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Country Club of Ocala Grand architecture & design define this estate overlooking the 7th fairway and green. Foyer opens to a grand living room and adjoining $1,292,000 formal dining room. Beautiful outdoor living area.

Country Club of Ocala Custom Family Estate home with golf course views. Family room with 20’ ceilings, fireplace & gourmet kitchen. 4 Bedrooms/3.5 baths, Pool and outdoor cooking area. Furniture included. $575,000

Country Club of Ocala Exquisite Estate with magnificent views overlooking the golf course on 2 acres. Designed for family and entertaining with open kitchen, formal living and dining rooms. Office and game room. $1,495,000

Golden Ocala Elegant Lake Front Estate - Impressive floor plan, luxury upgrades include wine cellar and construction details throughout. Family room with designer fireplace. Spacious first floor master. $675,000

Golden Ocala Clubside Village - 3 Bedroom, 3.5 bath home features Chef’s kitchen opening to family room. Spacious master suite on main level. Large $625,000 covered lanai. Convenient location close to WEC.

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Publisher’s Note wo years ago, the City of Ocala, in partnership with the Marion Cultural Alliance set into motion steps to start drafting a 10-year vision for our city’s arts and culture. In the yearlong process, a New York consultant interviewed Ocala’s art institutions with its bountiful group of art supporters and issued a report encouraging our community to map out three key strategies.

First, improve the long-term sustainability of arts and culture in Ocala by establishing funding for the arts. Second, create signature places and programs that celebrate the authentic past, present and future of Ocala. Third, initiate, build and strengthen multigenerational relationships, making art more accessible for all.

Many of the 10-year plan elements, which we’ll explore in greater detail in upcoming issues, are built on or around the prior work of great art visionaries like Mr. Appleton, who paved the way for our community to host a world-class museum. Additionally, some of our oldest art organizations have worked hard for decades to bring more arts and culture to Ocala. The good news is that rather than rest on our laurels, community leaders are pressing on to encourage more growth in this sector. That’s great news, not only for the economic and educational opportunities that those efforts can bring, but because “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” So said Picasso, and it applies today. During the month of September, when our thoughts inevitably turn to a very dark moment in our country’s history, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to celebrate the creative arts and reflect on all that is still good about humanity.

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We’ve got the scoop on some great happenings for the love of animals.

When jurors don’t work out, the legal system allows for alternates.









Andrew Koutnik takes a fresh look at Type 1 Diabetes.

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A dog-friendly destination that will keep those tails wagging.

The 9/11 Traveling Memorial Wall visits the Marion County Veterans Memorial Park.

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The Social Scene Eat Street Ocala boasted street performers such as ďŹ re dancers Phantasmagoria, Chris Willett of Funky Fire Performance Art and the ladies of The Ocala Cannibals roller derby team. View more events coverage at www.ocalastyle.com. Photo by Meagan Gumpert

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ist City Tattoo and the Humane Society of Marion County raised $628 by inking for the animals. The shop offered freebies—Fist City T-shirts, and Bonefish Grill and Bojangles’ restaurant gift cards. Dozens of tattoo fans donated to prevent animal cruelty and over-population.

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at Street Ocala had a terrific night despite the showers. Several food trucks along with DJ KC Webb, street performers, and even a roller derby team kept the damp-ish crowd entertained. For the kids, Marion County Parks & Recreation held fun games from their activities truck.

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Editors’ Picks A guide to our favorite monthly happenings and can’t-miss events. Written & Compiled By PRINCE QUAMINA

Tiffany Reilly Arts Center Sept 20 | 7:30pm Are we alone now? The Reilly Arts Center proudly welcomes ’80s teen idol Tiffany to its stage. She’s well known for her hit song, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” which broke several records and catapulted her into stardom. Shifting from pop, dance and country music with ease, Tiffany on stage at the Reilly is a great way to spend your Friday night. Tickets are available at www.reillyartscenter.com, but act quickly!

First Friday Art Walk Downtown Sept 6 | 6-9pm The Art Walk is an Ocala staple. Set in and around the historic downtown area, the event boasts 30+ artist tables, live entertainment and art activities. Shops stay open late. Grab a map on the square and stroll your way through the entertainment and artworks. Everyone is invited to partake in the fun downtown on Friday night! For more information visit: www.ocalafl.org

Pleasures: A Juried Art Show Brick City Center for the Arts Sept 6 | 5-6pm (reception) until Sept 28 (on display) The Marion Cultural Alliance is excited to present its first juried art exhibit. This exhibit will feature pieces that amplify simple pleasures evoked by mundane and simple beauty. The reception, where awards will be distributed, is September 6th with free admission and light refreshments offered. The exhibit will be on display until the 28th. For more information visit: www.mcaocala.com



Matilda: The New Musical Ocala Civic Theatre Running through September 22 | Showtimes vary The theatre is running the musical story of an amazing girl with mind powers and her journey to change her destiny. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda is a charming musical sure to delight everyone in the family. Shows are Wednesdays through Sundays; times vary. For more information and tickets: www.ocalacivictheatre.com

The Talk: Low Carb Diet for Type 1 Diabetes? IHMC Sept 12 | 6pm Award-winning researcher Andrew Koutnik kicks off IHMC’s Evening Lecture series here in Ocala. His talk will focus on the role of diet in the management of Type 1 diabetes from the perspective of both a researcher and patient. The reception is at 5:30pm, and the talk begins at 6. To RSVP and for more information, visit: www.ihmc.us

Cornerstone Leads the Way 5K Baseline Trailhead Park Sept 21 | 8am The third race of the Big Hammock Race Series is underway this month. This race is fun for the whole family, set on the scenic Baseline trail and is dog-friendly. The organizers will provide participants with T-shirts and other swag on Sept 20th. The earnings for the race will go to The Cornerstone School’s tuition assistance program. BHRS offers a yearlong series of fitness challenges to support local charities. For more information visit: www.bighammockraceseries.com


Happy Times! A Tribute to Danny Kaye The Sharon Sept 24 | 7pm Wesley Slade gives new life to singer and actor Danny Kaye’s hits like “Happy Times” and “Minnie the Moocher” in an engaging cabaret! Performing since his youth, Slade is no stranger to the stage. From community stages to the grand stages of Universal and Disney, he’s committed to his craft, which is reflected in his passion on stage. For tickets and more information, visit: www.thesharon.com

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Ambrosia Circle Square Cultural Center Sept 28 | 7pm The iconic Southern California band Ambrosia is coming to town. Known best for their dreamy pop hit “Biggest Part of Me,” the band ruled the late ’70s and early ’80s pop charts. Back in force with three of the original members, their progressive and dreamy sound will mellow us out here in Ocala. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.csculturalcenter.com



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Reasonable Alternatives By JUDGE STEVEN G. ROGERS


everal years ago, while presiding over a civil jury trial, the jurors asked to go outside during a recess. I decided to accompany the bailiff and jurors as I also thought it would be nice to get some fresh air. As I talked to the bailiff, I noticed two jurors close by were looking at me. I heard one of the jurors say, “Just ask him.” As I turned to face them, one of the other jurors asked, “Is one of us out here the alternate juror?” I replied with a simple “Yes.” “Are you going to tell us who it is?” she asked. I smiled. “Not at this time.” Both the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure and Florida Rules of Civil Procedure have provisions permitting alternate jurors to be utilized and to sit with the regular panel of jurors. Alternate jurors are used to replace most exciting portion of the expert’s testimony was when everyone jurors who become unable or disqualified to in the courtroom heard a repetitive sound coming from the jury box. perform their jury service. They hear the same We noticed one of the jurors was asleep…and snoring (loudly). We evidence, arguments and instructions on the law continued with the trial, and at the next recess both the prosecution as the other jurors. But they do not participate and defense agreed to replace the sleepy juror in deliberations or deciding with the alternate juror. a verdict. In addressing why I choose not to tell jurors So, what would cause a When something which of them are the alternate juror, it should juror to become “unable happens during a trial be noted there is nothing that specifically or disqualified” to perform prohibits a judge from informing a person of that causes the judge their jury service? Aside their “juror-in-waiting” status. But, most trial from family emergencies to believe a juror is judges elect not to do so. The obvious reason is and medical issues, unable or disqualifi ed that if the alternate juror knows they will most there are plenty of other likely not be deliberating and considering a to perform their circumstances that have verdict in the case, they may not be as attentive resulted in an alternate service as a juror, it’s during the trial. juror replacing a juror reassuring to have a Trial judges have the responsibility of during a trial. monitoring and controlling all aspects of a jury reasonable alternative One such example trial. When something happens during a trial happened during a criminal available. that causes the judge to believe a juror is unable trial when the prosecution or disqualifi ed to perform their service as a called an expert witness to testify about the juror, it’s reassuring to have a reasonable alternative available. results of DNA testing conducted in the case. In contrast to how it’s often presented on television Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala crime shows, actual DNA testimony often with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd. becomes somewhat monotonous. Arguably the

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publications, maintains an active blog and has been a TEDx speaker. He was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to join the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine and is completing the PhD program this summer. With the birth of a Chronically Type son in May, Koutnik 1 diabetics are now has, given at increased risk hereditary statistics, even more impetus to for all 10 of the continue his studies into leading causes Type 1 diabetes. of death and “I’m at the end of my PhD, and I have been a expected to live a father for eight weeks, decade shorter. so I’ve been trying to write my dissertation. My wife is also in a PhD program. It has been a crazy, crazy, crazy journey. I always admired people who had success in their career, but more importantly, they had the respect and admiration of their peers, families and co-workers. I’ve always wanted to be a father. It’s really cool. It’s exciting. Unfortunately, there is increased risk for my child getting Type 1 diabetes,” he explains. “For 12 years I have been navigating Type 1 diabetes and that has taught me that what we consume, what we do every day, including lifestyle habits, like exercise and sleep, among other things, have tremendous impact on not only our metabolism but our overall well-being.” Koutnik says that about 11 years ago he discovered that a low carbohydrate diet helped normalize his outcomes based on risk metrics. “I have spent a great deal of time in research studying how nutrition can play a role in not only my own disease, but in the prevention and management of a number of other diseases, such as cancer,” he says. “Chronically Type 1 diabetics are at increased risk for all 10 of the leading causes of death and expected to live a decade shorter. Nutrition and lifestyle has a huge impact on health, disease and performance. It’s important to optimize those outcomes and that’s why I do what I do and what I will be talking about in Ocala.” Koutnik will speak Sept. 12th at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Ocala on “Low Carb Diet and Type 1 Diabetes: A Patient and Research Perspective.”

Talking Type 1 Diabetes: Strategies For Wellness By SUSAN G. SMILEY-HEIGHT

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teenage Andrew Koutnik was excited about his first trip to Washington, D.C., until he landed in a hospital intensive care unit for three days. That was when he learned that Type 1 diabetes would forever alter his life and started him on his career as a noted researcher, author and speaker. Koutnik, 29, a native of Tallahassee, has been involved in work such as NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operation, has authored numerous articles in medical journals and other

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

The City of Ocala hosts all sorts of fun events as the summer months give way to cooler temperatures. Check out these ideas!

Upcoming Events After Dark in the Park After Dark in the Park invites you to enjoy a movie under the stars. Watch The Greatest Showman at Tuscawilla Park on Sept. 13th at 8pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available for a small fee. Sutler Saturday The Ft. King National Historic Landmark presents Sutler Saturday on Sept. 14th from 1-3pm. See reenactors, listen to historians, and learn about skills and trades practiced during the 1800s. Operation Oceans The Discovery Center invites you to dive into their newest exhibit, Operation Oceans, an interactive family exhibit that was designed in partnership with the global nonprofit organization Secore. Learn about the world’s oceans, coral reef conservation and how everyone can help save our seas! The opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5th will feature story times with marine biologist and children’s book author, Jaclyn Friedlander, plus refreshments, an immersive coral reef dome movie and wholesome fun. For more information, visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org. Harvest Fest The City of Ocala, in partnership with AEG Presents, will host the fifth annual Ocala Harvest Fest at Tuscawilla Park on Nov. 9th from 1 to 10pm. The festival will feature two stages of live music, a food truck court, beer garden and artisan vendors. General admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include one complimentary beverage, up-close seating at the main stage, VIP restrooms and pavilion access, and a 2019 commemorative Harvest Fest T-shirt. For information, visit www.ocalafl.org/performingarts.

