Ocala Style November '19

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Historic Area

Lake Fay - Just Reduced

PEACEFUL LIVING, CENTRALLY LOCATED! Near historic district close to restaurants, shopping, and entertainment! Inviting 4 BR/3.5 BA updated home with large open kitchen/family room, beautiful wood floors and lovely fireplace. Master wing includes office and glass doors that open to the private back yard. Detached 2 car garage and much more! $675,000

Gorgeous cabin with sunrise and sunset views on Lake Fay! Charming 3BR/4BA home with wood beam ceilings, gorgeous views and stone fireplaces. Spacious kitchen with open floor plan is perfect for family gatherings. Main master suite also has a fireplace. Second master suite has sliding doors to porch. Open loft can be used as a bedroom, game room, etc. $585,000

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Beautiful home located on a cul-de-sac with grand column entry. Impressive foyer opens to great room. Spacious Chef ’s kitchen opens to family room. Split floor plan, formal dining room, plus office. Screened enclosed pool area overlooks private back yard. Recent updates include: new A/C, flooring and irrigation. Perfect for entertaining family and friends. $299,950

Neighboring the World Equestrian Center this country style covered porch with rocking chairs, welcome you to this charming home 2.99 +/acres. 4 BR 2.5 BA plus expansive family room is ideal for family and friends. Property includes a 4-stall horse barn and 3 fenced paddocks. This equestrian community is quiet and perfect for afternoon walks, biking or horseback riding. $365,000

Rare opportunity to own 6.68 acres with development potential for a family estate with multiple homes near the Historic District of Ocala. This imposing property is securely gated and has a beautiful wrought iron perimeter fence. The main residence exudes elegance from the living areas to the solarium, library, and expansive kitchen with plenty of cabinets and work space for the family that likes to cook together. Delightful breakfast room with beautiful views of the front lawn. Elegant dining room and living room are not only for entertaining room! Family room with fireplace is perfect of showcasing your sporting art. Lovely 2 bedroom guest home with open floor plan plus sitting area overlooking the beautiful and peaceful courtyard. Price Negotiable

If you’re considering buying or selling, give us a call today! List your property with Joan Pletcher... Our results speak for themselves.

For these and other properties, visit JoanPletcher.com for information, videos and more choices. Call or Text: 352.266.9100 | 352.804.8989 | joan@joanpletcher.com | joanpletcher.com Due to the privacy and at the discretion of my clients, there are additional training centers, estates and land available that are not advertised.


PUT RAYAN FIRST. Ocala Health has always been here for Rayan. Rayan Massini awoke in the hospital in a lot of pain. He was confused and didn’t know where he was or why he was there. He had no recollection of the severe motorcycle accident that almost took his life nearly one month prior. Rayan suffered many broken bones, two collapsed lungs, a broken pelvis and a lot of internal bleeding. “They didn’t think I could survive all the injuries,” Rayan said. “But the doctors at Ocala Regional saw that I was really fighting and did everything they could to keep me alive.” Rayan was hospitalized for three months, had multiple blood transfusions, surgeries and had to learn to walk again. A warehouse laborer prior to his accident, Rayan is also now thinking about going back to school for physical therapy or some other form of medicine. “The accident really opened my eyes and made me want to do more than I was doing – something better – for myself and for others.” See how we’ve always been here for you too at OcalaHealthSystem.com.



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CONTRIBUTORS BARBARA DAWSON PHOTOGRAPHER Barbara’s contribution to this issue is a subject close to her heart—her fiancé Eric’s collection of vintage police cars. A former news anchor and photojournalist who has lived in Ocala for almost nine years, Barbara now owns Inspired Photography and Design. Her creative passion is photographing families and children and she enjoys spending free time with her loved ones.

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JIM GIBSON WRITER Jim’s stories this month are wide ranging and include his stellar artist profile of Alan Abele and horse syndication pieces. He began his writing career as a newspaper journalist. As executive editor at Akers Media Group, Jim helped publish four award-winning magazines. He lives in Wildwood with his wife of 38 years, TeResa, and near to their three children, his granddaughter Alani, and his mother.

APRIL ROSE STYLIST April created the amazing grazing boards we feature in our Festive Feast story this month. As a home, business and food stylist known for sharing DIY styles, she makes a room feel inviting and cohesive, and creates elaborate edible art displays. From grand events to grand spaces, April has been successfully leaving her mark since late 2017. Follow her on Instagram @aprilrosedesignco.




MAGGIE WEAKLEY ILLUSTRATOR As usual, Maggie created an adorable illustration of Katie the Millennial for this month’s column. She has been creating a variety of illustrations and portraits for over 30 years. Maggie also is the administrative coordinator for Fine Arts For Ocala, organizing the Symphony Under The Stars and the Ocala Arts Festival. She is married to Kent and has two sons, Lucas and Max. View her work at MaggiesAngels.com.

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Publisher’s Note y husband and I both grew up in households where entertaining was a regular occurrence. When I first started living on my own as a teenager, I continued to cook large portions of food (and not very well) thinking people would drop by. Interestingly enough, they always did. In my 20s, my home was full of visitors almost every day and, despite attending college and working a fulltime job, the bustle and camaraderie of those weeknight get-togethers was great fun even if they went until late. Similar to my mother and father’s way of entertaining, it was never fancy, but there was always enough to share.

In my 30s and 40s life changed a bit and with less free time, having friends over became a special occasion that required getting out the “good stuff ” and putting forth a little extra effort. Long work hours combined with little time to concentrate on a recipe could leave someone like me without the reward of entertaining, and that is why one of my favorite ideas in this issue are the adult and children’s grazing tables created by my friend April Rose on page 77. Going this route gives a host the cathartic experience of arranging food into a work of art (or ask April to deliver a grazing board to you) and then having little to do when guests arrive except to pour them a drink.

My Mr. Wonderful, given the choice, will always go big, cook way too much and invite everyone. One of the first times he ever cooked for me, he was grilling in his backyard. One of the things I loved about watching him cook that night (and many nights thereafter) was that every neighbor who stopped by to say hello was invited to join us. The impromptu visits took away the stress of extending hospitality only under the most ideal circumstances, much like the entertaining of my 20s, only this time with better wine. His constant hospitality confirmed what I grew to love about him, he’s a giver and a feeder—this world could use a few more people like him.

I share this personal reflection to offset any idea you might feel that we promote that everything needs to be perfect to extend hospitality. Our contributors are professionals and, of course, they reach high in order to offer you inspiration. But when it comes down to it, entertaining that feeds the soul can come easily with two simple steps: 1. Blitzing the house (meaning hide things—we all do it), and 2. Making only one great recipe like the Harvest Soup found on page 90. Your guests will appreciate what is sure to be a sensory experience eating food made by a busy person with love. I’d like to close this letter with the reminder that not everyone has the circle of friends and family that one would naturally gravitate towards during this season. If all of us make it a priority to check the plans for those in our circles, we can all play a part in making sure everyone feels included. And for those of you who are invited guests, if you bring Jill Paglia’s Apple Layer Cake, we can guarantee you receive another invitation!

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Cops and Cars revved up their engines, and Downton Abbey fans strutted their stuff and sipped tea at the movie premiere.









Our guide to some great upcoming events.

IHMC PROFILE Dr. Art De Vany has some things to say about Paleo life and its contrast with modern life.

THOUGHTS OF A MILLENNIAL Katie talks about planet-saving strategies that permeate her holiday celebrations.

School news from Marion County Public Schools.

Get a glimpse into the most special days of our local brides and grooms.

Yes, you can own a racehorse by joining a horse syndication group.

Putting your garden to bed for the season is a zen way to have a better spring.

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A family feast at the Red, White, & Blues Farm highlighted rustic elegance in food and fashion.

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Hearty foods, organic ingredients and a deft touch make this holiday meal memorable.


IN THE KITCHEN WITH OLIVIA LOPEZ Music, laughter, dancing, and, oh yeah, Cuban food, make this family a happy group.



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ARTIST PROFILE: ALAN ABELE With a keen eye and infinite patience, this photographer creates beautiful portraits of nature at her finest.

CURATOR’S CORNER Patricia Tomlinson chats with an expert and we learn All About Impressionists.





If having a classic ride gets your engine revving, here’s your how-to guide on buying your dream car.

This Ocala police sergeant’s replica cop car fleet reflects decades of police vehicle history and changes.

DINING GUIDE Your guide to some of the area’s best eateries.

ON THE COVER: Photograph by Isabelle Ramirez






A Bahamas family fled Green Turtle Cay in the wake of Hurricane Dorian; they found refuge here in Ocala.

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Social Scene Moviegoers competed for top honors in a costume competition at the movie premiere of Downton Abbey. Xenia “Terry� Hill took home the prize for Best Hat. Photos by Meagan Gumpert


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oviegoers glided down the red carpet at the Regal Hollywood & IMAX theater, awash in shimmering beads, feathers and grand hats on September 22nd to celebrate the premiere of Downton Abbey. WUFT Media and Ocala Style hosted 200 guests, and an elegant tea party for VIP ticket buyers, with a delectable gourmet spread from Ivy on the Square. To right: Best Costume winner Marlen Seville. Photo by Debbie Timpanaro.

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n September 18th, the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) hosted a festive tea party and viewing of the Pleasures exhibit for members of the Culture Vultures of Stone Creek—residents of the Del Webb Stone Creek community who host fundraisers with proceeds going to local arts groups. Pleasures, MCA’s first juried art exhibit, featured works from 72 artists, who ranged in age from 15 to 90 years old.

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Saul Reyes and David D’Alessandris

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Clayton Glover and OďŹƒcer M. Rossi


ars, trucks, motorcycles, SWAT vehicles and emergency response vehicles gleamed in the sun at the September 28th benefit. The event, now in its second year, raised more than $3,750 for United Way of Marion County. Standout entries this year included the Ghostbusters themed station wagon accompanied by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a Jurassic Park inspired Jeep, outfitted with an enormous dinosaur bone and a caged velociraptor.



Joanna Corinella and 1971 Chevy Camaro

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Publisher’s Picks

Our gift guide this year focuses on those little indulgences that make life tastier, softer, more luxurious and more fun. By JENNIFER HUNT MURTY



Thoughtful Gifts

PEAK ICE WORKS WATER BOTTLE TRAYS will help you make ice spears or extra large clear cubes for cocktails. Any budding mixologist will tell you the difference between a cocktail and a COCKTAIL is in the details. Dillard’s, starting at $14

FRASIER FIR CANDLES Agapanthus offers this luscious scented candle—and others—that will transport you to a snowed-in mountain lodge. Starting at $15


BRAUN 390 LUMEN MAGNETIC SLIM BAR FOLDING LED LIGHT The light you never knew you needed. The magnetic bottom even gives you an extra hand, holding the light exactly where you need it. It folds up to a be a nice stocking stuffer. Available from Harbor Freight, from $39.99

HAMMITT CLUTCH/ CROSS BODY Dillard’s has the perfect girlfriend gift because it can be worn casually as a cross body or as a clutch for a more dressed-up, ladylike look. Starting at $165

J. ALEXANDER RUSTIC SILVER BOX from Shannon Roth, $162

A TREE IN THE HOUSE, by Annabelle Hickson, celebrates the art of arranging flowers, from Shannon Roth, $35 November


APPLE WATCH WRIST BAND from Ivy on the Square Boutique, $65

SEAWORTHY SPIRITILE A lovely combination of art and inspiration, from Gallery on Magnolia, $135

Luxury Items WILLIAM HENRY ZURICH-RAVEN MONEY CLIP $450, Available at Gause & Son Jewelers www.gauseandsonjewelers.com

HERMES WOOL BLANKET $900, Available at Hermes www.hermes.com 24


SET OF FOUR BEATLES PRINTS by Tyrus Clutter from Shannon Roth. Price depends on size, $80-200

ROBERTO COIN VENETIAN PRINCESS HOOP EARRINGS with black and white fleur de lis diamonds. 18-karat Rose Gold, diamonds 1.05 carat weight, $5,700, available at, www.gauseandsonjewelers.com

SIMON PIERCE HAND BLOWN DECANTER AND GLASS SET from Agapanthus. Decanter, $215, glass, $75

Experiences SEASON TICKETS TO OCALA CIVIC THEATRE will introduce your family to the performing arts and support one of our oldest art institutions. Packages start at $75, and gift certificates are available for any dollar amount. www.ocalacivictheater.com CANYON ZIPLINE TICKETS Buy online at www.zipthecanyons.com. Prices range from $45-$99

