HUNT.
Design the list of items around the season, or add a twist by making it a photo scavenger hunt. Since the kids can’t leap into piles of fallen leaves here, have them take a photo of what they’d jump into instead.
ATTEND AS MANY LOCAL EVENTS AS POSSIBLE.
Festivals, hay rides and more abound in communities like Ocala. These are unique annual events that provide a backdrop for family time other than the usual places, so take advantage of them.
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This November they’ll take the hassle out of camping with some fun-filled adventures. Whether you’re a family with kids in tow or an adult looking to escape the work week, you can soon be chowing down on s’mores and sleeping under the stars.
FAMILY FUN If you haven’t the foggiest idea about tent-pitching and the closest thing you’ve experienced to a campfire is your electric fireplace, yet you want to take the kids on a good old-fashioned campout, read on. The family campouts with the county are open to families with children ages 8 and older. The stress of transporting gear and setting up camp is taken care of. All participants need to bring are their personal belongings. (Don’t forget your toothbrush!) Parks and rec leaders will take care of the rest, including pitching your tent and having any necessary gear for scheduled activities ready. “Activities vary depending on weather; we may kayak or paddleboard if it’s warm or take a tram ride or hike the trails,” says Kathy Norris of the Parks and Recreation Department. She explains that families will have time to explore on their own as well as participate in guided activities. Following a nature hike, a traditional campfire dinner of hotdogs, hamburgers and, of course, s’mores is prepared and perhaps a few stories shared. Then it’s off for a “night hike.” “We like to show campers the change in the environment from daytime to nighttime,” explains Kathy. The next morning a breakfast of pancakes and sausage will fuel campers for a day of exploring. “We like to keep it to about 12-24 people,” explains Kathy. “To maintain a comfy camping environment.” In addition to the traditional family campout, Kathy plans another outing catered to the participants of the homeschooling program with the same format and a lowered age requirement.
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All For The Adults Who says camping is just for families? An overnight kayak campout will cater exclusively to the over 18 crowd. Participants will start out at Ray Wayside Park and paddle for about three and a half hours to their destination at Gore’s Landing. Their gear will arrive ahead of time, and they’ll be met with pitched tents and a roaring fire. The kayaking clan can expect a hearty campfire dinner and some much-needed downtime in a serene setting before hitting the hay. The next morning, campers will head out and finish their trip to Eureka East Park where they will be picked up, reunited with their gear and returned to the hustle and bustle of the real world.
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LEADING THE STATE Out of 300 girls, CHANDLER REEDER, a 17-year-old senior at West Port, was elected as the governor of Girl’s State this summer. She knew she wanted the position, and once she arrived, she campaigned against eight other candidates. Reeder walked away with a better understanding of government and networking within her generation. She’s the daughter of Spencer and Laurie Reeder of Ocala.
GLITTERING GOLD Representatives from 11 schools accepted certificates after being named “Golden School” winners based on volunteer hours. This year’s recipients include West Port High and the following elementary schools: Belleview-Santos,
5K IN DOLLARS BOB LITTLE (right) of Regions Bank recently presented a $5,000 check to the Public Education Foundation’s President JOHN CERVELLERA (left) and Executive Director JUDI ZANETTI (center). The money benefits the TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN program and will fund workshops to teach students
about financial literacy, responsibility and planning for a debt-free future.
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Combined, these schools counted 107,045 volunteer hours last school year valued at more than $833,880.
THE LEGACY BEGINS It was a great day for Legacy Elementary to opens its doors for the first time, and especially so for these first bus riders to arrive on campus. The school in Southeast Marion County opened with just four students shy of its projected 573 population, and parents were patient and responsive, thanks largely because they showed up for orientation just three days earlier.
A “KEY” TEACHER Nationwide, there’s a continuing shortage of qualified agriculture teachers. But for Lake Weir Middle, that’s not the case. FALLON DRIVER is the ag teacher there, and she recently received a scholarship to attend the National Association of Agriculture Educators convention. She was one of just two teachers in Florida and 45 nationwide to receive the prestigious honor. Driver also led the school’s horse judging team to a state championship two years ago, serves as the Common Core lead teacher in career and technical education, uses iPads for classroom learning and regularly contributes to the Southeastern Youth Fair.
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For the 13th consecutive year, the Finance Department of Marion County Public Schools earned a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” from the Chicago-based Government Finance Officer Association. It’s the highest recognition in government accounting and finance and represents a significant accomplishment. Last year, MCPS was just one of 19 Florida school districts to receive the honor.
New Teacher Orientation is a big day for MCPS, even though the district only hired 60-plus new teachers this year. The “all-in-one” session kicked off at Forest High with Superintendent GEORGE TOMYN, then continued through insurance, payroll deduction, district policies and the like. Budget cuts have certainly impacted NTO as well—this year’s event was a half-day session. In years past, NTO was a complete day of activities for as many as 425 new teachers.
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LORIDA IS KNOWN FOR MANY THINGS: YEAR-ROUND WARM TEMPERATURES, BUSY THEME PARKS AND PLENTY OF BEAUTIFUL BEACHES. BUT ONE THING WE SIMPLY AREN’T KNOWN FOR IS OUR FALL FOLIAGE.
Although you won’t experience the breathtaking view of vibrant reds, glorious golds and outstanding oranges that the northern states have to offer, it doesn’t mean you can’t experience a hint here and there of Florida’s own fall colors.
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Believe it or not, there are several native Central Florida trees that do change their hue each fall. Take a look.
If your yard space doesn’t warrant planting 60-foot trees, try some of these hedges to add a splash of autumnal color each year.
Just looking for a pop of color here or there? These plants are guaranteed to spruce up your garden space.
SWEET SHRUB: The Sweet Shrub can grow
VIRGINIA CREEPER: This Florida vine can be found
areas such as swamps and marshes, the Red Maple reaches 60 to 70 feet tall, and their 4- to 6-inch leaves fade to yellow in the fall.
7 to 8 feet high and prefers rich, moist soil. The elliptical leaves turn a pale yellow.
SUGARBERRY: Found in predominately wet areas
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throughout the state, these 60-foot trees don 2to 4-inch leaves that turn a pale yellow each fall.
PERSIMMON: These 50-foot tall trees are found
throughout Central and North Florida. Although known for their fruit, their leaves have been known to turn a reddish purple come autumn.
SWEET GUM: These 80-foot giants are native to
North and Central Florida. In the fall, their starshaped leaves can turn either yellow, red, orange or purple.
FLORIDA MAPLE: Look for these 25-foot tall trees
in wet areas throughout North and Central Florida. Their green leaves turn a brilliant yellow with the season’s change.
4- to 7-foot shrub is found most often in pinelands with acidic soil in North and Central Florida. The alternating oval and pointed leaves are known to turn both orange and yellow.
VIRGINIA WILLOW: This small 3-foot shrub prefers moist soil but can tolerate dry conditions as well, making it a popular choice throughout our region. Its leaves turn scarlet, crimson or purple for a prolonged period during the fall months.
anywhere throughout the state. When growing up a tree, the brilliant red and purple vine adds a fall foliage-like essence to an otherwise green landscape.
CASSIA: This August through October bloomer displays glorious golden buds.
STROMANTHE SANGUINEA: These tall stalks display a brilliant red hue in the fall and tall red flowers come winter.
COLEUS: The large, textured leaves of the Coleus
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What does it mean to be a Florida Cracker?
It’s something slightly different for everyone, and we want to know your thoughts. If you’re a proud Florida Cracker, read on! By Suzanne Shuffitt
tasted my first boiled peanut 25 years ago. I have to admit, I wasn’t real fond of the first bag. These days, though, I’ll make a U-turn in the middle of Highway 441 to pick up a couple of bags to take home just to watch the girls and Mark fight over them. About 23 years ago a friend, Bill Phillips, introduced me to cheese grits. I’d never eaten lots of grits—but like they say, “Anything with cheese added has got to be good!” They were right. Two decades ago I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Convention. The event is held yearly on Marco Island. It was then that I encountered true ‘Florida Crackers’professional cattlemen and women who have been raising bovines in our state for generations. Over 4,000 hard working, proud, family-oriented folks who are passionate about their industry and the environment attend the conference each year. Just so we’re all on the same page…, let’s clarify exactly what a ‘Florida Cracker’ is. Way back in the 1800s, folks who worked cattle in Florida were called “cow hunters” because they literally had to hunt for the cracker cattle, a
small-bred averaging about 600 pounds that foraged in the dense brush and marshes of our less populated state. Imagine with me, several cow hunters sitting around the smoldering campfire trying to ‘one up’ the other guy with tales of collecting cattle from palmetto thickets and marshes. Their sure-footed cracker horse is no worse for the ware, but the scratched up, beat up, fed up cowmen are intent on finding a better way to round up the cattle. Thus, cow dogs and cow whips came into the picture to make their jobs a little easier. Indiana Jones’ whip can’t compare to Florida cow whips, which are typically 12 feet long and are used while on horseback. Back in the good ol’ days, they were made from leather, but with our humid, damp environment, nylon has become the standard. It’s the sound of the whips cracking that helps steer the cattle in the right direction. This leads me to three years ago when native Floridian Ruben Lamb shared a vision with City Councilman David Owen. It isn’t uncommon for Mr. Lamb to share nostalgic stories about growing up in Marion County. One of his most vivid memories is the cattle drive that used to travel through downtown Ocala. Mr. Lamb’s excitement is quite contagious as
he reminisces about cows being driven down Main Street (now Osceola). As a matter of fact, the vision was so contagious that Councilman Owen took hold of the idea and vowed to make it a reality. The 2012 Cattle Drive went off without a hitch. Numerous residents were quite surprised as they shopped at the downtown Farm Market to see 11 Crackers on horseback herding 20-plus cattle through the streets of Ocala. The 2013 Cattle Drive was an even bigger success! Mr. Lamb, fellow crackers, cow dogs and cattle ended up in Tuscawilla Park at the Discovery Center and joined forces with the Marion County Rotarians and Ocala’s Recreation and Parks staff for a day filled with old fashion fun, Cracker food, country music and much more. That brings us to this year. The 2014 Cattle Drive is scheduled for Saturday, February 22. And you can be a part of the event before the end of this year. We need folks to submit their ‘Crackerisms’. The best one will be rewarded and placed on the back of our customized T-Shirts. Crackerism No. 13 was “Always drink upstream from the herd.” Good advice, right? Submit your Crackerism No. 14 to discovery@ ocalfl.org by December 31 and remember to keep ‘em clean and G-rated. We’re looking forward to reading all your suggestions. Crackerism No. 14’s proud owner will be notified in January 2014. I’d like to think 50 years from now the Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round Up will have become an annual Ocala tradition that brings folks from all over the state to experience a taste of Florida Crackers and Marion County’s authentic past. With your help, we can make this happen!
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PARTY E H T N O
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LOVE A GOOD PARTY? WHY LIMIT YOURSELF TO A BACKYARD BARBECUE? THROW A PARTY ON YOUR BLOCK AND INVITE THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE SHINDIG—IT’S A GREAT WAY TO MEET THE NEIGHBORS. FROM FUN ACTIVITIES TO FABULOUS PLATTERS OF HORS D’OEUVRES AND DESSERTS, WE’VE GOT A FEW IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR BASH THE GRAND OCCASION THAT EVERYONE WITHIN A COUPLE BLOCKS RADIUS WILL WANT TO BE A PART OF!
A Few Ground Rules FOR AN EVENT OF SUCH GARGANTUAN PROPORTIONS, YOU’LL NEED TO COVER A FEW BASES BEFORE YOU DECK OUT THE CUL-DE-SAC. ONCE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING PLANNED AND THE ITEMS BELOW CHECKED OFF, TIME TO PARTAY! Set a date! Reach out to
may not be allowed depending on neighbors to find the perfect day to city ordinances. You may also have throw an event that will allow them to pay a permit. Check ocalafl.org for local information. to come, as well as not interfere with already-made plans. Not everyone may be able to attend, but Consider putting see if you can compromise on a date in a request for that works for almost everyone. special detail. For a on the block, you may want Contact town offi- bash to put in an application to hire offcials two weeks in duty officers as a safety precaution. advance to ensure In the city of Ocala, it is $40 per road safety. The party hour per officer, with a three-hour minimum. Contact the Ocala Police area may have to be barricaded from incoming vehicles depending Department two weeks in advance to put in a request (ocalapd.com). on location and time of day. Keep in mind that you may have to notify local businesses and other Send out surrounding residents. Ask guests invitations. Try creating who are bringing food if a grill is a Facebook page or Google group required for cooking. Be aware that as well, and get that ball rolling! grilling on public property may or
Make a checklist.
Because block parties can cater to dozens of people, you may want each family to break out the coolers and create a tasting buffet. For the kiddies, roll out a Slip ’N Slide or have everyone chip in to rent a bouncy castle.
Your Block Party Checklist • SET A DATE. • INVITE NEIGHBORS. • CONTACT CITY OFFICIALS, SUCH AS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND TRAFFIC DIVISION. • HIRE PERFORMERS, CATERERS. • RENT CONCESSION MACHINES, GAMES AND/ OR INFLATABLES. • RENT BUFFET TABLES. • ACQUIRE GAME MATERIALS (CHALK, PENS, PAPER, ROPE, SPOONS, EGGS, POTATO SACKS, ETC.). • REMEMBER SPARKLERS.