Concert Series Update Levitt AMP Concert Series: The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), in partnership with the City of Ocala, recently concluded a 10-week live music series that took place Fridays, May 31 through Aug. 2 at Webb Field at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex. Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, MCA and the City of Ocala will submit a proposal to host the series again for a fourth consecutive year. Concerts feature national touring artists, food trucks, lawn games and community booths. Grants are awarded to cities through public voting. A 2020 successful voting campaign for Ocala depends on community participation. Cast your vote Nov. 1-Nov. 20 at www.levittamp.org. For more information, contact Ocala Cultural Arts at 352-629-8447 or artinfo@ocalafl.org.

OcalART! They say art is in the eye of the beholder. With a variety of mediums, styles and locations adorning this city with art, no matter who’s looking, art is never far. As you make your way through town, uncover the cultural pieces hiding in plain sight. Here are a few of our favorites: § Ocala Black History Mural at the MLK Jr. Recreational Complex § The Film Strip Relief Sculpture at the Marion Theatre § Bridging the Divide, a ground mural at Tuscawilla Park

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Running With Rock Stars By JOANN GUIDRY

Meet the motivated group of do-gooders out to hit the road for the benefit of others and score some bling along the way.


he Big Hammock Race Series (BHRS) is a statewide awardwinning series of foot races and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to make walking and running fun and to inspire participants to reach their fitness goals through an engaging yearlong program. The series also gives back to the community by selecting and promoting races with a charitable component. This group's fourth season, presented by Ocala Health, consists of 10 races that officially kicked off at the beginning of July with the RockStar Virtual 5K. The self-reported race can be completed at any time or place from July 1st of this year through June 14, 2020. The first on-site race was the Aug. 24 Go with the Flow 5K. Next up is the Cornerstone 5K on Sept. 21 in Ocala.

“We like to change things up every season with new races and new medals to keep things exciting and motivate people to participate,” says Karen Donnelly, the volunteer co-founder, along with Tina Banner, for the organization. “This year we have five new races spread out from Ocala to Wildwood. We are very particular about races in the series and vet them all very strenuously,” she continues. “To be eligible for BHRS awards you have to purchase a season 4 pass from our website,” says Donnelly. “You have to be a BHRS passholder to earn score card points and challenge awards. Through Sept. 22nd, a season 4 pass will cost $45. Then it's $50 through Oct. 31; $55 through Dec. 31; and $60 through Mar. 31, 2020.” BHRS passholders who complete the

RockStar Virtual 5K will earn 10 points. They can also receive a “wild card” that can be redeemed to replace a missed race, therefore helping to earn challenge awards. Another benefit to registering as a passholder before midnight on Sept. 22 is that it will ensure you reserve a Season 4 T-shirt and ultra-lightweight reflective race jacket in your size. After that, sizes and availability are strictly first come, first serve. “We invest a lot of time and effort in our gear and people really like it. Our official colors this year are teal, orange and lime green,” says Donnelly. “As the series progresses, we start to see a sea of BHRS T-shirts.” BHRS Season 4 passholders compete with others in their same age/gender division to earn points for year-end awards and swag.

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TOWN “Some BHRS participants are very competitive and we allow for that,” says Donnelly. “But the main focus of the series is to challenge yourself to move your body and set healthy goals.” Here's a look at the BHRS Season 4 Challenge Awards and Medals:

RockStar Virtual 5K Medal – Presented by iDeploy “This is our second year of the RockStar Virtual 5K and it has been a huge hit. It is limited to 500 spots and they go quickly,” says Donnelly. “Of course, the medal for this race is a guitar. But this year, we've made it an electric guitar with the pick in the shape of our BHRS signature acorn.” Donnelly noted that “moving wings have been added to the guitar to help you soar.” To earn this medal, participants must register at VirtualStrides.com/RockStar4 before spots sell out or by May 31, 2020. At completion, participants post results on their Virtual Strides account to receive their medal by mail.

Super Medal Challenge – Presented by Paddock Mall To earn this medal, participants must complete all four Super Races: the Halloween 5K on Oct. 26 in Ocala; the Mount Dora 5K & 1/2 Marathon on Dec. 21; next year’s Miles for Meridian 5K on Feb. 8 in Newberry; and St. Paddy's Day 5K on Mar. 7 in Ocala. “This medal is going back to our Big Hammock name origins with lots of earthy elements,” says Donnelly. “It has a large 3-D acorn that opens up with the race lineup printed in it. There is also a charm ‘4’ to denote the four Super Races.”

Lucky Charm Challenge – Presented by Goosehead Insurance This medal combines elements of the two Lucky Charm Challenge races: the Sangria 5K on Nov. 16 in Hawthorne and next year’s Emerald Mermaid Escapade 5K on May 9 in Wildwood. “The Sangria is represented by lemons, limes and oranges, which are symbols of 30


good luck and well-being,” says Donnelly. “The Emerald Mermaid Escapade is represented by a treasure chest that opens to reveal gemstones. There is also a mermaid siren like you see on ships.”

Perfect 10 Glass Challenge Only those who complete all 10 races are awarded the Perfect 10 Glass. This season's glass is orange with the BHRSSeason 4 imprint. “It is a very coveted award, but hardto-earn award,” says Donnelly. “Out of 400 participants in Season 3, only 110 earned the Perfect 10 Glass.” The Perfect 10 Glass and the season-ending awards will be handed out at the wrap-up party on June 20, 2020 at Cone Distributing. Learn More › www.bighammockraceseries.com

BHRS Season 4 Remaining Races Schedule Through June 14, 2020: RockStar Virtual 5K September 21: Cornerstone 5K (Ocala) October 26: Halloween 5K/10K– Super Race (Ocala) November 16: Sangria 5K-Lucky Charm Challenge (Hawthorne) December 21: Mount Dora 5K & ½ Marathon – Super Race (Mount Dora) January 11, 2020: Run For Reading 5K (Ocala) February 8, 2020: Miles for Meridian 5K– Super Race (Newberry) March 7, 2020: St. Paddy's Day 5K – Super Race (Ocala) May 9, 2020: Emerald Mermaid Escapade 5K – Lucky Charm Challenge (Wildwood)





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Class Acts

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

Max Schachter Presentations Nearly 2,500 school district employees, parents, families, and community members showed up to experience Max Schachter’s presentation about his son, Alex, who was killed in the Parkland school shooting last year. Schachter brought his message of empowerment for school security at the invitation of Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier. He also met with local media and continues his quest to make every school in the country safe from violence.

Sunshine State Scholars Shine Tommaso Deiorio (Belleview High) and Nisha Upadya (Vanguard High) are this year’s Sunshine State Scholars for MCPS. Both are the top mathematics and science students in the entire district based on their academic performance, advanced coursework, community service, participation in STEM competitions and written essays. Both students were also recognized this summer in Orlando by the Florida Department of Education.

Disney “FANatics” Donate Dozens of Mickey Mouse “FANatics” from The Villages donated thousands of school supply items— everything from pencils and markers to notebooks, lined paper, and erasers and more. Volunteer students from Lake Weir High unloaded the boxes, sorted and counted every item. The recipients? Students at Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary, and all just in time for the first day of school!

Ocala Health Named Business Partner of the Year

The WildCats Take Care of Business Back-to-school activities can be exciting, especially for this group at Forest High School. Administrative and support staff members donned constructionyellow T-shirts and hardhats the week before classes started, all fitting for this year’s theme of “Taking Care of Business.” Principal Elizabeth Brown (second from right) and her crew also dressed for the occasion to welcome teachers back to campus.

Ocala Health System captured this year’s “Business Partner of the Year” for Marion County Public Schools at a recent Orlando event featuring Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. Ocala Health System supports programs throughout the district including Take Stock in Children, Superintendent’s Literacy Festival, Safe Halloween Scene, Teacher Appreciation Week and more. They’re also West Port High’s official school business partner. On hand for the special treat was Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier; Ocala Health Public Relations Director Lauren Debick, APR; Ocala Health CEO Chad Christianson; Commissioner Corcoran; and Public Education Foundation Representative Megan Magamoll. September ‘19


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There’s No App For That By KATIE MCPHERSON



hen I was growing up, my dad would always involve me in his projects. Sometimes it was as simple as painting fence posts; other times it was driving the posts, stretching the wire over multiple acres, electrifying it and hanging gates. We’ve built koi ponds, fixed cars and constructed horse stalls. One of my favorite memories with him is making an Athena-themed wooden shield for a school project on Greek mythology. We got an A+. Of course, I wasn’t always thrilled to be holding the flashlight or passing the drill in these scenarios. But when I’d start staring blankly into space, he’d bring me back down to Earth, saying, “I can help you now, but one day you might marry a man who isn’t handy, so you need to know how to do these things.” Cut to today, and he was right. My husband, Zack, didn’t grow up like my dad, who was raised to fix what’s broken and never pay someone else to do what you could do for yourself. Zack has taught himself plenty of handyman skills now that we’re homeowners, but his No. 1 skill has always been harnessing the power of the Internet. A few days before my dad got into town, he called and If knowledge, a person or a product exists asked if Zack could get out the drill and online, Zack can find it. He’s take the lattice off the base of the house in charge of all the technology to examine the boards under the porch. in our house and has signed My husband, Zack, “Why should I wait for him to us up for grocery delivery didn’t grow up like my Idosaid, it? I know where the drill is.” Dad subscriptions, dog-walking dad, who was raised to laughed, remembering his own words services while we’re out of town, and more. Recently my fix what’s broken and from all those projects before. With all the apps and services dad visited to help us resurface never pay someone available to my generation now, there’s our porch, and mid-demo he else to do what you a lot we can outsource and not have to mentioned wanting a burger. do for ourselves anymore. Rebuilding Zack whipped out his favorite could do for yourself. my own front porch with my dad tool—his iPhone—and set about was a reminder of our many projects ordering lunch for us all on growing up, and now Zack and I both get the chance to Uber Eats. Meanwhile, my dad was measuring, keep learning from my dad. Also, I think my old man was sawing and placing more tongue-and-groove boards. Zack went back to watching and learning just as happy to learn from us that you can pay someone to bring you burgers. while we waited on the burgers to arrive.

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Olympic Dreams By LISA MCGINNES

Local swimmer Elise Bauer is set to fulfill the promise she made Coach Bill Vargo two years ago—to become the first from his Central Florida Marlins swim team to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials next summer.


f a marlin took the form of a human girl, it would be easy to imagine that fish being Elise Bauer. Like the fish, Bauer three years. “She has talent, you have to have that, but she works hard is long, lean and a truly fast swimmer. After day in and day out.” Vargo was so proud of the personal best times swimming competitively with the Ocalashe set— 8:45 in the 800-meter freestyle and 16:39 in the 1500-meter based Central Florida Marlins Swim Club race— that he bought her a steak dinner. for the past three years, the 17-year-old As any teenager would be, Bauer was slightly embarrassed when she Forest High School senior is headed to try returned to Ocala and saw the marquee outside her mother’s workplace, out for Team USA in June 2020 in Omaha, Community Bank on SW 19th Avenue. Nebraska. She qualified “Congratulations, Elise Bauer, on heading to the while competing in the 2020 Olympic Trials,” the electronic sign repeats. Phillips 66 National Elise’s mom, Tara Bauer, wasn’t surprised her She works hard every coworkers showed their support. Championships last month in California. “This bank is like a family—the day and I think that “It was really exciting,” administration really cares about you and your helped her get there. Bauer exclaims with a family,” she explains. She has talent, you smile. “It was a good Parents Chris and Tara Bauer encouraged their experience to be around only child to participate in sports, but Chris, who have to have that, but the biggest role models excels at tennis, and Tara, who played softball and she works hard day in soccer, let Elise choose her own sport, and she told in swimming—just being and day out. in the same pool as them “I want to swim.” Olympians was really cool.” Now, looking through a photo album, Tara - Coach Bill Vargo Bauer was the only points to a photo of a much younger Elise. Marlin to qualify for the “That’s your first swim lesson,” Tara remembers. national championships, perhaps because she “You wanted to jump off the high dive the next day.” has shown such consistent devotion to her Bauer says spending 20 to 25 hours a week training in the pool sport since she started taking swim lessons actually helps with time management. She’s verbally committed when she was just five years old. to the University of Florida, where’s she’s been offered a partial “She works hard every day and I think that swimming scholarship. But first, this student wants to take part in as helped her get there,” says Marlins Coach Bill many fun senior-year activities as possible, and enjoy some free time Vargo, who’s been Bauer’s coach for the past hanging out with friends and her three dogs.

