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Features A Barrel Of Laughs p37 Very few people earn a living making other people laugh. For “Hollywood Harris” and “Boogerhead”— the father-son rodeo clown duo from Marion County— having the last laugh is what it’s all about. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND


The Spice Of Life Sure, spices add flavor and flair to a variety of our favorite dishes, but they also help to promote healing and wellness. Maybe it’s time to start incorporating a bit of spice into your everyday cooking routine. We spoke to a few local experts to find out the easiest way to get started. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

Secrets Of The Super Fit p59 Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! OK, well maybe these super athletes can’t perform those superhuman feats, but their athletic prowess will certainly impress and inspire you. Ocala Style recently visited with an elite group of local extreme competitors in hopes of snaring a few of their secrets to pass on to you. BY JOANN GUIDRY



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Departments The Publisher p18

‘The Pulse’ on good health

The Buzz p21

The real people, places and events that shape our community BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, KARIN FABRY-CUSHENBERY, KRISTINA KOLESA & BONNIE KRETCHIK




Ocala’s first cyclocross is coming, plus marathoners are gearing up. CLASSACTS p26

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Patient drivers needed, and giving back creates a physical effect. EATINGWELL p56

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Ocala Style Magazine, January 2011. Published monthly by Ocala Publications Inc., 1007 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471. All contents copyright 2011 by Ocala Publications Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. For back issues or advertising information, call (352) 732-0073. Return postage must accompany all unsolicited manuscripts and artwork if they are to be returned. Manuscripts are welcomed, but no responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited materials. “Promotional” and “Promotional Feature” denotes a paid advertising feature. Publisher is not responsible for claims and content of advertisements.






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anuary, perhaps more than any other month, gets us thinking about taking care of our bodies. After indulging in rich foods and long hours on the couch watching football over the past few months, we start to worry about the number on the scale and the outward changes in our appearance. So we focus our attention on weight loss and exercise. Psychologically, too, the New Year seems to trigger a desire for change and fresh beginnings. Most Americans have a well-laid plan—go on a diet, hop on that treadmill or sign up for a new gym membership. Unfortunately, it seems that most adults only stick with their newfound health commitment for a matter of weeks. Why is that? There are many reasons, but essentially we fall back into our old routine and lose our focus. The fact is, however, that the key to lasting good health is not waiting until there’s a crisis before you take action. It requires being proactive and then being committed. Some time ago, I heard a saying that struck me deeply, motivating me to make and stick with better lifestyle choices—“A healthy person has many wishes. A sick person has but one.” Sadly, we all know of friends and family that may be experiencing that very thing. The good news is that many of our ailments and illnesses can be improved if not prevented altogether by making simple changes in our daily lifestyle. There is a vast amount of knowledge and a virtually endless number of resources available to educate ourselves and get

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on a healthy track. The question is, will we see the importance and stay the course? It’s in that spirit that our team at Ocala Style is launching a new monthly department called “The Pulse.” It will focus entirely on health-related content designed to inform, educate, encourage and, yes, remind you to make your health a priority by keeping the subject front and center in each issue. In this inaugural publication of The Pulse, we share inspiring stories from local extreme athletes (“Secrets of the Super Fit”), suggestions on great walking areas around town (“Walk This Way”) and some insights as to why our bodies act the way they do (“Our Bizarre Bodies”). It’s our hope that this new department inspires you this month when ambitions are running high and then throughout the year when your dedication may wane. The pursuit of good health is truly endless, but then no endeavor is more important. Until next time,

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Come one, come all to the ALACHUA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS during the weekends of January 29–30 and February 4–6, and let your inner lord or lady loose for Gainesville’s Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Gypsy dancers and minstrels will perform in the streets while artisans sell their finest medieval wares in the marketplace during this popular event now in its 25th year. So enjoy a turkey leg while knights battle it out on horseback and, keep your eyes open for an appearance by King Arthur himself. or (352) 393-8536.


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Interpretive Outings and Day Hikes. January 4 will feature the Land Bridge Trail and January 25 will take participants to the Yearling Trail. The walks, led by a knowledgeable guide, give insight and history of the trail from start to finish. Though directed toward adults, children with an interest in history and nature are welcome. The walks are approximately three to four miles in length and can last up to three hours. The program is free and participants can choose to meet with group leaders at 8:30am at Brick City Avenue Park or directly at the trail. (352) 671-8560.

Think you’ve seen all of Marion County? Try seeing 26.2 miles of it on foot surrounded by over 700 other running enthusiasts. The 2011 OCALA MARATHON will take place on Sunday, January 23 beginning at the Boyd Marketplace on Southwest 19th Avenue Road. The race is known for being one of the most scenic in Florida. “‘Get out of town’ is our slogan,” says race director Chris Moling. “The course winds its way through scenic horse farms and over gently rolling hills.” Last year’s event drew over 600 participants with an additional 100 expected this year. A Boston Marathon qualifier, the Ocala Marathon attracts runners from over 26 different states and 12 countries. On January 22 an expo will take place from 10am to 6pm and will feature over 30 vendors. A limited number of tickets for a pasta dinner served at the Holiday Inn Conference Center from 6–8pm that night are also available for $15 each. Not up for the full 26.2? Not to worry. The weekend will begin with the 5 Points of Life kid’s marathon and the Ocala 5K run for adults. Then on Sunday, a half marathon will be run in conjunction with the full marathon. or (352) 637-2475.



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Cave In Get an inside view of Marion County. Literally! BRICK CITY ADVENTURE PARK hosts an underground experience like no other. The monthly guided tour allows adults and children ages 8 and up a chance to experience our area from a whole new perspective. For just $30, you can climb, crawl and slither your way through White Cliff Cave. The fee includes the use of a helmet as well as knee and elbow pads. Long pants, shoes and gloves are recommended. The next event is January 8. (352) 671-8560.




If you feel like something a little more exciting and daring this 23 month, head out to the Santos Trails on January 23 for Ocala’s first-ever CycloCross event. CycloCross is the equivalent of an obstacle course on a bike—a one-mile track that includes mud and sand pits and even spots where riders have to dismount and carry their bikes over the terrain. Participants have a set amount of time to complete as many laps as they can. This inaugural event is put on by GREENWAY BICYCLES, and the proceeds this year benefit the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway. Jessica Kinnee, owner of Greenway Bicycles, can’t emphasize enough the fun nature of the event. “The course is doable for anyone,” says Jessica, who has a goal of 100 participants. “Novice and expert races will be held for men and women as well as a kids’ race, too. While more advanced riders will prefer to use a CycloCross bike, mountain bike riders are welcome and encouraged to participate.” Volunteers are needed to help set the course up on Saturday as well as help direct, park and register participants on Sunday. Because of the short nature of the course, it’s very spectator-friendly. So bring your support team to cheer you on as you take part in Ocala’s first CycloCross event! or (352) 351-3475


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Your ‘Source’ For News & Talk Notice something different on the radio these days? Now news talk fans have another alternative to AM radio. On Nov. 20, WOCA began broadcasting on FM radio for the first time in the station’s 53-year history. With a dedication to local coverage, WOCA announced its new FM broadcast during November’s Light Up Ocala event. The station’s owners, Joe and Dan Martone, are committed to airing top quality news talk from both national and local hosts alike as well as continuing prime sports coverage. WOCA can now be heard on 1370AM and 96.7FM.




OCALA CRIME STOPPERS is now offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrests in any of our area’s unsolved cases. While there has always been a monetary reward for information, Executive Director Bob Hauk felt it was time to step it up. “It was time to turn up the heat on some of these cases,” he explains. Currently, there are 28 featured cases, but more cases will be added in the spring. If you have information regarding any of the area’s unsolved crimes, contact or (352) 368-STOP (7867).

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model horse family gained a new member last fall, and it’s a horse right from Ocala’s backyard. “Jamaica,” the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation’s Horse of the Year and a member of champion equestrian Chester Weber’s USEF National Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Championship team, was immortalized as a limited-run Breyer model and released during the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games last September. “Jamaica is without a doubt a one-of-a-kind horse,” Weber said. “From what I have seen, they broke the mold after making him.” Not without making this model first, of course. Only 500 models of the beloved Dutch Warmblood were made, and Weber said he was thrilled that through the model, fans could enjoy Jamaica “without having to deal with his quirky personality!” Today, the still-spirited 20-year-old gelding can be found leading a peaceful life of retirement at Weber’s Live Oak Stud farm in Ocala.

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FBI Makes Strong Case The FBI is in Ocala now… and they’re part of MTI (Marion Technical Institute). Students (l-r) Shamar Lindsey, Amanda Williams and Doris Smith helped kick off “FBI-Finding Business Initiatives” at a Chamber After Hours event a few weeks ago. The student-run business is compiling a directory of all student-run businesses county-wide and selling advertising space in the directory to pay printing costs. If you’re interested in lending a hand to this enterprise, contact MTI at (352) 236-0527.

Among Florida’s Best Five Andrew Cintron, a senior at WEST PORT HIGH, is the top band student in the state for Class 2A schools! For the honor, he won a $500 John Kersten Memorial Scholarship from the Florida Marching Band Championships. After graduating, Andrew plans to study music at the University of North Florida and become a band teacher. Congratulations, Andrew!

Making The Holidays Bright Dozens of cadets in FOREST HIGH’s Junior ROTC program spent time making the holidays much brighter for others. Students (l-r) Courtney Roper, Lindzi Johnson and Anne Mills were among those who donated, collected and distributed more than 3,257 pounds of food to 31 local families. Each year, the cadets accept the challenge to help others in our community as part of their pre-military program.



Kudos For Larkin’s Card It was a great day at SOUTH OCALA ELEMENTARY thanks to fourth-grader

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Hurricane Show ‘Best’ in Florida Storm Surge, the TV news program produced by these students at LAKE WEIR HIGH (pictured with CF News 13’s Allison Walker on far left), beat out every high school in Florida to help Lake Weir capture “Best of Show” honors at the annual Jim Harbin Student Media Festival in Orlando. With awards handed out during the FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) conference, students from Dr. N.H. Jones and Dunnellon Middle also captured “Best of Show” honors, helping Marion County to a complete sweep of the BOS awards.

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Every day of the week from 7am to 2pm for the last 10 years, Allison Nile’s has been the smiling face patrons first see when they walk into Scrambles Café on Maricamp Road in Ocala. “We serve between 200 and 300 guests a day, and about 75 percent of them I know by sight,” says Allison, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Steve. “I know about their lives, their families, and many people say that’s what makes this place so special.”

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If you’ve ever hitched a ride on a bus in town, you may have met Frank Reamer. He’s been a bus driver for Ocala’s public transportation system, SunTran, for seven years. His day begins at noon and finishes up at 8pm.

The delicious food here is, of course, another reason for the café’s popularity, which comes courtesy of Steve and his staff in the kitchen. “I prefer to be in the front,” Allison says with a smile. “I could never do what he does and vice versa. We’re a great team.” Allison is also quick to cite Scrambles’ wait staff for the restaurant’s success as well as the loyalty of the countless members of the community who patronize the restaurant. As a result, she stresses, Scrambles’ atmosphere feels like that of one big, close family. “When you come in to Scrambles, you’re likely going to see someone you know,” Allison says. “At the very least, you’ll know me!”

“We start at 5am, but that’s too early for me,” he says with a laugh. His route takes people everywhere from the Paddock Mall to the College of Central Florida and anywhere else within the city limits. The freedom and independence of the job are what Frank enjoys the most. “Even though I’m in a bus, I’m still outside driving all over town, meeting new people,” he says. “There’s no desk, no office, just me and the passengers.”


No doubt you’ve seen him, walking up and down Fort King Street with his shoulder bag and wide-brimmed hat in place. And always wearing shorts, no matter the weather. “I haven’t worn long pants on the job for 15 years,” says mail carrier Randy Priem. Randy’s been walking his current route, the territory between Magnolia and 11th Avenue and Silver Springs Boulevard and 8th Street, for 20 years. If you do the math, that's between six and seven miles a day for a grand total of more than 25,000 miles of walking. So why walk his route? Because that’s the way Randy prefers it! “I like the exercise and I like getting out there to see and talk to the people,” he says. When he’s not working Randy gets involved in sports as often as possible. Ultimate Frisbee, softball, tennis, biking—you name it, he’ll take part. He and his wife, Linda, have three grown children and welcomed two new grandsons this past year.



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The Industry Insider When it comes to reputation overhaul, few industries have such an uphill climb as the car-selling business. But not if Ted Lindsay has anything to do with it. Ocala Nissan’s mild-mannered general manager wrote The Encyclopedia of Selling Cars specifically to change the mindset of those selling cars and, in return, the people buying them.

Ted, you’ve been in the car business since 1972. Why did you choose this industry? The whole process of buying and selling a car has always been a fascination with me. I never really fit in, but I’ve always been a student of it. I've always put the emphasis on communicating with and serving people, and I’ve made a wonderful living in the business just treating people the way I’d like to be treated.

Which, strangely enough, can be a novel concept in some industries. Correct! It seems like everyone knows how the record plays. A perfectly normal person comes to a dealership and has expectations on the kind of treatment they will receive. I believe there is a tremendous opportunity there to teach our people to approach sales with a servant’s heart. Just about everyone detests the thought of having to buy a car. Even if you want a new car, you don’t want to go through it. If you’re dealing with a professional who knows what they’re talking about, has genuine concern for you and provides you with a transparent sales process without smoke and mirrors, then it’s just a simple choice. It’s kind of a frivolous act anyway—buying a new car, trading a perfectly good car for a perfectly good car and spending money doing it. It is a personal celebration, however, so why not enjoy it? It’s supposed to be simple because it is simple. If the agenda of the salesperson is to help people, nothing bad can come of it.

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The book came out in 2007 and, especially for a self-published title, has done quite well. It has, yes. It was a top 10 business book on Amazon for over two years.

What was it like to see your name on the cover of a book? Not too eventful. I’m one of these people who could be a fly on the wall with no problem whatsoever. I do enjoy people, however— talking to and communicating with people.

What were your goals for the book? I love the car business. I hate the suspected culture. I can’t stand that. Perfectly normal people come to transact business with a car dealership, and I’m a perfectly normal person, too. Maybe it’s sort of a mission to clear the name of the car business because there are some great people in this business. I do understand the customer’s fears. I just want to get us and them conducting a genuine conversation to see how we can help. Let’s not be “the wary consumer” and “the sales devil.” Let’s see how we can be of service.