Party Themes WITH SO MUCH GROUND TO COVER AND A FLOCK OF PEOPLE TO CATER TO, BREAK OUT THE BAND, PONIES AND PARTY GAMES! SHOW OFF YOUR CREATIVE SIDE WITH A PARTY THEME. Blast From The Past
Play some far-out jams or have families choose a decade. It’ll be fun seeing how neighbors decorate their yards and dust off the old threads. One timeless playlist-must for this particular occasion: “Dancing in the Streets” by Martha & The Vandellas.
Grins & Ghouls
Bring the candy to trick-or-treaters by having neighbors dress up as their favorite monster or superhero. And may we suggest playing—at a forgivable volume—“Thriller”? Your dreams of being a part of a flash mob aren’t too far off.
A Fair To Remember
Make your block look like the annual carnival has dropped in by renting popcorn and cotton candy stands, pulling out the bean bag toss and putting your skills to the test with balloon animal kits.
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Nice To Meet Ya! WHY RESORT TO THE VERY OUTDATED JELLO MOLD WHEN IT COMES TO WELCOMING NEWCOMERS TO THE COMMUNITY? A BLOCK PARTY IS A GREAT CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW NEW NEIGHBORS. CUE IN FUN GAMES TO BRING OUT THE INNER CHILD IN ALL OF YOU. Pass Through The Hula Hoop PARTICIPANTS: Two teams of at least eight people each
EQUIPMENT: Two hula hoops RULES: Each team holds hands to form a chain.
A hula hoop is passed from the beginning of the chain. Teammates must go through the hula hoop without letting go of their neighbors’ hands. Each person must answer three questions before stepping through the hula hoop. The object of the game is to learn about your neighbor and pass through the hula hoop, getting it to the end before the other team. Example questions: person’s name, favorite food, secret talent, book character they most identify with, favorite movie quote, etc.
The Suitcase Game PARTICIPANTS: at least five players, plus one facilitator (optional)
EQUIPMENT: Pen and paper (optional) RULES: Test your memory as this game makes
the rounds! Have all players sit in a circle. The game begins with one player stating, “I pack my suitcase with…” The answer can be a favorite item or something funny. The next player starts with the same phrase along with the previous player’s answer and adds their own answer. The pattern continues until someone forgets the order or repeats an answer. The person who forgets is out. The game begins afresh when a person is out of the game. The player who remains, remembering every answer each round wins. You can keep track by having a nonplaying facilitator record answers on a piece of paper. Try specific themes for each round to mix it up, such as packing the suitcase with things players can’t live without, deserted island items, even movie stars!
Pennies From Heaven PARTICIPANTS: Unlimited EQUIPMENT: A jar/bowl/container and three or
five pennies for each person, depending on how long you wish the game to last (you can also use marbles, candy or other small items)
RULES: Put those pennies to good use as you
share what you have in common with your fellow neighbors. Have everyone sit in a circle (if the group is very large, make a bunch of circles), and place the jar in the center. Begin by having a player say something about themselves; for example: “My name is _______ and I have been on a Caribbean cruise.” If nobody else has this fact in common the player puts a penny in the jar. If someone else has this fact in common, that person (or persons) puts a penny into the jar while the player who stated the fact keeps his or her penny. As the game progresses with more sharing and penny dropping, the person who runs out of pennies first wins.
Guess Who PARTICIPANTS: at least five people EQUIPMENT: strips of paper, pens, a hat/jar/bowl and Scotch tape
RULES: Have each player write
down a well-known person’s name on a slip of paper. Without revealing the names, have players fold and place the paper into the hat. Each player chooses a strip of paper and, without looking at it, uses the tape to stick it on their forehead so everyone else can see the name. Once all names are taped to foreheads, have everyone sit in a circle. Begin by having a person ask a yes-or-no question about who is on their forehead. The player may ask if the person is a man or woman, living or dead, has starred in movies, fought in a war, etc. Once the group answers yes or no to the player’s question, the next person asks either the same question or a different question to guess who is on their forehead. The game continues until everyone figures out their famous person.
Other Game Ideas OH, THE MERITS OF STREET CHALK! SKETCH LIFE-SIZE GAME BOARDS ON THE CONCRETE OR A NEVER-ENDING GAME OF HOPSCOTCH! IT’S FUN FOR THE KIDS, TOO!
When you’re familiar with the area, scavenger hunts can be loads of fun. Compile a list of items or sights on the block. Hand out copies of the list to teams of two or three, and have them scatter and snap photos of each listed item. The team that finds all items first (with photos as proof) is the winner. Remember tug-o-war and potato sack racing on school field days? On a preferably grassy field, set up a relay games site. Make competition fierce by having a battle of the sexes or adults versus kids. Source: icebreakergamesforadults.com
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SET UP YOUR OWN SPREAD OR MAKE A TASTING BUFFET FOR NEIGHBORS TO BITE INTO, THE CHOICE IS YOURS. AS YOU PLAN YOUR PARTY, ASK NEIGHBORS ABOUT FOOD SERVING PREFERENCES. FAMILIES MAY WANT TO MAKE A BUNCH OF HORS D’OEUVRES AND MINI DESSERTS WHILE GRILLING HOTDOGS OR BURGERS FOR THEMSELVES. Appetizing Starters & Snacks
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MAKE DESSERT EASY WITH A COUPLE OF THESE QUICK IDEAS. Make a sundae station.
Bring quarts of ice cream and set up bowls of sprinkles, cherries, candies and gummies for toppings. Don’t forget the chocolate syrup and whipped cream!
Sweet Dips. You don’t need a fondue kit to make a fondue station. Just set out a few bowls of caramel sauce, hot fudge, maple syrup and butterscotch syrup with cookie cutter pieces of pound cake and chunks of fruit. Use wooden skewers for spearing. Call in an ice cream truck. As you plan your block party,
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consider contacting a local ice cream truck driver to park in the neighborhood. Nothing beats a Klondike bar and drumstick!
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Widely known as the “Fishing Capital of the World,” Florida ranks No. 1 in the country with some 2.8 million anglers. Fishing has a $7.5 billion impact on the state and includes 100,000 angler-supported jobs and $4.3 billion in tax revenues and income.
“The best thing about this area is that you can fish here yearround; there are very few places in the country you can do that. You also have the option of freshwater or salt and not many places can say that,” says Joe Norris.
“There’s always something biting somewhere,” notes Norris, 63, of Sparr, who has lived in Florida over 30 years and does rod repair, builds custom rods and ties saltwater flies. “There’s a broad assortment of fishing opportunities in this area. You can go for fun, catch and release, or bring something back. You can even compete in bass, crappie and saltwater tournaments. There’s something for anybody, based on what they want to do,” says Jeff Miller, president of Millers Boating Center in Ocala, a family-owned business that opened as a tackle shop in 1978.You don’t even need a boat to catch fish. “You can fish Rodman Reservoir at the spillway or fish the north side of the Moss Bluff locks when the water is flowing,” adds Miller. “There are several areas where you can fish off the bank at local lakes. You can fish the pier at Crystal River off Fort Island Trail or head to some of the ponds in the Ocala National Forest.” Of course, with a boat, your options expand exponentially. Whether you’re going for bass or crappie, redfish or seatrout, there are numerous places within a short drive of Ocala to hit the water, and the sport extends to more than hook-and-line fishing. In this space, we can only skim the surface (pun intended) on the broad subject of fishing, but it might be enough to make you want to explore a lifestyle beloved by many Florida residents.
ure, you can venture into Wal-Mart or a chain sporting goods store to buy fishing equipment, but if you’re looking for a great selection, plus personal service from a knowledgeable angler, visit a locally owned tackle shop like Elite Bait & Tackle. You’ll be met by owner Terry Roberts and his friendly border collie, Emmy, who accompanies him to the shop every day and makes it her duty to greet each customer. “I’m a one-man show,” laughs Roberts. “My dog and I are the only ones who work here.” Local fishermen appreciate the fact that Roberts is an Ocala native who has been fishing since he was 10 years old. He opened Elite Bait & Tackle (elitebaitandtackle.com), which is located in the Winn-Dixie plaza at 36th Avenue and Maricamp Road, in July 2011. Roberts has stocked his store with plenty of freshwater and inshore saltwater supplies. Except for the boat, you’ll find all you need to hit the water: rods and reels, line, maps, fishing lights, anchors. You name it and Roberts either has it or can get it. In addition to lots of artificial lures, he has a variety of live bait, including minnows, shiners, crickets and worms. Anglers going for offshore saltwater species like to use squid, sardines and herring, and Roberts has all of those frozen and ready, too. Of course, Roberts himself loves to fish, although owning a shop keeps him off the water
more than he’d like. But the best part is that his experience allows him to help customers get exactly what they need. “You can buy a rod for $30 or spend all the way up to $500; it just depends on the brand and quality you want,” explains Roberts. “These days a lot of people shop on the Internet, but there are still people who want to come in and handle the rod and reel before they buy.” The casual, recreational angler may buy a combo rod and reel, but no serious fisherman is going to do this. They’ll match their rod to the reel, depending on conditions, and will have several different rods and reels, so they’re prepared for most any situation on the water. Don’t skimp on your line. You can have the priciest rod and reel around but lose the fish because of cheap line that breaks. Many anglers recommend braided line, which is much more durable than monofilament.
HERE FISHY, FISHY…
hen I was a kid, I thought fishermen tied the worm in a knot on the hook. Imagine my chagrin when I went fishing for the first time as an adult and realized the whole worm-meets-hook scenario is a bit more traumatic (for the worm, that is) than just tying a bow. Although worms are the go-to bait in the stories we read as children, they’re just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to choices. Bait can be live (think nightcrawlers, shiners, minnows, crickets or shrimp), a piece of something that was once alive (think chicken livers or crab) or a cut bait, which is typically a piece of another fish, such as mullet or ladyfish. “Bass feed at the top in the morning, late at night and on overcast days, so you’d use top water bait under these conditions,” says A.J. Nuckles, a longtime Ocala horseman and farrier who’s been fishing since childhood. “A plastic worm, or swimbait, is the old standby; you can use them most any time. If you were going bass fishing and could only have one bait in your tackle box, it would be a plastic worm.” Lures are to anglers what shoes are to the shopping-addicted female. It’s impossible to have too many. Lures come in many styles and materials, ranging from rubber, plastic and metal to wood, cork, animal hair, tinsel, feathers and more. Because fish can be downright picky, the avid angler tends to have a wide array of lures, also known as “artificials,” when fishing for bass.
Here’s a brief rundown on some basic lures:
JIGS A weighted hook with a lead head. May be covered with live bait, such as a minnow or crawfish, or a plastic worm.
FLIES Used in fly fishing with a fly rod and reel (which is another article altogether!)
P LU GS Are shaped like a small fish and can be made to have a swimming action. Sometimes referred to as “crankbait” or “minnows.”
SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER
tate law requires that all anglers, from commercial to the occasional recreational fisherman, comply with fishing regulations. This means you have to be licensed, which you can do online. Visit myfwc.com for details. You‘re also responsible for knowing the limits and size requirements of the species you’re catching. If a game and fish officer happens to stop your boat on the water to check your catch, the excuse of “but, I didn’t know” won’t go over well. Not all fish are measured in the same way. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) uses either Total Length or Fork Length for most fin fish. Billfish are measured by Lower Jaw Fork Length. Learn how to accurately measure fish to be sure you’re staying within limit regulations and to avoid fines.
T O M E AS U R E T OTA L L E N G T H : With the fish lying on its side, measure from the most forward point of the head, with the mouth closed, to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed. S P ECI ES T H AT AR E M EAS U R ED B Y T OTAL LE NGTH I NC LU D E : S N A P P E R FAM I LY G ROU P E R FAM I LY RE D D RU M BL AC K D RU M S N OOK
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FLOU N DER ORNAMENTALS, SUCH AS ANGELFISH, ETC.
SPI N N ERS Feature bent wire with a hook on the lower end topped by a spinning mechanism on top.
S POON Like their name, these resemble a table spoon and attract fish because of their wobbling, lightdancing appearance.
S U R FAC E L U R E S Also known as “top water bait,” they’re designed to mimic prey that fish hunt at the surface. Come in different shapes and sizes and may make sounds.
POPPERS Surface lures that can make a popping noise when used with the right technique.
S W I M BA I T Soft plastic bait made to resemble worms, fish, crabs, squid, lizards, frogs, leeches and other critters fish find appetizing. Can be made with a moving tail to resemble live baitfish, such as minnows.