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Lovin’ Long Ears By JOANN GUIDRY

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Much maligned as a stubborn beast of burden, the humble mule is a remarkably intelligent creature and full of personality—so much so that some folks prefer them to horses. When people think of mules they generally conjure up the image of a farm animal pulling a plow. And the phrase “stubborn as a mule” probably quickly comes to mind. But these versatile and intelligent animals are so much more than those stereotypes.

A mule is the sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. As a hybrid, mules inherit accentuated traits from both sides of the family. Hence, mules’ attentiongetting long ears coming from their donkey fathers. It’s that genetic co-mingling that produces a unique animal suited to a variety of roles. Today, saddle mules are used for numerous activities, including trail riding, jumping, dressage, roping, reining, driving, endurance riding and barrel racing. “Mules can do everything horses can do and they can probably do it better,” says Oxford resident Sue Hess, who with her husband Ron, has been riding mules for eight years. “We rode horses for 20 years and we still love our horses. But we’re members of the saddle mule fan club now.” When Sue and Ron bought property in east Tennessee to escape Florida’s summer heat, they brought their Tennessee walkers to ride in the mountains. “Our horses, which were used to riding in the Greenway here on flat, sandy trails, handled the mountains okay,” says Sue. “But we had ridden mules at the Grand Canyon and had been so impressed with them. So we thought mules would probably handle riding in the mountains better than our horses. And that’s how we came to buy our first mules.” mules’ physical and mental traits account Since Sue and Ron were riding gaited for that attribute. Tennessee walkers, the couple decided they “They have very tough feet,” explains wanted gaited mules as well. In 2011, Sue Sue. “And a mule’s eyes are bigger than a and Ron bought Sunshine and Sammy, horse’s. This gives them almost 360-degree each the offspring of a male donkey and vision; a mule knows where all four of his a Tennessee walker mare. Sunshine, who feet are at all times.” is Ron’s mount, is a 13-year-old sorrel Ask Sue about that vaunted mule with a flaxen mane and tail; Sue’s Sammy stubbornness and she doesn’t deny that it’s is a 20-year-old sorrel. Both are johns, true. But it’s also not as simple as that. which are gelded males. Soon after buying “The thing with mules is that they are Sunshine and Sammy, the very intelligent and they couple acquired Cassie. Also have a high sense of selfa gaited mule, 19-year-old preservation. It’s not so Mules can do sorrel Cassie is a molly, a everything horses much that they’re stubborn, female mule. just very smart,” she says. can do and they Prior to purchasing “They are not flighty like a their first mules, Sue did a lot of horses. If a mule gets can probably do lot of research and talked into an iffy situation, he’s it better. to longtime mule owners. going to stop and think about What she learned has all it before deciding what to do. - Sue Hess been borne out with the Once you understand that couple’s mules. behavior, then you learn to trust your mule “Mules are hardy and easy keepers,” not to put itself and you in harm’s way.” says Sue. “They don’t particularly like The issue of trust is a two-way street, being fussed with much. They are very selfand whose is more important will surprise assured animals.” most people. As for being sure-footed on mountain “There’s a saying around mule folks that if trails as well as any other kind of terrain, your mule doesn’t trust you, then you need to



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get a new mule,” she offers. “A mule is going to decide if you’re going to be its rider and that’s just the way it is. Once you do have that bond with a mule, it’s amazing. Mules have great personalities and they become your friend.” But Sue notes that getting to that point of being accepted by a mule takes patience, lots of patience. She also cautions that mules are not suited for beginner riders. “You can’t train or handle a mule like a horse. Horses generally want to please people and bond much more easily than a mule with a person,” she says. “With mules, it’s the other way around. They’re the boss and they want to see your resume. But once you’re a team, it’s a great team.” Sue and Ron regularly ride and camp with five other couples. Half of the group ride mules and the rest ride horses, including gaited horses and mustangs. Wherever they go, the mules draw the most attention in the group. “People, riders and non-riders, get really excited when they see our mules. Of course, kids love their big ears,” Sue explains. “And I like that they see mules as more than just plow animals. We tell them that once you’ve ridden a mule, you won’t ride anything else.”


The Big Round-up By BELEA T. KEENEY

Cooler weather means better opportunities for horses and riders to strut their stuff at Ocala area horse shows.


eptember in Central Florida holds the promise (usually) of fall. That tiny bit of cool-ish air, the lessening of that oppressive humidity, and the break in summer brings new energy to horses and their riders. Fall also ushers in the horse show season here in Marion County. Here are some fun shows to see this month: The Royal Gala of the Horses features the baroque breeds of horses who served European and Middle Eastern royalty for centuries. Lipazzans, Andalusians, Friesians, and Arabians have worked as dressage horses, in the bullfight ring, and as f lashy performance horses. See this show on September 7th at 3pm. Tickets range from $35-$62.

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Grand Oaks Resort 3000 Marion County Rd, Weirsdale, FL www.home.thegrandoaks.com On September 7th, the Ocala Western Dressage Championship will let spectators see this growing sport up close. Dressage is typically associated with English equestrian sports, and Western riders utilize the same basic principles and movements. Horse and rider complete a test of required gaits, gait changes, direction changes, speed and collection, including a musical freestyle test where the rider chooses specific music and

rides to that. In the outdoor rings; bring your own seating. Free to spectators. Also that weekend, the Florida Cutting Horse Association will show off their cowhandling skills from September 5th-8th. In this sport, horse and rider “cut” a cow from a herd and then prevent the cow from returning. Once the cow is cut, the rider drops the reins and the horse does all of the work. Spectators enjoy complimentary seating on bleachers under the covered arena; you may also bring your own. Florida Horse Park 11008 S Highway 475 Ocala, FL www.flhorsepark.com The Majestic Oaks Three-Phase Schooling Show takes place on September

21st featuring the three-day event sport. This schooling show gives horse and rider the chance to practice all phases of eventing: dressage, cross-country and stadium show jumping. Dressage is a test in which horse and rider complete a test of required movements. Cross-country is a jumping course of some distance and filled with substantial natural jumps such as fallen logs, chicken coops, and water hazards like ditches and ponds. Stadium jumping is a complex course in an arena composed of challenging jumps. Bring your own chair as seating is limited. Free to spectators. Majestic Oaks 17500 N US Highway 441 Reddick, FL www.majesticoaksocala.com September ‘19




Fall Arts Preview:


If you feel the steamy summer months lingered just a bit too long, keep your cool because autumn is ready to make its entrance. Here’s a guide to our favorite arts outings for this season.

Whether you’re looking for the hottest musical performances, the latest stage shows, all the great art events, or a simple stroll through the area’s arts festivals, we’ve got you covered.

Performing Arts College of Central Florida Theatre Dassance Fine Arts Center 3001 SW College Road (352) 873-5810 www.cf.edu/community/arts/student performing-arts/theatre Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig. October 17-19, 7:30pm; October 14 and October 20, 3pm

Ocala Civic Theatre 4337 E. Silver Springs Boulevard (352) 236-2274 www.ocalacivictheatre.com Matilda: The Musical. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book. Open now through September 22; matinee time, 2pm; evening show time, 8pm. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Runs October 3-13. Matinee time, 2pm; evening show time, 8pm. The Savannah Sipping Society. From the authors of Dixie Swim Club. Runs October 31-November 24. Matinee time, 2pm; evening show time, 8pm

The Reilly Arts Center 500 NE 9th Street (352) 351-1606 www.reillyartscenter.com Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it, Anyway?) presents HYPROV, September 7, 7:30pm Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, September 27, 7:30pm and September 28, 3:30 and 7:30pm The Joke’s On You Comedy Tour featuring Artie Fletcher, Jimmy “JJ” Walker and Bob Nelson, October 4, 7:30pm

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The Sharon 1015 Main Street, The Villages (352) 753-3229 www.thesharon.com Ballroom with a Twist, October 2 and 3 at 7pm

Music Circle Square Cultural Center 8395 SW 80th Street (352) 854-3670 www.csculturalcenter.com Doobie Others: The Doobie Brothers Experience, September 14, 7pm Ambrosia: Iconic 1970s Group, September 28, 7pm An Evening with Patsy Cline Performed by Cindy Moody, October 5, 7pm Live From Nashville Country Legends, October 12, 7pm Canned Heat, October 25, 7pm Heroes of Rock John Ford Coley & Elliot Lurie, November 2, 7pm Jay and the Americans, November 9, 7pm The Hit Men: Legendary Rock Supergroup, November 23, 7pm Queen Flash: The Ultimate Queen Experience, November 29, 7pm The Reilly Arts Center 500 NE 9th Street (352) 351-1606 www.reillyartscenter.com Classic Albums Live: Queen’s A Night at the Opera, September 6, 7:30pm Couch Sessions: Featuring Mark Smythe and Nick Luongo, September 6, 9pm (Please note: This ticketed event will be held at The Wandering Soul, 56 SE 1st Ave., Ocala) An Evening with the BoDeans, September 14, 7:30pm Tiffany, September 20, 7:30pm Aaron Tippin, Oct. 11, 7:30pm Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Oct. 12, 7:30pm Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents America: One Wild and Beautiful Ride, Oct. 19, 7:30pm & Oct. 20, 3:30pm

Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, Nov. 8, 7:30pm The Sharon 1015 Main Street, The Villages (352) 753-3229 www.thesharon.com Don’t Tell Nonnie: Open Mic Piano Bar, September 9, 7:30pm Lobby Lounge Cabaret presents Happy Times!, a tribute to Danny Kaye starring Wesley Slade, September 24, 7pm The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra: Opera Gala Concert featuring the winner of Antonio Pappano's World Opera Competition, October 13, 7pm Silver Springs State Park 5656 E. Silver Springs Boulevard (352)261-5840 www.facebook.com/SilverSpringsStatePark Oklawaha County Concert Series, featuring The Sandspurs, Sept. 21, 2-4pm and John Dickie IV, Oct. 19, 2-4pm.

Art, Galleries, and Museums First Friday Art Walk Cultural Arts Office, City of Ocala Throughout Downtown Ocala artwalk@ocalafl.org (352) 629-8447 This event takes place the first Friday of each month, September through May, 6-9pm Marion Cultural Alliance’s The Brick 23 SW Broadway Street (352) 369-1500 www.mcaocala.com

November Exhibit: Caroll Pardell Basketry, Opening Reception, November 1, 5-6pm. Exhibit on view at The Brick through November 30. Appleton Museum of Art 4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard www.appletonmuseum.org (352) 291-4455 Urban Chatt: Sharon Kerry-Harlan, through October 20 Do Not Bleach: Stephanie Brown, through October 20 Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens opens November 2nd and runs through January 5, 2020

Fall Festivals Oktoberfest The Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE 9th Street, Ocala www.reillyartscenter.com (352) 351-1606 October 5, 11am FAFO: Fine Arts for Ocala Throughout Downtown Ocala (352) 867-0355 www.FAFO.org October 26, 10am-5pm and October 27, 10am-4pm Mount Dora Craft Fair Throughout historic Mount Dora October 26 and 27, 9am-5pm Micanopy Fall Festival Throughout Micanopy November 2, 9am-5pm and November 3, 9am-4pm

September Exhibit: Pleasures; MCA’s First Juried Fine Arts Show, Opens September 6, 5-6pm. On view at The Brick through September 28.

McIntosh Fall Festival of the 1890s Van Ness Park, 5835 Avenue G, McIntosh October 26, 10am-5pm

October Exhibit: Best of the Best; Annual MCA Members Show, Opens October, 5-6pm. On view at The Brick through October 26.

Belleview Fall Festival Lake Lillian, Robinson Street, Belleview September 28, 10am-3pm

MCA’s 12th Annual Applaud the Arts, a gathering of artists and arts enthusiasts. October 17, 6-8pm, Appleton Museum of Art.