Food Gifts CULINARY FESTIVAL TICKETS Buy online www.ocalaculinaryfestival.com

SUGARFINA GUMMIES from Gallery on Magnolia. Starting at $9.99

VIRGINIA COCKTAIL DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUTS from Ivy on the Square Boutique, $39.99

OLIVE OIL MARKETPLACE ON THE SQUARE offers lots of delicious options. Rose Petal Jam for $9.99 The Olive Oil collection (4) in raffia bag for $24.99 Black Truffle Virgin Olive Oil for $9.99

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

Veterans Free Dental Care Events

Ocala Harvest Fest

Nov 8 | 8am-3pm, Grand Traverse Dental Care, The Villages Nov 11 | 8am-3pm, Oakridge Dental Care, Ocala

Tuscawilla Park Nov 9 | 1-10pm

Veterans in the Ocala/Marion County community and The Villages will have the opportunity to receive free dental services in two different practices on November 8th and 11th. Dr. Christopher Bonesteel and the team at Oakridge Dental Care in Ocala, and Doctors Kenitra Kelly, Sara Shah, Pablo Sierra and team at Grand Traverse Dental Care in The Villages, will be honoring and supporting local veterans as part of Veterans Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of veterans without dental insurance. “We understand that many veterans in our community and across the nation haven’t been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some veterans don’t have the financial means,” said Bonesteel. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with the men and women who have dedicated their lives to our country.” During Veterans Free Dentistry Day, cleaning, filling and extraction services will be provided to veteran patients, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Veterans are asked to please bring a valid form of veteran’s identification (veteran’s I.D., license with veteran’s stamp or DD214). For more information, visit www.FreeDentistryDay.org or call 352-237-2270. 26


With a bustle of live music, food trucks, artisan vendors and a beer garden, the City of Ocala hosts its fifth annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival at Tuscawilla Park on Saturday, November 9th. Live music will ring out from two stages, including performances by Grammy-nominated country artist Cassadee Pope and country hip-hop artist Blanco Brown. Other musical performers include The Wailers, Apollo LTD, Flow Tribe, The Foxies, and The Artisanals. You can stroll through artists’ booths and munch on goodies from some of the area’s most popular food trucks. Canned food donations will be collected for Project Hope to assist local families for upcoming holidays. General admission is $20, and VIP admission is $50. For more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/harvestfest

Champagne Dreams Casino Night

Rockin’ for The Rock

Hilton Ocala Nov 9 | 6:30pm-midnight

Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle Senior Living Nov 14 | 5pm

Casino Night is coming once again to the Hilton Ocala to benefit Transitions Life Center. The evening will feature dinner, cocktails, casino games, entertainment by Charlie De and Dale “Paintman” Henry, who creates art from blank canvases in just minutes. His piece, along with other items, will be auctioned off and proceeds will help the center provide a safe and enriching community for intellectually impaired adults. Sponsoring organizations include CenterState Bank; Cox; Florida Express Environmental; Fontana Realty; Inter County Recycling; and Karob Instrument, Inc.

The public is invited to an entertaining evening of music, food and drink, guest speakers and prize giveaways, all to benefit The Rock, a program that provides refuge, foundation and purpose to kids. Host Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle will provide hearty hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, specialty drinks and raffle prizes. Jeff Brown will perform ’80s and ’90s rock ‘n’ roll hits. The Rock founder Rondo Fernandez and coordinator Pat Bailey will speak about how this outreach of Feed the Need Marion County provides needy Marion County Public Schools students with school supplies, food, toiletries, clothing and laundry access. Tickets are $10 in advance at the YMCA or at the door. For more information, follow @therockprogram on Facebook.

BHRS Sangria Dash 5K Island Grove Wine Company November 16 | 8am If running through hundred-year-old oak trees and a blueberry plantation on a crisp fall day appeals to you, join Island Grove Wine Company for its fourth annual Sangria 5k Dash and Jazz in the Grove Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16th. The race benefits the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch, a home for children who have suffered loss of parenting due to abandonment, abuse, neglect or death. The race and festival will be hosted at the winery and the property’s authentic 1897 Cracker house. Vendors and activities will take place under the trees, along with winery tours and wine tastings. The race will start and end at the grove’s house. This is the first race in the two-race Lucky Charm Challenge. For more information, visit BigHammockRaceSeries.com

Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event 8720 W. County Road 318, between Irvine and Flemington Nov 14-17 | 8am-finish Photo Courtesy Shannon Brinkman Photo Team

This three-day, world-renowned eventing competition, which includes dressage, cross-country and show jumping classes, returns to the Ocala Jockey Club this month. World-class horses and riders attend, and this is one of five qualifying events in the U.S for the 2020 Olympic games. The club hosts the competition and offers a variety of farm tours, such as visiting the stallion barn, a clubhouse tour, or a morning nature photography tour. On Saturday, you can enter the Hip, Handsome and Hoakey Hats Day. There’s a $250 grand prize for Best Hat and categories include Most Hip, Most Handsome, Most Hoakey and Best Made by a Kid. The Fall Family Festival on Sunday gives children the chance to run off some energy in stick horse races and jump courses, an arts and crafts area, and an equine simulator—kids can ride a mechanical horse. The Jockey Club also hosts a VIP tent, offers tailgating options and offers a vendor village. For more information, visit www.ojc3de.com



Feast Under the Stars Appleton Museum of Art Nov 16 | 6-9pm Travel back in time to have dinner in the 1890s at the Appleton Museum of Art on Saturday, November 16th. To celebrate the museum’s exhibition of Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens, guests are invited to enjoy a crafted, multi-course dinner combined with curated wine pairings and period décor. The exhibition boasts more than 65 artworks and tells the story of the new style of painting that developed at the end of the 19th century. Artists used light and atmosphere, along with a focus on bright colors and scenes from everyday life to evoke a seasonal mood and an emotional response in viewers. This fundraiser benefits the museum’s programs throughout the year. For more information, visit www.AppletonMuseum.org

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Running A Village With Vision By SUSAN SMILEY-HEIGHT

Exciting things are happening at two shopping destinations in Ocala, under the administration of a dynamic new general manager with a shopping obsession of her own.


shley Wheeler-Gerds scored another career win when she transitioned from sports media to a leadership role in property management. Earlier this year, Wheeler-Gerds became general manager of the Paddock Mall and Gaitway Plaza properties in Ocala. She says the mall is 98 percent leased, with several new stores, some amazing boutiques coming and a new holiday experience. There is a new Five Below and Sally Beauty at Gaitway Plaza, and Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh are under construction. We chatted with Wheeler-Gerds about the two properties, and her professional and personal life. Tell us what’s new at the mall. We have really put emphasis on creating more family activities, including a new free play area called The Yard, with pingpong tables, cornhole, hopscotch, and life-size games such as tic-tac-toe, Jenga, Legos and chess. We partnered with AdventHealth Ocala to create a new mall walking program that



rewards walkers for every MILEstone they hit, and Starbucks, Macy’s, and Chick-fil-A all got involved. AdventHealth created an informational booth at the former customer service area and visitors can learn about everything from the Birth Day Experience to finding a primary care doctor. We are currently working with Beau Broker on new sit-down restaurant concepts to follow our new on-site Texas Roadhouse. We have new signage and landscaping, and we are working on renderings for an indoor/outdoor patio for the food court. New food court tenants Hawaiian Poke Bowl and Claw Mamas specialize in fresh foods.


How did you become involved with the mall? My husband came home to Ocala when he accepted a position as Marketing Director for AdventHealth. I had already decided to leave sports when I got a call from a recruiter. I love my job and my ability to help give back to my community in so many ways. We hear you returned to Ocala on a mission. Tell us about it. I was hired by Washington Prime to bring new life to Paddock Mall and Gaitway Plaza. Even though my title is General Manager, Washington Prime considers us Community Ambassadors and CEOs of our properties. We run a “village” and iconic piece of the city. It’s our job to engage with the community, help and encourage greatness. My one request when accepting the position was a new holiday set. Coming from the sports world of ever-changing events and always striving to be the best of the best, I knew I had to knock this out of the park. I secured community partners such as Stentiford Construction, Tyler Stentiford Designs, Ocala Electric Utility, Michaels, and Jenkins Kia to help me bring this vision to life. We’ll have a 3,000-squarefoot holiday set that will rival malls everywhere. It’s a walk-through experience with things to see at every angle. Families can experience Santa privately with no onlookers, which will ease the stress of children who may get overstimulated by people in line watching. What is your vision for evolving the two properties? At Paddock we recently finished Hop Stop Beer and Bites, Candy Cart, Sunelli, and have five new stores coming by the end of the year. You can watch your favorite sporting event and drink a craft beer or wine at Hop Stop, get candy by the pound, buy furniture at Macy’s, rent a super fun luxury car stroller that makes noise, and, soon, ride a choo-choo train. We also are working on a Comic Festival in January; Home and Bridal Show; Chocolate Affaire; Brunch, Bourbon and Beer; and many more events.

Who are some of your community partners? Chick-fil-A Paddock Mall supports Shady Hill Elementary School in partnership with the Public Education Foundation Business Partners program. We also have several other partnerships, such as the Marion Cultural Alliance; Transitions Life Center; Marion County Public Schools, which will host upcoming Chorus Groups Holiday Shows in Center Court; and the Marion County Children’s Alliance. Tell us about your career in sports media. I worked with IMG College and ESPN on college multi-media rights and sponsorship, as well as college football playoffs, national championship games, The Masters Tournament, The Kentucky Derby and the Super Bowl. I still sit on the ESPN Events Executive Committee. Are you a big shopper yourself? I am a sale shopper. I love a good deal. I also have a Lilly Pulitzer obsession. I beg Belk weekly to get Lilly Pulitzer in Florida, as they sell it in other states and online. I secretly think my husband pays them to not carry it at Paddock. What do you like to do for fun? My husband and I love to go to Silver Springs State Park and rent kayaks, and visit the Ocala Downtown Market and the historic Marion Theatre.

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The Youthful Brain By AMY DAVIDSON

Our chat with the trailblazing author who will be speaking at the Evening Lecture Series sponsored for the community and hosted by the Institute of Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC).

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r. Art De Vany always had a curious mind. At 17, he was nicknamed “The Professor” by his baseball teammates due to his dogged pursuit of knowledge. His love of learning led him to become a scholar of economics. In 1970, De Vany earned his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA and became an expert in the field of motion picture economics, literally the flow of money in the movie business. Throughout his life he also devoted his energy to fitness, training and the metabolic system. De Vany, now 82, is a trailblazer in the field of nutrition. His book, The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can Teach Us about Weight Loss, Fitness, and Aging, explores the similarities and differences between modern humans and their ancestors, with emphasis on which foods they ate, how they ate them and their rest and exercise patterns. “I love to study problems, but I never accept what I find as solutions unless they satisfy me on other types of grounds,” De Vany remarks. “They either have to be mathematically so convincing or there has to be evidence that has accumulated over a long span of time.” The intersection of economy and nutrition was a natural progression

for De Vany. His studies branched out to evolutionary biology, ancestralbased movement, spontaneous order, mitochondria, non-human DNA and the “not-aging” process. On November 14th, De Vany will speak on Alzheimer’s disease and the youthful brain at the IHMC Evening Lecture Series. “The research is changing dramatically with really powerful science at our disposal,” De Vany says of the disease which aff licts more than 5.8 million Americans. De Vany’s work often focuses on the connection between depression and how we treat our bodies. He understands that modern life and survival can be draining. “An energized brain doesn’t get depressed,” De Vany notes. “It doesn’t

fixate on those networks that create depression. The areas of the brain that start to fall apart are those that require the most energy.” De Vany offers the following tips for living a vibrant life: • No more ruminating: Don’t stay stuck in negative thinking. • Don’t let your insulin get too high: Eat sparingly. • Exercise: Move a lot. • Sleep: Let the brain’s synapses grow stronger and receive new input. “If you exercise and eat decent food,” he offers, “you won’t worry about these things. You won’t be stuck in any bad habits.” RSVP for the free lecture by visiting www.ihmc.us or call (352) 387-3050




Plastic or Porcelain? Written By KATIE MCPHERSON



ustainability is a priority in my house, much to my husband’s dismay. I’m forever picking his Dr. Pepper cans out of the trash and chiding him for not using the recycling bin. He’s also not in love with my dryer balls, which look like penguins, and get doused in lavender essential oils and used in place of dryer sheets. I’m just not willing to throw something away, even so small, every time I do laundry when there’s an easy alternative. This year, that mentality has become a way of life. I now opt for reusable Tupperware over plastic baggies, reusable face cloths instead of cotton balls, and reusable grocery bags. November and Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, and when I think about what I’m grateful for in 2019, one major thing is that I know my household is contributing less trash to the world. But since it’s also a holiday that creates many, many dirty dishes, I catch myself wincing at the idea of using real dishes and utensils and having to wash them all. Millennials make up about 30 percent of the world’s population and, understandably, seem to be leading the charge in sustainability efforts. We’re a generation who has grown up in a time of profound climate change and is aware of the part we have played in it. Clearly, I’m part of their ranks. The Environmental Protection Agency states on its website that the average American



generates almost four and a half pounds of garbage each day, only recycling around one and a half pounds of that. Does that give anyone else a twinge of anxiety? Before this year, I never cared much about the environment beyond recycling my water bottles and trying not to leave the faucet running while I brushed my teeth. Earlier this year, I interviewed Maia Patterson McGuire, extension agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Florida Sea Grant, and the creator of the Florida Microplastic Awareness Project, for a story on how plastic impacts the environment. She told me about an interview she heard on NPR in which researchers described the amount of plastic that enters the ocean each year (8 million tons, *vomit emoji*) in a disturbing way. They said “8 million metric tons of plastic equates to five grocery bags full of plastic for every step you take down the beach, lined up down the shoreline as far as you can see.” So, even if it takes me an hour to fill the dishwasher and hand scrub whatever is left in the sink, I don’t plan on using single-use plates or utensils for our Thanksgiving dinner this year. That way, we can spend time with our loved ones and say thanks to the planet for another trip around the sun.


