Ocala Style June '19

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The Men’s Issue






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Ocala Historic District–4 bedrooms/ 3.5 bath home –large open kitchen/ family room. Detached 2-car garage & private back yard. $675,000

Oak Hammocks at Bellechase –formal living room with fireplace, chef’s kitchen, and office. Pool and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing. $639,000

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Ocala’s Top Location! 119+ Acres – spring-fed pond with gazebo, 18-stall show stable, 6-stall stallion barn, 18- Stall turn out barn, corporate office, $3,200,000 and guest or manager home.

Twelve Palms – 20 Acres in NW Ocala close to World Equestrian Center, HITS and more. 3/2 residence, 5-stall barn and lush green paddocks. $1,395,000

Close to The Villages – 10-acre Equestrian Estate with elegant 3 bedroom/2 bath home. 16-stall barn, 5 paddocks, plus 3/2 mobile $695,000 home for guest home or employees.

State-of-the-art training facility with ownership in Eclipse Training Center 3/4 +/- mile racetrack. 36 stalls, 16 paddocks plus 2-bedroom home and separate 1/1 cabana. $1,199,000

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Publisher’s Note

hen you publish a community magazine, you find out that everyone has an opinion on the topics you should cover. As a new publisher, I found the community’s input invaluable; after all, our mission is to share an authentic representation of the city we love and call home. Perhaps the best advice I heard was to “not forget who built this town.” This admonition struck home with me, and Magnolia Media Company joined the Marion County Building Industry Association (MCBIA). Belonging to this robust, active organization helps us stay in the loop about important changes and puts us in a position to share the industry’s full impact on our community.

The skill and strength of our tradespeople and builders is an integral reflection of what the future of our community looks like as we grow and is vital to preserve our history. Since we don’t have enough of these skilled tradespeople, the question arises: How can we grow this industry to keep up with our current projected growth? Read “Blue Collar Renaissance” on page 38 to learn about how groups like MCBIA are stepping up to address the issue.

One of the things I found most interesting on this subject is that the building trades are no longer reserved for men, and more and more women are finding trades that provide stable incomes with secure job forecasts. Although I am beyond thrilled to see more career avenues open up for women, I had a good laugh at my own double standard: I don’t appreciate the assumption that everyone of my gender will automatically take to the traditional “homemaker” role… but at the same time, when the sink is clogged or I get a flat tire, I expect the men in my life to fix it. Thankfully, my husband, brother and father have never let me down. With changing curricula and a shortfall of father figures in today’s world, I’m challenging us females to help our young men learn practical skills like those outlined in “Musts For Men” on page 56. Let’s give them the opportunity to grow into well-rounded Renaissance men and further blur the old-fashioned lines of acceptable male and female skill sets. OK, we acknowledge that knowing how to make a good cocktail may be stretching “musts” a bit, but we maintain that some skills, although they may not build literal bridges, can help build personal ones. How do I know this? I’m married to a Renaissance man who sews on a button better than I do, chivalrously fixes all things broken, and understands that the only antidote for some circumstances is to make a cocktail.

Jennifer Hunt-Murty Publisher



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People and events from around town.

A guide to our favorite happenings and can’t-miss events.











News you can use from Ocala’s city hall.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission detection dogs are serious about catching wildlife poachers.

Local hand cyclist Cesar Hernandez leads the way in shredding the new paved Greenway trails.

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School news from Marion County Public Schools.

Finding community, like back in the day.

Big Hammock Race Series kicks off Season 4.

Celebrating local couples’ love.

America’s Grill Star, Jose Juarez of Ocala, shares his favorite grill recipes for summer.

Dr. Casey Turner shares yummy recipes for eating healthy.

Local blogger Laura Venosa hosts picture-perfect picnics… for her dogs.

Your guide to some of our area’s best eateries.

E N T S Arts





We’ve rounded up the best summer exhibitions at art museums around the region.

The Appleton Museum’s new exhibits celebrate African heritage.

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More young people are choosing construction trades, and the Marion County Building Industry Association has stepped up to provide career training.

The Florida Center for the Blind, which assists hundreds of visually impaired people, will expand its facilities to provide new education and job training programs.

For our Men’s Issue, we photographed eight local guys and their dogs. Talk about adorable!

Men are expected to know stuff. Our quick guide outlines nine things a millennial guy should know to become a well-rounded Renaissance man.

ON THE COVER: Scott Olschewske with the 1950 GMC 100 that Gene Liles authentically restored, right down to the original torch red paint and whitewall tires. Photography by Dave Miller

Cancer. Family.




hy would the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute differ so much from any other cancer practice? Because you become...our family. And together, impossible cures have been achieved for greater than three decades.

In addition, we recognize our valued medical resources from both local providers as well as academic centers. Every detail is examined and weighed. How is cancer care given? More than half of all patients require radiation at some point. Treatment at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute is often given five days a week, sometimes twice daily, for several weeks. This schedule encourages recovery of healthy cells as the cancer dies.

Chemotherapy or immunotherapy delivered by medical oncologists occurs every two or three weeks, seldom more often. The idea of all care in one building is meaningless and misdirects our focus because the frequency of visits for each specialty differs. Excellent medical oncologists are available in Ocala, but this is why treatment can be combined when some elect chemotherapy at academic institutions in Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, and

Tampa while radiation is seamlessly provided by our practice. The National Cancer Institute’s definition of a “comprehensive cancer center” never implies radiation and chemotherapy need to be delivered close to each other. The emphasis on structural closeness detracts from the true mission of medical healing. Delivery of all treatment within a single facility misleads one to expect communication. Not so. And medical studies

don’t require one physical location for enrollment in a treatment trial. Could medical oncologists be employed within our institute? Yes, of course! And we are asked constantly to provide an in-house resource. But at this time, we defer. Our ultimate effort will always remain with you. You see, cancer specialists have different areas of expertise. There are seven radiation physicians in our practice. By the same token, to exclude outstanding medical oncology

physicians would deny you a critical choice. The right team optimizes results... and peace of mind. We remain committed to both medical and emotional needs. For a cure, “one size” fits no one. Instead, your unique medical team becomes personalized, interacting constantly. Working closely with your primary provider, cost-sensitive medical judgment is reinforced. As research has proven, onelocation cancer facilities can encourage internal financial incentives to go unchecked, and increase your expense. 100 percent of the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute facilities remain the only designated American College of Radiology private practice comprehensive cancer centers in North Central Florida...for over two decades! Why is this accreditation so important compared to any other national cancer board? Because protecting your health and safety demand strict national guidelines. Cutting corners on personnel or sophistication to reduce overhead is a

dear price to pay when you become the victim. Only by maintaining the highest standards is this accreditation earned. Academic centers demand it. All insurance providers recognize ACR accreditation to be the ultimate standard of care. As expected, technically intense options of stereotactic-body radiation therapy (SBRT), internal applications known as brachytherapy, intravenously administered radio-pharmaceuticals, and stereotactic radio-surgery (SRS) are administered in our facilities every day. The confines of a building don’t stop our staff from making house calls. Recall how many times you have experienced that level of concern in the last 50 years. The Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute is named after a best friend lost at a young age to cancer. His memory strengthens our sincere commitment to you, rather than an outside corporate influence emotionally deaf to your needs. You will NEVER be treated like a number, rather than

a name. Our practice avoids a thoughtless line of waiting that stretches like a train. Where treated should always remain your choice: without exception! When it comes to radiation, demand us! There is no substitute. And care is never denied because of finances. Please keep this article, refer to it, and check your insurance: you will find us there. Review our credentials: on-line website, with friends,

in person. In this area of Florida, you already know someone who has experienced our care first hand. We welcome you to come by, say hello, and meet our staff: to sense the comfortable difference. It will truly feel like home. Because if you ever need us, you will want our practice to be...your home. The Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute: a higher standard of care.

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JIM GIBSON WRITER Jim Gibson began his writing career as a newspaper journalist. As executive editor at Akers Media Group, he helped publish four award-winning magazines. He lives in Wildwood with his wife of 37 years, TeResa, and near their three children, his granddaughter, Alani Hall, and his mother.

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CYNTHIA MCFARL AND WRITER Cynthia McFarland is a full-time freelance writer whose work has earned regional and national awards, including a prestigious Steel Dust Award from the American Quarter Horse Association. The author of nine nonfiction books, Cynthia’s written for Ocala Style since the first issue.


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The Social Scene It was a beautiful day to enjoy the 6th annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, which featured ‘80s tribute band Titans of Rock. Photo by Dave Miller

Erica Wade, Nicole Loscialo


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Juan Bengoa, Travis Arenburg

Brick City Beer and Wine Festival CITIZENS’ CIRCLE Photos by DAVE MILLER

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ocal craft brewers and vintners and vendors from the region offered samples, live music, food and fun to attendees at the Brick City Beer and Wine Festival on April 20. Funds raised from the event were donated to three local charities: Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection, Marion County Literacy Council, Inc. and Interfaith Emergency Services.