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If anyone can handle the loud, brash, no-holds-barred style of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, it just might be Christopher Gardner. Meet the retired Navy submarine cook who hopes to test his mettle on Ramsay’s newest TV show.




hristopher Gardner knows about pressure— the kind that comes from working and sweating in cramped kitchen quarters, from having 100 hungry Navy men waiting on you for their next meal, from feeling the weight of an entire ocean pressing in on the massive nuclear submarine you call home. Yes, it’s safe to say that Christopher can handle the heat, and now the cook is hoping his 20 years as a Navy submariner will make him an ideal contestant on MasterChef, a competitive cooking show starring salty British chef Gordon Ramsay. “I think Ramsay would appreciate what the cooks on a submarine have to do,” says Christopher, who traveled to Orlando late last November for an in-person casting call and received a call-back. “It really is a one-man show in that kitchen to feed 100 guys every six hours, cooking every part of the meal.” If all goes according to plan, the 41-yearold will be able to display those unique stress management skills on national television. He says there was never any doubt that he wanted to make his living working in the galley of a U.S. Navy submarine. “I knew since my sophomore year in high school,” says the Long Island, New York, native who moved to Ocala two years ago. “I remember heading to New London, Connecticut, for a wrestling match and seeing the submarines being built at Electric Boat on the Thames River. I was so interested.” Soon thereafter, the 10th-grader secured a tour of the U.S.S. Houston. The father of one of his high school friends was the submarine’s Chief of the Boat



(COB) and invited him onboard. Christopher was hooked. “When I saw the cook in the galley making a family-style meal for 100 men, it blew my mind,” he recalls. “I went to the recruiter’s office and told the guy exactly what I wanted to be.” He enlisted the July 4th weekend of 1989. By March 1990, he was deployed aboard the U.S.S. Gato. Though he personally relished the work, life aboard a submarine was far from glamorous. At his longest stretch, Christopher was under the surface for 108 days—that’s over three months without seeing sunlight—and away from home for 296 days. When he adds up all his underthe-ocean time over 20 years, —CHRISTOPHER GARDNER it comes out to about seven years. A true submariner, Christopher recalls these figures as readily as if they were his phone number. “A typical dinner aboard a sub might be catfish jambalaya, black-eyed peas and rice, green bean casserole, cornbread, cream of mushroom soup, a toasted garlic baguette, a garden salad and Dutch apple pie,” Christopher recites from memory. “The sailors just got off watch for six hours down in sonar—ear phones on, watching a screen. They want to come down and have a good meal.” Some days, they were a tough crowd, but Christopher welcomed all of the feedback—good, bad or otherwise. “Here’s what you need to know about being a chef,” he explains. “Eighty-five percent is cleaning, five percent is cooking and the other 10 percent is learning how to handle compliments and complaints. It’s all equally important because my ultimate goal is to make somebody smile when they’re eating my food. Christopher’s passion for cooking seems hereditary. In addition to working as a Navy cook aboard an aircraft carrier, Christopher’s father was a volunteer cook for the local fire department and the “recipe guru for just about any food-related event held in town.” His mother also worked as a waitress “down on the beach at the place where you got a burger and hot dog or at the bagel shop, you name it. She was also an incredible cook.”




“We had a homemade dinner every night,” Christopher adds affectionately. “I’m lucky if I get to cook once a week for my kids.” Of course, Christopher does have quite a busy day job. Since October 2009, he’s worked as the nutrition coordinator for Marion County Senior Services, heading up three of the organization’s foods programs—congregate meals at 12 locations throughout the county; Meals on Wheels, which has 26 delivery routes county-wide; and Pets on Wheels, which provides pet food to dozens of pet dogs and cats in the area. Christopher loves the work, and it shows. “It’s not just a job for him,” says Sarah Stroh, executive director of MCSS. “He believes in our mission and is very passionate about what he does. That kind of enthusiasm is infectious, and since he’s been here, Christopher has ramped up everything and everyone. The seniors love him.” At home in his own kitchen, Christopher, pardon the pun, runs a tight ship. The retired military man, not surprisingly, keeps his kitchen neat and orderly. “To me, a meal isn’t done until the whole kitchen is clean. Then you can relax,” he explains. “You can always tell how good a restaurant is by looking at the floor when you walk in. If they can concentrate on the corners, they can definitely concentrate on the food. So leaving a dirty kitchen behind is not my style.” If the sentiment rings familiar to fans of Gordon Ramsay, that’s to be expected. The celebrity chef ’s take-no-prisoners approach with fellow chefs—down to their cleanliness in the kitchen—is right up Christopher’s alley. “I love his style,” Christopher says. “He can walk in somewhere and immediately know about the place by looking at the way people carry themselves or the way their refrigerator looks. His style of leadership is right on point. I think we’re on the same page.” Christopher jokingly admits that while he doesn’t know that he’d win the show, he’s certain he would “last the longest” under the famous Ramsay pressure. As of press time, he was still awaiting word on whether he made the cut for another round. He has already been selected as one of five from his group of 30. “I don’t know why they wouldn’t pick me,” he says with a booming laugh. “What can I say? I’m competitive. I think Chef Ramsay would appreciate that.”

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exas native Clifton “Hollywood” Harris has been fascinated with rodeo clowns since early childhood when he met two cowboys who worked at his father’s feedlot in Waco, Texas, and who also moonlighted as bull riders and rodeo clowns. In 1970, the Harris family moved to Gainesville, Florida, where Cliff ’s father continued to work in the cattle business. Once Cliff started riding bucking horses in high school rodeo, he met a stock contractor who told him he could practice riding his bucking stock for free if he’d agree to fight the man’s bulls. Adventurous teenager that he was, Cliff quickly agreed. His father, however, didn’t want his son to be a “rodeo bum.” He didn’t know his boy was sneaking out at night to compete in local rodeos until he found riding gear hidden in Cliff ’s car. He burned it all in the yard, but while the incident may have put Cliff ’s rodeo dreams on hold, it never destroyed them. “It wasn’t until after my father passed away in 1984 that I felt I could really ‘be me’ and be a rodeo clown,” Cliff



recalls. “I put everything in storage, tied a clown barrel to the back of a Firebird, packed up and moved back to Texas. I started clowning rodeos for $50 a night and worked my way up.” Cliff met his wife, Kelly, at a rodeo—where else?—and they married in Micanopy, Florida, on December 19, 1989. Together, they lived the gypsy life for 12 years, traveling from rodeo to rodeo. Their son, Brinson James, was born in 1993, but Cliff and Kelly stayed on the road for another six years before buying their current home in the Reddick area. “We had a blast,” Cliff grins, recalling those early days. “We lived in a trailer on the road with no address for 12 years. We had our retirement first; now I’ll have to work until I’m old.” Although many rodeo spectators assume all rodeo clowns are also bullfighters, that’s not necessarily the case. Bullfighters—or better said, “cowboy protectors”—jump in to distract the bull when a cowboy is thrown or jumps off. A rodeo clown entertains the crowd with antics and clever banter. The clown often uses a barrel—for safety and as part of his act—hence the reason some —BRINSON “BOOGERHEAD” HARRIS clowns are known as “barrel men.” Clowns typically provide entertainment between bulls and events. Of course, it helps to have some savvy about bulls because a clown never knows when he’ll find himself in a tight spot. Cliff actually worked as both clown and bullfighter for a number of years, but clowning was always his priority. “I was hired first to do comedy,” he says. “If you had good acts, you got good jobs. The acts were my forte. The bullfighting was secondary. Because I grew up in the cattle business, I knew the science of bulls and what they’ll do. When Brinson was born, I was still fighting bulls for about a year, but I was 30-something and slowing down.” Brinson’s first appearance in a rodeo arena actually took place when Kelly was pregnant with him and helping Cliff out with a magic act. Cliff officially put their son in the act when Brinson was just two years old, carrying him into the arena in a laundry sack where the toddler popped out and swung a trick rope. At age three, Brinson sang the national anthem at a rodeo in Rome, Georgia. His career was launched. Cliff was responsible for the nickname “Boogerhead,” using it in a silly song to make his young son laugh. The name stuck and rodeo announcers across the country have been introducing the pair as Hollywood Harris and Boogerhead ever since. The two have performed at every major rodeo and bull riding venue in the U.S., generating laughs and bringing smiles to countless fans. “I always wanted 10 kids,” Cliff says. “But instead I got one that was worth 10.” Wearing baggy pants, suspenders, white shirts, bowler hats and traditional clown “grease paint” on their faces, this father-son team never tires of hamming it up together. Their acts have evolved as Brinson has grown up, and his trick roping has become more refined. While they practice parts of their acts, both admit it’s often funnier if things “just happen.” “We’ll practice something new, like a few dance steps, but you really can’t mess up clowning,” says Brinson. “If you mess up, it’s just funnier.” “With my ADD, I would not be a good employee,” Cliff banters, “but I get paid to be silly and the sillier we are, the more we get paid.”

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The only other character to join Hollywood Harris and Boogerhead in their acts is “Bravo,” an Australian Shepherd/ Dalmatian cross that Harris adopted as a puppy at a North Carolina rodeo eight years ago. Bravo’s main gig is pretending to be a bull that chases Boogerhead around the barrels and tears off his baggy pants before dashing out of the arena. When it comes time to travel, Bravo flies as a service dog in the cabin with his human partners. “The flight attendants love him,” says Brinson. Brinson attends Trilogy School in Gainesville. A number of the students there travel frequently because they perform like Brinson or participate in high-level sports. “This school is really flexible and very supportive of our travel,” he explains, noting that it’s similar to home schooling. “There’s lots of one-on-one and you work at your own pace. As long as the work gets done, it doesn’t matter if you travel.” Intelligent and articulate, the 17-year-old, who typically plays the “straight man” to his father’s “funny man,” is never shy once he’s in costume. “I think I’m better at physical stuff than talking,” he admits. “Sometimes my friends don’t believe this is what I do. The only drawback is that we’re always gone on the weekend, so I can’t do things with friends. But it’s a small price to pay.” “He’s not a normal kid,” says mom Kelly. “When Brinson is in the arena, he’s a natural. He comes by it right.” To his mother’s chagrin, Brinson wants to learn to fight bulls, just like his dad did years ago. “I want to learn so if I get stuck in the arena with a bull, I won’t freeze up. I’ll know what to do,” he says. “I can watch bull fighting videos on the Internet forever and still want to do it. I guess it’s the adrenaline.” In case you’re wondering, it’s possible to make a very good living as a rodeo clown.

“There are guys now making a good six-figure income. The top clown today recently signed a four-year, million dollar contract,” notes Cliff. “But you really have to want to not stay home, and I like to stay home.” “Staying home” is relative. Hollywood Harris and Boogerhead still work rodeos across the country year-round—from California to New York, Minnesota to Texas—but they usually fly to these weekend jobs. If the job is in Florida or Georgia and six hours or less away, they’ll drive. It’s not uncommon for them to be gone three, even four weekends a month. When they are home, both can often be found helping behind the counter at Coffee N Cream in Micanopy, a café Cliff and Kelly bought in 2002. “Every successful rodeo clown needs a wife at home with a good job,” laughs Kelly. Brinson, the self-proclaimed “malt-making king,” will also help dish up ice cream in a pinch. Located on historic Cholokka Boulevard, the cozy shop is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Although Brinson will likely attend college to learn how to improve the business side of his career with marketing, promoting and accounting, he has no intention of doing anything else for a living. “There’s no way I can see myself not clowning. I’d rather do this job than anything,” he says. “Making people laugh is my biggest joy in life.” Cliff Harris has come a long way since his first paying rodeo clown job in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in 1979 when he christened himself “Hollywood Harris.” The fact that his son is an integral part of his career may be unusual, but Cliff and Brinson can’t imagine working— or living—any other way. “We’ve been together 24/7, except for school, for Brinson’s whole life. We’re really close,” says Cliff. “He and I get to spend all this time together and get paid doing it. That’s what most fathers hope to do when they retire.”

Learn More Catch Hollywood Harris and Boogerhead in person: Glen “Peewee” Mercer Benefit Bull Ride Saturday, February 5, 2011, 7pm Williston Horseman’s Park, Williston (352) 207-0070



Sure, spices add flavor and flair to a variety of our favorite dishes, but they also help to promote healing and wellness. Maybe it’s time to start incorporating a bit of spice into your everyday cooking routine. We spoke to a few local experts to find out the easiest way to get started. By Cynthia McFarland Photos by John Jernigan

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he rich vanilla in hand-churned ice cream on a blistering August afternoon. The scent of a perfectly seasoned roast hot from the oven. The taste of warm gingerbread during the holidays. Ask anyone to name a special childhood memory and chances are food will play a role. Whether it’s a beloved family recipe, a favorite cookie or a classic holiday dish, spices are invariably one of the reasons we remember them with fondness. Yet spices are far more than just flavorful. From the earliest days of recorded history, spices have been used in trading and as signs of wealth and extravagance. At times, they were considered more valuable than silver or gold. The ancient Egyptians treated spices with such reverence that they buried them along with their pharaohs. The Romans used spices in cooking, but also as perfume. The

Emperor Nero ignited a controversy when he burned a great amount of cinnamon at his wife’s funeral, an act officials considered inexcusably wasteful because the spice was so valuable. But the history of spices dates back even further. “Before they were money, spices were medicines,” notes Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, author of the newly released Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease and a professor of experimental therapeutics at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. “Turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and black peppercorns—healers all—are among the oldest spices, with their use dating back to the world’s first civilizations. “Spices contain an abundance of phytonutrients, plant compounds that bestow health and promote healing in a variety of ways,” Dr. Aggarwal adds. “Most of them are powerful antioxidants that

control and disarm ‘free radicals’ that can damage cells, causing illness and aging.” Phytonutrients are also natural antiinflammatories, which is crucial since lowgrade inflammation has been linked to such health problems as cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. “Most chronic diseases are caused by chronic inflammation and can be ‘dialed down’ by spices,” Dr. Aggarwal says. Unlike herbs, which are leaves, spices can be obtained from many parts of a plant, such as the seed, root, bark stem, bud, flower or fruit. And yes, some spices do come from the plant’s leaves.

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Turmeric adds color & aroma

Coriander acts as a thickener

Ginger enlivens taste & aids digestion


thnic cuisine is growing in popularity across America, thanks to Food Network and the proliferation of ethnic restaurants. Yet the same Americans who flock to these establishments tend not to cook spice-filled dishes at home. Dr. Aggarwal suspects this is simply because people are intimidated by unfamiliar spices, many of which aren’t readily available at the supermarket. “The secret to feeling comfortable with spices is understanding them,” he says. “Contrary to popular belief, spice is not a synonym for ‘hot.’ Most spices do not add fiery flavor to food. Rather, they are aromatic, which serves several culinary purposes. They may impart a characteristic flavor (be it sweet, tangy, sour or hot), serve as a natural tenderizer for meat, add body and texture, act as a thickener or binder, color the dish or assist the digestive process. All spices perform several of these tasks.”

For example, turmeric, which happens to be Dr. Aggarwal’s favorite spice, adds color and aroma. Coriander acts as a thickener, while also providing a nutty flavor, and ginger enlivens taste and aids digestion. For those uncertain where to start, Dr. Aggarwal says the easiest spices to incorporate into everyday cooking are turmeric, cumin, coriander, cloves, cardamom and ginger. Since not all American stores carry a large variety of spices, he recommends shopping for them at an Asian, Indian or Latin grocery store. “Many of these markets, particularly the Indian markets, sell spices in bulk, packaged in tins or plastic bags of 14 ounces or more,” he notes. “The cost of buying in bulk is much less than buying 2.5-ounce bottles of the same spice in a large chain supermarket.” If you buy in bulk, he advises removing the spices from their plastic wrappers and storing them in airtight glass containers to extend their shelf life. Expect whole spices to keep for two to three years, and ground spices to last roughly a year. If you open a bottle of ground spice, sniff and find little aroma, toss it. To test whole spices, rub gently between your fingers. If still fresh, they’ll release a small amount of volatile oil that you can readily detect.