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GENERATIONS FOR LAKE COUNTY For more than 50 years, we’ve helped countless individuals grow their families close to home. Bianca, Leesburg and Carol, Eustis with Ryder, Octavia, River and Story

Each day, we dedicate ourselves to helping new mothers and their babies thrive. That’s why we’ve invested in improving not just our facility but our community. We are proud of the culture of caring we’ve built at the Life Center for Women. And we’re thankful we’ve been trusted to provide generations of care to Lake County.



Class Acts

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

More Reading with myON

Daniah Lausett, a second grader at Fessenden Elementary, read more minutes this summer on myON, an online reading platform, than any other K-2 student in Marion County. In a surprise presentation, Daniah received congratulations and a $75 gift card from Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier. The gift card allows Daniah to purchase her choice of books online because she read 9,095 minutes, which translates to nearly 152 hours.

Making Medical Technology Shine Vivek Sandrapaty, a West Port High School freshman, recently competed at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Competition for middle school students held in Orlando, capturing first place for his efforts. HOSA is an organization open to middle and high school students, along with college students. The group empowers aspiring health professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration and experience. Sandrapaty advanced after capturing first place finishes in both local and state competitions.

Dads Day at School

Dads everywhere celebrated “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” throughout Marion County. At Legacy Elementary, more than 225 positive male role models spent quality time with their children at the start of the school day. The annual event is sponsored by Florida’s Department of Education. Like Legacy, some schools even offered “Donuts for Dads” as an extra incentive to convince dads to participate.

Walk Your Child to School Day

Nearly 200 parents and students gathered before daybreak to experience “Walk Your Child to School Day” at Maplewood Elementary. The annual trek allows parents to experience the obstacles their children could encounter on the walk or bike ride to school. Students learned about stranger danger, suspicious vehicles, safe crossings and other lifesaving lessons during the early-morning walk. The event rotates between elementary schools each year and may expand next year to additional schools.

In the National Spotlight

We also congratulate the nine National Merit Semifinalists this year from Marion County Public Schools. They include Belleview High’s Camryn Chester and Thomas Deiorio; Forest High’s Patrick Betty and Joshua Fosen; and Vanguard High’s Alexander Phipps, Harrison Knight, Conrad Hellwege, Graham Cope and Jordan Davidsen. This prestigious program awards millions of dollars in college scholarships and is extremely competitive.


Congratulations to Sunrise Elementary for winning the second annual “Rock Your School” competition. Students and staff members showed off their creativity for the event that showcases school spirit. Sunrise posted more tweets than any other school during the one-day competition.



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JARED & SONIA DAVIS September 7, 2019 Photos by Maudie Lucas Venue: The Highland Manor, Apopka, FL Their favorite wedding memory: During the rehearsal when we got to the part of the ceremony where we put the rings on, Jared gave me the wrong hand. We laughed and joked that at least it’s just the rehearsal—as long as we get it right at the wedding. Then, at the actual ceremony, we were both so nervous and anxious that he gave me the wrong hand again! Great moment and everyone laughed!

LISA & TRAVIS PARR February 9, 2019 Photography by Maudie Lucas Venue: The Historic Thomas Center, Gainesville, FL Their favorite wedding memory: Seeing the guests’ reaction when they saw we had a taco bar. Who doesn’t love tacos?




DESTINY & LORENZO VALVO April 27, 2019 Photography by Taci Clay Venue: Hilton Ocala, Ocala, FL Her favorite wedding memory: Without a doubt, me walking down the aisle and seeing the joyful smile and sentimental tears flow from my (now) husband’s face! A moment I could relive forever.

KENDRICK & KAITLYN BUTLER April 6, 2019 Photography by Brittany Bishop Venue: The Royal Crest Room, St. Cloud, FL Her favorite wedding memory: We chose a unity ceremony featuring a cross and three strands of rope to be braided together. During the ceremony Kendrick whispered, “I don’t know how to braid.” Laughing together, I braided while he placed his hands on the rope and pretended to help. It now hangs in our living room, reminding us of our love and the fun we have together.”




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It’s a big decision when a family decides to move an older family member into a senior living community. When it’s time to find care for your loved one, bring them home to Paddock Ridge. Photography by MEAGAN GUMPERT 42


Let our family take care of your family.

That’s the invitation from owners Barry Mansfield and Scott Ryan, who set out a few years ago to create an assisted living and memory care facility that was “good enough for their own mothers to live in.” After building many senior living properties during his 30 years with Cullison-Wright Construction, Mansfield had seen a lot of facilities he says were run “like a business.” With his parents and his wife Sandy’s parents advancing in age, he knew they needed a better option for parents and grandparents to live their best lives during their golden years—a place they can truly call home. “It is time for Ocala to have a new community with fresh unique ideas for senior living,” stated Ryan. In April 2019,Mansfield and Ryan opened Paddock Ridge, an affordable, distinctive community with a different outlook and philosophy which tailors services for its residents. This is combined with comfort, luxury and security to give families a new solution for their loved ones. Mansfield drew on his experience building assisted living facilities throughout Florida, Texas and Missouri, incorporating the best features he had seen over the last three decades. Ryan, a longtime friend of Mansfield and entrepreneur, contributed his 28 years of business expertise to ensure no feature was overlooked. Together they created

Prospera Senior Living, LLC and spent more than two years designing and finding the perfect location for this distinctive neighborhood-based community. They consulted with senior care experts from around the country to design an atmosphere that provides every amenity with elegance and comfort. Then they staffed Paddock Ridge with highly trained, nurturing caregivers—from nurses to administrative staff. The result was the ideal senior living community with neighborhoods that have the amenities residents want, the safety features they need, and a nurturing, family-like environment that reassures residents’ loved ones that they are receiving the very best care.

Neighborhood Living Today’s senior citizens are baby boomers who grew up in neighborhoods where neighbors knew each other, helped each other and enjoyed each other’s company. They had neighborhood barbecues, played cards on Friday night, and knew that if they needed help there was someone close by. Paddock Ridge is the place they can feel that same sense of community. Its four distinct neighborhoods, each with 18 private apartments nestled within its common areas, create a nurturing, familial setting. Their very first resident, Don McKinney, enjoys the company of his neighbors, calling them “a mighty good group.” He appreciates the independence

of having his own apartment in close proximity to caregivers. “Everyone has the help they need no matter what it is,” he says. He has a simple explanation for why he thinks the staff is the most outstanding feature of his community: “They love you.” Executive Director Shane Potter says having just 18 residents per neighborhood provides the best environment for both residents and staff. “The caregivers are assigned to the same neighborhood every day, so they develop relationships,” he explains. “You get to know the residents’ families and you become family with the residents. They develop a stronger bond, the relationship is there, and that translates to trust. The biggest thing in this environment is trust.” With no long hallways to navigate, residents have easy access to comfortable common areas within each neighborhood where they can relax on plush sofas by the fire and visit or watch movies together, shaded outdoor seating areas for fresh air and conversation, and family rooms where they can host visitors for small gatherings and celebrations.

Neighborhood Dining Dining areas are focal points in each neighborhood, offering family-style dining with gourmet cuisine. “I enjoy meal time the most,” says resident Don Doiron. “It allows me to chat with other residents during the meal, and with the design of the building and the floor



plan, it’s easy to get to in a wheelchair.” Healthy nutrition is vital to keep these active seniors mentally sharp and physically strong. Every chef-created, dietician-approved dish is designed to tempt the residents’ taste buds. Menus change daily and feature entrées with seasonal fresh produce. For example, tender pork steaks, rubbed with a blend of seasonings, seared and roasted to perfection, served with a sweet applesauce glaze, were on the lunch menu recently, as were beef fritters, topped with warm, homemade mushroom gravy. Residents can order their choice of starters, entrées, vegetables, accompaniments and desserts at standard mealtimes. An always-available menu featuring fresh salads, fruit, sandwiches and burgers allows residents to order a meal or snack at any time of day. Residents are encouraged to request changes to the menu through the resident council. “The menu changes based on what our residents want,” Potter explains. “We have a food committee that meets once a month and we can alter the menu based on what the residents like. They let us know they wanted less tilapia and more salmon, so we started serving more salmon. Last month they let us know they really wanted garden salad on the always-available menu.”

Community Services and Amenities Medical Care Licensed medical and nursing staff are available on-site 24/7 to attend to residents’ medical needs, and transportation is available



to off-site medical appointments. Medications are handled through a partnership with a local pharmacy and managed by staff so residents never have to worry about ordering refills or missing a dose. Separate nurses’ stations and medication carts for each neighborhood are more convenient for both nursing staff and residents, and the neighborhood layout means response times to call lights are usually just seconds, not minutes. Direct care staff are always available to residents to assist with dressing, grooming and bathing. Rooms are equipped with emergency call systems, and every resident is provided with a wearable emergency pendant with fall detection that allows them to call for help and includes a tracker so caregivers can easily find a resident if they get turned around. Memory Care One of Paddock Ridge’s four neighborhoods was created especially for the needs of people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is staffed with caregivers who have specialized training in memory care. Although the neighborhood and courtyard are secure, it has the same expansive feeling as the rest of the community. Residents can stroll the green spaces at their leisure, sit a spell in rocking chairs on the covered porch, and participate in games and specialized memory care activities in their own bright, colorful common area. Although it is available to all residents, the Country Store is a favorite spot for many of the memory care residents. Thoughtfully designed by Mansfield’s son, Cody, the space

is a trip back in time, furnished with antiques, a restored vintage phone booth and a traditional barber chair. With oldfashioned candy on the counter, the space feels like pure fun, but Lifestyle Director Jennifer Hartshorn says it’s actually therapeutic for residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. “It’s an opportunity to take them back a little bit and maybe bring back something that feels familiar,” she says. “It gives them a little bit of nostalgia. It’s impressive sometimes the things that they recall and will talk about.” Physical Therapy The community’s therapy room, easily accessible from all four neighborhoods, is always open for residents to access exercise equipment to maintain their personal wellness routines and is staffed full-time by licensed physical and occupational therapists. That is a unique setup, Potter explains, which allows staff to be highly responsive to any day-to-day changes in residents’ health. “The caregivers know the residents and their routines,” he says, explaining that therapists are actually integrated into everyday life—they lead morning exercises for residents every day and even participate in bingo games. “They’re here and visible so when our residents need therapy they know them and are really familiar with them. If someone is weaker today, we have therapists right down the

hall and we can get somebody started on services right away. That’s one of the best things we have to offer. We’re able to be more proactive with care and help prevent things that can happen in assisted living like falls and sickness.”

Amenities That Help Residents Feel at Home Paddock Ridge is pet friendly, allowing residents to keep their small pets. Freestyle Hair, the on-site beauty salon, offers hair services for men and women as well as manicures and waxing, and is open daily by appointment. Additionally, individual apartments receive weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service. Common areas and grounds are impeccably maintained for residents’ comfort and safety.