Harvest Festival Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Avenue November 9, 1-10pm

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The Future of the Appleton By Nick Steele

It is often referred to as a gem, couched in the words hidden or cultural—a sparkling, multi-faceted jewel right here in the heart of Ocala. But the Appleton Museum of Art, situated on 11.3 acres, may feel more like a temple of high culture to first-time visitors. The landscaped grounds and long reflecting pool naturally beckon one toward the museum’s elegant two-story Italian travertine marble façade.

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“We had an operating cost of $1.9 million for the museum and had just lost $1.5 million of it. We found out in mid-June that the money would disappear on July 1st.“ - Dr. James Henningsen

museum is a treasure that could be in any city in this country.” In fact, it almost was, Henningsen reveals. His eyes brighten as he shares a story he learned over lunch one day from “the gang of four” as they called themselves. “Mary Britt, rest her soul, said, ‘Jim, you need to meet the four guys who helped make this museum,’” he recalls. “So we had lunch. It was Jim Kirk, Doug Oswald, Dick Chazal and Jim Jernigan. They hadn’t all been together since they worked together on the museum. I really loved hearing the story of what they did back then.” The story, taken from our own archives, revolves around a wealthy entrepreneur and “a klatch of Ocala hunting buddies”

who hunkered down around a campfire near the Dove Creek Ranch outside Merchant, Texas. Jernigan, a prolific photographer who owned and operated his photo studio in Ocala for 69 years, recalled that Clyde Nix, who was Arthur Appleton’s farm manager, mentioned that his boss was looking for a place to house his extensive art collection. “The Appleton family owned Appleton Electric in Chicago,” Henningsen explains about the enterprising clan that had amassed a fortune and held over 160 U.S. patents. “Arthur came down here and bought Bridlewood Farm and started raising thoroughbreds. He wanted to build a museum in Chicago to honor his dad and

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he museum’s permanent collection contains about 18,000 objects, valued at between $40 million and $50 million dollars, although there are usually only about 1,300 on exhibit at any one time in the 30,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the permanent collections. Among the masterworks owned by the museum are pieces by Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Gardner, and Rodin. Over the years, works by such renowned artists as Picasso, Matisse, Rembrandt, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, van Gogh and Rubens have been a part of the Appleton’s exhibitions. The museum earned the same level of accreditation as the Smithsonian in 2013 and has an esteemed new director starting this month. Jason Steuber, who most recently held the role of the Cofrin Curator of Asian Art Endowed Chair at the Samuel P. Harn Museum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has more than 20 years of curatorial and project management experience and tremendous enthusiasm for the role he is stepping into. “There is an ordinary way to experience a museum and an extraordinary way,” Steuber asserts. “If you don’t get goose bumps at least once at the museum, we need to find something that is going to give you that goose bumps experience. As the director, I need to ensure that we are offering those types of moments.” Steuber is just the latest addition to the talented leadership team, which includes Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations for the College of Central Florida (CF) which operates the museum; Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson; and Assistant Director of Museum Operations Victoria Billig. So with all that going for it, it may surprise you to learn how close this venerable institution recently came to closing its doors and selling off the treasures contained inside. We sat down with CF President Dr. James Henningsen to get some insight into that crisis as part of a series of articles we will be running on the future of the Appleton. But before we unwind that tangled tale—a history lesson. “This is not some little museum around the corner,” CF President Dr. James Henningsen offers. “This museum could have been in Chicago or Washington. The

Photo courtesy of The College of Central Florida

his family. He said, ‘I’ll build the building and I’ll put in all the artwork, but you have to call it the Appleton Museum of Art.’ And the folks in Chicago said, ‘No, we don’t name any museum anything other than the Chicago Museum of…’ So, the guys said, ‘You need to build it here, Arthur.’ They told him, ‘Look, the city will donate the land to build your museum out here. It’s a great area.’ And so, he did.” The four men would become the nucleus of the Appleton’s first board of trustees. What they didn’t realize, according to Henningsen, was how much it was going to cost. “Mr. Appleton wanted only the top of the line for everything,” he says. “The building is a work of art on its own.” They also realized that it was going to cost much more to operate it than they expected, Henningsen explains. “They created a $100,000 endowment, but they didn’t have any idea how much it was actually going to cost to run the museum. That’s when they started needing help. The college was connected from the get-go and we tried to help. We lobbied and got the initial state funding. We realized it needed a lot more,” he continues. “Jim Kirk was a big Florida State University (FSU) fan, which is how FSU got involved. They said, ‘We’d be interested.’ So FSU partnered with the CF and they helped us get a big state appropriation to fund the museum.” The family then put more endowment money into the foundation, with specific guidelines that it only be used to support the museum. “FSU took ownership of that and we helped out to some degree, but it was FSU’s museum. They had the endowments, the state appropriation, and they were running it,” Henningsen explains. “They did that for a few years and then the family found out that they were spending the endowment on things other than the museum. There was a lawsuit in 2004 and part of the settlement was that the museum would be shifted to the College of Central Florida. The endowment was transferred from FSU’s foundation to ours. There was an operating agreement that FSU signed, the family signed, and we signed that binds us until 2035. It says that the state appropriation must be used on the museum. There is an executive committee and a legal agreement that covers that.” It also stipulated that if for any reason the state appropriation was eliminated before 2015, that the two foundations

were on the hook to fund the museum. But 2015 came and went without a problem. It was two years later that the museum fell into jeopardy. “In 2017, the legislature decided to look at all special projects that were being funded anywhere in the state, colleges, universities, municipalities, anywhere,” Henningsen recalls. “This was because they’d heard that some of these projects, where they gave recurring dollars, didn’t even exist anymore. That line item transfer in 2004, of $1.3 million from FSU to us, came up in the legislature. After it was transferred to us, we had received an additional amount, which brought it up to just over $1.5 million. That was what was on the books,” he continues. “Everyone in The Florida House [of Representatives] got a group of items and someone from South Florida got that one. We spent a lot of time with the representative from South Florida, that was assigned to that line item and we convinced them to fund it. And they said, ‘All right, you are still using it. It is a state resource. It’s valuable…all good.’ The problem was that they moved the funding. They said, ‘Special Projects should not be a part of your college program fund.’ Every one of our twenty-eight public colleges get a line item for their mission; the same is true for universities. The museum was buried in that, so they took it out and made it a separate line item, but still funded it.” Once it was made a separate line item, however, then-Governor Scott vetoed it. “It had been funded for 20 years. So, he

vetoed it and we lost the funding...in a shock,” Henningsen admits. “The museum was going to close its doors within three weeks. We had lost 75% of the operating funding. We had an operating cost of $1.9 million for the museum and had just lost $1.5 million of it. We found out in midJune that the money would disappear on July 1st,” he continues. “Legally, I did not have access to money that could keep the Appleton open. We have an endowment of about $19 million, but that is the family endowment. The college did not have the authority to pull that level of funding out of the endowment to run the museum.” For anyone struggling to understand why the Appleton might need to close down with that kind of money at play, it helps to understand that endowment funds are given on the condition that the principal of the donation be kept intact and that only the investment income it produces be used to meet the museum’s needs. Typically, the endowment only pays out a small portion, about 4 to 5 percent per year to the museum. Endowment investments are designed to grow the principal and still generate some income. Henningsen explains that the agreement the college had with the executive committee was to draw $500,000 a year to help fund the museum’s education programs and operating costs. The executive committee is comprised of college and foundation representatives, as well as Arthur Appleton’s daughter Linda Potter “We reached out and said, ‘We’ve lost all

Dr. James Henningsen with Rep. Stan McClain, Sen. Rob Bradley, Rep. Charlie Stone, Legislative Assistant Sharon Nehring representing Sen. Dennis Baxley, Sen. Keith Perry & CF District Board of Trustees Chair Joyce Brancato.

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the state funding to run this museum. We need access to the endowment.’ The family is very protective of the endowment and rightly so. It takes a lot of time to build up that level of endowment. And they want to protect it for the future of the museum,” he explains. “The family was very supportive and said that we had to keep the museum going. They gave us complete access to the endowment. We are very thankful they entrust us with the stewardship over the museum.” With a temporary fix in place, Henningsen and his team set to work on a more lasting solution. “We realized that we needed to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and fight to get our funding back. We talked to the county commissioners. We talked to the city council. We talked to the mayor, the county administrator, our legislative delegation... they all love the museum. They all knew what happened. We had all kinds of people reaching out to say, ‘What can we do to 50


help?’ And there were some great ideas. But we had to develop a strategy to get back our $1.5 million a year, not $1.5 million just once, but every year. “We struck out the first year,” he admits. “With the challenges our state has and a variety of different areas, across lots of fields, a museum doesn’t always come to the highest funding priority. You need the House, the Legislature and the governor’s office to all be on board. So we worked with our delegation members and they talked to the governor’s office, to make sure they knew what was going on too. We based our strategy on advocacy. We told our story. We got folks to come to the museum and see it, because when you see it you realize how special it is. The second year, it resonated with our delegation. I remember Senator Bradley, who has Levy County and the western part Marion County, said we need to fix this. He publicly said, ‘I really appreciate the fact that the college was able to keep these doors open while

Our exclusive coverage of the Appleton will continue in our October issue. For more information on the Appleton Museum of Art visit, www.appletonmuseum.org

Photo by Amy Davidson

Patricia Tomlinson, Victoria Billig, Jason Steuber & Dr. Jillian Ramsammy

the state fell through on its commitment.’ Representative Stone said it was going to be one of his top priorities on the House side and Senator Bradley said I’m going to help any way I can. Senator Baxley was 100 percent behind us, as were Senator Perry and Representative McClain. We have a strong delegation. We had a small allocation early in the process for $200,000 as a line item. I was getting a little nervous and thought, It’s gonna take a little more than that, but whatever you can give us. By the end of session, the Legislature allocated $1.5 million recurring. That was a great step forward for us. Recurring means it’s in our base budget allocation again, just like it was before. Now there’s significant recurring funding that we can use toward the museum.” But does that mean that the Appleton’s budget woes are in the past? “Just because you got that much money before, does not mean you get it next year,” Henningsen explains. “It’s all at the discretion of the legislature of how they want to fund you. But it’s difficult to get recurring dollars added back into the budget when there’s so many other priorities, so I appreciate this support. Funding resources are tight, but you just have to keep pushing and believe it can happen. I’m thrilled. Now we just need to protect it and make sure it stays there.” On August 13th, Henningsen hosted the delegation members at the Appleton and recognized their efforts with a plaque, bearing their names, that will hang in the museum’s courtyard in appreciation of their advocacy on behalf of the museum. While the future is not set in stone... or even fine Italian marble, Henningsen, Steuber and the rest of the executive team are optimistic about what lies ahead and see the Appleton as a living, breathing, evolving organization with a renewed energy and a beating heart in the community. “We get over 40,000 people coming through those doors every year,” Henningsen offers. “We’re believe that we’re among the top museums in the state. It’s a special place, we’re really proud of it and we’re just going to keep elevating what we do.”