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Michelle Flynn, David Lakin, Seth Crevison, Danielle Crevison, Ryne Neville, Charneel Bowen

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uests outfitted in their finest f lapper-era attire enjoyed casino games, cocktails and prizes at this swanky speakeasy fundraiser on April 12 to benefit Kids Central Inc., a local nonprofit organization that helps create brighter futures for children and families. Chad and Trisha Filley

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lthough this year’s venue was not a motel, the Show Motel Artist Collective brought their avant-garde, modern art exhibition to the Marion Cultural Alliance’s Brick City Center for the Arts gallery for the month of April. The opening reception on April 5 celebrated the collective artists, who ranged in age from 13 to 80-something.

Jean Odoerfer, Shannon Keeme

Artwork by Tammi Merriman

Show Motel Artist Collective



Maureen Fannon

Real People, Real S tories, Real O cala

Daniel, Cassidy, and Olivia Murry

Whitfield and Rose Jenkins

Guitar player from Little Jake and The Soul Searchers

Motown Downtown FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK Photos by MEAGAN GUMPERT Vickie Gator


hythm and blues took Ocala Cultural Arts’ First Friday Art Walk on April 5 back to the days of Motown with sounds by Little Jake and the Soul Searchers. Ocala Street Cruisers exhibited vintage cars, and artists painted live created artworks inspired by the Motown theme. Brandon and Becky Champagne

Joyce Jones

Newy Fagan, glass artist

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Editors’ Picks A guide to our favorite monthly happenings and can’t-miss events.

Photo by Emily Butler Photography


Remember Jones

Levitt AMP Music Series Webb Field Every Friday through August 2 The third Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series will once again take place at the Martin Luther King Jr Recreational Complex’s Webb Field from 6-9pm. Presented by the Marion Cultural Alliance, this year’s lineup includes genres such as blues, jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, classical, Latin and R&B. Each event will also feature food trucks and vendors, craft and nonprofit booths, and beer and wine for sale. The Summer Break Spot will provide free dinners for those 18 and under in attendance, and each concert spotlights a local nonprofit organization. Headlining Acts: June 7 – Dr. Nativo, June 14 – Remember Jones, June 21 – Canon, June 28 – Tonina www.concerts.levittamp/ocala.

The Addams Family: A New Musical Ocala Civic Theatre Through June 9

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and they just might be one of America’s most beloved families. This production brings the classic TV show to life, except now Wednesday is all grown up and in love with a regular Midwestern boy. When the future in-laws visit the Addams’ mansion to meet the family, terror and humor ensue. Show times and ticket prices vary. www.ocalacivictheatre.com.



Big Hammock Race Series Season 4 Kickoff Paddock Mall June 5 Global Running Day seems like the perfect day to celebrate the launch of Season 4 of the Big Hammock Race Series. The meet and greet takes place inside the Belk Courtyard at Paddock Mall at 5:30pm. At 6:15pm, take part in an indoor 1-mile walk or a 3-mile outdoor run/walk led by Coach Pezz. While there, purchase a BHRS Season 4 pass. For upcoming race registration and details, visit www.bighammockraceseries.com.

Bee Life Fort King June 6 This two-hour program geared toward children ages 5-15 will cover the life of pollinators and why they are so important to our ecosystem. As part of Fort King Environmental Days, this Summer Shorts event takes place from 10am-12pm, and the cost is $10. Participants will also make a mason bee house out of recycled materials. Register online at www.ocalafl.org, or call (352) 368-5535 for more information.

Photo courtesy of The Appleton Museum of Art

Do Not Bleach: Stephanie Brown Appleton Museum of Art June 8-October 20 Do Not Bleach celebrates the skin we’re in. Dark-skinned, light-skinned, or somewhere in between, mixed-media exhibit encourages compassion and love for everyone, regardless of their skin color. An interactive selfie station will feature Stephanie’s signature Do Not Bleach T-shirts, and shirts will be available for purchase in the Appleton gift shop. www.appletonmuseum.org.

Programs in the Parks June 7 and 28 The City of Ocala will offer a variety of summer activities, including Nature Games & Tracking on June 7 at Tuscawilla Park. Guests will enjoy nature-related outdoor games and animal tracking adventures. On June 28, the Tremendous Trees program will allow participants to learn about trees and go on a fun scavenger hunt, complete with prizes. Both events run from 12-1pm and are free. For more information, call (352) 368-5517.


Speaker Paul K. Chappell College of Central Florida June 13 Paul K. Chappell is the peace literacy director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living and our shared humanity. The first six published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, The Art of Waging Peace, The Cosmic Ocean and Soldiers of Peace. Chappell teaches college workshops and classes, lectures across the nation and leads a peace curriculum series for grades K-12 and higher learning. The goal of Peace Literacy is to develop our human capacity for reason, conscious, empathy and realistic hope. Chappell will be bringing his positive message (free of charge) to the College of Central Florida. Check out www.peacefulrevolution.com for more details on Chappell and his curriculum.

One Stop Pony Circle Square Cultural Center June 22 Whether your favorite is Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett or any number of other top artists, chances are singer, songwriter and musician Brian LaBlanc does a great rendition of them. Brian, along with his group One Stop Pony, will perform at the Circle Square Cultural Center at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm, and tickets range from $22 to $26. www.csculturalcenter.com.

Ocala Comic Con Hilton Ocala June 22-23 Ocala’s Comic Con returns to the Hilton Ocala for a seventh year. This multi-genre pop culture event gets bigger each year with costume contests, speakers, cosplayers, comic book creators, gaming, vendors and more. The event will include special media guests Mitsuhiro Arita, Elizabeth Maxwell, Eddie Pittman, E. Jason Liebrecht and Justin Cook. Show hours are Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 11am6pm. www.ocalacomiccon.com.

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City Update News you can use from Ocala’s city hall.

Be Prepared Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. For storm preparation tips and ways to keep your family safe before, during and after a storm, visit www.severeweather.ocalafl.org.

City Manager John Zobler, Assistant Fire Chief Clint Welborn, Fire Chief Shane Alexander

Achievements & Accolades

Let The Music Play! Don’t miss the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series this summer! Presented by the Marion Cultural Alliance in partnership with the City of Ocala, these free outdoor concerts will take place every Friday now through August 2 from 6-9pm at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth Street. Check out the complete lineup. June 7 – Dr. Nativo June 14 – Remember Jones June 21 – Canon June 28 - Tonina July 5 – The Foxies July 12 – Mr. Sipp July 19 – PJ Morton July 26 – Empire Strikes Brass Aug. 2 – Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band For more information, please visit www.concerts.levittamp.org/ocala or follow the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series on social media @LevittAMPOcala.



Monday, April 8, Ocala Fire Rescue welcomed seven firefighters and celebrated the promotion of eight department members during a swearing-in and promotional ceremony held at the Reilly Arts Center. Honoring fire service traditions, the ceremony began with a presentation of colors and the melody of bagpipes setting the tone. Beginning with the swearing in of 21-year department veteran Clint Welborn as assistant fire chief and ending with commendations for life saves and outstanding performance, the ceremony was a grand display of fire service achievements. This event included the following honors and promotions: • • • •

Clint Welborn was sworn in as assistant fire chief. Robert Altman was promoted from fire captain to the rank of battalion chief. Richard Grubbs and Brad Hardy were promoted from fire equipment operators to the rank of fire captains. Wilson Touchton, Chris Reynolds, Vincent Alexander and Garrett Hutto were promoted from firefighters to the rank of fire equipment operators. Jorge Tejeda, Christopher Maxson, Jake Marrall, Brett Hendrix, Cole Chabot, Anthony Carter and Evan Miller were welcomed as new department firefighters.

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Class Acts

School news from Marion County Public Schools By KEVIN CHRISTIAN, APR , CPRC

175 Years And Growing At 175 years young, Marion County celebrated its milestone birthday with help from our school district. Marion County Public Schools set up a tent showcasing local artifacts and tools from the late 1800s. The “pioneer school” setting featured East Marion Elementary students and teachers in costume and involved classroom tours and games. The district also displayed a mobile version of Marion County’s Black History Museum for attendees to enjoy.

Superintendent’s Literacy Festival

Sending Wishes From Afar Cadets in North Marion High’s JROTC program created 100 original birthday cards to send to Emil Valentine, a World War II veteran in New York. Valentine told media all he wanted for his centennial celebration was 100 birthday cards. No doubt he received those and thousands more from students and schools across the nation. Students at other schools, including Emerald Shores and Fort McCoy, also sent birthday greetings.

“Travelling Through Time” was the theme of this year’s Superintendent’s Literacy Festival. Hundreds of youngsters, their parents and school employees enjoyed a beautiful Saturday morning at Citizens’ Circle bringing books and characters to life. From dinosaurs to fairy tales, kids of all ages celebrated reading for enjoyment.

Top Reader Over Spring Break All For The Babies Honor Society members from Dr. NH Jones Elementary took part in the March of Dimes walk and raised $2,571 in the process, far beyond their $300 goal! They definitely proved they are #MCPSstrong in helping premature babies in our community. Thanks to team captain Kimberly Dunn and Jessica Larroque for guiding these young donors in their quest to help others.

Pinwheels For Peace Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks’ campus was spinning with peace thanks to hundreds of pinwheels urging us all to remember the Holocaust and never allow it to happen again. Students created the pinwheels by hand then planted them around campus for everyone to see—from the carline to the flagpole, front walk to the center courtyard. The student exercise also fostered more in-depth discussions at higher grade levels about the Holocaust.