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eema Patel and her husband, Mike, are local business owners from Ocala. An avid cook who creates Indian dishes daily, Seema encourages everyone to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. “I cook everyday,” she says. “My husband, myself and our son are vegetarians so we do a lot of vegetable and lentil dishes. Some of my favorite spices to incorporate into our dishes are chili powder, cinnamon, cloves and tumeric. “Tumeric is actually really good for you,” she continues. “It helps ward off colds and the flu, and it can help prevent Alzheimer’s.” Every Wednesday, Seema makes a trip to Sagar Indian Grocery on State Road 200 for fresh Indian vegetables and other Indian cuisine (including plenty of spices) that can’t be found in American grocery stores. “A lot of people think Spanish food is spicy because they’ve tasted hot chilies,” says Fatima Luzuriaga, who co-owns the Latin fusion restaurant Latinos Y Mas in Ocala along with her husband, Webster. “There’s a difference between Spanish food and Mexican food. Spanish food is subtle and it is the gentle hint of flavoring that makes Spanish food so special. We hardly use any chilies in Spanish food. Chilies are used mainly in Mexican food. We use chili guajillo, chili ancho, chili poblanos and jalapenos.” Fatima notes that some of the most commonly used spices in Spanish cooking include paprika, cayenne, garlic, saffron, tarragon, thyme, cumin, cloves, nutmeg and ginger. Originally from Ecuador, Fatima and her mother, Maria, are in charge of the kitchen and together create all the recipes and dishes featured at Latinos Y Mas, which has been located in Ocala since 1990. “We try to buy whole spices and then roast them or grind them fresh,” says Fatima. “They have a better taste and smell doing it this way. Even our black pepper is bought as whole peppercorns.” “Spices are so important. For example, paella without saffron is not the same. Just using a little bit of a spice can make a big



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willing to try them.”

difference,” Fatima — FATIMA LUZURIAGA adds. “When you’re cooking, you have to Common Spices Used In Spanish Dishes taste and try the dish, so don’t be afraid of Tarragon Cayenne Thyme using spices. With any cuisine, there are great spices, but you have to learn to appreciate them and in order to do that, you have to be willing to try them.” On a recent visit to Peru, Fatima was fascinated by the variety of different chilies and spices used in Peruvian cuisine. “Some dishes are spicy, but others are not, although they’re all delicious,” she says. “We’re making a few Peruvian dishes now, such as Ceviche de Pescado, which is one of my favorite appetizers now.” “Many people who haven’t tried Thai food think everything is spicy, but we have many dishes that aren’t,” says Paul Chanavorachai, one of the owners of local restaurant Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine. Named for a centuries-old capital city in Thailand, Ayuttaya opened in Ocala in January 2001 and celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Of course, certain Thai dishes are spicy. Most of the time, entrées made with green curry are hotter than those with red curry, and that often surprises customers who assume “red” means “hot.” “You can make any dish mild. They don’t have to be spicy,” notes Chanavorachai, who is responsible for much of the cooking at Ayuttaya. He suggests starting with less spice and gradually adding more to taste. Among the spices most commonly used in Thai cuisine are hot chili peppers, ginger, garlic, white pepper and curry powder. If you’ve never tried Thai food, Chanavorachai recommends Pad Thai because it’s flavorful yet not overwhelming. Known as one of Thailand’s national dishes, Pad Thai features stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice and red chilli pepper. It can be vegetarian, with bean sprouts and/or tofu, or may include shrimp or chicken. Ground peanuts, coriander and lime are used to garnish the dish. Why not take the advice of these local experts and make a resolution to start incorporating more spices into your daily meals? You’ll not only reap the benefits of increased flavor and aroma, but you may just improve your health along the way.

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Black Peppercorns







Allergies: ajowan, black cumin seed, galangal, mint, onion, turmeric Alzheimer’s Disease: black pepper, cocoa, coconut, curry leaf, fennel seed, marjoram, oregano, pomegranate, saffron, sage, sesame seed, sun-dried tomato, turmeric

Good for What Ails You Most Americans are accustomed to taking a pill to deal with health issues, yet spices have an abundance of natural healing properties. While in no way complete, here’s a partial listing of the many health concerns that spices can help treat and/or prevent, as taken from Dr. Aggarwal’s book, Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease. To learn more and to find recipes incorporating these spices and others, pick up a copy of the book just released this month, and available wherever books are sold.

Arthritis (osteo-): bay leaf, celery seed, chile, galangal, ginger, fennel seed, juniper berry, pomegranate, rosemary, turmeric Asthma: ajowan, aniseed, black cumin seed, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, wasabi Bad breath: aniseed, cardamom, clove, parsley Blood clots: cardamom, chile, clove, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, sun-dried tomato, thyme, wasabi Cancer: amchur, asafoetida, basil, bay leaf, black cumin seed, black pepper, caraway, chile, cinnamon, clove, coconut, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, fenugreek seed, galangal, garlic, ginger, horseradish, juniper berry, kokum, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, mustard seed,

nutmeg, onion, oregano, parsley, pomegranate, rosemary, saffron, safe, sesame seed, star anise, sun-dried tomato, tamarind, thyme, turmeric, vanilla, wasabi Cholesterol problems: almond, basil, black cumin seed, caraway, celery seed, chile, cinnamon, cocoa, coriander, curry leaf, fenugreek seed, garlic, ginger, horseradish, lemongrass, mustard seed, nutmeg, onion, oregano, pumpkin seed, sesame seed, sun-dried tomato, tamarind, turmeric, wasabi Colds: garlic, juniper berry, thyme Depression: black pepper, nutmeg, rosemary, saffron Diabetes, Type 2: almond, amchur, basil, bay leaf, caraway, chile, cinnamon, cocoa, coriander, cumin, curry leaf, fenugreek seed, galangal, garlic, juniper berry, lemongrass, mustard seed, onion, parsley, pomegranate, rosemary, sage, turmeric Epilepsy: black cumin seed, cumin, lemongrass, nutmeg

Flu: asafoetida, garlic, horseradish, juniper berry, pomegranate, star anise, thyme Heart disease: almond, amchur, black cumin seed, black pepper, cardamom, chile, cinnamon, cocoa, fennel seed, garlic, marjoram, mustard seed, onion, oregano, parsley, pumpkin seed, rosemary, sage, sesame seed, sundried tomato, tamarind, turmeric High blood pressure: ajowan, allspice, almond, black cumin seed, black pepper, cardamom, celery seed, cinnamon, cocoa, coriander, fennel seed, garlic, juniper berry, onion, oregano, pomegranate, saffron, sesame seed, sundried tomato, tamarind, turmeric Menstrual cramps: celery seed, fennel seed, juniper berry, mint, saffron Stomachache: aniseed, cardamom, coriander Ulcer: aniseed, basil, bay leaf, black cumin seed, cardamom, celery seed, chile, cinnamon, clove, coriander, galangal, kokum, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, wasabi

(This listing is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. Consult with your physician if you are experiencing any changes in health or wellness.)








Ropa Vieja


Recipe courtesy of Latinos Y Mas

It Up Wanna make a few spice-filled recipes at home? Here’s a handful to get you started.


pounds skirt steak or flank steak


medium onions, coarsely chopped


onions, julienned


carrots, coarsely chopped


celery stalk, coarsely chopped


bay leaves


tablespoons olive oil


garlic cloves, minced


red pepper, julienned


green bell pepper, seeded and chopped


green pepper, julienned


tablespoon salt

10 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped or 2 tomatoes, julienned ½

spoon of tomato paste


cup red wine


tablespoons cup red vinegar to taste


cup finely chopped parsley leaves


cup finely chopped cilantro Coarse salt to taste


teaspoon black pepper


teaspoon paprika


teaspoon dried oregano


teaspoon ground cumin


packet of achote con cilantro Goya

1. In a large stock pot, put in the

meat, 2 chopped onions, 1 green bell pepper chopped, carrots, celery, achote con cilantro Goya, bay leaf and a tablespoon of salt. Cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 1 ½ to 2 hours. 2. When meat is very tender, turn off heat and let meat cool in liquid for 20 minutes. Remove from broth. 3. Blend the broth with the vegetables and strain it through a sieve. Return broth to heat, and boil to reduce by half, about 20 to 30 minutes. When meat is cool, cut off any fat and pull into shreds about 2-inches wide.

Paul’s Spicy Basil Chicken Recipe courtesy of Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine


oz. boneless chicken breast, cut up


bunch fresh basil Chopped garlic to taste


teaspoon fish sauce


teaspoon soy sauce


teaspoon oyster sauce


teaspoon sugar


teaspoon sweet chili paste Dash white pepper


tablespoons chicken broth (such as Knorr)


tablespoon vegetable oil

4. Stir in 3 cups reduced broth and tomatoes. Cook for 15 minutes over medium heat. Stir in shredded meat, tomato paste, red wine, vinegar, parsley, oregano, cumin, black pepper and paprika. Cook 10 minutes more. 5. While broth is reducing, heat oil in a large skillet and sauté the remaining julienne onions, julienne red and green pepper, the garlic and 1 tablespoon salt until softened, about 5 minutes. Combine everything and add salt to taste. 6. Serve with rice, beans and sweet plantains.

Vegetables: snow peas, white

onions, green bell peppers, zucchini, fresh chili peppers, finely chopped or dried chili pepper (start with ½ teaspoon and gradually add more according to taste) 1. Lightly coat pan with vegetable oil and a little chicken broth. 2. Add chicken to stir fry until almost done.  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring constantly, cook chicken until done. Cook vegetables lightly in order to maintain crispness and vitamins. Fresh basil should be added last.

Paul’s Note: “It’s best to use a wok to make this but if you don’t have one, use the thinnest frying pan you can find.” The fresh chili peppers and chili paste are what make this dish spicy, so you can add as little or as much as you want. This recipe calls for medium spice.



Ginger Carrot & Squash Soup

Recipe courtesy of Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease

1½ teaspoons coriander seeds ½

teaspoon yellow mustard seeds


tablespoons canola or vegetable oil


cups diced onion


heaping teaspoon diced fresh ginger


teaspoon turmeric


teaspoon Madras Curry Power or commercial curry powder


pound carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped


acorn squash, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped (1 pound)

Egg Curry

Recipe courtesy of Seema Patel


large onion


can tomato sauce


boiled eggs, halved


green pepper, diced


green chilies, crushed


cloves of garlic, crushed


cup heavy cream


teaspoon chili powder (add more if preferred)


teaspoon black pepper


pinches of cinnamon powder


pinches of clove powder


teaspoon garam masala (optional) Ginger root, crushed Turmeric powder Salt Cooking oil


teaspoon lime zest


cups chicken stock


cup light cream


tablespoon fresh lime juice


cup fresh parsley

1. Dry roast the coriander and mustard seeds separately and cool.* Place both spices in a spice mill and grind to a fine powder. (Or you can use purchased coriander and mustard seeds that are already ground.) 2. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed large Dutch oven and brown fry the onion for 10 minutes until golden brown. Add ginger, roasted ground seeds and curry powder, and stir for 1 minute. Add carrots, acorn squash and lime zest. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

1. Chop the onion finely, and in a

large pan add oil, then the onions. 2. Cook the onion until browned, and then add the crushed chili, garlic and ginger. 3. Reduce heat and add chili powder, cinnamon powder, clove powder, black pepper, turmeric and garam masala, and stir for 1 minute.

3. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until carrots and squash are soft. Cool slightly. 4. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return the soup to the pot. Stir in the cream and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley. Makes 6 servings.

Spicy Vanilla Rice Pudding

*To dry roast whole spices, heat a small, heavy frying pan (preferably made of cast iron) over medium heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Add the spices. Use an oven mitt or potholder and hold the pan handle, shaking the spices and stirring with a wood spoon so they don’t burn. As the spices heat up they will start to smoke and release their aroma. Continue heating until they are deep brown. Transfer spices to a clean plate to cool before grinding.

4. Add the can of tomato sauce, diced green pepper and salt, and let cook for 10 minutes. 5. Add heavy cream and cook for 10 minutes. 6. Add boiled eggs. 7. Before serving with rice, add fresh chopped citrno as a garnish.

Recipe courtesy of Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease


cup basmati rice


cups water


three-inch cinnamon stick


cups whole milk

1½ cups half and half 1

cup sugar


teaspoon ground clove


teaspoon ground cardamom


vanilla bean, split lengthwise Freshly grated nutmeg

1. Rinse the basmati rice with cold water until water runs clear. (Put the rice in a bowl, cover with water and run it through a mesh strainer three times.) Put the water, rice, cinnamon stick and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer until the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. 2. Add the milk, half and half, sugar, cloves and cardamom. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean, then add the bean. Increase the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens and becomes creamy, about 40 minutes. 3. Remove the pudding from the heat. Remove the cinnamon stick and the bean, and discard. Divide among four dessert bowls and grate fresh nutmeg over the top. Makes 4 servings.

Citrno (for garnish)




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L-R: Jeff Crippen, Mike Torres, Bill Trice and Brenda Ford

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he Reillys’ shock was to be expected. It’s not every day that you wake up to find an 18-foot-long, 14-foot-wide, 15-foot-deep hole in your yard. “Joe and I were dumbfounded one morning when one of nature’s oddities, a sinkhole, showed up on our front lawn,” says Gail. “Almost immediately, Foundation Services was on the scene lending assistance—educating and advising us and stabilizing the void.” The Reillys’ choice of the esteemed 20-yearold sinkhole repair company was a smart one. Foundation Services is Central Florida’s leader in sinkhole remediation/cosmetic restoration as well as foundation repair and general contracting. Foundation Services of Central Florida, Inc. was formed in 1991 after the merger of longtime Ocala custom home building companies; Hardin Builders, owned by Bobby Hardin and Miroda Development, owned by Darryl Hampy; and local developer Keith Seyler, forming the partnership Hardin, Seyler, Hampy. The three companies together brought decades of experience to

the foundation and sinkhole repair business. Today, Foundation Services’ owners, Bobby Hardin, Keith Seyler, Darryl Hampy and Robert Stephenson, have over 150 years of combined experience in the construction industry. Recently, in response to the company’s tremendous growth, the owners built an expansive 11,500-square-foot facility to accommodate its six major divisions— sinkhole remediation, cosmetic restoration, general contracting, concrete, landscaping and Stable Soils, a recently established sister Company that incorporates a lightweight, structural polyurethane foam to lift concrete and solidify weak soils. Over its 20 years in business, the company has performed repair work at such well-known locales as Hammett Bowen Elementary, Vanguard High School and Booster Stadium in Ocala; the baseball stadium at the University of Florida; Gainesville’s Harn Museum; a NASA information building at Cape Canaveral; the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Alachua and the new Moffitt Cancer Center in The Villages.