FAFO’s FABULOUS 53RD YEAR By KATIE MCPHERSON Illustrations by MAGGIE PEREZ WEAKLEY One of the city’s most beloved art events will include a brand-new program and perks for visitors this year.




ine Arts For Ocala (FAFO) has been hard at work since 1966 to fulfill their mission to promote an appreciation of fine arts and enhance art education in our community. This year marks the 53rd year that the popular non-profit will present its annual Ocala Arts Festival, which brings together the community with professional artists from our own region and from across the country. The first festival took place in the vacant parking lot of what is now the Silver River Bank, while the building was still under construction. Guests reportedly navigated over two-by-fours and construction equipment to get a glimpse at the art. After the bank was completed, it played host to the event for several years. The festival has grown in strength and size with each passing year. It now takes place over two days and across several blocks of downtown Ocala. The streets are filled with outstanding art and hands-on art activities, as well as great live music performances and a variety of food trucks and beverage options. “We will have 156 artists from around the country, five emerging artists, 18 community booths, and $27,000 in artist award money will be given away,” explains FAFO’s president Sagi Asokan. “There will be juried student art exhibits at Citizen’s Circle and on 2nd Street, including art from kindergarteners through high schoolers from all public and most of the private schools in our area.” The emerging artists are a new addition this year, a change from past festivals that was added to support artists who haven’t had the chance to showcase their work to buyers before. “Sponsored by the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation, we have five emerging artists who will receive $1,000 worth of benefits: a tent, a table, chairs, their booth fee is waived and up to $250 of travel expenses are covered,” Asokan offers. “They will also be mentored by another artist, if they want mentorship, and are given a $500 stipend to help with materials and whatever else they need.” The organization has been hard at work to ensure that this year’s festival is fresh and exciting, including more perks for patrons who join the Collector’s Circle. “You get access to the party downtown

Artist Margaret (Peggy) Watts meeting with early FAFO Board members (from left) David and Susan Moring and Pam Clark

THE EMERGING ARTISTS ARE A NEW ADDITION THIS YEAR, A CHANGE FROM PAST FESTIVALS THAT WAS ADDED TO SUPPORT ARTISTS WHO HAVEN’T HAD THE CHANCE TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK TO BUYERS BEFORE. the night before the show, a goody bag and VIP parking,” says Asokan. “The Collector’s Circle consists of people who commit to buying art ahead of the show. They buy the membership, and at the start of the show we issue them FAFO bucks. This is positive for an art show, because if we can promote that Ocala has X amount of dollars committed to art purchases, it helps interest a wider variety of artists to participate in the show.” At the VIP party, the festival’s featured artist presents an educational talk on an art topic of their choosing. This year’s

featured artist is Michelle McDowell Smith, a mixed media artist who works primarily with mixed media materials including paper, sewing patterns, handmade stamps, book pages and acrylic paint. Her current body of work is titled Of Land and Sky, Whimsical and Free, which she has shown at more than 60 juried art shows and has earned her numerous awards. FAFO’s Ocala Arts Festival › Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 › 10am to 5pm › Downtown Ocala › www. fafo.org September ‘19


The Wandering Poet

Bound by Words

A Mid-Summer’s Dance

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How do art shows, juried exhibits, and events such as FAFO benefit artists in general? Do you recommend these for new artists on their way up? Art shows are a huge benefit. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I think most importantly, they provide a venue to sell your work. A lot of people, including some artists, have the perception that people go to outdoor art shows but they don’t actually buy anything—which couldn’t be further from the truth! People do buy art at these shows— sometimes in droves. Another benefit for artists is the real-time responses and feedback from the art buying public. That’s so important. Lastly, you get to talk shop with other artists.

NATURAL WOMAN BY BELEA T. KEENEY Michelle Smith has been selected as this year’s featured artist for the festival. We caught up with her for a chat about her inspiration, current role and history with the event. What does it mean to be the featured artist? My role is to spark people’s imagination in the weeks and months ahead of the festival. You’ve participated in the festival for multiple years, correct? I’ve participated in four of the last five shows, beginning in 2014. The year I missed was 2015. I haven’t missed since. Have you had much of an opportunity to get to know the Ocala art community through your participation? Any impressions you can share? The Ocala art community is tremendous. For one, they love to buy art. They want to be inspired. And, in my experience, they love to connect with you. At any show —in any city that I do—I’ll make some friends and end up having some people follow me on social media, basically become a fan. But in Ocala, it just seems like there are so many people who want to connect like that. They become fans of my work but then also fans of me. It makes coming back down really special.

Your work explores nature and animal themes. Can you tell us how the natural world inspires you? This body of work came together beginning in 2014. Prior to that I had basically never used animals as subject matter. So, initially it was a surprise even to me. I didn’t plan it, they just sort of appeared. Looking back now, I see that I needed or maybe wanted to create a sense of hope, a longing for peace—as in personal contentment not world peace—and an overall sense of warmth. Your color palette is quite special. Was that an instinctive choice or more deliberate? I’d say it is actually both instinctive and deliberate. I’m inspired by nature and that’s the instinctual part. But I do make deliberate decisions for certain elements within each piece to change meaning and add emotion. For more information about Michelle and her work, visit www.michellemcdowellsmith.com and consult FAFO’s website for her booth number and information about her talk at the festival. September ‘19




COLLECTION By Jennifer Hunt Murty



grew up in a family with talented fine artists—my mother was an art major who, decades after college and three children, produced a house gallery that was a testament to her talent. So it’s no surprise that my mother raised an art lover. Given that history, I was a very disapproving 14-year-old when I watched her hang up a replica painting of sunflowers. Though nicely framed, the print felt so fake compared to all the original art I had watched my mother and aunt, both professional artists, create. “What’s the deal with the sunflowers?” I asked, genuinely puzzled. My mother stepped down from her step stool and replied, “The original painting of sunflowers was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. It’s by a very important artist named Vincent van Gogh.”



Without further detail, she left me on my own to figure out why my untrained eye hadn’t recognized such obvious value—$39.85 million dollars of value to be exact. Considering the value of art has been a fun puzzle I’ve enjoyed pondering ever since. “Just buy what you love!” That’s the advice we most often hear in regard to art collecting. But this simple advice doesn’t encourage us to train our eye and our brain to pick the most valuable works. First, before we get too far into this, we need to dispel the art snobbery based on the cost of art. When we use the word valuable for the purpose of this article, it is not necessarily referencing how much we paid for a particular piece or how much we could sell it for. Instead, let’s consider the factors that qualify a particular piece as important.

For example, if you have a piece of art that is a great conversation starter when guests come to your home—then that art has value. If you find a piece that represents a complicated social issue and the artist addresses the subject in such a way that brings awareness and dialogue— then that art has value. If you have a piece of art where the artist executes a technique so perfectly that other artists study it in order to improve their own craft—then that art has value. Classic examples would be Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Just being “pretty” or pleasing to the eye is not enough to make art valuable. Let’s skip over discussing the superficial reasons leading you to a particular piece of art, like how it complements your décor, and dig a little deeper.

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Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, January 1889 Photo courtesy of Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

PHASE ONE OF COLLECTING Unless you have the advantage of having been an art major, you’re probably going to start to hone your eye by examining museum collections and doing a lot of window shopping at galleries where the price tags are out of reach. Years ago, on my first trip to Art Basel in Miami, I took note of which galleries were there and I followed them on social media. I signed up for email lists knowing I’d never be able to afford their art, but recognizing the potential for a valuable education. Following important national and international galleries and reading museum newsletters can, little by little, train your brain on what to consider when you it’s time to move to phase two of collecting. If you’re an art lover, you never really graduate from this first phase, and those social accounts and emails will be the ones you continue to love reading. It was during this same trip to Art Basel with a mentor who was a collector



that I received some key advice. “When considering what feels like a substantial commitment to purchase a piece of art ask yourself, ‘Is this particular piece the best example of this art medium that I can afford?’” This question leads you to consider all sorts of other criteria that make up its value.

PHASE TWO OF COLLECTING Like Wall Street junkies who watch market trends, there are a whole slew of art collectors who have taken the knowledge they learned in phase one to identify which artists will become important, because they bring something new to the art conversation. This speculation is not only for the financial reward of owning a piece of art before an artist gains notoriety (for example, an Andy Warhol before he became the Andy Warhol) but also about supporting new artists going out on a limb to inspire what could be the next art movement.

Phase two also encompasses a firm grip on what makes art more important than what we can see as its face value. How does it help us observe the human condition? What is the artist trying to communicate? One should also not overlook the potential for discovering burgeoning talent at a local level. Recently, on a tour of mid-century modern homes in Gainesville, I was awed by a private collection of artist Hiriam Williams. The artist, a professor at UF who passed away decades ago, has work that now hangs in many notable museums, including The National Gallery. The private collection hanging in the residence encompassed many different mediums and reflected decades of evolution by Williams. I speculate that this collection was started very deliberately at a time when the cost of Williams’ work was still attainable; it serves as a lesson that a valuable art collection can begin in your local community.

We asked some top experts for their advice on beginning an art collection from both a contemporary and local point of view. Tiffany Chestler is the Director of Cultural Programming at Dacra, a real estate development firm based in Miami. She oversees cultural initiatives for the Miami Design District and manages the contemporary private art and design collection of Dacra’s CEO, Craig Robins. How do you suggest someone interested in building a collection begin? One of the best ways to educate yourself about art is to visit museums and galleries. You will be exposed to a wide variety of artists and genres and writing and research. Museums are fantastic resources; part of every museum mission is education; as a patron you can take advantage of artist or curator lectures and other programs that will help you expand your knowledge of art. Visiting art fairs like Art Basel Miami Beach can be quite overwhelming if you’re new to collecting, but it is a great opportunity to see the global art world all in one place. Publications like Artforum, ARTNews, Art in America, and digital platforms like Artnet, Artsy, Hyperallergic, DAZED, and others are good resources for tuning into the current art world, its market, and finding out about emerging artists. Even Instagram is a good tool for exploring this and discovering new art. What are the elements that make a piece of contemporary art worth collecting? Most art advisors and collectors will tell you that investing in artwork should begin with loving the work. I feel it’s crucial to appreciate a work when you acquire it, as it’s what makes art unique. It’s really more than an asset class and it should speak to you on some level. Contemporary art collection can be unpredictable, with certain artists being favored over others for obscure reasons, but it is profoundly rewarding to know you are touching a living artist’s life in one way or another. Helping to write our art history one day at a time.

When you begin buying contemporary art, should you consider focusing on one artist or genre? Genre—you will build a more interesting and comprehensive collection if you take this approach. Should you think about how to build a great collection or buy what speaks to you? Definitely buy what speaks to you. This is a process; it will take years to build a collection and you will be living with these pieces so you should surround yourself with works that you truly like. When you really like something, it encourages you to learn more. The more you know the more confident you will be, which leads to you starting to take some bigger risks as your eye develops. Any specific tips for beginners? Buy what you like. Set a budget for yourself that you are comfortable with and seek out works that fit that budget. Buy limited edition prints if you have a smaller budget. (You can find limited edition works by artists at all levels of their careers). Who are the most collectible contemporary artists you would recommend to a new collector? You have your blue-chip contemporary artists like Gerhard Richter, Jenny Saville, Laura Owens, Ding Yi, Christopher Wool, Kara Walker, Julie Mehretu, Alicja Kwade, Erwin Wurm—the list goes on! But fastrising artists like Jamian Juliano-Villani, Nicolas Party, Avery Singer, and Issy Wood and the like are really worth taking a closer look at. Dr. Leslie Hammond, ASA, is the founder and president of Artistic Eye Fine Art Services, and possesses decades of experience as an art historian, archaeologist, and museum professional. She was the curator of The Appleton Museum and offers appraisal services, research and documentation of artists and collections, consultation services, curatorial assistance and artist critiques.

What would you suggest if someone wants to understand their local arts scene? Understanding the local arts scene is going to start with exposure. If I were talking to someone in Ocala, I’d tell them to go to the art openings at the Appleton, City Hall and Marion Cultural Alliance, among others. Expose yourself to what options you have. Talk to the artists to find out the story behind their work and more about what might make their technique interesting. My background is in art history and archaeology. So my academic interests lean towards understanding what a particular artwork or artifacts, whether it’s contemporary or ancient, tells us about the culture or society. Someone who is buying local art could also consider that question. What advice do you have for a new collector? If someone is going to purchase art to develop a collection, they should decide what the goal is for the collection and whether or not there is a supply and a budget that can help them realistically reach their goal. Another consideration is what their desire is for their collection once they pass. Is it something that they want to leave to their kids or donate? It’s also very important to keep a record of your purchases, not only for your purposes, but for the next owner. Nine times out of ten when somebody is starting a collection, funds are limited and their knowledge is limited. Investing is one thing but you really should buy art that you like, not because it’s going to return a profit. One advantage to hiring someone with my expertise is that we can work with you to make sure that you’re buying the best example of a particular type of artwork within your budget. How do local artists decide to price their art? What is going to make a difference is where the artist is. Bigger markets will have more people who are willing to invest in art and probably have the money to do so. What is the average income in Miami? It’s much higher than it is in Ocala and that one difference can impact what a Miami artist can sell their art for as opposed to an Ocala artist, but the difference has nothing to do with the quality of artwork being produced.