While some students stayed away from books over spring break, Riley Coyle, a third-grader at Emerald Shores Elementary, read 2,556 minutes online—over 42-hours and enough to make him the winner of the March Madness Reading Challenge. For his efforts, Riley walked away with a new basketball, Michael Jordon biography, $75 in gift cards and bragging rights across the entire county! June ‘19


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y husband and I don’t fit the can’t-afford-to-buya-house millennial stereotype—thanks to our two incomes and relatively low debt, were able to purchase a starter home early in our relationship. We looked at 10 houses in one day, and when we walked into the 10th, it blew all the others away. It was in a quiet neighborhood on a corner lot, which was slightly elevated, and out every window you could see only trees and conservation areas. We moved in and giddily unpacked. This was the perfect home to start our life. It wasn’t long before we realized that, while the home was great, the part of town where it was located just wasn’t right for us. The neighborhood was quiet… too quiet. There were no other residents our age, and all the restaurants, breweries and entertainment we enjoyed were a 20-minute drive away. Our only restaurant options were fast food or bad barbecue, and we found ourselves bored, watching Netflix more often than not. We realized we wanted a neighborhood like the ones our parents and grandparents talked about: everyone knowing and caring about their neighbors coming together for dinner and game nights, and having the things we enjoyed within a walkable distance. We heard descriptions like this about a historic neighborhood near downtown and decided it was our best bet. We happened to close on our house right before Hurricane Irma, and after the storm we rushed downtown to check the damage. The house was fine, but we found a massive oak limb blocking our road. Just minutes later, a small group of people walking around with handsaws was outside cutting it up and dragging it to the curb. We pitched in and learned they were neighbors

trying to clear the roads so cars and power trucks could get through. On the community’s Facebook page, others were offering food and coffee, showers and guest bedrooms to those without power. It was proof we’d picked the right place. We’re now the proud owners of a home built in 1904 and doing our best to take care of her (I like to call her Grandma when she gets fussy about something) in what I believe to be the best neighborhood in the world. We have neighbors who are becoming like family, and frequent social events like Sunday concerts in the park, First Friday cocktail parties and Porch Beer Crew get-togethers. Did you happen to see that viral video of the middle-aged man dancing to “Wow” by Post Malone? He lives here, too. Because of the tight-knit culture in this neighborhood, you can meet some truly awesome people here. So, my advice to other millennials looking for “home” would be to seek out pockets of community within a city that our parents and grandparents would be surprised to know still exist—with neighbors that welcome you, watch out for you and make you feel truly at home. June ‘19



Big Hammock Runs On By JOANN GUIDRY


n the premise that there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing, get ready for the Big Hammock Race Series—Season 4. Created by volunteer co-founders and Ocala runners Karen Donnelly and Tina Banner, the BHRS was established as a year-round Central Florida run/walk fitness challenge. Over the past three years, the BHRS has evolved to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on reducing obesity and encouraging participants to live a healthy lifestyle. For all ages and skill levels, the BHRS’ only requirement to receive a medal or earn race points is to finish a race. The races are varying distances, but every race features at least a 5K (3.1-mile) option, as well as a 10K (6.2 miles) and half-marathon (13.1 miles). BHRS PassHolders accumulate points toward medals and season-ending honors. All BHRS races give back to the community by including a charitable component. “Our continuing goal is to motivate and inspire people to challenge themselves with health and fitness goals,” says Donnelly. “The BHRS provides the means to do that with the races and by helping participants make connections with others who are like-minded.” The BHRS—Season 4 launches Wednesday, June 5, with PassHolders’ online registration beginning at 3pm. The Season 4 PassHolder fee is $39. Then the action moves to the Paddock Mall, where participants can turn in waivers for event bibs from 5:30pm6:05pm. That will be followed by the



welcome ceremony from 6:05pm-6:15pm. Immediately following the welcome ceremony, attendees will have the option of a free 1-mile walk/run inside the Paddock Mall or an outside 3-mile walk/run with Coach Stephanie Pezzullo. Pezzullo, an Olympic qualifier and running and triathlon coach, returns as the BHRS official coach Big Hammock for the second year. “We are delighted to have Coach Pezz Series-Season 4 back with us this season,” says Donnelly. presented by Ocala “And we are excited to announce that Health kicks off she will donate one free running clinic to Season 4 PassHolders.” June 5 on Global The official BHRS—Season 4 signRunning Day up, gear pickup, food and prizes will be presented by the from 7-8pm. The race lineup, medals and all other pertinent information will be Paddock Mall. revealed at that time. “Every year we have expanded into new communities in North and Central Florida,” says Banner. “Through the Big Hammock Race Series, we want to spread the message of living a healthy life to as many people as we can.” Learn More › Big Hammock Race Series—Season 4 Presented by Ocala Health › www.bighammockraceseries.com


Weddings Celebrating Ocala’s Newest Brides And Grooms

JOSH & ALICIA BURGESS November 3, 2018 Photography by Brittany Bishop Venue: Their Family’s Farm Her favorite memory: “Being able to get married at such a meaningful location for our families. Our family worked for months to make it all perfect for us, and it all seemed to fall together on the perfect night. Out under the oak trees, the sunset was beautiful and the farm seemed to glow in it.”

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NILSON MAYORGA AND ADIANET ANCEAUME January 26, 2019 Photography by Maudie Lucas Venue: Golden Hills Country Club Her favorite memory: “The standout moment was when I was walking down the aisle, seeing my husband’s face and noticing how sentimental he was. The violinist was playing our favorite song and all of our friends and families were together celebrating our love.”

ZACHARY & NOELLE SOUDERS January 18, 2019 Photography by Cynthia Lee Venue: Tavares Pavilion on the Lake Her favorite memory: “Nothing can quite express the love and excitement the ceremony brought to our hearts. However, slow dancing together as husband and wife with the realization of no longer being two but one and excited to experience whatever adventures await us, was one of our most treasured moments.”




DOMINIC & EMILY MARCHIONE February 23, 2019 Photography by Maudie Lucas Venue: C Bar Ranch, Alachua Her favorite memory: “The entire day and the selfless love of our family and friends. There’s nothing better than being announced ‘husband and wife.’ The rainbow that appeared shortly after our vows is something we will always cherish as a blessing from God.”

TRENTON & STEFANI PENUEL May 11, 2019 Photography by Isabelle Ramirez Venue: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, Whitsett, NC Her favorite memory: “Listening to Trenton read his vows to me. They couldn’t have been more perfect.” His favorite memory: “Standing at the altar watching my family walk down the aisle followed by Stefani in her beautiful dress. The tears were flowing!”

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JOHN & JORDAN MCMICHAEL April 13, 2019 Photography by Brittany Bishop Venue: Country Club of Ocala Her favorite memory: “Our first kiss as husband and wife!”

JUAN GUTIERREZ AND AMANDA BURNS February 16, 2019 Photography by Rachel Laxton Venue: Country Club of Ocala Her favorite memory: “Seeing Juan’s face as I walked down the aisle, and watching his kids walk him down the aisle and give him away.”






healthy, happy pet. That’s what we want for our fur babies. Just like their humans, though, our furry counterparts can and do experience a variety of degenerative conditions, which lead to inf lammation, pain and a reduced quality of life. Maricamp Animal Hospital is one of just nine veterinarian offices in the state to offer Medivet Biologics therapies. “Stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma can benefit both dogs and cats that are experiencing degenerative diseases and pain,” says Dr. Katherine O’Brien. How do you know if your pet is suffering with a degenerative issue? He or she may whimper in pain, have difficulty rising from a resting position, experience reduced mobility, be stiff, limp or not be interested in regular activities. And although dogs exhibit symptoms more readily than cats, cats are not immune to degenerative disease. They just don’t express pain the same way. “We are trying to maximize a pet’s time on Earth and improve their quality of life so they are pain free,” says Dr. O’Brien. “These therapies may be used for conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, torn ligaments, ligament disease, patella luxation and more.” Dr. O’Brien explains that stem cell and platelet therapy are drug-free, all natural, and won’t harm your animal. Stem cells can be taken from your dog or cat while they are under anesthesia for a spay, neuter or dental procedure and stored to be used when your pet gets older and needs therapy. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated solution of platelets that contains anti-inf lammatory properties. For common conditions, such as osteoarthritis, relief can come from

the animal’s own biology rather than medication or surgery. Doctors can direct the PRP into the joints to provide relief for six to eight months. While PRP offers anti-inf lammatory properties, stem cell therapy helps by regenerating tissue. The “unprogrammed cells” turn into whatever is needed in the body, addressing the source of disease. “The goal,” Dr. O’Brien says, “is to use both modalities together by using direct injection and IV therapy to treat the degenerative disease.” By taking this approach, the animal can experience positive results for one to two years. She adds that educating clients is important. “We speak and advocate for all animals to end pain and suffering.” From house calls and laser therapy to acupuncture and boarding, the happy team