We do everything, from the initial sinkhole repair to cosmetic restoration and landscaping. —ROBERT STEPHENSON

“Unlike some other companies, we do not sub-contract out our work,” says co-owner Robert Stephenson. “We do everything, from the initial sinkhole repair to the finishing touches on the cosmetic restoration and landscaping. It is all handled by our crews.” There are several ways in which sinkholes can be treated. The Reillys required the most common repair method—Deep Compaction Grouting, a process used to stabilize unstable subsurface soils and seal the limestone surface. The process takes, on average, two weeks to complete, and conveniently, residents do not have to vacate the home during the repairs. “We were in awe of how smoothly the drilling and grout injection process went,” Gail says. “Even our neighbors commented on [the crew’s] courteousness, thoughtfulness and work ethic. At the conclusion of the job, the home site looked exactly as it did at the job’s inception.” The Reillys’ sentiments are far from unique. The praise from Foundation Services’ clientele is virtually endless, and frequently centers on the company’s commitment to educating clients about the problem and

available solutions, and explaining the procedure step by step. “Robert sat down with us in the beginning,” says Ocalan Dwayne Warren, “and explained the whole process while displaying pictures so that we could understand from a person’s view that knows nothing about this process.” The geotechnical engineer’s report—the thick stack of papers filled with scientific terminology, data and graphs that every homeowner receives after testing is performed— is enough to put anyone into a tailspin. That’s precisely what makes Foundation Services’ assistance in guiding clients through the process so exemplary. It’s a necessity and a welcomed relief for homeowners. “Robert took the time to thoroughly explain each step,” echoes James Joiner of Gainesville. “Mr. Stephenson and the crews should serve as models to other companies wishing to achieve outstanding customer relations.” What Foundation Services’ clients are recognizing every day and have recognized for the past 20 years is that experience matters. In the flash-in-the-pan business world that exists

today, it’s comforting to know one company in town has the knowledge, reputation and dedication to see homeowners through one of the most stressful times in their lives. “Experience is everything,” Robert stresses. “Over 20 years, we’ve completed over 2,000 jobs. There are companies that have seen less than 100 jobs. So we’ve seen a lot. It may be the homeowner’s first time experiencing these problems, but it’s not ours. We will be there to see them through and to make their home whole again.”

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Love Your Skin Luscious Lips With a soft washcloth or soft-bristled toothbrush, gently exfoliate your lips to remove dead skin cells. Once you’ve exfoliated, apply lip balm. These days, manufacturers are adding antioxidants like green tea and pomegranate, as well as walnut oil, rose oil and flaxseed oil, which contain essential fatty acids. Source:

Go Red! 5 Tips For Healthy Skin 1. Sun Protection: Avoid the sun between 10am–4pm; wear sunscreen, protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. 2. Don’t Smoke: Toxins age you inside and out. 3. Be Gentle: Limit bath and shower times, avoid strong soaps, and pat dry and moisturize. 4. Healthy Diet: Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, grains and lean proteins. 5. Manage Stress: Set reasonable limits on your time, scale back on to-do lists and have fun. Source:

South African rooibos tea (a red tea) contains aspalathin, a powerful flavonoid that reportedly slows the aging process by preventing damage to DNA strands, which means less collagen breakdown. Source: Amazing Wellness magazine

Foods To Help You Glow Brazil Nuts: Excellent source of selenium and zinc. Selenium improves skin elasticity, fights skin infections and is necessary for glutathione production, which neutralizes free radicals that destroy collagen. Carrots: Provides beta-carotene and vitamin C, a combination that creates a natural sunscreen with an SPF factor of 2-4. Avocados: Contain lots of good, healthy mono-

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Walk With A Doc When cardiologist DR. JAMES LONDON read about the Walk With A

Step It Up According to the AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE, there are 2,000 steps to a mile and an adult should be walking 10,000 steps a day to be considered active. It breaks down like this: 4,999 steps or fewer is considered sedentary; 5,000–7,499 is low active; and 7,5009,999 is somewhat active. To achieve the active level, it takes 10,000 steps. Now don’t let that scare you. You don’t have to do it all at once. You can accumulate the steps throughout your day. In addition to taking actual walks, running errands—at least the ones on foot—count, too! It’s probably a good idea to get a pedometer to make sure you’re getting in those 10,000 steps! And why is all this walking so important? Well, according to a study published in a recent issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, American adults walk less than adults in some other countries with lower obesity rates. The average American adult takes 5,117 steps compared to adults in Japan (7,168), Switzerland (9,650) and Australia (9,695). The American adult obesity rate is 34 percent compared to Japan (3%), Switzerland (8%) and Australia (16%).



Doc program, which was founded five years ago in Columbus, Ohio, he wanted to bring it to Ocala. “There are about a dozen programs throughout the country,” says London, who is a physician with Ocala Family Medical Center. “The only other one in Florida is in Miami. A free program, walkers are invited to join Dr. London and other physicians and staff from Ocala Family Medical Center for a 1-2 mile walk every Saturday at 8:30am. Personal trainer Robert Moffett of Ocala Body Worx Fitness Training also joins in to help with warm-up exercises and fitness questions. Everyone meets at the Ocala Family Medical Center offices just off Easy Street and walks to and back from nearby Scott Springs Park and back. “The route is actually a mile and a half,” says London. “But we are flexible and if someone only wants to walk a mile


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or wants to walk two miles, we break up into different groups. Also if it’s really cold or rainy, we can just go right over to the Paddock Mall and walk indoors.” Walkers can bring friends, family and even their dogs. Water and granola bars are provided, as are pedometers to everyone who wants one. Also during the walk, participants can ask the doctors medical and healthy lifestyle questions at no charge! “Our hope is that if people take part in the Walk With A Doc program, it’ll encourage them to walk every day,” says London. Ocala Family Medical Center is located at 2230 SW 19th Avenue Road. (352) 237-4133

Q: What specifically do you test for with allergy testing? A: The typical allergy test evaluates for

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The Giving-Back High An important part of a balanced life is giving back to others. It’s a win-win situation for those who give and those who receive. Researchers have proven that there are amazing health benefits from being generous. Described as a “helper’s high” and a “warm glow,” it’s a physical response that makes people feel good about themselves and prompts them to want to give again. Researchers are finding out that people give for all kinds of reasons: altruistic, impulsive, habitual or ideological. And here are a few other interesting tidbits the research into generosity has uncovered: generosity helps you live longer; people who plan donations give more than those who don’t; people who have more money don’t necessarily give more. Source: USA Today/Sharing in the USA/Nov. 2010

Dogs, Sisters & Best Friends Having a dog, sister and best friend is good for our health. Nearly 40 percent of American households have a dog and for good reasons. Studies into animal-human connections show that dogs make us happy (they’re always happy to see us), healthier (we take them for walks) and friendlier (people tend to talk to someone who has a dog). A recent study in the Journal of Family Psychology, found that having a sister may help teens fight depression. Researchers think it’s because girls are more likely to take on a caregiver role and are better at talking about problems. But close, affectionate siblings, regardless of gender, have a positive influence on each other, teaching each other to be kind and generous. A University of Wisconsin study found that having good friends helps keep your immune system strong. Those with close friends showed lower levels of interleukin-6, a protein linked to cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. So get a dog, hug your sister and have a cup of coffee with your best friend!



Wanted: Patient Drivers Lack of transportation to medical appointments can be a major problem for thousands of cancer patients. Many need daily or weekly treatments, often over the course of many months. Many are too ill to drive or don’t have a vehicle or someone to drive them to and from their life-saving treatment appointments. That’s why the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY began its Road To Recovery program—to provide cancer patients with volunteer drivers. No special driving skill set or education is required—just a safe driving record, a valid driver’s license, current auto insurance, a vehicle in good working condition and most importantly, some free time and the desire to help someone. All training and transportation coordination between patients and drivers are handled by the American Cancer Society office. If you want to help by becoming a volunteer driver for a cancer patient, please call the ACS Ocala office at (352) 629-4727 or 1-800-ACS-2345.

Equipment Exchange As a physical therapist, Rick Shutes witnesses many patients doing without much-needed healthcare equipment, and recently he decided to do something about it. Shutes has founded SELFCAREEXCHANGE.COM, a website serving as a resource for people with disabilities and selfcare needs, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals to find the equipment their patients need. On, people will be able to post free classified listings to donate or sell disability, medical, healthcare and mobility equipment. “It is staggering the number of people

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Mind Games When it comes to eating and exercise, our minds can play tricks on us. According to a recent study in Psychological Science, just looking at fastfood logos may be enough to affect our thought processes—and not for the better. People exposed to fast-food logos exhibited impatience and were less likely to defer gratification. In other words, it could make someone less likely to pass up that fast-food burger in favor of healthier eating choices. In a recent research study at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in Ithaca, New York, participants were divided into two groups: Half watched TV exercise-related ads for running shoes and fitness centers; the other half viewed ads for washing machines and car insurance. Then all the participants were treated to a buffet lunch. The group who had watched the fitness ads ate 22 percent fewer calories than the participants who hadn’t.

Besides Halt The Salt the ubiquitous When it comes to the salt shaker, white foods to avoid, people get sugar gets a lot of the large doses of headlines. But its white sodium every cousin salt, a.k.a. sodium, day from processed deserves just as much attention and packaged foods, restaurant avoidance. While sugar gets most meals, fast foods, snacks, cereals, of the blame for obesity, salt plays soups and sodas. Read labels, paying a role as well. Too much salt in the particular attention to ‘per serving’ diet contributes to high blood pres- amounts of sodium. More and more sure. And this leads to thousands restaurants are including nutrition of early deaths attributed to heart information on their menus, so take disease and stroke. advantage of that as well or ask if the The Dietary Guidelines for information isn’t provided. Americans advisory committee Nutrition experts recommend consump- slowly cutting back on your salt recommends that sodium consump tion be limited to 1,500 milligrams a consumption, allowing your taste day. Most Americans consume more buds to adjust gradually. than twice that amount, an average Source: American Heart Association of 3,400 a day.

A Cereal Killer? Sure, kids love cereal for breakfast. But consider this: Most packaged cereals have 24 grams of refined sugar per serving! Here’s some good news, however: While most kids who were



Eat More ‘See’food Diets rich in seafood, which provide omega-3 fatty acids, are showing promise in ensuring good eyesight as we age. Recent research focused on the effect of a fish and shellfish diet on preventing macular degeneration, a common cause of age-related blindness. The study participants were asked to report on their diet habits for a year. Those with macular degeneration and other eye problems consumed the least amount of fish and shellfish. Researchers believe that this suggests a fish-rich diet helps vision. Doctors advise against self-dosing with omega-3 supplements and recommend seeing an eye specialist as well as coordinating your diet with your regular doctor. Diet recommendations for foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: FISH: Salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, albacore tuna SHELLFISH: Shrimp, crab, lobster OTHER FOODS: Walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil, soybeans Sources: American Heart Association; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Wilmer Eye Institute; Ophthalmology magazine

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Secrets Of The Super Fit BY JOANN GUIDRY Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! OK, well maybe these super athletes can’t perform those superhuman feats, but their athletic prowess will certainly impress and inspire you. Ocala Style recently visited with an elite group of local extreme competitors in hopes of snaring a few of their secrets to pass on to you.



Bodybuilder Erin Stern THE


odybuilding just for the sake of muscle bulk doesn’t interest Erin Stern. No, Erin, who captured the 2010 Miss Figure Olympia national title, prefers welding form with function. “What I do and promote is functional strength training,” says Erin, 30, who is a walking advertisement for what she preaches. “The focus is on balance and stabilization, building strength to apply to everyday movements and needs.” Naturally athletic and always competitive, Erin is an accomplished horsewoman and was a Jr. All-American high school high jumper. It was while she was a University of Florida track star that Erin first encountered strength training. “You need explosive strength for high jumping, so my coaches suggested I do some strength training in the gym to increase mine,” recalls Erin. “That’s when I first learned how important being strong was.” Having made that connection, there was no looking back for Erin. She parlayed her newfound strength into becoming the first Lady Gator to compete in the pentathlon, which consists of five track events. Erin also competed in the seven-event heptathlon, and she still has three outdoor high-jump performances on UF’s All-Time Top 10 lists. After graduating from UF with a degree in environmental “Make yourself policy and going accountable by into the real writing down your estate business, main fitness goal. Erin continued to Then share that with strength train. your personal trainer In 2007, she or a workout buddy. joined the U.S. Track It helps to break your and Field amateur main goal down into team and began high smaller attainable jumping again with goals to get you from point Ato point B.Take a goal of qualifying for the Olympic pictures at day 1,day Track & Field Trials. 14,day 30 to help Erin jumped 5 feetyou see how you’re 11 inches in 2010, progressing.” just missing the


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Being fit, strong and healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Olympic Trials by an inch. But she’s already back in training for the 2011 season with, pardon the pun, high hopes in the high jump. When Erin closed her Ocala-based Extra Mile Realty in mid-2008, gym friends suggested she go into competitive figure bodybuilding. Erin took to it like she was born with rock-hard six-pack abs. In only her third figure competition as an amateur, she won the 2008 National Physique Committee’s Nationals and earned her International Federation Body Building pro card in November of that year. “It was surreal how quickly everything happened,” says Erin, who signed with Fitness Management Group and was named the 2009 FLEX Rookie of the Year. “But I’m loving every minute of it.” Erin, who has been featured on the cover of Oxygen magazine, adheres to a consistent workout and nutrition regime. She strength

trains five to six days a week in hour-long sessions, using free weights and machines to focus on one body part a day. She also takes 45-minute brisk walks three times a week. During track season from January to July, Erin will add in sprint workouts. Four to six weeks prior to a figure competition, she’ll ramp up her gym work to two sessions a day. And good nutrition plays a key role in her fitness program. “My diet is based on whole natural foods. I pack a cooler every day of lean protein like grilled chicken or bison, as well as fresh fruits and veggies,” says Erin, who works out at Ocala’s All Pro Fitness. “I eat six meals a day of about 300 calories each. My snacks are fruit, hardboiled eggs and rice cakes. And I drink lots of water, at least a gallon a day. Being fit, strong and healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be simple and fun, too.”

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Cyclist Ryan Woodall


the sport,” says Ryan, whose brother Regan is also a competitive pro division mountain biker. “But I want to compete at my best in every race, so I put in the hours of training that it takes. You have to have the dedication to do well.” For Ryan, off-season training involves gym work with a focus on leg exercises to primarily build quadriceps strength. He also does weight work to strengthen his forearms. “Because of the way you have to ride the bike, almost upright, you need to have strong quads and forearms,” says Ryan, who works at Brick City Bikes. “Strong legs keep you on the bike. Strong forearms help with the maneuvering up and down and around.” During the Florida fall racing season, it’s all about bike time. Ryan says he’s “on the bike almost every day either for one-hour easy rides or three-hour all-out ones.” While his focus is on mountain biking, he does do some road bike training and racing “to help with basic strength and speed.” Ryan has two mountain bikes and one road bike. The races held across the state can vary from 20-35 miles and sometimes there are more than one a weekend. Points are awarded according to the finish in each event leading to the season finale “Buy the best bike championships you can afford.You in respective can get a good divisions. mountain bike for Ryan, who around $500.Shop mentors young around at the local mountain bikers, bike shops,talk to does have an ultimate experienced riders goal in his sport. and get matched “I hope to upwith the best be picked up by a bike for you.Then go national pro biking out to the bike trails team,” he says. “It and start out on the would be great to be beginner’s trails.Most able to make a living of all,have fun!” doing what I love.”