Community Activities There is always something fun to do at Paddock Ridge. The daily events calendar allows residents to get involved in physical activities like morning exercise and evening walks; mentally stimulating trivia games and sing-a-longs; hands-on arts, crafts and cooking classes; and entertaining movies and music. Regular trips to shops and restaurants allow residents to explore Ocala/Marion

County. Hartshorn likes to think outside the box when designing new outings. “We try to do things that aren’t mainstream,” she reveals. Residents are encouraged to give input through the resident council. Based on their requests, recent outings have included a live show at the Reilly Arts Center and a local high school football game. Both staff and residents love Hartshorn’s “mystery rides,” which she says are fun for established residents and newcomers alike. “We load up on the bus and ride around town,” she explains. “One day we might go to see horse farms, another time we might go to the historic district or downtown.” For longtime Ocalans it’s a chance to see what’s new, and for everyone it’s a chance to enjoy some new scenery. With neighborhood-style living, Paddock Ridge creates a lifestyle that seniors can call home. To see this unique assisted living community, call to schedule a private consultation. With consummate skill and absolute compassion, they are ready to welcome you home to Paddock Ridge.

Paddock Ridge › 4001 SW 33rd Court, Ocala › (352) 512-9191 › www.PaddockRidge.com

You get to know the residents’ families and you become family with the residents. They develop a stronger bond, the relationship is there, and that translates to trust. The biggest thing in this environment is trust.



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November Is National Hospice Month

You’re invited to our events — learn about our outreach for America’s service men and women

November 1, 2019 • 8:30 am The Elliott Center • 3231 SW 34th Avenue Soul Injury: Healing from Within Breakfast with Deborah Grassman, APRN

November 16, 2019 • 10 am

Memorial Park • 2895 SE 62nd Street Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Ceremony RSVP to Veronica, (352) 873-7456 or vvaughan@hospiceofmarion.com

Ocala Tree of Life Sanctuary KICKOFF GALA Saturday, January 4, 2020 6-10 p.m. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m. keynote speaker | music and dancing | auction and raffle Ocala Hilton, 3600 SW 36th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474 First Congregational United Church of Christ and Temple Beth Shalom cordially invite you to attend our kickoff gala proceeds will support an exciting new partnership in a vibrant interfaith worship and activities center: the Ocala Tree of Life Sanctuary

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And the Winner is…You! By JIM GIBSON


ant to own a million-dollar racehorse? It could happen—through syndication.




Ocala is horse country. Drive past some of the stately horse farms dotting the local landscape, and it might seem that thoroughbred horse ownership is reserved for the rich, famous and experienced, but that’s not quite true. Horse syndication provides virtually anyone the chance to be part owner of a possible Triple Crown winner. A horse syndicate allows a group of people to jointly purchase fractional interests or shares in the ownership or breeding of a horse. It can be dauntingly expensive for one person to purchase and maintain a thoroughbred horse; syndication allows that expense to be spread out among many people, thereby lightening the financial load of all involved. “Horse syndicates can take several forms,” says Brent Furnung, owner of Journeyman Stud Farm and president of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA). “The most common and one of the oldest forms is that of syndicating a thoroughbred stud stallion. This is usually for professionals, persons who own one or more broodmares. Each syndicate member purchases an interest in a promising stallion, which provides the member the opportunity to breed his or her mare with the stallion once or twice per year. The monies raised through syndication provide for maintenance of the stallion.” “You can also syndicate thoroughbred racehorses or event horses,” says FTBOA CEO, Lonnie Powell. “This allows virtually anyone the chance to be part owner in a competing horse. Owning part of a racehorse can be an exciting venture. A locally syndicated horse, Chance It, just won the In Reality Division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After the race, around 20 or so syndicate owners gathered in the winner’s circle and celebrated. Their horse had just won a $400,000 purse that would be part theirs. It was great to see the excitement they felt, and believe me, there were plenty of smiling faces all around.” Chance It is owned by Shooting Star Thoroughbreds of Ocala. Shooting Star is a thoroughbred syndicate that offers a one-percent fractional interest in three handpicked thoroughbred racehorses for an annual fee of $2,500. This fee covers the



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cost of the horse, blacksmithing, training, transportation, veterinary fees and various other maintenance expenses through the end of a 2-year-old horse’s year. Thoroughbred horse races are only open to horses 2 years old or older. Some races, such as the Kentucky Derby, are open only to 3-year-olds. Syndication fees can be as small as a few thousand dollars or as large as millions of dollars for upper echelon thoroughbred racehorses and prime breeding stallions. “There are syndications that are tailor-made for almost any type of horse or situation,” says Powell. “This allows professionals and the general public alike to participate in racing, breeding and event riding.” How to Get Started If you’re interested in joining a horse syndicate, where do you begin? “Anyone interested in purchasing a fractional interest in a thoroughbred horse which has been syndicated first needs to seek the advice of qualified legal counsel,” says Ocala attorney Michael Siboni of Siboni and Buchanan, PLLC. “It is also in your best interest to seek out an attorney who has experience in equine law. You will need to understand fully what your responsibilities and duties are before entering into a contractual agreement.” Siboni says the costs involved in each syndication are predetermined and are paid

at whatever time period is stated in the agreement. Payments can be due monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. “A horse syndication agreement is like any other contractual agreement,” he states. “You need to fully understand all the terms and conditions. What are your rights and what are your responsibilities? If your financial contribution is substantial, you want to insure your fractional interest. When looking for an attorney, ask a lot of questions. Make sure that the one you choose has significant experience in handling syndicate agreements, because each one can be slightly different from the other. Also, make sure they are familiar with the horse industry as a whole.” Powell says research is key when choosing a syndicate membership. Which type of horse do you want to buy a fractional interest in and which horse is the right one for you? “When it comes to choosing a thoroughbred racing horse for syndication, take a good look at the trainer and the owner of the syndicate,” he notes. “A good trainer will get the most out of a horse and an experienced owner will choose the best horses to train. It pays to go with experience.” All three agree that horse syndicates provide excitement, camaraderie and enhance the pleasure derived from watching “your” horse compete on a local, regional, national or international stage.


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Taking time to put your garden to bed, as it goes dormant, will mean it wakes up healthy and strong in the spring.


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f you live in Marion County, you’re more likely to suffer from heart disease than any other health problem. In fact, the leading cause of death for all races and ethnicities from 2013-2017 was heart disease, according to the Florida Health Marion County/Well Florida Council’s 2019 Community Health Assessment. That mirrors Florida as a whole. Among life’s challenges is maintaining good heart health. Contributing factors that make cardiovascular diseases the leading cause of death in the United States are diabetes, obesity and a growing population of the elderly, according to the American Heart Association. To expand its already comprehensive levels of care in the area, the Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida (CVI), with offices in



Ocala and The Villages, recently welcomed Dr. Ryan Chizner, DO, MPH, RPVI, to its team of professionals. Dr. Chizner specializes in clinical and interventional cardiology. He is a quadruple board-certified interventional and clinical cardiologist and was a clinical assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University. He is the co-author of the book Cardiac Drugs Made Ridiculously Simple, which, according to CVI, is the No. 1 new release in the cardiology category on Amazon.com. Dr. Chizner is also bilingual in English and Spanish, which helps him communicate with patients of varied backgrounds. Dr. Chizner recently shared information about the institute, his background, his philosophy and some technological advances in cardiovascular care.

Tell us about the institute. The Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida is a multi-specialty group of experienced, board-certified cardiologists who use the latest technological advances available in cardiology today. Our cardiology services include cardiac wellness and prevention as well as diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease, valve disease, hypertension, heart rhythm conditions, congestive heart failure and more. Please tell us a bit about you personally. I was born and raised in Florida and wanted to become a doctor from early childhood. I enjoy the science of medicine because it is intellectually stimulating, and I love the art of medicine because it affords me the opportunity to connect with my patients on a personal level to provide comfort and care at a vulnerable time in their lives. It has been my enduring passion to provide the highest quality of care, comfort and support in the delivery of state-of-the-art comprehensive cardiology services to my community. As a product of South Florida, I had the great privilege of delivering medical care to a diverse population, and in the process developed a fluency in medical Spanish to better communicate with my patients. Do you work in Ocala and The Villages? I began practicing clinical and interventional cardiology in Ocala when I joined CVI in September. My office is in the medical office building adjacent to West Marion Community Hospital in Ocala. As my practice builds and grows, I plan to expand to deliver compassionate

cardiology services in The Villages community as well. What are the differences between cardiology and interventional cardiology? Clinical cardiology is the practice of prevention, diagnostic evaluation and medical management of heart diseases. Interventional cardiology is the practice of performing procedures, such as a heart catheterization and implanting stents in the arteries. You are certified in adult comprehensive echocardiography. What is that? An echocardiogram (“echo”) is a noninvasive heart ultrasound examination used to study the heart valves, heart muscle and major blood vessels in the body. A common use of echocardiography is to evaluate the strength of the heart pump. A weak heart seen on echo helps make the diagnosis of heart failure. An echo is also frequently used to look for blood clots, holes or infection on the valves or chambers of the heart. What are some of the latest advances in your specialty? The latest medical and invasive therapies control risk factors and improve survival in heart diseases. Newer stent technology allows shorter duration of blood thinners and allows the arteries to stay open longer with improved quality of life. An exciting advancement in interventional cardiology is the development of the temporary artificial heart pump (Impella). This specialized device, inserted in the groin, is used in patients who suddenly become critically ill as a result of a heart attack and require help to maintain their blood pressure while the patient’s body recovers.

Who is your typical patient, and at what point do they seek care? Any person experiencing symptoms or signs suggestive of heart disease should seek an evaluation from a board-certified clinical and interventional cardiologist. These symptoms can include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness or fainting, and leg pain or swelling. Abnormal signs of heart disease include any abnormality found by physical examination including blood pressure, heart murmur, change in heart rhythm, electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, heart scan, stress test or other laboratory or imaging tests. What are some tips for cardiac wellness and prevention? The most important, but not necessarily easiest, way to stay healthy and avoid needing a cardiologist is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Healthy behaviors include a diet heavy in fresh fruits and vegetables, routine physical activity, healthy weight, tobacco avoidance and stress management. Why do you feel what you do is so important? To me, there is no greater opportunity, responsibility or calling than to be a physician, a healer. Cardiology is my passion because of the physical, spiritual and emotional meaning it provides in prolonging life and improving quality of life.

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THROUGH THE STORM When Hurricane Dorian pummeled Green Turtle Cay in The Bahamas, the Curry family weathered the storm and eventually landed safely in Ocala. By AMY DAVIDSON | Photography By MEAGAN GUMPERT 60



uring the first days of September, as Hurricane Dorian roared through The Bahamas, Cori and Rodney Curry made the decision not to evacuate their Green Turtle Cay home. Lifelong residents of the small barrier island near the mainland of Abaco, the Currys believed that since the island didn’t normally flood like the mainland, they wouldn’t have a flooding issue. “We knew our island; we built strong,” Cori Curry says. “Where they tried to evacuate us, that’s where all the people were killed [during Dorian evacuations to Abaco Island, where there were 51 fatalities]. We knew we were better prepared.” The Currys were trapped in the house for three days as winds howled around their home. They rode out the eerie calm of the eye wall. Dorian massed its effects over Green Turtle Cay from the beginning of the storm through to the end. The wind pressure was so great they could see the walls of the house contorting. They heard other roofs slam into their house where they were hunkered down with 13 other family members. Cori and Rodney pushed a dining room table and some bunk beds against the walls. On the first day, their roof blew off. They estimate approximately 12 tornadoes touched down on the island and the Currys believe the winds reached at least 200 mph.