GO WITH A PRO
ou don’t have to own a boat or know where to drop a line to have a great day fishing. All you need is a good guide. “It takes a lifetime to learn where to go and when to go. GPS and maps are good, but you need to know when to be there and at what stage of the tide,” says Herbert Wilkerson, 72, who has been guiding for 55 years and is based at Gulf Hammock on the Waccasassa River. Wilkerson, who is also site manager for the Waccasassa Fishing Club, takes clients out on the Waccasassa River and into the Gulf to fish the shoreline and along the flats. They’re typically going for redfish and seatrout, which locals often refer to as speckled trout. For those species, he generally uses live shrimp or cut mullet and, sometimes, plastic bait. “We use airboats and flats boats, but mostly airboats because the water is so shallow. An airboat allows you to get back into the creeks where the fish settle in the holes when they’re
hunting warmer water in the winter,” notes Wilkerson, adding that the Gulf waters aren’t as deep as you might think in some areas. “It’s shallow along this coast. It only drops about one foot for every mile, so you can go out 4 miles from shore and it may only be 4 feet deep.” Shallow water gets warm— especially when it’s muddied up by boats with high horsepower motors, which often happens on the flats. Although Wilkerson takes clients out yearround, August and September are generally the slowest months for fishing, simply because of the hot weather. “When the water temperature hits 80 to 85 degrees, the fish don’t like it, so they head for deeper, cooler water, making it more challenging to catch them,” he explains. “At
TO MEASURE FO RK LE NG TH: Measure the fish with its mouth closed from the tip of its jaw or snout to the center of the fork in its tail.
T O M E AS U R E LO W E R J AW F O R K L E N G T H : Measure the billfish in a straight line from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork in the tail.
SPECIES MEASURE D B Y F O RK L E N G T H I N C L UD E : AMBERJACKS AFRICAN POMPANO BLUEFISH COBIA DOLPHI N
HOG FISH KI NG MACKEREL SPANISH MACKEREL MULLET PERMIT
the end of September when the nights start cooling off, the water temperature drops. When the water is 65 to 75 degrees, that’s ideal for the fish.” Professional guides can’t guarantee what you’ll catch or how much, but they sure can put the odds in your favor. They typically furnish the rods, reels and bait, and, of course, the boat. Guides also do the dirty work, like baiting the hook and cleaning the fish, unless you prefer to do it yourself. Expect to spend about $350 for one to two anglers for an all-day outing, which typically starts around 7:30am and lasts until 3 or 3:30pm. Websites like floridafishing.com and floridagofishing.com are a great resource to find guides and charters, as well as to learn more about fishing in general.
S P ECI ES M EAS U R ED B Y LOW ER J AW F OR K LE NGTH I NC LU D E : POMPANO RUDDERFISH
BLUE MARLI N SAILFISH WHITE MARLI N Source: myfwc.com
CATCH & RELEASE
onservation-minded anglers like to say, “A fish is too valuable to catch only once!” This is the driving thought behind the concept of catch-and-release fishing. You can enjoy the challenge of hooking and landing the fish, and even get a photo or video for “bragging rights,” but then let it go to possibly be caught again another day. Of course, the conservation principle of catch and release is compromised if the fish doesn’t survive after release, and not every catch-and-release story has a happy ending… for the fish, that is. Let’s say you catch an undersize seatrout and it’s injured in some way during the fight. By law, you can’t keep that fish; you have to throw it back, even though you know it’s not going to survive after you release it. Anglers can greatly increase the odds of fish survival by following some basic methods, as recommended on catchandrelease.org. U S E C I RC L E H O O K S . Designed with the point turned perpendicular to the shank so it creates a circular shape, a circle hook typically ensures that fish usually get hooked in the mouth, not the gut or throat. This makes it easier to remove the hook without harming the fish.
D O N ’T S E T T H E H O O K B Y J E R K I N G T H E RO D . Be patient and let the fish take the bait. The hook will set itself if you reel in the slack slowly and steadily, which makes this style hook helpful for novice anglers. L AN D T H E F I S H AS Q U I C K LY AS P O S S I B L E . You don’t want to exhaust the fish, as that will decrease its survival odds after release.
H AN D L E C A R E F U LLY . If you have to handle the fish, use wet hands—not a towel—so you don’t remove the slime coating on the fish, which serves as protection. Don’t touch the fish’s gills. If you bring the fish from the water to photograph it, never lift it by its jaws, which can seriously injure it; instead, support its weight horizontally. Never use a gaff unless you are keeping the fish and know it is legal size.
U SE A DE HOOKI NG DE V I CE I F YOU CAN SE E THE HOOK . A dehooker allows you to safely remove the hook with minimal damage and without the hook “reengaging” in the fish. It also means you don’t have to handle the fish, which can damage it. If you can’t see the hook, cut the leader as close to the hook as possible without bringing the fish out of the water. RE LE ASE CARE FU LLY. Let the fish go head first. If it appears exhausted, take a moment to hold the fish so its head is pointed downward underwater. Move it back and forth so water moves over the gills and it is able to swim without assistance.
FISHI NG FOR A LIVI NG
ome anglers are good enough to make a living at it. Just ask Billy Bowen, Jr., of Ocala, who’s been tournament fishing since the mid-80s. Bowen, 55, fished professionally from 2000 to 2004 and has competed in 138 tournaments since 1995, winning six of those and finishing in the Top 10 27 times. “When I was competing fulltime, I was usually gone three weeks out of the month. It was something I dreamed of and won’t ever regret, but once it wasn’t fun, I decided to stay home and fish around here,” says Bowen. “You can win big money, sometimes $50,000 to $100,000 at one tournament, but
when you get to that level, you’re also spending a lot of money. You can pick up sponsors—and I had some good ones—but you’re also spending a lot of your own money and it’s not cheap to compete,” says Bowen who’s won a fully rigged Ranger bass boat and a brand-new Chevrolet pickup truck, along with cash earnings, and of course, plenty of trophies. It takes years of experience to get to the level where you’re fishing for these prizes, and the competition is stiff. Some tournaments are invitation only and there may be as many as 250 boats entered. Although Bowen no longer travels around the country to tournaments, he still loves to
compete in Florida, fishing the Extreme Bass Series, usually with his son, Andrew Bowen, or his friend, David Hunter. They often fish the St. Johns River, Lake Rousseau, Harris chain and the Kissimmee chain near St. Cloud. There are two anglers per boat, and winners are determined by weighing the best five fish caught by each team. Highest weight wins. Conservationists will appreciate that the fish are released at the end of the competition. “If you weigh in a dead fish, that’s an 8-ounce penalty, which can cost you a lot of money,” says Bowen. “We take good care of our fish, and they all get let go in the end.”
n June 23, 2007, I was taking my employer and his son fishing for the day out in the Gulf. At the time my daughter, Melissa, was pregnant and due with our first granddaughter. My wife said I was crazy to go because I might miss it. We got out there about daylight, and sure enough, about noon I get a call saying Melissa’s water broke. But the fish were biting real good; we were catching redfish and trout, so I told the guys we didn’t have to hurry, we could fish for a while. We finally went in about 4:00. I still had time to get the boat cleaned up and made it to the hospital where my granddaughter, Riley, was born about 8:00. I’d never have heard the end of it if I’d missed her being born!”
MIKE VACHON, 54, Ocala, who’s been fishing since the early 1970s. He enjoys saltwater fishing for redfish, trout, grouper and goes year-round. He can also be found diving, spearfishing and scalloping.
was fishing with A.J. Nuckles, and we had a redfish that had been in the cooler for about an hour. I told him to revive it. I was just joking, but he put it in the water and it actually did revive. We’d caught a bigger one, so we ended up letting it go and it took off; they’re pretty tough fish!”
JOE NORRIS, 63, of Sparr, who can be found fishing in the Gulf, going for redfish and seatrout. He uses artificial lures, cut mullet and shrimp, but says, “The best redfish bait in the Gulf is cut, fresh ladyfish. It’s not good for humans to eat, but redfish love it!”
he first time I hooked a tarpon was over in Waccasassa Bay in 2007. I was by myself in my flats boat, fishing for trout on the grass flats, and I hooked a 100-pound tarpon on my trout rod. I fought that fish for over a half hour. It spooled me (took all the line off the spool) several times; I had to chase it with the boat trying to reel and drive the boat at the same time. Then I see a Florida Fish & Game boat headed my way. I was trying to wave them off so they could see I was fighting a fish. They stopped and watched me for a while, then finally left. I continued to fight the fish until I thought it was worn out enough to get it close enough to get a photo before I let it go, but it made several good jumps—just like you see on TV—and broke my line. I never got the photo, and that’s the only tarpon I’ve ever hooked.”
A.J. NUCKLES, 55, Ocala, who has been fishing since age 5 and has owned just about every type of fishing boat, from airboats to bass boats and now uses a flats skiff.
n summer time, you can expect it to be tough fishing. My son, Andrew, and I did a tournament on Rodman Reservoir. We pulled up early that morning about 6:30 at the spot where we’d caught fish when practicing. We each caught two small fish, about 14 to 15 inches long. We tried other areas, but had no luck. By about 12 o’clock, we still only had those four fish in our live well, but we weren’t giving up and stayed focused. You never know when you’re going to catch a big fish. Then I got a seven-pounder, so that gave us five fish, and by about 12:30, I caught an eight-pounder, so now we had six fish, so we let the smallest one go. We never had another bite after that, but we felt like we had enough to win because we were right at 20 pounds (total weight of all five fish). We ended up winning first place in both weight and the biggest fish of the tournament.”
BILLY BOWEN, JR., 55, of Ocala, who’s competed in tournament fishing since the mid-80s and has even designed his own artificial lure, the “Jigzilla,” which has caught many fish over the years.
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Autumn is officially in the air. It’s time to put away the water wings and bathing suits and savor the flavor of all
the fall season has to offer. To make it easy to plan your season, we’ve compiled a list of festivals, both near and far. Ever wonder how those tricky corn mazes come to be? We have a little of that, too! And when all that festival-going makes you hungry (and it will), we’ve got some autumn-inspired treat ideas to make at home. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK AND KATIE MCPHERSON
Festivals Near… Looking for some festival fun close by? Check out these local events. Round Up The Rattlers RATTLESNAKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL SAN ANTONIO (YES, IT’S IN FLORIDA!) / OCT. 19
The Town That Time Forgot
MICANOPY HARVEST FESTIVAL MICANOPY / OCT. 26-27
Known as the “Town That Time Forgot,” this quaint village is the ideal venue for an arts and crafts show. The quiet street Cholokka Boulevard will be bustling with activity as artists make their way to the area to showcase a variety of works. There will be over 200 displays as well as a main stage with live music, not to mention an “old-time” auction on Saturday afternoon. MICANOPYFALLFESTIVAL.ORG OR (352) 494-3630.
Before you count out this snake extravaganza, read on. This 47th annual festival features two stages of live music all day long, a 5-mile foot race, demonstrations by “Cowboy Tom” and others, children’s activities, arts and crafts, vendors and plenty of food, including a pancake breakfast. Car enthusiasts stick around for the classic car show on Sunday. And don’t worry about parking because free shuttles will be available throughout the day. Best yet, admission is free!
festival features over 280 arts, crafts and antique vendors from around the country as well as live music throughout the festival, food, activities and more. Curious how to weave a basket? There will also be plenty of craft demonstrations taking place. Admission is free, and the festival runs from 8am-5pm. FRIENDSOFMCINTOSH.ORG OR (352) 591-4038.
Ocala’s Main Event
OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL OCALA / OCT. 26-27
A staple among art-lovers in the community, the Ocala Arts Festival will take place for the 46th time in historic downtown Ocala. Over 200 artists will convene, bringing with
them their finest works. There are also fine food concessions from area restaurants, children’s activities, school art exhibits that highlight up-and-coming area talent and more. Admission is free, and the festival will run 10am-5pm daily. (352) 867-0355 OR FAFO.ORG.
Downtown In Dora MOUNT DORA CRAFT FAIR
MOUNT DORA / OCT. 26-27
The historic town of Mount Dora will play host to over 350 artisans during their 29th annual craft fair. A normally tranquil town, the streets are expected to host over 350,000 visitors over the course of this two-day festival. Along with
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Vintage Festival Fun
MCINTOSH 1890S FESTIVAL MCINTOSH / OCT. 19
Step back in time during the McIntosh 1890s festival. Set in historic McIntosh, this one-day
TELL US ABOUT THE CORN MAZE AND FESTIVAL. We’re in our fifth year being open. This is a
family farm, and we have three generations working here to make the maze happen. We’re not corporately owned. We like it because it’s a way for people to come out and see what a real farm is like.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START? Back in
2000, we went to one in Jacksonville and I told my husband if we ever moved back home to the farm I’d love to do a maze. When we did move, I begged my dad, who thought I was crazy, and after two years, he let me do it. We planned on 2,000 people to attend but had nearly 10,000.
HOW DO YOU PLAN A MAZE FROM START TO FINISH? We plant the week of 4th of July.
Corn is a fast growing crop; it takes about 90 days to be ready.
PICKING THE PERFECT PUMPKIN Pumpkin patches are officially open for business! Before heading out to the farm, make sure to study proper picking procedure so only the best picks make the drive home. » Pick a pumpkin » Flip the pumpkin over and press the bottom with a thumb. If that feels firm it gives, it’s not fresh. A green and heavy for stem is another good sign the its size and has pumpkin was just harvested. a consistent color all over. » Look for a flat-bottomed pumpkin so it will sit upright. » Check for No tipsy pumpkins, please! dents, splits and soft spots that could lead to early spoilage.
About a month before opening, we begin the cutting process. We design it the old-fashioned way—graph paper and a pencil. Then go down and plot it out using tapes and measuring wheels. We don’t use GPS or any technology. It’s cut with our zero-turn radius mower.