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It’s that time of year again, and with tailgate season upon us, we’re sharing some stylish ideas and tips to help you up your game.



ailgating has become such a big part of the football experience that many people are just as excited about the food as they are about the game itself. For those of you who are ready to ditch those red Solo cups, unhealthy snacks and worn out folding chairs, here’s our guide to a stylish southern tailgate party.

Go Hard Or Go Home Tailgating doesn’t have to mean roughing it. In fact, bringing along a few comforts of home will make the festivities that much more enjoyable. Cozy throw blankets to spread out on the grass, outdoor cushions and pillows, a great tablecloth to cover the bed of the truck, a few chic folding tables and stylish seating options, all bring the comforts of home to the game.

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environment, winds up tumbling out of over-full trash cans and looks cheap. Show that you’re both style conscious and an advocate for the planet by upgrading to reusable dishware, cutlery and cups. Mason jars or glass bottles are a great substitute for plastic cups; vintage enamel campware dishes and cutlery add a rustic feel. Coleman, L.L. Bean and Target are just a few retailers with great options. If you have to use straws, go for the biodegradable paper or hay ones. Using rustic items, like old picnic baskets or retro serving trays, to carry or display food adds that outdoorsy, on-the-go vibe. They also double as extra storage space while traveling from home to the stadium.

grab and go. Arrange your buffet on the tailgate for easy access and complement those main dishes with healthy snacks, like popcorn, crudités and trail mix. These can be staged in small individual Mason jars.

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All The Right Moves

Rule number one for tailgaters is to serve foods that are easy to eat and easy for guests to keep hold of while they mix and mingle. Choose foods that can be made in individual containers or are easy to

I like to serve a signature drink in addition to plenty of wine, beer and soft drinks. My Spiked Lemonade is always a hit and can be served either over crushed ice or in chilled individual glass bottles.

Win The Day The high-scoring crowd pleasers at my tailgating gatherings are my Hot Buffalo Dip, One-Pan Turkey Melt Sliders, Cornbread Casserole and Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies—so I always keep them in the lineup. For a delicious twist on a classic stadium snack, try my Rosemary Buttered Popcorn recipe. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to plain old popcorn again.


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One-Pan Turkey Melt Sliders 12 slider buns, split 24 thin turkey slices 8 thin Swiss cheese slices, ripped into 3–4 pieces each 2 1/2-3 cups coleslaw mix 4 ounces herbed chèvre cheese Dijon mustard (as indicated below) 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Preheat oven to 350˚F. › Place bottoms of slider buns in a 9X13 baking dish. Spread desired amount of Dijon mustard on each bun. › Place 2 slices of turkey and desired amount of Swiss cheese pieces on each bun. Top with desired amount of coleslaw mix (about a 1/4 cup per slider). › Spread chèvre cheese on each cut side of the tops of the buns. Place on top of sandwiches. › Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. › While baking, melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add parsley and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine and set aside. › Remove foil from the pan. Brush each bun with butter mixture. Bake, uncovered, for another 10 minutes until tops are golden. Serve immediately.

Cornbread Casserole 1 cup fresh non-GMO kernels of corn (2 ears of corn) 1 (15 ounce) can organic cream-style corn 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter (plus additional to coat pan) 1 (8 ounce) package corn muffin mix 6 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper Pinch of pink Himalayan Salt In a large bowl, stir together fresh corn, canned corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream and butter. › Pour into a buttered 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 °F for 60 to 75 minutes, or until golden brown. › Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. 64


Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies 2 cups organic cane granulated sugar 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 4 large cage-free eggs 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter plus a 1/4 cup for swirling 1/2 cup (2 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder or Ghirardelli cocoa 1 3/4 cups organic all-purpose flour 12 tablespoons (6 ounces) butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Preheat the oven to 350 degrees°F. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch glass pan and set aside. › In a large bowl, whip the butter and peanut butter together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about one to two minutes. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir in the cocoa until the mixture is smooth and no dry streaks remain. › Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir once or twice then add the chocolate chips. Stir until no dry streaks remain; the batter will be thick. › Spread the batter evenly in the pan. With a knife, swirl slightly melted remaining peanut butter and make four straight lines. Then, taking the knife, pull the peanut butter the opposite direction of the lines. › Bake for 20-24 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Don’t overbake! › Let the brownies cool completely in the pan. Cut into squares and serve chilled or at room temperature. The baked and cooled brownies freeze well. For all of Jill's tailgating recipes, visit www.ocalastyle.com

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In The Kitchen With Sagi Asokan By LISA MCGINNES Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ

For some of us, our first cooking experience was the macaroni and cheese we subsisted on in college. Others were lucky enough to be gifted an affinity for cooking from a mom or grandma who expressed her love through her food. For Sagi Asokan, cooking was a grand experiment she started as a young adult. own,” she offers, which actually means that she makes everything from scratch—from dried beans and lentils to cucumber sauce—and even yogurt. o say she’s a self-taught cook Yes, she makes her own yogurt! would be an understatement. “That’s pretty common among Indians,” she explains, The native of adding that she is currently making yogurt from a live India has perfected starter culture she’s had for about three years. “I got it her Indian fusion We would all get from my sister, and my sister got it from somebody who style that features together as a big brought it from India.” colorful, fragrant family. They would Back in the 1970s, as a new bride in a new country herbs and spices that with a husband finishing medical school, Asokan had complement fresh and make different types time to thoughtfully recall the dishes she remembered diversely-textured of meat and special from back home and then adapt them using ingredients vegetables. dishes and we would she could find here in the United States. “I never liked frozen “In those days, they didn’t have too many Indian vegetables, I always all have dinner. groceries available so I started mixing whatever was liked fresh,” Asokan available. I got to be kind of resourceful and that’s how I explains, adding learned and changed my cooking.” that she almost never uses packaged Plant-based diets and shopping the perimeter of the grocery store are convenience food. “I normally make my





common recommendations for healthy eating in today’s society. Farmer’s markets and produce stands are enjoying a moment as they’re discovered by a new generation, but that’s nothing new for vegetarian Asokan. “I just go buy whatever is fresh and put it in the refrigerator. I see what I have and I just make up the recipe,” she admits, adding that rather than follow a recipe she likes to be inspired by what’s in season. Her go-to meals these days are her versions of Indian staples that include rice, lentils, vegetables and herbs. Growing up in a traditional middleclass Indian household, Asokan and her five sisters weren’t involved in meal preparation; as was the custom, they had domestic help. She has fond memories of weekly gatherings of family and friends. “We’d cook once a week,” she says. “My father usually invited all his friends and they would play cards. We would all get together as a big family. They would make different types of meat and special dishes and we would all have dinner. That’s the one I always remember.” Asokan continues that family tradition of weekly gatherings; she and her husband, Dr. Rangaswamy Asokan (known to friends as simply “R. Asokan”) host a Wednesday night dinner in their Southeast Ocala home. Asokan, president of Fine Arts For Ocala (FAFO), serves everything on unique artisan dishes she’s purchased over the years at the Ocala Arts Festival. “I cook one or two dishes, my husband does the meat, and everybody else brings something. We take turns, everyone shares and it’s like a potluck dinner,” she says of the tradition they started about 16 years ago when she invited one friend, David Gadlage. “His partner passed away and he was the cook in the family,” Asokan explains. “So I started inviting David. I asked him to come to dinner every Wednesday.” Other friends joined along the way, like Mary Alice Adkins, whose elderly husband had passed away. “They are the regular people and then I have some people in between,” Asokan reveals. “Everybody who comes says, ‘Do I get invited again?’” She laughs. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a bad meal.”

Rice and Garbanzo Beans Makes 5 servings

1 cup uncooked rice 1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional) 1 onion, chopped 3 or 4 green chili peppers, chopped 2 tablespoons cooking oil Your choice of fresh vegetables like shredded carrot and chopped kale Salt to taste 2 or 3 sprigs of fresh cilantro for garnish, chopped Cook rice according to instructions on package. › Heat oil in a medium- to large-sized cooking pot. › Sprinkle cumin seeds into hot oil. (Tip: the oil should be hot enough for the seeds to “pop” almost immediately.) › Add onion and green chili peppers and sauté until the onions begin to brown. › Add other fresh vegetables and cook to desired crispness. › Add turmeric powder if desired. › Add cooked rice. › Add cooked garbanzo beans. › Salt to taste. › Mix to combine thoroughly. › Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro. › Serve with cucumber-yogurt sauce.

Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 onion, finely chopped 2 or 3 sprigs of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped 1 cup plain regular or Greek yogurt Salt to taste Mix all ingredients together and salt to taste. › (Tip: choose regular or Greek yogurt, depending on desired thickness. Sagi likes to mix half regular yogurt and half Greek yogurt.) › Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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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, candy-filled blasts, thick milkshakes, frozen yogurts and no-sugar-added flavors. If you really want to crank up a party, Bruster’s will bring their scrumptious sweets to you. Sweeten your next big day with Bruster’s, and choose from endless flavors such as Blueberry Cheesecake, Peach Melba and Black Raspberry. Try our NEWEST flavors, Mango Dragonfruit Sorbet and Sea Salt Caramel with Almonds!

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!

Wednesday: 99¢ House Margaritas All Day Thursday: Trivia Night, 7-9pm (Blvd. location) Thursday: Mariachi band at the 200 location, 6-9pm



Book your party at Tony’s today.

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.

Braised Onion

754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala

(352) 620-9255 › braisedonion.com Tue-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri-Sat 11:30a-10p › Sun 11:30a-8p Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “Comfort Food with Attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere, is open for lunch and dinner. Winner of Culinary Combat and Taste of Ocala for four years and most recently voted Ocala’s Best of the Best; the menu options are plentiful and guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. And don’t forget the dessert menu, which includes our prize-winning bread pudding and coconut cream pie. So call today to make your reservation; you won’t regret it.

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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.

September ‘19





atti Moring, the popular culinary aficionado behind Butter & Broth Soups and the former College of Central Florida coordinator of food services and Rosemary & Thyme Catering, is making her delectable creations directly available to you through her innovative new catering company. Her approach is simple—to create delicious, healthy, custom dining experiences for her clients, that honor fresh and flavorful cuisine. “Everything I make probably has four ingredients, but it’s all in the way you bring the flavors and ingredients together,” Moring explains. “I’m not offering a client a set menu and pumping out a bunch of prepared meals, as is often standard for other caterers. A lot of caterers will use frozen staples, like mini cheesecakes for example, or premixed seasonings.

I don’t do that. Everything I cook is fresh and from scratch. I create menus that the client would come up with on their own.” And although Moring has a top-notch staff, she is handson with every client. “I’m with the client from start to finish. I personally prepare all the food,” she offers. “When I cook for people it makes them happy and that makes me happy. I love when we open the chafing dishes and people first see the food. When everyone is enjoying the food, it’s such a joy for me.” La Casella also offers a meals-to-go pantry freezer that allows you to stop in and grab some of Moring’s famous staples like chicken pot pie, beef stew and macaroni and cheese, as well as her delicious homemade soups. Moring wants to be a convenient resource for lovingly prepared comfort foods,

whether it be for a sick friend, a potluck, or just to enjoy at home rather than having to cook. She has also started shipping orders around the country, so you can share a little Ocala comfort food with your loved ones in other places. While Moring creates memorable meals for up to 300 guests, she also offers private chef services which can be staffed in your home and curated, with everything from beautiful dishes to custom floral arrangements, or provided as a drop-off service. “I can deliver the food to you and you can serve it on your own dishes and even let people think you cooked it...I’ll never tell!” La Casella Catering › 2201 SW College Rd #3, Ocala › (352) 690-9699 › www.lacasellacatering.com › info@lacasellacatering.com


Six locations in Ocala and Wildwood zaxbys.com

Try the absolutely craveable chicken, Zalads and Zappetizers, or enjoy any one of the many Party Platterz catered for your next game, party or event. Always fresh and made to order, Zaxby’s offers family-friendly, fast service featuring daringly zesty chicken fingers, wings and more. Open seven days a week with six locations to serve you throughout Ocala and Wildwood, you can drive thru on the go or dine in with family and friends. ZAXBY’s: Always so Zatisfying!