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s far as champions go, Ryan Woodall is rather unassuming. Think Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent. Having acknowledged that he is indeed a five-time state mountain bike champion, Ryan modestly adds later that, oh, yeah, he’s also a two-time Southeastern regional champion. For the record, Ryan captured the USA Cycling Florida State Pro Men’s championship titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2006 and 2009, Ryan claimed USA Cycling’s Southeastern Regional Pro Men’s championship title. USA Cycling is this country’s official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling, including road and mountain biking. In addition to the state and regional competitions during the fall season, USA Cycling also hosts the summer season’s Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour. Ryan has competed in those national events as well, notching two Top 10 finishes in 2010. And all of this success began with Ryan, his brother Regan, and his father, Cullie, chasing each other through the woods. “My family was very competitive in motocross sports,” says Ryan, 25. “Then a friend told us about the mountain bike trails at Santos and we decided to check them out. I was 13 at the time and it just clicked with us right away. Next thing we knew we were on bikes, chasing each other through the woods.” Soon the chasing turned to competition and Ryan quickly excelled, snagging his first state championship in the Junior (ages 11-14) division in 1999. He moved seamlessly into the Pro Elite level, scoring in 2005 his first of five state championships to date. “I love the competition and the camaraderie within

Martial Artist Joanna Maxwell THE


f you need a good swift kick in the youknow-what to start a fitness program, Joanna Maxwell may just be the woman for the job. As a two-time songahm taekwondo world champion, Maxwell delivers a pretty potent kick. Need proof? In 2007 and 2009, Joanna won songahm taekwondo world championship titles in the women’s sparring 50-59 age division. In 2010, after winning the Florida state championship in sparring and weapons, she was the runner-up in a sudden victory match at the world championships. Governed by the American Taekwondo Association, the world championships are held every June in Little Rock, Arkansas. “As a martial arts, taekwondo is about more than just punching and kicking,” says Joanna, 56, who has been involved in the sport for a little more than a decade. “Songahm taekwondo is about the development of the mind and the body. You have to have both inner and outer strength to become a whole person.” Taekwondo traces back to an ancient Korean martial arts known as t’aekyon. The contemporary taekwondo term is a blending of Chinese and Korean words, which loosely translate to “The Way of the Hand and Foot.” The songahm form of taekwondo, which focuses on a non-aggressive and ethical system of selfdefense, only came into being two decades ago. In an ironic twist of fate, Joanna actually graduated from high school while living in “Songahm Korea. But she taekwondo involves admits she didn’t total commitment get introduced to to mind and the martial arts body fitness.And discipline there. if you make that “My father was commitment,you in the Air Force, will be rewarded by so we traveled a lot becoming a stronger and I grew up on whole person.” military bases,” says


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I’m proof that taekwondo is for anyone who makes the commitment. Joanna, who adds with a laugh, “but when I was in Korea, I wasn’t into taekwondo. I was into GIs.” Many years later after settling in Ocala, Joanna became involved with taekwondo through her brother Chuck Franz and his kids, who were taking classes. Then her son Alex also became interested and soon Joanna was spending a lot of time watching taekwondo. “I had been looking for something to get myself in better shape,” says Joanna, who has had multiple careers in horse farm management, security and mortgage lending. “I thought taekwondo was something I could do physically and I liked the mental discipline aspect of it, too.” In 2000 and at the age of 45, Joanna began her commitment to songahm taekwondo. She moved through the nine-levels of color belts, earning her black belt in 2002. In 2006, she became a nationally certified instructor and in 2008 opened ATA Martial Arts of Ocala.

“I’m proof that taekwondo is for anyone who makes the commitment,” says Joanna, who has been married to her husband, Barry, for 31 years. “We have students from four years old to 77, boys and girls, men and women. We had five state champions and seven championships in 2010 come from our gym.” Six days a week, Joanna incorporates training and teaching into her classes. The adult classes begin with “a boot camp-style, full-body warm-up.” Core strength is emphasized because “there is a lot of balance involved in taekwondo.” The three disciplines of form, sparring and weapons are taught. During the competition season, at least one tournament a month is entered with a focus on the Southeast region. Points are accumulated during the season, which culminates with the June world championships in Little Rock. “It’s a lot of work, but we don’t sell black belts,” says Joanna. “They have to be earned.”

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Speed Skater Joey Mantia THE


oey Mantia has a need for speed—the kind of speed that has earned him 28 gold medals from seven inline speed skating world championships. Add to that a substantial cache of silvers and bronzes and a long list of speedskating records. As a member of Team USA, Joey came away with two golds, two silvers and one bronze at the 2010 World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Colombia, South America. “Colombia is like the inline speed skating capital of the world,” says Joey, 24, who graduated from Vanguard High School. “Soccer is still the number-one sport there, but speed skating is right behind it. It’s always a great experience when I go to Colombia.” Joey doesn’t remember a time he wasn’t crazy about speed skating. His father, Joe Mantia, signed him up for speed skating classes at Ocala’s Skate Mania when he was just nine. In short order, Joey was winning competitions at state, national, international and world levels. Thanks to his sport, Joey has traveled the globe with stops in such places as Germany, Korea, Holland, Belgium, China, “The great thing Italy and Venezuela. about inline skating And he was always is that you can do it taking home some almost anywhere.It’s a relatively low-impact precious metal and numerous sport,so that makes it titles wherever he one of the healthiest, competed. too.You can buy a These days decent pair of roller when he isn’t skates at any sports traveling, Joey lives store for $150-$200 on the U.S. Olympic and,of course,for Training Center safety you should also campus in Colorado get a good helmet.” Springs, Colorado.


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Endurance is the hardest to get & the first to go. He also rents a house in Salt Lake City, Utah, to take advantage of the ice tracks training facility there in anticipation of soon switching to that surface. “It’s wonderful to be able to use the great facilities at the U.S. Training Center,” says Joey. “It has one of only three banked speed skating tracks in the country.” The inline speed skating season is nearly a year-round affair and to get through it, Joey has to be in superb physical condition. When he isn’t skating, he does some road biking for crosstraining and “to cool down and stretch my legs.” Another component of his fitness program incorporates what Joey describes as “dry lands work.” This involves plyometric and isometric exercises “to build the explosive power that speed skaters need.” Joey says that “endurance is the hardest to get and the first to go,” which is why there are many more sprinters than long-distance skaters in the sport. After becoming lactose intolerant a few years ago, Joey was advised by a doctor to eliminate dairy from his diet and try a simpler way of eating. “I starting eating a clean diet of no dairy and no processed foods,” he says. “I focused on

fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Within three months, I felt much better and I’ve stuck to that way of eating.” Having achieved so much in the sport that he is passionate about, Joey is now giving back. He puts on two-day skating camps for beginners to advanced skaters. He’s also involved with the National Speedskating Circuit, which was founded by multiple national inline speed skating champion Miguel Jose. The NSC, which hosted its first season in 2010, was created to bring inline speed skating into the professional mainstream of American sports. “I think it’s so important to give back to the sport,” says Joey. “I’m very grateful that when I was coming up in the sport, the more experienced skaters mentored me. So now it’s my turn to give back.” Joey’s plans for the future include competing for one more year in inline skating and collecting more world championship gold. Then he’s going to turn his attention to speed skating on the ice with a major goal in mind—the 2012 Winter Olympics. “I feel like I’ve accomplished just about everything I can in inline speed skating,” says Joey. “Competing in the Olympics is my next challenge.”

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t 42, Brian Kuhn went through a midlife fitness crisis. Two years later, he had impressively resolved it, qualifying for both the FINA World Masters Swimming Championship in Sweden and the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last year. “Considering that I hadn’t been a competitive swimmer in 20 years and had never done triathlons before,” says Brian, “those two accomplishments came as a surprise. Nice surprises, though.” In the pool since he was eight, Brian was an elite swimmer on the Forest High School swim team. But after high school graduation, he got busy with other things in his life. He briefly started swimming again in his mid-20s, then stopped again, this time for almost two decades. “I got married, started my business, had kids, got divorced,” says Brian, 44, who has owned Evolutions hair salon on Fort King Street for 15 years. “By the time I was in my 40s, I realized I needed to make some lifestyle changes. I needed to make time to get fit and healthy again.” The first thing that Brian did was jump in the pool at the YMCA. He regained his swimming fitness quickly and his competitive nature with it. He formed a U.S. Masters swim team, dubbed the Woo Masters, which started competing at swim meets. When someone suggested he try triathlons, Brian was up to the challenge. Through swimming, biking and running, he was soon 25 pounds lighter and fitter than he’d ever been in his life. Brian entered a qualifying swim meet in St. Petersburg for the “Don’t be scared to start a fitness program. World Masters Championship. Pick an activity you Surprise #1: He like,whether it’s finished in the swimming,biking or top three in the running,and start 50 freestyle, 100 back slowly.Then freestyle, 100 as you progress, backstroke and 200 challenge yourself backstroke in his and you’ll be 40-44 age group, surprised at what you qualifying for the can accomplish.” World Masters


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Championship that summer in Gothenburg, Sweden. Next up Brian entered the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, on April 29, 2010. More than 4,000 athletes competed to qualify for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. To qualify, an athlete had to finish in the top third of his or her age group. Brian completed the one-mile swim, the 24.9-mile bike event and the 6.2 mile run in 2 hours, 38 minutes and 52 seconds. Then came Surprise #2. “A couple of days later, I’m going through the St. Anthony results and realize that I had qualified for the national championships,” says Brian, who could easily pass for a surfer with his sun-streaked blond hair and laid-back attitude. “With two championships to choose from, I decided to do the triathlon championships.”

In Tuscaloosa on September 25, running and biking over terrain that Brian found surprisingly hilly and swimming in a big, deep river, he finished in a respectable 2:38:39. His next challenge is to compete in Ironman triathlons. Brian’s training schedule includes being in the pool at 5:30am Monday through Friday. During the week, he mixes in biking or a spinning class two or three times after a swim and running four miles a day. On Saturday mornings at 6am, a group of runners known as the Social 8 meet at the YMCA and run the eight miles to the Downtown Square. Once a week, Brian usually does his own personal triathlon. “Now I’m probably a little more extreme and competitive than most people,” says Brian, who follows a diet of lean protein, vegetables and fruits. “But everyone can make time to be fit and healthy. That’s the key—you have to make the time.”

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Bodies Yawning, burping, hiccupping—we all do it. Some more than others. But why? We thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the human body’s biggest mysteries. Who knows? You just might learn a thing or two about why your own body acts the way it does. Written & Compiled by Karin Fabry-Cushenbery

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ver known someone (or maybe you are that someone) who pops and cracks with every movement? Hard to believe it’s gas making that sound. No, not that kind of gas. Scientists explain that synovial fluid is present in our joints to aid in lubrication. Inside this fluid, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oxygen build up. When we separate these joints, the gas is rapidly released, making a noise. Another reason? When a joint moves, the tendons move slightly out of place (particularly in our ankles and knees). That common pop you hear when you get up is the sound of the tendon snapping back into place. By the way, you won’t be able to pop that same joint again until the gas has had a chance to build up once more. Source: Library of Congress

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boogers form? charley horse. If you find yourself experiencing these spasms on a regular basis, try upping the potassium and calcium in your diet. Also, skip the soda and grab a bottle of water. Sources: National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

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1. The upper nasal mucosal lining is

irritated by dust or other particles.

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signal the sneeze center in the medulla part of the brain. (Yes, there’s a sneeze center.) 3. The brains tells the throat and chest muscles to contract and the eyes to close. term The ndheit t (Have you ever gesuns wha tried sneezing with mea rman? your eyes open? It’s in Ge impossible!) alth 4. Contractions in A. He s you es the chest and throat B. Bl ks in cause the sneeze to exit C. Zo in peace o through the mouth, D. G cleaning out the nasal cavity at the same time.

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nd now for the “grossology” part of a sneeze. Occurring over 2–3 seconds, a sneeze can spew as many as 2,000–5,000 germ-filled droplets into the air. Can you say yuck? And it all happens at an amazing 70–100 miles per hour. Before we leave this topic—no, your heart doesn’t skip a beat when you sneeze. Did you know some people say “bless you” following a sneeze because they believe a sneeze could cause your soul to escape your body? Who are these people? Source:

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hances are you’ll yawn once or twice before you’re Are done reading this contagious? paragraph. Ahh, the power of suggestion. It appears that seeing, hearing or thinking about yawning can trigger an actual yawn. Some evidence suggests that yawning is a means of communicating changing environmental or internal body conditions to others. If so, then its contagious nature is most likely a means of communication within groups of animals, possibly as a means to synchronize behavior. If this is the case, yawning in humans appears to have lost its significance over time.






s icky as it might be, mucus does play an important role in protecting your body. As we breathe through our noses, lots of germs and fine particles make their way through our nostrils. In an effort to keep said germs from making a beeline to your lungs, your body forms snot—a sticky, slippery substance—to trap much of it. OK, so now that the dirt and germs are all trapped, our nose hairs (and yes, we all have nose hairs, and some need a good trim every now and then) move the trapped particles toward the front of the nose. As it moves along, it rolls, forming into a ball. When all of those elements lump together and exit your Rhinotillexis: The nose, voila, you have a scientific name booger! Oh and if your for picking one’s little one seems to have boogers with their acquired a taste for fingers boogers, no harm done Mucophagy: The (other than a little public scientific name embarrassment). Dr. (honest) for eating Friedrich Bischinger, an your boogers Innsbruck, Austria-based lung specialist says, “With the finger you can get to places you just can’t reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner. And eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system. Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do.”


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from much hairier humans. When apes, dogs or other animals are scared, their fur bristles, making them look larger. Might be useful for animals, but not so much for us (well, unless you’re Robin Williams).



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f you hesitate before touching something metal, you’re not alone. So what gives with the shock? Well, it all comes down to chemistry—not my favorite subject so I’ll keep this brief. It all starts with an itty bitty atom. They make up every single thing on the planet. Most of the time, atoms have the same number of protons (positively charged particles) and electrons (negatively charged particles). Sometimes, however, the charges aren’t balanced, thus creating static electricity. For example, when you shuffle your feet on a rug, you pick up extra electrons, giving yourself a negative charge. Electrons move more easily through certain materials like metal, aka conductors. When you touch something metal, which has a positive charge with few electrons, the extra electrons jump from you to that surface. That tiny shock you feel is the fast movement of electrons. By the way, static electricity occurs more during the cold season because the air is drier, allowing for an easier build up of electrons on the skin’s surface. Get it? Me neither. Let’s move on. Source:

ou drank your soda too fast, or you were startled. Bam, you’re hiccupping. What’s up with these annoying little spasms? Most people hiccup four to 60 times per minute during a bout of hiccups, and everyone has a specific, lifelong hiccup pattern. So what exactly is happening? I feel a science lesson coming on. According to Discovery Health, during normal breathing, we take in air from the mouth and nose, and it flows THE HICCUP through the pharynx, HALL OF FAME past the glottis and into Persistent or the larynx and trachea, intractable hiccups eventually ending in are most common the lungs. (Got all in men and occur that?) The diaphragm most often in aids this airflow and adulthood. Charles moves down when we Osborne earned inhale and up when we the Guinness Book exhale. Any irritation of World Record to the nerves that title for Longest control this movement Hiccup Attack after causes a spasm of the hiccupping for 68 diaphragm. This spasm years (1922-1990). results in us taking a Source: Discovery Health short, quick breath that is interrupted by the closing of the epiglottis (a flap that protects the glottis, the space between the vocal cords). The sudden closing creates the sound we all know as a hiccup. Source: Discovery Health

Why does it hurt to hit our

“funny” bone?


iving your “funny bone” a good whack is one of those things that can send shivers down your spine. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it tingles. Either way, it’s not funny. First things first, your funny bone isn’t actually a bone at all. Along the inside part of your elbow is the ulnar nerve. When that nerve gets shuffled and bumps against your humerus, the long bone between your elbow and shoulder, (maybe that’s where the funny comes in!) it causes the nerve to react, sending an awkward sensation through your arm and into your fingers.





here’s a very good explanation for this. Why can’t we When you try to tickle yourself, your brain will anticipate the contact ourselves? from your hands and prepare itself for it. The predictability of the stimulus, coupled with the fact that our brain “knows” what our hands are doing, make tickling ourselves difficult. On the other hand, when somebody else grabs your sides to tickle you, whether expected or not, your brain sees it as a foreign sensation and reacts appropriately—usually with peals of laughter.