WHAT ARE SOME MAZE DESIGNS YOU’VE HAD IN THE PAST? The first few years we wrote out Coon Hollo, and then
the third year we added a raccoon face. This year we have a vintage carnival theme so we’re having a tent shape with balloons and the raccoon face.
WHAT’S UP WITH THE NEW INTERACTIVE TEXTING MAZE GAME? Yes, we’re so excited! This is not
for the faint of heart. There’ll be stations set up across the farm with coordinates and clues. You take a picture to prove you’ve been there, something interactive like pretending to be a farm animal. At the end, you’ll get a little reward. It’ll get people up, out and moving.
DELIGHTFUL DECORATING TIPS out a lid and remove the seeds to » Trace the family monogram or make a vase for seasonal flowers. house number onto the pumpkin and tap in some thumb tacks along the lines. It’s bright, shiny » For a fall dinner party, purchase mini pumpkins to decorate the and too easy to resist. table. Snap off the stems and place tea candles in the depressions. » Kids will love making beloved Covering them in glitter spray characters come to life in pumpkin paint will make them form. A little paint even more fabulous, and some fabric and they’ll catch each for a cape can turn others’ light nicely. an average squash into Superman. The » Take advantage shape of a pumpkin of the chalkboard really lends itself to a paint trend and use Minion, no? it to cover an entire pumpkin. Carving » Spray paint the causes the pumpkin entire pumpkin to rot faster, but a black and etch designs in using a spoon handle. classy chalkboard paint job will help We think an etched rendition of it last by sealing out the elements oh so beautifully. Draw away with Van Gogh’s Starry Night would be appropriate. To turn this little no need to decide on just one beauty into something more, cut design—this pumpkin can get a new look anytime.
Corn © djgis; Pumpkin © Julia Zakharova / Shutterstock.com
CORN MAZE IN THE MAKING Every year, 5 acres of the 400-acre Coon Hollo Farm are transformed into one of the region’s most popular attractions. The Coon Hollo Corn Maze draws folks of all ages, and while they celebrate maze-making the oldfashioned way, they’re incorporating some new technology this year. We talked with maze designer Amy Perryman and got the inside scoop.
streets lined with art displays, there will also be plenty of food vendors and live entertainment. MOUNTDORACRAFTFAIR.COM OR (352) 735-1191.
DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL AND ART SHOW GAINESVILLE / NOV. 16-17
Every year, downtown Gainesville becomes one massive art exhibit lined with pieces by awardwinning artists. The Downtown
Shell Of A Good Time GREAT AMERICAN COOTER FEST INVERNESS / OCT. 25-27
It all began with a small town fable about a brave turtle named Cooter. That tall tale spawned a festival that has taken place for years with no signs of stopping. Cooter is the official mascot of the festival named after him. He’s joined by his fellow citizens for the Friday night block party to kick off the festival weekend. There will be plenty of games, contests, vendors and activities for guests of all ages as well as tribute concerts to Bob Seger, Bon Jovi and Journey. This hometown festival has wide appeal and is definitely worth the trip. COOTERFESTIVAL.COM OR (352) 726-2611.
Fall Finish Line
OCALA PUMPKIN RUN OCALA / OCT. 25-27
Festival and Art Show draws a crowd of more than 100,000 each year. Impressive, right? Back for its 32nd year, the streets will be decked out in paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more created by 250 of the nation’s best artists. Other arts of the performing and culinary varieties will be celebrated as well alongside numerous crafts for kids to make and take home. GVLCULTURALAFFAIRS.ORG OR (352) 393-8536.
The third annual Ocala Pumpkin Run is bringing “horsepower to horse country,” lining 400 acres of farmland with thousands of vehicles from all over the country. Cars of all makes and models will be bought and sold while enthusiasts browse the rows of vendors and sponsors ready to interact with the guests. Local bands will play their greatest hits while special demonstrations take place, including the Extreme Dyno Challenge, Model Car Show and more. There are also tons of free activities for kids, so bring the whole family along. For a bigger, faster and louder fall festival, this is the destination to check out. OCALAPUMPKINRUN.COM OR (352) 620-9998.
Come Sail Away
49TH ANNUAL CEDAR KEY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL CEDAR KEY / OCT. 19-20
This annual event draws over 200 arts and crafts vendors as well as live musical performers playing in the streets day and night. But all of that comes second to the famous local seafood served in City Park. If it swims, they’re serving it up at this seafood festival, and it’s guaranteed to be good. The festival parade takes place on Saturday morning followed by an open lighthouse on Seahorse Key. This is an opportunity for festival-goers to explore the iconic lighthouse and the beautiful island it calls home.
Fest For The Family COON HOLLO FALL FESTIVAL
MICANOPY / OCT. 4-NOV. 3
The farm that hosts this monthlong festival has been operated by several generations of the same family. There are almost too many attractions here to count, but they include hay rides, pasture putt putt, tug of war and one of the largest corn mazes in the area. No matter your age this festival is fun for the whole family. Coon Hollo is open Friday through Sunday. COONHOLLOCORNMAZE.COM OR (352) 591-0441.
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If you don’t mind taking a drive, there are some great festivals around the state. Here’s a round-up of some of the best Florida has to offer. Downtown In Delray 19TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH CRAFT FESTIVAL
A Cultural Culinary Experience
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
DELRAY BEACH / OCT. 5-6
ORLANDO / THROUGH NOV. 11
Known as “Florida’s Village By The Sea,” downtown Delray Beach is just seconds from the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of the nation’s most talented artisans will line the streets to sell handmade jewelry, pottery, clothing and more. Spend the weekend and visit all Delray has to offer, such as the elegant eateries and eclectic boutiques. Admission is free, and the festival runs 10am-5pm daily.
When else can you dine on escargot and Sushi in the same evening? This annual celebration of
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BEER & BRATS What type of fall festival guide would this be if we didn’t talk about Oktoberfest? The Munich-based festival spans between 16 and 18 days and attracts over 6 million visitors each year. The annual event incorporates lots of beer, food and entertainment. Tents house different restaurants, breweries, bakeries and more where visitors can sample cuisine and, of course, taste a multitude of brews.
food and wine presented by Epcot Center lets you sample elegant cuisine from around the globe in a pristine setting that only Disney knows how to do. Sign up for any of the “Special Experiences” where you can talk to celebrity chefs or get a lesson in wine education. And be sure to visit the demonstration stations to learn the secrets of the trade. Top the evening off with one of the special “Sweet Events” designed especially with your sweet tooth in mind.
Daytona Beach for the 21st annual Biketoberfest. Not only will there be enough two-wheeled eye-candy to keep bikers of all ages awed for hours, but there will also be live music, entertainment, great food and lots of vendors.
DISNEYWORLD.DISNEY.GO.COM/ EVENTS OR (407) 939-5277.
FORT LAUDERDALE / OCT. 18- NOV. 11
Bikes By The Beach
BIKETOBERFEST DAYTONA BEACH / OCT. 17-20
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will be rolling through
Head To The Fort For Films FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
If you’re serious about movies, then this is one festival you have to attend. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is a “vacation away from ordinary film.” Three venues will host a number
But just because you can’t make it to Germany doesn’t mean you can’t partake in Oktoberfest celebrations. Thousands of cities across the globe put on their own version of the world-famous festival. Check out some of these Florida-based Oktoberfests.
AVALON PARK OKTOBERFEST, ORLANDO
28TH ANNUAL CAPE CORAL OKTOBERFEST
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OCTOBER 18-20, 25-27
OCTOBER 25 TALLAHASSEEDOWNTOWN.COM
TOP OF THE BAY OKTOBERFEST, TAMPA OCTOBER 18-20 UTBCHAMBER.COM OR (813) 855-4233
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Beer © Boule; Bratwurst © Nils Z; Turkey © Piyato; Hand © ILYA AKINSHIN / Shutterstock.com; Epcot © Matt Stroshane
And Festivals Far…
EAT UP: YOUR FALL FESTIVAL FOOD GUIDE Let’s face it, hayrides and pumpkin patches are nice, but the real reason most of us make our way to a fall festival is for the food! At a time when you’ve had just about as much watermelon and lemonade as you can stand, the cooler weather ushers in a whole new season of flavors. On your travels these next few weeks, be sure to try some of these fall festival staples.
of film genres over the course of the festival, featuring everything from clips and shorts to full-length features. And while you’re not attending a show, check out the number of events, parties and galas taking place throughout the festival. FLIFF.COM OR (954) 525-3456.
Paintings In The Park
40TH ANNUAL WINTER PARK AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL WINTER PARK / OCT. 12-13
A short drive south will bring you to downtown Winter Park where boutique shops and unique eateries line the streets. For 40 years, this historic town has held a juried art show exclusively catered to Florida artists. Along with the sidewalk displays of the highest-quality art throughout Central Park, there’s also a full entertainment line-up, children’s activities, vendors, food and more. WINTERPARK.ORG OR (407) 644-8281.
ALL THINGS APPLE
Although we don’t see much of an apple-growing season in Florida, this is the time of year when apple-inspired cuisine is ripe for the picking!
» APPLE CIDER
At a festival, you’ll be trekking around, so handheld fare is the way to go.
» CARAMEL OR CANDY APPLES
» TURKEY LEGS
» APPLE PIES AND FRITTERS
SPICE IT UP
No, we’re not talking about cayenne pepper here. In most sweets and treats this time of year you’ll detect just a hint of cinnamon, clove and ginger. » SPICE CAKES, MUFFINS, BREADS AND DOUGHNUTS
FABULOUS FRIED FARE
Just about anything fried is down downright delicious. These are a few of the most popular. » FUNNEL CAKES
» SPICED CIDERS
» OREO COOKIES
» GINGERSNAP COOKIES
» ZUCCHINIS AND PICKLES
Music Takes F light
RIVERHAWK MUSIC FESTIVAL BROOKSVILLE / NOV. 7-10
If music halls just aren’t your thing and you’re a nature-lover at heart, then the Riverhawk Music Festival is just the ticket. Held at the Sertoma Ranch, this four-day-long outdoor concert features local, regional and national talent on four different stages. There are also workshops available, vendors and plenty of fun stuff for the whole family. And if one day just isn’t enough, bring your camping gear and spend the weekend. LINDENTERTAINMENT.COM OR (863) 984-8445.
It’s All Greek To Me 16TH ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL
ST. AUGUSTINE / OCT. 11-13
One of St. Augustine’s largest annual events features togas, a bakaliko and an agora. If you think we’re speaking
Greek here, it’s because we are! The Greek Festival in St. Augustine is one of the premier events of the city. Visit the bakaliko (marketplace) to pick up your authentic Greek groceries and the Taverna to sample some Greek wine and beer. There will also be Greek dancers, music, a family 5K run, Greek-inspired Zumba and more. Admission is $3 for adults and free for kids under 12. STAUGGREEKFEST.COM OR (904) 829-0504.
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL SARASOTA / OCT. 25-27
There’s nothing quite like a trip to the pumpkin patch in October. But Sarasota takes pumpkin picking to the next level! Over 35,000 visitors are expected to attend the fifth annual Pumpkin Festival held at Payne Park. This family-friendly event features all the traditional fall festival activities as well as a costume parade, pie-eating contest, carnival rides, a not-so-scary haunted house and over 100 free shows to attend throughout the weekend. SARASOTAPUMPKINFESTIVAL.COM OR (941) 706-3102.
Lobster © Menna / Shutterstock.com; Magic Kingdom© Gene Duncan
THRILLS & CHILLS For those adventure seekers who have a haunting feeling that there’s something not quite right about the theme parks come October, you’re eerily correct. On select nights this fall, see a different, somewhat spookier side to your favorite family hotspots.
BRICK-OR-TREAT AT LEGOLAND
Head down the brick-or-treat road in search of spooks… and candy! Come see the world’s largest LEGO Jack-OLantern, and build your own LEGO creation. SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER FLORIDA.LEGOLAND.COM.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT SEAWORLD
Despite the name, this not-so-spooky event is fun for kids of all ages and features music, games, activities and, of course, treats! SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER SEAWORLDPARKS.COM.
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Complete with haunted mazes and surprises around every corner, this eerie event is not for the faint of heart. SELECT NIGHTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 2 HALLOWEENHORRORNIGHTS.COM .
MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM For those looking for less of a thrill, this familyfriendly event features Mickey and all his friends waiting with a boatload of Disney treats. SELECT NIGHTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 2 DISNEYWORLD.DISNEY.GO.COM.
THE LAST STOP CARNIVAL
Haunted houses, scare zones and scary characters roaming the park await only the bravest of visitors who dare to enter.
The all-new Last Stop Carnival makes its way to Ocala this year. Located at Wayne’s World of Paintball, this all-too-eerie event features a whole crew of creepy characters popping out of all corners. While the event is not suitable for children under 13, there is a kidfriendly day on October 14 for the youngsters.
SELECT NIGHTS THROUGH OCTOBER 26 SEAWORLDPARKS.COM.
SELECT NIGHTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 2 THELASTSTOPCARNIVAL.COM.
HOWL-O-SCREAM AT BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA
The Treasures Of The Sea(Food!)
FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL APALACHICOLA / NOV. 1-2
If you can’t get enough shrimp, clams and squid, then this is the festival for you! The Florida Seafood Festival celebrates 50 years this fall. Held at the mouth of the Apalachicola River, you’ll do more at this seafood-inspired festival than just eat (though you’ll do plenty of that, too). There’s also an oyster shucking contest, 5K run, arts and craft vendors, blue crab races, a carnival, fireworks and much more. FLORIDASEAFOODFESTIVAL.COM OR (850) 653-4720.
Fishin’ For Art
HOMOSASSA SEAFOOD FEST HOMOSASSA / NOV. 9-10
The art and seafood worlds collide at this annual event. Both judged and nonjudged art shows bring exhibitors from all over the country to the historic downtown of Homosassa. Browse through the artists’ collections, and sample some outstanding seafood creations. HOMOSASSASEAFOODFEST. COM OR (813) 671-7655.
Montessori P R E PA R ATO R Y S C H O O L O F O C A L A
We all know that the Montessori method of teaching is time tested and has been time proven. What we as parents really love is the environment that has been created at the Montessori Prep of Ocala. The staff has a wonderful rapport with each other and the children are treated with the utmost respect and love. I love seeing the way the teachers greet each other and the children when they first see each other every morning. Our children are so well taken care of and loved throughout the day, that our children absolutely love their teachers. When our children are exposed to this on a daily basis, these core values of love, respect and caring are then engrained in every aspect of their daily lives. So when they feel this secure and comfortable in their school environment, it automatically leads them to reach their maximum academic potential. As parents we couldn’t ask for anything more.
, current Montessori parents
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F THE IDEA OF A TREADMILL HAS YOU SCREAMING “OH, THE HORROR,” WE HAVE GOOD NEWS. EXERCISING AWAY SEASONAL SWEETS JUST GOT EASIER THANKS FAVOR TO ANOTHER SEASONAL FAVORITE: SCARY MOVIES. A recent study
revealed that subjects who watched a 90-minute horror movie burned an average of 113 calories. For a little perspective, that’s the same amount of burned calories as running a ten-minute mile. Fearful reactions to the movies increase heart rate and lead to the release of adrenaline. This combo dulls appetite and boosts basal metabolic rate as well. The researchers say any creep-tastic classic will get the job done. Their study relied on The Shining, Jaws and The Exorcist, which respectively burned 184, 161 and 158 calories. Tis the season to be scared, so consider trading in some gym time for a little scream sesh. Source: Women’s Health Magazine
BR E A SRT: C A NCE
HILE BREAST CANCER CONTINUES TO BE THE SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER AND SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH AMONG WOMEN, BEHIND SKIN AND LUNG CANCER, RESPECTIVELY, THERE IS GOOD NEWS. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, BREAST CANCER INCIDENCE RATES BEGAN DECREASING IN 2000 WITH A SIGNIFICANT DROP OF 7 PERCENT FROM 2002 TO 2003. THE LATTER DECREASE IS BELIEVED TO BE LINKED TO THE DECLINE IN HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT) AFTER MENOPAUSE, FOLLOWING THE 2002 WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE STUDY RESULTS SHOWING A BREAST CANCER RISK INCREASE. THE OTHER GOOD NEWS IS THAT BREAST CANCER DEATH RATES HAVE BEEN DECLINING SINCE ABOUT 1989, PARTICULARLY IN WOMEN YOUNGER THAN 50. INCREASED AWARENESS, EARLIER DETECTION AND IMPROVED TREATMENT ARE ALL LIKELY CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO THIS STATISTIC.
Estimated number of new cases of invasive breast cancer that will be diagnosed
Estimated number of new cases of non-invasive carcinoma in situ (CIS) that will be diagnosed
Estimated number of women who will die from breast cancer
3 2.9 million Percentage that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death
Estimated number of breast cancer survivors, including women who have completed and are still undergoing treatment, currently in the United States
Source: American Cancer Society’s 2013 breast cancer statistics
Percentage of women in the United States who will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime
WEIGHING THE RISKS GENDER: Breast cancer is about 100 times more common among women than men.
AGE: Risk increases with age. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers occur in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 are found in women 55 or older. GENETICS: About 5-10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary.
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BRCA GENE MUTATION
ACS EARLY DETECTION GUIDELINES
20s: Beginning in their 20s,
20s-30s: Women in their
40 & OLDER: Women age 40
women are encouraged to perform breast self-exam self-examinations (BSE), preferably monthly after their period.
20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular health checkup every three years.
and older should have an annual mammogram.
EAT THOSE CAROTENOIDS
Sources: cancer.org; sciencedaily.com; cancer.gov
In a 2012 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers found that women with high levels of different carotenoids in their blood have a 15-20 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those with lower levels. Carotenoids are antioxidants, and scientists believe they mop up free radicals that can lead to diseases, such as breast cancer. Good sources of carotenoids include carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens and tomatoes.
ARE YOU EXERCISING ENOUGH? A study conducted by the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA (Chapel Hill) and published in 2012 in the journal Cancer, found that exercise reduces breast cancer risk. In the Long Island Breast Cancer Project, researchers studied 3,000 women from ages 20-98, half who had breast cancer and half who did not. Those who exercised between 10-19 hours per week had a 30 percent reduction in breast cancer risk. But the study also showed that a significant weight gain, even in the physically active women and especially after menopause, negated the breast cancer reduction risk. The takeaway would seem to be to exercise and avoid gaining weight!
In June of this year, actress ANGELINA JOLIE announced she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. The latter is a common cause of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie has a family history of ovarian cancer. Normal BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes help prevent cancer by making proteins that keep cells from replicating abnormally. But for women with inherited mutated BRCA genes, the risk can be up to five times higher that they will develop breast cancer than women who don’t carry the mutation. For women with the mutation, breast cancer tends to occur at a younger age and more often affects both breasts. Although the BRCA mutations can occur in any racial or ethnic group, in the United States they are more common in Jewish women of Eastern Europe origin. Genetic testing for the BRCA mutations is expensive and might not be covered by some health insurance plans. If you are considering genetic testing, take the time to talk to a health care professional and become informed of the benefits and risks.
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According to a NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE study, women who gain weight steadily as they near middleage have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Researchers followed 72,000 women and found that those who gained 30 pounds from age 20-50 had an 88 percent increase in likelihood of developing breast cancer compared to women whose weight remained constant in that time frame. And women who gained a comparable amount of weight after age 50 were at a 56 percent risk of breast cancer compared to those who didn’t. The study concluded that substantial weight gain before and after 50 independently contributes to increased risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.
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TINNITUS: DO YOU HEAR THAT?
HE LATIN WORD TINNITUS, PRONOUNCED TI-NIGHT-US OR TIN-IH-TUS, MEANS “TO RING OR TINKLE LIKE A BELL.” FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM TINNITUS, THIS RINGING SOUND EMANATES IN THE INNER EAR. BUT THIS SOUND CAN ALSO MANIFEST AS HUMMING, HISSING, ROARING, BUZZING OR CLICKING. IT CAN BE IN ONE OR BOTH EARS; INTERMITTENT OR CONSTANT. Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom of various health conditions, such as high blood pressure, or damage to the inner ear most commonly caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises. In the latter particularly, the cilia (inner ear hair cells), which conduct sound are damaged or destroyed leading to tinnitus and hearing loss.
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NUMBER OF AMERICANS AFFECTED BY TINNITUS, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN TINNITUS ASSOCIATION. Those with tinnitus who have some level of noise-induced hearing loss.
WHAT’S TOO LOUD? Loudness of sound is measured in decibels (dB), and experts recommend using ear plugs when exposed to 85dB and above for extended periods of time. If you are around a noise that is so loud you cannot speak at a normal conversation level, turn the volume down, move away or wear ear plugs.
Here are some common sounds and their decibel levels: dB 20
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Military personnel, rock musicians, construction/street repair workers, pilots
Head/neck trauma, brain tumors, ear wax buildup, jaw misalignment, aging, health conditions (high blood pressure, hyper/ hypothyroidism, Lyme disease, diabetes, anemia, fibromyalgia, Meniere’s disease)
SUBJECTIVE: Most common form
» Hearing aids/masking devices
OBJECTIVE: Ear sounds a doctor can
Medications (high doses of aspirin, ibuprofen, diuretics, sedatives, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants) Excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, caffeinated beverages, highsodium foods, stress and fatigue
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presents as ear sounds only you can hear.
sometimes hear with a stethoscope or record with a sensitive microphone.
PULSATILE: Rare form that sounds like rhythmic pulsing in ear in time with heartbeat. Usually caused by brain tumors, irregularities in brain structure or an abnormal blood flow in the inner ear veins or arteries.
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(resemble hearing aids & play sound to mask tinnitus sounds) Tinnitus instrument (combination hearing aid and masking device) Correct jaw joint dysfunction/ Cranio-Sacral therapy Acupuncture Hypnosis Anti-anxiety drugs Mineral supplements such as magnesium and zinc B vitamins
Sources: nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus, ata.org, webmd.com, mayoclinic.com
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N FAR EAST CULTURES, ESPECIALLY CHINA AND JAPAN, MUSHROOMS HAVE BEEN USED FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. CONSIDERED FUNGI, MUSHROOMS CONTAIN MANY COMPOUNDS THOUGHT TO HAVE IMMUNE-ENHANCING PROPERTIES. In China and Japan, they are
used extensively in various cancer treatments. Here in this country, there have been numerous animal studies done on mushrooms’ anti-cancer properties with intriguing results. There are also some ongoing small studies and clinical trials on humans. In addition to their possible anti-cancer compounds, mushrooms are also high in minerals, B vitamins, vitamin D and protein.
For health purposes, mushrooms can be bought in various forms, including whole, dried, liquid extracts, tablets and capsules. All raw mushrooms do contain toxins, so whole mushrooms should always be cooked before eaten. Cooking mushrooms also makes them more digestible and releases their nutrients and health-enhancing ingredients. In supplement form, individual or combination mushroom formulas are available. As with any supplements, always check with a health care professional before using new products. Here’s a look at the three most widely-used and studied medicinal mushrooms
A mainstay of the Asian diet for centuries, shiitake mushrooms have also been used in cancer treatment in that region of the world. Research, primarily in animals, has shown some promise in that regard. Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, believed to slow tumor growth; 1, 3-beta glucan, shown to reduce tumor activity and lessen side effects of cancer treatments; and eritadenine, which appears to lower the amount of cholesterol circulating in bloodstream. Avoid if pregnant, breastfeeding or have the blood disorder eosinophilia.
MAITAKE The maitake mushroom is also called “hen of the woods” because it grows in large clusters that resemble a nesting hen’s fluffed tail feathers. Supplements of its active ingredient, called “D fraction,” have in animal studies been shown to inhibit the growth of malignant tumors. Also contains beta-glucans, complex sugars thought to have immune-enhancing properties. May also have health benefits for chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, hepatitis, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Maitake mushrooms may decrease blood sugar levels, so avoid if taking any kind of diabetes medication.
REISHI Strictly a medicinal mushroom and not a culinary one, reishi is also known in China as “spirit plant” and “Mushroom of Immortality.” It contains ganoderic acid, which is being used to treat lung cancer and leukemia. Reishi also contains compounds believed to be antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. Other uses include treating insomnia, stress, fatigue and allergies. Avoid if pregnant, breastfeeding; have low blood pressure; taking high blood pressure or anticoagulant meds.
Musts For Mushrooms Look for mushrooms that are firm and plump; avoid wrinkled ones with wet, slimy spots. When refrigerated in a loosely closed paper bag, mushrooms will stay fresh for about one week. Before cooking, clean mushrooms by wiping them with a slightly damp paper towel. Broil, grill or sauté with olive oil, adding onions, garlic or other veggies.
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Sources: whfoods.org; drweil.com; webmd.com; cancer.org
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A KERNEL ABOUT CORN
HEN FALL ROLLS AROUND, WHY IS IT THAT MULTICOLORED MAIZE FINDS ITSELF ADORNING THE TABLE INSTEAD OF BEING SERVED WITH THE YELLOW STUFF? INDIAN CORN, ALSO CALLED CALICO CORN, IS MOST COMMONLY USED AS A SEASONAL DECORATION DURING AUTUMN. IT CAN BE EATEN, BUT YELLOW CORN IS BRED TO BE SWEETER AND HAVE A THINNER, SOFTER OUTER LAYER, MAKING IT MORE PLEASANT TO CHEW. Indian corn got its name because it was one of the corn types grown and eaten by Native Americans. Despite its tough exterior, Indian corn is still the most preferred type to make hominy, a traditional American dish. Experts say Cherokee Indians used to fry hominy with bacon and green onions, which sounds like the best idea to use this corn yet.
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ARION COUNTY’S 32ND ANNUAL CHILI COOKOFF, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 9 AT THE SOUTHEASTERN LIVESTOCK PAVILION, IS AN EVENT THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES OF HOW WE’RE JUST A LITTLE COMMUNITY WITH A BIG HEART. LIKE A BOWL FULL OF BEANS, A SMATTER OF ONIONS AND A SPRINKLE OF CHEESE, THE COOKOFF ITSELF IS MADE UP OF SEVERAL INGREDIENTS THAT WHEN PUT TOGETHER EQUAL A FUN-FILLED DAY FOR FAMILIES AND FOODIES.