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Detection Dogs: The Nose Knows Written by CYNTHIA MCFARL AND Photography by DAVE MILLER



dog’s nose and evidence don’t lie. Humans? Unfortunately, they can’t always be trusted. Just ask the guy wearing full camouflage caught on private property, gun in hand, who swears he’s done nothing wrong. Minutes later, when a canine search turns up a blood trail leading to a dead, antlerless, out-of-season deer hidden in the brush, his story suddenly turns into a confession. But it took a trained dog and handler team to uncover the truth. “People will say they poach to put food on the table, but it’s often the urge to kill something and the thrill of seeing if they can get away with it,” notes Joe Simpson, an officer and specialist canine handler with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for the past 17 years. FWC is the agency tasked with regulating hunting seasons across the state, but they also enforce laws relating to the illegal taking of fish and wildlife—in other words, poaching. Putting man’s best friend on the task force has



are state law enforcement officers and been a huge help in catching people who feel can enforce all laws, including speeding, like the rules don’t apply to them. etc. However, they specialize in resource In 2018, there were at least 575 protection and some of these officers have a poaching violations in Florida, and this trusty canine at their sides. doesn’t include saltwater species or license violations. “A lot of times it’s the Dogs On Duty dog that helps make the FWC doesn’t buy dogs; People will say case. We also solve many their canines are either they poach to cases because someone donated or rescued and put food on the posts something they’ve are sporting breeds, such killed or caught on table, but it’s often as Labrador retrievers, Facebook; inevitably German short-hair the urge to kill one of their ‘friends’ pointers, weimeraners, or something and the mixed breeds, both male will call us and report them,” says Simpson, and female. A number of thrill of seeing if who patrols Marion, have been donated they can get away dogs Lake and Putnam after trainers found them with it. counties and is also the too “high-drive” to be dog trainer for Florida’s seeing-eye dogs. Simpson’s northern region. own dog, “Moose,” a chocolate lab mix, Citizens may refer to them as “game came from a pound in Georgia five years wardens” (or “marine patrol” on the water), ago. Almost bald from a horrible case of but the men and women hired by FWC mange, he still passed the initial assessment

COUNTRY by having a strong play drive—essential for a successful FWC canine. “We look for dogs 1 to 3 years old so they’re still young enough to learn and work for a number of years,” says Simpson, whose dog is now 6. Officers are allowed to keep their dogs after the animals retire from service. In the four-month-long training process, tracking is the first skill dogs learn. Simpson says dogs are frequently used to track a person, whether it’s searching for someone who got lost while hunting or tracking a person who runs from an officer who is performing resource checks. Dogs are then taught to detect specific odors. For example, the trainer will put alligator meat on a towel, hide it and then reward the dog when he finds it. The reward is never food, but rather play time with a favorite toy. Once the dog is confident finding the scent farther and farther away, the trainer increases the difficulty by placing the scented item in a box. Because the dog is rewarded every time he “alerts” to the target scent, it becomes a game for him to find it, no matter how challenging. Dogs may “alert” by sitting or scratching at the area. This skill is used time and again when FWC officers search a vehicle, boat, building or other area. Poachers may hide parts of the animals and fish they’ve killed illegally, but a dog skilled in detection can easily find them. Dogs can be trained to find specific types of animals or fish and become “certified” in those odors; for example, Moose is certified for deer, turkey, alligator and duck. In South Florida and the Keys, poachers commonly take lobsters out of season or ignore size limits. An FWC officer can search a boat with his or her dog, who will alert to even a single lobster tail hidden beneath the deck. “If it’s on the boat, the dog will find it,” says Simpson. “A dog can search a vessel within seconds.” Article searches are the final phase of training, in which the dog is taught to alert to anything unnatural in the area being searched. “We use a variety of things during training—shell casings, wallets, cell phones, etc.—because you never know what you’ll be looking for,” explains Simpson.

In The Field Spent shell casings are often found in article searches. In one case, an FWC officer was called to a scene where a suspected poacher had been confronted by the land owner who found a freshly killed deer on his property. The suspect didn’t deny shooting the deer but claimed he shot it on his own property, and it jumped the fence and then died on the land owner’s property. Within seconds of being turned loose to search, the FWC dog alerted to shell casings on the land owner’s side of the fence, and the suspect confessed that he had indeed trespassed and shot the deer there. FWC dogs continue to train even after going to work in the field. Their tracking, detection and article search skills are considered “perishable,” so handlers are constantly working to keep their dogs’ talents fine-tuned. Similar to learning a foreign language; if you don’t practice, you’ll get rusty. “Use it or lose it” definitely applies. “We have 12 traditional dogs trained in tracking, article searches and wildlife detection, and five port canines who work specifically at sniffing out illegal wildlife (parts and live animals) that are being imported or exported from Florida ports,”

says Simpson. Poachers often try to ship animal items (meat, hides, eggs or live animals) out of the state, while others attempt to bring animals (exotic birds, reptiles, snakes, etc.) into Florida illegally. FWC port dogs find these items and animals hidden in containers before they can leave the ports. The charges a person can face for poaching in Florida vary widely, from misdemeanors to felonies, and one case can include multiple violations. Punishment starts with fines and community service, but serious violations and repeat offenses can result in arrest and even prison time. Florida covers 53,997 square miles, and that’s not counting bodies of water. It’s an enormous area to be covered by the 17 FWC K-9 teams. But if you could ask the dogs, they’re up to the task. After all, for them it’s really a game—even though they’re helping officers enforce the law. “The cool thing about my job is that I get to go to work with my best friend every day,” says Simpson, rubbing his dog’s head. Moose jumps up, putting his paws squarely on Simpson’s chest, tongue lolling out in a happy dog grin. It’s obvious he feels exactly the same way.

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On The Trail Written by JOANN GUIDRY Photography by DAVE MILLER


sk handcyclist Cesar Hernandez about biking on the Cross Florida Greenway’s paved trail and he smiles. “Riding my bike on the paved trail allows me to be active in a safe environment and enjoy being out in nature,” says Hernandez, 54, an associate engineer with SPXFLOW Inc. “It gives me a tremendous sense of freedom, of normalcy. That is very important to my well-being.” Hernandez became a paraplegic at 22, the victim of a random drive-by shooting in Brooklyn, New York. Key to adapting to his new life was finding a way to be physically active. “I began playing wheelchair basketball while attending New York University. It felt great to be active again and be part of a team,” says Hernandez. “When I moved to Ocala in 1993, I joined the Orlando Magic Wheels and played for them for 10 years. As I got older, I Anderson. Various combinations knew my basketball time was winding down. of the group ride on different days. But I didn’t know what activity was next.” “I live near the Greenway’s Hernandez’s Orlando Magic Wheels SW 49th Avenue Trailhead, so teammate John Schulte had a solution for I was very excited when I found him—a handcycle. Schulte is the head engineer out that a paved trail was being for Top End, a Pinellas Park, Florida-based constructed,” says Hernandez. maker of mobility sports equipment. “When it “I bought a Top End Force opened in late fall of 2017, we biked 30 miles that 3 handcycle in 2014,” says first day.” Hernandez. “I’ve been riding It gives me a Bre Ximenes, the Greenway trails and ever since.” tremendous sense volunteer coordinator, happened to be at the Hernandez began riding trailhead that day when the bikers returned. in his southwest Ocala of freedom, of It was then that the conversation began neighborhood, gradually normalcy. That is about creating a limerock road connector working up to twice weekly very important to from Hernandez’s neighborhood to the paved 8-mile rides. He met paraplegic trail. Under Americans With Disabilities Act Jesse Bryant, who lives in Oak my well-being. guidelines, Ximenes and the Greenway office Run, at the monthly meeting made the request a reality. On June 23, 2018, of the Ocala Chapter of the Hernandez and Bryant took the inaugural ride on the connector. Spinal Cord Injury Support Group; the duo “With the connector, I can just get on my bike at my house and began riding together regularly. Hernandez’s head to the Greenway,” says Hernandez, who averages 100-130 biking group now includes non-paraplegics Mike miles a week. “Being self-reliant is a great feeling. And once I get on Hamlin, Ken Bailey, Oscar Hernandez, John the Greenway, I just smile the whole time.” Bouchard, Gary Brown, Mary Oram and Lenore



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Blue CoLl ar RenaiSsance By CYNTHIA MCFARLAND


ore than 2,500 Marion County Public Schools students who graduated last month have a big decision to make: attend a four-year university like many of their parents did, and come out with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt; or learn a skilled trade that would allow them to get to work a few years sooner, making a good salary, with no student loans. For more and more young people and their parents, choosing a skilled trade occupation is a no-brainer.

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Nationally, the construction industry is experiencing a labor shortage. At the start of 2018, there were 250,000 more construction jobs available than there were workers to fill them, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Right here in Marion County, a search for open construction jobs netted 748 openings, ranging from laborers and managers to superintendents. During the recession a decade ago, the construction industry lost a solid 1.5 million workers, and demand still exceeds supply—especially for skilled trades. This is especially true for the metropolitan Ocala area where the growth rate in construction and related industries is higher than the state average—6.5 percent versus 3.8 percent respectively. Growth in the Ocala Metro area is outpacing larger cities, including Jacksonville and Orlando. And those jobs that make that growth possible are being left unfilled. “We are seeing the effects of pushing kids toward college and away from trades, hands-on skills and starting a career out of high school. High schools have done away with shop class, probably about the same time they did away with home economics. We’re seeing the repercussions of that now in the workforce,” observes Scott Olschewske, president of the Marion County Building Industry Association (MCBIA), a professional not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to the betterment of the construction industry and the community. “Today, the average age of contractors is in the mid to upper 40s,” says Olschewske. “There is no one to replenish the skilled trades and it’s only going to get worse.”