The extended effects of the storm began to wear on the children. “I’ve been in a lot of hurricanes…not too scary. But I was scared this time,” Rodney Curry shares about his birthplace and home. “When I saw the roof went off, I knew it was gonna be bad. These kids were freaking out, too. They were shouting ‘I don’t wanna die!’” The Curry children, twin boys Sean and Anthony, and their cousins, Makayden and Makai Cash, recall the storm with a lingering sense of anxiety. “The storm, Dorian, it was torture,” Makayden Cash, 9, explains, still processing the impact a tragedy like this has on a child’s innocent nature. “It was a lot of wind.” “It was traumatizing,” Sean Curry, 12, adds. “It wasn’t a regular storm for sure,” Makai Cash, 15, offers. “That wasn’t a category 5, maybe a 7.” When the hurricane was over, the Curry parents decided they had to get the kids out. The catastrophic storm destroyed their food and emergency supplies. There was no power anywhere on the island and resources were scarce. The Currys connected with their godparents, Ocala residents Frankie Nicholson and Kathryn Hoppel. Nicholson has owned property on Green Turtle Cay for 16 years and is associated with the Green Turtle Cay Foundation. Through the

foundation and a benefactor, Cori Curry, her two sons and two nephews were able to evacuate the island to Ocala. “Kathryn stayed in touch with Rodney and Cori on when to expect me to pick them up,” Nicholson says. “We knew Cori was coming with the kids and that Rodney would come later.” Nicholson flew to the Bahamas with the president of the Green Turtle Cay Foundation, along with supplies and a team of doctors and medicines, to begin basic rescue efforts on the island. A benefactor donated the use of his jet. “At the time, so many people were trying to get out,” Nicholson says about the emergency immigration process. “We were so lucky we could fly them back. Customs was kind, though it took a while to get through as much documentation was lost or there was no way to get it.” In the weeks since the Curry family has relocated to Ocala, the children have enrolled in public schools and have joined sports teams. They have assimilated well into a community much different than their own. Makai Cash says that although it’s a relief to be in Ocala, it’s been quite an adjustment. “Before the storm, it was good. You could walk around anywhere,” he explains and the other boys nod their agreement. “You just had to let your parents know.”



“Before the storm, life was fun and safe. There was swimming and basketball,” Anthony Curry, 12, recalls while seated on the couch between his cousins and parents. He says he’s happy that he can participate in sports activities in Ocala. “The Ocala community has been overwhelmingly helpful in getting everyone settled in,” Hoppel says. “They have provided more than we ever expected from gift cards to personal items. Within an hour of posting [to Facebook], we got each boy a bicycle, over 100 book bags to fill and fly down to others, offers for car rides, you name it.” Cori Curry says Hoppel and Nicholson have been a tremendous source of relief in their lives. “They’ve just been completely great. They’ve treated us like family and gone out of their way. Kathryn, she can make stuff happen!” “We are more like family which, in many ways, made this easier for everyone,” Nicholson says. “Green Turtle Cay is a small island with a great sense of community, just like Ocala. Everyone knows everyone. We have always been welcomed in Green Turtle Cay, so now it’s our turn and we didn’t hesitate. We always turn to and are part of the Green Turtle Cay Foundation. We work very closely with and are in consistent contact with the island,” he continues. “The first needs were water, food, clothing, the basics. Now, we are in dire need of lumber and building materials. The goal is to get the damaged houses dry so interior work may take place. The most recent list included plywood, two by fours, two by sixes, two by eights, and two by tens, pressure treated materials and 62


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BY THE NUMBERS Although the exact number of deaths associated with Hurricane Dorian is yet to be officially confirmed, The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency has estimated that over 600 people are missing and 61 have perished. Thousands are estimated to have relocated to the United States; however, an official figure it not yet available. Recently, the U.S. Agency for International Development provided $7.5 million in aid. According to U.S. Aid, this brings the total humanitarian aid assistance to $33 million. For more information, visit www.usaid. gov and www. bahamas.gov.bs

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In an exclusive interview, six members and the founder of the newly formed Ocala Horse Alliance (OHA) discuss their plans to give a united voice to Marion County’s varied equine industry.

Numbers support why Ocala/Marion County lives up to the moniker of “Horse Capital of the World.” According to the 2018 American Horse Council Economic Impact Study of Horse Ownership in Marion County, there are 80,260 equines in the county, with an economic impact of $2.3 billion. The other number, also impressive but not so specifically quantified, is Ocala/Marion County’s concentration of dedicated folks who initially entered the industry for personal reasons only to later find themselves advocates for a diverse cross section of equine disciplines. This is the case for one multifaceted group that has recently come together to form the Ocala Horse Alliance (OHA). One of the alliance members, T. Paul Bulmahn, the owner and founder of GoldMark Farm, a Thoroughbred operation, recounts what initially triggered his love for horses. “When I was in the fourth grade, I read The Black Stallion and set my goal to become a jockey,” he says with a nod and hands spread out. Without words he acknowledges that his physical stature got in the way of his dream, but not without trying. “I stopped eating so I wouldn’t grow to be as tall as my sisters. My mother had to force me to eat.” Although Bulmahn was unable to become a jockey, his enthusiasm for horses continued throughout his life and it’s a love he’d like to share with local fourth graders through efforts the alliance has dubbed The Black Stallion Project. “We’d like every school age child to have the book The Black Stallion and the opportunity to visit a horse farm and learn more about horses.” Fostering the next generation of horse enthusiasts fits nicely into the mission of the alliance, which is to unify the diverse equine industry and stakeholders to champion a unified voice. The OHA’s Equine Industry Summit in January will provide the platform for a 5-year Strategic Plan to promote, educate and grow the horse industry in Marion County. Stakeholders in the OHA range from trainers and riders across all breeds and disciplines, to horse rescues, trail riders and therapeutic equine programs...to name a few. We chatted with the OHA members T. Paul Bulmahn; Raymond Di Maria; Lynn Palm; Bonnie Heath III; Pat Parelli; Tom O’Mara; and Ellie Trueman about their connection to the equine community and their hopes for our local equine industry. November


T. Paul Bulmahn Are you from Marion County? If not, what brought you here and how long have you lived here? The beautiful farm countryside caught my eye. I’ve lived here since my house was finished on land that I acquired in 2002. Your love for horses started in the fourth grade. When did you realize a recreational or commercial equine endeavor? In 2002, I established GoldMark Farm, a commercial Thoroughbred operation. Do you compete/participate in an equine discipline? I own horses that compete in Thoroughbred racing and have completed construction of sport horse competition arenas for dressage and show jumping. What tops your wish list for Ocala/Marion County’s horse farms? That the farms will always be able to connect horses and people in a beautiful setting. 66


Bonnie Heath III Are you from Ocala/Marion County? If not, what brought you here and how long have you lived here? Our family moved here when I was 6 and I have been here 63 years. We came for the horses, land and water. What is your equine background? My family has been racing, breeding and raising Thoroughbreds for over 65 years. My father co-owned Needles, the first Floridabred national champion (1955) and the first Florida-bred Kentucky Derby winner (1956). How long have you owned a farm? Is it a recreational or commercial endeavor? Bonnie Heath Farm LLC has been in existence for 63 years as a commercial Thoroughbred operation. Do you compete/participate in an equine discipline? No, we breed, raise and sell Thoroughbreds. What tops your wish list for Ocala/Marion County’s horse farms? To do whatever it takes to keep this the best place in the world to raise horses.

Tom O’Mara Are you from Ocala/Marion County? If not, what brought you here and how long have you been here? We just moved here after visiting for 12 years with family members who were showing at HITS. My wife and I appreciated the agricultural and horse heritage of the town. We always thought that someday we should relocate to Ocala and we just did. What is your equine background? I was a horse-show dad for 20 years, following four children and my wife to horse shows, so managed a small horse carnival in a part-time role. I have also owned and managed a hunter/jumper training facility, as well as a hay farm. How long have you owned a farm? Is it a recreational or commercial endeavor? We don’t currently own a farm. Our previous farm was a commercial operation. Do you compete/participate in an equine discipline? I do not compete, but five members of my family still compete. I am an advisor to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, which oversees NCAA Equestrian as it travels the path of emergence to championship status. What tops your wish list for Ocala/Marion County horse farms? Education and outreach. November


Pat Parelli

What is your equine background? I own the world’s largest horsemanship program. It’s digital and you can learn how to train your own horse at home; we have over 200,000 students in 73 countries worldwide. We have a campus here in Ocala and one in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I was a professional rodeo bronc rider for 14 years and learned how to train horses from a great horseman named Troy Henry in California. I then studied under the great horsemen like Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt, who coined the phrase “Natural Horsemanship,” which is a worldwide ubiquitous term. How long have you owned a farm? Is it a recreational or commercial endeavor? I have owned horse farms for more than three decades as commercial endeavors. Do you compete/participate in an equine discipline? I have competed in several Western performance events. I mainly focus now on cutting and reining cow horse events each year at the National Cutting Horse Association championship futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. What tops your wish list for Ocala/Marion County’s horse farms? The preservation of farmlands is not just important, it is imperative. Marion County is the heart of the watermelon when it comes to horse country beauty and lifestyle. The limestone under our pastures creates the health needed in the bones of our horses. 68


Lynn Palm Are you from Ocala/Marion County? If not, what brought you here and how long have you lived here? I was born in Philadelphia, raised in Sarasota County, Florida, and have lived in Ocala for 23 years. What is your equine background? I have a classic dressage background and used to train and compete all-around horses in American Quarter Horse Association shows. I have gone back to my dressage roots in both classical and western with quarter horses and all breeds. I am currently a trainer, coach, judge and author. How long have you owned a farm? Is it a recreational or commercial endeavor? I have owned Fox Grove Farm in northwest Ocala since 1997. Palm Partnership Training is my business. Do you compete/participate in an equine discipline? I compete in dressage, western dressage, ranch riding, trail riding, pleasure driving and hunter events. What tops your wish list for Ocala/Marion County’s horse farms? I want the horse farm country and the community to be an international destination, so we can share the charm of the area with visitors far and wide.

Parelli portrait courtesy Pat Parelli

Are you from Ocala/Marion County? If not, what brought you here and how long have you lived here? I have lived in Ocala for the past 19 years; it is our winter home. I had not heard of Ocala before I came here through a fluke invitation, but fell in love with the ambience of the county. Then I awoke to the realization that it truly is the “Horse Capital of the World.”

Ellie Trueman Are you from Ocala/Marion County? If not, what brought you here and how long have you lived here? I grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived in the Boston area for 15 years and the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area for 25 years. I moved to Ocala in early 2018, drawn here by the weather, the horse-centric atmosphere and the beautiful environment. What is your equine background? I have owned horses for 40 years and showed hunters for several years. I was the CEO of Trueman Communications Group, a strategic planning and marketing company, for 22 years. Our client list included numerous equestrian companies such as Ariat, Dover Saddlery, Hermès, State Line Tack, Nutramax Laboratories, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Troxel and the British Equestrian Trade Association. I’m now the CEO of Certified Shade Technologies, a manufacturer of the product Kool Kurtains for the agricultural market.

Raymond Di Maria Are you from Marion County? If not, what brought you here and how long have you lived here? I moved to Ocala five years ago after having a state-of-the-art, competition, sport horse farm in New England for many years. What brought me here was that it’s a great place to retire to and to own a top-notch horse farm if you’re going to be in the horse industry. What is your equine background? I was an international network television producer and director since the 1970s, formerly with both ABC Sports and NBC Sports. At both networks, I covered the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races for several years. I have also been a Western Pleasure rider and member of the American Quarter Horse Association for many years. Upon retiring from network television in the late 1980s, I designed and built competition horse farm training facilities.

How long have you owned a farm? Is it a recreational or commercial endeavor? I have owned a farm for personal use since 1987. Do you compete/participate in an equine discipline? I used to compete in adult hunters, but I’m not competing at this time. What tops your wish list for Ocala/Marion County’s horse farms? Ocala is clearly a mecca for horses of all breeds and disciplines. The diversity of equine activities in Ocala is extraordinary. The OHA was founded on the principle that in unity there is strength. Collectively, the OHA will work to promote the industry and its members while simultaneously sharing the magic of the horse with the entire community.

How long have you owned a farm? Is it a recreational or commercial endeavor? I have co-owned horse farms for the better part of two decades as professional/commercial endeavors. Do you compete/participate in an equine discipline? I still trail ride, but don’t compete. But I participate in all other areas of the horse farm industry, as well as consult with many of the professional horse show events, organizers, sanctioning bodies, sponsors and global television network production groups. What tops your wish list for Ocala/Marion County’s horse farms? Industry growth, business opportunities, preservation and education for the next generation to get involved with a great industry. November


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In Unity, There is Strength And with more people united for one goal, comes new possibilities, new partnerships, and new opportunities. A united and communicating equine industry means more attention, stronger positioning, enhanced marketing initiatives and a more unified voice on issues that can affect our horses, our businesses, our land preservation and our quality of life. The Ocala Horse Alliance is a new organization that is uniting ALL aspects of the horse industry in Marion County. The newly formed association will be creating a five-year Strategic Plan for the equine industry... and we want everyone’s input into the plan. It’s our future.