Original recipes, friendly competition, music and games are only some of the goings on as crowds convene on who should be the chili victor supreme. But it would be remiss to forget the cook-off ’s humble beginning, which has sparked decades of community support for a little school that could.
Ann Lesbirel, Cornerstone’s advancement coordinator, shares some history about the cook-off ’s humble start. “In the beginning,” says Lesbirel, “a very special family had won the judges’ overall grand champion award twice during the first 10 years of the competition.” The title was given to Paul Beshers, Sr. and his late wife, Margie Beshers, aka team “Chili Mamas & Papas.” The Beshers’ original recipe is a closely guarded secret, but the Cornerstone recipe was derived from this award-winning chili and has evolved over the years. This story calls to mind “Stone Soup,” a folkloric tale in which a small village learns to work together by adding ingredients to a pot of what was once just water and stones. The “stone soup” eventually becomes a delicious feast that feeds both villagers and visitors, showing the power of community and generosity. “Each year, our current parents contribute to preparing the chili that is served at The Cornerstone School concession,” says Lesbirel. “It is dished out on hot dogs, French fries or served on its own, and we typically go through 150 to 200 gallons from our booth alone!”
BY THE THOUSANDS Upward of 5,000 people attend the cook-off. Although many teams are local families and businesses, some competitors are from out of state. Thirty-five to 40 teams participate, and each team is required to bring a minimum of 15 gallons of chili. As an attendee, your ticket covers countless samples of chili and two ballots to vote on the People’s Choice Chili and the People’s Choice Booth. There is also a blind tasting where judges determine the chili that has the best flavoring, texture, consistency, blend of spices, aroma and color. The winner earns the title of Best of Show Chili. To taste test the best chilis the community has to offer, watch local talent, support a good cause and maybe put the family cake or salsa recipe to the test, the cook-off is an autumn-must. Are you craving chili, yet?
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A COMMUNAL EFFORT
Health-conscious Lisa Cain, whose alias online is SNACK GIRL, which is also the title of her blog, knows fall means pumpkin-everything—and that pumpkin’s a power gourd that packs a nutritional punch. Scones, muffins, pies and cookies are the usual pumpkin foods of choice, but Cain went for a savory recipe creating what she calls a “rock star” chili.
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tablespoon vegetable oil medium onion, chopped pound ground turkey breast meat tablespoons chili powder tablespoon cumin teaspoon cinnamon teaspoon oregano 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers
In a large saucepan, heat oil and add onion. When onion has softened, add turkey and cook until cooked through (should look white). Add the rest of the ingredients, and taste to adjust seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes, and serve. Cain suggests topping your chili with a bit of cheese. Find more healthy recipes at snack-girl.com.
To get a taste—pun intended—of the cook-off from a participant’s point of view, we were able to chat with two teams and find out what it takes to cook gallons of chili for thousands to sample.
Peace, Love & Chili
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15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained cup corn kernels, frozen or fresh 28-ounce can tomatoes 15-ounce can pumpkin Salt and pepper, to taste
Photo by Lisa Cain of snack-girl.com
Last year’s first runner-up for Best of Show Booth was “POSEY FAMILY & FRIENDS,” a team who has participated in the contest for four consecutive years. Their eye-catching booth is usually decorated with flowers and peace signs, with the family outfitted in tie-dyed aprons. “I love the whole tie-dye, peace, Grateful Dead kind of thing,” says Debbie Posey, whose team includes her husband, Mark; sons, Adam and Ricky; and their girlfriends, Elizabeth and Kristian. “I guess I’m just a hippie at heart. That’s why our booth is named ‘Free Love Groovy Chili.’” Posey first entered the cook-off with a company she worked for. The company decided not to participate a second year, but Posey became inspired to bring her family together and set up a booth of their own. The Posey Family offers three chilis, including a mainstay taco chili that people look forward to each year. Three choices call for 30 gallons, so everyone in the crowd can get a tasting. The charity is what drew Posey to the cook-off. None of her kids attended The Cornerstone School, yet Posey became passionate for the cause and is proud to be a part of the Cornerstone tradition.
WANT TO GO?
Chili Rocks At Rockin Chili Team “ROCKIN CHILI,” the first runner-up in the Family/Individual category in 2011, has participated in the event for five years. Twenty-year old Tony Berky was first introduced to the cook-off as an attendee when he went with his grandparents in his youth. He and his family eventually entered when Berky was in the eighth grade. The chili recipe was adapted from a cookbook Berky had received as a gift four years ago. Berky’s enthusiasm for cooking goes beyond the chili cook-off. Originally from Palm Meadow, Berky is studying culinary arts at Keiser University. “I just love to cook,” he says. The team’s booth has a ‘50s rock diner theme where the family serves what Berky calls a basic chili consisting of hamburger meat, beans and “a little heat to it.” Berky’s participation in the cook-off began when he was in middle school—quite an intimidating history for newcomers, but Berky offers good-natured advice for those who want to give the cook-off a college try: “Just have fun; if you got a good recipe, go for it.”
For more on MARION COUNTY’S 32ND ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF, visit marioncountychilicookoff.org. The event will take place Nov. 9 at the Southeast Livestock Pavilion.
Photo provided by Tony Berky
FALLING FOR PUMPKIN
Chili © Joe Gough; Cloth © Jiri Hera / Shutterstock.com
MERCY’S LATIN CAFÉ
opened August 3 and offers a great variety of Cuban and Puerto Rican-inspired dishes at very reasonable prices. Located on Highway 40 almost directly across from Seminole Stores, Mercy’s serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Tasty breakfast options include omelet sandwiches with choice of toppings, breakfast croissants, ham or chicken croquets, guava pastries and more. Among the most popular lunch items © urbanlight / Shutterstock.com are their Cuban sandwich and the Medianoche sandwich, which is served on potato bread, ham and chicken empanadas. Sides include yucca and plantains. Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm, 9am-5pm Saturday. Closed Sunday. 5801 W Hwy. 40, Ocala (352) 622-2323
You know it’s fall when
RICHARD’S PLACE starts serving their
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THE R T OF STOMACH RELIEF
Place is making gluten-free pies and cakes, so you can indulge again! The restaurant is now on Facebook, and you can find the menu and daily specials posted online. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week.Open 6am2:30pm Monday-Saturday. Sunday 7am-2pm. Open every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas. 316 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-2233 facebook.com/richardsocala
THE GINGER ROOT
Ginger has an array of medicinal uses, most of them gastrointestinal. In ancient Chinese and Roman cultures, ginger was used both as a spice and a medicine. It promotes healthy digestion by stimulating the stomach and aiding in proper nutrient absorption. It can also calm a nauseous stomach or painful stomachache, which is why moms keep ginger ale handy for kids with sick tummies. In modern times, many use it to take the edge off of motion sickness when traveling. Drinking ginger tea before surgery is reported to help with anesthesia-induced nausea afterward. All of these benefits come from one compound: gingerol. Gingerol acts as an anti-inflammatory in the human body. This little constituent is a relative of capsaicin, the compound that gives peppers their heat. That explains the semi-spicy flavor of the ginger root. Other chemicals found in ginger, called oleoresins, are common ingredients in over-the-counter digestive medications. Certain compounds in the ginger root make it an analgesic, and studies show it combats arthritis pain, muscle soreness, menstrual cramps and more. It even boosts metabolism. Ginger is a ‘pick-your-poison’ root. It can be found fresh, dried, powdered, pickled or as juice, oil or tea. Fresh and pickled forms can be purchased at most supermarkets. The oil is for topical use to treat pain, not for consumption.
So why is ginger always served with sushi and sashimi? The natural chemicals in ginger serve as palate cleansers. Whether the slices are fresh or pickled, ginger resets taste buds so that the tastes of the different fish types don’t blur together. By munching on ginger between each bite, the whole meal tastes new and more exciting. In countries such as China, Korea and Japan, ginger is commonly made into tea. This can be done easily by peeling and thinly slicing ginger, boiling water and allowing the root to steep until the tea reaches the desired strength. For those who aren’t crazy about ginger’s taste, sprinkling grated ginger into lemonade masks the flavor while providing all the benefits. When selecting ginger at the grocery store, look for a large, full root that isn’t dried out on the ends. Wash it thoroughly before eating—it’s a root, so it’s been underground for awhile. Most recipes will call for fresh, grated ginger, which is a simple addition to many meals. Easy ways to incorporate ginger include sprinkling it on a salad, tucking it into rice or sautéing it with vegetables. It’s a natural addition to an Asian stir fry dish and can be mixed with oil and vinegar to create a healthy, zesty salad dressing. Although it may look strange sitting in the produce aisle, ginger makes a flavorful and beneficial addition to most any dish.
Sources: doctoroz.com, gnet.org
HEN BROWSING THE PRODUCE SECTION, IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO SEE GINGER ROOTS ON DISPLAY. ALTHOUGH ITS ROUGH, BROWN EXTERIOR DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MUCH, GINGER ADDS A UNIQUE FLAVOR TO ANY DISH. EVEN BETTER ARE ITS MYRIAD HEALTH BENEFITS.
Root © JIANG HONGYAN; Slices © KIM NGUYEN; Thumbs Up © Joana Lopes / Shutterstock.com
CUVÉE WINE & BISTRO has
something special every night, starting with Monday’s All Night Surf & Turf special of filet mignon and lobster tail for just $25.95. On Tuesday, get half off bottles of wine up to $150. On Wednesday, your wine card gets you 20 percent off any wine you select. Thursday is $5 martini night. On Friday and Saturday, show your movie stub to Photo by John Jernigan get 10 percent off dinner. Select appetizers are just $5 in the bar area every night. Cuvée is currently revising their core menu, so look for that to debut soon. Open for dinner daily from 5pm MondaySaturday. 2237 SW 19th Ave. Rd., Suite 102, Ocala (352)351-1816 cuveewineocala.com
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made-to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us
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Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous old-fashioned pizzas, hand tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!
Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters.
PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant
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 Happy Hour Daily 4-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Live Mariachi Band every Thursday 6-9pm at our Hwy 200 Location.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
Caramel Apple © Joe Belanger; Candy Apple © margouillat photo; Scale © photo5963 / Shutterstock.com
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WH AT ’TS?IN THA . A P P LE
CARAMEL VS. CANDY E
VEN THOUGH FLORIDA’S FALL IS A FAR CRY FROM THE CRISP COOL WEATHER OF THE NORTHEAST, THERE ARE CERTAIN FOODS THAT ARE JUST ICONIC DURING THE SEASON. WITH THE START OF THE APPLE HARVEST, A VARIETY OF TASTY APPLEINSPIRED TREATS BEGIN POPPING UP THIS TIME OF YEAR, AND THE CANDY APPLE IS ONE OF THEM. BUT WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CANDY APPLE AND THE CARAMEL APPLE?
OOEY GOOEY GOODNESS
CANDY COATED & CRUNCHY
The caramel apple was invented by Dan Walker, a Kraft Food representative during the 1950s.
The candy apple was probably created centuries ago but was first marketed in America in 1908 when candy-maker William K. Kolb was experimenting with a new cinnamon candy recipe. He dipped extra apples in the mixture and the rest is history.
In A Caramel Apple You Will Find: » 1 apple (same variety as used in a candy apple)
» A caramel base consisting of a brown sugar, butter and vanilla mixture
» A variety of toppings, such as nuts, sprinkles or marshmallows (though when toppings are added these treats are sometimes referred to as toffee apples)
WHICH IS HEALTHIER?
The calorie content of a medium to large apple is between 90 and 110 calories, and each apple contains 20 grams of natural sugar. The syrup concoction on candy apples can add an additional 150 calories and 30 grams of sugar. Bringing the total to around 250 calories and 50 grams of sugar. You should also consider the type of food coloring used.
In A Candy Apple You Will Find: or Granny Smiths work best, but Red Delicious apples are also popular.)
consisting of sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon and red food coloring
celebrates its 17th anniversary this October. Owners Sam and Colleen DeDovic have created an eatery with a warm, family-friendly atmosphere and authentic Italian menu. Located west of I-75 in the Jasmine Square Plaza, © Nayashkova Olga / Sammy’s is Shutterstock.com open for lunch and dinner six days a week. Their wide-ranging menu features many traditional Italian entrées, including chicken, veal, seafood and numerous pasta dishes. Patrons love their New York-style, thin crust pizza. Serving beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner MondayThursday from 11am-8:30pm and until 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. 6106 SW SR 200, Jasmine Square Plaza, Ocala (352) 861-2828
The candy mixture must be heated to 300°F. Once that temperature is reached, a speared apple can be coated and set to cool. This process usually takes about one hour.
Certain red food dyes have been linked to health concerns. Use natural sources like beet or cranberry juice. Caramel coating can add an additional 200 calories and 40 grams of sugar along with additional fat from the butter. Add in some nuts or marshmallows and the calorie count can quickly spiral out of control. Although both treats pack a sugary punch, the winner in this match would be the classic candy apple.
Candy apples are popular the world over. In Germany and South America, they are generally a winter-time treat, while in Japan candy apples as well as other candy-coated fruits are served during several festivals throughout the year.