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Ah, the sun is shining and the outdoors is calling. Who are we to refuse? Accept the call. Get some exercise. Learn new things. Be done in time for lunch. That, my friends, is my idea of a great walk and there are 50 of them in 50 Great Walks in Florida. The following six can be found right here in Marion County. But don’t think it is all dirt trails and backpacks. Nope, that’s hiking. Instead think historic neighborhoods, botanical gardens, nature areas—some paved, some not—and throw in some delightful surprises. So grab a sweater and your water bottle, and set out. What better way to enjoy Central Florida’s crisp, cool weather than with a brisk walk through some of our area’s most beautiful locales.



East Meets West

Land Bridge Trailhead, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, South of Ocala


like walks that have a payoff. After almost a mile of woods-walking you’ll reach the land bridge. Packed with dirt and landscaped with trees and bushes, this bridge, which connects two parts of the Cross Florida Greenway, is for wildlife, walkers and horseback riders. No cars allowed. There is no charge for this walk. Start by parking at the trailhead, nicely appointed with restrooms and picnic tables. Step through the fence posts onto the dirt trail and voilà! You’re transported into an old oak hammock. This is an easy to moderate walk, but unfortunately it’s not wheelchair accessible. Not far from the trailhead, walkers come across a fallen oak tree. It may not be too far into the walk, but it’s a great spot to sit and enjoy the view for a moment. My dogs, Suzi and Annie, particularly liked jumping over the tree. Yes, well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome here.

The Land Bridge Trailhead 475A is located at 11100 SW 16th Avenue, Ocala. Contact the Greenways and Trails Field Office in Ocala at (352) 236-7143, or visit

Walk with a Lake View

Lake Eaton, Ocala National Forest


id I mention there is one walk in the boonies? Well, here we are. Before I forget, make sure to take a potty break before setting out on this walk. There is an enclosed chemical toilet but no running water. This free walk totals 2.1 miles and is part of a dirt loop trail that is wheelchair accessible. The day we walked this trail for book research, we chanced upon great blue herons at the lake and witnessed a pair of eagles flying to their nest. And let me tell you, what a treat it was! Along the trail you’ll see gnarly scrub oaks twisted in startling shapes and a plethora of other shrubbery and wildlife.

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Flowers, Waterfalls and Headsprings Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon


n the first and third Saturday of each month from November through April, Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon has a guided walk through the gardens and headspring area. And it’s well worth the trip! The walk begins at the most civilized hour of 11am and no reservations are necessary. The entrance fee to the park is just $1 per person and the walk lasts 30 to 45 minutes. The worn brick walkways at Rainbow Springs are uneven and can be slippery at times, making for a moderately difficult walk, so wear shoes with good traction. This particular walk is not wheelchair accessible. Rainbow Springs was once a private attraction that featured some beautiful waterfalls. Luckily for us, they still exist today. But while beautiful (and you can’t beat the sound of running water either), the waterfalls pale in comparison to the breathtakingly clear water of the spring’s headwaters. As a special treat, plan your visit for February or March when the azaleas are blooming. And don’t forget to bring your camera!

Rainbow Springs State Park is located at 19158 SW 81st Place Road in Dunnellon. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can view the park’s program at or call (352) 465-8555.

Two Rivers Run Through It Silver River State Park, Ocala


lright all you dog lovers out there, did you know our four-legged friends are welcome in Florida’s state parks on a six-foot lead? Pack up Fido and head out to the Silver River State Park. You, the ever responsible dog owner, will of course bring cleanup baggies. The 1.2-mile round trip has a great payoff halfway through the walk—a spectacular view of the Silver River. Before setting out, ask for a trail map at the entrance when you pay the $4 fee, which by the way is good for up to eight people in the car (so bring your friends, too). When you reach the river, you’ll no doubt see some fish in the shallow water, maybe some nearby wading birds and possibly even an alligator. If you’re really lucky, you may even spot monkeys on the opposite shore. After your walk, make sure to take some time to tour the park’s cracker village. It will give you some new insight into how Florida used to be. Guests can visit the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center for just $2 and they’re open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. And while we’re talking extras, don’t forget to brown bag a lunch. The large picnic area, complete with a playground, makes this is a great place for an outdoor meal. This dirt-trail walk is moderately easy and mostly handicapped accessible.



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A Peaceful Walk Sholom Park, Ocala


holom Park is perhaps one of Ocala’s best-kept secrets. This peaceful meditation park features a formal garden, a savannah, a labyrinth and a koi pond, not to mention a forest. The opportunities to relax and reflect are plentiful. You can pick and choose your paths, but consider this: if you walk every trail in Shalom Park your grand exercise total would be a little over two miles. All of the walkways are paved, making this totally wheelchair accessible. The best part? There is no entrance fee. Dogs aren’t allowed, though, so leave Fido at home this time. On all sides of the park you’ll find some serious On Top of the World residential and commercial development, so it comes as a lovely surprise to find an oasis from all the hustle and bustle. I often ask at local book presentations if people have been to Sholom Park. Many hands shoot up. I ask if they would go back. Hands shoot up again. Shalom Park really is that kind of place. On a side note, bring a quarter to buy fish food, then watch the koi swarm to the surface. If you’re feeling particular lazy, bring a good book or your sketch pad and get in some much-needed “me” time. Who said walking had to be hard work?

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Walking With Friends Sunnyhill Restoration Area


he mailing address might be Umatilla but do not be dissuaded. Sunnyhill is actually in Marion County off County Road 42. A former muck farm, Sunnyhill’s 4,000 acres were purchased by the St. Johns Water Management District to assist with the restoration of the Ocklawaha River. The farm stretches along nine miles of the river. Old levees make excellent walking paths—flat and mowed with great sight lines. The elevation allows walkers to see long distances and you never know what you might come across. Wading birds are winter visitors and sand hill cranes like it so

much that these long-legged birds often stay all year round. So take note birders—bring your binoculars! A few things to keep in mind when considering a trip to Sunnyhill—first things first, there is no admission charge and there is no running water. A portable toilet is available (so you know the drill there). Nearby recreation activities include horseback riding, wildlife viewing, bicycling, picnicking, primitive camping and bank fishing. Whew! You may want to make a weekend trip come to think of it. Okay, back to the walk. You’ll begin at an old farmhouse (known as the Blue House) and make your way to an observation tower. Total hike? A very doable eight-tenths of a mile. Free trail brochures are available and make navigating your way a breeze. Check out the farm’s website at I’ve been told that this month the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department plans to partner with St. Johns and begin tram rides at Sunnyhill.

Sunnyhill Restoration Area is located 5.9 miles east of Weirsdale on the north side of County Road 42. For information visit or call St. John’s Division of Land Management at (386) 329-4404.

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These moon-shaped little bites are packed full of nutrition. One ounce or only 13 cashews contains 21 percent of the daily recommended value of magnesium, which aids in protecting against high blood pressure. If you really love cashews, ¼ cup will give you a third of your daily copper requirements, an important mineral that your body can’t make on its own.

Walnuts It may be just coincidental that the shape of a walnut resembles that of the human brain, but research has shown that although walnuts won’t make you smarter, they do promote brain function. Just ¼ cup also provides 90 percent of the recommended amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, which helps protect against heart disease and acts as an anti-inflammatory.


A selection of healthy, fruity recipes to get your new year started right.

Grilled Chicken Rice Salad with Pineapple and Pistachios Makes 4 servings Recipe courtesy of Prevention

Not a huge fan of milk? Try substituting almonds instead to support your bone health. Just one ounce, or 20–25 almonds, provides as much calcium as ¼ cup of milk and 12 percent of your daily protein requirements. Though high in fat, almonds contain no cholesterol and are naturally high in fiber, which can actually aid in lowering blood cholesterol.

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18 1⁄1⁄8 ⁄ ⁄8

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A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

THE FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE—a traveling exhibit coming to Tampa this month and Orlando in March—is a must for all you chocolate lovers out there. Aside from indulging in tasty treats, visitors to the festival can watch chocolate-inspired cooking demonstrations and the judging of the “Best Of” Chocolate Indulgence Competition. Children have the opportunity to decorate their own chocolate pizza or design a chocolate cookie. For the over-21 crowd, there are chocolate and wine pairing classes offered along with other chocolate “how to” classes. Cookie stacking and ice cream eating are included in the list of chocolaty contests for adults and children alike. In case you want to take a little slice of heaven home with you, vendors will have a wide variety of delectable chocolate goodies on sale from $1 to $5. Remember, though, paper money is no good here! The only accepted currency is the chocolate chip coin.






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red bell pepper, chopped


cup red onion, finely chopped


large lettuce leaves


tablespoons chopped pistachios

1. To make dressing: Reserve pineapple chunks for salad. In small bowl, stir 1/3 cup pineapple juice with oil, salt and pepper. 2. To make salad: In medium bowl, combine reserved pineapple chunks, chicken, rice, bell pepper and red onion. Add dressing and toss gently to mix. Arrange lettuce leaves on 4 plates. Top with salad and sprinkle with pistachios.

In mid-November, Great American Coffee Roasters opened on the “S” curve in Ocala. Owners Steve and Jeryl Durand completely renovated the old Ocala Gold and Diamond building, creating a cozy, welcoming atmosphere with early American décor. “Coffee is something we love and are passionate about,” says Jeryl. “We serve the best coffee you can get in town. We’ve had great feedback and already have regular customers.” The coffee here is never pre-roasted and bagged. Instead, patrons walk in, choose their coffee and it’s fresh-roasted to order. The menu features popular coffee drinks: everything from classic lattes and cappuccinos to Coffee A La Mode and White Chocolate Mocha. Along with muffins and bagels, you can get a light lunch of a soup and sandwich. 816 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala / (352) 328-3737


Caribbean Black Bean and Fruit Salad 1

15-ounce can black beans, drained


tablespoons prepared salsa


tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


tablespoon finely chopped red onion


teaspoon grated orange peel


tablespoon lime juice


teaspoon ground cumin


ounce feta cheese, crumbled (optional)


large Dole Banana, sliced


Dole Orange, peeled and sliced

1. Combine beans, salsa, cilantro, onion, orange peel, lime juice and cumin in large bowl. 2. Spoon onto lettucelined platter. Sprinkle cheese on top of salad, if desired. 3. Arrange banana and orange slices alongside of salad. Squeeze additional lime juice over bananas.


Italian Fine Dining in the Heart of Ocala Ever since Fiore’s Café opened in its current location back in September, patrons have been raving about both the food and the ambience. Eating at this locally owned establishment is reminiscent of dining in Tuscany. Soaring ceilings accented by rugged wood beams; stone arches; soothing, rich colors; sleek granite table tops and exceptional service provide the perfect setting. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, but it’s the authentic Italian cuisine that has customers returning again and again. Handmade pizzas, strombolis and calzones remain part of the regular menu, but the recent additions such as the Marsala Pizza and Chicken Caesar are sure to make regulars out of even more customers. Patrons can’t stop talking about the original dishes at Fiore’s, especially the Black Seafood Linguine, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. The homemade pasta gains its unique dark coloring thanks to the addition of squid ink. An array of fresh seafood—including clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops—is nestled in a luscious lobster sauce, making this entrée a perennial favorite. Another big hit is the lasagna and with good reason. “It’s a huge, hearty portion and one of our best sellers,” says manager Jenny Shull. “It’s a very cheesy, meaty lasagna and we use fresh, homemade pasta, not boxed. “We didn’t take anything away from our old menu,” assures Shull, “but wanted to add some new dishes. We’ve added a number of items, including a traditional favorite Penne alla Vodka. Other new items include the Linguini Puttanesca, Scampi Cosanostra, Spaghetti Gamberi, Tilapia Livornese, Salmon Mezzaluna and Pasta primavera.”  Young diners will appreciate the new Kids’ Menu, which includes penne alfredo, spaghetti and marinara and Italian chicken fingers and fries.

Don’t miss the latest appetizer offerings including the antipasto special, Italian meat pies, coconut jumbo shrimp and the Carpaccio, a fabulous first course that highlights tender, thinly sliced filet mignon presented with delicately flavored olive oil, a spring mix, lemon and fresh Parmesan. As with all of Fiore’s dishes, everything is made from scratch with the freshest, natural ingredients. While each item is carefully prepared, it’s also artfully presented with flair and sophistication, making your dining experience a treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Savory garlic “knots,” warm from the oven, are served with every entrée, and you can select a fine wine, glass of beer or Fiore’s famous homemade sangria to round out your meal. Since Fiore’s Cafe is open seven days a week, why not set aside an evening soon to relax and savor an authentic Italian meal the way it was meant to be enjoyed? The chefs and staff at Fiore’s will go out of their way to make your visit memorable.

Fiore’s Cafe 119 S. Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 789-6980






The Tilted Kilt Comes To Ocala Plaid kilts, personable servers and great pub-style food and entertainment are coming to Ocala when the popular Celtic-themed sports bar and restaurant Tilted Kilt opens this month on Silver Springs Boulevard. Launched nationally in 2003, Tilted Kilt is a rapidly expanding franchise based out of Tempe, Arizona. When the doors open in Ocala, this will be the fifth Tilted Kilt in the Sunshine State. “When we walked into a Tilted Kilt in another city, we thought it would be unique to Ocala,” says Larry Stone, who is the co-owner/operator along with David Stone and Larry Chauncey—all three of whom are longtime Ocala residents. Patrons visiting Tilted Kilt will never believe the building once housed the old Bennigan’s restaurant. With a brand new kitchen, bathrooms and an entire remodel, the facility has a completely new look and feel. With a total of 27 televisions, including two expansive big screens, and a state-of-the-art stereo system, Tilted Kilt promises to be the place to watch sporting events. There will even be live entertainment on the schedule. “It’s a full restaurant, not just a sports bar,” adds Stone. “Any time the doors are open, we’ll be serving a full menu. We’ll



be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.” Tilted Kilt’s menu features an array of satisfying options, whether you just want to snack or feel like having a full meal. Nachos, cheeseburger sliders, quesadillas and salads join over half a dozen hearty burgers, such as the Black & Bleu, The French Connection (lots of melted Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions) and the BBQ Bacon. Of course, there are the pub favorites, including Maggie Mae’s Fish & Chips, Kilt Burner Wings, Chicken Tenders, the Ultimate Club Wrap, the Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap and much more. Sausage Artichoke Fettuccini, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie, lasagna and additional choices can be found on the entrée side of the menu. Whatever you order, you can expect it to be served up with a smile by one of Tilted Kilt’s costumed staff members. Servers (they’re actually referred to as “cast members” or “entertainers”) and bartenders alike wear trademarked plaid kilt costumes. Titled Kilt might be the latest fun spot to eat and hang out with friends, but it’s built on an old history of tradition. “In England and the British Isles, when people would open their homes to travelers, those were called ‘public houses,’” explains Stone. “The pub evolved from that as a place where travelers and locals could go for food and entertainment. We’ve spent a lot of time getting our kitchen staff, management team and servers trained.” And if you feel the urge, you can even wear a kilt. “I’ll buy the first beer for anyone who comes in wearing their kilt,” Stone says with a smile.

Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 351-5458

Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dijon Vinaigrette Makes 4 servings ¼

cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup


tablespoons cider vinegar


teaspoons Dijon mustard


teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced, or ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves


cloves garlic, minced


teaspoon salt


teaspoon pepper


cup Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil


6-ounce bag fresh baby spinach leaves


small unpeeled red apple, cored and thinly sliced


cup crumbled blue cheese


tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon or real bacon bits

1. Whisk together syrup, vinegar, mustard, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium microwave-safe bowl until well blended. Gradually whisk in oil, stirring until thickened. 2. Combine spinach, apple, cheese and bacon in a large bowl. Just before serving, microwave vinaigrette on high for 30 to 45 seconds or until warm. Drizzle salad with desired amount of vinaigrette. Toss salad and serve immediately.

Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant is now open in its new location at 3415 SW College Road. The longtime Ocala establishment bought the property, built a brand new building and opened it for business on November 12. After 15 years in its original leased location, the new Amrit Palace offers a much larger dining area and is still open for lunch and dinner six days a week. “We had 48 seats in our old location and now we can seat 141. We also have two private rooms, which are ideal for birthday parties and business meetings,” says Mandip Singh, wife of owner and head chef Satnam Singh. Patrons will find all the old favorites on the menu as well as a few new additions. 3415 SW College Road, Ocala (352) 873-8500 /


Come Visit Artisinal Dish Fine Grocer & Eats. A new neighborhood marketplace where your favorite natural foods—wholesome, fresh, and locally grown—are all in one place. Artisinal Dish Fine Grocer & Eats is a European-style marketplace conveniently located on HWY 27 and owned and operated by Mary Maverick Gary and Chef Greg Mullen. Together they have created a small grocer that offers only the highest-quality, freshest-


available foods for a one-stop shopping experience that gets back to the basics.

“Our ER is dedicated to treating heart attack patients at emergency speed. That’s why I “heart” Ocala Health.” During a heart attack, minutes matter. If a balloon stent is needed to reduce irreversible muscle damage, the ER at Ocala Regional Medical Center can take you from Door to Balloon, a procedure known as D2B, in record time. In fact, our success rate of beating the recommended D2B * time is the best in the region. Put your heart in good hands.

We are an accredited chest pain center. *

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L-R: Chef Randal White, Deborah Fulgoni, Marge Felix and Charlie Dilebrio

Experienced Local Joins Hilton Team When it comes to sterling service in a beautiful setting, Hilton Ocala is an unmatched destination. Whether the event is an important business conference or a special private function, the sophisticated hotel is an ideal location for wonderful dining, top-notch service and exceptional professionalism. It’s little wonder then that the Hilton Ocala team recently welcomed Marge Newsom-Felix as its new director of catering and special events. Marge has spent decades in the hospitality business, most recently at her popular restaurant, Felix’s, on Silver Springs Boulevard, and brings a wealth of experience to her new position. “I arrived in Ocala 16 years ago from Gainesville where I worked in the hotel business, planning conferences for both Shands and the University of Florida,” Marge says. “I was also very involved in planning large, upscale weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other private events.”



Dish Fine Grocer & Eats has a full calendar of cooking classes and special events. Among the upcoming classes are Old Florida Cuisine, Vegetarian Cooking, One Pot Meals, Asian Fusion, Mother Sauces and More, Fundamentals of Cooking, Beef Pairing and even a Romantic Dinner. Classes are taught by Chefs Greg Mullen and Dave Bland as well as others. Seating is limited, so you’ll need to reserve your space. “We are getting ready to post more classes, so check out the calendar [online]. It changes almost weekly now,” says Mullen. The eatery/grocer is also expanding its hours and beginning this month will be opening early in the morning, making it a great place to grab breakfast. The menu will feature made-fromscratch biscuits and gravy; hearty, hot oatmeal; specialty croissants; coffees and more. 6998 N U.S. Highway 27, Unit 111, Ocala (352) 622-9977 /


After moving to Ocala, Marge worked as the managing partner of Bella Luna Café for six years. She then opened her own restaurant, Felix’s, with her husband in the Historic 1890 House, and the eatery quickly became a popular culinary destination. “Both in our private rooms throughout the restaurant and through our catering division, I worked to create many special, memorable events for our guests,” Marge says. In fact, the management team Marge is joining at Hilton Ocala, including Executive Chef Randal White, Director of Banquets & Operations Charlie Dilebrio and Director of Sales and Marketing Deborah Fulgoni, couldn’t be more pleased to have such an experienced and popular local coming onboard. “By bringing Marge aboard to join our efforts,” says Debbie, “we have now unquestionably come full circle in providing our guests everything they could want and more from their event experience.” Collectively, the Hilton Ocala team boasts over 80 years in the hospitality industry and has the unparalleled experience to not only host but create unforgettable events for its clients. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in our community once again,” Marge says with a smile, “and seeing many special familiar faces as well as meeting new ones.”

Hilton Ocala 3600 SW 36th Avenue, Ocala (352) 854-1400

Pineapple Salsa Chicken 6

boneless, skinless chicken breasts


cups chunked, fresh Dole Tropical Gold Pineapple*


cup Dole Pineapple juice


cup finely chopped red bell peppers


cup finely chopped green bell pepper


tablespoon chopped green onion


teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley


tablespoons chopped jalapeño chilies

1. Grill or broil chicken 5 to 10 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. 2. Combine pineapple chunks, juice, bell pepper, onions, cilantro and chilies in bowl. Serve salsa with grilled or broiled chicken. *May substitute 1 can (20 ounces) Dole Pineapple, chunked, drained.


Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sunday 3p-10p Tony’s Sushi brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami to Ocala, served in a fun, family environment. All sushi dishes are made to order—choose from a variety of specialty rolls or create your own! Whether you prefer chicken, steak or seafood, talented chefs will prepare it with dazzling showmanship on the hot grill right at your table. All entrées come with soup or salad and rice. In addition to the full Japanese kitchen, there is a full liquor bar and a beer selection, including imported Japanese beer and Sake.

For the truly adventurous, try Tony’s famous Sake Bomb! We also provide catering and private parties.

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W. Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken & dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure and leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite.

Jitterz Café Located in Almeida Plaza / 11783 Highway 441, Belleview / (352) 307-9870 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tue-Fri 7a-7p / Sat 8a-2p / Sun 8a-1p If you’re searching for a friendly eatery where the food is delicious, the staff is great and the atmosphere is just right, then look no further than Jitterz Café on Hwy. 441 in Belleview. This delightful spot has been getting rave reviews from patrons! Stop by for a breakfast of Almond French Toast, a fluffy omelet filled inside and out or the wonderful biscuits and gravy. Try a lunch of homemade soup, a fresh salad and a char-grilled burger. Old-time favorites like the Beef Burgundy, or healthier selections like the Smoked Salmon Salad are perfect for dinnertime. For dessert, try our award-winning Bread Pudding topped with vanilla Grand Mariner sauce.

Jitterz’s tea and coffee bar encourages guests to sit a while and enjoy good company. Smoothies are available, and two-for-one beer and wine is offered all day, every day. Call for information about private parties and catering.





Tea Time TANTALIZING TEA in Leesburg is gaining

quite the following of dedicated fans. And it’s no wonder! There’s nothing quite as relaxing and serene as a cup of tea. Perfect for a quiet talk with friends, as a tasty way to chase away the blues or even as a home remedy for throat ailments. It was owner Kathy Niles’ own love of tea (and long afternoons spent at the famous Mariage Freres tea salon in Paris) that inspired her to create Tantalizing Tea. As a level-three certified tea specialist, Kathy can often be found sharing her passion with groups, discussing such topics as the different types and flavor profiles of teas, cooking with tea and the health benefits of drinking tea. No matter what your taste in tea, Kathy is sure to have something to suit you. Her selection of loose-leaf teas includes black, herbal, white, decaf, green and oolong, and you can find them in a variety of specialty stores and food outlets nationwide. Want to check them out now? Visit to peruse the selection, in addition to some great accessories and teapots.

Seasonal Splendor The wintry austerity of January and the budding promise of spring are captured perfectly in this delicate floral creation by LILLI’S FLOWERS & GIFT in Ocala. Placed on a glazed ceramic leaf and cushioned in a bed of live moss, this willow sphere features white tulips and calla lilies, and reinforces the notion that flowers are a source of splendor year-round—even in the dead of winter. At her shop just off of Silver Springs Boulevard, Lilli’s owner Kelli Hart reminds customers everyday that displaying fresh flowers throughout a home is a wonderful way to bring nature’s beauty indoors. For more on Lilli’s creations, call (352) 732-0500.

QUICK Chef Daniel’s Filet and Fin BITES Restaurant, Wine and Raw Bar had its grand opening on December 1. Located in the old Primary Oven building on SW Broadway in downtown Ocala, Filet and Fin serves lunch and dinner, specializing in steak, seafood and more. “It’s affordable, sophisticated dining with fine wine, food and friends,” says Chef Daniel. “It’s a very eclectic menu. We’re going to keep our signature dishes, but I love to play with food, so we’ll be changing and adding things to the menu every month.” Sundays feature “family-style dining” when Chef Daniel creates several ethnic dishes to pass around and share. The atmosphere is upscale,



but patrons can dress casually. Filet and Fin serves beer and wine, including some hard-tofind artisan boutique wines. A variety of complimentary finger foods are served during Happy Hour from 4 to 6pm. Gourmet chefs will appreciate the store’s selection of specialty foods items, meats and cheeses. 306 SW Broadway, Ocala (352) 351-5063 /

Patrons will be happy to know Honeysuckle’s Café is now offering their popular New Englandstyle Fish & Chips every day. The hand-dipped, center-cut cod is fried up light and crisp, and


Endive & Watercress Salad with Apples & Walnuts Makes 6 servings DRESSING: 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2

tablespoons white wine vinegar


tablespoons minced shallot Salt and freshly ground black pepper

SALAD: 6 California endives, halved lengthwise and cored 2

firmly packed cups watercress leaves (no thick stems)


cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts


tablespoons chopped fresh mint


large crisp apple, such as Fuji

1. To make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, wine vinegar and shallot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 2. To make salad: Cut endive halves crosswise into ½-inch-wide pieces. Put endive, watercress, walnuts and mint in a salad bowl. Quarter and core apple, then slice crosswise as thinly as possible. Add sliced apple to salad bowl. Add enough dressing to coat salad nicely. (You may not need it all.) Toss well, taste and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.

served with homemade cole slaw, chips (fries) and malt vinegar. “We have some English customers who say it’s as good or better than the Fish & Chips they have in England, so that makes me happy,” says Sherri Grady, who co-owns the quaint eatery with her mother, Chris. Grady insists on center-cut cod caught in northern U.S. waters. “That makes a big difference when you make Fish & Chips,” says the New England native. Now entering its fourth year in business, Honeysuckle’s Café is located next to Bealls and is open for breakfast and lunch from 8am to 3pm six days a week. Check back soon as they may start opening on Friday evenings. 4901 E. SR 40 (Six Gun Plaza), Ocala (352) 236-0046


Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Sun Breakfast 8a-Noon, Dinner 1p-8p / Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty, with a popular breakfast buffet offered every Sunday. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.

Special menu for Valentine’s Day – Call for reservations. Weekly entertainment, call for details. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Live Maine lobsters every Friday night. Reservation required. Welcome HITS!

Chili’s Grill & Bar Many Convenient Locations Throughout Our Area / Sun-Thu 11a-11p, Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight (lounge open till 2a, at I-75 location only) Happy Hour All Day Everyday From freshly prepared salads to mouth-watering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the flavor with food that’s anything but ordinary. Smokey, sweet and savory ribs are now slowsmoked over pecan wood and impossible to resist. Enjoy the flavor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Share an appetizer and two full-sized entrees with Chili’s $20 Dinner for Two. Party Platters create the perfect event at Chili’s.

Happy Hour is all day every day with 2-for-1 drinks. New lunch combos starting at just $6.00!

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. Cody’s Original Roadhouse – “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA Prime and Choice Steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fish, burgers, salads and more! Two Kids 10 & under Eat Free every Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of 1 adult entree. Wednesday is FREE Fajita Night– Buy One, Get One Free and Thursday, cut into Cody’s 10 oz. USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak for only $11.95! Daily 2-for-1 Happy Hour, Early Bird Specials till 6 pm Mon.-Sat. After-church specials starting at $7.99 with dessert, plus there is always curbside takeout for those in a hurry.

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Super Buffet Pine Plaza / 620 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-9937 Sun-Thu 11a-9:30a / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p

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Finding the right place to dine is a nightmare. Wanting sushi, pizza, seafood, salad or Chinese food? There are loads of books and guides that will lead you to various places. But there is one place that carries all of these items. That place is called Super Buffet. With more then 300 items on its buffet, the consumer can choose from a hot, delicious food bar or a cold fresh fruit and dessert bar. The buffet offers generous portions, which explains the name “super,” so you can be sure to leave full and satisfied. Super Buffet is located in Pine Plaza by the Ocala Police Department. If you like to eat, come in and enjoy the buffet!

La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Avenue, Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / Tue-Thu 11:30a-2p, 5:30-9p / Fri & Sat 11:30a-2p, 5:30p-10p

La Cuisine is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day. On behalf of the entire team, Patrice and Stephane wish you a jolly 2011!

Make La Cuisine part of your New Year’s resolutions so you don’t have to worry any more about finding the ultimate venue for a romantic escape, a unique business lunch or dinner, or a cozy reunion with family and friends. Come enjoy hearty, quality food and dedicated service in the comfort and decor of a French bistro. La Cuisine with its unique atmosphere alongside world-class French food is definitely worth a closer look ! Private dining room and menu customization available upon request for a Special Occasion Banquet, Office Party, Wedding Brunch or Rehearsal Dinner.

Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday

Of course dessert is a must at Latinos Y Mas. You won’t be able to resist the homemade Key Lime Pie! Same great taste, new and exciting decor. Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion.



Wishing all of our customers and friends a Happy New Year! The beautiful newly remodeled Latinos Y Mas is perfect for hosting private parties and can also cater or deliver to any of your upcoming events. If you’re looking for consistently delicious food with a Latin flair, look no further. Begin your Latinos Y Mas dining experience with an exotic Passion Fruit Caipirinha or a Dragonberry Mojito. Follow that with the Peruvian Ceviche appetizer and for your main entrée, try the Titico’s Mero, a seafood dish consisting of mero, sautéed with shrimp and roasted red peppers in a white wine sauce.


Mary’s Cuban Kitchen 101 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-6279 (MARY) Monday-Friday 6:30a-8p / Saturday, 6:30a-4p Whether enjoying lunch or dinner, at Mary’s Cuban Kitchen it feels like you’re dining with family. A variety of lunch and dinner plates are available daily and the selections are too numerous to mention them all! New selections include Arroz con Pollo, Masitas de Puerco, Palomilla Steak, Frijoles Negros and more. In addition to the tasty new menu items, Mary’s also offers dinners to go, also known as “cantinas.” Now you can enjoy Mary’s one-of-a-kind dishes right in the comfort of your own home. Their all-day menu also includes Café Cubano, Café Con Leche, Papa Rellena and Empanadas as well.