We are United by the Horse Whether you breed it, ride it, braid it, shoe it, dress it, feed it, house it, show it, train it, drive it, treat it, ship it, trail it, write about it, lease it, judge it, appraise it, massage it, photograph it, promote it, whisper to it, or just love it... you are an integral part of the horse industry. For just $10 you can be a member of The Ocala Horse Alliance and begin to socialize, make new connections, explore vast partnerships, be a part of industry marketing initiatives, and avail yourself of educational seminars and programs. The Ocala Horse Alliance is “Giving Spurs to the Ocala Horse Industry”. You’ll want to be part of this new association! Ocala often calls itself the “Horse Capital of the World”. Given the size, diversity, scope of equine activities and the unique representation of a spectrum of breeds and disciplines, Ocala clearly has rights to the title. Now, there is a unifying entity to harness the collective power of this diverse industry to help grow, educate, unify and promote the horse industry in Marion County. The Ocala Horse Alliance (OHA) is the newly formed organization that will champion this effort. After conducting a market condition analysis, the Leadership Group was formed to begin to address a unifying, growth and advocacy impact effort for the equine industry. The OHA Leadership Group is comprised of key stakeholders from various sections of the horse industry including breeders, trainers, trail riders, discipline representatives, manufacturers, feed companies, therapeutic riding, horse rescue, elected officials and numerous other groups representing the diversity of the horse industry in Marion County. The OHA is now positioned to launch the new organization and create a five-year strategic plan designed to unify, promote, educate, and grow the horse industry in Ocala. November


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Date of Application Membership Type Individual Business Association Farm Event Name Mailing Address City/Town State Zip County 5. Telephone No. Mobile Landline 6. Email (7 through 10 For individual members) 7. Age: under 18 over 18 Yes No 8. Full time resident in Florida? 9. Please give us an idea of your association with horses Discipline(s) Breed(s) Do you own horses? Yes No Yes No Are your horses on your property? Yes No 10. Do you own property in Marion County? 11. Do you own a equine related business? if yes, name & describe:

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13. Signature Annual Membership Fees Membership is for 2019-2020 Individual $10 Small Business, Association, Farm, or Event. $25 Medium Business, Association, Farm, or Event $50 Large Business, Association, Farm, or Event $100 Businesses, Associations, Farms, and Events may select their membership category. Categories will be reflected on the OHA’s website. Please enclose a check made payable to The Ocala Horse Alliance and send to: P.O. Box 773790 Ocala, Florida 34477 Or visit our website: www.OcalaHorseAlliance.com to fill out membership application online




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Festive Feast photographer Isabelle Ramirez prop styling April Rose Design Co. food provided by Julie Kraus tableware Dillard’s Market Street at Heath Brook



Our hosts, Devon, Sarah, Kadyn, Shayla and Blakely Robinson Devon and Sarah Robinson of the Red, White & Blues Farm outside of Williston entertain often and are especially fond of hosting holiday feasts. Many of the gatherings are framed by elegant tablescapes, accented by fashionably attired guests. Celebrating the closeness of kith and kin, including their children Kadyn, Shayla and Blakely, along with Devon’s parents and farm co-owners Terry and Sharon Robinson, is part of the magic of a successful gala. As this year’s Thanksgiving fête will be the first without Sarah’s beloved grandmother Olga Wright, she will be remembered in a toast with her special “head of the table” crystal goblets. “Food is a big part of our lives,” Sarah offers. “We break bread together. We are constantly cooking.” 74


Color, Abundance, Taste, Comfort For a recent pre-holiday feast with their three children and a close family of six, the Robinsons chose tableware eclectic and adventurous in its approach, as a backdrop to fresh, locally sourced produce, including plump and juicy blueberries from the farm, saved from the summer season. Adult and children’s table “Grazing Boards” presented a splashy and bountiful centerpiece, chock full of healthy, crowd-pleasing treats. From a rustic table draped in luxurious fabric, to elegant china, some belonging to Wright, the headiness of color, textures and aroma provided a rich experience framed by heritage and friendship.





The Grazing Board by April Rose Design Co.

The art of creating a grazing board is in the little details. You can take many different simple food items and combine them on a board and display a visual feast. I’ve noticed that people eat less with the idea of having so much to choose from—meaning you can spend less on food for a gathering if you are creative in how you present it. The board is created with a mix of raw natural organics, exotics, and well-known common foods. This pleases a large group of people, including the kid’s table on the next page. Adult Board: • Fruits - red and golden pears, figs, organic rainbow raisins, dried white peaches, dried raspberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, blueberries, prune plums • Cheeses - herbed goat, BellaVitano espresso, extra sharp cheddar • Cured meats - coppa • Veggies - mini bell peppers, butter lettuce, tiny tomatoes • Specialty crackers, sesame sticks • Desserts - pirouline cookie straws, fudge dipped cookies, brownie bites • Nuts - raw walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds • Fresh organic herbs and edible roses • Dried hibiscus petals and black salt for cheese garnish Adding simple touches like fresh cut herbs, and exotic finds like black salt and edible flower petals, tells a story of the journey you took to make a special meal for someone. November


A Small Taste of the Big Table When children are among those on your guest list, create a special grazing board for them. They will delight in reaching in with their hands to sample and savor a wide range of goodies. To create the board for youngsters, duplicate the board for adults, with these exceptions: omit the cured coppa and the BellaVitano espresso and herbed goat cheeses, and add a loaf of sesame bread they can pull apart into pieces, blueberries and mini Oreos dipped in chocolate. Children seem to relish not having to use silverware and plates. So, once you bring them to their own special grazing table and watch them dive in with gusto, have your camera at the ready for some fun photos. 78


A festive feast table can be made more charming by incorporating diverse serving dishes with delicious foods. To bring rustic elegance to a feast table, combine items such as place settings of crystal stemware and ďŹ ne china with entrees such as beef strogano and green beans almondine served in beautifully glazed pottery dishes, roasted squash crusted with imported Italian cheeses nestled in a cast iron skillet, steaming chili in a deep dish bowl and luscious cornbread stacked on a tiered cake plate. For recipes, visit www.ocalastyle.com November


Holiday Dressing Photography by Isabelle Ramirez

Sarah is a study in effortless elegance. She likes to pair soft feminine pieces with more rugged “life on the farm” accessories when she entertains— the effect is pure poetry in motion.





Model: Sarah Robinson from Michelle Pommier Models Dress: Free People from Dillard’s Market Street at Heath Brook



Whether you’re a true farm girl or just enjoy dressing the part, take advantage of the cooler weather by accessorizing this season’s prairie dress, like this one from Dillard’s, with Western boots, a richly hued wool hat and a wide belt. Here are a few of our favorite finds to help you recreate Sarah’s look.

Charlie 1 Horse women’s burgundy free spirit wool hat, Boot Barn

Matte Petal lipstick, Anastasia Beverly Hills Ralph Lauren Smooth Leather Corset Belt, ralphlauren.com

Ariat Legend Chocolate Chip Cowgirl Boots, Boot Barn



Top Left: Sydney Glover and Elizabeth Martinez Clothing: Free People from Dillard’s Market Street at Heath Brook Right: Angie Brooks Dress: Teeze Me from Dillard’s Market Street at Heath Brook Bottom Left: Elizabeth Martinez Dress: Free People from Dillard’s Market Street at Heath Brook November





This month, we focus our lens on the sartorially gifted country gent Arthur Tannock. When we spotted him in a Belleview hardware store, we knew he had a cool factor that would make him a standout anywhere. After working as a graphic designer for 20 years for Disney and Universal Studios, Tannock decided to leave that behind to homeschool his kids, while his wife pursued a career in nursing. He took the family “off the grid” when he purchased 5 acres of land in Belleview “just outside the city proper” with plans to build something similar to the property’s original 1800s Cracker-style house with energy saving technologies. His modest home is complete with solar panels to generate his own power, a 600-gallon water tank and a water filtration system he engineered himself. We quizzed this Renaissance man on some of his favorite things.



What do you do for work? Helpful hardware man. Love everyone in front of me.

Comfort food? I’m the steak and potatoes type, so Brussels sprouts with bacon.

What’s something people might not guess about you? I am an assistant pastor and worship team musician for Calvary Chapel in Belleview.

Sweet fix? My beautiful wife is an RN with an interest in nutrition, as well as baking. With the help of Earth Fare, I enjoy healthy sweet treats often.

Last, best purchase for yourself? PRS Santana LE Guitar.

Where do you get your grocery shop on? Publix and Earth Fare.

Favorite barber/hair salon? Big Al’s.

Favorite local attraction? Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale.

Most regrettable hairstyle you rocked? Telly “Kojak” Savalas.

Where you get your nature on? Sholom Park, where we go to play acoustic, and Juniper Springs.

Favorite part of your day? Morning, probably thinking of the possibilities. How do you describe your personal style? Comfortable, functional, masculine. I wish it was cold enough for an ascot. Go-to when you need to freshen up your wardrobe? I shop the overstock stores and Buckle (in the Paddock Mall). Spot for vintage/thrift finds? Salvation Army thrift in The Villages…so many treasures. Favorite grooming hack? ‘Stash wax. Favorite coffee place? Starbucks. Favorite restaurant? The Crazy Cucumber for the fresh guacamole. Latinos Y Mas for the spice and Paella, yum! Signature dish? Grilled sirloin, asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

TV obsession? Anything to do with the “tiny house” movement. Motto you live by? Love everyone in front of you—the most important task of the day. Biggest pet peeve? Profanity. Chair dancer? Car singer? Late-night snacker? Car singer. Best recent conversation? “Dad, I know we have our differences, but we have more in common than you think, such as…” - My son Paul, who is 17 years old. Best thing you learned recently? Stop pushing the clock to quitting time, slow down and be excited about the next moment. Proudest moment of your life? The day Kellie became my wife. Three words that describe you? Husband, father, artist.

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lorida’s seasonal change from summer to fall is subtle, but home cooks can make the most of it by creating hearty harvest meals with seasonal ingredients.




I love fall in Florida. I especially like to see pumpkins and a wide variety of winter squash in local grocery stores. As the temperatures finally begin to cool down a bit, I enjoy imagining a fun harvestinspired menu that takes advantage of the bounty of the season. I am all about inseason, locally grown, organic ingredients and farm-sourced meat. The best thing about using fresh ingredients to create a flavorful menu is that it can all be prepared with minimal fuss. The earthy aromas of succulent butternut squash and nutritious pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven fills the whole house with the scents of fall, while a big pot of my savory Autumn Harvest Soup simmers on the stove. This delicious soup, rich with sausage and veggies—as well as my orecchiette with pancetta, butternut squash and broccoli rabe—can both be served as stand-alone meals. By pairing these hearty entrees with a healthy salad of arugula, pears and walnuts, and following it up with a family-favorite dessert like Apple Layer Cake, you can present a truly festive feast.

Work Ahead Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Go ahead and set your table a couple of days in advance with items that make you feel festive, from layered place settings and earthy candlesticks or votives to a bounty of seasonal greenery, pumpkins and gourds right out of Mother Nature’s garden. Do as much food prep as you can ahead of time. Getting your ingredients peeled, cut and ready to cook, a few at a time in the days leading up to preparing your meal, can cut your actual “day of ” time in the kitchen in half.

Emphasis on Organic Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. At this time of the year it’s easy to find a wide variety of winter squashes, multicolored carrots and an abundance of nuts and seeds, often locally sourced. Many area farmers markets, such as the Ocala Downtown Market, held on Saturdays, have vendors who have great organic offerings. Organic protein is also available locally and shouldn’t be overlooked. My family has a competitive fishing team and we sponsor



our captain’s daughter’s pig for 4-H each year. We also get our beef through him. The benefit of organic protein is that it is free of artificial pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, or other synthetic contaminants.

Tweaks and Tips I often taste things while dining out and know that I can replicate the dish at home. That is how I created the recipes for this delicious Autumn Harvest Soup and the pasta dish. Along the way I learned that an entree like the orecchiette and broccoli rabe can change


seasonally. You can, for example, switch out the butternut squash for fresh garden peas or snap peas. Instead of pancetta, you could substitute roasted chicken. I’ve learned to flash boil broccoli rabe in Himalayan pink salt and then immerse it in ice-cold water to take out the bitterness. As you tweak, write it down. I used to just say, “Oh, you know, it’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that,” when guests asked for my recipes. I quickly learned that they want the exact details, so I document it so I can pass the recipes on.

Make It Easy on Yourself When my son was a kicker for Charleston Southern, I used to take my Apple Layer Cake to tailgating events, which I adapted from a recipe I found in Southern Living. It’s simple to throw together. You can make it the day before and it’s all set to go. You can cut it small, cut it large, eat it

with your fingers or with a fork. You’ve got the sweet yet tart flavor of the Granny Smith apples, softened up a little with cinnamon. Then, once you put the cream cheese icing on top, you’ve got a balance of tangy, sweet and a little hint of salt.

Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio with the salad. For the rest of the meal, I’ll serve a cabernet sauvignon. I like Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon, which they have at Katya Vineyards in downtown Ocala. It’s a $60 bottle of wine, but tastes like a $200 bottle.

Let People Help

More than a Meal

Be ready for your guests an hour before they arrive. To make them feel at home, have drinks ready at the bar that they can pour themselves. When someone asks, “Can I help?” tell them “Sure, you can put the ice in the glasses. You can slice a lemon for me. Here, bring the bread into the dining room.” People want to help— let them!

It takes the right group of guests to truly create a great meal. I learned to cook at an early age and now I cook for all our extended family events. My husband and I have five children and seven grandchildren. Even with an intimate group, we will have nearly 20 people. Over time I have learned one essential truth—even with all the pre-prep and attention to culinary detail, whether everything turns out as planned or not, the actual secret to a great meal is making everyone gathered around your table feel taken care of and loved.

Refine the Wine For this kind of meal, it’s important to think about the wines that pair well with the various dishes and courses. I usually start by serving a


Autumn Harvest Soup 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings and crumbled 8 cups chicken stock 2 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes 2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch wedges 3 to 4 cups baby spinach One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes One 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 4 ribs celery, diced 3 medium carrots, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 lemon, cut into wedges 1 bay leaf 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon olive oil Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until no longer pink and just turning brown, 5 to 8 minutes. › Add the celery, carrots and onions and sauté until translucent, about 15 minutes. Add the rosemary, tomato paste and garlic and cook for 1 minute. › Stir in the stock, tomatoes, beans and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 40 minutes. › Add the sweet potatoes and zucchini and simmer until cooked al dente, about 10 minutes more. › Place 1/2 cup of baby spinach at the bottom of each serving bowl and ladle on a portion of bubbling hot soup. The heat from the soup will wilt the spinach perfectly. › Serve with some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Apple Layer Cake 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into medium-thick slices 2 cups sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 large eggs 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt

Stir together melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until blended. › Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended. › Stir in apple slices and 1 cup walnuts. Spread into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. › Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. › Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with chopped walnuts, if desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. › Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla. For more recipes, go to www.ocalastyle.com



In The Kitchen With Olivia Lopez By LISA MCGINNES Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ

Her kitchen is the heart of the home that she shares with her boyfriend and fur baby. Lopez says family is the most important thing and their kitchen is where they spend quality time together.


n this kitchen we dance.” It’s not just a cute sign that hangs in Lopez’s kitchen— beans and rice, arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), and sweet, strong, it’s everyday life for her aromatic Cuban coffee. and boyfriend Rudy Perez. For a Cuban family, she explains, food and love are inherently Most evenings you can find When you have a connected. them cooking together, family get-together, “Even if we did have a huge house, the kitchen is always going laughing and dancing, with you bring this, I bring to be the center,” Lopez says. “Everyone’s always drawn there, festive Cuban music playing whether you’re having Cuban coffee at 3 o’clock for a pick-me-up, a and their beloved golden lab, this, and everybody full-blown dinner or breakfast with Cuban toast and Cuban coffee. Luca, attentively watching. meets in the kitchen; When you have a family get-together, you bring this, I bring this, “The music is the energy,” it’s the focal point. and everybody meets in the kitchen; it’s the focal point.” she offers, “and the energy She also has some strongly held beliefs about Cubans. “They’re changes the food.” the happiest people I’ve ever met,” she enthuses. “They are happy Lopez cooks at least five and they are positive. ” nights a week, often the Lopez is seemingly always smiling, whether you see her at Trilogy at Ocala Preserve, simple yet comforting, fragrant dishes of the where she works as a community representative, meet her on a bicycle trail or follow her Caribbean island where her father grew up:




lifestyle blog on Instagram where she highlights such topics as fashion, styling and décor. She makes her secret sound simple. “One of the things that makes me who I am is that I love every aspect of my life,” she reveals. “From my dog, to the kitchen and having that family time, to what I do as a career, to my hobbies to—everything!” Lopez had the opportunity to travel to Cuba for the first time in early 2019. And while she says her grandmother visits Cuba often, her father has never returned to his native country. “My first impression was I’m going to be faced with people that are oppressed, people that are lacking. And to my surprise, they are the most vibrant, happy culture,” she explains. “The level of poverty they have—they make it work.” Lopez was able to meet some of her boyfriend’s relatives there—he is the only member of his family to have emigrated to the United States—as well as some of her family members and family friends. She even had the opportunity to meet her father’s kindergarten teacher, who still lives in the same neighborhood some 40 years later. She vividly recalls their heartwarming, emotional encounter. “My dad gave me an old address from one of his first houses, from when he was



10,” she begins. “He was like, ‘Olivia, the streets there are completely different.’ We found it but it wasn’t easy.” When the teacher came to the door, Lopez started by saying in Spanish, “You don’t know me, but my dad used to live here…” Lopez gave the names of her dad and grandma. Then the woman went into her house and brought back a photograph of Lopez’s family: “Me, my dad, my grandma—I don’t know her,” Lopez says of her dad’s kindergarten teacher. “She had our family’s picture in her living room.” An avid photographer herself, Lopez was able to capture photographs of the neighborhood today, which she compares side-by-side with old family photos taken long before she was born. Not much has changed. “I would ask people, ‘How do you live?’” she recalls. “And they said, ‘What are we going to do? This is our life and we have to make the best of it.’” That’s a life lesson Lopez took to heart. “That is their mentality,” she explains. “That’s why they’re happy, they’re positive. I think that’s a huge thing, your outlook on life. It’s all about your outlook and your perspective. They have chosen to flip their perspective on life—'we’re alive and we’re going to have a good time while we can.’ And then somebody opens a bottle of rum and someone’s making coffee and that’s how it is. Isn’t that cool?”


Arroz Congri (Cuban Black Beans and Rice) 1 pound dried black beans, rinsed well 1 medium white onion, finely chopped (about 1-1/2 cups) 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped (about 1 cup) 3-4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, finely chopped 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon cider vinegar Sea salt to taste Step 1 Rinse the beans and pick out any small stones. › Put the beans and 8 cups water along with 1 bay leaf in a medium-size pot or pressure cooker. › Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer. › Partly cover and cook until tender, about 1 to 2 hours. (Time will vary depending on the bean.) Step 2 Meanwhile, make the sofrito. Put the oil in a medium-size pot (large enough to hold the rice as well) over medium heat. › When hot, add the onion, green pepper and garlic. › Add a pinch of salt to taste. › Sauté until the vegetables are soft. › Stir in the oregano, cumin and bay leaves and remove from heat. Step 3 Drain the beans, reserving the broth and being careful not to break the beans. › In a large measuring cup, add the vinegar and wine, 1 cup of the reserved bean broth and enough water for all the liquid to measure 2 1/4 cups. (Olivia’s tip: “The trick is to use the water from the beans for the broth. It’s a huge thing!”) Step 4 Put the sofrito back on medium heat, add the rice and stir to combine. › Cook the rice for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the seasoned bean broth/ water mixture and the salt. › Bring to a boil, stir, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 17 minutes. › Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and return cover to pot for 10 minutes. Step 5 Remove bay leaves and put rice mixture into a mixing bowl. › Gently mix in the beans, being careful not to break them. › Season well with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving bowl. › Serve hot. Serve with fried plantains, yuca or meat of choice. For more information, visit her Instagram @oliviaandrealopez




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.

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala

(352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Blackened Red Fish, Louisiana Gumbo and Shrimp-n-grits. Other favorites, like French Baked Scallops and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy

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sandwiches and salads. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the Cool Goose Martini. They also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer.

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).



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

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

Braised Onion

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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.

Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant 422 South Pine Avenue, Ocala, FL (352) 304-5199 Mon-Sat 11a-9p

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



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A Lifelong Love Abele first became interested in photography when his parents gave him a Hasselblad camera as a gift when he was 10 years old. “When they gave me the camera, my father told me that if I pursued the art of photography it would take me many years to discern between what is really good and 98


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he frigid air blowing in the small open cockpit window of the light plane is 20 degrees below zero. The pilot is flying alone high above the Alaska Mountain Range, patiently circling Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), one of the most desolate places on Earth. Today is a rare day. Denali, which is usually engulfed by turbulence and shrouded in clouds and haze, can be seen clearly in the crisp cold air. Brilliant shades of white and multicolored shadow provide sharp contrast in the dazzling midday sun. The pilot readies his camera and aims it through the small storm window. In order to photograph only the mountain, he must gingerly maneuver the plane so the wing and front fuselage are both out of sight simultaneously. He tilts the plane precariously to the left, between 45 and 60 degrees. The wing is out of the photo, but as the plane begins to bank left, the front fuselage quickly dips into view. He hits a hard right rudder, the nose rises and the perfect shot appears in his lens. Just as the plane begins to stall, the shutter snaps open and closed, and the danger involved in such a delicate, yet complicated maneuver produces a result that, to this seasoned photographer—and pilot—is well worth the calculated risk he has taken. To Alan Abele, owner of Fine Arts Photography in Dunnellon, getting the perfect photograph requires several elements: careful preparation, tremendous and sometimes perilous physical effort, mental perseverance and a touch of the supernal. “Taking the perfect photograph is a spiritual experience,” he says. “The beauty that surrounds us is given to us as a kind of treasure, but it takes serious effort to truly see it. Many times that beauty can only be revealed through artistic technique and some seriously hard work…and I find a great deal of value in what I do.”

I am not content with a photograph that is merely ‘good,’ I want something that is technically excellent and artistically dazzling.

- Alan Abele

what is artistically excellent,” he recalls. “After all these years, I now realize what he meant.” Abele is a purist. At a time when many photographers choose to use digital cameras, he prefers a Hasselblad film camera for all his photographs. Hasselblad produces high-end, medium format cameras known for their excellent image quality and durability. Apollo 11 astronauts

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took Hasselblad film cameras to the moon. “I refuse to manipulate my photographs with the phony computer adjustments that so many people seem to revel in these days. Film photography allows me to capture certain aspects of color, which just can’t be found in a digital camera,” he asserts. “It’s a bit old fashioned, but the results are stunning.”

The Quality of Light Abele had the unique experience of meeting iconic western landscape photographer Ansel Adams. “Around 30 years ago, a doctor friend of mine who specialized in large-format black and white photography was invited out to California by Ansel Adams to have his portfolio critiqued,” he remembers. “I was invited along as an observer. We spent the day with Ansel in his darkroom.


I remember Adams saying that he was always looking for the quality of light. That impressed me, because I immediately identified with his statement. That is what I am always looking for.” When Abele discovers a site or object he wants to photograph, he studies it patiently, waiting for that precise moment when light and shadow, hue and saturation signal to the artist within that the time has arrived to snap the shutter. “There are times I may spend an entire day at a site waiting for a certain quality of light,” he says. “I may not see it that day, but I will come back again and again until I find that perfect shot.” Abel says he revisited the headwaters of the Rainbow River more than 20 times before taking a single photograph. When he finally found the quality of light to be precisely what he was seeking, he took what he considers to be one of his finest shots.

Sharing Nature’s Secrets “The greatest compliment I can receive is when someone says that my photograph is ‘breathtaking,’” he says. “This is when I know that I’ve conveyed to that person the spectacular natural beauty I was seeing and feeling when I took it.”

Abele specializes in landscape and architectural photography but still takes the occasional portrait. A preponderance of his landscapes are taken within just a few miles of his home. “To the artist who patiently and steadfastly seeks, nature reveals her secrets,” he says. “Once the artisan discovers that secret, it must be photographed in its most natural and pristine state. Nature’s secret can then be rightly shared with an audience that might otherwise never have seen it. Some photographs may be of places that only the photographer has access to, but others may be of sites that people pass by every day but are simply too busy or preoccupied to actually take the time to ‘see.’ It’s my privilege to share these secrets with others.”