SAMMY’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA
» 1 apple (McIntoshes » A candy coating
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A P P LE V S
LA CUISINE FRENCH RESTAURANT
celebrated their four-year anniversary in August. Take advantage of expanded fall/ winter hours, as they’re now open for dinner seven days a week and for lunch TuesdayPhoto by John Jernigan Saturday 11:30am-2pm. Check out the savory French crêpe entrée served every Wednesday lunch. Practice your French with other guests at a “meet-up” while Continued on page 62
Reagan’s Sports Pub & Grille 5195 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs / (352) 547-5030 Sun-Thu 10:30a-Close, Fri-Sat 10:30a-2a
Attention foodies, Reagan’s Sports Pub & Grille is serving up classic sports-pub favorites like burgers and wings. Reagan’s feature attractions are their Colossal Burger Challenge, (which is free if you can finish it) and the Fiery Inferno Wing Challenge! Winning earns the customer a T-shirt and a coveted spot on the winners’ board. Enjoy one of their wings and things appetizers. For an entrée, try a specialty burger or a sandwich, like the Reagan Griller. Reagan’s offers a variety of wings, from favorite flavors to new ones like sweet-andspicy plum. Little ones can order from the kids’ menu, and Reagan’s has beer and wine for the big kids.
Take-out is available for those who can’t stick around. Thursdays at 7pm is Trivia Night, and every Wednesday at 8pm and Fri & Sat at 9pm is karaoke night, so take your singing voice and your appetite to Reagan’s. NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV.
Sports Pub & Grille
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $25.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale
Wayne’s Brick City Café 10 NE 1st Street, Ocala / (352) 629-4700 Mon-Fri 7a-2p / Delivery Downtown Area 9a-1:30p
Wayne’s Brick City Café is a local favorite. Find out why! The specialty salads, including chicken, pasta and taco salad are out of this world, and guests can create their own salad plate, served with their choice of salad combinations. Also on the menu are a tasty variety of burgers and dogs and a great selection of sandwiches. For the early birds, breakfast is served from 6:30-11a. A great start to any day with menu items ranging from omelets and eggs benedict to French toast and sausage gravy and biscuits. Dine indoors or out in the secluded courtyard area. Brick City Café is known for its friendly service and cozy environment.
Call ahead for takeout, and delivery is available to the downtown area.
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enjoying lunch on the first Tuesday of each month. Wine tasting on the last Wednesday each month offers a sampling of five wines paired with light hors d’oeuvres. Stay for a special three-course dinner, if you like. Live jazz on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Mark your calendar and make plans now for the annual Beaujolais Celebration on November 21. 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala (352) 433-2570 lacuisineocala.com
Flavorful Food, Fantastic Service At Cody’s Original Roadhouse you can expect a delicious meal and an inviting environment—every time.
he 1950’s inspired décor, roasted peanuts and friendly wait staﬀ take you back to an era known for ﬂavorful homestyle food and hefty portions, both of which are values that Cody’s Original Roadhouse carries on today. Dean Turner, Cody’s regional manager, says it’s not unusual to see people ﬂocking back to Cody’s on a regular basis. “I have so many regulars that come in every day, and it’s because of the familyfriendly atmosphere,” he says. “When you come to Cody’s you’re treated as family.” If hand-cut, grain-fed, aged western, USDA choice and certiﬁed Angus steaks aren’t on the menu tonight, they should be. At Cody’s Original Roadhouse, they oﬀer a great selection of fresh steak, chicken and seafood at an aﬀordable price. From Cody’s tender steaks, warm yeast rolls and crisp salads to seafood selections and soups that are made fresh daily, they serve a variety of food the whole family can enjoy. Try Cody’s baby back ribs, which are seasoned and served with their special BBQ sauce, or their popular grilled salmon. With specials oﬀered every day of the week, it’s easy to leave the cooking to Cody’s. Bringing the whole family is easier than ever with kid’s night oﬀered on both Monday and Tuesday. Patrons receive a free kid’s meal for children 10 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée. Wednesdays, enjoy buy one, get one free fajita dinners which come with steak, chicken, shrimp—or all three. Enjoy steak specials on Thursdays or $8.99 after-church specials from 11am to 4pm on Sundays. With the debut of their new drink menu featuring exclusive new cocktails, Cody’s Original Roadhouse is raising the bar. However,
QUICK BITES if you’re just looking for a cold brew, you can enjoy one of their many beers on draft or their variety of bottled beers which are served in paper bags as commonly seen in the 50s during Prohibition. The choice is yours. With a two-for-one happy hour available everyday from 11am to 7pm that includes top-shelf liquor, Cody’s is the spot to wet your whistle. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert. Cody’s Chocolatehouse Slide is a favorite for patrons. The jumbo ﬁshbowl is packed with a chocolate fudge brownie, two scoops of vanilla ice cream, two scoops of chocolate ice cream and is topped with whipped cream, hot fudge and chopped nuts. Dessert or not, when you leave Cody’s you won’t go home hungry. Their generous portions, aﬀordable prices and family-friendly atmosphere are what Turner believes separates Cody’s from the pack. “Cody’s is where quality and value come together.” Cody’s Original Roadhouse is proud to announce that a new location is in the works for the fall of 2014 at Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages. Visit their website at CodysAmerican.com for locations and operating hours. Cody’s Original Roadhouse codysamerican.com 2505 SW College Rd, Ocala (352) 237-8182 1041 Lakeshore Drive, The Villages (352) 259-8500
GREAT AMERICAN COFFEE
ROASTERS has moved and recently reopened for business in their new location in early September. They’re now conveniently located just one block off the downtown square just inside the Sovereign Building. Owners Steve and Geryl Durand are thrilled with the new setting and grateful to Rondo and Toby of Mojo’s Grill for the opportunity to be in the building. They’ve expanded their offerings, © Ivan Kruk / Shutterstock.com serving breakfast and lunch, in addition to their fresh-roasted coffees from around the world. Try a breakfast omelet or one of their healthy lunch options, such as the Buffalo Chicken Cobb salad or the always-popular Cranberry Chicken Salad on a croissant. Open Monday– Saturday. Closed Sunday. 108 N. Magnolia Ave., Ocala (Inside the Sovereign Building) (352) 390-6766 greatamericancoffeeroasters.com
World of Beer 2751 W Torch Lake Drive, The Villages / (352) 633-9519 / worldofbeerusa.com Sun-Fri 11a-Midnight / Sat 10a-Midnight Attention local beer enthusiasts, your newest favorite watering hole is now open. Serving 38 varieties of beer on draught and an additional 525 types of bottled beer, the World of Beer in The Villages doesn’t skimp on selection. Show up on a Friday or Saturday and enjoy live music while you try a new brew and munch on delicious appetizers like their soft German pretzel, crispy beer-battered onion rings or Guinness bratwurst sliders. And what’s better than sipping on some of the world’s best beer? Bragging about it.
Join the World of Beer’s Loyalty Card program which tallies up the beer you’ve tried and showcases it for bragging rights. As part of the loyalty program, members receive merchandise, discounts and giveaways.
Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.
Happy Hour 2-4-1 all day, everyday. Along with other drink specials.
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.
Happy Hour 5-7p offering $5 Belvedere, Crown, Knob Creek, and Glenlivet. $3 house wines, and 2-4-1 beer as well. Winesday Wednesday - Half off any bottle of wine in our inventory!
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:00p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 years!
For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.
Indian Cuisine Tantra 3131 SW College Rd., Ocala / (352) 291-9237 Mon-Thu 11:00a-2:30p and 5-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-3p and 5-10p / Closed Sundays
Specializing in private parties, conferences and catering. Lunch Buffet $9.99 Senior Discount 10%
Tantra means bliss, and when you eat here, you are in bliss. For those who’ve never tasted Indian food, Tantra is the perfect place to start. Tantra boasts the most authentic cuisine in Ocala, offering a variety of traditional foods as well as fusion dishes. They offer plenty of vegetarian options alongside items like shrimp biryani and chicken tandoori. Patrons can dine in to enjoy the restaurant’s modern feel or pick up dinner to go. They serve buffet and à la carte lunches in the afternoons and can cater private parties and conferences. Tantra wants to welcome all locals, both Indian cuisine connoisseurs and newbies alike, to come in and taste for themselves.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p
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Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good! Get the free mobile app at
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The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhouseﬂ.com “Come on home, it’s supper time!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our house to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items created by award-winning Chef Rick Alabaugh. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious Hand-Cut Steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.
For Thanksgiving Day we make all the holidays easy so you can enjoy whats most important... Your Family & Friends! Call for reservations today!
Mark’s Prime Steakhouse and Seafood 30 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala / (352) 402-0097 Mon 5p-9p / Tue-Thur 5p-10p / Fri-Sat 5p-11p Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, located in historic downtown Ocala is known for its “Steaks with Passion.” Mark’s proudly serves the finest prime beef and freshest seafood, specially seasoned and cooked over a wood fire grill. Filet Mignon, Bone In Ribeye, Grouper Sante Fe, Pistachio Encrusted Tuna, and award-winning Crab Bisque are a few of the local favorites. Mark’s complements its exquisite menu with one of the best wine lists in North Florida. Dessert highlights include Crème Brulee and a decadent Chocolate Paradise.
Happy Hour Mon-Sat 5-7pm Complimentary Valet Reservations Suggested
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La Hacienda Restaurant & Supermarket 4185 W Hwy 40, Ocala / (352) 512-0746 / lahaciendaocala.com Restaurant Hours: Sun-Thu 8:30a-8:30p / Fri & Sat 8:30a-9:30p Open 7 days a week If you love Authentic Mexican food, then La Hacienda Restaurant & Supermarket is the place to be. Conveniently located approximately two blocks off of I-75 exit No. 352 heading west! La Hacienda uses the freshest products and offers delicious daily lunch specials. Try out the unique dishes on their homemade corn and flour tortilla or the fresh baked bread from the on-site bakery. After dining in, tour the supermarket featuring unique spices and products from Mexico and Latin America, as well as fresh produce and basic grocery needs.
October Specials-“Treat” yourself this Halloween. Mention this ad and receive your choice of an imported beer or a homemade dessert on the house.
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Ike’s Old Florida Kitchen
at the famous Izaak Walton Lodge is proud to present MISSION FREE AD TIVAL TO FES
Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets
at this year’s Yankeetown Arts Crafts and Seafood Festival
One Show: Nov. 23rd at 2pm
Come early, spend the day, sit along the banks of the Withlacoochee and enjoy Rock ‘n Roll HALL OF FAME Music!
FULL BAR AND GREAT FOOD ALL DAY Tickets ~ ADVANCED SALES General Admission $20 $25 at gate ~ Bring a chair
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OCTOBER 19 FOR THE ANNUAL ARCH ON OVER TO WEST PORT HIGH SCHOOL ON N AT 9AM, AND THE FIRST BAND OCALA MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL. GATES OPEHOS WEST PORT HIGH SCHOOL’S IS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM AT 10AM. AS THE EVENT,T TO HELP PURCHASE NEW MARCHING BAND WILL USE PROCEEDS FROM THE T BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT LOCAL UNIFORMS FOR THEIR GROWING BAND. WHAMAR CHING BANDS SHOWCASE THEIR STUDENTS THAN BY WATCHING HIGH SCHOOL YOU UP AND MOVING! Enjoy the lively GET TALENTS? WE PROMISE THE BEATS WILLscho ol bands from around the state battle it
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TOP HATS & TENNIS SHOES Get all dolled up in your finest black-tie attire and your… pinkest tennis shoes? THE PINK TENNIS SHOE BALL, hosted by Marion County Law Enforcement, will take place at the Holiday Inn and Suites in an effort to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. An elegant evening of cocktails, surf and turf cuisine, live and silent auctions, dancing and more will be made all the more fun with a whole host of bright pink tennis shoes. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased through the Ocala Police Department. (352) 369-7085.
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These musical students are hosting a fundraiser silent auction, rummage sale and bake sale. The fun keeps coming thanks to bounce houses, obstacle courses, face painting and clowns galore. All proceeds will help the ‘Canes migrate up to Savannah, Georgia, to play in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The marching band and jazz band will both be performing, so march on over to the market! (352) 229-7672.
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A staple among art-lovers in the community, the OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL will take place for the 46th time in historic downtown Ocala. Over 200 artists will convene, bringing with them their finest works. There’s also fine food concessions from area restaurants, children’s activities, school art exhibits that highlight up and coming area talent and more. Admission is free, and the festival will run 10am-5pm daily. (352) 867-0355 or fafo.org.
ONE NUTTY FESTIVAL If you consider yourself a peanut connoisseur, then this is the festival for you. The CENTRAL FLORIDA PEANUT FESTIVAL brings out the nut-lover in everyone. Each and every year, thousands make their way to Williston’s Linear Park to take part in this truly nutty festival. There will be rides, crafts, vendors, music and of course, plenty of peanuts! Enter the little ones in the Little Peanut King and Queen contests, and bring along even the youngest members of the family for the baby peanut pageant. Whether you like ‘em roasted, boiled, baked or fried, peanuts are the stars of this festival! willistonfl.org or (352) 528-5552.