As a licensed Florida contractor and owner of Keystone Construction, Olschewske knows firsthand the challenge of trying to find enough good labor. “The construction industry is big here; there are over 1,100 construction businesses based in Marion County,” he notes. “When the last housing bubble burst around 2008, a lot of builders were left with foreclosures, but all of those houses have been bought up now. When there’s nothing left to buy is when you see a spike in new construction. We’re going to continue seeing this deficit for at least the next two years, which is good for the county, but we’re playing catch-up now.” Catching up with demand requires skilled labor, and when those workers aren’t available, the ramifications are felt by both builders and homeowners. “When the labor force is diminished, subcontractors can’t do all the work, so they pick and choose the jobs they want,” explains Olschewske. “Right now everyone wants to do new construction, so it’s hard to find someone to do remodels and renovations, which makes it tough on the consumer.”

What Changed?

Back in the 1960s, half of the U.S. workforce was in the skilled trades, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just 40 years later, for every five tradesmen who retired in 2008 only one new person entered the field. And a 2009 survey revealed that only a paltry 6 percent of high school students even considered a job in the trades. This undervaluing of trade skills left a significant void in the construction industry. With the current robust economy and housing market, the need for workers is strong—and demand is only going to continue. A 2017 study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce focused on good-paying jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s or fouryear undergraduate degree. Researchers reported that Florida was among the top three states with the largest gains in jobs in “non-manufacturing blue-collar industries, such as construction” from 1991-2015. And those workers weren’t all male. “We are seeing more women out in the field, and we welcome them in the trades. A lot of our painters, trim carpenters, flooring installers and sheetrock hangers

are women,” says Olschewske. Employment in construction and related occupations—think carpenters, electricians, plumbers, masons, painters, drywall installers, tile and marble setters, flooring installers, sheet metal workers, etc.—is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This projection for growth is faster than the average for all occupations and should result in about 747,600 new jobs. This means prime pay for employees able to fill those openings. But where are they going to come from?

Learn While You Earn

Although you can go to college to become a lawyer, teacher, engineer—and a host of other occupations—there’s really no college course to teach someone how to become an electrician, mason, carpenter, plumber or HVAC technician. To master a skilled trade you don’t need a four-year degree, but you do need work experience, on-the-job training and a formal vocational education. This is when apprenticeship programs come into play. Thanks to the efforts of multiple local agencies, working adults and high school students have the opportunity to learn skills that will allow them to establish lasting careers. The Georgetown University study mentioned earlier found that 3,477,000 people have good-paying construction jobs in the U.S. and earn a median salary of $59,000. It’s important to realize these are jobs that don’t require someone to borrow money to attend school for several years and enter the workforce carrying thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Students in Florida have an average student loan debt of $24,461—significantly lower than many other states—but they’re still starting out “in the red.” “College is not for everyone and isn’t the only smart path to take. With an apprenticeship program, not only are you earning a great wage, but you’re learning a skill that can take you anywhere in the country. It really opens doors to making a great living. You could be 21 years old and making over $23 an hour with no student loan debt,” says Olschewske, whose own brother left the medical field and became an electrician. MCBIA is working with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion; Marion Technical

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College (MTC); Marion Technical Institute (MTI); Marion County Career Technical Education (CTE); Marion County Building Department; Future Builders of America; and Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. “Our overall mission at CTE is to be part of the economic solution here in our community. As educators, we’re listening to the business community, hearing what their needs are and building programs to meet those needs. We want to have a talent pipeline to help meet the workforce and economic development needs of our community,” says Mark Vianello, executive director at Marion County Career Technical Education (CTE). “There’s a tremendous need for skilled individuals in the trades. Marion Technical College (MTC) has had an electrical apprenticeship program for 25 years, but there’s also a need for plumbers, HVAC technicians, carpenters and masons. In response we’re building an Apprenticeship Academy that addresses all those areas at the post-secondary level, and also building a pre-apprenticeship program at the secondary (high school) level,” says Vianello.

Marion Technical Institute (MTI) is offering a Construction Technologies Program to students at every high school in Marion County, and is also providing transportation. This pre-apprenticeship program will allow students to enroll in the Apprenticeship Academy already having up to one year of the program completed. The masonry program is scheduled to open this spring and carpentry this fall. The goal this summer is to focus on development of the West Bay building at MTC to combine the current electrical apprenticeship with masonry and carpentry programs and the soon-to-come programs of plumbing and HVAC/mechanical, creating a well-rounded Apprenticeship Academy in one location.

Education Without Debt

The Florida Legislature has already passed bills allowing students to use apprenticeship training towards high school and/or college credits. Other bills are pending that will help address the critical lack of a skilled construction workforce. “These programs give students the opportunity not only to learn on the job, but to learn the technical aspect in the classroom; it’s so important to understand what you’re doing and be able to perform it,” notes Earl Scott, career education facilitator at MTC, who coordinates with the program sponsor, Florida Electrical Association, to oversee the electrical apprenticeship, in which 52

Scott Olschewske

We are sEeing the eFfects of pushing kids toward coLlege and away from trades, hands-on skiLls and starting a carEer out of high schOol.

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students are currently enrolled. The electrical apprenticeship program at MTC is a four-year program. Students are required by the state to work 2,000 hours a year and be in class for a minimum of 144 hours per year, but the MTC program averages about 168 hours a year. Students attend classes two nights a week where they have classroom learning, as well as handson time in the campus lab. All instructors are master electricians. Typically, students only pay for textbooks because the cost of the program is shouldered by the state and the employer, which acts as a “sponsor.” “Professionals want to hire professionals,” says instructor/electrical apprenticeship coordinator Gary Crandon, a master electrician who helped start the electrical apprenticeship program 25 years ago. “Many companies won’t even consider someone who hasn’t completed an apprenticeship program. Once you’ve graduated from a state-certified electrical apprenticeship program, you can get a job anywhere in the U.S.” “The MCBIA is bringing our industry of tradesmen—and women—together to make sure we are using real world training, offering competitive wages industrywide, and creating careers, not just jobs,” says Olschewske. “A lot of puzzle pieces are coming together throughout Marion County to solve a common problem: lack of a skilled labor force.”

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he Florida Center for the Blind is a beacon of light for those living in the shadowy world of the visually impaired. The center provides rehabilitation, on-site classroom training and oneon-one, in-home instruction for those in need. The Ocala-based nonprofit organization serves eight counties, utilizes a staff of 14 and provides services for 220 people. “Our primary goal is to provide independence for persons with visual impairment or blindness,” says President and CEO Anissa Pieriboni. “We provide services for clients from birth to end of life, and each age group has its own unique set of needs. Each of our services is custom-designed to provide specific instruction to our clients so they can function successfully on their own in a sighted world.” There is no cost for those served by the center, and it has nine programs to assist the visually impaired and blind: the Children’s Program, Transition for Teens, Independent Living Skills, Vocational Rehabilitation/Job Readiness, Orientation and Mobility, Access Technology, Braille Instruction, Enrichment Classes and Information and Referral. Pieriboni says that all of their programs are very important, but three in particular stand out: the Children’s Program, Access Technology and Independent Living Skills. “Our Children’s Program helps provide a foundation of information for all visually impaired children, but especially for those who are born blind or lose their sight at a very early age,” she says. “Research shows that 85 percent of what we learn comes through sight. If you watch a sighted baby looking at the world around them, they observe and mimic the actions they see. When a child doesn’t have the ability to observe, it’s obvious that this puts him or her at an early disadvantage. We teach visually impaired and blind newborns and young children to learn to interpret the world around them by using their other senses. Most of this learning comes through touch, so we teach them how to feel their world… how to learn by shape and texture. It’s this foundation that will enable them to properly process the world they live in for the rest of their lives. “Through Access Technology, clients are taught to use the latest technological advances to explore and

interpret their world. For example, companies such as Apple have provided programs like VoiceOver to give vision-impaired persons the ability to use a cellphone to make calls, read and answer emails and access all the information provided by the internet. We search out the latest programs or devices available and instruct our clients how to utilize them to their fullest extent. “Independent Living Skills are taught both here at the center and in the client’s home. Since our main goal is independence, we consider this service to be of vital importance. We go into the client’s home and teach him or her how to live their best and most comfortable life while coping with the demands of blindness. Something as simple as marking a microwave oven with small braille stick-on tabs can make a world of difference in ease of daily living.” The center also works in conjunction with local school districts to teach school-age visually impaired children. Instructors from the center travel to area schools and, on a set schedule, take the children out of their regular classes to provide special instruction in areas such as braille, orientation and mobility, and access technology. “The only drawback to this approach,” says Pieriboni, “is that when students are taken out of regular classes for instruction by our staff, they fall behind in whatever is being taught in their absence.”