The Pursuit of Excellence Prior to retiring 20 years ago and pursuing photography full time, Abele was prominent in the aerospace and engineering industry. He created and operated an engineering firm that specialized in experimental industrial process systems. He is credited with seven patents on devices used in scientific fields as diverse as meteorology and biology. The

73-year-old Abele just recently began to promote his photography commercially. This led him to create Fine Arts Photography, which he operates out of his home. His exacting quest for perfection in science is integral to his quest for the perfect photograph. “The motto for my engineering research firm was ‘Quality has no Equal’ and I have tried to carry that over into my photography,” he says. “When it comes to my work, I am technically demanding. I am not content with a photograph that is merely ‘good,’ I want something that is technically excellent and artistically dazzling.” Abele’s photography can be viewed firsthand at the Brick City Center for the Arts in downtown Ocala January 3rd through February 1st, 2020. “This is my first solo exhibit and I’m excited and delighted that it will be in Ocala,” Abele offers. “Many of the photographs I will display are from the immediate area. I’ve been all over the world and I’m telling you that you don’t have to travel long distances to find unbelievable beauty…it’s right here.” Learn more at www.mcaocala.org.





All About Impressionists By PATRICIA TOMLINSON


his month, I thought it might be fun to mix it up a little and interview Scott Schweigert, curator of art at the Reading Public Museum and creator of the groundbreaking exhibition Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens, on view at the Appleton from November 2nd through January 5th. As curator and creator of Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens, why did you feel it was important to create this exhibition? The initial idea for this exhibition came about in a chat with the director of Reading Public Museum, John Graydon Smith, who asked about the possibility of combining French and American paintings in an “in house” exhibition. The link between French and American Impressionism is at the core of the exhibition, and the more research I did, the more I learned about the scores of Americans who studied in France, absorbing not just the old masters, but the contemporary art scene as well.



“Impressionism” covers a lot of ground. How would you define Impressionism? My definition is probably a bit more elastic than some stricter definitions of the movement. It is not limited to the group of artists who exhibited in the 1870s and 1880s in Paris, but those who adopted its stylistic characteristics including (but not limited to) loose, visible brushstrokes, bright palette, interest in painting the world around them and an abiding interest in capturing the effects of light. It was an international movement with adherents in Spain, Holland, England, the U.S., Russia and even Australia. These days, Impressionist artworks are beloved and adorn everything from coffee mugs to mousepads. How did people view Impressionism in the 1800s, when the paintings were created? The Impressionists were a bunch of radicals! While their compositions seem quite tame to us today, the whole basis of the movement flew in the face of most

academic artistic traditions that had remained unchanged for centuries. French critics did not exactly praise the virtues of their canvases in their initial exhibitions. Perhaps, not surprisingly, American audiences and collectors were among the first to champion the movement. A lot of people have heard of French Impressionists such as Renoir and Degas, but some may find it surprising to learn that there were American Impressionists, too. Tell us a little bit about them. Yes, the group of American Impressionists included in the exhibition is a diverse group: some were expatriate artists living full-time in Europe, others attended academies in the U.S. and enrolled in European institutions, such as the Académie Julian, to continue their studies abroad, and others absorbed the style stateside from instructors and fellow artists. By the turn of the century, there were thriving groups of American Impressionists working in New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

What new and surprising knowledge do you think people will take away from this exhibition? Perhaps the diversity of approaches to Impressionism—each artist seems to have his or her own take on the style. Speaking of “her,” the other aspect that might be surprising to some is the number of women artists who embraced the style. The exhibition includes at least a half dozen works by women. What do you think Impressionism can teach today’s audience? I think we have to remind ourselves living in 2019 of the context of the late 19th century in Europe and the U.S. It was a time of tremendous change in both cities and rural areas and the art world reflected those rapid changes. Each of these paintings is a sliver of that moment in history, almost like time capsules. What do you think the Impressionists would think of art from our fast-moving digital age? They would most likely be surprised at how much the world has embraced their innovations and the universality of the praise for their work. The culture of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook would certainly be foreign to them, but the ephemerality of it and the instantaneous nature of it might have appealed to some of them. Even though there was a lot of diversity as far as age and lifestyle amongst the Impressionists, what do you think drew them all to experiment with this style? For some of the Impressionists, the style was very freeing—allowing them to experiment with new materials, new subject matter and new brushwork. It opened up a world of opportunities, which I think made them one of the most important recorders of their own time. Learn more › Appleton Museum of Art › 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › www. appletonmuseum.org › (352) 291-4455

Opposite page: Robert Lewis Reid, Summer Breezes Clockwise from top: Edgar Degas, The Bather (La Baigneuse); John Singer Sargent, Man Reading (Nicola d’Inverno); Scott Schweigert, Courtesy of Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania. 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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Your Dream Machine: A Classic Car Buying Guide By JESSE JAMES


lassic cars are captivating! Need proof? Head out to any classic car show and look at the turnout of folks there to relive the past of automotive design.

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Many of us are attracted to vehicles we grew up with. While the classic vehicles I grew up in the auto industry and from the ’50s and ’60s are considered true classics, modern rides from the ’70s and classic cars were a passion of my father’s ’80s are highly sought after as well. It’s all about your personal taste when it comes to that was undoubtedly passed on to me. It choosing the right model for you. Do you want a ’72 Mustang like the one you had in all started with his ‘67 Chevy Nova SS, high school? Would you like to drive an ’82 Cadillac, just like your grandfather had? which opened my eyes to the world of After choosing the vehicle right for you, it’s time to consider your budget. Are you classic American automobiles. looking for a restoration project? Are you looking for a vehicle that’s ready to drive and While there are several options when show? These two questions will have a significant impact on how much you’ll spend on it comes to must-have classics, muscle your classic car. Once you’ve done the research and developed a better idea as to what cars like the Corvette, the Camaro, and you want and how much you want to spend, the hunt begins. the Mustang are king. For those unfamiliar with classic cars, or cars in general, For anyone looking Just be patient and hunting for that iconic car can be a bit overwhelming. Start by to purchase a classic car, immersing yourself in the local car scene. You can do this by here are some things to don’t settle; this is out local car shows and social media. Facebook lists local consider so you make an investment you’ve checking events, and Ocala Cars & Coffee hosts monthly Sunday meetings. the right choice. worked hard for. Ask questions about the different models and variations, trim The first step in packages and custom options. Ask fellow car enthusiasts and finding the right classic owners about drivability, reasonable pricing, and mechanical car is figuring out what information about the motor and drivetrain. The key is to dig deep about the car you actually want. There is no shortage you’re in search of. This research will help you in finding the right car, while also of classics on the road, however, finding providing more information on price and availability. the right car can be a bit of a challenge, Other great options for classic car shopping are reputable dealers specializing in especially if you don’t have a lot of auto the classics. Not only will they have leads on the classic car you are in search of, but knowledge. What should you look for? they are also an incredible source of information and knowledge. What should you know? Where do There are also nationwide auctions such as Mecum Auctions or Barrett-Jackson you start?



Auction Company. These auctions are more suited for folks looking for classics that are already restored and ready for the show. Private dealers are also a great option and can be another source of knowledge about the industry. Online marketplaces such as Facebook Marketplace, Autotrader and eBay can also be reliable options. Just be patient and don’t settle; this is an investment you’ve worked hard for. Now that you’ve found the perfect car that suits you, it’s time to prepare for purchase. Consider these questions before diving in. First, consider the vehicle’s history.

Find out where the car originated and research as much about the vehicle as possible. Carfax is a great place to start and a title history will give you a sense of the life the car has had. For example, cars from the north tend to have a bit more wear and tear due to time spent on salted roads during the winter months. Obviously, classic cars are old, which means they’ve had plenty of time for accidents and neglect. Understanding its condition can save you frustration and money down the road. Second, before agreeing to purchase, have a reputable mechanic check out the car. This will give you a bit more

understanding of the vehicle. A mechanic can tell you about past accidents that may not be documented and more details about the car that many of us might overlook. This can help you with negotiations and information about repairs that might be needed in the future. It’s an investment and something you will take pride in, so know what you are getting yourself into. This will help you enjoy your classic car for years to come. Now that you’re armed with the tools necessary to make the right decision, it’s time to get busy. Make your choice, do the research and own an icon.

This restored dream machine is well within reach. Contact Burnyzz LLC, 1 Aspen Road, Ocala, FL 34480, (352) 307-1968 for more information.

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cala Police Sgt. Eric Hooper’s replica cop car fleet was built on authenticity, down to details like a working version of a 1950s-era radar unit. The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air—with its tailfins, gleaming chrome and bumper “bullets”—was known for style and performance. In addition to quickly becoming a cultural icon among the “coolsville” set, the speedy sedan was adopted for use by law enforcement. Over his years of building a vintage police cruiser fleet that includes a 1967 Ford Galaxie, 1977 Chevy Nova, 1987 Ford LTD and 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, Hooper always knew he wanted to add a 1957 Chevy. That happened earlier this year and the fully restored Bel Air is already proving to be a head-turner and award-winner.



Photography by BARBARA DAWSON

Hooper has been with the Ocala Police Department (OPD) for 22 years and is head of the traffic unit and commander of the honor guard. He came to the area from Maryland at age 10, in 1987. “In 1990, I joined the Ocala Police Department Explorers program, knowing that was what my career path was going to be,” he says. “My grandfather was a police officer for many years.” As soon as Hooper, now 42, graduated from Forest High School, he entered the police academy at what was then Central Florida Community College (now the College of Central Florida). He joined OPD in 1997. Hooper explains that while he was at work, he came across a photograph of a 1967 Ford Galaxie OPD patrol car and wanted to

replicate it. He says it only took him a month or two to find a ‘67, in nearby Hawthorne. “It didn’t take me long,” he offers. “When I put my mind to something, I’m going to find it.” Since then, Hooper has added to the fleet, taking care that each vehicle is outfitted with period-correct equipment, some donated by OPD and other items found online. When the vehicles needed body work and upholstery upgrades, the work was done locally. The engines are mostly all original, except for the snazzy new addition, the ‘57 Bel Air, in which he swapped the 283 engine for a beefier 305. There’s a race car engine in the ‘77 Nova. The cars are painted in the timeappropriate OPD black and white scheme and sport period-correct decals. The cars’

numbers on the side panels correlate to something historic. For the ‘67 Galaxie, for example, the number matches that on the photo that gave Hooper his inspiration. For the ‘87, the panel number is that of OPD Police Chief Greg Graham’s first patrol car. The number on the ‘97 was Hooper’s first cruiser ID. “All of them were based on different pictures that I found at the police department, in our scrapbooks, based on actual vehicles we had, so all of them are exact replicas,” Hooper says. Hooper also has period-correct uniforms for the ‘57 and ‘67 models, which are displayed on mannequins in the car at events such as car shows. “Everything else, the ‘77, ‘87 and ‘97, they are all the uniform that we use today,” Hooper remarks. Hooper’s fiancée, Barbara Dawson, says that when he obtains vintage vehicles they’re often “old and weathered.”

would park on the side of the road in “He will work for hours to make them the same direction of travel. If they were like new again. He puts his heart and soul approaching from behind, you’d be able to into it,” she offers. clock them and then In authentically if they were speeding, outfitting the ‘57 you’d be able to pull Chevy, for example, right out and get Hooper tracked behind them.” down the exact topGraham says mounted light and Hooper is not only a bulky portable preserving vintage police radio. The vehicles, he is car features an preserving a legacy. early radar unit, “His police cars with the speed represent decades of readout mounted hard-working Ocala under the dash on - Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham officers and pay the passenger side. homage to the many The bullet-shaped changes we have gone antenna, or “gun,” through as a city,” Graham notes. “We are mounts on the rear window glass. happy that he shares his passion with us In explaining how the radar unit worked and the community.” for officers decades ago, he remarks, “You

His police cars represent decades of hard-working Ocala officers and pay homage to the many changes we have gone through as a city.

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Top: Sgt. Eric Hooper poses with his fleet. Right: Hooper with fiancée Barbara Dawson and their daughters Jordan and Grace. Photo by Dave Miller. Hooper’s community outreaches include car shows and parades. In 2018, when OPD hosted its first Cops and Cars event as a fundraiser for United Way of Marion County, there were more than 130 entries and his ‘67 Galaxie earned the People’s Choice Award. This year, the event attracted more than 160 vehicles and his ‘57 Bel Air took the same award. Hooper says that during such events, the two questions he is asked most often are, “Was this a real police car?” and “Can you pull people over?” “I can pull them over,” he explains with a big grin, “if I can get them to stop.” Next up › The fleet is set to appear in the Ocala Christmas Parade on Dec. 14. To reach Sgt. Hooper, call the Ocala Police Department at (352) 369-7000. 108



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In observing the beauty that exists in the here and now, we can ďŹ nd the extraordinary revealed within the ordinary. Each month we invite you to see our community with fresh eyes through the lens of our talented photographers.

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