Locations: 3351 W Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala; (352) 789-6001 › 3400 N Pine Ave., Ocala; (352) 877-7900 › 2900 SW 27th Ave., Ocala; (352) 861-9234 › 6033 SW Hwy 200, Ocala; (352) 351-1541 › 13451 SW 17th Ct., Ocala; (352) 347-5775 › 868 E SR 44, Wildwood; (352) 748-0221





o you know that the stamp “Made in China” used to be an indicator of incredible luxury goods that people were desperate to own? The reason is really interesting and even involves our country’s founding fathers.




So there you have it, the amazing story of how your great-grandmother’s best china came to be. Come visit the Appleton Museum of Art’s collection of Chinese export ware with your family and friends and wow them with your newfound knowledge of porcelain! Learn more › Appleton Museum of Art › 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › www.appletonmuseum.org › (352) 291-4455 Photo by Ralph Demilio

It’s all because of dishes. But not just any dishes. Everybody who was anybody in Europe as early as the 1600s wanted eggshell-thin porcelain from China. It was beautiful, refined, and imported by sailing ships from very far away (remember, we’re talking before modern transportation here), which made it expensive. There was no way your average person was ever going to be able to get their hands on it, and that’s just how the rich folks liked it. The Chinese Emperors were really smart about it too—China kept all the profits by keeping the knowledge of how to make porcelain a secret for over 200 years, and leaking information was punishable by death. The secret to making porcelain was the type of clay used, called kaolin. As luck would have it, there are large, naturally occurring deposits of kaolin in China, so it makes sense that the Chinese would become masters of porcelain production. That is why, to this day, we often call fine dinnerware “china.” Fast-forward to after the American Revolution, and the elite of the newly formed United States began importing porcelain items too. George Washington himself ordered a custom set of dinnerware for his personal use and ordered more for official use after he became president. However, tastes were beginning to change. Instead of solely purchasing tableware, European and American markets were now demanding items such as porcelain inkwells (for writing with quills), punchbowls, tea caddies (little bottles where tea was stored) and other luxurious everyday items that were unknown in China. Due to the rise of the wealthy merchant class, production for these status symbols sped up, and Chinese producers were eventually tailoring porcelain specifically to appeal to European and American tastes, which is now known as “Chinese export ware.” Even the colors and design motifs of export ware were changed due to market demands. When China first began exporting porcelain to other countries, it was almost entirely the familiar blue-on-white designs that have been copied around the world. Over time, Chinese artisans began adding “foreign” colors such as rose pink and coral, and even produced an elegant color scheme in shades of gray called en grisaille.

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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New Art Galleries By AMY DAVIDSON


t says a lot about a community and its appreciation of arts and culture when new art galleries open their doors. Marion County has become home and host to numerous artists, art organizations and foundations, galleries, art installations, artcentric cultural events and so much more. As the expansion of the county continues, the following new art galleries have joined the ranks of some of the area’s newest and most prolific creators.

Gallery B Art Collective is a collaboration between a group of artist friends: Jaycee Oliver, Sandy Sanders, Laurie Kopec, Carlynne Hershberger and Julie Shealy. This unique art experience includes works from each of the five artists along with fine art gift items from other local artists. Laurie Kopec initially found inspiration by Plein Air Painting. “We sort of started this as an experiment,” Kopec says. “We did a holiday art show together last year. We ended up having so much fun together that we decided ‘Hey, let’s keep doing this.’ “I’m inspired by being on location with the landscapes and animals and just things I see along my walk every day.” Sandy Sanders’ background is in nursing. She started painting about three years ago after an injury. Now when she looks at her gallery wall at Studio B she thinks, ‘Wow, I did that!’ “I now see the world in watercolor, which is strange for someone whose



mind has always thought of themselves as math-science. It’s like new channels open in your brain, that creative part of me has opened up,” Sanders says. Jaycee Oliver began painting three years ago after the death of her son. “Being an artist can be very isolating because you’re all alone. It has been wonderful to collaborate, to gain insight Carlynne Hershberger, Jaycee Oliver, Sandy Sanders, Laurie Kopec and to just talk shop with other people. And, as well, The Art Studio share our experiences with the 3900 S. Pine Avenue community, so that has been an amazing (352) 209-7576 thing for me.” Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Also by appointment. Art classes are also available.

Michelle St. Laurent started painting at the age of six and knew early on that she wanted to be a professional artist with the Disney Design Group.

Gallery B & The Art Studios photos by Amy Davidson, 8th Ave. Gallery photo by Elizabeth Martinez

Gallery B an Art Collective 405 E. Silver Springs Boulevard (352) 804-3680


Seth Benzel, 8th Ave. Gallery

For 20 years she has been a Disney artist where she designs and creates artwork for Disney Fine Art. St. Laurent studied under famed Disney artist Ralph Kent who worked directly with Walt Disney. Her work is on display in galleries across the world and she continues to create images for Disney Fine Art. She decided to open The Art Studio, an art experience and gallery, where she hosts Paint Parte (as opposed to Party) Fridays, art instruction open to individuals age 16 and up. “I wanted to be able to share my experience with people and really help them, so that I could direct them in a certain way, whether it’s to a good college, to help them build their portfolio, to gain commissions or to get their art seen by galleries.” Collections in St. Laurent’s Art Studio include Disney Fine Art created by St. Laurent along with other works by various artists. The gift shop includes art supplies and Disney-themed items.

Michelle St. Laurent, The Art Studio

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am-5:30 pm 8th Ave. Gallery 1531 NE 8th Avenue (518) 681-9347 Seth Benzel’s background as a horse trainer brought him from Saratoga, New York to Dubai, UEA and eventually to Ocala. In August of 2018, when his father John L. Benzel, a noted architect and artist, became ill, the father and son duo

decided to open a gallery dedicated to each other’s work. The elder Benzel designed the studio space, which has an industrialwarehouse feel, but is softened with the laborious collections of social realism and abstract paintings. “I was here painting and he was in the back painting,” Benzel says, pointing to a section of the gallery. “It put our attention onto a project, despite the conditions that we were under. He was able to see just enough about what I was gonna do with this space. I think for him that was a great feeling, that his work would be featured and that I would have a place to generate work.” Benzel’s father passed away in February 2019, but he was able to see from a video that the gallery was near completion. Two weeks after his father’s death, Benzel held the gallery opening where he was able to pay tribute to his father through photographs, anecdotes and the presentation of his father’s artwork. Hours: By appointment only. 8th Ave. Gallery also offers private art instruction.

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The Art of Pleasure By SUSAN G. SMILEY-HEIGHT

The Marion Cultural Alliance’s first juried show explores what brings people pleasure.


s a young girl, one of life’s little pleasures for Jaye Baillie was shopping with her mother at The Hub department store in downtown Ocala. Now, that historic venue houses the Brick City Center for the Arts, home of the Marion Cultural Alliance, of which Baillie is now executive director. The alliance, organized in 2001 and based at the center since 2005, is this year hosting its first juried fine arts show, Pleasures. Submitted artworks will be evaluated by a committee for inclusion in the show, and accepted entries will be judged by David D’Alessandris. The works will be on exhibit Sept. 6th-28th. An opening reception at 5pm Sept. 6th will feature the artists and show juror David D’Alessandris. “The theme was intentionally broad—what brings you pleasure,” Baillie says. “The goal is to have an outstanding showcase of art.” “We have had lots of chatter from artists about it,” says Ashley Justiniano, MCA’s gallery and events manager. “So far, we have received landscapes, sculptures, photographs and paintings.” D’Alessandris is a noted artist whose award-winning works have been featured in group and solo exhibits and international juried shows. When he judges and juries exhibits, there are three basic criteria he looks for.

Mango Madness by Laura Nell Britton

“First, materials/execution; how the artist uses their materials, do they understand their genre and is it done to the best of their ability as an artist,” he explains. “Secondly, I look at standards. Is the piece professional? Does it convey a story? Is it clean/crisp and gallery ready? Lastly, I look for originality. I can tell a copy a mile away…so I look for uniqueness, a freshness, a bold interpretation of the theme, a great use of color and materials.” Pleasures is sponsored by the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation. A number of awards and prizes will be presented during the opening reception, which coincides with a new First Friday Art Walk season. All of the art in Pleasures will be for sale. “This is a really creative town, and this show is right up our mission, to champion, convene and create opportunities for artists,” says Baillie. “It’s eclectic, and we are really excited.” Learn more about the Marion Cultural Alliance at Brick City Center for the Arts by visiting the gallery at 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. Find the alliance at www.mcaocala.com and on Facebook. Find D’Alessandris at www.david-d-art.com

September ‘19


We Are Expecting You.

Downton Abbey Movie Screening WUFT is proud to bring together all who love the Downton Abbey series to watch the upcoming Downton Abbey movie!

Sunday, September 22, 2019 Regal Celebration Pointe in Gainesville, FL & Regal Hollywood & IMAX in Ocala, FL Tickets are available for purchase now through WUFT for a Downton Abbey movie experience! Spend time with friends, see a great movie, and support WUFT. Details on activities, special treats and eats at the WUFT Downton Abbey movie experience will be revealed as this exciting event draws near.

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All proceeds go to supporting WUFT’s quality public television programming.


Le Mode de Vie Créatif Maureen Fannon Meagan Gumpert Fashion Editor


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso Creative self expression comes in many colors, shapes and sizes. When it is fully lived, joy and happiness abound. Here we showcase seven Ocalans who make the artistic narrative a way of life and take a look at their “le mode de vie créatif ”...creative lifestyle..


L’Artiste L’Artiste L’Artiste JORDAN SHAPOT

“Everyday I wake up excited to go to work on my paintings. I love what I do and am so grateful that this is my profession.”




La Chanteuse La Chanteuse La Chanteuse OLIVIA ORTIZ

“I enjoy the creative process and everything it brings. It’s like electricity running through your body. When it’s on, it works. When it’s not on, you go and turn on another switch.” September ‘19



Le Professeur Le Professeur Le Professeur TYRUS CLUTTER

“The act of creating is a process of self discovery...creating artwork enables me a deeper understanding of my students’ abilities and my own purpose in this world. 82



La Professionnel La Professionnel La Professionnel VICTORIA BILLIG

“Keeping current in the arts, whether it be in visual arts, culinary arts, fashion or literature inspires me to bring new ideas to the Appleton and influences my personal life as well.” September ‘19



La Danceur La Danceur La Danceur ERIN BUSS

“By teaching our students the art of dance and performance and watching as they discover their own unique gifts, my hope is that they will share their talents and encourage others.� 84



La Journaliste La Journaliste La Journaliste AMY DAVIDSON

“Everyone has a story which I love to explore and write about. If my writing can be an escape for the reader for just five minutes, then I have succeeded.” September ‘19



La Chef La Chef La Chef KIM JONES

“What inspires me is seeing my growth as a chef and a baker. I love presenting cakes that are as much of an art form as they are a science.�



Please join us

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6-8pm October 17th at The Appleton Museum of Art to celebrate our 12th Annual Applaud the Arts! E an evening of delicious tapas from our


favorite local restaurants, cocktails, interactive art experiences, and music by DJ Big Bert and our 2019-2020 Cultural Grant and Arts Awards Recipients.

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To date, MCA has awarded over $310,000 to local arts organizations in Marion County. Your support of this event will help raise that amount, enabling us to do even more for our community.