The Cost Of Helping

Pieriboni says that the Florida Center for the Blind is funded primarily by the Florida Department of Education: Division of Blind Services. The state agency provides the center annual funding for 142 of its 220 clients. This money is meant to provide for 100 percent of each client’s needs, but Pieriboni says that it ends up providing closer to 60 percent. Also, the center is serving 78 more individuals than the funding it receives. This leaves a substantial shortfall in funding, which she says is made up through private donations, foundation grants and one annual fundraiser. The center’s annual budget is close to $600,000 with $92,000 in private contributions donated in 2017. “We try to utilize every cent we receive to directly help our clients,” she says. “This means that we plan expenditures very, very carefully. Expenditures can

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mean money or it can mean manpower. Our resources are so limited, and we try to use our staff for one reason only—to help the visually impaired. So, when it comes to fundraising, we only have one main event each year. Every October we host ‘Dining in the Dark,’ an event designed to let the public experience for a moment what the visually impaired experience every day of their lives. In conjunction with the Ocala Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff ’s Office SWAT teams, we serve dinner in complete darkness to those attending. The SWAT team members wear night vision goggles and the public experiences the trials of eating a meal using only touch and, to a certain extent, sound. Each year the event directly raises around $10,000 to help fund the center, but the awareness it generates leads to further donations throughout the year.”

Looking Ahead

During the Dining in the Dark event in 2018, the center announced a planned $10 million expansion. Presently the center is housed in two modestly sized buildings on NE 22nd Avenue. The one-story buildings contain its offices and a small training center. Pieriboni says the expansion will triple the size of



the present facilities and will take place during three phases of construction. “Phase 1 will include a welcome center that will contain all of our administrative offices,” she says. “This center will also include a fully staffed store that will sell a wide range of devices created to assist the visually impaired. Trained staff will not only find the most effective device for the client’s needs, they will also instruct the client in its proper use.” This area of the new center will also house a school that will teach children from preschool through third grade. The intent is to teach the children there five days a week much as they would be taught in the public school system, and then assimilate them into area public schools in the fourth grade. Pieriboni says that the school will eliminate the problem of taking the children out of their scheduled classes in

where the visually impaired could improve motor skills, such as walking or riding a bike, in a safe environment. It would also be used for programs such as yoga, goalball (a soccer-type game that uses a ball, which emits a beeping sound), other sports activities and a meeting place for large groups of people. “The architectural design has been completed, and we are putting together a steering committee to help

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the public school system and therefore help speed up their education. “Having our own school would allow the center to provide intensive training early in the child’s life so that assimilation into the public school system would be seamless and less stressful. We always work closely with visually impaired children’s parents, teaching them braille and attempting to involve them intimately in their child’s education,” she says. “Having our own school will only enhance that connection. We believe that the parent is the No. 1 instructor… always. They want to help their child in any way possible, but many times they feel helpless. We want to help them help their child.” Phase 2 will include a dormitory with job training. The dormitory would allow clients to come to the center to stay during weekdays and then return home on weekends. Pieriboni says that job training would be intensive, and clients would receive months’ worth of instruction in just weeks. It would also enable instructors who now spend countless hours traveling to clients’ homes to spend that time teaching instead. “We also hope to partner with local businesses so that once a client is trained, he or she will have a job in the community waiting for them,” says Pieriboni. “We are willing to customize Anissa Pieriboni our training to accommodate local or state businesses. Jobs in phone centers raise the needed funds,” Pieriboni says. “We’re excited or on manufacturing assembly lines are about the future and looking forward to expanding our ideal for the visually impaired, and we hope to find services to such a valuable part of our community.” a business niche that will help clients statewide live If you would like to volunteer your time or donate independent and productive lives.” to the Florida Center for the Blind, please visit their Phase 3 will be a multipurpose building for website at www.flblind.org or call (352) 873-4700. enrichment classes. It would be a gym-type building

Florida Center for the Blind serves:

• People of all ages who are vision-impaired in both eyes. • Those whose visual impairment cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or surgery. • Those whose visual impairment results in difficulties performing daily activities.

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Hey guys: By the time you’re considered an “adult,” you’re expected to know stuff. All kinds of stuff. We know adulting is hard, and we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up useful information to empower you in a variety of situations that will eventually come up, like it or not!

8 Things Every Man Should Know How To Do

Cook One Signature Dish Whether you want to impress a date, give your spouse the night off or spoil your mom, everyone should know how to cook one good meal. Your go-to signature dish doesn’t have to be complicated but should go beyond the frozen pizza and ramen noodles you subsisted on in college. Knowing your way around the kitchen can be intimidating, but there are many one-pot recipes that make a tasty meal. Or just make it easy on yourself and learn to grill a perfect steak!


Craft A Cocktail Whether you’re mixing a drink for a business associate or a date, every guy should know how to make one bona fide cocktail beyond pouring a beer or glass of wine. It doesn’t have to be a fussy umbrella drink, but even a classic twoingredient martini or three-ingredient margarita is a hit at any social gathering.


Give A Handshake Like it or not, men are judged on their handshake. And, as they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Practice your technique and you’ll never feel intimidated when someone extends their hand to you. The basics: Make eye contact. › Smile. › Grip their hand firmly (not limp, not crushing). › Shake up and down once or twice. › Greet verbally, i.e., “Nice to meet you.” See, that wasn’t so hard!


Jumpstart A Vehicle Do you know how to use that set of jumper cables you keep in your trunk? It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process before you find yourself with a dead battery. Connect the red cables to the positive (+) terminals of the batteries in both vehicles. › Clip the black cable to the “live” battery’s negative (-) terminal. › Don’t touch the other end to the dead battery’s negative terminal. › Instead, clip it to anything metal that’s connected to the engine. › Start the live car; let it idle for 10 minutes, and then crank the dead car. › Remove cables in reverse order. Don’t touch them to each other or either car.


Handle A Blowout A blowout, especially at 70mph on a crowded freeway, is nerve-racking. Instinct will tell you to hit the brakes. Don’t. Braking abruptly or a quick change in direction can destroy the tire further and cause total loss of control. Instead, maintain speed and steer



gently in the direction of the skid. Once you have control of the vehicle, slow down gradually and pull onto the shoulder.


Carve A Turkey Chances are sooner or later you’ll find yourself at the head of the Thanksgiving table. Do you know how to carve the bird? If you have a game plan, it’s not so hard. Place the bird on a cutting board, cavity side up and facing you. › Using a sharp chef’s knife (8 to 12 inches long), make a cut at each thigh and remove them. › Split the thigh and leg at the joint, separate them and put on platter. › With the tip of the knife, start at the top and slowly work down, following the bones on the left wing side. › Keep the knife on the bone and the breast will easily come off. › Repeat on the right side. › Slice breast meat, and arrange on platter.


Change A Diaper Just because you didn’t birth the baby doesn’t mean you won’t be expected to help with diaper duty. Have all supplies ready before you begin, including the diaper and wipes. Lay baby down on a flat surface with his or her legs facing you. Peel tabs back on old diaper and remove it while slightly lifting baby’s legs. Use wipes to gently clean baby’s genital area. Fold open new diaper, lift baby’s legs slightly and slide diaper underneath baby’s bottom with the Velcro tabs in the back. Lower baby’s legs and fold the top part of the diaper up toward baby’s bellybutton. Pull Velcro tabs around toward the front of baby’s belly and secure on front part of diaper. Put baby’s clothing back on. Throw away old diaper and used wipes. Make sure to wash your hands!

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Good To Grill Recipes by JOSE JUAREZ Photography by DAVE MILLER

Everyone loves a guy who grills! We asked Ocala’s Jose Juarez, America’s Grill Star, to share some of his favorite summertime grill recipes to inspire you to get out of your hamburger-and-hot-dog rut.


Grilled Corn And Poblano Pepper Salad Salad:

Grilled Polenta And Tenderloin Tapas (5 servings) 17 ounces polenta (one tube) 12 ounces tenderloin steak 12 ounces of brie cheese 2 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon 6 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced 1 red onion 1 green pepper 1 red pepper ½ stick salted butter Preheat grill to 400°F. › Salt and pepper steak and dust with your favorite barbecue rub. › Grill steak to your liking. (I like mine medium rare.) › Sauté the mushrooms in butter. › Dice peppers and onions. › Quick fry in pan for a maximum of 30 seconds. › Microwave or place bacon in oven until crisp. › Cut each bacon slice in half. › Cut polenta in one-half-inch discs. › Using the same pan as the mushrooms, fry both sides of the polenta with a small amount of butter until crisp on the outside and soft inside. › Slice steak and cheese into thin slices. › Time to build the polenta pyramid! Start with the disc, and then add a small slice of brie cheese, slice of steak, slice of bacon, mushrooms and another slice of cheese. › Add pan-roasted onions and peppers. › Be creative with this fun appetizer: Use the polenta as your canvas, and add other proteins like shrimp, salmon, chicken and pork.



3 ears of corn, grilled and taken off the cob 15 ounces (1 can) black beans, rinsed 2 avocados, diced 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 poblano pepper, grilled and diced ½ cup red onion, chopped 1 bunch cilantro, rough chopped

Dressing: ¼ cup rice wine vinegar ¼ cup BarbaCuban 90 Miles to Mojo sauce juice of one lime pinch of salt Grill the corn and poblano pepper: Preheat grill to 400°F. › Brush corn and peppers with olive oil. › Add salt and pepper. › Grill pepper on each side until you see the skin blister and turn charred brown and black. › Grill ears of corn, turning every minute until it shows char marks on all sides. › Combine and toss all ingredients with dressing, and serve.