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FINE ART AND THE 50s Travel back in time and celebrate the fabulous ‘50s at the GALLERY EAST ART CENTER OPEN HOUSE. Groove on over in your best ‘50’s outfit and you could win the costume contest. Vintage music will play and root beer floats will be served while guests bebop around the gallery to admire the latest works of Central Florida artists Duain Vierow, Patricia Hewitt and Mel Miller. Take a short drive back through time and history for an enjoyable night in 1950. (352) 245-2781.
The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is hosting NOCHE DE GALA, an annual fundraising event to support the construction and advancement of the Shands Hospital for Children in Gainesville. The black-tie gala will be held at the Besilu Collection in Micanopy, an extraordinary 642-acre farm covered in lights. The evening will include live entertainment, dining with food from Embers Wood Grill, a silent auction and a horse show featuring champion Paso Finos. Spend an evening among Florida’s finest in support of one of its finest causes. Tickets are $450, and the event runs 7pm-midnight. nochedegala.org or (352) 333-2579.
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UILT IN 1948, THE OCALA DRIVE-IN IS A FAMILY TRADITION. IF YOU GREW UP IN OCALA, YOU LIKELY LOOK BACK NOSTALGICALLY ON WEEKEND NIGHTS SPENT PILING INTO THE FAMILY CAR AND WATCHING MOVIES ON THE DRIVE-IN’S OUTDOOR SCREEN. REOPENED IN JULY 2011 BY JOHN AND CHARLES WATZKE III AFTER MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS OF DARKNESS, THE DRIVE-IN HAS BECOME A FAVORITE FOR MANY LOCAL FAMILIES. At the end of this year, the movie industry
will make a full switch from film to digital projection. As one of America’s last remaining driveins, the Ocala Drive-in was a contender in Honda’s Project Drive-In competition, and thanks to countless votes from dedicated fans, the Ocala Drive-In was named one of the winners, ensuring our historic drive-in a secured spot in Ocala’s future. We talked to John Watzke about the drive-in’s history and the importance of saving this iconic part of Ocala’s history.
When and why did you take over operations at the Ocala Drive-In? John and Charlie Watzke took over the property in August 2010, and after a year of major renovations, the drive-in opened on July 29, 2011. Our grandfather started as a projectionist in March 1913, and we have our forth generation working in the theatre and are training our fifth.
Tell us about the digital conversion that will be taking place. What exactly does that mean? Digital conversion will take full effect as of the end of this year, meaning no more 35mm film will be made. We are already experiencing the
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Why was it so important to save this little bit of entertainment nostalgia? It is about saving a part of American culture. It’s about quality time spent with family. It’s about the family that otherwise could not afford a night out. It’s about the smiles on the faces of the little ones as they play in the playground or jump in the bounce house. Most of all it is about building memories and thinking about your parents or grandparents taking you as a child.
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HOMECOMING SATURDAYS (THROUGH NOVEMBER 9) High School girls and their moms are invited to preview the latest homecoming dresses from 12-3pm at Mary’s Bridal. Refreshments will be served, and free layaway is offered. (352) 622-8559. FREE FALL TENNIS PLAY DAYS (THROUGH MAY) During the last Saturday of each month, the Ft. King Tennis Center will host free play for kids 10 and under from noon-1pm at Tuscawilla Park. The program is designed to give kids additional court time in a low-pressure environment. (352) 598-0353. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (OCTOBER 2) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program heads to Sanford for a three-hour river cruise aboard an authentic sternwheel paddle boat. The five-deck ship will offer an abundant view of wildlife and various sights. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. FAMILY AND FINANCIAL CLASSES (OCTOBER 2, 12, 26) The Marion County Extension Service will present a number of classes this month pertaining to family and financial issues. All classes are free. For dates and times and to register, visit marioncountyfl.org or call (352) 671-8400. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (OCTOBER 3) This popular event offers live entertainment, presentations, food from area restaurants and more. Doors open Continued on page 72
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THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 70 at 5pm. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. SPORTSABILITY (OCTOBER 4) The City of Ocala and Marion County present an event to demonstrate multiple ways differently abled individuals can participate in recreation,
including basketball, horseback riding, archery, tennis and more. The event runs 10am-3pm at the Ed Croskey and Martin Luther King recreation centers. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3916. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (OCTOBER 4) The Discover Center will host a parents’ night out. Children can be dropped
off at 6:30pm where they will watch a film and take part in hands-on activities. Registration is $15 and limited to 25 participants. mydiscovercenter.org or (352) 401-3900. 1 OCALA 1 AMERICA MUSICAL (OCTOBER 4) A musical celebration of diversity featuring musicians, singers and dancers will run in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk from 7-9pm. Admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444.
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CrossFit Pinnacle will host a fundraising event for Barbell for Boobs, a non-profit organization that raises funds for breast centers globally. The event will feature a workout followed by a social grill-out and live entertainment. The event begins at 6pm with the first heat of the workout starting by 6:45. The event is not limited to CrossFit athletes. crossfitpinnacle.com or (352) 502-4987. FIRST SATURDAY CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM (OCTOBER 5) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
DASH & SPLASH (OCTOBER 5) The Newton A. Perry Aquatic Center will host a Dash & Splash race. The event consists of a 5K run around CF followed by a 400-meter pool swim. The race begins at 8am. ocalaaquatics.com or (352) 873-5811. YOGA (OCTOBER 5) A free yoga class will take place in Sholom Park at 9am. (352) 854-7950. FEEL DOWNTOWN LIVE CONCERT (OCTOBER 5) A Needtobreath concert will take place at Citizens’ Circle from 6:30-10pm. General admission is free, and VIP seating is $30. (352) 789-2486. OCALA MASTER GARDENERS’ PLANT SALE (OCTOBER 5) The Ocala Master Gardeners will host a plant sale featuring a wide selection of Florida-friendly plants. The sale will take place at the greenhouse located behind the Marion County Extension office from 8am-noon. (352) 671-8400. DANCE PARTY (OCTOBER 9, 25) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests. Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. KIDS INVOLVED IN DIVERSITY SOCIAL (OCTOBER 10) The Ed Croskey Recreation Center will host a child-friendly celebration of diversity featuring presentations, music, dance and a festival of food. The event runs 6-8pm and is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444. TYPE II DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP (OCTOBER 10) A support group for adults with type II diabetes will be held at the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Nutrition, exercise and medication will be discussed. The Continued on page 74
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Rock on Broadway
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WRESTLING ON A WEEKNIGHT
There’s nothing like watching two men duke it out to spice up a Tuesday night. On Tuesday, October 29, World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing the famous WWE SMACKDOWN back to Tampa for the first time in over three years, and these heavyweights can’t wait to put on a killer show. Favorite pro wrestlers at the event will include Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry, The Shield and many more. There will also be appearances by The Bella Twins from the hit TV series Total Divas. Headlocks will be given, right hooks will be thrown and guests will certainly have an evening to remember.
THELOCALSCENE / Continued from page 72 meeting will run from 2-3:30pm. (352) 629-3782. WINE AND CHEESE FOR CHARITY (OCTOBER 11) The Seven Sisters Inn will host a wine and cheese cocktail hour to benefit a different charity each month. The event runs from 5-7pm, and a $10-$20 donation is requested. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. MOVIE IN THE PARK (OCTOBER 11) Bring a lawn chair to Citizens’ Circle to watch a free movie on the big screen. The film 42 will be showing from 7:30-9:30pm. Complimentary popcorn and beverages while supplies last. (352) 629-8444. AUTUMN GIFT MARKET (OCTOBER 11) The Junior League of Ocala will host their 18th annual autumn gift market at the Circle Square Cultural Center from 10am-6pm. Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit multiple charities supported by the Junior League. juniorleagueofocala.com or (352) 854-3670. OCALA HISPANIC CULTURAL CELEBRATION (OCTOBER 11) The Marion Theatre will host a number of Hispanic performers for the first annual Ocala Hispanic Cultural Celebration. The event begins at 7pm. Tickets are $30 at the door and $50 for VIP. (352) 629-6300. GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 11) Breaking Out will host a golf tournament at the Ocala Golf Club to benefit the victims of human trafficking. A shotgun start will take place at 1:30pm, and dinner will be served from 6-8pm. There will also be prizes, auctions and more. breakingoutcorp.org or (866) 224-2888.
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (OCTOBER 12) The historic Seven Sisters Inn will host a murder mystery dinner. The dinner features appetizers, drinks and a four-course meal. Tickets are $60, and the dinner and show run 6-9pm. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. ANIMAL BLESSING (OCTOBER 12) Grace Episcopal Church will host their third annual Animal Blessing in downtown Ocala at 10am. All animals are welcome on lead, leash, harness or in carriers. There will be demonstrations, wildlife/rescue groups, presentations, music, games and more. graceocala.org or (352) 622-7881. GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (OCTOBER 12) The Discovery Center will host a science-based program for girls from 10am-1pm. Girls will explore interactive stations based on a film, and lunch is provided. Cost is $15 per child, and the program is limited to 30 participants. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL (OCTOBER 12) A celebration of diversity in Ocala will take place on the downtown square and Citizens’ Circle from 1-8pm. There will be food, entertainment and more. Admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-8444. POKER RUN 4 CHRISTIAN (OCTOBER 12) A poker run to benefit car accident-victim Christian Maas will begin at L&D Lake Harris Pub in Astatula at 11am. The final stop will be at the Iron Horse Ranch where there will be food, raffles, drawings and more. Individuals riding motorcycles, bicycles or driving cars are welcome. Tickets are $10 per driver and Continued on page 76
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(October 12) The Ocala Bicycle Center will host a bicycle ride to benefit breast cancer research. There are 10- or 25-mile options. The ride is casual. Registration is $25. ocalabicyclecenter.com or (352) 291-5268. FOOD FOR THOUGHT LUNCHEON (OCTOBER 15) Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will host a luncheon beginning at 11:30am. Mangala Shetty, M.D., will speak on “Therapies in Pain Management.” RSVP requested. (352) 368-4028.
BAD 2 THE BONE BBQ CONTEST (OCTOBER 18) The second annual BBQ contest will be held at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion from 5:30-8pm. The event features beef, pork and chicken categories and multiple divisions. There will also be live music and a kids’ play area. Tickets are $25 for unlimited samplings and $10 for three samplings. breakthesilenceagainstviolence.org OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION (OCTOBER 18) View the newly installed sculptures at Tuscawilla Park from 5:30-7pm. There will be live music and light fare. Tickets are $30 a piece or two for $50 and includes two drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Discover Center. (352) 629-8447. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (OCTOBER 18) Bring your scrapbook or any craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium from 6pm until the last person leaves. Admission is $5. (352) 732-5982. MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER WALK (OCTOBER 19) The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held at the College of Central Florida. Registration begins at 7am, and the walk takes off at 8:30am. makingstrideswalk.org or (352) 629-4727. OCALA LAND BRIDGE TRAIL RUN (OCTOBER 19) A 2.5- and 5-mile trail run will take place at the Ocala Horse Park. Both runs begin at 8am. Registration is $20 for the 2.5-mile run and $30 for the 5-mile run and features a pancake breakfast and live entertainment. amblesideocala.com or (352) 694-1635. Continued on page 78
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SCIENCE SATURDAYS (OCTOBER 19) The Discovery Center will host a family event bringing kids of all ages together to discover science in their everyday lives. Parents and kids will work together as teams at interactive stations. The program is free and begins at 10am. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. PSYCHIC FAIR (OCTOBER 19) Soul Essentials will host a psychic fair from 12-6pm featuring multiple types of readings, numerology and much more. (352) 207-0281.
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GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 19) The Cheyenne McConnell-Sawyer Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at the Ocala National Golf Course. There will be an 8:30am shotgun start. Registration is $75 and includes lunch and prizes. Participants can register at the Ocala National Golf Course Pro Shop. (352) 629-7980. FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ & OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION LECTURE SERIES (OCTOBER 22, 29) The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association will host two lectures this month at Live Oak Hall from 11am-noon. “An Insider’s View of the Thoroughbred Industry” will take place on October 22, and “Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Bonanza” will take place on October 29. The fee for both events is a donation to the Florida Thoroughbred Charities. masterthepossibilities.com or (352) 854-3699. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP (OCTOBER 24) The Harmony House will host a monthly support group for all those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or
dementia-associated conditions. (352) 401-4012. MINI MONSTER BOO BASH (OCTOBER 25) The Discovery Center will host a family-friendly event for mini monsters. There will be a spooky movie and a little adventure for the youngsters. The event runs 5:30-8:30pm. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 25) The 10th Annual Kinsey Lynn Bogart Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at the Candler Hills Golf Club. The tournament begins at 11am, and registration is $300 per team or $80 per individual player. There will be lunch, prizes, raffles and more. (352) 875-1389. 5K RUN (OCTOBER 26) A 5K run will take place at Tuscawillla Park at 8am. The event is chiptimed, and overall and age-group awards will be given out. Proceeds benefit the Cornerstone School’s Capital Campaign fund. thecornerstoneschool.org or (904) 710-2458. RIDE OF THE LIVING DEAD (OCTOBER 26) A group bicycle ride will leave from the Santos Trailhead at 9am. There will be a 22- and a 50-mile option. There will be a costume contest before the ride and lunch and drinks after. omba.org.
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