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oday’s celebrities and A-listers are more open than ever about the difficulties of dealing with stress and mental health issues. Actors, models, corporate executives and even royals have shared their personal stories. And they don’t hesitate to take time away for treatment when they need it—they seek a private, peaceful place to heal and find help. A place like The Guest House. This world-renowned treatment facility is situated on a spacious 52-acre estate, nestled between the small-town charm of Ocala and the natural beauty of the Ocala National Forest in Central Florida. This tranquil, luxurious center of healing is designed to be a safe space equipped to provide for every need—medical, therapeutic, nutritional or wellness—until guests are ready to face the outside world again. From the seven luxuriously appointed guest suites and organic, chef-prepared cuisine to the sparkling pool and tree-covered equestrian trails, every amenity has been carefully 88


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designed for guests in the 90-day inpatient treatment programs to feel at home. Thomas Pecca, The Guest House’s senior clinical advisor, shared more information about this world-class inpatient program, which uses an environment of emotional intimacy, connection and trust to create a sanctuary of love and compassion for transformation and healing. What is the focus of The Guest House? The Guest House is a world-renowned treatment facility that focuses on trauma,

addiction and mental health. While the facility has only been in existence for three years, the team that created it has been in the business of recovery for over 30 years and is led by Judy Crane, known internationally as an expert in trauma treatment. The staff at The Guest House, from the housekeeping staff to the kitchen staff all the way to world-class clinicians, have been trained in the care of people recovering from the traumatic events in their lives. Our motto truly is “love them back to health.” The Guest House

utilizes the most innovative and powerful therapeutic modalities, but the true essence of the program is creating a safe space for a wounded soul to heal. How do the luxury accommodations and amenities at The Guest House contribute to a guest’s healing process? The Guest House is a luxury facility, which means that the amenities are set up for the comfort of our guests and to cater to their needs outside the treatment process. This allows our guests to feel comfortable, safe and cared for as they go through the very difficult process of therapeutic work. While the beds are large, the rooms high quality and the other amenities to the standards of the often high-profile or wealthy clients that may come to us, the therapy is intense and life changing. After a day of soul searching and exhausting work, the amenities allow our guests to take a step back in comfort and safety. Please explain why your multi-faceted, individualized approach to treatment is the best option for high-profile guests with highly stressful lifestyles. Our approach is to look at the symptoms a client presents with: the addictions, anxiety or depression often being a coping mechanism for traumatic life events not fully processed or worked through. Because everyone experiences trauma in their life differently, an individualized approach is necessary. The way our facility is set up allows us more flexibility to meet these individualized needs. Highprofile clients often find it difficult to feel safe enough to do the deep core work of trauma healing. To maintain their public persona they, at times, cannot allow their human woundedness to show. Imagine that everywhere you went people not only recognize you but have a preset belief of who and what you are. Anonymity does not truly exist for many of our clients, be they entertainers, business leaders or from high-profile families. The Guest House creates an atmosphere where they can put down the public persona and work on the true person. While this is true for highprofile guests, this is also true for all our guests—they need a safe place to heal. The Guest House Inpatient Services › 3230 Northeast 55th Avenue, Silver Springs, Florida › (855) 984-0626 › www.theguesthouseocala.com September ‘19




Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches offers uncrowded beaches for people and puppies too. Bring “man’s best friend” along and enjoy pet-friendly beaches, oceanview dining, trails, and activities designed just for your four-legged friend. Request your FREE visitors guide and waggin’ tail itinerary at www.visitflagler.com www.visitflagler.com

ROAD A Dog’s (Beach) Life By LISA MCGINNES


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icture your ideal beach vacation: what do you see? Are you reclining on a chaise lounge on the sand, tropical drink or summer novel in your hand? Who do you see? Your family? Spouse relaxing next to you, kids building a sand castle…and your dog playing in the surf?

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development director for Visit Flagler. “The Our dogs are important members of our good news is, Palm Coast and the Flagler families, so of course we want to take our Beaches are pet-friendly! You can take fur babies along on vacation. According to your pups virtually everywhere you go—in the American Pet Products Association, 40 the parks, in a variety of accommodations, percent of pet owners take their dogs with restaurants and even on our beaches.” them when they travel. Sure, you can grab a Luckily for us, it’s map, but it’s fairly easy to just a scenic 90-minute figure out which beaches drive from downtown The good news is, allow dogs. Basically, Ocala to Flagler Palm Coast and the they’re the ones north Beach, a fun, vibrant of North 10th Street beach destination that Flagler Beaches are and south of South 10th has kept its smallpet-friendly! You Street. This keeps dogs town vibe—and is can take your pups out of the most populated super dog-friendly! Not many beaches virtually everywhere areas around the pier in the center of town, but allow pets, but quaint you go. to be honest, these dogFlagler Beach, just 35 - Amy Lukasik friendly sections are just miles south of historic as beautiful and are likely St. Augustine and 20 to be less crowded. miles north of Daytona Beach, welcomes On a sunny summer weekday afternoon, our doggos with dog-friendly beaches, walking north from the pier, as the beach oceanfront dining, lodging, parks and trails. blankets and umbrellas thinned out, I “More and more visitors are bringing notice a trail of footprints in the cinnamontheir pets along on their vacations,” colored sand: one set human, one canine, explains Amy Lukasik, the interim tourism



side by side. Penny, the exuberant, 7-month-old “dorkie” (a mix of dachshund and yorkie) yips excitedly, hopping into the surf with her tail wagging, playing with her owner, Sharon Hardee. “She loves the beach,” Hardee says. “She likes water and she likes to dig in the sand and lay and roll in it.” Sharon and her husband Randy regularly make the 40-mile drive to Flagler Beach from their home in New Smyrna Beach, where the beaches don’t allow dogs. Sharon and Penny love to take long walks together while Randy stakes out their spot, ready to dole out dog treats when they return. The couple adopted the rescue dog on Christmas Eve last year, when she was just five weeks old, and they’ve been enjoying the beach together ever since. Circle Your Sleeping Spot There are no chain hotels in Flagler Beach, which leaves far more unique lodging options. For an easy, traditional motel option, check out the cute and kitschy Si Como No Inn, right across the street and over the


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dunes from the ocean, where owner Marti Leavines and innkeeper Monique Futch don’t just tolerate dogs, they’ve gone the extra mile to make sure fur babies and their pet parents are comfortable. “Come enjoy the sun, sand and surf! Don’t forget the pups!” they enthuse. All eight rooms in this colorful, quirky Old Florida-style motel are pet-friendly, and dogs on leashes are welcome in the public courtyard, which features a large tiki hut with a bar, full-sized refrigerator and cooking utensils for guests to use. Thoughtful amenities like cornhole and horseshoe games, grills and hammocks make this a great family lodging option, and Futch says many family groups return year after year to enjoy a laid-back beach getaway. Other lodging options include vacation rentals, and both A1A Vacation Rental Pros and Tropical Bird & Bee Apartments advertise pet-friendly accommodations. If you’re traveling in your own RV, both Gamble Rogers State Recreational Area and Flagler by the Sea Campground offer dog-friendly campsites. Bring Your Supper Dish Quaint Flagler Beach also has a conspicuous lack of chain restaurants, which allows authentic, locally owned establishments to shine. Options for dogfriendly dining, while limited to outdoor seating areas, are plentiful and diverse. For a dining experience that truly caters to canines, there’s no place finer than High Tides at Snack Jack. This locally owned waterfront eatery known for fresh seafood and local fare has been a favorite since 1947. The current menu features coastal favorites like conch fritters, steamed shrimp and crab legs as well as innovative seafood twists on the classics, like the ahi tuna club sandwich, redfish Reuben sandwich and salmon tacos. Plant-based options pop up throughout the menu, like the slightly sweet, organic curry kale salad that can be substituted for any side dish, and the organic veggie platter and housemade organic hummus. On the sunny, dog-friendly patio just steps from the sand you’ll also find the dog menu: doggie hot dog, doggie hamburger, doggie grilled chicken or an organic doggie popsicle. Owner Gail Holt is not just a dog lover, she has created her own line of clean canine skincare products called Love Yer Dog, which includes a fragrance- and

cappuccinos and specialty lattes—but this chemical-free dog wash and a hot spot joint offers much more than java. After your treatment. Both products are sold at the sunrise beach run, stop in for a full cooked restaurant and at local gift shop Flagler breakfast with hearty Surf Art and Stuff. fare like breakfast Another landmark, specialty the Turtle Shack Café, For the hottest happy burritos, scrambles or the crab is known for fresh, local hours and nightlife, cake eggs benedict. If food and homemade you and your fur baby specialties. Delicious you and your doggie would rather sleep in, seafood options include BFF should head to enjoy mimosas with a the Irish stout-battered the oceanview deck at full brunch and lunch mahi, seared scallops and surf and turf. The Johnny D’s Beach Bar menu served until 2pm on weekdays and 3pm dog-friendly outdoor & Grill. on weekends. Diners patio is known for cool even report spotting cross breezes that make dolphins in the surf from the second-story, it a comfortable place to enjoy the ocean dog-friendly deck. view, its full selection of domestic, imported and craft beers, wine list and live music Shop A Canine-Chic Boutique most weekend evenings. Whether you forgot to pack a dog essential For the hottest happy hours and nightlife, like a collapsible water dish or you’re you and your doggie BFF should head to the looking for some swanky souvenirs for Fido, oceanview deck at Johnny D’s Beach Bar & stop by Flagler Surf Art and Stuff, just a Grill, where happy hour specials last from block and a half from the pier. Owner Carla 11am-7pm and menu specials include taco Cline, a native Floridian and surfer chick, Tuesdays, pizza Wednesdays and bar bites curates the cutest “beach dog” bandanas, like chicken wings, and chips and queso, as tie dye dog shirts and accessories. well as sandwiches and salads. They often “Clearly we’re a niche market for dogs, feature live music or karaoke, and guests can since we’re a dog beach and we have dogenjoy darts and cornhole. friendly restaurants,” Cline explains. In One more dog-friendly dining option is addition to her own art and crafts created Java Joint Beachside Grill. Yes, they have by 10 other local artisans, she sells all your favorite coffee drinks including

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custom T-shirts for humans and dogs, including the shirt that started it all: her catchy “Don’t make me cross the bridge” slogan—an homage to visitors’ reluctance to cross back over the intercoastal waterway to head inland when their vacation ends. After 35 years in Flagler County, Cline is obviously proud of what she calls their “special little place that we need to protect and preserve,” explaining that except for one convenience store, all the businesses in Flagler Beach are locally owned, and that while the town depends on tourism, they’ve taken great care to attract the kind of visitors that keep the beaches clean, respect wildlife and support local businesses. She says she’s noticed more customers over the last few years who insist on purchasing locally produced goods, and she believes they are helping the town maintain its cozy, smalltown feeling. “The lifestyle is slow paced but you’re not far from being able to be busy,” she shares. “The people and this place, it’s gorgeous. You know everybody. It’s still special.”

Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.

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A Moving Tribute By LISA MCGINNES


f you’re over the age of 30, chances are you remember the morning of September 11, 2001. You either watched in horror as the planes struck the twin towers live on morning television or you saw the video images later on the evening news. Eighteen years later, we remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished that day with the 9/11 Traveling Memorial Wall, on display at the Marion County Veterans Memorial Park September 11th-15th. “We’re so honored to be able to host it at the Veterans Park for the first responders,” says Ron Oppliger, a Vietnam veteran and volunteer for the Marion County Veterans Memorial Park. He explains that a committee of local volunteers working with the Florida Highway Patrol, Marion County Fire Rescue, Marion County Sheriff ’s Office, Ocala Fire Rescue and Ocala Police Department is coordinating five days of related events while the traveling memorial is displayed. The new Marion County Veterans Exhibit and Education Center, in the former veterans services office next to the park, is curating a temporary exhibition commemorating 9/11 that will also be open

to the public that week. “Folks will be able to go look at the wall and see the different programs going on there and then come down and walk through our facility,” says Adam Sines, volunteer coordinator for the education center. He is organizing the exhibit to make it as relevant as possible to Marion County, explaining that there are a surprising number of local connections to the tragedies. “We want to do our best to represent all the victims who were lost and how that affected us even down here.” Sines says local residents have loaned items for the exhibit, including a piece of the tower, artworks, and personal memorabilia from a local widow who was on the phone with her husband, watching on television as the second plane struck the World Trade Center tower where he worked. She will share her story at the Survivor Stories event, designed to promote healing for those affected. “That’s been one of the amazing things about this project; we’ve been able to meet people and see how much this program is helping people,” Sines says.

If You Go: The 9/11 Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display at the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park, 2601 East Fort King Street, around the clock from 8:30am on September 11th through 5pm on September 15th. A motorcycle rally beginning at WarHorse Harley-Davidson on North U.S. Highway 441 will escort the traveling wall to the Veterans Park. The public is invited to the following events: Opening Ceremony 8:30-9:30am on Wednesday, September 11 Evening Program 6-7:30pm on Wednesday, September 11 Musical Tribute 6-7:30pm on Thursday, September 12 Survivor Stories 6-8pm on Friday, September 13 JROTC Competition 10:30am-4pm on Saturday, September 14 Closing Ceremony 4-5pm, Sunday, September 15 For more information, call (352) 671-8422.


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