Grilled Shrimp Skewers With Scallops, Pineapple and Sweet Peppers (6 servings) 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp ½ pound large sea scallops 1 pineapple, peeled mini sweet red, yellow and orange peppers cherry tomatoes BarbaCuban 90 mile to MOJO marinade Marinate shrimp and scallops in Mojo marinade for one hour. › Place skewers in water for one hour to prevent burning. › Slice peppers into one-inch sections. › Preheat grill to 400°F. › Start building your skewers in layers: shrimp, peppers, pineapple, scallops. Have fun, be creative and mix it up! › Grill for approximately four minutes on each side, mopping with Mojo sauce. › Remove from the grill, and let rest for 5 minutes. › Serve and enjoy. Fun Fact: Did you know Mojo sauce came from the Canary Islands and was brought to Cuba by the Spaniards? It is now known as the national Cuban barbecue sauce.

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In The Kitchen With Casey Turner

Written by ANGEL A DURRELL Photography by ESTHER DIEHL


s a practicing physician, Casey Turner is passionate about good food made with simple, uncomplicated ingredients. Growing up in Virginia, he learned the basic foundations of cooking from his mother. “It was super important to her that all her kids knew how to take care of themselves—that we knew how to cook for ourselves and for the family,” he says. His mother made everything from peaches in the dead of winter when nothing scratch for her six children, and just was growing. It was all about saving and watching her work in the kitchen was a using every resource to create good food. valuable experience. Those early lessons Bacon fat was another savvy ingredient formed his motivation to be a good cook and established a genuine respect for food— his mom always had on hand—it’s great for frying, tastes good and is free. You just how it’s produced and how to prepare it so cook the bacon, save the grease in a jar and the body can get the most benefit. put it in the pantry. “I learned a lot of basic concepts that “We had a whole tub of became very intuitive— it. And I still do it.” how to work on a I wish I could say Some might be stovetop, how to bake that cooking rice surprised to hear a doctor things and make them fluffy, how to make is easy and even a enthusiastically embrace also using butter, but he’s rice without burning baby could do it. a firm advocate of whole, it,” he explains, wryly But we who have grass-fed butter in cooking. noting that rice can be a cantankerous dish. tried it know that’s The issue, he says, isn’t the butter itself; it’s how hot it “I wish I could say that not true. gets in the cooking process. cooking rice is easy and If you burn it, it loses all even a baby could do it. But the healthy fat the body needs. we who have tried it know that’s not true.” “It’s denatured, and your body can’t Harvesting fruits and berries for canning even digest it,” he explains. “It can absorb is a fond memory; Casey grew up in a world it but can’t do anything with it except line where his mother stocked things for a the arteries,” he warns. “I don’t tell people rainy day, and he could have blueberries or



to avoid butter. I tell people to not burn fat on the frying pan.” And although butter is perfectly OK when used properly, he says he absolutely doesn’t use margarine. “The FDA has come around and said it’s literally a poison and hastens your cardiovascular demise,” Casey says. “And it doesn’t taste that good, either.” With his cherished cast iron skillet, creativity and love of experimentation, he relishes the challenge of finding great dishes his family can enjoy without regrets. Because he’s lactose intolerant and his wife can’t eat gluten, fish is a staple on the menu. His cedar plank salmon is a favorite in the house—an easy recipe he uses often. The cedar plank, he says, brings out a hearty smoked flavor to the fish without drying it. Plus, it’s a visually stunning dish that went over well, even at Thanksgiving. “When I was thinking about what to do for this article, my wife said, “You’ve got to do this one!” he laughs. “It’s a fun recipe. I hope people enjoy it.”


Cedar Plank Salmon Cedar plank (I get them at Earth Fare) Salmon fillet (The more the plank is covered with salmon, the less it will burn or smoke. Choose your fillets wisely, and don’t be afraid to cut them to size) lemons, sliced green onions, diced butter olive oil to coat salmon salt and pepper, to taste Soak your cedar plank as soon as possible before cooking—at least one hour. If you can soak it for days beforehand, it might not burn up on the grill. (If it does burn up, it smells delicious and infuses even more smoky flavor into the fish.) › Lightly coat the salmon in olive oil and place on soaked plank. Grind salt and pepper over top. › Place lemon slices along fillet, and add a pat of butter onto each lemon. › Pile the diced green onions on top of this. › Grill on high and then high/ medium heat for about 10-12 minutes. Do not flip the fish. It will get smoky, and the wood might catch on fire. (If you have a water spritzer you can use it to keep that down a little bit, but honestly, I just let the wood burn.) › Once cooked through, remove the fish from the grill, and serve with your favorite vegetables or side. Check out www.ocalastyle.com, click on features and then this story to find the recipes for Casey’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Cranberries and his tzaziki. * Casey says to get the perfect grilled salmon, you should be slightly worried that the fish is undercooked when you take it off. If you are sure it’s done, then you’ve probably dried it out.

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Picnic With Your Pooch Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ


ll of us at Ocala Style love dogs. So when local artist Laura Venosa told us she styles special picnics for her chihuahuas Ellie, Jerry and Mickey, we were intrigued. “Keep it fresh and simple” is Laura’s advice for picnicking with your pooch. She decorates with fresh, organic herbs that are safe for dogs and treats her fur babies to healthy snacks like carrots. She cautions, however, that certain food and plants that are safe for humans are not safe for dogs. Samantha Schwab, the resident pet expert at Chewy, urges pet parents to keep “people food” limited to occasional special treats served in small quantities. “Only feed your dog a small amount of treats, and don’t skip over your dog’s regular mealtime,” she recommends.



“Choose treats that your dog is already used to eating so your dog won’t surprise you with a bad reaction. Save time and space by choosing food that both you and your furry picnic partner can safely enjoy together.”

Safe for Dogs In Small Quantities

Apple slices › Berries › Carrots › Peanut butter (without xylitol) › Bread › Cheese in small quantities › Corn › Fully cooked eggs › Popcorn › Ham › Pork › Salmon › Turkey

Not Safe For Dogs

Chocolate › Grapes › Raisins › Onions › Xylitol › Macadamia nuts › Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts) › Milk and dairy (if lactose intolerant) › Raw or undercooked meat or eggs › Salt or salty food




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Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar 10 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala

(352) 512-9458 › brickcitybbq.com Sun-Wed 11a-10p › Thurs 11a-11p › Fri-Sat 11a-12a Located in downtown Ocala’s historic town square, Brick City Southern Kitchen’s aroma is recognized for several blocks around. Once inside, you are met with a wall of over 400 whiskeys from around the world and a collection of custom folk art from Nicklos Richards. To the rear of the restaurant is their scratch kitchen where all the sides, barbecue sauces, dressings and seasonings are prepared. But the heart of this kitchen is the custom-built smoker, where the low, slow heat of burning hickory smokes beef brisket, ribs, pork shoulders, whole chickens and turkey breast.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 2707 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (352) 622-2110 › brusters.com Sun-Thur 12p-10p, Fri-Sat 12p-11p You scream ice cream, we scream Bruster’s. More than just any ol’ ice cream parlor, Bruster’s knows how to satisfy the needs of any ice cream lover. Their large variety of premium flavors and desserts is made right in the store where they are served, including crunchy handmade waffle cones, customized sundaes, candyfilled blasts, thick milkshakes, frozen yogurts and no-sugar-added flavors. If you really want to crank up a party, Bruster’s will bring their scrumptious sweets to you. Sweeten your next big day with Bruster’s, and choose from endless flavors such as Blueberry Cheesecake, Peach Melba and Black Raspberry.

El Toreo

3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala

(352) 694-1401 › 7 days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala › (352) 291-2121 › 7 days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $5.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $5.45; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $7.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $6.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $5.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (take-out not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).




Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones, with purchase, for children under 40 inches. Banana Thursdays: Bring your own banana and get 1/2 price on a banana split!

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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala

(352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Tony’s Sushi has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

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

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(352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Blackened Red Fish and Louisiana Gumbo. Other favorites, like French Baked Scallops and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the Cool Goose Martini. They also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s Ultimate Fish & Chips (pictured) available June 1st–July 31st.

Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

422 South Pine Avenue, Ocala, FL (352) 304-5199 Mon-Sat 11a-9p

This family-owned and-operated restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and everything on the menu is made to order. To get your meal going, try the mozzarella caprese, garlic knots or fried calamari. The antipasto and Greek salads are two more favorites! Entrées include a huge variety of chicken, seafood, pasta and veal options. If you crave it, chances are they make it. The pizza, though. You have to try the hand-tossed pizza. Pile it high with your favorite toppings, or try the Sicilian with its one-of-a-kind meat sauce. No matter what you order, you’ll be satisfied and ready to call Louie’s a new family favorite.

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Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala

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106 NW Main St, Williston

Stop by our new speakeasy bar and enjoy our speciality drinks! For information on catering contact Waica or Evelyn at WMHIvyHouse@yahoo.com

(352) 528-5410 › Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our home to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

The Lodge

36 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala

(352) 289-1390 › thelodgeocala.com Mon-Fri Open at 3pm › Sat 11am-2am › Sun Open at 10am The Lodge is historic downtown Ocala’s gastropub, with a full liquor bar and wine menu; more than 200 domestic, imported and craft beers; and fresh, expertly crafted tavern fare that pairs perfectly with your favorite libation. Enjoy tapas, lunch, dinner, late night bites and a Sunday brunch menu. With live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, The Lodge is your comfortable, casual, comeas-you-are hangout for college football, NFL Sundays and new events like the dueling piano show every second Friday. Follow @TheLodgeOcala on Facebook for food and drink specials, event info and tickets.