Make sure to save some room for one of Mary’s signature shakes! Thick and creamy and made from fresh fruit, choose between banana, strawberry, seasonal fruits and the ever-popular chocolate and vanilla. You have to try Mary’s to appreciate how good it is!

Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / Mon-Thu 4p-10p / Fri & Sat 4p-2a / Happy Hour 4p-7p & 11p-1a Cuvée is an elegant and approachable environment where you can embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine. In an inspiring and intimate atmosphere, Cuvée Wine and Bistro brings together the taste of upscale cuisine with the freshest ingredients combined with a wide array of wines from around the world. We guarantee your senses will be delighted and your palate overwhelmed. Feed your mind, your spirit and your curiosity at Cuvée.

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Most Cherished Days Some of a woman’s most memorable moments involve a beautiful gown, gorgeous jewelry and the perfect hair style. Think of your high school prom or your wedding day. That’s exactly what The Cherished Bride in Ocala has in mind for its PROM & BRIDAL SHOW on January 23 at the Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake. The event, held from noon to 4pm, will showcase some of the newest prom and bridal fashions as well as offer door prizes, entertainment and more. Not to worry, gents. There will be casino-themed tables to keep you occupied as well. And here’s a hint: Register in advance at The Cherished Bride website, and you’ll receive a discount on the price of admission. or (352) 209-5805.

Robopalooza! Opa! If you’re a fan of everything Greek, then head out to the 11th anannual GREEK FESTIVAL February 4–6 at the the Father George Papadeas Community Center in Belleview from 11am to 8pm, Friday–Saturday, and 1–6pm on Sunday. Be Greek for a day and dine on everything from moussaka to baklava while traditional dancers and singers perform. Vendors will be on-site selling jewelry, clothing and souvenirs. It’s also a truly family-friendly event with face-painting, activity inflatables, clowns and much more in store. Admission is a $1 donation to benefit local charities., (352) 237-1476 or (352) 622-1378



Move over Robocop and Terminator. These budding young robotics engineers could give you a run for your money! The ROBOPALOOZA EXTRAVAGANZA, which includes The Cornerstone School “Weasels at Work” FLL Robotics Tournament, Forest High School’s EMIT Program FRC Robotics Demonstration and The Cornerstone School Jr. FLL Expo will take place on January 8 at Forest High School on Maricamp Road. So what does that mean? It means plenty of local kids from all grade levels will be showing off some cool engineerengineer ing inventions at the largest ever robotics tournament in Florida—all made possible by Legos. Whew! That was a mouthful. The First Lego League (FLL) introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. The event is sponsored by Legoland, IHMC and Atheros, and draws hundreds of people.

Cooking Out For A Cause What could be better than enjoying a tasty hot lunch all in the name of charity? Not much! On January 28, Highland Memorial Park is hosting a CHARITY COOKOUT to benefit Habitat For Humanity. The event will take place between 11:30am-1pm and lunch will be provided by The Mojo Grill & Catering Company. Donations will be accepted and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Habitat For Humanity. Participants can eat on-site in the shade, or take their lunch on the go. The address for the park is 1515 NE Third Street, two blocks behind the Cascades. (352) 369-1020

Round em’ up! Car enthusiasts will be gathering at Silver Springs Nature Park on Jan. 8-9 from 10am-5pm to showcase their Fords and Mustangs. The 17th annual FORD AND MUSTANG ROUNDUP is a fun-filled event held at beautiful Silver Springs Nature Park, and National Parts Depot will be on-site featuring products for the most discerning motormotor ist. A people’s choice voting will take place on Saturday with the award presentations held on Sunday. With over 1,000 cars at last year’s event, car enthusiasts will have plenty to feast their eyes on again this year. Bring the whole family as the park attractions will keep the young ones occupied. or (352) 861-8701.

Don, 38 Special has had a lot of longevity in the music business. We certainly take pride in being called a classic rock or heritage band, but we were just Jacksonville neighborhood guys that fell on our faces for years and starved and paid all the dues that you have to. We were the flavor of the week years ago, so we understand the light’s going to shine on you for a little while and then it’s going to shine on somebody else because it’s their turn. But if you can create something that will propel you and give you a nice living and let you tour and bring the party to the people… that’s the thing with 38 Special. We have a reputation for being a premier live act in the country, so after so many years, it’s a great validation for us. We’re proud to be here. A lot of the young groups don’t understand that you have to accept a truckload of failure first. You have to learn to accept the failure because nobody really cares who you are. You have to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and say, “OK, that didn’t work but we’re going to try it again.”

Are you as happy as ever being on stage and performing? Listen, we get to turn the guitar up and be 19 years old again. Our hour and a half up there, we get to throw it down and move the people. We’re energetic and youthful and everything we could be.

I’m sure the energy you get back from the crowd never gets old. Every night, when the lights go down and we’re backstage and can hear that roar of 10,000



“Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up In You,” “Back Where You Belong”—for over 35 years, the rock band 38 Special has been delivering unforgettable hits that helped define a generation and a music genre. A little Southern, a little arena, the band’s rock sound has evolved over the decades, allowing the group to gain a wide legion of loyal fans along the way. Ocala Style recently spoke to 38 Special’s lead singer and guitarist Don Barnes in advance of the band’s January 15 concert at Silver Springs. Interview by Kristina Kolesa

people—what’s not to like? [laughs] That’s the force and the energy that keeps us going. We always prided ourselves on making the songs sound like the records. If something sounds 50 feet tall in a PA system, then it’s tight. When Donnie [Van Zant] and I were kids, we’d go hear someone play somewhere and they wouldn’t sound anything like the record. People lip sync and all these things nowadays, but fans will come up to us and say, “I can’t believe you all play your instruments and sing live!” It’s almost an aberration. I talk to friends of mine—from REO Speedwagon, Styx—and they get the same thing. But that’s what you’re supposed to do. Doing it live and being a pro.

Jr. like I play. Of course, ZZ Top, we toured with them and they showed us that you really have to go out there and be 10 feet tall. It makes for a more bombastic presentation.

So what can fans expect, songwise, at the show? It’s everything you want to hear from the band through our history. We’ve also been able to put some new material in there. We have a long career of soundtracks from movies— Supertroopers, Revenge of the Nerds—so we put together a medley of about 15 minutes worth of songs from movies. It’s just a large time. We bring the party to the people. It’s explosive and we get the crowd in with us. People can forget their troubles, clap, sing along, yell and have a beer. It’s all about the music. When they leave, they’re as exhausted as we are.

We bring the party to the people.

Who were your influences growing up? As a young kid, I had pictures of Eric Clapton all over my bedroom. I just wanted to be him. All of us back then had a turntable, and we’d slow the record down to learn the solos note for note and try to pick it up. There were no instruction books, just the influences of Clapton, Hendrix, all the old greats. For voice, it was probably Paul Rodgers. Also Bad Company and then Steve Marriott from Humble Pie. People don’t realize that I also took a lot of influence from the singer of Foghat. We toured with them for a long time and he would just stand there and lean into that mike and just belt it out. I thought, Wow, I want to be able to do that. He played an old Les Paul

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The Duprees

The Villages, Lady Lake


The Crystals

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala


Livingston Taylor

Savannah Center, The Villages


Darryl Worley

Manatee County Fairgrounds, Palmetto


Patty Larkin

Phillips Center, Gainesville



Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena


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St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa


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Silver Springs, Ocala


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Neel Auditorium, Bradenton


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The Plaza Theater, Orlando


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Amway Center, Orlando


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Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall, Sarasota


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Thrasher-Horne Center, Orange Park


Ronnie McDowell

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale


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Silver Springs, Ocala


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House of Blues, Orlando


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St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa


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Freebird Live, Jacksonville



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Barry Manilow

Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena



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Hard Rock Café, Orlando


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Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena


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Youkey Theatre, Lakeland


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Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala



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St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa


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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale


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Silver Springs, Ocala


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Florida Theatre, Jacksonville


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Robinson Theatre, Jacksonville


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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale


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House of Blues, Orlando


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Florida Sunshine Opry, Eustis


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Silver Springs, Ocala



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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale




Mad for Manilow? If you’re a BARRY MANILOW Jan fan (and admit it because you 20 know you are!) this is a must-see concert. For the first time ever, Manilow will be backed by a live symphony. Who gets the honors? The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra of Punta Gorda. The show will include not only Manilow’s band, but also cast members from his critically-acclaimed Las Vegas show. Will he perform your favorite like “Copacabana,” “Mandy” or “I Write The Songs?” Grab your tickets now to find out! Manilow will perform for one night only on January 20 at 8pm in Orlando. Other Florida stops include St. Petersburg on January 21, Jacksonville on January 26, Sunrise on January 28 and Coral Gables on January 29.


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Hard rock band HINDER is probably best known for the breakout 2006 hit “Lips of an Angel,” which they’ll surely sing as well as tons more soul-rattling songs during their January 25 concert at Orlando’s Hard Rock Café. We hope lead vocalist Austin Winkler rests those vocal cords because we expect big things from this show. or

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If Nashville had a king and queen y’all (well, at least since the days of George and Tammy anyway), the crowns would surely have to go to GEORGE STRAIT AND REBA MCENTIRE. The Texan and the Oklahoman have joined forces for this once-in-a-lifetime tour across the country, including a stop at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on January 28 and Tampa’s St. Pete Times Forum on January 29. Think of the hits between these two legends! Oh, and Lee Ann Womack will be their opening act—in case you needed any more reason to catch this concert. or



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Ocala Civic Theatre


Ringling/Barnum & Bailey Circus

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End Days

The Hippodrome, Gainesville


Orlando Orch.: Young Romantics

Bob Carr Perf. Arts Centre, Orlando


Jerry Seinfeld

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater


Legally Blonde

Moran Theater, Jacksonville


Rock of Ages

Bob Carr Perf. Arts Centre, Orlando


Jo Koy

The Improv, Orlando


Pauly Shore

The Improv, Orlando


Ringling/Barnum & Bailey Circus

Amway Center, Orlando


Jim Gaffigan

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Ray Price

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Golden Dragon Acrobats

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The Plaza Theater, Orlando


Celtic Crossroads

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Bill Cosby

Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall, Sarasota


Garrison Keillor

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Patton Oswalt

Hard Rock Café, Orlando


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Melon Patch, Leesburg


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IceHouse Theatre, Mount Dora


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Orlando Phil. Orch.: That’s Amore

Bob Carr Perf. Arts Centre, Orlando


West Side Story

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Ocala Civic Theatre


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Celtic Woman

Amway Center, Orlando


Royal Comedy Tour

Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena


Orlando Ballet: Battle of the Sexes II

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Mike Epps

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What My Husband Doesn’t Know

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Orlando Orch.: My Favorite Things

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Straz Jr. Center, Tampa



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THE UNSEEN EYE: PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION OF W.M. HUNT (THROUGH JAN. 2) This photography exhibit at the Appleton Museum features 200 photographs from New York collector W.M. Hunt, with works by Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and others. or (352) 291-4455. WOVEN WONDERS: FLORIDA PINE NEEDLE BASKETS (JAN. 1–9) View over 20 examples of pine needle basketweaving during this fascinating

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Beauty Vs. The Beast Who says you have to go to New York to see a Broadway play? The award-winning Broadway musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is coming for three days only to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville. This classic tale tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a loving prince trapped in the body of, well, a beast. If the Beast can be loved and learn to love someone in return, the spell will be broken. This production has become an international hit and has played to more than 35 million people in 21 countries and will feature the animated hit’s Academy Award-winning score. Ticket prices range from $40-$60 and are available through or by calling (352) 392-2787.

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Dance, Dance in Wildwood on January 13 from 4-7pm for an evening of health and wellness. The studio will offer health screenings and Life South Community Blood Center will be taking donations. Learn about the health benefits of different styles of dance. Children are welcome. or (352) 748-3279.

PIPES, PEDALS, AND PIZZA (JAN. 9) This free American Guild of Organists event will introduce piano students to the “King of Instruments” at First United Methodist Church at 3pm. For details, please call (352) 537-0207.

SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY (JAN. 14) Bring the entire family to the Discovery Science Center on January 14 from 7-9:30pm for a fun and educational evening of stargazing. Telescopes are provided along with a short presentation. Admission is free. or (352) 401-3900.

CF INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (JAN. 11, 25) The College of Central Florida’s film series continues next month with Mother (Korea, 2010) on Jan. 11 and The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina, 2009) on Jan. 25. Each plays at the Appleton Museum at 2pm and at CF Building 8-110 at 7pm on its respective date. Free and open to the public. cf.efu/foundation or (352) 873-5808. AN EVENING WITH RAY KURZWEIL (JAN. 12) Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil will be at the Phillips Center on the University of Florida Campus on January 12 at 7:30pm. He will give a 40-minute lecture before the screening of the documentary film The Singularity is Near: A True Story About the Future based on his best-selling book, The Singularity is Near. An audience Q&A and a book signing will follow the film. Doors will open at 6:30pm and admission is free. DANCE, FITNESS & HEALTH FAIR (JAN. 13) Stop into Dance,

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ANNUAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE CAR SHOW (JAN. 29) This fourth annual event held from 9am to 3pm at the Market of Marion on U.S. Hwy. 441 in Belleview features the presentation of “Best in Show” trophies, goodie bags, door prizes and a concession stand. (352) 236-3069. FATHER-DAUGHTER VALENTINE’S DANCE (FEB. 5) Alright dads, grab your favorite little gal and head out to the Circle Square Cultural Center for the 5th Annual Marion County Father-Daughter Dance. Girls (and their dads) ages 3–13 will enjoy a special evening out with the “man in their life” that will include dancing, refreshments, photo opportunities and plenty of memory-making. Tickets are $25 per couple (plus $10 for each additional daughter) if purchased before January 24, and $30 per couple (plus $10 for each additional daughter) if purchased after January 24. Tickets are available at The Learning Wheel and Ocala Traditions. or (352) 362-3306. CHERISH THE LADIES (FEB. 5–6) Enjoy the traditional music of Ireland during popular group Cherish the Ladies’ two stops in Central Florida this month. On Feb. 5, they will perform at the College of Central Florida’s Ocala campus at 7:30pm and then at the college’s Lecanto campus on Feb. 6 at 3pm. Tickets are $24 for the Ocala concert and $23 for the Lecanto show. or (352) 854-2322, ext. 1416.

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The Gulf Coast-inspired work (top) of Florida Artists Hall of Famer CHRISTOPHER STILL (right) will be on display from Jan. 22 to Mar. 20 at the Appleton Museum of Art. The award-winning graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has had his artwork featured in such important locations as Florida’s Governor’s Mansion and the Smithsonian Institute. Don’t miss this chance to see in person his beautiful interpretations of life on the Gulf. The work of famed photographer Carlton Ward Jr. will also be on display during the “Visions of the Gulf ” exhibit. or (352) 291-4455.

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The Art Of Bobby Goldsboro ARTFUL GIFTS Art lovers had a chance to meet local artist and long-time entertainer Bobby Goldsboro last October at an opening reception for his “The Art Of Bobby Goldsboro” exhibit at Artful Gifts in the Circle Square Commons. The Bobby Goldsboro Show was the highest rated television variety show in the ‘70s, and Bobby has performed before more than two million people throughout his four-decade career. PHOTOS BY JOE DEMARTINO

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