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though school may be out for summer, learning happens yearround at local galleries and art museums. Learn more about what’s coming to exhibit spaces near you, and get the inside scoop from the curators themselves.

Uelsmann’s Dream Theater

Divergent Convergence: The Arts of Creativity, Discovery & Inquiry June 1–July 21 Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville Curated from the Harn Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition will show guests



how artists perfect their craft, impact science and innovation and ultimately get their artwork from idea to reality. It includes multiple types of artwork, like photographs, videography, ceramics, drawings and textiles— and work from famous artists including Andy Warhol and burgeoning artists. The Harn has free admission to its exhibits and educational activities. www.harn.ufl.edu

Kenneth A. Kerslake, The Star Spangled Man

Century June 1–Nov. 3 Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville Century is a journey through moments captured by some of the 20th century’s greatest photographers, including 36 new photos never before seen at the Harn. View the works of Laura Gilpin, Helen Levitt, Walker Evans and more. Reviews from art critics, insight from artists and words from activists help guide visitors through the exhibit. www.harn.ufl.edu

2019 Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art June 1–August 18 Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando The Orlando Museum of Art will host its sixth annual Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition, which spotlights emerging, Florida-based artists who excel in contemporary art. These 10 artists will have work featured across multiple galleries in the museum, and one will earn a monetary award from the museum for their contribution to the arts and to encourage them to keep creating. www.omart.org

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Summer Spotlight XXII June 1–July 19 College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, Ocala Presented by The Visual Artists’ Society, this year’s Summer Spotlight will showcase works focusing on two themes: reflection and political statements. Artists can choose any medium to express their heartfelt beliefs or revelations, including sculpture, paintings, photography and more. Previous Best of Show winners and CF visual arts alumni will have their work exhibited. Gallery hours are 10am-4pm, Monday through Thursday, and admission is free. www.cf.edu

Walker Evans, Fish Market Near Birmingham, Alabama, negative: 1936

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Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist and Works on Paper by the Artist & His Circle June 1–June 16 The Lightner Museum, St. Augustine The Lightner Museum is located in the former Alcazar Hotel, built in 1888 by Henry Morrison Flagler and is most famous for its collection of 19th century artwork. In June, their special exhibit on Edgar Degas provides a rare look at more than 100 original works on paper by the artist and his close circle of friends. Fifty of these pieces are by Degas himself, while the rest of the collection includes monotypes, drawings, prints and photographs created by his peers: Mary Cassatt, Édouard Manet, Jean Leon Gerome, Alfred Stevens, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne and others. www.lightnermuseum.org

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Urban Chatter June 8 – Oct. 20 Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala Shown simultaneously with Do Not Bleach, Urban Chatter


Visual Magic: Dali’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality June 15–Nov. 3 The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Using cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) technology, visitors to this exhibit will get an entirely new look at Dali’s

The Dali Museum owns eight Dali Masterworks, which is the largest collection of any institution in the world. www.thedali.org Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection June 20–Oct. 20 Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Photography lovers, this is an exhibit not to miss.

Curator Q&A: Jason Steuber, Harn Cofrin Curator of Asian Art at the Harn Museum of Art What’s the story behind the Divergent Convergence exhibit? This exhibit links art, science, technology and exploration, things you wouldn’t always think of together but are actually linked. It also shows creativity through the practice to the final product. It answers the question of, ‘Hey, what do artists do?’ Our main image for the show was an image made by Kenneth Kerslake, a professor at UF in the late 20th century, and his work with printmaking was very well recognized. We brought that print to the forefront to talk about how an artist works. They’ll practice drawing hands a hundred times to perfect their craft, and we have his sketchbooks and the copper plates used to produce the prints all the way up to the final product. It’s not like an artist just sits down and is amazing. It celebrates how artists work and that it is a full-time job.

The Tampa Museum of Art has a massive 20th-century photography collection, and this exhibit will highlight works by Zeke Berman, Chuck Close, Lucas Samaras and many more. It includes experiments in photography like darkroom effects and new compositional ideas and looks into the different studio practices of each artist. www.tampamuseum.org

Tell me about some of the other artists featured in this exhibit. One of the large prints by Andy Warhol, the soup can, is an easily recognizable piece for the general public. You can talk about pop art and how the everyday can be important to creativity. How and why is something as ordinary as a soup can famous? Another artist on display is Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and her exhibits over the last year and half have been sold out in every major city in the U.S. The Harn collected a piece of hers well before this popularity, so if you weren’t able to get to another major city that had her works, you can see one here firsthand. That’s the fun of putting these together—making a great exhibit for the visiting public and hearing them say, ‘I’ve never seen that,’ or, ‘Wow, I finally get to see this one.’ How can parents excite their children about visiting these exhibits? Andy Warhol, Soup Can, Vegetarian Vegetable* Museums aren’t quiet places; they’re very active places, and the activities are kid-friendly. In the gallery we have a family guide made by our education department for learners of all ages with ideas, activities and questions that are accessible for them. It helps them have a dialogue with the works. Plus, any family can stop by our Bishop Study Center and have even more opportunities for learning or additional reading.

Photo courtesy of the Harn Museum of Art

Photo courtesy of the Dali Museum

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 June 14–Sept. 6 Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville This exhibit will highlight approximately 65 pieces of art from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European Collection. The works will vary widely in size, subject matter and scale, and include drawings, paintings and sculptures produced by the era’s top artists. Featured artists include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and more. www.cummermuseum.org

“Masterworks” collection. These paintings are more than 5 feet in height or width, and each one took Salvador Dali at least one year to complete. Guests will view Dali’s works through an AR app on their phones, where they will come to life. The details featured in the AR experience are based on frequently asked questions about these paintings to bring their inner meanings to life.

Photo courtesy of the Harn Museum of Art

is all about the sights, sounds and sentiment of urban city living. Artist Sharon KerryHarlan creates her textile pieces using thread and sunbaked cloth, and they depict people and faces that are a mixture of African sculptures and masks, modern cartooning and abstract style. www.appletonmuseum.org

*Andy Warhol, Soup Can, Vegetarian Vegetable, 1964, Silkscreen, Gift of Richard Anuszkiewicz, © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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New Exhibits Celebrate African Heritage By PATRICIA TOMLINSON



Photo courtesy of the Appleton Museum


Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Urban Ecology

In addition to beautiful art quilts on view at the Appleton, photographer Stephanie Brown’s terrific work Do Not Bleach is also featured. Created to promote melanin positivity, the installation features Brown’s color photographs of people wearing her signature Do Not Bleach T-shirt. The photos are wonderfully moving because they show black people of all ages and skin tones showing pride and delight in being and looking like exactly who they are. Included in Brown’s conceptual installation are multi-hued soaps referencing Rihanna’s “Fenty” makeup line and an interactive selfie area where visitors can try on the signature T-shirt and pose for photos—thereby becoming part of the art themselves. Both exhibitions are on view from June 8-October 20, 2019, and we invite you to our opening reception from 5-6pm and to participate in our Spoken Word event from 6-7pm on June 8. Learn more › Appleton Museum of Art › 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › www.appletonmuseum.org › (352) 291-4455 Photo by Ralph Demilio

ne of the things I love most about art is that “wow moment” when you first see a work you really connect with; that is how I felt when I first saw artist Sharon KerryHarlan’s art quilts. Raised in Hollywood, Florida, Kerry-Harlan studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and growing up was heavily influenced by the paper and fabric collages created by her uncle, who worked as a graphic artist. One of the first things that drew me to KerryHarlan’s pieces was the colors—a striking black-on-brown color scheme filled with amazing designs and faces–lots of wonderful, expressive faces. Her large textiles are so stunning and dramatic, in part, because they are heavily patterned with scarcely any empty space (called negative space in the art world). The abundance of design can make the viewer think of a rushing, bustling city full of people and excitement so it’s no surprise that the show is named Urban Chatter. Even though they are very modern, KerryHarlan’s art quilts have firm footing in history and heritage because they are influenced by traditional mud cloth, which is cotton fabric dyed with fermented mud that has been created in the African country of Mali for centuries. Also, many of the patterned images on her pieces are reminiscent of cowrie shells, cloth and body painting motifs, and the decorative patterns seen on dwellings, further tying them to African traditions.

A former professional archaeologist, Patricia Tomlinson joined the Appleton Museum of Art as Curator of Exhibitions in 2016 after having served as curatorial staff in the New World Department at the Denver Art Museum for eight years.


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riving on U.S. Highway 441 in Marion County, just south of the sheriff ’s station between Ocala and Belleview, have you noticed the tall, concrete pillars hidden behind the dense foliage in the median? Have you wondered why the State Road 40 bridge over the Ocklawaha River is so high? The pillars and bridge are remnants of the never-completed Cross Florida Barge Canal. After more than 100 years of consideration, the 12-foot deep, 185-mile canal was approved by Congress in 1942 with the purpose of creating a shortcut across Florida that would link the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, saving ships three days of travel. After the Great Depression, construction on the canal was seen as a way to stimulate the economy and provide

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